The Liberty Boys in demand, or, The champion spies of the Revolution

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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly M agaz i ne Containing Stories of the American Rev olution Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered according to Act o f Oongress, in the year 1901, in the otrice o f the Librarian o f Oongress, Washington, D 0 b l/ Frank Tousey, 24 Union New York. o. 7. NEW Y ORK. FEBRUARY 15. 1901. Price 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND; lf ?C7 1---OR, L he Champion Spies of the Revolution. BY HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. TWO "LIBERTY BOYS." to bring his arm.x_ of seven thousand men across the Hud son River into New Jersey, and join the army under Wash ington. 'l'he commander in-chief had sent several such orders, e D l'his is cold work, Dick." but General Lee, who aspired to the :position of commander:s So it is, Bob." I in-ch ief in Washington's place, had refused to move his : I almo3t wish we might run across some redcoats, so I portion of the army, with the result that Washing enable us to get our blGod circulating ton, with less than five thousand men, had been forced to 7e will probably find some redcoats some time to-day retreat before the army of the British, under Cornwallis are between us and the patriot army, you know, and Had Lee moved his army when first ordered to do so, ill have hard work to get past them without being two weeks before, the comrandcr in-chief of the patriot rue." army could have retreated at his leisure, and shown fight occasionally, thus holding the British in check, instead of was a cold morning in the early part of Decembe r having to flee at every approach of the redcoats, as had been the case. vo youths were riding along the road leading from Dick and Bob were very angry at General Lee. Brunswick to Princeton, in New Jersey. They had borne several orders to him from the com-e youths were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, two mander-in-chief, and they had a good understanding of ots, and in addition to being members of a company the situation. ouths of their own age, known as the "Liberty Boys They had left New Brunswick only a mile or so behind 6," they were dispatch bearers high in :favor with the them, and there had been informed of the state of affairs fllander-in-chief of the Continental Army. ahead of them by a patriot, and when they learned thal the If e youths had been over to New York, and had borne patriot army was simply running to keep out of the way !itches to General Lee at North Castle, ord eri n g h im o f the British, their anger toward Genera l Lee grew apa ce.


2 THE LIBEHTY BOYS IN DEMAND. "Say, don't you know, Bob, I hate General Lee more and all the 'rebels', as you call them, are coward and more, the more I think of lum and hls scandalous con-you i"' Dick asked, in a qui e t, self-contajned, but me duct!" said Dick. tone. "If he had done as he was ordered, and come over and joined General Washington, this retreat across New Jersey would not have been a hurried flight, as is now tne case. 1 think that man ought to be court-martialed !" That's what I said, young fElller," was the rep 'I'he big man hardly knew what to think of the you There was something in the clear gaze of the y eyes that abashed him, for he stepped back a pac "That's what I think, Dick. .Tus t think! That man, looked slightly confused and taken aback. liark there, s aid that hundreds of our brave boys had "I heard you say it," said Dick, coldly; "that any foot-covering at all, and that many of the m reason I came out here. I wish to prove to your left their footprints in blood on the frozen ground! Just I faction, and to the satisfaction of your friends her think of that, Dick!" you arc a liar!" "I have thought of it Bob! I am thinkinoof it antl "\\'-what's that!" gasped the big man; '"d'ye m o I the more I think of it the more I believe I should b e say a s how ye dare to call me a liar?" I tempted to shoot General Lee if he were standing before me "Why, certainly; and I am going to prove it, too. now!" "And it would serve him right!" The youths rode onward, and e v e rywhere along the route they saw ample evidence that armies ha

'T'HE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND 3 9ceneral Washington is a brave and noble man, a thor1 gentleman, and the greatest general of the world's ?ry, and his men are all as brave as any men can Repeat that, I say!" )1e man hesitated. gave his nose a twist, and he yelled like a pig r a gate, with a redcoat holding said pig's hind legs. j row will you repeat it?" asked Dick, and the man a groaning assent. be onlookers made another demonstration, but Bob them back, and there was something in his eye quelled and frightened them. There was a look f that said ''shoot!" as plainly as anything could 1 proclaime

'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS IN. DEMAND "Get up," said Dick, coolly; "get up, and I will knock you down again, you big, bullying coward of a Tory!" 'l'he fellow's f;riends could hardly contain themselves. 'l'hey seemed on the point of rushing forward to attack Dick, but the pistols in the hands of Bob, backed up oy the threatening look in the keen, cool eyes, were too much for them. 'l'hey did not dare to take the risk. At this instant there came the clatter of horses' hoofs on the froze ground, and one of the men who was near the door and cried: "Here is a ctmipany of the king's troopers! Now we will see whether or not these two young rebels can have every thing their own way!'! CHAPTER II. They hastened past him, opened the door and leaped into the back yard. They ran with all their might and leaped over the fence into the barnyard, and raced to the stable at best speed. 'rhey knew they would have no time to spare. The redcoats would be after them in a minute. The Tories in the tavern would seeto that. 'l'he youths entered the stable, and singling out horses at a glance, leaped forward and bridled them. The saddles had not been removed, as the youths had the stableman that they were going to stop only a s time. Dick and Bob led the horses out of stable, an they did so there came excited yells from the directi01 I the tavern. They looked, and at that instant a score of redcoats G running around the tavern. 'l'hey waved their swords and brandished their pistol They were greatly excited over the prospect of captui a couple of "rebels." l PURSUED BY REDCOATS. 'l'he inmates of the tavern had informed them of2 presence of a couple of "rebels" on the place, and the Dick and Bob heard the sound of the hoofbeats as soon coats had rushed out to effect their capture at once. as any of tbe rest. "There they are!" yelled the leader of the troo11 They had suspected that the riders were redcoats and ''capture them alive, if possible; but if not, shoot S,1 enemies before the man made the announcement, and they down!" already decided what to do. "We are in a tight place, old man!" said Bob. As the man uttered the words given above in a trium"Follow me, and we will get out of it, Bob!" phant tone of voice, Dick said to Bob, in a low but decisive Dick. I Re upon the back oi Major, his magnifi, tone: "Come, Bob; we will be getting out of here!" As he spoke, Dick leaped out of the barroom into the dining room where they had just eaten their lunch. Bob followed at his heels, pausing ?t the doorway just long enough to shake his pistols thrnateningly, warni:ng the men not to follow. Dick had a definite course mapped out in his mind When they had come to the tavern, three-quarters of an hour before, their horses had b\)en taken to the stable, there to be fed and Dick knew the stable was fifty to seventy-five yards back charger. Bob leaped upon the back of his horse. "Lead on, Dick; l will follow !" he cried. Dick gave a sharp word of command to Major, at eame time touching his flank with the spur, and the ] rnima1 leaped into a run from almost the first step. >H Dick dashed around the stable toward the rear, Bob I hehind, and as they were disappearing the redcoats 1 a volley. 01! A number of bullets whistled uncomfortably close, none took effect in the persons of the youths or the bc1ti from the rear of the tavern. of the horses. ', Re knew there was a rear door opening from the kitchen The redcoats uttered shouts of rage and excitement,U out into the back yard, wl!ich was separated from the barnwhile some came running toward the stable, othersck yard only by a low fence. back to mount their horses to give chase, in case thof 'Dick led the way from the dining room into the kitchen,. foot failed to bring the daring fugitives down. rJ astonishing the cook not a little by their sudden intrusion. Behind the stable, at a distance of twenty-five yardstV There was no time for explanations, and no need of maka fence, which divided the barnyard from a field of t: ing any to the cook. 8talks.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 5 This would be a good leap for trained steeple-chasers, !"ame, and would work with the others to try and capture ui the youths did not hesitate. the two "rebels." They had perfect confidence in the ability of their horses As yet they had not, strange to say, taken note of the clear the obstruction. race taking place over in the field, but suddenly the red'l'hey urged their horses forward to their best speed. roats behind Dick and Bob saw the troopers coming down The intelligent animals seemed to understand that the the road, and they set up a wild yell, which was calculated ::...igencies of the occasion demanded some unusual effort on to attract the attention of their friends, and at the same eir part, and they rose to the occasion and the necessity of time the yells were the expression of triumph. e moment. Dick looked back. They showed no signs of balking, but putting all their rcngth into the effort, raced to within ten .feet of the nee, and then rising into the air, cleared the fence with t touching it, and raced onward across the field at their st speed. "Brave boys Glorious fellows cried Dick, and atted the necks of their horses. "Let the redcoats catch us now if they can!" cried Bob. The pursuers were still a quarter o:f a mile behind. Then he looked at the band of troopers coming down the road. There was evidence of excitement them. They had heard the shouts of their red coated friends. They now saw the two youths and the pursuing troopers, and an understanding of .the situation had come to them instantly. They lashed their horses to increased speed. It was their intention to head the fugitives off, and cap r they were now mounted-with the exception of those ho had followed as far as the stable on foot-and were turc them if they left the field and entered the road. The redcoats were evidently bent on catching them, sure, "I see what they are up to," said Dick, grimly; "but we cing down the road toward where a pair of bars would will fool them yet! Follow me, Bob!" rmit o:f their entering the field. 'l'his took them somewhat out of their way, however, and toward the fence, J3ob keeping close beside him. Dick turned l\fajor's head, and rode diagonally across the time they had passed through the gap, and started Their new course would lead them to the fence at a point Jircct pnrsuit, Dick and Bob hnd got a start of nearly a at least one htl.ndred yards over toward the left. The youths soon found, to their satisfaction, that the "We will reach the road :fifty yards in advance of that gang yonder/' sai

