The Liberty Boys' iron grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats

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The Liberty Boys' iron grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats
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laved Weel:ly-Bg Bubscnplion $2,50 per year. Enlersd as Second Olasa Matter ot lhe Neto York Post Office, February 4, i901, by Fl'ook Tousey. No. 4:6. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER to, 1901. Price 5 Cent& ironlike, and the redcoat was as helpless in the youth' s hands u a babe would have been. The other redcoat stared in aDjlazement.


rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. W e ekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Ameri can Revolution Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act ot Oonncss, in the year 1901, in the office ot the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Sq1wre, New York. No. 46. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 15, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. SENT TO NEW YORK. It was the last week in January, of the year 1777. General Washington, with the patriot army, occupied position at Morristown Heights. The British were at New Brunswick and New York City. General Washington had thrashed the British soundly t Trenton and at Princeton. The country was ringing with praises of the great man. Washington had turned the tables on the British so >mpletely that they hardly knew what to think. The British general, Cornwallis, had thought that he It was about the mid dle of the afternoo:q. of the last day of January, when an orderly left the building occu pied as headquarters by General Washington, and made his way to a long, rambling, shed-like structure which sheltered hundreds of the patriot soldiers. The orderly made his way to a point near the middle of this structure. Here he entered and looked about him. Fires were burning, here and there, and the soldiers were gathered about the fires to keep warm. Near by was a group of youths who did not average more than eighteen years of age. These were youths-there was a company of them-known as "The Liberty Boys of '76 !l.d Washington where he could not escape, at the They were brave young fellows, and had done splendid [nk, near Trenton, but the American general had given work in a number of battles. 1e British the slip, and now occupied an impregnable 'l'he orderly ran his eyes rapialy over the faces of the )Sition at Morristown Heights youths. Washington had just issued a manifesto, in which he ated all persons who had accepted the offer of the :otection of the British, must retire within the British come forward and take the oath of allegiance to 1e American cause. The proclamation was productive of much good. The great majority of the people of New Jersey took e oath of allegiance. The British had earned the hatre d of the people by their tions They committed depredations of all kinds. "Is Dick Slater here?" he called out. "Here!" As he spoke, a bright-looking, handsome and manly young fellow leated to his feet. This was Dick Slater, and he was the captain of the company. "You a:re wanted at headquarters," said the orderly. "At once?" queried the youth. "Yes, at once .. "Very well; I will accompaJD' you." The two made their way to the house occupied by the Tl1ey :foraged indiscriminately upon those who were commander-in-chief. iendly to the British cause, the same as oil those who lre not. They entered, and the orderly ushered Dick into the This, o:f course, caused the :feeling to run high against room in which sat General Washington. em. "Dick Slater, your excellency," announced the orderly. The loyalist :families who were robbed were very angry, 1d many o:f them turned around and became patriots. Then he withdrew, leaving the two alone together. General Washington was seated at a table, looking at The farmers of the part of New Jersey in which the some documents. mies now were, banded themselves together and lay in He did not look up for some moments, but went on with tit :for the foraging parties o:f the British, and shot them his reading )ill ambush. Presently he :folded the document which he had been It got so that the British at New Brunswick suffered :for reading. mt of food, :frequently-which served them right Then he looked up and nodded to the youth.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. ======--====================1 "Ah, Dick, good afternoon!" he greeted. I will give you a letter of introduction to the agent "Good afternoon, your excellency!" replied Dick, saNew York." luting. "Very well, your excellency." The great man indicated a chair. Then Dick saluted and departed. "Be seate d," he He hastened back to the quarters occupied by the "Li Dick sat down. erty Boys." The commander-in-chief looked at Dick, keenly and They were eager to learn what it was that the co1 for a few moments; then he said: mander-in-chief wished with Dick. "Dick, you have done considerable work for me, in the way of carrying messages, spying and so forth, and I know that when I give you a task you will accomplish it if such a thing is possible." Di ck flushed with pleasure, and also with embarrass ment. He was a modest youth, and could not hear himself praised without flushing up. "I'm to go to Kew York, boys," Dick told them. "To New York!" exclaimed Bob Estabrook, a brigh handsome youth of about Dick's age. "Say, I wish could go with you!" "Jove! I wish I could go!" from :Mark Morrison, a other bright-looking youth. Dick shook his head and laughed. "I guess you will have to be satisfied to remain behin "I have always tried to do the work which you gave boys," he said; "I am to go alone." me to do, your excellency," he replied. A Sf'ries of groans went up from the youths at this. "Yes, and you have, as a rule, succeeded-better than any other .ma n I have ever tried in the same line -of work. That i s the reason I have sent for you, now. I hnve some work for you to do." "I shall be glad to attempt anything which you wish me to attempt, sir." "I was sure of that; well, I have a difficult undertak ing for you, this time." "'Yhat, if I maJ ask, your excellency?" "I'll tell you, Dick: Nearly four months have elapsed since Benjamin Pranklin went to a commissioner; to try to get the French to assist us in our fight for Liberty. It is about time I had word from Franklin, and I wish you to go to New York, to a secret agent whom I have there, and learn if any news has come from the

'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 3 Then he went back to headquarters, and reported that he was ready to start to New York. The commander-in-chief handed Dick a folded paper. "That is a letter of introduction to my M. Du mont," he said. "It tells him all that is necessary, and he will hand you a letter to bring to me." Dick placed the paper in an inside pocket of his coat. Then the commander-in-chief told Dick the number and street where M. Dumont would be found. And they ate heartily, laughing, talking imd cracking jokes as they did so. They were a jolly set, those "Liberty Boys." It was impossible for it to be dull where they were But occasionally there was a let up to the mirth. This was when they would remember that Dick was About to start on a dangerous expedition to New York City. They were well aware of the fact that when a patriot entered the city of New York, he took his life in his hands. The youth made a mental note of it. Dick, however, was one qf the liveliest and jolliest of the "You won't forget it?" the commander-in-ehief asked. lot. "No, your excellency." ''Because, if you think there is danger thai you will do so, we had better write it down. The reason I haven't written the address is because I was afraid it might fall into the hands of the British, and I don't wish to attract their attention that way." "I will remember the address, your excellency." "Good! And have you all your arrangements made for the trip?" "Yes, your excellency." "You must put on plenty of warm clothing, for it is very cold, Dick." "I have done so, sir." "You have selected a good horse?" "Yes, your excellency; I have :Major, the horse I cap tured from the British that time on Long Island. There is no better animal in this country." The commander-in-chief nodded. "He is, indeed, an excellent animaL Well, you must be very careful, Dick. Don't let the redcoats ambush you or capture you." "I will not, if I can prevent it, your excellency." "I am sure of that!" with a smile. Then General Washington took Dick's hand and shook it warmly. "Good-by, my boy, and success to you!" be said. "Good-by, your excellency!" Then Dick saluted and withdrew. The youths were waiting on Dick to eat supper with them. They wouldn't commence eating till he was ready. All sat down, now, and pitched in. The "Liberty Boys" were never bothered with lack of appetite. Occasionally they were bothered to get something to satisfy their appetites. But it wasn't so on this occasion They had plenty, such as it was. He felt that way, and there was no about it. He was going on a dangerous expedition, true, but he really enjoyed such work, and the thought of the dangers ahead only added to the zest of the affair. The meal was ended at last. Dick donned his overcoat and gloves "Well, boys, I must go," he said; "take care of your-, f'elves while I'm away." "We will; and you must do the same!" "Yes, indeed; it is you who must take care of yourself!" "Be careful, Dick!" "Don't let the redcoats gobble you!" Such were a few of the exclamations and suggestions. "I'll look out for myself, boys," replied Dick, with a smile. "When will you be back, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don't know, Bob; my return will be governed by circumstances which I cannot now foresee." Then be went outside, mounted and rode away, lowed by the cheers of the "Liberty Boys." CHAPTER II. DICK IS HEI,D UP. It was now dark, but there was considerable snow on the ground, and this made it light enough so that it was easy to follow the road. Dick went directly eastward. Morristown is almost west from New York. The youth rode onward at a brisk gallop. It began to snow. Dick did not rriind this. He loved snow. Then, too, it was sure to be warmer if it snowed. Of course, if it snowed bard enough to make a very deep covering, it would be bad going for the horse; but JHajor


