The Liberty Boys suspected, or, Taken for British spies

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The Liberty Boys suspected, or, Taken for British spies
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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rrHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Wee kly-B y Subscriptio n $2.50 per year. Enter ed o.s Secon d Olass Matter a t the New York N. Y., Post OfTice, February 4, 1901. Entered according t o lict o f Congl'eBs, in t h e year 1 90 1 in t h e otr ice of tne Libraria n o f C o ngress, Washingt on, D. C ., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, Ne10 York. No. 25. NEW YORK, JUNE 21, 1901. Price, 5 C e nts. CHAPTER I. TAKEN FOR BRITISH SPIES. ''Well, Dick how much farther do you think it i s to the patriot encampment?" "I don't know, Bob." "I should think we would reach it before nightfall." "I hope we may do so, Bob." It was early Fall in the year 1777. It was the afternoon of a beautiful day Two youths of perhap s ninetee n years were riding along a road leading northward from Albany, in the State of New York. The youths were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook Dick Slater was the captain of a company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." Bob was a member of the company, and was Diek's righthand man, and best friend. They were indeed chums, having grown up from children together. Their parents had lived on adjoining farms, near Tarry : town, N. Y., ever since the youths could remember. 1 These two youths had made names for themselves dur-mg the year that they had been in the patriot army. l In addition to having proven themselves :fighters, they '. had done good work in the way of carrying messages and 1 in spying The youths were, well-mounted. They were riding at only a moderate gait, howe v er. They were not sure enough of the road to ride fast. They had never before been so far North. Presently they entered a hilly rough reiion. There was considerable in the way of timber, but it was n in the main of a scrubb y character. They were not f a r from the Hudson River, however This accounted for the hilly, rough character of the t tt country. They rode onward. They were talking and laughing, when et with a surprise. A ringing command was heard: suddenly they "Halt I" The ne x t instant a score of soldiers appeared in th& road in front of the youths. The youths reined up their horses The y heard a noise behind them, and looked back. A score or more oisoldiers were there I The soldiers had worn faded uniform11 of Continental blue This proved to the youths that the soldiers were patriots. In that case, they thought they had nothing to fear. "Up with your hands I" ordered one of the soldiers. He was a tall, rather fierce-looking fellow, and was. evidently in command of the force. The youths obeyed the order. They elevated their hands. "This is unnecessary," said Dick, quietly, as the officer approached. "It is, eh?" the man remarked. "Yes." "Why is it?" "For the reason that we are friends." "Oh, you are?" There was doubt and sarcasm in the man's tone "We are." "Friends of King George, I s'pose !" The patriot officer grinned in a leering fashion as he said this. Some of his men laughed 'rhey seemed to think their leader had said something smart. Dick shook his head "No, your friends; not the friends of King George," said Dick. "I acknowledge no man king!" The fellow leered again. "Very pretty!" he said, '"the sentiment is all right. The author of the sentiment, however, is under suspicion." "Why so?" asked Dick. "Oh, there s a good reason for it." "Why 80 ?" "You want to know?"


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. "Yes." "Well, then, I guess I'll tell you." "Do so I" "All right; it is this way: We received word, yesterday, that a couple of British spies were on their way up here to spy on the patriots, and we came down to meet them." "Ob, that is it?" "That is it!" "And you think we are the British spies in question?" "I'm sure of it!" The fellow spoke in a decided tone. Dick looked at Bob. There was dismay and disgust in bis expression. The look was duplicated on Bob's face. To be taken for British spies was enough to fill them with a feeling of disgust. They bad not been expecting anything of that kind. It took them by surprise. "You don't mean to say you have come from there?" he asked. Dick nodded. "I do mean to say that very thing!" he declared. The man shook his head. He seemed unable to believe the statement. "Why have you come, then?" he asked. "We are the bearers of a message to General Gates." "The bearers of a message to General Gates!" The man seemed greatly surprised. He looked at the youths in a doubtful manner. "Where is the message?" he asked. "Let me see the document." Dick shook his head. "I cannot do it," he said. "Why not?" "I would not show it to you, if I had it, as, being intend ed for General Gates, it must be seen first by him, and no "You are mistaken in your suspicions," said Dick. "We one else; but I haven't it." are not British spies." The officer smiled unbelievingly. "You are not?" he asked. "We are not." The man was evidently unconvinced by Dick's denial. "Who and what are you, then?" be asked. "My name," said Dick, "is Dick Slater, and my com panion is Bob Estabrook. We are members of a company of patriots known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' The man still smiled in an unbelieving manner. "I never beard of you," be said; "and if you are .mem.: hers of such a company, where are the rest of the men?" "We left them down below." "Oh, you did?" "We did." "Whereabouts down below?" "In Pennsylvania." "In Pennsylvania?" The man looked at the youths in a searching manner. "Yes." "Whereabouts in Pennsylvania?" "Near Philadelphia:" "Near Philadelphia, eh?" "Yes." "Let's see; Washington's army is down there," the man said, in a meditative tone, seemingly more to himself than to the youths. "Yes, my 'Liberty Boys' are with Washington's army," said Dick. "You haven't it?" "No." "Where is it, then?" The look of doubt and unbelief was again on the officer's face. "I destroyed it." Dick spoke calmly, coolly. "You destroyed it?" The man's tone expressed surprise and incredulity. "I did." "Why did yon destroy it?" "To keep the redcoats from getting hold of it." "To keep the redcoats from getting hold of it?" The officer was evidently greatly mixed. He seemed scarcely to know what to think of Dick and Bob. "Yes, to keep the redcoats from getting bold of it," said Dick; "we were in danger of being captured, and I obeyed the orders of General Washington, and destroyeL the message." "Then have no message to deliver to General Gates, after all "Oh, yes!" "But you just said you destroyed it!" "So I did." "Then how can you have one to deliver?" "I have a verbal one to deliver. In fact, I was in formed of the contents of the message, and told to destroy it in case we were threatened with capture, and then deliver 'rhe officer looked searchingly at Dick and then at the message verbally." I Bob. 1 Dick speke calmly, frankly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. There was the impress of truth in his expression. But the patriot officer _was skeptical. The party now moved forward, up the road. 3 I don't believe a word of what you have said I" he declared. The soldiers kept the youths within the hollow square, and watched them closely, to see that they did not make an attempt to escape. -"You don't?" 'rhe.y kept on up the road, a distance of perhaps a nil le. Dick's demeanor was calm and unruflled. There was an angiy look on Bob's face, however. Then a house was reached. He was a hot-headed youth, and did not fancy hearing It was a farmhouse, such as were to be found in that Dick spoken to in this fashion. portion of the country in those days. "No, I don't believe anything you have said," the man The party drew up in front of the house. reiterated. "Bring the prisoners into the house," ordered the cap"It doesn't matter," said Dick; "if you will take us to tain. "We will see what General Gates will do with the General Gates, that will be all that is necessary. What you British spies I" believe or do not believe, is of no consequence." The officer strode toward the house as he gave the "That's the way to talk, Dick I" said Bob; "I think the order. fellow is exceeding his authority. He ought to have taken Four of the soldiers seized Dick and Bob by the arms, us to General Gates at once, and not stopped here to ask us and led them toward the house. a whole lot of questions." The man frowned. "Don't try to make your escape I" said one of the men; "it will be the worse for you, if you do I" He glared at Bob in an angry manner. "Don't fear I" said Dick, scornfully; "we have no desire He might as well have saved himself the trouble, how-to escape. We wish to see General Gates, and would not ever. He could have no effect on Bob. The youth gave the officer look for look. "You are insolent t" the man said. "No; I'm only telling what is the truth!" The officer turned to his men. He beckoned, and several advanced to his side. Then he turned to the youths once more. "Dismount I" he ordered. His tone was fierce. The youths obeyed. leave till we have done so, even if you were to set us free." The men grunted out something unintelligible. It is probable that they did not believe Dick. In another moment they were inside the house. The officer le d the way along the hall, and about midway from the front to the back, knocked on a door. "Come in I" called a voice. The officer opened the door, and entered. The four eonducted Dick and Bob into the room, also. The youths gave a quick glance around the room, as they They knew it would be useless to resist. entered. They did not care to do so, anyway. At the farther side, seated behind a desk, was patriot They they would soon be taken before General general. "That must be General Gates," thought Dick. In this he was right. A:lj!d then all would be all right, they thought. "Bind their hands!" the man ordered. The officer was General Gates. "We haven't anything to bind them with, captain," As the youths came to a stop in front of the general, said one of the soldiers. he looked at them searchingly. "That's so; well, it isn't necessary, anyway. They Then he looked toward the officer who had entered the can't get away. Form a hollow and keep them room ahead of the youths : in it." This was done. l>ick and Bob said nothing more, at the time. They decided tlfat it would be useless. It "ould serve no good purpose. This officer would believe nothing they would say. So they might as well save their wind. They would wait until taken before General Gates. The officer had doubtless already made some brief state ment, for he now pointed toward the youths and nodded triumphantly. Then General Gates looked back toward the youths once more. He looked them over, from head to foot. "They are undoubtedly British spies!" said the soldier, still pointing to Dick and Bob.


