The Liberty Boys' signal; or, "At the clang of the bell"

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The Liberty Boys' signal; or, "At the clang of the bell"
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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\ Iuued Wee kl y-By Subscription $2.50 per year. /!J1ilered a. Second Class Malter at the New York l 'ost Office February 4, 1do1, bu fra11!: Tousey. No. 35. NEW YORK, AUGUST. 30, 1901. Price 5 Cents. As Bob grasped the rope and set the bell clanging, Dick pointed through the window and said to the bewildered bell ringer : "Look yonder ; that .is what we are doi:o. g this for."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iaave4 Weekl11-By SvbscnpUon $ 2.50 per year. EnteretJ aa SecontJ Olasa Matter at the New York1 N. Y Post Otffce, February i, 1901. limteretJ accor

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. The youths all looked in the direction indicated. "Redcoats!" exclaimed Mark Morrison, sententiously. "You are right," agreed Dick; "and there must be a large force, too." "Yes, indeed. What do you think it means?" "I think it means that Savannah is to be attacked." "It looks that way, sure enough." Dick made his way along at a rapid pace. Twenty minutes later Dick reached the shore of the bay. He reached it at a point some little distance from where ihe British troops were landing. He made his way slowly down toward this point. Dick affected a clumsy, awkward style of walk and gawked about him in the style characteristic of a country "Then we are just in time!" cried Sam Sanderson, enyouth who had never seen much of anything. thusiastically. "We' ll get there in time to be in the fight." Dick approached to within a few feet of where a party of "So we will," agreed Dick. "We will be in time to warn redcoats were standing. General Howe of the approach of the British, too, and he Here he paused and stood gaping about. will be enabled to make preparations to receive them." The "Liberty Boys" sat there and watched the scene below for some time. Presently Dick dismounted. "Hold my horse, Bob," he said, passing the halter-strap to his comrade. Dick was a splendid actor. He had good control of facial expression. He could so change the lines of his face and could as sume such a vacant, stupid look that it would have been .difficult for any one who did not know him to believe that the youth was as keen, bright and alert a young fellow as "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Bob, in surever lived. prise. Dick was playing a little game. "I'm going to go down there, and see if I can find out how many there are of the redcoats, what their intentions are, and secure all the information possible, in fact." "You'd better stay away, Dick." "Why so?" "You are likely to be seen and get captured or shot." He wished to have the redcoats address him first. Then he could enter into conversation with them without much danger of arousing their suspicion. Dick's plan was successful. The redcoats had taken note of Dick. Naturally, they supposed he was a native of the region. "I don'.t think there is much danger." Presently one of the redcoats addressed Dick. "But what is the use of risking going down there? We "Hello, young fellow I" he said. know what the redcoats intend to do. You yourself said Dick looked around at the fellow, with a vacant expresa little while ago that they evidently intend to attack Sasion of countenance. vannah." "Hullo I" he replied. "I know, Bob; but there is nothing like being sure. And, it will be information of great value if I can learn how many there are of the British." "Of course, that would help some. It makes it better when it is known how many m e n you have to fight against. Bll;t I don t see how you will find that out." "I'll find a. way." Dick quickly doffed his suit of Continental blue. He then drew an old, ragged suit of citizen's clothing out -0f one of his saddle-bags and donned it. "Where did you come fro m ?"the redcoat asked. Dick jerked his thumb over his shoulder. "Up'n ther timber . "Up in the timber; eh?" "Yep." "Where do you live?" "Up'n ther timber." "Oh, you do?" "Yep." "What's your name?" This changed his looks completely. "Jim Bilkins." He looked like a rough, country youth. "A v.ery pretty name," sarcastically. "How old are you, "Do you think they will suspect that I am a patriot Jim?" :Soldier, now?" he asked, with a,_ smile. "No, I guess not," replied Bob. "All right; good-by, boys. Wait here till I come back." Dick plunged down the hillside and quickly disappeared .among the trees. It was timber most of the way down to the bay in which the British ships lay. "I dunno." "Don't know how old you are?" "Nope." The soldiers laughed. "Haven't you any idea how old you are?" "Oh, I guess ez how't i'm erbout twelve yeers old." The redcoats roared.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 3 "Twelve years old-ha I ha! ha I" "Say, he's a pretty good-sized fellow for his age, isn't he?" "He is, for a fact." Then the redcoats laughed again. Dick maintained a sober expression. The stupid, almost vacant look never left his face. "Whut air you uns laffin' at?" he asked. "Oh, nothing," laughed the redcoat who had first ad dressed him. thafs almost the truth," added another, in a low tone of voice. "He's about as near nothing as anybody I ever saw." Dick heard this, but gave no indicalion of the fact. Instead, he asked a question. "Who air all you uns ?" "Who are we?" "Yep. Who air you uns ?" "We are British soldiers," was the reply, in a rather pompous tone of voice. "British solgers ?" "Yes ; soldiers of the king." "Who's ther king?" "Great guns, fellows!" the redcoat exclaimed, "did you hear that?" "Do you mean to say you don't know who the king is?" another exclaimed. "Never heerd tell uv 'im," replied Dick. "You never I" "Nope. Whut is er king, ennyhow?" The redcoats groaned. "There's a sample of American intelligence," remarked one, scornfully. "I would never have believed that we would :find any one so ignorant," said another. Dick, seemingly, paid no attention to the remarks that were made. He was secretly amused. He was well satisfied, also. He had evidently succeeded in making them think he was a simpleton. This being the case, the redcoats would not be 8.fraid to speak out in his presence and tell their plans. They certainly would not think that harm would come to hem through him. "Well, if you don't know what a king is," said the red coat who had done most of the talking, "I don't know as t will be worth while for me to try to tell you. You've "ved this long without knowing, and I guess it won't hurt ou to travel the rest of the way in ignorance." "Whut do solgers do?" asked Dick, calmly. "What do soldiers do?" "Yep, whut do they do?" "They fight." "Fight?" "Yes." "Who do they fight?" "Oh, their enemies, of course; or almost anybody, in fact." "Sho Air you uns goin' ter fight eatch other?" "Oh, no!" "Who air you uns goin' ter fight, then?" "The rebels." "Who air they?" "They are men who have taken up arms against the king." "Oh! Air enny rebels eroun' heer ?" 0 h, yes ; lots of them." "Whur?" "Oh, all around here. There are a lot of them down at Savannah." "Whur's Savanny?" "Don't you know?" the redcoat asked, in surprise. "Have you never been there?" "Nope, I've never been ennywhur." "That's the truth, and I know it I" exclainied one of the redcoats. "That's right," from another;"! could swear to it." "It's a self-evident fact," from still another. Then the redcoats laughed. "Savannah is only a few miles distant," said the red coat who had done most of the talking. "There are lots of rebels there, and vre are going to whip them and capture the city." Gee exclaimed Dick, his face showing more of eagerness and interest than it had yet done. "I'd like ter see thet fight." "Would you?" "Yep. Say, et'll be er big fight, won't et?" "Yes, pretty big, I expect." ''How menny air there uv you uns ?" "Three thousand five hundred." Dick's face took on a dazed look. "Say, thet's an orful lot uv solgers, hain't et?" he exclaimed. "Oh, yes, it's quite a good many." "When air you uns goin' ter fight them air rebels?" "1 don't know; to-morrow, though, I expect." "Gee I think I'll stay aroun' heer an' go with you uns. I wanter see thet fight."


. 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL The soldier smiled. "The best thing you can do, if you want to see the fight," he said, "is to get up on a hill somewhere and qlimb to the top of the tallest tree you can find. If you were to go with us you would be in the fight and wouldn't get to see much of it." At this instant, Dick, who, though seeming not to do so, . saw everything, caught sight of a negro who had just emerged from the timber and was approaching another group of redcoats standing a short distance from the group Dick had been talking to. Dick saw the negro walk up to one of the redcoats and say something to him. The redcoat gave a start, and, turning, walked rapidly toward the group near whic4 Dick was standing. Dick's mind was active. A keener, shrewder youth never lived. Instinctively he unde'rstood matters. 'l'he negro had doubtless discovered the presence of the "Liberty Boys" on the hill a mile distant, and had come and informed the redcoats of his discovery. Dick that he was in danger. The redcoats might suspect that he was a member of the party of horsemen that the negro had seen. Indeed, Dick thought, judging by the rapid manner iii which the redcoat was approaching and the eager look on his face, that he already suspected. Dick did rlbt wish to be captured. The only way to prevent it would be by getting away frotq there, and quickiy, too. Acting upon the impulse of the moment, Dick turned and ran swiftly toward the edge of the timber. "Stop him!" yelled the approaching redcoat, excitedly. "He is a rebel spy! Don't let him get away! Shoot him I Kill him I" CHAPTER II. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" IN SAVANNAH. If he was the simple country youth he pretended to be, why should he fear? This thought occurred to the redcoats and they started in pursuit of Dick. "Stop!" they yelled. "Stop, or we will fire!" At least a hundred of the redcoats joined in the chase. They also joined in the yelling. "Stop I stop!" was the cry. "Stop, or we will fill you full of lead I" But Dick did not stop. He had no thought of doing so. Instead, he ran the faster. It was not far to the edge of timber. If he could reach 1 it and get safely in among the trees, he would be able to bid defiance to the redcoats. Dick was an expert woodman. I Once in among the trees, and the entire British army could not have caught him. Dick glanced back over his shoulder. He saw that half a hundred, at least, of the redcoats held levelled pistols. "They're going to fire," the youth thought. "I am well within pistol range, too. Jove I I hope they won't wound me sufficiently so that I will be unable to escape." He glanced ahead. The timber was yet twenty yards distant at least. He could not possibly hope to reach it before the volley would be fired. "Ready!" he heard a voice cry. "They are going to fire," thought Dick. "Fire I" The voice rang out loud and clear. Dick threw himself forward upon his face. Crash Roar I The redcoats had fired at the same instant, seemingly, I that Dick had fallen. Dick had gone down an instant ahead of the redcoat .a' shots, however, and the bullets had whistled harmlessly above him. The redcoats thought they had killed Dick, however, and up a shout of triumph. It was shprt-lived. All was excitement at once. To their surprise and chagrin, the supposed dead youth .ThP redcoats who had been talking to Dick could hardly leaped to bis feet and ran onward with the speed of the believe that the youth was a spy, however. They could hardly believe that he was other than he seemed to be-a green country youth, a simpleton who did not even know his own age. The youth's action in running away, however, was, sus picious wind. Dick had reached and disappeared within the timber before the redcoats recovered from their astonishment. They rushed forward in pursuit of the youth . They entered the timber and tried to follow Dick, but soon saw that they could not do so.


