The Liberty Boys lured, or, The snare the enemy set

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The Liberty Boys lured, or, The snare the enemy set
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Reprinted in 1913.

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... 11r.r/ $2 50 ptr year Ji:11tHP.rl 1 1.'i SP,.r:rmd filns.f: at the Ntnv Y o,.l: P ost, Febru.a.ry 4, 1901 by F rank Tou..,ey No. 71. NEW YORI\, lU A Y 9, 1902. Price 5 Cents. THE []BERTY BOYS LURED i ::tm:&:1::D : & .... ,JH: E:: SNARE ENEMY SET .. ... The man locked the door the instant the "Liberty Boys" were in tbe room. and as the key clicked a portiere was Sllddenly drawn aside and the youths found themselves confronted by a doze:a redcoats holding cocked and leveled muskets.


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BOYS OF A Weekly Magazine Conta i ning Stories of the American Revolution. lBBued Weekl11-B11 SubBcription $2.50 per year. Entered a s Second Olass Matter at the New York, N Y., Post O'(fice, February 4, 1901. Entered according to A.ct of Congress, in the yea1 1902, in the o'(fice of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 71. NEW YORK, llIAY 9, 1902. Price 5 Cents. I S 'ID Y als v e 1in ion full rin., .&. I CHAP'fER I. DICK AKD THE TUB TORY YOUTHS. "Well, what d'ye think erbout et, Mister Rebel?" "I am not a reb el." "Oh, ye hain't ?" "No." are ye, then?" "I am a patriot." "Et's all ther same." "You may think so, but I don't." "Whur' s ther diff rence ?" "There is lots of difference." "I don't see et." "Wen, I do." "Whut i s ther difference atween er rebel an' er patriot?" eyes, long, brown hair, and firm chin and well-chiseled features. He looked as if he were a youth whom it would not do to trifle with. Such W[lS, indeed, the fact, for he Dick Slater, who had only a short time before organ ized a <:!Ompany of youths of about his own age, and gone intq. the patriot army. The company was known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." In front of the youth, in the middle of the road, were four yquths of about his own age; but they were not the frank, handsome-looking fellows that he was. These four were Tory boys, and their leader, Joe Scroggs, was a deadly enemy to Dick Slater. Dick was headed toward the south, but while riding along the road, at a point two or three miles south of White Plains, the youths in question had suddenly leaped out into the road in front of his horse and brought him to a stop. In reply to Dick's question regarding what they om LDd i10J1. "A rebel i s one who is fighting against genuine authorwanted, Joe Scroggs said: b ity; while a patriot is one who is :fighting again t unjust o i authority-one who is fighting for freedom and inde?ll b Ten den cc." I don see no diff'rence." "We hev some bizness with ye." "Some business with me?" "Yas." "Well, state it quickly for I haven't any time to fool 'As I said a while ago, I don't. suppose you do. Your mvay." is too thick, Joe Scroggs." "Oh, ye hevn't di!" : O J aid : ion neh -"Whut's thet !" "You heard what I said." "I know I did; an' ye think my head is thick, d'ye ?" "I know it." "No." "B11t ye kain't he'p yerse'f, ye know. Ye kain't go till we let ye." The youth on horseba c k laughed in a half amused, haH "Thet's all right, Dick Slater! I think I'll be able ter scornful manner. "You say I can't go away till you rove, afore we git through with you, that yer head is ez Jet me?" he asked. "Thet's whut I said." "You think so, do you?" "Well, then, all I have to say is that you are a bigger vin "Yas, I do." !Cts fool than I took you to be, Joe." "Bahl What _do you want, anyway, Joe Scroggs, and !et a he rest of you fellows? Why have you stopped me?" "Oh, ye think I'm er fool, do ye?" "Yes, if you think you can keep me from going on my u ttl t h er It was a cooI but pleasant afternoon in November, of way." he year 1776 A handsome youth of perhaps eighteen "I s'pose ye air shore thet I don' lmow t;nnythin', hey?" Con ears sat upon a coal-black horse, which looked like a "Well,' I nev e r did give you credit for knowing a great as indeed it was. The youth had blue-gray 11eal, Joe."


\ THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. "Oh, ye never, hey?" "No." "An' I s'pose ye think ye know et a ll ?" "Oh, no," with a smile; "l am aware that there is con that I don't know." "An' ye think ye kin ride right on whenever ye git reddy ter do et, hey?" "There is nothing to hinder." Joe indicated himself and ihrce companions "Whut erbout us?" he asked. Dick smiled. "'rhe four of you can't keep me from I going, if I wish to do so," he said quietly; "and I'm going to go, too, if you don't state your business very quickly l can't waste my time sitting here." "Oh, no, ye won't go!" Joe said this with an air of confidence that surprised Dick. "You think not?" he said. "I'm shore ye \von't. Look heer." Then Joe uttered a whi s tle, and out from among the trees at both sides of the road leaped at least a score of youths of about Dick's .age Dick was surprised, but no one to haYe looked at him \rnuld have thought so. He did not show it at all, and Yas "For what?" ""For killin' my fathe r !" Dick's face lighted up. "Oh, I understand it now," he said; "hqt you arc making a mistake, Joe, in trying t1 get revenge on me." "W'y so?" "For the reason that, although I did kill your father1 he deserved death at my hands. He shot my father doWI? in cold blood, in front of our house, as you well know.I'' 1 "l dunno ennythin' uv thcr kin'." t "Yes, you do. You know it very well. And you know, too, that I was j.usti:fled in shooting your father." t: "I don' know enny sech thing!" said Joe, doggedly. 1 "Of course, I don't expect yon to acknowledge it," s aial Dick, "but it is the truth, just the same." "Et hain't ther trooth, an' I'm goin' ter hev ieycn g ontcr ye!" "What are you figuring on doing, Joe?" a s ked quietly. the horsem a < "Whut am I goin' ter do?" "Yes." "Waal, I think I'll take ye an' tie ye tcr er tree an t h e 1 there was even a smile on his face "Which the same as said; we fellers'll all take switches an' give ye er good larrupin".' "I knew what was coming." Joe was disappointed, but he tried not to let on. He had confidently counted on causing a look of dismay to "Oh, that's the programme, is it?" "Yas. "A very nice programme, indeed There is only o ne! come over the face of the youth he hated, and was angry "eak point in it." because of his failure to do so. "Whut is" "Now, whut d'ye think er bout et?" cried Joe, with c onsiderable of triumph showing .On his face "What do I think about what?" "Erbout goin' w'eneyer ye git reddy ter." "Why, I think just as I did before State business at once, o r if you haven't any just say so and I will ride onward "Oh; ye still tork thet way, do ye?" with an angry look and sneer. "Certainly. Why not?" Joe waved his hand' to indicate the score or more of ,youths "Oh, they don't cut any figure!" smiled Dick "But what have you to say to me? You haven't told me why ,you have way l aid and stopped me.;, "Then I'll te ll ye now "Do so. "You haven't taken into consideration the fact that 11 may obj ect good ll ct do ye ter objeck?" Joe waved hi.. hand around to indicate the youths. "A good deal of good, I fancy. I'll tell you, Joe, you had bette r take your friends and go your way, for if yo1i make any such attempt as you are figuring on doing it will go ha:r;d with you." .1 "Bali!" sneered Joe ; "ye kain t do nothin' erg'inst twenty uv us "I may surprise you." "I hain't er.fecrd." "Humph! you don't know enough to be afraid. But who are these young fellows, anyway, Joe? I mean what are' they supposed to be? I know the names of a number them, but I would like to know what you call yourselves as' a whole? Or, did you just get together for this one oc-' "I wil l. I hev stopped ye heer this arternoon fur ther casion ?" JJ.nrpu!Q uv gittin revenge o nter ye." "Of get t ing revenge?" Joe shook his head "A band, eh?" "No, we're er ban'," he said. \


THE J;IBERTY BOYS LURED. = r-"Ya s." "What is the name of your band?" \ "Ther ''rurrible Twenty.'" "The "ferrible Twenty,' eh?" It "Yas." "What is the object of the organization?" eaused all to scatter and get out of reach with all possible haste. arrher hoss is er demon!" yelled as he mac1e a dive for the safes t place h e could think of-the edge of the timber. "He'll kill us all!" yelled anothe r of the youths. 1 "Thet's our bi'zness," shortly. r "Oh, all right; I don't care to know particularly. They manag e d to get away out of reach, however, and I then Dick whirled the horse and rode away a distance of t idn't suppose you would wish to keep it secret." "Waal, et's our bizness, ennyway; so don' ax enny more u estions." isay, are you the fellows who have been burning the aystacks and s.tcaling things which belong to the patriots this vicinity?" asked Dick suddenly And are you c chaps who burned my father's stable a week ago and et fire to the house?" "Thet's non e uv yer bizness !" sai d Joe, sUTlily. "Well, f think it is my busi ness. If I was sure you fell'ows did that I would teach you a lesson, right now and ere, that you would remember for a while!" Dick's eyes lashed in a dang e rou s manner, and his teeth came to e ther with a click. rrhere was no mistaking the fact that c was in earnest. "Bah sneered Joe; "ye wouldn't teech us no thin'." "You would find out your mistake very quickly, Joe, :f I was sure you did that work," said Dick quietly. "If e ou don't believe me, just say that you did it anc1 see for ourself!" "Bah! I hain t ergoin' ter say nothin'. Bet et's no use orkin' e nny long er; we're goin' t e r giv e ye er lambastin', nd so ye might ez well take e t without e nny kickin'. Git own off'n yer hoss !" "Get off my horse?" "Yas." "What for?" twrnty yards and there he stopped and look ed back, with a smile on his face. "What do you think about it now, Joe?" he called out. ''Are you still thinking of giving me that thrashing?" "We'll kill ye how led Joe in reply. "We' ll kill }'e ther very fust chance we git!" ""\Vcll, y ou have the chance right now. Why not come en and do the killi1_!g ?" '' Thet's all right; ye air sassy enuff, but ye'll set'} ther time w'en ye won t be s o sassy!" ''It will be when yoUT 'Terrible Twenty' has gro,vn in numbers to a 'Horrible Hundred,' then, Joe," was the mocking reply; "twenty of you can o nothing with me!" "Oh, we kain't, .hey ?n "No." "Waal, we'll show ye! Giv' 'im er volley, fellers! Le'!!. kill 'im !" Following the words came the crack crack of pisto l s hots. Bullets whistled past Dick, but fortunately non e st ruck him. "So they are armed and rea1ly mean business?" mur mured the youth. "I've a good mind to teach them a As he spoke he drew two pi s tols, and, tUTning his horse's head, rode back toward the spot where the youths. were, at a gallop. When within a few paces of the spot he fired two shots into the edge of the timber. He fired at t "I've tole ye whut for, two er three times. Git down, I random, as he saw no but one of his shots must have Jone some damage, for a voice c ried out: "Oh, I'm shot rm killed! Oh, oh, oh e ll ye!" "Get down and permit myse1f to be whipped by your gang of cowardly curs?" cried Dick. "I guess not! I know a trick worth two or three of that. At them, Major!" The black horse had stood quietly while the conversa tion was going on, but at the word from his master the animal suddenly became very much alive Major suddenly gave utterance to a fierce snort of anger, and rearing up 5 on his hindlegs began striking at the youths with his front H hoofs, and biting at them. This action on the part of the horse was so unexpected \ that the you ths weTe given a terrible scare. Indeed, several jf them were knocked down by the horse's hoofs, and thi s "That was Joe's voice!" thought Di ck; "I'm glad I hit him, though I hope I haven't mortally wounded bim. CHAPTER II. DICK TO TJ:IE IlESCUE Dick did not think the "Terrible Twenty" would have courage eno ugh to stay and fue upon him again, and this surmise he was correct. He heard the sound of scam-


4 'l'IIE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. pering feet and the crackling of brush, and that the youths were running away at the top of their speed. As he heard no more from he decided that that worthy had not been seriously hurt. "He was worse scared than injured, I judge," said the youth, with a smile. "Well, I have put the "l'errible Twenty' to flight so I might as well go on." "Whut did ye hit so hard fur ?" asked one. "Say, thet wuzn't no way tcr do from another. "Ye liked ter knocked my head orf grumbled the thirr Dick was puzzled by the remarks, which did seem strang under the circumstances. Ile could see no rea son why l hould not have hit them hard, and he could not unde s tand why they should stand there and grumble instea Dick turned his horse's head and rode onward toward of attacking him. He was a quick-witted youth, howev the south a distance of perhap s two miles, and then came and made up his mmd to accept matters as they actual to a stop in front of a good-sized sto ne house situated on were and ask no questions. a little knoll a hundred yards back from the ro ad. As "If they don t wish to attack me, \Ve ll and good," Ji he brought Major to a stop, Dick was startled by hearing said to himself; "that is lucky for me, and now I wond a scream, in the shrill vc;iice of a woman. if I can make use of them?" "Help! help!" was the cry. "Help-murder! Help!" Putting on a fierce expression of countenance, he sai "Jove what can be the trouble?_" thought Dick; but "One of you bring me some water, quick! Don't you s he was off his horse like a flash, even as the question the lady has fainted?" flashed through his mind, and the next instant he was running toward the house at his best speed. The front door of the house was closed, and as the screams had seemed to come from the back of the house Dick swerved to one :;ide and ran around the house As "Yas, yas, "we seeet," said one; "I'll bring ye s water." 'l'he fellow ran into the house and returned, quickl with a dipper filled with waler. Dick began work at one and afte r bathing the girl's face for a few moments sl he turned the corner he saw a beautiful girl of perhaps / gave utterance to a sigh and opened her eyes. eighteen years struggling in the grasp of three evil-faced h "Where am I?" she murmured. "Oh, I rememb T e men wer e not redcoats, nor were they farmers, nor yet hunters; indeed they looked like vagaponds more now!" with a shudder. "Those horrible men were goin to carry me away Where are they now?" i.han anything else. Dick did not hesitate. "Unhand tlie lady you scoun drels!" he cried, and then he rushed forward to the attack. The three obeye d the command with alacrity, somewhat "Guess we'd better be goin', boss," sl}.,id one of the me in a low voice, in Dick's ear, and the three were startin to slouch away when a man came rushing around th corner of the house, in great excitement. to Dick's surprise, and when he was in reach of them he The newcomer was a British officer, evidently a capta dealt them severe blows, knocking them clown, one after an d as his eyes took in the scene a disappointed and angr the other. Dick was somewhat surprised by the ease with which he had overcome the fellows; they had not attempted to defend themselves or strike back. look came over his face. "What has been going on here?" he cried, advancin toward Dick in a threatening manner. "Unhand the lad you ruffian, or I will run you through He had no time to think of this, however, for with a "No, no! You must not do anything of the kind, Cai glad cry the girl threw herself into Dick'.s arms and tain Sheldon!" cried the girl, motioning the officer bac swoone d away, as women sometimes do when their nerves "This yo_ung gentleman saved me from those-thos relax after having been ove rwrought. ruffians, yonder, who said they were going to carry m Dick was in a quandary. He hardly knew what to do. away!" There were the three des peradoes already scrambling to The officer's face grew dark. "He is in with them, r their feet, and they would undoubtedly attack him. With warrant!" he cried angrily. "He is one of them, an the insensible girl on his hands he would be badly handiought to be cut down in his tracks!" capped and would be unable to defend himself very effec"Oh, no, he isn't!" the girl cried "He heard me er tively. out and came to my rescue." To his surprise, however, when the men got upon their "From what I have seen and heard since coming h ere, feet they did not attack him at all, but began making sa id Dick, quietly, "it would seem to me that you are tht complaining remarks one. who is in with those fellows, Captain Sh e ldon


/ THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 5 "What's that!" the officer almost shouted. "Do you 'are accuse me of any such thing, you peasant dog?" r "I certainly do dare accuse you of it, you redcoat I dently he meant every word he said, but he was brought to a sudden stop, the youth suddenly whipping out a pistol and leveling it full in the captain's face. gound !" was the calm retort l "Oh, gentlemen! gentlemen! "Stand where you are!" said Dick, sternly. "Keep your don't quarrel!" the gir l distance, for I shall protect myself at all hazards, and e ied. As for the three ruffians, they stood and stared from efe to the other of the two men, and then at one another, aHa blank amazement and wonder have no in tention of permitting you to stick that sword in me. Keep back or I will put a bullet through you!" The three ruffians looked at one another in amazement. "He's er bad wun, hain't he?" remarked one, illl a low "I'm kinder afeerd we made er mistake!" whispered one. voice. l The comrade to whom the remark was addressed nodded. The other two nodded As for the girl, a good judge of physiognomy would have said at once that she was well looks like et," he replied. I "I thort ther furst wun thet come wuz ther wun we wuz okin' fur." s "So did I." When the girl said, gentlemen! don't quar m el!" Dick replied, quietly: "I have no desire to quarrel, I 'ss, but I will not stand silent and permit any man to 1j,all me names. The captain called me a 'peasant dog,' c nd I called him a 'redcoat hound,' so we are eve;n, and h am willing to let the matter drop there, if he is." "But I'm not willing to let the matter drop!" cried the e aptain. "I repeat what I said a while ago, that you are collusion with these men, and you dare not deny it!" Dick paid no attention to the captain just at the mo-ent; instead, he said to the girl: "Are you able to stand thout a.ssista.nce, miss ?" "Oh, yes!" was the reply. "I am sure that T can stand, [ nd walk, too, but you must not-must not-. -" "Never mind, miss," sa\d Dick, gently; " step aside l'md oblige me. Perhaps it would be as well for you to r -lro indoors." ill The girl gave one quick but expressive look into Dick's yes and then stepped to one side She took up her posi ) ion beside the house, and then she looked from one to he other of the two men, with a frightened expression on P er face. There was anxiety there, too, and it was evident k hat she feared for one or the other of the two men. pleased with the course affairs had taken. There was a look of pleasure and relief in her eyes and on her: face, and she drew a long breath, which was also of relief. The captain was perhaps the most surprised person of all. And he was angry-phew His face grew almost black with rage, and his eyes shone with a baleful light as he glared at the youth who had turned the tables on him so completely. "W-what d-do you m mean ?" the captain stammered. "Drop that pistol I" he added, suddenly and fiercely. Doubtless the thought had come to him that he could over-awe and frighten the youth, after all. But he made a great mistake in this. Dick Slater was a youUi who did not know the meaning of the word fear. He merely smiled in a scornful manner, and said: "Drop the pistol, eh?" "Yes, drop it!" "And permit you to run your swoi;d through me? I guess that you will have to excuse me, captain!" A curse escaped the lips of the other. He saw that he could D;Ot intimidate the bold youth, and be was determined to get at him and kill him; but how was he to do it? He looked around, and his eyes fell upon the three ruffians The girl saw the look, and seemed to know what it porDick now gave his attention to the British officer. "I tended. Quick as a fl.ash she entered the house. At the elieve you remarked that I am in collusion with those same instant the captain made a gesture to the three and ruffians, yonder," he said, calmly. 11 A growl went up from the three, and a frown came o-v-er he captain's face, but he nodded and said: "That is just hat I did say, and it is the truth, too!" "It is not the truth!" Dick spoke calmly but decidedly. "What's that I You dare to tell me I lie?" almost yelled he officer. "Why, you insolent puppy, I will run you through for that, as sure as my name is Sheldon!" called out, authoritatively: "Leap upon him and make a prisoner of him, men Do you hear? Be quick "If they make a move to obey you I will put a bullet through your heart, Captain Sheldon said Dick sternly. "And I will put a bullet through one or two of the ruffians cried a clear, ringing voice, and all looked, to see the gir l standing in the open doorway with a couple of cocked and leveled pistols in her hands The pistols The officer drew his sword and leaped forward Evi-were pointed at the three ruffians, and there was a look in


6 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. the clear eyes of the girl that said, "Shoot as plainly as words could have done. "Thank you, miss !'1 said Dick, with a smile. "I guess we will be more than a match for this bold captain and his three unsavory assistants." "The y are not my assi stants !" the captain cried, his face black with anger. He looked more like a fiend than Dick laughed. "Finding that you are beaten at y own game you are going to try another, eh?" he r emarkb "I don't know what you mean," was the snarling r epk "but I will say that one or the other of us shall not leai. this place alive-that is, if you have any manhood abq you, and are not a coward!" Again Dick laughed, but this time there was a h a a human being, and it was evident that the attitude of the ring to the laugh that would have warned a close obs er girl was very displeasing to him. Dick, who was a pretty that somebody was .in danger. "Ob, you needn't b e afra shrewd youth, thought be understood the matter. The about that part of it, Captain Sheldon," he s aid, calmly; captain was in love with the maiden, and did not like to do not fear to meet you in any manner you wish. But see her take the part of some one else; against him: "You say they are not your assistants," said Dick; "but it is patent that they are. You have an understanding with them, but I can tell you that it will do you no good, this time; so you might as well go your way." "I shall not leave this spot till I have had satisfaction out of you!" the captain hissed. "Why, what have I done to y ou ?" "You have called me insulting n ames "Well, you called me insulting n ames first Bu t that is diffe r ent "How is it different?" "Why, I am an officer in t h e service of the king, while you are-" J ust .as good a man as a n y officer who ever served under an y king!" B ah! foll y to ta lk i n t h a t manne r. "It fa the simp l e truth; so wher e can there be any folly in t hat ?" "It is false! You must be an egotist, and a great one!" O h, no; the r e is nothing egotistica l about that. I d on't think one would have to be such a very great and good man to be the equal of any British officer-that is, i f what I have seen are fair samples, and I think they are." "How many have you seen ?" "Oh, two or three hundred "Bah! I'll warrant you have not seen half a dozen British officers. 1 "You are entirely mistal!en. I have seen more than I wished to see." wish to impress one thing upon your mind, and that that you are not lowering yourself a particle in :fighq me. I consider myself the equal of any Briti s h officer. am one who believes that the people of Am e rica shou be free and independent, and am one who is willing at times to cross swords with any adherent of the tyrant, Ki Ge' orge !" CHA PTER III. DICK DOWNS THE CAPTAIN. "You are a b rave and n oble-hearted man!" exclaim the girl, admiration in tone and air. 'l'h is, with Dick's wor d s r e nd ered the captain furio "What is that!" he almost yelled D o you dare call t king a tyrant?" I certainly do dare call him tyrant!" r eplied Dick a tyrant; and he is "That is too much!" fumed the officer. "If you w meet me, say so; and we will get at it at once-and I kill you, too, you young scoundrel!" "Perhaps you will; perhaps you won't-you old scou drel was Dick's reply. "I'll meet you. Where sh we fight?" "Right here!" "And now?" "Yes, at once "What weapons shall we use?" "Wen, I will tell you what I am going to do," the cap"You, as the challenged party, have the choosing oft tain said slowly, and in what he intended should be an weapons impressive "I shall be lowering myself considerav ery well; if I had a sword I would m eet you wi ably, but as I am desirous of teaching you a lesson, I that weapon, but as I haven't I suppose we will ha v e will make an in your case and for o'uce fight settle it with pistols at ten paces." one beneath me in station I challenge you to meet me "That suits me Let us pace off the distance and g e t 1 in a duel, man to mnn !" work."


THE' LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 7 he captain returned his sword to its scabbard and and eyes, and he winked and biinked in a comical fashion. rk ked about him. His eyes fell upon the three ruffians, Presently he shook his head. o stood where they had been standing all the time. The "I can't go on with this affair now," he said. le th was that they were afraid to move for fear the girl b uld fire upon them. he captain waved his hand authoritatively and said : ha t away from here! Clear out, you scoundrels What I r you mean by hanging around here, anyway?" ra:Dark looks appeared on the evil faces of the three, and ; y growled audibly. "Ther gal'd er put er bullet inter ut ef \\'e bed tried fur ter go erway," mumbled one. t "I don' think thet's jes' ther way ter t.ork ter us arter ti ut we done fur ye!" one "Nur me, neethcr !"from the other. m "You. ought not to address your tools so roughly, cap e in," said Dick, sarcastically; "see, you have hurt their [ i lings." A curse escaped the lips -of the officer, and quick as a sh he struck at the smiling fate of the youth. "Take at!" he hissed. "Why not?" in surprise. "For the rea s on that I cannot see clearly; my vision is hazy, and I would not have a fair chance with you." "Oh, that's so; the blow has temporarily injured your sight. Well, we w.ill postpone the affair till some future time, if it is your wish." "It i sn't my wish, but I can't help myself. I have to do so in justice to myself. I don t have any desire to commit suicide." "Very well; I shall hold myself in to give you full satisfaction at any time or place." "I will have satisfaction, never fear!" 'almost hissed the 0officer. "You have struck me--me, a British officer! 'l'hat insult can only be atoned for by the shedding of blood!" "Oh, very well," said Dick; "it is perhaps unnecessary for me to remark that I shall do my best to see to it that But he was dealing with a youth who was a wonder. it isn't my blood that is shed." ick saw the blow was coming, and ducked; the captain 's t passing above his head. Then out shot his own fist, d it caught the officer fair between the eyes and stretched m at full length on the grass. It was a terrible stroke, n d for a few moments the man lay there, motionless, zed by the blow and the shock of the fall. r "Served him right!" said the girl, approvingly, and th a smile at Dick. The three ruffians stared in and then they inned and looked at one another. "Ther boss got er Ste UV ther young feller's fist, ther same ez We did !" id [ "Thet's right; an' I don' keer, eether !"from another. "Nur me--I'm glad uv et!" from the third. "He called skoun'rels." l a The captain lay where he bad fallen :for nearly half a ute, and then he slowly rose to a sittin

8 1'HE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. =======================================================================================or I You took me by surprise, this time, and I could do nothdodge to try to divert suspicion from one's self by accusu I ") ing .; but will not take me that way again, so beware!" some other person." .at "We won't come around here again," mumbled one. "So it is." "Ye bet we won't!" from another. They hastened onward as rapidly as was possible, and "Not ef we knows ourselves, an' we thinks we do!" said the third. they drew near the point where the four stood, talking, th moyed very cautiously. 13Y careful work they managed "Very well, then; you may go, and see to it that you get close enough so that theJ could hear and understar" don't forget your resolution, and come again." "Theer hain't no danger thet we'll come erg'in," sai d one, and the tluee hastened away. As Dick expected they would do, they went in the same direction taken by the captain. He stepped to the girl's side and said, quickly: "I am going to follow them. I think they are going to follow the captain; and if I can overhear wl; they say when they join him I will know whether or not this affair was prearranged, and the men hired by the officer." "Be careful,'' said the girl; "they might discover you and turn on you, and four against one is big odds." "I do not fear them. But are you alone here?" "Yes." "Are you afraid to remain here alone while I am gone?" "No, I am not afraid," :was the reply; "but if you don't object, I should like to accompany you and hear witp. my own ears what the captain says to those ruffians. If I hear him say that they were tools of his, then I will have some thing against him that will put a stop to his trying to woo me." then,'' said Dick; "we will have to hasten." He stole to the corner of the house and looked toward the road. He saw the captain riding slowly up the road at a distance of two hundred yards from the house, and the three desperadoes were following him at a distance of one hundred yards. "Wait till they are out of sight behind that point of timber," said Dick; "then we will hasten, and by cutting across we can overtake them." They waited, and when the three had disappeared from sight they left their place of concealment and walked as rapidly as possible till they reached the point of timber. Entering this they hastened onward, and had gone per haps a quarter of a mile when they came in sight of the persons they were following. The captain had halted and dismounted, and the three ruffians had just joined him. "You see, they have an un derstanding," said Dick. "It looks that way," agreed the girl. "I was sure of it the instant the captain accused me of being in collusion with the three rascals. It is an old what was said It did not tak.e long to bear sufficient make them certain that the captain and the three luv been in collusion, for he was berating the ruffians ar telling them that they had acted like fools. "When that young scoundrel put in an appearance wit didn't you knock his head ?ff?" the officer was heard to as "We thort et wuz you, cap'n," was the reply. "Thought it was me?" "Yas." "But he didn't have a uniform on." "We thort et wuz you with yer unyform off." "But my face--! don't look like him." "I know, but ye mus' rememb er, boss, thet et wuz da:? in ther cabin las' night, w'en we made ther arrangement with ye, an' we couldn't see yer face good." t "We\l, that is true, too; but 1 should think you woul have known the difference." "But we didn't; an' we wuz mighty mad et ye fur hittir uv us so hard, boss. We thort thet wuzn't ther squa1 thing." The captain rubbed his face and eyes. "Curse him! h can hit hard, can1t he?" he growled. "He sartinly can!" was the reply. "Well, I will get even with him for this day's work1 I am not the man to let any one handle me in such P fashion, and then pass it by. I will have his life, just a :c sure as my name is Sheldon!" .I "Waal, I don't keer ef ye do kill ther cuss!" gre>wle< one. "He hit me er turrible clip along side ther head, an it hain't stopped ringin' yit." J "The young scoundrel spoiled my plans," grated tht captaiu; "but for him I should have been enabled to pu' in an appearance, put you fellows to flight, and then th? girl would have hailed me as a hero and the saver of he1 life. After that I think I should have been able to gef lier to look with favor on my suit." Dick gave the girl a look and nod. "You see," ht whispered, "it was all prearranged. The captain wat ( going to win your favor by a trick." "I see,'" was the whispered reply. "Well, his pla1 failed, thanks to you!" "Th er young chap did kinder disarrange yer plans


THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 9 ore enuff," agreed one of the men. "But what air ye si 1in' ter do now, cap?" "I don't know; I hardly think it worth while to try "Retributive justice!" whispered Dick to the girl. "Yes, it serves him right," the maiden replied. The three let the up and he drew some gold from at trick again, for I believe the young scound rel suspected his pocket and gave it to them, after which he mounted d ;e trick and will likely tell the girl." his horse and rode away, the three men e ntering the timber th "Jes' ez like ez not. Then ye won't want us enny m?re ?" and disappearing also. ed "Not that I know of. If I should n eed you, however, "Come," said Dick to the girl; "we will go back to the will know where to look for you." house. I guess we have heard enough to satisfy us that "Yas-ther same ole place; ther cabin down by ther the four were in collusion." "Yes, indeed," the girl repli ed; "and if that captain comes bothering around me again I '"ill tell him just what "An' now, boss, I guess we'll take ther res' UV th e r I think of him!" unny whut ye owes us." as "The rest of the money that I owe you?" exclaimed the ptain. CHAPTER IV. "Yas." "But I don't owe you any money." DICK HAS FUN WITH THE REDCOATS. "Whut's thet Ye don't mean ter deny et, do ye?" asked e fellow; angrily. On the way back to the house Dick asked the girl her "I don't think that I owe you anything ; I paid you name. a oney before you did the work." "But ye on'y paid us ha'f whut y'c wuz ter pay. Ther ther ha'f wuz ter be paid w'en ther work wuz done u1 "That is it, exactly; the work was not :finished. It was r rank failure." "'\V aal thet wuzn't our fault wuz et boys?" f1lTbe two shook their "Uv et !'; ua I ey said. "An' we wants ther res' uv ther munny," the main said grimly The captain was angry and obstinate, however, and eld out. "I'm not going to pay for something I didn't et," he said; "if you had held on and knocked the head ff thaL fellow, Dick Slater, then I should have been glad a o pay you; but as it is I do not feel that I owe you anyle hing.'' "Waal, we feel thet ye owe us 1:oumthin ," was the grim, hrea tening reply; "an' ef ye non pay c t y c n go home in h orse shape mu ye air at present! We hain't goin' ter tan' no foolishne s s frum ve, mu ennvbuddy We wants th ur nrnnny an' we air goin' tei hev et!" he "Curse your impudence! I'll cut you up into ribbons_!" oared the captain, and he started to draw his sword. He ge as BOt quick enough, however, as the three leaped up.on h im and bore him to the ground. They began pummeling he officer at a great rate, and he soon set up a cry for quarter. la:d stop!" he howled. "I'll pay! I'll pay! Don't lit me agai:n "Lucy I.ieslie,'' was the reply. "Then you are Judge Leslie's daughter?" the youth queried "Yes, Mr Slater." "Don't call me 'Mister Slater.' Call me Dick." "If you will call me Lucy." "All right, it is a bargain, Lucy." "So it is, Dick." "My understanding has been that your father is a strnng patriot, and, indeed, that he is a strong personal friend of General Washington, Duey; how comes it, then, that you have been courted by this British officer?" "I haven't really been courted by him, Dick." "You haven't?" "No; he has simply been a caller at om house three or four times." "But how did he come to call when your father is a strong patriot?" "I'll tell you how it is, Dick: You see, father is a patriot, but mother is for the king, and she smiled upon the captain and encouraged hi.m to come." "Ah, I see; your mother would be willing for you to marry a British officer, then?" "I think she would." "But your father would not favor it." "No, nor do I; for I think as my father does-that the people of America should be free and independent." "I think you are right, Lucy But where is your mother?"


10. THE LIBERTY B O Y S LUR E D. "She i s away, v i siti n g a n e i ghbo r a mile away." And your fathe r ; wher e i s he?" "He wen t to White P laip.s this forenoon on business "Do you think he will be back soon?" I think so. I hope so; I have a message for letter from General "Ah, indeed? I hope father will return bef9re mother, then; for perhaps it might be something father would wish secret from her." "I hope he may return soon as I wish to ride over and visit my mother and sister, this afternoon, before return ing to the patriot encampment at l orth Castle." "Where do they live, Dick?" "Near Tarrytown." "Ah! ayer by the river?" "Yes." "Goodness I wish they lived close to us. How I should like to haYe them for neighbors and friends!" They were almost. to the house, now, and they saw a man drive up in a single buggy and turn into the lane leading back to the stable to me I think I can get rid of him for good and alDic telling him that I know all "He will do well to pick a time for his visit when I. not at home!" the judge declared. s "I bave a letter for you, sir," said Dick, taking the 1 i from bis pocket." .s e "A letter for me?" "Yes, sir." "Who is it from?" "The commander irl-chief." "0 h from General Washington? Good me." Give l c Di it th IW The judge took the letter, opened it and read the clc tents He nodded his head, when he had finished, AS saiq : "Good It is all right. I will write a letter" reply and you can take it to the commander-in chief."Vh "Very well, sir," said Dick. "By the way," said the judge, "won't you stay and trai supper with us?" Di Dick shook his head "No," he replied, "I will go rijPe back just as soon as you have the letter ready for me." th "Very well; it is as well, for the matter is of }lt "There is father, n ow!" exclaimed Lucy. glad he has come!" 1 Oh, I'm so portance I hope, that you will visit us sove time a n d stay a while 'i/i/ e owe y-ou considerable, an(l>O "And I," said Dies:. They hastened their steps and reached the rear of the house just as the judge Seeing a strruiger with Lucy, he stopped : "Where. is your mother, Lucy?" the judge ;sked. "She is over at Mrs. Seldon's, father," the girl replied. '' you have been here alone?' "Yes, and I have had a terrible experience, too, and this man rendered me a great service. This is 1\Ir. S}lfur; better known as Dick Slater, and he is the' captain company of young men known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76 "Ob, ho!" exclaimed the judge, climbing out of buggy and extending his hand. "I've heard of you, Mr. Slater, and I am proud to make your acq u aintance !" "Thank you," said I am equally proud to make r,our acquaintance." "And now, Lucy, what was the experienc e you spoke of?" the judge asked, a shade of anxiety on his face Lucy told him, in as words as possible, and when the judge learned of the despicable trick which Captain Sheldon had attempted to play, he was very angry:. ,should lie glad of an opportunity of showing you thave appreciate it. d "Yes, indeed!" said Lucy e "That is all right; no thanks are necessary," said Di "I was glad of the opportunity of doing your daughtefi. o favor." "] Judge Leslie went into the house and wrote a letter tfl.1J sealed it. Then he gave it to Dick, who placed it in l bade the two good-by, and, mounting his hor started on his return trip. ( "I did intend to go over and see the folks, but as judge said this letter is of importance, I guess I had beb"' go straight to North Castle and place it in the ha:r": of the commander-in-chief at the earliest possible n 2 ment I can go and see the folks other time "' As Dick drew nea r White Plains he asked himself b be should ride right through the village or go around u "Ther e might be some redcoats there," he thought, "am then I might get into trouble." te It was already growing dark, however, and he decid" to risk going through the village He did not believe zn would attract the attention of any redcoats, should tb" "I'll shoot that scoundrel if. he ever sets foot on my be there; and even if he did he could give them a ra," place again!" be declared. with all the chances in his favor, as Major was a v<" "No, don't do that, father," said Lucy; "just leave him speedy horse. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 11 11 ick soon entered the village and rode eastward, down main street. Just before he got to where stood an I inn, six or seven men came forth and started across street. They were laughing and talking boisterously, le it was plain that they were at least half drunk. It ts equally evident that they were British soldiers, for ey were singing snatches of songs which stated that ct; then, too, it was not so dark as yet but that their i coats could be seen. ick saw that he would be unable to get past in front it the redcoats, so he slackened speed down to a w walk. This action attracte?' the atten ion of the c coats, who were just ripe for deviltry, anyway, and they used in the middle of the street. r "Come on! come on!" cried one, addressing Dick. hat you slowing up for?" "Yes come on!" cried anothe r. "What are you id of?" Dick didn't like the turn had, taken. He had ri ped that he would be ab.\9" d get through the village thout being interfered with, but here he had come in i tact with six or seven half-drunk redcoats. He could i;o ve turned his horse and ridden rapidly away in the n posite direction and made his escape, 'but that would a ve considerable loss of time as he would have 9. to ride much farther, in a roundabout ccl'urse through e timber; so he made up his mind to face the redcoats d try to get past them without becoming embroiled in a culty. "Ilow are you, gentlemen?" remarked Dick as he drew ar. "It is a pleasant evening." n yes, a pleasant evening," replied one, mockingly; very pleasant eveni:Jlg !" "Get oit your horse J.d come in and have a drink with ," from another. "Yes, yes; that's it!" was the cry. "But I haven't the time to spare, gentlemen," said Dick. am in a hurry." [ "Oh, no; you are not!" declared one. "It doesn't pay .lf be in a hurry. Down with you! You must not think l a u can decline an invitation from members of the king's my in such a fashion. It is not every one we would tend such an invitation to." "But I assure you I have not the time to spare, gentleen," Dick protested. "Bosh! Off with you!" "But, gentlemen," protested Dick, "I don't drink." There was a burst of boisterous laughter at this. The redcoats seemed to think this about the most amusing thing they had ever heard. "You don't drink?" "Say you don't mean it?" "You are a wonderful fe Y "That makes it all the better. This will be a good time to begin--.-h, fellows?" "Yes, yes It will be sport to see him taking his dose for the first time!" Dick saw he was in for trouble and mad8 up his mind to get in the first blow. In most encounters this counts for a good deal. In fact, it is sufficient to win the battle. Dick well aware of this, so he suddenly gave ; llf ajor a signa l and the intelligent animal leaped forward and began rearing and plunging and whirling and kicking at a grea t "Look out! I can't hold 0him !" cried Dick, simulating accents of terror. "Get out of the way or he may kill some of you Look out The redcoats hastened to obey. They were not so drunk but that the instinct of self-presenation was strong within i.bem and the way they scrambled and fell over one an other in their efforts to get quickly out of the way of the seeming ly maddened animal was comical to see. street was soon clear and Dick gave Major siglfi.l to stop cutting capers, ad .\J?Oment later the in tel1i o:eJlt w11s galloning up tfte. street. The reclco'ah, as soon as. the dang as.. it scramb led ... 1.o their feet and yelled for to

, 12 rrHE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. -============================================::....:--=-==-=::::-=-===============================t The youth looked back ancl saw them coming. "So you encampment at Xorth Castle, and delivered Judge Leslib Rre going to give chase, are you?" he murmured. "All letter into the hands of the commander-in-chief. rs right; and if you can catch Major you are welcome to make a a prisoner of me!" The redcoats had good horses, but the,Y were not so good as Dick's animal, which was a thoroughbred, with the best I rabian blood in his veins. Major was a wonderfully speedy horse, and bad great staying qualities as well. Dick had never yet seen the equal of Major, and did not have any fears that the redcoats would, overtake him. He was not averse to having a little sport, however, so he held his horse in, and not let him go at anywhere near his best speed. Tl1is permitted the pursuers to draw nearer, and as soon as they noted the fact that they were drawing up on the fugitive they began giving utterance to exultant yells. CHAP'l'ER V. JOE i:>UROGGS HIS BAND AT WORK. As Dick had thought, he had \vounded Joe Scroggs w one of the bullets he had fired inlo the timber after ti' urrerrible Twenty" bad been scattered and put to fiigl by Major Joe was not much hurt, hO\l(C:ver, he havif.t received only a flesh wound, and a slight one at that, b he had thought that he had received his death wound aP howled dismally. When he found that he could run wit "They think they will catch me," thought Dick; "well, as much strength ever, however, his courage return I will wait a little and then give them an surand be made up hi mind that he was all right, after all. UJ prise.'-' When they had pene1nlted to the distance of a quarti Onward he rode at the same gait, and presently the redof a mile they paused and Joe looked to se. e how badly h coats were within seventy -five yards of him. "Stop!" yelled one. "Stop, or we will fire upon you!" "Yes, you can't get away so might as well give up fir1:1t as last!" from another "Stop and surrender, you rebel !" from a third. "Oh, you think you have me, do you?" called out Dick. "Of course! You can see that yourself!" "But I don't see it." "You are a fool!" "No, you fellows are the fools "Bah! we'.11 make you wish you had not talked so saucy!" "I'll prove to you that you are the fools!" he was. Ile found that he had received a mere scratclt l and then his fear changed to anger. :r "I'll kill that Dick Slater yit he cried. "I'll sh 'im tbet he kain't han'le me in this beer fashion an' nfl. git hurt himself!" lle's er bad wun, though, I tell ye!" said one of youths. "Yas; but ef _we git er chance we'll be able sum uv ther badness outer 'im !" "But how air we goin' ter git ther chance?" "I dunno; but we'll git et, all right." "Waal, I hain't so shore nv et. He hez er h1mder fellers, w'ile we hev on'y twenty; an' whut chan _ce woiill "How will you do it?" we stan' erg'inst him an' his crowd?" :! "By running away from you Watch me!" "I'll tell ye whut we'll do," said Joe. Dick loosened the reins and gave a chirp, and Major "Whut ?" shot forward, like an arrow from a bow. He left the "We'll git up er ban' with ez menny in et ez Dick horses of the redcoats behind with such rapidity that they hez in his'n, an' then we'll be able ter giv' 'em er goOI seemed almost as if standing still. fight." I The redcoats saw that the fugitive bad simply been "But kin we git thet menny boys?" playing with the:rn, and they gave utterance to yells of "I think we kin. Theer's thet menny aroun', I'm shore.' anger and disgust; they l ashed their horses, but could not "I slr' d think theer would be." get any more speed out of them and were soon forced to "Yas; I'm shore theer is." give up the chase as the person they were pursuing had "When'll ye git 'em tergetber, Joe?" disappeared in the darkness ahead of them They rode "Right erway. I wanter be reddy fur Dick Slater arr back to the village in disgusted silence, and, dismounting, his gang uv 'Liberty Boys' tber nex' time we run ercro 1 entered a tavern and proceeded to drown their disappoint enny uv 'em." ment and discomfiture in drink The other member_s of the band were in for this, am, A little more than an hour later Dick reached the patriot they made their way to a cabin in the timber, in a secludet.