4 TITE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. "We are not British spies," said Dick; "we are, like yourselves, patriots!" CHAPTER II. JN THE PRESENCE OF GENERAL GATES. "Of course they would claim that they are patriots, to save their skins!" said the fellow who had commanded the party that captured the youths. General Gates made a gesture for the officer to keep silent. Then he addressed himself to the youths. "You claim you are patriots?" he asked. "We are patriots!" replied Dick. "Have you any proof of the truth of your words?" "We didn't suppose it would be necessary to bril!g proof, other than the message which we were the bearers of, from General Washington." The general looked interested. It was a signal for him to remain silent. General Gates frowned. He looked at Bob with a look of disapproval. Then he turned his gaze on Dick. "You say you destroyeO. the message?" he asked. "Yes, sir." "Humph I You say you came from General Washington ?" "Yes, sir." "Where was he when you left him?" "At a place called Whitemarsh." "Whitemarsh, eh?" \ "Yes, sir. It is not more than a dozen miles from Philadelphia." "His anny is there?" "Yes, sir." "Humph!" It was plain that General Gates was puzzled. He did not know whether to believe the story of Dick or not. "How came you to destroy the message?" he asked, presently; "I should have thought you would have doue "You are the bearers of a message from General Washthat only as a last resort." ington ?" he asked. "That is what we did, sir, We thought we would not "Yes, sir." "Ah I Where is it?" "We were chased, surrounded, and almost captured by some redcoats, sir, as we -were coming here, and in accordance with instructions from the commander-in-chief, we destroyed the message." "That's the same story he told when I captured them, General Gates!" said the officer, sneeringly; "it is un doubtedly a falsehood!" Dick turned on the fellow with a look that made him quail. "You talk altogether too much!" Dick said, in a scathing tone. "I am talking to General Gates-I suppose it is Gen-succeed in escaping when we destroyed the message. Still, I doubt if we should have destroyed it, even then, had it not been for the fact that we knew the contents of the message, and had been instructed by the commander-in chief to deliver the message verbally in case we were forced to destroy it." The general started. "Ah! then you know the contents of the message?" Dick nodded. "Yes, sir; the commander-in-chief himself informed us of the contents. He did it purposely." General Gates looked at Dick searchingly. "Indeed?" he said; "General Washington must have a eral Gates ?-and when your opinion is wanted, it will be great deal of confidence in you!" asked for!" Dick smiled. ( "Yes I am General Gates," said the officer behind the "Well, I think I can say with truth that he does place a table, with rather a pompous air. great deal of confidence in us," the youth said, quietly. Then he made a gesture to the other. "Be silent,'' he said; "I will talk to these young men, and settle the matter for myself." "That's the way to do business!" said Bob, with a grin at the mouthy fellow who had caused them to be made prisoners. "Now, will you be quiet!" It was a hard matter for Bob to keep quiet, s9metimes, and this was one of the times. Dick nudged Bob. "Humph! What was the gist of the message you spe of, young man?" "This: He said for me to tell you to take y1mr to go slow and sure, and work carefully to bring about defeat and capture of Burgoyne and his army; that b (Washington) will keep Howe and Cornwallis cooped in Philadelphia, and make it so that they will not sen, J any troops to the aid of Burgoyne." General Gates looked at Dick IJ


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 5 It was evident that he hardly knew what to think. "What about the 'Liberty Boys of '76 ?'" asked General The young stranger certainly seemed to have a good Gates. knowledge of what was going on. Bob shook his head, Then he would have the same knowledge if he were a "Nothing," he replied. British spy, for that matter. "There must be something about them-something The officer who had been in command of the party that which you wished to speak of." had captured Dick and Bob fidgeted, and looked eagerly Bob shook his head, and made no audible reply. and anxiously at his superior officer. When he wished to be silent, nothing could make Bob It was evident that he feared General Gates would be talk. on over by Dick's plausible story. General Gates was not yet satisfied, however. He was a man naturally suspici_ous. "Who are you two young men?" he asked. "My name is Slater, Dick Slater," replied Dick; "and my ,ompanion, here, is Bob Estabrook." The youths watched General Gates' face. They wished to note whether or not the mention of who hey were had any effect on him. It did not, they were sorry to see, seem to have any !fiect. The general shook his head. "I have never heard of you," lie said. "You are rather young to be in the army, are you not?" le asked, after a moment. "We are nineteen years old, sir," replied Dick. "Nineteen?" "Yes, sir." "How long is it since you joined the army?" 1 "About fifteen months, sir." "Humph!" "They are pretty smooth story-tellers, General Gates," 1id the officer, who had kept quiet as long as it was pos ,1e for him to keep quiet. 8 "'l'here is no story about it," said Dick, with quiet lignity; "every word we have uttered is the truth, and ".lly the truth." Suddenly B c b spoke up. "llave you ever heard of 'The Liberty Boys of '76 ?' 11 askPd. a Both General Gates and the officer started slightly and >oked at each other quickly. lk Then General Gates said, slowly: "At first I thought that I had heard of some such per l ns; but on second thought, I must say that I have never ard of them." "Nor have I," said the officer who had been responsible 11< r the capture of the youths. n Bob said no more. He looked at Dick with an expression of mingled dis pointment and disgust. The general looked inquiringly at Dick. "Will you explain.?" he asked. "There is nothing particular to explain," said Dick; "there is, down in the main patriot army, a company of young fellows like ourselves, who are known as 'The Lib erty Boys of '76,' that is all. We thought that perhaps you might have heard of them." The general shook his head. "No," he said; "but why did you speak of them?" "We are members of that company of 'Liberty Boys,' that is why," said Dick, quietly. "And he is captain of the company!" said Bob, indieating Dick. General Gates looked at Bob, and then at Dick. There was a speculative look: in his eyes. Dick felt sure that he was somewhat inclined to believe the two youths were what they claimed to be. The officer who had been instrumental in capturing the twd' did not wish the general to believe they were patriots, however. He seemed to be satisfied that they were British spies. It appeared that he was unable to get that idea out of his mind. "That's a likely story, General Gates," he said; "the idea of him being a captain of a company I It is absurd!" "You're a fool!" said Bob, quickly and hotly. "He is captain of the company of 'Liberty Boys,' as I have said, and you'll find that such is the case, before you are through with this affair." "Don't mind him, Bob," said Dick, quietly; "it isn't worth while wasting words on him." General Gates made gestures to the officer, and to Bob and Dick. "Silence, all !" he ordered. "Keep him still, and I'll keep still," said Bob. Dick could not help smiling, serious as was the situation of himself and comrade. It might turn out to be a serious matter, if they were unable to satisfy General Gates of the fact that they were patriots.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. Should he make up his mind that they were British "I'll see to it, General Gates!" was the reply. Then spies, as he seemed inclined to do, they might even be signalled to the four men who had hold of the youths. hanged or shot. "Lead them away!" he commanded. Dick signalled Bob to keep silent. He did not think it policy to anger either the genera or his subordinate officer. The general was silent for several moments. He looked dow-n at the floor. He was evidently pondering. He seemed puzzled. Dick watched him anxiously. Presently General Gates looked up. He looked at Dick. "Young man," he said, "your story may be true, and it may not. You have no proof that it is, and I have no proof that it isn't. This being the case, I shall be forced to hold you prisoners for the present. You may be British spies, and it would not do to let you go free, if that is the case." "No, of course it would not do, if we were British spies," agreed Dick; "but I cannot for the life of me see why yoli should think we are British spies. If we were really British spies, we should have been more careful. We would not have been riding boldly along, in broad daylight, on the road leading direct to the patriot encampment. We would have approached secretly. I have done the work of a spy on many occasions for General Washington, and O'HAPTER III. SPOILING THE REDCOATS' PLANS. 'l'he men obeyed. The youths were conducted from the room, and out the house. They had no idea where they were to be taken. They were not long left in doubt. They were conducted toward the timber, the edge which was about two hundred yards distant. They entered the timber. They were conducted along a path a distance of perha fifty yards. While being conducted along this path, Bob had giv1 Dick a peculiar, significant, questioning look. said as plainly as words could have expressed it, "Sht we try to escape from our captors?" Dick shook his head. There were but the four men holding them. The youths could have escaped, the}" were sure. But Dick did not wish to do so. Had they broken loose from the men and escaped, Ge eral Gates would have believed they really were Briti "It is hard telling what you might do, if you are Britspies. ish spies," he said; "I shall have to hold you prisoners, for a know something about such matters." General Gates shook his head. time, at least." Dick did not wish the general to think this. He and Bob had come to the general bearing a messa from the commander-in-chief. Dick was disappointed. He frowned. Dick wished this message to have weight with the patt He wished to be on his way back to the patriot army, general. down in Pennsylvania as soon as possible, and to be deIf he was to become satisfied that the youths were Britf

THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 7 When they had penetrated perhaps fifty yards into the some one in the patriot ranks here who knows us by timber, the little party came to a log cabin. It was a strongly-built affair. Bob started. A sentinel stood at the door. "There mus be other prisoners in there," thought Dick. This proved to be the case. There four British soldiers in the cabin. They were taking life as easy as possible. They were playing cards. They looked up as Dick and Bob were shoved into the one big room of the cabin. "Hello I" greeted one; "who are you fellows?" "That's so," he said; "there surely must be I" "If we could see anyone who knows us, or rather, if a,nyone who knows us should see us, we would be all right, Bob." Bob was silent a few moments. Then the dubious look came back on his face. "I don't believe General Gates would believe a man if he said he knew us," he said; "he would call the soldier a traitor, and put him in here, along with us I" "Oh, nobody in particular," replied Dick. Dick smiled again. "Humph I You needn't be so exclusive I" the soldier "Oh, I hardly think so, Bob," he said. aid, and then he went ahead with his card-playing. "Well, he is the most skeptical man I ever saw, anyway!" "They have a right to be exclusive," said one of the sol-Bob declared. iers who had brought Dick and Bob; "they are spies, "Oh, I don't blame him, Bob. He must be very carebile you fellows are merely common soldiers.'' "Oho! spies, are they?" remarked the redcoat, giving he youths a sharp look. "Then they'll probably hang!" remarked another, cheerJ11lly. "I'm not afraid that we will hang before you do I" re orted Bob, promptly. a 'fhe patriots laughed. Then the other three gave their comrade the laugh. "He got at you, Harney," said one. "I noticed it," was the dry reply. ''Oh, well; we're practically all in the same boat, so we ouldn't quarrel," said another. k "You are right about that," said one of the patriot 1 ldiers; "you are all in the same boat, and will robably hang, so there isn t any reason why you should quarrel." a Then the patriot soldiers closed the door, and fastened on the outside. i The four redcoats kept on playing cards. r Dick and Bob withdrew to the farther end of the I By speaking in low tones, they could converse without ful, you know." "That is true, of course; but I don't think he would have ever doubted us for a moment, if those fellows hadn't captured us and brought us into camp, prisoners." "I think you are right about that." "I know I am I And that fellow, Jordan, seemed to take a dislike to us. He was bound that General Gates should not believe our statements regarding who we were and where we came from." "He did seem to be prejudiced against us." "I should say so I" The youths talked for half an hour or so. Then the four redcoats stopped cards, and turned their attention to their new comrades. They seemed to wish to be friendly, so Dick and Bob met them half way. The result was that they were soon talking freely. Dick was than to be friendly with the fellows. He thought it possible that he might secure some in formation which would be of benefit to General Gates. He asked the four questions in a careless, seemingly aimless manner. ing overheard the redcoats. a "Well, what do you think of lked Bob. The questions were calculated to draw out information, this, anyway, Dick?" however, in case the fellows were possessed of any. Bob saw what Dick was doing, and he had not much to t There was such a look of disgust on Bob's face that Dick say. "Oh, I can't say that I like it, Bob," he said; "how r, I think it will soon work out all right." "I don't see how i't is going to do it." ob was evidently dubious regarding this. 8 "Well, I'll tell you how, Bob: There rr.ust certainly be He preferred to let Dick do the talking. He answered questions directed to him, and that was about all. And these he answered in monosyllables. The afternoon was soon gone. Evening was at hand.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. "It's about supper I should say," presently re marked one of the redcoats. "Judging by my feelings, it is," said another; "I'm hungry as a bear." "And so am I from another. "And I," from the fourth; "I hope they'll bring Uil plenty of good food, for we'll need it, to strengthen us for to-night's work, eh, fellows?" There was a significant inflection to the last speaker's voice which attracted Dick's attention. He was sure it meant something. The manner of the other three convinced Dick of this, also. They gave their comrade a warning look, and then glanced significantly toward Dick and Bob. The speaker carelessly. "What's the difference?" he asked; "they're friends and c9mrades, aren't they? And we'll have to take them into our confidence, won't we?" "Yes, but-there's no hurry," from another; "let's wait till the time comes." "Bah I what's the difference? The time is almost here, anyway." "Oh, keep still!" said another of the fellows, sharply. Dick w:as now, that something was up. He wished that the fellows had told himself and Bob what was in the wind, so that he could have given warning when the man came to bring their supper. As it was, he would be unable to say anything, for the reason that he had no idea what the men had reference to. Not much more was said for awhile. The six maintained almost absolute silence, and waited. As one remarked, "I'm too hungry to talk!" the others applauded Presently steps were heard o utside. "He's coming!" cried one. There was a fumbling at the door. Then the door swung open A soldier entered. He was carrying a large basket. He placed this on the floor, and quickly withdrew. It was still light enough so that the men could see to eat. They placed the basket on a rough table, and gathered around it. Room was made for Dick and Bob. .(Jome ahead," invited one of the redcoats; "you mustn't "Oh, we're not so very backward," he said. The re was plenty of food, such a s it was. There was not much variety. The prisoners did not care for t his, however They were hungry, and hunger is t1ie best sauce By the time they had satisfied their hunger, they were in almost complete darkness. They could see each other dimly, and that was all. "Do you not have a light?" asked Dick. "We don't want a light," was the reply, in a significani tone of voice. Then Dick remembered what had been said before t h ( supper was brought, and he felt confident that it would nol be long before they would be let into the secret of th! meaning of the words which had been spoken. It soon turned out that Dick was right in thus. The four men gathered about Di c k and Bob, and tol l a them the secret. "We expect to make our escape to-night," said one .. ll "How?" asked Dick. "We have succeeded in digging a hole-a sort of tunnel St rather, down underneath the wall of the cabin "But we didn't notice any dirt anywhere," said Diel "What have you done with the dirt?" "It is under the bunk, in the corner." "Oh, then that is the reason we didn't notice it." "Yes; if it had been where you would notice it, the fe: )1 g low who brings the food would have noticed it." "True; have you got the completed?" "No; we have an hour's work, digging, yet." "Oh, that's it?" "Yes." Dick said no more. He was thinking. What should he do? This was the question he asked himself. As for himself, he had no des ire t o escape. D w: D by at He did not wish to leave until he could do so open and without going under a cloud He must convince Gene1:al Gates that he and his co1 rade were really patriots, and that they weTe the bean of a message from General Washington, as they claim they were. But how was this to be accomplished? Dick made up his mind that he must not let the four 1) be backward, for if you are, you will probably starve to coat prisoners succeed in getting out and away i ] death." If he were to be instrumental in preventing this, I Dick laughed. warning the patriot guard outside, this would, he 'I


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 9 ure, go a good way toward proving that he and Bob were dinary men go, but at the same time, Dick and Bob were patriots, and not British spies. Were they British spies, they would certainly welcome the chance to escape, along with the other four prisoners. Dick thought the matter over, carefully. He decided to warn the guard outside. He waited till the four men went to work to finish dig ging the tunnel. Then he slipped to the door, and rapped on it. There was no notice taken of the rapping, from the utside. There was from within the cabin, however. "What was that?" one of the redcoats cried. In some manner, they became suspicious. "I believe it was one of those two fellows who were put in here this afternoon I" said one. uncommon youths. They were young, strong, active and supple. They were quick and active, and as slippery as eels. So when the redcoats seized the youths, they soon dis covered that they had all they could attend to. "Give it to them, Bob!" called out Dick. "I certainly will, if I can, Dick I" was the reply, in a panting tone. Then the struggle went on fiercely. The redcoats were very angry. They were furious. They realized that their scheme to escape would now be frustrated. All that remained for them was to get revenge. They were determined to have revenge, if such a thing "Maybe they were put in here to spy on us!" said were possible. another, in an angry, suspicious voice. They soon found it was going to be a difficult task, "That's right;" from another; "maybe they aren't Brithowever ish soldiers at' all Maybe they're rebel spies!" The youths were hard to handl .e. "Let's grab the cusses, and choke them till they are The redcoats did not have things all their own way, by aenseless !" cried another, fiercely. Dick rapped again, this time louder than before. He knew he had but little time to spare. In a few moments he and Bob would be struggling in the grasp of the four redcoats. "What's the matter in there?" called out the guard utside. I "Quick! Get help and surround the cabin!" called out ick; "the four redcoats in here have tunnelled under the all, and will make their escape, unless you-" "Curse you, we'll fix you for that!" hissed a voice in ick's ear, and at the same instant he felt himself grasped y strong hands. any means. Dick and Bob were skilled in the art of the wrestler. The redcoats were not. The result was that the fellows were thrown to the floor, one after another, with great force. Each time a redcoat went down, he was jarred so that he was for a brief space rendered incapable of doing any thing. As soon as he gathered his scattered wits, however, he would scramble to his feet, and renew the combat. It was possible for the two youths to make the combat fairly equal, by practicing these tricks on their opponents; but it is doubtful if they could have triumphed ultiAt the same time he heard the sound of struggling close mately. t hand, and realized that Bob was in trouble, also. CHAPTER IV. THE STRUGGLE IN THE DARK. There were four of the redcoats against Dick and Bob. There were the odds of two to one to contend against. It would be an unequal conflict. At least, so it would seem, on the face of it. It was not so unequal as one might think, however. The redcoats were full-grown, and stout fellows, as orWhile the combat was still raging, there came the sound of fumbling at the door. Then it was opened suddenly. A party of soldiers stood at the doorway. One held a lighted lantern. This he held up, so as to light up the interior of the cabin. The six men, struggling there on the floor, were revealed to view. "Here! Here! What does this mean?" called out the man with the lantern. He stepped across the threshold as he spoke. A number of the soldiers followed. "It means that these four redcoats are mad because we


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. exposed their scheme to escape," replied Dick, quietly; "and they are trying to take pay out of our bides." "Humph! well, they don't seem to have succeeded to any very great extent," was the dry remark. "They hav(ln't, for a fact," replied Dick, quietly; "I judge they would have got the better of us presently, however." 'fbe four redcoats, seeing there was no use to try to continue the combat, let go their bold of the youths, and stepped back. They glowered angrily at the youths, however. It was evident. that would have liked very much to injure them. "You said they were intending to escape by means of a tunnel under the wall," the soldier with the lantern said, a! he flashed the light around the room; "where is the tunnel?" "Under the bunk in the corner, yonder," replied Dick, pointing. A blanket hung over the edge of the bunk, in seemingly careless fashion. The soldier lifted the blanket. The tunnel was revealed to view. The dirt which bad been removed in making the tunnel, was packed under the bunk, at either side of the tunnel. The tunnel itself was, of course, a very small, primitive affair. are not redcoats," said Dick, quietly; "I hope this wil be sufficient to open his eyes." The patriot with the lantern seemed to be puzzled. He looked at Dick and Bob in an undecided manner. Then he turned to bis companions, who bad come witli him in response to the summons from the guard. "Bring ropes, and bind the arms of these fellows," he ol' dared. "We will have to fix them so they won't be to do any more digging.'' A couple of the soldiers left the cabin, and were goni several minutes. When they returned, bringing the necessary ropes, the four redcoat prisoners were bound. They did not attempt to resist. They knew it would do no good They glared angrily at Dick, however, and threatenec that if ever they got the chance, they would get even wit him. "No doubt of it!" said Dick, quietly; "but I don think I shall give you the chance." The patriot who had given orders so far now turned ani gave bis attention to Dick and Bob. "I don't know what to do with you two fellows," said, frankly. "Do all you can to make General Gates believe that '11 are just what we are-patriots," said Dick, quietly. "But I don't know that you are," dubiously. "See here," said Dick, "isn't it plain enough? Doesn' It was barely large enough to permit the passage of a this little affair prove it?" man's body. There would be but little room to spare. "Ab, ha !" the patriot soldier exclaimed; "they were in a fair way to have made their escape, sure enough!" "How does it prove it?" "In this way: If we were British spies, we would wisf to escape, would we not?" "I should think so." "Well, we had a chance to escape. By keeping quiel put those cursed rebel spies in here!" one of the redcoats we could have gone with these four redcoats. We coul growled. "We would have succeeded in escaping, had you not have escaped, easily. We did not do it; instead, we ga the alarm, and were the means of keeping those fellow from escaping. We would not have done that if we wer "They're not rebel spies," be said, nodding toward the British spies, surely!" The patriot looked surprised. He looked at the speaker, and then at Dick and Bob. youths. The patriot shook his bead. "No?" in a tone of unbelief. "No." "What are they, then?" "They are redcoats like yourselves, and spies, too." "Not a bit of it!" sneeringly; "you can't fool us that way If they were British, they would not have betrayed us, would they?" The patriot looked puzzled. "It doesn't seem reasonable," he said. "We did all we could to prove to General Gates that we "I should not think so I" he agreed. "Of course we wouldn't. Anyone o:f gence would know that." The man did not know what to do, and said so. "I guess I shall have to keep you prisoners till morr ing, anyway," he said, finally; "then we will see whi General Gates has to say." "Very well," said Dick, quietly; "you are the one f decide. Where will we be kept ?-in here?" The man nodded.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 11 "There is no other place to keep you," he said. ''I hope you won't bind our arms." 'rhe man pondered a few moments. "No," he said, presently; "we won't bind your arms. e will place a guard around the cabin, and if you should tempt to escape, you would be shot." Dick laughed. "There is no aanger that we will be shot I" he said. The patriot soldiers now withdrew, and closed the door d fastened it. The four redcoats glared at Dick and Bob. "Oh, if our hands were only free I" panted one of the llows. "But they aren t free," grinned Bob. "Which is lucky for you!" savagely. Bob laughed. "Oh, I don't know so well about that!" he said; "we held r own with you very well, I think, before the men came d interfered." "We would soon have had you at our mercy." "Perhaps so; perhaps not." The youths were forced to bandy words with the angry for awhile, and then, when the latter relapsed into hJlence, as they did after a time, the youths withdrew to e end of the cabin, and conversed in low tones for awhile. Then they went and lay down in a couple of the bunks, p.d were soon asleep. They were awake bright and early next morning, and tt'kre ready for their breakfast when it was brought to lem. The four redcoats did not seemto have a very good ap I Their disappointment on account of having failed to es pe had spoiled their appetites. e Dick asked the fellow who brought the food a few ill estions; but he d i d not seem to be able to answer the n estions satisfactorily. l w Dick stopped in disgust. b r "I guess we will have to take it easy, and await de lopments, Bob," he said. They were patriots. There were no stronger, more true-hearted patriots to be found than they; yet here they were, penned up four redcoats, held as prisoners and suspected of being British s pies. It was vexatious, to say the least. But they could not help themselves. There was no use of fretting. 'rhe youths did n

THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. "What! can it be possible!" he exclaimed;. "Dick Slater, the captain of the 'Liberty Boys,' and the champion spy of the Revolution!" General Gates turned pale. "You know him, then?" he almost gasped. "Indeed I do!" cried Arnold, and he shook Dick's hand heartily. CHAPTER V. DICK PROMISES TO ASSIST GATES. It was plain that the general was stumped. He seemed not to know what to think or say. He stared at the youths with an interested air. "Then these two youths are really what they claimed You see this young man?" he remarked. Gates smiled. "Yes, I see him." "Well, then, you have your eyes on the champion spy the Revolution! This young man has do more successful work as a spy the British than a other four spies!" General Gates was evidently interested He stared at Dick in a way that showed this. "Well, well! I should never have thought it !-not t you do not look like a brave, shrewd youth," be ad hastily; "but you are so young for such work." Dick smiled. "Sometimes my youth has been of great benefit to me the work of a spy," he said, quietly; "the British, l yourself, thought that I was not dangerous owing to youth. They could notsuspect me of being a spy, on t they were!" he finally exclaimed. account. Hence I was often enabled to secure valuable "You may be sure they are, General Gates!" said formation that a grown man would have failed of Arnold, quietly. "I happen to know that General Washcuring." ington places implicit confidence in them-has every con"I soo I" said General Gates. fidentie in the world in them." "And, now, general," said Arnold, "if you wish to "Then they really are messengers from the commanderout what the British are going to do, I would suggest in-chief I" half murmured General Gates. you get Dick here to go among them as a spy. If ther "If they say they are, you may be sure of it I" any such thlng as securing this information, he will "Well, well! And I had them in the guard house all cure it I" night held as prisoners General Gates started. "You did!" General Arnold was greatly surprised. "Yes." Arnold turned and looked at the youths. "That was rather an unpleasant experience," he said. "Oh, we didn't Inind the physical inconvenience," said Dick; "it was being suspected of being British spies was what we disliked." "I should judge that was rather unpleasant, to such strong patriots as you two are !" Then Arnold turned to General Gates. He turned his eyes on Dick, and looked at him quiringly. "Would you attempt it?" he asked, eagerly. He waited anxiously for the youth's reply. Dick pondered a few moments. Then he turned toward Bob. "What do you think, Bob?" he asked; "do ydu t General Washington would care if we delayed and something to aid in bringing about the defeat and cap of Burgoyne's army?" Bob shook his head. "You were saying yesterday, general, that you wished you "I shouldn't think he would care. You know "' could learn the intentions of Burgoyne, that you could find though, Dick." out what he was going to do." Gates nodded. "So I did-and so I should," he said. Arnold nodded. "Exactly," he said; "well, you have the opportunity of doing this, now." General Gates looked surprised. He looked puzzled, as well. "How?" he asked. "I don't understand you." Arnold pointed to Di'!k. 'Of course he wouldn't care!" said General Arnold; woukl. say do it, in a jiffy! You need have no fears that score, Dick." Dick was silent a few moments, during which tim gazed at the floor in a deep study. Then he looked at General Gates. "I will consent to do what you wish, General Gates,' said, "on one condition." "And that?" eagerly. "ls, that you write a statement to the effect that


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPE)CTED. 13 requested me to do the work, and give it to me, to give to the commander-in-chief." "Of course I'll do that!" Gates said, promptly. "I shall glad to do so." "Very well; then I will make the attempt to enter the British lines and do the work which you wish done." "Good for you, Dick I" cried General Arnold, slapping Dick on the back. Then to General Gates he said: "You keep that for me, Bob," said Dick; don't care about having any incriminating documents on my person when I go. into the British lines. If they should capture me, it might insure my being hung or shot." "True," agreed General Gates. Arnold nodded. "Yes, it is best to have nothing of that character on your person," he said. "When will you make the attempt to enter the British "You may consider tha work done, general Dick will lines?" asked General Gates. find out what Burgoyne intends doing, you may be sure of "To-night." that!" "To-night, eh?" "Don't be too sure!" smiled Dick; "I will find out, "Yes." however, if such a thing ii:; possible." "Well, that will be safest and best, no doubt, It would "And to you, all such things seem to be possible I-at be a dangerous and aifficult matter to enter in the dayany rate, so General Washington told me, when speaking of you, my boy I" Dick flushed with pleasure. It always pleased him to know that the commander-in chief was pleased with him and his work. "I have been very fortunate," Dick said, modestly'; "it has been more good luck than work, perhaps, and for that reason I hope you will not raise the hopes of General Gates too high. I might have to disappoint him, after all." "I don't think there is much danger," with a confident smile. "Had it been by good luck that you succeeded, you time." "It would be next to impossible, sir." Then Dick began asking questions regarding the where bouts of the British. General Gates and Arnold answered the youths ques tions, and presently Arnold said: "I'll tell you what you had better do, Dick: Come oD up to my headquarters. They are farther to the north, and nearer to the British lines. There is a hill a short distance from my headquarters, from the top of which you can see the British encampment. You can go up there, and take a survey of the British encampment, and of the surrounding would have scored some failures ere this. Luck doesn't country, and then, when you start out to-night, you will stay by one always. It deserts one at a time when he least know what you are doing, and where you are going." expects it." Diek's eyes lighted up. "And pel'haps this is the time when my good fertune "That is just the thing!" he exclaimed; "that will suit is going to desert me." Arnold shook his head. "There is no fear of that!" he declared, confidently. General Gates drew a sheet of paper out of a drawer of the table at which he was sitting, and, taking up a quill, wrote rapidly for a few minutes. When he had finished, he read what he had written, and handed it to Dick. "Read that, and see if it is satisfactory," he said. Dick took the paper, and read what the general had written. It was addressed to the commander-in-chief of the Con tinental army, and was a simple statement to the effect that Dick Slater, the boy spy, had consented, at his request, to remain a few days and go into the lines of the British and make an attempt to learn their plans. "That is satisfactory," said Dick, quietly. "Good! I thought it would be." Dick folded the paper and handed it to Bob. me, exactly "I'm going back up to my headquarters in a few min utes," General Arnold said; "wait, and you can go right along with me." "Very well; we'll wait outside," said Dick. "You will report to me, just as soon as you get back from your trip into the British lines?" asked General Gates. "Certainly, sir," replied Dick. "Don't delay an instant anywhere else, but come straight here I" 'rhere was intense earnestness in General Gates' tone and air. "Of course I shall do as you say, sir." Dick happened to glance at General Arnold, and he saw a peculiar, half-scornful smile on the officer's face. Dick was puzzled by the smile. ''I wonder what that meant?" he asked himself. Then he dismissed the matter from his mind.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. Somehow he got the impression, however, that the reThey waited till General Arnold appeared. iations between the two officers were not the most cordial Dick, who was a good judge of faces, saw that Arnol d in the world. wa-s not pleased. And in this surmise Dick was correct. His interview with Gates had evidently not proven satThere was bad blood between Generals Arnold. Gates and isfacto:ry. Arnold forced a smile to b,is :face when he saw the youths, Gates was a bigoted, self-important man, not a great however. general, by any means, but firmly convinced in his own "Well, are you ready to go with me?" he asked. mind that he was. He was not a fighter. He was neither good at commanding or at fighting, but had been advanced to his present position as commander of the northern fprces through a series of circumstances which it is unneces sary to enumerate here. Suffice it to say that real merit was not the main thing "We are," replied Dick. They walked away up the road. Arnold was pre-occupied. He walked slowly. He was evidently thinking deeply. The youths walked quietly along beside the officer. They made no remal'ks. in his advancement. "With such a man in command of the army of t h e General Arnold, on the other hand, was a good comN orth, .. I fear :for the success of the Cause I" suddenly ex mander and one of the best fighters that ever set foot on a claimed Arnold aloud. battlefield. Then Arnold started, and, looking at the youths, laughedf He earned, and was given the sobriquet of "The Fighting General." His men loved him. They would follow him anywhere. Arnold was noted for headlong valor; for dash, vig?r and fierceness in battle. He was a hurricane fighter, and woe to the enemy that stood in the path of Arnold, the reckless, and his brave followers I ( in a somewhat nervous and apologetic manner. "I trust you will repeat nothing that you have hear d me say?" he half asked. "Certainly not!" replied Dick. "There has been plenty of provocation, my boys," Arnol d I said, half musingly; "plenty of provocation!" He said no more until they reached his headquarters. Then he said: "You are welcome to remain here in my headquarte rs There was bad blood between Generals Gates and Arnold as long as you like on acco:int of what had taken place at the first battle of Freeman's Farm. In this battle, Arnold had gone down, with only a portion of the army, and had completely dem oralized the British. H<:l stated that, had Gates sent more men to his aid, he coul d have whipped the British. This made Gates angry. "Thank you!" said Dick; "my comrade will remain with you, but I shall leave as soon as it is dark." "Very well." Then Arnold pointed to a hill, the top o:f which was pe r haps a quarter C?f a mile distant "From the top of that hill you can see the British e n 3 campment," he said. "Thank you for the information," said Dick; "we will He had suspended Arnold from command of any por-go up there, and take a survey of the situation at once." tion of the troops, but Arnold had taken his place at the "Be careful how you expose yourselves; the top of the bead of the army, in the second battle of Freeman's Farm, and had done wonderful work. He bad been directly responsible for the victory of the patric;its. So now the dashing young officer scarcely knew his standing. He occupied his quarters, but did not lmow whether or not he was entitled to command any portion of the army. He had come down to see Gates, for the purpose of :find ii:ig out. Dick and Bob made their way out of doors. hill is within musket-shot of the British picket lines, a n s"Ome of the redcoats are excellent shots." "We will be careful." Then Dick and Bob made their way up to the top of hill. CHAPTER VI. DICK AS A TARGET. "I see the British encampment, Dick!" "Yes, there it is Bob!" r