THE LIB. Kl{TY BOYS' SIGNAL. 5 They had lost sight of Dick completely. Nor did they catch sight of 4im again. They did not penetrate very far into the timber. Realizing that they could not hope to overtake the fleetiooted youth, they gave up the chase. Dick hastened onward through the timber. Fifteen minutes later he was back among his "Liberty "Boys." "What was the excitement down there about, Dick?" .asked Bob. "Did they find out who you were?" asked Mark Morrison. "Were they shooting at you?" from Sam Sanderson. "Yes," replied Dick, "they were shooting at me." Then he went ahead and told them all about it. "Say, I told you fellows I saw a nigger down there in "Well, let's get up to the ford, then, and cross the river." "All right. Forward, boys I" Dick turned his horse's head up stream, and led the way in that direction. It did not take long to reach the ford. The river was quite wide, but very shallow at this point. The "Liberty Boys" rode into the water without hesitation. A few minutes later they were on the other side of the river and riding eastward tow11-rd Savannah. Ten minutes later they rode into the suburbs of Savannah. The youths looked about them with interest. Savanah was, even at that date, a very beautiful city. "It would be too bad to let this city fall into the hands the brush!" exclaimed Bob. "You fellows said I was of the British," said Bob. mistaken, but I knew I wasn't." "We'll have to acknowledge that you were right about it, Bob," agreed Mark Morrison. tell you, when I say I see a thing, I do see it," said Bob. "You may depend on that every time." "All right; we'll believe you next time." "Come, fellows, let's be going," said Dick. "Those red coat might take it into their heads to come up here and tTy to capture us." Mounting his horse, Dick led the way and the party of "Liberty Boys" rode onward in a southerly direction. "How far do you suppose it is to Savannah, Dick?" asked Bob, as they rode along. "I don't know. Three or four miles, I suppose. The last time we asked, the man said it was six miles to Sa vannah, and we have come two or three miles since then." Half an hour later the party came to a river. "What stream is this?" asked Bob. "It must be the Savannah River," replied Dick. "And is that Savannah, across yonder?" asked Bob, p0inting across the stream. "That is undoubtedly Savannah, Bob." "How are we to get over there?" "By way of the ford." "The ford?" "Yes." "Where is there a ford?" "About a mile up the river; we struck the stream too low down:" "How do you know there's a ford up there?" "General Howe said so in the letter which he wrote to General Washington." "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes." "So it would," agreed Dick. Dick made a few inquiries and was nof long in finding General Robert Howe's headquarters. Dick entered headquarters at once. He _was shown into the room occupied 'by General Howe. The general eyed Dick, eagerly. "You are Dick Slater?" he asked. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "And you have come from the commander-in-chief?" "I have." "Did General Washington send me a message?" "Yes, sir, here it is.'' Dick drew a letter from his pocket and handed it to General Howe. The latter took the letter, eagerly. "Excuse me while I read it," he said. General Howe opened the letter and read its contents. "The commander-in-chief says, in here, that he sends me a company of youths known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' He speaks very highly of them. Did they come with you?" "Yes, sir; they are outside now." "Good!" exclaimed General Howe. "I have need of recruits, I assure you." "Indeed, you have," said Dick. "You have need of re cruits even more than you know." Dick's tone was so significant as to attract General Howe's notice. He lookei at Dick, inquiringly "What do you mean?" he asked "I mean that you are to be attacked to-morrow." General Howe was astonished "I am to be attacked?" "Yes.''


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "By whom?" "By the Britjsh." "By the British?" "Yes." "What British? Where are there any British?" "There are three thousand five hundred British troops within three miles of Savannah at this moment," said Dick. "Impossible!" exclaimed General Howe. "Not at all," replied Dick. "I saw them myself." "You saw them?" General Howe was becoming excited. "Yes, sir. They are disembarking from British warships at a point three miles north of Savannah." General Howe turned pale. "How do you know there are three thousand five hUii dred of them ?" he asked. "One of the redcoats told me so. I went down to where they were, in disguise, and had a talk with some of them." General Howe almost groaned. vannah River, at a point three miles from Savannah, a party of about one hundred and fifty patriot soldiers were encamped. The majority of these soldiers were youths of from eighteen to twenty years of age. They were, in fact, "The Liberty Boys of '76." There were perhaps forty older men. A number of the "Liberty Boys" and also of the older soldiers were wounded. As had been expected, the British had attacked Savannah the day: before. As will be remembered, General Robert Howe, com mander of the patriot force at Savannah, had told Dick that the British could attack only from the front, as there was a swamp behind the city through which it would be impossible for the British to pass. In this he had been mistaken, however. There was a path through the swamp and a large force of the British had been guided through the swamp by a "This is indeed very serious," he said. "I fear we shall negro who knew the way well. be unable to hold the city." The result had been that the patriot force, attacked both "How many men have you?" asked Dick. "Twelve hundred." "And my 'Liberty Boys' make it thirteen hundred; even then, however, we have but little more than one-third as many men as the British." at the front and in the rear at the same time, was com pletely demoralized. At least half of the twelve hundred men under Howe were militia. They had never been under fire and they fled at once. "True," said General Howe. "There is one thing in This left only about six or seven hundred, and they our favor, however." could do nothing against five times their number. "What is that?" They were quickly routed, and about five hundred of "They can only attack us from the front; that is to say, their number were captured. from the west. On the north side of the city is the river, Dick s'later and the majority of his "Liberty Boys," and on the east and south is a swamp, throug}l which they together with about forty other patriot soldiers, had suc could not penetrate." ceeded, by dint of desperate fighting, in cutting their way "Perhaps we may be able to hold them off, then," said through the British and escaping. Dick. Dick, with rare foresight, had ordered that their horses "Perhaps so. I believe it will be best to make the at-be saddled and bridled and ready for instant use before tempt, anyway, don t you?" "I do." "Yery well, we will defend the city." "It is the best thing that can be done, I think," said Dick. Preparations were at once begun for the battle, which all felt sure would take place on the morrow. CHAPTER III. DICK RETURNS TO SAVANNAH. Two days have passed. In a little opening in the timber on the bank of the Sathe battle commenced, and when he saw how things were going, and realized that it would be impossible to hold the city, he gave the order to mount and charge. The "Liberty Boys" obeyed, and with pistol in one hand and saber in the other they shot and cut their way through the British. They had made such a lane through the ranks of the redcoats that, as we have said, about forty of the patriot soldiers succeeded in following them through The party had made its way up the river and had encamped at the point at which we now find them. Dick Slater was feeling pretty blue. Five of the "Liberty Boys" were missing. Among these were Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. '1 Dick called a council. He told his men that he did not intend to leave the Ticinity until he had learned the fate of each and every one of the missing "Liberty Boys." "I'm going to find out whether or not they have been killed," he said. "If they have been killed, it cannot be helped; but if they have been made prisoners, I am going to rescue them if such a thing is possible." "How are you going to find out, Dick?" asked Sam Sanderson. "I'm going to go down into Savannah and stay there till I do find out, Sam." "I don't see how-you will go about finding out." "Neither do I; that is to say, I have no definite idea. I shall simply be governed by circumstances. I thlnk I will be able to find out what I wish to know, however." "I hope so." "So do I." Dick made arrangements to start for Savannah as soon as evening should come. He placed Sam in command at the encampment and told him to see to it that they were not surprised by the British and captured. I "I'll kee p sentinels out all the time, Dick," Sam replied; "the redcoats will not catch us napping." Dick left the camp at about sundown. It would take him an hour to walk to Savannah. It would be dark when he arrived there. was natural, the British soldiers were feeling good over the easy manner in which they had captured the city. They were drinking and having a good time, generally. Dick managed to listen to the talk of a good many of the redcoats. He was in hopes that he might hear say something regarding the prisoners which had been taken the day before. He was disappointed in this respect. None of redcoats whom he heard talking said any thing about the prisoners. Dick made up his mind that if he was to find out what he wished to know he would have to make inqlii.ries. This would be dangerous, however. It would likely suspicion. Presently Dick met a couple of redcoats who were so drunk they could hardly walk. The two had hold of each other and were lurching first one w "ay and then the other. 1 They took up nearly the whole of the sidewalk. Just as they reached Dick, both happened to the same way at the same time. They would have fallen but for Dick. ' He leaped forward, and, catching hold of the fellows, held them up. "Steady, comrades," he said. "First thing you know, you will be down in the gutter." "Zash right, by Jove!" mumbled one. "Funniest shideThis was what he wished. walk I ever shaw. Bloomin' thing goes up n dowtr'n roun'n, Dick was disguised in the old suit of citizen's clothing roun'n shideways, ?Y Jove! Makes it pretty hard for which he had worn three days before when he had gone gen'l'm'n f walk straight." down to where the redcoats were landing from the warships. "That's right," agreed Dick, "things do seem sort of He did not think there was much danger that his distopsy-turvy, sure enough guise would be penetrated. "Shay, come 'long with us, comrade," said the other Especially would this be the cas. e in the night-time. redcoat. "We're (hie) goin' to have a good time. Come With a few last words of caution to the "Liberty Boys," long, thash a good feller." Dick left the encampment and made his way. in the direc-Ari idea struck Dick. tion of Savannah. These two redcoats were so drunk that they would not There was no regular road, so he followed the river. suspect anything if he asked questions, yet at the same time The stream crooked and turned somewhat, and -in folthey were not so drunk but what they could answer ques lowing it Dick would have to walk farther, but he would tions. be in no danger of losing his way. Dick thought that by cultivating their acquaintance he It took Dick nearly an hour and a half to reach Savanmight be able to learn something regarding the prisoners. nah. He decided to go along 'with them. It was quite dark when he got there. "All right," he said, "I'll go with you. I don't mind This was to his advantage. having a good time myself." It made it easy for him to dodge sentinels which had been "Thash a good feller,"1 mumbled the other redcoat. posted at the end of each street leading down into the city. "You're all ri'." As he had expected, Dick found the streets thronged The redcoats, with commendable judgment, let go of with redcoats. each other and each seized one of Dick's arms.


8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. They seemed to know that this would give them greater "Zash ri'." security than they would enjoy by holding to each other. "I understand you captured a lot of the rebels. Is that It was the instinct which seems to abide with drunken a fact?" men when the fumes of liquor has smothered the reasoning faculties. The three made their way slowly down the street. It was a queer-looking trio. Dick feared that he might attra c t too much attention on account of the fact that he was dressed in citizen s clothing. As no one seemed to give them more t;han a passing glance, howev er, hi s equanimity was restored. Doubtless tho s e who saw them thought that all three were drunk. Presently they came to a saloon. The redcoats both stopped. "Lesh go in here," said one. "Nice plaish." "Zash ri'," from the other. "Been here b fore.'' This suited Dick first-rate. He wished to ask the fellows some questions and could not very well do so on the street. If he could get them seated at a table in the saloon, he would be able to talk to them. "Y esh, zash a fac'." "Zash ri'." "How prisoners did you capture?" "Dunno. Five er six hun red, I guess." The other redcoat nodded. "Za,ih ri'," he coincided, gravely. Dick was working around to the point he wished to reach. "What did you do with the prisoners? he asked. "Where are they?" "Zey on ship." "On a ship !" exclaimed Dick. "Yes h, on ship-on prishun ship " Zash ri'." Dick was sure he understood matters now. Instead of putting the prisoners in a building in the city the redcoats had taken them and placed them on board a ship. "Where is the prison ship?" asked Dick. Dick managed to get the two drunken redcoats through "Out in harbor." the doorway and into the saloon. "Zash ri'." Dick glanced around. In one corner was a table. He led the two men across to this table and assisted them to get seated. Then Dick took a seat. He called a waiter and ordered wine for three. The waiter brought the wine and the redcoats drank eagerly This put them in a splendid humor. They started in to sing a song, and insisted on Dick joining them Dick did not care about singing. Neither did he care about hearing them sing He would much rather hear them talk. Finally he got them quieted down and engaged them in conversation. Dick knew how to approach the redcoats He appealed to their vanity. "British soldiers are the bravest and best in the world, are they not?" he asked. "Zash whash they are." "Zash ri'." Of course Dick expected them to say this. "It was a great victory they won here yesterday wasn't it?" "Y esh, big vict'ry." all the ships out in the harbor?" asked Dick. is just the prison ship there?" "All ships out in harbor." "Zash ri'." The redcoat looked wise as an owl. "Or Dick knew that the two men were so drunk that they would not suspect anything, so he said: "I expect to go aboard the prison ship pretty soon. How am I to tell which is the prison ship?" "Prishun ship lies closh in shore," the redcoat replied. "You can tt>ll it zash way." "Zash ri'." Dick had learned just what he wished to know There was no need of his fooling away any more time with the two drunken redcoats. He wished to get away from as quickly as possible. He knew how to accomplish his purpose He otdered a fresh supply of wine. Then while the two redcoats were drinking, he .rose from the table and said: "I will be back in a few moments, comrades," and made his way out of the saloon. Dick had succeeded better than he had expected. He had found out where the prisoners were. He was disappointed to learn that they were on board a ship, however. This would make them harder to get at.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 9 It would make it much more difficult to effect their rescue. The prospect did not daunt the brave youth, however. He would find a way to get the prison ship; and once aboard, he would find a way to assist the pri. soners to escape, if such a thing was possible. Dick hastened down the street in the direction of water front. A few minutes later he was at the wharf. At the point where he reached the wharf, a boat rested on the water. In the boat were two men. There were no lights near, but it was not so dark J:>ut what Dick could see this. He could make out, also, that the boat was well filled with packages and "Hello, there I" said one of the men, in a grujf voice. "D'ye want a job?" "That depends on what the job is," replied Dick. "Thar hain't much work to et. All I want is fur ye ter go out ter a ship with us and he'p git these packages and boxes aboard." "Where's the ship?" "Jest out heer a leetle ways." A sudden thought came to Dick. "ls it the prison ship?" he asked, in a tone of affected carelessness. "Yaas; an' this is grub fur ther prisoners. But thet's neether heer nur thar; will ye go 'long with us or not?" "Yes, I'll go; I haven't anything else to do at present." "Jump in lieer, then." Dick did so. CHAPTER IV. ON BO.A.RD THE PRISON SHIP. One of the men pushed the boat off and the other rowed. The boat's head was turned out into the bay, and a few minutes later the dark outlines of a large vessel was seen in front of the boat. A few moments later the boat came to a stop at the side of the ship. "Hello, ther ship I" roared the stentorian voice of the man who had addressed Dick at the wharf. A reply came from the ship's deck. A man appeared at the rail and looked down. "Hello, yourself I What's wanted?" "Here's ther grub fur ther Whar do yer want et?" "Right up here." "All right I hev ye got er rope?" "A rope?" "Yaas; ye'll hev ter haul ther stuff up." "Humph I How many of :rou are there down there?" "Three uv us." "Good I Send two of them up to do the hauling. I'm not going to break my back lifting boxes of grub for rebels that ought to be hung or shot." "All right; down with yer ladder." "Here you are." There was a little splash. Something struck the water between the boat and the vessel. It was a rope laader. "Up with ye, Jim,'' ordered the man; "an' ye, too, young feller!" this to Dick. 'Pfie man climbed the ladder, Dick following closely. They were soon on the deck of the ship. The man brought them a rope. "There's your rope," he said. "Now haul the stuff up." The two went to work. They lowered the rope to the man in the boat. He made it fast to one of the packages. "All ready!" he cried. "Hoist I" Dick and his companion lifte4 the package and deposited it on the deck. They loosened the rope and lowered it again. They lifted another package and deposited it on the deck. This they did, again and again. At last the boat was empty. "Now carry the packages down into the galley,'' the man on the deck ordered; "I'll show you the way." Dick had used his eyes while working. He had seen everything there was to see. There was a sentinel at the stern and one at the bow. The man who had greeted them when they first arriv e d was undoubtedly in charge of the deck. 'fhis man led the way down into what he had termed the galley. This was the cabin where the cooking was done. He showed Dick and the other men where to place the packages. There was no one in the galley. Dick judged that the cooks had gone ashore. He wondered where the prisoners were. Once or twice he thought he heard the murmur of voices. He was not sure of this, however.


