The Liberty Boys' prize, or, And how they won it

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The Liberty Boys' prize, or, And how they won it
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Hued Week"'1-By Subscriptwn $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the NWJ York1 N. Y., Post O.,,ce, February 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the year 190!, in the o.,,ice of tne Librarian 37. of Congress, WuMngton, D 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union t1quare, New Y ork. OH.APTER I. THE PRIZE. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 13, 1901. Price 5 Cen ts The commander-in-chief thought the world of Dick. He appreciated the youth's work, and whenever he had any difficult work on hand he always sent for the youth. Washington, the commander-in-chief of the It was safe to say that he had some dangerous and diffi ontinental army, sat in his room in his headquarters on cult work on hand now, else he would not have sent for r he Hudson. Dick. It was the last week in June, 1777. ".Ah, Dick, good morning said the commander inGeneral Washington had just been reading a message chief. l hich had been brought by a special messenger, and his "Good morning, your excellency," replied the youth, 1 rows were knitted. quietly, and with respect. l TJJ.ere was a frown on the face of the commander-in hief. .At the same time Dick saluted. General Washington indicated a chair. "Be seated, Dick." Presently he called out: "Orderly!" The youth took the seat indicated. > The door opened almost instantly. It The commander-in-chief took up the message which he had received, and again read it through .An orderly entered. 1 "You called, your excellency?" he asked. "Yes. Send Dick Slater here at once." "Yes, your excellency The orderly saluted and withdrew. He .was gone perhaps half an hour. Then he returned, and, opening the door, announced: .As he read, a frown gathered on his face. Dick, watching the great man, made up his mind that the contents of the letter did not please him. He was right in his surmise. Presently the commander-in-chief tossed the message down on the tabl e in front of which he sat, and turned "Dick Slater, your excellency." toward Dick. General Washington looked up. "Dick," said General Washington, "you have done a He saw a handsome youth of perhaps nineteen years, who grea1 deal of splendid work for me." ad entered the room as the orderly made his announceThe commander-in-chief paused and looked at the youth ent. in a speculative manner. This youth was Dick Slater. "I have tried to do my duty," said Dick, quietly. He was the captain of a company of youths known as ".And you have succeeded-admirably 'The Liberty Boys of '76." .Again the commander-in-chief was si.lent for a few moThis company of youths had done splendid work for ments, and then he said: he glorious cause during the year they had been in the, "Dick, are you ready to undertak e an csccccling ly dan In addition, Dick had made himself famous as a scout, essenger and spy. He had earned the title of "the champion spy of the I volution." He had earned it by hard and conscientious work-work which his life had been placed in jeopardy in the most gerous and difficult undertaking?" Dick nodded. His eyes shone, eagerly. "I am, your excellency!" The answer was prompt and unhesitating. The commander-in-chief smiled. "You do not ask what the work is, before giving an reckless manner imaginable. answer," he said. Dick had taken chances, i n order to secure valuable inDick shook his head. ormation, which no other spy had ever been known to take. "No, indeed I It is sufficient for you to say you wish


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. something done. I will make the attempt to do it, and will succeed, if such a thing is possible." "That is the way to talk, Dick! You are made of the right kind of material. The work which I have in mind now, however, is somewhat out of the ordinary line, and it is exceedingly difficult and dangerous." "It does not matter, sir; I will attempt it, whatever it may be, and if it can be done, I will do it." "G-ood I will tell you what the work is: As you know, the British have possession of New York and Newport?" "Yes, your excellency." "The commander at Newport is a-I was about to say man, but will tell the truth and say he is a brute, by the name of Prescott, Richard Prescott. His r;ule at Newport is an outrage on civilization." Dick nodded. Dick's eyes glowed. ,, An eager look was on his face. "I think I see what it is that you wish done," J:ie said ;11 "you wish this man, Prescott, to be captured." 1 ; The commander-in-chief nodded assent. f 1 "Yes, I wish you and your 'Liberty Boys' to make attempt to capture this brute and bring him to me, "; prisoner. If you succeed in doing this, it will be a wo1 -ve1 derful achievement, and although I know you are read n j and willing, yes, eager to make the attempt, simply in tb line of duty, yet, as it is an unusually dangerous an 1ro difficult undertaking, I am going to offer you a prize I 1 work for as well. I am going to make you this offer If you will capture this man, Prescott, and bring him 1 me, I will give you twenty pounds in gold, and write personal letter to Congress, calling attention to the wor "I have heard of him, and of the way things are going which you have done." there, your excellency." "Thank you," said Dick, "but the good will of our con; "No doubt; it has gone far and wide. Why, no citizen mander-in-chief is a sufficient prize for us to work foi of Newport is safe in his own home. He is likely to be your excellency, and if we can win and retain that w arrested and thrown into jail at any moment, and no reasha ll be more than satis:fied. I will say that we will mak son given for the action. The British soldiers are enthe attempt to capture this man Prescott, and will do sc couraged in the work of plundering houses and doing all kinds of damage; ladies are insulted, and even struck. It is an outrage!" The stern face of the commander-in-chief grew sterner still, and his eyes had a dangerous glint. "It certainly is an outrage, your excellency," agreed Dick "The commander ought to be strung up to a tree!" "He dese:rves such a fate. And now, Dick, what I wish to do is to put a stop to such work." Dick was silent. He waited, expectantly. He knew he would soon be enlightened. if such a thing is possible." "Good! I do not know whether such a feat is possibl of accomplishment, but if it is, I am sure you will sue ceed. I hope you may do so, at any rate." "And so do I, your excellency." General Washington now proceeded to give Dick all th information which he possessed, and such instructions a he thought necessary. In the course of the talk he told of some of the thing.e which Prescott was noted for. Among these he mad mention of the fact that Prescott, when walking along tb General w ashington took up the letter which he had streets of Newport, made it a rule to force all Quake1 to take off their hats to him. If one failed to do thi1 tossed on the table. "This is a message, giving the situation at Newport," he said; "the matter is thoroughly explained, and a num ber of the leading citizens ask that I try to put a stop to 1be high-handed proceedings of the British soldiers." Dick bowed, and waited in silence for the commander-in chief to continue. He did so, he would seize the poor fellow by the throat and bump hl head against a wall or side of a building, or he would strik the Quaker over the shoulders with a heavy, gnarled stic which he always carried. This gave Dick an idea, and he made up his mind th!l when he started for Newport he would take a Quaker' dress along, to use as a disguise when he should enter th "I have given the matter not a great deal of thought,'' city. General Washington said, in a slow, deliberate manner; The commander-in-chief gave Dick only a genera "but it is patent that if this ruffian, Prescott, was removed instructions. For the rest, he left it to Dick's judgmeni irom the position which he occupies as commander at "Manage the affair in your own way, my boy," he said Newport, things would be bettered, as his successor w-ould I "you have good judgment, and things will likely com probably be a man who would have some good qualities, up which will make it necessary for you to use your OWi at least." 1 judgment, anyway."


l ::i THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. 3 J I "Very well, your excellency; but I will follow your in a )ctions 80 far as is possible." > When the interview was at an end, Dick saluted and tithdrew. The idea pleased the youths, though as yet they had no knowledge regarding why it was desired to do this. He went at once to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty "Who is the commander at Newport?" asked Bob Esta brook. "Major-General Prescott." oys." "Prescott, eh?" .tt There were nearly a hundred of the youths, and they "Yes; and he is an inhuman brute That is the reason ere of an average age of nineteen years. the commander-in-chief wishes us to go and try to capThey were lively young fellows, full of life and energy. ture him." I "Hello, Dick! Where have you been?" asked Bob EstaThen Dick told bis comrades what General Washington a handsome fellow of about Die.k's size and build. had told him regarding the behavior of General Prescott. 1 Bob was Dick's especial friend and chum. The youths were angry. "I have been with the commander-in-chief, Bob." "With the commander-in-chief, eh?" "Yes." "Did he send for you?" There was an eager light in Bob's eyes. The other youths looked interested and eager, also. "Yes, he sent for me," replied Dick. "What did he want, Dick?" "What did he want?" "Yes." Dick smiled. "You couldn't guess," he said. "No, I suppose not; so tell us at once." "Yes, do; that's a good fellow!" "We' re dying to know!" "So we are, old man!" Such were the exclamations of the youths. Dick listened, with a smile, till all had finished, and then e said: "The commander-in-chief wishes us to go to Newport." "To Newport!" The exclamation was in a chorus. "Yes." "What does he want us to go there for?" "To capture the commander." "What I" "To capture the commander." "You don't mean it!" "You must be joking!" The youths were greatly surprised. "The brute, sure enough!" exclaimed Bob. "I'm for going and capturing him." "And I!" "And I!" "I am in for it!" This was the general cry. Dick smiled. "I knew you would be in for it," he said. "It is going to be a very dangerous and difficult task, however. We take our lives in our hands when we venture upon this affair." "No matter," cried Bob, "such doings as are the rule in Newport now, must be put a stop to." "I think the same," said Dick; "and I told the com mander-in-chief that we would make the attempt and would succeed, if such a thing was possible." "Good for you, old man!" "Yes, hurrah for Dick!" "We like lively work, and this certainly will be liely enough for anybody." "So it will!" The youths were greatly pleased. "The commander-!n-chief, in recognition of the fact that the work will be exceedingly dangerous and difficult, has offered us a prize to work for, fellows," said Dick. "A prize!" exclaimed Bob. "You don't meant it I" from Mark Morrison. "What is the prize, Dick? from Sam Sanderson. I "I'll tell you: The commander-in-chief says that if we succeed in capturing General Prescott and bringing him here, he will give us a prize of twenty pounds in gold, and "Yes, I do mean it," said Dick, quietly. "General will write a letter to Congress, making a statement re ashington wishes us to go to Newport and capture the garding the good work which we have done." ommander there and bring him back here with. us. "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "We'll win the prize, all right I" "Great guns!" "We will, or know the reason why!" "Say, that promises to be something worth while!" "That's right!" "That would be a big feather in our caps, wouldn't it?-, There no mistaking the fact that the youths were go into the British stronghold and capture and carry delighted by the pro s pect of a thrilling adventure, or series way the British commander!" of adventures.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. They, like Dick, did not care so much for the prize, but "Then we are almost at our journey s end," they were swayed by a desire to serve their country and "Yes, we are within three mil e s of Newport," said Diel something to benefit the cause, and, further, they were "Good Jove! I wish we were in Newport at this ver

THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. I "What is first on the programme, then, if it is not for ( to advance on Newport?" "I am going there to reconnoiter, Bob." "Good!" cried Bob. "I'm going with you." Dick shook his head. Bob's face fell. "No?" he queried. "Why not?" "I think it best that I should go alone." "Why so?" "I think it will be safer." "I don't see how you make that out. If you get into ouble you will have no one along to help get you out." "No, but neither will I be so likely to get into trouble I go alone." He made his way down alongside the shore. It was not yet so dark but that he could see tolerably well._ He kept his eyes open. He wished to find a boat as quickly as possible. Presently he stopped and listened. He heard the sound of oars. "I thought so!" be murmured. "A boat is approaching the shore, and, judging by the sound, will land at about this spot." Dick decided to wait till the boat came ashore. "I may be able to get the use of it," he thought. Plainer and plainer sounded the oars. The boat was drawing near. "You think not?" Dick moved slowly down the shore, keeping along and "I am sure of it." moving in such fashion as would bring to the spot "Well, I judge you are right about that, Dick. Of course, where the boat would touch the shore. e is not so likely to attract attention as two." "No." Dick gave orders for the youths to go into camp. "Make things as snug and comfortable as possible, boys," said; "you may have to remain here several days." The youths went to work with energy, and got things to good shape before dark. When they had eaten their supper, Dick brought out his it of Quaker's clothing. He doffed his uniform of blue and donned the suit. When he had placed the wide-brimmed hat on his head, e made a very good showing, indeed. Anyone would have thought him !1Quaker, had they not own differently. "Will I do, boys?" he asked. The youths said he would. "Say, you are a fine-looking Quaker, Dick!" said Bob, miringly. "You will pass for one, anywhere." "I'm glad you think so." "How are you going to get over to Newport, Dick?" ked Mark Morrison. "It's water all the way, isn't it ?11 "Yes." "And you have no boat." Dick shook his head. "Not at present," he replied. "Then you think you will be able to get one?" "I think so." "Where?" "Oh, along the shore, somewhere." "True enough; there ought to be boats along the shore." "I will find one, I am sure." Dick now gave the youths some instructions, and with t cheery "good-by, boys!" took his leave. Presently Dick discerned the boat. It was not more than ten yards distant. There was but one person in the boat. This pleased Dick. The fewer he would have to deal with, the better he would like it, for he had made up his mind to have the use of the boat, even though he had to take it by force. Dick wns determined to get across to Newport. Dick saw where the boat was going to touch, and pause d there and waited. Presently the boat's nose struck the shore, there was a grating sound as the keel slid raspingly over the sand and gravel, and the boat came to a stop. The occupant, whose back was toward the shore while rowing, had not seen Dick, as yet, nor did he know any o n e was present until after he had leaped ashore, when he nearly bumped against Dick. He leaped back, with a cry of alarm, and Dick was pleas ed to note that the person in question was a boy of not more than fifteen or sixteen years of age. "That is good," the youth said to himself; "I think I shall be able to fix things all right with the boy." "W-who air yeou ?" the boy cried, with a strong nasa l twang. "I am one who wilt do thee no harm, my young friend," said Dick, in a calm, measured tone of voice, such as he judged would be used by a genuine Quaker. The boy was evidently glad to hear this. "Whut d'yeou want?" he asked, in a relieved tone. "I wish to secure thy services and those of your boat, my young friend." "Ye dew?" "Verily, I do."