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. was a magnificent animal, and could make good time, :anyway. Dick rode onward for nearly an hour. Then he ente red the timber which bordered a branch Qf the Passaic River. "I do not "Well, it doesn't make any difference whether you un derstand it or not "Oh, it doesn't?" Dick was talking for time. rrhe yout h was unsuspicious of danger. He wished to have time enough to decide upon a plan The main army of redcoats was at New Brunswick, to enable him to get out of the scrape. nearly thirty miles to the southward. "Xo, it doesn't!" in a threatening tone. ''And now, Therefore, he was taken wholly by surprise when just who are you?" before he reached the stream two men leaped out in the road i11 :front of him and called upon him to halt. They were :redcoats. It was not so dark but the youth could see that their (!Oat:; were red. 'l'hey heltl muskets, and had the youth covered "Rallo! What does this mean?" Dick asked, his tone being more of ?urprise than alarm. "It means that you must give an account of yourself!" was the reply. "Oh, I must give an account of myself, eh ?" "That is it, exactly." "Well, I guess 1 can do that. What is it you wish to know?" Dick was thinking rapidly. ":'II) mme ia Sam 1\Iartin." "Sam Martin, eh ?" "Y cs." "Where do you live?" ''About two miles from here." "Where arc you going?" "To New York." "To New York, eh?" "Yes." "\Yhat are you going to New York for?" The redcoat's tone was full of suspicion. 'l am going there to visit my uncle." "To visit your uncle, eh ?" "Yes." ''Are you aware that thi's is rather a queer time of th He felt that he was in a trap; but he did not intend day-or night, rather-to start on a visit?" to stay in it. He had no thought of letting two redcoats capture him. And at such an early stage of his journey, too! It would not do at all. So he kept up a lively thinking, trying to evolve some plan which would extricate him from the trouble. He did not bring :Major to a complete stop. He had simply brought him down to a slow walk, and was slowly but surely approaching the two men in the road. They noted this fact, presently. ''Stop!" cried one. nearer!" "Don't let that horse come a step Dick brought Major to a full stop. "It may seem so to you, but jt is easily explainei.!.." "Ex plain, then." "It is this way: I : had some work which had to be don and I worked at i.t all day, and could not start until afte1 nightfall." "Why didn't you wait till to-morrow?" "Well, I was expected by my uncle, this evening; and wish to get there as nearly on time as possible, so starte Lo-night The redcoats seemed hardly to know what to think abo this. "What do you think about this story of the youn He was now not more thnn twenty feet from the redfellow, Saunders?" asked one. coats. "Well/' he said, "now I have stopped, what is it that you wish?" Dick had not yet outlined any plan which he thought would work. He kept up a lively thinking, however. "We want to kn(}w who you are," was the reply. "Oh, you wish to know who I am?" "Yes. "I don't see why you should wish to know that." "you oon't ?" "I think it sounds a little bit far-fetched," was the repl "It seems .so to me, also." 'l'hen he asked : "What are you, rebel or loyalist?" ?" "Yes, you." "Well, I don't' know that I am either," replied' Die slowly and thoughtfully; "most all my folks are loyalist though, and I suppose that I would be a loyalist, to?." "Oh, most all your folks are loyalists, are they?" "Yes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 5 "Is this uncl e whom you are going to visit -in New "Get down off your horse!" ordered the other. loyalist?" "Gentlemen, I protest," said Dick; "I will get my feet "I think he is." soaked, if l alight, as this soft snow will penetrate my shoes "What do you think of it, Saunders?" the redC;Oat asked. like water, and I will catch my death of cold." "Well, I don't know; the young fellow may be telling "Oh, there isn't any danger of that, I guess," with a e truth, aQd then again he may not be." careless laugh. "That's it; you can't always tell. Some of these young '"l'hat i s nothing to us," sa id the other, with a chuckle. ericans are terrors." "But it is considerable to me," said Dick. "I hope "So they are; worse than the men." "You are right; just think of the doing s of those young llows who call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of '76 !' you will give up this idea of searching for me,and permit me to ride on my way in peace." "Couldn't think of it," the harsh reply; "get down and be quick about it!" ey are terrors, and no mistake "Indeed they are!" The redcoats had lowered their muskets soon after they Ye s ; they have caused us more trouble than the entire began questioning Dick. bel army." "You are right about that; and this fellow may be them extended at arm's length. lling us the biggest kind of a lie." Then, too, they had become possessed of the idea that the The weapons were heavy, and they did not care to hold "I assure you that I am telling you only the truth, yout.Q. was harmless. P-ntlemen . said Dick. "That may be,'' was the reply, "but we have no guaranty at it is the truth." "Nothing but my word, but I assure you I have spoken ly the truth. I would not attempt to deceive you." "I'll tell you what we will do, Saunders," said the dcoat who had done most of the talking. "What?" "We will search the young fellow, and if we find nothing his person that is in any way suspicious, then we will t him go on his way." "That is a good idea," agreed Saunders. But it did not suit Dick, at all. If they were to search him they would find the letter He did not look dangerous. So now, when they ordered the youth to dismount, he was not likely to obey, since he would have a chance to do something without being in very great danger. Dick had calculated everything. He had made up his mind what to do. Instead of obeying the command of the redcoat;he made a move which astonished them. He spoke to his horse-quickly, sharply. "Forward, Major!" As he spoke thus, he touched the horse in the flanks with his bootheels. He did not wear spurs, as Major was an animal that did introduction to 1\1. Dumont, which had been given not need anything of this kind to get him along. ick by General Washington. Major responded instantly. That, of course, would not do at all. It would be fatal. bick must not permit himself to be searched He must think of some excuse to put them off, if posle; and if this failed he would have to make a fight. Of course, he intended to fight, anyway, if it was He leaped forward, straight toward the redcoats. Indeed, he struck at them with his forefeet. He seemed to possess almost human intelligence He had been stopped so often on the road in this man ner that he seemed to know that the two were enemies of his rider. cessary. The redcoats uttered cries of dismay, and attempted to He decided to try to talk the pair out of their idea of leap out of the way. aking search "I nssure you, gentlemen, that you will be going to a eat deal of unneGessary trouble," said Dick; "I am just lat I claim to be, and you will find nothing on my person prove otherwise." "Perhaps not," the redcoat replied; "we will be able to I better about that after we have made the search." "That's right," said Saunders, approvingly. One escaped, but the other was struck a glancing blow by one of the hoofs, and knocked down. "Nuw, then, away you go, old fellow!" cried Dick. The horse bounded away, up the road. The redcoats uttered curses, and howled for Dick to stop. "Halt! Halt, or we will fire!" they cried. They had dropped their muskets in the snow, however, and the weapons were not in a condition for service.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. They drew their pistols as soon as they discovered this fact, and fired four shots after Dick. He was at such a distance, however, that the bullets did not carry up, and so was in no danger whatever. "Good-by!" the youth called back. "I'm sorry to leave you, but I am in a great hurry, and cannot afford to lose any more time Di c k looked back as be said He saw that the r e dcoats were running into the timber: He thought he understood this move. "They have horses in among the trees," he thought; "and they are going to give chase!" He chuckled as he thought of this. "I gue s s they will have to have mighty good horses if CHAPTER III. "WHAT IS SAUCE FOR THE GOOSE IS SAUCE FOR THE GANDER." Saunders had spoken truly Half a dozen horsemen had ridden out into the road a couple of hundred yards in front of Dick. They were undoubtedly redcoats Dick saw this at a glance. Their red coats were easily discernible, the snow making it light enough so that colors could be distinguished. Dick was now between two fires. He seemed to be in a trap. they keep in sight of l\1:ajor !" he murmured. He hardly knew what to do under the c ircum s tances. He kept looking back, as he rode, and soon saw the He decided to let circumstances in a m e asur e goven matters. redcoats emerge from the timber They were leading a couple of horses. "Just as I expected," thought Dick; "well, they will find that they might as well try to catch a thunderbolt as to try to overtake Major." Tbe redcoat s did not know the youth was so well-mounted, however. They good mounts, and thought they s o.od a good ohance of overtaking the youth. "We ll cat c h him!" cried the one who had been addressed as Saunders. "I think so!" growled the other. They mounted quickly, and lashed their horses into a gallop. The animals s ped up the road at a good speed. Their ritl.ers kept their e yes on the fugitive. They had expected to see the distance between them cut down rapidly, and wer e a s tonished to see that nothing of the kind occurred. He did not slacken the speed of his hor s e an iota. Instead he urged 1\fajor to renewed exertions. Saunders and his comrade fearing that the n ewcome r might let the fugitive get past them, yelled out at the t o of their voices : "Stop him!" "Don' t let him get past you!" They were more than a quarter of a mile dio,tant frou the newcomers, but the night was so still that the i r word could be plainly distinguished. "Halt!" cried the leader of the body of r e d c oat s Dick was desperate. He was determined not to surrender. Instead of obeying the order to s top h e urged to his best speed. He rode directly toward the redcoat s It seemed to be the act of a madman. But there was method in Dick s madnes s : :\Iaj o r He sometimes did things which seemed to b e utterl "By Jov e the young fellow has a good hor s e cried reckless. Saunders. "You are right, he has!" from the other. He always had a good reason for so doing, howeve r It was so in this case. Presently, to the still greater surprise of the redcoats He intended to open up a way through the f o r c e o the y became aware of the fact that the fugitive was drawredcoats away from them. "Blazes!" exclaimed Saunders. "The fellow is widening the gap between us, old man!" "It looks that way," was the reply, in a growl "Yes, he has a better horse than either of ours." Then a cry of delight escaped the two in unison. "There are some of the boys They'll head the young fellow off!" exclaimed Saunders. As he urged Major forward, Dick drew hi::; pistols. The bridle reins rested on Major's neck-he was a hors who needed no guidance in cases of this kind. This was good for Dick as it left him fre e to use bot hand s "Out of the way!" he cried in a fierce tone of voice. Of course he did not expect that the redcoats would obey but he wished to give them warning.


1 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IROX GRIP. 7 "Out of the way, or take the consequences!" he cried, then-Crack crack Dick fired both pistols. Although he was not doing anywhere near his best, j1ajor was drawing gradually a" 'ay from the pursuers. Dick leaned forward and patted the horse on the neck. "Good boy!" he said. "You are showing those fellows They were snap shots as Dick could not stop to take a clean pair of heels." a1m. The horse gave utterance to a little neigh. They were good shots, however. It almmot seemed as if he understood what was said to Two of the redcoats threw up their hands and fell from him. their horses. Dick looked back over his shoulder. This created consternation among the redcoats. "Well, I am safe out of that scrape," he murmured; "it The horses that were without riders reared up and whirl-was a close rub, though. I thought for a few moments that ing around, struck against the horses ridden by the other they would get me." redcoats and caused the animals to go plunging out toward Dick gradually drew away from his pursuers. the sides of the road. At last the redcoats were left clear out of sight, and This left a road open for Dick, straight through the feeling that he was in no danger, whatever, from them, middle. Dick dismissed them from his mind. Major plunged onward and went through a shot. By the time the redcoats regained control of their horses, Dick was fifty yards away and going like the wind. The redcoats leape_d to the ground to render assistance to their wounded comrades, and while they were engaged in ibis task the other two redcoats rode up "Did the scoundrel kill somebody?" asked Saun ders. "A couple of the boys are pretty hard hit," was the reply; "but I don't know that they are fatally wounded. Who is that young scoundrel, anyway?" "I don't know who he is, but I suspect that he is a rebel spy." "After him, then, and capture him!" "We can go after him, but the catching part of it is another matter. He has a wonderfully swift horse." "So he has; well, go ahead and catch him if you can. Two of our boys will go with you, while the other two will emain here and look after Harding and Jeffries." Two of the redcoats remounted their horses and in com any with Saunders and his comrade, rode away in pur uit of Dick. The youth saw them coming, but was not alarmed. "Four cannot travel any more swiftly than two," he aid to himself, "and I don't think they will be able to atch me." The redcoats used both whip and spurs on their animals. They urged the horses onward at top speed. It was no use, however. They could not gain on the fugitive Major was a magnificent animal, one that would have ade a mark on any race track, and in addition to having peed, he was possessed of wonderful staying qualities. He slackened l'lfajor's speed down to an ordinary gallop. "There is no need of tiring yourself out, old fellow," he said; "I think it will be perfectly safe for you to take it easy." For the next half hour Dick kept a sharp J.ookout behind him. His thought was that perhaps the redcoats might continue the pursuit. But such evidently was not the case. He did not see the redcoats again . A few minutes later Dick entered the timber bordering the Passaic River. Just before he reached the river he carne sudderlly upon a scene which 16is blood boil with anger. Near the roadside was a large log cabin, the home of a settler. In front of the house, and not ten paces from the road, was a little group of men'. 'l'he men were in disguise, the disguise consisting of a coarse sack with arm, mouth, nose and eye holes cut in it, this unique garment being pulled down over the head. No matter how well one might have known the men, it would have been utterly impossible to them. Besides these men of whom perhaps there were half a dozen were three other persons. One of these was a man who _was tied to a tree, his face toward the tree and his back outward. 'l'wo of the disguised men held heavy hickory switches in their hands and were taking turns in striking the man tied to the tree. A little ways to one side stood a woman and a girl sixteen or seventeen years of age. p Both were weeping violently. /


