The Liberty Boys' good work, or, Helping Gen. Washington

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T H E LI a E RTY -... ---c -; No. it NEW YORI{,. JANUARY 18, 1901. Price 5 Cents. Suddenly Dick's foQt' failed to find anything to .arrest #s descent. when he made .. a step for; ward; and before he could catc]J. himself he became overbalanced and 't11ID.bled forward headlong. Then! he struck-not the ground, but something com!'aratively soft. ___


HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued W e ekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 pe1 year. Flnterea acc ording t o Act of O onnress, i n tile 11ear 190lt i n the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Washtngton, D. 0., b l/ Frank 7'ouse11, 24 Union Square, New Yorn;. No. 3. NEW YORK, JANUARY 18, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE BOY SPY. The Briti s h had o c cupied N e w York two weeks General Washington had been forced to fall back to Harem Heights with the entire patriot army. On the sixteenth of September the British had made an nsuccessful attack on the American forces on Harlem eights, and bad been repulsed with a loss of three hun red, the American loss being only about sixty In this engagement, on e company, made up entirely of Indeed, Dick Slater had re s cued two spies, who had been I c aptur e d and held by the British. As I have said, the British occupied the city of New York, the patriot army being stationed on Harlem Heights at the north end of Manhattan Island. Two weeks had passed since the attack had been m ade on the Heights. General Washington had waite d for the British to renew the attack, but they had not done s o They occupied a pos ition in front of the Heights cutting off the Ame ricans from the city even had the.y des ired to ouths of about eighteen year s of age, had distinguished go down the r e tself by the individual bravery of the members. But they made no move toward making another attack. This company had been made up from among the farmer oys living in the vicinity of Tarrytown, and a s pl e ndid ot of youths they were. The y call e d t h e mselves "The ibert y Boys of '76," and the way they fought proved con-The commander-in-chief of the patriot army could not think what the plans of the British generals could be. They must be scheming-planning to do He suspected that they would try to get around behind lusively that they were determined to ha: v e th e fr l i berty if him, and attack hi s army from the rear, and cut off his trepid daring and fierc e fighti n g would win it. The capt a in o f the c ompan y was a handsome youth of ighteen years, n a m e d Dick Slater. retreat. In fact, Dick had heard the generals planning to do this very thing; but for some reason they did not try it-Dick, besides bein g captain of the company, had already or had not as yet. 'stinguishec1 himself as a spy. Doubtless they knew that General Washington would be Twice he had gone among the British on Long Island, on the lookout for this move, as they were aware that an a nd, at th e immin ent risk of his life, had secured informaAmerican spy had overheard them planning to do this. ion of great v a lu e t o the commander-in-chief of the patriot When two weeks had elapsed, as stated, with no move by the British one way or another, the comG e n e ral Was hin g ton appr e ciated the work which had mander-in-chief became anxious. een p e rform e d b y the youth. That they were planning some grand coup he felt conMore, he had begun to depe nd on the youth Somehow, 11.s he told the memb e rs of his s taff, he felt that so long a s he had Dick at hand to send into the British lines, he fident, and he wished to know what their plans were. The re was but one way to learn aught of the plans of the Bri tish. would be able to secur e s ufficient information relative to the That was by sending spies down into the British strongintended moveme nts of the Briti s h s o that he would not be hold. aught napping by them. The commander-in-chief sent for Dick Slater. It seemed strange, at fir s t thought, that the commanderThe youth respo n ded tq the summo n s promptly. n chief should have such confidence in the abilities of a "Well, Master Dick," said General Washington, after he ere boy, as it were; but he based his judgment on the had greeted the youth p l easantly "ar e you ready to e n ter erformances of the y outh, who had been successful wher e ome of the best men spies in the continental arm y had aile d upon an exceedingly dangerous undertaking?" The youth bowed. "I am ready, y our excellency," he replied, quietly.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. "You are willing to enter upon it, even though you know that it is an undertaking in which your life is in jeopardy from the moment you start upon it till it is :finished?" "I am, sir," replied Dick, with a modest air. "Bravely spoken," the commander-in-chief said, approv ingly. "I wish that I had more such youths in my army." "I am always ready to do what I can for the Cause of Liberty, your excellency." "I believe you; and I am going to make use of your ser vices, Dick. You can help me greatly, I am sure." "If I can, I will, sir. I wish to do all that r can to The general's face expressed anxiety. "I will be careful, sir." "You must not allow to be captured, my boy. "I will not, sir, if I can possibly help it." "I suppose you will wait till night to make the attem at slipping through the British lines?" "I judge it would be best, sir. I might be able to g through in the daytime, but it will be easier in the night. "So I should think. Well, use your own discretion. leave it all to you. Go ahead; stay within the Britis lines until you have ,secured what you consider importan help } 'Ou, and to aid in making the Great Cause successinformation, and then bring it to me." fnl." "Very well; I will do so, sir." "You have already proven it, my boy. Your work the Then Dick hesitated, and looked at the commander-in two times I sent you over onto Long Island to spy among chief in an undecided manner. the British was so well and splendidly done that I have se-lected you for another very dangerous undertaking." 'Is it in the same line as the others, sir?" "The same." "Then you wish me to do some more spy work?" '"rhat is what I wish you to do, Dick." "I am ready to go at a moment's notice, sir." "Good! Then I will tell you just what it is that I wish you to do." 'Ihe commander-in-chief pondered a few and then be said : "What is it, Dick?" the general asked. He saw that the youth had something on his mind. Dick looked the great man frankly i'.n the eyes, and re plied: "I wish to ask a favor, sir." "It is granted before it is asked, my boy. Dick flushed with pleasure. What is it?' "Thank you, ir," he said; "what I wish to ask is tha you permit my friend, Bob Estabrook, to accompany me He is anxious to become a spy, and he wished me to ask you if he might accompany me the next time I went on an ex As you know, my boy, the British generals have their pedition of that kind." head.quarters down in the city." "Yes, sir." ''I uon't know just where their headquarters are, but you wjll be able to find where they are located without much trouble. "I think so, sir." "Very well; I wish you to go down there, find out where the headquarters of the British generals are, enter if pos sible, and learn all you cari regarding the plans of General Howe." "I will go at once, sir," said Diek, promptly. "Ilow will you get down to the city?" the general asked. "You know we are cut off by the British Army, which occupies a position in front of us, and stretching across the island," "I am aware of that, sir; but I will get through some way." Dick spoke confidently. There was nothing of the bravado about it, however. His tone and air simply expressed perfect confidence in his ability to do as he had said. "You will have to be very careful, Dick." The general looked sober. "Is he a youth of good discretion, Dick?" he asked; "what I mean, in a word, is: Do you think you can da as good work with him along as you would be able to dG alone?" "Oh, yes; I am sure of it, sir," replied Dick; "and then, if I secure some information which I think you should have, and still wish to remain and try to learn more, I can send Bob to you with what I would have already gained, and stay and keep on the lookout for more." "I see," said the commander-in-chief; "that is a good idea. Yes; take your friend with you." "Thank you, sir! Bob will be delighted." The commander-in-chief gave Dick his final instructions, and the youth took his leave. He hastened back to where the company 0f "Liberty Boys" were quartered. He was greeted by a bright-faced youth of about his own age. This was Bob Estabrook, Dick's dearest boy friend, and the brother of Dick's sweetheart, sweet Alice Estabrook.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 3 Bob was a wide-awake youth, full 0 fun and mischief, into the city to the British headquarters, though, of but as brave as Dick, or any youth could be. "Where have you been, Dick?" he asked, eagerly. "To see the commander-in-chie, Bob." "What did he want, Dick?" Bob was all excitement. He suspected what it was that the general wished Dick to do. "He wants me to go on another spying expedition, old man." "I thought so !-and, Dick, did you say anything to him about me?" Dick nodded. "Yes," with a smile. "Hurrah or you, old man! And-did he talk as i he would give me a chance?" "Yes." course?" "That is where we are going, Bob-i we can slip through the British lines, and get there." "Oh, we'll get through the British lines, all right l" Bob was confident. It was his nature to be so. In this he and Dick were very much alike. But Dick was possessed 0 more deliberation, and was not so excitable. Both were alike in that they were both as brave as lions. It would have been hard to find two persons better fitted or the dangerous avocation 0 spies than these two youths. "When will we start, Dick?" asked Bob. "To-night, Bob." "To-night? Good!" "We will leave here as Si;>on as it becomes dark. Then we will have to steal through the British lines, and get down Dick liked to keep Bob on the anxious seat once in a into the city at as early an hour as possible." while. "But, say, Dick, won't you be recognized, and get hung It was amusing to see how excited his friend would got. or shot?" asked Bob. "Those generals will know you when "When will I get a chance to try my hand at spy work, they see you, won't they?" do you think, Dick? Did he give any hint?" "They would i they saw me as I am now.; but I will "You are to go with me, Bob!" said Dick, quietly. "What I" Bob almost whooped the word. He could hardly believe in his good fortune. disguise myself in some manner." "Ah, I see!" "Yes; that's the reason I want to get down to the city as early as possible. I want to get there beore the stores "Do you mean it, Dick ?" he asked; "am I to go with close, so I can get in and purchase a costume that will yo{i_:_really and truly?" serve as a disguise." "Really anti truly, Bob." "I see; well, I'll be ready to start when you say the "Hurrah! Say, olcl. man, you're a trump!" and then word. "I'm ready right now!" Bob danced a double-shufile on the ground. / "We'll wait till dark,\, smiled Dick. Dick looked on and smiled, while the other members 0 the company did the same. "Say, Bob, you're a pretty good Gl.ancer," said Mark Morrison, a bright young ellow 0 Dick's and Bob's age. "You ought to become a dancing master." "Not when the profession of spy is open to me," with a grin. "No, sir-ree I'm OJlle 0 the spies on the staff of CHAPTER II. THROUGH THE BRITISH LINES. the commander-in-chief of the American Army, and you As soon as it was dark enough so that their movements needn't talk to me about or anything like that! would be hidden, Dick and Bob set out. I'm a spy, and am going to penetrate into the headquarters Leaving the quarters of the patriot army on Harlem of the British generals, and find all they know and a Heights, they stole out and downward toward the British lot they don't know." lines. "Especially the latter!" grinned Harry Wilberforce. "We will have to be careful, Bob," said Dick. "We "No insinuations!" said Bob, in mock seriousness. "Remust not allow ourselves to be captured at the outset." member who it is you are talking to, and beware!" "That's right, Dick. Well, you take the lead, and I "I will!" with a laugh. will follow, and do as nearly as possible everything you "But say, lt>ick, where are we going?" asked Bob; "down do."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. Dick took the lead, and they stole cautiously forward. So when the soldier attempted to throw Dick, the youth It was a case where haste was not so desirable as caumet him more than half way. ti on. The youths knew where the British lines were. When they reached the vicinity of where they were likely to run into outposts of the British, they redouhled thElir caution. Dick led the way, and moved slowly, cautiously and si lently as a red Indian of the forest. Bob kept close behind him, and was as noiseless in his movements as was his companion. Every few moments Dick would pause and listen in tently. He was not going to run into a British picket line if he could help it. The youths were now on the comparatively level ground below Harlem Heights. There was more or less growth of trees and bushes, and the boys took advantage pf the cover of these trees and bushes. It was much darker there, and while it would be harder for them to see the pickets, it would be harder for the pickets to see them. Suddenly Dick's foot failed to find anything to arrest its descent, when he made a step forward, and before he could catch himself he became overbalanced and tumbled for ward headlong. He seized the Briton in a peculiar manner which he had learned in wrestling, and before the fellow knew what had happened, he was thrown fiat on his back with a thud. Then Dick's muscular fingers seized the redcoat by the throat, and in half a minute the fellow was senseless. By this time, Bob, greatly excited, was down in the hol low. "Are. you hurt, Dick?" he asked, in a low voice. "No; I'm all right, Bob; but listen! Here come some more redcoats I They have heard the disturbance and are coming to investigate. Come!" and Dick seized Bob's arm, and they stole rapidly away through the underbrush. "You-did you kill that fellow, Dick?" asked Bob. "No ; I just choked him till he was insensible. He'll be all right in a few I)'.linutes, and will tell his companions he was attacked, and the entire army will be aroused. We'll have to hurry, or we won't get through the lines." The youths hastened onward. They knew that they were in great danger of being cap tured. And to be captured would mean death without a doubt. Their progress could not be very swift, for the reason that it was very dark, and if they were to tJ:y to go fast, they would rattle the bushes, run into the branches of trees, and against the trees, and would make so much noise that their whereabouts would become known to their enemies. A mulled exclamation escaped him as he fell, and then A few minutes later excited voices were heard in the dicrash he struck-not the ground, but something com-rection of the point where Dick had choked the redcoat into paratively soft. insensibility. A wild shout of p&in, rage and astonishment came from underneath the youth, and there was an upheaval that threw him off onto the _"What does this mean? Great guns! but who are you that comes tumbling down on top of a fellow in such ion, anyway!" the voice cried, and then strong hands grap pled Dick. The youth realized what had happened in an instant. He had fallen into a little hollow, and had alighted plump on top of a British soldier, who was supposed to be on guard, but who was taking a quiet rest, stretched out on his blanket. "I've got you!" the fellow growled, as his fingers closed on Dick's clothing, and he attempted to throw the youth down. He found this was a difficult undertaking. Dick was an athletic and powerful youth. Few men were as strong as he. "The alarm will become general now,'' said Dick to him s elf. "The redc,oats will soon be buzzing about our ears as thickly as hornets about their nest." The youths hastened onward, and a few minutes later it seemed as if the entfre British Army was astir. On every hand could be heard excited voices. Oflkers were giving orders to the soldiers, and it was evi dent that a general search would be made for the person who had choked the British soldier into insensibility within the British lines. Doubtless the British suspected the truth of the matter. It was a common for spies to try to get through the lines of the opposing armies, and they no doubt guessed that it was a spy who had handled the king's man so roughly. On every side could be heard the voices of the Britis soldiers, and bodies of soldiers could be heard movin through the underbrush and timber.


