The Liberty Boys as sleuth-hounds, or, Trailing Benedict Arnold

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The Liberty Boys as sleuth-hounds, or, Trailing Benedict Arnold
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No. 73. NEW YORI{, MAY 23, 1902. Price 5 Cents. I :-i: Dick stood on a table and peered through the opening above the door. while the other three youths kept watch out of the window and guard over the prisoners.


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'THELmERTY BOYS OF '76. I A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-B y Subscn-iptton $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O trlce, February 4 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in the office of t h e Libruria n o f Co n gress, Washington, D. 0 b y Frank 1'ousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 73. NEW Y O RK, MAY 23, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. ancl then he tolcl us that Arnold was a traitor, and that he ha cl fl.eel for his life." THE TRAITOR. "That is too bad!" said Dick, sorrowfully; "it is terri ble I would never have believed that Arnold would be A litUe after noon of the 25th of September, 0 the year so base and lost to all sense of honor. How did his 1780, Bob Estabrook, a member of the famous company wife take it, Bob? Diel you hear?" 0 "Liberty Boys," rushed into the quarters occupied by "The officers said that she was in hysterics." said "I .. ib erty Boys," at West Point, on the Hudson, in a "I don't doubt it. Poor woman! It will be worse or state of great excitement. lier than for Arnold "Dick! Dick!" he cried "What is it, Bob?" asked a handsome youth of perhaps twenty years, turning a surprised ancl questioning face toward Bob. The youth in question was Dick Slater, the captain 0 the company, and one of the most famous young men in the patriot armv. He hiio' done a great deal of "Yes, indeed." "I wonder i it would be possible to capture Arnold?" Dick remarked, musingly "Hardly, Dick. It is said that he is now safe on board the British sloop of war, Vulture, which was lying down the river, waiting to take the British officer, Andre, back scout and spy work : od had " ; "Arnold?" "The hero of ti:.i r;1toga and Quebec ?-never!'' '' J t + hP 1" "There bt some mistake!" "Who told you, Bob?" Such were a few of the many exclamations. The "Lib rty BoF" all knew Arnold well, and bad always ad ired hin! for his dashing bravery, and they could no: ink that he a traitor In answer to foe question of who tolcl him that Arnold as a traitor, Bob replied: "I h e lped row General Wash-"Hor was Um t ?" "He had r Tt-rs in Arnold's handwriting m his shoes. -and a pass to ca;Ty him through the lines; fro:in Arnold. "What were the papers?" "Drawinirs of the works here at West Point, and every thi1 .f!' :::.:: that kind that would assist the British in cap : '!..ring the fortress." "That is terrible, ancl makes Arnold's guilt abeolutely certain," said Dick "Yes; and his flight, toe, clinchesall." "So it iloes. And what about the commander -in-chief did he come back ever to the "Yes; he is here, now, msking a careful examination to see what Arnold had done that would make the capture 0i the place ea2y." gton crc:>s th e riv e r a little while ago, you know, and "That is something very nec;ssary," said Dick; "tbe e waited willle he went up to Beverly Robinson's house. probability is that a force is making its way up the f12: a while one of the came clown to the boat to now, for the purpose of making an attack on us." ll .1s that the comrr;ander-in-chief would be there in a "That is what the commander-in-chief fears. I hea

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    THE LIBEHTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. "Well, the chances are that we will have a battle soon." Dick did not reply immediately. He "as ponderin "It is likely." ihe question. At last he said: "I hardly know what reply "Still," said Dick, after a pause, "I am not so sure of to make to your question, sir. Under ordinary circum-it. If Andre was captured with the drawings and papers stances I would not be afraid to say that I thought it on his person he did not, of course, succeed in carrying possible to capture S
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEU'l'H-HOuNDS. 3 g the powe r of even Dick Slater to capture Arnold and bring I y him away from Britis h h e adquart e rs, a s it were l i t "It is a big ta sk, c ertainly," agreed General Lafayette "But he has accomplish e d almost a s difficult tas k s i n t, the past," said G e n e ral Knox e r "So he hai::; aml that i s the r e a s on I send him upon this "Oh, it'll be a difficult matter," said Bob; "but it will be work that is worth while." "Yes," said Dick; "if we can go down into New Y ork City, trace Arnold down c apture him and br1ng him away, it will be the bi gges t kind of a feather in our cap." "Ye s it'll b e a whole bunch of feather s !" grinned Bob. oe n e," said W a shin g ton. "And y o u are g oing to make the atte mpt, Dick?" a s k e d "If he can t do it it would b e u seless for any one else to Sam Sand e rson. b.t ry," said Green e "Indeed I am, Sam!" l y The abo v e-given c onv e rsation shows 1n what Ill ick Slater was h eld by th e four great generals of the 1 e 1 evo ution. They had great ,confidence in the brave cap he f am o the company of "Liberty Boys Lat D" k h i c astened back to th e quarte r s occupied by the "Librty Boys," and was gre eted with queries from every s ide. "What did the commander-in chie f want?" e w "What is up, Dick?" '"Wa s it anything about Arnold?" "When?" "Right away." "How are you g oing to go about it?" "Well, I will have to give that matter a few minutes' thought. I haven t had time to devise a p l a n as yet." "Well, if you want to keep on living you d on't want to devise a plan that leaves me o u t of the a ffair!" said Bob, with a n air. of mock fierceness Oh you sha ll be in it, Bob. I will have to have two [ s h "Tell us all about it, old man!" or three of you to help me, at any rat e." Such were a few of the exclamations. Finally D ick "Not mor e than t hat?" rema r ked o n e o f the you ths, r e ) eld up his for silence and laughin g ly said : "If with a disappointed l ook." .It was evident t hat he wished a m ou' ll gi\ e m e a chan c e I'll t e ll you all about it." to make one of the party and was afraid he would not m G o a h ead!" "We'll give you the chance!" ':l es, yes ii. l ;:; mt up everybody, and l et Di c k talk! 1., I'll tell you what the commandet -in-chicJ' wanted with 1 e(' said Dick : "He wanted that we should make the tic mpt to trac e Arno l d and q1pture him and bring him 1ac:k." t "'Ah, ha! he want s us to act as sleuth-hound s eh, Dick ?n x claim e d Bob. a n "We ll, yes, I suppose you might 'ca ll it that, Bob. H e \'a } ants us to trace Arnold to his h.iclin g place in the city nd then, if possible,. to capture him and bring back." L e t "That will be no easy job, D ick." "Certainly not." "It will give us some l iv e ly work, tho u gh, went on Bob, 1 s a and that is what I li k e get to do so. The r e was a disap p ointed look on the face of n early a il the y ou ths a lso Dick S l ate r s a t d own an d was silent, thinking, for fifteen min u tes, an d then he look e d up ancl said : "Bob, i\fark and Sam, get r eady to accompany me I shall tak e you three and n o mm:.e. CHAPT:B}R IL "THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS." / Of cour se, Bob, Mark and Sam w e re cle lightecl on ac count of having bee n selected to accompany Dick, but th e rest were disconso la.te. "Can' t you take rriore of us, Dick?" asked one. "You may need more than four," from another. "You'll neecl the whole company, and more, too, if you rth Dick smi lecl. "There is no doubt but that it will be Yely enough, Bob." for "Likel y i t w ill be too a re going to venture down into that h ornet's nest," said l ively," smil e d Mark Morrison. another, but Dick on l y shook his head and smiled ncy, eyo "That's right," from Sam Sanderson; "Arnold is in ew Yo r k, isn't he ?" H e is o n his way there; he will be there before l o n g,'' id Dick. "I am sorry, boys," he said; I wish I coul d take you a11, for I know you would like t o go; but in a of this kind the fewe r I h ave w i t h me t h e better, as we w ill be less li kely to attract a t t ention. O f course, I will n e ed W e ll w h e n h e gets t h ere he will b e i n t h e mid s t of some a ssista nce, bu t I t hink t h ree comrades will b e suffio u sands of r e dcoats; that being the case I don' t see ci ent, and a ll that it will b e wise for rrie to take." w we are to capture hi m and bring him a w ay. "We ll, y ou know best Di ck," was t h e rep ly.

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    4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ThP four youth,; busied themselves getting r eady for the adventure. 'rhcy were going to venture right.into the midst of the redcoats, so it would not do to wear their uni forms, and they doffed the continental blue and donned rough, ragged suits uch as were worn by the farmer youths of the vicinity. This would disguise them and make it much safer for them both o1n the road to New York and after they got there. It, did not take long to make their arrangements, and then they bade their comrades good-by and took their departure. They crossed the river to Beverly Robinson's AS SLEUTH-IIOUNDS. "They might try to take our weapons," said Dick. "Well, they will get nothing but the contents of mine! said Bob, grimly. "You can wager that no Cowbobys 01 Skinners are going to take my weapons away from m1 until after they are empty The other three expressed themselves in much the sami I terms, and thus conversing they rode onward at as rapic1 a gait as it was possible to get out of the horses. The) continued o:p.ward till sundown, and then not having a-farmhouse forquite a while, and not knowing how lonf it would be before they would come upon one they decided house and there procured four farm horses on which to to stop and eat supper and let their horses rest and cror make the journey to the city. The youths had good the grass. horses over at the fort, but they did not wish to run the risk of losing them. It now well along toward the middle of the after noon, but as it was September it would be light till after They came to a stop at a little stream, and after water ing the horses, tethered them, and, getting the food ou' of the saddle-bags, proceeded to eat their frugal meal. 1 While thus engaged two men came riding along the road six, and the youths could ride quite a distance before they coming from the same direction the youths had come from would have to think of stopping for the night. Indeed, The strangers were rough-looking and wen Dick was thinking of riding pretty much all night. Still, mounted on scrawny, half-starved horses. They looked as they would not dare enter New York in the daytime, the four youths rather searchingly and curiously as the; i:his would not gain them much. They would have to drew opposite, and, after hesitating, came to a stop. put up somewhere all day and wait for nightfall before "Hullo, ye fellers!" said one, in a gruff voice. entering the city; so it would perhaps be as well to put up for the night and ride next day. By so doing there would not be any danger of losing their way, which they might do at night, if it were very dark. Dick thought the 'matter over carefully, and decided to be guided somewhat by circumstances. If it should trans pire that they found a good place to spend the night, where they would be among friends, they would stop; but if they did not find any such place they would continue onward till midnight, at least, and then go into camp at some convenient spot. This they could do, as they each had a blanket, and in their saddle-bags was food enough to do them. "We'll ha>e to keep our eyes Dick," remarked Bob when they had been riding an hour or so; "we may run 'across a gang of Cowboys, you know." "Yes; or Skinn e rs, Bob. It doesn't matter which we encounter; one sort is as likely to try to rob us as another." "That's right," said Sam Sanderson; "although the Skinners pretend to be patriots, and the Cowboys pose as Tories, they are more robbers than anything else, and will rob patriot or loyalist with equa l impartiality." "Yes, you are right about that, Sam. I would as i;..;,\ 1 1 encounter Cowboys as Skinner2." "Well, we haven't much that would tempt them," said J\fark Morrison, "so I guess they won't bother u s "Ho,1 are you, gentlemen?" remarked Dick, quietly. 1 "Gentlemen ? Oh, Dick!" said Bob, in an undertone with a grin. 1 ")'\fought I ax who ye fellers air?" wa$ the r e mar 1 1 of the stranger who bad taken the office of spokesma ; 1 upon himself. 1 "Certainly you might,'' replied Dic'K; "there is no lm j against your asking, that I know of." "W aal, then, who air ye?" "We arc travelers." Bob snickered. "Oh, ye're travelers, arr ye?" the man said, sullenlJ t for he saw and heard Bob snicker, and it aroused his irt "Yes." "But I di.di\' mean thet; I meant, who air ye-whut' s yer names?" "Ob, that's it?" "Yas." t k "And I suppose you would like to know where we al ii going, n:hat our business is when we get there, and about it?" J:1;1,;k spoke calmly and with a perfectly sober face, b a : .!:>ob, who was a youth of a live1y and fun-loving temper ment, could not help laughing aloud. The two men co1 tl see nothing :11r.l!y in Dick 's remark, ,,r,we i'tl', auJ thl fuowned and looked Su Yt: ze.

