The Liberty Boys' fine work, or, Doing things up brown


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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issue d Weekly-By Subs cription $2.50 p e r y ear. Ente r e d a s Second Class Matte r at the New York, N. Y., Post Office February 4 1901. Entered a ccording to A c t of Cong1 css, i n the y ear 1901, in the office of tne Librarian o f Cong ress, Washington, D. C., by Fran k Tousey, 24 Union Square, N e w York. No. 21. NEW YORK, MAY 24, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. DICK, :!IIAJOR, AND THE REDCOATS. Early summer of the year 1778. The British army under General Howe had spent the 'nter at Philadelphia_ finding 1!shington ready for him, he had turned around and marched back again. The dissatisfaction had reached such a pitch in England that the people grumbled and made such a fuss that Gen eral Howe sent in his resignation as commander-in-chief. The resignation was promptly acce pted, and Sir Henry Clinton, who was stationed at New York, was I The officers and men had spent their time in dissipacommander-in-chief in Howe's place. on and revelry. I When the Tory citizens of Philadelphia learned that This suited the majority much better than fighting. General Howe bad resigned and was to return to England, The officers and men bad been well pleased. their sorrow was great. He was such an easy-going, good:But the people of England were not well pleased. natured man that they liked him very much. They were greatly dissatisfied. General Howe was to sail on the nineteenth of May. They did not like the way General Howe had conducted The officers and Tory citizens decided to get up a grand : imself. entertainment in his honor. He had been quartered in Philadelphia with a great It was to be a grand entertainment, indeed. y o:C eighteen thousand men. Not more than twenty miles distant, at Valley Forge, D d as the patnot army. !l As compared with the British army it was a mere handof men. The men were half naked, and more than half the time but very little to eat. It seemed to the people of England that it should have en a very easy matte1 for General Howe to attack the o triot army and annihilate it. o This would have ended the war, they were sure. But General Howe had not done this. More, he had not only done this thing which they thought should have done, but during the past year he had done gs which he should not have done. The most noteworthy of these was his turning away and m ing southward to attack Philadelphia the fall before, rs n en he had had orders to go up the Hudson to Albany d co-operate with Burgoyne, who was coming down from e north through the wilderness. t s True, Howe had won a victory at the Brandywine, but d come within an ace of being defeated and having his at army put to rout at Ge,nM.ntown. Several weeks were spent in making ready for it. It was to be held on the eighteenth, the day before General Howe would sail. The eighteenth came at last. It was a great day for Philadelphia. The streets were thronged. The boats belonging to the British fleet, decorated with flags and loaded down with officers of the navy and army,. and ladies of the city, paraded on the river. Salutes were fired, bands played. After the officers and ladies had landed from the boats,. a Knights' Tournament was held though, as it was all for show, no one was hurt in the mimic combat. From that time on until midnight, dancing, wine drinking and card-playing was in full blast. So many toasts were drank-to the king, the queen, the members of the royal family, the British army and navy,. to nearly everybody and everything that could be thought of-that many of the officers became so drunk that the servants had to take them and put them to bed. This was indeed a fitting windup to General Howe'& career in America, and especially to his career in Philadelphia. on He had marched out to Whitemarsh, twelve miles disNext day General Howe went aboard the ship and eet ;t nt, with the intention of attacking the patriot army, but sail for England.

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. The same day Sir Henry Clinton took command of the British army. And at about one o'clock of this same day a bronze-faced, handsome youth of eighteen or nineteen years of age stood before General Washington in the latter's headquarters at Valley Forge. I 1'he youth was Dick Slater, captain of a company of youths known as the "Liberty Boys of '76," and the most famous scout and spy of the Revolution. "Dick," said General Washington, "I have sen for you because of the fact that I have some very important work which I wish done, and I know of no one more capable of doing it successfully than yourself." Dick :flushed with pleasure. "Thank you, your excellency," he said. "I have tried to do my duty and I am glad to know that I have in the past done my work in such a manner as to cause you to have confidence in me. What is it that you wish me to do, sir?" "I wHl tell you, Dick: As you are well aware-for you brought me the information yourself-General Howe has resigned as commander-in-chief oi the British army and set sail for England to-day." General Washington paused, and Dick nodded. "True, your excellency." "Sir Henry Clinton has been appointed commander-in chief." "Yes, yuur excellency." "He has been appointed commander-in-chief, and takes command to-day." "True, sir." Washington was silent for a few moments, and then he went OJ;l: "Sir Henry must have received orders from England at the same time that he received his commission, and work will be begun at once for the making of some important move. Washington paused again, looked straight into Dick's eyeR for a few moments, and then said, in a low, impres sive tone: "Dick, it is very important that I should learn what those orders were and what the important move in ques tion is to be. Do you think you can find out for me?" I'll try, sir." Dick's reply was brief, but his tone and air were earnest. "I'll do my best, your excellency." ''Good l You will proceed to Philadelphia at once?" "I will be in Philadelphia by nightfall." Dick remained at headquarters a few minutes longer, talking the matter over with the commander-in-chief. Then he left headquarters and made his way to the quar ters occupied by his company of "Liberty Boys." "What's up now, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, a bright, handsome youth of about Dick's age. "More fun and ad venture for you, eh?" "I don't know about that, Bob. I'm to go to Philadelphia, though." "I thought so. When are you going?" "This afternoon, Bob. I want to start so as to get to the city about nightfall." "Jovel I wish I could go with you. But, of course--' "I think it better that I should go alone, Bob," sai Dick. "Oh, all right!" said Bob, with a comical grimace. "The redcoats will nab you one of these days, however, and the perhaps the rest of us fellows will get a chance to hav1 some fun and adventure." "Well, I am not going to let myself be nabbed to oblige you, Bob," said Dick, with a smile. "That's just like you; you always were selfish," Bob, in mock seriousness. Dick and Bob were the best and dearest of friends. They had been companions and playmates all their and understood each other thoroughly. They lived on adjoining farms near Tarrytown, Nel) York. They had played together, had hunted, fished and swan: together, had gone to school together, and they were mo:n like two brothers than anything else. There was another tie which bound them closer together The youths each had a sister. Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook were each about seven teen years of age, and were two as sweet, beautiful ant lovable girls as could have been in a year's search Each of the youths had fallen in love with the othe sister. ..,. i Their love was returned, and it was understood tha some day, when this cruel war was ended, and the indepent ence for which the youths were :fighting had been achieved "Ah!" said General Washington, in a tone of satisfacthe young couples would be married. tion. "That is the kind of talk I like to hear. 'I'll try,' We mention this to show that Bob was very far fror those are the words used by movers of mountains. You 1 meaning it when he intimated that he would be pleased l l will try, and I'm confident that if such a thing is possible 1 Dick should be captured by the redcoats. you will succeed.' 1 Dick understood this, however.

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'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 3 He read bet;veen the lines and took Bob's raillery good. naturedly. Dick began making his preparations for his trip to Philadelphia at once. He doffed his uniform and a ragged sW.it of citizen's clothing. It did not take him long to make his preparations. He was in no hurry to start, however. He did not wish to reach Philadelphia before nightfall. He was going to go on horseback. As it was only twenty miles to Philadelphia, he could ake the journey in three hours without forcing his horse o exert itself. As it did not become dark much before eight o'clock, ick would not start much before five. He remained in the quarters occupied by the "Liberty 1 oys," talking with his comrades until about half-pa.St four. Then he went out and saddled and bridled his horse. This horse was a magnificent animal which Dick had captured from the British many months before. The horse had once been the favorite charger of GenStopping in front of a tavern on Main street Dick dis mounted "Here," he said, handing the halter-strap to a hostler, "take my horse to the stable and give him feed and water." The hostler led the horse away and Dick entered the tavern. IJick ordered supper. The landlord looked at the youth rather dubiously. Doubtless he was afraid Dick could not or would not pay him for the meal. This was on account of Dick's dress; he having on, as will be remembered, a rather ragged and rough-looking suit of clothes. Dick divined what was passing in the landlord's inind. He reached in his pocket and drew forth some pieces of silver. "I can pay for what I order, landlord," he said. "Bring along my supper and hurry about it." The landlord, somewhat abashed, hastened out of the dining-room into the kitchen and gave the order for Dick s supper to be brought to him. Howe. While Dick was eating l)is supper, half a dozen red Dick had named the horse "Major," and he thought the coats entered the combined office and bar-room of the tav orld and all of the imimal. ern and began drinking at the bar. There was good reason why he should think a great deal f the horse. Major had carried the youth safely through many dan1 ers. In moTe than one instance his speed and staying powers ad been the means of saving Dick from capture by the ritish. Dick patted the horse on the neck. "Good boy!" he said. "We are going on another dan rous expedition, Major. Are you ready for it?" The horse neighed gently, and pawed the ground. r "Ah, you are l Al1 right; I'm glad of it." n And again Dick patted the horse's neck. Promptly at five o'clock, Dick mounted and rode away hut of the American encampment. 1 Dick rode in an easterly direction. It was his intention to cross the Schuylkill River at Nor }Stown, and proceed to Philadelphia by way of German a fwn. Dick was very famj.liarwith the lay of the country. He had traveled back and forth b'etween Valley Forge d Philadelphia many times during the winter just past. He reached Norristown in less than an hour, and, cross-1 tg the river, rode southeasterly toward Germantown. He reached Germantown at a little after seven o'clock. Dick decided to take supper here. Dick caught some of them eyeing him through the open doorway. It pnt him on his guard. "I fear there is trouble ahead for me," he thought. "Those redcoats look like they are ripe for deviltry. Well, forewarned is forearmed. I will keep my eyes on them." Dick did not let the redcoats know he had taken note of them. He ate on in the most unconcerned manner imaginable. He was cool and calm, outwardly. Within he was somewhat perturbed, however. HP did not like the idea of getting into a difficulty with the redcoats, if it was their intention to force one upon him. He was bound for Philadelphia on a spying expedition. Secrecy was essential. If he got into trouble with those fellows it would draw attention to him. This would be unwelcoin.e. He wished to go on his way quietly, and enter the city without attracting attention. However, if he could not avoid trouble, he could not. He would do his best to do so Then, if it was impossible to avoid trouble, he would make the redcoats wish they had Jet him alone, if such a thing were possible.

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. He :finished his supper, and, calling tile landlord, paid it seems very strange that a ragged young chap like you" for the meal. should be riding a magnificent animal like this?" "Tell the hostler to bring my horse around to the front," he said. "Certainly, my young friend," the landlord replied. He gave the order to the hostler, and Dick rose from the table and sauntered with seeming carelessness into the office. The redcoats eyed Dick closely. They exchanged meaning glances. Dick saw it all without appearing to do so. "The horse isn't mine," said Dick. "We thought as much;" with a grin. "We didn't ex pect to hear you acknowledge it, however." "Oh, you didn't?" "No." ) "The horse belongs tio my employer," said Dick. "I an going to the city on an errand for him." The redcoats laughed in rather a boisterous manner. "That's a pretty good story, young man, but it won't gt He felt that there was trouble down. You've stolen that horse, and you might as wel But the fellows did not suspect, from his actions, that own up to it." he was taking note of them. "I have done nothing of the kind," replied Dick. "Anc They did not know they were looking upon the shrewd-if I had, it would be none of your business." est patriot spy in the country. "Oho, the youngster's saucy!" with a laugh. "Well, ID) Had they known Dick was Dick Slater, the boy spy, they young man, your sauciness will avail y@u nothing. Jus 9i would have been greatly excited. hand me that halter-strap." His name and fame were well known to them. They would have been eager to capture the youth. Dick took note of the fact that three or four of the red coats presently left the office and we-nt out of doors This was a bad sign, he thought. It strengthened his belief that the redcoats contemplated making him trouble of some kind. "Well, I'll be ready for you," he said to himseif. It was now about time for the hostler to be out in front with Dick's horse. The youth set his teeth firmly and walked out of doors. He was followed by the redcoats who had not gone out of doors with the first gang. The hostler was just bringing his horse around to the front of the tavern. The four British soldiers who had left the tavern ahead of Dick stood near. Dick stepped forward and took the halter-strap out of the hostler's hand. As he did so the half dozen redcoats stepped forward and gathered around him. "That's a pretty nice horse you have there, young fel low," said one. "I am aware of that fact," replied Dick, in a quiet tone. Dick knew that he was to have trouble, and did not think it worth while to try to stave it off. Even as he was replying to the redcoat's remark, Dick was laying his plans of action and deciding upon the course which he would pursue when the clash should come. "Do what?" "Hand me that halter-strap." "Hand you the halter-strap?" "Yes." "Why should I do that?" "Because I say se." ; b "Because you say so?" ,h "Exactly." m redcoat swelled out his chest and looked importanl "What are you going to do?" b "I nm going to take charge of this horse, and keep hiJfei till the owner calls for him. Ha ha ha The fellow laughed in a manner as much as to say b:ta did not expect the owner would ever call for l:he horse. ?& The other redcoats joined in the laughter. They seemed to think their comrade had uttered a godo joke. "You mean that you intend to steal the horse!" sa : Dick. ''Oh, no, my boy!" with a laugh. "That would l wicked, and British soldiers never do anything wicked, Y!uii know. Ha! ha! ha!" "I know that if you take this horse it will be stealing said Dick. ''But I do not intend to let you take the hon J 1 "You can't help it. Ha I ha I ha!" The redcoat held out his hand. ,, "Give me the halter-strap!" he ordered. :n "I protest!" saii Dick. "You have no right to take t I horse." '] "Oho, so you're a.ware of it, are you?" the redcoat said, "Jlfaybe not ; but we have the might. Hand over tl: V sarcastically. "Well, are you also aware of the fact that halter-strap or you'll wish you had, young fellow!" 0 J

