The Liberty Boys' desperate charge; or With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point

The Liberty Boys' desperate charge; or With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point

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The Liberty Boys' desperate charge; or With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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J A Weekly /t\agaiine containing Stories of the American Revolution. a desperate charge, indeed, and Dick led his "Liberty Boys" in the rush up the hill, while just in front was "Mad Anthony," wounded and supported by two of the youths. ,;: ;


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered a.s Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Off ice, February 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office o( the Librarian of Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 58. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 7, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE MAJOR AND '.rHE MAIDEN. It was sundown of a beautiful day in July, 1779. "Oho, a regular little spitfire!" showing teeth. "Really, I admire your spunk!" "It doesn't matter to me whether you admire it or not; kindly let me pass." But the officer shook his head. "I could not think of he declared; "at least not until you have paid the customary A maiden of about seventeen years of age was walking toll!" briskly along the road at a point about one mile west of "Paid toll?" Haverstraw, N. Y. She was evidently a farmer's daughter, but she was, although plainly dressed, very beautiful and attractive. She had long, light-brown hair, which down he:r back in two braids, tie d at the ends with bits of blue ribbon, while her eyes were blue as the skies and there was a rogui s h look in their which showed she was a girl who lov ed fun and jollity. As she walked along she hummed the air of a love song, ancl her air was one of a girl who was perfectly happy. "Yes." "I don t know what you mean '"'You don't ?" I do not." "vVell, well; that is strange! Am I then the first British soldier whom you have ever encountered?" "Oh, no; but you are the first one to say anything abou t toll." "Aha, so much the b ette r for me, then-eh, Condon?" Suduenly an exclamation escaped the girl's lips. "Goodthis last to his companion, a common soldier ness!" she murmured; "there c ome a couple of British "That's so, major." soldi ers I wish that I had seen them in time to ge t out "Yes, indeed! I shall have the exquisite pleasure of of their way I don't like the redcoats at the best, and sipping the genuine honey from the beautiful lips of this when they are at their worst they are to be avoided I maiden, if that is the case. I am indeed glad that the suppose I shall have to meet these, however, and I will be ref!t of the fellows have said nothing about tol L" as brave as poo;sible." The girl understood what was meant, but she was a brave,. It was as the girl had said. A couple of British soldiers spirited maiden and she made up her mind that this im had ridden around a bend in the road, perhaps seventy-five pudent officer should not kiss her, if she could help it. yards in front, and were approaching at a ga llop That Her eyes flashed and there was a look of anger and de they bad seen the girl was evident, for they were seen :fiance on her face. to speak to each other and nod toward the maiden. "It will not do you any good, Sir Redcoat!'? declared They were soon at the spot where the girl stood, she the girl. "I have never yet paid toll for passing along having stepped out of the road to let them pass, and inthese roads and I shall not begin now." stead of passing and continuing on their way they paused "Ah, but my dear girl this is the king's highway and I and one, whose uniform proclaimed him to be a major, am the representative of the king and have a right to leaped to the ground and confronted the maiden. collect the toll, so--" "Which way, my pretty maid?" he asked, with a half"This is not the king's highway!" interrupted the girl. mocking bow. "It is a free road for a free and independent people, and "Can't you see?" was the prompt reply. "I am bound no representative of a king has more right on the road than southward." "Aha, so I see; you are quite a spirited little maiden, aren 't you?" "One has to have spirit when there are so many men like you in this part of the nny one else "So that's the way you look at it, is it?" ''It i s." "Well, it grieYes me to hav e to differ with you, but I think you are wrong. This is the king's highway, I am


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE QRARGE. his representative, have the right to collect toll, and am A scornful curl of the lip was the girl's only answer, going to exercise the right; you must give me a few kisses, and the hand that held the pistol did not waver. The my pretty maid!" dark muzzle of the weapon continued to stare the major "Never!" the girl spoke in a firm, ringing voice, and in the face. her eyes fairly flashed as they met the gaze of the officer "Are you going to drop that pistol?" again roared the unflinchingly. "Jove but I like you better and better!" the major cried. "Say, but isn't she handsome when her mad is up, h, Condon?" "''Pretty as a peach, major." Lovely-xquisite You are entrancing, my little -sweetheart, and I ll'lust have some kisses from those sweet lips of yours. Why, I would risk death to secure a few such favors!" and the officer took a couple of steps forward if to put his words into effect, but stopped suddenly and :a curse escaped him as found himself staring into the muzzle of a pistol which the girl had quickly drawn major. "I am not!" was the prompt reply. "I shall hold it till remount and continue on your way." "But I am not going to remount and continue on my, way until after I have had those kisses-do you hear?" "Yes; but if you try to get the kisses you will get a bullet right between those villainous eyes of yours-do you hear?" was the determined reply. The major hardly knew what to say or do. He had never met such a girl as this one since coming to America, and there was something in her eyes tliat said "shoot!" as plainly as words could have done, and he feared to from the bosom of her dress and poked it almost against a forward movement. He was a man who was ob the end of the major's nose. stinate and set in his ways, however, and he was far "You will be risking death if you try to take any liberfrom being willing to give up and let the girl triumph over :ties with me, Sir Redcoat!" was the ringing cry of the girl. him. Tliat would never do at all, he thought. His man Rer voice trembled slightly, but it was with excitement and \l ould tell the others, and the story would get to the officer s not from fear. As for the major and his comrade, they stared at tfie :girl in open-mouthed amazement. On the face of the .officer was a look of consternation-almost fear, indeed, well. In truth, it may be safely set down that he was r.nd they wonlJ make life a burden to him. No, he mu s t outwit the girl in some way. But how? That was the question, and his mind was actively at work on the problem while he stood there glaring alternately into the frowning muzzle of the pistol and the blue eyes of the frightened, for a man who will insult or try to intimidate pistol's owner. \ woman is always a coward. He began to bluster, how-It was a tableau worthy the brush of an artist, but there ever. was no artist there to paint it. The trooper, sitting on "Why, what do you mean, you impudent hussy?" he his horse surveying the scene, thought that he had never cried. "What do you mean by drawing a weapon on me, seen a more interesting one. He was not the best man in an officer in the service of the king?" the world, but he could not help admiring the courage and "I mean to protect myself from insult from you, or from spirit of the country maiden . any one else, no matter whom!" was the determined reply. "Jove!" he thought; "the major has caught a Tartar, if act that you are an officer in the service of a tyrant ever any one did! That girl will shoot, or I'm no judge of king does not give you any more rights than any one else the light in a person's eye." possesses, or make you any the less a coward and scoundrel The major was thinking rapidly, but could think of -which you undoubtedly are, or you would not attempl: nothing he could do to cam;e the girl to put down the to take advantage of an unprotected girl as you are doing!' pistol, so he decided upon the bold expedient of risking The major's face turned red, then almost purple, so a shot. He did not think the girl could be expert in the was his anger. To be talked to thus by a mere girl use of the weapon, so he suddenly leaped forward and was very humiliating, he thought; all the more so on attempted to stri:ke the muzzle o the pistol up. He did account of the fact that there was one of his men present not succeed in this, but touched the muzzle and caused it to hear it all. to be turned just enough to one side so that the bullet"Drop that pistol!" he roared. 'l'he girl made no motion to obey. "Drop that pistol, I say!" The captain stamped his :foot and glared fiercely. the girl firing the instant she saw the officer was going to try to disarm her-struck him in the fleshy part o the left arm, instead of in the body. A roar of rajie and pain escaped the major's lips as he


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 3 felt the burning sensation caused by the bullet, and then "It is Eufficient to say that I am a man," was the calm with an added cry of fierce satisfaction he seized the reply; "and I interfere because I see a scoundrel laying viabrave girl in his arms. lent hands on a 'yoman !" "I told you I would risk life to secure those kisses!" he "She is a tigress! She shot me in the arm." said, "and now that I have gone to such trouble I am "Without knowing the facts in the case I would be willgoing to have a plenty . You would have done better not ing to stake my life that you needed all you got and more!" to have resisted!" was the prompt reply. "Unhand me!" cried the girl, struggling with all her might. "You shall not kiss me-coward, villain that you are! Unhand me! Help! Help!" The last two words she scteamed out at the top of her "He wished to kiss me, kind sir," said the girl; "he sai d that I must pay toll on the king's highway to him on ac count of his being a soldier of the king." "And when he attempted to take the kisses you shot voice, and to her joy, and the discomfiture of the two redhim?" coats, there came an answering cry, in a cheery, masculine voice. "Coming!" cried the voice. "I'll be there in just a moment, young lady!" 'The sound of hoofbeats was heard and around a bend, fifty yards to the northward, dashed a horseman. CHAPTER II. THE :MAJOR S DISCOMFITURE. The newcomer dashed right up to the spot and came to a sudden stop, while his eyes took in the situation. He was a y01mg fellow of perhaps twenty or thereabouts, and he was as handsome a youth as one would wish to see. He was well built, muscular and athletic-looking, and he had a strong face and keen, clear, blue-gray eyes, in which tlie glint of danger could be made appear at the least provocation. One swift, sweeping glance, and then a pi!ir of pistols appeared in his hands as if by magic. One was leveled at the major while the other coyered his comrade. "Unhand that lady!" came the command, in ringing tones. The major, who had stood as if rooted to the spot while the newcomer was approaching, hastened to obey. He was now in a terrible state of mind. He had been defied and "Yes, sir." "Bravo! you are a brave and true-hearted girl. You served the scoundrel just right, miss-only the bullet should have taken effect in his black heart, instead of in his arm." "What's that!" fumed the major. 'iDo you dare call me a scoundrel, you-" The newcomer shook his pistol threateningly and caused the officer to break the thread of his discourse, rather abruptly. "Don' t say anything harsh," was the calm, warning remark of the young man; "I am naturally a I little bit touchy and hot-tempered, and am sometimes un-reasonable enough to get angry when one speaks to me harshly. At such times I am apt to do something which the other fellow will not like, and it is possible that I might let drive at that spot between your eyes. If I did' so it would be bad for you, for I am not a weak girl, but am a man and a dead shot. Just keep cool and go slow, my friend!" "Good! good!" cried the girl, clapping her hands. "How; do you like that, you redcoated coward? Don't you wish yon had gone on about your business and not bothered me?' A hoarse growl escaped the lips o the major: He was almost beside himself with rage, but he did not know what to do. "Kill the scoundrel, Condon!" he presently cried .. "Shoot him-cut him down!" "Don't try any tricks, Condon," said the young man,. calmly; "if you do I shall be compelled to put a bullet helrl at bay for quite a while by the saucy girl and bad into you where it will do the most good. Just keep your even been wounded by a bullet from her pistol and now, handR down and take things easy." just as he was on the point of reaping the reward for his tribulations he was to be balked agai:t1. It was simply un bearable, arid he gave utterance to a fierce curse and glared at the young man with the look of a demon "Who are you, and by fhat right do you interfere?" he cried, hoarsely. He was so mad that he was almost to the choking point. 1 The trooper did not manifest any particular desire t<> obey the command of his superior officer. He was smart enough to know that it would be as much as his life was worth if he were to try to draw a weapon He was a good judge of people, and he had sized the newcomer up as being a dangerous customer. "Another Tartar, and a worse one than the girl," was his thought after a brief


4 'l'IIE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. survey; "I guess the major would have made money by I to draw you into a duel with him. There is no reason letting that girl alone." why you should do so. He is a scoundrel and has no claim 'rhe major, seeing that his man was not going to try to io the t i tle of gentleman, and you would not gain anything do anything, was at a loss what to do. There he was, at bay, by meeting him and would, at the same time, run the powerless io do anything, and the girl whom he had set risk of losing your life. Please don't do it!" his heart on kissing was standing there actually laughing at "How interested you have beCome in the young man!" him and enjoying his c1iscomfiture. It was terribly gallsneered the major; "I suppose you have fallen iri love ing, and the otlicer felt that he would give a great deal with him and that the kisses which you denied me will be to be able to dispose of this champion and carry out his showered upon him in profusion!" There was anger and -original plan of taking some kisses. jealousy in the otlicer's tone; the truth was, that he thought Suddenly a thought struck him : Why not challenge the himself a lady-killer and to have the girl refuse him the young man to a duel? He was considered the crack kisses had hurt his vanity greatly in the first place, and swordsman of his regiment; why not get the young stranger now to have her show such interest in the handsome young to meet him in a duel with swords and then cut him to sLranger was very galling to him pieces? It was the very thing he would like to do, but "'J'hat will do!" cried the young man, a glint of anger I could he bring it about? He did not know, but was deappearing in his eyes; "if you speak in that manner again tcrmined to try. I shall put a bullet through your head and .stop that "Se here," he said, in as dignified a manner as it was Longue of yours for good and all. I don't like redcoats very possible to assume under the circumstances, "I am a gen-well, anyway!" tleman and--" "Aha! you are a cursed rebel, then, as I suspected from "You don't look it!" interrupted the young man. th8 first!" cried the major. "And he hasn't acted it!" from the girl. "I do not know what you mean when you speak of "They've got the major there!" thought the trooper, 'rebels,'" said the young man, quietly; "what sort of with a covert grin. people are they?" "I am a gentleman," reiterated the major; "and as an officer in the king's service I insist on your giving me the satidaction which one gentleman should accord another when insl'tlt has been given I demand that you meet me in a sword duel!" "Yon 'demand' it, eh ?" "Yes, I do." "Humph! I don't see that you are in a position to de mand much of anything, just at present, my redcoat friend." "Bah !,you know very well. I mean those who are re belling against their just and rightful king "Oh, you me' er been in America, and knows nothing of us and cares less. All he wants is to wring the gold out of us that we have earned by the "N everi.heless I demand a meeting; and unless you con-s weat of our bows. He is a tyrant and has no right to sent to meet me I shall brand you a coward!" rule over us." "That would be awful!" in a mocking tone. "I doubt "'Glorious!" cried the girl; "that is the truth-every if I should survive the shame of that. But why should I word of it!" meet you with swords rather than pistols?" "Swords are the weapons of gentlemen "Oh, that's it?" "Yes." "Pistols are not the weapons of gentlemen, then?" "No; they are vulgar." "But handy things to have around when a 'gentleman' !!Cts in an ungentlemanly manner, you will admit. They are effective in making him behave himself "Bah! enough of this. Will you meet me?" "Don't dq it, sir!" cried the girl. "Don't permit him "Yon are a cursed rebel!" cried the officer, red with rage; "I dare you to meet me, man to man and sword to sword!" "Do you really mean it?" the young man asked. "Yes, I do. You dare not meet me!" "Yon think not?" sarcastically. ''I am sure of it." "Well, I will prove to you that you don't know as much as you think you do, my bold British friend. I will meei you, man to---scoundrel and sword to sword." A hoarse grow l of rage escaped the major. He did not


