The Liberty Boys' hard fight, or, Beset by British and Tories

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Ame r i can Revolu t i on. I.uea Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered acc ording to Act of O o noress, in the year 1001, in the office of the Librarian o f Oongres s, Washington, D. 0., b11 Frank Touse11, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 8. N E W Y ORK, FEBRUARY 22, 19 0 1. Price 5 Cen t s. THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT; OR, B eset by British and Tories. CHAPTER I. BY MOORE. chief thought that the Continental Army would cease to exist within another month or so "THE TIMES THAT TRIED MEN'S dOULS." He issued a proclamation offering pardon and protec tion to all citizens who, within sixty days, should take the oath of allegiance to the British Crown, and within ten It was the last week in December, 1776. General Washington, the great commander-in-chief of days more than three thousand of the most wealthy and in the Continental Army, had been forced (partly by circumfluential people had acepted the offer. stances over which he could have exercised no control, but This, in connection with the condition of the Continental more by the treachery of General Lee, who had disobeyed Army, now a mere handful of men, caused General Howe to repeated orders, and had refused to come with the seven regard the war as practically ended. thousand men under his command and join Washington He was likened to Cresar, who "came, saw and 'conand his portion of the army) to retreat across New Jersey, quered," and was 1nade a Knight Commander of the Bath, and across the Delaware, behind which river he took refuge. and Christmas was decided as the time for the conferring The British, havipg no boats, could not follow him across of the red the river, and Ge 'tals Rowe and Cornwallis left the armv So confident was Howe that the war was ended that he <>.' ,.,.. ., stationed on baaji of the Delaware and returned detached a goodly number of troops from the army at to New York, to tlie! freezing up o f the river, when Trenton, and sent them with instructions to take possession they would take t1le army across on the ice. of Newport, he considering this a eomenient station for At least, that"':"ras what Howe said he intended doing, British vessels entering the Sound. but the facts that he did not think he would be called He figured that the Hessiam, under Donop and Rahl, upon to cross river at all. and the Scotchmen under Grant, would easily anni'hilate Washington's p.rmy had dwindled to less than three thouthe remnant of Washington's army as soon as the river :

2 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' HARD F IGHT. land, he considering that his would no longer be needed. Just at this time Thomas Paine began publishing a series This would be a very difficult and dangerous undertak ing, however. Where was the man who would risk his life in such pamphlets entitled "The Crisis," in the first of which he fashion? made use of a term that has become familiar to all, viz., The commander-in chief did not have to think long be"These are the times that try men's souls." And indeed they were the times that tried men's souls. 1'he majority of the people who had hoped for freedom and independence were. in despair; it seemed as if there could be no hope. fore he thought of one who would. be willing to attempt it. In his army was a company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76 They were brave and daring youths, and had already done wonderful work in battle. But there was one brave heart that did not despair. Their commander was a youth nametil Dick Slater, a It belong to that great and wonderful man, Washington. bright, brave and handsome youth of eighteen years, who While others were lamenting the sad state of affairs, and had some wonderful work as spy and despatch bearer, making up their rninds to accept the seemingly inevitable, as well as in the ranks as a fighter. and return to their state as subjects of the King of This youth would, the commander-in-chief was sure, be England, George Washington was contemplating a stroke .not only willing to venture over into the British encampthat would retrieve the fortunes of the patriots and fill the ment, but would be glad to do so. hearts of the British with consternation. Nothing was too difficult and dangerous for Dick to atHe knew the general disposition of the British forces, tempt, if by so doing he could aid the cause of liberty, aml saw that care had not been exercised. The redcoats which he loved so well. had not thought it necessary to exercise care. They were intending to attack, and never thought of such a thing as that they might be attacked. They would have laughed at such a suggestion, had anyone made it. But Washington was in deadly earnest. He had just been reinforced by the arrival of three thou13and troops 1 under Generals Gates and Sullivan. These were the troops that had been under Lee, and which the The commander-in-chief sent for Dick, and the youth reported at headquarters immediately. "Well, Dick," said General Washington, "are you ready to undertake a very difficult and dangerous undertaking?" He looked at Dick searchingly, with a half-smile on his face. He had no doubt regarding the answer he would receive, however "I am ready to undertake to do anything which you may commander-in-chief had been trying for more than a month set me at, your excellency," said Dick, quietly to get to join the troops under himself, but which, owing The commander-in chief nodded approvingly. to the treachery and rebellious conduct of Lee, had been "I expected to hear you say as much," he said. ''Well, held back and kept away from the commander-in-chief. I have a difficult and dangerous task for you, Dick. It is They had been freed from the control of Lee at last, how-to go over across the river into the camp of the enemy and eYcr, he having been caphued over in New Jersey, and learn all that you can regarding the disposition of their under Gates and Sullivan they had moved southward as forces. I wish the information in detail, so that I may know rapidly as possible, and joined Washington and his army at what I am about when I move across the river to attack the a most opportune time British." Washington was planning a daring and brilliant stroke, Dick showed no signs of surprise and he had talked the matter over with Generals Greene, "I am ready to make the attempt, sir," he said. "Per-Gates1 Sullivan, Oadwalader and Ewing, and it had been haps I had better wait until after nightfall to cross the decided to make the attempt. river, however." The commander-in-chief's plan was to, by a sudden at"Yes; I judge that would be best and safest. You are tack, overwl}elm the British centre at Trenton, and force to use your own judgment in this matter, and do the work the enemy to retreat to New Yo:rk, but before making the in your own way. Your work in the past has given me move he wished to gain a better idea of the disposition of great confidence in you, my boy, and I fgel safe in leavthe British forces than he at present possessed. ing the ways and means entirely to you." He had a general idea, but le wished definite knowledge. "Thank you, sir," said Dick, ea. rnestly. "I shall try There was only one way to gain this knowledge-to send and not disappoint you, or make you sorry you d _id so. a spy over into the British camp. The commander-in-chief gave Dick such instructions as


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT he thought advisable regarding what he wished to learn, hesitate when he left the camp, but struck out in a northern and then the youth saluted and withdrew. direction through the timber. He returned to the quarters occupied by the company of His course was parallel with the Delaware River, and he "Liberty Boys," and they were eager to know what the kept on until he came to a log house which stood a huncommander-in-chief wished with him. dred yards from the river bank. "I am to go over into the encampment to spy on the redcoats, boys," Dick sa icl; "I shall start right away after dark." J "Say, I wish I could go with you, Dick," said Bob Estabrook, a bright-faced youth of about Dick's age. Dick and Bob were close friends; in fact, their homes were within a quarter of a mile of each other, not far from Tarrytown, in New York State, and the boys had been playmates all their lives. "I think one person will be able to get a.ound and make his way into the enemy's camp alone better than two could do it, Bob," replied Dick. "Maybe so," doubtfully. "Why couldn't both of us go, and go separately." "It would be more likely to cause suspicion if two youths put in an appearance in camp about the same time, Bob." "Maybe so," said Bob, reluctantly. Bob, like Dick, was as brave as a lion, and was not satisfied unless he was doing something. He was intensely patriotic, and wished to be doing something for the cause. He fretted whenever forced to be inactive. The other youths liked action, also, but they were more content to remain quietly in camp for the reason that they had not had a taste of spy work. Dick and Bob had both done good work as spies, and it He was challenged and responded, a.fter which he entered the cabin, and was greeted by a patriot officer. The officer knew Dick well. "Ah, Dick! Glad to see you!" he said; "which way, this cold and dreary night?" "I wish to be taken across the river, Captain Shively," said Dick. A knowing look appeared in the eyes of the captain. "You are going on a spying among the Brit ish, Dick," he said; "you will have to be careful, my boy. If you are detected and captured, you know what the pen alty will be." "Yes-death, captain; but I could not die in a better cause." Dick spoke quietly and calmly. The thought of danger to himr:;elf had no terrors for him. "Yes, death, without doubt, Dick; and we cannot afford to lose you. You must be careful "I am always careful, Captain Shively; it is not so much that I fear death, but I should hate to fail in th'3 task which I have been set to accomplish. If I should fail it would be a great disappointment to the commander-in-chief, and a great drawback, as he reckons on the information which I may secure being of value to him." "True. Well, I will have one of the men row you across seemed as if as soon as they had had one experience of that the river at once." kind they were eager for more. "Thank you said Dick. The great danger of going among the enemy seemed to recommend the work to them. Dick, however, was never reckless. He was always very careful. A few minutes later he was at the river's edge in company with a patriot soldier-one of those detailed to guard the boats, which were moored here-and they entered a small rowboat and crossed to the other side. He realized, when he went upon an expedition of that I It. was a as there kind, that a good deal was at stake, and carried himself considerable floatmg ice m the river, but they succeeded m accordingly. getting across, finally, and Dick leap_ed ashore on the other He realized that the commander-in-chief depended on side. him to secure valuable information; and he would do noth-He bade the soldier good-by, and then plunged into the ing to jeopardize the success of the undertaking. timber and made his way rapidly along. He remained in the quarte;i;s during the rest of the Presently he entered a little clearing, and approached a afternoon, talking with the youths a'nd making his preparlog house which stood in the centre. ations for the task before him, and after he had eaten This cabin was the home of Joe Saunders, a hunter and supper, and darkness had settled over all, he bade Bob and trapper, and a staunch and true patriot, and he had already the rest of his brave "Liberty Boys" good-by, and went oul: into the night. Dick had partially outlined his plans, and he did not done mnch to aid the cause. Reaching the door of the cabin, Dick gave a peculiar knock upon it.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 'rhere was the sound of footsteps, and the next instant Joe. Have you anything in the way of a British uniform the door opened, and a rough-looking, but honest-faced man here?" in a hunter's garb stood in the doorway. The light from a fire in a large :fireplace at the end of the room showed Dick's face quite plainly, and the man seized the youth's hand and shook it heartily. "So it's you, is it, Dick, my boy?" he remarked; "come in, come in! I'm right glad to see you!" CHAPTER II. THE REDCOAT YISITOR. "I'm glad to see you, Joe," said Dick, heartily; "I was afraid that you might not be at home." "I'm usually home at night, Dick." "I know that, but was afraid that this might be one of Joe shook his head. "Not a thing, Dick," he replied. Dick looked disappointed. "I was in hopes you would at least have a reci coat," he said, with a faint smile. "That would help a fellow out a bit after hightfall, when the lack of the other portions of the regulation British costume would not be apt to be noticed." "I haven't a thing, Dick, I am sorry to say. The fact is, I thought it better not to have anything of the kind, as, in case the redcoats were to search my cabin, they would find nothing to tell against me; see?" "I see; that is the best plan, too, of course; but a red coat would have been very acceptable, just at this time." "Listen!" said Joe, suddenly, in a low tone of caution. Both listened, and they heard the sound of footsteps out side on the frozen ground. Then there came a knock on the door. your nights out." "Who is there?" called out Joe, laying his hand on his "What's in the wind, Dick?" asked Joe, as he closed the trusty rifle. door, Dick having entered. "I'm going down into the British camp, Joe." Dick had seated himself before the :fireplace, now, and Joe, after placing a fresh log on the fire, looked at hia young friend with serious eyes. "A friend, I trust," was the reply; "I have lost my way, and wish to be directed aright." "It's a stranger," whispered Joe. "And only one," said Dick, significantly. Joe nodded, and then strode to the door, and lifting the "That's going to be a dangerous undertaking, my boy!" bar, pulled the door open. he said, soberly. A young man of about twenty-one or twenty-two years "I know there will be considerable risk, Joe; but nothstood outside. ing risk, nothing gain, you know." "Yes, I know; but--" "But, what?" "You had better stay here, Dick, and let me go down there in your place." He was dressed in the uniform of a lieutenant in the British Army. in," said Joe. The young officer obeyed. He looked around the cabin, and when he saw there was "You are a friend, indeed, Joe," said Dick, only one other person present, and that one a niere youth, he. "but I could not think of letting you take my place. I drew a breath of relief. think I will be able to go into the enemy's camp, and come "You have a nice :fire, and I am chilled with ridi.Ilg," he out again in safety. I am but a boy, you know, and will said; "so, if you do not object, I shall stop a few minutes not be suspected nearly so soon as a man would be." "'rhat is true, doubtless; but I don't see how you are to accomplish it, Dick. It looks to me like going straight to your death." "Oh, not so bad as that, Joe." "Well, it seems so to me." They sat there and talked for half an hour, and then Dick said : "I came in here in the hope that you might be able to and get warm." "Stop as long as you like," said Joe, as he indicated a bench near the fire, upon which the young officer took a seat. He stretched his hands out toward the blaze and drew a breath of satisfactio n. "This is more comfortable than riding through the tim ber alone in the cold,'' he said. "I do not doubt it,'' replied Joe. furnish me something in the way of a costume that would Dick had said nothing, other than to greet the newcomer help make it easy for me to enter i.he lines of the British, with a brief, "How do you do?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 5 He was watching the young man closely, however. And he was thinking rapidly. He sized the redcoat up. He was a young man, about Dick's build, and the youth decided that the clothes would about fit him. A bold thought came to him: ."Yes; one cannot ride fast through the timber." "I should say not; what bothered me the worst, however, was the fear that I was not on the right track." "You have come somewhat out of your way.' "But I do not regret it, as I will a chance to rest and get warm before having to report to the officers in charg: of 'Why not make this young officer a prisoner, don his our forces." clothing, and enter the British Army in his stead?" "I suppose that Lord Cornwallis will return and take It would be a bold scheme, and one which might prove charge here, in winding up the war, will he not?" asked Joe. succei;sful, especially if he could learn the young officer's "I think not. I heard the fellows talking, before I' left name, where he had come from, and a few other things. New York, and they said that Lord Cornwallis was talking Dick succeeded in giving Joe a significant look, and was of starting for England the day after Christmas." sure friend understood. ''What did you say your name was?" asked Joe, care lessly. "He must think the war ended, then, sure enough." "'l'hey all do, back there. It is common talk that the Hes sians and Scotchmen will be amply able to crush what is left "Lieutenant Maurice Merton," was the reply. of Washington's army, as soon as tlie river freezes solid And then the young man looked at J oc and Dick searchenough so that they can get across the river." ingly. "Doubtless that is right," agreed Joe, though he did not "How are matters down this way?" he asked. "Are the believe it. rebels in shape to do anything, or are the king's men sure of I "By the way," said the young lieutenant, "you haven't winning and winding up the war at an early date?" something to eat handy, have you? And a little something "Oh, the king's men will win, without doub1-," said Joe, to drink? I'm quite hungry and as thirsty as can be." "and I'm mighty glad of it!" he added, lying with astonish"I have some cold venison, lieutenant, and a bottle of old ing glibness and heartiness. ''You are not rebels, then?" with an eager look. rye. You are quite welcome to as much as you can eat and drink of those." "Not we!" said Joe. "We are loyal king's men!" "They will do nicely !" with an air of satisfaction. "Set "Good l I'm glad to hear that 'l'hen you think the war them out and I will prove to you that I am both hung7y and is virtually eJ11ded ?" thirsty. I will pay you for the food and drink." "It certainly is! Why, what can Washington hope to do "As an officer in the king's service, you are welcome to :igainst the fine army of the king with a mere handful of them without charge," said Joe, and he quickly set out a ragged men? Nothing!" dish of venison and a bottle of whisky and a cup. "And that is the way General Howe looks at it, I am The officer sat up to the table and ate and drank in a mansure the young officer said, falling into the trap set for ner that proved he had spoken the truth when he said he him. He does not expect to have to return to this part of was hungry and thirsty. the country, I am sure, and the despatches which I am the "This is fine--excellent !"he said. "The venison is good, bearer of givf instructions to the commanders, Donop, Rahl and the whisky puts new life into me. Ah! I shall ride into and Grant, telling them how to go to work to close up the camp feeling like a fighting cock !" war." But he was destined to be disappointed. Dick and Joe again exchanged glances. "When did you leave New York?" asked Joe. When he had finished eating and drinking, and pushed his stool back from the table, he turned, to find himself look"Two days ago, and I have had a long, cold ride, I tell ing down the muzzles of two pistols, held in the hands of you !" Dick and Joe. "No doubt; well, your long ride is. virtually ended now." w-what d-does this m-mean ?" he gasped, his "It certainly must be. How much farther is it to the face turning red, then pale; "why play this miserable joke. British encampment?" on me?" he added, pettishly, sudden1.y making up his mind "About two miles." "So far as that ?" it was done in a joke. "There is no joke about this, as you will find, Lieutenant "Yes; but that isn't far." :Merton," said Dick, coldly; "you are our prisoner! Place ''Well, no, comparntively speaking. It is nearly an hour's your hands together, behind your back, ancl turn your back ride through this bla tcd timber, though." to us, please."


