The Liberty Boys' battle cry, or, With Washington at the Brandywine

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The Liberty Boys' battle cry, or, With Washington at the Brandywine
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Moore, Harry
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-HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. lHMed Weetl11-Br BMbeoriotlott S2.50 ,er Jlntered tu Second Ola., Matter at tle New Y.orl.<, N. Y., Pod OflW., Feruary t, 1901. 8tttered GCCOrdl"ll to A'.ot of Oonflt"eU, '" the 11ear WOl. In the of the LibrGINcll of Oongrue, WaaMnuton, D. 0., 1>11 1' 1 nk Touae11, 2-& Unton Square, l!iew Yor&. NEW YORK, JULY 12, 1901. Price, 5 Cents. r 9 s m r CIIAPTER I. A LIVELY ENCOUNTER. t was the 10th day of September, 1777. patriot army, consisting of about eleven thousand b n, occupied a position OD the east side of Brandywine 0 eek at a point known as Chadd's Ford. h he British army, consisting of eighteen thousand men; t h nl two miles distant, across Brandywine Creek, to the th, stward. t battle between the two armies was imminent. ve And if he were to let the British army capture Philadel phia without offering battle, the people would cry out against him loudly. Washington, however, had no intention of letting t&t British enter and take possession of Phil&delphia without offering battle. He felt that he scarcely could hope to win, with only eleven thousand poorly equipped and organized troops against eighteen thousand of the best equipped and or ganized of Great Britain, but he could make a good show ing, at least, and this would have considerable effect in 8atisfying the people. 11 eneral Washington, the commander-in-chief of the paWashington, with .. his usual strategy, had chosen an adj ot army, had decided that the time had come to show mirable position. le. It was indeed very strong. or months he had contented himself with simply holdthe British in check. e had time and again defeated the object of General we, the British commander-in-chief, and that, too, with engaging in battle. 0file did it by exercising strategy of the highest order. The Brandywine was not large, but it was large enough to be what is known as a "military obstacle," and could onl y be crossed at the fords, of which there were several. Chadd's Ford was the principal one, and behind it Washington had placed the center of his army. This center was defended in front by a corps of artillery 1As he had had, for the most of the time during the past hol under Wayne. a.e to eight months, only about eight thousand men, while British had eighteen thousand, to have succeeded in as a reserve. Back a ways, on some high ground, Greene was stationed foiling the enemy in the manner in which he had, was i:rf e th d a great feat. Just below Chadd's Ford the Brandywine is a roaring torrent, being in between steep cliffs ,.1 ut there was more or less of grumbling among the On top of these cliffs the Pennsylvania militia under a ple. Armstrong were placed. hey did not fully understand the masterly strategy of great general. hey thought he should engage in battle with the Brit at every opportunity. To the northward the country was uneven and thickly wooded, and the right -wing stretched in this direction a dis tance of two miles. any of the people were so unthinking that they did It was commanded by Sullivan. stop to think that not only did the British outnumber Generals Washington and Greene were out, taking a patriots nearly three to oD'e, but that they were much of the situation on this beautiful September day of OU ter equipped in every way, and their organization was which we write. IVI nigh perfect. "Well, I think the British will have hard work getting at he knowledge that the people were dissatisfied with the us, General Greene," said the ian policy was well known to Washington. presently. e realized that they could not be expected to under"I think so, your excellency; you have selected a very d the value of "masterly waiting" in a campaign like strong position." "Yes, it is quite strong; it will be disastrous for the'!n


, 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. ====================-====== ======-================== to try to storm our position from the front. It would On these hill a the patriot flank under Sullivan w: result in great loss to them." stationed. "So it would. To my mind, the weakest point in our Dick made his way along the bank of the creek a di position is the right wing, which could be taken in flank tance of perhaps a mile. by a long; circuitous march through the woods." Then he came to a point where a wagon road crossed tl "That is my opinion also, General Greene. I have spies creek. out; however, and should the British attempt such a. moveThere was a ford here. ment, I shall know of it in time to checkmate it." The water was quite shallow, and a row of stones hr At this moment a youth of perhaps eighteen years ap-1 been so placed that a person could walk across without ge proached the two generals, and saluted. ting the feet wet. "Ah, Dick, is it you?" remarked General Washington; "well, what is the news?" "I have come to report that there is considerable activity being manifested in the ranks of the British, your ex cellency," said Dick Slater, for that was the youth's name. He was the captain of a company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76," he was in addition one of the best and most trusted spies in the patriot army. He had been across the :Brandywine spying on the Brit ish, and had just come from therl to report. "They are showing unusual activity, are they, Dick?" There was a look of interest in the commander-in-chief's Dick had crossed here a number of times. And it was his intention to cross here again. He stepped upon the first stone, and made his w1 :i.cross. Reaching the last stone, he leaped lightly to the shore. 'As he did so, he was startled by hearing the hoarse con mand: "Throw down your musket and surrender, you rebe You are my prisoner!" Dick had had his eyes cast downward watching, so -as keep from slipping from the stones, and getting his fe wet. The result was that he was now taken entirely eyes. surprise. "Yes, your excellenci." He looked up quickly on hearing the command. "What do seem to be doing?"' Standing before him, and not ten feet distant, was "They are shifting their men, for the most part, and British soldier 1 some of the men under Cornwallis, over on the Lancaster The redcoat held a musket in his Ii.ands, and it w road have come over and joined Knyphausen on the main leveled full at Dick's breast. road, here in our front.': "Ah!" The two generals looked at each other. :'I think they are getting ready to attack, General Gr e ene," said the commander-in-chief. Greene nodded. "I judge you are right," he said. "I believe I am; and the attack will not be long delayed." "Do you think it will be made to-day?" "I hardly expect it. Probably it will be made in the morning." ''Doubtless," agreed General Greene. General Washington asked Dick a number of questions, and when the youth, had answered, and had made his re-port in full, the commander-in-chief told hi m to return to his post, and keep a sharP, watch on the Brftieh. "Very well, your excellency," replied Dick, in response to ihe order, and saluting, he walked away. He made his way northward. He kept cl<>!e down beside the creek. Back from the creek, to the eastward were wooded hills The youth was taken entirely by surprise. He had not been expecting anything of this kind. 1 He had no idea that there was a redcoat within ti miles of the spot. Yet here was one. And he seemed to have the upper hand, just at th t moment. Dick realized this very forcibly. The redcoat seemed to realize it also, and to apprecifh it, for be grinned in an extremely self-satisfied manner. "Throw down your musket I" he again cried; "thr1h it down, and surrender, you rascally rebel I" Dick hesitated. He did not feel like surrendering to the redcoat. It would be very humiliating to do so. He had never in his life been outwitted or overcome one man. He did not intend to let it be tbat way now, either, if could help it. r He thought he could do so. His brain was working with lightning-like quickness. !te _....__,__ ________


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. He had thought up, and dismissed as being imprac ticable, half a dozen schemes for outwitting the redcoat. He was still thinking when the redcoat ordered him, the second time, to throw down his musket and surrende!. Dick realized that he could not put off matters much longer. The time for the climax was near at hand. The redcoat would not brook much more delay. He would order Dick to surrender about one more time, and then, the youth refusing to comply, the fellow would shoot. The youth realized this very distinctly. Suddenly a bri ght thought struck him. He acted upon it instantly. He knew there was no time to be lost. Suddenly he put on a look of surprise and horror. He dropped his musket, and pointing at some imaginary object behind the redcoat, cried: 'Look out !-behind you!" The ruse was successful. The redcoat was thoroughly deceiv:ed. He thought some danger threatened him from the rear. He ducked forward, threw up his shoulders, and half turned to look behind him. A glance showed him there was nothing there. Instantly he realized that he had been tricked. A curse escaped him. He started to whirl back to face Dick. He was too late. The youth had improved his opportunity. As the redcoat half turned to look behind him, Dick leaped forwa;rd. His leap was like that of a panther. He was upon the redcoat before the latter could turn back facing him. I Dick seized the redcoat by the throat. The impact of his body overturned the Briton. Down he went to the ground, with Dick on top of him. Before Dick could compress the redcoat's throat tightly, however, the fellow gave vent to a wild yell for help. "Help, comrades!" he cried; "this way, quick!" Instantly Dick realized that he was still in danger. The redcoat had comrades near at hand. True, the Briton might be using a ruse to frighten Dick. But Dick did not think so. He was too much startled to do any such thing. The cry was involuntary. r Consequently the youth felt sure there were other redcoats : ear. That this was the case was soon proven. Dick heard the crackling of underbrush. "Coming, Jackson cried an excited voice. "Then it's time I was going!" thought Dick, grimly. He had no desire of engaging in a combat with half a dozen redcoats. It would be too one-sided for even a youth of Dick's undoubted valor. Th!!n, too, he was going on a spying expedition. He did not wish to fight. It was his desire to keep entirely out of sight of the redcoats. This being the case, he must get away in a hurry. Dick gave one more, fie rce squeeze upon the redcoat's throat. Then he leaped to his feet. He heard the sound of rushing footsteps. They were close at hand. He did not delay another instant. rurning, he leaped into the timber. At the same instant four redcoats appeared. They saw their comrade lying prostrate on the ban'Ji: of the creek. They also caught a fle eting glimpse of Dick as he dis appeared in the edge of the timber. They rushed to their comrade. "What does it mean, Jackson?" they cried, eagerly, ex citedly. "That I have been nearly choked to death by a rebe1!" gasped J ackson1 *uggling to his feet. "Don't let him escape!" he cried; "which way did he go?" "This replied one, pointing in the direction in which Dick had gone. "After him !'? cried Jackson; "don' t let the scoundrel es cape! After him!" Then the five leaped in the direction taken by Dick. The youth would have to exert himself, if he escaped the redcoats, for they were all young men, and swift runners. CHAPTER II. INTO THE PIT. Dick realized this fact. He heard them coming in pursuit. He was a very swift _:unner himself, however. There were very few who were his equal in this respE:;ct.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. Ani1 k haJ great confi11d1lt-11lv the ground way underneath his feet. I 111 k plunging duW'l!Ward. I I 1 1n m clown perhaps eight feet. I I 1 j11 l'red considerably. H11t he was not injured .. \ 11L111.:k glance around the excavation into which be bad f>1lll'11 rold U1rk what it was. He cried out in warning to them. "Look out, fellows," he called; "don't fall down into this pit." He to his feet as his comrades appeared at the top of the pit. As for Dick, he was on the anxious seat. Would the redcoats discover him? he wondered. It would be a wonder if they did not, he thought. Dick was not in as much danger as might appear, I le li;1J fallen into a pit, such as were sometimes made however. !'111 1l1e purpo8e of trapping wild beasts. The redcoat who was down in the pit was, of course, anx'l'lil pit had been dug, and then the opening had been ious to get out. tl'l'e d over with brush and leaves. I 1 11a:; ::;o arranged that the instant any weight was The attention of his comrades, of course, was upon him. The thought that the fugitive might have fallen inlo the l'' "'"' d upo11 it, the covering of brush and leaves would pit never occurred to them. :.! 11 t 11 1 v and let the animal or whatever it might be fall Had it done so, they certainly would have discovered 11110 tl1t it. I l i < k l'elllizrd that he was in a dangerous situation. Tlit> pursuing reJeoats were close at hand. Tl11 y ll'ould be upon him before he could possibly get out of the pit. \\'hat w:1s he to do? I l1r-k himself this question and quick as a fl.1tsh he thoug-hl of a course of procedure. lie woul wa::; confident the redcoats had not seen him fall into the pit him. The redcoats hardly knew how to go about getting thei companion out of the pit. Fin. ally one lay down upon bis stomach, and reaching down, grasped the hands of his comrade. His comrades then seized hold of him and lifted him up As he held onto his comrade's hands with a tight grip the latter was pulled up out of the pit. When their companion was once more among them, th redcoats discussed the situation. "There is no use trying to follow that felJ.ow an l\ot knowing he was there, they would not be apt to look farther," said one. for him. "That's right," from another: "He had time enough nirk threw himself down at one side of the pit, and get clear away." drawingthe leaves and brush to him, he covered himself I "So he has, curse the luck," said the one who bad Qver. called Jackson by his comrades; "he gave me a good cho