TllJ.} LlBERT'l BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 5 relish being talked to in such fashion by the young stranger. I breast. The thrust was parried with the utmost ease, and lie did not say much, however, for fear his intended victim, the other's sword made a quick, flashing stroke and cut a might change his mind. "Just dismount and get ready," gash in the officei-'s cheek. he remarked, savagely; "I will soon show you a trick or tw0 thnt you know nothing about!" "Yon arc no doubt tricky enough," was the cool reply; "but I don't think you can teach me anything I do not "Just to let you know that you will have to exercise more caution," the young man said, coolly. "You are not dealing with a girl, major!" The officer gave utterance to an oath and would have already know. You see, I have come in contact with a followed it with others but the young man attacked him number o.f the scoundrelly minions of the tyrant, King with such fury that he had to stop talking and attend to George, and I have learned their tricks by heart.'' lmsiness. "Oh, sir, if you enter into a combat with him, hiR "Remember that there is a lady present, major," said comrade will cut you down when you arc not looking!" the youth; "or, if you will not remember it, I shall try the girl cried. "I would not do it if I were you. Your life to keep you so busily employed as to leave you no time for is worth those of a hundred such as they, for you arc a remarks." true-hearted man, while they arc but cowardly curs!" "He's a cool one!" thought the trooper who was watchThe girl's word:; .stung the major to the quick, and he ing the combat with eager interest; "and he's a good gave ufterancc to a .:ficrce exclamation of anger. "I'll make swordsman, too. I'm afraid the major is going to get you pay for your insolence later on, girl though you are!" badly leit all around, this time." he cried. Cla13h clah! went the weapons, and as it was now "Listen to the threats o.f the coward!" said the girl. coming dusk the sparks flew from the high-tempered "Don"t fight a duel with him, sir; please don't!" blades. It was cut and thrust and parry, and clash, clash! "It is because of his threats and cowardly conduct as a for a good minute, at least, the major doing his best to whole that I have decided to meet him," was the reply; find an opening only to find himself foiled at every point. ''he needs a lesson so bad that I cannot refrain from givHis adversary was as good a swordsman as himself, and ing it to him. But I hardly know what to do about this he was even cooler and more self -posse ssed The blood

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. "Oh, but I'll spit you sooner or later!" presently cried the major after several failures to penetrate the other's guard; "you are as good as dead and buried, you rebel hound!" "You are a liar, you redcoat cur!" was the calm re tort; and then the young man went on: "Let me see, I judge that you imagine yourself to be quite a lady-killerthat you take great pride in what you .imagine to be a handsome face, is it not so?" "What is that to you?" fiercely. "Just this: Such men are dangerous, and are, in fact, the greatest of great nuisances; so I think I shall have to spoil your looks a bit and make you less dangerous. I have already pinked you on one cheek, and that will make a scar; so to balance up I shall now pink you on the other side of the face 'L'he young man spoke calmly and judiciously, and then as he finished, put his words into execution and cut a gash. an inch and a hal long in the major's other cheek. Again the oftlcer started out to utter a string of curses, and again the youth attacked him with such fury as to furce him to stop and give all his attention to defending the imperturbable reply; "and, besides, you shouldn't wish for such expensive luxuries as the heart's blood of any one. Be more moderate in your tastes and desires and you will the more likely be able to have them gratified." "But I shall have your heart's blood, you dog! I shall make it my business to hunt you to your I shall--" The major suddenly stopped telling what he would do, for the reason that the youth had, by a dexterous move ment, cut off a bit from the top of his left ear. "I don't usually mark a man on both sides," said the calm voice of the wonderful young stranger, "but really you are such a rabid cur that I think you should receive a little more attention than I am in the habit of giving to men of your kidney. There-take that also with my compliment!" as he gave the major a slash across the temple. "I really think that by the time I get through with you, scarcely any girl, no matter how homely and foolish she may be, will care to fall in lo>e with you !" At last the major realized that he was as an amateur in the hands of the wonderful young swordsman. Hewas a mere tyro as compared with his opponent. He began to see himself. "You know, I warned you a while ago to re-that the other could, if he chose, kill him at any moment, member that there is a lady present," said the youth, coolly; and feeling that he would have his good looks ruined for'' don't forget it again or I shall forget my intention to only ever if he prolonged the combat, he decided to quit. disable and not kill you, and run my sword clear down "Enough!" he called out, his voice almost choking with your throat!" rage and mortification; "I am wounded in a number of ''Blazes! what a fellow that is!" thought the trooper, places and do not care to continue." eyeing the young American admiringly, in spite of his desire not to do so; "he is the coolest chap I ever saw, and that is saying a good deal. I pity the major!" "Yo'l have enough, eh ?" ''Yes; for the present. I will meet you again, however, and then look out!" The fight was fast and furious, now, for a few moments, "Oh, I always look out for myself," was the careless and then the young man's s:vord, after a series of bewildreply; "when there are curs around I generally keep a tring motions, made a lightning-like sweep through the air watch behind me." and the end of Major Marcy's right ear dropped to the The major was turning away, having stepped back and ground, cut off, slick and clean, by the sword of his skillreplaced his sword in the scabbard-, and he did not vouch fnl opponent. safe a reply to this thrust until after he had mounted his "I always mark my men by cutting off a bit of their horse and was ready to go, and then be shook his fist at right ear," said the young fellow, with the utmost the handsome youth and said, viciously: "We shall meet and sang froid; "that is so that I shall know them when I again, and then-beware! It will be your life or mine!" meet them again. It is too much trouble to try to re"Gootl evening, major," was the calm and unruffied nember faces, and by marking them it is easy to identify reply; "I shall be sorry to have to kill you, but if you force them." me to clo it, it will not be my fault, you know." The major had been rendered dumb, so great was his A muttered curse escaped the lips of the officer and with rage when he felt the blade sever his ear, but recovera "Come, Condon," he rode away up the road at a furious ing the use of his tongue he hoarsely cried: "I'll have your pace, the other keeping close behind him. life for that, you hound, just so sure as my name is Marcy! "You have made a dangerous enemy, sir," said Lucy I'll have your heart's blood-I swear it!" Logan, as the two disappeared around the bend in the road. "If you swear you won't catch any fish, major," was "All redcoa'ts are enemies, miss," was the calm reply;


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. "and I believe I can truthfully say that the enmity of such a fellow as that one does not worry me in the least." "You are a brave man!" cried the girl, impulsively; "you are as different from that man as is da; from night. He is the kind of man that girls hate; while you are the kind that girls--" "What?" with a smile. "Love!" was the reply, but with a becoming blush. "I think it, so why not say it?" she said, with a little laugh, her voice trembling. Then she went on, rapidly. "You saved me from insult at the hands of that terrible man, and I thank you, and--" "There, there; don't say another word," smiled the young man. "I was only too glad of a chance to do what I did, so you owe me nothing." "Oh, but I can't look at it that way; I do owe you a great deal and I wish you would come home with me and let my parents thank you." "I might go home with you, but not to receive the thanks of your parents; a supper and night's lodging would about fill the bill, I think." "Oh, please do not call me 'Miss Logan'! Call me Lucy.'' ''If you will call me Dick." "It is a bargain," with a bright smile; "but come, we mnst be going or my folks will become uneasy and send out in search of me. Then, too, it is about supper-time." ''So it is. But how far is it to your home, Lucy?" "Oh, only a little ways; scarcely half a mile." "That is good; well, I am ready." Dick Slater slipped the bridle rein from over the head of his horse and sticking his arm through it, walked along beside the girl, the ho1;se walking along behind them, seemingly perfectly satisfied with the situation. Lucy's home was soon reached and as she had said, they were just beginning to be alarmed by her continued ab sence. "What kept you so late, Lucy?" her mother asked, she and her husband having come out upon the piazza as i.he two approached. "I will explain in a minute, mother," was the reply; ".first let me introduce to you and father Mr. Slater; Mr. Dick Slater, the patriot scout, spy and captain of 'The '' Oh, we shall be so glad to have you stay as long as Liberty Boys of '76.' Dick, my father and mother." The young man acknowledged the introduction with a and a few well-chosen words, but the girl's parents, now that they knew who Lucy's companion was, were pro fuse in their greetings. They shook hands with him and told him he was more than welcome. "We have heard a great deal about you and your brave 'Liberty Boys,' said Mr. Logan; "and we have often wished that we might see and know you. We are glad that the privilege has been given us!" JOU care to, Mr.-Mr.--" "My name i s Dick Slater, miss.'' CHAPTER IV. "OPEN IN THE NAME OF THE KING!" "Yes, indeed!" from :M:rs. Logan. The girl uttered an exclamation of surprise. "Did you Then Lucy told of her meeting with the two British say 'Dick Slater?'" she asked, eagerly. soldiers, and how the major had tried to kiss her and how "Yes, miss; that is my name." Dick had come along and put a stop to the affair and had "And are you--Can it be possible that you are--the fought a duel with the officer and vanquished him, while great patriot scout, spy and captain of 'The Liberty Boys she held the other redcoat at bay with a pair of pistols. of '76,' of whom we have heard so much?" She told the story in a dramatic, excited manner, and her "I am Dick Slater, the captain of 'The Liberty Boys of parents were thrilled. When they had the story '7G,'" with a smile; "but if I may ask, what is your they turned again to Dick and thanked him earnestly for name, miss?" what he had done for their daughter. "Lucy Logan." "You have placed us deeply in your debt, Mr. Slater," "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Miss Logan, for said Mr. Logan; "we shall not forget what you have done, I honestly believe that you are the bravest girl I have ever and if the opportunity should present itself we shall be seen. It was beautiful the way you held the British trooper only too glad to do something to in a measure discharge at your mercy while I was engaged with the major." our obligations." The girl blushed with pleasure. "You must not flatter "Yes, indeed!" from Mrs. Logan. "Just to think that me," she murmured. you were in such danger, Lucy Oh, those terrible, terrible I "Oh, there is no flattery about it, Miss Logan and--" 1 redcoats How I long for the day when this cruel war


