The Liberty Boys' defiance, or, "Catch and hang us if you can"

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Jsnud WuJ:ly-IJy Subaeription'. t2.50 P" year. rNo. 6. NEW YORI{, FEBRUARY 8, 1901. Pi-ice 5 Cents. As 'the Britons were making desperate efforts to batter down the door, the window was denly raised and they 'Were confronted by two drawn pistols held .in the. hands. of two determined Liberty Boys


HE LmERTY. BOYS OF '76} W eekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolu ti o n Iuued Week!71-B71Subic.,.iption l2.5()peryear. __ Entered according to Act of (xmoreBS, in the year 1901 the office of the Librarian of CDn{lreBB, Wa..hing ton, D. C., by F1ank 7'omey, 24 Union Square, New York, 6. N E W YORK, Februar y 8 1901. P rice 5 Ce nts. he Liberty Defiance OR, Catch and Hang Us If You Can .. B Y HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. A DARK DAY FOR LIBERTY'S CAW>E. The morning of November 17, 1776. In the private room of General Greene in the farmhouse But they had not rested. After breakfast, however, they had freshened up a bit. And now, as I have said, they sat pondering over the situation. Of the two, General Greene was perhaps the more downhich was his headquarters, at Fort Lee, N. J., sat General cast. 'reene and General Washington, the commander-in-cl).ief He laid the fault of the terrible disaster entirely at his f the Continental Army. own door. The two generals 100kea most unhappy. He had received an order from General Washington It was a dark day for the Cause of Liberty. some time before instructing him to evacuate F'ort. Wash The Cause had just received what by many was considington, and make preparations to evacuate Fort Lee. ed a death-blow. Just before receiving this order from the commander-inOnly the day before th:e British had assaulted Fort chief he had received an order from the Continental Con7 ashington, on the opposite side of the river, and had capred the entire garrison, with the exception of one comany of youths known as "The Liberty Boys." The number of men captured was three thousand, and ey were the best troops of the Continental Army. The two generals had passed a bad night, talking th(; tuation over, and trying to devise some way of offsetting e blow struck by the British. They had been unable to think of anything that promised uch. At last, late at night-or, more properly speaking, early the morning-they had thrown themselves down and atched a few minutes' sleep. gress ordering him to give up Fort Washington only when forced to do so by the direst necessity. This placed the general in a dilemma. He did Imo>\'. what to do. Should he obey the order of the commander-in-chief? Or should he obey the tJrder of the Continental Congress? He pondered the question long and earnestly, and at last came to a decision. He decided to obey Congress The Congress had made General Washington comm a n der-in-chief.


, 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. Then it was greater than General Washington, Greene "Yes, but I know who will make it in safety, if any one reasoned can." Consequently when it came to a question of which to Then the eommander-in-chief called his orderly. h e thought it only right he should obey Congress "Orderly," h,e said, "fina a youth named Dick Slater, at And here was where he had ma 'de his mistake. once, and send him to us here." He realized this very keenly now. General W ashingfon was on the ground, and knew wha,t was going on. He knew where the British were, knew their strength, and his keen insight into military tactics and strategy enabled him to foretell what the actions of the British would probably be. H e had foreseen that :)Tort Washington would fall, unless voluntarily given up. "Yes, your excellency,'' and, saluting, the orderly with drew. Twenty minufu's passed, and then the orderly returned. He was accompanied by a handsome youth of about eighteen years. "Dick Slater, your excellency," announced the orde;rly, and withdrew. "Ah, Dick! good-morning," said General Washington, extending his band, which Dick grasped. Fort Lee the same. General Greene shook hands with Dick. So he had sent orders to Greene to that effect. "Be seated," said the commander-in-chief. But, as we have seen, General Greene obeyed, instead Dicf took a seat and looked at the general inquiringly. t he orders of Congress. "Dick," said the great man, earnestly, "we have just met He had reinforced the garrison of Fort Washington, with with a misfortune in the loss of three ol the thought that he would be able to hold it. our best troops. This leaves us short of men here, and it i1 On the day before this morning on which we introduce desirable-nay, imperative-that the seven thousand the generals to the reader, the British, the number of at North Castle come across the river and join us at the -fifteen thousand, had appeared before Fort Washington, bad attacked the fort, and after a sharp conflict, in which :five hundred of the British were killed, as against only one hundred and fifty of the Americans, Colonel Magaw sur rendered, to save the men from being massacred, the British having entered the fort in overwhelming numbers. General Greene could not get over blaming himself for the disaster, and kept recurring to the subject, but General earliest possible moment. I wish to send a messeng er tc General Lee with the order; I know of no one whom l think more capable of making the trip quickly and safel} than yourself. Will you attempt the dangerous errand?" "I will, your excellency!" said Dick promptly, bis .find face lighting up. "I consider it an honor to be chosen the task" "I thought as much. Well, go and make your arrange)' Washington, who did not blame Green e told his friend to men ts to make the trip at once. As soon as you are ready say no more. return, and I will have the order to General Lee written.1'] "It was an error of judgment, General Greene," he said, "Very well, sir.; I will only have to see about getting 1 kindly; "but it was entire l y excusable. Who would not horse." have done as you did, under the circumstances? Say no more, my friend." After a silence of ten minutes du;ration, during which time General Washington was pondering deeply, he looked up and said: "Well, one thing is certain: I must send word to qen-eral Lee, at North Castle, to bring his portion of the army over here immediately. If the enemy should cross the river and attack us, we would be in no condition tb offer s uccessful battle, with less than .five thousand men availDick saluted and withdrew. "Now, if I only had my splendid horse Major!" mmh : mUTed Dick, "I would enjoy the prospect of making th trip to North Castle. Poor Major I suppose he has agaitb fallen into the hands of the British, from whom I caltu tured him." As Dick emerged from the house his attention was a' tracted to a group of soldiers who were looking acros s tlki. I Hudson fow _ard Fort Washington, which had the day been captured by the British. :able The river at this point was about a mile wide, but it diol "True, coincided Greene; "Lee must bring his men not look to be so wide. Objects were plainly to b e sec over at once." "I will send a messenger to Lee at once," said Wash ington. on the other side. Dick looked to see what was attracting the attention le1 the s oldiern, and soon made out what it was. ve: "H will be a dangerous trip to make," said Greene. llriii...... Some s oldier s, whose red coats were easily distinguish/el


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. were evidently trying to catch a horse, which was running The soldiers who were trying to catch the horse were pcr-free, on the slope leading down from the fort to the water's haps the only persons who were not enjoying themselves. edge. But those who furnish amusement for others' enjoyment A dozen r e dcoats were engaged in the chase of the horse. can scarcely be expected to enjoy it themselves. They w ere having a lively time of it, too. Down the soldiers forced the frisky horse, closer and The hor se evidently was enjoying his freedom, not like the idea of giving it up. and did clos er to the water's edge. It looked as though they would soon be victorious and "That horse is a patriot," said one of the soldiers who the animal would be captured. was watching the scene with interest; "he believes in hav-At last the horse stood at the very edge of the water. ing his freedom." "He doern't like British rule, that is evident!" laughed Bob Estabrook, a youth of' about Dick's age, and he turned to Dick as the latter approached. "Hello, Dick! Where have you been?" he asked. "To see General Washlngton," was the reply. "Something on the tapis ?" was the quick, eager question. "Yes." "What, Dick?" "The commander-in-chief wants me to go at once to North Castle with a message to General Lee to bring the troops and come over here." "Say, Dick, I'm going along!" Bob's ace shone with eagerness and excitement. Dick hesitated. The soldiers now began closing in on the animal. They no doubt felt that at last they were to have their turn. But they did not know the animal they were dealing with. He was no common scrub of a horse. He was a thoroughbred, and game as could be. He was not done yet by any means. He had undoubtedly made up his mind not to be cap tured, for just as a couple of the redcoats reached up fo grasp him by the halter, he whirled, kicked out with both feet, knocking the men to the ground, and plunged boldly and unhesitatingly into the waters of the Hudson. The brave act of the animal awakened the admiration of the watching hundred s A cheer went up from them. "Oh, I'm going!" declared Bob, who noted the hesitn"Hurrah for the horse!" cried Bob. "There's a horSl' tion. "You shan't say no! We'll be safer together, Dick, worth having!" and-I want to go!" When the horse plunged into the riYer and began swim" All right, old man," said Dick; "I shall be glad to have j ming boldly and strongly out into the stream, a peculia r !JOU along." look caI?e into Dick's eyes. "Good for you !-but look at that horse over yonder! Those redcoats haYe their hands full, haven't they?" "yes ; the horse seems to be ha rel to catch." I "You're right! I doubt if they catch him at all." The redcoats kept closing in on the horse and forcing t 1im down the slope toward the water. 1 Probably they thought that when they got the animal to lhe water's edge, and closed in around him, they would cap ure him easily eljlough. This was a reasonable supposition. !l The horse ran here and there, backward and forward, up his heels, and he seemed to be enjoying himself ) 1hugely. Perhaps he look ed upon it as a game, and thought the were merly playing it with him. "Come, Bob!" he said, in an excited undertone, and he hastened away down the slope toward the river bank. Bob followed, and experiencecl sore difficulty in keeping pace with his friend. "What is it, Dick?" he asked; but Dick did not reply. He did not utter a word until he reached the water' s edge. Then he shaded his eyes with his hand and looked aero&; the river at the horse swimming so boldly. He looked long and earnestly, and then he suddenly placed two fingers in his mouth and emitted a shrill, clear,. piercing whistle that could easily be heard a long distance across the water. Then a peculiar thing happened. The horse had been swimming away from the shore in a 1e The comedy was furnisbng amusement for a large numdiagonal direction, a direction that would have taken him a er of spectators, for a great many of the patriot soldiers mile or more down stream, in case he succeeded in swim ere watching from Fort Lee, while hundreds of redcoats ming across, as seemed to be his intention; but as soon as ere looking clown from Fort Washington. Dick emitted the whi s tle the hqrse changed its course, 11.1Jd


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. began swimming straight toward the point where Dick and Bob stood. A cry of joy escaped Dick. "It is he!" he cried, eagerly, excitedly. is Major, my noble horse, Bob!" CHAPTER IL MAJOR SAVES DICK'S LIFE. On one of Dick's spying expeditions, in August, when the British were over on Long Island, Dick had captured a magnificent horse. The animal was a thoroughbred, and was the favorite charger of General Howe. Dick had been in the British headquarters, on Brooklyn Heights, and was discovered and chased. ) He had leaped upon the horse and fled, making his escape. He had ridden inland, but had finally got back to the to make it all right, Dick," said Bob, his face as excitetl looking almost as Dick's. "I think he will be able to make it, Bob. It's a big swim, though, especially for a horse." The youths watched the horse eagerly, and presentl} Dick placed his fiL5ers in his mouth and whistled again. It was a strange spectacle. Doubtless none of those who were watching the horse, with the possible exception of Dick, had ever seen a horse attempt such a feat of swimming, and the majority doubt ed the animal's ability to reach the shore Some of the soldiers laid wagers on the affair, some wagering that the horse would get across and others that he would not. Dick never took his eyes off the horse swimming so bravely out there in the deep water of the mighty Hudson. Closer and closer the animal drew. He was half way across, and still swimming strongly. Closer still he came Presently he was two-thirds of the way across. Then three-fourths of the way. vicinity of the British troops, and on being Then Dick turned his eyes to his companion for an inwas at night, of course-he had ridden Major into the East E.tant. River, and the magnificent animal had swum across the river. It was a wonderful feat for a horse to accomplish, and as soon as Dick had seen this horse plunge into the Hudson "He's beginning to labor, Bob!" he said, a slight tremor in his voice. "I notice it, Dick," was the reply; "I'm afraid he can't make it." Dick emitted another whistle. The horse was less than a quarter of a mile away now And now, after whistling to the animal, and noting that and of course heard the whistle plainly. so boldly and start to swim across, the thought had come to him that it might be Major. it changed its course, Dick was sure that the horse was The youths, watching him so closely, saw the horse swam Major. Dick had been forced to leave the horse behind when he somewhat stronger for a few moments, and then he began and the members of the company of "Liberty Boys" had made their escape from Fort Washington when the garri son hall been surrendered to the British by Colonel Magaw. There had been neither time nor opportunity to think bis horse, But Dick had thought of Major many time s since reach Fort Lee and safety, and the first thing that had popped into his mind when the commander-in-chief told him he wished him to make a trip to North Castle was, "How I wis h I had Major now!" It may be easily imagined, therefore, with what delight Dick realized that it was his gallant charger that was out ihere in the river swimming toward him from the opposite side of the stream. "Glorious old Major murmured Dick. "How I hope he will be ableAOJswim across in safety!" "Well, if he I think he will be able laboring again. Suddenly Dick threw off his coat and shoes. "What are you going to do, Dick?" cried Bob in alarm. 1 "I'm going out to meet Major, Bob." The youth's voice was grim and determined. "But you will chill to death in the water, Dick. It is1 too cold; you will have a cramp before you go fifty yards.'1 l "I will risk it, Bob. I have been in cold water beforc,1t and am not afraid. Major saved my life more than once. an I am not going to stand here and see him drown!" "But what can you do, Dick? You can't help him1 1c swim." "I can encourage him. That's the way I did the we swam the East River. He would never have made it alone, but with me to encourage him, be kept up the strug'n gle and got across. I'm going out to meet him, and I'll help him to get to the shore, or I'll go down with him!. u


