The Liberty Boys' net, or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories

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rrHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. lA Weekl y Magaz i ne Containing Stories of the American Rev olution Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per y ear. Entered as S econd Olass Matte r at the New Yar k N. Y. Post Off ice, F ebruary 1901. Ente r e d a ccording to A.ct of Oong res s, in the y ear 1901, i n the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Wa8hington; D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square N e w York. No. 44. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 1, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. IN THE ENEMy'B CAMP. "Halt! Who comes there?" "A frien'." "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." for several months, having gone into quarters there s oon after the battle of Trenton, on Christmas morning Dick had been on his way to New Brunswick where he hoped to be able to find out something regarding the in tentions o f the British. It was summer n ow, and General Washington was of the opinion that the redcoats would make some kind of a "I dunno no countersine, mister; but I'm er f r ien', j e s' move soon. ther same." Of course, it was important that he know what the move Time: The month of May, 1777. Place : A little opening in the timber the bank of the Raritan River in New Jersey, at a point five or six miles from New Brunswick. Scene : A party of British soldiers encamped. It was about six o'clock in the evening. The soldiers were engaged in cooking their s u ppers at was to be. If he could learn in advance what move was contem plated, it w o uld give him a big advantage and would enable lm to checkmate the move. So he had sent Dick, with instructions to learn the plans of the B ritish, if possible. Dick had disguised himself as a country boy of the : he several camp-fires, were burning briskly in the region, and was making his way toward New Brunswick pening in the timber. on horseback, when he saw the smoke curling up above the Sentinels had been posted and it was one of these who treeto ps, to the right of the road. ad uttered the challenge with which we open this story. He was accompanied at the time b y a friend and chum, The person challenged was a youth of perhaps nineteen Bob Estabrook. ears of age. They had c ome to a stop, and Dick gave B o b some inHe was dressed in a rough and worn suit of homespun, structions. ad on an old clouch hat and coarse shoes. "You stay here and take care of my hor se," he said; To the ordinary observer the person in question would "I will go and investigate that fire. The chances are that ave been set down as a green, country youth, but a close .it marks the spot where some redcoats are encamped, and bserver might have suspected that he was otherwise. if such is the case, I am going to try to join the Briti s h The face was bright and handsome, the features regular army, and enter the British encampment at New Brunsnd strong, the eyes keen and piercing. wick in the guise of a new recruit. In ca se, therefore, I This youth was not what he seemed to be, by any means. do not return before nightfall, you return to Morri s town He was Dick Slater, far and wide as one of the with my horse." ::: est scouts and spies in the patriot army. "All righj;, Dick," Bob had replied, and then Dick had Indeed, so wonderful had been his doings, so daring was -stolen into the timber at the side of the road and made hi s e, and such splendid work had he done as a spy that he way in the directio n of the point whence came the s mok e J. r' ad earned and had been given the name of "'l'he Chamfrom the camp-fires ion Spy of the Revolution." And Dick was on a spying expedition now. The British army was encamped at New Brunswick. It numbered eighteen thousand men. As he had expected, when he got close enough to see he saw that he had struck an encampment of British soldiers. There were perhaps fifty of the redcoats, and Dick de cided that it was a foraging party. The patriot army was encamped at Morristown, and Y umbe re d perhaps twelve thousand. The fact that they were loaded down with all kinds of The two armies had occupied their present positions plunde r in the way of clothing and provisions proved this.


2 THE LIBERTY BUYS' NET. They had undoubtedly robbed several farmhouses, and erbout? Jes' tell me, an' I'll larf, ton. I likes ter larf, on their way back to the main encampment, but bedoes." in g ti r ed, had encamped for the night, intending to finish This caused the redcoats to go off into another fit of the j o urney to New in the morning. A s w e have seen, Dick was challenged on reaching the edg e of the encampment. The challenge of the sentinel had attracted the atten tion o f the redcoats, and they were looking toward the poin t where Dick and the sentinel were, with interested e y e s What hav you struck, Hardy?" cried one. "Who is it?" from another. what is it?" from still another, as Dick emerged from the edge of the timber, and appeared in sight, near the s entinel. "i don t know, boys," the sentinel replied; and then he e y ed Dick, sternly, and 8Jlked: "Who are you?" "Me?" asked Dick, innocently. He was a good actor, and he had ign o rance and dullness. "Yes, you. Who are you?" "Oh, I'm on'y Tom Todd." assumed a look of laughter. "Say, he is a fine bird, isn t he ?" "He is, for a fact!" "He looks like one of the monks out of the London Zoo!" "You are right." "Yes, you've hit it!" "He is green enough to grow." "It's a wonder the cows don't eat him!" "Thet makes me think, misters," broke in Dick, in terrupting the remarks of the redcoats, "but hev enny uvf ye seen ennythin' uv er red cow aroun' heer? She's got a black stripe aroun' her neck, an' one uv her horns ie broke off erbout six inches from her head. She didn'l come hum las' night, an' I've be'n a-huntin' day ter-day." Again the redcoats laughed. This was fun for them. fur her all l 'rhey thought Dick was just what he seemed to be, 1 simple country youth, and they had made up their mindJ to have all the sport possible out of him. Tom Todd, eh?" f "No, I haven't seen anything of such a cow as "Yes, sir; thet's my name describe," replied one. "Have. you, boys?" to the rest He says his name is Tom Todd, boys!" called out the "No," replied another, gravely. "I saw a blue cow sentinel. "All right," was the reply from one of the redcoats; "tell him to toddle along over here. We want to see what he looks like at close range." You can enter," the sentinel said, stepping aside. There was a peculiar look, a half-grin on his face, and Dick, who was a good judge of expression, interpreted the look to mean that the sentinel thought the country youth was to be put through a course of sprouts. "All right; we'll see!" thought Dick. "They may have fun with me, and then, again, they may not. I may have some fun with them; stranger things have happened." Di c k made hls way forward, till he reached the point where the redcoats were gathered near the cooking the i r s uppers, and then he stopped and looked around .. with an embarrassed air and silly grin which would have fooled much closer observers than were these redcoats. Di c k lo_ oked the green, backward country youth to the life. T h e redcoats stared at Dick for a few moments in silence and then burst into a roar of laughter. D ic k stared at the soldiers in pretended amazement. but did not see a red one." 1 "I saw a green one, out yonder among the trees, a littlt while ago," declared still another. w "Oh, go 'long, you fellers!" said Dick; "you never seer no blue er green cow Theer hain't no sech things." ei J] "What! Do you mean to say that you doubt word?" cried one of the redcoats. "Wl;ty, you ignorant booby, I'll knock the head clea:o off your shoulders if you dare to insinuate that I lie!' cried the other redcoat, who had claimed that he had seer1 E a green cow. h "Oh, I don't say ye lie, mister," said Dick, "but I'd 1 heap sight ruther see them theer blue an' green cows tha1 ter thet theer wuz sech things "Oh,you would, would you?" The redcoat, who was a sort of bully and a hot-headei fellow, rose and approached Dick as he spoke. There was an angry look on bis face, and a threaten ing glare in his eyes, and Dick made up his mind tha the fellow meant to give him some trouble. But the youth was ready to meet the fellow half wa}' "Whut's so funny, misters?" he asked, when he was "If he wants to pick a fight with me, all right/' th ena b led to make himself heard. "Whut air ye larfin' youth said to himself; "it will help my plans to show th'. z


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 3 rest that I can fight, and I shall give him all he wants of that sort of work." His comrades did the same. They could hardly bring themselves to think they had So in answer to the redcoat's fierce, "you would, would heard aright. you?" Dick replied that he would. "W-what is t-that yous-say?" gasped the redcoa t, his "And you'd rather see the blue and the green cows arm falling to his side. "Y-you don't m-mean to say than to take our word that there are such things?" that-that--" "Yep; thet's whut I would, mister," Dick replied, promptly. A peculiar, hard, dangerous smile appeared on the red coat's face. "I can't show you the cows, my young friend," he said, ''but I'll tell you what I can and will show you." Dick had a pretty good idea what the man meant, but he assumed a look of ignorance and asked : "Whut, mister?" ''The most brilliant meteoric display that it has ever been your good or bad fortune to witness !" "Er metyorric display? Whut's thet, mister?" asked Dick, innocently. "Why, shooting stars, and all that sort of thing." "I mean ter say thet ef ye say thet ye air goin ter knock me down, aye lie!" said Dick. "Ye kain't do et! The redcoat became very angry now. He had gotten over his surprise, and his ange r had full play. "Why, you young fool, I'll half kill you, that's what I'll do!" he almost howled. "The idea of a booby like you talking to one of the king's soldiers in such a fashion as that!" "Say, I'd like ter be one uv ther king's soldiers, an' wear a purty soot uv clo'es like your'n, mister," said Dick "Bah! A fine soldier you would make!" "I'd make jes' ez fine er soldier ez ye air, an' I'll bet onter et declared Dick. ''Oh! An' whut's a-goin' ter make 'em?" "Bah! you'd ruD. like a scareQ. dog at the first fire from "This!" and the redcoat held his fist in front of Dick's the enemy I''face. "Thet ?" in surprise, st w "Yes." 1 1 "But how is yer fist ergoin' ter make them theer shootin' ttl tars, mister?" "Easy enough. I am going to hit you between the eyes !with that fist, and if, when you get up, after I have knock eel! i!d you down, you do not say that you have seen about a billion shooting stars, then you may have my head for ou\ football I" Dick's face suddenly lighted up as though he had just clea ome to an understanding of the other's meaning. ie "Oh, ye're a-goin' ter knock me down, air ye, mister?" see e exclaimed. "An' thet is whut'll make me see them lheer stars an' things?" 'd d "Yes, that is just what I am going to do!" tha Then Dick surprised the redcoat and all his comrades saying, .in the most calm and matter-of-fact manner naginable: eade .1 bet ye er cookie thet ye lie, mister!" CHAPTER II. A LIVELY COUNTRY YOUTH. aC stared at Dick for a few moments in para ed aJl'.; ..zement. "I'll bet ye I wouldn't; I'm jes' ez brave ez ye air!" "Bah! you couldn't fight!" "I kin fight, an' I'll prove et, too, by givin' ye er good lickin', ef ye darst ter try ter hit me, mister!" The redcoat grew black with rage, and his comrades laughed. "Why, you young idiot, you couldn't whip me m a hundred years!" the redcoat cried. "I kin whup ye in er hunderd seckonds I" the supposed wuntry youth declared, confidently. Then a thought seemed to occur to him, and he turned toward the men seated near, watching the scene with in terest, and said : "Say, ye fellers, ef I'll whup this heer feller, will ye let me jine ther king's army an' wear one uv them purty soots uv clo'es ?" "Yes, yes!" was the reply in chorus. "Whip him, and we'll let you join us." "And you can have two suits of clothes, if you wish!" cne added. "All right; thet's er barg'in !" cded Dick. "I'll whup this heer feller outer his boots, by jucks !" "Yes, you will!" cried the redcoat, who was alm ost beside himself with rage at the audacity of the supposed country youth. "Why, I'll half kill you!" "Oh, I think not, mister." Dick was cool and apparently unconcerned. "I know I Look out for yourself!"


,. THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. "I'm lookin' out, mister." "Try erg'in, mister." The redcoats were watching the affair with interest. Exclamations of amazement escaped the lips of U Of course, they thought that Dick would stand no onlookers. chance with their comrade, who was known as a fighter All were and the one who had delivered t of no mean ability, but the strange youth's pluck had won blow was more surprised than any of the others. their admiration, though they attributed it to ignorance An exclamation of anger and disgust escaped him. more than to bravery. "Oh, you can dodge, can you?" he remarked, aga' "He don't know enough to know he is ill danger," was stepping forward and drawing back to strike. their thought. "Yep, I kin dodge, mister," replied Dick. This was the thought of the fellow who was confront ing Dick. It was for this reason that he had been so slow in at tacking. He was afraid the others would accuse him of taking unfair advantage of the youth's ignorance, so he hesitated even yet to make the attack. He turned to his comrades. "I don't want to hurt the fool, boys," he said; "I guess-" "Oh, don't ye be afeerd," interposed Dick; "ye won't hurt me enny. Don't ye worry er mite!" "Say, he is such a bigoted young scoundrel that I shall "Then dodge this-if you can I" He struck out, as he spoke. He struck quickly, fiercely and viciously. It was his intention to knock the suppo8ed count booby down and out at one blow. The youth had dodged the first blow, and evaded it, b he would not do this one that way. So the redcoat thought. But he was mistaken. He was dealing with one who was not only an expe sparrer, but a natural athlete as well; one who was f strong as most men, and as lithe and active as a panth Dick easily evaded the blow by ducking to the right, a have to give him a dressing down, I guess," the redcoat at the same time, out shot his left arm. declared. His fist caught the redcoat squi:rely in the chest, a "If ye kin!" grinned Dick. he. was hurled backward a distance of six or eight feet. The youth felt sure that unless he proved to the redThe redcoat gave utterance to a grunt of pain, b coats that he was a good fighter, they would not let him managed to keep from falling. join them, and so it was his game to egg the fellow on. Exclamations escaped the lips of his comrades. He felt confident that he could thrash the redcoat, and "Great Guns!" this would have the effect of making the rest listen to him "Jupiter Pluvius, what a when he asked to'be allowed to join the British army. "That was almost equal to the kick of an army mule A growl escaped the lips of the redcoat, and he made a "I guess Hardy thinks so, anyway!" forward step. And Hardy evidently did think so, if the look on :P "Look out for yourself!" he warned, "I am going to face was any indication. give it to you, good and hard!" He had clasped his hands on his stomach, and there "An' ye look out fur yerself, mister!" retorted Dick. a look of pain on his face. "I'm ergoin' ter giv' et ter ye good an' hard, too." The blow had struck right at the pit of the stomac For answer the redcoat struck out at the youth. the most vulnerable spot of the human body, and h The blow was not so very hard, and was carelessly de made him sick at bis stomach. livered. The man evidently thought the youth knew nothing at all about fighting, and that he would not have to exert himself at all in the contest, su he had simply struck a moderately hard blow. "I told ye I c'u'd whup 'im," said Dick, calmly; "he ha'f whupped now." "It's a lie!" cried the redcoat. "You took me by ; st prise, that time, and got in a chance blow, but yon wor do it again, and I'm going to pound the life hat1f out He had aimed at the youth's face, and, of course, ex you in just about a minute I" pected the blow to reach the mark aimed at. "I think et'll take ye more'n er minnet mister," 1 Great was his astonishment, then, when Dick moved'. his head to one side a trifle, and allowed the fist to pass over his left shoulder. Dick stepped back, laughed and said: marked Dick, coolly; "in fack, I don' ye kin do ertall." "Bah! because you happened to strike me one blow, y1 have, no doubt, become imbued with the idea that y1


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 5 can do it again. mistaken." I will quickly show you that you are stepped in, measured the distance carefully, and struck out straight from the shoulder. "Mebby so; but I doubts et, mister." The redcoat had now recovered his breath, over the temporary feeling of sickness, and he once more advanced to the attack. He was more cautious, now, however. Although he had said that the blow which the youth had dealt him was an accidental one, he was somewhat dubiou about it. He begun to think that it might be this eemingly green country youth might be considerable of a :fighter. Still, he had no doubt of his ability to dispose of the uuth. "Now look out!" he cried, as he came close. "I'm going to go for you in earnest, now!" "Ye look out yerself, mister!" retorted Dick. A hoarse growl was the only reply vouchsafed. Then the redcoat rushed forward, and began showering blows upon the youth. It was evidently his game to knock the youth out quickly. He struck out rapidly and :fiercely. Had Dick not been an expert in the art of parrying 1 blows, he would have been knocked down very quickly; but he was used to this kind of work, and he ducked, dodged, evaded and parried, and in spite of all the red coat could do he could not land a solid blow to save his life. The exertion began to tell on the redcoat. He was not used to it. t He commenced to puff and pant. But he kept at it, in a desperate attempt to land a blow which would end the affair at one stroke. But Dick was on the watch, and did not.intend that his opponent should do this. He had been struck several times, of course--in such a rain of blows, it could not be otherwise--but he had man e aged it so that the blows did no damage, being glanc ing and therefore without force. His :fist struck the man fair between the eyes. Smack! The noise made by the blow was similar to that made by the palms of one's hands when struck sha:r:ply together. Over backward went the redcoat, as if he had been struck by a cannon-ball. Down upon his back on the ground he went, with a jar that almost shook the earth. The spectators gave a gasp of amazement and wonder. CHAPTER III. DICK'S PLAN SUCCEEDS. "Whew!" "Did you ever "I never did!" "That beats anything I ever saw!" 'Yes, and anything I ever expect to see!" ."It was the prettiest stroke I ever saw delivered!" Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to by the redcoats. The fact of the matter was that the fellow, Hardy, was a sort of bully, and they were glad, than otherwise, to see him knocked down in such a neat manner. Hardy himself was 'so dazed by the terrible stroke, and by the jar of the fall, that he was incapable of making a movement for a few moments. Indeed it was nearly a minute before he made an at tempt to sit up. And when he did succeed in getting to a sitting posture, he was still so muddled that he seemed not to have an understanding of what had really happened. He looked around him in a dazed manner and winked and blinked like a man suqdenly aroused from a sound sleep. The fellow's comrades watched him with interest. They could not refrain from guying him a bit. Pre. sently the chance Dick had been waiting for came. "Hello, Hardy I Have you been taking a nap?" queried The redcoat became so exhausted by the violence of his one. it exertions that he was forced to pause to regain his breath. "How do you feel, anyway, old fellow?" from another. His hands seemed to him as if they weighed a ton, and you count the stars?" from a third. he let them drop at his side. This aided in' arousing Hardy to a realization of what 0 The thought that his ouponent might do something in had taken -place. the hitting line had not struck him, but something else did. He scrambled to his feet with a cry of rage. Y It was Dick's fist. His eyes fell on Dick, who stood at a little distance, Y The instant the redcoat dropped his hands, the youth calmly surveying his opponent.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. A hoarse growl not unlike that given utterance to by his head, having given him what is known as a "cross b a wild beast when prodded by his keeper, escaped the tock" fall. redcoat. The redcoat struck the earth with a thud, and this ti "You young !" he hissed. "I'll have_ your he lay still. life for this. I'll kill you, as sure as my name is Hardy I" "My dad aUers sez ez how threatened men lives er long time," the youth remarked, calmly. The redcoat advanced upon Dick. He said nothing, but his eyes looked murder. Dick saw that the man meant mischief. "He is desperate now," thought Dick, "and I will have to look out for him. Let's see; what will be hi s game?" A moment's thought caused the youth to come to the conclusion that his opponent would try to come to close quarters this time. The fellow's actions quickly caused him to feel sure that he had guessed correctly. The redcoat advanced slowly, and seemed desirous of getting in close. The shock of the fall had rendered him unconscious A chorus of exclamations escaped the spectators. I "Wonderful!" "That beats anything I ever saw I" "The boy understands his business." "He is the best wrestler I ever laid eyes on." "Jove I wonder if he has killed Hardy ?" "Oh, I don't think so." "No ; he is only stunned." "No, he hain't dead, misters,'' the youth said; "he' ll all right purty eoon. I never did kill ennybuddy, an' I' throwed a heap uv fellers thet erway, too, ye bet!"-' The redcoats stared at Dick in wonder. What mannet of youth was this who talked so calml of having thrown lots of persons, and who had handle "He is not going to strike at me," thought Dick; "it is one of their number so roughly? I his game to leap in and seize me. He undoubtedly thinks Certainly the youth was a wonder. he is stronger than I am, and imagines that if he can get "So you are a wres1ler, are you?" queried one, loo kin his hands on me he will have no difficulty in handling me. at Dick with interest. Well, let him think so. I will speedily convince him to "Yep; I'm the champeen wras'ler uv our deestrick, a the contrary, for I c onfident that I am as strong as thar hain't none UV ther boys ez kin stan' up ter me." he, and I am willing to have the matter put to a test." Thinking thus, Dick simply stood on the defensive and waited for his opponent to make the attack. It was not long in coming. Suddenly the redcoat leaped forward and seized hold of Dick. "I can well believe that." "Say," said Dick, with assumed eagerness, "I whuppe him, didn't I?" The redcoat nodded. "Yes, I think I can truthfully say that you did." "Then ye'll let ie jine ther king's army, won't ye?" To his surprise, he did not get the hold he had intended The man hesitated. to get. "So far as I am concerned, you may do s o," he replied In some manner the youth gave a quick, twisting move"but I am not the one to say. Ask the captain." ment and e vad e d the other's grasp to the extent that "Whur is ther capting ?-" while he got a hold, it was not a very good one; on the other One of the soldiers stepped forward and confronted Dick hand, D :k1t had secured a splendid hold. He had been very quiet, having had little to say, but The youth was a splendid wrestler, and he had no doubt now he addressed the youth. of his ability to get the better of the redcoat in a contest "So you wish to join the king's army?" he asked. of that kind. "Yes,' sir, I'd like ter jine, ef ye hev no The fellow gave a grunt of satisfaction when he felt replied Dick. Dick within his grasp, but his grunt of satisfaction was premature, and he presently uttered a cry of dismay when he felt himself lifted bodily in the strong arms of the youth. "How old are you?" Dick scratched his head. He played the part of the green, country y ; uth of that region to perfection, and pretended to be puzzled. Dick had succeeded in getting the redcoat's head under "I reely dunno how old I am, mister,'' he replied; "but his right arm, and then, using his left hip as a lever, he I guess I am erbout twenty-five yeers old." lifted the man from the ground The ofilcer smiled. Up into the air went the fellow's heels, and then to the "Oh, I don't think you are so old as that," he said; surprise oi all the youth threw his opponent clear over "you are about eighteen."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 7 Dick nodded assent. "I guess ye're right," he said. "Anything. to suit me, eh?" "Yes, sir." "What did you say your name is?" "Tom Todd." "Tom Todd, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Where do you live, Tom?" 'Bout ten miles frum heer." "So far as that?" Dick nodded. "I guess so," he said. "In which direCtion ? Dick pointed toward the northwest. "In thet direckshun." "How came you to be so far from home?" "I wuz a-huntin' our ole cow. She bruck out uv ther pastur' las' night, an' I hev be'n a-lookin' fur 'er all day." "Oh, that is it?" "Yes, sir." "You have parents, I suppose?" "Yes, sir." "Well, what would they say to your joining the army?" "I know thet, mister, but I wanter jine ther army, an' I hain't ergoin' ter let ye skeer me out." "Oh, that's all right, I wasn't trying to scare you; I just 'Yi.shed to let you know that it wouldn't be the most pleasant th\ng in the world to be a soldier." "I'll like et." The redcoat who had been thrown by Dick and rendered unconscious, was now coming to. His comrades had thrown water in his face and now, while a couple held him in a sitting posture, one held a flask to his lips. There was liquor in the flask, and a few swallows of the potent fluid revived the redcoat wonderfully. After a few minutes he was able to rise to his feet aud walk about. He favored Dick with a glare of hate, but had nothing to say to him. He had tested the youth's abilities in both the fighting and wrestling lines and he did not care to have anything further to do with him, at least, not just at that time. H e was of a revengeful nature, however, and deep down in his heart he registered an oath that he would get even with the youth who had handled him so roughly. Dick sized the fellow up about right. "I dunno." "He has a wicked eye," the youth said to himself; "and "Would they object?" while I remain in the British encampment I will have to .i' I don't. think so; in fac' I'm sure uv et." look out for him." "Well, we can risk it if you can, if you wish to join The youth did not feel any particular fear, however. the army, I'm willing." He had the utmost confidence in himself and believed "Oh, thank ye, mister I" cried Dick, pretending to be that he would be able to take care of himself. Indeed, he was well satisfied with the situation. highly delighted. "I've be'n a-wantin' ter jine ther army fur er long time, an' now I'm mighty glad thet ther chance hez cum at last." He considered that he was fortunate in having run across this band of redcoats, for on the morrow he would be enabled to enter New Brunswick in their company as "All right; you may now consider yourself to be one one of them. of the king's soldiers." "Good fur thet; an' will I git ter wear a purty red suit uv clo'es like your'n ?" "Oh, yes, you'll have a suit like this." "Jucks, that'll be fine!" The officer smiled. "It may not be as nice to be a soldier as you think for, CHAPTER IV. TROUBLE AIIE.ill. my boy," he said; "when it comes to roughing it and Dick did enter New Brunswick next morning, in com-engaging in battles, I don't think you will like it very pany with the redcoats. well." "I'll risk thet, mister; I ain't afeerd ter rough et, an' I kin fight, too. Didn't I jes' give thet feller er good lickin' ?" "Oh, yes; but that is a different kind of fighting from what you will encounter on the field of battle." They were on horseback, while he was on foot, but the trip from the place where they had been encamped, to the town, was made at a slow gait, so the youth had no trouble in keeping along with them. No particular attention was paid to Dick. The sentinel had asked the captain of the band who the


