The Liberty Boys to the rescue, or, A host within themselves

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The Liberty Boys to the rescue, or, A host within themselves
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Cont aining Stories of the American Revolution TsBuca lf'eck!y-By Subscription $2.50 per.vea1. Enterea as Secona ClaBs Matter at the New Yo,-k, N. Y., Post O(flre, Feb1'1.t ano1hel: cnmpaign to rnd it!" cried General to know of it in ample time, if they do attempt it, and you


2 will take the men and ride toward Princeton Go as far as The youths obeyed, and fifteen minutes later t1tey you can, even to within sight of Princeton, if they have not nounced that they were ready. yet left there, and then keep watch. As soon as they start Then they left their quarters and went to where send me word by messenger, and then retreat before them horses were kept. as they advance, sending me word of their movements every 1 They selected a dozen of the besl animals among few hours, ancl in this way I will be kept informed of what ho1:.;;es and, saddling and bridling them, they mounted the enemy is doing. Can you do this, do you think?" rode away, going north toward Princeto1J .. "I think so, your excellency. It should not be difficult of Dick was mounted upon "Major," his own horse, a l!l accomplishment." nificent animal which he had captured from the British f "No; it will recr1ire care anrt judgment to keep from fallmonths bcfere, on Lollg Island. ing into the hundi of the British." Major had been a fa\orite charger of

'rI:IE LIBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE. 3 :lllers daughter whom Bob had encountered while out on foraging expedition. There was no reai;on why the youths should not remain re to A lice and Edith, for two more beautiful girls could t have been found. "That's right," agreed Bob. f'We will have to stop chat and keep still. If there were any redcoats in half a mile of us, they would hear us." 1rere as beautiful as it was possible for girls to be, sw0et as they were beautiful, and the only thing that Tied Dick and Bob was the fact they were so far "Who's making any more noise than Bob Estabrook?" laughed Mark Morrison. "Mark Morrison, for one," retorted Bob. When they were within a couple of miles of Princeton they crossed a branch of the Raritan River and entered quite iy from their sweethearts that they could not go and see heavy timber. m when t11e)' would have liked to do so. They proceeded slowly now, and when they had gone a 'Suy, I think I shall write to Alice, myself, and tell her mile farther Dick stopped. u t this !'""said !IJark Morrison, with a grin; "then she "I don't think it will be good policy to keep ahead on this write to Dick anu bring him up with a round turn and road,'' he said. "If there are pickets out they will be sta n step in an cl get this beautiful Miss Mildred myself!" tioned along the road. I think we had better strike out into Some of tho rest of us will have something to say about thetimber and make a circuit and approach the town from -, 1.Iark F' said a jolly yom1g fellow named Sam Sundera direction we would not be expected to come from." Y on'll have to wol'k hard if you win her away from "I think that is a good idea,'' said Bob. l can tell you Lhat right now; for I have fallen in love "So declared Sam Sunderland. hu myself!" The others all said the same 3ah She W

4 THE UBBRTY BOYS TO 'l'HE RESCUE. Ile was a tall, angular mall, and was a typical hunter farmer of that region. He had a gun on hi!fSnoulder and was evidently starting out hunting. A tall, gaunt woman appeared in the doorway and said something to the man, and he paused to answer her. "Self-interest is a powerful thing," he said. ''Well, wl about it? Can we get something to eat here?" "How menny uv ye is there?" "There is just a round dozen of us." The woman helcl up her hands in horror. "'l1har hain't enuff stuff in the house to feed three m "I guess they are alone," thought Dick; "it will be sae let alone a dnzzen !" she said. to make my presence known, I guess." Tile rnan looked keenly at Dick, who returned the li Dick left the shelter of the trC'es and walked across the unflinchingly. clearing toward the house. The woman, whose face was 1.oward Dick, saw him first, ancl she said somethin to the man, evidently her husband, and h e turned facing Dick ancl brought his rifle down off his shoulder and held it in readiness for use. His action looked a bit threatening, but Dick did nol hesi tate. He kept on advancing till he was within ten feet o.f the man, who made a menacing motion with the rifle, and said: "Stop whar ye air, stranger! Who are ye, ennyhow, an' whut d'ye want?" "I am a friend, I think," said Dick, quietly. "I am a traveler, and I have some more friends back here who are 1 1 ungry. We are looking for some place where we can get something to eat." awhy don't ye go inter Princeton, then; thar's whur all ther redcoats is, an' they'd give ye somethin' ter E'.at, I think." Dick looked at the man and then at the woman, searchingly and shrewdly. Somehow he got the idea that they were patriots, and that did not like the redcoats any too well. He resolved to test the matter a little further before de claring himself, however. "One would think you did not like the redc

THE LIBIJH'l'Y BOYS TO 'l' HE RESC UK 5 "Ycr'Jl he.ter jes tic 'em ier trees, I gues:,. I hainl hev ter come home! Et's hard ter think m 'im fightin' lt no stable, sa,e thet lcetlc shed, yonder, an it wouldn'L ag'imt ther peeple uv his own country." kl more'n two uv lher critters .. ''\Vhat will we do for feed for the a .. kcd Bob. The man hesitated, and then a g rin crossed his homely cc, as he said : "I hain't got no iecd, 'cause I hain't got no hos:>; but r's er Tory lives over thet a1ray," jerking hr thumb to icatc the direction. "Re hez er cornfield with some shock "IL i rather bard on you and your husband," said Dick, sympathetica lly. "Yes, e t' purty hard, but we hev got Lcr stan' ct.., 'l'he woman went about her work and the youths sat about fire in the big fireplace and talked for nearly an hour, and then Mr. Sprague suddenly cnlercd the cabin. Ile had ft>tu turkeys-fine, big, fat fel101Ys, loo. corn jn ct, an' ther fiel

THE LIBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE. "It is the only way to find out what the redcoats are] went back into the other room the youtm uttered exclam doing," he said, determinedly. "I am going to go into the town and look around a bit." The others said no more to try to dissuade him. They knew Dick well, and knew that when he made up his mincl to do a thing he would do it, if possible. He would attempt it, anyway. lie !ooked around the room and seemed to be pondering. Presently he turneu to Mr. Sprague. "Have )OU anything in the way of old clothing that I conld put en, so as to disguise me?" he asked. "I would not be recognized so quickly then." Mr. Sprague looked inquiringly at his wife. "Didn't Tom leaTe some uv hifl ole clothes here, wife?" he asked. 1'.lte woman nodded. "Yes; there is some uv his clothes out in his room,'' was the reply. tions. "Say, your best friends wouldn't know you on the str after night, Dick !" said Bob. "They would not; that's 11 fact!" said Sam Sunder la "Never!" declared Mark Morrison. All said the same thing. "I'm glad to hear you say it,'' said Dick. "l shall fl quite safe." "Don't be too ri11ky on the strength of it, though, Die said Bob, who did not wish Dick to get into trouble. e "Oh, I'll be careful, Bob." After a little further conversation, Dick said be would and bidding them all good-bye he left the house. He had gone only a few steplil when the door opened Mrs. Sprague emerged from the house and called to him. Dick paused, and when the woman approached him fE said, in a voice which trembled with emotion: D "Mister Slater, I wanter ask ye sumthin'. "An' they'd jes' erbout fit ye, too, Dick,'' declared Hank. Thet ef ever ye git a chance ter do my boy Tom a favor, 1 "Tom is our boy," he explained. "He's twenty yeers ole, an' he lef' us ter go inter the British army." The man's voice was sad. "\Te done all we could ter keep 'ill frum doin' uv et," gaid the woman; ''but he wuz boun ter go, an' we couldn't he'p ourselves. I wuz tellin' the young gentlemen erbout Tom while ye wuz out huntin'," she added, explanatively, to het' husbani "Oh, thank ye, Mister Slater!" the woman exclaiu}[ "That will be just the thing!" said Dick. "I will wear his "an' ye will tell the other young men the same thingr 6lothes, and if I get in a tight place I will claim I am a please a poor old mother?" 'b farm. boy, come to toWn for a doctor, or s@mething like t "I will, madame. I don't suppose I will ever meet o son, or that I would know him if I did, but I promiser "Thef will be er good plan," said Hanle "Ye kin tell 'em that if I do ever meet him and know him, and can s parPst ye air huntin' Dockter Scott, ef they gits .ve pinned down. life, or do anything to save it if it is threatened, I will ghot He's ther lendi_n' doclder uv Princaton." "All right; I'll remember the name." Rank now, at Dick's request, showed him into the room that had been occupied by Tom, the Tory son, and the youth took a look at the clothing. It was in the main odds and ends, and cast-off garments of rough cloth and make, but it would answer Dick's pur pose ndmirably. "It is just what I need," the youth said. "All right; I'm glad uv et-an' wife an' me will both be glad ef Tom's clothes will help in the Great Cause." Then Hank le.ft the room, leaving a candle behind him. Dick quickly removed his uniform and donned a suit of the rough clothes left by Tom. An old, dilapidated hat and .1 rough pair of boots completed the makeup, and wha Dick :. do it." "Oh, thank ye! Thank ye!" the woman said I Then, Dick bade her good-night and as she re-enteredU cabin he struck off through the timber in the directicic Princeton. OHAP'l'ER Ill. IN THE ENElfrs Dick was soon out of the timber. He crnerged into a .field. The town lay less than half a mile clistant. The quickest and easieet \vay to rearh it was to cro. field. ,, t be