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 5 Bob saw his friend was in deadly earnest and said no 10re, save to caution him. Dick did not walk slowly down and feel his way into the old waters of the Hudson. He was a youth who believed in taking the bull by the tarn's, and he leaped head :first into the water with a great lash, going under out of A few moments later he came up and taking his bear gs, he swam toward the struggling horse with st rong rokes. Dick was a :fine swimmer He felt at home in the Hudson. you as fast as it can go. The cat does not know the differ ence between the words "Kitty" and "Scat!" but it dis tinguishes the difference in the tone, and understands what is meant as perfectly as though it understood your words. It was so with Major, and the knowledge that his young master was near, and was speaking encouragingly to him, gave him renewed strength. He swam more strongly and seemed to get along much better than he had been doing. Dick reached the horse's side, and taking hold of the ani mal's mane, patted him on the neck. "Good boy !-brave b,oy !" he said in an encouraging He had lived within a mile of the noble stream all his tone. ife, and had been in swimming in the stream hundreds of And Major whinnied in reply. imes. He had swam the Hudson many times, but never when he water was at the freezing point, as was the case o-day. Still, as he had told Bob, he had been swimming in very Then the two swam along side by side. Slowly but surely they neared the shore The soldiers up on the heights at Fort Lee were watching the youth and the horse with interest. Their admiration of the brave act of the youth was in' water at various times, and he felt sure that he could tern;e. )wim out to where Major was and back to the shore again b safety. He was willing to risk it for the sake of saving his noble from a watery grave. "Be careful, Dick!" he heard Bob call, and then he head d straight for : l\1ajor, swimming vigorously. He knew that the more he exerted himself the less liable e would be to become chilled or get the cramp. He was a rapid swimmer and he succeeded in reaching 'Iajor very quickly. 'Good boy! Brave boy, Major!" he called, as he came lear the struggling horse, and the noble animal uttered a hinny which voiced his delight and appreciation of the ind words from his young master as plainly as the words f a human being could have done it. Bob, from the shore, was watching the progress of the two with absorbing interest. He was afraid Dick might be taken with a cramp, or that the horse might strike him with its hoof. Of the latter he need not have had any fear, however. The horse was very carefol not to strike Dick. .. Nearer and nearer they drew to the shore The horse was laboring, but with Dick to encourage him there seemed to be no doubt but that he would reach the shore in safety. They were within twenty-five yards of the shore, when all of a sudden Dick was seized with cramp. He uttered a cry of pain; it was wrung from himJ in fact. His legs seemed to draw up, his body to double up. He could not do a thing to help himself, could not swim "Keep up, old fellow!" said Dick. "Keep on swimming, a stroke. boy! We'll swim to the shor e together! We'll soon As Dick uttered the involpntary cry of pain, Major r e safe Have courage !" looked down at his young master; mild surprise in his eyes. Dick spwce to the horse j11st as he Wf'uld have spoken to I Ho seemed puzzled. individual, and who shall say the horse did not underHe did not seem to be able to interpret the sound-at tancl him? :first. The animal did not, of course, und_ erstand the words poken, but he understood what was meant-there is no oubt regarding that. Animals understand what is said by the tone of the peaker. A moment later, however, he proved that he was possessed of almost human understanding. He opened his mouth and caught hold of Dick's stout shirt with his teeth! Then ho seemed to redouble his efforts. If a person speaks harshly, the tone is harsh, and the ani-It was plain that he was exerting himself to reach the im1l understands it perfectly. shore as quickly as possible. If you say "Kitty! Kitty!" to a cat, it will come and Bob had heard Dick's cry and was terribly frightened. ub against you; if you say "Scat!" it will run away from He knew what had happened.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. He was about to throw off his outer clothing and plunge and I can travel a third farther in a given length of tim in to go to Dick's aid, when he saw the action of the horse. on him than I could on an ordinary horse." "Major will save him!" he cried, and then he stood there Gen e ral Wa shington told him the slight delay in starti watching the struggle with eager eyes. Would Major succeed in reaching the shore? was of no consequence, and then be gave the y ou t h th di spatch which was to be given to General Lee. Bob could only wait and hope for the best. "I will start immediately/' said Dick; "and, b y t h e wa: He watched closely, nnd presently made up his mina that my friend, Bob E s tabrook, wishes to accompany m e." the horse would succeed. "Very well," said the commander-in-chief; "be carefu He held himself in readiness to plunge into the water take care of yourselves; don't let the British capture yo however, should Major let loose of Dick. and deliver the dispatch to General Lee at the earliest po I It was a hard fight, but Major won. sible moment." He reached the shore at last, and Bob seized and "You may depend upon me to do that, your excellency began rubbing his arms and slapping his legs to start the said Dick earnestly. blood to circulating again. Major stood near, watching Dick and Bob with seeming solicitation, the while he shook as with the ague. _He was chilled to the bone by the cold water. A few minutes later Dick was able to stand up, and then pounded and slapped himself vigorously, until he wa'3 almost as good and strong as ever. Then he patted Major's neck. "You saved my life, old fellow!" he said. "You are a horse worth having!" Major whinnied, as much as to say, "I understand, and I am glad I was able to be instrumental in saving your life." Dick donned his coat and shoes, and then, followed by Bob and Major, he walked up to the fort. The soldiers crowded around the trio, and when they learned all the facts there was a babel of exclamations. "I am sure of that, Dick. .And now, good-by, and God speed!" Both generals shook hands with Dick, after which h saluted and withdrew. Ten minutes later he and Bob, mounted on Major an another horse that had been procured for the occasion, rod out of the fort and away toward' the north. "Now to deliver the dispatch to General Lee!" said Di CHAPTER III. THE ADVENTURE ON THE FERRYBOAT. The youths rode northward at a gallop. praised Dick for swimming out to meet the "How far up are you going before cros sing the rive1 and then they cheered when they were told how the horse Dick?" Bob asked. had saved Dick's life. This part of it they had been unable to see, owing to the fact that there were trees which had shut out their Yiew "I think we will go up to Dobb's Ferry, Bob." "Aren't you afraid there will be lots of redcoats there?' ''Pe rhaps there will be; but so will there be at any poin when the horse and youth were within a hundred yards o.f below Dobb's Ferry." the shore. "That's so." They could not got over expressing admiration for the horse, and if it had been possible to spoil him, he would have been spoiled, for they petted him and rubbed and pat"Yes, we will be in danger, but will have to take ou chances, and do the best we can." "One good thing, it is safer on this side o:f the river tha1 i.ed him till Major must have been somewhat puzzled over on the other, Dick." it all. "Yes; we needn't worry about the redcoats until after w Dick instructed some of the "Liberty Boys" to rub Major down while he went and changed his clothes. This he quickly did. Then he hastened back to the room where Generals Washington and Greene awaiting his coming. He explained what it was that had caused his delay. "I will not lose any time, however," he said in \conclusion. "Major is a :fast horse, and a wonderful stayer, have crossed the river." They rode swiftly, and reached Dobb's Ferry-or rathe the landing-place opposite Dobb's Ferry-at about noon. j The youths rode down to the landing and Dick wan'I his handkerchief. Presently the ferryboat was seen coming across the rivel When it reached the landing the youths rode on board. t Then they dismounted and stood at their horses' head,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DE:b'IANCE. One thing they noticed which gave them some little un"Is that so?" easiness. "Yes; I and my companiop.s yonder are stationed on this There were four British soldiers on board the ferryboat. boat for the purpose of seeing who cross the river. Those They were sitting together near the front end of the boat. whom we think are loyal to the British cause we let go on They cast furtive glances at the two youths, anu talked their way in peace, but those whom we size up to be rebels among themselves in tones too low to be heard a few feet we take prisoners and turn them over to General Howe." distant. "Oh, that's it, eh?" When the owner of the ferryboat came to get pay for Dick had known this all the time. taking Dick and Bob across the river, he managed to say in a low tone: "You had better look out for those four redcoats yonder if you are patriots." "Thank you," said Dick. "We have our eyes on them.n Presently the soldiers arose, and one of them sauntered up to where Dick and Bob stood. "Traveling?" he asked, carelessly. going somewhere," replied Dick, coolly. He did not fancy having to be catechised by a redcoat The Briton looked at Dick sharply "Yes, that's it, and you will do well to be more civil in your manner and speech." "So as to prejudice you and your companions in my favor, eh?" "Not exactly; but if you are loyal, there is1 no need of your being saucy, as we are friends. If you persist in being saucy and refusing to answer my questions, I shall be forced to form an unfavorable opinion of you." "And that would be too bad!" said Dick, sarcasm plain ly discernible in the tone of his voice. The redcoat frowned. "Ah, indeed!" he remarked. "Where might you be "You seem bent on arousing my resentment," he said. going?'' "Well, have your own way about it. I will ask you once "We might be going lo Halifax," was Dick's cool reply; more, however, where are you going?" "but we aren't." "Well, where are you going, then?" Dick looked the fellow quarely in the eyes. "Across the river!" he replied. The redcoat flushed. He was a pretty cool sort of fellow himself, however. He did not allow himself to show his anger or discomfit ure in words. "So I supposed," he said; "and after you cross the river, then where?" "That is none of your business!" "And I will answer, once more, none of your business!" The Briton turned and motioned to his companions, who were watching the three with interest. The three approached quickly. "Make these two youths prisoners!" the redcoat said sternly, and he turned and indicated the youths. Dick had whispered instruc"tions to Bob, and at this in stant they drew their pistols, each having a weapon in either hand, and pointed them at the redcoats. "Stand back! Keep your distance, or you are dead men!" said Dick sternly Dick's answer was prompt and decisive. "W-why, what does t this m mean ?" stammered the redThe redcoat flushed again, and it was {lVident that he coat w.ho had done the talking to the youths. was becoming quite angry, "It means business!" ret

