The Liberty Boys' luck, or, Fortune favors the brave

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gold will be of great help to the patriots in their fight for liberty," said Dick. "General Washington will be much obliged to you for your contritiution. Colonel, I am sure!"


HE-LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Week l y Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, Fwruary 4, 1901, Entered according to Act of Oong.-ess, in the year 1901, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 13. NEW Y ORK, March 29, 1901. P rice 5 Cen t s HE LI BER.TY BOYS' LUCK OR, Fortune Favors the Brave. By HARRY MOORE. CH.APTER I. AN UNWELCOME VISITOR. It was the month of May, 1777. A beautiful girl of about seventeen years sat on a bench derneath the spreading branches of a giant oak tree. The girl had been reading, as the open book lying in her iP would testify. But just now she was looking up into the tree top. She was seeing nothing there, however. She was looking away into the distance-away down into And pretty .Alice pursed her lips and nodded her shapely head decidedly. Mr. 'Estabrook, it may be mentioned in passing, was a loyalist, but his wife was a patriot. .And so were .Alice and Bob, her brother. Bob was now with the company of "Liberty Boys" down in New Jersey, and he had made a reputation for bravery and as a spy second only to that of Dick. At this instant footsteps were heard, and Alice caught up her book and looked around. A youth of about eighteen years stood before her. He was not a handsome youth. Far from it. ew Jersey. He had a small, bullet head, red face, shaggy hair and The girl was Alice Estabrook, the sweetheart of brave, bushy eyebrows, a flat nose and yellowish-brown, ferrety ble, handsome and dashing Dick Slater, the captain of famous band of "Liberty Boys," who in less than a year d made their very name a terror to the British The tree 1mder which .Alice sat was a couple of hundred eyes. At this particular moment, however, was trying his best to look pretty. His.hat was in his hand, and he was bowing and smirkrds back of her father's house, said house being about ing at a great rate. mile from Tarrytown, in the State of New York. Alice was thinking of Dick. She was thinking of him, and wondering when she uld see him "Oh, this crm:1 cTuel war!" she murmured; "how I do sh it would end' I ;sh those horrid redcoats would go ck t o England, v.h 1 ,., hey belong, and leave us alone! at business have tlil o try to rule us, anyway? None! d.on't care if papa does h nk they have; I don't thili !" "Joe Scroggs!" exclaimed Alice. There was repugnance in her tone and in her look, as she spoke the name. ".At yer service, Miss .Alice," the youth said, in an at tempt to be polite and eourtly. It is needless to say the attempt was a failure Alice's lips cur l ed with a scorn she coul d not, or di d not care to conceal. "Why have you come here, Joe Scroggs?" she asken, coldly.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. "Why?" "Yes, wh.Y ?" "Can't you guess ?" There was an eager look on the face and in the ferrety eyes of the youth. "No, I can't guess; in fact, I do not care to try. If you have any business here, state it, and then go." Alice did not like Joe. In truth, she detested him. There were reasons for this. The father of Joe Scroggs had been a Tory, and the leader of the Tories of this neighborhood. Nearly a year before the time of which we are writ ing, Joe's father and about a dozen of those Tories ap peared in front of the house of Mr. Slater, and after picking a quarrel with Dick's father, had shot him down in his own door-yard. J o.e was e second edition of his father, and was far from being a lovable youth. Dick Slater had run into the house, and, securing his father's rifle, had shot Scroggs, mortally wounding him, at that same time, and had thus evened up matters in some degree, though Mr. Slater, having been a noble-hearted man, was a greater loss to the respectable portion of the community than Scroggs had been. "So ye want me ter state my bizness, do ye, Alice?" The youth advanced, and looked at the girl with a smirk on his face. He woulJ have sat down on the bench beside Alice, but she waved him back. ''You are impudent, Joe Scroggs!" she said, scathingly. "What do you want? Why are you here? Speak quickly, and then take your departure." The homely face 0 the youth flushed with anger. Joe stopped, stammered, and grew red in the face. Alice looked at the youth in surprise. As yet she had no suspicion of what was coming. She looked at Joe inquiringly, curiosity getting the bet ter of her dislike for the fellow. "You came to tell me--what ?" she asked. Joe grew even redder in the face, as he gurgled am seemed on the point of choking. Whatever it was that he wished to tell Alice, it prove< a hard task. "D'ye wanter know?" Joe managed to get this out with a jerk. "Well, I can't say that I am so very eager to know,' replied Alice, coldly; "but you said you had come to teJ me something. l you are going to tel1 it, do so; don; stand there gasping and stuttering. Tell me, and hav done with it." A look of desperate resolve appeared on the youth' face. "All right; I'll tell ye, Alice. I-I-I'll tell ye wh-wha et is I-I've come heer ter t-tell ye. I-I--" Joe stuck again. "Out with it!" cried Alice, vexed with the fellow; I is it that you wish to tell me?" "W'y, thet-thet-I-I-1-love ye, Alice!" It was out at last. And it came unexpectedly to Alice. She uttered a little cry of surprise, almost horror. The thought that this ugly, cowardly lummox of a :fe low could even know the meaning of the word love had n occurred to the girl. And that he should dare to tell her that he loved her! The very thought of it made her shudder. She hated the youth, and detested him be:fore-s He opened his mouth to give utterance to angry words, loathed him now. but closed it again without having spoken them. "Et seems ter i;ne yer er leetle bit too hard on er feller, Alice," be mumbled; "I--" "I'd thank you not to call me 'Alice!' said the girl, her eyes\ flashing; "by what right do you take such a libAlice was rendered temporarily incapable of speech the declaration of Joe, and he took her silence to be hopeful sign. "Yes, I love ye, Alice!" he cried, becoming bolder, no erty ?" that the declaration was out; "I hev loved ye ever since "W'y, hain't we went ter school tergether, Alice, all our wuz little tads a-goin' ter school tergether; an' now I' lives?" ergoin' ter ax ye will ye be my wife, Alice?" "One would not think you had ever gone to school!" The girl's words and tone were cutting. Tb.ey cut through even Joe Scroggs' thick hide. It would never do to give way to anger when on the errand on which he had come. "I didn't come heer ter talk erbout school," growled Joe ; "I come to tell ye thet---" The youth started to sit down beside the girl, but sl waved him back. "Hush!" she cried, her voice vibrating with horror aE loathing; "what do you mean, Joe Scroggs, by talking me in this fashion? How dare you What, you ask to marry you! Why, the idea is absurd-ridiculous! 1 could never learn to even like you, Joe Scroggs, let alm


,. ___ THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. 3 you. In fact, l hate you !-and that's the plain truth! Go at once!" oe was evidently taken somewhat by surprise. he fellow had been foolish enough to think that this utiful girl might care for him. She covered her face with her hands, as if to shut out ioome horrible vision, and trembled visibly. In imagination she could see Dick and Bob being led forth from prison to be shot or hung. To one of her sensitive nature the very thought was suffie was undeceived now, however, and being undeceived; cient to unnerve her. became angry. But the thought recurred to her that Joe might be tell'I know wot ther trubble is!" he cried; "yer in love ing her the story out of revenge, and that it was false, h thet thar confounded Dick Slater, thet's wot ye air." after all. 'And if I am, is it any business of yours?" cried Alice. She took her hands from in front of her face, rose to 'Waal, I dunno erbout thet," said Joe; "one thing I will her feet, and, looking Joe Scroggs full in the eyes, she ex though, an' thet is, that Dick Slater will never marry tended her arm and pointing in the direction in which lay Alice Estabrook!" lice's lips curled in scorn. 'You know nothing whatever about it!" she said. 'Well, I know this much-thet he will be killed in some tle er caught an' shot er hung fur er spy I heerd thet British hed him an' Bob both prisoners las' week down New Jersey." 'What!" Alice leaped to her feet and looked at Joe with startled s, while her face grew pale. "So thet wakes ye up, does et?" chuckled Joe. "Tho rt would!" "You are telling a falsehood just to frighten me, Joe roggs !" ;;:aid Alice, looking at him as if she would read innermost thoughts. ''No, et's ther trooth," insisted Joe; "I heerd et day ore yisterday, down ter York." "I don't believe it." Alice said this as bravely as she ltered. could, but her voice She knew that Dick and Bob were quite frequently sent spying expeditions right into the lines of the British, ld she felt that it was at least possible that they had been ptured. the youth's home, said, as sternly as she could: "Go l believe you are telling what is not true just to inflict torture on me. Go I hate you I despise you Go!" There was no mistaking the earnestness of the girl. .. Her looks and tone gave ample evidence that she meant every word she said. Joe seemed to realize it, for he turned red with anger. His little ferrety eyes glowed. "So ye hate an' despise me, do ye, Alice Estabrook?" he said in a low, hoarse, strained tone. "I do! You are a coward and a brute! Go l Leave here this instant, or I will call my father and he will kick you off the place!" Alice's fears had temporarily given way to her anger. "Oh, all right; I'll go!" said Joe, in a voice of concentrated passion. "I'll go, ez ye hev ordered, but-ye kin jes' bet, Alice Estabrook, thet I'll hev revenge on ye fur th:is Ye needn't think ye kin talk ter me ez ye hev done, an' not hev ter pay fur et! Y e'll see the time, an' afore very long, too, w'en ye'll be sorry fur whut ye've said ter me." Alice stamped her little foot on the ground. "Are you going?" she cried, imperiously. "Yes, I'm goin'," with a ieer; "I'm ergoin' all right Emu:ff-but I may come back ergin. I will, ef I wanter "Et's ther tr'loth, je?' ther same," said Joe; "they wuz One thing is shore, ye needn't expeck ter see Dick Slater ptured down ter New Brunswick. They hed gone inter enny more. He's deader'n er door-nail long afore this!icr British lines, an' wuz goin' ter jine ther army, jes' ter an' I'm glad uv et!" t ter fin' out all they could erbout whut ther army wuz With this parting fling, Joe Scroggs turned and stalked in' ter do; but they wuz foun' out an' captured, an' I ess they hev be'n shot er hung by this time." The brute told this with great relish. He seemed to enjoy inflicting torture upon the girl, yet y a few minutes before he had declared that he loved er. 8uch love as that would never move mountaina nor cause e world to revolve faster. Alice uttered a cry and sank down upon the bench. away. CHAPTER II. JOE .AND BLUE WING. "Confound the girl!" he muttered as he strode &way through the forest; "I would like ter break thet proud spirit uv her'n !"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. .Joe was feeling very sore in spirit. Re had fancied that he loved Alice. Perhaps he did love her as deeply as his nature would permit. But just now a feeling of anger toward her was burn ing in his breast. He was thinking more of getting revenge than of aught else. Alice had talked scathingly to him. "Ugh!" it was hard to tell from the Indian's whetha he took this as a compliment or not. Suddenly an idea struck Joe. Why not hire this Indian to steal Alice and carry h 1 away to his village? Joe thought this would be a fine scheme, if he could on8 ruake it work. He had had some dealings with Blue Wing before. The words she had given utterance to had penetrated He had given the Indian information regarding ti Ven his thick skin. patriot people of the neighborhood and their possessioi: He brooded over those words as he walked along. and had on one or two occasions helped the Indians rt "I wish I could git even with thet girl!" he muttered. the patriots. He kicked a stone which lay in his path; kicked with He had painted himself up in imitation of the Indial such viciousness that he hurt his toe. of course. "I'll have revenge on her!" he declared. "I'll show "Is your village where it used to be, Blue Wing?" Ji her thet she kain't talk thet way ter Joe Scroggs, an' git off asked. scot free He was silent, thinking, but kept on walking at a rapid gait. "I wish't I hed her whur I could talk ter her, an' she couldn't he'p herse'f !" he thought; "I'd make 'er she ever talked ter me the way she did. "I did make her feel purty bad, though, w'en I tole 'er thet Dick Slater an' Bob Estabrook hed be'n captured! Ha, ha, ha! I didn't tell 'er they got erway ergin She'd \i' liked ter knowed thet. "Take et all tergether, an' I guess she hain't so very much erhead uv me." Then he happened to remember that the girl had called him a coward and a brute. .rhis caused his anger to rise once more. "I'd like ter git even he muttered; "I'd like ter hev her whur I could tell 'er erbout Dick Slater gittin' hung er shot, an' all thet Thet would even up things all right." A brave and magnanimous youth was Joe Scroggs. "Ugh! where white boy goin' ?" A hoarse, guttural voice close beside Joe caused him to start in affright. He gave utterance to a little cry of terror, and leaped to -0:ie side. "Ugh! white boy heap scared!.'' There was contempt in the tone. Joe looked around and saw an Indian standing beside him. "Blue Wing!" exclaimed Joe, in a tone of relief. He recognized the Indian. "Ugh! white boy know Injun." The Indian nodded. "Yes, him where him use be," he replied. ''On the shore of the little lake, eh?" "Um." lO "Blue Wing," said Joe, impressively, "I hev got l'ifles an' er lot uv powder an' bullets ter home; would ; li!rn ter hev 'em?" The Indian's eyes sparkled. "Um! Would like to have um!" he said. "Well, I'll tell ye how ye can git 'em." The Indian was interested now. "How me git um?" he asked. "1'11 tell ye how, Blue Wing. I want somethin' dom an' ef ye'll do thet fur me, I'll give ye ther rifles an' am lllunition.'' "What white boy want done?" "I want you to capture a girl, and take her to your vil lage, and keep her there for me." The Indian looked at the youth questioningly. "What girl?" he asked. "Blue Wing know Mr. Estabrook?" Joe asked. The Indian nodded. "Me know um," he replied. "He has a daughter." ''Heap pret' squaw!" the Ind. ian said. "Yes, she's pretty enough. Well, I want you to capture her, an' take her ter yer village an' keep her there fur me Will ye do et?" "Do um fur rifles an' powder." "Good! Thet settles thet, then! When will ye capter "Yes, yes!" said Joe; "I know you, Blue Wing, and I'ru her?" glad to see you!" "Dunno; whenever me git chance."