6 THE LIBEH'rY BOYS' HARD FIGH'r. "But this is outrageous! You cannot me:.n it!" gasped hands having been bound once more, and suddenly the the lieutenant. "You said you were king's men." young Englishman turnecl pale. "You are a very unsuspecting young man," said Dick, "ancl were easily fooled. You must remember that all is fair in love and war. This will teach you to not believe every thing that is told you by strangers." A curse escaped the lips of the young lieutenant, and he looked as if on the point of trying to make his escape from the room. "Don't try it!" warned Dick, who divined what was passing in the fellow's mind; "if you try to escape we will shoot you without the least scruple, as we do not intend to let you esc11pe us, under any circumstances Place your hands be hind your back, and turn your back to us !-hurry !" Dick's purpose in donning the uniform flashed upon him. CHAPTER III. "LIEU'l'ENANT MAURICE ]\l[ERTON.'' "You will not dare--" he began, and then paused, almost gasping, so great was his anger and excess of feeling. "011, yes I will!" smiled Dick. "I am going to do that very thing." "Y\>U will be detected, made a prisoner and banged if you enter the lines of the British army and try to impersona te The young officer hesitated just an instant, and then a me!" the lieutenant said "I am well known to hundreds of look into the stern eyes of Dick and his companion91 con-vinced him that it would be dangerous to disobey. Without another word he placed his hands together, be hind his back, and turned his back toward the two. the men." "Thanks for the information,'' said shall be all the more careful, then." He did not believe the lieutenant. Dick, quietly; "I "Bind his wrists together, Joe,'' said Dick. "I'll keep There might be some among the British regiments who him covered, and if he attempts to resist, I will shoot him!" l l l L' t t M t b t b bl t amona-wou c mow ieu enan er on, u pro a y no one b Joe shick his pistol back into his belt, and procuring a th T.:r -d S t -hm h ld k h. e uessians an co c en w o wou now 1m. deerskin thong, tied the young British officer's wrists toA d -t th th t D. k t d d t n i was among ese a ic m en e o go. gether securely. "You take your life in your hands if you enter the British 'l'hen he led the prisoner back and seated him before the encampment!" the lieutenant said, sullenly. fireplace. It was evidently his purpose to try to frighten Dick out of The expression on the face of the young man had changed. the notion of doing what he was :figuring on doing. It had been one of self-satisfaction before, but now it was sullenness and anger But then, he had cause to feel out of sorts. "It won't be the first time I have taken my life in my hands," said Dick, coolly The lieutenant regarded Dick curiously, and then of a He realized now that he had made a fool of himself in sudden he started, and lookecl at Dick searchingly. being so confiding, and it never makes one feel particularly "Are you Dick Slater, the rebel boy spy?" he asked. good to realize anything of this kind. "It doesn't matter wl:io I am," replied Dick, coldly; "we "Well, now that you have made me a prisoner, what are have more important business on hand than satisfying the you going to do with me?" 'the young man asked, with a curiosity of a king's soldier." 11 The lieutenant bit his lips to keep back th_ e angry remark he was about to make. "We will soon show you," said Dick, quietly. I It galled him to think that he, a British officer, should be Then he relieved the lieutenant of his weapons forced to listen to such language from a rebel boy. Next he, with Joe's help, proceeded to remove the lieuHe upbraided himself bitterly for his foolishness in ven-tenant's uniform. turing into this cabin when he was only half an hour from The young officer protested, but it did no good, and seeing I the British encampment. this, he presently relapsed into moody silence. It was too late to think of it now, howeve r. As soon as they had succeeded in removing the lieuten He would have to bear it as best he could. ant's uniform, Dick quickly removed his outer clothing, and, Dick felt in the pockets of the clothing which he had with Joe to aid him, assisted by the officer himself, who donned, and brought forth some documents addressed t.o saw there woo no use trying to resist, the youth placed his Donop, Rahl and Grant, the officers who had been left in clothing on the officer's form. charge of the British army when Howe and Cornwallis left Then he p roceeded to don the uniform, the lieutenant's and returned to New York.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. "I dare say these are important papers, Joe," said Dick, He stepped forward and took hold of Lieu.tenant Merton's quietly. arm. "You may be sure they are!" acquiesced Joe. "Come with me," he said, quietly. "You had better come Dick held the papers in his hand and looked at them for quietly and peaceably, for you have got to come!" he added, a few moments. as the officer acted as if about to hang back and try Suddenly he looked up, and at Joe. to keep from going. "I will tie you, feet as well as hands, He seemed to be pondering some subject of importance. and carry you, if you go to trying to make me trouble!" "Joe," he said, "these must be taken to the The young man decided, then, that it would do no good in-chief at once!" to be stubborn, and he walked along by the side of the The lieutenant turned pale. hunter. He writhed and twisted in a vain effort to break the They left the cabin, Dick coming last and closing the bonds binding his wrists together. door, and then they started toward the river. The two paid no attention to him. They passed a horse, which was tied to a tree, and the They well knew his puny strength could not break the horse whinnied. It was seemingly glad to see some human deerskin thong. beings. "You are right," agreed Joe; "the papers must be taken to him at once." Dick looked around at Lieutenant Merton. "I'll tell you what you had better do, Joe," said Dick; "you had better take the prisoner and the papers and go across the river and turn both prisoner and papers over to the commander-in-chief. Don't you think so?" "I do. I will start at once; and you?" "I will start at once, also-start for the encampment of the British.',. Dick spoke quietly, and in the most matter-of-fact manner imaginable. One to have heard him would have thought he was talking of going on a pleasure trip. Dick handed the papers to Joe, "Put them away carefully, Joe," he said. "Whatever you do, don't lose them, a.nd-'if you love me, don't let the pris oner escape !" A grim smile crossed the face of the hunter. ''You needn't be afraid, my boy," he said, decidedly; "he won't escape!" "All right, now let's be moving.'' The three continued on through the timher, and a few minutes later reached the bank of the river. Dick assisted Joe in gettifig the prisoner aboard the boat, and then he waited till his friend had taken the oars and rowed out into the river a ways. When satisfied that all was well, and that his friend would reach the other shore in safety, Dick turned and made his way back to the cabin. He did npt enter. He had other business to attend to, and did not wish to lose any time. He went to where the horse stood, untied the halter-strap and climbed into the saddle. Then he set out through the timber, going in the direc tion where, as he knew, lay the encampment of the enemy. As he rode along, Dick was thinking. He felt that he could pass himself off for Lieutenant Merton without much trouble, but what was he to do for despatches and orders to the British commanders? How would he explain not having these? A thought came to the quick-witted youth. He could tell the British officers that General Howe was afraid that he might be captured, and had given him verbal Dick drew himself up in military fashion and turned instructions, so that in case he was captured by the rebels around so that his back was toward his companion. there wouI'd be nothing thatthe rebels could learn regarding "How does the uniform fit me, Joe?" he asked. the intentions of the British. "Fine, my boy; one would never guess it was borrowed. This, as Dick knew in his own experience as a 11py, was It looks as if it had been made for you.'' often done where there was information or orders of a gen"Goocl; I'm glad of that. Now let's be moving. I guess eral nature to be taken, as it precluded the }'lOSsibility of the I'll accompany you to the boat and see that you get started across the river all right, Joe.'' "Just as you like, my boy; though I'm not afraid but we enemy coming into possesskm of said information. Dick wished to report to the Rahl, as he thought it much less likely that the Hessians would would make it all right." know the lieutenant whom he was to impersonate than the "I'll feel better to know that you get safely off, Joe.'' Scotchmen or British. "Very well; come along, then." Dick was also aware that the Hessians were stationed in