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 15 The youths had made their way to the top of the hill. The.y had taken up positions behind trees. They were now peering cautiously around the trees. Half a mile away, seemingly, could be seen the white tents of the British. Dick took a careful survey of the lay of the land. He intended to make his way into the British en campment that night, if possible, and would need to have some knowledge of the lay of the country, to aid him in making his way there through the darkness. "I don't think I will have much trouble in getting into the encampment, Bob," said Dick, after taking a careful survey. "Think not ?" "I think it will be an easier matter than it has proven to be on a number of occasions when I have tried the same thing. The lay of the land is in my favor." "I'm glad to hear you say that I" Presently Dick began climbing the tree behind which he had been standing. "What are you doing that for, Dick?" asked Bob. "Want to get a better view?" "Yes," was the reply. "I wish to see the entire en campment, if possible." Dick climbed steadily upward, and a few minutes later occupied a commanding position in the top of the tree. He found that he had a splendid view. He could see the entire encampment. Every tent was within the range of his vision. He could see the soldiers walking about. He .remained up in: the tree perhaps :fifteen minutes. Then he began making his way down. ;He had proceeded only a shvrt distance, when t'1ere ounded the sharp crack of a musket. Dick uttered an exclamation. "What's the matter, Dick?" called out Bob, anxiously; .. 'did they hit you?" "No," was the reply, "but I heard the bullet whiz p!lst year!" Dick had been a little bit careless, and in climbing down ad exposed his person in such a manner that a picket had raught sight of it and had fired. "You had better hurry down, Dick! There will be a hole gang firing at you in a minute!" This proved to be the case. The man who had caught sight of Dick, and who had ed the shot, evidently told bis companions what he had n, for soon the crack crack of muskets could be heard rapid si:ccession. The bullets kept whistling through the tree top at a rapid rate. Some of them came dangerously near to Dick. It was anything but pleasant to be a target in this fashion. Bob was greatly excited. He feared his comrade would be killed, or seriously wounded. "Be careful, Dick!" he kept calling out; "keep your body sheltered behind the body of the tree I" "I replied Dick; "I am doing so." There was no doubt about it, however; Dick was in great danger. He realized this. The body of the tree, at the height at which he now wits, was not very large. It was not as large as Dick's body. So it was not large enough to furnish him a safe shield. At any moment he might be seriously wounded. Dick set his teeth and climbed downward as rapidly as possible, however. If he could get down to where the body of the tree was of a goodly size, he would feel comparatively safe. Crack crack crack I Whiz l whir l whistle! The bullets flew all around the daring youth. Certainly his lucky star was in the .,. It seemed almost a miracle that he was not killed or seriously wounded. His clothing was cut by bullets a number of times. His skin was grazed on one or two occasions. But still he escaped serious injury. If anytlifug, Bob was much more excited than was Dick. He danced up and down, as if he were standing on a hot platter. He kept his eyes constantly on his comrade. Doubtless he expected to see Dick tumble down to the 1 ground, a limp, lifeless mass at any moment. He kept yelling cautions to his friend. Between times he anathematized the redcoats in general 1 and the picket sharpshooters in particular. He was tempted to rush out and show himself, and thus 9-raw the fire of the pickets. He knew, hoWver, that this would be suicidal, as the pickets would be able to bring him down, easily. He knew, also, that Dick would be angry if he were to do anything of the kind.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. So he restrained the impulse, and kept out of sight be hind the tree. He watched his comrade eagerly, anxiously. As Dick continued to climb steadily downward, Bob's hopes grew. He began to think that after all Dick might escape. Presently the youth had progressed far enough down the tree, so that his body was almost completely sheltered. B.ob drew a long breath of relief. Naturally, Dick felt better, also. He began to breathe more freely. It had been a close shave; but he believed he would escape without being wounded now. The sharpshooters kept up their work, however. They seemed determined to kill the "rebel" if such a thing were possible. "That's a gentle hint to keep your head back, Bob!" laughed Dick. "You may call it a gentle hint," retorted Bob; "but if I could get a bead on the fellow who fired the shot, I would do my best to make him understand that I don't appre ciate his hints I" "I have no doubt you would, Bob. I wouldn't mind getting a shot or two at the fellows myself I" Dick looked down at his clothing significantly. His coat was torn in a number of places by the redcoats' bullets. Suddenly Bob uttered an exClamation: "Great Guns l Dick I here come some of them l" he cried. Dick looked, and sure enough, he saw half a dozen of the redcoats rushing up the hillside. The redcoats evidently understood that there were not had already lost their best opportunity, however. more than one or two patriots in the timber on the top If they could not kill him when they had a good chance of the hill, and they were coming up in the hope of making at him, they were not likely to succeed in doing so when a capture. he was well sheltered Dick compressed his lips. -Still, a bullet might strike him, and inflict a serious His face took on a grim expression. wound. "Let' s stand our ground, Bob!" he said in a low, firm Dick would not feel safe until after he had reached the voice. ground. As he could climb down with greater rapidity, now, with "I'm with you for doing so, Dick!" Bob was eager. out in so much danger of exposing himself to the "We have four shots, Bob, between us, and we ought to shots of the enemy, Dick was not long in getting to the be able to put a stop to that charge." ground. "Thank goodness, you're still alive, Dick!" said Bob; "l expected that you would be shot full of holes!" "My clothing is shot full of holes, Bob," laughed Dick. "I think we can do so, Dick I" The youths drew their pistols. Each had two. Holding the weapons in readiness, the youths peered "l am happy to say, however, that my body is, as yet, around the trees and waited. intact." They were old hands at all kinds of warfare. "It isn't the fault of the redcoats, then!" They were veterans. "It is, and it isn't. They would have filled me full of The approach of half a dozen redcoats was not sufficient hol es, if they could have done so, and in that respect they to shake their nerve in the least. are not to blame; they could not hit me, however, so it is They had faced greater odds than that, many a time, and their fault, after a ll." in an open field, too. "Yes, I guess you are right." When the redcoats were about twenty paces distant, the Bob peered around the tree. y o uths leveled their pistols. "I'd like to get a shot at one of those fellows!" he said,; "I'd like to see if I couldn't do better shooting than they did!" Dick laugh ed. "You are rather bloodthirsty, Bob," he said; "come, let's go back to camp." Crack! They took good aim and fired. Crack! crack! The two reports sounded so close together as to sound like one report, slightly elongated. Two of the approaching redcoats threw up their hands and fell to the ground. The remaining four and stared up toward the One of the pickets had caught sight of Bob's face, and trees with a look of consternation on their faces. had fired. Crack crack The bullet knocked Bob's hat off. Down went two more


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 17 This was more than the remaining two could stand. They gave one frightened glance toward the point from hence had come the shots, and then turned and d. The youths had won the fight with ease. Dick looked across at Bob. "Did you shoot to kill, Bob?" he asked. "No, did you?" "No; I'm glad you didn't, old man. It isn't pleasant "Indeed?" Dick hardly knew what to say. Arnold looked away into the distance for a few mo ments, and then turned his eyes on the youths. "I'll tell you something," he said; "it is this: The Brit ish are in the worst kind of trouble. Our men have them surrounded, and they can't get away. They know it, too." Dick and Bob were surprised. "Is that so!" exclaimed Dick. think that you have caused the death of a man." "Why doesn't General Gates close in on them, and make "It would seem worse in a case of this kind, than them surrender, then?" asked Bob. en in battle, Dick." "I'll teli you why: He's afraid I" "Yes." There was infinite scorn in the tone of Arnold's voice. The four who had fallen were wounded, pretty "Afraid?" remarked Dick. I thout doubt, but the youths hoped that not one of them "Just that I If he would go after them now, and s fatally hurt. make a pretence of making a general attack, the redcoats They turned and made their way back down the hill, would surrender. I just told him so, and that was what lking in the direction of the patriot encampment. we had words about. He said the British were still full of "What was going on up there?" asked General Arnold, fight. I could make Burgoyne surrender inside of four en the youths put in an appearance; "it sounded as if hours!" ere was a small-sized_ battle raging. I on the point sending reinforcements." The youths laughed. "We didn't need any help," Dick said. And then he explained. "I supposed that was what was the trouble," said Arnold, en Dick had finished. Then he asked : CHAPTER VII. .A. MUTUAL SURPRISE. Dick did not much doubt Arnold's statement. The yo1:1th knew that Arnold was a fighter. "You got a good look at the redcoats' encampment?" He had earned, and had been given the sobriquet of "Oh, yes," replied Dick; "I got a good look at the en"The Fighting General." pment, and also at the surrounding country." He would no doubt force Burgoyne to surrender, or "That is good; you will know what you are about, when make him fight to the last ditch. start out to-night." That was Arnold's style. "Yes; I will know which way to go." Later on Arnold was guilty of the most heinous crime Dick and Bob took things easy during the rest of the of which a man could be guilty in war times-that of being a traitor to his country and cause-but at the time -0f There was nothing they could do, so they felt that they which we write he was high in the regards of Washington, a right to take things easy. was seemingly a patriot to the core, and was one of the bout the middle of the afternoon General Arnold came best-liked generals in the army, as well as one of the where the youths were sitting, and sat down beside fiercest fighters. m. e seemed to be in a communicative m01)d. 'General G a tes and I had some words, after you left room this morning," he said. 'Indeed?'' remarked Dick. 'Yes; he doesn't fancy me much, anyway, he has n angry at me ever since the first battle of Freeman's rm. If he had sent me assistance that day I could e whipped the British as thoroughly as we whippd m at the second battle of Freeman's Farm." Dick looked at General Arnold with an air of interest. "Then, if that is the case, there is not much use of me going as a spy into the British lines," said Diek, presently. "As far as real use in concerned, there is none ; but as General Gates is afraid, and will not attack until the Brit ish send word that they wish to surrender, it will be as well for you to go ahead with your project. I would be willing to wager a little something, however, that you find that what I have said is the truth." "I hope so!"