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. "All right; an' yer'll let me know ez soon ez ye hev captered her?" 'l'he Indian nodded. Edith was JiJtlith Slater, Dick's sister, and she was Bob Estabrook's sweetheart, as Alice was Dick's. Alice remained there for half an hour, thinking the "Me let white boy know," he said; "me come fur rifles matter over. nn powder." "I see; well, I'll be at home, an' I'll go back ter yer vil lage with ye, an' he'p ye kerry ther rifles." Heap good!" said Blue Wing. Then, after some further conversation, the two parted. CHAPTER III. CAP'l'URED. Alice Estabrook sat on the bench staring at nothing for some time after Joe Scroggs took his departure. She did not realize where she was. She was thinking of what Joe had said. Could it be possible, she asked herself, that Joe had told the truth? Had Dick and Bob been taken prisoners? Were they in the hands of the British? Or, worse yet, could it be possible that they had already been shot or hung, as Joe had said he thought likely? These things were dreadfulto think about. Alice hardly knew what to think. She knew it was quite within the boun.ds of possibility that the youths might be captured. And if they were captured they might be shot or hung as "Pies. And Joe had talked as though he knew what he was She decided at last to tell Edith. She would not be in a hurry, however. She would not rush over to Edith's home and. alarm her friend. She would stay where she was until she was calm. She waited another half an hour. Then she went to her own home and put the book away. "l'm going over to see Edith, mother," she said. "Very well, Alice," her mother replied. ':Poor mamma !"thought Alice, as she left the house; "it would break her heart if Bob were to be killed! Oh, I hope there is no truth in the story Joe Scroggs told me!" The home of Edith Slater was only about a qirn:ter of a mile away, and by cutting across the lot it was not even so far ail that. lt took Alice only a few moments to run over there. "Where is Edith?" she of lVIrs. Slater, as she en tered the house. She entere

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. ''I am afraid there is some truth in it, Alice," she said. "Oh, wouldn't that be terrible!" "Indeed it would, Edith. We will hope for the best, how ever. I will not believe that Dick and Bob have-have-been-been--" "Oh, no! We will not believe that, Alice! We will hope that Dick and Bob are alive and. well, even though they may be prisoners in the hands of the British." The girls talked of this for some time, and then their conversation turned on Joe Scroggs and the preposterous idea of his presuming to love Alice. They could not help laughing at the idea, it was so preposterous. Ii was the last thing they would have thought of, in connection with Joe. Their hands were quickly tied together behind ti backs, and they were gagged. They were heJ.pless prisoners in the hands of the Indi CHAPTER IV. WORRIED ON ACCOUNT O:E' THE :MISSING GIRLS. "I wonder what is keeping the girls so long?" Mrs. Estabrook stood in tlie back door of the house. She had seen Alice and Edith go down toward creek at the back. Consequently she looked in that direction for them. They had been gone three hours at least, as it wal little past one when they left the house, and now it They left the bellch under the tree and wandered along past four. the litile creek that wound in and out through the Limber. Mrs. Estabrook had known the girls to stay out, wand They were talking of Dick and Bob, of course, and were ing here and there talking, for as much as two hours a not noticing where they were going other than that they time, but this was the first time they had stayed more tli were keeping along Lhe stream. No thought of danger to themselves was in their minds. There was no reason why they should think of such a thing. three hours. "Surdy nothing can have happened to them," thought, and then she went back into the house. Another hour passed, and still the girls had not retur It was broad daylight, and they were close to home, and to the house. l Mrs. Estabrook was quite uneasy now, and she left i there was nothing to cause them to think of such a thing. But they were in danger, nevertheless. Stealing along, :fifty yards behind the girls, as silently as so many shadows, were a half dozen painted Indians. They were cautious, and took advantage of the trees behind which they protected themselves from the view Qf the girls, in case the latter should look around. This Alice and Edith did not do, however. They were too busily engaged in talking, ;;tnd they wan dered onward, arm in arm, not thinking of their immediate surroundings at all. The Indians were, as the reader has surmised, Blue Wing and some of the braves from his village. house and made her way to the bench under the giant where she knew Alice spent much of her leisure time. The girls were not there. She called the girls' names. 'rhere was no response. "That is strange," the frightened woman murmur "l do not understand it. I never kne;w them to stay a' so long before." She called again. Still there was no response. Then the thought struck her: "It is barely possible that they have returned by a rou Blue Wing was bound to earn the rifles and ammunition about way, and are at Mrs. Slater's I'll go and see." by capturing Alice Estabrook. hastened away in the direction of Mrs Slat He had not counte(I. on capturing both girls, but now that house they were together, he decided to do so, as if heleft one she would tell who had captured her friend. Closer and closer crept the In

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. I 7. "You say they have been gone four hours?" "Ah!" he murmured; "here are their tracks! They "Yes, just about that." ... have gone up along the creek." "Then something has happened to them." He was confident the girls would follow the stream, so Mrs. Slater's voice trembled, and tears came to her he set out at a good Jlace, and walked rapidly along the eyes. hank. "Oh, dear, what will become of me I" she exclaimed. ''Dick far away in the army, and Edith lost !-what shall I do! oh, what shall I do!" "Be bmve," said Mrs. Estabrook, gently and kindly; To make sure, however, he stopped occasionally, and ex amined the ground, where it was soft, to see if he could find the tracks of the girls' feet. Each time he looked he found the tracks, and he walked "perhaps the girls are safe, and will be back very soon. onward with renewed energy. 'rhey may even be over at the house now." "The little simpletons!" he murmured; "they ought "Oh, let's go over at once and flee!" to have known better than to wander so far!" "Very well; come along." He was walking along at a swift pace, looking down at Mrs. Slater closed the door of her house and accompanied the ground, when suddenly he paused ana an exclamation Mrs. Estabrook over to her house. escaped him. The girls had not yet returned. "They are not here," cried Mrs. Slater; "oh, they are "What does that mean?" he cried. He dropped upon his knees and began lo.oking at the lost! Something terrible has happened to them !-I know ground very closely. it! I feel it!" She burst into tears. Mrs. Estabrook, who was of a less emotional nature, though feeling as deeply, perhaps, did her best to comfort her friend and reassure her. "Here are the girls' tracks," he murmured; "and there are other tracks, as well; and-yes-as sure as I live they are Indians' tracks!" Mr. Estabrook paused and looked all around him. "Can it be possible that the girls have been captured by "They will be back soon, I am sure," she said; "they Indians?" he murmured; "that would be terrible! Surely have wandered farther than they thought, and it has taken it cannot be !-and yet-it looks as though there had been them longer to get back." "They wi.ll not come!" declared Mrs. Slater; "I am sure of it!" "Sam will be here soon," said Mrs. Estabrook; "and then some kind of a struggle here! It has that appearance!" Mr. Estabrook had grown pale. The belief had become faste:o.ed upon him that the girls had been captured by Indians. Mr. Estabrook leaped to his feet. "I will look farther on," he murmured; "and if the Oh, I wish he were here now!" Half an hour later Mr. Estabrook put in an appeargirls' tracks and the Indians' go along together, I shall he will go in search of them." a nee. He had been at work in the field, and although he was tired, he started at once in search of the missing girls. "Don't fret," he said to the frightened women; "I'll have them back before long." "Oh, I hope so!" half moaned Mrs. Slater. feel sure the red fiends have captured the girls!" He moved forward a few yards, and examined the ground carefully. He found the tracks of the girls' shoes. The moccasin tracks of the Indians were there also. He followed the tracks slowly and carefully for a distance of perhaps fifty yards, and then they left the bank of the "I will, never fear," and with this Mr. Estabrook little stream and led off through the timber. started in search for the girls. "That settles it!" Mr. Estabrook said, hoarsely; "the Mr. Estabrook knew the girls well, and was cognizant girls have been captured by a prowling band of Indians of the fact that they were in the habit, since warm weather This is terrible! It could scarcely have been worse!" had set in, of strolling off through the timber, talking of Dick and Bob. Mr. Estabrook stood for a few moments undecided. "Shall I go on, and try to follow the tr:P-1 and rescue the "The little simpletons!" he murmured; "to so forget girls, or shall I go back and tell the women ..folks the themselves as to wander so far away! They ought to be worst at once?" he asked himself. more careful, and not cause their mothers such worry." ''The chances are that I should be unable to rescue the He made his way to the bench under the oak tree. girls offhand, so I would be gone all night, and if I kept Then he made his way down to the creek. after the Indians till I succeeded, I might be gone a week,