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. Trenton proper, and this would make it easier for him to The youth knew he could tell whether or not the irnkeep :irom being captured in case it was discovered that he posture was detected by the look which would appear on the was a rebel spy instead of the British lieutenant. The youth rode onward_, and twenty minutes later he was halted by a picket. "Who comes there?" was the cry. "A friend,'' replied Dick. Then he rode forward and. told the picket that he was Lieutenant Maurice Merton, from New York, with orders for Colonel Rahl, the Hessian. "You'll find Rahl down in the town," was the reply. "Ride straight on in the direction you are going." "Very well," replied Dick, and he rode onward. He rode right through the outpost o.f the British camp, and then on still farther till he reached the edge of the town. He inquired his way of sentinels whom he encountered, and was directed to a two-story brick house, which was pointed out to him as being the headquarters of Colonel Rahl. officer's face at sight of him. If Colonel Rahl had ever met Lieutenant Merton, his face would depict astonishment at sight of one whom he would know was not the lieutenant. But the colonel looked up at Dick as the youth entered, and there was no look of surprise on his face. Instead, there was only curiosity, and he remarked inquiringly: "Lieutenant Merton, what can I do for you?" "You might invite me to sit down .'' said Dick, quietly. He was so relieved. at the deception he was practising not being discovered that he could not resist the inclination to be a bit impertinent. The Hessian merely smiled, however. He seemed to not be one who was easy to take offense. "Sit down, lieutenant," he said Dick took a seat, and then looked at the colonel with inDick dismounted in front of the door, tied his horse and terest. knocked on the d"or. "You say you come from the commander-in-chief?" asked "I wish to see Colonel Rahl," Dick said to the negro Rahl. servant who came to the door; "tell him I come from Gen eral Howe with orders." The servant conducted Dick into a "aiting room and told him to be seated, while he went to take the message to the colonel. Dick seated himself and looked about him. 'l'he room was well furnished, and the youth doubted not that the house belonged to a patriot, and had been con fiscated to the use of the Hessian. Presently the servant returned and told Dick that Colonel Rahl would see him. Dick rose and followed on the heels of the negro. "Now, my boy, brace up and stand firm!" said Dick to himself, and he steeled his nerves for the ordeal which was at hand. "Yes, sir,., replied Dick. "That's true, too,'' he added to himself; "I came straight from the commander -inchief or the patriot army." "And you bring orders, you say?'! Dick nodded. "I do,' he 'iaid. The Hessian colonel looked at the youth for a few mo-ments in silence, and then said: "W'here are they?" Dick tapped his forehead. "In here,'' he said, quietly. "Ah! they are verbal orders, then?" "Yes, sir." "Well, I am ready to receive the orders." "They are very simple. Re said you are to remain here In the first place, it was barely that 1.he Hessian until the river freezes over and theu cross on the ice and might have met Lieutenant Merton, and would detect the I imposture at the first glance. And this was the only thing that Dick feared. annihilate .the rebels." "He told us that much before he left for 1 New York." "Well, he wished to stamp it on your mind firmly, I supH he was not detected he would risk making a blunder pose. He said that he did not think it would be necessary and arousing the suspicion of the officer. for him to return, and he leaves it to you to do as he orders ., Dick made up his mind to be bold, so as the door was "I shall obey orders to the Jetter; and as soon as it is thrown open and the negro servant announced ''Lieutenant that wc can get across the river we will go over and fini h Merton,"' Dick stepped through the doorway into the room this war up very quickly." as coolly and composedly as the lieutenant himself could "You may think you will do so," thought Dick "but I have done. guess General Washington will have something to say Dick's ryes were wide open, bowevcr. ana he watched the about it l" face of Colonel Rahl closely without seeming to do sq. Aloud he said:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 9 "I have no doubt you will be able to do as you say, Colonel Rahl. And now, where will I find quarters?" A cry of joy weni. up from the girl. 'Oh, sir, I thank you!" she cried, in a sweet, musical "In a house up the street a few doors. A number of of-voice. ficers are quartered there, and they will welcome a' newcomer to their midst." "Are the officers English or Hessian?" asked Dick. "They are mostly Hessian, was the reply; "you do not object to being quartered with the Hessian officers?" the last with a half-angry look. "Oh, no; I had as lieve be quartered with them as not, Colonel Rahl, said Dick, promptly. Then a little cry escaped her, as she saw the three men leap forward to attack the brave youth who had befnended her. She thought the young stranger would be overpowered and beaten into insensibility at once. But she did not know Dick Slater. Neither, for that matter, did the young Hessian officers. They had swords at their sides, but they did not offer to The Hessian 's face cleared somewhat at this. draw the weapons. "Here is the number of the house,'' he said. Doubtless they thought that three of them would be He wrote some figures on a piece of paper and handed it amply able to handle the one youth. !o Dick who took it, and then, saluting, the youth withSo they attacked him with their fists. drew. But they were dealing with no common youth, and they Just as Dick reached the street he came upon a -acene quickly found it out. 11hirh caused his blood to boil with rage. Dick knocked the three down, one after the other, but so I A beautiful girl of about seventeen or eighteen years quickly and swiftly as to make it a wonderful feat, and the at bay, while s urrounding her 1Yere four men in t .he girl stared at the young stranger in amazement and aduniforms of Hes ian officers. miration. One of the officers, a foppish-looking fellow, was imporThe first officer who had been knocked down had strugtuning th e girl to give him a kiss, and as the girl replied to his feet by this time, and he leaped forward with a with indignant words, refusing, and telling the fellow, snarl of rage. truthfully, that he was no gentleman, he in his turn became As he advanced he was making frantic efforts to draw his angry, and suddenly stepped forward and threw his arm sword, but his very excitement and haste defeated his object, around the maide,n's waist. and the weapon for some reason hung in the scabbard, re"We'll see now whether or not you can keep from being fusing to come forth. The result was that Dick had ample kissed, my pretty maid!" the fellow cried, in a tone of opportunity to deal the fellow another blow, and he did it fiendish exultation, while his companions laughed in glee. promptly, knocking the man down a second time 'I am going to kiss you, not once, but a dozen times, to repay you for your sauciness !" A scream escaped the lips of the girl. "Help!" she cried. "Oh, there's no help for you, my saucy maid!" with a meering laugh; "here goes for the kisses!" The Hessian officer went to take a kiss, but did do it. He was struck in the jaw a terrible blow and felled to the The other three were scrambling up now, and they, too, were attempting to draw weapons when Dick whipped out a pair of pistols and, leveling them, cried, sternly: "Don't you do it! Don't draw your weapons, or I shall be forced to shoot you! Hands away from there, please!" The officers took their hands away from their sword-hilts in a hurry. The other man had struggled to his feet again by this time, and he shook his fist at Dick and cried: Dick bad delivered the blow. "I'll have your life for this, you infernal scoundrel, but "Take that, you cowardly hound !" the youth exclaimed. I'll take it in the regular way, if you are not a coward and a cur! Your name, sir! Give me your name!" CHAPTER IV. DICK FINDS A FRIEND. "Lieutenant Maurice Merton, at your service!" replied Dick, promptly; "and I shall be willing and glad to give you satisfaction at some future time and place, as may be decided upon." "You will hear from m e to-morrow, sir! You will hear from me to-morrow!" A cry of anger and astonishment went up from the fallen Then the four men turned and strode away, muttering man's companioos. threats in a manner that frightened the girl, who said:


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. "Oh, sir, you have gotten yourself into serious trouble on father, I am a patriot, still I know that there are many true my account! I am so sorry!" ".Don't worry an instant on my account, miss," said Dick, with a smile; "I shal1 lose no sleep on account of having made enemies 0 those scoundrels." "But they are dangerous men. They will force you into a duel and kill you." "That is a game that two can play at, miss," smiled Dick. "I am not afraid 0 them." "You must not fight that man, kind sir!" the girl cried; "I know him, and he has the reputation 0 being a deadly duellist. He has, I understand, ought three duels since the army has been here in Trenton, and he killed one antagonist and s.eriously wounded the other two." "It does not matter, miss," said Dick, quietly; "dismiss him from your thoughts. Which way do you live from here? Shall I not see you safely home?" "I you please, Lieutenant l\Ierton," was the reply. Dick and the girl walked down the street, c0nversing as they went, and when they had gone three or our blocks the girl paused in front 0 a well-built and substantial-looking house. "Here is I live," she said, her voice being sweet a11.d musical; "I would invite you in, Lieutenant were it not that I-that my father-is a-a-" The girl stammered and hesitated. "Is what, miss i" asked Dick, gently and kindly. ":My father is a patriot, what you would term a 'rebel,' Lieutenant :Merton,'' was the low-voiced reply; "and he is bitterly opposed to the British, and I am afraid he mightmight insult you i I were to have you enter. Still, as you protected me from those insulting Hessians, he might. treat you with courtesy, as he hates the Hessians worse than the British. If you are willing to risk it, I shall be glad to have you enter." This was very welcome information or Dick. 0 course, the girl could not suspect it, but he was glad to run across a patriot in the heart 0 the British lines. The youth thought that the time might come, and soon, when he would wish to have a friend at hand, and he decided to go into the ho11se with the girl, make her father's acquaintance, and, i favorably impressed with him, make a confidant 0 him. 'rhus he would be sure of having a haven of refuge to retire to in case his identity was discovered and he had to flee. "I shall be glad to take the risk, miss," said Dick, with such earnestness that the girl blushed. ''I would take far greater ri sks for such a privilege!" men and gentlemen among the British, and you are sure of a genuine and hearty welcome from me !" "'rhank you, miss !" said Dick. The girl knocked on the door and a ew moments later it was opened by a handsome Jady of about forty years. Dick knew this was the girl's mother, even before she spoke. "So you are back, Mildred?" the lady said, in a tone of relief. "We were beginning to be uneasy; but who is this gentleman?" "This is Lieutenant Merton, mother,'' was the reply, spoken rapidly. "He has renderl'd a great servicerisked his life to protect me from insult, mother, andand-I invited him to enter, so that you and father could thank him." Dick was secretly somewhat but he kept his -face perfectly grave. The woman hesitated, and then suddenly making up her mind, she said to Dick : "Pray come in, Lieutenant Merton. We, of course, wish to thank you for what you have done for our daughter; come in." Dick lifted his hat and bowed. mrhank you, lady,'' he said, and then he entered. The closed the door and bolted and led the way to the parlor, where Dick took a seat. Mother and daughter then excused themselves and with drew. The daughter wished to tell her mother the story and prejudice her in Dick's favor, and then get her aid in in fluencing the husband and father so that he would treat Dick with courtesy, even though he were a hated redcoat. Dick having nothing else to do, looked around him. The room he was in was well-furnished, and he that the owner of the house must be pretty well-to-do. Ile only had to wait a few minutes, however; then he heard footsteps approaching along the hall. Then Mildred and her mother entered, followed by a handsome, but rather severe-looking man. "Fatlier, this is Lieutenant Merton, the young gentleman of whom I have been telling you. He saved me from being insulted by Hessian officers, and has, I fear, gotten himself into deep trouble as"'/a result, for one of them said he would challenge the !i tenant. Lieutenant Merton, my -father, Austin Marshall, w o will, I know, extend to you his 8incere thanks for the service which you have rendered his daughter." "Come, then," saicl the girl, her voice trembling slightly;. "She's as bright as she is beautiful," thought Dick. "She "and remember, Lieutenant :Merton, that although, like my is practically forcing her father to do as she wishes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 11 Ur. Marshall advanced, and pausing in front of Dick, privilege. It was a pleasure to me to be of service to you, looked at him keenly. Miss Marshall, and if there be obligation one way or Then he said, in cold, measured tones : another, then the obligation is mine." "Lieutenant Merton, I am extremely sorry to be put Dick was a good judge of faces, and he was sure he saw a under obligations to anyone wearing the livery of a king look of approval, as well as surprise, in the eyes of the man. whom I hate, and whom I have repudiated and hope never "Well said, young man, and even though you are a redcoat again to be subject to. Under the circumstances I can do no 1 will break my rule and offer you my hand!'said Mr. Mar less than thank you, but I do not wish you to presume and shall, and a look of pleasure appeared on the face of Mrs. think that on ;;tccount of this you will have a claim on our "Ylarshall, while the eyes of the daughter fairly shone with hospitality. I tell yon frankly that no one wearing a red .delight. coat is welcome within these four walls, and when you have gone forth from here I must ask that you do not return at a future time, as you will not be admitted." "Oh, father!" said Mildred, reproachfully. Dick accepted the proffered hand and shook it heartily. The man could not, of course, understand Dick's feelings in the matter, not knowing that the youth was, like himself, a strong patriot. Dick could have hugged the stern-faced The eyes of the beautiful girl were filled with tears, and man-and, for that matter, the whole family-and he made her voice trembled. up his mind to confide in Mr. Marshall. He might want to take refuge in the house soon, 1md if the man knew he was a "I mean it, Mildred !" in a stern voice. patriot the doors would be open to Dick at any and all "But think, father, what the young gentleman has done for us-what we owe him He has risked his life, and indeed it is still in danger, as he will be challenged to morrow." "I know," in a cold voice, ''but it was his duty to protect you, for but for the fact that King George is warring upon us, those Hessian officers who insulted you would not have been here to do so. I can't see that we should have to consider ourselves as being under obligations to Lieutenant by rights, at all.., 'l'he wife and mother, as well as the daughter_. seemed to be somewhat distressed. They realized that they owed a great deal to the handsome youth, and they felt bad because times. "Mr. Marshall," said Dick, quietly, when they were through shaking hands, "I wonld like to see you privately a few minutes, if convenient "Certainly, Lieutenant Merton," was the prompt reply; "come with me to the library." Then they excused themselves to the ladies and withdrew, the mother and daughter looking after them wonderingly, and then at each other inquiringly. They were, naturally, surprised, and wondered why Dick wished to see Mr. Marshall privately. They supposed they would be enlightened on the return of their husband and father was 80 stiff, almost gruff. He the two, however, and they sat resignedly down to wait. might have treated the young man a more courteously, As soon as they had become seated in the library, Dick they thought, even though the young man was an officer in told Mr. l\Iarshall who he was, how he came to be there, and the British army. all about it, and to say that the gentleman was pleased when As .for Dick, he stood there, facing : Marshall, a half-he l e arned that Dick was, like himself, a strong patriot, is smile upon his face. I-le was as cool as could be, and did not pu tL ng it mildly. seem a bit put out on account of being talked to in such a Ile was delighted, and told Dick he would do everything frank manner. he could to assist him in gathering information that would be of benefit to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Mildred was about to speak again and protest against Anny. her father's statement of the case, but Dick made a restraining gesture. "Wait, l\fiss he said, with a smile. "Your father is right-enlirel,v and wholly right. King George is to blame for the war, the Hesi>ians a!e here as a result of the existence of the war, and I, like your father, claim is the duty of any man, he he rebel or loyali:::t, to protect a lady if :;ubjected to insult; and he is not entitled to, nor should he expect, thanks for doing what should be considered a 'l'hey talked together half an hour or more, and, then re turned to the parlor. Dick was smiling, and l\Ir. l\Iarshall's face fairly beamed. "I make an exception in favor of this redcoat," said he, smiling and addressing his wife and daughter. "He is to be a welcome visitor at this house at any and all times, and you, ciiher oi you. will refuse to admit him at risk of incurring my direst displeasure!"


