The Liberty Boys shadowed, or, After Dick Slater for revenge

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The Liberty Boys shadowed, or, After Dick Slater for revenge
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Issu e d Weel:ly-By S u bscr iption $2.5 0 pu year. Entered a.< SaoHd L'fo"s Maller a! llie Yew l'orl: Post O/firr, Febriwry 4, JOOJ bJI Frank T owey. No. 32. N E W YORK, AUGUS T 9, rnol. P rice 5 C ents ---OR $LATER FoA HARRY MOORE. "We are sur e we re bet-;;;: Slater, a:ic.t a comrade, enter the h o u se Mi ss, and, with or without your permis si o n, we must mak e a search for said the Tory.


THE LIBERTY BOYS aF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the R.evolution& Issite d Weekly-By Subscription $2 50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Class 'Matter at the Nc.w York, N. y., P.ost Office, February 1901. E11te r c ll a ccordmy to A.ct of 0011grc,,s '" the y ear 1901, in the offi c e of the Librarian of Oot1gress Washit1oton, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Ut1ion Square, New York. No. 32. NEW YORK, AUGUST 9, 1901. Prcie 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. SHADOWED. It was late afternoon of a beautiful day in the early fall. It was the year 1780. The British commander-in-chief, General Clinton, oc-cupied the city of New York. were everywhere. The streets of the city were thronged with them. On this afternoon of which we write, a handsome young man, seemingly about twenty-One years of age, .was walk ing slowly down Broadway. The young man in question was erect and soldierly looking, but was dressed in citizen's clothing. His step was springy, denoting strength, activity and vim and energy, which comes from perfect health. The soldier in question had and was looking after Dick. The other three soldiers paused, faced about and looked at their comrade, questioningly. "What' s the matter, Hubbard?" asked one. "Matter enough, fellows I" was the low, intense reply. "Do you see that fellow, yonder?" "Yes; what of him?" "What of him?" The man's voice was tense with feeling. "Yes; what of him?" "This: You've heard me tell about how myself and some comrades planned to kill the rebel general, Schuyler, up in Albany?" "Yes, we heard you tell about it, old and how you got caught and neatly trapped while trying to put H-ij; face was bronzed almost to the hue of an Indian's. your plan into operation." His eyes were keen and clear. This young man was a noted character. His name was Dick Slater, and he had made himself famous as a patriot spy and scout. Although the city of New York was filled with British soldiers, even though the streets were thronged with them, Dick walked along as cool and calm as if he had been within the lines of the patriots instead of the British. Dick sauntered along down the street. He was on the east side of the street, going southward. Dick was about two-thirds of the way from the Common down at Bowling Green, when, just before he came to a combined tavern and rum-shop, four British soldiers emerged from the place. They turned to come up the street, and met Dick, ,face to face Dick stepped slightly to one side to let them pass. He did not pay any particular attention to them. Had he done so he would have noticed that one of the soldiers started violently and almost uttered an exclamation. He looked at the youth very searchingly as Dick passed The other three soldiers were unaware of anything un usual until spoken to by their companion. "Wait I" he said, in a low tone. "That's it, exactly." "And you know who I said it was discovered our plan and set the trap that caught us?" "Yes, you said it was Dick Slater, the rebel spy." "So I did; and;fellows, that fellow yonder is no other than Dick Slater I" "What I" "Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" "Here in New York!" "Yes, it is Dick Slater, here and in New York!" "Surely you must be mistaken," one of his comrades said. "Surely he would not dare venture into New York I He would be taking his life into his hands." "Bah I you don't know Dick Slater. He thinks no more of taking his life into his hands, in such a manner, than you do of going to bed at night He is a regular dare devil." "He must be." -He is; but this time he has made a mistake. He has placed his head into the lion's mouth. When he spoiled our plans up in Albany and caused our capture, I swore that I have revenge; and now that it has come in my way, I am going to make my words good. C o rne, let us follow him."


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. The four soldiers followed Dick down the street. While they were talking, Dick had gone perhaps half a block. They had not lost sight of him, however, and as he was walking slowly, they had no trouble in drawing near him. Dick sauntered slowly along. Dick had no suspicion that he was being shadowed. He had not looked back after meeting the redcoats, so had not seen them stop and turn around. Usually, Dick was extremely watchful and took care to note what was going on all around him, but this time his "Yes." "But how do you expect to capture him without attract ing attention?" "I don't ln1ow. I am simply going to wait for an op portunity." "All right, we are with you, Hubbard. We know about how you feel in the matter. We know that all your com rades in that affair up at Albany were hanged, and that it is only natural that yo should revenge on the fellow who caused it all." "You are right. I would have been hanged, too, if I attention was particularly attracted toward the front. had not succeeded in making my escape. I owe tbis fellow, It would be supposed that Dick would watch the redDick Slater, considerable, as you may well understand; and coats, closely, but they were the only people on the street I always pay my debts." to whom Dick paid no attention. He eyed eTerybody else, searchingly. It seemed as if he were looking for some one specially. Dick flashed quick, searching glances into the faces of all whom he met. He made his way onward, slowly. Behind him came the four redcoats. Presently Dick reached Bowling Green. The little park was thronged with people. Men, women and children were there. Soldiers and their sweethearts were sauntering hithr.r and thither. Dick walked slowly around in the little park for a few minutes. Then he left and made his way back up Broadway. He was now on the west sidE: of the street. The four redcoats kept as close behind Dick as they dared. They were not expert at shadowing, but Dick's attention was attracted in another direction, so he did not discover that he was followed. "What's the use of us following him around, Hubbard?" asked one of the redcoats. "Let's jump onto him and make him a prisoner." "Not by a long shot!" replied Hubbard. "Why not? You want revenge, don't you?" "Yes, but I wouldn't get it that way." "You wouldn't?" "No. "Why not?" "Why not?" "Yes." "It's very simple. If we were to capture him openly, we have turn him over to General Olinton. T,hat would take his punishment entirely out of my hnds. I want to inflict the punishment upon him, myself." "Oh, that's it?" "We don't blame you for wanting to do so, old man." Utterly unconscious of his danger, Dick walked slowly onward up the street. Presently he reached Trinity Church. In front of the church were numerous benches. On these benches were seated many people. There were men, women and children, soldiers and sweethearts. The soldiers paid no attention to anything that going on around them, so had no eyes for Dick. They were giving all their attention to their s\\eethearts. Some of the other people glanced at Dick, howevei'. There was something in the appearance of the youth fo attract attention. Just as he came opposite the front of the church, a beautiful girl of about eighteen years of age caught sight of Dick and gave a start. She looked at Dick, searchingly. She rose quickly from the bench onwhich she had been sitting and started up the street in the same direction in which Dick was going. Dick had got past the girl before she rose, and was, perhaps, ten feet in advance of her. She walked more rapidly than Dick was walking and soon caught up with him. She seemed to be paying no attention to Dick, but just as she was passing him she turned her head slightly and said, in a low tone, scarcely above a whisper: "The bell is still ringing." Dick gave a slight start, but otherwise gave no evidence that he had heard the girl's words. He glanced at her out of the corner of his eye, however. The girl passed Dick without looking at him and walked on up Broadway. She walked rapidly for only a short distance. Then she lessened her pace and walked at a moderate gait.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 3 Dick followed the girl. He had increased his pace somewhat, but slackened it a.gain when the girl began walking slower. Dick was surprised. He was iu New York on a secret mission. spot where they would be free from observation, before receiving the papers. This was only following dictates of common sense and prudence. The girl walked onward up Broadway. He had been sent by General Washington, the comDick followed as closely as he could without being in mander-in-chief of the Continental Army. danger of causing attention to be attracted. Dick was the bearer of important papers. Presently the girl turned to the left and walked westward, These papers were to be delivered into the hands of some toward the river. one in New York. Dick turned down the street, also. Who this some one was, Dick did not know. The commander-in-chief had not told Dick the person's name. He had instructed Dick to go to New York City. On a certain afternoon Dick was to walk up and down Broadway. On the lapel of his coat he was to have a bit of blue ribbon pinned. He was to walk up and down Broadway until some one approached him and spoke the words: "The bell is still ringing." Dick had followed out his instructions to the letter. He had made his way to New York City and had reached there the evening before. The day on which we introduce Dick: to the reader's notice was the one indicated by General Washington in his instructions to Dick. Dick had started out about the middle of the afternoon So did the four redcoats who were shadowing him. There were not many people on this street. Had Dick looked back and seen the redcoats his suspicions might have become aroused. He did not look back, however. His eyes were on the girl in front of him. The girl walked about two blocks in this direction. Then she turned to the right and went northward again. The girl continued on in this direction a couple of blocks, and still onward to about the middle of the next block. She paused in front of a door. She pushed the door open. As she did so she glanced back over her shoulder. She saw Dick, who was only a few yards behind her. She saw something else, too. Something which caused her face to pale suddenly. She saw the four redcoats stealing up behind Dick. and had put in a couple of hours on the street. She knew from their actions that they were intending He had walked up' and down ;Broadway a number Of to attack the youth. times. He had begun to think that the person who was to greet him with the words above mentioned, and to whom he was to deliver the papers, was not to appear. He began to fear that something had happened, and that he would have to return to Washington and report his :mjssion a failure. He felt relieved now, however. His mission would be a success, after all. "Quick!" the girl cried. "This way! Yon are in danger!" Instinctively Dick leaped forward. As he did so he glanced back over his shoulder. He was an old stager and knew that the danger must come from that direction. He saw the four redcoats and knew from whom danger threatened. Had Dick not had other business to attend to he would The person who was to speak the words the papers had appeared. and receive have faced the redcoats and offered them battle. One thing surprised Dick greatly, however. That was the fact that the person in question was a girl. He had expected to be accosted by a man. He had a duty to perform, however. He was to deliver important papers into the hands of the girl, and he could not pause to enter into a combat with the redcoats. Dick was a soldier, however. In an instant, almost, he was at the doorway, and as the He had long since learned that it was nq_t within the girl leaped through, he followed. province of a soldier to be surprised at anything. It is a soldier's duty to obey orders. This, Dick was prepared to do. Dick realized that the girl wished to lead him to some The redcoats leaped forward, also, and attempted to seize Dick. They were too late, however. The door went shut with a slam.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. A bolt was shot into place. The redcoats came against the door, with a crash CHAPTER II. A DESPERATE STRUGGLE. The door was a strong one. It quivered and shook, but withstood the shock. "Come!" the girl said, in a low tone. As she spoke, she led the way up a flight of stairs, Dick following, closely. "Thet's er lie, an' I know et I" he man cried. "This fel ler's yer lover an'--" "Hold!" cried Dick, sternly. "You are a beauty, aren't you? What do you mean, anyway, you black-muzzled ruffian, by talking in such fashion to a lady?" "What's thet ye called me?" the fellow almost howled. "Oh, blazes! I'll fix ye fur thet I I'll kill ye just as sure as my name is Jim Black!" 'fhe fellow fairly danced up and down he was so mad. The girl shrank back. She was terribly frightened. Dick was cool and unrufll.ed. He was calm as a May morning. He was watching the fellow closely. "Do you think they will break the door down?" she "The best thing you can do," he said, quietly, "is to go asked, anxiously, when they reached the top of the stairs. ibout your business, if you have any." "It will be the worse them if they do," said Dick, quietly. He drew his coat back and tapped the butt of a pistol, "Come," the girl said. As she spoke she moved along the hallway. .Dick followed closely. When they had gone perhaps halfway toward the rear "You think so?" with a leer. "I do." "Well, I'll tell ye what it is, young feller, I'm goin' ter 'tend ter my business, all right; but I am not goin' away to do et. My business is right here." "You had better take my advice." "When I want yer advice, young feller, I'll ax ye fur et. Ef ye knowed what is good fur ye, ye'd be gittin' 'Of the building, a door at one side suddenly opened and a away from here ez fast ez ye could." man leaped out and confronted them. He was a large, heavily built fellow. He was fierce-looking, evil-flJ.ced, and just now his eyes had the glare of a demon in them. The girl uttered a cry of terror. "Is that so?" "Et is." "That's what you think." "I know et." "You think you do. You're not such a terrible fellow, "Jim Black I" the girl exclaimed. are you?" "Yes, Jim Black!" the man almost hissed. "So this is Dick's tone made the fellow angrier than ever. your lover, is it, Jennie Bunker? This is the feller thefs "Ye'll fin' out whether I am er not! I'll break ye in ter blame fur yer not likin' me, is it?" Dick grasped the situation. Jim Black was in love with this girl. She was not in love with him. two, au' throw ye out of ther window." "You will?" "Thet's just what I'll do!" Dick laughed/scornfully. The fellow was evidently hot tempered hearted. and jealous-He decided that he had wasted time enough on the fellow. Dick felt intuitively that he was in for trouble. The thought did not frighten him. He felt capable of taking care of himself. Of course, he was not eager for trouble. He would have preferred to avoid it. If forced upon him, however, he would meet it at least half way. "You are mistaken," the girl said, in a trembling voice. "He is not my lover. I have no lover; and as for my not liking you, he has had nothing to do with it. I simply do not like you, and that is all there is to it." He stepped forward and snapped his fingers in the fellow's face. "You are a braggart and a coward!" said Dick. "I dare you to lay a hand on me!" The man was taken aback. There was something about Dick that impressed him in spite of himself. 'l'he youth had that peculiar air which betokened entire self-confidence and utter lack of fear. Jim Black was not a coward, but his courage was more of the bull-dog, animal sot!, while Dick was possessed of moral courage as well as physical.