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. "Whur d'yeou wanter go?" "To Newport, my young friend." "Ter Newport?" ''Yea, verily." "Thet's er long ways, mister," hesitatingly; "an' ther folks will be lookin' fur me, an' like's not w'en I gits hum I'll get er strappin', ef I takes yeou acrost ter Newport." "Verily, thy parents must be given to sin, my young friend. It is wicked to inflict punishment with the gad, save under severe provocation." "Thet don't matter, mister; they'll lick me, jes' ther same, ef they takes ther notion. Ef yeou'll pay me, I'll resk et, howsumever." "Verily, I will pay thee, and pay thee well, my young friend,'' said Dick "Heow mu yeou giv' me?" The boy was Shrewd and thrifty-minded. Dick named a sum. the boat to go in order to reach Newport, and sudden31 the gigantic hull of one of those vessels loomed up in fron1 At the same instant a voice cried: "Ahoy, the boat!" CHAPTER III. IN NEWPORT. Dick was startled. He felt that he was in danger. "Back water!" he ordered, in a low, imperative voice "I am in a hurry and cannot afford to lose time here." The boy backed water at once. He stopped the boat and forced it bac:K:ward, away fron the vessel. "Will yeou giv' et ter me all in silver?" the boy asked. "Stop!" roared a stentorian voice from the deck of th1 His voice was eager. ship. "Don't try t.o get away. Stop where you .are, 01 "Yea, verily, I wilt give it to thee all in silver, my young we will sink you with a solid shot!" friend," said Dick; "and I wilt pay it to thee in advance." As he spoke, he jingled some silver. "Don't stop, my young friend,'' said Dick; "I am in a great hurry, and they cannot hit the boat even if they de The musical clink-clink of the silver was too much for fire." the boy. "I don't know abaout thet, mister," the boy said, in i "All right," he said; "giv' me ther munny, an' I'll take trembling voice; "them Britishers air purty good e', ye acrost ter Newport." shoo tin' so they air." It was not yet so dark but that Dick could see to count "Yes, when they can see the mark they are aiming at out the sum he had named, and he placed the silver pieces They won't be able to see us, so won't be able to hit ru in the hands of the boy, who placed them in his pocket, unless by accident. Row away as fast as thee can." carefully. "All right, mister. Yeou've paid me, an' I'll do the1 "Jump in!" he cried. "I'll git yeou over ter Newport ez quick ez I kin." Dick climbed into the boat and seated himself at the stern. The boy leaped in and took his seat, and, seizing an oar, pushed off. Then he placed the oars in the rowlocks and began rowing. The boy was an expert with the oars. He forced the boat through the water, rapidly. He was not long in crossing Narragansett Passage, but had to bear away toward the south, in order to get around the end of Conanicut Island. This took quite a while, as the distance was consider able. There were dangers to be encountered, too; dangers which Dick had failed to take into consideration. There were a number of British warships anchored in the Middle Passage, through which it was necessary for bes' I kin fur yeolL" The boy rowed as hard as he could, and was soon out oi sight of the ship. Dick thought they had escaped. He was mistaken, however. The sounds of a boat being lowered were heard, coming from the direction of the ship. The youth realized what this meant. The British were going to give chase in a boat. This was not pleasant to think of. A half dozen strong-armed oarsmen could force a boat through the water faster than the boy could hope to. "How far is it to Newport, my young friend?" askeo Dick. 'Baout a mile an' a half, mister." "So far as that ?" "Yes; ther way we hev ter go." Dick was strong, and an expert with the oars. He rose and said: I,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. 7 'Take the tiller, my young friend, and guide the boat. 1l1 will row in thy place, as I am stronger than thee." Of course, Dick had no intention of stopping, so he made no reply to the challenge of the pursuers. 0 "Dew yeou know how ter row, mister?" "Yea, verily. I am s killed in the use of the oars." "All right, mister." The boy took his seat at the s tern, and Dick took his place and b e gan rowing. The boy soon saw that the suppo s ed Quaker was a good hand with the oars. The boat moved forward much more rapidly. "Yeou air all right mister!" the boy said, admiringly. He kept right on rowing, with all his might. An occasional glance over his shoulder showed him that he was approaching Newport, as he could see lights. Sudd e nly there came several fl.ashes from the pursuing boat. The fl.ashes were followed almost instantly by the crack I crack! crack I of the muskets. Dick heard a bullet sing past his ear. A cry of affright escaped the boy. "I b'leeve yeou kin keep them Britishers frum ketcbin' us." Doubtle s s it was the first time he had ever been under "I take it that thee do not like the British, my young fire. friend," said Dick. "Yeou air right erbout thet, too. I don't like 'em, nur neether does my dad." "It gives me pleasure to hear thee say' so, my young friend, for I do not mind telling thee that I do not like them myself." Dick spoke to him, reassuringly. "Don t be afraid, my young friend," he said, "they cannot hit us. It would be an accident if they did." "Thet's whut I'm erfeared uv-ther avident, mister," the boy replied, tremulously. Dick could hardly keep from smiling, serious as was his Dick bent to the oars and rowed with all his strength. situation. He knew that he would have to exert himself if he kept The boy was experiencing the feeling that attacks all dd out of the way of the pursuing boat-for although he had who are under fir e for the first time; he thought that the not yet seen the boat, he was sure one was following them. n ext bullet might strike him. It turned out to be as he suspected. Veteran soldiers soon stop thinking of what might hap-The dark outlines of a boat presently appeared to view. 8 "Now I will have to look out!" the youth thought. e "The re ar e s e veral men at the oars in that boat, and they ean force it along fa s ter than I can this one, alone." t Dick knew that his saf ety depended, to a large extent, pen, and calmly wait till something does happen. That is time enough, they reason-and it is the best philosophy. Nearer and nearer the boat drew to the shore. Dick began to think he would succeed in getting there far enough ahead of the redcoats so that he would be on the distance still to be traversed in reaching Newport. e nabled to escape. "How much farth e r i s it to Newport?" he asK:ed. If he could do thi s he would be all right. "Erbaout half a mile, mister." Half a mile! The redcoats fired another volley, however, and one of t h e bull e ts struck Dick in the left arm, inflicting a slight That was not far y et it would be quite a distance to flesh w ound. have to go with the British in swift pursuit Dick bent to the oar s however. He set his teeth. I will get there ahead of them or know the reason why he said to him s elf with g rim determination It was destined to be a close race. Whil e y e t half the distance r e m a ined to be traversed, the red c oats w e r e within hailing distance. "Stop!" came the command. "Stop, or we w ill fire! The boy was frightened. "'l'be y re g-goin' ter s-s hoot, mi ster!" be said, tremu lously; "bedn t we better s-stop ?" "No, m y young frie nd, we won' t stop," replied Dick, calmly; "the e had better b e nd dow n, howe.ver, so that in ca s e they do fire the bull et s will g o ove r thy head." The boy did as Dick suggested. It was not serious enough to make the youth stop rowing, and h e kept on, rowing his best. "Whut air yeou goin' ter do when yeou git ter ther i;,hore, mister?" the boy a s ked. "I s hall leap a s hore and run for it, my young friend." "An' whut'll I do?" The boy was evidently badly frightened. "I'll tell thee what thee can do." "Whut?" "Remain in the boat, and when the British come along side, tell them that I took the oars away from thee and f o rced t h e e to let me have the use of thy boat." Y eou think they won't hurt me, then?" "I think they will not injure thee, my young friend "All right; an' thank yeou fur tellin' me whut ter dew." V e rily, thee art welcome."