12 THE LIBERT "Thank you !" said Dick, with an answering look. CHAPTER V. "One word before you .go, Lieutenant Merton," said Mil-FRIENDS AMONG ENEMIES. The mother and daughter looked at Mr. Marshall, at Dick and then at each other in wide-eyed wonder. They could not understand it at all.. They would never have believed it possible that their hus band and father would ever become so friendly to anyone wearing a red coat. They were pleased, however. Women look more at the man than at anything which he may be identified with, and they had taken a great liking to Dick. dred. "That-that man who insulted me said that he would challenge you on the morrow. Is there no way that you can keep from having to :fight him?" There an eager, anxious look on the girl's face as sh<' spoke, and it was evident that she was considerably wrought up over the fact that the youth was likely to be forced into a duel in which he might lose his life as a result of interfer ing in her and extending protection to her. "I should not think you would be called upon to meet a scoundrel such as he has proved himself to be," said Mrs. Marshall. "Well, it is this way,'' said Dick, quietly; "if I should refuse to meet him I should be branded as a coward and would be avoided by all the other officers, and would be He was handsome and manly-looking, and, moreover, he sneered at and jeered and made sport of until life would be had saved Mildred from insult at the hands of the Hessian unendurable. No, I shall have to fight the fellow if he officer. challenges me; but you need have no fears on my account. A s mile appeared on the beautiful and expressive face of If we fight, it will result merely in giving me an opporMildred. tunity to teach the scoundrel a very much needed lesson. I "You need not be afraid that we will refuse admittance to shall rather enjoy it than otherwise." Lieutenant Merton, father !" she said, with an expressive look in Dick's direction. "We owe him too much to think of doing such a thing." "You are right, Mildred," said her mother; "Lieutenant Merton will always be welcome." Dick bowed toward both the ladies. "He certainly needs a lesson badly," said Mrs. Marshall; "but he might succeed in inflicting a death wound upon you, foeutenant Merton. If there is any way that you can gel out of the affair I should advise you to do it. It will be safer and better, and it would be terrible for a gentleman like yourself to fall a victim to the prowess of a scoundrel "Thanks !" he said; "that I shall appreciate the favor so like that man." kindly and generously shown you may be assured." "There is no way to avoid a meeting if he challenges me." Dick conversed with the three for a few minutes and then said Dick; "and, as I have said, you need have no fears for said: me. I have none for myself:' "I must go now. My faithful horse is standing out in There was a look of admiration in the beautiful face and the cold, in front of Colonel Rahl's headquarters, and I in the eyes of Mildred as she looked

'l'HE LIBERTY BOYcl' HARD FIGHT. 13 all three shnking hands with him and pressing him to call "and if the duel is forced upon me by that scoundrelly Heson the next evening. Mildred let her soft little hand rest in Dick's for a few sian I will have to have at least one friend to act for me.'' The thought of the duel did i1ot worry Dick. moments and then she said, "Be careful-for my sake. If If the Hessian challenged him, the youth intended to you should fall I should feel almost like a murderess, for it choose pistols as the weapons, and he was confident that the would be on my account, you know." "I will be careful," Dick replied, and then he went out and made his way back to the headquarters of Colonel Rahl. fellow could not be his master with the pistol. .And Dick had been under fire too often and faced death in individual contests too frequently to be daunted by the The horse Dick had ridden into the British lines was still prospect of having to meet a man in a duel. Dick le:t the room, and, going downstairs, entered a room sbtncling there, &nd, untying the halter-strap, Dick led the Elninl!tl along until he came to the house where he was to be opening off from the hall. quartered. tied the horse; :ind, running up the steps, knocked on the door. Tn the whc, came to the door he said,, : "I am Lieutenant Merton, '0.nd was sent by Colonel Rahl. My horse stands there; who will take care of him?" "I will see dat yoh horse is taken car' of, sah," was the reply. "Will you go to a room at once, sah ?" 'If you please," said Dick. The man conducted Dick up a flight of stairs and alpng a (, hall, and ushered him into a room. Then li'gnteii' a candle, and, turning to Dick, said, with a grin: "I guesses yo' will be able to git 'long now, sah. De The room was a large one, was well lighted, and was occu-pied when Dick entered by perhaps twenty officers. A quick glance revealed to the youth's critical eyes the fact that the ma3ority of the officers were Hessians. There were three or four Englishmen, however, and Dick was glad of that. Another thing which Dick's quick eyes took note Qr. was the fact that his antagonists of the street encounter were present. Dick knew this, as he had gotten a very fair look at the faces of the fellows, and their bunged-up and swollen countenances were ample evidence that their owners had been engaged in some kind of a game of :fisticuffs. The four were seated together at a table and were d.Pinkorsifers is mos'ly young gemmens, an' dey does purty much ing and smoking. whut dey likes; an' all yo' has to do is go do_wn into de pahlor They glanced up as Dick entered-as, indeed, did all an' librcry an' make yo'se'! at home." those present-and a dark look of anger appeared on their "I'll get along all right, I guess. What is your name, did faces. you say?" They looked at each other significantly. "Tom, sah." Then one-he was the fellow who had insulted Mildred "Tom, eh? Well, Tom, here is something for you," and Marshall-arose and strode forward and confronted Dick, Dick gave the darky a silver piece, which was accepted with who paused and regarded the angry Hessian calmly and alacrity and the display of a fine set of ivories. without so much as the quiver of an eyelash. "T':mk yo', boss; uf dere's ennyt'ing I can do foh yo', jes' lemmC: know an' I'll do hit." "All right, Tom; you may be able to render me some assistance one way or another, sooner or later. If I should need it, I'll let you know." "T'ank yo', boss; I'll be right dar when yo' wants me!" "That's a bright coon, and he might be of use to me," thought Dick, as the darky took his departure "A fellow "I believe you are Lieutenant Merton, are you not?" almost hissed the Hessian, glaring at Dick. "At your service," nodded Dick, coldly. "Then I will serve you thus, Lieutenant Merton !" grated the Hes&ian, and as he spoke he slapped Dick's face with the flat of his hand. A murmur went up from those present, and a little cry of "Bravo !" from the fellow's three cronies. can't have too many friends when he is playing such a game But they had not much time for remark. as I am engaged in." Dick acted promptly. Dick remained in the room for a while, thinking the situ"And I will serve you thus, you cowardly scoundrel!" ation over, and then, hearing the sounds of laughter and said Dick, with sudden :fierceness, and quick as the light loud talking downstairs, he decided to go down ana' make uing's flash, almost, his right fist shot out, and, taking the the acquaintance of some of the officers quartered in the Hessian between _the eyes, caused him to measure his length house at o.mce. on the flo01: with a crash. ''I may be able t9 make a friend or two," he thought; A gasp escaped all present, and the fellow's friends leaped


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. to their feet, as if with the intention of rushing to the had done. I didn't care about that, but I had a curiosity to assistance of the fallen man. see 1\Ir. Marshall." He struggled to hi s feet before they could come forward, "Exactly. Well, you are the first man wearing a red coat however, and instead of making a move to attack Dick, who who has set foot in that house! Jove! I wish I had been was ready for him, he hissed: in your shoes. Miss Marshall is the most beautiful young "You will have to meet me!" "At any time or place!" was the calm, cold reply. lady I have seen in Trenton, and if we are to stay here and wait for the river to freeze over, I should like nothing better "1\Iy friend, Captain Schlumpf, will wait upon you to-than to try to make a conquest there!" morrow." "She seems to be a very beautiful and pleasant young "As you will,'' with a bow. "Perhaps I shall be able to lady,'' said Dick, quietly. find someone who will act for me in this matter?" and Dick 'Beautiful' and 'pleasant?' She is s uperb, man! But glanced at the other officers present here are the fellows, wanting an introduction," and the A rather good-looking young fellow in the dress of a young lieutenant introduced Dick to all as "Lieutenant lieutenant stepped forward and extended his hand to Dick. ''I am Lieutenant Pierson," he said, quietly, and rather cordially; "I am glad to make the acquaintance of LieutenMerton." "He just arrived an hour ago from New York with despatches for Rahl," the lieutenant explained, "and he had ant l\Ierton, and beg leaYe to offer my services to act for you not much more than got here before he was so fortunate a in the matter under discussion." to have the opportunity of protecting Miss Marshall, the Dick took the young lieutenant's hand and shook it rebel's daughter, against Sikoff, Schlumpf and the others, heartily. who accosted the young lady on the street and importuned her to favor them with kisses. Isn't he lucky, though? H e "Thank you, Lieutenant Pierson," said he; "I am only too glad to avail myself of your kind offer. I shall depend got to esr.ort the young lady home, and even entered the upon you, and will leave everything to your discretion." "'rhank you. I will look after your interests as if they were my own." "'l'hank you I am sure of that," said Dick. house!" The officers listened eagerly, and asked Dick for the story, which he gave them. They congratulated him on his good fortune in getting into the good graces of the daughter and her parents, and it was evident that the majority of the officers were bi love with the beautiful Miss Marshall. "Come,'' said Dick's new friend; "I will introduce you to some of the boys. The majority of them are Hessians, but ''I'd gladly take your place and fight Sikoff to-morrow if they are not all bad fellows on that account. Sikoff, Schlumpf it would make me a welcome caller at the home of Mis s and the others are not representative, I assure you." "Sikoff-is that the name of the man whom I-who is to meet me ?" asked Dick. Lieutenant Pierson looked at Dick in astonishment. the verge of fighting a duel with a man and not know his ?"he exclaimed. ''Well, this is remarkable! How does it happen? How came you to be enemies?" Sikoff, Schlumpf and the other two had withdrawn from the room, and Dick told briefly the story of his encounter \\ ith Sikoff and his three friends. ''So! Sikoff insulted the daughter of Austin Marshall, Marshall!" said one officer, smilingly. A number of the others said the same thing, and it was evident that they meant it, too. CHAPTER VI. THE DUEL. Dick was on very pleasant terms with the officers. eh? And you interfered and gave him a trouncing ?-good! The Hessians were cordial, for it was an open secret that But, say, what a rank old rebel Marshall is, anyway! He Sikoff and his cronies were not well liked, they being scoun the sight of a red coat worse than a bull does the sight drels at heart, and were constantly doing things of which of a red rag!" tl h ffi d"d t ie ot er o cers i no approve. "He seems to be prejudiced against them somewhat," smiled Dick. Then, too, the prompt and effective manner in which Dick hnd floored Sikoff had earned the respect of the meJ?. "You.saw him, then?" eagerly. They realized that the young lieutenant-as they sup "Oh, yes; I escorted the young lady home and was inposed him to be-was a brave youth, and bravery always vited in, so that her parents might thank me for what I rnmmands respect.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 1 5 Dick was handsome, frank-faced and pleasant of manner, whose sake he had become imbroiled in the affair with too, which prepossessed the officers in his favor. Sikoff. Dick wa pressed to drink m1d smoke, as the majority of "She's a sweet, beautiful girl," he thought; "but not so those present were addicted to those habits, but he declined, sweet or beautiful as Alice-my littl e sweetheart, Alice!" saying that he never indulged in either wine or cigars. Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister, was the girl Dick had refer"How about cards, Merton?" asked Lieutenant Pierson; ence to, and the youth loved her dearly, and although Mil"of course you play cards?" Dick shook his head. "No, I do not play cards," he rep l ied. "Well, well! Then I think I shall quit all three habits, dred Marshall was sweet and beautiful, as he said, there was no danger that she would rob Alice of the place of honor in Dick's heart. Then, dismissing all the unpleasant thoughts from his since it seems that a fellow who does none of those things mind, Dick went to bed. has better luck with the fair sex!" and Lieutenant Pierson "I must get a good night's rest," he thought; "for I am laughed heartily. The others expressed surprise at Dick's not smoking, drinking or playing cards, but they did not seem to think the less of him for it. "It is as well that the lieutenant should not drink, any probably in for a lively day to-morrow." And in this he was right. He was aroused at an early hour next morning by a cau tious but persistent knocking at his door. "Merton! Merton !" called a voice, which Dick at first way, on the eve of an encountet with Sikoff," said one of the did not recognize. ''Let' me in. I've got it all arranged!" officers. "Sikoff is a splendid swordsman--or will you Then Dick knew who it was choose the sword, Lieutenant Merton?" "It's Lieutenant Pierson!" he thought; "and he probably "I haven t given the matter much thought," Dick replied, refers to the duel. Well, I hope it is to be this morning, so carelessly "I think, however, that I shall choose pistols I as to have it over with and out of the way. Then I can turn am a very fair swordsman, but I never liked the weapon overmuch "If you are more skillful with the pistol than with the saber, by all means choose the pistol,'' the officer replied; "I am sure the saber is Sikoff's favorite weapon, and if you throw him out of that you will have an advantage start with." my attention to securing information regarding the location of the British forces, the number of the men and everything of that kind." Dick leaped o u t of bed and began to dress rapidly. "In just a moment, Lieutenant Pierson,'' called Dick, and the other answered, "All right." Presently Dick was dressed, and then he opened the door. "I am more skillful with the pistol," said Dick. It was Lieutenant Pierson, and his eyes were l5llining with "Then pistols it shall be declared Lieutenant Pierson. satisfaction. Dick remained in the room, talking with the officers for "It's all settled, Merton,'' he said "The meeting is to an hour, and then retired to his room, Lieutenant Pierson take place this morning, at a point we know of at a safe accompanying him, as he wished to talk the matter of the distance from here; and it is to be pistols at ten paces. That coming duel over with Dick suits, eh, old fellow?" H e remained half an hour, and the matter was thoroughly "Perfectly, Pierson, and thank you for your kindness," discussed, so that there could be no misunderstanding in the said Dick. "I'm glad it is to be this morning. Just wait future. till I give my face a plunge in a bowl of cold water; then I'll Lieutenant Pierson got Dick's views, and was ready to be ready to go with you." arrange things to suit his principal. "Good enough! How's your nerve this morning, MerWhen the lieutenant had gone, Dick sat and pondered the ton steady?" situation for a few minutes. "As a rock!" with a smile, and Dick held out his hand to "This is rather an odd situation," he mused. "Here am prove his words. I, a patriot spy and soldier, masquerading as ii lieutenant in Not a tremor or quiver of the hand could be discerned. the British army, and mixed up in an affair of honor with a "If your ha nd is as steady as that when you face Siko .:ff, Hessian officer. Well, if I can only secure the information pistol in hand, I pity him!" said Pierson, enthusiastically. I wis h, s o that General Washington may know just what. to "Say, you are all right, Merton, and I'm proud that you are do, I shall be well satisfied, and count it well worth the risk. an Englishman! You'll teach that Hessian a lesson he has Then Dick thought of Mildred Marshall, maiden fo:i; long been needing."


