The Liberty Boys' lost, or, The trap that did not work

The Liberty Boys' lost, or, The trap that did not work

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The Liberty Boys' lost, or, The trap that did not work
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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I ssmd Weekly-By Subscriplion $"2.50 per yar No. 68. NEW YORI{. APRIL 18. 1902. Price 5 Cents. from the British warship struck the boat, and tore the side out. The next in stant the Liberty Boys were struggling in the waters of the bay.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS. OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post OfT!ce, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the year 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. Xo. 68. NEW YORK, APRIL 18, 1902. Price 5 Cents CHAPJ'ER I. GEORGE A.ND J,UCY. I l should wish to improve it!" Then George kissed Luer again. The two were sweethearts They lived neighbors and had grown up together. They had gone to school together,. It was a beautiful afternoon in the month of May, of the and George had worshipped the beautiful girl for years, and year 1777. A boy of perhaps eighteen years was walking all had gone well till the war of the Revolution broke out,. along the road leading toward New Brunswick, in New and then Mr. Livi:ugston, Lucy's father, took the side of Jersey, and the point at which the boy then was was distant lhe while Mr. Gainsby, George's father, took the side about three miles from the town. of the American people, and Mr Livingston had put a The youth was whistling cheerily, and although he was stop to George's coming to see his daughter-had, indeed,. roughly dressed, he was a bright-faced, handsome fellow, forbidden Lucy to even speak to the youth. with clea1 eye and determined chin. The road at this Lucy was a dutiful daughter and had obeyed her father point led through the timber and bent and twisted like as far as she thought it was right to do so. She made no. some huge serpent, so that it was an impossibility for a effort to see George, but when they occasionally met, by person to see very far in either direction Suddenly, in accident, as they sometimes did; she made no particular turning a bend in the road the youth came face effort to avoid him. She did not think she was called uponio face with a girl of about si>:teen years She was dressed to do so. after the fashion of country girls of the region and period, but was an exceedingly pretty girl, her complexion being fresh and clear, her features regular, her lips red and tempting, her eyes blue and lustrous. And this was a chance meeting and was taken advantage of by both, without any feeling of compunction They were quite willing to enjoy themselves for the brief time they could be together 'rhat the two were not strangers was quickly evidenced, "Where are you going, George?" asked Lucy, when they for the youth cried out, "Lucy!" in a delighted tone, while had been together a few minutes the girl exclaimed, "George, is it you?" "It isn't anybody else, Lucy!" the youth cried, and leap ing forward he seized the girl in his arms and hugged and kissed her. "This is good luck, indeed!" he murmured; "I didn't "To New Brunswick, Lucy." "To New Brunswick!" "Yes. "Goodness aren't you afraid to go there?" "No; why shou l d I be?" expect to get to see you, Lucy." "Why, the town is in the possession of the British, you "Nor did I expect to see you, George, but--oh, dear! do lmow. There are thousands of redcoats there, and if they release me for fear some one should come and see us were to take it into their heads to arrest you you would "Oh, nobody is coming, Lucy," was the reply; "I don't be made a prisoner and perhaps shot or banged." get a ohance like this every day, you know." "But they don't know I am a Whig, Lucy, so I shall "That is true, George." not be in any danger." "Now, if your father wasn't a-loyalist, and my folks "I d9n't know about that. Supposing you were to meet weren't patriots, it would be all right; but, you see, that some one there who knows you, and knows you are a Whig, is the trouble. We are on opposite sides in this fight, and and he would tell the redcoats? Then they would make a your father is rather zealous in hii adherence to the cause prisoner of you." of the king, and, as you know, he won't let me come to "Yes, but I don't think there is any danger of that.''" see you; so when I get a chance like this it is natural that ''Maybe not; but such a thing might happen, and I


' 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. would not go to New Brunswick unless it was absolutely 11eceosary." ''Well, father sent me, and I will go, danger or no Ciangcr." The youth did not carry that fl.Pm chin and square jaw for nothing. It was plain _that he wa_ s a determined youth and that once he set his mind on doing a thing he would do it or know the reason why. "Oh, I wish this terrible war would end!" the girl sighed. I "Sensible woman Well, I'm glad of that." "So am I. Mother.likes you very much, George, and I < am confident that if she had her way you could keep right on coming to tl1e house as you used to do.'' "Well, the time will come when I can do so, I think, Lucy. This war cannot last always." "No; but, George, do you think the American people can win and secure their freedom ?" "They will do so or die fighting, Lucy !" "Then I fear the war will not end very soon," with a "lt is terrible, sure enough," agreed George. sigh; "for father says that 'King will never give "Yes; the battles and fighting between the regular up till he has brought the rebels into subjection, and that soldiers is bad, but to my mind the strife and animosity he has the men and the time to spend in doing it." between old-time friends and neighbors is even worse. Just "And the money," added George; "money that he has think, George, of how friendly and neighborly our folks wrung from the people of America in unjust taxation, and used to be with each other, and see how tliey are now." which now he is using to enable him to send men over "Yes, we used to be the best of friends and neighbors," here to butcher the people. lie is an arrant scoundrel, agreed George; "father and your father used to be good Lucy neighbors, and visited each other and talked and played "I think so, George; and, oh, I wish that father thought. chess, and were the best of good friends, and now they are so!" I really enemies." "I know they are, George." "Yes, came home this morning very angry. He said he had met your father on the road and that they had quarreled and almost fought. He was very bitter." ":Father was telling about it at the dinner-table," said Lucy; "he, too, was very angry..He said your father had said that King George was a robber, and that men who lived in America and upheld the king were fools, and of Course that would make father very angry." "Naturally, since he lives in this country and upholds the king. It was a direct blow at him." "Yes; I was sorry for father, of course, because he is my father and I love him, but at the same time I don't think as he docs about this matter. I think the American people ought to be free and independent." "Oh, you glorious, sweet little !'; said George, and he gave the girl two or three hugs and kisses. "You are right, I think, Lucy," the youth went on. "I do not believe that I think we ought to have our freedom just because my father believes so; I think for myself, and I have come to the conclusion that a man three thousand miles away, who has never seen us and knows and cares nothing about us, has no right to make us pay tribute to him and help sup _port him in luxurious idleness." "'l'hat is the way it looks to me, too, George "And I'm glad of it. I was sure you were a patriot, -Lucy." ")[other thinks about as I do, too, George." "Perhaps he may make up his mind to.. that later cm, Lucy." The girl shook her head. "I'm afraid not," she said. "He thinks that the British are right; and he seems to thihk that whatever they do is right. Why, I have known him to say, when he has heard of the redcoats burning the home of a patriot: 'Good! serves the rebels right 'rhey ought to _be scotched!' George shook his head. "'l'here doesn't seem to be much 1 hope for a man who thinks and talks like that," he said "No, I don't think anything change his views; I and-and-there is one thing I .think I had better tell you, George," in a hesitating manner. "WLat is that, Lucy?" "Why, father wants me to allow myself to be courted by a British officer!" George started and gave Lucy a quick, searching look. "And you, Lucy?" he exclaimed. "Surely you do not wish0 fo-to--" J The girl placed her hand over the youth's mouth and laughed. "You know I wouldn't listen to such a thing, George, you big goose!" she said. "But I thought I ought1 to tell you for fear you might hear this-this-officer w corning to our house, and think that perhaps I approved1 of it." L "That's a little sweetheart!" said George, and he kissed the girl "The officer has been to our house twice," went 01\' Lucy; likes him, thinks he would be a spl en-


THE LIBERTY BOYS L OST. did match for me, because he is a kin to the nobility of days later. He tried to make an impression on n'le, but I Ei;igland, but I hate l:tim He ia handsome enough, but didn't like him at all and kept away from him as much has a wicked look; and, indeed, I fear him. I could neve as possible, and got mather to. talk to him;" and the girl learn to for him laughed "Who is he? What is his name?" "He is a captain. :Nis name is Remington." "Humph! so Captain Remington of his majesty's service thinks to capture my does he?" George. "Well," giving her a squeeze, "we'll see about that; and if this captain ever gets in my way I'll see if e I I can't make him wish he had stayed back in England F' "And he came again "Yes, once more; and I did the same thing over againavoiding him all I could." "Perhaps he will not come again, Lucy." The girl shook her head. "I am afraid he will," she said; "father had a long talk with him, out at the gate> the last tinie he was there, and then told me afterward that "Oh, George you mustn't try to fight him!" the girl he wished I would give the captain some encouragement exclaimed, looking alarmed. "He is a soldier, you know, when be came again, so I know he intend s coming." and is armed with sword and pistols, and be would kill "But you won't give him any more encouragement?" r l you!" "No; and I told father so, too." "Perhaps not, little sweetheart," smiled George; "see, I "That's a sweetheart worth having!" and George kissed have pistols, too!" and he brushed the skirts of his coat the girl again t Lack and displayed to the astonished gaze of the ma!den "I wish father didn't think so much of the British, and two immense pistols. then tlle officers wouldn't come to the house," said Lucy. "You see, I am not a helpless non-combatant, Lucy,'' J the youth went on; "i.f I should meet this Captain Reming ton I think I should be able to hold my own even though I fear that the captain may try to press his suit when he comes aga in." "Send: him to me and' I will break his head, Lucy!" said he has a sword more than I have." George with a sm ile. Bu t I hope you will not engage in any fighting, George I almost wish his horse would:'.tnrow hk as he is ride Will you promise me that you won't?" ing out and break his neck!" said Lucy. "I will promise not to seek trouble, Lucv. I won't pick Just at this moment a horseman came ga ll oping around y ari.y fuss the redcoats, but if they ;ick a fuss with a bend in the road a few yards distant, and as Lucy's eyes. me I shall not tamely submit; and if it should happen to fell upon him she cried out, in a frightened voice : be this captain of your father's, then, indeed, I would "Goodness there is Captain Remington now!" : fight, and fight to the last gasp !" A fierce look came into George Gainsby's eyes, and his "I hope you won't ever meet Captain Remington, teeth came together with a click. "Don't you be afraid, eorge !" the girl said. Lucy," he whispered; "be brave I do not fear him, and "I would like to see him once just to see what he looks like." y "Wllat does it. matter? I don't care for him-indeed, I ate him! So you not care what he looks like "Well, that is true, too. I don't car e Lycy. All 1 are for is that my little sweetheart shall stick to me and oYe me, :md then I shall be happy." d "Well, you may be sure that she will do that, Qeorge !" "I don't see why your father should wish you to marry British officer, Lucy." as "I don't either; but he thinks the British are fine fel edf o''. a11d he has had quite a of the officers out :N"ew Brunswick to dine with him." ed1 "How often has the captain been you need have no fears on my account." "Hello! what is going on here?''. cried the captain, ing up bis horse and glaring at Gainsby fiercely "Unhand that lady, you scoundrelly rebel!" CHAPTER II. GEORGE DEFIES TUE BRITISH CAPT.A.IN. George Gainsby returned the look of the British officer with interest, and then said, calmly : "Who are "Who am I?" "Yes." "Three times. on ather seemed to n-pecially to come l He came once with some others, and The officer straightened up in his saddle and put on a take a fancy to him and invited him very important look as he replied : "I. am Captain Arthur again ,and the captain did come a .few H e mington, of the king's service, sir!"


