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THE LIBERTY ,.. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Retilution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered us Second Class Matte r at the Nw York Po.jt Office, February 4, 1901, by, Frank Tousey I No. 100. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 28, 1902. Pr:ice 5 Cents. It was a big risk, but the Liberty Boys were used to takfng chances, ,and one after another taey leaped from the roof of the burning building to the roof of the building across the way.\. PAGE 2 opportunity i ... t ,._,THE Tell You Everythin )Tprise the Boy Sheik of SET I S A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDl!' tone, still speaking EngI His sentence re 1 alue the assistance which steps were heard tprinted on g ood paper, in clear type and nea#y bound in an attr active ill ustrated cov e air. What I am is yours laid ..,.,..n "is pers ated, and a ll of the subjects treatP'i upon areexplained in such a simp l e manner that I am but a boy in years, He' and 1 k ove r the li s t as classified and dee if yon wan t to k n ow anything a.bout the subj y thousand Arab warriors his own age of d ldest sheik of the Soudan. hair, which 'reache Bl At1i ffig R it? Speak and let m e I "Ah! Artlme," THE SA-ME AS M0NElY Address FRANK T OUSEY, P u blish er, 24 U n io n Square, N I see! Have you urse, I do; nor do 1 seek during the few da. MAGICu will admit that it does Khartoum, and lis1-The most complete No. 2. H<'.>W 'I'O D O TRTCK&.-'l'he rreat book of magic E d 1 1 1 d th f 1 It contains full. incard tricks, conta i nin!; iull.>iu uuction on a ll the leading card tri1 see an American la 1 ,e earne e ee mg t r apping and fishmg, of the day, also the most popu lar magical illu sions as pe r fo r med hen wm you be prepared Prophet of the Soud our lead ing magi.cians every lioJ sho uld obtain a c opy of t h is bo ib I I h h h DA BOAT.-Fully as it will both amuse and instruct. man? Is your tr e near ave, 0 s ei_ ,0y.v and .sail a boat. No. 22. HOW TO DO' SECOND S IGHT.-Heller's seconJ si ou to return to pongola thus The y are his togethel'. ineoxpl ained by his Fred H u nt, Jr. Ex,p!ain i n g tJ I to open the gates o spo r ts to bQa. tmg. the secret dialogues were carri ed on between t h e m ag i cia n and I IVE A HORS"E.boy on the stage; a l so giv1ng a ll the codes and s i gnals. The o t general, ten miles south that his forces approe most 1.1sefo l horses authentic e xpfanation o f second sight. h cataract the Nile. I "And Gordon Pas va l uable recipes for No. 43. HOW TO _grandest ass or.tment of magi c al 1 ll us10ns ever p l aced before They hate him, O NC)ES.-A handy pubiic. Also tricks with ca-rds incantations, etc. ave them within the walls and would kill him onstructing ca noes No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMIC:A.L TRICKS.-Containing know of our visit anc Fully illust r ated one highly amusi.ng instr uctive tricks w ith chem I By A. Ander-son Handsome l y i!1ustrateJ Mussulman American or friend of the Mahdi, a No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing ,, these alive fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magi c ians Also con re hke you among tg and ming the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A Antle your pluck and bravery, j The youth involun\ hypnftisd. b A l so No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Contll'ining het and his hordes. But and drew the Arab bCKe ou how to box rnment house in the name of the Boy !< t f 11 _,on ainmg u y of General Gordon cor-never leave by the city B:ile t i c exercrses; time, can you swim?" W. Macdonald. MECHANIC A L. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN lNVENTOR.-Every should know how inventions originated This book explains t:ll all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics magnetism, opti pneumatics mechanics, etc., e tc. 'L'he most instr uctive book p1 Hshed. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGlNEER.-Containi ng i jnstructions how to proceed in order to become a l ocomotive gineer ; a l so directions for building a model locomoti-ve ; togetl with a fuH d escr iption of .everything an eng-_ineer sho.uldi know. No. 57 HOW 'l'O MA-KE l\IUSICAL directions how to make a Banjo, VioJ.in, JEolill:n Harp, Xy phone and other musical instruments; together with a brief 1 scription of nearly every wusical instrument used in ancient modern times. Profuse"ly iQustrated. By S Fitzgera for twenty years bandmaster oi; the Royal B19=:-es' rines. No. 59. HOW 'BO !