The Liberty Boys' danger; or, Foes on all sides

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Maga z ine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iuued Weeklv-B v SubscriptiOii $2.50 per vear. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New YorkJ N Y., P o s t O(f( ce, February !, 1901. Entered according to Act ot Oongress, in the vear 1901, in the otrice ot tne Librarian ot Oongress, Washington. n 0 .. bv Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Y ork. No. 53. NEW YORK, JANUARY 3, 1901. Price 5 Cen ts. CHAPTER I. THE BOY DESPATCH-BEARERS. They had ridden almost constantly, stopping on l y to get a bite to eat and to let their horses eat and drink a n d 1 1est a bit. There was method in the youths' manner of doing the i r Two handsome youths of about eighteen or nineteen work. years {)f age were riding along the road leading ; wrthward from Tarrytown, in the State of New York. The youths were bronzed, and looked as if they had seen much to wind and storm. And such was indeed the case. It was the beginning of the second week in Jul y, of the year 1777. The Revolutionary War was in full blast. They could not ride continuously from Morristow n away down in New Jersey, to the head of Lake Cham plain, and they wished to make their stop -the first one of any their homes. And now they were almost home The parents of Dick and Bob owned farms which ad joined each uther, at a distance of about two miles from Tarrytown. T1le two youths whom we have introduced to the 'rhe two houses were within less than a quarter of a reader's notice were famous for the wonaerful work which : mile frvm each other. they had done for the patriot cause. Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook-the youths in ques Dick's father was dead_:__had been killed by Tories a year before, but his mother and sister Edith were alive, tion-were members of a band of youths who were known and lived in the same old home as "The Liberty Boys of '76." There were one hundred of the youths a company, and they had done wonderful work. Bob's parents were alive, and he had a sister, Alice, a couple of years younger than himself Alice Estabrook was Dick's sweetheart, and Edith was EspeciaJly was this the case with Dick and Bob, who, Bob's sweetheart-and when we have told this there is in addition to daring work on the field of battle, no need of explaining further why the youths had ridde n had made themselves famous as scouts, despatch carriers so hard and continuously in order to get to remain at and spies. . Dick was the more famous, but Bob was a good second. Where it was advisable for only one spy to be sent, Dick was usually one selected, but when it was advisable for two to go, Bob was always the one chosen to accompany Dick. The youths were on an important expedition when we their homes for a while. As t h e youths drew nearer and nearer to thei r h omes their eyes As the old familiar landmarks came into view the two became excited, and they urged their tired h orses to a pace "Say, the folks will be to see us, D ick introduce them to the reader. General Washington, then down in New Jersey, had said Bob. given Dick and Bob some important despatches to carry to General Schuyler, who was up near the southern ex tremity of ,Lake Champlain, doing his best to retard the advance of the British under General Burgoyne, who were\ coming down from the north, with eyes on Albany. Dick and Bob had made good time since leaving I town, N J., where the commander-i.n ; of the patriot 1 army had his headquarters at the time. "Yes, indeed, Bob." "That is, all of them excepting the girls," adde d B o b7 with a grin. Dick laughed. "Don't you think they will be glad, Bob?" h e asked. The grin deepened "Do you?'' I\ as the counter query Dick laughed again. \


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. "I hope so, Bob!" he said. "I know that I shall be and were through the gate, and still no one had noticed glad to see them." their approach. "Alice, you mean," corrected Bob, with a chuckle. As the youths came through the gateway they caught "Well1 I guess it is Sister Edie that you are eager to see, sight of a stack of rifles which were leaning against the old man!" retorted Dick. fence-had been placed there by the Tories, without doubt. Bob ehuckled again. Dick and Bob were angry, but did not wish to slaughter "You are right, Dick; I wish to see her, most of all; in cold blood. but, of course, I shall be glad to see mother and father They had pistols, but could not bring themselves to and Sister Alice. A fellow can't go entirely back on his open fire on tlm Tories, whose oacks were turned and who own folks, even for his sweetheart." "No, you are right, Bob. I am eager to see mothoc and Sister Edith. I am eager to see Alice, too, but the knew nothing pf their danger. The same thought struck both youths Leaping forward, each seized a rifle and catching hold . feeling is different regarding her-but in no way detracts of the barrels of the weapons the youths rushed toward the from my desire to see my folks." men holding Bob's father. "That's right, Dick." The two rode onward, chatting, and fifteen minutes later they came in sight of their homes. "Let go of my father, you scoundrels!" roared l3ob, when he and Dick were almost upon the party, and he emphasized the words by dealing a Tory a blow 011 the As they P,id so a cry of horror escaped their lips, simulhead which stretched him on the ground, senseless. taneously. CHAPTER II. DICK AND BOB AT HOME. "Scatter, you cowards roared Dick, and he, too, em phasized his words with blows from the butt of the rifle. Yells of pain and terror escaped the lips of the Tories. Cries of delight escaped the lips of Mrs. Estabrook and Alice. "It is Bob and Dick!" "It is Dick and Bob!" Such were the words which were uttered by Mrs. Esta brook and her daughter. "Our house is on fire!" cried Bob. "Fo1ward !'1 almost shouted Dick. Bob had spoken truly. Mr. Estabrook now succeeded in wrenching himself free from the hold of the men and he began striking right The house nearest to them-which was house-and left with his fists, to some purpose, as he knocked two was on fire. In the yard could be seen a dozen men, and, strange to say, they were making no effort to put the fire out. Indeed, as the youths drew near-they had lashed their horses into a run-'they saw that several of the men were or three of the 'l'ories do..tvn. Dick aud Boq continued the attack with i.he clubbed rifles, and so terrible was their work with these dangerous weapons that the Tories were scattered with as rrruch ease a::. if they were chaff. Six or seven went down, with broken heads, and the holding a man, who was making efforts to get free, evi dently with the intention of trying to the fire. Crl.ed Bob, exrest took to their heels and ran for their lives with the "That is father the men are holding!" citedly, his eyes sP,ining with anger. "They are Tories, Bob!" cried Dick. "I believe you are right!" burst from the lips of Bob. f "They have set fire to the house; and see, there are mother and Alice, weeping!" "Forward!" was the only reply Dick made, but there was a dangerous gleatn in the youth's eyes, and his lips were compressed in a manner betokened trouble for the men who had caused trouble at Bob's home. The attention of all in the yard was on the burning house, and none there saw the approaching youths. I They reached the yard fence and leaped to the ground youths in close pursuit. Dick and Bob followed only to the gate, however, their object being to prevent the men from securing their weapons. This accomplished, they called to Mr. Estabrook to come and stand guard over the weapons. "We'll put the fire out cried Dick. 'tIt hasn't gained . much headway yet." \ Estabrook obeyed, and then Dick and Bob went to work i.o try to save the house. '!'hey workt?d like Trojans, and Mrs. Estabrook and Alice assisted by &awing water up out of the well, and filling


I THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 8 .buckets, while the youths carried the water and threw it Mr. Estabrook said he could make the house as good on the flames. as new by putting in a day's work on it. ' It was hard work, and for a time the issue was in doubt; It was decided that Mrs. Estabrook and Mrs. Slater but after working-like beavers jor nearly half an hour the should get up a pig in honor of the home-coming fire was extinguished. of Dick and Bob, that the supper should be held at I I The Tories who had been knocked senseless by Dick and the Estabrook home. Bob, had recovered their senses in, the meantime and had This having been settled upon, Mrs. Slater and Edith struggled to theirfeet and gone staggering away. did not return to the Slater home; but Dick and Bob Mr. had let them go, as he thought they had walked over and closed and fastened the doors, a& it was received punishment enough, and he would not have known not 'impossible that the Tories might again put in an what to do with them if he pad kept them. appearance) and enter and do some damage, if they found The instant the :fiTe was out Mrs. Estabrook and Alice the house unoccupied. rushed forward and the former seized Bob in her arms and hugged and kissed I The yopths enjoyed themselves hugely, that evening, and so did the rest of the folks-Edith and Alice especia lly. And Alice? Under the excitement of the occas ion, may After supper, which was a splendid feast to Dick and she not be fo' rgiven for doing practically the same way Bob, used for 80 long to coarse, army fare, and sometimes with Dick? Only she leaped into his arms instead of no fare at all, the youths and the girls went out for a walk. seizing Him. It was, after all, a happy meeting, now that the fire was extinguished, and the Tories had been put to flight. Mr. Estabrook shook hands with the youths and told them that they had got there just in the nick of time. This was a self evident fact. He told the story of how the Tories had appeared sud denly, andseized him, and set fire to the house, and how it would undoubtedly have burned d?wn had the not arrived just when they did. Just as he finished the story, Alice exclaimed: "Here come your mother and sister, Dick!" Sure enough, Mr!l. Slater and Edith were aproaching as fast as they could. They had seen that friends had come to the aid of Mr. and Mrs. Estabrook and Alice, and were coming over to hear what all the trouble was about. They went down to the edge of the timber, back of the Estabrook home, where, on the bank of a little stream, under the trees, were a couple of benches. Here Dick and Alice, and Bob and Edith sat and talked for two hours, thOugh it did not seem that long to them. Then they remembered that the older folks wished to enjoy the company of Dick and Bob, also, and they returned to the house. A.ll sat up a couple of hours longer and talked, and it WttS i udeed a happy gathering. It was eleven o'clock when Mrs Slater and Dick and };jdith went home; and as Dick. paused just outside the door of the home to talk a little while longer with Alice, it was necessary that Bob should escort Mrs. Slater and Edith-especially Edith-home. Perhaps we ought not to tell it. but it was twelve when Dick and Bob met each other midway be-When they saw t]lat the friends in question were Dick tween the two houses, as they were making their way to and Bob, they were wild with delight. their homes. Mr s Slater seized Dick in her !lrms and gav'e him a "Seems to me yo a re up rather late, Bob Estabrook!" hug and kiss, and Bob, the irrepressible, seized said Dick, with mock sternness. Edith and kissed her. "Well, you aren't getting home any too ear ly, yourself, "Dick did the same with Alice!" he cried; "and I am Dick Slater!" retorted Bob. not going to be left, if I can help. myself;." Then both laughed, and, with a cheery "Good-night!" All laughed at this, and then the conversation became went on their way. general, and the youths explained how it was that they happened to arrive at such an opportune moment. Then the women folks went into the house, while Dick and Bob and Mr. Estabrook led the horses to the stable, and unsaddled and unbridled them and gave them some feed Then the three went to he house and entered. CHAPTER III. INDIANS. Dick and Bob were upand away early They were youths who attended to business, strictly.


,, THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. They had stopped over night with their folks, true, but to sleep, so as to be able to get up early in the morning, they had earned the privilege by riding extremely hard when suddenly they heard a grating sound 9n the gravelly and enduring fatigue that would have been too much for shore of the lake, near at hand. most men. So they had bidden good-by to their parents and sweet hearts, and had ridden away before daylight. They had a ride of one hundred and fifty miles yet They turned quickly and were enabled to make out a score of du sky forms leaping ashore from boats of some There was something about the stealt1;liness of the moveahead of them, and this would take them close to three ments of the stra ng e rs, and the silence wliich attended days, as much of the way led through a rough country. upon everything they did that told the youths the charThe youths pursued their way steadily for two days and acter of the newcomers. a half, and at the end of that time reached Fort Edward. "Indians!" whispe red Dick. "Come, we must get away Here they were informed that General Schuyler was from here quickly, if we don t want to lose our scalps!" twenty to thirty miles to the northward, overseeing, in 'J'he youths thought it possible that the Indians had person, the work o obstructing the advance of Burgoyne not yet discovered their presence, and, stooping, they and his army. started to steal stealthily away, hoping to escape observaGeneral \Vashington had said that it was important that tion the despatches which he had intrusted to the youths As they did so a blood-curdling war-whoop went up should be delivered at the earliest possible moment, and from the Indians, and they came bounding up sloping the youths paused only long enough to eat a bite and let shore toward where the ,youths were their horses have an hour's rest. Then they mounted and rode onward. They were headed toward the north, and would find Schuyler, if such a thin.g were possible. They were not altogether sure that it was possible. The country in the vicinity of Skenesboro, where Gen eral Schuyler was supposed to be, was low and swampy, and it would be almost like looking for a needle in a bay stack. Still, the youths thought they would ?e equal to the task of finding the American general. "Run!'' cried Dick. "\Ve will have to run for our lives!" He bounded away as he spoke. Bob did likewise, and kept right alongside Dick. They ran with all their might. The timber grew almost down to the shore of the lake 'l'he youths were soon within the shelter of the timber. The Indians were coming after them at the top of their speed, however. They kept up a continuous whot>ping. Doubtless they thought they would frighten the fugiThey rode all the afternoon, and finally, just as the tives so that they would be unable to run at their best sun was sinking behind the southern spurs of the Adispeed. rondacks, the youths came out upon the shore of a beau-If so, they were making a sad mistake and wasting a tiful littlelake. great deal of wind that might have been of benefit to them It was about a mile wide, by two in length, and Dick I in running, for the yells did not frighten the youths a and Bob could not think what lake it could be. particle. They had never heard of a lake of this size in that It was not the first time they had heard Indian war -part of the country. whoops "It isn't Lake George," said Bob, "for Lake George is Diqk and Bob realized that they were in great danger, a long body of water." "Yes," replied Dick; "and we are too far east for !Jake The Red men were the real children of the forest, and George, I am sure. Well, it doesn't matter, anyway. what they did not know about woodcraft was not worth We will camp here for the night." knowing. The youths dismounted and unsaddled and unbridled 'l'o outwit redcoats who knew little or nothing about their horses, and, after watering them, tethered the aniwoodcraft, in a contest of this kind, was one thing; to mals where the grass was.thickest. outwit the r e dskins in such a ga;me was quite another Then they got some bread and meat out of t?e saddlething. bags and proceeded to eat their supper. It was almost dark by the time they had finished the meal, and they began to think of lying down and going The youths realized this. They were d ete rmined to succeed, however, if such a thing were possible.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. As they ran onward, through the timber, their mindE< C rom the throats of the dusky individuals on guard over were bu sy. the horses They w e re trying to think of some trick to play on their i!usky pursuers. Suddenly the youths fell headlong over a log which lay in their path. It had grown so dark it was s carc e ly pos sible to see one s hand before on e's face. As Dick w ent down a thought struck him. I "Crawl up close again s t the log and li e perfectly still Bob!" be whi s pered; "then, when the red s kins go past u s we can leap up and run back to the lake." "All right," was the reply. The two crawled up close to the log and lay still. Closer and clos er came the redskins. They w e r e s till whooping. Closer and clos er 'l' h eir bloo d-thir s ty y e ll s w e r e enough to curdle the CHAPTER IV. ON THE ISLAND. The stars had come out so that it was possible to make out the forms of the Indians fairly well, and the youths saw that there were only five or six of them. Quick as a flash the youth s whipped out their pistols. They knew that the whoops of this party redskins would bring the main party back in a hurry, so it would do no harm to fire off their pistols. They leveled the weapon s therefore, and fired without hesitation. Again the Indians gave utterance to the thrilling war-bloo d in on e s veins hoops, and all of the red s kins save one, who had been hit \\c will n o t s ay that Di c k a nd Bob w e r e utterly in-by a bnllet and fell, leaped forward, tomahawks in hand . diff e r e n t t o th e horribl e sound Again the youths fired, having whipped out their other Th e y w e r e not 'oode n yonths, and on e would have to pistols, and then they darted do1v,n the slope toward the be mad e of wood or iron t o h ear th e yell s of a score of India n s in th e timb e r and darkness and not be somewhat b y it. point where the rcdskins had di s embarked The latter hurl e d their tomahawks at the tJ.eeing youths. Th e weapon s whi s ti e d through the air and one or two Closer and clos er, and th e n the red demons were at hand. of them came dangerously nea r the youths' heads. Good a s w e r e th e e y e s of the r e d s kins, two or three of A miss is as goo d as a mil e however, and the two ran them w e r e c aught the sam e a s Dick and Bob had been and with all their might and were soon at the water's edge. the y s h o t h e adfir s t over the log. Pushing the two canoes into the water the leaped Guttural c ries escaped the lip s of those who had taken in. the tumbl e and a s they scrambled to their feet, Dick S e izing the paddles, they began paddling with all their and Bob did th e arne might. 'rhey knew it would bes afe, as the r e d s kin s w,ould think Dick and Bob were familiar with this sort of work. they w e r e some of their comra d e s in dis a s t e r. I They had on c e owne d a birchbark canoe, and had The main b o d y of th e Indians had passed onward, and become expert in handling it. those who had f a ll e n l e ap e d o nward in purs uit. So they rapidl y drew away from the Di c k and Bob l e ap e d over the log and ran bac k in the 'rhe y w e re fifte e n or tw e nty yards away when the In-dir e ction from whic h they had jus t come. rlia n s r e a c h e d the edge of the water The y kn e w that the trick they had play e d would som; S e e in g that their anticipated prey was about to escape, be discove r e d, but thought it poss ible that they might get th e red s kin s g ave utterance to whoops of rage and brought ba c k to th eir late e ncampment and hav e time to bridl e th eir bows and arrows into u se. and sa ddl e th eir hor ses and mount and get away. rhey fir e d "11 flight of arrows, one or two of which Ba c k toward th e lake they da s hed at top s p eed. passed through the frail sides of the boats. 'rhey wer e not long in reachin g the point where they had b e en in camp. A s they rus h e d up to the spot they sudd e nly b e came c ognizant of the fact that there was som e bod y th e r e Indeed, there were several persons there, and they were undoubtedly Indians. Luckily the holes were made above the water-line, howeve r so there was no danger that the canoes would sink. The Indian s di s charged another flight of arrows, but the fu g itives w e re now out of range. The arrow s fell short. 'l' h e youths continued paddling with all their might, This was made certain wh e n wild war-whoops went up hmrever.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. They realized that the Indians would at once try to down there, soon&r or later, but it will enable us to put surround the little lake and thus make sure of capturing the end off farther, at any rate." the white youths who had so audaciously made off with the "So it will." canoes. r The youths continued paddling, and made several at"Let's head straight across to the other side," said Dick; tempts at landing, only to be foiled each time. "I think it will be to our advantage to get off the lake as There were Indians everywhere, and the two considered quickly as possible." that they were fortunate in discovering the presence of the "All right, Dick," replied Bob; "I think so, too." So they headed straight across the lake They had almost reached the opposite shore when they saw forms running along the shore. "Stop 1" said Dick, quickly; "there are some 'more of the red fiends, Bob! We can't land here." The youths paused, and turning the heads of the canoes up the lake, paddled in this direction. They thought that it might be possible for them to get to the end of the lake ahead of the Indians and get ashore redskins in time to save themselves from landing and being captured. "There is no use trying any further, Bob," said Dick, finally; "we can t get ashore, and might as well head for the island." "All right." 'rhe youths turned the heads of the canoes toward the island. It did not take them long to reach the island They approached it carefully, for they did not know and away in safety. but there might be some Indians on it. As they paddled along, however, they heard whoops They heard nothing of any, however, and landed in from a nu'mber of points along the shore, and their hearts safety. sank. They leaped ashore and pulled the canoes up out of "I'm afraid we are in for it, Dick," said Bob. the water. "It begins to look that way," agreed Dick. The canoes, being made of birchbark, were light and "Do you suppose these are the Indians who are with easy to handle. Burgoyne s army ?" "Now what shall we do?" asked Bob. "I suppose so, Bob." "We will explore the island," replied Diak; "perhaps "Then there are a sufficient number of them so that we may be able to find a hiding place somewhere upon it." they will be able to surround the lake and make it im"I wish that we might," said Bob, dubiously; "but I possible for us to get ashore?" am afraid that we will not be able to do so." "I fear so. I understand that there are nearly two Dick was afraid so, too, but he told Bob to come along thousand Indians with Burgoyne." and would find out. "Jove! then we are surely in for it, Dick!" "Yes, two thousand Indians is a good many "True; and the British army must be near at hand, also." "Quite likely." "What shall we do, Dick?" "We will keep on trying to make a landing: Bob.'! "And if we can't make a landing, then what?" "We will have to be governed by circumstances." They paddled onward. Suddenlj .Bob said: "What is that over on our left, Dick?" "Oh, I know what that is, Bob," was the reply; "you remember, we noticed that there was a small island in the middle of the lake." "That's so; I had forgotten it. That is the island." "Yes, and if we can't make a landing on the mainland, somewhere, we will return to the island, Bob." "That's a good idea; the Indians will probably run us l They made their way inland and traversed the island from one side to the other. It was not a large island, being, the youths judged, not to exceed two hundred yards across at the widest point. It was considerably hlgher at the centre than elsewhere. Having ascertained the extent of the island, the youths made their way back to where they had left the canoes. Just as they reached the spot they heard the steady _dip, Jip of. paddles. The Indians were coming CHAPTER V. . TREED. What should they do? This was the question which presented itself


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. H was one which would have to be answered at once, too a man's leg at the point where it touched the tree they It could not be put off to some other time. had climbed. It demanded immediate attention The youths listened intently 'l'hey could hear the dip, dip in a number of different places, which proved that there were a number of canoes. They had just succeeded in getting across when they heard the Indians underneath th em. The Indians were talking excitedly. It was evident that they were puzzled by the disappearOf course, there was little doubt that each canoe was ance of the youths. filled with Indians. That they had found the two canoes where Dick and Dick's first idea had been that they would enter the Bob had left them, there was no doubt, so they must know canoes and try to slip away and get past the approaching that the fugitives were on the island cap.oas, but after listening a few moments he gave up this It did not take the astute redmen of the forest long to idea as being impracticable. 'l'here were too many of the approaching canoes. Then, too, the Indians had splendid eyesight, and would be. certain to see the youths i they tried to escape in the manner Dick had contemplated. Come Dick. figure out the puzzle, however. They were too well versed in woodcraft not to know what the youths would likely do. The most probable thiJ:!.g was that the fugitives would climb a tree So the redskins decided, they did exactly what :qick He led the way along the shore of the island, Bob fol and Bob thought they would do-set guards every five lowing closely. yards or so around the edge of the island so that the They made their way halfway around the island, and white youths could not get away. as far as they went they heard the sound of paddling. Then the rest built a large bonfire near the middle of 'l'he Indians were approaching the island from all di the island and squatted around it in a picturesque manner. It happened that the fire was,at the foot of a tree only rections. "I don't see much chance for us, Bob," whispered a little ways distant from the one Dick and Bob were Dick; "come1 let's go back into the woods a ways. We' ll make it as for the redskins to find us as possible." perched in. The blaze did not make it light so high up as where the They made their way up through the timber and were soon at about the centre of the island youths were, however, so were not alarmed. Th d l t d l . t th t Still, the thought of having to 'remain in the tree all ey pause anc s oo eanmg agams a mammo ree. . night was anything but pleasant They could hear the voices of the Indians as they called They sat there and gazed down upon the redskins, and 011t to one another. wondered how it would end. "What shall we do?" asked Bob, who always deferred It did not seem possible that they should be able to to Dick's judgment. "I hardly know what to do, Bob," was the sober reply; escape. "I can see no chance for us to escape. We have done ex tremely well to put our capture off as long as we have Still they did not give up all hope Something might turn up which woul d aid them in "Let's climb a tree, Dick." getting away from their enemies. Dick thought this not a bad idea. The youths waited as patiently as possible, and at last "Very well," he said; "this one is too larg, however." the Indians rolled themselves in their blankets and went They hunted around and found a tree which they to sleep-or, at least, tlJ_ey became motionless. could reach around, and they at once climbed it. Still the youfhs remained quiet. This was not a difficult matter for the youths, for They were afraid some of the redskins might be awake. both were old hands at this kind of work They had decided to try to get down out of the tree and They were soon thirty feet from the ground. away, but wished to make sure that the Indians were At this point they found a large limb extended across sound asleep before making the attempt. from the large tree they had been leaning against. "Lef's cross to the big tree, Dick," whispered Bob. "All right." They did so. Even then it would be an extremely hazardous p roceeding. Dick and Bob waited one hour, two hours The fire had now died away till it was only a faint, It was not a difficult feat, as the limb was as large as sputtering mnss of embers.