( 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. Dick worked ta.Jd.ily until all the packages and boxes had been carried down into the galley. While working, he had been thinking. He did not wish to return to the shore in th,e boat. He wished to stay on board the ship. He hardly knew how to aceomplieh this. Dick presently thought of a plan. When they returned to the boat, he made a mis-step, purposely, and plunged headlong into the water. He gave utterance to a cry of simulated fear, as he did so. There was not the least danger of Dick drowning. He could swim like a fish. But, of cour se, the two men in the boat did not know this. They gave utterance to cries of fright and excitement. Their cries brought the man on deck to the rail of the ship. / "What's the matter down there?" he' asked. "Thet young fool fell out uv ther boat," was the reply. "I don t know whether he kin swim er not. Keep er sharp lookout for him, Jim." "All right." They whe re they were and watched for Dick to reappear, for iwo or three minutes. 0D, did not reappear. "He must hev hit his head against the side uv ther ship," said the one addressed as Jim. "I jedge yer right, Jim," from the other. "He's likely down at thei' bottom uv ther b a y now." "I 'spect Dick was glad of this. He wished to use the ladder. He caught hold of it and pulled himself up out of the water. Dick started to climb the ladder and then hesitated. What if the man should come to draw the ladder up while was on it? Dick decided to take the chances, however. Should this occur, he could leap back down into the water. He was determined to get aboard the ship. He was willing to take almost any chances. ij:e climbed up the ladder as rapidly as he could without making any noise. When he got up high enough so he could look over the edge of the deck he paused. He took a survey of the deck. He could hear the measured tramp, tramp of the feet of the sentinels at the bow and stern of the ship, but could see nothing of the man whom he had when he was on the ship before. "He has probably gone down into the Dick. "Good I ll hurry and get aboard while the coast is clear." Dick climbed over the railing and made his way toward the cabin. He had almost reached the cabin whe n he heard a noise in the direction'. of the galley. "Perhaps he is feeding the prisoners," thought Dick. "Waal, we kain't stay heer all night. Ther feller's "I'll see." drowned an' thet's the end uv 'im. We'll go ershore." He took up the oars and rowed slowly away. Meanwhile, what of Dick? He had purposely struck the water with considerable force. He went under to a considerable distance. He swam directly away from the boat, but alongside the ship. He swam forty or fifty feet before coming to the surface. He was out of range of vision of the two men in the boat when he came up. He heard what the men said. Feeling secure, he remained where he was. He waited until the .boat had gone away. Then he swam slowly and carefully back along the side of the ship. Presently he came to the rope ladder. Dick feared that the man would draw this aboard as soon as the boat left. For some reason he had not done so. Dick tiptoed to the door of the galley. The door was open a few inches. Dick peered in through the opening. The man was there. When Dick was helping carry the packages galley, he had noticed a door at one side. This door was now open. into the The murmur of voices came up through the opening. The youth's heart leaped. "The prisoners are down there," he thought. "Ah, if I can only free them I" Dick was a brave and determined youth. He believed that if he could overcome the redcoat and get down to where the prisoners were, he could free them. Then there would be little difficulty in making their es-cape. When Dick's eyes rested upon the redcoat, the man had one of the packages in his hand and was going toward the opening. He disappeared through the opening and Dick heard


