The Liberty Boys' daring; or, Not afraid of anything

The Liberty Boys' daring; or, Not afraid of anything

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The Liberty Boys' daring; or, Not afraid of anything
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Rev olutio n IIBtred Week l11-B11 S ubscription $2.50 11er y ea r Entered as Second Class Matt e r at the New York, N Y Post Office, February 4 1901. l!Jnt e rea acco rding t o Act o f Congr ess, i n the year 1902, i n the office uf the Librarian o f C ongress, W a shington, D C., by Frank Touse y 24 Union S q uare New Y ork. NO. 96. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 3 1 1902. Price 5 Cents CHAPTE R I. A BRA VE YOUTH. "'.!'ell me where you r father keeps his gold. " I ca n not tell you, si r." "You mean that you won' t te ll. " l mean that I cannot, for I do not know." "Bosh "You don't J:iel ieve me?" I do not." to find out, even if I have to hang you up to a tree in order to wring the secre t from you." "I te ll you I don't know anything about it. "An'u I say you lie, you young rebe l dog." The y ou th's face flushe d a n d his hands cle n che d and uncle n c h e d i n a ma nn e r which showed he woul d have l iked t o have g iven th e i n sulting redcoat a blow. But, of course, he did not d are d o so. "You a r e mistake n," the youth forced himse l f to say calri1ly. "My fath er has no money, so far asI know I heard him say just the other day that we woula lilre ly "I am speaking the truth, nernrtheless." starve i f the Bri tis h remained much longer in Philadel"You can t make me belieYe you. Your father has gold phia hidden somewhere about this place, and we wan t it.') 'If my father has any gol d I do not know it." "Boy, you are l ying." I It was the first week in of the year 1 778. In fron t an old inn r hich stood at a about halfway etween Germantown and Philadelphia, stood a youth of / perhaps e i ghteen year s In front of him s tood a British officer wearing the uniform of a li e utenant, and behind im stood three common soldi e r s It was this officer and "Oh, he said t ha t did he?" "Yes." "Why would that make you likely to stane ?" "Why, the British come along once or twice a week, and enter the inn and make ilim g e t up a big dinner for th e m, and they ride off without e v e r seeming to think of pa y ing, and there is no money in that, is there?" "Well, not much, true; but I have been inform e d t hat your father is rich-that he was ric h b e for e the Bri tish he youth who w e re e ngaged in conversation, as above came to Philadelphia, and that being the c ase, he must have gold secreted s omewhere abou t the inn. You know whe re, When the officer told the youth he lied, the young fel and y ou had better tell." ow's face flushed with anger, and he made a motion as if "I tlon't ihink h e ha s a n y g o ld sec r ete d a bout h e re, or o strike his insuLter a blow, but the officer's hand dropped anywhere else, s ir, and if s o I c ertainly do not know it." n the hilt of his sword and s howing his teeth in a snarling a-rrhat will do for you to t ell; but it won t do. for m e to ile, he said: believ.e. I will give you jus t on e minut e in \rhich to m ak e "Go slow, my boy! Go s]o,Y, and take 'it easy. If you up your m ind to tell the truth.'' ere to attempt to strike me I 'rould run you thr ough with The lieutenant took out hi s watch and held it in his t ceremony, and with as little compunctio n as though you hand, watching the hand m ow, s o as to know when t he ere a ch i cken." minute was up. "You would not the youth exclaimed, undaunt Bly "Bah! You don't know what you are talking about." "I think I do." "You need not give me the minute, for I do not know anything about the matter in question, so cannot t e ll :you, The officer s voice was grim and fierce, and it s eem e d likely that he meant what h e said. "You may think so, but you are mistaken. I want t o The youth said no more, b u t waited, a look of quiet c our -ow where your father's hidd e n wealth is, and I am going age on his face ...


THE LiS']jRT BU Presently the officer slipped his watch back in his pocket., "Oh, you are brave, aren t yon,'' in a sneering "Time is up," he said grimly. "Now, where is your "Well, I would at least die honorably, and with father'::; money hidden?" ing that I could respectmyself-which I could not "I have already told you that I don't know sister were to :>aYe me in such a manner." "You still stick to that story?" \ "You will do well to accept my proposition," "1 have to do so. I don't know, so what else can I do?" grim sm ile, "for .if you don't I will bang you, a "Bosh. I don't believe ypu, and I think that a little take aTl the kisses that I want afterward, and the neck stretching will be good for you Jim," to one of his be unable to help herself." men, "go out to the stab1e and get a rope." "You are just what I said yoll were," "All right, lieutenant,'' and the soldi er hastened away. "Yon are a coward and a scoundrel." As he moved away, a beautiful maiden of perhaps sixteen "You st ill think that, do you?" in a threatening v }ears came running out upon the piazza, an d pausing in "Yes." front of the officer, she claspeL1 her hands, and said, be"All right. I will soon fix yoll so you won't b e i seec hingly: clition to think anything. Herc is Jim, with the ro "Please, sir, do not hurt my brother." it won't take long to settle you for good and all." "Oh, no, what a little beauty you are, to be sure, miss." "Oh, si r, please spare my brother," cried the girl. the lieutenant cried, gazing admiringly and almost impu"On the conditions already given I will do so, an dently at the girl. "So you dont want us to hang your others,_" was the reply. brot her, eh?" "You need not spare me on any such conditions, 'You should liaYe stayed in the house, Mary," said hel' Tom Carroll, promptly. bro ther;. in a tone of mi.ld displeasure. The lieutenant muttered something which sound "No, no. Please do not hurt him, sir "I'm glad she didn't," saicl tbe officer. "I'm glad I ha Ye got to see you, miss. You are just about the prettiest, sweetest specimen of American girlhood that I've seen since I came to this country, and I'll lell you what I'll do. If a curse, and turned and addressed the man with the "Come up here on the piazza, Jim," he said; "rig' ning noose, and put it around this young fellow's W e' ll hang him to that tree yonder." The youth, rrom Carroll, seized upon the moment you will give me a kiss or two I will promise that' I won't lhe officer's head was turned to whisper in his sister hang your brother." "You impudent scoundrel,'' cried the youth, his anger getting the better of his discretion. "Oh, Tom, be careful," breathed the girl. "You do well to warn your brother to be carefu l, l\Iiss "They won't dare hang me, l\Iary, so don't be afrai "First seize the young scound r el and tie his hand hind hi.s back,'' the lieutenant ordered, and the oi:he-1 soldiers hastened to obey his command. Tom Carroll thought of mal<'ing resistance, but se :\Iary," said the lieutenant, his face red with anger. "But thought told hi.m it would be useless. for you I would run the insolent young scoi.mdrel through. "There are four of them, and tlwy arc armed,'' he s ''You are just about big enough coward to do it,'' said h imseff, "and if I was to resist they woulcl shoot me d the youth, whose blood was up. 'and sister would have no one to look after her. No, I Brother, brother," pleaded the girl, "please ddn't speak not resist, and I am confident they will no more than in sucli a manner to the gentleman." the attempt lo frighten me inlo telling where father's c "He' s no gentleman, Mary, or he would never have made is hi Cl.en." such a propo s ition sa id the youth, promptly. The redcoats quickly bouncl tlic youth's hands toge! "Oh, come now, where is there any insult ih that proposibehind his bi!.ck, the noose was rigge d and thro wn over tion ?" che lieut enant exclairr:ed, bis eyes on the beautiful neck, and th e n h e was led clO\rn off the piazza and unc face of the girl, a bold look of admiration shining fmth neath the limb of the tree which stood near ai: hand. I from them The other end of the rope was thrown over the lir "It certainly is an insult, nevertheless," said the youth the encl was seized holcl o E by the thrr.e com1-i1on soldi "::11y sister i.s not in the habit of giving kisses to every and the rope was pulled taut. one who comes along, nor would she give a kiss for pay." Then the lieutenant faced the youth, and glared at h ''\\'ell, she woufd do it to save you r life, wouldn't she?" threateningly and triumphantly. "I would not permit it. "What do Yo11 foink now?,, he asked.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARI NG. 3 ce.l.==:.:===================================== ====== ====== ==== ============== ================== e feJ ust what I have thoug}\ c all along if arc going to hang you." Indeed?" The youth was cool and composed. ithrot so the girl, however. She was trembling l ike a l eaf wind, and he r face was the col o r of ashes. She ad l w ced, and facing the officer, sai d : Please, sir. please do not hang my brother." rny proposition, and I 1ri)l not harm your b roth-. e. We re-fuse!" cried the youth, before his siste r could "Go ahead, and do your worst I would scorn to cc \in my life if it had to be purchased in such a mann er." a1 11he men pulled down on the rope, and drew the youth ' till only his toes were touching the ground. ['hey held liim there almost a m inute, whi l e the cruel n' e becam e almost buried in the Jlesh of the neck, ancl youth's face grew redder and redder as the circu l ation Testricted. The girl stood there, her hands clasped, her s dilating, and fixed fearfully on her brother's face. l i :'Now case dom1 a Lit," ordered the lieutenant, ancl 0I1m s feet. \rere again on the ground, and his face m y lost some of the red color as tlie blood got back into ed 1 . cu ailon agam b 'Kow will you 1.ell me \rherc your fat.her' s gold is hidlu ?" the officer asked. a 1 he youth tricd 1.o ;:peak, but could not, right away, and b lie shook his bead. "You wont, eh?' in an angry Yoicc. hal.C gasped the yout.h, his mice sounding weak 1tl hoarse. r.; "You had Lei tcr tell me f"I don't kn01r, 1 hare already to l d you /But I am confident ynu do know." Then a thought imck the officer, and he turned to the girl. k "If you are not willing to sare brother's life by iving me the kisses," he said, "you can do so by telling me 1ere your father's gold is concealed. Tell me at once, and ( will f:rt!e your brother. The giTl shook he r head sadly. l I would g l adly tell you if I kne"-," she said, "but I d o )t know; and I am like my brothe r I don't think fathe r [ls any gold hidden about the place." "I am confident that he has, and I believe that you iow it, and that you know where it is concealed." :c Give him another taste of the rope, men-and pull him clear off the ground this time." The men oocycd, and they pulled down on the r ope till the youth waR lifted clear of the g r ound. Not eve n his toes were touching, and the youth began wrii.hing and struggling, as if in the throes of strangul ation The girl could not endure the sight of tbis, and she cried out in an eager, imploring voice: Oh, sir, le t him c101rn, quick. l will give you the kisses I cannot stand here and sec my brother hanged." "That is sensible talk,'' said the lieut.enant. ".All right. I will spare your brother's life on those conditions. Let him down, men." The men lowered the youth till his feet touched, and then the gir l l eaped forwar d and pulled the rope till it was loosened so that her brother could get his bTeath, and she ste adied him, for he was so aizzy he would have fallen. He was soon almost hirn 'seH, howeYcr, and i.he lieutenant said: miss, I "ill 1.ake t hose kissc:::, if you please." There was triumph in his tones, and eager anticipation 3s \\'ell; but he \ra s destined to meet with disappointment, for at th i s instant a cool, calm voice was heard say : "I \rou ldn't take the kisses if I were you, l i eutenant. They would not he given freely, and certainly yon would not enjoy them under suc h circnrn::;tances. I am so sure you would not, indeed1 that I shall forbid your taking them The lieutenant and his three m en-and the youth and the maiden as well-looked around, and sa w a handsom e, bronzed youi.h sitting on a horse which sloocl within four yards of them. In the youth's hands were two coc ked and leveled pisto ls; and in his keen, grayb l ue eyes was a look which said "Shoot!" almost as plain as words could have said it. CHAPTER JI. THE REDCOATS FOILED. "W-who are you?" gqsped '!:he lieutenant. "Who am I?" "Yes. "No, no. If I knew I would tell you in an instant. "One who win not stand idly by and see a gang of sooun"Well, one or the othe r of you two will have to t ell, o r drels mistreat innocent people." :Jur brother will neve r li vc to sec another s u nrise. The n the lie11tenant, a d dressing his m en, said: Oh yo u are, eh?" halfsneered the officer, h is a ss ur a nce r eturning to h i m in a meas u re.