.. 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. ======================================:::=;:======================:::;::::::==========="Oh, you are?" "Yes, I am." "Well, Captain Remington, of the king's service, what right have you to order me to do this or that?" "Oh, I don't think he is as dangerous as he looks, Lucy,")'O" 8aid George in an undertone; "now I am going to re-ha lease you, and the instant I do so I want you to leap to onem1 sid:e out of the way; do you ll.nderstand ?" tfo "0 h, George, please let me go and don't anger him ''.Yes, but--" go whispered Lucy, trembling_ with fear, for she held the "Do as I tell you, Lucy, now!" British officers in great esteem as regarded their prowess. George suddenly released the girl and she obeyed, leaping She thought that because they wore brilliant uniforms and to one side, and then pausing and looking back, acted and talked important they must needs be to see the British captain in the act of her lover'sofl Xtremely dangerous persons. Her lover, however, was a head off with the terrible sword. What she did see sur remarkably shrewd youth, and, although the saying had not prised her. There stood George, a pistol in each hand, andY0 _yet been invented, knew that "The clothes did not make bo1.h extended fu.ll at the redcoat officer, who was shrink-on the man." At any rate, the brilliant uniform of the officer nor yet the fellow's important manner did not intimidate him or make much impression on him. He was ready to fight if the necessity arose. The captain was angered by the words and air of the '''country gawk," as he mentally termed the youth, and his face grew red and he glared at George fiercely. ing back and glaring into the muzzles of the weapons )Vith he an unmistakable look of terror on his face. "There, Mr. Redcoat, how do you like the looks o:rba lhose ?" asked George Gainsby, cahnly, and with a 'gri' lll smile on his handsome, determined face. "Oh, how brave he is!" thought Lucy, admiringly; "andtll how handsome f R_U "Do you dare bandy words with me, an officer in the "Don't shoot!" cried the captain, a quaver in his voice 0 king's service?" he cried. ''Don't you dare shoot Remember, I am an officer in 'th 0 "I most assuredly do dare bandy words with you, and it service of th() king!" e "What king?" asked George, with an assumption of doesn't matter to me what you are an officer in," was the prompt retort; "you are not my master, and I don't inignorance. !l.C tend to answer to you for my actions." "Why, King George, of course!" The captain glared for a few moments in dumb amaze"Who is he?" ment. "Why, this is almost unbelie".able !" he finally gasped; "to think that a country boor should talk to me in such a manner ished if the air. Then he drew his sword and flour"Do you see that, you saucy rebel?" he cried. "Yes, I see it, you impudent redcoat!" r etorted George "Oh, George, do be careful!" whispered Lucy. will kill you!" "I guess not, Lucy!" was the confident reply. "He "Of course you see it-and you are going to feel it, too! .. Do you hear, rebel?" "Yes, I hear, redcoat!" "Don't you dare call me 'redcoat' .,, again!" 'l'he redcoat stared. "Is '"it possible that you are so'o ignorant as not to know who King George is?" he cri e d f George shook his head. "Oh, no; I know who you mean now," he said; "he is the 'tyrant who, without any semtll blance of right, has been robbing the people of American and making them help suppor.t him in luxurious d over in England." .h tt "What is that? Do you dare speak of the great and :>e good King George in such a manner as that?" c:ried captain, aghast. "Why, that is treason, with insult added l You are a i;ebel, and a most venomous one, too!" "I am a an American who believes that thJ a people of this country ought to be free and I am not a rebel, for rebels are people who rebel against "I didn't call you 'redcoat again,' 'redcoat.' I called you siIDJ)ly just authority. I do not that your King'] "You know what I mean." "0 h, I suppose I do." "Very good; release that maiden or I will cut your head :from your shoulders!" "Oh, George, let go of me and make your escape!" whis pered Lucy. "He is a terrible man! See how wicked he ilooks." George has any authority over us." ''You wiY. have to acknowledge it before very long!" in a sneering tone. y "I don't think so." "I know so." lI "Bah! you mean that you just imagine that it be so." "Well-ah-let's say no more about the matter, my'0


THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 5 oung friend," said the officer, changing bis tone, for he ad come back to a realization that a couple of ugly pistol uzzles were staring him in the' face. "Kindly lower hose-ah-weapons, will you not? They might-might "You put up your sword, captain!" "Hum-hah don't you think, young man, that you are oing too far when you take it upon yourself to order an fficer of the king to do this and that?" "I didn't order you to 'do this and that/ but to put up our sword. Kindly oblige me by obeying the at "You'll suffer for this insult!" fumed the captain, but "I refuse to enter into any such arrangement," he said; "I am not conversant with the us e of the pi sto l, while you are probably a good shot." "Oh, yes," briskly; "I am a deads hot at twenty paces. I can hit a shilling three times out of four at that difiltance." "That is what I thought. I would be a fool, indeed, to take you up on your proposition and fight you. It would be equivalent to suicide." "Pretty nearly so," was the calm reply; "but that would suit me first-rate, you know." "I have no doubt it would; but it wouldn't suit me." "Then you refuse to settle the little difference between e slowly and reluctantly returned the sword to its scabus, now?" "I sha ll be obliged to do so. If we had two swords, now, "I'll risk it," coolly. it would be diffe rent, for I am a gentleman, and use the "I'll make it my business to call you to account, young gentleman's weapon; and I would carve you into bits, but an, you may be sure of that!" and the captain gave a we have but one blade.11 uick, sharp look at Lucy. Evidently he had not for"Which is lucky for you, I think, captain." otten that she had been in the youth's arms when he "Why do you think so?" e ode up, and as he had taken a fancy to the beautiful girl "Because I am as good with sword as with the pistols e was jealous. and I I could teach you a few tricks that you have "Oh, you will make it your business to call me to an never even heard of." ccount, will you?" asked George. "Bosh!" sneered the captain; "you would be no match ( "Yes, I shall!" ''Humph! then why not do it right now and here?" so 'l'he captain started and turned slightly pale. The truth f the matter was that he was at heart a coward. There d. as something about the young man facing him so calmly iJl, I nd fearlessly that impressed him with a feeling of fear n-. spite of himself, and he was afraid to attack him. His [ dea when he spoke of calling the youth to an account was bat he would get a number of men and take the young man t such a disadvantage that he could do nothing. Now to for me." "Don't be too sure of it, captain ." "Humph I I know what I can do with the sword." "And I know what I can do with it." :"":" if.r "I am one of the best in my regiment." "I don't care for that. I think I w.o. uld fie a match for you, and I shall be g_lad to meet you at fi.rst opportunity." ... / J ".And I shall be glad to meet you, "Very well; we will let the matter rest till the time challenged so boldly was. not in accordance with bis comes, captain; and now, if you will be so kind, just ride r "Y-you have all the advantage on your side," the caph ain stammered; "I have no de-desire to-to commit e uicid e." o.t. ist "Don't let that worry you, captain," was the brisk reply; on. Your room is preferable to your company." A low but vicious curse escaped the lips of the British officer. He evidently did not like to be talked to in this fashion, and then, too, he did not like the idea of being forced to ride away and leave tf1e girl in the company of the youth. ng I wouldn't take an unfair advantage of you for the world." "W-what d-do you m-mean?" "What is your name?" he asked. He w!shed to learn in "I mean that we will fight a regular duel with pistols. who the youth was, for be looked upon him as a dangerous ou dismount and go back twenty paces and then we will rival, and had made up his mind to put him out of the tart toward each other at the word from Miss Lucy, liere, way at the earliest opportunity. nd will be at liberty to fire as we please. How does that "Find out what my name is _/' said George; "I shall '11 trike you?" not tell you. Evidently it did not strike the captain favorably at all, "Ob, well, I can easily find out. Miss Lucy's father will y or he looked worried and turned pale. l know, without a doubt."


6 THE LIBERTY B OYS LOST. "Very good; find out fro:r:i him, if you like I am not But George paid no attention to the commands of th '' furnishing any information for emissaries of King officer. In a n other moment he and Lucy were in among .th

\ THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST 7 "Why, Captain Remington! you here?" the man ex-in this direction with your daughter, so he probably has aimed. "When did you come?" "I just got here, Mr. Livingston," the cap tain replied. "Where are your horses?" "We left them up the road a ways, sir. We dismount ed give _chase to an insolent rebel." "Ah, indeed! To chase a rebel, you say? Then you id not catch him?'" gone somewhere else." "Doubtless he sim ply accompanied my daughter home, and then went back to his own home." "I doubt it; but, Mr. you don't suppose he e ntered your house?" 'l'he man shook {lus head. "No," he said, po sitive!J'., "he would not dare do that." "No; he got away." "Perhaps your daughter knows where he went," sug"Do you know who he was?" gested the captain. "No; but I think you do." "Just wait a moment and I will question her." The gentleman, who was indeed Mr. Livingston, Lucy's Mr. Livingston entered the house and found Lucy in ther, started and looked surprised. "J don't believe I the kitchen helping her mother with the work. "Lucy," derstand you, captain." "I will explain: He was a young iellow and was with ur daughter, so I th_ought you would in all likelihood ow who he was." Mr. Livingston started, and an angry look appeared on s face. "You say the rebel was with my daughter?" he ied. "Yes, sir." "Where were they?" "About half a mile up the road." "And my daughter was there-you saw and recognized r ?" "Indeed I did, sir. When I first appeared on the scene surprised them indulging in kisses-so I judge that he a sweetheart of Miss Lucy's." The captain's eyes snap d with anger and jealousy as he said this "Then I know who the rebel was!" cried Mr. Livton, angrily. "My daughte.r_ is infatuated with a ung scoundrel by the name of Gainsby, who lives a mile s aid her father, sternly, "Captain Remington is outside and he tells me a very strange story." Mrs. Livingston gave her husband a startled look and then turned her eyes :upon lier daughter. "Is that so, father?" remark ed Lucy, the least bit of defiance in her tone and air. "What qoes the estimable captain tell you?" "He tells me that he surprised you in the arms of that young scoundrel, Gainsby, down the road, a short time ago!" Lucy leaped to her feet and faced her father, her eyes flashing. "George Gainsby is not a scoundrel, father!" she said firmly. "Ob, he isn't?_ sneeringly. "No, he is not." "I suppose that in your eyes he is a paragon, arid the finest fellow in the world!" still in a sneering voice. George Gains by is a gentleman, father; h e is far su perior to that tale-bearer of a British captain out there!" There was scorn in the girl's voice She of her father, and had much of his spiriC

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. "Say you so, Lucy?" her father cri ed, his face bright ening a bit. "I am glad to hear that!" "And you refuse to tell me-yoUI father?" = "I must do so, father. You would go and tell CaptaiJI "I have obeyed you, father, mu c h as I wanted to see Remington, 8.nd you cannot expect that I will set him ofl George; but I met him accidentally, and-well-we hadn't the track of George." -hadn' t seen each other for so-for so long that--thatreally I couldn t refuse to-to let hlfu-let him kiss me!" "Well, don't let it happen again, Lucy "sternly. "You know that you can never be fhe .;ife of that rebel, and the Mr. Livingston could not but acknowledge to himsel that the girl's sta;id was right; and he turned without aJf other word and left the room and the house. "I can get no information out of my daughter," he sai best thing you can do is to forget him as quickly _as possito the captain; "she knows where rebel could be foun ble." I am confident, but she would not tell me." "But I can't forget him, father." Captain Remington's face grew dark with rage. "Neve "0. h, yes, you can; and the best way to do it is by acmind," he said; "the fellow s doom is only postponed, tha the attentions of Captain Remington. Lucy, he is all. I will bunt him down and kill him-I swear it! 'is a fine fellow, a splendid fellow, and handsome, too; and think-he is an officer in the king's army and is related to the peerage of England." "I don't care for that, father; I hate Captain Reming ton !" "Oh, you just imagine it. You will get over that silly notion before long, and will. learn to love him better than y ou now think you love George Gains by." "Never, father!" Mr. Livingston was not shrewd in one respect. If he had been wise he would not have mentioned t'he name of George Gainsby in connection with of Captain Remington. By so doing Lucy was enabled to see them in her mind's eye and compare them, and the comparison was much to tbe discredit of Captain Remington. To Lucy's mind he was in no way to be compared with her hand some, manly sweetheart. And in this judgment she was correct, for a finer fellow than Ge?rge it would have been to find, and the captain was fa!"' from being a paragon. "Now, Lucy, I want you to answer me a question," said her father. "If I can do so, father, I will." "Where did George Gainsby go?" The girl flushed and looked uncomfortable. She knew that he had said he was going to New Brunswick, and to tell her father this would be to set the redcoats on the track of her sweetheart. She did not think she was called upon to do this; filial obedience had no right to demand it of her. A determined look came into her eyes. "I can't tell you, father." Her father looked at her shrewdly and severely. mean that you won't tell me, Lucy?" he said sternly. "You "Have it that way if you wish, father," she said quietly. "You know where he went!" Mr. Livingston said this as a statement of fact. The girl nodd ed. "I do," she acknowledged. "If he was dead I think Lucy would be reasonabl e," sai Mr. Living s ton. He was not a heartless man, but he wf1 strongly partisan, and he hated all rebels with a hatred, and he hated George Gainsby with a deeper on account of the fact that Lucy was in love with him. "I will see to it that the young scoundrel d'aes not li?' much longer to be a thorn in your flesh, Mr. LivingstonP1 I "Let's go down to his home; he may be there now," or' of the men stlgge s ted "That is just what I was going to sugg est," said 'J::. Livingston. a "And that i s just what we will do," said the captau "come, men. Good-day, Mr. Livingston." "Good-day, captain." The captain and his six comrades hastened away aI)_E were soon lost to view around a bend in the road. Th\E walked rapidly till they came to where their horses w.ei;8 and untying the animals, mount e d and rode onward towa the west. Five minutes later they came to a hou s e s tam0 ing by the roadside. It was a goodly sized house, a the number of out-buildings and the air about the pl!l'J.E betokened thrift. 1r "I judge that this is where the rebel, Gainsby lives," sa the captain. o1 "I judge so, captain," replied one of the men. n t'Well, dismount, men; we will go in andsee 'if th,, young scoundrel' is at home." 1p .... They dismounted, and, tying their horses, made thtp way into the yard and to the piazza and up onto it. 'The: captain stepped to the door and knocked. te There was no sound from within, and after waitingY few moments he knoclrn

THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 9 o opers, but kep t h e r com posure and bowi n g s l ig h t ly, id : "What do y ou wis h sir?" "Are y ou M rs. G ai n s b y ? Ca p tai n R emi n gto n aske d The w oman hesita t e d and t h e n said : "Yes, I a m Mrs. "You h ave a son?" A startle d look appear e d in the woma n 's eyes, and s h e ked a t the officer quic k ly a n d sea r ching ly. "Yes; I have son," she re pli e d "So I was informe d I s he at home?" "No, he is not a t home." The captai n looked skepj;ical. "You are sure?" he asked The woman drew herself up and l ooked the captain raight in the eyes, while in her eyes g l owfd a scornful "Was he a l one whe n you sa w h im?" "No. "Who was with him ?" "A girl." A peculiar look appea r e d i n t h e eyes o f M rs. G ainsby. "I suppose you don t know w ho t h e girl was?" she asked. "Yes, I know. "Who was she?" "Miss L ucy L ivingsto n "Ah, I suspected as much!" murmured the woma n. "What did you say, m a dam?", "Nothing in particular But what did you say to m y s on that angered him?" "I told him to unhand. the maiden." The captain swell-ght. "Have I not you he i s not at she a s ked, ed his che s t out ashe said this ttingly "And he refused to obey your command?" "But the s e are war time s you know, madam," insinuated e capt a in "and a little prevarication is excusable, under l "He did, madam." ."We ll, do you blame him?-" 1 rtain cir c um s tances, s o y ou will pardo n m e if I suggest "I mo s t certainly do! Why, madam, I am an officer in at we would like to s earch the hou s e." the king' s service-what right had a country boor to refuse The woman st e pped back and waved her hand "Search to obey m e ?" e hou s e if you like," she said; "I could not prevent you, A flash came into the eyes of the woman and she nyway; and I know you will have your labor for your up. "You must remember, sir, that you are not in ains. G e orge is not here." England, among the peasants, but in America, among a "We will see; men, enter and search the hous e from p e ople who are firm in their conviction that they should be llar to gaITet." free and independent, and who a r e deter:rp.ined to be so!" The men entered the house, tile captain r emaining on The woman spoke proudly a e piazza the woma n standing in the same spot whe r e e had t aken up he r position afte r t e lling the captain to rch the h ouse. a "Will you tel l me why you are l ooking for m y son?" the m o m an aske d, presently a I will just say mad a m that he is a r ebel, and that be s this day ba d e d efia nc e to the British and b!eathed rtli. treasono u s u t terances sufficient to hang hini !" "Ha! I see where that young scoundre l gets his r ebe l s entiments from!" sneered Captain Remingto n. "The p e ople are not rebels, sir," thew om a n sai d ; w e are not rebelling against jus t authority, b u t a r e d emandi n g that we be given what is right-freedom an d inde p e ndence." "Of course, that is the way you people would look at it; but we look _at i t in a different l ight The peopl e o f sa The woman turned pale "He must have had provoca America are the subjects of King and shou l d pay on," she said; "I don't think he would wilfully have tribute to their king and assi s t in. paying the expenses of ne this." maintaining the government." t "He did not have any provocation to speak of," the "We claim the right to gov ern our s elves, and will pay I ptain said; "I commanded him to do so and so, in my for that, but refus e to pay to keep King George and a Ith pacity as captain in the ki n g's service, and he refused to lot of other lazy ras cals living in luxury." T ey and defied me and reviled the king He al s o threat"See h e re, woman," sputte r e d the captain; "you are as ed to shoot me and had pistols leveled at m e But ft>r bad a s th a t s on of y ours, and had bett e r put a bridle on that .ng y coolness he would nof'doubt have shot me en "Goodne s s! I cannot understand it!" the woman said. y son is a very .!J.Uiet, peac e able boy, usually "Well, he seemed bent on w a r and mischief to-day." ''Where did you encounter him?" "In the road, about a mile from here, I j udge tongu e of y our s or it may get you into trouble "Yo u look like a man who would rathe r war on wome n tha n m e n, I mu s t say!" wa s the cutting r e ply. The captain gre w red in the face "You are insulting, ma clam he almo s t hiss ed; "and if you are not more re-. s p e ctful in your talk you will have cause to :regret it!"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOS'l1 "What will you do?" can understand. It takes intellect to understand and a "We may take it into our heads to burn your house down preciate such things, madam." over your head!" "Then you don t understand them!" was the cutti11 "If you do that, my son will hunt you down and kill reply. you with as little compu_nction as if you were a dog!" was The captain flushe d with anger and a low curse escap the reply. his lips, while covert smiles appeared on the faces of tl This star tled the captain a bit, but he put on an air of men. Some of them were the superior, mentally, of th bravado and said: "Bah! we will have your son a prisoner captain, and could appreciate the hit which the woman hi within the hour, and he wiU not be in a condition to do me given him. er anyone else any harm.'' Just then there came the clatter of ho:r:ses' hoofs and "You won t :find my son here." "We'll wait and see." The men emerged from the house a few minutes later and stated that they had it from bottom to top, and had found no signs of the youth they were looking for. The captain was disappointed, and his face showed it. He glared at the men in baffied rage and then turned his glance on Mrs. Gainsby. "I believe the young scoundrel is somewhere in the house!" lie almost hissed. "But your men have looked everywhere and report that he is not there," said the woman. "No ma.tter; I am confident he is concealed somewhere in the house, and I am going to make it so hot that he will have to come out and show. himself!" The woman turned pale. "What are you going to do?" she asked. redcoats looked around to see who was coming. They saw: party of horsemen approaching at a gallop. It was large party, there b e ing at lea s t one hundred in it, and though they did not wear uniforms there was som ethiI about the par ty that made the redco!'lts think the newcom were enemies "Quick!" cried the captain, "to horse, men, and flee your lives! That is a band of rebels!" 'fhe captain set the men a good example oy running the fence and jumping over it at a bound, and leaping up his horse .;ind dashing a'vay a full speed. They did Dt get away any too quickly, either, for the party of newcom was only a hundred yards distant. The newcomers dashed up to the fence in front of t house and came to a stop. The one who seemed to bet leader doffed his hat, and, bowing to the :woman stan on the piazza, said: "Good afternoon, lady. What has been going on he "I am going to burn this house down!" was the fierce Have those redcoats done any damage? If so, we will ch reply. Lhem clear into New Brunswick, but what we will ma "Don't do that P' the woman cried. "Surely you would them pay for it!" not be so cruel as to destroy my home?" "It is a regular rebel nest, and ought to be burned!" hissed the captain. "Jack," to one of the men, "set fire to the building!" The men were members of the captain's coi:npariy, and even if they had disapproved of burning the house, they would not have dared say so. They did not seem to think CHAPTER IV. GEORGE'S NARROW ESCAPE. anything of the matter, however, but took it as a matter of Mrs. Gainsby hastened to the gate and then said: course, and the man addressed as Jack proceeded to put sir, they had not yet done any damage, but they were his captain's command into effect. to. They were in the act of setting the house on fire w "If you set fire to my house you are not men, but fiends!" you put in an appearance." the woman said ,."Were about to set fire to the house?" the leader "Bah!" sneered the captain; "you know nothing of the claimed "Jove! l et's go after them, boys, and teach t rules of war." a lesson in manners!" ror do I wish to if there is anything advocating the "Wait, don't go yet I think you may be ahle to do burning of homes in the rules of war," was the reply. a much greater kindness by remaining a few minutes "Women don't understand suah things," said the caphave a favor to ask at your hands, if you ar e patriotstain, l9ftily. "The art of war is something that only men I think you are."


THE LIBERTY B O YS LO ST. 11 "Yes, indeed we are!" was the reply. "This is the company of youths known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' lady "Oh, I am so glad!" the woman exclaim'ed, her face ighting up. "Then I know that you not only will, but that "Anything that we can do to aid a patriot will be gladly one, lady," was the reply. "I was sure of that. Let me see, are you the young man who has made such a wonderful reputation as a scout and py-are you Richard Slater?" "I am Dick Slater, lady, and am the captain of this com-troops, neve r entered his mind He had been in New Brunswick a dozen times during the winter and spring, while the redcoats had been there and had never been molested, and did not think that there could be danger in going again. But he did not take into consideration the fact that he had just had a passage at ll;rms with a captain of his men. So George hastened onward, and three-quarters of an hour later was in New Brunswick. He went to several stores and made some purchases, and was just on the point of emerging from a hardware store," where he had e any; and now if you will tell us what it is that you want some powder and bullets, when he saw Captain Remington us to do we will try to do it." 'lnd his six troopers riding along t street. George step"Very well; I will do so. '):'o begin with, those redcoats ped back to avoid. being seen, but was too late; the sharp o.e who were just here were looking for my son, George The eyes of the captain had detected him, and with a yell the eader of the redcoats said that my boy had uttered treascaptain leaped off his horse, calling out to his men, at the nous words against the king and had bade defiance to him same time: "Quick, men! Yonder is that impudent nd all his representatives, and they wished to capture him. rebel! Come -on and we will capture him!" hey searched the house, and because they failed to :find The six troopers leaped to the ground and the seven men ny son they were going to burn the house." rushed toward the store door where the captain had seen "Just like them!" said Dick Slater. "But where-is George. The youth realized that he was in danger, how ever, and whirling, he ran to the rear of the store, nearly "That is just the point. I think he has gone to New upsetting the proprietor as he did so, that worthy trying runswick, and if those redcoats get back there and see to stop him. im he wm be made a prisoner and will probably be shot "Here! what is the matter? Have you stolen someI would a sk, then, if you can do anything to thing?" the proprietor howled; and at this moment the ave my boy?" British captain and the troopers burst into the store. The youths were silent, and the leader, Dick Slater, seem"Where is he?" roared Captain Remington. "Where is d to be thinking deeply. "I hardly know whether we can the scoundrel?" a elp you in this matter or not," he said presently; "if e could overtake those redcoats before they reach New runswick and make prisoners of them so that they ould not get there and see your son, he might succeed in etting away from the town without being troubled-for, s I understand it, he had not until to-day gotten himself n disrepute with the British." "Where is who?" cried the proprietor, hastening to get behind his counter; he thought that they were after him, at first, and was greatly frightened. "That young scoundrel who was at the do&r, there, just now. He is a rebel, and we want him!" "Oh, him-he went out at the back door!" the pro prietor hastened to explain," glad to know that he was "You are right; he had never clashed with them before, not in danger. o far as I know." "Then the thing do is to overtake that party of redgo oats, if possible to do so," said Dick. "Come, men, we wh ill do our best, though they have quite a good lead now." Then lifting their hats the youths dashed away up the ad at a gallop George Gainsby, after leaving Lucy, made his way on ard through the timber. He had no thought of aban oning his trip to New Brunswick. He was a brave uth, and the thought that it might be dangerous to ven re into the town where the British had ten thousand "Hurry after him, men I" cried the captain. "We mus t not let him escape us!" "I don't think there is any danger of his getting away captain," replied one of the men as they ran toward the back door; "he can't get out of New Brunswick." "Well, we mustn't give him any chance at all to get away," the captain declared. :Meanwhile George was away from the vicinity of the store as rapidly as possible. He realized that he was in great danger, for if a. flue and cry was raised he would have a hard time dodging all the redcoats. The town was occupied by ten thousand 1roops, and redcoat s


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. were everywhere. Still, he would do the best he could, and ened to shoot if he did not stop and give an account 1' he bethought him that a good way to throw the pursuers himself. l "" OJ off the scent would be by darting into another store, and "He must be a thief!" cried one. out by way of the front door. This idea took hold upon all who heard the utterancta This plan he at once proceeded to put into execution. 11nd immediateiy the cry of "Stop) thief! Stop, thieffE The store adjoining the one he had just l eft was a grocery, went up. ,, and George opened the back door and entered quickly-George kept right on running, and even when threaten(e so. quickly, in fact, that he was out of sight when the capwith if he did not stop, paid no attention. He tain and his men emerged from the hardware store He not think they would :fire, but the men who had closed the door and hastened toward the front, the pro-to shoot were redcoats, and they did not have much regat prietor staring at him in '<>pen-mouthed amazement. for human life, anyway, and presently crack crack we1hc "W-why, w-who are y-you ?" the man asked. "W-why a couple of shots and two bullets whistled pa st the youlh :> did you c-come in at t-the b-back door?" closer than was at all comfortable. "It was easier for me than to go the block," replied ; "you will pardon me for taking the lib 1 erty, I am sure." "Phew! they mean it, after all I" the youth thoug h O J "Well, it is death, anyway, if I am captured, for th1 n captain has it in for me on Lucy's account, and I migl r as well die trying to escape, as to give up and be hung. ''Why, yes, I suppose I will-yes, of course I will," the storekeeper stam mered. He hardly knew what to think. So the youth kept right on running. Suddenly on tun es Meanwhile George had lost no time, but had traversed the full l ength of the building, and was at the front door. A glance out showed him that while there was a crowd of redcoat s and citizens in front of the hardware store there ing the next Corner, after having been fired upon, Geo1b ran plump into a party of four redcoats. They tried to st1 him, but the youth's blood was up and he knocked tha right and left and bounded onward with the speed, of startle d hare. "Stop!" roared the only one of the three redcoats wl had not been knocked down; "stop, or.I'll fire!" He d11 "I guess it will be safe to venture out," thought the youth; and he stepped out of doors and mingling with his pistol as he spoke, and seeing 'that the fugitive d was nobody in front of the grocery, nor was the attention of anyone attracted in that direction. not pay any attention to the command he leveled t1 the crowd for a few moments made his way across the weapon and fired. His bullet did no damage, ho_weT street, and turning the corner walked down the crossand George continued on his way at undimini she d spe!f street just as Captain Remington and his men emerged from the grocery store front door, with yells of rage. "Where is he?" yelled the captain. "He came out of this store only a few moments ago. Who saw him? Which way did he .go?" The youth was doing splendidly, everything but he would still have to get through the picket-line, ai this would be dangerous work. The pickets were armt1 with mu s kets, and would be able to take aim at him as 1 advanced,. and would likely be able to brin g him

THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. Just then the pickets looked around. They had probbly heard the hoofbeats of' the horses ridden by. the new omers. The next instant they made a break for a house anding at the end of the street and disappeared within e building, with wonderful quickness. Forward came the party of horsemen until they met eorge, and then they paused and one said to the youth: 'Leap up behind me, qu,ick We must get away from l ere in a hurry or the whole British army will be after us!" There were at least a hundred of the newcomers, and hey kept up a constant firing upon the building into 3 hich the pickets had disappeared; they did this in order keep the pickets from :firing upon them, and the instant eorge was seated behind their comrade they whirled their ; h orses and dashed away, cheering at the top of their voices h nd calling out: "Down with the king! live Librr rty !" g They were "The Liberty Boys of '76," and they had r escued George Gainsby as they had promised his mother r ey would do if they possibly could. to CE:APTER V. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" STRIKE. The escape of George Gain sby and his being assisted by e party of horsemen, created great excitement in New runswick. The redcoats were wild with rage. Especially as Captain Remington angry and disgusted. He had ought that he had his rival in his hands, and the young an had slipped through his :fingers and made his escape "Who can the scoundrels be that carried the rebel vay ?" asked one. "Didn't you hear the yell they ga\'? utterance to as they ire : ou ent ?" replied another. "Yes; but what of that?" "Why, it tells who the fellows were." "How do you make that out?" "Easy enough; that was a battle-cry, and I know whose d ttle-cry it was, too." "Whose?" 'The Liberty Boys of '76' !" "What! You don't m:an it?" "Yes, I do. I've heard that cry before. I heard it at ng Island, White Plains and several other places. It the battle-cry of 'The Liberty BoJ'.s of '76.' "That was just about like them-to ride right into the edge of New Brunswick!" said another. "I guess you are right about it being them." "Oh, I kriow it was them." "Well, l et's get up a party and go in pursu'it of them!" cried Captain Remington. "Jove! this is disgusting-to have a gang like that come right in here and carry away a rebel from under our very noses!" 'l' his met with the approval of all, and a large party was made up as quickly as possible. There wei:e two hun dred troopers in the party, and they rode in the direction taken by the "Liberty Boys," with all possible speed. Dick Slater and his company bad made good time, how ever They 'suspected they would be pursued, and they rode .at the best speed of their horses. As the ani mals were the best that could be procured, they made good headway and were a mile away before the redcoats got started in pursuit. They kept onward till the home of George Gainsby was reached and here they paused. Mrs. Gainsby was delighted when she saw George, and seized her son in her arms and gave him a hug and a kiss. "Oh, she cried, "I was so afraid that the redcoats would capture you!" "They would have done so, too, I guess, mother, had it not been for the 'Liberty Boys,' '! the youth replied. "I was doing my best, but I don't think I would have been able to make my escape; but they rode right into the edge of New Brunswick and carried me away from tihder the noses of my pursuers. Oh, it was splendid!" .), "I thank you, Dick Slater, and all your brave boys!" said Mrs. Gainsby, earnestly "You have, without doubt, saved my boy's life, and I shaU never forget it." "That is all right, Mrs. Gains by," said Dick, "we are always glad to assist patriots and are-_;equ aily as glad to be able to deal the redcoats a blow. We have caused them to be disappointeq in that we cheated them out of their expected prey, and now I think that we shall be able to deal them a blow, as they will no doubt pursue us, and we can ambush them and give them a taste of war that will not be to their liking." "Oh, let me go with you if you are going ta do that!" cried George eagerly. "I owe them something and would like a chance to pay the debt." "You are welcome to come with us,'' said Dick; then to his men he said: "Dismount, boys, and lead your horses into the timber back of the barn lot, yonder, and tie them. Then we1 will go back up the road a ways and t" get ready to give the redcoat s a warm recep 10n. The youths hastened to obey, and were soon back, one


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. Qf their number having taken Dick's horse, l eaving the ready. 'l'hey leveled their muskets and got ready to ta youth to converse with Mrs Gainsby. aim. "Do you think you will be able to check the redcoats?" Dick waited till the advance guard of the British w .asked the woman anxiously. "Doubtless there will be pa s t, and then he ga:ve th-e---s"ignal for the youths to tak large force of them aim. They obeyed the signal, and then, after a few "I think we will be able to do so, madam," was the ands, came the sharp signal : reply; "we will take them by surpri se, and that counts ":B,ire!" for a great deal in an affair of that kind. We can easily Crash-roar get the better of more than double our own number." It was a terrible volley, and the results were great, fq The woman looked at her home and shivered a bit. "I'm a.t ].east thirty of the redcoats were drop1)ed from th afraili.that they will not rest till they have burned down saddles, either dead or wounded -0ur house," she said. "They h."now that we are patriots, now, and will be eager to make things unpleasant for us." "Perhaps may not bother Y?U again," said Dick; "if they do, however, you will have to make the best of it. War is cruel, and there is a great deal that is unpleasant A terrible scene of confusi

THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 11). ==================='===== sight in the timber, till they came to the horses, and then she asked herself. "Goodness I am afraid these men will a dariDg scheme came to Dick's mind. burn the house!" Then aloud she said: "What do you: ."Let 's mount as many horses as there are men in our wish, sir?" ':. party1 boys,;' he said, dash away up the road in the "Madam," the major said ster:Uy, "we have just beeu direction of New Brunswick. There is a cross-road half fired upon and a number of .m.y men have been killed by a mile away and we can turn up it, make a half circuit a band of Tebels, who, in addition, stole our horses and and come back to the home of George, here, approaching made off with them; and as I have been informed that you from the rear. I s n t that a fact, George?" people here are rebels, I am going to teach those scoundrels "Yes," was the reply. a lesson by burning your house and the houses of other "I thought so; well, we can do that, and if the reel-rebels in this neighborhood! I'll those 'Liberty coats go on down to George's house we will get there in Boys' that they can't have everything their own way!" time to drive.them away before they do any damage." "Surely you won' t burn my house clown?" the woman The youths were right in for this, for they thought it exclaimed. "I had nothing to clo with the action of the. would be a good joke to make the troopers walk back to 'Liberty Boys.'" Xew Brunswick, so they quickly selected the horses, mount"I can't help that; you are in synipathy with them. And eel, and then with wild yells and cheers they rode away now, if you have any little articles that you wish to save,. up the road. gather them up quickly. We have no time to waste." asked in. I The redcoats heard the youths yelling, and came run" How long will you give nie ?" the woman ning 011t into the road; and when they saw their enemies trembling tones. riding away on their horses their anger knew no bounds. They yelled and shook their fists, but this did no good; the "Liberty Boys" kept right on going. "Well, that beats anything I ever heard of!" cried Major Horn, glaring after the disappearing horsemen. "Oh, they are about as impudent and daring as it is possible for people to be one of the men said. "Well, what we are to do now is more than I can say," 1.he remarked, disconsolately. "I'll tell you what let's do," sa id Captain Remington, an angry, revengeful look on his face. "What?" "Ten minutes." "Very weli; I will gather up what things I can in time," and the woman hastened away. She went upstairs, and going to a back window looked out "Surely George and the others would not go off and'. _reave me here to face this danger alone!" she murmured They will come-.-surely they will come!" Suddenly she started. "Ah, there they come now!" she said to herself. "They have gone around .3.n-d are approaching by way of the lane through the :field. They will be here in a few minutes and the house will be saved after:nll "Let's go on down the road to the next house. Some of Mrs. Gainsby did not go ahead gathering up any articles,_ the worst rebels in this part of the country live there, and after all, but remained at the window and kept her eyes we can get even with the 'Liberty Boys' by burning this on the party of horsemen approaching. She saw the youths house." aligh{ and proceed to tie the horses, and at this moment "I'm mad enough to do anything," growled the niajor; the voice of Major Horn came to her ears. in for doing as the captain suggests." ''J;he men signified that they favored the plan, and so the "Hurry up, madam," it said; "the time is almost up!'" me just 11 few minutes longer," she called clown;. entire party turned and walked clown the road in the di"I can finish in twoor three minutes." rection of the home of George Gainsby. "All right; but hurry all you can." It was not far, and they were soon there, though :fifteen Mrs. Gainsby, watching out of the winoow, saw theor twenty paused where the encounter with the "Liberty "Liberty Boys" come running toward the house, and knew Boys" had taken place, and attended to the wants of their that her house would be saved. "Oh, I hope that none of wounded comrades The entire force entered the yard and those brave youths will be killed!" she murmured. Then advanced to the house. The major stepped up onto the s he waited in breathless silence and suspense for the be piazza and knocked on the door. It was opened by Mrs. ginning of the combat. Gainsby, who started anq. turned pale when she saw that The house was a long, rambling building, and it so ob7 it was a large party of. redcoats. structecl the view of the redcoats that they had not caught I "I W'Onder where George and the 'Liberty Boys' are?" sight of the "Liberty Boys" as they were app1oaching, and


i6 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. the first intimation they had that an enemy was at hand the defeat we have experienced at the hands of the rebels!" was when the youths burst around the ends of the house "Itis an unpleasant thing to have to do, but it is not so a deadly volley into their midst. bad as it might be if we were to try to strike the rebels a "Fire, 'Liberty Boys: t Give it to the scoundrels!" blow, and have them strike us instead, as they {lave already cried Dick, and the youths obeyed, discharging their done." pistols right in the faces of the redcoats. "That is true, too. Well, I gi1ess there is no help for it. "Now, charge them!" was Dick's order, and the youths We must make some kind of an arrangement with thos hurled themselves right into the very midst of the redfellows, though, so that we may be allowed to bury coats, bayonetting, and striking about with the butts of dead comrades and attend to the wounded." the muskets. On the air rose the wild battle-cry of the "Do you think they will do it?" "Liberty Boys"-" Down with the king t Long live Lib"I think so; I have always heard that the 'Libert rty !" Roys' were fair and honest in their dealings." It was certaimy more t11an the redcoats had been barThe captain shook his head a bit dismally. "I don' gaining for. They fired a scattering volley and made a think l should like to take any risks," he said; "I don' few attempts to def end themselves; and :finding that they believe there is a rebel living who can safely be trusted.' could not withstand the terrible attack they turned and "Oh, I think there are many," said the major, who wa fied for their lives. They ran as they had never run before,. a much bette;' than the captain; "I will take th and it happened that Captain Hemington, who had been word of Dick Slater and go back, unhesitatingly, if h farthest from the attacking party, fell as. he started to flee, gives his promise that we shall not be molested." and the others trampled on him making it impossible for "Well, you are the one to say. Are you going to sen him to get up until after all had passed him. Then, as a man under a flag of truce?" he scrambled to his feet, he found himself confronted by "I shall go myself." George Gainsby. "Better send-a man; they are liable to shoot you." "Holdt" cried George. "Stop and let us fight it out, "I'm not afraid that they will fire on a flag of truce,' now and here! See, I have a sword and .we will settle said the major a bit impatiently. Then he drew a whit our difficulty once and for ail. I will use-the 'gentleman's handkerchief from his pocket and went back down the road weapon/ as you call it, and will take no unfair advantage When he got near the point where the "Liberty Boys" sto of you." But Captain Hemington had no intention of engaging in a duel with the young patriot, and with a wild yell of fear he to one side and ran with the speed of a startled deer. Had it not been that all the :firearms were empty some of the youths would have easily brought the fugitive down, but as they had no loaded weapons 'he succeeded in mab.'ing his escape. 'l'here never was a worse-frightened in the yard in front of Mrs. Gainsby's house, he :waved th handke1;9, hief and Dick Slater stepped forward and ID him; botli saluting. "This is Dick Slater, captain of the 'I,iberty Boys,' take it?" remarked the major. Dick bowed. "I am Dick Slater," he replied: "Wh can I__. do for you?" "I have come to ask that you permit me to bury m man, however; and when he rejoined his comrades his dead comrades and remove the wounded. Will you do so? face was the color of ashes. "Certainly, sir." Major Horn was slightly wounded, and very much dis"Thank you; then I will have my men come here an gusted and discouraged. "This is terrible!" he said. "Who would have thought that we would have been thrashed so soundly by a gang of youths? I feel like going bff someget to work at once." The major signaled to his men and they approache rrhey eyed the "Liberty Boys" askance, but the latt where and blowing the top of my head off!" made no move toward attacking, and the redcoats soo "It is a terrible aiiair, sure enough!" agreed Captain discarded'their suspicions and worked without fear. The Remington. "What shall we do?" buried their dead and then, on their promi sing to send "I hardly know; it would be folly for us to attack those back, Dick let them have a team and wagon of Mrs. Gain fellows now." by's. The wounded men were placed on straw laid "Yes, for they have all t?-e advantage on their side." tlie bottom of the '"'agon-box, and then the redcoats tool "So they ha ve; but, Jove t I hate to return to New their departure. Before they went Dick took Major Ho Brun swick. afoot and report the loss of our horses and to one side and said: "Major, the house you were abo


THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 17 burn a while ago is owned by a woman, and I hope you o ll not make an attempt to get revenge on her by burn her house later on. She nothing to do with thi; air, and I don't _think it would be right for her to be -treated, do you?" t. The major shook heaq. "No, I do not," he ad ;e tted; "I can say that in so far as I am concerned there Lr n not be any attempt made to inflict damage upon her. am a soldier and a gentleman, and I shall try to obtain tisfaction out of you and your 'Liberty Boys,' Captain "Thank you, your excellency," said Dick. He was about to take his departure when the great man waved his hand. "Wait a moment, Dick," he said; "I wish to have a talk with you. I have something in view, and I thought that you might be able to help me in ths matter." "I will do so, if I can, sir." "I am sure of that." General Washingto:p paced the floor .for a few minutes in silence and then pausing said: "Dick, we have been cooped up here a long while, and I am anxious to move-to go This was said openly franly, and Dick grasped the somewhere and do something. The idleness of camp-life t ajor's hand and shook it cordially. "Spoken like a man t d a soldier!" he said, approvingly. "Myself and 'Liberty J> oys' are wholly for this affair of to-day, and a s is right that you should look to us when you go out to ie tain redress." 1e "And that is jus t what I shall do if I am sent out; and shall advocate it if I am not sent." is telling on the men and I think it wise for me to give them something to do, even if it is no mo1:e thanto make some marches, even though nothing results. I have thought of something which gives promise of re s ults, however, rmd I'll tell you what it is." He paused and studied a few moment s Dick waiting patiently for the great man to proceed. Presently he did id "Good! Do so! major. We are soldiers and are always so. "I wish to set a trap for the British, Dick," he s a id ; ady to give satisfaction to the enemy if we can dO so "and I will tell you how I purpose doing it I wish the anything like equal terms. Good-day, sir." news to be taken to the British in New York City and on "Good-day, Captain Slater.'' hoard the ships in the harbor that I intend making an at," Then the redcoats took their departure and Dick and tack on them on a certain night. They will send word t o te s "Liberty Boys" were left free to go their way. e d. o'd he 1et CHAPTER VI. I "'.l.'HE LIBERTY BOYS LOST." I the commander at New Brunswick, who will, I think, send a lot of troops to New York to lend assistance in driving us away. Do you see the point?" "I think so, your excellency. You are not going to at tack the British in New York and the ships in the barbor, at all; that is merely a ruse to draw the force away from New Brunswick." \ The commander-in-chief nodded. "You are right, Dick; iat At the time of which we write the patriot army was and -it is my purpose to ambush the force and try to strike artered at Monistown Heights, in New Jersey, which it a hard blow as it comes along.J' / ny s distant about twenty miles from New Brunswick, where "That is a good plan, your excellency." ?" e main British force was stationed. "Yes, if the trap will only succeed we will be able to After having sent the redcoats away Dick and his "Libstrike a hard blow at the enemy." .nJ ty Boys" bade their made friends good-by and "I don't see why it should not succeed." rted on their return to Morristown, where they should "Well, there are a great ways that the plan might ed. ve been by supper-time that evening. It was now get-go wrong, my boy; still, I have hopes that it may g well along toward sundown, and they would have to We will try it, anyway; and, now, what I wished to ask e most of the way in darkness. They did not mind this, you about was whether or not you thought you.could manwever, and set out at a gallop. age to convey the news to the British in New York City, Two hours and a half later they reached Morristown and on the ships in the harbor, that we intend making an n s -d Dick went to headquarter& and reported the reason in r their being late in getting back. ook "TEat is all right, Dick," said General Washington, with attack?" Dick pondered a few moments. "I shall be glad to make the attempt," he said. "But how shall I go about or smile; "when you boys are late I know it is for a good it?" ou ason." "I thought of leaving that to your own judgment."


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. Dic k was silent a few moments, and then asked: "Have would easily pass for what they had fixed themselves y ou d ecided on the date when you are supposed to be into represent tending to make the attack?" They bridled and saddled fresh horses, and, mountil "Let me see: This is Tuesday I think that I will :fix roJe away into the night. To the westward the occasior upo n Saturday night as the time." flashes of lightning revealed thick, black, ominous-look) "And how soon do you wish the news carried to the Briti s h at New York?" "At once; as soon as possible." "Very well; I will do the work if it is possible for me to do it." I was sure yau would, Dick; and I will say that I have confidence that you will make a success of it if anybody c ould. "I shall do my best; and I think that I will set out for to -night. "Do just. as you like about it." "Very well." After :fifteen minutes of conversation D ick bade the commander -inchief good-night, saluted and withdrew He went at once to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys I have some work on hand," he told the youths; "I will n eed about three of you, and will select Bob, Mark and S am "What i;in the wind, Dick?" asked Bob, eagerly "We are to a trip to New York City." "To New York?" ""X es. "When?" "To-night." "What-to-night?" Clouds. "We'll catch it before we get half way to N cw Yorrf. ll said Sam Sanderson. "That does look a bit," admitted Dick, "b no matter, we are used to exposure and a little wettl won't hurt us." "Nor a big wetting, for that !latter," :Mark :h nson. "It's the lightning that we have to fear." ''Oh, well, there is not one chance in a million that will get struck by lightning," said Dick cheerily; I am

THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 19 Jove I must spoi l their plan. and the light;uing was seen only in far -di stant, fitful fl.ashes nd now if I could only manage to get to the British ahead which gave no light, and then the difficulties of the youths f Slater, and arrange it so that he would be cap began in earnest. ired when he puts in an appearance, it would be the best While the storm proper had passed the entire sky was Ycnge I could get on him. I'll try it, anyway!" So Bud had b.ridled and saddled his horse as soon as he ould do so-he had been forced to do a lot of work for like a black cloth, for not a star was to be seen It was so dark one could almost, as Bob said, "Out it with a knife." "We will have to go slow and trust to our horses to is mother, and this delayed him quite a while-and keep in the road, boys," said Dick. ounting, had ridden away. Ile bad s een Dick and his "I guess you are right about that," agreed Bob; "and hree comrades go, and knew they were ahead of him. I must say that if my horse can see anything, as dark as it "They won' t think there is any occasion for great haste, is, he must have wonderful eyes. I don't believe a cat owever," he said to himself; "and I will ride hard a nd could see his natural enemy-a dog-in this darkness." my succeed in getting to New York al1ead of them." "\Vell, we will have to make the best of it and trust to Ile rode onward on the track of the youths for a distance lnck," said Mark Morris

20 'rI-IE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. came back and reported his non-success. "What is to be 'rhey were hard youths to discourage, though, and Jhea:, done, boys?" he asked. plunged bravely onward, hoping against hope that "There is only one thing, so far as I can see," replied would .be able to get out of the trouble into whi c h Bob; "and that is to try to finc1 our way out of here." become plunged. Another hour and still they had foullo "And in doing so we may get deeper int. a the timber and nothing to indicate that there was a traveled road anywhet trouble, Bob." "I can't help that; we stanc1 a chance to get out, too, don't we?" "I suppose so." "Where are we, anyway? I mean in what part of the country are we ?" "Well, we must be in the hills, three or four miles east of the Passaic, I should say." "How far from Newark?" "Oh, six or seven miles, probably." "Humph! Well, I for one am in favor of trying to find our way back to the road, and if we succeed in doing that we will be able to keep it by walking and feeling our ;,ay along." "Are the other two of you in favor of trying to find your in the vicinity, and then they came to a stop. "What do you think, fellows? Shall we try any lo-night?" asked Dick. h "I don't know what to say," replied Bob; "I think i possible that we may find the if we keep for it." rn "Well, I don t think so," said Sam Sanderson; "it seel\n to me as if it is a pretty plain case We are lost!" "Yes, and hopelessly lost, too!" said Mark Morris 1l ''At any rate, so long as this terrible darkness is over al f "A' re we lost, Dick?" asked Bob, with a humorous tonation to his voice. "I think that we may COUllider ourselves lost, Bob," w the reply. "Well, I thought so, myself, but I wanted to see w way out, now?" a s ked :Dick. "If we wait till morning you had to say about it. That settles it; we are lost we will stand a much better chance of getting back to the "And I leave it to the r est of you to decide whether 0 roac1 speedily, you know.I' not we shall stop where we are till morning or keep 1 "Yes, but I think I should rather be moving, trying to moving." tain," agreed Bob. "I judge it will best for us to walk and lead the horses," said Dick. "You may be sure I am going to walk!" declared Bob; "rro more riding until I know there is for my head, and tbat it won't get knocked off." "That is the way I'look at the matter, too," said Mark Morrison. The youths made their way along very slowly, for it was so dark they could see nothing, and had to feel their way. 'rhey made some progress, however, and were in hopes that they would eventually get out of the timber and into the road. 'rlrny wandered onward for an hour and had not found the road, and, indeed, they seemed to getting deeper into the timber; for the under!Srowth was much thicker and made traveling much more difficult. They were up bright and early and as won as it wt daylight they ate a bite, having brought food along, aiL then set out to find the road. The sun told them direction was east, and they traveled in that direction, the same time keeping a sharp lookout for the road. It was nearly nine o'clock when they struck a road wh" ran north and south, and to the southward they could the houses of a town. "That is Newark," Dick; "and now I know wh we are." "We are not lost now, then, Dick?" remarked Bob. "No, not now." "Well, I'm mighty glad of that, eh, fellows?" ''So am I!" from Mark. "And I!" from Sam. "Half a mile to the northward from here there is 1 road eastward to New York, or rather to Paul 1


THE LIBER'.l'Y BOYS LOST. 21 ook," said Dick. to take "I guess that will be the best road for I port-ho les. He could see men moving rapidly about in "Whatever you think best, Dick, is what we are ready o do," said Bob, and the other two nodded assent. "W ell, come along, then; we will take the road I have poken of. It has one advantage: There is a bridge across the vicinity of the gun, and he said to himsel.f: "What does that mean? Why have they run out that gun?" He was soon to learn Suddenly there was a fl.ash, a, puff of smoke from the mouth of the gun, a loud report., and a solid shot from the British warship struck the boat, he P assaic and we won't have to swim our horses across and tore the side out. The next instant the "Liberty e stream "All right; go ahead, Di ck." The youths turned their horses' heads toward the north nd rode in that direction till they came to the cross-road, Boys" were struggling in the waters of the bay. ) ... CHAPTER VII. 'I' A CLOSE CALL d here they turned toward the east. A mile farther on hey crossed the Passaic River, and then they rode stea dily nward till nearly noon. They were now within a quarter f a mile of Paulus Hook, and they paus e d and held a ouncil. It was decided., presently, to l eave their horses at his point and advance to the Hook on foot. When they eached there they would hire a and cross over to New Bud Horton was not any more familiar with the coun try lying between and New York than was Dick Slater and his three comrades, but he had been more ork, probably boarding a warship or two on the way fortunate in that he had been successful in keeping to the cross. Having come to a decision, they di smounted, tied their orses well back in the timber where they would not be road throughout the night and storm, aJld although he had had farther to go and bad been forced to trave l very slowly, he had yet made much better time than had Di ck 'k'ely to attract the attention of any one passing along the and his comrades and had reached :Paulus Hook at nine oad, and the n the youths walked toward the Hook. o'clock. He left his horse with old :fisherman, and., They were soon there, and going to a boathouse, asked hiring a boat, rowed out to the nearest and 'vent. he old :fisherman who was in charge if he would rent a boat on board !'I wish to see the commander of this ship,'' he said. he boat in advance, and, getting in, started. Bob, who "Humph! Who are you?" the in charge of the appened to be looking back, saw a peculiar grin on the deck asked, somewhat superciliously, for Bud was not very o them. The man said he would, and the youths paid for ace of the old man, but he could not read the meaning pressed by the grin, so dismissed the matter from his ind. Three of the youths rowed, while one sat at the stern and 1 andled the tiller. As the youths were pretty familiar 'th the handling of oars, having lived all their lives near e Hudson River and spent lots of time in rowing, there, ey were able to make the boat travel through the water a good rate. well dressed, nor was his face very prepossessing, either, under the best of circumstances, and just now it was a l l spattered with mud. "My name is Bud Horton." "Bud Horton, eh?" "Yes, sir "Where are you from?" "Morristown The officer started and looked at the youth sharply. Dick, who was at. the stern, guided the boat toward a "From Morristown, you say?" he asked. rge warship which lay almost in their path. "We'll board at ship," he said, "and will tell them that an att_ ack is be made on New York, and will !hen go on to the city." The others made no objections suited them :firstte. They were there to give the information to the ritisb that an attack was to be made by the patriot army, / d the more redcoats who were told the better it would be. So Dick headed straight t9ward the warship, but when "Yes, sir; and I have important information which I wish to impart to the commander of this ship an d then l will go on ove r to New York and take the information to Genera l Howe." "You are a l oyalist, then?" the officer asked, somewhat dubio u s ly. "I am.n "And you a r e sure the information which you qave lit e boat was still a quarter of a mile away he saw the of im portance ?" uzzle of a cannon suddenly protrude from one of the "I am sure of it. It is important that it be imparted oo


