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AWeekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution.-Issued Wecl.:ly-B11 S11bscription $2.50 per year Entered as Second Class Matier al lhe New York Posl Office, 1''ebroon; 4, by Frnnk Tomey. No. 43. Jt. Wa3. NEW YORI{, OCTOBER 25, 1901. Price 5 C ents. day in the lives of Dick and the "Liberty Boys" as they with their prisoners. The Commander-in-chief sat erect on his horse and reviewed the procession.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Issued Weekl11-B11 Subscription $ 2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the 11ear 1001, in the office of tne Librarian of Oongress, WasMngton, D. 0., b71 Frank Tousey, 24 Union New York. N o 43. NEW YOR,K, O CTOBER 25, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE PRISONER. Shoot him Hence the cries of "Shoot him!" "Hang him!" "Kill the spy!" rrhe prisoner did not seem fo be alarmed by the cries. He gazed about him, upon the angry faces of the mem bers of the mob, in a calm and unmoved manner. "Hang him I" It was mid-afternoon of the 22d of May, 1781. "By jove young fellow," remarked one of the redcoats who :rode beside the youth, "if those people could get hold The main street of the town of Petersburg, Virginia, of you, it would go hard with you." was the scene o f considerable excitement. A party consisting of a dozen British soldiers had just ridden into Petersburg. The soldiers in their brilliant scarlet uniforms made a "No doubt of it," was the quiet reply; "the members. of a mob like that have no sense whatever." "You're right; they act first and think afterward." "Some of them are hardly capable of thinking at any braye and imposing showing, but it was not to them to time," said the youth, his lip curling with scorn. which attention was most attracte d In the midst of the r edcoats, mounted upon the back of a magnificent black horse, was a young man of seemingly about twenty-one years of age. In spite of the young man's dress, which was a suit of rough homespun, worn and frayed, an old slouch hat .sind rough cowhide shoes, it could be easily seen that he was no ordinary youth. The firm, square chin, the handsome face, the keen, piercing eyes proved the young man to be shrewd and brave. The young man's arms were bound together behind his back. He was a prisoner. The redcoats bad taken him by surprise a mile out from Petersburg and had captured him and brought him into the town. The word had gone out that a "rebel" spy had been captured and a crowd quickly gathered. So great was the crowd that the party of redcoats had hard work making their way down the street. General Cornwallis, with five thousand British troops, had entered and occupied Petersburg two days before. At his coming the majority of the patriot residents of Petersburg had fled from the town .. This left the place in possession of the British and Tories, and the result was that the majority of the people in "Well, now, I don't know but you are right about that.'> "Where are you taking me?" the youth asked. "To headquarters." "'l'o headquarters?" "Yes." "Where is that?" "Down the street a ways; do you see that large brick building yonder?" "Yes. "Well, that is headquarters." "Ah!" "General Cornwallis has his headquarters there, you know, as also the members of his staff." "Oh, that's it?" A peculiar light shone in the eyes of the young man. Involuntarily he made a move as if to try to free his. arms and looked about him. The redcoat noticed this. "Ob, you can't get away," he laughed. "You' re right about that, I judge,'' was the calm reply;. "but why are you taking me to headquarters?" "Oh, we ;rant General Cornwallis to see you." "Why so?" "Well, we think that in you we have captured a danger ous rebel spy and that General Cornwallis will wish to inthe crowd, pressing around the redcoats and their prisoner, terview you." were redcoats or citizens in sympathy with the British. "Ah, I see."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DA The young man said no more, but looked about him with eyes that saw everything. Nothing escaped him. On none of the faces surrounding him, however, did he see a friendly look. General Cornwallis spoke in a slow, delih.rate manner and his eyes were studying the iouth's face the while. The young man nodded. "Yes, that is my name," he replied. A peculiar look came into the eyes of the British officer. "Oh, well, it doesn't matter," the young man said to The young man, who was a very keen observer, noticed it. himself; "if I had a score of friends in that crowd they He knew that something which the other considered could do nothing for me; I will just have to wait, make would be crushing was about to be spoken and he mentally the best of the situation and trust to luck to enable to braced himself to withstand it. get out of this scrape." The party moved slowly onward down the street. Presently it came to a stop in front of the building which the redcoats had pointed out as being the headquarters of General Cornwallis and his staff. Four of the redcoats dismounted and assisted the pris oner to reach the ground. Two of the soldiers took hold of Dick and with one in front and one up the rear the little party en tered the building. The party had to wait a few minutes in a sort of reception room, and then was shown into a large room which was used as an office by General Cornwallis. The officer was seated behind a table at one side of the room and was engaged in looking over some documents. "Ah I who have you there?" he exclaimed on looking up and seeing the newcomers. "It's a young fellow we found a mile out from town, your excellency," replied one of the redcoats; "we thought he looked like a suspicious character and so we captured him." "That was right, quite right," said General Cornwallis, approvingly; "that is the way to do." Then he pushed the documents to one side and looked long and searchingly at the prisoner. "When did you change your name?" asked General Cornwallis, in a calm, cold tone of voice. The young man looked surprised. "I don t know what you mean, sir," he salll.. "You do not?" There was sarcasm in the officer's voice. There was unbelief there, too. "I do not." "I think my words were plain enough," said General Cornwallis; "I asked you when you changed your name." "I know you did, but I don't knof what you mean." The four soldiers eyed first the officer and then the young man in surprise. They hardly knew what to think of the conversation. "I dislike to dispute any one's word, young man," said the officer, "but I must say that it is my belief that you do know what I mean." ''What makes you think so ?" the young man asked. There was a peculiar look in his eyes as he asked the question. "It is not my habit to allow prisoners to ask questions," s aid the officer, with dignity; "but in this case, I will make an exception and answer your question. The reason I ask you when you changed your name was because I once Imew you under another!" "Well, young man, what have you to say for yourself?" The four redcoats uttered subdued exclamations of he asked presently, in an abrupt way. amazement. "I don't know that it would do much good to say anyThe young man elevated his eyebrows. thing," the youth replied quietly; "but I will say that your A look of surprise came over his face. men have made a mistake." If the surprise was not genuine, it certainly seemed to be. "Ob., you think they have made a mistake, eh?" "Yes, sir." "In capturing you?" "That is what I think." "rl'hen you are not a spy?" The young man shook his head. "Oh, no," he replied. "Then who and what are you?" "My name is James Sanford and I live ten miles from here." "Your name is James Sanford, eh?" "Surely you are mistaken, sir," the young man said. General Cornwallis shook his head. "Oh, no, I am not," he said positively. I "And you think you knew me at some time in the past?" "I am sure of it." "When, sir, if I may ask?" The officer pondered a few moments. "It was about two years ago," he said presently. "Two years ago?" "Yes." A puzzled look was on the young man's face.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 3 "And where was this?" he asked. "Up .in New York and also in New Jersey." The puzzled look deepened on the young man's face. He shook his head. "I dislike to contradict anyone, sir," he said, "but I must say that you are mistaken." "You think I am mistaken, eh ? There was unbelief in the officer's tone. "I am certain of it, sir; I was never in New York or New Jersey in my life." General Cornwallis looked long and searchingly in the young man's face. The prisoner met the gaze unflinchingly. Presently General Cornwallis gave utterance to laughter. There was a look of amusement and admiration on his face as he said : CHAPTER II. A RAPPING AT THE WINDOW. Exclamations of astonishment escaped the four soldiers. They had often heard of Dick Slater, the patriot spy. They had heard that he was the bravest, most daring man in the patriot army, and now, when they heard their commander say that this youth was Dick Slater, they stared at him with eager eyes. Had they really succeeded in capturing this famous youth? they asked themselves; or, was General Cornwallis mistaken? They gazed upon the youth with interest, thinking that they might be able to decide the matter by the young man's "Young man, I will frankly acknowledge that you have looks and actions. my utmost admiration; you are certainly as cool and brave a man as lives on the face of the earth to-day; you are the same daring fellow you were two years ago, but your denial that you were ever in New York or New Jersey will avail you nothing, for--I know you There was no mistaking the fact that General Cornwallis was in earnest. He evidently believed that what he said was the truth. The young man shook his head, however. "I don't see how that can be possible, sir?" he remarked; "you surely must be mistaken." The officer shook his head. "No, I am not mistaken!" he declared; "I know you I" The young. man elevated his eyebrows and shrugged his shoulders after the manner of the French. They were disappointed, however. When General Cornwallis told him his name was Dick Slater and that he was the famous rebel spy, the young man smiled and did not seem disconcerted. "I suppose that there would be no use for me to try to persuade you that you have made a mistake?" young man queried. "Not a bit of use of your attempting to do so," was the prompt reply; "I know you, there is absolutely no doubt whatever regarding the matter; you are Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and I congratulate you, men," to the soldiers, having made this capture; it is an important one, I assure you." "We are glad we captured him, your excellency," said one of the soldiers, while the other three nodded their heads to "I see that you are honest in your belief that you know signify that they coincided with this statement. me, sir," he said, "and I must say that you have aroused a General Cornwallis looked at the prisoner in a keen, feeling of interest within me; I am curious to who searching manner. you think I am." "I suppose you are from Richmond, are you not?" he "Think is not the proper word; I know who you are and can tell you your real name; I have a good memory for faces and even though it has been two years since I saw you and you have changed considerably in that time, I was confident that I recognized you the instant I laid eyes upon you." Again the youth shrugged his shoulders. queried. told you where I came from," was the calm reply. ''Bah! I suppose you are down here to aid Lafayette, the tow-headed French boy, eh? Well, he will need help; I shall get after him soon ttnd you may safely wager that I will make him wish he had remained in France and kept his "Well, since you will have it that way," he said quietly, nose out of affairs which do not concern him. I understand "what is my name? Who am I?" that he has a force of less than three thousand men, while Promptly came the answer: I have nearly double that number." "Your name is Dick Slater! and you are the young man "I assure you that I am unable to tell you how many known far and wide as 'The champion sp,y of the Revolumen this man Lafayette has." tion !' "You mean you won't tell,"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. "Have it that way, if you like, sir; it would be useless They made their way along the upstairs hall and paused :for me to dispute your word." in front of the door opening into the last room on the right "Utterly useless, Dick Slater; I know you and know that hand side. lit would be folly to expect you to give me any information They opened the door. Tegarding the patriot army." The room was unoccupied. "I judge that is true.; it is my opinion that if this fel_ "This will do as well as any," remarked one; "in with low, Dick Slater, were here in my place, you would learn you." nothing from him." This last was to the prisoner, and as he spoke he pushed "Bah! why attempt to deny your identity longer?" with the young man into the room. l:L wave of the hand. "I know you-more, I know that I know you, and it is useless for you to attempt to deceive me." Then he turned toward the soldiers and indicating the iprisoner with a nod of the head, said: "Search him, men; search him closely, for it may be pos'l!ible that he has important papers upon his person." The soldiers obeyed. They searched the young man thoroughly. They emptied every pocket and examined his clothing for 'Secret pockets. To no avail. They found no papers or documents of any kind. General Cornwallis looked somewhat disappointed, but made the best of the situation. "Force is entirely unnecessary, my friend," remarked the prisoner, coolly; "you do not need to push me; I am quite able to walk unaided." "I guess you are, by jove !"was the reply in an admiring tone. "But I don't think you will be after General Cornwallis gets through with you," from another. "You think not?" '"1.'hat is what I think." "You talk like a prophet." "Well, l don t set up to be a prophet, neither am I, so far as l know, the son of a prophet, but I rather think it will turn out as I have said." ''You have a right to think so if you like," said the pris oner, coolly; "I rather think, though, that I will still be "I hardly expected that anything would be found," he able to do something in the walking line, even after General :said; "you are altogether too smart and too old a hand at Cornwallis gets through with me." i!py work to be caught with incriminating documents on "Well, you are such a cool chap that a fellow can almost .:your person." wish that such may prove to be the case, even though you "I suppose that would be true of the person whom you are an enemy," said the redcoat in an admiring tone of take me to be," the youth replied. "Bah!" exclaimed Com.wallis, testily. "Stop harping on 'that string. You are Dick Slater and all the denials in the world will do you no good." "Have it so, if you wish; I will deny it no more, but to iplease you, will play that I am Dick Slater." "Humph! there will be no acting about it." General Cornwallis was silent for a few moments. He seemed to be pondering deeply. voice. "Thank you." There were a couple of chairs, a table and a bed in the room. The prisoner seated J:iimself in one of the chairs. "That's right, make yourself comfortable," said one of the soldiers, app:r;ovingly. Then they withdrew :from the room. locked the door and three took their departure, one Presently he turned to the four soldiers. remaining behind as a guard. "'rhere are a number of unoccupied rooms upstairs," he When the key grated in the lock, the look of cool unconsaid; "take the prisoner up there and put hi;m in one of cern which had rested on the face of the prisoner, disap l those rooms; leave his arms bound, lock the door and one peared and a sober look took its place. -0f you remain on guard outside. This young man is one of The young man looked around him with searching eyes. -the most slippery fellow in the world and has a reputation "Well, there is no disguising the fact that I am in an tl'or getting out of tight places; keep your eyes open and exceedingly tight place," thought the young man; "General don't let him escape." Cornwa,llis recognized me, as I feared he would do, and my "Very well, your excellency," one of the men replied; attempt to make him think he was mistaken, failed utterly; "we will see that he does not escape." he knows I am Dick Slater and the indications are that unThe soldiers conducted the prisoner out of the room, less I in some manner manage to escape, I will be shot or :along a ha1lway and up a flight of stairs. hung."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 5 The youn g man was indeed Dick Slater, the famous pa( "I feel better. Jove! how I wish I could get out of here. triot scout and spy. I fancy the redcoats would be surprised if they were to come In the patriot army was a company of youths known to this room in the morning and find me gone." as "The Liberty Boys of '76." There were no shutters to the window, and walking over Dick Slat e r was the captain of this company. to it, Dick looked out. "The Lib erty Boys" had been in the patriot army nearly He could not see much of anything, for it was not dark five year s and during that time they had done wonderful and in addition, a large tree stood opposite the window. work for the c au s e of Liberty. As Dick approached the window, be was treated to a sur-As Gen e ral C ornwallis bad stated, Lafayette with three prise. thousand men was at Richmond. There was a rapping sound as of some one tapping the The traitor, Arnold, now in command of a British force, had been burnin g and pillaging in Virginia and General Washington had sent Lafayette down to put a stop to this. Dick Slat e r and the "Liberty Boys" had begged to be al lowed to g o down and assi s t Lafayette, and the commander. in-chief had conse nted. This i s how it happened that Dick Slater was in the South. Lafayette, knowing Dick's wonderful reputation as a scout and spy, and desiring to, if possible, learn the plans of Gen e ral Cornwallis, who bad just taken up quarters at Petersburg, about twenty miles south of Richmond, asked the youth to go there on a spying expedition Dick was glad to do so. He had mounted and set out. All went well with him until he was within a mile of Petersburg. Then, as he was passing through a little strip of tlmber, a dozen British troopers suddenly dashed out from among the trees and surrounded him. They had their pistols drawn and levefed, and the youth, brave even to rashness, though he was, realizing that it would be utter folly to attempt to resist, surrendered. He was taken to Petersburg, a prisoner, as we have seen. What happened after that up to the present moment, the reader knows. Dick realized that he was in a tight place. He felt certain that unless he e scaped he would be put to death. But how was he to escape? That was the question, and it was one not easy to answer. Dick was not the youth to despair, howe ver He would not give up until be was fbrced to do so. He made the best of the situation and took things as easy as possible, until evening came. After he had eaten a hearty supper, food having been brought to him, at supper time, Dick felt better, and when the man had gone and he was again alone, he breathed a sigh of satisfaction and said to himself: window with his knuckles, and then in a cautious voice, the words came to Dick's ears: "I have come to rescue you! I will have the window up and be in the room with you in a moment!" CHAPTER III. NEW FOUND FRIENDS. Dick was astonished. He had not supposed that he had a friend in Petersburg. But _it seemed as thoug1'1 he had. The youth was glad to learn this. He was young, and loved life. He was not ready to die yet. So he wished to get away, and escape the rope or ltullet which would be meted out to him if he remained. "I can't help you get in," he replied in a cautious voice; "my hands are bound." "I can get in without help," came the reply: Then the window began to move slowly upward. "Be careful not to make aJJ.y more noise than possible," cautioned Dick; "there is a man on guard just outside the door of this room." "I'll be careful," was the reply. There was no light in Dick's room, so neither he nor his new friend could see each other. .. the window was up as far as it would go, and then Dick was enabled to just make out a human form on the outside. The person, whoever he was, was perched on a limb of the tree, which extended almost to the window. The newcomer now reached across, and climbed careful ly through the window. A few later he stood beside Dick. "I'll cut your bonds," he whispered, "and then we will be ready to get away from here." He was as good as bis word.