THB LIBEH'rY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. shall end, and we sh:;tll be declared free and independent!" "Thank you," said Dick to Mr. Logan; "you are very "No thanks are necessary," Dick hastened to say; "r kind, and I shall avail myself of your kind i1witation." r.m a patriot soldier and am at war with all representatives Supper was announced a few moments and they oi the king, and am only too glad of a chance to strike any went in mid seated then;tselves at the table. of them a blow. If anything, I am indebted to your daughMrs. Logan was a good cook and had gotten up a meal ter for affording me the opportunity." that was very enjoyable, especially so to Dick, whose camp "Mr. Slater has consented to partake of our hospita lity, life for the past three years had caused him to become though, father and mother," said Lucy. nccustomed to rough and coarse fare, and lots of time not "Good I" exclaimed 111:r. Logan; "we shall be only too half enough. As may be supposed, then, the fresh bread, glad to have you r emain with us, Mr. Slater, for as long the meat and gravy, the hot coffee with rich cream in it, a time as you care to stay." and the number of other things that graced the table were "Yes, yes; you are more than welcome!" added Mrs. a treat to the youth. Logan. "I don't know when I have enjoyed a meal as I have this "Walk in, walk in!" invited Mr. Logan; "I will take one," said Dick, when he had eaten his illl; "we don't have your horse to the stable and feed him. Walk in." suah cooks in the army, Mrs. Logan." Dick handed the bridle rein to the man of the house and entered in company with Mrs. Logan and Lucy, who at. once began to do their best to make their visitor feel "No, I suppose not," replied Mrs. Logan smiling; 11men are not noted for such work." 1fr. Logan and Dick returned to the big sitting-:room, leaving Mrs. Logan and Lucy to wash the dishes, and were at home. Presently Mr. Logan returned from the stable and then he took his wife's place, while she went into sitting there, talking, when they were startled by hertring the trampling of horses' feet outside. the kitchen and began preparing the evening meal. Know"Who can that be?" exclaimed Mr. Logan, leapin g up; ing that the Logans were true-hearted patriots .and that "it sounds like a body of horsemen!" he would be safe in doing so, Dick told them what his business down in that part of the country was. "I have been sent down from West Point, where I have been for a short time, for the purpose of spying around in the vicinity of Stony Point," said Dick; "it is desired by the commander-inchief that Stony Point be captured; and I am to find out all I can about the approaches, de fenses, number of men in the garrison and so forth." "Ah, so that is why you are in this part of the coun try?" remarked Mr. Logan. "Yes." "I should think it would be very dangerous work!" said Lucy. "Oh, it is dangerous work," agreed Dick; "but there is danger in everything, now." "True." "If it would be agreeable, I would like to take up my quarters here while in this part of the I wish to be located somewhere in the vicinity of Stony but not too close." "You are welcome; nay, we insist that you remain here while in tlris part of the country," said Mr. Logan. "We shall esteem it an honor to have you witli us." Lucy said nothing, but she gave Dick a look which said as plainly as words could have that she would be glad to have him remain there. "I don't know," replied Dick, also rising and placing his hand on the butt of a pistol. Then there came the sound of hurried footsteps on piazza, followed by a loud rapping on the door. "Open in the n?-me of the king!" cried u fierce, imp erious 1oice which Dick r ecog nized at once. It was that of the British officer fought the duel an hour before! CHAPTER Y. with whom he had THE "liOME GUARD" COMPANY. If ever there was an angry and disgusted man it wa::; Major Marcy as he rode up the road llfter his encounter with Di ck Slater. He was wild with rage and breathed curses at every breath. His beauty was rujned forever, he sa id to himself; his face would be scarred, and, worst of all, his ears were cropped. He would be a laughing stock for lris brother officers all the rest of his life. It was almost unbearable. "Why didn't you do something, Condon?" he cried, fiercely, turning and glaring in the face of his subordinate, who was slightly behind him.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 9 c ould I do, major?" a s ked Condon. Yo u c ould ha v e s hot that scoundre l whil e h e was engaged with me." "And got a bull e t throu g h m y head for m y pain s !" ''Bah! that g irl couldn t h a v e hit y o u. " You think so?" 'Yes." "How abou t your arm? S h e hit you a ll ri ght!" "Bllt I was s o close to h e r she couldn t miss m e She cou l d ne v e r have hit you. " I th ou ght and s till think diff e r e ntl y Sh e would hav e mad e n1e the late M:r. Condon in a jiffy if I had attempted any t ri c k s." "Bah! you are a coward, Condon; that's all that ails :you." "We ll perhap s I'm not the bravest man in the world, but neith e r am I a blank fool to throw my life away." "We ll, l e t it go; the fa c t remain s that I am a ruined man. Just look a t my face-cut and sla s h e d into bits,. and part of ea c h of my ears missing. Oh, but I'll have a terrible rev enge on that fellow I'll hunt him down if it takes a lifetime, and kill him as if he were dog!" "Well I wish you luck; but all I have to say is, that if you will take my advice you won't do anything till you can stnrt in with all the advantage on your side." "'l'hat is just what I shall do! fierc ely; "I shall give him abs olutely no chance what ever!" The two rod e onward for perhaps twent y minutes, and then the y met a party of redcoats The men were well known to Major Marcy, and h e qui ckly told them his story and asked if they would go with him in search of the youth who had 'handled him so roughly. The soldiers said they would, and so the major and Condon turned their hor ses heads in the direction from which they had just com e, and rode back in the advance of the party of troopers. \ra s ea s ily done and it would be impossible for any one to e s cap e without b e ing s e en. \ A s soon a s this re had b e en execut e d Major J\farcy l e aped to the_ ground, and, s t e pping upon the piazza, knock e d on the door, and called out: "Open in the nam e of the kin g !') Wh e n the word s c am e to th eir h e a ring, Mr. Lo g an rind Dic k look e d at e a c h oth e r in d ismay, w h il e Mr s Loga n and Lucy cam e into the room in gr e at excit e m e nt. "Wha t s hall I do?" a s k e d J'lfr S l oan, in a whi s p e r. B e f o r e Di c k could r e pl y th e door s uddenl y ope n e d and th e li g ht from the candl e reveal e d the mutilaLed face of Major Marcy. H e had tried the door, and, unfortunately for tho s e within the house, the door was not fa s tened and cam e open at a touch. The Brihs h officer' s eyes fell upon Dick and a cry 0f fie rce joy escaped him. "Aha, we meet again l" he cried. "We meet again; and this time the advantage is on my s id e ancl not on yours I told vou w e would meet again and have a settlement, but I did not e x p e ct that it would b e s o s oon." "Ne ither did I," was Dick s cool r e ply. "How are you f e eling, major?" "Fierce as a tiger that has s m e lled human blood!" was the savage reply . "Your time has come, you rebel hound!" "Do you think so, you British cur?" was the prompt reply. A cur s e escaped the lips of the major. "You are as in solent as ever," he said, hoar s ely; "but it will avail you nothin g for I have twenty men here; the house is sur round e d and you cannot escape." "Who wants to escape? I'm not afraid of you and your twenty men. The redcoats are such cowards that I can put them to flight single-handed and alone!" As Dick s poke h e drew his pistols and cover e d th e majqr. "What! sur e ly you would not be in s an e e nough to try to "Do you know where to look for him?" asked Captain fight against twenty of the kin g's soldi ers!" Martin, who was in command. "No, not exactl y ; but the girl must live somewhere in the vicinity of the spot where we encountered her, and I have no doubt the young scoundrel will stop there for the night. We will visit house after hou s e and search them, too, until we find the home of the girl; and this found : the rest will be easy. The rebel will be there." "I have no doubt you are right," agreed the captain. They rode onward for half an hour, and then came to the home of the Logans. The major, who had assumed command, ordered that the house be surrounded, and this was done. There being twenty of the troopers, this "I am just fooli s h enough to do thiLt v e ry thing, major!" was the calm reply; "and one thing you can be sure of, and that is that you, at lea s t, will die before I do 1 s hall make sure of you, you cowardly scoundrel! Just gi v e the word to your comrades to atta c k me if you dare!" 'rhe officer turned pale--where his face was not covered with blood-and a curse escaped him. He had seen enough of the young man to know thRt he meant what he said, and he was afraid that if he gave the word to his comrades to enter the house and try to capture the youth, he himself would be shot down. He was in a bad pickle; he didn't know what to do.


io 1'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. "You had better surrender gracefully," he said, threat-He shot down a couple of redcoats, but did not again eningly; "if you attempt resistance it will be the worse catch sight of the major. He saw that the party that had for you." ''That is my lookout, not yours." "Surely you do not wish to die?" attacked the redcoats was made up of men who were dressed in citizens' clothes, but could not make out who they were. He did not accompany them when they chased the red"Surely you do not, either?" coats away, but went back upon the piazza where Mr and Again a curse escaped the lips of the major. He real1\lrs. Logan and Lucy stood and awaited the return o:Hheir ized that his life at least was at the mercy of the saucy friends. "rebel," and it galled him terribly. He had had no "Who can they be?" Dick asked. thought that the young fellow would dare offer to resist, ''I think I know," replied Lucy. so had opened the door and appeared without hesitation. Now he realized that he had unwittingly placed his head in the lion's mouth. "As I told you once before, major, if you swear, you won't catch any fish," said Dick, calm ly; "besides, the r e are ladies present, so be caref ul!" 'rhere was a threat in the tone and the major realized this. He almost groaned aloud and a hoarse growl escapeu him. It is hard to saJ what the officer would ultimately "Who, then?" "I am sure they are some of the boys of the neighbor hood. I heard yesterday that they were getting up a sort of company to keep a lookout for the redcoats and protect the homes of the peop l e of the neighborhood. "A sort of (Home Guard' company, eh ?" "Yes." "Well, I am glad they got the company up for had they not come just when i.hey did I expect that I should have have done had it been left to him, but it wasn't left to him. fared very badly at the redcoats' hands There suddenly came a diversion. The crack! crack! of "They would have killed you, sure!" declared Mr. Logan. firearms sounded on the night air, accompanied by wil d "I fear that such woul d have been the case," agreed yells and cries of: "Down with the minions of the king! Dick. K ill the redcoats!" A few minutes passed and then the party that had put T h is was a surprise to Dick, and he glanced inquiringly thP redcoats to flight put in an appearance The members at M r Logan The major, W'ho was watching the youth approached the house and stepped upon the piazza, and like a hawk, took advantage of the opportunity and leaped Dick saw that they were, in the main, young fellows of away from the doorway and ran down off the piazza and to about eighteen years. The majority were known to the where his horse had been standing. The animal was not Logans, who called them by name, and then Dick was in there; it had taken fright and run away when the firearms troduced under the name of Tom Lacy, he having re began cracking. quested that his real name not be given as there were so 'l'he major realized that his men had been attacked, many of the youths and some of them might give the though by how l arge a force he could not tell. Judging by secret away to a Tory or redcoat. the noise they made he thought there must be at least fifty "Well, we licked 'em, Mr. Logan!" cried the leader of of them. i.he youths, a handsome young fellow whose name was Joe He stood irresolute for a few moments and then he saw Farrell; "we gave them the worst thrashing they have had a number of his men running away from the viqinity of in a long time, I'll warrant you." the house; they were followed by a firing, yelling crowd, ''I'm glad you did, Joe," said Mr Logan; "but aren't and feeling that he could do nothing, the major turned and you afraid they'll come back as soon as they get over ran toward the timber their fright?" The quick action of Major Marcy in getting away from "No; they won't come back to-night. They may come the doorway had taken Dick by surprise, and by the time some other night, when they have a bigger force-but they he reached the door and looked out the redcoat was out of have enough for this time, I am confident." sight. "I hope so." "Well, I will go out and mix up in this affair and maybe "You boys have done me a great favor in coming at the I will encounter the scoundrel again," thought Dick. "If time you did," said Dick; "the redcoats were after me, and I do, I shall put another mark on him and one that will would have got me but for your timely appearance make a deeper and more lasting impression than was the case with the others." "How was that?" asked Joe Then Lucy told how she had been met on the road that


'J'HE LIBER'rY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. evening by a British officer and one of his men, and how the officer had tried to kiss her and had been handled roughly in a duel by Mr. "Lacy," and how the officer ha d returned at the head of a body of redcoat s and was going to make a prisoner of the man who had defeated him, when the neighbor boys had put in an opportune appear ance and forc e d the redcoats to take flight. "So that's the way of it, eh ?" remarked Joe, with a curious look at Dick. "And you defeated the British officer in a sword duel?" There was interest and something of surprise ip. the tone of the youth. "I should say he did!" cried Lucy, before Dick could reply. "Oh, it was grand. You should have seen it, Joe!" Dick laughed. "You should have seen the way Miss Lucy held the trooper at her mercy with my pistols," he The youths passed him without suspecting his pres ence, and, as we have seen, made their way to the house and remained there quite a while. When they had gone, the major again thought of himself. What should he do? His men were gone, his horse had run away and left him in the lurch, he was wounded, and everything had gone against him. Finally he set out up the road. He thought it possible he might meet spme of his men coming back to see what had become of him, but in this he was disappointed. The men had evidently gone on. Doubtless they thought he had been killed and that there was no use of risking their lives by returning to look for him. When he had walked a mile or so the major came to a house by the road s ide. There was a light shining through said; "that was what was grand." the window which proved that the people were still up, Lucy blushed. "Oh, that wasn't so much to do," she and after hesitating a few moments the officer decided said. to seek here for the night. "I think it was a good deal to do," said Dick; "there He advanced to the door and knocked. The door was are not many girls who would have the courage and nerve opened by a man who was typical of the locality. He to do such a thing." _"You are right about that," agr:eed Joe; "my sister Mamie would never have the nerve to do such a thing." "You don't lmow that, Joe," objected Lucy; "one never knows what they can do till they try, and Mamie might surprise you if put to the test." "Well, she might, but I doubt it." eyed the British officer in a wondering manner. "What is the matter?" he asked. "You are a British officer, are you not?" "Yes; I'm an officer in the king's army and have been unfortunate. .In an encounter with some rebels I was wounded and my horse ran away and left me afoot. Are you loyal to your king?" "I am," was the decided reply. "So you were wounded I by some scoundrelly rebels, eh? Come in, come in. We will take care of you. Corne ip.; any representative of the The boys remained at Mr. Logan' s for nearly half an hour talking, and then, borrowing a lantern, they went over the ground for the purpose of seeing how many of the r e dcoats they had brought down. They found five dead good King George i s welcome in my humble home." soldiers, and, borrowing a spade, gave the bodies burial, This was welcome intelligence to the major. "Thank over in the edge of the timber This done, th their you," he said; "I began to think all the people in this d eparture , ,, part of the country were Whigs, and it does me good to CHAPTER VI. THE M:AJOR FINDS FRIENDS. Major Marcy was indeed disgusted when he found him self forced to flee, and discovered that his horse had run away and left him to foot it. Not liking this mode of traYE'l, he paused within the edge of the timber and began to ponder the situation While t1ms e ngag ed he was startled by hearing the party that had put his men to fiight coming back. "They must not be allowed to see me," he thought; and then he drew farther back into the timber. find one who is not." "Curse the Whigs!" cried the farmer. "The majority of my neighbors are of that belief and they have given m e no end of worry. They persecute me at every oppor tunity." This was not true, but the man was bitter against his neighbo7s because they were not loyal to the king and did not care whether he told the truth or not regarding them. The major hastened to enter and found that the family consisted of the man-whose name was Samuel Clark-his wife, J\iartha, and a daughter Mary and son Dan. Mary was t a rather pretty girl of about seventeen year s while Dan, who look ed very much like hi s father, was a dark faced youth of nineteen. Father and son were outspoken Tories, and had lu1d


