The Liberty Boys of '76, or, Fighting for freedom

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THE ll TY _,-I A Wee:kly .Magazine containing Stories. of the American.Revolution. ----'-. : im"61l Wulcly-JJif tJubcripeion per year.;_;,-. .. t._ NEW 'YORI{,. JANUARY Leaving their quarters, the _boys marched up_ the street, pas the commander-i n-chief-a hea.da r quarters. General :Washmgton was on tlfe stoop, an; l Jgh S Dick and his company of "Liberty Boys of 76'' marched past., he his h a...: ... : in. a _salute a_Ild. ....


HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazi n e Containing Stories of the American Revolut i on Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per yea1-. Entered as Second Class Matte1 at the New Y01k. N. Y Post Olfice. Entered according to Act of CongreBB, in the year 1900, in th e olfice of the Libra1'ian of Congtess, Washington, D. C., by Frank 7'ousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 1 NEW YORK, Jan u ary 4 1901. Price 5 cents. HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 OR, Fighting for Freedom. Esta-BY HARRY MOORE. irl "anil .L[ "And so

'l'HE LIBERTY BOY::3 OF luul Hiram Slater when angry, and they knew he fought at all, it would be for the cause of freedom, and n e you any cbance i.o defend your self, Hiram." e L don't think there is any danger of anything like \ien he ., I don't know about that," Dick. "There is father. Dick hastened out to the roac1, and called to the man as came up: "Have you heard what was done at Philadelphia t Fourth, sir?" The man reined up and looking at the brig handsome-faced youth with interest, replied: "Yes, my boy, I have just come from New York, and tl Hank Scroggs, who is mean enough, I am sure, to do any tl:ing. His cowardice is all that holds him back. Then ltad just received the news there that the Declaration there are Joe Bilkins and Carl Shinker; they are the same Independence .was adopted and signed, and that now it is krnd of men." be war to the death. The people of the Colonies will "And Samue:l E"tnbrook. Dick?" remarked Edith, defree from the yoke of British oppression, or they will mnrely. fighting for liberty!" Dick flushed and looked slightly confused. "Hurrah!" cried Dick, his face shining with delig "No, Edith," he replied; ":Mr. Estabrook is a different "Father! Father!" he called; "the Declaration of In sort of man. He is a strong Tory, but I don't think he pendcnce has been adopted and signed, and we are free would do a mean thing, or take advantage of a neighbor or will soon be free, which amolmts to the same thing!" because the neighbor differed with him in his views regard"Say you so, my son?" cried Hiram Slater, and he c::i ing the war." running out to the road to question the stranger. Alice is not a Tory," said Edith, with a smil\\ ben the man repeated his tatemeni., Slater, 1 ing glance at her brother; "I guess you have converted Dick, became excited, and cried: her, Dick." "Thank God for that I am glad; and I have h Dick Jiushed, and then laughed. hopes, now, of living to see our beautiful country fr "That's all right, Sis," he saicl; "neither is Bob Esta-from the rule of the king!" brook a Tory. I wonder if you couldn't explain why? At this instant a body of horsemen, consisting of abot nes been over here considerable, and may have told you dozen me11, rode up. reasons for taking the side of the patriots." They were the Tory neighbors of Mr. Slater, and It was Edith's turn to blush now, and Mr. Slater laughed. armed with muskets and pistols. As they came even 'That is all right, Edie," he said; "Bob is almost old and the horsemen, and with Mr. Slater and Dick, they drew J enough to go into the army, and I would rather he and stopping, glared at Mr. Slater threateningly. rnld fight, if he fights at all, on the side of Right and "What is all this noise about?" snarled Hank Scro stice than on the side of a tyrannical king Bob is a fine boy," said Mrs. Slater. Of course Bob's a fine boy," said Dick. "I haven't a ea I think more of than Bob, and I'm sure that if he who was the leader of the horsemen. "Why, haven't you heard, Hank?" asked Mr. SI promptly, and meeting the fierce gaze of the man unfli ingly, even smilingly; "the Declaration of Independ


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. as adopted and_ signed at Philadelphia the Fourth, and scorn he felt for the Tories. "Shoot, if you like, you cow e Colonies are going to be free and independent!" ard, but little good it will do you if you should kill me, "1 ou are a cursed traitor, and orter be shot!" snarled for the people of the colonies will be free in spite of the croggs. snakes in the grass, such as you are, who would murder your "And you are a fool for not wanting to be free and indcneighbors to perpetuate your own slavery! You are miser endent of King George. who robs us at every opportunity, able cowards and curs! and you yourselves know it! Xow, nd--" shoot, if you dare!" and the bold man folded his

THE LIBERTY BOYS 0.h' "io. his mother, who stood in the doorway paralyzed with what father would have wished me to do, and when we h horroi' at the terrible spectacle she had witnessed, Dick whipped the British and Tories and gained our freedo seized a rifle, _which rested on a couple of wooden forks nailed to the wall, rushed back out of the house to the road, and before the startled Tories realized what was happening, the boy raised the rifle, taking quick aim, and as the sharp ping! of the weapon sounded, Hank Scroggs threw up his mms, dropped his rifle, and fell forward upon the neck of his horse, mortally wounded. 'fhe horse became frightened, .rnd bounded away clown the Toad, and Scroggs, though fatally hurt, managed to hold on1.o the animal's mane, ancl keep from falling off. Then, with a wild, inarticulate cry of rnge and tenible sorrow combined, Dick clubbed his rifle and attacked the other 'fories, striking swiftly and surely with the iron. bound ?utt of the gun. Such was the fierce energy of the onslaught, so swiftly and bewilderingly did he rain the blows upon the horsemen, that they were rendeTed unable to se ,, pon him, and after 1.bree of their number bad received e '-T l d c. iea s, and one or two broken arms, they hastened to f' l d l he 1r rig itenc 1orses away from the vicinity, nor .ney ;;top while within sight of the youth. Ile hacl put the entire band of Tories to flight But the husband and father was dead! and the grief ;.J 1.he wife, son and daughter was terrible to witness, and the stranger, who had dismounted, and stood uncovered, was very much affected. :Mrs. Slater was scatecl on lhe_grouJlcl, her dead husband's head in her lap, while on one side was Dick, on the other, Edith. The three wept for several minutes, during which time the man was silent, and then, as the sobs of the sorrowing ones became more subdued, the stranger spoke comfortin.g words to them, and did all he could to lessen their grief. Presently, Dick, who was kneeling beside his father's form, lifted his tear-stained face toward the sky and liftin

li THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. l\Iajor Pitcairn with eight hundred men to seize and destroy A.t about this time, 1.he Minute Men, having increased the stores. in number s io more than fom hundred, they attacked the The patriots of Boston were not caught napping, howBritish guarding North Bridge, and after receiving and re ever. They were watching Gage, and knew of his inten-turning their fire, charged across the bridge and pul tht> tions in time. Messengers were sent out to rouse the people. British, numbering about two hundred, to flight, they re Paul Revere was one of these messeng ers, and it was then treating into the village. This incident, and the fact that that he made his wonderful ride, made famous by Longthe Minute Men were constantly being augmented by new fellow. arrivals from the surrounding villages, alarmed Colonel When the British soldiers reached Lexington they found Smith, and altliough he had practically accomplished nothu company of l\Iinute Men gathered there. Major Pitcairn, in_g, he ordered a retreat, and the British soldie rs started \rho was something of a fire-eater, and hot-headed, rode back toward Boston. up to the Minute Men, and cried: "Disperse, you rebels; lay down your arms!" But the l\Iinute l.Ien did not disperse worth a cent. 'I'hcy their ground, like the brave men they were. Their was John Parker, a veteran of th0 French and Indian \Yar, and when Pitcairn ordered them to he said to his Lrave :Jlinute Men: "Stand y our gronrnl Don't fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have war. let it begin here!" 1 \ncl then began a running fight that was particularly galling 1.o the British. The Minute Men followed them, and kept along at the sides, taking rduge behind hills, and in clumps of frees, and they kept up a constant fire upon i.he fleeing British. Major Pitcairn, who had fired the first shot of the Revo lution, lost his horse, and with it the gold-mou nted pistr,,.,., from one of which the first shot had been fired, and..1 i stapistob may be seen to-day in the town library ie "Disperse, ye Yillains!" again roared Pitcairn; "d--n ington. 1rl "anil you, \Yhy don"t you disperse!" and then being angered by their refusal, he roared out the order to his soldiers: "Fire!" The soldiers he itated. They had more sense than their 'Th e Brili h threw away their muslrnls, whicl !'; L[, them in running, and the retreat becarn l\sl ad !to J, finally reached Boston, under full run, an,u +} hausted they could only fall down and pa 1 11 commander, and had no stomach for firing into the ranks breath. o.f a band of men who were not interfering with them in 'l'he British l_ost on this day two hundred and scventyany way, but l\Iajor Pitcairn drew a pistol and fired rethree, while the American loss was ninety-three. peating his order to fire in a roar like that of a lion, and And thus ended the first battle of the revolution. The his soldiers, not daring to disobey a second time, raised i.heir guns to their shoulders and fired a murderous volley, which killed eight of the Minute Men outright, and wounded ten. The :Jiinute Men at once returned the fire, and for a few a lively scrimmage raged; but Colonel Smith and his company of British soldiers coming in sight at this time made it unwise to keep up the conflict longer at that lime, and Parker, the commander of the Minute Men or dered them to retire, which they did. Tl1e encounter at Lexington had delayed the British ltowerer, and the messengers had had time to reach Concord ahead o.f them, with the result that when Smith and Pitc:aim reached Concord, the patriots had hidden the stores and ammunition, and Minute Men were gathering from all directions. The British set fire io the court house, chopped down the ljberi.y pole, spiked a few cannon, destroyed a few barrels of flour, and hunted for the ammunition, but failed to find it. I British had failed to accomplish what they had set out .to do, and had been unmercifully whipped in the bargain, and 1.he patriots were jubilant. X ot so with King Geo1ge and the British, when they heard the in England, five weeks later. There was general consternation, and they did not know what to think. 'I'hat their trained regulars, soldiers who had fought iu many a battle, should be defeated by a band of "peasants," as the patrjots were termed, was past all understanding. But 1.he effect of the battle was electrical. From all ove, X ew England came the companies pf Minute Men,gatherin near Boston, unLil very shortly General Gage found himsq. 1 and army besieged by an army o.f "peasants" to the numls f oi sixteen thousand. 1 The next encounter with the British was when Et Allen ancl Benedict A.mold, with a small company of tcers, captured .Fort 'riconderoga. They secured, 0 large stores or cannon and ammunition, which was fr" needed by the troops at Boston. Soon afterward 1 1 Point was captured. .ys