I 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. Dick decided that if they were to make the attempt to escape, now was as good a time as any. He so informed Bob, in a whisper. Bob announced his readiness to make the attempt. The youths at once began making their way across to the tree they bad climbed in the first place. Onward the two dashed. After them came the Indians, yelling like demons. Their war-whoops were heard by the sentinels along the shore of the lake, and the redskins there were on their guard. Dick and Bob knew this would be the case. Dick was in the lead. They did not hesitate, however. Bob was close behind. As they drew near the edge of the lak e they their Slowly and cautiously they crawled along the limb. pistols-one in either band. The Indians slumbered on-or, at least, they seemed to They would thus have four shots between them, and do so. hoped to so rattle the redskins as to be enabled to gc The youths reached the tree, and then, after waiting through the line and into the water. a few moments, Dick began the descent, Bob sti ll keepA few moments later Dick and Bob dashed out from ing close behind. among the trees. They wished to reach the gro : und as nearly at the same time as was possib le so that if they were di&'Covered they could both make a break for liberty Naturally the youths maue their way down the side of the tree opposite from that on which were the Indians. Their bodies were thus sheltered, only their arms being visible on the side ne;x:t the redskins. Just as Dick s feet touched the ground one of the Indians opened his eyes. His face was toward the tree down which the youths had just come. There was no moon, but the stars were shining brightly, and the youths could see the outline s of the Indians. Right in front of them were four or five dark forms. The youths clashed straight toward these, and as they drew n ear they fired two shots. Crack Crack A wild yell went up from the redskins, and one gave utterance io what sounded like a death-cry. Again the youths fired. Crack Crack Another wild war-whoop went up and then the youths The red ski n saw hte youths arms hugging the tree, and were right among the redskins, striking out, right and left. he instantly und erstood. They had quickly reversed the pistols, and, holding them He leaped to his feet, giving vent as did so to a by the muzzles, were using the weapons as clubs. shrill war-whoop. CHAP'l'ER VI. IN THE W .A.TER. As the war-whoop sounded upon the night air, Dick let go his hold on the tree and bounded away through the Used thus, the heavy pistols were effective weapons. Two of the Indians were knocked down, and then thrust ing the pistol s in their belts the youths plunged headfirst into the lake. At this instant the band of red s kins came dashing out of the timber and down to the shore. 'rhey quickly learnl;lcl what had become of the fugitives, and then i.he re was a scrambling into canoes in bot haste. A few moments later and a dozen canoes were shooting timber, calling to Bob to follow. hither aml thither, the occupants watching eagerly 'Bob let go all hold and dropped to the ground like a shot some sign of the two white youths. Luckily he did not fall, and whirling, he darted after Dick. The Indians did not know it, of course, but they were The wild yell of the Indian brought his fellow-brave s dealing with two youths even more cunning than themto their feet instantly. oelves. Tl:'te next instant all were bounding through the timber Dick and Bob were expert swimmers, and they bad de-in pursuit of the fugitives. cided that their only chance to escape lay in playing a "We will have to fight our way through the fiends at trick upon their enemies. the edge of the lake, and take to the water, Bob!" said The instant they were in the water, Dick and Bob swam Dick. "We must not allow ourselves to be captured." out into tbr lake with all possible speed. "Not if we can help it, Dial.;:. I'm for taking to the They went only fifteen or twenty yards, however, when water." they paused.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 9 They were now so far away from the shore as to be out of the Indians' sig ht. The youths could tell b1 the sound, however, that the Indians were getting into the canoes and pushing off to come in pursuit. Where the youths were the water was up to their necks. As they stood there, only their heads were above the surface. Dick and Bob waited till the canoes were perhaps half way to them, and then sank down out of sight. Indeed, they sat down upon tlie bottom of the lake and maintained their position there by holding to a rock. They remained in this position till afteT the canoes had passed over them, and then they again rose to their feet and stuck their heads out of the water and drew in a fresh supply of air. Had it been otherwise the youths would have become badly chilled They remained there for more than an hour, and then as things quieted down on the island the youths began to think of trying to make their escape from their un pleasant position But what should they do? That was the question. Dick thought it possible that they might get to the shore ::md get one of the canoes. If they could do this without being discovered, and could get in the canoe and awa'/, they miglit be able to find some .place on the mainland where they could land without being seen by the Indians. Dick and Bob talked the matter over in whispers, and decided, finally, to make the attempt. The canoes wer e just gliding out of sight, lakeward. As soon as they had made the decision, Dick and Bob The youths did not dare try to reach the shore, howmoved forward. ever, for there were Indians there. Indeed, the youths hardly knew what to do. 'l'he only thing, so far as they could see, that they could do was to remain where they were and be ready to dodge under water at the approach of a canoe. They did this. Two or three times canoes came so near as to make the youths in of being discovered, and each time they drew in long breaths and sank under the water, out of sight. They remained under, each time, as long as they could hold theiT bTeath, and then again stuck their heads up out of the water like huge turtles. 'l'hey remained where they were for nearly half ttn hour, and by this time they became satisfied that the canoes had all returned to the shore of the island. They moYed slowly and cautiously. It would not do to make any noise. The Indians were wonderfully keen of hearing. 'rhe least of the water would be heard, and then all woulU be up. Forward, foot by foot, stole the youths. As the water g rew more shallow they bent forward so as to keep their bQdies as much under tlie water as possible; and when this was no longer possible, owing to the shal lowness, tbey kept their bodies down as near the surface as possible. As they drew near the shore they saw a row of canoes which were drawn up on the shore. Beyond, sta nding like a statue, they saw an Indian brave. The youths sheltered themselves behind one of the canoes The youths could hear the guttural voices of the In-They were careful to select one as far away from tpe dians ns they talked excitedly on the shore, and they Indian guard as possible. shrewdly suspected that the redskins had become convinced that the white youths had drowned in the waters of tEe lake Indeed, many of the Indians did think this. There were some, however, who did not think so. They were the older and shrewder ones, and they held to the belief that in some manner the white youths had escaped. Some of these thought the youths had s lipped back to the island, while others thought they had gone across to the mainland. As there were many more Indians on the mainland, however, they were certain the youths would be captured. It was lucky that it was warm weather. When they were in position, they waited for some time They wondered if it would be possible to draw the canoe out i nto tll.e water without it being seen by the Indian on guaTd. They doubted it. Still what else could they do than make the trial? It seemed as if was nothing else to do unless they remained where they were till morning. And if they were to do this they would be discovered when daylight came So they might as well make the attempt, even though they wer0 discovered, for they might succeed. If they fail e d they could again take refuge under the water, in ihr ::arne fashion as before.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. Or they might leap into the canoe and make a sudden dash and try to escape to the mainland. The youths took hold of the guuwale of the boat, at the stern, and began pulling at it. There were too many of the red d-emons on the island to make it a sate haven of refuge. They had had one experience at trying to laud on the mainland, true, but they hoped for better luck next time. They pulled it a distance of less than an inch each time. They headed the canoe as nearly toward the north as 'l'hey welllmew that the keen-eyed redskin would quickthey could, and paddled with all their might. ly detect the fact the canoe was moving, if they The youths were expert at this sort of work, and did pulled it very far at a single attempt. not fear that they would be overtaken by the pursuing On the other hand, if he noticed that the canoe had Indians. moved slightly, he might attribute it to the motion of the water. As the youths worked -they kept their eyes almost con stantly on the stalwart figure of the Indian guard They had wo1 ked aw!l.y there for half an hour and had drawn the canoe down a distance of a foot or more Then, suddenly; as they looked they saw the Indian turn The danger they would have to encounter lay on the mainland. They kE:pt at work and hoped for, the best. Soon they were near the shore. They kept right on going. They must land. Dick thought of their empty and wet pistols, and wished and look toward the interior of the island. that the weapons were dry and loaded. Perhaps he had heard some sound behlnd him which had attracted his attention. It did not matter, he had taken his attention away from the point where Dick and Bob were, and they instantly took advantage of it. "Pull whispered Dick. And Bob pulled In fact, both pulled together, and the canoe slid off the sand and into the water, with scarcely any noise Then he his comrade would not have felt so helpless. Onward they moved. Closer and closer to the shore they drew. The Indians in the canoes behind the fugitives were yelling at a. great rate, so there was not much chance that those on the mainland would be in ignorance of the com ing of the fugitives. Still Dick and Bob did not hesitate 'rhey were determined to land, this Lime, and fight their The youths moved out into the lake as rapidly as they way the Indians, who stood in their wayor try dared, drawing the canoe after them. When out where the water came to their waists the youths climbed into the canoe and seized the paddles. At this instant a wild war-whoop burst upon the night air. CHAPTER VII. IN THR RAVINE. I "The guard has discovered that the canoe is missing!" said Bob, in a low voice. t "Yes; pull, Bob!" was Dick's reply. The youths plied the paddles wit}# all their might. They could hear sounds of excitement, in the way of yelling and running about, on the island. The Indians were hastening to embark to come in pur snit. Dick and Bob were determined to get clear away from the island, this time. They would make a landing on the mainland, if s uch a thing were possible. to do so, at any rate. As they drew near the shore they were agreeably surprised to not hear any sounds of the Indians. 'l'his encouraged the youths, and they paddled with renewed energy. Closer and closer to the shore they drew, and presently the bow of the canoe touched the shore. Still there was no sound to indicate the presence of any of the redmen of the forest. The youths leaped out and stepped ashore. Just as they did so they heard a crashing sound in the timber. They heard the patter of feet on the leaves, also The Indians were coming "Come!" said Dick, in a low, cautious voice; "follow me!" He darted away through the timber, Bob keeping close at his comrade's heels. Promptly as had acted, however, the Indians had discoveyed that the white youths were near at hand. A few moments later they were in full pursuit. The chase was an exciting one.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 11 Dick and Bob were nor desperate and ran at the top I of their speed. They felt that now was their chance to escape if it were possible that they might do so at all. Their wet clothes stuck to their limbs and impeded their Dick turned to the right and ran down the gully. Bob kept close behind him. They had gone but a shoTt distance when they heard the I dians at the top of the gully. The fact that none of the Indians plunged downward, flight some what, but the youth13 made good speed, neverproved that they knew of the existence of the ravine. theless. Of course, the Indians did not know which way. the They felt that they were running for why should they not make good speed? their lives, so youths had gone, so some ran along the edge of the gully in one direction, and some in the other. Onward they dashed. Through the underbrush they crashed. They collided with trees and in several instances were k-nocked down by the impact, but they were up again and A number remained on the spot, for they did not know but that the fugitives had been killed or at least knocked s enseless by the fall down into the gully. Dick and Bob heard the patt e rifig of feet along the running at full speed in an instant. edge of the ravine at a little distance behind them, and After them came the Indians, whooping and yelling like knew what it meant. fiends. Onward, reckless! the youths dashed. They kept on running, however. They thought it possible that they affiight be able to, in some manner, escape. They had no idea where they were going. The country was new to them. They knew nothing whatever the lay land. They were youths who did not know the meaning of of the the word udespair." They WOJild never give up as long as there was the least All they thought of was to try to escape from the red chance for them to do anything for themselves. demons who were pursuing them so fiercely. Suddenly the ground seemed to give way beneath Di'ck's feet. Downward he shot, a distance of twenty feet, at least, so Dick judged1 Had the youth not alighted in the bushy top of a fallen tree he would doubtless have been killed. As it was, he was not injured. After Dick came Bob. Onward the youths ran. The ravine did not extend in a straight course. It bent gradually around toward the right. The youths kept on running till they had gone three-quarters of a mile, Dick judged. Then they came to a sudden stop. The youths came very near uttering exclarp.ations. They saw a sight which surprised them. Straight ahead and about one hundred yards distant a Downward he plunged, heels over head, the saff camp-fire was blazing. Dick had done.. Beyond the fire the youths saw what seemed to be a Like Dick, he alighted in the treetop which his goodly sized body of water. fall sufficiently so that he was not injured. They thought they understood the matter. The youths hastily scrambled out from among the The ravine which they had been following bad bent branches of the tree. around in a semi-circle and the youths were now almost "Quick!" cried Dick; "we must get away from here! back to the lake from which they had so recently escaped. Follow me!" Dick leaped forward, but came to a st.op almost im mediately. He had run against an almbst perpendicular wall of earth. Dick reached upward, but could not reach the top. He realized his and Bob's situation. They bad fallen into a deep and narrow gully. They could not go onward in the direction they had been going. They would have to go to the right or the left, up or down the gully. Seated around the camp-fire were a number of Indians. The youths were in a trap. They did not dare advance. Neither did they dare turn back, for they might encoun ter Indians coming in pursuit of them. Still other Indians were coming along the right bank of the gully. About the only chance for the youths seemed to be in climbing up the left bank of the ravine. They decided to try this. They did so, but could not succeed in getting up. The bank was too steep.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. Then, too, the wall was made up of loose earth which "This way, Bob!" he said, cautiously; "we can get our crumbled away underneath their feet, making it impossibl e here, I am sure for them to ascend. Bob hastened across the ravine to where Dick was. They heard the Indian s moving along the top of he op-Dick was already several feet up the embankment. posite bank and stood perfectly still till their enemies were quite a distance away They will enter the ravine and come up this way m search of us, Bob," said Dick. "What shall we do?" "I don't know, Dick. We seem to be in a trap." "It looks that way. Well, l et's turn back and keep "Come on, Bob," he said, "follow me. The voices of the redskins could be plainly eard, now. 'rhe Indians were close at hand. I The youths worked with desperate energy, but were careful to make as little noise as possible. It was a hard climb, but :finally Dick reached the top of trying to find a place where we can climb out. We may the ravine wall. be able to go back quite a distance before encountering the 'l'he Indians were now clqse at hand. Indians who went in the other direction. Dick la y down flat upon his face, and, reaching down, "So we may Well, you lead the way." I a better plan, Bob; you take one side and I'll take the other and we will both keep trying to find a place where we can climb ut." "That's a good idea, Dick." "Let's be movmg, then; you take the left and I'll take the right." The youths turned and moved back along tne ravin e in the direction from which they had just come. Dick, on the right hand, and Bob on the left, kept searching for a point where it would be possible to scale the wall or the ravine and get out. seized hold of Bob and aided him to climb. Just as Bob the top of the embankment the two parties of Indians met in the gully at a point almost im mediately under the youths As Bob reached the top he accidentally detached a large clot of dirt and it went rolling down into the ravine. It was an unfortunate happening. Bob could not have proclaimed the presence of himself and Dick more effectively if he had yelled at the top of his VOlCe. dries of excitement escaped the lip s of the Indians. They und erstood that prey had succee ded iil> climbing the wall of the ravine. Of course, their progress was slow compared to what it had been before. If the white youths had done this they could do it. They fully realized that they did not have much time to They at once began making the attempt. That the Indians would succeed, Dick and Bob did not spare, however, and made all the haste possible. have the least doubt, and they realized that the best thing They had gone perhaps a quarter of a mile when they they could do would be to get away from there as quickly as heard voices behind them. "They are coming behind us, Dick," sai d Bob. At this voices were heard from in front, also "Yes, they are coming from both front and rear, Bob," was Dick' s reply; "it looks as if we are in a trap from which there is no escape." CHAPTER VIII. FOES ON ALL SIDES. Still the brave youths would not give up. They were determined to keep on looking for a place where they could get out of the ravine up to the very las't. They hast e ned their work now. Suddenly a lo'v exclamat ion of excitement and delight I Dick. possible. Turning their backs to the ravine they hastened away. They ran onward as rapidly as possible. They made good speed, and as one, two, three minutes passed and still they heard no sound s of pursuit, they began to breathe more freely. Were they going to escape from the redskins at last? They hoped so. They felt that they had earned their freedom. The' realized that they had been very lucky. Surrounded by at l east'hundreds of Indians, it was, indeed, a wonder that they had escaped capture. The youths hastened onward at top speed for perhaps fifteen or twenty minutes longer. Then they paused and listened Away in the d istance they heard the whoops of their red tOE'S. 'Ihey continued ommrd five minutes longer. Then they paused again and listened.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. '13 They could hear a ound to indicate the presence of a foe anywhtre in the neighborhood. "By Jove I believe we ha Ye esca peel from the red fiends, Dick!" said Bob, in a low, cautious tone. 'l'hey slept soundly till daybreak and awoke somewhat re freshed. They were hungry, however, and the worst of it was that they did not know where they were going to get anything "It would seem so, Bob; we 'Yill have to be very careful, to eat though, for we are liable to run into another gang of the They were not the youths to re14ain idle, however, or to red s.coundrels at any moment ; they are certainly thick bemoan their fate. around here." Hungry or not hungry, they would be up and doing. "I should saY. they are thick! Entirely too thick to suit They at once set out. me. What shall we do now, Dick?" Dick was sure he knew the way, now that it was daylight, "I hardly know, Bob. o ne thing, I hate to leave and he took the lead neighborhood until after we have made an attempt to get It did not take him long to find, however, that he was our horses again We won't be able to get around in mistaken very good shape without them, Bob." "That's so, Dick; we must have our horses if such a thing is possible." He came to the conclusion that he did not know the way. "I'll climb a tree, Bob, and see i I can see the lake," Dick said finally. "VJe certainly must make a try for them, anyhow, Bob "All right, Dick," replied Bob, and he threw himself "Well, you go ahead, Dick, and I'll follow. I'm ready to down at the foot of a tree while his companion climbed do you think best." "All right; come along." Dick and Bob made their way s lowly and cautiously through the timber. It was quite dark, so they had to go entirely by gu ss. Dick was headed, as nearly as he cou ld judge, in the di rection of the place where their horses had been tethered i hat evening when they first went into camp, before the Indians had put in an apparance. another which stood close at hand. Dick was soon down again. "The lake is over in this direction," he said, pointing. "Come along." B0b l eaped up and followed, and the two made their way in the direction Dick I1ad indicated. Fifteen minutes' walk brought the youths to the shore of the lake. Before tmcrging from the timber, Dick and Bob took an Of course, the Indians might have taken the horses away, observation. but the youths had to take their chances on this. Seeing nothing of their enemies, they decided that the After half an hour's walk through the timber and darkcoast was clear. ; nPss, the youths were forced to come to a stop on account of The only suspicious thing they could see was a canoe reachin g a swamp. which rested half on the shore and half in t4e water, in a It was so muddy that they sank in nearly to their shoelittle cove near the mouth of which they stood. tops at every step. The youths hesitated a moment, but as they wished to They retraced their footsteps till came to dry get a good look up and down the shore of the lake, they ground. decided to venture out into the open ground. Here they paused and held a council. They stepped forth from among the trees and walked They decided that, everything considered, the best thing toward the shore of the lake. they could do would be to go into camp for the night. Dick and Bob had almost reached the point where the Having so decided they promptly put their plan into canoe lay when they were made to realize that in venturing execution. out of the timber they had made a mistake. They had no blankets and their clothes were yet still A party of redcoats suddenly came running over a ridge far from being dry, but the youths were so accustomed to at the left-hand side of the cove; at the same time a party exposure and hardships that they did not give the matter of Indians rushed out from among the trees on the right of personal discomfort a thought. of the youths and fifty yards distant. They raked up some l eaves, and throwing themselves down at the foot of a huge tree, were soon asleep Dick and Bob realized that there was only one chance for them. They slept the sleep of exhaustion. Certainly they had gone through nightfall to exhaust any one. They could not get back to the friendly shelter of the with enough since timber, and their only chance for escape seemed to lie in taking to the water.