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. ing and I would like to have caught him so that I could get even with the fellow. Jove I can feel his fingers on my throat yet." Dick could not help smiling as he heard the fellow make which promised to be of assistance to him in getting out of the pit. Dick placed the crude and improvised ladder against the wall. this remark. Thep. slowly and carefully be mounted it. He felt reasonably safe now. It wits a difficult task, but Dick, by exercising great care, In a measure be could enjoy the situation. finally succeeded in gettjng high enough up so that he could The most disagreeable feature about the matter now, leap the rest of the way out of the pit. was that it delayed him. "Well, I'm glad I'm out of there," murmured Dick. "l He was anxious to get back to bis post and spy on the began to think for a little while that I could not get out at British. He was not kept there much longer, however. The redcoats soon got through talking. Then they turned and walked away. Dick waited until they were out of hearing. Then he threw the brush and leaves off and rose to his f.eet. Dick looked up at the top of the pit. For the first time, the thought came to him: How was he to get out? I That was the question. And a serious one it was, too. The more Dick took stock of the situation, the more all." Kri"owiltg that the red

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAT'rLE ORY. They had been more successful than all other spies in the patriot army. On account of this, they stood high in the regard of General Washington. The commande r-in-chief had great faith in the youths. It was a common thing, for him to sele t Dick and Bob for the most dangerous and important tasks. There had never been a time when it had been more i.J:ft portant that a close watch should be kept upon the British, I than the present. The two armies were confronting other, and less than two miles apap;. A battle between them wiis imminent. It was very important that the movements of the Brit ish should be noted carefully, and reports sent to General Washington promptly. And this .Jas the work upon which Dick and Bob were engaged. "Well, Bob, how is everything?" asked Dick. "Oh, about as they were when you left, Dick." Had they beeh discovered ? Was a redcoat sharpshooter shooting at them? It looked like it. "Great Guns, Dick!" whispered Bob; "I fear we are in for it now I" "It does look a bit that way I" The youths shielded their bodies behind the limbs of t1ie tree as much as was possible. They tried to peer downward. The foliage was so thick they could only here and there get glimpses of the They could see nothing of the redcoat who had fired .the shot. Presently the youths heard voices. The voices came from almost directly beneath them. "There's more than one, Dick I" Dick nodded. He made a warning gesture. They listened intently. They could hear and understand what was said. "Considerable stir going on yet, eh?" "I tell you, I saw a fellow climb the tree only a few "Yes ; looks a Ii ttle like a hornets' nest after a stick minutes ago said a voice. has been run into it." "I think there's not the least doubt that trouble is 'rewing, Bob." "I guess not, Dick. I think to-morrow will see a battle in progress." "Gl meral Washington thinks so." "Does he ?" "Yes." "Well, he's all ready for it, and the British will have one of the hardest fights they ever had." "So they will, Bob, but they outnumber us neady two to one, and it would be almost a miracle if our army defeated them." "It's a miracle that I wish might come to pass." "And I, too." The youths then turned their attention to the British encampment. "We have a good view of the British camp here, Bob." "So we have." At this instant there came the sharp report of a musket and a bullet cut through the leaves of the treetop and passed within six inches of Dick's head. CHAPTER III. "I WILL RESCUE HIM OR nm WITH HIM I" Dick and Bob looked at each other in blank surprise. There was a look 9f alarm on their faces, too. "Are you sure?" came up in another voice. "Of course I'm sure l" "But your shot just now seemed to have no effect." "I missed him. If I had hit him, it would have had some effect." "No doubt I But I should have thought that if there is anyone up there, he would have betrayed his presence when you fired a bullet through the treetop." "There are plenty who would never give a sign, if you plugged bullets around them for an hour. The fellow is undoubtedly a spy, and you know spies are the bravest and most daring men living." "True ; well, we'll see if we can persuade the fellow to come down." Then the redcoat lifted up his voice. "Hello, there, up in the treetop!" he cried; "come down out of that!" Of course, Dick and Bob made no reply. They would remain silent as long as possible. They hoped that they might be able, by maintaining abs olute silence and sticking it out, to dupe the redcoats into the belief that their companion had bee n deceived when he had thought he had seen a man climb the tree. It was rather a forlorn hope. Still, it was better than giving up at once, and ac knowledging their presence. If the redcoat was so certain he had seen a man climb the tree. he s h o uld prove it, for all of Dick and Bob. =


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. They would not help him by coming down at the comThen, too, he realize

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. = It would be terrible if their plan should fail, after all, and both should be made prisoners. Bob would do all he could to make the fellow think he was the person who had been seen, at any rate. One thing in Dick's an'd Bob's favor was that they were dressed almost exactly alike. Then, too, they were almost of a size. Bob made his way downward. He was very deliberate in his movements. Ile was in no hurry to be made a prisoner. When Bob came down far enough so that t1l redcoats could see him plainly, a remark by the fellow who had seen Dick climb the tree caused the youth to breathe more freely. "That's the fellow I" was the remark made; "that's the chap!" Bob climbed on down. He was soon on the ground. He found himself surrounded by perhaps a dozen red coats. There were altogether too many for it to be worth Bob's while to try to escape. He could not hope to be successful. Such an attempt would only end in failure. It might end in his death. So he decided to not attempt anything of the kind. It would be better to give in gracefully, to make the best Would the redcoats discover that he was not the one their 1 comrade had seen climb the tree? Bob hoped not, and he strove to retain perfect control of his facial expression. "He looks different?" the leader asked; "what do you mean?" "I hardly know. I got a pretty good look at the chap who climbed the tree, however, and although this fellow looks like him, he seems somewhat different in appearance." "Nonsense I He can't look different I He's the same chap!" "Yes, he's the same fellow," the other replied; "he looks different when close from what he did when at a little distance, that is all." Bob breathed more freely once more. He believed that the plan was going to succeed, after all. "Well, you've got me; what are you going to do with me?" he asked. The reacoat laughed. Don't you know what we are going to dO'with you?" he asked. "No." "Well, you unsophisticated for a spy l Didn't your commander-in-chief tell you what would happen to you if you were captured by the enemy?" "I didn't ask him anything about it." "Oh, that's it. I suppose you didn't think about 1>eing of the situation, and wait for a chance to escape later on. captured." Bob had great faith in Dick. "Well, to tell the truth, I did not." 1Ie believed that his comrade would find a way to rescue him. "You see now, where you made your mistake then. You should have given the matter thought." "Well, my bold young rebel," said the redcoat who "0h, I'm ready to abide the consequences, whatever they seemed to be the leader; t'you have done well to surmay be!" said Bob, quietly. render!" He eyed the youth with interest. "Well," replied Bob, calmly; "I didn't think it would be healthy to remain up in the tree, and let you riddle me with bullets." The redcoat laughed, as did his companions also. "You are right about that!" he said; "it would not have been healthy!" Tft:ie redcoats were all eyeing Bob with interest, and now one spoke up. "By Jove I Sansom," he said; "this young fellow looks like the one I saw climb the tree, and yet he looks differ ent in i;ome wn.y; I don't understand it!" Bob's heart sank. He feared that he would turn pale enough to attract the attention of the redcoats. Was the plan to fail, after all? "Well, that shows the spirit of a genuine said the redcoat, with an air of admiration. "You seem to be a brave young fellow, so it is with genuine sorrow that I tell you that you will be taken to the encampment a prisoner, and that you will within a few hours be either shot or hung for the spy which you undoubtedly are I" "So be it!''. said Bob, calmly. "I think I can promise you that I will die like a soldier." "Well said, my young rebel friend !-well said I Jennings, bind the youth's arms!" One of the redcoats advanced and tied Bob' s arms to gether behind his back with a handkerchief. "Now, then; all ready I Forward, march!" said the leader of the band of redcoats. 'rwo of the fellows took hold of Bob's arms, and the little party moved away through the timber, going in the di rection of the British encampment.