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. On June 17 occurred the memorable battle of Bunker been teaching you?' obody uo,' awwered thl' ll'a11rr, Hill. All know the history of this battle. 'rhe patriot with flashing eyes; 'we have never injured your troops, bm army had to retreat, after having used up all its ammunithey have trampled down our snow-hills and broken the i1.:e tion, but although forced to retreat, the effect upon the solon our skating-pond We complained, and they called us diers and upon the patriots general1y was the same as.that of young rebelB, and told us to help ourselves, if we cou!11. a victory. All were greatly encouraged, and the determinaWe told the captain, and he laughed at us. Yesterday our tion to fight for liberty was strengthened and intensified. works were destroyed for the third time, and we will bear Late that summer an expedition was organized to go into it no longer. The British commander could not restrain hi" Canada. The army was in two divisions, one under Genadmiration. ''11he very children,' said he, 'draw in a loYe eral Montgomery going by way of Lake Champlain, and of liberty with the air they breathe. Go, my brave boys, arnl capturing St. Johns and Montreal, and then appearing be-be assured if my troop s trouble you again they shall be pnnfore Quebec, where it was joined by another small army unished.'" der Colonel .Arnold. They attacked Quebec in a blinding Such is the story, and we suppose it is true; at any rate, snowstorm, but the attack failed, and although they re-we know the spirit s hown by the boys was in them then mained during the winter blockading the city, in the and that the boys of this period are possessed o.f the sarnr spring they had to retreat and return, the British receivspirit. ing reinforcements. L')n May 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met blo\, i]adelphia, and George Washington was appointed e'\ .. '.(l-nder-in-Chief of the Continental Army He pro'-en o Boston, and on the third day of July, 1775, took Jl ,. the Army, then numbering fourteen thousand ,aey "' Ile had put h remained. there with his army, keeping the Hut t e -HlSL ; .,._ied up m Boston, and about the middle of March, 1776, he decided to make the British fight or run, It shall be my pleasure to, in the Ri.ory which follows, de tail the doings of some such boys as were those who waitc<1 upon General Gage-the "Liberty Boys of '76 General Howe and his army, after evacuating Boston, and going to Halifax, soon afterward sailed to New Yor};, and were joined there by Admiral IIowe's fleet, and by General Clinton. General Washington came to York with his army, to keep the British from capi.uring the cit.L if he could. And this was the situation on i.he Fourth day of July, and to that end he fortified Dorchester Heights, overlook-1776, when Philadelphia, throbbing with excitement, the ing Boston, doing the work in a night, and the sight of people thronging the streets, awaited the decision of the the cannon frowning down upon them next morning so Colonial delegations regarding the disposition that was to frightened the British that their commander, General be made of the Declaration of Independence, which was to Howe, hurriedly got his army aboard the British fleet, and be presented by the committee appointed to draft it. sailed away to Halifax. A great many Tory families acWith the adoption of this report would come the severcompanied him. ance, at once and forever, from Great Britain-from allegiNext morning Washington entered Boston, and there ance to King George III. were great demonstrations of rejoicing. For eleven months With the adoption of this report would come J! reedom, the people of Boston had been compelled to have the Brit-the most blessed boon enjoyed by man. Why, then, shoulr1 'l ish soldiers among them, and put up with their insolence < "J md arrogance, as well as submit to having their houses piltged and stores :Iii.fled of their contents, and it was like tting out of jail to be rid of the enemy. The following little story we find in the history of the rolutionary War, and give it: The boys in Boston were wont to amuse themselves in ( by building snow-houses and by skating on a pond le Common. The soldiers, having disturbed them in >ports, complaints made to the officers, who only ed their petition. At last a number of large boys I not the people throng the streets, crowd around Inde pendence Hall, and wait in impatient eagerness to learn whether or not the Declaration of Inde:Jendence wonia. hE adopted and signed? In the steeple of the old State House was a bell on which, Ly a strange and happy coincidence, was the imcription : "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the in habitants thei;eof." In the morning, when the delegations assembled, the old bell-ringer had gone to his post, leaving his boy below to announce to him when the Declaration W

THE LlBER'r't BOYS 01!' '76 tidings did not come, he shook his head, and "They There was a fierceneas in Dick's tones that reminded will never do il They will never do it!'' Alice and Bob of Dick's father; but they did not blame him But they did. Along toward evening he heard his boy for feeling as he did. clap his hands, and then a voice came up to him: "Ring, lather, ring!" The old man :::eizecl the iron tongue and swung it to and fro, and Urns were the glad tidings promulgated to the waiting thousands on the streets. 'l'hc excitement was intense; people actec1 as though they were crazy. All night long cannon boomed, the people shouted for joy and. the illumination from bonfires made the city as light, almost, as day. "I wish papa was a patriot!" said Alice, wistfully. "I cannot understand how he can be in fayor of remaining fl subject of the king." "I can't understand it, either, Alice; but, of course, he is honest in his views. He thinks it would be best for the people." "How could it be best, Dick? Just think how glorious it would be. to be able to stand erect, throw your head back, and say, 'I am a free man! I am not the subject of a .And no\1', reader, afte r having giYen you this synopsib king, but am the equal oI any king!' of lhe situation, I will proceed, in chapter three, to detail "That would be ::,plenclil1, Alice! And "it will be that the wonderful, thrilling adventures during the Revolution ary War-which really dates from this time-of the "Lib erty Boy::; of '76." UH.APTER III. DICK .A.ND ALICE. way, sooner or later, too! This war has but practically begun. The patriots will ne1er give up and become sub jects of the king, now that the Declaration of Independ ,,"''' J. has been adopted and sign.eel. othing short of al E t s a-liberty and freedom; nothing short of absolute se from British rule will satisfr our people now. I 1 ,, ir anro Of it!" L[, !" r am sure of it, too, Dick, and I am glad lt0 +' to one day ee my father a free man, even fr .\nd arc you going into the patriot army and fight for again this wishes at the present time." and at freedom, Dick?" "Ile would like it after he had had a taste o1 it, Alice, T "I am, Alice. )Uy poor father died for the cause he loved am confident." 1;r. wc>ll, and I am going to place my life at the service of lraehingi.on, and will fight till we are free, or until I am killed in battle!" "I am sure of it, too, Dick." "Well, there is one thing about your father, Alice: He is an honest and honorable man, even though he is a Tory Dick and Alice Estabrook at on a rustic bench He is not the kind of man to go out and shoot a neighbor under the shade of au apple tree in the orchard belonging because the i1eighbor differs with him in his views, as is the lo father, Samuel Estabrook. case with men of the Scroggs, Bilkins, Shinker stripe." 'rhree days have passed since the terrible morning on No, indeed! My father is just the best man in the whic11 Dick's father was shol down by the Tories, and when 11orld, and honestly thinks it would be best for our people Dick had made such a fierce atlack on the murdel'ers of his to remain loyal to the king. He would not do a mean thing fulher, and after mortally wounding Hank Scroggs, who for the world." had shot )fr. Slater, had put the rest to flight by attacking "How comes it that you are a little patriot girl, Alice?" them with a clubbed rifle. asked Dick, regarding his fair companion with a look o Scroggs had died the next day from his wound, and that admiring interest. j was about all Dick had heard, save that he had been warned Well might he look admiringly at Alice Estabrook, f1 by Alice and her brother, Bob, to be on his guard, as it was cihe was as beautiful a sixteen-year-old girl as ever the s the 'rorics would try to get revenge on him for shone on. The luxuriant, wavy hair, the rosy cheeks, 1 tlw death of Scroggs. dimpled chin, pearly teeth, perfect nose, roguish blue !J ''Let them try it!" Dick had said, his eyes fl.ashing; and tempting red lips, all went to make up a picture "several of those fellows fired upon father, after Scroggs would delight the soul of any man or boy to look upo lrnrl mortally wounded him; I did not see which one fired, When Dick asked Alice how it happened that she fr' ,, tis r was assisting father, and my attention was on him, but patriot, the beautiful girl looked up into his face shy1 1,, ,;omc of them din it, and if they attack me I will kill a smiling, said : l'.:i .ys few more of them on suspicion!" "You are responsible for that, Dick."


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "I?" he exclaimed. There was a pleased tone to his "Alice," he said, his voice vibrating with feeling, ''you are voice. the best, the prettiest, the sweetest lii.tle girl in the world, "Yes; I have heard you talk a great deal, Dick, when you and I am going to go into the patriot army and fight for did not know it-last winter at school, for instance, when freedom wih a vigor and energy thrice what it would otheryou had so many arguments with Joe Scroggs and the other wise be, on account of the fact that your sweet face will be Tory boys, and at other times." "I remember," said Die;k; "I did have a good many argu ments with the boys last winter at school." 1 Dick was like his father in the respect that he said openly and frankly just what he thought, on any and all occasions, and under any circumstances. He was absol fearless, and this had caused him to have numberless encounters with the Tory boys as scho?l, and elsewhere, but they alever before me, urging me on!" "Oh, Dick!" That was all the girl said, but the tone in which she said it was sufficient for Dick, and he kissed the beautiful girl again. "Here! Here! What is going on here?" cried a voice, and leaping to their feet, the two found themselves con fronted by a stern-looking but rather handsome man, of about forty-five years. ways got the worst of it, for although only eighteen years "Papa!" exclaimed Alice, her face flushed and confusedold, Dick was a natural athlete, and was very strong and looking. These natural physical qualities, together with his "Mr. Estabrook!" said Dick, his face flushing also, but pnmitable courage and iron will, made him simply un-he met the stern gaze of the man unflinchingly. youth tl;rable, and he had, on one occasion the winter before, was a splendid reader of faces, and instinctively he seemed \>.eil four boys who had waylaid him in the woods as he to feel that back in the stern eyes of Alice's father was a o is way home from school. They had at first got the faint expression of amusement the com,bat, owing to force of numbers, but the "I repeat, what is going on here?" remarked Mr. Esta IIe J\;t simply fought on with terrible persistence and brook, for he it was, and he looked from one to the other Hut his opponents frightened at last, and inquiringly, and with an apparently stern expression of resu.ori;as that they finally took to their heels and ran, countenance. as if for their lives, with Dick in full chase. The spectacle, had anyone seen it, of one boy chasing four must have been ludicrous, to say the least; anJ each and every one of the four was fully as large and heavy as Dick. One of the "Did you not see what was going on, sir?" asked Dick, boldly. "I saw you kissing my daughter, young man!" in a stern voice; "and I ask by what right you take such libfour had been Joe Scroggs, the son of the Tory who had erties ?" shot M:T. Slater, and Joe had cherished a terrible hatred Dick was an impulsive youth, with the feelings of a for Die;k ever since the time when he and his three cronies grown man, and squaTing his shouldeTs, and taking a step were whipped and put to flight in the woods. nearer Alice, who stood looking at. her father half-fearfully, "Then I have heard Bob talk a good deal, you know. He he looked Mr. Estabrook straight in the eyes, and said: was converted by hearing you, and being with you, and he "You ask by what Tight I kissed your daughter, Ur. has talked to me a good deal, as he did not dare to talk to Estabrook? Well, I will tell By the right which my papa, and he seemed to want lo talk to someone." love for heT gives me!" I "Bob is all right!" said Dick, earnestly. Alice gave a quick start; she flashed one happy glance into Dick 's eyes; her face took on added color, and her breast heaved with emotion. "Yes; and he thinks that whatever you say is absolutely ight, Dick!" "And how about his sister?" asked Dick, his voice al"What's.that, young man! You, a mere youth, talking 1st trembling, and his handsome eyes s hining as they of love! You do not know the meaning of the word 'love,' :ed into the Toguish blue eyes oi his companion. nor can she-a sixteen-year-old child." 'he girl blushed, looked down in some confusion, and "I am no child, papa ll' said Alice, so promptly that Dick i lifting her eyes to meet his gaze again, said, in a saw something like the ghost of a smile curl the corners of roice: think about as Bob does, Dick!" '< gave a quick glance around, saw no one near, and around the wai st of the unresisting girl, l h" a hug and a ki". her father's lips. "I know I am only a youth in years, sir," said Dick, man fully and; "but I am a man in feelings, ancl I think I know the meaning of the word 'love.' I know that I love Alice, Mr. Estabrook. I love hcT dearly, and I am