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. youth was, and the officer had replied that he was a new recruit. The chum in question was Hardy's roommate. He was a big fellow, six feet tall, and large in propo This had been sufficient to permit Dick to enter the tion. town. He was a dark-faced, bearded fellow with the look of And once inside, Dick felt that he was all Pight. villain, and he was a notorious gambler and army de "If I don't succeed in finding out something of interest, perado, having killed three or four men in duels over cards it will be strange!" he said to himself. One of the redcoats, a good-looking, good-natured young fellow of perhaps twenty years of age, took a liking to Dick, and took him to his quarters. Hardy was quite a card-player, too, and the two haE arranged it s o that they played partners a great deal, an they had signals which enabled them to know what eacl other held, and thus they were in a position, always, When they were there he brought o-qt a tmiform, and play to the best advantage, and we:re usually successful iii told Dick to put it on. winning from their companions. "You will look like the rest of us, then, and will not n addition, if the cards were not running good for th be so noticeable, which, I take it, you do not fancy," the two, the big desperado, Gilbert Buggsley, did not scrupl redcoat said. to aid fortune by ling himself and partner good han "Ye're right; an' thank ye," said Dick. he being expert with the cards and able to do about wha Then he doffed the old suit of homespun and donned he pleased with them. the red uniform of the British soldier. He had been accused of cheating on more than o e oc Harold Morton was the name of the redcoat who had taken Dick under his wing, so to speak. He confided to the youth that he and Hardy were ene mies. casion, however, and out of those accusations had gro the duels in which he had killed several of his comradeS It so happened that Gilbert Buggsley was in the roo when Robert Hardy, his chum reached it. "We both like the same girl, back in England," Morton He was engaged in practicing with cards, working o explained, "and, of course, being rivals, we cannot like a trick which was intended to make him more certain o each other very well." winning. "I s'pose not," agreed "Dick. And then he asked: He looked lip as Hardy entered, and an exclamation o "Which one uv ye does ther gal like ther best?" amazement escaped him. Morton'. sober for a few moments. "Hello I" he cried. "Where, in the name of all that i "I really believe that she likes me the best, Tom," he wonderful, did you get that pair of black eyes?" said; "bnt Hardy's folks are rich, while mine are not; and favor Hardy." "I ee; but if ther gal likes ye best, ye're all right, .,hain't ye?" "Well, yes, I think I am." After some further talk, Morton said : "You will have to look o!lt for Hardy; he is a vicious fellow, and will be likely to try to have revenge on you in some way." "I'll keep my eyes on 'im," said Dick. "You will do well to do so." "What do you think he will try to do?" "It is impossible to say; you will just have to keep your eyes open and watch him." Could the two have seen Hardy at that very moment, and heard what was passing between him and a chum of his, they would have realized that they were right in think ing he would try to get revenge. Hardy had quarters in a house only a few doors from the one occ-qpied by Morton, and he had gone there at once, on reaching New Brunswick. A terrible look of anger came over Hardy's face. "Do look so terribly bad, Gil?" he asked. "Look bad? Well, I should say so I tell you, yo have as pretty a pair of black eyes as I ever saw. Wher did you get them? Which one of the boys did it? Or: did three or four jump onto you?" "It wasn't any of the boys, Gil." 'rhe other looked surprised. "No?" he ejaculated. "No." "Who was it, then?" Hardy had closed the door, and now he took a seat at the opposite side of the table. "Did you see us when we rode into town just now?" he asked. "Yes; I looked out of the window as you were passing." The window of the room they were in looked down upon the street. "Did you notice a fellow on foot(" "Yes; an awkward, green-looking country booby in blue homespun."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. ti Hardy nodded. There was surprise and wonder in Buggsley's tone. "Exactly," he said; hat is the fellow I have reference Hardy nodded. to-. Well, he isn't awk ard, by any means." "Yes; he threw me clear over his head!" Buggsley looked at Hardy, questioningly. "Ha! he gave you the cross-buttock fall!" "What do you mean?" he asked, slowly. "Surely you "I think that is what you call it. jarred the senses are not going to tell me that that country booby--" out of me, and I was unconscious several minutes, I guess." "Gave me this pair of black eyes?" bitterly. "Yes, I am "Well, well! This beats anything I ever heard of. Say, going to tell you that very thing. He is the fellow who do you know, I am interested by what you have told me." did it." "I wish you would be interested enough in it to go for A whistle of amazement escaped the lips of the other. that young scoundrel, and break his neck for me!" almost He stared at his companion as if l}e could not bring hissed Hardy. himself to believe that he had heard 11:right. He looked the other in the face, eagerly, as he spoke. "Is that the truth, really and truly?" b,.e asked. "Yes, it is the truth, as sure as that I sit here." Buggsley was a larger and more powerful man than Hardy. "But I can't understand it. How did he do it, Rob?" In truth, he was a bully and desperado, and there were "I don't know. I thought I would have an easy time Yery few who cared to incur his enmity. disposing of him, hut when we got at it I couldn't do a He had the reputation of being a very dangerous man. thing." "I fancy I could handle this terror of yours without "You couldn't?" much trouble," said Buggsley, complacently. "No. I tried my hardest, but I couldn't touch him. He He threw out his chest and stretched out his arm, workis quick as lightning, and knows considerable about sparing it back and forth, as if the muscles, as he ring, too. And he can hit harder than any man I ever spoke. encountered." The other listened, with a look of not un mixed with unbelief on his face. "Say, Rob, you must have had too much liquor aboard, you?" he queried. In thinking the matter over, he had come to the con clusion that his chum had been befuddled with liquor, but the other shook his head. "Oh, you could do it, all right, Gil!" Hardy hastened to say. "He wouldn't stand any chance with you; if ?e did succeed in getting the better of me." "Yes, he would stand a chance-a chance to get struck by lightning!" Buggsley smiled, fiendishly, as he spoke. Hardy followed up the subject closely. "Say, go in and give that young scoundrel a good thrash"I hadn't drunk a bit of brandy, Gil." ing, won;t you, old man?" he asked. "You hadn't?" "I'm willing," was the reply; "but how am I to work "No; I was all right, so far as that goes, and was at it?" myself, but this green-looking country booby is a terror, as "That will not be difficult; you know Harold Morton?" sure as you live!" The other looked thoughtful. "He must be," he :i:emarked, presently. "Oh, he is; there isn't lflny doubt about that." "And he was too much for you in a fi_ght, eh?" "Oh, yes; not so well as you do, perhaps," with a grin, "but I know him. He is in our mess, you know." "Yes; well, he has taken this booby under his wing." The other nodded. "I understand; he is friendly toward the booby because "Yes; he knocked me down twice, and each time I felt he thrashed you, whom he hates." as if a house had fallen on me." "That is it, I judge. Well, Morton has taken the booby "Why didn't you close in on him, then, when you found under his :wing, and will bring him into our mess, with he was too much for you with his fists? You are certainly out a doubt." stronger than he, and would have been able to break him "Say," exclaimed Buggsley, in surprise, "has the counin two." iry youth joined the army?" Hardy shook his head. "Ob, yes; he is one of the king's soldiers now." "No, I tried that," he said. "Oh, ho! Well, I will have plenty of chance to pick a "You did?" fuss with him, then." "Yes." "Yes; you won't have to rush matters." "And he was too much for you?" "That is lucky, for if I rushed matters, some of the boya


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NE'I'. might get it into their that it was a put up job don't see where you could have met him-unless it might be between you and I." "You are right; but having plenty of time, you can go slow and manage to get on a quarrel of your own with the booby." he has been in town at some time and you have seen him here before." "It might be that that is it," he said; J'but somehow I don't think so. Say, he doesn't look like a country booby; "So I can; and, Rob, old man, I'll fix Hm for the hos-do you think he does?" pital. You shall have full measure of revenge." "Thanks, old man ; I hope you will succeed." "Oh, there isn't any doubt" about that. ,Just let mH get at him, once, and he will think a hurricane has struck him!" "You mustn't hold him too cheaply, Gil," warned Hardy; "that was what I did, and the result was that I got terribly thrashed." "Oh, I won't hold him too cheaply; but the idea that he will be dangerous to a man like me, is absurd. He will be as a ten-year-old boy in my hands." "You will find him to be the equal of almost any man you ever e ncountered, Gil." "Well, I have disposed of man I have en countered, haven't I?" 0 h, yes." "And I'll do t_ll'e same with this booby; don't you worry "Well, not so much so since getting. the uniform on. He did when he had on his old suit of blue homespun." "I guess that is what makes the difference.''" "Yo11 are confiden,t that you can give him a thrashing, Gil?" "Oh, yes ; there isn't the least doubt about that." " you will do it?" "At the very first opportunity." "Good Shake, old man !" The two shook hands. There was trouble ahead fo. r Dick Slater! CHAPTER V. BUGGSLEY, THE BULLY. for an instant;" When the dinner hour came, Buggsley had an opporWhen Harold Morton and Dick were back in their romn,. tunity of sizing Dick up. after dinner was the latter a s ked: The youth sat nearly opposite the ruffian at the table, and "Who is the't big, fierce-lookin' fellow whg_ sat across the Buggsley eyed Dick closely and searchingly. table frum me?" Dick, who had his eyes about him, took note of this. "You noticed him?" remarked Morton. "Tliat was After dinner was over, Hardy and Buggsley went up to Buggsley. He is the roommate of Hardy, the feltheir room to smoke. low you had your difficulty with, and tl'iey are great chums "Well," said Hardy, when they had their cigars going, and cronies." '' y ou saw the country youth?" The other nodded. Yes, I saw him." "Ah, they are?" "Yes. They play cards a great deal, and repoi:t has it that they play together by signs, and fleece all who are so There was preoccupied air not e d by his c:6mrade. about Buggsley that was foolish as to play with them." "What do you think of him?" "Ah, indeed. So thet is the reputation they hev, is et?;' "Yes; the big fellow, Buggsley, is the worst one of the "I think that I will have no trouble at all in disposing two. He is a desperado, if ever there was and he _has. of him, Rob." killed several of the men in duels resulting from quarrels "I didn t know. You look thoughtful. started at the card table." "Oh, that is on account of something else." "Something e l se, eh?" Ye s ; somehow I have gotten the impression that I have seen that youn g fellow before, somewhere." I s t ha t s o?" "Yes ; it struck me the instant I laid eyes on him that I ltad seen him before, but I can't thinl{ whe "I see; he wuz detected cheatin', I suppose?" "Yes; and on being charged with it, he, of course, became very angry, gave the lie, and the result was that he was struck, and challenged at once." "An' he got ther best uv all ther fights?" "Yes; he is a good shot with a pistol, a .flFlendid hand with the saber. No one has so far proven to be a "'l'hat i s stra n ge; he is a country youth, w has lived match for him." all his life, probably, in this p art. of the coun ry, and I "Et's erbout time sumbuddy wuz. after 'iin;then,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 11 kin hold 'im level, don't ye think 1" remarked Dick, you will be a match foi Buggfiley in a hand-to-hand enin a slow, deliberate manner. Morton looked at the quickly. "Say, don't try it, Tomi" he cried. "That fellow, Buggsley, is a demon, and as he is a friend of Hardy's, he will have it in for you and will kill you, just as like as counter. I fear you have serious trouble ahead of you." "Well, I'll meet et like er man, ennyway." "I have no doubt regarding that. I know you are brave, and I am sorry that Hardy has such a man as Buggsley for a friend. I don't think he would bother ot." you again, himself, but by deputying this demon to do the "I thort mebby he wuz er rien' 'uv Hardy's; they set work for him, he has placed you in terrible danger-for I lose tergether at ther table, ye know, an' I saw 'im lookin' am that he has put Buggsley up to picking a t me in a funny kin' uv way, jes' ez though he wuz sizin' fuss with you." v me up." "I think so, myself; well, et is all right. I guess I will "I noticed it, too; and I think you are right Hardy be able ter take keer Uv mysei." as told him about his encounter with you, and in all "I hope so; one thing you may depend upon, and that robability has called on him to help him secu is, that I will stand by you to the death. I am your "Well, let 'im, if he wants ter," said Dick; "I I friend, and I shall see to it that you have a fair chance, The youth spoke quietly and confidently, but lorton hook his head. "You don't know what a terrible fellow this Buggsley 's," he protested; "I should avoid trouble with him, if were you, and could do so." "But thet won't be posserble, will et?" "It will be difficult, of course, but it is not 'impossible." "I don't see how et kin be done, onless I wuz ter stay ooped up indoors all ther time-an' I guess et wouldn't be osserble even then, ez he would pick er fuss with me at her table, some day." and that both of the scotthdrels do not jump on you at once." "Thank ye!" said Dick, extending his hand, which the other grasped and preased warmly. "He is a fine fellow, if he is a redcoat," thought Dick. "He will stand by me, and I guess I shall have a fair show, at any rate." They talked for a while lottger, and then Dick suggested that they go out and take a look at the town. "I wanter see ther camp," the youth said; "I never saw an army before, an' et'll be er sight fur me ter look at." "So it will; well, come along." They walked slowly along, looking around them as they "I don't know but you are right; I guess that if he has went. ade up his mind to take up the quarrel for his friend-Dick saw that his companion was ill at ease. nd I think he isn't much chance that you will e able to avoid a difficulty with him." "That's whut I think, an' so I guess I shan't take no rubble ter try ter keep out uv er difficulty. I'll jes' go about my bizness, an' then ef he wants ter pick er fuss with me, I'll lie ready ur 'im." "Well, be sure that you are ready for him. Don't let im take you at a disadvantage." "Ye may be shore I won't. I'll be reddy fur 'im." "Well, take my advice and don't let him get you into a duel if you can help it. He will murder you, if you do." "He is a bad man, then?" "Yes, a veritable demon." "I s'pose thet theer wouldn't be very menny who would shed tcers e he wuz ter be killed, er laid up fur er month r so?" "He is we may meet Hardy and his ferocious friend, Mr. Buggsley," thought the youtlf '. And this fact of the matter. }iJ:orton felt confident that if they encountered Hardy and Buggsley, or even the latter alone, on the street, there would be trouble, as it was his belief that the ruffian would embrace the first opportunity to pick a fuss with the youth who had given his chum such a thrashing. They walked all around, however, for an hour or more, and did not encounter either o the two, and began to have hopes that they would not encounter at all that afternoon. He thought that if the encounter could be postponed a few days, the animosity of the two might be dulled and a .fight might be avoided: But Morton was doomed to be disappointed. "You may be sure there would not be many; but you At the last moment, when they were witbin a block 0 ould not get the better 0 him in a duel, so don't attempt the house in which they were quartered, they came face 't. Indeed, even tho .ugh after having seen what you did to face with Buggsley. o Hardy, I know you are a good man, I can;not think that He was alone, but it was evident that he meant to make


