The Liberty Boys' in New Jersey, or, Boxing the ears of the British lion

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The Liberty Boys' in New Jersey, or, Boxing the ears of the British lion
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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THE LIBERTY A Weekly-Magazine containing Stories of ttie American Revolution. lstu e d lfeekly-By Subscrlp lic n $2.50 per year_ Entered as Seco""J Class Matter at tho New Yor.I: Post Office. February 4 1 90 1 by Fra"k Tousey. No. 95. N E W YORK, OC'fOBER 24, 1902. Price 5 Cents. "Take that for your impudence! cried spirited patriot maiden, and with the words she gave the Br1t1sh officer a box on the ear.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magaz i ne Containing Stor ies o f the Ame r ican Rev o lution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per 11ea.-. Entered a s Second Class Matter at the New Yo,.k, N. Y., P_ost O(f!ce, February f 1901. Entered according to A ct of Congress, in the 11ear 1902, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tottse11, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 95. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 24, 1902. Price 13 Cents. CHAPTER I. A SPIRITED :MAIDEN. "Just one kiss, my pretty miss!" "I'll take one, sis." So will I." -"You may count me in on that too." "That will be only four kisses, miss, and you will never miss them-never." An interesting scene. In the road, where it wound through a strip of timber, "Yes, let me pass. I am in a hurry." "Very well ; we will let you pass-just as soon as you have paid the toll," and the fellow laughed sardonically, the qther three joining in the laughter. "I shall pay no toll, as you term it, sir," was the reply. "Ah, young lady, but you must," was the decided dec laration. "Must?" "Yes. You should be more than willing to give us the kisses miss," the fellow said, with a leer; "for just think of our position. Here we are, three thousand miles from our homes and sweethearts, and we haven't had a kiss for a at a point three miles from Middlebrook, New Jersey, were long, long time. You should take pity on us, anti give us four men and a beautiful maiden of perhaps seventeen the kisses without a word." ?'ears It was in the month of June, of the year 1777, and ll "I shall do nothing of the ki_nd." the four men wore the brilliant uniform of the British "you won't?" army, this proving them to be soldiers of the king. r "I will not." The maiden was dressed in the blue cotton goods of I "But, miss, consider--" home spinning, but the simple dress fit her superb form "I shall consider nothing. You are impertinent puppies,_ splendidly, and she was indeed a beautiful giTl, her face and I ask you once more to let me pass." being fair, with regular features, her eyes blue and clear, The faces of the redcoats flushed with anger. They did her teeth pearly, her lips red, and hair luxuriant and not like to be called puppies, even by a girl, and there was handsome. The haiT was braided and hung down her back, almost a fierce look on the leader's face as he said: the end beiag tied with a bit of red ribbon. "Well, if you won't give us the kisses, we will take The girl had been making her way along the road on t.liem." foot, and had suddenly been confronted by the four red coats, who had been playing cards under the shade of a tree by the roadside. As soon as they had fOnfrontec1 the maiden, a:id brought. her to a stop, the redcoats gave utterance to the exclama tion with .which this story opens. The girl stood at bay, and seemed more angry than frightened. Her face was flushed, and there was a flash in her eyes and a scornful curl to her lips, as she faced her tormentors. "Let me pass,'' she said, in a sweet, musical voice, which trembled a bit in spite of her efforts to prevent it. "Let you pass, you say, miss?" laughed the one who seemed to be the ruling s pirit the four. "You will not dare!" "Oh, won't we?" sneeringly. "No, you will not." "I would like to have you tell me why not,'' with a scorn ful 1augh. "We have made up our minds to have the kisses, and since you have got your back up and have called us names, we shall not be s ati sfied with just one apiece, but will take half a dozen." "You will do nothing of the kind," the girl cried, as firmly as "Stand aside and let me pass.n "We couldn't think of it, my pretty miss." "Stand aside, or you will be sorry." "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the leader. "Jus t list e n to her."


2 LlBER'l1Y BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. ''Isn't she a saucy miss, though." "It makes her look sweeter and more kissable than eyer." ''Do you mean to say that you doubt my word?" "Well, we think it a bit doubtful about your having a brother in the British army, miss, to tell the truth. Of 'fhe girl's face flushed even more crimson, and she made course, we hate to ham to doubt the word of a pretty girl a move as if to pass the redcoats, but they maintained their> like you, but in this case we must do it." position in front of her, and waved her back: "But I have told you the truth. I have a brother in the "Oh_ don't be in a hurry, miss," said the lead er, sneer ingly. "You can't escape, so might as well make the best of the situation." "Gentlemen, I beg of you to let me pass," the girl said. "She calls us 'gentlemen,' laughed one, sarcastically. "I take the word back," was the quick reply. "It was a slip of the tongue. No men who will stop a girl on the highway, and torment her you are doing can by any 10tretch of the imagination be made seem like gentlemen." "Ha, ha, ha! She's hitting us hard, eh, fellows?" laugh ed another. "Yes, that was a strong blow, to come from such sweet British army." "Where is he stationed?" "He is with the main force, in New York." "But the main force isn't in New York now." "lt isn't?" "No." "Where ie it?" "Ii. is marching south\rnrd on New Jersey soil." "In deed ? "Yes." "Where is it bound for?" 'l'he man was about to reply, when one of his companions lips," from another. gave him a warning look, and he caught himself, and said, "My rule is to gi:ve a kiss for a blow, always," grinned a with a grin: and he made a motion as if to step fonrnrd and I "Really, miss, you mm:t not ask so many questions." kiss the girl. "Why not?" "Stand back the girl cried, making a restraining mo"Beca11sc, you Illig ht make us think you are a rebel spy, tion with her hands. "If you are men you will not tor I and i.hat would be much worse for you than it is at pres ment me further, for I have a brother who wears the same: rnt, when all you haYe to do is to give us a few kisses and kind of uniform that you are wearing." "You have a brother in the British army, miss?" asked the lea cl er. "Yes." "'What is his name? Perhaps we know him. "His name is 'l'om Warner." "Warner-Warner-no, I have never heard of him. Have you?" turning to his C?mrades. 1'hey shook their heads. "I haven't." "Nor L" "Nor L" ti:o on your way "Bnt if my brother is coming this way I wish to know it.., "That's all right; if be to have you know he is coming, he will let you know, without doubt. That is noth ing to us. \\Te have our 011 business to attend to." "Why clon't you go and attend to it, then, and let me go on my way?" "We will, just as soon as you give us the kisses.'' "Which I shall never do." "Then we'll take them." "You had better be careful. If my brother should learn The leader smiled in a manner intended to indicate that that you insulted his sister in this fashion it would go he was very shrewd, and that he understood the matter hard with you." fully. "Oh, we are not afraid of your brother," with a laugh. "You can't fool us that way, miss," he said. "That "In fact, we think he is a myth, anyway." scheme won't work." "What scheme?" in surprise "Pretending to have a brother in t!tc British army." "Pretending." "Yes." .An angry light glowed in the girl's eyes. "That is where you make a mistake, comrades." The voice was cool and calm, and came so unexpectedly that the four men whirlecl, with exclamations of amaze ment, and found themselves confronted by a handsome young man of perhaps twenty years "It's brother Tom," cried the girl, her voice ringing ont Shrstraightened up. and her lips curled with scorn, a;:; .io.rnusly. "Oh, Tom. I'm so glad came." ,,1icl: I Ent tltc redcoats \\"fl'C not glacl, e 1 idently


THE LIBERTY :y BOYS IN XEW JERSEY. 3 The y glared at ilic newcomer angrily anu!{er, cely, and with the avowed intention of forcing her to let you kiss her, the lead e r of the four cried out: I can truthfully say that I am almoBt of the fact "\\'he r e did you come from?" "From out the timber, just ba c k of me, here," was the cool reply. "Who are you?" "Tom \Varn er, at your service." "Yon are not a British soldier." "Begging your pardon, but I am." The young man was cool and composed. llc was a hand-that I am a British soldier." The re was such scathing scorn and contempt in the young man's voice that the red coats winced, am1 their faces flushed with anger. "Say, let's flat stand here and let the .fellow talk to m in that fashion,., growled one "That's what 1 say," from a.nother. teach him a le sson,' from a third. some fellow, and it was easy to see that he was the girl's "You are too tiaucy, altogether," declared the leader, for they greatly resembled eac h other. "and n

W JERSEY. 4 THE LIBERTY BOY IN =====-==================-:====---;_mean to say that YOU doubt my word?" "We are going to have those kisses from the sweet lips of your pretty sister." "You will have to kill me first," cried the young man. 'Yes, and me, too!" cried another voice, and a handsome young man of perhaps nineteen years leaped from behind a tree and was beside Tom Warner in a jiffy. In his hands were a pair of cocked and lev eled pistols, and the muzzles stared threateningly in the faces of the four redcoats. CHAPTER II. .A. BOLD YOUTH. The t>-.oaange r sruiled. "I don't think rtiey would," he said calmly. "You don't?'' "No." "You would find out." "So 'VOUld they." "Bah! 'fhat could you do agaimt three?"' "I could sh oot at least one of the three dead, and my e:onuaile, bere, would help me finish the other two." "But he i a 8oldier. If he were to lift his hand his comrades he would be shot or hanged for a py." "Oh, no." "Yes he \rould." X ot at all. H e has a perfect right to protect hi sister from in s ult no matter who the insulter may be. If King The four British soldiers stared at the newcomer in George himself were in your shoc.'f' hP, would deserve shootamazement, not unmixed with consternation. ing, just the same as }'Q"tr ;ellows do, oud he would undoubtThey had not been looking for this. I eclly get shot, unles1< he pulled hims.:ilf tp with a round It came in the nature of a and an unpleasant j turn and went about his business." one at that. 1 Tom Ir arner hacl a word to say at this juncture. "Who are you?" cried the leader of the gang, brief period of glaring at the youth. The newcomer smiled blandly. "You wish to know who I am?" he asked. "That's what I asked." after a "Well, I am thankful, after seeing your actions, he for the past five minutes, that I can truthfully say I am not a British soldier." A growl escaped the lips or the four, but Tom 'rarner, who also claimed to be a redcoat, smiled grimly, as if he enjoyed the youth's statement. "You are insolent," the spokesman of the four cried. "You fellows needn't think thatbecause am a Briti sh soldier I 'rill spare you if it comes to trouble between us," he said ste rnly. "You should British sOldier I ;rnd g ent lemen if you wis h to be treated that way." 1 "Thats right," said the stranger, approvingly. The four redcoats frowned and looked disco:acerted. The girl had made her way aTound, .and wm; now standing be;:ide her brother, to whom she said something in a. 'rhen she had finished, he turned his eyes on the l'our and said: "If my friend, here, does not object, you four fellows mar go." As he spoke he made a move as if to put his hands on J "Oh, I don't object," was the. prompt reply from the his pistols, but the young stranger shook his pistols threat eningly, and in a low but firm and stern "Voice : "Keep your hands off your pistols, my redcoat friend." "What will you do if I don't?" "I'll put a bullet through you," was the prompt delivered in rather a tone, as if doing such things was an every -day, or every-hour occurrence. "You wouldn't dare," growlingly young stranger. "I simply took part in this affair for the of the young lady, and ham no objections to the red coated gentlemen taking their departure." "But we have," said the leader in. rather a fierce tone. "We are in no hurry to go, I assure you." "It would be better for you if you were, perhaps," was the significant reply of the youth with the pistols. "I wouldn't dare?f' with a smile ,that was mocking. "I don't think so." And then sddressing Tom Warner, "That's what I said he went on: "You still say you are a Briti s h soldier?" "Well, my deat friend, you don't know what you are Tom Warner bowed. talking about when you make such statements. I wottld I "I am a British sol:dier," he replied. not hesitate a moment. Why should I?" "Very well. I have a iwop.)Sition to make to you. We "For the r eason that if you were to shoot me my com-I apologize to your sister. and heg her and your pardon .for rades would make short work of yon." l11'r a:; \H' clid. an l that hring !'Cttleil. now I ask