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMA_._ D. "li'il be :l 1ub, .Bob," saicl Dick; ''but I think we 'l'hey would capture them or kill one or the othe 1rill liL <'.ii!'-io geL u 1ray, in spite of all they can do to pre-if it was possible for them to do so. Ycnt u s .'' The body of redcoa b thut hac1 dmscd the youths aero \Yhen within lwen ty yard::; of the fence the youths urged the fidd had been forced to pause at the fence long enou thei r Conrnnl at tltcir bc::il s peed. for a half dozen of them io leap down ancl tear the fen Then, ail in the former 'l H ;11 ithin L(;J1 Leet o.f nw;1y, a:; their horses refui:;ed to leap, and these fellows we the fence they gave the the word, antl the noble ani now galloping along the other band of troopers mals leaped into the air, and lhc J:cnce as ::;mootliiy Taken ali0gcthcr, there were n ea rly a hundred of tl as could ue. r edcoa ts. 'Inc ucxt instant they wer e in the roatl, nnd racing clown 'l'lwrc were altog ether too many for the youths to engag it like twin whirlwinds, with the !Janel of redcoats .fi.fty in conlli<.:t, but their numbers did not make their horsei yards any greater, and the youths felt that their chances fc The British troopers were yelling for the fugitives to eRcaping were very fair, providing no untoward accitlc stop, or they would fire, and, of course, the youths paid no occurred. attention to their commands. Dick kept a sharp lookout behind him, however. He knew the redcoats would fire a volley very soon. Presently he saw the big dragoon pistols come out of I the holsters, and he knew the moment was close at hand. He wafched closely. Up came the arms of the troopers. "Down, Bob!'' he cried; "they are going to fire!" As he spoke, he dropped forward upon Major's neck. Bob dropped forward upon the neck of his horse. As they did so, there the crash of 'the exploding pistols. At the same instant, seemingly, they heard the whistle of the bullets. The youths soon reached the main road leading sout ward. It was the road leading to Trenton. r They had learned, through inquiries made of the w::it at the tavern, that General Washingto11 and the patri, army had been forced to retreat toward T renton, the Bri ish having appeared before Princeton, and the youths we. :mxious to reach the patriot army, in whose ranks were t\ members of their company of "Liberty Boys," of whi1 Dick was the commander. So, knowing the read led toward Trenton, they we glad to go in that direction, as the rapid pace at which th were traveling would take them to their de stination ve fast. 'l'he troubl e was that they were aware that the Briti Bob uttered a little cry. army lay between them and the Continental Army, and "Are you wounded, Bob?" asked Dick, as he looked they allowed themselves to be chased forward in a straig anxiously at his companion. "Not seriously, Dick, I am sure," was the reply; "I felt Mmething that seemed like a red-hot iron had been stuck .against my side. I don't think it is more than a :fles h wound." "Let's even up the score, Bob!" Dick clrew a pistol. Bob did the same. Half turning in their addles, they leveled the pistols and fired at the same instant. The right arm .of the leader of the redcoats fell to his side, broken, evidently, by one of the bullets, and his sword dropped to the ground under the feet of the horses with a clang. A wild shout of anger went up from the redcoats. The woundil1g of their leader angered them greatly. They were doubly determined to capture the daring rebels now. lin e they 110uld be forced upon the main army, and be c:re rnrcd. Dick communicated his fears on this score to Bob. ro "We'll hope for the best, Dick," said Bob; "it is me than ten miles, and we will have plenty of time to dr1 away from the redcoat s, and pull off to one side, and la around the Britis h Army.'' 1i I ho po so, Bob." They were slowly but surely drawing away from th1 pursuers. u s There was no doubt about that. Their horses were bette r ones than those of the troop( T The redcoats were determined and persistent in mt pursuit.of the fugitives, however. Doubtless they were iusl uring on forcing the youths forward onto the main ar1nb1 where they were sure to be captured. Th The youths kept a sh!M'p lookout ahead as well as warec1 on their pursuers. nos



8 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. "We haYe never met before, and I don't think you have ever seen before." "You are right about that," was the calm reply; '(but I nm sure we are friends, just the same." ((That depends," said Dick, quietly dropping bis hand :ill it rested on the butt of his pistol. 'l'he man evidently saw and understood the movement, for a half-smile crossed his face; but be made no move to show that he was alarmed "Depends on what?" he asked, quietly. "On whether you are a patriot or a Tory." ((H I should say I am a Tory?" uwho am I?" "Yes." "One who, he is glad to say, has rendered some littl1 service to the Cause of Liberty. My name is Joe Saunders and I was present and did what I could to help in gettin' the patriot army across the river yesterday." "Very well; we take your word .for it, said Dick, quietly; "and now, I am going to ask you if you can help u to get across the river?" "I can," was the prompt reply. H And will you?" "I will." "Then I should say that you were mistaken when you The stranger's shrewd eyes twinkled. "Good Let us hasten, then We were chased all th way from Princeton by a body of British troopers, and doubt not they followed us through the timber. They at" "You arc bold, young man in thus stating your posiliable to come upon us here at any moment." said we were friends!" tion," he said. <(Come with me," said the man. 1 He sho uld ered his rifle, and set off up the bank of tl iiver at a swinging pace that tried the walking powers 1., the horses considerably. Saurnlers kpt up the pace for :fi: Heen minutes, at leai "I am not sure of that," was the cool reply; ((however, and then he turned to the right, and led tht? youths deep "Oh, I don't know," replied Dick; "if you are a Tory and an l:nemy, we are two to one, which should be odds sufficient to insure a victory over you if you should offer to fight.'' it will not, happily, come to that, for I am, like yourselves, into the forest. a true patriot. Who are you, and where are you from?" Dick eyed the man searchingly, and somewhat sus piciously. At this particular point, there was so much underbru\-3 and it was so thicli', that, even though it was winter tirn it was impossible to see farther than twenty to thirty ya11 He was. not folly convinced the fellow was what he sc in arl vance. Five minutes th of this, and they emerged into a lift lo claimed to he, and was not disposed to open up and give him information which might get to the British. clearing, in the (It doesn't matter who we are or where we came from," size. replied Dick. "1 won't dispute you when you say you are centre of which was a log cabin of f h a patriot, but I must refuse to give any information to a At one end was a sort of shed attachment, and Saund\r told the youths to tie their horses in the shed 1 stranger." The stranger laughed. He looked the youths over with renewed interest. There was a look of admiration 0n his face, as he said, quietly: a You are wise beyond your years; however, I think I know you." ((Indeed?" ( Y es; you are Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, patriot spies, and members of a company oi 'Liberty Boys,' now with the patriot army on the other side of the river." The faces of the youths were impassive. They were surprised .at the knowledge which this stranger seemed to possess, but they had learned to conceal their thoughts and feelings unner a mask of impassiveness, and they would not let him see that they were surprised. "I will neither acknowledge nor deny," said Dick, quiet ly; "lrnt who are you?" "Take off their bridles and saddles," he said; "we not leave here until after dark." 11 "Why not?" asked Dick. l "For lhe reason that if we were to cross the river in d1 light some prowling band of redcoats would see us, and t\1 when I came back to this side a2"ain I would be captm Ill] and the boat would fall into the hands of the enemy." 1a1 ('You have a boat, then?" asked Bob. ta' "Yes-a flatboat large enough to carry your horses safety." 'I "Good!" cried Dick; "well, we arc needing rest, anyw Bob; we have been in the saddle almost continuously 11 about three days." he ((So we have, Dick; well, I'm willing to rest here, 1 take it easy till dark." is The youths unbridled and unsaddled the horses, ha them, and then the man brought a few ears of corn