ti -----4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARI NG. "I a:m. I "'le.\ iL is a self-eviJent fact. But for this .we wou \rl1at do yon mean by coming in upon us, here, and in1 h;t 1e killed you long ere this terfering ?" The young man laughed aloud at this. I mean to see that you don't injure this young man or "You are something of a humorist, my friend," he sa i insult the young lady." 'Don t think you can make me believe any i::uch wild sta "Oh, you're a sor t of knight-errant, then 9 "To that extent, yes." "Well) don't you think are taking too much upon yourself?" "No, I don't think so." 'You will before you get through with us." There was a threat in the tone "You think 100, do you?'' The youth wa s cool and imp e rturbable. "Yes." "Young man, you had bett e r leave here at once," said the lieutenant in a s savage a tone as he cou l d command. "I h a d better l eave here?" e levating his eyebrows. "Yes." "But I have no intention of doing so, my friend." "If you do not you will lose your li fe "I have no fears of any such thing happening." e "You should have Don't you see there are four of us?" "Yes, I see tha.t." "And you have dctred to interfere in our affairs." "Yes, so I have." "Well, that is enough. We are not men to brook such in terference." "I am a'rnre that you are not-that i s, not if yo11 can t hulp yourselves c1 A .ud you think we can't help ourselves?" "In this case, yes Bah. You might wound one of us by accident, but the lfould surely kill vou. You had better go away." 'I could not think of it.'' The lieutenant and hi s men were nonplussed. They did not know what to do. There was something in the air of the .stranger youth that impres sed them in spite of themse l ves. He did not look like a common, ordinary young man, by vny means 'l' here was a look in his eyes whi ch told them that he was a dangerous fellow. "You had better think this matter orer very carefully, young man,'' said the lieutenant. "Yon are eYidenth green and inexperienced, and haYe no conception of the danger you are in." The strange youth sm iled in an amused manner. "Oh, that's you think, eh?" he remarked. 111cnts as that, for I know better. The officer saw he could not awe or frighten the you \ Yho are you, yonng ?" he asked. -' Y ou i h 1.o k1101r "ho I am?" "Yes.'' .. \Yhy do you 11ish to lrnow ?" "So that "e may knolV t h e name of the m ost impude young scoundrel w e have ernr encounter e d since comi to The youth l aughed. f' "So that's \ vhy you wish to know, is it?" "Yes." Yery wPll. T think I shall acco m modate you." "Yon will tell us who you are?" "Yes.'' "Very well. W ho are you?" "Ha 1 e you ever heard of 'The Liberty Boys of '76' ?" The lieutenant and his three men started and gaYe lCnmce to exclamations of amazement, not unmixed wi consternation, and they stared at the youth with wide-op eyes "Yes, I' 1e heard of the 'Liberty Boys,' \\'as the rcpl "I :::uppo;:rd }OU had. Well, I am their commander.,. "Su rel.'" you are not--" "I nm Dick Slater, .-.t your service." Exclrirnations escaped the lips of all the hearers. "Dick Slater." "The rebel scout and spy." "The captain of 'The Liberty Boys'!" "So that's who you are!" It was indeed Dick Slater, the noted patriot scout, s p irncl captain of .:The Liberty Boys of '76.'' In r eply to t of I he redcoab, he nodded and said: i Yei::. l am Dick Slater, the patriot scout and spy-an no\\-, what are you going to do about it?" The redcoats looked at one another questioni ngly an dubious ly. They did not kno w what they were going to do about i


rrH_i,; LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. 5 1 1 hey rea lized, now, that the: were in gre t danger. This andsom1.:. youth was not to be trifled with "Bosh. Corne along, boys." The lieutenant strode away, followed b y hi s jhre e men, hey knew him to be a dead shot, and it was also well and mounting their horses, which were tie d nearby, they own that he was lfraid of nothing. rode lmay in the direction of Philadelphia. t Still they would have liked to have been able to make r prisoner of the youth. ti ) The y knew there -was a reward offered for his capture, h d the y w0uld have liked it, could they have taken him Philad elphia a prisoner, and captured the reward. Tl1e lieutenant wondered if they might not manage to J o so if i.hey worked the matter rightly. n I:Ie turned severa l schemes over in his mind, but none them seemed to offer much hope of success. Dick Slater as not on e who could be taken with ease "Well," &aid the lieut enant, presently, "I don'f see that re can do anything." 'l'h e youth nodded his head in approval. ''Now you are talking sense," he said. "You certainly n n i:lo nothing, and the quicker you get away from here e better it will be for you." The lieutenant looked at. Tom and Mary Carro ll he si lited, looked at DiGk again, and then turned to his men. "I guess we might as well go, boys," he said."This fel pw Sla ter is a dead shot, and would kill two of us, at least, [ we tried to fight him. We will go, and await a better pportunit y for getting at him." 'Still sense," said Dick cal mly. "You are ell, l!eut enant I am beginning to think you are not such 1 fool as you look." t A escaped the lips of the young officer. q "I will g e r even with you, sooner or later, Dick Slater . lever you fear," he grated. "It is your turn now, but next lj-me it may be mine, and then-look out." "I mak e it a rule to al1rnya be on th e lookout, lieuten nt," was the calm reply. "You will need to be on the lookout from this time Dick Slater leaped to the ground, having returned his io his belt, and cut the rop e bindin g Tom Carroll's arms. "Well, they had you in rather a tight pla ce,'' sai d Dick, s miling. "You are right," "as the reply; "and btlt for you, Dick Slater, I think they would have ended my day s." "I have no doubt regarding the matter, for they are heartless Fcoundrels." "So they are. Well, f thank you for saving my life, sir." "That i s all right. No are needed, for I am rery glad to r e nder assistance to any friends of the great cause; and I take great pleasure in spoiling any schemes of the redcoats "You certainly spoiled thi s one," smiled Tom, Dick's hand heartily "Yes, they were somewhat disappointed, weren't they?" "Indeed they were." "My name i s Tom Carroll," said Tom, "and this is my Rister, Mary." "I am glad to know you, Mr. Slater," said the girl, im pulsin'h giving the youth her hand "I was almost frightened to death for fear the redcoats would kill brother, and I cannot tell you ho1r much I thank you for "\\hat you h;we done for us.'' "Then don't try," s miled Dick. "As I told your brother, I am glad that I was able to rend e r ass i stance to friends of th e cause o f Libert: A s a true patriot it gives me great ple asurg to l1a 1e been instrumental in doin g so, and in spoiling the plans of the British At this moment a man rod e up and l eaped to the ground. rth, was the reply in a fierce tone. "l owe you something He was a man, of middle age, and Mary ex )r this afternoon's work, and I always pay my debts." claimed : "Oh, I'm s o glad you got hom e s afely." "Why, what' s the trouble, J Hary ?"the man asked "Why "Oh, you need not trouble yourself, my friend," was h e calm reply. "I don't consider that you owe me anyshou ld I not hare got home safely?" 1ing. "Some redcoat s were here, and they would have killed >,; "Bah! C ome, boys." Torn but for this young man, who intedered and forced h He started to walk away, hesitated, and then turned them to go away," explained the girl. "Did you not meet toward Tom Carroll and his sister Mary. them?" 1 "I will see you two again," he said in a menacing voice. "Ko, I met no one," replied Mr. Carroil for this was Doi:i-'t think that this ends the affair, by any means." who the man was. !h "Next time I will try and be ready for you," replied -"Then they have entered the timber, jus t down the road 1om, from whose neck the noose had been remov ed by his a little ways," said Dick. "And that m ean::: danger for i ster. "You took me by surprise, this time." you folks, I think." -


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DAR I NG. "This is Di c k Slater, captain of the 'Liberty Boys,' said Tom. "Dick, my father." The youth and the man shook hands. "I have heard of you many times, Mr. Slater," said'the man. "I am glad to make your acquaintance." "And I'am glad to know you, sir "Now, Tom, foll me all about this affair," smd Mr. Car roll, and the youth ha.i, ened to do so. "So that is what the redcoats were after, is it?" re marked Mr. Carroll, when Tom had finished. "They think I have gold hidden here, and want to get it, eh?" "Yes." "And they will probably make attempts to secure it," said Dick. "Undoubt ed ly, and I s h all haye to be on my guard." "So you will. I think they are close by even now, waitCHAPTER III. TIIE OLD INN;. When Dit!k reached Valley Forge it was nightfall, but 1 was told that the commander in chief wished to see hill and he went a once to headquarters. General Washington was seated at his desk, .and aft( greeting Dick pleasantly he said: "Dick, this has been a bad day for us The great man looked sober and sad, "How is fhat, your excellency?" asked Dick. "Two of our foraging parties were captured by the Bri ish to day." "Two parties were captured, you say?" exclaimed "Yes." ini for a chance to take yo u unawares, and force you to tell "Well, that is indeed bad news." t]Jim where the gold is secreted." "So it is, Dick; and I have sent for you, to ask if yo "Yes You should have met them, father, for they had think there is any possibility that our men may be r 1 left 0-11ly a few minutes before you appeared, and the fact that you did not meet them proves that they turned aside into the timber, and are in hiding there." "Ilow many of them are there?" cued?" 'rhe youth was silent, pondering, and presently the co . mander-in-chief added: "I thought that you would have a better idea regardi "Four." the feasibility of their rescue than anyone else, Dick, owi "\Vell, I think ,r e shall be able to stand that number off to the fact that you have been in Philadelphia more oft successfully." than any one else in my army during the time that we ha "You will need to be on your guard," said Dick. "Y cs, } OU are rigl'!t about that, I think." Mr. Carroll and 'rom and Mary tried to persuade Dick to remain and take supper with them, but he could not .do so, as he was in a hurry to get back to the patriot encamp ment to Valley Forge. "Then you must go at once?" asked M:r. Carroll "Yes, I mu s t go." "I hope we shall see you again?" been here at Valley Forge Presently Dick spoke: "I would not like to say that it is impossible that t men should be rescued from the hands of the enemy, yo excellency," the youth said; "but I will say that to my w o_f thinking there could scarcely be a more difficult t thought of." The commander -inchief nodded "That is the way I look at it," he said. 'But do y think there is even the faintest chance that the men cou be rescued?" "Well, yes, I think there is a chance, sir." "I have no doubt that you will do SC\ ilir. You see, I am doing scout and spy-work almost all the time, and pass back and forth. between Valley Forge and Philadelphia quite "How do you think the affair should be e.ngineere frequently, and it is not much out of my way to come past Dick?" here." The youth shook his head "True; and this is really the best road "That is something that would require considera b "Well, stop whenever you pass this way. We be thought, sir," he replied. "In fact, I do not think it p g l ad to see you sib l e to sit here in Valley Forge and lay out a plan "Thank you, I will do so." operatios." Then, bidding the three good-by, and warning them to "You do not?" look out for the redcoats, Dick mounted his horse ancl "No, sir rode away "Why not?"


THE LIBERTY. BOYS' .DA:RING. 7 'For that after our men went to Philadelphia I ever, for if l w ere to do sowe would be noticed and might bl! fou11d that the plans formed were utterly im-1 pected. What is done will have to be accomplished by acticable, for reasons which could not be-foreseen." strategy more than by force "Then what is your idea regarding the way to go about "True. \\'ell, I l eave all in your hands-leave every aking the attempt to rescue our men?" thing to your judgment." Theyouth thought a few moments, and said:' "Thank your excellency; I w.ill do my best to merit "I'll tell yon what I think, your excelle nc y. My idea is the confidence you r epose in me." at the party that goes to attempt to make a rescue should mply enter Philadelphia, without having any already for ? :ulated and then settle down and keep watch of aff irs, and be governed by circumstances The commander-in-chief nodded his head. "I beliew you arc right, Dick," he sa id. "It will be a very difficult_ matte r to effect the rescue of tr men from right in the heart of the British army, your cellenc y," 1rent on Dick. "And it will take i.ime and e exerci5e of great care, combined with some luck and "I am sure 0 lha t, Diel<." After some forther comersation Dick left and hastened back to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys He thought the matter orcr as he went. He had in tended to take on l y a few of the ''Liberty Boys,'' but on second thought he decided to take his entire company He knew the youths were all shrew d and trustworthy, and had no doubt of ibeir ability to ente r the city of Philadelphia unbeknown to tl1e .British; and once there, they would be e taking advantage of favoring circumstances." able to avoid attracting attention by dividing up into small "Yes, that is undoubtedly true; and in order to take adparties of three and four. ntage 0 arnring circumstances it will" be necessary to, you say, be on hand, and on the watch." "Yes, your excelle ncy." Ther e was a brief period 0 si l ence, during which time th w ere thinking, and then General Washington said : The youths knew Dick had been to headqturrters, and tlwy s-uspected there was something 0 interest on the tapis. \ Yhat i s it, Diek?" asked Bob Estabrook! the right-haml man. "Yes, 1rhat did the co:mmander in-chid want, Dick?" "Dick, yon are more familiar with Philadelphia-or [rom l\Iark Morrison .. ther with the location of the British troops, and every "Tell us, old from Sam Sanderson hing of that kind, than anyone else, and I have thought I suppose you boys know that forty o r our men were ou would be the best person to make the attempt at rescu-captmed to-day by the redcoats?" remarked Die!.;:, answer g our :men. Would you like to be given the task?" I should ask for nothing better, sir," was the prompt d eager reph. "I had made up my mind to ask you to I t me do the work." '\"Very wel1, Dick. Your wis h sha ll b e gratified. I place a e matte r in your hands, and shal l l et you do it in your .vn way.'' "Thank you, sir." "I suppuse you will take some 0 your 'Liberty Boys to d you in the work, Dick?" "Yes, your exce llency." "And when will you start or Philadelphia?" I "!!'his very night." h "Good The qmc!rnr :you get there the better, of course." J "Yes, sir .. And now how many 0 our men were cap ued ?" f "Forty, Dick?" "Very well. I will go and get my m en selected, and we ill start for Philadelphia as soon as possible." "How many 0 your men will you take, Dick?" "I hardly know, sir. I shall not take very many, how' ing by asking a question, YankCL' fashi0n. "Y are right. n \\ 'c know it.'' "It was a s hame. 'I wi.s h w e could re:-1cue them .. Such were a few of the "Well, that is j nst what the commander-in-chief wishes us to try to do, boys," said Dick quietly I s that so, Dick?" cried Bob, excitedly. "Does he want us to try to rescue our men who "-ere captured?" "Yee.' ; "Hurrah!" "Say, I'm glad 0 that." "So am I." "\Ye can do lhc work i anybody can, Dick." You re right about that." 'l'he "Liberty Boys" w ere cager and enthusiastic, and Dick saw that they were only too glad 0 a chance to make the attempt to rescue their comrades. "Have you taken into consideration, boys, the act tha t .