the rescue of his comrade. He kept close watch of the British. He saw everything that was done. Then, when the sun was setting, he made his way down' out of the tree, and struck out in an easterly direction,! toward the Brandywine. l Half an hour later he was at the ford where he had had the encounter with the redcoat. "Poor Bob!" murmured Dick, as he heard the redcoats Ile crossed quickly, and turning, made his way southand their prisoner moving away; "he is in a tight placeward along the bank of the creek. but I will rescue him, or die with him!" CHAPTER IV. A DARING FEAT. Dick meant every' word of this. He loved his comrade as dearly as if he were a brother. He made up bis mind to keep watch o:f the British during the rest of the day, and then combine the work, during the coming night, with trying to rescue Bob. This would, he was sure, be the best plan. Had he thought Bob would be in immediate danger of being executed as a spy, he would have hastened back fo the patriot encampment, gathered the "Liberty Boys" about him, and made his way back to the British encampment 1 with the intention of making a desf>erate effort to save his comrade; but he did not think Bob was in any imme diate danger. So he could take his time and wait till night to try to rescue Bob. Dick watched, and a few minutes later he saw the red coats emerge from the timber with Bob in their midst, and enter the camp of the British. Dick saw that the entrance with the prisoner created considerable excitement. Fifteen minutes later he entered the main encampmen of the patriot army. He made his way at once to General Washington's head quarters. The commander-in-chief greeted him pleasantly. "Well, Dick, my boy, what is the news?" he asked, eagerly. "Have the British made any decided move sirlc you were here before?" "No,. your excellency; there has been considerable stirl however. n looks as if they are preparing for some im portant move." "No doubt you are right, my boy. Well, I shall sen out double the usual number of scouts to-night, and instruc1 them to watch the British very They may a movement of some kind to-night." "Yes, indeed, your excellency. I shall be on duty, too.' "P"erhaps you had better rest, Dick; you were on du nearly all of last night." /J "I am not tired or sleepf, your excellency, and if were, it. would make no difference. I have an importan 1 duty to perform." "What, Dick?" "The rescue of my comrade, Bob Estabrook." "His rescue?" "Yes, your excellency; he was captured by the Britisl to-day." "Too bad, too bad i How did it happen?" Dick told the particulars of how Bob came to be cap tu red. S ld h f d f 11 d" The commander-in-chief listened with interest. o iers came urrymg orwar rom a irect10ns to t k 1 k When Dick told of the noble manner in which Bob ha1 aeaoo. / made a sacrifice of himself, to insure Dick's escape, Gen At last Bob was taken mto a tent at the farther side o 1 W hi gt kl d I era as n on s eyes spar e the en<.:ampment. \ "A brave .youth, a noble youth I" he s1Ud. "But," h Dick made especial note of the tent. added, shaking his head, "I fear you will find it an in "I must remember that!" he thought; "I only hope they possibility to rescue him." will keep him there, and not take him on back to the other "Maybe so, your excellency; I am going to make the a.i division of the army!" tempt at any rate. I love Bob as if he) were my brothe1 The other division referred to wa11 that of Cornwallis, and I will rescue him if it is possible to do so. Were ou which wa11 about a mile farther to the north andwest. positions reversed, I know he would risk his life in ordf Dick remained at his post all the rest of the day. to rescue me." ---


THE LIBERTY BOYS BATTLE ORY. "I have no doubt of it, Dick; Bob is a brave and noble l ar youth. But, be careful, my boy; don't take any more chances than you can possibly help. I would miss you w greatly if I were to lose you." "I will exercise all possible caution, your excellency." d: He talked with the commander-in-chief a few minutes longer, then bidding him good-by he saluted and withdrew. He went at once to the point where the company of of a British soldier, he would not hesitate to venture into the encampment of the British. Dick was soon ready. Then bidding good-by to the "Liberty Boys," he set out. He made his way northward along the bank of Brandywine Creek. A walk of twenty minutes brought him to Brinfon's Ford. "Liberty Boys" was stationed. This was the same ford at which Dick had crossed in When he told the youths of Bob's capture by the Britthe daytime. ish, they were greatly excited. c. Bob was a great favorite among them. D He was always so light-hearted, jolly and good-natured f1 that they could not help liking him. He was, in fact, the life of the company. When Dick told them that he was going to try to rescue Bob, they were delighted. They one and all wished to go with Dick. -He told them that this would be impossible. c Bob was a prisoner in the heart of the British encamp ment. w If he were rescued it would have to be by strategy. Force would avail nothing. One hundred men could accomplish no more than one man. Indeed, they could not accomplish so much. It was Dick's intention to slip into the British encamp-It was quite dark now, but Dick had little difficulty in making his way across the creek on the stones. He was soon upon the other side. He set out through the timber. Although it was dark, it was no difficult matter for Dick to go in the right direction. He had become quite familiar with the lay of the land in the last few days. He made his way in the direction of the British encamp ment with unerring precision. Of coursE; he did not go quite so rapidly as he could have done in the daytime, it being necessary to go slower S() as to avoid colliding with trees. Three quarters of an hour later, he reached the vicinity of the British encampment. He could see the camp :fires blazing. He could Bee the redcoats sitting in groups here and o ment. there while others were walking about. Alone, he might succeed in doing this. "Well, here I 8.lf" said Dick to himself. ".And now If accompanied by others, this would be impossible. to get to work." h He explained this to his comrades. \ Dick set his teeth together firmly. They readily saw the point. There was no use of d e laying. s They knew Dick was right. He might as well get to work at once. r What could a hundred men do against ten thousand? He moved cautiously forward. Practically, scarcely any more than one man could do. The British encampment was in the timber, but Dick hastened to eat his supper. at a point where the trees were not very thick. b Then he doffed his citizen's suit and donned a British Still they were thick enough to a1ford Dick assistance nuniform which he had taken from a redcoat prisoner weeks in slipping into the camp. qefore, and which he had made use of on several occasions He took every advantage of thi!. 'f'hen venturing into the British ranb. ,. Of course, he moved forward very slowly. h' This would make it lots less dangerous work venturing When once within the eneampment, he would be fairly into the British encampment. secure, but it would be a difficult matter to get past the o In a large army, say of ten thousand men, the soldiers guards. lo not have a very extensive knowledge of, or acquaintance Dick was well aware of this. one another, their friendships being confined, as a No one knew better than he, the dangerous nature of such egeneral thing, to the members of their own company, or at work. rnost to the members of their regiment Dick was well aware of this. a .And he intenaed to make good use of this knowledge. Armed with this knowledge, and disguised in the uniform .And it would have been hard to find one more capable of doing this work successfully. Dick stole forward a little at a time. Whenever a sentinel came near him, the youth would


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. touch down behind a tree and wait until the man had passed. At last taking advantage of what he considered a fa vorable opportunity, Dick stole quickly across the sentinel's beat and was virtually within the lines. The task of getting in among the soldiers still remained, however. This would be the most difficult task of all. In fact, it would make it almost impossible for him to do anything toward rescuing Bob. Among the hundreds of tents, he would not know in which to look to find his comrade. Dick dismi ssed fears and forebodings from his mind. He would be able to determine the matter by actual in vestigation soon, anyhow. Slowly he worked his way around toward the tent. He stole forward a little at a time, until he reached a He had marked its location carefully when he saw Bob point only a few yards distant from where a group of reddisappear within it that day, and he was sure that he coats sat. Dick waited. At a time like this, patience was a necessary requisite. It would not do to do anything Presently Dick's patience was rewarded. Four redcoats came strolling along. Dick saw that they would pass within a few feet of where he stood. He decided that this was his opportunity Dick stood behind a tree. As the four redcoats passed, Dick stepped out from Iie hind the tree and went strolling along behind them. Dick appeared so quickly that there was scarcely one chance in a thousand that his advent would be noticed. He was convinced at once that no one had noticed im. This was encouraging. Dick felt that he had accomplished considerable. But his work was only just begun. 1 He walked quietly along. To all appearances he was as calm and careless as any of the redcoats. Naturally, he was on somewhat of a strain, but he did not let this show in hls appearance. He made his way here and there among the redcoats. He passed hundreds of them. Occasionally one would give him a glance, but none of them looked at him in a way that indicated suspicion. Presently Dick came in sight of the tent into whi