1 LIBERTY BOYS 'i'O THB RESCUE. 7 This Dick set out to do. Presently he met a couple of redcoats, who looked at him He walked along at a fair pace. a bit suspiciously, Di-0k thought. A few minutes later he left the field and approached the ullo !" one said, as came to a stop, barring his ad-wn. vance. "Who are you, and where are you going?" He moved slowly and cautiously now. "I live on a farm out in the country aways," replied Dick, He knew he was likely to stumble onto a picket at any in a strong nasal voice, "an' I heT come to town to buy some oment. He wished to avoid them if possible. It was his desire to slip into the town. If he were challenged and could not explain his errand to things." "Oh, ho l That's it, is it?" "Yes, Mister Officer." This little bit of flattery tickled the vanity of the redcoat, 1 e satisfaction of the sentinel he would be turned over to and he slapped his companion on the shoulder. e officer of the guard, who would in all probability take "Ho, comrade, did you hear that?" he exclaimed. ''I'm m before some of the officers who would recognize him. an officer, do you hear? Salute your officer, I say !" It was a clear, cold night. Then both laughed. he moon was not yet up, but the stars were numerous "Make him salute," said the other, thinking to have a bit brilliant, and gave a faint light, which made it possible of fun with the supposed countryman. p} a keen-eyed individual like Dick to see a short distance Jh more or less distinctness. "That's a good idea!" and the other laughed. "Salute, country! What right have you to stand there in front of an officer in the king's service and not offer to salute? Sa lute at once!" Dick would advance a few feet, stop, look and listen, and I tl:f1, if he saw or heard nothing, he would move forward "I don't know how. I don't know what ye mean, Mister e was just about to enter the town when he .heard the Officer," said Dick, with a capital assumption of ignoranca. t sound of measured footsteps, and stooping down so as The two soldiers laughe d. et the clear sky for a background, he was enabled to see "There's provincial ignorance for you!" said one. faint outlines of a sentinel. "Right!" from the other. he sentinel was guarding the street at the entrance to The fellows had been drinking, and one especially was town. ripe for deviltry of almost any sort. ick stood perfectly still and pondered the situation. "Make him salute, anyway!" he s uggested. L had better retreat and try another street," he thought. "That's a good i

THE UBHRTY BOYS TO THE HE OGE. "It doesn't matter; we aren't particular, just so you sadoubtless, but some comrades in arms came along and part lute us. If you don't know the regulation ss:ilute, invent one them and wanted to 1.'Ilow what it was all about. of your own. That will do as well.' '!'he two men tried to explain, but were incoherent for "All right," said Dick; "I'll do so! Shall I do et right time. now?" Their friends managed to get the story out of the "Yes, right now," and they drew themselves up in milifinally, however, and when they heard it not h: tary style to receive the sakte. from laughing. "All right, then, Mister Officers; I salute ye-thus!'' "It seems that the country lout got the better of you, aft As Dick spoke he leaped forward. nll," one re1harked. He had measured the distance carefully in the dim light ''.Tove! He must have been a pretty gooJ man, after al and out shot his fists and took the two would-be funny redto have laid you both out so easily and neatly !" from at coats fair between the eyes, knocking both down upon the other. sidewalk with a thump. "He hit harder than a mule can kick !" grumbled one "There! That is my style of salute to such fellows as the two victims of their own attempt at being smart. you!" cried Dick, and he leaped away up the street at a run "I thought a house had fallen on me!" complained and was around the corner before the amazed and dazed other. redcoats could scramble to their feet and collect their wits. But weren't they mad when they got up? They raved and swore like pirates. To be treated thus by a country lout-as they imagined Dick to be-was almost more than their proud spirits could endure. "Curses on the country lout!" roared one, feeling around for his hat, which had been knocked off when its owner struck the pavement. "I'll murder him !" roared the other, also feeling around for bis hat. In their half-dazed condition and the semi-darkness they could not see very well, and accidentally bumped their heads together. This made them angry at each other. "You fool !" roared one, rnbbing his head. "You idiot '1 roared the other, also rubbing his head. "You got us into this difficulty by wanting to have some fun with the lout!" cried one. "You were in for it as much as I was!" declared the other. "I wasn't!" ''You were "You're a liar f" "You're another !" "Jove I but I'll take the lie from no one! 'fake that!" "That" was a blow in the face. A fierce cry of pain and anger was the response from the man struck, and he returned the blow with interest. '!'hen they went to fighting like two Kilkenny cats, and they fought until both were pounded in such a manner as to make them almost unrecognizable. 'l'h ry wo11ld have fought till one or both waq unconscious, And then their friends had to laugh again. The tones of the voices of the two were so lugubrio sounding that they could not help it. "And not satisfied with the clip3 the countryman you, yon must fall upon and pound up each other, eh?" marked one. "Well, we were half-dazed and angry, and didn't mi than half know what we were doing," explained one of f battered men. "I see. Well, rome :llong to your quarters and get pate] up, fellows." l The two allowed themselves to be led away. Meanwhile Dick had been m aking. his way through 11 town. He had expected to be followed by the two redcoats, was surprised when he no of pursuit by them "That is strange," be thought. "I expecteJ that t would be after me lively, thirsting for revenge and eagc get evrn with me.'' '"' Ile did not know, of course, that the two barl gotten a fight bebvcen themselves, and had he known it he WI have been arnused. ''Well, it suits me just that much better," he tho "I would be likely to attract attention if I was Iorcq keep on running, and now I can slow down anrl take it e. Dick did so. H c did not wish to attract attention if be cou Id he He kept a lookout behind him, however. He sti ll feared the two redcoats would pursue him., He could not understnnd why they had not done so. But o.f cours e they did not do so, and he soon got thought that they would appear. He watched in front of him


1'HE LIBERTY BOYS 'l'O THE RESCUE. H e kept his eyes open, too, with reg ard to the houses and of a doc tor s services. Come out h e re on the street; I will ores he passed. He wished to, if possible, locate the h eadquarters of the Bri tish general s, Howe and Cornwalli s This would b e a d ifficult matter how e v er. Still h e might stumb le ont o the m Dick hop e d h e mi ght do so. He pretty lucky, u s u ally If possible, Dick wishe d to l earn something regarding the plaus of the British. He did not more than half expect to be able to do so, but he was willing to take considerable risk in orde r to do so. Dick was a brave youth He had won many times before by employing bold tac ics, and he thonght that he might do so again. He was ready to take the risk, anyway, in the hope of gainng valuable in.formation. show you wher e Dr. Scott's office is. Dic k ac c ompan ie d the Tory tradesman out onto thE: street The m a n p ointe d do w n the street. ".A s t ai rw ay l ea d s up b e tween t w o b uildin gs y ond er," he said. "Go up t h ose stairs and knock on t he door at the fon ding. T h a t i s Dr. S cott' s o ffice." "Thank you said D i ck, a n d he h ast e n ed awa y. He was soon up the flight of stairs and knocke d on the door "Come in," called a voice. Dick entered He found himself in a typical doctor's office. A portly man sat at a desk at one sing the street when suddenly a man British general; he is very ill." :une rnnuing down the steps of !1house and addressed him: "We want a doctor, quick, my boy!" he said "General owe is suddenly ill I am a stranger here and do not ow any doctors. Bring one quickly and .I will pay you ell for it! "All right, sir; I'll bring a doctor at once!" said Dick. Then he turned and ran down the street "'Perhaps I may be able to get into the house now," he hought. "I'll get the doctor and try to get in along with I" Ill ''l'iTho-Cormrallis ?" was the query. "No; General Howe." The ms :i bold scheme, but Dick was the youth to put it is all I lmow about it." t e1 rough boldly CH.APTER IV. AS A. DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT. But Dick was confronted by a difficulty He did not know where to go to find a d,oclor. Suddenly he remembered that Mr. Sprague had said Dr. ott was the name of the leading doctor in Princeton. He ran into a store and asked the proprietor where Dr. ott's office was. "Humph! Well, I guess I'll have to go and see what ails him; though I think it would be a good thing for the coun try if three or four of the British generals. 11oulc1." die off sudclcnly !" Dick laughed. "I don't know but you're right," be said. "I judge from what you have said that you are a patriot. The doctor looked at Dick shrewdly. "I'm no king's man," he said, calmly, "and you are no farmer's boy!" he added; eyeing Dick's bright arn l hand some face keenly. "You arc right, Dr. Scott," said Dick. Anrl tllC'n Dick s11cldenly decided to trust in the doctor The grocer a kcd Dick what he wisheJ with the doctor. and 7et him to let him enter the headquarters of the Br!tish n "J don't "ant him for myself," the youth replied: "Gen-geMr<1 ls with him. ). al II011 e has bfen taken suddenly ill and a man told me to t the cJoctor." "I am a patriot," he continued; "and I am here to try to information of the plans of the British. You are "What'. Grneral Howe ill? Then you must hurry, my going to their headquarters; let me go with I'll cnrry The must not be allowed to suffer for want your c

'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE. ::::========================================================================== "What is your name?" the doctor asked, with an air of in-r "YOU can sit down in that room there," said the orderl terest. indicating a rd'om on the right, and Dick entered the roo "Dick Slater, sir." The doctor started. "I ha rn h e ard of you,'' he said; "you hav e made quite a Bame for your s elf as a spy." "I have done a little something m that line,'' said Dick modestly. "I should say you have !" earnestly. "Well, I'll take y o u along if you wish it, but you will be venturing into a danger ous place. If you should be detected you w o uld probably be shot or hanged." "I know that, doctor." Dick s poke coolly and calmly. "And you are willing to risk "Yes, ind e ed! "All right; come along with me, then." "As soon. as I get a chance, after we are inside the house, I will le:ive you, doctor, and shift for myself," said Dick. "You had better stay beside me, my boy. If you go to roaming a):>out by yourself you will be captured." "I'll risk it,'' with a smile. 'l'he doctor rose and put on his hat. 'rhen he handed Dick his medicine-case and the two left the office and went down the street. as the orderly and the doctor passed on toward the room o cupied by General Howe. The re was a candle burning in the room which Di fom1d h i mself in. He glanced around and saw there was a door at the fa ther end of the room. H e walk e d to the door immediately. H e h e ard voices, which cam e fro m th e o th e r s ide of t doo r, evid e ntly from the adjoining room Di ck lis t e ned and was able to make out the words bein s pok en. H e s oon learn e d that the room was occupied by severa British officers. 'l'hey were talking of the campaign which was to be begu again s t Washington and the patriot army at once. Dick learned that it was intended that the British force should move upon 'l'renton the first or the second day o January. "I wonder if the illness of General Howe will delay u any?" Dick he'ard one ask. "Oh, no," was th e reply. ''Besides the general is on! temporarily ill. He will be all right by to-morrow." At this instant Dick heard the footsteps of the orderly re They made their way toward the British headquarters at turning from the direction of General Howe's room, and' h a rapid walk. quickly sat down and assumed a look of dull disinterested The grocer was standing in lhe doorway as they came n e s s along, cold as the night was. "Is your employer a good doctor?" the orderly asked "Found the doctor, eh?" he remarked to Dick. looking carelessly at Dick. "Yes," the youth replied. "I hope you ll do your Tery best by the general, Dr. Scott," the man said, and Dick's companion growled under his breath "The old Tory !" he muttered, when out of hearing. ''I don t like him, nor any of his kind I" "You are right," agreed Dick; "there is some excuse for the British doing as they are trying to do, but I can find no excuse for .Americans who would help th e m "'l'here is no excuse for them." The y were at British headquarters now, and they a s cended the steps and the doctor knocked on the door It 1rns opened at once by an orderly. "I am the doctor said Dr. Scott, and he strode through into the hallway, followed by Dick. "Who is this?" the orderly asked. "Huh ?" remarked Dick. 'l'hc orderly repeated the question "Gu ess he is," s aid Dick. "I dunno, 'oau s e I neTer he 'im doctor me none." "He cures other people, though, doesn't Dick nodded. "Gu ess he does," he replied. The orderly asked no more questions, and Dick heard him mutter something like "Ignorant clod I" Dick smiled in his sleeTe. He won't bother me with any mor e qu e stions," h