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF' '76. going into the patriot army to fight for freedom and libI shall ask that neither of you speak a word t.o ::=:=' erty !-and then, if I come forth from the conflict alive, t subject until you, Dick, are twenty-one yea. rs old." ,am going to come to you and ask you to let me have Alice "That is all right, Mr. Estabrook," said Dick; "we', for my ,\ife I love her dearly, and-she loves me, I think! each other, but we are willing to wait, and something tells Do you not, Alice?" and Dick slipped his arm around the me that the war will not end soon-that it will last several girl's waist, and she lookEd shyly up into his face, and said: years, and if that is the case, I will be neede(\ in the patriot "I do love you, Dick!" A great look of happiness appeared army, to fight for the glorious cause of freedom!" in the youth's eyes, and he drew her closer, and met Mr. Alice now gently disengaged herself from Dick's cncir Estabrook's stern look unflinchingly and bravely, but withcling arm, and stepping forward, she threw her arms about out any show of bravado. her father's neck. "Well, well! of all the impudence!" that gentleman exclaimed. "To talk that way to me, a loyal ldng's man! To tell me that you are going into the patriot army, and that when you return, after fighting against the king whom 1 "'Oh, papa! you have made me so happy!" she breathed "You are the best papa any girl ever had! and I hope you are not angry because I am a patriot. I cannot help feel ing that the people should be free, papa! Dick says they honor, and to whom I am loyal, you are going to ask me ought to be free, and--" tc let you have my daughter for a wife! If that isn't the "Dick has converted my little girl, I see!" half-sadly, coolest proposition I ever was confronted with, then I don't but with a smile on his face as he stroked his daughter's know what I am talking about!" hair, and then bent down and kissed the red lips. "Well, "I don't mean to be impudent, sir," said Dick, earnestly; I don't know that I blame you for thinking as he doc:i." "I am no sneak, to try and hide my views or intentions "I never tried to talk her into thinking as I do, Mr. Estafrom the father of the girl I love, and I ask you, would brook," said Dick; "she just--" you not rather have me as I am, than to not know where l stand, or what my intentions are?" "I got to thinking for myself, papa," said the girl, "an fl 1r, I made up my mind that the people ought to be free!" "I will admit, Dick," said Mr. Estabrook, in a voice "You are your mother's girl, when it comes to J' from which much of the sternness was gone, "that I would said Mr. Estabrook. "She leans that way." and at rather have you as you are than to have you any other way. I have known your parents many years, and I know that two more honest and honorable people never lived. Your father's word was as good .as his bond, and he was as true hearted as mortal man could be He would stand by a friend to the death. I fought by his side in the French and Indian War, and although we differed in our views regarding the present war, we were the best of friends, and no one regrets the manner of his death more than I-you know that, Dick." "Yes; I know it," Dick nodded. "And, as I was saying, my boy, I honor you} and feel that my little girl could not have the love of a more worthy young man. I am, as you know, a Tory; but I am honest in my views, and think it would be better to remain loyal to the king. I may be wrong, and I don't quarrel with anyone for being a patriot. Go into the patriot army if you like, Dick-I know that you will make as brave a soldier as ever shouldered a musket-and when the war is over, no matter which side triumphs, if you return alive, and you and Alice still love each other, I shall offer no objections to your becoming man and wife, after you have reached the proper age, of course You are too young to think of marrying as yet, and if the war should end in a few months, "And I wish you did, papa." The father sighed. "I really feel that it would be best to remain loyal to the king," he said; "still, I shall not take it to heart, should the people of the American Colonies prove successful, and gain their independence." "That's the way to look at it, father!" said Bob Esta brook, who had apprbached unobserved, and who had heard the most of the conversation. "That's the way to look at it! You'll come around all right yet." Bob was a jolly, lively youth, good-natured, and thor oughly imbued with the belief that the people ought to be free. He was filled with enthusiasm, and burned with the fire of patriotism. He took after his mother, who was a patriot, and then he was a great friend of Dick Slater, and had heard that youth talk patriotism so npch that he was the strongest kind of a patriot. "Ah! here is Bob," said Mr. Estabrook, with a smile; 13 guess I will have to retire! The enemy has received rei.1 forcements, and giving Bob a shake as he passed him, l\ Estabrook turned and walked in the direction of !( house. J "Oh, ho! what fun!" grinned Bob. "I was .ys l ,,


'l'HE LIBEHTY BOYS OF '76. 8 illing and cooing, and hugging and kissing, so as to "Well, you are pretty reckle s s she said; "but :--line on that kind of business for my own benefit in perhaps both of you would be less reckles s if you went to fi:tfore, and I saw the governor coming. He caught you at war together." it! He, he, he!" "We're certainly going to war to gether!" declared Bob. Dick and Alice blushed, and looked at each other sheep-Then to Dick: ishly, and then laughed. Wh e u are y ou going?" "Ye;;, I suppose you wanted to see how it was done, and "The fir s t of next week." then go over and teach Edith, you m e an, wicked boy!" said Alice. "Whereat Bob flu sh e d up; and lhen he grinned, good naturedly. ''Good e nough! I'll be ready lo start then." "Are you going so soon as that, Dick?" from Alice. "Yes; I will have things so arranged that I can leave mother and Edith by that time. You must come over to "I wouldn t mind it, now that you speak of it!" he the hou s e and see the m often when we are gone, Alice." said, coolly. "It must be pre tty good, the way you two "You may be sure I will, Dick!" seemed to enjoy it!" "Thrash him, Dick said Alice. "I have a goocl mind to!" said Dick. "I would, only I know I would haYe Edith in my wool when she found it out!" L Bu .,."--'l>-CHAPTER IY. I 'J'llE '11.lBEJt'l'l' J30l'8 OF 7()." "Say, Di c k are you really going to j oin the patrio t army, and fight for freedom?" ask e d Bob eagerly. "I certainly am, Bob!" was the decided reply. "I heard you say s o a while ago. W e ll, one thing you can count on, and that i s that you are not going without me! If you go, I'm goi ng, ancl that'R all the re i s about it \.r e you going to X e w York to enter the army, Dick?" asked Bob. "Ye ; s trai ght to Gen e ral Washington!" "Hurrah!" cri e d Bob. "Say, I'm tickled to think we are to g o into lh e army and h e lp fight for freedom! I hope we will be able to do good work for the glorions cam<' of lib e rty, Dick "And so do I Bob." The three talked for some time, and the n, bidding the two good-b y Dick parted from the m and made his way back to his own hom e "hi e h \\'HI' aboul a quarter of a mile distant. The y outh's fae;c s11 d d e n e d h e ente r e d the yard aml approached the hou se, the s i ght of whi c h brought back memori e s of what had happ e n e d the r e n few day s before. "Poor father!" Dic k s a i d to himself; "he

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. )fr. Estabrook is not the man to try to force Bob to do any"Good for you!" cried Bob, admiringly; "and, Dick, thing against his wishes. Bob will be le.ft to do as he likes got a surprise for you!" in this matter, I am confident." "I think you are right about that, Edie," said Dick. "Mr. Estabrook is a sensib le man, and will not try to turn Bob from his purpose, I am confident." The three conversed together for some time, and then Dick left. the moth er and sis ter, and went to his room. He wa busy all the rest of the day, getting ready to go to New York the .first of the week to join the patriot army. That evening, at about nine o'clock, as they were seated in the room talking, there came the sound of hurried foots t eps outside, and then the door opened, and Bob Esta brook entered. "A surprise for me?" "Yes." "What is it?" "I'll show here," and going to the door, he gave a shrill whistle, and a few moments later a dozen youths of about Dick's and Bob's age filed into the house and bowed to Mrs. Slater and Edith. Dick recognized the boys at once. They were the sons of the patriot neighbors, and were all schoolmates of himself and Bob. "Well, well! this is a surprise, sure enough!" he excla imed, and then he shook hands with the boys. Each of the newcomers carried a rifle, and in a belt at "Excuse me for entering so unceremoniously" h e said, their waists were pistols, while hanging at their sides were bowing to Mrs. Slater, and smiling at Edith; "but I have the powder-horns and bullet-pouches. important news for Dick, and did not want to waste any "You boys look as if you were going to war!" said Dick, time in sto pping to knock." when the greetings were over. "What means this warlike "That is all right, Bob; sit down," s aid Di ck. "What is demonstration?" the news you speak of?" "We have come to help you fight the Tories to-night, "I'll tell you: The Tories, under the leadership of Joe Dick!" said Bob. Bilkins and Carl Shinker, arc going to attack you, here in the house, to-night, Dick!" \.n e:-.-rlamation of terror escaped Mrs. Slater. "Oh, what s hall we do!" she cried; "they will murder Dick. they did my poor husband!" o, they won't, mother said Dick, his eyes fl.ashing; "I suspected as much!" said Dick. "We will make them wish they had stayed away and at tended to their own business,'' said Bob. "That's right," said Mark Morrison, a handsome youth of eighteen years. "We will give them a lesson that they won't forget fore warned is forearmed, you know, and they will get the soon!" from another of the boys. worst of it, if they try it on! But how do you know they Dick 's face glowed with pleasure. ar. going to do this, Bob?" You will never tell, I know," said Bob; "so I don't mind telling you that father told me. The neighbors know "You are friends worth having,'' he said. "I am glad you have come; and now, when those cowardly Tories come here to-night, thinking to su rprise me, they will themselves that he is loyal to the king, and one of them let the cat be surprised!" out of the bag to him. Of course, he is your friend, and he tolu me, so that I coukl come to warn Dick." "I am much obliged to you and your father, Bob; but "So they will!" grinned Bob. "What time will they be here, do you think, Bob?" "About midnight, I think was what the ToIJ' sai d that do you suppose they will really dare to try to do told father about it." "Of course they will! They want revenge on you for shooting Scroggs, and they will be expecting to take you by surprise, you know." "Well, they'll miss it there." "Very well; wewill be ready for them!" The boys talked the matter over, and arranged their plans. The house was a story-and-a-half structure, and Dick told his mother and sister to go to bed at the usual "You must not remain here to-night, my son!" cried Mrs. hour in one of the upstairs rooms, while lie and his com Slat er. "You must leave, and at once." "What, leave home? Run away from a gang of cowards panions would remain downstairs in readiness to greet th Tories when they put in an appearance. mch as are those fellows? Never Mother, I will stay here and fight them to the death! I have father's rifle and Thi s was done, and the boys extinguished tlie candl( and sat in the darkness, talking in whispers. They did 1 and know but the Tories might come earlier than was expeeJ pii:tols, and plenty of ammunition, anc1 I shall stay fight them !" and did not wish to betray their presence in the house. .ys !f