16 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' H.ARD FIGHT. "I shall try to do so, .. with a quiet smile. Dick wondered what his friend would say if he knew the truth-that he was not an Englishman at a.11, or even a Tory, but a. rank "rebel." "He would be surprised," thought Dick; "but I don't btlieve he would refuse to act for me, even if he 1.!lew the truth." Which was true. The young lieutenant had never acted as second in an affair of honor before, and he was somewhat elevated on account of being in this one. Dick soon finished making his toilet, and announced that he was ready to go. Presently three men entered the glade. They were Siko'ff, Schlumpf and a surgeon. The three.approached and were greeted with courtesy. Then Pierson and Schlumpf went to one side and began talking in low tones. Presently Pierson returned, got the pistols and took them back to where Schlumpf stood. The captain took the pistols, looked at them frowningly, turned them over and over, and then, handing them back to Pierson, went to Sikoff and, laking him to one idc. talked with him for a fow miuutes. Then be went back and held a short conversation with "Come down to the dining-room,'' said Pierson; ''I hired Pierson, after which the lieutenant came to Dick, and, the cook to have a hot cup of coffee and a couple of sandtaking him aside, said: wiches ready for you You will feel the for having "Schlumpf wanted I should come and ask you if you a little something of the kind to fortify you against the would apologize for knocking Sikoff down, Merton. He cold." says that if you will do so they will call it square, and no "You are thougMful and kind, Pierson," said Dick. "I blood need be spilled. It looks to me as if they were scared. think it will do me good to have a cup of coffee before going What do you think i''' out.'' They made their way down to the dining-room, and Dick ate a sandwich and drank a cup of strong coffee. Dick was silent a few moments, and then said : "It looks a little bit that way, Pierson." "It's the pistols that have done it," the lieutenant said. "I feel fine as silk,'' he said, as he rose from the table. ":E{e is afraid he isn't your equa 1 as a shot, and would like "Let us go at once, Pierson.'' to get out of the meeting. If you had said sabers it would They left the house, Lieutenant Pierson first having gone have been different." to his room and secured a pair of fine duelling-pistols which he had brought with him from England. Tpese were hidden under a long cloak which he wore, and as he and Dick walked Dick studied a few moments. "I'll tell you, Pierson," he said, quietly, "I have no par ticular desire to shoot the fellow, the quarrel is not of along they were not calculated to excite suspicion. my making, and as for me apologizing, why, I have nothing Those who saw them doubtless supposed they were a to apologize 'for-unless it might be because I didn't hit the couple of young blades who had been up all night, and were fellow harder. If there is any apologizing done, it will have walking out in the brisk morning air to get braced up. to come from him, not from me, and you can go and tell Lieutenant Pierson led the way, and presently they left that worthy second so at once. I want to have this thing the town and entered the timber. The lieutenant did not hesitate. He seemed to know where he was bound for, and walked steadily onward. Dick kept at. his side, and they did not indulge in much in the way of conversation. At last they emerged from the timber into a glade of per haps an acre in extent. There was no one there. over with as quickly aspossible.'' Pierson patted Dick on the shoulder. "Good boy!" be said, approvingly. "I was sure you wouldn't hear to such a thing, and told. Schlumpf so. I'll go and repeat it, however, so they will know we mean it." Pierson hastened back to where Schlumpf stood, and told him what Dick had said. "Your man will have to fight, Schlumpf," said Pierson, coolly. "So be might as well make up his mind to it .rst as We are first on the ground," said Lieutenant Pierson. last. Shall we load the pistols ?" "I am glad of that, as it will give them no chance to say that we were afraid to come." "True," said Dick. "Well, I hope they will be along soon.'' "So do L" They were not kept waiting long. "My man has no desire to try to get out of fighting," grow led Schlumpf. "No?" in a tone that implied doubt. ''Let's get down to business, then." j "I am ready.'' He excused himself to go and tell Sikoff of the failure of


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 17 their plan, however, and then when he had returned the pistols were loaded by Pierson, watching, to see that everything was done right. "Now, choose your weapon,'' said the lieutenant, and the Hessian chose one of the pistols at random. "There is no choice," he said, which was true. Next, the ten paces were stepped off, and the two prin cipals took their places. Pierson handed Dick the pistol he was to use, an(\ Schlumpf did the same for Sikoff. "Fire!" Both fired at the word, the two reports sounding as one. CHAPTER VII. THE RESULT OF THE DUEL. Dick not hit, but he heard the whirr of the bullet a:o it whizzed past his head. The seconds now tossed u_r a silver piece to see which His aim had been true, however. shquld say the word, and it fell to Pierson. His bullet took effect in Siko:ff's shoulder, and the Hessian "Now then, gentlemen, listen to me," he said. "I will fell forward to the ground with a cry of pain. say 'M:ake ready,' 'Take aim,' 'Fire. At the word 'fire' you are to fire, and not before. Do you understand ?" Both principals bowed. Dick was as cool as ever he was in his life. Somehow he did not feel at all nervous It did not seem to him as though he were about to take part in an affair which might encl in his death. It did not impress him th:it way at all. Sikoff, however, was very pale. He looked frightened. The surgeon hastened to Siko:ff's side, as did Schlumpf also, and Pierson ran to Dick, and shook his ha.nd heartily and congratulated him. "You are not wounded at all, old fellow?" he asked. "No; he missed me altogether. His intentions were, good, however, as I heard the bullet whistle past my ear." The two waited till the surgeon had made his examina tion of Siko:ff's wound, and Dick sent Pierson to ask how severe it was. "It is painful and somewhat severe, but not necessarily He was evidently very nervous and ill at ease, for he dangerous," said Pierson when he came back. fidgeted about. "Good; I'm glad of that," said Dick. "I didn't want to Dick looked straight into the fellow's eyes, and smiled be the means of ending the fellow's earthly career." the scorn which he felt for the scoundrel. The surgeon approached the two. "I have a buggy over here a little ways,'' he said; "would 'A man who would be guilty of insulting and frightening you assist us in getting Captain Siko:ff to it?" fill unprotected woman on the street could not be other than a coward, and a most arrant one," he thought, and he saw that the mliln was being punished now, even before a weapon had been aimed at him. "Certainly," replied Dick. The four got the wounded man to the buggy and into it, and then the surgeon and Schlumpf got in, and, bowing to Dick and Pierson, drove slowly away. The two started back to Trenton afoot, and talked of the duel as they went. "You did splendidly, ;Merton!" said Pierson, enthusias "He couldn't hit a barn at ten paces, the shape he in tically. "Jove! one would almost think you had fought a Dick's cool and contemptuous stare seemed to take what little courage there had been left in Sikoff clear out of him, and he trembled. now," thought Dick. ''Well, where shall I hit him? I duel before breakfast every day for months, you were so cool don't wish to kill him, of course. But I will wound him and and confident !" teach him a lesson. "Well, there was no use of getting in a stew, Pierson," Dick made up his mind to aiin at Siko:ff's shoulder. That said Dick. "That wo.uldn't keep Siko:ff from hitting me, would make a somewhat severe, but not necessarily .dan and it would conduce to make my own aim bad." gerous wound. "True, but there are not many who have such control of Then the voice of Pierson was heard: themselves." "Make ready !" The two rearhed their quarters in time for breakfast, and Dick and Sikoff lifted their pistols and held them out in the absence of Sikoff and Schlumpf was noticed at once by front of them, the muzzles pointing toward each other. "Take aim !" Both took aim. the other officers. They became suspicious, and commenced questioning Dick and Pierson.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. Dick merely smiled and wquld say nothing, but Pierson was not so backward. He told the whole story, and the officers congratulated Dick in no measured terms. "Jove! how I should have liked to have been present at the meeting!" said one. "And t !" from another. "I think it was rather mean of you, Pierson, to keep the matter secret and slip off from us in such fashion!" from still another. But Pierson only laughE!d. "That's all right," he said. "That was the way to do it. You don't suppose I was under any obligations to go around to your doors and pound my knuckles off tr}'ing to wake you up, do you?" "Say, I'm glad you pinked Sikoff, Merton; I am for a fact," said an officer; "he has been needing a lesson for quite a while, and I'm glad he has had it at last." The affair made Dick quite a lion. He was the observed of all observers when he went out on the streets after breakfast, as the news of the duel had spread like wildfire. room and spruced up a bit, after which he came down, and, leaving the house, made his way to the home of Mr. Mar shall. He was ushered into the parlor by a servant, and a few moments later Mr. Marshall and his wife and daughter en tered the room and greeted the youth pleasantly. Mildred looked at Dick eagerly and anxiously, and he knew she was wondering whether or not he had escaped un scathed from his encounter with Sikoff. Dick supposed, of course, that they had heard about the duel. Bnt they had not. Mr. Marshall, in compliance with his wife's wishes, kept pretty close at home, and they had not heard the news of the duel. They inquired eagerly as to whether or not it was to be, and when Dick told them it was a thing of the past they expressed their gratification and pleasure in no measured terms. Mildred's eyes fairly shone with delight when she learned that the duel was over, and that Dick had escaped without a Lieutenant Pierson kept with Dick. He felt that part of 1 scratch. the credit for making a success of the affair was dur to him, "I'm glad you gave that scoundrel a severe wo11nd !" said ancl he could, besides, share Dick's glory in a measure, by ::VIr. Marshall; "such fellows should be fixed so that they reflection. No\\, Dick didn't care anything about the duel. He would have preferred not to hear anything more about it. will have to take to their beds and stay there. They can't do any deviltry when they are in bed, helpless." They talked for an hour or more, pleasantly, and then 1\fr. 1\farshall rose and invited Dick to go back into the But as it had been the means of putting him on a good library w:ith him. footing, and was making friends for him on every side, he They excused themselves to the ladies, ancl left the room, did not mind it so much. and as soon as they were in the library Mr. :Marshall asked It made it easier for him to do the work that be had come Dick if he had discovered much that would be of benefit to to the British encampment to do, too, for he had but to give the commander-in-chief of the Continental army. Pierson a hint that he would like to see the different di visions of the army, to be led off for that purpose, thoT!fth Pierson did it because he wished to 1"i-rade around with the hero of the morning's duel. Dick was afraid he might be recognized by of the told him that he had discovered a great deal that would be of benefit to General Washington, anc1 then Mr. l\farshall gave the youth some added information that would be likely to be of benefit. They talked half an hour or so, and then returned to the officers among the British, but none of them seemed to 1."TIOW parlor. Lieutenant Merton, and Dick was glad of it. Mildred and her mother were undoubtedly curious reDick put in almost the entire going here, there and garding the business the two could have with each other, but everywhere, within the British and Ilessian encampments, they asked no questions. and he got a splendid idea of the location of the forces and 'rhey were glad to see the two on such friendly terms. the of the men. Dick remained another hour and then bade them good"I can draw a perfect plan of the encampment, placing night and took his departure. every detachment of troops,'' thought Dick; "and that is He returned to his quarters and entered the room wher exactly what General Washington wants." the officers were gathered, and his entrance was greeted wit When evening came, Dick was very well satisfied, indeed, cheery words of welcome. with his day's work. "See! the conquering hero comes !" cried Pierson; ;'an After the evening meal had been eaten he went to his he is a conquering hero in more ways than one, for he has