22 THE LIBE RTY BOYS LOST. the Cd'rnmander at the earliest possible moment, too, SO don't delay me any l onge r than is necessary. I h ave rid den nearly all night through the storm and darkness and mud Then he handed him the l etter and said : "Send a m senge r with that to Genera l Howe at once.i' The officer of the deck bowed, saluted and withdrew t.o bring this information, if it was not important I eent a man with the letter and then told a set of gunne r;rould hardly ha-ve gone to such trouble what the commander had said to him, that they were The officer was impressed by this reasoning and said: sink a boat with four young men in it the instant t h here a moment; I will see the commander and tell I caught sight of it. him you wish to see him." This was plc asing news to the gunners. They had be Bud waited while the officer hastened aft to the cabin in the harbor for several weeks, doing nothing, and w occupied by the commander and presently the officer reeager for a chance to do a bit of shooting. turned and said : "He will see you at once. Come with ;'We'll make that boat up into kindling wood in s me." order!" they assured the officer of the deck. "Just bri Bud went along and was conducted to the door of the on your boat!" cabin, where the officer announced, "Mr. Bud Horton, sir," "It is likely to put in an appearance at any moment, and stepped aside. Bud entered and the door was closed be in readiness for act i on." behind him. "Don't fear for us." The youth found himself in a most luxuriously furnished stateroom, and seated at a desk was an officer in a rich uni form, 'l'he officer looked Bud over quickly and searchingly, nodded and waved bis hand toward a chair. "Be seated," he said; "now what was it you wished to tell me, my young friend?" Bud at once plunged into his story and told all, the officer interrupting occasionally with a question. When Bud had finished the officeI:' was silent for a few moments and then he said: "If what you have told me is true, our young men are likely to put in an appearance at almost any They waited patiently, and as one, two, three hou passed, without any sign of the boat with the four yout in it being seen, they grew very impatient. The co mander of the warship began to have doubts regarding t truth of the story the.Youth had brought, and he called B before him and questioned him 9losely Bud stuck to however, and gave it as his opinion that the had been delayed in some way by the storm "They m have got lost," he said; "it was very dark, and I do know how I ever managed to keep the road. I couldn't "-thing, and had to trust to my hoipe .1!. moment." The commander was impressed with the reasonablen "'Yes, sir; and it is true, every word I have told you.:' of the .youth's view of the case und said no more "I believe so, myself," was the reply; "but when the will wait and see what happens," he said; "they may P\ :young men you speak of have put in an appearance I shall in an appearance soon 'lmow that it is true You will remain on boarcl my ship And this lnoved to be the case. The boat was sight ,till they do put in an appearance." while all hands save the members 0 the deck watch w "But what about General Howe? I was going to go on at dinner. When one of these watchmen reported tha over to the city and cari:y the news to him." "I will attend to that." Bud was a little bit disappointed, for he had counted on boat with four persons in it was approaching, there considerable excitement and the gunners hastened to t their places at the gun. They waited till Bud Horton heing the one to take the news to the British commanderiecognized the inmates of the boat as being the youths t were expecting, and then they ran the gun otit and in-chief, but this officer had taken matters in his own ;hands and Bud did not dare say a word; He was told to g? out on deck and make himself at home, and he under stood this to be a polite way of dismissing him from tbe stateroom. He went out on the deck and the commander ,at once got to work He wrote a letter to General Howe telling him what was in the wind and called in the officei: -o:l the deck and told him to keep a sharp lookout for a boat with four young men in it. "When yon get sight of such a boat, sink it!" he ordered tersely. ready to fire upon the b.oat. As -we have seen., t hey did fire and the very first s r was effective; the cann<#n-ball striking the boat and tea a. great hole in the side. A shout of delight went up f r r the gunners. "That was a fine shot!" cried one. ".Lower a boat and go after those fellows!" ordered commander. "I don't believe you killed one of th Take them prisoners and bring them aboar(l the ship." The command was obeyed, a boat being lowered im diately and eight men wer e in it in a j iffy and were pul l <


THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. ward the point where the youths. had been thrown into Before the redcoats could fire again the youths were over water. the top of the hill and out of sight, and by the time theand his comrades they were gl'eatly sur pursuers reached the top of the hill the youths were at th& riscd, but were by means terrified. They were unin ured by the cannon-ball and had no intention of allowng themselves to be captured if they coura possibly help it. Before the British could fire the four had disap peared from view. "After them!" roared the leader of the redcoats. "W& 'hey saw the boat being lowered and knew what it meant. must not let them escape. We must capture them, coma "It irn't a great distance to the shore, boys," said Dick; 'I think we can reach it before the boat can catch us. trike out and swim with all your might. We must what may!" Easier said than done, however. By the time the reu"conts Teached the timber the youths haJ led their horses to scape!" the road, had mounted and were galloping away up the "All right; we are with you, Dick," said Bob; "away road. The redcoats heard the hoofbeats and ran to the e go!" road just in time to see their intended victims disappearing The youths struck out, heading back toward the around a bend in the road hich they had so lately They were splendid swim"They have !" cried the leader of the British, in ers, but, of course, their clothing made it much harder a tone of disappointment. "Well, we couldn't help it_ or them and they could not go as fast as they could had We did the best we could." hey not been impeded in thismanner. They made their way back to the boat, got in and went 'fhey made good headway, however, and the shore seemback to the warship and reported that the fugitives had d to be drawing nearer with considerable rapidity. The escaped. The commander was angry and disappointed: ursuing b oat was coming through the water rapidly, howver, and was making considerable more headway tl:fan ere the swimmers It was an interesting and exciting race, and it was a uestion which would win-the youths or the r<:idcoats. "Do you think-We can reach the shore ahead of the red oats, Dick?" asked Bob. "I don1t know; we will keep on trying, however." And keep on trying they did. To such effect that in pite of all the oarsmen in the boat could do the youths ached the shore twenty yards ahead of their pursuers. They lost no time hut set out on the run, heading for he timber, which was just over a hilf and a quarter of a ile distant. "Hold on!" roared the old fisherman; "I want pay fur her boat!" But the youths did not "hold on" worth a cent. They ept right on going. The redcoats reached the shore and leaped out of the "I made a mistake in ordering my men to sink tbe boat," he said to himself; "I should have let them come aboard and then made prisoners oft. hem. Well, it can't be helped now." CHAPTER VIlI. THE TRAP THAT FAILED. "Well, whi,it do you think about this business, anyway, Dick?" "I hardly know what to think, Bob." "The trap that was to be set for the redcoats was a failure, wasn't it?" "Y:es; and I don't understand it." "Neither do I." The youths were riding along the road headed toward oat and started in pursuit. "Stop!" the leader of the the west, after getting away from the redcoats. The four towd cried. "Stop, or we will fire!" "Fire and be hanged to you I" cried Dick, who was angry nd disgusted on account of the unaccountable turn which ffairs had taken. were glad they had escaped, but were rather downcast over the failure of the expedition. They were youths who took a pride in doing what General Washington wished them to do and they hated to be forced to return to Morristown The redcoats took the youth at his word and did fire. and report that they had failed in what th0!Y had been s they were running, however, and find with pistols, 'th ,\rhich weapons they were not very expert, anyway, ey did no material damage, Sam receiving a slight flesh L ound, the other three escaping injury altogether. sent to do. "How did the redcoats on that ship know we were ene mies?'' asked Sam Sanderson. Dick shook his head. "That is a mystery," hes-aid; "I


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. '1Jlfas never more surprised in my life than when they shot the side out of our boat." "I don't understand it," he said at last, more as E;peaking to himself than to Dick. "How did the Briti "Nor I," said Mark Morrison; "it is a very strange on that warship know you were enei:ues?" affair." "That is the question that bothers me," "Say, I saw a peculiar grin on the face of the old boat"they didn't learn it from us, that is sure." :man when we got the b?at," said Bob; "I more than half l>elieve he knew who we were, aria what was going to hap pen!" General Washington was silent for a few moments a1f then said: "They must have been warned." Dick nodded. "It seems as if that is the only soluti1a "It is quite posllible, Bob," said Dick; "I thought he Jooked at us rather myself, but thought nothing of it at the time." of the mystery," he agreed, "but who did it?" "Ah, that is the queshon-and an important one, too "Yes, indeed." t "But how could he have learned who we were?" '"That is the question; and it is a hard one to answer." "Well, I don't think we are to blame, Dick," said Mark. "We did the best we could." "Did you tell all the members of your company wh you and your three comrades w ere going, and W'hy, Dick n The youth shook his head. "No, your excellency; lold only the three who were with me." "Certainly we did. No, I don't think-in fact, I know "Strange how the British found out ahout the matte we are not to blame, and I am sure that the commander-inthe commander-in-chief said; "well, it puts a stop to o chief will not hold us responsible." scheme, Dick." "No; he is very reasonable, and never blames a fellow "Yes, your excellency; the trap which we were to :for what he can't help." for the redcoats Wa. not permitted to do its work." The youths rode onward for nearly an hour and then "No; and I am sorry, for I hoped to be able to str" paused at a farmhouse and got something to eat. The the British a hard blow." owner of the farmhouse was a patriot, and was willing to feed t!ie youths, and when Dick offered to pay him, as_ they were getting ready to go, be refused to take the money. "I am sorry, too, your excellency; and I hope you do think it :was through any fault of mine or of my three co panions that the affair was unsuccessful?" "No, I don' want ennythin' fur whut ye've et," be said; "'ye're more'n I hope ye il live ter he'p whup ther British outen ther boots." "Oh, no, Dick. I know that you did the best you cou You could not help the way it turned out. I allt glad t e you escaped with your lives. "Thank you; I hope so, too," said Dick, with a smile, escape." and then the youths bade the man and his wife good-by You had a very narr "Indeed we did, your excellency. It is a great won that one or more of us were not killed by the shot t They arrived at Morristown at half-past four, and Dick sunk the boat." went at once to the headquarters. He found the commanand rode onward. der-in-chief in. "You are right." "What, Dick-back already?" he exclaimed, evidently surprised at seeing the youth so soon. "Yes. your excellency, we are back; and I thought it best After some further conversation Dick took his depar and when he got back to the quarters occupied by "Liberty Boys" Bob asked the commandere to come and report at once." "That was right; and what luck, Dick? Did you suechief had to say about their failure. "Nothing in particular, Bob," was the reply. s d reed in making the British believe that we were going to "He didn't blame us?" a "No ; he said we could not be to blame. His idea is t make an attack on New York City?" Dick shook his head. "No, your excellency," he replied, "there was a hitch somewhere; we failed, and were unable fo get near enough to the British to tell them anything." "What! Why, how was that?" Then Dick went ahead and told the entire story from the redcoats were warned, but he has no idea who cou; d have taken the news to them." In e "It is a very strange affajr," said Bob; "I don't see h I they learned it." e The youths puzzled over the matter but could fJ?.ink )>eginning to end. The commander-in-chief listened with no solution. That Dick happened to be down interest, a perplexed look on his :face, and when Dick had the foot of the hill leading up to the point where the a finished he was silent for several minutes, thinking deeply. had its quarters. It was dark, and it was impossible


THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 23 very far, but presently Dick heard hoofbeats and he the youth to 'General Washington without the proof. Then,, tened. too, there was his mot!\er, who was an estimable womaDi. "I wonder who that can be?" he said to himself. "Whoand Dick would have hated to cause her the anguish of er it is he is coming here. I'll just see who the fellow is." seeing her son a prisoner charged with giving information. Dick waited for the newcomer to approach, but he did to the enemy, even had he been able to :r:irove it. He de t come straight up the hill; instead, he turned aside and cided, however, that he would have a few words with. t e around toward the rear of the encampment. Bud, anyway. I'll just let him understand that I know what "That is queer," thought Dick; "I wonder who that is, he has been up to,'? thought Dick; "I will wfrn him that d why he has gone around that way? I'll try and find if he does any more such work it will go hard with him, and by. so doing I may be able to keep him from doing Dick walked around toward the rear of the encampment, any such thing another time." d as he had not so far to go he easily reached the point Dick started toward the door, and as he did so he noted. question ahead of the horseman He paused and lis-that there wai; a light in the stable. Bud had light e d :r. ) ned. lantern. This suited Dick very well, 'as he would be en"He is coming up this way," said Dick to himself; "now, abled to see Bud's face, and he entered and confronted the wonder who it can be?" youth with such abruptness that Bud was badly startled Dick was standing with his back against the stable in and uttered an exclamation of terror. ;. hich the commander-in-chief's horse was kept, and the ought came to him that the newcomer might be a horse ef. So Dick crouched beside the stable and watched Closer and closer came the horseman and presently the imal loomed up in the darkness against the lighter back"Why-why-who are you-what do you want? lie ftammered, and then he suddenly reeognize d the newcomer and said, in a sullen, angry voice: "So, it's you is it, Dick Slater?" "Yes, it is I, Bud Horton!" was the stern reply. It was evident that Bud was scared, but he tried to put ound above the horizon line. on a bold face. "What do you asked. Closer and closer, and then the rider spoke to the horse "I want to know where you have been?" a low, cautious voice: "Whoa!" As the sound of the voice reaohed Dick's ears he started. e had recognized the voice, low as it was. "That is Bud Horton!" he said to himself; unow where s he been?" "It's none of your business!" "None of my business, eh?" "That's what I said." "But you didn't mean it." "Yes, I did!" "Well, whether you meant it or not doesn t matter; the Then a sudde!l susp1c10n entered Dick's mind. Had 1 ud carried the information of the intended trap that was fact remains that it is some of my business where you have been set for the British to the redcoats? Was 1 1 just returning from New York? Dick remembered that had not seen anything of Bud around since coming back. "I'll wager that he carried the information to e British!" thought Dick. "He is a sneaking, scoundrel sort of a :fellow, and I have seen a number of things that dicated that he is in sympathy with the British. That just where be bas been. He probably listened and over ard the conversation between the commander-in-chief d myself, and hastened off to New York with the ination, and that is bow those redcoats on the warship have been. For yol'l.r own good, Bud, you should tell me, for I have a suspicion that I know; and .if my su spicio11 should be wrong, you should tell me." :rt was evident that Bud was worried. think I have been ?" he asked "To New York." "Where do you Bud started, and even by_ the poor light of the smoking lantern Dick could see that the youth grew slightly pale. '"l'o New York!" "Yes." ew we were enemies, and fired upon us." ''Why should you think that I have been there?" 0 By this time Bud-for it was indeed he-had leaped to "For the reason that I know some one ha(b'een there, e ground and now, opening the door of the stable, he and I know of no ope else more likely to be the person the horse inside Dick hesitated. He hardly knew than yourself; and when I saw you ride up, and now that at to do; be was sure that Bud was the traitor, but he I see the horse is wet with sweat, as if just in from a long, uld not prove it, and felt that it would not do to accuse hard trip, I am confirmed in my belief that you are the


.. 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. !fellow who went to New York and carried the news to the say nothi11g to any one about this matter, but if you pl iBrifoh !" the traitor again I shall see to it that you meet with t Bud turned paler still, but managed to exclaim, in a tone fate of a traitor, do you understand?" of simulated surprise : "Carrie d the news to the British! What do you mean? What news? I don' t know what you a r e talking about Dic k sho k his head. "That >vill do no good-denying "I understand," was the reply; "but you can't scare Dick Slater. I'm not afraid of you." His voice trembl as he spoke. "You know you are speaking falsely when you say tha it and pretending ignorance, Bud," h e s a id. "I know you said Dick, quietly; "you are afraid of me, and you kn did it." it, and I know it." "Know I did what?" "Ca rried the news t o the British "'Wha t news?" 'You know very well "I don't know anything about i t." "Bah! you are telling a falsehood, and you know it, .Bud!"" "I'm not!" "Bah! r emember what I have told you, Bud Hort und don't dare to carry information to the British aga lf you do it will be the last time you will ever do anythi of the kind." "You can't bulldoze or :frighten me, Dick Slater." "I will do worse than that if you forget what I have sa "See h e re Dic k Slater, I don t lik e to be called a liar!" and play traitor again!" he doubl e d up his fist and looked pu g n a ciou s as he said this. "I hav en't played traitor yet." "Don't lie, then, and you won't be called a liar," was 'Stop lying; it will do no good. Don't forg e t what ;the cool reply. ha:e told you!" "I haven't lied." The il Dick left the stable and made his way ba c k to t "Oh, yes, you have; you wen t t o N e w York and carried flllarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." "That is ab i he news to the British that w e were coming to bring some a s big a scoundrel as I have ever run across," he mused m isl eading n ews, with the intention of getting them into a he walked along; "perhaps I ought to put the command trap, and when I and three comrad e s put in an appearance in-chief on his guarq. against the fellow, but I hate to -0n the bay, in a;;.boat, we wer e fir e d upon, the boat was Mrs. Horton' s account. And I think: that Bud will beh -sunk and we barely managed to escape:" hims elf from now on, for he i s terribly afraid of me." :Bud shook his head. "I know nothing the m a t ter," he declared. "You can deny, of course," said Dick "but it alter my views on the subject a particle. I am absolutely certain that you carried the news to the British in New York, and that you have just r eturneq from there." "Can you prove it?" a sked B ud, witli a s udd en show of insol e nce. "No, I can't prove it; but I am sure of it, just the same." "All right; when you can pro v e what you say, come around and a c cuse me, but until y ou can do so I wish you would k indly take yourself out of my way." Dic k looked the youth straight in the eyes for half a CHAPTER :E r 'l'IIE "LIBERTY BOYS" DO SOME MORE GOOD WORK. "Get ready for a trjp, boys." "Where are we going, Dick?" "Down in the vicinity of New Brunswick." "Oh, back to the place where the Gainsbys live?" "Yes." "What are you going down there for, old man? "I have been thinking the matter over, Bob, and I :>.fraid that the redcoats would burn Mr. Gain s by' s ho minut e and the n Bud could stand the pressure no l onger, and perhaps murder some of the patriot peopl e of the .and, dro pping his eyes, fidgeted nervously about A cool, cinity, and so I went to headq_uarters and a s k e d the co -scornful s mil e curled Dick's and he said, in cold, rnander-in chief for permission to go back down there measu red tones: "Bud Horton, I know, and you know, that y ou are a traito r t; the cau s e of Freedom and Independence and that you have carried information to the see how things are." "All right; the re s t of us are right in for it, e h, fellows s The other "Liberty Boys" said thai: they were ready British on seve ral occasions; still," for the sake of your the trip, and pre parations were at once begufi The ho mothe r, I am going to give you one more chance. I shall were bridled and saddled, the weapons were look ed to,


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS L O ST. 27. an hour later the party rode out of the encaml?ment d away toward the south. They reached the vicinity of the home of the Gainsbys ut eleven o'clock, and it struck Dick as being a good n to approach the place by the roaii leading to it from rear across the field This plan was followed out a11:d it lucky that it was, for when they reached the vicinity the stable they saw that the house was surroun.ded by dcoats. "Jove! we are just in time!" said Dick, in a low voice. o "Say, there are a lot of them, Dick!" said Bob 1 "Not more than a hundred and fifty, I think, Bob m "No, I guess not." At this instant one of the happened to catch ght of the youths and gave the alarm. Instantly all was Ll nf usion among the redcoats. They recognized the youth,; d th e cry of, "The 'Liberty Boys'! The 'Liberty Boys'!" e nt u p t "At them, 'Liberty Boys'!" cried Dick. "Charge the un drels and fire as you go!" "Beat a r etreat, eh?" "Yes; prudence is the better part of valor, some times) alrcl I think this is one of the times ':It looks that way; but where shall we go?" "Back to Mr. Gainsby's." "And make a stand there?" "Yes." Then Dick gave the order, and, turning, the "Liberty Boys" rode back in the direction of the Gainsby home. The redcoats gave chase and came at a gallop, but the youths were able to hold the distance they were in the lead .. and reached the Gainsby home while the enemy was yet half a mile distant. The youths dismounted, led their horses to the edge of the timber, back of the barnyard, and then hastened back to the road Here they were joined by George Gainsby, who was delighted to see the youths "(joing to give the redcoats battl( Dick?" he asked. "Yes, George The youths obeyed the command, and having leaped to "Then I'm with you!" He had a musket and went with 0 ground, charged forward toward the enemy But the Lbe "Liberty Boys." They made their way back up the ritish evidently had great respect for the prowess of the Liber ty Boys," for they did not attempt to show fight. o n th e other hand, they fled as if the Old Nick were after a em. Across the yard they flew, over the fence they went, d t hen leaping into their saddles they dashed away up e road in the direction of New Brunswick, at full speed. road a distanqe of a hundred yards and then, hearing the thunder of the hoofs of the redcoats' J.wrses they hid themselves in the edge of the timber and got ready for the wel: coming of the enemy The party of r edcoats suddenly came around a bend i n the road and dashed toward the spot where the youths were "lio unt and after them!" cried Dick, chagrined at being ambushed Closer and closer they came, and then eated out of opportunity of dealing the enemy a the clear, ringing voice of Dick Slate r was heard: "Fire t ver e blow. "Give to the cowards!" The youths quickly led their horses through the y11rd, ped into the saddles and dashed away in pursuit of the eing enemy. It was a lively chase, and it did not take ng to demonstrate that the "Liberty Boys" had the best rses, for they gradually overhauled the fleeing redcoats The _youths would undoubtedly have overtaken the Brit-'Liberty Boys'!" Crash-roar It was a terrible volley and did great execution. At least thirty of the redcoats went down, and the scene be came one of confusion and terro r The uninjure d trooper& yelled and cursed, while the wounded cursed and moaned; the horses reared, plunged and snorted. And then on toi> h troopers and inflicted great damage upon them, but of this came the sharp command from Dick: "Fire! e n they had gone about a mile the redcoats met another 'Liberty Boys'!" rtl consisting of at least a hundred, and thus reinforced Again the sound of a volley awoke the echoes for miles. e y paused and faced about. around, and it was all that was necessary. The. redcoata' H alt, 'Liberty Boys !" cried Dick. were put to flight and went d,ashing back up the road o Th e youths came to a stop and looked at their young faster than they had come. mmander inquiringly. "What are we going to do?" It was rather a strange spec tacle to see two hun ked Bob. "Those fellows outnumber us two to one, at drecl horsem en fleeing, but the truth o:f the was that st now, and it looks as if they were going to turn the they had heard and seen so much of the wonderful wor:\_{; les on us and come a:fter us "Tlis.t is what they are going to do," said Dick; "and I ess we had better get out of their way of the "Liberty they wer e seized with a sudden overpowering feeling of terror and CQUl d not help fleeing. They kept on going till they had p l aced a safe distai:ce be-