\[AKE ..'\. '-:-Containi a d escript ion of the lante rn, togctJ:ier wi' uis Also full directions for its use and for "00as .110ur illustrated. By John Allen. Jois l\ttle1 c1'-Y ir;i No. 7 l. HOW TO DO i.IIECHAr ,. -v1tb u u!U complete instructions for of. \'ate 0t P o. l\i By A. Anderson. Fully illustrate, M 00. 5 d es\ro u:_ or nstr,1' t ryone llp\ nes:s \ e 1 ret l E TTE R t hi s \i tte\\ t s with rich oriental dress, native of the far off city : No. 11. HOW TO WRITE 11ce T :o-: "Like a duck, my lord fru p l ete little book, containing fu ll dir wn f "D d i rect\ "Then follow me my in archery and when to use them ; also giving s' '111'1 'C.J\ naud. pbOUI'. (IVlng Ure best and old. ;i. 0t tne ts c1i t 1 mitted us at the gates sha No. 12 HOW TO WRITE "LE 0t 1_1nesfUtu r e ;,, 1 was indeed the case. we must swim th' e Nile." complete instructions for writi ng Tette ri;i J\ n det s u bj al so letters of notes and N!5JUC 1 p the deserted square of The situation of the citYt.-Containing No. 24. HOW '1'0 WRITE LE'l"I'ER S l r -NTL E New York boy, who had It occupies a narrow nelnd applicable Containing full dir ecti' ons for writing to gentleme n o n all s u b j e i not requiring also giving samp le for instruction. rs, but was, nevertheless, the great river Nile, the use of No. 53. HOW TO WRITE wo n derful lit tribe, and posS'essed of as life to the Egyptian destWith illustra book, telling you how to write to yo-qr sweetheart, yourarb t "'' mother, brother,;. emp loyer; and, m fact, ann:s, for w :citing letters !>D a}ID.Oflt s he strode along. "Your boy companion now 11q P> a ;:I. I:! a '""" ;;5 ct> t( n and compo1ltfon; torether WJth "Pe I Pl ,.. J: '"" 0. :I!! lj 'I:!. .,,:l!!ct>P>o'< ;. ...... .... PAGE 3 ThB1. .L.a..&d LIBERTY BOYS OF A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the evolution. l1sued Weekly-By Subscription$2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, Fwrua:rJ 4, 1901. Entered acc01aing to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in...the office uf tne Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. G., by Frank Tousey, 24 Ufllion Squi!re, New York. No. JOO. NE'i\7 YORK, NOVEMBER 28, 1902. i:;. "P nee 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. TRAPPED. Just before lamp-lighting time one beautiful evening in the third week in September of th ).'.'ar 1776 a conntry youth was w11ki.ng slowly down Broadway ru the great city of New York. This youth was perhaps eighteen years old, and was rough)y dressed, after the fashion of farmers' boys of. that eriod. A keen observer, however, to have looked under the irim of the old slouch hat into the keen eyes that twinkled here, and upon the firm, ha,ndson'le face would have been .mpres'sed with the ct that this youth was something more \han a mere _gettmg --. And he would have been ,-,0...,c, -" 1outh was no bther than the famous scout, spy, and captain of "The Lib rty Boys of '76," Dick Slater. At this time the patriot army occupied Harlem Heights, aviPg evacuated the city a short time before, and the Brit ish army hacl come over from Brooklyn Heights and taken po!".Eession of the vacated city. General Washington had sent Dick down into the city on a spyiug expedition, and the youth was now waiting to be accosted by a friend of the great cause of Liberty, who lived in the city, and who was supposed to have knowledge of the 1ntentions of the British. Suddenly a man passed Dick, walking quite rapidly, and as he passed he uttered the words : "Liberty or death." Without a word Dick quickened his pace and followed the man. The words, "Liberty or death," was a signal that had been agreed upon by the commander-in-chief and the pa triot cilizen in question; and the way the citizen knew Dick was a messenger from General Washington was by a bit of blue ribbon which he wore in a button-hole. The never looked behind him, but continued onward at a good pace. He kept on down Broadway a couple of blocks, and then turned aside into a cross street. Here it was not so crowded, and Dick was soon alongside the man. "You are from the Heights?" the man asked. "I am," replied Dick. "Good." He said no more, and neither dill Dick. He looked his companion over carefully, howevc n d saw a man of per haps .forty -five years, well-dressed nd fairly good-looking. In the encompassing dusk, how(;ver, it was hard to see the man's face with any distil1ctness. They turricd a nuIJ1Q of corners and