The Liberty Boys at Saratoga, or, The surrender of Burgoyne

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' '"''' ll'cckly-1J!f S11bscriplion 1cr year. 1"11/ered a.i Scco11d C/iua )fall e r 111 tl i e Nw Yorl; Pod O i/ier. F e bruary 4, 190lj by Fran!,; To11Y No. 124. NE'V YORK, MAY 16, 1903. Price 5 Cents. .tt waa a desperate battle, but the patriots were determined to win. Tl;le "Liberty Boya" were in the thick of the tray, always and they fought like demou, !orcing the British back again and again.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution c Iuue d Weekl11-B11 Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered aa Second Olaas Matter at the New Y ork, N. Y., Pos t Of/f o e February 1901. Entered according to A.ct of Oonoress, in the 11ear 1903, in the office of the Ltbrarian of O o n g res s, Washington, D 0.,bl/ Frank Touse11, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 124. NEW YORK, MAY 15, 1903 5 C e nts. The Liberty Boys at Saratoga: O R, THE SURRENDER OF BURGOYNE. By HARR Y MOORE CHAPTER I. "Then let's go over and try!" "But think a moment, old man; the entire British army DICK AND BOB. is encamped over there." "What do we care for the British army?" cried Bob, ''I hear the redcoats are robbing and pillaging right who was inclined to be a bit reckless "We can make it and left over across the river, Dick." so lively for the redcoats, and keep them so busy, that "So I ha.,e understood, Bob they won't have time to attack us ''It makes my blood boil to think of how they plnnder Dick Slater smiled. "I don't know so well about that, t h e patriots, Dick." Bob," he said. "There are so many of the British that we "It is enough to make one's b lood boil, Bob wou l d find it an imposs i bility to keep them all busy." "Say, Dick." "Well, anyhow, we could have some fun, and somethin g "Well?" to do, and that will beat sitting around in camp, over "We are here o n the west side of the rive r and the Brithere." ish are on the east side I "Yes, that is true enough "Yes." "And_ then, you know we had a good time when we wer e "With the river betwee n u s we can d o n othi n g." over there before "You are right. "Yes, so we did." "Well, then, let's go across the river." "The thrashings we gave the different parties of r e d Dick Slater, the handsome young captain of the com coats we came in contact with ought to have taught them pany of youths known as "The L i berty Boys of '76,'' a lesson, and caused them to stop plundering and p ill agi n g laughed. the patriots, Dick." "That is just like you, Bob,'' he said "If the enemy "It ought to have done so, Bob, but it did not won't come to you, you are a l ways in for going to the "We captured more than one hundre d prisoners when e n emy." we were over there, old man. Let's go back and rep eat "Yes, and for going at the enemy, after we have gone to the operation." it," with a grin. "I'm afraid we might not be ab l e to do so, Bob." "That's true, too. But what could we do o ver there, "We can try, at any rate." Bob?" "So we can Well, I'll tell you what I'll do." "Lots." ''What?" "Well, what, for i nstance?" "I'll leave it to a vote of the boys "Couldn't we put a stop to the robbing and p l undering "All right," exclaimed Bob Estabrook. That will suit of the patriots by the redcoats?" me, and the matter is as good as sett l ed now, I know, fo r "We might, Bob, to a certain extent.'' the boys will all be in favor of go ing across.''


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. -----------------------Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were great friends. j "Yes; he's head over ears in love with Bessie Folger, you They had lived neighbors down in Westchester County, know." near Tarrytown, and when the Declaration of Independ"I know. She's a sweet girl, Bob." ence was signed Dick had organized a company of youths "One of the sweetest I have ever known, old man." of about his own age, and of course Bob was the first one "She can't quite come up to your sister Alice, Bob." to enroll his name. They were now with General Gates' "No; nor to your sister Edith." Army of the North, which was watching General BurBob's sister, Alice, was Dick's sweetheart, and Dick's goyne. sister, Edith, was Bob's sweetheart, so this was an added The patriot army was on the west side of the river, bond of sympathy between the two. stretching along its shore several miles, and the British They were soon ttmong the company of "Liberty Boys," were on the east shore, their encampment stretching along and Dick lost no time in putting the matter before them. for a distance of fifteen miles. The southern end of the After he had stated the case he said: patriot lines was at Bemis Heights, just across the river from Saratoga. Ten days before the time of which we now write, Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" had crossed the Hudson, and done some good work, ending with capturing one hundred British soldiers, and bringing them across to the patriot encampment in triumph. They had been complimented highly on this achieve ment, and now Bob was eager to go back and try it again. Dick and Bob had been standing down on the shore of the Hudson, talking. It was a fine afternoon in the first half of the month of September, and the river and trees were beautiful to look upon. It was such weather as made life a joy to those lively, jolly fellows who consti tuted the company of "Liberty Bon." The two youths turned away, and made their way back up toward the point where they had their quarters. "l'm a bit afraid that the general won't let us go back over the river, even if the boys vote to do so, Bob," said Dick, as they walked along. "Why not, Dick?" "Well, he may be afraid that the redcoats will be on the lookout .for us, and gobble us up." "Perhaps so. I hope not." "Well, we will see what the boys have to say about the matter fir s t, and then, .if they decide that they would like to go back across the river I will go and see Gen eral Gates, and ask him to let us do so." "I rather think he will be willing, Dick." "What makes you think that?" "Why, you see, if we are over thei-e we can keep watch of the enemy, and if it tries any tricks we may be able to discover what is to be done, and get information to the general in. to enable him to spoil the redcoats' game." "True." "I know one fellow who will be in for going back across the river, Dick," said Bob, with a grin, as they were ap proaching their quarters. "Who?" ",foe Hunter." Dick smiled. "I guess you are right." "Now, all in of going over across the river again and trying to make things lively for the redcoats raise their hands." Every hand went up, and some of the youths raised both hands. "I guess that settles it, Dick," grinned Bob, who was delighted. "It seems to be a unanimous vote "Yes Well, I will go and have a talk with General Gates, and ask permission to go across the river." "Make him give us permission, Dick!" "Yes, yes!" "Don't take 'no' for an answer." "Tell him we're going, anyhow." Such were a few of the exclamations "I'll do my best to persuade him to let us go, boys," said Dick, "and I rather think that he will do so." "Of course he will!" "Yes, yes!" "He must let us go!" "He'll do it. We'll be cleaning up our weapons while you are gone, and getting ready, Dick." "Yes, you can do that," said Dick. "It won't hurt the weapons to be cleaned anyway, even if he doesn't let us go." Then Dick went to headquarters, and told the orderly he wanted an interview with General Gates. It happened that the general was not engaged, just then, and Dick was shown into the officer's room at once. "Ah, Dick; I'm glad to see you," he greeted. "Sit down." The "Liberty Boy" took a seat. "Now, then," remarked the genera l. "What can I do for you, Dick?" "I have come to ask a favor, sir "What is it, my boy?" "We fellows have been talking the matter over among ourselves, sir, and we wish to be allowed to go across the river, again, and make things lively for the British." General Gates lookeUsober. He gazed thoughtfully at the :floor, and seemed to be pondering the matter. Then he said: "Do you not think it would be an extremely hazardous thing to do, Dick?" "I don't think so, sir." "Remember what a stir you caused among the ranks of