8 THE LIBERTY : BOYS' DEFIANCE. few moments, like a tiger at bay, and then he turned to his letting you shoot us in the back as we leave the boat. Lay companions and said, "Come." He led the way back to the end of the boat. your arms on the deck The redcoats hesitated. The four became engaged in a spirited conversation. Evidently it was very galling to have to obey the order Of course they spoke in low tones, so Dick and Bob could of a youth like Dick. not und erstand what was said. They kept glancing back at the youths "We'll have to look out for those fellows when we go to leave the boat, Dick," said Bob in a low tone. They did not fancy the idea of four British soldiers hav ing to knuckle under to two American youths. They were well satisfied now that the youths were "rebels." "Yes; they're concocting some scheme to try to get the A keen suspicion had entered their minds. upper hand of us." They had heard of Dick Slater (known to the British as "That is just what they are doing." "Sam Sly") and Bob Estabrook, the hoy spies, and they The owner of the boat, who was a patriot, evidently, had were confident that these two youths were the two spies in witnessed the affair between the youths and the redcoats, question. and there was great admiration in his eyes as he looked at the two youths standing there, pistols in hand. They were aware, furthermore, that there was a price on the heads of the youths. There was no doubt but that the redcoats would like to General Howe had a standing offer of one hundred turn the tables on the youths who had defied them and pounds for the capture of either of ihe two boy spies. forced them to walk away at the muzzle of pistols. They would not l et Dick and Bob escape if they could help it. And the youths were determined to escape if they pos sibly could. It would not do to allow themselves to be made prisoners. 'rhe suspicion that the two youths confronting them were the youths in question, on whose heads a price was set, did much toward helping cause them to obey Dick'<> command. They knew the boy spies were dangerous youths, and they felt that unless they did as they were ordered they Dick was the bearer of a dispatch to General Lee, and would be shot down in cold blood. if the British captured them the dispatch would be undeSo they made a virtue of necessity, and slowly and re livercd, and this would be a terrible drawback, as General luctantly deposited their muskets and pistols on the deck W asbington wished the troops under Lee to join him at of the boat. Hackensack at once. The boat was now nearing the shore. The time was coming when action would be required, if the youths were to get away from the redcoats. "We must disarm them, Bob," saiel. Dick in a low tone; "if we don't, they will shoot us in the back when we are leaving the boat." "That's so, Dick." "Come, then ; we will force them to lay their arms in a heap on the deck of the boat!" The youths advanced toward the British soldiers. The four saw the yemths coming, and stared at them in surprise, and half-fearful, also. "Well, what do you want now?" asked the leader of the four. "I command you to lay your muskets and pistols in a heap on the deck!" said Dick, ster nly. "And if we refuse?" "Now," said Dick, in the same stern tone he had been using, "you four fellows march to the other end of the boat!" The four, having deposited their weapons, did not hesitate now, but walked promptly to the other end of the boat. "NQw, Bob, you take hold of the horses' bits and lead them off the boat as soon as we reach the shore," said Dici'; "I will see to it that the redcoats do not use undue haste in coming forward." Bob replaced his pistols in his belt. Then he took the horses by the bits and led them for ward, so as to be ready to leave the boat as soon as it touched tile shore. Dick stood a few feet behind the horses, facing the red coats at the farther end of the boat. He had his pistols leveled. "Now, when the boat reaches the shore, you fellows stand still, right where you are!" he said. "If you start to ad "Then we will shoot you down and throw your bodies in vance, I will open fire upon you!" the river!" Presently the boat reached tlie shore "You wouldn't dare!" The men lowered the drawbridge connecting the boat "We will do it!" said Dick, sternly; "we do not intend with the shore, and Bob l ed the horses


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. "Stand whe re you are!" cried Dick, and he slowly "It i s Dick Slater and Bob E s tabrook!" he said. "They bac k e d off th e b o at. are on th eir "!ay home on a vi s it, no doubt. Well, I'll jus 1 Th e r e d c oat s obe yed, though it was evident that they see if I can't turn this to my own advantage." c ould hardl y restrain the mselv e s from ru s hing forward to Uncon s ciou s ?f. the scrutiny of the man, the youths rodE t h e ir w e apon s lay in a pile on the deck. onward, and leaving the village behind, rode rapidly to. Dick backed till he was beside Major, and then h e sudward their homes. d e nly s tu c k hi s pi s tol s in his b e lt, cried "Mount, Bob, and "We 'll s top and take dinner with the folks," said Dick. awa y and l e ap e d ilrto the saddle. "We'll be a little bit late," laughed Bob; "it is nearly Bob was almo s t a s quick, and they put spurs to their two o clock now." horses a nd rod e up the bank of the river at a gallop. "Yes, but we'll have no trouble in getting enough to eat i At the same in stant a band of a dozen horsemen came in both for ourselve s and for our hor s es." sight n o t more than two hundr e d yard s away. The red c oat s on the boat yelled to the newcomers, whose red coat s proclaim e d them to be British troopers, and point e d toward Dick and Bob. "I gues s you are i;ight, Dick; and we' ll get somethin g else, too." "What, Bob?" "Some kisses from two of the prettiest and sweetest lit Th e tro?p e r s evide ntly understood, for they uttered tle girls in Westchester county." s hout s and started in pursuit. "We'll hav e to ride now, Bob!" said Dick. "Those red coat troop e r s have giv e n chase!" "You are right, Dick!" said Bob. CHAPTER IV. THE SHOT FROM THE ,CABIN. The youths put horses to their best pace. Major was an exceptionally speedy traveler, arid the horse Bob bestrode was not much behind the other. Both were magnificent animals. They rapidly left the troopers behind The horses of the troopers were only mediocre animals. "Now you ar e talking, Bob, old man!" Di c k s face lighted up as he spoke. In his imagination he saw the sweet, beautiful face ol Alic e Estabrook, Bob's sister, and hi s sweetheart. Bob was as dead iri love with Dick s sister Edith as Did was with Bob's sister Alice. So there was ample reason why both should feel happy a i the prospect of stopping for even a brief period at thei1 homes-the two houses being less than a quarter of a mil apart. Fifteen minutes later the youths drew rein in front oJ Bob' s home. They were seen as they stopped, and Bob's parents an sister came running out to the front gate to greet th Tb.e youths leaped from their horses to return the greet in gs. By the time they had gone a mile Dick and Bob had lost "' sight of the redcoats. Mrs. Estabrook and Alice gave Bob a hug and a kiss, anc "I guess they won' t try to follow us farther," said Dick. then shook hands with Dick. "I think not," Bob. They allowed the horses to slacken up somewhat. They were still going at a speed equal to the best of the redcoats' horses, however. They rode into Tarrytown a little more than an hour later. They did not linger there, as they feared they might run acro s s some r e dcoats. Then, too, ther e were a great number of Tories in Tarry town, and the majority knew Dick and Bob by sight. They might try to make the youths trouble. As Dick was Alice, Mr. and Mrs. Estabroo considerately turned their backs and talked eagerly fo Bob and Dick took advantage of the opportunity to steal a kis; from Alice. The youth s quickly explained their errand, and whe the folks learned that the youths were to be tliere only ar hour their faces fell. "However, even that is better than not getting to see yor at all," said Mrs. Estabrook. The rest coincided with this view of the case. "Now I will ride over home and see mother and Edith,' .As they were riding a long the street a man who was said Dick. "I'll run over a few minutes after dinner." standing on the porch of a tavern stepped back and stood He looked at Alice as he said this, and she blushed. within the doorway, watching the youth s "'l'ell your moth e r and Edith that I will run over and


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. &ay 'how do you do' as soon as I. have put my horse in the ture," said Dick quietly; "it doesn't bother us much, howstable and fed him," said Bob. ever." "Go right along, now," said his father ; "I'll take care of :rour horse." "All right, and thank you, :father," said Bob. Then he and Dick made their way over to Dick's home, and were given a joyous by Mrs. Salter and Edith Bob stayed only a few minutes, as he said dinner would be awaiting him. "I'll be over after dinner, though, Edith," he said, and the beautiful girl blushed. "Oh, Dick, is it indeed true that. Fort Washington has "But it will incite the British and Tories to try to cap ture you in order to win the reward, Dick," said Edith. "Yes, that's but we are not afraid of the British. Just let them catch and hang us if they can!" Dick's mother's face grew grave. She feared for the safety of her boy. "You must be very careful, Dick," she said. "I am always careful, mother," the youth replied. "Yes, indeed; you must be very careful," said Edith. After Dick had eaten he talked with his mother and sisbeen captured by the British?" asked his mother, as Dick ter a few minutes longer, and then went over to 1'Ir. Esta-was eating dinner. "It is true, mother," said Dick soberly "It is a hard blow, but Right is bound to triumph in the end. The peo ple of America will yet win their liberty." "I hope so, Dick! I hope so!" "I am sure of it, mother. Things look dark just now, but I have the utmost faith in General Washington. Noth ing seems to daunt him. We will win in the end." "Ahd oh, brother!" said Edith, her eyes sparkling with excitement, "was it true about the wonderful manner in which your company bf 'Liberty Boys' charged the British ?" "Yes, it was true, Edith." brook's to see Alice. He met Bob, who was just starting over to see Edith. Bob was leading his horse. "I've said good-by to the folks," he explained, "and I'm taking my horse along, so I won't haYe to come back home to get him." "That's a good idea, Bob," said Dick; "I'll be back in a.few minutes." 1 "You needn't hurry on my account, old man," with a grin ; "take your time." Dick laughed. "All right," he said; "we must not lose too much time here, however. Business first and pleasure later, Bob, ID)" boy." "Oh, it must have been glorious You don't kno.w how Dick entered the house, and was soon happy in the coll!proud we all were of you and Bob when we heard it!" "Especially proud of Bob, eh, little sister?" remarked Dick, teasingly. "Don't tease, Dick," said Edith; "we were proud of both of you." "I know that, Edie; I was just joking." "Well, for that" matter, I could divide it up by saying that Alice Estabrook was especially proud of you, Dick," i>miled Edith. pany of his sweetheart, Alice. The time passed very swiftly, and he had been three-quarters of an hour when they were suddenly startled by the abrupt entrance of Mr. Estabrook. "You will have to fly, Dick!" he exclaimed. "A band of British troopers is coming up the road They will be here in a few minutes!" '!Oh, is that all?" smiled Dick. "I thought you were going to fire me out because I was talking to Alice." Dick laughed. "Oh, fly, Dick!" cried Alice, her face paling. "What if "Bravo! little sister!" he said. "Well, Bob and I shall they should catch you? They would shoot you or hang always try to so conduct ourselves that you may be proud you!" of us." "I'm not afraid, sweetheart," said Dick, and then he-"I am sure of that, my son," said Mrs. Slater. kissed the beautiful, frightened and trembling girl, shook They conversed as Dick ate, and presently his mother's hands with Mr. Estabrook, and ran out of the house. face sobered, RJ?d she said: Glancing up the road, he saw a band of British "Dick, Mr. Estabrook tells us that there is a reward of coming. They were less than a quarter of a mile away ancl one hundred pounds offered for you and Bob, and he says were coming at a gallop. that should you be will undoubtedly be hung, Dick could reach his home by taking a short cut acros as your work a11 spi11s has incensed the British generals the lot, and by so doing he could keep Mr. Estabrook'o; agai:ast :i-:eu." l house between himself and the approaching redcoats, ancl "We have heard that a reward was offered for our capthrowing a kiss to Alice, he started off at a swift run.


THE L1BERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. Ile ran straight to the stable, and untying Major, led him out into the. road. He called to Bob, who came out of the house. "What! not going so soon, Dick?" Bob exclaimed, re proachfully. "Why, we haven't been here any time at all." "We've got to go, Bob," was the reply. "Yonder comes a band of redcoats!" Edith uttered a little scream. But they did not expect to do this. They would lead the redcoats a chase for three or four miles, and then they would run away from them, and after giving them the slip would take it a little bit easier. The youths followed out this plan exactly. When they had drawn the redcoats three and a half or four miles away from the homes of their folks, they urged their horses on to greater speed, and quickly ran away from "Oh, go !-go at once!" she cried. "You will be captheir pursuers. rnred and murdered!" Bob glanced up the road; then, snatehing a kiss from Edith, he ran out to the road and bounded into the saddle. 'l'he redcoats fell back rapidly, and presently were lost sight of. Then the youths slowed up and let the horses take it "Now we're off!" he cried. easy. Then the two cried "Good-by!" to Mrs. Slater and As they were riding along the road, which wound here Edith, waved their hands and rode away down the road at a and there through the timber, they presently came even -Oallop. with a log cabin, which stood back a hundred yards from The redcoats saw them and set up a yell. the road. They lashed their horses to renewed speed. rrhey glanced at the cabin, and, seeing no one about, pai