THE LlBBRTY BOY::! OF '76. ,---:;:.1e door was bo11.ed, so that they could noi. be taken by door will go down next time; and be ready to fire if it fo does It was about half-past eleven when the bors heard the The boys replied in low tones that they would be rl'ady. sound of footsteps outside. and then, crash! came the battering-ram against the doc1 'They are coming!" whispered Dick. 'J'he boys grasped their rifles with nenous energy, and listened intently. a second time-this time with success, for the door bur,;! .from its and ell inward to the floor. A wild yell of triumph escaped the lips of the The footsteps approached the house, and i l wa. easy to and they started to leap through the open doorway into the know from thr sonnd that there were a 1111mlwr of men house. At this instant, however, the word "Fire!" in a outside. The footstep. ceased pre:::ently, and 1he boy::: heard a fumbling noise at the door. "Who is there?" called out Dick, in a stern voice. 'rhere was no reply, but utter silence for n few moments, and then Dick called oul once more: clear, ringing mice was heard. and the crash of :i cloze11 or more rifles as they were di charged almost raised tlw roof! Immediately following the rnlley from the rifles, came a 8hol'lls of yells of pain, rage and astonishment, au.1 thc'e \Yrre followed by groans and curses. lhck had all the qualities of a good geMral. He seemed "Who is 'there?" to rralizc, intuitively, that it 11ould be an easy matter to ''A frien

THE LlBERTY BOYS OF '76. "\re are fighting for our rights, for liberty, and [ do not ingtOJ1, pleasantly. 'To whom am [ indebted for this think it is wrong i.o our enemies. lf we llo1i"l shoot <:all?" them, they will shoot 11s." ''My name is Dick Slater, your exce ll ency I am a After the door had been repairetl, Slater an a rompany of like myself, all of whom _\nd there in the house that night, the boys, after due wish to join your army ancl ltelp fight for libert.v. We call cornideration and discussion of the subject, decided lo get ourselves the 'Liberty of a: '' np a company from among i.he boys and y01mg men of the rl'he eyes of the commantler-in-chicf shone 1Yith plen:'neighborhood, elect Dick captain, ancl go down to New urc. York and offer their services i.o General Wa hington. He stepped forward nnt1 extende

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Dick returned to the company of Liberty Boys, his face Then the commander-in-chief looked down at the floor ;' glowing. for a few moments, as if in deep study. "The commander-in-chief will review om company, "Dick," he said, slowly and deliberately, "just outside 1 boys!" he cried; "get ready at once. And we must do our the arrows lies the British fleet, under Admiral Howe, best and make as good a showing as possible!" and on the southwest shore of Long Island, just off which 'I'he boys were eager and excited, but fifteen minutes lie the ships, is General Howe's army. The British out later they were ready, and leaving their quarters they number us considerably-just how much I do do not know, marched up the street past the commander-in-chief's head-but wish to--and I wish you to go over to Long Island, and quarters. General Washington was out on the stoop, and make your way, if possible, into the enemy's lines, and find a::; Dick and his company of "Liberty Boys of '7G" marched out not only how many troops they have, but what their in the great man waved his hand in a graceful salute and tentions are. I fear an attack on Brooklyn Heights, and I smiled. Dick returned the salute, and then the Liberty would give much to find out when the attack is to be Boys returned to their quarters, and Dick hastened to remade. Do you think you could do this for me?" turn to the commander-in-chief's headquarters. "I am willing to try, your excellency!" said Dick, He was shown into W ashington',c; presence as soon as he promptly. his name, the orderly having been instructed to admit "You are a brave and noble youth," said Washington; him at once. "and I dislike to send one so young on such a perilous unw nodded and smiled. dertaking. I have already sent two of the best spies in the .. You have a splendid company, my boy!" he said. "It Continental Army, and they have not returned. They were is my prophecy that your 'Liberty Boys of '76' will make a captured, undoubtedly, and were likely shot or hanged name for themselves before this war ends. If I had ten And such would be your .fate, my boy, if you were cap thousand s uch troops, I could bid defiance to Generals tured and though't to be a spy." Howe and Clinton." "I am ready to go, sir," said Dick, firmly; "I am'willin0 "I am glad you liked their looks," said Dick, simply; to risk my life for the good of the great Cause; am willin each and every one ready to lay down their lives to,' if need be, lose it. I think, though, your excellency, that for the great cause of freedom." a boy like myself would be less liable to be suspected o 'I believe you," the general said; and then he looked being a spy than a man, and I have hope s that I may b searching l y at Dick, and asked: able to penetrate into the enemy's lines and escape death a. "If I were to say to you, Dick, that I would 'like to have a spy." you enter upon a dangerous undertaking, an undertaking in "I had thought of that, my boy; in fact, that was th which your life would be threatened at every turn, would reason I decided to send you. 'I'wo of my best spies, bot Le in danger every minute, what would be your reply?" men grown, have failed, and I thought that a boy migh "That you have only to command, your excellency," was be able to do what those men have failed to accomplish the prompt response. "I am here at your service, and if I Then you are willing to undertake this dangerous work?" go where my life pays the forfeit, it will be lost in a noble "Not only willing but eager to undertake it, your ex I am ready to go anywhere, undertake anything, cellency I wish to do something that will be of moment risk eYerything. You have only to tell me what it is that s omething that will be of value to the patriots' cause." you wish me to do." "Good! and thank you, my boy. I shall let you go upo "Nobly spoken:" exclaimed Washington, in admiration. this dangerous errand, but it would be well to wait til "Dick, you are a true Liberty Boy, and I am going to evening. Come to me at four o'clock, and I will give yo honor you by sending you upon a difficult and dangerous, a letter of introduction to General Putnam, who has charg nay, desperate undertaking. If you should succeed in doof the forces on Brooklyn Heights. He will give you fur ing what I wish done, you will have rendered me an inesther aid and instructions." timable service, and perhaps saved the lives of thousands of "Very well, your excellency; I will return at four." atriot soldiers.'' Then Dick took his leave, and returned to his "I will do my best to succeed, sir," said Dick, his handof Liberty Boys, and told them of his good fortune--as h some :face lighting up with enthusiasm. considered it-in being chosen by the commander-in-chi "I know you will, my boy; and I hope and trust you to go over onto Long Island to act as a spy among t rill succeed." British.


THE LlBERTY BOY:S OF. '76. They were excited, and each and every one thought ex actly as Dick did regarding the matter. They were proud that their captain should be chosen by the commander -in chief to go on such a dangerous and important errand. '"l'he general couldn't have done better than to pick on you, Dick," said Bob, earnestly; you will succeed, and find out all about the British, if anybody can do so!" Bob thought there was nobody quite the equal of Dick Slater. "I hope to be successful,'' said Dick, modestly. "You will be; I am sure of it!" said Bob. "How I wish 1 could go with you,'' he added, wistfully. "Do you think you would like to be a spy, Bob?" asked Dick. "But you must have something to eat and drink first. You can eat while I giye you your instructions." ".A. piece of bread and a cup of water is all I care for, sir." Food was brought, and Dick ate heartily, for he was a boy, and a healthy one with a good appetite, and by the time he had finished he knew all that General Pulnam knew regarding the location of the British .Army, and regarding_ the best way in which to go in order to reach 1.he army. It was now quite dark, and he left Putnam's head quarters, and with a good-by to the orderly who had accom panied him through the .A.merica;n. lines, he plunged int' the darkness and set out afoot in the direction in which he knew was the British .Army. 'I know I should like it!" "Let's see; General Putnam said it was about five miles,. "Well, if I am successful the commander-in-chief will as near as he could judge, to the British lines. Well, I probably keep me at the same kind of work, and he would ought to reach there in a couple of hours, anyway." no doubt then be willing to give you work in the same line, Thus thought Dick, as he made his way along. He was Bob." headed for Flat bush, and thought that he might learn. "I hope you will be successful, then." .At a quarter to four that afternoon, Dick bade good-by to his Liberty Boy friends, and went to General Washington's headquarters. The general gave him the letter to General Putnam, with instructions regarding the best route to take to reach Brooklyn Heights, and then Dick took his departure, the cheery words of encouragement from the com-mander -inchief ringing in his ears for a long time. It was almost dark when Dick finally reached the headquarters of General Putnam, and when "Old Put," as be was familiarly called, read the letter, he looked at the youth before him in astonishment. "_\.nd you, a mere boy, are going to try to penetrate the British lines arn1 <'PY on them!" he exclaimed. ":J1:y boy, you are going on a dangerous errand "I know that, sir," waR the quiet reply. something there regarding the British. Dick reached Flatbush, but decided not to tarry there long as he saw a couple of companies of redcoats walking about. He was questioned by the captain of one company> who asked him where he lived, and Dick said, "Out in the. country." "Well, it is time you were getting home,'' said the "you are liable to be gobbled up by the rebels.'' "I am not afraid," said Dick, quietly; and then he drew back the skirts of his coat, and said: "See; I have r:hy father's pistols, and if the rebels try to catch me, I will 8hoot them!" The officer gave a start, and looked at Dick suspiciously "See here, my young friend, you are preJ;ty young to be sporting pistols!" he exclaimed; "that savors more of the. style of the sons of the cursed rebels than of the son of a king's man. Who are you, and where are you going?" "And yet you are not afraid?" Tl B h 1 1e ritis so diers now came crowding around, and they "I go where duty calls me, sir. If 1 were very, very all regarded the youth suspiciously. uch afraid, I would go just the same. I have but one ''He' a young rebel spy and you may be s ure of it, cap-ife, but I am willing to risk, and if n er d be lose, it in tain !" said one. "He looks it; sec what a wicked eye he. for the great Cause of Liberty." has!" "Bravely and nobly spoken!" said Putnam, admiringly, "It isn't any more wicked than yours!" retorted Dit:k, nd he gazed into the frank, bright face of the youth with ,vho was a youth not to be awed. terest. "I will give you all the aid in my power-which "Better take him prisoner, captain!" adYised another. this instance is confined to directions as to the best "He is too saucy, altogether!" urse for you to take in trying to reach the British Army, "I am going to do so," said the officey; "(foarm him, wn on the south shore.'' men!" "Give me such information as you can,'' said Dick, sim-But Dick was not disposed to submit to capture thud y, "and I will start at once." early in his career as a spy. Simulating a fear which,