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. trouble, for he paused when they were within a couple of yards of him, and stood directly in their way. The fellow's wicked gaze was on Dick, however, and he did not seem to recognize the presence of Morton at all. "Aha! so here is our young friend, Todd!" Buggsley exclaimed, in an extremely insolent tone of voice. Th n he placed his arms akimbo and looked Dick over, from feet to head, in the most impertinent manner. Of course, the two had paused as soon as they were con fronted by the fellow, and they stood there, waiting to see what he would do. Dick felt like leaping forward arid giving the fellow a I done et myse'f, an' ef ye're boun' ter hev heart's blood, w'y et stan's ter reezon thet et orter be mine. "Oho you think it ought to be yours, do you?" cried Buggsley. "Thet's whut I think, mister." "Well, I guess you are right, !ind that suits met11' "Does et?" "Yes." "Glad uv et, mister; I am, b'jucksl" "You took an unfair advantage of my friend! He told me all about it, and--" "He lied like all git out ef he said I tuck enny unfa r blow between the eyes, but in order to carry out the part advantidge uv 'im !" broke in Dick. of a country youth, be was forced to wait till he was "What's that I Do you dare to say that my friend lies?" This was uttered in a very fierce tone of voice, and was "I don't see how you ever did it," Buggsley remarked, accompanied by a glare that was intended to be terrifying, presently, with a shake of the bead. "It is a puzzle to me, crowded before doing anything. I'll swear "Whut's er puzzle?" asked Dick, innocently. "Why, how you ever managed to get the better of Hardy in a :fight." but it did not seem to have any effect on Dick. "Ye bet I do mean ter say thet very thing, mister, ef he sez ez liow1 took advantidge uv 'im, fur I "I know Iietter And I say that you took an unfair ad"Oh, thet's whnt puzzles ye, is et?" vantage of my friend!" cried the big ruffian, shaking "Yes; you must have taken an unfair advantage of him, :fist in :Dick's face. in some manner." "An' I say ye don't know nothin' erbout et!" retort" Oh, no, I didn't," said Dick; "et wuz all fa'r an' ed Dick, not flinching in the least: squar' ez c'u' d be." "I can bear witness to that," said Morton. "I saw the whole thing from beginning to ending, and it was fair al\ "What's that! What's that!" The big ruffian could hardly believe the evidence of hie own hearing. fair could be." That this seeming green, country youth should dare to "Ob, of cour s e you would say so !" sneered Bugg s ley. talk back to him bad not occurred. to him, and he was not "Everybod y knows you hate Hardy, and you would say it prepared for it. was fair, no matter in what way advantage might be taken of my friend." "I beg your pardon, Mr Buggsley, bu I s hall have to say that I am a fair man, find that I would do nothing of "Ye heerd whut I said!" replied Dick, quietly. "Oh, yes, I heard what you said," in a slow, deliberate manner; "but say, I reckon you don t know who I am, do you?" the kind s aid Morton, in a s :firm a manner a s he could "Oh, yes," was the prompt reply; "your name is Buggs command, though it was evident that be stood in some fear ley, and ye hev ther repertashun, so I hev be'n told, uv of Buggsley; "I do not like Hardy, true, but at the same bein' a mighty bad man." time I would not stand by and see him taken at a disad "Oh, I don t doubt et er bit, mister; ye look et!" vantage, nor would I stand up for any one who might have "Exactly; and I am a bad man, too, I can tell you I" done such a thing." "Do you mean to say that I lie?" almost hissed Buggs"What's that l Do you mean that for ins-Wt'. Jey, stepping forward in a threateping manner, while a Buggsley almost howled this out, so loua lo?k of rage distorted his countenance. "Zounds I'll have had he been talking that already a crowd had gathered and your heart's blood if you dare to say that." was listening and watching with eager interest .Jo Dick stepped quickly in between the two and waved Among them were some who had been of the foraging Buggsley back. party, and had seen Dick s encounter with Hardy. "Hol' on! hol' on!" he said. "Jes' be keerful, mister. They knew the youth was a good man, but they shook Don't go fur ter git yer mad up at my frien', b.eer. He their heads now. Buggsley was such a terrible fellow that didn't hev notbin' ter do with lickin' yer frien' Hardy.' he had imbued all with a feeling that he could not be over-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 13 t come, and the spectators feared that the supposed country i youth would not stand much chance against him. "Well," said Dick, deliberately, _in response to the other's query, "ye kin take et enny way ye like." It was Buggsley's game to pick a quarrel with Dick, of course, and this gave him the opportunity he was seeking. He pretended to become furious with rage. "Why, you scoundrel!" he cried. "I have killed _men for saying less than you have just said!" and again he shook his fist under Dick') nose. "Mebby ef they hed sed more, ye wouldn't hev hurt 'em," the youth suggested: "Ye see, they jes' sed enu:ff so's et they wuz afeerd uv ye, when ef they lied told ye jes' whut ye wuz, a big, cowardly bullying lummox, an' slapped ye in ther face, ez ye no doubt deserved ter be treated, ye wouldn't hev darst ter do ennythin' ter 'em." The spectators, Morton included, fairly gasped for breath when they heard this, and seemed para lyzed. He stared at Dick for a f<{w moments, his face growing red, and then redder, after which it turned almost black. He was evidently on the verge of exploding, and if he had not succeeded in finding his voice at that instant, would undoubtedly liave done so. "You insolent young scoundrel!" he howled. "I'll have your heart's blood for that, as sure as my name is Buggs ley !" "He is a terror when he gets started!" "You won't be anywhere near a match for him!" "You had better run while you have a chance, young fellow I" Dick looked at the last speaker and smiled. "Oh, I don't think he is thet dangerous, is he?" he asked. ''Yes-look out!" Buggs ey had recovered his equilibrium, and was rushing forward like a mad bull. There was the look of a demon in his glaring eyes. There was not the least dqubt in the minds of the observers but that he would do what he had said he would do. They felt sorry for the youth who was the object of the b1g bully's wrath. They were sure that he was about to be roughly handled. Even those who had seen Dick thrash Hardy did not think him capable of holding his own against Buggsley. They were soon to learn, however, that the fight is not always decided in favor of the bigger man. Buggsley looked to be a third heavier than Dick, but such was really not the case. Dick was so perfectly proportioned and so superbly built that he did not look to be nearly so large as he was, and had they been stripped and placed on the scales, Buggsley would not have outweighed him more than fifteen or twenty pounds at the very outside. Then, too, Dick 'was younger, had better wind and was "I hain't got enny heart's blood ter spare," said Dick, as live and active as a tiger. in the coolest, most matter-of-fact manner imaginable; "an' Buggsley, while large and heavy, was not well built or ennyway, et's mos' too high-priced er drink fur ennycorrectly proportioned, and as a consequence, he was not buddy ter indulge in. Ye'll hev ter git erlong without et." nearly so quick and active as his youthful opponent. "I'll give you the worst thrashing you ever had in your life!" Buggsley howled. "And then I'll kill you afterOf course, he never took these things into consideration. In all the fights in which he had been engaged, Buggsley ward!" and the big bully shook his fist under Dick's nose, had been pitted against men who W<;!re no more active than and glared like a demon. "Ye won't do nothin' uv ther kin', ye big, cowardly ruffian!" retorted the youth, promptly, and then, as he saw the other was about to strike him, he reached out quick ly and gave Buggsley a push which sent him reeling back ward. CHAPTER VI. TWO ENCOUNTERS. .A wondering gasp of amazement escaped the crowd. "He'll kill you, young fellow "Look out for him!" "He is a dangerous man !'i himself; men, indeed, who knew nothing of sparring or the science of self-defense. They had attempted to stand up against Buggsley with the result that they had been quickly beaten to the floor, the bully's superior weight and strength making it im possible for them to offer successful resistance. In Dick, Buggsley met a foeman of altogether a differ ent sort. The you th knew a trick worth two of trying to stand up and stall the big fellow off. He did not attempt to do this at all. Instead, he gave ground before the other Buggsley followed him up, striking :fiercely and rapidly. The bully knew how hard he could strike. He felt confident that if he could land one blow, the affair would come to a sudden termination.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. Indeed, Buggsley believed that if he got a good square stroke, he would be able to kill the youth. He was certainly angry enough to do it if he could. But that was the trouble. He could not land the blow. Dick was grace and skill personified. He was as light on his feet as a dancing master. He leaped here and there, backward, forward and side ways, and ducked, dodged and parried the blows with wonderful ease and skill. Dick saw that his opponent was exhausted. He felt that he could, with safety, take the offensive. He decided to do it. "Oh, ye want me ter stan' up an' fight like er man, do ye?" he asked. "Yes, I do; you don't dare do it!" "Oh, don't I?" "No, you don't." "Ye think so? Well, I guess I'll jes' show ye." As he spoke Dick stopped, and, standing perfectly still, Not a single blow could B12ggsley deliver in a manner to parried the other's blows. do harm. He kept this up for a few moments and then suddenly Out of so many, a few, of course, reached but they his right arm shot out. were glancing blows and did not hurt. Crack! The spectators watched the affair with interest. The youth's fist. struck Buggsley fair between the eyes, They had expected that the youth would be disposed staggering him backward. of in short order. Dick was quick to follow up his advantage. They would not have believed that he could stand up He leaped forward. before Buggsley for even so much as ten seconds. To their surprise the youth had stood up before the bully for at least half a minute and had not as yet been injured in the least. They began to be greatly interested and excited. Perhaps the most surprised one among them vrns Harold Morton. Harold was delighted as well. The hope that his friend might be successful in defeat ing the ruffian sprang into life in his breast. "Jove! that young fellow is a wonder!" he exclaimed to himself. "Can it be possible that he is other than what he seems-that he is playing a part? No matter if he is, I'll stand by him to the death; he is as fine a fellow as ever lived, or I'm no judge." The combat still raged. Buggsley, surprised and angered by his failure to knock his opponent senseless at once, attempted to rush matters. He struck out more rapidly and fiercely than ever. No matter how hard he tried, however, he could not land a solid blow on the person of his lively foe. The unusual exertion was telling on him. He began to puff and Out shot his left arm. Thump! Dick's fist struck Buggsley in the chest right over the heart. It was a terrible stroke. With such terrible force was it delivered that the action of the man's heart was temporarily stopped. Over backward Buggsley went. He struqk the ground with a thud and lay there, for the time being, incapable of movement. Dick stepped back, and, folding his arms, stood there looking down upon his fallen foe. Wondering cries of amazement escaped the lips of the &pectators. "Wonderful!" "Remarkable!" '"Marvelous!" "I would not have believed it possible!" "That youth is a wonder1" "I never saw two prettier blows delivered in all my life." "Buggsley is dazed!" Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to by the members of the crowd. His blows were losing much of their force. Harold Morton leaped forward and seizing Dick's hand, Striking out with all one's might in the empty air is pressed it warmly. about as tiring a thing as on_ e can do. Buggsley realized this when he had flailed the atmos phere fifty or sixty times with his huge fists without hitting anything. "Good! Glorious, 'rom, my boy!" he exclaimed. Jove I believe you'll thrash him, after all." "Oh, yes, he's licked now," said Dick, quietly. "Do you really think so?" eagerly. "By "Why don't you stand up and fight a man?" hE\ "Oh, yes; ther hain't no doubt erbout et. Ye see, et's gasped out in a disgusted way. "Y6u must think this is this way: When he furst attacked me, he wuz fresh an' a. foot race." strong, yit he c'u'dn't hurt me ertall; now, ye see, he's