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. and Lizzie and Mrs. Slater would be wild with anxiety. They would not know what to think. I had better hasten back, break the news to them as gently as possible, and then get my rifle and plenty of ammunition and set out on the trail of the red demons." Mr. Estabrook was a man of prompt action, once his mind was made up. He turned on his heel and made his way back in the di rection of his home with all possible speed. "It is going to be hard to tell them the dread news," he thought; "but it has to be done. There is no getting around it; and it is better they should know the worst at once." He walked as rapidly as he could, and even then it was more than hal an hour later before he reached his home. As it was summer time, however, it was yet light, the sun being more than an hour high yet. As Mr. Estabrook approached the house he paused, The sober look returned to the faces In their delight at seeing their s ons they had for moment forgotten the missing daughters. "We don't know where they are, Dick,'' said Mrs. Etrl brook "You don't know ?" exclaimed Dick. "What do you mean, mother?" cried Bob. The youths turne d pale. "Explain, Lizzie; I can't!" s aid Mrs. Slater, and }ii B Estabrook did so in as few word s a s poss ible. "And you s ay father has gone to search for therrv. asked Bob. "Yes; he has been gone more than an hour." "Oh, well, he' ll be back with the girl s in a few tbe:e he is now!" as he caught sight of the approachirI figure of his father. o "And the girls are not with him!" exclaimed Dick, ] he saw a couple of horsemen ride up in front of the hou s e face turning e v e n paler. on and dismount. Cries of ear and di s may e s cap e d the two women. Mrs. Estabrook and Mrs. Slater had not seen Mr. Esta"Where can the girls be?" exclaimed Mrs. brook approaching. Their attention had been attracted to the two horsemen, and as the latter dismounted, the two women gave utter ance to exclamations of delight, and ran down toward the newcomers. "It is Bob and Dick!" exclaimed Mr. Estabrook; "thank God Their coming is opportune, for it will give their mothers something to think about, and they will be of great service in helping ta find and rescue the girls." CHAPTER V. DICK AND 1l01l'S OPPORTUNE ARRIVAL. "We ll eoon know whether or not he found any trac of them," said Dick. >r Mr. Estabrook approached quickly, and shook hana heartily with the youths, and greeted them with words 1' welcome before they could ask him about the girls h Then Mrs Estabrook broke in with: r "Oh, Sam! Did you :find any traces of the girls?" Mr. Estabrook hesitated. ] He did not know how to break the dread news to then He looked at the youths half appealingly. They took alarm at once. "What is it, father?" asked Bob; "tell us! Where a the girls?" "Oh, something dreadful has happened!" gasped M:nr Slater; "I knew it! I knew it!" e She reeled, and would have fallen had not Dick caugh' The newcomers were indeed Dick Slater and Bob Estaher in his strong arms and held her. brook. "Have courage, mother," he said; "the girls are They were the youths who had already made their names am sure." famous as soldiers and spies in the patriot army. The youths were each eighteen years of age. They were both handsome as youths could be. Both were brave and noble-hearted and chivalrous Each was in love with the ot;her's sister; hence they were the best of friends. "Where are the girls?" asked Dick, looking around, after they had greeted the two women. The youths wondered why the girls were not present. It was the first time they had come home since the war ad begun and did not find the girls present to greet them. "Tell us at once, Sam! Tell us the worst!" cried Mr Estabrook. "Oh, surely the girls are not dead I" "No, they are not dead," said Mr. Estabrook. "What has happened to them, then?" asked Bob; "when are they? Did you learn nothing of their whereabouts?" Mr. Estabrook nodded. "I think I know where they are/' he said; "that is, think I know what has become of them "What ?-oh, tell us, Sam!" from his wife. "We will-be-brave!" said Mrs. Slater tremblingly. "Yes, tell us what you think has become of the girls, Mr.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. tabrook," said Dick. "It is better that we should know, once." "Well," said Mr. Estabrook, "I guess it will be best. am inclined to suspect, from what I have seen, that the ls have been captured by a prowling band of Indians." He told this in the most matter-of-fact manner possible. He did so, in order to take the terror of the statement He led the way along the little creek to the point where the tracks left the stream, and here he paused. "Here the trail leaves the creek, boys," he said. "Take a look and see if you think you can follow the trail." The youths bent over and examined the ground care fully. "I think we can follow the trail without much diffi1 ay from it as much as possible, so as not to shock the culty, Mr. Estabrook," said Dick. men any more than could be helped. "I am sme Gf it," said Bob, excitedly. But at the best it was a severe blow. "There is no doubt, you think, that the girls have been "What!" exclaimed Mrs. Slater; "the girls captured captured by Indians ?-horrible!" "No," replied Dick; "they have been captured by tnThen she began weeping as if her heart would break. dians, and there were six or seven of the scoundrels. "Bear up, mother! Be brave!" said Dick, kissing her. ob and I will go at once, and we will find and rescue the rls. Do not be afraid. We will bring them back very on." "Oh, I pray that you may succeed, my son!" the poor man sobbed. "Come into the house,'' said Mrs. Estabrook. "You m sit down then, and will feel more comfortable." She led the way, the others following, and Dick sup orted his mother until they were in the house, when he ated her gently on a home-made lounge. "Now,'' said Dick, turning to Mr. Estabrook, "tell us at you saw that made you think the girls have been rried away by Indians?" Mr. Estabrook did so. He told about the tracks, and when he had finished ck and Bob leaped to their feet. "We will go at once in search of the girls!" said Dick, eyes glowing with a great resolve; "and we will not urn until we can bring them with us!" "That's right!" declared Bob; "we will leave our horses Sr you to take care of, father. We cannot afford to take .e time." W"True; I will attend to them after I come back. I had tter go with you to the spot where the tracks start off 1rough the timber, away from the creek, hadn't I?" 'Yes," replied Dick; then you must come back s e as quickly as possiOle, so as to help keep up the rage of your wife my mother." he three exchanged a few more words with the two r men, encouraging them all they could. Then they took their departure ;Mr. Esta.brook took the lead, as he knew the way. I!He walked rapidly, but not too rapidly to suit the youths. r. They could have run. But they knew Mr. Estabrook could not run any di:stance, they contented themselves with the pace he set. "You had b1:tter hurry back home, father," said Bob; "mother and !\frs. Slater will be very nervous there by themselves. We will follow up this trail, and I think we will be able to run onto the scoundrels before "Well, be very careful, boys," cautioned Mr. Estabrook. "We dont want to lorn you as well as the girls." "Oh, it is the Indians who will need to be careful," said Dick, grimly. "Some of them are likely to get hurt before Bob and I get through with them!" "Be careful," again cautioned Bob's father; her they are cunning and treacherous. Don't let them out wit you." "We won't, father," said Bob. Then Mr. Estabrook shook hands with the boys and started on his return to his home. Dick and Bob at once started to follow the trail left by the Indians. CHAPTER VI. ON THE TRAIL. It was slow work. They made as rapid progress as they could, however. The sun would soon go down. Then darkness would come, and they would be unable to follow the trail. It was hard work, as it was. 'l'he sun had sunk so low that it did not penetrate the timber to do any good to speak of, and the youths were in semi-darkness. "What'll we do when it gets too dark to follow the trail, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don't know, Bob." "Do the best we can, eh?"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. "Yes." snake don't come al<1ng and insi s t on sharing our bed w. "I suppose we will have to camp on the trail, and take us," said Bob, somewhat dubiou s ly. it up in the morning." "Likely, Bob." "Great Guns! I don't like that prospect!" said Bob. Neither did Dick. "We can't help ou:rselvelil, though, Bob, I guess," he said. "We'll have to stand it, whether we like it or not, eh?" "Oh, I guess there is no danger of that," said Dick. "I hope not, Dick" The youth climbed up on top of the pile of brush and down. "Jove! I wish I had something to eat!" half groa1 Bob. "I'm as hungry as a wolf." "Go to sleep and forget about it, Bob." Yes." "That's good advice, Dick ; but it' s hard to take." The youths followed the trail just as long as they posUnder other circumstances Dick would have laugh sibly could do so. Bob's tone was so lugubrious; but the uncertainty reg11 They even goi down on their hands and knees and ing the fate which had overtak e n the girls weighed on crawled along, after it got so dark they could not see mind to such an extent that he could not even smile. the tracks iiy bending over. He was thinking of his sweetheart, Alice, and of At last it grew so dark they could not see the tracks sister, Edith, and wondering where they were and how t at all, however, no matter how closely they got their faces were faring. to the ground. "Ah, those scoundrelly redskins!" he thought, uncon Then they reluctantly gave up trying to go farther. ously gritting his teeth so hard that Bob heard it. ''Say, will we have to squat here all night, Dick?" asked "What are you gritting your teeth about, Dick?" Bob. asked. "I rather expect we shall have to do so, Bob." "Without anything to sleep on?" ''We can gather some leaves." ''And without anything to eat?" "We have gone hungry many times." "Yes, but it isn't pleasant." "I was thinking about those dastardly Indians, Bob." "H'm I pity the redskin you get hold of when J happen to be feeling like that." Bob without doubt loved Edith Slater as dearly as D loved Alice, but his temperament was such that he 1 enabled to keep anything from taking hold upon him "That's true." make him miserable "Drat the Indians! Dick, I wish I had a couple of the The youths had been silent for several minutes, w red scoundrels by the throats! I'd bump their heads tosuddenly Dick raised himself to a sitting posture. gether in a way that would make them see stars!" "There is one thing, Bob; we won't have to build a fire to keep warm by." "No; we will be plenty warm without a fire." "That is lucky, as if we had to have a fire the Indians might slip up on us as we slept and murder us." "Ugh!" shuddered Bob; "that is an ugly-sounding word, Dick!" "It isn't pleasant." "Not a bit of it." "Well, let's get to work, Bob." "What doing?" "Fixing our beds." "Oh, yes." Tne youths went to work. They cut small bushes and limbs off the trees, and made quite a large pile of these. "That will make a very comfortable bed for us, Bob," said Dick, when they had finished. "Yes--provided a wildcat or two, or a timber rattle"What is it, Dick?" asked Bob. "Hist whispered Dick; "I hear voices." CHAPTER VII. THE YOUTHS IN LUOK. The youths listened intently. Sure enough, the sound of voices could be hearcl. They judged the sound that there were two pers approaching. I They knew the persons were approaching, for the voi were growing more and more distinct. "They'll come close to us," whispered Dick; "keep qi' and listen. 'J.lhey may be in some way connected with disappearance of Alice and Ediih." The youths kept perfectly quiet. Nearer and nearer came the voices.


'l'hen presently the sound of footsteps was heard. The youths judged that the persons in question would ass within a few yards of where they were. I As the newcomers \ approached their language gradually ecame intelligible. "My, but these rifles are heavy!" they heard one of the ellows say. Dick gave a start. "That's Joe Scroggs' voice," he whispered to Bob. "I believe you are right," whispered Bob in reply. "Pret' heavy," was the reply of the other fellow; "heap I ood rifles." \ hat's an Indian," whispered Dick voice trembling it eagerness. guess you are right, Dick." Dick's mind was working rapidly. He knew that Joe Scroggs hated him. Indians had.carried the girls off; here was Joe in comany with an Indian. Could Joe have been instrumental in the disappearance f the girls? Could he, out of revenge, have had the girls captured? Nearer and nearer came the two. Dick kept a restraining hand on Bob's arm. He was afraid his companion would be unable to restrain himself, and would leap up and attack the two as they passed. And Dick did not wish this to be done. He had a better plan. "We must let them pass us unmolested, Bob," he said, "and then we can follow them and they will lead us >traight to where the girls are hidden. It will be better than wait ing until morning, and following the trail at a snail's pace." "So it will," was the reply. Joe Scroggs and his Indian companion passed within ten yards of where Dick and Bob sat, but the youths were as silent as death, and of course the two preciou ra::1cals never suspected the presence of their foes. They passed on, and the youths silently slipped down off the pile of boughs and stole along behind the two. Half an hour later they arrived at an Indian village which was located on the shore of a little lake amid the Westchester hills. Dick listened eagerly. "We have run them to earth, Bob," whispered Dick, joy He hoped that the conversation of the two would exin his tones; "we will find the girls here." lain this point. "So you captured both girls, instid uv only one, did yer ?" as the next remark the youths heard given utterance to; d both started, and Dick nudged Bob, and whispered: "We are on the right track, Bob! That is one of the dians who captured the girls, and Joe Scroggs had some ping to do with it!" "You ar right, Dick. Oh, the cowardly, hulking scoun cl I'll settle with him for this!" "Yes, we captured both girls," was the reply of the Inan; "they both togedder, an' we had to take um, so one ould not go back home an' tell about us." "I see; well, et won't hurt ennythin'." "No; white boy can make one girl him squaw, an' Blue will take udder girl for him squaw," said the Indian, nd it was evident from his tone that he was in sober rnest. 'The cowardly, good-for-nothing bru--" "Hist!" cautioned Dick, gripping Bob's arm. His excitable, impulsive companion had nearly spoken oud. Dick was very angry also, but he was able to control his elings better. "What was that?" asked the Indian. "The wind in the trees," replied Joe Scroggs-for the wo were indeed he and the Indian, Blue Wing. CHAPTE'.R VIII. AT THE INDIAN VILLAGE. Camp-fires were burning in an open space in front of the Indians' teepees. Around the fires were gathered a motley collection. There were braves," squaws, pappooses and dogs by the dozen. It was a unique and picturesque scene. That is, had it been seen under other circumstances. Dick and Bob did not think of this feature of the scene now. Their thoughts were on the captive maidens. Where were the girls? That they were in one of the teepees the youths were confident. But which one were they in? That was the question. And it was a hard one to answer. The teepees all looked alike. So it would be a hard matter to learn in which the girls were detained.


."* ......................... -... The re was one way the youths thought of. "Yes," replied Diek; "well, if they kill each other Doubtless Joe Scroggs would visit the teepee in which much the better. There will be fewer for us to have wer e the gir l s B y watching him they might be enabled to find out what they wished to know. They had kept their eyes on Joe 1\nd Blue Wing. The entrance of the two into the camp excited consid erable stir A number of the braves crowded around them and ex amined the rifles. They gave utterance to guttural exclamations of de l ight. It was evident thatthey would like to own the weapons, and no doubt Blue Wing was already :figuring on what good trades he would get out of them for the three extra rifles besides the one he intended to keep for his own use. Several of the braves began dicke r ing with Blue Wing, and he became so interested in the pending negotiations that he paid no attention to Joe, who kept asking the In dians to show him to the teepee occupied by the girls. "By'm by!" the Indian rep l ied, occasionally, and went on with his dickering. Joe finally sat down and watched affairs in silent dis gust bother with "'I' hat's right, Dick." 'rhe struggle waged furiously. 'l'he big brave was stronger than Blue Wing, b u t not supple and active. Blue Wing was like a panther. Joe S 9 roggs was badly frightened. He thought Blue Wing was going to be killed. As hi s dealings had been with thi s Indian, if he we killed it would make it awkward for The other Indians might not be willing to carry ou the understanding he had with Blue Wing He, therefore, earnestly hoped Blue Wing would wi He had been sitting near by when the struggle com menced, and as the two in moving about, approached hi he s tarted to get up to get out of their WJl'Y a was too late. Blue Wing gave the big fellow a shove just at that i n stant; and the Indian' s feet struck against the youth He made a desperate attempt to keep from falling, bu could not. Down he w ent squarely on top of Joe, who uttered "This beats the dickens he thought; "I don't s'pose yell of pain and terror as the combined weight of the tw them Injuns'll git through tradin' fur fbur houhs 'n I'll Indians cam e down upon him, :flatt e ning him out like the hev ter wait till they do git through One stalwart brave was engaged in an animated discus sion with Blue Wing. proverbial pancake "Good!" exclaimed Bob in a whisper; "good! I hope they will smas h the life half out of the young s c oundrel!" The discussion was carried on in the Indian language, "So do I, Bob," said Dick; "it serves him right." with the intricacies of which Joe was not familiar, but he Poor Joe did not think so evidentl y and he kept on try-soon gathered from the tones and gestures of the two that ing to yell though hi s y ells wer e mere squeals, he was the discussion was far from friendly. press e d down s o hard, and he kickM out wildly and fl.ailed Perhaps the big wanted the rifle as a gift, and the atmo s phere with his arms Blue v\Ting refused to be so generous. It was a comical spectacle, but at the same time Or, maybe Blue Wing owed th e big brave a debt of some it had a seriou s a s pect, for the Indians ;were :fighting for kind, and the .fellow insisted on taking a rifle in payment life of said debt. They were not engaged in mere play. Anyway, they were angry, and quarreled fiercely There was no make believe, no sham battle about the afN o doubt they called each other names in the Indian fair in which they w e re engaged language. This was proved a few moments later, when Blue Wing At any r ate, Blue Wing suddenly leaped forward, grabbed having sul!ceeded in drawing his tomahawk as they were the rifle which the big fellow was holding, and tried to going down, split the big brave's skull with a single blow, jerk it away from him killing him in s tantly. The big fellow resisted, and a struggle for the poss ession "Great Gun s Dick! He killed the big buck, sure as you of the weapon en s ued. are livin g !" s aid Bob in an awe d whisper. The other braves stalk e d away a short di s tance, and "Yes; tbat puts a n e nd to the a ffair, sure! s aid Dick. watched the s truggl e stolidly. Blu e Win g l ea p e d to his feet, and givi n g vent to a wild, "Great Gun s They're :fig hting over the rifle, Dick!" blood-curdling shout of triumph waved th e rifle in the whispered Bob. air with one h a nd a nd the tomahawk wit h the oth er.