6 THE LI.BERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. In another moment Dick's arms were free. "There, that was all right," the redcoat remarked in a The youth stretched his arms out, and drew a breath of tone 0 satisfaction; "there will be a lot of the boys here relie. in a few moments, sure. I'll try one more shot, though I "I eel better," he said in a whisper; "thanks for your guess the ugitive has already got down out of the tree." kindness!" "Don't speak of it," was the reply; "let us be getting away from here. There is a large limb of that tree within He drew another pistol, leveled it and fired. Crack! 'L'he bullet missed the main body 0 the tree, this time, .reach of the window; do you think you can get out in that and whistled past Dick's right ear. manner?" "Oh, yes; I am a good climber." "I guess he won't fire any more shots, now, as he has emptied his pistols," thought Dick; "then he began work"Good! Come, then." ing his way downward, his hearing apprising him 0 the The other took the lead, and climbed out through the fact that his companion was doing the same thing. window. They were careul to make as little noise as possible, but It was more difficult getting back onto the limb than it the redcoat in the window must have been possessed of had been to get from the limb in through the window, but sharp hearing, for he suddenly cried out: the attempt was successul, and then Dick followed his friend. 'rhc two made their way along the limb till they reached "The rebel is in the tree yet! We'll capture him again! He won't be able to get away !" Then he lifted up his voice and began yelling at the top of his voice : the body of the tree. "This way!" he shouted; "come in a hurry, and you will Just as they did so, they heard the door of the room be in time to head the rebel off Hurry !" which they had just left open. The was made light as the door opened, there being a man there with a candle in his hand. He entered the room, and gave utterance to a wild cry as he did so. "The prisoner has escaped I" he yelled; "quick! sound the alarm! f[e must not be allowed to esc. ape !" The man who was with him, turned and ran back along the hall, while the one with the candle approached the window. The fugitives, knowing that their presence in the tree had been discovered, and realizing that they had not much time to spare, now made their way down to the ground as rapidly as possible. As they reached the ground, they heard the sound of footsteps. "Some one is coming!" Dick's friend whispered; "we must get away from here in a hurry. Come!" He seized Dick by the arm, and led the way across what I was evidently a yard. In one corner of the yard a dark building loomed up. "He has reached the tree, and climbed down that way," the two fugitives heard the fellow say. The two reached this building, just at the same time that "I wonder, now, if he could be in the tree at this mo-the man whose footsteps they had heard climbed over the ment !" back fence. The redcoat flashed the light from the candle into the The redcoat in the window of the room Dick had escaped treetop as well as he could, but the tree was filled with folifrom kept on yelling. age, and the two, shielding themselves behind the body of the tree, were not seen. Then a happy thought came to the redcoat. He did his best to explain the situation, but was excited, and made a botch of it. Others were approaching the spot, however, and the two "It will arouse the men, and bring them to the scene, fugitives knew that they were in great danger. even if it does no otner good," he exclaimed; "so I'll do it!" "Come in here," whispered Dick's companion; "it is a He drew a pistol as he spoke. stable, but there are no horses in it now." The two, peering around the body of the tr!'e, saw this He opened the door, as he spoke, and they entered, the move, and lost no time in shielding their persons as much door pulled shut after them. as possible. "There is an alley at the rear," the frien d explained; Up came the arm of the redcoat, and then crack! the pis"there is a door at the back of the stable, and we will wait tol rang out. The bullet struck the body of the tree, at the point where Dick was sheltered, and imbedded itself in the wood. till our enemies have passed, and entered the yard, and then we will open the door, slip out into the alley, and get away from here in a hurry."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. I 7 "That is a good plan," said Dick approvingly. The two made their way slowly and carefully through the stable, and to the rear, where there was a door. "Come," he said; "you are safe, now." Dick obeyed. He stepped through the gateway, into the yard_, and then The voice of the redcoat in the window of the room they hi s companion closed the gate and led the way up a path, had left a few moments before could still be heard. and to the house. The footsteps of men running could be heard, also, as the men passed the stable. The two waited till they heard the sound of excited talk ing in the yard they had just left, and then they opened the door and looked out into the alley. They could see no signs of anyone in the vicinity, and they quickly stepped out into the alley, and pulled door shut. I As they did so they heard a voice say: As they drew near the house, they became aware of the fact that the front door was open, and that a little group of people was out in the front of the house. "Is that you, Harry?" queried a voice. It was a woman's voice and was eager and trembling. "Yes, it is I, mother," the youth-for such his voice proclaimed him to be-who was with Dick replied. "Oh, I am so glad you got back in safety! And did y ou __ ,, "Perhaps the rebel spy has taken refuge in the stable!" "I was successful! I rescued the prisoner, and he is here This was the signal for the two to move away from the with me! But we had better go in the house; the redcoats vicinity. "Come!" Dick's companion whispered. They moved down the alley as rapidly as they dared. The y were soon at the cross street. They turned down it, it being not lighted, and walked rapidly They met one or two persons, but as they were now away from the scene of the excitement, they were not interfered with. are up in arms, and some of them might wander down this way." "Yes, yes! we will go in the house at once! Come!" When all had entered the house, the front door was made fast and then they entered a large room, in which a couple of candles were burning. The shades were drawn, so no one could see in. .As may be supposed Dick looked at his companions with interest. "What's the excitement over yonder?" one man asked : He saw a man of perhaps forty-five years, a woman of "The rebel spy that they had prisoner has escaped, I be-perhaps forty, a youth of about nineteen or twenty and a lieve," replied Dick. "Oh, is that it?" "Yes." "Jove that is bad I was promising myself that I would get to see him hung!" "Well, they'll have to catch him before hanging him, now," was Dick's calm reply. Then he and his companion moved on, the stranger doing the s&me. "He little suspects that he was talking with the rebel maiden of perhaps seventeen. The man and woman were undoubtedly man and wife, and the youth and maiden their children. The youth it was who had rescued Dick, and the latter seized the young fellow by the hand and shook warmly. "You have saved my life, in all probability," he said, earnestly, "and I thank you! Y c ; m may be sure that I ap preciate what you have done, and if I ever get the chance I will cancel the debt which I owe you !" The youth flushed with pleasure. spy!" murmured Dick's companion, with a chuckle. "Don't say a word," he said, deprecatingly; "I am well "You are right," replied Dick; "I judge he would feel repaid in knowing that I have been instrumental in saving like giving utterance to an oath or two if he knew the to the great cause so valuable an adherent as yourself. But truth." allow me to make you acquainted with my parents and sis"N o doubt of it!" ter. Father, this is Dick Slater, the patriot scout and spy." The two kept on going, Dick leaving himself to the guid"I am indeed glad to meet you!" the man said; "my ance of his companion. name, as Harry, here, forgot to tell you, is Murray ; Nathan He judged that his friend was a citizen of Petersburg, Murray." and knew what he was about, and in this he was right. "I am glad to know you, Mr. Murray," said Dick, shakThey walked onward perhaps ten or a dozen blocks, and ing the man's hand; "I esteem it an honor to make the finally came to a stop in front of a house which stood back acquaintance of the parents and sister of as brave a youth from the street and in among some trees. as is your son Harry Dick's companion opened the gate and entered. "Oh, come, come!" protested the youth; "don't talk that


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. way, Dick! You will make me vain, and sis says I am trou"You were in great danger, then, sure enough!" the girl bled that way, already." exclaimed. "I guess she doesn't mean it, though," smiled Dick. "Oh, yes; but it is nothing when one gets used to it," He then shook hands with Mrs. Murray and Nellie, Harsmiled Dick. Then to Mr. Murray he said: ry's sister. "How happens it that you remain in Petersburg, sir? She was as beautiful and sweet a girl as Dick had ever I supposed that all patriot families had fled." seen. "We did think of going, when the British army was reShe blushed when she shook hands with Dick, and thiG porte