ing the ways 1md means of moving upon Trenton and mak ing the attack on the patriot army. This was just what he wished to learn, and he was glad that he had been so fortunate as to happen along at just the time he did, so as to be sent for the doctor and thus get a chance to come into the headquarters of the British generals with the man of medicine. "I have learned considerable," he thought; "and I will send one of the boys back to Trenton early in the morning with a letter to the commander-in-chief, telling him all I Diek felt sure that the man was going to seize him. He would not be captured now for anything in the world He had secured some valuable information. It must be sent to General Washington. If he was to be made a prisoner the information would not reach the commander-in-chief of the Continental army. So Dick acted instantly. He leaped toward the doorway leading into the hall. "Look out, doctor!" he cried. The doctor understood him and sprang forward and to have learned, and then we will keep close watch, and as soon one side, so as to let Dick pass as the redcoats start to move upon Trenton I will send another messenger Dick was well pleased. Just then he heard the approaching footsteps of the orderly and quickly returned to his seat. He "'as only just in time. The next moment the orderly entered. He glnnced at Dick, but said nothing. He judged it \"3S useless to waste time upon such a dull ndividual. 'l'his suited Dick very well. Then he, with seeming carelessness, got into the way of the British officer, who was approaching with outstretched hands, in an endeavor to seize Dick. Re got hold of the doctor instead. "What does this mean? What are you trying to do?" cried Doctor Scott. Thr.u he seized the officer and held him, pretending to think the officer was attacking him. He held the man till he heard the outer door open and shut, and then he let go of the angry Briton. "What do you mean?" almost hissed the officer, who was He had no desire to carry on a conversation with the Captain Parks, an officer who had seen Dick several times. ellow. "Why did you interfere? You have aided a rebel spy to Presently there came the sound of footsteps along the all, and then Dr. Scott appeared in the doorway leading rom the hall. At the same instant the door connecting with the adjoin g room-the door at which Dick had been listeningpened, and three men in the uniforms of British officers tercd the room. They hail their hats on and their cloaks, and were eviescape ['I Then Captain Parks rushed out into the hall rm"'. to th" front door. He jerked the d0v, open and rushed outside. He looked up, then down the street. Half a block away he saw Dick running with all his might. The officer drew a pistol, leveled it and fired. Dick kept on running. Dick was afraid to around. "Missed!" growled the captain. 'rhen he drew his oths1 One oi lhe officers might be someone whom he had encounpist0l and fired. red in the past, and who might recognize him. Still Dick continued on his way, without slackening his He leaped to his feet and hastened across the room toward speed. "Curse the luck I I can't shoot worth a cent in the dark "llold on, there!" cried an imperious voice, which ness !" the captain growled. uncled familiar to Dick. He had shot better than he thought, however, ior one of Dick knew the man was speaking to him, but he did not the bullets from the pistol had grazed Dick's side, drawing ip. blood. In,;tcad, he went faster. "A re ye read_v to go, doctor?" he asked, in a loud, dis'Yes. I am read3' to-" 'Stop, I say!" roared a voice from behind Dick, and the ith heard hurried footsteps approaching him from that "ction. "That was a close call," the youth murmured. He kept on running as swiftly as ever, and the first cross strcct he came to be turned down it. Ile knew there would be a crowd out looking for him in a very few minutes. The shots fired by the officer would arouge everybody. Dick was aware that to be seen running 1rould bring sus-


picion upon himself and cause him to be chased, but he did not .Jarc drop into a walk, so he kept on running. "Ah! H I only had a horse now I would be all right!" he thought. But he had no horse. He would have to trust to his own efforts to escape. He ran rapidly onward and turned the next corner. As he did so he ran almost, literally speaking, into the arms of half a dozen redcoats. Five of the men 8truggled to their feet as quickly as p ::ible. They were somewhat dazed, and it took them a few .s ands to remember what had happened and realize wh they were. 'l'hen 1.hcy saw the fugitive running up the street, a struck out in pursuit. TllC'y hatl a double incentive to try to catch the fugiti now. "Seize him !" cried one. "Seize the follow and hold him They su&pected him of being <\ rebel, and then they wish He has been up to some deviltry or he wouldn't be running. lo get-revenge for the manner in which he had floored the He's a rebel, and I'll bet on it!" CHAPTER V. A CHASE AND AN ESCAPE. They gave chase as lively as they coufd. They yelled for 1.he fugitive to stop. But Dick didn"t stop. They had better have saved their "ind to be n .:;eJ in ru ning. Dick ran as swi.ftly as he could. He had kept his bearing$ and knew that he waa going i But Dick did not intend to allow himself to be "seized." northern direction. Not if he could help it. He was so close to the men when he came around the cor ner that he could not have avoided them had he tried. So he didn't try. Instead he put on more steam and plunged into the crowd with all the force of a battering-ram. llr did more. He struck out with his fist::s, straight into the faces of a couple of the redcoats, who were directly in front of him. One of them 'lras the man who had ordered the others to "seize" Dick. He fo1mcl this was a more difficult job than he had antici pated. He was glad of it. 'rhis woulil take him out o.f the l01rn on the north si and this would mislead his enemies. 'l'hey would think he had come from that direction. Then he coulll circle arouml and make his way to t cnbin ct :Mr. Sprague at his lt!isure. IJiek did not mmt the redcoats to find out that he and companions had headquarters at the cabin. It wns a convenient place to tay. nnd he tli

around so suddenly as to cause the rider to pitch off onto the ground oil his head. The man lay still. He had been either killed by the fall or knocked 'emeless Dick did not stop to investigate which. vVhat interested him was the horse. The animal, after its first action of shying, had stopped. It stood now looking at Dick, who haoruewhat suspiciously. Ile doubtless feared a trick. Dick kept talking to him in kindly tones, however, and the horse did not offer to run away. C'loser and closer Dick drew to the animal, and while he \i' yet ten feet away he heard the patter of the feet of his ursuers. The moon was now up and shining, and they could see fairly well. They gave utterance to a wild yell of ra:ge. They realized that their prey was about to e;;cape them. They had afready fired off their pistols, so could not fire upon the fugitive. .._\ 11 they could do was yell. 80 thfy yelled like good fellows. 'l'hi;;: wa::> without effect, Lmless it may have served to ;1ccelcn1tc lhe speed of the flying horse, and. Dick was soon out .:> the town and speeding along the highwa.v. "l'll keep straight on for a mile or so," thought Dick ":;0 a:; to mislead anyone who may see me, and then I will turn iow:rrd i.he west, go in that direction a mile or two, and then back soulh, after which I will make my way eastward till I am in the vicinity 0 1lr. Spragne's house." This plan Dick put into effect He rode onward toward the north till he came to a road crossing the one he \YaS on. lie was two miles from Princeton, and felt safe in turning aside, and he did so. He rode along the road toward the west a distance of two miles and then turned toward the south. He kept on in this direction nearly two miles, when he e11lered lhc timber. The horse heard it, too, and arched his neck and snorted. 11 c was almost due west from Princeton now, and about 'Good boy! Xice boy!" said Dick, and he moved forward two miles clistant from the town. norc rapidly. rhc hor c\; attention was attracted by the sound of the ootsicps and its attention was momentarily taken away om Dick. The youth improved his opportunity. forward. His leap was like that of a panther. His hands reached out and grasped the bridle-reins. 1'he horse awoke to its danger too late. It gave a snort of fear and leaped back. Dick had hold of the reins, however, and held on. ..\fore, he sprang around to the side of the animal iped into the saddle at a bound. and He placed his feet in the stirrups, and at this instant the coats came racing around the corner. The horse saw them, and giving vent to a snort of fright whirlc