THE LIBERTf BOYS' GOOD WORK. The youths realized that they were in a tight p}ace. for a few minutes there was a lively struggle there in the To escape capture wpuld tax their ingenuity to the utdarkness. most. Dick struck out right and left;and knocked several redThey would have to be as cunning as the red Indians of coats down, and Bob did the same. the forest. The redcoats uttered curses, and tried all the harder to The youths were good in this respect. overpower the youths, who fought as much harder, and preThey had considerable knowledge of woodcraft, as pracvented this from being done. ticed by the red men. Then, by rapid work and herculean efforts, Dick sucThey stole through the underbrush as noiselessly as ceeded in getting away from those who had hold of him. spirits. He leaped toward the spot where, he knew from the A dozen times they almost ran into the arms, :figuratively sound, Bob was engaged in a struggle with others of the speaking, of searching parties of British soldiers. They could the redcoats talking on all sides of them. redcoats. "Break' loose from them, Bob!" he cried; "I'm free I" "All right; away we go, old man!" replied Bob, who But the youths kept their heads, and worked their way succeeded in wrenching himself free, and the two youths along. leaped away thrQugh the trees and underbrush. They moved first one "1ay, then another, but always man aged to edge a little more toward the southward. To get through the British lines they would have to go at least a mile. In order to traverse this strip of ground, they must have walked two or three miles, for they went this way and that, occasionally being forced to take the back track for a short distance. At last they were through, however-or they believM they were. They paused and listened. The sounds of the voices and the hurrying feet were all behind them. Curses, cries, and angry exclamations came from the baMed British soldiers, and the youths heard the oili.cer cry: "After them I Don't let the spies escape I We must capture them !" Then the soldiers suddenly remem9ered that they weapons, and fired a volley after the ieeig youths from their pistols. The bullets whistled all around the youths, alld Bolt uttered an exclamation. "Are you hit, Bolt ?" asked Dick, slackeiug his speed. "No; a limb hit me in the eye!" was Bob's re:ply. .Good I'm glad of that I" cried Dick. "I was afraid "I guess we are safely through the lines at last," said you were struck by a bullet." Dick, with a sigh of relief. "It wouldn't have hurt any worse if I had been," said "I guess so, Dick," replied Bob. Bob. "That's where you are wrong!" came in an exultant voice from right in front of them. "Seize the spies, men!" There was a rustling sound, made by the shufiling feet of a number of men, and the next instant the youths felt themselves seized by many hands. "Fight them off, Bob!" cried Dick; "don't give up!" The youths fought like tigers. It was so dark they could not see their assailants, and, of course, the assailants could not see them. The redcoats had located them by their voices, and had succeeded in getting hold of the youths by leaping forward quickly, in obedience to the order of their commander. But if they expected an easy conquest, they made a sad mistake. Dick and Bob were both muscular youths, and as active as cats. It was almost impossible to get them off their feet, and "I don't know about that," said Dick; "but keep on run ning, old man. They'll fire another volley." Which proved to be a. correct prophecy. The next instant, crash! went the weapons, and again the bullets whistled axound the youths. ''Say, I don't like the sound of those bullets," said Bob. "Neither do I," said Dick. "I don't think they will fire again." This, too, turned out to be the case. The youthi kept on running until sure they were out of reach of any more bullets, should the British fire with their muskets, and then they slowed down to a walk. It was dangerous work running, anyway-almost as dan gerous as it would be to be captured, for they might run against a tree and kill themselves. "I guess we are safe now," said Dick. "I 'think we through the lines, anyway," replied


6 THE LIBERTY :BOYS' GOOD WORK. Bob. ''I don't know about the being safe part of it. They'll follow us, won't they?" "They may try to do so, but they can't do it in this darkness." "I guess you are right." The youths made their way through the timber, heading as nearly due south as they could. 'lhey were in what is now Central Park, and it was in almost its primitive state. "How long will it take us to walk down to the city, Dick?" asked Bob, after they had plodded along for per haps fifteen minutes. "A couple of hours, :Sob." "Say, I wish ,we were there! It isn't much walking in the darkness, is it?" "No; but it will soQn be over. I am afraid, though, Bo9, "Yes; and you are my prisoner, you cursed little rascal You J.m not escape me this time I" The ken with the captain had been drinking. This dulled their wits somewhat. As a result, they had not grasped the situation quickly. They could not understand right off what they were to do. Th e you..ths were quick to make the most of this. "At them!" cried Dick, in a sharp, determined tone; "give it to them, Bob !" Then he leaped forward and knocked Captain Parks down with a well-directed blow. Bob leaped forward at almost the same instant, and knocked one of the captain's down. Then the youths served the others in the same way, before they could an understanding of what was going that we will get into worse difficulties when we reach the on. city than we are encounteriBg here now. "Now run!" cried Dick; 'we must get away from here "I don't doubt that, old man." in a hurry." The youths kept on walking at as good a gait as they The youths darted away down the street. could travel, and at last the lights in the distance proA crowd began to gather when.the scrimmage started. claimed the glad fact that they were nearing the city. The youths had to make their way through this crowd. At the time of which we write the city proper extended "What's tke trouble.?" only up to about where is now City Hall Park, this "What's going on?" called the Common. "Who are the boys?" "Did they knock the soldiers down?" Dick and Bob reached and crossed the Common, ad were soon on Broadway. Stop them!" Such were some of the cries from the spectators. They made their way slowly down the street, attracting no attention, as there were many people on the street. Only one fellow tried to stop them, however, and Dick They saw a great many British soldiers, resplendent in lrnocked him down with a straight from the shoulder bloW' their red uniforms. They were down ill the city on leave of absence, and the majority were drinki:u.g and carousing. "What if we should run onto some of the soldiers who know y6'u, Dick?" asked Bob. "It would be awkward, :Sob," was the reply; "I don't think there is any danger, however." Three or four redcoats were coming toward them as they spoke, and as the soldiers in question met the two youths, one got a look at Dick's face, and utter e d a wild cry of sur prise and joy. "It's Sam Sly, the boy spy!" he cri ed. Seiz e him, men! Seize him!" CHAPTER III. A 'LIVELY CHASE. Dick uttered an exclamation. "It's Captain Parks!" he cried. as he was running 'l'hey had not gone fifty feet, however, before Captain Parks was on his feet. He was wild with rage. "Stop those boys I Catch them I" he shouted, wildly. "They are rebel spies! Five pounds to the man that catches the scoundrels!" The captain's companions were scrambling to the ir feet now. They were angry, too. / The blows and the falls they had received had sobered them somewhat. They realized what had and were wild to g e t revenge. They followed the captain and leaped in pursuit of the :fleeing youths. "Stop them, somebody!" the captain roared; "don't l e t the cursed rebel spies escape!" But the fate that had befallen the one man who had


THE LI.BERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 7 attempted to stay the flight of the youths threw a damper on the rest. They were afraid they would receive the same treat ment. So they contented themselves with stepping to one side, out of the way, and leaving a. clear field for the fugitives. The youths kept on down Broadway. They hardly' knew what to do, whether to continue on I down the street, or whether to turn off into one of the side streets. The sight of a body of British soldiers coming up Broad way toward them soon decided the matter, and Dick said, hurriedly: "Turn to the left, down the next street, Bob!" In fact, two or three or them had already fallen out of the: race. Captain Parks was about the most determined one of the lot. He kept up the pursuit, at the same time urging his mcrl to keep going. "We'll capture the rascals yet!" he said, doggedly. But the youths were as determined that they would not be captured. They kept on running, and watched for a chance to dis :.1ppear and hide till the storm blew over. One thing they noticed was that they were getting into a locality where the British soldiers were. more numerous. 'l'hey did not know it, but they were nearing the British "All right; you lead the way, and I'll keep right at headquarters. your heels." The British generals had quarters in a leading tavern at Captain Parks saw the other British soldiers approachthe corner of Pearl tnd Dock streets. ing, and called out to them: "Head those two fellows off! They are rebel spies The redcoats came running toward the youths, intend ing to do as the captain had told them to do, but they were too late, and Dick and Bob darted down the side street while the redcoats were yet forty to fifty feet distant. Captain Parks and his companions reached the entrance to the side street at the same time that the other soldiers got there. They all turned into the street and ran after the youths as fast as they could. upon the scoundrels!" cried Captain Parks. "There are no other person8 in sight." The soldiers obeyed, and the next instant the crack! crack oi the pistols was heard. Several of the bullets whistled past the youths, and Dick cried: ( "Turn at the next corner, Bob! Those fellows are liable to kill us if we don't!" They darted around the corner at the next instant, and starte d south once more. If the redcoats had intended firing another volley, they deferred it till they should reach the cross street, as the youths had turned and disappeared so quickly that they had not been able to draw and fire a second time. The youths met numerous pedestrians on this street. The youths turned every corner they came to now, and finally managed to get started back in the direction they had come from. Captain Parks and his companions .;ere still sticking to it, and keeping up the chase, but had faHen back some what. They kept yelling that the fugitives were rebel spies, however, and Dick and Bob were in danger of being hemmed in by British soldiers and captured. As they were passing a building, a man who was stand ing in the open doorway called out: "If you are patriots, come in here! I will hide you until the British soldiers give up the search." The youths accepted the invitation. They acted on impulse. No thought that the fellow might b-e fooling them entered their minds. The streets were so thronged with British soldiers that they feared they would be captured, and they accepted the first chance tbat offered. 'Fhe man stood aside until they had entered, and then leaped through after them, and closed the door. "Follow me," the stranger said, and he led the way along a hall into a large room, which was well furnished. The boys looked at their new-found friend with interest, The running youths attracted attention, but no one atthere being a light in the room. tempted to interfere with them. 'l'hey saw that he was a man of advanced age-seemingly 'l'he youths were good runners. about fifty-five or sixty years of age. Their wind was good, too. He was a fine-looking gentleman, and the youths were In this respect they were the superiors of the redcoats. impressed. The soldiers were becoming tired. "Those British soldiers said you were patriot spies; i8