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    THE LIBERTY B OYS AS SLEUTHHOUNDS. 5 :: "I s'po s e by thet ye mean thet it hain't none uv our 1'11 be ter prove ter ye thet yer mi s took, afore yer bizness \}'ho ye air?" the one who had done the talking rnenny days older." 1rl said, angrily. Lcl "Oh, well, I would not like to say anything impolitf:!," said Dick, soberly, and Bob cam e very near exploding t with laughter. "Still determined to keep on blowing, aren t you?" laughed Bob. "Ye'll fin' out whether er not I'm blowin' !" "Shut up, or I'll pull you off your horse B;nd give you This made the two angrier than ever, and the spokesone of the worst thrashings you ever had ilf. your life!" man shook his fist and then, indicating Bob by pointing, 'Bob made a movement toward the man as he spoke, cried: {'Ye think et's funny, don' ye, ye blamed leetle and with a startled exclamation the fellow dug bis heels t monkey, ye! Ef ye'll jes' cum out heer an' sbin' up before into the ribs and got away from there in a h u r r y me er minut e_, I think I'll be able ter change th!3t larf ter his companion following suit. > ther oth e r corner uv yer mouth!" Bob was on his feet in an instant. r out till within ten feet of the man, "You're a brave one, you are called out Bob, sar He strode straight castically. and then, pausing, u said, with a grimness quite at va1:iance w_ith hi s former mood: "Just get down off that horse, you big l oafer, and d I'll teach you a lesson in just one minute that you will Ill remember all your life!" : r "Whut's thet D'ye dar' ter call me er loafe r ?" the a fellow cried, growing almost b l ack in the face with rage The two did not reply, but s l ackened the speed of their horses at a bend a hundred yards distant, and half turning in their saddles, shook their fists at Bob and his three comrades. "Oh, go on about your business, or I'll get on my horse and chase you into the tall timber and u p a tree!" ca lled out Bob. e "I have no doubt that you are worse than a loafer!" The men made no reply in words, but they urged thei r replied Bob, cuttingly; "anyway, I know you are a fellow horses to inQ_reased speed and quickly disappJ:!ared who needs a lesson in manners, and I am just the boy "That was a i)retty pair, I must say!" said Bob, as he who can give it to you. Get down off your horse!" went back and took his seat by his companions. [l But the man did not evince any very great desire to do "An ugly pair, I would call them," said Mark Morrison so. It was plain that he was not eager for an encounter t r with the handsome, bold-speaking youth, and his talk had 1a been intended more as a bluff than otherwise He saw, now, that he had caught a Tartar, and turned his atten a tion toward getting out of the scrape in which he feared he had gotten himself "Ef y e think I'm gain' ter git down theer an' have two or three uv ye fellers jump onter me, ye're fooled, thet's all!" he said, sullenly, but in a tone of r e lief, for he 11 thought this excuse well thought of lT "You need fear nothing of the kind," said Bob, quickly; "no one will assist me a particle. Indeed, I won't need ut any assistance, and I guess you know that, and that is the rea s on you change your tune so quickly "No, I don' know ennythin' uv ther kin'; but I do know thet young fellers like ye air allus reddy ter jump a in an' wun another, and I'd be er fool ter git down an' give ye ther chance at me." "It is just as I thought," said Bob, scornfully; "you b are a great, big blowhard !" 1 e r "Ye think so, do ye?" the man asked, in a peculiar, on threatening voice. th "I do. Indeed, I'm sure of it!" "All right; ye're welcum ter yer beleef -but I think "You're right,'' agreed Sam Sanderson "And, if I mistake not, a pair that is likely to try to make us trouble," said Dick. "They would if they could, there is no doubt about that," said Bob; "but what could two such miserable specimens as they do against the four of us, any one of whom is a match for both?" "There may be mQre of them not far away, Bob," said Dick "That's so; I never thought of that. "The y looked like Cowboys," said Sam. "Or Skinners-who are just as bad!" from Mark "Well, we won't lfilt them skin us-not by a long shot!" s aid Bob, grimly. "We'll have to keep our eyes open," said Dick, soberly; "they are likely to J hide in the timber at the sidf:! of the road and u s down as we come along." "They would be afraid," dissented Bob; "they would know that if they failed to h.ill all of us before we could get at them, they woul d lose their lives." "As I said, though, Bob, they may have comrades n ea r at hand." "Well, in that case, they might attempt somethi n g." The youths finished their suppe r and then waite d half a n

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    6 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. I hour to give the horses a good re s t, after which they The youths dismounted and led their horses around to mounted and again purs u e d their journey. the rear of the building. Here to their great pl e asur e It was now quite dark and it was seen that it wa s likely they found goods ized shed which would affo r d a good to be a bad night. Clouds were looming up in the west shelter for their horses. They unbridled and unsadcllecl and 0cca s ional fitful flashes of lightning proclaim e d the the animals and tied them securely by ropes, after whi c h fact that a thunde r storm was likely to break in the they entered the deserted farmhouse, taking the s ad dles and course of an hour or two. "Wha t hacl w e b ette r do, boys?" as ked Dic k. "Jus t what e v e r y ou think best, Dick," repli e d B ob; "you are 1the boss of thi s exp e dition." "Well, it is s o dark, even now, that we are liable to los e our way.; and after the clouds get clear over it will be worse. And it is my opinion that we had better hunt up shelter and s top for the night." "'l'ha t will suit me, Dick." "And me." bridle!' in with them. "I wish we had a light," said Bob. "We don t kno w what kind of trouble we may get into in h ere 'l' he r e may be snakes in the room, or ghosts, or--" "We'll get a very good look at i.he interior wh e n there comes a flash of lightning," said Dick Just then there came a tla s h of lightning and the youi.hs saw a sight which, 1o say the lea s t, startled them. At the farther end o.f the room stood six roughly dressed, fierce looking men, an' "The re is a hou se!" he cried. "Now ":e ''ill b e all right." All four had s e e n the building at the same instant, and Bob said: Doesn t l ook u s if anybod y i s at hom e Dick. There is no light." "Tr11e; well, it doesn't matter. We'll stop overnight, anyway." "That's right." When they were, as they judged, e v e n with the house the youths paused and waited for ano ther flash of light"\Vaal, thet's whut we air, too." "Very well; put up your pis tols. our :fighting one another There i s no n eed o.f "How do we know y e haint e r ban' uv robber s ? "We ll, for that matter, how do we know y ou a r e n ot a band of "I dunno." "Neither do I. It seems to me that it is about a n even thing." ning so as to g e t a view of their surroundings. Just then there came another flash of lightning, and i The flash was not long delayed, and then it was seen it was seen that Dick and his three comrades had t h ei r l that they were in front of an old, dilapidated house which pistols out and leveled. i h ad a. deserted appearance. "Nobody lives there," said Dick; "and, judging by appearances, nobody has lived there for some time." '"W: e'll take pos s ession, then," said Bob. "Say, don' ye fellers shoot them pistils off!" g rowle d i one of the men. "EE ye do, well kill ther las' wun u v ye!" "We won t do so unless you make it necessary," wa Dick's calm reply

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. 7 "\Yaal, we hain't ergoin' tcr make et necessary." "I'm glad to hear that." "Put up yer pistils." "We will do so, if you will." I "No." "Waal, thet's funny. Wlrnr ye frum, ennyway, thct ye don' know who Arnold is? Ile wuz er patriot gin e ral, in command uv ther post at West Point, an' he wuz plannin' "All right; w e come in heer ter git outer ther storm, ter giv' ther place over ter ther British, et seems, but wuz ther same ez ye hev, an' theer hain't no use fur us ter fight." caught in et an' he had ter git in er hurry, this mornin'." "Of course not. Put up your pistols." "Indeed?" remarked Dick. "And have i.hey caught "All right." The next flash of lightning showed that both parties had put their pis tols away, and the situation did not seem quite so threatening. Still, Dick realized that the six men were not just the kind he would have chosen for for the night, and he made up his mind it would not do to go to sleep and risk what they might do. him?" "No; an' I guess they won't." "Why not?" "He got erway by goin' down thcr riYer in er boat, an' he reached an' boarded ther British vessel, ther Vulture, an' is in New York long afore this." "Indeed? I suppose they will ti1 to get hold of him, One thing, Dick had taken as good a loox: as was pos won't they?" sibl e at the faces of the strangers, and he knew that the "Who?" two whom they had seen while eating their supper were not in the party. "The patriots?" There was a hoarse laugh at this. "Mighty leetle good "I am glad of it," he said to himself; "these men being et'd do 'em!" utter strangers they may not attempt to harm us and we "Why so?" may get through the night without an encounter with "W'y so?" th em while if the two were among them they would not "Yes.'' be satisfied till they had made an attack upon us." "Waal, et seems ter me ennybuddy orter know thct.._ The fellows seemed to want to talk, for presently one He's down theer in New York ermong hundreds an' thou said : "Et's er bad night out." I "Yes, indeed; a bad night," replied Dick. san's uv ther British, an' how c'u'd ther patriots git 'im ?" "It does seem as if it would be a difficult matter." "Difficult? W'y, et'd be jes' onposserble !" "Sounds and acts like et 'vuz go in' ter be bad all night." "Yes; it ... wouilin't surprise me if it stormed throughout the entire night." "Waal, we kin stan' et, I gues s in heer outer ther wet." "Yes; it can rain all it wants to." "Jes' so ther lightnin' don' strike ther shanty." "True; that wouldn't be pleasant." "Xot er bit uv et !" This did not call for aii answer, so Dick said nothing in reply. He did not care about carrying on a conversation, anyway. The fellow was not satisfied, howev er, and pres!l ently he said: "Thet wuz tnrrible erbout i.het feller Arnold wuzn't el.?" n This was treading on dangerous ground. The six men might be patriots, or Skinners who leaned that way; and then, again, they might be loyali sts or Cowboys with r loyalist leanin gs, and it would not be a good plan to l et them know too much; so Dick said, with an assumption of s ignorance : "About who, did you say?" "Arnold." "Who is he?'' "Don' ye know who B enedick Arnold is?" "It does seem as if s uch would be the case." "U v course "I suppose it would have gone hard with Arnold if the patriots had succeeded in 'Catching him?" "Gone hard with 'im? Waal, I sh'd say so!" "What would they have don e to him?" "Hung 'im ter ther handiest tree!" "I judge you are right." "Yas, I know I am; ef they didn' ketch Arnold, they got sumb uddy ez good .. "Indeed ?" "Yas." "Who have they got?" "Er British orsifer." "A British officer?" "Yas; ther wun thet cum up ter make ther arrangements with Arnold." "So he was caught, eh?" "Yas." "What is his name?" "Andry, I think, er sumthin' like thet." "Where was he captured?"