wound around among the crooked streets, and it almost seemed to Dick, who was a very observant youth, as if the man was trying to confuse him, and make it impossible for him to remember the route they had come. "I don't see why he should wish to do that, though," the youth said to himself, "unless, indeed, he thinks it pos sible I may not be a patriot, and am an enemy, trying to find out where he lives." The youth was not inclined to find fault with the patriot for being careful. "In these troublous times it is quite necessary to be care ful,'! he said to himself. Presently the man turned up an alley after travers-ing half its length, paused, and opened a gate which lEl.d into the back yard of a tall building. ,,.._,,. I; He passed through the gateway; Dick followed, and then,. closing the gate, the man led the way to the back door, and producing a key, unlocked and opened the door. "Come," he said, and he entered the house. The youth followed, and the man closed and locked the door. They were in complete darkness, but the man took hold of Dick's arm and guided him along the hallway. Presently the man stopped, and threw open a door. It opened into a library, and on the table in the center of the room were a couple of lighted candles. "Enter," said Dick's companion. 'J'he youth obeyed, and then the man followed, closing the door behind him. He motioned tpward the table, beside which were half a dozen chairs. "' "Be he invited. The youth took a seat, and removing his hat, looked around him with one sweeping, comprehensive glanc after which he turned his eyes on the face of his host. The man had seated himself on the opposite side of the table, and had removed his hat. Now that Dick was enabled to get rood look at the

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l.... were carrying buckets filled with water, while others vere handing furniture out through open windows. : "It looks as if the house is doomed," said Dick soberly. ". "And if so, what will become of us?" asked Mark. "We will be doomed, also, unless we can get down from top of the building." "Perhaps we may be able to get down through the house 0the way we came up," suggested Bob. "We would be sure to be captured if we could do so," said lVick. "Perhaps not. Perhaps we may be to get out the (fear way and escape." "Escape is cut off that way also. The alley is filled with ,;edcoats." r "Then what are we to do?" ( They made their way back to the scuttle-hole, only to \nd a thick volume of smoke coming up through it. 11 "A fellow would speedily be overcome by the smoke if he 1were to go down through there now," said Dick. i The others nodded assent. "What are we to do, then?" asked Bob. ii. Dick walked to the righthand side of the roof, and looked rl ,Jown. It was-thirty feet at least to the roof of the adjoin :.ng building, and of course such a jump would likely resrut r'n death or severe injuries; and even after reaching the I oof they would be in almost as bad a fix as ever. e it. He walked across to the lefthand side of the roof of the c}Ouse they were on. It was the same on this side, being i,bout thirty feet down to the adjoining roof. Then Dick walked to the edge of the roof at the rear, and )oked the .alley at the building on the opposite side. This buildi!lf quite tall, and the roof was not more ban ten feet 1 the one they were on. It was perhaps __ a er d h ld b 1 feet aist .:n ever, an to reac it it wou e necesi.u-==--< cdry to leap across th0 alley. It would be a big risk, bnt one will risk a great deal i! is any chance to save one's life. would 1e better than remaining where they were, and bemg burn ,rl to death. After Dick had measured the distance with his eyes he .uned to his comrades. D. ,, "What do you think about it, boys?" he asked, "are you ,,ood for a jump across the chasm?" "I am," said Bob. "And I,'' from Mark. "I'd rather risk it than to remain here," said Sam. "It's a big risk," said Dick, "but we are used to taking IJb.ances." t "Yes, indeed," said Bob. "I'm ready to attempt it ,rhenever you say so, Dick." "Well, I guess isn't any use of waiting, boys. We tfght as well make the attempt, and have done with it. "ll go first." :,i' All right, Dick." ',,-It was a big risk, but the "Liberty Boys" were used to .aking chances, a!cl one after another they leaped from the roof of the burning building to the roof of the build across the alley. Sam Sanderson was the last to make the leap, and' staggered when be alighted, and would have fallen