8 T.&E LIBE:RTY ROYS' DAR I NG. in order to make the attempt to re s cue our friends, we will b u t, mounting their hor s es, rode quiet l y out of the enca have to venture right into the heart of the British encampment, and away toward the east. ment ?" Some of the soldiers bad not yet retire d for the nig "Yes, yes, we've,..,.fuought of that," replied Bob. "But we however, and many were the conject u res regarding the d don't care for that. That makes it all the more exciting tination of the "Liberty Boys and interesting." "'rhat's right," agreed Mark Morriso n. "It will be a daring thing to do-to vent u re into P hila delphia on s uch an errand, boys," sai d D ick soberly. "Oh, yes," r e plied Bob, carelessly; "but what o f it? W e are not afraid of anything, and the danger simply adds t o the zest and inte rest of the affair "T/Jat 's cried several in chorus . D ick smiled. "I know where they are going," said one s o l dier. was the eager inquiry. "To Philadelphia "To Philadelphia?" "Yes." "What are they going the re for?" "They are going to try to rescue o u r C O Jrades w h o we: captured to day by the redcoats." "Going intoPhiladelphia on s u ch a n expedit ion : "I knew that w a s the way you would look at the matthat?" ter," he s aid. "Are we all to go with you, Dick?" asked Sam Sander s on "Yes." "Hurrah "And when are we going, Dick?" aske d Mark Morriso n. "Just. a s soon a s we can get ready." "Goo d! \Ye are g 1 a d to h e ar that." "Yes yes/' in c horus "What are your plans?" a s ked Bob "I'll t e ll you Bob. We will ride in a party till we get to with i n a m il e o r two of Philadelphia, and then we will divid e up int o l i ttl e parties of three and four, and ride into th e city from t hree or four diff e r ent direction s "That's a g o o d pl a n "Yes." "Well, they c e rtainly are daring "Dai:ing is no name for it." "Oh, tho s e youngsters are not _afraid of an ything," sa one of the soldiers. "You, are right about that; but I d on't think the y c1 possibly s ucceed in re s cuing our comrades." "You think not?" "I'm sure of i t. Why, they are bound on the worst ki1 of a wild-goo s e chase "We ll, if it was any other set bf fellows than the Libel' B oys' I s hould s a y the s am e," s aid another ; bu t wr those c haps it i s d iffe r e nt. There is scarc e ly a ny limlt 1 th eir ac hiev e m e n ts. They a r e likely to do alm o st an thin g " Yes, i t is th e on l y w a y Bob. We would not dare try ''You a r e ri ght; and it doesn t matter mu ch h o w di i o e nter i n c1 body. ticult the fa s k may seem to be ei ther," from ano the r. o, of cour s e not." ''No ; I ha v e kno1rn t h e m to do things that s eem i A nd after 1Te have s ucce e d e d in getting into the city practi c ally i m p o ssib l e of accompli s hment, and it wou l d u we w i l l go to Yariou s tave rns and e ngage rooms. The n we surprise ihe if th e y s hould s ucceed in rescuin g our coIJ will settl e dmrn a nd be on the alert for a chance to rescue rade s our c omrad e s "I don t think it possible,'' s aid another, with a shake' "How will w e know what to do, Di c k, if we a re not to-the head. "Why, the y will have to penetrate i nto Phil g et h e r ? d elphia; right into the heart o f the entire Britis h arm t ar I will b e clo'l n a t th e riv e r front, at an old e mpty ware what c han c e will they have to do anything?" house whic h 8 t a nd s th e re, eve ry night from nine till eleven, "We ll if th e y don't see any chances, they will mal and you boys will come th e r e and report to me, and r e some," grinned another. '"I:hat is a way the 'Libe r t y Bo y ceive instruct ion s." "That i s a g o o d sch e me." "I think so. And now, boys, b e gin g etting ready. We will start jus t as s o o n a s pos sible, a s we ha v e quite a long ride b e fore u s The youth s b ega n bu s ying them s elves at once, and half have." "Yes, tha t's so, too." I hope they will suc c eed,'' s aid another "So do we all." 'l'he s oldiers discussed the matter for half an hou r, an at last, having exhau s ted t h e subject, threw t he mselv, an hour lat e r a ll w ere ready to start. Tiiey los t no time, down on their blankets and w e re s oon a s leep.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. 9 Meanwhile the "Liberty Boys" were riding eastward at rapid pace. 11'hey crossed the Schuylkill River, and rod e gh ward till they reached Germantown. They rode through 0 rma ntown at a slow pace, and saw nothing of any r ed bats, the town being apparently wrapped in s lumb e r. { When they had passed the town they turned ore toward the south, and rode onward at a ga llop for ite a while. Sudd enly an exclamation escaped the lip s of Bob Estarook. "Look yonder," he cried, "there must be a house on fire. ;ve th e reflection in the sky?" An exclamation escaped the lips of Di ck Slater "That Ju st about where the inn kept by Mr. Carroll is located," e said to himself "Can it be possible that the r e dcoats was drawn from the well, and the "Liberty Boys" went to work. It was a hard fight, for the fire had gained considerable head" ay, but at la st they got the better of the flames, and finally extinguished them alto get her. The inn was not greatly injure d, the fire not having penetrated to the interio r of the building as yet. Mr. Carroll started to thank Di ck, but he told the gen tleman that there was no need for him to do so. "We did only our 0.uty, sir," the youth said "You do not need to thank u s.;' "The fire was set by the same four scoundrels who tried to hang me this afternoon, Dick," sa id Tom. "So I thought, Tom. I was sure that I recognized the fellows." "Yes; they came here and tried to get u s to open the ve set fire to the building?" door and let them in-they pretend e d they were travelers, He feared that such was the case, and he gave the order wishing a night's l odging, you know, and when we sai rid e faster. "Let u s hurry and get there, boys," he cried "It may be ca the reacoats have set fire to the old inn, and if so e may be abie to save some lives by gett in g there quickly." They were soon at the scene, and as they drew up in nt of the old inn, it was seen that the building was blaz1 pg, w" ;n dng" 0 h;ng bumd to th g'ound. t l t lil_ ,_ CHAPTER I V. di TO THE HESCUE. m In front of the old inn stood four British soldiers, ancl n ick thought he recognized them as being the fellow s who o1 d b een on the point of hanging To1Q Carroll that same ernoon to open the door, they set fire to the building." "They are evil and desperate men/' said Dick; "and you will have to be on your guard against them." "So we will." But Dick and his youths could not stop long. They bad business of their own to attend to, and bidding the three patriots good by, they mounted and rode onward in the direction of PhiladeJphia. M:r. Carroll and Tom and Mary entered the inn and closed and barred the doors, and Tom got a musket and a couple of pistols, and sa id he was going to sit up and watc h for the redcoats. "If they come back I am going to treat them to a few doses of l ead," he declared. I hardly t hink they will return to-night," said his father, but the youth shook his head. e The redcoats had heard the clatter of the hoofbeats, and been given some hard knocks, and if I lay eyes on them iil hen they saw the youths l eaping to the ground they ran to-night I am going to give them a knock or two that they an ound the bui ldin g and di sappeared from sight. won' t forget in a hurry." "There's no knowing what they will do," he said. I don't believe they are the kind that give up till they have "Let the scoundrels go," said Dick. "The thing to do Mr. Carro ll and Mary went to their rooms upstairs, an d ta w is to put out the fire oy As they r eached the house the front door opened, and om and Mr. Carroll, closely followed by Mary, eme rged "I was sure it was you, Di ck," said Tom "I'm glad p u came." "It would have been bad for ,;you if we had not got here," anlid Dick. "And now, buckets and water. We will lv '11t the fire out." 1 Tom quickly brought three or four buckets, and water blowing out the l ight Tom remained downstairs in dark He moved s lowl y from one room to pausing and looking out of each window that he came to, an d he kept this up for an hour at l east, without having caught sight of anyone. A few minutes late r, howe er, he thought he saw some dark shadows movin g towa rd the house from the timber not far from t he rear of tl.,, ilding. ,.


10 THE LlBER'rY BOYS' DARING. J He 11atehed c:losely, and was soon certain that the figures were rnoYing. 'J'hey were corning toward the inn, too, for they grew gradually plainer to be seen. "It's i.)1e r edcoats, all right enough," thought Tom. "Yes; they might come back, and I want tobe fead welcome them if they should do so. "Very well. I guess I will go back to bed." He did so, while Tom made the rounds of the rooms "They are e:om ing back i.o finish up their work. Well, I'll the ground floor, keeping a close watch for the redcoat see if I can't gi v e them a surprise." He carefully raised 1.hc window a few inches, and poked the muzzle of the t hrongh ihe opening. Cocking the weapon, Tom wait e d till the shadows were \rithin perhaps twenty yards of the house. Then he took careful aim at the figure on the right, and pulled trigger. Crack !, went the musket, and with a wild yell of pain and of the four dropped to the ground, and began kicking and thrashing around at a great rate. Y e ll s o:E rage and curses escaped the lips of the other three men, and Tom called out loudly: j 'l'he "Liberty Boys" rode onward, ste, 1 Jil;, within two miles of the city. Then Dick called a halt. ;ln.d at "We had bett e r scatter out now," he said; 'and we approach the city from half a dozen different directio n.nd in parties of three and four. You know what you ar do when you get into the city?" "I we do, Dick,'' replied Mark "You are to go to taverns and engage for we have to stay in the city a ''"eek or more . "That's what all of you will get if you don't stay away "Yes. irorn here. \!Te do not intend \hat you shall do us any ''Then, each evening at nine o' you are to come damage, ancl you s hall not, eve n if we have to kill the last Urnt old, empty warehouse down on the river-frontone of you to prevent it." will hav e no trouble in finc1in/! i t-nnd I will meet,.. Then he closed the window and fastened it, and stepped there, ancl give yon in.,frnd .. back, out of range of bullets, fo r he suspected that the "All right." th ree wonld fire. They did so, breaking the window, but 'l'om did not mind I that Ycry much so long as h e had esca ped. ''Oh, yon s lay outthere and fire at tlie house all you want to,'' he c ri e d "You can't hurt us, and I think that b efore l ong ] f'hall be abl e to bring down every one of you." Evidently the rrclc oats feared s o lifted their \YOundcd comrade, and hastened disappearing -amid tre e s ,,. "Did you hit one of them, Tom?" askd Mr. Carroll, who hacl ha s tened to come downstairs. "Yes, father; I brought one of the scoundrels down." ''You und erstand, then all oJ _mu'.'" "Yes," in chorus. '"rl1en scatter-and be careful not to get nabbed as are entering the ei l_v." "We'll be ca r e fo I." The of "Libertly Boys" quickly divided into more than a sco re of small parties of three and fo and wh e n all had gone save Dick, Mark Morrison Estabrook, and Sam Sanderson, the four continued ward. "We will go straight on in,'' said Dick. They rode onward, and -p-i\ese. ntly came to the outskirt the city. "l'm glad of it." When they had gone a few blocb farther theY ''ere h "Ancl s o am I. And if they come back again I'll try eel by a sentinel. rnv hardest to bring another down." "Do you think you killed him, Tom?" "Not outright; at least. But he must be severely wound ed, for he dropped, and gaYe uti;erarfce to the most terrible groans." "Was he able.1.o walk wheJ?. they moved away from the house?" "No, his comrades had to carry him." "Oh, w e ll, then I don't they will bother us again, to-night." "I hardly think so." "Will :you remain up ancl k ?" "Halt! \'\ho comes ilwr P ?"'lit c-nllerl nut. "Friends," replied Dick. "Advance, friend, and giYe the eountersign," said sentinel. The four youths rode forward, without saying a wo until they were almost upon the sentinel, who held his m )ret with the bayonet extended threateningly toward th and cried out: "Stop! Don't come any .farther, until you gi.-e the co tersign." The youths brought their horses to a stop. "We don't know tne countersign," .aid Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. 11 "Ha! Say you so? Then you areL--" ady "Friends, as I have said," broke in Dick calmly. "But i1 you don.'.t know the countersign, you cannot s f 0 h, yes we can be, and we are friends, though we. n't know the countersign." it 1 "How does t:1 t happen?" the sen tinel wanted to know 1 "lt is very "Explain, then "I will do so. You see, it is this way. We are loyalists, ew 10 ho live up country a ways, beyond Germantown, and we ave come down to see if we may be allowed to join the are rit ish army." "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes." ''How do I know you are speaking the truth?" "You wih jus t have to take our word for it, I suppos e." .. "Yes, but that isn't a very good way to do . "Why not?" t,..y "Yon might be rebels." Dick laughed in an amused manner. "We might be, true;'' he said. "But even supposing we ere, what would it matter? There are only four of us. urely you are not afraid that we woUld be able to bring Y. bout th e overthrow of the entire British army?" "Oh, no, I'm not afraid of anything of that kind." "Then let us pass." 'rhe hesitated. lt wirs evident that he hardly knew what to do. At last he his musket and stepped to one side ".All right Go along," he said. ;crrhank you," said Di ck "I give you my promise that e won't thra sh the entire British army." rts The sentin e l laugh ed. But it was rather a forced laugh. .-"If you fellows are rebels you will get into trouble in h e city;" he said. Dick and Bob had one room, while Mark and Sam occupied the other. "I wonder if the r est of the boys have gotten safe ly into the city?" remarked Dick. "Likely, Dick," was the reply. They talked for a few minutes, being in no hurry to go to bed, and sudden ly they h eard an uproar downstairs. 'rhe noise sounded in the direction of the bar-room and office, and consisted of yel l s and curses, and the soun d of scuffiing. "What's going on down there, anyway?" asked Bob. "Sounds lik e a free fight was in progress," replied Dick. "Let's go down, Di ck." "What for?" "It might be that some of our fellows are in the fight." Dick started. "That is possible," he said. "Some of the boys' might have come to this same tavern, and gotten into a fight with some of those fellows down in the bar-room. There were a number of rather hard-looking customers, weren'-t there." "Yes; come along, Dick." Bob wao: eager, and had the door open in a jiffy. They stepped out in the hall, and as they did so Mark and Sam emerged from their room, which was just across the hall. The same idea had occurred to them that had occurred to Dick and Bob, and the four youths hastened along the ball, to the s t airs, and down these. Then Dick opened the door leading into the combined bar-room and office and leape d into the room, his three comrades following suit. A glnnce all that was needed to that they had been righ t in their suspicions. ot' the "Liberty Boys" were engageLl in a hand-to-hand combat with eight or nine rou ghlooking fellows, two of whom were redcoats The "Liberty Boys" had taken up their position in one corner 0. Lhe roem, and were holding their opponents at "Ob, there is little doubt regarding that," replied.J;:>ick. bay, although outnumbered more than two to one. If we were rebels we would be fools to venture into the 'ty, dcn't you ihink ?" d "Yes, I think so." "That's right," and the youths rode onward. wo They continued onward till they were well down in the mue art of the city the Finally -they paused in front of a tavern, told the hostler take charge of their horses, and entering, aske d the an behind i.he bar if they could get a couple of rooms. Ile said fhey could, and "u{e youths were shown to their ,, The landlord was jumping up and down behind bis bar, shouting for the combatants to cease fighting, but his words had as much effect as water ha s on a duck's back, and no more. The combatants paid not the slightest attention to him. "He re, h ere! What is going on here?" cried Dick. "Is this your idea of fai r play-nine or ten of you on four? Stop it 11t once or we will take a hand." The rough-looking fellows paid no attention to Dick's words, and he gaye a command to his three comrades, and leaped forward, ancl began attacking the scoundrel -


