The Liberty Boys' nerve, or, Not afraid of the King's minions

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J.sued ll" u.l;ly-lly Subc r iptio1' 12 50 per y ear. No. NEW YORI{, FEBRUARY 1, 1901. Price 5 Cents. Now. boys," shouted Diok, "one determined rush aud the day is won! Follow me!" The British troops wer e plainly dismayed at the brave and fearless move made by the .. i 1


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Revolution. Iaaued Weekly-By Subsc,.ip tion 12 .50 per yeai-. ,. Ente1ed according to .dct of Congress, in the year 1901, 'in the office of tn.e Librarian of Congre88, Washington, D. C., by Frank 2'ousey, 24 Union Square, New York. 5. NEW YORK, February 1, 1901. Price 5 J The Liberty Boys' Nerve OR, NOT AFRAID OF THE KING'S MINIONS. BY HAitRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. "NOT AFRAID OF THE KING'S returning to the Hudson, and going thence southward to Dobb's Ferry. General Washington sat looking at the floor, pondering deeply, after the orderly departed "Orderly!" Fifteen minutes passed. "Yes, your excellency." Then the orderly re-ent ered, accompanied by a hand"There is in my army a company of youths known as some, manly-looking youth of about eighteen years of age the 'Liberty Boys of '76.' Their commander is a youth "Dick Slater, your excellency," announced the orderly named Dick .Slater." The commander-in-chief looked up and smiled "Yes, your excellency." "Ah, Master Dick, good morning!" he said, extending "You know the young man when you see him?" his hand, which Dick took with becoming modesty and "Yes, your excellency." deference. "I have some work for you, Dick." "Then go and find him at once; and when you have "I surmised as much, your excellency," said Dick Slater, found him bring him to me I wish to see him." for he it was. "Yes, your excellency." Dick, while but a mere youth, had already distinguished The orderly saluted and withdrew from the tent which himself both as a soldier and as a spy, he having been very was the temporary headquarters of General Washington, the successful in the latter role He had succeeded where men Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army. spies had failed and been captured by the redcoats. It was the third day of November, 1776. "The British," went on the "have The Continenta l army had just retreated from White withdrawn, and have gone southward along the Hudson. Plains, and had taken up a position at North Castle. This position was absolutely impregnable. Now, it may be their intention to attack Fort Washington in fact, I think that they will do so first, and then move All the British troops on American soil could not have New Jersey and try to capture Philadelphia Besuccessfully stormed it. General Howe had followed the patriot troops, had taken a look at their position, and then had withdrawn his army, _lieving this, I have made arrangements to send five thou sand troops over into New Jersey to head the British off in case they start toward Philadelphia; but the immediate


THE LIBERTY BOYS' danger is to Fort Washington, and also Fort Lee, though to Dick was about to withdmw, when a thought truck him, the latter point in less degree, as it is across the river, and and he asked: now I wish you to carry a dispatch to General Greene, in"Where will I find my company of 'Liberty Boys' when 8irncting him to evacuate Fo1t W ushington at once, and make arrangements to eYacuate Fort Lee also. Will you attempt to take the for me?" "I will, your excellency." The answer was prompt and decided. 1 wish to rejoin it, your ?" he asked. "I leave that to you, Dick," was the reply; "I shall leave seven thousand troops here. will take three thousand up to West Point, where I go to reconnoitre a site for the fortress, and I am sending five thousand troops over in"There will be great danger, Dick." to New Jersey, to a point near Hackensack. Your company "I am aware of that, ir, but I am not afraid of the may remain here, or accompany the Jersey divi ion, king's minions." \Yhichever you prefer." "I have ample proof of that fact, Dick," said the com"Let them go over into New Jersey, then, your excclmander-in-chief, in a tone of apprornl. "I know you arc lency. It will be c]oqer for me to join them there, and I not afraid of the king's minions, and I am aware, also, that think there is more chance for getting in action there than you are as wise as you are brave, and for that reason I hav? here, don't you?" selected you to carry the dispatch to Greene." "Yes, indeed! I do not think the will attack "Thank sir! I esteem it an honor to be selected for here. I shall keep the troops here only until I learn definthe duty, and if it is possible, I will deliver the dispatch to itely what are the of General Howe; and if you could General Greene." do anything toward learning hiE plam, Dick, it would be a "I am sure of that. The country between here and Fort big help to me." Washington is overrun with the British, howeYer, and your task will be a difficult and dangerous one." "It will simply require greater care on my part, your excellency. I think I shall be able to get through, and reach Fort Washingion in safety." "I hope and pray that you may succeed, my boy!" "When shall I start, your excellency?" "I will do all I can to secure some information, your excellency." "I am sure of that, Di ck." Dick and the commander-inchief i.alked ten or fifteen minutes longer, and then the youth bade the general good by, and saluting, withdrew. "A brave boy-a wonderful youth!" murmured the com"As soon as you like. I ha,e the dispatch all rP.ady, bnr rnander-in-chief, when Dick haJ gone; "ah! w

THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 3 ''There is work for you, though, Bob," went on Dick. It was a horse that he had captured over on Long Isl "Our company of 'Liberty Boys' is to accompany the diviand, and was the favorite charger of General Howe. sion which is going over into ew Jersey. It is going to Dick was well armed, having two pairs of pistols in hi5 Hackensack, and I will rejoin you there, after I have debelt, and two more pairs in the saddle bags. He carried no livered ihe dispatch to General Greene.'' musket, as it would interfere if he wished i.o travel fast, or "Dick, it is going to be a dangerous undertaking, making through the timber or brush. your way to Fort WasJ1ington," said Bob; "I will wager Dick rode southward at a moderate pace. that the country between here and there is thick with ganga He had practically the whole day before him i::i which to of redcoats!" reach a point halfway t'o Fort Washington, for he felt that "I do not doubt it, Bob; but it doesn't matter, I am going it would not be prudent to try to ride the last half of the to get through and deliver the dispatch somehow, or die way during daylight. He would be sure to be seen and trying captured by the British. "You had better let me go with you, Dick!" He would proceed to White Plains, and then journey on But Dick shook his head. southward, slowly and cautiously, until nightfall, when he "I think that in this matter it will be better to go alone, would feel safe in making a determined attempt to get past Bob," he said. the British and reach Fort Washington. Bob looked disappointed, but he was accustomed to doing He rode along, and an hour and a half later came in as Dick wished, and he said no more about being allowed to sight of White Plains. accompany his friend. He was evidently afraid Dick would He brought "Major," his horse,. down to a walk now, and get into trouble, however, for he cautioned him again and kept a sharp loo_!rnut. again to be careful, and not tuke any chances. He thought it barely possible that some of the British "Oh, I am not going to take any unnecessary chances, might have remained in the vicinfty as scouts, to keep watch Bob," said .Dick; "I will not promise, however, that I won't on the patriot mmy, should it attempt to come back south take chances. If I have to do so in order to keep from be-ward. ing captured, I will iake them, you may be sure "Say, but I shall be uneasy till I see you again, old man!" Bob dE;clared. "There is no eed of that. I am not going to let the red Dick knew a man in White Plains who was a strong patriot. The youth felt sure that if he could get to see this man he would be able to secure information that would b(!nefit coats get me, Bob, old man! I will join you at Hackenhim, and make it emder for him to proceed without being sack within two days, just as surejy as that the day ar-in danger of running upon the redcoats. rives The youth knew it would be somewhat risky to venture "I' hope so!" into the village, but he decided to do it, anyway. Dick simply smiled, and tolcl his friend to not look so As. he rode into the village the very thing that he had blue, and then he went about getting ready to start on his feared might happen did happen. dangerous expedition. Half a dozen redcoats emerged from a tavern, where The other members of the company of "Liberty Boy.s" drinks were sold, and when they saw the youth on the mag added their cautions to Bob's. They loved their brave, nificent charger they yelled at him at once. dashing young leader, and they would be sorely grieved if "Halt, there!" cried one; "who are you, and where did he should be killed or captured by the redcoats. you get that horse?" Dick reassured them. "None of your retorted Dick. "Don't be alarmed for me, boy ,"he said; "I shall be on "Ha! so you are saucy, are you, my young gamecock? the lookout, and am not going i.o let the redcoats catch me I think you are a suspicious character, and I ord e r you to napping." dismount and surrender, in the king's name!" At last Dick was ready, and he rode out of the camp, folThe redcoats were half drunk, and Dick felt sure they lowed by the cheer of the "Liberty Boys." and indeed by could not shoot straight. the cheers of almost the entire force of patriot soldiers, for If they were to fire upon him, they would miss, unless by he had become known to all, and was loved and admired for an accident, and he decided to make a break for liberty. his bravery and noble character in general. Dick was mounted on a snlendjd charger ,_,rg :-a.i He whirled his horse around, and put spurs to the noble animal.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. Major responded nobly, and went down the street like a whirlwind. The redenats fired a volley, but their aim was very bad, and none of the bullets came anywhere near the fleeing Dick uttered a yell of defiance, and was quickly beyond rifle shot of the British soldiers. He saw the redcoats running toward a stable at the rear of the tavern, and knew what their action meant. They had horses there, and were going to mount and pur sue him. -------Then he spoke a slrarp word of romrnand to Major, and the noble animal leaped forward into a swift gallop in stantly. "Halt! Halt!" came the cry from the redcoats. "Stop, or we will fire!" "Fire, and be hanged to you!" retorted Dick, defiantly. "You can't hit the side of a barn at ten paces A yell of rage went up from the redcoats. Then, immediately alterward, crack! crack! went the pistols. They evidently suspected Dick of being a spy, or a dis"All right; come ahead, my fine fellows Dick murpatch-bearer. mured; "I'll just see if I can't fool you a bit, however!" They had as evidently fired with the best intentions, as Dick rode rapidly till he was hidden from the view of the bullets whistled dangerously near. any one in the village by the timber, and then he turned Dick drew a pistol, and, turning in his saddle, took quick aside from the road and began describing a semicircle. aim and fired. Twenty minutes later he rode into the village from the A redcoat reeled in his saddle, but diU not fall. opposite side from that on which he had rode out. "I hit one of the fellows, anyway!" said Dick, grimly. He could see nothing of the redcoats, and rightly judged "I don't like to do it, but if they will chase me and fire upon that they had ridden away in pursuit of him. me, they must abide the consequences. I do not intend The youth rode directly to the home of th0 man whom I letting them have it all their own way!" he knew to be a patriot. 1 Dick fired a couple of more shots, and the redcoats he Dismounting, he tied his horse and made his way to the noticed fell back slightly. door and knocked. They did not like to hear the whistle of the bullets from His friend came to the door, and when he saw who his the youth's pistols. visitor was, he greeted him pleasantly and invited him in. Dick drew steadily away from his pursuers, and at last Dick was there not morl:l than ten minutes, but he learned lost sight of them as he reached a turn in the road. considerable that would be of benefit to him. Half a mile further on the road made another turn, and Then he bade his friend good-by, and, mounting his as he rode around the turn he found himself confronted by horse, rode toward the south. CHAPTERJII. THE CAPTURE OF THE REDCOATS. Dick rode southward till he came to a house which stood perhaps a hundred yards from the road. A lane led up to the house. On each side of the lane was a row of trees. a band of men with rifles in their hands. They leveled the rifles as they saw Dick, and cried out: "Halt!" Dick's quick eye took in the appearance of the men, and he jumped to the conclusion that they were not Tories. He believed they were patriots. Dick raised his right hand and rode forward fearlessly. "Are you patriots?" he asked, eagerly. "We are; are you?" came back the reply from a handsome young man of twenty-five years, who was evidently the leader. "I am!" replied Dick; "and now, if you will do as I say, A s Dick came opposite the end of the lane he glanced you can capture some redcoats There is a band of a dozen up it loward the house. of them following me, and they will be here in a few moHe was startled to see a dozen redcoats on horseback. They were riding down the lane toward him. ments. If you will conceal yourselves in the edge of the timber, here, you can surprise and capture them when they They saw Dick at the same moment he saw them. 1 get here." They uttered shouts, and spurred their horses forward. j "Just the thing!" said the young man;" a dozen of them, "They must be the fellows who were at the village, and I you say?" a few more additional!" the youth thought; "well, I will I "Yes." give them a merry chase!" "Will you remain with us and see the thing done?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. "Yes, indeed!" said Dick; "I want to have a hand in it!" All hastened aside into the timber bordering the road. Dick led Major back a ways, and tied him to a tree. Then he rejoined the band of patriots. "At North Castle I have just come from there." "I know where it is. We will take them there at once." "It will be quite a task to get them there," said Dick; "but the commander-in-chief will be glad to get the pris oners, as it will give him just so many more to use in "Be ready to leap out into the road when they reach negotiating fo)." exchanges for American prisoners in the here," instructed Dick. "They will be riding at a good British troops' hands." gait, and will get past if we are not careful." The redcoats were placed on their horses, tied there, and "We won't let them get past!" was the reply of the com-then the patriot band started up the road, leading the mander of the little band of patriots. horses. They waited eagerly. Soon the clatter of hoofbeats was heard. Then the band of redcoats came into view around the turn. "Ready!" was the low command of the leader of the band of patriots. Dick led Major out into the road, mounted, and road on toward the south. Dick rode onward for a couple of hours. He proceeded at a moderate gait, however. He knew that he was approaching a part of .the counfry where the British would be thicker. Then, just before the redcoats came even with them, the The main army, he believed, was over on the bank of patriots leaped out into the road, leveled their guns and the Hudson, near Dobb's Ferry, but there would be foragcried: "Halt! or you are dead men!" The redcoats were taken completely by surprise. They brought their horses to a standstill very quickly. "Dismount!" roared the young leader of the patriot band; "down, instantly!" The redcoats dismounted. ing bands of the soldiers, and he would be likely to run up against some of these bands if he was not very careful. He decided to stop and wait till nightfall before pro ceeding further. Presently he to a log cabin which stood at the foot of a steep hill, and on the bank of a creek which was wend ing its way toward the Sound. Dick rode up in front of the cabin and stopped. They saw they were outnumbered two to one. And besides they had been taken by surprise. Their pistols were in their holsters. Before they could draw their weapons they would :::hot to pieces. "Here will be as good a place to stop as any," he said to be himself; "I can stay here till dark, get my supper, and So they dismounted, and when ordered to do so, sat down beside the road. Then their hands were tied together behind their backs, and they were prisoners. "Well, how do you like it?" asked Dick of the leader of the redcoats. "It doesn't pay to chase 'rebels,' after all, does it?" The officer growled something in reply, but it was not I intelligible. He, as were all of them, was greatly chagrined. They had been chasing a "rebel" to try to capture him, and had themselves been captured. It must have been very galling to their pride. But they had to stand it. Or, rather, they had to "sit" it. "What shall we do with them?" asked the young patriot leader, whose name was Harry Morton. "Take them to General Washington's headquarters," re plied Dick. "Where is that?" then continue on in safety." He leaped to the ground, and approaching the door, knocked upon it. There was no reply, and Dick knocked again. He heard footsteps within. They approached the door. The door opened-slowly, and only about a root. A girl's face appeared at the opening. The face was a rarely beautiful one. But it had a frightened look. The girl could not be more than sixteen, Dick thought. Dick doffed his hat, and, bowing, said : "I am a traveler, miss, and would like to stop and rest awhile and get a bite to eat. Could you favor _me in this respect?" The girl looked at Dick, and seemed to hesitate. She was evidently favorably impressed by the youth's looks, however. "I shall be very much obliged, miss," said Dick, earnest ly; "I have had nothing to eat since morning, and am beginning to feel hungry."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE\ Still the girl hesitated, and Dick thought he going to be turned away; but suddenly the girl said: "You may stop if you wish, sir. You can tie your horse in the stable, which is a little ways up the hill there, as y:ou can sec.' "\Vill l find feed fur rn1 ul .:o ?" ".N" ear Tarrytown, mi,"," wus the reply. The girl looked more L'ager than ever. "ls-is your name Slater?" she asked, timidly. "Yes, miss; Dick Slater is my name." "I heard about the murder of your father," the girl said; "I heard father telling about it, and it made me more fear"I think so, sir." ful on my own father's account." "Thank you; I will pay ::on liberally for what myself "What is your name; miss, if I may ask?" asked Dick. and horse eat." "Esther l\Iorton, sir," with a blush. "That is all right, sir," the reply. It was evident that the girl was very favorably impressed Dick led Major up the hill to the stable, and leading the by Dick's looks. horse into a stall, tied him and placed corn and hay before She was just at the age when girls fall in love easily, and him. as Dick was as handsome a young fellow as one would wish Then, patting Major's neck and eliciting an appreciative to see she would have been entirely excusable had she fallen whinny from the intelligent animal, Dick walked back to in love with him. the house and entered. Dick was very favorably impressed with Esther, too; but The girl told him to sit down, indicating a chair, and us for falling in love with her, he could not do that, as he the youth seated himself. wus already in love with beautiful Alice Estabrook, Bob's He looked around him with interest. He had expected to see at lea st one person besides the girl, but was s urprised to find that there was no one there save her. The girl evidently divined his thoughts, for she said: "I live here with my father. My mother is dead." "ah!" said Dick, in a sympathetic tone; 'where is yom father now?" sister. Dick gave a start when he heard Esther's name. "Have you a brother, Esther?" he asked. "Yes, I have a brother Harry," was the reply. "And he is the com)Ilander of a band of patriots?" "Yes, sir--" "Dick, Esther." "Yes-Dick. He got a lot of the patriot men of the "He went to Tarrytown this morning," was the reply. i1eighborhood to join with him, and they protect the home;,; "He will be back soon, I think. I hope so, at least; I am alof the patriots from tho British and Tories." ways uneasy when he goes away, these are such tronblous "1 mot your brother this nfternoon-only a couple of times." homs ago, in fact, Esther. We captured a band of redThere w11s an anxious look on the girl's face, and Dick coats who were chasing me} and he and his men have gone did not fail to notice it. with their prisoners to deliver them into the hands of Gen" You are afraid your father may get into trouble? He L'ral Washington at North Castle." must be a patriot, then." 'J'he girl looked at Dick searchingly. 'Are-are you a patriot?" she asked. "Oh, I am so glad!" 'l'his broke the ice, and the two were soon conversing a8 freely as though they had known each other for years. "I am, miss!" replied Dick; "and I am proud to say it!" While they were talking Esther was busying herself get" Oh, I am s o glad!" the girl exclaimed. "Yes, father ting ready to cook some food for Dick. is a pntriot, but the British soldiers and some of our neighShe peeled and sliced potatoes and put ihem on the fire bars have threatened to do him injury, and I am afraid to cook, and she put some meat on also. something may happen to him." ''You have some Tory neighbors, then?" "Yes, sir." "So have my folks," said Dick, his face saddening; "a 'J'ory murdered my father-shot him down in cold blood_, right in front of our house, and before my mother's eyes!" "Oh, how terrible!" said the girl, her voice trembling with sympathy, and her eyes filling with tears. Then she The odor of the cooking was very pleasing to Dick's olfactory nerves, for he was hungry, and it increased his hunger not a little. Soon the meat and potatoes were done, and the girl set the table and placed the food on it. She covered the table with a neat, white spread, which Dick was sure was pro duced in his honor. 'l'here was plenty of bread and butter and coffee in adlooked at Dick, with an eager light in her eyes, and asked: dition to the meat and potatoes, and Dick felt that he was to "Where do .Your folks live, sir?" have a feast fit for a king. L


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. He was just tiitiing down to the table, when the door ::;udsuch a great many," replied Dick. "The majority denly and unceremoniously opened, and three men wearing of the neighbors arc loyal to the king." the uniforms of British olficerti entered the cabin. "Let's sec; what did you say your name was?" asked the CHAPTER Ill. DICK'S PRESENCE 0 .1" .l\llND. redcoat, looking at Dick searchingly. "Morton," replied Dick, "Harry :Morton." He had assumed the name of Esther'ti brother. The officers looked at one another. "Do you two contititute the entire family?" was next asked. "No, sir; our father has gone to Tarrytown on business," Esther uttered a little cry of fright, while Dick looked up replied Dick. at the men and quietly and coolly asked: "Ah! when will he be back?" "How do you do, gentlemen? I see you are British "I don't know, sir; some time this evening, though." officers, and as such you are welcome here. Sister and I The food was cooked by this time, and Esther placed it arc loyal to the king, and we are pleased to have you honor on the table. our humble home with your presence. What can we do for She placed extra plates on the table, also, and the officers you, your excellencies?" sat up to the table. The youth rose from the table as he was speaking, and Dick, in order to keep up hi" chalacter of a member of bo" low the officers. I lhe household, did not sit down to the table, but. the officer:; Dick had sized the three up mstantly, when they entered motioned for him to take his place. the cabin. I "Sit up and cat with us," one said; "you were just about He saw that they were officers whom he hacl never met, to eat as we arrived, so you must be hungry." and he hoped that they were some who had never seen him "I have been out hunting," said Dick, "and have had no when he had been in the British lines spying. dinner." He would take chances on it, anyway. "We are out hunting, too, eh, fellows?" said the officer His quiddy conceived plan of passing himself and Esther with a grin, and the other two nodded and laughed. off as brother and sister was a surprise to the girl, but she did not show it. She was bright and quick-witted, and understood that Dick wished her to carry her part oi the affair. It was a serious matter to the youth. He was caught in the cabin, and if he was to try to get away at once he would undoubtedly be run through with a sword or shot with a pistol, and he must bide his time. One thing was sure, he was determined that the redcoats should not see the dispatch he was bearing to General Greene. The officers did not seem to be at all suspicious that the youth was not what he professed to be. "We would like to have something to eat,'' replied one. "My sister will cook some food for you at dnce,'' said Dick. Dick knew what they meant-that they were hunting "rebels," as they called the patriot but he did not let on. The youth was skilled at disguising his true feelings. He could make his face expressionless if he wished, and no one to look at bis face as. he sat there would ha Ye gue secl that there was as shrewd a brain hard at work behind that mask as was possessed by any one. Dick ate his meal quietly, and without any show of embarrassment or awe at being in such august company; yet at the same time he was very polite, and treated the Ted coats with consideration. Dick made up his mind, presently, that the officers did not suspect that be was not what he represented himself to be. They talked too freely for that. They even talked of the plan of campaign of the Brit"Yes, indeed!" said Esther; "I shall be glad to do so." ioh army, so far as they knew it, and the youth learned that 'I'hc officers seated themselves and waited, while the girl it was the intention of the British to try to capture Fort cooked a lot of meat and potatoes. Washington at an early date. They conversed with one another in low tones. Dick did not exactly like this, but he did not let on. At last the meal was ended, and just as they were about to get up from the table the door opened and a man entered. "Are there many rebels in this neighborhood?" presDick knew i'nstinctively that the newcomer was Esther's ently asked one of the officers. 1 father.