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    8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. "Olus ter Tarrytown." "What will they do with him?" "I dunno; hang im, I 'xpeck." "That will make up to the patriots or ailing to get .Arnold, in some degree at least, won't it?" "Yas, et'll make 'em eel er leetle better, I 'xpect; but immediately spread out their blankets and lay down, Bob and Dick doing likewise, for Dick, although he would reawake, did not wish the men at the other end of a the room to lmqw it. Presently there came a flash of t lightning and the six saw that the our had lain down. t "Hello!" said the man who had done all the talking o I don' think b e deserves hangin' ez much ez does, so far, "goin' ter git sum sleep, hey?" p do ye?" "Yes, if the rattle of the rain and the thunder will let n "Well, I don't know much about such things," said us," replied Dick. Dick, cautiously; "I would not like to say one way or the "Ye've got ther better uv us." t other "Waal, thet's ther way et seems ter me. Arnold is ther traitor, an.' et seems worse fur 'im ter plan. ter giv' up tber patriot force an' works ter ther British than fur them ter plan ter try ter git ther force an' works." "How is that?" "We hain't got no blanket s." "Oh!" "Howsumever, we're used ter hardships, an'll git er long all right, I Yf e kin s leep on ther floor, an' et "Perhaps so," said Dick; "I wouldn t like to say." won't be ther urst time, neether." If the man was trying to draw Dick out and :find out "Well, we have done such a thing, ourselves," replied which way they lean ed, he was disappointed. His next Dick; "but I can't say that it was pleasant." remark seemed to give color to this, for he said: "Seems ter me yer purty keerul whut ye sez, young feller." .. "Well, that is a good plan, do't you think?" I dunno." "No, et hain't pleasant, thet's er fack." The six now lay down, a Dick saw when the next lightning flash came, and he noticed that thei r heads were close together. He could not hear them talking, as the rain rattled and made a great deal of noise, but he shrewdly "Well, it seems so to me, at any rate." s uspected that they were engaged in conver ation of some The rain was coming down in torrents, now, 'and made sort. He suspected, further, that the conversation was so much noise rattling on the clapboard roof that it was regarding :.n;.1 t '01,:,i1mions. w tl impossible to carry on a conversation without shouting, and the man subsided, much to Dick's He did not wish to come in collision with the six, if it could be avoided, and there was danger, so long as talk was in dulged in, that something would be said on one side or the other that would cause a clash. "It wouldn't do for us all to go to sleep and r i sk letting them have a chance at us," he said to himself; "they are i either Skinners or Cowboys, I am confident, and that means the. l are robbers and they would take our weapons arnJ. anythi1 1 g we possess that took their fancy; and they would. prob<..1hly take the horses also." "That fellow's rather talkative, isn't be?" said Bob to Dick, under cover of the rain. "Yes; I think he was trying to clraw me out and find out how we on the question." "I think that was what he was trying to do. Well," with cimdde_ '.1' Liidn't find out much." 'rhe six men were indeed talking 0 Dick and h is companions. :'We'll purten' ter go ter sleep," said the leader to the man n1::x t to him, "an' then when they hev got good an' soun' ersleep we'll slip over an make 'em pris'ners afore they kin git erwake, an' then we kin he'p ourselves ter whutever 1-hey hev that we kin. use." "No, not a great deal, that's a fact." "Thet's right!" replied the one aqdressed. "What are we going to do to-night? We won't da:'. .,: "Pass ther word erlong," the leader said; "tell the:r 1-:.'' i.r, :ieep, will we?" civ'p l2.ey mustn' go ter sleep." "No; those fellows might go for l!!l while we \Yere "All rig b t." asleep. We will nave to take turns ke:ping aw11ke. Then t'!i.e fellow told the man next to him, and he told "That is the only safe plan. the next, and so on, till all hatl been told wh
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTHHOUNDS. 9 = > They were smart enough not to make any premature alarm and consternation that they could not move, and move; and they waited more than two hours before doing although the light from the lightning flash had lasted only r anything. Indeed, it was nearly hours from the an instant, and they could have done so as well as n ot, E time Dick and his three comr ades had lain down befo r e they made. no move toward drawing weapons. Finally one the six men made a move. The n the l eade r began rolling found his voice, however and he said, grow l ingly : over and over, slowly and carefully1 and grad ually he ap "Whut in blazes hev ye done ter Jim? Ef ye've killed proached the point where D ick lay H e did not make any 'im we'll make ye wush't ye hedn't E' noise to speak of-indeed, he would hardly have been hea r d "No threats, please," said Dick,, calmly ; "your friend had there been no disturbing noise to interfere, but with Jim isn t dead I simply choked him till he lost uncon the rain rattling on the roof and the thunder roaring it sciousness. He will be a ll right in a few If I had would have been impossible to hear him had he made killed him, however, you could not have said othe r fhan three times the noise that he did Dick, however, was aware of what was going on. He was watching through his eyelashes and the lightning L fl.ashes came often enough so that he could see the progress made by his enemy. that I did right, for he approached me stealthily, and for all I know was intending to kill me. "No, he wuzn't "What did he do it for, then?" "He wanted to see if ye wuz ersleep." r He managed to waken Bob, who woke Mark, who in turn woke Sam, and all four were on the alert. The three last named drew pistols and cocked them, but Dick did not. He was going to give the man a taste of the iron grip of "Why did he wish to learn that? What difference did it make?" "Waal, he je s' kinder wanted ter know, thet wuz all, an'--" his sinewy fingers. "If we had been asleep I suppose you would have Closer and closer came the man, Dick keeping watch of upon u s and either killed us or robbed us, eh?" him by the light of the lightning flashes, and the fellow would soon be within reach. Closer and closer, and at last the man was right beside Dick. rrhe youth feigned sleep, and saw the fellow lift his head and listen to the breathing of the four. Then as the darkness came, succeeding the brilliant light of the lightning, the youth suddenly reached up and grasped the fellow by the throat. Dick had carefully taken note of the position of the fellow's neck, and did not miss his grasp. There was a gasping gurgle as the fellow tried to utter a cry of alarm and consternation, but only DiCk heard, it. The five men at the opposite side of the room knew nothing of whnt had occurred, and as the next flash of lightning was somewhat longer delayed than many of the former ones, the man had been choked into insensibility when the fl.ash came. More, the youths were sitting up, with cocked and leveled pistols in their hands, and this was the startling sight that met the gaze of the five, who uttered exclama tions of amazement and consternation. "Don't try to draw weapons," said Dick; "if you do, or make an attack, we will kill you as we would mad dogs!" CHAPTER IV. A rHREE-CORNERED AFFAIR "No, we wouldn' hev done ennythin' uv ther kin'," was the sul l en reply. "That will do to tell," said Dick, sarcasticall; "I have my own opinion in regard to the matter "Waal, uv course we kain't he'p whut ye think." "No, you can't, that's a fact. And now, let me give you a piece of advice: Don't try any more tricks, to-night, for you can't succeed; and I give ;rou my word that the next time we will not hold ou:r hands but will open fire. We are all good shots, a n d I will wager t hat by the time we have fired a coup l e of there won't be any among you who will be in a condition for doing any walk ing for a while!" "We don' illtend_ ter try ter do nothin'." "All right; I am glad to hear that." The man Dick had choked into insensibility was ning to stir, now, and he was soon abl e to sit up. A flash of lightn i ng made i t possible for Dick to see him, and f or him to see the four you t hs, and he understood that his plan had been a failu re. "Now, craw l back to your side of the room and stay there!" said Dick, "Don't ven ture over here again; for if you do there will be troub l e "I-I-won't cum over ter this side uv ther room erg'in," stammered the man, and he hastened to return to To say that the five men were taken aback is stating where his comrades were seated. t h e case mildly They were so paralyzed with amazement, "What were you going to do, anyway?" asked Dick