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' DESPERA'l'E CHARGE. considerable trouble with their neighbors on this account, cha11ccs f or makin g s u scep tibl e maid e n s fall in love with and Dan, who was not deficient in c ourage, had had several him at will. fights with the neighbor boys. He had come out vic torious Finding that h e wa s not makin g progress h e decide d in one or two of the fights, but had, only a f e w day s b e fore, to go to b e d and he lay for hours, rollin g and tumb ling and b0en given a t e rrible thrashing by Joe Farre ll, who wa s anathe mati z in g the y outh who h a d marke d himfor life, a t e rror when h e g ot mad. This wa s doubl y galling to and then escap e d .from his c lutches afte rward w h e n he Dan on account of the fact that he was v e ry mu c h struc k thought he had him at hi s mercy. with : Mami e Joe' s sister, and he feared that Joe would "But I'll g et even with him!" groan e d th e major; "I'll give him such a bad name that Mamie would not hase kill him y ct -l>ut n o t until a f t e r I ha1 e cnt off hi.s e ars, more to say to him. jus to let him see how it feels!" On the other hand, Mrs. Clark, while she sai.d but little The oftic er g ot to slee p at la s t, but h e did n o t l o ok as if -in truth, she did not dare, for fear of incurring the he had a good nighl',; re s t when h e c am e d own;:;tairs angor of her fierce-tempered husband-secretly sympathized n eAt mornin g At the h e was r e nder ed ill with the people who were fighting for their liberty and at ca s e by the talk of Dan, who s aid that a Whig boy had independ e nce; in reality she was a patriot at heart, and her paas e d that moming and had told him or an e ncounter daughter Mary was very much like her mother. 'rhen, too, that had tak e n place at the Logan hom e b etween a party Mary was in love with Dave 'rhom.pson, a neighbor young of r edc-oats and a party of the \Yhig boys of lh e n e i g h bor man and one of the most ardent patriots in that part of hood. maj o r c ame n ear s aying s omething lhat w o ul d the country, and his influence had caused her to turn h ave the m that he had been n m e mber of the party toward the Whig side of the question. of Brili b h on one or two occasion s, and h a d o nly The British officer was the object of great interest ancl caught himelf in time. curiosity on the part of the four. He was wounded in Inde e d the suspi c ion s of JUrs. Clark and Mary were such a peculiar manner that they wonclered at it and were a r o n sed by the major' s mann er, and they talked the matter eager to hear how it had happened. The major satisfied O\W whe n the y wer e at work, later, >mshing lhe dishes; their curiosity-that is to say, he told them a story that and th e y de c id e d that the officer had bee n a m e mber of the pleased him while they were looking after his wounds; band of r e dcoat s that had been so soundly thrash e d bu t that I he would not have told them 'that he had been overcome for some reason he did not wish the fact known 1:1.nd mutilated thus by one "rebel" for the world. 'l'here After breakfa s t the major made a lot of inquirieo f : was a pretty young lady present, and the officer wished to Dan Clark and .found out all he could regarding the ma*e as good an impression as possible, so he said that youths who had banded themselves together under the name he had been set upon by four rebels and that they had o.f "Home when he had secured all th e in made him a prisoner and had mutilated him while he was formation possible, h e borrowed a horse of l\fr. Clark, and helpless; but that he had finally escaped. And he breathed bidding the different members of the family good-by rode out threats in such a fierce manner that his hearers shudnway in tlle direction of Stony Point. dered and thought that it would go hard with the men "If I don't make things liv e ly for tho s e c ur s ed youngwho bad treated the gallant major thus when once he stcrs who_ call 'Home Gu&rds,' then m y name succeeded in getting at them. isn't Marcy!" he muttered as he rode along. When asked if he thought the four who had attacked him When he reached the fort on Ston y Point, and his were residents of that neighborhood, he replied that he did rarles got a look at his face, they did not know wha t to not think so; that they looked and acted as if strangers. think. He told them the true story of how it had hap They were tTaveliBg southward," he said, "and I think peneel, as he knew it would do no good to lie abol!l.t i t, and. they were rebel soldiers from the fort up at West Point." many were the exclamations of ama zement wh e n it was The wolmds were painful, but were not at all dangerous; bunccl that one young fellow had gotten the b etter of the one in his arm, where Lucy Logan had shot him, was the major, who was considered the best sword s man o.f the the most but it was only a flesh wound so he was rt>giment. soon feeling fairly comfortable, and set about trying to "I wonder wlio he could have been?" remarked on e of charm Mary Clark In this he was not very successful, the ofr1cers. "He is no common man you !flay d e p end and he fumed, inwardly, and the "rebel" who had on that." spoiled good looks, and at the same time spoiled hi s I "I should say that he isn't any common man!" replied1


'l'IIE LIBEH.TY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE 13 major. "He is a de, mon in a duel. I couldn't touch to bed and getting a good night's sleep; but next morning n." he told 1\fr. Logan's folks that he suspected that the 'You doi'l't have any suspicion regarding his identity?" 'i{one whatever. He was a young fellow, though, not 'r twenty at lhe most; of 1J1at I am certain." 'Well, well I would not have believed it possible that lOY could master you with a sword." "Neither would I have believ ed it, but the fact remains tt he did it-and he has ruined my looks forever-fiends British would be back some time during the day, eager fot revenge for the treatment of the evening before. "What had better be done?" asked Mr. Logan. "They will come right here, don't you think?" "Y cs-if they are permitted to do so." Dick said thi s significantly and the three bright enlld up. "How are they to be prevented?" asked Dick's host. him!" "I guess we shall baYe to call upon the 'Home Guard' 'He has spo iled your appearance somewhat, major," to help us out again." s the reply. There was not much sympathy in the 1 cer's tone, howev e r. The truth was, that Major Marcy "That is a good idea!" agreed Mr Logan. "The very thing!" exclaimed Lucy. s not very well liked; he was overbearing and terribly "How many are there in the company, do you think?" 1ceited, and his brother officers were not heartbroken asked Diek. the trouble which had come upon their comrade. "Served him right!" one said to a chum, whom he knew uld not repeat what was said "I am glad he got trim !d up so nicely. lie was so conceited and prided himself his good looks to such an extent, and was so constantly "About fifty, I ha, e heard Joe s ay," replied Lucy. "That will be enough men for the purpose, I think," said Dick, reflectively; "I don't think the British will bring more than one hundred and we will be able to m()re than hold our own against that number." r ing to break tl1e hearts of all the girls with whom he "\Vhat boys against me in contact, that it gives me pleasure to gaze upon that soldiers?" exclaimed Mrs. Logan. shed face and those stub ears of his He won't be able one hundred. trained "Surely you will all break so many hearts in the future The soldiers who had been at the Logan home the night fore with the major and who had been put to flight by e band of youths, had hastened to Stony Point and re rted that they had been attacked by a force of a couple hundred "rebel" soldiers; so, now, when the major re rteu that the supposea soldiers were only boys of the the redcoats who had fled before them felt be killed Dick smiled. "I don't think there is any danger of that," he said; "I don't mean that the boys shaU up in front of the redcoats and exchange shot for shot and volley for volley. I know a trick worth a dozen of that." "You are thinking of ambusl;ing thlm !" exclaimed :M:r. Logan ite cheap. They were eager to return and have it out "That is it, exactly;. we will lay in wait for them and th the youths, and a party was made up for the purpose will take them by surprise when they come along and will d the major was given command, he begging the be able, I am confident, to discourage them sufficie:atly so ivilege. "You see, I want to get a chance at the young scoundrel 10 disfigured me," he said; "he is prolilably i n that neigh ,rhoocl yet, and if I can get at him I will have revenge r what he has done to me that they will take the back track in a hm:ry "Oh, I hope you will swweed !"exclaimed Lucy. "I don't have any doubts regarding the matter ; and now just direct me so that I will be able to find the way to the home of the nearest 'Home Guards' boy. It is time I was off, if I am to make a success of this." The major's tone was vicious and it was plain that if was to get the youth in hi! power it woulcl go bard ith him. "1\fr. Farrell's is the closest place," said Lucy; "and Joe is the commander 0 the 'Home Guards I will go An hour later the party rode away, bound for the with you, Mr Slater, and show you the ll' ay to his home." ene of their discont:fiture of the previous evening. CHAPTER VII. "Thank you, :Miss Lucy; you are very kind," said Dick. "Oh, she'll be glad to go, Ur. Slater; Joe is a handsome young fellow, you know, and--" GETTlNG READY FOR THE REDCOATS. "Mother!" cried Lucy, shaking her finger and blushing Dick did not thiEk there was any danger that the red. like a peony. ats would return that night, so had no hesitation in going Dick laughed. "So sits the wind in that quarter, eh ?"


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' DESPERA'rE CHARGE. he remarked "We ll judging from what I saw of him l ast night, Joe Farre ll is a fine young fellow "Indeed he is from Mr. Logan "Of course he is!" coincided Lucy; "but," with a side wise glance at Dick, "that is no sign that he is -that he--" She broke off sudden ly, and, still blushing, turned "Are you sure you haven't fallen in love with the hand some young stranger, Lucy?" with a searching look. "Of course I haven't, you silly I like him, that is all, as there is reason I should," and she went on and told how Dick had kept her from being insulted by the major, [tnd all the story. to Dick and said : "Are you ready to go?" "Goodness how romantic exclaimed Mamie. "I "Yes, Miss Lucy; lead the way." know but I should be tempted to forgive you if you had They left the house and made their way across a field fallen in love with him, for I fear I should have done so and through a strip of timber, and on coming out on the had I been in your place And they are going to fight other side, found themselves at the home of the Fatrells the redcoats to day, you say?" Joe saw them coming, and that he was glad to see Lucy was evident, but it was doubtful if he was pleased by seeing h e r in company with the young stranger. "Yes; that is the reason Dick-I mean Mr. Lacy came over to see Joe. He is going to take the 'Home Guards' Loys and ambush the redcoats and give them a lesson they He greeted Dick pleasantly, however, giving Lucy won't forget in a hurry. a bright Eil1lile and a cheery "Good morning Dick lost no time in explaining his busines s to Joe, and "I will go on in and see Mamie," said Lucy; "you two the youth was right in for doing what Dick wished "I boys have' business together which does not require the can get fifty of the boys together in two hours, easily," he presence o.f any one else." said, and was urged do so. "It is important that a strong blow be struck the British Then she hastened on into the house and was greeted when they come," Dick told him; ''for if they are allowed joyously by a girl of about her own age-Mamie Farrell, to do as they wish, they will do a lot of damage They Joe's sister. know that the majority of the people of this neighborhood "Who is that handsome young fellow you came with, He patriots, and they will plunder and burn with a free Lucy?" asked Mamie band." "He is a stranger who stayed all night at our house; "I understand," said Joe; "I will guarantee to have his name is Tom Lacy-but didn't Joe tell you about fifty of the boys here within two hours seeing him at our house last night when the boys had the a All right; get them here, Joe." In order to make him encounter with the redcoats?" th e more willing to do as he was told, Dick, under a bond "Oh, yes; so he did. And this is the young man, then?" of secrecy, told him who he was and Joe was the most "Yes." astonished fellow in the world when told that his companion "He's about the most handsome fellow I ever saw, Lucy." was Dick Slater, the famous scout and spy, and the cap He is good looking, Mamie.'' The latter was eyeing tain of "The Liberty Boys of '76.'' her visitor closely, and in spite of herself Lucy could not help blushing. "I'll get the boys here and then you take command," he said; "with you to tell us what to do we shall be "Be careful, Lucy Logan," warned Mamie; "don't you able to make the British wish they had remain ed at Stony go to throwing Joe over for this stranger If you do, I Point shall hate you!" "All right, Joe; but don't tell any of the boys who I "I don't know that it is any of your affairs, Mamie am, as I don't wish it known to the British that I am in Farrell!" r e torted Lucy, with a toss of her head. "Nor the vicinity as that would make them very wat chf ul and is it any of Joe' s." I s hould be unable to do much in the way of spying. The two almost glared at each other for a few moments "I'll not tell a single one of them who you are, Dick," and then Lucy sudde nly r e l ented She stepped forward was the assurance. and passed h er arm a round l\Iamie's neck. "We mustn't Just then another youth of about Joe' s age put in an quarrel, :Mamie," she sa id, "for there is going to be a appearance and wa s greeted joyously by the latter The battle to-da y between the redcoats and our boys of the newcomer was one of the members of the "Home Guards," 'Home Guards,' and it would be bad if w e were to fall and his name was Sam Winthrop. He had been with the out and then some of the boys sho uld be killed. We may party the evening before and had seen Dick and when Joe have troubl e e nough without making more for ourselves." told him what was in the wind he was delighted.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE 15 ''I'll help you get the boys together, Joe," he offered; two of us can d6 it quicker than one ''So they can, Sam, and I shall be glad of your help. ou can take the boys on the west side of the road and '11 take the ones on the east side." "All right; but say, l have some news that may be of terest." "What is it, Sam?" asked Joe. ''It is this: You know that fellow that Mr. Lacy here ad the fight with and who was the leader of the band redcoats that came to Mr. Logan's last night?" ] "Yes, yes; what of him?" asked Joe, eagerly, while Dick oked interested. "Why, he stayed all night at Mr. Clark's." "He did ?" cried Joe. "Yes." "How do you know?" "Why, I just came from there. I stopped and was e lling Dan about the fight with the redcoats down at r. Logan's, and was rubbing it into him a bit-for his o lks are 1:ank Tories, you know, Joe--and when I started way I stopped in the edge of the timber and looked ck and I saw that fellow come out in the ard." I ,, you did ?" "Yes; and then I waited and watched, and fifteen min later he mounted one of nb. Clark's horses and -rode :vay in the direction of Stony Po'nt." gasped Farrell, "I am afraid we shall have serious I trouble!" "'l'he redcoats will have serious trouble," smiled Dick. awe will make it so warm for them that they will wish they had remained at Stony Point." "But you boys won' t be able to cope with a hundred redcoats, will you?" asked l\fr. Farrell, dubiously. "The way we figure on doing, we shall," was the reply; "we are going to lie in wait for them and take them by surprise." "Oh, that is it?" "Yes." "Well, I hope you will succeed in putting them to flight right at the first, so that there '\'ill be no real engagement, and then perhaps the lives of our boys may be spared." "We will attend to the redcoats in splendid style, you may be sure," said Dick, confidently. Half an hour later the boys began coming in; those who lived not far distant having gotten ready and come on to the meeting place at once. Within the hour and a as Joe had promised, the company of "Home Guards" was at Mr. : Farrell's. The boys were armed and eager for the fray. The encounter with the redcoats the evening had just whetted their appetites, so to speak. ick began giving instructions at once and it did not take long. All soon understood what would be of them, and promised to obey orders implicitly-Joe hav ing told them that they were to look to Mr. "Lacy" for the orders. Joe looked at Dick, who nodded his head and said: as soon as he reaches Stony Point he will get up As soon as this bit of necessary work had been dona party and come back. He will want revenge on you Dick ordered the youths to march, arid the pa11ty out, oys, and has hoPes of finding and. revenging himself un followed by the cheery words of encouragement from the e, too." "I have no doubt you are right," agreed Joe; "well, am and I will start out at once and we will have the ys here in an ho1ll' and a half at the outside." "Shall I' remain here or at :M:r. Logan's?" asked Dick. "Just as you please," was Joe's reply; then he added : erhaps it would be as well to stay here. We will be st that much nearer the point from which the enemy n come." "Very well; I will stay here." Joe and Sam hastened away and Dick walked to the ouse and knock e d on the door. He was admitted by ucy who bad seen him coming, and she introduced him Farrells and from Lucy Logan. The party marched up the road a distance of a mile and then took up its position beside the road and just within the edge of the timber, where there was a lot of thick bushes and underbrush. "This is an ideal place for an ambuscade," said Dick; "we should be able put the redcoats to flight without losing a man of our own." "I should think so," agreed Joe. "I have divided you into two parties," w ent on Dick; "and now I wish to explain what I am going to do: When ihe redcoats appear we will let about half their number get past us and then I will give the order to fire. Your \ Mamie, and then to Mr. and Mrs. Farrell. party, Joe, will discharge a volley which will throw the red"Where have Joe and Sam gone?" asked Lucy. coats into disorder, and then I will give another order to Dick .told her, and when :Mr. and Mrs. Farrell heard fire and my party will discharge a volley. Then we will at was on the tapis they looked alarmed. "Goodness l" draw our pistols and fire several volleys-and by that time