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 3 the enemy a week or so ago, when you brought more than one hundred British soldiers across the river, prisoners." "I remember it, sir." "Well don't you think they will be on the l ookout, and in all probabili ty capture you if you venture back there?" "I hardly think so." The general was silent for a few moments. "I scarcely know what to say, Dick," he said, presently. "I would be only too glad to grant you permission to go if I thought it would not be too hazardous, for if you were over there you would be able to keep a close watch on the enemy, and report any move which they might at tempt to make. But I would not like to let you go into great dan ger, even though we might benefit some as a result. I don't want that you or your 'Liberty Boys' shall be killed or captured, Dick." "We will be very careful, sir, and will take the best of care of ourselves. I feel sure that we can keep out of the hands of the British; and as you say, we may be able to do a great deal of good through keeping a watch on the enemy and reporting any move which they may attempt to make." 1 i "Are there any good hiding-places over there, my boy, where you can retire to if close-pressed?" "Yes, there i s one that I know of, sir. It is an old mill, Cleep in the timber, in a dark, narrow ravine, where it would only, be discovered by the enemy as the result of chanc e." ''How did you discover it?" "We did not. .We were shown the way to it by an old man-a genuine old hermit by the name of Harmod, who befriended us when we were over there before." "Ah, well, I am more than half inclined to let you boys go back across the river, Dick." "Oh, do so, sir!" "Very well. I will give my consent; but, Dick, you must make it a point to keep as c lose a watch as possible on the enemy, and if you discover anything that you think is of interest or import ance, send a messenger to me with the news." I will do so, sir." "Very well. Then you may go across the river." "Thank you, sir. The boys will be delighted." "Be car eful, Dick. Don't let the redcoats capture you." "We will be careful." Then Dick bade the general good afternoon, saluted, and withdrew. He hastened back to the "Liberty Boys' quarters, and told them the good news. CHAPTER II. AT THE OLD MILL. "What did he say, Di ck?" "Are we to ,_go?" "Did he give consent?" "Tell us quick." Thus was Dick greeted when he appeared among hi s comrades. They were eager to hear what Genera l Gates had said "It's all right, boys,'' said Dick. "We are to go." "Hurrah! cried Bob Estabrook, and the others echoed his cry. "We'll make the redcoats behave themselves when we get back across the river!" "That we will!" "Yes. We'll put a stop to their plundering and pillag ing." "We will see to it that the redcoats don't rob the patriot families as much as they have been doing." The youths were delighted, and asked more questions in a minute than Dick could have answered in an hour. "When will we go, Dick?" asked Bob, finally, w hen the talk had in a measure subsided. "To-night, Bob "Good!" "We will wait till near midnight, so as to make sure that there will be none of the enemy abroad on the other side of the river, and then we will cross and make our way to the old mill, where we had our quarters the other time we were over there." "I wonder if we will find the old hermit, Harmod, there?" I don't know. Likely we shall, though." "I hope so. I took a liking to the old fellow "So did I." The yO'uths went ahead with their work, and made their preparations. They cleaned up their muskets and pistols, and laid in a supply of ammunition. Some of the other soldiers, seeing the youths so busily engaged, came and made inquiries regarding the meaning of it, and were told that the youths were goin g to go across the river again "You boys will all be killed or captured," said one of the soldiers. "I guess not," said Dick, with a smile. "I'll wager you will." "You would lose your wager,'' said Bob Estabrook. "We don't intend that the redcoats shall get the better of us in any way, shape, or form." "But they may do it in spite of you." "We'll risk lt. It was soon known throughout the encampment-the fact that the "Liberty Boys" were going back across the river to try to make things lively for the British-and there were many who shook their heads. "Those young fellows are too daring and reckless,'' said one. "They should be more careful, and not take s uch chances." "Well, they have taken chances lots of times, and have always managed to get through in pretty good shape,"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. said another, who seemed to have great confidence in the mill untenanted. They had hoped they would find the old youths. hermit, Harmod, for he was so well acquainted with the "That's true; but the pitcher that goes too often to the lay of the land in these parts that he could be of inestiwell is sure to be broken." mable value to them in case they should be hard pressed Little did the "Liberty Boys" care how many somber by the British. predictions were made regarding their fate if they we_nt I Dick opened the door, which was not fastened, though across the Hudson. They were young and full of life closed, and entered the mill, the other youths following. and spirits, and danger had no terrors for them. Indeed, Scarcely had they entered before there was a slight rus it heightened the interest, and made them the more eager tling sound, and a voice which they recognized as beincr to do a thing. If there was no danger in _a project they that of Harmod, called out: 0 had no wish to attempt it. 