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 15 almost tired out, an' thet last lick I give 'im wuz right A growl escaped Buggsley, over ther heart an' ye' ll fin' thet et took lots uv ther fight "When I want advice from you I'll let you kno w he out uv him. Erbout one more lick in ther same spot'll said, fiercely. put er end ter his fightin' fur a while." "Oh, all right; I je s thort I'd do ye er favor, the t's all." Harold was delighted. "I haven't asked you for a favor!" Dick's collfi.dent tone gave him confidence. "No, I guess ye hevn t. :Well, jes' go erhead an do ez "Jove Tom, you re a wonderful fellow!" he exclaimed. I ye like ter; I guess I kin take keer uv myse'f, no matter "Oh, I dunno," replied Dick; "I guess a'most ennywhut ye do." buddy c'u'd lick thet big bully ef they went at et ther The spectator s were beginning to believe that thi s was right way." Harold shook his head. It was evident that he doubted this. Before he could say more, however, Buggsley began to stir, and the attention of all was attracted to him. true. Buggsley stood there for two or three minutes and grad ually he became more steady on hi s feet Hardy, who was present, stepped to hi s side and talked to him in low tones. "You had better give the matter up as it i s," h e adBuggsley had not been rendered unconscious by the ter rible blows. vised; "that young scoundrel is too much for you, and if He had been dazed, however, and for a minute or two you go at him again you will only succeed in getting he had been unable to make a move of any kind. There was a terrible feeling of pain in the region of his heart, and even when he did get so th:it he could move, he found that he felt strangely weak. He managed to rise to a sitting posture and glared around him. His eyes fell upon Dick and a look of rage appeared on his face. "Curse you!" he hissed, weakly but venomously, "I'll pay you for this; I'll have your life!" "Oh, come, come; don't make enny threats, mister," re plied Dick. "Don't say thet ye'll do things thet ye know ye can't do; I sh'd think ye'd know by this time thet ye can't hurt Jne." "I will hurt you! I'm not through with you yet!" "Oh, hain't ye?" "No." "Well, mebby not; ef ye hed 0enny sense, ye w'u'd be, but ez ye hain't got enny sense, I s 'pose ye won't be satersfied till ye gets anuther dose." Buggsley uttered a hoarse growl of rage. As for the spectators, they stared at the youth in amaze ment and wonder. He was certainly the s trangest fellowthey had ever seen. He seemed to have absolutely no f e ar whatever of this giant ruffian. Buggsley began struggling to regain bis' feet and pres ently succeeded. pounded up for your pains. : But 1.he other would not have it. "He can t do it!" he growled "I held him too lightly before. I won't make the same mistake this time." "It doesn't matter; he is too much for you in y our 'present condition; aren t you w eak?" "No, not weak; but I don't feel so s trong as I aid." "Exactly; and this young scoundrel is as strong as an ox." "He can't be as strong as I am If I get my hand s on him, once, I will be able to crush the life out of him 'No, you won't; that is what I thought, and I found out my mistake, very quickiy. I really believe he is a s s trong as you, under ordinary circumstances, and now, whe n you are all upset, he will be much stronger than you." "I can't believe it "You will believe it when you come to close quarters with the fellow; he is a demon I tell you." "I'll take some of it out of him "No; he'll take a lot more of tl'le stre ngth and self confidence out of you." "s ay, that' s no way to do, to try to discourage a fellow in that style," protested Buggsley. "I am telling you what is simply the truth, and giving you good advice for your own good, Buggsley, old m an." "Oh,_ I know you mean w e ll." "Of course I do." He was unsteady on hi s feet, however. "But I can't aceept your advice. Why, I could never He swayed backward and forward. again hold/up head before these people, Rob _.I woul. d Dick eyed him critically. .. have no westige, and any of the fellows would in sult me "Ye hain't in no condition ter fight enny more, mister," with impunity." he said; "ef ye'll take my advice, ye' ll give et up.'" "That is true, of course, but--"


16 .. THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET "There are no 'buts' about it, Rob. I have got to thrash this young scoundrel. I must do it." "But you can't do it, Gil, and the quicker you drop the affair, the better. Drop it now, and then challenge him, and kill him!" "I'm going to do that, any;vay; but I want satisfaction with my :fists fitst." "You won't get it; take my word for it." He had tried the rushing tactics, and had come ou second best. He would not make that mistake again. He was confident that if he could succeed in getting hol of Dick, he would have no difficulty in overpowering him He was reckoning on his size and supposed superio strength. True, Hardy had warned him that Dick was very strong "I'm going to try." but he did not believe the youth could possibly be so stron Hardy saw that the other was grimly determined, and as himself, even though he was still somewhat tired as realizing that it would be useless to try to dissuade him, l'esult of his exertions, and had been weakened by the ter he said: rible blows administered by the youth. "All right; go ahead, but mark my words, it will turn "Oh, I'll choke the life out of the young scoundrel!" h out just as I say. You will find him to be a demon in a said to himself as he advanced. "I'll do it, even though struggle." Hardy turned and walked back and took up his posi tion at the edge of the crowd. Morton hadstepped to Dick's side and exch1;1.nged a few words with him. "Hardy is advising Buggsley to give it up, don't you am surrounded by men who would like to see me get th worst of it, and if they try to interfere, it won't be go for them!" Mr. Buggsley was certainly counting his chickens before they were hatched. He was soon to learn that it is extremely easy to decide think?" he asked what a person is going to do, but often extremely difficul ''I shouldn't wonder,'' replied Dick; "he knows how it to do it. works himself, ye know, an' I guess mebby he is givin' his Dick Slater would have to be reckoned with, in this frien' some good advice cheep, fur nothin'." "But Buggsley won't take it?" "I don't think he will. He is one 1).V these heer stub born fellers whut kin learn on'y by 'xpeerience, don't ye think?" "That is the way it strikes me." "Well, I'll try ter giv' 'im a good lesson while I'm at et; one thet'll las' 'im fur er good while." "Look out for him, Tom. He may try some trick on you." "I'll keep my eyes open, an' ef he tries enny trick, I reckon thet I'll be able fur ter play a little trick uv my own thet'll beat his'n." affair. When Buggsley was within a couple of yards of hllp., Dick made a restraining gesture. "Ye'd better take ther advice uv yer frien', an' give et up, mister," he said; "I don't wanter hurt ye enny more, but ef ye push me to et, I guess I will do et." This, as Diek had shrewdly calculated, made Buggsley furiously angry. His face grew black with rage, and it was with difficulty that he restrained himself from leaping upon the youth. Dick knew what the fellow intended trying to do, as well as though Buggsley had proclai'med it aloud, and wishing to make sure of being enabled to get his hold when the "l hope so." clash came, he thought it no sin to make this easier by "Oh, I will Don't ye be afeerd. I've started in ter :fix angering the fellow and causing him to lose his head. this heer bully so he won't do no more damidge, an' I'm Dick was a splendid general. ergoin' ter :fix 'im." "Curse you!" hissed Buggsley. "I'll make you wish ye Hardy had stepped away from his friend,,.now, and had never been born!" Morton did the same. Dick laughed in a tantalizing fashion. All realized that the time had come for a renewal of hostilities, and all eyes were on Buggsley. He was the aggressor, and whether or not there would be any more fighting depended on his action. He did not long keep the spectators in doubt. He advanced toward Dick. He moved slowly and cautiously, however. He did not rush in like a mad bull. "Oh, ye're on'y talkin' ter heer yerself, mister!" he said, jeeringly. This was more than Buggsley could endure. He leaped forward, giving utterance to a roar of ang( as he did so, and struck a fierce blow at the youth's .face. He thought that he might succeed in landing the blow, and he was confident that if he did succeed, the fight would be ended.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 17 was on the lookout, however, 'lmd with Dick stood with folded arms, looking down upon his the quickness of a flash of lightning, he darted under the fallen foe. other's arm, and danced up behind him. Buggsley writhed and groaned for perhaps three or four So quickly was this done, and with such grace and ease minutes, and then became quiet, though it was evident from that the crowd gave utierance to exclamations of amazethe look on his face that he was still suffering considerable ment. "Jove! the boy's all right!" "He certainly is!" "He is a wonder, sure enough!" "He is as quick as a flash of lightning!" p11in. Hardy now stepped forward, and asked how he felt. "Oh, I feel like I was worth about as much as a dead man, and no more!" was the growling reply, accompanied Buggsley, giving utterance to a roar of anger, whirled by grimaces. and thought to grab the youth. "Do you want any help?" He did not do it, however. "Yes ; help me to my feet." Dick was ready, and as the fellow turned toward him, out the youth's right fist. Hardy stooped and seized his friend by the arm, and assisted the fellow to his feet. t' It landed between the bully's eyes with a whip-like crack. Buggsley threw up his hands and staggered back. This left his chest exposed. Then out shot Dick's terrible left fist. Thump! "Can you walk without assistance?" Hardy asked. "I might, but I don't care about tr)ring the experiment; keep hold of my arm, Hardy." "All right; are you ready?" "Wait just a minute. I want to say a word to thi s young Th fi t k B 1 ht th t f h t h s coundrel;" and he nodded toward Dick. e st s rue; uggs ey rig at e p1. o t e s omac It was a terrible stroke. It was almost equal to the stroke of a pile-driver. Down went Buggsley, with a thump and a grunt of pain. He struck flat on his back, but writhed to a sitting pos-ture and clasped his stomach in his hands. "Oh-h-h-h-h-hh Oo-00-00-00-00-00-ooh !" he groaned. It was a long-drawn-out groan that was terrible to hear. Buggsley was as white as a sheet. That he was in terrible agony was evident. The spectators stared first at him, and then at Dick, with wondering eyes. A low, mu.ttered curse escaped the lips of Hardy. I told him how it would be," he said to himself. "I knew it would turn out that way. That young fellow is a demon." Harold Morton was delighted. "Well, whut is et thet ye wanter say ter me, ye ole scoundrel?" asked Dick, calmly. He was determined that the fellow should not get ahead of him in t_he applying of epithets or in any other way. Buggsley's face grew dark. He uttered a growl, but it was useless for him to say anything. He had been whipped, and knew it. "This is what I wish to say: Tl\,at you are not through with me yet!" "Oh, hain't I?" asked Dick. "No; you are not!" "Then ye hain't through with me?" "No. You will hear from me again, and soon, too. I shall not rest until I have washed out this defeat in your life, blood Dick elevated his eyebrows. He did not seem at all frightene d, however. Ll "Good for you, Tom!" he said ''That fellow has been needing a lesson for a long time, and now I guess he has "Say, ye mus' be akin' uv er bloodthirsty sort uv feller, hain't ye?" he remarked, coolly. "You will see!" got one that will last him a while." "All right; I guess ye're right erbout thet. I intend ter "You didn t nor couldn t give it to him!'.' almost hissed see whutever is goin on, ef I'm ennywhurs aroun'. An' Hardy. since ye hev hed yer little say I will hev mine Ef ye "Perhaps not," was the prompt reply; "but I can and will g1ve you a similar lesson, if you say the word." There was su c h men ace in the young soldier's tone that Hardy was awed. He was not a very brave fellow, anyway, and so he slunk back? m{ittering something unintelligible. wants ennythin' more outer me, ye kin hev et at enny time, in enny way an' at enny place. An' thet s ther kin' uv er feller I be "All right; you'll hear from me Then Buggsley walked staggeringly a way, leaning heav ily on the arm of friend.