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. you let us settle with this saucy young stranger, who, confident, is a rebel." he young man with the pistols did not say a word, but t his eyes on the four, and the pistols still leveled, but "I know it. There does not live any one man who could defeat the four of us in an open encounter." "I stand ready to prove my words," was the calm reply. "If you hunger for my blood, and will not be satisfied re was a pecu1.iar smile on his face, and he did not seem without making an attempt to cause it to flow, just step e a bit alarmed or disconcerted by the turn the redcoats away, up the road a distance of one hundred feet. Then re attempting to give affairs. draw your pistols and come for me, and see what will gain the girl 'whispered in her brother's ear, and he happen." ded his head. "Well, what would happen?" the leader asked, curiosity 'What kind of a fellow do you think I am?" he asked, in his voice. rn in his toi1es. "Do you think that after this young has come to my assistance, when you were threatening that now that you have arranged matters between us, m willing to step aside and let you attack him with the s of four to one in your favor?" 'Go ahead, and let them have their way, Tom," said young man, coolly. "I am not afraid of the whole g I am willing to fight the four of them." "Well, the chances are that within half a minute of the time you turn and start toward me the four of you will be lying in the road, either dead or dying." The four stared wonderingly. If this strange youth had spoken in the manner characteristic of braggarts and boasters in general they would have accepted his proposi tion offhand, and would have gone into the affair with z est, thinking to have a sort of picnic. But there was nothi n g of e four redcoats, and Tom Warner and his sister as the bravado in the youth's air or tones, and the four hesi stared at the bold youth in amazement, and in. the tated. "You must have a great deal of confidence in youraelf," s of the last two named there shone admiration. O h, but that would never do," said Tom. i nst one is too great odds." "Four said the leader, sneeringly. 'l'he youth nodded. r''Not when the four are cowardly scoundrels, such as these four," was the cool reply of the stranger youth. Exclamations of !lnger escaped the lips of the four. l"You hear that?" said the leader, addressing Tom. "He inks he is able to defeat the four o'f us, so let him make \ e attempt.'} 1 "I can't agree to do that," said Tom, shaking his head. r insisfthat. you fellows go your way." "It will be much better for them if they do so," said the ranger, calmly, '{but if they insist on having a go with e I am quite willing." " could you hope to do against four men?" asked om, with an air of interest. "I could, and probably would kill the last one of them," as the calm reply. S o calm and confident was the statement, and so utterly i th out bravado, that the stared, and the four )edcoats exchanged glances. They did not like the youth's "l have," he replied; "the greatest confidence i n the world." "Confidence born of igi:torance, doubtless." The youth smiled. "Confidence born of experience," he said, calmly. "Oh, you've had experience, have you?" "I have." "You have fought before to-day, then?" "Oh, yes." "Perhaps you are a soldier?" "Perhaps." '' l was sure of it,'' said the leader. "He is a rebel, fel lows, and I think that we ought to take him up on his proposition, and put him out of the way." At this juncture the girl spoke. "I protest against this, sir," she said, addressing the young stranger. "Four of them against you will be too great odds, and you must not make the attempt to fight ne; n either did they like the idea of giving up the them" ought of getting even with the youth. "You need not fear for me, miss," was the quiet reply. "I think you are about the biggest braggart I have ever "They are the ones who are in need of your sympathy." n," growled the leader of the four. "Just listen to the fellow," growled the leader uf the are mistaken. There is nothing of the braggart four. "Come on, boys. We will take him up on his propobout me. I am simply making statements of fact." sition." "Why, you could not kill the four of us." "You think not?" "Remember, I don't urge you to do so," said.the youth. "It will result diiastrously f o r you, and I would not like


. ... 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS l.l-NEW JERSEY. lo feel that I had been the means of persuading you into it hard to believe that one man could successfu lly fiahE 10t something that will result to your disadvantage." "Ob, don't fret about us," sneeringly. "We know enough to take care of ourselves." "You no doubt think; you do." "We know it." "You will soon learn that you are mistaken." "Bah! Come on, boys We'll soon teach this boastful rebel a thing or two." "'l'ake care lhat he doe:mt teach you a thing or two while you are doing it." "Bah!" The four redcoats turned away, and walked up the road, drawing their pistols as they did so. As ihey rnovcd away the young man turned to Tom \Varner. "\\"1ll you lend me the use of your pistols for a few four. "Oh, sir, do let brother help you," pleaded the girl, he: ing her band on hig arm and looking beseechingly up in an l ete youth's face. "There is not a bit of use of it, miss," was the smi : H j re:ply. "I will soon put those fellows to rout." u Then with a pistol in each hand he stepped out in i\. middle of the road and faced the four redcoats, who paused ancl Lurned around. "Arc you ready?" called out the leader of the fo11r. "Yes, rm ready," was the prompt reply. "You still wish the affair to go on, then?" rnt "I don't wish it to, as I have no desire to take the li Bo of you men, but if you wish to have it go on, just crnctG 0!1ead whenever you are ready, and I will take care of you'l "All right. We'll take the conceit out of yo11, my rel'li minutes, 'l'om ?" he asked friend." r "Certainly," was the reply. "But would much rather "Perhaps so; perhaps not." that you would permit me to iake my place beside you and "You'll see." -::rse them myself." "Oh, sto p talking and get to work," in an impatient t01a "Yes, yes, brother. It is only right that you should ao of voice. so," said the girl. "The gentleman got himself into this trouble on our account, and it is only right that you should help him in his encounter with the men.'' "But you are a British soldier," said the young man, "ancl I would not wish you to lay yourself liable to being shot or hanged for treason. Just let me have your pistols. It \rill be as good as if you were in the encounter, anyway, for I am a quick and dead s hot, and will be able to drop the four of them before they can injure me, I am con fident." "No; let me assist you," t;aid Tom. "Sister, here, is a "All right lleacly, boys? Then go for the rebel." With the word:,; the fonr men started toward the han1g a some, bolrl young stranger, flourishing their pistols m c threatening manne r as they came. h CHAPTER III. AT '.rHE WARNER HOME. patriot, and I will represent her in this encounter with the The youth stood erect, his arms down by his side, four British soldiers." muzzles of his pistols pointing at the ground. There w "The ofiicers in the British army would not accept that a calm look of confidence on his face; he was almos a s an excuse for your taking up arms against comrades," :,;miling, in fact. was the reply, "so I must object to your doing so. Just The four redcoats had gone a distance of perhaps o give me the pistols, and then take your sister to one side hundred and fifty feet before turning, and now the yout far enough so as to be out of danger from wild bullets, waited till they had advanced a bit more than one-third o and then see me beat the four of them." the way before making a movement. "Well, I"ll tell you what I'll do," said Tom \Varner, as he He was watching the four keenly, however, and he macl handed the youth his pistols; "if you defeat the four men up his mind that they were on the point of firing, an I will desert the British army and espouse the cause of qui.ckly raised his pistols, as if to open fire. Liberty and Independence from this day forth." The youth kuew it was too far to enable one to do da "Good enough," said the youth. "You may consider age, unless one was an expert with the pistol, and his pla yourself a patriot right now." wa s to get the four to fire while at this distance "I," said Torn in a low voice, but it was evident The ruse worked like a charm. The four thought th that lfe feared it would not turn out that way. He found 1 youth was about to fire, and in the hope that they migl