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    10 'rHE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. "Nuthin'," was ihe reply, in a sullen tone. "I am afraid that you are not telling the strict truth," said Dick. "Yes, I am." / "Yes, he is, Dick!" said Bob, sarcastically "He is telling the truth-oYer the left." "Say, put up then1 theer pistils, ye fellers," said the leader of the six; "they mought go off, ye lmow, an' hurt some uv us fellers.'{ "Yes; and if we put them up you will get out your weapons," said Dick. "No, we won't." "We will la y the weaJilons down close beside us," said the youth; "and then, if you attempt to get your pistols out we will see you and fill you full of holes." "Ye needn' worry; we don't dra \rer no pistils." DicR made up his mind that the fellow spoke the truth, "Yes, thafs who it was," said Sam. "Probably ihey wished to come in to get out storm," said Mark. "Quite likely,'' from Dick. _,,. Just then there was a 1011c1 rapping on the door and n i loud, hoarse Yoice ealled out: "Say, ye fellers, in theer !" "Well, what is it?" asked Dick. "I wante1 ax ye kin we cum in?" "Why do yon wish to come in?" "Ter git outer ther storm." "How many of you are there?" "Two." I "You are sure that's all?" "Yas." "Oh, all right; you may come in, then. But you must promise to behave yourselves." "We'll do thet." and so he told the boys to lower their weapons. "Keep "Come in, then, and see that you do bebaYe." them handy, so that in case those fellows try any The heard the door open, followed by the! tricks we will be able to beat them," he said. tr,ampling of feet on the floor. 'l'hen there came a fl.ash "All right," said Bob; "we'll beat them, you may be of lightning which illumined the interior of the cabin, sure, if they attempt any tricks." and the two newcomers saw the six men at lhe farther ,Just then a noise was heard oui:si
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUND S. 11 Dick remembered that he had heard the names, J ack horses in and gave 1.hem feed. Then they emerged and Grumm and Bill Burke, spoken of as belonging to the joined the farmer, who had just finished milking. leaders of the Skinners and Cowboys of the neutral grounds. "Oum right erlong ter ther house," imited the man; He had not supposed there wns bad blood between them, "N ancy'll hev breakfas' in er few minuets though she'll as they worked on simil _ar lines, robbing anybody and hev ter cook an extry rashun of bacon, an' make sum more everybody that they dared rob. Still, D ick knew that coffee two of a trade sel dom agreed, and it was only natural They entered the house in company with the host, who after all, that they should be enemies gave orders for extra food to be cooked for the -strangers, Feeling sure, now, that the six would not attempt to and then, seated in the sitting-room, the ?ur waited and attack them, the "Liberty Boys" composed themselves for con1ersed with the farmer. sleep, Bob taking the turn of staying awake and keeping The man was quite a talker and brought up the sub a lookout to see that the enemy did not steal a march on ject of Arnold s treason. "I dunno which side ye fellers them. air on," he said, "but I take et ye air fa'r an' hones' mep., Mark and Sam were each awakened in their turn, and an' I don' min' sayin' ez how I think thet hangin' is too kept watch for a like period as Dick and Bob had done good fur thet thar traitor, Arnold!" No was made by the Cowboys, and when the faint I light of early dawn crept in under the door the youths got up, rolled up their blankets and stole out of the cabin without awakening the six men, who were slumbering Leavily. "I don't know but you are r ight abo u t that," said Dick. "I'm shore I am." "We agree with you," said Bob. "I'm glad u v ct. W aal, I hope ther patriots'll suc ceed in gittin' bolt uv thet traitor. E he kin be k etc hed The youths mounted their horses and rode away, in-and brung back an' hung, et'll be er &ood thing, fur then tending to keep on till they reached a farmhouse, as they et hain't likely thet enny more ellers'd wanter try enny were ehilly wished some hot coffee for breakfast. They had gone but a short distance when they heard t h e sound of shots from the direction of the cabin, followed by l oud yelling "What does that mean?" asked Sam. sech game "I don't think there is rnltch danger of that, anyway,' said Dick; I hope Arnold be caught and back and punished as he deserves to be." "An' so do l -\Yaal, breakfas' is reddy Cum er long "I'll tell you what I think it means," said Dick : "Bill an' we kin tork cz we eat." J3urke has returned to the cabin with reinforcements and The youths were lmngry and ate heartily of the bread has attacked Jack Grumm and his gang." and bacon, ancl drank the strong coffee witll. a r elish. When "That's about it, I'll wager!" said Mark. they bad finished they felt strengthened for the work ahe(ld "Well, let them fight it out," said Bob; "it's a game of them. They offered to pay for their breakfast and the o f dog eat dog." "We got away just in time," said Sam. "Yes," agreed Dick; "if we had been five minutes longe r we would have been in the fight." feed for J:he horses, b u t the fa r mer would not hear of i t "Ef wuz redcoats er_ Tories, er Cowboys, I'd make ye pay," he said; "but I know rum whut ye hev sa id, an' frum yer looks, thet ye air patriots, an' ye air welcum ter "W
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    12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. gait all d ay, st opping at a farmhou s e or dinner and at great cause, and would trail Arnold, the tra i to r and ca still anoth e r for supper, and w e re s o fortunate as to find ture him, i such a thing was possible. patriot hou s eholds each time The hou se where they stopp e d for supp e r wa s within half a mil e 0 the Harlem Riv e r, which marks the northern end of :Manhattan I s land, and after they had eat e n and were sittin g out on the piaz z a waiting. for darkness to settle ove r all Di c k told his comrades that be had de cided to go down into the city alon e first, on a recon n oitring exRedition "One per s on will be le s s likel y to attract a ttentio n than four," b e s a id; and whe n I hav e l earne d w h e r e A rnold is I will r eturn and we will lay our pla n s for ma k ing the attempt to c apture him "Jus t y o u s ay, Dick," aid Bob; "I'd like to go along, but i you think it best to go alone, all right. W e'll stay h ere and will be ready to make the attempt whenever you CHAPTER V. '.l'RAILING ARNOLD It was a ride of but a few minutes to t h e Harlem R iv e and a s Di c k r o d e a c ross th e brid ge and off o n to the g r o on the Manhattan I sland o id c he challe n ged "Halt! Who comes there?" "A friend," replied Dick. "Advance, frie nd, and g ive the countersign. Di c k rod e forward. "I don't know a n y he said pau s in g n ear wh ere the sentine l stood, the di say so. outli ne 0 his form being faintly vi s ibl e "All right,. Bob. This will be a good place for us tc 'Oh you don t know the counter s ign, eh ?' bave our 1eaL1quarte rs whil e engag e d upon this work." "Ro." "So it will,n agreed Bob; "it s uits m e L ette r tha n c a mp"Ho w _do I kn o w you are a fr; u ... u., the n ? in g ,in the timber, anq judging by the w ay Sam, h e re, wa::. "I d o n t know. I guess you will hav e t o take my wo making at that pretty girl at the s upper-tabl e I think for it." i t will suit him a great dea l better 1 "Me n 's word s are not worth muc h these days, yo "Oh, you go 'long!" said Sam, blu shing sokewhat. "I fellow wasn't making eyes at the girl." "Perha p s not, a s a ge neral thing." "That's all right; I saw you, Samm y," grinne d Bob "No; their word s are not to b e r e l ie d upon. "But there i s n't a ny need of flu shing up o ver it. I don't are y ou, anyway?" blame you, and if it wasn't for the ac t that I have a "I am from Samuel Scovill e's." sweeth eart alr e ady I'd make at h e r myself!" Samue l Sco v ille was, as Dick had been informed Esther Lon g ton the girl in question, who was the Mr. Longton, on e of the most promine n t T ories in th da ughter 0 the youths' host, was indeed a b eautiful gi rl, part of the country. He had re ndered aid and given an d Sam had gazed at her admiringly; and Bob, who had formation to the Britis h to such an ex t e n t that he h sha r p eyes and s aw all that was going on, bad noticed it. earn e d their good opinion; and to say that one was fro Mr. Longton came out onto the piazza, just then, and 8coville's place was to find o n eself passed al o n g witho D ic k told him as much as he thought it n ecessary he que s tion, the name being as good as the c oun te r sign. should know, and a s ked i his c ompanions might remain Mr. Longton had said, and Dick was makin g use of t at the farmhouse while he went down into the city on a reconnoitrin g expedition. "Ce!'tainly the y may remain-jus t as long as they like," was the hearty reply "I am a strong patriot, and a n y thing that I can do to help the good cause along, will be cheerfully don e T hank y ou s aid Dick. He wai t ed till it was as d ark a s it would b e that night, and then mounting h i s ho rse he rode away The brave "Liberty Boy" was takin g great chances in thus venturi n g into the enemy's l ines, b u t he did not hesitate. He was pl ayi n g the part 0 a s l et 1 t h-hou nd, in the interests 0 t h e information thus g iven and would see how i t wor k ed I "Oh, you are from S c oville's ?" the sentine l exclaim e more than a s ked. "Yes "Where ar e you g oin g ?" 1 "On to the city." "What or?" "For s ome medicin e." "For some medicine, eh?" Who for?" "For Mr. Scov ill e :

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. 13 ) "Oh, is he sick?" "Yes." "Bad?" \ "Well, no, not so very bad, I guess." The sentinel was silent a moments, and then said: "All right; you may pass on." "Thank you," said Dick, and then he rode onward. An hour ancl a half later Dick came to a stop at a point "What does it mean, I \yonder?" remarked Dick and 1.he man at his left side said: "I don't know; but I think I'll wait here ancl see." "Perhaps the Britis h have made an important capture," said another bystander. ":M:aybe it'ii! Arnold coming," suggested a third. Dick had thought of this, himself, and he hoped it was b;ue. He decided to try to find out if any of the men knew anything about Arnold, and so said: "Arnold Who is q uarter of a mile north of what is now City Hall Park, Arnold?" '1i ut which was at that time known as the Common td He had approached by what was known as the Bowery ane, an
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    14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. said that he had seen the traitor the day before. "That's standing there, Dick made his way onward il little way, b liim in the hollow -square!" "Arnold! Arnold!"' went up, again and again, from the lips of the excited people who were following the soldiers. Fearing that his face might be seen and recognized by the traitor, who knew him well, Dick kept his face averted while the soldiers were passing. Arnold was escorted to and into the building occupied bv General Clinton as headqiiarters, and then the crowd stopped; and while a portion of it remained, the men standing around and talking of Arnold, the rest dispersed. Dick took his plae:e alongside a young fellow and asked 11im if he kne\\ where Arnold was stopping "No," was the reply; "but it must be quite a ways up toward the north end of the city. I came with the crowd only four blocks." Dick circulated among the members of the crowd and Dsked quite a number if they knew where Arnold was quar-. \ tered, but none seemed to know. Presently he gave up the task of trying to find out in this manner, as he feared he might cause suspicion to become centred on him. "I'll jus t stay here and wait till he comes out again," said Dick to himself, "and then I will follmv him, and l.n thai. way can trail him to his stopping place. I have been very lucky as it is, for I hardly expected to get a stepped aside and disappeared from sight amid some t weeds which grew on the vacant lot. He made his way along till he was ernn with the rej end of the buildin'g in which Arnold was quartered, a\ then he paused, and, leanin g against the fence, took survey of f1is surroundings. "I believe I will1 reconnoitre a bit," thought Dick; I can gain a good knowledge of the lay of the land, so Fpeak, while I am here to-night, then when the boys con w!th ll1e \re will lmo'v just what i.o do." Dick stole fonrard and was soon standing at the r of the house. He felt his way along-for it was vef dark-aml prc$ently what he was searching fJ! and had hoped he would find-tl1e cellarway I:' \\' He opened one of the double doors and made his w1 cautio u s ly down the short fiighl of stone steps, lowerif the door down oYer him as he went. On reaching t\ bottom he felt around till he found the latch of the d "hich opened into the cellar. Ile pressed down on tr' latch and pushed against the door, and, to his surpr/1 i opened. He had expected this, but was pleasl nevertheless, and felt that his lucky stat was in the a11 eendant I He did not wtsh to take any more cliances than w1 .sight of him." necessary, however, and so he stood perfectly still a I'\ Dick was glad to see that a goodly number of men for nearly a minute. He did not hear a sou -remained on hand, held, undoubtedly, by curiosity to see and finally made up his mind that he ""ould be safe b the traitor when he should come forth 'rhis made it easier going ahead with his work. Ile had fcare
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-H. OUNDS. 15 u 'Jove! the door is bolted!" he said to himself. "Somethe youth was pushed through the doorway, and into the L ody has been here and bolted it since I came in. I do room beyond. His captors followed and the door was rondcr if the person knew I had entered?" Dick stood perfectly st ill and listened intently for more 1 ban a minute. r l s VI. DlCK'S CAPTURE AND' ESCAPE. A few moments' reflection told Di c k that there was no )robability that the person who had bolted the door sus Jected his presence. It was probably one of the servants ho had bolted the door in the course of his regular work, nd thought nothing about the matter. Dick was strengthened in this view of the case by the act that he did li0t hear anything to indicate that' there rns any one in the cellar, ancl so l'le proceeded to 1mbolt he door. Of course, he was carefu l to make as little noise s possible, ancl when he had he listened again for 1early a minute; but not haing heard any suspicious l ound; he then quietly opened the door and stepped out nto the cellarway. Closing the cellar door he made his ay to the steps, opened outer door, and was soon in he back yard. He lost no time in getting away from there as he feared ( 1e might be seen, nnd he had had such good luc k so far hat he did not wish to have it spoiled at the last moment. He reached the street, however, and was soon on the ommon. He crossed the Common and entered the Bow ry Lane and proGeeded northward at a rapid pace. He reached the point where he had led his horse into the oushcs, and, turning aside, he made his way to where the i mimal was tied. closed again. Then Dick heard a peculiar click,. click, which he knew was made by the striking of flint aglinst steel, and a few moments later a candle was burning. Dick took a look at his capi.ors to see what sort of look\ ing fellows the y were, and he was surprised to find each and every man had a mask on. "Who are you fellows?" Dick asked. There was a cho111s of mocking laughter. "Don't you wish you knew?" said one, mockingly. "Certainly; if I hadn't wanted to know I wouldn t have asked." "Well, we'll tell y0u-perhaps," was the reply "I think it is our place to do the questioning. Who are you?" "A man." "Ha! ha! ha!" mockingly. "Yes. "I'd call you a boy." "A man, eh?" "Very well; as you will. It doesn't matter.' "What is your uame ?" sternly. "Clinton." "Clinton?" "Yes--General Clinton." There were laughs from some of the masked men grnw ls of anger. from the others. and "Say, you are altogether too Bmart, young man!" growl ed the man who had clone the talking so far. "You \hink so?" coolly. "Yes, I do!" "Well, I don't." "I s uppose not; but you are, just the same And now I want to know who you are." "Well, I will tell you: I am a hired man, who works for Scarcely had he reached the spot before he found himM:r. Scoville, and he lives, a:3 you may know, about a mile lf seized by a .dozen strong bands. He uttered an exand a half north of the Harle m River." r clarnation of astonishment and consternation, and began "I know M:r. Scoville, yes; and I knovf wher@ he lives. truggling fiercely. You say you work for him?" It was no use, however; his assailants outnui:nbered him t least six to one, and he was powerless In less than a "'Ye s." "What are you doing i'n New York at this time of the ninute he was a prisoner, with his hands bound together night, then?" hind his back. "I came to the city on l\fr. Sao ville." ''Xow, bring him along, boys," said one, and Dick was ustled along. They Bowery and made their ay toward the East River. When tbey had gone in s direction for a few minutes they came to a stop in ont of what Dick was sure was a small shanty Ther e as a fumbling at the door and then a door creaked and "Ah, you did?" "Yes."' "What was the business?" "I cannot te 11 you." "Yon mean yon will not?" "Hnve it that way, if y ou lik e