. 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE "Let's follow the scoundrel!" cried Bob, excitedly; but Dic k shook his head. X o, we must hasten onward," he said; "let the fellow go. He must be crazy." They look e d in the cabin, but it was empty. Then the youfhs mounted their horses and resumed their interrupted journey. They arrived at the headquarters of General Lee and hid seven thousand troops, at North Castle, at twenty-five min utes past five. CHAPTER V. A PLOTTER IN A HIGH PLACE. rrhe youths hastened to report to General Lee. "How soon will you be ready to return to the com mander-in-chief?" he aslu : .i. Dick looked surprised, as indeed he was. "We could be ready to start back a soon as our horses have an hour's rest,'' he replied. "But we might as well wait and go with the troops, might we not?" The general looked slightly disconcerted, Dick thought. ."You can't do that," he said. ''Why not?" "For the reason that the troops are not going." General Lee spoke in a tone of forced calmness, but ii was evident that he was.,. watching the youths to see how the announcement would strike them. "What!" exclai med Dick, incredulously, while Bob stared in amazement. "Why, the commander-in-chief': orders in those dispatches are explicit and emphatic. He told me himself that the troops must be brought over at thE Somehow Dick, who had seen General Lee on several oc-earliest possible moment." casions, did not like him very well. The youth could not have explained the reason for hi<> not liking the general, but the fact remained just the same. He did not let anything of the state of his feelings show, however, but delivered the dispatches sent by the com mander-in-chief, and, at the suggestion of Gen.eral Lee, he and Bob sat down to wait till the dispatches had been read. General Lee read the dispatches, and then sat for several minutes gazing at the floor in a deep study. In his excitement, Dick forgot that he was speaking to 2 general-to the second officer in command of the entir1 Continental Army, in fact. General Lee flushed. His eyes glowed with an angry light. "Young man,'' he said, his voice trembling, so great wa: his anger, "do you know who you are talking to?" "Yes, I know who I am talking to," replied Dick. "Yoi are General Lee, second in command to General Washing ton; I know, also, that it is your duty to obey the orders o Dick watched the man closely. the commander-in-chief-which you do not seem inclinet Presently General Lee rose to bis feet and paced backto do!" ward and forward, his hands behind his back. He was still looking at the floor. He seemed entirely oblivious of the youths. Dick was puzzled. More, he was vexed. presence of the IIe knew that the dispatches contained absolute and unGeneral Lee fairly gasped. The audacity of the youth was almost beyond belief. "What! do you dare speak in such fashion to me, Gen eral Lee, commander of one-half the Continental forces!' he cried. "Zounds! I will have you arrested and throw1 in the guard-house if you are not more careful!" "General Lee," said Dick calmly, "why do you say th equivocal orders for General Lee to bring the seven thoutroops will not be sent across the river?" sand troops at once across the river and join General "That is none of your business, you impertinent littl Washington and the other portion of the army at Hacken-hound! They will not be sent, and I shall give my reason sack. to General Washington, but not to you!" After reading the orders, the proper thing for General General Lee paused and paced the floor for a few me Lee to do would have been to act at once, to send orders for ments, then continued: the troops to begin getting ready to march immediately. There was nothing to ponder, no excuse for study. The thing to do was to act. "I will overlook your insolence of a few moments ag( young man, but you must be more careful in f?ture. overlook it for the reason that' I wish you to be the bean But General Lee was not acting. of my answer to the commander-in-chief. You may r1 He was walking the floor, and evidently in a deep study. tire while I write the answer. In one hour return, and Presently General Lee paused and turned, facing Dick will be ready for you." and Bob. Dick bowed-he could not trust himself to speak-a11


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. he and Bob took their departure from headquarters without Seated at his writing desk in. the room the youths had an instant's delay. just left, General Lee was thinking rapidly, and getting As soon as they \Yere outside, Dick's anger bubbled over. ready to write to the commander-in-chief. .ni "Bob," h e said hotly, "Gene ral Lee is a scoundrel !" "This is my chance!" he said to himself, '..i ti;i.k thrill of Bob looked around nervously. wicked joy; "the capture of Fort Washington will give me "Be careful what you say, Dick," he said; "some one something to work on. I can write to my friend s in Conmight hear you and report your language to the general, telling of the incompetency of Washington, and can and then you would get into serious trouble." point to the fall of the fort and the loss of three thousand "I can't help it, Bob; if I were to be with him five minof our best troops to prove my words. Then, by "ithholdutes I would tell him the same thing to his face" ing my troops, and ,leaving Washington to shift for him" There does seem to be something wrong about him," self, I will be able to accomplish my object, for he will be Bob acknowledged; "I understand that the commander-ill- defeated and himself and army captured by the British at chief deems it absolutely necessary that the troops be sent an early date. Then my appointment to the position of to his assistance immediately, and it seems very commander-in-chief will follow naturally and promptly. work on the part of General Lee to refuse to send them." Ah! it is the chance of my life!" "It is gross insubordination, Bob! In fact, it is borderThe arch conspirator rose to his feet and paced the floor ing on treason! There is no telling what may happen, if for a few moments. he does not join the commander-in-chief with the troops Then he sat down at his desk and took up the pen. he has here." "What excuse shall I make to Washington?" he mut-"That's right; supposing the British to the number of tered; "I know: I will make no definite excuses at all, but fifteen to twenty thousand should cross the river and move will simply say that the work of moving the army just at down on the less than five thousand men at Hackensack! this time would be impossible, as I am beset by difficlJ.lties, It would mean the massacre or capture of the entire force." the nature of which I will explain when we meet. That. "So it would, Bob." "I wonde; why he refuses to send the men?" "It is hard to say. He is, to my way of thinking, a schemer, however, and no doubt he has some scheme of his own on hand." "Let's see; he's the second in command, being next under General Washington, isn't he?" will be best; and then, if my plan& work, we will not rr-oet. Washington will be captured, will lose prestige, and I will be appointed commander-in-chief! Ah! it is a grrnd scheme, and one which is almost certain of success!" Then General Lee began wrjting with great rapidity. At last he threw down the quill, with a sigh of relief, and looked at his watch. "Yes." "Those messengers will be here in a few minutes," he "Um! Supposing something should happen to General murmured. "Well, the answer to Washington's \Yashington, Dick!" dispatches will be ready for them." Dick started, and looked at Bob quickly. He dried the ink on the paper, folded the paper, seai a d "Why, then, Lee would become commander-in-chief, it, and then sat awaiting the coming of Dick and Bob. Bob!" he exclaimed. "I don't like that young scoundrel!" he thought, referBob nodded. ring to Dick; "he is altogether too saucy, and when I have "So he would, Dick." been made commander-in-chief the first thing I shall do The youths gazed at each other for a few seconds in siwill be to punish him for his language to me to-day!" lcnce, then Dick said in an undertone of angry fierceness: :Meantime the youths had made their way toward a "The scheming scoundrel!" company of soldiers whose quarters were next to those-"I gues that's about what he is!" agreed Bob. occupied by the company of "Liberty Boys" when they And the youths were not so very far wrong m their had been at North Castle. estimate of General Lee. They were well acquainted with the majority of the memHistory tells that this was just the sort of man that bers of the company, and knew they could depend on getGeneral Lee was. ting something to eat. Had the youths been gifted with the ability to read the They ate supper with their friends, and the come rsation mind of General Lee at that moment, they would have disnaturally turned on the matter that had brought the

THE LIBERTY BOYS' Dick told them that the commander-in-chief had sent discussed the question of what route they should take in mders to General Lee to bring the troops across the river at once, and t1 e n added that the general had said he was not nUE ,gomg to u This occasioned gre .at surprise among the soldiers. 'l'hey could not understand it. Indeed, they could hardly bring themselves to believe it. "It i s the truth," said Dick; "General Lee told me so -,with his own lip s He got angry when I told him I thn1ght he ought to obey orders, and threatened to have me arrested and imprisoned in the guardhouse." making the return trip. "Shall we go back the same way we came, Bob?" aske Dick "I leave that to you, old man," was the reply; "you ar more familiar with the country than I, and know better which will be the best way to go." "Well, I think that will be the best way to go; it is just as near, and there is less likelihood of running across the redcoats, I think." "And then we can stop a little while at home, eh, ol "It is very strange," said one of the soldiers ; "it would man ?" look as though the general was afraid to leave this posi"Perhaps, Bob." tion." "The folks will be anxious to know whether or not w "He must have some other rea son, said another; "it got away ifrom t,hat gang of looks as though he wished the command er -in-chie:ll' s army "So they will; well, we will stop lqng enough to let know that we did,?' The youths had ridden about half an hour when they saw 1'I am confident that he is a schemer," said Dick. "I .to be captured." don't like his looks; nor have I from the very first time I a light off to the left hand. They wer e in the and th e light looked as though saw him. He looks like a man who would do almo st anything to further his owii interests." it shone through under and over the door of a cabin. "It's a light in that cabin the fellow was in who :;hot at The discussion continued throughout the time consumed us this afternoon, Dick!" said Bob, in a low, excited fo eating, and then, when the hour was almost up, Dick and Bob returned to General Lee's headquarters. The general received them stiflly. "Are you ready to start on the return trip ?'i. he asked. "W c arc," replied Dick, as coldly and stiflly as the other. "And you will be able to get through to-night?" coldly; "we will get back to General Wash ington as quickly as possible He needs the presence of every man in the Continental army, and needs it badly." General Lee frowned. He knew this was a slap at himself. He ignored it, however. "Here is my reply to General Was hington," he said, handing Dick the letter he bad written. Di ck took it and placed it in an inside pocket of hia coat. "Deliver that into the hands of General Was hington at the earliest possible moment," he said. "I will do so," the youth r eplied, quietly. There was nothing further that General Lee had to say voice. "I guess you are right, Bob!" agreed Dick. "Say; let's take a look into the cabin, and see what sori of looking chap is in there!" suggested Bob. "Agreed," said Dick. The youths dismounted. They tied their horses, and then walked toward the cabin, being guided by the light. There was no window in the front of the cabin, but th< youth s remembered that there was a small one in th( rear. They s tole around to the back of the cabin. They reached the little window, but when they tried tt8 look in they found their vision obscured by a cloth of somi kind, whi ch had been hung up in front of the window. r They finally succeeded in finding a small crack througl which they could see, however, and the sight which men: their gaze caused their blood to boil. d1 In the ioom w ere three men. w Two of the men wore the unifor.m of British soldiers to the youths, and they took their departure. the other was a wicked-looking fellow who look ed like de Their horses hacl rested, and had been well fed, and the hunter or trapper. fo youths could .go at once. The r e was another present-a beautiful girl of abot They saddled and bridled their horses, mounted, and seventeen years. be then, saying good-by to their friends, rode away into the She was seated upon a rough and her bands weth darkness. tied toget her behind her back! The youths paused, when they had gone a mile or so, and She was evidently a prisoner.


'rHE LIBEH!l'Y BOYS' DEFIANCE. so. He wii;hed to learn the whole scheme before doing any thing. CHAPTER VI. THE RESCUE. The face of the man called Stanley .grew dark with anger as he heard the girl's bold c. i\llrhis voice The instant Dick's eyes fell upon the face of the girl he was rough in its sternness as he said: gave a start, and an exclamation almost escaped him. "You will change your tune, Esther Morton, and chang e He recognized the girl. it very quickly, too, for I am going to make you my wife! About two weeks before, when he was making his way See; here is the chaplain of our regiment, whom I have from North Castle to Fort Washington with dispatches brought along, and who will perform the ceremony. We from the commanderlin-chief to General Greene, he had are going to be made man and wife, and at once!" stopped at a house to get something to eat, and await the "Liar!" cried the girl; "I refuse to become your wife. coming of darkness, so that his movements would the betHe cannot perform the ceremony if I refuse." ter be from prowling bands of redcoats. While at the home of the girl, whose name was Esther Morton, some British officers had entered, and Dick had shot two of them down and escaped. The girl and her father, who were strong patriots, fearing they would be roughly had accompanied Dick to the home of a neighbor, where he had left them. And now, here .was the girl a prisoner, and as Dick looked closer at the redcoats, he recognized one as being one of the officers who had entered the house that evening. Dick whispered to Bob, and told him that he recognized the girl and one of the men. Bob was greatly excited. "He can, and will do so was the decided reply. "Your refusal will amount nothing.,, "The thought Dick. "He is a fiend! But Bob and I will spoil his well-laid plans!" Esther Morton seemed stricken by the man's last words. She stared at him, and grew pale as death. The scoundreI noted this, and laughed triumphantly. "Now you are begin:ning to understand matters, I see!" he rema.rked, with a chuckle. "You-fiend!" was all the girl could say. And Marlow laughed again. He seemed to feel that he held the whip-hand. He looked upon the beautiful face of the girl with gloat. "That's a tough crowd in there, Dick!" he said; "what ing eyes. are we going to do ?" "You will soon be mine, sweet Esther he said, in a "Going to do the scoundrels an injury!" said Dick, in half-mocking "get ready for the ceremony!" a fierce undertone. "You will not dare do what you have threatened!" the ''Listen!" whispered Bob. said. The man whom Dick had recognized was standing in "I certainly will dare do what I have threatened!" in a front of the girl an'a talking to her. determined, almost fierce tone; "Morris, get ready to per-Dick pressed his ear close to the window, and could hear form the ceremony!" what was being said. The other redcoat, who, so Marlow claimed, was the "I love you, Miss Morton-Esther!" the fellow was chaplafo of the regiment, said he was ready to perform saying; ''I wish make you my wife. y OU know that.,, the ceremony. "You take a strange way fo show 'you'r love!" was the As a matter of fact, Dick did not believe the man was: reply of the girl, her voice full of scorn. .. the chaplain of any regiment. "You drove me to it, Esther," was the reply; "I pleaded To the youth's eyes, he looked more like a confederate i11l my love, but you scorned me. There was nothing else to crime of Marlow's. do, as I have made up my min d that you shall be my wife, However, it did not matter, as Dick did not intend the whether you wish to or not!" "I will never be your wife, Stanley Marlow! I hate and despise you, and all your rec1coated tribe;! I would die be fore I would marry you!" "What a brave girl!" thought Dick, as he watched the beautiful face and fl.ashing eyes; "and what a scoundrel hat officer is Dick could hardly restrain himself from rushing into t11e and shooting the redcoat down; but did manage to do fellow should perform any ceremony at all. The officer seized the arm of the girl, and pulled her to her feet. "Go ahead with the cerem<;my, Morris!" he ordered. The girl uttered a sudden, shrill scream. "Help!" she cried; "help! murder!'' Curses escaped the lips of Marlow, while the hunter-trap per rascal looked up with an uneasy expression of coun and said something.