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. = ''=========================================================== Dick saw it would do no good to talk longer. The redcoats intend e d to take the horse. Dick was determined that they should not. He would have avoided trouble had it been _possible, but it was not possible, he decided to take the initiative. He suddenly uttered a peculiar, quavering whistle, and 1>ounded past the redcoats with a panther-like leap. n Then something happened. CHAPTER II. IN THE QUAKER CITY. 1 The whistle which Dick had given utterance to was a rignal to Major. The noble horse was as intelligent almost, as a human being. At times, when having nothing else to do, Dick had trained Major to do a number of tricks. While doing this, the thought had come to the youth hat it would be a good idea to teach the horse to do a few hings which might be of assistance to him when ed by danger. As we have said, the whistle was a signal, and the inatant he heard the whistle, Major proceeded to perform the eat which the signal stood for. Major began whirling around and around, and alter !fl&tely kicked out with his hind-legs and reared up and pawed and struck out with his front ones. l In less time than it takes to tell it, he had knocked own every one of the six redcoats. They had been taken entirely by surprise. It had all been done so quickly that they had no time to t out of the way. As soon as the redcoats were down, Dick gave vent to other whistle. It was another signal. Instantly Major ceased his cavortings. He trotted to where Dick stood Instantly Dick leaped into the saddle "Forward, Major!" he cried. "The coast is clear, and e will go on our way rejoicing." Major struck off down the street at a gallop. Dick turned in his saddl e and looked back. The redcoats were struggling to their feet. When they saw Dick riding away, they gave utterance :o yells of They shook their fists in Dick's direction, and then ran swiftly toward the stable. "They are going to get their horses and give chase," said Dick to himself. "Well, let them. I don't think they'll catch Major." He waved his hand and gave vent to a shout of defiance "Come on, my redcoat friends I" he cried out, in a loud voice. "Come on, and catch me if you can I" Dick did not urge Major into a run. He felt that there was no need of it. He had no fears that the redcoats could catch him. He was not averse to having them chase him. It would give him pleasure to let the redcoats give chase, draw up fairly close to him, and then tantalize them by running away from them. So Dick rode onward at an ordinary gallop. When he had gone about a mile and a half, he looked back and saw the redcoats coming over the brow of the hill, a third of a mile behind him. The redcoats gave utterance to a yell, as they caught sight of Dick. They lashed their horses fiercely, and came down the slope with their animals on the dead run. "They're coming, Major," said Dick, quietly, just as il he were speaking to a companion. "I guess we'll have to increase our speed a little and give them a chase." Instantly Major increased his speed and moved forward at a sweeping gallop The magnificent animal was not exerting himself in thl! least, and was not yet really running; but even so, he was covering the ground almost as rapidly as were the hol'Be8 of the redcoats. Dick permitted the redcoats to draw nearer and nearer. Presently they were within perhaps two hundred yarda of him. Looking back, Dick saw that the fellows had drawn pistols. "So that's your game, is it?" he murmured. "You would like to sneak up close to me and shoot me, wouldn't you? Well, I'll see to it that you don't succeed in doing so." Dick spoke a word to Major, and the noble animal re sponded instantly. He leaped forward with the speed of an arrow shot from a bow. Dick glanced back over his shoulder. Major was leaving the redcoats behind almost as rapidly as if they were standing still. Doubtless the wenderful burst of speed was a surprise to the redcoats. They had thought, probably, that Dick's horse was going

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. at his best speed before, and that they would soon overtake and the effect it would have on the war and things i J him. general, was the subject under discussion. Now they their mistake. Dick made it a point to pause near these groups anh They gave vent to wild shouts of anger and disappointlisten to the conversations. ment. In desperation they fired off their pistolE, in the faint hope that Dick might be struck by one of their bullets. Dick was too far away, however: The bullets did not carry up that far. They struck the ground many yards behind the youth. Dick took off his hat and waved it, at the same time giving vent to a defiant shout. "Good-by!" he cried, in his Clear, ringing voice; easily heard by the redcoats. "I can't wait for you any longer; you are so slow, it would lose me too much time." Major quickly drew away from the pursuing horses, and the redcoats, seeing it was useless to try to overhaul such a :fleet-footf'd animal, slackened the speed of their own horses to a moderate gallop. They had given up the chase. Dick slackened Major's speed to a gallop as soon as he saw the redcoats had given up the pursuit. He felt that in this way he might acquire some information. He did not expect to learn all that he wished to, every little that he could pick up would help. He spent an hour or more in tQis way and picked up number of items of information. Some of the soldiells seemed to think the change of co mander-in-chief would result in the good of the Britis' cause, while others upheld Howe and declared that if b had been let alone he would have brought the war to s close sooner than Clinton would be able to do it. As Dick was making his way slowly along the street, b was rudely jostled by some redcoats who came out oft saloon. One of the fellows who bumped against Dick gave th youth a push, and growled out: h: "Get out of the way, you fool! What do you mean b; getting in a gentleman's way, anyhow?" Then as he got a good view of Dick's face, he uttered a ''There's no need of your tiring yourself out, Major,!' he exclamation: said. "You may have to bring all your speed and stamina into requisition before we get back to the patriot encamp ment, and might as well save yourself." Dick reached Philadelphia at nightfall. He rode to a livery stable kept by a patriot. Dick had left his horse there at various other times. After giving instructions to have Major well taken care of, Dick left the livery stable and walked down the strQElt. "I wish I knew where General Clinton's headquarters are," he thought. And then the thought struck him that in all probability -General Clinton would occupy the same quarters that Gen eral Howe had occupied. Dick knew where this was. It was a two and a half story stone house on High Street. Dick made his way in that direction. He did not move swiftly. The reason for this was that Dick decided it might be profitable to go slow and keep his ears open. It was a lovely moonlight night. The streets were thronged. The people, both citizens and soldiers, were out in full force. There were many groups, and wherever there was a group, talk was indulged in. "By Jove, fellows he cried. "This is the scoundrel we had our trouble with up at Germantown couple of hours ago. Now we can settle with him, an1 settle with him in full!" CHAPTER III.. IN BRITISH HEADQUARTERS. __.., Dick recognized the fellows at a glance. They were the six redcoats whom he had encounterei at Germantown, and who had tried to take Major awll from him. He had been recognized also. He knew that he was in for trouble. The redcoats were about half drunk. They were in a good condition for making trouble. They were undoubtedly sore both mentally and physic ally as a result of their encounter with Dick, and thei. upsetting in such a manner by Major. Dick would much rather not have encountered the fel lows. Now that he had, however, he would stand hjs ground The redcoats were too drunk to be fully themselves in a: Nine times out of ten the change of commander-in-chief, encounter.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. The youth believed he would be a match for the six. He had not much time for thought. When the redcoa t uttered his exclamation, the others rowded forward t o ge t a look at Dick. "It's him, sure enough!" cried one. "The very chap!" from another. "Gil for the young scoundrel, fellows!" from a third. 'Let's give him a good thrashing." The redcoats rushed forward in a body. They began striking at Dick rapidly and fiercely One would have thought that the odds of six to one ould have been overpowering. But such did not prove to be the case. The redcoats were half drunk and not fully at them elves. They got in each other s way. A few bi the blows intended for Dick were received by he strikers' comrades. The redcoats w e re dealing with a remarkable youth. Dick had been engaged in such combats so often that he knew just what t o do. He was as quic k a s lightning and as active as a cat He leaped forward and backward and sidewise blows, ened that, even though sobered, they wer e i n no condition to do Dick harm. Realizing this, they finally desisted from the attack and slunk away down the street, muttering threats as they wen t Dick was sorry that the encounter had taken place. This was s omething which he did not desire. A s a patriot spy in the British stronghold, he naturally wished to attract as little attention as possible. It would be difficult to do much ,in the spying line wit h the eye..'! of scoi;es of people upon him He had had no choice, however. The encounter had been forced upon him. He would now have to do the best he could. The first thing for him to do was to get ou t of the cr owd and away. He began making his way quietly through the crowd He was greeted on every hand by remarks of one kind or another-complimentary in the main-and by questions as to who h e was, where he was from, and SO forth. I Dick made very brief replies, and got out of the crowd and away as quickly as possible. As soon as he was clear of the crowd he made his way down the street to the next corner. Turning here he made his way across to the next street. Again he turned and made his way up the street. This street was not so thronged with people as the othe:n One after another t he redcoats were knocked down. one had been. As is usual with such cases a crowd soon gathered. It suited Dick better to have it so. The sympathies of the crowd were with Dick. He made his way along for a distance of three or four Every time he floor e d a redcoat he was cheered to the b l ocks. echo. "Gi>od for you, my boy!" "That' s the way to do it!" "That was a beautiful stroke!" "The young man knows how to fight." "He is certainly a wonderful youth." Such were the remarks of the spectators. The remarks, needless to say, did not tend to soothe the feelings of the redcoats : They muttered curses and threats. They tried their best to knock the youth senseless. But to no avail. He was too quick and active for them. q They could not touch him. At any rate they could not strike him a blow that did r d um any amage. Dick knocked each and every one of the redcoats down 1'tree or four times d This rough treatment sobered them pretty effectually 1 They w"" 80 badly battered, up, howem, and 80 weakThen he turned a corner, walked two block s and cam e out upon High Street. Dick knew wh e re he was now. He was within two blocks of the house that had been o c cupied by G e neral Howe during the past winter. Dick walked up to the next corner. He paused and pondered a while. He wished to enter the house in question But how was he to accomplish it ? That was the question. A difficult one, tqo The fact that the task would be difficult of accomplish ment never had any deterring effect on Dick, however. It made him all the more determined to succeed. It did not take him long to decide upon a course of ac tion. Dick was aware that a narrow alley cut the block in two. Turning down the side street, he made his way to the mouth of the alley and entered it. He walked up the alley until even with the houee that