bs' ward to the ground had the others not seized him, a drawn him safely away from the edge of the roof. But they were safe across the alley. They were safe. the roof of a building that probably would not burn do': but the next thing to do was to get to the ground and mi their escape from the vicinity. ,' There was a scuttle in the roof, but when they tried open it they found it was fastened. They pulled and tugged with all their might, but co' not budge the scuttle cover, and finally were forced give up the attempt to open it. 1 .. Then Dick made a tour of investigation, and discove1 a wooden water-spout at one corner, which reached to d J groun ,,.,. J1 He tested the water-pipe, and found that it was q1 strong. I "I believe jt will hold the weight of one of us," he s., "Are you boys willing to make the attempt to slide d it to the ground?" "Ye8,'' said Bob. "We've got to get away from fD somehow, and that seei;ns to be the only way of doing "Well, I'll go first and see bow it works," said Dick. v He let himself cautiously over the edge of the rl seized hold of the water-spout, and began making his ,11 slowly and carefully down. 1h He was watched eagerly by his comrades, and when r saw him reach the ground in safety a sigh of relief satisfaction escaped the lips of each. "You next, Mark," said Bob. Jl Mark Morrison let himself over the edge, graspe;.'h water-spout, and slid down, slowly and carefully. reached _the bottom in safety, and then Sam Sanderso e 0 lowed. As soon as he bad r.eacbed the ground Bob followed. ( moved as slowly and carefully as the others bad done, b\c J may be that their weight had gradually pulled the fass ings loose, and when Bob was within ten feet of the gro the fastenings gave way altogether and down came W!e spout and Bob in a pile. a Dick managed to break Bob's fall somewhat, ancl f youth was merely shaken up a bit, while Sam got a t$e on the bead from a section of the spout. No one was seriously hurt, however, and they were W more on solid ground. W "Now let's be getting away from here before wear -; covered, boys," said Dick. a es As they started to go away a score of redcoats ing aro_und the corner of the adjoining building, and ed straight toward the youths. "Surrender!" cried the leader be "Surrender, you rel w gf PAGE 17 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. ) I They secured two rooms, and went to them, and Dick who was something of an expert at such work, dressed and bandaged Bob's wound. I G CHAPTER VIII. MINNIE'S DISAPPEARANCE. It was not severe, but would be the better for having at tention. ut the four brave "Liberty Boys" had encountered and from other perils that night, and they were dcter '\led not to surrender without a struggle. Then they talked their plans over. "I will go out and take a run around, boys," said Dick, finally. "You stay here. I won't be gone long." f 1hey whirled and dashed across the street. The three said all right, and Dick took his departure. He made his way to Broadway, and down the street. After having spent half an hour on this street, withou i1Stop !" again roared the redcoat leader. "Stop or die!" ''he youths only ran the faster. \'hey separated, however, for they anticipated a volley, l felt that they would be less likely to be hit by the bul of their enemies if separated than if in a bunch. nd in this they were correct. The redcoats did fire, but vy waited too long, and the youths were quite a distance having learned anything of importance, he made his way to the home of Gerald Carlton, the patriot. There was a light in the hall, and Dick ran up the steps and knocked. Presently the do_ or was opened by the servant girl. y, and the bullets failed to do much damage. "Is your master, Mr. Carlton, in?" the youth asked. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "Who shall I say wishes t uob was hit by a bullet, but it was only a flesh wound, a.slight one at that, so it did not cause him to stop. see him?" 