. \' THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. Dick kept on ro'Wing, strongly. Soon the prow of the boat struck the sandy beach. With a hasty "good-by," Dick leaped ashore. "Halt I" roared a stentorian voice from the pursuing boat, which was close enough so that Dick's action could be seen. Stop stop or you are a dead man But Dick had no notion of stopping. He raced up the sloping beach with the speed of the wind. "Might is right, these times, my pretty miss I" with coarse laugh. "You will have to give ue the kisses, f we are bound to have them." "We shall do nothing of the kind. Stand aside I" The girl's voice was clear and defiant, but it trembl somewhat, showing that it's owner was nervous and frigh enetl. The two British soldiers merely laughed', and each leap Feeling sure that another volley would be fired, Diek ran forward aud seized one of the girls. in an erratic, zig-zag course; which was calculated to make the aim of the redcoats very uncertain. The volley came, sure enough. The redcoats were greatly angered by the thought that the fugitive would escape them, after all, and they fired several shots. Fortunately, none of the bullets struck Dick. He kept right on running, and by the time the British reached the shore he had disappeared. Feeling that they could not overtake the fugitive, the The girls gave utterance to screams. "Help I Help!" they cried. Help was at hand. "You cowardly scoundrels I" cried Dick, and be leap forward. Crack his fist took one of the redcoats. The fellow uttered a cry of surprise and pain, and leasing bis hold on the girl, went down with a thud. Crack '!'hump l Dick dealt the other scoundrel two blows, and he, r redco11ts turned their attention to the boy. his comrade, released his hold and went sprawling to t They addressed him, fiercely, and in such a threatening ground. tone of voice that he,was greatly frightened; but he re"Now you are free to go your way, young ladies," sai membered what Dick had told him to say, and be said it. Dick, quietly. The redco11ts seemed rather dubious regarding the truth-As he spoke, he lifted his broad-brimmed hat and bowe fulness o.f the boy' s story, but having no proof that it was "Oh, thank you !-thank you!" .one of the girls crie not true, they were forced to accept it. "But you are in danger. T hose two dreadful men will They knew the boat was a common fishing-boat, and the you injury!" boy a fisherman's boy, so they did not hurt him in any way, "You are right about that, my pretty miss!" cried o save to frighten him terribly by threatening him. of the redcoats, hoarsely, as he scrambled to bis feet; They allowed him to take the oars, presently, and row will just about kill the young Broad-brim, and that's away, much to his relief. Meanwhile, Dick was making his way along one of the streets of Newport. Newport was not a large place, but there were many nice residences and a great many good and refined people lived there. fact!" "We will that!" from the other, as he, too, scrambl to his feet. "Thee wilt do well to go about thy business, friends, said Dick, quietly and calmly; "I am a man of peace, b if thee gets me aroused I may do thee grievous damage. Their lives were being made a burden to them, "Oh, sir, please come away!" one of the girls pleade The redcoats committed so many acts of vandalism that "Those terrible men will hurt you if you do not." no one could feel safe. Suddenly, as Dick turned a corner, he came .upon a scene which made his blood boil with anger. Two redcoats stood directly in the path of two beau tiful girls, and would not let them pasg. "You must pay toll, pretty ones," one of the redcoats "Have no fears, young ladies," said Dick; "I am ab to take care of myself; and if those sons of sin attack m I shall smite them in a way that will teach them to beha themselves." The redcoats were both on their feet by this time. They uttered hoarse growls of rage as they heard wha was saying; "you must give us some kisses before we will Dick said. let you pass!" "Yes, you'll smite us, won't you!" cried one. "We' "That's right," from the other; "some kisses from those show you! Go for him, Sanders!" ruby lips, pretty ones! -It won't hurt you." The two redcoaj;s rushed at Dick with the fury of macl dened tigers. The girls uttered cries of fear l ; "Let ue P'" !" oriOO one of the gfrls, spiritedly; "you .:ve no right to stop us I"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. But they did not know that the youth -who had come to The "thats" were two strong from his fist, which heir rescue was well able to take care of himself, even laid the redcoats flat upoi'i. tlie ground again. lgainst three or four ordinary men. Now the three were on their feet, and they hastened to Had they known it they would not have been so badly return to the attack. ightened. They were soon to learn this, however. So were the redcoats. As the two men advanced, they began striking out at ick in a fierce manner. They expected to quickly knock him down, when they tended to leap upon him a;nd pound him into a state of sensibility. Dick received several blows, but none were serious; and presently he succeeded in downing the three a second time. The girls stared in amazement. They were wonder-stricken. They would not have believed that one person could thus get the better of five. They could not doubt the evidence of their own eyes, however. But Dick was to be taken into account. They had seen Dick put the redcoats down, so it must They not have everything their own way. be a fact. ... The youth ducked and evaded for a few moments, and The two redcoats were now on their feet once more, and en, getting the opening which he was looking for, his they returned to the attack. sts shot out, first the right, then the left, and down went 'They advanced in such a hesitating, uncertain way, how'he two redcoats, flat upon their backs, on the sidewalk. ever, as to prove that they were doubtful of themselves, The girls uttered exclamations of amazement and delight. and it did not take Dick long to put them down. "Goodness!" cried one; "who would have thought it The three were now up, and although badly jarred and ossible !" demoralized, they attacked the youth once more. "Oh, I'm so glad!" cried the other. Like the two, they were now somewhat demoralized, and At instant three more redcoats appeared on the ii: was easier for Dick to put them down this time .. ene. He did it, too, and as quickly as possible. "Great guns I What's going on here?" cried one. "Is The two redcoats now struggled to their feet and slunk s your work?" the last to Dick, and in a fierce tone of away. I oice. CHAPTER IV. IN DEADLY DANGER. "Yea, verily, it is my work," said Dick. A roar of rage escaped the redcoats. "Verily, they know when they had enough," _said Dick, quietly. The three now struggled to their feet in their turn. They, too, had enough. They slunk away in the wake of their comrades. "Verily, the sons of sin have fled before the arm of righteousness," said Dick. Then he turned to the girls. "Thee can go thy ways in safety now, young ladies," he "Go for him, fellows!" cried one. "Give it to him! said. e'll teach him a lesson!" "Thanks to you!" from one of the girls. The three rushed upon Dick. "Oh, sir, how can we ever thank you!" from the other. The youth realized that now he would indeed, have his ands full. "Do not try," said Dick; "no thanks are necessaryI have a sister, and I have only done by thee as I would He was determined to protect the girls from insult, how-wish some one to do by my sister under like circumstances." ver, and feeling that the only way to do this would be by "You are brave and noble-hearted," one of the girls tsaid, hrashing the redcoats, he went in to do this. earnestly. He leaped backward, dodged, d1:_cked, evaded, struck out, "So he is!" from the other. nd finally succeeded in knocking the three down, one after "I have done my duty, no more, no less, young ladies; nother. and now, if you will allow me, I will escort thee to thy The other two were now on their feet, and they rushed at ick with the ferocity of tigers. "I am a man of peace," said Dick, "but since thee force e to it, take that-and that!" homes." "Oh, you are very, very kind!" from one. "Yes, indeed from the other. Dick made his way along the street in company with


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. the girls, and presently they paused in front of a nice looking residence. "I live here," said one, "and my companion is going to remain over night with me. Will you not tell us to whom we are indebted for when we so sorely needed ii?" "Richard Slater is my name, young ladies." The girls thanked Dick, earnestly, and then he took his departure, after bidding them good-night. At last the leader came to a stop in front of a larg deserted-looking house. The house was in the outskirts of the town. The leader took a key from his pocket and unlocked-t door. He opened the door and entered. "Come along," he said; "bring the cub in here.'" The four, with Dick in their midst, entered the house. The leader had paused just within the doorway, and h bick made his way along at a moderate pace. J!OW closed the door and locked it. :;.' "I wish I knew where General Prescott's headquai:ter& l i'Now waH a minute/' he, "I'll strike a light." ' the youth thought. "Well, I will :tlnd out sootier or He was not long in lighting a candle. later." Dick was busy with his thoughts, and did not look behind him. Had he done so he might have made a disbovery. He was being followed Several mei were stealing alohg, keeping as close to him as possible. Presently Dick struck ihto a street which was narrow and unlighted. This was a place just suited to the purposes of Dick's shadowers. They hastened their footsteps. They drew nearer and nearer to the youth. When Dick had reached a point about midway between "Come," he said, "bring him along." He led the way back altlng a hall, and paused in fro of a door on the left He opened the door and passed tbrl:lugh into the roo beyond. The men followed, with Dltik ii1 their midst. The leader tlepl:lsited the tiandle ol:l a tablti standing the centre of the rootI1, and then went a.rtd clos ed the doo He locked it, and placed the key in his pocket. "Sit down I" ordered one of the redcoats, indicating chair. Dick took a seat. He took a good look at the ttien. "They are the scoundrels who were annoying the girl the cross-streets, the men who were following him S\lddenly back yonder, and with whom I had my encounter,'' though rushed forward and hurled themselves upon him. Dick. Dick heard the sound of the rushing footsteps. This knowledge was disquieting. He started to turn to defend himself. Dick had handled the :(ellows roughly, and they woul Too late, however. The men were upon him. There were five of the men. Their combined weight was too much for Dick. Taken at a disadvantage, he could do but little. He was borne, struggling, to the ground He fought with all his might, even after this. But to no avail. His enemies had him in such fashion as to render him helpless. They well knew this, and they chuckled in glee. "We've got the young scoundrel, tight and fast!" said one. "Now, what shall we do with him?" "I know a good place to take him," said another; "the I rest of you bring him along, and I'll lead the way." "All right; go ahead. We'll bring him." Four of Dick's assailants held onto him, while the other took the lead. The party made its way along the streets a distance of several blocks. no doubt, be eager to revenge themselves on him. There was a bare possibility that the men might no know he person who had given them such a thras ing, pick thought. But this hope was soon dissipated .. The leader of the party of redcoats advanced and sta tioned himself in front of Dick. He looked the youth over fro:m head to foot. "So," he said, "you had fun with us a little while ago, now we are going to have fun with you!" There was a fierceness in his toM that was not reassur ing, to say the least. Dick did not fl.inch, howevt, or show any sign of fear. He would not please the fellows by Truth to tell, he did not feel greatly alarmed. He did not think the redcoats would dare kill him. Anything else that. they might do, he felt that he woulc be able to endure. Dick thought it possible he might make the redcoati think they had made a mistake, so he said :