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. He listened intently and eagerly. There came no reply to the signal. Dick's heart sank. I "Can it be possible they have taken Bob away?" he thought. "Jove I hope not. In that case I will be all t sea." He made the signal again. Again he listened intently As in the former case, however, there came no reply. Dick hardly knew what to do. He feared that Bob was not there. Still, Bob might be bound hand and foot and gagged. If gagged, he could not of course answer the signal. There was only one way to find out whether or not Bob as there. This was by entering the tent. Dick decided to do this. He pushed the edge of the tent higher still. This done, Dick started to crawl through. He proceeded very cautiously. He did this to avoid making any noise. For all he knew, there might be a guard in the tent. If this was the case, it would be exceedingly difficult to et inside the tent without being heard. By exercising great caution he might do so, however. So Dick took his time and was very careful. After ten minutes of careful work Dick found himself 'thin the tent. He paused and listened. This time he heard breathing. It sounded like the breathing of a sleeping person. Dick's heart beat more rapidly. "Was it Bob?" he wondered. He hoped so. There was only one way to determine the This was by investigating. Dick began making his way slowly and carefully toward e spot, toward the direction from which came the sound f breathing. He felt his way carefully. Presently his hands came in contact with a human form. Dick's touch wasv.ery light. The person might not be Bob. In that case, of course, Dick would not wish to arouse e individual in question. He felt around with exceeding care and gentleness. He made the discovery that the sleeper was not a risoner. At any rate his arms were not bound. If the individual was not a prisoner, he could not Bob. This thought flashed through mind in an instant. He recoiled and started to draw back. He was too late. / His touch, light as it had been, bad awakened the sleeper. Instinctively the awakened individual bands and grasped Dick. Dick understood matters now. The man was a British soldier. CHAPTER V. I THE STRUGGLE IN THE TENT. threw out hi Dick realj.zed that he in great danger. It the redcoat gave an alarm, it would be impossible for the youth to escape. Dick was always quick to think and act. No emergency ever seemed to catch him unprepared. He was usually equal to the occasion. It was so this time. Quick as a flash he extended his arms. His bands found their way to the redcoat's throat wifh unerring precision. The struggle began. Dick had been doing spy work for more than a year, and during that time had been through many dangerous ex periences, but it is doubtful if he had ever been engaged in one so fraught with danger as in the present instance. Here be was in the heart of the British encampment, in a tent and engaged in a struggle with a British soldier. It _was a struggle in which Dick was badly handicapped. To simply overcome the redcoat would not be sufficient. It was absolutely imperative that Dick should prevent the fellow from giving an alarm. One little cry from the redcoat would bring scores of comrades to his aid. Dick realized this. He was determined that the fellow should not make an outcry. It was for this reason that he seized the redcoat by the throat. As soon as Dick's fingers closed around the fellow's throat, his chances of making an outcry were reduced 'to zero.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. I He :vas a powerful fellow, however, and made a game ht. He gave Dick a lot of trouble. But for the fact that Dick had got the redcoat by the roat and was thus enabled to choke him into insensibility a very short time, it is doubtful if the youth could have vercome him at all. As it was, however, he succeeded. Two minutes after the struggle began, the redcoat re. quished his hold on Dick and sank back unconscious. Dick drew a breath of relief. A great danger had been averted. Temporarily so, at any rate. Dick began feeling about him. His hands quickly came in contact with another human form. The arms and legs of the individual were bound. "It is Bob!" thought Dick with a thrill of delight. He found that Bob was gagged. He quickly ungagged his comrade. Then he unbound his arms and legs. "Are you all right, Bob?" Dick whispered. "Yes, Dick," whispered Bob, thickly. He had been gagged so long that he could hardly articu late. "I have just choked your guard into insensibility," whis pered Dick. "I'll bind and gag him and then we'll see if we ean get away from here." Dick proceeded to bind and gag the insensible redcoat. First he gagged the fellow, and then removing the red coat's coat, bound his arms and legs. By this time Bob was able to stand up. He had succeeded in getting his blood to circulating again. "How are you feeling now, Bob?" asked Dick. "Pretty well. But how are we going to get out of this camp?" "We'll walk out." "Walk out?". "Yes." "I don't see how we can do it, Dick. I would be recog nized as being the rebel prisoner, and they will either shoot me or recapture me in a jiffy." "Not after you have put on the coat and hat of this fel low I have just made a prisoner of, Bob." "Ah I" breathed Bob. He understood now. "That's a good scheme, Dick,'' he whispered. He took off his coat and quickly donned the one belonging to the prisoner. It was too large for him, but would be more effectual as a disguise on this account. Then he donned fellow's hat. It fitted him fairly well. At this moment the youths heard footsteps approaching. "Great guns! Dick; somebody is coming," whispered Bob. "Get over to one side, Bob, and remain silent,'' replied Dick. Bob obeyed. The footsteps came nearer and nearer. Evidently two persons were approaching. They were talking as they came. Dick gathered from their conversation that they were the officer of the guard and a comrade. The officer of the guard was evidently making the rounds. The footsteps were now almost at the tent. The flap of the tent was pushed aside and a man stuck his head through the opening. "Is all well?" was asked in a hoarse voice. "All is well," replied Dick. Dick knew that he was taking chances in speaking. He had never heard the voice of the redcoat whom he had made a prisoner. If he succeeded in imitating it, it would almost be a miracle. He spoke in as hoarse a voice as he could command. That he had not successfully imitated the redcoat's voice, was speedily made evident. "What's the matter with your voice, Johnson?" the officer of the ,guard asked. "I've caught cold, I guess," replied Dick. He was afraid this answer would not satisfy the officer of the guard. But as the fellow could not suspect the real state of affairs he accepted the explanation. He grunted out something unintelligible, and dropping the tent-flap, he and his companion walked awa:y. "That was a close call, Dick,'' whispered Bob. "So it was; but we are liable to have some more close calls before we get out of this camp." "l shouldn't worider but you are rigl,lt; Dick. Well, when shall be make the break?" "As well one time as another, Bob. We might as well start right away." "Lead on, Dick; I'm ready if you are." "All right, Bob; come on; we'll go out the back way." They stepped across to the side of the tent. Pulling up the cloth they crawled under and out.


T t A THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. As soon as they were outside they ros cautiously to their feet. They were now confronted by a difficult task. They were almost in the center of the British encamp ment. They would have to make their way across to one side and in doing so would have to pass hundreds of British soldiers Could they do this without having their identity dis covered? The youths were determined to make the attempt, at any rate. In fact, they had to make the attempt. There was no other course open to them. "True, Bob. Well, we must' do the best we can. Lo and act as careless as you can and keep on moving towar l the edge of the camp." "Won't they suspect us, Dick, unless we turn around and seem to have our attention attracted in the directio of the tent?" "Perhaps so, Bob, but we'll have to risk it; we've got to keep on moving, or we won't be able to make our escape. The two sauntered onwa;rd, with their heads turned bac over their shoulders. They acted as if interested in the affair, but not suffi ciently so as to cause them to retrace their footsteps. The redcoats were running toward the tent from everJ direction. "Come on, Bob," whispered Dick; "we're going out in Several times some of them came very near colliding the light of the camp fire now. Act and walk as earelessly with Dick and Bob. as you possibly can." On these occasions the excited redcoats eyed the yout "All right, Dick." rather suspiciously, they thought. The two started. Assuming a nonchalant air which they were far from They made their way slowly away from the tent. feeling, the youths paid no attention to the looks, but They kept wll:hin the shadow of the tent as long as continued sauntering onward. possible. Soon the tent was surrounded by a horde of excited Then, summoning all their nerve force, the youths walked forth into the light thrown out by the camp fires. They did not walk hurriedly. On the contrary, they took their time. They walked slowly. They sauntered along in an extremely careless manner. They acted just as two redcoats in the heart of their camp might be expected to act. They made their way slowly along. They headed as well as they could toward the east side of the camp. redcoats. "Perhaps we may escape yet," said Dick. "Hold yourself in readiness to make a dash for liberty on an instant's notice, Bob." "All right, Dick." The youths kept on their way a little while longer and then they heard a wild outcry. They saw the redcoats leave the vicinity of the tent and come running toward them. "We are discovered, Dick," cried Bob. "I guess you're right. Come. "On; we'll have to run for This was the direction they would have to go after leavour lives now." ing the camp as the patriot encampment lay in that diThe youths leaped forward. rection. There is scarcely any doubt that the youths would have reached the encampment without their identity being dis covered, and would have escaped without trouble. But they were not to have it so easy. Suddenly there was an outcry from the tent which they had left a few minutes before. "Help! Murder!" cried a voice. escaped! Help!" CHAPTER VI. "The prisoner has They ran with all their might. They were yet nearly two hundred yards from the edge of the encampment. In reaching the edge of the encampment, they would to pass several hundred British soldiers. The instant the youths began to run, an uproar went up from the redcoats All eyes were on the youths. The situation of the two brave "Liberty Boys" was now indeed desperate. Should they succeed in escaping from the camp, it would DICK MAXES AN llll'ORTANT DISCOVERY. be a wonderful performance r "Great guns, Dick!" said Bob, in a low tone. "That I "If we can keep them from getting hold of us, we will redcoat has got the gag out of his mouth, and will raise be all right, Bob," said Dick. "They won't dare shoot a general alarm. We are in for it now!" at us for fear of hitting one another."


, THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. The youths ran with the speed of the wind. :I They did not run straight ahead but in a zigzag course J i'hey !fad to do this in order to avoid the squads of red Time and again the redcoats almost succeeded in getting old of the daring youths. And time and again they :failed. Onward the youths raced, drawing gradually nearer and nearer to the edge of the camp. The redcoats tried to close in on them and surround them, but were unable to do so. Seeing this, the men at the extreme edge of the camp began forming a line. Presently the youths dodged the last squad of redcoats, and ran toward the line. Some of the redcoats in this line had thought to grab their muskets, but many of them had not thought to do so. The light thrown out by the camp fires was sufficient to reveal this fact to Dick, and he swerved slightly and headed toward a point where the redcoats armed only with pistols. As the youths drew near, the redcoats leveled their weapons. "Halt!" cried one. "Halt, or we will fire!" "The youths did not slacken their speed. "Halt!" again cried the redcoat. Still the youths came on. Two of the redcoats threw up their arms, and giving vent to cries of pain, fell to the ground. This made an opening in the British line. They leaped forward like panthers. They struck the line where the two men had b.een who had fallen. The redcoats tried to close up the gap, but did not have time. As they came within reach of the redcoats, the youths' arms shot out. Crack l crack I their fists took the two fellows nearest them, knocking them down. Then the youths bounded on through the opening in the line and quickly disappeared in the thicker timber where the light from the camp-fires could not penetrate. The redcoats uttered shouts and yells of rage. They started in pursuit. "Catch them I Don t let the rebels escape I" was the cry. But catching them, that wru; the questi on. "We'll see whether they catch us or not, Bob!" said Dick in a grim tone. "That1s right, Dick," was the reply. As soon as they got into the timber, where it was dark, the youths had to slacken their speed, as they had to prac tically feel their way. They had the satisfacti?n of knowing that their enemies would have to do likewise, however. "Fire!" the redcoat roared. The redcoats kept up a shouting to one another so the As he gave the order for his men to fire, Dick and Bob youths had no trouble in knowing the whereabouts of their fell forward upon their faces. At seemingly the same instant, a hundred weapons spoke. The next instant the youths bounded to their feet like two rubber balls, and again rushed toward the line. They had made use of an old trick which they had played successfully before. They had thrown themselves to the ground purposely, and in this way had escaped the shower of bullets from the weapons of the redcoats. The redcoats were almost paralyzed with surprise. The youths had thrown themselves down at so nearly pursuers. The youths made better time throu'gh the timber than the redcoats did, and gradually drew away from their pursuers. When they could no longer hear sounds of the redcoats, the youths halted. "Well, Dick," said Bob, "you kept your word, didn't you?" "About what, Bob?" "About re s cuing me." "Yes, Bob." "Jove! I owe my life to you, old man." "Not at all, Bob. You offered yourself up in the first the same instant the shots were fuied that the redcoats had place to save me from capture, therefore in rescuing you, I felt sure they had riddled the two with bullets. have simply evened up the score." To see the two leap to their feet now and rush toward them, was therefore a great surprise. The youths were within a few feet o:f the redooat line in a jiffy. As they neared the line Dick drew his pistols. When within ten feet of the redcoats, Dick extended the weapons and fired. "I don t look at it that way, Dick; I consider that I owe my. life to yon." "I don't so consider it, Bob; please say no more about it." "All right; just as you say, Dick; but what are we going to do now?" "Keep watch of the enemy." "All night ?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. ============================================================================:::::=======-====::;:;:: "1 es; we'll take turn about watching and sleeping." "All right, i In a hollow tree not far from where the youths were at that moment, they had that day hidden their army b!mkets. They made their way to this tree and got their blankets. Then they worked their way around to a point near the north end of the British encampment. Here the youths decided to remain until morning. Spreading his blanket under a large tree, Dick lay down, while Bob climbed the tree to keep watch of the enemy. The youths took turns watching and sleeping during the rest of that night. Everything remained quiet in the British camp. A little while before daylight, the youths rolled up their blankets, and took them back and placed them in the hollow tree. "Now, Dick, what is next on the programme?" asked Bob. "I'll tell you, Bob: I believe the British were getting ready yesterday to make some important move to-day, and we must them closely. Now my plan is for you to remain here and keep watch on Knyphausen's division, while I go over and keep watch of the division under Corn wallis and General Howe." "All right, Dick; just as you say." So Dick bade Bob good-by, told him to be careful, and not let himself be recaptured, and then took his departure. Healso realized that something was in the wind. He believed the British were preparing io move agaiJ. the patriot army. 10' He soon became absolutely certain of this. 9'o Almost at the same moment when he first heard the fai; roll of ihe drum, he heard, far in the distance, back in ffWl direction from which he had just come, the faint repor of firearms. pa ''The battle has commenced I" thought Dick, with thrill. "The battle has commenced, and this division is ge ting ready to move forward to the assistance of Kn.r. ta hausen's division." Dick was eager and excited. He moved up still closer. He felt that he could do so with safety. If he could not see the British, they could not see hin tl He approached until practically at the very edge tb British encampment. Cl There he stationed himself behind a tree. He could now see the British, that is those who wei q nearest to him. The soldiers were moving here and there. It was evident that preparations for breaking camp weJ I being made. i Dick remained at his post and watched closely. t An hour passed. By this time the fog had lifted somewhat. He made his way in a northwesterly direction. It was only partly dissipated, but it had thinned out sm He knew exactly where the other division of the British ficiently so that the whole of the British force could b army was encamped. It was about two miles away. 'fhe youth walked rapidly. He was about half way to the encampment when the sun came up. As the sun rose, a heavy fog settled down over he J It was so thick as to make it impossible to see objects at a of a hundred yards. "I don't like this!" thought Dick; "it is just the kind seen by Dick. The youth saw that the army was formed ready t1 move. He was greatly surprised by one thing, however. The army was faced toward the north. What could it mean? he wondered. He had expected to s:e the army facing toward the east In order to join Knyphausen's division it would have t< go in a southeasterly direction. As it faced toward the north Dick felt confident that i" of a morning for strategic moves by an army. It would was not. going to join Knyphausen. not surprise me if the British made an attack on our army this morning." Dick hastened his steps. Fifteen minutes later he was in the vicinity of the British encampment. Although he was, as he knew, not than a hundred yards from the edge of the encampment, Dick could see nothing of the British. He could hear the faint roll of a drum, however, and knew that the enemy was still there. If not going there, where could it be going? It was going to march northward; of this Dick was certain. But how far would it go? And why was it going in that direction? These were puzzling questions. Dick pondered the subject while he watched the enemy. Presently the army began to move. Ae Dick had expected it moved forward in a northerly dbection.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. But why was this great army of ten thousand men marchof the British should reach General Washington at the )1g practically directly away from the division which was earliest possible moment. beginning an attack upon the patriot center at Chadd's Dick set out at once. 1;,ord? In order to reach General Washington's headquarters, This was a question for which at the moment Dick could Dick would have to traverse a distance of at least five miles. d no answer. It might be a feint made for the purpose of enticing the atriots across the Brandywine to attack Knyphausen. Dick thought this might be the case. In that event, the British would advance only a short dis tance northward. Then they would turn and hasten to re lief and crush that portion of the patriot army which may have ventured across the creek. Dick moved along through the timber, keeping opposite the British coluw.n. The army was following what was known as the Lan caster Road. By keeping to this road, the British were enabled to move quite rapidly. Dick, however, had no particular trouble in keeping up. His idea was that the British would move along this road perhaps a mile and then swing to the r ight and turn and go in an almost direct easterly direction to Brin.ton's Ford and to the relief of Knyphausen. To Dick's surprise, however, the British kept right on in a northerly direction. They did not turn when they had gone a mile. Nor did they show any signs of turning when they had He made up his mind to cover this distanee in quieka time than he had ever before traveled the same distance. He struck into a dog trot. It was almost twice as fast a gait as a fast walk. Dick had more than once walked four miles in om hour. He made up his mind to cover the five miles in muell less than one hour. He succeeded. Forty minutes from the time he started, he was at Washington's headquarters. Washington greeted Dick eagerly. He was a man of great discernment. He read in Dick's face the fact that the youth was' the bearer of important information. "What is it, Dick?" he cried eagerly. "You have some thing of importance to me, I know I" "I have, your excellency!" cried Dick. "The main por tion of the British army is marching rapidly northward toward Trimble's and J e:ffrey's Fords. It will cross there and come down and attack our right flank, I am con fident." I have no doubt you are right, Dick," said the com mander-in-chief. "That is the move I feared they would gone a distance of two miles. make." Suddenly Dick came to a stop. Washington sent for General Greene, who came at ontle. An exclamation escaped him: The tw

-..{.id 1 THE L BEWrY BOYS' BATTLE ORY. the main army turning back and coming to Knyp hausen's relief. It was nearly noon before the patriot forces were ready to move. They were not very well drilled and it took considerable time to get them in shape for making a movement. Just as General Washington was about to give the order for the forces to move across the creek, a messenger ar rived. The messenger came from an officer in command of a small scouting party of patriot troopers. He said they had been up in the vicinity of Jeffrey's Ford but that they had seen nothing of the British army. He had not much more than making his report before a second messenger from another scouting party of patriot troopers arrived, and he reported the same thing; they had seen of Howe's army in the vi cinity of Jeffery's Ford. General Washington was puzzled. He could not understand it. He had every confidence in Dick. He knew that the youth never made a report that was not absolutely correct. And Dick had reported that the main force of the Brit ish was marching northward toward Trimble's and Jeffrey's Fords. The commander-in-chief thought, however, that the Brit-. I ish might have stopped soon alter Dick left them .an d that they were now concealed in the wood11, waiting for the pa triots to make the very move which Washington and Greene had been on the point of making, viz., to cross the Brandywine and attack Knyphausen. If this was the case, Ho;ye and Cornwallis would bring their army back on the double-quick and attack the patriots in overwhelming force. to General Washington, sfa.ting that they had not seen thing of the British in the vicinity of Jeffrey's Ford. 1M The fact of the matter was that these scouting part:.: had not gone to the ford. 'r: They had stopped when yet a mile away. !e. Had they gone to the ford, they would have found tJlll British army there. ''l It had halted and the men were talring a rest in the 1 of the trees, while Generals Howe and Cornwallis and ilnl "I staff officers were at Mr. Jeffrey's house drinking wil "'.hich had been stored there for safe keeping by merchrui" .J. of Wilmiilgton. JO When the messenger reached General Sullivan with tPn message which Washington had sent, he was greatly dt' l He .had been eager to get across the C.TJ!ek and offer th1" enemy battle. Dick was present when the messenger arrived. he did not believe that the British had stoppe#t He told General Sullivan so when the messenger b.aiR departed. "I am confident the British will cross the creek and com' down upon us from the north, General Sullivan," he saicfi "and with your permission I will go up toward J effrey'i Ford and keep watch for them." "Very well, Dick, you may do so if you like," said SnP livan. "I hardly think you are right in your views, but it will do no harm to keep a lookout. ': "True, sir," said Dick. "I may bemistaken, but if i1 should happen that I am right, it will be important tha: you have early knowledge of th.e fact." "That is true, too, Dick. Well, go along." Dick set out at once. He believed the British would be found somewhere ii Washington at onee sent one of these messengers to the vicinity of Jeffrey's Ford. livan instructing him to wait and not cross the Brandy-He could not believe they had given up crossing th! wine until more positive information regarding the where abouts of the main army of the British had been obtained. Brandywine and. coming down and attacking the righ wing Of the pat;io&. Of course General Washington did not give the order for He made his way northward as fast as he could. the forces under him.self and Greene to cross the creek. He was afoot, of course, and he walked as rapidly as posIf Sullivan was not to cross, of course it would be folly sible. for them to do so. Dick struck the road a little above Birmingham meetir Washington was now in a quandary. Not knowing where the main army of the British was, he did not know what to do. He could only wait as patiently as possible for further information. house, and proceeded a distance of about a mile. At this point there was quite a steep hill. ... About half way up the hill was a farmhouse. Near the road was a well. Dick was thirsty. The officers in command of the scouting parties of troop. He the road, and letting down the bars, entered t ers had made a great mistake in sending the messengers farmyard.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. lt I have a drink?" he asked, as he approached the \\. ye may, my boy," was the reply in a hearty ,e. "Anybody as wears the patriot blue is welcome to and food, too, at this place." Then are you a patriot!" exclaimed Dick, eagerly. 'I sartinly am! I have no use for King George. I we orter be free and that we will be free." 'I certainly hope so, sir." 'And so do I. By the way, my boy, I considerable oting away off to the this forenoon. Have ye n having a battle?" 'Part of the patriot army has been engaged in a skirm with a portion of the British army, sir. It could dly be called a battle." "Wal, I hope ye'll lick 'em good." While the old man was talking he drew a fresh bucket of ter, and he now passed a cupful to Dick, who drank rtily. "What be ye doing up here, my boy?" asked the farmer. "I came up here to watch for the main army of the itish, sir. It marched northward on the Lancaster Road is morning, and we thought it possible the British would ss the creek at J e:ffrey's Ford and come down upon us m the north." 'Ah! I see." 'You haven't seen any redcoats about here, have you?" The farmer shook his head. "No, I haven't seen any," he replied, but if the British y is coming down from the north and is within a mile d a half of here, ye kin see it from the top of the hill nder." "I'll go right up here and take a look," said Dick. "I'll go along ye," said the farmer. He led the horse to the fence and threw the bridle rein er a post. "Come on,'' he said. "We'll soon see whether there's any dcoats in this part uv the country." Dick and the farmer made their way up the road. It was only a couple of hundred yards to the top of the l. He was very glad that he had insisted on being permitted to come up here and watch for the enemy. Had he not done so, General Sulli\'an would have been taken by surprise. "Back!" cried Dick in a low tone. We mustn't let them see us." They darted back out of Too late, however. A wild yell went up from the direction of the redcoats. Dick and the farmer had been seen. "I must get back and warn General Sullivan immedi ately. I fear I shall have a hard task, however, as they will probably pursue me on horseback." "Ye can take my horse 11 the farmer exclaimed, eagerly. "Thar hain't no better traveler in these parts than that horse. Ef ye get a fair start, they'll never catch ye, .Ye may be sure of that." "Oh, thank you, thank you!" said Dick. They were running rapidly down the road toward the farmhouse while talking, and when the farmer told Dick he could have the horse, the youth leaped forward and ran with the speed of the wind. "You'd better run to the house and hide," called Dick over bis shoulder; "if the redcoats see you with me, they shoot you." The farmer deemed this good advice. He left the road, climbed the fence, and ran toward the house. He reached the house and disappeared around the corner at the same instant that Dick reached the horse. Dick lifted the bridle rein from around the post, led the I horse through the gateway and leaped upon the animal's back. As he did so, he heard shouts. Looking back over his shoulder, he saw half a dozen redcoat troopers coming over the brow of the hill. They saw the youth. and undoubtedly understood what he intended to do. "That's all ::ight; yell," murmured Dick as he urged the horse into a gallop. "Yell, if you want to; you'll have to do more than yell, if you catch me now." Dick urged the horse to a still faster gait. hey were soon there. The animal was soon running at its best speed. 'he n they reached the top of the hill and glanced down Dick was pleased to note that the farmer's p, aise of the road on the other side, exclamations escaped both. horse was not misplaced; the animal W\J.S indeeCI. a speedy [ thought so!" from Dick. one. rhar they air, sure as guns!" from the farmer. The British tr.oopers were well mounted also. I ot a quarter of a mile distant was the front end of the They were determined to catch Dick if it were possible ; column of British soldiers. to do so. ____________ ____


