The Liberty Boys on hand, or, Always in the right place

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Cents. Tho redcoats fired upon the boys, but. missed. Dick and Bob returned the fire. bringing the leading redcoat. Then they leaped their horses over the stone wall rode _away across the field. -,.


HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iuued Weekl11-By 8ubscriptum 12.5() per 11ea." Entered according to Act of Congreu. in the 11ear 1901, in the office of the Librarian of Congreu Washington, D. C., bt1 Frank Tomey, 24 Union Square, New York. o. 4. NEW YORK, JANUARY 25, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. TWO AGAINST A DOZEN. 'Now we've got ye, Dick Slater an' Bob Estabrook!" patriot army, and Dick and Bob had left the camp that morning to visit their folks, who lived not far from Tarrytown. The two families lived within a quarter of a mile of each other, which made _it nice for the youths, as they were close together, even whe:i;i. at their homes, visit-'Got us to get, you mean, Joe Scroggs!" ing. n a lonely timber-road a few miles from Tarrytown, N. Dick's family consisted of his mother and sister Edith, on a bright October morning of the year 1776, a band of, who was Bob's sweetheart ozen rough, uncouth youths of about eighteen years of Dick's father had been shot down at his own front on an average faced two youths of about the same gate by a Tory named Hank Scroggs-the father of the youth addressed as Joe Scroggs, who stood in front of the ... he youths were quite different-looking, however. youths now. One would have to travel far to find two handsomer, Dick, rendered desperate by the murder of his father, re manly-looking young fellows than these same two who had rushed into the house, sei;ed his father's rifle, and, d been addressed as Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook. running out, had shot Hank Scroggs, inflicting a deathDick and Bob were patriots. hey were enthusiasts in the Great Cause. wound, and, as a matter of course, there was no love lost between Dick and Joe. So great was their enthusiasm and desire to help in Bob's family consisted of his father, mother and sister nging about the freedom of the American people that. Alice-who was Dick's sweetheart. So you see there was y had gotten up a company of youths of about their another bond of sympathy between the two heroic youths n age from the neighborhood in which they lived, a few who were destined to work, separately and together, to such les from Tarrytown, and at the present time they bad advantage in the great Cause of Liberty. [n with the patriot army nearly two months. The youths with Joe Scroggs were, like himself, sons of IThey had taken parf in several battles, and the "Liberty Tory parents, and they had of late been taking advantage ys" had distinguished themselves for dash and bravery of the condition of affairs, where neighbors, some Tories every engagement. and some patriots, were at outs with one another, to do all ut more important than this, Dick and Bob had diskinds of mean things to the property of patriot families. iguished themselves as spies They had done some splendid work in this line. Dick, especially, had gone over into the British lines en the army was on Long Island, twice, and had secured uable information. s spies they had succeeded where grown had been successful, and General Washington was beginning to de d upon them to keep him informed of the intended \ements of the enemy. t the time of which we write, the patriot army oc ied a position at White Plains. They did not try violence to members of the families, save on rare occasions when they met a youth or old man out by himself, however. The majority of them were cowards at heart. They would not have thought of stopping Dick and Bob on the road on this morning in question had it not been that they were six to one. 1 The odds gave them courage, and at Joe Scroggs' sug gestion they decided to give the two "rebel" youths a good thrashing. So, as we have seen, they had leaped out into the road t had fallen back from Harlem Heights, which position in front of Dick and Bob, who were walking along, talking become untenable, and now occupied a commanding and laughing, and not thinking of being held up, and Joe ition on Chatterton Hill. had given utterance to the remark which heads this chap he British army was seemingly indisposed to attack the in:


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. we'\re got ye, Dick Slater an' Bob Estabrook!" And Dick had promptly replied: "Got us to get, you mean, Joe Scroggs!" Dick and Bob had been taken by surprise, but they were not dismayed. 'Two braver youths than these two handsome fellows never lived. They had been tried in battle, and by the terrible dan gers which beset the spy in the lines of the enemy. Hence they were not likely to be frightened when con fronted by a gang of cowardly Tory boys. "Yes, we've got ye," continued Joe Scroggs; "an' we're goin' ter give ye the worst lickin' ye ever hed in all yer life!" "You are?" remarked Dick, calmly and coolly, but with a look of scorn in his fine eyes. ""We air "That's right, I guess, Dick," remarked Bob, with a grin; "they're mostly 'air !' Bob could not resist the opportunity to make a joke. goin' ter git pounded ha' ter death, right now, jes' tl same!" "Who by ?-you fellows?" This was asked with the coolest air imaginable. "Yes, by us fellers." "All by yourselves?" "Oh, ye think yer smart, don't yer? Well, we're goi ter take some uv thet smartness outer ye!" "Hadn't you better wait till there are more of y to do it?" asked Dick. A growl of rage went up from the Tory boys. "Let's .go fur 'em right now!" said one. "Let's wait ter heer cnny more sass outer 'em!" "I should advise you not to try it!" said Dick, coldly ''you will get hurt if you do!" "Whut, ye two fellers hurt us ?-I guess not! At 'em fellers!" Joe gave the command, but he did not make the break. He was the biggest coward in the whole gang. Re was eager to sec the two youths whom he hate His '\lords angered the youths greatly. pounded, but he well knew that somebody would receiv :;ome hard knocks, and he did not want to be one of thos They were not hard to anger-for the reason that there who did so. were a dozen of them Had there been only three or four, they would have been h1nvever, and at the word from Joe, the majority of th >'1ow to anger. j ouths leaped forward. "Ye think yer mighty funny, don't ye, Bob Estabrook!" 'fhey expected to overwhelm the two youths at once. r.::narled Joe Scroggs. "Well, ye won't feel s o funny by the time we get through with ye!" "Is that so?" mockingly. The youths ielt confidence in their strength of number. Dut they soon found their mistake. Dick and Bob were both very strong youths Moreover they were regular athletes. 'Yes, that's so!" In addition, they knew more of the science of sel-d "You fellows will oblige us by stepping aside and letfense than the majority of men of that period knew. ting us pass!" said Dick, sternly. "Oh, ho! hear 'im, fellers!" laughed Joe; "he tells m ter stan' erside an' let 'im pass Will we do et?" "I guess we won't do notbin' fur Dick Slater an' Bob Estabrook!" growled another of the Tory boys. 'Cept ter give 'em a good lickin'." "Thet's it, edzackly !" "Oh, that's your game, is it?" remarked Di k, his lips So when the dozen Tory youths leaped forward to th attack they met with such a reception as they were no expecting. The two brave youths who were attacked struck ou with both fists with such force and precision as to floor four of the members of the attacking party. Then ensued a lively scrimmage Dick and Bob leaped here and there with such won curling with scorn. "So you are going to give us a licking, derful quickness that they were hard to hit. arc you?" "'Thet's whut we're goin' ter do!" growled Joe Scroggs. 'Ye killed my dad, ye blamed no 'count rebel!" "And your father murdered my father, you cowardly They were like the Dutchman's flea-when the Tor boys' blows came, the youths were not there. That is as a general thing. Of course, some of the blows landed. The youths coul Tory!" said Dick, so :fiercely as to cause Joe to look frightnot evade or ward off all of them. ened in spite of himself "I killed your father, I know, But they were usually moving away at the time, an and I 'llould do it again! He shot my father down in cold the blows did no great amount of damage. blood, and he got no more than he deserved!" But the blows delivered by Dick and Bob did not lac "Thet's your say-so erbout et, uv course; well, yer steam.