. I 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. This would be extremely dangerous, but Dick and Bob were accustomed to danger. The thought of danger to themselves would never deter them. As the redcoats came running over the ridge, and the Indians ilashed forth from the timber, giving utterance to war-whoops that were almost enough to curdle the blood in Bob was grazed by a bullet, wnile Dick was touched by both a bullet and an arrow. The wounds, however, were so trivial as to amount to nothing. Indeed, in the of the moment the youths did not feel the wounds at all. They continued to paddle vigorously one's veins, Dick and Bob acted. fact that the youths were able to sit erect and_ conThey leaped forward and pushed the canoe into the tinue paddling, after t o such volleys as had been poured water. upon them, filled the spectators with wonder. They were in the canoe at a single bound, and each seized Surely the youths must bear charmed lives, they thought. a paddle. The redcoats gave utterance to a yell of ang_er and dis'l'hey began paddling for dear life. .. gust at their failure to stop the youths, while blood-curdling 'l'hey knew that their chances for escaping were very war-whoops went up from the lips of the Indians. slim. The redcoats were rapidly approaching from OJ?-e side, and the Indians from the other. By the time the youths were halfway out of the little cove, both redcoats and Indians were close enough so that bullets and arrows would easily leach the fugitives. The Indians were the first to open hostilities. Both parties prepared to fire another volley. The youths, who were watching affairs as closely as possible, saw the redcoats level their pistols, and the Indians fit fresh arrows to the bowstrings, and realizeti what was Cl)ming. "They are going to give us another volley, Dick," said Bob, grimly; "do you think we will be able to pull through another such ordeal, alive?" They sent a flight of arrows, two of which penetrated the side of the canoe. "I don't know, Bob; all we can do is to keep on paddling, Luckily, neither of the youths were hk One Indian, a regular giant in stature, hurled a large stone which struck the water within a foot of the canoe Had it struck inside the canoe the bottom would have grit our teeth and hope and p1:ay that we may come through alive." Swish! The arrows whistled through the air. Crash Roar been knocked out as if it had been pasteboard, and the . The bullets from the redcoats' pistols sped in the direcyouths fl1ght w.ould have been brought to an abrupt termmt f th t b "L"b t B 1011 o e wo rave 1 er y oys. atwn. To the amazement of the redcoats and Ind1ans the fuThe now opened fire. gitives remained sitting erect anJ continued paddling, vigAttacked from both sides, by redcoats and Indians Dick orously. and Bob were in great danger. They paddled with all their might, however, and hoped for the best Swish! Another flight of arrows went hurtling through the air. Crash Roar The r edcoats had fired another volley. CHAPTER IX. .A. NARROW ESCAPE. The youths had each received another wound, but, as before, the woun ds were slight ones, not sufficient to dis able them. Dick and Bob, themselves, were surprised. They had hardly dared hope that they would escape death as a result o a second volley from the redcoats and Indians. They had done so, however, and :finding that they were not even seriously wounded, their spirits rose. They were now out of the cove and upon the lake proper, and a more strokes of the paddles would carry them out of range of the missiles the weapons of their enemies The youths paddled with redoubled vigor, and feeling Certainly the youths' good luck was in the ascendant. su re now that they would be out of range before their Although the arrows and bullets whistled past the two, enemies could :fire a third volley, Dick -and Bob gave utterin showers, neither was more than slightly wounded. ance to a shout of defiance.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. This angered the redcoats and Indians, and they fired a 'J'he two did not think their enemies could do this, but third volley, anyway. they feared there were others awaiting their coming on the As Dick and Bob had expected, the bullets and arrows shore. I fell short. "Well, we will have to take our chances, Bob," said Again the youths gave utterance to a shout of defiance. Dick. Wild yells of rage came back from tneir enemies. But words hurt no one, and the ymiths could afford to laugh at the yells of anger. Still Dick and Bob rea:lized that they were not yet out of danger. There were other canoes on the lake. The youths had had ample proof of this fact only the night before. Doubtle!ls a hundred of the redcoats and Indians would be after them very soon. Looking back, the youths saw the Indians and redcoats running along t]Qe shore of the lake. "They are going to the canoes," said Dick; "they will be after us in a hurry, now." This proved to be correct. "Yes," was the reply; 'swe can't stay on the water, and might as well land at once and take our chances on escaping." They headed straight in toward the shore. Nearer and nearer they drew. 'l'hey were almost there now. The pursuing were nearly a quarter of a mile behind. The youths did not apprehend danger from the occu-' pants of the canoes. Danger, if danger there was, lay on the mainland. They set their teeth, however, and headed str'aight in They watched closely, They could see nothing of any enemies. Still this did not make them feel easy. Two minutes later a dozen canoes, :filled with Indians They well understood the cunning tactics of the redand redcoats, put out from the shore and l1eaded in the 1nen of the forest. direction of the canoe the youths were in. They would remain hidden in the woods till their in"They are coming, Dick!" said Bob, grimly, after a tended victims should land, and then would rush forward. baclmard glance. However, the youths did not hesitate. "All right; let them come," replied Dick. "I think we T hey paddled with all their might. can give them n good race." This was true. Dick and Bob were both experts with the paddle, and Nearer and nearer the shore they drew. Presently the bow of Me canoe grated on the sand . This was the signal for the youths to leap ashore. they did not weigh the canoe down very greatly, while the They did so, and, without pausing an instant, darted redcoats a11:d Indians had piled into ti1e canoes in such I away, going down the shore in the opposite numbers as to make the frail crafts sink deep in the water, direction from that from which the Indians were coming. and, of course, propulsion was more difficult under such As they did so a score of hideously painted redskins eircumstances. rushed out from among the trees at u point a hundred The youths headed past the island. yards back of the youths, and, with wild war-whoops, came They kept their eyes open, here, for they feared there rnnning forward, flourishing tomahawks and war-clubs! ,..,-oulcl be more enemies who would put out from the island with the intention of heading them off. Such did not prove to be the case, however. The redskins seemed to have all left the island. The youths rounded the island and struck out fur the shore at the west side of the lake. As they drew near the shore they kept a sharp lookout for the Indians. Far down the shore they could see a band of redskiJ?-S coming. They were some who had been participants in the at tack which had been made on Dick and Bob when they took to the ca;we, and they were trying to get around the edge of the lake in time to head the youths off. ... CHAPTER X. IN THE PATRIOT ENCAMPMENT. The youths were not yet out of Clanger. Indeed, they were in great danger. They might escape from the oncoming Indians, but it would be by the hardest kind of running if they did so. They were determined to try it, at any rate. They were stout-hearted youths. Nothing ever daunted them.