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. I will warrant you, just returned from the home of Ui5s :\Iil:\Ierton, an

with the prisoner, but just before they reached the door it was opened and Colonel Rahl and another man entered. A cry of joy esca1ied the lips of the real Lieutenant Merton. "Lieutenant Towner !" he cried; "now I shall be able to prove that what I have said is true!" Dick understood the situation instantly. The man with Colonel Rahl was an acquaintance of Lieu tenant Merton, and would identify him as the real Lieu tenant Merton. Dick would be exposed, and would be arrested and hanged as a spy. "A miss is as good as a mile,'' the youth thought, and Jte ran rapidly up the street. He had gone but a few steps when a door in a house front ing on the sidewalk opened, and a man whom Dick recog nized as Austin Marshall stood revealed. Then Dick realized where he was. The house was that of Mr Marshall. The man recognized Dick. "Come in, quick !" he cried. Dick paused, and glanced back toward the corner. No one was in sight. He leaped forward and into the house, and i\Ir. Marshall Dick realized this, and did not hesitate. closed the door. He acted instantly. "I mustn't stay here," said Dick. "I will get you into Letting go his hold of Lieutenant Merton, he leaped forserious trouble if I do, and I would not do that or the ward, 'and threw Colonel Rahl and his companion out of the world!" way with such force that they reeled and almost fell. "Have you been discovered?" asked Mr. Marshall, eagerly. "Yes; the real Lieutenant Merton escaped from the and, seizing the knob of the front door, jerked the door open. patriot army and appeared and branded me as an impostor He leaped through and out into the street, and raced down 1 and rebel. I had to flee or my life !" the street at full speed. ''I see; well, you are safe here." Then he leaped through the doorway, out into the hall, The next instant the officers came pouring out of the building the youth had just left, and started in pursuit. "Stop him Stop the rebel spy!" was the cry. CHAPTER VIII. "No, no and neither would you be, if I remained. They know you are my friend, and will be soon to search the house. I must hasten away. Show me out through the rear door, and I will hasten away; then when they search the house they will have no excuse or working you injury." Mrs. Marshall and Mildred appeared now, looking curious and excited, and Mr. Marshall explained the situation to them. "So you are a patriot, like ourselves !" exclaimed Mildred; "and you told father last night That was the reason he "They'll have hard work stopping me, I think!" thougM was so willing for you to call I wondered why he took Dick, grimly. "I am not going to be taken prisoner if I can DICK ESCAPES help it!" Dick was a speedy runner, and he kept the pursuers from gaining on him without exerting himself unduly. knew it was going to be hard work to get out of the British encampment, however. While he was in town he could turn corners, and, if neces sary, take refuge in some house, but after he left the town, if he decided to do so, he would likely be captured. such a notion to you !" Dick smiled. "I must not remain here longer," he said. "I will say good-bye and go at once: After we have driven the red coats away from here, and back to New Yor:, however, I hope to meet and greet you again." "We shall be glad to see you," said Mr. Marshall. Mrs. Marshall and Mildred both said the same, and MilDick was suddenly confronted by a couple of Hessian dred looked it, too. soldiers. Then Mr. Marshall led the way to the rear door and The fellows heard the pursuing officers shouting, and opened it. they tried to stop the fleeing youth. Dick looked out, and, seeing that all was quiet, he shook Dick knocked one down, evaded the other, and ran onward hands with the patriot and stepped out into the back yard. at undiminished speed. As he did so, the sOlmd of a loud knocking upon the front He turned a corner, just as he heard the sharp report of door, which was at the other end of the hall, came to their ci firearm, and realized that the Hessian soldier had fired ears. at him. "There they are!" said Dick. "Good-bye!"


'Good-bye, and success to you and to the patriot army !" said Mr Marshall, and then he closed the door .. Dick ran across the yard, leaped over the back fence into the alley, and ran up the alley to the street. He looked out, to see if the coast was clear, and seeing no one, he stepped out and hastened away, down the street. "I'll escape them yet!" he thought. "Ah! if I can get safely back to the patriot army with the information which I have acquired, General Washington will be enabled to deal the British a blow they will not soon forget!" Dick did not run, as he felt that that would stamp him as a fugitive at once, should anyone see him, and so he con tented himself with walking at a rapid pace. He soon reached a corner and turned it, and then he felt pretty safe. .FI GHT. 21 Presently he struck into a country roaG, and rode a long at a rapid gait. Pretty soon the road entered the timber, and he was riding along, still at a gallop, when he was challenged: "Halt Who comes there?" "A friend," replied Dick, slackening the speed 'of the horse down to a walk. A sentinel stepped out into the road with leveled musket "Halt!" he cried again. "Who are you, and where arc you going ?" Dick rode right up close to the sentinel and replied : "T am Lieutenant Merton, bound for New York with despatches for General H?wc." "Ha! I know you now !" the sentinel cried; "you are the rebel spy !" Then he threw up the muzzle of the musket till it covered "I hope no harm will befall hlr. Marshall's folks,'' he thought. Dick, and fired. Dick had seen tl1P movement in time, howeYer, and he struck up the muzzle of the musket, the bullet going almost Presently an exclamation of pleasure escaped Dick. "A horse!" he murmured. "I believe I will risk it, and help myself to the mean the gods provide !" A horse, bridled and saddled, stood hitched in front of a straight up in the air. Then Dick struck the sentinel a blow in the face with his house, Dick walked quietly up to the animal, spoke to fist, and struck the horse in the flanks with his heels. him, and untying the halter-strap, leaped into the saddle The horse leaped away and was fifty yards distant before and rode away. the sentinel got straightened up. He let the horse walk, a he thought it less likely to at The sentinel drew a pistol and fired, but he had just got over viewing a lot of shooting stars, and .his eyesight was tract attention than if he were to start off at a gallop. The front door of the house in front of which the horse far from good, the result being that the 'bullet from the pistol did not come anywhere near Dick. had been hitched opened, and a colored servant looked out "That was a close call,'' thought the youth. and then ran back. "Well, I am all right now, and i there are no other sentinels near I L few moments later several persons came running out of shall make my escape easily." the house, and Dick heard an angry voice call out: "Stop, thief! Come back here with ;r1Y horse!'' Dick looked back and sa" there were se-reral men in the road, and knew that the sound of the shots had brought them there. "They are behind me, and not in front of me," he thought; "so I don't care how many of them there are Crack! went a pistol-shot, and Dick smiled as he realized there He glanced back, saw that he was discovered. and urged the horse i.11to a gallop. To stop would be the last thing he would think of doing. that the owner of the horse had fired upon him. He rode onward, and to his great satisfaction he was not "Try again l'' he murmured. "You couldn't hit me in a challenged again. week!" "I guess I am all right now,., he thought. "I'll keep on The 0wner of the horse did fire once more, but the bullet in this same direction for a mile, at least, and then make :\ did not come anywhere near Dick. circuit and head for J oc Saunders' cabin in the woods." "The danger for me lies in front, and not behind," the Dick did this, and an hour later he entered the little clearyouth thought, grimly. ''Well. I must get through the lines ing in the timber, and, leaping from the saddle, tied the by hook or crook-and I will get through, too, or know the horse to a tree. reason why." Then he made his way to the door and knocked. 'l'he youth rode onward at a gallop, and presently the He heard footsteps within, and then the door opened and town was left behind. revealed Joe himself to Dick's view. He was approaching the outposts of the British army. and "Hello! is it you, Dick, hack again, well and safe? '..e here was where he would have to be very careful. exclaimed.


1 2 THE LiBERTY BOYS' H A RD FIGHT. "Yes, it is I, Joe, back again, safe and soun d ; bu t I came H e deserved killing, but I didn't want to have his blooc very near not making it. That young lieutenant I was imon my hands, so let him off with a wound that will keep personating, and whom you took across the river, escaped him in bed for two or three weeks." and came. to the British encampment and confronted me." They went down to the river-bank and Dick led his horse "What !" exclaimed Joe. t

... THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 2 3 "Good! Here, sit at my desk and make the drawing." Dick sat down at the desk and went to work at once. CHAPTER IX. BOLD WORK A walk of three-quarters of an hour broughL them to the log cabin occupied by the men who guarded the boats, and when Dick told the officer in charge what he wished, tbe officer ordered several of the men to take the company o( "Liberty Boys" across the river. This they did, the passage oc:cupying about an hour, as there was more or less :floating ice in the river, and con siderable care had to be exercised. They reached the other shore in safety, however, and then It did not take him long, and when he finished he the :'Liberty Boys" struck off through the timber. bad made a good drawing, showing the dispOlll.ition of the Dick led the way, the others following, and he made a British forces on the opposite bank of the Delaware River. wide circuit, and got around to the east side of the British General Washington and the members of his staff exarmy. amined the drawing eagerly, and discussed the question of 'rhey were in the timber, and presently they came to a making an attack with an earnestness that showed they point where the ground sloped downward, leading to a sort meant business. of little valley. They asked Dick a great many questions, and kept him Suddenly Dick gave utterance to a suppressed exclama there an hour, at least, before they would let him go. tion. When they had finished, Dick asked the commander-in"What is it, Dick?" asked Bob. chief to do him a favor "Foraging parties of the British are overnmning the country round about Trenton," he said, "and I would like to .take my company of 'Liberty Boys' and go across the river, and see if I .can capture some of the parties in ques tion. Will you let me do this?" "Yes," replied the commander-in-chief; "but you must exercise caution, and you must be back to-monow night." "Very well, your excellency," said Dick, and then he saluted ancl took his departure He hastened back to the quarters occupied by the com pany of "Liberty Boys," and told then what he wished to do. All were in for it. They had been cooped up here, in camp, so long that they were anxious to get out and do something-anything. The plan which Dick purposed putting into effect prom"I see campfires, Bob." ''Where?" "Ahead of us, down in the valley." "Ah! I see them now." "And so do I." "And I." "It is a British encampment," said Dick. "Foragers ?" asked Bob. "I don't know; possibly." ,.. "Let's find out !" said Bob, who was eager to go forward. "Very well; come along, but be very careful, and don't make any noise They moved forward, slowly and carefully, and presently they stood at the edge of the little valley, and could see the enemy There were perhaps a dozen large campfires, made by ised adventure and excitement, and they were ready for it. piling up heaps of dead limbs of trees, and in the light "When will we start, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, thus made could be seen the brilliant uniforms of the Briteagerly. ish There were many men there dressed in citizens' cloth"Jnst as soon as we can get ready, Bob." "Good I'm ready now. How about the rest of you?" The others said they could be ready in a very few minutes, and Dick told them to get ready at once. ing also, and it was evident that they were Tories. "It's a gang of British and Tories," whispered Dick to Bob; "I judge that the Tories have come here to meet the British by appointment, for the purpose of joining the BritThere was a hurrying about, and soon the youths who ish army and being conducted into the British encamp constituted the "Liberty Boys of '76" had secured their ment." arms and ammunition and were ready. 'l'hcy left their quarters and, led by Dick, made their way "I guess you are right, Dick," was Bob's whispered reply. .Dick was silent for a few moments. out of the camp, heading up the river. He was busy counting the men. "By permission of the said Dick "There are about fifty of them," he said to himself. to the sentinel, when that worthy halted them, and they "What a feather in our cap it would be if we could capture were allowed to pass the entire gang !"