ill THE LIBERTY BOYS IN N..BJW JJ:i}RSEY. 7 hea d of him and bring him do'lln before he could fir e I "That was the most wond erful p erformance I e v er saw," ot they l e vele(l..their pis tol s and fir e d e x c laimed Tom enthusiastically. ey fired in such has te that they had not taken aim at O h, I am so g lad you whipped them," cried the gir l, and as the youth h a d expe c t e d would b e the case, th e h er face reflecting the d elight which she felt. "I knew I rould put them to rout," said the yo uth Ha, ha. h a the youth laughed. "You are fine shots, quietly. ust say. Why, you couldn't hit the sid e of a barn." "We ll, I can se e now that you had reason for feeling con yell of ra ge went up from the four, and tlJey quickly fid ent," said rrom. "But before the encounter took place I w t heir ot h e r pi s tol s, and leveling the w e apons, started r ould not think that on e man could whip four." take' aim. "I could have killed each and every one of them hl!,d I The youth not willing that they should do this undis-so desired,'' said the youth, quietly. bed however and suddenly he leap e d forward with a "I sus pected that you did not try to kill," s aid Tom. ut, and ran straight toward the four. You are right. You see, they did not have any loaded S o astoni s h e d and disconcerted wer e they by this une:x:w e ap o n s left after firing the two shot s each, and I did 0 ted mane l i ver that they did not wait to take aim this not fee l like killing them. They wer e practically un-e, but fir e d quickly armed and it would have been tcfo much like murder. e Thi s was wbat the youth had wished for, and a s in the "But the y trie d to kill you," said the girl. "It was their the bull e t s w ent wild, with the exception own fault that their pistols were empty." on e whi c h by some ac cident struck the youth' s hat, ocking it off his head The bull e t just grazed the youth'.s oidA n inc h 101vet, and it wou l d have ended his days 1Re g ave thi s matter no thought, however, but continued "Yes that l.s true,'' was the reply, "but I tho.ught it would do about as well to _simply wound them. It w ill t each them a l e sson." "I guess there is no doubt regarding that part of it,'' nuin g toward the four r e dcoats. He had all the advans aid Tom, with a smile,,. ge on hi s side, now for he had tricke d them into empty"And, oh, brother, now' you are a patriot,'' cried the girl 1 g th eir pisto l s and they wer e prac tically at hi s m ercy Sndd rnly the youth stopped, and up cam e the pistols. 1e youth did n o t dwell an instant. H e did not s eem to k e aim at a ll. Crack c r ack went the weapon s and two of the rea ats utter ed wild y e lls of pain, dropped their pistols, and w m d a n ci n g w ildl y about in the road. th rowin g h e r arms around hi s neck and kissing him. "So I am, Lucy. And you will ncv<'r again don a Britis h uniform?" "Never, Lucy." "Oh, I am so glad." "We ll, I'm not sorry mys elf. To tell the truth, I have been bothered with doubt & regarding the righteousness of Thrusting the e mpty weapon s hack in his belt, the youth t h e fig M the king i s making again s t the peop l e of Am!)rica, e w two mo re and had about made up my mind that I would l e ave the 1 ; p cmn e hi::: arms, the weapon s w e r e l e veled, and again Britis h army at the fir s t favorable _opportunity." me two s h ots in quick succe s sion. The other ho redc oats wh-o h acl paused, and wr.r<' anding i rresolute dropp e d their pi s tol s and gave utter me to o f pain, and they, instead of stoppin g and ancing a b out. turne d and fled toward the e d g e of the tim-. 'l' t h e t o p o r t heir speed. The youth quic kl y returned the empty w e apons to his di and drew two more fresh weapons, but the two wound d redcoats did not wait for him to shoot. They took to h e i r heels, a ncl ran after their fleeing comrades. The youth did not fire. Instead. h e paus ed, looked after hem with a smile, and then turne d and sa untered back to he r e Tom Warne r and the girl.stood. Tom s eized one of the youth's hands and the girl seized h e ot her. and bot h shook the hands hea r tily. "Well, thi8 will be a s favorab l e an opportunity as yon will ge t, I think," said the young man who had put the r e dcoat s to rout. "I sure of i t This ends my career as a British sol die r and h e nceforth I s hall fight on the side of the people who a r e struggling to a c hi e v e Inde p e ndence "Here is my band on that," said the youth, holding out his hand. Tom s ei z ed it and s hook it heartily. "Now," he said, "if you will be so kind, I wou l d for y ou to t e ll us the name of the man who was able to perform the wenderful feat of putting four of the king's s oldiers to flight. "It will give me p l easure to tell you my nam e 1t is Slater-Dick Slater."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. -/ "Dick Slater!" Tom and his sister uttered the exclamation in unison. "You don't mean to say that you are Dick Slater-the real, genuine, Dick Slater that has made such a wonderful reputation as a patriot scout, spy, and fighter, do you?" exclaimed Tom, excitedly. Dick Slater-for it was indeed the famous patriot scout and spy-smiled. "I am the only Dick Slater that I have ever heard of," he said. .. Tom seized the youth's hand again, and shook it heart ily. "Jove, but I'm glad to know you, Dick," he cried. "Do know, I have heard many, many stories regarding you, and how you have slipped into the British encampments and played the spy successfully scores of times, and I have felt as if I would like to do as you have been doing. I have felt sorry that I joined the British, and now I am very, very glad that I have left the British army for good and aU.." "And I thank you, :Nlr. Slat(j[, for having caused him to do so," said Lucy. "I am as glad as you are, miss,'' said Dick. "I consider that I have done a good stroke of business in robbing the British of a soldier, and adding him to the ranks of the patriots. If this could be done with a sufficient number: it would quickly end the war." "So it would. And, oh, I wish the war would end." It will never end until the King of Engl\md withdraws his troops from American soil and acknowledges the Inde pendence of the American people,'' said Dick quietly. "That is what I think, too,'' said Tom. "And now, Dick, I am going to ask a favor of you." "Go on," with a smile. "What is it, Tom?" h, l it into their heads to slip around and try a shot or at us." tany "'rhat's so," agreed Tom. "Well, my horse is right i d n eE by." "And so is mine." tin:l The youths quickly brought their horses forth timber, where they had been tied within thirty yart'ha each other, and then Tom mounted his horse and I I assisted Lucy tb mount behind her brother. m yo He leaped into his saddle, and as he did so there c the sharp, whip-like crack of a pistol, and a bullet whisT.h l'lll w1thm a foot of the youth's head. "I thought so," he said "I judge that it would be f9 for you to get away from here in a hurry-unless you tlX:: kn it best that we should go into the timber, there, and :fuT}j those redcoats up." "No, let's let them go, this time, Dick." .. "All right; away we go, then." They rode down the road at a gallop, and although td 'h expected to hear some more shots, they were agreeably c appointed. :hE It did not take long to reach the Warner home, and Dk saw that it was quite a nice home, there being a large, C( fortable-looking house and a good sized stable, and a n11 ber of sheds for stock. They dismounted at the gate, and tying their horses,' three entered the yard "I'll send one of the hired n around to take care of the horses," said Tom. They were almost to the door wh'eh it opened and good-lookiIJ.g woman of perhaps forty years rushed out l\) seized Tom in her arms. "My boy, my darling son,'' she exclaimed, kissing bi:t. "I am so glad to see you, alive and well." e "And I'm glad to see you alive and well, mother," '\ "I wish to be allowed to join your company of 'Libe rty the reply "Where is father?" Boys,' ofwhom I have beard so many wonderful storie.s-that is, if you think I will be a good enough fighter to be numbned with them." "I have no doubts whatever on that score, Tom, and I shall be very glad to have you join my company "Here, 'l'om," cried a voice, and a man came arou nd corner of the house and shook hands with Tom heartil1 "I'm glad to see you, father,'' said Tom. "And now, l me introduce to you my friend, Dick Slater, captain 'The Liberty. Boys of '76,' of whom you have often.. hear "H1.irrah!" seizing his siste r, and kissing her. "IsU:'t "Captain Dick Slater!" exclaimed Mr. Warner, seizi1 that just jolly Lucy? Just to think that your brothDick's hand and shaking it heartily. "Well, I should er, who lately wore the British scarlet, is now to wear the that I have heard of you, and frequently, too, and I Continental blue, and p.ght with the 'Liberty Boys'!" very, very glad to see one who has done so much for "I am glad, Tom," said the girl. Great Cause." "How far is it from here to your home?' asked Dick. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Slater," sa1 "About a mile, Dick." Mrs. Warner, giving him l}er hand. "I have beard of y "Then perhaps we had better moving. Those redcoats quite often, and I have more than once wished that To were none of them seriously wounded, and they might take here, had followed your example in every way."


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NE\\' JERSEY. mother," cried Lucy, her eyes dancing with de "Tom is a patriot, now, and has joined Mr. Slater's ny of 'Liberty Boys' Aren't you glad?" "Where have you been, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, a handsome fellow of about Dick 's age. "Oh, r:e been around quite a good deal since leaving ndeed I em glad," seizing Tom and giving him another Lerc, Doh." "Oh, Tom, this is the best news I hav:e heard in a "See anything of th e redcoats?" ti ,. me. ill: Shake hands again, Tom," cried his father. "Jove, but I can feel proud of you. And if you should fall, my "I saw a few." ''Have trouble with them ? "A liLtle; but nothing to speak of. By the way, Bob, mother and I can both have i.he consolation that you here is a new recruit for our company," and he introduced your life in a glorious cause." That' s right, father. I realize that I was wrong in ring the British army; but I have struck my fast blow st my own people, and henceforth I shall :fight for rty and Independence, and do all I can to he}p defea t king's cause." 'rhis is a happy day and hour for all of us," exclaimed Come in the house," invited Mr. Warner. "We will have 1 lk, and then eat some supper." hey entered the house, and Mrs: Warner and Lucy went he kitchen to get supper, while Mr. Warner, Tom, and sat in the big i;itting-room and talked of the war. CHAPTER IV. SOOUTING. ick bad had a long ride that day, and his horse was te wind ed, or he would not have stayed at the farmi se for any length of He knew he had quite a long e ahead of him, however, and so he decided to wait at home of the Warners, and take supper. His howe uld be pretty well rested by that time. en supper had' been eaten, Dick said he must go. m said he would go also, and they went to the stable and dled and saddled their horses, and led them around to front of the house. hen they bade Mr. and Mrs. Warner and Lucy good-by d rode .may. 'l'hey headed for Morristown, where the patriot army was camped, and rode at a good pace. Three hours later they arrived at the encampment. 'rhey rode at once to the headquarters of the "Liberty ys." he youths had not yet lliired for the night, and they Dick joyiul greeting. 1'om Warner. Bob the newcomer hearty greeting. "Now, you make him acquainted with the re st of the boys. while I go and have a talk with the commander-in said Dick "ill right," said Bob. And then, lifting up his voice, he callE'tl out: "Look this way, fellows." All turned their eyes on Bob. ''Boys," he said, "this young man is Tom Warner, and he hll)! joined our company." ''Glad to know you, Tom." "You've done the right thing." "1tow are you, my boy?" "WP. W(!lcome ) r ou to our ranks." ,-wh were a few of the greetings given the newcomer, an-a he bowed and smiled. "We don't go much on ceremony," said Bob. "You will sootl jnd out the names of the boys for yourself." ''. r course; that's all right," Tom. "You couldn't so many by name." ''No; it would take an hour." Tom's army experience when in the British ranks had given him a knowledge of camp life, and he got along very well, and was soon chatting with some of the youths in his immediate vicinity. Dick had gone to the house occupied by Gen eral W.ashingtop as headquarters. had not yet retired, and he was glad to sec. Dick. "You haye been out on a scouting and spying expedition, I believe, Dick?" he remarked. "Yes, your excellency." "And did you discover anything of importance?" "I think 110, sir." "What, Dick?" m:rhe British army is on the move!" The commander-in-chief showed evidence of ;xcitement at once. "What's that you say?" he exclaimed. "The British army is on the move?"