.4 '. 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY They belabored the poor brutes with the flat sides of None too soon was this accomplished, however. their sabers. Scarcely had they got in position, before the British They got all the speed out of the animals that there Hessians appeared. was in them. Before leaving General Sullivan to join his company With all their efforts, however, they were unable to gain "Liberty Boys" Dick had asked permission to take up' on Dick. They held their own, but that was all. Onward rushed pursued and pursuers. Seeing that they could not gain on Dick, the redcoats fired several shots at him from their pistols. advance position. Sullivan had given Dick permission to do so. As soon as the Btitish and Hessians appeared in sif Dick gave the command and the "Liberty Boys" m quickly forward and took up a position by the Birming They were too far away, however, and the shots did no meeting house and in an orchard and a garden near by. damage. Dick was with those who had taken up a position in Onward raced Dick and a few minutes later he reached orchard. General Sullivan. Soon the British and Hessians were near enough The redcoat troopers, of course, did not follow Dick to Dick gave the order to fire. tbe patriot lines. Crash roar They gave up the pursuit when they saw they could not The muskets of the brave "Liberty Boys" had spok e n catch him and turned back. The battle of the Brandywine had begun. When General Sulliva:i;t saw Dick enter the camp in such haste and on horseback, he knew that the youth was the bearer of important tidings. 1 Dick leaped from the back of the foaming steed, and saluting General Sullivan, said: "It is as I thought, sir; the British are coming down 1rom the north in force ; they are ten thousand strong, and not more than a mile a.way." General Sullivan realized that there was no time to be lost. His army was facing toward the west. It was now imperative that they should turn and face toward the north, and that quickly. The British would be upon them in a few minutes. Sullivan began issuing orders immediately. He knew it would be no small task to get his men faced &round and that they would not have a minute to spare. The British and Hessians returned the :fire. They came charging forward with fierce yells. The "Liberty Boys" never :flinched, however. They loaded and fired as rapidly as they could, and filcted no small damage upon the British. A few minutes later the firing became general. The entire force of the British was rapidly coming and Sulliva:'s entire force was as rapidly getting action. The British had about two dozen cannon and they soon brought into play. The patriots had a number of cannon also, and were slow in replying. Soon the uproar was deafening. It certainly sounded like a battle. That it indeed proved to be a battle, history tells The firing from the orchard and from the vicinity The company of "Liberty Boys" had been assigned to the Birmingham meeting hollSe seemed to give the Bri Sullivan's division. Dick was captain of this company and he at once made his way to where it w;as stationed. His appearance was greeted with cheers The "Liberty Boys" loved their young commander, and now that a battle was at hand, they were glad to have him with them. They could iight twice as well with Dick to lead them. Sullivan's entire force was now in an uproar. Officers were shouting commands; orderlies were rush.: ing hither and thither; every where was eon.fusion. Gradually, however, order came out of chaos. The patriot soldiers succeeded in executing the move ment and were facing the north. more trouble than anything else, and they set to work to to kill or capture the patriots who were doing s execution. General lilowe, with a portion of the troops, around to the left so as to approach the spot from the et General Cornwallis with more troops swung around t o right so as to approach from the west; at the same t' the Hessians charged down upon the youth in an atte to drive them out of the orchard at the point of bayonet. The "Liberty Boys" fought with such fury, howeve to almost strike terror to the heart of their enemy The British had never seen soldiers fight .so desperal They were seasoned veterans themselves, and had i


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. 21 ate fighting on many battlefields, but they had never I nything to equal the valor displayed by that little I :i f beardless youths. course the "Liberty Boys" could not have held the ah in check alone and unaided. c engagement was now general, and a fierce fire was poured into the British ranks from Sullivan's entire is was a great aid in enabling the "Liberty Boys" to It had caught the fancy of the rank and file of the patriot force, and they shouted over and over again: "Down with the king I Long live Liberty I" The British paused but an instant. Then they rushed to the attack with renewed. vigor. They outnumbered the youths so greatly and were closing in on them so rapidly that Dick realized that they have to retreat. If they did not retreat, the:y would surely be captured. tain their position. So Dick gave the order. eral Sullivan sent a messenger to Dick The youths immediately began to retreat, but they moved on the wonderful work bamg performed by himvery slowly. d his brave "Liberty Boys," and telling him to hold They fought as fiercely as ever. sition as long as he possibly could; that Wahington They contested every foot of ground. soon be there. They retreated only rapidly enough to keep the British 11 General Sullivan that we will hold it as long as posfrom getting in behind them and them and Dick snid to the messenger, and the messenger decutting them off from the main force of the patriots. d. A more stubborn resistance was never made on a battled the "Liberty Boys" did hold the position as long u field. possibly could. And although retreating, the youths kept repeating at ven after the British were pressing upon them from brief intervals their thrilling battle cry: right and the left, and the Hessians from in front, the "Down with the king! Long live Liberty I" hs h<'ld their ground for some time. I Back, slowly and surely, the "Liberty Boys" were ttacked at close quarters, they clubbed their muskets I forced. knocked the British right and left. Back. to and past the Birmingham meeting house the d then, suddenly, even while thus sorely beset, the youths were forced, and then Cornwallis, who with a large rty Boys'' did a wonderful thing. I force had swung around to the west, forced Sullivan's left wild, ringing cheer went up from their throats, and upon the air arose the "Liberty Boys" battle cry: own with the king J Long live Liberty I" CHAPTER VIII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS' SPLENDID wo:ax. e British were amazed. ey actually paused in their attack. e battle cry of the "Liberty Boys" had come to them surprise. d coming at such a time, when the youths were almost ded and overwhelme .d, made it doubly surprising. in the wild cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys'" d again it was followed by the thrilling battle cry : wn with the king! Long live Liberty!" en up from :Sullivan's entire army went a wild cheer. i d following it, went up the "Liberty Boys" battle cry. wing to give way. was a serious breach. Sullivan, aided by Lafayette, the noble-hearted French man, did their best to rally their men, but were una11le to do so. While so engaged: Sullivan's horse was shot down under him. The battle was now raging fiercely. Bullets were flying thick and fast. The rattle of the musketry and the roar of the cannon were almost deafening. Men were falling on all sides. The center of General Sullivan's force still held its ground. Dick and his brave "Liberty Boye" had been forced baek'. until they mingled with the other patriot soidiers at the center. Affairs were rapidly coming to a desperate pass, however. The British were now on the right and left of the pa. triot force and in front. The British outnumbered Sullivan's force greatly. In fact, their superiority of force w"' such that it won!cl in most cases have been overwhelming.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. I ::; The fierce resi s tance inaugurated by the "Liber!J Boys," He reformed the lines and again advanced to the at E however, and taken up and kept up by the rest of Sultack. livan's force, had offset the superiority of numbers t-0 a remarkable degree. Such des p e rate resistance, however, was very fatiguing, and the patriot soldiers were almost exhausted. They could not hope to withstand the onslaught of the British much longer. Realizing this, General Sullivan gave the order to retreat. The soldiers olieyed the order willingly enough. They had made a brave stand, had done wonderful work, but they were almost exhausted and felt that to save them telves, they would have to flee. They retreated across the road and climbed the fences, cut through the woods and across the pasture. Th.;y went in the direction of Dilworth, a small village, a little less than two miles distant, in a southeasterly di rection. When they were within perhaps half a mile of Dilworth, they came upon a brigade from General Greene's force. Greene had heard the firing, and he knew what it meant. He had started at once in that direction. The soldiers had marched on the double-quick, making a distance of four miles in forty minutes. They were tired, panting and perspiring, but full of :fight. General Greene formed his lines at this point and rallied the fugitives. He got the artillery in position so as to enable him to iweep a narrow defile through which the British would have to come to reaeh them. General Washington arrived now and assisted Greene in getting things fhto shape. They succeeded remarkably well. They did not get this accomplished any too soon, how ever. The British had pursued the :fleeing patriots closely. Indeed, so swift had been their pU?suit that the Brit ish lines were broken and irregular. They were coming on the double-quick, but when they reached the defile, they were brought to a sudden atop. The patriots had opened with C&DllOD. Grape and solid shot mowed the redcoats down like tenpins. The British were thrown into con!usion. They fell back. Cornwallis was at hand, however. To no avail. Only a portion of his force had reached the spot. He had not enough men to do much. He comu make no impression on the patriot ranks. Cornwallis was a brave general. He was also an energetic and determined one. .Again and again he tried to break through that line m" we men in blue. ..., !Ult .Again and again he failed. His men were very tired. ked They had marched a distance of eighteen miles since rr.orning, had engaged in a battle and had run a distance of a mile and a half in pursuit of the patriot soldiers. 'I his on such a hot day as it had been, had proved to be id very trying. They were almost exhausted. But Cornwallis kept them at it. i-.And Washington and Greene kept their men at it, also. The patriots loaded and fired as rapidly as possible and .J.d created great havoc in the ranks of the British. on In the Vf!ry front ranks of the patriots w ere the "Liberty ald Boys." : neral They were as eager for fight as ever. They did splendid work. Dick, however, was not with them. .As soon as General Washington had arrived at the spot, he had sent one of hie orderlies with imtructiona to )f bring Dick to him. n, Dick hastened to report to the commander-in-chief. Dick," said General Washington, "I to mount a horse and go at once to Generals Wayne and axwell at Chadd's Ford and tell them what has happened. Tell to 1.hem to retreat at once and join us here at the earlies1d a er-poss ible moment." "Very well, your excellency," said Diek. "I will go F T'l1b.a\. once. Then Dick saluted and hastened away. He secured a horse and mounted it. Then he rode rapidly away. He was headed in a southwesterly direction. It was about four miles to Chadd's Ford. Dick was determined to travel the distance time. He urged the horse to a gallop. meiah in quick mReaching a road, he struck into it. reHe followed this road for a diatanoe of perhaps two miles, and then as he emerged from a strip of timber he U