THE LIBERTY BOYS O:N" HAND. / 3 They understood how to add the weight of the body to the And the two youth were, wonderful to getting thC' low, and when they landed fairly a 'l'ory boy was sure to better of the fight. o down with a thud. The patriot youths fought like demons. They detested the Tory boys, on general principles. Then, too, they knew them all, and had had trouble with The Tory boys were clumsy as compared to Dick aml Bob. The patriot youths were as quick as lightning, almost. This aided them, and then they were youths with strong 1e majority of the members of the party on moral courage. They were the kind of youths who would rior occa ions-at school and elsewhere. not be whipped. So now they went in. to settle with the fellows in full. They ll'ould have died before they would have acknowlThe Tory youths fought as fiercely as they could, but edged themselves beaten by the Tory boys, and the terrible hey were slow beside the two patriot youths, and missed fierce determination of the two awed the others, and they dozen times where they landed a blow once, whereas Dick presently became frightened. nd Bob rarely missPd. They began to realize that the two youths were simply The combat, which had looked to ,be so unequal at the unconquerable, and the realization did a great deal toward tart, was rapidly becoming more equal. Several of the Tory boys had been hit so hard as to daze hem. This put them out of the fight, temporarily at least. The others were very savage, and fought as hard as they ould. Presently, as Bob turned to strike at a fellow who was rying to hit him from behind, another got a good -chance defeating them. They lost heart and courage. And this is usually more than half of every battle. The determination to win, to not be beaten, does a great deal toward making a win possible. And the Tory youths were lacking in this important re spect. The result was that they presently gave way, became det him, and succeeded in landing a blow that knocked Bob moralized, rind,. with yell of terror, fled into the timber at own. the side of the road. A cry not unlike that given Yent to by a wounded panther scaped Dick as he saw his friend go down before the blow f the Tory boy, and from that moment he fought like a eritable demon. So furiously did he attack the youths that they were orced to act upon the defensive. It was a wonderful spectacle to see the one youth orcing half a dozen here and there, striking at them so wiftly that it was impossible to keep track of the rnove uents of his fi t>. A couple of the 'l'ory boys attempted to leap upon Boo CHAPTER II. DICK A)!D BOB TO TIIll: RESCUE. "The cowardly scoundrels!" said Dick, as the last one disappeared from view. "They run like frightened sheep!" "Well, we gave them more flrnn they bargained for, eh, old man!" laughed Bob, who saw the funny side of everyrhile he '"as down, with the intention of pounding him, thinoand could not help lauo-hinoat the youths t'' 0 0 mt Dick gave first one, then the other a resounding kick, They did indeed cut a comical figure. ending them OYer onto the ground. I Fifteen minutes before, they had boldly announced that "Up, Bob, old man! Up and at t11ern !" cried Dick. they were going to give the two youths a good "lickin','> Give it to the cowards! Knock them silly!" and now to sec them fleeing as if their lives were in dan" All right, Dick!" replied Bob, leaping to his feet, and ger wasamusing, to say the least. ie went at it again, wj_th a fury scarcely excelled by Dick's, "I !Tl.less they were not looking for such a warm recepnd in spite of all they could do, the Tory boys were tion," said Dick. ounded all over the road. "No; they thought that they would have an easy time of They were knocked down as fast as they got within reach it." f those terrible fists, and then they would scramble up "But missed it, for once." nd come again, to be served in the same fashion once "Yes; I'll bet there is a nice assortment of black eyes and nore. sore jaws in that crowd." It was a lively fight, sure "One of them gave you a pretty good clip, Bob."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. "Yes; I'll have a sore jaw for a day or so," and he rubbed shots after the :fleeing redskins, which had the effect of .::: his jaw where the blow had landed. hastening their movements. The youths proceeded on their way, now, and had gone The Indians quickly reached the farther side of the perhaps half a mile when they heard a woman's scream. The scream came from off to one side, in the woods. "What was that?" cried Bob. "A woman's voice!" replied Dick, excitedly; come, Bob! some woman is in trouble!" The youths left the road and darted into the timber. They ran as rapidly as they could in the direction from glade, and disappeared into the timber, and almost at the same instant the youths reached the burning cabin. On the ground in front of the cabin lay a man, who had been tomahawked and scalped. On the ground by his side, moaning and rocking her body to and fro, was a woman. Dick spoke to the poor woman, in gentle, sympathizing which the scream had come. tones, and she raised her tear-stained face and looked at They had gone perhaps fifty yards when again they heard the youth with eyes of anguish. the shrill, piercing scream of a woman. The youths leaped forward with renewed energy. "Oh, my poor husband!" she moaned. "He is deadmurdered Oh, what shall I do! what shall I do! And my A few moments later they emerged from the timber into poor boy-they have carried him away! They have carried an open space of perhaps five acres in extent. Near the centre of the glade was a log cabin. The cabin was in :flames. In front of the cabin, dancing wildly about, were half a dozen Indians. The youths understood it all in an instant. my boy away!" The youths were deeply moved. It was a heart-rending spectac1e. They did all they could to comfort the poor woman, and gradually got the story of the unhappy affair from hP,r. The Indians had come upon them suddenly, entering The British, by specious promises, had got members of the cabin without ceremony, and had tomahawked the man, some of the Indian tribes to help them in their war against the American colonists. The Indians were willing to aid the British for the and then set fire to thecabin, after taking all the provisions and everything else of value that they could find. Then, at the approach of the youths the Indians had fled, taking reason that it gave them an excuse to rob, murder and witl). them the woman's little three-year-old boy. pillage. This much the youths learned, and then, having found True to Indian nature, however, they did this indisa spade, the youths dug a rude grave and buried the dead crimina tel y. The Tory settlers suffered almost as much from the Indians as did the patriots. man. Then they told the woman to go to the home of her nearest neighbor, and they would go on the trail of the In-And here was a case where the savages were exercising dians and try to rescue the baby boy. their penchant for murder and pillage in their usual diabol-It was the promise on the part of the youths to try to ical fashion. rescue the little one that did most to buoy the woman up, The youths saw that there were enough of the Indians to and she promised to try to bear up and wait for their rebe more than a match for them in a hand to hand combat, turn at the home of her neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Wilton, but they did not hesitate. who lived half a mile away. Their quick wit enabled them to find a way to even up As soon as they had seen the woman safely to the things. road, the youths ret':rned to the cabin, which was now As they leaped into the opening, and the Indians caught a mass of ruins, and started on the trail of the Indians. sight of them, Dick cried: The youths did not intend trying to follow the exact "Come on, fellows! Here they are! Hurry up!" And then he turned his head and looked back, and mo tion ecl, as if calling and motioning to others behind him. The Indians would not have been afraid of the two youths. But they thought there were a lot more coming, and they gave utterance to frightened whoops, and fled from the spot in a hurry. Dick and Bob drew their pistols and fired a couple of trail of the Indians. They knew where the Indian camp was located, and would go straight there. The camp was a couple of miles distant. The youths moved forward at a good pace. They felt sure they would find the little boy at the vil lage. It would be a difficult and dangerous undertaking to try lo get the child away, however.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. The youth s realized this. At least, this was what Dick suspected they would try to But thry did not hesitate. do. 'rhey felt very sorry for the poor, bereaved woman. So after peering around the tree for a few l twas t e rrible to lose her hu s band, and then to have her without being able to locate the Indians, Dick decided that hild stolen and carried away-that made it doubly hard it was time for himself and companion to move away from t o bear. that vicinity. If they could rescue the child and return it to its mother, The Indians had without doubt made note of their lo-it would do much to assuage her grief. cation, and were stealing around to take them from the They walked onward rapidly. rear. They were not exercising any particular care. The youths were not willing to let the Indians work their They had no thought that the Indians might suspect little scheme. that they would be followed, and .make arrangements to surprise their pursuers. So they were rudely aroused, a few minutes later, when .a couple of arrows whistled past them, barely missing Bob. "Ge t behind a tree!" cried Dick, leaping behind a large tree as he spoke. Bob did likewise very promptly. The narrowness of his escape had apprised him of the fac t that it would b e dangerous to remain out where the Ind i a n s c ould get a chance at him. "We must slip away from here, Bob," said Dick. "Just what I was thinking, old man," was the reply. "Those rascals are no doubt slipping around to take us from behind, so we had better move "That will be as good luck as any I judge." "Yes; well, let's We will have to be careful, however." The youths lay down on their faces and began slowly worming their way along over the ground. Their progress was not swift, but it was perhaps as swift as the progress the Indian s were making. The youths pau s ed frequently and looked around, for "That was a narrow escape Bob!" said Dick, as he the y did not wish to be taken by surpri s e from one s id e o r cautio u s l y peer e d around the side of the tree in an effort the othe r, or from the r e ar. Aft e r a brief but careful observation they would move to locat e the India n s "It was, for a fact!" was the reply. "I wonder how on again. many of the scoundrel s the re are ?" 'rhey w e r e s killed at this kind of work. "The r e wer e onl y two arrow s Bob; s o I s hould judge They had made us e of such tactics so frequently when out that o nl y t"7o of the Indians r e main e d b e hind to watch for hunting that it cam e easy for them. P urs u e r s It i s doubtful if the Indians them selves w e re more skill" I judge you ar c right; w e ll we can get away with two fnl at the work. r edsk in s, can t w e ? The y outh s kept on movin g forward and at the expir a W e can try at an y rat e 'rhe y ar e pretty s l y though, tion of t e n minutes had traversed a di s tanc e of a coupl e old man. I'd rather hav e a couple of redcoats for op-of hundr e d yard s P o n e nts. At thi s in stant a wild yell of surprise and rage came "So w o ul d L" from the point which the y had left a few minutes befor e The you t h s had been raised in the woods almo st, and The Indian s had s lipp e d around and approa c h e d the were at h ome t h e r e point fro m the r e ar, onl y to :find that their exp e ct e d prey They had seen Indians eve r s inc e they were little fclwas not there. lows, too, a n d w.e r e familiar with their m e thods. They had b e en unable to suppre s s the expression of their T hey w ere w e ll awar e that cunnin g was the Indians' rage and a s toni s hm ent, and th e s ound of their angry y ells strong poin t. ,,. was h e lpful to the y outh s a s it told the m wh e r e the Indian s What the l \ cked in open bravery they made up were. for i n cunnin g a nd tricks The y have discover e d that we have escaped them, Bob; Di c k kn e w t h a t the Indian s would try some trick, and and now w e had better get out of her e lively!" said Dick. h e was pre tty sure h e kn e w what th e trick would be. The red rascal s, baffle d by their ill success in trying t o kill the y outh s from th e ambuscad e would try to slip aro und and attack them from the rear. "That's right; lead on, and I will follow, Dick." Dick l e aped to hi s feet and bound e d away through the timber, and Bob followed his example. They kept on for perhaps twenty minutes longer, and


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. then the barking of dogs at a point a quarter of a mile away "Yes; and we might as well get away from here. 'Y e to their right warned them that they were near the Indian can't stay here all day." camp. "That's right; we'll go back a quarter of a mile or so, anrl "We'll keep on, and make a half-circuit and approach ra ke it easy till night, and then we'll try to get ihe litfa the village from the other side," said Dick. "It will be fellow away from the Indians." safer, I think." At this instant three or four of the Indians dogs, whic:'t "Yes, I so,' too, Dick." had been running hither and thither, set up a terrible howl. The youths kept on till they had gone perhaps a quarter and came running straight toward where the boys wer of a mile further, and then they bore around to the right, concealed. and presently came to a stop. "What will we do now, Dick?" asked Bob. "We will reconnoitre, and try to see what is going on,'' was the reply. "It will be dangerous work in the daytime," said Bob. "Yes; but they will think we would be afraid to venture near, and that will make it comparatively safe for us to do so." "That's true, I guess." The youths now stole forward. They took advantage of the cover afforded by bushes a1!d underbrush as much as possible. "They have scented us!" exclaimed Bob; "what shall we do?,, CHAPTER III. CHASED BY REDSKINS. A terrible danger menaced the brave youths. The yelps and howls of the curs as they came rushing toward the bushes in which the boys were hidden had_ al-ready attracted the attention of the Indians. Where there were no bushes or underbrush, they kept A number of the braves had leaped to their feet, whil e of the Indians all the others had turned their heads and were looking in behind trees. Presently they could see the tepees through the trees. the direction of the bushes. Now they redoubled their caution. They dropped upon their faces and wormed their way The Indians would investigate at once. They would wish to see what was in the bushes. along, as they had done when escaping from the two 'l'hat something was there they would know from the Indians a short time before. actions of the dogs. Closer and closer they drew, until they were within a So if they were to escape capture, the youths would haw hundred yards of the outer edge of the Indian village. to move quickly. "Quick! we must get out of here!" said Dick. They wormed their way in among some bushes, ancl lying there, peered out at the scene, which was distinctly typical of Indian life. Indian warriors were seated here and there smoking pipes, squaws were moving here and there working, while children were playing. Dogs were roving about searching for food. "Look yonder, Bob," said Dick; "there is the white boy!" "Yes, there he is!" was the cautious reply. Sure enough, seated on the ground among a .number of Indian children who were amusing themselves in one way or another at the expense of the little "paleface," was the little son of Mrs. Barlow. The dogs would be upon them in a few moments, the Indians would not be far behind the dogs. and So there was nothing for it but to leap to their feet and flee. The Indians might not see them; though it was likely that they would. Dick and Bob both leaped to their feet at the same in stant. Then they darted away through the timber. At the same instant the dogs leaped in among the bushes, and as they caught sight of the fleeing youths they gave vent to some terrible yelps and howls. "I wish we could get hold of the little fellow!" This aroused the Indians, and a score of them came rush" So do I. It will be impossible to do so in the daytime, ing toward the spot. though, I guess." The youths, strange to say, were not seen by the "Y cs; we'll have to wait till night." "So we will." So the redskins did not know what it was that the clog.;: had scented out, until they saw the youths' footprints; then,