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN 9 some oats. and fed the animals, after which he led the "That is where you have been, isn't it ?-11p to where way into the cabin. Lee is?" asked Saunders. f h 1 1 f h. l ti b. "Yes," replied Dick. "We were the bearers of orders At one end o t c smg e arge room o w 1c i ic ca m was a large :fireplace, in which a cheerful .fire was to Lee, three different times, to bring his army across and burning. "Ah! that looks cheerful, eh, Dick?" remarked Bob, himself before the fire and holding his hands out toward the cheerful blaze. "Yes, indeed, Bob." "Are you hungry?" asked Saunders, as he threw an other log on the fire. "Not very," rcpliccl Dick; "we ate at Princeton." "L will cook you a bite, if you say so." "No; we will wait till supper time," said Dick; "we will have a good appetite by that time.'' .. That's right,'' agreed Bob; "we can wait, and will be the better for it, besides saving you the extra work." It would not matter about the extra work; I would be glad to do it if you are hungry. o; we'll wait till supper time,'' said Dick. The three sat there and talked for an hour or more. join the army under the commander-in-chief." "And he refused to move his army, did he?" "Yes." "The scoundrel!" Saunders' eyes flashed, and his great hands clenched and unclenched. It was evident that he was angry. He held up his great right hand. "If that traitorous Lee was here," he said, grimly, "do you know what I would do?" "What?" askd Bob. "I would take him by the throat with that hand, and end the life of a coward and traitor!" "He would deserve it," declared Dick. "He has caused the commander-in-chief more trouble than the British have caused him." "There is no uoubt of that," said Bob. "It is unfortunate that such men get into such high It was now the middle of the afternoon. places," said "How came you to know the names of Dick Slater and ob hstabrook ?" asked Dick, presently. "The commander-in chief gave me your names and de criptions," was the reply. "He said you be along this way, sooner or later, and he asked me to be on the ookout for you, as he wished you to be able to get across he river quickly, so as to hear your report." Dick saw the man knew them, and his suspicions were al ayed now, so he made no further effort to deny the identity i himself and Bob "I am glad we ran across you," he said, quietly; "l don't now how we should have gotten across the river other"So it is," agreed Dick. At last darkness began settling over all, and Saunders began cooking supper. The suppc:r consisted of venison, bread and coffee, and the three did full justice to the meal, as all were hungry. "We will wait an hour or so yet before starting," said Saunders, when supper was over; "we don't want to start across the river until it is as dark as it will be to-night." So they waited another hour, and then they left the cabin, Saunders having placed a couple of logs on the fire. It was snowing when they stepped out of doors. Already a coat of white two inches thick was over all. vise.'/ I am sorry for this," said Saunders; "it makes the "'l.'hat is what is puzzling the British-how to get across night so much lighter." .he river," smiled Saunders. "General Washington se"True," agreed. Dick; "still, there is not much danger ured all the boats for miles up and down the river, and he that there are redcoats about, is there?" has them safe on the other side, so the redcoats will either "We never know, my boy." have to swim across or wait till the river freezes over." Dick and Boh bridled and saddled their horses, and led "I hope it won't freeze over this winter, then," said Bob. them out of the shed 'I don't think they will try to swim across." "Hardly," smiled Saunders. "They are not so eager as 11 that to get at the patriots, even though outnumbering "Now which way?" asked Dick. "Fo1low me," said Saunders, and he led the way out of the clearing. 1hem three to one." Entering the timber, they proceeded onward a distance "That's right," agreed Bob; "and if Genera l Lee, with of perhaps a hundred yards, and then they came to a little is seven thousand men, had come across the Hudson River, creek. nd joined Washington's army, the redcoats would not have Saunders turned here, arn1 lea. the way along the creek, ha sed the patriot army so far and so :fiercely." the youths following, leading thdr horses.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. When they had gone perhaps a third of a mile, they came to the bank of the Delaware. At the point where the little creek emptied into the river the creek's mouth widened till it was thirty or forty feet wide, and overhanging bushes almost hid the water from view. Underneath the bushes and vines was a flatboat ten feet wide and twenty feet long "Here we are," said Saunders; "we will soon be across the river now." At this instant voices were heard a short distance away, in the timber. They waited and listened. 'l'he voices came closer and closer. well as they could judge, there was a dozen or so in the party. '' Il 's a foraging party of redcoats," whispered Saunders. Dick and Bob nodded. The voice:; came nearer; the three in hiding could hear the footsteps of the members of the other party. The bank of the creek was seven or eight feet in height, however, and they could see nothing of their enemies. But neither could their enemies see them, and this was comforting. "Sh!" cautioned Saunders; "lead the horses down the Suddenly the three heard an exclamation given utterance bank, and onto the boat; make as little noise as possible!" to by one of the men in the at.her party. The youths obeyed, and they did not experience much "Hello! here's a creek!" the fellow cried; "how are we difficulty, as their horses werf' unusually intelligent anigoing to get across it?" mals, and seemed to appreciate the fact that silence was necessary to the safety of their masters. As soon as the youths had got aboard the boat with the "Let's go down it a ways; maybe we will find a place where it is narrower," said another. "No; let's go up the creek; it is more likely to become horses Saunders cmne aboard, and all stood and listened in narrower up the stream than down it, you know," from silence to the voices, which seemed to be coming nearer. still another. CHAPTER IV. WITIT THE COMMANDER-IN-CIIIEF'. "Do you suppose they are redcoats?" asked Bob, in a whisper. "Very likely they are," replied Saunders, coolly "Redcoats or Torie s," said Dick. "Have your weapons in your hand," said Saunders; ''we'll give them a warm reception if they come here and discover us." "We will that!" from Bob. 1'he youths drew their pistols. "Why not start across the river at once?" asked Dick. "'l'hey would be sure to hear or see us, or both,'' was the reply. "'rrue." "That's ;:o; you're a philosopher, Chilton. Corne on, everybody." Saunders gave the shoulders of Dick and Bob a signifi cant squee 'ze. "We're all right now," he said; "we will wait a few minutes, and then start on our trip across the river." "I'm glad they went the other way," said Bob, coolly; "I should have hated to have to kill some of the fellows." "That would have been unpleasant,'' said Saunders; "but," he added, drily, "it would have been even more un plea8ant to have been killed by them." The voices of the redcoats grew fai.nter and fainter, as they moved away up the creek, and when the sound could no longer be heard, Saunders became active. He brought a couple of paddles, and handed one to Dick. "One of you hold the horses; the other can help me," he said. Dick handed Rob Major's bridle rein, and to the end of the f111tbont, he aided Saunders to push the boat "If WC: have to do so, after we are discovered, we will out into the river. move out into the river." Dick recognized the wisdom of this course. If they remained where they were, and kept quiet, they Then Saunders and Dick placed the paddles between two pegs at the 1:-iic1es of the boats, and began pulling !>lowly and steadily, and the unwieldy boat moved s lowly but steadily might escape detection, and could then take their time in out into. the river, and toward the other shore. getting across the river, but if they tried to go at once, they It was sl .ow work, and the boat gradually was forced w011ld attract attention to themselves. l down Ed.r(am, but the opposite shore wa::i reached half an It would be better to wait. hour later, and a landing was effected without mishap.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 11 "How are you going to get back alone with lhal awkwarJ Genctal Wasliington was so delighted when he saw who boat r" asked Dick. the new-comers were that he leaped to his feet and advanced "I hare a small rowboat heie," was the i-eply, "aud I and shook hands with Dick and Bob. will tow the flatboat back." "You have dispatches from General Lee?" he exclaimed, "It will be a hard job, will it nut?" eagerly. "Ah I hope he has obeyed orders, and moved his "Yes; but I have done it before. You need not worry army at last." about me." "Here is a communication which General Lee gave me to "Well, we must not let you go until we have thanked you bring to you, your excellency," said Dick, and he drew a for what you have done for 113 !" said Dick, earne,;tly. clocumeni from his pocket and handed it to the commandeT"Don't mention it. 1 am always n ady to do anything' in-chief. that I can to aicl the Cause It wa,; my th1ly to help you General Washington opened communication and read to get across the riYer, so a::; to enable you to make your it. report to the commander-in-chief promptly as po:;si-"Lee and his army are on this side of the Hudson at ble." last, General Greene," he said, his Yoice trembling .slightly. "True, that is the way to look at it," agreed Dick; 'rhen he turned to Dick. "well, good-by. I hope we mny meet again." "Where was the army when you left it?" he asked. "We will doublletis meet ma11y my lJoy. U you "It was a couple of miles this side of the Hudson River, happen le be in the neighhorhoocl of my cabin, Jl'op in sir, and headed for .Morristown. It moved so 8lowly that and sec me; and if you should need help, don't fail to call we decided lo come on ahead, and General Lee then wrote on me." the letter and gave it to u-; lo bring to you." "'I "ill not he:;ifatc to do as yon say," replied Dick. The commander-in-chief renJ lhc letter again, and then Then Saunders shook hnnd:> with the boy loltl them lookl>d at his companion officern. how to gJ to reach the encampment of the patriot army, "l am sorry to have to inform you that the army under and then he began making preparations lo recross lhe riYcr, Lee ha:; dwindled to only a liltlc more than half what it while the youths mounted and rode away in the direction was when we left it at North Castle," he "General indicated by Saunders. J.,,ec says that he has only about four thousand men." 'l'he distance, the man saiJ, was about two miles, and it took the youth:; nearly an hour to traver;;e it, as they had to make their way through tlre timber, were, '"l'hat is bad,'' said General Greene. The other oiliccrs said the same "8till, with four thousand added to our force of three moreover, unfamiliar with the country, and went some out thousand, we will be strong enough to strike the British of their way. a heavy blow, I am f;ure," the commander-in-chief added. At last they were challenged, howorcr, and the "\Yho "Y cs; seven thousand men ought to be a sufficient force comes there?" sounded very welcome lo them. to enable us to do something," agreed Greene. "Friends!" replied Dick. "The trouble is that it will be a week or ten days be-Then he and Bob rode forward, and it happened the fore Lee and his army reach here," said Washington. sentinel was one of the members of Dick's company of "True," said Greene; "but perhaps it would not be a bad "Liberty Boys." idea l.o send messengers, mging haste on his part. That "Glory! It'::; Dick and Bob !'' the senlinel cried; "I might bring him &ooner." thought your voice sounded familiar." General Greene understood Lee pretty well, and he was "\Ve wir;h to be shown to the headquarters of the comsure that unless the commanrler-in-chief kept at the man mander-in-chief at oner, Sam," said Dick, and the sentinel he would be in no hun:v to reach his destination. ealled the officer of the guard, and turned the youths over Washington turned to Dick and Bob. to him. "About how many miles a day did the army march while 'rhey were conducted to the headquarters of the comyon were with it?" he mander-in-chief. "Six or seven miles a day, I should judge, your excel'l'hi was a log house, ancl when the youths were u hered lency,'' replied Dick. in fhe main room, where a cheerful log fire was burning, The generals looked at each other. the commander-in-chief and several of his generals were "At tliat rate it will inke him two weeks to reach here,'' there. said the commander-in-chief ....


12 TUE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. "Perhaps longer, if he should meet with obstacles of any kind," said Greene. "I think I had better send messengers every day or two, urging him to move as rapidly as possible," sai.d the com mander-in-chief. "Very well, your excellency," said Dick, and then, after listening to a few words of fostruction; the youths saluted aud withdrew. They went at once and saddled and bridled their faith ful horses, mounted, and rode away in the storm and dark"I think so," agreed Greene, and the other officers nodded ness-for it was still snowing. assent. General Washington paced the floor for a few minutes, and there was a sober look on his face. Presently he stopped and looked at Dick and Bob. "Dick," he said, "Harper and Bird are away, across the river, and I have no one to send to Lee, unless you will return, and that seems like asking too much of you. You have just come in off a dangerous and fatiguing trip, and CHAPTER V. THJ

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 13 last. I was getting tired of riding at random tluough the timber." "I think we were going in nearly the right direction, Bob/' said Dick. "However, it will be safer to follow a road." "And much: more pleasant." They followed the road, which presently led them out of the timber into the open country Here and there they passed a farm house, gloomy and Eilent in the darkness of the early morning. It was still snowing, and the weather was not, of course, isagreeably cold. At last the sun came up, and the sight of it was cheering. "We are a couple of farmer boys,'' replied Dick, coolly; "and we live down the road a ways." "Where are you going?" "Up the road a. ways, to get a cow that our father bought of a. neighbor." The redcoats looked skeptical. "Hum!" the leader said; "that may be true, and it may not." "Oh, it'!> !he truth," said Dick, calmly; "why should you doubt it?" "Because you don't look like farmer boys; you look more like rebels!" "Rebels ?-what are they?" asked Dick, simulating ig"I'm hungry, Dick," said Bob; "let's stop at the next norance. 10use and order breakfast." "You kno;, what rebels are as well as I do, and r be" Very well; if the people happen to be up." lievc you are rebels, too Ah! I a.m sure of it I see pis" Oh, they'll be up; people arc early risers ic. the country, tols in your belts, and farmer boys would not be wearing rou know." The 5un was half an hour high when the youths came to he next house. A man was out in the barnyard milking a cow, and the r ouths addressed him. "Can we get something to eat here, sir?" asked Dick. "I reckon ye kin, ef ye hain't too particklcr what ye hev er eat,'' was the reply. "Oh, we are not very particular," said Dick; we 1ould like to feed our horses, also." "All right; lead 'em inter ther barnyard, an' we'll put pistols." "Why not?" Dick wanted to know. "What would you want with them?" "To shoot anyone with who might try to take our cow away from us. They do say the rebels, as you call them, are hungry enough to eat anything, and if some of them were to meet us when we were driving our cow home, they might try to take her away from us." The redcoat looked at Dick searchingly, and then he suddenly made up his mind, evidently, that Dick was not speaking the truth, for he drew his sword, and cried: >m in the stable an' giv 'em a feed." "You are no more farmer boys than I am! You are The youths obeyed, and as soon as the horses had been rebels, and doubtless are spies! Surrender!" ttended to, the three went to the house, the man being The redcoats were unprepared for what followed. rough milking. As the leader of the band waved his sword and cried The youths ate breakfast, and while the food was far "surrender!" the youths dropped the bridle reins upon the om good, it would appease the pangs of hunger, and they necks of their horses, drew a pistol with each hand, spoke ere not disposed to grumble. The farmer and his wife betrayed considerable interest the two youths, and asked numerous questions, but did t receive answers that gave them much information. At the same time, the youths asked a number of inno nt-appearing questions, and managed to learn a few ngs reg&rding the British which might prove of value. After breakfast the youths paid their score, mounted eir horses, and rode onward. a word of command to the horses, at the same time touch ing them lightly in the flank with their spurs, and the horses dashed forward, straight toward the horsemen in the middle of the road. "Out of the way, or you are dead men!" shouted Dick, and so fierce was his tone, and so fierce and determined looking the faces of both youths, that the redcoats got out of the way in a hurry-all except the leader. He tried to make his horse stand its ground, and he struck at Dick with had gone perhaps five miles when they met a body his sword. redcoats, a dozen in number, and they drew themselves The youth swayed over far enough so that the blade did ross the road in such fashion as to bar the youths' prognot strike him, and then he fired one of his pistols. The SS. shot was of the snap-shot variety, he not taking aim at "Halt!" rried the leader; "who are you, and where are aU, but a bullet struck the officer's sword-arm and broke it, u going?" I the sword dropping to the ground.