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. it true that you are?" the gentleman asked, looking at the youths searchingly. There was in the man's appearance that in spired confidence, and Dick did not hesitate to answer in the affirmative. "We are patriot spies," he replied. "From the commander-in-chief's army?" "Yes, sir-straight from there. We left there only three hours ago." "And when will you return?" "As soon as we have gained information which we deem of value, and think that General Washington should be put in possession of it." "Good l I have some valuable information for the commander-in-chief, which I wish delivered to him before morning, if possible." The youths were surprised. They Ioqked at the man with wondering interest. "I'll take it to him!" said Bob, promptly. At this instant there came a loud knocking at the front door through which the youths had so recently passed. They leaped to their feet-they had taken seats at the gentleman's invitation-in alarm. One which they could not penetrate. The old gentleman must have disc e rned that they were nonplussed, for he smiled when he saw the wondering look on their faces. "The British soldiers have gone," he said, qui e tly. "They will not bother you any more this night." "How did you do it?" asked Dick. "It was very easy," was the reply; "I am supposed to be a strong Tory, and one of the most loyal of all loyalists. My word is law, to a certain extent, and when I told the soldiers a few moments ago that I would be responsibl e for you, they had to be satisfied>' "And you are not a Tocy ?" asked Bob. "Not now." "There was an indescribable sadness to the tone of the old gentleman's voice as he said this. "You were a Tory, then?" asked Dick. "Until recently, yes; but now I am not. I am a patriot, and will do all I can to help defeat the British." There was a sudden change to terrible fierceness in the old man's tone. "There is some mystery here,'' thought the youths. They were willing to let the matter rest, however, and "We were seen to enter here!" said Dick; "we must not accept the fact, without inquiring into the r easons for the be found here! It would result in your death, sure!" same. "Can we get out the back way?" asked Bob. That the old gentleman had good reasons for his change "Have no fears for either yourselves or me,'' with a of they had no doubt. quiet smile. "Sit here until I return. I will quickly And in this they were right. send those fellows about their business." 1 At this instant they were startled by a series of screams. The youths nodded acquiescence, and the gentleman left the room. They heard him reach the front door and unbolt it. Then they heard voices, but could not distinguish the words. They held themselves in readiness to flee at a moment's notice, however, for they believed that the British soldiers would enter the house, and perhaps murder the old gentle ma11. Nothing of the kind happened, however. They heard the sound of voices in conversation for several minutes, and then the door closed with a slam, there was a rattle of the bolt, and then the of approach ing footsteps--0f but one person, however. In some manner, by some device the old gentleman had kept the British soldiers from entering the house. How had he done it? The youths asked themselves this question. But they could not !l.Dswer it. It was a mystery. The screams were in the voice of a woman They seemed to come from somewhere above: Evidently from an room. The youths looked at the old gentleman with startled eyes. The old man was as pale as ashes. He seemed to wither and shrink up. He was trembling like a leaf. "What was that?" asked Dick, in an awed voice. "Who screamed?" CHAP'l'ER IV. A SAD CASE. The old gentleman did not reply for a while. He seemed to be debating something in his mind. Then he suddenly came to a decision.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 9 He motioned to the youths. "Come with me," he said; "I will show you someth ing." There was a peculiarly sad tone to his voice, a pathetic look on his face. The youths arose without a word and followed the old gentleman. He led the way upstairs. He did not stop at the top of the first flight. He ascended to the next floor. The youths kept close behind him, and he led the way to the end of the hall. "It is I, Gertrude; do you not know me?" the old gentle man asked, in a low, pathetic voice, and the girl turned her head and looked at the old man, but with no look of recog nition. Suddenly an angry light appeared in her eyes. She leaped to her feet. She pointed to the door. "Go, Captain Frink!" she cried, her voice tense and hard; "you are false as false can be--a :flirt and a scoun drel, and I hate you Go Then the girl sank back into the chair and burst into He took a key from his pocket, and started to unlock the tears. door. :-! 'i;: .... .... .-...#I ,. .. !, .. .. ,I .;.;_.;-i !..'./ -' His hand shook so that he could hardly get the key in the keyhole: 1.1. he youths felt sorry for him. Were they to learn the myster;r of the screams? They believed so. The old man unlocked the door. He did not open it at once. Instead, he turned to the youths. "A few minutes ago, downstairs, you asked me who ut tered the screams which you heard," he said. "I atn going to answer that question now, and after that you will under stand why I have turned from a strong Tory to a patriot." The youths bowed in silence, and then the old gentleman gently opened the door. :ae through the doorway, and motioned for the youths to follow. They obeyed. They stepped into the room, and looked about them. The room was a good-sized one, and well furnished, but it was the occupant that attracted their attention. The occupant was a young woman. The youths believed she was young. Her sunken cheeks and hollow eyes made her look more like some old woman however. Still, traces of beauty remained. It was evident that she had been quite beautiful. There was a strange, wild glare in the poor creature's eyes. The youths knew intuitively that the young woman was insane. She paid no attention to the old gentleman or the youths. She sat in a low rocking-chair, and kept rocking and looking at the wall. The old gentleman stepped to her side, and laid his hand o:n the young woman's head. He stroked her hair with gentle touch. She wept passionately, and the old man tried to soothe her, but without avail. The hearts of the youths bled for the old man and the young woman. ; They began to suspect the truth. ; ., ... The mention of the name of Captain Frink had surprised Dick greatly. It had set him to thinking swiftly, also. He remembered that the captain was a great flirt. Dick had personal knowledge o'f the fact that the cap tain was making desperate love to a buxom young woman over on Long Island. He suspected that this poor girl's trouble was of Captain Frink's making. A mere flirt, he took a fimcy to a pretty face, made love assiduously for a while, and then, tiring, would leave the girl and turn to a new one. It was Dick's belief that this was the captain's work. The old man, finding he could do nothing to assuage the grief of the girl, turned sadly to the youths. "A while ago," he said, "you asked me who uttered those screams. It was she--my daughter-who gave utterance to them." "How long has she been so?" asked Dick, in a low tone. "Only a short time; just since-" the old man hesi tated. "You heard her mention the name of--" "A flirt and a scoundrel!" said Dick. "I know Captain Frink, and I do not know any good of him "He is an utter scoundrel, as you say, young man. He taught my daughter to love him, and then coolly deserted her. I hate him! I hate him And I hate the British now, one and all. Do you wonder that I have turned from Tory to patriot, when the British Army is made up of such scoundrels ?" The youths shook their heads. "We do not wonder at it," said Dick.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. Then the old gentleman led the way out of the room and back downstairs. They became seated in the room which they had left a "Yes; Captain Parks knows me well," said Dick; "and we happened, unfortunately, to meet him face to face on the street. Of course, he recognized me, and tried to cap-few minutes before. ture us." The ald man looked at the youths for a few moments in "I see; well, it is fortunate I happened to be standing silence, and then drew a folded paper from the breast in my front doorway and heard the British shouting that pocket of his coat. He tapped it with his finger, and then said: "I have been known as a strong Tory, and have enjoyed the confidence of the British officers. I have licen enabled to know much regarding their plans, and I am still in that position, as they think me still loyal to the king. "Since, however, the trouble came upon my daughter, I have been learning all that I could and writing it down. I wished to send it to the Amei;ican commander in-chief; but I have been unable to find anyone whom I could trust to carry it to .him. Now, however, I shall in trust this document to you boys, and hope you will be able to deliver it to General Washington. It contains detailed statements regarding the plans of the British, as they have lJeen formulated up to the present date." "We will take the document," said Dick, quietly, "and we will deliver it into Gefleral Washington's hands, if it is you were rebel spies. Otherwise, they might have cap tured you." "True," said Dick. Bob nodded assent. "You will try to carry this document to the American commander-in-chief?" asked the gentleman. Certainly, sir." "How soon will you start?" "As soon as we have had a bite to eat. We are tired and hungry, and by the time we have eaten we will be rested." The youths had expected to go out to a tavern, but the ol

THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 11 'l'he youths thanked him heartily. Suddenly Dick, who looked back two or three times, made Presently a servant entered and announced that the a startling discovery: luncheon was ready. Dick thought the fellow looked at Bob and himself rather searchingly, but did not think much about it at the time. Just as they were leaving the room to go to the dining room there came another series of screams, and the youths shuddered. The old man turned pale, and put out his hand to the wall to steady himself. His knees seemed about to give way beneath him. The youths pitied the poor man from the bottom of their hearts. "What a scoundrel that Captain Frink must be!" thought Dick. He ought to be hung I I'm glad that I had the satisfaction of putting a pistol bullet in his cheek a few weeks ago, and spoiling some portion of his good looks." A ma:n was following them I He cautiously informed Bob of this fa?t. "Who can it be?" Bob asked. "I don't know," replied Dick; "but," he added, determinedly, "I'm going to find out very soon." Dick quickly decided on a plan of action. That was one of Dick's strong points. He was quick to decide and prompt to act. CHAPTER V. DICK AND BOB PART. "Here, Bob, take this document," he said. He cautiously pressed the document he had received from The youths seated themselves at the table and ate Mr. Sanderson into Bob's hand. heartily. "Put it in your pocket," he continued. They were hungry, and the food was plentiful and good. When they had :finished, they accompanied the old man back to the room they had been in before, and Mr. Sander son gave Dick the document he had shown them. "Now, be sure and deliver that to General Washington," the old man said. "We will do so, if such a thing is possible," said Dick. The old man told them to wait a minute. He left the room. He was gone perhaps :five minutes. There was a sober look on his face when he returned. "I think the house is watched by soldiers," he said. Bob did so. "Now, I'll tell you what you do, Bob: You leave me as soon as we reach the main street, and start on your way back to the patriot army." "And what will you do, Dick?" "I will remain here and keep watch of things for a day or two." "But what about this fellow behind us?" Bob's tone was anxious. He was afraid something serious might happen to Dick. "0 h, I'll look after him ."But he may look after you!" "Captain Parks must have placed them on guard." "I am not afraid. I am able to take care of myself"How did you keep him from entering in the :first and that fellow, as well." place?" asked Dick. "As I told you, I have authority as being one of the leading Tories, and I stood good for your safe keeping." "Whlilt will you do when they ask you to produce us?" "I will say that you have escaped." "That is a good idea." "Yes; you will have to leave by way of the rear exit." "Very well." Mr. Sanderson himself accompanied them to the back door, and there bade them good.-hy and Godspeed. Then he shut the door, aDd tlie youths stole away out through the yard to the alley, and then down the alley to ward the street. "You will be careful, though, Dick?" "0 h, I shall be careful. I am not going to let anyone get the better of me, if I can help it." "What if the fellow should follow me?" "I'll see to it that he doesn't, Bob." They had reached the street by this time, and turned into it, heading toward the Common at the north end of Broadway. Dick had k ept a sharp lookout behind him. He saw that the man was still following them. There were a good many people on the street, late as was the hour. Dick easily picked out the man who was following ihem,