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. of course, they knew, and they set out after the youths at "Well, shall we vacate, or shall we drive him out?" a run. asked Dick. Dick and Bob were running for life, however,' and they "Let's drive him out." got over the ground at incredible speed. "All right," and then the youths advanced. The Indians could not possibly move faster than the They were cautious, for they knew that a wildcat, if youths w e re moving. slightly wounded, was a dangerous thing to contend So it was not s o difficult for the two to keep out of sight with. of the pursuing red s kins. "Maybe we can scare the thing out, without having to The dogs were cowardly brutes, and followed only a short :fire off our pistols and take the chance of the Indians heardistance into the timber ing the reports," said Dick. Then they gave up the chase and returned to the camp. uwe can try it, anyway; but if the thing comes at me, The warriors kept up the chase, however, for some disI m going to shoot, Indians or no Indians!" "So am I. Being in the cavern will the sound of tance. That is they went a considerable distance in the tion in which they thought the persons had gone that had been frightened away by the dogs They kn e w from the tracks that the dogs had frightened away human b eings and that there were two of them. But realizing that to try to follow the would be too slow the y ignored these, and ran forward, blindly, at top s peed, in the hope that they might run onto the two pal e fac es-for they surmised that such the two were. The youths were familiar with the locality. And as they ran, they were thinking of where they s hould go in order to hide till the excitement had blown over. They knew where, half a mile distant, in a bluff over looking the Hudson river, there was a cavern. They had been in the cavern more than once, and felt sure that it would afford them a safe hiding place till nightfall, if they could reach it ahead of their pursuers. The youths ran...a._s they had never run before. They knew that the Indians were fleet of foot, and that if they escaped they would have to run very fast. They cast frequent glances back over their shoulders, but saw nothing of the Indians. "I guess we're safe now," said Dick when they had run nearly half a mile, and then they slowed down somewhat and did not run so fast. Ten minutes later they reached the cavern. As they entered the cavern they heard a low, threaten-ing growl. The growl came from back in the cavern. They looked in that direction and saw two fiery eyes. They gleamed out of the semi-darkness of the cavern in a threatening manner. "It's a wildcat!" exclaimed Dick drawing a pistol. "It's some kind of a wild animal, sure!" said Bob, also drawing a pistol. the reports considerably." The youths advanced till quite close to the animal. It kept growling in a threatening manner The y ouths their pistols. If the animal failed to become frightened and leave the cavern, then they would shoot. Suddenly the youths each slapped his left leg with his left hand, and cried out : "Scat!" There was a snarling spit, and a dark body shot through the air. The animal had leaped at the youths instead of becom ing frightened and runping. Both raised their pistols and fired. They fired so quickly it was impossible to say whether or not they had hit the mark. A wild shriek went up from the animal, however, which would indicate that it had been hit. Then it struck Bob before he could get out of the way and knocken him down. Then with another shriek of rage and pain commingled, the animal leaped away, and, running to the mouth 9f the cavern, dashed out and ran away. "Are you hurt, Bob?" cried Dick, hastening to assist his companion to rise. "No, I guess not, Dick; but I'm scared half to death I" Bob's tone was so lugubrious that Dick could not help laughing "It was enough to scare any one!" he said. "It is no fun to have a big wildcat leap upon a fellow and knock him down." "I can testify to that fact, Dick!" "Well, we have possession now." "And we've earned it, Dick!" The youths sat down and began talking of the situation and of their plans for rescuingthe little boy from the Indians with the coming of night.


,..-8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. They were talking away, when suddenly Bob uttered an exclamation in a low, startled tone of voice. "What is it, Bob?" asked Dick, taking al_arm at once. "I saw an Indian's face at the opening Just then the faces of half a dozen Indians appeared at the opening of the cavern. CHAPTER IV. IN THE CA VERN. The Indian s had discovered the cavern, and had no doubt seen the youths' tracks at the entrance This would show them that their quarry was within. The youths sat still and were silent They wondered if the Indians had heard them talking. The redskins peeped into the cavern for a few moments, and it was evident from the expression on their faces that they could not see anything in the gloom within the cavern. On the other hand, the youths could see the Indians plain ly. "Ugh!" grunted one of the redskins, and then in a loud voice he called out: "White men come out. Not git hurt! We fr'en's. No bad Injuns The youths, however, had only recently had too good evi dence that this was false. They had buried Mr. Barlow, who had been tomahawked and scalped by the scoundrels The youths made no reply. The Indian tried again. "White men come out!" he called; "you no git hurt! Come out!" Still the youths maintained silence. They thought that the Indians might go away if they So they must stave an encounter off, if such a thing was. possible. Dick and Bob had been in the cavern several times. They were aware that it was large, and it contained numerous branches which extended back from the main cavern. They had explored one or two of these branches, just for fun, once or twice, but there were others that they had not entered at all. They decided to retire into one of the branches off the main cavern, and try to evade the Indians. They rose to their feet, silently, and stole away toward the rear encl of the cavern. Suddenly Bob stumbled over a stone and fell to the floor with a thump. The.noise was plainly heard by the Indians. A yell of b:iumph went up from the rascals. They were sure of their prey now, and threw all dis sembling to the winds. They rushed into the cavern. Bob scrambled to his feet, and was jerked into the mouth of one of the branches leading off from the main cavern just as a flight of arrows was discharged by the Indians. Of course, the Indians could not see the youths, but trusted to luck to enable them to bring their game down. Dick's actions had foiled them, how.ever. The Indians came rushing forward, expecting, doubtless, to find the dead bodies of the two palefaces lying on the cavern floor. Of course, they were disappointed, but Dick and Bob did not stay to enjoy the discomfiture of the redskins. Instead, they hastened along the passage, feeling their way, as it was qu!te dark, the light of the outsid e world not penetrating to where they were at all. The passage, the youths noticed, sloped gradually upward. This fact caused a hope to spring into their breasts. They hoped that the passage might lead to the top of the received no reply to their kind ( ?) invitation to come bluff, and have an exit there. out. But the redskins were in earnest in their desire to get their hands on the white men, and would not give up so Easily. "Ugh!" the Indian grunted, in what was a disappointed and angry tone, as the youths could distinguish, "if white men no want to come out, we have to come in! We want to talk to white men!" Things were now assuming, a serious cast. The Indian s outnumbered the two so greatly that they would not stand much chance in a hand to hand encounter. They knew of such instances. Suddenly they heard footsteps behind them. The Indians had found the entrance to the passage the:v were in, and were following the youths At any rate some of the Indians were following them; perhaps not all of them were in the passage. The youths hoped not. They paused and listened intently. They judged by the sound of the footsteps that there were not more than three of the Indians coming behind them. This relieved their fears somewhat.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. They felt that they were a match for three redskins. Then they moved onward. They stepped as lightly as possible, so as to not let the Indians hear them. They felt confident that the redmen did not know they were in the passage, but were simply exploring it, to make s ure. "That's so," agreed Bob; "we had better reconnoitre a bit before leaving here." "Yes; we might run right into a trap." The youths approached the opening slowly and cautious ly. They peered out, taking care not to expose their faces. They did not wish to become a mark for the arrows of a Presently, the footsteps of the Indians coming nearer and score of Indians. nearer, Dick suggested that they step to one side and let their enemies pass them. Bob agreed to this, and they stepped to one side, and took up their positions in a sort of indenture in tile wall. Standing side by side they held their breath as the Indians approached. Would redskins discover their presence? the youths -asked themselves. If they did discover it there would be trouble, for the .JOuths held their pistols in their hands ready to fire them .off at a moment's notice. The redmen passed within six feet of the youths, and They looked all around, as well as they could without exposing themselves too much There seemed to be no place where Indians could be concealed anywhere near, and they made up their minds presently, that the coast was clear. Still, they were in no hurry to leave the shelter of the cavern. They had all the rest of the day before them, and could afford to take their time. They would take it easy and wait. It was lucky for them that they so decided The nearest timber was distant a hundred yards. As they stood there, looking cautiously out, a dozen failed to discover their presence. painted redskins stalked out of the timber and came up When the Indians had passed on, Dick said in a whisthe slope toward the opening to the cavern. per: "We had better stay here till they go back. T.hen we can go on in safety." "That's the best plan, I think," agreed Bob. Presently the Indians came back, and passed the youths <>nee more without suspecting their presence. They were talking in their jargon, which the boys could not understand, of course. "I wonder if they found an opening at the other end of this passage?" remarked Diek, when the redskins had gotten out of hearing. "I don't know; we will have to find out whether or not there is one for ourselves, I guess." "So we will; well, come along." The youths made their way along the passage, and pres ently they noticed that it was growing light by degrees. They began to be able to see objects in the passage way. "There must be an opening at the end of the passage," said Dick, eagerly. "It is getting lighter and lighter." "Ye.s, so it is," agreed Bob. The youths were delighted by the prospect of getting out of the cavern, and hastened forward. Soon they reached the entrance to the ra ther, the exit, from their point of view. "We must be careful," cautioned Dick; "there might be some of the redskins around." "Back! quick!" whispered Dick, and the two leaped backward, away from the opening. CHAPTER V. A TERRIBLE COMBAT. "I wonder if they belong to the party that chased us into the cavern?" remarked Bob in a low tone. "I don't know," replied Dick. "Do you suppose they know of this cavern?" "Quite likely, Bob." "Then we had better be getting back in a ways, away from the entrance, don't you think?" "I judge that we had." Then the two youths moved back into the paslY@e a distance of fifty or sixty feet. They were hid from the view of any one at the entrance, now, by the gloom of the cavern. Here they stopped. "We'll wait and see what the Indians do," said Dick. They did so. Presently they saw the entrance to the passageway dark en. The Indians were entering.


r-8 10 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. Without a word, the youths began retreating, slowly and cautiously. They did not wish to go any further than was necessary. They were afraid they might run up against the Indians The Indians fought like demons. They shouted and yelled, too, and the din was terrible to listen to. The youths watched the combat in appalled silence. in the main cavern, if they did so. They had never seen two parties of redskins come toThe Indians entered the passageway, but did not come gether in a combat before, and the spectacle was awe-inany further. They began jabbering in their jargon, and the youths quickly decided that the redskins had entered for the purspiring. They watched the combat for a few minutes, and then Dick said: pose of holding some kind of a council. "Let's get away from here, Bob. This is a good chance They evidently thought they would be free from any for us." chance of being disturbed. But they missed it this time. Suddenly Dick and Bob heard footsteps coming along the passage from the rear. They knew some of the Indians who had chased them They did not care to stay and see the finish of the bat tle, anyway It looked to them as if the two parties of Indians would annihilate each other. This was satisfactory to them. into the cavern were coming. It would relieve them of the necessity of keeping out of The youths stepped quickly and softly to one side of the ihe way of the Indians. passage, and flattened themselves against the rocky wall. They :feared the would be discovered this time. They hoped for the best, however, and as the Indians drew near the youths held their breath and waited. The attention of these Indians was attracted at the moment they approached where Dick and Bob were by the voices of the Indians at the mouth of the passage. This took their attention, and they did not discover the presence of the youths. They passed Dick and Bob, and stole onward toward other party of redskins. The youths supposed, of course, that the Indians all belonged to the same tribe, and were from the same camp. They were soon undeceived. The Indians were not from the same tribe and camp They were members of different tribes. They moved back along the passage, and presently rf:ached the main cavern They had moved slowly and cautiously. They were afraid that some of the Indians might still be in the main cavern. So they paused and listened for some time, when they reached the cavern proper. They heard nothing which would indicate that there were Indians there. The sounds of the combat at the mo-qth of the passag e could still be heard. The noise was not nearly so loud as it had been, how ever. Probably only a few of the redskins were left to battle with each other. "Well," said Dick; when they were sure there were no More, they were members of tribes that were at enmity Indians present, "shall we stay in here or go out and take with each other. our chances of being seen by some of the red rascals?" Here was a fine chance to settle the standing difference that existed. At least so the Indians 'who stole past the youths evi dently thought, for they slipped up to within a few yards of the party pow-wowing at the entrance to the passage, and suddenly leaped forward and attacked them with a fury that was terrible to witness. The party that had attacked was not so large as the other, "I think it would be best to stay in here, don't you?' replied Bob. "I rather think so." So it was decided to remain in the cavern. They listened to the sounds of the combat The sounds were rather faint, now. This would indicate that the battle was about over. Presently the youths heard footsteps coming along the but it had taken the other by surprise, which counted for passage toward the main cavern. considerable, and had tomahawked a sufficient number of They became silent and listened. its enemies to even up matters before the party attacked. realized what had occurred Then a combat that was hair raising in the ex t reme. two Indians entered the main cavern ancl walked toward the entrance. The youths could tell that there were two by the sound of.: their voices.