14 'l'HE LlBERTY BOYS !N DEMAND. Then, with defiant shouts the youths plunged through Ai noon they ate dinner at a farmer's house, and th the opening made for them, and went on up the road like after an hour's rest, pushed forward. whirlwinds. They arrived at Morristown at half-past f o'clock, and stopped there an hour to let their horses r The snow had melted and made the roads soft, and the ing was very hard, making travel very slow and difficult. They ate supper, as they intended to push on and try OHAJ;'TER VI. find the patriot army under Lee. 'l'hey didn't know whether they would succeed or n THE BOYS AND THE FORAGERS. but they had a pretty good idea where the army would and they thought they would be able to find it. For a few moments the redcoats stared after the youths At half-past six they set out on their journey. in wide-eyed and open-mouthed amazement, then the leader, It was now dark, though not quite so dark as it would I who was suffering considerable pain from his broken artn, I later on.. 8houted: The youths followed the road without difficulty, ho "After them After them at once, and capture or kill i ever. the scoundrels! They are rebels! Capture them if possi-1 The road ran across the open country, and through str ble; but if not, shoot them!" .1 of timber alternately, and as they rode into the fi.Tst strip Then the redcoats woke up, and started in pursuit of the timber, a couple of miles from lVIorrisfown, two m daring youths. suddenly leaped out in the road in front of them and seiz They for the fugitives to stop, but, of course, the horses' bits. Dick and Bob paid no attention. I "Dismount, or you are dead men l" the men cri "I don't think they can catch us said Dick, quietly. r .fiercely. I nm sure they can't, Dick,'' said Bob, Their horses '11he youths were taken by surprise, but they were don't look equal to the task." I at all disposed to obey orders. Dick glanced back. Instinctively, almost, both did the same thing at t 1 Down, Bob !" he eried; "they are going to fire!" I same instant, viz., struck their horses in the :flanks with t The youths dropped forward upon the necks of their spurs which they wore at their heels. horses just as there r.ame the report of the pistols. 'l'he horses gave utterance to snorts oI pain and s The distance was too great, however, and the bullets must prise, and plunged suddenly forward, knocking the hi haYc> :otruck the ground before reaching the fugitives. waymen clown and tran1pling on them, causing them The youths rode onward at the lively rate of speed at give vent to of pain and curses of rage. which they had been going, and the redcoats thundered i 'rhen, at a word their masters, the horses leap! along in pursuit forward, a11d went down the road at a goodly pace, leavir Die:k glanced back frequently, and was well pleased to the would-be robbers-for they could hardly be anytilll note that they were drawing away from their pursuers. I.else-lying on the ground He s o informed Bob, who glanced back and saw that it I The fellows shouted for Dick and Bob to stop, but tl was the case. 1 youths merely laughed. "Oh, we're all right!" he said. "They'll never catch us." i Then there came the sound of a couple of pistol shot The redcoats evidently came to the same conclusion, fol,' j The foiled robbers fired after their escaping pre after chasing the youths half an hour, and finding them1 '['he bullets went wild, however, and the youths gave u I nearly half a mile behincl and losing ground rapidly, I terance to a shout of defiance. they gave up, and turned their horses' heads in the opposite I "A couple of highway robbers, eh, Dick?" remark< I direction, and started on the back tr.ack. j Bob, when they were beyond pistol-shot distance of tl "They've given it up as a bad job, Dick," said Bob, who I follows. was the first to notice the action 0 their enemies "They're "I judge so, Bob," replied Dick. going back." "So they are," said Dick_;after a glance behind ; "well, we'll slow down a bit, a.nd let our horses rest." They did so. "T wonder if there are any more such in these woods?" "Hard telling; I guess not, however." "I hope not; they gave me a shock!" and Bob laughed; if it was amusing.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 15 "Such things are calculated to startle one, I will admit," scoundrelly old Tory!" the youths heard one of the soldiers aid Dick. "l was a bit taken aback myself." say; "and for two cents we would do it, too." "But they were worse off when the horses jumped on top This seemed to strike the others as being the proper f them!" and Bob laughed again. "Yes; l guess we are even with them." The youths rode onward. They kept as sharp a lookout about them as was possible, or they did not wish to be taken by surprise a second ime. 'l'hey were not interrupted again, however, and when hey reached the open country they were not afraid of an ther attempt being made. "Where do you think the army will be, Dick?" asked ob, as they rode along. treatment to accord the Tory, and they began clamoring for this to be done. "Let's do it!" "Let's burn the old Tory out of house and home!" "It'll teach him a lesson "So it will "It'll serve him right!" 'l'he soldiers had evidently gotten hold of some liqu or somewhere, and were ripe for anything. "The boys haye had too much to drink, Bob," said Dick; "I'm afraid they'll set the house on fire unless we inter"I've been thinking, Bob," was the reply. "I should fere." 1ink it had got as far as the Passaic River by this time; "That's right," agreed Bob; "they will stop at nothing, hat do you think?" the way they are feeling now." "I should think so, Dick." At this instant one of the soldiers ran forward and seized "And we must b::! within five or six miles of the Pasa blazing clapboard which had fallen from the roof of the ic, I should judge." chicken home. "I think so." With the blazing board in his hand, he ran toward the They rode onward, and half an hour later entered the house. mber growing along the Passaic River. Presently the youths saw a glare of light in front and little to one side. They rode forward at increased speed. "I wonder what it can be?" said Bob. "We will soon know," from Dick. A few moments later they came opposite a clearing in the her. A log house stood close to the road. A smaller, shed-like building, probably a chicken house, It was plainly his intention to set the house on fire. "While we're about it, we might as well have a good, big bonfire he cried. A cry of anger escaped the lips o.f the owner of house, and screams of protest and fear from the lips of the woman and girl. "Please don't burn the house!" cried the woman. "Oh, please, good sir; please don't!" the girl cried. But the soldiers only laughed, and the one with the fire brana was just in the act of kindling a fire with the clap-son fire, and was burning briskly. This was what caused board, when it was kicked out of his hands, and he himself light the youths had seen. was hurled back severa1 feet. n the yard near the burning building were a number of "What do you mean? You must not do that!" cried a n who, the youths saw at a glance, were Continental stern voice. foraging party of our own men, Dick," said You are right, Bob; but why have they set the building fire?" To keep warm by, I guess, Dick." he youths had brought their horses to a stop, and were hing the scene with interest. ear the soldiers stood a man, a woman and a girl, and were protesting against the burning of the buifiling, It was Dick. He had leaped from his horse, run forward, and inter fered just in time. "What do you mean? Who are you?" cried the soldier, angrily, and then he got a glimpse of Dick's face. "Why, it's Dick Slater!" he exclaimed, the anger leav ing his voice. "And Bob. Estabrook!" exclaimed another soldier, who had approached. Bob had followed Dick, and was. right behind him. o avail, as the soldiers merely laughed at the words of "Yes; it is Dick and Bob," said Dick, quietly; "and hree. now, Tom, what is going on here, anyway? Why were you ou ought to be bnrned out of house and home, you going to set fire to the house of these gooc1 people?"


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. Dick motioned toward the man, woman and girl, who my mother's house was in danger of being burned by t were regarding himself and Bob with eager, grateful looks. redcoats," he simply. "You are more than welcom '"I'hey are not 'good people,' Dick," said the man adfor all I have done." dressed as Tom, with a sickly smile; "they are Tories." Presently the soldiers were ready to go. "And do you think that because they are Tories it is right to burn their house and turn them out into the The chicken house was now a mass of burning logs, hm ing collapsed a few moments before, and with the chicke "I in their hands the soldiers filed out into the road, Dick an winter's cold, homeless, Tom?" asked Dick, severely. didn't think it of you!" 'l'be man looked shame-faced. Bob following, after bidding the man and his wife an daughter good-night. "I was a bit too hasty, Dick; I admit that," he replied. The youths mounted their horses and .followed behin "I should have thought the burning of that building the soldiers, who were exceedingly jolly, and sang doggcr yonder would have satisfied you,'' went on Dick; ''that was verses in which King George played comedy parts. uncalled for, I should say." minutes later they reached the encampment c "Wen. it's a chicken house, Dick," was the reply, with the army. a grin; "and, as we have all the chickens, they have no need of the building whatever." It was in the timber, and just across the Passaic River. The arrival of the soldiers with the chickens was hail "They want to raise more chickens, Tom. And, with joy by iheir hungry comrades, and soon the quarte now, I will just say that I hope that you will not use the occupied by the regiment to which the company belong torch in future foraging expeditions. It is too much like was a busy scene. the tactics of the reel.coats, Tom. The patriot soldiers Dick and Bob selected as sheltered a spot as they cou] should be above such things." "I guess you are right," agreed the man. The other solcliers now crowded around Dick and Bob, nnd asked them where they came from. The youths were well known and well liked, and they easily had more influence over the soldiers than any other lozen men could have exerted. "We are on our way back to the army," said Dick; "where is it, and how far from here?" find, and tied their horses there, unsaddling and unbridli them, and they covered the faithful animals with a coup of horse blankets, which they belted on. Then they their way toward the headquarters General l1ee, whicJ was in a large tent near the centre the encampment. They announced themselves to the sentinel on guard front of the tent, and he called an orderly, who returned the tent and announced the arriYal of the you_ths with "It' s just across the Passaic," was the reply, "and it is message from the commander-in-chief. only about a mile from here. You follow the road." "Show them in," the youths heard, in a voice which th "Are you on your way back to the army?" asked Dick. recognized as belonging to General Lee, and the next m "Yes; we'll go back with you if you'll wait a few minutes. ment they entered the teht and stood before him. 'l'here may be a f<.>w things in the way of food that we have over looked." "Well, don't take the people have, Tom; they must not be left to starve." "Neither must we be left to Dick," with a grin. "Of course not; but you can distribute your attentions around, and take some from all, rather than all from some." CHAP'IER VII. KEEPING THE ROAD HOT. "Of course that would seem the fair way to de, Dick; "Ah! you are back again, I see?" half-sneered Genet but we could take all from all, and still not have enough Lee, as the youths saluted. to eat. There arc a good many of us, you know." '"l'hat's true, too; but don't take all until you have to clo so." The man, and his. wife and daughter as well, now acl vancecl and thanked Dick for saving their home from burning. l "I have simply done as I would wish someone to do if "Yes; back again," said Dick, coldly. Then be produced the document given him by the co manner-in-chief and handed it to Lee. The general took it, and then said: "You may retire." The youths bowed, and quietly withdrew. The youths made their way to the quarters of a compa