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' .GOOD WORK. however, and when the fellow passed under a street lamp, He had decided to follow Dick. Dick made a second discovery. Doubtless he thought Dick was the more im portant one The man following them was the servant who had looked of the two. at them so searchingly in the house of Mr. Sanderson! Dick was sure of it. "What could it mean?" Dick asked himself. Had Mr. Sanderson sent the fellow to follow them for some reaso:n ? Dick could hardly believe this. If not, then the fellow was doing it on his own account. If so, why was he doing it? Dick observed this maneuver. He was well pleased. He had feared the fellow might follow Bob. This he would not have liked at all. He wanted Bob to have a clear :field, in order that noth ing should interfere to keep him from making his way as rapidly as possible toward the patriot army on Harlem Heights. The youth could not even guess. "Well and good, my :fine fellow I" murmured Dick. ..C'J He made up his mind to take every precaution to fool am glad you have followed me; and I will you a merry the fellow, however. "Bob," he said, in a low tone, "that fellow may be wanting to get hold of that document. In that case, he must not chase of it." Dick had no fear of the man who was following him. He felt himself more than a match for almost any one know you have it. I'll tell you what you do. At the next man. street, turn o:i and go a block in that direction, and then confume onward toward the north." "What will you do, Dick?" "I will contiue on up Broadway, and that fellow will, I am confident, follow me." "And if he doesn't ?-if he follows me?" "Then I will fall in behind, and follow him." "I see; well, all right. I will do as you say." "Very well; and, Bob, you must be very careful in getting through the British lines. Don't let them nab you." Then, too, he was armed with two good pistols. These were war times, and Dick felt that he would be justified in shooting a man, if it was necessary to do so. Of course, he would do so only as a last resort, and strict-. ly in self-defense. Dick outlined his plan as he walked. He kept straight on up Broadway till he reached the Common. He crossed the Common and struck into Bowery Lane. The man followed him, but bad fallen back J:o a greater "I won't, Dick. This is my trial trip, you know, and if distance. I should fail in my :first work, General Washington would In the open he did not dare kee p close behind the youth. not be willing to risk me again. If I don't place the document in the hands of the commander-in-chief it will be be cause I have been killed by the redcoats!" Dick walked along quite rapidly. The fellow kept at about the same distance behind him. Presently Dick entered a patch of timber. There was a terrible earnestness to the youth's tone. "This will be just the place," the youth t h o ught. When Bob was sober he was very sober indeed. He walked on till he had penetrated to a d epth oi a hun-This is characteristic of persons of lively and volatill'J dred yards temperament the world over. At the next corner Bob said "Good-by, Dick!" in a low tone, ani turned down the cross-street. Dick replied in the same cautious tone: "Good-by, and good luck, old man !" and kept straight onward, up Broad way. He cast frequent glances over his shoulder. He was anxious to see what the fellow woul'd do. The man who had "Been following the youths paused for a few moments at the cross-street. He looked down the street after Bob, and then up Broad way in the direction Dick had gone. He seemed undecided which to follow. Presently he faced about and came on up Broadway. It was quite dark, of course. He could not see his pursuer, and, of course, the man could not see him. Dick stepped to one side and waited. Soon he heard footsteps approaching. "He is coming!" the youth thought. Presently the man drew, and then came opposite the youth. Dick could not see the fellow, but could tell by the sound of his footsteps. "I will have to hurry," the fellow said aloud; "I will have to get close behind him-close enough to hear his footsteps, or I will lose him. Phew it's dark! One can't see his hand before his face."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 13 The fellow passed onward, and Dick stepped noiselessly into the road behind his pursuer, and followed him, being guided easily by the sound of the footsteps. Ths follower was himself being followed. "All right; I'll do it. I was following a rebel spy when you leaped upon me and captured me." "Impossible!" said the same voice that had done most of the talking. "What can the fellow be 'Up to?" the youth wondered. "Why impossible? I swear to you, gentlemen, that I "He is a schemer of some kind, and is deceiving Mr. Sanspeak the truth." derson. It would not surprise me if he was a spy on the "But it can't be the truth!" old gentleman, and trying to get evidence against him, in order to work him harm." Suddenly Dick was startled by a yell of surprise and fright. The yell came from in front, and was evidently given utterance to by the fellow he was following. Then ensued the sound of scuffling. Cries and curses were heard. Evidently the fellow had run into an ambuscade of some kind. ".And why not?" "For the reason that we have been here for two hours or more, and no one has passed here, until you came!" "What!" Evidently the prisoner was surprised. "You must be mistaken," he added. But the British soldiers insisted that they were not mis taken, and, as the reader knows, they were not. I "We are not mistaken," was the cold reply; "I guess you are lying to us!" Dick thought of how he might have done this, and But the fellow declared vehemently that he was telling was thankful that he had fallen behind and let the other the truth, and he told the whole story, of how he was a servant in the household of a Mr. Sanderson, down in the city, "If the fellow was worthy I would go to his assistance," that the two boys had come there, and had been given a the youth thought; "but he is, I am confident, a scoundrel, fellow fall into the trap. and will have to look out for himself. Besides, he is a British spy or sympathizer, I am sure, and if the attacking party is made up of British soldiers he will be set free." Dick stole forward as rapidly as was compatible with noiselessness. He was soon within a few yards of the scene of the strug gle. The combat in the dark came to a sudden end. There were several in the attacking party, as Dick could tell by the voices, and they had made short work of the one man. "Don't kill me!" Dick heard the fellow say; "I am a loyal king's man, and if you won't hurt me I will tell you something. I will give you some valuable informa tion." "Well, let's hear what your valuable information is,'' s aid a gruff voice. paper of some kind to take to .American commander in-chief, he having learned this much by eavesdropping, and of how he had followed the two youths when they left the house, and everything. The Bl'itisb soldiers came to the conclusion, evidently, that the fellow spoke the truth, for the leader asked: "You were folloWing this young fellow, and he entered Bowery Lane?" "Yes." Then be must havesuspected that he was followed, and slipped aside into the bushes, letting you pass. He is probably going ;through the timber laughing in his sleeve at the trick he played you." "If he didn't pass here, that must be the case." "Well, he didn't pass here; and he won't pass here." ".And you will set me free now ?" "Yes; for we want you to go back to the home of this ".And you won't kill me?" man, Sanderson, and try to secure some evidence that will There was a whining intonation to the fellow's voice that convict him of being a rebel, and that he is lending spies branded him as being one of those miserable cowards who, aid." when danger threatens them, will do anything to save ".All right; I will do it, and I'll catch him, too, before their own miserable lives. "No; we won't kill you. Give us the information. We are British soldiers, and if you are loyal to the king you are in no danger. If you have any information which would be of value to the British cause, you are in duty bound to divu'lge it." very long. He is a traitor, I know." ".And will be treated as one should be treated, too, just so soon as you secure the evidence to support your state ments." "So that is your game, is it, my fine fellow?" thought Dick; "well, I will see if I can't block it."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. TheR Dick turned and started back down Bowery Lane at as rapid a walk as was consistent with safety. They passed out of the yard i':nto the alley. They went down the alley to the street. He reached the Common soon, and hastened to get As they were turning into the street, they came face to across it before the British should emerge from Bowery face with another small body of British soldiers. Lane. Turning down Broadway, Dick hurried along. He walked rapidly. In their midst was the tricky servant of Mr. Sanderson. A light at the street -corner made it fairly light where they were. Fearing that he might encounter someone who might be The servant recognized Dick at the same instant that the iamiliar with his looks, he kept his hat pulled well down youth recognized him. over bis eyes. He turned into the street leading to the alley running i-n the rear of Mr. Sanderson's house. Entering the back yard, he approached the back door. He reached out and rapped loudly with his knuckles. He paused and awaited for some s ound from wi'thin. None came. He rapped on the door agaip.. "I wish he would hurry!" murmured Dick; "I want to get in before that scou?drel gets back." At this instant the youth felt himself seized by a dozen hands! CHAPTER VI. CAPTURED! The youth was taken entirely by surprise. He had not been expecting anything of the kind. He had supposed himself free from observation. So he was taken by surprise, and at a big disadvantage. He would not submit tamely to capture, however. It was his nature to show fight, and fight to the last. So he began struggling to release himself. He fought furiously. That his assailants were British soldiers he had no doubt. He could see them only faintly, but it was reasonable to suppose that they were members of the British Army. Dick made things extremely lively for a few moments. The odds were too great, however. He could not hope to make a successful resistance against 11 dozen. So the inevitable soon happened. He was forced to the ground, and held there. Then his hanis were tied together behind his back. N eJCt he was jerked to his feet. The fellow gave a start, and uttered an exclamation. "There is the fellow I was following!" he cried; "it's the same chap! I can swear to it!" "The one your boss gave the paper to?" asked the soldier beside him. "The very same fellow." "What is all this about?" asked one of the fellows who had _captured Dick. "What is the matter with that fellow?" Then the other soldier explained. "I guess the fellow is right,'' the leader of Dick's captors said, when he heard all; "this chap just now came to the back door of Sanderson's house, and we captured him." "He doubled and came right back to where be started from." "And ran into a trap!" "Yes; we'll get the paper now. We'll search him at once." They proceeded to do so. They found the youth's pistols the first thing. "Phew! the little rebel is well armed, anyway!" exclaimed one of the soldiers. "That's right." "I'll wager he would be afraid to fire the pistols off!" Dick had so far listened to all that was said, but had maintained silence himself. Now his lips curled scornfully, as he said: "Do you thin:(<: so?" "Yes; I think so,'' was the reply. "Well, that is where you make a mistake,'' quietly; "more than one redcoat has felt bullets that came from those pistols-and I think many more will underg? the same experience before this war ends!" "Phew! What a little gamecock he is!" "He is dangerous, isn't he?" "If brave talk was dangerous, he would be." The redcoats laughed mockingly, and made sport of the "Come along!" said a gruff voice, and the youth was youth, who regarded them with eyes of scorn. pulled along between a couple of his captors. "YOU are a pack of cowards he said; "a dozen of you