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. = "I know :riot the meaning of what thee has said." He affected a look of innocence, and pretended to be luzzled. "Bah! you can't fool us, young fellow!" sneered the red oat. "We know you are the chap who pounded us all up, while ago. We followed you and never lost sight of you or a moment." Pausing in front of the youth, he gazed, searchingly, into Dick's eyes. "What are you, loyalist or rebel?" he asked. Dick did not think it would be good policy to tell them the truth. He f that under the circumstances he would be justified in telling what was not exactly tnie. "Indeed?" "I am neither," he replied, in answer to the redcoat's "Yes, 'indeed !' And i:iow we are going to get square with question. ou for the way you handled us." "Neither?" The fellow s tone was fierce and threatening. Dick laughed. "Well, it looks as if thee might be able to do as thee hast iaid," he remarked, calmly. The redcoats hardly knew wb.8.t to make of Dick. 1 He was so cool and self-possessed that they were filled ith surprise. It was extraordinary, they thought. "Who are you?" the spokesman of the redcoats suddenly ked. "It does not matter who I am," replied Dick. "I am but simple Quaker lad." The redcoat shook his head. "I am not so sure of that," he muttered. He looked at Dick searchingly. He turned to his comrades. He went across to the farther side of the room and beckned to his comrades They came across and the five engaged in a whispered onversation. "Neither; I am neutral." The redcoat shook his head. "That won't do," he said; "you must be either for or against. This thing of being neutral won't do at all. If you are not for the king, you are against him." "I don't see how thee can make that out," said Dick; "I am neither for nor against him." The man turned to his comrades. "If he isn't for the king, he's against him, isn't he?" he said. The men nodded. "He is!" they said, in grim tones. "And in that case he is a traitor to his king, eh, fellows?" The four nodded again. "He is they declared. "And what is the reward which shall be given to traitors ?" "A free dance at the end of a rope!" The redcoat nodded. "That is it, exactly!" he declared. 'Death to traitors' Dick, who was watching them closely, while seemingly is our motto." blivious, saw that the men were not unanimous in theil' ews. "So much the bet1'.er for me/' he thought; "it may delay ction on their part, and that is what I want." He looked around the room. He was looking for a possible avenue of escape. There was but the one door-the one at which they had tered. Then he drew a short piece of rope from his pocket. "Bind his arms, fellows (v he ordered. The four hastened to obey. Dick, seeing that affairs were becoming serious, attempted to resist, but the four were too strong for him and three held him while the fourth tied his wrists together behind his back. There were two windows. Meanwhile the other redcoat had busied himself tying a Presently the redcoats got through with their discussion. hangman'ei knot in the end of the long rope. Four came back and stood near Dick, while the fifth-He had finished by the time the four had finished their be leader-left the room. work of binding Dick's wrists, and he placed the noose over "I wonder what they are going to do?" thought Dick. the youth's neck. He was soon to learn. The redcoat returned, presently. He brought a rope. "Now what are they going to do with that rope, I wonler ?" thought Dick. The fellow approached Dick. "Come along, fellows," he said. He led the way out of the room and up a flight of stairs which led to the floor above. He tied the rope to the railing, which extended alongside the stair opening. "I don't think your feet will touch the stairs," he said,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. coldly and calmly; "we are going to throw you over the railing, and I think it will finish you I" CHAPTER V. DICK ESCAPES. Dick eyed the man, searchingly. He was a good judge of faces. He made up his mind that the redcoat meant what he said. The scoundrels really intended to hang him. Dick's heart sank; but he did not despair. He began casting about for some possible means of mak ing his escape from the death which threatened. There seemed to be no chance of doing so. He was apparently helpless. Dick presented an undaUlilted front, however. He would not let his enemies have a chance to gloat over him. If be must die, be would die game, and as became a mem ber of the famous band of "Liberty Boys." "Surely thee must be joking," said Dick, calmly; "thee cannot mean that thee wilt hang me." The redcoat leered. "You think not?" he half sneered. As good luck would have it, the redcoat who had bound Dick's wrists had not done a very good job. Of course, he had not expected that the youth would have an opportunity of trying to get the bonds loose. Dick worked rapidly, and was overjoyed to find, present ly, that he was succeeding in getting the rope loosened. He listened intently, so as to be sure of bearing the foot steps of the redcoats ahould they be returning. He had almost succeeded in getting his wrists free when he heard the footsteps and voices of the returning redcoats. "They are coming!" Dick thought. "I will have to hurry!" He worked rapidly, feverishly. Just as the first one of the redcoats to enter the house crossed the threshold, Dick succeeded in freeing his wrists. He cast the rope down and proceeded to remove the noose from around his neck. The redcoats glanced up and saw Dick in the _act of doing this. His surprise at seeing Dick's arms free was great. He paused as if shot at. He stared up at'Dick in amazement. His under-jaw dropped. Then he suddenly aroused himself. "Quick, fellows!" he cried. "The prisoner has freed his hands Follow me!" He bounded forward along the hall. "I don't think thee can mean what thee hast said." When he reached the stairs be came up them, three at a "Well, we'll show you! You can just wager. all your jump. worldly possessions that we will do what I have said. You But Dick was acting at the same time. are doomed!" But Dick was not to die just yet. At this moment the sounds of yelling and rushing foot steps were heard down: in the street. Then several shots were fired, and a voice cried out, as if in agony The redcoats looked at each other, inquiringly. "What can it mean?" one asked. "Let's go and see," from another. "Yes; this affair can wait a few minutes," from still another. The five left Dick standing there and rushed downstairs. They opened the front door and ran out of doors. Dick became all alive at once. He threw the noose off, just as the lrading redcoat reach ..ed the foot of the stairs. Then he turned and bounded away, down the hall. Dick did not know where he was going, but he must get a .way from the redcoats, at all hazards. The redcoats had left the candle when they went out of doors to investigate the cause of the yelling and shooting, and Dick blew out the light before leaping away. This plunged the upper hall in darkness, and wolfld make it difficult for the redcoats to hit Dick should they shoot at him. Angry cries escaped the lips of the redcoats. The thought that their intended victim might escape "Here is my chance!" be thought. "If I can get my them, after all, was exasperating. hands free I shall be all right." "Halt cried one. "Stop; you can't get away Stop, He began pulling and tugging at his bonds. or we will fire!" He worked rapidly, feverishly. Dick did not halt. The redcoats be back at any moment. Neither did he reply. If they returned before he succeeded in getting his arms He kept on till he came to the end of the hall. free, he would be doomed. Then he felt along the wall at the right-hand side.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. He soon found a door. Crack Crack Two of the redcoats had :fired. Of course, they had fired altogether by guess. They could not see, so could not take aim. The bullets did not come anywhere near Dick. As the reports sounded, Dick pushed the door open. He stepped through the doorway, into the xoom beyond. Then he closed the doo; He felt around and presently found the bolt. He pushed the bolt into its socket. "There!" he thought, with a sigh of relief. "I guess that will offer some resistance to the redcoats and delay them a little while, at any rate." Downward he shot. It seemed but an instant before he struck. He struck the ground. He was jarred, but was not injured. Dick feared that he might strike on a fence, or something that would injure him in some manner, but the bare ground did not hurt him. Dick hastened away from the vicinity with all possible speed. He knew that the redcoats, eager for revenge on him for the pounding he had given them, would pursue him: He was right in this. The redcoats quickly learned that Dick had escaped from the house. He heard the sound of hurrying feet out in the ball. The open window told the story of how he had made bis "They'll be after me very quickly," thought Dick. "I escape. must get out of this house in some way. I am not safe yet, So eager were the redcoats to catch Dick that they did by any means." Dick felt his way across the room. He was on strange ground, and had to go slow. He was soon at the farther side of the room. He felt around till he found the window which he was sure must be there. He tried the window. It was fastened. Dick soon found the fastening and loosened it. Then he raised the window. He leaned out and tried to see the ground. He could see nothing distinctly. He figured that it could not be more than fifteen feet to the ground, however, and decided to risk a drop from the window. There came a rattling sound at the door of the room. One of the redcoats was trying to open the door. not wait to go back downstairs and out of doors the regu lar way, but climbed through the window and dropped, as Dick had done. Then they set out in pursuit. They had paused for an instant to listen, and hearing footsteps, they bad gone in the direction in which the foot steps sounded. They ran as swiftly as they could, but they were not as fleet of foot as was Dick. He led bis pursuers a merry chase, and by doubling and turning frequently, finally managed to throw them off the track altogether. When be was sure of this, Dick paused and lOoked about him. ''Now, what shall I do next?" he asked himself. H e hardly knew what to do. Of course, it would not open, and this was sufficient for The fact of the matter was, that he could not do muc h the redcoat. at night. He knew that Dick must have taken refuge in the room. "This way, fellows!" Dick heard a voice call. "I've got him treed. He's in this room Come on, and help me force the dool' !" "I'll have to get out of here at once!" thought Dick. He would have to wait till the next day, when he would no doubt, be able to learn something that would be of valu e Dick decided to hunt up a tavern 11.nd put up for the night. He moved down the street. "They will br.eak the door down." Pre s ently he saw a group of men standing in the stree t. He climbed over the window-sill and began lowering They were talking excitedly. himself down. Dick walked very slowly, and when still ten yards distan t He held onto the window-sill, and was soon hanging, he stopped. extended, at full length. He saw that the majority of the men were redcoats, and At this instant there was a loud crash in the room. felt that he might be in danger if he ventured too near. The redcoats had burst the door open. Dick listened to the conversation of the men for a few ... Dick did not delay longer. moments, and was reassured. He loosened his hold and dropped. They were discussing an affray which had taken place


rTHE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. between some of the British soldiers and several citizens of the town. Dick gathered that one of the citizens had been killed, and that a couple of the redcoats had been wounded. Not feeling that he was concerned, he decided to go on about his business. He walked onward. He was not to get past unchallenged, however. The redcoats were angered by the fact that a couple of their comrades had wounded, and catching sight of Dick as he drew opposite them, they called to him to halt, and got in his way so as to bar his progress. "Don't be so fast, my Quaker friend!" said one. "Who are you, anyway, and where are you going?" "I see not why that should matter to thee," said Dick, calmly. "Oh, you don't, eh?" "I do not." "Well, it does matter. When we see a Quaker running around on the streets, we usually inquire into the matter a bit. Who are you, and what are you doing on the streets at this time of the night?" "I do not wish to give thee cause for anger, friend," said Dick, quietly, "but I must deny thy right to question me." This made the redcoats angry. ''What's that! You deny my right to question you?" "Say, there's insolence for you I" "He is too saucy, altogether!" ''He needs a lesson!" "Let's give him one!" ,, "Yes, let's give the saucy Broad-brim a drubbing I" The redcoats made threatening demonstrations, but Dick did not flinch. He waved the men back. "I beg of you not to show me violence," he said; "if thee do, I shall defend myself. I give thee fair warning." This amused the redcoats The idea of the one man offering resistance to the crowd was so absurd as to make them laugh. "What could you do, Broad-brim?" laughed one. "You couldn't hurt a fly." "I will admit that I am a man of peace," said Dick, calmly, "but if attacked, I shall defend myself. I give thee warning." Again the redcoats laughed Once, twice, thrice he struck out, and each time down went a man. ThiR was a good start, but Dick did not let it stop here. He suddenly became converted into a human cycloneat least so it seemed to the redcoats. He went at the astonished British soldiers with a fierce. ness that amazed them. More, it demoralized, almost paralyzed them. They would not have believed one man could do so much work in such a brief space of time as Dick did, in less than half a minute. Dick knocked seven or eight of the redcoats down, and leaped away, up the street, almost before they could realize what was taking place. The others recovered from their temporary feeling of stupor, however, and set out in chase of Dick. "Stop stop I" some yelled. "Kill him I" others shouted. "Kill the Quaker!" There is no doubt that Dick would have suffered at their hands had they succeeded in getting their hands on him, but he was too fleet for them, and gradually drew away from his pursuers. He got clear away from them, after a while, and then breathed a sigh of relief. "I guess I had better find a tavern and get in out of signt," Dick thought. "I'll get into serious trouble, if I am not careful." CHAPTER VI. GENERAL PRESCOTT SEES STARS. Dick soon found a tavern, and engaging and paying for a room, he went to it, and to bed. He was soon asleep, and slept soundly till morning. As soon as he had eaten breakfast, he went out upon the street. He stopped a boy, whom he met. "Wilt thee tell me where General Prescott has his head quarte-rs, my young friend?" Dick asked. "Yes, sir," replied. the boy. Then heshowed Dick the house where Prescott had his "Go or him, fellows !" cried one. "Let's put him to the quarters. test!" Dick thanked the boy and made his way toward the The redcoats leaped forward, and feeling sure that the house. time had come for action, Dick struck out straight lrom Pausing on the opposite side of the street, Dick took a the shoulder. survey.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. 15 He wished to size the place up. Dick did not like the location of the house very well. It was one of an almost unbroken series, and it would bf impossible to surround it, should he come there with his "Liberty Boys" for the purpose of trying to capture General Prescott. It would be an exceedingly dangerous undertaking to venture into Newport with the "Liberty Boys," anyway. Still Dick was determined to risk it, if no other way offered. He was determined to capture the British Dick did not linger in the vicinity any longer than was necessary. He was afraid he might attract attention, and that would be dangerous. Dick wandered about the town. And this man carried a heavy, gnarled stick I "It is be!" thought Dick. "I am sure of it. Jove! if my 'Liberty Boys' were only here!" But the "Liberty Boys" were not there. Dick was alone, so did not dare try to capture the man. He made up his mind to turn the tables on the British commander, however. General Prescott bad been in the habit of bumping the heads of Quakers; Dick would bump the General's bead and see how be liked it. Dick could hardly keep from smiling as the humor of the idea struck him. It would be retributive justice. Dick began to work toward this end. He seized hold of the man, and began ma.nreuvring to get a hold that would enable him to accomplish his purpose. He was studying its location, the run of the streets, and Evidently the offensive move on Dick's part astonished everything of that kind. the officer. At noon he returned to the tavern where be bad slept and "Why, why, what does this mean!" he cried. "You insobreakfasted, and ate dinner. lent scoundrel! Do you dare offer resistance? I will During the afternoon Dick kept up his work of familiarhave you hanged, as sure as my name is Prescott!" izing himself with Newport and its surroundings. "It is be, sure enough!" said Dick to himself. "Good I At about the middle of the afternoon, as Dick was walkWill have me banged, will you? Very well; I'll give ing slowly along, be met a British officer. As he approached Dick, the officer looked at the youth, sternly and frowningly. Dick did not like the man's look, but was passing quietly by when the officer suddenly leaped forward and seized him by the throat. "You refuse to take off your hat to me, do you, you Quaker dog!" the officer cried, his face red with anger. "Well, I will give you a lesson in manners which you will not soon forget P' The officer was a large, strong man. As be spoke, be shoved Dick over against the wall. He attempted to bump the youth's bead against the wall. Dick bad now recovered from his surprise, however, and was himself again. Dick wai;i a phenomenally strong youth. a sore head, first!" Dick began working with great vigor. He managed to get his favorite bold-the throat of his opponent. The instant be succeeded in this, Dick gave the British officer's throat a squeeze that brought an exclamation of rage and pain from its owner. The exclamation was inarticulate, almost, as Dick's grip was so tight the man could scarcely give utterance to a sound. That the officer was amazed and angry, however, was evident from the look upon his face. Murder was written there. He began struggling :fiercely. He was a large, powerful man, and be gave Dick some.. trouble. Few men were his equal in this respect. The youth was phenomenally strong, however, and was He exerted his strength and succeeded in keeping the as supple and active as a cat, and he more than offset the man from accomplishing his purpose. At the same time a startling thought fl.ashed into Dick's mind: Might not this man be General Prescott ? General Washington had said that the British comothers' efforts. Then, too, the deadly throat-bold gave him an advantage. General Prescott began to gasp and gurgle. He grew red in the face, and then almost black. No doubt he would have called for help had he bee}l mander made a practice of bumping the heads of Quakers able to do so. against the wall, if they refused to take o:ff their hats to He could utter no cry, however. him; or of pounding them over the shoulders with a Dick now bad things bis own way. gnarled stick. He slammed the officer against the wall with great force.,