lG THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. Dick did not wait for anything more, however. "Major is strong, and can carry both of us easily," said Rushing to the door he first tried to open it, but found Dick. it fastener1 rnu Then he leaped it with all his might. The door creaked, but withstood the onslaught. "Come on, boys cried Dick, in a toud voice; "surround the house Again Dick threw himself against the door, but it was Bob was ready by this time, and they set out down th..: road. They went slowly, and listened intently, for they thought that they might hear the three men who had fled so swiftly. They heard nothing, however, and presently decided that they were to hear nothing from theIQ. at all. too strong, and did not give way. But they were to hear from them before the night was "They're going out through the other doorway, Dick!" ended. cried Bob, who had remained at the window. "Now, Esther," said Dick, presently; "tell us all about Then the youths raced around the cabin, and came it. How came you to be in the hands of those s?oundrels ?" around the corner just as the three men emerged from the doorway. "Shoot them Kill the scoundrels cried Dick, and he and Bob both fired at the same in stant. A yell of pain went up from one of the fleeing men, though which one the youths could not tell, as they all three kept on running. "It is very simple, Dick,'' Es ther said; "when father and I went back to our home, the morning after you left us, you know, we found our house in ashes." "I know that, Esther; I went past there on my way tO' Fort and it had been burned then." "Yes. Well, we were out of a home, for the time being,1 so we decided to come up to t4e home of my uncle, father': "After them!" roared Dick; "don't let the scoundrels brother, who lives only about miles from here, and escape!" and again he and Bob fired. The three frightened men had disappeared in the dark ness of the forest now,. and the youths returned to the cabin. stay there till our house 'was rebuilt!" "I see," said Dick. "I have been there ever since, and only a few days after had taken up my abode there, this British officer, Stanle { "They won't stop running very soon!" said Bob. "They Marlow-he was one of those three officers who came to om think there are a lot of us." They entered the cabin, and as the eyes of the girl fell upon Dick's face, she uttered a cry of delight. "Dick," she cried; "oh, I am so glad you came in time to save me!" "And so am I, Esther!" cried Dick. Then he quickly cut the rope binding the girl's hands together behind her back. "What does it mean, Esther?" :pick !liSked ; "how _did those scoundrels manage to get hold of you and bring you here?" "It was the work of that awful man, Stanley Marlow," was the reply; "I'll tell you all about it presently." Then Dick introduced Bob. "Now," he said, "we had better be going. Those fellows house that evening, Dick, and ate supper with you-founc me, and he began pestering me with attentions at once. Ht said he had loved me from the moment he set eyes on mi at the house that evening, and he wanted to marry me. did not like him at all, but rather disliked him, and tol! him so, and forbade him coming to see me, but he persistetf and finally uncle ordered him off the place He went, rout tering threats, and we heard no more from him until thi evening, when, as I was walking along the road, he and companion leaped out and made me a prisoner, after whict1 E they took me to that cabin. They seemed to know th owner of the cabin, for although I appealed to him to me, he paid no attention." "He was a confederate, no doubt," said Dick. to "I suppose so; and, oh, Dick I am so glad you came an to may return at any moment, and we don't want to let thei;n saved me!" find us here." There was a tremor in the girl's voice which showed ho: to "That's right," agreed Bob. deeply she felt. ha Then the three has!ened out of the cabin, and to where "And you don't know how glad I am that Bob and the youths had left their horses. happened along just in time to be of service to you, I\.h "We have but two horses, so you will have to ride up in ther !"said Dick. "I owe you and your father a large de! front of me, I guess, Esther," said Dick, and then he mounted Major, and reaching down, lifted the girl to a place in front of him. even yet; but for me you would have a home and be livithE there peacefully and quietly." the "Oh, you owe us nothing, Dick!" the girl protested; "he


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 17 l ; we who owe you a debt of gratitude for what you have one for m e They talked as they rode along, and they had gone per-laps a mil e and a half, when Dick suddenly said to Bob: G "Stop your horse, Bob!" Bob obeyed, and Dick brought Major to a stop at the t ,ame instant. "Listen!" said Dick, in a low, cautious tone. s All three listened intently, but could hear nothing. I "Strange!" said Dick; "I was sure I heard the sound of t behind us." "Oh, do you think those terrible men have followed us, ick ?'' the girl asked. "It is quite likely that they have done so, Esther." "I hardly think so, Dick," said Bob; "they were too [ adly frightened. I'll wager they are running yet!" "I don't know about that, Bob," soberly. "They may have discovered that there were only two of us, in which case they would not be afraid to follow us.'" "And serve him right!" said Dick. Bob nodded vigorous assent. Mr. Morton could not thank the youths enough for what they had done, but they told him not to try to thank them, that they were glad to have been of service to Esther, and the means of defeating the redcoats' plans. Besides, I am still in debt to Esther and her father," said Dick; "their house would not have been burned down but for me." C:ij:APTER VII. THE FIGHT AT TH'E HOUSE. The youths were on the point of starting ahead on their journey, when the sound of horses' hoofbeats on th, e ground was heard a "Let us hurry on!" said Esther, nervously. The horses were coming from the south, the direction in "I don't think there is any danger that they will attack which Dick and Bob were about to start. s," said Dick; "they are probably following in order to see "They are British troopers, I will wager anything!" ho we are, and whether we are likely to continue on, in cried Mr. Morton. hich event they may try to get ahead of and waylay us." "Then we must hasten away from here, Bob!" said "You must not continue on to-night, Dick!" said Dick. sther; "you must stay over night at uncle's." "You must do nothing of the kind!" said Mr. Morton. "No, we can't do that, Esther," Dick replied; "we are "Enter the house, as quickly as I will put your the bearers of dispatches from General Lee to General horses where they won't be found, and will join you in a ashington, and must hasten on." "I am afraid you will be and murdered!" the girl said, with a shudder. "I don't think there is much danger, Esther." They rode onward, and two or three times Dick thought e heard hoofbeats behind them, but when they paused and few minutes." The youths hesitated, but the gentleman pushed them toward the doorway, and Esther cried out for them to "come in," so they did so, Mr. Morton disappearing around the corner of the house, leading the horses. Dick closed aQd b!l.rred the door. istened they could hear nothing. "That is good and strong," he remarked to Bob; "tl:ie A short time afterward they arrived at the home of redcoats would have hard work breaking through there." sther's uncle. "So they would," agreed Bob. The house was in an uproar. "They've stopped!" said Esther, turning Esther's uncle had become anxious when his niece failed Sure enough, the hoofbeats, which had been plainly aud0 come home at a reasonable hour, anu he had walked over ible till they came even with the house, had ceased. o the neighbor's to see what was keeping her. Presently the sound of footsteps was heard. He learned that the girl had left there two hours before "They are approaching the house!" whispered Esther. o go home, and Mr. Morton knew at once that something The poor girl was trembling. had happened. She had just passed through one nerve-trying ordeal, as He was just getting ready to go in search of his niece, a prison er in the hands of the scoundrel Stanley Marlow, hen she arrived in company with Dick and Bob. and now she was in no col\dition to be further tried in this He was surprised and angry when he heard the story of respect. he abduction of the girl, and he threatened that if ever Just then there came a rapping on the door. he British officer showed his face about the place again, e would shoot the scoundrel dead. Dick looked around. I Mrs. Morton was standing near.


18 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' DE. FIAN'CE. She, too, was badly frightened, as well as Esther. Dick stepped to her side. "When they rap again, you answer," he said in a whisper. "I' ll tell you what to say." Mrs. Morton nodded, and approached nearer the door. Again there came the rapping on the door. lt was louder and more vigorous this time. The person doing the rapping was becoming impatient. "Tell him to s tate what is wanted," whispered Dick. They counted seven, and then there was Marlow at t door, which would make eight. "We can make it lively for eight redcoats, Dick!" sa Bob. "Yes; I think we can make it interesting for them Mr. Morton had entered as the redcoat officer' s 1 words were spoken, and he whispered to his wife to te them that the door would not be opened. "We will not open the door!" called out Mrs. Morton. "What is wanted?" called out Mrs. Morton. An exclamation of rage, accompanied by what sound "We want the door opened!" came back in a loud, imlike an oath, was heard, and then Marlow cried: perious tone. "Who are you?" asked the lady, having been prompted "Open the door, or we will batter it down!" "You had better not try it l" cried the lady. by Dick. The officer's voice was heard addressing the soldie "I am Stanley Marlow, captain in the king's guards!" and the next moment the sound of battering upon the do came the reply. "Open, in the king's name!" "What do you want?" "We want those two rebel spies who are in there!" Dick gave Bob. and Esther a significant look when the man outside said he was Stanley Marlow. "I thought I recognized his voice," he whispered to Esther. The poor girl was worse frightened than ever. "He will shoot or hang you if he gets his hands .on you!" she whispered. "There are no rebel spies in here!" called out Mrs. Mor ton, on her own responsibility. Dick had been on the point of answering 1Marlow him self, and bidding him aefiance, but decided to wait awhile, and see what happened, first. "I am sorry to have to dispute the word of a lady," came was heard. The soldiers were pounding against the door with tl butts of their muskets. "Stop that!" called Mrs. Morton; "stop pounding c that door!" The answer was renewed energy on the part of the m pounding on the door. "They will soon break it down if they keep on at th1 rate!" said Mrs. Morton, a frightened expression upon hi face. "Let's put a stop to that, Bob!" said Dick. ".A'.11 right, Dick!" The youths each drew a pistol, which they held in t right hand. ] Eacl1 took hold of the bottom portion of the window wilt their left hand. "When I say 'now,' whispered Dick, "lift the wil the reply; "but those two spies were here ten minutes ago, dow !" when we passed going south, and we did not meet them as "All right," Bob replied. we rode back. They must be in there!" As the Britons making desperate to battl ] "They are not here!" the lady replied ,in as firm a voice down the door, the wmdow was suddenly raised and ti11 as she could muster. were confronted by two drawn pistols held in the hands 1a "We decline to take even a lady's word for anything two determined "Liberty Boys.'' these times; Mrs. Morton Open, and let us see for OUf selves !" "There must be a gang of them out there, Dick," whis pered Bob. "Yes; Marlow and his companion have run onto some troopers, and have decided to try to capture us." "I wonder if we could see out of the window?" "Stop pounding on that door, and leave this once,'' cried Dick, his voice ringing out menacingly; v we will fire upon you!" "We are dead shots, and will shoot to kill!" suplemenb Bob. 1, The men stopped pounding on the door, and obeyin c low-voiced order from Stanley Marlow, they reversed thE "I don't know. We can try it." muskets and fired at the youths in the window. 't They made their way to the window and looked out. Dick and Bob had seen the movement in time, howev40 The moon was now up high enough so that it was quite and dropped their heads below the level of the window light outside just before the shots were fired. The result was that tn They could see the redcoats. bullets whistled above their heads.