TI-IR LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. Then, when the Indians reached the entrance, the youths ,aw that their surmise had been correct; there were two. "Great guns!" whispered Bob; "of all that gang, only "I guess you are right," was the reply. "Say, they are bad on the :fight, aren't they!" "You are right about that!" The two Indians left the cavern, and the youths were left in possession. It was about noon now, and the boys were hungry. They decided to go hungry, however, rather than take any risks by leaving the cavern to try to secure food. They could stand it. The afternoon passed slowly To satisfy their curiosity the youths made their way, They watched him with interest. They were wondering how they were to get hold of him, and get away from the camp in safety. It would be a difficult and dangerous undertaking. But the youths were determined to accomplish it. CHAPTER VI. THE RESCUE. The children played here and there, enjoying them selves, seemingly, as much as any children could do. And Master Barlow, the white boy, seemed to be enjoying after a time, to the point where the combat between the himself as well as the rest of them were. two parties of Indians had taken place. It did not take long for them to be satisfied. Upon the floor of the passage they counted twenty dead boqies. Of all the Indians who had been engaged in the battle, only two had escaped alive. The youths did not remain long. A. brief look was enough for them. They returned to the main cavern. Here they waited till dark. Then they emerged from the cavern They made their way in the direction of the Indian vil lage. It was not far, and, as it was not yet late, they took their time. They knew that they could not do anything toward rescu-ing the child until later, anyway. They approached the Yillage They remembered the dogs. The Indians' curs were keen of scent, and might discover the presence of the youths again. To guard again t this, the youths moved around so that the breeze, what little there was, blew from the village, and toward them. Here, in the midst of a clump of bushes, :the youths took up their position, to wait till an opportunity should come to the white child. Campfires were burning, here and there, and the scenf' upon which the youth gazed was a picturesque one. X car a fire, som e forty to fifty feet distant from the bus hes in which the youths were concealed, sat the little white Loy. He seemed to have become reconciled to his surroundings, for he was playing with some Indian children and some of the curs. The children ran about, chasing each other, and shouting in glee. Presently one of the Indian boys got a :firebrand out of the fire, and began chasing the rest. He threatened to burn them, and, of course, they fled at his approach. He ran toward the little white boy, who, thinking that he was to be burned, gave utterance to cries of fright ancl ran as fast as his little legs would carry him. This amused the young rascal with the firebrand, and he kept up the chase. So long as the white boy was playing with the others and having as much sport as any it was not so interesting, but now that he was frightened it heightened the interest wonderfully, and the Indian boy was greatly pleased. The little white boy ran around and around, scream ing, and presently, on being pressed closely by his tor mentor, he darted into the edge of the timber. Dick and Bob had been watching affairs with interested eyes. They had hoped for some such occurrence as this. They had risen to their feet when they saw the little white boy come running toward the bushes, and as he darted in among the trees Dick seized him. Lifting the little fellow bodily Dick hastened away, fol lowed by Bob. The Indian boy with the firebrand saw them and set up a yell of astonishment, and went running back toward the fire. The youths knew they would have to do some good running if they escaped, but they were determined to escape, I and they ran as they had never run before. They had gone a hundred yards, when they heard a wild yell go up from the direction of the


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. "They have just discovered that the little fellow has been rescued," thought Dick. "They'll be after us now exclaimed Bob. "Yes; but we've got a good start." ''We've got a good start, but there's the little fellow to carry!" This was quite a handicap. The little fellow was of good size and weight for his a!e, and to run swiftly and carry him was a difficult feat. The youths took turns at it, however, and got along at a good rate. Dick figured it that the Indians would naturally think Dick's home was the one that they would reach :first, and as they came near it they heard voices. The owners of the voices were in the road in front o the house. The youths paused and listened. Not.being able to understand what was being said, the y stole forward until they could hear and understand. It did not take long to discover what was on the tapis. The men were British soldiers. Among them were a few Tories as well. The youths recognized the voice of Joe Scroggs. They understood it all. Joe, smarting over the defeat which himself and com panions had that morning experienced at the hands of Dick So, with the intention of throwing them off the track, and Bob, and anxious to "get even" with them, had nu Dick away in a direction considerably at variance with that the rescuers of the boy would go in the direction of the little fellow's home. this course. doubt hunted up the redcoats, informed them that the youths would be at their home and then got them to come 'rhe plan s ucceed ed, for the youths heard no sounds of for the purpose of capturing Dick and Bob. pursuit after the first yells that had come to their ears. They went in a roundabout way, which took them nearly two hours longer than it would have taken to go straight to the hom e of Mr. Wilton, where Mrs. Barlow had gone, but they finally reached there in safety. It had, doubtless, not been a difficult matter to get the British soldiers to enter upon the undertaking, as the repu tation of the youths as patriot spies was well known. Indeed, General Howe had offered a reward of one hundred pounds to any one who would bring Dick Slater-who wns Words cannot describe the joy of the mother at having known among the Britit1h as "Sam Sly"-and deliver the her beloved little one returned to her arms. youth into his hands. She was so delighted that it served to offset the terrible Doubtless the hope of receiving the reward influenced grief which she had been experiencing on account of the the redcoats not a little. death of her husband. This was, too, one of the reasons that they were in front Had not the child been to her arms she would of the home of Dick, rather than that of Bob. undoubtedly have gone mad, but now there was no danger of this happening. She wept happy tears, and thanked the youths in a voice broken with emotion. Another reason was that Bob's father was known to be a loyal man, and they would not bother him. The youths li stened to the talk of the redcoats and The youths told her not to say a word; that she was Tories, and were busy at the same time trying to think up some scheme for turning the tables on the fellows. welcome, and that they would have done more had it been possible. Then they took their departure. It was about a mile to their homes. They set out for their destination at a goodly pace. This was no easy thing to do, for there were twenty of the men at least, and two could hardly hope to put so many to Right. Of course, Joe Scroggs supposed the youths had come One thing, their folks bad not been expecting them, so straight on to their homes, after their encounter with himwould not be uneasy on account of their non-arrival. self and companions, and he bad no idea that Dick was not All the youths hated about the affair was that instead of in the house. spending two days and a night at their homes, they would be there only part -:if. n night and a day. But they did not regret the delay. "What can we do, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don't know," was the reply. "I guess we will have to remain here and see the scoundrels search the house for They had made a sorrowing mother as happy as she me." could possibly be made, under the circumstances. So they were well satisfied. Presently they were almost to their journey's end. "It looks that way." "Yes; but woe to them if they offer any indignities to : my mother or sister!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. ''That's right; we'll go for them, if they don't behave and gave utterance to as loud yells as they could, and drawhemselves, even though there are ten to one against us!" "That we will!" The :i;edcoats finally advanced to the house and knocked 1pon the door There was no sound from within, and after waiting for few moments, they knocked again. Still there was no response from within, and the red oats became impatient. They thumped loudly, and called out: "Open the door! In the king's name open the door!" Dick had been thinking rapidly, and a scheme entered his 1ind which he thought might succeed. He whispered to Bob to follow him, and they went back own the Toad a distance of a hundred yards. Then Dick communicated his plans to Bob. He was going to pretend that the entire company of Liberty Boys," was coming up the road, and would give rders to the imaginary company of soldiers In addition, e and Bob would make all the noise they could, so as to ake the redcoats think there were a lot of men coming. So they went up the road, stamping their feet and makng as much noise as they could, and every few moments ick would say, Forward, men! Forward, 'Liberty Boys !' There was perfect silence in front of the house as the ouths approached. They would have given much to know whether or not the edcoats would stand their ground, or whether they would ing their pistols fired after the fleeing men Had the redcoats not been so badly frightened, they would have realized that they were being made the victims of a ruse, for a company of soldiers would certainly have fired more than four shots-which was the number the youths fired The redcoats were too badly frightened, and too busy running, to count the shots, however. Doubtless the four shots sounded like a volley to their excited imaginations. The youths were well satisfied with the success of their ruse Indeed they had good cause to be satisfied. They had put twenty men to flight, which was consider able to do. Dick hastened to the door and rapped. There was no sound from within. The youth rapped again Still there was no sound from within, and Dick called: "Mother! Edith! Are you in there? It is I-Dick!" At this, there was a sound from within, and a trembling voice was heard, asking: "ls it really you, Dick?" "It is I, mother-and Bob; he's with me. Open the door at once!" A moment later the door opened and Dick seized his ee, but of course they could not know this, so they kept mother in his arms and kissed her. ight on coming, and trusted to good luck. "I thought you were British soldiers!" said Mrs. Slater; "I wish we could run onto a crowd of redcoats 1" said ''and Edith and I were frightened nearly to death." ick, in a loud, bold tone as they approached the front "There were some British and Tories here, mother, but ack with us when we go back to-morrow!" "That's right!" responded Bob, in a loud voice. It is doubtful if the ruse would have succeeded had it ard fence; "we would take them prisoners, and take them we frightened them away." then we were not mistaken after all?" "No; they were here, all right He was such a coward and stood in such awe of Dick ot been for Joe Scroggs. Then Dick explained matters to his mother and sister. Mrs. Slater was afraid the British and Tories would re' turn, and begged the boys to come in the house at once, so nd Bob that he was terribly frightened when he heard she could close the door. hat he supposed was the entire company of "Liberty oys" coming. He counseled retreat at once, but the They entered, but told her they did not think there was mmander of the redcoats did not like to give up the any danger that their enemies would return ea of capturing the young patriot spy on whose head there as a price. When Dick and Bob spoke as they did, however, and said ey wished they might run across a body of redcoats, Joe "They were too badly frightened!" chuckled Bob; "I'll wager they are running yet!" As it was quite late, being past ordinary bedtime, Dick prevailed on Bob to remain there till morning. croggs gave utterance to an exclamation of fear and fled. It was not difficult to prevail upon Bob, for he was in is example was contagious, and the next moment the redlove with Dick's sister Edith, and it would be happiness for ats were running away at full speed. him merely to be under the same roof with the beautiful The youths heard the patter-patter of their flying feet girl.