\ 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. The man tied to the tree was evidently the husband and father of the woman and girl. At least this was the way Dick sized the matter up. Dick decided to take a hand in the affair. Although there were six of the disguised men, he did not hesitate. It was not Dick's .nature to stop and count the odds against him, especially in a case of this kind. Neither did he stop to ask questions. He did not consider this to be necessary. He rode right up to within ten feet of the party of "Nothing, sir; absolutely nothing," said the woman, in a trembling voice. "The only thing they can say agains1 him is that he is a 'rebel,' that he is not loyal to the king.': '"rhen you are Tories?" remarked Dick, interrogatively. There was something in Dick's tone that caused the men to hesitate to answer. Instinctively they seemed to realize that this youth wae not a Tory. "Waal, we-that is-I guess--" stammered one oj the disguised men. "That will do said Dick, sternly. ''You are Tories, disguised men. there i.s no doubt about that; and there is just as littlE As there was no fence, he had no trouble in doing this. doubt that you are cowards and brutes. Do you The snow on the ground acted as a cushion for the what I would like to do to you fellows?" hoofs of the horse, and they made no noise whatever." Dick had reloaded his pistols while riding along. He now drew them from his belt and leveled them at "No, I kain't say thet I do." "Well, I'll tell you: I'd like to take you by the throa one at a time, and choke you till you are black in th face. It has been of me that I have an iron grip, an As the eyes of all the men, and the woman and girl, were it would give me the greatest pleasure in the world the disguised men. on t he man bound to the tree, no one had seen Dick's approach. The :first they knew that any one was there was when Dick cried out in a loud stern tone of voice: "Stop that, you cowardly scoundrels What are you about, anyway?" l Cries of astonishment escaped all, and as the disguised men whirled, and saw themselves threatened by the pistols in the hands of the youth, they gave utterance to cries of anger. "Oh, sir, save my husband from these bad men!" cried the woman, in an eager, pleading -.oice. "Don't-let them whip him any more!" "The next man that touches him, I'll shoot dead in his if I had the time to waste i.n such a fashion-to prove tha such is the case, in the manner that I have stated. Yo mean, miserable, cowardly scoundrels, aren't yc11 of yourselves?" The men shrank back. ashame The stern and accusing voice and looks of the yourl awed and frightened them. All seemed to be afraid to make a reply, and Dick mad a threatening movement with his pistols, and said: "Some one of you feilows cut that man loose from th tree, and do it quickly!" Two of the disguised men leaped to obey Dick's orde They quickly cut the ropes binding the man. tracks!" said Dick, sternly. "You are free," said Dick, as the man turned llnd face 11Who in blazes air ye, anyhow?" growled one of the men. him; "have they hurt you very much?" "Yas, an' by whut right do ye interfere?" from another. "Not as much as they would have hurt me, I judge; i As the men spoke their hands moved toward their wasn't very pleasant, however." weapons. "I judge not," remarked Dick, drily. "How do yo "Don't attempt to draw your pistols!" cried Dick. "I'll feel--strong enough to wield a switch?" put a bullet through the first man that does attempt it!" A gri:m look of pleasure appeared on the man's face. The men hesitated. The six disguised men fidgeted about and turned thei There was something in the tone of the youth which conheads as if contemplating making a dash for their liber vinced the men that he meant what he said. "Don't think of trying to get away," said Dick, sternly Their hands dropped to their sides. "I'm going to let you go, all right, but not until after yo They were very angry, however, and muttered threats. have been given a dose of your own medlcine. You wi "Who air ye, anyhow?" asked one of the men. now step up and stand with your face to the tree; one is none of your business; it is enough for you you at a time, and this gentleman hE}re will give you I am one who will not stand quietly by dozen good, sound cuts with the switch The first man wh '-brutes, I should have said-abuse one refuses to take his place at the tree will be sh.ot down '\'hat has he done, anyway?" his tracks; don't think that I will hesitate to do it, for I wi


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 9 not. I look upon you as human wolves and will treat you as such F' The man picked up one of the switches and took up his position, ready to administer the floggings There was a grim look on his f.ace which showed that he v:as determined to make a good job of it. As he was a well-built, muscular man, Dick believed that he would be able to inflict considerable punishment. Dick made a motion with one of his pistols. "Take your place there, one of you!" he ordered. "It doesn't matter which one of you go :first, for you will all have to go through the mill!" One of the men took his place, with his face to the tree. "Now, go ahead, sir," said Dick; "lay it on, good and heavy." "You may be sure I'll do that," said the man. And he did. "Oh, that is all right. You -are more than welcome." "We would like to know to whom we owe our thanks," said the woman. Dick laughed. "Did those men tell the truth when they said you were a patriot?" he asked of the man. The man nodded. "Yes," he replied, "they told the truth." "And they were Tories?" "Y&s." "And your neighbors, likely ?" "Yes, without doubt. I have an idea tliat I would know each and every one of them if I were to get a look at thei r faces." "You will have to keep a sharp lookout for tltem in the future." "I shall do so; I do not intend to let them catch me He welted the disguised man so soundly that he howled napping again." like a good fellow. "But your name, young sir; you haven't told us who Now the next one," said Dick, when this one ha-d reyou are," insisted the woman. cei>ed his twelve welts. "Perhaps the g;ntleman has reasons for not wishing to One after another the other four were put through the tell us, wife," said the man; "these are troublous times, same ordeal, and the man wielded the heavy switch to such effect that he brought howls of pain to the lips of each and every one of the disguised men. you know." "I do not mind telling you folks, now that I know you are patriots," said Dick. "l\fy name is Dick Slater." ''There!" said Dick, when this was :finished, "now you "What!" exclaimed the man, in excitement "Not Dick scoundrels kno'v how it feels, yourselves, to have a heavy Slater, the patriot spy, the captain of the company of switch laid across your shoulders; I will just say that you 'Liberty Boys?' may consider yourselves extremely fortunate that you have "The same," nodded Dick. eocaped so easily. Next time, you may not do so. So if "Well, well!" said the man. "'l'his is a surprise! W"ife, you will take my advice, you will never again attempt this is Dick Slater, the young man of whom we have heard anything of this kind. That is all-go!" so much. I am glad to have met you!" and he shook hands Dick shook his pistol, threateningly, and the six diswith the youth. guised men did not hesitate an instant, but went at once. The woman also gave her hand to the youth, and then CHAPTER IV. .AN UNWELCOME CO:M:P.ANION. the girl did the same. "My name is Martin Welbrook," said the man, "and these are my wife and my daughter, Elsie." "Glad to make_ your acquaintance, all," said Dick, lifting llls hat and bowing to the two ladies. Then he said: "You had better keep your door bolted of nights, from now on. Those ilcoundrels may take it into their heads to The men crossed the road and disappeared in the timber. pay you another visit." Dick watched them till they were out of sight. "I hardly think they will do so, after what they received Then he turned toward the three. here, to-night, 11r. Slater; but I shall be very careful; Oh, sir How can we ever repay you for what you and 'vill keep my door barred and thus make sure of it." ha>e done?" exclaimed the woman. Then the woman spoke up: "I don't want pay for such work as that," laughed "Will you stop over night with us, Mr. Slater?" she Dick; "it was a pleasure." asked. "We owe you our thanks, anyway," said the man, earhe replied; "I am on my way to New York, and nestly. must not stop."