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8 THE LIBERTY \BOYS' FINE WORK. had been used as headquarters for General Howe, and She went back into the kitchen, and Dick, fearing that th.en he stopped. i;he might return with a light to make search for him, made He stood there but an instant. his way along the hallway as rapidly as possible until he Then he leaped over the back-yard fence, walked briskly came to the stairway leading to the second floor. across the yard and rapped upon the back door. "I'll go upstairs and see what I can find up there," Dick waited a few moments and no one having re-thought Dick. sponded, he rapped again. B:e cautiously made his way up the stairs. This time he heard steps within. At the head of the stairs he paused and listened. Then the door opened. Was it imagination, or did he bear voices? A woman who looked like she might be the cook, or He listened more closely still. possibly the housekeeper, stood before Dick. Yes" he was confident that he heard voices. "Who are you and what do you want?" she asked. It was just a faint murmur, but Dick was sure he could "I am an orphan, lady,'' Dick said. "I came to the not be mistaken. city three days ago in the hope that I might be able to He believed, too, that the owners of the voices were in get work. I have been unable to do so and as I have no a room on the same floor with himself. money, I have been unable to buy any food to-day. I He decided to investigate. haven't had anything to eat since yesterday, and am nearly starved. Would you be so kind, lady, as to give me some thing to eat?" "Why, certainly,'' said the woman, pro:qiptly and good naturedly. "You shan't go away from here hungry, if I ean help it. Just wait here a few moments and I'll bring you something." "Thank you, lady,'' said Dick. The door opened upon a hallway. The woman opened the door at her left hand and stepped through into what was evidently a kitchen. Now was Dick's opportunity. "It seems hardly right to take advantage of a woman's good-heartedness," thought Dick; "but all is fair in war, and I must get into this house in some way." As he thought thus, Dick stepped lightly across the threshold. He tiptoed along the hallway. He made no more noise than a ghost. As it was dark in the hallway, he had to go slow and feel his way along. The darkness would be to Dick's benefit, also, however, as the woman would be unable to see him. Dick had traversed perhaps half the length of the hall when he heard the woman emerge from the kitchen. A light shone through the partially open doorway and Dick could see the woman, while he himself was in no dan ger of being seen. He heard the woman utter an exclamation: "Why, he's gone! I wonder where he can be?" The woman looked outside for Dick, and then eame back in and closed the door. "It's very strange," he heard her say. "I wonder if he could have slipped into the house?" He made his way gently along the hallway. 1 He had no doubt that a ball extended clear to the ex treme rear of the house on this floor, the same as it did below. Dick moved slowly and walked on his tip-toes so as to make no noise. He paused occasionally and listened. Re found that the farther he went, the plainer became the sound of the voices. "I was right,'' thought Dick. "They must be in a room' somewhere close at hand. It was quite dark in the hall. He bad passed several doors, as he could tell by feeling. At each door he had paused and listened at the keyhole. As yet he had not found the room in which were thf owners of the voices. I He was sure he soon would :find it, however. This proved to be the case. Dick knew they were in the next room that he would 1 come to even before he reached it. I He saw a faint streak of light shining out into the hall. Dick knew that the light came through the keyhole. t He approached very carefully. t It would not do to make a noise now. Reaching the door, he bent over, and, applying his e:yt to the keyhole, looked through. The sight which met his gaze caused his heart to give 1 \1 throb of delight. a CHAPTER IV DICK TEACHES A REDCOAT A LESSON. t In the room were a number of British officers. Withill the range of Dick's vision were General Corn 8 S

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= THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. -9 1ti:============================================================================= l e allis and two others, one of whom was General Clinton, ,e Dick was sure. Dick took his eye away from the keyhole and placed his there. Yes, gentlemen," he heard a voice say, "I have orders to vacate Philadelphia at the earliest possible. moment." "And wilere are we ordered to go?" asked a voice. "To New York," was the reply. "But why leave Philadelphia?" another voice asked. "Why? It is simple enough. You are aware that war ; has been declared between England and France, are you not?" "Yes, your excellency." "And that France has sent a fleet, which is even now on its way to America, to aid the rebels in their fight against our good King George?" "Yes, I am aware of that, also." "Well, then, you should see the necessity for evacuating Philadelphia and concentrating our troops at New York. As soon as the French fleet gets over here it would be im possible for us to get supply ships past them and up the Delaware to this city. We mu s t go to New York." "You are undoubtedly right, Sir Henry," said a voice which Dick recognized as belonging to General Cornwallis. "We must go to New York Will we go by land or water?" B y land. I am going to make it appear, however, ae if we intended going by wat e r, so as to deceive that old fox, Washington. By the time he finds out to the contrary, we will be across the river and miles away on our march across New Jersey. We will have such a start that it will be impossible for him to overtake us in case he should desire to or try to do so." "I think your plan a very good one, your excellency. How long will it take y ou to get ready to start on the march?" I hardly know. There is an immense amount of work to be done, however. It will take fro m two to four weeks to get ready." As may be supposed, Dick was d e lighted. He had got there just in time. He had already learned enough so that Washington would know exactly what to do. Still, as he was here, he thought he might as well learn all that he could. So he kept his post and listened to the of the British officers. "So you're going to fool that old fox of a Washington, are you?" thought Dick, smiling to himself. "Well, we'll see about that. Unless I am migl.itily mistaken, when you start on your march across New Jersey, you'll find that same 'fox of a Washington' close at hand." Dick listened to the conversation of the officers with interest. He had already heard the essential facts and he thought he might as well hear the details. The officers discussed these matters freely. Of course they had no suspicion that a patriot spy was listening to their every word. Had they suspected that such was the case, there would have been an uproar indeed. But why should they suspect it? The thought that a patriot spy would have the audacity, would be so daring, so utterly reckless as to venture right into the headquarters of the British commander-in-chief never occurred to them. Dick was still listening when he was startled by hearing footsteps in the hallway below. He rose quickly and noiselessly to his feet. As he did so he heard the front door open. It closed again, quickly, and Dick heard footsteps ascending the stairs. "I must get away from here," he thought. He did not dare try to get downstairs. He took the only course open to him. He stole softly back, along the hall, toward the rear of the building. He felt his way along, and when he came to a door he tried the knob. The door opened. Dick entered quickly. He was none too soon in getting in, for the next moment the heads of a woman and a man appeared above the level of the hallway. The woman was the one who had been the mealll! of letting Dick enter the house. The man with her was evidently a British officer. The woman carried a candle. They paused in front of the door opening into the room occupied by the other officers. Dick heard the woman knock on the door Then he heard the door opened. A messenger to General Clinton," Dick heard spoken in the voice of the woman who had unwittingly let him enter the house. Dick heard the sound of shuffiing feet, then the door went shut, after which he heard lighter footsteps approach ing along the hall. "The woman is coming along the hallway in this

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. tion !" thought Dick. "Jove! what if she should be com-He found the key in the lock and turned it. i:ng to this room!" The door was bolted, also, and the youth soon founcl The youth stepped across to the wall and began feeling the bolt and pushed it back. his way along it. Presently he came to a door. He opened it, with a sigh of relief. He stepped through the doorway and felt about him. He found that he was in a closet. There were articles of clothing hanging in the closet. Dick thought that he might hide behind these, if necessary. To his relief, however, the woman aid not enter the room. He heard her go on down the hallway. Dick listened, and heard a door open and close. He began to ponder the situation. He had entered the British headquarters, had listened to a council of war, had acquired some very valuable informa tion; but now, how was he to get out of the house without being detected ? Then he turned the knob and pulled. The door came open A feeling of relief came over the brave youth. He glanced back over his shoulder. The officers were coming down the stairs. "i must get out of here, quick!" he thought, and then he stepped quickly through the doorway, out into the bad yard. He pulled the door shut. Then he made his way across the yard to the fence, and leaped over into the alley. Dick felt like shlmting for joy. He had succeeded beyond his most sanguine expecta tion_s. He had secured the information which General Wash ington had wished him to secure; now to get back to hin with it. This would be a difficult matter, he was sure. Dick did not think he would have much trouble in doin _,, It would be a terrible thing if he should be detected now. this. He bad secured information which would be of inesti mable value to General Washington. He must take it to the Dick made up his mind that the qtlicker he got to work t he better it would be for him. Having so decided, he lcist no time. He left the closet and stole across the room. He opened the door, and, after listening for a few mo-ments, stepped out into the hall. He stole along the hall, He walked on his tip-toes, so as to make no noise. He passed the room in which the British officers were holding their council, and made his way onward till he came to the head of the stairs. He made his way down the stairs with as much speed as was compatible with safety. He decided to leave the house by the same door through which he had entered it. He made his way back along the hallway. It was very dark, and he had to feel his way. He finally reached the rear door, however. As he did so he heard the sound of footsteps overpead 11.nd toward the front of the house. "The council of war is ended," thought Dick; "and the officers arc taking their leave. Jove I I must get out of here before they get downstairs. It would be terrible if they should catch me here, like a rat in a trap!" Dick felt eagerly about. He believed the most difficult part of his work lay b hind him. It was always a difficult and dangerous task to secu information; it was seldom a or dangerous tas to get back to the patriot army with it, once it was cured. Still the youth kepi his eyes wide open. He realized that he was in the stronghold of the enemy Philadelphia was full of redcoats. The streets still swarmed with them. He might get into trouble yet before getting out o the city. He would not if he could avoid it. He had too much at stake. So he was on his guard as h e w a lked along He made hi s way down the alle y and emerged onto th street. He walked half a block and t urned up another street. So far he had escaped notice. There were a good many people on this 'fhis did not bother Dick, however He was well disgniseil.. No one would think he was a "re b el" spy, he was sure When Dfck had gone up the street three or four blocks he turned to the left and ent e red another and less fr quented street. 'Phe only persons that he saw near w e re a British solclie1 and a young lady.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 11 They were a few yards in advance of Dick and going in I He was up against an opponent remarkable for his e same direction. ability to protect himself. This street was poorly lighted, but the moon was shinIndeed, Dick was usually able to do a great deal more g brightly, which enabled Dick to see the couple quite than merely protect himself. ainly. redcoat soon found this out. Dick was walking faster than the couple in question, After he had made four or five wild passes at Di&, fail-nd he soon drew close up behind them. ing to come anywhere near hitting the youth, he received Diek heard what the soldier was saying. a blow fair between the eyes and went down upon the The fellow was importuning the young lady for a kiss. hard pavement with a thump. The young lady steadfastly refused. "There! See how you like that!" said Dick, grimly. Dick noted that there was an angry tone to the redThe girl stood near, with clasped hands, watching the at's voice, and he slackened his speed and walked slowly, combat; and when the redcoat went down, a sigh of relief iJing a few yards behind the two. escaped her. "I do believe those red.coats are the most impudent She did not say a word, however. oundrels in the world. I'll just wait a minute and see The redcoat lay still where he had fallen. w this affair turns out." Thus thought Dick. Somehow the tone of the redcoat's voice made him think at would be trouble soon. It so proved. The redooat kept importuning the young lady for a kiss d she kept on refusing; and when they were about the iddle of the block, the redcoat suddenly threw :his arms und the girl and cried, almost :fiercely: "Well, my stubborn young lady, if you won't give me a 'ss, I shall have to take it!" A cry escaped the girl. "Release me, sir!" she eried, in a sweet, though tremuus voice. "I thought you were a gentleman!" The redcoat laughed. "I don't profess to be a gentleman, Miss Louise," he aid; "but I am a man, and--" 'A liar, a scoundrel and a coward!" cried a clear, ring g voice. "Unhand the young you cowardly red at, or it will be the worse for you I" It was Dick's voice. A cry of joy escaped the girl. A. curse escaped the redcoat. "l:;nhand the young lady, I say!" Dick's tone was fierce and threatening. The redcoat relea.sed the girl turned upon Dick with e ferocity of a maddened animal. "You meddlesome scoundrel!" he cried, hoarsely. "I'll ock your head off I" 1 He leaped forward as hespoke. He evidently meant to do what he had threatened He waa soon to find that this was to be no easy task. He was not knocked senseless, but was somewhat dazad. He stared up at the star be-spangled sky and blinked. Evidently, for the time being, he did not know what had happened to him. He remained in this condition only 'Ii few moments, however. Then it all came back to him. He gave vent to a hoarse growl of anger an.d scrambled hastily to his foot. Again he leaped toward Dick. He had failed the :first time, but this time he would not fail. This was what he told himself. But he soon discovered his mistake. Dick did not waste any time. He met the fellow more than half way. Out shot first his left and then his right fist. The left fist took the fellow in the chest with almost the of a mule's kick, and the right fist landed fitirly on the point of the jaw. Down went the redcoat with 11. crash. The force of the blow on the jaw, and the jar from striking the pavement, had rendered him temporarily un conscious. Dick turned to the young lady. "He will not molest you further, "Shall I escort you to your home?" CHAPTER V. miss." said Dick. TEE "LIBEltTY BOYS" AT WORK. He struck at Dick, rapidly, fiercely. "If you please, sir," the girl said., And then she added, He evidently intended to make short work of. the youth.' with a shuddering glance at the prostrate form of the But he had taken a biggoc contract than he knew. / redcoRt:

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. "I thank y.ou, oh, ever so much, kind sir, for what you have done for me I" "Don't say a thing about it, miss," said Dick, earnestly; "I be less than a man if I were to pass by and make no effort to protect a lady from insult. Shall we go?" "If you please; we will go before-before he--" "There is nothing to be feared from him," said Dick, reassuringly. "However, we may as well be going." As he spoke, Dick offered the young lady his arm. The girl hesitated and glanced at Dick's ragged cloth ing. The youth noticed it. "You need not hesitate, miss," he said, with a smile; ''my cl-0thing is not of fashionable make, I admit; but it is not the kind I am accustomed to wearing. This ragged suit is merely a disguise to be worn only temporarily." Leaving Major in an old stable near by, Dick bast back to General Washington's headquarters. He knocked upon the door. Presently it was opened. An orderly stood before him. "Is the commander-in-chief still up?" asked Dick. "He is," was the reply. "Tell him Dick Slater is here. I think he will see Come in, Dick called a voice. It was the voice of the commander-in-chief. His room was in the front of the house, and he had h what Dick had said. A few moments later Dick stood before General Wat ington. "Be seated, Dick," the commander-in-chief said. Dick sat down. "I pray you will pardon me," the girl said, in a sweet, General Washington looked at Dick eagerly and half-pleading voice; "what matters it what kind of clothquiringly. ing one wears when be has proven himself a true man and a gentleman, as you have just done." As she spoke the girl took Dick's arm. They moved qYickly away and up the street. It proved to be several blocks to the girl's home. When they reached there, Dick bade the young lady goodby and hastened onward. Ten minutes later he reached the livery stable where he had left his horse. Five minutes after that, mounted on Mirjor's back, he was riding out of the city. "Well," thought Dick, "I have done first rate. I have seeured the information which General VJ ashington wished me to secure. Now to get to him with it." Dick did not anticipate much trouble in accomplishing He had accomplished the most dangerous part of the work, he was sure. He urged Major into a gallop. It was a long, sweeping gallop, which carried them over the ground rapidly. "We'll be in the patriot camp by midnight," said Dick to himself. And so it proved. It lacked yet a few minutes of midnight when Dick rode into the patriot encampment at Valley Forge. As Dick rode past the house occupied by General Wash ington, he saw a light burning within. "The commander-in-chief is still up," thought Dick. "I'll hasten back ani report to him to-night." Dick rode to his quarters. "Well, Dick, what news?" he asked. "Did you su in securing the information which I sent you to securE "I did, your excellency." "I was sure you would succeed," the commander chief declared. "Now go ahead, Dick, tell me wl you have learned." "Very well, your excellency. Firstly, the British trCMe are to evacuate Philadelphia." Washington nodded. "I thought as much," he said. "How soon will movement take place ?" "As soon as they can get ready. General Clinton however, that it would take from two to four weeks to I ready." Washington nodded again. "Good I" he said. "That will give us plenty of t,lc' to get ready also; but where are the British going, to York?" "Yes, your excellency." r "I thought so. How will they go, by land or watm "By land. General Clinton is going to make it api that they are going by water, however, with the intenf' of deceiving you and enabling him to get a good sijl.rtca. the march across New Jersey." ay "So that is his scheme, is it?" 'v "It is, sir." Die "Well, it is a scheme which, thanks to you, Dick, ffe not succeed. Having advance information as to his mE intention, we shall be enabled to checkmate this mov('h1 General Clinton's." kit General Washington was well pleased. :ep

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 13 The information which Dick had secured would un ubtedly prove to be invaluable. He was aware that General Clinton was a more ener tic officer than General Howe had proved himself to be. He had thought it possible that General Clinton might ake a desperate attempt to destroy the patriot army at stroke, and now that he had learned the plans of the ritish commander-in-chief he felt greatly relieV>ed. His mind was now at ease. He knew what General Clinton intended to do, and could pe his plans accordingly. "There is one thing more, your excellency," said Dick; t was decided in the council of war which I was so ate to overhear that parties are to be sent out to scour e country for mlles around Philadelphia for the pur of gathering up horses and wagons. These are to used for conveying food and supplies in the trip across ew Jersey. This will be inaugurated at once, and now, in 's connection, I am going to ask you a favor." "What is it, Dick?" There was a twinkle in the commander-in-chief's eyes. He evidently suspected what the favor was which Dick s going to ask at his hands. "It is this, your excellency : That you grant me, for two or three weeks to elapse before the British leave adelphia, a sort of roving commission, giving me perssion to take my company of "Liberty Boys" and go r those parties of redcoats who come out into the ntry in search of horses and wagons." There was an eager look on Dick's face. It was evi'1ent that he thought this would be pleasant rk. General Washington understood Dick thoroughly. "You have my permission, Dick," he said. "The only vision I will make is that you return to camp at least ce in every forty-eight hours. I would not require this, re it not that I think it possible I might wish to send to Philadelphia on a spying expedition, and I would t know where to look for you." "Oh, thank you!" said Dick. "We can easily return camp that often, as. we will be from ten to fifteen miles ay during most of the time "V well, Dick." ick remained perhaps half an hour longer. e told General Washington in detail everything he had ned regarding the intentions of the British. The "Liberty Boys" plied Dick with questions next morning When they learned that the British were to evacuate Philadelphia they were well pleased. "I tell you the redcoats are getting scared!" declared Bob Estabrook. beginning to be afraid of us." "The fact that France has acknowledged our independence and sent a fleet over to help us, has alarmed them," said Mark Morrison. "I feel that we will yet be free!" "I think that you are right, Mark," said Dick. "The British are making but very little headway, and I ieel confident that it is only a question of time when we will win Oll'l' independence." When Dick teld the youths that the commander-in-chief had granted them permission to go out and harass the parties of redcoats which would come out ill.to the country to secure horses and wagons, they were delighted. "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "That will give us a chance to get in some of our fine work." "So it will," agreed Mark "We are the fellows who can do things up brown!" declared Sam Sunderland. "When will we begin this work, Dick?" asked Bob. "At once." "To-day?" "This very morning." "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "That suits me, I tell you. I'm tired of being cooped up here I want to get out and cir culate around The other youths all said the same. "All right," said Dick; "get to work; get ready; the quicker you are ready the sooner we will go." Instantly all -was bustle and confusion. The "Liberty Boys" made haste to get ready. They wished to be out and away. An hour lat e r they rode out of the encampment and away toward the east. They were across the Schuylkill in less than an hour. They bore away toward the southeast. They were headed straight toward Philadelphia. Their general course was toward Germantown,. also, as it would not be out of their way to go through that town. They did not keep to the main road. They were in search of redcoats, and they made in cursions into the country, first to the right and then to the left. To their dis appointment they had not gotten sight of a hen he bade the commander-in-chief good-night, and, red c oat when they reached G e rmantown. king his way to his quarters, lay down and was soon It was now only about six miles to Philadelphia. p. "Surely we will run across a party of the redcoats be-

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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. tween here and the city," said Bob, lugubriously; "I'm They saw two or three men reel in their saddles, but disappointed in those fellows, to tell the truth. They are none fell off their horses. not nearly so enterprising as I had hoped they would be." The distance was too great for them to do much dam" Oh, I think we will find some of before the dayage, however, and Dick told the youths to reserve their -ends, Bob," said Dick; "it is a bit early for them 1lo be out." fire till they were closer. They must be late risers, then." The y did not stop at Gei'mantown only long enough to ask if any redcoats had been seen in the vicinity. As many of the citizens of the place were Tories, how ever, it is doubtful whether the youths would have received the information even had the citizens knOONil where there were some redcoats. The youths rode anward. A mile beyond Germantown, they found their game. As they approached a house they saw a score of redcoats in the barnyard. The redcoats were hitching horBef! to a. wagon. "There they are, boys l" said Dick. Forward, and give it to them as 11oon as we are in range The youths did not utter a shout. The redcoats had not seen iliem, and they did not wish to warn them that they were in danger. A stern chase is always a long chase, they say. It proved so in this instance. The "Liberty Boys" drew closer and closer to the fugi tives, but it was slow work. Had they had ten miles to go instead of only about five, the youths would have been enabled to overhaul and capture the entire party; but, as it was, it soon became evident that the redcoats would reach Philadelphia before they could be overhauled. The "Liberty B:>ys" were so daring, so audacious that lliey actually chaaed the fleeing redcoats into the city I They did not stop until they themselves were within the limits of the city. Then, seeing that they could not capture the redcoats, the youths fired a volley from their pistols and gave up the chase, turning around and galloping easily out of the city. "That'll stir them up," chuckled Bob; "&a soon as those and in an instant they mounted thei r hore;es ll;Ild raced fellows gel to headquarters and report, there'll be a regi out of the barnyard into the road, and fled up it at the The redlioats heard the thunder of the hoofs, how-e;ver, top of their horses' speed. Then the "Liberty Boys" yelled! They gave vent to wild shouts and cheers, dowu the road after the fleeing redcoats. CHAPTER VI. LIVELY WORK. and raced ment out here searching for us!" "Let them coma.I" smiled Dick. "They'll have hard work us." Bob was right in his statement. When the party of redcoats reached headquarters and told their story, the excitement became intense. The British officers could hardly believe the atory that a party of "rebels" had chased their comrades right into ihe 6ity, but when one of the fellows who had been in the party said that he had recognized their pursuers to be the youths known as "The Liberty Boys of 76," the doubt The redcoats evidently appreciated the fact that they vanished. were outnumbered five to one. 'I'he manner in which they belabored their horses would seem to indicate that such was the case. They aeted as if they thought their only hope of safety lay in r-eaching Philadelphia ahead of their pursuers. It is p10bable that they were not so Tery far out of the way in their reckoning. The "Liberty Bo}'il" undoubredly meant business. They raeed up the road in the wake of the fleeing red-ooats like a bur.ricane. They drew ilo,.,.ly dosaand closer to the fugitiYes. Presently the.y were within pistol shot of the redcoat8. They their pistols and began :firing. All knew of Dick Slater and his band of "Liberty Boys." All had heard many wonderful atori8i regarding the daring of the youths in question. It was quite possible that they woltld dare chase a party o f British into the city. This must not be permitt.ed, however. Such doings must be stopped. General Clinton ordered that a large force saov.ld go at once and give chase to the insolent ":tebels." There was a quick saddling of h01'8ei. 'l'wenty minutes later a force consisting of at least three hundred men rode out of the city and up the road i the direction of Germantown.