J. 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. They had long ago learned to accept everything as a matter of course, and do the best they could under any and all circumstances. So now they bounded away with the speed of the wind. A fresh ch ..... uo of war-whoops went up from the Indians as t hey saw this action on the part of the youths. 'l'here was. a note of derision in the yelling. It was evident that the redskins thought the white youths coul d not escape. They did not know Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, however. It was never safe to take anything f?r granted where those two were concerned I n the first p lace, there were very few I ndians who could run a e fast as Dick and Bob, or who had as much endurance. abilities, but wer e disgusted to find that they could not gain a foot on their fleet-footed white enemies. They could not understand it, and relieved their feel ings by renewed yelling. "If they d save that wind they might be able to run faster," said Bob, who could not keep still all the time, no matter what the circumstances "I'm glad they yell, if that is the case," said Dick. Onward they raced. An occasional quick glance over the shoulder was sufficient to keep them posted regarding the situation. They saw that they were holding their own, and began to feel better. They were slowl y and gradually getting in closer to the timber. The fact that the shor e of the lake bent around in a The youths were always in training, and were tough and long, sPmi-circular curve, was favorable to the youths, as hardy. the timber followed the shore and thus it was gradually So in a contest where speed and endurance were to pla! coming more in front. much of a part, the two were sure to give a good account Presently Dick said: of themselves. "I believ e we are safe in taking to the timber now, Bob. If they could reach the shelter of the timber before the I think we can get into it before the Indians can g e t Indians got within range they would be all right, they close enough to fire their arrows at u s," were sure. "All right, Dick; whenever you say so we'll make the If the Indians should get close enough so that they could shoot arrows with effect, then one or both the fugi tives might be killed or wounded, and it would all be over with them. So in order to keep the red s kins from getting range the youths headed almost straight down the shore, simp l y edging slightly in toward the timber. The Indians were no doubt surpri sed when they found:' that they could not gain on the two fugitives. The tough and wiry redmen of the forest prided themselves on their physical powers, and could not understand how it was that the white youths were able to hold their own in a race of this kind The) were so angered when they learned that they could not gain on the fugitives that they gave utterance to sh r ill and threatening yells and whoops "Oh, that's all all you want to!" murmured Bob. "I wish our pistols were in working ord er!" thought Dick. They continued to run with

THE LIBER'rY BOYS' DANGER. 17 They knew that if they escaped it would be only aft e r the hardest kind of work. But their lives were at stake and they would do their best Onward they dashed. Through underbrush, across littl e creeks, over stones, they went It was an exciting, a thrilling race. D oubtless the Indians had imagined that now that the fugitives had taken to the timber th e y would be able to overtake them; but, if so, they w e r e s peeJily und e ceived. They found that the problem confronting them was just as difficult as ever. The white youths seemed to understand getting through They felt tha t they l1ad run at least four mi lespossi bly even mor e than that. The youth s had run through swamps and were becom ing very tired. The y felt that cduld not run much longer. The run would become a walk soon, and a s low walk a t that. Their purs u e r s however, must be in the same difficulties the youth s r e a s oned. rrh e n they s udd e nly r e alized that they had not hear d a war-who o p o r y e ll f rom the Indians for several mi nu tes. They l o oked b ack. '-'fhe y c ould see nothing of any pursuers "Jove, Dic k! I believe we have gi;en o u r purs u e r s the. the timber and oYer and around obstacles quite as well as slip!" excJaimed Bob.

18 TRE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. Half a mile distant down the road the youths saw a lot of tents. "I1ook, Dick!" cried Bob; "yonder are some tents. Do suppose it is General Schuyl{:lr's force?" "I rather think it is, Bob; I hope so, at any rate. Come, we will soon :find out. The youths hastened d'own the. road. "Who are you?" he asked. "My name is Dick Slater and my comrade here is--" 'What cried the soldier; "do you mean to say you al'e Dick Slater-the genuine Dick Slater of whom we have heard so much?" "I don't know about that," replied Dick; "I am Dick Slater, and comrade here is Bob Estabrook. We are As they drew near the encampment they saw some straight from the commander-in-chief with important dessoldiers moving about. patches, as I have told you Kindly let us pass." The soldiers had on blue uniforms. The sentinel lowered his musket and stepped aside. "It is Schuyler's force, Dick!" exclaimed Bob. "See, "All right; you may enter," he said. ''If you are Dick the men have on blue uniforms!" "You are right, Bob." 'rh1e youth s hastened forward. The next moment a sentinel challenged them. "Halt, \Vho comes there?'' "Friends," replied Dick. "Advance, friends, and give the countersign.?' The youths advanced to within a few yards of the Slater it is all right." Dick and Bob passed the jentinel and entered the camp. They m;ked a soldier to direct them to the tent occupied by General Schuyler. "General Schuyl e r isn't here," the soldier replied. "He isn't ?" Dick was disappointed as well as surprised. "No.'' sentinel. "'Then, where is he?" "Halt!" the soldier ordered, leveling his musket. "Don't "He went with a force of men, this morning, early, to come any closer until you give the countersign." superintend the cutting down of a couple of bridges a "We don't know the countersign," replied Dick; "but mile or so to the northward." we are friends, just the same ''How am I to know that?" "I -suppose you will have to take our word for it; I assure you it is all right, however. We are special messengers with important despatches for General Schuyle:J; the The patriot soldier looked incredulous. "As I und erstand it, the commander-in -chief is away down in New Jersey," he remarked. "You are right," nodded Dick. "Thoo how can you expect me to believe your statement that you bring despatches from him when you come here afoot and from the direction of Burgoyne's army in s tead of from tlie south?" I "We had horses," replied Dick, "but had to abandon t hem last night, as we were attacked by Indians just after "Oh, that is 1rhere he is, eh ?" "Yes; but he will likely be back soon-ah! yonder they j come, now!" The soldier up the road. A force of soldier;; "as Been in the distance. "Good!" exclaimed Dick; "I am glad he is cm:ning." "Who are you?" the soldier aJ,ed. Quite a little crowd had gathcrecl about the youths, and the patriot soldiers were eying rhe two with curiosity, not entirely unmixed with suspicion. Dick told them his name and that of Bob. Exclamations of amazement escaped the soldiers. Like the r,entinel, they seemed wonder-stricken when they heard the name, Dick Slater, mentioned. "Do you mean to say that you are the genuine Dirk Slater, who hat: earned such a name as a scout and spy?" I going into 'camp, and had all we could do to with of the patriots asked. our lives." "Oh, that's it?" The soldier's tone was dubious. There was a look of doubt on his face, also. Dick felt that they had lost enough time. I "Let us pass," he said; "it is all right. I have important papers which I must place in General Schuyler's hands at once You are more apt to be reprimanded for detaining us than for letting us pass." The senti nel still he sitated. f'I am Dick Slater, sure,'' Dick replied, "and I have done considerable work as a and s py urrder the directions of the commander-in-chief; and so has my comrade, here." "We have heard of both of you," declared another of the soldiers; "we have heard about the company of young fellows who call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' And you are members of that company?" "Dick, here, is the captain of the company," sa id Bob. The patriot soldiers could not clo enough for the youths, and when they learned that Dick and Bob had had nothing


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 19' to eat smce tne evening before, and then only a few bites of cold bread and meat, there was a scramble to bring out food. The youths were soon 'engaged in the pleasing occupa tion of despatching goo'd, food oi various kinds, I as the people of this part of the country were, for the most "I was so to read the despatches that I am afraiQ. was not so comteous or considerate as I should have ueen," he said, half apologetically. '' Oh, that is all right sir," saiu Dic _k. Then the general began a:;;king the youths questions. He asked them many -quest ions regarding the situation part, friendly; and the patriot soldiers had no difficulty down in New .J crsey, and then he asked them regarding in securing all the provisions they wished for Ol' needed. By the time the youths had satisfied their hunger the party of patriot soldiers was almost at the encampment. At the head of the party rode a man of collllllanding presence. He was a man well along in years, with long gray hair and a noble face. This was General Schuy ler. As he. rode up and brought his horse to a stop near whe1e the two youths stood, the general's eyes fell upon Dick and Bob. He looked at the youths searchingly. "Who have we here?" he asked. Dick advanced a .l'ew steps and, saluting, said: "My comrade and I have just arrived, General Schuyler. We are from New .Jersey, and b1'ing despatches from the commander-in chief." An exclamation escaped the lips of the general. He leaped to the ground, and, advancing, asked: "Who are you?" "l\Iy name is Dick Slater, sir, and my companion is .Bob Estabrook." The offi.ccr's face cleared instantly. "I have he!lrd of he said; "and now, tte des patches!" All his suspicions seemed to have disappeared as if by magic the instant Dick had told who he and Bob were. Di ck at once produced the papers from a secret pocket in his coat. Bob produced a duplicate set. Each handed the despatches to the general. their own expericnces Jin reaching his 'encampment . l I "I understand you had some adventures with the enemy last night," he said. The youths nodded. / Then Dick told the story of their _experience of the night and morning cas briefly and simply as possible. General Schuyler was an old campaigner, however, anu 1 easily read between t.he lines. He realized that these two modest youtl1s were heroes indeed. He knew that in making their escape the foes which had s urrounded them, they had done something which he would not have believed it possible a:gy one could do, "Why, you were in the very midst of our foes, b'oth red and '1ite !" the general exclaimed "They have been holdi1:;\' forth in the vicinity of that little lake for three days, now, and are as thjck around there as flies in summertime." "They are certainly thick enough ar_ound there," agreed Dick. "I should say so; and I don t see how managed to make your escape. You were very fortunate, indeed." .. "I think so, sir," agreed Dick. The general then asked the youths if they would remain with his army a while, or whether they would start on return to New Jers e y,. "We can't now," replifd Dick; redskins cap tured our horse s and we can't go till we get oui' animals back." "I am sony to say that we have but the horse here-( The papers were wrapped in waterproof cloth so the !he you saw me riding," the general said; "if we haJ contents were not injured, even though, as will be l"elhe horses you should have' them, but we haven t them." membered, Dick and Bob had spent considerable time in "'l'h11t is all right," said Dick; "we are in no particular the water the night hurry, and will remain here and wait till we can get our The general, as soon as he had received the despatches, went to his tent, and nothing more was seen of him for half an hour. own horses back from the enemy./' General Schuyler smiled, dubiously. "I'm afraid you will have tq remain here a long time Then an orderly came to Dick and Bob and told them if you wait till you can recover ,your own animlas," he said the officer wished to sec them in his tent "I don t know," said Dick; "I think we can get them<' The youths ha;ten e d to the tent. "You do?" General Schuyler was very pleasant, and shook hand s The general evidently th.ought the idea was a foolis h one with them. to entertain.


I ( THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. "Yes, sir." General Schuyler shook his head. "I don't think it possible that you c an succeed in such an undertaking," he said; "if you attempt it you will lose your lives." But Dick and Bob did not think so. "and it is possible that we may get a chance to get our horses away from the enemy." General Schuyler was reluctant to see them do this, but he considered that he had no right to order the youths not to do so, so he made the best of it and told them to exercisr all possible caution. "We we:qt through with some pretty lively experiences "Don't take a single unnecessary chance,'1 he cautioned; last night and this morning, and did not our lives," "remember, it will be much better to let the British keep said Dick; "I rather think we will be able to get our horses the horses than to lose your lives trying to recover the back from the enemy We will give it a trial, anyway." animals." "We wi:ll be very careful," Dick assured him .. "When?" "To-night." ''Well, be very careful, however. Then the laid in a good supply of food, and re I should feel very tiring half a mile back in the timber, waited. bad if harm should come to you while here with me. I am aware o.f the fact that the commander-in-chief sets They had made up their minds to have their horses back. The thought of going away and leaving their animals in considerable store by you two young men." the possession of the British was extremely distasteful to "Oh, i anything should happen to us he would not the youths. blame you, General Schuyler," said Dick; "he knows us, They would not do it liDless it proved to be an utter and knows that we alone will be to blame if anything impossibility to recover the horses. happ ens to us." After some further talk the youths withdrew, the general teiling them to make themselves entirely a.t home. The youths did so, and were soon acquain!ed with a great m'any of the patriot soldiers They hunted up a nice quiet spot, and made themselves as comfortable as possible. They found a place on the bank of a little creek. Just back of them was a rocky ledge a dozen feet in height. They were sheltered from the sun by the thick foliage of All seemed desirous of making Dick's and Bob's ac some large trees, and throwing themselves down the:y quaintnnce, so the time did not bang heavily on the talked of :first one thing, then another for a couple of hours. youths' hands at alL Shortly after noon a scout came in and reported to Gen eral Schuyler that the redcoats and Indians had succeeded in getting across the two streams where the bridges had been cut by the patriots, and were advancing up the road. Then Dick got up and made a little scouting expedition. He could see no signs of redcoats or Indians, and re turned, and, throwing himself down, again entered into conversation with About six o'clock they got out some food and ate heart"They will reach this point by evening,'' the scout said. ily, :finishing by taking a good drink out of the creek. As Gem;ral Schuyler's force was entirely inadequate to the task of holding the redcoats and their red allies back by forre of arms, the genhal, like the careful man that he was, gave the order to break camp and retire. "All that I can do," he said to Dick and Bob, "is to They felt better, now, and were ready or work. They felt that they would be able to recover their horses from their enemies, the redcoats and Indians. They were determined to make the effort, .anyway. Feeling slightly ,lazy, after their meal, they lay on their retard the progress of the British as much as possible. I back, with their heads toward the ledge, and looked up cut the bridges, obstruct the streams where boats might bo at. the sky and became silent. used by the enemy, and fell trees across the roads. That Suddenly, as Dick gazed upward, he saw the ugly, paintis all I can do; I am not strong enough to offer battle." ed face of a redskin sticking out over the edge of the The general sent a large force up the road, with instrucledge, a dozen feet above where the youths lay! tions to cut as many large trees, and lay them across the road, as was possible. Dick and Bob told General Schuyler that they w