18 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' NE'l'. "I guess theer goes erbout ez big er pair uv rascals ez kin be skeered up ennywhurs aroun' beer!" remarked Dick, as he looked after the two. "There isn't any doubt regarding that!" agreed Harold Morton. "You will have to look out for Buggsley," warned one of the spectators; "he is a fire-eater, and will, no doubt, challenge you to a duel." Morton was puzzled by the fact that he (Dick), while seemingly a simple country youth, was such a wonderful fighter. Naturally Morton could not understand the affair. Not a muscle of Dick's face ch' anged, however. He looked the innocent country youth to the life. "W'y don' ye know whut ter make uv me?" he asked. "It's simple enough. You are, seemingly, a simple "Well, I'm sumthin' uv er :fire-eeter myself," said Dick, country youth, yet you are an expert sparrer and a wonder calmly; "an' ef thet big feller hain't satersfied yit, w'y, I in more ways than one. I don't understand it." guess I. kin satersfy 'im." "Oh, I guess theer hain't nothin' so very strange erbout "What! You qon t mean to say that you ever et," Dick remarked. !ought a duel?" exclaimed Harold, in astonishment. Morton shook his head. Dick nodded. "It s o to me," h e s aid; "but no matter I have "Yes, I do mean ter say thet very thing," he said, with tak e n a l i king to you, and will s tand by you through thic:: great gravity; "ye see, et wuz this way : Me'n Bill Perkins and thin. I am your friend, and you may depend upon it." both wuz shin' up ter ther same gal, an' ez we couldn't both hev her, we ergreed ter fight er duel." "Thank ye, Harold!" said Dick. The young men had been in their room perhaps an "Oh, I see!" exclaimed Morton, while the spectators hour when there came a knock on the door. listened eagerly to what Dick was saying. "How did the "Come in!" called out Harold. duel come out?" The door opened, and Robert Hardy entered. "Oh, I laid Bill up with er bullet in his lungs, an' ther "Good afternoon, gentlemen," he said, with eiaborate gal wuz s o mad she wouldn t hev nothin' more ter do with politeness, bowing low. me. She went and he'ped nuss 'im back ter life,. an' thet's The two returned the salutation with studied politeness. ther reezon I want ter jine ther army." "Be seated," invited Morton. "Oh, that was it, eh?" said Harold. "Yes, thet was et." i "Well, that was rather rough on you, I should say." "It is not necessary," was the reply; "I have come on business, and my time here wiH be brief. To come to the point, I come in behalf of Mr. Buggsley, who demands the "Yes, but I'll git over et, I guess, an' ef this beer big satisfaction at your hands due one gentleman from ant feller wants ter fight er duel with me, I'll fight him." other;" and he bowed to Dick. s "Well, I hope he won't challenge you," said Harold. "I s'pose thet meens thet yer frien' hain t sat e rsfied, an' s "He is a dangerous man, and I would rather you would is hankerin' fur ernother try et me?" Dick remarked, coolly. 11 not be called upon to meet him." "That is it, exactly; he challenges you to a duel, in "Oh, well, I hain't er hankerin' about et, but ef he wants other words." ter fighi me, I'll'be ready fur him." "Well, he's er bigger hog nor I thort, but ef he hain't b The two now walked up the street to the house in which satersfied, I'm perfeckly willin' ter giv' 'im satersfaction. J they were quartered, and, entering, made their way to I s'pose ye'll act fur me in this heer affair ?" to Harold. their room. "Yes, indeed!" replied Harold, and then he addressed They took seats and then for a few moments Morton Hardy. gazed s e archingly into the eyes of bis companion. Th e re was a puzzled look on his face. "Tom," h e said, abruptly, "you are a strange fellow and I don't know what to make of you." CHAPTER VII. BUGGSLEY IS DEFEATED. Dick g a z e d the other in the eyes, unflinchingly. He knew. what was in the mind of the other \. "''7": "You understand, of course, that as the challenged party my principal has the choice of weapons?" The other nodded. "Of course, I understand that," he replied, sneeringly; "I have acted for my friend in half a dozen affairs of this kind, and understand all about bow they should be con ducted. I may add that I have no doubt I shall act in half a dozen more, Dick looked the fellow straight in the eyes and a pe culiar glint came into his own orbs, 11s he said, quietly: "D'ye reely think so?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 19 "I do!" was the decided reply. "My principal will kill a little glade in the timber, beside the stream. There have you, just as sure as that you appear on the field and con-been several meetings held there; how will that do?" front him." "That remains to be seen," said Harold Morton, coolly. "Ef he is ez good a fighter ez ye air a bragger, then he mus' be dang'rous, fur shore!" said Dick, coolly. Hardy flushed, angrily. He started to say something, but changed his mind and refrained. Instead, he turned toward Harold, and said : "What is your choice of weapons?" Morton turned an inquiring look upon Dick. The youth shrugged his shoulders. "Oh, et don't matter ertall,"he said, carelessly; "pistils, sabers, muskets, canon-et's all ther same ter me. I hed fes' ez leeve kill ther big brute with one weepii{ ez ther other." Again Hardy flushed with anger, while Morton cast a wondering glance upon his strange friend. "I guess some one else is doing the bragging now !" Hardy said, sarcastically. Dick shook his head. "That will suit us. I have been there." "Very good; and the time of the meeting?" l{arold looked at Dick. "Enny time will suit me," the youth said; "ther sooner, ther better, so fur ez I am concerned." "Well, say to-morrow morning at seven o'clock; how wiil that do?" with a glance at Hardy. "That will suit us, first rate," was Hardy's reply. "Very good; consider the matter settled then." "Very well; good afternoon, gentlemen!" and Hardy bowed himself out. The two bowed and said good a fternoon, and when Hardy had gone, Morton turned toward his companion. "Well, Tom, you're in for it, I guess," he remarked, soberly. "Looks like it," was the careless reply. "You do not seem much disturbed by the prospect." Dick laughed. "No, I hain't disturbed," he replied; "why should I be?" "Well, Buggsley is a dangerous ma.n; he is a splendid "Oh, no," he dissented; "I am on'y makin' er plain <;hot with the pistol." statement uv fack, thet's all.'' "So'm I; ef I wanter, I kin shoot his pistol outer his "How will pistols at ten paces do?" asked Harold. Dick nodded. "Fine he said. "I kin shoot ther hammer o:ff'n er pistil at ten paces, an' I won't hev enny trubble puttin' er bullet inter Mister Buggsley's eye at thet distance." Again Hardy flushed, angrily, and was forced to bite his lip to keep from saying something which might have gotten him into trouble. "Pistols, at ten paces, will suit my principal/' he said; "and for your information, young fellow," to Dick, "I will say that at that distance my friend i s a dead shot.'' "He'll he er dead shooter alter ther furst exchange uv han's and he won't git no chance ter hurt me ertall." An eager light glowed in Morton's eyes. "Can you do that, sure enough?" he asked. "Uv course I "TMn you weren't boasting when you said what you did to Hardy ?" "No, I meant et." "I thought you were saying that just to worry him, and, if possible, get Buggsley a little bit frightened.'' "Well, I did mean et ter hev thet effect, but at ther same time I kin shoot jes' ez I said I c'u'd." "I'm deucedly glad to hear it; well, whatever you do, shots," said Dick, coolly. "Thet is, if I make up my min' 'l'om, don't throw away any chances to-morrow morning; ter kill 'im," he added, reflectively. "Whut d'ye think er

.... -------........ ,.;.;..;;;;.:;:;:;:::111!1'-...... It 20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. Dick and Harold Morton retired early that evening and reel kind of yer ter tell me; I won't be tuk so by surprise, were up early next morning. Leaving tbe house, they made their way down to the river. ye know, when et happens." A hoarse growl of rage escaped Buggsley. "I guess you think I don't mean what I say?" he growled. Turning to the left, they made their way along the bank "Perhaps you think I won't dare kill you I" of the stream. "Oh, I think ye'll kill me ef ye kin-but kin ye, thet's There was a path through the woods and a 'Walk of :fifteen minutes brought them out into a little clearing. Buggsley and Hardy were already on the ground. Nearly a score of young soldiers were there also. Dick and Harry approached the group standing near the centre of the glade and exchanged greetings with the members. No time was lost in getting ready for business. Morton and Hardy, the seconds, loaded the pistols and then each selected one for his principal. Then they stepped off the distance-ten paces. The spectators watched proceedings with interest. They took especial care to observe the demeanor of the principals. ther question?'' "You'll find that I not only can, but will!" "I'll bet ye ennything ye wanter thet ye won't!" Dick was perfectly calm and self-possessed. This very fact went far to anger his opponent. Then, too, Buggsley saw that the majority of the spec tators were enjoying the exchange of words, and that they favored the strange youth. "I do not care to wager on the result of this affair," he said, loftily. "No?" remarked Dick. "W'y, I thort ye wuz er gambler, an' would bet on ennythin'." Another growl escaped Buggsley. He was not gettmg the better of the youth, and was Buggsley, dark-faced, fierce and sullen-looking, paced rapidly losing his temper. backward and forward at a little distance. He turned a savage face toward the maste r C?f ceremon-He seemed to be nervous. Dick, on the other hand, stood quietly in his tracks, his arms folded, a calm, unconcerned look on his face. ies. "l.;et's not fool away any time," he cried; the word as soon as possible." "Hold on I" cried Dick. "Wait er minnet." "give To judge by his looks one would think that he had no fear regarding the result of the approaching contest. / "What is the trouble?" asked the man who was to give Was his seem!ng confidence born of a knowledge of what the word. "Aren't you ready?" he was capable of doing or was .it born of ignorance? "Not quite; wait er minnet. I hain't made up my min' This was the question which the spectators asked themyit whether ter kill 'im er on'y cripple 'im fur life!" selves. This was said in such a matter-of-fact way that the The majority of them hoped it was the former-for alcrowd stared. though Dick was almost a stranger to them, they wished What manner of youth was this, anyway? they asked that he might win. themselves. Few, indeed, were there among the soldiers who liked A hoarse growl of rage escaped Buggsley. Buggsley. "Ob, give the word, quick!" he cried. "I am eager A man was chosen from among the spectators t1> act as to kill this insolent young hound!" master of ceremonies and give the word, and when all the Then Dick nodded his head vigorously. arrangements bad been completed, the principals took their "All right; give ther word ez soon ez ye like," he calleCi piaces. out, "I've made up my min' whut ter do." Pistol in hand, the combatants face!! each other. Buggsley glared at Dick in a most fero cious manner. "Now I have you where I want you!" the ruffian cried, Hardy, who near his principal, and who saw that his man was becoming very much excited and angry, kept telling him to keep cool. venomously "Curse you, I'm going to kill you!" 'He is just doing that to make you mad, and make your If Buggsley thought to frighten Dick, he made a great aim uncertain," he said, in a low voice. "Don't let him mistake. work that kind of a trick." It would take a great deal more than words or looks to But the "trick" had already been worked. frighten the youth. Buggsley's nerves were all a-shake, he was so angry, and Dick mer e ly grinned in an aggravating manner. it was evident that be would be unable to do himself justice "Sho ye don't say!" be remarked, sarcastically. "Et's in the contest at hand.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 21 Had Buggsley not been such a scoundrel, Dick would an ugly wound, gentlemen, and Mr. Buggsley will not engage in another affair of this kind very soon." A litter had been brought along, and the wounded man was placed on this and carried back to the town. have scorned to work him up and make him nervous; as it was, however, he felt justified in doing as he had done. Buggsley had attempted to play the same trick on Dick, and it had reacted on himself. Dick received congratulations from the majority of it those who had witnessed the duel, and he received the "Give the word!" the bully, hoarsely. "Give at once!" "Ready?" called out the master of ceremonies. "Ready!" replied both contestants in the same breath. Up came the pistols to the level. "Take aim!" The two took careful aim. The spectators stared with eager eyes. Dick's hand seemed to be as steady as a rock, }mt Buggs ley's arm trembled slightly, and the muzzle of his pistol and wobbled. The keen eyes of the spectators noted this. "I believe the young fellow is going to get the better of this affair said one, in a low tone. "It looks that way," was the reply. There was no time for more words. "Fire!" The master of ceremonies uttered the word, quickly and sharply. Instantly there were two reports, one coming just an iristant ahead of the other. Buggsley gave utterance to a gurgling cry of pain and fell forward upon his face. Dick had fired first and had in:fticted a serious wound upon his antagonist. The bullet from Dick's pistol had struck the big fel low in the right shoulder. The shock had destroyed Buggsley's aim, and the bullet from his weapon went two feet to one side of the youth. A long-drawn-out "Ah-h-h-h-h-h !" escaped the crowd. They had hoped that this would be the result, but such was the reputation of :Buggsley as a successful duelist, they had been afraid the youth would fall a victim a3 those who had gone before him had done. But such had not been the case. The duelist had been the victim. '.he pitcher had gone once too often to the well. There was a surgeon pres ent, and he hastened to where the wounded man lay. The spectators followed. "Don't crowd me, gentlemen," the surgeon said; "give me room, and the wounded man air." All awaited eagerly while the surgeon made an examina tion of the wound. "It is not necessarily fatal," was his verdict; "but it is praise very modestly. "Jove! you are a hero, Tom!" exclaimed Harold, when they were in their room. "I am proud of you You don't know how glad I am that you out victor, and gave that scoundrel a severe wound I" "I'm glad fur ther reezon thet ez I unnerstan' et, he wuz er scoundrel an' dangerous man," said Dick, quietly ; "an' I allers like ter put er spoke in ther wheels uv sich fellers whenever I git er chance. Ef this puts er stop to his bullyin' an' runnin' over ther rest uv ther fellers, I'll be satersfied." "Well, you may rest satisfied, then, for this will put an end to it, without a doubt." Dick was not sorry the affair had up, since it had made him friends amcing the redcoats, and he would be just that much less likely to be suspected of being a spy. CHAPTER VIII. SUMMONED BY THE BRITISH COMMANDER. Dick was the observed of all observers, that day, when he walked about the town in_ company with Harold. Those who knew about the duel pointed Dick out to others who had heard of the affair, but had not as yet seen the youth who had given Buggsley a good thrashing and then a severe wound in a duel. All seemed desirous of making his acquaintance, arid every one who did so, congratulated him. Harold was proud of the fact that Dick was his room mate and chum. It gave him prestige, and as his rival, Robert Hardy, was the friend and chum of Buggsley, he consid e red that he had practically triumphed over Hardy. Dick, under pretense of wishing to acquire information of the life of a soldier, asked innumerable questions, and Harold was glad to answer them. In this way the youth learned much that. might prove to be of benefit later on. Next day, just after dinner, an orderly came and told Harold he was wanted at headquarters. He went at once, and when he returned, he looked sober