'I'hey could endure anything, save tameness. The "Liberty Boys" remained quietly in camp till ten o'clock that night, and then they marched away, toward the south, along the shore of the Hudson. A mile below the extreme southernmost end of the patriot encampment were three boats, which were claimed by the "Liberty Boys." It was in these boats they had crossed the river before, and fhey purposed crossing in them now. It was half-past eleven when the first trip across the river was made, and it was half-past twelve when the.last one was made. The "Liberty Boys" drew the boats quite a ways up a small creek, and hid them in the underbru s h bes ide the "Who is there?" "It is I, Dick Slater, Harmod," the youth replied. "What, Dick Slater!" in tones of joy and delight. "Yes, and Bob Estabrook, and all the rest of the boys." "All the 'Liberty Boys,' Mr. Slater?" "Yes; the entire force, just as it was when we were here before." "Come in, all, and close the door," the old hermit said, "and then I will strike a light." The youths obeyed, and the old man soon had a candle burning. Then he gave the youths a hearty greeting. "I am very, very glad to see you again,'7 he said, earn estly, "but at the same time,'' with a sober look and a shake of the head, "I think you are taking great chances stream It would not do to have the boats found by the h ft h t d"d h m commg over ere, a er w a you i w en you were British, for then the youths would have no way of getting h b f ,, e re e ore. back across the river, and would be in a bad box indeed. Th. d tl "L"b t B h d th I "I suppose so," said Dick. "I judge that the British do is one, 1e i er y oys mare e away, m e d t' f th ld not have much love for us." irec ion o e o m1 I "You are right, they do not. It would give them more It was two miles to this old nnll, and the youths march-1 th th. 1 th ld ld d I p easure an any mg e se m e wor cou o, am eel slowly, for they were not at all certain they would not "f th ld d t sure, l ey cou succee m cap urmg you young men. encounter a scoutmg party of redcoats. "W 11 h t t t th t th d t e we w1 ave o see o i a ey o no They were ready to make it lively for the enemy, howcatch us." ever, in case this occurred. Nothing of the kind happened, however. All was quiet, and they did not hear or see anything of the British. At the end of an hour's march they reached the old mill. All was still, and it seemed that it might be that no livin g person had been in the deep, dark ravine for months. The "Liberty Boys" had been there only ten days be fore, however, and s o they were not deceived by the st ill ness and somberness of the scene. Fearing that the British mi ght have di scove red the old mill and stationed a force there, the youths advanced very s lowl y and cautiously. Closer and closer to the old ruined building they drew, and still all was quiet. If there was a force of Britis h there, and they had a sentinel stationed, he must s urely be asleep, the "Liberty Boys" reasoned. There was no one on duty, how ever. The "Liberty Boys" reached the door of the old mill, and found this to be the case. All was still, and the youths feared they would find the "Yes; you will have to be on your guard." "Have you seen any of the Britsh around here si nce we went away?" The old hermit shook his head. "No," he said. "Do you think that they have not as yet discovered the presence of the old mill?" "That is what I think. You see, you carried away, prisoners, the only men who knew of the existence of the mill, and none of the others have happened to stumble upon it." "Then it will be a reasonably safe place for us to take up our quarters don't you think P" "Yes; if you are careful to always have sentinels s ta tioned, I think it will be safe enough here for you." Then Dick sent out for four of the youths to stand guard, and the others settled down to take it easy. They spread their blankets on the floor, and lay down. Many were soo:c. asleep. Among those who remained awake were Dick Slater and the old hermit, Harmod, and they for an hour or more, Dick questioning the old man, and securing all the information possible.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. Having exhausted the subject, they, too, lay down and went to sleep. All were up bright and early next morning, and break fast was prepared and eaten. The old hermit had a lot of provisions on hand, .so the "Liberty Boys" would fare well so long as they were at the old mill Dick decided to remain in the old mill till about noon, and map out his plans for making trouble for the red coats. Learning that this was what was to be done, Joe Hunter, who was in love with sweet Bessie Folger, whose parents lived about a mile and a half from the old mill, asked permission from Dick to visit the Folger home and see his sweetheart. "That's all right, Joe; go right along," said Dick, who was always glad to favor his boys in such matters; "but be careful. Don't let the redcoats see you if you can help it, and above a ll things, don't let them capture you." "I'll be careful, Dick; they won't catch me napping." "See to it that they don't, Joe." "I will," and then he took his departure, a happy look of anticipation on his face. "Jove, but won't Bessie be surprised and pleased when she sees me, }liough!" he said to himself. "She'll be alarm ed, too, thoug:, for fear I may fall into the hands of the British." CHAPTER III. BESSIE .A.S .A. MESSENGER. "Oh, Mr. Slater!" It was about ten o'clock, and the door of the mill had been suddenly opened, and a beautiful girl of perhaps sev enteen years had dashed into the room. She was panting, and almost exhausted, and had evidently been running far and fast. Dick Slater leaped up, exclaiming as he did so: "It's Miss Folger!" "Yes, Mr. Slater, and I-and--" The girl was so exhausted that she could not articu late, and she was forced to pause and gasp for breath. "Sit down, Miss Bessie," said Dick, and the girl obeyed. "Now, tell me what the trouble is; take it easy. Did not Joe come to your house this morning?" The girl nodded, and said, slowly and with difficulty: "Yes-he-is-there--now." The "Liberty Boys" were gathered around the girl, lis tening with interest, looks of wonder on their faces. They could not understand the matter at all. They could not think why, if Joe was at her home, the girl s hould be here in the old mill. The only possible explanation was that something had happened, and Dick asked this question. "Yes, something-has-happened," the girl said, "The-British-are there.-and they-have the housesurrounded !" "Ha! so that is what has occurred, eh?" cried Dick. "I suppose they are going to try to make Joe a prisoner?" "Yes; and they are going to take everything of value that we have, and even threatened to burn the house," said Bessie, who had now recovered her breath to such an extent as to permit of her speaking coherently and continu ously. "Oh, it is a foraging party of redcoats, eh?" "Yes, yes!" "How many are there in the party?" "About a dozen, Mr. Slater." "Then they didn't know Joe was there till they got there. It was not him, especially, that they were after, eh?" "No, sir; you see, they know father is a patriot, and I suppose they had decided to come and take everything we have that is worth taking." "And Joe sent you here?" "Yes; he said that he and father could hold the redcoats at bay till you got there, and-oh, dear! here we are wast ing time, when it is necessary that we should be hastening to the rescue of Joe-of father and Joe." "We will be off at once," said Dick. "Twenty of you boys come along with me. You had better remain here till we have gone to your home and sett led with the red coats, Miss Bessie." "No, no. I will accompany you." "Let all of us go, Dick," said Bob. I "All right; come along, then, everybody. We mustn't let ahy grass grow under our feet. A dozen against two is big odds, and Mr. Folger and Joe may be overpowered before we get there, if we don't hurry." "You lead, and set the pace, Dick," cried Mark Mor rison, "and we'll keep right along with you if we can do so." "All right; away we go. Miss Bessie, you had better take it slow and easy." "I will get along all right, Mr. Slater," with a smile. Then Dick and his "Liberty Boys" dashed out of the old mill and away through the timber, at the top of their speed, and after them came Bessie Folger. The girl was a healthy country maiden, and although she had run almost the whole of the distance from her fath e r's house to the old mill, she had quickly regained her strength, and was as fresh and strong as ever. The result was that while she could not quite keep pace with the "Liberty Boys," she lrnld her own remarkably well, and did not fall behind very fast. She was st ill where she could see the yout 11S when they paused at the edge of the timb e r, a quarter of a mile from the farm house. The youths had heard the crack, crack, crack of fire arms as they drew near the farmhou se, and now they saw that the farmer and the "Liberty Boy,'' Joe Hunter, were holding the fort, as it were. They were firing at the red coats at intervals, and holding them back from making a charge.