'rIIE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 19 -----=========-=-=============================================:: ; h "Now, up and give it to them!" cried Dick. the three in it, side by side, and covered them over. Then They leaped up, stuck the pistols out through the open they returned to the house, put the pick and spade away, ti rindow, and, taking aim, firecl. and re-entered the house. Two of the redcoats sank to the ground with cries of pain. They made their way to the spare room, and took a look The youths drew two more pistols, and again they fired, at the wound ed man. ringing down two more of the redcoats. "Do you think he will die?" asked Esther, as the y0ull1" had managed to draw a pi sto l, and he fired at turned away. lhc youths, but missed. "Now out and at them, Bob!" cried Dick, whose blood ras up; "lefs finish the gang!" With the words Dick leaped bodily and boldly through he window, and rushed upon the redcoats, knife in hand. Bob was right behind him, and the sudden attack of the r ouths, following on the fall of four of their number, de oralized the redcoats. They turned and fled. Dick could have stuck Marlow in the back with the knife, "Not necessarily," replied Dick; "but he will require careful nursing." "What a dreadful thing is war!" said Mrs. Morton with a shudder. "Yes, it is dr e adful," coincided Dick; "but we are not to blame. If King George would keep his troops on the other side of the ocean, and let us alone, there would be no war. He is to blame." True," acknowledg e d Mr s Morton. "Well, I hope he will see the error of his ways, and withdraw his troops bebad he desired, but he was not the youth to do such a thing. fore long." The redcoat was a villain of the deepest dye, but the "I fear there is not much reason to expect that he will do did not feel that it would be right to kill him without iYing him a chance for his life. Dick was close enough to do something else, however, ml he could not resist the temptation: He gave the fleeing redcoat a vigorous kick, which ex tracted a yell of pain from him, and caused him to ac cele rate his speed. "Take that! and stay away from here in future!" cried so," said Dick. "He is very stubborn." There was one thing that was bothering Dick. An encounter had taken place at the house of Mr. Mor ton. Three of the redcoats had been killed and one serio u sly wounded, arid Dick was afraid this would result in trouble for Mr. Morton. The youth was afraid the redcoats would return and bum ick. the house, murder Mr. Morton and perhaps his wife, and The redcoats l eaped upon their horses, and rode away carry Esther away. own the road at a great rate. He communicated his fears to Mr. Morton privately, as T/1e youths returned to the house and looked at the four he did not wish to alarm the ladies. a11en redcoats. Three were dead, and the fourth was seriously wounded. Dick announced this to Mr. Morton, and asked what hould be done with the wounded man. "I guess we had better take him indoors, and do what we an for him," was the reply; "common humanity demands hat much." "I don't there is. much danger/' the gentle man, who was a brave man; have been given a severe lesson to-night, and I think th(!y will fight shy of this house in future." "I hope so," said Diel\; "I was. the cause of your brother' s house being burned down, and now if I should be the cause of yours being burned, I should feel very badly about it." "Very well," said Dick, "we will carry him in. Then "You would not be to blame, Mr. Slater," said the gen hile you and the women folks are attending to the poor tleman; "you rescued Esther from the hands of those scoun ellow's wounds, Bob and I will bury these three." drels, and could not do otherwise than come here with her. Dick, Bob and Mr. Morton carried the wounded Briton B efo re you could get away, the redcoats came, and you sim nlo lhe house, and to a spare room, and placed him on a ply defended yourselves. You are not to blam e." ed. "I am glad you look at it in that light," said Dick. "It Then, leaving Mr. Morton and his wife and Esther to do make s me feel better." hat they could for the wounded man, the youths went out "There is no other way to look at it," was the reply. "Well, you must be very careful, and keep your eye3 !lick went to the smoke-house and got a pick and spade, open," Dick cautioned. "Don't let them take you by nd them he and Bob carried the dead men over into the pri se, and ,if they attack you, kill as many of them as you ; 0 :;f the timber, and, after digging a slrnllow grave, laid can !"


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. "I will do so." "'1-e must be goin g now," said Dick; "if you will tell to find our horses, we will get them." "I '"ill bring them around to the front of the house," was the reply. ,. "Thank you," said Dick; then he and Bob proceeded "Do you suppose there is any danger of those fell waylaying us, Dick, and :firing on us as we pass along?" "I was thinking of that, Bob. I hardly think there any danger, though. They were loo badly frightened." At this instant they heard a sharp voice cry : "Fire The youths chopped forward upon the necks of lh to say good -by to Mrs. Morton and Esther. horses, just as the crack! crack of several muskets "When will you be back in lhis part of the country, heard. Dick?" asked Esther. This action saved their lives, a the bullets whistl There was a wistful look in the girl's eyes and a barely above them at the spot their bodies had occupied a mom perceptible tremor in her m ice as she askcd thc question. "I don't know, Esther," repli e d Dick, gently. "I may be back this way soon, and I might not be back again for weeks, or even months. I hope to not be away so long, however." "If you should be passing anywhere near, you must stop, Dick!" the girl said, earnestly. "I certainly will do so, Esther," the youth replied. :Mr. Morton had brought the horses around now, and the youths went out and mounted. With a few more words of caution to Mr. Morton, Dick before. Instantly the youths straightened up, turned thei r hors heads and plunged forward toward the underbrush fr which the sh9ts had come. At the same in stant they drew their pistols. They plunged into the underbrush and were just in ti to see several redcoats running as if for their lives. The youths fired quickly, but, as they did not take a it was doubtful if they hit either of the fleeing men. The youths did not pursue the redcoats. They had other business to attend to. and Bob rode away down the moonlit road. "That was Marlow and his three companions," sa When they came to a bend which would hide them from Dick. the view of thorn watching, the youths turned in their sad dles and waved their hats. Ur. and Mrs. l\forton and Esth e r waYed in r e turn, and then the youths put spurs to their horses and rode rapidly onward. "Dick," said Bob, abruptly; "that girl is in 10ve with you!" "Do you think so, Bob?" asked Dick. "Yes; but how could help being?" "I hope you are wrong, Bob," said Dick, soberly; "I love @ly your sister Alice, and I would be grieved if I thought I was to be the means of causing a sweet girl like Esther unhappiness." ":Yiaybe she will get over it i she doesn't see you often, Dick." "Perhaps so, Bob. I think I had better stay away from where she is." "Maybe she will see some one else, and fall in love with him, Dick." "I wish that she might, Bob!" CHAPTER VITI. "CATCH AND HANG US IF YOU CAN!" The youths rode for a few minutes in silence, and then Bob said: "Yes; he theiught he woulc1 get even with us for what did to his gang back at Mr. Morton 's." "He came very near c1oing it, too, Bob. That was a clo call." "That's right; if we hadn't dropped forward on t horses' necks, we would have been killed, sure!" The youths rode onward at a good pace. Half an hour later they arrived at Dick's home. The house was dark and silent. "I guess they have gone to bed," said Dick; "well, won't disturb them.'' They rode onward, and when they came opposite Bob home, they saw the house was lighted. "Maybe your folks are over here, Dick,'' said Bob. "Maybe so, Bob. We'll stop and see, anyway." They did so, and found that this was the case Mrs. Slater and Edith had come over to spend the eve ing. They were just getting ready to return to their ow home when the youths put in an appearance and the postponed starting till the youths should take their de parture. Dick and Bob related the story of their adventures sine leaving there in the afternoon, and then half an hour wa. spent in conversation. At the end of that time the youths said they must con tinue on their way, and bidding all good night, Dick an


' THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 21 ob made their way out to the road, Alice and Edith acThey were going tov.rard their destination, and they did Ompanying them. not care if the redcoats did urge them on to greater speed The youth s gave the girls a hug and some kisses, and than they would ordinarily lilave traveled. The redcoats h en, mounting their horses, rode away. kept up the chas e with commendable p e rseYerance and deThe youths were soon at Tarrytown, but did not tarry termination, but they were gradually falling b e hind. here. Their horses were not so sp<;)edy as those on which D i ck They rode straight on through. and Bob were mounted. At the same time they kept a sharp lookout for redcoats "A good hor s e is a mighty good thing, Bob!" said Dick. nd Tories. They knew there were many of the latter in "You are right, old man; our horses ar e getting us out he village, and thought might be some of the former. of this difficulty in fine shape." This proved to be the case. "A fellow engaged in our business wouldn't be safe for They had almost reached the further side of the village, a minute if mounted on a slowpoke of a horse," said Dick. nd were congratulating themselves on not having en ountered any enemies, when they met a company of British roopers, who were just entering the village. Instantly the youths whirled their horses and darted own a side street. The redcoats saw them, and set up a yell. "After them!" cried the commander of the company, loud voice; "they are rebels Catch them, and then we'll ave a hanging bee!" ''Catch and hang us if you can!" cried Dick, defiantly. "You can t do it!" cried Bob The youths had great confidence in their horses. "You are right about that!" The fugitives gradually drew away from their purrners, and presently could neither see nor hear them They did not immediately slacken their speed, however, as they were confident the redcoats would keep up the chase for awhile longer They did not feel a bit worried. They felt that they were safe. They rode at least a mile further at full speed before slowing down. Then, being sure that the redcoats were so far behind they would not be able to pull up with them, Dick and Bob was a magnificent animal, very speedy, and Bob's brought their horses down to a moderate gallop. _orse was not so very far behind him in speed and en"What are so many gangs of redcoats doing, chasing urance. The youths did not believe the redcoats' horses could eep up with theirs. "Lean forward; they are going to fire!" cried Dick. The youths dropped forward on the necks of the horses. The next instant there came the crash of firearms. The bullets whistled about the fugitives, but none took ffect. Dick and Bob uttered a shout of defiance. "You couldn't hit us in a hundred years!" cried Dick. The British troopers lashed their horses unmercifully. They were angered by the taunts of the youths, and ished to catch them. "We must make a half circuit, and manage to get back around up here in the country?" asked Bob "They are foraging, Bob. They are stealing food and valuables of all kinds wherever they can lay hands on them." "O.f course, they pick out patriots to rob, where it is pos sible to do so." "Oh, yes; they do that." Half an hour later, they entered the village of Dobb's Ferry. They rode down toward the ferry landing. They proceeded cautiously. They remembered their experience on the flat-boat the day before. "What are you going to do if that gang of redcoats are to the road again," said Dick. "We musn't let them run on guard, Dick?" asked Bob. s in a airection that will be out of our way." "Try to s are them out, old man. We must get across "That's so," agreed Bob. The first street they came to that turned in the direction e y wished to go, Bick headed into it, Bob keeping close ongside him. Presently they made another turn to the left, and after ing in this direction for a short distance they came to the road leading southward. Striking into this, they de on in the direction they wished to go, well satisfied the river, redcoats or no redcoats." "I'm with you!" said Bob, grimly. The youths reached the landing without having seen an y thing of the redcoats. The boat was there, but there was nobody on b'oard it. The youths knew where the ferryman lived. His house was about fifty yards away, up the slope. Dick went up and roused the ferryman