, 16 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. the redcoats will be getting away about as fast ,as they know ho1Y, or I miss my guess." The boys listened carefully, and promised to remember and do just as their commander wished them to do. They waited and watched eagerly and hoped to see the enemy coming, but they were forced to possess their souls in patience, for it was more than two hours before the red<.::oats put in an appearance They were nearly a mile bttt were plain to be seen, as the road was straight this point. ''Now, get ready, boys, and keep perfectly cool," cau tioned Dick; "remember to take careful aim before you fire. 'rha.t is the main point. If you fire at random you will do but little damage and we might easily get the tables turned on us; but if you take careful aim, just the same as though you were out hunting and aiming at a squirrel, then, when you fire, you lv-ill do good execution and the enemy will be given such a severe blow that it will not be in any condition or mood for trying to us in return. l will tell you when to take aim and when to fire, and don't forget w'hat I have said." 'The boys promised, and awaited the coming of the red coats with an eagerness that was shown on their f:;.ces. There was grim determination shown there also and Dick was not afraid but that they would do their part when the time came. Closer and clorser came the redcoats They were riding along in twos, talking and laughing, and suspecting noth ing. They were nearly two miles from the home of the Logans-for which point they were headed-and had no thought that they might be met by an enemy before reach ing their destination. They were soon to be awakened, however. On they came, and were soon almost opposite the point where the -youths were concealed. Dick waited till about one-third of the force had passed and then gave the signal to take aim. He saw the boys obey, and waiting till he was sure they had se cured aim he called out : "Fire! Give it to the scoundrels!" Crash-roar! T\\(enty-five rifles and muskets belched forth their hail of death and destruction, and a dozen saddles were emptied, while the British force was thrown into terrible disorder 'rhey had not been expecting anything of this kind and did not know what to think or do. Before they could make up their minds what had struck them, there came the com mand, "Fire!" and a second volley rang out. This was almost as destructive as the first and the red coats were badly demoralized Major Marcy tried to get his men straightened out, however, for he had a suspicion Lhat he knew who the attacking party was. He had drawn his s,yord and was shouting orders at the top of his voice. "Charge them, men!" he roared. "Charge the scound rels! 'rhey are only boys and will run the instant we start toward them. At them, I say!" 1t was noticeable, however, that he did not any advance himself. Evidently he was not so certain that the boys would .J.un as he let on to be. A number of the red coats drew pistols and fired into the bushes, but this was quickly stopped, for the boys began firing pistol volleys in rapid succession, and this completed the demoralization of the redcoats. They turned their horses' heads in the op posite direction and clashed away up the road at the best speed of which the animals were capable; Major Marcy w

THE LIBERTY BOYS" DESPERATE CHARGE. 17 "Arc you the man in command?" was the counter turn to Stony Point and let this end the matter they will question. get a chance at us-or, rather, we will get another chance "I am." nt them." '"All ri g h t ; I wished to ask if you would permit us to 'l'hc boys remained where they were until they saw the and tako "" o! o"' w.oundod and bmy tho dead 1" 1 party of redcoats take its departure, and then .Dick Ocrta mly >re w1ll permit you to do that. It Will save honed scouts to keep a lookout foT the enemy m case 1t ur. t he trouble, you see. We have no place or desire to slwulcl return, and, with the main force, went back to keep your wounded comrades, and you will be uoing us a the home of the Farrells. big favor by taking them away." Mr. and Mrs. Farrell and Mamie, and Lucy Logan were "All right; I'll return and report. And you-you w.ill a1raiting their coming with considerable anxiety, for they withdraw and won't fire on us while we are at work?" bad hearll the sound of the firing, and did not know but The redcoat was evidently somewhat suspicious. that some of the boys might have been killed. When told "Judging us by yourselves?" asked Dick, with sarcasm. !.hat such was not the case, they were delighted and their "N-no, but-I thought-thought that-that--" filces took on a happy look. ''That-what?" "Do you think the redcoats will give up their idea of ;'That as you were boys and not real soldiers you might uuing to the homes of the patriot families of the not be willing to observe the rules of war and might get neighborhood, Mr. Lacy?" asked Mr. Farrell, somewhat into the hap and spring it on us." anxiously. "Oh, you need have no fears)' replied Dick; "we will "I rather think they will-at least for the present, Mr. obsene the rules of war in eyery respect; so return to Farrell. You see it is something of a side issue, and the your commander and tell him that he is at liberty to come commander at Stony Point will not be in for letting the and look after his dead and wounded, but that if he knows men come back here again when he learns that it is dan when he is well off he will leave this part of the country gerous to do so. He has not any too many men in the and go back to Stony Point and stay there." "I'll tell him." ganison at the Point, anyway, will b<':: averse to losing any more." "I hope and pray that you are right "Do so; if he remains in this neighborhood with his force he must take the consequence-which will be severe, ''I am sure that it will turn out that way, sir; I have left I assure you, as we do not intend that fou shall do any scouts out, however, to keep watch and should the redcoats damage to the patriot families of this vicinity if we can come back we shall know of their coming in time to get help it." ready to repl!lse them." "I don't think he will want to stay.'' One of the scouts followed the party of British troopers The man turned and rode back to where the redcoats a couple of miles, and then, being sure that they were sure were waiting, and Dick re-entered the timber and told the ly going back to Stony Point and were not simply acting as boys to move down the road a hundred yards or so, which they had for a ruse, he returned and reported to Dick. they did. Then they watched the enemy and saw them apThe latter had no doubt that the redcoats had all they proaching the spot where the dead and wounded soldiers wanted, but to make sure that the people of the lay. should be protected from a surprise, he arranged with the Major Marcy and a number of the redcoats dismounted youths for them to gather at the Farrel home immediately and made a survey of the field. Those of the redcoats wlio on hearing a series of signals, which woul d be made by were wounded were carried to the home of Mr. Clark, firing a rifle a certain number of times. the Tory, who lived only about a quarter of a mile away, 'l'his having been arranged, the youths dispersed and and then a long trench was dug and the dead soldiers were buried. Then the redcoats, with an angry look along the edge of the timber, made their way slowly up the road to the Clark house, where they stopped "'l'hose fellows looked as if they would have liked to get a chance at us, didn't they?" said Joe, as the redcoats were riding away. went to their homes, well pleased with the morning's work Joe said: "The redcoats won't be apt to bother u s ooon again; we gave them too severe a "lesson, this time." Dick returned to the Logan home with Lucy, and was greeted with delight by 1\i(r. and Mrs. Logan They rea l ized that the youth had doubtless saved the homes of i !.he patriot settlers of the neighborhood from being burned "So they did," replied Dick. "Well, unless they re to the


18 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' DESPERATE C.iHARGE. "You knew just what to do, Mr. Slater," said :Mr. Logan; rude, stone foundation, or two of them, rather, there being "and as a re&ult you were enabled to whip the redcoats one at either end of the boards. Otherwise our boys might have made the attempt, and, :Straightening up, Dick threw the stone and it struck the not understanding ho>v to do such things, many of them ground some distance behind the sentinel, who gave utI would no doubt have been killed." teranee to an exclamation and whirled around; at the "Yes, indeed!" coincided Mrs. Logan; "we certainly same moment the youth stole forward on tiptoe and sue-owe you hearty thanks, Mr. Slater." ceeded in getting off the bridge and away without being "Not at all," dissented Dick; "I am glad to have been heard by the sentinel, whose attention was attracted in able to do a little something, and I consider that it was the other direction. my duty to do it." "So far, so good," thought Dick; "now I think I shall The rest of that day passed quietly, and as soon as it be able to nose around and see how the fortifications are was clark Dick set out on a spying expedition. He was arranged and laid out, and the information will be of headed for Stony Point, and he wished to learn something great value to the commander-in-chief when he gets ready regarding the approaches where the sentinels were station to try to capture the Point." ed, and everything like that. It would be dangerous work, He made his way carefully up the rocky hill. He was l:.ut he had done such work before and did not hesitate. CHAPTER VIII. DICK'S DARING SPY WORK. very careful where he set his feet, for he knew that he was liable to dislodge a stone which would go rolling down the slope and arouse the suspicions of the sentinel. Up, up Dick toiled. "Jove! this wouldn't be the most pleasant place to storm that there is in the world!" he thought; "it would be no fun to charge up thia hill in the face of a storm of bullets. Phew! just think of it!" Onward and upward be toiled and at last came to the He went on horseback, as it was about three miles to first line of fortifications. He knew that there would be Stony Point, and when he was within a third of a mile of sentinels posted along this line and was forced to be very his destination he dismounted, and leading the horse into careful. He lay against the rough, stone wall and listened. the timber, tied him to a tree. He could hear the measured tramp of the sentinel, and by "There; you will be safe there till I return, old fellow," he murmured, and then making his way back to the road Dick walked onward in the direction of the Point. As he drew near his destination he slackened his speed and advanced very slowly, keeping a sharp lookout, for he knew that he might run onto a sentinel at any moment. He reached the causeway which crossed the deep morass intently and keeping as close an account of the time as 'vas possible, managed to estimate the length of the sentinel's beat. He discovared, to his satisfaction, that he was near one end of the beat, the other end being more than a hundred yards away, he judged, as be could barely hear the man's footsteps when be was farthest away. This knowledge acquired, Dick waited till the sentinel separating the Point from the mainland, without having was at the farther end of his beat and then climbed cauencountered a sentinel, however, and made his way slowly and cautiously across the causeway. He was sure be would find a sentinel on guard at the farther end of the bridge, tiously but as quickly as possible over the fortification and made his way onward up the hill. He cljmbed carefully, and presently reached the second and in this be was right. It. was quite dark, the night line of fortifications This one he learned was right at being cloudy, but just before he reached the enc1 of the ihe brow of the hill and beyond it was the garrison. There causeway he caught sight of a glow which was caused by sentine l s here also but Dick was enabled to avoid burning tobacco in a pipe which was undoubtedly held in them, as he could hear their footsteps on the rocks, and, the mouth of a British soldier. upon the moment when the nearest sentinel was Dick paused and stood perfectly still for a few moments. at the farther end of his beat, the youth leaped over the How was he to get past the sentinel? This was a hard stone wall and was in the enemy's camp question to answer, but the young man was equal to it. Dick h."Tiew he was taking big risks, but he wished to Stooping, he reached under the end of the boards, which, learn, if possible, approximately at least, the number of placed sic1e by side, formed the causeway, and drew forth men in the garrison. good sized stone-the boards being placed on a sort of This was not such a difficult matter as might be supposed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 19 Dick knew how many men usually occupied a tent, and in order to get at the number of men it was only necessary to count the tents. Of course, Dick had to be very careful, for should his pres ence be discovered he would most certain l y be captured; and if captured he would surely be put to death, as Major Marcy 'yas there and would recognize him and would hear to nothing else The faet of his being caught within the encampmmt would be sufficient to stamp him as a spy, self. "That would be a wonderf ul help and would enable us to surprise the garrison." Dick watched the scene eagerly for a few minutes longer, and then wishing to be where he cou ld follow the old negro when he left the Point, the youth decided to get away ahead of him. Dick made his way down the slope, and, watching his c hance, got over the fortification without being seen by, the sentinel. The worst of it remained, however, and that however, and this would insure his death. was to get across the causeway without the sentinel at But Dick did not intend to l:ie discovered and cap-that point seeing him. He dec ided t)lat as the stone iured. He s uc ceeded in counting the tents and figured throwing business had worked so well before, it might work that there were about six hundred men in the garrison. again There was nothing else that promised better, a.t TherP was a camp fire burning and a number of officers and any rate, and pickipg up a stone, the s ize of his fist, he soldiers were seated at a little di stance e ngaged in conmade his way slowly and carefully do}Vn until within ten versation, but Dick did not dare venture close enough to yards of the end of the bridge. hear what they were saying. He located the sent inel by the sound of his footsteps, and "I guess I had better let well enough alone and not take then threw the stone in such a manner that it would strike any more chances," said Dick to himself; "I have secured the ground at a point fifteen or twenty yards behind the considerable valuable information, and now the thing for soldier. me to do is to get away from here." Chug! rattle! went the stone on the gravel, and Dick, He moved cautiously back toward the stone wall, and taking it for granted that the sentinel's attention was at. r eaching it, climbed over. Then he heard the sent inel, who tracted to the point where the stoni'J had struck, s lipped onto was some distance away, give uttera nc e to the challenge : the bridge and hastened across it. Being careful to walk "Halt! Who comes there?" on. his tiptoes he made scarcely any noise at all and the Dick was startled for an instant, but only for an instant. sentinel never for a moment suspected that he had been "He is not challenging me," the youth sa id to himself; the victim of a trick played by the most famous patriot "I can't see him and I'm confident he could not see me. He spy in America. i s challenging some one else." Dick took up his position behind a tree near the farther w:o.s soon proven to be the case, for the faint murend if the causeway and waited patiently for the appearmur of a voice in reply to the senti nel's challenge came ance of the negro. to Dick's ears, but he could not make out what was said. Perhaps half an hour passed and then the youth heard He was curious to know who the newcomer was, so decided footsteps on the bridg e Nearer and nearer they came anu to wait and see. presently a dark form passed within arm's l ength of the He waited a few minutes and had the satisfactio n of you th and passed on up the road. seeing the newcomer approach the camp-fire Di c k saw Dick followed at a safe distance and presently the negro that the new come r was an old negro who carried a large turned aside and entered a path which led into the woods. basket on his arm. The officers and men immediately The youth was determined to find out where the colored crowded a.round the negro, and there was considerable man lived, so he kept after him. A quarter of a mile far talking and laughing for a few minutes. Dick understood ther on they came to a clearing consisting of four or five the meaning of the perfectly. acres of ground. Near t h e centre of the clearing was a "The old negro has brought them some berries or fruit log cabin, and feeling sure now that he would know where of some hnd," he said to himself, and then a thought struck to 1mt hi s hand on the colored man when he wished to do him: Would not the old negro be possessed of the coun-so, Dick turned about and hastened back to the road. tersign? Dick thought so, and he made up his mind that Marking the spot so that he would be able to find the h e would find out where the old negr o lived. "Then if path again, Dick hastened to where he had l eft hi s horse, Oenrral Washington decides to make an attack on Stony and, mounting, rode away toward the north Point I will go to the old negro and either bribe or force '"l'hc commander in-chief must be placed in possession him to give me the countersign the youth said to himoi the inforll).ation which I have gained, at the ea rliest pos -