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 11 the sound of his footsteps on what was evidently a series of steps leading down into the hold. Dick pushed the door open and stepped into the galley. Then he closed the door and bolted it. Although taken at a disadvantage, the redcoat began to struggle with Dick. Doubtless he recognized Dick as being the young fellow who had helped unload the packages from the boat and "There!" he said to himself, "I wish to have an unincarry them into the galley, and who, so it was supposed, terrupted interview with that redcoat, and now I think I had fallen out of the boat and been drowned. shall be able to do so." Dick stole forward and looked through the opening. What he saw caused his heart to give a throb of pity. The prisoners were there, sure enough. The hold was filled with them. The redcoat was down among the prisoners, feeding them. The hands of the p1isoners were free, but their legs were bound. Dick noted that the :redcoat was careful to keep out of ,, reach of the prisoners. On looking closer, Dick saw that only about a dozen had been given anything to eat. "He's just beginning to feed them," thought Dick. "I wish I could wait until he has :finished, but I can't; time is precious." When the redcoat had distributed all the food the pack age he turned and started back toward the steps leading up to the galley. "He is coming said Dick to himself. "Now for it I must be careful not to let him make noise sufficient to be heard by the sentinels." Dick drew back to one side of the opening and waited. Presently the footsteps of the redcoat were heard on the stairs. Closer and closer came the footsteps. The man was almost at the top of the stairs. In another moment he would step through the opening. Dick drew himself together and waited. He crouched ready to spring upon the redcoat the in stant he should appear. The redcoat stepped through the opening and into the galley. As he did so his eyes fell upon Dick. He opened his mouth to give utterance to a cry. He did not utter it. He did not have time. Dick bounded forward, with the leap of a panther, and as quickly, almost, as a flash of lightning. He seized the startled redcoat by the throat with both hands. Dick's steel-like fingers compressed the redcoat's throat so suddenly, :fiercely and strongly that the fellow could not utter a sound. The redcoat no doubt realized that he was in great danger. At any rate, he struggled :fiercely, desperately. The redcoat was a big fellow. He was strong and powerful. Had Dick not succeeded in taking him by s rprise, and at a disadvantage, he would, no doubt, have had hard work overcoming him. As it was, it proved to be no easy task. The redcoat fought desperately and did his best to get Dick's hands loose from his throat. He pulled at the youth's wrists and did all he could to make Dick loosen his grip. To no avail. He could not do it. Dick held on with grim determination. He knew the value of the hold' whieh he had secured. He had proven its deadliness on more than one occasion. Finding that he could not break Dick's hold, and realizing that unless he did something quickly he would be ren dered unconscious, the redcoat attempted to secure the same hold upon Dick. Dick would not permit this, however. He foiled the redcoat's every attempt. The man grew red in the face. He gasped and gurgled Redder an d redder his face grew. The veins stood out on his face and neck like whipcords. His face grew almost black. The redcoat evidently realized that he could do nothing. Suddenly he gave vent to a gasping groan, his knees gave way and he sank to the floor, unconscious. At the same instant there came a loud knock at the galley door. CHAPTER V. THE ESCAPE FROM THE PRISON SHIP. Dick was startled. He hardly knew what to do. He wondered who was at the door.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "It must be one of the sentinels," he judged. But what could the fellow want? Dick decided that the best thing he could do would be to maintain silence. He decided to go ahead with his work. He did not believe the sentinel would break the door down. Stooping, Dick lifted the insensible redcoat, and, ing him in his arms, passed through the opening and down the steps leading into the hold. .At the bottom of the steps was a lighted lantern. It lighted up the hold for a distance of several yards in each direction. Dick placed the insensible man on the floor of the hold. Then he raised up and looked around. .As he did so he heard an exclamation. If the sentinels had given the alarm there would b& serious trouble when the prisoners appeared on the deck. Doubtless the deck would be covered with armed to the teeth. But no matter. Dick was determined that the attempt to escape should be made. He told the men what might be expected, but they were willing to take their chances. "We'll risk it," they said; "we1ll run the gantlet, and if we can get through the qrowd of redcoats and leap over board we will be able to swim ashore." The redcoat whom Dick overpowered had' recovered consciousness long before Dick finished freeing the J>rison ers, but Bob and Mark bound him hand and foot, and gagged him, and he was unable to call out "Dick!" a voice cried. When at last all the prisoners were freed from their \ Dick whirled and looked in the direction from which the bonds, Dick told them to follow him. voice sounded. "Bob!'' he exclaimed. "Thank goodness you are alive, old man. I feared you were dead." ''Oh, the redcoats can't kill 1:Jle, Dick. I'm all right, and here is Mark, too. But how did you get "I haven't time to tell you now, Bob. I'll do that later." Dick stepped forward and cut the ropes which bound Bob and Mark. "Good!" exclaimed Bob. "We'll get away from the redcoats yet." Dick moved about among the prisoners and cut the ropes binding them, as rapidly as possible. The men were wild with delight at the thought of making "We will escape, or die tcymg !" he said, grimly; and this statement met with the approval of all. 4 "You lead the way," they said, "and we will follow you to freedom or to death!" "All right," replied Dick; "come along, everybody." He led the way up the steps leading to the galley. He had instructed the men in regard to his plans. "We will have to move quickly," he had told them. "When we get into the galley l will unbolt the door and then we will rush out and try to get across the deck and leap overboard.' You must all follow me with all possible swiftness." The men had promised that they would do so. their escape. Dick, Bob and Mark took the lead and made their way Dick warned them that there was a that they up the steps and into the galley. might not be able to escape. "The sentinels on deck may find out w4at is going on," he said, "and give the alarm; in that case, we may reach the deck only to be shot down." "We'll risk it," was the general reply; "better a quick death than a lingering one in here." It took Dick nearly half an hour to cut the bonds of all the prisoners. While thus engaged, the sound of hurrying footsteps could be heard on the deck above. Dick listened to the sound with some misgivings. He believed that the sentinels had become suspicious that all was not right down in the hold. Undoubtedly it was one of the sentinels who had knocked on the galley door. Having received no answer to his knock, he had doubt less become suspicious. Behind them came the patriot soldiers. Dick waited till the galley was filled with men. Then he cautiously unbolted the galley door. He jerked the door suddenly open. He had intended to leap through the doorway the in stant the door was open and make a dash for freedom, but for once Dick had to change his plans. In front of the open doorway were a score of bristling bayonets. To leap forward would be to impale himself on the bayonet points. It would have been suicide to attempt to get through the doorway. Bob, Mark and the patriot soldiers stared in consterna tion. "Back!" cried one of the redcoats. "Back into the hold, you scoundrels 1 You'll not escape to-night I"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 13 Dick slammed the door shut and bolted it in a twinkling. "Back I" he cried. "Down into the hold as quick as possible. 'fliose scoundrels may fire through the door!" "Open that door!" roared a voice from outside the cabin. "Open it instantly!" But Dick made no motion toward doing so. The patriot soldiers hastened through the opening and baek down into the hold, with all possible speed. Dick was the last to leave the galley. He closed the door, and finding a bolt on the side next to him, pushed it int.a its socket. "We will keep the redcoats at bay as long as possible," he thought. "Perhaps we may be able to find some way of getting out of the hold other than by way of the galley." He made his way down into the hold. seized the lantern and hastened to make a survey of the hold. Away at the bow end of the bold he found an open port hole. He called to the soldiers. "This way!" he cried, in a cautious tone. "We may be able to make our escape yet." A box was found and placed under the port hole. Dick climbed on top of the box and looked out. Evidently the redcoats expected the prisoners to try to make their escape by way of the port hole, for at a point immediately underneath, the water was lighted up by the rays from a lantern or lanterns. "We will take our lives in our hands in attempting to leap out through the port hole,'' Dick said, "but. I am in for risking it. What do the rest of you say?" "We are in for it!" was the general cry. "Anything is better than staying here." "All right, then; follow me with as much rapidity as pos sible, so as to disconcert the redcoats and not give them time to take aim. They may kill or wound some of us, but I think that the majority will be able to escape." Splash! Dick struck the water and went out of sight. Luckily he bad not been struck by any of the bullets. Dick dived on down as deep as was possible and swam away underneath the water. Scarcely had he disappeared beneath the surface of the water when down from the port hole shot another human form. It was that of Bob. Crack I crack crack I The redcoats had fired upon Bob. The youth dived down deep and swam away underneath the water, as Dick had done. Another form shot down from the port hole. It was that of Mark Morrison. The redcoats fired upon Mark as they had upon Dick and Bob. One of the bullets wounded Mark slightly. It was not enough to cause him much inconvenience, however. The patriot soldiers followed the example set by the youths. They leaped out through the po:ci; hole, one after another. The redcoats kept firing and occasionally one of the escaping prisoners was hit by some of the bullets. This did not deter the rest from making the leap, how-ever. Suddenly they heard a crashing sound. It sounded in the direction of the galley. The patriots knew what this meant. The redcoats had burst down the door leading into the galley. Suddenly there was another crash. The redcoats had burst down the door opening upon the steps leading down into the hold: Dick had anticipated this move of the enemy. He had told the patriots what to do in case the red"Go ahead, Dick," urged Bob, "I'll be right behind you." coats did do this. "And I'll come right behind Bob," said Mark Morrison. "We'll follow you," the patriots said; "we'll keep that port hole bot Go ahead." There were a couple of iron pegs in the side of the ship just above the port hole. Seizing hold of these Dick pulled himself up and quick ly sticking his legs through the port hole he forced his body on through, and, letting go all holds, shot quickly down toward the water. As he did so, crack crack crack I sounded the musket shots. The redcoats had fired upon him. They remembered his instructions. "Stop where you are!" one of them cried, addressing the redcoats in the doorway above. 11We have one of your num ber here in our power, and if you start to come down those steps we will kill hlm !" Exclamations of consternation escaped the redcoats' lips They saw that the patriot spoke truly. They realized that the prisoners were desperate and that they would do what they said they would. They knew that if they started down the steps they wQuld seal the death-warrant of their comrade. They did not wish to do this, of course.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. They stood irresolute. They did not know what to do. Meanwhile the prisoners were leaping out through the port hole with great rapidity. The sound of the firing had attract.ed. att.ention by this time. The water front was crowded with people. Redcoats by the score leaped into boats and rowed out to the prison ship. Soon a dozen boats were at the side of the ship at a point almost directly underneath the port hole. Many of the redcoats had their muskets and they held them with bayonets up so that any one leaping from the port hole would be impaled upon the bayonet points. No more patriots leaped through the port hole. It would have been suicide to do so. Before this, however, nearly a hundred of the patriots had leaped through the port hole. Of these, at least seventy -five had escaped the bullets of the redcoats and were swimming away in an attempt to reach the shore. Realizing that they would not dare land anywhere near the city front, the patriots swam down stream with the intention of landing below the city. True, it was swamp down there, but it was the best they could do. Dick, Bob and Mark succeeded in getting together soon leaving the Ticinity of the prison ship. As they were the first to escape, the firing of the redcoats had not yet attracted a crowd to the water front, so the youths headed straight in toward the city. As they neared the shore they saw people running down to the wharf, however, and they headed down stream. They kept on swimming and watched for a chance to land at a point where they would not be apt to attract at tention "Do you think all the men will be able to escape, Dick?" asked Bob. "I'm afraid not, Bob; you see the firing will attract at tention and the redcoats will go off to the ship in boats and that will put a stop to the men leaping through the port hole ,I'm afraid you are right, Dick. Some of them will get away, though." "Yes, a good many of them." The youths swam onward, with strong strokes. The current favored them and they moved through the water rapidly. They were soon well down toward the lower end of the cit y "I believe it will be safe to go ashore, boys," said Dick. "Everything quiet down here." "So it does," agr>(led Bob. "Well, I'm willing to risk going ashore." "And I," said Mark. "Come on," said Dick. He beaded in toward the shore. Bob and Mark followed him closely. It did not take long to reach the shore. There was no wharf at this point--merely the sloping shore of the river. The youths struck shallow water and waded ashore. A wide street ran along the side of the river. The youths stepped out of the water and crossed this street. They made their way to the nearest street leading away from the river and started to enter it. The street was dark, there being no lamp-posts or lights of any kind. As the youths started to the street, were treated to an unwelcome surprise. "Ha:lt I" cried a loud, threatening voice. "Halt, and sur render, or you are dead men I" CHAPTER VI. THB FIGHT ON THE STREET. The youths halted. The youths had no i'.nt.ention of surrendering, however. They had already taken many chances They were ready and willing to take more. They whirled and bounded away down the street. "Fire I" roared a voice. Crack I crack I crack I Several musket shots rang out. The action of the youths had been so sudden, however, and it was so dark that the redcoats could not take aim, so the bullets did no damage. The youths ran along the river front to the next street and turned up it. They kept on running until they had gone three or four 'blocks . Then they slowed down to a walk. The sound of firing out on the river still came to their ears. "The men are still out through the port hole," said Bob. "Jove I I wish that all of them could get out."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. llS "So do I," said Dick. "And I," from Mark. The youths were, of course, soaking wet. Knowing that they would attract attention if seen, they kept on the darkest streets. They walked onward till they came to the main street. This street was lighted, there being lamp-posts at every corner. The youths wished to cross this street, but were afraid they would attract attention. The firing out on the river had aroused the city by this time. The majority of the people did not as yet know what the firing was about, of course, but if they were to see the three water-soaked youths they would suspect that they were up in the affair some way, and would, no doubt, try to capture them. Dick decided to try to get across the street. "Follow me closely, boys," he said; "we will cross the street and risk it." "Go ahead, Dick," said Bob. Dick led the way. "Oh, you mustn't be in such a hurry," another said. "We wish to have a talk with you." "We haven't any time to talk." "Haven t you?" "No; nor inclination, either." "Is that so?" this in a sneering tone. "Yes, that's so. Step aside." "We will-when we get ready." "Let's not stand any more of their nonsense, Dick," said Bob, in a low tone. Bob was a hot-blooded youth who was never willing to take much off of any one. He believed in striking :first and explaining_ afterward. Dick was more conservative and cautious. He usually avoided trouble if it were possible to do so. He did not wish to become embroiled with .these half-drunken redcoats if he could help it. So he made a gesture for Bob to keep silent, and then again addressed himself to the redcoats. "Gentlemen," he said, "please step aside and let us pass. We are in a great hurry "Ho! ho! He calls us gentlemen!" cried one of the redcoats. "We mu s t let them pass sure, now. \ Such politeThe three walked rapidly and were soon halfway across the street. ness must not go unrewarded." The fellow' s tone was sarcastic, however. They had attracted the attention of a number of people, but no one seemed to think it necessary that they should be interfered with. As they were approaching the other side of the street, however, eight or ten redcoats emerged from a saloon. As might have been expected, the redcoats were at least half drunk In all probability they had not heard the firing out on the river. Doubtless they did not know that anything unusual was going on. They caught sight of the three youths, however. The wet, be;draggled appearance of the youths attracted their attention. "Hello, fellows!" cried one. "Look there, coming across the street. Here's some fellows that have been in bath ing, judging by the looks of them." Then they got directly in front of the youth. Dick saw that the fellows were half drunk and feared that they would have trouble with them. "Get out of the way!" he ordered. "We are in a hurry." The redcoats laughed, hoarsely. "Oh, you're in a hurry, are you?" cried one. "Yes; get out of the way." The dcoats laughed again. It was evident that he did not mean what he said. Just then the sound of :firing was heard. The redcoats were not so drunk but what they realized that the :firing was something out of the ordinary. One of their number, more sober than the rest, ex claimed: "That firing is on board one of the prison ships. I'll bet some of the prisoners have escaped; and if they have, these three are of their number." This idea found favor in the minds of the other redcoats. "I'll bet you are right!" cried one. "See, these fellows are soaking wet." "We mustn't let them get away!" cried still another. Dick saw that they were in for it. The redcoats' suspicions were aroused. They would not be satisfied now unless they detained the youths. Realizing this, Dick decided to take the bull by the horns. "At them, boys I" he cried. "Go for them I" As he spoke, he leaped forward. Bob and Mark did the same. All three struck out with all their might. Their action took the redcoats by surprise. They would not have believed it possible that three men would dare attack eight or ten