THE LIBERTY BOYS HAND. Next day the two youths enjoyed themselves hugely Dick and Bob's sister Alice were as much in love with -each other as were Bob and Edith, and the two young

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. 15 noitre. I have a plan in my mind, but its execution depends "Let's go up there and see what is on," said on the numbers and location of the enemy. I wish you .to Dick. go, learn as nearly as may be the number of the enemy, learn their position, and then return and report to me; and I want this all accomplished before midnight. Can you ac complish it?" "I can try, your excellency "Good And you will report to me, here before mid night?" "You lead the way, old man, and I'll be right with you!"' said Bob. They made their way forward as r;pidly as was con sistent with caution. They were soon close to the house. They shielded their bodies behind trees, and took a look at the scene before them. "Unless I am dead or a prisoper, sir." The moon was shining brightly and they could see fairly "Very well ; I shall expect you. Be careful, and do not well. take unnecessary chances." A foraging party of the British, a dozen in number, "I shall not. By the way, may I take my friend, Bob at the house. Estabrook, with me?" They had evidently entered the house and seized upon "He is the youth who was with you when you went down everything in the nature of edibles that they could find. to the city, not long since?" "Yes, sir." Take him along, if you think the two of you can do better work, or will be safer than one." "Thank you, sir!" Then Dick saluted and withdrew from the tent. They had also entered the cellar. There they had come upon a cask of wine The good farmer had made the wine for his use during the winter But to judge from present appearances, he would have to. do without wine the coming winter. Remoun,ting his horse, he rode back toward Chatterton Hill. The redcoats rapidly became drunk, and their demands. He was soon there. Ile unbridled and unsaddled his horse, and returned to the place where the "Liberty Boys" were quartered. Bob was eager to know what was in the wind. became greater in the same ratio. "Have you got any money, 31ou old scoundrel?" asked the redcoat who seemed to be the leader. "No, no! I have no money!" was the reply. Dick told him. "That will do to tell!" sneeringly; "I'll wager you have-When Bob learned that he was to go, if he wished, he was gold hidden around here somewhere delighted "No, no I have no gold!" He danced a jig. r "Let's search for it!" suggested another redcoat, and "When will we start, Dick?" he asked met with the approval of the rest "At once, Bob." "At once, eh?" "Yes; I have to report to the commander-in-chief before midnight "All right; I'm ready to start.,, The youths took a look at the reflection from the camp fires of the British, so as to know in which direction to go, and then set out. "Come on!" was the cry, and the entire cr9wd went into the house. "Oh, my poor wife and daughters will be frightened todeath!" the old man moaned, wringing his hands, and he ran after the redcoats, imploring them to come back. His words had no effect, however. He might as well have talked to the wind. "What scoundrels those redcoats are!" said Dick, in a : They walked rapidly down Chatterton Hill, and set out fierce undertone. toward the camp of the British. They had gone perhaps half a mile, when they came to a house situated beside a sort of winding road which they had been following. There was great excitement of some kind going on at the house, which stood a yards back from the road, and the youths paused and listened. "They are, for a fact, Dick." "I wish we could give them a good scare!" "So clo I! Why can't we?" .At this instant a woman's scream was heard coming fronl. the house. "Bob, I can't stand that!" said Dick, fiercely; "thosC< drunken fools must not be allowed to frighten the ladies of. They heard loud, boisterous voices, and other voices tliP, this house." redominating tone of which seemed to be fear. "No; think if it were our own folk, :Qick !"


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HA:N"D. "Follow me, and do as I do!" cried Dick, and he leaped toward the open door of the house Bob followed Dick drew both his pistols. Bob saw the movement and did likewise. Then as Dick plunged through the doorway, Bob plunged throl,lgh after him. A stairway was in front of them, leading to the upper story. The youths leaped up these stairs four steps at a mained where they were, leaped through the window, on after another, like so many sheep hopping pver a fence. The youths rushed to the end of the hall, and looked out of the window. The redcoats were piled up in a great, squirming hoop They were struggling to get to their feet. They were cursing, too, and using language that would burn things. They imagined they would be fired upon from the win dow, and attacked from all sides at once, and they could time. not get disentangled and to their feet quick enough. "Come on, fellows cried Dick, in a loud voice; "come They fairly fought one another. on, my brave 'Liberty Boys,' and we will capture those "There they are!" yelled Dick; "hurry, boys, and get scoundrelly redcoats!" "Shoot them-kill them!" roared Bob. "Give them no quarter." The redcoats were not so drunk that they could not hear and unierstand. They were in the hall upstairs, and had just frightened the ladies of the household terribly by stating that they were going to take turns at kissing the young ladies. But the sound of the footsteps on the stairs and the yells of Dick and Bob caused the redcoats to postpone this pleasing ceremony till some more propitious occasion. The wine had muddled their heads somewha"t, and they downstairs and around the house and capture the entire gang!" "We'll get them, all right!" roared Bob, and then the youths jumped up and down on the floor and made it sound like the trampling of many feet. The redcoats uttered yells of fear and rage. One by one they got free from the entanglement, and as fast as they did so they ran with all their might toward the clump of timber fifty yards distant. They did not wait for one another. It was every fellow fo himself, and the Old Nick takt the hindmost. At -last all were up and going, and the youi:hs laughed were unable to distinguish from the sound of the footstep6 and shook hands with each other. that there wer<;! not more than two of the enemy, and they fled along the hall like scared rabbits "Yes; we've used the same ruse several times, and B "That scheme works all right, Bob!" said Dick. The women folks, with good judgment, retired into a hasn't failed yet." room, and closed the door, leaving the hall in possession "I'll wager that those redcoats won't stop running tiI of the redcoats and their approaching enemies The old they reach their camp!" gentleman went into the room with his wife and daughters "I think you are right about that!" also Dick and Bob were at the top of the stairs by the time the redcoats reached the end of the hall, and to keep the fellows from recovering from their fright, the youths fired a couple of shots. They did not try to hit the redcoats, but O!le shot must have taken effect, for one of the rascals gave utterance to a terrible yell The next instant there was a crash. The glass rattled on the floor, and jingled as it was broken into bits. "I don't believe I ever saw a worse frightened gang." "Nor L" "That wine they had drunk muddled them, and mad them easier to fool." "That'.s right; well, they won't drink any more wiz to -night." "Not here, at any rate." At this moment the door of the room in which the peop of the house had taken refuge opened and they appeared i the hall. One of the redcoats had through the window at the end of the hall. The youths advanced to greet them. y The old man held a candle in his hand, and, lifting it u w he looked at the youths, and then back along the hall a1 "Give it to them! Don't let them escape!" cried forward toward the front. Dick. "Where are the others?" he asked. "Shoot them full of holes!" supplemented Bob, and the redcoats, thinking they all be killed lf they re"There are no others," smiled Dick. "What!" the man exclaimed. we


THE Lf:B:EitTY :Bo-Ys ON RAND. i7 "What!" echoed the ladies. They looked at the youths in wonder. "Can it be possible ?-no, it can't be possible that you: two boys should have put a dozen British soldiers to flight!" the man gasped. "It must have been possible," said Dick, quietly; "there are no others save we two, and the dozen redcoats have flown!" "It is wonderful!" said the old man's wife. "Glorious!" murmured a beautiful miss of about seven teen years, gazing upon the two youths with admiring eyes. "Do you suppose there is any danger of them eomin!' back?" asked the farmer. "'I Hardly think so, sir. I don't. believe they will stop short M the British encampment, and I would wager that they wiIl' run every step of the way." "You may be sure of that!" nodded Bob. All went downstairs now, as the farmer wished to see about his wine cask. He was afraid the redcoats had left it so that the wine would run out and go to waste. He found it all right, however, and was greatly re lieved. "Lovely!" said the other miss, who was about fifteen He invited the youths to dri,nk a glass of wine, but they years of age, and evidently of a sentimental and gushing declined. turn. } "We do not drink any kind of liquor," said Dick, quietlv. The youths laughed, and said it was not much to do. J The youths said they must be going, and took their de parture, the thanks of the entire family ringing in their ears. "We were passing, and heard the noise made by the red coats," explained Dick, "and made up our minds to see what was going on. We slipped up close, and when we found the scoundrels were drinking we realized that they were likely to do considerable deviltry before they got through, unless checked, so we decided to step in and check them." "Well, you checked them very effectually," the man said; ,: and our thanks are due you, and are most heartily ten dered." "Don't say anything about it," smiled Dick. "We arc to have been the means of ridding you of a gang of dangerous scoundrels." "That is certainly the right term to apply to them," the old man said; "they are certainly scoundrels, if ever there were any I will say that from this time on I am a patriot! ::[ have been a: loyalist, but will be one .no longer. I will not remain Joya.I to a sovereign who will send such men as those oYer here to prey upon us!" Dick took the man's hand and shook it heartily. "Now you are talking sense!" he said; "stick to that, and I don't think you will ever regret it." "You boys are patriots, then?" "Yes; w'e are from the patriot army, near White Plains "And what are you doing over here?" "I do not mind telling you, now that you have declared yourself as being on the side of Right and Liberty, tliat we are on our way to spy on the British." "Ah!" The girls stared at the youths admiringly. "Isn't that awfully dangerous work?" aslied tlie woman. "Oh, yes," replied Diel{, "hut somebody has to oo it, and e rather like the work." CHAPTER VIII. IN THE ENEMY'S CAMP. The youths hastened forward. They had lost half an hour or more and wished to make up the lost time. They went straight toward the British encampment They had no plans outlined. They would approach the encampment and let circum stances shape their course. They wished to discover approximately how many men there were in the army. :Any other information that they could get hold of would be thankfully received. The youths slowed down as they neared the British camp. They hew there woula be picl{ets out, and they might run into them at any moment. They stole through the timber as noiselessly as any Iriaians. Presently they heard the tramp of the feet of the man on picket duty. The youths paused and crouched behind trees. The pic!Cet passed within ten feet of them. He did not suspect their presence there. A daring scheii:ie came into Dick's mind. He communicated it to Bob