10 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. "Ye:::, sir." "No, indeed; but we must not permit them to reac h "The main army?" Philadelphia if we can help it." ''Yes; at least, so I judge." "Well, we can prevent them from doing so, I think." "It is a lar.ise force. then?" "That is why I wished to see you. Don't rou think we "There must be from fifteen to twenty men on had b et ter move over, and get in their line 0 march at the march." "Ha! and which way are they marching?" "Southward." 1 Southward from New York and Staten Island, eh?" "Yes, your excellency." "How far have they gone by this time, do think, Dick?" ."Only a few miles since reaching Jersey soil, sir ." General Washington was si lent for a few minutes, evi dently poncle:i;ing. "Yes, there can be no doubt regarding the matter," he said, presently, as if speaking to himself. "They are bound for Philadelphia." "That is what I suspected, your Excellency." "There can be no doubt 0 it, Dick." Again the commander-in-chief was s ilent for a few mo-ments, and then he summoned the orderly. "Send General Greene here at once,'' he ordered. The orderly saluted and withdrew. few minutes lat er General Greene entered the room "How are you, Dick?" he gave greeting to the yout h Then to the commander-in-chief : "You sent for me, general?" "Yes, General Greene; I have news or you." "What is it?" with an air of interest Greene knew from hi:: superior officer's air and tone that the news was im portant. "The British are on the march. "Indeed! Which way are they marching?" "Southward." "Ha! They must .be headed for Philadelphi a." "Such is my belief, General Greene." "It cannot be otherwise. But I don't see where there is good generalship in that. Philadelphia is of secondary once?" "Yes. Where do :you tl1ink would be a good 12lace to take up our position?" "I have been thinking, and have decided that :Jliddle brook would be a good lo cat ion. From there we can moYe; out quickly, and intercept the enemy, and on the heights there we will be sa fe, for double the British force could >' not dislodge or capture us." You are right. That will be a splendid place." "And I tl;ink we had better get ready to rno1e imme diately." I "It vould not be a bad plan, for we mus t get there ahead of the enemy." "So we must. W e ll, I will give the order for the en tire army to begin making preparations to break camp, and promptly at daybreak 'Ye will begin the march." Soon the oruer was sent the encampment. a nd the men were all excitement. 'rI1ey were delighted as well They had been cooped up at Morristown rn long !hat they had, as many 0 them expressed it, become rusty in l'ic joints, and were glad that they were to mo1e at last. Preparations were begun for breaking camp, and the men worked steadily till two, and some 0 them till tl1r0L o'clock. They were up before daylight, and had cooked and ca((.!1 their frugal breakfast, and as soon as the first faint streaks of dawn shone on the eastern horizon the army broke camp.1 and the march was begun. All day long they marched, stopping an hour at noon. for dinner and to rest, and that evening they arrivr11 at Middlebrook. To the people of that little village were surprisrrl is stating the case mildly. The y hardly knew what h importance." think, and were considerably excited. are right. The Hudson River is the key 'to the As soon as he had chos(!Il his h eadquarters and got settled situation." therein General Washington sent for Diek Slai:er. "So it is." "Well, Dick we are here, and the time has come to begin "The British look upon Philadelphia as the 'rebel capiwork," said the commander-in-chief. "In order to know tal,' as they are pleased to ter?1 it, and no doubt have got what to do, it will be necessary that fl knowl e dge of the the idea in their heads that if they can capture the city movements of tlie enemv must be before me at all times-" it will be a severe blow to us "So I understand, sir." "It would be a somewhat severe blow, true enough, but it "This knowledge, of course, can only be would not be the wor st blow that could be dealt us." m e an s of scouts and


THB LIBER'rY BOYS IN NEW .JERSEY. 11 '"l'rue, sir." I River at.New Brunswick," said Dick to Bob, who rode "As you have done so much good work for me in the beside him. IJast, Dick, and as I have every confidence in your prudence shrewdness, and ability, I am going to place. this part of the work in your hands." "Thank you, sir. I appreciate the honor, and will do my best to see to it that you are kept fully informed Tegarding the movements of the British." "And I am confident that you will be able to do so, Dick. You will be chief of the scouts and spies, until fur"That is likely, Dick." Brunswick is rig?t in their line of march." "Yes, so it is." "I hardl y think they have reached New Brunswick as yet, and by going due cast I have hopes of finding their en campment." Omrard the "Liberty Boys" rode. lt was not a moonlight night, but the stars were shining ther notice, and I delegate the work to you, to. be done in brightly, and it was possible to sec to make their way _your own way. Take as many men as you think necessary, nlong at a very good pace mid send reports to me as often as you deem it necessary." After tliey had been riding for an hour and a half, they "Very well, sir ; I will go to work at once." "Do so, my boy." .After a little further conversation Dick s aluted and with -tlrew. Ile returned to the quarters occupied ):>y the "Liberty Boys," and told them that he had work for them. ''That's what we like to hear you say, Dick," exclaimed Bob Estabrook. "1 es, yes," from Mark Morrison. uwc need work, to get us waked up," said Sam San

12 THE L.IBER'l'Y BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. the lo. cation of the British encampment, and that-it is about three miles north from New Brunswick." "All right, Dick. And shali I come back here when I have delivered the message?" "Yes, Frank. "All right. I'm off," and mounting his horse, the "Lib erty Boy" rode away at a gallop. "What are we to do, Dick?" asked Bob. "We will go into camp right here, Bob," was the reply. "We are as close to the British encampment as we should go in 11 body, and this will be a good place to stay till morning." "Are you not going to try to see what they are doing, Dick?" "I may ma k e a trip up to their encampment after a little, and take a loo k at them," was the r e ply. Then Dick gave the order to go into camp, and the "Liberty Boy s has t e ned to obey. CHAPTER V. GENERAL HOWE .HEARS N E WS. "You don't?" "No." "How am I to know you are a friend, the n ?" "Becos I say so." The sentinel laughed s hortly. "That doesn't prove anything," he said. 'It is e asy for a man to say anything." "Hain't this ther British encampment?" the m an a s ked. Yes." "Wal, I m er loyal king' s man, an' thet m akes me er frien', don et?" "Yes if you r e ally are a loyal man." "Wal, I am, all right. "What do you want h ere?" "I wanter see th e r commander uv th e r a r my."' "What for?" "I have news fur 'im." ''News?" "Yas; I hev sum information fur im. "Is it important?" Ye bet et is." The sentin e l was silent a few moments, and then "Stand whe re you are till I call the officer o f the guard." "An' will he tak e me ter tber commander?" "I gue s s he wi 11." Unknown to the "Liberty Boys," a spy was wat<1hing "All right. Call 'im ez quick ez ye kin." them. The sentinel summoned the office r of the guard, and The spy in question was a tall, lank man, dressed in the e x plained what was wanted. garb of a hunter. He watched the youths and tried to bear their conver sation, but was unable to get close enough for this. "They're rebels, though, I he said to himself. "Y as, they're rebels, an' I guess ez how I'll go ter ther British camp an' tell 'em erbout et." The fellow watched awhile longer, and having s atisfied himself that the youths were going to remain where they were over night, be stole away, and when at a safe distance struck out boldly for the Britis h encampment. A brisk walk of fifte e n minutes brought hii:n to his des tination. When he neared the encampment he was hailed by a sentinel: "Halt Who comes there?" "Er frien','' was the reply. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." The man walked forward till he was close to the sentinel. "Halt," the s entinel said, thre ateningly. "Don' t advance another step till you give the c ountersign." "I dunno e nny counter sign,'' was the reply. "What is your name? the office r of the gua r d asked "Sam Sharkley." "Sam Sharkley, rh ? "Yas." "Where do you live?" "All over." "What do y_ou mean by that?" "I mean the t I don liYe no\\ hars in purtie:kler lives aroun' furs t on e pl11c c a n then ano t her "What i s your busine ss?" "Oh, I'm er hunter, mos'ly." "A hunter, eh?" l'Yas." "And you a r c a loyalist, y ou say?" "Yas." I jes' "And you s ay y ou have important infor matio n for the command e r of our army?" "I hev Y o u wis h t o b e taken before him?" l do." "All rig ht. But y ou mu s t r e m e mber my friend that if


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. 13 you are a rebel spy, you are likely to neyer leave the camp "I'll tell ye. I wuz walkin' through ther timber, down alive." yender er mile er so, an' I come onter er party uv fellers." "But I hain't er rebel spy." "Ah!" "Of course you would say so." "They wuz on top uv er hill, an' er couple ur'em dum "Et is so, too." "I hope it is-for your sake." up inter er tree, an' I heerd 'em torkin erbout seein' ther light uv camp-fires." "Ha I They were spies, likely." The tall stranger laughed harshly. "Oh, ye kain't me," he said. "Ye kain't s keer "Thet's whut I thort." Sam Sharkley, an' ye might jes ez 'llell go erhead an sho'll me ter ther commander." "You are not easily scared, eh r" "There is no doubt regarding the matter." "But I"didn' know spies went in sech big parties." "How many are there in this party?" "No." "Uv. course I don' know, exackly, but theer mus' be clus "That is good Come along. I will take you to the ter er hunderd." commander and see what he thinks of you." "A hundred." "Go ahead." The officer of the guard led the way into the encamp ment, the tall hunter-looking man following at his heels, and presently they came to a stop in front of a tent near the center of the encampment. To the orderly who stood in front of the tent tile officer ef the guard said : "Tell General Howe that a stranger who says he is a loyalist, and has important information to impart, desires to have an interview with him." The orderly bowed, and entered the tent. 'rhe sou nd of murmuring voices was heard, and then the orderly came forth. "Yas." "How are they-on foot or on horseback?" "They hev horses." General Howe was silent a few moments, evidently pondering. Then he said: "You think the party is made up of rebels?" "I'm shore uv et." "And you think they were looking for our camp?" "Yas. I think thet is whut they clum ther tree fur." "I guess you are right." The commander was silent for a few moments, and tl1en said: "The probabilities are that the party in question is mad e up of rebels who are scouting around the country, trying "Enter," he said, addressing Lhe tall man. to keep watch of our mo>ements, and it pfoves most concluHe held the flap of the tent back as he spoke, and the sively that the rebels have full knowledge of our mo>ehunte r-Tory entered the tent without hesitation. ments." General Howe sat on a camp-stool, in front of a small, "Oh, theer hain't no doubt erbout thet." portable desk, and he looked at his visitor keenly by the "And you say they are on a hill about a mile from light of the candle which. burned at one end of the desk. here?" He motioned toward another camp-stoo l y as." "Sit down," he said. "You think they intend staying there all night?" The hunter did so. "Yas." "You wished to see the commander of the British "What makes you think so?" army?" the British officer asked. "They wuz onbridlin' an' unsaddlin' theer hosses when "Yas." I came erway rum theer." "You are a loyalist?" "That does look as if they intended to remain there all "Yas." the rest of the night.'' "I am the commander:. Why did you wish to see me?" "I don' think theers enny doubt erbou t et." "I wanted ter give ye some informashun ." "And what do you think they intern'! doing?" "Very well, what is it?" "I dunno-'nless et is ter keep er watch onter ye. "I made er diskivery, er leetle while ergo." this juncture the orderly entered and said: "You did?" "Another man out here who wishes to have an inter .view "Yas." with you, general." "What kind of a discovery?" "Send him in."