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. Black was angry and jealous, anyway, and to be called I a coward and dared by Dick was more than he could stand. "Take thet I" he hissed. "Thet" was a blow from his huge fist. Quick as a flash Dick darted to one side, easily avoiding the blow. Then he caught the fellow by the wrist, and, giving him a shove, sent him reeling back against the wall. This feat astonished the fellow not a little. He realized that Dick was phenomenally strong. He had not supposed that the youth could handle him in any such fashion. He was fifty pounds heavier than Dick, and had thought himself twice as strong. He had learned better. The knowledge only made him more angry, however. He recovered his balance and leaped forward, with a snarl of rage. "I'll make ye pay fur thet, cuss ye!" he cried; fiercely. "Jim Black don't 'low no man ter throw him aroun' like thet !" "If Jim Black can't help himself, he'll have to allow it," said Dick, coolly. Then he met the rush of the angry man. The girl had withdrawn a short distance along the hallway. She had done this at Dick's suggestion. This left plenty of room for action. Dick supposed Black would try to strike him, would try to knock senseless with those huge fists, but in this Dick was mistaken. Black advanced with hands outstretched, his evident in tention being to get hold of Dick and engage in a hand-to hand encounter. Knowing that he was heavier and believing that he was stronger, the fellow evidently thought he could make sho _rt work of Dick if he once got hold of him. "All rigbt," thought Dick, "if you want it that way you can have it that way. I think I shall be able to hold my own over you, all right Having so decided, Dick stood his ground. He did not give an inch. In an instant the two came together with a crash. Black seized Dick around the waist and drew him up close, with the evident intention of squeezing the breath out of the youth. This was a game two could play at, however. Dick got the same hold that the other had secured. He jerked Black forward and gave the fellow a squeeze that almost cracked his ribs. It was a squeeze that a grizzly bear might have been proud of. It hurt Black so badly and took him so by surprise, that he forgot to try to reciprocate. "Ow l--0uch I" the fellow gasped. This experience opened Black's eyes. He uow realized that he had caught a Tartar. He would not have believed it possible that the youth was possessed of such strength, had he not had proof of the fact. He set to work now to try to overpower Dick. He struggled fiercely and made the best possible use of all his strength. All to no avail. Pick had secured at the very first and maintained an advantage over his opponent. Black was tough, however. Dick realized that if he overcame the fellow soon, he would have to employ more severe measures. 'l'he youth knew how to fix his opponent. There was one hold, which, if he could secure it, would tipeedily put the fellow hors de combat. That was the throat-hold. Dick had wonderfully strong fingers. Their grip was like steal. If he could once get them on the throat of his opponent lhe fellow would have to succumb very quickly. Dick began maneuvering to secure this hold. Presently he was successful. He got a good grip on Black's throat. As he did so he looked the fellow straight in the eyes a11d smiled, coldly. "It's all up with you, Black, my boy," he i;aid. "I have you dead to rights now." Black seemed to realize that this wae true. He felt that his situation was desperate. He was game, however. He would not give up until forced to do so. He continued to struggle. He fought with the desperation of despair. It availed him nothing, however. He could not break Dick's hold, and as the youth was compressing his windpipe so tightly, he could not get his breath. His case was hopeless. He grew weak and weaker. His face grew red, then black. The veins stood out like whipcords. He t:itruggled fiercely in an attempt to get his breath. He was unable to succeed.


6 'FHE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. Dick held on with grim determination. Presently Black succumbed. He sank to the floor, limp and helpless. He was unconsciout. At this instant a erash was heard in the direction of the front stairway. "Those men have burst the door down!" the girl cried, in terror. "Come, quick! Follow me! Your life is in danger if you remain here another instant I" CHAPTER III. HARD BESET. As Dick spoke he drew the papers out of his pocket and extended them toward the girl. Jennie Bunker placed her hands behind her and shook her head. "I don't want the papers," she said. Dick was surprised. "You don't want them?" he asked. "No." "Why not ?" "Because I am not entitled to them." Dick stared in amazement. "You are not?" "No." "You gave the correct signal." "I know I did." "Then why are you not entitled to the papers?" The girl ran along the hall toward the rear of the build"For the reason that I am not the person who was to ing. give you the signal." Dick followed. Dick was amazed. The tramping of feet was heard on the stairs. "You are not the person!" he exclaimed. At the farther end of the hall was another flight of stairs. "No." The girl hastened downward, followed closely by Dick. "Then how did you know what the signal was, and how At the bottom was a hallway running to the right and to to recognize the person to whom it was to be given?" the left. 'fhe girl smiled, faintly. The girl tlirned to the right and continued along the hallway till she reached its extreme end. Taking a key from her pocket she unlocked a door in front of which !!he stood. She threw the door open. "Enter, quick/' she said to Dick, "before the ,men come and discover you." Dick obeyed. He entered the room. The girl followed quickly and closed the door and locked it. She pushed a couple of bolts into their sockets, also. "There," she said, with a sigh of relief, "I don't think they will get in here in a hurry." Dick glanced around him. He noted that he was in a fairly good-sized room. It was poorly furnished, however. TheI,1. he turned and looked at the girl, inquiringly. Footsteps were heard in the hall outside. The girl placed her :finger on her lips, and, beckoning to Dick, ied the way into an adjoining room, a room back of the one they were in. She closed the connecting door. "Now we can talk without being oyerheard,'' she said. "Very well," said Dick. "I judge that the first thing for me to do is to deliver those papers to you." "I will tell you all about it," she said. "But first you are a patriot, are you not?" Dick nodded. "I am," h replied. "You came here from General Washington?" "I did." "Well, there is a traitor in the camp." "A traitor!" "Yes." "How do you know?" "I have seen )Um." "You have sle n him?" Dick hardly knew what to say or think. "I have." "Where?" "Here." "Here?" "Yes ; in this room." Dick was becoming interested. "When did you see him?" "Yesterday evening." "Yesterday evening?" "Yes, first; and again to-day at about noon." "Why did he come here?" "He cmne to see my father." "Ah Why did he come to see your father?"


THE LIBERTY BOY$ SHADOWED. "He wished my father to help him." "Help him to do what ?" "Secure those papers you have." "Ah!" Dick began to understand, now. There was or had been a traitor in the patriot camp. He had learned that Dick had come to New York, bring"Exactly. And did your father agree to do the work?" The girl's face saddened. "Yes," she replied, in a low tone. "He agreed to do the work." "How did you learn all this?" asked Dick. "!?id they talk it over before you?" The girl shoqk her head. ing important papers. "No," she said, "they were in here, while I was in the Doubtless he had come to New York with the intention other room. They did not kp_ow I overheard their cono:f trying to get the papers away from Dick, so that he versation." might sell them to the British commander-in-chief. "I see. And then you made up your mind to spoil the But who could the traitor be?" "It must be one of Washington's orderlies," thought Dick. "No one else could have overheard the comma.nder in-chie:f tell me what the words were that would be spokeiJ.. to me by the person to whom I was to deliver the papers." Dick turned his eyes toward the girl. "You saw this man, you say?" asked. "Please de scribe his appearance, as nearly as you can." "I can do better than that," the girl said. "I can tell you his name." "Good!" exclaimed Dick. "What is it?" "Carlton. At any rate, that is what he said his name was." ;Dick started. "I know him," he said. "That is his name." Dick was surprised and somewhat mystified as well. Carlton was not an orderly. He was a soldier in the ranks. How had he learned the words which to be spoken by the person to whom Dick 'i_Vas to deliver the papers? This was a mystery. It was one which Dick could not fathom. He knew Carlton well. Carlton was a dark-faced, sullen sort o:f :fellow. He was a bully by nature. Dick had had some trouble with Carlton. He had taken the part of a young fellow whom Carlton was bullying, and had given the bully a thrashing. This had happened several months before, and Dick had almost forgotten it. He remembered it now, however. "What did this man wish with your father?" asked Dick. "He wanted my :father to help get the papers away from you." "Oh, that was it?" "Yes." "I see. He wished your father to watch for me on the street, give me the signal and secure the papers?" "Yes; he said you would recognize fellow's game, did you?" "Yes; I did not wish my :father to take part in such an affair." "Your father is a Tory?" "He is." "And you?" "I think the people of America ought to be free!" "Good!" exclaimed Dick. "You are a patriot!" "I am!" Dick pondered a :few moments. Then he said: "I mu'st not delay, here, longer. The person to whom I 1 am to deliver the papers will ,be looking for me in vain, fmd may become discouraged and give it up." The girl's face fell, slightly. Then she said: "Yo_u are right; hut I had better describe my father's appearance." "That is right; otherwise I might deliver the papers to your father, after all." "True." Then the girl describe'd her father's appearance. Dick was sure he would have no difficulty in recognizing the man from the girl's description. "I must go now," said Dick; "but before I do so I must thank you for what you have done." / "No thanks are necessary," the girl said. "I am only too glad that I have been able to do something to aid the great cause of Liberty: Then, too, you know I had a personal interest in the matter, and it was really my duty to do what I have done." "I thank you just the same," said Dick; "and now I will be going." "I :fear you cannot go at once," the gi 4 said. "Why not?" "On account of those redcoats. They broke the front doOJ.' down and entered the building, as you remember." "Yes; but we haven't heard anything of them since.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. They have probably given up the search for me and gone away." .At this instant there came the sound of loud rapping on the door of the other room. will take up a position in the doorway. Then if they break the door down I will fire two shots from my and ihen leap back and close the door and bolt it. If I succeed in killing or wounding two or three of the fellows, they "There they are now I'' the girl exclaimed, slightly. "It is too late; you cannot escape I" Dick looked sober. paling, may become discouraged and go away." "Is there no other way of leaving these rooms save by that door(" he asked. "I think not,'' the girl replied. "Then I shall have to wait till those fellows get tired and go away." There was a very serious look on the girl's face. "Or until they break the door down,'' she said. "Do you think they can do that?" asked Dick. "They broke the front one open." \ they did; but this is a stronger one, is it not?" "Yes; but not enough stronger to keep them out, I am afraid." .At this instant a voice was heard. "Open the door I" the voice cried. "I'll go and see if I can't get them to go away," the girl said. She opened the door and passed into the front room. Dick followed, stepping lightly so as to make no noise. .As they entered the room the cry was repeated: "Open the door I" The girl started, and looked toward Dick, with a look of terror on her face. "That is Jim Black's voice," she whispered. Dick nodded. He had recognized the voice, also. "It will be useless for you to say anything to try to get them to go away," he whispered to the girl. "That fellow will stay right where he is." The girl nodded. "I hope so," the girl said, earnestly. Then she went into the other room. Dick took up his position in the doorway. He drew two pistols and held them ready for instant use. Crash! Again the fellows had hurled themselves against the door. It creaked and cracked. Dick realized that another such assault would be too much for the door to withstand. He set his teeth grimly, and waited. "I'll make them wish they had gone about their business," he thought. Crash! .Again the men had hurled themselves against the door This time it gave way. Down it came, with a terrible crash. Dick saw that the men were the four redcoats and Jim Black, the girl's lover. As the door came down two of the redcoats fell forward into the room Up came Dick's pistols, quick as a flash. Crack 1 Crack The two reports sounded almost as one they were so close together. Jim Black and one of the red

THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 9 "We'll risk it. Open the door or we'll break it down I" "G<> ahead and break it down, then." Suddenly a new voice was heard outside. It was a loud and angry voice. "Here I What is going on here?" the voice cried. "Who are you fellows, and what in blazes do you mean by break ing into my rooms in this fashion?" "My father!" the girl exclaimed, in a low, frightened tone of voice. CHAPTER IV. "THE BELL IS STILL RINGING." This would complicate matters considerably. Dick wished that the girl s father had stayed away for a while longer, anyway. The youth had no desire to hurt the man. He felt under obligations to the girl, and for that reason would be sorry should it become necessary for him to shoot her father. He stepped to the girl's side. "By Jovel I wish there was some other way of getting out of here," he said, in a low tone. "I should hate awfully to hurt your father, but if they break that door down and enter, I may have to do so in self-defense." The girl started and turned pale. She looked down at the floor and seemed to be pon dering. As they did so, a loud crash was heard. The door opening into the room they had just left had been burst down. Dick heard the girl fumbling about for a few moments. Then she said: "Come," and led the way down the stairs. "I fastened the door with hooks," the girl explained. "I don't think they will be able to get it open." They were in a cellar. 'rhey in semi-darkness. As his eyes became more accustomed to the semi-darkness, Dick looked about him, with interest. He saw boxes of all sizes and kinds. There were bales and bolts of cloth of various kinds. There was merchandise of nearly every kind imaginable. Dick did not say anything, but he felt confident that he understood the situation. He was in a storehouse for stolen goods. The girl's father was probably a receiver of stolen goods. Possibly he did something in the stealing line himself. The sound of footsteps above their heads aroused Dick, however. "Is there any way of getting out of here?" he asked. "There is a door at the rear, but likely it is locked and t.he key gone," the girl said. "We'll see." They hastened to the rear of the cellar and Dick tried the door. It was locked. He felt for the key. It was gone. The sound of stamping on the above was heard. Presently there came a crash at the door. Then a voice roared out: The girl gave a start, and said: "Open the door, you hussy I Open it at once or it will "There is a way of leaving this room. My father made be the worse for ye I" me promise never to reveal the secret to any one, but I It was the voice of the girl's father. think I will be doing right in breaking my promise. Will The girl made no move to obey. you promise never to use the knowledge which you may "What shall we do?" she murmured, in a frightened tone. become possessed of against my father?" "Do you know of no other way of getting out of here?" "Certainly," replied Dick. "I owe you such a debt of Dick asked. gratitude that I could not well refuse." "None. '!'here are.several windows, as you can see for This satisfied the girl yourself, but they are all heavily barred." In the centre of the room was a good-sized rug. The girl pulled the rug to one side. Inserting a finger in a hole in the floor the girl pulled. A trap-door came up, revealing a flight of stairs. The girl motioned toward the stairs. "Quick I" she whispered. Go down." Dick obeyed. The girl followed, and with Dick's assistance eased the trap-door back down. "We are under the rear of the building, are we not?" "Yes; there is an alley, right np there." "Doesn't the cellar extend clear to the front of the building?" "I don't know. I suppose so. There's a board partition, and I don't know what lies beyond it." "Let's take a look at it," said Dick; "perhaps we can get through." They made their way in the direction indicated.


10 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. They soon reached what was evidently a partition separating one part of the cellar from the other. The partition was made of boards. The boards were of about an average width of ten inches. "If I C8:n find a board that is a little bit loose, we will be all right," said Dick. He made his way slowly along the partition, testing each board, carefully. The girl's father kept up a terrible thumping on the trap-door, and ordered that it be opened, "Qut neither the girl nor 'bick paid any attention. Presently Dick uttered an exclamation: "I've found a loose board!" The girl gave utterance to a little cry of delight. Dick pulled at the board with all his. might. -It was not loose enough so that he could get a good hold, however, so he could not pull it away at once. He would have to work it loose, gradually. He kept working at it eagerly and energetically. Presently an exclamation of satisfaction escaped Dick. He had got the board loose enough so that he could get his fingers in behind it. He gave a str?ng pull. The board came loose at both top and bottom at the same time, and fell to the floor with a crash. "Now we can get out of here. Quick I You go through and I will follow." The girl obeyed. She passed through the opening. Dick followed. At the same instant they heard a crash. The trap-door had been burst through. "Jove! J They'll be after us in a jiffy. We'll have to hurry," said Dick. He hastened across the cellar, the girl keeping close to his side. They could hear the sound of excited voices in the portion of the cellar which they had just left. The cellar extended clear to the front of the building, It was locked. But the key waS in the lock. He seized hold of the key and gave a twist. It refused to turn. Doubtless the door had not been unlocked for a long time, and the lock was rusty. Excited voices could be heard in the direction of the partition wall-the one dividing the rear portion of the cellar from the front portion. '"rhey have found the opening!" thought Dick. He tried the key again. It refused to be turned. Again he tried it. With the same result. The voices sounded louder and plainer. Dick gave one terrific wrench on the key. He was desperate. This time he succeeded. The key turned. He turned the knob and pulled. The door crune open. A cellarway was before them. It led up to the alley. Dick motioned for the girl to pass through the doorway. She obeyed. Dick pulled the key out of the lock. He leaped through the doorwa y and pulled the door shut. He inserted the key in the 1ock and turned it just as some one tried to open the door from the inside. They had escaped from the cellar just in time. Dick and the girl hastened up the steps. At the top they found themselves in an alley. The alley was narrow, with three and fours tory build ings on each side. "We 'll have to hurry," the girl said "They will go back upstairs and come out at the rear door on the first floor." "It will take them two or three minutes to do t_hat," said Dick. "Come, we will get away safely." They started down the alley at a rapid pace. but Dick could see no means of escaping in that direction. They had gone but a few yards when the back door on The portion of the_ cellar in which the stolen goods were the first floor of the building from which they had just stored was comparatively small. It occupied only about half the width of the cellar and not a fourth of the length. Looking back, Dick saw that there was another door at the rear end of the cellar. Thinking it possible that this door might not be locked, Dick told the girl to follow him and hasten toward -the door in question. He tried the door. escaped opened, and one of the redcoats appeared. As his eyes fell upon Dick and the girl he uttered a yell, and, leaping out into the alley, started in pursuit. Dick drew a pistol, and, pausing an instant, raised the weapon and fired. The redcoats gave utterance to a wild of pain, and, mopping to a sitting posture in the middle of the alley, began howling, dismally. Dick hastened onward after the girl.


They emerged from the alley before any one had started in pursuit, and, turning down the first street they came to, they made their way along at a more moderate pace. "Where will you go?" asked Dick. "You will be afraid to return to your father?" "Yes, indeed I" the girl replied. "He is a terrible man when angry. I know where I can go, however. I have a girl friend who will be glad to take me in." "I will accompany you thither," said Dick. Fifteen minutes' walk brought them to the home of Jennie Bunker's girl friend. Dick thanked the girl, earnestly, for what she had done, and then bidding her good-by he hastened away. The girl watched Dick until. he disappeared around the corner, and then giving utterance to a sigh, she entered the house of her friend. Dick was soon on Broadway, and had not walked two blocks before he heard a voice give utterance to the words: "The bell is still ringing." CHAPTER V. THE ENCOUNTER IN THE LIVERY STABLE. Dick turned his head. A man was walking along almost beside him. There was no one else near. This man had utter e d the words: "The bell is still ringing." papers?" Dick asked hlmself. "Or is be another tool of Carlton?" Dick hardly knew what to think or do. He felt that he must be very careful. General W asbington bad given him to understand that the papers were of great importance. This made the youth loth to part with them, until sure he was delivering them to the right party. Dick wondered what the commander-in-chief would wish him to do under the circumstances. Would be wish Dick to deliver the papers to any one who might give the signal, when there were outsiders wlio knew the signal ? Dick doubted it, somewhat. If he were to do so, the papers might gei into wrong hands. The papers being of importance, the result might be disastrous. Dick kept walking along, and at the same time he was thinking, swiftly. He had given the fellow but the one glance, and then looked away again. In his mind's eye he could see the fellow's face as plainly as if he were looking straight at him. Dick realized that he must make a decision at once. He must decide to give the papers to this man or to keep them until he could see Washington again and receive new instructions. 'Dick decided that he would do the latter. He decided to hold the papers. "I will keep possession of them," he said to himself, "and w ill ride back to Washington s headquarters to-night and Dick was sure of this. !Set new orders. I dare not deliver the papers to this man There was no one else near enough to have spoken the under the circumstances." words in such a low tone. Having so decided, Dick meant to act as quickly as Dick eyed the man closely. possible. He felt that it was necessary that he should do so. The information which the girl had given him with regard to the fact that Carlton, the traitor, knew all about Dick's mission to the city, even to the secret signal which was to be given him, made it necessary that he be very careful. Dick was one of those individuals who possessed the faculty of being able to read a person's character almost at a glance. He was not favorably impressed by the face of the man. He did not like the fellow s looks. There was something about him which filled Dick with a feeling of vague distrust. "Is thi s the real person to whom I was to deliver the 'rhe thing to do was to get rid of the fellow who had given the signal. Dick quickened his footsteps. He crossed the street at the first crossing and then turning again started back up Broadway. As he turned up the street he glanced back out of the corner of his eye. The fellow in question was crossing the street. He was walking quite rapidly. "He is following me," thought Dick. "I must get rid of him, somehow." It was now getting along toward evening. It was not yet dark, but soon would be. Dick hastened onward.


As he walked, he unpinned the bit of blue ribbon which had served to identify him, and removed it from the lapel of his coat. "I don't care to have any more people greet me with the words, 'The bell is still ringing/" thuught Dick. "I'm badly enough mixed as it is." Dick now began using tactics well-calculated to throw the man who was following him off the track. He turned down side streets a number of times and pursued a zig-zag, winding course. He soon found that he had a hard task on his hands, however. The man followed him, closely. Dick could not shake the fellow off. "He is certainly a persevering fellow," thought Dick. Dick was vexed. He did not like the fellow's actions at all. He had hoped that he would be able to get away from the fellow without much trouble. Seeing that he could not do so, Dick made up his mind to fool away no more time. "I will go to the livery stable, where I left my horse," thought Dick; "and once I am mounted and headed away from the city I guess I will be able tu leave this fellow behind." Dick quit pursuing a winding course. He headed straight for the livery stable where he had left his horse. He was soon there.. Entering the stable he gave orders that his horse be bridled and saddled. While he was waiting for this to be done, the man who had followed him so persistently appeared at the entrance of the stable. "What bell?" he asked The man frowned. "'l'he bell is still ringing," he whispered again. Dick put on a puzzled expression. "Where is the bell, and why is it ringing?" asked Dick, with an innocent air. The man frowned again. "'fhe is still ringing!" he repeated, in almost a fierce whisper. "So you said before," remarked Dick. "But what have I to do with it? I can't help it, can I?" The man made a gesture of anger and glared at lJiekj fiercely. "The bell is still ringing," the man repeated once agai "All right, let it ring," said Dick, calmly. The man stamped his foot. "Give me the papers!" he said, in a fierce tone. Dick arched his eyebrows and looked surprised. "What papers?" he asked. "You know, well enough." "Do I?" "Yes. I want these papers!" Dick looked the fellow straight in the eyes. He was perfectly cool and self-possessed. "I guess you have made a mistake, my friend," he sa< quietly. "I don't know what you are talking about." "You say you don't?" "I do not, and I don't believe you do." The man was angry now. His eyes flashed. "I know what I am talking about," he hissed, "and s do you!" "I beg your pardon, my friend, but you are mistaken. Dick's tone was cool and calm. Dick appeared to be oblivious of the fellow's presence, "l am not mistaken. but was watching him out of the corner of his eye, just papers." the same. Dick shook his head. The man walked boldly up to Dick, and touched him "I hafe to dispute your word; but I know nothing aboud on the shoulder. Dick decided upon his course. He wouJd pretend that he had no remembrance of ever having seen the fellow before, also if the fellow should say anything about the papers, Dick would pretend that he did not know what the man meant. As the fellow touched Dick on the shoulder the youth turned his head. He gave the fellow a look of mild inquiry. "The bell is still ringing," whispered the mAn in Dick's ear. ,, Dick simulated a look of surprise. any papers." It was evident that the man did not believe Dick. "I know better!" fiercely. "You were to deliver som papers to me; but for some reason you have made u your mind not to do so. Those papers are mine, by righ and I am going to have them!" Dick looked the fellow straight in the eyes, with a half smile on his face. "You talk positively, my friend," he said. "I mean what I say, too!" "Do you?" "I do!"