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1'HE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 15 Some of the men who had been in the party which had been chased were along as guides. The party rode swiftly. The redcoats were eager to get sight of the audacious "rebels." But they were dealing with some as shrewd youths as could have been found in a year's search. Dick did not intend that the redcoats should get a chance to attack his party with an overpowering force. So after galloping back out of Philadelphia, "Liberty Boys" had gone only about a mile op the main road. Then they had turned to the left and had entered the timber bordering on the Schuylkill River. As soon as they were deep enough into the timber so as to be in no danger of being seen from the road, they came to a halt. They dismounted and tied their '.rhen Dick and Bob climbed into the top of a big tree. They had a good view of the road from the treetop. They could see the city, also. They had been in the tree not more than fifteen min utes when Bob suddenly uttered an exclamation. "Yonder they come, Dick I" he cried. "I told you they would come out and give chase. It was just about like sticking a stick into a hornet's nest to chase those fellows into the city." "Right, Bob. Well, I'm glad we did something to wake them up. They've been having altogether too easy a time." The youths watched the approaching body of redcoats with interest. Closer and closer it came. The redcoats were riding at a gallop. They were eager to catch sight of and if possible overhaul the little band of audacious "rebels." Onward they came. Presently they were even with the youths. Having no suspicion that their would-be victims were close at hand, the redcoats swept onward. Dick and Bob watched the party until it disappeared from sight over the brow of a hill a half mile distant. They were about to descend from tlie tree when Dick suddenly said : "Hold on, Bob; wait a minute." "What is it, Dick?" "Look yonder, Bob, toward the city." Bob looked. some more of our fine work. Jove, what fun We can go down, head those fellows off and chase them back into their lair while that other gang are chasing their shadows." "Right, Bob; let's hurry down and get ready for action." The youths hastily descended from the tree. When the other "Liberty Boys" learned that there was another small party of redcoats coming they were de lighted. Action was what they liked above all other things, and here would be a chance for plenty of action. To head off the coming party of redcoats, chase them back into the city and then get back into the timber and out of the way of the large party of redcoats, which would doubtless return when they the firing, would call for lively work. The youths led their horses to the edge of the timber, mounted and sat there awaiting the coming of the British. It was about a quarter of a mile from the edge of the timber to the road. It was Dick's purpose to let the redcoats get exactly opposite and then charge them. This course was followed out. 'rhe British were soon at a poi:t;it opposite where the "Liberty Boys" sat on their horses and at the command from Dick, the youths rode out from the timber at a gallop. They dashed straight toward the party of British. The redcoats gave utterance to cries of surprise and fright, and, whirling their horses, started pellmell back toward Philadelphia. With wild yells and shouts, the "Liberty Boys" gave chase. This kind of work was just to their liking. They enjoyed it hugely. More to add interest to the affair than with any expecta tion of doing much damage, the youths fired a volley from their pistols. They did not expect to kill any of the redcoats. Nor
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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. just within the edge of the city limits, and, firing a parting volley, turned their horses and galloped back up the road. They were delighted. They were having more sport than they had anticipated when they left Valley Forge. It was scarcely so funny for the redcoats, but that did not count, of course. The youths rode rapidly. They wer!l sure that the large party which had gone to ward Germantown in search of them would hear the firing <>f the pistols and return. The "Liberty Boys" were soon at the point where they had been hidden in the timber. They turned aside from the road and entered the timber 'Once more at the same spot. They had not much more than done so before the party "Of redcoats came in sight over the brow of the hill. They were coming at a rapid pace, their horses being nrged to a swift gallop. The "Liberty Boys" watched the party go by and on toward the city. "They will learn what has taken place as soon as they reach the city," said Dick; "then they will be back here, in hot has!e, to see if we are still here." "I suppose we won't be here, eh, Dick?" remarked Bob. "Well, I don't know, Bob," said Dick, reflectively; "we might remain here and give them a good fight; but, on the whole, I think it will be better to avoid an encounter. We are out for the purpose of harassing the small parties, not to give battle to parties three or four times larger than our own. I know what we will do. Come on, fellows." The redcoats were now out of sight in the direction of Philadelphia, and Dick led the way out of the timber and back to the road. 'rhe "Liberty Boys" rode up the road in the opposite direction from Philadelphia. They kept on in this direction for about a mile. Then Dick turned into a narrow, winding road, which led westward through the timber. "Where are you bound for, Dick?" asked Bob. "For the ford across the Schuylkill, Bob." "AB., I understand!" exclaimed Bob. "You are going over on the other side of the river." It was quite wide here, but shallow. It was fordable. The youths rode into the water till it was up to the animals' breasts, and then paused to let the horses drink:. When the animals had drunk all they cared to, the youths rode onward toward the other bank of the river. The water was at its deepest near the middle of, the river, but even there it was not much above the breasts of the horses. They were not forced to swim. It got shallower rllpidly after the middle of the river was passed. The youths were within about seventy-five yards of the farther shore whe Dick's quick eyes caught a flash of scarlet among the trees. He took the alarm instantly. "Danger!" he cried, quickly, sharply. "Redcoats! Down on the necks of your horses!" CHAPTER VIL BACK IN PHILADELPHIA.. The youths were old campaigners. Nothing had to be beaten into their heads. They knew what threatened in an instant. They had as perfect an understanding of the situation as if an extended e-xplanation had been made by Dick. As one man, the youths threw themselves forward on the necks of their horses. None too quick were they. There was a flash of fire from among the trees. There was the crash of firearms. Redooats were there! And they had fired a volley. Thanks to the prompt action of the youths, however, not one of their number was killed. Two or three received flesh-wounds, but nothing of a serious character. Two horses were killed, and dropped in the water. As the water was shallow, however, the riders were in "Y there are doubtless small parties over there, the no danger of being drowned. same as on this side of the river." "Without doubt, Dick." The "Liberty Boys" made way along this winding road a distance of perhaps two miles. Then they suddenly came out upon the shore of the Schuylkill. "Charge!" roared Dick. His blood was up. He did not like this thing of being taken at a disad vantage and by surprise. did not believe the party in the timber was a large one, however.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 1'1 The volley which had boon fired llad not been large enough to indicate the presence of a large force. Dick judged that there might be thirty or forty, not more. His "Liberty Boys" could quickly rout them. 'rhe youths obeyed the command to "charge!" instantly. 'rhey plunged the spurs into the horses flanks and the animals leaped forward, snorting with pain and terror. In expectation of a pistol volley, the youths sheltered themselves behind their horses' h e ad s a:n,d necks as much The youths chased this band of redcoats clear to the timber. They killed two or three and wounded several. "This is doing pretty well," remarked Dick, in a tone of satisfaction as they rode back to the farm-house. "I guess the redcoats will have something to think and talk about to-night." "So they will," agreed Bob; "they'll be a mad lot of people or I'm mightily mistaken." The farmer was profuse in his thanks to Dick and the as was possible. "Liberty Boys" for saving his property. It was well that they did so. "No thank s a re necessary, sir," said Diek; "we are here The redcoats fired two pistol for the purfose of making things as u:i:i.pleasant for the Two or three of the youths were wounded, but none were British as possible. It is our business. There is one killed. thing you may do, however, if you like, and that is, to In another instant they were into the timber and among bury the two dead redcoats who are lying out there in tht the redcoats. road." There were lively times there, for a few moments. "I'll do thet, shore!" the farmer said. The "Liberty Boys" fired a volley from their pistols and Then he took a spade and wsnt to work. ; then attacked the redcoats with sabers. The "Liberty Boys" rode onward, in search of more redA number of the redcoats were killed before they could coat bands. escape. The others got away as quickly as possible. There could not have been more than twenty-five or thirty of the fellows, Dick decided. So it did not take the "Liberty Boys" long to put their enemies to flight. The "LiMrty Boys" whose horses had been killed caught a couple of the horses that had been ridden by two of the redcoats. The yo-uths rode onward, and hali an hour later they emerged from the timber. They were some four or five miles west of Philadelphia. They kept a skarp lookout They might happen a party of British at any mom e nt. Not finding any very soon the youths divided up into s e veral parties and went to different farm-houses to get their dinner. An hour and a hali later they met at a specified place and again started out in seai:ch of marauding bands of redcoats. About the mid dle of the afternoon they came upon such a party. There were perhaps thirty in the party and they had h e lped themselves to two teams and wagons and were just starting away. from the farm-house where they had secured the property. "Charge!" cried Dick; and the "Liberty Boys" dashed forwa:r.d with wild cheers. They were so fortunate as to run upon one more gans that afternoon. They quickly put it to rout, and drove it toward Phila delphia at a great rate. It was now getting well along toward evening, so they decided to suspend operations for the day. They divided up into four parties and went to as many farm-houses and got supper; then they met and went into camp in the timber, a mile from Schuylkill. They were up an hour before sunrise next morning and were away. They crossed the Schuylkill at the ford, made their way across the country to the Delaware, and crossed it at a ferry a faw miles above Philauelphia. The ferry was owned by a man whom Dick knew and whom he knew to be a staunch patriot. Dick learned from the ferryman that parties of c oats were roamipg about the country on the New Jersey s ide of the river same as on the Pennsylvania side. "We' ll make some of them wish they had never come over here," said Dick, grimly. After leaving the ferryboat the youths mounted their horses and rode away int-0 the country. The "Liberty Boys" put in a lively day. They ran across four redcoat bands during the day and put each and every one to flight. Along toward evening they recrossed the Delaware and made their way back toward Valley Forge. Dick had promised Washington to return and

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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. report every forty-eight hours, and they had now been The two officers passed through the doorway opening gone two days. into a saloon. When Dick reported and told General Washington what Dick paused. they had accomplished, tbe commander-in-chief was well "Those officers are going m there to drink," thought pleased. Dick; "and as they drink, their tongues will be loosened. "Good!" he said,_ with an air of satisfaction. You have If I could overbear their talk I could learn much that done well. Keep it up, Dick, my boy; keep on worrying would be of value. I will try and see if I can overhear their the redcoats. Make it as difficult as possible for them to conversation." gather up the horses and wagons." It seldom took Dick long to make a decision. "I will do so, your excellency." It usually took even less tim e for him to act upon it Dick and the "Liberty Boys" kept up their good work. when once the decision was made. They were out seouting and chasing redcoats every day, Dick entered the saloon. with the exception of two days, when Dick was sent to Philadelphia to see what the British were doing. On the sixteenth day of June, General Washington sent for Dick and told him that he wished him to go to Philadelphia again. "I think the British must be pretty nearly ready to It was quite an elaborate establishment for those days. The front part of the room was given up to the bar and to chairs and tables for the general public. Farther back, however, were a number of small rooms for the use of patrons who wished to be to themselves. As Dick entered the saloon the two officers were just dis move," the commander in-chief said, "and I want you, appearing within one of those little rooms. Dick, to go to Philadelphia and find out all that you can. If you think, when you get there, that there is any like lihood that the army will move within the next two or three days, stay there until they do so; wait until they have crossed the river. 1 possible, take note of the order of their marching and then hasten back here and report." "Very well, your excellency." Dick withdrew at once and went to his quarters and began making arrangements for bis trip. He donned the old suit of citizen's clothing which had It happened to be the room nearest the bar-room proper. Dick's quick eyes took in the situation. Almost against the wall of this room stood one of the small tables. Dick made his way across the room. He walked like one who had had a bit too much to drink. He reached the table and down in a chair, with a lurch. I The back of the chair in which be had seated himself was served him so well on former occasions. within a few inches of the wall of the little room into which Then he rolled a redcoat uniform up in a& small a comthe British officers had gone. pass as possible and tied some paper around it. "The uniform may come handy," thought Dick. About the middle of the afternoon Dick mounted his horse and rode away. He reached Philadelphia without adventure. Dick left his horse at a livery stable, and making way to a tavern, ate supper. Then he engaged a room for the night; and going to it, left bis bundle. 'l'his done, he went down on the street. Dick mingled with the people and listened to every thing that was said. He picked up a good deal of information. As Dick was sauntering along the street, a couple of BritiEh officers C'ame walking a'long Just as they were passing Dick, one said: "Let's go in here, Charlton and have a few fc.rewell rounds of drink." "I'm agreeable." A waiter came and asked Dick what he wished. Dick knew he would have to order something, so he ordered a pint of half-and-half. The waiter looked at Dick somewhat suspiciously. It was evident that he doubted the youth's ability to pay Dick shrewdly surmised this. He drew a silver piece from his pocket. "I can pay for what I order." he said, with an air of dignity such as a half-drunken man might be expected to as ume. "Oh, it's all right if ye can pay!" said the waiter. Then he hastened away to :fill the order. He hrought a pint mug of half-and-half, and, having n reived his pay, went to wait on some other customers. Dick leaned back in the chair and. by turning his hea d was enabled to place his ear against the wall. The wall was nothing more than a thin partition. Dick c011ld hear and understand every word that was snid by th<' offireri:: in the little room.