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 17 that contained as many personal friends as there were men in the company, and they were welcomed heartily. The soldiers had many questions to ask regarding Wash ington, his army and the British. The majority of the soldiers under Lee wished to move forward as rapidly as possible, ancl join Washington's di vision, but Lee was moving very slowly, only a few miles a day_. and was killing time. It :;ecmed as if he did not wish to reach Washington at all. Presently one fellow, who had been particularly loud mouthe(\ in his denunciations of the "rebels" and in hiH eulogies of King George, turned to the youths. "What do you say about it, young fellows?" he asked, abruptly. "You haven't stated which side of the fence you are on." "We prefer not to have anything to say on the subject," Eaid Dick, quietly; "there are enough talking without our adding our voices to the din." "Oh, but that is no way to do; that is cowardly, don't Next morning the youths received a summons, immediyou know. You certainly have views on the subject, and Rtely after breakfast, to report at General Lee's headought not to be afraid to state them." quarters. Dick's eyes flashed, and his chin squared itself. They did so, and the general handed Dick a letter. Bob, who was watching his friend, and knew him so "Take that to General Washington at once," he said, well, believed that there was trouble ahead for the subject curtly. of the king who had taken it upon himself to try to force an "Yery well, sir," replied Dick. Then he and Bob withdrew. 'l'hey bridled and saddled their horses, said good-by to their comrades, and rode away. It was clear ancl cold on this morning. The ground was frozen hard. expression of sentiment frorri the youths,, "He'll find out whether or not Dick is afraid to state bis views!" Bob said to himself, and he smiled in his $leeve to think how surprised the fellow would presently be. "Neither myself nor my friend are afraid to sfafo our It was rough under the horses' feet, but was, on the views," said Dick, coldly. "We do not care to do whole, better going than it had been the day before, when so, that is all." ihe melting snow had made the ground soft and muddy. "But you've got to do it!" cried the young man, who had "General J,ee doesn't have much to say to us, nowadays, drunk just enough liquor to make him meddlesome. bossy does he, old fellow ?'J remarked Bob. and obstinate. "You've got to state your vie" s !" Dick smiled grimly. "So we have to state our views, whether we wish to do "No; and I'ru glad of it," he said. "I would insult him so or not, eh?'' inquired Dick. if I were to exchange many words with him." A person of discernment would have taken alarm at the "That's right; that's about what I should do, too." tone of the youth's voice and the look on his face. It was They rode onward, conversing on first one topic, then anthreatening in the extreme; but the man never noticed it other, ancl keeping a sharp lookout, for they did not know at all. All he saw was that the youth was an innocent but they might meet a wandering band of redcoats. looking, harmless-appearing young fellow, and he had no 'l'hey reached Morristown at ten o'clock, and stopped idea that he was at all dangerous. hali an hour to let the horses rest. And this was where he made his mistake. They sat in the main room of a tavern while waiting, / "Yes; that's it, exactly. You've got to state your views, and listened to the talk of the inmates. whether you want to or not," the man declared. Sentiment was about evenly divided, those in favor of "Well,'' said Dick, looking the fellow squarely in the King George and those in favor of freedom for the Amerieyes, "if I must, I suppose I must. Listen:" can colonists being about equal in number. All had been All those present in the room had become silent, to hear drinking, and as the fumes of the liquor mounted to their what the youth was going to say. Doubtless the adherents brains they became more excited, and louder in their disof the king and those of Washington were hoping to hear a putes regarding the political questions of the day. declaration for their side. Dick and Bob sat at side, and listened with amusement. The men were so earnest, and so evidently thought that their decision regarding the matter should settle it, that it could not but afford entertainment for the youths. "Go on!" growled the man. "Well,'' !'laid Dick, slowly and gravely, "my views are as follows: "That you are an impertinent scoundrel, and that, like the King George whom you profess to love so well, you are a knave and a would-be bully I"


, 1 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS lN DEMAND. Those who harl been arguing for the independence of the American colonies leaped to their feet, and cried: "Hurrah for the youngster The 0thern sat still, and stared at Dick in open-n;wuthed amazement, while the man gave a gasp. "What's that?" he cried; "do you dare to speak in such fashion to me? Why, I'll-I'll--" 'l'he -ellow paused and gasped and sputtered. "You 'll what?" asked Dick, quietly. "I'll wring your neck for you, you insolent young hound!" "Procei:id to wring!" said Dick, coolly. The fellow was puzzled by Dick's coolness. He hesitated and stared at the youth in an undecided man n er Like the majority of blowers and bullies, he was a coward at heart, and there was something about Dick that awed him in spite of himself; there was a peculiar, dangerous gleam in the youth's eyes that warned him that their owner was not to be trifled The fellow who hacl been floored by Dick so neatly gave utterance to a muttered curse, and leaped toward Dick. Out shot Dick's fist It took the fellow fairly between the eyes, and down he went with a thump. With cries of anger, lhe fellow's friends rushed forward lo attack Dick. But the patriots who were present were not disposed to allow this. They seemed rather glad than otherwise to have a chance to engage their enemies, and they sprang forward and in terposed themselves between the Tories and their intended vletim. The next instant a free-for-all fight was in progress Dick and Bob took part, along with the rest, and they did able and effective work, too. They struck out with such swiftness, force :m credit to Dick and Bob, and They began urging the man to attack Dick. "Spank the youngster said one. "'l'each him a lesson!" "He's too saucy altogether "He insulted the king, God bless him!" "Do you mean God bless me or the king, which?" asked D ick, coolly. wanted the youths to drink in celebration of the victory, but the youths declined. "We never drink anything stronger than coffee," said Dick, and then he and Bob excused themselves, and left the tavern. Mounting their horses, they rode away, followed by the cheers of the patriots who had fought with them against The man, thus urged, rose to I'is feet, and reached over to the Tories. take hold of Dick's coat collar. The youths waved their hats, and then rode away at a Perhaps he thought he would do as had been suggested, gallop. nncl spank the saucy youngster, but, if so, he soon found he had made a mistake. Dick seized him by the wrist, gave him a shove, nnd upset him, chair and all, -on the floor with a thump Cries of anger went up from the Tories present and of approval and laughter from the patriots. These l atter enjoyed the downfall of the Tory and the discom fiture of bis friends. The man hastily struggled to bis feet. "We seem to be able to find trouble no matter where we may be, Bob," said Dick, with a smile. "That's right, old man; well, we we!e not to blame for ihat back there." "No; lhat fellow started the trouble himself." "And had cause to wish be had not done so, too, before he got through with it." "Yes; I think he did," quietly. The youths rode steadily onward till about one o'clock, He was very angry, and it was evident that he would do when, coming to a rather decent-looking farmhouse, they the youth an injury if he could. rode up to the door. As he regained his feet, Dick quietly arose to his feet ancl faced him. Bob quietly arose to his feet also. He was ready to back bis friend in any manner necesDick leaped down, and knocked on the door. It was opened by a woman of about forty years of age. Dick doffed his hat and bowed. "What would be the chance to get food for my friend and sary, and if was evident that if a fight started, it would myself and feed our horses here, lady?" he courte-become general. ously. "We will pay you well."


'J'HE LIBERTY BOYS IN 19 "I guess we can accommodate you," the woman :;aid, pleasantly; "you will have to put up your horses and feed them yourselves, however, as my is away at :.Iorris town." ."Very well; thank you," said Dick, and he and Bob led their horses to the stable, placed them in stalls, and fed them. Then they returned to the house and entered. The woman was cooking, while a girl of about sixteen years was l';Cttiug the table. The girl was pretty and intelligent looking, and it was evident that she was favorably impressed with the looks of the two yonths. Dick, whoso shrewd eyes seldom missed seeing anything, saw that the girl hacl placed a clean while table doth on the table, and some nice glassware, such as would not be used / for every-clay service in the family, and he realized that 1 this was in honor of ancl Bob. He saw an amused look on theWface of the woman, also, but Dick never let on. There was not a bit of the flirt in his make-up. When the meal was reauy, the youths sat up to the table and ate heartily, for they wc:rc hungry. '' 01 cour:::;e we can!" The youth::; Ji,,mounted, tied their horses, and then as the Bhti,,h officer approached, they stepped out into the road in front of the horce, and exLending their pistols full at the rider's head, Dick called out, sternly: and dismount! You are our prisoner!" CHAPTER VIII. AN Il\.IPORTANT CAPTURE The British officer brought his horse to a stop instantly. His rudely face grew pale. "W-why, w-what does t-this m-mcan ?" he stammered. "BusinC'ss !" said Dick, grimly. "Get down off that !" The redcoat hesitated. He seemed not to wish to obey. The boy spies had the British officer completely at their mercy, how1..:vcr. During 1he meal tho woman and the girl asked some 'l'hry forced him to dismount and throw down his arms, qnestions, and tho youths j udgcd from the trend of the afier which they eagerly examined the important papers them that the two were patriotically inclined. which Dick foun