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 9 "This is the cellar stairway," whispered Harry; "go on feel the youth trembling, and heknew that it was with andown, but be careful and don't fall." ger, not with fear. "All right." "Slowly, Harry, slowly!" breathed Dick in his compan-He stepped through the doorway and made his way down ion's ear; "don't jump in there. I don't think they will the steps leading into the cellar. offer violence to your father, but if they do, we will go in Harry followed, closing the door. and give them a taste of our quality." As they reached the bottom of the steps, they heard the sound of tramping feet and voices. "Father has let those people in, whoever they are," said Harry; "shall we hide in the cellar or go out of doors?" "Is there an outside cellarway ?" asked Dick. "Yes ; it leads up into the back yard." The two redcoats in the hall were not the only in thehouse. There were two more in the cellar, and two upstairs. They were searching the house thoroughly. They spent nearly an hour at the work, but iinally gath ered in a group in the hall and had to acknowledge that "Let's get out of here, then; I'll feel safer out of doors." they were baffled. "There's a good hiding place down here, Dick." "I told you the persons you saw did not enter the house," "That may be, but I would feel cooped up; let's get out said Mr. Murray; "they probably went through the yard while we can." and across to the next street, and away in that direction." "All right, just as you say; this way." "Perhaps so," was the dubious reply. Harry opened a door at the rear of the cellar and the It was evident that the redcoats who had seen the youths youths passed through the doorway. enter the yard hated to give up the idea that they were in Harry closed the door and the two made their way up the .x the steps and emerged into the back yard. "Did you look good, everywhere?" he asked, turning to Here they stood still a.nd listened. The youths listened a few moments, and then made their wo.y around to the front of the house. The front door stood partly open. They slipped up to it, and peered in. They saw a couple of redcoats in the hall. Mr Murray was with them. The redcoats seemed to be threatening Harry's father. "I tell you, I saw two persons enter the yard!" the youths hearn one of the redcoats say; "ana then, when I met the other boys, and they said the rebel spy had escaped, I became suspicious that one of the two I had seen was the spy. I think so yet; he must be in the house somewhere, and we will find him "You are entirely mistaken regarding the rebel spy being here," said Mr. Murray; "of course, I do not say you did not see two persons enter the yard, for without doubt you are speaking the truth, but they did not enter this house. They are not here." "I think you are lying!" the redcoat replied insultingly, "and we will soon prove it, too!" "I don't think you will do anything of the kind," wag the reply of Mr. Murray in a dignified tone of voice; "you are entirely at liberty to sear-ch the house." 'At 1iberty'-bah We will search whether we are at libhis comrades. "Yes," replied one; "we looked everywhere, and made a thorough search. They are not in the house." "Nor in the cellar?" Another redcoat answered. "N: o Then, I guess the only thing for us to do is to take our departure," in a sullen, disappointed voice; "come along, boys." The party of six redcoats came tramping toward the fronf door, and the youths lost no time in retreating from in front of it. They had taken not half a dozen steps backward, when they felt themselves from behind! CHAPTEJR V. THE HAUNTED .HOUSE. The youths were taken entirely by surprise. Naturally enough, they were startled. They did not cry out, however. They knew this would only work against them, ia that it would bring the redcoats from the house on the doubleerty or not, my friend !" the redcoat cried, insolently; "and quick. that is the kind of men we are !" So they whirled and grappled with the persons who had "Yes, that's the kind of cowards you are!" grated Harry. seized hold of them. Dick, who had his hand on his companion's arm, oould There were only two of these.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. One had seized Dick, the other had seized Harry. The struggled d_esperately. They realized that unless they escaped from the clutches of their opponents before the redcoats emerged from the house, they would quickly be overpowered. So they fought like fiends. did not think about Dick being exactly behind him, so he kept in advance. Suddenly there came the sharp crack crack of the pis tols. The redcoats had :fired another volley. The bullets whistled past Dick and Harry. Harry was virtually a novice at this sort of thing, but None took effect, however, and the youths ran onward he was proving himself to be a dangerous fellow to fool at their best speed. with. Harry took such a course that it would ultimately bring Dick qutckly got the upper hand of the man who had them around on the street back of his home, but of course leaped upon him, and whirling the fellow over, dealt him a he would make a wide circuit first. couple of terrific blows on the jaw, rendering him uncon It would be necessary to get clear from the redcoats bescious. fore venturing back to the house. Then he leaped to Harry's assistance, to find that his Harry had no notion of leading the enemy back there. comrade had got the better of his assailant, and was choking So he kept on in nearly a straight line till they were so him into insensibility. far ahead that the redcoats could not see them, and then he Dick dealt the fellow a severe blow on the jaw, kp.ocking and Dick turned down a side street, and ran in this direc him senseless, and then as the door of the house came open tion a distance of four or five blocks. and the redcoats emerged the youths leaped to their feet Here tlie two paused and listened. and dashed away. "Do you hear anything of them, Dick?" asked Harry, The redcoats caught a glimpse of the yquths, and gave when they had listened a few moments. utterance to shouts of excitement. ,..,.,.. "There they go, now cried one; "after them, boys Stop or we will :fire!" the last to the :fleeing youths, of course. But the fugitives did not stop. They ran. faster, if possible. "No, do you?" "No; but I thought your hearing might be better, or at least better trained than mine." "I don't hear anything, so I judge that we have given our pursuers the slip." "I hope so!" "Sci do I." "Perhaps it would be a good plan to wait here a few moThe redcoats drew their pistols as they ran, and fired. The bullets :flew past the youths, and Harry uttered an exclamation. ments, to see whether or not we really have gotten away "Are you hit?" asked Dick, solicitously. "A scratch, that is all--on the arm," was the reply. Onward sped the youths. After them came the redcoats. Dick fell behind Harry. He had a double purpose in this. from them?" This in a questioning tone. "Yes, I think that will be a good idea." They waited for perhaps five minutes, listening intent ly the while. "Surely if they were on our track they would have put in He wished to shield his comrade's body with his own, so an appearance before this," said Harry. that in case the redcoats fired any more, Harry would not be so likely to be hit. "It is my affair, and not his, and it would be a shame to let him get hurt," thought Dick; "he is a brave fellow, and I will look out for his safety if I can." The other reason was that Harry knew the best way to go in order to shake the redcoats off. He told Harry this was the reason he had fallen back. He ln1ew that if Harry was to suspect that Dick was be hind him for the purpose of shielding him from the bullets he would refuse to remain in the lead. As it happened the youth did not think of this; in fact he "Yes; I think we have given them the slip, sure enough." "And do you think it will be safe for us to return to my home?" "Well, I'm not so sure of that, Harry," was the reply; "it would be just like those redcoats to go back and place a guard on the house." "That is what I thought; and jf we were to go back, they __ ,, "Would get us, after all !" "So they would. Well, what shall we do ?" Dick was silent for a few moments. "I really don't know what to do, but I have gotten you


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 11 into trouble, and I am not the kind of fellow to go away pose it will be all the better for our purpose on that ac-and leave you to get out as best you can." "Oh, you needn't worry about me," was the prompt reply; "I will get along all right." "Perhaps so, but I would like to be sure of it before going my way and leaving you." "Say," said Harry, reflectively; "I suppose you are in Petersburg for the purpose of securing information re garding the redcoats and what they intend doing?" "That is exactly what I am here for, Harry." "And I suppose you do not wish to leave town till you have succeeded in doing this?" You are right." count." "Yes, I judge so; it certainly isn't a very pleasant place. It is said that the house is haunted." "Ah, indeed?" "Yes." "By what is it said to be haunted?" "By the spirit of a man who once lived there. His name was Samuel Condon, he was an old miser. He was murdered for his money, and it is said that his spirit haunts the place." "Ah, I see!" "That was a great while ago, you know; I know nothing "All right; I know what we will do, then. I dare not about the affair, save from hearsay; my father knew the venture back home, so we will remain together, and I know a splendid place to go-a place where we will be safe, I am confident." "Where is the place you speak of, Harry?" "It is an old, deserted house over in the edge of the town." "A deserted house, eh?" "Yes." "Well, that will just about fill the bill; sure enough; let's go there at once." "All right, come." The youths set out. They did not hurry. They moved at a moderate pace. They did not know but that they might encounter some redcoats. Now that they had succeeded in shaking their enemies off, they did not wish to be bothered by them again. They kept a sharp lookout as they walked along. Whenever they came to a cross street, they paused and looked, to see that there were no British soldiers coming. Presently they came to the edge of the town. In front of them was a strip of timber. "This is the creek," said Hn:rry; "the house is a little ways back in the timber, and right on the creek bank." They kept on. A few moments later and they were standing in front of an old, gloomy-looking house. It was a story and a half high.. It was so dark that the youths could not see very well, man." "Well, I am not afraid of the ghost, are you?" "No, I don't think I am; I am willing to risk encountering it, anyway." "Good! we'll go inside the house, then." The youths adva;nced to the door and opened it. It was not fastened and came open readily. The youths entered the house. Scarcely had they set foot within doors when they were startled by a blood-curdling shriek. CHAPTER VI. THE GHOST PUT TO FLIGHT. "What was that!" exclaimed Harry, in an awed voice. "You can't prove it by me!" replied Dick; "it sounded like the shriek of some one in terrible agony." Of course, both spoke in low tones, for they knew not what might result from the strange affair. The youths were brave, however. They made no move toward leaving the house. They were determined to stand their ground. They stood stock still and listened. Again that terrible, blood-curdling shriek came to their ears. Harry clutched Dick's arm and squeezed it nervoooly. "It sounded upstairs," he whispered. "So it did," replied Dick in a eautious undertone; ''let's but anyone would have .k:r).own that the house was deserted. go upstairs and investigate." That there were numerous loose boards about the house was proven by the cracking, which was going on almost con stantly. "Well, this isn't a pleasant place," said Dick; "but I sup"Jove! Dick, we don't know 'fhat we may find up there.11 "That is true. "Yet you wish to go upstairs and investigate?" "Yes ; you see I am like a woman, possessed of consider-


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BI able curiosity, and I wish to probe this mystery and find "I think that the ghost is no ghost at all, and that some who or what it was that gave to those shrieks, if one is upstairs, and is trying to frighten us away by utter such a thing is possible. You can stay down here, if you ing those blood-curdling shrieks." like, Harry." "Go away, foolish humans!" cried a hoarse, sepulchral ''Not I," was the reply; "if you go, I'll go! I have a good voice at this instant; "go away, or you will regret it I I am bit of curiosity myself." the spirit of Samuel Condon !-ha I ha! ha!" "Good for you, Harry;" said Dick approvingly; "you are the right kind of a comrade to have; come along and be on the lookout for trouble." The voice came from somewhere upstairs, and ended in a burst of wild laughter that, coming to their ears in the darkness, made the youths shudder slightly in spite of them"The stairs go up from the next room, Dick," said Harry. selves. "Ah, you've been here before, then?" They set their teeth together, however. "Yes, in the daytime, never at night." "Well, lead the way into the other room and to the stair way, then I will go in front and i the ghost gets anybody it will be me." "This way," said Harry. He felt his way slowly across the room and Dick, holding to his arm, kept close beside him. They soon found the doorway and passed through into the other room. They made their way across the floor of this room and soon reached the foot of the stairs. They started up the stairs which creaked beneath their weight. At the same instant another shriek even more blood-curd ling than the other two was heard and voluntarily the youths paused. "You may be what you claim to be," replied Dick, grim ly; "but we are not willing to take your word for it. We are going to investigate, if we die for it!" "That will be your fate !-you will die, if you persist in intruding here! Be warned, and go your way!" "We can't oblige you," Dick; "we are stubborn fellows, you know, and won't go till we have to." Then to Harry he said: "Have you a pistol, Harry?" "No," was the reply. "Here, then, take one of mine. We will come right on up and see you," !his in a louder voice, "and while admit ting that, if you are a ghost, you may be able to get the bet ter of us, we will say further that if you are not a ghost, but some one masquerading here to frighten people away, it will go hard with you, and we will undoubtedly get the bet"Say, that was about the worst thing in the way of a ter of you. Look out for yourself, and don't say that we shriek that I ever heard,'' said Dick ih a quizzical tone of didn't give you fair warning!" voice. He spoke loud enough so that his voice might easily be heard upstairs. "You are right!" replied Harry, in a low tone. He was surprised that Dick should speak so loudly, but said nothing to that effect. He had the utmost faith 'in Dick, and believed that his companion knew what he was about. "I suppose you are woncl.ering why I have spoken out "Foolish humans, beware I" This was uttered in a loud, wailing tone of voice. "We are just' human and foolish enough not to beware," retorted Dick; "we are coming right up there, now, so look out." As he finished speaking, Dick leaped up the stairs, Harry following closely. They made considerable noise. The youths hardly knew what to expect. loud, Harry?" remarked Dick. They had steeled their nerves, however, and were ready Harry was surprised that the other should seemingly for anything. have read his thoughts. If they were to encounter a real ghost, they would make "Yes,'' was the reply; "I will admit that I was a bit sur-it as lively for his Ghostship as they could, and if it was prised." "Well, it is simple enough: I there is a real ghost up stairs, we cannot deceive it-isn't that right?" "Yes." "And if it isn't a real ghost, it is some one playing ghost; that someone knows we are here, so it is equally as useless for us to try to keep silent." "That is true, also; do you think--" some one playing ghost, they would make him wish that he had turned his attention to some other line of business. They reached the top of the stairs without meeting with anything at all calculated to impede their progress. On the landing the youths paused. They heard the sound of hurrying footsteps. The footsteps suddenly ceased and a -sound as though a window was being raised was heard.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 13 This was foilowed by a sort of scrambling noise and then unceremonious fashion, but really, it serves him right; we a loud slam as if the window had fallen. have but given him a dose of his own medicine." "It was a human and no ghost, after all, Harry," said Dick with a laugh. "I believe you're right." "I'm sure of it, but now I wonder who the fellow could have been." "It would be hard to say, Dick." "And why do you suppose he has been playing ghost?" "You are agreed Harry; "and we will be able to bunk here in a fairly comfortable fashion." The youths made themselves comfortable as possible un, der the circumstances. The pallet was wide enough so that they could lie down side by side, and they did so. They lay perhaps half an hour talking of the situa, "That would be hard to say; it may be, however, that tion. be is some person without a home, who, having found this place, wished to remain here and has been playing ghost in order to keep people frightened away." "I judge you are about right about that; well, we have turned the tables on his Ghostship nicely for we have fright ened him away." "So we have; I wonder if he'll come back?" Dick laughed. "I have my doubts," he replied, "judging by the haste he showed in getting away, I don't think he will come back in a hurry." "Well, as we have earned the right, we will take posses sion here." "So we will; jove I wish we had a light." "Well, we haven't one, so we'll have to make the best of. it." "That's right; we have a good deal to be thankful for anyway and need not let a little thing like having to stay in the dark worry us." "No, indeed; we need not worry about it; his Ghostship stood it, and why should not we?" "There is no reason, I guess we can stand it." "Do you know anything about the arrangement of the rooms?" "No, I was never upstairs." "Come on, then; we'll find a room and camp clown there till morning." The youths made their way along what was evidently a ball. They bad taken only a few steps, however, when they came to a door. Dick opened the door and entered the ruom, followed by Harry. "Say, I'm getting sleepy," said Harry, "do you there is any danger of that fellow coming back; what if he should do so and find us both asleep; be might murder us in cold blood." "I don't think there is any danger," replied Dick; "any, way, I am a very light sleeper and he could not get into this room without waking me; then we would be able fo make it warm for him." "That's a fact; well, I believe I'll go to sleep, then." "And I." The youths disposed themselves in as comfortable a man, ner as possible and were just dozing off to when they were aroused by the sound of footsteps and voices down. stairs. CHAPTER VII. PL.A.YING GHOST. "Somebody is down stairs, Dick!" whispered Harry. "Yes, I hear them." "Who do you suppose they are?" "I cannot say, Harry." "Perhaps it is the ghost, with some comrades, and they have come to turn the tables on us, and make us get out in. a hurry." "Such might be the case, but I doubt it, Harry." "Do you think it possible that any of the redcoats got an inkling of the fact that we took refuge here, and have com& to capture us ?" "I hardly think that, either; we are confident that weThey moved cautiously about the room, feeling here and had given our pursuers the slip, you know." there with their hands. "YPs; I didn't think they were around when we came in "Jove! here's a stool," suddenly exclaimed Dick. here." "And here's a pallet on the floor," said Harry. "Let's step out into the hall and listen to what they ar& "Well, well," remarked Dick; "I guess we're in his saying," suggested Dick; nwe may be able to Ghostship's boudoir; it seems to be rather a high-handed who they are and why they are here, then." proceeding to drive him forth into the world in such an "All right; that's a good idea."