'(' 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. He met the issu e s quarely, b y s aying to the British The three officers who were in the cabin when Captain officers: Frink and his companion arrived had been so paralyzed "This is m y father, your exce ll e ncie s ; father, these are \rith astonishment that they had been unable to lift a hand :;ome British offic er s who wis h e d s omething to eat." The la s t to the n ewcome r, and Dick managed to give the man ::i signifi cant look. "Ah, yes," the man said; g lad to m e et you, gentlemen and glad if my c hildr e n hav e been ins trumental in catering to your comfort. All s oldi e r s of the king's army are wel-come b e n eath m y humbl e roof." t o re strain the boy spy. Consequently the youth had no difficulty in _getting out of the cabin after removing the captain and his companion from his path. As Dick emerged from the cabin he found himself con fronted by half a dozen British troopers. These f e llow s were startle d, no doubt, both by the pistol Mr. Morton-for h e i t w a s-had take n his cu e instantly. shots and by Dick's sudden anrl unexpected appearance. "Thank you," s aid on e of the officer s ; "it is good to :find loyal p e ople in thi s l a nd that i s s o inho s pitabl e." Flee for your lives cried Dick ; "your commanders are both killed, and you will be if you remain here The house At this mom ent the sound of foot s teps was heard, and ii full of rebels!" then the door opened on c e more, and two men in the uniform of Briti s h offic ers entered. The troopers were frightened, and, acting on the impulse of the moment, they leaped upon their horses and rode away down the road at a gallop, looking back in a frightened He knew h e would be recognized, for one of the two was manner. A glance Di c k g ave, and the n hi s heart sank. hi s old enem y Captain Frink! Dick had scarcely expected the ruse to work, but it had The in stant Captain Frink' s eyes fell upon Dick, he done so, and he lost no time in d"arting around the corner of pau s ed, and a cry of s urpris e and jo y escap e d him. "Seize that young scoundrel!" he cried; "he is Sam Sly the rebel spy!" CHAPTER IV. OUT OF A TIGHT PLACE. Dick's hands had dropped to the butts of his pistols as soon as he saw one -0f the newcom e rs was Captain Frink. H e now drew the pistols and fir e d point blank at the cap tain and hi s companion. He did not fire to kill. H e would not have killed one of the f e llows in the house before the eyes of the girl for anything. He was a s plendid shot. the house. He was just in time to escape being seen by the three British officers with whom he had dine!. on such amicable terms. They had recovered from their surprise, and, acting in response to instructions from Captain Frink, had rushed out to see if they could capture the daring youth who had fooled them so completely They paused as soon as they were outside, and listened. The sound of the hoofbeats of the horses ridden by the 1lee ing troopers came to their ears. They thought, of course, that it was made by the youth's horse. Their own horses were hitched to trees near by. They hastily untied the horses, leaped into the saddle, and rode away in pursuit of the troopers. They plied whips and spurs, and rode as fast as they He had practiced a great deal at odd time s s ince the war could. began, and he could put a bullet pretty n e ar wherever he They had good horses, and were confident they could wished it to go. overtake the fugitive. His aim wa s to di s able the two. They as fast as they could make their horses go, and One bullet took e ffect in Captain Frink's shoulder, the at last they rounded a bend in the road and came in sight oth e r s triking the captain 's companion in the arm. of the half dozen troopers. Both uttere d cries of pain To say the three officers were surprised is putting it The n Di c k l e ap e d forward, rev e r s ing the pistols as he mildly. did s o in a dext e rou s manner. They di'd not know what to think. With w e ll-direct e d blows h e kno c ked the two down. They had supposed they were chasing the one youth, Then with a cry of d e fiance h e leaped through the open and now they found they were in 'pursuit of a half dozen doorway. British. otn i 1rn


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. They could not understand it, but decided to have the very, very sorry; but I will do all I can to help get you out mystery solved as quickly as possible. 0 the trouble. Those troopers will be back in a few minThey shouted to the men in front, and when the latter utes, hadn't we better be getting away from here?" looked around they waved their hands or the fellows to Mr. Morton looked at his daughter and nodded assent. stop. "I guess we had," he said; then he and his daughter The troopers, seeing that there were but three men after hastily gathered up such articles 0 value as they possessea, them, and that they wore the uniforms 0 British officers, as well as their extra clothing, and the three left the cabin, stopped and waited or the others to come up with them. just in time to hear the clatter 0 the feet 0 approaching When they did so, mutual explanations ensued, and it horses. was an angry crowd that turned about and rode back toward the cabin they had just left in such haste. CH.APTER V. A QUICK FLIGHT. Meantime Dick had not been idle. He realized that unless something was done af once, Mr. "They are coming!" said Dick; "we will have to hurry." They made their way up the hill, and when they reached the stable, Dick said: "I am not going to leave my horse. I would not take a thousands pounds in gold or him. You go on, and I will follow." Dick hastened into the untied the halter-strap, and led Major out. He followed Mr. Morton and Esther, walking and leading Major. He glanced back just after entering the timber, and saw :ilforton and Esther would be in serious trouble. the British troopers and the three officers ride up in front He supposed that Captain Frink would at once explain of the cabin in hot haste, and dismount. matters to the three officers, and that they would probably "There'll be lively times in a few moments!" he thought. take the patriot and his daughter prisoners. "Those fellows will try to follow us." The youth was determined to stand by the two to the end. D'ick soon overtook the patriot and his daughter, and at the same instant they heard wild shouts of anger from the He had got them into trouble; he would do all he could rear. to get them out. "They'll be after us now!" said Mr. Morton. He paused when he got behind the cabin, and looked back "They won't be able to follow our trail," said Dick, "and around the corner. He saw the three officers rush to their horses, untie them, mount and ride away. "They think they are chasing me!" thought Dick; "good! now I shall have the opportunity of helping Mr I don't think they saw which way we came." "Perhaps not; I hope not." They hastened onward. "Where will you two go?" asked Dick, presently. "We will go to the hom e oI a neighbor who is a true l\Iorton and Esther out of their difficulty!" patriot," replied }.Ir. l\Iorton. "We will remain there until As soon as the three had disappeared from sight, he the redcoat scoundrels hav e gone, and then return to our walked around the cabin and re-entered it. Captain Frink and hi::; companion officer were seated on own home." the floor, their backs against the wall, groaning with pain A curse escaped the captain as his eyes fell on Dick. "To find it burned to the ground, I fear!" said Dick. "Perhaps so." "It is too bad that I happened along and caused you "You infernal young scoundrel!" he cried, and he at such serious trouble!'' said Dick. tempted to draw a pistol with his left hand, with the evident intention of shooting the youth. "Don't speak of it!" sai d Morton; <1we are not com-Dick stepped quickly forward and took the pistols out of plaining." the officer's belt. Then he did the same with the other "You are not to blame," said Esther; British are officer. to blame." 1Now, I guess you will not do any one an injury," said Dick, coolly. Then he turned to and Esther. They walked onward through the timber. Dick kept a sharp lookout behind. He did not know but the redcoats might accidentally hit "I 1 have got you into trouble," he said. "I am upon the right trail and succeed in following them.


10 THE L TBERTY BOJ"S' NERVE. "How far is it to the home of the neighbor you spoke come back halfway and fil'e still another shot, and then of?" he asked, presently. ".\bout a mile further." They walked as fast as they could, and twenty niinutes later they came to the edge of a clearing in the midst of the timber. when I reach here will fire again. You will have the pi tols reloaded by that time, and I will take lenve the others for you to reload and repeat the feat. In that way the tcd coats will think there is a half dozen or more of us, and will, unless I mistake them mightily, mount 1.1nd get away They were just on the point of stepping 011t into the a s rapidly as po sible." clearing, when Dick suddenly seized his companions and "It is a goo

THE I.IBERrry BOYS' "Remarkable!" exclaimed Mr. Halsey; "well, he fooled to glance backward over his shoulder, and saw eight or ten the reacoats nicely, for they evidently thought there was horsemen ride out of the timber into the clearing. a half dozen firing upon them." "To judge by the haste with which they got away from here, I should say you were righN" Then Mr. Morton explained the presence of himself and daughter. "I guess we will have to stay here with you to-night, Mr. Halsey," he said; "to-morrow we will be safe in returning to our home, I judge." "Our home doesn't seem to be a safe refuge," said Mr. Halsey; "but you are welcome to stay as long as you like rrhe two of us will be able to offer fight, too, if we are at tacked by the redcoats." "I think you will be attacked within the hour," said Dick. "Why so?" asked Mr. Morton in surprise. "That gang we escaped from heard the firing, when I shot off the pistols at the redcoats awhile ago, and I have no doubt but that they are hastening in this direction now, a fast as they can come Mrs. Halsey and Esther Morton turned pale. "The redcoats are here!" he said, quietly. The two men leaped to his side, and peered out through the opening, Dick holding the door so that there was an opening of about six inches. "There they are, sure enough!" exclaimed Mr. Morton. "The redcoated scoundrels!" said Mr. Halsey, savagely. His treatl!lent at the hands of the other gang of redcoats was still fresh in his mind. "We'll bar the door and go up into the loft," he went on. "From there we will have a splendid opportunity to take, and ought to be able io bring down a few of them!" The door was closed and barred quickly, and then, leav ing the woman and girl below, the men climbed up into the loft. There were cracks between the logs, through which it would be an easy matter to fire, and the three felt that they would be able to easily hold their own against the ten men who were now advancing toward the house. The British officers and troopers approached to within fifty feet of the house, and paused. They talked among themselves for a few moments, and "Goodness! I hope not!" quavered the former. "And so do I!" said Esther, fearfully. then one leaped to the ground and advanced toward the ''There are only ninP or ten of them," said Dick; "we door. three can drive them away ea ily." ''Oh, will you stay and help fight them!" cried Esther, with a look of delight. "Halt!" cried Mr. Halsey, when the redcoat was within a dozen feet of the house; "come a step nearer, and you are a dead man I" The fellow stopped at once and looked up toward the loft in a fearful manner. "Go back, get on your horse, and the whole gang of you you until after I am reasonably sure that the redcoats have ride away from here and stay away, or it won't be good for been driven away for good, and that they will not bother you!" continued Mr. Halsey, in a fierce, threatening tone "Yes, indeed, Esther said Dick; "you may be sure that, after getting you into this trouble, I will not 1 go away and leave you to get out as best you may. I will not leave You any more." of voice. "Do you hear?" Dick could see that all were pleased. The fellow evidently heard, for he looked very much "You had better all g_o into the house," he advised; "1 I.frightened. will take my horse to the stable, and will then join you, and He hesitated, and then, turning, made his way back to we will get ready to repel the redcoats." On second thought, Dick decided to take Major over into the timber, at the opposite side from the direction in which the redcoats would come, and hitch him there. He was afraid the redcoats would look in the stable and take Major away with them, and he would not know what to do without his horse. where his companions were. He talked with the others a few moments, and then one of the officers rode forward to within thirty feet of the house. "Hello, the house!" he called. "Well?" said Mr. Halsey, impatiently. "I wish to speak to the owner of this house; is he in So he led the horse across the open space to the edge of there?" the timber and in a ways, and there tied him to a tree. Then patting Major's neck, the youth made his way back to the house. "I am he; go ahead." "Very well; there is in your house at this moment a rebel spy; his name is Sam Sly, and there is a price on his head. Just as he stepped through the doon.;ay, he happened If you will surrender the youth to us, we will take him and