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    16 THE LIBER'fY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. "Very well; but you must tell us what that busi ness was." "We don't mean to l et you escape." "I would not try to esc&pe;anyway; that would be "It was private business of my employer's, and I can't less and foolish tell." "All r ight, if you won't tell we shall be obliged to keep you a prisoner here till morning." "Then what?" "Then we will take you before General Clinton." "Why do that?" "Because you are a suspicious character "I am not "Yon are, or you would answer my questions." "I would answer if it was my business I was here upon. But it isn't :My employer said very particularly that I was not to say a word to anyone regarding my ?usiness." "Well, you will admit that that has a suspicious look." "It mi crht have, were it not for the fact that Mr. Scoville io well to be one of the strongest loyalists in this pc.rt of the country." "I know he claims to be." "B:e is." "'We can't be positive of it." "Well, I shonlGl think you would be by this time. He h:i.s time and agai.n given the British information regard ing the movements of the rebels, and has given aid in many other ways. What more do yon want?" "A man could do all that Mr. Scoville done, and still be a rebel." "I can't understand how that could be possible." "It is quite within the bounds of possibility. He might have done what he has for the British for a blind, and .be doing ten times as much for the rebels." "'I am sure you don't believe that." "I won't say that I believe it; but it is not impossible." "No, it isn't impossible, of course; but it is highly improbable "We would be foolish to give you any chance The leader then spoke to three of the men, and told the to come with hi.m while the other two remained to k watch over Dick. When the four were gone Dick asked t two who remained behind to loosen the rope binding arms "It is cutting -into my flesh, and hurts like everythin be said The two looked at each other. "I don't know whet I ought to clo it or not," said one. "What do you think "I don't know," was the reply. "You don't wish to torture a fellow, do you?" Dick. of course "e don't want to do that." "Then loosen the rope sufficient so that it won't me so bad." The t\\'o discussed the matter for a few minutes a finally decided tl1at the.i:e could not be much danger i doing as Dick requested. They then loosened the ro binding the prisoner's wristsl and Dick was careful swell up his wrists all he could and hold them in such manner that the rope could be worked off in a few minut Dick reckoned that the two men would grow sleepl sooner or later, ancl that then he might stand a chance freeing himself from his bonds and making his escape. The young "Liberty Boy" was a shrewd youth. knew that so long as he was wide awake the two m would be wide awake also and on their guard; but i they thougfit he was asl .eep their vigilance would r el and they would themselves become drowsy and WO eventually go to sleep. Acting upon this belief the youth pretended to go sleep, and half an hour from the time the two had loosen "Then you won't tell what business you have been enthe ropes binding his arms he was to all appearances so gaged upon?" asleep "No." It worked as he thought it would. The guards, see "All right ; we will hold you here a prisoner till mornthe prisoner was, as they thought, asleep, relaxed th ing and will then take you before the commander-in chief vigilance They took a drink out of their canteens, ai and let him settle with you." then another and still another. This stimulated "You are making a. mistake in doing so." porarily, and they talked and laughed, and even sang a bi \ "I'll risk it." but presently the e:fiects of the liquor died out and 1 Then the leader ordered that Dick's ankles be bound. the two men droswy and semi stupefied When this had been done he was lifted and placed on a rude Dick was watching them closely and as soon as he bunk at one side of the room, the condition they were in he began working at the r "There is no need of tying me up in this fashion," saicl which bound his wrists. It took him not more than Dick. "What do you mean, anyway?" minutes to get his wrists free and then he lay still a

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    .r IIE LIBERTY BOYS AS \'ailed for the two to go to sleep, as he was sure they the other two, they having got a later start owing to their mishap. He was right; half an liour later the two were sound Dick was a fast ri;mner and gradually drew away from asleep. It was Diick's opportunity, and he lost no time his pursuers. He reached Bowery Lane, crossed it and e in improving it. Ile quickly untied the rope binding his plunged into the timber beyond. As it happened, he had ankles and stepped out onto the floor. He made his way struck the road at just the right point, and a minute later t to the door and just as he reached it he heard the sound of he had reach ed the place where horse had been left. h oiees. The animal was still there, and Dick untied the halter "The others are coming back!" he said to himself, in strap and led the horse away, going toward the road, but g, dismay. "Jave am I to be caught and kept from escap diagonally, in order to avoid meeting his pursuers. ing, after all?" The crashed past, within fifty feet of the youth, He decided to not let it be this way, if he could help but it was so dark they could not se_ e him and they were .') In the darkmaking so much noise themsekes that they could not it, and he hastened to blpw out the light. hear him. The result was that Dick reached the road, ness they would be unable to see that he was not lying ori mounted and was riding away by the time his enemies lhe bunk, a pris oner, and he thought he might be able to reached the point where the horse had been. make hi s escnpe before a knowledge of the situation had A chorus of wild yells of anger and disappointment been gained. which went up from the point where the horse had been Havin g blown out the light, Dick leaped back to the apprisecl Dick of the fact that the men had reached it and door and was ensconced pa1:tially behind it when it came open, pushed back by the newcomers, who were the leader 1 of the party and his three comrades, as Dick had sus pected. discoYcred that the animal was missing "They know now that I ha>e escaped," thought the youth; "but the will do them no good. I am mounted and have a good start, and as they have no Lbe:y will be unable to give pursuit." e "Ho, Diak! Bill!" roared the voice of the leader. Dick roc1e onward at a gallop and could not help con The two men in question were so sound asleep that they gratulating: him self on hi s good fortune in making his were not awakened by this, but it caused them to sti r and escape. "Joye!" he said to himself, "it wa a narrow mutter. "Wh ere are you? What are you sitting in the clark for?" esca pe! It would have been all up with me if they had I e l "Ho, Dick! Bill!" again roared the man. "Where are managed to hold me and had taken me before General you? What the deuce has happened'? Why are you in Clinton in the morning. He has seen me and would haYe the dark i' Is the prisoner all right? A1;1swer me!" recognizecl me, no doubt, and if he had not Arnold would Dick could tell by the sound that the men had entered have done so and I would have been hanged, sure The i.he cabin, and he made up his mind that the time had come for him to make a break for liberty. traitor would have known I was on his trail and would have been eager to have me put out of the way." r He acted instantly and in stepping around the edge of n the door humped against one 0 the men. what's this? Who arc--" the nian cried, and Onward Dick rod e for more than an hour, and at last was in the vicinity of the Harlem River He was won dering whether he should attempt to get past the sentinel and cross the bridge, or whether it would be better to turn was saying when Dick's fist canght him full on the jaw and e i knorkecl him against one 0 his comrades with such force h that both went down. Instantly all was confusion. a "Blazes! who hit me?" howled the follow Dick had f'tnick. "It must have been the prisoner!" he added. "Out and ::tfter him!" :i:oared the leader. "If it is the prisoner he must not be allowed to escape!" Dick was now out of the cabin and running with all his s might. He knew the direction he should take to get to ro where hiR horse had been left and he went in that direction t After him came the four men, strung out in single file, the aside and go up or down the stream and swim his horse across, when he was startled by a command to halt. "Halt!" cried a fierce mice. "Stop, or you are a dead man!" CHAPTER VII. BA.CK AGAIN IX SAFETY. Of course, Dick stopped. He did not wish to take any a two who had been knoc;ket1 c101rn being
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    -.18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AS he wi s h to run a chance of getting some bullets put through confident that he could reach there and .get out o f the w him. before his pursuers cou l d get close enough to see wire "Who are you ?" he called out. "Who am I?" "Yes." he was doing And he succeeded. He rea c hed the homP. of :Mr. Longt(j turned aside and rode back into the timber in the "Tha t doesn't matter. It is for me to ask who you are?" of the stable, and, stopping there, wait e d for the comi Dick w as doing some rapid thinking. He had an idea of the pursuers tlfe man was a redcoat sentinel and thought he would be hope they won t stop here," thought Dick. "I doriil able to get past him by using the name of the Tory, Sco vill e so h e said: "I am in the employ of Mr. Scoville, t h e loyalist, who liv e s a mile and a half north of the river Perhaps you ln1ow ?" "I know of him .And you say you work for him?" 1 want to turn suspicion on :\fr. Longton, anc1 if it i's lea rm that he has Tendered aid to patriots and harbor ed the:n 101 the British will make things hot for him. -o On came the pursuing horsemen, and wh e n they c a 0 opposite the house they came to a stop. They talked "Yes. a few moments and then Dick heard one say: "No, th:h i How happens it; the n, that you are coming from the isn't the place Scoville lives a mile farther o1i. I kno direction of the city?" where he lives, for I was there one day." iec "I h ave been to the city on bus i ness for Mr. Scovill e." Oh you have?" "Yes. How do I know that is the case?" "I suppose you will have to take my word for it." "Me n 's words are not worth much these times." There was some further conversation and th e n fue of horses galloping was again heard. Th&nk goodness, they gone on!" Did He waited till. he was sure his enemies had gone, alla then dismounted and led his horse into the stable and un and unsaddled him. Then tha youth made bi "As a gene r al thing, I s u ppose you are right; but I am t ellin g you the truth." way to the house a,nd knocked on the door. "Who is there?" came in the voice of the farmer. "We ll I don't see any other thing to do than l et yol! p ass." "That is right." "Corne along." D ick r ode forward and passed within a few yards of i wh e r e the sentinel stood "Good night!" t he youth said. Good night," was the reply T h e n Dick rode onward, but had gone only a short. di s t ance when his quick ear caught the sound of hoofbeats b ehind him. "Jove! I believe I am pursued, after all!'' he thought, "It is I, Dick the youth replied "All right; I'll let you in in a minuet!" i There was a fumbling noise and then the door opened;i, "Come in, the man invited; "your comrades'll b e glat I ter see ye safe back again. They grumbled a good dej\f erbout ye goin' inter the city by your self. "Where are they?" asked Dick. "Upstairs; I'll show ye the. way as soon as I ba.r th door." p The man barred tke door and then light ed a candli. led the way upstairs to the room 1 occupied by the othe and he urged his horse forward into a gallop. A few moments later he heard the sound of loud voices "Liberty Boys It was a large room, with two largt b ehind him and kne w that the hoiz;emen, they double beds in it, the three youths were asleep we r e had been halt e d by the s@tinel. 'l'hey awoke the moment the light of the candle penetrate I hope he will detain them for a few minutes," thought into the room, and rose to a sitting t Dic k ; "if he does so I will be able to rea c h Mr. Longton's look .at the newco m ers t] and get the h0rse secreted, and then I will be safe." "Hello, it's Dick!" cried Bob joyou s ly. "Say, nu O nly a few moments had elapsed, however, before the glad you got back alive, old man!" t you t h heard loud. yells, and then the thunder of horses' "Good night!" said Mr. Longton, turning to leave. "' h oofs on the across the Harlem River, and he knew "Good night," replied Dick; "but, by the way, Mr. Lonf that t h e pursuit was on again and hotter than ever, since ton, I was pursued by some redcoats and they have gon t h e p ursuers knew e:sactly where to fook for the fugitive--on to Mr. Scoville 's to look for m. I told them I was on t ha,t i s to say, they knew he was on the road ahead of them. of Mr. Scoville's men, you. know; and when they find It was not far to Mr. LongtoJ;J.'s, however, ancl Dic-k :felt deceived them, of a certainty, they may come back here. 1}.