16 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. Then he bumped the man's head against the wall a num ber of times. Doubtless the hard-headed British officer saw more stars than he had ever before seen in the daytime. Suddenly Dick heard excited cries, and the sound of rushing feet. He glanced around. A dozen redcoats were running toward him. They were, perhaps, fifty yards distant. Dick realized that he was in danger. If he remained where he was he would be captured. A;tid to be captured would mean little short of death, as the British commander would not spare one-and -a Quaker at that-who had dared to treat him as Dick had done. The youth had little doubt that hanging w.ould be his fate. So, not wishing to be captured, he suddenly released the officer and darted away, down the street. By the time the redcoats reached the point where General Prescott stood, he had regained hi s wind and was able to speak. He was wild with rage. He pointed toward Dick. "Capture that scoundrel!" he cried. "Don't let him escape Twenty pounds to the man or men who fir s t lay He ran clear through to the side of the clump of trees, and out at the side. He kept on down the It sloped toward the water. He reached the water, and noticing a boat, leaped into and, seizing the oars, he rowed away as fast as he could. The pursuers had discovered, ere this, that Dick had not stopped in the old house, and they had come on and had emerged from among the in time to see the youth enter the boat and row away. They came running down to the shore, giving utterance to wild yells. When they reached the shore they were at fault. There were not boats there in which they could follow the fugitive. Farther along the shore were boats, however, and the redcoats ran in that direction. A quarter of a mile distant they found what they were looking for. They leaped into the boats and started in pursuit of Dick. Dick was an expert with the oars, however, and he drew rapidly away from his pursuers. The redcoats were not experts, and their efforts were of the most clumsy description. Dick knew it would not do to try to row out through the passage, in a southerly direction, as the British warbands on him!" ships guarded the passage at that point; so he rowed in a "We'll capture him!" was the cry, and the reacoats ran northerly direction. onward in pursuit of Dick. Dick was pretty shrewd, however. He had not spent nearly a whole day looking around the town for nothing. He had made mental note of some places which offered In order to round the north end of Conanicut Island, Dick would have to row at least five miles, but this would not be a gre;i,t task for him. He was strong, and his muscles were seasoned. He rowed onward and gradually increased his lead. opportunities for hiding. He was not more than an hour in rounding the end of Dick made his way in the direction of the nearest one the island, and by that time he was nearly a mile in advance of those places. It was an old h ouse, unoccupied, which stood in the midst of a clump of trees. Dick ran swiftly. He left his pursuers gradually behind. '.Presently he reached the clump of trees. of: his pursuers. "I don't believe they will pursue me any farther," thought Dick. "In that case there will be no need of me going any farther. I wish to return to Newport as soon as darkness sets in, anyway, and there is no use of tiring myself out by rowing to the mainland, if I am not pur-He darted into the midst of the trees and disappeared sued." from the view of his pursuers. Dick decided to stop, and see what his pursuers did before They uttered yells, and came on as rapidly as they could. continuing on his way. Dick ran rapidly through the clump of trees. He took a careful survey of the shore of the island. He did not stop at the old house. Seeing no signs of any one, he rowed in to the shore He reasoned that his pursuers would think he had done and alighting from the boat tied the painter to a tree. so, and that they would lose valuable time stopping to look He made his way up to the top of a little promontory, for him there. So he kept on. and looked back in the direction from which he had just come.


'rRE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. The pursuing boats had come to a stop. Dick had expected this. He was glad to see it, too. It would save him considerable work, as he would not have to row on over to the mainland. The redcoats were evidently discussing the situation. They undoubtedly came to the conclusion that it would be useless to follow Dick any farther, for the boats turned around and started back toward Newport. "Good I" thought the youth. "I am all right now. Ap. that I will have to do\will be to wait here till dark and then I can row back to Newport with perfect safety Dick remained where he was and watched the boats till they got to be mere specks on the water, then he went back down to where he had left his boat. A surprise awaited him there. His boat was gone! It had mysteriously disappeared. CHAPTER VII. "RODERICK, THE STRONG." Dick was amazed. He was startled as well. What had become of his boat? It had not drifted away, of that he was certain, for he had tied the painter securely. 'l'hen some one must have taken it But who? That was the question. And where was the person now? Dick looked out over the water, and up and down the shores on the island. He could see nothing of the boat. Whoever had taken he boat had not left the island. Dick was sure of this. He bad progressed perhaps half a mile when suddenly he was startled by hearing a noise behind him. He whirled quickly. As he did so he caught sight of a nondescript-looking being, who was almost upon him, and who evidently intended to attack him. Dick did not have time to evade the newcomer, but he seized hold of him, and a struggle began. Dick soon realized that he was in danger. The man was very strong. Dick could see his opponent's face,. and he noted that there was a wild light glowing in the man's eyes. "I believe he is insane!" the youth thought. A thrill went through him. It was a thrill that was akin to horror. Dick did not like the idea of having to contend with a crazy man. It was not pleasant to think of. The fellow was wonderfully strong. Dick had never in his life been engaged in a contest with one so preternaturally strong as this man. The youth fought with energy and determination, how ever. He was working to secure a throat-hold. If he could do that he felt confident that he would be able to overcome the strange being, in spite of his wonder ful strength. Dick and his opponent and bent, first one seeming to have the advantage, then the other. They staggered hither and thither. They panted and gasped. The strange being growled after the fashion of a wild beast. Feeling sure that his life was at stake, Dick fought with desperate energy. Suddenly Dick's feet got tangled in a trailing vine. Re realized his danger. He made a desperate effort to free his feet. He was unable to do so. The man seemed to understand the predicament of hie "He must have gone down along the west shore," opponent. thought Dick; "ii he had come along the east shore I would He gave utterance to a chuckle of delight. have seen him." He threw his weight against the youth. Proceeding on this theory, Dick started along the shore. He walked as rapidly as the nature of the ground would permit, and kept a sharp lookout for the boat. The timber and underbrush were thick, making progress rather difficult, and as the shore was crooked, there being Dick was unable to move backward, to offset the man's weight, and the result was that he was thrown to the ground. The madman-for such he undoubtedly was-gave utter ance to a cry of delight, and fell upon Dick with all his a great many bends and indentures, Dick's progress was force. slow. His long, bony fingers grasped Dick by the throat.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. Ile compressed the fingers, and to Dick they seemed to be made of steel. The youth gasped for breath. He struggled desperately. Suddenly he chuckled again. ''I know what I will do," be murmured; "I will take him home with me, and then, as soon as be 1comes to, we will have another combat. Doubtless he will say that he He tried to tear those steel-like :fingers loose from his would have overcome me if his feet had not become entnroat. tangled in the vine, and will wish to try it over again. I To no avail. He could not do it. shall be willing-more than willing, for I am Roderick, the Strong 1 I am the strongest man in the world, and I Dick realized this. am glad of a chance to prove it. Ha! ha! ha!" It was terrible. The laughter of the madman was something uncanny Was he to die here in the woods, at the hands of a madto hear. man? It began to look as if this was to be his fate. But he would not give up. He would fight to the last. He kept on struggling and trytng to get the fingers loose from his throat. He felt that if he could do this he might still be able to get the better of the man. But he could not get his throat free from the terrible grip of the madman. Dick gasped and gurgled. He heard a strange, singing noise. The sky grew dark and hazy. He trie d to g e t bi s breath, but could not do it. Dick could not hear it, however, so it had no effect on him. The madman stooped and lifted Dick's seemingly life. less form as easily as though it were a bundle of straw, and strode away through the timber. Ile made his way along a distance of perliaps a hun dr e d y ards, when he came to a log house. The door of the house stood open. The man walked into the house, and as he did so a rather good-looking, but s ad-faced girl of about seventeen years of a g e looked up from some sewing she was engaged upon. As her eyes fell upon the burden the man was carrying, a cry escaped her. "Oh, father, who i s it? What is the matter with him? Dick r e alized that he was on the verge o! b e comirig unYou haven t killed him!" she cried, rapidly, tremblingly. consciou s Th e m a dman placed Dick's form on a cot at one side of what would happen to him as soon as he s hould become th e r oom before replying. unconscious, he asked himself. While he was wondering, he suddenly became insensible. For once Dick had been O\fercome in a hand-to-hand combat. Then he said, calmly and deliberately: "I have not killed him, daughter. He is not dead. He<;_d his puny strength against my wonderful strength, t,hat iR all, and the result was that he got the worst of it. Ill luck had been largely responsible for it, however. 1 have brought him here, and as soon as he comes to we Had his :feet not become entrangled in the might have gotten the better of his opponent. vines he will have another contest. He is strong, very strong for a youth, but he is no match for Roderick, the Strong!" As soon as he realized that Dick was unconscious, the man let go of the youth's throat. He rose to his feet. He stood and looked down on the insensible youth with an expression of triumph in bis eyes He chuckled, audibly. "So he thought to overcome Roderick, the Strong, did he?" the man murmured. "Ha! he is a fool, like all the A sad look came over the girl's face as she listened. A look was on her face as she gazed down upon the face of the insensible youth. She noted the red stripes where the madman s :fingers had c om.pressed Dick's throat. She turned hastened away. She went into another room, but quickly returned. She brought a wet cloth. rest. It is something no living man can do. I am stronger Kneeling beside the cot, she bathed Dick's face. than Samson of old!" The cold water was just what was needed. The man was certainly insane. After a littleJ Dick gave utterance to a gasping sigh, and The madman looked down on Dick for a fE w moments, opened his eyes. and then a frown came over his face. "What shall I do with him?" he muttered. He scratched his head and looked reflective. He looked around him wonderingly. He looked into the face of the girl, and a puzzled look appeared in his eyes.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. "Where am I?" he murmured. "What has happened?" Then, as Dick's eyes fell upon the face of the madman, he started. "Ah, I remember now!" he said. "You pitted yourself against the mighty Roderick," said the madman, with a chuckle; "you pitted yourself against Roderick, the Strong, and got the worst of it. But you shall have another try, if you wish. If you think I did win fairly, you can have another chance." "Don't mind him," whispered the girl, a look of pain on her face, "he is not right in his head. Pacify him by telling him that he is your superior in strength, and it will be all right. He will not hurt you." "He will be gone several minutes," the girl said, in a hurried voice. "He took your boat. Come with me and I will show you where it is hidden." "I shall be very much obliged to you, miss," said Dick, enrnestlr The girl led the way out of the house, Dick following dosely. A short walk brought them to the water's edge. The girl pointed to a clump of bushes which extended out over the water. "Your bual is under there," she said. "Thank you," said Dick; "thank you, very much! But won't yum father be very angry when he discovers that I "Very well, and thank you for the suggestion," said Dick. have recovered my boat and gone away?" Then to the man he said : "Yes; but he won't harm me. He might hurt you if he "I am satisfied, sir. I am no match for you. I do not got the chance, and for that reason you had better go at think it worth while to pit myself against you again. It once. He might come at any moment." would be the same thing over again." At this instant the sound of hurrying footsteps was heard. The madman chuckled in a self-satisfied way. ''He is coming!" the girl cried. "Hurry, get into your "Then you acknowledge it, do you? You are indeed wise, boat and go away. If he catches you now he may do for you stand no chance against Roderick, the Strong." "I know it," said Dick. He swung his feet to the floor and rose to a sitting posture. "Who are you, and why are you living here?" asked Dick, looking inquiringly at the girl. "My name is Mary Underhill, and I have lived here for years with my father," was the reply. "Ah, indeed ?" "Yes;" and then, with an inquiring look: "Who are you, and how came you on the island?" you serious harm. Hurry!" Dick had no desire to become engaged in another com bat with the madman. Not that he feared for himself, but he was afraid he might have to do the poor man serious hurt in protecting himself, and for the daughter's sake he would have hated to have to do that. So he said good-by, and hastened in under the clump of bushes. Sure enough, his boat was there. As Dick stepped into the boat and started to untie the "I came ashore, down at the end of the island, a while painter, he heard the hurrying footsteps close at hand and ago," explained Dick, "and while I was away from my boat he heard, also, angry cries. some one took it away. I was looking for it when-when "Hurry I" came in the excited voice of the girl. "Don't your father came upon me." aelay an instant." "Ha! ha I ha! You are clever, young man, very clever," Dick got the painter untied and pushed the boat's head laughed the madman; "but you were searching for me. away from the shore just as the madman came plunging You wished to try your strength against that of Roderick under the bushes. the Strong! You need not deny it for it will do no good." "Hold I Stop!" the madman cried. "You must not go! Dick saw it would do no good to dispute the word of the You shall not go I Sfop, I say!" madman. But Dick had no notion of stopping. He laughed, and nodded. He seized the oars, placed them in the rowlocks, and "Yes, you are right," he agreed; "I got the worst of it, too, and I am ready to go away just as soon as I can find my boat. 'l'he girl turned to the ma.I).. "I am needing some water, father," she said; "will you go to the spring and bring me some?" "Ye8, daughter." The man at once left the room. began pulling. The madman yelled and raged, but it did no good. Dick kept at work with the oars. .. He pulled out from the shore a distance of perhaps fifty feet, and then rowed leisurely along, keeping about the same distance from the shore all the time. The madman ran along the shore, keeping pace with the boat.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. He kept ordering Dick to come tothe shore, and when the youth kept right on in the direction of the end of the island, and paid no attention to the madman, he became wild with rage. He threatened Dick, telling him what he would do if he got hold of him, but Dick did not intend that this should happen. The youth rowed leisurely along. He was in no hurry. He did not wish to get back to Newport before dark. So he had time to spare. He reached the end of the island presently. Rounding it, he headed toward Newport. He turned and looked back over his shoulder. He could see no boats anywhere between him and his destination, so he felt that he was safe. He looked back toward the island. The madman stood up on the promontory. He was waving his arms and gesticulating in a threaten ing manner. He was giving utterance to threats, too, but Dick had nothing to fear from him. Dick rowed very leisurely. Hie object was to kill time, so he would not reach New port until after dark, and he succeeded. It was dark when he got there, and a few minutes later he was again threading the streets of Newport. CHAPTER VIII. IN CLOSE QUARTERS. Here he turned and made his way back to the alley. He turned into the alley and made his way up it till he was at the rear of the house occupied by the commander of the British forces. Dick climbed over the fence and crossed the little back yard. There was a door at the rear. Dick tried this. It was, like the one at the front, fastened. There were two windows. Dick proceeded to try these. The first one was immovable. The other gave slightly, but would not go on up. Dick figured that the window-catch must be weak and defective. "If I had something to pry with, I believe I could raise the window," he thought. Then he began looking around for something to pry with. He soon succeeded in finding a stout stick. Taking a knife from his pocket, Dick whittled the stick to a sharp point. -He returned to the window. Placing the end of the stick under the window, Dick pried upward. The window moved slightly. "Good!" thought Dick "I'll get it up, I am sure." He caught a deeper hold with the stick and pried again. The window moved upward some more. Again Dick caught a deeper bold with the stick. He pried, with a strong, steady lift. There was a snapping sound, and the window moved an inch or more. "Good!" thought Dick. "I've broken the catch. Now Dick made his way in the direction of the house occupied I Bhall be able to raise the window without difficulty." by General Prescott. This proved to be the case. The catch was broken, and Dick easily raised the window. The youth listened a few moments. He was not a great while in reaching there. Dick wished to enter the house. But how was he to do so? That was the question. The youth was one who made quick decisions, however. He made up his mind to try the doors and windows. He might find one that was unfastened. Dick walked right up to the front door and tried it. It was bolted. There were a couple of'windows in front. Dick tried these. They were fastened. Hearing some one coming, Dick hastened away. He made his way to the corner. He wished to make sure he had not attracted the attention of any one within the house. He heard no sound to indicate the presence of any one. "I guess no one heard me," thought Dick. "I'll go in." He climbed slowly and carefully through the window. A few moments later he stood erect within the room into which the window opened. Dick again listened. He heard no sounds at all. Being sure that he had not disturbed any one, or attract ed attention, Dick moved slowly and carefully across the room