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. The youths paused but a few moments, and then, seej their ground, and held their muskets ready for instant ing the British force had not been made larger by new aruse. 1 rivals, they darted forth from among the trees and dashed "Halt!" cried Dick. toward the house. The "Liberty Boys" came to a stop instantly. They did not make any noise, as they wished to get "Hello, what have we run against now?" exclaimed close enoug11 to fire upon the enemy before being s een, if Bob. possible. They were seen before they were quite within firing dis tance, however; and with startled yells the redcoats turned and fled at the top of their speed. "After them!" cried Dick. "We must give them a taste of cold lead!" With wild yells the "Liberty Boys" dashed after the redcoats. Had i't not been that they had already ran a mile and a half they would no doubt have caught up with the Brit ish without difficulty; but the youths were already some what winded, and so the best they seemed able to do was to hold their 0own. The redcoats saw they were in a trap, and fear lent them wings; they ran very swiftly for British soldiers, who were not, as a rule, very swift-footed. Up the road they went, and after them went the "Lib erty Boys." It was an exciting spectacle, and if the youths could get close enough to use their muskets effectively it would become even more exciting. The difficulty was in getting within shooting distance, however. One mile was gone over, and the distance re mained about the same between pursued and pursuers. "Jove, I wouldn't have believed that redcoats could run so fast!" said Mark Morrison, who was-well up toward the front. "Get them scared bad enough, and they can run, all right," said Bob Estabrook, in reply, he being close to Mark. "I guess you are right; and they must be terribly fright ened this time." "Yes, they're about as badly frightened as ever men get "Another band of redcoats, Bob," said Dick. "Yes, and a pretty strong one, too," from Mark Morrison "There are not more than twenty more than we have," said Bob. "Let's charge them, Dick." Bob was always eager to get into a fight. Whenever he got his eyes on the enemy, he was ill at ease till he could get close enough to get his hands on them as well. But Dick was more cautious. Dick was just as daring, and just as desperate a fighter, when the necessity arose, but he was very caref11l and never rushed into anything. He did not believe in killing and being killed about equally. Unless he saw a chance to get far the better of an en gagement, he made it a plan to avoid it, and wait for a more favorable opportunity. I don't believe it would be good policy t?, cha rge them, Bob," he said "Why not? We can scatter them, all rigW." "Yes, but before we could get within striking distance they would pour two or three volleys into and the re sult would be that fifteen or twenty of our number would be killed and wounded." "I guess that's true; but we would quickly even up the score by killing and wounding just as many on their side." "Perhaps so; but even so, that would not be satisfac tory. I rate each one of my 'Liberty Boys' as being worth at least four redcoats, and to go into an affair that prom ises to yield us man for man, in killed and wounded, would not be at all satisfactory." "Well, that is true, too, I guess." "Yes; I must take care of my company of brave com rades, or I would soon not have any." "I'm afraid I wouldn't be a very good commander, Dick," said Bob. to be." "Ob, you do very well, Bob. I have left you in comStill the race went on. mand of the company a number of times, and you have The British saw they were holding their own, and as given a good account of yourself." long as they could do this they preferred to keep in the "That is because I always do, not as I would like to do, road, and did so. If they had seen that their pursuers were but as I think vou would want me to do." gaining on them they would have taken to the timber, to The youths on top of the hill, and watched avoid being shot down. the redcoats closely. Presently they reached a hill, and ran up it as rapidly as What would they do? possible, and disappeared over the top. This was an interesting question, and on its answer After them went the "Liberty Boys," and when the would depend the action of the "Liberty Boys." youths arrived at the top, and started to go down the other The British were watching the youths as closely as they side, they met with a surprise. themselves were being watched, and they were conferring The party of :fleeing redcoats had met another party, among themselves. Evidently they hardly knew what to and had come to a stop halfway down the hill. The other do. party consisted of more than one hundred men, and it was The party of a dozen redcoats who had been chased by evident that they considered themselves strong enough to the "Liberty Boys" were very and wished to make withstand the party of "rebels," for they were standing I an attack.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. t's go for the rascally rebels!" cried one. "We out-They had been given their instructions, and knew what number them, and can thrai:.h them." to do. ''But you must remember that they have the advantage As soon as they were in the timber they began making a d of position," said one of the members of the large party turn to the right on one side of the road, and to the left of British. He was a captain, and was in command of the on the other, and they marched in a half-circle. force. They stretched out in single file, and the youths were "Yes," said another; "and if I am not mistaken, those perhaps thirty to forty yards apart. In this manner they l. are the scoundrels known as 'The Lib1rty Boys of '76' kept on, and presently they began catching glimpses of "And if that is the case," sajd the captain, "then it will men in front of them. The men in question had on brilbe the part of wisdom to be very careful how we make an liant, scarlet coats-they were the redcoats, who imagined attack on them." they were surrounding the "Liberty Boys" on the top of "Yes, indeed," agreed another; ''but at the same time it the hill. would be a great feather in our caps if we could kill a few But they were destined to be undeceived. Of them, and capture some of rest." Instead of surrounding the "Liberty Boys," the youths "So it would,'' agreed the captain, a thoughtful look on were surrounding them, and soon they had done so. his face. "Well, I'm willing to make the attempt; but I The redcoats stretched around the top of the hill, a am going to exercise caution, just the same. It won't do long string of soldi ers, and back of them, a distance of to take any chances against the 'Liberty Boys.'" I fifty yards, were the "Liberty