'.L'llg Ll.BBR'.L'Y BOY8 OP '76. /'di;( range to say, he did not feel, although surrounded by As the horsemen drew near, Dick listened intently, and British Dick drew his pistols from his belt, and soon decid e d that it was a company of British soldiers. : "They are not the fellows I had my encounter with back 'Here arc my pistols; take-their contents!" and as he at Flatbush, however," he decided; "they are laughing and ::-pokt thus he quickly tired the weapous point blank in the joking at a great rate, while the :fellows I met would be of the officer and his men; then striking right and left talking in a different strain. the weapom;; the bold youth broke from among the "They have been on a foraging expe dition," he said to :-old who were surprised and thrown into disorder by himself, as he heard their remarks; "and are on their way l.Jcing fired upon by the boy, and before they realized it, he back to the main army." wa' elcar of them, and running clown the street like the A bright idea struck Dick. wind. "I'll follow them," he decided; "and in. that manner I 'Don"t let him C$Cape !" howled the officer, who had will be led direct to the British Army." l>ccn wounded in th e check by one of the bullets, and was The horsemen were riding at a leisurely gait, so it was in a rage as a result; "don't let the cursed rebel spy escape! not a difficult matter to keep up with them. anJ Dick was 'hoot him dead !-fire, men, fire!" glad they had come along. The soldiers had recovered from their amazement and A mile further, and the horsemen reached the main en disorder, now, and raising their muskets, they fired a volcampment of the British, and Dick had been forced to sto ley. At the same instant ihc fleeing youth fell forward a quarter of a mile back, as he was aware of the fact tha upon his face, and a wild s hout oE joy went up from the he could not enter the lines by way of the road without be British soldiers. ing challenged, as there would be pickets out. 'l'hey thought they had killed the youth, but they were "I'll take a circuit out and around, and _see if I can sli mist

'fiIE LIBER'. _,_ BOYS 0.F '76. ====:==:...--= -. He >vas confronted with a difficult problem now, how"You were not?" ever: He was within the British lines, and the entire en campment was in an uproar. It would be a difficult matter "No. "What were you doing, then?" to escape detection and capture; in fact, it would be almost "I was walking into you r camp, with no attempt at se-an impossibility, and the youth thinking quickly and to crecy, when the sentinels heard me and fired upon me." the point, decided upon a bold stroke: He would walk boldly into camp, and pretend that he wished to join the British Army! 1'I don't know whether I can make it win or not," the youth murmured; "but I'll 'try it. A bold game is often successful where any other kind would fail." 'l'hen he advanced rapidly and walked right up to the main body of the British. "Hello! who are you?" exclaimed an officer, staring at Dick. "I'm a boy," replied Dick, coolly "Indeed? What were you coming into camp for?" "I wanted to offer my services as a soldier in your army." The officer studied the face of the youth closely. "You did, eh?" he remarked. "Yes, sir." "You are loyal to the king, then?" "Oh, yes, sir!" Dick's nature was so open and frank; he bad such a native dislike for falsehood that even though he felt that he was justified in telling an untruth to deceive the British, yet the falsehood came so stumblingly from his lips that the "So I perceive; but who are you and where did you come keen-minded officer became suspicious from?" "Me? Oh, my name is Sam Sly, and I live up the other side of Bedford." "Ah, 'you do? Well, how in blazes did you get through our lines?" "You are sure of that?" he asked. "Yes, I am sure of it," the yout11 declared. Then, feeling that some decided statements were needed, he added: "Just give me a chance to prove it, is all I ask! If I don't do as good fighting as any of your :men, then you can The British soldiers had gathered around, and were lisshoot me!" iening to the youth, and watching him with interest, the camp fires throwing out sufficient light so that it was possi ble to see very well. "\Vhy, I walked through "Ah, you did? Di

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. still claim to be loyal to the king?" /,. I so many soldiers, but the shrewd boy spy was listening to "Yes; and wish to join the army, and fight for him." The captain had dismounted by this time, and now ad vanced and confronted the youth threateningly "Have the young traitor tied up ahmce, Captain Park,'' he said; "he is a rebel spy, and I am sure of it! Put him in the prison-pen along with the other two spies who were recently captured, and see how he will lik that!" Dick almost gave a start. He remembered that General w ashington had said he had sent two men to spy on the British, and they had not returned. The words of the wounded captain would indicat" that the two men in ques tion were held prisoners, and the youth's heart leaped when he thought that perhaps he might succeed in rescuing them, and aiding them to escape and return to New York. "They will have some valuable information, and if I can free them, and we can get away, I think I will have done more than the commander-in-chief expected I would be able to do." "The captain is mistaken," he said aloud; "I am not a spy, but a loyal subject of the king. However, I suppose you will do as you like with me. I cannot prevent you." "Why did you shoot me, then?" asked the wounded cap tain. "Because I thought you were going to hang me for a spy,,1!\t once, without giving me a chance to prove my the conversation about him, and treasuring up every word. 1'he soldiers of the king were not believers in the 'early lo bed, early to rise" philosophy, eYidently, for they did not turn in until after eleven-that the majority of them dill not. This gave Dick some little time in which to circulate around and hear what was being said. "When are we to move on the rebels?" he heard one sol dier ask another. "l don 't'know,'' was the repl3 ; ''before Yery long, though, I think." "We'll eat them up, when we do go alter them!" "Yes; I understand that General Howe says the capture of the Heights now occupied by the rebels will practically end the war, as it will win New York for us at once, and force Washington to retreat out of the city." "That's right; I wish we could capture Washington him self; that would put an end to the whole business." "So it would; I wish it, too, as I am anxious to get back home. I don't like this business of being over here anl1 having to fight these bushwhacking rebels." "Neither do I; but I think that the capture of the Heights of Brooklyn will end the matter, practically." "You will find that yon arc mistaken about that!'' thought Dick, and then as the t.wo began ronYersing about loyalty, and I decided to escape if I could, and join the army." "I believe ii will be best to give him a chance to prove his loyalty to the king," said the other captain. The fact of the matter was that there was bad blood be-tween these two officers on account of a love affair with one of the pretty, buxom Dutch girls of the vicinity, and Captain Park was secretly glad Dick had shot the captain in the cheek, and he hoped the wound would spoil the gallant captain's beauty. "Oh, all right; do as you like!'' half-snarled Captain Fhnk. "I hope he will turn out to bQ the rankest kind of a rebel, and shoot you full of holes!" home affairs in England, he moved on. "Who in blazes are you, and what are you ,1anderi11g around here for, like a restless spirit?" a :iergeant of Dick, a few minutes later. "l 'm just looking at the soldiers,'' replied Dick, quietly. "X o harm in that, is there?" ''That depends. Who and what are you?" "My name is Sam Sly." "Sam Sly, eh?" "Yes." "Well Sam Sly, how sly are you?" 9 With this amiable remark, Captain Frink stalked away, The officer chuckled; he thought he was saying some thing smaTt. followed by an amused laugh from Captain Park. "Slyer than you think, per hap thought Dick; but "I am going to give you a chance to prove your loyalty, aloud he said: young man he said. "That is what I want," replied Dick. CHAPTER VII. "I am not very sly. I am a country boy from up Bed ford way, and I have come down here to join the arruy, and fight for the king." "You are loyal to the king, then, are you?" GATHERING INFORMATION. "Oh, yes, sir." Dick was allowed his freedom, and he wandered about, "Well, that':; the way to be. And you want. lo fight for emingly merely interested by the novelty of the sight of hin;i, ch?"