THE LIBERTY B O YS LURED. 13 sli t, whe r e iew people ever went. This was the headq uarof about seventeen years. This was Edith Slater, Dick's s of the band, f).nd the members began laying their sister, and she was a remarkably pretty girl. ns at once. "Theer's anutb e r thing erbout hevin er hunderd boys," k a Joe; "we be able ter g o aroun t e r th e r hou ses uv ter Whigs an' do jes' ez w e pl e a s e with ther folks Ef "Hello, E?-ith," said Joe, who felt that there was no need of his wasting a n y pol iteness Joe Scroggs exclaimed Edith, in a tone 1of dismay. "Yas; et's Joe Scroggs!" with a grin of satisfa c tion. ey try ter koop u s erwa y w e kin kill 'em; an we kin "Air ye glad ter see me, J)Jdith ?" rn ther hou s e s an take e nnythin thet we fin' in the r "Glad to see you? No; I hat e the s i ght of -/ou, Joe uses. w i "Yas tber more boys we h e v th e r B ette r s aid another "Yas, twenty uv us hain t ernuff." I Joe went about the work in a bu s iness-like way. He med eight youth s and sent them out in as many different rections, with ins tructions to be s ure and mis s no Tory me and to get as many youths as they cou ld. Scroggs "Oh, y e do?" "Yes, I do. "Who is it, Edith?" came from within, in a woman s voice. "It is Joe Scro15gs, mothe r," was the reply ".Toe Scroggs in a tone of a l a r m Quite a numb e r of n e w recruits were secured that night, "Yas, Joe Scroggs, an' er hunderd more feller s Mrs. tit took all next day and the next night to s ecure the Slat e r !" called o u t Joe. "We hev come ter finish ther ndred that Joe had set hi s heart on having. work we wuz goin' ter do ther other time we wuz heer, an' The numb e r wa s secure d and Joe was happy. He im this time we' re goin' ter do et, too!" Y in e d that thcy would be able to thrash th e "Libe rty Boys" "y; m1 coward!" said Edith, with s pirit. t c s il y if they s hould be so fortunate a s to meet those "Oh, call me names ef ye want er," g rinned Joe "I r ebels ." He did not take into con s ideration the fact don' keer, not er cent's worth. I'll git even with ye fur et." ho at the "Lib e rty Boys" were regular s oldiers and that "Don't anger him said Mr s Slat e r, appearing cy had had experience in actual warfare; that they were in the doorway. pidly becoming veterans. "I couldn't help saying it, mother," was the r e ply. "We air all right now, fellers," he said; "we hev you don t mean what you s ay Joe," s aid :Mrs. uff so th e t w e kin do jes:' e rbout ez we pl e a s e We will Slater. "You are not going to burn our h o use? o t e r work ri ght erway an' we'll make the r Whig s an' "Waal, we je s t !" was the r eP,ly b e l s wis h the y .wuz on ther side uv the r king!" "What good will it do you to turn u s out in the world "Thct's whut we' ll do!" was the cry. "Wbut air ye goin' ter d o furst, J oe?" a s ked one e r "I'll' tell ye whut I think uv doin'/' was the r e ply; ul \'e kno w w e w ent t e r ther homes uv Dick Slat e r an Bob stabrook, wun s t, an' burnt e r stable an' s e t fire t e r ther ouse, but they wuz too much fur u s an' w e h e d t e r git rway an' ther hou s e wuzn t burnt, arte r all." "Yas, we know thet." 0 "Waal, I think ther :furst thing w e' ll do will be ter g o n' finish up thet theer job." "AU right; we're willin'." e. "Let's go this very night without a roof over our h e ad s? "Oh, et ll do me er lot u v g o od. I h e v e r g rudge erg' inst Dick, an' I kin pa y e t thi s way.?' "What has D ick ever done to you?" "Waal, jest ther other day he s hot m e in t h er th i g h "Dic k shot you ? i n a s toni s hm e nt. "Yas." "Whe r e did you see him?" "Over not fur from Whit e Plai ns." "What was h e doing the r e 1 w o nd er?" "I dunno "Was be alon e ?" "All right Y a s." Joe ordered the youths to get ready to travel, and they "WTiere did the m e eting take pla ce?" rrc soon ready. The force set out through the timber and "Erbout two mil e s south uv White Plains." a alked steadily for an hour They wer e then nea r the ros ome of Dick Slater's mother and sister. The youths contin u ed onward until they r eache d the m ouse, whic h they at once s u r r o u nded. T his d o n e Joe !1e ent and knocked on the d o or It was open e d b y a girl I "Were you a l one wh e n you met him ? "No; theer wuz fifteen er twenty uv the r boys erl ong "And y ou say be shot you?" "Yas." S u rely you gave h im p r ovocation


i4 'fHE LIBERT Y BO Y S L U R E D. "Whu t's thet?" provocation You know that your father had just sld "You must have done something to him first or he would 'l;lown D ick's father, my husband be :not have shot you ''I dunno nothin' erbout et." the Joe, shook his head. "No, we wuzn't erdoin' nu thin' "Yes, do, but you are unwilling to acknowledge ilacc te r 'im, on'y tor kin' ter 'im," he said; "an' all uv er "Waal; we've hed ernuff tork; now ye two git outer tt s udden he made his boss go ter kickin' an' r'arin' aroun', house ter wunst, ef ye don' wanter git scorched!" n' .an' knocked down sum UV OUr fellers an' hurt 'em purty "If JOU burn my house you Will be SOl'JY for it, J bad. Then we pulled out our pistils an' fired at 'im ez he said Mrs. Slater, who had considerable spirit. wuz ridin' erway, an' he -ivhirled aroun' an' rode back an' fired at us twicet. Wun uv ther b-qllets hit me in ther thigh Mrs. Slater shoqk her head. "I can't believe that Dick would take the initiative in bringing about hostilities,'' she said ; "you must have threatened him or don e some thing, or he would not have made his horse kick and aro und. .And, then, when you fired upon hini, of course he was justified in ret"l)rning the fire "I don' see et thet way," growled Joe; "I don' think he hed enny bizness doin' ther way he did, an' I'm goin' ter git even with him by burnin' yer house down!" "You must not do it, Joe!" "Oh, but I mus'; an' now ye hed bett e r come outer ther house. W? don' keer erbont burnin' ye up." "Oh, if Dick were only here!" sighed Mrs Slater. "W'y so?" bol "Because if you bum my house Dick will not r est UIIbru he has settled with you for it!" "Bah!" sneered J oc. 'I hain't erfeerd uv Dick Sla ai nur ennybuddy else!" ,.,,0 "You may not think so at the present moment, but whim you find yourself face to face with him I think you wdei change your mind." "Not er bit uv et Jes' come outer ther house, nclju i Bill, set ther house on :fire!" One of the youths began gathering up some dry gr:isc and small bits of wood, and piling all against the side jof the house. 'fhere was no doubt of the fact that Joe if.rl tended to burn the house. Mrs. Slater and Edith realizqu this, and running back into the house they hastily gathe up some of their most prized articles and then came fo h from the 11ouse. "Whut c'u'd he do erg'inst er hunderd uv us?" sneered ;roe. "Thet's sensible," said Joe; then to his comrade Je[ much, unaided; but if he were here with his brave cai led out: "How erbout et, Bill? Got ernuff stuff fur ter set fire to ?" r Liberty Boy s,' I think he could do csiderable "Bah! we e'u'd lick him an' all his 'Libert_y Boys'!" "It is easy to boast," said Edith, "but if they here you wouldn't talk that way." "Ye'd see!" were '(Of course we would. -coward!" We'd see that you w e re a big "Purty near enuff, I guess, Joe," was the reply. "Wilal, set fire ter et ez soon ez ye hev ernuff "All right." liI A couple of n_iinutes later the youth in question got flint and steel and began the work of starting the fin It did noi take him l ong, and soon there was a small bla ( going. in The blaze steadily grew and was watched by more tha "Hush, Edith!" cautioned her moth!r. "Oh, thet's all right; let 'er tork," said Joe. I one hundred pairs of eyes. The members of Joe's fort "He knows what I said is the truth," said Edith. "Et hain't so P' declared Joe. Then he added: "Come watched it with satisfaction, while Mrs Slater and Edit gazed at the blaze with their hearts in their throats an outer ther house, now, both uv ye, fur wB air goin' ter set ther house on fire right erway !" "You must not do that, Joe!" said Mrs Slater. "Re member, I am a widow, and it will be wicked, very wicked, to rob me of my home." "So's my mother er willder," said Joe, harshly. '.An' yer son D ick made her er widder, too, ez ye well h."Ilow He killed my dacl !" A sad look came over the face of Mrs. Slater, as she replied, in a reproachful tone : "Yes, Joe, b u t he had deep sorrow in their hearts Were they to lose their hoill now ? Was their house to be burned down? It looked vet much as if such was to be the case. "Please, Joe, put the fire out pleaded Mrs. Slate, "Don't burn my hou set" But Joe on l y l aughed coarsely "Ye needn't beg n;1 not ter do et, Mrs Slater he said; "I hate yer son Diel an' by doin' uv this I'll be gittin' kinder squared up wi' 'im/' Sa "You will not be successfu l in staying that way," sai


TIIE LIBERTY B OYS L U R E D 15 il Edith; "as soon as Dick learns that you have done this he will make it his business to settle with you, and by he time he gets through with you, you will have a bigger i account against him than you have now." "I'm not erfcerd said Joe; "I wish th et Dick Slater 'un' his 'Liberty Boys' wuz heer now; we'd giv' 'cm ther D worst lickin' they ever hed in all theer lives!" The blaze had grown till now it was beginning to take hold on the house, and it would not be long before the n building would be in flames. Suddenly, as all stood there watching the flames, there came the sound of hoofbeats. It was not the noise such as "Yes. "Come, boys," cal l ed out Dick; "let's see if we can get sight of the scoundrels." He led the way, and all rushed a.round the house and to the edge of the timber back of the house, but saw noth ing of Joe and his gang. They had made good time and had disappeared Knowing that it would be useless to attempt to follow, Dick told his men to come along, and they went back to the house "We could see nothing of them," he told his mother and Edith,; "T guess they have gone for good." "I wonder what Joe thinks about it now, mother?" would be made by one, two or even a half dozen horses, laughevished you were here--and then the instant he became convinced that you were coming he broke and :fled at bis best speed "Joe is a great coward," said Dick; "and you say be has a hundred youths with him?" "That is what he said ; and we could see i.hat there were a large number I think there were at least one hundred of them "Then I think' I had better leave twenty-five or thirty of my men here to protect you, mother," said Dick; "those mseals might come back "Leave some of your men, did you say, Dick?" "Yes, "Can't you all stay?" weather-boards of the building. "No; we are out on special duty to-night, mother, and "Oh, Dick, my son-my darling son, you are just in must go on; but I can spare twenty-fiye to thirty of my time!" cried Mrs. Slater, seizing one of the newcomers in boys." her arms and hugging and kissing him ir Th.e newcomers were indeed Dick SlateT and his "Liberty aBoy ,'' and, as :i\Irs. Slater said, they had got there just i n time. a r 't n r e f CHAPTER VI. ALICE IS JEAJ,OUS. "Who were those scoundrels, mother?" asked Dick. "They were Joe Scroggs and a band of young fellows a bout like himself, Dick .''. "How many of them were there?" "Oh, there must be at least a hundred of them, Dick," 3aid Edith. "And they went around the house?" "Very. well; but when will you be back, Dick?" "1 we have good luCJk we will be back here in the morn ing "Very WGtl; we will ha Ye some breakfast ready for you .,,. "You bad better stay up all night to do the cooking, then," with a laugh; "there are a hundred of us, you know, and we do have the most wonderful appetites!" "Don't you worry, Dick," laughed Edith; ."we'll have enough for all. We'll send over and ha vc Mrs. Estabrook and Alice do some cooking, too, you lmow." "That's right," said Bob, approvingly; "it wouldn't be fair for you and your mother to do all the work, Edith." "Ray, Bob, I .guess I will leave you here in charge of the foTce," said Dick, with a sly wink; "unless, indeed, you would prefer not to stay." "Oh, you old rascal!" laughe