Boys." "No; you may be sure it won't do." Itiooked as though it was going to be a case of the biters They talked the matter over, and finally decided upon a bitten. This was what Dick Slater intended it should course of action. be, at any rate. They would enter the woods at the right and left, and He and his "Liberty Boys" had come across the river to advance slowly and cautiously, spreading out as they did make things lively for the redcoats, and here was a chance so, and in this manner surround the "Liberty Boys." to do so. "I think that by so doing we can at least keep them They were not likely to miss the chance. enga ged, and hold them in the one spot till reinforcements The youths knew what was expected of them, and they come,'' said the captain. "And then, with an overwhelm-got into position, and with muskets held in readiness, ing force against them, they will be forced to surrender." awaited the signal from Dick', which would tell them to take aim. Presently it came-the faint note of the whip-poor-will. The muskets went to the shoulders of the "Liberty CHAPTER IV. Boys,'' and keen eyes glanced along the barrels and through the sights AN ENGAGEMJ!lNT. But Dick Slater was watching the redcoats closely. was doing some swift thinking, trying to figure out what the enemy would naturally try to do, under the cir cumstances, and even before the British had divided their party and entered the timber at each side he had made up his mind what they would most likely try to do; and when they entered the timber he was sure he was right. They were going to try to surround his force, engage it, and hold it there i.ill reinforcements came, when its capture would be insuted. "We'll see about that, my fine fellows!" he said to him self. And then he told the "Liberty Boys" what he be lieved the enemy was going to try to do, and he also quickly explained what he wished to do. Having explained, he ordered the youths to move, and they ran swiftly down the road, in the direction from which they had come only a rew minutes before. They kept on till they had gone perha ps one hundred and fifty yards, and then the force divided in equa l parts, and fifty of the youths entered the timber at the righthand and fifty at i.he lcfi-hancl sicle of the road. Perhaps twenty seconds elapsed, and then again the note of the whip-poor-will sounded And at the same instant one hundred fingers pressed one hundred triggers, and one hundred reports of muskets blended together in a grand roar. Instantly it sounded as though Bedlam had been loo sed. Yells, shrieks, and groans resounded on the air. The voice of the B1itish captain was heard, also, giving orders to his men, who had been thrown into terrible confusion by the unexpected volley. Of course, the "Liberty Boys" had been unable to get a good shot in every case, but many had, and quite a number of the redcoats were killed outright; but many more were simply wounded, and these it was who were sending up the groans and shrieks The sudden attack from the rear"had come to the red coats as a total surprise They had supposed the enemy was on the top of the hill, and that they had said enemy surrounded; and now, of a sudden, they were undeceived. The enemy was not on the top of the hill, but was behind them-had them surrounded, in fact. .\nd this knowledge was in itself terrifying.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. I It proved that the youths they had expected to kill and but they did not see how they were to succeed in doin capture were dangerou s so. Acting under the orders of their captain, the They felt that they would be doing well if they sucsoldiers leaped behind trees, and thus shie ld ed their bodies, ceeded in holding the enemy at bay. while they peered carefully and fearfully arounJ the trees They had lost, in killed and wounded, at least thirty in an effort to catch sight of some of the members of the men, and this was about one-fourth of their number. attacking force. Captain Horton ordered that the men shoulr begin fir-But. they failed ing. He instructed that each alternate soldier should fire, The "Liberty 'Boys" were too old hand s at this sort of and that when thes: had reloaded their muskets the other work to permit themselves to be seen. half of the force should fire; and that this should be kept They were much more expert in woodcraft than the up. redcoats. The British soldiers had never been trained in "In that way we shall be abl e to keep the rebels from this sort of work. charging, I think,'' he said; "and, also, our friends in the In the open field, where the maneuv ers could be exe cuted, they were all right, and right at home, but in the timber, among the trees, they were not nearly so good. The "Liberty Boys,'' however, were very much at home. This sort of fighting was all right for them, though they could fight in the open fiel4, too, if occasion demandoo it. To this fact hundreds of British soldier s who had seen them on the field of battle could testify. e ncampment will hear the firing and come to our aid. Then we will make those rascally rebels run like frightened hares." The men welcomed the order, for anything was better than doing nothing They were glad to fire, even though they saw nothing to fire at, and they hoped that some of the bullet s might find lodgment in the bodies of their enemies. While the redcoats were hiding b ehind the trees and The "Liberty Boys" unde rstood the meaning of the volmaking an attempt to catch sight of their enemies, the ley. "Liberty Boys" busied themselves reloading their mus They knew it was simply intended as an intimidation kets, and were soon ready for another volley. ."Their idea is to ke!lp us. them,'' said They would not get another s uch chance as they had just Dick to Bob, who was next him rn the lme. had however but would hav e to content themselves with 11 "I are right, Dic k." pichlng off here and there. "Yes; and they might as well spare themselves t,he C t H t th th f th d trouble of firing and save their ammunition, for I have no ap am or onis was e name o e comman er t t f h th ,, m en ion o c argmg em. of the Bntish force-hardlv knew what to do. IJd l"k tl f f d t D. k" i e 1e un o omg i ic He was at a great di sadvantaege, and knew it. At this sort of work his men were not equa l to the There was an eager look on Bob's face and a fire in his eyes that proved he meant what he said. "I know you would, Bob. And so, I am sure, would all the boys. But I do not think it would a wise move. We would be sure to lose a number of our brave boys, and that He sent the word along the lin e of soldiers, telling them I do not wish to do." enemy. There seemed to be only one thing to do, therefore, and that was to retreat. to gradually concentrate at the top of the hill, and the "True, Dick. Well, we have given the enemy something movement was begun to think about, even as it is." Of necessity the red coats moved slowly, for it was dan"Yes, we have done very well. We should be willing to gerous to move in any other way. take it s low and easy." They had to keep their bodies protected behind trees, or "Yes; w e have all the be st of it, so far." they would fall victims of the deadly mark smansh ip of the "So we have; and I wish to keep it in that shape." enemy I The "Liberty Boy s" worked their way gradually nearer So they moved s lowly, sheltering themselves as best to the top of the hill however and were soon surrounding I they could. i the enemy, and at a distance of only about forty yards Dick and his "Liberty Boys" knew what was going on, from the British force and they kept a sharp watch for chances to infiic damages The r edcoats, however, were lying down, fiat upon their upon the enemy. faces, and so made a difficult mark, the more so as they Several of the youths got c hances to do execution, and were sheltered in addition by trees, rocks, etc they improved them. I The youths fired occasionally, however, as they caught Two of the red coa t s were killed and several more were sight of a head, arm, or leg. And they succeeded in in wounded before they succeeded in getting together at the fiicting wounds, on several occasions, much to the anger of top of the hill. the redcoats. The redcoats were in anything hut a good frame of mind. The latter had not, so far as they knew, succeeded in They were greatly enraged, and were eage r to strike the inflicting a s ingle wound as yet, although they had fired enemy a blow in return for the blows they had received, 1 several volleys