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'l'HE LlBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 19 The men were talking of personal m atters which were The soldiers came across the room and paused in front of no interest to Dick. of the table at which Dick was seated. He continued to listen, however. Dick had paid no particular attention to them on their He was sure that sooner or later they would discuss entrance, but now he looked up. atters which would be of interest to him. "Here's the table we want, boys!" cried one of the redAnd he was right. coats. "It's over in the corner here, and will be just what After the men had a round or two of drinks their con-we want." ersation turned to the matters which Dick wished to hear iscussed. "Well, Charlton, so we move to-morrow?" Dick heard ne of them say. "But it is in use," said another, nodding toward Dick. "Bah! A tramp; a beggar. We'll throw him out!" This struck the others as being a good idea. They were out for fun and were in for anything that "Yes," was the reply; ".the Com.mtinder-in-ch.ief issued promised diversion. he order this afternoon." "At what hour to-morrow are we going to start?" "As I understand it, not until after nightfall to-morrow vening." '"Ah! I see. n the rebels." "Yes." General 0linton wants to steal a march "He seems to wish to avoid a battle with the rebels." "Yes; and not without reason. As I understand it, the ebel army has increased until it is nearly equal in num.rs to our own. In addition to that, that Prussian, Baron teuben, has drilled the rebels until they are almost as well "So we will!" exclaimed anothoc. "Such a fellow as that has 110 business here in the presence of gentlemen, anyway." Dick saw that he was in for trouble. He knew that it would do no g:ood to attempt to get up from the table and away and escape an encounter. The redcoats would not permit it. They" would attack him anyway. Then, too, it would be entirely at varia:ace with his nature to run. He neyer sought trouble, but neither would he run to avoid it. And when Dick s w that trouble was unavoidable, he p in military tactics as we are. With such a man as always made it a rule to meet it at least half way. eneral Washington at their head, tlris makes the rebels Ha looked up at t'he redcoats and remarked in .the cool-xtremely dangerous." "True enough. I guess, as you S8", that General Clinton -a-Oting wisely in trying to avoid an engagement with em." "I think so." As may well be supposed, Dick listened to this conversaon with interest. He had learned just wlutt he wished to know. The British were to evacuate Philadelphia on the morrow. They were to begin to move at nightfall. There he had it in a nutshell. Dick felt that there was no need of his remaining longer. The officers might come out, and if he was still sitting iere they might suspect that he had been listening. He decided to leave the saloon immediately. Just as he came to this decision, a party of redcoats tered the saloon. There were six in the party. They were rather boisterous. 'Fhey had been drinking and were already about half nk. Tiley had undoubtedly started out to have a good time, d they were as evidently having it. est tone imaginable : "I am neither a tramp nor a beggar, and as for my being in the presence of gentlemen, I do not see them. Where are they?" "By Jove, Wilton, tha begg:ar dares to be insulting!" cried one_ of the redcoats, growing red in the face. "Ha in sinuates that we are not gentlemen." "So he does, the tramp "The begllr !" "Let's teach him a lesson, fellows!" "Throw him out!,., "Break his neck CHAPTER VIII. WEARING THE RED. The redcoats were red in the face. They W"ere very angry. I They had drank just enough liquor to make them easy to take offense.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. Dick saw that they were about to attack him. He quickly rose to his feet and stepped out from behind the table. As he did so the :redcoats leaped toward him. "Here! here! we must have no trouble here!" cried the bartender. But his words had no effect. Mere words could not have stayed the rush of the red coats. They had been insulW. They had been told to their teeth that they were no gentlemen, and by a tramp, a l They would teach the insolent fellow a lesson. They did not know what a contract they had taken. Had they been sober Dick could hardly have hoped to withstand the onslaught of six men, especially in the eramped quarters of a bar-room. Half-drunk as the fellows were, however, made a great difference. Dick was lithe, active, supple, quick as a cat, and, more over, his mind was keen, clear and not befuddled by liquor. The lively combat which now took placEl was a surprise to all the spectators. It was a surprire, also, to the redcoats who were par ticipating in it. Of course they had expected to crush the youth down by force of numbers at once and without the least trouble. They quiekly found their mistake Dick leaped here aild there, in and out :first to one side and then the other, and again and again his fist s shot out with the precision and force <>f piston-rods. To the unspeakable amazement of the spectators, and almost before they knew what had happened Dick had knocked down each and every one of the six redcoats. The spectators uttered exclamations o f s urprise a nd wonderment. Dick had struck hard, and the redcoats lay where they had fallen, for the time being, dazed. In the melee Dick's hat had fallen from his head and his face was thus revealed to view. It was seen that he was J handsome, bright-faced youth of seemingly not more than nineteen years of age. One of the British officers had once seen Dick. As he gazed upon the bright, handsome face of the youfh, the remembrance came back to him. He recognized Dick. "By all that's wonderful, Charlton," he cried, "it's Dick Slater, the rebel spy Seize him, somebody Don't let the spy escap-e !" But Dick did not intend to let himself be seized if he could it. Nothing was further from ,his intentions than to allow: himself to be captured. As the officer uttered the words, DJck bounded toward the doorway. One man attempted to grab him but a blow on the jaw. laid the fellow flat. There were others between Di.ck and the door, but theYi scattered as he approached They had been eye-witnesses to the youth's wonderful prowess and did not care to take the chance of receivillg a dose of the same kind of medicine which Dick had deal out to the redcoats. Seeing that the inmates of the room had no stomac fo. r trying to stop Dick, the British officers drew the swords and leaped forward as if to cut the fugitive down. Doubtless they would have done this rather than allo him to escape, but they were unable to do so. D ick was too quick for them. He reached the door ahead of them, and, jerking it ope lea p e d through the doorway. As he did so, one of the officers m ade a cut a t him wit "Wonderful!" his sword. "Who would have thought i t !" He mi s s e d Dick but his keen blade struck the e4ge o "The most remarkable affair I e v e r witne s sed." t he door which was of pine and split off a huge splinter Sueh were some of the exclamations given utterance to. a foot long. The two British officers hearin g the sounds of the enHad th e sword s truck Dick i t would have split him to oounter came out the little room to see what was goin g t he waist. OD. When they e11.w six redcoats piled upon t h e floor and realized that it was too work of one person they were greatly amazed. They stared at Diek wonderingly. What manner of youth was this who, single-handed and alone, had put six men upon the floor? Bu t it did not s trike him Dick h ad esc a p e d tempor a rily a t least. As he leap e d out upon the street he collided with a B ritis h s oldi e r a nd sent the fellow headlong into gutter. Dick did not stop to apologize. H e knew that he would be pursued. T h e st r eets w e re thronged with redcoats.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 21 A hue and ery would be raised at once. Soon a horde of pursuers would be at his heels. Dick bounded down the street at his best speed. He must get as good a start as possible. He turned down the :first side street he came to. As he did so he heard a great hue and cry behind him. "They're after me," he thought; "well, they'll have to if they catch me." Dick was half way down the block when the advance ard of his pursuers turned the earner. It was not so dark 1:it that he could be seen. The instant the redcoats caught sight of him, \hey gave tterance io shouts of satisfaction. "Let them yell," thought Dick, grimly; "they haven't t me yei." Dick was a splendid runner. He knew how difficult it was for any one to shoot straight while running at full speed. If they hit him it would be only by accident. Dick was quite ready Jo take the chances. The redcoats soon put their threats into effect. Crack I era ck crack crack I went the pistols. One bullet whistled past Dick's ear, but the others must have gone wild. At any rate, Dick did not hear them. A few moments later he turned and darted down an other street. Dick raced down this street until midway of the Hlock and then he turned down an alley. He ran only a short distance into the alley and paused. He did not believe his pursuers would think to look for him here. He was a genuine all-around athlete. But he was mistaken. It would take exceptionally speedy runners to catch him. The redcoa:ts paused at the entrance to the alley. Dick did not fear those behind him. "I'll wager a month's pay that he went down this alley," What he was afraid of was that he would be challenged Dick heard one of the redooats say. y others from in front. The sight of a running man wohld be sufficient to arouse he suspicions of those who might see him. This soon came about. As he turned around the next corner be met a little uad of redcoats face to face. "I have an idea you are right," said another voice. "Come o:n, then, let's foll-Ow him." "Jove!" thought Dick; "I'm in a tight place now. What shall I do?" Whatever he was to do must be done quickly. It was very dark in the alley. They saw Dick coming. It would be impossible see any one at the distance of They seemed to think it would be a good plan to stop a few feet. ick. They leape in front of Dick and attempted to stop him. They might as well have tried to stop a runaway 1000otive. Dick did not try to get around them. He leaped straight toward them. Out shot his :fists. Crack, crack I Thud, thud Dick had knocked two of the redcoats down, and withut pausing the least bit, leaped through the gap thus Dick was silanding beside a high board fence. Dick hea:rd the hurrying footsteps of his pursuers. They were soon close at hand. This is the darkest place I was eTer in," remarked a voice, when the fellows were just about opposite Dick. "This out-Egypl8 Egypt." "That's right!" growled another voice. "He might be within ten feet of us and we never know it." "So he might; but I don't think be would stop. He's still going, I'll wager." reated and raced onward up the street. "I'm "lad you think so," thought Dick; "otherwise you The comrades of the fallen man gave to shouts might go to fumbling around here in the alley and :find f anger, and, whirling, started in pursuit. "Stop!" they yelled. "Stop, or we will :fill you full of ullets !" "If you shoot at me, you will kill somebody else I" yelled ack Dick. "Stop I" again cried the redcoats. "We give you fair arning." But Dick did not slacken his speed in the least. He had had considerable experience. me." The redcoats moved on. They were soon past Dick. The youth breathed a sigh of relief. He felt th&t he was safe once more. He was in no hurry to move, however. He thought it better to wait till the redcoats had left the alley. He did so.

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. Then he rose to his feet and walked back up the alley to the street. He paused just within the entrance to the alley and look ed up and down the street. There were a few peopfe in sight, but none were run ning, and there seemed to be no excitement; so he decided that it would be safe for him to emerge from his hiding place. He stepped out upon the street and moved away at a leisurely walk. He knew he would be less likely to attract attention by taking things easy. Dick made his way by gradual stages and presently reached the tavern where he had engaged a room Dick thought he had done enough for one night so he went to his room and went to bed. Dick was up bright and early next morning. Re donned his redcoat uniform. The order was obeyed to the letter. As the sun sank to rest in the West the front columns of the British anr:y moved slowly down to the river and began embarking in the boats. CHAPTER IX. "TO-.MORlWW THERE WILL BE A BATTLE!" Dick was wide awake. He was on hand and was taking note of everything. He thought it might be possible that General Clinton had changed his mind, after all, and that the trip to York would be made by wa' ter. Dick soon found that tkis was not the case, however. 'rhe soldiers were simply ferried across the river. All night long this was kept up. By morning all the troops had been transferred to New Jersey side. Dick mingled boldly witk the redcoats. the He went a c ross in one of the last boats which made march. the trip. It was his purpose to be on the streets during the day, gathering up all the informatio_p. he could, and it was his intention, also, to, if possible, go across the Delaware with ithe British troops and go with tb.em far enough next morn ing to take note of the order in which the troops were' to As soon as Di.ck had eaten his breakfast he s allied out. It t th ;. th' n 1 n th He marched with the troops, and remained in the ranks was easy o see au some mg u u s na was 0 e ta pis. Everywhere was bustle and confusion. There was excitement in the air. Such being t h e case, it was comparat i vely safe for Dick till Haddonfield was reached There a stop was made. General Clinton considered himself safe fr.om pursuit. So he was now in no particular hurry. He would take his time and arrange the troops in the to go and come as he pleased. Everybod y w a s busy and had no time to scru t inize any order in which they were to marf!h. one closely. Dick moved h ere and there, and took note of everything It is true that it had become known in headquarters, and generally, as well, that Dick Slater, the "rebel" spy, bad b.een discovered within the confines of the city the pre ceding night, but tbe majority thought that the manner in which he had been chased had probably alarmed him to such an extent that he had left the city. Their thinking thus showed how little the British officers really knew regarding Dick It would have taken a great deal more than the mere chasing of him to frighten Dick. He was not the kind a youth to get frightened. This made it easier for him, however. There was little danger of his being recognized. A scarlet uniform was all that was needed. The day pa.s>:ed rapidly. that was going on He made especial note of the order in which the British troops were arranged. He had just about made up his mind to slip away and start back to Philadelphia, when something happened which hastened his action. A British officer, who happened to meet Dick face to face, recognized the youth i "Great star s !" he exclaimed "It is Dick Slater, the rebe l s py, wearing a British uniform, and here in the l1ritish lin e s! Reize him, men! Don t let him escape!" 'rhe officer drew' his sword. But Dick a c ted too promptly for them. H e leaped away with the speed of the wind. It happened, luckily, that he was at the edg-e of the armv The British commander-in-chief had issued the order when recognized, and he r:iced to where the horses belong -to move as sogn al> the sun went down. ing to of the drag-oons wE>re standing-.