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. 23 e_ quite a large party of redcoats coming across the ide iv_ he redcoats saw Dick. >pr 1ey set up a shout. rer. .ney hastened forward. :1 T'rhey thought that they could head the youth off. 1pick urged his horse to a run. would not do to be captured now. was going on an important errand. l'he redcoats quickly saw that they could not head off c They rushed across the creek and gained the shelter of the other bank. It was at this moment that Dick reached the spot. Wayne was waiting for the Hessians to attack and was grimly determined to repulse them, or die trying, but when Dick reached him with the report that Sullivan's forces had been routed and driven back to Dilworth, he realized that it was useless to remain longer. To do so would be dangerous. The British would soon be between him and the foroe T'.lk. under Washington and Greene and he would be hemmed in neErhen they opened fire. and captured. rThe bullets whistled all around the fugitive. He at once ordered a retreat. a Dick bent low on the horse's neck and urged him His men obeyed at once. nward. They did not even dare "'try to save the cannon, so they t-ei The animal responded nobly. left them for the enemy. He soon carried Dick out of range of the redcoat.' As Wayne and his men hastened away across tbe field, Dick hastened to where General Maxwell was and told him Seeing that he was safe, Dick waved hia hat and utthe news regarding Sullivan's retreat. Jr l'ed a defiant shout. Maxwell at once gave the order to retreat and he and his 0 Dick could hear the sound of firing in the direction of men were soon hastening across the field behind Wayne and )add's Ford. :r'They must be having a lively battle there," he thought. 11e minutes later, he arrived at Chadd'11 Forcl. B

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. The redcoats made a brief stand. There was a short hand to hand encounter. Then the redcoats broke and fled. They were too few in number to offer successful re sistance. Luckily for them, the timber afforded them a secure hicl ing place, and knowing it was useless to pursue them, General Wayne gave order for his men to retire. Then march was resumed toward Dilworth. Wayne's and Maxwell's divisions reached the point when the main army under Washington and Greene was holding the British army in check, at five o'clock in the afternoon. The battle was still raging. Cornwallis was something of a bulldog. He would not give up. He had started in to try to force his way through the defile, and he was determined to do it, if possible. Again and again he sent his men to attempt to get through, but each time they were repulsed. Howe came up with some more men, but even after being reinforced, they could not make a success of t:b.e attempt. It was Washington and Greene and the patriot army against Howe and Cornwallis, and a goodly portion of the British army, and the former were successful. Washington and Greene and the patriots held their position and kept the British back from three o'clock in the afternoon till sundown. Soon afterward the firing ceased. The f gee could not see each other and there was no need of firing at random in the darkness. The battle of the Brandywine was ended. The patriot army had been defeated. True, as we have stated, the patriot army had made a decided stand at the defile near Dilworth, and had held the British army in check from three o'clock till sundown, but taken as a whole, the battle of the Brandywine was a defeat for the patriot army. More than a thousand of patriot soldiers had been killed, or captured. The British loss had been fully as great, but they had driven Washington out of the strong position which he had occupied and this it was that made the a victory '<>r the British. Or, should they retreat? Those were the questions which must be answered council of war. General Washington and the members of his staWt cuesed the situation seriously. They talked the matter over for an hour or more witliL coming to any decision. "If we could only learn something regarding thententions of the British," said General Washington, 'we would know better what to do. But it would be a diffich matter to obtain such information." "It would be next to impossible, I should say," remared General Greene. "I know a person who would not only be willing, bt glad to make the attempt to gain some information," sai General Wayne. "You mean Dick Slater," said Washington, in a pos tive tone. "Yes; your excellency." "I knew you could mean no other. I bad him in, I myself, and I am more than half inclined to send him .n the mission, though I doubt veIJ much whether he wodd be able to succeed." "It is worth a trial, yoli:r excellency," said (je1eral Greena "You are right; and I believe I will give it a trial." 1 General Washington summoned an orderly. "Orderly/' be said, "go and :find Dick Slater, captain cf the company of 'Liberty Boys.' When you have found hi.rl, send him to me." The orderly saluted and withdrew. A few minutes later he returned. Dick was with him. "Dick," said General Washingto, "are you ready to enter upon an difficult and dangerous u"J.dertaking?" F "I am, your excellency," was the prompt reply. T"(/'}ia\. is it that you wish me to do?" \ "Dick," said the commander-in-chief, impressiv wish you to undertake something which, I fear, y1 ; be unable to accomplish. I will say in advance that I sP.all not be surprised if you do fail; yet I hope you may suc ceed. I am going to ask you to venture within the British lines, if you can get there, and try to pick up .some inWith the coming of darkness, General Washington called formation regarding their intended movements." a council of war. What should they do? Should they remain where they were until morning, and again offer battle to the "I will go at once, your excellency!" "It is a dangerous task, Dick! Yon must be Tery ca;re ful. Do not take too great chances." "I shall not take any unnecessary chaneea, your u-


THE : ency; but if I can learn anything regarding the in1ded movements of the British, I shall do so." ''Very well; go, my boy, and God bless and protect you! >pe you may soon return to us, alive and well, and the 11-er of valuable information 11' :r hope so, sir!" Then Dick saluted and withdrew. Dick knew he had a dangerous task ahead of him. i The British would be on the lookout. They would have out double the usual number of pickets, order to avoid a surprise at the hands of the patriots. This would make it extremely difficult to enter their He knew that all alon.g the side of that 1i1 and at no great distance from the top, Britmh pickets were posted. To get past them would require the exercise of the greatest care. He believed he could accomplish it, however. He was well versed in woodcraft. Few redmen of the forest could boast of being superior to him in this respect. His abilities in this line were of great use to him in such work as he was now engaged in. It enabled him to su-cceed where others not so gifted would fail. es. Hearing nothing, he set out and. moved slowly and Dick was a youth who never let difficulties stand in the cautiously down the side of the hill. ay, however. Below, at a distance of perhaps half a mile, he could see The greater the difficulties, the greater became his de-the camp fires of the enemy. He returned to the point where the "Liberty Boys" were tationed. He quickly doffed his patriot uniform and d

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. was careful 9:> stand at a point where the light of none of up a position behind patriot army at a point j the camp fires would rea:ch hlm. Dilworth. Dick looked out upon an interesting scene. There was one peculiar thing about this camp scene. The soldiers were, almost to a man, either sitting down or lying down. They had been so exhausted by their hard day's work that, .as soon as they gof the opportunity, they were only too glad to spread their blankets on the ground and to throw them selves down for much needed rest. Dick stood and watched the scene for some time. He was debating the question of how he was to get into the camp without. being discovered. He realized that this was gqing to be extremely difficult. This, because of the very fact we have just stated. The British soldiers were all either lying or sitting down. If he were to walk into the camp ;now, he could not \ help attracting immediate attention. Dick had slipped into British encampments a number of different times, but on all these occasions, there bad bee:Il a goodly proportion of the soldier$ on their feet, walking here and there about the camp, either singly or in little gioups. Under such circumstances he had not attracted attention. Then when morni.Ilg came, the British would attack 1 patriots from pot.h front and rear. This was indeed a shrewd scheme. Dick was well aware that if it could be successfully ecuted the plan would result in the annihilation of tr patriot army. He thought what a lucky thing it was that he had bee sent to the British encampment on his present errand. True, be had not penetrated into the camp itself, but h had passed the picket line and bad been so fortunate as to reach a point where he was enabled to overhear this most interesting and important conversation between the two of ficers. Without the information which Dick had secured, Gen eral Washington might. have decided to remain. where he was until morning. This would have been fatal. Now, however, he would be enabled to act upon the in formation Dick had secured, and by retreating toward' Chester, during the night, would checkmate the move of the enemy and defeat their plans. Presently the officers ceased talking and sauntered slowly: Dick was standing there pondering the situation when back into the encampment. he saw a couple of redcoats emerge from a large tent, a couple of hundred yards distant from where he was. "Now," said Dick to himseli; "I must hasten back _!o General Washington and put him into possession of th The two walked slowly across the open space and Dick information which I have secured." saw that they were coming straight toward him. Dick started to turn around to make his way back to the The two seemed to be conversing earnestly. As they drew nearer, Dick saw that they were officers. Dick hoped that they would come near enough so that he could understand what they were sayiTJ.g. This hope was soon realized. The two officers kept on coming and they reached the edge of the timber. They paused at the foot of a large tree. They were not ten feet from Dick. He could hear and understand every word that was spoken. He listened eagerly. Dick soon became possessed of some interesting infor mation. He learned that these two officers had just been present at a council of war. I He learned furthermore that four thousand of the British were to start within the hour and march around by a cir cuitous route, and jbin the five thousand Hessians under Knyphausen. Then this army of nine thousand men-half patriot encampment when he was treated to a startling surprise. He felt himself seized in a strong pair of arms, while a a.t bis e.a.:r.,ti exclaimed triumph!llltly: "I have you now, you cursed rebel spy!" CHAPTER IX. DICK EAUNS PRAISE FROM GENERAL WASHINGTON. Dick understood the situation instantly. In some manner one of the British pickets had his presence and had attacked him. Dick realized that he was in great danger. He was practically in the British camp. Between him and the patriot camp was British pickets. a cordon ol If an alarm was raised, it would be almost impossible fo1 of the entire British army-was to march eastward 11.nd take rum to succeed .in getting through this line.