'he sting of the wound angered the "Liberty Boy," how1., and whipping out a pistol, he pointed the muzzle back 1 bis shoulder and fired. The youth gave a quick glance around, and seeip.g no om near, said in a low voice:: "Tell him Dick Slater wishes to see him." loud yell of pain and rage combined went up from one "Step inside," said the servant, and the youth did so. PAGE 18 THE LIBERTY BOY::;' .BIG RISK. Dick was silent a few moments, and then he said: ; "Have you accused him of it?" I went to him at once, and told him I suspectea i L "What did he say and do?" 1 f. "He in my face, and told me I was wrong m suspectmg him." 11 "Of course he would say that." "Of course." < Again Dick was silent for a few moments, and then he said:: ll "Mr. Carlton, do you know how to open the movable section in the wall in the cellar?" if 'rhe man started. : "Yes, Dick," he replied. n "Good! Then before very long we will whether or not your daughter is in Lewis' house.'" p "You mean to enter his house and make a search?" I ] "Yes." [ : "But he has ten men in tqere with him, and it would be DSuicidal to ventu!e." :Minnie, and he has been trying to pay his audresses t but Mr. Carlton would not have it, and now he think fellow, Lewis, has kidnapped Minnie." "And you want that we shall go and enter the drel's house and make him give the girl up, Dick?' : Bob. "Yes; at least, we will enter his house and sear from cellar to garret, and if the girl is there, we will ,. her." "Good We are with you in that, eh, fellows ?" The others nodded assent. "You lead the way, Dick, and we will back ydhe J up," said Mark Morrison, decidedly. fe' "All right; come along, boys," said Dick. "I k.f way to enter Lewis' house without his knowledge, n will be able to find Minnie. Carlton, if she is in ther w confident." y, 1 Tqe four youths left the tavern, and made theirob the Carlton home. a.s The servant girl admitted them, and they went e to the library. an i': "I have three comrades not far from here, at a tavern, U\fr. Carlton. I will go and get them, and with you there Mr. Carlton greeted them joyously. "Now we will soon know >yhether or not mv J.o hif be five of us. I think we will be equal to the task of J thrashing the scoundrels if they should discover our presdaughter is in the house of that scoundrel, Henry f hnce and try to kill us." he said. "Are you ready, Mr. Slater?" al "We are raady, sir/' was the reply. vo "Good. That will be all right, Dick," cried Mr. Carlton .'h "Then come." sagerly. "I would like to put a bullet through that scounT k' dl th 1 d th ly ] 1 L d 'f t b ttl I .11 d 't t ,, a mg up a can e, e man e e way oul t hre ew1s, an i we mee in a e array w1 o 1 oo. l'b 1 tl 1 11 d. t th k't h H h"e r "I ill db d W 'th tl i rary,aong 1e m ,an mo e ic en ere"" w go an rmg.my comra es, sir. a1 ere qme Y d 1 d' t th 11 t d d tofj our trick 1.." c e oor ea mg o e ce ar-s an passe "H t steps, the youths keepmg close at his heels. /...,up "v:' u_..,u 1 H 'h h d h t db kt He walked straight to the point where the swirll ho 1 i er y e_. e ouse, an as ene ac o f h 11 1 d d 1 h' h. t t tion o t e stone wa was ocate an p acmg is t avern. a certain lace ushed. { The three youths saw that Dick was somewhat excited, p P nd questioned him eagerly. The section swung slowly outward, revealing an.o "What's up, Dick?" ing three feet wide and four feet high. ; "Have you learned something of importance?" Dick's three comrades, to whom this was sometb Y and unexpected, looked at another wonderin!!he e "What is it, anyway?" u J "I have some work for you, boys," said Dick. "This beats anything I have seen lately," whispei "Good." to Mark Morrison. l "We are glad to hear it." The other nodded assent. 1 h "What is the work?" The five passed through the opening, f "You remember I told you about Gerald Carlton, the and his pretty daughter Minnie?" asked Dick. "Yes, yes." "Well, I have just been to Ur. Carlton's home, and he ?ens me that his daughter has disappt:uied most mysterious-v.'' w "You don't tell us.'' "That is bad.'' e "What does he think has become o{ her?" "He thinks she has been kidnapped." it uKidnapped !" in chorus. l> "Yes.; there's a fellow living next door-I told you about 'm, the fellow wh PAGE 19 -==-J.'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. t others followed at his heels, and then all paused and "That is what we will do, sir," said Dick. "And now rrk d follow me. We will begin the search for your daughter a souud was to be heard. The "Liberty Boy" felt sure that the girl would be found: 'was silence: in a room upstairs, and he at once led the way up to the 1u stay here while I go and reconnoiter,'' whispered second floor. "I think it advisable we know where the enemy They at once began looking into the rooms on this floor bar oned before we begin our search for the girl." and at last they came to a door that was locked. 