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. He came down, and the youths led their horses on the cral Washington know they had returned from North boat. Castle. Five minutes later they were moving away from the The youths entered and sat down in the room where the shore. were about fifty yards out when the band of red co31ts that had been chasing them, and which they had al most forgotten about, came riding furiously down to the orderly spent most of his time, to await the summons from the co,mmander-in-chief. Fifteen minutes later the orderly returned and told them to follow, him. landing. He led the way to the room occupied by the commanderThe commander shouted furiously for the ferryman to in-chief. return. The ferryman was a patriot, but he did not wish the redGeneral Washington was up and dressed. I He greeted the youths pleasantly, and looked at them coats to know it. eagerly. He was badly frightened. "You made the trip in safety, then!" he said. "I am "What shall I do, gentlemen?" he asked; "if I refuse to glad of that!" return they will brand me as a rebel, and there is telling ;what they may do to me!" "I'll fix that," said' Dick. Then he drew his pistol, and, pointing it at the head of the ferryman, cried, in a voice loud enough for the redcoats to hear: "Yes, we made it in safety, your excellency," said Dick. Then he handed the commander-in-chief the letter from General Lee. Washington opened the letter and read it. The youths, knowing the contents of the letter, watched the face of the commander-in-chief with interest. "Attempt to return, ferryman, and you are a dead man! At first the expression on the general's face was one of Go straight ahead!" expectation. Soon, however, the expression changed to "When you go back you can tell them that you were one of surprise, and then presently to indignation. The forced to take us across, at the point of the pistol," said square, iron-like jaws of the commander-in-chief became Dick, quietly. "They will not harm you then." more stern-set than ever. "I guess they won't," was the dubious reply. When he had finished reading, General Washington sat It took nearly half an hour to cross the river, and when motionless for a minute at least, looking down at tha the other side was reached they went ashore, paid the ferryfloor. man, and mounting, rode onward, feeling well satisfied. Presently he looked up. "I guess we are safe now, Dick," said Bob; "I don't suppose there are any redcoats on this side of the river." "Perhaps not, Bob; it is not certain, however." The youths rode onward at a good pace. Their experience seemed to bear out Bob's idea regarding there being no redcoats on the west si.d.e of the river, for they saw none. It was about three o'clock in the morning when they ar rived at Fort-Lee. They had talked the matter over, and decided that they would report to General Washington as soon as they reached headquarters. Knowing the contents of the letter they bo)l(:l from Gen eral Lee would be a surprise and disappointment to the CODJmande r-in-chief, they figured it that he would wish to know about it at the earliest possible moment. So as soon as they had attended to their horses and made them comfortable, the youths made their way to the farmhouse in which Generals Washington and Greene were sleeping. The youths rouced an ordecly, and told him to let Goo-"Orderly!" he called. The orderly el!tered a few moments later. "A waken General Greene, and send him here as soon as he has dressed," was the order. The orderly saluted and withdrew. The commander-in-chief looked at the youths. "You know what this letter contain"'!;?" he asked. "We have a pretty good idea, your excellency," said Dick, quietly. "Did General Lee say anything special to you, or in your hearing?" he asked. "No; nothing special. He said he was not going to bring the troops over, was about all." "He told you that?" "Yes, sir." "And he did not state his reasons?" "No, sir." Fifteen minutes later the door opened, and General Greene entered. He looked at the inquiringly, after greeting the youths.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 23 "What is it, general?" he asked. "General Lee refuse s to send the troops!" General Greene started. river, I would place it in his hands if I had to fight every inch of the way through redcoats and Tories !'1 "Good Well, take the order, and deliver it to General "What!" he exclaimed, a look of blank amazement apLee as soon as possible. It is imperative that the army earing on his face. under bis command join my army here at once." I "Read for yourself!" and the commander-in-chief anded him the letter. General Greene read the letter, a look of indignation apearing on his face as he did so. 1 "Why, this is almost beyond belief!" he exclaimed ; "We won1t let any grass grow under the feet of our horses, your excellency." Dick placed the order carefully in his pocket, and then he and Bob saluted and withdrew. The youths had already saddled and bridled their horses, 'what does the man mean?" so all they had to do was to mount and ride away. "It looks as if he means to let us shift for ourselves," This they did without any loss of time, and ten minutes eplied General Washington. after leaving the presence of the commander-in-chief they "But you are not going to permit him to have his way?" were out of the fort, and riding away toward the north. "Not if I can help it!" said Washington; "I shall send "Will we take the same route we traveled yesterday, messeng e r to him to-morrow with peremptory orders to Dick?" asked Bob. ring his portion of the army across the river and join us mediately!" "And I'll take the order!" cried Dick, promptly. CHAPTER IX. BACK TO NORTH CAS'l'LE. The commander-in-chief looked at Dick approvingly. "I should be glad to have you do so," he said; "but won't u be too much fatiguea to attempt the trip? You have st returned from there, and have surely had but little st." "We can get four hours' sleep, and then leave here at 1-past eight," said Dick. "That will be enough to rt, will it not?" "Oh, yes; well, you had better go to bed at once, stJ as get all the sleep possible." The youths saluted and withdrew, going to the quarters upied by the company of "Liberty Boys." ext morning, after breakfast, they presented themselves ore the commander-in-chief, and announc e d themselves being ready to start on trip to North Castle. he commander-in-chief looked as if he had spent a sleep s night. t was evident that he was greatly worried "Yes; we are familia1 with it, Bob; a:iul it ii a:o :11@d as any we take,.anyway." "So it is, I guess." The youths made very good time, and when they rea ched the ferry-landing opposite Dobb's Ferry, and rode onto the ferryboat in the coolest, most offhand manner imagin able the ferryman was very much astonished, as were also the half-dozen British soldiers who were there. It hap pened that they were the same fellows who were on thl' boat the day before, and they looked as if they did not know what to make of the bold yuuths. The youths had their eyes on the redcoats, and as soon as they had dismounted, Ditik and Bob drew their pistols and advanced to within a few feet of where the redcoats stood. "If you fellows behave all will be well," said Dick, coldly and quietly; "but," he went on, mena cing ly, "if you try any tricks, there will Le trouble!" The redcoats, although outnumbering the youths thrl'e to one, were awed by the audacity of the two, as well as .by the knowledge of who they were. The youths' reputation for being dangerous was well known, and the red coats felt that they were as good as dead men if they tried to attack the two. Dick and Bob stood there, pi s tol in hand, and the red coats made no move toward trying to capture them; then when the other side was reach e d, the two led their horses off the boat, mounted and rode away as coolly a s if there was not a foe within a hundred miles. "Well, that beats anything I ever saw for nerv e !'' said 'Ah! you are on h a nd, I see," he remarked; "well, do the ferryman to him self, a feeling of admiration taking feel as if you could get through, and carry this possession of him; "those two boys are the rnd nt to General Lee?" and he held up a folded paper. bra"est fellows I ever saw in all my life!" 'Indeed, yes, your excellency," said Dick, promptly; "if "Why didn't you try to capture them?" he a-sked the s an ordel" to Gooexal Lee to bring the troops across the rod.coats, as tl:e youths rode away. \ I


,.. 24 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. "We did not have a strong enough force," was the reply. "Why, you were six to two!" "I know; but those two are fiends to fight-regular devils l" "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes; they are equal to a dozen common men." "Who are they?" asked the ferryman, pretending that he did not know. "Their names are Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, and they are the two best spies in the rebel army." "Oh, that's who they are? I've heard of them." "Of course you have-everybody has. So you know it would not do for six to try to capture the two, when they had pistols drawn." that, as they were on important business for the commander-in-chief. They would not have waited that long, only for letting the horses have time to eat. Then they mounted and rode away again, first promising to stop on the way back, if they came that way. As may be supposed, Alice and Edith were glad the boys had come again so soon. If it had been left to them, doubtless they would have had Dick and Bob given the task of riding backward and forward between Fort Lee and North Castle all the time. The youths rode onward, and not meeting with any ad ventures that delayed them, reached North Castle at about half-past three o'clock. They reported to General Lee at once. "That'-s so." "What! are you back again?" exclaimed General Lee, "Say, Dick, those fellows on the boat were afraid of us, when he saw who the messengers were: weren't they!" laughed Bob, as the youths rode up the "Yes, we are back again," said Dick, coldly. road. He did not like the man, so was coldly polite, and tlrnt "It looked that way, Bob," with a smile. was all. "Yes, they were pretty badly scared." Dick handed General Lee the order which he had brought "I guess you are right, Bob; else they would certainly from the commander-in-chief, and the general took it have attacked us, and tried to capture us." opened it with nervous fingers. "We must be making quite a name for ourselves, Dick!" It was plain to the youths that the man was uneasy r "Yes; but I hope we will be able to make a much greater garding the contents of the communication. name for ourselves before the war is ended." "We'll keep right on trying, Dick." "So we will." The youths rode onward, and reached Tarrytown at about noon. They did not stop there, but hastened onward. They were in a hurry to reach their homes, as they in tended taking dinner with their folks again to-day, as they had done the day before. "They'll be surprised to see us again so soon, Dick," said Bob. I "So they will, Bob. It will be a pleasant surprise, though." "So it will." He read the letter, and then rose and paced backwar and forward across the floor. He gazed down at the floor, and seemed to be thinkin deeply. At last he raised his eyes, and they fell upon Dick an Bob. "You may retire,;' he said. "Remain in camp ti}i I sen for you." "I suppose we may as well remain and go with th army?" said Dick. "Do what you are ordered to do, and ask no questions!' was the angry reply. The youths left the room without taking the trouble t salute, and when they were outside Bob grinned in a comica manner. e Half an hour later they arrived at the gate in front of Bob's home, and, as they anticipated, the folks were sur prised to see them. "Say, the general was mad, wasn't he!" he said. b "He did seem a bit angry," smiled Dick. "Well, I don Dick hastened on to his home, and was greeted with delighted surprise by his mother and sister. He explained matters to them, as Bob was explaining care. I don't like him, Bob!" "Neither do I; and if the truth was known, I'll bet tha the commander-in-chief doesn't like him any too well !'' matters to his folks at home, and, as was their usual cus"He's a scheming rascal, if he is a general, Bob!" sai tom, youths changed places after dinner, Dick Dick, decidedly. o 1 over to Estabrook's and Bob coming over to Dick's "I guess you are old man." e home. The youths made themselves at home. f The half hour they spent with their sweethearts was a very enjoyable one, but they would not wait longer than They knew lots of the soldiers, and being well-liked, we 1 not likely to feel lonesome or out of place.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 25 Then, too, the youths had been in battle two days be-They ate supper with the soldiers and waited patiently I lre, when the British captured Fort Washington, and the for the order to come for them to r'eport to General Lee, ildiers wished to hear all about it. but they waited in vain. ; The truth of the matter was that the troops were getting They stayed up till ten o'clock, and then, being sleepy and feeling sure that they would not be sent for that night, 1 They would much rather have been somewhere where they wrapped themselves in blankets furnished by their [ iey would be in action than to be sitting quietly here at friends, and, lying down in the soldiers' quarters, went tot forth Castle, twenty miles away from the British. sleep. "I don't see why the general don't take us over across the They ate breakfast with the soldiers next morning, and iver, where we join Washington's army," said one; confidently expected to be sent for at an early hour; but [ then the commander -in-chi ef could do something again they were disappointed. Noon came, and still they le army split in this fashion he can do nothing. We are had received no orders from General Lee to appear before -f no benefit to him whatever." him. "To speak plainly," said Dick, "I don't think General "What does he mean, anyway?" said Dick; "I don't wants you to be of benefit to the commander-inderstand it at all. He is neither obeying orders to move hief 'You think not?" The soldiers looked surprised. "That is just what I think The fact of the matter is mt General Lee is second in command of the Continental rmy, and if anything should happen to GeneraJ Washing m, he would be made commander-in-chief." The soldiers opened their eyes and stared in amazement. "Ah, ha said one ; "I see the point "You'd better be careful how you talk, Dick," said an ther; "if the general should learn of it, he would have u arrested." "I am not afraid of it getting to his ears," said Dick; you fellows won't take it to him. Still, I wouldn't care ery much if it did get to him, for it is the truth, I am con-his army across the river, nor is he in the least hurry to even answer the commander-in-chief's communication." He is acting very strangely, it seems to me," said Bob. "He certainly is, Bob!" They ate dinner, and waited as patiently as they could. Both were getting fidgety, however. "I'll tell you what, Bob," said Dick, "if he doesn't send for us before supper, just as soon as we have eaten, we will mount our horses and start back, anyway!" "But we would be disobeying orders, Dick; he told us to wait till he sent for us." "I don't care; we are not under him. He has no right to make us stay here. Our company of 'Liberty Boys' is with the army under the commander-in-chief at Hackendent, and it might do him some good, and waken him up sack, and we have the right to return to our company, and bit if he knew his schemes were suspected." I shall do it!" '"It looks Yery strange, his not moving to join the com-No summons came before supper time, but while they .1ander-in-chief," said a soldier. "We are certainly needed were eating an orderly came and told them that General rnre." "Indeed you are," agreed Dick; "and I brought a posi1ve and peremptory order from the commander-in -chi ef esterday, and another one to-day, for General Lee to bring ie troops across the river, and you see how he has beyed." "We ought to be getting ready to move at this very moient," said another. "So we ought," from still another. "that you do Lee wished them to report to him at once. "Tell him we'll be there as soon as we get through eat ing supper," replied Dick, coolly, and the orderly, his eyes sticking out in astonishment, bowed and retired. "He has made us wait mor;fuan twenty-four hours, he can wait a few minutes," said Dick,""quietly, and the sol-diers applauded him heartily. \ -When they had finished eating, the youths made their way to General Lee's headquarters. Dick expected to receive a reprimand for keeping the "And I will wager anything," said Dick, Lot receive an order to move at all!" general waiting, and was prepared to speak plainly at being Dick and Bob had no thought other than that they would detained for twenty-four hours, but General Lee had not a e summoned to General Lee's headquarters in the course word of reproof to utter. f an hour or so, and be sent back to the commander-in "Here is a message. Take it to General Washington," ief with a message of some kind, but the afternoon passed was all he said, but it was said in a very curt tone. way, even ing came, and still they were not sent for. Dick took the document and placed it in his pocket.