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. All four of the youths were expert with their fists, and. "Let myself and friends haYe charge of the place fo they went at the enemy with vim and energy, and the result I little while. I will promioe you then that if these sco was peedily seen. The rough-looking men began going drels c01me hack they 1rill not do any damage to of.' down right and left. "Take i.liat." Biff "And that!. Bi ff! tc .-\nd tli'at." CHAPTER V. A. LlYELY "HOlr do you lik e that?" Biff "Arnl tha [ :-" "They will come ck armed, and will shoot you if y attempt to preYent them from doing as they please." "\\' e can do a bit in the shooting l ine as well as the t;aid Dick, lifting the skirts of his coat and displaying t pistols in his belt. "But the police will come if there is any a >.' e wili all be taken to jail." ''Surely they won t arrest you from prot ecting yo property." ")Iaybe not, but they will arrest you." "Not if you tell them that you hired us to protect yo " not "Certainly not. You tell the police that you hired us protect you and your property; that we are in your em pl . and they will not arrest us." "Very well. I will do that." Bifi-smack ''Good. And now, if those roughs return we will gi The remark s and the blows were uttered and given by them a reception s uch as they are not looking for." Dick and his three comrades, and with every blow a rough Then Dick tul'lled to his comrades. went do1rn, kerilrnmp. The other four "Liberty Boys," although somew hat winded by the exe rtion they bad been forced to put forth before their comrades put in an appearance, gathered themselYes together and w ent at the enemy with renewed energy, a11d the result was that the wer ; soon all knocked clown in a pile on the floor. "Now throw them out of the tavern!" cried Dick. "A couple of llS will stand here and knock them down as fast as they try to get up, while the others carry them the door and thrO\v them out in the street." "Be reacly, boys," he said, "and if those scoundrels co back shoot lhem full of holes if they try to use weapo against us." "That's what we'll do," Bob, promptly. rrhe landlord evidently clid not feel very much at ea Ile remained behind his bar, and fidgeted about, ?tarted every 80tmd, and seemed to be looking coming the enemy with every passing moment Indeed, not many minutes elapsed before the door open imd one of the roughs entered He a pistol in h hand, and it 'ras cyi_dent from the savage look on h 'l'hing s rt 'rc liYe l y there for a few minutes. The roughs face that he would not hesitate to use it, but b efo re he coul kicked, strugg l e d c ursed, howled, and threatened, but all do s o Dick had dram1 a pistol and covered the fellow. to no aYail. 'fhe "Liberty Boys" paid no attention, but "Don' t attempt to lewl your pistol, my friend,'' th went ahead 11itil the good work and soon the bar-room was youth sai d calmly, but yet threateningly, "if you do--". relieved of their presence. ""Well, what will happen?" snarled the rough. glaring a '"!'here, lam1lonl, they are out," said Dick, calmly, and Dick fiercely. with a great show of politeness. "Such fellows ought not to be allO\rcd to ente r a respectable place like "Oh, they 'rill come back in and kick my place to pieces," lhc nrnn in terror. "They are dangerous men. They are

THJ LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. "My dear sir : you don't "know who you are talking to," I Like a flash the eight y-0uths drew twice many pis .e_ for id Dick. "lf you think \re wont fire, you just try to j tols, and each and every one stoo d there with two pistols. ,,con ina pisto l to a leYel, and see how quic!dy I will l e veled It was done so quickly and with such dexterity as k f "' 0 t a bullet into you." t if yo to amaze the one rough within the room, and he blinked "The chances are that you 1rould not lut me," the rough m s urprise. wled, "and if you missed me I would kill you." "We are dead shots, every one of us," sa id Dick quietly '.they' Again the youths l aughed, and seemed to astonish we could kill at every shot if we wished to do so, but "!Ilg t fellow J?nt Dick's words astonished him still more. we do not, and so will simply shoot to give more or le ss ey were: ere wounds ng, a But I wouldn't miss you, s ir. I never missed a man in The next moment at least a dozen rough-looking men came trailing into the bar-room, but paused and stared in surprise when they s aw the pisto l-muzzles staring tl1em in the face life, even at twice the distance you are from me." "Blazes!'' the fellow said to himself, "he talks as if he d been in pistol-fights befor e and he looks like he had. 's mighty cool and calm. I 1ris h the other fellows would ; t you. rry and come Aloud he said: "Hello, what does this mean?" growlcu on e, \rho seemed fo be the leader. 'You talk mighty big, but just wait till the re s t of my ed us 1 gets in here, and then the re ill be fun." emplo He wore a British uniform, and there weie two moie be si des himself who wore the Britis h red. "You're right, there'll fun-too much fun for you d your gang,'' said Dick, quietly, "and if you will take f riend's advice you will go out and tell your friends to y out of here "I won t do anything of the kind. "It means that you are going to get yourse lves into trouble ii you try to c reate any more di::>lurbances in here,'' repli e d Dick, calmly. "If yo u have their welfare at heart you will do so." COJ "Y th' k ? 1 I ou rn so. sneenng y. "You won't dare use those ,"the redc .oat growle d. "\'re won't use them unless youy allows try to use weap on s and then you may be sure we. \ vill use them," was the calm, decided reply. am sure of it." "But see here, I am a British s o l dier, and if you dare fire ":Bah! You can't frighten me." upon me yo u 11 ill be hung as a traitor to the king," the arted mmg lie c oul )W. I am simply telling you facts, for fellow cried. r own good." "Bah! you can't fool m e with an.Y such talk as that," 'Oh, that's it, eh?" said Dick. "This is an affair that has nothing to do with 'Yes; my friends and myself haYe no desire to kill you the war. It i s a private matter, and if you chooS to l ows, but if you come in here and attack us we will demix up i:1 it, you must be ready to take your medi cine d oursel\es, and as we are eac h and every one dead along with your comrades \rho do not happ e n to w ea r uni ts with pistols, the result cannot be otherwise tha n thai forms." umber of your gang will be killed." "All the sa m e i f you dare fire at me, or at eithe r of my he youth spoke in such a c alm; matter-of-fact manne:i:' sold ier eomrades, '"c 1rill o:ce to it that you are taken t the rough was staggered He looked at the youth prisonrrs and thr01rn into jail; and then the chances will be id th r chingly, and finally seemed to conclude that Di c k 1rns --" .. good that yo n will b e or. hung. p l y trying to him for he said: aring a We'll rislc it." "_\[y clea r sir, yon do not unde rstand,'' said Dick; "if yon fellows precipitate a combat, by attempting to draw hat wi iid Bo as if h l youth Very well," said Dic k. "But, rem em b e r, I 'rarncd 11eaponi', ire "ill open fire upon yo u and \\'e will trrke care to finish :rou three who ha, c the uniform on. Then we 'Oh, I'll remember that; and l thank you r e r y much 1rill not Le in D} danger of bei n g ml!d e prisoners hy the your kindness." There \\US a s neer in his tone aml Brifoh." howe1er, whi c h showed that he s pok e sarcastically. I belieYe you fellows are rebels, any1ray,'' the redcoat ust then steps were heard outside the door. The r e wa s s aid, gro1Tlingly. a shuffling as would -indicate that a numbe r of men "Of course, yo u are at lib erty to belieYe anything .\'CU e coming hurriedly, ancl to his comrades Dick said: li!l;e,'' saill Dic k calmly, "but you will understand that Out with your pis tols boys, and "hen I gi ,-e the that docs not make ( d let the scoundrels have it." 'Humph,'' grunted the r ekoat. aml tlwn he lwckoned


,14 THE LIBERTY BOYS; DARING. the other redcoats to his side, and they whispered and soon only the landlord and the "Libe gether for a few moments. Boys" remained. I'he youths held their pistols leveled, and kept a sharp I 'rhe landlord drew a long breath of relief. watch over all the members of the gang, for'they thought it\ "I'm glad it's over, and nobody dead or wounded,' possible that this was simply a dodge to cause delay, and said make it possible for the scoundrels to catch them unawares. "So am I," Dick. "We could have thrashed t [rhe truth of the matter, however, was that the reel-easily enougl1, but it would raised a big row, coats did not like the looks of things, and were figuring on would have caused us and you a great deal of trouble." withdrawing. 'l'hey had had more experience than the I roughs had, and were enabled to detect the fact that the <:aim, cool-looking youths were dangerous fellows. "Yes, it would, for a fact." They talked a few minutes, and then the eight yo went upstairs-Dick and Bob, and Mark and Sam to "Those chaps have been in many a fight before this," rooms that had been assigned to them, and the other said the spokesman to his comrades, "and I more than half y ouths being given a couple of rooms near by. believe he meant it when he said they would finish us for The yollt11S 'rent to bed, and were not disturbed du good. I think we had better draw out of this affair. fhe night, managing to gefa good night's rest. What do you follows think?" 'rhey had a little talk in the hall next morning, and t Tho other two were of the same opmion, and so the went downstairs to breakfast. ;;:pokesman, after they had whispered for a few moments, 1:11e landlord greeted them. pleasantly, and they giYen a good breakfast, to which they did foll justice, said aloud : "We have decided to withdraw from this affair forthe they \\; ere young and good a.ppetites, and., m present." over, their can1p-life had made good meals fe.w and "rrhat is sensible of you," said Dick. "And now, i you will peTSuade your friends to do the same thing you will be doing them a kindness." between. I After breakfast they l eft the tavern in pairs, and s tered, some going one way, some another. They put in the clay in wandering about the city, ing their eyes open for everything that came under t observation, and they encountered a number of the "The rest of will do well to follow their example,'r crty Boys," and gave them sly winks of recognition, said D,ick quietly. "I am saying this for your own good, -"They can do as they please," growled the redcoat, and then he and his two comrades turned and left the bar-room. not for ours, for we are in no danger whatever." The men looked at one another questioningly, and some what uneasily. It was plain that" few if any of them had much stomach for a combat with men who had the advantage that the youths possessed in having their pistols out and leYeled. Dick saw this, and he went on: not by look s or words did they show that either recogn' the other. That night, at nine o'clock;_ the youths. began gathe in the old, empty storage-house down on the river-front CHAPTER VI. THE TORY SPY. "You saw how it was with your redcoat allies. They did not care to risk an encounter witll us. They are men of experience, and know something about fighting. If they would not risk it you should not be willin g to do so, for fighting is their trade." Dick was there, and as the youths came in in little pa of three and four, they came and reported to him, and "Well, I guess you are right," said one of the roughs, in ceived instructions as to their course for the coming n a growling voice. "We'll jes' foller their example an' get and day. out u v here." "That is the best thing yon can do, I assure you," said Di c k, approvingly "'\Ve have no desire to kill, or even wound you, and will be glad to be saved the trouble of .. having to do so." The men said no more, but one after another left, the 80 far rery little had been accomplished. The house in which General Howe had his headquar had been located, and the jail in which the patriot oncrs were imprisoned, but nothing further had been complished. H had not hern expected that they could accomp