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 21 It happened that Dick's eyes were partially closed, and he felt certain that the Indian thought him asleep. Bob's eyes were shut. He had not seen the Indian and had no knowledge of his presence. Dick's mind worked rapidly. What should he do ? Feeling sure that the Indian thought him asleep, Dick did the best thing that he could have done, perhaps: He lay perfectly still. I The Indian gazed downward with eager. eyes. It was evident that he was decci ved. He thought the youths were asleep, undoubtedly, and Dick was relieved to note that the red ski n made no move toward encompassing the death of himself and Bob. Dick thought he knew why this was. And run they did. They had had so much experience during the night before, and that morning, that it was like old times over again; but it cannot be said that the youths enjoyed the prospects of being chased for a mile or two by the thirsty redskins. Still, as there was no help for it, they made the best of the situation and ran at the top of their speed. They wished to get clear away from Indians, as this 'ras necessary if they were to make any headway toward regaining their horses, for it would be impossible for them to reconnoitre the encampment of the British while being chased by the r edsk ins. So they exerted themselves to an unusual degree, and ran at a greater speed than they thought possible they could do. Doubtless the Indians had received instructions to capThey heard yells behind them for a while, but were ture the two strange youths, if possible, and bring them pleased to note that the yells grew gradually but surely before General Burgoyne. Suddenly the hideous, painted face was withdrawn from ick's sight. Dick listened with all his might, so to speak. He heard a faint, rustling for a few moments, and then the noise ceased. "He is going to get some of his companions to come nd help him capture us," thought Dick. He turned his face toward his companion. "Bob!" he whispered. fainter and fainter. "We are leaving them behind, Dick," said 'Bob: "I think you are right, Bob," Dick replied. "I'm mighty glad of it. Do you know, old man, I'm getting tired of being chased by those painted demons?" "So am L" The youths continued onward till they could no longer hear any yells at all, and then they came to a stop. The sun h!J.d gone down, and it would soon be dark, so they decided that they had gone far enough. If the Indians should come they would be able to dodge Bob, astonished by being addressed in a whisper, but the red fiends in the darkness. arned by the fact that something unusual was in the ind, opened his eyes and looked inquiringly at Dick. "What is it?" he asked, also speaking in a whisper. "We must get away from here, and in a hurry, too! just saw an Indian looking down at us from the top f the ledge." "Great guns Do you think it is safe to go, now?" "I guess so, if we are cautious. Up and away, and be areful not to make any noise." The youths rose to their feet and stole a;way. They _moved up the stream. As they went they kept a sharp lookout around them. They did not wish to be caught napping. They drew their pistol's and held them, ready cocked, in They took up their position in the midst of a clump of bushes and waited. They remained there for nearly an hour and the Indians had not put in an appearance. "I guess they gave up the chase as a bad job," said Bob, finally. "I judge so, Bob. Well, shall we move?" "I am ready whenever you are, Dick." The youths at once set out through the timber. They were sure they knew the general direction ihcy ought to go to reach the encampment of the British. They proceeded at a moderate pace. There was no hurry. This was a case where it would be best to make haste heir hands. They were determined to make a good fight slowly. f the redskins put in an appearance. They moved carefully along The youths had gone a distance of a hundred yards, when 'l'hey did not know but they might happen upon some hey heard a wild yell of anger and disappointment. Indians at any moment. "The Indians 'have discovered our escape!" said Dick. I That was one advantage about fighting against the redNow we must run, Bob!" sh.ins.


I I 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. They were always prowling around, tl'lrough the timber, while the redcoats seldom left the camp. Dick and Bob moved along for nearly half an hour. Suddenly they heard the sound of whooping over toThey were outnumbered so greatly by the red fiends that it would be extremely dangerous to attack them. What, then, should they do? They studied the matter over, even as they watched ward the left. the fire eating its way into the logs of the cabin. The noise was evidently made by Indians It was evident that the cabin was doomed. The youths paused and listened. The logs were dry, and the fire was already beyond conThe yelling could be plainly heard, which proved that trol, even if the owner had been free to try to save it. the Indians were ,not far away. Suddenly there came another sharp, whip-like crack, and "I wonder what is going on over there?" remarked Bob. another Indian gave utterance to a wild yell of pain and "I don't know," was the reply; "supposing we infell. vestigate ?" The man in the cabin was undoubtedly a good marksman. "I'm willing." The two turned aside and went in the direction from the yelling came. They went scarcely a quarter of a mile when they reached the edge of a little clearing. At the farther side of the clearing was a log cabin: Again the Indians gave utterance to wild yells. And again they drew back farther into the darkness. They were now closer to Dick and Bob than to the cabin. Then suddenly the door of the cabin was opened and a man leaped out and darted around the end of the cabin. The Indians saw the fugitive, and darted forward, with The cabin was on fire-was burning briskly, and dancing fierce yells, at the same time fitting arrows to the bow-around it were fifteen to twenty Indians strings. CHAPTER XII. THE YOUTHS REGAIN TllEill HORSES. Dick and Bob stood and gazed upon the scene. They wondered if there was any one in the cabin As they were asking themselves this question, they re ceived an answer. There was the report of a rifle, and one of the dancing Indians threw up his arms and fell to the ground with a wild death-yell. They were not so far away but what they would be able to hit the fugitive. Dick and Bob realized this, and being anxious to render the man assistance, they whipped out their pistols and fired upon the redskins. They fired the two shots and then whipping out their other two pistols, fired two more shots, at the arne time giving utterance to as loud yells as they could This attack from the rear disconcerted the Indians to such an extent that they failed to fire the arrows, and the fugitive got around the corner of the cabin and out of sight, in safety. The youths realized that they would have to get away Instantly redskins gave utterance to a series of bloodfrom that neighborhood in a hurry i they would save curdling whoops and discharged a flight of arrows at the their scalps. cabin. Of course, the arrows did no ha>:m, but the act of firing the feathered missiles relieved the Indians' feelings, doubtless The Indians had paused, and some had turne d toward Lhe point from which the pistol shots had come. While the Indians stood, hesitating, seemingly unde cided whether to follow the owner of the cabin or to give Then they retired till well out of the light thrown out their attention to the ones who had attacked them from by the burning cabin. They did not stop whooping, however. Doubtless they thought their yells would induce a feel ing of terror in the breast of the person in the cabin. Dick and Bob hardly knew what to do. They felt that whoever was in the cabin was in great danger, and like the brave youths that they were, they wished to assist the imperiled one, but they could not think what it was best to do. the rear, Dick and Bob turned 'and hastened away through the ti;nber. Then the Indians suddenly came to a decision and they divided their force, part going in pursuit of the owner of the cabin, the rest coming in pursuit of Dick and Bob. Again the youths were forced to run for their lives. Fortunately they were amply able to hold their own in a game of this kind. They gradually bent around to the left in an attempt to


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 23 go in the direction in which they thought the British "It would seem so," agreed Dick. encampment lay. I "Is there anything I can do to aid you tw. o ?" asked the The youths kept going in a circling direction, and after man. "I owe you something for coming to my assistance, running for perhaps fifteen minutes they heard a sound back yonder, and am eager to repay you." of pattering feet behind them. "There is nothing, I guess," replied Dick. They paused and heard the footsteps coming closer. "May I ask why you are here in the vicinity of the They could tell by the sound that there was only one camp of the British?" person. "Perhaps it is the man who was in the cabin," suggested Boo:Dick thought this likely. They waited till the newcomer was within three or four yards of them and then Dick called out: "Who is there?" Instantly the sound qf running feet stopped. The youths heard an exclamation in the American tongue. This proved that the newcomer was a white man. "Certainly; some of those Indians got our horses away from us yesterday evening, aud we are here for tbe purpose of trying to get the animals back.'' "Oh, that's _it?" "Yes." "It will be a dangerous thing to try to do." "We are aware of that," replied Dick; "but we must have our horses, danger or no danger." "Well, if there is anything that I can do, I shall be only too glad to do it." "I guess there is nothing; what we do will have to be "Who are you?" came back. done by stealth, not by force, and one more would not be a "A couple of white men," replied Dick; "are you the help. In fact, the fewer there are of us the more apt we man who escaped from the burning cabin?" are to succeed." -"Yes," was the reply in an eager tone; "are you the men who assisted my escape by opening fire on the redskins from the rear ?" "Yes; what has become of your pursuers? Have you given them the slip?" "I think so; and you?" "We have gotten away from our pursuers, I think." "That is good." The stranger approached and stood close to the youths. The three could see one another faintly. "Who are you two, if I may ask.?" inquired the man. "Surely you are not redcoats, or you would not have fired upon the Intlians." "No," replied Dick; "we are not redcoats." "Ah! I think I can guess who you are," the man said; "you are from the patriot army under General Schuyler!" "You are right," agreed Dick. "And who are you?" "Yes, that is true. Well, you have my best wishes for your success." "Thank you," replied Dick. After a little further conversation, Dick and Bob shook hands with Larkins and parted from him. The youths made their way in the direction of the British encampment, while Larkins started back in the direction of his home. The youths walked onward for perhaps fifteen minutes, aud then they caught sight of camp-fires in the distance. They were close upon the British encampment. "We will have to be very careful, now, Bob," whispered Dick. "So we will." The yonths stole forward until they came to a point from which they had a good view of the British encamp"I am a settler-a hunter, trapper and farmer, and my ment. home is the cabin which you saw burning. My name is Seth Larkins." "We are glad to know you," said Dick; "my name is Dick Slater, and that of my comr"ade, Bob The three shook hands. They paused and gazed upon the scene with interest. They wondered where their horses were likely to be. There was only one way to find dut. This was by making search. The youths decided to make a complete circuit of the Then they stood still for a few moments and listened camp. intently. They knew th!lt the horses would be found somewhere They could hear nothing to indicate the presence of on the outskirts of th, e encampment. Indians anywhere in the neighborhood. They at once started out to put their plan into effect. ''I guess we have gotten clear away from the red fiends," said Larkins. They moved away among the trees. Their course was a gradual circle, the youths keeping