"And so do l." Dick ducked to one side and the fellow's fist went over-"Do you mean by that that you refuse to give me the his shoulder. papers?" "I have no papers to give you." "You deny that you have papers?" "I deny your right to question me. I may have papers, but that is none of your business." "Isn't it?" The fellow's tone was fierce. "It is not Quick as a flash out shot Dick's fist. Q 9 ,,, It caught the fellow fair between the eyes. It was a powerful !;>low. Down went the fellow, with a crash. He was not knocked senseless, but was temporarily dazed:. by the shocks of the blow and the fall. He lay there for a few moments, winking and blinking. Doubtless he saw more stars than he had seen in a long time. Dick's tone was calm and decided. "I'll show you whether it is or not. Give me those Presently the dazed feeling left him. papers, or it will be the worse for you!" Dick did not like the man's tone and air. A dangerous glint appeared in his eyes. "See here, my friend," he said, in a cold, threatening tone, "you are getting altogether too insolent. If you don't want to get yourself into trouble you had better go quietly off about your business." This made the man agrier than ever. "You young scoundrel!" he grated. "You have those papers, and you have got to hand them over to me I Give them to me, instantly I" The man made a motion as if to seize Dick. He met with a surprise. Dick seized him by the arm and hurled im backward. The fellow reeled and almost fell. He bad not been expecting anything of this kind. He ,bad doubtless sized Dick up as being an ordinary youth. The probabiliti e s were that he was a fellow who had coru;iderable faith in his own prowess. No doubt he thought be would be more than a match for a youth like Dick. The strength of arru shown by Dick was quite a surprise to him. It made him madder than ever. It was a surprise to him. He leaped forward, with a snarl of rage. "I'll knock you senseless and take the papers away from you he grated. Doubtless he thought he could do this. Which proved he did not know Dick Slater. .. Had he known Dick, he would have known that what he threatened to do would be no easy task. He was soon to diRcover this, however. As he leaped forward he struck at Dick, viciously. Had the blow landed it would have felled Dick. But it did not land. He struggled to a sitting posture, and then on up to his. feet. He stared at Dick, with a, look of mingled rage an<1. amazement. I "D-did y-you h-hit m-me ?" he stammered. "Do you feel as if you had been hit?" asked Dick, quietly. "Yes, I hit you; and if you don t go along about youl." business I shall probably hit you again." hit me again?" "I will; and next time I will hit you hard." As Dick :finished speaking the man leaped forward and struck at him. He thought to take the youth by surp1 ise. B11t he md not do so. Dick was watching him closely. He noted the flash that came into the man's eyes, and knew what it portended. He knew the blow was coming, almost as 800n as the-mm himself. He brushed the man's fist aside, with the greatest ease Then Dick's fist shot out once more. Crack! Dick's fist landed on the fellow's jaw. Down the man went, with a thump. This time he was unconscious. The blow had knocked him senseless. "Here's your horse, sir." It was the hostler who spoke. Dick turned. His horse stood there, bridled and saddled. "How much do I owe you?" asked Dick. The man named a sum. Dick paid it. 'l'hen he mounted his horse and rode out of the livery etable and up the street. "I wonder if this here feller's dead?" the hostler solilo quized as he gazed down upon the fallen man. "Jo-vet that other feller must have hit him an awful crack!."


The hostler brought some water and threw it into the man's face. He gave a gasp and came to. "Git up," said the hostler. The other obeyed. He struggled to a sitting posture and then to his feet. He gazed around as if looking for somebody. "Where is he?" he asked. "You mean the feller that hit ye?" ''Yes." "Oh, he's gone." A look of di s appointment and anger appeared on the man's face. "Which way did he go?" he asked, eagerly. "Up the street." The hostler made a gesture to indicate the direction. Without a word the man rushed out of the stable. "I know where the young scoundrel is going," he mut tered. "I know what he intends doing; but I will fool him yet. I will have those papers!" CHAPTER VI. PLANNING TO O.A.TOH DIOK. The man hasten e d down the street. He hurried along until he came to a tumble-down building over toward the river. He entered this building. There were three men in the room which he entered. The three looked at the newcomer, inquiringly. "Did you repeat the signal words?" "Yes." "And didn't he give you the papers?" "No." "Why not?" The man laughed, harshly. "Ask him," he said. "I'll never tell you." "What did he do when you gave him the signal?" "What did he do?" "Yes." "He turned his head and looked at me." "Didn't lie say anything?" "Not a word." "Humph I What did he do next?" "He looked away again." "And he made no move toward giving you the papers?" "Not a move, Carlton." The man addressed as Carlton was silent for a few moments. "Strange that he didn't offer to give you the papers," he said, presently. "He was to deliver the papers to the person giving the signal. That much, I know; and I don't see why he didn't do it. What did he do?" "He kept right on walking down the street." "And you let him go?" Carlton s tone was fierce. "No, I didn't let him go." "Ah I you stopped him?" "No." "What did you do, then?" "I followed him." "Ah! Did you catch him?" The man pointed toward his bruised and swollen face. "Well," cried one, "did you get the papers?" "Don' t that look as if I caught him?" he asked, ironic" Great gun s what is the matter with your face?" said ally. one of the oth e r two. "It's terribly swollen," from the other. The man paid no attention to the two last speakers. He answered the first speaker. "No, I didn't get the papers," he growled. "What!" As the other uttered the exclamation he leaped to his feet. There was a look of anger and disappointment on his face. "Do you mean to tell me you didn't get the papers?" he went on. "That's just what I do mean to tell you." "But what was the matter? Didn't you see' Dick Slater?" I "Yes, I saw him. At any rate, I saw a fellow with a b lue ribbon pinned to his coat." Carlton glanced at the man's face. The expression on his own face showed that he understood. "I see," he said. "You did catch him." "Yes, I caught him." "Where?" "In a livery stable." Carlton started. "In a livery stable?" "Yes." "Why did he go there?" "To get his horse." "Ah I to get his horse, eh?" "Yes." "Did you have any conversation with him?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 15 "I did." "What did you say to him?" "I repeated the signal words." "The bell is still ringing?" "Yes." "And what did he say?" "He said he couldn't help it." Carlton nodded. "That's Dick Slater, .up and down," he said. "He pre til!>nded he did not know what you meant, eh?" "Yes." "I see. He was suspicious of you and had made up his mind not to give you the papers, so he decided that his best course was to profess ignorance of your meaning." "I guess you're right." "What did you do, then?" "I told him that he knew what I meant, and demanded that he give me the papers." "Ah! And what did he do?" "He said that he had no papers for me." "That's just like him. He had made up his mind not to let you have them." "There is no doubt regarding that." "And did you let it end that way?" The man laughed, shortly. "No, I didn't," he said. "What did you do?" "I told him I wanted those papers, and that I was going to have them." A peculiar look appeared in Carlton's eyes. "But you didn't get them," he remarked. "No, I didn't get them." "Why not?" "Why not?" "Yes." "Because I couldn't." "You tried, then?" "Yes, I tried." "What happened?" A vicious look appeared o:a the man' s swollen coun tenance. "I guess you know what happened," he said. "I got two of about the hardest thumps I ever received in my life." "That is what ails your face, then?" "Yes, that's what ails my face." "Did you punish him any?" There was an eager look on Carlton's face. The other shook his head. "No, I never touched him." Carlton .looked disappointed. "I was in hopes you had got in one good lick on him, anyway," growled Carlton. "I hate the fellow I" A look of understanding appeared on the face of the other. "I guess you have felt the weight of his fist," he said, significantly. "Yes, I have," asknowledged Carlton. "He i-s the only man who ever got the better me in a :fight." "I wish you had told me that before." "Why?" "I would have been more careful." "You held him too cheaply, eh?" "Yes, I thought I could handle him easily, and was careless." "I see; you would have stood no chance with him, how ever." "Maybe not; but I wouldn't have been taken so much by surprise." "How did the affair end?" "In my downfall. He knocked me down twice, and the second blow rendered me unconscious. When I came to he had mounted his horse and gone." Carlton looked interested. "Which way did he go, do you know?" "The hostler said he went up the stTeet to the north ward." Carlton pondered a few moments. "I wonder where he can be going," he remarked, presently. "I'll wager that I know," the man said. "Where?" "Back to General Washington for fresh orders." Carlton started. "Do you think so?" he asked "I do." "What makes you think so?" "It is the nahual thing for him to do. For some reason he has become suspicious, and the :first thing he would think of, after refusing to deliver the papers, would be to get back to Washington, .make his report, get new orders." "I guess you're right," agreed Carlton. "I have an idea that is just what he is going to do. You say he went north when he left the livery stable?" "So the hostler said." "Good! Then he is going to a ferry somewhere up the river. If we work it right we may be able to get those papers yet."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. "By crossing the river at the Paulus Hook Ferry and heading him off as he comes back southward?" "Yes." "That is the very plan I had thought of." "It will work, I am sure." "Yes ; if we can only strike the road traversed by him on his trip southward." "I know the road he'll take, all right I" declared Carlton. "I am confident we will be able to get to the road in time to head him off, too." "We had better hurry, then." "We'll have to have horses, won't we?" one of the other men asked. "Of course," replied Carlton. "Where will we get them?" "At any livery stable. I know there is one not far from here. Come, let's be going." Carlton led ihe way out of the house, the other three following. They made their way down the street, a distance of per haps a block and a half. Here they paused and entered a livery stable. They asked if they could be furnished with saddle horses. The livery stable man said they could. "Get the horses ready for us quickly as possible, then," Carlton ordered. The horses were ready within ten minutes' time. The four men mounted and rode out of the stable and away. They soon reached the Paulus Hook Ferry. They rode onto the ferryboat and were taken across the river. Leaving the boat, they rode away in almost a due westerly direction. They kept on until they reached a well-traveled road, The four men dismounted and led their horses bac into the timber. They tied the animals to trees and, returning to th edge of the tjmber, took up their positions by the roadsid It was now quite dark. There was no moon, but the stars shone brightly. The four men waited, patiently. Perhaps two hours elapsed. Then the sound of hoobeats was heard. "Hf' is coming I" said Carlton, in a low, fierce tone. The men drew their pistols and cocked them. Then they a.waited the approach of the horseman. Whoever the newcomer was, he was advancing into deadl danger. CHAPTER VIL DICK RETURNS TO THE PATRIOT ENCAMPMENT. When Dick left the livery stable and rode up the street, he kept right straight on toward the north until he came to the Common. Crossing the Common, he entered a road leading toward the north. Dick urged his horse into a gallop. He continued in this direction for perhaps an hour. Then he turned toward the west and soon reached the Hudson River. At the point where Dick reached the river there was a small ferryboat. Dick had crossed the Hudson River at this point a num ber of times before and knew that the owner of the boat was a patriot. He could cross here in perfect safety. Indeed, he had crossed here the evening before, in com-extending jn a n6rth and south direction. ing to the city. "Thjs is the road he will travel over," said Carlton. "All Dick dismounted at the river bank and led his horse we have to do. now is to find a good pla.Ce for an amonto the boat. buscade. I think I know the place, too. Follow me." Carlton turned his horse's head toward the south. He rode away at a gallop, followed by his companions. A fifteen-minute ride took them to a strip of timber. Here Carlton ordered a halt. "This will do nicely," he said. "We can hide in the timber here beside the road and riddle Dick Slater with bullets as he comes riding up!" Carlion spoke viciously. His tone proved that he would have no compunctions about putting his words into effect. A man came forward and greeted him. "Hello, Dick!" he said. "Going back so soon?" "Yes, Jim; take me over at once, will you?" "All right." The man went to work and soon had the boat moving. It tC1ok nearly half an hour to cross the river. When they reached the other side, Dick offered to pay the man for ferrying him over, but the man wouldn't have anything. "Not from you, Dick," he said. "Et's all right; goodby, an' good luck to ye."