As bis horse was tired, and it would be awkwrird trying to There was no reason why he should not do it, Di ride through the timber, anyway, he decided to abandon thought. the animal. To decide was to act. As the triumphant shouts of the redcoats came to his earn he brought his horse to a stop and leaped to the ground. He leaped away, and darted into the timber at the side of the road. As the redcoats saw this action on Dick's part, they gave vent 1.o loud and .angry yells. They knew they were dealing with a shrewd and slippery customer He made up his mind to attempt it, anyway. He entered the timber o nly a short distance. When he was a hundred yards in he paused, and taking his 8tation behind a tree, waited, silently and watchfully, the coming of the redcoats. He knew they would be along very soon. And so it proved. Scarce more than a minute had elapsed before he hea the footsteps of the redcoats. He listened intently, and was able to determine from t Captain Parks had told who Dick was, and they knew he sounds that he would be about half way between two of t was the boy spy who had already done so many daring things redcoats. "They hri;re. scattered out," he thought, "and are> as to get his name up as the most successful and daring patriot spy of the Revolution. They knew that he would be hard to capture, now that he had abandoned the horse and taken to the timber. They would have to do likewise. They could not hope to follow him in the woods on horse back. He would be in a condition to laugh at their efforts to track him. No; they would have to do as he had done. They acted promptly. thirty feet apart. That is all right for me. As soon as th have passed me I will strike back to the road, mount one the horses and get away from here in a hurry.' Dick stood close to the tree and waited. Presently the British soldiers were even with him. Then they passed him. The youth stood like a statue. "How foolish of them to think they could .find me in t woods in the dark,'' he thought. "They could pass with three feet of me and still not find me.'' I 'The plan of procedure of the redcoats suited Dick ve They leaped down off their horses, tied' them and entered well, however. the timber. ;. He was not disposed to complain. They scattered. They felt that their chances would be better than if they kept together. In this, of course, they were right. But their chances of catching Dick were slim indeed. He was a youth who had been raised in the woods, as it were. He was skilled in woodcraft. They were not. Hence he would have the adv!J.ntage. It was quite dark in the timber. 'l'he m0on did not penetrate here. 'l'his was to Dick's advantage. Ile realized this. He i'elt secure as soon as be had got into the woods. Still he would have to exercise some care. Then a sudclen thought came to him. Why not play a trick on the redcoats? If he had had the arranging of affairs he could not ha arranged them more to his satisfaction. When the redcoats had pas8ed on twenty or thirty yaDick left his position by the 1.ree. He stole away through the timber. He moved as noiselessly as an Indian scout. He made no noise at all. If a redcoat had been within three yards of Dick he con not have heard the youth as he moved along. As there w ere none of the Britop.s anywhere near as clo as that, there was no danger that the youth would be hear Ile moved onward through the timber. A few minutes later he reached the road: He thought it possible that tht. redcoats might have ldt man to gnard the horses, so he proceeded cautiously. It would have been the wise thing to do, of course, for t1 redcoats to leave one or two of their number on guard ov( the horses, but they had not done anything of the .kind. While they were searching for him, why could he not The idea of the fugitive returning, doubling on them li slip through their line, return to the road, mount one of a fox, and taking a horse and continuing on his way had ll( their horses and ride away in triumph? oc;curred to them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TO T:OO RESCUE. 15 So it "'as all plain sailing :for Dick. He aould select a horse at his leisure, mount and ride away v.ithout let or hindrance. But another thought struck the youth. Whf n')t capture the horses and take them away, leaving the redcoats to foot it back to Princeton? That would be a good joke on them. Not only that, but the hor!les would come in very handy for General Washin g ton's office rs, and for the use of me s sengers, etc. Dick resolved to try to get away with the entire lot of He looked at Dick. rrhen he looked at the horses. "Great guns, Dick What have you there?" he exclaimed. "Horses !" replied Dick. CHAPTER VI. 'rO:M: SPHAUOE. The other youths came out of the cabin in a hurry. Mr. Sprague and his wife foJlowed suit. They had nll remained up, awaiting Dick's Teturn. "Thirteen hor ses!" said Bob, who had c ounte d t h e m fte r anoth e r h e se rve d in this manne r and when he ha d Where are the men who were ricling them, Di ck?" "In the woods, Bob.'' He selected one which he would r i de) the n he untied the ethers, one afte r another, and tied the halter s traps of on e to the pomm e l of the s addl e on t h e ba c k of anoth e r One xed the m all, including th e horse h e had escaped out of rinceton on, he mounte d the horse he had selected and rod e lowly away. "In the woods?" "Yes." Bob and the other youths stared at Dick, and then looked 'fhe other horses followed being pulled ;i-long by the alter straps .and it made quite: a string. arountl toward the surrounding timber, as if expecting fo Dick was well pleased with the success of his plan so far. see a lot oi redcoats appear. "I hope I will be able to "et clear away out of sight and' "What woods, Dick? These here?" and he gave a cornd 0 prehensive sweep of the hands oun before they come back to the road," he thought. 'Then he chuckl e d to himself. "No, and then Dick told his story in as few words as "I would like to see them when they return and find all heir horses gone," h e said. "Vl on't they be mad, though?" Dick's hope was realized. He rode away, and disapprared into the night, and no :mnd came from the rear. The redcoats were still in the timber searching for him. 'Maybe they will learn something about woodcraft be )re they get out," mused Dick, smiling, "or, more likely," added, the smile deepening, "they will get lost, and nder around in the timber all night. I hope they may." 'rhe youth rode onward. He to let the horses go in a walk, as had he tried to faster some of them would have held back, broken the lter straps and escaped. Half an hour later he entered the timber at a point not r e than a quarter of a mil e from the cabin of Mr. rague, and after considerable trouble, as the horses got gl e d up among the trees two or three times, he reached clearing. e rode right up to the door and dismounted. e knocked upon the door. nstantly there was the sound of footsteps. possible, all listening with "Allll now," said Dick in conclusion, "I want some of you boys to take these horses to the commander-in-chief at Trenton, and I want to send him a message, also." ".All right; some of us are ready to start at any moment, Dick," said Bob. "I guees six of you will be enough to go," said Di ck. "You can each ride your own horse and lead two others, one on each side." "Name who you wish to go, Dick," said Bob. Dick did so, am!. the six named, of whom Bob wag on<>, g ot ready at once. Dick entered. the cabin and wrote a letter to G e neral Washington, telling the commander-in-chief what h e had di s covered, and this he gav e to Bob to deliver The youths were soon ready for the start, and bidding Dick and those who were to remain behind good-b y th e y rode away. Then tli e y0uth s and Mr. and Mrs. Sprague entered the cabi::i. They talked for a while, and then Mr. Sprague and his wife withdrew to the room that had bee n their son's before hen the door opened and Bob appeared, outlined against he went awny to th e war, and the youths had the big big \food fire in the fireplace. themselves


16 'l'HE LIBBR'l'Y BO\ 8 TO THE RESCUE. 'l'hey threw some comfortables down on the floor and lay down in 'their clothes, and were soo. n asleep. At about noor. next day Bob and his five companions came Lack. Then Mr. Sprague advanced and shook the boy by band. "He's not a bad fellow, even though he is a Tory, and the British army," thought Dick. "Still, I wish he had W lint did the commander-in-chief say, Bob?" asked Dick, off coming to see his parents for a while longer." eagerly. Then Tom Sprague looked around at the youths, rec "He s.aid that was just the information he wanted, Dick," I nizing their uniforms, and said: replied Bo!.J. "H said for you to watch the British closely, "'iVho arc these young gentlemen, and what are they do" 1 here?;' am send ;:i messenger to him each day, keeping him informed of everything. And he wishes to know of the movements of the Briti:::h forces as soon as possible after they starL" ".-'i..11 right, Bob; we will keep him posted." Dick hnc1 found a tall tree close to the edge of the timber, on lhe side towarcl Princeton, and by climbing this tree it was possible to see what was going on in the town tolerably distinctly. AL any rate, no body of men could )eave the to1rn without bt>ing by any one in the tree. Mrs. Sprague did not answer, and her husband coug and hesitated. He did not know what to say. Dick decided to relieve them of embarrassment. "\\' c arc a party out hunting," he said, quietly. "We I our way, nnd stopped here to get something to eat." The young man looked at Dick searchingly. "I don't believe it," he said bluntly, "and I think I kn As it wn quite cold, Dick had it arranged so that the 1rho you are, too !" youths took ium about in keeping watch. Eac:h remained in the tree-top half an hour, when another would relieve him. 'J'h1v kept close walch through the day, and while thry had seen men moving about in the town, and behind the "Oh, Tom!" exclaimed his mother. Dick gave J\1rs. Sprague a smile, and a gesture which mennt to be reassuring. "So you think you know who I am?" he remarked. "I am sure of it. I lleard all about the young spy who earthworks which Donop had thrown up, there was as yet no in Princeton last night, and I would wager a round 1um t signs that the British were anywhere near ready to move on you nre that very fellow-Dick Slater!" Trenton. They were waiting for something, though Dick coult.! not imagine what it could be. They ]md supper soon after dark, and sat down in front of the fireplace to talk otthe war. They were sitting there, talking, there came the sound of footsteps outside. Next the door openecl, and a young man in the uniform of a British soldier entered. "So you think I am Dick Slater, do you?" "I am sure of it." Dick smiled. "You are right," he said. "And now, I must ask y what you purpose doing when you return to Princeto y OU will not report OUr presence here at the home of yo parents, will you?" "Why not?" Tom .Spragne looked at his parents and then at Dick wi He. had got inside the house and closed the door before l look of defiance he seemed to notice the presence of Dick and the other "F +l ,, d D' 1 "'f d 'or us reason, sa1 ic '; i you were to o that youths, and then he paused and gave utterance to an ex1 t lt t bl f tug 1 rcsn m rou e or your parents. clamat1on of astorushment. At the same time Mr. and Mrs. Sprague cried in unison: "Tom!" "Why so.?" "Because they have given us food and shelter." Then Dick understood. "I can't help it; I shall report your presence here," sa Tom, somewhat doggedly. "I don't think they will bar This was Tom Sprague, the 'fory son of whom the two l my parents, w 1cn I am a soldier in their army. If I thoug had spoken, and whose clothes Dick bad worn to the town they would, I'd--" the night before. fighting for King George, eh? Well, you had bctt l\lrs. Sprague sprang to her feet, and running to the newnot risk it, Tom." comer, seized him in her arms and kissed him. Dick watched the young man closely, and was pJeased to see that he seemed glad to see his mother, and "that hi:_ returned the kiss. -"Xo, don't do et, 'fom," said bis father. B11t Tom was stubborn. "I've got to do it," he declared. "I wouldn't be true to m kin g if I had this information and kept it from m.v super i