20 'rHR LIBER'l'Y BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. sible moment," Dick; "I know that he is e ager to capture Stony Point, and I don't see why, after I have told him what I h'llow, he should nDt be able to do it." Dick was riding along, thinking of how fortunate he bad been in being enabled to make his way up into the British camp at Stony Point, when suddenly he was startled by a sharp voice calling out: "Halt! Who comes there?" "A friend," replied Dick. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." "I am a civilian; I don't know any countersign." "Oh, you're not a soldier, then?" ":No." "Humph! What are you, Whig or Tory?" Dick was pretty sure that the sentinel was a redcoat; he did not think it possible that General Washington had sent any of his men dowrt so far, and so he spoke up, boldly, and said: "I am a 'l'ory." "Oh, you are?" "Yes." "You are a loyal king's man, are you?" "I am." 'I'here was a few moments' silence and then Dick heard the click of a musket lock followed by the words : ".T ove !" that was a close shave," he said to himself; "two of those bullets came closer than I like i.o hav e them come I'm out a good hat, too; but it i s better to lose my bat than my head. I guess that on the whol e I h a Y e nothing to complain of; it's a nice, warm night and there is no danger of my catching cold as a result of not having any headgear." Dick rode steadily onward. 'rhe way became more and more rough and uneven, and the youth was for ced to let his horse go at a moderate pace. As it was only a matter of abrmt :fifteen miles to West Point, h e could easily reach th e re before daylight, anyway. And he did. He arrived at West Point about an honr before sunrise, and lay down for a short rest. Two hours later he was up and seated at the breakfast-table with his comrades, the brave, jolly set of youths known as "The Liberty Boyfl of '7G." They were eager to know what Dick had been doing, and he told them the story as they ate. When be had finished his breakfast he made his way to headquarters, and was ushered into the presence of the commander-in-chief of the Continental army. General Washington had just finished his breakfast and he greeted Dick pleasantly. "BRock again, Dick?" he cried. "How are you?" giving the youth his hand. "What success did you have?" he "You may be a loyal man, but I doubt it; I guess I'll added, eagerly. have to stop you, strange r, and send you to the commander over at the Point. Come on up here and dismount-and don't try any tricks, for if you do it won't be good for you. There are four of us here and it would be suicidal for you to resist." Now Dick had no desire to be taken over to the Point; indeed he was in no mood to permit himself to be de"Very good success, your excellency," replied Dick; "I visited Stony Point last night and took a look ut the fortifica tions." "You did?" There wa!l surprise in the tone. "How did you manage it? I supposed that it would be impossible for any one to get up to the encampment on the Point itself My understanding was that there ll'as but one way of tained at all, and he decided that he would not be detained. He would make a sudden dash and try to get past the reareaching there--by going across a narrow causeway from the mainlaml to the Point, and I supposed this would be eoats. They would fire at him, of course, but he figured guRrded so closely that even so successful and skillful a that it would only be an accident if they should hit him. & py as yourself would be unable to get across, Dick." He was willing to risk it, anyway, and leaning forward he s lapped his horse on the neck and called out to him to go. "It was rather difficult, your excellency; but I managed it and was within the British camp up on the top of the th e n crack, crack, crack, crack went four muskets. Point and succeeded in getting a good look at everything. 'I'he intelligent animal l eaped forward into a run, and r k d h 1 f fi d can rna e a rawmg <> owmg be orti catwns, an, can CHAPTER IX. A DOG-KlLLING EXPEDITION. One of the bullets knocked Dick 's hat off and another whistled past within an inch of his nose, but he was not injured and rode onward up the rOtld in triumph. tell yon approximately how many men the British have." "Good And how many men have they ?" "About six hundred." '' Ah! Well, that is about the number I supposed was there. And now, Dick, here is pen and paper; draw the Point and the fortifications as well as you can and I will be able to make arrangements for storming the British position."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE 'CHARGE. 21 Dick took a seat at a table and quickly made a drawing 1 chir.f, finally. "The attempt will be made and you shall the fortifications at Stony Point. Then General Wash,command the force, General Wayne. You shall have rrgton began asking him questions, all of which the youth twelve hundred men-just twice the number of the enemy nswer ed to the satisfaction of the great man. He also -and by securing the countersign and thus beiE.g enabled old the commande r-in-chief about the old colored man to get across the causeway, you will be successful, no doubt, rho visited the British encampment to sell berries, and in giving the British a surprise." :aYe it as his belief that the countersign could be gotten ''I think so," agreed "Mad Anthony," his eyes glowing ut of him either by bribery or threats. General Washingin anticipation of the exciting work to come. on was delighted. "Another thing," went on General Washington, calmly "The very thing!" he declared. "Armed with the counand deliberately, "your men must march to the attack c rsign we will be able to slip right up almost to the fop with empty muskets, for if they were loaded, one of the f the hill-to the first line of fortifications, at any rateweapons might be accidentally discharged at just tho ncl will be likely to take them by surprise, which will make wrong moment and alarm the enemy." h-3 attf'ck almost sure to succeed. You have done splendid"A splendid idea!" agreed General Wayne. "We won't )', Dick, and if we do succeed in capturing Sto ny Point a arge share of the glory of the affair will be credited to our account." \ "I flo not care for that, your excellency," r e plied the outh, blushing with pleasure; "the knowledge that I have : one my duty and that in doing it I have aided in striking need loaded muskets, anyway, for we shall capture the fort at the point of the bayonet. There will be no time or opportunity for firing "You are right," coincided the commander in-chief; ''and another thing: There are too many dogs ii). the vi cinity of Stony Point; their barking, as you march along, blow at the enemy and have our country, is would arouse the suspicions of the British and you would ufficient payment for me be unable to s urprise them. All the dogo within three miles-"Well said, my boy! Well, one thing is certain : Never of the Point must die Dick, do you want the job of killing n the three years I have known you have you failed of Lhe brutes?" oing your :full duty, and many, many times you have one a great deal more than your duty. I wish I had housand such men are the 'Liberty Boys'; I would pcec1ily drive the redcoats out o the country!" Then the commander-in chief sent for General WayneMad Anthony" he was called, on account of his desperate nd headlong valor on the battlefield-and he was told what )i ek had learned, and was asked if he thought lie could uccessfully storm the British position on Stony Point. 'I'u storm the regions of his satanic majesty if you 1ere to say the word, your excellency!" was "Uad An bony"s" prompt and characteristic reply. "Just tell me tow you wish it done and 'vhen." I General Washington had great faith in the ability of Wayne, and he talked the matter over with him r a rouple of hours, Dick remaining and being qu e stioned om time to time by both the officers General Wayne L h : ercd into the affair with zest, and it was plain to be Fl :en that he was eager to make the attempt to storm the trong British post on Stony Point. After a long discussion, in which several other officers ook part, they having been called in, it was decided that he attempt was practicable, and finally it was decided to :torm Stony Point at the earliest possible moment "If you say so, your excellency, I will take my 'Libert:Y Boys' and go to work at once." "Very well; do so." Dick saluted and withdrew. "I have some work for you, boys," he said, smiling, as he reached the point wher e the youths had their quarters. "What is the work, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. IJick to l d them, and a chorus of exclamations escaped them. "Well, well!" "What a job that is!" "Wants us to kill all the dogs in the vicinity of Stony Point, el1?" "Tbr.t will give us good practice in shooting." "Bow-wow-wow -wowwow!" went one, in excellent imi tation of the barking of a dog. They were a lively and jolly lot of youths. They were veterans, too, having been engaged in the majority of the most important battles that had been fought the three years just past; and many them carried bullets and scars to show that they had seen severe service. But this had put no damper on their spirits; they were as jolly and liYely as ever and were ready to fight at the drop of a hat Dick told the youths to get ready for the work, and they "Very well; it is settled, then," said the commander-inhastened to obey orders. It did not take long, and half


22 THB LIBER'rY BOYS' DESPERA'rE CHARGE. an hour later they rode out of the fort and away toward be would receive a warm welcome from all the members the south. It was a three-hours' ride, and then having of the family. reached the place of their labors they went to work. They They encamped just back of the house in the edge of the put in the rest of the day, and killed a score or more of curs. timber, and as soon as they had gotten things in shape Dick rrhe owners of the dogs remonstrated, in some cases, but went to the house to have a few minutes' conversation with ii. did no good, and their dogs were shot. When the men l1is friends before supper, which the boys were just get asked why this was being done, the youths gave evasive ready to get. To say that Mr. and Mrs. Logan and answers, for Dick had been cautioned to under no cuLucy were glad to see Dick is stating it very mildly; they cumstances tell a soul what was in the wind. \rcre delighted. So the boys told whatever come into their mind; but "We were afraid we would not get to see you again," said the reason more often given was that they wished pracMr. Logan; "we know how it is with you soldier boys-you tice in firing at li 'ing targets and that dogs W('lre the largare here one day, there to-morrow and the next day some est brutes whose martyrdom would not entail hardship on where else." the owners, so dogs were chosen for targets. Some of the "We are indeed glad tc see you coincided Mrs. Logan. I farmers looked as if they doubted this statement, but they "Yes, yes; we should never forgive you if you were to could think of no other reason why the young fellows leave this part of the country without saying good-by to should be killing the dogs, so said but little. us," said Lucy. rrhe youths camped out that night and next day went "Oh, I would never think of doing that," said Dick, with ahead with the good work. The news had gone out among a. smile. {he farmers, however, that their dogs were in danger, and He remained at the house talking to llf,r. Logan and when the youths started out they were surprised by not Lucy for nearly half an hour and then rose to go, saying: seeing anything of a dog or dogs at the first three or four "I judge that the boys have supper ready by this time, houses they came to. They stopped and held a council. so I will go. I will drop in after supper and will bring "The dogs averaged one and a half to each house, yesmy friend, Bob Estabrook." terday," said Dick; "so I think there is trickery some-''You will not do anything of the kind-I mean go where. It is my opinion tba t the people are hiding their out and eat supper with your boys, as you call them," said dogs from us." "That's what I think!" '"And I!" Lucy; "you will eat supper with us. It is nearly ready, and mother told me to keep you even if we had to use force, so you might as well yield first as last." "And I!" "And go and bring your friend in,"' said :Mr. Logan; "we It was the general belief that this was the case, and so shall be pleased to have him take supper with us." Dick said: "Such being the case we must search for dogs a'.; eYery house we come to. Don't the rest of you think ' th:1t the thing to do?" "Yes, yes!" was the cry. "It is the only thing to do," said Bob Estabrook; "the dogs must die, for there must be no barking on the night the attack on Stony Point is made." "Very well; I will do so, and thank you very kindly," said Dick, who had not forgotten the splendid meals he had eaten when there before. "i will go out and bring Bob back with me." He hastened out to where the boys were encamped, and when he told Bob that he was invited to take supper in the house with the Logans, that irrepressible youth gave The next house the youths came to was dogless-at least utterance to a whoop that would have shamed the best so far as outward appearances went, but when search was efforts of a Commanche Indian. made in the stable, two dogs were found and the boys pro"Hurrah for me!" he cried. "Jove! I don't know when ceeded to diag the animals out. The farmer came nmning I have had a good, old-fashioned meal. I shall enjoy it; iv where they were and protested against the but but it is tough that the rest of the boy, have to stay out to no avail; he was forced to witness the untimely death here and eat army fare." of his two canines. "That's all right," said Mark Morri on; "we know that This was kept up all day long, and the list was increased all of us can't eat in the house, and because we can't i no quite a good deal before nightfall. When darfmess apreason why you felloii'S shouldn't. Go on and enjoy your proached Dick found that they were close to the home of selves; we'll get along all right." the I-'ogans, and he decided to camp near there as he knew 'l'he others all aid the same, and so the two hastened to