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. Dick kiicw this woulu be a very risky thing to attempt, and he wouJd be dfsgraced forever if he surrendered to a but he was a bold youth; nothing ever daunted him, and it small force. was the same with the other members of the company. They would follow where Dick led, and fight to the death. "Let's try to effect. their capture, Bob,'' said Dick, in a whisper. "I'm in for it, Dick!" was the eager reply. 'rhen Dick went among the other members of the company and found that all were willing to make 1.he attempt. This decided, Dick went al)long them again and told them his plan. So h e llecided to not surrender, and he wa one man who s ucceeded in laking Dick by surprise. Without a word, he leaped forward and seized Dick. "To arms!" he cried; "don't urrender, but fight to the last ditch !" Dick was taken by surprise, but he was not disposed to submit to capture at the hands of the British commander. He struck tlie man a hard blow full in the face, at the same time tripping him, and the officer went down with a It was to s urround the gang of redcoats and Tories, and crash. then demand their unconditional surrender, on pain of Then Dick. leaped back into the shadow of the trees. being annihilated should they refuse. He got behind a tree, just in time, for the redcoats and As soon as all were given to understand what was ex-'rories had seized their muskets, and they fired a volley into pected of them, the movement was begun. the timber and darkness, in the hope that they might do It was carefully executed, and took an hour to accomplish. some execution. At the end of that time the company of "Liberty Boys" Then the British commander, who had regained his feet were drawn up in a complete circle, surrounding the unsus-by this time, and was in a terrible rage as a result of the pecting redcoats and Tories. rough manner in which Dick had handled him, shouted: And now Dick did a thing as remarkable for its audacity and daring as anything ever ventured by any person. "Charge the scoundrels Charge them, I say!" The redcoats and Tories obeyed, and came t-0ward the He coolly and calmly walked out from the enveloping timber at a run. darkness and confronted the astonished redcoats, who were holding a conversation with the Tories. "Fire !'' cried Dick. The "Liberty Boys" obeyed the order and :fired a volley "I wish to speak to the commander here," said Dick, into the faces of the oncoming British and Tories, and secalmly, and in a very firm tone of voice. eral of them fell. "I am the commander here," said a British officer, step ping forward ; "and who are you ?" "I am Dick Slater, at your service, captain of the 'Liberty Boys of '76,' and I beg leave to inform you that you are The rest came onward, however, and Dick cried: "Give them a volley from your pistols! Fire!" Again the volley rang out, and again several of the red coats fell. completely surrounded and at our mercy! At a word from "With the other pistol! Fire!" cried Dick, and again the me you will be utterly annihilated by a single volley tram volley n:ng out, and more of the redcoats fell. the three hundred muskets which are at this moment coverTheir line was badly broken up now, and they were in ing you, and I have come to demand that you surrender at di" or\ler. once, and unconditionally, thus saving yourselves from J?ick saw this, and he 'took advantage of it. being massacred !" "Charge bayonets!" he shouted, and the "Liberty Boys" The commander of the redcoats stared at Dick in speech-obeyed, rushing forward with a wild cheer that carried less amazement. terror to the hearts of the British and redcoats. The audacity of the youth was simply paralyzing. Their commander shouted for them to stand their ground, He had heard qf Dick Slater, the boy spy, and he had and they did so, and the "faberty Boys" and the redcoat s heard, also, of the "Liberty Boys of '76," and 1.'.Ilew they and Tories came together with a crash. were fiends to fight, but at the same time this Briti.Sh officer The hand-to-hand conflict which raged there for the next was an unusually brave man. half-minute was fierce in the extreme, but the onslaught of He did not like to surrender to Dick without raising a the "Liberty Boys" was too much for the enemy, and the hand in opposition. redcoats and Tories gave way, and then fled in disorder. He was an old campaigner, and had fought in more than pursued by the victorious youths, for a short distance only, one war before coming to America, and he scented a trap, as Dick called them back. or trick. Three of the "Liberty Boys" were wounQ.ed, but, strange He doubted there being three hundred of the "rebels," to say, not one had been killed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 25 It had been a hard fight, however, while it lasted, and the was near morning they might as well keep moving slowly, 5 ouths soon found that they were not yet out of danger, or and keep on the lookout or small encampments of the red they heard the voice of the redcoat commander, coats, or for returning foraging parties. 11rging his men to return to the attack. When daylight appeared they made their way slowly back ''We hacl better retire into the darkness of the timber," toward the point where they had had the encounter with the s aid Dick. "They outnumber us greatly, and one volley redcoats and Tories, and when they came in sight of the .from their muskets would thin us out." little valley they were surprised to see quite a large party of The "Liberty Boys" retired into the timber, and presently British and Tories there. they heard the voices of redcoats in several different direcBut what the attention of the youths more than tions. anything else was a lot of horses which were picketed close "Say, I believe others have come, and they arc trying to the edge of the timber, and only a short distance from I to surround us, Dick !" said Bob. "I think you are right, Bob," was the reply. "We are beset by British and Tories, but we will get away and fool them yet." "I hope so, Dick !" The "Liberty Boys remained perfectly quiet, and listened for severa l minutes. They could hear the voices of the redcoats and rrories in three or four different directions, and Dick realized that ii' where Dick and tbc "Liberty Boys" were. "Let's capture the horses!" said Bob, eagerly. Dick was willing to make the attempt, as were the rest, and it was dc;:ded to make a sudden dash. Each youth was to seize a horse, mount, and then they would ride away as q\lickly as possible. All got ready, and at the word from Dick they rushed out of the edge of the timber. 'l.'hey reached the horses, and, cutting the halterhe and hi companions remained where they w ere tliey would straps, leaped on the animals' backs. be hemmed in, and in all likelihood would be captured. They were seen by the British and Tories, who leaped up That would never do, and he made up hi s mind to fool from where they sat beside the campfires, with shouts of their enemies. "Boys," he said, "we will haYc to bring into play our kno\\'ledge of woodcraft, and slip through between two of the parties of redcoats. In that way we will be enabled to make our escape." The youths agreed with their young and told iim to lead on and they would follow. "We trust to you, Dick," said Bob "Where you go we vill follow .. "Come along, then," Dick said : "keep in s ingle file, and ach fellow hold to the coat of the one in front o.t him, so hat we may not become separated in the darkness." The rest said they would do so, and they set out. It was slow work, and Dick paused every ten or fifteen arcls to listen That was the only way they could guide themselves, by anger. "Charge them!" cried Dick, in a loud, ringing voice. They did so. The "Liberty Boys," mounted on the captured horses, made a wild dash through the ranks of the British and Tories, mowing them down like tenpins. CHAPTERX. A GLORIOUS VICTORY. The redcoats and their allies made an attempt to stand before the horses, but could not do it. The rush of the animals was too fierce. he sense of hearing, as they could see nothing. Then, too, the "Liberty Boys" had their muskets in their Dick would pause long enough so that he would hear hands, and fired a volley as they struck the lines of the oiee to the right ancl to the left, and then he would go British. traight or if he heard voices in front lie would turn :\ number clubbed their muskets, too, and dealt sweeping side and Ly pursuing these tactics they were e nabled to blows as they rode through the struggling mass 0 redcoat;; nally get outside of the circle' which the Britis h and Tories and Tories, and the result was a number of broken ere trying to draw around them. \Yhen satisfied that they were outside lhe ring of ldi e rs. Dick led the youths onward for a mile and then oppl'cl. and arms for those worthies. Then the youths swept onward, leaing a badly demoral ized lot of Britons behind them. 'I'hey rode into the timber. and r:oon strnrk a road, which They held a little council of war and decided that as it they I.urned into and followed a mile or more


T.ME LIBERTY BOYS' HARD FIGHT. Then they turned aside, and Dick led the way toward the spoke idly, and they set out to have their Christmas on cabin occupied by Joe Saunders. Christmas Eve. They reached the cabin, after ha1 an hour's riding, and They had as good a time as they could under the circumfound it vacant. stances, and many were the foraging parties that went out Joe was not there. from the encampment that night in search of geese and Then Dick remembered that Joe had said he would move turkeys, chickens, pigs and other animals and fowls. to another cabin haH a mile farther up the and they They were determined to have a good Christmas dinner rode on up in that direction. on themorrow, anyway. They sncceeded in finding the cabin, and found Joe there. '.Dhey were quite successfol, and there was not an officer He was delighted to see them, and laughed heartily wheri or common soldier in the American camp who did not have told of tl1e manner in which they had secured the horses. enough to eat at dinner next day. "That was a bold piece of business," he said; "but bold They might go hungry the next day, but they were de-strokes arc sometimes more successul tha-q any other kind." termined they would have plenty on Christmas. "True," said Dick; "and now, :Joe, can we leave the And then, as the sun sank behind the western horizon, horses here? Or had we better try to get them across the that evening, the encampment sprang into sudden life. river?'' Thg commander-in-chief's plans were all made. and he "Well, I'll tell you, if General Washington figures on at-was determined to accord to the British and Hessians such a tacking tlte British and forcing them back to New York, he Christmas greeting as they were not looking for. is likely to succeed, and if he succeeds, he will come back His intention was to cross the Delaware River in three into Jersey, in which case he would want the horses here, divisions. so I think we might as well leave them here until we see One division, under General Gates, was to attack Count how things work out, anyway." That's what I think," agreed Dick, and it was decided to do this. Donop, at Burlington; another under General Ewing, was to cross directly opposite Trenton, and attack the Hessians, while General Washington, with twenty-four hundred The youths tied the horses to trees, and were glad to find picked men, was to ascend the river nine miles, cross and that Joe had some corn and oats there with which to feed come down upon Trenton from the north. the animals. Then they ate breakfast with Joe, it keeping him very busy for an hour at least to cook enough venison to satisfy the hunge:iof the "Liberty Boys." Then they left the cabin, and struck out through the timber. General Gates, however, who was a man 1somewhat on the order of the traitor Lee, and who preferred intrigue to fighting, had begged off,. that day, and had started for Balti more, to have an interview with Congress, he having---or imagining he had-a grievance because General Schuyler was above him. They wanted to make some captures of redcoats or Tories, Gatos' division was then placed under the command of if' possible, and late that afternoon they dic1 succeed in surCadwalader. rounding anc1 capturing a foraging party of about twenty. Dick Slater and his brave band of "Liberty Boys" were These prisoners they took aero s the river, and into the chosen to go with the division under the commander-inAmerican camp in triumph. chief, and this was as they wished it. Dick was congratulated by the commander-in-chief in At last the army, in the three divisions, broke camp, arnl person, and all the members of the company of ''Liberty moved on its perilous expedition. Boys" were praised for their good work. Washington's division marched northward, along the General Washington was particularly well pleased when river, a distance of nine miles, and the boats which were to told of the horses that had been captured, as they were some-take them across. the river were found there, in readiness. thing that would come into good play, for hauling the Just as they were about to embark, a messenger arrivecl cannon, ammunition wagons, etc. from Ewing and Cadawalader, announcing that they had Next day would be the twenty-fifth-Christmas-and the failed in their attempts to crogs the river, the floating ice in commander-in-chief sent out word for the patriot soldiers to the river and the storm making it impossible to accomplish enjoy themselves on this evening and night, for on the morthe task. row-night he would have stern work for them. It was a dreadful night, sure enough. The soldiers knew that the commander-in-chief never Snow and sleet were falling, and the fine, hard little pel-