'l'HE L1 rrnHT\" l\O't::; 'J'O 'l'HE ltESOU.E. utliccrs. l shall tell them as soon as 1 get ba(;k-aud I had better go right back." "Oh, no; don't go right back!" pleaded his mother, and then she advanced, and taking the youth's hands in hers, said 'in a still more pleading voice : "Please, Tom, tell thet these young men air here I Prommus me thet, won't ye?" tl'om hesitated. 'rhcn he said, with an air of determination: "I've got to tell, mother. I can't promise what you ask." "Yer a fool, Tom Sprague, ef ye do be my own son !" said Mr. Sprague. Dick rose and approached the ihree, who were standing in ; he miildle of the room ''Your son is right, Mr. Sprague," he said quietly. "Eh-what d'ye say, pick-he"s right?" exclaimed the nan. :Mrs. Sprague and the "Liberty Boys looked at Dick in istonishment, while Tom Sprague regarded Dick with a OIIAP'l'ER VII. A PRlSONEH UNDEU ClHCU.:!IIS'r.ANCES. All stared at Dick. 'l'hey understood now why he had approved of 'l'om's de termination to reveal their presence at the house of hie parents when he returned to his army. Dick did not intend that he should return. "I thought so!" n1J,lrmured Bob, under his breath. Mr. Sprague's under jaw dropped at first, and then a queer, comical grin overspread his homely face as the humor of the idea struck him. Mrs. Sprague looked amazed, startled and distressed. Evidently she hardly ]mew what to think or say. "Say, thet'll be er good joke, won't it?" exclaimed Mr. Sprague. "Ther idee uv makin' er pris'nt:r uv Tom an' holdin' uv 'im in his own home, with bis own parents to keep ook of surprise and disti:ust and suspicion. watch uv 'iin, is erbout ther funniest thing I ever heerd uv !'' He decided that Dick was intent on playing some trick on m. "It is this way," went on Dick. ''Your son is a soldier in ie British army; now, if he were to return to the army, and aving this information, were to keep it secret, he would not e true to his king. Ile would be a traitor, and you would ot wish your son to be a traitor, or false to the cause for hich he is ghting ?" "But it won't happen, father," said Tom. "Why not, Tom?" "Because I'm not going to let myself be captured:" As 'rom Sprague spoke he whirled and made a dasa ior the door. He had not fooled Dick, however. The youth had been watching him closely. Ue saw the young Tory was going to do something des-.All looked at Dick with surprise written on their faces. perate. "What can Dick be driving at?" tho11ght Bob. "Surely Of course, the most Jikely thing he would do would be to isn't going to let tbat young fellow go back and report try to escape from the cabin 1r presence here!" The other youihs were thinking much the same as Bob. rrhe parents of the young mail shook their heads. Dick realized this. So when 'l'om made a dash for the door hl' wa not quick enough. Dick leaped forward like a panther. "No, I wouldn't want 'im ter be er traitor an' er sneak," id Ur. Sprague. He was upon the young man be.fore he could reach the ... To; we wouldll't want 'im ter do ennythin' dishonerble," door. e mother said. Dick seized Tom Sprague by the shoulders and jerked ltim "Of course not," said Dick, "so we cannot consistently ask to keep the matter of our being here a secret." "Thct's so," agreed Mr. Sprague, "but I hate tcr hev 'im back an' inform on ye, and spile all yer plans." "Oh, he won't do that, Mr. Sprague," said Dick, quietly. Tc will fix it so that he won't do that." ny making him a prisoner, and keeping him here against will, and by force!" said Dick, in the calmest and most tter-of-fact manner imaginable. <\Vhat !"almost shouted Tom Sprague, leaping back and ing at Dick. backward and away from the door. Tl:wn he seized the young fellow's wrists and pulled them together behind his back. "Bob!" he said, in a calm tone of \'Oice, "come and tie kis wrists together." Bob leaped forward. "What shall I tie them with, Dick?" he asked. Dick 109kec1 around at :M:r. Sprague. "Have you anything that will do?" he asked. "A piece of deerskin thong will answer nicely.'' ''Yes, I have plenty of it. I will get a piece." "Do so."


1 8 T H E I11BERTY BOYS '1'0 THE RESCUE. Dick glanced at Mrs. She stood with hands clasped, a look of fear on her face. Sprague retirin g to T om's r oom, and the prisoner rema ing out in the large room with the "Liberty Boys "Be not alarmed, :Mrs. Sprague," said Dick, gently ''Your 'fhey were up early next morning, and immediately af son shall not be harmed. I would not injure him for the breakfast Dick wrote a note to Tom's commanding offi worlcl. We will simply keep him a prisoner here a couple of stating that he was sick and could not return for a couple days, and you shall be his jailor. I know he will not suffer, days, ancl signed the young man's name to it. with his mother to look after him and giTe him food." This he gave to Mr. Sprague, who set out at once "This is an outrage!" growled Tom. Princeton. "Oh, no; it is simply necessary that we should prevent you "Keep your eyes open, Mr. Sprague," said Dick, as t from returning and telling that we are .here. You shall be man started, "and if you see anything unusual going on well taken care of, and no harm whatevcr will come to you." the camp of the enemy, let me know when you come back." "l'm not so sure about that." "You are not ? What do you mean ?" "I got leave of absence .for to-night only; if I fail to re" ,\ll right, Dick; I'll do et, ye may be sure." Mr. Sprague retumed at the end of two hours. He reported that the officer had simply ordered that T1 turn to morrow morning I shall be looked upon as a deshould return just as soon as he was able to do so. serter." He reported to Dick privately that while Lhcre was co "Oh, no; we'll fix that," said Dick. "We don't want the siderable stir in the British camp, there were a;; yet no sig king's soldiers to come prowling around here in search o.f of a general movement. you, so will send word to your commanding officer that you "I guess they will wait till the time decicled upon-Jau are suddenly ill, and cannot return for a few days." The face o.f Mrs. Sprague, which had grollrn anxious when Tom said he would be branded a deserter, cleared now, and she breathed more freely again ary 2d," said Dick. 1\Ir. Sprague said he thought this likely Dick sent a message to the commander-in-chief of tl Continental Army right away after dinner, giving a stat Mr. Sprague now approached irith t.he deerskin thong, ment of affairs, and in the evening, when the messenger r and Bob tied Tom's wrists together tightly, after which he turned, he brought a message from General Washington. was given a seat on a bench in front of the fireplace. In the message the commander-in-chief stated that he wi He looked sullen a n d moody, however. He was evidently greatly put out over his capture. Presently he turned to his mother. going to send Ge_neral Greene, with six hundred men an two field pieces forward, on the morrow, so as to be in read ness to harass the British when they started to move o "Mother," he said, in a reproachful tone, "I wouldn't Trenton. The commander-in-chief told Dick to give sue have believed you would allow me to be trussed up in this aid as he could to General Greene, and assiet him in selectin fashio n right bere your eyes." a point at which to take up his position. I could n't help myse l f, if I wished to, 'rom," was the reDick told the boys privately what the commander-in chie ply, "but ye air in no da'D.ger, an' I would rather ye wuz had written. hee r a pris'ner, than thet ye hed gone back an' informed on "Don't say anything about it before Tom Sprague," h these young men." cautioned. "He m ight escape, you know, and we don't wa n The conversation was not ver y l ive l y during the rest of the the British to 1.11ow of General Greene's presence until h e T ening. The prisoner was s u llen and silent, and his mother maintained a sad silence, and hardly took her e yes off her son. Mr. Sprague was cheerf ul. He l ooked at things in a philosophical manner. "Tom hain't got nothin' ter complain uY," he said. "He's opens fire on them." 'l'hat night, as they sat in front of the fireplace talking there came the sound of footsteps outside, followed by loud !mock at the door 'I'he youths looked at ea c h other inquir ingly. More than one of t hem laid their hands on the butts o mo r e lucky 'n wh u t mos' p r is'ners u v war is, fur he is in his their pistols. own home, an' knows that even his enemies is .friendly to Mr. Sprague started to go to the door, but Dick made him." detaining gesture a n d went to the door himself. True," sa i d D ic k. "We would p:rotect .vour sou's life He opened the door and a man in the uniform of a with o u r own, if necessary." British soldier sta nding there. I'h ey a ll lay down at halfpast ten Mr. and Dick's mind was mad e u p instantly.


..____ -----They woultl have to make this felloYr a priwner, as they natl Tom 8prague. He titepprd IJack and said: "Come in, sir." ".i3ccallse, when I fail io return, they will_ come here to :>ee what has become of me. If you are here, you will ee captured, and we will be set free." \ "Th11t's the way you figure it, is it?" The redcoat entered and looked at the dozen youths in '1 "Yes." wondering amazement. ''Well, we shall be forced to see to it that that doe! liot Dick closed the door quickly, but without much noise, and I happen," with a smile. mt up the bar. 'l'hen Dick called M:r. Sprague to one side. "W-1Yby, what does this mean?" the redcoat gasped, and hen as his eyes fell on Tom, who sat there with his hands ied together behind his back, his eyes almost popped out. "Will yon go into the British camp again for me, Mr. Sprague ?" he asked. "Yes,'' was the reply. "Whnt d'ye want me ter do thi! "It means that you have run into a trap, J ohnscn," said time, Dick?" f om, in a bitter tone. "These young gentlemen are at pres"I want yon to go to the colonel of Tom's and this other nt running things here, and you will be treated to a dose of mall's regiment and ask him to let Johnson remain here for he san!e kind of medicine I ha rn had to take." "What! and you were not sick at all?" 'J'he redcoat was almost paralyzed. a while." ll'Ir. Sprague looked puzzled. "But whut shall I giv 'im ez an excuse fur wantin' Joh:a-:uorr than you, JGhnson." son ter stay?" "Rut that message to the colonel?" ''Tel1 him that 'rom wishes it. 'I'ell him that Tom is lone" Was written by that young ruan," n-0dding toward Dick.! souw, and would like to have his comrade at his bedside. I He is Dick Slater, the 'rebel' spy, Johnson. You've heard I thiJJk the colouel will be willing to grant your reqne _st." him?" ''1 think Ro; I kin try et, ennyhow." ''I should say I have!" and Johnson looked at Dick with :'If r. Sprague started at once, and as in the other instance. n air of interest. I \\'as about two hours. "He was in the camp the other night; and even in General I ''\Vcll," remarked Dick, "what did the co1one1 say?" owe's headquarters, you Temember." 1 "I Ie it was all right, and that the man might stay." "Yes, I remember." I "\'C'ry good." "You sec the utility of trying to resist, I hope, :M:r .. John Then Dick turned to Johnson, who was looking on with an on." said Dick. "It would do you no good, and might do in<]_niring look on his face. on some harm, as we might be forced to hurt you. Kindly "'l'hey won "t come to look for you now, M:r .T ohnson." he lace your hanus behind your back." Johnson hesitated. A look at the dozen "Liber!y Boys,'' however, decided him. It would be folly to try to resist. He would be overpowered in a twinkling. So he dicl as Dick ordered. He placed his bm1ds behind his back, and Dick J>laced his rists together. said. "'\Yhy not?" "J\Ir. Sprague went to your colonel ancl askrd permission for you to stay with Tom a day or two, and he granted it." 'I'om Sprag11e and the redcoat, Johnson, looked at each other. "Yon can't get ahead of that fellow!" said Tom, presently. "He is the boldest fellow in the world, and is full of tricks." "Another deerskin thong, if you please, J\1r. Sprague," "I have heard a lot about him,'' said Johnson, "and I a111 aid Dick, quietly, and J\fr. Sprague soon produced the frre to say that I did not believe more than half of what I hong. heard. I believe all of it now, however." Then Dick and Bob tied Johnson's wrists together tightly. "I can easily believe it all, and more,". said Tom, with a .i:Text he was given a seat beside Tom on a bench. lugubrious look on his face. "I am sorry that we have to serve you in this manner,'' "Are you going to turn us over to tho rebel army?" asked aid Dick, quietly, "but it is necessary, and it will b e for only Johnson. wo or tlure days longer." ".No," replied Dick. "That is; not if you will promise to "I don't think we will have to stay that long," said John-not say or do anything to get To's parentg in trouble. Ile on. I won't, of course." ''Why not?" asked Dick, with a smile. "1)h. I wouldn't do that."