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. They realized it now very distinctly, however. Crack smack I whack! whack 1 Down went several of the redcoats :flat upon the sidewalk. The redcoats had certainly caught some Tartars. The youths fought :fiercely. They struck out rapidly. They laid about them with such e:ffeet that they soon had succeeded in downing the majority of the redcoats. "Now, fellows, run for it!" cried Dick. "We must get away here while we can." As he spoke he leaped away, up the street. Mark Morrison followed, instantly. Bob, however, waited to deal one more blow. He succeeded in landing the blow. It struck one of the redcoats fair between the eyes and knocked him down. The delay proved to be disastrous. One of the redcoats who had already been downed, suc ceeded in catching hold of Bob's leg as the youth started It would not do to linger long. The instant Dick and Mark pulled the redcoats off Bob, he leaped to his feet. Dick seized upon this as the proper moment for them to escape. "Run, Bob and Mark!" he cried. "We must get away from here." The three leaped away at the same moment, this time. They ran with all their might. "After them!" yelled a redcoat. "They are rebels and have escaped the prison ship. After them, everybody I" A big crowd started in pursuit at once. The youths realized that they would have to do some good running if they were to succeed in escaping. Dick could have distanced his pursuers, but Bob and Mark had been hand and foot so long and so tightly that their ankles were sore and somewhat weakened. They could not run as fast as they otherwise would have been able to do. to run away. Of course, Dick would not go on and leave them. He hung on tightly. Owing to these circumstances the crowd of pursuing redThe result was that Bob was thrown, headlong. coats and Tory citizens was enabled to hold its own with Three or four of the redcoats had just struggled to their the youths. feet. Indeed, Dick thought their pursuers were gaining The shock of the blows which they had received and the slightly. jar of their fall upon the sidewalk had sobered them con. siderably. The redcoats leaped upon Bob. "Now we've got you they cried. Bob fought desperately. "Not yet, you haven't!" he grated. He kicked and struck out :fiercely. The redcoats would have had hard work in handling Bob alone. But he was not to be left to fight it out alone. Dick had heard the exclamations and he looked back. He saw what had happened. "Come, Mark," he cried, "we must help Bob!" He whirled around and raced back. Mark followed, closely. They reached the scene of the struggle between Bob and the redcoats in a jiffy. They tore the redcoats loose from Bob and threw them aside as if they had been bundles of straw. "You scoundrels!" cried Dick. "We'll teach you to in terfere; we'll make you wish you had let us alone!" A crowd was gathering rapidly. Dick feared that the redcoats might at any moment receive reinforcements "Thls will never do," he thought. "If once that crowd gets hold of us there will be no getting away from them. They are altogether too :p'.18.ny for us." But how were they to help themselves? That was the question. "Can't you run faster, boys?" he asked. "I can't," replied Bob. "Nor I," said Mark. "Well, keep on doing the best you can." Onward raced the youths. Behind them came the pursuing horde. By keeping to the darkest streets, the youths bothered their pursuers somewhat and caused them to lose a little time occasionally. In this manner the three held their own. Presently the pace of the youths became slower. They were becoming tired. They stuck to their work, however. They realized that their pursuers must also be tired. "We'll get away from them or die trying," 9aid Dick, grimly. "That's right," agreed Bob. "We'll run till we drop," said Mark. Onward they raced.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 17 Behind them came the redcoats and Tories. ready to go anywhere at any time, and at an instant's Presently they came to a narrow alley at the middle of a notice. block. It was owing to this fact that they were shifted around "Quick!" exclaimed Dick; "let's go down this alley and hide. Perhaps they will go on past." Bob and Mark were willing to do this. They were almost exhausted. Their ankles seemed about ready to give way beneath the weight of the youths' bodies. The youths ran down the alley a distance of thirty or forty yards. Then they climbed a fence and lay down in a back yard. Soon they heard their pursuers come opposite the end of the alley. The youths listened eagerly, intently. They wondered if their pursuers would pass on by. This point was soon settled. The crowd passed by. The three youths remained where they were until they could no longer hear a solind. Then they rose, climbed the fence and made their way back up the alley. When they reached the street they paused and listened. They could hear nothing. "I guess we are safe, boys," said Dick. "It looks like it," said Bob. so much. General Washington sent them to wherever they would be able to do the most good. And now, on this third of September, 1779, we find the "Liberty Boys" in Charleston, South Carolina. Benjamin Lincoln was now in command of the patriot forces in the South. His headquarters were at Charleston. He had superseded General Robert Howe who had not proven satisfactory as a commander. Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys" had bee_ n in Charles ton only a few days. General Lincoln knew the youths well by reputation, however. He knew that they had done wonderful work for the cause. He knew also that Dick Slater was one of the most trustworthy spies snd scouts, as well as one of the most successful in the patriot army. General Lincoln sat in his room in the building in which he had his headquarters. He was a large, good-natured sort of man. He did not look as if he would be a successful military "Come," said Dick, "we'll get out of Savannah as man. quickly as possible." He had a very good record, however, he having done The three hastened along the street. good work at Saratoga, in the North. They kept a sharp lookout for redcoats. Presently General Lincoln rang a bell which was by bis They succeeded in getting out of the city without enside on the table beside which he sat. countering any, however. An orderly entered. Leaving the city they struck out in the direction of the "Go to the quarters occupied by the 'Liberty Boys' and "Liberty Boys'" camp, three miles up the river. bring Dick Slater, the commander of the company, here," An hour and a half later they arrived at the encamp-he ordered. ment. CHAPTER VII. AFTER THE LAPSE OF A YEAR. A year has elapsed. It is now the third day of September, 1779. During the year just passed the "Liberty Boys" have not been inactive. They have taken part in a number of campaigns in the South, and have been back North and done good work there. One thing about the "Liberty Boys," they were always The orderly bowed and withdrew. Half an hour passed. Then the orderly opened the door and announced: "Dick Slater!" The youth entered. "Good morning, General Lincoln," said Dick. "Good morning, Dick." "You sent for me, sir?" "Yes, Dick, I have some work for you." "What is it you wish me to do, sir?" General Lincoln was silent for a few moments. Then he said : "You are aware that the French fleet under Count Estaing has arrived off the coast?" Dick nodded.


I 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "Ye11, sir," he replied; "we saw the ships yesterday." "Yes, the fleet was off Charleston yesterday; and what I wish you to do is to be on watch for the fleet, and when it puts in an appearance again I wish you to go aboard Count Estaing's flagship and take a message." "Very well, sir; I shall be glad to do so. Have you written the ?" "No; a verbal message will be all that will be necessary." "Very good; what do you wish me to say to "I wish you to say to him that I beg an interview with him." "Where do you wish the interview to be held?" It was nearv three o'clock when the fleet arrived opposite Charleston. 'l'he fishing smack put out fron:; shore and headed in such a direction as would head the fleet off. A signal was hoisted in order that the attention of some one on one of the vessels might be attracted. The signal was noticed and the fleet hove to. The fishing smack went alongside the nearest ship. Fortunately for Dick the old sailor could talk French. He asked one of the men on board the vessel to point out Count Estaing's :flagship. The man did so. "Here, Dick, if he will come; I am such a poor sailor The fishing smack was at once headed toward the vessel that I do not wish to venture out on the water if I can which had been pointed out. possibly help it." "And if Count Estaing will not come here?" "Then I will go aboard bis ship." "Very well; I suppose you wish him to come at once, if he is willing to come at all ?" "Yes, Dick." "Very good; then I will return wit'& him." "Yes, that will be best." Dick and General Lincoln talked a while longer, tmd then the youth took his departure. He made his way down to the water front at once. He hunted up an old sailor, who owned a fishing smack, and engaged the boat for the day. He told the old sailor what he wished done, and the man said he would agree to put the youth aboard the French flagship, if the Heet put in an appearance. Dick aboard the fishing smack. He took a seat in the shade and watched for the French They were soon alongside it. The fishing smack was made fast to the warship. Then Dick and the old sailor went aboard. Dick would need the services of the sailor as inter preter. They were shown into the cabin of the warship. They were ushered into the room occupied by Count Estaing. The count greeted the two, pleasantly and politely. Then Dick, through his interpreter, the old sailor, de livered General Lincoln's message to Count Estaing. TW-count listened attentively and said that be go ashore and have an interview with General Lincoln. He said that he was ready to go at once. Dick and the old sailor went back on board the fishing smack. They headed toward the shore and were soon back in Charleston harbor. fleet, and talked with the old sailor at the same time. They remained on watch till noon, but the fleet did not Count Estaing followed closely in one of the boats from his flagship. put in an appearance. Dick went ashore and ate lunch. He was not absent from the vessel more than three quarters of an hour, but when he returned the old sailor pointed toward the southern horizon. There was a broad grin on his face. "Yender's ther fleet, young feller," he said. Dick looked in the direction indicated. Sure enough, a score of sails could be seen. They looked like mere specks against the horizon, but there was no doubt that they were sails. "How long will it take them to reach here?" asked Dick. The old sailor pondered a few moments. "I sh'd say erbout three hours." The old sailor's estimate of the time proved to be about correct. Dick paid the old sailor and then conducted Count Estaing to General Lincoln's headquarters. General Lincoln and the count shook hands and greeted each other pleasantly. An interpreter was called in and the two officers pro" reeded with their interview. General Lincoln invited Dick to remain. He did so. What General Lincoln wished was that his army on the land and Count Estaing's fleet on the water should com bine and make an attempt' to recapture Savannah, which city was still in possession of the Brit ish. General Lincoln was confident that by working together they could drive the British out of Savannah and regain possession of the city.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 19 Count Estaing listened to General Lincoln's plans with interest. He was favorably impressed with the idea. "I am willing to go into the affair," he said. "My fleet shall work in consort with your land force, and, if possible, we will recapture Savannah." you think it possible we can do so?" asked Lincoln. "I should say about one week." General Lincoln was silent for a few moments. He looked down at the floor and was in a deep study. Presently he looked up. "I'll tell you what we will do," he said, "we will carry on the siege one week longer, and if by that time the British have not capitulated, we will try to take Savannah by "I do," was the reply. "If I did not think so I would storm." not consent to go into the affair." The two officers conferred together two or three hours. They laid their plans in detail. When at last the interview came to an end, Dick ac companied Count Estaing back to the boat. Preparations were begun at once. "Very well," said Count Estaing, "that is satisfactory." "And you will help me storm the city?" "Aesuredly." "Very well ; lt is settled. In the meantime, I shall send spies into the city to ascertain the weak spots so that we will know where to make the strongest efforts to enter." This took time, however. "A good idea; but where will you :find any one who will General Lincoln called for recruits and it was necessary be willing to risk their lives by trying to enter the city?" to wait for the recruits to come. By the twentieth of September, General Lincoln, believing that he had sufficient force, had moved his army and taken up a position in front of Savannah. He was joined on shore by a goodly force from Count Estaing's warships. By the twenty-third all was in readiness. The siege was begun. It was Vigorously prosecuted. The advance upon the city was made by a regular system of approaches. While the patriot soldiers were approaching on land, the French fleet kept up a vigorous bombardment. The siege was kept up for more than two weeks. Then Count Estafag became impatient. He came ashore one afternoon and had an interview with General Lincoln. "We do not seem to be making much headway," he said. "No/' agreed Lincoln, "we do not seem to have made much headway; still I think if we keep on we will force the redcoats to capitulate, sooner or later." "That is the trouble," replied Count Estaing. "This harbor is not large enough for my ships, and it is coming trme for the autumn gales. If we should be caught by one of the severe storms, for which this coast is noted, the chances arc that I would lose a number of my ships; at least, so say my captains, who, of course, know more about the matter than I do." General Lincoln looked sober. "You think then you will be unable to assist me in keeping up the siege?" "I shall be afraid to co-operate with you much longer." "Well, how much longer, do you think?" Lincoln smiled. "I have a number of such men," he said. "Men, did I say? I should have said youths. In my army is a company of youths known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' They are brave and daring. The captain of this company is a youth named Dick Slater-the same youth who boarded your ship off Charleston that time, by the way-and he has earned the reputation of being the champion spy of the Revolution. He has a companion, Bob Estabrook by name, who is almost his equal in shrewdness and daring. I will send these two youths into the city, and if anybody can do the work which I wish done, they can." "Very well," said Count Estaing, "that will be the best thing to do." Finally, after all the details had been talked over, Count Estaing took his departure. General Lincoln sent for Dick and Bob. He told them what he wished them to do. The youths listened attentively. When General Lincoln had he asked: "Are you boys willing to undertake this work;?" "We are," replied Dick, promptly; "or, at any rate, I am." "And I," said Bob. "It will be very dangerous," said General Lincoln. "Have you taken that fact into consideration?" "The danger cuts no figure in the case, General Lincoln," said Dick. "It is our duty to go, and that settles it." "That's right," coincided Bob. "Yes, I think it is right," coincided General Lincoln, "but not every one would look at it in the way that you two do.''