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 17 "G<>od-by, Jim!" Dick mounted his horse and rode away. He rode in a westerly course a mile or so. Then he turned and rode toward the south. He rode in this direction perhaps an hour and a half, when suddenly, just as he was approaching a strip of timber, his horse gave a snort of affright and leaped out to one side of the road. At the same instant there was a flash at the edge of the timber. rrhere came the crack I crack I crack of firearms. Dick heard the whistling of bullets. He reached the patriot encampment at about one o'cloet in the morning. He decided to wait till morning before reporting to Was hington. He went to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Bo:JB" and managed to lay down without arousing any of them. He was up bright and early. So were all the "Liberty Boys." They were glad to see Dick back. They began asking him eager questions. "I haven't time to talk now, boys," he said; "I will see you later. I must go and report to General WashingThe action of the horse in leaping to one side had, no ton." doubt, been the means of saving Dick's life. "Do you suppose he is up yet, Dick," asked Bob EstaAs it was the bullets came uncomfortably near. brook, a handsome young fellow of about Dick's age. Dick realized that he had run into an ambuscade. He had no suspicion that the men who had waylaid him were the men who had been causing him so much trouble in New York City. He supposed they were highwaymen or robbers. Dick had been taken completely by surprise. He was a youth, however, who always had his wits about him. It was not his way to become rattled. He had been taken by surprise, but now he knew the worst. Dick was prompt to think and prompt to act under any and all circumstances. He urged his horse forward, with voice and spur. Dropping the reins he drew a pistol with each hand. Crack I crack I He fired two shots into the thicket at the point where he had seen the flash of the firearms. Thrusting the pistols back into his belt he drew two more. Crack I crack I Again he had fired, and this time with some effect. A wild yell of pain went up from the thicket. Then there came the answering crack of firearms. Dick heard one or two bullets whistle past him. Luckily, however, none of the bullets hit him. "Yes, he's up and has had his breakfast by this time," replied Dick. "There are few earlier risers than the oommandel'-in-chief." Dick did not wait to eat breakfast. He hastened to the house occupied by General W aabing ton. "Is the commander-in-chief up r" he asked of the orderl7 who answered his knock. "Yes; he has just finished breakfast. Do you with to see him?" "I do, and at once." "This way." The orderly led the way along the hallway, and, throw ing open the door, announced: "Dick Slater, your excellency." Dick entered the room. General Washington was seated at a table examining some papers. He looked up and greeted Dick with a smile. "Good morning, Dick, my boy," he said. "You got back safely, I see." "Yes, your excellency." "Sit down, Dick." Washington indicated a chair. Dick sat down. Washington looked at Dick's face, keenly. "What was the trouble that you didn't deliver the The youth was out of range of his en e mies pistols in papers, Dick?" he asked, quietly. 8 jiffy. Dick started and looked somewhat surprised. Onward down the road dashed Dick s horse. He had escaped from the trap which had been set for him. "I placed my mark on one of them, anyway," thought Dick, with a feeling of satisfaction. "How did you know I didn t deliver them?" he asked. A half-smile appeared on Washington's "I read it ill your face," he said. "You have come to me and reported your success in many undertakings which He dismissed the matter from his mind and rode onward I have sent you upon, and your face always wore an enat a goodly pace. ti r e l y d iffer e n t expression from the one which rested upon


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS SH.ADO WED. it just now. I knew you had failed the instant I saw you. words. Jenkins, do you know what will be your fate, as What was the trouble, Dick?" punishment for your traitorous conduct?" Dick went ahead and told the commander-in-chief all. Jenkins seemed to have an idea that his punishme W as.Dington listened attentively. w-0uld be a severe one, for he was almost paralyzed wi "So Carlton is a traitor!" he exclaimed, when Dick had fright. :finished. "I understood that he had disappeared." He clasped his hands and fell upon his knees. "Yes, he is a traitor," replied Dick. "But the question He began to plead, wildly and incoherently, and is, how did _he become possessed of the knowledge of the protest his innocence of wrongdoing. signal words which were to be spoken to me?" The face of the commander-in-chief hardened. Washington looked thoughtful. "Take him away, Dick," he said, with a wave of t "I can think of only one way

THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 'Very well, your excellency. I will take the papers to son that he had been smart en o ugh to keep the papers "Good! I will give you his name and address. I will ite it down so that no eavesdropp ing ears may overhear." Washington wrote a few words on a slip of paper and nded it to Dick. Dick glanced at the pap e r and s aw, written thereon: "M. LouBET, 38 Maiden Lane." Dick fixed the name and address his mind, and then re the paper up and thre w the bits into the waste-basket. ''You will not forget the name and address?" queried ashington. "No, your e x cellency." Ill "Very good. When will you start on your return to New ork ?" ''As soon as I have had my breakfast, sir." "Good! Good-by, Dick, and good lu..:k to you." out of the hand s of C arlton a nd hi s ga n g A messenger less inte lligent tha n Di c k would have delivered the papers to the man who had given Dick the s ignal, the afternoon b e fore, on Broadway. Dick had brains of his own and used them. It was this fact that made him s uch a valuable man as a spy. You say you are going back to New York, this morn ing, Dick?" a s ked Bob, wh e n the y had :finis h e d e ating hreakfast. "Yes, Bob." "And you're going right away?" "Just as soon as I can bridle and saddle my horse." "Say, Dick, I am going with you." Dick did not reply immediately. He hesitated and seemed to be thinking. "Don't you say, 'no,' Dick!" cried Bob, m a mock t hreatening tone. "If. you do, I'll lick you! If yo u don't "Good-by, your excellency." want a fight on your hands, say, 'yes.' Washington shook hands with Dic k, and then the youth Dick smiled. luted and withdrew. "All right, Bob, you may go along," he said. "I don't Breakfast was ready when Dick got back to the "Liberty to fight with any of my friends. If I must fight, I oys"" headquarters. "You are just in time, old man," said Bob Esta.brook. "I am glad of that," replied Dick. "I am as hungry as would rather fight the redcoats." "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "Good for you, Dick! Say, I'm gl ad you are willing for me to go along with you; it will bear." be lots more fun than sitting here in camp doing nothing." Dick and the "Liberty Boys" ate breakfast with a relish. Tile youths went out and saddled and bridled their They were all healthy and hearty and had good appetites. horses. Dick was captain of the company of "Liberty Boys." Then they mounted and rode away toward the north. The company was made up of young fellows of about ick's age. The "Liberty Boys" had done good work during the ur years they had been in the patriot ranks. General Washington had more than once remarked that f he had ten thousand such troops as the "Liberty Boys" le could drive the Briti s h into the ocean. Then, too, Dick and Bob had done work as ies and scouts in addition to their work as soldiers in the nks. Dick Slater was the most famous spy of the Revolution. He had done more daring things, had penetrated into the ":ie of the British more times, had secured more valuable formation than any other three spies. For this reason Washington valued him highly. l e Whenever there was an important piece of spy work to b e done, Dick was always selected for the task. He had never yet failed to acquit himself with credit. Although he had failed to deliver the papers in this last tance, he had acquitted himself creditably, for the rea-CHAPTER VIII. BACK TO N .EW YORK. The youths rode northward, at a moderate pace. They reached the ferry across the Hudson at about eleven o'cloek. The boat was over on the east side. Dick fired his pistol as a signal to the ferryman, and a few lllinutes lat13r the boat was on its way across. The boat soon reached the shore. The ferryman was the same man who had brought Dick across the ferry the evening before. He was acquainted with Bob, as well as with Dick. He greeted both youths pleasantly. "Hello l Going back to the city again, Dick?" he asked. "Yes, Jim."


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. "All right; lead yer horses aboard, an' I'll take ye fellow Slater. If the other fellow interferes, we'll kill h across the river." The youths obeyed. As soon as they were aboard, the ferryman started the boat. The boat was not very large and the horses were heavy, so the progress was slow. It took half an hour to cross the river. The youths led their horses off the boat as soon as the shore was reached, and, mounting, said good-by to the ferryman and rode away. too. I believe he was with Slater up in Albany, anywa 'rhe speaker was Hubbard, the leader of the band Tories that had made the attempt to assassinate Gene Schuyler, up in Albany, which scheme had been frustra by Dick and Bob. Dick and Bob did not notice the Tory and the redco1 ao it was not difficult for them to follow the youths with being seen. Dick inquired the way, once or twice, and prese they came to the street they were in search of. They rode eastward a distance of perhaps half a mile, when they came to a well-traveled road. "We must find Number Thirty-eight,'' said Dick. "A there is Number Thirty. The number we are looking This was what was known as the old Bloomingdale road. is not far distant." The youths entered this road, turning their horses' heads They made their way up the street and soon came toward the south and rode onward in the direction of New Number Thirty-eight. York City. This proved to be an office building. In the hallway leading to the upstairs portion of I building, individual directory cards were tacked on Leaving their horses they made their way down the wall. They reaehed the city about one o'clock. They went direct to a livery stable. meet. I The youths were hungry. "We'll have something to eat, Bob," said Dick, "and then we will attend to the business that brought us here." "All right, Dick; I am as hungry as a bear." "So am I." The youths entered a tavern. They went into the dining-room and ordered dinner. When it had been served, they ate heartily. When they had finished they paid their score and left the tavern. Dick paused alld ran his eye over the collection of ca "Here it is, Bob," he presently remarked. He pointed to one of the cards as he spoke. On the card, written in a bold hand, was the follo "M. LouBET, A:tt'y, Room "Come on," said Dick. He led the way upstairs, Bob following. By the time they had reached the landing at the They made their way down the street. of the stairs the Tory and the three redcoats appeared Dick did not know exactly where Maiden Lane was, but the entrance to the hallway. he felt sure he could find it. They peered up the stairway. The youths, entirely unconscious of the fact that t He thought that it must be down in the lower part of the city. were being shadowed, made their way along the hall They made their way in this direction as rapidly as possible. upstairs. They looked at the numbers above the doors, in sea As they walked down the street the attention of a Tory of room ninety. and some redcoat companions was attracted. At last they found it. There were four in the party-the Tory and tluee red-It was the last room on the left-hand side. coats. It was at the extreme end of the hall. They were on the opposite side of the street, but the On the door was another card like the one at the foo street was not wide and they could see Dick's and Bob's the stairs in the hallway below. faces distinctly. Dick rapped on the door. "What luck!" the Tory said, in a low tone. "Yonder is that seoundrel, Dick Slater, that we shadowed yesterday afternoon, and whom we came so near getting. He's got a companion with him this time, but no matter, we'll shadow them both, for I'm bound to have revenge on that There came no sound from within the room. Dick rapped again. Still there was no reply. "He must be out," said Bob. Had they looked back down the hall, at the head of