... THE LlBER'rY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. A few moments later a man who was dressed in the I rough, homespun clothing such as was worn by the far'I mers of that day, entered the tent. He nodded to the Brit ish officer, and. looked at the hunter somewhat curiously. There was another camp-stool in the tent, and General Howe motioned toward it "Sit down," he said, and the man obeyed. "What is your name?" the officer asked. ."Joe Smallw ood. "Are you a loyalist, Mr. Smallwood?" I arn,' was the decided reply. ''Where do you live?" "Ove r cl us ter :Middlebrook." How far is that from here?" "'Bout ten mile." ''West?" "Purty nigh west, sir." "So I thought. Well, why did you wish to see me?" "I hev some informashun fur ye, sir." a "Ah, you ha VE:?" with a glance at Sharkley, who was ;:taring at the farmer with a look of interest. "Yas. "You are right. They undoubtedly mean mischief." 'l'hen he turned to Sha'fkley, and went on: 'That explains the pres e nce of that party you saw." "I guess ez how et does," was the reply. "Y cs; they ha Ye ridden over here to scout around and find out where we are, and then they will keep watch of us, and keep their commander informed of our mo,ements." ''Thet's whut they inten' doin', I guess, sir. But w'y kai1i't ye sen' er party uv your men up theer an' capter em i'" "I have been thinking of that," was the e done a good deal, and I am much obliged-and to you, also, Mr. Sharklcy, for the infor"What is the information which you have for me?" mation which you brought." "I wanted ter let ye know thet ther rebel army bed "The.t's all right," was the reply. come!" At this instant the sound of a musket shot was heard, ''What!" 1 his being followed by loud yells, which ca me from the edge Gen eral Howe was surprised, and stared at the speaker of the encampment. in ::>mazement, not unmixed 'IYith dismay. "\Yhat does that mean?" exclaimed General Tiowe, leap-For a few moments he was si l ent and then ent on: ing to bis feet. "Do you mean to say that the rebel army i s at Middlebrook ?" The man nodded. '"rhet's jes' whtit I mean tcr say," he declared 1'The entire army, do you mean?" "Wal, I sh'd think so. Theer mus' be eight er ten thousand men "Then it is the entil.e rebel army from Morristow1?-" "Yea, I heerd some uv ther fellers say they wuz frum )f orristown." 'When did they arrive Middlebrook?'' CHAPTER VI. DCCK DOES SO:\IE SPYING. After the "Liberty Boys" had made all arrangements for passing the night on the hill, Dick announced his intention of going on a scouting expedition up in the di rection of the Britis h encampment. "Let ine go with you," said Bob ''This evenin'." "No, I will go alone, Bob. I don't intend try ing to en" Ha! And they have taken up their quarters there?" ter the camp, so will not take any chances." "Yas-cn ther heights "Well, be careful. Don't get captured." "Jove, this is,bad news," murmured Howe "I had hoped that we would be able to get across the country to Philadelphia without being interfered with, but now it looks as if we would have to fight." "I'll be careful. I won't be gone long." He took hi s departure, and \la lked rapidly toward tlu:: Brit!sh encampment. \Yhe n he was within two hundred yards of the edge o f "Et sartinly looks ez ef they wuzn't goin' ter let ye go the encampment, he began exercising great care, arn1 on yer way onmolested," said the farmer. approache d very slowly and cautiously.


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. 15 Presently he succeeded in taking up a position where he Many of the redcoats were close to his hiding-place, could see into the encampment, and yet where he was in no however, and he could hear what they said. danger of being discovered by the sentinels, whose location he had made sure of. He had been there but a few moments when he heard the sentinel on his i:_ight challenge some one, and after a little delay, the officer of the guard was summoned, and a Presently he heard the soldiers laughing, and then he heard one say: "The sentinel shot a horse." "A horse!" cr ied another. "Yes; that o ld farnier that came to the camp a littl<: few minutes later heconducted a man to one of the tents while ago, left his horse out i:r1. the woods, a ways, and near the center of the camp. didn't tic him very securely, and the animal got loose and The "Liberty Boy" had watched this with intere st. wandeied toward the camp. H e got close to the sentinel, "Who can that fellow be?" Dick asked himself, "and who challenged, and getting no ans"cr, let drive, and put a why is he here? He looked like a farmer, and the chances bullet into the horse." are that he has come to bring some information. I wonder if he, has discovered our presence in the vicinity?" This was a disquieting thought, and Dick was on the alert. If the British were to learn of the presence of the "Liberty Boys," they might make an attempt to capture them. "I will stay here and keep a sharp lookout," thought Dick; "and if I sec a party getting ready to start out I "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed a number. "What-a joke!" "I wonder did the sentinel kill the horse?" "What does the farmer think about it?" "I'll wager he is mad." Such were a few of the exclamations "Yes, he killed the horse," was the reply. "And the farmer came here to do us a favor, too," from will hasten back and warn the boys, and we will have time another. "That is pretty hard on him, isn't it?" to get away before the enemy can get to us." "Yes, so it is." Ten, fifteen, twenty minutes passed, and then Dick heard It was a fact that the sentinel had shot the farmers llic ,;cn tind o n his right give utterance to the challenge: horse. 1 On emerging from the tent, General accompanied "Halt! Who comes there?" The re was no reply that Dick could hear, but after a very short interval the sentinel's voice again rang out: "Halt! Who comes there?" There was scarcely any interval between the sentinel's by the farmer and hunter, made bis way to the point wher e the musket-shot had sounded from. "What's the trouble?" the general asked, as he rea c hed the spot. 'l'he sentinel saluted. challenge, and the report of a musket. "I am sorry, sir," he said, "but I heard a noise ju"t "He has shot ai. somebody or something,'' thought Dick. 0ut there in the timber, and I challenged twice, arn1 re-"I wonder who or what it was?" Instantly there was an uproar in the encampment. The soldiers leaped up and seized their weapons, while many ran toward the point where the musket -shot had soun ded from. cciving no reply, and the noise continuing, I fired, and I have killed a horse." "I'll bet et's my boss," exclaimed the farmer, and ht' hastened to where the dead animal lay. "Yas, et's my hoss," he exclaimed, after a glance at the Dick, from his hiding-place, watched the scene with ,,ead animnl. "Bl h t'll I d H '11 I u a azes, w u 0 now: ow git interest, and he kept his eyes on the tent into which he back hum?" bad seen the farmer disappear a few minutes before. "I will make you a present of a horse to take that one's He had the satisfactio n of seeing three men emerge from place, Mr. Smallwood," said General HQwe. the \0nt, and he at once recognized General Howe "Jove, there's a fellow who looks like a hunter," thought Dick. "I am -:..fraid our presence in this vicinity has been di The "Liberty Boy" held his place, for he reasoned that "Oh, thank ye, sir." "That is all right. We killed your horse, and should make the loss up to ?Ou. Take off 'the bridle and saddle and I will send you with one of my men to get another hors e." The farmer did as told, and then, as he was about t> with the intere st all centred in the direction from which follow a soldier who had been instructed to lead him 1c, the musket-shot had so1111dec1 tlw redcoats wo11ld not look the point "here the horses were, he asked: in his direction. "Is thecr cnnythin' more ye wanted ter ax me, sir?"


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. "No; I have all the information that is necessary, and sure that he was out of hearing of anyone in the camp, y ou are at liberty to go at any time." when he felt himself seized from behind. "Thank ye, sir." "Don't mention it. I am much obliged to you." 'l'he soldier and the farmer crossed to the farther side of the encampment, and a horse was selected, and the bridle and saddle were put on the animal. This done, the man mounted, and rode out of the en. "I've got ye," a voice hissed in the youth's ear. "I've ketched ye, ye sneakin' rebel spy." But Dick Slater was not the youth to tamely submit t o capture. He was taken by surprise, true, and this gave his assailant considerable advantage, but the yQuth did not feel that campment and away. he was beaten yet by any means. Dick, who saw all this, had half a mind to follow the "If he will only keep his mouth shut for a few moments, farmer and try to force him to tell what his business had and not yell for help, I think I shall be able to get the bet been in visiting the British camp, .but on second thought ter of him and make my escape," was the thought tha t he decided not to do so. "I had better stay here and keep my eyes on the Brit ish," he thought. "They may make up a party and start toward the encampment of my 'Liberty Boys,' and if they should do that it would be important that I should get there quickly and give the boys warning." Having so decided, Dick remained where he was, and kept his eyes on the British. It did not take him long to discover that something was flashed through the "Liberty Boy's" mind. It turned out as Dick hoped it would. The man did not cry for help. The probabilities are that he thought himself more than capable of capturing the youth unaided. Likely he thought he had such an advantage in havin g taken the youth by surprise that he would have an easy time of it. Be that as it may, he did not cry out. in the wind. Believing that it was to be a struggle man against man, There was considerable bustle, and moving about among 1 Dick began exerting himselfto even up matters. the soldiers, and an officer who had had a conversation He began struggling in such a fierce manner that his with General Howe began giving orders, as Dick coul see, opponent must have been surprised. though he was too far away to hear what was said. "Oh, ye think ye'll git erway, do ye," hissed the man. Then the officer in question engaged the hunter-looking Wal, ye'll fin' thet ye kain't do et, nohow." fellow in conversation, and the youth thought he underThe "Liberty Boy" understood that this man was a Tory stood. who was attached to the Britsh army, acting as a scol!t "That is the fellow wbo has discovered our presence in and spy. the neighborhood and has brought the information to GenHe believed himself more than a match for such a man eral Howe," he thought. "Likely he will act as guide, under almost any circumstances, and he said coolly: when the party has been made up." "You think I won't be able to get away, do you?" 'l'he youth held his position, for he wished to learn, be"I know ye wo:z;i't." fore leaving, the number of men that would be in the party. "Oh1 you are positive of it, eh?" Half an hour later the party was practically made up, "Yas." and Dick estimated the number of men as being three dred. "We could offei: successful resistance to that nu.mber,'' he tbought, "but we are so near the main British encampment that they could get reinforcements in a very short time, and the result would be that we would be overpowered and forced to surrender. No, the best thing we can do is to get out of the way." The youth knew that there was not time to spare, so he stole away from his position, and made his way through the timber in the direction of the "Liberty Boys" encampment. "What makes you so positive?" "Lots uv things. W'y, I've got ye so thet ye kain't do nothin', an,' ye might ez well give up an' be done with "Oh, I couldn't think of doing that." "Ye hed better." "No; I'm going to make it lively for you first." "All right. Go ahead an' make et ez lively ez ye kin." "That is just what I am going to do." While talking Dick was wo,.rking quietly, and now, of a sudden, he exerted his wonderful strength, and succeeded in breaking the hold of the man. Instantly he whirled and grasped the fellow by the He was just stepping forward at increased speed, feeling throat. \