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. s arms were outstretched in front of him, and he felt js way carefully. He was on strange ground, and it was necessary that he be very cautious. Presently he reached the wall. He felt along the wall. Soon his hand came in contact with a door-knob. Dick turned the kllob. He pushed the door open. Slowly and carefully he made his way through the open-ing. Dick could not see a thing. There was not a light to be seen anywhere. Dick decided that he must be in a hall. He felt around and soon discovered that this was the case. The hall extended toward the front of the house. Dick made his way slowly along the hall. He felt his way. Dick listened at the door for a few moments. He could not bear a sound. "This is the quietest place I have found in a long time!" thought Dick. "Some one must live here, else there would be no light." Dick stood silent for a few moments. Then he placed his hand on the door-knob. He turned the knob. He exercised the utmost care in doing so. He knew he was taking a great risk. There might be some one in the room. He might see the door-knob turn. In that case he would be on the watch for some one to enter. Then it would fare badly with the youth if he should enter. Dick was not to be kept back by fears of what might be, however. He was a brave youth, ready to take chances in order to Occasionally he paused and listened. make a success of any undertaking on which he was enAs yet he had not heard a single sound to indicate that gaged. the house was occupied. "I wonder if I have made a mistake?" Dick asked him self. "I should think that if this house is occupied I would have seen or heard somebody before this." Then he thought that the hired help had got an evening out, and that the officers and members of his suite might be upstairs. "I'll go upstairs and see what I can :find, anyway," the youth thought. He made his way along the hall as rapidly as was con sistent with carefulness. At last he came to a stairway. "Good $aid Dick to himself. "Now I can go upstairs, and I will soon :find out whether or not there is anybody here." Dick made his way up the stairs. He went slowly, as the stairs creaked somewhat, and be did not know v,ho might be listening. The door was not locked. When Dick had turned the knob as far as he could, and pushed against the door, the door opened. Dick more than half expected to be greeted by a pistol shot. It would not have surprised him had two or three men leaped upon him. But nothing of the kind occurred. There was a very good reason for this. The room into which Dick looked was unoccupied. At any rate, there was no one in the room at that moment. Dick, feeling sure of this, stepped acro s s the threshold. He closed the door behind him. He began making an e xamination of the room and its contents. He soon became convinced th a t he was i n the room oceu pied by a high British officer. When he was at the top, he paused and listened "I should not be surpris ed i.f it wer e G e neral Prescott's He could hear no sound. room!" thought Dick. He strained his eyes to pierce the darkness surrounding Acting on this t h eory, and t hinking he migbt :find pap e r s him. '.:1 of value, Dick b egan a sea r c h o f the draw e rs of a d esk a1 Dick thought that he saw a faint streak of light some one side of the room. distance in front of him. While thus engaged, Dic k w a s sudde nl y s tartl e d by hea r -He moved slow'iy and cautiously toward the point in ing voices and footst e ps. question. Presently he reached it. He saw that the light in question came underneath a door. Somebody was comin g There were more than one. The footsteps sounded in the hall and on the stairs. Dick thought :first of bolting from the room.


BOYS' PRIZE. ================================================================2He feared he would be seen, however, and dismissing this thought he looked about him for some oth<::r means of escape. There was another door at one side of the room Dick opened this door. It opened into a large closet. 'fhe closet was pretty well filled with clothing-mostly British uniforms. The footsteps and voices were almost at the door of the room now. Dick had no time to spare. He stepped into the closet and closed the door. At the same instant the other door opened and three British officers entered. Dick could not see them, but he could hear them. He listened intently. This in Prescott's voice. {. "How long will we be away?" J!11b "We will be gone all day to-morrow and all night to1 morrow night." "Where will we stay to-morrow night?" "At Morton's Tavern." "Oh, yes; well, that will be all right. Morton gives ,ei fellow plenty of good food and plenty of good wine." So he does." Dick made a menta1 note of this. Somehow, he felt that here was to be the opportunity fol which he was looking. If the tavern in question was any distance removed froID the camp of the British, Dick was sure he and his "LibertJ Boys" could effect the capture of the British commander. At any rate, they might wait a long time before theJ He soon became convinced that one of the three was would have a better chance, Dick thought. General Prescott. This was the case. The other two were his confidential advisors. "It is too bad that that scoundrelly Quaker was not cap tured this afternoon, your excellency," said one of the men. An angry exclamation escaped the lips of General Pres cott. He made up his mind to investigate matters at the earli est possible moment. He would go and look over the ground early in the morning. He would locate Morton's Tavern, and. the camp of thi British. Then he would return to the mainland, to the poinl "I wish my men had captured him," he cried; "I would where the "Liberty Boys" were encamped, they would pro have had the scoundrel hanged, as sure as my name is cure boats, row back to the island, make their way to the Prescott!" "And quite right, too!" "Yes, the rascal deserves to be hung." Thus spoke Prescott's companions. "The idea of his daring to offer violence to me The British commander's voice vibrated with anger. Evidently the officer thought no greater crime could be committed than for any one to offer violence to his august self. Dick listened, with amusement. He knew they had referenceto the episode of the after noon, when he had bumped the head of the British commander against the wall. "It is really too bad," thought Dick, sarcastically; "it is certainly a terrible thing for a person to do-to defend one's self against attack from a tyrant and scoundrel. I must say, though, that I am not sorry I did so, and I think I should do the same thing again." tavern and capture General Dick had beard all that he cared to hear now. He wished that he was out of the room. But how was he to get out? That was the question. It was a difficult question, too. Dick had taken note of the fact that there was a bed i the room. He reasoned, from this, that he would be unable to mak al! attempt to leave the room until after the two officers ha taken their departure, and General Prescott had gone to be and to sleep. This might be several hours yet. This was not pleasing to think of. Dick was somewhat cramped for room, and was almo smothered. It was very hot and close in the closet. The three officers kept up a running conversation, and Dick was almost gasping for breath. Dick could tt;ill that they were drinking and smoking. "I must have some air," the youth thought, "come wha "By the way, your excellency," one of the officers said, may, I am going to open the door a little ways. I'l after a slight pause, "are we to make that trip up to the smother to death, anyway, if I don't." end of the island to-morrow, as we had intended?" Dick knew it would be dangerous to open the door, b "Yes, we will go, M:ossett." it ever so slightly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. 1 b' ne or more of the officers might have his or their eyes the door, and would see the least movement. But no matter. He must open the door or die. Taking hold of the knob, Dick turned it, slowly and ntly. When he had turned the knob as far as it would go, ick pushed the door open about an inch. As he did so, he heard a startled exclamation from one the officers. "The closet door!" the -officer cried. "I saw it move!" CHAPTER IX. BAOK AMONG HIS "LIBERTY BOYS." Dick's heart nearly stood still. What he had feared might happen, had happened. One of the officers had chanced to be looking at the door He knew it would take quick, :fierce work to insure his success and make it possible for him to escape. The next instant the closet door came open with a jerk. Gene1al Prescott gj;ood there. He got one glance at Dick. "The Quaker!" he cried, in amazement. Dick said not a word. He acted, inste ad Out hat his arm, His fist caught the British comm ander fair between the eyes. Dick had put as much force in the blow as the cramped nature of his quarters would permit. 'rhis was sufficient for the youth's purpose. The officer went down, flat on his back on the floor, with a crash. 'rhen Dlck leaped through the doorway. The two officers stood, staring in open-mouthed amazement. They seemed paralyzed. presence of Dick was very surprising, in the first place, and then the audacity of the youth in knocking the s Dick pushed it open. British commander down was in itself almost sufficient The result was the exclamation and the words as given to render the two officers incapable of a movement. hove. "What's tbat !" this in the voice of General Prescott. You saw the closet door move? You must be mistaken." "No, I am not!" in a dogged tone. "The closet door was 'ght shut when we came in here, and just now it suddenly ame open an inch at least. It stands that way now, as ou may see 1or yourself. I believe there is some oM in ere." There was a rattling sound as of a sword being drawn rom its scabbard, as the officer ceased speaking. This was exactly what had taken place. All three men rose to their feet. "I'll soon see whether or not there is any one in there!" ried General Prescott. He strode toward the closet door as he spoke. Dick heard the words, and the approaching footsteps. He realized that he was in for it. In another instant he would be discovered. He had had but little time for thought. He had to decide upon his course of action instantly, as were. He did so. He made up his mind to act promptly and boldly. He felt that his best chance for success lay in doing s. He gathered himself together for the effort. Dick rushed toward the one standing nearest him. The other officer held a sword in his hand. As Dick advanced, tire two suddenly regained possession of their faculties. "I'll run him through!" cried the one with the sword. But Dick did n6t intend to permit this to be done. He seized the officer who was unarmed. He kept his eyes on the one with the sword. He knew the fellow would run him through, if he got the chance. Quakers were at a discount in Newport in those days, and Dick especially was under a ban. The youth was qetermined that he would not die by ffie sword oi the British officer, however. The youth was phenomenally strong. And now, in this supreme moment of he felt that he was doubly strong. He lifted the officer off his feet and raised him in the mr. As the officer with the sword leaped forward, intent on imbedding the point of the weapon in Dick's body the youth hurled the unarmed officer through the air. He went as if shot out of a cannon. His body struck that of his brother officer. The momentum was great, and the officer could not stand up before the impact of the flying body.