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' DEFIAXCE. '"It will be in the hands of the commander-in-chief before daylight to-morrow morning," said Dick, quietly. Then without another word, the youths took their depar ture. They went at once and bridled and saddled their horses. Then they bade their friends good-by, and rode out of f:he camp and awa toward the south. CHAPTER X. IN THE NICK OF TIME. The youths rode along for some distance in silence. Then Dick spoke. "This is rather a strange affair, Bob," he said. "I don't Slile why General Lee held us at the c amp so long, instead of sending us right back with his reply." "Maybe he wanted time to think up excuses for not obeying orders, Dick.'' "Maybe that was it." Arid without kn owing the youths hao hit upon the exact facts in the case. General Lee had been hard pushed for excuses for not obeying orders, and had not ohly st udied an the rest of the Presently the door was opened by a woman, who was evi dently the ferryman's wife. "Where is the ferryboat?" asked Dick; "we wish to ge1 across the river." "I don't know where it is," was the reply; "save that i is somewhere down the river." I ".Down the river?" "Yes." "How came the ferryman to take it down the river?" "He didn't do it; nor did he wish it done. The Britisll I .made him let them take away." "The British took it away 1down the river?" "Yes." "When?" "They left here just after dinner." "Have you any idea why they took the boat?" The woman shook her head. "I have not," she replied; "though they must want t use it down below somewhere." "Thank you for the information you have given me,'l said Dick. Then he returned to Bob, and told him what he ha : learned. "What does it mean, Dick?" Bob asked. "I'll tell you, Bob," said Dick, soberly; "I am afraid means danger for the American army-or at least dange for Fort Lee.'' evening and part of the night, but all next day, and had "You think the redcoats are going cross the river an finally :finished writing a letter which was made up of vague move 011 Fort Lee?" hints regarding "difficulties which made it impossible for "I fear that is ,what they are up to, Bob!" llim to move his army at just that time." Bob was excited. The youths rode at a good pace, and when they reached "Then we must hurry!" he said. "If we don't, we ma the home of Morton they saw that everythjng was quiet be too late to strike a single blow at the redcoats." about the place, so did not stop. "You aTe right; we will hurry." Dick thought it best not to do so, on Esther's account. "How are we going to get across the river, though He did not wish to do anything 'that might make the Dick?" girl think he cared for her. '1We will continue on down on this side,and maybe wt But when they reached their own homes they stopped. will find a chance to get across somewhere down below.'' Not for long, however; only long enough to exchange a "We'll have to be careful not to run into the lines of tM few words with all, and steal a fe:V kisses from Alice and redcoats." Edith. Then they continued on their way. "Yes; we"ll have to out for that." When they reached the river they were surprised to find The youths mounted, and, riding back up onto the hig the ferryboat missing. They looked at each other in blank dismay. "This is very strange said Dick. "I wonder where the boat can be?" said Bob. "I don't know; but maybe I can :fiiid out by going up to ground, found the road, aud rode onward toward the sol1tti at a gallop. They were on the alert, for they did not know at wb.:il moment they might be challenged by the redcoats. The British were so interested in something they werl the ferryman's house." doing, at a point six or seven miles down the river, how Dick hastened up to the house, and knocked upon thP ever, that they were giving little or no attention to thl door. roads.


THE LIBERTY BOY DEFIANCE. 27' The youths to soon learn what was going on. An hour later they came to a point where a road left the bain road, and lecl down toward the river, and the youths l .Jl:lade their way down this road. When they reached the river bank they found fifteen or "We will have to go a roundabout way," said Dick, "to keep from running onto the redcoats." "So we will," agreed Bob. "Do you think we can get to the fort in time to give them warning?" "We must do it, Bob!" twenty ferryboats there. There was grim determination in Dick's tone. They soon found the Dobb's Ferry boat, and approached The youths were tolerably familiar with the lay of the the owner, who recognized them at once. land, and knew the route the redcoats would take. They "What has been going on here?" asked Dick, in a low knew, also, the route they would have to take to get around tone. the redcoats and reach the fort ahead of them. "Sh!" cautioned the ferryman, "some of these ferrymen As they rode away from the river they were riding west,. are loyalists. We have just finished taking five thousand and when they came to the first road turning south they B!'itish troops across the river!" did not turn, for they' knew that this was the way the "I suspected something of the kind I" said Dick; "do you British troops had gone. know what their intentions are?" "From words I heard drop, I think it is their intention to attack Fort Lee." Dick was all excitement at once, as was Bob also. Instead they kept on another mile, till they came to an other road. They turned south down road, and urged their horses to their best speed. "They are going to try to surprise the garrison at the "We must get to the fort far enough in advance of the fort!" he said; "we must get there ahead of them if pasredcoats so that our men will have time to get out and ible, Bob, and warn the patriots!" "So we must!" agreed Bob. "You must take us across immediately said Dick to the :ferryman. "I will do so," the ferryman said. "I will be taking con-away in safety," sa, id Dick. "You are right," agreed Bob. "Well, if we keep up this gait I guess we will make it." Onward thundered the two splendid chargers, and mile after mile was gone over with great rapidity. ;iderable risk in doing so, however." At last the youths came tf the road which, turning off "Well, this is a time when a true patriot will not hesitate to the left, led to Fort Lee, anu they entered the road and m account of danger to himself," said Dick. "You are right; I will take you across, and risk the ;on sequences." The youths led their horses aboard the boat, and a few noments later it was moving out into the river. 1 "What are you doing there, Scanlon?" called a ferry nan. "I am taking these young gentlemen across the river," Nas the reply; "can't you see?" "You had better not do it!" was the reply, in a threaten ing tone. "He can't help himself," called back Dick, displaying 1 pistol, the barrel of which shone in the moonlight; "it is eath to him if he refuses!" raced up it with undiminished speed. Five minutes later they rode into the fort like twin thunderbolts. They gave the alarm at once, and soon the garrison was astir. General Greene was soon among the men, and Dick and Bob told him of the coming of the British. "And there are five thousand, you say?" h e asked. "Yes, sir," replied Dick. "Then it would be folly to try to engage them. We could not possibly hold the fort, and would all be captured. We must evacuate at once!" He gave the order. "There will be no time to take away the cannon, tents, There was excitement among the ferrymen at this, but blankets or provisions," he said; "we must fly, if we are to hey were none of them and they could do nothing. save ourselves!" t "I'm glad you did that," said Scanlon, the ferryman; Ten minutes after Dick and Bob arrived at the fort the 'I can tell them that I could not help myself, but that I soldiers began leaving it. tad' to take you across." There were about two thousand men, and it took some "So you can," said Dick; "that is the reason I did it.'' time for them all to get out and get started. Twenty minutes later they were on the other side l of the Dick and Bob and the company of "Liberty Boys" were 1ver, and, thanking the ferryman, the youths mounted the last to leave, and they were less than a quarter of a mile heir horses and rode away as fast as they could go. away when the British reached the deserted fort.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. They heard the triumphant yells of the British very plainly. "I wish they would follow us," said Bob; "I'd like to take a few shots at them!" Bob got his wish. The British started in pursuit. They came in sight of the retreating force, and began firing. The company of "Liberty Boys," as well as several of the other companies who were in the rear ranks, returned the fire. The British did not follow far. They seemed content with having captured the fort, the cannon and the supplies An hour later the patriot force crossed the bridge across the Hackensack, and joined the main army, which was sta tioned between the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers. The commander-in-chief was here, and when General Greene informed him of what had taken place, he said it could not be helped. "You were lucky to escape at all, General Greene," he said. "We s hould not have escaped had it not been for Dick "If the five thousand redcoats that are on this side of the river spould come herk and engage u s in battle to-night, it would be almost an equa l thing," said Dick; "now, what would happen if the entire British army, numbering between fifteen and twenty thousand troops, should come here and attack us?" "I it would be all up with us, Dick!" "It certainly would. W c would not stand any chance with them at all." The youth s were still engaged in conversation when an orderly came and told them that they were wanted at the tent of the commander-in-chief. rrhe youths presented themselves before General Washington at once. General Greene was still there. Both generals looked anxious and careworn. "When did you leave North Castle, Dick?" asked the commander-in-chief. "At seven o clock yesterday evening, your excellency." It was now three o'clock in the morning of November 20. "Why did you not return sooner?" "General Lee ordered us to remain." "Ah!" The two great generals looked at each other. who stood near "Did General Lee say anything in your hearing re garding why he did not wish to bring the troops across the The commander-in-chief's eves lighted up as they fell J river?" and Bob, here," said General Greene, indicating the youths, 11pon the youths. "Ah! you are back again!" he exclaimed; "are Lee and his army on their way here?" "I think not, your excellency," replied Dick; "here is a communication from General Lee, which will, I judge, explain all." "No, sir,'' replied Dick. "The fact is, General Lee doesn't like me, and when I remarked that I supposed we would return with the troops, he told me to obey orders and not ask any questions." "That is just like Lee," said Greene. "General Lee's refusal to send the troops places us in a The commander -in-chief took the letter. serious predicament, General Greene,'' said Washington, "Come to my tent," he said, addressing General Greene. his handsome face clouded. "I will read this, and see what General Lee has to say." "So it does, your excellency." The two gen e rals hastened a.way, and Dick and Bob "Here we are with only about five thousand men, and oc-made their way to the point where the "Liberty Boys" had cupying a very dangerous position," Washington went on faken up their quarters. "Should more of the British cross the river, and join those "Well, this is rough, isn't it?" said Bob, sadly. that are now in possession of Fort Lee, they could attack "Yes, but it might be worse,'' said Dick. "It would us, with every chance in their favor." have been worse if we had not discovered the plans of the "So they could," agreed Greene, his face very sober. British, and reached the fort in time to give General After asking Dick a few more questions regarding th e Greene warning." troops under Lee at r orth Castle, the commander-in"That's true, too." chief told the youths they might withdraw, and they saluted "What makes me madder than anything else, Bob, is the and returned to their quarters. manner in which General Lee is l}cting," said Dick. "We are needing the troops over here now, and needing them badly!" "So we are, Dick." The commander-in-chief sent for Dick in the morning, and asked him to go and reconnoitre the position of tho British at Fort Lee. "Find out all you can, Dick, my boy,'' he said; "and if


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DEFIANCE. 29 u see any sign of a movement in this direction, come and form rue of it at once." "I will do so, your excellency," said Dick. Dick watched the British all that day, but they seemed be content with taking it easy in the fort which they had ) tu red. "It is the calm that precedes the storm, though," thought .ck; "I think they are waiting for more troops to come ross the river and join them; then they will attack us." He made his report in the e ing, and then scouts were t out to watch during the night. It would not do to be taken by surprise The British remained quiet throughout that night howr, but the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army, "The outlook is dark, my friend," said General Washing ton, as he and General Greene were conversing in the tent they used jointly, the eYening of the 27th of November. "So it is," agreed Greene "Ah! if Lee would only come!" sighed the commander in-chief; "then, if the enemy appeared, we could meet them on something like equal terms; as it is we would not dare meet them at all." Next day the British appeared, and the army was forced to begin a retreat. The patriQt army retreated to Ne"1 Brunswick, where, two days later, they were again confronted by the British, and Washington and his men crossed the Raritan, and, destroying the bridge, started toward Princeton. ring that his army would be attacked if it remained "Ah! if Lee and his army would only come!" murmured le re it was, ordered the troops to break camp next day, the brave Washington, again and again. c 21st, and the army crossed the Passaic and marched Xewark. Here the troops went into camp. Here the army remained five days, and every day the mmander-in-chicf sent a messenger to North Castle, with llers to General Lee to bring his troops across the river, l join the portion under General Washington. Dick was the first person sent, and on the next day Bob i s clom:i for the task; then, each day of the next three a man was sent. The road between the army under Washington and North 1stle, whe re General Lee, with seven thousand men, was But Lee and his army did not come-at least, not then. And fortunately-as it eventually turned out-Lee nenr came. THE END. The next number (7) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE 'LIBERTY BOYS' IX DEllIAND; OR. THE SPIES OF THE REVOLUTIOX," by Harry :M:

No. 70. NEW YORI{, FEBRUARY 6, 1901. Plice 5 Cents. When the Deacon and Holton rode into town, every window on Main street was up. Heads i with nightcaps and heads wiihout nightcaps .were thrust out.


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