1 others nodded assent, and handing the cand'le to Dick rapped lightly on the door, and then listened at ick stole out into the hall, and made his way along it the keyhole. selessly as a shadow. "Who is there?" he heard in a low, tremulous voice c was soon at the door of the library, and he heard. "Your father, Miss Minnie," replied Dick, with his lips heyrmur of voices, and saw a faint streak of light at the keyhole, "and Slater and some more .friends." felflg out underneath the door. "Thank God!" he heard the girl exclaim in a low but f.placcd his ear to the keyhole and listened. eager voice. "Then I be saved." d uld distinguish words now. "How are we to get the. door open?" whispered Mr. Carl -w s delight Lewis and his m en were talking of the ton. a.lg of all things that Dick would have wished to "There is only one way, I think," replied Dick. o b '!cussed, viz., the girl, Minnie Carlton. "And that?" l th la f l C li tt b dl t "ls" to burst it open." a.sppose e o oo, ar on, is pre y a y cu up es disappearance of the girl, eh, Lewis?;' was the first "But will not that be heard by the villains downstairs?" anlick heard said. "I fear so. But it can't be helped." came the reply in Lewis' voice "He looked all "Well, go ahead and bu rst the door, :Mr. Slater. What loBup, and"-with a scornful laugh-" he looked at ever you think best to do, that we will do." if he would like to murder me; but that was all it "We will in all probability have to fight the scoundrels," aled to. He could not prove tl;i.at I had anything to whispered Dick, "but it will be their fault, not ours, and 0 1 the disappearance of the girl, and did not dare to their blood will be on their own heads." eh. b -mg." .u 1 "And if it comes to a fight, boys," said Dick, ".shoot t Y s right. He is helpless, and his daughte-r is here kill. There is no use of having any halfway business wit 1e sound of his voice, too. Ha, ha, ha!" imch villains. They are better out of the world than in it toe\.. a, ha! That's a good J. oke on the old rascal!" said I "All right, Dick." up and then all laughed in chorus. T h "l am confident that if we don't voice, how-os!l.nds of the "Liberty Boy" clenched, and a grim us," said Dick. Then he added: : 1 ; h ttled on his face. -"Place your shoulders against the door, boys, and when I cowardly scoundrel," he said to hiTYlself, "you de-/ ....,.. give the word push with all your might." ,an o mercy, and if it comes to a fight between you and The youths did as directed. 1 1\-ty, to-night, we will show you no mercy. Such Then Dick gave the word, and they surged against th \ scoundrels are better out of the world than door with all their force. rrl e The door was not a very strong one, and it gave way, wltf 'IV does the girl take her imprisonment, cap'?,; asked a crash which all were sure could not well help being hearc ien the laughter had subsided. by the men downstairs. doesn't take it very calmly," was the reply, in J\Ir. Carlton, eager and excited, leaped into the room an( r : yoice. "She is a regular little tigress." clasped his daughter to his breast, but Dick and his thre I guessyou will be able to tame her, eh, chief?" comrades listened intently. h ink so. I am going to try starving her, and see how They heard the sound of trampling feet below stairs lds out under such treatment." heard a door open, and then the trampling sounded louder you villain," said Dick to himself. The men were coming to see what had caused the nois aited to hear no more. He had learned that the they had heard. s in the house, and he felt sure they would be able They would be upstairs in a few moments. her by searching. "We will have to fight them, boys," said Dick. "Into th t urned and stole away, along the hall. When he room, quick. And make every shot count, for we have r the kitchen he told his comrades what he bad disdesperate gang to contend with." Carlton was greatly excited and agitated. darling daughter is in this house!" he murmured. we will rescue her, or we will wipe the band of rels out of exisrence." The youths entered the room, and Dick told the girl t take up her position in the farther corner of the room. T:t girl obeyed, and Dick turned a table down on its side, am placed it in front of her, so that the top would serve as sort of shield against the bullets. PAGE 20 r18 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' BIG RISK. ;. ======================================;:=================================:;! By the time he had done this the footsteps of the ap proaching men were heard in the upstairs hall. Dick drew his pistols and cocked them, and noted that beach of his four companions