"Very good; then you will both be allowed to rejoin your army Shortly after dinner next day a messenger arrived at the cabin He had been sent on ahead, and he brought the informa tion that General Greene and his men were within a coupl e ''This is a spll:lndid localion for our purpose," to Dick. "Yes," the youth replied. "All you will have to be carefo about is to retire from here in time when Lhe British are advancing." "True,; I shall have to look out not to delay moving from of miles o:f there, and coming, so as to be ready to interfere here so long as to give the British a chance to get past our with the movements o:f the British when they should start flank. They might surround us and capture ns then, whicl next day on their advance toward Trenton. would be very bad indeed. General Greene wanted Dick to come and meet hi!lh and "So it would," acquiesced Dick. help him select a point that would be advanta geous, and "I hope they have recefrecl no intimation of our a1allow of using the field pieces with effect. proach," said the general. "If. we can lie low, and ta.kc the1 l Dick mounted his horse at once, and telling the youths to by surprise to-morro\1-, as they come marching along tl1 remain where they were till he returned, and to keep a sharp road, we will have a chance to do them a fine lot of uamage ... lookout, he rode away in the COJ:l?.pany of the messenger. "True, sir; I don't think they have the least suspicion of They rode a mile and a hal:f in the direction of Trenton, your presence in tlrn vicinity. r have sern no scoub out and came upon General Greene and his little army. since coming here." "Ah, I'm glad to see you, Dick," said Greene. "Now "I am glad o:f that." let's canvass the situation. I wish to find a location where Then the general went about giving order,... nncl preseml.v I can command the road along which the British will adthe force was comfortably encamped-as comfortably 1s wa;; vance, with the field pieces, and it must be a location from possible, o:f course, in the cold weather. which it_ will be possible to retire quickly easily when it Dick remained there a couple of hour:-, and bade becomes necessary to do so." Dick pondered for a few moments, and then turning in his saddle, he pointed to a wooded ridge on the right hand side, Rnd hal:f a mile nearer Princeton. "There is the best place, in my estimation, General General Greene good-by and rode away. Ile made his way back to the cabin. j ll wae quiet there. Dick told the boys that General Greene and his little arm: were close at hand, and the youtb.S were well pleased. Greene," he snid. "It is a quarter o:f a mile off to one side "There'll be some 11stonishcd redcoats to-morrow when :from the road, but it is high enough so that it will be possible they come marching along the road,'' said Bob. grinning to use the field pieces with effect, I am sure." with glee. General Greene looked at the ridge for a few moments and "You are right, Bob," agreed Dick. then said: ']' he youths remained at the cabin that night. "I think it will answer very well for our purpose. For)l" ext morning Dick called Mr. Sprague to one side. ward, men !" CHAPTER VIII. "THE LTBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE." The little army moved slowly forward, and turning aside into the timber, the men :followed a sort o:f path, and pres ently reached the ridge. To.haul the field pieces up to the top o:f the ridge was no small task, but it was accomplished presently. General Greene and Dick set about selecting the points where the field pieces were to be stationed, and soon had these decided upon. "I am going to take my men and go and join General Greene," he saicl, "and I will leave Tom and the redcoat in .rnnr hands. Don't liberate them until after you hear the otmd ot our cannon. Then let them loose." "All right,'' was the reply. "Well, Dick. I hope ye "ll good luck an' be able ter keep ther British b:-tck." "J'hank you. We e:.\-pect only to be able to tht>ir progress and cause them considernh1c troublr and delay, h'1-c 1cr." 'J'hen Dick gave the order for the yol!ths to get .ready to and they hastened to obey. They were tired of remaining at the cabin doing nothiJ1g. They wished to get into action. They were never so happy as when they were ge1ting To General Greene's delight, it was possible to see clear to to engage rnemy. Prineeton the top of the ridge. WhC'n they were ready, Dick ancl the of the 1ourh::


21 ,,hook lrnnds with Mr. and 1\frs Sprague, thanked them for that the British were burning to avenge the disaster of the hospitality which they had shown, bade them good-by, Trenton, when one thousand prisoners had been taken by ancl rode away. the patriot army, and the British had been forced to retreat The:y soon reached the road. in hot haste to Princeton. They rode along till they came to the point where the path He waited too long before opening fire with his field turned oIT leading to the ridge, and they turned oil' and pieces, and as the sound of the first shot of these pieces was (hciT way up to the top of the ridge. to be the signal .for the soldiers to open fire with the mus'l'l1ey were greeted cordially by General Greene. Ha, 'e they started yet?" asked Dick, when he had tied his horse. 'Xo but [ :,cc considerable stirring about among the troops," replied General Greene. "I think they will start soon." Thi5 propl1ccy proved to be correct. Filtecfn minutes later the British troops were seen leaving l'riuceton and marching down road toward the south. "There tl1cy come !" cried Bob. .. Ye:, maying at last!" said Dick. Jn the <1 if: lance the stream o [ men looked like a moving :n after a while these little parts took on the shape of men. }[en of lilipntian proportions. Then the men grew in size, the .faint sound of the fifes and was heard. The head of the lrmg column had now reached the en trance to the timber. They were now 'llithin range, and it would haYe been pos si l.Jle to co considerable damage with the field pieces, but General Greene wished to let the front encl of the column get witlun range of his men who had been !>Cd down and 3tationed along the timber bordering the road, before openkets, their fire was delayed also. rl'he result was that the extreme front of the long column of British troops had passed when the order was given to fire the field pieces. The gunners obeyed promptly. They would have fired sooner, gladly, but they had to wait for the order. The instant the field pieces spoke, the men stationed in the timucr alongside lhe road opened with the muskets, and the rattle-rattle of the musketry was good to hear. "The fight is .on at last!" exclaimed Bob E'tabrook, his eyes shining eagerly 'Yes; I am afraid Qeneral Greene delayerl loo long," said Dick, soberly. "Those redcoats might rush on past us to lhe number of a thousand, execute a flank. movement, thus cutting of our retreat, and then where would we be?'' "Jn 1.roublc," responded Bob, promptly. "You are right. Well, I hope they won't have the energy and courage sufficient to ma!{c the attempt.., "So do I!" said Mark Morrisop. The British line was thrown into co1;fusio11 by the unex pected attack The balls from the field pieces were well placed, both striking in the line aml killing a number o[ the redcoats. while the fire from the muskets along the roadside, coming from such short range, was especially galling ancl destructive. The British showed great bravery, however, and answered the fire.with their muskets as best they could. 'rl1en suddenly an officer at the head of the column ing .fire with the pieces. shouted an order, and the men broke into a rup. General Greene wished to discourage the redcoats as much 'l'hey ran down the road as rapidly as they could, and a as possible. cheer went up from many of the patriot soldiers. Greene was an able genexal. I 'l'hey thought the British were frightened, and were run-He is conccrled to-day as having been almost the equal of ning to get away from the fire of the men concealed along Washington. the road. But the greatest generals sometimes make mistakes. Dick knew better, however, and a grave look came over his Napoleon made a mistake at Waterloo. face. Other famous generals of the 1rorld's history have macfo "They are going to flank us and cut off our retreat. Bob!" he said. And General Greene made n serious mistake on this day "It looks like it, Dick." of which we nrc wriling. The field pieces bad been loaded and fired several times He forgot, or did not take. into consideration, the fact i10'1". nnrl Diek made his way to Genern l f.lreene's side.