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    'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEGTH-HOUNDS. 19 r a iey knock at the door, pretend to be asleep and don't open ia he door at all, if you can help it." "But just "hat one would expect you to do, old man," said Bob. n n' "All right, Mr. Slater." "You say you were pursued, Dick?" cried Bob. I "Oh, it wasn"t so very dangerous," said Dick, care lessly; "it was worth a great deal more than the danger "Yes." amounted to, for now we will know what we are about "And they have gone on lo Scoville's ?" when we go down to try to make a capti1e of Arnold. I "Yes; and they will l earn, there, that I was a fraud and know just how to go, after getting in the house, know rill likely be back this way b efore very long." where the traitor's rooms arc and all about it." "Then we .had better put the light out." "Yes; it won't do to let them see a light here when they m omeback. It would arouse their suspicions and they ould not be satisfied till they had looked through the "Yes, that will be a great aid to u s," said Bob; "and if H is possible to capture and bring Amold away we shall be able to do it." "\Ye will do our best," said Dick; "and then if we fail we will have nothing to reproach ourselves for." lllr Longton then went Lack downstairs and Dick let 111 he candk burn l ong enough so that his comrades could e to dress themselves a "nd then he extinguished the light. "What luck did you have down in the city, Dick?" asked Jark Morrison. ".Good lu ck, Mark." where Arnold is staying?" asked Bob, "Yes, Bob." "Did you see him?" asked Sam. "Yes." "Jove I'll wager you had hard work to keep from puting a bttllet through him!" exclaimed Bob. "I did feel a bit like cloing omething of the kind, Bob, ut knew it would not do." "X o, of course not; they would have nabbed you sure, f you had done anything like that. "Yes.; and, then, ought to be hanged, anyway. hooting is too goocl for him." o it is;'' agreed Bob; "but I'm afraid I should hav e ppered him if I had been within shooting distance of "'l'hafs right_," said Mark; ','when will \re make the at tmnpt to ?" "To-monow night." "Wby n ot 1.o-night ?" asked Bob, who was always eager to get to work. "Because there are too many of our enemies abroad; we might run into a party and some of u s eithe r get cap tured or killed "All right; to-morrow night it is. What if Arnold changes hi$ quarters though?" "I don't think there is any danger of tlrn t happening." "Perhaps not." Dick now went to the window and listened intently. "Those fellows are likely to be coming back this way at any time, no1r, '' he said. "Yes, it won't take them l ong to go a mile and back again," aid Sam. A few minute:; later the soL{nd of galloping horses came lo the youths' h earing and Dick said : "They're coming!" All list ened, and when the horsemen e re about in front of the .farmhouse the s.ound of the su ddenly stopped. "It is lucky you wasn't along, then, Bob," said Dick. "I thought so," said Dick, grimly; "they are going to "I guess you are right, Dick. It was lucky for both intervie" 1\Ir. Longton." "Tell us all about your trip, Dick," sa id Sam. "All right, Sam Then Dick went ahead and told hem how be had seen Arnold come clown to he ad.quarters a How many do yolil suppose there are of them Dick?" asked 11Iark. "I don't think there are more than four." "Then. we have nothing to fear from them." dcr escort, and how he bad r et urned and had been "Of course not," mid Bob; "let's go down st airs and go ailed to the house in the northern part of the city. out and put them to .flight; Dick." When Dick told how he had entered the house and gone "Xo, no, Bob! You see, we don't want the r e dcoats to l through it, exclamations of admiration escaped the lipEi know that :Jir. Longton has harb.or e d us. It would be bad his hearers. "Say, you are a good one!" said Sam. ''That was a daring and dang erous thing to do!" sa id ark. for him and '1'0tilc1 make it impossible for us to use his house for our stopping place "Then let's don't go down," said Sam, promp tly. "I thought Sam would say eomething like that!"

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    20 THE LIBERTY BOYS A8 SLEUTH-HOUNDS. c huckl e d Bob. "He does n t want to have to go away from "Oh, no; t h e r e d c oats, ez ye call em, hain' t never b Esther any quicker than is abs olutely n ecessary-and I e red me." don't blame him!" "The Cowboys th en-the fellows who are in sympa u "We don't want th e r e d c oat s to l earn that we are here, with the British and go around robbing patriot famili / i.f we can help it," said Di ck; "but, of cour se, if they forc e "No, the Cowboys hain't never bothered m e eithe r an entrance and search the hou s e the y will find u s and w e "They haven't?" will have to give them a fight, then." "No; but th e Skinn e r s hev. I'm that you fell "There they are the door!"' said Sam, a s a loud a re Skinners." knocking was heard at the front door. All li s tened intently, but h eard no morn b elow. Longton, although awak e w a s doing as Dick had Mr. told him and made no response to the imperious summons After a few moments of s ilence the knocking was re peated and a loud voice c all e d out: "Hello, in ther e H ello!" Even this brought no response, and afte r waiting a few moments the knockin g was again repeated and the voice called out: 1'Wake "lip! Wak e up! You mu s t be sleeping might y sound!" :M:r. Longton maintained silence, and it was e vident ihat the m e n out s ide w e re becoming angry and impatient A gain the lead e r pounded on the door and the n he yelled o u t : "Ope n the door or w e will br e ak it clown!" J\Ir. Longton now thou ght it b e st to take notice of the men, and he went to t he door and c a ll e d out: "Who i s th e r e ? What clo you want?" "We want JOU to ope n th!'! d oor!" "Why do y e want m e t e r ope n the door ? "We wish to speak to you "You can speak to me as well with the door shut." "No, no! Open it!" "I am s orry, sir, but I mu s t refuse "Why do you refuse?" "For the r e a s on that I d on t know who you are." "It doesn't make any diff e r e nc e wheth e r you know o r not." "It makes c onsider'ble diff'r e nce ter me." "I don't see why it should." "Well, e.t's plain enuff, I t hink. How d cl'l know thet you hain't robbers?" "No, we are not "Of course, you 'rnuld s a y so." "It's a fact." I don' know et." "That's so; you cannot know that' su c h i s the c a \\e ll, an s w e r me a few question s then." "Go ahead ; I'll tlq et, ii I can." "Hav e you anybody s topping with you bebides y o own family?" "No, nobuddy." "Did anyone come h e r e within the pa s t half h our a a s k for admittance?" "No; ef they did I didn know e t, fur I've be n as l fur hours, an' didn 'wake till ye cum an' thu mpe d my door." "All right; that'll do, l\fr.-what i s your name?" I 1 ongton." All right, Mr Longton. Good night." "Goo d night The n foot s teps w e re heard a s the men walked down t pat h t o the road, and the n a few moment s late r the clatt o I hor s e s' hooi s s ound ed. The r e dcoats who h ad pursu Dick had g iv e n up 1.he searc h and were returni n g to X Y ork. CHAPTER VIII. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" AT WORK. "They are gone," said Dick, in a tone of r e lr e f. "Y c s ; but I didn't think the y would g iv e u p so, c a s il "Yes." s aid l\[ark. "Are there robbers in this part of the country?" did I;" from Bob; "I s up posed we wo "Yes, lots uv 'em." have to kill the entire crowd." "Ah, redcoat s I suppo se?" '.' Well,' the storm has blown over s o we mi g h t as w e ll Doubtless the speaker thought to catch the man un.;ome s l e ep," said Dick. awares and ge-t him to admit that he was opposed to the The four lay down and were soon asleep. M ea nwhile British, but l\fr. L ongton knew the speaker and his comfour rr:d c oats who had pursued Dick were ridi n g back N panions were redcoats, and so he said: die dir edion of New York. k