Then he danced about and executed all kinds of grotesque He was in imminent danger of being discovered. maneuvers-all in celebration of his victory. Dick realized ibis. The other braves stood in stolid silence, and looked on, So did Bob. until Blue Wing stopped dancing, and said something to He gave utterance to a sibilant "Hist!" in warning tcr them, and then they moved forward, a half dozen of them, Dick. and, lifting the body of the dead Indian, they bore it away The youth was already acting. r' into the timber. Whirling, without to his feet, Dick ran on his And then Joe Scroggs, frightened almost to death, hands and knees back to the cover afforded by the trees. scrambled to his feet. Nor was he an instant too soon. He looked wildly around, and would no doubt have taken As he disappeared within the edge of the timber the halfto his heels had not Blue Wing said something to him that dozen Indian braves emerged from the woods at a spot per restrained him. haps fifteen yards from where Dick and Bob were conThis incident ended the dickering among the braves for cealed. the present. They walked back to the camp-fires and rejoined their Doubtless Blue Wing himself feared he might get into comrades. trouble with some more of his braves, and decided to wait "Say, that was a narrow escape, Dick," whispered Bob. until some more propitious moment to finish trading with his fellows. "So it was, Dick waited a few moments, and then started once He again spoke to Joe, who nodded vigorously, and made more. a reply, though of course Dick and Bob were too far away He had better success this time. to hear what was said. They knew the substance of it a few moments later, however, when Blue Wing and Joe left the crowd and walked toward one of the teepees. "They are going to the teepee occupied by the girls, Dick," whispered Bob; excitedly and eagerly. "I guess you are right,'' was Dick's reply. They watched the two, and saw them enter a teepee at the farthest side of the encampment. There was no interruption to interfere with his plans. He crawled slowly and stealthily forward. Dick knew he was attempting a difficult and dang e rous feat in venturing to the teepee. He was not afraid that Joe Scroggs would hear him. It was Blue Wing, the Indian, whom Dick feared. The Indian's sense of hearing was very acute. Long training in the woods had developed an abnormal faculty in this respect. 'rhe youths then left their position and stole around, So the youth knew that if he made the least noise, if up.til thoy were within perhaps twenty yards of the teepee he broke a twig or rustled the leaves, Blue Wing "\vould hear jn question. and investigate immediately. 'rhe youths had managed to get the teepee exactly between them and the crowd around the camp-lires, Then, too, the light from the camp-fltes reached the teepee only faintly. CHAPTER IX. "Bob," whispered Dick, 11you stay here and be ready to come if I need you. I am going to crawl up close to the teepee and hear what is being said." "All right; but be careful, Dick." "I will be." And then Dick began>crawling toward the teepee on his hand and knees. THE CAPTIVES. Alice and Edith were terribly frightened when they found themselves prisoners in the hands of the Indians. They had never been more frightened in their lives. That there were Indians in the neighborhood they had He had scarcely more than gotten started-was perhaps had no doubt, but they never for a moment thought the red ten feet out in the open ground, when the sound of apfiends would dare attempt to capture them. proaching footsteps was heard. "1t is that gang of Indians who carried the dead one away," thought Dick, in dismay. "I had forgotten about tJ1em." They were taken entirely by surprise. After their capture they resigned themselves to the inev itable a s philosophically as possible, and walked along with their captors.


sn a s c a a I HE LIBElt'I' P BtfY ff Lu dk. ====================:;::================================::;============ They wondered where they were being taken. And they wondered how it would end. Then they thought of their mothers. How frightened they would be when the girls failed to return! The girls felt sad when they thought of how terrified their mothers would be. "Father will come in search of us, though," thought Alice ; 'and he will find and rescue us." And then another thought came to her : Dick! Ah, if he only knew !-if he were only at home! He and Bob, if they were at home, would rescue them. "But Dick and Bob are away off, down in New Jersey," she thought; "and it is useless to think of them now." Little did she think that Dick and Bob were at that very moment riding along the road leading to their homes, and only a few miles distanL Had the girls known this, the very knowledge would have made them happy. The knowledge would have given them courage. But ey were brave girls, naturally, and they were bearing up under their misfortune nobly. The Indians and their captives walked through the tim ber for perhaps an hour, and then they came to an Indian village. The village was on the shore of a little lake. There was, a little semi-circular open space on the shore of the lake, with the timber all around, and the teepees, or Indian lodges, were in this open space. Wing. "No do good to holler," he added; "nobody Uf do holler, me come back an' put gag back in mouths." The girls hastened to assure the Indian that they would not cry out. "Good!" grunted the Indian; "white girls heap smart!" "Thank you!" said Alice, sarcastically. But the sarcasm was lost on the Indian. He grunted, and then, with his companions, left the The girls looked at each other with eyes in which fear and anxiety were plainly shown. "This is dreadful, terrible, Alice!" said Edith. "So it is, Edi th." "What will become of us?" "I don't know. I think father will find and rescue us, however." The girl tried to talk bravely. But it was hard work. The voices of both trembled. 'rhey were racked with doubt and suspense. They did not know why they had been captured. They could not imagine a more terrifying predicament than the one they were now in. "Oh, do you think your father will be able to trace us to this spot, Alice?" Edith. "I hope so, Edith." "And so do I hope so. Oh, if Dick and Bob were only at home now!" "Just what I was thinking as we came along, Edith." "Were you?" "Yes." There were dozens of braves, squaws, pappooses, and "And so was I. But that, of course, is out of the quesscores of dogs here) and the arrival of the Indians with the tion They are away down in New Jersey, in utter igno-two prisoners created quite a stir. The squaws and pappooses crowded around the girls, and jabbered and talked in their heathenish language, and the girls shuddered. There was something very repulsive about the dirty, ugly squaws and impish children. They could ay nothing to each other, to relieve their feelings, for they were still gagged. Blue Wing said something to the squaws and pappooses, and they dispersed, much to the relief of the girls. Blue Wing and a couple of the braves escorted the girls to a teepee, and led them inside. There were several stout stakes driven in the ground within the tent, and to a couple of these stakes the girls were bound. Then the gags were removed from tlieir mouths. "Now, white girls can talk uf um want to," said Bh ranee of the danger which threatens." "So they are, Edith." The girls little suspected that at that very moment the two youths in question were at the home of Mr. Esta brook, and that the disappearance of the two girls had been made known to them. An hour passed. It was now dark within the teepee. The girls could only dimly see each other. But they could talk, and they did so. This served to take some of the terror of the situation away. But not all, by any means. They knew they were in a dangerous situation. Presently they heard voices. The voices became plainer. The owners of the voices were coming nearer.


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. The girls listened with feelings of foreboding. Who was coming? Presently they recognized the voices. "It is that dreadful Indian again!" said Edith, "and as I live I believe it is Joe Scroggs who is with him." "You are right," replied Alice. "It is tnat scoundrel, Joe Scroggs, sure enough!" "What do you make of that, Alice?" "It looks as though Joe Scroggs has had something to do with having us captured, Edith." "It would seem so." The voices were close at hand now. The girls became silent. Then the curtain flap leading into the teepee was lifted, and a dark form was outlined against the light back ground made by the camp-fires. The person entering was the Indian, Blue Wing. Behind him was another person. This person was, as the girls saw at a glance, the fires furnishing sufficient light to .show his face fairly plain, Joe Scroggs. "Here white girls," said Blue Wing; "white boy talk to dem all he want to; I gci back." "All right, Blue Wing," said J"oe, with an air of satis faction. The Indian withdrew and returned to the camp-fires. Doubtless he wished to look after the safety of his precious rifles. He was afraid, perhaps, that some of the braves might steal them and run away. When Wing was Joe stepped up close to Alice, and, stepping aside, so that the light shone in her face, he looked at the girl gloatingly. "Well," he said, in a tone of triumph, "you la:ffed at me this mornin', but I guess et's my time ter laff at ye, .Miss Alice "You coward said &lice, with scathing scorn in her tones. "Yes, and scoundrel!" said Edith, with spirit. "Thet's all right. Jes' talk all ye wanter," said Joe; "et'll do ye good, an' won't do me enny harm." "Why have you had us made prisoners of in this fash ion ?" asked Alice. "Why?" Joe felt that he had the upper hand, and could afforo to play at words with the helpless girls. "Yes, why?" Joe laughed hoarsely. "I sh'd Lhink yewould know why, Alice." "I'd thank you not to call me Alice," said the girl, with spirit. "Ye kain't he'p yerself, an' so I'll call ye whut I pleeze, Alice," said the cowardly young scoundrel, with a chuckle. It was at this instant that Dick reached the teepee, and paused just beside it. He beard Joe's words. "The cowardly whelp!" he thought; "if I had hold of him now, I'd wring his neck!" "No, we can't help ourselves," acknowledged Alice; "we are here in your power-for the present. We will be missed, however, and will be rescued, and then woe to you, Joe Scroggs!" "Ay, woe to you, Joe Scroggs !" said Dick to himself, setting his teeth together grimly. Joe laughed hoarsely and scornfully. "I'm not skeered,'' he said; "yer won't be foun' an' reskied in er hurry, I'm thinkin'." "You'll see!" An' so'll ye see-thet ye won't be foun' an' reskied," saitl Joe. "Nobuddy'd think ter look fur yer beer." "Why have you had this done?" asked Alice. "Well, ez I said afore, ye orter know, Alice, without', but sense ye don't seem. ter know, I'll tell yer. D'ye remember how, this mornin', I tole ye I loved ye, an' axed ye would ye be my wife?" As Dick heard this he cocld hardly restrain himself fro:rr{ rushing around and into the teepee and throttling the igno rant, ugly boor who had dared to speak of love to Alice. "The infamous scoundrel!" Dick murmured; "the fool! -the ignoramus !-the--" He could think of no fit appellation; none that was strong enough for the occasion. "Don't bring that back to my mind," said Alice, in a tone of disgust. "But I don't see what that has to do with having us made prisoners of by those horrible In dians." "Thet's very easy ter understan'," said Joe; "ye sed this mornin' ez how ye wouldn't hev ennythin' ter do with me, thet ye hated an' despised me, an' all thet sort uv thing, an' I tole ye, didn't I, thet ye would be sorryfur talkin' ter me in enny sech faRhion ez thet ?" "Perhaps you did say so." "Uv course I did, an' now I've proved my words, hain't 1? I guess ye'd be willin' ter say yer sorry ye talked so a'ready, an' cf ye hain't willin' ter say et now, ye will be afore ye git erway frum heer." 1 The youth's tone was coarse and triumphant. "Perhaps so-but I doubt it," said Alice, fine scorn in her tones.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. "Oh, the whelp!" thought Dick. He had to grit his teeth to keep from rushing in on Joe and giving him the throttling he so well deserved. "I'll square accounts with him very1soon, however," he said to himself; "I'll make him wish he had not attempted anything of this kind!" "Ye won't hev enny cause ter doubt et by ther time we git through with the bizness," growled 'Joe "It takes a brave person to talk like that to a couple of girls who are helplesti prisoners !" said Edith, scorn fully. "What do you expect to gain by keeping us here?" asked Alice. "Wot do I expeck ter gain?" "Yes." "W'y, I expeck ter gain er good deel." "What, for instance?" "Well, you fur one thing." "I?" "Yes, you." "I don't yo_u can expect anything of the kind. I told you what I thought of you this morning I shall never change my mind regarding you." "Mebby ye will." "No!" "Ye think not, hey?" "I know it." "Well, see! I think thet by ther time ye hev be'n kep' heer er pris'ner fur er month er so, ye'll be willin' ter