THE LIBER'-l'Y BOYS' HARD FIGHT. 27 lets were driven by the wind into the faces of the soldiers, it was a painful and wearisome task is amply proven when it and they cut almost like knife-points. is known that at least two of the patriot soldiers were frozen Washington did not hesitate, however. Because the others had failed was no reason he should do so. He gave the order to embark, and the soldiers got into the boats, and the start was made. There is no one act of Washington's which betrayed his great courage and wonderful determination more than this one of the crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night, 1776 to death before the end of the nine miles' march was reatthed. 'l'he army was divided into two columns, one under Greene, the other under Sullivan. 'r11ey marched as rapidly as possible under the circum' stances, and reached the outskirts of Trenton at sunrise. Greene and his men entered the town by one road, and Sullivan by another. driving in the pickets ahead of them at the point of the bayonet. The cannon were planted so as to sweep the streets, and The great masses 0 floating ice, carried along swiftly, the action began. were extremely dangerous, as they threatened every instant to strike a boat and stave in its sides, but the men who The Hessians were taken completely by surprise. An attack by the "rebels,. was the thing farthest from manned the boats were Marblehead fishermen, than whom their minds there were no more brave or skillful boatmen, and they sue They would have laughed had anyone suggested the possi ceeded in getting the boats across the river without the los1< bility, ten minutes before it actually happened, that the of a man or a gun. But it took them ten hours to do it. Think of that Ten hours-the entire night 'l'hink of being all night in open boats, in a storm of driving sleet, and threatened with death with each passing mo ment! And then think again of the fact that they were going, a mere handful of men, to attack a far greater force-going to possible death in battle! Think of all and then pause and reflect that but for the fact that this was accomplished, and the attack on Tren"rebels" would appear on this morning, in the midst of a driving storm. A man who would have prophesied any such thing would have been considered a candidate for the lunatic asylum. And this, as General Washington hr. .J_ calculated, made the affair an easy success for the patriot army. The Hessians were paralyzed by the audacity of the thing. Then, too, they had been up a good portion of the night, drinking and carousing, and they were sleepy and dull witted. Colonel Rahl himself had been invited to the house of a ton was successful, the patriot army would have dissolved man named Hunt. on New Year's day on account of the fact that the majority This man was a neutral trader, trading with both British of the men's terms of service expired then. And then pause and patriots, and he and Rahl had spent the nigh.t together, and reflect that but for the iron will, the grim determination drinking wine and playin& cards. of one great man, Washington, this would not hflve been ac-At dawn a messenger had appeared at the house of complished; and think of what that would have meant: this man Hunt, with a note for Colonel Rahl. That in all probability the War of the Revolution would The _note was written and sent by a Tory, who had seen have ended, then and there, and that it would have ended in the !merican army approaching Trenton, and it would have the triumph of the British given Rahl the needed warning had he read the note; but Do you begin to realize, reader, what we owe to George he was excited by the wine and cards, and he stuck the Washington? note in his pocket, unread. No one has ever yet advanced the name of a man who would likely have done what George Washington did on And sealed his own death-warrant! Half an hour later the roll of drums and the boom of Christmas night, 1776, and as that one grand stroke saved cannon was heard, and the officer rushed out of the house the country, practically, it proves beyond doubt that to find the Americans in pursuit of his soldiers. Washington was one of the greatest of great men. Colonel Rahl was a brave m&n, and he attempted to rally After they haa succeeded in getting across the river, there his men and make a stand, but it was impossible to do so. -still remained a march of nine miles through a driving storm of snow and sleet, but those brave men never fal tered. He was shot down, and seventeen of his men had been killed when it was decided to surrender. One thousand Hessian soldiers fell into Washington's They started on the wearisome march cheerfully, and that hands.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' H.ARD FIGHT. When the .American trOOJ?S entered Trenton. Dick Slater ''Ob, it glorious, the defeat and capture of the hated and his brave company of Libert y Boys" were in the front Hessians!" exclaimed Mildred, with energy and spirit. ranks, and they did much to discourage the Hessians by th(' fierce and enth usia stic manner in which they charged up the street. ''It is very pleasing to all true patriots,'' said Dick. "It was a great achievement," said Mr. Marshall. "It will give the British a setback such as they were not looking It was a glorious triumph for General Washington. for." Re had done even better than he had expected to do. "You are right," coincided Dick. "They thought the He had expected to so break up and disorganize the war was practically ended; now they will change their Hessians in Trenton that thev would retire and retreat tominds." ward New York, but instead of that he had captured the entire force. It was indeed a grand and glorious achievement. "'l'hey will have to do so," said Mrs. Marshall. "Well, I am very, very glad that they will not be here to bother us any more." "What is to be done with the prisoners?" asked Mr. Marshall. It was at about ten o'clock when Dick received a sum mons to appear before the commander-in-chief, who had taken up his quarters for 'the day in the same building in "I do not know for certain, but I think they will be which Colonel Rahl had had his headquarters, and where hr taken across the river into Pennsylvania this afternoon.'' died. "We can spare them," smiled Mildred. "I have sent for you to thank you, Diel{, for the splendid work which you did in entering the Hessian encampment and learning the loc11tion of the troops, and the number of the men. Without that knowledge I could not have achieved the signal success has crowned my efforts. Unch of the credit for the success of this affair belongs to you, and again I say, 'I thank you for what you did!'" Dick was embarrassed, and disclaimed the credit. "I did simply my duty, your excellency,'' he said; "and thnt is what c1ery man in your army did this morning and last night." "I don't suppose you will shed many tears over their departure," said Dick. "No, indeed !" Then Dick, being pressed to do so, told the story of his adventures during the flight from Trenton, the night he was found out to be a patriot spy. Dick spent a couplt' of hours there, and was forced to stay to luncheon. He was not unwilling, however. That afternoon, the one thousand prisoners were taken across the ri vcr to the American encampm e nt, and Mr. Marshall, his wife and Mildred, stood in the door and waved Dick's modesty pleased Washington. to Dick as he passed, w11lking at the head of his company of "I am glad to see you so modest, my bo.v," he said, ''but "Liberty Boys." I must insi st that we owe much to you ." Dick got' a"ay as quickly as he could, as he did not like to hear himself praised, and as he left the hon;:e a thought struck him: Why not go and call on Mr. Marshall and his wife and daughter? Dick deeided to do so at once. "Isn't be a brave and handsome young man!" said Mil dred, entlrnsiastically, and her father and mother could noi. but acquiesce in this statement. It was a big task, getting prisoners across the river, but in the davtime it was easier to avoid the cakes of float ing ice, and the thing was accomplished before dark. To say that the patriot soldiers were happy that night He made his way to their home and knocked upon the is putting it very mildly indeed. door. They had won a great victory, and they had a right to be He was ushered into the parlor by a servant, and a few happy. moments later Mr. Marshall and his wife and daughter They celebrated by means of bonfires, and a number of entered the room. the officers speeches. When they saw who it was they were delight ed, and all The commander-in-chief himself made a brief but chargreeted the youth enthusiastically. acteristic speech, and was cheered enthusiastically. "So you made your escape, the other night, eh?" re marked Mr. Marshall. At the conclusion of his speech, General Washington sug gested thai. they call upon Dick Slater, the captain of the I "Yes?' replied Dick; "I found a horse down the street a company of "Liberty Boys of '76,'' for a speech, and this ways, and confiscated it to my own use, and got away in! was done, as Dick was well known to the majority, and Wl!_S lively :fashion." well liked.


T H E LIBERTY B OYS' HARD FIGHT. 29 Dick was forced 1.o make a little speech, and when he had But to Bob this did not seem at all improbable. :finished he was cheered almost as enthusiastically as the He thought that, next to the commander-in-chief, D ick commander-in-chief had been. Slater was by far the most important person in any way "You are all right, Dick!" said Bob, approvingly, when connected with the pat riot army. Dick had rejoined him "You made a splendid speech Nor was he so very far out of the way. You 'll be next in command to Genera l Washington if this war holds out another year or so." Dick, the boy spy, was destined to play many importa n t parts during t h e yea rs that were to elapse before the war for Independe nce was t o be brought to a successful cl0se. "Oh, I g uess hardly, Bob!" replied Dick, with a smile. THE E N D The next n u mber (9) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" w ill con tai n "THE LIBERTY BOYS T O THE RESCU E ; OR, A HOST WITHIN THEMSELVES," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE : All back numbers of this weekly are ,lways i n p r int If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, P UBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by r et urn mai l. Sa.mp1e C<>pies Se:n."t Freet '' flH.PPY DAYS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. I It Contains l6 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It Has Good Stories of Every Kind It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all Sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW


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Merritt 116 M ustang Matt, The Prince of Cowboys by an Old Scout 67 Jack Jordan of New York; or, A Nervy Young American, 117 Tbe Wild Bull o f K erry; or, A B attle for Life, by Allyn Draper by Howard Austin 118 The Scarlet Shroud; or, 'l'he F ate of tbe l<'lve, by Howard Austin 68 The Block House Boys; or, The Young Pioneers of the Great 119 Brake and Throttle; or, A Boy lfoglneer' s Luck, Lakes, by an Old Scout by Jas. C. Merritt 69 From Bootblack to Broker; or, The Luck of a Wall Street 120 Two Old Coins; or, Found In the Ellephant Cav e, Boy, by a Hetlred Broker by Richard R. Montgomery 70 Eighteen Diamond Eyes; or, The Nine-Headed Idol of Cey-121 The Boy Courier of Siberia; or, The L eague of the Russian Ion, by Berton Bertrew Pri son l\Iln e s. by Allan Arnold 71 Phil, the Boy Fireman ; or, Through Flame s to Victory, 122 The Secret of Page 99 : or, An Old Book C over, by Allyn Draper l>'l Ex Fire Chief Warden 123 R esolute No. 10; or, The Boy Fire Company of Fulton, 72 The Boy Sliver King; or, The Mystery o 'l'wo L i v e s by Ex Fire Chief Warden by Allyn Draper 124 The Boy S couts of the Susquehanna; or, The Young Heroes 73 The Floating School; or, Dr. Blrcham's Bad Boys' Ac'ade my, of the Wyoming Valley, by an Old Scout by Howard Austin 125 The Boy Banker ; or, From a Cent to a Million, 74 Frank Fair in Congress; or, A Bo:v Among Our Lawmakers, by H. K Shackleford by Hal Sttindish 126 Shore Line Sam, the Young Southern Engineer ; or, Rail75 Dunning & Co., the Boy Brokers, by a Retired Broker '-roading in War Times, by Jas. C. Merritt 76 The Rocket ; or, Adventures in the Air, by Allyn Draper 127 On the Brink ; or, The Perils of Social Drinking, by Jno. B. Dowd 77 Th Fl t GI Th W f Wi b J B D d 128 The 13th of October, 1863, by Allyn Draper e rs ass ; or, e oes 0 ne, Y no ow 120 Throug h an Unknown Land, or, The Boy Canoeist of 78 Will, the Whaler, by Capt. '.rhos. H. Wilson 79 The Demon of the Desert, by Jas. c. Merritt Quanza, by Allan Arnold 80 Captain Lucifer; or, The Secret of the Slave Shi p, 130 The Blue Door. A Romance of Mystery, by Howard Austin by Richard R. Montgomery 81 Nat o the Night, by B erton B e r t r e w 131 Running with No. 6; or, The Boy Firemen of Franklin, 82 The Search for the Sunken Ship, by Capt. 'l' hos. H. Wilson by Ex Fire Chief Warden 83 Dick Duncan; or, The Bli"ht of the Bowl, by Jno. n. D owd 132 Little R e d Cloud, The Boy Indian Chief, by an Old Scout 84 Daring Dan, the Pride of the Pede e, by General Jas. A. Gordon 133 Safety-Valve Steve; or, The Boy Engineer of the R. H. & 85 The Iron lilpirlt; or, The Mysteries of the Plains, W., by Jas. C. Merritt by an Old Scout 134 The Victim, by Jno. B. Dowd 86 Rolly Rock; or, Chasing the Mountain Bandits, by Jas. c. Merritt 135 Abandoned ; or, 'he Wolf Man of the Island, 87 Five Years in the Grassy Sea, by Capt. Tbos. H. Wilson by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson 88 The Mysterious Cave, by Allyn Draper 136 The Two Schools at Oakdale; or, The Rival Students of 89 The Fly by-Nights; or, The Mysterious Riders of the Revo-Corrina Lake, by Allyn Draper lutlon, by Berton Bertrew 137 The Farme r s Son; or, A Young Clerk's Downfall. A Story 90 The Golden Idol, by Howard Austin of Country and City Life, by Howard Austin 91 The Red House; or, The Mystery of Dead Man's Bluff, 138 The Old Stone Jug; or, Wine, Cards and Ruin, by Jno. B. Dowd by Jas. C. Merritt 139 Jack Wright an:i His Deep Sea Monitor; or, Searching for a 92 The Discarded Son; or. The Curse of Drink,,, by Jno. B. Dowd Ton of Gold. by "Noname" 93 General Crook's Boy Scout; or, Beyond the ;:;lerra Madres, 140 The Richest Boy in the World; or, The Wonderful Adventures by an Old Scout of a Young American, by Allyn Draper 94. The Bullet Charmer. A Story of the American Revolution, Ul The Haunted Lake. A Strange Story, bl':Allyn Draper by Berton Bertrew 142 In the Frozen North; or, Ten Years in the Ice, by Howard Austin For Sale by All Newsdealers, 'or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the followillg Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re turn mail. POS'.rAGE S'l'A.MPS TAREN 'l'HE SAME AS .MONEY. ..................................................................................................... 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These Books -Tell You Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Eacb bool!: 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 any child can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE ST.AMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS l\fONE Y. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 UnionSquare, N. Y. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND l!'ISH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions r "-" J ms, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together wi ,. ptions of game and fish. No. 26 I:1' ''OW, SAIL AND BUILD A. BO.A.T.-Fully illustrated. ,.,. boy should know how to row and sail a boat. l!'ull instructi1 18 are given in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE, A.ND 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 peculiar 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. F.-Jly illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. ) FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULU.M AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; als't> the true mean ing of almo s t any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREA):IS.-lllverybody dreams, from the little child to the aged man and woman. 'l'his little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum;" the book of fate No. 28. HOW TO TEI,L FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happi.nes.s or 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 TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE "HAND. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret df telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOl\iE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in, 'struction for the use of duP1b bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy mus cle; containing over sixty 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 vositions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtarn one of these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A. GYMNA.ST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and !he use of the broads'!"ord_; also in archery. Described with twenty-one practical illustrations, g1vmg the best p"sitions in fencing. A complete hook. No. 61. HOW TO BECOME A. BOWLER.-A. complete manual of bowlin!f Containing full instructions for playing all the stand ard American and German games; together with rules and systeros of sporting in use by the principal bowling clubs in the United States. By Bartholomew Batterson. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the g e neral principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tri c ks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of specially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With illustra tions. No. 72. HOW .ro DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with illllstrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Oontainin!f deceptiv e Card Tric ks as performed by leadin!f conjurers ud magicians. Arraaged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRIUKS.The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction o f all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular magi c al illusions as performed by our leading magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruc t. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SWHT.-Heller's second sight explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. liUW 'l'O BECOME A .MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of .magical illusions ever placed before 1 the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing' and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HA.ND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW .ro MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds By A. Anderslln. E'ully 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. 75. HOW TO BECOME A. CONJURER.-Containing tricks with Dominoes, Dice Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrati ons By A Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO '.rHE BLACK .ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand, together 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, optics, 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 MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin Zither, Aeolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical instruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No 59. HOW 'l'O MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containlng a descr!ption of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated, by John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRIOKS.-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 little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters and when to use them; also giving specimen letters for both young and old. No 12 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinc complete instructions 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 WRI'J'E LETTERS.__:.A. wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart your father, mother, sister, brother, employ er; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish 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 instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation al'd composition; together with specimen letters.


HOUSEKEEPING. 'o. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing tull instructioi:is for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful dowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 33. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, 6sh, 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 TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information fo r everybody, l.JOys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. H O W TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de1cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, e tc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO l\lAKE ELECTRICAL MACITINES.-Conta!ning full uirections for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. N o 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive nnd highly amusing electrical tricks, toa:ether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multitudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the ut, and create any amount of fun for himself and friend.i. It is the rreatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches t.nd witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A. complete and handy little t>ook, v;iving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage. Casino, Fortv-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch. All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting puzzles and conunn by Ln Senarens, author of "How to Beco m e .,, West Point Military Oadet." with many standard readings. CENTS TOUSEY, PRICE 10 Addres s FRANK EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. .. /'Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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