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUKDS. They were disappointed on accoun t of their failure to erlake and recapture the fugitive and did not hawi uch to say. Just afte r crossing the bridge over the Har ; m they were hailed by the sentinel. "Did you overhaul the rebel?" the sentinel asked. "No, we didn't," was the sullen r eply "Do you think be was a rebel, s ure enough?" "I know be was." placed therein. "You are to stay iri.'there a week, on bread :md water !" said their commander; "and yo.u are hwl]' io get off that easy Dick Slater and his three comrades were in good spirits when they got up next morning. They had made petter progress in the business that .hacl brought them to the region than they had to make in s u ch a sl10it time "Ho w do you know it?" They ate Lreakfast with a splendid appetite, and Sam "Because we went to Scoville s and asked if they had especia lly was as happy as a lark. He kept his eyes on the nt a workman to l'f ew York on business, and. they said pretty face of Esther most all the time, and could hardly ey had not done of the kind." fmd hi s mouth when eat ing. s "Oh, ho! that doe& :;stt l e the question, then, sure "Be careful or you'll run your fork in your eye, Sam iu ough !" said Bob, mischievously; and all save Sam and Esther "Yes,' he lied about being one of Scoville's workmen, so laughed, for her parents were sensible 'people, who could know he was a rebel." enjoy a joke even though it was partially at the expense of "It's too bad you were not successf ul in him." their own daught er "Yes; well, we had him a prisoner, and Dick and Bill "Don't you fret," r etorted Sam; "I've seen you when n ank too much, like the fool s they are, and got so fuddled you "ere in no better shape than I am at they let the fellow fool them into :fixing it so he cou ld "That's so, Sam, old man; and T don't deny it," laughed ake his escape, so we are to blame, and I don't bear any Bob. 0 udge against the fellow He did only what one of ue rrhe four Liberty Boys" remained at Mr. Longton 's all ould have done, and rather admire him for his cleverday! which evidently gave considerable satisfaction to ss. who seeme d to have deve loped a sudden desire to learn to "Yes, bis part of it was a ll right; but Dick and Bill do kitchen work, so closely did he stick to that part_ of ght to feel ashamed of themselves for l etting him fool U1e house; but perhaps it was to watch some one else do em and make his escape." the work that he stayed there. th "I'll make them feel ashamed!" in a threatening voice. whe n at la s t night came and darkness had settled over ; t I am going to give them a week in the guardhouse on all, the youths mounted their horses and rode away toward Lle ead and water, and I think that the next time I set the south. B efore reaching the Harlem River they turned re em on guard over a prisoner they will see to it that he to one side and rode to a point half a mile below the bridge. esn't escape." "It will serve them right." "I think so; well, good night." "Good night." Here they crossed, by making their horses swim, and riding onward reached the main road again at a point nearly n mile from the river. By doing thus they had avoided havin g to pass the sentine l who was stationed near theThe redcoats rode onward, and an hour and a quarter bridge. ter reached their cabin near the Common. They looked The youths ac11anced cautio usly, riding at a moderate ter their horses' welfare and the n ente r e d the cab in and pace, and stopping frequently to listen; for they did not lightin g the cand l e found the two worthies, Dick ancl wish to encounter any wandering force of redcoats. They 11, lying, snoring, on the floor. I "Oh, you drunken fools!" mutter e d the leader of the rty, giving first one then the other a kick that brought were fortunate inthis r espect, however, for they did not encounter even so much as a single horseman. When they '\\ere near the Common they entered the protesting groan from the recipients. for your work of to-night!" "I' ll make you scraggy timber and tied their horses, being careful to fake them to a distance that would make it unlikely that their He then threw himself down on the bunk, the other s presence would be detected from the road. ng themselves in blankets on the floor, and soon all Then they returned to the road, followed it to the Comasleep. man, crossed the Common a nd were soon standing amid the ext morning the two men who had permitted Dick to weeds growing o n tJrn vacant lot adjoining the one on e bis escape were taken down to the guardhouse and which stood the house in which Arnold was quart ered.

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    22 TIIE LIBERTY BOY' A' SLEUTII-HOUXD '. Dick leu way and they were soon at the rear of the 1 knew they were in danger was when they felt the han house. Opening the outside cellar door they descended the youths upon them the steps, and when Dick tried the door opening into the They struggled and attempted to cry out, but it av cellar proper he was delighted to find it unfastened. them nothing, for they were powerless and could not Pushing it open he entered, the other three following. any noise owing to the fact that they had been seized Then closing the door they stood perfectly still and listened. the throat and were being choked to such an extent t They co111lc1 hear no sound to indicate that the house they could do no more than make a faint, _gurgling so inhabited, and presently Dick led the way across the cellar which could not have been heard twenty feet away. and to and up the steps leading to the kitchen. The "Liberty Boys" were old hands at this lrind Before opening the door they paused and listened once business, and it did not take tb'em long to choke the :i:trore. All was still and Dick made up his mind there was into This done they bound the prison no one in the kitchen. Having so decided he opened the arms together behin
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. 23 ob's hands wer e clenchetl, and there was a fierce l ook 1 he might be seen he stooped down and then got dow n o ff What will we <\? now, Dick?" aske d M ark. 'Wait till he comes back." 'And then grab him, eh?" the table. As he d i d so there cam e a kno c k on the door. "Hello, in there!" called out a voice which Dick recqg nized as being that of Arnold; "we know you are there, and how many there are oi you, and you .mig h t as well u nloc k the door an<1 uurrender gracefully, fo r we have a score o:f "That's the talk!" said Bob. "We are not going to men here, and you caJilloi: ,possibly es.cape!" e up now!" I "Noi a bit of it!" said Dick. "He will certainly be 1 : m e before ver y long and we will nab him, if such r ing is possib le." OH.APTER lX. Jove! I hope that we wm be successful!" said Sam. will be a big thing if we do succeed in getting hold of traitor and taking him back." h 'You are right, it wil l be a big thing," k. "And I only hope that we wi ll be success.ful." :filLE "LlBER!rY J30YS" IN iDAXOEU. 'rhere had, to Dick and his comra d es, boon a witness i:o their capture of :the man a n d boy in i:he 1 l owe'r he p;risoners regained consciousness presently and hall. The person who had Eeen them was a woman, .and n o ed ttt their captors in a wonderi n g manner. Doubtless other than the wife af i:he man,.. and m other of tbe boy y wondered w h o the handsome, bro n zed youths were, but From the doorway of the room occu p ied by J:iersclf and ti they were gagged they could not ask any q u estioRs husband, well down to.ward the end of the hall, she bad he L iberty Boys" waited as patiently as they cou l d witnessed the affair, and being a iather strongminde d more than an hour, and what talking they indulged in woman she had not .::hrieked and warned the youths that "carried on in whispers, so the man and boy could not il1ey been ,seen. On the contrary, knowing she could do nothing at that moment to aid .her husband and s oii, t last noises were heard downstairs There was the she kept silent and watched eagerly and somewhat anxi.oUS'5, d of opening and shuttipg oi doors, followed by foot -to see what would be done by the intruders and the trampling of feet grew louder am1 loude1-, "Who can they be?" sh asked herself. "And wh)I have 'ch would seem to inclioote thai: the newcomers, who they entered the house in this fashio n and made priso n e11.s / they were, were coming up the stairs. Presently the oi John and Sammy?" sounded in the ball just outside the Foom the Her quest.ion couhl n ot be answere d, of course, and so ths were in and they looke d at one another, question she kept on 'watching, in the belief that she would th118 y, and seemed to be a bit startled. There was good learn what t:he "ished to know. n for this, for, judging by the footsteps, there was a The watchr saw the stranger you t h s tie and gag he.r 1'0n and husband aucl' carry them upstairs, and she fol-Look out o:f the window and see if you can see an unlowed at a saie di tance and saw i:b.e litHe party dIB1 n umber of men in the street," said Dick, in a whis a 1 pea.r into the room adjoining the one occu pied by Anno ld. ancl Bob obeyed 'l'hen Dick climbed up on the table She stole fonntrd and was close enough to hear tbe key got in readiness to view the newcomers. turn in the lock. "They've locked the door," she S! t o e r e was the sound of a. door being opened and of foot -1 herself ''No\\" wM.t does it mean ? Why have tliey don e in the room Dick bad said was occupied by Arnold. this? W1ty have they entel'ed that room?" s1ooc1 on the table and peered through i:he opening th e door, while the other three youths kept watch out window and guartl. over the prisoners. 'ck saw Arnold enter the room and behind him came The woman advanced cautiously and placed her ear to the keyhole and listened, but the youths did not spea k abo\'e a whisper, and she could not lc.arn anything. Fear ing that the door might be opened and she be discove:re d, a. dozen Britiah soldiers. The ttaitor had a peculiar she presently withdrew and went hack downstairs, \Ther e smile on his face, and the youth became s uspicious 1 she spent p e rhap fiye minute s in pondering over t he He had seen that look on Arnold's face befor e and strange affair. ays Locled ill for omebody. "Do they intend to injure my hu..;;band and son?" .he hl straight toward the door, and f earing asked h erse lf. After due d e liberation she decided i.h0t the