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "Well, we look at it in that way, and we are ready to go whenever you say the word." "Good I I say for you to go at your earliest convenience. You know best when you will wish to start. I suppose it will be safer to wait till nightfall before making the at fempt to enter the city. "Yes," replied Dick, "it would be practic8.Uy impossible to succeed in entering the city in the daytime." "And now what is it you wish us to do, once we are in the city?" General Lincoln told them in detail. 'fhey were to find the enemy's weak points and learn where the patriot army could make an attack with a good chance of being successful. They were to learn, also, as nearly as was possible, the number of men in the British force. At last, having received all their instructions, the youths left headquarters. They returned to their own quarters and began making preparations for the work which they were to attempt at night. Soon after dark the youths, disguised in ragged suits of citizen's clothing, left their quarters and stole forward toward the city of Savannah. 1 .. CHAPTER VIII. A GOOD HIDING PLACE. It had been a year since Dick and Bob were in Savannah. They had not forgott e n the lay of the land, however. They remembered as well as if it had b een but yesterday. The youth s made their w a y forward at a fairly rapid pace. It was quit e dark and they h a d to feel their way, as it were. Presently they reached the suburbs of the city. They had to be doubly c a u t ious now. It would be a difficult matt e r to ent e r the city It was under siege. There would be many sentinels. It would be a difficult matter to get past them. They reached it at a point midway between two streets. They did not think there would be any sentinels here. They did not take it for granted, however. They approached, cautiously. They made just as little noise as possible. Reaching the fence, the youths paused. They stood still for a few moments and listened intently. They did not hear a sound. "I guess the coast is clear, Bob," whispered Dick. "Let's climb the fence." "All right," whispered Bob, in reply. The youths cautiously climbed to the top of the fence. Just as they were on the point of leaping down on the other side a sharp voice cried : "Who comes there?" The youths had stumbled upon a sentinel. Naturally, they were startled. They were not at a loss to kn.ow how to act, however. "Forward, Bob!" cried Dick. With one accord the youths leaped forward. They did not think there would be more than one sentinel at this point. They would be able to handle one sentinel easily enough. As the youths struck the ground they caught sight of the sentinel. They could just see the outlines of his body. That was sufficient, however. It enabled them to locate him. They leaped and seized the fellow. Dick managed to get the sentinel by the throat. The redcoat tried to cry out, but the cry died awa y in a gurgle. He could not utter a sound after Dick got his fingers qn the man's throat. There might be other sentinels close at hand. This made it absolut e ly necess a ry that the sentinel s hould be prevented from giving the alarm. It did not take long to choke the redcoat into insensi bili ty Jus t as thi s was accomplished, however, the youths heard the sound of approaching footsteps. They understood what this meant Some of the other sentinels had heard their comrade Dick and Bob, however, were experts at this kind of work. challenge, and not having heard anything since, they were They did not try to en te r the city by w a y of one of e v idently coming to investigate. the streets. They knew better than to do this The sentinttls would be posted at the ends of the streets. Turning aside, the youths kept on till they came to a fenced-in block. "Come," whispered Dick, "we must get away from here." The youths moved away as rapidly as was possible, and yet not make much noise. They realized that they were in danger, however. The oth e r sentinels would quickl y find the insensible man. I


THE. LIBERTY BOYS' SIGN AL. 21 hey would suspect what this meant-that spies from e patriot force were trying to enter the city. They would give the alarm at once. Some of them would undoubtedly give chase. The youths would have hard work escaping. They had gone but a short distance when yells went up m the point where the insensible redcoat lay. "They've found him," said Bob. "That's right,'' replied Dick. "We'll have to run for it now." They struck out at increased speed. They ran across the block and climbed the fence at the other side. As they reached the street they heard the sound of hurrying :footsteps behind them. Some of the sentinels had given chase. Dick and Bob ran across the street, leaped the fence and raced across another vacant lot. Leaping the fence, they turned to the right and darted up the street. They were forced to do this on account of the fact that there were buildings on the next block, this making it impossible for them to cross it. Reaching the next street the youths turned to the left and ran in that direction. They could still hear the sounds of pursuit. The sentinels were hanging on in a determined manner. More, they were making a great outcry and were spread-ing the alarm and getting new recruits constantly. The chase grew exciting. The youths, had it been a mere question of speed, would have quickly run away from their pursuers. The streets were dark, however, and they could not run at their best speed. They could not go so fast but what the redcoats could keep pace with them. Presently the youths found that they were getting down toward the business portion of the city. Here the streets were lighted. This would be to the disadvantage of the fugitives. They would attract attention, running along the lighted streets and would soon be halted and captured. they were now on the top of the highest point of ground within tJ::e limits of Savannah. The youths ran but a few steps when Dick paused, Bob doing likewise. They were standing in front of a church. The church door stood partly open. "Come," whispered Dick. He tiptoed silently but swiftly up tile steps leading to the door. Bob followed. Dick looked through the doorway. The sexton was away up toward the front of the building. He was dusting the pulpit. His back was toward the door. A couple of candles were burning on the pulpit, but the front of the church was ,in almost total darkness, the candles throwing out not a great deal of light. Dick took Bob by the arm. "Come,'' he whispered. "Step lightly. Don't make any noise." The youths passed through the open doorway. Tliey glanced about them. Over next to the wall, at the right-hand side, wa.& a stairway J This stairway led to a gallery. The youths walked across to the stairway and made their way up it. "This will make a capita.I hiding place," said Dick, when they had reached, the gallery. Of course, he spoke in a whisper. "Don't you think there is danger that the redcoats will look for ue in here?" asked Bob. "I hardly think so, Bob. Of course, they might do so." "Well, we'll soon know, at any rate." "Yes, they'll be here soon if they are coming at all." Dick had scarcely finished speaking when the sound of trampling feet was heard. Some of the redcoats were entering the church. "Hello, there, sexton!" cried a voice "What is wanted?" came the reply. i 1 I "We want to ask you a question." "" "Who are you, and by what right do you enter here?" "We mustn't go any farther down into the city, Bob," eame the counter-question from the sexton. said Dick. "We are the king's soldiers, and we have been chasing "What will we do, then, old man?" some rebel spies; we thought perhaps they might have en" Come thi.s way," said Dick. tered here." As he spoke he turned sharp to the left and darted around "No, they have not entered." a corner. "Are you sure?" Bob followed. "I am." The youths had been gradually coming up a slope and "I'm glad he is," whispered Bob, gripping Dick's arm.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "They might h ave slipped in," insisted one of the red coats. "No, they could not have done so; still you are at liberty to search if you like." "Oh, I guess it is hardly worth while. I judge it would be simply a loss of time for no profit." "I'm glad you think so," remarked Bob, in a whisper. The sound of retreating footsteps was heard. "They are going," whispered Dick. "Yes, and I'm glad of it," from Bob. The sound of the footsteps soon died away. The youths decided to remain where they were for a few minutes. They would give the redcoats time to get well away from the vicinity of the church. They waited perhaps five minutes. Then Dick said: "Let us slip down and out of the church. We will be s afe in doing so now, I expect." At this instant they heard footsteps on the stairs lead ing up to the gallery. "The sexton is coming!" whispered Bob. "What shall we do?" "I don't know," replied Dick; "I don't want him to see u s I should hate to have to hurt him." ; -"True," agreed Bob, "but he might give the alarm, I otherwise." Suddenly Dick clutched Bob by the arm. "This way," he whispered; "don't make any noise." He led the way across the gallery. At the farther side was a series of steps leading upward to a trap-door in the ceiling. Dick and Bob hastened up the steps, and, passing through the opening, pau s ed and stood perfectly still. "Do you think he will come up here?" asked Bob. "I hardly think so, Bob." tt was dark where they were. They could not see anything. They listened to the footsteps of the sexton. They hea:rd the man moving about in the gallery. Presently the sound of the foot s teps told the youths that the se x ton was approaching the point where the steps were. Suddenly some rays of light shot up through the openHe might not come up, however. Nor did he. "I guess everything is all right up there," they hea the sexton say. "There is no need of my going up ther nor is there any need of closing the trap door I will leav it open so as to let some fresh air up there and it won' be so hot and stuffy when I go up to ring the bell." The youths breathed sighs of relief. They would not be discovered, after all. They glanced around them They saw that they were in a belfry. A large bell hung suspended underneath a cross-beam. There were windows in the belfry, but they were close The sexton moved away. The youths heard him descend1 the stairs leading from the gallery down into the church proper. They made their way slowly and carefully down the s teps leading from the belfry and were again in the gallery They heard the sexton moving around below for a few moments, and then suddenly the church was plunged in darkness. The sexton had blown out the lights. Then there came the loud clang of a heavy door going shut, this being followed by the grating of a key in a lock. Dick and Bob realized what had occurred.. instantly. They / were silent from consternation for a few moments, and then Bob exclaimed: "Great guns, Dick, the sexton has locked us in the church and gone away!" CHAPTER IX. GATHERING INFORMATION. You are right, Bob," said Dick. "He has locked us in, s ure enough." "Do you suppose we will be able to get out?" "I don't know; Bob; we may be able to get out. We' ll try, anyway." The youths hastened downstairs onto the main floor of the church. ing. It was quite dark, but the youths did not have much The sexton was carrying a candle and it. was the light difficulty in finding their to the front door. from it that the youths saw. As they had anticipated, they found it locked. They stepped back from the opening. "Well, what ;will we do now, Dick?" asked Bob. The youths were somewhat alarmed. "We'll try the windows, Bob. I guess we will be able fo If the sexton came up the steps he would be sure to get out that way, all right." discover them. They made their way to 6ne of the windows.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 23 They tried to open the window. It was fastened. Dick got up and felt.around, and :finally found the fasten1g. He loosened it and then they had no trouble in open1g the window. They climbed through the opening and leaped to the They closed the window, but were unable to fasten it, of mrse, as the fastening was on the inside. The youths made their way around to the front of the iurch. They paused and listened. They began to think that there was very little danger. They put in the entire day at this work. There was only one defense which they had not yet visited by sundown. They decided to finish the affair up. .. 1 "1 _. They made their way into this last defense. .All day long they had been playing the part of green c ountry youths who were looking around for the purpos e of satisfying their curiosity. They were still acting the parts. They had deceived the redcoats nicely, everywhere they had been, so far. They supposed they would be able to do so in this inThey could hear nothing to indicate the presence of enes tance as in the others. lies in the vicinity. It happened, however, that there was a British soldier "I guess the coast is clear,'' said Dick. "Come, Bob." in the defense where they then were who had seen Dick The two stepped out upon the street and walked away the day he had played the country simpleton when the rom the church. "Where are you going, Dick?" asked Bob. "Nowhere in particular. I thought we would walk round the street a while, pick up all the information posible anQ. then to-morrow we will make an effort to dis >ver the weak places in the defenses of the city. "Oh, that's your scheme?" The youths put in two or three hours walking about the ;reets. They gathered as much information as possible by listen to the conversation of the British soldiers. Then they sought a cheap tavern, and, paying in ad11.nce for a room, went to bed. They were soon asleep and slept soundly till morning. 'l'hey ate breakfast and then started out. The work which they had before them was of a dangerous In the daytime they would be much more liable to be !COgnized. Should their identity be discovered they would be hanged r shot at once. The youths were not daunted by the prospect, however. They were there to do their duty, and would 'do it at all azards. made their way hither and thither about the city. They visited the various defenses. They made note of the best points for attack by the atriot forces. The youths virtually took their lives in their hands in oing this. There was the chance that they might be recognized. As they went from one defense to another and had such ood luck, the youths got to feeling quite at home. troops were landing from the ships, a year before. He did not recognize Dick as the same youth who had deceived them at that time, but he remembered that it was just such an appearing fellow who had done so, and he viewed the youths with suspicion. "I believe those fellows are frauds," he told several of the redcoats. "What makes you think so?" asked one. "Oh, the looks of them. I don't believe they are half s o green as they pretend." "Oh, I guess you are wrong about that," dissented one; ''if they aren't green as grass they 1 are the best actors I ever saw." "Maybe they are acting," the redcoat said. Then he told the circumstance when Dick had deceived them when the troops were landing from the ships a year before. The soldiers did not think there could be any probability that these two young fellows were rebel spies, but they watched the youths closer than they otherwise would have done had not their comrade told them his suspicions. They gathered around the youths and engaged them in conversation. Dick, who was keen-witted and shrewd, had seen the talk among the redcoats and he was suspicious. He believed that there was something in the wind. "I guess Bob and I had better watch our chances and get out of this as quickly as possible," thought Dick. Bob had become suspicious, also. When Dick whispered to him that they must get away from there, he nodded. They sauntered around a while longer and then Dick said:


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "Well, Sam, I guess we'd better be goin'. We've got ter His comrades laughed and began to guy him, which go an' git our horses and ride six miles out inter ther not make him feel any better-natured. country." "That's the word with the bark ..on it, Marston," They started to walk away, but found themselves conone. fronted by a dozen of the redcoats. "The young fellow is game, isn't he?" "Hold on," said one, "where are you going?" "Home," replied Dick. "Home?" "Yes." "Where is your home?" ('Six miles out in ther country." "Oh, out in the country, eh?" "Yes." "Humph! Say, do you know what we think?" Dick was now anticipating trouble, but he answ-ered, calmly and coolly: "Nope, I don't know what ye think." "Well, then, I'll tell you; we think you two fellows are frauds." "Whut's frauds?" asked Dick, with as simple an ex pression as possible. "Frauds are fellows who are not what they pretend to be." "Then we hain't no frauds; we're just whut we pertend ter be." The fellow who had first suspected them now spoke. "That story won't do," he said. "Some of the fellows may believe it, but I don't." "Ye don't?" "No." "Ye mus' be one uv them suspicious sort uv fellers who, not bein' honest therselves, can't believe ennybody else is honest." The innocence and calmness of Dick's tone as much as the words aroused the redcoat's anger. "You insolent young puppy," he cried, "I've a good mind to thump your head a bit and learn you some sense." Dick thought that diversion might be in his and Bob's .favor. By entering into a quarrel with the redcoat, the fact that he and Bob had been accused of being frauds and not what they pretended to be might be lost sight of. Dick took the redcoat up at once. "Whut's thet !" exclaimed Dick, in pretended anger. "D'ye darst ter call me er puppy? I tell ye whut et is, ther' hain't nobuddy ez kin talk ter me like thet l Ef ther's enny head-thumpin' bizness ergoin' ter be did aroun' heer, w'y, et'll be your head an' not mine!" This, of course, made the redcoat more angry than ever. "He is, for a fact!" "I believe he could thrash you, Marston," drawled o of the soldiers. This speaker was one who did not like Marston, and said it to worry him and not with any thought that words might be true. "I'll show !" cried Marston, fiercely. "I am goi to teach the young fool a lesson which he will not for in a hurry." As he spoke, redcoat advanced toward Dick. He evidently meant to attack the youth. Dick was ready for the fellow. He felt that he would be able to astonish the re..dcoat, his comrades as well. Then, in the excitement which would undoubtedly e 1 sue, he and Bob might be able to get away. The man addressed as "Marston" began striking Dick as soon as he was within reach. He struck rapidly and fiercely, but rather carelessly. No doubt he thought he would have no difficulty knocking the supposed country youth around as he please True, he had told his comrades that he did not belie the youths were what they pretended to be, but in hia heart he did not think they were otherwise than country youths. He was soon to find that he had no easy task ahead of him, however . To his surprise, none of his blows took effect. The youth dodged, ducked, evaded and parried, and not a blow landed. This was a surprise to all of the redcoats, as they we aware that Marston was skilled in the use of his hands affairs of this kind. All this time Dick remained on the defensive. He was waiting for the redcoat to exhaust himself Then he would do his work. This came, presently. The redcoat, on finding that he had a difficult task landing upon his nimble antagonist, had become angry and excited, and had gradually exerted himself, more and more. The result wa that he had tired greatly. PrElsently he dropped his hands. Instantly Dick took advantage of the opportunity. He struck out straight from the shoulder. He struck only one blow.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. They were soon back in the encampment of the patriot army. I Dick went to General Lincoln's headquarters at once. He made his report. 'raking a s eat at the general's desk, Dick drew plans of the city's defenses. He numbered the defenses and gave them distinguish ing mark s writing the l etter "S" to indicate "strong," and the letter "W'' to indicate "weak." Gene ral Lincoln look e d the plans over carefully. He realiz e d that this paper was a very important one. B y its aid he would know just where to make an attack, with the best chance of success. "You have done splendidl y Di c k," said General Lincoln. "If we decide to try to carry the city by storm, these pla,ns which you have drawn will be of the utmost value." "I am glad you are pleased, sir," said Dick. "If you wish, Bob and I will re-enter the city just before the at-it; then the attack could be made in concert, and it w be much more likely to succeed. General Lincoln said this was a good idea. "I don't know what to use as the signal," he said, musing tone. "I wish I could think of something." A thought suddenly struck Dick. "I'll tell you what would be a splendid signal," the you said, eagerly. General Lincoln looked interested. "What is it?" he asked. '"l'he clang of a bell." "The clang of a bell?" "Yes." 'rhen Dick went ahead and told General Lincoln story of how he and Bob had escaped from the redcoats hiding in the church, and of how they had gone up the belfry to escape being seen by the sexton, and of they had seen a large bell up there. tempt is made to carry it by storm. We will thus be able "The church is on the highest point in Savannah," to ascertain whether or not any changes have been made in Dick, "and the clang of the bell could be heard for mil the defenses." "Very well, Dick if I s h o uld want you boys to enter the city I will let you know "Very good, sir." After s ome further conver s ation, Dick withdrew. The siege was continued four or :five days longer. Then Count Estaing sent word to General Lincoln that he could not keep his ships there much longer. He said that he could not pos sibly remain long enough to reduce Savannah by siege, as tha t wouJd tak e two or three i t would be the best signal in the world." "I guess you are right," said General Lincoln; "it wo be a splendid signal, but who will ring the bell?" "I will." Dick's voice was calm but decided. General Lincoln nodded. "I expected to hear you say that," he said, "but do y t hink you can accomplish it?" Dick nodded. "I think so; Bob and I penetrated into the city a f weeks longer, at l e ast, and the terrible storms incid ent to days ago and I think we will be able to do so again." this part of the coast were likely to put in an appearance General Lincoln was silent for a few moments. at any moment. He seemed to be pondering. He said that if General Lincoln wished to try to carry Presently he looked up. Savannah by storm and would make the attempt at once, He looked at Dick. his fleet would act in concert. Then, whether successful or not, his fleet would have to leave that part of the coast. Gene ral Lincoln decided to try to carry Savannah by storm. He d e cided to make the attempt on the following day. This would be the 9th of October. "Very well," he said, "I will assign that duty to you. You will enter Savannah to-night and will take up yo position in the belfry of the church; when I have go my forces in readiness for the attack, I will make a si by means of a :fire of leaves and boughs; you will be the lookout and the instant you see the smoke of this He sent word to this effect tq Count Estaing, and asked you will ring the bell. Do you understand?" if he would be ready to co-operate with him. "I do." Count Estaing sent back word that he would. This was satisfactory. Dick was in the general s headquarters when the message from Count Estaing was brought. In the message the Count said that a signal should be decided upon so that the moment when the attack was to b e made should be known to all wl;10 were to take part in "Very good; the attack will be made at the clang of the bell." "I will take Bob with me, if you have no objections." "I have no objections, Dick; by all means take him witi you." "I will need him, as one of us will have to watch for y signal while the other stands ready to ring the bell."


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 25 It caught the redcoat fair between the eyes. He went down as if struck by a sledge-hammer. He struck the ground with a thud. "Ah-h-h-h-h !" The redcoats gave utterance to long, drawn-out excla tions of surprise. "Jove! what a blow." "That was equal to the kick of an army mule." "I'm glad it wasn't me he hit." "Marston has caught a Tartar this time sure." "He has that!" Marston was so dazed by the blow, and by the shock of fall that he did not hear what his comrades said-or he heard, he did not understand. He lay on his back, blinking upward at the sky. "Let's be goin'," said Dick to Bob. "I guess ez how't feller hez got erbout all he wants fur this time." Marston had recovered the use of his faculties suffiently so that he understood what the youth said, and he ggled to a sitting posture. "Don't you dare leave!" he growled; "I'm going to have venge for the lick you struck me. Don't let him go, "Oh, if yer wants more," said Dick, stay. I s'posed hed a-plenty." Then Dick struck out again. The blow landed on the point of the redcoat's jaw. It was a terrible blow. The redcoat went down with great force. He was knocked senseless. "I guess he got ernuff now," drawled Dick. "An' if you uns have no 'bjections, we'll be goin'." As he spoke, Dick made a gesture to Bob, and they walked rapidly away. The redcoats had been almost as much dazed as was Marston, and the youths had gone quite a little ways before the fellows seemed to realize what was taking place. Then they aroused them selves suddenly "Wait!" cried one. "Hold on, you mustn't go yet, we want to have a talk with you." The youths did not stop, however, and this angered the redcoats. "Halt I" cried the redcoat who had spoken before. "Stop where you are, or we will put bullets through you!" But the youths did not stop. CHAPTER X. "I'll show you whether I have had or not!" cried the[ coat, hoarse with rage. "Just wait, I'll fix you I" "A'.r THE CLANG OF THE BELL. "Oh, I'll wait I" Dick spoke coolly and calmly. The redcoat scrambled to his feet. He stood still for a few moments waiting to get full conol of his faculties. Dick stood still and waited. Presently the redcoat rushed toward him. He began striking out, fiercely. He thought that this time, sure, he would get the better the supposed country youth. But do as he would he could not land a blow on the uth that would injure him. The young fellow was too lively on his feet, and was o sln1led in the art of self-defense. The more the redcoat tried to strike Dick and failed, e angrier he became. He almost foamed at the mouth. He gave utterance to curses. He threatened what he would do. But he could not do any of the terrible things which he eatened. Darkness was Just coming on. The light was so dim and uncertain that the redcoats could not get good aim. It would have been an accident, too, had they hit the youths. Two or three bullets came close to Dick and Bob, but this did not worry them. They ran onward as rapidly as possible. A number of the redcoats uttered shouts and gave cha s e Instead, they leaped forward into a run. Crack crack crack crack crack I The youths were very fleet-footed, however. They soon drew away from their pursuers. Night comes on quickly in the South. It was now quite dark. As the part of the city in which they now were was well out in the suburbs, there were scarcely any lights on the street corners. This gave the youths a good chance to escape. They made the most of it. They ran at top speed and were soon out of sight of their Dick waited, as before, until the redcoat had almost pursuers. :hausted himself and was forced to drop his arms. They escaped without difficulty.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. 27 "True." Aftn the matter had been fully talked over, Dick took s departure. He went at once to Bob and told him what they had do. Bob was well pleased. Such work as this was just to his taste. He liked to fight, but he liked the work of spying and pping into the enemy's camp, better still. Then, too, there was a good chance that there would be hting to do in most cases where there was spy work to be ne. The youths made their arrangements that afternoon. As soon as it was dark they set out toward Savannah. They had been over the route only a few days before and ew the way well. They came very near being discovered by the British nti n e l s but managed to evade them. They made their way down into the city proper. They went into a restaurant--or tavern, more properly aking-and bought some provisions. Then they made their way to the church on the hill. They feared they would have hard work entering the They felt confident that they would have no difficulty in seeing the smoke signal when it should be made by the patriots. They did not know at what time it would be made, so they would have to keep their eyes open all the time. Looking seaward, they could see Count Estaing's fleet of warships. The ships were sailing hither and thither and the youths knew enough about ship manrevring to know that the vessels were getting into position for battle. The youths watched in the direction of the patriot en campment, closely. Eight, nine, ten o'clock came and passed, and still t}le smoke signal had not been seen. At about a quarter after ten the youths heard a sound of the church door opening. "Some one is coming," said Bob, in a low ;voice. "The sexton, likely," said Dick. The youths listened, attentively. They heard the sound of footsteps on the stairs leading np from the main floor of the church to the gallery. A few moments later they heard the footsteps in the gallery. urch. "Jove! I believe he's coming up here, Dick," whispered They went to the window through which they had made Bob. eir escape when they were there before, and tried it. 'l'o their surprise the winClow was not fastened. The sexton had not discovered that it had been un stened. This was good luck sure. The youths lost no time in entering the church. They made their way up into the gallery, and from there, r up into the belfry. They had bought a jug, which they had filled with water a public well, and they felt that they were well fixed r far as food and water were concerned. They would have to remain ": the church all night, and next day, and would need considerable in the way of od and drink. They had brought a small blanket-each youth-and ey spread these blankets down on the floor and lay down, d were soon asleep. They awoke bright and early next morning. They ate some of the food they had brought, and drank me water, and felt much refreshed. As soon as it was light they began getting ready for [ eir work. They opened the windows of the belfry and found that ey could get a splendid view of the city. They see away into the country, also. "It doesn't make any difference, Bob, he's only one person." This 1ast, with a significant intonation. Bob nodded. He understood what Dick meant. The steps sounded almost at the foot of the stairs leading up to the belfry. If the sexton or whoever the person might be was com-ing up into the belfr y he would be there very soon. While talking, Dick had kept a watch out of the window. Suddenly Dick saw the smoke signal. "Ring the bell, Bob!" he cried, turning quickly toward his companion. "I s e e the signal!" As Dick whirled, he saw a man coming up the steps. The man was bare-headed. He was evidently the sexton or bell-ringer. The man was almost at the top of the steps, in fact, and as his eyes fell upon youth s he cried, excitedly: "Who are you? What are you doing here?" At Dick's command, Bob had leap e d across and seized the bell-rope. Ding-dong! Ding-dong! went the deep-toned bell. As Bob grasped the rope and set the bell clanging, Dick pointed through the window and said to the b e wild e red bell-ringer :