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. So Dick thought, at any rate, and a su s picion struck r "I've a good mind to tell you what he asked me," he him that Harold's call to headquarters might have somesaid, presently. thing to do with him. "W' y, yes, of course Harold. W'y not?" He decided to question his roommate at once. Dick played the part of an innocent and surprised per"Well, H a rold, whut did they want wit h ye?" he asked, son to perfection. in a careless, off-hand manner. "Well, I will do it. He asked me who you were, and Harold started and looked somewhat ill at ease. all about you." "With JI.le?" he remarked, as if wishing to kill time and Dick looked puzzled. give himself time to think. "Well, thet wuzn't hard fur ye ter answer, wuz et?" Yes, they sent fur ye ter come ter h e adquarters, didn't he asked. they?" "Ye-es." "Did they want ye ter go on some kixr uv er experdishun, Harold?" asked Dick, with simulated eagerness. 'Cause jf they did, I'd like ter go erlong uv y e I'd like ter git er taste uv :fightin Harold looked at Dick in a searching mlinner. He seemed to be debating some question. It was a hard one to decide, evidently, judging by the l ook on his face Presently he shook his head. "No, they didn't want me to go on an expedition,'' he replied. "No?" and Dick simulated disappointment. "No; they wished to ask me some questions." "Oh!" in a tone which betokened entir e absence of interest. Harold still looked earnestly and sea rchingly at Dick. The youth felt sure that the call to headquart e rs had s o m e thing to do with him, but he did not wish to ask que stio ns, if he could get Harold to explain without. H e was keeping close watch on hi s companion's without seeming to do so. S u ddenly he saw Harold's face b r ighte n A d et ermined look came over it. face H e has made up his mind to tell m e thoug h t Di ck. "Goo,d I'm glad of that." Di c k was right. "Say, Tom what do you s uppose the command e r a s k e d me?" Harold que ri ed, abruptly. I d unno; whut ? Dick answere d p romptly, a n d with t h e p r o p e r show of surprise. "He aske d m e a l ot of q uestion s abou t you!" Dic k e l evate d h is eyebrows. "Erbou t !ne ? "Yes, abou t you." Dick shook his. h e ad, s lowl y "Oh, no; not particularly. That is to s ay, I t(l)ld him what you said your name was and where you said you came from." "Thet wuz all right; an' I s 'pose he wuz saters:fied, then?" Harold hesitated. "Well,, l can't say that he was satisfied," he replied. "No?" "No." "W'y wuzn t he?" Harold was silent for a few moments, and then he said: "I guess I might as well tell you why he wasn't satisfied." Dick nodded. "Of course; go er head "Well, I will do so; the commander is suspicious that you are not what you make yourself out to be!" Dick assumed a look of blank amazement. "Whut M:e not whut I make myself out ter be?" he exclaimed. "Yes; that is what he suspects." "But w'y sh' d he suspeck thet ?" "Well, the fact that you are such a wonderful fighter, both with your fists and in a duel, has made him sus picious." "I don' see w'y thet sh'd make 'irn suspishus." "It is very simple; he thinks that a simply country youth as you make y our s elf out to be could not know how to fight lik e y ou do." "Oh, thet is whut makes 'im think thet way?" "Yes; and to tell the truth, Tom, I have wondered, my self, at your wonderful :fighting abilities, and your ne s s when in danger "Is thet so ? "Yes ; und o t hers of the boys have mentioned it, too." Dick shook his head. "No, I kain t see et," he dissented; "but ef ye thet settles et; an' I s 'pos e I'll hev ter stan' whuh start, I d o n see whut h e c ould b e ax in erbout m e," he said. trubble comes outer et." red at Harold was silent a few moments. Harold nodded.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 23 "And I'm afraid that trouble is going to come out of it, too, Tom," he said, soberly. '' D'ye think so ?" "Yes." "Whut makes ye think so?" "I'll try ter; but et'll be purty hard, when I know ez how I'm s'pected uv bein' er rebel spy." The two conversed a few minutes longer, and then foot steps were heard advancing along the hall outside. "There comes the orderly for you now, Tom!" whispered "For the reason that the commander is going to sena Harold. "Remember, be careful, old man," for you in a few minutes and question you." "Ob, he is!" "Yes; but whatever you do, Tom, if you love me, don't let on that I told you that you were suspected of being other than what you seem to be." "I won't, Harold. But ef I wuz other than whut I claim ter be, whut would I be?" Harold looked sharply at his companion. you know?" he asked. Dick shook his head. "W'y, no," he replied. "Then I'll tell you: You would in all probability be a spy!" Harold was watching Dick keenly as he said this. "I will." There came a knock on the door at this instant. "Come in!" called out Harold. The door opened. An orde:dy stood there. "Is Thomas 'l'odd here?" he asked. "Thet's me," said Dick, nodding. "You are wanted at headquarters," the orderly said. "Right erway ?" "Yes, at once." "Shell I go along uv ye?" "Yes, those were the orders." "All right; lead ther way, mister." The orderly seemed surprised, and looked it Dick, But he was dealing with a veteran at this sort of work curiously. Dick was too old a hand to betray himself by expressio11 of surprise. "A spy?" he queried, elevating his eyebrows. "Yes; a rebel spy." face lightened up. "Oh, I know whut ye mean, now!" he exclaimed. "So ther commander suspecks thet I might be er rebel spy?" "Yes." He turned, at once, however. "Come," he said, and walked out of the room and along the hall. Dick followed, and gave Harold a reassuring look and smile as he left the room. Dick realized that he was in considerable danger. .He was thinking rapidly as he walked along at the heels of the orderly. "Well, well! I never 'xpeckted ter be took fur er rebel Unless he could throw dust in the eyes of the commander, spy!" said Dick, slowly and deliberately. and make him think that his suspicions were unfounded, Harr,ld looked at his companion in an earnest and searchDick would probably go straight from the commander's ing manner. He did not say anything for perhaps a minute, and then he spoke. "Tom," he said, earnestly, "I have taken a liking to ou, be you what you may, and I am going to give you bit oi advice." ''Go er head," said Dick; "I'll be much obliged ter ye." "All right; be very careful when the commander begins you. Answer his _questions promptly, and what ever you do, don't make him angry; he is a :fierce man when he gets mad." headquarters to the guard-house. This would not be pleasant, by any means. Dick decided to put on a bold front. Indeed, that was the only thing he could do. He wished that he had thought to ask Harold who the commander was. He knew it was not Cornwallis, for that gentleman was in New York.with General Howe, the commander-in-chief. Had not Dick been aware of this fact, he would not have ventured into the town, as Cornwallis was personally acquainted with him, and would have recognized hiin at "All right; I'll remember whut ye hev said, Harold." once. ":Po so; it will be worth your while." "J:en, d'ye think, will he send fur me ?11 h ;ht away, I think." t lllt: h thet is bad, hain't et Et don't give a feller ave "ir think." 1, keep cool, and be careful." Dick decided to ask the orderly. "Whut's ther name uv ther commander uv tber army?" he asked. "General Percy is in command, during the absence of_ General Cornwallis," was the reply. "Thflnk ye," he said.


24 "THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. = "Percy, eh?" he mused. "I have heard of him, but have never met him, so I don't think he will be able to recognize me. I guess that if I maintain a bold front, and insist that sir." "Have thi!y changed their minds recently, then?" Dick shook his head. e I am Tom Todd, and no one else, I shall come out all right. "No, sir." That is the game I shall play, at any rate." "Then why have you joined?" A walk of a few minutes took them to the building oc"Well," said Dick, slowly, "I made up my min' ter jine cupied as headquarters. all uv er sudden." Dick was ushered into the room occupied by General "You did?" Percy. "Yes." CHAPTER IX. QUESTIONED. Di c k ga v e a qui ck, searching glance around the room. There wer e two other officers present, but the youth did not remember to have ever seen them, s o he felt pretty confident that they had never seen him before. "How was that?" "Well, ye see, I wuz out er huntin' our ole cow, whut bed strayed erway, an' I happened ter come onter er lot uv ther camped by ther -river, an' I jes made up my min' thet wuz my chance, an so I jined." "And you didn't stop to think what your think about the matter?" Dick shook his head. "I guess I'll hev ter acknowlerdge thet I didn't, mister," he replied. Generj\l Percy was likewise a strang e r to Dick. "Well," in a somewhat severe tone, "do you think that When the orderly ushered Dick into the room and an-is right?" nounced, "Thomas Todd," the office rs turned their gaze Dick shook his head. on the youth. They looked at Dick, searchingly. It was evident that they were curious regarding him. Dick bore the scrutiny unflinchingly. He bad been in too many tight plac e s in the time he had been in the patriot army to be greatly di s concerted, even under such circumstances as the present. "What is your name, sir?" asked General Percy, with a frown. His tone was severe "Tom Todd, sir," was Dick's reply. "Ah I Thomas Todd, eh?" "Yes, sir." "H'm I Where do you live? "Erbout fifteen miles frum heer, sir." "In which direction?" "Ter ther wes t, sir." "To the west, eh?" "Yes, sir." "How c ame y ou to join the British army?" "Well, ye s e e sir, I've b e' n a w antin' ter jine ther army all er long." "Oh, y ou have?" Yes, s ir. "I guess thet when ye come right down ter et, I didn't treet 'em jis' right," he admitted. He stared the youth straight in the eyes, and seemed to be trying to read his very soul. Dick met the gaze unflinchingly. The youth knew what was coming, and braced himself to meet it. Suddenly the general spoke. "Young man," he said, slowly and deliberately, "do you know what I think?" Dick shook his head, and a well-simulated look of wouder appeared on his face. "No, sir," he replied; "I hevn't enny idee whut ye think ." "No? Well, I'll tell you what I think." The general paused, and almost glared at Dick for a few moments, but, needless to say, without effect, for the only look that was on Dick's face was one of surprise and amaze ment, and this look was simulated. "I believe you are a spy General Percy spoke quickly, sharply and sternly. It was evidently his inte ntion to take the youth entirely b y surprise and overwhelm him. "Why haven t you joined it sooner then?" But Dick was prepared for this, and he did not start, t W e ll, ye s ee, e t wuz t his erway: Dad an' mam didn't or show any signs of uneasiness. wan t m e t e r jine The general.and the other two officers as well stared at "So that was t h e r e ason?" Dick, eagerly and searchingly


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 25 That they were surprised and disappointed, when the youth betrayed no signs of alarm, was evident. They looked at each other in a wondering and question ing manner. It was as much as to ask each other what they thought of the affair. General Percy started and looked at Dick, keenly and searchingly. .J Then he glanced at the other officers, who returned the glance with interest. "Then you think that the .Americans are great people?" "Well, mos' uv ther young fellers knows how ter fight, "Ye think I am er spy?" remarked Dick, in a tone an' shoot, an' ever'thin' like thet. Ye see, they learns which betrayed only surprise and wonderment. mighty early." "That is what I believe!" Dick shook his head slowly. "I kain't think whut would make ye think thet, mister," he said. "Do you mean that you deny being a spy?" General Percy's tone was threatening. "Thet is jest whut l do mean ter say, mister!" ''I see; well, you are quite a philosopher, aren't you?" "I dunno whut er fillosophur is, mister/' "Well, you at least know what a spy is, do you not?" Dick pondered a few moments. "Well, I dunno fur shore," he said, slowly; "but I think I knows whut er. spy is, tho' I never seen one ez I knows on." "I suppose you haven't such a thing as a mirror?" asked the general, with a laugh, which was echoed by the other Dick's voice was not defiant, but simply earnest and officers. determined. Dick pretended that he did not understand what the "You deny it, eh?" "Yes, sir ; an' I kain't think w'y ye sh' d hev picked onter me ez bein' er spy." "You can't think why I should have done this, eh?" "No, sir. What hev I done thet ye sh'd think I am er spy?" "Well, for one thing, you say you are a country yet as I understand it, you are a wonderful fighter and wrestler -are so expert,, in fact, that you succeeded in thrashing two of the best men in the British army." Dick nodded. "I guess thet is er fack," he "at enny rate, thet is whut ther men tell me." "Exactly; and that is what made me suspicious. country youth could posS'ibly fight as you have done." Dick nodded his head. No officer meant. He shook his head. "No, I hain't got no mirror," he replied. "I meant that if you had a mirror, and would look at yourself in it, you would see a spy I" exclaimed the general. Dick assumed a look of innocence and amazement. "Me er spy?" he exclaimed. "I guess ye air mighty bad mistook, ef so he's ye think thet I" The general eyed Dick sharply. Dick met the gaze unflinchingly. "Then you say you are not a spy," the general remarked, presently. ''Tbet is jest wbut I do say, mister; I hain't no spy." The general pondered a few moments. He seemed puzzlea. It was evident that he hardly knew what to do. Presently he indicated a chair at the farther side of the "I'm er country youth, mister, an' I fought thet erway," room. he said, quietly. -.-"And, then, I hear that you fought a duel with one of the most dangerous men in the entire British army, and desperately wounded the man; is that true?" "Be seated," he ordered. Dick crossed the room and took the sel!-t indicated. General Percy called the two officers to his side and the three talked together in whispers for a few moments. "I 11'pose et is," Dick admitted. Dick knew what the whispering was about as well as if don't you think that is enough to arouse the sushe had heard what they were saying. picioiis of any one?" "I don' see w'y et should." "You don't?" "No, sir." "It is very simple, it seems to me. It is a very unusual thing for a country to show such prestige as you have shown." "Not in Ameriky, mister." The three were discussing the situation and trying to make up their minds what should be done with the youth. It was impossible to forecast what decision they would come to,.but Dick hoped it would be favorable to him. As may be supposed, he was on the anxious seat. Presently the three ceased whispering and the general turned to Dick. "You may go--for the present," he said; "if you really