He .nit down, :;"itli his bxother officer on top of him. .. escaped both.-.. General Prescotti who was struggling to his feet, addeq some to the gtneral stock of cries and epithets. The instant Dick hurled the officer from him,_ he toward the door. 't He jerked the door open and leaped out into the hall. He knew that the redcoats would be after him very quickly. He bounded along the hall in the direction of the stair-' way. Dick The heard him, and gave utterance to wild yellJ They set out. m pursuit. "Jove!" thought Dick, "if they keep up that yellinf they will all Newport, and it will be a difficult maP ter Jor me to escape." He kept on running, however. He wished to increase his lead as much as possible befo the yells of the pursuing officers attracted the attention o people on the street. Dick reached the street, and instead of turning up i; he crossed it and continued down the next alley. As it was dark in the hall, Dick had to slow up a bit. He had been seen, however, and a number started i He was afraid that he might fall downstairs and break pursuit. his neck. The chase became lively. This would be as bad as to be killed by the redcoats. Dick was a fleet runner, however, and gradually drei It did not take Dick long to find the stairs, away from his pursuers. He soon reached the landing. It took him a quarter of an hour at least, but he fin The instant he was sure of his footing, he moved down shook his pursuers entirely off, and found himself alone i the stairs quite rapidly. a distant part of the town. As he did so he heard the sound of hurrying feet in the Dick made his way to a tavern, and put up for the nig hall. He was up bright and early next morning. Excited cries and curses rent the air. The officers were coming in pursuit. Dick was soon at the bottom of the stairs. Turn.fag, Dick made his way back along th!? lower hall. He moved as rapidly as possible. Dick realized that he was in considerable danger. Should the British officers succeed in capturing him, they woulJ, in their present' frame of mind, have no hesi tancy in killing him. Knowing this; Dick was determined that they should not He ate a light breakfast, and, hiring a horse, rode awa He rode out of Newport, and away toward the north. He rode steadily for three-quarters of an hour. Then he stopped at a farmhouse and inquired the w1 to Morton's Tavern. "It is jest a mile ahead uv ye,. mister," was the repl "keep right on, the way ye hev be'n', an: ye will s git there." "Thank you," said Dick. Then he rode onward. catch him. A ride of five minutes brought him to a tavern stan It did not take Dick long to reach the end of the hall. beside the road. He tried the door. It was locked. Dick then opened the door at the left and passed tru:ough into the room he had first entered when coming into the house. The pursuing officers were now in the lower hallway. They were coming back toward the rear as rapidly as possible, and were breathing curses and dire threats. Dick quickly crossed the room. He found the window still open. He quickly climbed through the opening. He did not delay an instant, but turning, ran rapidly across the yard. As he reached the fence and climbed over it, he heard the excited voices of the officers and realized that they had discovered, the open window. He dismounted, and, hitching his horse, entered. It was yet early. The sun had been up but a short time. Dick asked if he could be served with breakfast. The proprietor of the tavern said he could, and to Dick to go into the dining-room. Dick did so. While waiting for his breakfast to be served, Dick ask a few cautious questions. He wished to secure all the information possible. He found out how far it was to the encampment of t British. He learned, also, that some British warships were usu ly anchored in the Middle Passage, just off the end Prudence Island. These things would be good to know, Dick realized.


> THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. With a perfect understanding of the situation, and a :full "An owledge regarding the lay of the land, the work of capY1to th,. seized the and row,e away. ring the British commander, General Prescott, would be An hour later Dick 'i-oUn.ded the end of Conanicut ... '" cilitated considerably. .. When breakfast was served, Dick ate it, and then payrowed slowly and kept his eyes on the shore. g the score he went out, untied his horse, mounted, and B:e watched closely, but did not see anything of the mad-de away. man or his daughter. He rode on in the direction of the British encampment1 hich the tavern-keeper had said was a mile distant. Dick drew rein on toe top of a hill. From here he see the British encampment. He sat on his horse and looked down upon. the encamp ent for several minutes. Presently he saw a stir in the encampment. "I believe they have seen me," thought Dick. "I guess had better get away from here. I've seen all I wish Dick then headed over toward the main land. An hour later he reached it. The instant Dick reached shore be was surrounded by the "Liberty Boys." They were glad to see their young commander back among them again, safe, sound and well. They plied him with eager questions. What had he accomplished? Had he learned anything of value? What luck had he had? anyway." T hi h h d th th di t D. k Had he seen General Prescott? urrung s orse s ea 1n e o er rec ion, 1c d b k d th hill d 1 th d th dir Was there any possible chance of making the British e ac own e an a ong e roa m e ec-J f h h \.. h d t commander a prisoner? on rom w ic 1.le a JUS come. Presently he left the main road, however, and bore away the direction of the water front. He wished to find a desirable landing place for the ats for 11se the coming night. Dick was soon at the shore, and a few minutes' search abled him to find a nice little cove which would afford a landing place for boats. The cove was about half a mile distant from Morton's avern. Dick's work in this vicinity was now done. Mounting his horse he rode away. He rode in a diagonal line and struck the main road half mile south of the tavern. He u:ged his horse into a gallop now, and rode rapidly the direction of N ewp<>rt. Such were a few of the questions asked. Dick waited smilingly till they were through. Then he said : "I think we.have a i;;plendid chance of malcipg a prisoner of Prescott, boys; if we have good luck and things go as I think they will, we will have the British commander our clutches before midnight." "H1vrah !" cried Bob Estabrook. "Hurrah!" cried the other "Liberty Boys" in chorus. CHAPTER X. THE -CAPTURE. Half an hour later he reached there. The "Liberty Boys" were delighted by the thought that He paid for the use of the horse and then made his they would have a good chance to capture the British com-ay down toward the dock. mander. He went to the place where a man kept boats for hire. They asked Dick questions regarding the matter, and he Dick bargained with the man for tll.e use of ten boats. :xplained everything. When a price had been agreed upon, Dick paid it and They readily saw that there would indeed be a splendid "I'll take one boat now. The rest of the boats, I wish rought over to the main land this evening at about nine "How'll I know whereabouts on the shore ter take ther opportunity for capturing General Prescott. They were eager for to come so that they might get to work. Night did come at last. The youths had iiiled a lot of dead boughs and sticks ats ?" the man asked. together, and as soon as it was dark they set the stuff on "You'll see the light of a bonfire. Head straight for fire. nt." It blazed up brightly.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. "'l'here; the boatman will be able to see that, I think," said Dick in a tone of satisfaction. They waited as patiently as they could for nearly an hour, and then the sound of oars come to their ears. The majority of the "Liberty Boys," in accordance with instructions from Dick, had retired into the timber, where they would be out of sight. Dick did not wish them to be seen by the boatman. It was a walk of but a few minutes to the tavern. It was now nearly midnight. Dick judged that the tavern would be dark, and that the inmates would be in bed and sound asleep. Such, however, was not the case. The tavern was lighted up, and the youths, when U had drawn near, could hear the sound of talk and laugh Dick listened for a few moments. He might return to Newport and report what he had "A party"is sitting up in the barroom, playing cards seen, and it might create suspicion, and result in somedrinkiJ:g," he said to Bob; "and I believe General Presc ibing being done which would prevent the youths from is one of the members of the party." carrying out their purpose. Presently the boatman from whom Dick had hired the bol\ts put in an appearance. He had the boats tied together in a string, and had towed them over from Newport. He landed, and was greeted by Dick. The boats were pulled up close to the. shore and tied to trees, and then the boatman got back in his boat. "Come here for the boats in the morning," said Dick. "Very well," replied the boatman, and then with a "good night," he rowed away. Dick waited nearly half an hour after the boatman left before making any movement. He feared the boatman, out of curioeity, might have stop ped out a ways, and be watching. The bonfire had now burned down pretty low, and Dick brought some water and threw on it and soon extinguished it. "I shouldn't wonder,'' agreed Bob. Dick decided to proceed on this theory. He ordered the "Liberty Boys" to surround the tave They did so. When this had been accomplished, Dick, at the head a party of six of the youths, stepped to the door, and, p ing it open, entered. A party of four was seated at the side of the barroo playing cards. So interested were they in their game that at first th did not n.otice the newcomers. The youths had advanced to within a few feet of players, and Dick had pointed out General Prescott to, comrades before their presence was discovered. Then the British commander happened to glance up. His eyes fell upon Dick. He recognized the youth at once as being the person ilad bumped his head against the wall, and who had b "There," he thought, "now our movements will be veiled hidden in the closet in his room the night before. in darkness, and I think that the better and safer way." "The Quaker again!" General Prescott cried, and Dick lost no more time. leaped to his feet and started to draw his sword. He told the "Liberty Boys" to get into the boats, and they "Hold!" cried Dick, in a stern, ringing voice, "if J did so. draw that sword, you will get yourself into trouble I Then he took the lead, telling the others to follow. want you! Step out here and give yourself up peaceal The youths obeyed, and soon the little fleet was moving or it will be the worse for you!" slowly through the water. The British commander stared at Dick in startled ama There were ten youths in each boat, which was quite a ment. load. "You want me?" he asked. ,. "We have all night for it, fellows," said Dick, "so we "We do!" can afford to take our own time." "What folly!" growled the man. "I am General Presc( "I'm glad of that," said Bob, who was in the next boat and am not to be ordered about by such as you." back of the one Dick was in; "this rowing business isn't "I 1010w you are General Prescott," was Dick's cool as easy as it might be." ply; "that is the reason we want you. You are our pl It took the "Liberty Boys" nearly three hours to row oner!" across to the point Dick was aiming for-the little cove near Morton's Tavern. It was reached at last, however, and the youths leaped ann tied their boats to trees. Then Dick took the le'ld, and they moved away, inland. "Your prisoner!" The British officer stared in open-mouthed amazement. Then he burst into a loud laugh. "Ha! ha! ha!" he roared. "This is a good joke! Gene Prescott a prisoner Your prisoner Ha ha ha