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 23 l.he house, where Bob was introduced to the three members never beeu found wanting. General Wayne, too, well of the Logan family, and he speedily made himself acknew the terrible abilities of the "Liberty Boys," and was quainted, for he was so full of life and jollity that it was glad to have them included. Ind:eed he had already dean easy task for him to do this. cided that in the rush up the hill at Stony Point, Dick 'rhe supper was enjoyed by }he two "I.;iberty Boys," and Slater and his brave boys should have a place in the front Bob, could talk of nothing else when he went back out to ranks. where the rest of the boys were. "I know it isn't fair to It was decided, :finally, that the night of July 15th you fellows," he said, "but I really can't help it." should witness the attempt on Stony Point. General WashThe Logans had insisted on Dick and Bob sleeping in ington sent for Dick about ten o'clock on the morning of the house, but it was such warm, pleasant weather that it that day and told him he had some special and important was really more comfortable sleeping o' of doors on a work for him to do. "I want you to start at once," he said; blanket, so Dick and Bob thanked their hosts and said they "you must go down to the vicinity of Stony Point and would get along all right out with their comrades. Next morning, when they were ready to start, told Mr. Logan what their business was in, that part of the country, and the farmer told him to go ahead and shoot their one dog, a shepherd, and a great favorite of Lucy's. Dick knew this, and he said that he could not kill Lucy's pet, but for them to keep the dog tied up for a few days. Lucy was delighted when she learned that "Rover" was to be spared, and thanked Dick earnestly. Bidding the Logans good-by, the "Liberty Boys" set out, and they put in nearly a full day at the same work that had en gaged their attention the previous days. They :finished that afternoon and set out for West Point, which place they reached in time for a late supper. Dick went to headquarters and reported to the com-visit the cabin of the negro whom you told us was visit ing the Br.itish post selling berries, and from him you must get, by one means or another, the countersign. Do you understand?" "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick; "I will secure the countersign if it is possible to do so." "That is the most important thing of all," the commander-in-chief went on; "without the countersign it will be impossible to surprise the British; with it, it will be pos sible to do so-and the success or failure to surprise them may mean the success or failure of the enterprise; so you can easily see the importance of securing the countersign." "I do see and understand it, your excellency, and I will secure the countersign if it is possible to do so." "Very well; now go and get ready at once and set out mander-in-chief and was complimented on his good work. on your journey." "If we fail in our attempt at surprising the garrison at Dick saluted and took his departure. When he Stony Point it will not be on account of the enemy being the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys" he told them apprised of the approach of our men by the barking of that he was going on ahead to do some work for the com aogs," he said. mander-in-chief, and that he would join them when they CHAPTER X. DICK AND SHIBO. reached the vicinity of Stony Point. 'l'hen he placed some cold bread and meat in his saddle-bags, mounted his horse and set out. He rode southward steadily till noon when he stopped and ate his dinner. After a rest of an hour he remounted and rode onward. HE> reached a point a mile and a half from Stony Point about four o'clock in the afternoon, and tying his ho:rse The preparations for the attack on the British garrison back from the road a ways, in Hie timber, be began scout nt Point went steadily onward, and the men who ing around to see if there were any British sentinels guard lrere to make up the force under "Mad Anthony" were se-ing the road. He was very careful and put in a coup1e lected. They were, in the main, light infantry, veterans of hours, at the end of which he was enabled to say 1!1, and among them, at Dick's request, were "The Liberty of a certainty that there were no sentinels out. This Boys of '76." General Washington knew that in an affair settled, he went back to where his horse was, ate a bit of of this kind, where all was to be won or los-e by a des-lunch, and then, mounting, rode onward till he wa:s at a perate charge, there were none in the patriot who point about a mile west of the Point. Here he dismounted .vould do more valuable service than would the "Liberty and again tied his horse. Boys." They had been tested in the :fire often and had "Now to see if I can :find the negro man at home," he


,. .. '24 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. said; "I must get the countersign, if such a thing is pos "That is neither here nor there; I have seen you before, sib le." Sambo, and I have come to see you on business of import-He made his way along the road and did not have much ance." difficulty in finding the path which led to the cabin in Dick spoke almost sternly, and a frightenea look ap i.hc clearing. 'l'urning into it he made his way along, and peared on the negro's face. "Yo' wants ter see me on biz after a walk o a few minutes reached the clearing. He IJ.ess ob importance, boss?" be asked, in trembling tones. paused and took a look at the cabin before stepping forth "Yes." from the sheltering timber He feared, for one thing, that "W-whut d'yo' wanter see me 'bout?" i.he negro might see him and take alarm, so waited to see "I wish to ask you a few questions, Sambo." whether be was in sight; another thing he thought might The m .an looked behind him as if contemplating a re-be possible and that was t)1at there might be some redcoats treat, and leaving the stranger in possession, but Dick lifted around his hand and said: ".Just stay where you are, Sambo. As A brief survey showed him that there were no British I said, J; wish to ask you a few questions. First, are you a about, however; and as he saw nothing of the colored man, Tory?" either, he decided to advance. The man looked frightened, but said: "Yo' mean am I Stepping forth from among the trees, he walked briskly one ob dem fellers whut wants de king ter whip?" across the clearing and knocked on the door. Tliere was "Yes, that is what I mean." no reply, and after knocking again without result Dick The negro looked at Dick, dubiously, for almost a mintried the door ute, and then he asked: "W-w'ich side is yo"on, boss?" It opened to his touch, and the youth entered the cabin Dick laughed. "No, you don't, Samba he said "You and lookod around him. No one was there; the colored can't p l ay that trick on me; it is too ancient. I have used man was absent it myself a few times. I asked you a question and I want "He is over at the Point, now, I'll wager," thought a truthful answer. Dick; "it is as well. I shall be here, ready to greet him The negro studied Dick's face closely. "Yo' wants a when be comes." trooful ans'er, does yo'?" he repeated. Fearing that the darky might take the alarm and not "Yes; so go ahead and see to it that you tell the truth, come to the cabin if he should see the door standing open; and nothing but the truth." Dick dosed it. Then he sat down and fixed himself so as "Well, den, uf yo' wants de troo:f, Aw'll giv' et to yo': to take things easy until the owner of the cabin put in an Aw'm not er Tory." appea rance. Dick eyed the negro searchingly. "You are not a Half an hour elapsed and then Dick heard the sound Tory?" he queried. of footsteps outside. It was now about seven o'clock, but "No, sah." at this time of t he year-July-it. was yet qnite light. The "What are you-a patriot?" footsteps cam/) nearer and nearer, and then the aoor was "Yes, sah; Aw's er patriot, sah, 'deed I is!" pushed open and the colored man entered. It happened "Then why are you making regular trips to the British, i.hat he did not at first see that there was some one in the at Stony Point?" Dick's voice was stern and there was a room, and he placed his empty basket on the floor and turn-threatening look in his eyes. ed vround facing Dick before seeing him. The negro was evidently frightened; his voice trembled "Laws a massy! who am you?" he exclaimed, lifting his as he said: "Aw'll tell yo' w'y, boss. Aw goes dar ter sell hands and at the youth in open-mouthed amazestrawb'ries ter de sojers." ment "I'm a friend, Sambo," replied Dick, quietly. The negro's eyes opened than before. "How did yo' know my name, boss?" he asked. "Aw nevah seed yO: afore as I knO\\'S on "No? I suppose not. But I've seen you before "Yo' hav'?" "Yes.'' "W'cn did yo see me, boss; an' whar, ef I may ax?" "To sell' strawberries to the soldiers, eh ?" "Yes, sah Dey hain't no harm in dat, is dere? A w needs deir gol' an' I goes up dere an' sells de berries. Aw don' do nothin' erg'inst de peeple whut is fightin' fur dei r injependence." "You are sure you are telling the truth, Samba?" Dick eyed him searchingly. "Aw sw'ar Aw is tellin' de troof, boss." "Will you prove it?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 25 D eed Aw will, boss; uf yo' ll jes' tell me how." "Shoot if you dare!" he cried. "Shoot, if you wish to The re was no mistaking the negro's earnestness, and Dick kill the girl!" was inclin e d to c r e dit his statement that he was a patriot; "You coward!" cried Dick; "let go of that girl a nd h e would make him prove it, however, and s o he said: fac e me like a man!" "Very well I will te ll you how you can prove that you "I do not fe e l called upon to do anything of the kind. are a patriot." "How, boss?" ''By telling me the countersign of the British." You are a cursed rebel and are not e ntitled to any con sideration. I am going to use any mean s at my command to encompass your death, and you can talk all you wa:nt to. The n eg ro 's face brightened. "Yo' meen whut Aw has It will do you no good. You are doomed!" ter say w'en I goes up ter de sent'n'l, boss?" he asked. "Yes; what is it you have to say to the sentinel?" "Aw says ter de sent n l, 'De fort am our n .'" "You mean that y ou say, 'The fort is ours?'" "Yes, dat s it, boss; dat's de way de sojer fellers says it, dough I kain t quite twi s t my tongue dat way. ''And you will swear that that is the countersign, will you?" ''Yes, boss, Aw sw'ar et." "Very well; I am going to try that countersign after a while, Sambo, and if it works all right, you will b e all right; but if it should fail to work, then I pity you, that's all !" \ "Oh, it'll work all right, boss. Aw'll go wid ye an'll do d e talkin' uf yo' wants meter." "All right, Sambo; that's a bargain, and if you do your part you shall be well rewarded." "All right, boss; Aw'll do my part, all right." At this instant the sound of footsteps was heard, and then into the room strode :Major :Marcy, leading Lucy Lo gan by the arm. The girl was bound and gagged so she could make no outcry, but as her eyes fell upon Dick a look 0f joy o'erspread her face. CHAPTER XI. DICK RESCUES LUCY. The negro had quickly retreated to the farther side of th e room, leaving Dick and the major to g l are at each o ther like about to leap upon and rend each other. Scoundrel suddenly cried Dick, whipping out a pistol an d leveling it. "What are you doing here with this girl a prisoner in your hands?'' A hoarse growl of rage escaped the lip s of major, and he sudden ly threw his arm around Lucy's waist and held the girl's form in front of him as a shie ld. A scornful smile appeared on Dick 's face. "So I am doomed, am I?" he remarked. "Yes; I am going to kill you!" "When?" "Right away!" "Right away?" "Yes." How are you going to do it?" "I am going o shoot you d ead !" "Oh, that's the way you are going to do it?" "It is!" I thought you said the other day that pisto l s were vul gar and that swords were the weapons of gentlemen?" "When they are dealing with gentlemen; in this case pistols are all right, and I am going to use one on you. See, now I have you at my m ercy!" the mr.jor Jrew a pistol and leveled it at the youth Dick did not flinch, but eyed the major coolly. "So you think you have me at your mercy, do you?" he remarked, quietly "I know it. You dar e not fire at me for fear of hitting the girl; while I am free to put a bullet through you!" Dick realized that he was at a big disadvantage, but no one would hav e known that he realized it by his looks. lie was as cool as ice, and there was a calm, easy smile on his face. Indeed, he was so cool and apparently fearless that the major was uneasy, even though he seemed to have the advantage on his side He wondered i it could be pos sible that the young man had a surprise in store for him? The redcoat was fearful that such might be the case. Suddenly a thought struck Dick : "Sambo he called cut, ''go around behind the major and seize hi111 !" 'l'h e negro made no move toward obeying, but the major feared he might and he turned his head to look in that di rection. "Jjon't you <.lare--" he started to say, when Dick leaped forward a panther and knocked the pistol ::si ile. C r ack! it was discharged, but the bullet struck in the