10 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. "Ah, I see!" said the man. "On important business, eh ?" "Yes; and it is important that I reach the city during the night, as it will be less dangerous than if I were to wait and enter in the daytime." "I can understand that, and we will not insist on your staying over night with us, though we should be pleased to have you do so." "And I should be pleased to stay, under other circum stances, Mr. Welbrook," said Dick; "as it is, however, I shall have to bid you good-night Then Dick lifted his hat, and, turnini his horse's head toward the road, rode away. "There goes a brave and noble hearted youth, if ever there was one!" said Mr. Welbrook. "Yes, indeed agreed his wife. "And isn't he handsome!" exclaimed the girl. 'He probably saved your life, Martin," said the woman. 'You are doubtless right, Maria; there is no telling what those scoundrels might have done if he had not come and put a stop to their work." "Let us go into the house and bolt the door, husband," said the woman, nervously; "they might return." "I don't think there is any danger; but it. will do no harm to be on the safe side." The three entered the house and closed and barred the door. Dick rode onward at a good rate. He had lost nearly half an hour of time at the cabin, and ----The ferryman's cabin, a small, one-room, log affair, Etood just beside the road, and not thirty feet above the water of the river-the bank being quite steep here. Dick rode right up in front of the house and dismounted. Stepping forward, he knocked on the door. "Who is there?" called out a voice. The reply had come almost instantly, proving that the man in the cabin was a light sleeper. "A friend; open the door!" called out Dick. "What do you want?" was the next question. "I wish to He ferried across the river." 1'herc was no reply to this. Dick heard the sound of footsteps, however The footsteps approached the door There was the noise of fumbling, and the youth heard the man lift the bar out of place and deposit it on the floor. Then the door swung open. A tall, muscular man stood revealed in the open doorway. He peered out at the youth "Hello, is it you, Dick?" 1e suddenly exclaimed. "Yes, it is I, Hank," the youth replied. "Why didn't you say so when I asked who you were?" "I was afraid there might be somebody in there with you." Oh, I see; you are on a secret mission to the city, eh ?" "Yes, that is-it, exactly, Hank; and I wish to be set across the river." "Right away, eh?" "Yes." wished to make it up. "Say, Dick, I'm afraid I'll ferry you across this river Major was willing, and galloped onward in a brisk for the last time, one of these days." manner Dick laughed Half an hour later he crossed the Hackensack River. Then Dick bore slightly to the northward. He wished to strike the Hudson River at a point near the northern end of Manhattan Isl and. This was not the first time he had visited New York City since the redcoats had had control there. At the end of another half hour Dick l'eached the Hudson. At the point where he reached the stream, a not-much traveled road led down through the timber "Oh, I guess not, Hank," he replied; "at least, I hope not." "So do I; but every time I say to myself that this will probably be the last time I will set Dick across the river." "And still I keep coming "Yes; you've been lucky, Dick." "I rather think so, myself." The man q11ickly donned his overcoat and hat and step ped out of the cabin. "Come," he said; "I am ready to set you across the Where this road struck the river there was a small river." flatboat owned by a patriot. The two made their way down to the water's edge, and The boat was just large enough to hold one team and Dick led Major aboard the boat. wagon. 'rhere was not a great deal of ferrying to do, here, but the owner of the boat earned something at it, and by killing It wns not the first time Major had been aboard the boat, and he betrayed no uneasiness. 'I'he ferryman was just on the point of pushing the boat wild game and selling it to the redcoats down in the city, out into the river when he and Dick "ere startled by a hail managed to make a very fair living. from the bank above.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HWN GHIP. 11 "Hallo, there! Wait a minute!" The two looked up in astonishment. They were somewhat startled, too. They saw a horseman. The horseman was a redcoat, too It was light enough so they could distinguish the red at of the uniform. "Hello, yourself What do you want?" responded the r rryman. "I want to go across with you. Wait!" A muttered exclamation escaped Hank. He looked at Dick, inquiringly. "Let him come," said Dick, in a low voice; "he's only ne man." Hank understood what Dick meant. The youth was willing to have the redcoat come along, eling able to take care of himself against one enemy, "Is your horse frisky?" asked Hank. "Oh, no," replied the newcomer; "he is as gentle as a 'tten." "Good We'll go along together. It will be a relief to have company on the road." "So it will," agreed Dick, though he was not so well satisfied as the redcoat seemed to be. 'rhey rode slowly up the bluff together, and, waving their hands to the ferryman, disappeared from his sight. "Jove! I hope Dick won't let that redcoat get the better of him in any way!" thought Hanlr. Dick and the redcoat rode along at a moderate pace. The redcoat was evidently curious regarding Dick, and the youth judged that he was a bit suspicious, also. His questions indicated this. Dick was apparently so frank in his answers to the fel low's questions, however, that it seemed as if he must disarm whatever suspicion the other felt. "And you are going to the city on business, eh ?" the red coat remarked. Dick had told this story, fearing to say that he was going to visit an uncle, as the ,man would likely ask the name of the uncle and where he lived, and this would make "All right; come along, then." the situation awkward in the extreme, as Dick would be The redcoat rode down the embankment, and, leaping unable to answer these questions. the ground, led his horse onto the flatboat. "Yes, on business," replied Dick. "All right; go ahead," he said. "I B1lppose you would think me inquisitive if I was to Hank started the boat. ask what the business is that you are going to New York The redcoat pai.d no attention to Hank, but eyed Dick to transact?" insinuated the redcoat. 'osely. "Well," replied Dick, "I don't know that there would The youth had his eyes on the fellow, and was aware that be any particular objections to telling the business, but I e was the subject of was instructed not to say a thing about it, and I think it "He isn't one of the men whom I had my encounter best to obey orders." ith, to-night," the youth thought; "well, I'm glad of ''Oh, yes; no doubt about that," agreed the redcoat, at." but it was plain that he was not pleased. It was slow work crossing the river, but scarcely any "I thought it possible that I might be of benefit to you," ords were uttered by the men. the man explained; "I am familiar with all the ins and The redcoat spoke soothingly to his horse two or three outs of the city, you know, while you say that you are a 'mes, when the animal became uneasy, and insisted on stranger there." oving about, and that was all. "So I am," replied Dick, "and I thank you for your The other side was reached, finally. kind interest in my welfare. I guess I will be able to get Dick paid the ferryman the fee for bringing him across, nd Hank found a chance to whisper in the youth's ear: ''Look out for this fellow He may try to go for you, fter you get away from here." "I'll watch him," replied Dick, in a whisper. He led Major off the boat, and the redcoat followed suit. He, too, paid the fee, and then as he was preparing to ount, said to Dick: "Are you going to the city?" Dick thought he might as well tell the truth, so replied: "Yes, I am bound for New York." along, however." '' Oh, I suppose so. If you will tell me to which part of the city you wish to go, however, I shall be glad to accompany you thither." "I am much obliged," said Dick, "but I fear that I shall have to refuse to take advantage of your offer." The redcoat muttered something unintelligible and was silent for a few minutes afterward. Dick hoped that the redcoat would let the matter rest. Such was not to be the case, however. The man was not through.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. Presently he turned his face toward Dick, and, looking at him searchingly, said: "Do you k_now, it seems to me that you are unusually cloBe-mouthed about your affairs?" "No, I didn't know it," replied Dick; "is that so?" "Yes; and do you know what l think?" "No; what?" "'fhat you are a rebel spy!" CHAPTER V. SHADOWED. The redcoat almost hissed the words. he spoke he drew a pistol. If he thought to catch the youth napping, however, he made a mistake. Dick was on his guard-had been on his guard all the time. So when the man said that Dick was a "rebel" spy, the youth was prompt to act. As the redcoat .drew the pistol, Dick's shot out. He was riding right beside the man, and was well within reach. His fist caught the fellow full on the jaw. It was a strong blow. The redcoat was knocked off his horse as cleanly as if he had been struck by a sledgehammer. His pistol fell to the snow-covered ground. The horse became frightened and galloped away, up the road. Dick did not wish to kill or injure the redcoat. So, thinking that the best plan for him to pursue was to get away from the vicinity, the youth urged Major to a gallop, and followed the redcoat's horse. "Hold on, there! Wait! Stop, or I'll fire!" Such were some of the cries which came to Dick's ears. He looked back. "You had better go and take lessons in pistol shooting!" he called back over his shoulder. Then Dick chuckled to himself. "I'll wager that fellow is mad!" he muttered. "There he is, left afoot in the snow, and five miles from the city, if a mile. That will be a pretty walk. Perhaps, though, he will be able to secure another horse at a farm house.' Dick rode steadily onward at a gallop. The redcoat's horse kept on going at a good rate, and it was not till a couple of miles had been traversed thai Dick overtook the animal. Then the youth took the animal's bridle-rein over hi arm and led the horse His idea was to lead the animal till almost to the city, and then turn it loose. He did not wish the horse to stop, so that the redcoa might get hold of the animal again, and overnaul hi before he got to the city. "l think that redcoat needs some exercise, anyway,' thought Dick; "and walking is splendid exercise." When he was within half a mile of New York City Dick turned the horse loose and rode onward. Dick soon reached the Common. He galloped across it. He entered Broadway at the point where it struck th Common, and rode southward. Presently he turned to the right. He rode only half a block in this direction. 'l'hen he stopped. He was in front of a livery stable. As Dick led the animal through the partially open doo a man stepped forward. "I wish to leave my horse here for a while," said Die "All right, young fellow," was the reply. _, Then the man called a stable-boy and turned Majo over to him. Dick turned and left the stable. The instant he was out upon the walk the man opene The redcoat had scrambled to his feet and drawn his tl1e door of a combined office and sleeping-room and calle other pistol. "Good-by!" called back Dick. "I'm going after your horse. Wait there till I come back with the animal." to a man sitting before the fire. "Hey, Red!" "What d'ye want?" was the growling reply. Crack! "Come here, quick!" The answer to Dick's words was a pistol shot. The fellow who had been addressed as "Red"-on a Evidently the redcoat did not take much stock in the count of his hair, probably, for he had fiery red hair-ros youth's statement. quickly and stepped out of the room into the stable prope The redcoat was a bad marksman, however. "What is et ?" he growlingly askeq. At any rate, Dick did not hear t:!:-'-! whistle of the bullet. "Come here, quick!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 13 The man caught hold o:f Red's arm and half dragged him to the doorway. He pointed up the street to where Dick was walking along, going toward Broadway. "See that fellow?" the man asked, eagerly . Red nodded. "Yes; what uv et?" "Just this: That young chap is Dick Slater, a rebel spy, and there is a reward o:f five hundred pounds offered for his capture!" Red started, and an exclamation escaped him. "Y e don' mean et ? His tone was eager. "Yes, I do mean it!" This, of course, made it impossible to make very great speed This circumstance made it easy work for Red to follow Dick. He was soon close behind the youth Among so many people, going in both directions, it was impossible that the youth could know that any one of the persons was following him. "I wish he'd git off'n Broadway," thought Red; "I darsen't jump onter 'im here on the street where there is so menuy people. I hope he turns inter some uv ther side streets purty soon; then I'll nab 'im Just at the instant that Red thought this, there was. a commotion in :front of him. "How d'ye know he is Dick Slater?" Four or five redcoats, with arms interlocked, were com" Because I know Dick Slater when I see him. I saw ing up the street. him, once, and 1.'new him the J;DOment he entered the They were singing in a loud tone of voice, and were stable." forcing the people off the street into the gutter. "He was in the stable-here?" "Yes." ''Then why in blazes didn t ye nab 'im?" "Wliy didn't I nab him?" "Yes." "WEll, that's simple enough: He is Dick Slater, and one of the most dangerous fellows in the country. I didn't feel like taking the chances; but you can :follow him, now, and see where he goes, and then we can get spme o:f the boys and go and try to take him prisoner." "Bah! I'll do the trick alone!" Red's .face expressed the contempt which he :felt toward hi s compani0n for having been afraid to attack Dick. The other shook his head. "Don't risk it, Red," he advised; "Dick Slater is a bad man, and if you were to attack him you would probably get the worst o.f it. Track him down, and then get help, and capture him." "Bah! I won't need no help." Dick had almost reached Bro a dway, now, and :fearing he might lose sight of his quarry i:f he delayed longer, Red left the stable and hastened after the youth. O:f course, Dick had no suspicion that he had been reco gnized. Had he kno"\o\rn that such was the case he would have been on his guard, but not suspecting such a thing, he did not think of keeping a lookout, save in the casual way Dick saw them coming, and started to step off the walk, to let the fellows pass, as he did not wish any trouble, but he did not move quickly enough to suit the redcoat at the end of the line, and he gave a fierce kick at the youth. "Get Ollt of the way, you lubber!" the redcoat cried, as he kicked. Now, this was something that Dick did not like. He didn't like redcoats, anyway, and when one attempted to kick him, his anger flamed up so quickly that he did not stop to think. The result was that he treated the redcoat to a surprise. Dick leaped back :far enough so that the :fellow's foot did not reach him, and then he quickly caught hold of the redcoat's ankle. Dick was very strong, and be gave a terrific jerk, ":hich upset the owner of the leg, he going down upon the side walk, kerthump A howl o:f pain and rage escaped him. "Jump on him! Knock him down! Kill him!" the fallen man cried. Instantly his comra des attacked Dick. They leaped forward and began raining the blows upon the youth. O:f course, against so many, Dick could not stand his ground. He was :forced backward, off the sidewalk. He leaped backward, across the gutter. 'rhe redcoats followed. that had become second nature with him. The one who had been thrown by Dick in such a peen-He had learned to be always more or less on his guard. liar maimer was now up, and had joined his comrades in He walked along down Broadway at a :fairly swift pace. the attack on Dick. The street was crowded. "Now go for him, fellows!" cried this worthy. "Let's