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. go on our way without bothering you in any way. What do you say?" "That there is no such person in here!" "I know better!" was the reply; "Sam Sly, the boy spy, is in there, and we are going to have him out or know the reason why!" This was too much for the rest. They had not anticipated such deadly work from with in the cabin. 'l'heir courage failed them, and they turned and ran back toward their horses as fast as they could go. Then they seemed to think of their companions who had "You are mistaken; there is no such person in this fallen before the bullets of the clef enders of the cabin, and house." The officer uttered an impatient exclamation. the officer took a white handkerchief from his pocket, and advanced halfway to the cabin. "I K:now better!" he cried; "and it will be the better for He waved the handkerchief, and those within the cabin you to give him up to us at once l" understood that it was a flag of truce. "I'll tell you what you had better do!" said Mr. Halsey, "We wish to remove our dead ancl wounded!" he called in a threatening tone; "you had better get out of rifle shot out; "may we do so without being fired upon?" of this house as quick as possible, for if you don't we will open fire upon you and kjll every one of you If you know "Yes," replied Dick; "on condition that you leave here and stay away." when you are doing well you will go, and go at once!" "I accept the condition," was the reply, and then severa l "What! ten of us retreat from one or two?" the officer of the redcoats came and the four men who had fallen be-cried, scornfully; "we will do nothing of the kind!" "There are of us in here," was the reply, "and we are all dead shots, and we are going to open fire right away. More, we will shoot to kill!" "Then you refuse to deliver up that young spy?" fore the bullets of the defenders were taken away. Only one had to be carried; the other three were not so badly wounded but what they could walk with assistance. Ten minutes later the redcoats had disappeared in the timber and the three came down out of the loft. "I will deliver up no one!" "I am so glad you succeeded in driving them away I" "So be it and with the words the officer turned his said Esther. horse and rode back to his companions. He began talking to his companions in an excited man ner, and gestured at a great rate. Suddenly the crack of a pistol was heard, and the officer's arm dropped to his side, and he uttered a cry of pain and reeled in his saddle Mr. Halsey had fired, ancl the lJullet from his pistol had broken the British officer's arm. "Leave at once!" Mr. Halsey cried; "go away, or we will "So are we glad!" smiled Dick. "Do you think they will stay away?" aRkcd Mrs. Halsey. "I think so," Dick replied. "I believe that they have learned a lesson. Nothing was taken for granted, howeyer. A sharp lookout was kept. They did not know but the redcoats, after their fright open fire-and next time the bullets will kill instead of wore off, might return and try to get reYenge. Daylight faded away, and darkness came over all, however, without any signs of the redcoats, ancl it was decided that they had given up all hope of capturing Dick, or trymaim!" In response to this menace the redcoats leaped from their horses and rushed toward the front door of the house. CHAPTER VII. ON THE ROAD TO FORT WASHINGTON. ing to get revenge. Dick remained and took supper with his newly-made friends, and then, when it was dark as it would be, he told them that he would have to be going. "I must reach Fort Washington before morning," he said; "so I can't delay longer." Dick saw a sober look settle over Esther's face. "Won't it be very dangerous trying to reach there?" she "Fire cried Dick; "give it to the scoundrels !" asked; "won't you have to make your way through the lines The three fired at the same time and two of the adof the British?" vancing redcoats went down. "Again!" cried Dick. Once more the weapons rang out, and down dropped a couple of more of the redcoats. "Yes," the youth replied. "It won't be the first time I have penetrated the British lines, however." "But it will be very dangerous, I should think!" Mrs. Halsey. sai!l


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. "Danger lurks everywhere, and lays in wait for everybody, these troublous times," replied Dick. Yes, that is true." Dick bade them all good-by, shaking hands all around, and then, cautioning them to keep the door barred through out lhe night, for fear the redcoats might return, he left the cabin. "The. cowardly hounds!" the _youth said to himself, and lie set his teeth and drew his pistols. "I'll make them wish they had stayed away, and not tried any such infamous i:;cheme !" was his mental decision. The would-be incendiaries were in utter ignorance oi Dick's presence. They imagined they were working secretly, and no doubt He made his way toward the point where he had left lhought they would give the inmates a surprise. Major tied. They little thought they were to be treated to a surprise. there he found his faithful horse safe. Presently the sparks set fire to the little pile of dry leaves Dirk patted Major on neck, and the animal whinnied and tinder, and then the blaze grew and spread to a pile with pleasure. of dead branches of trees which had been brought and piled "Good boy f" murmured Dick; "did you think I was not against the end of the cabin. coming back ?" The reflection of the blaze revealed the men to Dick's Dick untied the halter strap, climbed into the saddle, and rode slowly back across the opening. view. There were four of the fellows. Dick had slipped back a distance of twenty-five or thirty lie was within a hundred yards of the cabin, when Major suddenly sheered off to one side and gaye utterance to a yards. low snort of fear. Now he came running foward. "Come on, fellows! wc'Ye got them now!" he cried "I wonder what can frightened Major?" the youth "Come on thought. Then he brought his horse to a standstill. Then he fired two shots at the four startled redcoats-for such Dick saw they were. One of the bullets took effect, but not seriously enough to make the recipient unable to run, and the four fled into Then he heard voices-or he thought it sounded like the the darkness as fast as they could go, uttering cries of Dick listened, straining his hearing to the utmost. At first he could hear nothing. voices of human beings. The youth jumped to the conclusion at once that some of lbe redcoats had returned to try to get revenge for the setback which they had received at the cabin that evening. Dick softly dismounted, and, leaving Major standing, stole forward. He was soon close up to the owners of the voices. There were, he judged, about four of the fellows. .He could not learn what their intentions were, for they stopped talking just as he got near enough to hear what was said, and they moved away in the direction of the cabin, as he could tell by the sound of their footsteps. fright. "After them cried Dick; "after them Don't let -ili.e scoundrels get away!" Then he kicked the fire in a dozen directions, and scat tered it so that it could do no damage. Then he walked around the corner of the cabin, just as the front door came open, and l\Ir. Morton and Mr. Halsey appeared there, rifles in hand "It's all over now I" said Dick, quietly. "What, is it you, Dick?" cried Mr. Morton. "As you see. Some fellows were trying to set fire to the cabin," he explained. "I stopped and put them to flight." Dick followed them. "Well, you are a great you th, if ever there was one "They are up to some deviltry, I know," he said to himsaid Mr. Halsey. self;" and I will stay long enough to spoil their little game, Esther's eager face now appeared in the doorway. whatever it is!" "Oh, Dick!" she cried; "and we owe still more to you, The persons Dick were following did not pause until they now!" reached the cabin. Dick stopped a few yards away. "You owe me nothing, Esther," the youth replied; "I owe you and your father considerable, for I was responsibl'3 There was a whispered conference between the men, and for your being forced to leave your home." then a rustling sound. "That is all right," said Mr. Morton. Next there was the sound of flint striking steel, and the "Indeed it is!" from Esther, and the light in her eyes youth knew what the scoundrels were intending to do: showed that she meant what she said. They were going to set fire to the cabin. "I don't think those fellows will return to-night," said


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. Dick, "but they might. I think it will be well for yov to take turns at keeping watch." "We will do so,'' said Mr. Morton. "Well, good-by, all,'' said Dick; "I guess I will get off this time. Take care of yourselves." "We will; and you must take care of yourself." "I will try to do so," and then Dick turned away. He returned to where.he had left Major, and found his faithful horse standing there. "Good boy!" the youth murmured, patting the animal s neck. He had to get past the point in order to go onward on his journey toward Fort Washington. Dick dismounted. Then he stole forward, slowly and cautiously. He was soon close to where the house would be if it was still standing. He paused and listened. He could not hear a sound. Dick stole forward once more. He made no more oise than a shadow. Presently he reached the spot where the house had Major whinnied gently, showing his appreciation of the stood. kind words. 1'he house had been burned to theground. "This time we will go, old fellow," murmured Dick, and he rode slowly across the clearing, and entered the timber. He did not know but he might run upon the redcoats, and kept one hand on the butt of a pistol. He trusted to Major to apprise him of the presence of any one, however. The horse would detect their presence before he could possibly do so. It was burned to ashes. Dick could determine this by feeling about. He could feel the ashes. And they were still warm. "The scoundrels !" Dick thought; "it is an outrage the way they do! Mr. Morton will have to rebuild." A low murmur of voices came to Dick's ears. The voices sounded from in the direction of the stable up the hillside. "Ah! they are up there!" he thought; "they expect Mr. "I guess I will make my way back to the road, by way Morton to come back by the same route he used in going. of the home of Mr. Morton," thought Dick. "I hope the Well, doubtless he will, but he won't be back to-night. Still scoundr els didn't burn the house down; though I'm afraid he will probably return early in the morning, and will be they did." captured if those fellows are allowed to remain here. Let's Dick possessed the peculiar faculty of being able to keep see; I must prevent that." going in a straight line in the dark, and, half an hour later, Dick pondered a few moments, and then a daring scheme he reach e d the road at a point not more than two hundred E:ntered his mind. yards from the home of Mr. Morton and Esther. 1 "I will get them to follow me!" he dec ided. "They can "I'll go slow and be careful," thought Dick; "there may never catch Major, and if I can lead them s everal miles be some redcoats around here. They might think that Mr. away from thi. spot, they will not, in all probability, re Morton and Esther would return and lie in wait for them.'' turn." Dick advanced slowly and carefully. With Dick to decide was to act. He heard no sound. Seemingly there was no one in the vicinity. But the youth was suspicious. He moved rapidly but cautiously back up the road to where he had left his horse. He mounted Major and rode slowly and carefully down He knew the redcoats were tricky, as well as vicious and the road, till he was opposite where the house had stood. revengeful, as a general thing. Then he brought Major to a standstill. He felt sure that they would wish to capture the patriot Dick listened intently. and his daughter. So it was reasonable to suppose that some of the redcoats would be in the vicinity. He did not intend to let them capture him, however. His mission waa too important. He did not intend to take any risks here, either. He simply wished to see if the house had been burned. Then, too, if there were redcoats hidden near he wished to locate them so as to be able to avoid them. He heard the murmur of voices, but very indisti.uctly. He wished to attract the attention of the men who were talking without arousing their suspicions that he knew of their presence in the vicinity. He knew how to do this. Although Major was standing still, Dick said in a voice which, while it was seemingly intended to be low and cautious, was plenty loud enough to be heard some di>:fcHP.1cr tance:


TITE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 15 "Whoa, boy ; stand here The result was what Dick expected. The murmur of the voices suddenly ceased. still, I tell you!" said Dick. .,. Then he gently urged Major forward a distance of per haps twenty feet. Then he brought the horse to a halt once more, and listened. "I'll wager those redcoats are slipping forward, in the expectation of taking some one by surprise!" thought Dick; "well, I'll move on a little bit further. I don't wan y them to get hold of me." Again he started Major up, and this time he let the horse go fifty or s ixty feet before stopping. Again Dick listened, and, as before, all was silence. He could hear nothing. "I will hear from them soon, though," he thought "they will make some kind of a to-do when they fail to find me where they are expecting to find me." This proved to be the case. Perhaps a minute passed. A yell went up from the redcoats. Dick had no idea that he had bit anyone, but the fact that he had fired at them had angered the redcoats, and the youth :felt sure now that hi s plan would succeed, ancl that they would follow him in the hope of making a capture. Dick was taking some chances in doing as he had done, but he felt that h e owe d Mr. Morton and Esther consider able, as he bad been the mean s of g e tting them into trouble, and if h e c ould draw the redcoat s away from the home of his friends he felt that it was his duty to do so, even if it was attended with some danger to himself. That part of it did not worry Dick, anyway. He was utterly fearless. He never thought of himself at all, and he would have enjoyed the adventure were it not that he was afraid that he might accidentally be captured and fail to reach Fort Washington with the dispatch to General Greene. This would be terrible, as he was well aware that General Washington placed great confidence in him. If he was to fail he would never get over it, especially if it should be through doing something aside from the work of trying Then Dick heard the low hum of excited voices. to get through the British lines. The voices seemed to come from about the point where he Dick rode on, a distance of perhaps a hundred yards, at had been when he first spoke out loud to attract the reda gallop, and then slowed down to a walk. coats' attention. He listened intently. They had reached the spot, and finding no one there He wished to wait till the redcoats got mounted and they did not know what to think about it. started in pursuit before proceeding at speed, for fear they It was now time to attract the attention of the redcoats, might get discouraged and remain behind and wait for and get t 1em started in pursuit of him, and Dick said, the coming of Mr. Morton after all. c;peaking loud enough so that the redcoats could hear him : "It was a false alarm, old fellow. There is nobody anywhere around here. Go on!" Then Dick started Major forward at a gallop, so that the redcoats could hear the clatter of the hoofbeats. "Halt l Hold on, there!" cried an imperious voice, from the rear; "stop! we are friends, and wish to talk to you!" Presently he heard the sound of hoofbeats. The redcoats had mounted, and were coming in pur.J suit. "Good!" murmured the youth; "now we will give them a merry chase I" Dick felt sure that Major could pull away from the horses of the pursuing redcoats, but he did not wis h to do this, so he kept Major down to a moderate gait. He kept his head turned s idewi s e so as to listen, and regulated the speed of his hor s e b.' the sound of the hoofOHAPTER VIII. beats of the horses coming behind him. If the hoofbeats grew loud he would let Major out a bit, and draw a little THE SURPRISE AT THE TAVERN. further away from the pursuers. Of course, the redcoats supposed the per son they were "I'll do nothing of the kind!" cried Dick, defiantly; chasing was making his horse go at its best gait, and they "you can't fool me! You are redcoats, and want to capture imagined that they would soon overhaul the fugitive. me l" This was just what Dick wished them to think. Then the crack! crack! of pistols, and Dick heard After they had left the home of Mr. Morton three or the peculiar, unpleasant whir of one or two o .. the bullets. four miles behind, then he would show the redcoats a thing "That's a game that two can play at!" he murmured, or two. grimly, and drawing a pistol, he leveled it and fired. l He would speedily undeceive them.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. It was very dark. Dick let l\Iajor choose his course. Horses can see to keep a road the darkest kind of a night. So the horse kept to the road now, without difficulty, seemingly On they went. And behind them came the pursuing redcoats. One mile was traversed in quick time. Then another, and still another. "I'll wait till I get further before giving them the slip," thought Dick; "there is no hurry." The redcoats saw Dick at the same instant that he saw them They dropped their glasses and seized their muskets. The commander drew and waved his sword. " !"he cried; "halt! in the name of the king!" But Dick was not in a mood for halting in the name of the king or any one else He knew that if he stopped he would be searched, and the dispatch would be found and read. Thus some of the secrets of the commander-in-chief of the Ctmtinental army would become known to the BritSo the chase went on. isJ;i. The redcoats were no doubt beginning to get impatienL This would give them an opportunity to do considerable They began firing into the darkness in front of them They thought they might accidentally hit the fugitive, and bring his flight to a sudden termination. harm. Dick was determined that the redcoats should not read the dispatch "I don't like that!" thought Dick; "a bullet might a cHe would die, if necessary, in trying to keep "them from cidentally hit me, and then it would be all up with me, and 1 doing so. Fort Washington would be captured by the British. I guess I will pull away and leave those fellows." Dick urged Major to a ;faster pace The horse responded nobly. It was soon evident that he was leaving the other horses behind. The hoofbeats became mor_e and more indistinct to the hearing. The crack crack of the pistols did not sound loud any more "I'm leaving them behind," thought Dick. "They are out of pistol shot now." Dick was sure that he could easily escape his pursuers. He felt no fear of being captured by them now. Knowing that if he guided his horse past and continued onward the redcoats woulci fire a volley, and that some of the bullets would hit him, Dick instantly decided upon a bold stroke He turned Major's head and rode straight toward the redcoats. He pulled a pistol out of his belt and fired at the officer. Then he uttered a wild shout and pulled up on Major's bits, at the same time using the spurs. The result was that the horse leaped and bounded about, knocking several of the redcoats down and trampling on them. The actions of the horse frightened the soldiers, and, in-He patted Major's neck. stead of firing upon the rider, they began a wild scramble to "Good boy! you've left them away behind!" he said; "we try to get out of the way of the horse. __ are all. right now!" And just at this moment, when he had the redcoats in A few moments later Major galloped around a benq in confusion, Dick pulled the horse's head around, put the the road, and before Dick realized where he 'was they were spurs to him, and rode aw .ay up the road like the wind. in front of a roadside tavern, or inn. A few of the redcoats fired shots after the daring youth, And in front of the il141, engaged in drinking wine, was a but the soldiers were excited and dl.d not aim, and the bul company 0 British soldiers lets went wild CHAPTER IX. THROUGH M.A.NY DANGERS Dick uttered a defiant yell, and the next instant he was out of sight in the darkness. "Phew!" he whistled; "that was live l y while i t I thought at first that I was a goner!" Then he patted Major's neck. "Good boy!" he said; "it is too bad that I had to use the spurs on you, old fellow; but I had to do it or lose my life." The landlord of the inn had torches stuck up outside, and Dick slowed Major down fo re< steady gallop presently, the torches made everything almost as light as day. and went on his way feeling idtgtrod, spirits


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 17 "I had plenty of adventure since leaving North He cut across through the timber, going diagonally, and Castle," he said to himself; "but I have come through all fifteen minutes later reached the road. in good shape, and I hope to reach Fort Washington in t;afety." Dick kept on for perhaps fifteen minutes, and then he brought Major to a stop, and, in his saddle, lis tened intently. Behind him he heard the sound of hoofbeats. "I don't know whether there will be guards on this road or not," thought Dick; "but I will hare to risk it." He proceeded slowly and carefully, however. He knew he was right in the most dangerous part of his journey. He had gone perhaps half a mile and was Jeginning to "Those fellows are still following me," he thought; "and .feel secure. perhaps some of the redcoats who were at the tavern have "I guess I am all right now," he thought; "I don't think joined them. Well, let them come; they can't catch me!" there is any danger of running onto any of the redcoats." He rode onward, urging his horse to a little faster pace. At this instant came the challenge from in front and An hour later, as Dick emerged from the timber, and r.;lightly to the left: came out on a sort of bluff which was at the edge of a basin perhaps a mile across, he saw dozens of campfires burning below him. Dick was familiar enough with the country hereabouts to know where be was. He remembered seeing the basin in daylight, when the Continental army was retreating from Harlem Heights, nearly a month before. "That is the main force of the British!" said Dick to himself; "and they are camped here, awaiting orders to march on Fort Washington, which is about four miles from here. I must get around the army in some manner Dick decided to turn to the right and follow along the top of the bluff a mile or so, and then cross the basin and continue his journey. To try to cros s here would be madness. He could not hope to escape capture. "Halt Who comes there?" CHAPTER X. DICK OVERIIEARS AN CONVERSATION. "That's the way!" was the thought that :fl.ashed through Dick's mind; "just when one thinks he is safest is when he is in the most danger !" Dick's mind was very active. He thought as above, and at the same time was considering his chances for escape, and questioning himself as to what was bis best course to pursue. Major was going at a walk when Dick was challenged. Had he been going at a gallop Dick would have rode right Dick left the road, which here led down into the basin, onward and risked the British bullets, but it would take and made his way through the timber. time to get his horse started, and he might fall with half It was slow work. It was dark, and Major had to literally feel his way. The branches of the trees struck the youth in the face, and he presently dismounted and walked and: led the horse. In this way ey got along fairly well. Dick decided at they had gone far enough in this di rection, at last. Then he led May r aown the bluff, which was here morE of a slope, and mounting rode away across the basin. The' campfires of the British were to the left now. They were far enough away so that Dick did not feel afraid of being seen by any of the sentinels, but he thought it proper to exercise caution. So he rode slowly, and was on the alert and ready for anything. Presently he was across the basin. He ascended the sloperaigthc other side. a dozen bullets in him if he was to try that right now. So he made a virtue of necessity, and answered the chal lenge by saying: "A friend !" "Advance, friend, and give the countersign!" cried the voice. "Coming!" replied Dick. As he spoke he leaped lightly to the ground. He clucked to Major to go on, and the intelligent ani-' mal kept right on going Dick stole softly away to one side and entered the timber beside the road. Then he uttered a peculiar whistle. It was a signal he taught Major to obey. And Major obeyed it now, instantly. The noble animal uttered a whinny. This was as much as to say to his young master: "I am cominji !"