'rIIE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE ORY. 27 Dick felt that he would have his hands full in handling ; e one redcoat who had seized him. L If the fellow should raise an outcry and bring others to ;s aid, Dick would be qu1ckly overpowered. 11 Dick was very glad that the fellow had not given the II he could help it, the fellow would not do so. Doubtless the redcoat had full confidence in his ability to capture Dick without having to call his comrades to his aid. The redcoat was unconscious, not dead. Dick knew he would be all right again in a few mo ments. He must make good use of those minutes. He must get past the pickets over the hill and back within the patriot lines before the redcoat regained coni sciousness. At this instant Dick heard footsteps approaching. Then a voice called out:' "Where are you, Sam? What's going on down there, Had he been aware of the identity of Dick, however, he ayway ?" might not have been so confident. It was one of the pickets coming down the hillside. Dick did not stand still and allow the redcoat to get a He had evidently heard the sounds of a struggle and was good hold on him. the instant felt himself grasped and heard the.fellow's words, Dick broke the fellow's hold and, whirling quick as a :flash, seized the redcoat by the throat. A gasp of surprise, dismay and pain escaped the redcoat as Dick's fingers closed upon his throat. He was taken as much by surprise as Dick had been he was seized. A terrible struggle now ensued. The two did not make much noise. Dick did all he could to keep much noise from being made. ']I':.' knew that if the other pickets heard the noise of the struggle, they would hasten to the spot. Then his chances for escaping would be very small in deed. coming to investigate. Dick realized that he must get away from there quickly. Taking a direction diagonally away from that from which the redcoat was approaching, Dick stole away. Dick made his way as rapidly as he could and yet avoid making a noise. Should he be discovered and an alarm raised, it would be a hard for him to get away. Again he heard the redcoat call out : "Hello, Sam! Where are you? What's the matter? Why don't you answer?" "I'll have to hurry," thought Dick; "he'll find 'Sam' directly and then there will be.a great hue and cry." Dick hastened onward as rapidly as he dared. He had almost reached the British picket line when heheard a loud yell go u'.p. from the point where he had left The redcoat caught hold of Dick's wrists and did his the senseless redcoat. best to tear the youth's grasp loose from his throat. ."He has found 'Sam,'" thought Dick; "now I'll have to He could not do it, however. The harder he puped at Dick's wrists, the tighter the ( youth' gripped his throat. Thus the redcoat, unintentionally, aided in reducing to a condition of helplessness. For he was speedily being reduced to that condition. Dick had a powerful grip, and was putting all of his <;trength into the effort. co So tightly was he compressing the redcoat's throat that 1e fellow could not get his breath at all. 1 If Dick could only reduce him to a condition of insen3ibilit} before the other pickets discovered what was going on, he was sure he would be able to make his way back to the patriot army in safety. Presently the redcoat began struggling more :fiercely t ever. e It was his last effort. A few moments later he suddenly ceased struggling and ;ank to the ground limp and. seemingly lifeless. look out." At this instant, Dick heard exclamations from right in front of l1im. They were given utterance to oy a couple of British pickets. "I wonder what's up?" cried one. "Blest if I know," said the other. Dick knew. And he knew it behooved him to get away from that vicinity as quickly as possible. He was glad the pickets had uttered the exclamations. It told him where they were. Now he could avoid them. Otherwise he would have run right into them. Veering to the right, Dick stole away, and going in a semi-circular direction, made his way around the two pickets. By this time, the Cl'ies of the redcoat who had found the insensible body of "Sam," had created considerable ex-' ,.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE CRY. citement among the soldiers in that part of the camp nearest Dick entered the tent at once. the 11pot. His entrance was hailed with delight. "There'll be a bigger uproar than that when 'Sam' comes "Ah, Dick, back so soon!" exclaimed General to," thought Dick; "but I hope to be over the top of the hill ington. "Did you learn anything, my boy?" and out of danger by that time." Dick was now nearing the top of the hill. Believing that he had passed the picket line Dick hastened .......... his footsteps. He was within ten yards of the top of the hill when suddenly a sharp voice cried out: "Halt I Who comes there?" Dick made no reply. The voice came directly in front of him. Dick leaped away instantly. He went in a direction at right angles from the course he had been going. Ile moved so swiftly that it was impossible to avoid maki:::ig more or less noise. Crack! 'I he picket had fired upon him. Dick heard the bullet whistle. "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick. I Then he went ahead and told in as few words as pos sible, what he had learned All listened to the recital with eager interest. "So, that is you scheme, is it?" remarked General Washington when Dick had :finished; "well, we'll just see if w 1r can t checkmate that move. We'll retire to Chester an t ake up our position there, and when the British close in npon this position, in the morning, they will find us missing." "They will be greatly chagrined when they find how neatly they have been outwitted," said General Greene. "So they will," agreed General Washington. Then he shook Dick's hand heartily. "Dick, my boy," he said; "you have done splendidly. I am proud of you I" Dick blushed like a schoolgirl. It whizzed by, not an inch from his head. "I have tried to do my duty, sir," he said modestly; "That was pretty good for a chance shot," thought "and I am glad if I have been able to do work which l)ick. "Well, I don't think he can do that good again, so you consiuer of value." I will keep .right on going." "Nobly spoken I" said General Greene. "You are u :And Dick did keep on going. modest as you are brne, Dick." He reached the top of the hill, and was soon moving And he, too, shook Dick's hand. rapidly down the other side. The other officers all did likewise, and praised Dick He had not gone far before he was challenged. heartily for the good work which he had done. "Halt Who comes there?" This challenge was a welcome one. It came from a patriot soldiet. "A friend I" cried Dick. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign I" Dick walked up to within a few feet of the picket. "It is 'Li6erty or Death!'" he said in a low tone. "Ah, Dick Is that you?" the picket exclaimed, joyou s ly. ''Jove! I'm glad you got back alive." It was only about five miles to Chester, so there was no need of hurry in starting. Washington waited until midnight, and then when the camp fires had all died out and there was no light to reveal their movements to the spying eyes of some British p i cket, the patriot army silently and quietly broke camp and moved away in the direction of Chester. Next morning Gev.erals Howe and Cornwallis were greatly chagrined to find that their expected prey had es-The picket was a member of Dick's company of "Libcaped them. erty Boys" and has recognized Dick's voice. THE END. "Yes, it is I, Harry, and I'm back alive/; replied Dick. Then he made his way down into tlie patriot as quickly as possible. He went at once to the large tent occupied by General The next number (29) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will contain "THE LIB];RTY BOYS' WILD RIDE; OB A DASH TO SA VE A FORT," by Harry ..Moore. Washington. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly The members of General Washington's staff were all are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any still there. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by Di ck had been gone little more than half an hour and mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 the time bad passed 'fery quickly, so interested were they SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies in discussing the situation with the commander-in-chief. you o;rder by return mail.


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It contains m o r e for the mon ey rhan any b o o k p uh li s l w d Xo. a;;. IIO\Y 'l'O PLAY GA:\IES.A C'ompl e t e and u se ful littl e b oo k containing the rule s and r egulations o f billi ards bagatelle, b::aKgarnm o n, croque t. d o min oe s et('. No. 3 \i. lIOW TO COXT'XDlff:\!S. Containiug all the conundrums of the cla y, amus in g r i ddl es curious c atch es aurl witty X o IIO\\' TO PLAr <'o mpll't!l and handy littl e book, g1yrn g t h e rules and full chr ect1011R for plaxmg Euchre, Cribbage, Casino, orl y ffr e, Hounre, P edro Draw Poke r AnC'tion l'it1'h I F ours and otlw r p o p ular game s of cards'. X o. ( i (i. fll'cn TO DO PT'ZZLJD S -Containing ov e r thre e hm1 dre d int e r e puzz l e R and conundrums with k e y to same. A comple t e bo o k. 11-'ully illu strat ed. By A. Ande r on. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. !JOW TO DO IT: OH, BOOK OF ETIQUET'fE.-lt is a i:reat hfe secr l' l. nnd o n e that e v ery young man d e si r es to know all about. ThP r e's happiness in it. No. 33. JIO\ V 'l'O BETTA VE.-Con1aining the rul e s and e ti quette of good and the e a s i est and mo s t appio e d method s of appearing t o !(ood advantage a t parties balls, the theatre churc h and i n the drawing-ro om. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. X o 7 now T O KEEP BIRDS.-Ila nd so m e ly illu strate d and co ntaining full irrntruc-tion s for t h e m anage m ent and t r aining o f t h e r anary m or-king-Jiird. b obolink. blac k bird. p a ro q uet. parrot et :\o. :{ !) rrow TO RAISE DOGS. P Ot'LTL:Y. PltilDOXS TIAR BI'T'S. A 1 e>ful a nd instructi ve b o ok. H a nd so m e ly illus t r a t(' d R y Tra Tlr ofra w. 2'\o. -10 110\\" '1'0 :.JAKE AXD SET TRAPS.-Inc lud ing hints on how to <'atr h mol es W<'a"l s olter rats s q uirre l s a n d birds. Al "o ho w to cure 'kins. C opiously illustrated B y J. Harrington l\:('(ne. !iO. 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