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Yes." "Well," said the soldier, fiercely, "I am going to use that "Jove! I wish you could take my place and fight, and let knife on you!" me go back to England!" with a dry laugh. "After you "I'd advise you not to attempt it!" said Dick, promptly. have been in one battle, you won't be so eager to fight for "What i'" the king, or anyone else!" The soldier was astonished at the youth's coolness, as "Maybe not," simpl,y. "I want to try it, anyway, and were the onlookers also. see." "Bah! you couldn't fight anything!" sneered a soldier, who had been drinking a bit more than was good for him. and who had listened to the talk of the youth with a scorn ful expression of countenance. "You would run at the first fire." ''Judging me by yourself, I suppose?" remarked Dick, "You heard what I said." Dick was as calm as ever. "You say you'd advise: me not to attempt it, eh?" "Yes." "Why, what would the young high-cock-a-lorum do?" "He would knock you down!" was the prompt reply. The soldier laughed hoarsely. coolly. considered it a rare, good joke. that a boy should A number of the soldiers who sat near and heard the talk of knocking him down. "Why, ye little whelp!" he said, scornfully; "ye couldn't remark laughed loudly at this, and began chaffing the sol-knock me down in a week I" dier. "Ha-ha! he was too much for you, Moggsley !" "'l'he kid is lively with his tongue!" "He's all right !" "You try using that knife on me, and see pi said Dick, quietly. "Well, that's just what I am going to do! I said I thought of cutting your tongue off, but that would be too bad, I guess; so I will content myself with cutting a piece But the British soldier was of a mean, quarrelsome disoff the top of each of your ears! That is the private mark position, especially when he was in his cups, and he be"You had better keep still, Moggsley I" came very angry. "Why, you little whelp!" he cried, leaping to his feet and glaring at Dick in a manner intended to frighten him half to death, but which failed of doing so, as the youth met the look unflinchingly; "I have half a mind to wring your neck You are altogether too free with that tongue of yours, and for two shillings I would cut it off "Would you?" remarked Dick, coldly, "I don't think you would!" "Oh, you don't, eh?" "I do not!" "The boy is spunky!" exclaimed a soldier, admiringly. "He is gritty!" "He has enough spirit for a rebel!" The angry soldier advanced threateningly, and drawing which Hank Moggsley puts on people he doesn't like!" "Have you ever put the mark on anybody?" "Yes, sirree; on lots of people." "Defenseless old men, and boys ten or twelve years old, I suppose!" Dick's tone was scathing, and the laughter which greeted this remark of Dick's made the soldier very angry. "You insolent young hound he hissed; "you do not know what you are doing! Anger me too much, and I will kill you!" "Try it, you coward, and see what you will get!" said Dick, who had made up his mind to give this arrogant, boastful fellow a lesson. "Jove! but the boy is gritty!" "Ke is a good one!" "That's right!" The remarks of the soldiers made the fellow more angry a knife from his pocket, and opening i'he blade, which con-than ever, and when he found his speech-Dick's last re '\erted the knife into a dirk with a blade six inches long, he mark had almost paralyzed him-he hissed: held it up and smiled in a fiendish manner. "So! you will have it, eh? Well, your blood be on your "D'ye see that knife?" he asked. own head, then! You should have kept a civil tongue, and "I see it!" not been so saucy!" Dick was perfectly cool. He felt that he was more than Then he crouched for a spring at the daring youth. a match, physically, for any king's soldier, on account of The soldiers sitting around cried to Dick in warning, but the fact that he was a trained athlete, and he did not ex-it was not necessary. The youth was watching the angry hibit the least nervousness. man, and was ready for him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. As the soldier leaped forward, knife in hand, with a snarling cry of rage and menace, Dick's right arm shot .out, and the king's soldier was knocked down with a neatness and despatch that was remarkable, and the force with which he struck the ground caused him to give utterance to a grunt And now lhe soldiers who were witnesses to the remark able affair were astonished as had never been before. Exclamations of wonderment escaped them. :Jioggsley was a bad man, and was feared and disliked by his comrades on account of the fact that he was of such a vicious nalure. He would as lieve kill a man as not, and had done so on several occasions. It was war time, however, and he had been let go. After lhe war was over, he would probably be hanged. :Jloggs1ey lay there on the ground, blinking up at the sky, for nearly half a minute. Then Dick stepped forward and gave him a poke with the toe of his boot. "Get up, you coward!" he said, sharply: "Get up, and finish killing me, if you are going to do so; I am in a hurry to have the affair over with." This aroused the fallen man, and caused murmurs of astonishment at the youth's temerity from the spectators. ] 'You'd better run, young fellow, instead of staying and

THE LIBEHTY BOYS OF '76. Doubtless the two attempts he had made to reach the : :N" o; only against one, and he is not a soldier, but a. mth, failing caeh time, had taught him the uselessness of scoundre l !" ying to prosecute the attack further at short range. At any rate, he decided on another course of procedure. He reached his hand to his belt, quickly, and drew his i tol. He leveled it at the youth. There 1 vas a fiendish look, a look of fierce joy and tri-1mph, on his face. "l am going to Rhoot you down like a dog! you cursed "That will do Go to the supply tent and get you a. blanket, and turn in for the night. You have done enough deviltry for the once." "I don't want to go till I have give11 this coward the lesson he needs." "He will be in no condition to fight you : eee, he is dazed." 'l'his was really the case, and feeling that he had punished oung whelp!" he cried; ''die!" the fellow pretty thoroughly, Dick walked away without anBut the wonderful quickness of the youth foiled him other word. gaiu. He made a few inquiries, here and there, and presently Dic:k leaped aside with the quickpess of thought, and as found the supply tent, and securing a blanket, he lay down, ie his body downward, and to one side, he struck up1vard with his arm, striking the pistol arm of the soldier, and knocking the arm upward, so that when the pistol was lischarged, the bullet went whistling up in the air. '!'hen, crack! the youth's terrible fist took the would-be murdrrer on the jaw, and down he went for the third time. 'I'hc spectators stared in open-mouthed amazement. They had expected nothing else than that the youth would and wrapping himself in the blanket, was soon fast asleep. CH.AP'I'ER VIII. THE PRISOJ:\-PENS. One would haYe thought that the young patriot spy would Cle down, but again he had outgeneraled his opponent not have slept much. The noise of the pistol-shot alarmed the camp, and offiers of the guard came running up to see what was the rouble. There are not many who, placed in his position, would have done so. The majority in his situation-a patriot spy in the midst When they learned what it was, they turned on Dick. of the British Army-would have been so nervous and "What do you mean by coming into the camp and raising frightened that they would not have been able to close uch a disturbance?" an officer asked. "I didn't raise any disturbance, sir." Dick was cool and composed. "You did not?" '' sir; that fellow started it himself." "I don't believe it The officers feared the fellow, as he was an inveterate ambler, and it happened tltat they owed him considerable the way of gambling debts, and they did not wish to have say anything to Moggsley. their eyes in sleep at all. But not so Dick. He was a peculiar youth. He had nerves of steel, had perfect control of himself, and no feeling of uneasiness came 1.o disturb his mind and keep him from sleeping He went to sleep and slept as soundly as he would have slept had he been at home in bed. Imagination he had none. No fear of what might happen ever bothered Dick Slater's "It is the truth, just the same," said Dick; "and I can mind. rove it by the soldiers who the affair from the He was intensely practical. "Who are you?" abruptly. It was his way to wait till danger actually threatened, "Sam Sly." and then meet it as best he might be able at the time. "What are you doing here?" These peculiar qualifications would make him a splendid "I am a king's man, and I came here to join the army, spy. d .ght for King George!' Dick awoke much refreshed next morning, and after hav Oh, that's it. Well, you have made a very poor start, ing eaten a good solid breakfast, he felt that he would be you have been .ghting against the king's soldiers, from in good condition to prosecute his investigations during e looks of things." the day.


Captain Park ran across him at an early hour, and after that has been landed since the ships reached here questioning him further, found him a place in a company of his regiment. The soldiers did pretty much as they liked, excepting during drill hours. Halifax and England." "Phew!" whisUed Dick; "why don't they attac American Army at once, and wipe it out of existence?' "We are going to do so in a few days, now-so I They wandered here and there, and squads were conthe captain say yesterday." stantly going and coming from the beach, where they "What day, do you know?" asked Dick, so eagerly bathed. his companion looked at him somewhat suspiciously. Dick went along with one of those squads. "What makes you seem so excited?" he asked, When they came to the beach, Dick noticed several old tiously. hulks lying near the shore in a little cove, sheltered from "Why, I want to be in the :fight!" the youth cried. the rougher waters of York Bay, where the British fleet I wish we were going to attack them to-day!" lay at anchor. "You're all right, I guess!" with a smile. "Well, I "What are those old hulks there for?" he asked of a fel-know the exact day we will move on Brooklyn Heights, low with whom he had struck up a sort of friendship. it will be within four days, at any rate." "Those are intended for the reception of such prisoners Four days as we capture when we storm Brooklyn Heights," was the Dick made a mental note of this. reply. This was important news, indeed! "Ah! I see; prison-pens, eh?" It was something that General Washington ought "Yes." know at once. "They have no occupants as yet, have they?" Dick made up his mind that the commander -in-chie \ dozen or two. You see, we pick up a few stragglers the Continental Army should know it very soon. and there are a couple of spies in there, too." "A couple of spies, you say?" "Ye s They are to be shot in a few days." uir ... "And serve them right!" declared Dick, with assumed :fierceness. "The idea of their turning traitor, and working against the king! They ought to be hung!" "You're right that!" "Are they all in the same hulk?" asked Dick, looking al the prison-pens with disguised interest. The youth was determined not to leave, however, after he had at least made a desperate effort to set the s and other patriot prisoners free, and aid them to escape. He was not the kind of a youth to go off and leave poor men to their fate. That :fate would be death by hanging, or by bullet, a as he had four days in which to return to the commander chief with the information which he had gained, he determined to take the prisoners with him when he went. 'Yes; they're in this one, nearest the shore." Dick went in bathing with the others, and spent a cou Dick had learned what he wished to know, so s aid no of hours there. He was careful to count the British w more just at that time. When they came in sight of the British fleet in York Bay, Dick asked how dangerous the vessels were. "Are they all in good :fighting trim, and well-manned ?" he asked. "Oh, yes; the ships are all right, and there are plenty of men aboard them," was the reply. "That is good; there is no danger that Washington and his army of traitors will come down and capture them, then." The soldier laughed. ships and take particular note of them. He saw that carpenters were at work on three or four a1 he jumped to the conclusion that the vessels were not seaworthy as they might least some of them we not. "I wish I could sink the whole fleet!" he thought, a he got to pondering, in the hope that he might think u some scheme whereby this might be accomplished. It1 was a difficult problem, however, and he dismissed i finally, as impracticable. Dick spent the day much after the ame fashion as th "Well, I guess not !"he said. rest of the soldiers. He saw the soldier Moggsley one "There must be an awful lot of soldiers here!" said during the day, but the fellow for some reason pretende Dick presently. "I never saw so many men together be-not to see the youth. fore in all my life." The fact was, h e was afraid of. Dick. and although burn "There are at least twenty-five thousand men in the army ing with hatred for the youth, he did not dare show it, bu t