.l .l .DV .l 0 IV .C..L/. tairs, they might have seen the faces of the Tory and his hree redcoat companions. They had come up the stairs far enough so that they ould see Dick and Bob, and, stopping there, were watching the youths. Dick rapped a third time. Bob had understood the signal, and had followed Dick's lead, promptly. They were in the adjoining room so quickly that the 'rory '.ind his companions were taken almost as much by surpri::;e as the youths had been. They were unable to make a movement to prevent the There being no reply, Dick took hold of the door-knob action of the youths. and turned it. He pushed against the door. lt opened. The youths looked into the room. It was empty. It was nol occupied. Dick slammed the door shut. He quickly shot the bolt. Dick breathed a sigh of relief. "There, I guess they won't get in here in a hurry," he said. "Why didn't we stay and have it out with them, Dick?" "Suppose we go in, Dick," suggested Bob. "He will asked Bob. ''There were only four of them." certainly be back soon, and we may as well wait for him "I know, Bob. I have no doubt that we could have here as anywhere." whipped the four, easily enough, but the firing would have "All right, Bob." attracted a crowd would come, and in the crowd The youths entered the room. would have been lots of redcoats. Then we would have been Dick closed the door behind him. in serious trouble." .. The room was well furnished. It had the appearance of an office room. Along the walls were shelves, and on these shelves were books. '!'here was a table, several chairs and a sofa. There was an adjoining room. The door between the two was open, and the youths eould see through. This room was almost luxuriously furnished, and in one corner was a bed, proving that this was the private sleep ing and sitting room of M. Loubet. The youths sat down on the sofa. "We might as well take it easy," said Bob. "True, Bob," agreed Dick. "It seems to me that M. Loubet is a trifle careless to go away and leave his door unlocked." "That is proof that he has not gone far, Bob." "I guess yon are right about that." The youths conversed carelessly for a few moments, and then, as footsteps were heard the hallway, Bob said: "There he comes, now." The next instant the door opened and the Tory, Hubbard, and the three redcoats entered the room quickly. Dick and Bob stared at the intruders in surprise. Dick took alarm instantly, however. The red uniforms were enough to cause him alarm. He gave Bob a quick signal. Then with a single bound he was across the room. Another bound carried him through the doorway and to the adjoining room. "That's so; I never thought of that." Thump thump thUm.p One of the men in the adjoining room was pounding on the door. "Open the door!" cried a fierce voice. "You go do'Wn to the river and jump in I" called out Bob. "We'll open the door when we get ready and not before." "Open the door or we'll break it down!" cried the voice. "If you do, you'll wish you hadn't!" retorted Dick. "There are two of us in here and each of us has four pistols. Oui of eight shots, I guess we can bring two or three of you fellows down." A hoarse growl of rage was heard. "You wouldn't dare shoot!" the voice cried out. "Why not?" asked Bob. "Because you'd bring a crowd up here and they'd kill you sure." "That may be," replied Dick; "but you fellows would know nothing about it. We would kill you before the crowd got here." Dick's voice was grim and determined. 'l'he men in the other room realized that he meant what he said. They looked at one another in an uncertain, inquiring manner. While they were still looking at each other in this manner, the sound of footsteps outside was heard. Then the door opened and a medium-sized, dark-fentured man entered.


When his eyes fell upon the Tory and the three redsengers and we are the bearers of important papers whi coats he started back in amazement. we are to place in the hands of M. Lou bet. We ca A look of consternation showed on his face for an instant. It was gone as quickly, however, and the man asked, in an imperious tone: "Who are you, and what you are doing here in my apartments?" "I-I beg your pardon, sir," stammered the Tory; "but we were chasing a co. uple of fellows and they took refuge in your rcoms. We followed. They are in the other room." "You will leave my rooms at once!" ordered the man. There was something in the appearance of the man to impress the beholders, and the Tory and his companions left the room without a word. They went with evident reluctance, however. The man followed them to the door and watched them walk down the hall. He remained in the doorway until the four disappeared down the stairs. Then he stepped back into his room and closed the door. "Jove I those redcoated rascals gave me quite a start," he murmured. Then remembering what the man had said, with regard to there being some persons in his other room, the man walked to the door and rapped on it. Dick and Bob had remained silent during the time that the man was talking to the four intruders, but now Dick :asked: "What is wanted?" "I want you to open this door," came the reply. "Who are you?" "I am M. Loubet, the owner of these !J.partments." "All right, I'll open the door at once." Dick unbolt.ed the door and threw it open. In front of him stood a medium-sized, dark-complexioned man. The man gazed at Dick and Bob, searchingly. The youths returned the gaze, with interest. "You say you are M. Loubet?" asked Dick, presently. "I am," was the reply ; "and now if yo ii will be so kind, I would like to know who you are, and why you are here?" straight from General Washington, the commander-in-chi of the Continental army. "Ah I" exclaimed M. Loubet. CHAPTER IX. DICK DELIVERS THE PAPERS. M. Loubet looked at the youths, eagerly and searching! "You say you have important papers for me from G eral Washington ?" he asked. "I have," replied Dick. "Are you the messenger who was to have delivered so papers to my representative on Broadway, yesterday af noon?" "I am." "How comes it then that you were not there?" "I was there." "You were?" "Yes." "Then why did not my man see you?" "Describe the appearance of your man," said Dick. M. Loubet did so. When M. Loubet had finished, Dick knew that the m who had followed him so persistently the afternoon befo and with whom he had had the encounter in the liv stable, was not the man sent by M. Loubet. 'l'he description did not tally with his appearance, at Then Dick told M. Loubet the story of his experie the preceding afternoon, and explained why_ it was he not delivered the papers. M. Loubet said that Dick had done just right. "You might have placed the papers in wrong han he said, "and that would have been a bad affair." "So it would," agreed Dick. "You have the papers with you now?" asked M. Lou "I have." "Wait a moment," said Dick, in a low tone. The man went to the door, opened it and looked Then he went to the door leading into the hall, opened into the hallway. it and looked out. No one was in sight. The Tory and redcoats had disappeared. Dick closed the door and again confronted M. Loubet. "You asked us who we were," said Dick, "and now I will answer your question. I am Dick Slater, and my companion is Bob Estabrook. We are patriot spies and mesNo one was in sight. The Tory and the redcoats had evidently gone upon the street. M. Loubet closed the door and bolted it. Then he turned toward the youths. "I am ready to receive the papers," he said. Dick drew a package from his inside coat-pocket.


= LC THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 13 l E He handed it to M. Loubet. The man took the package, eagerly. iHe opened the package and looked at the papers. "Yes, these are the papers, sure enough," he half mur M Loubet placed the papers in a drawer of his desk d invited the youths to sit down. The youths seated themselves. M. Loubet entered into co:nversation with them, then. He asked them many questions, which Dick answered, y nservatively. n M Loubet seemed to wish to get Dick's ideas regarding iether or not thepeople of America would be able to n in their fight for independence. Cll Dick told M. Loubet that he thought they would. i r !Dick was quite ready to do all he could to encourage French to render all aid possible. After an hour of conversation; Dick and Bab bade M. ubet good-by, and took their leave. "We want to look out for those fellows who followed us here," said Bob to Dick, as they started down the stairs. "You're right, Bob." "They are likely at the entrance to the hallway, ready to p upon us." 'We'll keep our eyes open, Bob, and will be ready for i "k'So we will. I hope I'll get to smack that Tory in that r mouth of his." The youths made their way down the stairs and ap11 l >ached the entrance to the hallway. rhey approached it, cautiously. a Lnstead of stepping out upon the street, They took care to IC out, first. looked up and down the street. "he 'rory and redcoats were nowhere to be seen. "hen they looked across the street. 'he men were not there. had disappeared completely. r Oh, well, it is better, I suppose," said Bob; "but I did )t C1t to smack that Tory in the mouth," he added, in a tone. You may get the chance yet, before we get out of the "So we may." The youths turned to the left and walked slowly up the street. They did not care particularly in which direction they went. They would simply wander around the street, and see. what they could see, and hear all that was possible. In this manner they might become possessed of con siderable information which would be valuable to General Washington By so doing they would be killing two birds with one stone. They had come to the city as messengers; now if they could do some spy-work while here they would be doing well. They strolled along. They were aware of the fact that there was danger in the course which they were pursuing. The city of New York was at that time the headquarters for the British, with their commander-in-chief, General Clinton, with headquarters there. The city was thronged with redcoats. The youths were likely to get into trouble at any moment. There were soldiers there who knew the youths by sight, and knew them to be famous patriot spies and scouts. Of course, it would be an accident should the youths encounter any of the redcoats who knew them; but such an accident might occur. Dick and Bob had not forgotten the Tory and his red coat companions who had followed them up to the rooms occupied by 11. Loubet. They kept a sharp lookout in all directions. Dick felt confident the fellows werenot far away. The fact that the fellows could not be seen did not mislead him. He was of the. opinion that the men were watching them from a distance. Bob was of the same opinion. "Perhaps we can throw them off the track, Dick," said Bob. "Let's walk rapidly and turn every corner we come to. I think by the time we have wound and twisted around Ir! Bob." through these crooked streets, half an hour or so, they 'his was prophetic, but, of course, Dick did not know it. will give up trying to follow us." Which way, Dick?" asked Bob. I guess il doesn't matter which way we go." Let's stay in the city a while, Dick. I haven't been P for some time, and would like to look around a bit." I > All right, Bob, I'm willing." We may be able to pick up some items of news." "All right, Bob, we can try it." The y-0uths quickened their pace. OccasionaHy they glanced back over their shoulders. On no occasion did they catch sight of the men in ques t ion. Dick was a shrewd youth. J


i l, 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. Many times during the past four years he had proved that this was the case. The redcoats had found it extremely difficult to out wit him. This time, however, the Tory, Hubbard, bad fooled Dick. By means of a clever trick he was keeping on the track of the youths without their knowing it. He was shadowing them by proxy. A ragged street urchin was following Dick and Bob. He kept within perhaps half a block of them and never lost sight of them for an instant. Half a block behind him was another street urchin. He kept his eyes on the urchin in front. A short distance behind him were Hubbard and his redcoat comrades. "I'll tell you, if you'll promise not to take the a out of my hands." "I promise; now tell me." "All right. You remember what I told you regard how a number of my comrades were banged up in Alba "The time you were going to assassinate G I Schuyler ?-yes." n "And you remember that our plan was discovered foiled by that rebel spy, Dick Slater?" "Yes, I remember that, too." "Well, I swore to have revenge if ever portunity, and the opportunity has come." "It has?" "Yes; we are shadowing Dick Slater now." The officer started. Hubbard seemed to be in a very good humor. His plan of shadowing Dick and Bob, without "What I" he exclaimed. "Do you mean to their Slater, the rebel spy, is in New York City?" knowledge, was such a success as to make him feel goodnatured. "You will not escape me this time, Dick Slater," thought Hubbard, while a feeling of fierce delight thrilled him. I "I will run you to earth befo;re I stop, and then I will have revenge on you for causing the death of my com rades up at Albany." Dick and Bob made their way onward at a rapid pace. They turned corner after corner. They paid no attention to where they were going. In fact, they did not know, anyway. Their main idea was to throw their track. At last they slackened their speed. pursuers off the "There," said Bob, "if those fellows have followed us, they are good ones." "If they were trying to follow us we have certainly thrown them off the track," said Dick. But he was mistaken. "Yes; and not more than a block distant." The officer looked eager and excited. "Is that indeed true?" he cried. you let me in on this affair?" Hubbard looked surprised. "Let you in?" be asked. "Yes." "What do you want in?" "For the reason that I have a grudge against Slater; a score to settle with him." ''You have?" "Yes.'' "What did Dick Slater ever do to you?" "He killed a chum of mine." "He did?" "Y cs; it was at the battle of Monmouth. Slater and his 'Liberty Boys,' as he calls them, ch a battery of which I was commander. They are Pill fiends, those 'Liberty Boys,' and we could not stop Half way down the block .was a ragged street urchin. Farther on, at the corner where the streets crossed, was They were right in on top of us in a jiffy, and my another ragged urchin. went down before a bullet fired by this fellow, Dick Sl Just around the corner, out of sight of Dick and Bob, Like you, I swore that if ever I got the chance I would but where they could see the second urchin, were Hubbard revenge, and now if you will let me, I would like to with you." and his comrades. A British officer and a couple of soldiers came along, and the officer addressed Hubbard. "What's going on?" he asked. "You look as if you have some kind of business on hand." ;'I have," replied Hubbard, grimly. "What is the business?" Hubbard hesitated. Then he said : "You promised not to take the affair out of my if I told you what it was," said Hubbard. "So I did." "Well, if you will keep your word and control of the affair I will let you in on it." "All right, Hubbard, I'll keep my word. is to be where I can have the satisfaction of seei fellow suffer when the screws are being put to hilllj