2G 'rHE LIBER'rY. BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. farther end of the building, and did not come within ten feet of the youth it was intended for. A wild cry of terror escaped Sambo,. "Fo' de Lawd I guess I'se a dead nigger!" he cried, and he began feeling of himself to see if he had been struck. Finding no evi dence of a wound he began to feel better and watched the struggle which was taking place between Dick and Major Marcy. The instant he knocked the pistol aside and it was dis charged, Dick followed up his advantage and seized the redcoat by the throat. "You m'e a brave girl, Lucy!" said Dick, admiration in his voice ; "I thank you." 'I"(Jh, it is I who thank you, Dick! You have saved me fr0m this wretch a second time." "That is all right, Lucy; I am glad that I was on hand to do so, and I will say that if I am brought into contact with you another time, you scoundrel!" this to the major, "I will finish you for good and all Do you hear?" Evidently the major did hear, for he glared up into Dick's eyes with deadly h atred, but he did not say a word. Doubtless he feared to say what he wished to say. Sam)>o brought the rope and assisted Dick to tie the "Let go of the girl, you coward!" cried Dick; "let go major's hands together behind his back and then he was of her or I will choke you till you are black in the face allowed to sit up. The major promptly obeyed. The fa ct was, he realized that he would have a hard fight on his hands, anyway, and would need the assistance of both hands, so he released Lucy and grappled with his antagonist. "Sambo, untie the girl's hands and remove the gag!" ordered Dick, and the negro hastened to obey. He cut the cord which bound Lucy's hands and removed the gag, and Lucy, after moistening her tongue and lips, cried out: "Shall we help you, Dick?" "Well, what do you think about it now?" asked Dick, with an ironical smile. "Do you think you will ever wish tv enter into the kidnapping business again?" "There is just one thing that I shall turn my attention to when I am again a free man," said the major, viciously, :and that is to the work of getting revenge on you!" "Poor business," said Dick, with a shake of the head. "I will kill you as sure as my name is Marcy!" ''It isn't good to make positive statements, major. I fear The brave girl was ready to take a hand and do what you will be unable to make your words good." she could, and Dick's heart swelled with pleasure and ad"You will see miration for the maiden's bravery. "Well, in that case, then, perhaps I had better have it "It is not necessary, Miss Lucy," he replied; "I can out with you here and now. I think I shall free your hands, manage him, all right. Just step to one side out of danger major, and meet you, sword to sword, once more and settle and l will quickly overcome him." the matter for good and all." "Yes, you will!" sneered the mafor, who was putting up But the redcoat shook his head. "I shall not meet you," as stiff a fight as he was capable of doing: "I will show he said, sullenly; "you are a cursed rebel, while I am you, you cursed rebel I will show the girl, too, that you a--" are no match for a man like myself." "Cowardly cur!" interpolated Dick. "Deeds, not wordsl major, are what count," remarked "That is exactly what he is!" added Lucy, and the Dick, ironically. "Don't brag so much but go to work and major's face was a picture of rage and chagrin as he glared do something." first at the girl and then at Dick A snarl of rage escaped the lips of the officer, and he _redoubled his exertions. To tell the truth, he was no mean antagonist, but Dick was a athlete and stronger than the majority oi men, and overcame his op ponent, throwing him, finally, and falling upon him with such force as to knock all the breath out of his body. "Bring me the rope, Sambo," called out Dick, and the negro hastened to obey. "Oh, I'm so glad you beat him.,!" cried Lucy. "If you han't been able to do so I have helped 'ou, Dick!" with an eloquent look. "See, I had club and was going to give him a blow on the head that would have rendered him unconscious!" '"l'hat is all right; say what you like," growled major. "I shall not meet you in a duel again, but I shall make it my business to hunt you down and kill you like you were a dog!" "And I give you fair warning, you redcoateu scoundrel, that I shall not spare your life next time,., but shall kill you with as little compunction as though you were a snake!" said Dick; almost fiercely. "I shall not fool with you any longer." The major turned pale. He was, in truth, afraid of the brave young "Liberty Boy," and he realized that if he attempted to kill Dick at some future time he would be taking his life in his hands unless, indeed, he could catch


'l'HR u BER'rY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. 27' youth at such a disadvantage that he could not defend Dick bent and kissed the warm, red lips. "Little sister!',. se.lf. he murmured; "no matter where I go, Lucy, I shall a lways: 1ick now turned to Lucy. "How came he to capture remember what a brave, noble girl you are." ?" he asked "Oh, Dick-my-brother!" The words came in almost I was on my way home from l\J amie Farrell's," replied <:1 wail, and had Dick been better versed in affairs of the girl, "and he leaped out behind a tree and seized heart he would have understood, but he was not very well Of course he was stronger than I and soon overpowered versed in such matters, and when an instant later Lucy and bound and gagged me. I gave utterance to several lifted her head and laughed, he thought she was happy ams for help, but I suppose no one heard me for no uecause he had called her "little sister." Had he been came to my assistance. Then he took me to where his skilled in reading the human voice he would have de le was and brought me here tected the fact that the laugh was forced-but he wasn' t Well, as it has turned out, I am glad he did bring you 5 killful in this, especially as regarded girls' voices. Lucy." So am I, Dick." 'he major li s tened to this and grated his teeth. He was ''And now you had better start for home, Lucy," said Dick. "Can you Tide the major 's horse, do you think?" "Oh, yes; he seemed to be very gentle-and I am a good ry and disgusted. ' What luck I have had, lately!" he rider, anyway." "Good! Come, then, I will assist you to mount." l to himself. "That girl has been bad medicine-as beastly Indians of this country would say-to me." The girl went with him to where the major's horse was lick and now left the cabin, the youth telling hitched, without a word, and stood silently by while 1bo to keep an eye on the prisoner. "If he tries to pe, throw him down and sit on him," said Dick. 'he two were no sooner out of the ca. bin when the major l to the negro: "Free my hands, Samba!" He s poke in me of command, but the negro shook his head I kain't do it, boss," he replied. You must do it. My comrades will kill you if n that you refused to help one of their comrades." they gain the negro shook his h ead. "I kain't do it, boss." 'he major changed hi::; tactics. "If you will free my ds I will give you five pounds in gold, Samba!" he said, mpressive tones. :ut it made no impression on the colored man. He youth untied the halter strap. She permitted him to lift her into the saddle and then as she gathered up the bridle rein she said : "Surely this is not the-the last-last time we see each other, Dick?" The voice trembled in spite of its owner's efforts to prevent it. "Not. if I live through to-night, Lucy." "Then I shall pray that you be spared, my-brother!" said the girl, a world of feeling in h e r tones. "Promise' me that you will come and see me in the morning, Dick, and let me know how the attack turned out." "I promise to come if I am alive, Lucy." And this was what the girl would be most eager to know-whether or not he had gone through the affair ld not listen to the tempter. "Yo' kin keep yo' money, alive. he said, calmly, I do an' wan it." A few more words, and then, with a trembling" good by," o amount of persuasion could have any effect on the Lucy rode away and Dick returned to the cabin. ro, and the officer pres e ntly gave up the attempt and The major sat on a stool, silent, sullen, while Sambo, rsed into sullen silence. a grin on his sable face, sat opposite. He nodded toward s soon as they were out of ea:rghot of -the cabin, Dick: ihe major as Dick entered, and said: "He done tried ter Lucy why he was there, and that there was to be an git me ter sot 'im free, boss." ck on the British garrison at Stony Point that night. villlead my 'Liberty Boys' in the charge llp the hill," he "And you refused, eh? Good for you, Samba You "and as it is possible that I may be killed and never shall not lose anything by your action." you again, I will say good-by, Lucy "He will lose tha-t wooly head of his!" growled the major. ick took the girl's hand and pressed it warmly. The "He has been coming over to the Point and selling berricf: was silent and seemed to be thinking fast. Presently to the men, and I see now that that was only a blind, and drew a long breath, like a sigh, and then held her face that he was a spy; and the punishment for spies is in!:tant to him. "You have saved me from that scoundre l death. As soon as--" e, Dick," she said, softly, "and if-if you wish, "You catch them," broke in Dfck, coolly; "but y ou may-may kiss me!" won't catch Samba, so he have no fea rs."


r 28 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. Dick so confidently that the major was puzzled. causeway, Dick and Bob paused and the n e gro walk e d on "Wbat do you mea n ?" h e asked, eyeing D ick ward a l one, h ummi n g a negro melody H e had brought "Yoll will soon find out!" was the significant reply. CHA PTER XII. l THE CAPTuRE OF STONY POINT. his basket with 8ome berries in it, at Dick 's s uggestion, and he had no difficulty in approaching the sentinel, h e hav ing visited the fort on many former occasion s As s oon as Sambo had reac h ed the sentinel and engag e d him in conversation, the youths stole forward across the ca11Hl' way with noise less steps, an.d as the night was cloudy, th e r e was no danger that they wou ld be seen; there would not have been any danger had it been lighter, howev e r, for Sam bo had walked around until lie was facing toward the Dick remained at the cabin till about half-past nine direcbon from which the youths were coming, and the o'clock, and then after binding the major's legs so that he sentinel, in keeping his face toward the n egro haJ his could not l eave the cabin, the yputh, in company with the back toward Dick and Bob They were thus enabled to negro, took his departure slip right up behind him, an.d the first he h."Dew that danger They made their way toward the north a distance of a threatened was when be felt Dick's uon-like fing e r s com mile or so, and there waited patiently for the ..coming of pressing his throat. He tried to c r y out but c oul d not, the patriot force under "Mad" Anthony Wayne. and he was quick l y bound and gag ge d 'l'hey waited more than an hour, and then the patriots Then Bob hastened back and told th o gen e ral that tho put in an appearance and Dick and Sambo came out from coa s t was clear, and the patriot for c e stole forward The among the trees at the side of the road and halted them. causeway was crossed without the garri s on haYin g become Dick went to the general and told him he had been suealarmed, and then, forming in two divi s i o n s and wjth cessful. shoulder to shou l der, with unloaded mu s k e t s and fixecl "I have the cou:o.tersign," he said; "and here is the bayonets, the brave men pressed forward up the s leep s lope. colored man himself. He is true blue, and says he will '' 1\Iad Anthony" headed one of the forces, and jus t be go abeac1 of us and engage the sentinel at the causeway in hind him were the "Liberty Boys Indeed, D ic k was -Gonversation and then a couple of us can slip up and make bes ide the genera l and both held swords in their hands the redcoat a prisoner without any troub l e or raising an Onward, up the hill, they pressed, being as silent a s pos alarm. After that it will .be a simple matter." sible, and they had almost reached the fir s t line of forti Good! you have done well, Dick!" exclaimed General {icatiom: before their coming wa s di s cor e red by the sentine L Wayne; "take the lead and guide us, as you know the way He at onc e gave the alarm, and an instant late r the British .and we don't." openeu fire. In the darkness, how e ver, the s hots were not Dick and Sambo fell in in front and led the way They very effective. Certain it is that the s hot s hall no effect -continued southward till due west from Stony Point, and upon the advancing host. 'rhe patriot s pldiers pressed for then turned eas t. Half a mile in this direction and then ward steadily, silently, grimly. Dick told the g e nera l that the army bad better halt and Onward and upward they went. The y l e ap e d over the wait till after the sentine l had been disposed o. "It is fir s t stone wall and continued on their way Sudde n l y a e nly about a quarter of a mil e to the caus eway leading cry of pain escaped the lips of "Mad Anthony." across the morass," he explained. "Very w ell; take another man and go with the negro and make a prisoner of the sentinel," said Anthony "Don't let the sentinel give the alarm, even i f you have to kill "I am wounded!" he exclaimed. "A couple of you men come and support me and I will continu e onward and die at the bead of the column!" Two of the "Liberty leap e d forward and supporte d him." th e general on e i t her side No halt wa s made whateve r, "I don t think it will be necessary to do that. We can and assisted by the youths the g e n eral was enabled even secure him without letting him give the a l arm.' ' 1 Very welL" Dick sel e cted Bob, the "Liberty Boys" being in the front though severely wounded, to continue on in advance of his men As they drew near the summit of the hill the patriot ranks, r ight at hand, and in company wit h Sambo they sol diers i ncrease d their p ace It was a desperate charge, stole forward. When they the mainland end of the indeed, and Dick l e d his "Liberty Boys" in the rush up


,. 30 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' DESPERATE CHARGE. time he gazed searchingly into Joe Farre ll 's face "Joe," e:ome on up and make an attack on West Point. The bold he said suddenly, "you love Lucy yourself. Is it not so?" and desperate stroke of the patriots in capturing the first Joe flushed. "Yes, it is true, Dick," he replied; "I do garrison that had occupied Stony Point caused them to love her, but I knew it would do no good for me to try have a wholesome respect for the prowess of the brave to win her if you cared for her, so .I made up my mind to men who were fighting for their liberty. ask you." "I'm glad you did, old fellow; and now if you wish to make me your friend for life, go to work and make Lucy Logan love you. She is a spl endid girl, and I want her to be happy THE EN:D. "I'll do my best, Dick, you may be sure of that." The next number (59) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" "Do! And now, good-by, my boy, and success to you!" will QOntain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUS'riCE, AND Then Dick shook hands with Joe and rode onward, leav HOW TREY DEALT IT OUT," by Harry Moore. ing the youth the happiest fellow in New York. ''I'll win her," he said to himself in grim determination; u I'll make her forget Dick and learn to love me, if such a thing is possible." Three days later the patriot army withdrew from Stony Point and returned to West Point, taking the prisoners, the cannon and stores with them Of course, they destroyed all the fortifications before evacuating Stony Point. SPECIAL NO'{IOE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION The British unde r Sir Henry Clinton came up the river SQUARE; NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies and took possession of Stony Point, but they did not dare you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen-t "HAPPY DAYS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. ---------------------It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Xind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns .Send u.s your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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