THE LI.BER'l1Y TIOYS I:\ JERSEY. 1'1 The Tory had become frightened when he felt his hold broken, however, and he gave utterance to a wild yell, whicb nmg out loudly on the night air. IJ:Jstantly Di9k dealt him a terrible blow on the jaw, and the fellow sank to the ground, dazed. "W.e may run across him before we get out of these ) parts,'' said one of the redcoats. "Xas, but ye see, I didn't see his face et wuz so dark, an' I wouldn' know 'im ef he wuz ter be took "That's so. Well, you will have to give up the idea of At the same instant the sound of footsteps was heard, getti ng even." and of voices also. But this did not suit the Tory. He said to himself that he would find out who the rebel was that struck him, and The redcoats had heard the Tory's yell, and were coming "ould then get even with him for the blow. to investigate. The youth knew it would not do for him to remain longer where he was. He must get from there. And in a hurry, too. Instantly he leaped away, and ran at the top of his speed through the timber. CHAPTER VII. THE BRITISH IN NEW BRUNSWICK. The red?oats were soon at the spot where the encounter Dick Slater hastened ornrard in the direction of the en-had taken place, and some of them stumbled and fell over cinnpment. the Tory's form. heard the redcoats pursuing him, but this did not He was just recovering the use of his faculties, and had bother him fo any great extent. $tarfed to regain his feet. He did not believe that the redcoat lived who could "Hello, who's this?" cried one of the redcoats. "We're got him,') cried another, and he seized hold of the T_ory. overtake him in the timber, after night. "I would like no better fun than to play hide and seek l"lit: h the redcoats if I had nothing else to do," said to "I'm Simpson one uv ther scouts was the reply. "An' I hi.m; elf. ; I ;r.t: he had something else to do. I lle v h e d e r light with er rebel, an' he hez got erway. Ar, He must get back to the encampment and warn the ter i m an' ketch ther cuss, men. "A ebel ?" "A PY!" "At er him, men." "W must catch him." "Liberty Boys" that the redcoats were coming for the pur pose of trying to capture them. So he hastened onward. Soon he could hear no sounds of pursuit. That made no difference, he kept on at the same rapid "\filch way did he go?" g>1it, for he realized that the s ooner he reached the camp, "llunno. He hit me a clip on ther jaw an' run erwa_): lhe better it would be. an' w'ich way he went." b atter and go after him ; cried one of the men. "We ma be able to catch him." rhey obeyed, and went racing through the timber, out, fanshape, as they went; but to no purpose. 'iJ did not hear or see anything of the fugitive. Boy" was for them. Tli ran onwar4 a distance of a quarter of a mile or so, and nen gave up the chase and returned to the encamp"I'd like ter get my han's on ther feller erg'in," growled the Tory. "He hit me er clip thet hurt, I tell ye," rubbing his jaw, "and I'd like er chance ter git even with ;n." Theie would not be much time to spare. Soon he was at the bottom of the hill, and he ran it at almost as great speed as he had been going on the level ground. The next minute he burst into the encampment. "Up, boys," he cried. "Hurry. We will be attacked by a large force of redcoats if we remain here very mucb longer." The "Liberty Boys" were lying around, on blankets, but were up in an instant "What's that?" "The redcoats coming?" "Can't we fight them, Dick?" "Row big a party is coming?" "It won't do to show fight, boys," said Dick.


18 THE LIBER'rY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. "Why not?" from Bob Estabrook. The officer gave the order t.o return, and the party m "We are too close to the British encampment. They its way back to th e e ncampment, moving sl o wly. could get reinforcements in twenty minutes, and would As soon as they arrived there the officer made his way soon ha11e us over1Yhe1med." the tent occupied by General Howe. "'rhen we will lrnvc to get away from here?" "Yes; get ready as quickly as possible." The youths rolled up their blankets, bridled and saddled their horses, and in a few minutes were ready. "Come," said Dick and he led the way down the hillside. When they were at the bottom they mounted and rode away. "Where will we go, Dick?" asked Bob. "I'll tell you, Bob; we'll go halfway around the encampm ent, and take up a position on the north side of it." "Well, what luck?" that officer asked. The other shook his head. "No luck at all," he replied. "They were gone." General Howe nodded "I suspected as much. I did not hear any firing, a made up my mind that you had found the enemy mi ing "Yes. 1'h ere was no sign of rebels to beseen anywher "Well, it cari't be helped." "No." "They mu st ha,ve had spies out, and discoYered tba They rode onward for half an hour, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. 19 "Well, what is the word?" asked the general. "Did the ld farmer tell the truth ?" "Yes, general." "The rebel army is at Middlebrook, then?" "It is." entire rebel army, do you "I should judge so, sir." "There is a large force, then?" "There must be eight or nine thousand men." "That is the entire rebel force, then." "It be." "Yes; where have they taken up their quarters?" ''On what are called the 'Heights' of Middlebrook, sir." "How is it? Accessible, or not?" The scout shook his head. "I don't believe twice our force could storm the position succes sfully, sir." "Humph. 'l'hat will do." The scout saluted and withdrew. "Very well. We will follow them, presently, and see where they go." As soon as breakfast was finished, Dick despatched a mes scng:er to General Washington at Middlebrook, stat ing ihat the British army was on the march, and was headed southward, toward New Brunswick. Then the youths bridled and saddled their horses, mount c

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS NEW JERSEY. "Yes; until night, at least." "And then wliat ?" "Then I think I shall make an attempt to find out something definite." "Ah, you will venture into the town?" "Ye.s." "That will be dangerous." "Yes, so mew hat dangerous." "I don't think that what you are likely to learn is worth taking such risks for, :pick." "You do not?" "No." l you don't, I think it will be the last we w i ll ever see of you." "I fear so. You may be sure I shall exercise a ll possible caution The rest of the afternoon wore away, and eveni ng came. The "Liberty .Boys" ate their frugal supper and then Dick began making preparations for the trip into the town. He donned an old, ragged su,it of citizen's clothing, put on a pair of shoes that were full of holes, and an old hat that had seen much better days. He pulled his hair down over his eyes, smeared some dirt on his face, an d a s k e d his comrades what they thought of his appearance. "Well, I do." 'l'hey told him that they thought he would pas s for som,_ "But why not remain at a safe distance, keep watch, and worthless vagabond. in that manner keep the commander-in-chief informed of the movements of the British?" "That would be doing very well if we could do no better; but if we could secure advance knowledge of the intentions "If there shou ld happen to be anyone there who knows you, Dick, they would never recognize you in that makeup," said Bob. "You think not?" "I know it. Why, f wouldn t have known you, myself, of the enemy, General Washington could then make his 1 d. 1 d t ld b b. th f if I had met you in the road in broad daylight." pans accor mg y, an i wou e a ig mg or our arm." "I'm glad of that. Well, I think I shall be able to fool "Sy' t ld b t th f th diffi the British all right." o 1 wou ; u gammg e m ormat10ll is e -lt I "There is very little doubt on that score." cu y. The "Liberty Boy" was in no hurry to start out, how" I know that; I may fail, but I shall make the effort." ever. "Say, Dick, if you are determined to venture into the town, and which amounts to venturing into the lion's den, let me go with you." The youth shook his head. "You won't?" in a disappointed voice. "No .. Bob. In a case of that kind the fewer there are the better it is. I s hall go alone." "But supposing you get into trouble? What will you do? If alone you will be unable to put up anything of a fight. "Well, what more could two do, Bob?" "Not much, that's a fact." when we would be in the midst of thousands of enemies." "That's right." "No; it would be foolish to attempt to fight, under such circumstances." He waited till it grew quite dark, before starting. Then, bidding the youths to be very careful, and keep a good watch in order to avoid being by urprise by some of the British, he took his departure. It did not take him long to reach the Raritan River. He stepped onto the end of the bridge, and made his way slowly and cautiously along. He wondered if there would be sentinels at th e ot her end of the bridge. He feared that there would be. His fears were realized When he was within fifty feet of the end o f th e bridge he was challenged : "Halt! Who comes there?" "A friend," he replied. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." The youth advanced until he was close eno\ :gh to the "That's so. Flight would be the only thing to attempt." srntinel to see him dimly in the darkness. "And one can make as good a fist of that as two or "I dunno ther countersign," said Dick, i m itat ing the more." talk of a farmer. "True." "So I shall go alone, and it shall be my endeavor to keep from being suspected." "You had better make a success of the attempt, Dick. "Then you can't cross the bridge." "I kain t ?" in surprise. a.But I"m alreddy ercross, mister." r


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. "No, not quite." campment," thought D ick. .. The next thing is to find out "Wal, mos' all ther way, so ye might jes' ez well let me what the enem y inte nd s to do.' go ther res' uv ther way." "Oh, no; I couldn t think of doing it." "Then do et without thin.kin'." The sentinel laughed. "Say, you're a funny fellow, aren't you," he said, sarcas tically. "Not thet I knows uv. But I want ter git ercross ther river, mister, an ef ye' ll let me, I'll be much obleeched ter ye." "You wish to enter the town?" "Yas." "Why do you wish to do so ?" "I hev sum bizness ter 'tend ter, mister." "What is the business?" "Wal, fur one thing, I wanter git sum groceries-cofiee n sugar an' sichlike stuff." "Yes. .And what else?" "Sum med cine fur dad." "Some medicine for your father, eh?" "Yas." "What ails him?" "He's got ther fever." ".Anything else you wish to get?" "Noap." "You are not wanting to secure information regarding the British army?" "Noap." "You are s ure you are not a rebel?" "Oh, y a s I'm shore uv thet." "You are not a spy, then?" "Noap." "Where do you live?" "Two miles frum heer, mister." "In which direction?" "Mos ly ter ther north, but some ter ther wes'." "What is your name?" "Sam Butler." "All right, Sam; I gue s s I will let you pass." "Thank ye, mi ster; thank ye," said Di ck, and then he walked past the sentinel, and strode onward. "Mind you," called out the sentinel after him, "if yon are a reb e l spy are a s good as dead and buried a l ready." ''Oh, I hain't no r e b e l s py," was the reply, and Dick walked briskly onward. "Well, now I am safely in the town-in th e British enCHAPTE R IX. DIC K I N DANGER. This was e asier s a i d th an don e To get s af e l y w i thi n t h e Briti s h encampment wa no mean achievem e nt, true ; but t o learn what he had c o m e there to learn was much more difficult. Indeed, he was n o t at all sure that he would be abJe io do so at all. He would make the atte mpt however. While doing s o he might at lea s t pick up a few items which would b e of in t eres t, possibly of use to th e commander-in-chief of the pa t riot army. The brav e "Liberty Boy" walked steadily onward. He did not go at a rapid paoe, however. Ins tead, he moved slowly but s t e adily, and a s hE w ent h e kept his eyes wide open. His first task was to find the headquartetrs of G e n e r a l Howe the Briti s h command e r. This would, of cour se, be th e pla c e where info rmatio n was to be sec ured, if a n ywhe r e Still, he might pi c k u p scr a p s of news by listeni ng to t h e talk of the soldiers, and whe r eer he saw a crowd of soJ di e r s c ongregated he usuall y paused nearby for a few min utes, and listened. But if the s oldiers knew an y thing about the i n ten ded movements of the army they did not let the fact out i n thei r e:onversation, for he h e ard nothing that gave him an y i nk ling regarding the probabl e movements of the Briti s h force. To the contrary, he heard one or two make the re m ar k that they hope d the army would remain where it was for awhile, which was proof pos itive that they knew n othi ng of a certainty. Dick was afraid to m ak e i n q uiries of any of the redcoats regarding the headquarter s of the British general, so b e stopped a man who looked like an inoffensive citizen of ib e town, and him if he k n e w where the headq ua rte rs were. "Yes," said the man. The British general has his qua r ters in a house i n the mid dle of the next block." Thank ye," said D ick. "You a r e weleome. You'll know the hou se, for there a re two sen ti n e l s sta t ioned in front of il."


THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. '"Thank ye," said Dick again, and 1-1:en he shuffled on-The murmur of voices could be heard, proving that there r u He walked onward till he came to where he c ould get a "11ere smoking, drinking, and discu ssing the matter which Y 'ry good view of the front of the building. He paused Dick wi s hed to hear discu ssed-viz., whether or not they a,,d surveyed it carefully. sh ould remnin in New Brunswick for awhile, or push on It is a detached house," he said to himself. "I am glad ward toward Philade lphia. o r that. P erhaps I may be able to effect an entrance a. the The matter was under discus s ion when Dick reached bis l'f

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS 1 J NEW JERSEY. 23 ==:::================= ============================================== == =========================== t .... n with the information, and we shall see, then, what ht: intends doing." "So that is your plan, is it?" thought Dick. "Well, I am glacl that I happened to be here to -night, to overhear your plans. I will send the information to the comman-Just before be reached the street he cease runnmg, and 1valked calmly forth from the alley. "Hello, there. Have you seen the spy?" cr:ied one f party of redrne the spy 80 we will have to take you prisoner, and hold -you untll you estahdoor flew open and the officers came rushing out into the lish your innoc e nce." hall Dick got a good bold on his opponent, and lifting him "Oh, say, don do thet," }Jrotes ted Dick. "Sall ll crit 0 bodily, threw him again the officers, upsetting seve111! mad ef I don' come ter see her, an' mebby she'll git am1thcr and cau.sing great confusion. I Ye mustn' b: liard onter me .'' The mstant he hurled the man from him Dick turned 1 "We can't help it if does get another felk''ll \fc and sped along the hall, and he had reached the farthrr must do our dnty. Seize him. fe llows." end before the redcoats recovered their senses The men leaped forward intent on eizmg \ck and to understand what was taking place making a prisoner of him. Then two or three of the officers drew pistol s and fired, but as it was dark, and they fired by guess, non e of tine bullets hit Lhe youth He bounded down the stairs, and into the kitchen, and he did he heard the sound of footsteps in the lit> had just left. The officers were pursuing him. "IJet th e m come," he said to himself. "They can't catch me." He hast e ned a c ross the kitch e n, passed through the doorway, into the hall, and opening the rear door, leaped out into the bnck yard. B.e ran rapidly across the yard, leaped the fence into the alley, and as he did so he heard the voices of the officers, as their owners emerged from the house "Rebels t Spies!" roared the .stentorian voice of General Howe. "On guard, everybody, and capture the spy. Don't let him escape." 'l'his would certainly be heard, Dick was sure, and he kept his eyes open as he ran down the alley and neared the cross street. CHAPTER X. THE Rl:'SE TH.AT FAILED. There wer e scYe11 of the fcllmrs, and of couH'c .had no doubt regarding their ability to capture th( o n e ma11. Then, too, they more than half beliewd that th yo11th was what he represented to be, so did not expect to meet with re s istance and were. ca r e les s The result was that Dick :ook t11em by surp ri'-c. He suddenly attacked them, and knocked ihre d wn, and tore his way through the remaining number, with such fierceness that they could not stop him. As Dick bounded awa y, ho11ewr, they beuime uadenly very much alive. They realized that thi;o 11llH be th e -v:. niter an, and they set ont in pursuit. at the top of thefr vofoes. to attract the atfention of


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. The "Liberty Boy,'' realizing that he must run as he h a d never run before,) he was to make his escape, fairly :flew over the ground. The party of seven redcoats was quickly augmented to a "A rebel "A spy, likely." "Stop him." "Don' t let him get away." score, and this grew till there were at least a hundred in "Seize him." pursuit of the youth. Such were a few of the cries given utterance to, and the In all that hundred, however, there was not one who was redcoat s attempted to put their words into execution. Dick's equal as a runner, and he dashed onward, gradually increasing the distance between himself and his pursuers. He darted down alleys, around corner s and through vacant lots, used every trick and device to enable him to throw the redcoats off the track, and b e manag e d to bother them not a little. This was easier said than done, however. The youth was not one who could be easily stopped. He leaped right at the redcoats, when he saw they were not going to let him pass, and began striking and left with all his force. He had a quick eye, and was enabled to land nearly every They hung on trail pretty well, however, and the one of the blows, and the result was that he had knocked youth realized that if he should be headed off in front he several of the redcoats down almost before they knew what was in great danger. was happening. At last he was close to the end of the bridge, and as. Then he burst on through and ran as if his life depended he drew nearer he saw the sent i nel standing, musket in on it-which was very nearly the case. hand. As soon as the redcoats realized that the stranger was on "Halt!" the sentinel cried. "Who are you, and where the point of escaping, they out in pursuit, yelling like a r e you going?" fiends. 'I'm after a rebel spy!" cried Di ck. "Didn't he come They fired several shots, some of which came fairly close, this way?" but hone of which hit the fugitive, and Dick ran onward, "No; 1 haven't seen anyone," was the reply. "But hold j increasing the distance between himself and puron l I don't--" i;uers. He got no further, for Dick was close up to the fellow, Finally he got clear out of sight of them, and then he now, and evading the bayonet-thru s t which the sentinel t ook it easier, and later on reached the "Liberty Boys" enmade, Dick struck out, and knoc k e d the redcoat down. Then he bounded onward, a nd was soon making his way a c ross the bridge. When he was within fifty yard s of the farther end of the bridge he heard voices, and a s he drew nearer the end, saw a party of men approaching. There were five or six in the party the youth judged, and in safety. He found the youths considerably excited, however. They had beard the firing, and had feared that Dick had gotten into trouble. "What was that firing about, Dick?" asked Bob. "They were shooting at me," with a smile. "I thought so. I told the boys I'd wager you had gotten hoping to avoid them, he exerted himself to get off the into trouble." bridge before they reached it. "I met some redcoats as I was coming away, right at He was almost successful, but not quite. The men were tbisencI of the bridge across the Raritan, and they tried to right at the end of the bridge as he got there, and as they stop me." s a w him coming they uttered exclamations. "Hold on." "Who are you?" "Where are you going?" "Stop!" "Stop I" Such were a few of the orders given, but Dick paid no attention. He realized that his only chance lay in keeping right on going at a lively rate, and instead of stopping he increased hi11 speed, and darting to one side, as he went off the end of the bridge, he tried to avoid the newcomers. "They didn't succeed, however, eh, old man?" "Well, I'm here, as you see." "Did you learn anything of interest or value, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "Yes, I learned enough to pay me for going." "That's good. And what are you going to do next?" "We will break camp, and to Middlebrook." "Are all of us to go?" "I shall leave half a dozen of the boys here to keep watch of the British." The youths quickly made their preparations, and half an


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. 25 hour later all but half a dozen rode away, beaded for Mid-and gave ord e rs for the forre of two thousand men to get Qlebrook. ready to march. A two-hours ride brought them to their destination, and Dick went at once to headquarters. The commander-in-chief had not yet retired. Seldom did he go to bed before midnight. He was us ally busy up till midnight, planning, studying, and :figuring on the best way to beat the British, and it was to this never sleeping vigilance that much of his success was due. He was glad to see Dick. He told his officers what was to be done, and an hmn later the force was on the march. It marched till about two o'clock in the morning, and then went into ramp at a spot four or five miles from New Brunswick, in a south w esterly direction. It was thought that the British would come past whe re they were, if they marched in the direction of Philadelphia, and all that would be necessary would be for the patriot s to "Oh, you are back, Dick?" he exclaimed. "I think you wait for the enemy to put in an appearance. have news for me." The rest of the night passed quietly, and the little army "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick. "I have news for was up and had breakfas ted by an hour aftersunup. you." The force was then stationed in the best possibl e man"What is it, Dick?" ner, to enable it to strike the British a hard blow when "I have learned that the British are going to remain for they s bould put in an appearance, and scouts were sent out awhile at New Brunswick." "Ah The n they have learned of our presence in Mid dlebrook." "Yes. Their scouts have inform ed them of that." "They fear to march onward toward Philadelphia with to keep watch for the coming of the enemy. About ten o'clock a scout came in with the report that the enemy was coming. It was about a mile away, he said, and he said :further, that there was nearer two thousand than one. "That is all right," ::aid Genera l Greene, w!to was ir: us here so close, eh, Dick?" command. "We have the advantag0 pf pos ition, and w 1 1l "Yes, sir. They say they '1' 0uld be cut off from commutake them by 5ll'J.:piise and consequently at a di sadvantcJge, nication with New York, and they don't like that idea." "I suppose not." "But to-morrow they are going to try a ruse, sir." "What are they going to do, Dick?" "They are going to send quite a large force of mu1 on toward the south, as i.f the intention was for the entire army to continue the march." "What is their idea in this?" "They wish to learn what you will do under such ciicurn stances." and should be abl e to send th e m to the right about pretty quickly." Orders were sent along the patriot lines, for the men to be in readiness to begin the attack at the signal, and then all waited as patiently as was possible, for the coming of ibe enemy They did not have long t.o wait. The adrnnce column came in sigh t a few minutes later, and closer and closer the redcoats came. The patriot force was divided into two parties, and hal:f General Washington smiled grimly. was on one side of the road, and half on the other. 'I'be "Well, I think they will find out," he said quietly. "How large a force do you think they will sen d, Dick?" "I don't know, but would judge about one thousand." "Then I shall at once send two thousand men to inter cept them and drive the1n back upon New Brunswick." ''I thought you would wish to do something of that kind, patriots were strung along the road for a distance of a third of a mile, and the men were instruc ted to let the enemy march clear the length of the patriot lines before opening fl re. This was done. When at last the front o f the British column was even sir, and that is the I came back with my 'Liberty with the farther end of the patriot line, the signal was gJVen Boys.' We will wish to be of the party that goes, sir, as for the attack to begin. we have not had a :fight for quite a while, and my boys are This signal was the :firing of a single pistol-shot by Gengetting eager and l.mpatient to get at the enemy." eral Greene, and the instant the sound of the shot was beard "You shall go, Dick." the pal.riots opened :fire. "Thank you, sir." The commande r-in-chief, after he had secured all the inCrack, crack, crack, crack! formation in Dick's possession, sent for some of his officers, In an instant the peaceful scene with the redcoats