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. I This done, they untied their own horses, mounted, and youth came to the conclusion that the fellow would bear leading the horse of the redcoat between them, they rode down the road "He is probably a Tory," the youth mused;" and he may The Briton looked blue and downcast. even try to effect the rescue of the redcoat. I'll keep my It was evident that he took his capture very much to eye on him." heart. They entered the house, and found Bob and the office r Doubtless it was the fact that he had become the prisoner seated in front of the fireplace. 'fhe redcoat's hands were of a couple of boys that made it so hard for him. still tied, and the woman of the house, a larg e virago-like He would be blamed f6r allowing himself to be captured woman, seemed unable to keep her eyes off the redcoat. by the yo_ uths. She gave her husband a peculiar look, and then glanced There was no help for it now, however. at Dick and Bob, and the youths noticed it, and exchanged He would have to grin and bear it. glances. He did not seem to be grinning very much, though. They were not likely to be taken by surprise by anything Onward rode the three, and Dick and Bob were in a the man and woman might do. very good humor, for they had made an important capture. Nothing was said, however. The two seem e d sati sfie d They tried to engage the redcoat in conversation, but for the present to take it out in looks. he was silent and sullen. 'I'he woman was busy cooking, and a few minutes latei: He seemed to prefer to brood. she announced that the meal was ready. It was almo s t dark when they came to a stop in front of a The table was in the middle of the floor, and Dick farmhouse noticed that the woman had placed two chairs on the side "We'll see if we can get something to ea.t here," said next to the fireplace and one on the other side. Dick. "A very neat trick," thought Dick; "Bob and I with Dick knocked on the door, and it was opened by rather. an ill-favored man, who eyed the three curiously. "Can you give us something to eat?" the youth asked; "we will pay you well for it." "I wouldn't be giving it to you then, would I?" with a grin. our backs to the man and woman would be easy to attack. I'll just change that." Then Dick placed one of the two chairs on the farther side of the table, and placed the Briti s h officer in the chair with its back toward the fireplace. Then, untying the officer's hands, the youths went around and took the two chairs facing the officer, and also facing the fireplace. "I can you furnish us with something to eat?" said Dick, coldly. The man looked at the British officer, and then nodded. The man and woman of the house looked disappointed "Yes; r can furnish ye with somethin' to eat, I guess; in spite of all they could do,. and Dick smiled to himself. h "They were figuring on re cuing the redcoat said t at is to say, the old woman kin. Git off yer liosses an' come in." "We wish feed for the horses, too." "Oh, yes; waal, bring 'em to the stable," and the man stepped outside. "In a minute," said Dick. Then he 'and Bob assisted the redcoat to dismount. "You go in the house with him, Bob," said Dick; "I'll go with this man to the stable, and see that the horses are attended to." Bob took the Briton by the arm and led him into the hous e while Dick and the farmer led the horses to the s:table. to himself; "well, I'm sorry, but we can't allow it. We will have to disappoint item." "Let's see; what did you say your name is?" asked Dick of the officer. "Warwick," was the reply; "Captain Charles Warwick." "Ah, yes; well, Captain Warwick, go ahead and eat heartily; we have quite a jaunt ahead of us yet." The Briton made no reply, but began eating. The yonths did likewise, for they were hungry, and all went smoothly for a few minutes. Then the woman came around behind the youths, ostensi bly to help them to some of the food, but the youths sus pected she harl another reason. When they saw the man of The hor ses were placed in stalls and given some feed, and the house come walking back, the evident intention of then the two returned to the house. passing them, and getting behind them, they were sure of Dick who was sharp-eyed and shrewd, took note of the it, and were on their feet in an instant, with drawn pistols fact that the man was watching him furtively, and the i n their hads.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEl\IA:N"D. 21 "Back!" cried Dick to the man; "just keep back there by "Now, my Tory friend, how much do we owe you?" the the :fireplace, my friend, and oblige us!" youth asked, coolly; "we ought not by rights to pay you a Bob had turned upon the woman, who stood, with fingers cent, but we are willing to do so, just the same." working convulsively, her eyes shining with a fierce light. The man named a sum, which Dick paid, and then he "You will kindly keep back on the other of the table, and .Bob mounted, and they roc1c away in the gathering my good woman," said Bob. "You arc not needed on this side of the boards." They had hardly more than: disappeared from sight, The woman did not make a move to obey at once, and when the man emerged the house and set off across the Bob's eyes took on a threatening look. field at a dog-trot. "I mean what I say," he said, grimly; "I should hate He climbed another fence, and presently reached a log to have to shoot a woman, but if you attack us I shall be house standing in the edge of the timber. forced to do so. We do not intend to allow ourselves to bP He approached the house, and knocked on the door. aptured, and our prisoner freed." A moment later the door opened, revealing a tall, gaunt, The woman decided, then, that it would be better to rough-looking man in the garb of a hunter. 1bey, and she turned and walked back to the fireplace. The man followed suit, anc1 the eager look which had ppeared in the eyes 0 Captain Warwick died out, and a ook of disappointment took its place. He saw that the attempt that was to have been made to escue bim could not be made with any degree of safety. "Hello, Sykcl' !"the man cried; "come in." 'l'hc Tory farmer entered at onee. "What's the matter, Sykes? Ye look excited," the hunter said. The farmer looked around the room before replying. ".\h! the boys are here, I see," he said. "Good! Yes; "Now you two people stay where you are until we give I am excited," this last to the hunter; "I have good reason u permission to move!" said Dick, as he and Bob to lie. Captain Warwick, who passed this way to-day, as ain took their seats and resumed eating. you will remember, bearing important i.o GenThe man and woman looked sullen, but made no reply. eral Howe at New York, has just gone back in company They had fai.led, and did not feel like talking. with a couple of young rebels, who captured him. They When they had :finished their meal, the youths again arc taking him to the rebel army, to turn him over to und the hands of the prisoner. "Now," said Dick, turning to the man, "bring our rses up to the door." The youth spoke sternly. Washington." "What!" exclaimed the hunter. "What!" cried the other occupants of the room in chorus. He was not disposed to waste any politeness on a man There were five others, making six men in all, besides o would have aided a British prisoner to escape. Sykes, the farmer. his proved conclusi velJ'. that the farmer was a Tory, and They were rough-looking men, all of them; men who k liked Tories even less than he liked the redcoats. seemed capable, if looks went for anything, of doing almost he man made no reply in words, but rose and went out everything. doors. f "Yes; Captain Warwick has been captured, an' is bein' ive minutes later the door reopened and he re-entered. took back a prisoner I" said Sykes. "They hac1 supper at 'tour hosses are ready," he said, shortly. Come," eaid Dick, and he took hold of Captain Warob followed close behind Dick and the pri oner, and his eyes on ihe man and his wife. e thought that they might try to attack Dick and him and free the prisoner, even yet, if-they got the chance, he was determined they should not have the chance. e horc:es in front of the door, and Dick and Bob the captain to mount. rn Dick turned to the man, who had followed as far e door, where he stood watching them sullenly. my house, an' hev jest started on their way. I've come over to git you fellows, an' ef we hurry we kin ketch 'em, an' giti Captain Warwick outer them rebels' han's." The men leaped to their feet. "We're ready ter go with ye!" they cried in chorus. "Come along, then!" cried Sykes. "They're on horseback, hain't they?" asked the man in lrnnter garb. "Yes; but we kin cut acroRs thl'ough the timber, an' head 'em off at the bend, if we hurry." "That's right; Fo we can." The man left the house, and set out through the timber.


!2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. If.key walked rapidly, and it was evident that they knew one person-a man-and he was mounted on the mid every foot of the ground. horse; on the backs of the other two horses were sacks They kept up their swift gait for half an hour, and then vegetables, for the man was a farmer, en route to Trent they emerged into the road. to sell his produce. "I wonder if we got here in time?" remarked Sykes. Curses escaped the lips of the disappointed men, a "I dunno," one of the others replied; "we'll know afore they asked the farmer ii he had seen three men on hor very long, though, I guess." back. "Let's sec if we can hear anything uv 'em,'' said Sykes. He replied that he had not. Then he got clown and placed his ear close to the frozen "'l'hen they must be ahead of us! after all,'' said Syk ground, while the others w ere silent. He shook his head when he got up. "Couldn't hear ennything,'' he said. "come along, fellows; let's see if we can catch them!" The six ran up the road, leaving the farmer to foll at his leisure. "They'll be along purty soon," said the hunter. "You think we hav e got here ahead uv 'em, Sykes and his friends were dealing with no comm then?" youths when they thought to capture Dick and Bob. Sykes asked. "I think oo; they rode faster than one would think for." The youths had not gone a hundred yards before D looked at Bob, and said: "I didn't like the looks in the eyes of that fellow b "The men stood ju8t within the edge of the timber, and there, old man; how was it with you?" waited patiently for perhaps five minulcs, then the hunter "The same; I'm of the opinion that he was figuring got down and placed his car close to the ground. '"l'hey re coming!" he said, as he rose to his feet; "at enny rate, I hear the sound of hosses' hoofs on the ground." making us trouble in some way." "That's what I think; now, what could he do?" "He might have friends near, and they might try The men cocked their rifles and stood in readiness, eaghead us off." e rly awaiting the appearance, at the bend fifty yards dis"Just as like as not that is his scheme. Well, we m taut, of their expected victims. spoil his game, and there is only one way to do it." CHAPTER IX. TITE YOUTHS OUT\\' 1 THEIR FOES. "How, Dick?" By riding so rapidly that they could not possibly through the timber and head us off." "That's the best plan; if we go slow, they might be to work it successfully." "Yes; well, let's ride as fast as we can, Bob." They urged their horses, alld that of the British offi to a gallop, and rode forward at this rapid pace for It was now rapidly getting dark. than half an hour. It was jus t possible to see as far as the bend in the road, The result was that they were a mile beyond the b and before the party for which they were waiting reached in the road whm the party und e r the leadership of S3 the bend, it had become so dark it was possible to see only reached the bend, and when the party stopped tile far. a few yards. going to market, thinking he was the youths with t The men could hear the sound of the horses' feet, how-prisoner, the three were at least two miles awa.y. eYer, and knew the animals were close at hand. Of course, they had such a start that the party u 'l'he: moved out and took their stand in the n1iddle of Sykes, although they ran onward for a mile at least, the roacl. Presently the horses loomed up in front of the six, and the lell,der cried : not lessen the distance between them. The two youths made thcfr way steadily onward, they had approached as near to T1enton as they d "Halt! Stop, or you are dead men!" venture, and keep the road. aml then they turned aside The horses were brought to a stop at once, and an exthe timber and made their way toward the Delaware R clamation of fear and surprise was heard. The youths were beginning to be familiar with th '.rhe six pressed forward, and then exclamations of surof the land now, and they did not have much difficult prise, rage and discomfiture escaped them. finding the cabin of J oe Saunders, the man who had t 'rhere were three horses, all right, but there was only them across the river two nights before.