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 26 a chance to tell him that I am having revenge on They had gone but a short distance when a crashing for killing my chum. You may do the work." sound was heard at the front door. All right; come along." "They will break the door down!" the girl whispered. uring the conversation, Hubbard had kept his eye "Into this room, quick!" She opened a door as she spoke. he urchin had just made a signal and disappeared. The youths obeyed. ubbard moved forward, quickly, followed by his comThey entered the room. The girl followed, and as she did so a terrible crash eanwhile Dick and Bob had been moving slowly along. was heard at the front door. eeling confident that they had thrown their enemies the hack, they were taking their time. uddenly Dick gave utterance to an exclamation, and, ing his hat, bowed gracefully to a young lady ,who stood the doorway of a house opposite which they had just "They have broken the door down I" the girl exclaimed. "Into that closet, there, quick!" She pointed toward a door as she spoke. Dick and Bob hastened to the door indicated, and Dick pulled it open. A goodly-sized closet was revealed. The youths entered the closet and pulled the door to. Scarcely had they done so when the Tory, Hubbard, and the British officer rushed into the room. The officer involuntarily lifted his hat, but Hubbard The young lady was Jennie Bunker, the girl who had n the means of keeping Dick from giving the papers o wrong hands, the preceding afternoon, and who had, haps, saved his life by getting him into her house and ay from the Tory, Hubbard, and his redcoat companions did not stand on ceremony. o had been following Dick, and had been almost on the t of leaping upon him. Dick had told Bob the complete story of his adventures the afternoon before, and now told Bob who the girl was. "Come," said Dick. He passed through the gateway and advanced to where girl stood, Bob following, closely. Dick shook hands with the girl and then introduced Bob. As the girl was shaking hands with Bob, she h"J>pened glance up lhe street. "Quick! Come into the house," she said, in ii. low, ited tone. "Those men who were following you yester y afternoon arc after you again!" 'l'he girl stepped back into the house and Dick and Bob As he entered, glanced up the street. "Where are they?" he cried. "Where are who?" asked tl?-e girl. "Those two rebels." The girl simulated a puzzled look. "I am sure I don'f know what you mean," she said. "There are no rebels 'here." "Begging your pardon, but you are mistaken. We are sure we saw that rebel spy, Dick Slater, and a comrade enter the house, miss, and with or without your permission we must make a search for them," said the Tory. The girl :faced the two, defiantly. CHAPTER X. CLOSE PRESSED. He could see no signs of the men anywhere. "You are mistaken, sir," she said. c "I didn't see anything of the men, Miss Jennie," he said, spies in this house." "There are no rebel she closed the door. "Then it won t make any difference to you if we search "1 did," the girl said. "They darted into an alley, for them," said the Tory, with a grin. "If they are not lf way up the block, when they saw me looking in their here, we won't find them." ection." h At this instant there came the sound of hurrying. foot ps. "You have no right to do so." "Might is right, in war-times, miss," the fellow said, with a leer. This was followed by loud rapping on the door. The girl realized that she was helpless, so said no more. The girl quickly and noiselessly shot the bolt, fastening "Come," said the Tory to his companion, "let us begin door. search for those fellows; they are here, somewhere." The girl then made a gesture for the youths to follow I As the 'l'ory spoke he walked straight towar.d the c10011 b r, and tip-toed down the hall. of the closet in which Dick and Bob were concealed.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 'l'he office:r kept close by his side. Reaching the door, the Tory took hold of the knob, turned it and pulled. The door came open. As it did so the Tory and the officer started backward with exclamations of dismay. Dick and Bob were revealed to view. They stood with their backs to the wall, and each youth had a pair of pistols drawn and leveled. It was the muzzles of these pistols staring them in the face that had caused the two men to leap back in dismay. Then eyeing the Tory, he asked, sternly: "Who are you, and why have you :followed us so per sistently ?" A fierce look appeared on the Tory's face as he said: 1 "My name is Hubbard. Not long ago I was the leadet of a party who had for their purpose the assassination ot General Schuyler." Dick started. "I see," he remarked. "I understand." "I should think you would. You were the means of de' feating our object and causing the failure of our plan." "Up with your hands!" ordered Dick, in a stern, grim "Myself and friend were," said Dick, quietly; "and we' voice. "Up with your hands, instantly, or you are are proud of the :fact." men!" There was something in Dick's appearance which in spired the fellows with a feeling of terror. They realized that the youth meant every word he ut tered. Instinctively they raised their hands. "Good!" said Dick, approvingly. "Keep your hands up and stand where you are. Don't move, for if you do, it will be the signal :for us to put bullets through you!" The Tory and the officer grew pale. They bad thought to trap Dick S1ater, and as the matter stood now they themselves were in a trap. At this instant footsteps were heard in the hall. The Tory and redcoats glanced at each other, significantly. A look of delight appeared in their eyes. Dick understood what it meant. The other redcoats were at band. Indeed, they were already at the door. In other moment they would enter the room. "Tell your men to go away," said Dick, in a low, fierce voice. "Tell them to leave the house instantly. Refuse, and we will fire!" The threatened men had no choice. The youths had them at their mercy. "So we are!" declared Bob. "We heard that all of the\ gang were hanged. How happens it that you escaped, friend Hubbard?" "That ii neither here nor there. I did escape, and that is sufficient. I swore that I would have revenge on you, Dick Slater, and I will yet keep my oath." The man spoke fiercely. i 'It was evident that he would keep his word if it were in \ his power to do so. >. "Don't forget my share o:f it,n grinned Bob. "Don't leave me out when you go to settling up your score. I & hall feel hurt if you do." The Tory frowned. "I'll not forget you, either!" he almost hissed. "Thanks," said Bob, airily. "I guess that I'll remember you, too." Then Dick addressed the officer. "Who are you, my friend?" he asked. "And what havi:. we done to you?!' "My name does not ma.tter,'' was the reply; "suffice it t say that you killed my chum at Monmouth. And, liJ: my friend here, I hope some day to have revenge on you "It was in battle that I killed your chum, was it not \ asked Dick. l' "Yes; it was when you and your 'Liberty Boys' captu. the battery on the hill." t The Tory realized that he must obey or die. "I remember," said Dick. "I did not kill your chun He knew Dick Slater well by reputation. deliberately, however; so you have no cause for seeking He knew that the youth would shoot. revenge." He spoke to his men at once. "That may be your way of looking at it." "Go away, boys," he ordered. "Leave the house. We "It is the right way to look at it." wili be out in a minute." "You may think your way, I'll think mine." The sound of tramping :feet was heard. "Very well; and now I will give you a piece of advice: The redcoats had obeyed. Give up the idea o:f seeking revenge. It will do you no Th.ey were leaving the house. good to try to get revenge, and may do you a good deal of, Dick waited until they could not hear the sound o:f harm. It may lead to the death of both o:f you, :for footsteps. give you fair warning that I shall myself. Anc


THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED. 27 the next time we come together I shall not spare you. It Then the two passed through the doorway, made their will be your lives or mine, and it won't be mine, if I can way along the hall and out of the house. help it." "Do you think they'll keep their word, Dick?" asked "Surely you are not going to let them go, are you, Bob. Dick?" cried Bob, in simulated surprise. Dick shook his head. He knew Dick intended doing so, but wished to give the "No," he said; "but by letting them go out the front two fellows a scare. way, we have fooled them a bit, as it will give us a Dick understood this, too. chance to get out at the rear way and get away. If WQ "Yes, Bob, I guess I will let them go," he said. had shot them down, there would have been a hornet's ulft do it, Dick." "What shall we do with them, them go?" nest about our ears in less than no time. We'll have to then, if we don't let hurry as it is." "Shoot them, Dick. We've got a goad chance now; let's put some bullets through them and end their careers. They're Foo mean to live, anyway." ( Bob spoke in such a matter-of-fact tone, and seemed so in earnest, that the men were evidently alarmed. They looked at Dick, anxiously. They awaited his answer with considerable anxiety. Dick pretended to deliberate. Then he said: "I guess we will let them go this time, Bob. We will Then he turned to the girl. "Will you show us how to get out of the house by the rear entrance, Miss Jennie P" he asked. "Yes, indeed," the gir 1 replied. "Come." She led the way back through several rooms, and finally opened a door, revealing a narrow alley just beyond. "Thank you, Miss Jennie," said Dick. "We will be all right now. Good-by." Dick and Bob shook hands with the girl$ and, stepping out of doors, hastened away, down the alley. The girl looked after Dick for a few moments, with a give them a chance. Next time, however, we will finish wistful look in her eyes, then, with a sigh, she stepped A look of relief appeared on the faces of the Tory and 9; "May we go now?" the Tory asked. "You may." ."And thank your lucky stars that you were allowed to said Bob. 1.e men lowered their bands and started toward the bcorway. They walked in a sidling fashion and kept their eyes n Dick and Bob. Evidently they feared the youths might change their minds and shoot them, after all. One wo.rd before you go," said Dick. The men paused. back into the house and closed the door. An hour later and Bob were riding out of :N" e w York City. THEE. ND. The next number (33) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS DUPED; OR, THE FRIEND WHO WAS AN ENEMY," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any ''Don't lie in wait for us," said Dick, sternly. "If you newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by do, we wi11 make it our business to select you two as .' argets, and we will kill you, even if we don't hurt another mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION c!rBOn." SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the eopies "All right; we'll not lie in wait for you," mumbled the 1' you order b return mail.