14 The two rose to their feet, and stole across the floor. They did not wish their footsteps to be heard down stairs. Dick opened the door and they stepped out into the hall. Here they paused and listened. The sound of talking and laughter came to their ears quite plai11ly. The newcomers, whoev. er they were, were still in the front room. The youths listened intently, to hear what was said. "So this house is haunted, eh?" they heard one voice say. "Yes," from another; "that is what they say, anyway." "Do you believe it?" Such were the cries, and the youths by listening careful ly decided that there must be eight or ten of the fellows. "Prove it !-how?" asked Jencks. "Why, by taking the lead, of course. You go ahead, and lead the way upstairs. If there are any ghosts in this house there is where they will be." "That's right, Jencks; that is just the thing for you to do, and then we will believe that you really are not afraid. I must acknowledge that I am somewhat afraid, myself." "So am I I" "It is the same with me!" "I'm afraid! By jove I I don't care about being intro"Well, I can't say that I do; never took much interest duced to any ghosts!" "They are trying to frighten the worthy Jencks," whisin ghosts." "Well," in another voice, "it is certainly gloomy enough here, for the house to be the abode of a ghost!" "Yes, or several." "Well," in still another voice, "I for one am not afraid if there is a ghost here--or a dozen for matter!" This fellow's voice trembled somewhat, and Dick discerned the fact. "That fellow is frightened half out of his wits," he whispered to Harry; "did you notice how his voice trembled?and then, he gave utterance to a boast, which is the sure sign that he is a coward." "You are right, I noticed it, Dick; but who are they?" "I'll tell you who I think they are." "Who?" "A party of young redcoats." YOU think SO?" "Yes; they have been out, having a time, and having heard that there was a haunteq house here, they have decid e d to come and investigate." "It woulQ.n't surprise me if you are right." oered Dick. "I judge you are right," replied Harry; "I guess they will succeed, too." But Jencks was determined that his comrades should not think he was frightened, and so he said, with as great an assumption of bravery as he could assume: "All right; I'll take the lead, since the rest of you are afraid. 'l'here are no ghosts here, and I know it." "Who told you, Jencks?" "No one, but I know it, just the same. There are no such things as ghosts." "You think there are not ? "Of course; any sensible person ought to know that much." "Then I am not sensible, for I don't know it." "Nor I." "It is the same with me ; I believe there are such things "I rather think Jencks will change his mind before he gets away from here!" It was evident to the listeners above that the comrades !)f Jencks were trying to frighten the fellow. "I am sure that I am, Harry." They undoubtedly doubted the presence of a ghost in the "Oh, say, fellows, I believe Jencks is frightened half to house, and thought to have some sport, anyway, out of their death!" said one of the others, in response to the remark companion. of the one who said he was not afraid. "Bah! you are the most faint-hearted set of fellows I eTer "That's right," from another; "did you note how his i"aw !" growled Jencks. voice trembled?" "Yes, I noticed it." So did I." "And l." "But you can't see us, can you, Jencks?" with a laugh; "if you can see, you can do more than I can." "That'. s right," from another; "But, say, go ahead, and lead the way, old fellow. We are anxious to see the ghost, "No such thing!" was the angry retort from the one i.f there is one here, and as you are not afraid, we want you called Jencks ; "I am not afraid." "Prove it, then, Jencks!" cried one. "Yes, prove it!" from another. "Prove it!" "Prove it!" in front." "Yes, go ahead, Jencks. Take the lead; you may be com mander of this expedition." "All right; come along. I am not afraid, if you fellows !"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 15 "Oh, we know you aren't afraid; that's the reason we "go along, Jencks. We'll wait here at the foot of the want you in the lead." stairs." "Jove I wish I had Jencks' nerve "So do I!" Jencks' comrades could not refrain from jollying him. The others all gave utterance to remarks to the same effect. But Jencks demurred. "Come on, you fellows cried Jencks; I'll show you "I won't do anything of the kind he declared; "I am that there are no such things as ghosts I" not afraid, so far as that is concerned, but I don't think "Don' t you think we can make him change his mind it the fair thing at all for me to go up alone; and leave about that, Harry?" asked Dick in a cautious whisper. you fellows below. You were as eager as I to come here and "I think so, Dick." have a look at the ghost; now come along." Harry understood his companion's meaning. "I think so; we'll try, anyway." Tills was only fair and right, of course, but the tried to make Jencks think otherwise. "What will we do, Dick?" "But you are not afraid, and we are, Jencks" protested "I'll tell you: We'll wait till those fellows are halfway one. "That makes all the difference in the world, you upstairs, and then we will utter a horrible groan in uniknow." son; do you understand?" "Yes," from another, "if I wasn't afraid, I should have "Yes." no hesitancy in going righl-up." "All right; I'll keep my hand on your arm, and when I "I think it is rather unhandsome of you, Jencks, not to squeeze, you must groan your very best-or worse, at once." do so, when you are not afraid!" from still another. ti "All right; say, that fellow they call Jencks will be in The rest made remarks to similar effect. front, won t he!" "I judge so, from all I have heard said." "And he will be the worst frightened one of the lot. Say, But Jencks would not have it so. "I won't go up alone, and that is flat!" he declared; 'tyou fellows wanted to come just as bad as I did, and if Dick, I should not like to be on the stairs, behind him!" you are not willing to do your share, now that we are here, "You think those who are behind him will be in danger, we will give the affair up and go back to camp." eh?" "Yes; I think he will be in such a hurry to get back down that he won't give them time to get out of the way." "It wouldn't surprise me if you are right, Harry!" The party of men down stairs was making its way slowly The others demurred at this. "No, no!" cried one; "we mustn't do that, until we see whether or not there is such a thing as a ghost here." "Of course not," from another; "the fellows would give: us the laugh, if we did that; we must go ahead." across the floor of the front room now. "Yes, yes!" from still another; "go ahead, Jencks, and Jencks was in the lead, and presently he found the door-we will keep right at your heels." way. "Yes, go along," urged the others. "'l'his way, fellows," he said; "here is another doorway. "All right; I'll do so, but you fellows have got to come. Come right along, and don't be afraid." If you hang back, I shall draw out for good." "We'll try not to be afraid," replied one in a tone of "Oh, we'll stick right to you, Jencks!" declared one; mock terror; "but you see, Jencks, we are not so brave as "go ahead." you.!" "Did you notice how the voice of the fellow they call "'fhat's right," from another; "I wish I were!" Jencks trembled?" asked Dick, in a cautiol!S whisper. "And so do I!" "Yes," replied Harry; "he is badly frightened, I should They moved through the open doorway, into the othe1 say." room, and presently Jencks found the stairway. "Half to death! It won't take much to stampede him, "Here are the stairs, fellows," he said; "come along, and when we give utterance to the groans, I think there will now. Follow me, and we will go upstairs." be some lively doings on the stairs." "Say, supposing you go on alone, Jencks," suggested one of his companions; "you can take a look around for his Ghostship and then, if there is none there, we will come up." "Say, that's a good plan I" said another, approvingly; "I should not be surprised." "They're coming up, .Harry; be ready!" "I am all ready, now." Slowly and carefully Jencks made his way up the stairs. His heart was in his mouth.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. True, he had talked bravely to his comrades, but he was terribly frightened, just the same. He would have given much to have been somewhere else just at that time. He wished that he had not boasted that he wasn't afraid, and thus caused himself to be forced into taking the lead. Had he been well toward the rear, he would not have felt so afraid. But it was too late now. He had made his boasts, had been forced to take the lead, and would have to make the best of it. Jencks was trembling so bad that he could hardly make his way up the stairs, however; his legs trembled and were so weak they were not much more than capa'ble of holding their owner's body up. It was so dark that it was impossible to see one's hand before his face, and the darkness added to the terror of the situation. Slowly up the stairs came the party of ghost-seekers. Dick waited till he was about half way up, as near as he could judge by the sound. Then he decided that it was time for action. His hand was on Harry's arm. Suddenly he squeezed his companion's arm. This was the signal which had been agreed upon, and in stantly the youths gave utterance to a couple of blood curdling groans. The effect was all that could have been desired. J eneks' nerves were keyed up to the highest pitch, and the horrible sounding groans were all that was needed to upset him completely. He gave utterance to a wild yell of terror, and threw himself backward with all his might, the result being that he overbalanced two or three of his comrades, who in turn upsel the others, and the entire party went tumbling head over heels down the stairs Bumpetty-bump bumpetty-bump bumpetty-bump I the members of the party went, and all landed at the foot of the stairs in a badly mixed-up condition, Jencks, by some strange freak of fortune, although at the top wll.en they started, being at the bottom of the pile when they alighted, and he very nearly got the life crushed out of his body. CHAPTER VIII. T.H.8 YOUTHS' PLAN SUOCEJIJDS. Being desirous of making the situation as exciting as possible, the youths gave utterance to a series of the most hlood-curaling groans. The party of ghost-seekers was now in a completely de moralized condition. The individual members were frightened as they had never before been frightened. .. Jencks did not have a monopoly of this ; all were alike in this respect. The result was that there was a wild scramble to get up, and out of the house. They had had all they wanted of this affair. They had come to hunt ghosts, but having found them, they wished to get away. The men struggled, and almost fought. It was every man for himself, and the Old Fellow take the hindmost. Gradually, one after another got free from the mix-up, and hastened to get away and out of the room and house. As was meet and proper, perhaps, Jencks was the last one to get up and away. He had been trampled scandalously. His uniform-for the men were British soldiers, sme enough-was torn and ruined, and Jencks himself had suf fered material damage. He was covered with abrasions, and his right ear had been n<'arly torn off, while the left one had been stepped on and flattened out till it resembled a saddle-flap more than the ear of a human being. The worthy Jencks was glad to escape his life, how ever, and was not disposed to make a fuss about such minor injuries as these. Just as he leaped to his feet Dick and Harry gave utter ance to par.ticularly horrible groans, and Jencks leaped for ward in such haste that he bumped against the door-casing and was knocked He gave utterance to a howl of pain and fright and scrambled to his feet, however, and this time he was suc cessful in getting through the doorway. He reached the outer air without further mishap, and found the others awaiting him. Dick and Harry were highly delighted. Their plan had proved to be a complete success. "Jove! Harry, we were more fortunate than his Ghoet ship who was here when we came," remarked Dick. "You are right," was the reply; "we succeeded in putting the enemy to flight, while he did not." "I would have given something to see those fellows tumbling down stairs,'' said Diek, with a chuckle. "It would have been worth seeing," agreed Harry. "I wonder what Jencks thinks about it now." "I guess he'll hardly claim that he wasn't afraid I thiitlc he is tha one who gave utterance to that yell of fright."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. "Undoubtedly, and I have no doubt he was the one who started the stampede." "Quite likely; say, do you suppose they'll venture back again?" "So he did," coincided another; "I thought the ghost had him, sure." "He caused us all the trouble!" growled another; "if he hadn't thrown himself back upon top of us, we wouldn't "Hard telling, Harry; I am confident it is a party of have fallen down stairs." reckless young redcoats and it would be just about like them "That's a fact," coincided another. to come back and have another trial." "Oh, growl if you want to!" grumbled Jencks; "I '!ill "Well, I guess we can rout them a second time." venture to say, however, that if either of you fellows had "Yes, and if we don't succeed, we can follow the exambeen in front, as I was, you would have done the same as I ple of the other ghost and beat a retreat." did." "True, Harry, but we won't do it unless we have to." Meanwhile, the redcoats were discussing the situation. Some were angry, others amused. This was partly owing to temperament and depended to some extent also on the degree of damage sustained in the mix-up. Those who had been stepped on and touzled about by the feet of their comrades, were in a bad humor, while those who had sustained no material damage, were in a position to appreciate the humor of the situation. "I should hope not!" remarked one. "Then you think you wouldn't have done so?" flared Jencks. "That is what I think" "Then prove it by going in there and bearding the ghost in his lair.'" "All right, that is just what we will do, eh, fellows?" "Yes, yes; I'll go." "And I." "Count me in." Six or seven of the redcoats thus signified their willing"It's all right for you fellows to laugh!" growled one ness to re-enter the house and risk an encounter with the of the redcoats who had had his uniform torn, and his ghost. feelings as well as his body hurt in the tumble down stairs; "but as for myself I can say that I don't see anything fun-ny about it." "I do," laughed another; "I must say that this is more fun than I have experienced before since coming to Amer ica." "It is the same with me," said another; "jove I'll wager that if that ghost has any appreciation of humor, he has laughed himself so hoarse that he won't be able to groan out loud again for a week." "Say, what do you think about this ghost business, anyway?" queried another. "What do we think?" "Yes." "In what way do you mean?" "Why, I mean, do you really think it is a ghost?" "I don't believe it's a ghost, anyway," said one. "Nor I," from another; "in my opinion, it is someone playing ghost to frighten away such faint-hearted fellows as Jencks here." "That's all right," grumbled Jencks; "by the time you get chased out of there a second time, I guess it will be proven that I am not the only faint-hearted one." "Don't you fear for us," was the reply; "we won't get chased out this time; indeed, we will come forth with colors flying, dragging the ghost or ghosts by the heels." "I don't doubt that you will come out with colors flying," retorted Jencks, sarcastically; "your red coat-tails will be sticking straight out behind." "Come, come, Jencks!" laughed one, good-naturedly; "your late experience has soured you." "You'll see. "Why, of course, it's a ghost!" declared Jencks in tremb"I wish could see," with a laugh; "I can't say that ling tones; "no human eould give utterance to such bloodI like this Egyptian darkness, myself." curdling groans." "Aha Jencks, old boy, you weren't so brave as you thought you were!" laughed one of his comrades. "He hrave? Bah!" sneered another; "he was the worst scared fellow in the lot." ur was not!" declared Jencks; "I was no worse fright ened than any of the rest of you." "That will do to tell. Why, you yelled worse than one of those wild American Indians." "There's one good thing about it/' said another; "it will enable us to see the ghost, if there is any to be seen, for ghosts are always white, you know, and will show up better on a black background.." At this instant a hollow groan resounded through the old house and was heard by the redcoats. "Ooh-00-00-00-00 !" gasped Jencks, and he hastened to get around so that the other members of the party were between him and the house.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. "What's the matter, Jencks?" asked one. "Did we see it?" cried one of the redcoats; "well, I "That is only the wind, soughing through the treetops," should say we did! eh, fellows?" said another. The others understood at once their comrade's purpose; "You-u'll f-:find out!" said Jencks, his teeth chattering. he wished to make those who had remained outside think "Bah! shut up!" growled one of the redcoats; "come that they had had ample cause for taking flight, so they hason, boys, let's go in and haul that ghost out by the heels." tened to acquiesce in tlie statement that they had seen the "All right, go ahead, we'll be right with you." ghost. The little party moved forward and entered the house. "What did it look like? wi;.s the reply; "it was a great, "You take the lead, Hankin," said one; "we'll back you white figure with a halo of red and flames seemed to be go-up; but say, whatever you do, don't tumble backward down ing up from it; isn't that right, boys?" stairs and upset the test of us." "Yes, yes;" cried one; "and I smelt brimstone." "No fear of that." "So did I," from another. The youths were listening and heard the redcoats as soon "I tell you what it is," remarked still another; "I think as they re-enj;ered the house. we had better be getting away from here; that blooming "They are said Harry in a whisper. ghost may take it into his head to come out here and go "Yes," was the reply; "they didn't get enough the other. for us." time. Well, we'll see if we can't satisfy them this time." They listened intently and heard the redcoats enter the second room and start to ascend the stairs. "Wait till they are about halfway up," whispered Dick, "Yes, yes; let's go Jencks, and he started at once. The others thought favorably of the proposition and followed suiL They were soon back at their quarters and turning in and then I squeeze your arm, groan the worst you went to sleep. know how." It was a wonderful story they had to tell their comrades "All right." next day, and great the amazement of all who listened to The redcoats were soon halfway up the stairs. them. "I guess his Ghostship has left the house and taken Many were incredulous, but to all such the heroes of the timber," remarked the redcoat who was in the lead. ghost-hunting episode said: Scarcely. had he spoken when upon the air arose a couple of groans which were blood-curdling in the extreme. In spite of their attempts to keep from becoming fright ened, the redcoats could not prevent a feeling of terror Go and see for yourself, if you don't believe us." Dick and Harry heard the redcoats take their leave, with a feeling of relief. "They are going, Dick," Harry remarked. from coming ovGr them. "Yes, I believe you are right." Their hair seemed to rise straight up on end. "Do you think they will come back?" They paused and stood still, their hearts in their throats. "I hardly think so; in my opinion, they have had all of "Foolish humans, beware!" said Dick in a hollow, sepulthis they want for one night; I think we will be safe in lychral tone of voice; "go at once and live, remain and die!" Then the youths gave utterance to a most horrible groan in unison. This was too much for the redcoats' nerve. They made up their minds that they preferred to live, and the way they went back down those was a cau tion. They knew their way fairly well by this time and were soon outside. Their comrades were highly excited and asked eager questions. "Is it a ghost, sure enough?" "Did you hear it again?" "What did it say?;' "Did you see it?" "It-told y-you s-so !" this, C?f course, from Jencks. ing down and going to sleep." They waited a few minutes, and then being certain that the redcoats had gone for good, they again lay down upon the pallet and were soon asleep. They were up bright and early next morning "Now, then," said Dick, "I wish to secure information regarding the plans of General Cornwallis; the question is, how am I going to go about it." "I have a plan," said HalTJ, eagerly. CHAPTER IX. THE REDCOATS FIRE THE HOUSE. "You have a plan?" queried Dick in surprise. "Yes