18 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. "He's coming!" murmured Dick; "now, if those redcoats don't shoot him!" Dick hastened away through the timber, uttering anotlwr whistle as he did so. 1\Iajor whinnied again in reply. Then crack of a musket was heard. "The scoundrel!" thought Dick; "I hope he didn't hit Major!" Dick whistled again. There came the answering whinny, and Dick's heart leaped with delight. "Major is safe he said to himself. Then he paused and waited till the horse overtook him. Dick patted the intelligent animal on the neck. "Good boy!" he murmured, and the horFe whinnied, but in a lower key. He seemed to realize that his young mas ter desired as little as possible. "Come!" said Dick, and he hastened away through the timber, the horse following. The sentinel who had challenged Dick, and then fired upon the horse, had awakened to the fact that the person he had challenged was escaping from him, and he was mak ing a big to-do over it. "That's all right," murmured Dick; "go ahead and make all the noise you want. I don't think you will gel me this time!" Dick made a wide circuit reached the road half a mile beyond the point wher<> he had been challenged. I "I guess he will be able to get across Spuyten Duyvil Creek, all right I" thought Dick. When he was within, as near as he could judge, half mile of t}le bridge, he guided Major into the timber arn went in a circuitous manner a di tance of nearly a mile. .VO Then, as he had figured, they came to the creek. Dick was on the point of riding into the stream wher he heard voices. The voices were of two men engaged in conversation, anc the men were approaching the spot where Dick was. A.t first he thought of moving away. Then, fearing this would attract the attention of tht newcomers, he decided to remain where he was. rrhe men could not see him, and he might escape detec1 tion. 1 The owners of the voices approached to within twent.ll feet of Dick and paused, as he could determine by the. 1 sound. Dick listened to the comersation of the men with in-terest. They were redcoats. This much he quickly learned. More, they were spies. They were even now going upon a spying expedition. Their objective point was Fort Washington. "I think you are very foolish to attempt it," Dick heard one man say. "I don't," was the reply. "Well, I do; you will be discoYercd and captured ; then He listened a few moments) and, hearing nothing, -you know what will happen then." mounted and rode onward. "Oh, yes; I know what will happen if I am caught; bu Dick was following the old Post road. He knew that the road led to a bridge which crossed Spuytcn Duyvil Creek at the north end of Manhattan Island. The youth was s ure that thic; bridge, if it had not been destroyed, would be closely wafched by the redcoats. A.she approached the vicinity of this bridge he pondered the situation. Should he try to cross the bridge? He feared it would be very dangerous. If the bridge was watched-and he felt sure it was-he I don't intend to allow myself to be caught." "They will catch you just the I would wager that they will!" "You would lose. The rebels arc not smart enough to capture Ralph :M:arsten, the British spy!" There was considerable bravado in the man's tone. Dick noticed this. He made a mental note of the man's name. 'Ralph Marsten,' eh?" be 1::aid to him&elf; "well, Mr. if you show up in Fort Washington while I a there, I shall do my best to show you that the rebels ar could scarcely hope to get across without being captured. smart enough to capture you or any other British spy!" He decided finally to make a detour to the right, and "I wouldn't be too sure of that," said the other man, wh strike the creek a quarter of a mile above the bridge. was evidently of a more careful, conservative temperament Then he would ford the stream; or, if necessary, Major "those rebels are not fools, by any means." could swim it. "Oh, all right; I am going into Fort Washington Dic.k knew Major was a good swimmer, for the horse had and I am coming out again safely." once swam the East River, where it was a mile wide, at least. "I hope you may, Marsten." "You are dubious, eh?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 19 "I must acknowledge that I think the feat you are think"Advance, friend, and give the countersign!" was the ng of attempting is foolhardy." command, and Dick rode forward without hesitation. "I don't so consider it." Dick knew he was within pistol shot of Fort Washing"You will before you get through with it, however; I ton. ould wager something on that." "You wouldn't win anything on that proposition." "I'm not so sure of it." So he knew the sentinel was a patriot soldier It could not be otherwise. Consequently when he was close upon the sentry, he "I am; but let's be moving on." said: "All right." "l am a patriot spy. I have come straight from the headThen the owners of the voices moved away. quarters of the patriot army at North Castle, and have disDick drew a b:i;eath of relief_ when. he could hear their ):latches from the commander-in-chief to General Greene." oices no longer. "Come with me, said the sentry. "There; that danger is past,'' he murmured; "not that Ile led the way to where the officer of the guard was, and I think those two fellows could have captured me, but I turne d Dick over to him. dislike having to injure or kill men. I am glad they did Dick gave Major into the. hands of a soldier, with innot discover my presence, which would have caused a colstructions t.o feed him, and then he followed the officer of ision between us." the guard. Dick urged Uajor into the creek. The obeyed the command of his young ma s ter without hesitation. He entered the water and waded toward the other shore. At a point near the centre of the stream, for a di s tance of perhaps twenty feet, : Major had to swim. The rest of he way he waded. They were soon on the other side. Then Dick made a circuit, and finally reached the Post road. He followed the road southward. He was soon on Harlem Heights. The Continental arm; had been stationed here quite They were soon within the fort. "You say you are from the commamlcr-in-d1icf ?" asked the officer. "Yes; with dispatches for General Gre e ne." "General Greene is not here. liib h<'adquarters are at Fort "That is across the river, isn t it?" "Yes." "Then I must cross the river at once!" "It is important that the dispatches be delivered to night, then?" "I promised the commander-in-chief to deliver them at awhile a few weeks befoie, and Dick was familiar with the the earliest possible moment." lay of the land. "Then you had better cross over at once." He knew that he was within a mile of Fort Wa,,;hington. He had had a number of adventures, but felt that now he was reasonably safe. He was sure that he had passed all the British outposts and picket lines. The next time he was challenged, it would be by an American he felt sure. He hoped so, anyway. "Yes; how will I accomplish it? IlaYc you a boat?" "Yes. I will send a couple of men with you who will row you across." "Very well; that will do nicely." The two men were soon ready. Dick accompanied them down to the river. They led the way to where there was a boat. All three got in. He was tired of being challenged by redcoats. The two men the oars, and, pushing off, started It would he a welcome change to be challenged by an lo row across the Hudson. American soldier. The moon had risen a short time before, and now it was 'fwenty minutes later Dick was challenged, sure enough. possible to see objects at a short distance. It may have been imagination, but Dick imagined he They had gone perhaps two hundred yards when one of could discern a difference in the tone of the sentry's voice the oarsmen uttered an exclamation. -n difference from that of the British sentries. It sounoed to Dick's cars more manly, more ringing. In answer to the "Who comes there?" Dick replied: "A friend." "A boat iR following us!" he said in an excited ton e Dick's back was toward the stern, and he turned and looked. Sure enough, there was a boat.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. It was a much larger boat than the one Dick and his two were below the level of the gunwale, and Dick bent forwa companions were in. And it had eight or ten men in it. "What do you think ?-are they friends or foes?" asked Dick. also. Crack went the pistol. The bullet struck the boat, but did no damage. Dick drew a pistol. "I am afraid they a're foes," was the reply. "I fear the "I'll see what I caJ:Pdo in that line!'; he said, grimly. boat is from one of the British warships which are anchored don't fancy this kind of work, but they haYc set the fashim down below." and I must follow it!" "Row, then! Row as hard as you can!" said Dick; "we Dick leveled the weapon, and, taking aim, fired. must not let them overhaul us!" Crack! went the weapon, and a yell of pain came fro1 "'I'hat's right!" and the two bent to the oars, and rowed one of the men in the pursuing boat. with all their might. "Good! you hit d'ne of them!" said one of Dick's con The other boat was evidently in pursuit. The occupants made no noise or demonstration of any kind. They simply rowed as hard as they could. It was their evident intention to overhaul the boat if pos-sible. Dick watched the pursuing boat closely. He wished to see whether or not it was gaining. He soon made up his mind that it was. panions. "Give them another shot!" "I'll wait and see whether they try another shot at 1 or not," said Dick. "I .don't wish to wound or kill any on ruthlessly and uselessly." "There isn't any use of wasting any sentiment on thos fellows," the oarsman declared; "they won't waste any o you." "I'll wait, anyway." The man who had fired the other shot, now leveled a "Pull, boys!" he said; "those fellows are lessening th8 other pistol, and again Dick and his companions bent lo" distance between the boats!" The bullet flew wide this time, and Dick called out: "We're doing all we can," was the reply. "Do you think "You had better go off somewhere and put in a mont they are gaining fast enough so that they will overtake us or two practicing! Come t

THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 21 =:================================================================= "They've given it up as a bad job," said Dick. "Yes; they're going back." The boat soon reached the shore, and Dick and his com anions leaped out. "Are you going back?" asked one of the two men. "I can't say now," Dick replied; "you stay here, how ver, and if I am not to return to-night, 1 will come back nd let you know, or send you word." "All right." Dick made his way up to the fort. He had the countersign, and, on being challenged, gave He was allowed to enter the fort. He asked to be conducted to the headquarters of General reene. "General Greene is in his room asleep/ the reply of "Who are the dispatches for?" was asked. "For General Greene," replied Dick. "Who are they from?" "From the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army." The orderly started anc1 looked suspiciously at Dick. "The commander-in-chief is at North Castle, thirty miles from here," he said. "I am aware of it," said Dick, coldly; "I have just come from there." "You have just come from North Castle?" "I have." Dick's tone was cold. He did not fancy the role the orderly was assuming. He was making hi'!nself altogether too important, Dick tLought. "How did you manage to get through the British lines?" he officer on guard; "you will have to wait till morning "I am not here to talk of that," said Dick; "l got f you wish to see him. Won't some other officer do a'l through, lmd that is sufficient. I wish to see General ell?" Greene." "No," replied Dick, quietly; "I am direct from North 'astle, and have important dispatches from the com disturbed." "He is asleep, and I don't think he would care to be "I will take the responsibility," said Dick; "I have disandcr-in-chicf, who instructed me to place them in the ands of General Green at the earliest moment." patches for him, from the commander-in chief, and I "Do you mean to say you have come from :rorth Castle was instructed to place the papers in General Greene's o-night ?" The officer of the guard looked at Dick in amazement. "Well, I left there yesterday forenoon; but I had to wait ill night to complete the last half of the jomney, as the oatl was info:>tccl by the redcoats, who would have gobbled e up in daylight." ".\nd didn't you run onto any of them to-night?" "Oh, yes; quite a number." "But you got through, anyway 1 don't see how you id it!" "It took considerabi;:dodging," smiled Dick. "I should think it \.' oulcl have "Yes; and now' I yon would show me to General reene's headquarters." "This way; he has hi;,, healquartcrs in that house yon er." A short dishmce away 'i" ,: .' an old-fashioned country armhouse. hands at the earliest possible moment." The orderly was somewhat taken aback. He hesitated. Then he seemed to come to the conclusion that it would not do to put Dick off, for he said: "Come in; I "ill awaken the general!' The olliccr of the guard turned away to return to his post, and Dick entered the house. rrhe room Dick was ushered into was lighted by a couple of candles. "Be seated," said the orderly. Dick sat down. 'l'he orderly left the room. He was gone perhaps ten minutes. Then he returned. He looked somewhat subdued and more pleasant. "The general will sec you at once," he said. He led the way out of tlie room, along a hall, and, open-The officer of the gm \ ;z, [ tlie way toward it. ing a door at the end of the hall, ushered Dick into a goodThey ascended a sen 0 ( steps leading to a balcony, sized room, saying : hich was on a level wi 1 .. :.floor of the second story. The guard knockec'. :.i. a ,1 .. w. It was opened by an orctcrly. "Here is a bearer of l1isp1tches," said the guard. "Here is the young gentleman, General Greene." General Green rose and extended his hand to Dick. 1 I am glad to see you, Dick, my boy!" he said. "As soon as my orderly told me a young man was out there with