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The Bradys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Gbods 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts ; or, Solving the Mystery of the Old Church Yard. 82 'l'he Bradys and the Brokers; or, A Desperate Game in Wall Street. 83 The Bradys' Fight to a Finish; or, Winning a Desperate Case. 84 The Bradys' Race for Life; or, Rounding Up a "l'ough Trio. 85 The Bradys' Last Chance; or, The Case in the Dark. 86 'l'he Bradys on the Road : or, The Strange Case of a Drnmmer. 87 The Girl in ntack; or, The Bradys Trapping a Confidence Queen. 88 The Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy. 89 The Bradys Battie for Life ; or, 'l'he Keen Detectives' Greatest Peril. Case. 90 Zig Zag the C lown; or, '.l'he Bradys' Great Circus .rrall. 'l.'he Bradys and the Mad Doctor; or, The Haunted Mill In t!R The Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. 91 'I'h MBarsh. After the 1'idnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. e radys on the Rall ; or, A Mystery of the Lightning Express. Old and Young Kin" llattle; or, Bound to Wh1 Thetr Case. 92 The Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the l'olice Depart-" ment. The Bradys' Hace 'Irack ob; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. 93 The Rradys Deep Deal or, Handin-Glove with Crime 1 l?ound In the Bay; or, '.l'he Bradys on a Great Murder Mystery. 4 '.l'he Bradys in Chicago; or, 8olving the Mystery of the Lake Jt'ront. 9 The Bradys in a Snare; or, The Worst Case of All. 'l'he Bradys' Great Mistake; or, Shadowing the Wrong. Man. 95 The Bradys Reyond Their Depth; or, 'l'he Great Swamp Mystery. The Bradys and the Mall Mystery; or, Working for the Government. 96 'l'he Bradys Hopeless Case; or, Against Plain Evidence. '.l'he Bradys Down South; or, The Great Plantation Mystery. 97 The Bradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. The House In the Swamp; or, The Bradys' Keenest Work. 98 'l.'he Bradys In Washington; or, Working for the l'resident. 'l'he Kno<'k-out-Drops Gang; or, 'l'he Bradys Hisky Venture. 99 Th" Bradys Duped ; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. The Bradys' Close Shave; or, Into the Jaws ot Death. 100 The Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. l'he llradya' Star Case; or, Working for Love and Glory. 101 The Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Gant. l'he Bradys In 'Frisco; or, A Three '.l'honsand Mlle Hunt. 102 The Bradys in; or, The Great Copper l\line Case. Lhe Bradys and the Express Thieves; or, '.l'raclng the Package 103 The Bradys Hemmed In: or, 'l'heir Case in Arizona. Marked "Paid." J04 The Bntdys at Sea: or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. Tbe Bradys' Rot Chase; or, After the Horse Stealers. lOfi The Girl !r9m London; or. The Bradys After a Confidence Qnl!l!U. 'l 'he Great Wager; or, T.he Queen of I,lttle Monte Carlo. 106 '!'he Bradyg the Chinamen; or, The Yellow !'lends of thl." Bradys' Double Net; or. Catching the Keenest of Criminals. Opium The Ml\Il in the Steel Mask; or, The Bradys' Work for a Great 107 The nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl; or, 'l'he Grand Sti:eet l'ortnne. Mystery and the Blacio. 'l'runk: or, Werking a Sllent Clew. Jl)'I The nradc1YR and the Gypsies: or, Chasing the Child Stealera. Going It Blind; or, '.l'he Bradys' Good Luck. 11)9 The Bra JS and the Wrong Man; or. The Story of a Stran_geo i1e Brady.a Balked; or, Working up Queer Evidence. Mistake .1.galnst Rig; or, The Bradys' Great Stroke. 110 The Pradys Et>trnyed: or, In the Hands of a Traitor. l'he Bi'adys and the l<'orger; or, Tracing the N. G. Check. 111 The P.radyR and Their nonbles; or, A Strange Tangle of Crim e. 'l'he Bradys' 'l'rump Card; or. Winning a Case by Bluff. 112 The Brad.vs In the Everglades; or, The Strange Case of a Summer 'l'he Bradys and the Grave Robbers; or, Trscking the Cemetery Tourist. Owls. 11 'l The Bradys {lefled; or, The Hardest Gang in New Yorlc. ,4 '.l'he Bradys and the Missing Boy; or, The Mystery or School No. 6. 114 The Rradys In High or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. ,5 'l'he Bradys Behind the Scenes; or, The Great 'heatrlcal Case. 115 The Braf Outlaws. 'l'he Bradys In Texas; or, 'l.'he Great Ranch Mystery. l 2:! The Bradys at the Beach ; or, The l\fystery of the Rath House. The Brnt.lys on the Ocean; or, The Mystery &t State1oom No. 7. 124 The Rradys and the Lost Gold Mine: or, Hot Work Among the: Tho Br.idys and the Offlce Boy; or, Working Up a Business Case. Cowboys. l'he llradys In the Backwoods: or, The Mystery or the Hunters' l 25 The Bradys and the Missing Girl : or, A ('Jew Found In the Dark. ('amp. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or. The Mystery of a Treasure Vault.. Ching F'oo, the Yellow Dwarf; or, 'he Bradys and the vpium 127 The Bradys A.nil the Bov Acrohnt; or. Tracing np a TheA.tric>tl Case. Smokers. 128 The Brarlya A.nd Bad Man Smith: or. The Gang of Blnck Bnr 'l.'he Bradys' Still Hunt; or, 'l'he Case that was Won by Waiting. 129 The Bradys nnn the Veiled Girl or. Piping th" Tom'1s Mytery. Caught by the Camera; or, The Bradys and the Girl from Maine. 130 The Bradys nnd the Dendhot Gang; or, Lively Vlork on thP Frontier. The Bradys In Kentucky; or. Tracking tl Mountain Gang. t:ll The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with tho Wild Beast The Bank Note; or, The Bradys Below the Dead Line. Tamers. The ll1adys on Deck ; or, The Mystery of the Private \acht. 13 2 The Brarlys in "'yornlng; or, Trac kl nit the Mountnh1 Mon. 'l'be llradys !rt a Tratl; or, Working Against a Hart.! Gang. 133 The Bradys nt Conev Is!A.nd; or, Trapping the Seaside Ct'Ooks. Over the Llne; or, The Bradys Chase 'l.'hrough Canada. 13 4 The Bradys and the Road Agents; or, Great Deadwoorl Case. !<'or Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any AU.dress on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by RANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Vnion, New York. 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WORK AND WINI The Best eekly Pl1_ blished. ALL THE AI.WAYS IN FRINT. READ ONE AND YOU WILL THEM ALL. 1 Fred Fearnot; or, Schooldays nt Avon 70 F'red ire.irnot nnd the Duke; or, Barning a F'ortune Hunter. 2 Fred Fearnot, Detective; or, Balking a Desperate Game. 71 Fred Fearnot's Day; or, The Great Reunion at Avon. 3 Fred Fearnot' s Daring Rescue; or, A d Fearnot Captured; or, In the Bands of His Enemies. li2 Fred Fearnot in the Klondike; or, Working the "Dark Horse" Claim. 122 Fretl Fearnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin HI li3 Fred Fearnots Skate iror Life; or, Winning the "Ice Flyers' Pen 123 Fred Fearnot's Great Feat ; or, Winning a Fortune on Skat#nant. 12 Fred Fcarnot's Iron Wlll; or, Standing Up for the Right. li4 Fred Fearnot's Rival; or, Betrayed by a Female Enemy. 126 Fred Fearnot Cornered or, Evelyn and the Widow. 115 !<'red Fearnot's Defiance; or, His Great Fight at Dedham Lake. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Schemei !Jr, Ten Daye in an Insane Asylum. 116 Fred Fearnots Big Contract: or, Running a County Fair. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Baclen Band; or, Bow He Helped a Friend. 65 Fred Fearnot In Katl:lr-land; or, Hll.!lting for the Lost Diamond. 136 Fred Fearnot In Debate; or, Tbe Warmest Member ct the House. 86 Fred Fearnot's Lariat or, How He Caught His Man. 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, Hid Defence ot the "Moneyleee Man." 67 Fred Fearnot's Wild West Show; or, The Biggest Thing on Earth. 138 Fred Fearnot at Princetoni..'l:: The Battle ol tbe Champions. 68 Fred Fearnot's Great Tour; or, Ma.nag[Jlg an Opera Queen. 139 Fred Fea.rnot's Circus or, .a.igb Old Time at New Era. 89 Fred Fearnot's Minstrels ; or, Terry' s Great Hit as an End Man. 1 i O Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer ot the Adirondacks. .. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this ofllce direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send It to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............................. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 1 '1901. -.. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ..................... LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 PLUCK AND LUCK SECRET SERVICE "TEN CENT HAND BOOKS ... '.............. Name ..................... Street and No ................ Town .......... State.


These Books Tel! You Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! .. EJ11ch book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. l\Iost of tbe books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classifil,!d and see if you want to know anything about the subjecta mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROl\I THIS OF,ij'ICEJ ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TErT CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAl\IPS TAKEN TIIE SAi\IE AS ;MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING .. No. HOW TO IIUN'.l' AND l!'lSII.-The most complete huucing and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in structions about guns, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, t;ogether with descriptions of game and fish. No. :tt>. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. 1'Jvery boy should know how lo row and sail" a boat. Full instructions are given in this Jillie book, together wilh instructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. 47. now 'fO BREJAK, RIDE. AND DRIVE A HORSE.,_, A complete treatise on the horse. D escribing the most useful horses for business, the best hqrses for the road; also valuable recipes for MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRIUKtS.-'l'he great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction of all the leading card tricks of the day, also most popular magical as by our leadmg magicians ; every boy should obtam a copy of this book as it will both amuse and instruct. No .. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. l!lxp!aining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all tbe codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. :diseases peculiar to the horse. No. DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny; al8'> the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, togethet with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. IIOW '.l'O l!JXPLAIN DREAltH:l.-Ever.vbody dreams, from tbe little child to the aged man and woman. This little book giv e s the explanation to all kinds of. dream s together with lucky and unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum;" the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FOR'.l'UNE .-l!Jver.vone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, happiness or mise1y, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of vour friends. No. 76. HO\V '1'0 TELL FORTUNES BY THE liAND. Oontaining rules for telling fortunes by the aid of tbe lines of the band, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret df telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECO:\IE AN ATHLETEl.-Giving in1 struction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and hea!thy by following the insttuctions contained in tbis little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtam one of !these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. IIOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds o r gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and tbe use of the broadsw ro; also instruction in archery. Described with twenty-one practica, illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. No. 61. HOW TO Bl!JCOl\fE A BOWLER-A complete manual of bowling. Containing full instructions for playing all the stand ard American and German games; together with rules and systems of sporting in use by the principal bowling clubs in the United States. By Bartholomew Batterson. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the g eneral principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of specially prepared cards. By Professor Ilaffner. With illustra _, t10ns. No. 72. HOW 'l'O DO S!XTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Eln bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. rrow TO no FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers anq wa15ici1.1ns. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusingand instructive tricks with chemicals By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. G9. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW MAGIC full d1rect1ons for makmg Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anders'On. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKR WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7!J. HO'Y '.l'O ;BECOME A CONJURER.-Containing tricks with Dommoes, DICe, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing illustrations. By A. Andetson. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE ,BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustraterl MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW J'O AN INVPJNTOR.-Every boy should know bow mvent10ns or1gmated. This book explains them all, givif!g examples. in electrieity, magnetism, optics, pneumatics, mecbnmcs, etc., etc. The most mstructive book pnb lisbed. No. HOW TO BECOMPJ AN ENGINEER-Containing full mstructJons how to proceed m orde1 to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive ; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INS'l'RUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, Aeolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical instruments; with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW '1'0 MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with jts history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated, by John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete: little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them; also giving specimen letters for both young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving-sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write, to your sweetheart. your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lad;r in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation avd composition; togeth _(ll," with letters.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE llOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the 1D09t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without tliia wonderful little book. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Containmg a varied assortment of iltump speeches, Negro, Dutch lllld IrUh. Also end men's jokes. ;fust the thing for home amuse -t and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every '' 1hould obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for orp;nising an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original jDle boob ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It eontaiDs a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of TUTeDce Muldoon, the great wit1 humorist, and practical jolrer of &. day. Ever;y boy who can enJOY a good substantial joke should obtain a 00111 immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instructions how to make up for various characters on the lltage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter Scenic Artist and ProJ>erty Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latllt jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and er popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome .,li>ncl cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. >-HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing faB instrnctlons for constructing a wiRdow garden either in town w country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful lowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pubIWted. No.. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most Instructive books a cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, tslt. game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of lll!Ub'Y, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular eoob. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for Cft?Ybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to llllke almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, ksckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching bird1. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELEJCTRICITY.-A decriptlon of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; tosether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, ttc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il laltrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Confafning full directions for making electrical machines, induction eon., dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A.. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a faqe eollection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, llcether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry Emnedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading t&a book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multitadea every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the nt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the o-eatest book ever published, and tbere's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A nry valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the .-Oney than anv book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, '9ekgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVID CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all Cle leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches md witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY OAitDS.-A complete and handy little fleok, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, CribDace.. Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hunittd interesting _puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A eumplete book. Fully illustr:ated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It t. a creat life secret, and one that every young man desires to know ul about. There's hap_piness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette of cood society and the easiest and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre,church, and bl the draw!ngroom. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF REOITATIONS. -Gontaining the most popular selections in use, comprising Dutch &lect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dia:lect pieces, together No: 31. H9W T9 A fou teen illustrations, givmg the different positions requisite to becon a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fro aJI the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m111 simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. ,HOW TO DEBA'rE.-Giving rules for conducting a bates, outlmes for debates, questions for discussion, and the bet sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. H;OW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of fl.irtat1on &L fully explumed by this little book. Besides the various methods har:;dkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation it co11 a .full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, 11& to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be without one. No. 4. H.OW _TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsoir little book Just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instru tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partl"- how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squu dances. No. HOW T<;> LOVJ!l.-A c!>mplete guide to and marriage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiqu$, to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not f?tr erally known. No. 17. TO full instruction In art of dressmg and appearmg well at home and abroad giving selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and. most valuable little books ever given to the worl.' Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male !?Ji'( female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read thi1 b@xot and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No .. 1 HOW. TO BIRDS.-Handsomely Illustrated lil@l contammg full mstructions for the management and training of tti.' canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrotl. etc. No. 89. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEO.NS AM!il RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hl111> on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and blnlS Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By ;r. HarrlnstJ Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-J, valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountlag and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givlng co plete infoi:mation as to the manner and method of raising, keeplns1 taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful instructions for making rages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eigh t illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind eveu published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and Is, structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; al10 ez perimenb1 in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. nlf book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book making all kinds of candy, i11e-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK rouSEY'S UNITED STATES TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Givlng official distances on &II the railroads of the United States c Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, hMf" fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., it one of the inost complete and handy books_published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTQR.-A derful book, containing useful and practical information in U;c treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evef family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general COi plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranct of stamps and.icoins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King the world-known detective. In which he Jays down some valuai.!i and se11slble rules for beginners, and also relates some adventu and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 00. HOW TO BEC0ME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contalr> ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work 18i also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and otllac; Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De lJ, Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITAI\ CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain co11rse of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Offieers, POQC Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy 1hoult know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, authr of "J.Iow to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete I structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Na'fal Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descripU.. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Colllo piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become I West Point Military Cadet." Yltb many standard readings. PRICE Address FRANK 10 CENTS EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union New York.