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. "Oh, I am sure you will If you succeed in over hearing any talk between the British general and the members of his staff, you will hear them discussing the advisability of entering into negotiations with Gates with a view to surrendering." "I certainly hope and trust that you are right, General Arnold I" said Dick. The three conversed for some time, and at last the general rose and went to his quarters. "Jove I Dick; if he was the commanding officer here, instead of Gates, the British would be in trouble in a hurry I" said Bob, when Arnold had gotten out of hearing. "Indeed they would, Bob I" "He's a fighter, all right I" "Yes, if reports are ttue, and I guess they are." "Oh, there is no doubt about that!" The youths talked awhile longer. Then they walked about the encampment and talked with the patriots. Dick took the and, doffing his own suit of ci zen's clothes, donned the British red. The clothing fitted him well. "Looks as if it might have.been made for him, eh?" r 1 marked General Arnold, looking at Bob. Bob nodded. "That's right," he said. "It will do splendidly," said Dick; "I shall feel qui safe, now." "You make a fine-looking redcoat," laughed Arnol{ "you will have to look out that you_ don't get shot befo you get out of your own camp." Dick laughed. "I'll risk that," he said. Dick waited till it was quite dark out, and then, shakin hands with Bob and the general, he took his departure. He created some little excitement as he walked throug\ the camp. The soldiers at first thought he was a redcoat, sur e nough, and the men around the first camp fire he cam Many o:f the soldiers were merely militia-farmer boys. to leaped to their feet and seized their muskets. They could shoot, however, and shoot straight, and were :formidable opponents on this account. They had learned who Dick and Bob were. General Arnold had told his officers, at the same time detailing some of the adventures of the youths; the officers had told others, and the stories soon went the rounds. The youths were looked upon as great heroes. They were asked many questions, and answered goodnaturedly and modestly. Had they had the least bit of egotism in their makeups, or been the least bit boastful, the youths could have easily made the soldiers think they were wonderful fellows, but they were neither egotistic nor boastful, and they laughed off any attempt made to make them out heroes. They ate supper with General Arnold, at his request, and then Dick began making preparations for his intended trip into the lines of the British. He asked General Arnold if there were any British uni forms to be had in the camp. "I have several here in my tent," was the reply. "Do you wish one ?" "Yes," was the reply; "I think I will be safer and less likely to attract attention if I am disguised in a British uniform." "That is reasonable to suppo s e I have a uniform here that will just about fit you." The general brought out three or four uniforms and selected one. "Here it is," he said. "Try that on." "Hold! don't shoot!" laughed Dick. "I am one o you. I am Dick Slater, and am on my way to the Britis encampment to play the part of a spy." "Oh, that's it, eh?" remarked one. "We thought a redcoat had got into camp, and wa going out again," said another. Dick passed on. He was soon outside the limits of the patriot encamp ment. He knew whe re the pickets were stationed, and mad his way out at a point where one was stationed. Then he made his way in the direction of the Britis encampment. He walked at a good pace for a few minutes. Then he slowed down a bit. He felt that he must soon come upon the British pickets So it was necessary that he should exercise caution. Presently he came in sight of the camp fires in th British encampment. Dick moved slower than ever now. It was necessary that he should exercise all possibl caution. Dick was an expert at this kind of work, however. No moccas ined Indian could have moved forward wit less noise than was made by the youth. He must slip past the pickets without being discovered. Should he fail of this, he would fail of his purpose, for it would be impossible for him to slip into the camp after an outcry had been raised.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 19 .He moved forward slowly and cautiously. Every few yards he would pause and listen. He had splendid hearing. He had developed this sense by exercising it a great al. Presently he heard the sound of footsteps. "It is the sentinel!" thought Dick. He stood perfectly still and listened. The footsteps were approaching. "He is coming this way said Dick to himself; "I nder if his beat extends this far?" He listened. Onward came the footsteps. Dick did not like the idea of hastening forward. He must not 'be discovered. He must enter the camp without attracting attention. This would be a difficult matter. Dick had accomplished the same thing on a number of occasions, however. He believed he could do it again. As he drew nearer the encampment he moved more slowly He took a careful survey of the situation. He worked his way around, until he was within fifty yards of one of the camp fires. He got a tent between himself and the camp fire. The tent threw out a deep shadow. It was a deep, black stripe, extending from the tent, He could have escaped the oncoming sentinel by doing so, where it was narrowest, to and into the outside darkness. t he feared that he might run into danger. Dick dropped upon his hands and knees. He decided to remain where he was. It was very dark. It would be impossible for the sentinel t"O see him, less he should run practically against him. Dick would see to it that the sentinel did not do this. Dick remained where he was. He listened closely. Nearer and nearer the sound of the footsteps came. Presently the sentinel was within a dozen feet of the mth, as Dick could tell by the sound of the footsteps. Dick was on the point of retreating a few paces. He crawled along this black stripe darkness. He was completely hidden from the view of anyone who might have been near. This, of course, just suited Dick. He did not know how he would manage when he reached the tent. It was one thing at a time with him, however. He would make his way to the tent, and then make up his mind as to his method of procedure afterward. Dick never looked forward to find difficulties. He thought it sufficient to meet them when they were Just when he was about to do this, however, the sentinel encountered. me to a halt. As he crawled cautiously along, he could hear the red" I guess he has come to the end of his beat," thought coats talking and occasionally laughing. ick; ."I hope so, anyway in Presently Dick reached the tent. He listened closely now. He was now where he could not be seen. He wished to hear the sentinel's footsteps when he started ain, and decide which way the fellow was headed. Dick hoped he would start back in the direction from hich he had come. In that event, the youth would have a clear road into the "ritish encampment. Presently the sentinel started again. In so far as that was concerned, he was in a secure position, but now what should he do? How was he to manage to enter the camp and mingle with the soldiers ? The camp .fire was close to the tent. If he stepped around the side of the tent he would be in the light thrown out by the fire. On hearing the first two or three steps, Dick could not He would be seen, and it would be noticed that he was a ecide which wa the fellow was headed. stranger. Then the sound grew slightly fainter, and he knew the ntinel was headed back in the direction from which he If he could succeed in getting into the camp, however, and in mingling with the soldiers before attention was at1d come. traded to him, the fact that he was a stranger would not be '

IO THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. What should he do now? Thie was the question he asked himself. It wu a hard question to answer. lie wondered if the tent was occupied. If it was not, and he could enter it, he might, by watch ing hie chance, slip out through the front entrance without being noticed. He was discovered, and he believed that he would no have to flee for his life. He hated to do this, too. He had come for the purpose of spying on the Britie and if he fled, he would not be able to do the work. The youth's mind worked swiftly. The thought that might turn up to make He placed his ear elose to the ground, at the i:idge of the possible for him to make a success of his work, even ye tent. caused him to hesitate and delay retreating, and attemp He listened intently. He could hear nothing which would indicate that the tent was occupied. "If there is anyone in there, he must be asleep," thought Dick. He took hold of the canvas and lifted the cloth slightly. He peered under the edge of the tent. The interior was in more than semi-darkness, but not IO dark but that the youth could see anyone who might be in there. Dick looked all around carefully, searchingly. There was a cot at one side. There was nobody on the cot, however. There was no one in the tent. Of this Dick was certain. He decided to enter the tent. Once inside, he could take a look out through the en trance, and might soon get a chance to emerge without being seen. To decide was to act. Dick lifted the canvas still higher and started to crawl underneath it. lie he did so, and when h.e was about half way through, the entrance flap was suddenly pulled to one side, and a ilood of light was admitted into the tent. Then a soldier appeared in the entrance. As he caught sight of Dick, he paused and stared at the youth in surprise. Dick stared back. CHAPTER VIII. IN THli: llRITISH CAMP. It was the only thing, seemingly, that he could do. The youth was taken wholly by surprise. For once in his life he was at a loss to know what to do. He felt coniident that he was in for trouble. ing to escape. The man who had come at such an inopportune ti and discovered him, spoke : "Well," he said, quietly, but sternly, "you are trying t steal something, are you ?" The accusation itself did not worry Dick. It gave him an idea. It gave him his cue. The words proved that the redcoat did not suspect th Dick was a "rebel" and a spy. His idea was that Dick was a British soldier like hi self, but that he was endeavoring to sneak into the te for the purpose of stealing something. Dick was willing to be thought a would-be thief if would enable him to effect an entrance into the Britis camp. Dick decided on his course of action instantly. He quickly pushed through, underneath the edge of t tent, and to his feet. He faced the man defiantly. "What do you mean by aecusing me of trying to steal? he asked. "I mean just what I say." The soldier stepped through the entrance and droppe the flap into place. Dick was glad to see this. He hoped the attention of the soldiers around the cam fire would not be attracted. "A man isn't likely to steal from himself, is he?" ask Dick. "What do you mean?" was the counter question. "Just what I say." "I can't say that I understand you. I will say, ho ever, that I will give you just one minute in which to cle out of this tent!" "You give me one minute in which to leave the tent "Yes!" Dick laughed in scorn. "That is what I would call impudence!" he said. "Impudence!" Evidently the soldier was surprised.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 21 "Yes, impudence." "I don't know what you mean by saying that." "You don't?" "No!" "Well, I do!" The soldier laughed in his turn. "That is easy enough," he said; "I left without asking permission to do so." "Oh, I see!" "You understand, eh ? "Yes." ./ "I thought you would. You've been through the same "I don't think you do!" he said; "you may think you experience yourself, no doubt." o, but you will :find that you are mistaken. Nothing that "So I have; but bow comes 'it that you have made a have said could possibly be construed in sueh a manner mistake in the tent?" s to make it app