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 9 They had done better than they knew, however, for they had wounded two of the "Liberty Boys," but not seri ously. How the affair would have ended it is hard to say; but when the British had been on the hilltop an hour or more some of the "Lib erty Boys" caught sight of a force of Brit r ieh comin g up the road, and gave the alarm r Dick sized up the advancing and his decision was !!." that there were about two hundred in the party. i "We'll give them a volley, boys, and then retreat," he said; and then he gave the order for the youths to come L I around on the east side of the road, away from the direc l tion of the British encampment, as there might be some more redcoats coming from that direction, and in case this was a fact, the youths might be taken from the rear, and annihilated. In the other direction they would be able to retreat with out encountering hindrance, Dick was s ur e } This maneuver was soon executed, and without been discovered by the redcoats on the hilltop The fact was, these men had just discover ed the approaching body j of their friends, and their attention was attracted in that direction. The "Liberty Boys" hastened down alongside the road, 1 a distance of one hundred yards, and then, being well within range, they took aim and suddenly poured a volley into the ranks of the British. Wild yells, shrieks, and groans went up from the British, and then, with the exception of the men who had fallen, they dashed into the timber in searc h of the hidden enemy. But they did not find the boys. Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" had retreated in stantly, on firing the volley, and ran so swiftly that the British did not so much as catch a glimpse of them. CHAPTER V. A COUPLE OF DISAl'l'OINTED OFFICERS. "We're safe now." "Yes, I think so." "There is no use running any longer." "No, I think not." The "Liberty Boys" had retreated on the run till they had gone half or three-quarters of a mile, and then the above words had been exchanged by Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook. Next Dick gave the order to cease running, and the youths obeyed. They halted, and while getting their breath, after the swift run, reloaded their muskets. "I tell you, we gave the redcoats a surprise!" "So we did!" "We downed a number that last volley." "You bet!" "I'll wager they are angry." "Mad as hornets, you may be sure." "Let them be; we don't care Such were a few of the r ema rks indul ged in by the "Lib erty Boys," and then Bob asked Dick what they were going to do next. "I'll tell you what I ha-ve decided upon," said Di ck. "We will return to the vicinity of Mr. Folger's house. We'll hide in the timber, and then, if the British come there and go to acting up, we will make another attack on them." "That's the thing to do!" cried Joe Hunte r, who had joined the "Lib erty Boys" as they ran past the Folger house "We knew you would favor that, Joe !" grinned Bob, who could not resist the temptation to have fun at the ex pense of a comrade even when there was no knowing but ::i fight with the enemy might be begun at any moment. The "Liberty Boys" moved onward now, and twenty minutes later were hidd en in the edge of the timber back of Mr. Folger's house. Joe Hunter went to the house, to tell the folks not to be alarmed if they saw a force of British coming, as the "Liberty Boys" were on hand to protect them; but when he told how many there were of the British, Mr. Folge r said he thought that it would be only the part of wisdom for them to retire to the timber, where the "Liberty Boys" were I don't think that you boys will be able to hold the British in check," he said. "There will be nearly three times as many of them as there are of you, and that is too great oads for even you to fight agai nst s ucc essfu lly." "PerhaJ?S you are right," said Joe, with a glance at Bes sie. "It would be foolish to take chances when it is pos sible to be on the safe side But come along at once, for the redcoats may put in,an appea,rance at any moment." This was looked upon as being good advice, and so they l eft the house and made thel.r way to the point where the "Liberty Boys" were. Dick approved of their move "I would have told you to have them come here whe n you went to the house, Joe," he said "But the fact is that I don't really expect that the enemy will come to the house." "What makes you think that?" asked Bob. "Well, you see, they have a number of their comra des to bury, and quite a good many wounded ones to take care of, and I think they will carry the wounded to the main encampment doing anything else. That will take up so much time that they will not get to the house until some time this afternoon, if then. "There may be s.omething in that," sa id Bob. And so it proved One two, three hours rolled away, and still the red coats to put in an appearance. Dick had sent three of the "Liberty Boys" to scout around in the direction the enemy was expected to come


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA from, and so, feeling safe, the entire party went to the house at noon, with the Folgers, and ate dinner there. The youths remained at the house all the afternoon, and the enemy did not put in an appearance. The scouts came to the house at intervals, and reported, each time, that they had been unable to catch sight of the British. I Dick did not understand it. "I was sure they would put in an appearance some time this afternoon," he said "I don't know what to think." "Nor do I," said Bob. The others said the same. "I'll tell you one thing," said Dick. "If they don't come before dark I shall go and spy upon them in their main en c.ampment I am afraid their failure to appear means something." "You must be careful, Dick," cautioned Bob; "you will be in great danger if you ventu r e into the British encamp ment, or even close to it." "Oh, I'll be careful." Let us see what the British have been doing. As may well be supposed, they were terribly enraged when they were given the volley so unexpectedly, as has been told. They set out in pursuit of the but they were unable to catch sight of a single "rebel," and soon gave up the chase, and went back to the road, where lay the dead and wounded. Here the commander of the new and larger force held a council with Captain Horton, the commander of the smaller force. It was decided that they would