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. 17 "Be brave, girls," said Dick, "and keep perfectly quiet. I will cut through the back of the teepee and enter in a few moments. Is1the flap down in front of the tent?" "Yes, it's down." "Very well; then I can go to work at once." Dick drew his knife He cut a slit in the tent four or five feet long. Then he stepped through the opening thus made. The girls greeted him with whispered words of welcome. Dick cut the bonds which bound Alice first, taking a kiss as he did so. Then he severed the bonds binding Edith. could go, and the result would be that the Indians would follow in that direction. There is an old saying that "the longest way around is the shortest way home." Perhaps Dick had never heard of the saying. The idea was in his mind, though, just the same. He made up his mind to go in exactly the opposite direc tion from their homes. This would fool the Indians. They would never believe that the fugitives would go in any direction but toward their homes. By going a mile or so in a direction the opposite from the "Come!" he whispered; "some of those red fiends may right one, they could then make a wide circuit and even take it into their heads to come this way at any moment; tually reach their homes in safety. we must get away as quickly as possible." So Dick believed, anyway. He led the way to the opening he had cut in the teepee, And believing thus, he did not hesitate tei put his plan and assisted the girls to pass tlirough. into effect. He was just in the act of stepping through when he Dick was never turned around in the woods in the viheard the sound of approaching footsteps. cinity of his home. "Some one is coming!" he whispered; "we will have to He and Bob had been all through this timber at various run for it, and trust to getting away in the darkness of the times, and knew just where they were and the lay of the timber." land. Dick had stepped through the opening and taken his Dick turned to the right, and ran away at right angles place beside the girls as he spoke, and then taking hold of from the course that would have taken them in the direction an arm of each, he hastened across the open space between of their homes. the teepee and the timber. "Where are you going, Dick?" asked Bob; "you are goAll three ran as lightly as possible. They realized that the sound of their footsteps would the approach of the Indian if he heard them. He would discover the fact that the girls were missing soon enough, anyway. They reached the edge of the timber just as the Indian whom they had heard approaching entered the teepee and discovered that the girls were missing. They knew when this happened, for the Indian gave a whoop that could have been heard a mile. Bob was just greeting the three as the whoop went up on the night air, and he Edith by The arm Dick doing the same with Alice, and they hastened away through the timber as fast as they could run "It's going to be a hard race!" said Dick. "Yes," replied Bob; "but we must-we will escape the scoundrels!" ing almost away from home." "I know it, Bob." Then Dick explained his plan to his companions. "That's a good idea, I think, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, indeed," said Alice. "They will certainly expect that we will go straight toward our homes," said Edith. They ran onward as rapidly as possible. The girls were already becoming tired, however. Their breath was coming in short gasps. "We'll have to slow up a ?it, Bob," said Dick; "the girls can t keep up this pace." "No, don't slow up on our account, Dick," said Alice; "we can keep on for quite a while longer, can't we, Edith?" "Yes, Alice." Dick was listening to the yells of the Indians. He could tell from so doing where the Indians were and They heard the shouts of the Indians, and ran with in-in which direction they were going. creased speed. Dick's wits were hard at work. He was well that the Indians were cunning. So he made up his mind that they would be cunning, too. He knew .that the Indians would think that the fugitives would make as straight a course for the girls' homes as they The Indians might be cunning. But they were not more so-indeed not so much-as Dick. The Indians were yelling in order to terrify the fugitives. Savages are always great believers in the efficaey of fright in enabling them to win battles. r


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. The American Indians especially were noted for this. "Who was he making love to?" asked Bob, who had n They painted their faces so as to them look as heard, and did not .understand. hideous as possible, and then with the addition of terrify"To Alice." ing, blood-curdlip.g whoops and yells, they were usually pretty successful in causing a feeling of terror to take hold upon their opponents. But in this case they made a mistake Dick had seen a great many Indians in his day. He had come to look upon them with a feeling of con tempt. He had never been afraid of them, even as a boy of eight or ten years. And although he knew these particular Indians were at present at war with the whites, being in league with the British, in faet, he did not feel afraid. Their yelling did not strike terror to his heart at all. He was glad to hear them yell. It made it possible for him to know where his enemies "What!" "Yes; what do you think of that?" "I think it beats anything I ever heard of." "He hired the Indian, Blue Wing, to capture the girls." "He did?" "Yes; he gave Blue Wing the rifles, one of which cos that redskin his life." "For capturing the girls, eh?" "Yes." "The young scoundrel!" "He certainly is a scoundrel, and I shall make it m bnsiness to settle with him at the earliest opportunity." "I pity Joe Scroggs," said Bob. They walked leisurely along, talking as they went Dick was confident Indians had all gone in the op were. posite direction, so was not afraid of being overheard. This made it easy for himself and companions to avoid "We will have to walk a long distance around in order t the red fiends. be sure of reaching home in safety," he said; "but we ca Dick noted that the yelling of the Indians was growing take our time to do it, and go slow. If you girls are tired fainter. Feeling that they could do so with safety, he told his llompanions to stop running "We don't need to exert ourselves now," he said; "the Indian8 are going almost directly away from us. We can take :1 "!asy." I The .;irls were glad of a chance to walk and rest. They were panting as a result of their unusual exertion. "How does it happen that you and Bob are here, Dick?" asked Alice, presently, "her curiosity getting the better of her. "We got leave of absence for three days, Alice," was the reply, "and made up our minds to come up home and see you all." "Well, it's lucky you did so!" said Edith; "goodness! w.hat would have become of us if you hadn't come?" "You might have escaped," said Bob; "father would haV\3 got the neighboring men to help him; and they would have found you, I think." "So that scoundrel, Joe Scroggs, is at the bottom of all this, is he?" said Dick, in a hard tone of voice. "Oh, Dick, were you in distance when he was in the teepee talking to us?" exclaimed Alice. "Yes; I heard most of the conversation." "Then you know all, and I won't have to tell you." "I know all, Alice; and I am surprised. I would never have supposed that .Joe Scroggs could know the meaning of n bet word lov e." we can with e-afety stop and rest now, I am sure." "No, let's don't stop yet a while," said Alice. I "No, let's keep on going," said Edith; can kee going as long as we don't have to run." "You are a couple of brave girls," said Dick, ad miiingly. "They are certainly gritty as can be, Dick," said Bob "You are just trying to flatter us," said Alice. "No, indeed, we mean it," from Dick. Dick, by common consent, was allowed to take the lead and he led the way by a long circuit of nearly ten miles, an they reached their homes without having encountered an Indians, though they had on two or three occasions hear the whoops of the redskins far off to one side. Dick and Bob and the rescued girls went direct to Alice' home, as they b1ew Dick's mother would be over there. When they reached the house and entered, there was scene of rejoicing such as is seldom witnessed. The mothers of the girls wept tears of joy, and hugge and kissed Alice and Edith till Dick and Bob declared i was not fair that their mothers should have a monopoly. This caused a laugh, and the party was indeed a harp one. "Do you suppose there is any danger of an attempt bein made by the Indians to re-capture the girls?" asked Mrs Estabrook, with some show of anxiety. "I hardly think so," remarked.Dick; "the Indians them do not care particularly about the matter, and 1


.lil.C.. .U.l.O.C..1:\..l .L .OV .L .::> DU v.n... doubt if Joe Scroggs will dare try to do anything more." It was decided that Mr. Estabrook and the two youths should take turns at keeping watch during the rest of the 'rhey heard him give utterance to a cry of alarm. Then they saw him leap back into the house and close the door. !"light, however, and this was done. "There's a back door to the house, Dick!" cried Bob; N was heard oi the Indians, the night passing "and you bet he will get out through that doorway as away quietly. ClIAPTER XI. DIOK AND BOB GIVE JOE SCROGGS A SCARE. Next morning, an hour or so after breakfast had been eaten, Dick said to Bob: "Let's take a little walk, old man." "All right," said Bob, promptly. Dick and Edith and their mother had remained at Mr. Estabrook's all night. "Where are you going?" asked Alice, suspiciously. Dick laughed. 1For a walk," he replied. "I know where they are going," said Edith, and she whispered something in Alice's ear. Alice looked at the youths, and said: "I wouldn't, brother, if I were you; he isn't worth bothering with." "Oh, yes, he is," said Dick; "he needs a lesson, and I am going to take an hour oJf this morning and teach him one." Then the youths took their aeparture s aying they would be back in an hour or so. "Where are they going?" asked Mrs. Estabrook. "Over to Scroggs'," :replied Alice. "Ah! They are going over to settle with are they?" A good whipping with a horse-whip is what.he needs!" aid 1iir. Estabrook. Dick and Bob walked rapidly. It was a matter of two miles to Joe's home, by way of the road, but by going through the timber they shortened this considerably. "Do you suppose we. will find him at home?" asked Bob. "I don't know; I hope so, Bob." The Scroggs cabin was a large log affair. It was in the centre of a clearing of about ten acres in extent. As Dick and Bob stepped out of the timber and apquickly as possible!" "I judge you are right, Bob. Let's hurry around to the rear of the house!" They leaped forward and ran as fast as they could. They ran around the cabin, and as they did so, they saw .Joe Scroggs running toward the timber at the top of his speed. "Stop!" yelled Dick; "stop, or I will shoot you!" But Joe did not stop. Instead, the order to stop seemed to be interpreted by him as being an order to go faster. At any rate that is what he did. He increased his speed. If ever there was a frightened youth, it was Joe Scroggs at that moment. He ran like a frightened deer. "Stop!" cried Dick again, and he set out after the fleeing youth as fast as he could go, Bob following him. Dick was a splendid runner. He would never have believed that Joe Scroggs, who was a rather clumsy youth, could run as fast as he could. But now he was compelled to acknowledge that the youth was more than a match for him. In spite of all he could do, Joe drew away from him. Fear certainly lent wings to the youth's feet. Dick saw he was losing ground, and, being determined the youth should not get off without having at least a good scare, he drew his pistols fired two shots. He did not try to hit Joe. Much as he hated and detested the youth, a.nd as angry he was on account of the affair of the night before, he could not bring himself to shoot the youth. He simply intended to frighten him so badly that the young rascal would not again attempt to b ther Alice. A howl of fear escaped the lips of Joe Scroggs as he heard the first ..shot. Of course he thought the shots were intended to be deadly. He did not know they were intended merely to righten him. He knew that under similar circumstances, with himself proached the house, the door opened and a youth appeared in Dick's place, he would have fired to kill. in the doorway. And he judged Dick by himself. The youth was Joe Scroggs. Dick's second shot must have taken effect, however, f He saw them at the im1tant they saw him. following the report of the pistol came a terrible, blr


r .. curdling yell from Joe, and if he had been running fast before, he was simply flying now, for he leaped forward like an arrow rele'ased from the bow. The youths bad never seen any such running in all their 1ile as that shown by the frightened youth. He was to a nd into the timb e r in a jiffy. Bob had drawn his pistols also, and he; now fired a couple of shots, though he did not try to hit the youth. He simply wished to aid in accelerating the youth's speed. Feeling that it would be useless to try to catch the fugi tive, the youths stopped running. They turned around and walked back the way they bad come. As they approached the house, the back door opened, and a woman emerged from the house. It was Mrs Scroggs, Joe's mother. She was a thin-faced, carewt>rn-looking woman, and there was a look of sorrow on her face, but no anger, as she ad dressed Dick and Bob. "Ye didn't kill my boy?" she asked, her voice trembling; "please say that ye didn't kill him!" Dick and Bob both felt sorry for the poor woman. "We did not kill him, Mrs. Scroggs," Dick said, kindly. "We did not try to hit him; we merely fired off our pistols to frighten him." "It is too bad that Joe doesn't behave himself better, Mrs. Scroggs," said Dick. "Whut hez he be'n doin' ?" the woman asked. Dick told her. ."I am sorry," she said, beginning to weep; "I can't do ennything with him. I wish thet I could." "You are not to blame," said Dick, kindly; "don't let it worry you a particle "I can't help it, Dick. He is my son, and I can't help feeling bad when he does things he ortenter do." "True enoug,ji. The woman looked at the youths wistfully. "Wbut air ye goin' ter do, Dick?" she asked; "air ye still ergoin' ter try ter hurt Joe fur whut he done las' night?" Dick shook his head. "No," he said; "I have just given him a good scare, and that will be enough. It is a better revenge than if I had crippled or even killed him-and of course I had no inten tion of doing the latter." "Oh, I'm so glad ter beer ye say thet, Dick!" the woman said; "an' I'll do alf I kin ter git him ter be er better boy "Very well; you can tell him this from me, Mrs. Scroggs : If he behaves himself and lets Bob's folks and mine alone, we will not bother him any more on account of what he did last night; but if he bothers them again we will never nst until we have made him suffer for it. Will you teU "Oh, thank Heaven fur thet !" the woman said, fermm?" vently. "I know Joe hain't ez good er boy ez he orter be, Dick, but he is all I hev ter love, since-since my husband -died. "Yes, yes! I'll tell 'em Dick." "Very well; and I hope for his sake and yours, a s well as for our own, that he will heed the warning. If he does The woman hesitat ed, and was evidently sorry she had not heed it, he will wish that he had done so." mentioned her husband. There was rea s on for this. Dick had shot and mortally wounded her husband nearly a year before. The deed was entirely justifiable and excusable, however. Mr Scroggs was a Tory, and the leader of the Tories of the neighborhood, while Dick's father was an outspoken p::itriot. All the Tories hated Mr. Slater, and they had ridden to his home one day in a body, and had c alled him out, and Hank Scrog g s bad s hot Mr. Slater dead. Dick was the re, a nd, wild with anger and s orrow, be had run into the house, seize d hi s fath er's rifle, a nd runnin g out to the roa d b e s hot H a nk S c roggs, inflictin g a mortal wound. Mr s Scro ggs was w e ll a war e of this fac t of c ourse "I am sure h e' ll be more keerful whut'he does arter this i Dick." "It will be bett e r for all concerned if he does exercise more care in future," said Dick. "I hop e y ou did not hurt him seriously, Dick," re marked Mr s Slat e r, when they returned home "No, we didn t hurt him any to speak of, mother, dear," repli e d Dick "We s imply s cared him half to d e at h laughed Bob. "What did you do to him, Bob?" a s ked Edith. "Nothing in particular, Edith "Tell u s." "Well he saw us coming," said Bob "and he ran into 1. h e house, throu g h it and out at t h e bac k doorway, and ran for the timb e r with all his might. "Yes." "We h a d a n id e a that was what h e would do, so we ran