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HA:ND. His companion thought it would succeed. He was right in for trying it, anyway. The more daring and dangerous a thing was the better he liked it. Dick's plan was to capture the picket, and, aiter exThis done he divested himself of his outer clothing an put that of the soldier on. Then he put his clothing on the soldier ana the chan was completed. The redcoat was beginning to show signs of returniu changing clothing with him, take his place as picket. consciousness now, and Dick stuffed a kerchief in the fe Then when he was relieved of guard duty, which would low's mouth and tied another one over it to keep it in. be before long, he would be in the British lines, and could This done he was ready for the deception which he pu take stock of everything and doubtless pick up some inforposed practising on the British. mation as well. Before taking his post as picket, however, Dick assiste Of course, he knew he would 9e running grave risks. Bob to carry the helpless Briton back a ways, so that h His face was known to so:p:ie of the British soldiers and would not be seen by the officer of the guard when th to a numbe1 of the officers. But he would be dressed in the regulation suit of the British soldier and he would not be scrutinized. He could keep his face shaded. Bob suggested that he enter in place of Dick, but the lat ter would not listen to this. "No; I'll go in, old man," he said; "you will stay nearby, and if I am captured and fail to come out of the camp time came to change pickets .. Knowing that the fellow would soon regain conscious ness the youths tied his hands securely with a large hand kerchief. Then, with a few words of instruction to his friend, Die returned to the point where they had effecced the capture took up the redcoat's musket and began pacing the beat. It was .slow work, but Dick knew it would not last al before midnight you will go straight to the commander-ways. in-chief and make report of such facts as have come under your observation." Bob acquiesced in this. He usually did as Dick wished without demur. His only reason for wishing to take his friend's place ";as because of his fear for Dick's safety. He knew that there was danger that Dick would be recognized, when it would be all up with him. He would be relieved before very long. Then would come the dangerous part. Presently the relief men were put on, and Dick made hi way boldly into the camp. One thing he had not thought of until he was making hi way into the camp was that he did not know where to go. Of course, the soldier whom he was impersonating had certain place to sleep, but where that place was was mor He would be seized and shot or hung for a spy at once than Dick knew. without a doubt. This bade fair to be a serious matter. The youths, having decided what they wished to do, crept Not knowing where to go, he would be noticed if he wen closer to the beat of the picket, and, crouching there behind wandering around, and would be suspected probably. trees, awaited his return. He thought this over as he was entering the camp. Soon his footsteps were heard approaching. He could not make up his mind as to a course of proced He passed Dick, not an arm's length away, and with ure. the leap of a panther the youth was "\.lpon him. Dick's aim was to get the redcoat by the throat and keep him from making an outcry. .In this he was successful. His fingers encompassed the throat of the British sol dier. Dick put all his strength in the effort, and compressed He would have to await developments and trust t luck. As was only natural, when he was -uncertain which way to go Dick walked slowly He was in no hurry to get where he would be likely to betray himself. No matter how slowly he walked, however, he would soon the throat so tightly that its owner could not utter a sound. be in the camp. He could not breathe. Luckily the night was quite cool. He attempted to struggle, but could do nothing, as Bob It .was the latter part of the month of October, and the leaped to Dick's assistance and seized the soldier's wrists. air was frosty, to say the least. Dick held on and compressed the windpipe of the redSo Dick had turned up the collar of his coat, and his face coa? until the fellow sank lim p at his feet, and then he was pretty well hidden from view. quickly stripped the fellow of his outer clothing. The offioei' of the guard came hurrying along.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. "What's the matter, Somers?" he asked, brusquely; "He's one of Somers' messmates. Well, I guess I will "why are you so slow to-night? Usually you are in a hurry be able to find my bunk later on if I wish to do so, but now to get off your beat and to your bunk." An inspiration came to Dick. He had to make some excuse. I am going to make use of this fictitious toothache of mine, and make a tour of the camp." This would be dangerous, but Dick did not hesitate Then, too, it was necessary to disguise his voice. He had come there to secure information of the num" Got a raging toothache!" he, mumbled. hers of the enemy, and he was going to secure it at what-He placed his hand up to his jaw. I ever hazard, "So that's it, is it? Well, I can sympathize with you. He was challenged two or three times by men seated by You had better get to your bunk and to sleep." campfires, and gave the same answer each time that he had "I couldn't sleep with this tooth aching the way it is! a raging toothache and was m e rely walking to relieve the I must keel? on my feet and keep going; I couldn't keep pain. still and endure the pain." Some of the redcoats laughed at him and jested, while "Oh, all right; suit yourself; better put your musket away. Y ou won't want to carry it around with you Dick mumbled out something, and the officer went on "What's the mdtter, Somers?" asked a soldier who was sitting in front of a fire, which Dick had approached The fellow had taken him for Somers on account of the act that Dick had come from the direction of Somers' beat. e could not see Dick's face. others jeered at him. Others still offered advice in regard to what to do for the. aching tooth. Had Dick really had the toothache and done what he was recommended to do to relieve the pain his toothache woul<;l either have been cured or he would have been killed Dick took everything in good part. It would not do to show anger. Indeed, he was not bothered by the badinage of the red"Got a terrible toothache!" mumbled Dick, who coats. bound to make the deception serve him as much as pos-He was very weli satisfied. ible. He was doing the very thing which he would not have So far it had worked very well. believed an hour before that it would b{l possible for him "Got the toothache, eh? It's the cool weather and the to do, viz.: Walk about the camp of the British army ight air." boldly, taking a survey of it at his leisure. "I guess so. Oh, murder, how it aches!" and Dick So he paid no attention to the jeers and jokes of the tamped his foot on the ground and h eld his jaw with both soldiers, but pursued his investigations. muds, the musket resting on the ground and leaning He heard some of the redcoats talking, and gathered gainst his body. from their conversation that they were thinking of at"Better get to bed, The tooth'll quit after awhile." tacking the patriot army soon. "I hope it will; it wouldn't do any good for me to lie From all he could hear the attack would be made in a lown now; I couldn't stay there. I've got to keep walkday or two. Il(J' o "Well, put your musket away You don't want to carry hat!" o-oh Say, put my musket away for me, will you? "I am glad I have learned that!" thought Dick. He was walking along looking here and there and sizing up things when suddenly he heard an outcry, and, looking across toward the farther side of the encampment, he saw 'v e got to promepade around." one of the pickets running into camp. "All right," and the soldier rose and took the musket, And with him, as Dick knew by the clothing, was the ick extending it toward him with one hand, and you may picket whom he and Bob had captured, and whose cloth e sure Dick, although he turned away with mumbled ing he had on. hanks and started to walk away, kept his eyes on the sol-The redcoat had escaped from Bob! tier to see where he put the musket. Dick kn e w that whereYer the musket was placed his place as near by, and this would him information of which e was _adlv in need. The soldie r placed the musket among a stack near the ire at which he had been sitting, and Dick said to himcl.f: CHAPTER IX IN A HOLLOW TREE. Dick realized that he was in great danger. If he was captured, it would go hard with him.


THE LIBERTY BOYS He might not be put to death at once, but it would com-:i sooner or later. But Dick would not be captured if he could help it. He was in a tight place. He realized that. But he did not despair. He felt that he might escape He had been in tight places before and escaped. Why might he not do so again? What should he do? Dick asked himself this question. Upon its answer depended much. If he was to escape he must do something and do it quickly. There would be no time for extensive planning. He would have to act on the instant, as it were. He felt that it would not do to start to run. He moYed quietly and unostentatiously toward the tre He made a half-circle and approached the tree from t other side. When he Teached the giant of the forest he paused a glanced all around. The eyes of the soldi ers were on the two pickets. Many men had run out t.o meet the two to learn what ti excitement was about. This occasioned considerable interest in the minds the spectators. The result that Dick was enabled to slip hollow tree without being seen. At least he did not think he had been seen. It was quite dark within the tree. The youth knew he would not be seen by any one u less a light was made use of. He bent down and looked out. Some of the redcoats would at once suspect him and he He noted that the excitement was increasing if any would be either captured or shot. thing. It would be impossible to run the gauntlet of all these He heard the redcoats calling to one another. thousands of soldiers and escape They were asking what had become of the soldier witl If there had been a comparatively small party of the the "toothache." British he might have made a dash and escaped Men were running hither and thither looking for thi. But there were thousands of the redcoats, and they were individual. upon every side of him. So he must try some other p'ian. But what? That was the question. It seemed as if there could be no escape. Dick looked all around him. The attention of the redcoats was attracted to the hto men who were running into the camp calling out something about "spies." The youth's was attracted to a large tree near by. The tree was a monster. At the bottom was a large opening. The tree was hollow Instantly a thought struck Dick He might hide in the hollow tree. Of course, he was not sure that he could enter the tree unseen. Nor was he at all certain that even if he succeeded in doing this he would esca. pe detection later on. The entire army would be looking for him in a few moments And some peering soldier would without a doubt in vestigate the hollow tree. However, it was the only chance. So Dick made up his mind to take it. It was known, now, that the fellow in question was th patriot spy. Search was being made for him. Every soldier in the camp was on the lookout for Dick. And in this moment, when he was in imminent peril Dick's thoughts were not of himself. They were of Bob. Where was Bob ? Was he a prisoner? Dick feared so. How else had the picket got free? He could not have freed himself He must have been found by some of the soldiers and freed. And doubtless Bob had been captured. He might have escaped, however. Bob was clever and slippery. He was always on the alert, and if there was a chance at all he would have taken it. Dick hoped his friend had escaped capture. Then Dick's mind reverted to himself and his immediate surroundings. The soldiers were running here and there looking every where for the fellow with the "toothache." l Dick could hear what was said by many of them in th vicinity.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. 21 ey could not understand where the youth could have They were all the more eager for the reason that they peared to so suddenly. knew there was a price on Dick's head, and each man be-ey discussed the matter in tones of wonder. lieved that if he found the spy he would receiYe the onP. hey say the fellow is Sam Sly, the boy spy," Dick hundred pounds reward offered by General Howe. one redcoat say. Hence the eagerness with which they searched. ell, if it is him he is well named," said another; "he Dick, crouching in the hollow tree, watch e d the redcoats tainly sly enough!" with interest. ou're right about that! It would take a sly one to They were swarming here and there like great swarms of out of view so suddenly." bees. t is the most mysterious thing I ever knew of!" from When they had searched half an hour or so without sucer. "I wouldn't have believed it possible that a man cess the redcoats began to get discouraged. have disappeared so suddenly and completely." They stopped rushing around and gathered in groups to ell, he's the fellow who can do it, all right!". dediscuss the affair. d another It was evident that they could not understand how it was {e's a bold one, isn't he-to come right into our that the spy had managed to escape. the way he did!" His disappearance was a mystery. h, he's bold enough. They say he even entered the A group was standing within fifty feet of the tree talkquarters of Howe, when our army was over on ing the matter over. Island, and slipped into the very room in which They could not decide in their minds how the young rals Howe, Clinton and others were, and hid in a "rebel" had managed it, and one remarked that perhaps t and overheard what they were saying .And then the youth had climbed a tree. he was discovered he fought his way out and escaped! .All began looking up at the surrounding treetops. e's a bold one!" e must be!" e must know how to make himself invisible," said her. "By Jove! that isn't a bad thought!" said one; "maybe that is where he is?" "There's a hollow tree," laughed another; "maybe he is in there." e can come as near it as the next one, you can be sure He pointed toward the tree in which Dick was at that moment crouching e soldiers had no idea the subject oI their remarks The others looked directly at the opening, and another within twenty yards of them, hearing everything that said: said. "Let's see, anyway. Such a thing :rp.ight be as that he ck wondered if he would escape detection in the hol-had taken refuge in there." e feared that he would sooner or later be discovered. would be too much to expect that he would be so for te, but still he might escape detection. en he could later on s lip out, after the soldiers had all to sleep, and make his escape. ick hoped for the best. ill he was sensible, and was prepared to not be sur d at anything. e camp was in an uproar. e soldiers seemed to become more and more exhey hunted energetically for .the boy spy. hey were confident that he could not have escaped and lear away. hey were sure he was still within the confines of the en ment. d they were determined to find him. Dick realized that he was in imminent danger of being discovered. The soldier would undoubtedly take a look into the lio1-low tree. Then he would be discovered. This would be after the fashion of a rat being caught in a trap. Dick did not intend to be caught if he could help it. He stood up and reached up with his hands. He felt about. He discovered that the tree was hollow as high up as he could reach, but the hollow was smaller at a point four or five feet from the bottom. The hollow at the bottom where he then was was at least four feet in diameter. .At a point two feet above his head the opening was not more than twa feet in diameter. Dick felt around with eagGr fingers.