THE BOYS' DARING. e1==================================================:::::::==================== n3thi:ng right offhand, however, and Dick and his com I-I e hesitated, but wai; eage r to hear, and finally hi:; ades w ere not disappointed or discomaged. curiosity got the better of his fears, and he entered the When all had reporte d to Dick and received their in-war ehouse, and began making his way along the wall. It tructions the meeting broke up and the "Liberty Boys" 1 ras so dark that he felt reasonably safe. He did not think tl eft the old warehouse, going in parties of three and that so s mall an object as one man could be seen. lt was all c our, as i:hey had come he could do to make out the large body of youtl1s. They supposed they had been so caTefuI as to not at-The Tory did not get close enough to h ea r anything that racl altention, but they had been seen, neverth e l ess 1ras said-in. fact, Dick and the youths held their comeru A Tory citizen who lived down nearthe water front had sations in whispcrs-but11e saw something which made him aught s ight of one of the parties of youth, and had folopen his mouth 1ride in surprise. H e saw the crowd being f 01red cautiously, and had seen it disappea r within. the old constantly augmented by the coming of more parties of rarchouse three and four, 1rntil it harl g r o\\'n to large proportions, and r "Row, whut docs thet mean, I wonder?" he said to him-he \\'a s foreed io retire quite a ways to avoid being di sp)f "Who air them fellers, an' whut air they up to, en -e:over. ed. t 1yway?" ''l 'hce1 rnns be e r lnmdcrd uv 'cm," the 'l'or y ;;aid to He made up h,is mind 1.hat he would find out, and wa::; himself. "N Oii', I wonder whut is up, cnnyway ?" pproaching the warehouse cautious l y with the intention of This he was nnable to learn, howev e r and all h e could do 2p)ing, when he caught siglrt of another party of f11ur was to r emain silently in the background and watch. He 1 ouths approa c hing, and he hastened to conceal himself the gathering break up, pre s ently, and the member:; nti) the four had passed. LhSper sed, going they had COnle, in parties Of three and I Wl&en he saw this party disappear within the old warefour. >CiJiouse, he was more excited and mystified than ever, and his The Ton ltelcl hi, place Li JI all Jiad gone, and then he miosi ty was greatly augmented. followed. ;;lowly and cautiously. He did not ish to nm He agai n started, and crept forward, s lowly and cauthe risk oI b eing cliscove r ed. Something tola. llim that he 1 iously, only to be starUed by ihe app;oach of still another j woul d fare badly, if it were discov ered that he had played party of youths. There were three in this party, and ihe the part of a spy. Tory halted and hastily con cealing hi rnself, waited, to see i where the party would go. The Tory was puzzled He did not know what to do. He thought the matter over for quite a while, andl:hen. H e did not have long to wait. It approached the old having been unable to come to any decision, he went home varehouse and disappeared within. and told wife what he had seen. "Jes' whut I 'xpeckte d," thr Torv muttered. Now, I wonder whut's gain' on, ennyway? Thct makes erbout er duzzen thet hev gone in theer, an' et mus' be thet some mis chief is on foot. J guess I hed better try ter fin' out whut t i s." She t h a n her husband. "W'y. 1'11 bet ct i s er ban' uv reb e lB," sai d, po sili1-cly. "Yr think Li?.?" the Tory a sked "Uv course 1 do; w'y elBe would they meet in sekret, hre r in Philadclphy, whar everbuddy is red coats er e lse. Again he sto l e forward, but before he had quite reached loyalists?" he warehouse another party of. four approached, passed "Thet does seem ther way ter look at et, fur er fack.'' im, and entered the warehouse "Uv course They hain't loyali sts, er they wouldn' be This made the Tory still more excited, and he crept formeetin' sekretly.'' ard, eager to ,see what was going on. "I reckon ycr right, Liz; they mus' be rebels.'' He peered into the warehouse, but it was so dark within "Yas, an' thcr que stion is, Whut air they goin' ter try mt it was all he could do to make out the lo catio n of the ter do?" outh s who had entered. Away toward the center of the, arehouse, however, he saw a dark mass, and realized that is must be the youths in question. "Now, cf I c'u'rl only get dust enuff ler hear whut they The rrorv his head. "Yer too much fur me, Liz," he sai d. "I dunno wlmt they're go in' ter do." "Wal, one thing is sartin, an' thet is up ter 'r torkin' crbout," he sai d to himself; "but I'm afeerd mischief uv some kind.'' ey mought hear er see me, an' then I g ne;zs they'd make purty warm for me." . "J reckon ycr right er bout th ct.'' "rv courRe I am.''


/ -16 "Wal, then, whut ort I ter do, Liz?" "All right, come along, 1\Ir. Skaggs. I'll risk it, a The woman was silent for a fe1r moments, and then she l ; Onduet you to the general's presence. "If you have l said: information that is of importance however, you will "I'll tell ye whut I'd do ef I wuz you, Sam." you came, and I will be I showed you in." "Whut?" "Ez J hev tole ye, ye needn be afeerd on thet score." "I'd go to headquarters an tell Gin'ral Howe whut I hev The orderly led the way up a flight of stairs, along s e en ." hall, and then on a door. The Tory slapped his thigh in delight. "Thet's jes' whut I'll do, Liz," he cried. "Yer er trump, ole woman." "Et may be ther makin uv ye, Sam," the woman said, 1 1 ilh an air of satisfactiol).. "Ef et is a party uv rebels, an' th e y air captered ez er result uv ye tellin' erbout 'em, then mebby ther gin'ral ll do sumthin' fur ye. He mought m ake ye a orsifer in his army." "So he mought. And then rd be er big-wig, wouldn' r'' :::lo ye would, Sam." "Come in," called out a voice. The orderly opened the door, revealing a well-light room, with a table in the center, around which sat five me1 smoking, drinking, and playing cards. One of the qui tctte 1rns General Howe, and he looked inquiringly at t orderly. Herc's a man who says he has important informati for you, excellency," the orderly said, in an apologet v oice. \.h exclaimed the general. "Show him in." The orderly stepped aside, motioned for the Tory "Wal, l 'll go straight ter h e adquarters an' tell ther gine nter, and as he did so said : eral whut I hev diskivered, an see "\\hut he thinks erbout Sam Skaggs, your excell e ncy." et Then !ie stepped out of the room and closed the door. "Thet's ther thing ter do. Ye better go right erlong." General Howe bunched a handful of cards nonchalantl "I will," and h e l eft tl1e house and walked rapidly toand then tumed his gaze on the visitor. w ard the heart of the city. "Well, Mr. Skaggs," he said, slowly and impressive! Twenty minutes of rapid walking brought the Tory to th e house occupied by General Howe and his staff of officers as headquarters. The Tory ascended t[l.e steps and rang the bell. The door was opened by a servant, and just behind the f'ervant stood an orderly, who asked the visitor what he 1 rnnted. "I wanter see Gin'ral Howe," was the reply, given with rather an important air. "You wis h to see General Howe?" in a surprised tone "Yas." "What d

THE LlBEHT1 BO\';:) D .. 1Rl.NG. l'l mr feller,; go inter ti1er ole warehou:;c .. The Tory paused '' 1 couldn' hcer, sir, becos they torked in 1rhi:;pcrs." I 1 instant, dre11 a long breatll, and continued: 1 wuz cx1 "Very well. You may go." ted and curious by this time, an 1 sed ter myse'f cz how j General Ho1Ye summoned the orderly, 1rho showed the d see whut wuz goin' on, an' I started fur ther ole wareTory out, and then the commander in-chief of the Brituse, but afore I got theer another party u 1 four feller::; ish army turnecl an inquiring face upon his brother officer!!. f!nt in." "What sha ll we do about this gentlemen?" he To1:y paused, and the general motioned to him lo asked. occed "I'll tell you what I think would be a good thing to do," "Go on, .. he said, impatiently and ll"ilh some shon of ex ernenf. \\'hat did you do?" "\\'al, 1 m.1de up my min thet thcer 1rnz ::;umthin queer replied one. "Let us organize a force of two or thre hun drell of our men, and station them in the Yicinity of the old storcj10u:;e. Then if the rebels put -in an appearance in' on, an so I crept up clust tcr thcr ole ll"arehouse, an' lo-night, as [ think it likely they will do, we can close in ally :;lipped inter et, an made my way along ther wall, upon them and capture them." ward whur ther cro11d uv fellers hed congregated. Ye "l judge that ll"ill be the best thing to do," agreed Gene, I wanted ter try ter heer whut they 1rnz torkin' er era l Ho1re, after a few moments of thought. ut." 'Quite right. Go on. Did you hear'.'" "X o, I couldn' heer 1rhut they torked crbout, fur they rk ed in whispers." "Ha! They talked in whispers, did they?" "Yas. I got ez clust ez I dared, but I couldn' heer noth an' hed ter be saters:fied with whut I c'u'd see." "Exactly." "An' I seen enuff ter satersfy me, too, ye bet." Tbc others thought the :::amc, aud so it was decided to put th e plan into execution. CHAPTER VII. A NARROW ESCAPE. "Ah'." with an air of interest. "What else did you see?" . Sk h d ld h l d 111 'l'lic I ,i liu!I 1rnrr on the streets of Philadelplua aggs went on, t en, an to ow he ta seen sma t f ti t ft tl t"l th till clc1 cn o'clock al night, and then went to the taverns l' ies o you 1s en er, one a er ano 1er, un 1 ere were 1 t l d d th ld h 1rhcre thcr had rooms, and '1""ent to bed eas one nm re men 1n e o ware ouse. E l t f t d tl 1 f th B .t They 11-ere up early, next morning, and after breakfast x:c ama 10ns o amazemen escape 1e 1ps o e n 1rent out and mo.-ed about the city the whole of the day, officers. observing everything that was going on, in so far as they "This is rather a strange affair," said General Howe. 1rcrc. able to do so. Vhat do you make of it, ?" to his brother offis. Dick .n t unable to formulate any plan for freeing the patriot prisoners. He knew whe re the jail was, and had bee n all aronnd it, and had observed every angle and "IYelJ, ai said one, with a reflective air. "It look s to me if this man has st11mbled upon a meeting of a band of els." window, but had not seen anything that gave him much en"That is what I think myself," said General Howe. couragement nd to think of it. A gang of rebels. one hundred in He did not believe it would be possible to effect an en mber, to be here in the city, right in our midst and trance by way of a window, without discovered, and lding secret meetings! rt i s almost unbelievable." it would be equa lly impossible to break in the front door. "But I seen et with rn> own two eyes, gin'ral, said He hardl> knew what to do. aggs. "All I can do is to meet the boys at the old warehouse, "Oh, I don't doubt your word, my man, and I will say t if we succeed in capturing the members of this band I ll see to it that you are suitably rewarded for bringing to-night, and hear what they have to say," he thought. "It may be possible that some one of them may have discovered something, or will have something to suggest." the information." "Thank ye, sir." "That's all right. se men said ?" About eight o'clock he, in company with Bob, Mark, and Sam, left the ta1-ern and made their way in the direction You were unable to hear anything of the riYc1'-front. T1rrnty rnim 1 tes' walk brought them to the old ware -


18 THE LlBERTY BOYS' DARING. house, arnl they entered, anLl setll<'

TUE LlBJ..;RTY BOYS' DARING. , .. \T e1y good, :::i'nm. We are glad to know tJ;1e name of the y who rendered us such a favor." 11het's all right. l wuz glad ter do et, an now thet l ow who ye air, l"m more glad than ever." "Well':" remarked General Howe, eagerly, when the officer appeared before him. "Did you capture the rebe ls?'' 'l'he ofiicer shook his head. "I am sorry Lo have to report that we failed, your excel-Then the "Liberty Boys" bade the boy good-by, and iency," wns the reply. attering, they made their way from the spot, iu parties "You did not capture them?" Surprise and disappoint tl_iree and fo-Lu. they Imel all cli:;appcared from ment were in the tone. ght, and boy turned and made hi:; way back in the di ction of the old warehouse, whi:;tling merrily. * * "No, your excellency." ''How did that happen? Did you not have men enough?" "Oh, l think we had plenty of men, so far as that is The British force waited till sure that all the suspeeted concerned." bels were in the old warehouse, and then at an order from e commander, moved forward, and practically surround the building. "Then what was the reason you failed?" "Did the rebels fail to put in an appearance?" asked an other officer. "No, they put in an appearance, all right. ."Then why did you fail?" asked General Howe, impatiently ; '"explain." "I will do so. My spies saw the rebels enter the wareThey were doomed to be di:::appoiuted, however. When e officer appeared at the opening in the end of the buildng and called out in a loud voice: "Come forth and sur rebels, on peril of death if yon refuse!" there was r response, and after a little while investigation showed house, your excellency, but when we closed in and s u r -at thue were no "rebels" in the building. rounded the building there was no one in it." "No one in it." There was nobody in there, indeed; the building was 'Not a soul" "Well tht is strange" The British hardly knew what to think. They had seen ' < . I Y cs your excellency And the strangest thing about it i s e parties movmg toward the warehouse, and several of . cl th h d tl t d. "th that we did not see them go, and have no ideahow they e spies sat ey a seen 1e par ies isappear w1 m . mana(J"ed to make their escape." le bmldmg, yet here it was empty; there was no one there. "rib . ,, Th B "t" 1 ffi tl d" t d Ihat lS rather a mysterious affan, I must s:zy. e n is 1 o 1cer was grea y isappom e "N h '"cl ti t "th t. b "Thev must have been warned by some one," said a n .r ow, ow c11 1ey manage o escape w1 ou emg seen : . ?n h d "A d h 1 tl ?" officer, and they shpped away before you closed m upon us. e enc n w ere 1ave iey gone the building." This was a question which no one could answer, of course, "I suppose that must have been the way of it," ac-nd there >vas no reply. quiesced the officer, "but I don't see how they managed to "Is there any place in or about the building where the do it, for I had my men arranged in a half-circle, so as ebels coulcl be hidden?" he asked, and a l ot of the soldiers tgan searching for a possible hiding-place. They could find none, however, and presently gave up the arch ancl reported to the officer that there was no possib l e f ace of concealment for so many. men as had been in the house. Sam Skaggs was present, and he was perhaps the most tonished and worst disappointed man of all. He had seen everal of the parties of youths approach and enter the to cut off all chance of the rebels making their escape." "Well, they did it, that is certain. How they did it is no t of much importance." This was from General Howe, and it was plain that he was very much disappointed. The officers discussed the matter over wine and cigars for an hour, and at the end of the discussion were of course no nearer a solution of the mystery of the disappearance of the "rebels" than at first. rarehouse and now to find the building empty was a great "Never mind. We will catch the rebels time," said nrprise. an officer who was possessed of a sanguine temperament. He was unable to explain the mystery of the disappear"I fear we will neYer have such another fine chance," nee of the "rebels," and the reacoats finally left the buildrnicl General Howe. "They will be on their guard "from flg and made i.heir way back to their/ quarters down in the now on. They know we are aware of their pre sence am ong eart of the city. us, and they will not give us another opportunity if they The officrr made his way to hea