21 as fast as we could, a11d when we got around to the back of The ferryman there bad been a patriot, and they knew the house we saw him running at a great rate." they couM trust him. "I'll warrant you he was scared." But recently be bad sold bis ferry-boat and business to "I can see him running," said Alice. "And he was running, too," laughed Bob; "wasn't he, Dick?" "He was making pretty good headway, Bob," with a smile. "He was going like the wind. Well, Dick yelled to him to stop, but Joe wouldn't stop; be ran faster than ever." "Pll warrant you he did," said Edith. another man. And the new ferryman was a rank Tory. So Dick and Bob decided to go down the river to a point a short distance below Fort W asbington on the upper end of Manhattan Island. On the opposite shore, not far from Fort Lee, was a patriot who had a small ferry-boat. If they could attract bis attention and get him to come "He must have been terribly frightened," Estabrook. said Mrs. across they could go across the river on bis boat. As Dick and Bob bad crossed there before, and had .an "And served him right," said Alice. understanding with the :ferryman regarding signals to use "We tried to catch Joe," went on Bob; "but it was no when wanting to get across, they :felt that they would be use. He was too fast for us. W a couldn't bold our own safe in going on down. with him, so we decided to take it out in scaring him, and So "they rode on southward on the east side of the river.' we pulled our pistols and fired :four shots after him." The youths rode at a good pace. "Goodness do you suppose you hit him?" asked Edith. They made better time than they had expected to make. "We didn't try," with a grin; "we just wanted to see h-.V fast Joe could run when be was right badly scared." "Did you find out bow fast be could run?" asked Bob's father. "I should say so, father. He ran like a streak." "I judge that be is running yet," smiled Dick. "Well, I am glad you gave him a good seare," said Alice. "It may serve to keep him from trying any more such tricks as that of last night." "I don't think he will try anything more in that line; I told his mother to tell him that if he did try any more such work that it would not be good :for him." "You saw his mother, then?" asked Mrs. Slater. "Yes, mother." "Poor woman! I feel sorry for her." "So do I." Dick and Bob remained there all that day and next 'gbt, and then early the next morning they started on heir return to the patriot army at Middlebrook, N. J. The distance to be traver.sed was about sixty miles; and t would take them all day. CH.APTER XII. THE YOUTHS LE.ARN SOl\fETHING OF INTEREST. The youths made their way southward. Usually when coming to their homes :from down in New ersey the youths crossed the Hudson at Dobb's Ferry. Their horses had had a good rest, and were willing to go. The result was that they reached the north end of Man hattan Island much sooner than they had expected. Having more time than they thought they would have, Dick suggested that they ride on down into the city and see if they could learn anything that might be of interest or of value to General Washington, the commander-in cbief of the patriot army. Bob was right in for going. He was always ready for anything that promised excite ment. So they headed their horses southward, and rode onward at a gallop. An hour later they were in the city. They rode straight to a livery stable where. they bad often left their horses when in the city. They left the horses there, and walked down the street. "What if we should be seen and recognized, Dick?" asked Bob. The youths had been in New York City on several occa sions as spies, and were known to many of the British sol diers and officers. "I don't think there is much danger, Bob." "No, I guess there isn't a great deal." Of course the chances were that they might walk the streets all day and meet hundreds of redcoats and not see one who knew them, and then again they might run o:r.;,to one who knew them at any moment. "We'll keep our eyes open, Bob, and if we see any one whom we know, we will avoid him." "Yes, that will be the wisest course, I think."


2 'l'H.I!.: LlH.1!.:H'l' Y LU UK. The youths were walking along, and presently found slower, and allowed the British officers to draw away fro thE!mselves immediately behind two British them. One was a captain, the otlier a colonel. Their attention was attracted to the conversation which the two were carrying on. The British officers, of course, did not suspect that any Dick drew Bob into an opening between two buildings. "Bob," he said, his voice vibrating with eage rness, have an idea." "Of course you have," replied Bob, with a grin; "and one was listming to their conversation, and they talked know what it is." freely. "You do?" with a smile. "So you <.t. -. o take the gold over to New Brunswick, colonel ?" asked the captain. This was the remark which attracted the youths' atten tion, and with a significant look at each other, they walked quietly along behind the redcoats, and while outwardly "Yes." "What is lt, then?" "You have made up your mind to secure that gold." Dick nodded vigorously. "Right, Bob! 'l'here will no doubt be a big lot of gold care! s and inattentive, they were straining their hearing and the patriot cause is suffering from the want of money.' to the utmost to take in everything that was said by the "Oh, there certainly will be a lot of it, Dick. Jus two. think of the number of soldiers down there There will b "Yes, to take it-that is, from near Perth' Aniboy." enough gold to pay the patriot soldiers all that is no "Oh, it is not to be taken all the way by then?" owing them, and for months in advance." "No; it will be taken off the ship in a boat, and trans"You are right, Bob; and we must-we will, secure tha ferred by the boat to an old house a mile north of Perth money!" Amboy. There is a team and wagon there, and I am to go "But how will we do it, Dick? The two of us ca there with four men, and transfer the gold from the house hardly hope to accomplish it alone." 1.o the wagon, and then convey it to New Brunswick." i< 1 see. Well, it seems like rather a foolish transaction thi>: the gold down to the soldiers at New Bruns wick, don't you think? What can they do with it? They can't spend it there, can they?" "Well, yes; there are things they can buy there, such as pipes, tobacco, liquor and other luxuries with which to tickle the palate; and then, you know, lots of the men are "We won't have to try to do it alone, Bob." "No?" "No; we will go and get our horses and ride away at once We will reach Middlebrook at the earliest possible momen which will be by seven o'clock this evening; then we wil take our company of brave 'Liberty Boys' and make ou way across to the vicinity of Perth Amboy under cover o darkness. We will be able to find the house the redcoat inveterate gamesters, and they wish their pay, so they had reference to, I am sure, and then the rest will be eas, will have money with which to gamble." "True enough. Well, it is safe enough, anyway, so it docs not matte.r, I judge." "Oh, no; it doesn't matter. 'l'he men might as well have their pay, as it is perfectly safe to take it to them." "When is the gold to be taken down?" "To-night." and simple." "We will wait till the men bring the gold, and the gobble it up, eh?"_ "Yes ; but I think we will wait till the colonel and hi assistants get there, and make them prisoners." "That will be a good idea "I think so; come, Bob. Let us be going." "At what hour?" "I don't know at what hour the boat will go down. The youths hastened away up the street in the directio I from which they bad recently come. have orders to leave here at nine o'clock to-nig;ht. That will make it about midnight, or perhaps a little later, when They got their horses, mounted and rode An hour later they were on the bank of the Hudso we reach the house in question. Then by the time we load at a point only a mile from Fort Washington. the gold into the wagon and get ready to. start to New Dick fired his pistol in the air, and then a few momen Brunswick it will be half-past one, or perhaps two later fired the other one. "I see; then you will reach New Brunswick early in the A few minutes later a flat-boat was seen leaving the shor morning." on the opposite side of the river. "Yes." "There comes Hampton t" said Dick, with an air of sati The two men began talking on another subject of no faction. "I was afraid he might be away, and we woul interest to Dick and Bob, and they walked be delayed in getting across the river."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. 23 ==============================:============================= "That would have been bad, Dick." "Yes, indeed!" Hampton was soon across, and he greeted the youths cordially. He knew Dick and Bob, and as he was a strong patriot, he liked the youths for the good work for the cause of liberty which they had done. The youths led their horses onto the, and then were taken across the river. Dick offered to pay Hampton, but he would have nothing. "Yer welcome," he said; "an' I wusht I c'u'd on'y do more fur ye. Whenever ye wants ter git ercross ther river, come ter me, an' I'll take ye ercross an' et shan't cost ye a General Washington looked at Dick in a calculating manner. "What are your ideas regarding this matter, Dick?" he asked, presently; f'do you wish to have charge of the men who go to make this capture?" Dick's eyes shone "I should Jike it very much, your excellency." "So I thought; and the men-have you any choice re garding the men you shall take with you on this task?" There was a peculiar half-smile on Washington's face. He knew that Dick would prefer to taJrn his own mentbe brave and dashing "Liberty Boys." Dick saw the half-smile and understood. "Yes your excellency," he said; "if you have no ob jections, I should like to take my company of 'Liberty "Thank you," said Dick, heartily, and then he and Bob .Boys.' I think we will be able to do the work, and capture shook hands with the good-hearted ferryman, bade him :;ent." good-by, and rode away. They rode steadily all the afternoon, having got some thing for themselves to eat, and feed for their horses at a farm-house at about two o'clock, and reached Middle brook at half-past seven o'clock. As soon as they had put thejr horses in the stable al Jotted to the use of the "Liberty Boys" for their horses, rhey went to their quarters and washed and ate supper. Then Dick went straight to headquarters. the gold, and the men with it." "I am sure you will be able to do it, Dick; and I will say ti:iat there0 are no other men in my army whom I would rather trust to do this work than the company of 'Liberty Boys,' especially when you are along to command them. I have tried you thoroughly, Dick, and I have never found )OU wanting; I-am willing to trust this affair ent.i. rely to you, and will leave you to wotk in your own way.'' Dick :flushed wi!i pleasure. He was a modest youth, but this praise from the great commander-in-chief of the patriot army could not but be pleasing to him. "Thank you, your excellency/' he said, feelingly; "l Diek told the commander-in-chief that they had enjoyed will take my company of 'Liberty Boys,' and will go their visit very much. the house and be here in readiness, and when the gold is The commander-in-chief was in, and greeted Dick pleas antly, and inquired if he and Bob had had a pleasant visit with their folks. Then he told the commander-in-chief what they had brought there, we will capture it and the men with it.'' learned by overhearing the conversation of the Britisli of"I am not afraid but what you will succeed in doing so, ficers on the street in New York. General Washington's eyes shone eagerly as he listened to Dick's story. "That is the best news I have heard in. a long time," he said. "Dick, my boy, we must have that gold." "That is what I had decided, sir." "Yes, indeed! We are needing it very, very badly indeed. Our soldiers have had no money for weeks, and some of them for months past, and they are beginning to grumble and I don't blame them. If we can secure this gold, we can pay them every cent that is due them and have consid erable left." "I think so, sir." "Yes, for the sum must be a large one, if it is to be sufficient for paying the British soldiers even one month's wages." "I should judge so, your excellency." Dick." The commande r-in-chief and the youth talked the matter over for some little time longer, and then Dick bade the great man good-night and withdrew. He hastened back to the quarters occupied by the "Lib erty Boys." I While he was.gone Bob had told the youths-there being an entire company made up of young fellows of an average age of eighteen years-that there would be work for them that night. Then he had told them what he and Dick had learned in New York. So when Dick re-entered the quarters, all looked at him with eager inquiry. "Are we to go, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly. Dick nodded. "Yes," he said; "you have told the boys?"