28 THE LIBERT Y BOYS' S I GNAL "Loo. k yonder; that is what we are doing this I" As if by magic, instantly following the clang of the b ell, the remai nd e r o f the ships unde r Estaing hims elf s hundreds, yes, thousands of blue coated patriot soldie r s back to France were seen charging down upon the British defenses. At the same instant the French fleet opene d fire. Dick and Bob, watching from the belfry window, saw that some of the outworks had been carried. For a brief space the stars and stripes were planted there, but they could not be maintained The British positions were too s.trong. It was a terrible contest while it lasted. It did not last long, however. The patriots and their French allies were badly defeated. They lost more than one thousand men. The British, so secure had been thei r positio n s and so well sheltered, lost b u t fifty-five. Count Pulaski was killed and Count Estaing was w ound-ed twice. D ick and Bob, as may well be supposed, were s a disappointed over the result of the assault on Sava n nah They h ad done their part, however, so there was n o t w reproach themselves for. It h a pp e n e d tha t the sexton of the old church was patriot, so he did not object to their staying in the chu the rest of that day, and he did all he could to them to esca p e when night came THE END The next n umber (36) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will conta i n "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK OR, RISKI NG LIFE F O R LIBERTY'S CAUSE," Harry M o o r e The French had s uffer ed really more tha n the p atriots, SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of t his w a n d after being re p ulse d they went back on board the war are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from shi p s and the fleet s ail ed away. ne w sdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps It h ad scar c ely g o t r i d of the coast, however, when a :m,ail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO fierce O ct ober g ale set i n and the shi p s barel y esca p e d SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the cop' found e ring. you order by return mail. Sa.mp1e Copies Be:n:t P-ree ! .HAPPY DAYS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. I It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable It Answers a.11 sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Colum Send us your Name and Address for a Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SIGNAL. "Look yonder; that is what we are doing this I" The fleet divided, part sailing to the West Indies while As if by magic, instantly following the clang of the bell, the remainder of the ships under Estaing himself sailll hundr eds, yes, thousands of blue coat e d patriot soldiers back to France. were f':een charging down upon the British defenses. At the same instant the French fleet opened fire. Dick and Bob, watching from the belfry window, saw that some of the outworks had been carried. For a brief space the stars and stripes were planted there, but the y could not be maintained The British positions were too s trong. It was a terrible contest while it lasted. It did not last long, however The patriots and their Fren c h allies were badly def e ated They lost more than one thousand men. The British, so secure had been their positions and so well sheltered, lost but fifty-five. Count Pulaski was killed and Count Estaing was wound ed twice. The French had suffered really more than the patriots, Dick and Bob, as may well be supposed, were sa disappointed over the result of the assault on Savaniiah They had done their part, however, so there was not w reproach themselves for. It happened that the sexton of the old church was a patriot, so he did not object to their staying in the chu the rest of that day, and he did all he could to them to escape when night came. THE END. The next number (36) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK OR, RISKING LIFE FOR LIBERTY'S CAUSE," b Harry Moore S P E CIA L N OTICE: and after being repulsed, they went back on board the warare a l ways i n p rint. If you ca n not obtain them f ro m a ships and the fleet sailed away. newsd e aler s end t he price in m o ney o r po st age stam p s It had scarc e ly got rid of the coast, however, when a m,ail t o FRANK T OUSEY, P UBLISH E R, 2 4 UNIO fierce O ctober gale set in and the ships barely escaped SQU A RE, NEW YORK, a n d y o u will re c e ive the c opi foundering. y o u o r d e r by return ma il. Samp1e Copies Sen."t P9ree ! .HAPPY DAYS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. I It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable It Answers a.11 sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Column Send us your Name and Address for a Copy Free. Address FRAN K TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New Y o rk.


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It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partiet, how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squan dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to Ion, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etlquetto to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not re111 erally known No. li. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction In Ui{1 art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving tlk' selections of colors, material and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of & brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worlt! Everybod;y wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male ui9 female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boil;l'i and b1" :onvinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely Illustrated u G containing full instructions for the management and training of tlOO canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird,_paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEONS RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely ilia& trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including on how to cat. HOW TO PLAY GAMES:-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to nen !Mok, rontaining the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general lmdlgammon croquet, dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.--0. .. leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrantD6 mcJ witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomelx illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY OARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bratr. IMlol:, giving the rules and full directions for _playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some va-luabli illp, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventuNI .&action Pitch, All Fours, and ma!ll other popular games of cards. and e:ii;periences of well-known detecti.ves. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contai tlncl Interesting _puzzles and conundrums, with key to aame. A Ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work It 8 -.plete bt<>k Fully Illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and otbet ETIQUETTE. Handsomely Illustrated. By Captain W. De W. No. 18. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 6%. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILI'l'AB'! 1 .. a great life 11ecret, and one that'every younr man desires to know CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, 1111 about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Pot1t No. 88. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containlng the rules and etiquette Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy show el aood society and the easiest and most approved methods of apknow to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senaren1, author lll&rilll to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." Im the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete Ill structions of how to $'&.in admission to the Annapolis Na'f;al DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of Instruction, descrlptloa :Ro.. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a bof --Oontaining the most popular selections in use, comprising Dutch should know to become an offieer in the United States Navy. Oolltlalect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together piled and mitten by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become lfltla man1 1tandard readings. West Point Military Cadet." :PRICE 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


These Books Tell Yon Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIAI Each book consists of sixty-fou r pages, printed on good p a pe r pi clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover .Most of the books are also p rofusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an1 child can thoroughly understand them. Look ove r the list aa classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjecta mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON REGEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE! "ENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS SAME AS }fONE Y. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING. r No 21 HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in1tructions about gU11s, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in1tructions on swimming and ridini:, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE, AND DRIVE A HORSE.' A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for 1diseases .peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fl'lly illustrated. By O. Stansfield Hicks.. <. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny; alsb the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious ga:mes of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAHS.-Ever ybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book cives the explanation to all kinds of dream8.i together with lucky and unJuck;v" days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum.A' the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-.l!iveryone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE "HAND. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the band or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret df telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETI C No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving fu!J in, truction for the use of. dumb bells, Indian clubs, p11;rallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of de v elopmg a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this Ii ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO B OX.-Th e art o f s el f-d efense made Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtam one of ft hese useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to bo x without an instructor. . No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.--Oontammg .full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A bandy and useful book. No 34. HOW TO FENCE.--Oontaining full instruction f o r and the use of the broads'!"ord. ; also il!structi.ol! in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, givmg the best p0sitions in fencing. A complete book. No. 61. HOW TO BECOME A complete manual of bowling. Containing full instru ctions for vtaying a ll the stand ard American and German games; together with rutes and of sporting in use by the principal bowling cl u bs in tl) e United States. By Bartholomew Batterson. MAGIC No. H O W DO great book. of magic a 4 card tricks, contammg full mstruction of all the leadmg card trick8 of the also most popular magical as performed by our leadmg magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22 TO DO SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed b;y: his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magi c ian and boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The onlf authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. BOW TO BECOME A .MAGICIAN.--Oontaining th\ grandest assortment of .magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. No. 68 HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusingand instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.--Oontaining over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by IDagicians. Also contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. B_y A. Anderson. No. 70 HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Conta.ining full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds B7 A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Noo 730 HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBER's.-Showins many curious tricks with figures and the magic o f numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 7!5. TO ,BECOME A CONJURER.-Containini tricks with Dommoes, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinc thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson No. 78. HOW TO DO TH'E BLACK ART.--Oontaining a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together many wonderful experiments. By A. .Anderson Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy how o_ri.ginated. TJ;lis book exvlains them all, g1vmg examples m electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optics pneumatics, mechanics, etc., etc. The most instructive book pub lished. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.--Oontaining full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive engineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full descriv.tion of everything an engineer s1ipuld know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSIOAL INSTRUM'ENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, Aeolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical instruments ; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By AJgernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW 'l'O MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.--Oontainlnf a description of the lantern, together with i_ts history and i-nvention. Als o full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomel1 iliustrated, by John AIJim. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Coutainins comp lete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanic a l Trickl. By A. Anderson-. Fully illustratedo f-ETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTElRS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters IUld when to use them ; also giving specimen letters for both youni and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects ; TRICKS WITH CARDS. atso letters of introduction, ]!Otes and re.quests No. 51. H O W TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Cont alnlng No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LJll'.M'ERS TO GENTLEMEN.-explanations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand Containing full directions for writing to gentfemen on all subjects; to card tricks of card tpicks with oi:dinary cards, and not requiring also giving sample letters for instruction. tleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or tbe. use of No. 53. HOW TO. WRITE r.ET.rERS.-A wonderful 'pecially prepared cards. By Prof'essor Haffner. With illustra book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, ti mother, sister, brother, employ1Jr; and, in fact, everybody and anyi '12. HOW ro DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH O.ARDS.-Em-bodyyou wish to write to. Every young man and every young all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with illady in the land should have this book. Justrations. By A .Anderson. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.--OonNo. 77. HOW TC DO FORTY TRICKS OARpS.taining full instructiol!s for writing on almost /!DY d eceptive ,ard Trick s as performed by Ieadmg conJurers also rules for punctuation IU'd composition; together with specime)J and m a (ic1ans.. Arr nged fQf home ll!llllf!emel:!t. Folly illustrated. letters. (Continue d on p age 3 of cover.}


. . HERE'S ANOTHER NEW ONE Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE llBERIJ BOYS OF A Weekly Jlagazine containing Stories of the .American Revolutio By HARRY 'MOOREa FAIL TO READ DON'T IT These stories based on actual facts and give a. faithful account of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys or '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. Settling With the British and Tories 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Wor!i; or, Helping General Wash ington. 4 The Liberty Boys o n Hand; or, A lways in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King'IJ Minions. 6 The Libllrty Boys' Defiance; or, ''Catcb. and Hang lJs if You can. . 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or: Beset by BritiE?h and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them selves. iO The Liberty Boys'. Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' P eril; or, Threatened f rom All Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Libert:v Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, 'fhe Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Miin-of-War. 18 The L iberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' l<'ine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Clo sest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the R edcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory ; or, Downing the Red coats and Tories. 25' The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' C lever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or 'l'wo. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With tne Redcoats in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battl e Cry ; or, With Washington at the Brandywine. 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 T h e Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check. 32 The Liberty BOj S Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Vengeance. 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Suc ceeded. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang .of the Bell." 36 The Liberty Bo ys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' s cause. For sale by all newsdealers, or 8ent postpaid receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, :New York (, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdeale r s, they can be obtained from this direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books yo u want and we will se!ld them to you by return mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAJ{EN 'J'HE SAME AS J.UONEY . . . . . . . . . ... . .. .................................. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ........... ... .... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .............. .......................... ...... .. .. " PLUCK AND LUCK ........ ....................... .. ,, " SECRET SERVICE ........................ ................... .................. t< THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ... ............................ ..... .. " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... ... . ...... Name. . . . . . . . . ......... Street and No .................. Town .......... Stat e .. . . . . .......