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. dispatches from the commander-in-chief, I knew at once that it was you." Dick drew the papers out of his pocket, and extended them to the general. .J/I "Here are the dispatches, general," he said. The general took them eagerly. "Sit down, Dick," he said; "excuse me, while I read the dispatche s ." "Certainl y," s aid Dick. and h e took a seat and waited for the gen e ral to read the dispatche s General Green e read the papers through, and then sat for several minutes gazing at the floor. His brow s were knitted. He was evidently pondering some important matter. Presently he looked up, and his eyes fell on Dick. His face lighted up. "D.i,ck," he said; "I am in a quandary." "Yes?" Dick's ton e was politely inquiring. "I am free to admit, Dick, that I don't know what to do. In the s e dispatches that you have just brought, the He came and h anded this to Dick. "Read it," h e said. Dick opened the document. A glance showed him it was from the Continental C01 gress. 'I'he youth read the document from beginning to end. It was not long, but \vas explicit. I It stated decidedly that Fort Washington was to I evacuated only under circum s tances which it al l s olutely nece s sary. Whe n Dick had finished reading, he folded the docume1 and handed it back to the general. "You see what it says?" the general remarked. "Yes, sir,'' Dick replied. "It says I am to hold Fort Washington until forced l evacuate." Dick nodded. "So it does," he coincided. The general looked at the youth keenly. "Would you consider that it was absolutely necessar: for the safety of the garrison, to evacuate Fort Washini commander-in-chief in s tructs me to evacuate Fort Washton?" hJ asked. ington, and to make arrangements to evacuate Fort Lee Dick hesitated. also, as he fears they will be attacked soon by the British, "Go on; say what you are thinking," urged Gener1 and the American forces be either badly decimated or capGreene. tured." He was a s hrewd man, and was one who well knew th1 "I was aware of the nature of the of the dis-it was possible to get good ideas or pointers from hi s me1 patches, sir," said Dick; "the commander-in-c}iief told me, as I was to destroy them if close-pressed by the British in coming here, and in that case I was to tell you the con tents." "I see; well, I will tell you something else, Dick. I have occasionally. "The thoughts which have been going through my are hardly clearly defined, General Greene,'' he said; \' pe haps I can express them in a few words, however "Do so." within the past twenty-four hour s received orders frc;1 1 "Well, then, I will say that I have the utmost confiden1 Congress to not abandon Fort Washington, save under the! in the judgment of the commander-in-chief. To my min direst extremity. So you can now readily see what a quanhe, better than the member s of Congress, knows what dary J am in. Shall I obey the orders of the commanderbest to do; he is on the ground knows what is going o in-chief or those of Congress-which?" and what the enemy is likel y t o do, and I should say that Dick regarded the general intently, an interested light in would be a hard matter !.c disr e gard his orders; then, to his eyes. it is a serious matter to di s regard the order of Congress "You are c ertainly in a very difficult and puzzling po"You are right, Dick ; f am in a quandary. I think sition,'' he said. shall sleep over it, and in the morning. Will y1 "I am, Dick, and as I have said, I don't know what to remain here, Dick?" do!" "Just as you say." DicK was silent.' "Very well, remain here tl _n. There is a vacant rom General Gr e ene op(med the dispatches from General I may have some work for yoti_ the morning." Washington and read them again, slowly and carefully. "Very well, sir; I win s end word to the boatmen wl Then he pondered a while longer. brought me over that I am .not going back to-night, so th After this he went to a desk and took a folded document I they will not wait longer for me." from a drawer. Then Dick saluted and witb-arJ.J...


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 23 CilAPTER XII. THE BRITISH SPY. "Well, Dick, I have made fi decision." "Have you, General Greene?" "Yes." Dick Slater, the patriot boy spy, had been invited to take reakfast with General Greene. They were now engaged in disposing of the morning Leaping ashore he tied the painter to a tree and made his way up the bluff to Fort Washington. Dick made his way to where Major wus stnnding ti d to a tree, and he fonnd that horse had been fed. Dick patted Major on the nce:k and spoke to him, nnd Major whinnied. "Good boy!" said Dick; ''yol1 arc a horse worth hav ing!" He patted the horse's neck again. nnd wa$ turning away, eal. when a man who was sta nding near looking ut Major General Greene looked at Dick, a reflective expression in critically, said: s eyes. "That's a fine horse, young fellow; where did you get The general was silent for a few molncnts, and then he hold of him?" ent on: Dick almost gave a start. "I have decided to hold Fort Washington as long as pos Where had he heard that voice before? ble." It sounded very familiar; ycl he was sure he had never "Well, I hope you will be able to hold it as long as you seen the man before. ish to do so, sir!" said Dick. "I believe I can hold it. I shall reinforce the garrison Dick eyed the man closely without seeming to do He did not like the fellow's looks. soon as the troops arrive at Hackensack." "Yes, he's a fine hor::ie," said Dick, coldly; "I have had "There is bound to be some fighting at Fort Washington, him quite a while." en, isn't there!" remarked Dick. "That so?" with a smile that was intendr

THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. He was a powerful man, and would have got from consciousness, and when he found that his hands were many persons. he became wildly angry. But not from Dick. He raved and threatened. The youth was almost as strong as two ordinary men. Then, finding this had no effect, he began begging Then, too, he had secured his' favorite hold-the throat pleading innocence of the charge of being a spy. hold. "I'm a patriot," he declared; "and this is all a No living person could long withstand the terrible prestake. Untie my hands and set me free!" sure of Dick's steel-like fingers. The spy could not get his breath. He struggled and gasped. He caught hold of Dick's hands with his own hands, and tried to tear the youth's fingers loose. In vain. He coJ.Ild not do it. He grew red in the face; then black. Presently he sank to the ground unconscious. Just then a number of soldiers came running up. "What is the trouble?" cried sergeant. "What is the :matter with this man?" pointing to the insensible spy. "The matter is that he is a British spy," said Dick, quiet ly. "A British spy!" "Exactly." Dick's tone and air were cool and convincing. "It won't do, Ralph Jl,farsten !" said Dick, sternly; are known, and your days as a spy are numbered, your fulncss to the British cauae is at an end." The fellow turned pale. He began to realize now that he was in a ti15ht place. He kept on pleading his innocence, however, and beg to be released, but was marched off to the guardhouse stead. Then the sergeant went to Colonel Magaw, the offi in charge of the fort, and reported the capture of the !?PY Colonel Magaw was somewhat surprised to think1 t a British spy had been within the fort, but was glad had been captured. When he learned that Dick was responsible for the c ture of the spy, he congratulated the youth in deci terms. Dick received the praise modestly, and then said: "How do you know this?" 1 asked the sergeant. "i think we can capture his companion, colonel. I kn "Last night as I was coming here, I heard this man and where he will likely be to-night, waiting for the fellow another talking together up by Spuyten Duyvil Creek. have just captured to return. If you say so I will t They were spies, and one said he was going to enter Fort three or four men and go there and capture the ot Washington before morning. I was close to them and spy." heard their voices plainly, and as soon as I heard this man's "Very well; do so, Dick," said the colonel; "the sp' voice a minute ago I recognized it. He the British spy are more dangerous than ten times their number of o who said he was going to enter the fort." nary soldiers, and I think it good policy to capture as m A murmur of amazement went up from the soldiers. 'fh1s was succeeded by anger. "Let's string the scoundrel up to a tree as soon as he comes to!" said one. "That's right!" "Yes; let 's hang the spy "Show the scoundrel no mercy!" "He deserves death!" Such were cries, but Dick shook his head and turned to the sergeant. o.f them as possible." "So do T," saic1 Dick; "I will sec i.f I can capture other fellow to-night." As soon as it was dark, Dick, accompanied by four diers, set out. They made their way northward along the Kingsbri road, until they were close to the bridge across Spuy Duyvil Creek Then they paused and listened awhile before proce I ing further. "Sergeant; he said, "you had better make the fellow a Hearing nothing they moved forward once more, go prisoner, and confine him in the guardhouse. Then report very slowly. his capture to the commanding officer." When they were within perhaps fifty yards of the bri "That will be thl' best thing to do, I suppose,''. the serthey were called by some one from the timber at the geant said, anc1 then, as the spy showed signs of returning of the road. consciousness, a rope was procured, and his hands tied to gether behind his back. By the time this was accomplished the spy had regained "Is that you, Marsten ?" the person asked. Dick knew it was the other spy. ,J 1 i'.J The question asked told hiJJ ABiJ-, I.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. The youth was good at imitating voices. "Yes, it is me, Marsten," he replied in a capital imita n of the captured spy's voice. "Yes, I think so." Dick began his work at once. He made trips out toward Hackensack every "Good!" was the remark from the spy; "I hardly ex-and afternoon during the next two or three days, and then cted that you would get back." on the afternoon of the fourth day he found the troops en"Well, you see you were wrong." camped at Hackensack. "Yes." 'l'hen footsteps were heard approaching. Bob Estabrook and the other "Liberty Boys" were tickled A few moments later the faint outlines of a human form to sec Dick once more. They had feared that he might have been captured by ere visible, and as soon as the fellow was within reach ick leaped upon him. the British during his trip from North Castle through the The youth's companions leaped to his aid also, and they British lines with the from the commander-ind made the spy a prisoner almost before he knew what s taking place. They promptly gagged the fellow to keep him from aking an outcry, and then set out on the return to the rt. Colonel Magaw was delighted when they appeared with e prisoner in their midst. He complimented them on their prompt and good work. The spy was taken to the guardhouse and placed in the om with his brother spy. They pretended that they did not know each other, but ck noted the look on their faces, and saw that they knew ch other only too well. "Let me giYe you a bit of advice," he said, quietly; "no atter where you arc, even though in the heart of a forest d think you arc miles away from any other human being, chief to General Greene. They were eager to hear Dicl-'s story of his adventures, but he told them he ditl not ha 1c time to tell it, just then. "I must hasten back and inform General Greene of the presence .here of the troops,'' he t>aitl. "I will be back, then, as soon as I can get back, and will tell you all about it." The boys had to be satisfied with this. Dick hastened back to Fort Lee and informed General Greene of the arrival of the troopcl at Hackensack. "So they have arrived?'' the general remarked ; "good! Now, I shall reinforce Fort \\' and I think wc shall be able to hold it the British." Dick said nothing, but the youth had his regard ing this. ver talk your plans over aloud, Even trees sometimes It would no doubt be possible to hold the fort against an ve ears." attack by double the number of the fort's defenders, but the The two spies looked at each other in a way that showed British would bring an overwhelming force to the attack. ey knew what Dick had reference to, but said nothing. At least, that was the way Dick looked at it; but he was a youth, and did not feel like saying this to the general. The general told Dick he would :;iccompany him to the encampment of the troops at once, and they mounted CHAPTER XIV. and rode away. It did not take long to reach their destination, and REINFORCEMENTS FOR FORT WASHINGTON. Generals Greene and Putnam had a long talk together. Dick, of course, joined his company of "Liberty Boys,'' An orderly came across from Fort Lee next morning. and detailed his adventures while making the trip from He had a message from General Gri::ene to Dick. North Castle to Fort Washington with the dispatches. The general wished Dick to come over at once. "And now what is going to be done?" asked Bob EstaDick hastened to obey. brook, when Dick had finished, and the conversation had He accompanied the orderly back across the river, and. turned on the present; "I wonder why General Greene is orted to General Greene at the latter's headquarters. here?" "You wished to see me, General Greene?" he asked. He has come for troops with which to reinforce Fort "Yes," was the reply; "I wish you to keep watch, and Washington,'' replied Dick. soon as the troops arrive at Hackensack bring me in"But I thought you said you brought dispatches from the mation to that effect." commander-in-chief instructing General Greene to evacu"Very well, sir; I will enter upon the work at once." r "I think they should rch 1f here within a day or so." ate Fort Washington." ",'o I did."