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 19 "Let me hear what your plan is." "Are you sure there is no one within hearing distance?" "Well, to begin with, Dick, you don't dare show your he asked. face in the town, do you?" "No, Harry ; I would be recognized and made a prisoner of at once if I were to appear in town in the daytime." "Exactly! Well, such being the case, it will be a very difficult matter for you yourself to do anything." "True, Harry, but I must do it just the same." "It isn't necessary, Dick." The youth looked surprised. "It isn't?" "No." "Why isn'" "For the reason that you can send a substitute. Dick started. "You mean that--" "I will go in your stead, Dick," eagerly. "lam a citizen of the town, you know, and can go where I please without being suspected." Dick looked thoughtful. "I don't know but that is a good idea, Harry," he said; "and if you are willing to attempt the work, I believe that I will let you do so." "Good I shall be glad to make the attempt and will do my best to be successful." "Quite sure," was the reply; "a couple of redcoats re mained on guard over our house all night, but they went away an hour ago." "Good then I'll tell you where Dick Slater is; he is in the old haunted house." Exclamations escaped the three hearers. "Ugh! what a place to have to stay!" shuddered Nellie. "Did you stay there last night?" asked Mr. Murray. "Yes," and then Harry told the story of his and Dick's adventures during the preceding night. His parents and sister listened with eager interest. "And you are going to play the part of a spy?" remarked Mrs. Murray, anxiously, when the youth had finished his story. "Yes, mother; but I am going to eat my breakfast and take some food to Dick before I attempt anything in that line. I am hungry as a bear!" "You shall have all you can eat, my son!" Harry ate heartily, and when he had finished, his mother and sister fixed up a lunch for the youth to carry to Dick. He hastened away, at once, and. succeeded in getting back to the haunted house without attracting attention, he was sure. "All right, Harry, but you must be very careful; should was hungry, and ate heartily, and then gave Harry it be discovered that you are playing the part of a spy, you instructions in regard to what it was that he wished him will be in danger of losing your life." "I know that; I'll be careful." "By the way, what am I going to do for food?" asked Dick; "I'm as hungry as a bear, even now." "That is easy enough; I'll go home and get my breakfast and then I'll bring you some food." "That will be fine if you can do it without being caught at it." "Oh, I'll look out for that." After a few more words Harry took his departure. He managed to slip out of the timber a .nd into the town without attracting attention, and he lost no time in making his way to his home. His parents and sister greeted him joyously. "Where is Dick, Harry?" asked Nellie, eagerly. Harry laughed and chucked hi sister under the chin. "Oh, he's in a safe place where you can't get him, sis," the youth said with a chuckle. "I've a good mind to slap your face, Harry Murray," said the girl, blushing; "now answer my question." "Yes, where is he, Harry?" asked Mr. Murray. The yout\ glanced around him in a questioning man ner. to learn. "Oh, I'll do the work, all .right, Dick!" the youth de clared, confidently. Then he took his departure. He was gone till past noon, and then he put in an ap pearance, bringing some information of interest, and some more food. "Your mother seems to be determined that I shall not starve, Harry!" remarked Dick, as he surveyed the liberal amount of food which Harry had brought. "It is sis's work," grinned Harry; "she'd kill me if she knew I told you, but she has taken a great liking to you, Dick!" "I feel greatly flattered, Harry," said Dick blushing through the coat of tan; "your sister is a fine girl, and one whose liking any fellow might be proud to gain!" "Oh, sis is a good girl, and there is no mistake about it," Harry agreed; "how could she help being?" he added with a grin; "isn't she my sister?" Dick laughed. "You are all right, Harry!" he said earnestly. Harry took his departure, presently, and was gone the rest of the afternoon.


20 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. & It was just coming on to be dark when he returned to the haunted house. Dick was seated on the pallet in the room in which he and Harry had spent the previous night, and rising, he He brought more food and some interesting informamade his way out into the hall and to the head of the stairs. ti on. As Dick ate, Harry tolil. what he had learned. He bad been so fortunate as to overhear a conversation between a couple of British officers, and had learned that it was the intention of the British to move northward and make an attempt to capture Lafayette and his army. "That is indeed important information!" exclaimed Dick, when Harry had finished; "Harry, you have done splendidly !" Harry blushed with pleasure. "I am glad you are pleased," he said simply. Here he paused and listened. His ears had not deceived him. He heard voices quite plainly now. "The fellows, whoever they are, are down in front of the house," said Dick to himself; "there must be quite a num ber of them." Then a thought struck him. "Jove! I wonder if it isn t another gang of redcoats come to investigate this matter of the house being haunted," he said 1.o himself; "yes, I'll wager that is it; no doubt those fellows who were here last night told a thrilling story and "I am more than pleased; I am delighted. And, now, if so excited the curiosity of their comrades that some of them I had my horse, I would get out of Petersburg as quickly have coie to investigate and see whether or not the others as possible." told the truth." "I believe I can get your horse for you, Dick!" said Harry. "You think so?" in surprise. "Yes; I saw your horse to-day; he is in an old corral, not far from here. There are a lot of horses in there, you know, and they are guarded by a sentinel, but I am sure I can get the horse wjthout much trouble." "I don't want you to take any chances on my account, Harry," said Dick dubiously. "Oh, I won't be running any risk to speak of. I'll get your horse, never you fear "All right; get him, if yo can, and I will be your debtor to such an extent that I shall never be able to get out." "That is all right; I am glad to be of service to you, and through you to the great cause!" the youth declared. "You had better wait an hour or two before making the attempt," said Dick. "I judge that will be best," agreed Harry. The youths talked for a couple of hours and then Harry !aid: Again Dick listened eagerly, and then as he heard footsteps in the front room down stairs he murmured: "They're coming; I wish they had stayed away until after Harry had got back, but as they didn't do so, and are here, I shall have to do my best to make them wish they bad stayed away altogether." Dick li s tened and waited. The party of redcoats-for such they were, as Dick learned from their conversation--ntered the second room and started upstairil. The location of the stairway had undoubtedly been de scribed to them, for they seemed to have no difficulty in I finding it. It was very dark and Dick could not see the redcoats at all, but he could hear them and understood all that they said. They were making light of the story their comrades had told them and were evidently of the opinion that it was made of whole cloth. "I guess I will be going; I think I have waited long "Bah!" exclaimed one; "those fellows lied like the troopenough." ers that they are; I'll wager that they neither heard nor "Very well, go ahead," said Dick; "but be very careful, saw anything out of the way here last night. Ghost! bah! don't take any chances ; if you should get liadly hurt or the nearest we will come to finding a ghost here, will be a killed, i should never be able to forgive myself, nor would bat." your parents and sister ever forgive me." At this instant Dick gave utterance to a terrible groan. "Oh, that's all right," said Harry; "I'm not going to get He had had considerable practice the night before and hurt." was able to do the 'Work in good shape. Then, after a few more words, he took his departure. "Jupiter Pluvius what was that?" gasped the fellow Harry had been gone perhaps half an hour when Dick who had just been speaking. gave a start and uttered a low exclamation. Again Dick groaned, this time in an even more terrible ".Jove! I thought I heard voices," he murmured; "I'll see manner. about the matter; I d on't want any callers just now." Then in a hollow, sepulchral voice, he sai :