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. about the l'ame distance from the encampment during the whole of the time. At this instant. a man rose from his position near one of the camp -fires and came walki11g rapidly toward the They had made perhaps one-fourth of the circuit when sentinel on guard over the horses . they discovered the horses. There were, all told, perhaps a dozen of the animals. Dick saw the man coming and knew that it was the officer of t.he guard starting to his rounds to see if Two of them were, of course, Dick's and Bob's horses. the sentinels were attending to business. The others were the animals ridden by the British The youth realized tha t the sentinel, not wishing to be officers. caught with his face toward the encampment, would turn, Dick and Bob came to a stop and made a survey of the and as this realization came to Dick he stepped behind a. irt'le which st.ood near at hand. Before attempting to do anything they must lay out He was not an instant too soon. plans of procedure. The sentinel saw the officer of the guard coming, and ?'he youths soon discovered that there was a sentinel on whirled quickly. guard over the horses. Had he been an instant quicker he could not have Evidently the first thing to do was to get this sentinel helped seeing Dick; but, as it was, he just missed doing so. out of the way. The officer of the guard approached and addressed the 'ro try to get their horses while the sentinel stood sentinel. guard, would be fo1ly. "How is everything, Johnson?" he asked. Of course, it would be dangerous work getting the sen"All is well, sergeant," was the reply. tinel out of the way, but it would not be as dangerous as "No signs of any rebels skulking about, eh ?" to .try to get the horses out from under his nose. "No, sir." The youths crept around and took up their position a "Very good; keep your eyes open. Some Indians just few yards in the rear of sentinel came in with the news that they had seen and chased Dick took upon himself the tnsk of handling the sentinel. those two young fellows who gave us so much trouble last It would be necessary to steal up close in order to night and this morning. Tlwy are certainly bold rascals handle tlw redcoat without giving him a chance to give the alarm, and one could do this better than two. Dick stole softly forward. His feet made no noise whatever. The youth was an expert in woodcraft. The Indians who were with Burgoyne could not have given the youth any pointers in this respect. Forward the youth stole. Closer and closer he crept. Had the sentinel been attending strictly to business, Dick's task would have been more difficult. The redcoa t should have hat1 his back to the encamp J::'!ent and his fac e toward Dick; but instead, he had his face toward the encampment and his back toward the youth. and may try to spy upon us." ''If they come fooling around here I'll give them a reception that they won't like!" declared the sentinel. "That's the way to talk, Johnson. If you catch sight of anybody, don't hesitate to shoot." "You may be sure I won t hesitate, sir." The officer of the guard passed onward, leaving the sentinel with his face turned in Dick's direction. This placed the youth in an unpleasant predicament. He could not hope to leap out and throttle the sentine l before the fellow could give an alarm. Neither could he hope to beat a retreat without being discovered. He was within six feet of the sentinel, and if he were to move he would certainly attract the sentinel's attention. The sentinel was watching his comrades who were seated For once Dick did not know what to do. about the camp-fires, laughihg, talking, playing cards and .So long as he remained standing quietly, behind the enjoyi ng themselves, and doubtless he wishing that he tree, he was comparative l y safe; but he had no wish to was with them. remain there. Closer and closer Dick crept. He wished i.o be doing something. He thought of Bob, and wondered if his comrade would Presently he was \Yithin two yards of the sentinel. ... Dick paused and measured the distance intervening be able to think of some plan to assist him. between himself and hi s intended victim. Dick felt sure that if any one could think of something Having sized up the distance satisfactorily, Dick crouchto do, under the circumstances, Bob was the fellow to do if. ed for the leap which he intended making. Bob was hot-headed and impetuous, as a rule, but was


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 25 cunning Dnd resourceful, also, and could be as careful f down upon the redcoat's making it impossible for and cautious as any one, if the necessity arose. the fellow to do any more kicking about. Dick turned hie head and looked in the direction of Dick, seated astride the redcoat's body, held him firmly. where he had left Bob, but could see nothing of his com rade. Dick stood thete for perhaps five minutes, pondering the situation and trying to think what it would be b st to do. Presently Dick heard a: rustling sound over the left hand. Dick judged that the sentinel must have heard it, also. He could not well help hearing it as the rustling sound was quite distinct. A sudden thought came to Dick. Was it not possible that Bob was making the noise with a view to attracting the sentinel's attention away from the point where Dick was hiding? Dick thought that it was extremely probable that this was the case. The youth peered cautiously around the tree. I He could see that the sentinel's head was turned and I that the fellow was looking .in the direction .from which I the rustling sound came. The rustling came even louder and more pronounced, and tbe sentinel faced in that direction anJ raised his musket to his shoulder. Fearing that the sentinel would challenge and thus attract the attention of the soldiers around the camp -fires, Dick decided to act. Stepping quickly out from behind the tree on the side that would bring him around behind the redcoat, Dick suddenly le aped forward. He seized the sentinel by the throat with both hands and exerting all his strength, jerked the fellow to the ground. The redcoat, taken entirely by surprise, had let go of the musket and grasped Dick's hands in an effort to tear them loose from his throat. At the same time he tried to cry out. He could do neither. He could only utter a faint, gasping gurgle. He could not loosen Dick's grip a particle. The youth's were like bands of steel. The redcoat began kicking and thrashing about in the hope, doubtless, that he might thus attract the attention The redcoat was helpless. He could neither move nor cry out. Dick compressed the fellow's wind-pipe, tightly. The sentinel could not get his breath, and two minutes later he relapsed into unconsciousness. Dick waited till he sure the fellow was sensele8s, and then he let go his hold and rose to his feet. I> '., Bob did likewise. "Come!" whispered Dick; "we must get our horses and get away from here." They sto l e in among the horses which were tied in a semi circle Th ',y had no trouble in finding their own animals. untying the two horses the youths led them back into lhe timber a of fifty yards, and tied them to trees. 'rhen the two hastened back and secured the bridles and saddles. These tbey carried to where the horse had been left. They quickly saddled and bridled the animals. Just as they finished doing so they heard the sounds of a terrible commotion in the British encampment "They have found the s entinel and discovered that two of the horses are missing!'' rxclaimed Diclv. "We will have to get away from here in a hurry!" CHAPTER XIII. A BOLD DASH. "So we will," agreed Bob; "you lead the way, I'll "All right; come along.'' Dick considered it folly to mount the horses while yet among the trees They must make an effort to reach the road Should they succeed in doing this, then they could mount and have some chance for making their escape. Dick moved away through the timber as rapidly as post sible, leading tl:.e horse. Bob followed closely. of his comrades about the. camp-fires. Dick started in a direction which would have taken them He might hav e succeeded if he had been allowed to keep around to the south side of the British encampment, but this up. had gone but a short distance when he heard voices in This wr..s not to be, however. front. I Bob suddenly put in an appearance and promptly sat It would not do to go on.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 'rhey would surely be ca:etured if they did. Dick realized this. He stopped and turned squarely around. "They have headed u s off, Bob!" he whispered. "We will have to go in the other direction." "Go ahead, Dick; I'll follow yQu." Dick made his way in the opposite direction of that in which he had just been going. Their way 'was not disputed this time, and Dick continued onward. Bob kept close behind, and the two after oitcling one-Here they paused and again talked and listened, altern ately, for another half hour or so. 'rhlln, hearing no sounds, they decided that they were far enough away to be safe, and dismounted and leading their horses to one side of the road, tied them to tree13. Then the youths sat down in the of the road and lalked the 13ituation over and 1istened for soupds of the enemy. One, .two hours pasped and neither1redcoats nor Indian-s had put in an appearance. The youths decided that it must be getting well along fourth of the way a,round the British en,campment, came toward midnight. into the road. They were on the north of the encampment, ?ow ever, which made their position anything but a sattsfactory one. Of course, Dick and Bob wished to reach the patriot encampment which lay four or five miles to the southrard. To do this they would have to get past the British encampment. That this would be a difficult matter, they were well I aware. They knew that the entire encampment was aroused. Redcoats and Indians were scouring the woods to the eastward and westward, and, without doubt, were patroling the road to the southward. They had not yet come up the road 'leading toward the north, but might do so later. Their reason for not having done so was because of the fact that they supposed the fugitives would try to go to warn the south in the direction of the patriot encampment. Not desiring to remain in such close proximity to the In this they were not far wrong. It was half-past eleven. They were in no hurry, however, and decided to wait a while longer. When another hour had passed the youths untied their horses, mounted, and rode away toward the south. They rode at a moderate gait, for they did not know but they might encounter some of the Indians or redcoats at any moment. They were half an hour riding the two miles to the British camp. They paused a quarter of a mile to the northward of the camp. What should they do? Should they ride aside into the timber and make a big circuit and come out into the road again on the south side of the camp? Suddenly Bob suggested a startling plan. "Everybody in the British r-amp, except the sentinels, camp, Dick and Bob mounted their horses and heading are asleep, don't you t?ink, Diok ?" Bob asked. toward the north rode nearly a mile in that direction. "I judge so, Bobt" was the reply. Here they stopped for the purpose of holding a council. "Well, then, why not make a sudden dash and ride "What shall we do, Dick?" asked Bob. "I hardly know," was the reply. "Do you suppose we can get around and past the British encampment ?" "I don't think it will be safe to try it right away, Bob. Later on we might be able to accomplish it." "You mean som61 time tonight?" "Yes-or, rather, some time toward morning." "I see." The youths were talking in cautious tones, for theYi feared they might be overheard by Indian scouts, when they right through the encampment?" The boldness of this plan almost dazed Dick for the moment. He hardly knew what to think. He was silent for a few moments. \ The more he thought of the plan, the better he liked it and the more he thought there was a good chance that it might prove successful. The very boldness of the plan was in its favor, Dick thought. He reasoned that it was possible, even probable, that the heard sounds as of somebody coming up the rpad. British had parties of their Indian allies scouting through "I think it is a scouting party of Indians,'! said Dick; the timber on both sides of the road. "we must get farther back." They rode on northward another mile This being the case, Bob's plan was the safest one that could be thought of.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. 27 The redcoats certainly would not be expecting such bold to arrive at an understanding of the situation quicker than ction and would not be prepared for it. The youths talked the matter over and discussed the Ian from all standpoints. The result was that they decided to make the dash. his comrades who had just been aroused from their slumber "The rebels!" he cried. "They are the rebel spies! Shoot them! Don't let them esc::pe !" The voice and words of their comrade roused the redHaving decided, there was no need of further delay. coats to action. They waited only long enough to see that their pistols ere in a handy position where they could be seized quickly f the necessity arose. As soon as they were ready the youths rode forward. They urged their horses to a gallop and then to a run. Straight toward the encampment they dashed. They leaped up and seized their muskets. Dick and Bob were now ful1y halfiVay across the patch of ground covered by the tents of the British, and every leap of the horses carried them closer to the south of the encamP.ment and safety. Were the.y going to succeed in getting through in safety? The horses' hoofs made a terrible clatter, the youths the youths asked themselves. hought. They hoped so. At least, it sounded that way to them. But they did not hesitate nor slacken their speed. Indeed, they urged their horses to still greater speed. They saw the redcoats leap up and seize their l:nuskets, however, and realized that lhey would have to undergo the ordeal of a volley or two, at any rate. 'rhe youths had made up their minds to ride straight They set their teeth, leaned forward almost on their hrough British encampment and they would do it or horses' necks and urged the animals forward. die trying. They wereJlow almost through the encampment. Onward they dashed. In the middle of the road, at the south side of the enThey had almost reached the northern edge of the en campment, stood another sentinel. campment when a loud voice called out: Dick saw the fellow level his musket and take deliberate "Halt!" aim. But the youths did not halt. They kept right on with undiminished speed. The youth was not afraid for himself so much as he was that the horse might be hit. Again the sentinel cried, "Halt!" but seemingly com-If th t 1 h ld d b d "th f I e sen 1ne s ou succee m rmgmg own e1 er o rehending that the horsemen would not halt, he fired off tl h th a f h d b k k ld . 1e orses, e n er, 1 e escape a ro en nee wou 1s musket. most certamly be captured The bullet whistled past Dick's ear, but did no damage. Realizing this, Dick was determined that the sentinel The report of the musket came much being more should not be allowed to fire at his leisure. armful than was the case with the bullet, for it awoke the majority of the sleeping redcoats and Indians. They leaped to their feet and stared wildly about them. The camp-fires had burned low, but they threw out some Quick as a flash Dick drew a pisto1. The drawing of the pistol and leveling it was all done with one motion. light and the redcoats and Indians were enabled to make The instant the pistol came to a level, Dick pulled the out two horsemen dashing recklessly through the entrigger. e:ampment. Being so suddenly aroused from their slumbers, neither redcoats nor Indians were able to at once grasp the sit ua r olOn. Crack! It was a snap-shot, but a wonderfully true one. The bullet struck the sentine l in the shou ld er and so di s concerted his aim that, although he fired, the bullet went Who were the two horsemen galloping so reckle!Jsly twenty feet to one side of the youths. through the camp? The wounded redcoat had barely time to leap out of the This was the question which each and every one asked way of the horses. themselves. Had he been an instant lat er he would have been Suddenly a cry burst upon the night air. trampled underneath the flying feet of the horses. It came from the senti nel at the north side of the enAt the same .instant the rattle of firearms broke upon the campment. night air. He, being awake and in full possession of his faculties The redcoats had 3: volley. when the youths first put in an appearance, was enabled More properly speaking, perhaps, the redcoats had begun