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. 27 "You will find it no joke," said Dick, calmly. "I mean Then Dick gave the signal, and the youths marched I say. Will you give up peaceably, or shall we use eral Prescott out of the tavern. rce ?" The British commander began to look sober now. "Who and what are you?" he asked, looking at Dick, rchingly. The entire party now moved away in the dir-ection of the water front. They had not gone more than half way, however, before the sound of yelling and pistol shots came from the direc"I am Dick Slater, captain of the 'Liberty Boys of tion of the tavern. venty-six,'" was the quiet reply. General Prescott had heard of Dick and his "Liberty oys." He gave utterance to a gasping exclamation and turned le. "Dick Slater! The 'Liberty Boys'!" he said, as if hardly illing to credit his hearing. "The same," replied Dick; "and we have come for u. Up with your hands!" 'rhe British commander hesitated. He glanced at the half dozen youths, and then at his The officers had discovered in some manner that there was no one on guard over them and were raising an alarm. '"l'hey will have a crowd of redcoats from the encamp ment after us very qutckly,'' said Dick. "I did not think they would have the courage to stick their heads outside the door." "We should have brought them along, Dick," said Bob. "They would have been more trouble than they were worth, Bob." The party now hastened onward as rapidly as possible. It did not take long to reach the point where the boats had been left. General Prescott was placed in the boat in which Dick expected to ride, and when all had taken their places the "I will not surrender to such a paltry force!" the man lJoit-ts were pushed off. ee companions. Two of them were British officers, the her being the tavern-keeper. ied. "I will--" They had gone but a little distance when they became "You are very foolish," interrupted Dick; "there are aware that they were threatened by a great danger. e hundred of us here. The tavern is surrounded. You The British warships lay just off shore, and the sound nnot escape!" of the pistol shots at the tavern had been heard on board General Prescott did not believe this, however, and startthe ships. to draw his sword. Instantly the "Liberty Boys" leaped forward. He was seized and made a prisoner in a twlnkling, Dick ding and holding a pair of levelled pistols, and thus rcing the other two British officers to sit still. Dick hardly knew what to do regarding those two. He did not know whether to take them along, prisoners, not. Lights appeared, and the youths could hear the sound of hurrying feet on the ships' decks. "We will have to give those ships a wide berth," said Dick, and he gave the order to head down the shore until well away from the vicinity. This was done. The boats down along the shore a distance of a mile, at least, and then they headed in a southwesterly He finally decided to leave them behind. direction, it being Dick's aim to just miss the north end of They would be a good deal of trouble, as there were no Oonanicut Island. tra horses for them to ride, and it was a long trip back the Hudson Prescott was the one wanted, and Dick decided that y would be satisfied with him and leave the others. He warned them not to leave the tavern during the next ur, however, under pain of death. ,-"I shall leave a number of men on guard outside,'' he id, "and if you attempt to leave the place you will be ot dead!" The officers were frightened. "We will remain inside the tavern," said one. "Yes, indeed!'' from the other. "See that you do I" This they succeeded in doing, and by four o'clock in the morning they bad made a landing on the mainland. They had some difficulty in finding the right place, but did finally do so. They tied the boats securely, and then made their way to where their horses were, and, mounting, rode away in triumph, with General Prescott in their midst. They rodk till daylight, and paused at an old inn for breakfast. It took a couple of hours for all to eat and during that time the news had spread throughout the village that the British commander of Newport bad been captured. A great crowd collected, eager to see the prisoner.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE. Of course, they could not enter the inn, so they waited outside. Dick did not delay an but as soon as all had eaten, they came forth, mounted and rode away. The people stared at General Prescott as if he were some animal on exhibition, and the "Liberty Boys" were regarded with considerable interest, also. Dick, fearing that they might be pursued, ordered that they ride at a gallop, and this was done. The swift pace was kept up till noon, and they paused in another for dinner. Dick began to breathe freely, now. He did not believe the redcoats even if they had come in pursuit, could overtake his party now. After dinner they mounted and rode onward. 'l'hey rode till late that evening and paused at a village of goodly size. They were now well over into Connecticut. Dick felt that they would be safe in remaining here over night. He gave orders that all should rise early, next morning, however. They were away again by sunrise, and rode steadily on ward till noon. They stopped at a tavern, in a small village, and had dinner, and then continued on agaiR. They were out only one more night, and about the mid dle of the next afternoon they arrived at the patriot en campment. on the Hudson River. The arrival of the "Liberty Boys" with General Prescott a prisoner in their midst, was the occasion of great ex citement among the soldiers and officers. They were eager to hear all it. General Washington sent for Dick at once. He greeted the youth, warmly. "Well, you succeeded, after all, Dfok !" he exclaimed. "You captured General Prescott!" "Yes, your excellency." He gave a history of the affair, in detail, modestly re"I don't think be will do so any more, your excellency, said Dick, quietly. "Not soon, at any rate," with a smile. At the end of the interview, General Washington went I his desk, opened a drawer and drew forth a bag, the co1 I tents of which chinked musically as he walked back where Dick sat. "Here, Dick, is the twenty pounds which I offered prize for the capture of General Prescott. I will write letter to Congress at once, as I promised." 1 Dick placed his hands behind him and shook his head. "I don't want the gold, your excellency," be said. i "Take it!" insisted the commander-in-chief; "take and divide it among your brave 'Liberty Boys.' l ( Again Dick shook bis head. J "No," he said, "we want no gold. The prize which 1'. are all working for is your good opinion. If we have anything to earn that, I am glad, and my boys will be glal also. We have done only our duty, and I am sure I for all when I say that we would much rather leave gold in your hands to be used as you see fit, and as wil best benefit the great cause for which we all are fighting." i "Nobly spoken!" said the commander-in-chief. "I wil retain the gold and use it for the best interests of tlj cause, as you suggest, and as for the other part, I will s1; that I shall always have a warm spot in my heart for Die'. Slater and his brave 'Liberty Boys.' l "The knowledge of that fact will give us more pleasui; than anything else could possible do, your excellency!" sai: Dick, earnestly. "And I will say that whenever you I any difficult and dangerous work, we shall be only too to attempt to do the work. Don't fail to call upon us ; you need us." "I shall know where to go, so long as you ancl your 'Ul erty Boys' are where I can get at you, Dick with a l I 4 THE END. The next number (38) of "The Liberty Boys of '71 raining from mentioning his own achievements any more will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' PLOT; OR, TH I than was absolutely necessary. PLAN THAT WON," by Harry Moore. The commander-in-chief could read between the lines, however. He knew that Dick had played the part of a hero while SPECIAL.NO'l'ICE: All back numbers of this week'. away. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from aJ "You have done a good thing in capturing this man newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps l Prescott," said General Washington; "he is a tyrant, and mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO has made life a terror by night and by day to the citizens SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the eopi of ewport." you order by return mail.


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Worrying Dick and 'l'erry. !'red li'earnor"' Double; or, Unmasking a Dangerous Rival. 100 Fred Fearnot's Muscle; or, Holding Hts Own Against Odds. !'red Fearnot In Boston: or, Downing the Bully of Back Bay. 101 Fred J ?eurnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at the Right Time. li'red Fearnot's Home Ru-n; or, Second 1'our of His Nine. 102 Fred F earuot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerer&. J?red I?earnot' s Side Show; or, On the Road With a Circus. 103 Fred Fearnot and ; or, The Infatuated Rival. l'red Fenrnot In London; or, Te1Tv Olrott in Danger. 104 Fred Fi>1trnot's Wager: or, Downing a Brntal Sport. Fred l!'earnot In Paris; or, Eve!yn' and the Frenchman. 105 Fred i rearnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia 18lut. Fred Fearnot's Double Duel; or, Bound to Show His Nerve. 106 Fred Fenrnot Deceived ; or, After the Wrong Man. irred l?earnot In Cuba; or, Helping "Uncle Sam." 107 Fred Fe;irnot's Charity: or, Teaching Others a Lesson. irred Fearnot's Danger; or, Three Against One. 108 Fred Fcarnot as "J:he Judge;" or, Heading ott the Lynchers. Fred Fearnots Pledge; or, Loyal to HIR l 'rtends. 109 Fred F<'nrnot and the Clown; or, Saving the Old Man's Place. Fred l 'eamots l?lyers; 01, 'l'he Bicycle League of Avon. 110 Fred Fearnot"s I'lne Work; or, Up Against a Crank. Fred Flying 'l'rlp; or, Around the World On Record Time. 111 Fred Fearnot' s Rad Break; or, What Hal?p ened to Jones. Fred Fearnot's l?ro1Ics; or, Having Iun With Friends and Foes. 112 Fred Round Up; or, A Lively 'lime on the Ranche. ll'red Fearnot's Triumph; or, Winning His Case in Court. 113 Fred Fearnot and the Giant; or, A Hot Time In Cheyenne. Fred Fearnot's Close Call: or, Punlsbimi: a Treacherous Foe. 114 Fred l'earnot"s Cool Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the BoTL Fred Fearnot's Big Illu!f: or, Working for a Good Cause. 115 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. Fred Fearnot's ltancbe: 01, Roughing It In Colvrado. 116 Fred Fearnot in a Fix; or, The Blackmailer's Game. Fred Fearnot's Speculation; or, Outwlttini:: the Land Sharks 117 Fred Fe11rnot as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time In ti. Fred Fearnot In the Clouds; or, Narrow !<.:scape. Wild West. b'red Fearnot at Yale Again: or, the College Boys New 118 Fred Fearnot and Ria Mascot; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. Tricks. 119 Fred F.earnot's Strong Arm: or, The Bad Man of Arizona. 7 Fred Fearnot's Mettle; or, Hot Work Against Enemies. 120 Fred Fearnot as a ;'Tenderfoot;" or, Having Fun with the Cow 8 Fred l?earnot In Wall Street .i or, Making and r,oslng a Million. boys. 9 Fred Fearnot's Desperate ltloe; or, A Dash to Save Evelyn. 121 !<'red Fcarnot Captured: or, In the Hands o! His Enemies. Fred Fearnots Great Mystery; or, Ilow Terry Proved His Courage. 122 Frerl Fearnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin RI& 1 Fred Fearnots Betrayal; or, The l1Ie11n Work or a False Friend. 123 Fred Fearnot'a Great 1''eat; or, Winning a l 'ortune on Skates. 2 Fred Fearnot In the Klondike: 01-. Working the "Dark Horse" Claim. 12 1 Fred Fearnot's Iron Wlll ; or, Standing Up for the Right. 3 Fred Fearnots Skate l<'or Life; or, Winning the "Ice Flyers'" Pen 125 Fred Fearnot Cor11ered or, Evelyn and the Widow. nant. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, Ten Days In an Insane A.,tga Fred Fearnot's Rival; or, Betrayed by a Female Enemy. 127 Fred Fenmot's Honor; or. Bttcking Up Hi3 Word. !!'red Fearnot's Defiance; or, His Great l'ight at Dedham Lake. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy De

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. FAIL TO READ DON'T IT These stories based on actual facts and give a, faithful account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a, beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys or '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, M aking I t .Warm 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, S ettling With the British and for the Redcoats. Torie:; 3 T h e Literty Boys' Good Work; or. Helping Gen eral Wash ington. 4 'fhe Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The LibP.rty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if Y o u can.' 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; o r The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 T h e Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and ToriE:s. 9 The Liberty B oys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them selves. 1 0 T h e Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' P l uck; or, Undaunted by Odets. 1 2 The Liberty B oys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 1 3 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave.' 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 1 5 T h e Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 1 7 T h e Liberty Boys' G reat Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-of-War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 1 9 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The. Liberty Boys' 'Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 2 1 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The L i berty Boys at Bay; or, The Cl osest Call of All. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory-; or, Downing the Redcoats and Tories. 25 The Liberty B oys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty B oys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or Two 27 The Liberty B oys' G oo d Spy Work; or, W ith tne Redcoats in Philadel p hia 2 8 T h e Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandywine. 29 The Liberty B oys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 The B oys i n a Fix; o r Threatened by Reds and White s. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big C ontract; o r Holding Arnold in Check. 32 T h e L i berty Boys Shadowed; o r After Dic k Slater f o r Revenge. 3 3 T h e Libert y Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. 34 The Libert y Boys' Fake Surrender; o r The Ruse That Succeed ed. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; o r Riski n g Life fo r Liberty' s Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan that Won. For sale by all news dealers, or i;;ent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBABX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, Bew York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our L ibraries and cannot procure them from newsdeal e r s, they can be obtained from t his d i r ect. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blan k and send It to us with the price o f the books yo u want and w e will send the m to you b y r& turn m a il. POSTAGE S'J.'AMPS TAKE N 'J'HE SAl\U.: A S l\IONEY . . . .... . . . . .............. ....... 1 901. FRAN:::C TOUSEY, P ublisher, 24 U n i o n Square, New York. DEAR Srn-Enclo ed :find ... c ents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK A JD WIN, Nos ........ ........ ... ..... ........ .... PLUCK AND LUCK ......... .... .... .... ... SECRET SERVICE .... ........................................ ... THE L IBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ....... ... ..... ...... .. .. Ten-Cent Hand Books Nos ...... ........ .......... .... .. Name ...................... S treet and No.' .... .. .......... Town ....... Stat e ...