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. "Then why is he reinforcing it, and making preparations ships might get wind of what was going on, and put in to try to hold it?" appearance and cause lots of trm1ble. "For the reason that he has received an order fron:i ConThe transfer from the west to tho east bank of the H gre88 instructing him to hold Fort Washington at all haz ards, and he is going to obey Congress." "Oh, that is it, eh?" "Yes." An eager light appeared on Bob's face. son was accomplished in safety at last, however. The British warships failed to put in an appearanc General Greene had himself superintended the work, when the task had been successfully accomplished, an had seen the troops safely and comfortably installed in "Say, there'll be some lively fighting there, then, won't. fort, he returned to his quarters at Fort Lee, well pleas there ?n "I believe you will be able to hold the fort against all "I think so, Bob." "Then I wish our company of 'Liberty Boys' be among the troops chosen ilo reinforce the garrison at Fort Washington "It will be," said Dick, with a smile. "It will?" "Yes; I saw to that. I told General Greene we would wish to be among the troops chosen, and he said he would see to it that we were." "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "Hurrah!" cried the other members of the company. The "Liberty Boys" were a brave lot of youths. I If there was any :fighting, they always wished to be in it. Hence they were delighted when Dick told them they would be among the troops chosen to reinforce Fort Wash ington. Soon all was bustle in the encampment. The word went around that troops were to go at once to Fort Lee. There they would rnmain until after nightfall. Then they would be transferred across the river under men the BTitish can bring against you, colonel/' Dick he him say to Colonel Magaw, just before he took his parture. The colonel replied that he thought so, too, but the yo imagined there was not as confident a ring to his voic there might have been. The youth shook his head. "There is going to be some terrible fighting here be long he thought; "and I have fears for the result. the 'Liberty Boys' will try to do their duty, come w may!" CHAP'l'ER XV. THE FALL OF FOR'r WASHINGTON. "Well, boys, this is becoming monotonous!" Estabrook, with a discontented look on his face. More than week had elapsed since the troops had c the cove r of darkness, and the BTitish, if they had spies to Fort Washington to reinforce it. watching w011 lcl not know that Fort Washington had been reinforced with fresh troops. One th o u : aml of the bes t men of General Putnam's divi sion wer e to go. The company of "Liberty Boy s was among the others. A s soon a t h e m e n had been s elected, the march to Fort' Lee tak e n up It was not a long march to the fort, and the men had During that week everything had been quiet. The British had made no demonstrations. It began to look as if they were not going to attack. They were only biding their time, and getting good ready, however. Later events proved this. "Don't fret, Bob," said Dick, with a sober expressio / c ountenance; "I think that it will be lively enough herf plenty of tim e to rest b eiOTe it was time to make the trip a few days, at furthest, to suit even your taste." f across the riv e r. On the fourteenth the commander-in-chief arrive di: It was ten o'clo c k when the work of transferring the Fort Lee. f men was begun. This was no small task, as only small boats were at hand. It would take many trips backward and forward by each of the boats before the thousand men would be across. Then there was danger that some of the British warWhen General Washington learned that no steps taken to evacuate Fort Washington his heart sank. He knew that the garrison was doomed, unless it E away from the fort before the British appeared, but it vi too late to do anything, for that :night several of the if ish warships passed up the river between the forts, and r


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NERVE. 1'1 y the British appeared before Fort Washington in over.Next day, however, the sixteenth of November, 1776, the elming force. British attacked Fort Washington. ''You won't have to complain of monotony any more, The engagement was a sharp one. b," said Dick, drily, as they stood looking down at the The Americans fought with desperate courage. ritish; "there are enough redcoats down there to make it Fighting from behind the works of the .fort, they were 1ely, I think." enabled to inflict great damage upon their enemies, whose "I should say so, too, Dick. Say, there must be ten to very numbers made this the easier lo nc-compl iRh. teen thousand men down there!" The "Liberty Boys" fought with :-;uC'h de ,perate energy, "I ju

28 TTIE LIBERTY BOYS' _T"EJRY E. The British who were nearest the youths, paused and stared at them in amazement. Dick did not give them time to recover from their sur prise. He l aped forward, waving his sword. He knew that the muskets were loaded, and he leaped to one side, and cried out: "Fire!" The "Liberty Boys" raised their muskets and fired a volley. "Now, boys," shouted Dick, "one d e termined rush and the day is won! Follow me!" He leaped forward, waving his sword, the "Liberty Boys" following closely. The British troops were plainly dismayed at the brave and fearless move made by the "Liberty Boys." They could not understand it. They could account for such daring a tion on the part of the Americans only in two ways: It was inspired by foolhardiness or by the presence of a very strong force Closer and closer they drew to the works, and at were pouring into the fort in great numbers. The fight became a hand-to-hand affair. There were shouts and cries of pain. It was terrible And through it all the "Liberty Boys" fought with perate energy and valor. They were fierce in their attacks upon the incoming coats, and did great execution. Colonel Magaw was here, there and everywhere, couraging his brave men, but he saw that it was useles continue the fight longer, and d e cided to surrender in o to save the lives of his men. He ordered the flag lowered and a. white one hoisted, the battle came to an end. Dick and Bob and their "Liberty Boys" were slo throw down their guns. They were glad of it a few moments later. They felt that they would rather die fighting than to render. Thinking the latter the more likely explanation of the Still, they could not hope to do anything unaided, bold move, the British fell back at the point where the they were on the point of throwing down their guns within the fort. "Liberty Boys" were attacking. they saw some of the He s sian s the hired soldiers of The next moment the "Liberty Boys" were upon them. British, bayoneting the brave patriot soldiers in cold bl The youths charged the redcoats with fixed bayonets. This was too much for Dick and his companions. The mix-up was terrible. "We wil1 never surrender to be murdered," cried D The British were thrown into confusion. "Hold onto your guns, and follow me!" Had the entire garrison now sallied out, and attacked the With the words he ran to the side of the fort next to British at the point of the bayonet, as the "Liberty Boys" riv e r, and, l e aping over the works, ran toward the n had done, the redcoats might have been routed completefollowed by Bob and the other "Liberty Boy s." ly. They were followed by a great crowd of redcoats, 1 The garrison did not do it, however, and after a ter-who yelled and threatened at a great rate. rible hand-to-hand conflict with the redcoats for the space Their muskets were empty, so they could not fire u of ten minutes or more, Dick ordered a retreat to the fort, the fleeing youths. as he saw reinforcements coming to the assistance of the 'rhey could only give chase and yell at them to stop. division that had been attacked and handled s o roughly by This of course, the youths would not do. the "Liberty Iloys." "We will not stop and wait to be bayoneted to deatl The youths turned and ran to the works and leaped over, said Dick to Bob. "We will take to the boats and get ac1 before the redcoats had time to recover from the disorder the river if possible." into which the attack had thrown them, and thus they es-The youths were more than matches for the redc< caped being :fired.upon as they retreated. when it came to getting over the ground swiftly. The wonderful feat performed by the brave youths was They were young and active, and fleet of foot. cheered by the American soldiers, and it inspired the fort The shore of the river was quite steep here, and defenders to still greater efforts. quired something in the way of surefootedness, and I: The result was inevitable, however. The redcoats outnumbered the Americans five to one, and it was a physical impossibility that they could be kept out of the fort. again the youths outclassed their older and clumsier I suers. They widened the space between themselves and the 1 coats. T


THE LlBER'l'Y BOYS' NERVE. 29 They succeeded in reaching the river fifty yards in adof the youths in the boats, and had opened fire on the warance of their pursuers. ships. There were a sufficient number of boats there to carry They kept up such a rapid fire that the attention of the :he "Liberty Boys" across the river, and they leaped into British on the ships was attracted, and the boats were al the boats recklessly, cut the painters, and, seizing the oars, lowed to proceed on their way unmolested. owed out upon the bosom of the mighty river. 1 "That was all that saved us," said Dick, as they were This, quickly as it had been accomplished, consumed disembarking, after reaching the other shore. "We would me time, and the redcoats were at the water's edge by the have been captured had not the enemy been engaged by the ime the boats were a dozen feet away from the shore. Some of the redcoats plunged into the water and reached ut in a desperate attempt to get hold of the boats, while Fort Lee guns." "I guess you are right," agreed Bob; "well, we were lucky to escape from the fort, and lucky to escape from the me of them threw their muskets at the occupants of the ships. We have been lucky all around." oats. One of the muskets struck the arm of one of the youths nd broke it, and this so incensed Dick that he drew bis istols and fired two shots at the redcoats. "So we have, Bob." They hastened up to Fort Lee. They found the commander-in-chief standing there, gaz ing across at Fort Washington. "Take that, you scoundrels!" he cried. "It is terrible!" h&said, grasping Dick's band and wring This put a stop to the attempts of the British soldiers ing it; "it is a terrible, an awful blow to the Cause! But stop the progress of boats. what hurt me most, Dick, was to be obliged to stand here They saw they could do nothing, and remained standing and see my brave men bayoneted, murdered in cold blood, n the shore, gazing after the "Liberty Boys" in blank dis-I thought at first that I could not stand it!" mfiture. Suddenly they gave utterance shouts, and began aving their hands and dancing up and down in excite"It was awful!" said Dick. "That was what caused we 'Liberty Boys' to make a break for liberty. We saw that we would be murdered, and thought that we might as well try,.. ent. to escape. If we were captured and killed, it was no more "What's the matter with the fools now?" asked Bob, star-than wpuld happen to us anyway; that was the way we g at them. figured it." "I know!" exclaimed Dick, in a dismayed tone; "yonder "And rightly; I am glad you escaped! Ah! if only all me a couple of the British warships!" could have done the same! Nearly three thousand of the The youths looked up the river, and sure enough, there best troops are prisoners over there, my boy!" ame two warships. They were half a mile away, and were bearing down pon the boats as rapidly as the light wind would perit them. "It is a great loss, your excellency!" "Yes; but not irreparable--it shall not be irreparable, Dick 'l'he people of America must and shall be made free! No matter if the British do triumph for the present, "Pull!" cried Dick; "pull for your lives, boys! We do 1.he time is coming when the tables shall be turned. We ot want to let those British capture us now!" have Right upon our side, and Right must and shall "We won't let them capture us!" cried Bob, and the triumph!" thers echoed the youth's remark. The youths bent to the oars. They rowed slantingly across the river. The British on the warships saw them. They evidently understood the situation, for they opened re with the cannon. Several of the cannon balls struck the water near the a.ts. THE END. The next number (6) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE I,IBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE; OR, 'CATCH AND HANG US IF YOU CAN,'" by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly The British gunners were not very good marksmen, howare always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any er, and none of the boats were hit. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by Then there came the roar of cannon from the further mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION ore. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies The garrison at Fort Lee had awakened to the danger you order by return mail.


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