held two pistols, ready cocked. "Good!" he nodded. "When I give the word give it to them And then draw the1other two pistols, and fire a L ond s The four nodded understandingly. The enemy was almost at the doo-r by this time, and not wishing to kill anybody without first giving them a chance, Dick called out in a clear, ringing voice: "Halt! If you show yourselves in front of the door, we will fire upon you-and I give you fair warning that we will shoot to kill CHAPTER IX. .A. DEADLY ENCOUNTER. There was no mistaking the that Dick meant what 1he said. His tone indicated as much, and the advancing <'11party of men came to a halt on the instant, as if one man. ttl "Who are you?" came i n Lewis' voice. (':J "You know who I am, well enough, you villain," the vouth replied. "I have heard your voice, but I am not sure that I know <}vho you are "1. you forgotten the young man you entrapped in ,;11 T ,_ __ .,;.n arm.chair last night?" ,/ 0 ._,, trtC \t \I'> )ht@{ later,"' Lewis cried ''Sla, ,.i,_ !s Dick$later." "Good. 11 am glad of it. We will capture you this time, r. and win the reward." '_ "You will do nothing of the kind, and I warn you not bo attempt it." e "Bah!". "If you and come in sight we will open fire .:ipon you, and as there are five of us, and all are dead shots, )ou will simply be committing suicide. Be warned." u. "Bosh. I don't believe there are five of you, and even if there are we have eleven, and will be able to overcome .01you." "You will find out your mistake, when you make the at.Lem.pt, but it will be too late to do you any good then." "Bah! One rush, and you will be in our power." 1 "Be warned," said Dick. "If you attempt to enter this [h:foom your blood will be upon your own heads, for we shall ( ;hoot to kill. 11 The reply was a sudden rush of footsteps. The next in stant the party of men appeared in sight, an-ct true to their l:word the five fired two volleys. 1;1 Crash-roar! Crash-roar I The Tolleys_ wese fired coolly and calmly, and were deadly effect. __,/ Nine of the men went down, dead or badly wound the remaining two turned and fled for their lives "They will bring a crowd of redcoats here," ex Mr. Carlton "Let us get away as q11ickly as po0 "Very well," said Dick. "Corne, Miss Minnie,", girl. "I guess the fight is oer." The girl stepped out from behind the barric21r went with her father out of the room, while Dick three comrades followed, after taking a look at tl and wounded men. Lewis was dead, a bullet having struck him fair ; the eyes, and five more of the men were dead. Tb foree were wounded, and the "Liberty Boys" decia_ o two of them would die. One had a wo1md that k necessarily fatal. "I gave your leader fair warning," Dick said e ) man, who was able to understand. would havi this is his fault, not ours.'; ; "I guess you are right about that," the man replilt a scowl. "But it doesn't make me think any rnor fell OWS." S "No, I suppose not. Still, you cannot justly bl for shooti.ng you." "Perhaps not," with a groan, "but if I knew wl l of you it was that gave me this bullet-wound I w\ to get even with him, some time." "You would do better to be thanking your lw r that you are alive," said Dick. "You ought to ts man who shot you, insteau of to harbor malice aga 1 for you are much better off than your comrades h "Well, there may be something in that." 1 Then Dick and his three comrades followed Mi" and Minnie out of the room and alo:p.g the hall stairs they went, along that hall, and into the kit { just as they entered the kitchen, they heard voice 4 front stoop, and the door opened, and a party came filing into the house. )J ii ."We were just in time," said Dick. "Nnw,' downstairs and across into the cellar under yo house, Mr. Carlton." They hastened down into the cellar, and the secti pushed back into its place. "Now, I think we had better stay here for a whil Dick, "until we are enabled to find out whether the redcoats know who did the work upstairs in house." "That wounded man will tell them," said Bob. "He may, and again he may not," said Dick. I will.go back and spy on them, and find out about it. "All right," said Bob. "But you want to be cai "I will." The "Liberty Boy" knew the manner of opening ti tion, and opening it, passed through into the celh pushed.the section shut again. He stole up the steps and into the kitchen. At th he paused and listened. Upstairs he could hear the rnur of voices, and he stole along the hall and up the

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