2R THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANGER. and were keeping up an irregular fusilade, for no great number of them were ready to fire at the same instant. The youths heard the. zip, zip of a number of bullets, some of which came unpleasantly near, but none of which,. luckily, struck either of the youths or their horses. Onward. they dashed. The were bent forwai'd on the nee:ks of the horses and as much over to the side away from the redthem and then looked to their pistols and saw that they were loaded and primed. When the hour was up, Dick and Bob went to General Schuyler's tent, and after receiving the letter and putting it safel7 in his pocket, Dick bade the old general good-by. Bob did the same, and then, saluting, they withdrew. They lost no time in getting started. They mounted, and with a good-by to the soldiers, who coats, who were firing as fast as was possible. were gathered to see them off, they rode away toward the The bullets still continued to zip! past, but the "Liberty south. Boys'" good luck was in the ascendant, and they were not hurt. Half a dozen of the redcoats rushed to where the horses As they left the encampment, the patriot soldiers gave them a rousing cheer. The youths half turned in their saddles, and taking off were, and, untying them, led them to the road, leaped on their hats, waved them in reply. the animals' backs and came dashing down the road in 'l'hen they galloped around a bend in the road and dispursuit. appeared from the sight of their friends. 'l'he redcoats chased Dick and Bob about two miles, and This was the first time that any of the soldiers of the then finding 'they could not gain any on the fugitives-North, under General Schuyler, had seen Dick and Bob, indeed, they were slowly but surely losing ground-they but they had taken a great liking to the brave "Liberty gave the chase up and turned back. The wonderful feat of the two "rebels" was the subject for considerable talk in the British encampment that night and next morning, as may well be supposed. Dick and Bob, as soon as they saw that the redcoats had Boys." As for the youths, they felt very well satisfied with their 1 trip, as a whole. True, they had haa some lively adventures. They had been surrounded by foes, with seemingly no given up the pursuit, slackened the speed of their horses charice of escape, had been in great danger, but they had and allowed them to it easy for a mile or so. Then the animals were r{rged to a gallop, and fifteen minutes later the youths were challenged: "Halt! Who comes there?" It was ;he patriot "Friends," replied Dick, as they reined up their horses. "Ad vance, friends, and give the countersign." The youths had the countersign and obeyed. managed to escape and were happy. They had carried the despatches to General Schuyler, safely, in spite of redcoats and Indians, and would have a good report to make to the commander-in-chief when they should reach New Jersey. And they had had the exquisite pleasure of seeing and being with their sweethearts, sweet Alice Estabrook and Edith Slater. 'l'hey were allowed to enter tl!e patriot encampment, and That tbey managed it so as to be enabled to spend a half an h{lur later were lying wrapped in their b1ankets night at their homes on the return trip goes without saying. and sound asleep. Next morning, as soon as breakfast had been eaten, Dick went to General Schuyler and told him that they THE END. hr,d succeeded in their horses. The next (54) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" "I guess we will start on our return to New Jersey, this will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT; OR, A morning," he said; "that is, unless you wish us to remain VERY NARROW ESCAPE," by Harry Moore. longer.'' "No," said the gene-ral, "there is no need for you to stay. Come here on..e hou from now a11d I will have a letter ready for you to take to the commander-in-chief." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly "Very well, sir." are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any Dick saluted and withdrew. newsdealer, send the price in mo_ ney or postage stamps by He and Bob put in the hour getting ready for their mail to FRANK TOUSBY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION journey. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies They rubbed their horses down, bridled and saddled you order by return mail.


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LA'.r.EST ISSUES: 94 Fred Fearnot's Common Sense; or, The Best Way Out of Trouble. 26 Fearnot's Fatnous. tlkl:oke; or, 'J'he Winning Crew of Avon. 95 Fred Fearnot's Great Find; or, Saving Terry Olcott's Fortune. 27 1rred Fearnot's Double; 01, Unmaskl'l:tg a Dangerous Rival. 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sui tau: or, Adventures on the Island of Sulu. 28 l'red Fearnot In Boston or Downing the Bully of tlack llay. 97 Fred Fearnot's Slivery 'l'ongue; or, Winning an Angry Mob .!9 1'red Fearnot's Home 'or Second 'l'our of Ilis Nine. fiS Fred Fearnot' s Strategy; or, Outwitting a Troublesome Couple. l!O Fred D'earnot s Side Show;' or; On the With a Circus. 99 Fred Fearnot's Little Joke: OJ', Worrying Dick and Terry. &1 J fred Fearnot In Lo,ndon ; or, Terry Olcott m Danger. 100 Fred l<'earnot's l\luscie; ot, Holding Ills Own Against Odds. 82 Fred Fearnot In Pmis; or, Eve\yn and. the Frenchman. 101 Fearnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at the Hight Time. 83 Irred Fearnot'il Double Duel ; or, .13ound to Show llis Nerve. 102 Fred Fearuot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco 34 Fred Fearnot In Cuba; or, Helping "Uncle tlam. 103 Fred Fearnot and Evelyn ; or, 'l'he Infatuated Rival. 35 F d D 'I'h A st One 104 Fred 1?earnot's 'vYager; or, Downing a Brutal Sport. re ,;'earnot s anger; or, ree gaw 105 Fted ''earnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island. 36 Fred Fearnot's Pledge; or, Loyal to His ll'rlends. 37 Fred l!'earnot's Flyers; or, Bicycle League of Avon. 106 l!'red Fearnot Deceived ; or, After the Wrong Man. 38 Fred l!'lying 'l'rlp; or, Around the W orld On 'l'ime 107 Fred Fearnot's Charity: or, Teaching Others a Lesson. 39 Fred Fearnot's l>'ro1ics or, Having Fun With Friends and l'oes. 108 Fred Fcarnot as Judge;" or, Ileadlng off the Lynchers. 40 Fred Fearnot's 'l'rlumph; or, Winning His Case in Court. 109 Fred 1'Parnot and the Clown; or, Saving the Old Man's Place. 41 Fred Fearnot's Close Ca!i; or, Punishing a .rreacherous Foe. 110 Fred Fearnot's Fine Work; or, Up Against a Crank. 42 Fred Fearnot's Big Bluff; or, Worl:ing tor a Good Cause. 111 Fred Fearnot' s Rad Break; or, What Hapvened to Jones. 43 l!'red 1rearnot'li or, Hougblng It in Coh;rado. 112 Fred Fenrnot's Round Up; or, A Lively 'l'ime on the Ranche. 44 Fred Fearnot's Speculation; Outwitting the Land Sharks 113 FrPd Fearnot and the Giant; or, A Hot Time In Cheyenrle. 45 Fred Fearnot In the c:vuds; OJ', Evelyn's !\arrow Escape. 114 Fred Cool Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the Boys. 46 Fred Fearnot at Yale .AgaiP., or, the College Boys New 115 Fred Fearnot's Way ; or, Doing Up a Sharper. Tricks. 116 Fred Fearnot In a Fix; or, The Blackmailer's Game. 47 Fred Fearnots M<>ttie: or, Hot Work Against Enemies. 117 as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time in the 48 Fred Fearnot in Wall Street; or, MP..kiug and Losing a Million. 118 JJ'red l'earnot and His Mascot; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. 49 Fred l>'earnot's Desperate Hide; or, A Dash to Sa'Ve l!lvelyn. 119 d F t' St A Th B d M f A 1 50 l!'red Fearnot's Gteat or, How Terry Proved His Courage. .. 'red F' earnot s ron'I"' drmf : otr,, e Ha 1 anFo '' 1tzhontah. C 51 Fred Fearnots Betrayal or, The lllean Work of a False F'rlend. 120 Fre earno as a en er 00 ; or, av ng un w e owH boys. 52 Fred Fearnot In the Klondike; or, Working the "Dark orse' C ann. 121 Fred li'earnot Captured; or, In the Hands of His Enemies. 53 Fred Fearnot's Skate l'or Life; or, \Vlnning the "Ice Flyers' Pen122 Frel Fearnot and the Banker; or, A. Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. nant. 123 Fred Fearnot's Great l<'eat; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. 64 trred Fearnot's Rival; ... Betrayed by a Female Enemy. 12 Fred Fcarnot's Iron Will; or, Standing Up for the Right. 115 1'red l!'earuot's Defiance; or, His Great l<'lght at Dedhllm Lake. 125 Fred> Fearnot Cornered or, EvelY!) .and the Widow. 56 Fred 1rearnot's Big Contract: or, Runnln!f a County Fair. 126 Fred Fearnot's Dating Scheme; or, Ten Days In an Insane Asylum. 57 Fred I'earnot's Daring Deed; or, Saving 'Ierry from the Lynchers. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or. Backing Up His Word. 58 Fred I<'earnot s Revenge; or, Defeating a Congressman. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dei!ham's Case. 59 Fred Fearnot's Tmp; or, Catching the 'rain Robbers. 129 Fred West Point.; or, Having I un with the Hazers. 60 Fred 1 <'earnot at Harvard; or, Winning the Games for Yale. 130 Fred Fearnot's Secret Society; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. Ill Fred l?earnot's Ruse; or, Turning '!'ramp to Save a Fortune. 131 Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; or, 1'he 1'rouble on the Lake Front. 62 Fred 1reamot in l\Ianila: or, Plotting to Catch Aguinaldo. 13 2 Fl;ed Fearnot's Challe11ge; or, King of the Diamond Field. 63 Fred Fearnot and Oom Paul; or, for the Boers. 133 Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard work That Won. 64 Fred Fearnot In Johannesburg; or, The 'IelTible Ride to Kimberley. 134 Fred Fearnot in Atlanta; or, The Black F1end of Darktown. 65 Fred l!'eurnot In Kaffir-land; or, Hunting for the Lost Diamond. 135 Fred Fearnot's Opel) Hand; or, How He Help_ed a Friend. 66 Fred Fearnot's Lariat; or, How He Caught His Man. 136 Fred Fearnot. in Debate; or, The Warmest Member of the House. 67 Fred Fearnot's Wild West Show: or, 'l'he Biggest 'bing on Earth. 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, Defence of the Man." 68 Fred Fearnot's Great 'l'our; or, Managfng Rn Opera Queen. 138 Fred Fearnot at Princeton; or, The Battle of the Champions. 69 Fred Fearnot's Minstrels: or, 'l'erry's Great Hit as an End l\Ian. 139 Fred Fearnot's Circus or, High Old Time at New Era. 70 Fred Fearnot and the Duke; or, Baffiing It l<'ortlme Hunter. 14 a Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the Adirondacks. 71 Fred Fearnot's Day; or. 'rbe Great Reunion at Avon. n 1 Fred Fearnot and His Guide; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. 72 Fred Fearnot in the South; or, Out with Old Bill Bland. 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair: or, The Battle of the Fakirs. 73 Fred Fearnot' s Museum; or, Backing Knowledge with Fun. 143 Fred 'Fearnot a Prisoner; or, Captured at Avon. 74 Fred Fearnot's Athletic School ; or, Making Brain and Brawn. 1 H Fred and the Senator; or. Breaking up a Scheme. 75 Fred Fearnot Mystified, or, 'l'he Disappearance of 'J'erry Olcott. H5 Fred l!'earnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Noblemal\. 76 Fred Fearnot and the Governor; or, Working Hard to Save a Life. 1 4 6 Fred Fearr.ot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days in Wall Street. 77 Fred Fearnot's Mistake; or, Up His Match. 147 .Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay 78 Fred Fearnot In Texas; or, Terry s l\Ian from Abilene. Whipped. 79 Fred l!'earnot as a Sheriff: o.-, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. US Fred Fearnot's Greatest or, Ten Days witli the Mooushiners. 80 Fred Fearnot Baffled; or Outwitted by a Woman. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or. Trailing a Stolen Child. 81 Fred F'earnot'a Wit, and How It Saved His Life. 150 Fred Fearnot's Qnick Work; or, l'lle Hold Up at Eagle Pass. Fred Fearnot's Great Prize; or. Working liard to Win. 151 Fred Fearnot at E'il er Gulch; or Defying a Ring. 13 Fred Fearnot at Bay; or, His Great Fight for Life. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border: or, %nishing the Mexican Horse Stealers 84 Fred Fear not's Disguise; or, !''olio wing a Strange Clew. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life; or, Running the Gauntlet. 85 Fred Fearnot's Moose Hunt; or, Adventures in the Maine Woods. 154 Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. 86 Fred Fearnot's Oratory; or, l!'un at the Girls' High School. 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescuo; or, the Mexican Pocahontas. 87 Fred Fearnot' s Big Heart; or. Giving the Poor a Chance. 156 ,Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"; or, A Queer Turning of the 88 Fred Fearuot Accused; or, Tricked by a Villain. Tables. 89 Fred Fearnot's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. 157 Fre d Fearnot and t .be Medium; or. Having Fnn with the "Svirits." 90 Fred Fearnot's Deadly Peril; His Narrow IDscape from Ruin. 158 Fred Fearnot and the "Mean Man"; or, The Worst He Ever Struck. 91 Fred Fearnot's Wild Ride; or, l:S!',Ving Dick; Duncan's Life. 159 FredFearnot'sGratitude;or.BackingUpaPluckyBoy. 92 Fred Fearnot's Long Chase; or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. 160 Fred Fearnot fined; or, The Judge's Mistake. 1 For sale by all newsdealers1 or sent postpaid on receipt of pricfJ, 5 cents per copy, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. 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