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 15 leap upon the back of one man, and because you overcome him, you think you are great!" "He called himself a man !-ha, ha, ha!" "Oh, he has a good opinion of himself!" "Like the majority of the rebels!" "But they'll get over that soon!" "They will, of a certainty The soldiers laughed and jeered at the youth while the oldier was feeling in Dick's pockets for the paper which the servant of Mr. Sanderson said they would find. But they did not find it. It was in the pocket of Bob Estabrook, as the reader knows, and Bob was, Dick hoped, far on his way toward the camp of the patriot army on Harlem Heights. "There's no paper here!" said the fellow, in a disap pointed tone, after having felt in vain in every one of Dick's pockets. "What!" exclaimed the servant, aghast. "So there is," from another. "We must have the paper, if it is possible to get it!" "Yes; it no doubt contains information that would be of great value to the rebels, and do great damage to thu British." "Yes; and it would prove that Sanderson is a rebel, and working against the king." "So it would, without a doubt." "But how will we do the trick?" asked one. "The young fellow has a big start, and it will be hard to find him in the dark." "He will have to slip through the lines of our army to. reach his own army," said another; "and we can get horses and reach our lines ahead of him, and warn them to be on the lookout for him. It will be almost an impossibility for him to slip through, then." "That's a good scheme!" "So it is!" "Are you sure?" he asked. The sqldiers talked it over, and decided to send a couple He could not believe that the other had searched thorof their number on horseback to the British Army beforeoughly "Sure I" was the reply "I've felt in every pocket." Harlem Heights, and warn them that a spy would try to slip through, while the rest would take the prisoner before-"There must be a secret pocket." General Howe at headquarters. "How big a paper was it?" Dick's heart sank when this was decided upon. "Oh, quite a large one." It would be hard enough for Bob to slip through the-"He hasn't it, then. I have felt of his clothing, and British lines, even when they were not expecting him. there is no paper on his person." But to be warned in advance, and be on the lookout 'rhis was a poser for the servant. would give them a big advantage, and the youth would be in He had confidently expected that they would find the great danger of being captured. paper which he had seen Mr. Sanderson give to Dick. "It was bad, my allowing myself to be captured!" Dick Then a sudden thought struck him, and he uttered an exthought. "I don't care so much on my own account, but clamation. "I understand it now!" he cried; "the other boy has the paper l" "What other boy?" was asked. Then the servant explained that there had been two of the youths, but that they had parted up on Broadway, and he had followed Dick, because he had seen him receive the paper from his employer. it will place Bob in a dangerous position." He learned from the conversation of the soldiers that they would get the horses at headquarters, and wished that he might get free, secure a horse and ride after Bob, and warn him of the danger he would be running into. Dick began working at the rope which bound his wrists. 'l'he rope had not been tied very tightly. His heart leaped, as the thought came to him that he. "He gave it to the other boy before they parted," the might be able to work it loose. scoundrel said; "I see it all now." "When it is too late!" from one of the soldiers, in a disappointed tone. "Maybe it isn't too late!" cried the servant, eagerly; 'maybe you can catch the other boy yet! He is afoot, and t is a long ways to the rebel army. He could be headed ff." "There is some sense in that suggestion," agreed one of he soldiers. He was not sure that he could do so. ; He would try, however. He worked away at the rope, as he walked along. The movement of his body in walking concealed the fact 1.hat he was doing anything pf the kind. It was about three blocks to the tavern where the British had their he_adquarters. Dick wished it was farther. Ifie had improved the time, however.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. The rope was quite loose. Those on the stoop were almo s t paral yzed by the occurHe thought that he might free his arm s by a vigorous rence. efiort. The unexpectedness of the thing, and the a uda c ity of The two soldiers who, were to ride northward to the the wonderful youth struck them dumb, and rendered British lines and inform them that the spy was to try to them for the moment incapable of action. get through the lines had hastened forward ahead of the It was the same with the soldiers from whom Dick had rest. I escaped. They had secured two horses, and led them arouud from They stood still, and shred after him, open mouthed. the rear of the tavern, where there was. a barn, to the front, as the soldiers with Dick in their midst reached the I tavern A number of British officers had come out on the front stoop of the tavern. They heard the story of Dick's capture from the two who had come for the horses, and were eager to get a look at the prisoner. Among them Dick saw recognized Generals Howe and Clinton. Captain Frink was there, also. They saw him, and a cry of astonishment and joy went up from them. ''It is Sam Sly, the boy spy!" cried Captain Frink. "Ah, ha! We have him this time I" cried General Howe. "Don't be too sure of it!" cried Dick, in a ringing voice; "I will fool you, just for luck!" Dick gave a sudden, terrible wrench at his bonds, as he spoke. He succeeded in freeing his arms. Then he jerked loose from the two soldiers who had hold .of him. Those two worthies were looking at the great generals Dick was upon the two soldiers in a twinkling. First his right, and then his left :fist shot out. Each :fist landed fairly between the eyes of a soldier. Down the fellows went, lik e hogs. Dick seized both bridle reins, With a bound he leaped into the saddle of one of the horses. He gave a yell, at the same time kicking one horse in the side, and hitting the other with the end of the rein, and the horses leaped away up the street. "Good-by! I'll see you some other time, when I have more time!" th e y outh cried, "Good-by!" The thunder s truck gene rals and soldiers s udd e nly came to with a start. They were wild with rage, "Shoot hiITh!-kill him cried General Howe, hopping a h out and waving his arms, "Kill the impudent spy! Don { l e t him escape!" Captain Frink drew a pair of pistols and :fired a couple of shots, and several of the soldiers followed suit. None of the bullets hit the youth, however, seemingly, for he turned in the saddle and waved his hat in the aif and emitted a s hout of d e fian ce, There was a scene of the wildest excitement in front of the tavern, after Dick disappeared around the corner. and smiling with complacency, and, imagining that the youth would not think of trying to escape, were holding him very carelessly, The result was that Dick was free from their clutches The generals w ere almost black in the face so great was before they knew what had happened. their rage. The two soldiers who w e re to rid e to the British lines The two men who had bee n knock e d down had struggled and warn the troops that a spy was coming to try to s lip to the ir and they gazed about them m a through their lines, stood in front of the tavern h o l di ng manner that was comical to see their horses by the bits. Captain Frink-who was an old enemy of Dick's, the They had waited to seethe arrival of the spy, and exult youth having shot the captain in the cheek in an encount e r .over him. Which was where they made their mistake. With a wild yell of defiance, Dick ran straight toward these two soldiers. So astounded were they by the atrange turn the affair a f e w weeks before-gave utte r a nce to curses, not loud, but deep. "Fiends take such luck!" he cried; "that o n g scoun drel seems to bear a charmed life !" "I would a hundr:d pound s to have the y oung rashad taken that they stood and stared at the advancing cal in my power right now!" s puttered General Howe. youth in open-mouthed amazement. "He is certainly the mos t darin g and succes s ful spy in They seemed incapable of making a moveme nt. the ;rebel army," said Gene ral Clinton.' I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 17 "He must be captured and confined, or shot!" said Howe. "Hang the young rascal said Frink, savagely; "don't 'confine' him." him, sooner or later, an, cause the old gentleman lots of I trouble. Dick did not hesitate. He believed he was safe from pursuit for a while at "That is what should be done with him," agreed Clinton. least. "Does th. et thar offer uv er hundred poun's stan', gin eral ?" asked a voice, in a sharp, nasal tone. The speaker was a rough-looking, uncouth individual, with long hair, a cap made from the skin of a wild animal, and he was dressed in a hunter's suit. This man was Luke Watson, a hunter, who made his home up in the wilds of Westchester county. He had en-' tered the service of the British for pay, as guide and spy. He was well known to General Howe, who regarded Luke as a very valuable man. "The offer stands, Luke,'' replied the general; "bring that young scoundrel to me, here, and I will pay you one hundred pounds." "Done, gineral !" was the reply; ".I'll git 'im fur ye!" Then Luke Watson turned abruptly, and strode away up the street. "Luke will get him if anybody can," said Captain Frink. CHA.PT ER YII. REDCOATS GALORE. Dick felt a wild thrill of delight as he rode away on So he turned into the cross-street, rode down it to the alley running at the rear of Mr. Sanderson's house, and up the alley till opposite the rear entrance to the house. Then Dick leaped to the ground. He tied the horses, and entered the back yard. He approached the back door. He was very cauti.ous this time. He had been captured in that very yard not half an hour before, and he did not mean to allow the same thing to hap pen again. He kept a sharp lookout around him. He could not see much, and he heard nothing suspicious. reached the rear door and knocked upon it. He had to knock three times before there came any sound from within. Then he heard footsteps approaching. The rattle of bolts was heard as they were withdrawn from their sockets. Then the door opened. It was Mr. Sanderson, who stood there with a candle in his hand. "Who is it-ah! is it you, my young friend?" in a sur prised tone. "Why have you returned? Surely you have not failed?" the horse he had taken away from the British soldier. There was a frightened intonation to the man's voice, as He had the other leading it by the bridle reins, so well as a surprised one. 1 no immediate pursuit of him could be inaugurated. "No," replied Dick; "my friend has gone on with the "That was a close call," the youth thought; "I thought document you gave us," and then he went ahead and rel was in a predicament that time, but I came out lated his adventures sin .ce leaving the house a few hours all right. I will have to be more careful not to attract before. the attention of some strolling gang of redcoats, however." The youth rode rapidly till he reached Broadway. Then he slowed down. He did not wish to attract attention. Late as it was-it being now about eleven o'clock-the street was still thronged with people. When he came opposite the home of Mr. Sanderson a thought struck !iim. After the kindness that had been shown himself and Bob that evening by the old gentleman, it would be no more He was as brief as possible, and talked rapidly. The old gentleman was astonished when fold that his man servant was a scoundrel, and spying on him. "The rascal!" he exclaimed; "well, I am glad I know it I I would soon have been in deep trouble, otherwise." "So you would, sir." "I shall be more careful, henceforth; and the first thing I shall do will be to discharge the fellow." "Yes; I wouldn't have him around." "Listen!" the old man suddenly said, in a low, cautious than fair to warn him of the character of the servant in his tone; "somebody is coming up the alley !'J employ. "There are more than one!" said Dick. The fellow was a snake in the grass. "So there are! You had better fly, my boy. It may be He would spy on Mr. Sanderson, secure evidence against soldiers in se::trch of you."


1 '11H.b) LlB:ER'i'Y BOYS' GOOD WORK. "It is more likely your servant returning,'' the youth replied. "True; but there is at least one man with him; so you had better hasten from this place." "I will go at once; good-night!". "Good-night," and the old gentleman stepped back within the house and closed the door. The back yard was encompassed about with a high board icnce, the boards being placed lengthwise, and close to gether. But for this the men coming up the alley would have seen the old man standing in the doorway, holding the candle. Dick hastened across the yard, and out into the alley. There were two of the men, and they were close upon him. Dick stood near the head of the horses, awaiting the approach of the two. He possessed an advantage over them. The street into which the alley ran was only about forty yards distant, and a street up at the corner threw some light down the street. It was not much, but it was enough so that Dick could see the forms of the two men dimly outlined against the faint light background caused by the street lamp. "I'll just give you two fellows a surprise!" he thought, and with every nerve on the alert, with every muscle set, he waited for them to come within reach. "If I don't give you fellows the headache, it wiU be funny!" he said to himself, grimly. "I owe that sneak ing servant one, and I always pay my debts. The other felDick recognized the voice df the false servant of l\1r. low will have to suffer for being caught in bad company." Sanderson. There was a man with him, doubtless a soldier sent to keep watch over the house. In fact, this was the case, as the youth learned from their conversation. They were talking of him, and discussing the wonderful escape. Eviaently the prowess of the youth had made a deep impressiqn upon them. "Who would have thought that a mere boy would be such a dangerous customer?" the soldier remarked, as they drew near. "No one; I thought we had him tight and fast." "So did I." At this instant one of the horses stamped his foot and neighed. The two men uttered exclamations of astonishment. "A hors!l !" exclaimed the soldier. "Say," said the servant, in a low, excited tone, "I'll wager that that young scoundrel is in the house at this moment, talking to that old traitor!" "Do you think so?" The soldier's voice was eager now. "I am sure of it! I'll wager that there are two horses tied here in the alley, and that they are the two that were made off with by the boy spy." "Let's investigate!" "All right!" It was so dark in the alley that the horses could not be Dick felt no fear regarding the result of an encounter between himself and the two men. He cons!dered himself a match for any two or dinary men under any Circumstances, and DOW he would have the advantage of taking them by surprise He could knock one of them out before th realize what was happening. He stood and motionless, and wait .; mcnt when they should come within reach fists. Closer and closer they came. he mohis good rrhey approached very slowly, as they were literally feel ing their way. Doubtless they feared the horses might kick them they were too abrupt in their approach. 1 \ They now began talking reassuringly to the hors 'f "Whoa, boy! Good boy!" they said several times. '';!.'-. "It'll be 'woe' to you boys the :first thing you kn w '." thought Dick, grimly, and he braced himself, ready to deal the knockout blows. Presently the fellows were within reach. Dick had identified the unfaithful servant by his voice. He decided to give this fellew the first blow. Drawing back his right arm, the youth let drive. His arm shot forward with mathematical precisio;ti. and I with the force of a battering-ram. Dick's :fist took the servant fairly between the eyes. The fellow gave utterance to a cry of amazement and pain, and down he went like a log. Crack! seen. Again Dick's fist sh ot out, and down went the other The two men would have to pursue their investigations fellow. b.v the sense of feeling. Dick had struck with all his might.