'fHE l,IBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 23 Saunders was at home, and greeted the youthi' cordially. Dick handed the commander-in-chief the :md he "::lo you have captured a redcoat and intercepted some took,them; but before settling down to examine them he 1portant despatches, eh!'" he remarked, when Dick had ordered that the prisoner be taken to the guard house. plained matters to him; "well, that is good. And, now, This was done, ancl then, telling pick and Bob to wait, suppose you want me to put you across the river again?'' he called General Greene, and they examined the papers 'That is just what we want, Joe," replied Dick; "will that had been taken from the British officer u do it?" The communication from General Lee was tossed aside ''Will I? Well, I just guess I will! You can count to wait, as they had a good idea what its contents were old Joe to always be ready to do all he can to help the without looking. use! Do you want to go right ahead now, or sha ll I get 1 something to eat?" "We have been to supper; we want to get across the er as quickly as possible.'' 'Very well; come along, then." "aunders led the way, and they were soon at the mouth the creek. "Now, if Lee 1rere only here with his troops, we might do something!'' General Greene, presently, when they had finished looking al the despatches that had been in tended for the British commander-in-chief. "True," said Washington, "but it o;cems as if General Lee and his army is .fated to never reach us." Then he took up the communication from General Lee, he flatboat was there, :rnd lhc youths led the horses and opening it, read it through. His countenance gave no sign of what passing in his mind as he read, and he hen they assisted Captain Warwick to dismount, as in pa sed t.hc comnrnnication to General Greene with the rethe horses got to plunging while they were making the mark: l l t b 'h t th "rnhc usl1al sto1y." age 1c m1g 1 c l rown rn o c nver. L ick helped 8aundcrR row, and twenty minutes later they General Greene took the l etter and read it, and returned e on the oi.her shore. it without comment. founting their horRes, they bade Saunders good-by, ancl The commander-in-chief took up the to Genaway, the British officer between lhC'm. e ral Howe and went through them again. hey reached the cncampmC'nt nt last, ancl thC'y went at "There is 'l lot of information of a general nature in to the log house which was Washinglon'i:; headquarters these," he said. hen the commander-in-chief saw that ii was Dick and with a prisoner, his eyes gleamed with pleasure. ho have you there, Dick?" he asked. aptain Warwick, of the king 's troops, your excel ," replied Dick. "Yes, indeed," agreed Greene. "You did a good thing when you captured Captain War wick, my boys," the commander-in-chief said. "We are very glad of: that, your excellency," said Dick, modestly. "And if there is anything else that you wish us \.h Captain Warwick, be seated," said General Washto

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DK\L\.:YD. critcise lhe actions of an officer ol' ,;uch rank as General Lee!" they did not Ieel so very bad. "I cra1e your pardon!'' said Dick, soberly. "Granted, Dick," wiih a :

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DE::\IAND 25 "Ah, glad to see you, my boys!" said Sullivan, who lmew he youths well. "Have you just arrived?" "Yes," replied Dick, "with de::;patches for General Lee, hich we will turn over to you as next in command," and ick produced the order from the commander-in -chief to he officer. CHAPTER X. ENCOUNTERING AN OLD ENE:MY. General Sullivan took the despatch, and opening. it, read 1e contents. When he hall finished he looked at Dick antl asked: "How soon will you be ready to return ?" '\Ve could ::;tart back after a rest o.f three or four hours, r," replied Dick. He had the letter to the qommande r-in-chief written, and gave it to Dick, who put it in his pocket. After some further instructions from the general, the youths saluted and withdrew. They got their horses, mounted and rode away toward the south They rode steadily, with the exception of one resting period of half an hour, all the rest of the night, and reached Princeton early next morning. They turned their horses over to the hostler of the tavern, where they intended to breakfast, and then entered the tavern. The proprietor of the place eyed the youths searchingly. "Traveled far?" he asked. "Oh, o-so," was Dick's careless reply. He felt that it wa,; no of the landlord's how far they had traveled, yet he dicl not feel like telling him so. "How ::;oon will breakfast be ready?" asked Bob, who was hungry>' "By ten o'clo<:, say?" "Half an hour," was the reply. "Yes, sir." 'T'hc ,vouths retired to the wash room and made their "Very well; report here to me at tE'!n o'clock. I will toilet, after which they re-entered the combined office and ive an an wer ready for you to take back to the combarroom, and took seats in fro11t of ihc big fireplace. ander-in-chief." "This ii:; solid comfort, eh, Dick?" remarked Bob, with ''Very well, sir." an air of sati:'faction. Then the youths saluted and withdrew. ''Yes; thi!5 is all right, Bob They :first saw to it that their horses were taken care of, "Rather more corn fortablc than riding in the cold night d then they hunted up their comrades whom they usually air, eh?" from the landlord, who hall. approached and was essed with, and fro them they got the complete story poking at the fire. the capture of General Lee. "Yes," said Dick, briefly. He hacl gone to Bat>kingridgc. four miles away, and had Somehow he got it into his head that the landlord was en up his quarteri:; in a tavern there; his presence had trying to rump them. en disco>erecl a Tory, who had ricldrn in hot haste to "Did you say you came from the north?" the man re-British encampment ancl had returned with thirty marked. opers, who had surrounded the tawrn, and captured e, after which they rode back to the encampment th their prisoner in triumph. "And now," said the soldier who tell i11g the story of the capture, ''maybe we will reach General 1t;hiugton and rejoin the rcRL oJ' the army before spring, ick and Bob both said they hoped so. "I didn t say,'' replied Dick. "Have you heard about the capture?" the landlord persisted. He was certainly a hard man to discourage. ''What capture?" asked Bob. "The captiue o.f the American gc11eral, Lee He was found in a tavern at Baskingridge this morning by a party of British dragoom. and captured and taken to British 'The commander-in-chief ncccls tlw men, T know that!" headquarters." Dick. "Oh. yes, we heard about that," saiu Dic-k, carelessly. time came Dick and Boh ate with the "They say it will end the war,'' the landlord continued. iers, and they rernaine

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS DEMAND. "I would like to kno\\' what the fellow Lee ever did to earn such a revutation," said Dick. 'l'he landlord raised hi8 eyebrows. "I'll be ready to act when the time comes, Dick," was 1 reply. The youths, from where they sat at the table, could : "You don't seem to think Yery highly of him,'' he said. the redcoats when they had entered, the connecting d< 'I don't know of anything he has done that amounted being open. tu very much," replied Dick. "He has claimed credit that They could hear what the troopers were talking abo belonged to other men; that is all he has ever done." too, and soon learned that this was the very same pa1 "So,, so! Thai is the way you look at it, eh?" the land-that had captured General Lee. lord e,xclaimccl. "Do you, then, think Washington a greater general than Lee?" "I certainly uo think so," said Dick. "Lee isn't to be mentioned alongside of Washington. Washington is a great general, while Lee-well, the fact that he went off down by Encouraged by their success of the day before, they w< out on a sort of scouting expedition, looking about, in 1 hope that they might make another important capture. Suddenly Dick gave a start, and looking at Bob, said: "We will have to get out of here at once, Bob! 'I himself to an unguarded taver.n is enough to prove that he commande r of that crowd out there is Captain Frink, tl was no general." old enemy of mine, whom I hare twice wounded! He "Hum!'' said the landlord. "Who you gentlemen, recognize me the instant he lays eyes on me, and we will taken IJrisoners in short order." that you know so much about Washington and Lee? You must be patriots, and pretty high up ones at that." Dick rose as he spoke, and taking his overcoat under ; "That is nothing to you," said Dick, shortly know when breakfast is ready, please." "Let us arm, tip-toed to the door leading from the dining room the open air, Bob following. The landlord grunted out something unintelligible, and stalked to the door and looked out. Dick tried the knob, but it would not turn. 'l'he door was locked Dick looked for the key, but it was not there. "Ah,'' he said, "business is good this morning; here A : glance into the barroom showed the redcoats standi comes a company of dragoons. l judge they are out huntin front of the fireplace, laughing and talking. ing more American generals to capture." Dick and Bob exchanged glances. "Are they coming here, landlord?" asked Dick, calmly. Yes; they will be here in a few moments." "'l'hen let's get into the dining room at once, Bob," said Dick. "Rememuer, first come, first served, landlord. If they get into the dining room first, we would :;land a poor chance of getting anything to cat." They were warming themselves, but might come on ii the dining room at any moment. The situation of the two boy spies was desperate a dangerous in the extreme. If the redcoats were to enter at once they ;ould caught like rats in a trap. Dick looked about the room with eager, searching gaze. At the same instant he heard the voice of Captain Fri Dick's scheme was to get out of the office and barroom say: before the redcoats entered. If he and Bob got i;c;1ted at a "Come on, my boys ; let's go in and get something to < table in the dining room they would be subjected to mnch and drink. I am both hungry and thirsty." less severe scrutiny than if they were to be in the barroom. Dick's eyes fell upon a door at the opposite side 0 1 "Walk into the dining room and take a seat at one of the room. tables," said the landlord, suavely, and the youths obeyed. He realized that the door opened upon a stairway leadi Tbey were careful to take their hats and overcoats with to the upper rooms of the tavern. them, a s they did no now but they might want to leave "Come, Bob, quick!" he said in a low tone,.. and he 1 the dining room in a hurry, and possibly by a rear doorway. across the floor on his tip-toes, Bob keeping behi They \vere careful to choose a table at the farther end of him. the room, and at the side, near a door. 'They were equally careful to sit down upon the farther Eide of the table, so that they would be facing the redcoats when they should enter the room. The door opened readily in response to Dick's a they passed through and closed the door just as the n coats began filing into the dining room. The landlord came first, followed by Captain Frink, "Be prepared to act promptly, Bob," said Dick, in a low in tum being followed by the troopers. bnc. "We arc likely to gel into trouble before we get When the landlord look ed about the room and saw it '1 a\\'ay from here." unoccupied he gave utterance to an exclamation of surpri