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. : d it, and awaited an opportunity to strike Dick when he as not looking. Dick read the fellow correctly, however, and smiled to mself. ''He would murder me if he got the chance," he thought; This thought gave the scoundrel some uneasiness. Ile was a coward at heart, and the thrashing Dick had given him the night before had inspired him with a whole some respect for the youth's prowess. If the youth suspected that he was being followed, a nd ell, I won't give him the chance." was on his guard, it would be a difficult and dang e rou s unWhen evening came, and it grew dark, Dick began to d e rtaking to attack him. ow re s tless. :Jioggsley was desperate, howe v e r and gritting hi s teeth, He could not content himself to sit by the camp fire and h e ha s t e ned after the youth, and gradually dr e w nearer to slen to stories. He was anYious to be away to the old prison-pens made om the hulks of dismantled vessels. hi s intended victim. Dick really had no thought that he was followed, but he had a splendid h e aring, and a s he was walking rapidly He was eager to re s cue the s pie s and the other patriots along, he heard a nois e behind him. 1prisoned there He whirled quickly. Dick got up and sauntered s lowly awa y looking here am1 Ile was only jus t in time. wre in the most natural and careless manner imaginable. As h e whirled he saw a dark form coming toward him. 'o one to have seen him would have thought that he The form was that of a man, and was onl y a few feet :as burning with the desire to leap away at a run, and race di s tant. own toward the water front to where the old hulks lay. Instinctively the youth kn e w s omeone had followed him The youth had splendid control of himself. from the camp and he felt that it would be a fight to the 'l'his was what was going to make him such a wonderful death. ccess as a spy. He had splendid eyes, anu the c a t -like faculty of "Where are you going, Sly?" asked Captain Parks as s eeing after night-not to the degree possesse d by th e mem passed where that officer sat engaged in gazing up at the ber s of the feline tribe, of cour::;e, but to a degr e e more than -ars in meditation. the average human bein g-and h e detect e d th e flash of I feel restless, captain," replied Dick; "I will tak e a s teel. tile walk before turning in for the night." Ile r e a c hed up and g ra s p e d the wrist of the arm, in the "Very well; but don't go far." hand o.f whi c h was he was coufid e nt, a knife, or weapon "I will be back in a few minutes." o f some king. Dick passed on, and as he left the light thrown out by the )IaYing got hold of the wri s t, i.he youth held on firml y zens of camp fires, and entered the darkness, a dark form :for he knew that his s afety lay in doing so. nt stealing along in his wake. His assailant s peedily proved himself to be no m e an Ile was followed; and the man following him was bent oppon ent, and the struggle which was waged there in the murdering the youth. Moggsley had been sitting near the camp fire reading, en he happened to look up and saw Dick leaving camp, d he at once leaped up, and assuming a careles s ness he was r from feeling, he followed the youth darkness was a terrible one. ot a word was s poken. Breath was too precious to b e wasted in that manner. Backward and forward, around and around the two moved, each striving to get the adYantage of the other. Dick kept en down the road toward the beach, walking Dick was a s killed wrestler, and was as bard to get off his ite rapidly now, for he was where he would be unobserved, feet as a cat. Moreover, he was more powerful than most was sure, and he wished to get to the old hulk V{hich was e prison-pen of the patriots as quickly as possible. The fact that he walked qi1ite fast saved him from being a'ulted a much longer time than would othe rwise have psed. Moggsley was surprised at the speed at which the men, and hi s assailant had hi s work cut out for him Suddenly in moving about, Dick's foot caught in a vine or something, and although h e made an almost superhu man effort to keep from falling, he could not save himself. Exercising his cat-like faculties, however, Dick, in fall-th was going. ing, managed to make a quick twist and reverse movement, "What in blazes is be up to?" he asked himself "Why at the same time turning his assailant's body half way he walking so fast? I wonder if he has discovered that around, and the result was that when they struck the is followed?" ground Dick was on top


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A peculiar, gasping groan escaped the fellow, and Dick wondered at it. "He won't need them any more," the youth said self; "and I will put them to better use. I will use "ls it a trick to get me to let go of him?" the youth the service of my country." .asked himself. One thing Dick was glad of, and that was that h He held onto the fellow's wrists with a grip of iron for now be reasonably sure that he not suspected o a few moments, and then as the fellow made no movement, a spy, and had not been followed for that reason. nor tried to wrench his wrists loose, Dick became convinced that his assailant had been badly in the fall. One of the fellow's arms-the one in the hand of which was the knife-was doubled under his body, and Dick, possessed of a strange suspicion, made an examination by .feeling about. Suddenly he made a discovery: The knife which the fellow had m his hand had got turned with the point upward as they fell, and he had fallen on it, and had been killed by his own weapon almost in stantly! Moggsley's incentive was hatred and revenge. He doubtless had had no thought that the youth patriot spy. Dick hastened on his way. Every few minutes he paused and listened intc He feared he might have been followed by others Moggsley. Such was not the case, however, and of course he d hear anything more of an alarming nature from the Dick reached the beach presently, and paused. "Now, how am I to reach the prison ship?" A feeling of horror came over Dick, but he dismissed it himself. a s quickly as it came, almost. He pondered a few moments. "I can and will swim, if I have to do so," he sa himself; "but," he added; "I should llhink there wou "It is war times, and he would have killed me," he said to himself. "Self-defense is the first law of nature, and I but defended myself-as I intend to do under any a boat near here somewhere." and all circumstances, if I have to kill redcoats by the s c ore! My services are needed by my countr-y, and I am going to live to be of service to the great Cause of Freedom just as long as I can!" Dick wondered who his assailant was, and taking out a flint and steel, and gathering some twigs and dried grass, he struck a light and as his eyes fell upon the face of the dead man, he exclaimed : "Moggsley !" CHAPTER IX. DICK TO THE RESCUE. This was reasonable to suppose. The prisoners would have to have food every day. The food would have to be taken to them from shore. Therefore, it followed that there must be a boat no away. "I'll find it," the youth thought. "It is close by, ar would be willing to wager that such is the case." Dick hunted around, and was fortunate enough to a stick, with a crook at one end of it in the shape hook. Holding to the s traight end of the stick, Dick wal slowly along the shore of the cove, dragging the stick al in such a manner that the hook would catch the rope chain holding the boat. Yes, the dead man was Moggsley, the soldier who had He had not gone far before he was stopped by feeling picked the quarrel with Dick the night before, and whom stick held back, it having caught something pretty solid Dick had given a thrashing. The youth understood the situation perfectly. Moggsley, burning with a desire for revenge, had fol lowed him, with the intention of murdering him He had failed, and had accomplished his own destruc tion. "We ll, served him right!" thought Dick, and extinguish ing the light, he went his way; having first taken the pistol s and cartridges off the dead man. "That's the rope, I'll bet!" the youth thought, and fe ing, he found that this was the case. "Good he murmured; "now to get aboard the pris ship!" The youth climbed into the boat, untied the rope, a taking the oars, rowed slowly and carefully out into t cove. He was careful not to make any more noise than w possible.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7'7.'l -=========================================: ere would be a guard on the prison ship, and if he ieard he might get shot. will have to be careful,'> he thought. "I don't want il now that. I have gone this far and met with success. st free those prisoners!" mad of him he saw a light fl.ash up and then go out and the youth slowed up, and moved very cautiously. hat was the guard lighting his pipe,'' he thought; "1 lose to the prison ship now." d such was the case, for presently one of the oars k against the hull of the old hulk. made a rasping noise that was heard on deck, for Dick d a stir, and a voice exclaimed: at was that!" Only one man "il1s on guarQ. at a time. Dick located tM guard, and stole toward the fellow. The youth was gi)id the guard had lighted his pipe. The faint glow (:if the fire in the bowl could be seen, and served as an ex\ellent guide for Dick. He stole forward, and being enabled to determine in which direction the @.uard was facing, the youth around so as to approaeh the fellow from behind. Closer and closer crept pick. 1 He was almost within reach of the fellow. "Blame such business as t'm.$ !" the guard suddenly ex claimed, pettishly; "this is the dullest business I ever got into Here I have to sit, with nothing to 6)muse me, while the boys over at the camp are playing cards, and tettrni ootsteps approached the side at a point almost directly stories, and singing songs, and having a good time. I like e where Dick sat in the boat, and a voice cried out: it where things are lively." o comes there?" f course, Dick made no answer. e sat there as motionless as a statue. e scarcely breathed. would not do to be discovered now. would spoil all his plans. e was determined to free the prisoners. o he sat there as silent as the Sphinx. Hello hello I say Who comes there?" he guard's voice had an impatient ring. f course, Dick did not respond, and presently, after a ce of half a minute, the guard gave utterance to an "All right; I'll make it lively for you, then!" said Dick aloud, and then he leaped upon the startled British soldier, and bore him to the deck. The fellow struggled fiercely, but it was no use. He was a strong man, but Dick was stronger. Then, too, he had taken the guard by su;rprise, and had s ucceeded in getting him by the throat. This was a big advantage, for Dick sq u eezed the fellow's windpipe so tight that his wind was entirely shut off, and struggle as he might, the fellow could do nothing. He speedily collapsed, and became unconscious. "I am glad I didn't have to kill the fellow,'' thought amation of Ycxation, and walked away from the rail, as Dick. "Now to tie and gag him." k could tell by the sound of his footsteps. A narrow escape!" thought Dick. "Well, I must get Dick soon found a pie'ce of rope, and bound the man': d hands together behind his back. r ie tied the rope to the rail, so the boat would not drift Then the youth gagged the Briton, and rose to his feet y, and then he listened, so as to locate the guard. with a sigh of satisfaction. I mu t overcome him first of all," the youth said to self "Good he thought; "so far I hi.ive done Yery well. Now to see if the prisoners are aboard-but I know they b h are." 1hcn he thought that perhaps there might e more t an t would be best to investigate before making an attack th e guard. t would never do to attack one guard, and have three 'our more leap upon him and make him prisoner. )ick was brave, but he was cautious. 'o he stole along the deck of the prison ship, and paused y three or four steps to list en e became at last that there was but one man guard. here might be three or four on board, but the rest, if was the case, were probably asleep. Dick made his way down the companionway, and went down the short stairway. At the bottom was a door which led into a cab in. Dick tried the door. The knob turned, and he was enableu to push the door open. The youth ente red softly, and pausing, listened. The sound of snoring came to his ears. "Another guard, likely," the youth tho11ght. c. He must be a plays a horn while asleep." Dick stole across the floor in the direction o.f the snor ing.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 he guard whom Dick had surprised asleep still lay ere he had left him. e glared at the youth and his companions with a look urder in his eyes, but could not say anything, the gag venting utterance. Good-by!" said Bird, with a triumphant look. "We leave you here, in your present condition, all night, and how you like it I" ick now extinguished the candle and placed it in his kct, and then led the way up on deck. 11 was quiet there. is presence had not attracted the attention of anyone the two guards, and they were prisoners. Come," said Dick, and he led the way to the boat. The boat is small; we will hav e to make two trips," he is was done, and half an hour later the entire party itriots stood on the shore of th e little cove. ark!" said Dick, suddenly, in a low, cautious tone; you hear that?" t is the tramp of a body of men!" said Bird. t is a company of British soldiers!" said Harpe r. "What direction shall we take?" asked Dick. _.,Shall we go around to the eastward, or in the other direction?" "It is not so far to Stirling's outpost as it is to Sulli van;s," r eplied Bird, "so I am in favor of going around to the westward, and trying to reach Stirling's division." "Very well; we will go that way, then," said Dick; 'you lead the way, as you are more familiar with the lay of the land hereabouts than I am." Bird took the lead, and they set out. They had not been moving along more than twenty min utes when there was an outcry in the direction from which they had just come. "They have discovered the escape of their prisoners!" said Harper, grimly. "Yes; and we will have to look out now!" said Bird. It was evident that a general alarm had been sounded, for the little party of patriots soon found themselves in the midst of the British, and it was only by the exercise of great caution that they kept from being captured. Once they ran almost into the arms, figuratively speak ing, of a company of British, but the ready wit of Dick saved them. e must get away from here in a hurry," said Dick, "Have they found the escaped prisoners yet?" he asked, e told them to follow him, which they did, and he led in well-simulated eagerness. away at right angles, and as they got out of the line It will be remembered that it was quite dark, and it so rch of the company of men, they paused and listened as a body of British soldiers. d what was more, they were in search of Dick. had left the camp two hours before, and not having ed, Captain Parks had become suspicious, and had ut this body of men to look for him. ks had at last become suspicious that Dick was, after hat Captain Frink had accused him of being-a t spy. e captain said that _if the boy was a spy, he might set the prisoners free from the prison ship," Dick s friends heard one of the British soldiers say; "so we tter go aboard and see if everything is all right the party of British passed on, and Dick said: ey will go aboard the prison ship and learn all within If we escape, we will have to hurry, for u arouse the entire army, and men will swarm about CHAPTER X. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN BATTLE. t is as true as anything you ever said," said Bird. must hurry!" said Harper. happened that they were so far from the nearest camp fire that it was impossible for the nritish to see that they were not what they pretended to be-British soldiers like themselves. It was possible, only, to see the outlines of each other, and know that they were men, and that was all. Dick's question threw the British off their guard and disarmed suspicion. "No; they haven't found them yet," was the reply to Dick's question; "but we'll get them very soon. 'rliey can't get away." "Oh, no; they can't get away!" said Dick, and the Brit ish captain failed to distinguish the sarcasm of the tone. "You go that way, and we will go this," said Dick, in an authoritative tone; "there is no use of our going in the same direction." "True; all right," and the company of British went on its way in blissful unconsciousness of the fact that its captain had talked with the escaping prisoners. "Well, you have nerve, young man!" said Bird, admir ingly; "I take off my hat to you!" "That was a bold stroke!" said Harper. "And like most bold strokes, it won," said Bird. The little party hastened onward, and on a dozen occa ions they were on the verge of discovery by the British,