THE LIBERTY BOY8 ON HAND. There were numerous rough places and projections at 'the sides .of the opening, and the youth thought it possible .ihat h e could draw himself up and sustain himself there. It was worth trying anyway. "He h eard the sound of approaching footsteps. The redcoats were approaching the tree to investigate, as they had said they were going to do. If he escaped discovery he would have to act quickly. Dick at once exerted all his strength, and drew himself up ins ide the hollow tree. He doubled up his legs and placed his back and knees against the sides of the tree. He was enabled to hold himself from dropping back. Reaching up he got a new hold, and again he pulled him ,13elf up, and again he braced his back and knees against the walls of the tree and held himself there. At this instant he heard voices at the opening to the hollow tree. The voices sounded as if right beside him. This was what Dick had feared. If the fellow felt up inside the tree he would b certain to discover the youth's presence there. Dick reached up and got a good hold on a c projections. He was going to draw himself up still higher, b that he had not acted quickly enough. For at that instant he felt the hand of the redcoa ing his left ankle. CHAPTER X. A NEAT TRICK. Dick was desperate He gave a fierce kick and wrench, "It's dark as Erebus in there!" said one voice. free ..r "Go in and feel around," suggested another. Then he pulled himself up out of reach of the m "''Yes, and get six inches of cold steel under the fifth low. rib!" was the retort. "I beg to be excused. You go in!" At the same instant the fellow set up a terrible "Why, I'm not afraid to do so. The fellow wouldn't triumph.

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. 23 "Come down!" he yelled; "come down at once, or I will "All right!" Dick murmured, setting his teeth hard; e upon you!" "set fire to the tree if you like! I'll not come out of here: "No, no! don't fire!" Dick heard a voice say; "we must until I absolutely have to do so!" pture him! The scoundrel must be hanged, not shot!" There was the sound of flint striking against steel, and Dick recognized the presently the youth saw a tiny blaze starting up, far below It was that of Captain Frink, an enemy of his. him. \ Dick had had an encounter with the captain over on ng Island, when he was over there on a spying expedition, d had shot the captain, in the cheek. Captain Frink was anxious to get revenge, and doubtless t that to stand by and watch the youth strangle to th at the end of a rope would be the best revenge he d secure. 'How'll we get him down, then?" the soldier asked. 'Smoke him out!" some one suggested. 'A good scheme!" the captain said. "Bring some leaves dead branches of trees. We'll have him dropping down his perch like a chicken that has had burni:ag sulphur ck under its nose." The scoundrels !" thought Dick; "I guess they've got e made up his mind he would not go down till he bad however, and he quietly worked his way up higher. resently he heard the captain's voice: Come down of there, Sam Sly!" came the words; e down, or we will set fire to this pile of leaves and and smoke you 011t !" ick adhered to his rule of maintaining silence. e thought that perhaps. the redcoats might think after ile that the fellow had been mistaken after all, and that e was no one in the tree. l He was about twenty-five feet above the ground now_,. and he began climbing still higher. "Maybe the fire will ref11se to burn, and not smoke much, after all," he thougllt, The blaze grew larger, however, and presently the smoke began to reach the youth. It was with difficulty that he could keep from sneezing. This would have been a clear give aray however, so he fought off the desire to sneeze. Dick set his teeth and climbed higher. "If I have to drop I might as well drop a good ways!" he said to himself; "I'll go as high as I can, brace myself as best I can and hold on as long as I can!" This was characteristic of Dick Slater, the boy spy. His courage was of a high order. It was something more than "bulldog" courage. It was strong moral courage. He was gifted in this way to a greater degree than most persons. He climbed higher and higher still. The opening was now just about large enough to admit hi l body, and that was all. He could not go much higher. And now suddenly Dick made a discovery. was only a faint hope, but it was better than nothing. It was a pleasing one, too. ick believed in making the most of He had reached a point where there was a large hole ini he answered the m once they would know absolutely the side of the tree. d all dispute that he was in the tree; if he maintained Dick felt around the edges of the hole and was delighte

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. Then it was dark enough so that the redcoats could not see him, he was sure, even if they were to look up. He felt safe, so far as that was concerned But he did not for a moment forget that he was in a bad predicament. He felt that his chances 1for making his escape were few. He was in for it. "It won't take them long to chop the tree down," thou Dick; "it is a mere shell, and will soon give way." Ten minutes from the time the men began work D could feel the tree swaying gently back and forth. "I guess I had better get my head back inside the tr The smoke soon began uouring out through the hole. he murmured; "it might get tucked under the tree whe With his head outside, Dick was enabled to breathe strikes, and that wouldn't be pleasant!" easily, however, and he did not mind the smoke. His body would be well smoked, but he could stand that. Dick could see the redcoats below him. The reflection from the fire in the hollow of the tree was thrown upon them. He could hear them talking, and could understand much that was said. The concensus of opinion was th_at the rebel spy would soon come toppling down, but as the minutes passed and tliis did not happen their views changed. "You :must be mistaken about the fellow being up there," Dick heard Captain Frink say. "He could never stand that smoke this long." "I'd bet my life that I had him by the ankle!" the sol dier dec_ lared. "I know he is up there!" "Then why doesn't he come down or fall down? The smoke is thick enough to cut with a knife. He could not have stayed up there so long as this." "l know he is there!" was the dogged reply. "I wonder what they will do next?" thought Dick. "The smoke scheme has failed; I wonder if they will give it up?" He hoped that they would. He feared they would not, however. And in this he was correct. The redcoats, on finding that the smoke scheme would not work, had begun discussing other means. The soldier who had got Dick by the ankle reiterated his statement that the rebel spy was up inside the tree, and after some talk on the subject, it was decided to chop the tree down. A couple of axes were procured, and two men began chopping. Dick's heart sank as he heard the resounding blows of the axes. He was at least thirty feet from the ground, and a -fall that distance would be anything but pleasant. Of course, the projecting limbs would break the force of the all considerably, but even then it would be apt to jar him more or less severely Dick could do nothing, however, save wait for the in evitable fall. He could not make the redcoats stop chopping. The tree began to sway more than ever. "It will go pretty soon!" Dick thought; "well, I c help it, and since it must go I wish it would hurry. is somewhat of a strain on the nerves!" The strain was soon to be removed, for a few mome later the tree started to fall. There was a cracking sound made by the breaking of portion that had not been cut by the axes, and then do ward, slowly and majestically, moved the giant of forest. Dick clenched his teeth and braced himself. He thought it possible that he might be knocked se less by the terrible jolt. But the tree did not reach the ground-at least, not j then. Instead, it fell against another tree nearly as large itself, and lodged there. Dick drew a breath of relief. The redcoats, who had shouted with delight when tree started, now yelled in rage and disappointment. Reaching out through the hole Dick felt a large lim A thought struck him. Might he not crawl out through the hole, and when tree became dislodged and fell on down to the grou might he not remain in the other tree? If he could do this it would be a neat trick to play on redcoats, and would be the means of puzzling them further. Especially would the redcoat who had got him by ankle be nonplussed. Dick decided to try the plan, anyway. He made his way slowly and carefully through the and out upon the limb of the other tree. He had not much more than done so when the hollow became dislodged and went on down to the ground, wi crash and roar that could have been heard for a mile. "Now, I wonder what that redcoat will think?" tho Dick. "They will search the tree for me, and failin find me, the majority will believe the fellow was taken." When the tree fell to the ground the redcoats set yell of delight.


THE LIBEHTY BOYS ON" HAND. 25 ow we've got him!" said Captain Frink, gleefully; t with the smoking, and the jar of the fall additional, 't expect him to be hardly worth finding. However, isn't dead, he ought to be!" h, he's too tough, captain; this hasn't phased him, ay be sure!" said a soldier. tain Frink stooped down and peered into the end of llow tree. ome out!" he called; "come out at once, or we will in there and drag you out CHAPTER XL' CONCLUSION. The redcoats hunted everywhere. They scoured the timber for half a mile around. They searched faithfully for the rebel spy. But of course they did not find him. Dick, from his lofty perch, watched the proceedings as oourse there was no reply. well as he could, and was glad that he had fared as well as ho'll go in there and pull the stubborn rascal out?" he had. red the captain, looking around at the soldiers. "Barring some stroke of ill luck I shall escape them 11 go," said the soldier who had entered the tree in yet!" he thought. rst place, and who had got hold o.f Dick's ankle; "I'll At last the British soldiers gave up the search. him out of there in Jess than no time, and prove to Tliey were forced to acknowledge that the boy spy had hat I was right about his being there." o ahead!" said Captain Frink. e fellow stooped and entered the hollow tree. crawled along on his hands and knees, occasionally ng to reach out in front o.f him. was expecting every moment to get hold of Dick, but isappoi:nted. outwitted them and escaped And that, too, when they were sure he was in their power. They were greatly chagrined. Captain Frink was wild with anger. Again had his youthful enemy, on who' m he had sworn revenge, escaped him. "But I"Il get him yet, and see him hang for the traitor and spy that he is!" he exclaimed fiercely. made his way along the hollow trunk clear to the Gradually the British army quieted down. e end-to where the hollow was so small it would He admitted the body of a youth of Dick's size, and the redcoat worked his way back out, a puzzled and pointed man. ere was only one thing the fellow could think of that d a solution of the problem of what had become of the spy : That was the hole in the tree which he had disThe soldiers returned to their bunks, and presently the camp was quiet and silent Dick was in no hurry to come down out of the tree. He did not wish to risk being captured by being in too big a hurry to escape. It was worth enduring the inconvenience of being perched in the treetop for a couple of hours to in the end secure his d. The youth might have crawled out through this, liberty. ought, and might be at that very moment making through the timber. He suspected that there would be some redcoats on the lookout for an hour or so, in hope that they might get their told Captain Frink this, and all rushed to where the eyes on the youth, if he was still within the confines of the as and looked at it. ey saw that it was large enough to permit the passage mman body, and they decided that the soldier's idea he correct one: The rebel spy had crawled through iole and made off through the timber. n scattered and began to search for the supposed esg spy, at once. anwhile Dick was seated on a limb of the tree the camp, and tried to escape. So Dick made up his mind to fool them, and waited patiently. It must have been near midnight when he decided to descend and make the attempt to slip away. He began the descent at once. He moved downward very slowly He did not know but there might be redcoats hidden in one had lodged against, taking matters as coolly as the vicinity, and he did not wish to attract their atossible under the circumstances. ten ti on. kily for him no one thought of such a thing as that At last he reached the ground, and as his feet touched crawled out through the hole in the hollow tree when the earth a sigh of relief escaped him. s lodged against the other, and that he had taken At the same instant he felt himself seized by strong e there. hands.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. A red c o a t who had been placed on watch had seen Ile repeated the signal frequently, and was guide .Dick just as h e reached the ground, and had reached replies. .out and seize d him without a word. The redcoat was a stout fellow. H e thought he would have no difficulty in holding the youth; So he made no outcry; did not yell for help. He would make the youth a prisoner, and then appear with him in triumph. Ten minutes later Dick and Bob met, and to s were delighted is stating it mildly. They seized each other, and indulged in a bear-Ii "How did that picket manage to get free and g from you, Bob ?" asked Dick. "I hardly lmow, myself," Bob replied; "all I k that he was free, and had leaped upon me before This was where he made his mistake. what was happening I struggled with him, and h Dick was more powerful than most men-was stronger to the picket. I heard the picket coming and ma than the man who had hold of him. break the fellow's hold and get away." Then, too, he was desperate. To be captured now, after having made such wonderful efforts to escape, would be terrible. He was determined that he would not be made a pris oner. Whirling quickly, he seized t)le redcoat by the throat with both hand s Calling up al I his strength, he compressed the tlu:oat of the soldi e r as tightly as he could. The m a n g a s ped and gurgled. He struggled, and tried to loosen Dick's grip. In vain ; he could not do it. He could not get his breath. The result was that in a very short time he was choked into insensibility. Then Dick drew another long and. looked around to see if the struggle had attracted the attention of any one. He saw nothing to indicate that it had done so. Then Dick related his adventures since enteri1 camp. "And your troubles were all caused by my carel in not keeping my eyes on the prisoner!" said Bob, s cusingly. "Oh, that is all right," said Dick; "you eouldn' it." "What are we going to do next?" asked Bob, pr after a little further conversation. "I gue s s we had better start for camp at once." "That's right; we were to report to the command chief by midnight, weren't we!" "Yes; but we won't be able to do it." "No, it will be two o'clock before we can reach the mander-in-chief's headquarters." "Well, we will get there as quickly as we can. thing, I was enabled to make a good estimate of the nu of troops in the British encampment, and General "I guess I am free to leave the encampment at last!" ington will be glad to receive the informaticm." he thought. "Well, I will lose no time in doing so!" With another glance around he stole away into the tim ber. "Even if it is a little late in reaching him, eh?" "Yes." The youths set out and walked as rapidly as He moveu slowly and cautiously, pausing frequently to could. listen, for he did not know but he might run onto a redcoat Jit any moment. He was fortunate, however, and did not encounter any more British soldiers. At la s t he was at what he considered was a safe distance, .and th e n h e thought of Bob. "I will s ignal him, and if he is anywhere around here he will' an s wer th e signal," thought Dick. Then he gave the call of a night bird. He liste n e d eag e rly, and from off toward the right he heard a reply to his signal. "It is Bob, and he is free!" .murmured Dick. Then he hastened in the direction from which the ignal had sounded. Half an hour later they reached the American ou on Chatterton Hill. They were challenged by the sentry, gave the counter a11d made their way to their quarters. They quickly sadclled and bridled their horses, mou and rode away in the direction of the point where the mander-in-chief and the main army had taken up thei cation. It was only a little more than a mile distant. 'l'hey were soon at their destination. It was nearly two o'clock. The commander-in-chief had retired to his bunk, but left orders with his orderly to awaken him if the boy returned at any time during the night, so the ord