THE LlBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 19 'fhe blows were not knockouts, however; they had not landed on the right spots for that. A knockout must land on the jaw, if delivered about the face at all. The fellows were dazed, however. _They saw more stars than they had ever dreamed of see ing. Their wits were scattered to the four winds, temporarily. Dick sprang to Hie horses' heads, and untied the halter straps. He had tied the straps in such a manner that a single jerk was all that was needed to untie them. With a bound he was in the saddle of the nearest horse. ''That's pretty good shooting for this dark night!" the youth murmured grimly. "Well, I don't think they can come that close again." There were no more shots, however. ".A little picket gang," the youth thought. "Well, I am all right now." He let the horses come down to a slower gait presently. Then he began going over the situation. What he wished to do, more than anything else, was to overtake Bob, to find him, if he could, and warn him that the British would be on the lookout for him. This would be a very difficult thing to do. It would have been a hard task in the daytime. Then he rode down the alley at a gallop, turning the .At night, in the darkness, it would be ten times more corner into the street just as the two men were struggling difficult. to their feet. Dick had not asked Bob what road he intended taking The soldier was the first to get to his feet, and he fired in returning to the army. c1 shot at Dick. 'l'he bullet went wild, however. Dick gave a derisive shout. ")'.ou couldn't hit the side of a barn, redcoat!" he cried. 'Try it again!" But Dick was out of sight before the fellow corud iire gain. The youth reached Broadway, and turned north. He rode along at a gallop. He figured, however, that Bob would return, as nearly as he could, by the same route they had traversed in coming down to the city. "I will take it for granted, anyway," he thought; "and will shape my course accordingly." Dick had been delayed at the home of Mr. Sanderson :fifteen or twenty minutes. That was long enough for the soldiers at the tavern, which was the headquarters of the British generals, to get People looked at him with some show of curiosity, but no a couple of horses and start to go to the British army to ne hailed him. carry the information that a patriot spy would try to get Dick was feeling pretty good. He had made his escape from the British, and had ken a couple of good horses with him. Horses were worth considerable. "I wish I could get these horses through the lines!" the ut h thought. "They would come ip. handy for some of e patriot officers to use." Reaching the Common, Dick rode across it. He headed for Bowery Lane. As he rode into the lane, he suddenly heard the word, The voice came from the side of the road. t was stern and threatening in tone. ut Dick was not inclined to halt. e was headed for the patriot army on Harlem Heights, he was going to reach the army if possible. o instead of halting, he dug his heels into the side of through the lines. Dick figured that these soldiers were in all probability ahead of him. But he was mistaken. The two soldiers he had knocked down and robbed of the horses had secured a couple of more animals and set out on their interrupted journey. But they had not done this as promptly as Dick had <>upposed they would. They had not got started away from the tavern until at least half an hour after Dick had made his escape. So they were behind the youth, instead of in front of him. Dick reckoned up the time that had elapsed since Bob started on his long walk from the city to Harlem Heights, a distance of about nine miles. The youth figured it that about two hours had elapsed horse he bestrode, gave a yell to the other horse, and since he parted from Bob. animals leaped away at a swift gallop. He considered about two miles an hour would be very rack! crack crack crack! crack! went the muskets. good speed to make on such a dark night, walking over Dick heard one or two bullets whistle past his head. unfamiliar ground.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. "I should overtake him a mile or so beyond Murray Hill," Dick thought. "Well, I will ride at a good speed, until I get where I s hould find him, and then I will sigThen he brought the horses down to a w alk A short distance farther, and he brought _the h o rses a standstill. nal him." "I wonder if Bob heard my signal?" he murmured. Dick and Bob had been rai s ed together, their parents He listened intently for a few minutes. having lived on adjoining farms, near Tarrytown, for He heard nothig. many years, and the youth s had swam, hunted and fished "I wonder if it is safe to whistle again?" he a s ked hi together all their lives. Many a time, when out in the timself. ber they would become separated, and in such circumstances "Well, I must do it; it is the only way that I c an fi they always made use of a signal, so as to learn the whereBob. of each other, and get together again. He doubled up his hands and blew in the m as he h This signal was a loud, strong whistle made by blowing done before, making a deep, penetrating whistle. in the hands, which were doubled up in a peculiar fashion. Then he listened intently for several minutes. It was not like a whistl e made with the tongue and lips No whistle was heard in reply. alone, or with a couple of fingers in the mouth; it was more "Bob must have made better time than I thought," sa like the steam whistle of a miniature locomotive-only not Dick to himself. "Well, I'll ride onward, and stop eve 10 loud, of course. The whistle could be heard a long ways, however; often the youths had communicated with each other by aid of whistled signals when a mile distant. In the timber, where everything is quiet, a sound may be heard much farther than out in the open, and where there are other distracting noises. Dick kept his horse going at a gallop, until he had passed Murray Hill, and was a mile or so beyond, and then he slowed the animals down to a walk. He brought the horses to a standstill. "I believe I 'll try signalling, and see if Bob is within a mile of this spot," he murmured. Then he doubled up his hands, and blew a loud, shrill blast that awoke the echoes for a distance of a mile around. "What in the name of all that is wonderful is that, any way?" cried a hoarse voice from the side of the road "Who comes there?" "Redcoats!" thought Dick. Then he kicked his horse in the ribs, and yelled to the other, and rode aw, ay up the road a gallop. Crack! crack! crack crack crack! went the muskets, and Dick heard the bull e t s whi s tle all around him. CHAPTER vrn. IN SE.ARCH OF BOB. "The redcoats are thick in this part of the country I" thought Dick, as he rode onward. He kept up the speed at which he was going till he had gone perhaps half a mile. once in a while and signal. He is bound to hear me, soo or later." But if Bob had not heard him, the two Britis h soldie coming along the road a half mile or so behind him, The pickets who had fired upon Dick heard him, also. When the two soldiers reached them they were ch lenged, and this had occurred just before Dick whistled. "What was that?" asked one of the soldiers on hor back. "I can only tell you that it is some kind of a signal gi utterance to by a man," was the reply. "He stopped ri oppqsite us a few minutes ago, and gave that whistle. was the first we knew anyone was around, and it gave quite a start. We challenged him, and he rode off a gallop, as we could tell by the sound of the horses f We fired a volley, but did not hit the fellow it seems.' "I'll bet a horse it is the very same young rascal s tole our horses,. after escaping from his captors do at headquarters I" said one of the horsemen. "And he's signalling to the other fellow who went ah of him!" from the other. They quickly related the story of the capture of D Slater-though they knew him as "Sam Sly, the boy sp "It's the very same chap, you can bet on it!" said on the men on picket duty. "And, say, there is no reason you coul.n't capture him I He doesn't know you are be him, and if he keeps on signalling for the other fell he will keep you posted as to where he is, and y ou slip up on him, and take him prisoner." "He's a bad man to fool with," said one of the ho men, dubiously. He rem e mbered the terrible thump he had received fr D ick's fis t.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 21 "Bah! You aren't afraid of a young fellow like him, It seemed to come from away over toward the left, but re you?" somewhat further north than where he was. "No; I'm not afraid; but I know he is a dangerous :fel"That is Bob I" Dick exclaimed, in accents. JW to fool with, all right." "Thank goodness, he hasn't been captured I Now to find "But you will have all the advantage on your side. He him. He is evidently off the road, and is in the timber oesn't know you are after him, and will not be on his Well, I must join him, even if he is in the wilderness. I can lead the horses, if need be. ,uard." "I don't know about that. From what I have seen of tim, he is almost always on his guard. A spy has to be, ou know." "Yes; that's true; but you will have the advantage. He ill keep you informed of his whereabouts by those signals f his, and you will be able to capture him, if you are areful." "We'll try it, anyway. Well, we'll be moving." Then the soldiers rode away at a gallop. The soldiers were eager to get revenge on Dick for the .Jows he had dealt them. It would give them great pleasure if they could capture O.e boy spy. It would be a big feather in their cap, too. And some money in their pockets, as well. They had heard General Howe say that he would give a dred pounds to have the youth a prisoner in his hands. He had told Luke Watson, the guide and spy, that he uld receive a hundred pounds if he brought the youth to adquarters. They felt confident the general would pay the money if y should be successful in bringing the boy spy to headDick left the road, and entering the timber made his way slowly in the direction from which the whistle had sounded. It was slow work, working his way through the timber. He could not see his hand before his face. The limbs of the trees struck him in the face, and fear ing he might get his eyes put out, he dismounted, led the horses. He could go no faster than a slow walk, anyway. He got along somewhat better after that. "I don't see how Bob managed to get so far in such a short time," he thought; "he has made good speed." Dick made his way along until he had gone a quarter of a mile or more, and then he stopped and emitted another signal-whistle. Very soon the answering whistle came. This time it sounded louder and plainer. "I have come in the right direction so far," thought. Dick. "I am nearer him than I was." He started onward again. He plodded along, dragging the unwilling horses after him, a distance of a third of a mile, perhaps, and then he paused, and whistled again. arters. Again he heard the answering signal, and it sounded. They up their minds to capture the youth, if still uearer and clearer. sible. "I am getting there by degrees," thought Dick. eanwhile Dick, having listened for a few minutes, and Then he started again, and went another third of a mile eiving no answering signal from Bob, had ridden on-before stopping. d. He whistled and received an answer. 'I'll get within hearing distance of him pretty soon," thought. captured. e hoped not. not think so. e knew Bob was bright, alert and cunning, and he bethe redcoats would have hard work capturing him. The answering signal was quite loud this time, and Dick felt sure that he would soon pe with his friend. He hastened fbrward as rapidly as was possible. He was eager to be with Bob. "I'll wager he is wondering why I followed him !ff thought Dick. "Well, I can soon tell him." Presently Dick paused and emitted another whistle, an4 from a short distance in of him came the answering ick rode onward half a mile, as near as he could guess signal. d paused, and emitted another of the signal whistles. "Where are you, Bob?" called Dick, hastening forward. e listened a few moments, and then whistled again. as fast as he could. e listened ag11in, and this time he heard a faint answer"Here!" came back the reply, and at the sound of the histle. voice he halted as if shot.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. boy spy had one peculiar faculty. Dick coaxed them along as best he could without ma Re had s very good memory for names, a splendid memmuch noise. ory for faces, but the one thing in which he excelled was Evidently the British soldiers-for such they re his memory of voices. were, as Dick surmised-heard the snorts given vent to If Dick was familiar with a person's voice or laugh, he the horses, for excited voices were heard in the direct could tell it anywhere. from which the man's voice had come when he addres Even if he were not looking for a person,. and thought Dick. the person was a hundred miles away, if he heard that "Stop!" called out a threatening voice; "stop where person's voice, even though he did not see the speaker, are, or we will fire!" he recognized the speaker instantly. Di9k made no reply. :Bo when the reply, "Here!" came back to Dick, he Nor did he stop. stopped instantly, and stood motfonless and silent, asking Instead he turned almost at right angles, and led himself what he should do. horses off in the new direction, hoping to get out of range For the voice that had answered him was not that of this way. Bob l "Stop!" the cry again; "stop, or we fire!" Dick knew this as well as if he had been face to face Dick merely hastened onward, and then he heard with the speaker in broad daylight. voi_ce give the command: He scented danger at once. In an instant he realized intuitively that he had all but 'run straight into the arms of 'the British. He had not stopped to think that there might be others in these woods who could whistle like himself and Bob. He had taken it for granted, when he heard the answering signal, that it could not have been emitted by any one save Bob. Now, however, he knew better. He realized his mistake. But what was he to do? "Fire!" Crash! Dick judged that a score of muskets, at least, had be fired. In the timber, and amid the stillness of the night, t weapons roared like cannon. The report was almost deafening. The horses leaped and snorted in terror. Luckily the reverberations of the reports among t trees and hills smothered the noise made by the horses. None of the bullets from the muskets came near enou to Dick for him to hear them. He felt that he was in dangerous quarters. He was, he judged, not more than seventy-five yards His quick movement a.t right angles with the cour from the British. he had been going was what had saved him. Could he retreat, and get away from them? He felt sure that he could easily do so alone, but to take the horses along would be a different affair. so. Still, he would not give the horses up until he had to. He wished to keep them. He was ready to take desperate chances in order to do Turning, he cautiously began to move away, pulling the hQrses along by the reins. l where are you?" came from behi11d him but Dic"k made no reply. He knew that the owner of the voice was a deadly enemy, and was not dieposed to give him the information which he would no doubt have been glad to receive. Dick hastened away as fast as he could, but this was not very fast. The horses were becoming tired of being pulled along through the dark forest, this way a11.d Otherwise he could hardly have escaped being hit by so of the bullets. "Scatter, men! scatter in all directions!" Dick hea the man cry "We must not let that fellow escape! i s undoubtedly a rebel spy. Hunt him down!" CHAPTER IX. A BOLD DASH. Dick was now in a tight place. Handicapped as he was by the horses, he could not mo rapialy. Nor coul'1. he move so silently as he could have do alone. Nor could he conceal himself should some of the s diers happen to come too close to where he was.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 23 lather, he could not conceal the horses, and they would rection of the point where the redcoats had been when they eal his whereabouts. challenged him. fhe best thing, the safest thing for him to do would be The youth knew he was taking long chances in doing lesert the horses. this. lut Dick did not wish to do this. fe had taken a liking to the animals. le had made up his mind to hold onto them, and get m into the American camp if he could. "he horses would be of value. he did not wish to give them up. n fact, he made up his mind that he would not give n up until he was forced to do so. 'O he hastened onward as fast as he could, still leading horses. [e hoped to be able to evade the redcoats who were ching for him so assiduously. his would b e very difficult. he soldiers had undoubtedly scattered, and were prowl ere, there and everywhere. e was liable to run up against one or :qiore of the fel at any moment. ck was on the alert. led the horses with his left hand, and kept his right on the butt of a pistol. was determined to escape and woe to the redcoat ttempted to hinder him. asionally Dick paused and listened. such occasions he could hear the soldiers in various them beating about in the underbrush, could also hear them calling to one another. He was, running right back into the lion's den. But he did not hesitate. If Bob was in danger he must go to his friend s assistance. He knew Bob would do the same for him. The youth made his way along, pulling the horses afte r him. Doubtless they wondered what all this wanclering about in the depths of the forest meant. Dick paused frequently to listen and he was pleased to. note that he did not -seem to be getting into closer quarters, by taking the back track. Perhaps this would turn out to be the safer plan, after all. 'l'he redcoats would naturally think he would keep on. goin.g away from them, and get as far from where he hadi. been challenged as possible. This was what most persons would do. Dick would have done so, too, bad he not heard the signal from Bob-for he was confident it was a signal. Presently he paused, and cautiously gave the call to the night bird. "If that is answered, I shall know it is Bob," he thought. The signal was answered at once. "It is Bob!" thought Dick; "and I am afraid he is a t t d d h th prisoner." ey are rymg o surroun an em me m, e thought. "Well, we will see about that l I'll get out The youth started forward once more. trap in some manner." enly Dick stopped as if he had been shot. ad heard a peculiar sound, which to his practised s a signal. s the call of a night bird. was given utterance to by human t was made by Bob the youth thought; "and it .om the direction of the spot where those redcoats Can it be that Bob is a prisoner in their hands?" was worried. t would be bad!" he murmured. "Anyway, I must ee. If he is in their hands, I must try to rescue ick, to decide was to act. rned squarely around, .and started back in the diThe signal had seemed to come from a point considerably nearer than when he heard it the first time. "I have come in the right direction," murmured Dick. "Well, if I am not pounced upon by some of the redcoats, I will be with Bob in a few minutes." pick started again. "If Bob is a prisoner, he must be alone at this time" Dick reasoned; "otherwise he would not have dared give utterance to the signal." This thought caused Dick to hasten forward more rapid ly than ever. If he could reach Bob before any ofthe redcoats re turned, he could free his friend, and they could flee to gether. Presently he emitted the call of the night bird once more, and received an answer from right in front of him.