28 THE LIBER'r"l BOYS OF '76. but they managed to escape detection till they were within two hours later-they had to ride slowly 011 account half a mile of the American outpost, when they were con-darkness-they arrived at Brooklyn Heights. fronted by a company of British, the commander of which They paused there long enough to put General P ordered them to halt. on his guard, as they feared the British, now that th "Fire a volley into their ranks, and then run!" sa id Dick, had escaped, might move on the Contiuental for in a low tone, and at the ll'or. as they would not have allowed themselves to be recaptured now, when so close to the outpost of the Conti nental .\rmy, for the world. They were soon within the lines of Stirling's division, and as he was up, haring been aroused by an orderly as soon as the fact 1rns ascertained that something unusual waf\ transpiring over within the Britii:;h lines, Dick and his companion s were taken before him at once. Stir! ing wc1s dclighteLl when he learned of i.he escap e of th is lit tic party from the pri oou-pen of the British, and he comJJlimcntcd Dick highly on the \'rnnderful work which he hacl performed. "It 1vas not rnuclt lo do,'' said Dick, modestly. "Ii was a grcfl t deal to clo was the reply; "and you have gained some impori.ant information, which will be of ,\mcrican lines immediately, General Washington wish to haYe information regarding the matter. The great general was very glad they did repor he greeted the three with delight. "So you are back again, Bird ancl Harper!" he exch "ancl yon, Master Dick! I am glad to see you!" "We are glad to get back, your excellency!" said "and Harper and I owe our presence here to this youth, who penetrated into the British line s, anc1 found and rescued us." "Indeed! Well, well! I thought that perhaps tl might s ucceed wher e men had failed, and that was t son I sent him; but I di cl not expect that he would well as he has done." Dick blushed at this praise, ancl tried to make ou he had not clone much of anything, but the commanc chief hushed him up. great value to the commander-in-chief." "Yes, indeed!" said Bird. "'Ye wish to go right on," said Dick. the headquarters before morning." "That will do, my boy," he said, kindly; "you hav a wonderful thing, and your work in this matter ha "We must be at greatly to your credit. I will say that no spy Continental Army has ever done better work than th: "I ll'ill furnish you three horse s,'' said Stirling. "'fhell have performed." it will take you but a short time to reach your destination. ''That is absolutely true,'' said Bird. The olhcr men Cfln stay here." Then Dick and the other two spies quickly put t1H "We are from Sullivan's divi s ion," one said; "why not mam1er-in-chicf in possession of all the facts in th let u s go on up l here and rejoin oul' company?" and he decided to send reinforcements to General P "That will be all right," Stirling said; "only you must be at once. and not allow yourselves to be recaptured." "Please send my company of 'Liberty Boys' amo "Trust us for that!" with a grim laugh. "They won't others, your excellency," said Dick, and the comm catch us again! 'Ye will fight to the death first! We have in-chief smilingly said the company of "Liberty had one taste of British prison-pen, and we don't want an should go, if Dick desired it. other!" Soon all was hustle in and around headquarters, Dick, Bird and Harper, mounted on good horses, were the encampment of the Continental Army. soon riding northward, along the old road, and Three thousand troops were quickly on the move,


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. mpany among them, and they crossed the river and up of the highland regiments of Scotland, and Stirling ached Brooklyn Heights before the sun had risen. himself was a Scotchman. The British did not move on the .Americans that night. "We are going to have a hard fight, my boys !" he said; Only General Howe could have told why they had not "we will hold out as long as possible, however. Stand one so. ready, and fight as men fighting for liberty should fight!" Doubtless his experience at Bunker Hill had imbued fll with s uch a wholesome respect for the prowess of the triots that he wanted more time in which to make up his ind. A ringing cheer greeted his words, and it was evident that the patriots would fight like demons, before falling back toward the main body of troops at Brooklyn Heights. Soon the attack began, and the "Liberty Boys of '76" Nor did the British move to the attack within four days, were getting their first taste of war-cruel war Dick had heard several say they intended doing, when They went into the battle with the enthusiasm of youth, was i11 the lines, and their reason for this was obvious: however, and loaded and fired as rapidly as possible, stand he British Army knew the spies reached General Washinging their ground like veterans. 11 with the information, and it was decided to delay atDick was at their front and stood there like a statue, eking. excepting when he was firing, when he became all life Dick and Bob and the other members of the company .a nd action. etted at the inactivity. He fired rapidly, and cheered the boys with lively Tf1ey had come over from New York to the Heights in words of encouragement. He seemed not to realize that he e expectation of becoming engaged in battle with the was in danger. riti sh within a few hours, and as day after day passed and ill the British held off, the boys became very restless. And this was characteristic of all the members of the company of Liberty Boys, and they fought with the cool"I want to fight!" said Bob Estabrook. "I want to get ness and precision of veterans. chance to .show ihe Briti sh what the 'Liberty Boys of Stirling was here, there and encouraging 6' can do!" his men, and he noted with wondering admiration the brave All were eager for the conflict, and in their eagerness manner in which the boys were fighting. ey got Dick to ask that their company be transferred to He spoke to them in complimentary terms, and was anirling's division, it being a self-evident fact that the outswered with a cheer. sts s hould be the first to Le attacked when the attack was The fire of the British was galling, and as they outnumade. bered the American Army greatly, they kept on advancing, Puinam, willing to please the youths, he having taken a even in the face of the terrible hail of bullets, and it be eat liking to Dick, the boy spy, gave orders to have the came evident that the Americans would have to fall back, ys uniformed and equipped, and !lllowed them to go down and retreat to Brooklyn Heights. d join Stirling's division, and the youths were better satStirling had just given the order to retreat in good or ted as they knew that they would be in the fight among der, when the British Army, under Howe and the other very first, when the battle should begin. three generals above named, attacked the patriot army But the Brifah delayed attacking for days and weeks. from the rear. The Briti s h had surprised Sullivan's di d it was not until ihe twenty-seventh day of August that vision from the rear in the same manner, and had then 'Y finally made the attack. advanced and fallen upon the rear of Stirling's division. he British fleet, under Admiral Howe, advanced and It was evident, now, that it was going to be simply a de a feint upon New York, while General Howe's troops question of reaching the Heights as quickly as possible, and 1anced on the .American outposts on shore. Stirling told his men to fight their way through, if possi he main portion of the British Army, under Generals ble, and escape. 'c, Clinton, Percy and Cornwallis, made a night march, More desperate :fighting betw een the Americans and the ay around to the right, until they struck the Jamaica British never took place anywhere than now. The Ameri c1, and when the other portion of the army attacked cans fought like fiends, and in the front ranks of the fight rling 's and Sullivan's divisions, this large force was movers, doing the work of double their number, were the lo attack the rear of Sullivan's position. "Liberty Boys of '76." rhP force that was advancing on Stirling's division, They did wonderful service, and earned a reputation l \\'hich came in sight just as the sun came up, was made then and there for personal bravery, for intrepid daring


THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76. i n the face of superior numbers, that remain ed with them I seen, and it placed Washington at once at the top, r througho u t the entire war. with the great generals of the world. The m ajority of the patriot soldiers succeeded in reac h The commander in-chief learned of the gallant con d ing the Brooklyn Heights, among them the "Liberty Boys of the "Liberty Boys of '76," and complimented th o f '76," but the brave Stirling himself was captured, though highly. Dic k, at the head of his company, made desperate efforts "Ah!" he said to Dick, "if I had ten thousand additio t o prevent the capture. troops made up of 'Liberty Boys' such as are the memb The division under Sullivan-those who had escaped beof your company, I would cross back over the East Ri ing killed-had already reached the Heights, and that same and drive the British into the ocean!" afternoon General Washington brought over several thou sand troops to reinforce the Heights. Dick repeated the commander-in-chief's words to Bob a the other members of the company, and they were as pro a lot of boys as ever the sun shone on. "If they try to take the Heights by force, they will be repulsed with great slaughter," said the comm antler-inThe "Liberty Boys of '76" were destined to do wonder chief; but the British general had not forgotten Bunker work for the great Cause of Liberty during the remaini Hill, and he was afraid to try to storm the works. He settled down, instead, to make a siege, and General Washington, seeing that it would be impossible to withyears of the war. THE END. stand a siege, and realizing, too, that if the British should Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH; OR, SE : come around to the rear and cut them off from retreat, they TLING WITH THE BRITISH TORIES," hich would eventually have to surrender, quietly made arrange-be the next number (2) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." ments with the owners of all the river craft available, and that night, under cover of darkness, the entire patriot army was transferred across the river to New York. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this wee Next day the British were thunderstruck to find that are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a their prey had escaped them. This feat, in which ten thousand troops, with cannon, stores, etc., got away from a virnewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps tual death-trap in a night, and without the knowledge of the mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI enemy, is considered as being one of the most wonderful SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the co and brilliant strokes of generalship the world has ever you order by return mail. Sam.p1e Copies "HAPPY DAYS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Xind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiu It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Send us your Name and Address for a Saf!lple Copy Free. Address FR.ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 UNION NEW YO


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