first bury the dead, and then they would take the wounded back to the camp This done, they would join issues and secure permission from General Burgoyne to go in cha s e of the party of "rebels," and to keep after them till they had been killed or captured. They put this plan into effect, insofar as burying the dead and carrying the wounded back to the encampment was concerned, but when they went to General Burgoyne, and asked permission to take a force of four hundred men and go in search of the party of "rebels," the general shook his head. "I cannot grant you the permission you crave," he said "Why not?" asked Captain Horton, in a disappointed voice. "I have other work for you." "Other work for us?" "Yes." "What is R I "I will not state what it is just now, bv.t as soon as the sun has sunk to rest in the west you will learn what it is that I have for you to do." The two officers were forced to swallow their disappoint ment, and this they did, but with a very bad grace. They took their departure from headquarters, feeling in anything but a happy frame of mind They went to their quarters and talked the matter ovi'l "What do you think the general intends doing?" ask,e Captain Horton. "f "You have me there," was the r eply of the other, w "] was also a captain, bis name being Winchester. "Winchester, it looks as though we are to be cheati"i out of a chance to be revenged on those scoundrel1F rebels." ''" "So it does, Horton." d "Jove, I wish we had known how it would be, soone1T "Why so?" i "We would not have returned to camp, but would hau gone right on in search of the rebels." "That's so; we would have been all right, then." rill "So we would." u "Yes; but it can't be helped now." '1 "No; we are here, and cannot leave without permissic'1 from the general." il.J "That is a sober fact." "And a very unpleasant one." "Yes; I am cager to get a chance at the rascally rebe who handled us so roughly." "And so am I." "Perhaps the genera l will l et us go m search of tb enemy, to-morroW'." "I hope so." Presently a quartette -Qf the soldiers of the comman under Captain Horton put in an appearance. When they saw the two officers sitting there, with thei belts o:ff, lo oking glum, they asked what it meant. "I thought we were to go back and hunt the rebels dowz: and annihilate them," said one of the soldiers. "So did we think so," said Captain Winchester. "What's the trouble? Aren't we going to do it?" asket 1 another. The two captains shook their heads, slowly and die mally. "No," was the reply, in unison. "Why not?" "Because the genera l has refused to permit us to d S<*," said Captain Horton. "Why has he refused?" "He says he has other work for us." "What is the work?" "We don't know." "Well, that's queer." "And mighty unpleasant and unsatisfactory," said Ca tain Winchester. "The general said we would learn what it is that h wishes us to do as soon as the sun sets this eveing," sai Captain Horton. "I wonder what can be in the wind?" remarked one the soldiers "You can't prove it by us," said Captain Wincheste "We haven't the l east idea what is in the wind "We will have to wait and see," from Captain Horta


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 11 nd those rascall y rebels are to go scot free!" growled They saw a large force of British soldiers at work along of the sol d iers. the river's edge and out on the river, as well. It was a 'Sco t free," noddetl Captain Horton. clear night, and it was possible to see what was going on w 'It's a shame!" from one of the soldiers who had not I with tolerable distinctness, and the youths noted that spoken there were many soldiers out in the stream, in boats. 'So i t is,'' agreed Captain Winchester. "But we can't Then had occurred the conversation we have given e p ourselves. above. 'N o," from Captain Horton. "We will have to grin When they were talking, the youths supposed that the d b ear it. British intended to cross the river in the boats, but on movrnr They ta lked there for an hour, and wondered what could ing up closer they discovered that they were wrong in in t h e wind, and discussed the matter at length, but thinking thus. The boats were to be used, but in a dif a uld com e to no decision. They had nothing to work fcrent manner from what they had supposed. All they knew was that the general had said there The youths saw, now, that the redcoats were making uld be work for them to do, when evening came, but a bridge. The boats were used as foundations, and on at t h e work was to be was more than they could guess. these were placed long planks. In this way a bridge could They gave it u p as a bad job, presently, and wisely came be constructed easily in a night, by keeping as many men t h e decision that they would wait till evening came, to at work as there was room for rn what the general intended doing. -"They're building a bridge, Bob," said Dick, in a whis They waited the setting of the sun w ith considerable per. riosi ty "So I see, Dick." CHAPTER VI. DICK AND BOB MAKE A DISCOVERY "What does it mean, Dick?" "It means that the British are getting ready to cross pe Hudson River." D o you think so ?" J I do." "And that means--" e "That General Burgoyne has made up his mind to ake an attack on the patriot army!" .E I bel ieve you are right!" "I am sure of it." "Then General Gates should know of this move, Dick." 1 "Yes; he shall know of it before morning." "Good! Will you go, or shall I?" "I guess you may go, Bob "What will you do?" I will remain here and watch the enemy "That's. a good plan." I think so. It was about nine o'c l ock at night. D ick Slater and Bob Estabrook had come up the river, n d were spying on the British. The main force of "Liberty Boys" had been left at the o l ger home. D ick and Bob, with the i r accustomed daring, had gone I own to the river's edge, and had made their way up the tream, between it and the British encampment. They had made their way up the river a distance of three r four mi les, and had then come upon a scene that had ttra c t e d thei r attention and secured their interest in tan t l y "They will get it done to-night, easi l y "I should think so. "Yes ; General Gates must know of this at the earl i est possible moment, Bob." "Then I must be going." "Yes, at once, Bob." "All right; I'm off." "I'll accompany you to the extreme southern end of the British encampment, Bob; so as to make sure that you reach there without being captured." "All right; come along, if you like; but I am not afraid but what I get there in safety." "There's nothing like making sure of a thing, in a case of this kind, Bob." "I suppose you are right." The two turned and made their way back down the r i ver Of course they had to be very careful, and this made their progress slow They were two hours going three miles, and then they were beyond the southern end of the British encampment "Now, get across to the other side and carry the news to General Gates, Bob," said Dick. "I will, Dick. Good-by "Good-by." "Are you going back up to where they are making the bridge, Dick?" "Yes." "Well be careful." "I will. You keep your eyes open." "I'll do that." ( "You might encounter a party of redcoats, you know." "I know that, Dick : At this instant there was a rush of footsteps, and a dozen dark forms appeared and attacked the youths. "l'.{edcoats, Bob!" exclaimed Dick. "Give it to them!" The youths laid about them so lustily with their muskets that they brought the enemy to a sudden stop.