wFoolish humans, beware! leave at once or your blood be "it is no part of my plan to wind up my career by being upon your own heads!" Dick supplemented this with a horrible groan and shuffled his feet on the floor, making a peculiar noise which, taken in connection with the rest, was anything but pleasburned to death like a rat in a trap." Dick lost no time. He proceeded to leave the house at once. He had put in his time during the past day in getting ing Lo hear. acquainted with the house and its surroundings and he Doubtless the redcoats thought the ghost was coming knew just how to make his escape. right after them. He made his way to the end of the hall and raising the Be that as it may, they turned and :fled. window which was there he quickly and silently climbed They stood not upon the order of their going, but went at through the opening. once--and in a hinry, too. They went down the stairs, four steps at a jump, and they got out of the house just as quickly as they possibly could. One fellow stubbed his toe and fell through the doorway into the outer air, turning a complete somersault. He was a hot-headed ;fellow and this, added to the rest, angered him terribly. He was wild with rage. "Blast the luck!" he cried; "I'll put a stop to this ghost business; I'm going to burn the blooming house down!" The redcoat had steel, flint and tinder, and he soon had a laze started. None of his comrades objected; indeed, all seemed in fa or of setting fire to the house and lent all the assistance in heir power. They brought broken twigs and underbrush and piled it against the side of the house and soon a fire was crackling errily. "There!" said the redcoat with an air of satisfaction; 'we ll give his Ghostship a good roasting and see how he ikes it." "The chances are that he won't mind it," remarked the other; "he is probably used to it by this time." Dick, 13tationed at the top of the stairs, listened intently or some minutes after the redcoats had flown. "I wo17der what they'll do next?" he asked himself. A few minutes passed and then Dick sniffed the air. "I smell smoke he exclaimed to himself ; "j ove I won er if those fools have set the house on fire." He waited and listened eagerly for a few minutes lon er 'fliere was a shed roof at the rear of the house and Dick let himself down upon it. Then he made bis way carefully down the roof to the lower edge and leaped to the ground. distance was not to exceed eight feet and there was no danger that he would be injured. Dick made his way to the timber, which was only a few yards distant, and to his surprise and joy found Harry and the horse there. "I saw the redcoats setting fire to the house, Dick," claimed Harry; "and knowing that you would come out the back way, I made a circuit in order to avoid being seen, and here I am." "Harry; you're a j e wel," said Dick, earnestly. CHAPTER X. DICK SECURES VALUABLE INFORMATION. All Dick had to do now was to mount and ride away, but lie lingered long e nough to thank Harry for what he had done. "You are a brave f e llow, Harry," he said, "and I hope that we will meet again." "I hope so!" was the reply. Then Dick told Harry to give bis regards to his parents and sister, and shaking the youth's hand, he mounted and rode away. He crossed the creek, and headed northward toward Richmond. The smell of smoke grew stronger. He arrived there at about three o'clock in the morning, Presently he heard the crackling of the flames. without having experienced a,ny further adventures. Then a dull, red glow could be seen in the room below, Immediately after breakfast, next morning, Dick went a measure dispelling the darkness. to headquarters and reported to General Lafayette. There was no longer any doubt in Dick's mind regarding The young French commander was glad to see Dick, and he matter. he listened to the youth s report with interest. The redcoats had set the house on fire I "So Cornwallis is going to try to capture me, is he?" he "Jove! I'll have to be getting out of here," thought Dick; remarked, when Dick had fini s hed.


,. "That is what he intends to do, if possible," replie1 l Dick. upon it from the top of a knoll; "but how is it to be ac -"W ell, I think he will have to catch us before ue can complished ?" capture us," with a smile. It would be a very difficult undertaking. "That is true," agreed Dick. Dick had done this sort of thing before, however. General Lafayette, being forewarned, had plenty of time And he was confident he could do it again. in which to get ready for the masterly retreat which, as his tory shows, he inaugurated. Cornwallis appeared in front of Richmond, to find that his expected prey had escaped him. Lafeyette and his army was away, moving toward the The British encampment was in the open country, jus t outside of the edge of the timber which bordered the Rapi dan. Dick moved forward, and approached to the edge of fhe timber. north. It was yet early in the evening, and oone of the redcoats Cornwallis entered Richmond in triumph, and then had lain down for the night. pushed on in pursuit of the patriots. No matter how he tried, however, he could not catch up with Lafayette. "' The patriot army kept out of his way. This was largely due to lhe splendid scouting and spy work done by Dick and his comrade, Bob Estabrook. They kept a constant watch of the redcoats, and LafayHe stood here and gazed out upon the scene. Campfires were burning here and there, and groups of soldiers were sitting in the light thrown out by the camp-fires. Others of the soldiers were sauntering about. "They do not intend to follow us any further," thought Dick; "I am sure of it. They are taking things too easy. :N" ow, I wonder what will be their next move? I must find ette was always cognizant of the wliereabouts of the enemy, out!" and when the redcoats got too close, he would move his Dick fell to sizing up tli.e situation. army to a safe distance. H did not matter to him whether it was night or day; he would move his army just the same. Cornwallis lay down on more than one evening, confident that next morning he would catch "the boy," as he called Lafayette, only to wake up in the morning to find that the patriots were out of his reach. The redcoats followe.d the patriots northward. till they came to the Rapidan River. Here they stopped, and Dick, who was spying upon them, made up his mind that they were going to give up the pursuit. "I wonder what they will do next ?" he asked himself. He decided to find out if possible. "I'll go into their camp, to-night, and find out their f plans, if such a thing is possible!" he said t_o himself, grimly. He returned to the patriot encampment, and reported to Lafayette. The young Frenchman was willing that Dick should make the attempt, but told him to be very careful. Like Washington he was finding Dick to be invaluable, and he did not wish to run the risk of losing him. Dick promised to be careful, and soon after dark he took his departure. It was only about two miles to the British encampment, and it did not take Dick long to reach the vicinity. "I must enter that encampment, and hear what is being talked of," thought the youth, as he stood looking down He looked the ground over with critical eyes. He intended trying to slip into the encampment, av.d to that end he had donned a redcoat uniform which he al ways carried him. I he could succeed in getting into the encampment he would be fairly secure, as no one would be likely to recog nize him after night, by the uncertain light of the camp fires. As Dick stood there, looking out upon the encampmen he suddenly noticed a couple of men walking toward th edge of the timber. The men would reach the timber almost exactly at 1the point where Dick stood. As he drew nearer, Dick saw that the men were officers. And when they got still nearer the youth was surprised to see that one was General Cornwallis himself. "Hello! here is luck!" the youth thought; "here comet Cornwallis and one of his officers I may be able to learn what I wish to know without having to enter the encamp ment." Dick secreted himself behind a large tree, and awaited the approach -0f the officers ... They, never for a moment suspecting the presence in the vicinity of a spy, came straight onward, and paused at the edge of the timber. 'rhey were not ten feet distant from Dick. He was close enough s o that he could hear every \ wor d spoken, without the least difficulty


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 23 The men were silent for a few moments after coming "How soon will you get started?" ? a stop. "Oh, it won't take more than a couple of hours to get the They stared out upon the encampment, thinking. and seemed to men ready." Presently Cornwallis spoke. "Well, Tarlton," he said, slowly and deliberately, "I judge we will have to give up the chace after that Freiich e rnan1 after all." It seems as though will be an impossibility to catch him," was the reply. "Yes; he is kept informed of our movements by his "Then y-0u ought to be able to reach Charlottesville by morning "Yes, we will start there by daylight." "You will probably find Thomas Jefferson at his home at Monticello." "Yes, quite likely." "Make sure df him, the first thing, Tarleton "I shall do so." scouts and spies, and being better informed regarding the "Do; it will be quite a big thing for us if we succeed in E lay of the country, has no difficulty in keeping out of our capturing the Governor of the State." lway." "True." I "And such being the case, I think I shall give up the l chase and return to Richmond." "I judge that would be as good a plan as any." "So it will; I shall ride to his home, and surround it, the very first thing, and then I can attend to the rest of it lat er." "That will be the proper way to do it." They talked a few moments longer, and then walked back "Yes; but I have a scheme in mind, Tarlton, which I to the camp, leaving Dick considerably excited. think a good one, and I shall depend upon you to put it into "So that is your scheme, is it, General Cornwallis !" the execution." "I am entirely at your service, General Cornwallis; I am ready to attempt any work which you may set me to do." youth murmured, grimly; "you are going to capture Thomas Jefferson, the Governor of Virginia, are you? And then you are going to go on down and capture the stores at Al-"This will not be anything so very difficult." berp.arle. Well, we will see You won't do it, if I cal'l. help "That does not matter. What is it you wish me to do?" myself; and I am going to try hard to help myself!" "I will tell you. I understand that the State Legislature Dick hastened away from the spot, and headed back of the State of Virginia is in session at Charlottesville, toward the patriot encampment. which is perhaps thirty miles from here, to the west and "Jove but I was lucky he mused as he hastened along; south; now, if you can get there, break up the Legislltture "I secured the very information which I wished to secure, and capture the Governor, Thomas Jefferson, you will be and had no trouble about it at all. The commander of the O.oing a good stroke. Do you think you can do it?" British forces and bis right hand man were kind enough to "I think so. I am more than willing to try, at any rate." walk right out to where I was hidden, and talk their plans "Good l I thought you would be, and I am confident that over in my hearing. They would kick themselves if they ou will succeed, too." knew that!" "I will succeed, if it is possible to do so." Dick did not allow the grass to grow under his feet. "I am sure of it." He was not long in getting back to the encampment. "When shall I start?" He made his way straight to headquarters. "As soon as you like." General Lafayette was still up, and he greeted Dick "Good! I'll get my men ready, and start this very night." pleasantly. "Very well; and, Tarlton, there is another thing you 'ght do while you are over in that part of the country." "What, General Cornwallis?" 1 "I understand that the rebels have considerable military Dick lost no time in making bis report. "So that is what they propose doing?" he remarked; "well, what do you suggest, Dick?" "That I mount and ride to Charlottesville at top speed :ores at Albermarle, which is about twenty miles south and warn Thomas Jefferson of his danger." :om Charlottesville; if you could go down there and seize Lafayette nodded. ie stores, you would be doing a good piece of work." "I judge that will be the best thing to do," be agreed. "True; well, I will do both, if such a thing is possible, "Do you wish anyone to accompany you?" d I see no reason why it should not be." Dick shook his head. "Nor do I. I am confident you will succeed." I do not think your confidence is misplaced." "No," he replied; "I will go alone. One can make bet ter time than two or more."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. "I judge you are right; and you will start-" "At once I" "Very well, and success to you, my boy. I hope you will "Yes," he agreed; "it will not do to take any chances. At this instant a man rode up at a gallop. He was from Charlottesville. reach there in time to defeat the object of the British." "Tarleton and his men are there I" he cried; "and th( "I think I shall have no difficulty in doing that, Gen-will be here very soon!" eral Lafayette, and I have a good horse, and then, being cnly one, I can travel at a faster gait than can a hundred or more." "True." Dick hastened out of Lafayette's t.ent, and ten minutes later he rode out of the encampment, and away in the direc tion of Charlottesville. He was going to save the Governor of Virginia from cap ture. CHAPTER XI. DICK SAVES THOMAS JEFFERSON FROM CAPTURE. "I will go at once!" cried Jefferson. Then he seized Dick's hand and wrung it. "I thank you most heartily and sincerely, Master SI ter !" he said; "you have saved me from capture, witho doubt. I shall not forget your brave \let in coming a di tance to warn me." "Don't mention it, sir," said Dick quietly; "I have n reward in being instrumental in defeating the object of tl redcoats." The Governor mount.ed his horse and rode away, acco panied by one of the servants. "I guess he will succeed in escaping," thought Di "now to make my escape." "We had better take a roundabout road in going back Charlottesville," said the man who had accompanied Die Dick had never been through the portion of the country and the youth acquiesced in this. which he was now called upon to traverse, but he knew the "It will be best to do so," he agreed; "we must avoid tl general direction, and with a youth like him., who had beredcouts if possible." come expert in such work, this was all that was ne90ssary. "I know a way to go, and we will be able to get p He was confident that he would succeed in_ finding Charthem," the man said; "it is a sort of path through the t' lottesville. her." Onward through the night he rode. They set out at once and succeeded in getting back At about three o'clock in the morning, feeling sure that Charlottesville without encountering the redcoats who he must be not a great distance from his destination, Dick gone to Monticello for the purpose of trying to cap dismounted at a farm house, and rousing up the owner, Thomas Jefferson. asked how far it was to Charlottesville. They soon learned that not all of the force had gone The man told him it was only a mile further, and diMonticello, however, but only a part of. it. rected him how to go. Thanking the man, Dick rode onThey were challenged just as they were riding into Ch ward. lottesville. He was soon in the town, and he lost no time in warning They did not stop to answer the challenge, but turn the people that Tarleton and his band of butchers was com-their horses rode away as rapidly as possible. ing. The sentinel fired a shot after them. A man volunteered to accompany Dick, and the two went This aroused his comrades, who mounted in hot h to Monticello, and roused the household of Thomas Jefferand gave chase to Dick and his son. It was now coming daylight and the redcoats were The Governor came out and talked with Dick. abled to see the fugitives. When he learned that Tarleton WSB moving to capture Had it been dark, Dick and his companion could e him he at once gine the order for a horse to be brought. have escap00, but as it was, the chase was kept up seve. "How soon do you think will Tarleton and his men get miles. here?" he asked, and Dick replied that it was hard to say. Dick and his companion were well mounted, hows "They may not reach here before daylight," he went on; and they gradually drew away from their pursuers "then again they might get here very soon." realizing that they would be unable to overtake the t "Well, I think it will be wise for me to get away at the tiYes, gave up the chase. earliest possible moment, don't you?" he remarked, and As soon as the redcoats turned back, Dick and hie COi Pick acquiesced in this. panion brought their horses down to a walk, and t