24 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' GOOD WORK. "Is that you, D i ck?" cam e in a cautio u s voice. "Yes; and you-are you a prisoner, Bob?" "Yes; but my guard went off to searc h for you. Hurry -.nd free me before they get back! Dick hastened forward. t h e m visited their t e mporary camp a n d fre ed their oner was almost more than they c ould endure They would do their b est to re c apture the oner, and the per s on who had freed hi m Again the redcoats scattered, a s the youths could u Guided by Bob's voice, b e was soon at bis friend 3 the sounds of their voi c e s as they s houted to on E 11ide. o t h e r. Bob was tied hand and foot with ropes. Dick drew bis knife and quickly cut the ropes. Then Bob leap<::_d to bis feet with a sigh of r e l i ef. "I fe e l better I" he murmured. "But we mu s t g e t away from here. Tho s e redcoats will be coming b ac k in a few minutes." "Did they get the paper you were taking to the com mander-in-ch i ef, Bob?" asked Dick, anxiously. "No, I dropped it behind a tree, n ear by, Dick. I can .find it." i '"' "'I "Hurry, then! We must get away from here!'' Bob hastened to make search for the document. Presently a low exclamation of satisfaction escaped him "I h ave foUJli it!" he said, and he rejoinPd Dick. "Whe re did you get the horse s ?" he asked in surprise r\ ''I'll t ell you later; just now w e must put in all our time getting out of this. Take the r eins of one of the hor ses, Bob." ...... i '?>i ....... l Bob did so. 1 "Now follow me," and Dick started away t h rough t he forest. They wer e wild to find the p ris on e r and bis frien d "They are mad, Dick I" said B o b with a chuckle "So they m:e Bob !" "They'll give us a hot chase! "Yes ; we will have to move lively, if we want to get fromthem." .. .. ; .. :--::i''"'..t -':.i ... ;: .. "The horses make it slow work for us. "Yes but if we can get out of this timber, we able to move more lively. "That's right; once in an ope n road, and we can them behind ........ "So we can! .. r' The youth s said no more They buc k led down to the work' in hand. It was difficult work to m a k e progress throug timber in the darknes s But the y pers evered They were youth s not easily d aunted They wer e detennined to escap e They would carry the document they had received Mr. Sande rso n to the commander-inchief of the arm y or d i e t ry ing And the re dcoat s seemed just as d etermine d to r ec As they started, they heard the voices of a number of their escap e d prisoner and his friend with him. redcoats, who were evidently returning from their unsuc cessful search for Dick. "The y're coming!" said Bob, in a low tone. "Yes ; but we will get away, or know the r e ason why! The y ou t hs hastened onward. The horses were not very willing t o be led, but T"e ry good speed, everything con s idered, was They had gone from fifty to seventy-five yards when a wild y ell of rage and. amazement was heard. It came from t h e thTOats of the redcoats. They had got back, and had discovered the esca pe o f their prisoner. The youths hastened their f ootste ps. They knew that now the redco a t s w oul_d b e worked up t o a high pitch of an g er They would su s pect what had happen e d, a.t once. To miss finding and capturing Dick was bad enough, but to realize that the fellow they had been hunting had evaded Th ey w e re beating t h e brus h for their i ntend e d with desp e rate energy. 'They l a bored under difficulties ho w ever. The darknes s was a handicap t o them. 'l'hey could not see their hands befo re thei r fa c They h a d to depend on feeling a bout, and liste nin s ound s made by t h e fugitives This ma d e t h ei r work ver y d ifficult. They might b e within five feet of the pe r s o ns the hunting, and not know it. 'The youths realized this and w er e careful to as little noise as possible. "We'll get a way from t h e m yec !'. 5aid Dick. in voice. "I think s o old man," was the cautious reply. "Oh, you do, do you ? c ried a triumphant voice right in front of them. "At them m e n S ei z e the s "Fire, Bob!" cried Dick


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 25 :h the same instant he drew a pi stol and fired in the clition of the voice. Bob followed suit. 'Again, Bob !'i cried Dick, as he thrust the pistol back i drew the other. drew away, until the sounds made by the redcoats could be heard but faintly. The youths did not pause until they reached the old Post Road. This was the road Dick had left an hour before, when rhen two more shots rang out, and cries and groans came he received the answer to his signal whistle. m in front of them. They paused and listened before entering the road. They could not hear a sound anywhere. They decided that the coast was clear at last. ,Then they were leaped upon by seveTal redcoatii. rhe youths were desperate, now, however. 0f11ey were determined :not to be captured. fhcy used their pistols as clubs, and struck their lants over the beads with them. Then they entered the road, mounted the horses, and asrode away toward the north. t was a short, but fierce encounter. rhe desperate of the two had been in a manner rhere were five er six of the redcoats, and they thought t their :numbers would give them a victory without the essity of their striking a blow he pistol shots from the weapons of the youths had e as a surprise to them. hey had not expected this. hree of their :number hadfallen, with bullets in their ies. he others, angry on account of the turn affairs had n, had then leaped upon the two. ere again they had met their matches. he youths clubbed the pistols and thumped thefr assailover the bead, and soon had them reduced to a condi ol' insensibility. he other redcoats had heard the firing, and the sounds he struggle, however. houts were given utterance to by them, as they came ing toward the scene of. the encounter. ick and Bob knew they had no time to lose. hey succeeded in getting hold of the bridle Teins, and ned away from the spot, leading the horses. e animals had not wandered away during the melee. oubtless they were glad of a chance to stand still for l le. ey had been pulled abQut so long that they had become of it. t they were now force d to follow the youths once more. Now, for the first time, they began to feel rnfe "Now, tell me how you came to be captured, Bob?" said Dick, as they rode along. "It is very simple," the youth replied; "I was making my way through the timber, and suddenly I found that I was in tpe midst of a band of redcoats. They were all around me, calling on me to surrender. I knew I couldn't fight against the whole crowd successfully, and, so I took the paper out of my pocket and dropped it behind a tree. Then I surrendered, and was tied up tight and fast as you found me." "Did they try to make you tell who and what you were?" "Yes; but I didn't give them any satisfaction." "Who answere d my signal?" "One of the redcoats. As soon as they heard the whistle, they said it must be from some friend of mine, and one of them answered it. They kept it up, and came very near tricking you into being captured." "So they did. I knew it wasn't your voice, when the fel-low answered me, however." "I would have cried out and warned you, but one of the scoundrels kept his hand over my mouth and I could not utter a sound." "It was a pretty smooth trick, but it didn't win." "No; we are free from those fellows; but we have the main lines still ahead of us." "Yes; that is where we are going to have trouble." "You are right." The youths followed the Post Road, and made good time. They were not challenged anywhere along the route, 11.nd e Tedcoats, yelling and evidently gTeatly excited, were at last they crossed Harlem Creek, and a8 soon as they oacbing quite rapidly, but the two youths felt that they ci!Jne up onto the higher ground they were in sight of the d be able to escape after all, as the redcoats would be campfires of the entire British army. ed for awhile when they reached their companions, The army was half a mile distant, however, and they had been knocked senseless by the pistol butts. rode onward. s proved to be the case, and Dick an cl Bob gTadually When they wl:!re within three hundred yards of the army, ..


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. the youths halted their horses, and sat in silence for a few moments. They were looking at the campfires, watching the men sitting about-for not all had gone to bed-and wondering how they were going to get through the lines. "How are we going to do it, Dick?" asked Bob, in a low tone. I hardly know, Bob; I'll tell you what I have half a mind to try, however." "What?" The boldest thing we could pos sibly try." "You mean--" "To urge our horses to a full run, and ride through the British lines like twin thund e rbolts!" "Say, that is a bold scheme, sure enough!" But bold schemes sometimes win, where any other would fail." That s so; we might succeed, old man." "We will be through the lines before the y know what is Then ensued a scene of confusion. There Fere shouts, ye1ls, curses. Many soldiers leaped for their muskets. Seizing the weapons, they fired at the youths en h back. They fired too quickly, however. They did not stop to try to take aim. Firing at random, they missed. The youths heard the bullets whistle, but did not car that. They uttered shouts of defiance. They felt that their plan was destined to succe ed. The redcoats were taken entirely by surprise. C onsequently there was nothing that they could of, at once, that would aid them in stopping the yout The shots fired at the two were the best the redcoats do. And, as we have s een, these shots went wild. In a few seconds it seemed as if the entire British taking place; and if they fire upon us, they will fire wild was aroused ly, and at random, and if the y were to hit us, it would b e an accident." "True; well, I'm willing to try it, if you are!" "Very well; let's make the atte:u_ipt. Keep right alongside of me. Are you ready?" "Ready!" in a grim tone. "All right; forward, then!" The next instant the two bold youth s lash e d their horses S o ldiers, half-dressed, came pouring out of their muskets in hand. They thought that they were attack e d by the p atriot army. Som e of them, in their excitement, and being aroused from sleep, mistook some of their companio the patriot soldiers, and fired upon them befor e di s to a gallop, and then into a run, and rode down upon the i ng their mistake. lines of the British arm y lik e twin thunderbolts, sure Confu s ion reigned suprem e enough. It was a desp e rate undertaking, but the boy spies were not to be deterred b y an y considerations for their own safety. They w e re utte rly and absolutely fearles s CHAPTER X. THROUGH THE LINES. F orward they rode. The camp was in an uproar. Men shouted, yelled and cursed. It was a terrible mix-up. If the youths had made it up to create as big a ti.on as possible, they could not have succeeded better. It is doubtful if two persons ever succeeded in cau bigger disturbance in the same length of time than and Bob caused. The horses were frightened, and after the uproar The clatter of the horses hoofs on the ground sounded mcnced there was no difficulty in getting them to like the roar gf distant thunder. rapidly. The sentinels, and the soldiers about the fires heard the sound and leaped to their feet in alarm. "What could it be?" they asked themselves. They were soon to learn. 'l'he next instant two horsemen, riding like the wind, were among Redcoats were knocked down by the horses in their mad rush. They needed no urging. They raced with all their might. The youths had to hold them in, instead of urge the ward. They were through the lines of the British in le than it has taken to tell of it. And then they raced onward, toward Harlem H exulting over the success of their bold dash.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. 27 t had succeeded beyond their most sanguine expectacity, in as few words as possible, and Bob produced the few minutes later they reached the patriot army. hey were challenged, and gave the countersign. hey were allowed to pass on into the camp, and they d that it was fully aroused. he pickets had reported that some kind of excitement going on in the British lines, and, fearing an attack, patriot army had been aroused, and with arms in hands soldiers were waiting for the approach of the redcoats. en they learned that it was the youths who had caused disturbance in the British ranks, the patriots were zed. t did not seem possible that the two youths had dared through the lines of the entire British army. h e y could hardly believe that such a thing could be e. et they knew Dick well, and they knew he was not a th who would say a thing unless it was so. It was just like poking a stick into a hornet's nest," hed Bob; "they swarmed out of their tents I thought document and handed it to the general. The commander-in-cllief opened the paper, and read it through from beginning to end before looking up. There was a pleased look on his face when he did look up. "Boys," he said impressively, "yJ u have done The infor;mation contained in this communication is very v a lu able indeed. I shall know what to expect, and what I hav e to guard against from the enemy." "We are glad if we have been of benefit to you, sir," said Dick; "and we stand ready to do more work in the same line, at any time." "Thank you, my boys It will not be necessary to do anything more r,ight away, I am confident. If anything should transpire to make it necessary, however, I will send for you." "Thank JOU, sir!" said Dick, and Bob echoed this re mark. Then the youths bade the commander-in-chief good night, and went to their quarters. They found the "Liberty Boys" eager and excited. They had heard just enough regarding the wonderful exploit of Dick and Bob in riding like whirlwinds through the I should say not!" remarked one of the patriot officers. t th t d f t th t I h d f 1,, e ntire British army to make them wish to hear the complete ere goners, sure.1' We took them by surprise, or we would never have been to get through the lines," said Dick. a was e mos armg ea a ever ear o W 11 h d t thr h d :fi d 't th t story, and they would not let the youths sleep until after e we a to ge oug an we gure i a we ld t d b tt h b ki b ld d h th l;i.ey had told the story of their night's adventures. s an a e er c ance y ma ng a o as an rying to slip through." "Well, you two chaps are world-beaters!" said Mark Morrison, admiringly, and the rest of the "Liberty Boys" er haps you were right about that." echoed this sentiment. e commander-in-chief had been aroused when the of the disturbance in the Bripsh camp was carried to and he sent for Dick and Bob at once, on learning they had returned from their trip down into the The youths lay down, presently, and got a few hours sleep before morning. Next da.y an orderly came to Dick, and told him the commander-in-chief wished to see him at headquart ers at e greeted the youths pleasantly, and there was an eager once. in his eyes as he asked : hat luck, my boys?" think we had good luck, your excellency," said Dick, ugh we do not omselves know the nature of the infor n which we have hrought." e commander-in-chief lookecl puzzled. do not understand," he said. e brought a stateme:at from a patriot with whom we I in contact down in the city," explai11.ed Dick; "we t know the contents of the paper, but the writer as. us that it contained a e-tailed statement of the plans e British, as they have so far been outlined." en he told the story of their adventures down in the The youth made his way to headquarters, and was greeted cordially by the commander-in-chief. "In the communication which you brought me last night," said the general, "the information was vouchsafed that the British contemplate sending a large force up the East River to Throg's N eek, where they intend to land, a11.d then come across and cut off our retreat in case we wish to leave this point and retire toward Connecticut. I a.m going to send a force to guard this point, and as there: will likely be some :fighting when the British reach there,. and as your brave 'Liberty Boys' seem to desire to be always where there is :fighting going on, I have sent for you to tell you that your company shall go along, if you wish it. It