16 THE LlBEH'l'Y BOYS LURED. E stab rook and Edith Slater were sweethearts, and, of course, Bob would be gla d to stay where his sweethea:.t was and be at hand to protect h e r in case the Tory youths should return. Dick named twenty-five of the youths and told them to r emain there and be und er Bob's command "Keep a guard out in all directions, Bob," he said; "don't let the l'ascal s take you by surpri se." "I won't let them do that, you may be sure, Dick," was the confident reply; "and if they dare venture back here I will make them wish they hadn't, that's all!" After some further instructions Dick bade his mother and sister good-by, and, with his force, mounted and rode away toward the south. As soon as they were gone Bob stationed six of the youths to kl!ep guard. "If any of those fellows put in an appear ance, shoot them he said, and the youths said they would. The nineteen youths wern given the large, front room in which to lie on their blankets, spread on the iloor, and sleep. As for Bob, b e did not lie down for two hours, at least, as he sat in the kitchen with Edith and had a great deal to talk about. What they talked about would not inter est the reader, so we will not put it down on paper. The guards were changed every three hours throughout the night, and although a sharp had been maintained, no signs of the Tory youths had been seen. Joe Scrogga and his band had doubtless concluded that pru dence was the better part' of valor, and had taken them selves off. Mrs. Slater and Edith were up very early, and Bob went over and woke up his folks. 'I'hey were surprised to see Bob, a.s they had not known a thing about the over at the Slater home. The y had gone to bed rather early, and had not heard or seen anything to apprise them of what was going on. They were glad to see Bob, of of the fact that I am a member of the company of 'Libert. Boys .'" they know that. Well, I'm glad you got there i time to put them to flight." "So am I." "You say Dick and the re st of the : Liberty Boys' will bl back this morning?" "Yes; we expect them at any ip.oment." It was an hour before the "Liberty Boys" aTrived, h0\1 ever, and they were tired and hungry; for they had ha a long, hard ride. Fifty of them stopped at the Estabroo home, while the remaining twenty-five went on over ti Dick's home. Dick went into the kitchen to greet Alic who was his sweetheart, but was greeted coldly by the bea tiful girl. Instead of leaping into his arms and giving hi a hug and more kisses than one_, as she usually dicl, kept away and had no smile .for the youth. "Why, what is the matter, Alice?" asked Dick, in ;-;u prise, a.. hurt look on his face. "What makes you treat in this "You know, very well," wa the cold reply. "I know ?" "Yes." "Indeed I do not, Alice!" "Don't call me Alice!" stamping her foot and looking Dick with flashing eyes. Dick hardly knew what to thinJc or say. "\\'hy shouldn I call you Alice?" be asked "Because you can't call me by my criven name and ma love to another girl at the same time--that's why!" Dick started, and a glimmering 0 the truth came him A lic e was jealous! H e would not have believed possible; but such seemed to be the case. There could I no other explanation of her strange talk and actions. "What do you mean, Alice?" exclaim ed Dick. haven't been makin g love to any other girl." Alice lookecl at the youth searchingly and eagerly, to rt was plain that she would iia1e liked to believe what Di said, but she s hook her head. "I am afraid that you u "And so Joe Scrogg s and a gang of youths came and telling 111c a story, Dick," she said. "v\lbat about Luct course, and Mrs. Estabrook >ind Alice got up and went to work, cooking, as Mrs. Slater and Edith were dofog. were going to burn Mrs. Slat e r 's house, Bob?" exclaimed 1,..,slic Mr, Estabrook, when he had finished dressing and put in Dick started. "Lucy Leslie?'' he exclaimed. an appearance "Yes; you know who I mean-Judge Leslie's daughter "Yes, father; and they \rould have done the work, too, 1'.'ho lires orer south of White Plains." if wE:J hadn't put in an appearanc e just 1rhcn we did The house was already on fire." "The scoundrels And I more than half suspect that ''I know who you mean, but I haven't made lorn to Luci "Are you sure you haven't, Dick?" they would have burned my house, too." "Of T'm sure I haven't. Who ha s been telliJl. "Quite likely, father; for you know they are well aware .rnu any fooli$h stories, Alice?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. l'i s:.===================:..===---=-:.._.= ==-=-=-=--=-=-----. "Amy Thornton, who lives a mile from Judge unJ.ersland ho\\' one could cry tor joy as \l'ell as he coulcl 'as here yesterday and she to l d me that you had 8aved understand their laughing for joy. But 'there was no ucy from being carried away by some horrid men, and doubt that Alite was doing just what she said-crying hat you had fought a British captain for Lucy's sake, for joy, for she nestled close to the youth and gave kiss for nd that there was no doubt that you were in love with her." kiss. b Oh, so this Miss Amy told you all that, did she?" re"Oh, l"m happ.I'., Dick!" she "and I 1arkcd Dick somewhat iron i ca ll y "Ye ." w \ r ell, pa.rt of it is true; I a message to carry from a he e;ommander-i11-chief to Judge Leslie the other day, an d bare b een-he, r e been so-so miserable!" "All over nothing at all, Alice," reproachfully "Well, Amy told those--those terrible things in s uch a real manner that I-that I couldn't hardly help b-belieYo lien l got to his home I was so fortunate as to be just in ing it. ime to frighten some fellow8 who were going to carry ".But you should have known better than to do so, liltle ce Iiss Lucy away-that is to say, 1 thought they were going ,:;weetheart," ::;aid Dick; "how could I care for any otlier au o do :>O, but it turned out that it 'was all a pre-arranged girl, after having known you, Alice? Yolf, who are the cir fiair, and that a British captain, Sheldon uy name, who prettiest, the sweetest and best little girl in all the world!" ic ai; been paying suit to Lucy, but was not encourage d, was "Oh, Dick, do you-do you r e ally it?" o put in an appearance, knock them right and left and "}lean i t ? Well, I should s a y I do m e an it! And don L 1r stensibly save the girl and thus win her gratitude in the you ever, doubt me again, little sweetheart!" 1 ope that he might later win her hand; but I got the re ust in time to spoil the game, for I knocked the i e lloll' s ight and left; and when the c aptain got th e r e h e 1rns a I "I .never will, Dick "That's right; that' s the way to talk." Mrs. E s tabrook entered, just then, and s he smiled ancl ittle bit too late." nodded her hcall approvingly as she saw how matters st ood. "I know," said Alice; "Amy tolcl me all that, and she "Oh, moth e r, that which .Amy 'Ihornton told me wa s only old me that she thinks Lucy Leslie feli in love with you, s urmise on her part, after all!" cried Alice, h e r face and--" radiant. "I hope that such is not Lhc case, Alice," said Dick Didn't I tell you so, Alice?" her mother r e pli e d "I 11 ravely, "for I would not wi::;lt to be the means of causing knew it could not be otherwise." ny girl so1Tow." "I would indeed be hard to please if I wasn't satisfied k Alice's face lighted up. "Then you-the n you don't-with Alice, Mrs. Estabrook," s aid Dick, with a smile. on't care for-for this g irl, Dick?" she stammered. The re t a look of joy in her eyes a tremor in h e r voice, and ick forward and seized the beautiful girl in his "He's flattering me now, mother!" said the girl, but sh e blushed and looked pleased, jus t the s ame. "There is nothing of flatt e ry about it," deni e d Dick; J ms. mean every word." "Of course I don t care for her, Alice," he said; "how After some further conver s ation took his departure, uld I when you have my heart, my own little sweetheart?" going over to his moth e r 's house, vYhere he ate bre akfa s t nd Dick gave her a hug and a kiss. wiLh the fifty youth s who w e re there. o "Oh, Dick!" breathed the girl, and then she threw her I When breakfa sf wa s over he called Bob E s tab r ook to one i c ms about his necl, and placing her face against hi s s id e and said: "Bob, thi s i s the s e c ond tim e Joe Sc ro ggs ar oulder wept as iI-so it seemed to Dick-her heart wer e <111cl h i s ga n g has trie d t o bnrn m y mot h er',; a ncl I uc oken. "There, there-don' t cry, little sweetheart!" said Dick, on't cry! You know I love you, and you only, Alice, so te y your tears and smile for me." "I-I'm cry-crying for-for j'oy, Dick!" the giri said, uc broken accents. "WE>ll, I'm glad to h ear that, Alice," the youth said; ut if it i s all the same to you I would rather that you in uld laugh for joy." It wns with Dic k it i s ll'ith mrn; lie could no( a.m getti n g tir e d o r it." "l d o n t blam e y ou, Di c k." "And I'm afraid, Bob, that the third time they will rn ak e a o f it." "It is likely that. they would." E x actly; and I have made up my mind to go over to :\Ir s Scrogg s', and, if Joe is there, have a talk with him." "Thnt's a g ood id ea." 'I think so; I will g o ove r tl1e re and talk straight to :1irn lTe got t o let my folk s an d al o n e Bob,


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. !ln d I think that I can make such an impression upon him he said sternly, "l lrnYe come here to have a talk with yo :;is will cause him to do so." It's worth trying, anyway." "That's what I think; and I will go over there right away." "Hadn't I better go along?" "No; I'll go alone "But he may have some of his gang there." "I 9-on't think so. 'rhey probably have a rendezvous somewher e in the depths of the timber." "Then we will remain here till you come back?" and to come to an understanding with you." "All right; go erhead," mumbled Joe. "Very well; now, last night, Joe, you, with a band youths like yourself, appeared at the home of my moth1 and set fire to the house. But for the timely arrival myself and 'Lill"erty Boys' you w

'rHE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 19 yo iled, an' I hev made up my min' thet et hain't intended et I'm ter do et "All right; I'm glad to he.a.I. you say so, for I don't 1 -ally \vish to be forced to kill you." "Ye::;, indeed." Dick now gave the order for the "Liberty Boys" to get ready to siart for North Castle, and while they were doing so, and was giving Edith some farewell kisses, Dick This was said in such a calm, matter-of-fact manner that went over to the Estabrook home and did the same with oe shuddered He knew Dick Slater well, had ;nown him Alice t l his life, ancl he knew the y.oung "Liberty Boy" was a "Now, little sweetheart, I want you to promise me one outh of his word thing," said Dick earnestly :>t "Is theer ennythin' else ye want ter say ter me?" asked )O oe. "Only this, Joe : That you had better disband your band )e f youths and quit your work of annoying the patriot n eople of this neighborhood. You are going to get into rouble sooner or later if you keep on, and I tell you rankly that if I run across you with my 'Liberty Boys' e will treat you just as we would treat a body of redcoats, nd that would be bad for you." iW "I guess we kin take keer uv ourselves," said Joe sulkily. u f "Well, be careful; if you know when you are well off ou will disband." t "Is thet all ye nev ter say ter me?" t "Yes, for the present. If you don't conduct yourself ight I may hunt you up again-and if I do you will need "What is it, Dick?" "Tbnt you will never doubt me again Do you promise?" "Ye::;, Dick." "That's a good girl. Goodness, Alice! keep a looking glass handy and take a look in it once in a while; then you will see how impossible it \\"Oulcl be for me to care for any one else when I h.'TIOW I have your love!" "Oh, Dick!" The beautiful girl twined her arms about his neck and nestled close up to him A few more kisses, a whispered "good-by, little sweet heart," and Dick was away Returning to liis home he mounted his horse and set out at the head of his company of "Liberty Boys." They had gone only a short distance when Dick called a halt. "It i,9 possible that Joe Scroggs and his gang might look out fo1 yourself ambush us," he said; "and so I have made up my mind Joe shivered, and then both turned and walked toward to send some scouts ahead. We must not take any chance$." ie house. "Remember what I have 'sai1:l !" said Dick, in iow, threatening voice as pe parted from the other, near e house, and then he continued on his way, while Joe tered the house. "That's right," agreed Bob. "Send about four scouts two for each side of the road." I This Dick did, and the party moved forward slowly; it was rather irksome, but w'as better than to go faster and "Whut ye be'n a-doin', Joe?" asked his mother anxiously run into ambush and lose some of his men. Joe entered. They had gone about a mile when one of the scouts put "Nothin'," he answered sullenly. in an appearance and told Dick that the Tory youths were w "I know better," his mother insisted; "Dick Slater indeed waiting in ambush half a mile up the road oulcln't hev come over heer ter see fur no thin', an' I know he hain't er frien' uv your'n, I know ye mus' v be'n doin' sumthin' he didn' like." ":Yo. I hain't be'n doin' nothin'," the youth declared, d when his mother kept insisting that he had, he finally t mall and left the house. Mrs. Scroggs burst into tears d shook her head sadly as she murmured: "I'm erfraid e's ergoin' ter git himself inter some or fol trubble ef he in't keerful !" Dick nodded "I suspected as much," he said; "and I guess we will have to teach them a lesson, eh, fellows?" The youths nodded their heads vigorously in assent. lt was evident that they were ready to teach the Tory youths a lesson. "'There is one thing," said Dick; "I don't wish to kill any of the Tory boys. They are all boys whom I have known all my life. What I want to do is to discourage them and cause them to disband, and it is my opinion that Dick hastened back to his home and told Bob the result this can be done without killing any of them. s his visit to the Scroggs home. Bob listened with in -rc t 'po you think Joe will let our folks alone from now on, ick ?" he asked. "I don't lmow, Bob; but I think be will "\Yell, if he cloesn't we'll make it warm for him!., "Ho\I'", Dick?" asked Bob. "By wounding them ." "Ah, I understand." "We will slip down upon them;" said Dick; "and when close e nough we will give utterance to some yells which will have the effect of causing them to leap


... THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. to their feet. Then we will open :fire upon them, but each gave chase to the fleeing youths, running with all the and every one mu st be carefu l and :fire low. at their might, for they wished to wound some more and do th l egs." work u p i n good sty l e All nodded, to signii'y that they understood, and Bob The Tory youths were so badly frightened that they said: "That's a good scheme, Dick. We will make a lot at wonderful speed, however, and seeing they could of them walk lame for some time to come!" gain on the fugitives, Dick gave the order to fire. T "That is what we will do, Bob, and I think it will be youths drew their pisto ls, paused, and, taking quick allj quite as effective as killing them." fired I "I think so, too." Of course, the pistols could not be expecte d to do 'l'he youths dismounted, and leaving :five of their number much damage as the muskets, but :five of the fugitives w to look after the horses, they ;moved forward, through the brought down. Dick then called a halt. "It would timber, keeping perhaps a hundred yards from the road. folly to follow them farther," he said; "and I think 'rhe scout who had discovered the whereabouts of the Tory have done to teach them a valuable lesson. Com youths led the way, and presently he gave the signal for He led the way back to where the first lot of wound the exercise of ca u tion in advancing ;l'ory youths lay, and was to find Joe Scrog) All made their way a l ong in silence; they were good among them. Joe had a pretty severe wound in the rig woodsmen, and could move with as little noise as the Indians would have made. Presently the guide gave the signal for them to stop, and they obeyed. "We are within musket shot distance of them," he whis pered to Dick; "yonder-don't you see some of the1n l eg, and was groaning dismally "Well, J oe," sai.d Dick, pausing in front of the you "onl y a l ittle more than an hour ago I gave you warnillj and told you you had better di s band your force. Don't yo ... wish you had taken my advice?" hiding behind the trees?" "Yes, yes!" moaned Joe. "Oh, I'm killed! I jes' kn Dick nodded "I see them," he said; "and I think we I shell die!" I will be able to give them a lesson that will la s t them for "Oh, I don't think there is any danger that any of quite a while." He looked around and saw that all the fellows will die, Joe. We didn't try to kill you, but aim "Liberty Boys" were in readiness, and then he gave a low so as to wound you." signal. It was the signal that had been agreed upon, and 'Is thct so?" in a wondering tone the instant he made the signal the youths gave utterance "Yes; but the next time, if you ao not di sband a to a .chorus of yells that wei.'.e enough to sta7tle any ,,one behave yourselves, we will shoot to kill; and instead who was not expecting anything of the kin4. getting a bullet in your leg you will get one through The 'l'ory youths were not expecti ng it, and they leaped heart! Do you understand?" to their feet with wild yells of fright, and gazed wildly and "Yes-oh, yes!" excitedly around. "I'm glad that you do; and don't forget that unless y i At this instant the "Liberty Bon" charged forward, disband we will certainly get after you again." giving utteranc e to their battle cry of "Down with the Oh, I won't furgit." king! Long live Liberty!" "Come, boys, we must be going," said Dick to 'l'he Tory youths saw the ''Liberty Boys" now, and "Liberty Boys," whereat Joe set up a howl. turned to flee. They had expecte d to take th e e nemy by "Shorely ye won't go erway an' leeve us heer ter die and fire upon it from ambush, and to have the tables turned was demoralizing in the extreme Dick saw the time had come and lie gave the command to :fire. Instantly the youths pa used level ed their muskets and fired a volley. In accordance with the instructions given them by Dick, they aimed low and although a dozen or more of the fleeing youths were brought down, not one I was killed. Each and every one was wounded in the leg. "After them!" cried D ick "After t h em, and give them a volley from your pis t o l s !" A cheer went up from the "J;;iber t y Boys," and they h e asked. "Oh, you won't die, Joe," replied Dick; "you will sufff of course, but you deserve to do so, and your comrades lJe back presently to see what has become of you.'' "I'm erfeerd they won't." "0 h, yes, they will." 'rhen Dick and the Boys" went back to wh4" they had left their horses, mounted, and rode on their feeling that they ha'.d done a good thing in striking ic band of Tory youths a blow. l "I think they w ill dis b and now," said Dick; "they d


THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 21 .e t figure on getting themselves into such trouble when chief infomrntion. Doubtless be will have some papers for e ey went into the affair, and Joe, the ringleader, is pretty us which w e will take back and deliver to General Wa s h dl y wounded, and will not feel like doing any wqrk for in gton." "Likely that is it, Dick," agreed Bob. "Serves him right," said Bob; "I am glad he got o n e of "Well," said Sam, "our instructions are simple enough, e b ull ets." and we can easily follow them; but I don't see how can "And so am I." be sure of fin,ding our man." T he youths rode onward at a good pace and r eached "I think there will be not much difficulty in that," sai d orth Castle about ten o'clock. Dick had been in the Dick; "all we will have to do is to walk up and down e L iberty Boys'" quarters only a few minutes when he Broadway from the Common to Green, and soone r ceived a summons to appear before the commander inor later we will see our m an "ef al headquarters "That does seem reasonable," said Bob; "well, how muc h longer will we wait here?" "We will go at once," r eplied Dick; "it is almost dark now, and will be quite dark 1long before we reach the city." CHAPTER VIII. 'l'he youths rose, mounted their horses and rode away toward the south. They rode slowly, as they were not in "nm SN AUE THE ENEMY SET." any great hurry; and too, tliey wished to be careful and avoid meeting any redcoats who might be abroad. On the evening of this same day, just as dusk was settling An hour later they came to a slop half a mile north of ver all, thre e youths sat under a tree some fifty paces back the Common-which is now City Hall Park, bnt was al pm the road which traversed Manhattan from the that time at the extreme north end of the city. They led o rth end down to New y ork City. rrhe youths weie Dick their horses in among the trees and ti.ed them aml then l ater, Bob Estabrook and Sam Sanderson, and they were walfred southward till they came to th e Common Here und for New York City on a mission for the commanderthey pau.sed long enough tomake sure that ther e were -chief. 'l'hey had, by making a wide det 9ur and cross-no redcoats on the Common, and then they crosseJ it and g the Harlem River half a mile below where the bridge entered Broadway at point where it tou ched the Com as, succeeded in getting onto Manhattan I s land, and mon. ere now at a point about halfway down its l ength-perThey walked s lowly down the street keepin g a harp ps five miles from the city. The youths were eating a lookout all around them They looked at the hat of every gal lurn:h and keeping a wary eye out for redcoats. person they met, were on the alert to catch sight oi' the "This is rather a peculiar affair we are engaged upon, red feather. uddenly Bob gave utterance to a low cxick," remarked Bob clamation. "There he is!" he said, in a low, cautious voice; "Yes, you are right, Bob." "3:ondcr i s a man with a red feather in his hat!" "It is quite a mysterious affair, I should say," remarked Dick and Sam lopked ,in the direction indicated, antl saw ; "the idea of our going down into the city, having that Bob had spoken truly. "Come along," half whi spe red our sole instruction.s the order to watch for a man Di ck, and th e y speed il y overhauled the man rn q u est ion e th a red feather in his hat, and, wl1en seen, to follow who was going in the 8ame direction as themselYcs. eresoever he may l ead." A Dick r eac hed the man's side he leaned over Lill his That is rather a mysterious order, and state of affairs," mouth was close to the other's ear, and murmure

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. to the left and went three block s in that direction; again I Dick shook his head. "We told no one," he said pos" l1e turned toward the south, and when they had gone two tively. "We would hav e been fools to do so." blocks farther the man came to a stop in front of a very "You did it, jus t the sam e but-you didn t know y r e spectable-looking three-story house. did it.''' Beckoning to the three, he ran up th e steps onto the Dick and hi s comrades were mor e puzzl e d than ever, an stoop and rang the bell. The "Liberty Boys" followed, they stared at the man in wondering amazement. "Wh a nd had not much more than reached the stoop when the 'do you mean?" queried Dick. "Ex plain. H o w c ould w cloor ope ned. "Co me," s a id the man, entering unhesitatingly, and the followed. "This way, gentlem en," he added; "come to the library, as there we can be comfortabl e and transact do such a thing?" "Easily enough." "I don't see it that way." "I will give you \l hint:. Y o u thre e young men are fro our business a t our leisure." North Castle-oh, don't s ay a word in denial, for I kno 'l' h e y uth s kept close at the ir guide s heels, and half whereof I speak. You have come to New York for 1way down the hall he paus e d and opening a door, passed purpo se, and you paused at a point five miles from t t hrough into what was evidently a library. The youths c ity to eat lunch e on and wait for darkness, did you not. fo ll o w e d and looked about them The room had s everal Dick start ed, and a glimm e ring of the truth came chair s a tabl e on which w e r e some books, while many m or e books were on shelv e s along the wall. The m a n l ocked th e door the i n s tant the "Liberty Boys" e r e in th e r o o m a nd a s the key clicked a portiere was t:udd e nl y drawn a s ide and the youths found the mselves him. "Yes," he said, "we did." "Exactly," with a smile; "and while eatin g you-som what inJiscr e etl y as you will no doubt be willing to admit talked of your business to the city." Dick nodded, a look of vexation and discomfiture on confro nted by a dozen red c oats holdin g coc ked and l e veled face. "I s e e it all now," he said; "some person was hidd mus k e t s n ear and overh e ard our conveJ'S)llfon."' The sur prise was complet e They had been e x p e cting "Quite right, smilingly; "and that per s on was-yo n o thin g of the k i nd, and not the l e a s t tinge of su s pi c i o n humble !lCrvant," with a mocking bow. that a ll w a s not right had com e to them ur:til the mom e n t "And. you hastened into the city ahead of u s and or t h e d e n o u e m e nt. l his nice little snar e for u s eh?" however, that the trap was sprung, Dick and his "I did; and I think you will admit that it worked comrade s understood it. The en emy had set a snar e for p e r fect i on." them, and the y had walked right into it. They had been "Yes," admi ltccl Dick, "it did." l ured to thi s hou s e by the m a n wilh the red feath e r in "You ar.e h e re, in our power. You are our prisone '1.Ji:i ha t and w e r e now in the power of the redcoat s nnd I trus t you will recognize the .futility of offering But Dick could not und e r s t a nd how it ]fad happ e n ed. s i s t a n ce, and will s urrender gracefully." H o w had the redcoats known o f the comi ng of him s elf and "Certainly, sir; it would be folly to try to resist." b i s comrades, and all about the r e d feath e r in the hat, "You speak only the truth. Kindly place your han ancl everything? This was something that they would b e hind your back s." karu in d.ue time, though, he doubted not. The three did a s told. Well," said the man who had lure d them into the trap, The man made a gesture and three of the m e n s to what do you think of the matte r, my bold rebels?" th eir muskets in the corner and taking up E?Ome bit s "I think it has been well carri e d out said Dick, calmly; rope from off the floor, ad-rnnced and tied the prisone 'rou set the snare and we walked into it. But what puzzles arms securely. me is, how did you lmow about the matter?" "Now disarm them," ordered the man, and the t The man laughed. "You told me about it," he said. r e dcoats quickly deprived the three youth s of their w Di c k showed his surprise. "We 1.old you about it?" he on s which consisted of a pair of pi s tols to each. {'_\vlaimed. yes." "What are you going to do with us?" a s k e d Dick. "I am going to hold you prisoners here in thi s house '"I don't understand you; you mu s t be joking, for w e the present." di1 l nothing of th e kind "Indeed?" "Oh, yes you did." "Yes; you see, there is another task ahead of us,


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 2.'-1 t i s to capture the genuine 'man with the wd feather in you, Captain Dick Slater, that I know who you are. l hat.'" do not have to find out." Dick started and a look of dismay crossed his face. He ve his comrades a blank look, which was returned with terest. The three understood that they had, by talking the affair, and thua giving an eavesdropper a chance to arn things that they did not wish known, not only gotten emselves in trouble, but had, in all likelihood, gotten the I atriot, who was doing his best to aid the greal cause, m ouble also. Doubtless he would be captured and all four Dick was glad to know however, that the patriot had ot yet been captured, and when he asked why they had ot attended to this the man said that they had not had ? ime. t "I had to hurry in order to get here ahead of you and ':...Then why did you waste time asking?" "I wished to know who your comrades are." "Oh!" "I knew you all the time; I knew who you were when I was list ening to your talk when you were eating your luncheon.'' "Indeed ? "Yes; and you might well give me the names of your companions But Dick shook his head. "It would do us no good, so I shall do nothing of the kind." "You don't. believe in doing anything unless you are to receive benefit from it, eh?" "You are right." "Oh, very well; I will learn who they ard sooner or later, ake the arrangements for luring you into my net,'' he e and it doesn't make any particular difference, anyway. I aid; "and so I had no time to attempt to capture him. ow, however, I shall attend to the matter." He then selected four of the men and took his departure "th them, leaving the rest to stand guard over the three One, two, three hours pass ed and then the five retu;ned s they entered the room be hearts o.f the three leapcJ or joy, for they had come back empty-handed. There was o one with them "You didn't capture him, then?" exclaimed Dick. curses on the luck!" the man replied. "We looked gh and low for him, but could see no signs of a man ith a red feather in his hat." "Good! I'm glad of it!" The man frowned and glared angrily. "It will not help you are, and you are the biggest fish of the lot." He turned away and held a conversation in a low tone with some of the men; then he said to the ?nes who stood guard over the three: "Bring the prisoners along, men!" He led the way out into the hall ancl up a flight of stairs. At the farther end of hall he opened a door and motioned for the prisoners to bEr conducted into the room. This was done, and then be said to Dick : "I am going to hold you prisoners in here till morning, and then I shall turn you over to General Howe It will be useless for you to try to escape, as I shall leave men on guard here in front of the door. Good night, and dreams," the la st in a mocking tone. Then he left the room, the door was closed and bolted and the three"Liberty Boys" were left to think and talk u any," he growled; "your fate is sealed, just the sam e." !.he matter over at their leisure. "Perhaps so." "Oh, there is not the least doubt regarding that." "Well, granting that such is the case, that would not 0 nder us from being glad that the patriot escaped capture." o 'Xo, I suppose not." The man 'ras silent a few minutee, and then he again rned to the prisoners and said: "Tell me who you areve me your namee, I mea11.." Dick shook his head. r'You refu se?" "Ye s ," replied Dick, nodding his head; "I am not going say anything to aid you or give you any information. you wish to know who we are, find out All I wi1J knowledge is that we are patriots." CHAPTER IX. RESCUED. The youths were in darkness, but they did not mind that They could talk, just the same as if there was plenty of light. "Well, this is rather rough on us, Dick remarked :Bob, "Yes, there is no doubt regarding that, Bob." "It looks to me as if it was all up with us," said Sam. "While there is life there is hope," said Dick. "There don't seem to be much hope for us, though," The man smiled sarcastica lly. "Then let me inform from Bob.


'fHE LIBERTY BOYS LURED "We won't despair,'' said Dick listened eagerly and hoped that ti1e person, whoever "I'm glad they didn't capture that man we were to might be, would succeed in getting the window open meet," remarked Sam. Several minutes passed; the person outside working "And so am I," from Dick; "that would have been termittently, and then a sliding sound was heard. T terrible, and I should never have forgiven myself had it window was being pushed upward! The hearts of t happened, for we would have been to blame, on account of prisoners leaped for joy. They believed that they we our talking of our business and permitting ourselves to to be rescued. be overheard by that redcoat." Suddenly they heard the sound of a key turning in t "I guess this experience will teach us a lesson," said lock of the door, and at the snme instant they heard "Bob. 'After this we won't talk our business out loud sliding sound, followed by a little thump. The window around any place where there might be eavesdropper s." been lowered quickly 'rhe youths, wishing i.o help m "But I'm afraid the lesson won't be of much use to us," things as easy as possible for their unknown friend, dr said Sam. ped over upon the bui:iks on which they had been sitf "Never say die," Dick, encouragingly; "keep and pretended to be sound asleep. up your courage. We may be able to make our e s cape." One of the guards had suddenly taken a notion that "Do you think ther e is any chance of our doing so?" would have a look at the prisoners, and had unlocked a asked Sam eagerl.J. opened the door. Ile saw the three youths lying the "Well, the chances are not so good as I would like, but seemingly fast asleep, and.then, flashing the light fr we will at least make the atte mpt, if such a thing is his candle around the room, and seeing that everythi b le oeemed to be all right, he again clos ed and locked the do "What can we do? a s ked Bob. Well, for one thing, see if you can work your arms ire e." "Mine are tied very tightly," was the reply. "And mine/' from Sam. "So are min e ; but we have the night before us, and a great deal may b e accomplished by working hard and Instantly the youths again sat up, breathing in a lieved manner. Again they h eard the sliding noise, a knew their friend was raising the window. Presently the sliding sound ceased and the n they h e a noise such as would be made by some one climb cautiously through the window. Next they heard the fa. s ound of footsteps and then a voice, speaking in a fa. keeping steadily at it. Go to work and don't give up even whisper, was heard. "l am a friend," was what the v o if you seem not to have made any progress at the end said; "I have come to rescue you. Turn your back s of an hour." ward me and I will cut your bonds." Bob and Sam said th e y would do so, and the three went to work at their bonds. They worked steadily, but it seemed as if they made scarcely any hea 'dway whatever The youths obeyed and a minute later their arm s w free. Next the ropes binding their legs were severed they yvere entirely freed from their bonds. They had been bound very securely. "Come," now whispered their friend; "I have faste Out in the hall they could hear the steady tramp, tramp a rope to the window-ledge and all we have to do is sl <>f the sentinels, and realized that even if they should \ succeed .in freeing their arm s and legs, they would have a big task ahead of them in escaping from the. room. The youths wer e pluch.7 enough, though, and at the work and were still busy when midnight came. down it, to the ground." He led the way, the three following, and they succee i.n getting through the window and sliding down to ground without having :r;nadc any noise that could be he by the guards out in the halL Another hour and then the youths heard something wlaich "Now follow me,'' said the man, in a low, cautioi'.ts vo startled and at the same time pleased them. This was and he led the way acro s s the back yard a nd out into no more or less than a peculiar rattling of the windo:-v-sash. alley. They made their 1 rny a l o n g t h e alley onl y a s It was not the wind, they knew, as the wind was not blow-distance, and then entered another back yard which in g stro ngl y and th e s a s h had not rattled that way before. only three or four r e moved from the one they had There could be only one explanation of the affair, and recently left. that wlls that some one was there, trying to open the The man led the way to the ba c k door whicli. he window. And this some one. was likely to prove a lock e d and opened. "Enter,'' b e said, standin g : fri end-s o DiC'k nrnl hi::: two c omrade s reasoned, and they the three did so. The man then followed and clo e d


THE LIBERTY TIO'lS LURED. They were at the rear end of what was "Yes, that is just what they did,'' said Dick; "and we ong hall, reaching evidently clear to the front door. It were reproaching ourselves for having placed you in so dark it was impossible to see anything distinctly jeopardy. W c did not know you had been a witness to t ere they were, but a light burned at the farther end of all, and were on your guard e e ball. "It turned out all right," the man said; "I was confident "Come," said their friend, and he led the way half way that you were prisoners in the< house, as, after watching tl wn the ball. He paused and opened a door, then, and until two hours had passed, after the five bad returned and t bered the youths into a room which it was plain to see re-entered the house, they did not bring you forth. I told il as the library. It was very similar to the room in the myself that if they had been intending to take you to the er house--the room in which they had been when made prison they would have done so at once, and I set about soners by the redcoats finding out where you were helcl prisoner." Lights were burning in this room, and th'e youths looked "This must have been a difficult task,'' said Dick. their rescuer with interest. They saw a good-looking "No, not very; I climbed the large tree which you an of perhaps forty-five years of age. He waved his noticed growing in the back yard of the hou s e in which nd toward some easy chairs and said: "Be seated." you were imprisoned, and managed to get a look into the The youths sat down and looked at their host inquirnall. I saw the guards were stationed right at the end of gly. Ile understood, and, seating himself, looked smilthe hall, aRd knew that you must be in the room at the end gly at them, and said: "You are the messengers from of the hall. That simplified matters and I took my time to e commander-in-chief of the continental army, are you and rescued you, as }OU know." "And for which we owe you O'Jr most sincere thanks," "Yes," replied Dick. s aid Dick earnestly; "we were in a tight place, and I fear "And you were instructed to come to the city and watch it would have gone hard with us had you not rescued us." r a man who would have a red feather in his hat, were "I was glad to be of assistance to you; and, now, 1' will introduce myself I am Charles Wainright, a true "Yes; and, unfortunately, we were lured into a snare set but so far have escaped being suspected ey the British. r us by the British, the red feather in the hat being I have secured and forwarded to General W a hington cont ed as a means of doing this." s iderab le information in the past, and hus e s ome to send "I know that. But how did the British know about the to him now, by you. I hope to be able to send him much feather?" "Ah, I understand now," the man said; "well, you could t be expected to have any suspicion that your talk woulc1 more in the future." "We hope so, Mr. Wainright," said Dick earnestly, "and I will say that we shall use our best endeavors to get the information safely to the commander-in-chief." overheard, so are not to be blamed. As for me, I am the "Good And I am sure you will succeed. I thinl;:: it n who was to have worn a red feather in his hat-in will be wise for you to get out of the city at the earliest ct I did do so and was near at hand when you went d d nossible moment-before your escape has been c1iscovere ay with the other man. I was not sure you were the 'bl. 't .11 b f t t t J i possi e, as i wi e easier or you o ge away. n I was to look for until after I got a look at the man's ea t and saw a red feather sticking in it. Then I knew re was something wrong. Still, I did not dare do any'ng to apprise you of your mistake, as the city is over with the British, and the man who was with you could ve brought a hundred men to his assistance in a few I ments, and we would all have been made prisoners. I "I think that will be the best plan," comcided Dick; s o if you will give us the information which we are to tak e to the commander-in -chi ef we will be away." The man rose and went to a deek at one side of the room. From a drawer he took some papers, and these he brought and handed to Dick. I have written in full everything I have learned regarding the intended movements of owed you, however, and when I saw you enter the house, ich is only four away from my own, I made up my the British," he said; "take the paper s and deliver them into the hands of the command e r-in-chief-" d to await developments So I entered my own house, a k the feather out of my hat and watched from my "Very well; we will do so, if it is possible," was D!ck's dow till I saw the five redcoats emerge and go away. reply u