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BI0DAY. 25 l gone another mile, the man shook hands with Dick Three hours later the army occupied a position on the l bidding him good-bye, turned and started toward Charnorth side of Albemarle and less than a mile distant from esviJle, which place was his home. the place. )ick continued onward. Tarleton had not yet put in an appearance. Ie rode at a good pace and reached the patriot encampThey had been too quick for him. nt on the banks of the Rapidan about eleven o'clock. Tarleton and his men put in an appearance at about four Ie made his way to Lafayette's tent at once. o'clock in the afternoon. I Ah back so soon?" exclaimed Lafayette; "did you sue-His scouts discovered the presence of the patriot army in reaching Charlottesville ahead of the redcoats?" in time to prevent Tarleton from running into an ambush, :Yes," replied bick; "I got there in time." however, and he brought his force to a stop at a safe dis[ And Thomas Jefferson escaped?" tance. 'He did; and so did all the members of the Legislature." He was greatly disappointed. 'That is good; I am glad you got there in time." He had hoped to capture the military stores. 'So am I.; I doubt not that Tarleton was very much dis-Had he been able to do so, it would, in a measure, have when he found his expected prey had escaped compensated him for failure to capture Thomas Jeffer,, son. No doubt of it; and now I suppose his next move will Tarleton was a headstrong fellow and a stubborn fighter to try to capture the stores at Albemarle." and he bated to give up. 'Undoubtedly that is what he will try to do." J As he had only about two hundred men with him, how1Wcll, we must block his game if possible." ever, he could not hope to contend with the patriot army. Yes, indeed, and I don't see why it will not be possible There was only one thing that be could do, and that was o so." to rejoin Cornwallis at Richmond at the earliest possible Nor I ; I think we will be able to get across and station moment. elves between Charlottesville and Albemarle." Having so decided, Tarleton gave the order and bis force And I"; I think it can be done if you move promptly." rode away. We will break camp at once." issued the orders immediately and in one rs time his army was ready to march. as they were ready to start, one thousand Pennsyl f a regulars under command of General Wayne ap red, and thus reinforced, Lafayette felt almost strong f gh to give Cornwallis' army a battle. 'he first thing to do, however, was to head off Tarleton keep him from capturing the military stores at Albele. Dick, who had gone forward on a scouting expedition, and who saw the action of the redcoats, hastened back and carried the news to General Lafayette "I thought they would give it up," remarked Lafayette; "now the thing for us to do is to follow them up; Tarle ton will rejoin Cornwallis, and if I get a good chance I will offer the British battle. I have four thousand men as against Cornwallis' five thousand, and a slight ad vantage of position to equalize matters, should be able to give him a good fight." o after a wait of half an hour to permit Wayne's men General Wayne acquiesced in this view of the case, aG est and eat a bite, the start was made. did Dick, also, and it was decided to follow on the track uring all the rest of the day the army marched on the of Tarleton and his men. le quick. They set out at once. pause of an hour was mad e just before nightfall to enDick Slater and Bob Estabrook rode ahead and kept the men to rest and eat their supper and then the close upon the heels of Tarleton's band. ch was resumed. The redcoats, being mounted, reached the James River he march was kept up until about four o'clock in the at Point of Forks a little while before sunset. ning. he men were allowed to rest three hours, the majority hem falling asleep instantly and sleeping the sleep of ex stion. Here Cornwallis with his entire force was encamped. Having made this discovery, Dick and Bob hastened back till they came to the encampment of the patriot force. Lafayette was surprised when he learned that Cornhey were aroused at seven, ate a bite and the march wallis was in the vicinity. resumed. "It is all right, however," he said; "let the Britisn


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. advance upon Albemarle, if they like. We will select our ground and give them battle." So we will," agreed General Wayne ; "we will give them a fight and a good one, too." But when morning came, Cornwallis did not advance upon Albemarle, He had learned that Lafayette's force had been strength ened materially, and he decided that it would be wiser not to venture any farther inland. He made up his mind to relinquish all designs on the stores at Albemarle and so, instead of marching in that direction, his army moved down the river toward Rich mond. Dick sent Bob back to Lafayette with the news, and conCHAPTER XII. DOING BUSINESS BY THE WHOLESALE. 'l'he "Liberty Boys" had a long ride before them. From the point where they started from the patriot ar to Philadelphia was nearly three hundred and fifty They figured that it would take them just about a w to make the trip. They rode steadily onward for five days and a half. They crossed the Susquehanna River about four o'cl in the afternoon of the sixth day. They continued on till six o'clock. tinued to follow the British at a safe distance. They paused on the summit of a ridge, and away do The British army continued its march two days, and below them, curling up through the treetops, they the patriot army followed on the afternoon of the second three or four columns of smoke. day. "What does that mean, Dick?" asked Bob. On the afternoon of the second day, a messenger from General Washington put in an appearance. He had messages for Generals Lafayette and Wayne, and also one for Dick. Dick opened his and read it. "What is it, Dick?" asked Bob, whose curiosity had been aroused. "What does the commander-in-chief want?" "'!'his is an order for us to report to him at Philadelphia, Bob." "Oh, that's it?" "l don't know, Bob; it looks as though there was encampment of some kind down there." "You're right; I wonder which it is, friends or foe "It is hard to tell ; I guess we will have to make investigation." "That is the only safe plan." Dick turned to the "Liberty Boys." "Dismount, boys, and wait here," he ordered; "Bob I will go on a scouting expedition and see whether peo11le who started those camp-fires are friends or whet "Yes." they are foes." "When are we to report there?" The youths dismounted at once. "At the earliest possible moment." Dick and Bob tied their horses and set out through "Jove! then we'll have to start for Philadelphia right timber, afoot. away, eh?" The point where the columns of smoke showed, "Yes, right away, Bob; I will go and tell GeI;leral Laoff to one side, away from the road. fayette and then we will start at once." The youths made their way along at a moderate pa It was unnecessary to tell Lafayette, however. and twenty minutes later they came to a stop at the ec General Washington had mentioned in bis message to of a little valley about half a mile long and a quarter Lafayette the fact that he had ordered the "Liberty Boys" a mile wide. to report to him in Philadelphia. The scene which met the youths' _gaze filled them w "I am sorry to have you go, Dick," the young Frenchman amazement. said; "I shall miss you, but, of course, the commander-inRight opposite where they were standing, and ab1 chief's wishes is the law. Orders are orders, and you the centre of the open space, were at least three hundi must go." redcoats and Tories. "Thank you," said Dick; "we would be glad to remain They had evidently camped for the night, and v.i and would like nothing better than to be here and help engaged in cooking their suppers over the various ca\ you thrash Cornwallis out of his boots, but, as you say, fires. 1 orders are orders, and we will have to go." "Well, well, what does this mean, Dick?" asked \ Half an hour later Dick Slater and his band of "Liberty "I didn't know there were any redcoats in this Boys" parted from the patriot force and rode away toward the country, did you?" 9 the north, followed by the cheers of their late comrades. "No, I wasn't expecting to find any here, Bob." ..


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 27 Neither was I; Jove! there must be three or four hunout being detected, then a sudden dash, and we will have d of them, isn't there?" them at our mercy." 'About three hundred, I should judge." "I think we will be able to make the capture," said here was an eager look on Bob's face as he gazed out Dick; 'we will conceal our horses in the timber here, eat n the redcoats and Tories. 'How far is it from here to Philad e lphia, Dick?" he ed. About :fifty miles, I fudge. Why?" our supper and then get to work." The youths led their horses into the timber and titd. them to trees. Then they ate their supper, which was composed of cold 'Say, Dick, wouldn't it be great if we could capture bread and meat. Be fellows and march them into Philadelphia?" It was not yet as dark as it would be later, so Dick ob's voice fairly trembled with eag e rness. 'Yes, it would be great, sure enough, Bob!" with a ile. "It would be doing business by whole s ale, would it decided to wait an hour. This was done. When the hour had passed, the youths, with Dick and if we hundred fellows should s ucceed in capturing Bob in the lead, made their way in the direction o f the ee hundred ?" redcoafai' encampment. lndeed it would; it would be a big day for us, Dick." They moved slowly as there was no particular ne e d of 'You are right about that, but do you think it possible haste. us to capture them?" 'I think so, Dick; you see they are entirely unsuspect and we will be able to take them by surprise. Look re they have their arms stacked." Half an hour later they reached the little valley in which was the encampment of the redcoats. It was now quite dark, but the camp-fires blazin g up brightl y made the r e d c oats and Tories plainly vi s ible. 'I see; wc might be able to get in between th e redcoats It was evident that nothing was farther from the red their arms by taking them by surprise, and in that coats thoughts than that they should be in danger. we would have them at our m e rcy even though they They were lying carelessly about on blankets thrown three to one." You are right, Dick; I am sure we can capture them, without being forced to she d a drop of blood. Let's it, anyway, what do you say?" I am willing to make the attempt." on the ground, and were laughing and talking and hav ing a good time. So secure did they feel that they had not even taken the trouble to station sentinels about the camp. This circumstance would have the effect of making the All right, that settles it, then; come let's hurry back "Liberty Boys'" task much easier than it otherwise would tell the boys." have been. Very well, come along." It would make it easy for them to take the redcoats by f aving decided upon their course of action, the youths surprise. not delay longer. Dick had given the "Liberty Boys" instruction, and urning, they stole away from the spot as sil e ntly as after pausi:Qg a few moments to get the lay of the land, 'fteen minutes later they reached the spot where they left the "Liberty Boys." ick told the youths what he and Bob had discovered, so to speak, the party moved forward. The youths crept across the open space with the stealthi ness of Indians. They pursued this course until they reached the point asked what they thought about the matter of trying where the light from the camp-fires would make them visipture the redcoats. b l e and the n, at a signal from Dick, they dashed forward. hey were unanimously in favor of making the attempt. They got between the redcoats and their weapons in a I see no reason why we should not succeed in captwinkling and quickly surrounded the enemy. ng them,': said Mark Morrison, "if we can take them urprise and get between them and their weapons, we will 11 right and should be able to capture them without culty; they will be helpless and will have to surrender The redcoats and Tories leaped to their feet, with cries of dismay and amazement. 'rhey found themselves threatened on all sides by the frowning muzzles of muskets. I "Surrender!" cried Dick, in a loud, ringing voice. ou're right, Mark," said Bob; "by waiting till it is "Don' t try to offer resistance; if you do, it will b e the we will be able to slip up close to the redcoats with-worse for you! Surrender!"