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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. prisoners were in no danger of being killed. "Those strang ers have some deep purpose in doing what they have done," she decided, and then of a sudden the thought came to her that the presence of the four stranger youths meant danger to the man who occupied the large front room. She lmew who the mun was. She knew that the occupant of the front room was Benedict Arnold, the ex-patriot, the man who bad been a traitor to the patriot cause, but as she was a strong loyalist she was friendly to Arnold and was un"Who from?" "I don't h.'now who they are, but I think they are r "Where are they?" "In the house The soldier started "In this house?" he asked. "Yes." "How many are there of them?" "Four." "Four?" willing that harm should come to him. "Yes; and they have made prisoners of my hus "And I think that harm threatens him now!" she said John, and son, Sammy, and have taken up their stati to herself. "I think that four strangers are here the room next to the one occupied by Arnold; and for the purpose of killing Arnold. Yes, that is it! I sure there is great danger threatening him." am snre oJ' it. And I must do something to prevent the "Undoubtedly you are right, my good woman. And crime from being committed. Ah! how fortunate that \fish me to take this information to Clinton or A Arnold was called down to headquarters an hour ago I But at headquairters ?" when he returns-ah, when he returns those terrible strangers who have made prisoners of John and Sammy will kill him! I must prevent it-but how?" It will be seen that the woman was far from being a fool. She was indeed a more than ordinarily shrewd woman for one in her station, and she presently hit upon "the very thing of all things that was the right one to be "Yes, yes!" "All right; I'll do it. "Oh, thank you!" "I'll go at once and will hurry as fast as ever I c < "Very well; though I am sure the four rebels will leave until after Arnold has come, anyway." "Likely not; and I don't think they will leave
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    'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. I have just from the house where General Arnold e opping And what of that? What did you learn or see there?" I saw the housekeeper, as I took her to be, and she ed to me and told me that. her husband and son had made prisoners by four strangers, and that the four ngers, whom she believes to be rebe ls, have taken up r station in the. room adjoining that of o l d's, and are evidently i n tending to wait till he re a when they will shoot him down!" n : a e British general and the traitor were somewhat by this information, and stared at each other in der and amazement What do you thip.k of the matte r General Arnold?" d the British commande r -in-chief. / It looks as if the woman's fears are well founded," was reply. "I have no doubt that the four men who are in r11om aivl'liting my return are my fellow-countrymen, that they i1;.:H: cnme to try to capture me." T o capture you?" Yes." To assassinate you, yoti ;n.ean. No, to capture me. I wager that is their plan." D o you think they would be i.o foolish as to think they capture you and take you away and back to the "There are plenty of men ready to e such an attempt," he said quietly. "It is just like hey would be fools 70 think of such a thing." don't know; a boid ;;li:n often wins where a less hat is true, too es; I don't think my life is in immediate danger, but y could have made a success of their 'mdertaking it have gone hard with me." e ral Clinton laughed, drily "l : ,;dge that you are about that," he said ell. 11 :,,: i "<: y0u.r wishes regarding this, General 'd r I will t urn the matte r over for you to handle as fit. y idea is that it will be a good plan to take a score of men a n a go up to my stoppi n g place and make rs o f the four men i n questio n." t is a good plan ; i t will be tur ning the tables on spl e n did s tyle. BO it will. "Then you had better go at once, as they might grow tired of waiting for you and go away." "Yes; or become suspicious!' No time was lost A score of men were and under commaiid of Arnold they set o u t. T hey r eached the building and entered it. "Are they still here?" asked Arnold of the housekeeper "Yes," she replied; "they haven't st i rred out of the room, I know, for l have kept watch on i t all the time." "Good! 'rhen we will soon have them in our power." Arnold and his men made their way upstairs, and while the major portion of the force paused at the door leading into the room in which Dick and his comrades were, Arnold and four or five entered his room. Then it was that Arnold .walked up to the connecting door and knocked and callea upon the youths to surrender But Dick Slater and his comrades were not the fellows to surrender as long as there the least chance of escaping. Although it would seem as if there was no pos sible chance for them to escape, they were not at all sure that this was the case. They had been in a great many tight placed in their time and still lived to tell it. "I couldn't think of surrendering, Arnold!" replied Dick, promptly. And as the traitor heard the youth's voice an exclamation escaped him. "Dick Slater!" he cried "At your service," the youth remarked "Well1 Dick, this adventure will be your last!" "Do you think so ?" "I am sure of it. There is no possible chance for you to escape." "Oh, I am not so sure about that as you seem to be.n \ "Bah I Don't talk foolishness, Dick!" "I am not doing so." "Oh, yes, you ar e Open the door at once "You will ha Ye to excuse me." "Open it, I say!" "I couldn't think of it. "Don't be a fool "I would be a fool if I were to open the door "No, you would be acting sensibly." I don't see it that way." I do. Open the door or we will break it down. I "You will do nothing of the kind "What?" "I say you will not break the door down." "Why won't we?" "Because if you do we will kill the m!n and boy W(' have prisoners in here!"

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    26 THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTir-HOUKDS. Arnold' had" forgotten that the youth& bad prisoners in they would be sure lo be ki.lletl or badly their hands. could man;ge to get part way down, however, they "You wouldn't dare do that!" li.e said. with a resonable clegree of safety, jump the rest of the "Y'on think not?" I and they looked around for something that could be "r am sure of it." ized as a means to this end, "Then just break the door down and see!" The room in which they were was a bedroom, an "Bui;' that would be the height of folly. It would doom one corner was a bed. The youths quickly stripped you to certain death." bed of sheets and coverlids, and these they tied t
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. 2 7 aside and found their horses .safe; and "What luck? Did you capture the rebels?" asked Gen unting as soon as they had led the animals out to the eral Clinton, eagerly, when A-rnold had takm;i a seat. d they rode away at a gallop, leaving the yelling red-Arnold shook his head. "No, they escaped," was the ts be.hind. reply. Arnold was angry and disappointed when he found that "That is too bad! I thought that you would be sure to ck and his comrades had succeec1ed in escaping from the capture them." m where he had supposed they were, like rats in a trap. ""\Ve would have been able to capture them had they yelled and e1en cursed aDll urged the men to hasten in been any other persor:is than who they were." suit. 'Capture them he cried. "Capture them if possible e of them is Dick Slater, the famous scout and spy, d I think \Vashington would give up 'Andre rather n permit us to h011g the young rascal. Capture them, "How is that? \Vlio were they?" "Dick Slater and three of the 'Liberty Boys.' "What! Dick Slater, you say?" "Yes." "Jove! it would have been a great haul if you bad possible!" succeeded in capturing them, wouldn't it?" The men hastened to get out o.f the building and follow "Yes; I believe that Washington would almost have ex :fieeing youths; but, as we have seen, were unable to changed Andre .for Dick -Slater." h them. As soon as they learned that the :fugitives had "I jm1ge that h e does think a great deal af that young ses ::id had got away, they turned back and reported to fellow." old. "He does, indeed; as I happen to know." 'Too bad!" the traitor said. "If we could have captured "Well, it is nsele:>s to think of that matter, now. They we could have saved Andre. Too bad!" l1ave escaperl, ancl the chaJJ.ce has slipped through our They may run afoul of some o.f our boys and be cap :finge1;;;; but how did it happen? I don't see how even d :yet,'' said one of the men, but Arnold shook bis head. Dick Slater ; to escape 'Not much chance of that," he said; "I know Dick "Oh, he will find a way if thErre is balf a chance for ter of old Ile is one of the shrewdest fellows I ever him to do so." and it would take a small army to capture him now." Then Arnold told all about the affair, and when CJintori Shall we get horses ancl go in pursuit?" expressed the hope that the fugitives might encount
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTH-HOUNDS. Without having seen Esther once more. Sam was very much in love, and so was Esther. They stayed there till morning, and got a good rest, and when they told the members of the family next morning Then the good-bys were spoken and with a wave of hands the youths rode away. By riding hard they reached the home of Beverly son that night at ten o'clock. General Washingto n how they had failed, they were the recipients of a great over at West Point, Mr. Robinson said, and as there deal of sympathy from the patriots. no boat on the side of the river where they were they "It is too bad thet ye failed," said l'.Ir. Longton. "Arnold were forced to remain at the house over night. deserves ter be hung, if e1er a man did; an' I was in Next morning, just after they had finished eating b hopes ye would succeed in capturing him an 'takin' him fast a boat was seen putting off from the opposite back ter West Point with ye." of the river, and a few minutes later Generals Washin "We hoped t@ be able to do so," said Dick, "but failed; and Greene arrived at the lfobinson house. and I fear, now, that it would be suicide to attempt it ,"And you could not capture Arnold, Dick?" rcma e again." "Yes, they will take care thet ye don't get another chance at him {'Yes, they will keep a strong guard around the building he is in from now on, doubtless, and it would be folly to try to get at him." After breakfast t)J.e youths got ready to start, but it was found that Sam was missing. Then it was noticed that Esther was nowh ere to be seen "Sam! Oh, Sam!" called Bob, with a grin "I think I could guess where he is," he added, in a lower tone. "Where? asked Dick. "In the kitchen ith Esther. He said he had to have a drink, and I guess Esther was thirsty, too, for they both the co1?mandcr-in:.chief, after he had g reeted the you "No, your excellency.'' "You succeeded in getting down into the city, did yo "Yes, sir; and into the house occupied by Arnold." "Indeed "Yes, sir ; but Arnold was not there at the time. was down to headquarters, conferring, as I suppose, General Clinton "Without doubt." '11here was a sad cadence in the man's tone. "I suppose you were forced to leave the building be Arnold r eturned?" asked Greene. "No," replied Diel<; "we were there tyhen he came -but he brought a score of soldiers along with him." "Ah he had learned of your presence in the buil went in there." t in some manner!" exclaimed Washington. "I guess that you will fose your daughter one of these "Yes; .we made a prisoner of the housekeeper's husba days, l\fr. and l\Irs Longton," said Dick, with a s;mile. and his son, a boy of twelve or thereabouts, but we "Well, Sam is as fine a fellow as ever lived." nothing of the woman, and failed to take her into c It was as Bob had said. Sam and Esther were in the sideration The result was that she saw us, sent word d kitchen, and there, in as few words as possible, Sam told to headquarters and Arnold came to the house, brin the beautif ul girl that he loved her, and that if she would a score of men along, and we escaped only by a very ilar promise to be his wife he would come for her as soon as 'margin, inaeed." the war was ended. And Esther? She gave the promise "The wonder is that you escaped at all. Did you see and the youth sealed it with a dozen kisses. Then Bob's speak to Arnold?" voice was heard calling, a,nd he said: "I must go. Good"Both." by, little sweetheart, and don't forget me!" "Ah! And he expressed no regret for what he "No fear of that, Sam!" murmured the girl, and, then done?" exchanging kisses, they emerged from the house lookin g "None whatever." wonderfully happy, as was patent to all the observers. "Too bad! too bad! I had thou0ght that he would 1 f' Oh, say, doesn't Sam look happy, though!" cried the ere this have re:pented, and that he would at least have irrepreEsible Bob, and all hacl to lau gh manhood to express sorrow at having acted in such a wa "Sam is happy, too, old man!" the youth said, bravely "No; his entire !alk was in re gard to having us "But you needn't say anything, Bob; I've seen you looking render. He seemed to think that if he could capture that way more than once, when we have been at Mrs. you would be willing to exchange Andre for us." Slater's house." The youth ahead, then, and told the story of t "That's rig h t, I guess you have !" grinned Bob. escape.

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    Tl1E LIBERTY BOYS AS the "You had a narrow escape, indeed," the great man "I hope that sooner or later we sha11. Le to lay marked; "well, I am glad you escaped sony that hands on him," said Dick were unable to bring Arnold back with you." But they never did. Arnold managed to keep from I w1 "So am I, your excellency." falling into the hand s of the patr1ots, and when the war w "T t 11th t th D. k ,_ ff t" tl rnded he went to England, where he was joined by his q o e e ru ic -, you came nearer .o e ec mg 1e lutlt f A ld tl I t d ld b bl t d wife and child. Ile lived in England many years, but bis qp ure o rno 1an expec e you wou e a e o o. '! h b l tl t ht ed life was not a happy one, the finger of scorn being pointed 1ere was a c ance, a are c rnnce, m you m1g succe aJnd I t d b t ;r d"d t 1 1 t at him by n"ny even in England-by the very people whom re was wi mg o sen you; u i no rea y expec ...J. t ld l f h d"ffi lt d he had se1 v ( !1y committing one of the wor s t crimes known awa you cou ma rn a success o sue a t lCU un er, to manki gt
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    THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing. Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on facts a.nd give a, fa, hfu a.ctua.l of a. account of the exciting adventures brave ba.nd of Ame imperil their youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to for the of helping a.long the ga,lla.nt ca.use of IndependencE Every number w ill consist o f 32 large p a ges of reading ma.tte1 bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or Fighting for l!'reedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With t h e British and 1'ortes. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Ilelplng Genernl Washington. 4 'l'he Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Place. 5 The Liberty Nerve; 01, Not .Afraid of the King' s Minions. 6 The L iberty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us If You Can." 7 Tbe Liberty lloys in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 8 'l'be Liberty Boys Hard F'igbt; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, .A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, .A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 '.l.'he Lib