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. 27 "What's the iuatter ?" asked Captain Frink. Captain Frink looked eagerly around the room. "Why, where have they gone?" was all the landlord could "Where can they have gone?" he asked. "Out of ay. doors?" pointing to the door leading to the open air. "Where have who gone ?n "The two young fellows." The landlord shook his head. "That door is locked," he said. "What two young fellows? 'vVc know nothing about any oung fellows." "There were a couple of young men in here," the land rd explained. "They entered ju:;t before you came into Frinks eyes lighted upon the door leading to the stair way. "Where does that lead to?" he asked, eagerly. The landlord gave a start. he tavern, and 1 don't see where they can have gone, or "Upstairs. Do you think--" hy, unless--" "I think nothing, but we have got to find out! I have <1 He pau. ed and looked at Captain Frink for a few mo-consuming curiosity to lay eyes on those youths you have ents, an eager light in his eyes. spoken of; I fancy 1 shall know them when I see them "Unles what?" asked Captain Frink, in some imLead the way upstairs, landlord. and at once. We must atience. not give the young rascals much time, or they will escape "Unless they were rebel-spies, or something like that, us. If they are who I think they are, they are as slippery d were afraid to meet you and your men as eels." Captain Frink gave a start. The men were looking interested and excited now. "Ah-ha!" he exclaimed. "lt does look suspicio us, their They scented more glory ahead in the capture of some sappearing, doesn't it? What sort of looking fellows more rebels. ere they?" 'l'he landlord lecl the way across the room, and taking "They were not much more than boys-about seventeen hold of tpe knob of the door leading to the stairway, turned eighteen years of age, I should say, and quite bright ii, and pulled the door open. pearing and good looking." There was no one in sight Captain Frink gave another start. "They have gone on upstairs!" cried Captain Frink. For some reason the name and face of Dick Slater had "Lead tl}e way, landlord!" peared in his mind. The landlord obeyed, and led the way up the stairs, the He could not account for it, hut the thought came to him captain keeping close at his heels, and the men trooping at the yout)ls were the boy spies who had given General along after the captain. we and the British army so much trouble. The captain drew his sword, and his men drew their He had been well pleased when he had effected the capdragoon pistols. e, the morning before, of General Lee, but if the two "They cannot escape us!" cried Captain Frink, in a loud ths in should turn out to be Dick Slater and voice. "We have them cornered, and will capture them companion spy, Bob Estabrook, and he could capture easily." m, Captain Frink would be much better pleased, and he The captain spoke loudly purposely, so that the fugitiTes bted not that General would learn of the capture might hear him. He thought it might serve to break their .h almost aR great pleasure, for the youths had been as nerve somewhat. rns in the British commanderinchief's side. He had Which showed thai he did not yet know what sort of a n offered rewards of one hundred pounds each for the youth Dick Slater was. ture of the youths. too, Captain Frink had a personal feeling in the ter. He and Dick had come in collision on two or three ner occasions, and the youth had shot and wounded the thy captain twice-once in the cheek, marring his ty somewhat, and once in the arm, breaking that useful iber. h Captain Frink would have given much to C!tpture k Slater, the boy spy! CHAPTER XI. THE ESQ.A PE. Dick and Bob had hastened on up the stairs and along a hall which extended back toward the rear of the building, ick was well aware of this fact, and was not disposed to as well as forward toward foe front. aptain Frink do this. "Let's go to the rear," said Dick. "The stable is in that


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DEMAND. direction, and we will have to go to lhc ::;table to get our Then they hastily kJ the horses out of the stable, just horses. l won't leave without :Major, ii I lrnve to fight a half dozen of the troopers came sliding down the slopi Captain Frink and his entire gang." roof and half fell, half leaped to the ground. "Lead on; l'll follow," said Bob, grimly. 'l'he youths leaped into the saddles, and as the redcoa They hastened back along the hall until they reached its came running forward to meet them they urged the end. hon;es into a gallop. There was no window in the end of the building looking out from the hall, and Dick opened a door at the left han


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These Books Tell You Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. Most of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an'' child can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and set if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILr.. BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS }:[ONEY. Address Fil ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO llUNT AND l!'ISH.-The most complete ltunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about guus, huuting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BO.AT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE, AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for >diseases Jleculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fllly illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny; alb'I:> the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'Ibis little book gives tbe explanation to all k.inds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum;" the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happi.nes.s br misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this httle book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 76. HOW '1'0 TELL FORTUNES BY THE 'HAND."ontaining rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the hand or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret elf telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in rstruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over s ixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and !he differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtam one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYl\fNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. .!>. handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illus ,trations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. No. 61. HOW TO BECOME A BOWLER.-A complete manual of bowling. Containing full instructions for playing all the stand ard .American and German games; together with rules and systems of sporting in use by the principal bowling clubs in the United States. By Bartholomew Batterson. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. BOW '1'0 DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containlng explanations 6f the of sleight-of-hand aJ?Pli<;a.ble to card tricks; of card tricks with ordmary cards, and not requmng sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of specially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With 1llustra. tions. No. 72. HOW 'l'O DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. BOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by conjurers and magicians. Arrani:ed for home amusement, Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. BOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction of all the leading card tricks of the d'!-Y also most popular magical illusions as performed by our leadmg mag1c1ans ; every boy should obtam a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22 TO DO S1:JJCOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magi cian and the boy on the stage; also fiving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation o second sight. No. 4ii'. l:l.OW TO BECOME .A .MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of .magical illusions ever plac ed before the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc No. 68 HOV / TO DO CHEl\lICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred amusingand instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of tl1e latest and best tricks used by magicians. Al s o contain ing _the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anders1:m. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO'Y TO ;BECOME A CONJURER.-Containing tricks with Dommoes, Dice Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO 'l'HE ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magi c and Sleight of Hand, together with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optic s, pneumatics, mechanics, etc., etc. The most instructive book pub lished. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive ; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAI;E MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, Aeolian Harp, Xylo phone and otheT musical instruments ; together with a brief de scription net rly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. !Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal B e ngal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, togeth e r with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomel:v illustrated, by John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete littlPJ book containiuJ full directions for writing love-letters, and when to mr them ; giving specimen letters for both young and old. No. 12. HO'k 'l'O WRl:TE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instru"'bons for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE f,ETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart. your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you v r ish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full in1 tructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for l!'d composition; together with specimen letters.


THE STAGE. No.. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE OOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the ogt famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without his 1Yonderf11l little book. :'\o 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER ;ontaining a varied asso,rtn;ient of stump speec hes, Negro, Dutch tod l nsh. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse nt>nt and amateur shows. :\o. 45 TUE BOYS OJ!' NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE A:\ ll .JOKrJ BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every y 'honlcl obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or (an1 z :ng an amateur minstrel troupe. .'\o t;5. :\lULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original Joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It ontains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of l'errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of he day. Every boy who can evjoy a good substantial joke should ain a copy immediatelv. o. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com l> te instructions how to make up for various characters on the togi:ther with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, cemc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Verman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome olored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. H OUSEKEEPING. .'\o. 16. HOW 'l'O KEEP A 'VINDOW GARDEN.-Containing .all in&{rnctions fo1 constructing a window garden either in town >r country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful !lowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pubished. No. 30. HOW 'J'O COOK.-One of the most instructive books m cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, rish, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW 'l'O KEEP HOUSE.-lt contains information for e"Verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almoRt anything around the house. such as parlor ornaments, '>rackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A deription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, tc. By George Trebel, A. l\l., M. D. Containing over fifty ilustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full uirections for making electrical machines, induction :oil8. dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By n. A. R. BP-nnett. Fully illustrated. 67. HOW '1'0 DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, ;ogether with illusttations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading his book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multitndes every night with bis wonderful imitations), can master the 11.rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the i:;reatest book l'ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No.. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A -very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium '>f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable or parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any hook published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY complete and useful little containing the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon. croquet. dominoes. et<'. "o 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all t leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches ,_nd witty sayings. o 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little ok, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage. Casino. FortyFive, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, ,\ul'tion Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO oyer three hundre d interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A .:omplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -Containing the most popular sele,,tions in use, comprising Dutch Jialect. French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together with many standard readings. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Contalning foaTP teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becoma a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fro& a.ll the popular !luthors of prosi: and poetry, arranged in the ms1mple and concise manne1 possible. No. 49 .. HOW TO DEBA.'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting c bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion and the sources for procuring information on the questions g'iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIH'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation aN fully !'xpluined by this little book. Besides the v arious methods 1>t ha.Ldkerchief._ fan. glove parasol, window and bat flirtation, it con a .full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which k m.terest1ng to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happ'J without one. No. 4. IIOW 'l'O DANCE is the title of a new and handsome book just issued by l!'rank Tousey. It contains full im1truo t 1ons in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partiea, bow to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squan dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to love, and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquetba to be obsened, with many curious and interesting things not cea E:rally known. No. 11. HOW .ro DRESS.-Contaiuing full instruction in thll art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving t h selections of colors, material. and how to hav!' them made up. No. 18. HOW 'l'O BECOME BEAUTIFGL.-One of tbs brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the w o rld. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male ancl female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. this boo\ and be convinced how to becom e beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illnstrated an containing full instructions for the management and training of th canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illu trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40, HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint. on bow to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird-. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Ftarringtou Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin1 and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepinit taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fu.f instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained b:v illustrations, making it the most complete book of "the kind ev, published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BlWO:\IE A SCIENTIST.-A nseful and In structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e:s periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making colored fires, and gas ball eons. Thie book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE complete hand-book for making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK 'l'OUSEY'S UNITED S'I'ATES DISTANCE TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving the official distances on all the railroads of the United States and Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, hack fares in the principal cities, reports or the census, etc., etc., maklna it one of th" most complPte and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR bWN DOC'l'OR.-A won derful book. containing useful and practical information in th treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to eve17 family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangin19 of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW '.rO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old KingBradJ, the world-known detective. In which he lays down some and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventll'AQ and e:i.:periences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PIIOTOGRAPHER.-Contah1ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work It; also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othte Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARJI' full explanations how to gain admittance, rourse of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Poa* Guard, Polke Regulations. Fire Department, and all a boy shoullli know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO A NAVAL CADET.-Complete In structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Nava Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descriptio of grounds and buildings, .historical sketch. and everything a bo:1 should know to bec-ome an officer in the United States Navy. 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