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 'l'he majority of the redcoats and Tories had pistols in their belts, but they did not dare attempt to draw the weapons. The youths departed on their errand and in the course of an hour returned, leading the horses. The animals were turned loose to graze at will, and then fifty of the "Liberty Boys" threw themselves down They were caught at a great disadvantage and realized that any attempt on their part to offer resistance would upon their blankets and went to sleep, leaving the other be suicidal. fifty on guard. It was galling, of course, to be caught thus and forced The redcoats made no attempt to escape during the to surrender by a force inferior to their own, but they had night, and early next morning a start was made for Philabeen taken by surprise and could not help themselves. delphia. The leader of the redcoats threw up his hands. As the prisoners were on foot, it took nearly two days to "We surrender," he said, "don't shoot!" reach Philadelphia. "You are wise," said Dick; "it would be folly for you At about four o'clock in the afternoon of the second to attempt to resist and would result in death of half your day, when they were yet two miles from Philadelphia, Dick number, at least." sent Sam Sanderson on ahead with instructions to find Dick then named five of the youths and told them to take General Washington and inform him of the fact that the the prisoners' small arms away from them. This was done, the youths simply unbuckling the belts and taking beltg and all. The small arms were piled with the muskets and then Dick ordered the prisoners to be seated. "Liberty Boys" were near at hand and that they were bringing a large party of redcoats and Tories as prisoners. Sam found General Washington at the home of one of the leading patriots of Philadelphia. This man's home was at the extreme north side of the They obeyed, dropping to a sitting posture on their city, and so in order to be on hand when the "Liberty blankets in sullen silence. Boys" entered Philadelphia, the commander-in-chief The leader of the redcoats was very angry. mounted a horse and rode across and took up a position "See here,'' he said; "by what right have you done this?" near the south edge of Philadelphia and on the street ths.t "By right of might," replied Dick, to whom the queswould be traversed by the "Liberty Boys" in entering the tion was addressed. city. "Who, and what are you?" the redcoat asked. It was the proudest day in the lives of Dick and the "We are liberty-loving patriots, each and "Liberty Boys" as they marched into the city with their every one of us," said Dick; "we ar!! known as 'The prisoners. Boys of '76.'" The commander-in-chief sat erect on his horse and reA half-groan escaped the lips of the redcoat. viewed the procession. 'The Liberty Boys of '76 !'"he exclaimed. "If that is The news of the approach of the "Liberty Boys," with the case, it is all up with us." three hundred prisoners, had traveled rapidly, and a great "It is certainly all up with you so far as your chance crowd thronged the street as the party made its way along. of escape are concerned,'' said Dick; "we have succeeded Men cheered, children shouted and the women wavei;l, in making prisoners of you, and we are going to keep you!" scarfs and handkerchiefs. Dick stationed guards over the redcoats and instructed It was, indeed, a big day for the "Liberty Boys," and them to shoot any man who attempted to escape. they were cheered and cheered again as they marched up Then he sent a portion of the force of "Liberty Boys" the street. a:fter the horses. When bick came even with the commander-in-chief, he "Bring the horses here,'' he said; "there is both grass rode out of the ranks and approached the great man. and water here, and the animals will be at hand in the "Well, well, Dick I" exclaimed General Washington, ex morning wh<;n we want them." tending his hand which Dick grasped. "I see you ha1


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY. 29 not forgotten your old tricks; where in the world did you words pleased the man, iron-hearted though as a rule he find those fellows, anyway?" "About fifty miles south of here, your excellency," replied Dick; "we came upon them quite by accident, and as it was in our line, we thought we might as well cap ture them and bring them into camp with us." The commander-i n -chief ran his eyes over the prisoners seemed to be. "You have done well., Dick," he said, quietly. THE END. 11s they were passing, and then looked at Dick. The next number ( 44) of "The Liberty Boys o f '76" "But there must be at least three hundred of those fel-will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET; O R, lows, Dick," he said. them?" "How did you manage to capture r!ATCHING THE REDCOATS AND T ORIES" b y Harry Moore. Dick smiled. "I haven't been with you and worked and fought under your instructions five years without learning something," he said, quietly. "Not having enough of the lion's skin, we SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly used the fox's; we took them by surprise and had them at are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any could not do otherwise than surrender." our mercy almost before they knew we were near. They newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO N A pleased smile lit up General Washington's face for an instant. SQUARE, NEW and you will receive the cop iee The honest and sincere compliment implied by Dick's you order by return mail. Bamp1e Copies Sen.1: P-ree "HAPPY DA VS.'' The 'Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columu. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Sq_uare, New York.


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J Case. 87 The Girl in Black ; or, The Bradys Trapping a Confidence Queen. 26 lrhe Bradys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods 88 The Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy.'' t Case. 89 The Bradys' Battle for Lite; or, The Keen Detectives' Greatest E 2'l Zig Zag the Clown : or, The Bradys' Great Circus 'l'rall. Perl!. :i 28 !rile Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. 90 Th B d d th M d D t Th H d Mill I th 29 After the Kidnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. eMa::h.ys an e a oc or ; or, e aunte n e 30 Old and Young King .Bradys llattle ; or, Bound to Win Their Case. 91 Th B d th R 11 A M t at The Bradys' Iiace Track Job; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. e ra YB on e a ; or, ys ery ot the Lightning Express. 12 Found In the Bay; or, The Bradys on a Great Murder Mystery. 92 and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart1 13 The Bradys In Chicago; or, 8olvlng the Mystery of the Lake l<'ront. 93 The Bradys' Deep Deal, or, Hand-In-Glove with Crime. 1 M The Bradys' Great Mistake : or, Shadowing the Wrong Man. 9 15 The Bradys and the Mall Mystery; or, Working for the Gover'lment. 4 The Bradys In a Snare; or, The Worst Case of All :i 1 M The Bradys Down South; or, The Great Plantation Mystery. 9 9 6 5 'Thl'he BBraddys, BHeyond Their Depth; or, '!.'he Great Swamp Mystery. 1 17 The Houllt' In the Swamp; or, The Bradys' Keenest Work. e ra YB opeless Case; or, Against Plain Evidence. ; : 18 The Knock-out-Drops Gang; ori '!.'he Bradys' Risky Venture. 97 'l'he Bradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. a1 The Bradys' Close Shave; or nto the Jaws of Death. 98 'l'he Bradys In Washington; or, Working for the President. 40 The Bradys' Star Case; or, Working for Love and Glory. 99 The Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. il The Bradys In 'Frisco : or, A Three 'l'housand Mlle Hunt. 100 The Bradys In Maine ; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. C The Bradys and the Express Thieves; or, Tracing the Package 101 The Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, 'racking the Canada Gang. Marked "Paid." 1!12 The Bradys In Montan11; or, The Great Copper Mine Case. ta The Bradys' Hot Chase; or, After the Horse Stealers. 103 The Bradys Hemmed lrl; or, Their Case in Arizona. f4 The Bradys' Great Wager; or, The Queen ot Little Monte Carlo. 104 The Bradys at Sea: or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 45 The Bradys' Double Net ; or, Catching the Keenest ot Criminals. 105 The Girl from London ; or, The Bradys After a Confidence Queen. '' The Man in the Steel Mask; or, The Bradys' Work tor a Great 106 The Bradys Among the Chinamen; or, The Yellow Fiends ot the Fortune. Opium Jolnta. '.Die Bradys and the Blacs. Trunk: or, Working a Silent Clew. 107 The nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl; or, The Grand Street : f I 46 Going It Blind ; or 'l'he Bradys' Good Luck. Mystery. 49 Tbe Bradys Balked; or, Working up Queer Evidence. 11)'1 The Bradys and the Gypsies; or, Chasing the Child Stealers. N .Asaint Big Odds; or, '!.'he llradys' Great Stroke. 11)9 The Bradys and the Wrong Man; or, The Story of a Strange 11 The Bradys and tile Forger; or.1.,.Traclng the N. G. Check. Mistake. li2 The Bradys' '!.'rump Card; or winning a Case by Blulf. 110 The Eradys Eetrar,ed; or, In the Hands of a Traitor. 13 The Bradys and the Grave Robbers; or, Tracking the Cemetery 111 The Rradys and 'I heir Doubles; or, A Strange Tangle ot Crime. Owls. 112 The Bradys In the Everglades; or, The Strange Case ot a Summer 14 The Bradys and the Missing Boy; or:.. The Mystery of School No. 6. Tourist. 15 The Bradys Behind the Scenes ; or, The Great Theatrical Case. 113 The Bradys De.!led ; or, The Hardest Gang In New York. ICS The Bradys and the Opium Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks ot 114 The Bradys In High Lite; or, 'l'ke Great Society MysterY. Chinatown. 115 The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot Work in the Bowery. 17 'l'be Bradys Down East; or, The Mystery ot a Country Town. 116 The Bradys a.nd the Sharpers; or In Darkest New York. 18 Working for the Treasury ; or1 The Bradys and the Bank Burglars. 11 7 The Bradys a.nd the Bandits; or, Hunting tor a Lost Boy. 19 The Bradys' Fatal Clew; or, a Desperate Game tor Gold. 118 The Bradys in Park; or, The Mystery of the Mall. tC> Shadowing the Sharpers; or, The Bradys' $10,000 Deal. 119 The Bradys on their Muscle; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. t Tbe Bradys and the F'lrebug; or, Found In the Flames. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case ; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooks. G The Bradys In Texas; or, The Great Ranch M[stery. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy ; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. t3 The Bradys on the Ocean; or, The Mystery o Stateroom No. 7. 122 The Bradys Under Fire; or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. M The Bradys and the Office Boy; or, Working Up a Business Case. 123 The Bradys at the Beach ; or, The Mystery of the Bath House. ts 'l'he Bradys In the Backwoods; or, The Mystery ot the Hunters' 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the Camp. Cowboys fi Ching Foo, the Yellow Dwarf; or, The Bradys and the Opium 125 The Bradys and the Missing Girl; or, A Clew Fo1md In the Dark. Smokers. 126 The Bradys and the l'lanker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 11 The Bradys' Stlll Hunt; or, 'l'he Case that was Won by Waiting. 127 The Bradys a.nd the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing np a Theatrical a Canght by the Camera; or, The Bradys and the Girl from Maine. 128 TheBradysandBadManSmith;or TheGangofBlackBar. ts The Bradys In Kentucky; or, Tracking 11. Mountain Gang. J 29 The Bradys and the Veiled Girl; or, Pipi11g the Tombs Myete!'Y. 'lO The Marked Bank Note: or, The Bradys Belo"ll'_ the Dead Line. 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. 11 The Bradys on Deck; or, '!.'he Mystery of the Private 1.acht. 131 The Bradys "1th a Cirous; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast 'J2. The Bradys In a Trap; or, Working Against a Hard Gang. Tamers. T3 Over the Line ; or, The Bradys' Chase Through Canada. 13 2 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. H The Bradys In Society; or, The Case of Mr. Barlow. 133 The Bradys at Conel'_Island; or, Trapping the Sea-side Crooks. 'Hi The Bradys In tile Slums; or, Trapping the Crooks ot the "Red l H The Bradys and the Road Agents; or, The Great Deadwood Case. Light District. 135 The Bradys and the Bank Clerk; or'BTraclng a Lost Money Package. 78 Found In the River; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Bridge 136 The on the Race Track; or, eating the Sharpers. Mystery. 137 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Opium Fiends. 11 The Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the Railroad 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in the Blue Thieves. Ridge Mountains. 'fl The Queen ot Chinatown; or, The Bradys Among the "Hop" Fiends. 139 The in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street ft The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Working tor the Custom Mystery. House. 14 O The Bradys and the Rall Road Thieves; or, The Myst.ery of the MldIO The Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing the Circus night Train. Sharps. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work in the Shopping 11 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery of the. Old District. Church Yard. l '2 The Bradys and the Broker; or, The Plot t.o Steal a Fortune. F o r sale by all newsdealer s, o r sent p ostpaid o n receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, by l'BAl'fX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 'Union.Square, New York. 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THE tlBEBTY BOYS OF '16 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolutio By HARRY MOOREo These stories a!e based on actual facts and give-a, account of the exc1t1ng adventures of a brave band of America.J youths who were alwa.ys ready and willing to imperil their live for the sake of the gallant cause of IndependencE Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matteJ bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberly Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and Torie;; 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Wash ington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right P l ace. 5 'l'he Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the Ki.:i.g's Minio{ls. 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You can. 24 The Liberty Boys Double Victory; or, Downing the Red coats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Ttiaching the Redcoat a 'I'hing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With tne Redcoat in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at tll Brandywine. 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds an1 Whites. 7 The Liberty in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 3 1 The Liberty B oys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold ii Check. 8 The Liberty Boys Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Theu.1selves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neckand-Neck Rat:e With Death 11 The Liherty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. J 2 The Libcrly Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Libert:v Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 1 5 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in I t. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Cleve r Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater fo Revenge. '13 The Liberty B oys Duped; or, The F riend Who Was a 1 Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, T h e Ruse T hat Sue eeed ed 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, At the Clang of the Bell. 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; o r Risking Life fo1 Liberty's Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How T hey Won It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The P lan that Won. 39 The Liberty Boys' G reat Haul; o r Taking Everything Sight. M,m-or-War. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in Britis 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. Gold. 19 The Liberty Boys T rapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 41 'l' h e Liberty Boys in a Snare; o r A lmost Trapped. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; o r "What Might Have Been." 42 The L iberty Boys' B rave Rescue; or, In the N ick of Time 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by w ho! 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. sale. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It War m 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats anQ for the Redcoats. Tories. For sale b y all 11ews deale1s, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and can not procure t h e m from n ewsdeal e r s, t hey can b e obtained from t his office d i r ect. Cut out and fill in the followin g Order Blank and sen d i t to us w ith t h e price of the books yo u want and w e will send the m to you by re-turn mail. .POS'l'AGE S'J'AMPS 'l'AU.E N 'J'HE SAME AS ll10NEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, P ub l isher, 24 U n i on Squ a re, New York. DEAR Sm Enclosed find ..... cent s for w hich please send me: ...... -.................. 1 90 1 .... copies of WORK A.ND WIN, Nos ... .................. ..... . . . . . . . . PLUCK AND LUCK ......... ................... . . . . . . . . .. SECRET SERVI CE .......... . .............. . . . . . . . . .. T H E L I BERTY BOYS OF 76, No s ................... . . . . . . . . . T e n-Cen t H a nd Books, Nos. . . . . . . . ........ ... ...... Name .......................... Street a nd No ................ Town ...... .... Stat e ...