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. Wherever he saw a group of redcoats engaged in conver sation, he would manage to walk close up to them, and pause and listen to what they were saying. 'He would turn his them, and pretend to be looking at something in an interested manner. He made his way slowly forward, till he was well withi lhe shadow of the house. The light from the camp fires did hot now reach him. This suited him splendidly. He could now take his time, go slow and try to force a But he was listening to every word that uttered. was being entrance into the house. He made his way around the rear: Dick was an expert at this kind of work. He felt that this would be the safest place for him to He had practiced it so much that he had become very wm k. efficient. There was one rear door. There were also two windows. -.., One thing Dick was on the lookout for in particular: That was the headquarters of General Burgoyne, the British commander. Dick felt that that was the place to go for information. Of course, it would be difficult to spy around the heatfquarters, but Dick was the youth to risk doing it. He kept working his way along. Presently he came to a farmhouse. He remembered having seen; it from the hilltop that day. He had thought at the time that in all likelihood it was used as headquarters by General Burgoyne. This thought came back to him now. He was sure he would find that he was right in thinking thus. As Dick approached the house, he could see that there were lights burning in it. Dick walked up to the door and tried it. It was locked. "It is probably bolted o;i the inside, too," the youth thought. Re next turned his attention to the windows. He first tried the one on the righthand side. It was tight and fast. He could not budge it. Then he tried the one on. the lefthand side. It was fastened down tightly, also. ':I'm afraid I am going to have a hard time gettin in," the youth mused. He stepped back and took a look at the end of th house. The house was two stories in height. There were two windows in the upstairs portion, th This did not surprise him, as it was too early for the same as there was downstairs. general and the members of his staff to be in bed. 'l'he trouble would be to get up to them. ,, I wonder if it could be that they are holding a council of war?" thought Dick. "That would be fortunate, in case I should be able to succeed in getting into the house and overhearing them,'' ''Then, after I got up there, they would probably t out to be fastened, also," thought the youth. He hardly knew what to do. He happened to think that most houses had cellar s. he mused. And there was always a way to get up into the house ou Dick kept a wary eye out all around, as well as to watch of the cellar. the house. He soon found that this house was no exception to th He did not wish to be taken by surprise in any rule. He was afraid some curious-minded redcoats might take He found a window. it into their to ask him some questions. It was not fastened on the inside. Of course, he might have been able to fool them, as he had After some little work the youth managed to get th fooled the fellow in whose tent he had been caught, but he window open. did not wish to be bothered in any way. He peered through the window. "The best thing I can do is to get into that house at tlu .. earliest possible moment," thought Dick. But how was he to do it? There was no knowing how it was to be done. Dick made up his mind to simply make an attempt. He felt confident that he could it somehow. He had encountered as difficult propositions dS that roo1:e than once, he was sure. All was dark in the cellar. He could see notltjng. 'rhe window was not large. Dick thought he could crawl through it, however. He decided to make the atbimpt, at any rate. He began at one. He found it hard work, and a tight squeeze. Ile finally got through, however.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 23' t He had crawled through, feet foremost, so all he had to b was to drop to the ground. This he did. He did not make much noise. He thought it best to be careful, however. So he stood still and listened for a few minutes. He heard nothing. He began working his way around the side of the cellar. He wished to find the steps leading upstairs, and he new he would be able to do this by keeping close to the all. He turned two corners, and had made nearly half the L.rcuit of the cellar when he found the steps. "Ah, here they are!" the youth thought; "now I will ie if I can get into the house proper." He made his way slowly and carefully up the steps. Presently he was at ihe top. He felt around till he found the doorknob He turned the knob. He pushed against the door. It gave. Dick was very careful. He knew he was taking chances in pushing the qoor ?ell. Thei:e might be some one in the room to see him. He or she would likely leave the room, to go to some other room on some kind of an errand. By listening closely, Dick was sure he would be able to know when this was done; and then he could slip out into the room, and manag e to get away into some other part of the house before the person got back. He would try it, at any rate. Dick stood perfectly still and listened. He heard the person moving here and there in the room. He could hear the footsteps quite plainly. Presently the steps began sounding fainter. Then there was the sound of a door opening and closing. I Then the could be only faintly hea:rd. "Now is my time thought Dick. He pushed the door open quickly, but as noi s elessly a1 possible. A quick glance into the room showed him that the room was not occupied at the moment. He stepped through the doorway. He cloeed the door and walked across the floor on his tip toes. R e aching a door at the farther side of the room Dick opened it. He looked through the doorway. A hall lay beyond. So he pushed the door very slowly and carefully open. The youth stuck his head through the doorw a y and He had got the door perhaps an inch open, when he looked down the hall. mrd footsteps. They sounded close at hand. They were in the room into which the door opened. They were approaching the door. .,Dick supposed the person was about to open the door It was dii:nly lighted by a solitary candle. No one was in sight. Dick stepped through the doorway. He did so all the more promptly b e caus e h e heard footsteps coming back in the direction of the room. r the purpose of coming down into the cellar. Dick closed the door, and just as he did so, he h ear d' 1 He made up his mind that he was to be discovered. He did not see how he could help it. He could not get back down the stairs quickly enough to being seen. i He made up his mind to seize the person, whoever it ight be, and nerved himself for the feat. When the person reached the door, however, he or she, in of opening it, pushed it shut, remarking something out the wind. a door at the farther side of the room ope n. He had got out just in time. But he must get out of this hall. He was in danger of being seen. A quick, swee ping glance showed Dick the lay of the hall, the location of the stairway leading to the upper s tory and he made his way to where the candle was and blew the light out. This left the hall in complete darkness. Dick drew a long breath of relief. That suited Dick, however, better than to have t he "Well, well!" he exclaimed to himself; "! was scared light. >0ut nothing I I am all right, after all. But how am I He would rather feel his way than to be in dang e r o f get into the house without being seen?" This was a difficult question. Dick made up his mind that the person in the room 1uld not be to stay in there the whole time. being discovered. He was engaged in very dangerous business. Discovery and capture would mean almost certain dr.ath. for him.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. And the youth had no wish to end his days in such fashion. He made his way slowly and carefully along the hall. He presently reached the stairway. He began making his way up it. He thought it likely that General Burgoyne, if he was making the house his headquarters, would have a room He was enabled to bear and understand what was sa The British officers were indeed holding a council war. Dick learned this very quickly. He also discovered that what General Arnold had sai was true. The British officers were discussing the advisability upstairs. entering into communication with General Gates, with t The stairs creaked slightly, but not enough, he was sure, view of surrendering. to attract attention. "We are completely surrounded," said one of the o Dick was careful not to make a noise. Dick kept on up the stairs till he reached the landing. Then he made his way along the hall, which, he saw, was just like the one below. A candle was burning in this hall, the same as there had been doW1lstairs, which enabled him to see. After one quick survey, Dick made his way to where the candle was and extinguished it. "I don't want very much light in my work !?' thought Dick. He stood still now for a few moments. He listened intently. He was sure he heard the murmur of voices. He listened closely to see if he could locate the point from which the voices came. It did not take him long to do this. He moved along the hall. He presently paused before a door. A faint streak of light shone across the hall. The light came through the keyhole in the door. Dick could hear the murmur of voices quite plainly now. He knew the sound came from the room before door of which he was standing. He could not understand anything that was said. He was eager to do so, however. the cers; "we can neither advance nor retreat; we cannot er the river; we are, in fact, in a trap, from which, so seems to me, there is no possible chance of escape." "It really looks as if what you say is only a stateme of fact," said the officer whom Dick judged to be B goyne. ''Yes," said another; "if Gates was the fighter th Arnold is, he would speedily bring us to terms." "That is certainly true, too," from another; "Gates h us at his mercy, if he but knew it." "He will soon find it out," from still another. "To way of thinking it would be good policy to make the fi advances toward Gates; then we can make better te than if we wait till it is patent to all that we have be forced to surrender." The talk went on in this strain for some time. Dick, as may be supposed, was greatly inter.ested. He listened to all that was said, and made mental not General Burgoyne, Dick discerned, was averse to s rendering, or rather, of entering into negotiations ten to this step, until absolutely forced to do so. "I am in favor of holding out as long as possible," said; "it may be that Clinton may come up the river time to help us escape from this trap into which we ha fallen." He felt that if he could overhear what was being said "That is possible, of course," said another; "but I sho in that room, he would learn much that would interest think that if Clinton was on his way up here, he wo General Gates. Dick dropped upon one knee beside the door. He applied one eye to the keyhole and looked through. He could see three men. He believed there were more than that number in the room, but three was all he could see. Dick had never seen General Burgoyne. He had seen a number of great generals, however, both among the British and patriots, and he was sure that one of the men whom he saw was Burgoyne. He took his eye away from the keyhole. He placed his ear there. have sent a messenger to inform you of the fact befo this." "He may have done so," said Burgoyne; "and the reb may have captured him." "True; I never thought of that." "l thought of it; and I am in favor of holding out t the last moment." At this instant Dick sneezed. The impulse came to him suddenly. Doubtless he bad stirred up some dust with his kn and it had got up his nose. At any rate, the impulse came so suddenly, and was


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 26 = ong that it w a s irresistible and Dick sneezed almost bea> e he knew it. CHAPTER IX. DICK GETS AWAY. He hastened along the hall, as well as he could in the dark, and soon succeeded in finding the door through which he had come from the kitchen. There was no time to investigate, and see who was in the room. Dick jerked the door open and leaped thnmgh into the room. A woman was there, a.!ld as Dick leaped i nto the room, tlDick knew he was in for it, unless he got away from she uttered a scream. ere in a hurry. Dick did not pause an instant. > flThere was the sound of excited exclamations within the Then the noise made by men leaping to their feet and 1oving chairs out of the way. e 1 Then the sound of rushing footsteps. u But Dick was not to be caught easily. He had not delayed to learn what the action of the 11en would be. He knew without waiting. it So he had hastened away immediately. He leaped across the room. He jerked the door leading to the cellarway open, and bounded down the steps. He ran quickly across the cellar. He felt around a few moments and found a box. This he placed under the window. He leaped up on the top of the box, and began climbi n g through the window. He heard the sound of steps on the cellar stairs. He heard the sound of excited voices. He ran down the hall. "They're coming!" Dick thought; "I'll have to hurry o r II He ran on his tiptoes, so as to make as little noise as they will get me I" ressible I He made all the haste possible. n He slowed up when he thought he had reached the vi-The window was small, however, and it was impossibl e to : mity of the landing at the head of the stairs. He had to feel hie way a few steps. Presently he found the first step of the stairway. He hastened down the stairs. 11 As he did so, he heard the door open. 1 He heard the rush of feet, as the officers came out of room into the hall. A cry went up from the officers. J "There he is l" 1 "Going down the stairs!" l "It's a spy!" "Kill him!" "Shoot him I" ll But Dick was down the stairs so quickly as to be out of ,tnge before the men could possibly draw pistole and re. Dick realized that he was in great danger, however. e He might have difficulty in getting out of the house in ime. There would be no time to try any experiments. He might have succeeded in getting out through the ront door, but there was the chance that he might not md he did not dare take the cl}ance. He decided to try to get out the same way he had gotten 'n. He was quickly down the stairs. get through it quickly. In his haste, Dick got turned in such a way that he became wedged. He struggled fiercely. It' would be terrible if he were to be captured after all. To be so near safety, and then fail of getting away, wou.ld be bad, -indeed. Dick struggled. ii made one last; almost despairing effort-for he heard the rushing feet of the officers, and thought they would reach him before he would succeed in getting looseand found that his body was once .more loosened. He gave a quick, wriggling, lurching motion, and went through the window. Something struck his bootheel as he did so. Dick had no doubt it was a sword blade. "Jove! that was a narrow escape!" the youth thought. Then he leaped to his feet and darted away. It was quite dark in the vicinity of the building. So Dick felt comparatively safe. "Now to get back to the patriot encampment P' thought Dick. If he could get through the British lines, and reach the patriot P..ncampment, all would be well. General Gates would. know what to do, if Dick could g et