THB LIBER'rY BOYS IN' NEW J:b;RSEY. ;marching along, laughing a nd talking was transforme

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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. (Continu. ed from page 26.) Half an hour later six "Liberty B o y s rode out 0 Ml.d dlebrook, and away, in the d i r ect i o n of Tom Warner's home. The six consisted of Dic k S la t e r, To m Warner, and four of the youths who had expressed aJ des ire to be of the p arty. They rode in a gallop a n d were b u t littl e more than half an hour in reaching the Warn e r home. porch, where they took seats-all save 'l'om, who went o_ut to the fence, and kept a watch for the enemy. He was not there long before he turned his head and called out cautiously: "They're coming." "How many?" asked Dick. There's three of them." "We'll go out lo the fence and hide behind it," said Di ck, "and as soon as the fellows get here you come out Tom was overjoyed to find h i s folk s a t home, safe and and warn them away, Miss Lucy. Then we will choose a aou. nd. moment that is appropriate, and rise up and give the redThey gave him a joyous gre eting, and were pl e ased to see Dick once more, also,' for they had not forgotten the aid h e had rendered Lucy and Tom when the redcoats had halted Lucy on the road a few days befor e "Has Jim Sheldon been her e lately, Lucy?" Tom asked, a s soon as the greetings had been exchanged. '.'Yes, Tom. And, oh, I want to tell you what he said He said that he would be back, this afternoon, and that I might as well be ready to go with him, for if I did not go willingly he would take me." coatet!I. scoundrel a surprise." The five "Liberty Boys" hastened out to the stone fence, and a glance showed them Tom was right. Three redcoated men were approaching at a gallop. The six youths dropped down behind the stone fence, and were entirely concealed from the view of anyone, even though the person might be just beyond the fence. 'l'he youths peered through the crevices between the stones, and when the three horsemen were within a few yards of the spot Dick gave Lucy a signal, and the girl rose and came out to the fence. She walked through the The scoundrel," grated Tom. "He said that, did he?" r gateway, and as the three redcoats leaped to the ground Yes; and he meant it, too, Tom. You have no idea d d d h t th th t f t f h th an a vance s e me em wi in en ee o w ere e how savage he looked and talked." I "Liberty Boys" were concealed, the stone fence bemg be" Well, we'll stay right her e t ill he comes. a nd we' ll take t the savageness out of him, eh, Dick?" ween. "Why are you not ready?" asked the leader, who was the Indeed we will." man, Sheldon. His voice was harsh and arrogant, and it "He has been made a rea l officer in t h e British army," was easy to see that he thought he was important and all said Lucy, "and he wears a Briti sh uniform and feels as if he were the greatest man in the world." Well, we'll take that feeling o u t of him," said Tom, grimly. You say he threatened th a t he w ould return this aftern o on Miss Lucy?" said Dick. "Yes, Mr. Slater..'' Then I'll tell you what we will do, boys. W e will take powerful, in fact, in so far as the present affair was. con c erned. "I am not ready, for the reason that I do not intend to g o with you," was the prompt reply, in a clear, ringing Yoice. "N' o t g oing to go wit:n m e you say?" "No." The fellow laughed hoanely. our horses around to th e s tab le, o u t of the s ight of the "And how, if I may ask, are you going to help yourself?" s c oundrel; and then we will wait till e see him coming, he asked. after which we will concea l ourselves behind this ston e fence ; here, and then Lucy can come out her e and meet Sheldon, and tell him that he had better go about his busi"I will help myself, never fear," was the confident reply "Bosh! you can't help yourself, and if your father inter feres w e will shoot him dead in bis tracks. Get your things ness Of course, he will refus e to go, and then we will ris e and come along, Lucy Warner. The preacher is waiting up and make him go." This struck the boys as bein g a good plan. They would enjo y giving the fellow a surprise and fright, and w ere right in for it. f o r us, at no great distance." "He will just have to keep on waiting, then," was the prompt "The preacher does not live who will ever say the marriage ceremony with you and I as the chief They l e d th eir horse s around to the stable and into it, nctor s Jim Sheldon. In fact, I would die before I would and. l e a ving th e m the r e ma dt' thE'ir wa.r bac k t o the front m arr: r you! I hat e you-despise you!"


THE LIBEHTl" BOYS IN NEW JERSEY. 29 "Bosh! You arc mistaken. You just imagine it. After easier, as I know Sheldon won't oe bothering you, Lucy, you have foun d out what a fine fellow I am, you will feel any more." diff erently toward me."" Mr. and l\Irs. -narner had been horrified spectators of the "You a fine fellow? No, you are a scoundrel! I will affair, but, like Lucy, they were well satisfied, because of n ever hav e any feeling other than hatred toward you." the fact that it was the enemy that had suffered, ai:d not "See here Lucy, I don't like to be talked to in that man-the youths who were their friend s ner," growletl Sheldon; "and as a salve for my wounded feelings I think I shall ham to take a kiss or two." H e took a ste p forward, evidently bent on putting his A spade was procur ed, and the "Liberty Boys" buried lb e three dead men, taking the bodies to quite a distance, as it would not be pleasant to have them bifried near the wo1ds into effec t, but he did not succeed. house. "Take that for your impudence !1 cried the spirited pa-The youth r e mained at the Warner home and took sup triot maidelj., and with the words she gave the British offi-per and Mrs. Warner and Lucy exerted themselves to get. ccr a box on the ear. up a: meal tfiat the youths would enjoy. It was a resounding slap, and must have hurt, for a They succeeded admirably, too. A number of chickens curse escaped the man's iips, and he drew back as if to were killed and dressed, and were fried nicely, and every !'trike the girl, but at this instant the six "Liberty Boys" thing in the way of dainties that the larder afforded was rose up from behind the stone fence, and Dick Slater said brought forth for the occasion. There were fruits, jam9, in a cool, calm voice: jellies, and preserves such as are only to be found in per" I would not do it if I were you, Mr. Sheldon. It would fection on the tables of farmers, and it was a supper that be the height of impoliteness-would be unmanly, indeed, was rem embered by the "Liberty Boys" for quite a while, to strike a lady, and as I have already remarked, I would it being in such contrast to the suppers they usually ate not do it if I were you." when on the march. Now the "Liberty Boys" were six, while of the redcoats After supper they bade the Warners good-by, and rode there were but three, which made the odds two to one in. back to Middlebrook. fa rnr of the "Liberty Bo ys," and they did not for a moment The British remained at New Brunswick for more than think that the three would try to attack them. The youths two weeks, General Howe making a number of attempts to thought that the chances were that the three would make a fool General Washington, and get past and on to Philadel b rea k for their horses, leap into the saddles, and dash away at the to p of the animals' speed But they did not do this. It was the unexpected that phia, but the commander-in-chief of the patriot army was too shrewd for the British general, and oiled him at every point, the re sult being that the British were forced to rehappened, for suddenly the leader, Sheldon, cried out: tum to New York city. "Draw your pistols and shoot the scoundrels down, boys !'1 '11he attempt to march across New Jersey to But the redcoats were dealing with youths who were altowas an utte r failure. gether out of the ordinary. Under Dick's instruction the youths had practiced drawing their pistol s quickly, and fir-ing snapshots, and now the wisdom of such practice was THE EXD. shown, for before the three redcoats could get their weap-The next number (96) of "The Liberty Boy s of '16" ons cocked the youths had their weapons out, cocked, and will contain LIBERTY BOYS DARING; OR, had fired. SOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING,'' by Harry Moore. On e volley was all that was necessary. The three red (oats went down, and they were dead. "I am sorry that this occurred in your Miss Lucy," said Dic k, "but they made it necessary." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of wPkly "That is all right, Mr. Slater,'' said Lucy, shuddering hre always in print. l you cannot obtain them from any and smiling at the same time. "I do not lik e to see such newsdealer, send the price in mom',v or postage by things, but I would much rather see them lying there than to see you men there. I am more than satisfied trrnil to FRAXK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, 24 UNION 'I am rather glad the fools tried to attack said S()UARE, XEW YORK. anfl vo11 \'ill rP('rive thr ('opies Torn. "It forced us to kill them, and now I will feel von ffrilrr hY nt urn m : iil


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I No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fo1111i: THE STAGE. teen illustrations giving the different positions requisite to No. fl. :SOYS OF YORK END. MEN S JOKE a good speaker, and elocut ioni st. Also gems llJOOK.-Contarnmg a great vanety of. the Jokes used 1?Y the all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged m the moel most famous end men. No amateur mmstrels is complete without simple and concise manner possible wonderful little book. No. 49 HOW TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving rules lor conducting d" No .. 4fl. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP. SPEAKER.bates, outlines for d e bates, question s for disc:ussiol!, and the :llontarnrng a varied of stump Negro, Dutch sources for procuring information on the questions given. 'Ind Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the thmg for home amuse 'lllent and amateur shows. No 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE &.ND0 JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Every boy should obtain this hook, as it contains full instructions for or 'anizing an amateur minstrel troupe No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original J oke books ever publish e d, and it is brimful of wit anil humor. It i:ontains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of tthe day. Eve1y boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should lbtain a copy imm'!diately. No. 79 HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR-Containing com iJlete instructions how to make up for various characters on the Jtage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, Jcenic Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat :iat jokes anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome "11lored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing rroII Instructions for constructing a window garden either in town 'tr country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful !owera at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub a f ahed No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books "tn cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cook ing meats, ilsh, game and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of !Pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of eur most popular too ks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-lt contains information for lVerybody boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, 11.nd bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de ;acription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Containing full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many nov e l toys to be worked by By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated No 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINM!::NT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VEJNTRILOQUIST. By Harry !K:ennedy The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading t his book of instructions, by a practical vrofessor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the irreatest book ever published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20 HOW TO ENTER'l'AIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A fery valuable little book just published. A complete compendium <&f games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable parlor or. drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the 111.oney than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches !llld witty sayings No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre Crib bage, Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poket Auction Pitch, All Fours anC: many other popular games of cards'. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun4red interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same A eomplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. !'!OW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It fll a great hfe secret, and one that every young man desires to know !All about. There's happiness in it. No 33 HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and eti ii!aette of .good and the easiest and most approved methods appearmg to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre church Olld in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -ontain!ng the !Dost popular sel

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