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. you do not wish to go, you may remain here. I leave it to mander-in-chief can take his time in retiring to you to say." Plains!" "We will go, your excellency. If that movement is templated, there will be no real attack from the front." "You are right, my boy," agreed the commander-in chief. "And, now that you are going With the division that goes to Throg's N eek, I will depute to you the work of bringing me immediate information of the approach .of the British, as soon as you learn that they are advancing on that point." "Very well, sir; I will see to it that you are informed of the advance of the British promptly." That afternoon a large force moved to the vicinity of Throg's N eek and took up its position there. Two or three bridges which spanned the creek which separated Throg's N eek from the mainland were destroyed, and it would be hard work for the British to land their troops on the mainland when they should coll?-e. On the Twelfth of October the British force appeared COillillg up the' East River, and Dick at once mounted his horse-a splendid animal that he had captured on Long Island-and rode across the country to Harlem Heights. "The British are coming up the river, your excellency!" he said, on appearing before the commander-in-chief, and after receiving instructions he made his way out and had remounted, when General Washington came out and said to him: This proved to be true. The British tried to reach the shore, but were met such a galling fire from the muskets of the patriot sol1 that they were forced to retreat. This was kept up for six days, the British being he: check easily, and then, a messenger having brought news that the entire patriot army had reached V Plains, General Putnam gave the order to retreat. He thought it best to wait till after dark, however, did so, and next morning the British were astonishE see that the "rebels" had departed. Next morning, after reaching White Plains, Dick Bob asked for leave of absence for a few hours, to ride to Tarrytown, only seven miles distant, to see their fc Leave was granted them, and they rode away at a lop. An hour and a half's ride brought them to their h and their folks were glad to see them. Especially was this true of Alice Estabrook, Bob 'a and Edith Slater, Dick's sister, for the youths were i with each other's sister. The youths stayed to dinner, and at about three o started on their return to White Plains. They had gone perhaps halfway, when as they riding down a steep hill a band of redcoats leaped ou "Tell General Putnam to hold them in check as long as the road from among the trees, and, presenting possible. We must have time to retreat; tell him we. will muskets, ordered the youths to halt. retire to White Plains." "Very well, your excellency," said Dick, and then after listening to a few more instructions, he saluted and rode away in the direction of Throg's N eek. As he did so the sound of firing could be heard in the dis tance. "The fight is on!" he murmured, and he urged his gal lant horse to its best speed. The youths did so at once. It would have been to invite sure death had th fused. They would obey for the time being, and bide time. An opportunity to make a break for freedom might Dick had scanned the faces of the redcoats eage When he reached there, he found the patriot army in once full control of affairs. He wished to see ,if were any of the redcoat It was master of the situation. The British would have to land the army on the N eek, and then wade across a strip of marshy land, and in the face of the fire from the Americans this would be a dan gerous thing to do. would recognize him. The youths were riding two horses that th.ey ha tured from the British. When they had captured the horses they had on s and bridles that might have been recognized be They would almost mire at every step, and would be the British make, but these trappings the youths had, 1 best of marks for the patriot sharpshooters. left off, and they had on common farm bridles an Dick delivered General Washington's mes sage to General dles. Putnam, i,ind that worthy chuckled 11.s he said: "Who are you fellows, and where are you going?" "We will hold them in check, all right The comthe commander of the redcoats in a stern voice.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK. "D-don't s-shoot, mister!" said Dick, pretending to badly frightened. "We won't shoot you, if you answer our questions omptly and truthfully," was the reply. "Who are you, d where are you going?" "We are Dick and Bob, sir," replied Dick, in as simple manner as possible; "and we are goin' to White Plains." "What are you going there for?" "For-for fun, sir. W-we jest wanter see whut a y looks like." "Oh, that's it?" "Y-yes, sir. We heerd as how Gineral Washington's y was to White Plains and so Bob and me, we made our minds we would go over there and see whut a y looked like." "Exactly; what are you, rebels?" "Who, us?" inquired Dick, with an assumption of sur ise and anger; "no, sir-reel we hain't no rebels, we in't. We're good king's men, we are!" The commander of the squad of redcoats looked at the uths in a speculative mann er. "Well," he said, presimtly, with a smile, "if you are good g's men, you want to be careful how you talk when you anywh ere around the rebel army. They will string you as like as not "Oh, we'll keep still!" said Dick, looking wise; "we're smart fur them there rebels, we are!" "I don't doubt that you are smart enough to fool the els, all right," the officer said; "and now, I have a little position to make to you. As you are loyal king's men, ought to be willing to agree to do what I wish you to "To hurry to the camp, get our 'Liberty Boys' and come back and capture that gang of redcoats I" Bob started, and his face lighted up. "Say, that is a good scheme I" he excb.imed. do it I" The youths rode to the camp, and Dick communicatel his plan to the "Liberty Boys." Dick to the commander-in-chief and asked permit ... sion to make the attempt. This was readily granted, and a short time afterwarl the company of "Liberty Boys" set out. The youths were perfectly familiar with the country, having hunted over all the land hereabouts, and they knew how to go in order to approach the band of redcoats from the rear. They executed the maneuver successfully, were with in a few yards of the British before they were Then Dick and his brave "Liberty Boys" leaped forward, with muskets leveled. "Surrender!" cried Dick, in a ringing voice; "sur render, or die!" The redcoats saw that they were outnumbered three to one, and surrendered, as they realized that it would be death to all of them if they refused. The chagrin of the commander of the redcoats when ht saw that the leaders of the "rebels" were the youtas whom he had taken to be country bumpkins was great. He looke4 as if he would have liked to kick himself. "You wanted us to find out all we could altout the patriot army and come a.nd tell you about it," said Dick, with 1 grim smile ; "and fearing that we could not do it satis factorily, we decided to come and bring you there, so that you could see for yourself!" 'Whut do ye want us to do, sir?" General Washington was highly pleased when the com-'I want you to go to White Plains, take a look at the pany of "Liberty Boys" came into camp, briiging the red-y, and then come back here and tell me all about it. coats with them as prisoners, and he complimented the me where the army is stationed, and everything you youths in decided terms Will you do it?" "Just keep on the way you are going," he said. "You 'Of course we will replied Dick, with alacrity. "And 1 ye be here when we come back?" 'Yes; we'll stay right here., You won't be gone very g, will you?" 'No; not very long. We'll come back jest as quick as we to oblige ye." 'All right; now go ahead-and remember, find out all can regardin g the rebel army." Say, Bob, I've got a scheme!" said Dick, as soon as were out of hearing of the redcoats: What is your plan, Dick?" are doing good work for the Cause of Liberty!" THE END. The next number ( 4) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND; OR, AL WAYS IN THE RIGHT PLACE/' by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back number s of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any news dealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copiea you order by return mail.


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It contains full in 'l tructions about guns, hunti ng dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, t ogether with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BO.AT.-Fully ill ustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this littl e book, together with in t ructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. BOW TO BREAK, RIDE, AND DRIVE A IIORSE.-A. complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy 1>ook for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes J1nd the most popular manner of sailing them Fully illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. F ORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true meaning of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. This little book ives the explanation to all kinds of dreams together with lucky and unluck'y days and "NapJeon's Oraculum," the booli; of fate. No. 28. HOW TO '.rELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of tnowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happi.nes.s or llllisery wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this httle book. 'Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell tbe fortune of your friends No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES TRE .HAND. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the Imes of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. .Anderson. .J ATHLETIC. N6. o. HOW BECOME AN THLETE.-Giving full in atruction for the use of dumb bells Indian clubs, P8:rallel bars, horiziintal bars and various other methods o f develop1Dg a good healthy muscle; containing over sixty. boy .ca,n become strong and healthy by follow1Dg the mstructions conta1Ded in this Ii ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and d iffer ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtalD one of tbese nsefu l and instructive books as it will teach you how to box withoU't an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNA .full instructions for a:ll kinds of gymnastic spci:s and athletic exercises. thirty-five illustrations. By l'rofessor W. Macdonald. A bandy and useful book No. 34. HOW TO full I!Jstr!lction for fencing and the use of the also 11!structi.01! ID archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, g1vmg the best positions in fencing. A complete book. No. ()1. HOW.TO BECOME A B6WLER.-A.complete manual of bowling Containing full instructions for lllaymg all the standard .American and German ga1!1es.; with rule s and of sporting in use by the prmc1pal bowhng clubs ID the Umtec;J States. By Bartholomew Batter son. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW 'fO DO TRICKS WITH. CARDS.-Cont8:ining explanations of the general principles_ of sleight-of-hand apph<;:a.ble to card tricks; of card tricks with ord1Dary cards, and not requmng !eight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of ';J:ecially orepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With dlustra72. tIOW TO DO SIXTY WITH bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with iltustratious. By A. Anderson. e Ufo. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITi::i: CARJ?S. tuid1U;iing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leadmg conJurers Arranged for home amusement. FuJly illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2 hOW TO DO TRICh.!::i .-'.rhe great book of magic card tricks, containing full instrucLion of all the leading card tri of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed our leading magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this bo as it will both amuse and instru<:t. No. 2:.!. llOW 'l'O DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second si explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining h the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician aud boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The

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