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. coat and then, rising, said: "We had better go at once, I 'l'hen he shook hands with Bob and Sam and the three s think." through the doorway and out into the back yard. "Yes, the sooner you are out of the city the better it They were soon in the and made their way along will be for you," was the reply. "If your escape should at as good speed as was possibl e in the darkness. Th oe discovcre'd, a big hue and cry would be raised and you loo, they had to be careful that they did not run onto so would find it hard work ge, tting away." Mr. Wainright led the way out of the room and along the hall to the front door. He was just in the act of un, bolting the door when the sound of shouti ng and of hurry ing footsteps was heard outside. "Listen!" the man half whispered. All listend, and the sound of excited voices and hurrying footsteps continued, and a door was heard slam shut occasionally. "What does it mean?" asked Sam. "It means that your escape has been discovered sa id ::\Ir. Wainright. I fear you will hare hard work escaping from the city." "You are right/ replied Dick; "and there will be con eiderable danger after we leav e the city behind, too!" "Yes, that is true; the y know where you are from and in which direction you will go, and will hast en to try to head you off." "Which makes it necessa ry, nay, imperative that we leave here at once," said Dick; "we must get to our horses, mount and get g.way ahead of the British, if such a thing is possible." "It will be dangerous frying to escape from the city when there i s such a hue cry," said the man; "but, as you say, it is really the safest course, after allY "Yes, if we can get ou t of the city we may be able to get clear away; but if we wait, while we might escape from the city the easier by sd doing, we would be sure to be captured befor e we got off Manhattan Island." "Yes, I think you are right." "So we will start at once, :Jir. Wainright; and I think w e had b ette r leave by way of the rear door.''. "Yes, it is possible that there are no redcoats on watch at the rear Come along and we will soon see wheth er or of the redcoats. They manag e d to get along safely for three block s then of a sudden, as they were crossing a street to en another alley, they were startled by hearing loud yells, looking up the street they saw a dozen men coming runn toward them. "Stop I Srnp !" cried one of the men. "Stop, or we 1 shoot you down!" "The redcoats!" said Dick grimly. "Now we must for it, boys!" They darted into the alley and ran at the top of t1 speed. They did not fear the shots of the enemy as for they would not fire until they reached the end of alley. Onward they ran and were a hundred feet or m away when they again heard the voices of the pursu "Stop, or we will fire!" CHAPTER X. DICK C-\PTAI1\ SUELDON MEET .A.GA.IN. Of course, the "Liberty Boys" did not stop. rather be shot down while trying to escape than to render and be shot aft. erward. If anything, they ran faster. Crack! crack! crack! crack crack 'l'he r edcoa ts indeed fired, as they had threatened to do, and the b whistled past the fugitives, luckily, however, doing damage. "Either of you hurt?" asked Dick as they ran. "I'm not," replied Bob. "Nor I," from Sam. not this is the case." now. Can you. keep up this pace?" They made their way along the hall and the man opened The other two they could. for a 'while longer, at the rear door very slowly and carefully and peered out. rate. They kept on, and although tl}eir pursuers "Good! I think we will be able to get a \vay from t I don't see or hear anything suspicious," he said presently; "I think it will be safe for you to make the attempt to escape." ... "Well, good-by," said Dick, in a whisper, shaking :M:r. W ainright's hand. "Good-by, and good luck go with you!" was the r e ply. anothe r volley it did no damage, and they were spe drawing away. They had kept going toward the n an d suddenly they emerged upon the Common. truck it at the southeast corner, and cutting dia.go across they headed for tJ:.e main road which led north They w:ere half way acrO$S the Common when their


THE LIBERTY BOY S L U RED. 27 came forth from the all e y and a t the 1same instan t glad t o see you. Di d you s ucceed in :findi n g the man I youths h e ard more r e d c oat s comin g from the direction y ou to :find-Charles W ainright?" r oadway Yes, y our e..--i:cell e ncy, w e found him--or r a ther he 'I t hink we are ah e ad 0 the m all," s aid Dick; a nd i found u s." s o can get our hor s e:s and mount a nd get away w e will H o w was that?" all right Dick told him the s tory 0 the adventur e with t he red -''I hope s o!" p ant e d Bob. "I can te ll you w hat it i s coate, and the l i s t e n e d with in t er e st u g h I'm mig hty near p egge d out I" a "And so am I!" from S am "It was lucky he was able to rescu e you! be sa id, w hen 'Dic k had :finis hed. lni "Well, hang on a li t tle whil e longer, s a i d D ic k and will be all rig ht. "Yes indeed," the y outh agreed, and the n he hand ed he commander-in-ch ief the pa p ers given him by :\fr Wainri g ht. w They were soon i n the r o a d and r a n o nward at their t speed. 'l'hey s t u mbl e d and at times almo s t f e ll, bu t pt onward with dogge d courage and p e rsev e rance. The y r e d etermin e d to reach their hor s e s and make t heir ape o r die trying Presen tly they came to the s pot wher e the y had led the rses in t o the timber, and they left the road and h astened ugh among the trees T hey q u ickly came to where eir horses had been tied and found them lyi n g down, tak thing s easy. As t h e you ths h a d not expecte d to be de ned long in the ci t y they h ad not u nbridl e d and u n ddled the horses, so all they h a d to do was t o untie Gene ral Was hingt o n took tlie pa pers, opened them an d r e ad their contents "Good !" h e murmur e d when h e had :finis hed "Mr. W ainright is indeed doin g us ood s e rvic e in the city H e ha s sent me some v a luabl e info r mat ion." He was silent for a :few mom e nts, and then said : < I think I will send you down to Judge Leslie 's again, Dick; I I. wis h you to a l et t e r to him." "Very w e ll sir," was the r e ply. "When shall I s t art: "Let's see, you have been up all night; go to b e d an d sleep t ill noon, t h e n eat your di nn er and com e h e re for the l et t er." e halt e r s traps and l e ad the anim a ls ba c k to t h e road "VelJ'. well, sir." The n Dic k s a lute d and took hi s d e The s ound o:f hurryin g foot ste p s could b e heard down par t ure. road, and the y outh s knew t hey had no time to s par e He r eturne d t o the L iberty Boys' quarters and t hrow hey leap e d into the s addles a n d da s h e d away, follo w ed by i ng himself down was soon aslee p. He s l e p t till noon, t h e n outs from t h e e n emy. got up, ate hi s dinn e r and wen t to -head quarters Genera l They wer e n o t y et safe however; they woul d no t b e Washi ngton hand e d hi m a lette r a n d Dick wen t back, til a fte r t hey g o t off Ma nhatt a n I s l a n d, and this w ould. mou nted his hor s e and set out. e an h our 0 hard r i d i n g to acco m pli sh, a n d necessi t a t e d He rode at an e asy gait an d tw o h ours later a:rrive d a t ir getti n g p ast the gua rd s whi c h wer e statio n ed at t h e the home 0 Judge Leslie. Theie was a ben d in the ro ad rle m River by the r e d c o a t s jus t nor t h 0 the judge's home, an d as D lc k ro u nded thi s Onwa r d they r ode, stea d i l y and r ap id ly, and w h e n they b e nd he saw a ma n i n the act of m o unting a horse in fro n t r e within a mile of the river they swerved aside from of the house. The man wore the uniform of a British e main r oad, and by making a detou r r eached the stream officer, and Dick instantly re c ognize d him as b e ing Cap 1 a mile from where the bridge s tood. Here they cros sed tain Sheldon. safety and rode onward in high s p irits "So he has been calling here again?" thought Dick "I guess we are safe now," said Dick. "We ll, I should guess that it ha s done him little good." th "I think s o," repli e d Bob Th e c aptain saw and recognized Dick at a lmost th e s am e i n stant and a hoa rse g rowl 0 rag e e s cap e d h im. He s a t still a n d w aite d till the yout h was close up to hi m, t h en chin g North Cas tle without e n c ounterin g any redcoat s he c r i e d out : "I hope s o from Sam. It turne d out that they were s afe, for the y s uc c e e d e d in ey got to t h e e ncam p m ent a t sev e n o:clock, and wer e S o i t is you, i s it, you scoundre l ? t in time for breakfast. Yes it is I," r eplied D ick c almly; "and now that I .As soon as h e h ad eaten Dick ''ent t o headquart e r s t o com e to look a t you closely l see tha t it i s you you ort to the c o m mand e r-inc hi ef. Gene ra l W ashington scoundrel!" te d him pl e a s antl y What's that!" a l most howle d the cap t a in. "Do y ou p "So you are back, Dick?" he exclaim ed. "We ll, I am dare call me a s c oundr e l ?


28 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS LURED. "And why not? You are one!" ( "I am not! Do you know what "I think it will be better;" and the captain leaped I am going to do to the ground. you, my fine fellow?" D ic k foll o w e d s uit, and the next moment they st Dick shc1ok hi s h e ad. the cool reply. ''I haven't the l e a s t id e a was w ea pon in h a nd, facing each other. ."Well, I will enli g ht e n you: I am g oin g t o kill you!" This was shot out with terrible :fierceness, but it did not have any terrifying effect on Dick, who m e r e ly s miled. "Now look out for yourself l" almost hissed the offi "And you do the same;" was the cool reply "Bah!" "You won't be in a condition of mind that will pe "It is kind of you to t e ll me beforehand h e s aid quietly. of your sneering by the time this affair has ended," The s mile on Dick's face angered the captain greatly and Di c k quietly. he drew his sword and flourished it in the air. "I see you have your he cried. "Draw and d e f e nd your s elf, and I will cut you down right here in full view of your sweetheart, Lucy Leslie!" Dick glanced toward the house and saw that Mr. and "Bosh! yourself-if you can!" "I think 1 can do so-and possibly more." Let's see you do it, then. 'rhe captain leaped for and the swords clashed. The officer thought he woul able to play with his opponent as a cat would wit Mrs. Leslie and Lucy wer e out on the piazza, watching with mou se, but he speedily learn e d his mistake. He tri breathless interest. number of f eints found him seH foiled at every po "You are making a mistake," s aid Dick calmly; "Miss He became angry. Le s lie is not my sweetheart!" "I have been only amusing myself," he hissed; "no "It' s a lie!" the captain cried. "You are saying that to s hall go to work in earnest, and you had better say y t r y to get out of having to fight me! prayers!" "Not at all. I am quite willing to fight-indeed, I am "You look as if you were highly amu s ed," said always gl a d of a chan c e to teach a minion of the tyran.t with a derisive smile, which mad e the captain furiou king a lesson; but I wanted to set you right on the "I'll kill you!" he hissed. 1 "Take that!" tion of the young lady." He made a fierce lunge, but it was parried by Dick "Bah! I don't believe a word of what you have said, and ease. "Be careful, captain," the youth warned; "you I am going to have the satisfaction of carving you up getting angTy and reckless and are laying yourself o before her eyes Draw and defend yourself!" I could have run you through, then." "You are making a mi st ake captain; you had better "You lie, you rebel dog! If you could have done it go on your way and allow m e to pursue my course without would. You are boasting." hindrance." "Never! You di e right h e r e a nd now, and by my hand!" "You may sfip up on that, captain." "No, r mean every word I say and I will prove t hold you at my mercy." "Do it, then, and don't talk about it!" "No danger!" with a scornful laugh. "I am one of the "My dear captain, you have been doing finest swordsmen in this country, and will make short talking." work of you!" Dick seemed to lay himself open for a deadly thrus t, "I give you warning that I am a good sw ordsman the British officer caught at the bait-for it wa s m "' myself." a bait. Dick had done it purposely, and wh e n the ca "You a s wordsman? Hal ha! ha! That is certainl y iunged the youth parried and then with wonderful amu s ing! The idea of an American clodhopper knowin g twisted the o ther' s sword out of his hand, leaving how to handle the sword, the weapon of an officer and a unarmed and defenseless. gentleman!" "There, captain, I told you I could do a s I pleased You w i ll find that t do know how to handle the sword," you," said Dick quietly; "now take your w e apon an was the cold reply; "and I am going to prove to you that your way. I have no des ire to take your life." I am a g e ntleman, by conquering you with the weapon in The captain stood still and s tared at the youth for question." A s Dick spoke he drew his sword. moments in silence, and then, without a word, he pick "Suppos ing w e dismount?" the captain suggested. his sword, placed it in the scabbard, mounted his "If you like," 1rns the indifferent reply. "It does not and rode away. matte r to me." Dick entered the yard and approached the piazza,