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. knock him down and powid him till he howls like a good fellow!" 'rhe redcoats attempted to obey. But Dick was so lively on his feet that they found it an extremely difficult matter to get within striking distance. And when they did succeed in doing so, and struck at the youth_, he managed to dodge the blow or evade it in some manner. The combat was as lively as it was unequal. Quite a crowd gathered. It was plain that the sympathy of the crowd was with Dick. Many of the spectators had been forced off the sidewalk into the gutter by the redcoats, and would have been glad to see the fellows punished; but they thought that, of course, one person, and that person a youth, could not administer any punishment. They were soon to learn that in thinking thus they were Shouts of delight went up from the spectators. 'rhey were huge!y delighted. The first redcoat Dick had knocked down had been so dazed that he had "not yet risen to his feet, and so three of th..e fellows were down now, at the same time. There were only two. more, and now Dick took the offen sive. He attacked the two with terrible fury. They had been dismayed by the downfall of their com rades, and now the sudden, fierce attack of the youth dis concerted them greatly. They gave ground, and in doing so over the prostrate forms of the fallen men. At the same instant Dick succeeded in landing a blow on each of the two, and as they had lost their balance the blows sent them to the ground with consifterable force. All five of the redcoats were now piled up on the ground..placed there by one person mistakD, however. And that person was a youth of seemingly not more Suddenly Dick got the opportunity he had been waiting than eighteen years for. One of the redcoats got too close. Out shot Dick's fist. Crack! The fist caught the redcoat fair between the eyes. Down he went, striking the hard ground with a thud. It was a terrific stroke. The crowd yelled its approval. It was what they wished to see, but what they had had no expectation of seeing. "Hurrah for the youngster!" "That was a splendid stroke "Indeed it was!" "Do it again!" "Knock a few more of them down!" Such were a few of the exclamations and cries from the crowd. The other redcoats were made furiously angry by the fall of their comrade. The spectators stared in amazement. It seemed to be almost unbelievable. Yet they had seen it with their own eyes, and could not do otherwise than believe. They were hugely delighted. "Hurrah for the young fellow!" "He is a wonder!" "He certainly is!" "Look out for them fellers when they git up, my boy!" Such were a few of the exclamations and remarks indulged in by the crowd. But, strange to say, when the redcoats got up they did not renew the combat, but walked hastily away, up the street. They were followed by jeers from the crowd. "You are a pretty set "Thet's right; we don't blame ye fur takin' er sneak!" "You were whipped by one person, and that a boy!" "You are brave soldiers!" They rushed upon Dick, furiously. But the redcoats made no reply. He was so agile, however, and so wonderfully quick in They were smart enough to know when they had enough, his movements that they could not get at him. -1 and did not want any more of Dick. In their efforts, they were not careful, and Dick got a I' couple of openings. --Crack crack Dick had delivered two blows. Both went straight to the marks had aimed-the faces of two of his Thud! thud! Down went both. at which the youth assailants. CHAPTER VI. DICK SURPRISED. I The crowd manifested an inclination to make a hero of Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 15. They cheered him and made all kinds of complimentary The man behind quickened his pace. marks. He wished to overhaul the youth as quickly as possible. Even redcoats who had been among the spectators said He drew near the youth. ings o1 a complimentary nature. He had approached to within a few yards of Dick hen They did so more out of disgust for the action of their the youth reached a street where there was a lamp-post. mrades than for any other reason, however. Red muttered under his breath, and held back. Dick had no wish to pose as a hero. It would not do to try to get near enougli to leap upon He was a modest youth. his intended victim until after he had gotten beyond the He had been forced into the difficulty with the redcoats, light thrown out by the street lamp. d had simply done his best. Soon Dick was in the dark again, and then Red hastened He had no liking for combats of the kind he had just forward. n engaged in. He made just as little noise as possible, of course, but Hence he did not wish to be lionized by the crowd. he was not as light-footed as a fawn. He made his way through the crowd, and hastened on wn the street. "Red," the fellow who had been shadowing Dick, had en a surprised witness of the entire affair. To "<;ay that he had been surprised to see the youth feat :five redcoats in a :fist fight is putting it mildly. "Blazes!" he muttered, as he followed Dick down the reet. "The youngster is a terror, an' no mistake! "Who'd a-thought it? I wouldn't, I'm shore, an' I idn't think I'd hev enny trubble a-handlin' ther young flier; but now thet I've seen what he kin do, I don't know rbout et." Red kept his eyes on Dick, and kept up a lot of think-g. .Presently his face cleared. He made a slight noise with his foot, and Dick, who had very keen hearing, heard it. He whirled instantly. 'rhe man was in the act of leaping upon Dick. He was so close that, dark as it was, Dick could see him. Dick had no time to leap out of the way, but be promptly grappled with his assailant. The struggle which ensued was a :fierce one Dick's assailant was a powerful fellow. So far as that was concerned, however, he was no shongcr than Dick The youth was phenomenally strong. Although taken at a disadvantage, he was able to hold his own. Backward and forward across the narrow street the "What wuz I thinkin' erbout ?" he said to himself, in two reeled 1sgust. "I don't intend ter engage ther youngster in er It was a terrible struggle. 'r fight My game is ter jump outer 'im frum behind, Dick, o : f course, bad no idea who his assailant was, or n' ef I kain't han'le 'im then, I oughter git thumped!" why be had been attacked. This reasoning made Red feel much better. The fellow might be a desperado from the slums of the His face wore a satisfied, confident look. He evidently thought he would have no trouble in getg the better of the youth by taking him by surprise. It was reasonable to supposeJhat he could do so. Presently he drew a breath satisfaction. "Thet is more like et !" be murmured. Dick had turned aside, and was going down a side street The street was not well lighted. There was a lamp-post only about every three blocks, and etween there was a long strip where it was almost as ark as it would have been in a deep forest. I It was darker than it would have been out in the country, for there the snow would have lightened it b, but here on the pavements the snow had melted, and ere was not enough to make it light. Dick walked rapidly onward. He was seemingly in a hurry. city, or he might be a redcoat. It did not matter, however; in either case, it woulcf be bad for the youth if his assailant should triumph over him. The youth was determined that this should not occur. He fought with desperate "Red" began to puff and blow. He was becoming tired. He was not accustomed to making such exertions. Here again Dick had the advantage, He was possessed of splendid wind and staying powers. He that his opponent was becoming winded. This was the signal for him to redouble his exertions. Long experience had taught him that if an advantage, once gained, was improved, victory was likely to ensue. So Dick made the most of his advantage He was working hard to get a throat hold.


]6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. If he could succeed in doing this he would be able by made his way to the foot of the second :flight of stairs means of his iron grip to quickly terminate the contest. and ascended them. Presently he succeeded. He got his hand on the throat. He compressed his fingers with all his might. A gasping, gurgling cry of pain and terror escaped the lips of his opponent. Dick squeezed with all his power. His iron grip was getting in its work. The youth's antagonist was utterly unable to get his breath. He gurgled and gasped and made desperate efforts to do so, but to no avail. He grew rapidly weaker. Presently his knees gave way and he sank to the ground . Dick sjill maintained hi s grip on the fellow's throat : He thought it best to chok e the man into insensibility. Dick was on an important quest and he did not wish to be followed. By c hoking the man into insen s ibility he would be enabled to get away in safety. Otherwise, he might not. The man might follow him. Dick waited till he was sure the fellow was unconscious. Then he let go of the man's throat. He looked up and down the street. He could see no one . "Good! the coast is clear," he murmured; "I will get away from here as quickly as posstble." With a glance at the form of his late antagonist, Dick walked away Dick had no scruples in leaving the fellow lying in the street. It was not cold enough, so that the re would be no like lihood tha t the man would freeze to death. He would regain consciousness in a few minutes, and by that tim e Dick would be well out of the way. Dick walk e d on down the street a distan c e of about two block s Then he p a u sed in front of a large, brick building. "I think this must be the place," he said to himself; ''let's see, M. Dumont's room is on the fourth floor; I'll go right up and will soon know whether or not this i s the right building." Dick stepped into the hallway and made hi s way up the stair s It was quite dark, and in order to find his way Dick kept his hand on the railing. Dick r e a c hed the first landing a nd following the rail, He did the same with the next, and the next. He was now on the fourth floor. He made his way along the hall, which was a long one, extending clear to the rear of building. "The commander in-chief said that M. Dumont's room was the last one on the left-hand side," thought Dick; "so I guess I will be able to find it, even in the darkness." Dick kept on u.D.til he reached the rear wall of the build-mg. Then he placed his hand against the wall at the left, and, turning, felt his way back until he came to a door. "This must be it," he thought; "I'll soon find out, anyway." He rapped on the door. Then he listened. There was n(l reply. Dick waited as long as he thought necessary, and then rapped again. Again he listened. "Jove! I don't believe there's any one the re," thought Dick. He \vas on the point of rapping again, even more loudly, when he heard a noise within the room. Some one was stirring. "I guess he's there, after all," thought Di ck. "Good! I'm glad of it." Then a voice called out : "Who is there?" "Arc you M. Dumont?" was Dick's counter query. "Wf.y do you ask?" came back. J)ick could not help smiling. "Wt' are both more for asking questions than for answering them," he thought. Then aloud he said : "I wish to see M. Dumont." "You wis h to see M. Dumont?" "Yes." "Why do you wish to see him?" "I have business with him." "Ah! You have?" "I have." "\Yho are you?" "I am a friend." "A friend?" "Yes." "Will you tell me your name?" "I think I had better not. do so-not until I am sure you a re the man I am seeking."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 17 "Your caution is commendable." "I think it best to be cautious." "Oh, it is best, without a doubt." "Undoubtedly; and now, are you M:. Dumont?" "Yes, that is my name." "Then open the door at once." "Wait a moment; I am not yet dressed." "Very well." Dick heard the man moving about in the room. He waited patiently. Presently he heard the bolt pushed back. Then the key turned in the lock. Next the door opened. The:re was a candle burning on a small table at the rther side of the room. It illumined the room only fairly well. He realized that it would probably be a hard task, however. The man had the advantage all on his side. Dick was a shrewd youth. When the lion's skin ran short he did not disdain to eke it out with that of the fox. He pretended to be greatly frightened. He made his legs tremble, and even succeeded in chat tering his teeth in excellent imitation of the real article, when the owner of the teeth is badly frightened. "Please, mister, be careful he said, in trembling tones; "that pistol might go off!" "So it might!" with a grim smile. Then he asked : "Who are you?" Dick was thinking, rapidly. The man held the door open, and invited Dick to enter. He did not intend that this fellow should learn anything He stood behind the door so that the youth could see if he could help it, and he thought he could. ly his head and shoulders. Dick stepped through the unhesitatingly. As he did so, and turned toward the man, the door nt shut with a slam, pushed by the fellow's left hand, hile in his right was a pistol, which was leveled full at ick's breast l CHAPTER VII. ''OPEN IN THE N.A.ME OF THE KING!" Dick was taken entirely by surprise. He had not been expecting any such action on the an's part. The reason of this was because he had taken it for anted that the man in the room was M. Dumont. Now, however, he was sure that the man was not M. umont. -"M-my name is Tom, sir," he replied; "Tom Wilson." "Tom W elson, eh ?" "Y-yes, sir." The man was eyeing Dick, sternly and searchingly. "Are you telling the truth?" he asked . Dick nodded. '' Oh, y-yes, he said; "I-I w-wo'ijldn' t think of telling you anything but the truth." "That is a good thing!" Then he asked : ''Why did you wish to see M. Dumont?" Dick had anticipated this question. He was ready with an answer. "I was sent here, sir," he said. The man's eyes sparkled. "You were sent here, eh ?" "Y-yes, sir." "Who sent you?" "I don't know, sir." "What's that! You don't know?" He felt that he had gotten himself into a trap. Dick started pretended horror at the fierce tone If the man was not M. Dumont he was probably an of the other. emy to the patriot cause. Doubtless he had heard of M. Dumont. In that case, Dick was in for it. The man held the youth at his mercy. At kast, so it seemed. Dick was not yet willing to concede this, however. True, man had him covered by the pistol, but Dick d been in a great many tight places in his time, and d escaped, and he did not despair of being able to get t of thi s difficulty. "That's what I said, sir; I don't know," Dick stammered. The man looked doubtful. It was evident that he had doubts regarding the truth of this statement. "D.o you mean to say you don't know who sent"you?" he asked. "Y-yes, sir." "How can that be?" "Why, you see, it was this way, s-sir: I was walking along the street, a while ago, and a man came up to me


18 TH.E LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. and asked me if I wanted to make a shilling, and I told man. He waited till the fellow rose to a sitting posture, and him I did. Then he said for me to come up here and tell then said, warningly : M. Dumont to come down onto the street. That's all I "Hold Be careful Don't try to get up, or it will know about it, mister." be the worse for you!" The man eyed Dick searchingly. 'fhe man stared at Dick with a look of rage. It was evident that he was puzzled. Too late he realized that the seemingly Tightened youth He, hardly knew what to think-judging by the look was a brave and daring one. on his face. He saw that he was in the power of one who would not Dick was watching the man like a hawk. He was watching for a chance to take the fellow un awares. Dick was bound to get out of this scrape, if such a thing was possible. He was willing to take big chances, rather than let the man search him and find the letter of introduction to M. Dumont. If the man were to find that he would know who Dick hesitate to shoot, if it became necessary to do so. He tTied to do a little in the bluffing line, however. "What do you mean by striking me?!' he growled. ."What did you mean by pretending you were :U. Dumont, and threatening me with a pistol?" retorted Dick. "I didn't say I was M. Dumont," was the sullen reply. "Well, you gave me to understand that you were." "Perhaps I did, and what then?" u N olhing much; only I do not admire this thing o:f inveigling one into a room and threatening him with a was, and that would be bad-for the youth was confident pistol." the fellow was a Tory. He was not a friend, anyway. That much was evident. Dick kept his eyes open, although frightened. seemingly terribly "You say a man sent you here to tell M. Dumont to come down onto the street?" the man asked. "Y-yes, mister." "Did he say why he wished to see M. Dumont?" "No, mister." "Was he down tliere when you came up?" "Yes, mister." "Humph!" The roan stared at Dick, fixedly_ 'l'he youth met the look unflinchingly. Presently the man came to a decision. "You may be speaking the truth," he said, "but I doubt it. I am going to search you !" This, of course, was the one thing of all which Dick did not wish done. He must not permit himself to be searched The man hesitated an instant, and then half lowered his pistol. This was enough fo,r Dick. He acted. Quick as a flash, too. The man forced a laugh. u Oh, that was only a joke," he asserted. Dick smiled in an unbelieving manner. "Only a_joke, eh ?" "That's all-just a joke." "My friend, I think you are liar!" Dick said, calmly. the biggest kind of a The man's face grew even darker with anger. He cast a longing glance toward where his pistol lay. Dick saw and understood the look. l

THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 19 A sudden euspicion had entered his mind, and he wished verify it or prove it groundless. The newcomer glanced at Dick. "Who am I?" he asked. "Yes." "I am M. Dumont." He looked at Dick; irresolutely. "Have you any objections to my letting this man go?" he asked. "None, whatever," replied Dick; "you know him, while I do not, and you should know better what to do than I." M. Dumont turned to the man. Dick started. "You may go," he said; "you may go, but beware! Do An e xclamation of pleasure escaped him. not try any more tricks in. the future, if you know when "I thought so!" he cried; and then he pointed to the you are well off. I don't know what your reasons were an on the floor. for coming here when I was away, but it certainly availed "Who is he?" he asked. you nothing, so I will let you go-this time. Don't do "You just p eard me mention his name--Henry it again, that is all!" 'fhe man stooped and secured his pistol. "I know; but I mean, what is he?" "He is, I am afraid, a scoundrel!" Dick nodded. "I think you are right about that," he said. "Please explain this matter," said M. Dumont; "I do understand it at all." He shot a quick glance at Dick. He saw that the youth waswatching him like a hawk, and that he held his pistol in readiness for instant use. A sarcastic smile crossed the youth's face. It was the same as if he had said : "I understand what you thought of doing, but it don't "I can explain my part of it very quickly," said Dick; do!" came here in search of M. Dumont. I knocked on the Wardlaw evidently thought it would not do to try to and after some delay this man opened it; and when g e t even with the youth who had turned the tables on him l<>rot.,,e.,rt he closed the door and threatened me with the so neatly. you see lying there on the floor. I parleyed with He looked somewhat disconcerted, and placed the pistol for a few minutes, and then succeeded in catching him his guard and knocking him down. I have been hold him here and putting a few qu e stion s to him, but had succe e d e d in getting much out of him whe n you put an appearance. What I would like to know is, how he here in the room, if you are M. Dumont?" Dumont nodded. in his pocket. 'fhe n he made his way to the door and stepped out into the hall. He gave Dick one quick, backward glance of hatred, and then hastened away. The two listened to the receding footsteps until the man was in the hall below them, and then M. Dumont turned That is what I would like to know, too!" he said, to Dick. he fixed his eyes on the man and sa1d, sternly : Get up!" man obe yed, with alacrity, though he looked at in a somewhat fearful manner. Oh, it is all right if M. Dumont says so," said Dick; up, but don't try any tricks." Now," went on M. Dumont, "I wish an explanation, Wardlaw. '\ifhat were you doing in my room man paled, but answered as boldly as he could: I thought you were here when I came." Dumont frowned arid shook his head. ardlaw, I am confident you are telling an untruth!" "You saw me down the street about an hour and I am sure you knew I was not here." man protested that such was not the case. Dumont was evidently at a loss what to do. He gave the youth a keen, searching look. "If I may ask, to whom do I owe the honor of this visit?" he asked. "My name is Dick Slater," the youth replied, quietly. M. Dumont started. "Dick Slater!" Dick nodded. "That is my name." A look of pleasure appeared on the face of the man. "I have heard of you-have heard of you often!" he cried. "You are General Washington's right-hand man, when it comes to scouting and spying among thE} redeoats is it not so?" Dick blushed. "Well, I have done some work which the commander-inchief has seen fit to compliment," he replied. "I have tried, always, to do my duty." "And if the half I have heard is true, you have done


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. your duty, and a great deal moi"e! Shake hands, my boy! 1 am glad to make your acquaintance!" Dick shook hands with M. Dumont, and then drawing the letter of introduction and explanation from his pocket, he handed it to the Frenchman. M. Dumont read the letter. "Well well!" he exclaimed. "So you came direct from the commander-in-chief?" Dick bowed. "Yes, sir; straight from Morristown." "And how did you leave things there, my boy?" "Things seem to be ill fair shape, sir." "I am glad of that!" 'fhen M. Dumont referred to the letter and said : "I see that the commander-in-chief wishes to know whether or not I have heard anything regarding the ships which were to bring over arms and provisions from France." Then he went ahead and told Dick that the ships were now standing off the New Jersey coast, and that they would make a landing in a bay a hundred miles south from New York, and that the cargoes would there be unloaded and hauled overland in wagons. They were talking earnestly when the sound of feet was heard in the hall. "Listen!" said M. Dumont. "What does that mean?" Dick leaped to the door and bolted it. He jumped to the conclusion that the trampling feet meant danger for himself and companion. The steps approach ed, and c am e to a halt in front of the door. Then some one rapped on the door, and an imperative voice cried : "Open in the name of the king!" CHAPTER VIII. THE ENC O UNTER IN TIIE LIVERY STilLE. The two looked at each other for a few moments in silence. Then a thought struck Dick. "Wardlaw!" lie whispered. M. Dumont nodded. "I guess you are right," he agreed. They heard another loud rapping on the hall door a they did this. They'll break the door down in a minute," said Dicl "That is undoubtedly what they will do," agreed lv. Dumont; "and they must not find us here when the come in." Dick wondered how they were to get out. He could see no possible chance for them to escape. But :hL Dumont did not seem to doubt their abilit to do so. He leaped upon a table and reached upward. Dick noticed, then,. that there was a trap-door in th ceiling. M. Dumont pushed the trap-door open. He reached up through the opening and fumbled abo for a moment. Then he pulled down what proved to be a rop e ladder. The ladder "Just came to the top of the table. M. Dumont leaped lightly to the floor. He pointed to the ladder and trap-door. "Up with you--quick!" he said to Dick. "There are few things I wish to get before I go." Dick climbed upon the table, and then climbed up t rope and through the hole in the ceiling. !

THE LIBERrry BOYS' IRON GRIP. 21 :l\1. presently stopped at a trap-door similar to e one through which they had come. Dick had noted a dozen or more of the doors as they me along, and understood that every room had one. M. Dumont opened the trap-door, and then fastening the pe ladder by means of the two iron hooks on the end, he imbed down through the hole. 11 They are in the attic, searching for us," he said, in a whisper. Louder sounded the trampling, and presently it was evident that a number of the men were immediately over the room in which were M. Dumont and Dick They were silent, and listened intently. They could hear wbat the men were saying. Dick, looking down, saw that there was a table under"I don't see what in blazes has become of them!" growled !at h the trap door, and that the room was empty, save a voice, which the listeners identified as being that of r some furniture "Come on," said M. Dumont. Dick obeyed. He climbed down into the room. Wardlaw. "They must have come up into the attic." "Yes," in another voice, "there was no other place for them to go." "Perhaps they had left the room before we came," :M. Dumont then mounted the table, unhoo.Ked the iron suggested another voice. >oks and dropped the rope ladder on fhe table. "I don't think so," in Wardlaw's voice; "they did not Next he fastened the trap-door firmly by means of a expect that I would be after them They were there when 1uple of stout hooks. "There," he sa id, in a tone of satisfaction, "I guess 1ose fellows won't find us now." Dick smiled and nodded. "I judge are right," he said; "you have played a 'ry neat trick on them. How came you to have things [ed in this fashion?" 11 I did it on purpose, so that in case I should ever be nited by the minions of King George I could give them 1e slip." "Ah, I see!" It was certainly a splendid scheme. The red coats were now in the rooms he had occupied; but Dumont was not there. He had disappeared. we knocked on the door, I am confident." "Well, then, if they were there, and came up into the attic, where are they now?" "I'll tell you where I think they are," said another voice. "Where?" was asked. "Down on the street, getting away from this locality at a lively rafe, and laughing at us." "How could they have done this?" asked W arcllaw. "Why, don t you see? They have climbed down into a room, through one of the trap-doors, have stepped out into the hall and made their escape." "By Jove! I judge you are right!" "Of course I'm right; and we might just as well be getting away from here. We are wasting our time." Then came the sound of trampling feet. This would no doubt be a big puzzle to the redcoats. The men were making their way back in the direction Dick wondered if they would know where to look for from which they had come . Dumont. M. Dumont and Dick listened and waited. He asked his companion if they would be likely to ww where he had gone. ''They may suspect that we went up into attic, rough the trap-door," was the reply, "but when they look, ey will fail to find us, and that will put an end to the [air." Dick hoped that it would be as M. Dumont Eaid. l\I. Dumont seeme d to feel perfectly secure. He resumed the conversation relative to the ships from ranee, and was telling Dick the plans for getting the car 'es ashore and to the patriot encampment, when the sound trampling feet was heard. The sound came from and Dick seized :M:. umont by the arm, and pointed upward. The other nodded. Ten minutes passed, and then the trampling feet was heard again. This time the sound came from the hallway. "They are going," whispered M. Dumont. Dick nodded. The men passed the door, their footsteps sou nding plain ly, and then made their way to the end of the hall and down the stairs. "Well, we are safe, now," said M. Dumont. "Yes, I think they have given up the search for to night," agreed Dick. M. Dumont seated himself at a desk and wrote steadily for half an hour. When he had finished, he handed the letter which he had written to Dick, and said:


22 THB LIBERTY BOYS' IRON G RIP. "Give that to the commander-in-chief when you return I to Morristown." The youth placed the letter in his pocket. "Very well, I will do so, sir," he replied; "and now, is that all?" "Yes, all in the way of business; but you will remain over night with me, will you not?" Dick hesitated. "What time is it, I wonder?" he remarked. M. Dumont looked at his watch. "It is now ten minutes of two o'clock,'' he said; "it would be folly for you to start out at such an hour. Remain with me till daylight, at least." Dick decided to do so. There was an extra cot in the room, and the two were soon sound asleep. They were up bright and early, and went out and ate breakfast. Then Dick bade M.,. Dumont good-by, and took his departure. He made his way direct to the livery stable where he had left Major He ordered the stable-boy to bridle and saddle his horse, and the boy hastened to do so. He had just advanced from the rear of the stable, leading Major, when the livery stable man and the fellow known as "fted" entered. They gave utterance to exclamations of amazement and anger as their eyes fell on Dick. "There's ther young cuss, now!" movement as if to rnsh forward. Instantly Dick drew his pistols. cried Red, making a "Hold!" he cried, sternly and threateningly; "don't take a step forward, or I shall be under the necessity of put ting a bullet through you!" The men halted and looked at each other irresolutely. They seemed scarcely to know what to do under the cir cumstances. "How much do I owe you for the board of my horse?" asked Dick of the livery stable man. "Two shillings,'; was the sullen reply. Dick replaced one of the pistols in his belt, keeping a wary eye on the two men the while. "Don't attempt any tricks!" he warned. He plunged his hand into his pocket and drew out tw o pieces of silver, which lie tossed on the floor at the man's feet. "There is your money," he said. Then he stepped back to the side of the horse. He was about to place his foot in the stirrup when th! two men rushed upon him. Dick had been expecting that they would do so. Quick as a flash he discharged the pistol. The liveryman gave utterance to a howl of pain, and fell to the floor with a bullet in his shoulder. Dick had no desire to take the man's life, and had fired so as not .to hit a vital spot. The other fellow was upon him, now, and Dick dealt Hed an overhanded blow with the pistol, which he had re versed in his hand. The butt was heavily banded with iron, and the man went down, with a thud. Instantly Dick thrust the pistol into his belt and vaulted into the saddle. At a word from the youth, Major leaped forward. He was out of the stable like a Hash, bounding ov:er the prostrate form of the wounded stableman. Dick rode down the street at a gallop. He realized that there was need of haste. The pistol shot had aroused the people in the vicinit y They were running toward the stable from every dire c tion Some of the men seemed to think that Dick had some thing to do with the affair, and attempted to head thE y outh off. He drew his pistol and flourished it threateningly however, and they got out of the way in a hurry. They did not seem to be so eager to stop the youth afte1 the display of the weapon. They let Dick go on his way and hastened onward toward the stable . When they got there they found a groaning man wounded in the shoulder, and an insensible one, from crack on the skull by the butt of Dick's pistol. Of course, they were excited, and when told by th stable-boy that the youth who had just ridden out of tb stable had done the work, they made great haste to rush ou of doors and yell for some one to stop the fleeing horsemar Of course, Dick was so far away now that no one cou], stop him, and the men re-entereg the stable, and assiste, in taking care of the wounded stableman, and bringini Red back to consciousness. Dick rode quite rapidly and was soon at the Common. Crossing it,. he rode northward on the Bloomingdale roa He kept Major at a good gait, for he feared that p suit might be attempted. He kept a sharp looH:out behind him, but did not s any signs of pursuers, and presently he eased Major do to an ordinary gallop.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 23 There is no need of you exerting yourself, old fellow," aid; "we are saf!, now, I tl1ink." 1d this was the case. little more than an hour later, he was crossing the on Hank's ferryboat, and then he rode away in the tion of Morristown. l reached the patriot encampment at that point about J'clock, and went at once to headquarters. CHAPTER X. IN THE OLD SUGAR-HOUSE. meral Washington greeted Dick cordially. [ou made a quick trip, Dick!" he exclaimed. [es, rather quick, your excellency." suc.cess did you have? Did you see M. Dumont?" ( es, sir; here is a letter which he gave me to bring )U." .ck drew the letter from his pocket and handed it to commander-in-chief. meral W asbington took the letter, opened it and read :on tents. iood !" he exclaimed, when he had finished. "Every tempt, at any rate, and shall consider it a great favor if you will permit me to do so." The was s ilent for a few moments. He was evidently thinking deeply. Dick watched the great man, eagerly and anxiously. Presently General Washington came to a decision. ''I granted your request before I knew what it was, Dick," he said slowly. "And while I think the un.dertaking to be a very dangerous one, yet I will not go back on my word; you may go ahead and I hope that you may be suc cessful." "Thank you, your excellency," sa id Dick; "we will succeed if such a thing is possible." "Be very careful, Dick." "I will be careful, sir." ,.,When will you start?" "This afternoon." "Then you will make the attempt to-night?" "Yes, your excellency." 'fhe commander-in-chief gave Dick his hand. "Good-i:.Jy," he said; "and may success attend your efforts." Dick sai d good-by, saluted and withdrew. He hastened to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." He selected nine of the youths. is all right; you have done well, Dick, my boy." Among the nine were Bob Estabrook, Mark Morrison and am glad you are pleased," said Dick, simply. "By Sam Sanderson. ray, your excellency, I wish to ask a favo!." "Boys, I have work for you," said Dick. }ranted before you ask it, Dick; what is it?" wish to be allowed to take some of my 'Liberty and go on an expedition." Vhere to, Dick?" New York." lli What for?" will tell you, your excellency. I wish to make an 1pt to free some :patriot prisoners." mera] Washington pondered a few moments. will be dangerous business, Dick," he said. "Good!" cried Bob. "We're glad of that." "That's right," agreed Mark Morrison; n we would rather work than sit around here." The others said the same. "What is the work?" asked Bob. Dick told them. The youths were all excitement at once. 'JThat is the kind of work for me!" sai d Bob. "It suits me!" declared Mark. The others said the same. 'here is danger in everything, your excellency." "Jove! I hope we'll succeed in freeing the prisoners," Dick; but who are the prisoners and why are said Bob. in prison?" "I hope so," -agreed Dick; "and I believe that we will are about ten prisoners, your excellency, and be able to succeed, too. We will certainly make a good Jf them are 'Liberty Boys.' try for it." )o you know where they are imprisoned?" Then Dick explained his plans. [ es, your excellency; in the old at the of Liberty Street, on the Hudson." you think that you can succeed in freeing them?" believe so, sir; I wish to be allowed to make the atThe youths listened with attention. When they hacl heard all their young commander had to say, preparations were begun for the work in hand. They looked at their weapons.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 'rhen they made such other arrangements as were neces sary, and by that time it was three o'clock. They ate lunch, after which they bridled and saddled . their horses, mounted and rode away. "Yes, Hank; or as near there as you think it safe f us to go." "I think it will be safe to go right up to the back i.he old Dick; you know it is built on the pi and the rear of the building is flush with the outer ed They rode steadily onward for four hours. They reached the cabin of Hank, the ferryman, about of the pier." half past seven. "Yes, I know that such is the case, Hank. And no 'rhe youths dismounted and led their horses into the how long will it take you to make the trip down?" timber a distance of fifty yards and tied them to trees. "0 h al.Jout an hour and a half." They had brought ten extra horses which were to be "Very well; we will wait here until about ten o'clo ridden on the return trip, by their comrades who were in then, as I do not wish to arrive there earlier than half-pa the prison pen, in case they were successful in freeing the eleven." prisoners This done, the yo11ths turned to the cabin . Hank was jus t coming up from the l anding. It was a clear night and the boatman recognized Dick "All right; come into the cabin, boys, where it i s warm The youths followed Hank into the cabin There was a roaring fire in the huge fireplace, at o end of the room, and its blaze looked cheerful, indeed. at once. "It's a mighty lucky thing you came to me, Dick," sa "Hello, Dick!" he exclaimed. "Are you back again so Hank, when the youths had seated them s elves; "I thi soon?" "Yes, Hank; and we are on serious business, tonight." "Is that so?" "Yes; and, Ha:I?-k, we want your help "What are you going to try to do, Dick?" "We're going to try to free some prisoner s .' ''To free some prisoners?" "Yes.", "Whereabouts are they, Dick?" "Do remember the old sugar-house do\\ n at the foot of Liberty Street, Hank?" that I ca:Jf be of even more use to you than you expecte "Is that so?" exclaimed Dick, eagerly. "Yes," was the reply; "you remember that I said while ago that I had put in more than one hard day's w in the old sugar house?" "Yes, I remember, Hank. "Well, while doing so, I learned a few things about old building, and I have no doubt that I ha-.e more kno edge regarding it than have any of the redc0.ats." "I don't doubt it, either, Hank. Now, if you just of any way to enter the building without the knowle "Indeeo, I do! I put in more than one hard day's ork of the redcoats, we would be all right." there." "Well, that is where the prisoners are "And you say you want me to help you?" "Yes." "In what way can I do it?" "Why, by taking us down and acro .ss the ri, er in your ferryboat." "Oh, so that's what you want me to do?" "Yes, will you do it, Hank?" The man hesitated. "Supposing some redcoats should come along and want to be ferried over the river aTtd stay here till we come back?" "In that case, Hank, we will take care of the redcoats; I'll guarantee that they won't cause any trouble." "All right, Dick; I'll do what you want me to. I'll take you down and across the river in my ferryboat." Hank grinned "Then you're all right," he said, triumphantly. The youths became excited at once. "Do you mean to say that you know a secret way entering the building, Hank?" asked Dick, eagerly. "I certainly do mean to say that very thing," said Ha "that is to say, I think I do. It might be possible t the redcoats have stumbled upon the secret, but I doubt "Where is this entrance, Hank?" "In the floor." "In the floor?" "Yes; there is a trap-door in the floor, and right un neath the trap-door there is a hole through the pier a n short flight of steps leads down to the water." "Oh, that's it?" "Yes; we can row a boat right in under the pier right up to the foot of the steps; then it will be an "Good for you, Hank!" matter to enter the building." "I suppose you will want to be landed at the foot of "But don't you suppose the redcoats Liberty Street?" the trap-door, Ha-nk?" asked Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GRIP. "I hardly think so," was the reply; "the trap-door is in then all remained silent for a few minutes, to see if their a little shed -room at one enc1 of the building, and it probcoming had been noticed. ably has escaped the obsenation of the redcoats as the There was no outcry, no stir of any kind, and it was de room is too small to be used. We used to use it simply as cided that they had succeeded in reaching their destination a storeroom for the ski ds and tools used in handling heavy without having been seen. barrels." This was encouraging, indeed. "Ob, I see," remarked Dick; "but perhaps when we get The small boat was drawn up alongside the -ferryboat, in there we won't be able to get on into the main building." and five of the youths got in. "Why not?" Hank followed. "The door will probably be locked and barred." "I will take the five of you to the steps underneath the Hank shook his head.. wharf," whispered Hank to Dick; "and then will return There is a door," he said, "but there is neither lock for the others. It would not be safe to put ten in." or bar-or, at least, there wasn't when I was there last." "I guess I will leave five of the boys on the ferryboat," 'Perhaps there is now, though, Hank." said Dick; "I don t think we will need more than we have "I don t think so, Dick; you see, there is no outer door cpening into this shed, so the redcoats would not be afraid in the boat now, to make a success of the affair." Then he told the five to remain quietly on board the of any one getting in by 11-ny of that room. N atu.rally they ferryboat and keep a sharp lookout. would not think of bolting or barring the door ope:qing A moment later the small boat glided in under the pier, from the shed into the main room impelled by the oars wielded by Hank's strong arms hope they haven't done so," said Dick, "and in that He rowed very slowly, however. case we will be able to get into the building with but little He knew his way well, but it was very dark in und e r tr ouble." "You are right, and I think we W'i.ll be able to work it." "Have you a small boat, Hank?" asked DicK. "Yes. "Good then we will be all right." The youths and the ferryman sat there for more than two hours, talking, and at last pick rose and said: "It is time we were going." All left the cabin and walked down to the landing. They boarded the ferryboat, and Hank tied the painter of the small boat to the stern of the large boat and all was r eady for the start. pier, and he was afraid he might hump against some -thing and alarm the sentinels on guard in the building abo.e. The steps were soon reached, however, and Lhe youths climbed out of the boat. Hank followed, and the n tied the painter to one of the steps. "Now follow me," he whi s pered. He made h!s way up the steps, moving slowly and care fully, aR it was essential that no noise be made. .The youths followed. Hank felt armmd, and then. pushed upward against the trap-door. It gave way and moved slowly upward, creaking as it did so. It was evident that it had not been used recently. It was not such a >ery dark night, the stars shining brightly, but there was no moon, and it was dark enough so that they would not likely be seen by any one on either shore of the river. When it was part way up, Hank paused and took a can Hank held to the centre of the stream and headed down tious survey of the situation. toward the city. That is to say, he took as much of a survey of the situaAs there was no particular hurry, he did not use the big oars, simply allowing the boat to drift down with the current. This would land them at their in an hour and a half. Onward the boat drifted, for an hom and a quarter, and hen Hank began edging in toward the shore. tion as was possible. It was dark in the little room and he could see scarcely anything at all. He listened a few moments, but heard nothing. Hank pushed the trap-door on up till it rested agai n"t the wall. Then he stepped up into the little room, followed by Fifteen minutes later he brought the ferryboat up against Dick and his comrades the old sugar-bouse at the foot of Liberty Street. Then Hank stepp(;d to the door which opened into the Hank made the boat fast, so it would not float away, and main building.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. Taking hold of the knob he turned it and pulled. The door came open. Only a few inches, however; Hank knew better than to pull the door clear open. prisoners and the poor fello11s were nearly crazy with de light to think that they were going to be free again. "Come," said, "we must get out of here as quick l y as possible. The redcoats may discover what has take n He peered through into the main room. place, at any moment." After a moment he stepped aside and gave way to Dick Then Dick turned to Hank. The youth took a careful survey of the situation "Hank," he said, "you show our friends the way out of The prisoners were there. here and take them to the ferryboat as quickly as possible; They were huddled together at t he farther end of the I and the other boys will remain on guard in here till you room. have accomplished this." Pacing backward and forward across the room, at the end where Dick and his friend were, were two sentinels. They had muskets in their hands, and. luckily for Dick and his comrades, they kept their faces turned toward the prisoners. ln walking across the room the sentinels did .not keep "All right, Dick." Then Hank turned to the lale prisoners and told them to follow him. He led the way across the room and through the door at the farther end. He picked up a candle as he walked along, and by its together, but came from opposite sides and met and passed light he and the ten patriots had no trouble in getting each other at the centre. do1m the steps to where the boat was. Dick quickly made his plan known to his comrades. His plan was very simple. rrhey would wait till the redcoats met and passed each other at the middle of the roo!ll, and then as they walked away, with their backs toward the door, the '""Liberty Boys" would leav out upon them. The youths made ready for the attempt. Just at the right time Dick gave the signal. The youths bounded through the doorway, and, leaping upon the backs of the redcoats, bore them t_o the floor. "Don't utter a sound!" cried Dick, sternly. do, it will be your death-warrant.!" "If you The two sentinels, seeing that they were greatly out numbered, did not make any resistance to speak of, and were quickly overpowered and bound They were mute, too, being afraid to call out. "There!" exclaimed Dick, in a satisfied tone, "so far, Scarcely had they disappeared when there came a loud knocking on the door which opened upon the street, from the main building Dick looked at his comrades in a questioning manner and then he turned to the two sentinels "Have you any idea who that ma)l be?" he asked, sternly "It is the man coming to relieve me," was the reply; "my two hours are up." "Ab! And is there only one?" "That is all." Dick stepped to the door, and, unbarring it, pulled i t open. Suspecting nothing, the redcoat strode into the room As he did so, Dick closed the door quickly, and, spri n g ing forward, seized the man. The redcoat had caught sight of the "Liberty Boys" and our plan has been a success; now if we can only get the his trounced-up comrades, and he began struggling with prisoners out of here before it is discovered what has oc-all his might. curred, all will be well." It was no use Dick placed one of the "Liberty Boys" on guard over the The youth threw the fellow to the floor and seized him two sentinels, with instructions to shoot the fellows if they by the throat. opened their mouths. Dick's grip was iron-like, and the redcoat was as help-Then he and the rest of the youths hastened to where less in the youth's hands as a babe would have been. the prisoners were. The other redcoats stared in amazement. The poor fellows were huddled together for warmth, and Dick's wonderful show of strength urprised them hugely they could not advance to meet their friends owing to the The redcoat was quickly hand and foot, and placfact that they were tied to iron rings fastened in the wall. ed beside his comrades They were delighted to see their friends, however, and greeteQ them joyously. Dick and his comrades quickly cut the ropes binding the At this instant the sound of trampling feet and excite d voices outside the building was heard. "The redcoats are coming, Dick!" crieu Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GRIP. 27 CHAPTER X. BACK .AGAIN IN S,IFETY. Dick leaped toward the door with the intention of putting up the bar. 'l'oo late. The door opened before he coul-d reach it. Into the room trooped a lot of redcoats. Dick g:1ve a quick order and he and his five comrades dashed across the room toward the doonray opening into the little shed-room. The redeoats fired a volley, bnt did not stop to take aim; the result being that no particular damage was done. A bullet grazed Dick"s arm, ,e unable to climb upon the boat without help. Their comrades quickly drew them out of the water, The occupants of neither of these boats succeeded in sighting the ferryboat, and it got away jn safety. After an hour and a hal of hard work, going ag ains t current, the ferryboat landing was reached The boat was made fast and all hastened a s hore and made their way up to the cabin Dick and the five "Liberty Boys" who had been forced to take to the cold water to make their escape were nearly frozen. There was a good fire in the fireplace, however, and they quickly doffed their outer clothing and placed it in front of the fire to dry. Just then the tram piing of horses' .feet was heard and there was a startled look on the faces of all within the cabin Hank made his way on tiptoe to the door and placed the heavy bar in place Scarcely had he done so when there came a loud rapping on the door. Hank made no reply to this.