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1'HE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 23' The man in charge of the horses was in another rection and did not see Dick approachlng. The youth reached him, and, leaping on the back of the earest horse, was riding away before the fellow discov-' red what had happened. There was a great hue and cry, of course. A hundred soldiers bad set out in chase of Dick the intant be bad started to flee. When Dick's pursuers reached the spot where the horses ere standing, they, too, mounted and set out in swift pur it. Dick looked back and saw what the redcoats had done. It was only about seven miles to the point where the ferry was, and it did not take a great while to reach the point in question at the speed at which fugitive and pur suers were going. As Dick came in sight of the ferryboat, be was de lighted to see Tom was on board. "It's all right; I will escape the redcoats, after all!" thought Dick. He looked back. His pursuers were nearly a quarter of a mile behind. During the last mile or so they had lost ground. Dick rode down the bank of the river and almost to the "It is to be a race to tht Delaware!" the youth thought, ferryboat before reducing the speed of his horse. rimly. "If I can reach Tom Stark's ferry ahead of them Then he reined quickly, and rode onto the ferry-will be all right; and I am going to do it, if possible!" boat at a walk. Dick looked at his horse critically. ''I guess he is as good an animal as any of them," he ought. "I bad no time to choose, but was forced to take e first horse I to. Well, time will tell." The race was indeed a lively one. The pursuing redcoats lashed their horses unmercifully. They seemed determined to catch the fugitive or kill eir horses. Dick was getting good speed out ef bis horse without shing it. He kept close watch, and for a while he thought he was lding his own. A little later, however, he saw that his pursuers were wly drawing up on him. ''They are taking all the life out of their mounts, bow er," Dick said to himself; "and I believe that after we Ye gone another. mile or so I &hall be able fa hold my n, and perhaps may even begin to draw away from them." The results proved that Dick was possessed of good gment. By the time another mile had been traversed, Dick noted th satisfaction that he was holding his own. The redcoats, while closer than they had been at first, re not getting any closer. heir horses were tiring. ick's horse was tiring some, also, but not so much as re those ridden by the British soldiers. 'I believe I shall succeed in reaching the river far ugh in advance so that I will be able to get far enough into the stream to be out of n:msket-shot," thought k; "that is, if Tom is there, ready to start across imdiately." his was the one thing which worried Dick now. f Tom was at his post on the ferryboat, all would be l; if not, Dick wonld have trouble in escaping. after all. Tom had leaped forward as Dick approached. "Quick, Tom!" cried Dick. "Cast loose! I am pursued by redcoats I" Tom did not s-top to ask questions. He cast off immediately. Then the ferryboat began to move out into the stream. The redcoats came on rapidly. they got to where they could see what was going on, they set up a terrible yell. "Wait!" they howled. "Stop the boat! Hold oo!" They might as well have talked to the winds. The ferryboat was now a hundred yard s out in the stream. The redcoats raced down to the water's edge. They leaped from their horses, and, kneeling down at the edge of the water, leveled their muskets and took aim. "Stop the boat!" one cried. "Stop it and come back or we will fire "Fire and be hanged to you!" growled Tom. He had no intention of obeying the command of the redcoat. "They can't hit 11s at this distance," s aid Dick. "We' ll risk et, ennyhow !" said Tom, grimly. He had not much more than spoken when there came the reports from the muskets: A couple of bullets struck the ferryboat but none came anywhere near Dick or Tom. Before the redcoats could reload, the boat was clear out of range. The disappointed redcoats danced about and waved their muskets threateningly, but that was llll the good it did them. Their intended prey had escaped them. Di<'k told Tom where he had been and all about affairs, as the man was a staunch patriot.

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. "I guess I'll stay over on this side a while, Dick," said Tom, with a grin, as Dick led his horse ashore; "I think it will be healthier for me." He nodded toward the other shore. The redcoats were still there. I "They're waiting for you to come back, Tom;" with a smile. "Yas, an' they'll jes' haf ter wait! Ef they think I'm Long before nightfall the front ranks of the long column marched out of Valley Forge and away. The general course pursued was east by north. The patriot army was headed for ferries across the Dela ware at points considerably above Trenton. The army was in two divisions, and one crossed at Cor yel s ferry and the other at Sherard's ferry. The patriots marched in a due easterly direction now. goin' ter go back thar an' give 'em er chance et me, they It was General Washington's intention to head the Britair badly fooled." ish off, if possible. "Right, Tom; they won't stay long. They will have to Just as soon as they had crossed the river, General return to the army. As soon as they see you are not com-W ash!ngton had sent out scouts to learn the location of ing back they will take their departure." the British. "I think so, Dick." Dick was the chief of these scouts Dick bade his friend good-by, and, mounting, rode away. He went with them, and they had to go entirely accord It was quite a ride to Valley Forge, but Dick did not ing to bis orders. spare his horse. Twice every twenty-four hours Dick sent a messenge He reached there in two hours and a half after leaving t o the patriot commander-in-chief telling him the locatio the river. He leaped from his foaming horse and hastened to Wash ington's headquarters. Washington greeted Dick eagerly. "The British have moved?" he asked. of the British, the progress they were making, and about them. By this means General Washington was enabled to kee well informed regarding the movements of the enemy. General Clinton had scouts out keeping watch on th "Yes, your excellency; they are now at Haddonfield, five patriot army also. miles from Philadelphia," replied Dick. Dick was well aware of this, and he succeeded in captur "At Haddonfield, you say?" ing two or three of the fellows. "Yes, your exeellency." "You have just come from there ?" "I have." Then Dick went ahead and told the commander-in-chief what he had seen and learned, and how he had marched with the troops to Haddonfield. He told in what order the troops were to march, and everything that would be of interest or value to General Washington. The commander-in-chief was well pleased "Good!" he exclaimed, when Dick had finished. "You have done well, Dick, my boy--extremely well indeed "I am glad you are pleased, your excellency said Dick, simply. General Washin g ton at once gave the order for the army to g et ready to move. Soon all was bustle and confusion. Having known for several weeks that the British army intended moving across New Jersey to New York, General Washington had had everything in readiness for a quick move. All his orders were already written out. This being the case, it took but a eomparatively short ti!'.le for the army to get ready to move. He could not capture all of them however, and the Brit ish commander-in-chief was kept informed as to the wher abouts of the patriot army. He soon saw that if he went straight ahead and tri to get across the Raritan River and reach New York Ci b y the way of Newark and Paulus Hook, he would be sur to have trouble. He could not avoid a battle with the patriot army, i General Washington chose to offer one, and General Olin ton knew the great American general well enough to kno that he was not making such haste to try to head th British off for nothing. He believed that if he kept on in the way he was goin it would be impossible to avoid a battle, and the Britis commander-inc hief did not wish to engage in one. To the end of avoiding having to do 'so, General Clinto after having held a council of war decided to turn asid to the right and make IIB rapid a march as possible tow Sandy Hook He thought it possible that he might, by so doing, away from General Washington and avoid an engagemen Accordingly on this same day-June 25-he gave t order and the army turned sharp to the right and bo away toward Sandy Hook.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 25 When Dick saw the maneuver from the top of a tall tree, here he had stationed himself for the purpose of taking bservations, he was at first somewhat puzzled to account or the movement. Then it came to him suddenly. "General Clinton wishes to avoid a battle," Dick said to seif; "he is making for Sandy Hook. Washington ust know of this at once." Dick hastened down out of the treetop. He left Bob in command of the party of sccmts, and, ounting his horse, rode away toward where the patriot rmy was, at full speed. He sent for the members of his staff at once. 'I'hey hastened to report at headquarters. They, like General Was1rington, believed the time had come to strike the British a hard blow. It was decided to do so. They would force the British to fight. General Washington sat down and wrote an order, which he sealed and addressed to General Lee. He again sent for Dick. "Dick," he said, when the youth appeared, "take the order and deliver it to General Lee at the earliest possible moment. It is an order for him to attack the British left When he reached the point where the patriot army was, wing, and keep the enemy engaged until I can bring the ick quickly imparted the important news to the com-main army up to aid him. The attack is to be made as ander-in-chief. early as possible in the morning. I tell you this so that in "We must head him off and force him to figl!!.t, at ont:e !" case this order should be lost by you, you will be enabled eclared General Washington, with grim earnestness. "He to give the order verbally, the which you are hereby inall not escape us in that fashion. He must fight!" structed to do." Then he issued orders for the army to move forward on Dick took the order and placed it carefully in his pocket. e double-quick. "I will be off at once, your excellency," he said. The order was obeyed, and soon the patriot army was Dick saluted and withdi-ew. stening forward on the double-quick. He bridled and saddled his horse, and, mounting, rode It took two days for the patriots to get within striking away into the darkness. stance, even then. [ It did not take him long to reach the division under The British were marching as rapidly as they could, the me as were the patriots. But their speed was not so great as that of the patriots. On the night of June 27 the left wing of the British, ht thousand strong, under General Cornwallis, was en ped near Monmouth Courthouse; the right wing, hav g about the same number of men, under Knyphausen, lay little beyond the courthouse, on the road lead toward Middletl>wn. With the left wing was General inton. The first division of the patriot army, under General Lee, sisted of six thousand men, and lay about half way een Englishtown and Monmouth Courthouse, near the eehold meeting-house. It was about five miles distant m the British. The main body of the patriot army was Englishtown, about three miles from Lee's division. ick had been kept very busy the past two days. e had slept only twice, and then only a couple of hours h time. e was tireless, however, and was ready for service. e had returned from a scouting expedition early in evening and had informed General Washington of the t positions of the divisions of the British army. en be had made his report, General Washington had de one simple, earnest remark : 'The time has come I" General Lee. He delivered the order. General Lee read it. Dick imagined there was not a pleased look on the officer's face. General Lee looked up presently, however, and said: "Tell the commander-in-chief that I will do as he has ordered." "Very well, sir," said Dick; and, saluting, be withdrew Mounting his horse, Dick rode back to the patriot en campment at Englishtown. The "Liberty Boys" were with this division. Dick went at once to Washington's headquarters and de livered General Lee's message. "'Tis well," said General Washington, in a tone of deep satisfaction. "To-morrow, Dick, there will be a battle!" CHAPTER X. "DOING THINGS UP BROWN." "I am glad, your excellency," said Dick. The commander-in-chief smiled and gave Dick a look of approval.