The others :podded their heads in assent to this. It was' quite probable that, tiCeing as how the "rebels" had been enough to the trap :;et for them, they would be smart enough to amid going into another. :Jieanwhile, haYing reached their room ill the \Yhite Oak TaYcrn, Dick and Bob were discussing the affair. "How do you suppose the Tory, Sam Skaggs, knew we were patriots?" asked Bob. "Probably he only guesseu it, Bob," was the reply. "Likely enough. He may have been smart enough to reason out that a party of men meeting secretly, in the heart of the British encampment, as it 11ere, must be op posed to the British." "I judge that was the \Ya.)' of it, and then he 1rent to General Howe with the story, and that officer at once jumped to the conclusion that we were patiiots." "Yes, and t11en he laid the trap for us." ... "And would have caught us in it but for the boy." ''You are right. \I e mre considerable to that little chap." smile "1 t i,; even a more de;;perate plan than you ha any idea of, I think." ''.Thafs all the better. And it is all the more likely succeed, I think," was Bobs reply. Then the 1rent to Led, and slept as soundly though they had not escaped capture and possible death the bands of the British by a very narrow margin. C HAPTBR VIII. _.\. CLE\"ER Dick did not go out upon the streets the next morning but remained in his room, and, having secured quill, ink: and paper, busied himself writing. He wrote documents, and flnally selecting one a being the suitable for the purpose he had in Yie11-, he destroyed the otl1ers "So we do." The other three" Liberty Boyti" haLi gone forth as usua l "\Yhat are ''"e going to do, Dick? We will be in consid-and the.); \rere bm:k in time for dinner. erable danger from now on, don't you think?" They reported tliat crnrything seemed to be as quiet as "Yes; but we will be careful and stick it out to the end. u;:ual. I am determined to rescue those prisoners Their failure to capture us last night_ not seem I'm with you to the'bitter end, Dick." I to haYC caused much excitement," ;:aid Bob: "We did no t "I have not despaired o:ll making a success, Bob; we will hear nuyone a word about it." remain, keep our eyes open and our wits on the aiert, and Likely only those 1d10 were engaged in the affair knew probably we 11ill think of ,,omc \\"3.)' of accomplishing our of it," said Dick. purpose." "I think so. I hope so." Thry had just finished eating dinner when the boy, Sam \V ells, put in an appearance. He was poorly dressed, and "I am as co11fident as eYer. We are gamrng more and h'.1d a rather pinched, 1Yeazened face, but his eyes were more knowledge of the city with each clay ire stay here, and bright and kcrn, and it 11as BYidcnt that he \\as nobody's when we do make the supreme effort to rescue our comrades fool. we will know just where to go, and 1rhat to do lo escape Tlir youths wlkPd 1Yith the b-oy for awhile, and then Dick being captured.I' "That's right." "I have thought of a plan for doing what we are here to do, Bob," said Dick, after a short period of silence. '' ou have?" eagerly. "Yes." "WI-t!ll me 1rhat it is." The youth shook his head. "Not to-night, Bob We will wait, and see if we can find something else. lily plan is a desperate one, and should be used only as a last resort.'' told Iii m to come tn the taYern again that eYening. "l 1rill IJaYe for you to do, then,'' he ".\ll right. l"ll he hecr," was the then the boy took his departure. Tlw yo11thR 1Ycnt out upon the streets, then. ancl put in the after11oon looking around. They 1rere on tbe alert, for they did not know but they rnight be pounced 11pon at any moment. They were not molested, howeYcr, though the youths fancied more than one redcoat gave them rather searching loob. and when e1t>ning came, they returned to the tavern and ate supper. ''.That's the kind of plans I like, Dick," with a grin. 'rm for llSing it, anyway, last resort or no last resort." Sam \Yells apprared soon aHerll"ard. and Dick took the "'re'll wait a little, howeYer, Bob,'' said Dick with a boy up to his room.


THE LlBERTY BOYS. 'Sam, I have some work for } rou," he said when they had the doors, the two made their way down the steps, and the, ered and closed the door. i opening the door, entered the cellar. 'All right. rm reddy ter do ennythin' ye wants me ter," the prompt reply. 'Good. Do you know where the British headquarters located?" 'Yes, I know; it's around on High Street." 'That's right. \V e ll, T want rnu go there." i'Whut am I ter do w'en I git theer?" !For answer Dick drew from his pocket the document he written that morning and held it up to iew. 1 You see this ? "The orderlv will ask YOU what you want to see him for, J 11 you must say that you have important business \Yith 'I'll clo et." nt, and insist on being sho n to Geu_eral Howes prcs e." he boy nodLled. "Ye kin trust me fur thet," he said. make ther feller do whut ye say:" "I'll stick tcr et, "Very well. And when you have done this, and hare deered the document into General Howe's hands, the mces are that you will be call eel upon to act as guide." "Fur him?" "Yes, and one other man, perhaps."' 'An' wimr'll I guide 'em ter ?" 'I'll show you when we go down the street." Here is tlie place you are to bring General Howe and hit. companion to, Sam," saia Dic k. "This is thcr plac_e, is ct?" "Yes." ff ye tl1ink they'll be willin' ter come, Dick?" I think rn; and if they ask you who live s here tell tb c m you dont know, except that he is a sick man." l unnerdan'." t>ay that he called you in, and got you to carry the ::e1ge, and that is all you know about it." .-\Jl right." Then the two went back up ihe steps, and around to the "iJc1rnlk in front of the building. 'Go along. Sam,., Dick. "And I trust you i.c llo tbe \\'Ork well tlrnt I haye given you to do." l' 1 do et well, ef sech er thing is posserble, Dick / wae the reply. \Yh::it is up, anyway, Dick?" asked Bob, tlie other t.Jntt "Liberty Boys" having pa used nearby. "Come with me, and I will explain," said Dick. He led the way around the house and clown into t he oel' Jar. Closing the door, be l ightcd a candle which h e had brought with him, and by its light the three youths _whG 1yere ''"ith him were enabled to see their surrounding , a nd they stared in wondering. amazement. There was tbe usual accumulation of old boxes a n d rels that are to be found in cellars But what attracted 'AU :right_." the attention of the three most was an open keg of gunpow'N ow you arc sure you understand what is required of cler which stood in the middle of the cellar, and a rudt: i, my boy?" writing-dc;:k which stood nearby. In front of the d e3k Wllll 'Yep." a stool, and on the desk \1ere quills, ink, and paper. 'Very well. Put this document in your pocket, and The three looked around them in wonder. i t lo se it, whatever you do." ""\\"hat docs this mean, Dick?" ask e d Bob Estabrook 'I won't. I'll hand et ter Gin 'ral Howe." "I'll tell you what it means, Bob. It means that I a m 'Good. Now, come along, and I \rill show you where going to try a desperate plan for effecti1ig tlie rescu e of th. L are to bring the general and his companion i.o if they prisoners we came here to try to free." yon to guide them to the place menj;ioned in the letter "But what is the plan. Dick?" l haYe in your pocket." rbe two left the room, went and out upon street, the three "Liberty Boys" following at a short tance Ialfaay clo,,n the block Dick paused in front of a rn-"It is ihit: I am going to force him to sign an order for the r e l eao:e of the patriot prisoners. Armed with the o rder, it 1will be a matter to go to the jail, and h a v e Hre prison e rs set free." "Ye s, it will be a simple matter to have the pris oner-, t building. glance np and down street assured free-if we caii get the order," s aid Bob. "But gettin g tlJ! 1 that no one was watching, and he made his way to the order will be the difficulty." r of the building, the boy keeping close alongside him. "I am certa i n "-e ,can g e t it if General Howe c(;J, 1'-t the rein of tlie building was a cellar-way, and lifting here."


22 nr:m LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. "That is the difficulty. I: don't see how you can. hope to I Mark went to the corner and 1.hrew himself down tl1e get him to do so." bunk. "1! have used a ver.y alluring bait." "What?" .. "I hav e wTitten a note, stating that if he will come with the boy who bands him the note, he will learn where the one hundred rebels are located, and will be able to make thm:n prisoners." "You fellows want to be carefu l and not let the red coats get the better of you," he said. "N.ever you feaT, Mark;" safa. Bob. "We'll attend to them all right." "I will take care of General Howe, Bob," said Dick. "You will take c::lre of the other fellow-if he brings a "'fhat ought to be an alluring bait, sure enough," said companion, which he is likely to do, of course." Mark Morrison. "How shall I hantlle him, Dick? jump on him "So. l think," saiGI. Dick. '' But even if he comes he1:e he will not sign the order," said Bob. "B.h will have to sign it, Bob." "Will have to?" "Yes:. Do you see that keg of gunpowder?" <'Yes." and overpowc him?" o. Knock him senseless with the butt of one of yo.ur pistols." "All rigM. That will be simple and easy." "I don't want to serve General Howe that way, of course, but will simply overpower him." "Won't he cry out, and bring some one down here, "Well; T will tell him that if he refuses to sign. the"'order Dick?" he will be left in cellar, and the keg of powder will be aet off, and lie will be blown into a hundred pieces." "That will be rather a persuasive argument, I think," said Bob, with a grin "1 iiJ.iink ED." "And that's where the boy has gone-to General HQwe's 11.e-aclquaxters ? " Yes.'-' ".Jov .e,.I hope the general will come." "So do I. If h e r tit ink we shall s uc ceed in freeing "No. I'll cholCe him so he can't." Good. That's the way to do it." '!'hen the youths became quiet, and waited patiently for the coming o.f their intended victims. CHAPTER rx. "SIGN OR DIE @ai: comrades. And in the expectation' that we will succeed, I will i send you, Sam, to get word around to the rest of Sam Wells walked rapidly in the direction of theBritish the b(i)ys. 'l'ell them to be in the vicinity of the jail where headquarters.

'i'HE LlB.KR'l'Y B OYS' :c>.ARING . -" I kain't tell J'C," he said calmly. :., "I've. brung ye sumthin,'' the boy rep li ed, in "Do you mean to tell me lhat you have come here on the r.ecesses of his r.agged coat. isiness, and yet do not know what it is. ?" "Oh, no. I know whut tber bizness is., all righi. ''Then tell me what it is." "I kain' t do et,. misteT "Why !13ot ?" '"Ops my bizness is with Gin'rnl Howe, an nob1iddy "What have you brought me?" "This," and the boy helebel.tair whut ye tried tcr ketch Ias' n ighl, come ter lille ar being inso lent." readi ly. "I wuz passin' erl011g ther street, ari' I hoo:;:;d sum -" I hain't goin' enyay till arter I've eeen Gin'ral b u ddy call ter nre, an' et wuz this heer man He gov me as the prompt reply." .An' ye'd better show meter whur he ther letter an' tole me ter bring et an' giv' et ter :a:n' I right erway. Ef ye don', ye'll be sorry, fu r I hev im done et. I didn-' a_x 'irn hut name w11z mn !'lOOhm'Y n tant bizness wit h 'im." "Humph. How far is it to 1 v here thi s man li"v-es ?" The orderly was about to make an angry retort and or"Not so very for; t e n min nc ts walk T [ r the boy to go away, when a \'Oice from the l anding At this mom ent i.he door tipened and anoth e r Britis.h ..o'ffiove down: cer entered "Show the boy up, Sanders. How do you know he is not General Howe greeicd t he newcomer delighte 4ly. It )ling the truth?" evident that be was glad to have som e one tlO rubmit the It was the voice of Gen eral Howe himself, and the or-matter to. He ext e nded the letter to the new001JOOr, .and rly's Ju.anner undenvent a quick and startling change. s aid : "This way, my boy," he said. "J11 s t follow me." "All right," 11:ith a grin "I tole ye ye bed better show e ter theT gin'ral. Y e'll bcleeve me, nex' time, I >reckon:" The order l y made no reply, 011t led the way upstairs, and Gene How.e's room. Having done his \Vork, be hastened to get l(i)Ut of the m and dose the dooT, fo r he feared be would he repricl.ed still more. Genera l Howe was seated at his desk, and motioned to a air. The boy took the seat without a word The Bi>itish officer -surveyed the little chap for a few "Read that." The officer did so. "Well ?" from the general, hen the other ha.ti :ffici:S'hed. "Where did you get it ?" "The boy brought it," indicating Sam. "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes. What do you think of it?" "J: think it is worth imestiga.ting, ge neral." "So do I." "But-it might be a trap, eh?" Genera l Howe shook his he ad ments keenly, and then said: "I hardly think so," he mid. Then. lurnillg t the .boy, HYou said you had important business with me. Now, he went on : "Where is thiE plac-e? I s it in an -cmt--0i-theat is the business?" I way place ?" ..


'l'HE LlBEI:TY BOYS' DARING. The boy shook hi s head. Noap. Et's right on one UY ther main streets," he re plied. The general nodded his head, and there was satisfact ion 6J>ressed on his face. "It could hardly be a trap if he lives on one of the main 11treets," l!e said. "Oh, I judge it i s all right," said the other. "Then you you are going?" Yes. Will you go along?" "Perhaps it would be as well. Surely there could be no dange r if two of us go. "I have no fears. Well, come along." The two officers donned their hats, and accompanied by Sam, left the room and house, and made their wav down ,; the street at a good pace. sa id, we are right here on a main street, and nothing could happen to u s." All right. Come along. Lead the way, boy." Sam had waited patiently, and had lis tened to the con H'rsation with interest, as may be supposed. In fact, Dick and Bob, who were just beyond the doorway leading into tlie cellar, heard and understood what was said quite plai nly, and they were eager and somewhat anxious, as well as the boy, for they feared the officers might refuse to ente r the cellar. Sam led the way down the cellar -way steps with alacrity and npening the door, passed through, and held the door back s o that the officers could enter. Dick and Bob, wit h eYery nerve tense, stood just behind the open door, ready to leap upon the two when they should be inside the cellar. At the farther end of the cellar a candle was burning and Ten minutes later he turned aside, at the corner of the }fork's form could be seen stretche d out on the rude bunk. house in the cellar of which were the "Liberty Boys," \ s the two officers set foot in the cellar, Mark moved an d and led the way around to the rear. gave utteranr.e to a hollow groan. The two officer s followed unhesitatingly, for they sup-This accomplished the purpose for which it was intendposed an entrance was to be made by a rear doorway. ed-viz., that of attracting the attention of the red coats to Whe n Sam started down the steps of the cellarway, howhim, thus giving Dick and Bob the chance they were look l!Ver, they paused and hesitated. ing for, and enabling them to make the attack without "He isn't down in the cellar, i s he?" asked General ha Ying been discovered. Howe, in a surprised voice. As per the program that had been. decided upon, Bob "Yep," was the prompt reply. otruck General Howe's companion a heavy blow with the uBut I supposed he was in a house." butt of his pistol, felling the man instantly, while Dic k "Oh, he's er pore feller, an' kain't afford ter fo-' in e r leaped upon the general; and seizing him by the throat real house, I guess," said Sam, carelessly. choked him so severely that he was unable to utter a &'Well, we will go down as far as the cellar-dom', but he c ry for help. Sam closed the cellar-door instantly, and the hrn officers were neatly trapped. must come to us there and talk to us. We won' t enter." '"Ye' ll hev ter go inter ther cellar ef ye wanter tork ter i.her s aid Sam. "Why so?" ucause he's sick." "'He is sick?'' uyep How sick?" sick abed." is?" '-Yep." 'rhe officer Bob had knocked down wit h the pistol-butt was unconscious, and the youth calmly tied his victim' s hands and feet, and gagged him, while Mark leaped up an d came to Dick's assistance. Together they soon overpowered General Howe, and tie d his hands and gagged him. Then they led him to the desk, and seated hi.m in the chair. General Howe realized that he had been neatly fooled and trapped, and he was very angry. He glared at the youths in turn, and at the boy, who grinned back at the TOO two British officers looked at each other as well as British commander -inchief in a manner that was calcuthey conld in the darkness, and hesitated. lated to enrage the officer the more. "What do you think about it, general?" asked the comDick stood and look ed the officer -in the eyes for a few mander-in -chief's companion. moments in silence, and then be lighted a candle which was "I hardly know, but think it must be all right. I'm will s tuck in the neck of a bottle standing on the desk, and ing to enter the cellar if you are." spread out a sheet of paper before General Howe's eyes "I think it will be safe to do so, general. As the boy "Read that," he said, in a stern, threatening voice . I