22 "It looks like t hey are going to flank us, and cut off our British, the youths spurred their horses forwari at full retreat, Genera l Greene," be said respectfully. speed. ''Yes; that is what they intend trying to do, Dick, but I do They held their muskets in readiness for instant use. not think they can keep us from getting through. As we ha:ve 'l'he next instant they were in the midst of the redcoats, done considerable execution, however, I will give the order to I and they fired their muskets full in the faces of the British fall biH: k and retreat." soldiers. He did so, and the movement began as soon as the men oould get the field pieces ready to remove from the top of the ridge. Then they clubbed the weapons, and striking to right and left, and shouting lustily, they forced their way through the lines of the British like a cyclone. The British had been improving their time, and several 'J'hcn they galloped down the mad at full speed, leaving hundred of the men had got past, and they were already the British badly demoralized by the onslaught.. executing the flank movement. In order to escape and make a successful retreat, the patriot soldiers would have to force their way through the British lines. But the "Liberty Boys" were not through yeL In fact, they had hardly begun. As soon as the others who were coming up the road should join them they would return and make the redco,ats think It was going to be a hard task, and General Greene realthey were contending with a hurricane and thunderbolt comized the fact. bined. He was looking sober-faced and serious. 'rhey met the oncoming body of horsemen before they It would be a severe blow if he allowed himself to be had gone a third of a mile. cooped up here and captured Dick, who was getting the youths ready to lead the way down the slope, happened to look down the road toward Trenton, and a little cry of joy escaped him. A band of norsemen was coming along the road at a sweeping gallop. 'I'hey were less than a mile away. Dick knew they were patriot soldiers, and he jumped at once to the conclusion that they were his company of "Liberty Boys." They would be eager to be in the engagement which would take place between the men under Greene and the British, he knew, and he felt sure that the band of horsemen was made up of the "Liberty Boys." He hastened to General Greene's side called his at tention to the horsemen. 'rhey proved to be the entire company of "Libert}' Boys," as Dick had surmised. "Hurrah !" he cried, waving his sword, "you an just in time, boys! We are needed badly to hold the redcoati; while the members of General Greene's force rotreat with the .field pieces. Come on, boys, and let the 'Liberty Boys to the Rescue !' be your cry !" 'l'be youths answered with a cheer, and then one cried: "Lead on, Dick! We'll go where you go, and do as you do!" "Good!" cried Dick, whirling bis horse around in the road. "Forward all! Follow me!" Then the entire company, with Dick in the lead, racing up the road. 'l'hey were upon the British in a twinkling, it seemed like, and the members of the comp1my fired a volley into the faces "They are our men," he said, "and I think it will be a of the redcoats, and then clubbing the muskets, fell upon good idea for myself and the eleven youths with me who are them with the fury of demons. "'I'he Liberty Boys to the Rescue!" was the cry. mounted to ride down and through the British line, and then we can meet the horsemen yonder and come back and engage them, thus diverting their attention from your men's movements. What do you think?" "A very good plan, Dick. Put it into exec1ltion at once." Dick ran to his horse, mounted, and cried, "Forward, all! Follow me !" He rode down the slope along the path at a gallop, the CHAPTER IX. FIERCE PIGIITING. They cleft the British lines with mi much ease as if they other youths-who were already mounted-following had been straw men, seemingly. closely. They tore it in two at the point where the path joinPd tbc When they reached the bottom of the slope, and were nearmain road, and hurled the ends asunder to the right and to ing the road, where the patriot soldiers were engaging the the left.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TO THE RESCUE. The men under General Greene were :fighting like demons also, but it is almost certain that they could not have broken through the British lines and eB and kn e w what was coming. In fa c t, those in the front ranks had heard what Dick bad s aid to hi s m e n, and there had already been a wild scramble for the protection of the at the roadside by those in the front ranks. It was impracticable for the entire British army to take to the woods, however, and it was merely a few hundred men in the front ranks who did so. Those who bad been behind them were treated to a very unpleasant dose of war before they realized that they were in danger. For the patriot gunners did not wait long. They alr e ady had the range, and as soon as the ''Liberty Boys" had got away from between them and the enemy they fired. They fell back very slowly, however. The shots from the cannon did terrible execution, striking I'hey contested every foot of the ground with great stubthe front end of the line, and tearing along through the bornness. Bob arid his division now joined Dick and his men, and they moved bach.-ward all together. They retir e d very slowly. were a host within themselves, and they were en abled to make the advance of the British as slow as the pro Terbi:il s nail s pace Dick glanc e d over his shoulder, ranks of the British, and mowing them down like grain be-. fore the scythe. Shouts, shrieks and groans, and the British line fell into terrible disorder and confusion. General Greene and his men now resumed their retreat, and Dick and the ''Liberty Boys" rode out from among the trees and followed them. The British had been so demoralized by the shots from He saw that Gr e ene's men were running, and dragging the :field pieces that they did not fire upon the youths at all, the field piece s down the road at a lively rate, and he thought and they escaped without trouble. he knew what that meant. \JiThen they had gone a quarter of a mile or so General Dick kept on encouraging the ''Liberty Boys" to keep up Greene ordered a halt. the fight, and presently he glanced back over his shoulder The field pieces were reloaded and trained up the road. gain. The ''I,iberty Boys" got out of the way, ad agaia the The men with the field pieces had stopped and were load-pieces spoke. ng the cannon. They did considerable execution this fune also, but 11ot so "Ah, I thought so!" he said to himself. "They are going much as on. the former occasion. o range the cannon and turn them loose up the road. We The British had not pursued closely, and were more 1han ill have to get out of the when they are ready to fire I a third of a mile away. Dick kept glancing back every few seeonds, and at last be Considerable damage was inflicted, howeTer, ancl it a" one of the men wne his bat. evident that patriot force could now take Hs time and


24. THE LJBER'rY BOYS NARROW ESCAPE. proceed lei sure ly, as the British would not advance close upon the field piec e s unl ess it was absolutely necessary. O f cours e if the patriot forc e bad stopped and tried to stand its ground, the British would ha v e come on, and would "And so do I my boy That was a long day. The pa t r i ot s work e d like beavers. They r etire d loa d e d t h e field pieces, fire d the m, a nd then have cap ture d the pi, bu t as l ong as the pa t r i ots purs u e d r etire d load ed the m a g ain and fired t h e m agai n and re t heir ta ctics of firing and then retr eat in g, the Brit i s h w ould pcate d this over and ove r till a ll t h e ammunition was exh old bac k and be c o n tent with advan cing s lowly Gen e r al G re ene now rode up t o D ick and asked him if one of his "Liberty B oys" would take a m essage t o the c om mander-i n -ch i e f a nd D ick p r omptly i n the af firmative. "I was just thinking of sen d i n g one of tbe boy$, i n ac cordance with the instruct i ons of the commande r -in-chief, given to me the other day, before I l eft Trenton, but if you have a to sed the o n e messe nger w ill be s u fficient -and the one message also, I j u dge, a s you w ill explain everythi n g Gener al Greene w r ote a brief message to Washington, inh a u dcd, an d a ll the time t h e s o ldi e r s were firing upon the British .from the tim ber at t h e side of the roa d and cau s ing the l o t s o f t rouble a n d the loss o f m a n y men 'I'he patriots contested every foot of the ground, and the advance of the enemy was very slow as a consequence -, General Greene was in hopes that he might delay t h e British so badly that they would not reach Trenton u n t il nightfall, but when the ammunition for the field piece d gave out lhe redcoats advanced more rapidly, and it was soon seen that it would be impossible to hold them back so tha t they would be until nightfall in reaching Trenton. G e neral Greene did the best he could, however, and so forming him of the situation, and the message was delivered well did his brave men do their work that the British did n ot into the hands 01' Mark Morrison, with instructions to ride enter 'l'renfon until late in the afternoon. rapidly, and take it to the commander-in chief as soon as possible. Mark took the message, pl aced it in his pocket, saluted, and rode away at a gallop. Then the work of harassing the British and Mlding them A messenger met Greene as his men reached 'rrenton, a n c informed him that the commander-in-chief and his entir e army lmd withdrawn across the Assnnpink, a small rive r which flows into the Delaware, just south of 'l'renton. Washington had sent orders for Greene and his men in check was resumed wiL h vigor Parties of men were detached and left in the woods at cross the Assunpink and join the main army at once. various points, and these fired upon the advancing British, while at regular intervals the field pieces were discharged, usually with good "I wish to delay them as much as possible," said General 'rhis was done, and General Washington met Gener Greene as he rode into the patriot lines, and him on the good work which be hall that clay p e rformed. "I take no credit to myself for this day's work, your excellency," said General Greene "In trnth, I made a: ba d Greene to Dick, as they sat side by side on their horses "I Lluncler, and but for the bravery and wonderful fighting of and watched the result of the shots from the cannon. this company of 'Liberty Boys I fear that my force woul d don't wish to l et them get to Trenton in time to bring on a full engagement to-day. The commander-ii1 chief will want a little time to think up a plan for outwitting them, and if he has the night for it he will find a way, I am sure." "I think so," agreed Dick. "Re is a great general." ha..e been captured ."Indeed! chief. Say you so?" exclaimed the commander-in "Yes, your excellency," and then General Greene told o how he bad d elaye d too long in opening fire on the Britis h column, and had allowed too great a number of men to ge t "Ab, yes, he is a great general, Dick; and a wonderful man Yes, he is indeed a man, else the British and Hessians wonld be occupying Trenton to-day, ins tead of riast him, thus making it possible for the British to execute a flank movement and hem him in. the patriot forces." "That was remarkable, the crossing of the Delaware in the night, nnd attacking Trenton in the early morning amid st a driving storm of sleet and snow. No other man would have attempted such a thing." "It would ha;-e succeeded, too, but for the splendid dar ing of :Master Dick Slater and his company of 'Libe rty Roys,' declared Greene "To them belongs the Washington advanced and gave his hand to Dick. "You are right, Dick Ah, if Washington lives, we shall "Gen e ral Greene informs me that you and your company yet be a free and inclcpenclcnt people!" oJ' 'Liberty Boys' virtual I;: regcued him and his men fro m "Then I hope he will live many years!" said Dick. a trap to-day, ]\fast e r Dick," he said, "and I w ish io thank


E LlJmH'rY BOYS TO 'rHE RESCUE. 25 ou, and your braYe boys as well, for the work which you the Americans that night, but the British commander said d so well!" no. "We did bul our your excellency," said Dick, flush"We have run down the old fox at last," he said, comng to his eyes. "We were glad to be able to lend the needed "and in the morning we will bag him!" ss istant to General Greene." But Cornwallis was to learn that there is many a slip "Spoken like the brave and modest youth that you are!" 'lwixt the c11p and the lip. sa id the commander-in-chief, and then he turned to General Greene and began explaining the disposition of the patriot forces,. and he pointed out the location of the batteries which halt was he to do? across. They were not disposed to give up yet, however. The redcoats were possessed of bulldog courage. 'rile most reasonable course of procedure would be to re treat, but the trouble was that the ground was soft, and it woulrl be impossible to move the forty cannon which the They might be overwhelmed and forced back once, but patriot army possessed. they would try again. And of course Washington would not think of going away _\.nd they did. and lenviIJg the cannon. The result was the snmc as uefore. He could not make war upon the British withvut the 'l'hey were repulsed with considerable slaughter cannoa. Half an hom elapsed, and again they made the attempt So he e:alled the council and explained matters to the To fail for the third time. members of his staff. 'l'he batteries of the patriots were so admirably placed, .\.11 concurred in the view that the situation was critical. and the men handling the guns were su_ch splendid marks-In the morning the British would move around the right men, that it wa impossible to make the crossing. Jiank of the patriot army, double the army back against the It was now growing dark, and General Cornwallis, of the rivi>r, and force the commander-in-chief of the Continental British army, decided to defer further operations till mornArmy to surrender. ing. "I understand the purpose of Cornwallis perfectly," sa id Erskilli', his right-hand officer, urged Cornwallis to attack Washington, "and if the ground were frozen, so that we (