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. tween themselves and their terrible enemy and then they and by yells of derision and cries of "Down with the k:i e stopped. Long live Liberty!" "There is no use talking," said the commander of the It would have been folly to give chase to the redc force, "we must dismount and take to the timber and fight afoot, so Dick and. the youths turned around and scoundrels in the same manner in which they fight their way back to wherE2 the wounded and dead redcoats ns." They did what they could to relieve the wounded men, The men thought this was the only way to do, and so walking among them Dick heard George Gai all dismounted and tied their horses to trees. Then leaving give utterance to an exclamation. a dozen men to keep guard over the animals, the party set "What is it, George?" he asked. out through the timber, going back in the direction from "Here is Captain Remington," he replied; "and h d which it had just come. The men scattered and tried to dead!" utilize the trees as they knew the "Liberty Boys" were in t11e habit of doing. As they drew near the point where they had been fired 11pon they became very cautious and advanced slowly. They peered through, between the trees, and looked eager. Jy for signs of the presence of the enemy. "Let's see; that was the fellow who wanted to Lucy Livingston, wasn't it?" "Yes." "Well, he won't bother her any more "No; and I am glad of that, of course--but I wanted kill him myself." The "Liberty Boys" were there and were on their guard. "You had' a sort of a score to settle with him, eh?" 4 They saw the redcoats approaching, and when they were "Yes; we had a passage at arms, once, and I hoped t well within range the youths opened fire. They not 1 oue day we would meet and have it out; but this ends a fire in volleys, but individually, as they caught sight of a "Yes, he has escaped you." redcoat. They were adepts at this kind of work and noth"Oh, well, it is for the best, perhaps. Lucy might ing could have them more than to have the enemy felt bad had she known that I killed him." .' attempt to meet them in this style of warfare. "Yonder comes a flag of truce, Dick," said Bob. The redcoats soon saw that they were getting the worst The youth looked, and sure enough a redcoat was _ri of it, too. Every few minutes one of their comrades would toward them. When he was within twenty yards he pau fall, dead or wounded, and they were not sure that they "I have come to ask if you 'Yill let us return and b had killed a single one of the "Liberty Boys." They had our dead and remove the wounded," the trooper said. :fired many shots, but had not been able to take deliberate "Certainly," replied Dick. aim, and the shots were more on the random order than otherwise, and could n ot be expected to do a great deal of harm. "And you will not fire upon us ?" "What do you think we are--barbarians ?" "No; but--;! wish to make sure." "You will not be molested unless you yoursel _ves co some overt act; then we should feel that we were at Ii to retort you in kind." "We shall do nothing save what I have mentioned." "Very well; you will be perfectly safe, then." e The British soon got enough of this style of warfare, and the order was sent around for them to withdraw, which they did. The "Liberty Boys" discovered the movement and moved forward promptly and kept up the work of picking off tho s e who were exposed to their sight. This did not suit the British at all, and they broke into a run/ and the retreat became a scramble. The farther theJ" ran the more frightened they became, and when they reach ed their horses they were badly frightened indeed. They mounted in hot haste and rode away up the road at a gallop, followed by shots from the pistols of the "Liberty Boys," The redcoats buried their dead, carried their away, and the affair was ended. To make sure that they were sincere in the statem'1 no further attempt would be made to "Liberty Boys" a blow, Dick and his COIJ?.rades follo 1 the redcoats almost to the town of New Brunswick. T\c


THE LIBERTY BOYS LOST. 29 e no attempt to keep out of the sight of the British, rode openly a quarter of a mile behind the enemy, and redcoats did not show the least <:lisposition to turn and They had had all they wanted of "Liberty Boys" for one day. he arrival of the party of troopers with their wounded rades, and their story of their encounter with the "That means several days, I suppose." "Yes; we could stay a week and it would be all right." "Well, am as well satisfied here as anywhere." "And I; in fact, I should prefer being here to staying at Morristown, for it is very dull there." The "Liberty Boys" were all glad to remain. They thought it likely the redcoats would come back to the iberty Boys," created considerable excitement in New Gainsby home, and this would give them another chance nswick, and doubtless a large party would have been for an encounter with their enemies. de up and despatched after the youths for the purpose The youths remained three days in the neighborhood, securing revenge, but General Howe had just arrived and then the redcoats having made no move toward doing m New York, and he ordered that nothing C!f the kind a ny damage in the neighborhood, and Dick havin g learned, done. by doing some spy work, that the British were 'I have other work on hand," said; "let the 'Liberty ready to make some kind of a move with the entire army, ys' go for the present. We will settle with them later." he decided that it would be best to return to Morristown at ed So the youths were allowed to go their way in peace, once, and tell General Washington. "' al they returned to the home of the Gainsbys and re'rhey set out and three hours later were at the encamp-ed that so far as they could make out there was no ment. Dick went to headquarters and told the commanediate danger that the redcoats would return to make cler-in-chief what he had discovered, and after some ther attempt at burning the house. thought General Washington decided that the British were hat evening George Gainsby met Lucy Livingston not getting ready to move upon Philadelphia. He 'at once ha from her father's house. They were delighted to see gave orders for the entire patriot army to get ready to h other, and George told the girl that her would-be break camp and march, and the men hastened to obey, for er, Captain Remington, was dead. they were glad of any change from the routine of camp life. 'I am sorry for him," said Lucy; "yet I feel relieved to General Howe and the British army did attempt to w that he will not bother me any more, and will not march upon Philadelphia, but General Washington and the to harm you, George." Continental army got in a position where it would make it 'I did not fear him, Lucy; yet, as you say, I am glad extremely dangerous for the British to go on, and they were now that he will not bother you any more." forced to return to New Brunswick. he two conversed for some time and then bade each At the close of the Revolutionary war Mr. Livingston, er good-night, and parted. Lucy's father, withdrew his objections to George Gainsby 'What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Bob, when as a son-in-law, and George and Lucy were married. had eaten supper. "Are you going to return to Mor-THE END. The next number (69) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" that we should stay here a day will contain "THE LlBERTY BO S' JONAH; OR, 'l'HE YOUTH WHO 'QUEERED' EVERYTHING," the redcoats ma,y take it into their by Harry Moore. s to come out and burn the house, Dick?" SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any won't the commander-in-chief be angry if we newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION No; he said I might stay as long as I wished, within SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copiesnable limits." rou order by return mail.


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SECRET S E R.VJ C E OLD A N D YOUN G KING BRAD Y O Erl,ECTIVES ..,, PB.ICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS ISSUED WEEKL. LA'.rES'.r ISSUES: 123 The Bradys at the Beach; or, '.l.'he Mystery of the Bath House. 11 66 Ching Fo.o, tile Yellow Dwarf; or, 'l'lle Bradys and the (Jpium 124 '!'he Bradys and the Lost Gold l\[ine; or, Hot Work Among nt Cowboys. So. 125 The Bradys and the J\Ussing Girl; or, A Clew Found in the Dark 67 '.l.'he Bradys' Still Hunt; or, The Case that was Won by Waiting. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, '.rile Mystery of a Treasure Va 1 68 Caught by the Camera; or, '!'he Bradys and the Girl from 127 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing up a '.rheatii 69 The Bradys in Kentucky; or, '!'racking '1 Mountain Gang. Case. 70 1'he Marked Bank Note; or, '.l.'he Bradys Below the Dead Line. 128 The llradys and Bad Man Smith; or, The Gang of Black Bar. No 7 1 '.l.'he Bradys on Deck; or, 'l'lle Mystery of the Private \acht. 123 The Brady and the Veiled Girl; or, Piping the .rombs Myste 72 '.l.'h e Bradys in a Trap; or, Work!ng A9;ainst a Hard Gang. 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on tnta 73 Over the Line; or, '!'he Bradys' Chase l'hrnugh Canada. Frontier .rr 74 The Bradys in Society: or, '!'he Case of Mr. Bal"low. / "I'ed 131 The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Be 75 The Bradys in the Slums; or, Trapping the Crooks of the ramers I Light District." 132 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. ta: 7 6 in the River; or, The Bradys and the Brnoklyn llridge133 The Bradys at Coney Island; or, '!'rapping the Sea-sideCroo 'No Mystery: The Brad.vs and the Road Agents; or, '.l.'he Great Deadwood Ca t 77 The Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the Jt,1ilroad 135 The Bradys and the Bank C lerk; or, Tracing a Lost Mon is Package. en; 7 8 '.l.'he Queen of Chinatown: or, The Bradys Among the "!Top" 136 The Bradys on the Race Track: or, Beating the Sharpers. Ne 79 and the Girl Smuggler; or, Woi kiug for the Custom 137 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Oplu 80 The Bradvs and the Runaway Boys; or, ,i;hadowlng the Circus ms and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in t et Sharps. Blue Ridge Mountains. 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery of the Old l 39 The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the Jo Church Yard. Street Mystery. 8 2 The Bradys and the Brokers: or, A Desperate Game In Wall Street. 140 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of t 83 The Bradys' Fight to a Finish: or, Winning a Desperate Case. ht '1' 1 84 The Bradys' Race fo r Life; or, Rounding UP a Tough Trio. 141 The the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work In the Sho 85 'l'he Bradys' Last Chance; or, '!'he Case in the Bark. Dina District. I:. 86 '.l.'he Bradys on the Road: or, The Strange Case of a Drummer. 142 The Bradys and the Broker; or. The Plot to Steal a Fortune. "' 87 The Girl in Black; or, The Bradys Trapping a Confidence Queen. 143 The Bradvs as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 88 '.l.'he Bradys in i\lulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy. 144 The Brad:vs and the f,ost Ranche; or, The Strange Case in Texa S9 The Bradys' Battle for Life; or, 'l'he Keen Detectives' Greatest Hn The Bradvs and the Signal Boy; or, J;!te Great '.rrain Robbery. Peril. H6 The Bradys and llunco Bill ; or, '.l.'he Cleverest Crook in Ne 90 The Bradys anC. tue Mad Doctor; or, 'Ille Haunted Mill In the York. J\larsh. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with ta l 91 The Bradys on the Rail; or, A lliysten of the Lightning Express. Customs Inspectors. o0l 92 The Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart-l 48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery; or, The Search for a Stole ment. Million. 93 The Bradys' Deep Deal; or, Hand-in-Glove with Crime. 1 i!l The Bradys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men 94 'l'he Bradys In a Snare ; or, 'l'he Worst Case of All. 150 The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after Dar 95 The Bradys Beyond Their Depth; or, '!'he Great Swamp Mystery. li\l The Bradys In Five Poin,ts; or, The Skeleton in the Cellar. 96 The Bradys' Hopeless Case; or, Against Plain Bvidence. 152 Fan .roy," the Opium Queen; or, The Bradys and the Chine 97 '!'he Bradys at the Ilelm; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. Smugglers. 98 '.l.'h& Bradys in Washington; or, Working for the l'resident. tl33 The B radys' Boy Pupil, o r Sifting Strange F:vidence 99 '!'he Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Cleve1 Crnoks. 154 The Bradys In the Jaws of Death; or, '!'rapping the Wire Ta 100 '.l.'he Bradys in Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. pers 101 '.l.'he Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Cauada Gang. l55 'l'he Bradys and the Typewriter; or, The Office Boy's Secre 102 The Bradys in Montana; or, 'l'he Great Copper Mine Case. l:>G The Bradys and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountai l 03 The Bradys Hemmed In; or, "1'heir in Arizona. Thieves. 104 '!'he Bradys at Sea: or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves; or, The Yellow Demons o 101\ The Girl from London; or, The Bradys After a Confidence Queen. Chinatown .. 106 The Bradys Among the Chinamen ; or, The Yellow Fiends of the 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen; or, Running Down th Opium Joints. 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No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-OOntalnins teen illustrations, giving the different position requisite to b THE STAGE. e. 91. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE OK.-;-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. o. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. t&!n!n c a varied assortment of stump speeches, Neg1'0, Dutch lr!ah. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amusec11t and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE 'l'D JOKE BOOK.-Somethingnew and very instructive. Every 1hould obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or lr.inJ. an amateur minstrel troupe. o. MULDOON'S JOKES.-'his is one of the most original 1 boob ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It t&!na a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of rrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of uy. Ever1 boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should taln a copy immediately. o. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com te lnatructlons how to make up for various characters on the ce; tocether with the duties of the Stage i\lanager, Prompter, nlc Arth1t and Property Man. By a prominent Stage :\fanager. Ne. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Contai ing the lat joltea, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and er pQJular IJerman comedian. Sixty-four "pages; handsome lol'M cever containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No HI. BOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing 11 ln1tructlons for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful wera at laome The most complete book of the kind ever pub laM. No. 80. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books 009ltlnc ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, la, came, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of try, anc a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular .... No. 87. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains Information for erybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to 11:1 'almot anything around t h e housP, such as parlor ornaments. >ac t., cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching hird11. ELECTRICAL. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRlCITY.-A de ptioa ()f the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; 1ether wltla full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, c. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il1trationa. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACIIINES.-Connln1 full directions fo r making electrical machines, induction th !11.z.. eynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. y .te.. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. Ne. 67. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .!. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. and give a, faithful These stories based on actual facts account of the exciting adventures of a, brave youths who were always ready and willing to far the sake of helping along the gallant ca. use Every number will consist of 32 large pages band of American imperil their lives of of Independence. reading 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 Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Always In the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. G The Liberty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys In Demand ; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight ; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The I,iberty Boys' Pluck ; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Perl! ; or, Threatened from all Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Ll!1erty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The J.iberty 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-of War. 18 The Liberty Boys Challenge ; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. lll The Liberty Boys 'l'rapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. ?O Tbe Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have B ee n." 21. 'J;he Liberty Boys' l!'lne Work; or, Doing 'l'hlngs Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on '!.'heir Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory ; or, Downing the Redcoats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspecte d ; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the R e d coats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, Wi t h the R e d coats In Phlladelphla. 28 TLe Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy wine. 29 ThP LlhPrty Boys' Wild Ride; or. A Dash tn Save a Fort. 31) The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by R eds and Whites 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Check. 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed ; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. il3 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. :14 The i.lberty Boys' Fake Surrender ; or, The Ruse That Succeeded 3;; The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' CllllB


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