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. The commander-in-chief of the British army dropped General Howe made a gesture, which Dick interpreted as eyes, and read as follows : meaning-that he wished to speak. "All right. I will remove the gag," the youth said. "To the Jailor:-Release the forty patriot prisoners "But if you utter a c ry I will put a bullet through you in-hich were placed in your charge the other day. Permit stan'tly quietly, in the company of the bearer of He removed t.he gag, and then said: "Now, what is it?" "Signed, "l wis h to warn you, Di c k Slater, that if you go on with "Commander-in-Chief." this affair you will be sorry," said the general, in a toIW intende d to Le impressive. The general read the written words, and then looked up ''Don't waste any words, General Howe," said Dick at D ick with a fierce glare in his eyes. He understood, now, sternly. "We are desperate, and as determined as we arr that a desperate effort was being made to effect the rescue desp e r ate, and we are going to rescue our comrades from of the patriol prisoners. More, he recognized Dick Slater, your prison pen. Take up that quill and sign the order w h om he had seen on more than one occasion, and realized tl_!at this affair was a ser ious one "I suppose you know me?" remark e d Di c k quietly. Th! officer nodded "I thought so, quietly. "And knowing me, you know that I am not a man to be trifled with. I am h e r e as you n o doubt understand after reading that, to e ffect the re"Ha! I understand, now," exclaimed the The hundred rebels who were in the old warehouse last night, and whom my men failed to capt ure wer e JOU!' 'Liberty Bo ys' !" You are ri g ht, sir," said Dick. "They were the 'Liberty Boys,' an d now that you know who you have to deal with you will do w e ll not to delay long er. Sign the order l ea se of the patriot prisoners, and I am determin e d to for the release of the patriot prisoners." effect their rescue, no matter what happ e n s." The British officer's face grew red with anger and The "Liberty Boy''. spoke ste rnly, grim ly, determined ... drngrin and it was plain that his words had considerable e ffect l"ll be blessed if I do anything of the kind," h e said The youth was silen t a few moments to giYe hi s words time to sink home, and then lie lighted another candle and handed it to Bob. Bob took the candle, and hav1ng been instructe d r ega rding the part he was to play, he stepped over to where the keg of powder stoo d, and took up his po s ition there. angri l y "Bnt yon liaYe got to sign," said Dick. "Don't c ry cut. as the ;;c nera l seemed on the point of making an outcry. "It will be the s ignal for your death, I assur e you_ As I haw w e are desperate, and will hesitate at no t h ing. "\Yhy, this is the mo s t daring, mos t impudent piece of "Do you see that keg of powd e r ?" a s ked Dick pointin g to it. 1rnrk that l ha re ever had cognizance of all my life," General Howe turned hi s head and look ed. H e sa w the feg, with the head out, and the black powd e r glistening in the light of the candle held by Bob, and shudde red. He nodded his head to indicate that he saw it. "Very well," said Dick. "Now I am going to untie your hands There is a quill and ink, and you will s i g n the ord er which lie s b efo re yoll. Do you unde r stand?" The officer n'oddccl. He was pale, and thJ)re was a frightene d look in his eyes The youth dre w a pistol, an cl cocked it. "I am going to fre e your hand:&, but will not remove the gag, s aid Dick. "If y ou attempt to remove the gag before I give y ou per mis sion to do so I will bl9w the top of your head off." With these word s Dick untied the officer s hands, and took up his station in front of his victim. sputtere d the officer 'That may be, but you may be sure we mean to succeed in our undertaking, daring and impudent though it is." "You will neYer make a s uccess of it," ang rily. Y cu will not do it, fo r I refuse to s ign the order." "Sign the pape1:," c ried Dick, in firm, ringing tones. "Sig n or we will tie you up like your companion and set off the barrel of powd e r and blow you to fragments "Yon-woulcl-not-da1:e !"gasped General Howe. cried Di c k imp e riou s ly. "Sign or die! CHAPTER X. .A. DARING DEED. G e n e ral Howe g azed in the youth's eyes for a few mo men ts, in sil e nce, and the n he picked up the quill, dipped it


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. in iuk,. looked again at Dick, and then-signed the 1 one who has flone me a g:i;eat favor to get into trouble as a order! you shall go with us, Sam." a look in the eyes of the daring "Liberty Boy" "Oh, thank ye, Dick!" cried the boy, his voice vibrating w lticlb wamnecr the British officer that he would be taking with delight. great risks in refusing to sign, and he loved life too well to risk losing it. So he signe d. "Well done," said Dick. "You are wise, General 13'.owe, and. llGW" tlfat you have don e what I asked, I will give you :my woi1d: tfuit no harm shall come to you." "But have r:ou no friends who will wonder what has. become 0f yo11, and suffer sorrow on you r account, my boy?" "Noup. Nobuddy, Dick," was the reply in an off-hand, ca reles s tone, yet there was a slight quiver to it that showed "Y-011 will let me and my friend go now?" the officer the boy had feelings. asked. I "All right. Come along, then, and I will manage to let "Oh, no;" with a smile. "No, I cannot let you go yet the redcoat s know the whereabouts of their commanderBut y.ou alfaII not stay here any longer than is I in-chief in some other manner." . necessary. I shal1 leave word with one who will see to it I 'Fhe hast>ened away, and walked rapidly rn the ditha t you are freed when we have accomplished our work I rection of the jai! where the patriot prisoners were conamF g!)tCen sa fely out of the city. fined. As they drew near it they passe d sever al groups of "Lib" That is something. which I think you will not be able to sa-id the general. "I don't think your desperate pla:tb will succeed, even with the aid of this order, for my men. wTI.t discover what is going on, and capt ure you." "r think they will do so, general. We will have to-risk. it, of course." erty Boys," and to each group Dick said as he passell : "All is well; be ready to start at an instant's notice." He told little Sam to stop with one of the parties, arnl the boy did so. He understood that the "Liberty Boy waa afraid the jailor might wonder what a ragged boy like him was doin g there if he were to go to the jail. TO.en Dick quickly bound the general's hands and feet Dick, Bob, and :Mark wei:e s oon at the jail, and Dick rapsecu:.reLy,. a.nd gagged him. ped loudly upon the front door. Seizing the order for the release of the prisoners, Dick s.aid to, ma c omrades : "0'1rue,. b o ys, we will get away from here, now and see what there i s in this document." Tlie-iih.;r;ee "Liberty Boys" and little Sam hastened out oi the cellar:, and paused to fasten the door securely. "M-a.Jr I go along with you, Dick?" the boy a s ked. "Ce:rfai:niy, Sam," was the reply. I will want you to do something for uie after we ha>e freed the prisoners and gotlreni&a-feLy out of the city." Presently it was opened, and a man faced them and asked what they wanted. "I wish to see the jailor," said Dick. "Wl1y do you wish to see him?" "I hare impodant business with him." "You have?" "Yes. I have here an order from the commander-in d1ief relative to the rebel pris oners in his hands There is need of ha ste as the matter is very important." The three passed through the doorway, the turnkey "] lrnow what it is. You want me to let some of the redclos e d foe door, and then the three were conducted to the coats. Jtuo.-wr where General Howe is, so they kin go arr' set jail or's private room. him free." "Well, gentlemen, what can I do for you?" the jailor "Thab: isi it, exactl.J." "Blirul; wly kain't I go erlong uv ye fellers, Dick?" Do i yo:ui wish to do so, Sam?" ''Y e:ir;Sm afeerd thet ef I stay hee r in Philadelphy ther red c oafsllli git me." "Ah [ I don't know but you would be in danger if you r emained." "Yep. Ye see, Gin'ra l Howe'll be shore thet I wuz in with y.e feller s an' ef he wuz-ter git holt uv rue, I guess et'd be all! np. with me ;, "]; guess it would.' Well I am not the fellow to permit a sfced, looking at the strangers curiously. "This will explain our errand here better than I could do," sai d Di ck, and he held out. the order for the release of the prisoners. The jailor took the sheet of paper, opened it, read the order, and agve utterance to an exclamation of wonder. "What does this mean?" he cried. "What is it?" a ske d the turnkey eagerly. "It is an order for the release of' the reb el pris oners !" "What? Impossible." ( Oontinueil on page 28.)


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28 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS" DARI NG. ( Oonti'TllUd from page 26.) it is." rhe jailor handed the turitkey the order, and said : Exclamations of delight escaped the men, and they has tened to follow the youths out of the room, along the ha ll and out through the front "Read for yourself." the door for them. The turnkey did so, and then he stared at the paper, at "Good-bye," mid Dick to the jailor. "Have no fears. the jailor, and then at the three "Libert; Boys.'' This is all right . and as it should be." "Who are you gentlemen, anyway?" asked the jaiior, SUS-"I hope so,'.' was the doubtul reply. piciously. "Oh, it is_,'' was the reply, in a reassuring voice; and "It does not matter," replied Dick promptly and pertben the youths marched a way, followed by the liberated mptorily. !'That is none of your bu siness. Your duty is who did not understand the affair at all, but who t obey orders, and not to ask questions." 'irere more than ".illing to accept their freedom, as may well "But. this ordel'-it is-is remarkable." be supposed "That may b _e, but it is an orc;ler, and direct from your As they passed group after group 9f the "Liberty Boys," comma nder-in-chief, and even though it i s a Temarkable Dick told them to come along, and the eutlre party o f nrder it is your duty to obey unquestioningly. You can llearly one hundred and fifty walked rapidly till they cam e not be expected to understand everything. There is a rea-to an open lot of perhaps twenty acres extent. In this son for the action of General Howe, and he doe s not have lot were the "Liberty Boys" horses, ready bri d led and to render an account to you for his actions. Lead the way "Now mount and away, as quickly as possible," crie d "Examine this orde r carefully," said the turnkey, adDick. "The chances are good that there will be a pack of to where the prisoners are, and set them free." the jailor. "It may be a forgery." redcoats at our heels shortly "You are right. Let me have it. I ln1ow the comman"There not horses enough to go around, Dick," sa id der-in-chief's signature l ike a book, and if it is a forgery Holl Estabrook. l will be able to detect it." "I am-glad to hear you say that," said Dick calmly, '"for tqe signatnre is genuine, and you will rea dily recogoize it as such." "Yes; you are right. is genuine!" exclaimed the jai!c-.r. "Jove, I suppose I have to obey the order, otrange and unusual though it may be." "Ae you value your position here you will do so," said Dick, quietly. "Lead the way to where the prison e r s are "A 1ot of us will have to ride double. Hurry, for we hn re no time to lose.'' youths mounted, each and every "Liberty Boy mounting his own horse and then those having the larges t and st rong est horses took the liberated palriots up behin d and as soon as this had been accomplished the start was made. They attracted a great deal o:f attention as they dashe d The jailor looked at the order again, then folded it up along through the suburbs of Philadelphia, but there were not many redcoats to be seen, and they did not attempt to arnf placed it in his pocket; then he turned to the three, and beckoned to them. "Come," he said. "I will show you where the prisoners :tie and will set them free." He led the way, the turnkey and the three "Liberty Boys" :following, and presently the turnkey unlocked and bother the fugitives. On. on the party dashed, and presently it was out of thecit.1-, anJ heading northward toward Germantown. The "Liberty Bo)s" kept a sharp lookout behind' them for inusners, but neither saw nor heard anything of the Opened a door_ which opened into a large room in which r edcoats. were a number of men. It really !ooked as if they were to escape. It l ooked as They were forty in number, and were the patriots who if the daring of the "Liberty Boys" was to be crowne d bad been captured a few days before. The jailor had with success, and that the rescue of the prisoners was a n brought a along, and by its light Dick recognized a a'3stir0d fact. number of the men, and fearing some of them recog nize him and unthiltkingly speak his name, the youth made : warning gesture, and cried out: * * * * 'l'h c jailor and turnkey of the jail were badly flurried. The more they thought of. the matter of the releasing of "Follow me, men. You are free to le :11long. ve the jail. Come the prisoners, the more they thought there must be som e mistake about it-something wrong.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING. "I' ll hasten to headquarter s and see what the com and er in chief ha s to say about it," the said, and e hurried away. When he reached headquart e rs, General Rowe 11 as not his room, nor did anyone know wh e re he was. There were some officer s the re, however, and when the ailor told what had occurr e d and s howed the written or der the officer at once to the conclusion that some thin g was wrong, and very much wrong at that. "This i s a r e bel trick," one cried, "and a most daring and desp erate trick at that. . "Well, well. I dont und e r s t and it. Tell me all about it, Di ck." "Very 11ell, si r, I will do so. And he did. He told the \\bole s tory, and the comman der in chief li stened l\ith absorbed interes t, his eyes spark ling. "l\Iy he said, when the youth had finished. "I be lieve I can truthfully say that this feat which you and your Lib erty Boys' hav e performed i s without any exception the most wonderful, the most daring of any 'that I have ever heard of in the course of the war." "And it seems to have s u cceeded, too," from another. ' \Vell it 11as daring, true, sir," said Dick; .. but that Instantly the alarm was sent out. It was feared that 'ms the only kind of plan that was likely to succee d." the commander -inch i ef and the officer who had l eft head"You are right. \Yell, I congrat ul ate you, Dick, on .; quarters in his company had been murde r ed, and searc hing part ies were soo u at work throughout the city. The result was that, after an hour had passed the genera l and his companion in s uff ering w e re found in the old cel lar, trussed up like turkeys. your success, and w ill say that I appreciate it to the full-est extent." I am happy in having done my duty, your e xeellency." "Yoti have done what no one else could have done, I . a m confident." "After some further conversation, Dick took his departure, the again s haking his hand and c omplimenting him. "And tell your brave 'Liberty Boys' that I give each and They were s peedily r e l e ased of their bond s, 11nd when General How e was inform ed of the fact that the patriot pri s on ers had been set free he raved and almost tore hi s hair. ern r y one of them full cre dit for what they did in this "Oh, but I would lik e to get my hand s on that young daring affair, Dick" he added. scoundrel, Dick Slater," he would exclaim few min utes, shaking hi s clenched fis t in the ai.r. "I would make him wish he had n ever been bom." The general was of a volatile temperament, howev er, and ate r a while bis anger cooled down, and he took a seat at the table and fell to drinking and smoking, and :finally to playing cards, and the officers made a night of it, and drowned their anger and discom:fitUTe in drink and play. The "Liberty Boys" aJ?.d their rescued comrades arrivedat Valley Fo r ge about two o'clock and went quietly to their quarters, nothing being known of their coming till next morning, and then when it became known that the youths had actually entered Phila delphia a:p.d r escued tht forty patriots frorri the jail in the heart of the city, there was univer sa l rejoicing, and praises of the yonths and their won d erfui daring was heard on every s ide. Of course went to headquarters to r eport, immedi ately after breakfas t. "What is this I hear, Dick?" the command e r-in-chief c ried, l ea ping up and giving the youth hi s hand. "Did indee d succeed in rescuing the prisoners, a s is reported?" "' "Yes, your exce ll ency, w e s ucceeded." "And were none of your men killed?" "Not a shot was :fire d, sir." I will do so, your excell ency," s aid Dick . "They will be greatly pleased." And they w ere. When D ick told them what the comhad .said they gave utterance to cries of delight, and wound up by gi.ving three cheers for General \fas hington. This daring feat-the of the patriot pri s oner s from the hands of the British-made the "Liberty Boys-" the heroes of the patriot army, and went far t