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. are loyal to the king, all will be well with you, but if you for the redcoats. As they will not be looking for thi are false to the king, if you are a rebel spy, the fact will should be able to catch them without any difficulty." soon be learned and then your career wi\l come to a sudden end; I will have you hanged, as sure as my name is Percy!" "Oh, I hain't no spy," said Dick; "ye won't hev no call ter bang me." Then Dick saluted and withdrew "That was a close call," thought Dick, as he left head quarters. "I thought f0r a while that I would be sent to the guard-house and held there a prisoner until they could satisfy them.selves regarding me; I'll have to be very care ful, learn all I can as quickly as possible and then get away from here. I am in great danger every day that I remain here." CHAPTER X. SPREADING THE NET. When Dick returned to his room, .Harold Morton ques tioned birn eagerly. Dick told his companion all had passed between him self and General Percy. Harold was delighted to learn that his friend had passed the examination successfully. "Jove! I thought that I was going to lose you, Tom, old fellow," he said. "And thet would hev been turrible, hey?" remarked J?ick with a smile. "Yes, indeed, for I'll tell you frankly that I have taken a great liking to you, old fellow." Dick extended his hand which the other grasped. The two shook hands, heartily. Dick waited impatiently for night to come. He cudgeled his brain all evening to conjure up a story to tell his roommate, Harold Morton, to account for his departure. A happy thought struck him He would tell Harold that he was going to make a trip to his home to see his folks and let them know what had become of him. When they had returned to their room after supper, Dick told his roommate this story. Harold th01+ght it was a good idea, and encouraged in it. As soon as it was dark, Dick left the room and the l;iouse. He walked down the street and was soon out of tliITown". During the time that he had been in New Brunswick he had learned where all the sentinels were posted. Owing to this fact had no trouble in getting out of the town without being challenged. Dick walked rapidly onward through the timber and darkness. Two miles from New Brunswick he came to a farmhouse. Dick had been here before. He knew that the man was a strong patriot. He called the man to the door, revealed his identity and asked i{hc might have the use of a horse for two or three days. "Sartinly, sartinly," said the farmer; "I'm glad ter commydate ye, Dick; ye kin hev ther best horse I've got on ther place, an' ye kin keep him er week ef ye wanter." Dick thanked the farmer, earnestly, and fifteen minutes later he was riding northward toward Morristown at a "I kin return ther compliment, Harold," replied Dick, gallop. "fur I kin say thet I like ye, too." Dick reached Morristown at about two o'clock in the And this was true. morning. Dick had taken a great liking to Harold Morton. He went at once t-0 the qlUlrters occupied by the "Liberty Dick conducted himself with gTeat circumspection durBoys," and throwing himself down on his cot was soon ing the next two or three days. On the third day he learned that an expedition con sisting of two compal\ies under command of two captains was to make its way northward toward Morristown for the purpose of reconnoitring the patriot stronghold. Dick thought that this would be an opportunity to get in a good stroke for Liberty's cause. asleep. When the "Liberty Boys" awoke in the morning and found Dick in their midst, they were delighted. He had been away nearly a week, during whicli time he had been in the camp of the enemy. 'rhat he had been in deadly danger every day and every hour, they well knew, and as they almost worshipped their "I'll slip away to-night," he thought, "and will return young commander, it was only natural that they .should be to Morristown with the news; I will get General Washingdelighted to see him back, safe and sound. ton to grant me permission to take my "Liberty Boys" and "I think I'll have some work for you to do, boys," sai two or three other companies and we will spread a net Dick, when they were eating breakfast.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. 27 Then he went ahead and told the youths about the party your best and succeed in your undertaking, i:f it is possible of redcoats which was going to come up toward town on a reconnoitring expedition. "We'll spread a net for them, boys," he said, "and if we have good luck we ought to be able to capture all of the redcoats." "Oh, we'll do it, all right!" declared Bob Estabrook, confidently. "Yes, yes, so we will!" cried Mark Morrison. The other youths all expressed a similar opinion. Immediately after breakfast Dick made his way to headquarters. The commander-in-chief was delighted to see Dick. "I was beginning to be somewhat uneasy, Dick," he said; "yOUhave been gone longer than is usual wilh you; I fear ed that the redconts had discovered that you were a spy for you to do so." "I wil_l do my best." "I know that you will, Dick." After some further conversation, Dick took his departure. He returned to the quarters occup ied by the "Liberty Boys." "What success, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, eagerly. "The best in the world., Bob," was the reply. "Then we are to go and attempt to make the capture of the British force?" "Yes, Bob." "Hurrah I" All the youths were delighted. Dick told the "Liberty Boys" to begin making prepara tions for the work before them, and then he went out and and made a prisoner of you." picked out four companies of regular soldiers. Dick smiled. He showed the captains of these companies a written "No, your excellency," he said, "they did not discover order from General Washington to the effect that they that I was a spy, though they did suspicion that such were to accompany Dick and be subject to his orders. was the case; it took me longer than usual to find out 'Yhat This suited the soldiers very well. I wished to, that was all." "And you learned something, then?" "Yes, your excellency." Then Dick told all that he had learned during the time that he had been in the British encampment. when he had :finished, Dick asked permission take his Boys" and sufficient ailllitional force to make sure work of the affair and go and head off the party of British and effect its capture. "You have my permission to do this, Dick," said the commander-in-chief; "but you must take plenty of men along with you. You should have five hundred, at least." "Very well, your excellency, I will take four hundred in addition to my "Liberty Boys;" this will make five hundred They all liked Dick and were quite willing to be com manded by him. He told the captains of the companies what it_ was that he was going to try to do. They v;ere right in for the work at once, and began getting their men ready for the work which was to be done. At about five o'clock in the afternoon the party of five hundred patriots left the patriot encampment and marched off toward the south. It was just about seven o'clock when they reached the timber in the vicinity of the headwaters of the Passaic River. There was only one road leading from the southward in this vicinity, and Dick was sure that the party of redcoats in all, and with that number, I think, we shall have no would come over this road. ulty in capturing the entire British force." At a point about a mile and a half from Baskingridge "I hope you will succeed, Dick, and I think that you will near where a bridge crossed the Passaic, there was an opendo so; let's see, when will the British force reach this ing of a couple of acres in extent in the timber and right vicinity?" by the roadside. expect to leave New Brunswick some time this Dick decided that this would be the point where the forenoon and encamp within five miles of here this even-redcoats would make their encampment. ing." "Have you any idea where they will make their camp?" "Yes, your excellency, as I understand it, they expect to camp in the timber at a yoint near the headwaters of Passaic River." l "Ah! somewhere in the vicinity of Baskingridge, eh?" "Yes, your excellency." "Very well; go ahead. Be as careful as you can; do He at once made arrangements to spread a net which would be sure to catch the enemy. He arranged his men in the shape of a horseshoe, the open side being on the south, from which direction the red coats would approach. The redcoats would thus ride right into the snare, and once in they would be unable to get out again. Dick could await a favorable opportunity and by taking


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NET. them by surprise, could, in all probability, capture them They dismounted and their hands were tied together bewithout the shedding of a drop of blood. hind their backs in a twinkling. Dick arranged his men, and, with his "Liberty Boys," Then leaving them in charge of a couple of "Liberty ( took up his position just across the bridge over the Passaic. Boys," Dick and his comrades rushed forward to assist It was now quite dark, and Dick did not think they would in capturing the main body of the redcoats. have long to wait. The redcoats had been taken entirely by surprise. He was right about this. That they were in danger had been the thing farthest They had not been in position more than twenty minutes from their minds. when the sound of hoofbeats was heard. "The British are coming!" was the word which went from lip to lip, running entirely around the giant, human horseshoe. The moon was up and shining, and, as Dick had antici pated, the instant the redcoats sa;w the opening by the road side they decided to encamp there. ) "Halt cried one of the officers. "We will camp here for the night, men." This was welcome intelligence,_ and the redcoats hastened to ride into the opening and dismount. "As soon as the men have tethered their horses, station sentinels, sergeant," said one of the officers; "then while the men are getting their suppers, Captain Carleton and I will ride on into Baskingridge, which place cannot be more than a mile or so distant." "Very well, captain," was the reply. ''We will be back in a couple of hours/' the officer added; "come, captain, let's be going." "All right, I'm Feady." Then the officers rode onward and few moments later, were crossing the bridge over the Passaic. Just as the two British officers reached the other end of 'rhis made their capture an easy matter. When they were ordered to surrender, and to offer re sistance at their peril, and saw them.selves surrounded by at least twice their own number, they made a virtue of ( necessity, and cried out that they would surrender. """' 'rhis settled the matter. Their arms were quickly taken away from them, and then a wholesale tying the arms of the prisoners was in dulged in. They were soon helpless. Dic)\s plan had been a complete success. The "Liberty Boys' net had been spread with the re sult that two hundred redcoats had been caught in it. Doubtless Harold Morton, the good-hearted young red coat, often wondered why his roommate, the supposed country youth, never returned to New Brunswick. Had he known that "Tom Todd" was the famous patriot scout and spy, Dick Slater, he would not have wondered. THE END. the bridge, Dick and his boys rushed from their ambush The next number ( 45) of "The Liberty Boys '76" will and called upon them to surrender. contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS WORRIED; OR, THE' At the same instant, Dick fired a pistol shot. DISAPPEARANCE OF DICK SLATER," by Harry This was the signal for the entire patriot force to close Moore. in upon the redcoats and enmesh them in the folds of the 11et which had been so neatly spread for their reception. The two officers attempted to parley. "What does this mean?" cried one. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly "It means that you are our prisoners!" cried Dick. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from 3:ny "Dismount at once and do not attempt to offer resistance; newsdealer, the price in money or postage stamps by it will be the worse for you if you do!" mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24-UNION The officers saw that it would be. useless to offer resistSQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies nnce, and, like sensible men, they promptly surrendered. you order by return mail.


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Montgoo, 17 5 The Two Diamonds; or, A Mystery of the South African Mines, 1.. by Howard Answ 176 Joe\ the Gymnast; or. Three Years Among'the Japs, '>y Allan Arno! 177 JacK Hawthorne, of No Man's Land;Qr, An Uncrowned King, 178 Gun Boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor, by "Nona1 by Jaa. C. MerJ IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you b,l..turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN '.rHE SAME AS MONEY. ................................ .............................................................. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher. 24 Union Square, New York. .................. DEAR Srn-Enclosed find cents for which please send me: copies ofWORK AND WIN, Nos ..................... 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 1 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the Revolution By HARRY MOOREo These stories based on actual facts a.nd give a, account of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of imerica.m youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to imperil t Fir liveE for the sake of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Ind endence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of rea.din matter! bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty 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 Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The Libllrty 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, Tak for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, T ching the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With tne Redcoats in Philadelphia. 2 The Liberty Boys Battle Cry; or, With Was hington at thE 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 and Whites. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 31 The Liberty' Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold ic Check. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and 32 The Liberty Boys Shado\ved; or, After Dick' Slater fot Tories. Revenge. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them-33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was ac selves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds .].2 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 13 'l'he Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Libertv Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-or-War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 1.9 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been. 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. Enemy. 34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Suc1 ceeded. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell. 36 The Liberty Bo ys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life f01 Liberty's Cause. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan that Wo 39 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everytt1in Sight. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in Britis Gold 41 'I 'he Liberty Boys in a $nare; or, Almost Trapped. 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time1 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by whole22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All sale. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching th" e Redcoats and for the Redcoats. Tories. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, York. Ii IF YOU WANT ANY BACK : of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this direct. Cut-ou an fn the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POS'l'AGE S'l'AMPS 'l'AUEN 'J'HE SAME AS :LUONEY . . . . . . . .FRANK TOUSEY, Publish e r, 24 Union Square, New York. ......................... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. . . . PLUCK AND LUCK ............................. . . . SECRET SERVICE ............. ................ . . . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .................... . . . . Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos. . . .. . ;. .... Name ....................... Street and No ............... Town .......... State ......... ......