,. 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' IRON GR.I;E>. After a silence of a few moments a voice cried out: "Hello, in there! Hello! Wake up !1 Still Hank made no reply. Presently the rapping was repeated. They reached there about half-past seven in the morning. Their arrival created considerable excitement. It was known throughout the encampment that Dick and hit; nine comrades had gone to New York for the pur-Hank maintained silence. pose of trying to free the prisoners in the old sugar-house, He was in hopes that the stranger would become disbut the general belief had been that they could not possibly couraged and go on about his business. succeed The man outside was evidently not one of the easily But they had clone so. discouraged kind, Iiowever, for again he called out: They were back in safety and the ten patriot soldiers "Hello! hello! Wake up, I say!" who had been in prison in the old sugar-house at the foot Realizing that the man did not intend to go away, Hank of Liberty Street, New York City, were with them. called out: The statement made by pne grim-visaged old vetera n "Hello, yourself! Who are you, and what do you want?" that "Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys' can clo anything, ' "I'm a traveler, bound for New York," was the reply, practically voiced the sentiment of the entire pa1riot army "and I want you to ferry me over the river." Even General Washington, when Dick visited headquar "You are alone, then?" ters, and reported the result of the expedition, was amazed. "Entirely alone "Dick," he said, "if it wasn't for the fact that it isn't "Very well, wait a minute, I'll be out there." good policy, as a general thing, to praise young people to Hank was all ready, but he waited two or three minutes their faces, on account of the fact that it is likely to cause and moved about in the cabin to give the man the imtheir heads to swell to undue proportions, I would say that pression that he was dressing. I think you are the most remarkable young man I ha>e Then Hank unbarred the door, opened it, and, stepping ever seen." through, pulled the door shut behind him. Dick flushed with pleasure. There was only one man, as the fellow had said. Hank eyed the stranger, s5)archingly. He was dressed in citizen's clothes, so Hank could not make up his mind whether or not the fellow was a redcoat. One thing was certain, he was a stranger. Hank had never seen him before "Jove! I'm glad I got you out at last F' the man ex claimed. "It's a cold night, and I would rather be moving on than standing here." "Come," said Hank. He led the way down to the landing. The man followed, leading his horse, and as soon as t11ey were on the boat, Hank pushed off. Half an hour later Hank was back in the cabin again. "I hope no one else will come along to night," he said; "I've pulled that old boat through the water about as much as I want to for one night." This was a compliment, and a great one, from one of the greatest men 'vho ever lived. "I simply aim to do my best under any and all cir cumstances, your excellency," said Dick; "and if my work has been of a character to please you, then I am glad." "Well, the work of yourself and your 'Liberty Boys' has certainly been of a character to please me," said General Washington. "I only hope that it will continue to be so, your excel lency." "I don't have any doubts regarding the matter, Dick." THE END. The next number ( 47) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' SUCCESS; OR, DO-,, ING WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO," by Harry "Indeed you have, Hank," said Dick; "I am sure that Moore. but for you and your ferryboat we could not have succeeded in our undertaking." "Don't speak of it, Dick," said Hank; "that is all right, and I was only too glad to be of service. You're welcome SPECIAL NOTICE: All back nUlllbers of this weekly to all I have done." always in print. If you cannot obtain them from 8.llJ An hour later the ten "Liberty Boys" and their ten comnewsdealer, send the price in money or postl!ge stamps b y rades whom they had rescued, bade good by to Hank, and, mail to FH.ANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION mounting their horses, rode away in the direction of MorSQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies r istown. you order by return mail.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '78 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. fa.ithfu account of the exciting adventures of a. ba.nd of American youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 la.rge pages of reading ma.tter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; o r Fighti ng for Freedom. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats 2 1.'he Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the Britl Tories. and and Tories. 3 The Libert-y Boys' Good Work; or, Helping GenP r a l Wash-ington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right P lace. 5 The Liberty Boys' Ne rve; or, Not Afraid of the K ing's Min i ons. 6 The Liberty, Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch. and Han g Us if You Can." 7 The Liber ty Boys i n Demand ; or, The Champion Spies of Revo lution. 8 T he Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by B ritish anit 9 T he L iberty Boys to t h e Rescue; or, A Host Within 10 The L iberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and Neck ;llace With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 1 2 The Liberty Boys' Peril ; .or, Threatened from All Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The ,Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 1 5 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and 'Vhat 'hey Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a B1itish. Manof-War. 18 1.'he Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 10 The Liberty Boys 'rapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Boon. 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things ('p Btown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay ; or, 1.'he Closest Call of All 23 The Liberty Boys on Thei r Mettle; or, l\Iaking It \\'arm fo1 the R e d coats. 25 The L iberty Bo.vs Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 2G The Liberty Boys' Clever ':!.'rick; or, 1.'ea c hing the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at tile Brandywine. 20 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 'rhe'Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Ueds and Whites. 31 'be Liberty Boys' Big Contract; ot. Holding Amold in Check. 32 The Liberty Bo.vs Shadowed; o r After Dick Slater for 3;{ The Liberty Boys Duped; o r The Who Was an Enemy. 3..J. The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded 33 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Wotk: or, Risking Life for Liberty's Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 1.'he Liberty Boys' Plot; ot, The Plan 1.'hat Won. 30 'he Liberty Boys' Greai: Haul; or, Taking E,erything in Sight. 411 The Liberty Boys' F l ush Times; or, Rev eli ng in British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 42 'rhe Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; In the Nick of Time 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Whol esale. 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the B.edcoats and Tories. 4i'\ The Liberty Boys Worried; br, The Disappearance of Di c k Slater. 4n 'he Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. For sale by all newsdealers, or postpaid on ecei]> t of twice, 5 cents per copy, by PBi.A.NX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New York;IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our L ibrarie s and c annot procure them from newsdeale rs, they can be obt a i ned from t his offi.ce direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to u s wit h the price o f t h e books y o u want and we will send the m t o you by return m ail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS 'l'AUEN 1'HE A S .ll10NEY 0 0 FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U n i on S q u a re, New York. .... ............... ...... 1 90L DEAR SmEnclosed find .... cents f o r w h ich please send me: .. copies of WOR.K AN D W I N, Nos ..................... ...... . " PLUCK AND LUCK ............ ................. " SECRET SERVICE ... ... .. ... ............................... .... " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 76, Nos . ....................... ......... . ... " T e n-C ent H and B o ok s, N o s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... .... ...... ... Name ................... Street and No ................ Town .......... S t at e . .


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