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. 27 akcned General Washington as soon as Dick and Bob Washington; "ride back and. so inform paptain Uamilived. ton." "You arc a little late," remarked the co)Ilmander-in"Very wel1, your excellency," and, saluting, the youtfil ef, when Dick and. Bob entered his tent. withdrew. 'Y cs, your excellency," replied Dick; "it was impossible Mounting their horses they set out on the return lo Chat-cret here sooner," anc1 then he told his story in few words. 1.erton Hill. imparted to the general the information which he haJ They had gone a quarter of a mile when they heard. lhe urcd relative to the number of troops in the British enrattle of musketry. pment, and the commander-in-chief seemed greatly sed to receive it. e complimented the youths on the work they had per ed, and after a little further conversation, the youthi:; ted and withdrew. "The battle is on!" cried Dick, his handsome face lighting up eagerly "And we not there!" said Bob. They urged their horses to a faster pace. They were eager to get back and get into the fray. hey rode back to their quarters on Chatterton Hill, and They were about halfway back when, on turning a cor r unbridling and unsaddling their horses and picketing ner, they found themselves confronted by a band of red' they went to their quarters and turned in. coats who had ridden out of the timber. hey were asleep as soon as they touched their blankets, st, and slept soundly till morning: hey were up as early as anybody next morning, and, breakfast, they went out on a scouting expedition at uggestion of Ca.Ptain Hamilton. ey to within a third of a mile of the Brit ines, and Dick climbed a tree and took a survey of the mpment. soon made a startling discovery. descended from the tree in hot haste. he redcoats are advancing!" he cried to Bob; "they forward to attack the force on Chatterton Hill we must },1.asten back and give the alarm!" e youths raced through the timber at their best speed. ey arrived at the American encampment on Chatterton "Surrender!" cried the leader of the redcoats, waving his sword; "surrender, in the name of the king!" "Neve r !" cried Dick, and he and Bob drew their pistols. "Surrender or die!" shouted tl1e redcoat; and then, as the youths made no move to obey, he cried to his men:. "Fire!" The redcoats fired upon the boys, but missed. Dick and Bob returned the fire, bringing down the leading redcoat. Then they leaped their horses over the stone wall bor dering the road and rode rapidly away across the field. The redcoats, angered by the fall of their leader, rode after the youths. They shouted for the fugitives to stop and surrender, but the youths answered with shouts of defiance. most out of breath. The redcoats fired a volley from t11eir pistols, but the k informed Captain Hamilton of the approach of the shots were wild, and the bullets did not come anywhere near h. the youths. they are coming, are they?" was the quiet remark; "You'll have to learn to shoot called back Dick. "You couldn't hit a barn!" cried Bob. we will arrange to give them a warm reception. ime, you two youths ride over to headquarters and The redcoats kept up the chase, and the youths saw that the commander-in-chief that the are moving they were being forced out of their course. atterton Hill." If they kept on in the direction they were going, they k and Bob hastened away, and quickly bridled and would be forced around to the rear of the advancingd their horses. British. n, leaping into the saddles, they rode away at a galminutes later they were at the encampment of the appeared before the commander-in-chief at once, formed him that the British were moving to attack ce on Chatterton Hill. 1 send reinforcements at once!" said General This was what their pursuers wished, no doubt. The youths began edging back, so as to cut in past the left wing of the British forces advancing on Chatterton Hill. If they could get between the left wing and the pursuing redcoats, they would be able to reach and rejoin the American forces on the hill. This they were very anxious to do.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON HAND. The battle was already commenced, and they wanted to an outpost garrisoned hy a small portion of the patri be in it. troops, what would happen to his army i; _it were They wished to be at the head of their company of attack the main patriot army in its strong positioJ!.? "Liberty Boys.'1 Evidently this was the question that was agitating The youths urged their horses to their best speed, and mind of the Bi:-itish general. were glad to see that they were General Washington had given General Howe a surpr They gradually worked their way back toward the road on more than one occasion, and the British general they had left a few minutes before, and presently leaped more than half afraid of the Commander-in-Chief of their horses back over the stone wall. Continental army even at this early stage of the w They were now in the road, and rode more rapidly than Later, he became more afraid of General Washington th ever. They had to do so if they were to succeed in reaching Chatterton Hill, for the left wing of the British forces was coming rapidly across, and would be dangerously ne4r to the road along which the youths had to pass. The boys had no fear of their pursuers. They were out of rifle shot behind. It was the advancing left wing that they had to look out for. By hard riding they succeeded in past in safety, though a number of shots were fired at them. They raced up the side of the hill and were soon on the scene of action. ever. The bravery of the "Liberty Boys" in the Chattert Hill engagement had been noted by all, and the you were complimented by several of the officers. The youths listened to the compliments with becom modesty, and said that they had not done more than a of the rest. The contrary was known to be the case, but, of cour the youths were all the more thought of on account their modesty. "I don't know what I should do without you two you to do spy work, and then incite the troops to deeds of vr. by your example!" said the commander-in-chief earnest when conversing with the two next morning; "you of veterans, and Dick and Bob quickly took their place at always ready, always on hand." Their company of "Liberty Boys" were in the front ranks, loading and firing with the regularity and precision the head of the company. "We are glad if we are in the right place at the ri The battle which ensued was fierce while it lasted, and resulted in a defeat for .the American forces that was in time, your excellency,'' said Dick, quietly; "if we have way, we will always be on hand and in the right place." reality a victory. True, they were forced to retire, but they "I have no doubt of that," with a smile. "Well, I s killed two hundred and twenty-nine of the British, while depute you to keep a watch on the British until furt they lost but one hundred and forty. orders, and keep me informed regarding their possible Of all the patriot soldiers engaged in this battle, none probable movements." fought more bravely and fiercely than the "Liberty Boys," who seemed determined the redcoats should not reach the top of the hill. They were the last to retire when the order was given to "We will do our best, your excellency," said Dick. Then the youths saluted and Dick, we will have to be careful that we don't retreat, and they retired then slowly and in good order. the big head!" said Bob, with a humorous grimace, as t Dick and Bob managed to secure their horses, and took walked to their quarters; "all this bragging of us up the animals along with them. liable to turn our heads, don't you think?" The British attempted to follow the patriots, but were met with such a galling fire that they decided presently that they would let well enough alone, and be content having captured the hill. "We don't dare let it do that, Bob. If we were to so, we would soon think we were so smart the Brit couldn't catch us, and then the very first thing we k they would catch us, tight and :fast." The division that hl!;d been forced to retreat from Chat-"I guess you are right, Dick; as soon as a fellow terton Hill joined the main army on the hill one mile away to thinking he is smart, then is when he is the easiest to the north of White Plains, and there were no 111ore entake in." gagements that day. The youths set about the task which had been deputed General Howe seemed content to rest easy and ponder them. the situation. They put in the day scouting and viewing the acti If he had suffered considerable loss in simply storming of the British from treetops located at a safe distancel


THE L IBERTY BOYS ON HAND. 29 e Br itish encampU!eJlt, and evening repo r ted to it, and he t u rned his army around and moYed down the e commander-in chief. Hudson to Dobb's Ferry. Next day they did the same, and the next, and on This was a threat on Fort Washington, and the move of the British general caused more work for Dick and Bob, s the third day, >iilien the.Y made their r eport, they had the patriot boy spies, and their brave "Liberty B oys." interesting one to make : The British seemed to be making some portant move. The constant stir in t he camp during the I ole day, and the excitement which seem,ed t o .rule, made s evi d e n t. G e n eral Washington pondered for seyeral minutes, afte r ng heard the r eport of the boy a n d then said: 'It is my belief t h at they contem,t>fai:J:l 1 a n ight or ear l y rning attack. outn u mber g r eatly, and while might be abl e to defeat them, I tbink\jt a wise move t o ire to North Castle, where we will haye an impregnable ition. Then, if they wish to attack and good. be commander-in-chief dismissed 1he youths, with T H E END. The next nu mber (5) o f "The Libe r ty Boys o f '76" will contain "TH E LIBERTY B OYS' NERVE; OR, TOT AFR AID O F THE K I NG'S M I N IO NS," by Harry Moore SPECIAL N OTIQE: A ll back of t his weekl y ises for their good work, and as soon 'as darkness had a re always in print. If you cannot obta in t hem from a n y led ove r all, the patriot army left its position and moved newsdealer, send the price in mo ey or postage stam r s b y .J toward the north. Next morning ithad taken up its mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO N rters at North Castle, in a P?sition so strong that GenSQUARE, NEW YORK, a n d you will receive t h e copies Howe d e spaired of success should be attempt to storm you order by .teturn mail. Samp1e Co.....,ies Se:n.-t F'9ree "HAPPY DAYS." The Larges t and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. Answers a.11 sorts of Ouestions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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