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. "Yes." The youths were as quiet as they could be, and about t "Well, our company of 'Liberty Boys' is to go, and the only noise heard was that made by the hoofs of the horse quicker we get ready, the better." It was about nine o'clock when youths had There was bustle and confusion in the quarters for the The distance to Perth Amboy being nearly eightee next few minutes. miles, 'it would take them till nearly midnight to reac Then the "Liberty Boys" filed out, and made their way their destination. to the place where the horses were kept. This being the case, they would be unable to get ther Fifteen minutes later the horses were saddled and much ahead of the colonel and his men. bridled. Dick did not know exactly where the house was, an Then the youths mounted. realized that a delay of half an hour or so might result o "Forward!" ordered Dick. And the company of "Liberty Boys" rode away into the darkness. CHAPTER XIII. THE LIBERTY BOYS' this account. Therefore he felt that it would be best to travel tolera bly fast, so as to gain a little time. They rode at a gallop a good portion of the time, i being light enough so that they could see fairly well, th moon giving s ome light. Dick headed straight for Perth Amboy, and kept on i this direction till the village was almost reached; then h turned to the left and rode northward. The house in question was about a mile north of Pert They all realized that they were going on a dangerous Amboy, the officers had said. errand. So Dick felt that they ought not to lose a great deal o Not that the capture of the gold and a guard with it time in finding it would be dangerous; there would not be enough of the red-Nor did they. coats to make this dangerous. The danger lay in the fact that in reaching the house near Perth Amboy-the house in which the gold was to be delivered from the boat-they would have to traverse a strip of country within the control of the British. The distance to Perth Amboy was about eighteen miles. The direction was almost due east. In going, they would go within three miles of tha They reached the vicinity of the house in question at a few minutes before midnight. They di&mounted at a point perhaps two hundred yards distant and walked to the house. To their surprise, there was a team and wagon in front of the house. The wagon was backed up against the front door. "The officer and hi s men have reached here ahead of British army at New Brunswick. us," whispered Dick to Bob; "and they are no doubt get -It was likely that scouting parties and foragers would ting ready to transfer the gold from the house into the be out, and the "Liberty Boys" might run onto them at any moment. In that case there would be a fight, and the trouble was that this would give the alarm, and more parties of British would come out in search of the youths, and they would have hard work doing the work ori which they were bent. So Dick cautioned the youths to kee:(> quiet. "Everybody keep as quiet as possible," he said; "and keep a sharp lookout. We don't want to encounter any of the enemy if we can possibly help it." "That's right," said Bob; "we are after big game to night, and we don't want to take any chances on losing it by getting mixed up with some other parties of t he British. We must have eyes and ears only for the party h::i. ving the gold in charge." "That is the idea, exactly," agreed Dick. wagon." "You are right, Dick," agreed Bob. As they drew nearer they saw that there were a couple of men in the wagon. It happened that the attention of the two was toward the door of the house. The door was open, and the men were peering in through the doorway They knew no doubt, that the stuff they were to take away was gold, and they were waiting eagerly to get a sight of the precious load. This was fortunate for the "Liberty Boys." It gave them the chance they were looking for. They slipped up close to the wagon and seized the two fellows before they knew what had happened. Strong hands clutched the throats of the two British


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. 25 oldiers, and they were unable to so much as cry out to arn those within the house. They were quickly bound hand and foot and gaggeCl. Then Dick led the way into the house, the "Liberty oys" following in obedience to a signal. They tip-toed, so as to make as little noise as possible. To their surprise, there was no one in the house at all. Dick could not understand this at :first. Then suddenly he heard voices. They seemed to come from below. "They are in the cellar," he whispered to Bob. Then he led the way into the kitchen. A candle burned there, making a fitful light, but enough r .the needs of the youths. Following Dick's lead, they stole down the cellar stair-ay. There were several redcoats in the cellar. When the men had been carried upstairs Dick turned to the British officer. "Well, colonel, we seem to have the better of it just at present," he said. "Who are you?" he asked, haughtily. "I am Dick Slater, at your service," replied Dick, calmly; "though doubtless you have never heard of me." The officer started. "Yes, I have hea;rd of you," he said, and he looked at the youth with an interested air. "I have heard a gre11t deal about you. And so you are the wonderful boy spy, and captain of the 'Liberty Boys of '76,' are you?" "Yes," replied Dick, modestly. Then he turned his attention to the iron-bound chest. "So this is gold," he said; "genuine English gold." "But you will not dare take the gold," the officer cried. ''It belongs to the crown-to King George." "We care nothing about King George," said Dick, cl),lrnly; "we do not recognize him as our king; we have no On the floor was a strong, iron-bound chest. king, and this gold we shall confiscate." Among them was the British colonel Dick had seen in ew York the day before. The lid was up, and the men were looking at the con-nts. They had a couple of lanterns, and these furnished the cessary light. It seemed that they had been checking off the contents the chest, and had just finished. Their attention was on t'l}.e chest. Otherwise they would have discovered the advent upon e scene of the "Liberty Boys." As it was, they did not know any others than them ves were in the cellar until they felt themselves seized in ong hands. Then they cried out in surprise and alarm. They tried to struggle. They made desperate efforts to break loose from the ld of those who had grasped them. 1 to no purpose. "You will not dare!" "Oh, yes," with a smile. "This British gold will be of great help to the patriots in their :fight for liberty," said Dick. ''General Washington will be much obliged to you for your contribution, colonel, I am sure." The officer groaned. Evidently he did not appreciate Dick's humor. "You will not be able to take it away," he said; "some of the companies of our soldiers wnich are constantly circu lating around in this vicinity will be sure to capture you ( and recover the gold." "I hardly think so," smiled Dick. "We will risk it, any way." The youths then examined the gold. The iron-bound chest was filled with of gold, and with crisp Bank of England notes, and the eyes of the he "Liberty Boys" had entered the cellar in such youths sparkled at the wonderful sight. bers that there were three or four to each redcoat, and men were helpless. truggle as they might,, they could do nothing. hey could only give vent to cries and curses, inter ngled with tht-eats. ut this availed them nothing. n a few minutes all were prisoners, and all were bound d and foot with the exception of the colonel, whose ds only were bound. 'Take those fellows up and place them in the wagon," rncted Dick. he "Liberty Boys" hastened to obey. "Say, this will prove very acceptable to the commanderin-chief, old man," said Bob, enthusiastically. "Indeed it will, Bob." "Hadn't we better be getting it upstairs?" "I guess we had, Bob." Dick was on the point of giving the order to some of the "Liberty Bqys," when the voice of one came down from upstairs: "There is a band of horsemen coming, Diek! We can hear the hoofbeats of the horses! You liad better hurry!" An exclamation of delight escaped the British officer. "I told you so!" he said, triumphantly; "you will be


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. whipped and driven away, and we will be rescued and the gold recovered." "I don't think so," said Dick Then he turned to the boys. "Carry the chest upstairs," he ordered. Four of the "Liberty Boys" seized the chest It was very bea vy. It was as much as they could do to lift it. .A couple more of the youths got hold. The six of them were enabled to carry the chest. They managed to get up the stairs with it. Dick followed. He brought the officer along. The chest was carried to the front door. Willing hands reached down and seized the chest j, number of "Liberty Boys" being in the wagon. The chest was lifted up and deposited. in the wagon. Then the officer was assisted into the wagon. But this was not to be. The moon presently broke through the clouds and shone out clear and bright. Dick looked back. Not more than a quarter of a mile away was a body of horsemen. That they were British dragoons there could be no doubt. Dick knew they would be seen This was inevitable. Therefore the yell which went up from the horsemen did not surprise him in the least. He was expecting it. He would have been surprised bad he not heard it. "They've seen us, Dick," said Bob, who rode beside hiJU. "Yes, Bob." "What are you going to do-stop and show fight?" "No, we will give them a running fight of it, Bob." Dick looked ahead. The other prisoners were there already. Sam was making the horses attached to the wagon go at "Now, Sam," said Dick to Sam Sunderland, "get hold as fast a gait as possible. of the lines and drive toward Middlebrook as fast as you He realiied the necessity for haste. can. We will keep behind you and figh1 the British off." Sam obeyed. He leaped up onto the seat and seized the lines. He clucked to the horses, and they started. He drove out into the road, and started in the direction of Middlebrook The sound of hoofbeats could be heard plainly now. Evidently a band of horsemen was close at hand. Dick gave the order to mount. The "Liberty Boys" ran at once to where their horses were hitched. They mounted. 'rhe coming horsemen were close at hand now. It happened that the moon was .obscured by a cloud. Dick was in hope that the cloud would stay over the moon. If it did so, they might be able to get away without being seen. He hoped that they might be enabled to do so. He hoped so for several reasons. First, he did not wish to engage in a fight with the redcoats on this night, as he had already gotten what he had come after, and wished to get back to the patriot army. They were in the domains of the enemy. If they were to become engage!. with the enemy the entire British army would be aroused. They were not far from the main encampment. The sound of firing would be easily heard there. So Dick wished to avoid an engagement if possible. "'rhey are bound to catch up with 1J.S, though," h thought.. There could be no doubt regarding this. It could not be expected that a wagon could be pu lle by a team as rapidly as horses could go that ';7ere ridden Suddenly the night air was pu:qctured by the crack crack of pistol shots. "They arc too far away to do us damage with smal arms," thought Dick. And this. was the 'case. 'rhe bullets from the pistols fell to the ground befor reaching the "Liberty Boys." But the redcoats were gaining. They would soon be within pistol-shot distance. Then the "Liberty Boys" would be bi danger. Dick looked back. He sized up the horsemen as well as he could "They don't outnumber us so very greatly," he though "If it becomes necessary, I think we can stop and fig them back." He was always eager for a fight. He did not like the idea of running from the redcoa "Let's stop and give 'em a taste of cold lead, Dick he said. But Dick said: "Wait a while, Bob." .A few minutes later there came another volley from t redcoats.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. 27 Two of the "i.iberty Boys" were wounded this time, and Dick thought it time to do something. ''Halt!" he cried. They were soon up with the wagon, and the horses had to slow down to a walk. The company of "Liberty Boys" came to a s top promptly. The majority were like Bob, eager for a fight. "Ready ordered Dick. Up came the muskets. "Fire!" Crash. Then the "Liberty Boys" proceeded to load their mu s k e t s again. The British were drawing near once more by thi.s time. They tried to slip up to within pistol-shot distance, but Dick would not allow this. He ordered the "Liberty Boys" to fire, and the y poured All fired at the same instant, and the crash was deafanother volley into the ranks of the redcoats. ening. Thi s threw the British into such confusion that they It was an effective volley, too, jud gi ng by the yells o! could not fire the volley as they had intended, and by the pain and rage which came from the r e d c oat s time they were straightened out again the youths were out "Now forward again!" cried Di ck. Load as you go!" of pi s tols hot distance. The youths obeyed. ?-'he "Libe rty Boys" loaded their muskets aga].n. "Whirling their horses, they rode onward after the "We are doing .first Dick," said Bob. wagon. "Yes, w e have nothing to complain 0 as yet, Bob," reThey loaded their muskets as they rod e-no e a s y task. plied Dick. The "Liberty Boys" had practiced it, however until they J "Say, let's charge 'em next time, Dick." ad become proficient in the art. "I've been thinking of it, Bob." They could load their musket s whil e their hor s e e were oing at a full run, and never spill the powder nor drop the ullet. The volley from the mu s k e t s of the Liberty Boys" "Have you?" eagerly. "'Yes." "Good! Let's do it, old man!" "I will see what the rest of the boys think about it b e ampencd the ardor of the purs uing redcoat s to a confore dec iding h e s aid iderable degree. Then be lifted up bis voice loud enough so all the "LibThey kept up the pursuit, howeve r. erty Boys" could hear him, but not loud enough for the Doubtless they hoped that t h e s ound of the firing might British to hear, arid cried: ttract the attention of more of the British and bring "What do you say to charging them next time, boys?" riends to their aid. "We say yes, Dick!" was the r e ply from the youth s in Presently they drew nearer again. a manner not to be mistak e n. "Let's charge 'em!" "They are going to fire another volley," thought Dick. "All right!" he called out; "we will fire another volley This proved to be the case. from our musk e t s and then charge the redcoats, and whe n As in the former instance, the volley did little or no we are close enough, we will fire volleys from our pistols. amage, however. Then we will charge them with fixed bayonets!" "Mighty poor shots, those chaps," said Bob. A cheer went up from the youths. When they had got their muskets loaded, Dick was ready "Be quiet, fellows!" called Dick; "the redcoats will give their pursuer s another volley. know we are up to some trick!" "Halt!" he cried. "That's right; never thought of that,'< said Sam SunderThe "Liberty Boys" came to a stop. land. "Take aim!" was the next order. The British heard the youths cheer, no doubt. "Fire!" They could not have helped hearing it. Crash! Roar! But they probably did not understand its meanmg. Again they had done good execution, judging by the At any rate, it did not put a stop to their plan of proies and curses which went up from the redcoats. cedure. The British were evidently getting more than they barThey came on in pursuit. ined for. They came as close as they thought they dared, and then "Forward!" cried Dick; "and load as you go I" fired a volley. Againthey whirled their horses. A few of the bullets from the pistols reached the youths, Up the road they went at a gallop. but did no particular damage. ______ ..........