THE LIBERTY BOYS LURED. 29 -----------------------Jed to ee stood, and he was greeted heartily by Judge than the other, though I love you each in a different and very pleasantly by Lucy. It was the first time way." stood seen Leslie, to whom he was intr?duced by the .M:rs. Slater kissed Dick and smiled through happy tears. Sue gave him rather a cool greeting, and he "l lmow you -will never cease to love your mother, Dick," )fficer. tood the reason. >::!he was a loyalist and did not she said; "you arc too good a boy for that." very well because Dick had vanquished the British "If I let any one take your place in my heart I would r. Dick understood that this was the reason the judge deserve to be shot, mother!" was the earnest reply. "No, Lney had not left the piazza while the duel was taking I shall love you always, and my love for Alice only ; they knew that Mrs. Leslie would do the same, and strengthens my love for you, if anything. Certainly it afraid she would say something to disconcert Dick. doesn't weaken it." .i\Iay I see you in pri\rate, Judge Leslie?" ask e d Dick, "I am sure of that, Dick; and I am only too glad that the greetings were over. you love such a noble-hearted girl as Alice." Yes, certainly," was the reply; and the judge led the Dick placed Major in the shed and unbridl ed and un-lo his private room and closed the door. saddled him; then giving the animal some hay and corn Here is a letter from the commander-in-chief," the the youth returned to the house. l;[e talked a few minutes h said, handing the judge the letter. and then w ent over to the home of the Estabrook s he judge took it and read it through. "Very good,'' He was greeted pleasantly by and Mr s Estabrook, aid. "There will be no answer this time, Mr. Slater." and joyously by Alice. ick. shook hands with the judge and baq.e him good-by, J "Where have you" the asked when they said good-by to :M:rs. Leslie, who was in the sitting had been left alone m the s1ttmg-room 1. Lucy was not in the house, and on st e pping out "Down to Judge Leslie's, 4Jice, to d e liv r r a l etter from the piazza he found that there was a handsome young lhe commander -in-chief." w there, tall ng to the girl. Lucy blushed as she '"I'o Judge Leslie's!" The exclan1<1tion escaped the girl's duced the yo.ung man to Dick, and it was P.lain that lips almost unconsciously, and for a cloud came as some one whom she thought a great deal of. over her face and then it cleared awaiy sm iled ick was glad to know this, he greeted the young "Forgive me, Dick!" she said, throwing her' around \cry cordially. Evidently Lucy haJ told him what ltis neck. "I-I-couldn't h e lp it. had done :f'or her and how he had overcome the Britis h "That is all right, Alice," giving her a kiss. Then he in in a combat, for the young man, whose name was gc Thorp, greeted Dick with delight expres ed on his ick did.not remain long. He was anxious to get vi,it with bis mother and sister, nnd-h' e had a sweet loo, whom he was anxious to see. So he bade the added, in a matter-of-fact voice: "I made the acquaintance of a young fellow, there. His na$e i s George Thorp, and I am confident that he and are sweet hearts. She seen7cd very happy in, his presence, at any rate.'' Alice rnad9 no reply. She simply tightcnM the grasp of h e r arms about Dick's neck and gave him a kiss. She good-by, and, mounting horse, rode away. understood and was happy; and Dick understood and was hour and a half later he arrived at his home and happy also. given a joyous greeting by his mother and sister. THE END. ow long can you stay, Dick?" aske'd Mrs. Slater, look-ovingly at her son. The next nmr.ber (72) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" '111 going to stay all night, mother, and till noon towill contain "1'1IE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM; OR, THE HANDS OF THE TORY OUTLAWS," by b, l am so glad!" Harry Moore. know somebody else who will be glad, too!" said h, with a roguish smile. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly t:llater smiled also, but half sadly, and Dick, who are always in print. I{ you cannot obtain them from any ed to know what was passing in her mind, took his newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by er in his anns and smoothi ng her hair back, kissed her mail to FHANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION rly. "I am going to visit with you as much as I do SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies w Alice, mother!" he said. "I do not love either one you order by return mail.



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'ltl The Bradys In t h e Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Oplu Fiends. -OJ The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures In tile 81 The Jllradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the l\Iystery of the Old ('hurc h Yard. 82 The Bradys and the Brokers; or. A Desp erate Game In Wall Street. 83 'L'he Bradys J >ight to a l "inish; or. Winning a Desperate Case. B lue Ridge Mountains. p l 39 The Bradys In the Dens of New Yorll. ; or, Working on the Job 111 Street Mystery. 140 The B radys and the Rall Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of th S Midnight Train. !'.4 The Bradys' Hace for Life; or, U ounding Up a 'l'ongh Trio. 85 'l'be Hrndys' Las t ('hance; or, 'l'h e Case i n the Dark. 141 T h e Bradys afte r the Pickpockets; or, Kee n Work In the Shop lf 86 'l'he Bradys on the H oa d ; or, 'l'b e Strange Case of a Drummer. 87 Til e Girl in Black; o r. Tbe Bradys Trapping a Co nfidence Queen. 88 The Bradys in Mulbeny Bend; or, The B o y Slaves of "Little Italy." 89 The Bradys Battle for Life; or, Til e Keen Detectives' Greatest Peril. 90 The B r adys and tl1e i\1ad Doctor; or, The H aunted 111111 in the 142 143 144 145 146 i\larsh 91 The Rradys on the Rall; o r, / Mystery of the Lightning Express. 147 92 and the Spy; o r \\'orkiug Agaiust the Police D epart 148 93 Tile Hrndys' Deep Deni: or, Handin-Glove with Crime. 94 'l'h e Bradys In a Snare; o r, '.rlle \\'orst Case of All. 95 Tile Bradys B e youd T!Jeir Deptll ; or, The Great Swamp i\lystery. 96 The Bradys Hopeless Case: ur, Against Plain Evidence. 97 1'h e J::rndys at the lle lm ; 01-, tbe Mystery of the Uive r Steamer. 98 Til e Bradys in \Yaslliugton; or, Working fut the !'resident. 99 The Bradys Dnped : or, Tile Cunning \\'ork of C l e ver Croolr n I,ost Boy. 118 The Bradys in f'entral Park; or. '.rile Mys1e1 y o f the l\Iall. ] 135 166 167 168 119 Th\l Bradys on their Muscle; or, Shadow in g the Red n ook Gang. 120 '.l'he Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or. Exposing t h e Chinese Crooks. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding U p the rnast -Slde Crooks. Hl9 122 'l'b e Bradys Unde1 Fire: or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. 123 The Bradys at the Beach ; or. Tile l\Iystery of tile Rath H o use. l 70 124 The Bradys and. the Lost Gold l\[!ne; or, Hot \\'01k Among the 171 Cowboys. 1 125 The Bradys and t h e Missing Girl; or, A Clew Found In the Dark. 126 The Brad.vs and the Banker: or, '.rhe Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 127 Tbe Rradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, 'l'racing up a Theatrical ( Ufil.:!. 172 District. The Bradys and the Broker; or. The Plot to Steal a Fortune. The Bradys as R eporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. The Bradys and the Lost Ilanc h e ; or, '.l'he Strange Case in Texas '.rhe Bradys and the Signal Boy : or. the Great Train Robbery. The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The C leverest Crook .in '.'>e York. i"( 1 t The Bradys and the Female Detective; or. Leagued with th 01 Customs Inspectors. a, The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stole ;1 Million. 1 The Bradys at Cripple C reek; or, Knorking out the "Bad llien.' The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; o r Sharp Work after Durk -or The Bradys Ill Five Points; or. Tile Skeleton In the Cellar. 5.1 'l'oy, the Opium Queen; o r, 'J'he Bradys and tile Chines PS Smugglers. The Brndys' Boy Pupil ; or, Sifting Strange Evidence. 1.'he Bradys In t h e Jaws of Deatll; or, Trapping the Wire Tap lV p ers. !ll The Bradys and the .rypewrlter; o r The Office Boy's Secret Tile Bradys and the Bandit King; or, Chasiug the l\Iountai 'l'hiev<>s. The and the Drug Slaves; or, The Yellow Demons o Chinatown. The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen; "Reds. The Bradys and the Hote l Crooks; or, The Mystery of Room 44 et< Tbe Bradys and the Wharf Hats; or, Lively Work in the Har ur bor. and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark .Night' a! '.l'h e Bradys' Winning Game; or, P laying Against the Gambler o1 The Bradys and the Mall T hieves; 01-, Tile Man in the Bag. '.l'he Bradys and the Boatme n ; or, '.rh e Clew Found In th Hlver. Tile Bradys after the Grafters: or, The Mystery In the Cab. The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case Mrs souri. The Bradys and 1 i\Ilss Brown; or, The Mysterious Case In S ciety I The Bradys and the Factory Girl; o r The Secret of the Poisone The BJ'ad.vs and Blonde Biil ; or, '.l'he Diamond Thieves of Maide L a n e The Bradys and the Opium Uing; o r 'l'bc Clew in Chinatow The Bradys o n the Grand Ci rcuit; or, Tracking the Ligh Harness Gang. e The Bradys and the Black Doctor; or. The / Secret of til e 01 f Vault. o r For sal e b y all o r i?ent postpaid on r eceipt of price, 5 c ents p e r copy b y o : 00 a c e FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 UnionSquare, New Yor !I 0 0 g U C o f our Libraries and canno t procu r e them from newsdea l e r s, they can b e ob t ained f r om this office direct. Cut out and fl lli i n t he f ollow i n g Order Blank and send i t to us with the price o f the boo k s yo u wan t and we will send them to you by r rec t u m mail. POSTAG E S'l'AMPS TAl{EN 'l'BE SAME MONEY. m IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U n i o n S quare, New York. .. ... .......... .... ..... 1901 N a I 1 N DEAR SrnEnclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .... ..... ....... -.... PLUCK AND LUCK ........ ... ...... ......... SECRET SERVICE THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76, No s .. ... ........ .................. .... Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos . . . . ........ N' ame . . ......... Street a n d '.No ........ .... ... 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THE STAGE. No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fouf" No. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becom1< "' a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mos t most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without simple and co ncise manner possible. thi s wonderful little book. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting de-No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.bates, outlines for d ebates, questions for discussion, and the bes Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch sources for procuring information on the questions given and Irish. Also end men s jokes. Just the thing for home amuse-ment and amateur shows. SOCI ETV. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation. an st AND JOKE BOOK.-Something n ew and very instructi:ve. Every fully explained by this little book. B es id es the various methods of boy shCtUld obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or-handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, coi;i ganizing an amateur minstrel troupe. tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flow ers, which ks. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original interesting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy e jok'e books ever and it is brii;i:iful of wit and humor. It without one. con,tains a large collect10 n of s.engs, Jok es, conundrums, etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE i s the titl e of a new and handsome Tei;rence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joke r of little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instructh day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ballroom and at parties. ob in a copy immediately h t d d f II d. ti f 11 ff 11 I ne o. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comress, an u irec ons or ca mg o ID a popu ar squarv plete hastructions how to up for various characters on the No. 5 HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete gnide to love hn 11tage together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiqueth, th Scenk Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage ManagE:r. to be observed, with many curious and i:rateresting things not gen No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Oontaining the lat-erally known. op ut jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instrpction m thg :1ver popular German co median. Sixty-four pages ; handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and aliroad, giving th6 cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors, material and how to bave them made up. 88 HOUSEKEEPING. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAllJ TIFUL.-One of tht brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worl d Everybody wishes to know bow to become beautiful, both ma1'! an female. The secret i s simp le, and almost costless. Read this bool>' and be convinced how to become beaut i ful. N o. 16. HOW T O KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing ?ull instructfons for constructing a window garden either in town th or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful 1 ffowers at home The most comp lete hook of the kind ever pub-0 e l lshed. BIRD s AND ANIMALS. en No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and ar -on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, containing full instructions for the management and training of th& fish, game and oysters; a l s o pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. ne putry, and a grand collectron of recipes by one of our most popular No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A rn RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for trated. By Ira Drofraw. apl1Verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints; make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds irackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrate d By J. Harrington Keene. ELECTRICAL. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS4\.N D ANU\fALS.-A valu 1 o. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de-able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, moantint cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; and preserving birds, animals and insects. "" ther with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PE'ES.-Glving com n By George Trebel, A. M., M D. Containing over fi'fty il-plete information as to the manner and method of,.raising, keeping taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful l No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con-instructions for making cages, etc. Fully. explained by twenty ght aining full directions for making electrical machines, induction eight illustrations, making it the most complete b ook of the kine ler i?ils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. ever published. tly R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. the No. 67 HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a MISCELLANEOUS. arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, No. 8 HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.useful and in ogether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. stmctive book, giving a comp lete treatise on che istry; also ex II periments in acoustics, mechanics, chemistry, anc. E NTE RTA IN ME NT. directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloons So No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry This book cannot be equaled. Kenn edy The secret given away. Every boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook fo i book of instructions, by a practical professor (deliglitfog multi-making all kinds of candy, i ce cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. alde\'udes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANCE.1 rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDEJ.-Giving the towttreatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. official distances on all the railroads of the Urilted States and No. 20. HOW TO ENTDllTAIN AN EVENI:NG PARTY.-A Canada Also table of distances by water to forei gn ports, hack ery valuable little book just published A complete compendium fares in the principal cities, reports of the ce n sus, ietc., etc., makinr OI f games, sports, card diversions, com ic recitations, etc., suitable it one of the most comp lete and books publi1hed r parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOuR OWN DOCTOR.-A won oney than any book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information in thf No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete a.nd useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evecy ook, containing the r.ules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle family Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com ackgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 3!3. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Con e leadmg conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuabl e information regarding the co ll ecting and arrangint d witty sayings. of stamps and coins Handsomely illustrated. No. HOW TO PLAY complet!! and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Id King Brady, ok, g1vmg the rules and full d1rect1ons for playmg Euchre Crib-the world-known detective In which he lays down some valuable ge, Casino, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poke r and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventurer :uction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards'. and experiences of well-known detectiv es d fl No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contain by red interesting _puzz le_s and conundrums with key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; mplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and other ETIQUETTE. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De w No. 13. TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-lt No. 62 HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY a gi:eat hfe secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance, I about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post No. 33. BOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and eti-Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and a ll a boy should ette of good soc iety antl the easiest and most approved methods know to be a Cadet. Compi l ed and written by Lu Senarens, author f appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." -nd in the drawing-room. No. 03. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete in-structions of how to gain admi ssion to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of ins truction, descriptioo No. 2? .HOW TO RECITEJ AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and eveqthing a boy EJonta1nrng the p:iost popular selection!! i n use, comprising Dutc b should know to become an office r in the United States Navy. Com-. lect, French dml ect, Yrmkee and Irish dialect pieces together piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become tb man:y 1tandard readings. West Point Military Cadet." ... PRICE 10 CENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, 24 Union 5'!uare, NC?w


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly M a g a zine containing Stories of the American Revolution These stories By HARRY MOORE. are based on actual fa.cts and give a faithfi 1 account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of AmerieltD youths who wer e al ways rea.dy and willing to the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use imperil their lives of Independence. for Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76: or tor l 'ie o'erty Roys' Tron Grip: or. Squeezing the Redroats. -17 The Liberty Roys' Success: or. Doing 1\'hat They Set Ont tu Do 18 'l'he Liberty Boys' Setback : or. Def Pated. Hut Kot Disgraced. 40 'l'he LPJerty Roys lo 'l'oryville: or. Dick S later's Fearful Rlsk 50 T h e Liberty Boys Aroused: or, Rtriking Strong Rlows for Libert r t '!'be L iberty Boys' Triumph ; or. Beating the Redcoats at '.!'be 1 Own Game. 52 The !,lberty Boys' Rrare: or. A Miss os Goo