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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. "I know you are Dick," he said; "and that is the way I lik e to hear any one talk." In truth, all the patriot soldiers were glad when they learned that there was a good prospect that they would get into a battle with the British on the morrow. They were eager for a chance at the redcoats. The soldiers were up and preparing to march, long before daybreak next morning. They had breakfast and then set out. before they reached Monmouth Courthouse the sound of firing in that direction was heard. At the sound of the firing, Dick Slater and his company of "Liberty Boys" became eager and excited. "Jove, Dick! it is hard to be here doing nothing while there is :fighting going on," said Bob Estabrook. "I wish we were there," said Mark Morrison. "Perhaps the commander-in-chief would let us go on ahead," said Sam Sanderson. -that is to say, the main force of that division of the army under General Lee. The entire force seemed to be retreating. Such was indeed the <:ase. Luckily for the patriot army and the cause of Liberty, however, General Washington put in an appearance. He had followed the "Liberty Boys" and was only a short distance behind them when they reached the scene of action. History lays the blame for the retreat of the patriots on that Sunday morning at Monmouth Courthouse at the door of Charles Lee, the commander of this division. History charges General Lee with rank cowardice, and says that he ordered the retreat when everything looked favorable for the patriot soldiers to strike the British force a most damaging blow. Whether or not this ia in exact accordance with facts, the writer, of course, would not pretend to say; but as it is a matter of history, and as the man in question was the '"Do you think he would, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly. "I don't know, Bob,'' replied Dick; "but I can soon same General Lee, who more than a year before had re fused time and again to send General Washington assistfind out.'' ance when ordered to do so by the commander-in-chief, we "Do so, old man. Go to him at once." are quite willing to accept the statements of the historians Dick rode up alongside General Washington, and, after saluting, asked permission to hasten forward with his company of "Liberty Boys." as being true. The fact that General Lee was tried by court-martial later on and suspended from command in the army for the term of one year, on account of his conduct on the Thanking him earnestly, Dick rode back and took his battlefield at Monmouth, would seem to be ample proof place at the head of his company. General Washington granted the permission readily. that the statements made by our historians were in acThe youths were all mounted and they rode away at a cordance with the facts. gallop. They were followed by the cheers of their comrades. All the soldiers liked Dick and the "Liberty Boys." The youths rode rapidly. They were anxious to get into the fight. Soon after passing Monmouth Courthouse, the "Liberty Boys" began meeting patriot soldiers in full retreat. Dick asked a number w}iy they were retreating, but could get no satisfactory reply. "We'll press on, anyway, fellows," he said; "perhaps we may be able to do something to put a stop to this. I don't like the looks of it at all." "Forward! ever forward!" cried Bob. Then the "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to a cheer and rode onward at. as rapid a pace as they could go. Dick kept calling to the retreating soldiers to face about and return to the attack. He succeeded in getting many to do so, while others stop ped running and at least stood their ground. Soon the youths came in sight of the main patriot force At any rate, General Washington's presence on the battlefield was badly needed when he put in his appearance. rallied the men, put a stop to the retreat, and soon the British were brought to a stap.dstill. The battle now began to rage fiercely. It was a battle, too, not a retreat. CQrnwallis and Clinton found that the patriot soldiers had improved greatly. Not that they were braver, but they knew better how to fight-thanks to the teaching which Baron Steuben had given them during the winter at Valley Forge. 'l'he main portion of the patriot army finally reache the scene of action and entered into the affair. All the forces, practically, on both sides were now i action. On a hill some patriot soldiers had planted two field pieces. The gunners worked like troj ans, and grape and solid shot were poured into the ranks of the British. One of the gunners was an Irishman named Pitcher.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. 27 His wife was with him on the field, and had been with Before they could apply the matches, the youths were him all through the campaign. upon and among them. She helped by carrying water from a spring, the water The combat was short and sharp. being used to dampen the sponges with which the cannon A number of the British were killed and captured, while were swabbed out. the others took to their heels. As. she was returning with a pail of water, Mrs. Pitcher Dick leaped off his horse, a:ad the other youths did saw her husband shot down at his post. There was no likewise. artilleryman to take his place, so Mrs. Pitcher did it herThey quickly bound the hands of the prisoners. self, swabbing the cannon and ramming home cartridge Then Dick looked around him and took note of the after cartridge with as much skill as her husband had battle. hown. The soldiers gave utterance to a great cheer when they aw this brave act of a brave and noble woman. He saw that the British were retreating. Not everywhere, but in a few places. 'rhe youth was confident the patriots would be the The soldiers ever after that day called the woman "Major victors. olly," and Congress voted her a sergeant's commission 'arrant, with half-pay through life. I have given this instance here to show of what material e patriots were made. Such people could not be kept om achieving their freedom. Meanwhile the battle raged. Dick and his "Liberty Boys" were here, there and every here. They were in the thick of the fight, when an orderly me to Dick and told him that General Washington wished "Hurrah!" then cried Dick, waving his hat. "We have beaten the British The day is ours I" The battle was not yet ended, however, not by any means. 'rhe British fought stubbornly. It was give and take. It was a terrible battle in one respect-the awful heat. It was a very hot, sultry day. Many men were stricken down by the beat. There were many cases of sunstroke. The men on both sides fought stubbornly, desperately, m to take his company of "Liberty Boys" and storm a however. II over at one side, where the British had planted some All through the afternoon kept it up. nnon, with which they were doing considerable execution. The British made several desperate attempts to turn "The commander-in-chief says for you to silence the the patriot flanks, and to beat their way through the centre, ns, if. possible !" the orderly shouted in Dick's ear, and all to no avail. The patriots successfully resisted every ck replied: such attempt. "Tell his excellency that 1ve will silence the guns!" At last the sun went down, and presently the sounds of The orderly bowed and rode away, and Dick turned in the battle ceased. saddle, and, waving his sword, cried: 'Follow me, my brave boys I We are to charge yonder ce on the hill. Come on Down with the king Long Liberty!" The soldiers of both armies were utterly exhausted. General Washington was greatly encouraged, however. The threatened defeat had been turned into a partial vic-tory, and he was determined to make it a complete one on ick urged his horse forward at a gallop, and with a the morrow. d cheer the "Liberty Boys" followed. bey rode across the field, straight toward the hill. p the sloping side they went like an ascending ava he. He made up his mind to renew the conflict as soon as it was light next morning. sent troops around to be in readiness to attack the British on the left at daybreak, and this would be the he British saw them coming, and did their best to ram signal for a general engagement. e fresh cartridges in time to fire into the crowd of The soldiers ate their suppers without brf:)aking ranks. e youths, but they did not quite succeed. and slept on their arm:.

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2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK. Tired and exhausted as they were, they were full of America so well, that two thousand of them deserted from fight, and were eager for the coming of the morrow. the British ranks in less than a month. But the British were not so eager for a continuation of Dick Slater and his band of brave "Liberty Boys" we the fight. complimented highly by General Washington because of General Clinton was far from satisfied. their fine work in capturing the British battery. He bad lost nearly a thousand men, dead, wounded and "The commander-in-chief seemed to think we did things I }'risoners, while he realized that the patriot loss had n o t up brown, yesterday, Dick!" said Bob, a little later, when been nearly &o great. He did not wish to engage in battle on the morrow. His men, too, ate supper in the ranks, and lay down on their arms, but they dill not lie there all night. At midnight they rose silently to their feet and stole away thro ugh the darkness. they were alone. "So he did, B ob," agreed Dick THE END. One after another the regiments moved away and last The n ext n11111ber (22) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will all had gone-and so stealthily and silently had it been c o ntain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BAY; O R, THE accomplished that the patriot pickets knew nothi n g of what CLOSE S T CALL O F ALL," by Harry Moore. was going on. When the patriots went to attack the British next morn ing, the British were not there to attack. The dead a n d some w o unded were all that remained. The British army was well on its way to Mid dlet own, SPECIAL N OTICE: All back numbers of this weekly and it would be useless t o f9llow. are al ways in print. If you cannGt obtain them from a n y was satisfied, however. n e w sd eal ers, send the price in money or postage stam ps by He had really won a victory, and the effect of it was mail to F RANK T O USEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION good. The Hessians under Clinton were so dissatisfied now, SQWARE, NEW Y O RK, and you will receive the copies with the way things were going, and had come to like you order by return mail. Bamp1e Copies Se:n."t F'9ree "HAPPY DA VS." The Larges t and Best Weekly Story Paper Published It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 24: Union Square, New York.

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THE STAGE I No. 31. llOW T0 BECOME A .SPEAKER.-Containing four, E teen illustrations; giving the different positions requisite to become No. 41. THE BOYS OF NF1W YOHK END. MEN S JOK a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from BOOK.-Containing a great variety of. the Jokes used the I all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in tfte most most famous men. No amateur mmstrels is complete without simple and concise manner possible. this wonderful httle pook. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for conducting deNo. 42. TllE 01!' NEW YORK SrUMP Si;'EAh.ER.bates outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the best Containing a val'led assortl!lent of stump Negro, Dutch sourc'es for procuring information on the questions given. and Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the tl11ng for home amuse-ment and amateur shows. SOCIETY. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK GUIDE No 3 now TO FLIRT-The arts and wiles of flil"tation are AND JOKE Btive books n cooking ever published. It conta'ns recipes for cooking meats. sh. game and oystPrR; also pies, pudtion ilH, and many nol'el toys to Ile worked by electricity. y n. A. n. HPnnett. Full,v illnstrnt<'d. o. G7. IIOW TO DO ELECTHICAL 'l'RICKS.-Containing a rge collect'on of ructiYe and hi!{hl.1 amusing electrical tricks, gctlier with illustrations. By A. AnclPrson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. IIOW TO BEC(l:IIE A YE:\'THILOQUIRT. By Harry ennedy. The serit at ions, et<'., 8Uitable parlor or clrawin!!:-room cntertaiunwnt. It <'Ontaius more for the mey than any hook pnblishf'cl. No. 3:>. HOW TO PLAY A <'Ompl!'te anrl useful little k, containin.g the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, ,kgammou. croq11Pt, dominoC's. et'. To. :m. now TO ROLYE co. all leatlini.r conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious l'atches witt,v o. i1:.!. IIO\\' TO PL\ Y CAHDR.-A comr>lete and handy little k, givif!I;' the ,rules nnd full directions for playing Euc>hre: CribCusmo. I orty-five, Hounce, !'Niro Draw l'ok!'r 'on l'if('h, All l'ours and many oth<"r popular games of cards: Gu. HOW TO DO PI'ZZLEK--Containing over three huninteresting puzzles and conundrums with k!'y to same. A ete book. I'ully illustratt>cl. By A. Amll'rson. No. 18. IIOW TO BECO.ME BIJAT"l'Ilr given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to become> btautiful, both ma.le and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read thia book and Le convinced how to become Leau tiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. IlOW TO KEEP BIRD8.-Ili\nclsomely illustra.ted and containing full instructions for the manat:!'rnf'nt an. l!'ully explained by <'i!{ht illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind eyer published. MISC\:.'.'LLANEOUS. No. 8. TIOW TO A RCm;.;'rIRT.-A ueetul and in struNil'e book. giving a completp treatise on chemistry; also experimPnts in mechanies by water to foreign ports, hack fares in the' principal <'ities, reports of tlw crn8us. et<' .. tc., makins it one of the most complere anrl hancl.v hooks puhlished. Ko. 3R. IIOW 'l'O HECO:\IE YOl:n OWN DOCTOR-A won derful hook, containing useful awi pra<'tical information in the tr<.'atment of ordinary diseases ancl ailments common to every family. Abounding in useful ancl effe<'tive reeipes for general com-plaints. No. 55. IIOW TO COLLECT RTA:\fPR AND COINS.--Oon taining valuable information re!{ardin!!; roll<'<'ting and arr1U1ginc of stamps nnrienres of well-known detective's No. GO. HOW 'l'O BECOME A PfIOTOGRAPHER.-Contain ing useful information rC'garding the Camera and how to work it; also how to make Photographi<' l\fagic Lantern Slides and other Transparencies. Ilandsomely illustrated. Ry Captain W. De W. ETIQUETTE. Abney. o, 13. ff OW TO DO I'.r; OR. OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. G2. HOW TO. BECmrn A WEST POINT MILITARY great hfe secrd, and one that even 1oung man clesirPs to know CADE'r.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, about. There's happiness in it.
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HERE'S ANOTHER NEW ONE Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the A1nerica11 Rev oluti.() By HARRY MOORE. FAIL TO READ DON'T IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithi account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Americi youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their liv for the sake of helping along the gallant ca.use of Independen4 Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matt bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '7.; or, Fightlng for Freedom. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 2 The Li?erty Boys' Oath; or. S ettling With the British and I 1 2 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Side Torie;:;. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, H elping General WashI 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. ington. 1 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It 4 The Liuerty Boys on Hand; or. Always in the R ight Place. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled or. The Tories' Clever Sche 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King' s 17 The Liberty Boys' Great 'stroke; or, Capturing a Bri Minions. Md.n-of-War 6 The Libnty Bovs' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang l.:s if You can... 118 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats 7 The Liberty Boy s in Demand or The Champion Snies of 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. th R I t 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Mpt Have Be e ('VO t, IOU. 8 The Liberty Boys Hard Fight or Beset by British and' 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Things Up Ere Tori{:S. 1' 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themi 'LO The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or. A Nec k-and-N eek I I Race With D eath. For hy an newio;d ea l Prs or i-ent }lOstpaid on recei1>t' of 111ice, 5 cents p e r co1>y, b PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square. New Yo1 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 in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to Y?U b mail. POS'J'AGE :S'J'AMPS 'J'Al\.E.N 'l'HE SAME A S MONEY. I '. .. Y. ..... ..... : : : '. '. .'.'.".'.'. -.-.'.'.:::: .:: _Jo I DB .\f{ Sm-Enclosed find ..... cent s for which please send me: r .... copiC', of AND \YIX. Nos .... .................................................... PLlTCK A r;eoK ......................... ............ .................. SECRET SF,RYTOE ...................................... THE LTBER'I'Y BOYS OF '76. Nos .................... ........ Ten-Cent Hanel Books, "os ......................................... ............ .. Name .......................................................................... Street and No. . . . . . . Town State ................ .......


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