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. to him with the news of the manner in which the British regarded the Dick was determined to succeed in getting back through the British lines. He knew it would be a difficult matter, for the reason that an alarm. would be raised. The pickets and sentinels would be warned to keep a sharp lookout for the "rebel" spy. The youth realized that the quicker he got through the line s the easier it would be to do so. So he set out at as rapid a pace as it was safe for him to go. He had to be very careful. Ee was forced to bring into play all his skill as a Arnold was delighted. "Good I" he said; "I knew it I I told Gates so; hut only got mad. He didn't want to attack the British un g sure they were helpless. I guess that when you make yo ,, report he will be willing to get to work and try to do som tl thing before Clinton gets up here to interfere." "The quicker he gets to work, the better it will be, .j4 s hould judge by what I heard to-night,'' said Dick. "Yes, indeed But, you see, Gates doesn't like me, the mere fact of my having recommended that he make Ille attack on the British at once set him against it." Dick hardly knew whether to go on and report to eral Gates at once, or whether to wait till morning "You have had a hard enough time of it for to-night woodsman. said General Arnold; "there is no need of haste. Gat He stole along with the noiselessness of an Indian on the could do nothing before morning anyway, so you might 0 trsil of an enemy. well wait till tben. You can be up early and report Even with all the care which he exercised, he came very him then." nt>ar being detected two or three times. Dick decided to do this. The general invited the youths to remain in his tent, an lie managed to escape discovery, however. At last he was through the British lines. When lie was sure he had passed the last picket, Dick l.astened forward at a more rapid pace. they accepted the invitation. They were up bright and early next morning. They went at once to the house OGcupied by Fifteen minutes later he was challenged by a patriot Gates. picket. He had just got up, the orderly said. Dick had the countersign and gave it. "Tell him that Dick Slater wishes to see him," sai He then passed on through the lines. Ile was soon in the camp the division under General Arnold General Arnold and Bob were still up when Dick reached the general's quia:ters. Both were delighted to see Dick back so soon, and alive as well. "You made quick work of it, Dick!;' exclaimed Bo "Did you get through the British lines?" asked Arnold, eagerly. "Yes,'' replied Dick; "I got through all right." "Did you learn anything?" eagerly "Yes, indeed I" "What?" "I discovered that what you told mebefore I started was true." Arnold nodded. "I thought you would I" he said. "Did you get to see Burgoyne, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes, and several of the members of his staff; and heard them talk, too." ':Phen Dick told what he had heard the British officers say. Dick. The orderly was gone only a few minutes; then he r turned and told the youths to come with him. He conducted them to General Gates' private room. The general greeted Dick eagerly. "Did you enter the British encampment last night?" asked. "I did," replied Dick. "And-did you learn anything?" "I did." Then Dick told what he had overheard the British ge eral and the members of his staff say. The general seemed both pleased and displeased. "Did General Arnold say anything to you two youn :men about me?" he asked. Dick shook his head. "Nothing, sir," the youth replied. Dick would not get the "Fighting General" in troub by repeating what he had said. General Gates was silent for a few moments. He was pondering. Then he look.ed up. "You have done well I" he said; "you have rendered great assistance, and I am much obliged to you for doin


THE LIBERTY BOYS SUSPECTED. 27 I shall speak of it in my. message to General Wash ligton, which you will take back with you when you go." "There is no need of your doing so," said Dick, mod "I am always glad to be o f benefit to the Cause, and desire no reward save the app r oval of my own con "Spoken like a brave youth!" Then Gates was silent for a few moments, after which spoke again. "I suppose you would like to remain and see whether not Burgoyne surrenders, so as to bear the news to the c "Yes, we would like to stay," r e plied Dick; "and if ere is anything we can do, we shall be only too glad to "Very well; 1 shall begin the attack on the British this It was b etter to remain off, and keep harassing them with large and small shot. The Briti s h stood this all day long without making any signs toward surrendering. When the sun went down the firing ceased. Gates knew the British could not get away, so could afford to take it easy Soon aft e r nightfall, a party of patriots brought in a prisoner. He was suspected of being a British messenger. He had been caught while trying to sneak through thg patriot lines. He was taken before General Gates. "He is undoubtedly a British spy and messenger," one cf the patriot soldiers said; "after we had captured him, he stuck something in his mouth and swallowed it. It was il.Orning, and force them to make terms at the earliest a message, no doubt." ossible moment. If anything should come up, wherein I This interested General Gates. ink I could use you, I will let you know." "Very well, sir." Then the youths left the room and the house, and went search of their breakfast. CHAPTER X. THE "SARATOGA CONVENTION." There was considerable excitement in the patriot ranks hen it was learned that an immediate attack was to be on the British. "Give the fellow an emetic!" be ordered. This was done. The poor captive became very sick, and "heaved up Jonah" at a great rate. A little silver bullet, oblong in shape, was found. It was hinged in the middle, and was held 'together with a tiny screw. This screw was removed, and the bullet was opened. A message was found. It was written on thin paper, and was from General Clinton, the British commander, who had been stationed at New York. The message was to General Burgoyne. It stated that Clinton had captured the forts down the A great many of the patriot soldiers were new recruits, river, and that he, with three thousand men, was on his en who had never been in battle. way up to aid Burgoyne. Therefore, the thought of engaging in a battle was a This was news indeed! atter sufficient to excite them. Gates felt that it was fortunate that the messenger had The old veterans expressed considerable satisfaction. "Gates had done the right thing at last!" they said. Arnold was delighted, also. He was essentially a fighter, and was never so happy as rhen the prospects of engaging in a battle were good. Soon after breakfast the attack was begun. It was not a fierce attack, bY.t the patriots simply went been captured. Had he reached Burgoyne, that officer would have held out to the very last. As it was, General Gates felt sure that Burgoyne would surrender soon. The attack was resumed in the morning, and it was kept up until the morning of the thirteenth of the month, when o work in a quiet, steady way, as if determined to keep Burgoyne held a council gf war. t up for a considerable period. He asked the members of his staff what they should The British replied as well as they could, but they could do? lo no particular harm. A vote was taken, and it was decided to enter into neStill, they were in such numbers that if attacked and gotiations with General Gates. ngaged in a hand-to-hand encounter, they would have As soon as it had been decided to do this, a soldier car ry.>een dangerous. ing a white flag was sent out toward the patriot lines.


28 THE LIBERTY BOTS SUSPECTED. The patriot soldiers showed a delicacy of feeling qj The patriots at once stopped firing An officer went forward to meet the British soldier. .As soon as he learned what it was that was wanted, he returned and reported to General Gates. Negotiations were at once entered into. Burgoyne asked on what terms the surrender would be r eceived. Gates sent back word that he demanded the uncondiunexpected by the British They stayed back within their lines, and were not preselT to add to the humiliation of the British by looking on. T .And when the disarmed soldiers marched past the p 1'1 'l'I triot soldiers no disrespectful or insulting remarks !fj made; nothing was said or done that might hurt :. feelings of the enemy. tional surrender of the British army. When the British and patriot officers met, General Bu T General Burgoyne refused to surrender under such con-goyne stepped forward and handed his sword to Gener 'fditions. Gates, with the remark, "The fortunes of war, Gener Then Gates called a council of war. Gates, has made me your prisoner." He told the officers that as they knew that Clinton was General Gates accepted the sword, and immediate coming up the river with three thousand men, he thought handed it baek, with the remark, "I shall always be rea it would be wise to temporize, and allow the British some concessions. General .Arnold was not for doing this, as he said that three thousand men still fifty miles distant, could not do much harm, there being at least twenty thousand of the patriot soldiers. He was in the minority, however, the majority of the officers siding with Gates; so it was decided to make terms. Negotiations were continued then, and after three days of this, the terms were agreed upon. The terms were that the British soldiers should march out of their camp with the honors of war, and pile their weapons in an open field. Then they should be allowed to march across country to Boston, from which point they to testify that it has not been through any fault of yo excellencj." The surrender of the British at Saratoga was a gre blow to the British, and a great triumph for the patriots. z l 1 .And although Dick Slater himself refused to take 1 credit to himself, General Gates and others insisted on firming that the fact that Dick had entered the Britis lines and learned that the British were on the point entering into negotiations had assisted materially, as made General Gates feel confident, and caused him to kee up the attack steadily, when otherwise he might not ha done so. THE END. were to sail for England. None of them were to sel'Ve The next number (26) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 in the army against the patriots, again during the con-will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' CLEVER TRICK tinuance of the war. The officers were to keep their small OR, TE.ACHING THE REDCOATS .A THING 0\. arms, and their J>ersonal luggage was not to .be searched. TWO," by Harry Moore. At Burgoyne's request, the surrender was to be styled a "Convention." It may be remarked in passing that the surrender is always referred to by British historians as "The Saratoga Convention." But it doesn't matter now, and it didn't matter then; it was a surrender just the same, no matter what they called it. On the seventeenth day of the month, the British sol diers marched into the field by the river and laid down their arms. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numben of thia weeklr are ahray1 in print. If you cannot obtain them :from newedealen, 1end the price in money or postage 11tamps mail t.o FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, UNIOB SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the you order by return mail.


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