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK. Then Dick decided that it was the proper time for his boys to act. "Get ready!" he cried. The youths leveled their muskets. The youths obeyed the order, and then they rode b up the road. The wagon had stopped to wait for the youths to co up, and Dick was glad of it, for there were a number "Take aim!" wounded redcoats, and they were taken up and placed Dick waited a few moments for the boys to take aim, and the wagon. then gave the order : Then the journey was resumed. "Fire!" Dick and the "Liberty Boys" were well pleased. Crash! Roar! They had captured tw e nty thousand pounds of gold, h Then wild yells of rage and pain went up from the redcaptured the men who had been sent along with the go coats this including an officer, and now they had put the Brit" "Forward cried Dick. The youths urged their horses forward. They rode at a gallop. .And straight toward the redcoats. "Ready with your pistols!" cried Dick. The youths drew their pistols. "Fire ordered Dick. Crash Roar Wild cheers went up from the "Liberty Boys." Yells, groans and curses went up from the redcoats. "With the other pistol, boys!" cried Dick .A cheer was the reply "Ready! Fire!" Crush Roar Again the "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to wild cheers. And still louder groans, yells and curses went up from / the redcoats. 'rhey were getting decidedly more than they had bar g ai ned for. It looked as if the pursuers would soon be the pursued. And it SO proved. "Charge bayonets!" cried Dick. They were close enough to the British now, so that they could hear Dick and understand him. to rout and had eaptured some more of them. "Say, Dick, we've been lucky to-night," said Bo'b, thusiastically. "Yes, and yesterday and the day before, too, Bob," plied Dick. "We were in luck to get home in time to r cue the girls, and now we have been in luck again, as y say, in capturing this gold and these redcoats." "Jove! but General Washington will be pleased when get back with the gold and the prisoners, won't he?" "Indeed he will, Bob." "What a lucky thing that was, our overhearing the ficers on the street in New York when they were ta!ki about the gold, Dick!" "Yes, as I said a moment ago, we have been very 1ucl Bob." The "Liberty Boys" reached Middlebrook and the patri army in safety. They did not encounter any more prowling bands of re coats. The prisoner s were placed in the guard-house-with t exception of the badly-wounded ones, who were taken the hospital. Then the gold was taken out of the wagon and carri into the building occupied by General Washington for h ,,. They heard him say "Charge bayonets!" headquarters. The order gave them a terrible fright. Then the youths went to their quarters and lay dow They were already in conusion. feeling that they had done their full duty. The three volleys that had been fired by the "Liberty Next morning theJ, were more than reJ?aid for wh Boys" had thrown them 1nto disorder, and now to learn they had done by the praise which they received fro that a bayonet charge was to come on top of all the rest General Washington was too much. He held an informal reception and had every member They felt that this was the straw too much. So when they saw the company of "Liberty Boys" com ing charging down the road, they gave utterance to wild yells of fright and broke and fled. The "Liberty Boys" gave vent to cheers, and followed th e fleeing redcoats a distance of perhaps a quarter of a mile, and then Dick gave the order to stop. the company of "Liberty Boys" come to his quarters a shake hands with him. He spoke words of praise to each and every one, and th went forth from the building very proud and ca able of doing even greater things. When Dick had shaken hands with the great man, asked the youth for a detailed story of the entire affair.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCR:. 29 Dick gave it, and the story was listened to with interest of benefit to the great cause of liberty, your excellency," i the commander-in-chief and the members of his :>taff. '"You did remarkably well, Dick-remarkably well!" 1eneral W ashi.ngton declared. "You certainly did, Dick!" said General Gre,me. said Dick, earnestly. "Nobly spoken!" said the commander-in-chief; "I dont know what I should have done without you and your 'J;;ib erty Boys.' You have been of immense aid to the great "We were very lucky, I say, your excellency," cause." l id Dick. "We wereJucky in hearing the two officers talk "And we hope to be of still greater benefit in the future, the gold, and then we have been favored by fortune your excellency," said Dick. way through the affair." l"Well, you and your 'Liberty Boys' are brave and rewd," said General Washington, "and fortune always lvors the brave." "That is the reason fortune has favored you, then, your cellency," said Dick. "Well said!" exclaimed General Greene. "He has paid back in your own coin, your excellency." The commander-in-chief smiled. THE END. The next number (14) of "The Liberty Boys of "r6" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE; OR, : FOOLING THE BRITISH," by Harry Moore. 1"So I see," he replied. "Well, Dick, I certainly owe SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly great deal to you and the 'Liberty Boys.' The gold are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any li.ich you last night secured will be of immense benefit to newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by and will enable us to go ahead in good style. We will mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION be able the men their wages." SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies "I am glad if my 'Liberty Boys' and myself have been you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen"t P'9ree 11 "HAPPY DA d l s The urgest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. ti contains 16 Large Pages. f B. lY It is Handsomely Dlustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. -Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. e .Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Pree. .................................


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SJ Fred Fearnot's Wit, and How It Saved His Life. 82 Fred Fearnot's Great Prize; or. Worlcing Hard to Win. 83 Fred Fearnot at Bay; or, His Great Fight for Life. 84 Fred Fearnot's Disguise; or, a Strange Cle-w. 85 Fred Fearnot's Moose Hunt; or, Adventures in the lllaine Woo d 86 irred Fearnots Oratory; or, IJ'un at the Girls' High School. 87 Fred Fearnot's Big Heart; or, Giving tbe Poor a Chance. 88 Fred Fearnot .Accused; or, Tricked by a Villain. 89 Fred F'earnot's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. 90 Fred Fearnot's Deadly Peril; or, His Narrow Escape from Ruin 91 Fred Fearnot's Wild Ride; or, Dick Duncan' s Life. 92 Fred Fearnot"s Long Chase; or, Trailing a Cunning Villa!. 93 Fred Fearnot"s f,ast Shot. and How It Saved a Life. 94 Fred l<'earnot's Common Sense; or, The Best Way Out of Troubl 95 Fred Fearnot's Great !<'ind; or, Saving Terry Olcott's Fortune. 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sultan; or, Adventures on the Isia.nd of Su 97 Fred Fearnot's Silvery Tongue; or, Winning an Angry MOil. !18 Fred F'earnot's Strategy; or, Outwitting a .rroublesome Couple. 99 Fred Fearnot's J,lttle Joke; or, Worrying Di c k and rerry. 100 Fred Fearnot's Muscle; or, Holding Ilis Own Against Odds. 101 Fred Fearnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at the Right Time. ::.02 Fred Fearnot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and Evelyn; or, 'rhe Infatuate d Rival. 104 Fred Fearnot's Wager; or, Downing a Brntal Sport. 105 Fred Fearnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Isla 106 Fred Fearnot Dec eived; or, After the Wrong Man. 107 Fred Fearnot's Charity; or, Teaching Others a Lesson. 108 Fred Fearnot as "The Judge;" or, Heading off the Lynchers. 109 Fred FParnot and. tbe Clown; or, Saving the Old Man's Place. 110 Free Fearnot's 1-'me Work; or, Up Against a Crank 111 Fred Fearnot's Bad Break ; or, What Happened to Jones. 112 Fred Femnot's Round Up; or, A Lively 'l'ime on the Ranche. 113 Fred Fearnot and the Giant ; or, A Hot Time in Cheyenne. 114 Fred Fearnot's Cool Nerve; or. Giving It Straight to the Boys 115 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. 116 Fred Fearnot In a Fix ; or, The Blackmailer's Game. 117 as a "Broncho Buster ;" or, A Great Time I n 118 Fred Fearnot and His Mascot ; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. 119 Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm; or, The Bad Man of Arizon a 120 Fred Fearnot as a "Tenderfoot;" or, Having Fun with the C boys. 121 Fred Fearnot Captured; or, In the Hands of His EKe m les. 122 Frerl Fearnot and tl1e Banker : or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin H For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on r eceipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by 24 Union_ Square, New Yor PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our L ibrar i es and cannot proc ure them from newsdeal ers, they can be ob t a i n e d f rom this office d irec t. Cut out and in t he following Ord e r Blank and s e n d i t t o u s w i t h t h e pric e of the books yo u wan t and w e will s end them to you by turn m a il. 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Books Tell You Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover.. st of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any Id can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects ntioned. ( THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS 0& WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS OM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE NTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS ,MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING. o. 21. HOW TO H UNT AND FISH.-The most complete ting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inuctions about guus, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, rether with d e s criptions of game and fish. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully istrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. i ll instructions are giv e n in this little book, together with in uctions on swimming and riding companion sports to boating. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE, AND DRIVE A HORSE. treatise on the hors e D escribing the most us.eful horses business, the best horses for the road; ali>o valuable recipes for eases peculiar to the hors e No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy b k for boys, containing full direction!> for constructing canoes the most popular manner of sailing them. Fdly illustrated. C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. o. 1 NAPOLEON'S ORACULlii\l AND DREAM BOOK. ntaining the great oracle of human destiny; alS1:> the true meanof almost any kind of dreams, togeth e r with charms, ceremonies, d curious games of cards. A complete book. o. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAUS.-lDverybody dreams, m the little child to the aged m a n and woman. This little book es the explanation to all kinds of dre ams, tog ether with lu c ky !cl unlucky days, and "Napole on's Orac ulum;" the book of fate. o. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTTJNES.-Everyone is d e sirous of owing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or sery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little k. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell fortune of your friends. o 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE lIAND. mt.;_ining rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the d or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret elf telling future ents by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By /i.. derson. THLETIC. o. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in, ruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, 1rizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, althy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can 1come strong and healthy by following the instructions contained this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. mtaining over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and differ t vositions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtam one of ese useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box thout an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full !Btructions for all kjnds of gymnastic sports and athleti c exercises. lnbracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for ncing and the use of the broadsword; also im:;truction in archery. [escribed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best 1sitions in fencing. A complete book. No. 61. HOW TO BECOME A BOWLER.-A complete manual bowlin!1 Containing full instructions for playing all the stand d American and German games; together with rules and systems sporting in use by the _principal bowling clubs in the Unite

THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this book, as it contains fall instructions for or ganizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original Jjoke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It / contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome colored.cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Gontaining full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of past1y, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multitudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very valuable little .llook just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, clPd diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the' money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing. the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full direct i ons for p l aying Euchre Crib bage, Casi no, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poker \ Auction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards'. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesti ng _puzzles and conundrums with key to same A complete book. F u lly illustrated. By A. Anderson ETIQUETTE. No. 13. TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-lt is a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and eti quette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church and in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK O F RECITATIONS. -;-Containing the most popular selections in use, comprisi n g Dutch dialect, French dialect, Y a nkee and bish dialect pieces, toget her with many standar d readin g s. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fo teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to beco a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fr all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the b sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods handkerchief, fan, glove, par1>sol, window and hat flirtation, it c tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be hap without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handso little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instr tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at parti how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squa dances No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to lo courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etique to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not g erally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in t art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of t brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the wor Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male a female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this bo and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS: No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated a containing full instructions for the management and training of t canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, PIGEONS Ar RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely ill trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hi on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bir Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringt Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A val able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mounti and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving co plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepin taming, breeding and managing all kind s of pets ; also giving instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twentl eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the ki ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and i structive book, giving a complete treatise. on chemistry ; also e periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, a directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloo This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook f making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'1'ES DISTANC TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving t official distances on all the railroads f the United States a Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, ha fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., maki it one of the most complete and hangy books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A wo derful book, containing useful and practical information in t treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general co plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND OOINS.-Co taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangi of stamps and coins. Handsomel;y illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By O l d King Brad the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuab and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventur and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contai ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work i also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and oth Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITAR CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittanc course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Po Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy shou know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, auth of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete i structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Academy. .Also .containing the course of instruction, descripti of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a b should know to become an officer i n the United States Navy. Co piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become West Point Military Cadet." I PRIC E 10 C ENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. f Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 24 Union Square, New York.


HERE'S ANOTHER NEW ONE! Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. DON'T FAIL TO READ IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the adventures of a brave band of AmericaJJ youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence, Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter. bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or. Beset by British and 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. S ettling With the British and Tories. Torie;;. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Resc ue; or, A Host Within Them selves. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good 'Work; or. Helping General Wash ington. 4 'fhe Liberty Boys on Hand; or. Always in the Right Place Lo The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Race With Death. 5 The Liberty Boys Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's 11 Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. Minions. J 2 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 6 The LibP,rty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. You can." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or. The Champiou Spies oi' the Revolution. 14 Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Foiling the British For sale u y all news dealers, or sen t postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yorkj I 1 IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and ;ti! in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them t o y o u b y turn mail,. .POS'l'AGE S'l'AMPS 'l'AU:E N 'J'HE SAME A S .MONEY FR.'l.:XK TOl"SEY. Publis h e r, .'2+ l:'nion Squnr e -:\e1r Y ork. . . . 1901. DE.\lt S1H-Enclogcd find .... cents for 1rhich m e : .. .. copies of \\" ORK AND WIX, Nos ........................... ... .......... ................ PLl'CK AKD LUCK ....... ......................................... SECRET SERVICE ........................... ....... : _, ...... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, No s .............. ......................... T e n-Cent Hand Books, Nos .................... ..... ............................ Name ........................... Street am1 .......... ....... Town .......... State .... ..........