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By Howa1.d Austin. 171 "The Loue ::.rar; or, The }" 187 Jack Wright. the Boy Inventor; or, Hunting for a Sunken Treasure By .. 227 A Million at20; or, Fighting His Way in Wall Street. By H.K. Shack 188 On Time; or. '!'he Yvunl!' EngilwPr Rivals. An Exciting Story of Railroading in tbe '.\'orthwcst. Jas. C. 228 229 230 le ford. Hook and Ladder No 2. By Ex Fire Chief Warden. On Deck; or, The Boy Pilot of Ln .ke Erie. By Allyn Draper. Locomotive Fred; or Life on the Railroad. By Jae. C. Menitt. For sale h y all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union Square, New York. !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, IF Y OU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be ob tained from this office direct. Cut out.and fill in the following Order Blank anu send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to. you by return mail. POS'l'AGE S'l'AMPS 'l'Al\.EN 'l'HE SAlUE AS .l\ION.EY. 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THE STAGE I N o 31. H O W TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing foul' THEl BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen illustrations, giving the positions to 0 . a good speaker, read e r and elocut10mst. Also contammg ge m s fr1m1 OK.-Contammg a great variety of. the Jokes used the I all the popular authors of Prose and poetry, arranged in the mos l st famous me n. No amateur mmstrels is comp lete without I simple and concise manner possible wonderful little book. No. 49 HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting d .. No . THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.1 bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the be sf nta1I11I1g a varied of stump Negro, Dutch sources for procuring information on the questions given. Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the thmg for home amuset and amateur shows. 1. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE > JOKE BOils, dynamos, and many nove l toys to be worked by elect r icity. :y R. A. R Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO.DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-,-Conta'ining a lr ge co llection of instructive and highly amusinll electrical tricks, )gether with illustrations. By A. Anders on. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9 HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry .ennedy. The secret given away. Every intellillent b oy reading 1is book of instructions, by a pfactical professor ( d eliihting multi1des every. night with his wonderful imitations), can master the rt, and create any amount of fun for'himself.and friendi. It i s .the r eatest book ever published, and there's m'illion11 .(of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW.TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PA'RTY.-A ery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium t games, sports,. card diyersions, comic recitations, etc., suitable )r parlor or drawingroom entertainment. It containi more for the lon e y than any book published. No. 35. HOW .TO PLAY G:AMES.-A complete and nieful little ook, containing. the rules and regulations of billiards, baiatelle, a c kgammon, croqi; 2t, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CON:UNDRUMS.-Containing all ie leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches nd witty sayings: No. 52. HOW .TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little ook, giving the rules and full directions for play in:: Euchre, Cril> age Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker .a ction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular llameli of cards'. No. 66. HOW -TO DO PUZZLJ]]S.-Containine-over three hun red interesting pnzzl e s and conundrums with k ey to 1mme. A >mplete book Fully illustrated. By A. Anderion. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It 1 a great life SCret and one that eve ry young man de11ire to know II About. Thert?s happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the and eti of .good so ciety and the easiest and most approved methods appearmg to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church :id in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Oontaining the most popJ1lar selections in u11e, comp ri sing Dutch lalect, French dialect, Ynnkee and Irish dialect pieces, together Ith many standard readings. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation Ill'(; fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window .and hat flirtation, it co'? tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which t interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and little book just i ssued by Frank Tousey. -It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at partieM how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squar" . and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrll.ted antll containing full instructions for the management and training of t canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, .parrot, etc . No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AN.Q RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illnl>" trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40 0HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hintu on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird111. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoll; K eene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A vahll0 able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinti and preserving birds, anima ls and insects. No 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.Giving com' plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepinrk taming, breedinll and managing all kind s of ,pets; also giving fu))1 instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twent:r eight illustrations, making it the most comp J ete book of the kinli ever published. MISCE'LLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIEN'rIST.-A useful and l!!l structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ei: perimentli in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, ant i directions for making fireworks, co lor ed fires and gas ball oon1:1. This boo k cannot be equaled No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handboo k foir making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED S'.rA'l.'ES DISTANOll TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving th'1 official distances on all the railfoads of the United States andl C anada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, hacl:l fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., maklntj it one of the most. complete and hancly books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A won derful book, containing useful and practical information In thill treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ever;w family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regarding the coll ecting and arrangint,? of stamps and coins. Handsomel y illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brad1-, the world-known detective. In which .he lays down some v1tluabb and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventureo and e'xPe riences of well-known detectiv e s. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-ContalJOlo ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work It g a l so how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othtr.r Transpare n c i e s. Handsome ly illustrate d. By Captain W. De W0 Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITART C.&DET .-C.ontaining full explanations how to gain course of Study Exami nations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Guard, Poli ce R e gula-tions Fire Department, and al! a boy sho u l ii know to be a Cade t. Compil e d and written by Lu Senarens, author,> of "How to Become a N a val Cad et." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADE'r.-Complete fiiJo structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Nava:i.:J Academy. Also containing the course of instruc tion, dei>criptiom of grounds and buildings, historical sketch and everything a b0)7 should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. oll1' piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become Q West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS EACH OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. : A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a. fa.i thful a.ccoun t of the exciting a.d ventures-of _a. bra. ve band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generallng t h e Enemy. 5G Th9 Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How 10 T h e Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race to Fight. With Death. 5 7 The Liberty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 1 1 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undnnnted by Odds. 58 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With Anthony" 12 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Peril ; or, Threatened from all Sides. at Stony Point. 13 The L iberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortnne Favors the Brave. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice. And How They Iilealt It Out. 14 The L iberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the Britl11h. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded: or, A V ery Warm Time. 15 T h e I.iberty Boys' 'l'rap, and What 'hey Caught in It. 61 '.l'he Liberty Boys' S ealed Orders; or, Going it l:liind. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. G2 The Liberty Boys Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" 17 T h e Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-of at Paulus Hook. War. 63 '.l'he Liberty Boys Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 1 8 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 64 '.l'he Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Great Hl The Liberty Boys 'l'rapped; or, '.l'he Beautiful Tory. Odds. 20 Liberty Boys' M istake; or, "What Might Have Been.'' 65 The Liberty Boys' :\fascot; or, The Idol of the Company_ 21__!!.'he Liberty Boys' F'lne Wotk ; o r Doing Things Up Brown. 66 The Liberty noys' Wrath; or, Geing for the Redcoats Roughshod. 2'" The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The C losest Call of A i l. 67 The L iberty lloys' Battle for Life; or, Tbe.)Iardest Struggl e of 2 3 The L iberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm tor t h e 68 Th A1t 1.b t B ,. r t. Th T 'J'hli"N t w k Redcoats. e -'l er y .iOS ,; 01, e tap J.: or .. 2 4 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or Downing the Redceats and ti9 lhe L!berty Boys Jonah ; or, Yon th W l\e, Everythmg. Tories. 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy: or, Ba1tm11: the B r 1t 1sli: 2 5 The Liberty Boys Suspected; o r Taken for British Spies. Tl '!'be Liberty lloys Lnred ; or, The S nare the nemy Set. 26 The Liberty Boys' C lever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats 8172 The Liberty Boys' Hansom: or, In the Hands II the Tory Outlaws. Thing or Two. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sl euth-Hounds; or, 'i:foaiimg Benedict Ar 27 Good Spy Work; or, With the Redoats I n 74 Boys "Swoop"; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like 28 Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brand y 75 Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work In Old Virginia. 29 ThP Llherty Boys' Wild Ride . or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Captur e the King's Son. The Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and W hites. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Amoid in Check. 7::\ The Liberty Roys' B e a con Light: or. The Signal on the Mountain. 32 Tbe I,i!Jerty Boys Sllladowed ; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 7!) The Liherty Honor; or, The Promise That Was Kept. 33 The I lberty Roys Duped: or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy_ 0 34 The r'.iberty Boys' Fake Surrender: or, The Huse 'l'hat Succeeded 80 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike" ; or. Bowling the British ver. 3;; The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell.'' 8 1 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude. and How they Showed It. 3<; The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Hisking Lile for Liberty'& 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross it if You Dare!" 37 Tbe Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 84 '.l'he Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed'' ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 3>! The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan T hat Won. g;; 'l'he Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, 'l'he Light that Led Them. 3!1 Tbtl T -lberty Boys' Great Haul; or, 'l'alting Everything In Sight 8fl Th L i t B I d F d Th R d k' h F ht f 41) '.l'he Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. n tan rien ; or, e e s 10 w 0 < oug or 4 1 The 'Liberty Boys ln a Snare: or, Almost '!'rapped. 8 T G c 4:! T!Je Liberty Boys' Brave Hescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 7 he Liberty Boys ",oing it Blind": or, Taking Big hances. 43 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or. D@ing Business by Wholesale. 88 Tke f,iberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. Sll The Liberty Roys' ''Hurry Call"; or, A Wild Dash to Save a 45 The Liberty Boys Worried : or, '.l'he Disappearanc e of D ick Slater Friend. 4r, The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or. Squeezing the H edcoats. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The BeantifI Maid of the 47 The Liberty Roys' Success; or, Doing What The y S e t Out to Do. Mountain. 48 'flie Liberty Boys' S etbac k ; or, D e f eate d. Hut Not Disgraced. '11 The L!berty Roys' Brave Stand: or, Set Back but Not D efeated. 49 The Libert y Boys in Toryviii'e; or. Di c k S later's F earful Risk. 92 T h e Liberty Boys "Treed": or. Warm Work In the Tall 'rimber. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused: or, Striking Strong Blows for LibertJ03 The Liberty' Dare: or. Backing the British Down. ul The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the R eilcoats at Their 9-1 The Uberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at B enningOwn G9-me ton. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare : or. A Miss as 'inorl as a M i le. !15 The Liberty Boys in New J ersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit The Liberty Boys' Dan"er; or, Foe s on Ai l Side s. ish Lion. 54 The Liberty Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. OG The Liberty Boys Daring; or, l\'ot Afraid of Anything. For sale h y ,all news d ealers. or postpaid on receipt of iwice, 5 c ents per copy by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 .Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT. ANY BACK NUMBERS of o u r Libraries and cannot p rocure t hem fro m newsde al e r s, they can be obta i n ed fro m this office di r ect. Cut out and fill in the followi n g Order Blank and se n d i t t o u s with t h e price e>f the books y ou wan t and we w ill se n d t h e m to y ou by re. turn m ail. POSTAGE S 'J.'AMPS TAl\EN 'J'HE SAME A S MONEY. TOUSEY, Publishe r 24 Union SE!uare, New York. .......................... 1 9 0 ; DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cent s for w hich please sen d me: copies of WORK AND W I N, Nos ......... ........... ........ " PLUCK AND LUCK ... .............. ........ .... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . " SECRET SET?"Vl CE ......... ............. .. ............... ......... . ....... 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