26 TH 8 LlllERTs:' BOYS 'l'O '!'HE RESCUE. could move the can<>n, I would execute a flank movement, and, going aron:ad the right flnnk of the British, \VOUld ad"A splendid plan, your excellency!" cried General Q-reene. And the other officers said the same. vance to Princeton, capture the garrison and stores there, "But whom will you get to remain in the camp to keep and then move onward to lforristown Heights. But with the fires burning?" asked General Sullivan. the ground in this soft condition I hardly think we can do anything of the kind." "Perhaps the ground may freeze in a few hours, your excellency," suggested General Greene. "If it should suddenly turn colder and freeze up, we could execut e the movement successfull y I am confident," said Washington. "I know the very persons for the work !" exclaimed Gen eral Greene. "They will jump at the chance." "You mean the 'Liberty Boys' ?" remarked the com-mander-in-chief. "Exactly, your excellency." "I had them in mind from the first. I, like yourself, think they would be glad to remain. They seem more than "Then let us hope it will turn colder at once!" said willing, always, to take the most dangerous work upon their Sullivan. shoulders." "Amen to that!" said Cadwaladcr. "Yes; they are brave and noble youths!" said Gr eene, who 'l'hey were holding the council in a tent, and had been could not forget how those same youths had only that day talking for an hour, when General Greene shivered slightly rescued himself and his force of six hi;-ndrcd men, when and s aid: they were practically in the hands of the enemy. "lt seems to be getting colder, don't you think? It feels that way to me, anyway." "I believe it has grown colder," said Cadwalader. "I have thought so for a quarter of an hour past," said Sulli\:1m, but feared the wish was father to the thought, and did not say anything about it. "We will see!" said Washington, and he strode out of the tent into the open air. "You arc right !" he exclaimed, joyously. "The wind has turned to the north, and it is getting colder every minute! See, the top of the ground is already beginning to freeze!" "So it is!" agreed Greene. The commander-in-chief became all life and action at "I will send for their commander, brave Dick Slater," said General Washington, "and see what he has to say r e garding the matter." The commander-in-chief called an orderly and told him to bring Dick Slater, captain of the company of ''Liberty Boys." The orderly saluted and withdrew. 1 lalf an hom later he returned. Dick Slater was with him. Dick saluted, nnd then looked at the commander-in-chief inquiringly. "You sent for me, your excellency?" he askel'!. "Yes, Dick," was the reply. "I have a very dangerous once. undertaking on foot, and as usnal I have sent for you, to see ''We will escape the trap Cornwallis has laid for us, after, if you and your brave 'Liberty Boys would do the work." all!" he exclainied. "More, we will deal them a blow at the "We will try to do it, sir; I promise you that i n advance," same time, and one that they are little expecting. Ah, the sairl Dick, promptly. "What is the work?" fates are for us!" The commander-in-chief explained. 'fhcy returned to the tent and resumed their council. I "Will you attempt that you.lrnow the work "I will now outline my plans," said Washington. "It is is, und how it is? he asked m conclus10n. my intention to make the British think we are here, even "Indeed, yes!" replied Dick. "I can't say thnt I think it after we have gone, and to that end I will need a score or such a very dangerous undertaking, your excellency. The more of brave men who will remain behind and keep the British will scarcely make an attack to-night, more escamp fires burning. They may also, with profit to us, make pccially when they hear us throwing up and believe to throw up intrenchments, and the British, hearing we can easily slip away in the morning before are the sound of the pickaxes, will imagine we are intending to stirring." make a stand here in the morning, and will rest easy-only "Still, they might attack during the night, Dick. And to find their error with the coming of daylight. An hour or I then, they might reconnoiter and find that only a few men two before daylight the men can !!lip out of the camp, skirt were here, and then they would be able to capture you." the British army, as we will have done, and make their wav "We will risk it," smiled to Princeton to rejoin us. Don't you think that a good "'l'hen you and your company of 'Liberty Boys' will do plan ?"' this work?"


'THE LIBERTY BOYS TO 'l'HE RESCUE. 27 "Yes, your excellency." In imagination they couid see the surprise and discomfi 'That is settled, then; now we will begin to make our ture of the British when they got up in the morning and preparations for moving frorn this place." found the camp of the patriots deserted. 'There is nothing more you wish to speak to me about, It would be a great joke on the redcoati. your excellency?" inquired the youth. And they were glad they had been selected to play such a "Xo, save to thank you for your kindness in accepting a prominent part in the affair. post g( such I hope you will have no trouble, Dick, "How long will we stay in camp after the rest have gone, irn

28 'l'HE LlBEH'l'Y BOYS 'l'O TIIB RESCUE. 'W c ll change their tune for them in the morning!" .aid r\ssunpink a distance of a mile or so, and lhcn they crossed more than one redcoat, grimly; but it was they who were forced to change their tune. :\feanwhilc, the patriot army, with \\'ashington at its lJead, was mal ing it. way along the south bank of the Assnnpink River. This c1ircction, almost due east, was continued :for the dis tance of a mile, and then a point was reached where it was pos,iblc to cro ;: lhe little stream was accompli s hed at last, and then describilig a semi circle, lhc army 1Tent around the left flank of the Brilish nnd rode northward. 'l'he youths rode onward, and presently, far ahead of them. they aw a column of men approaching. "Those are not our fellows,'' said Dick. "I know; it is a band of fugitives, going to join the main army at Trenton.'' "I judge you are right, Dick,'' said Bob. "But what arc we going to do-try to fight them?'. "X o; there are too many for u. lo fight. "Then what will we do?" ''Herc is a lane l eading oil' at righl angles: we had belkr army, aml coming in behind it, struck into the Princeton turn down it and avoid them." road, and moYed steadily onward in that direction. 'l'his was the wisest thing to do. The worsl pa rt of 1.he affair was over, so the commanJerThey would have to ride a mile or two farther in gcttin0 in-chief believed. to Prin eton, but it would be better lhan to try to fight as lie dreaded the trip through the timber, a.fter leaving the large a body of men ao that which was coming down the camp, and now all that they had to do was to keep on marchPrinceton road. ing. Tlte redcoats doubtless saw the yonlhs. buL they were th They would reach Princeton by daylight, he figured. fugitires, in full retreat after the encounter \I ilh the patrio Perlmp they might have come very near doing so, but army, .and were so demoralized that they were in no con something occurred to detain them a while. dition to try to head off the little bancl of horsemen. 'l'hey mcl the two thousand British troops that had been So the "Liberty Boys" had no difficulty in escaping. sent for by Cornwallis It \ras, as they had said, a couple of miles farther to They were going to Trenton to join the main army, and when they sa \\' the front ranks of the American army they thought they were fugitives. 'l'he front van of the British was commanded by Colonel Uawhood, and he orde red his men to intercept and attack ihe fugitive::, as he thought them to be. l'rincclon, the way they had been forced lo go, but they rode at a good gait, and succeeded in reaching lhere by the time lhe patriot army was ready to start on its march to Morris town Heights. The garrison left in charge at Princeton by the British had been c:iplurecl, and the Rtorcs aho. and lhe commander-1lis men obeyed, and soon a sharp engagement was being in-chief counted it a very good morning's work. indeed. fought, for the Americans, under General Hugh Mercer, He wonlu have liked to ha1e been able to go to Kew were 11s eager for the fray as the British dare be. The redcoats soon discove red lhat this was no little bani! of fugitives. The entire forces on both sides quickly came up, and then the British saw that they were outnumbered greatly. Rrun ll'ick and capture the gar rison and stores there, bnt thr> roads \\'ere in bad condition, lhe distance was eighteen mile;: -a long trarnp-and he decided not to attempt it. :So they marched to Morristo1rn lleighls instead, and took up a position there which wa absolutely impregnable. At first, following the wounding of General Mercer by a Cor111rallis had been utterly and completely outwitted and bayonet thrust, the British had got a little the better of the oul-gcneralcd. He had called the commander-in-chief o{ the continental engagement, but Washington himself now came up, and the Lide of battle was quickly changed. ) The British column was cut in twain, and one half started to retreat toward New Brunswick, the other half continuing on toward Trenton. army an "old fox,,. and Wa:hington had proved him rlf more than worthy of the name. Ile hacl been altogether too sly a fox for Cornwallis. (TII.1'1 END.] The next number (10) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will con The British loss in this brief engagement was two hunlain '"THE LIBERTY BC>Ys NARROW ESCAPE; OR, A ured killed and three hundred taken prisoners. They lost all NECK-AND KECK RACE WITH DEATH, .. by Harry Moor". their cannon. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back num\Jers of this weekly are The American loss was about one hundred. always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any news. ., dealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to At about an hour of sunrise the Liberty Boy;; mounted I FRANK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW iheir horses, rode eastward along the south bank of the I YORK, and you'll receive the copies you order by return mail.


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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revoluti By HARRY MOORE. DON'T FAIL TO READ IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a faith: account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their Iii for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of .Independen Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matt bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spi 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and the Revolution. Torieil. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Wash-'forfos. ington. 9 Thti Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within T l 4 'I'he Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. selves. 5 Tbe Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of theKing's iO The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-II Minions. Race With Death. 6 Tae Libflrty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You can. For sale by all newsdealers, 01 8ent post1>aid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, }1 PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher. 24 Union Square. New Yo] 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 r d in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you' yl turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAU:EN 'l'HE SAME AS MONEY. ............................................................................................ FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square New York. . . 19( DE.AR SIR-Enclosed find .... cents, for which plea s e send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .................................. .... '' ''PLUCKANDLUCK'' ... SECRET SERV ICE ................ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Nos ..... .. ....... ......... ......... Ten-C ent Hnnd Books Nos .............. fN .......................... Street and No .................. Town .......... State ................