/ 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. They had succeeded in knocking down four of the! moment a boat's bow shot into view fifty yards distant,. redcoats, but the rest drew pistols, and one called out, j the stream. fiercely: i Bob bent to the oars like a good fellow "Surrender, or we will riddle you with bullets, you I He was certain the occupants of the boat were rebels!" and it would not do to be captured 1l Quick as a flash the youths fired their muskets, and The men in the boat caught sight of the "Liber1 dropped two of tbe British soldier s, and then t hey leaped Boy," and one called out, in a loud, commanding voice : behind trees. "Stop! Bring your boat to a standstill, you rascal This was not accomplished any too quickly, for there rebel, or we'll fill you full of lead!" f( came the crack, crack! of weapons, and bullets whistled But Bob did not obey. past the trees behind which the youths had talrnn refuge. Instead, he bent to the oars and rowed as he had nev But this was a game that two could play at, and Dick I rowed before and Bob drew pistols and fired shots, again with effect, He forced the boat to almost leap through the water. for two more of the enemy fell, either dead or wounded "Stop!" again called out the voice. "For the last tim The four who had been ]mocked down by the youths I warn you to stop rowing!" were now scrnmb ling to their feet, and feeling that they But he might have spared himself the exertion of ye) could not hope to defeat the party, Dick sai d to Bob: ing. "Come! We must get away from here!" It would take more than words to stop Bob EstabrooJl Then he darted away, Bob keeping close a his heels The redcoat seeme d to realize this when he saw tl' There were a nnmber of pistol shots fired by the red"rebel" keep right on working away at the oar s, as thong coats, but none took effect, and fearing that they were for clear life, ancl he gave an order to some of the occt< to lo se their prey after all, the redcoats set out in pur-pants of the boat, of whom there wre seven or eight. suit. The next moment a deafening roar rang out. They were no match for the two "Liberty Boys" at this The r edcoats had fired a volley at Bob. kind of game, however, and were s peedily left far behind. Being on the water, the noise made by the shots WE \\'hen sure they were safe from further pursuit, Dick and accent uat e d, and sounded much louder than would Bob slackened their speed to a walk. been the case on land. Phew, that was warm work, Bob," said Dick. Two or three bullets spatte d close around Bob, strikin "Yes, while it la sted," said Bob. "That's the kind of the boat, but luckily he was not hit. work for me, though, old man." He continued to row with all his might, his lips pressaE "Well, I don t mind a little of it, myself, once in a g riml y together, and a look of resolution in his eyes. while, Bob; especially when it turns out all right, as was "Shoot, you cowards!" he murmured. "Shoot, if yo the case this time." want to, but I can tell you that you won't get Bob Esta "That's right." brook to stop unless you drop him dead in the botton "I guess it won.'t be sa f e for me to venture back up the I of this boat!" rive.r now,'.' sai.d Di ck, after a short peTiod of si l ence, Bob wished to return the fire of the redcoat s, but knm durmg which time they walked stead1ly ouw:;ird. I that to do so would be very dangerous, as he would los "No. It would be as much as your life was wOTth, 1 time. His boat would lose its headway, and the proba Di ek." bilities were that he would be overhauled .] "True; so I'll go clown to where the boats are, and see yon off." "And then where will you go, Dick?" "Back to Mr. Folger's." "And shall I come there when I come back over?" "Yes." They walked rapidly onward, and half an hour later arrived at the spot where the boats were concealed. It did not take them lon g to get one of the boats into the water, and then Bob got in, took the oars, and p'llllijcl do\Yn the creek the river. As soon a s Bob was out of sight Dick turned and made his way toward the Folger farmhouse. Bob rowed down the creek and out into the Huds on nivcr. He had not pulled half a dozen strokes after reaching ihe river before he heard the sound of oars rattling in rowlocks, and also the sound of voices; and the next No, he would have to keep on rowing, and trust to hi speed to get away froni. the enemy The red coats had lo st some ground, on account of ha ing taken time to fire the volley, and they worked now ii an effort to regain it. Again the l eader of the force in the boat called out fJ Bob to stop, but the youth paid no attention to him wha ever. "You are wasting your breath, my friend," the you sai d to himself. "You might as well save it, for you m need it later on." The other boat was so heavily laden compared to Bob' tbat he presently began drawing away from his pursue They discovered this fact, and fired another volley, b the majority of the bullets fell short. What few did reac as far as the boat, did no damage. "I am going to get away from them!" Bob told himsel and he was greatly pleased on account of this. He w


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA 13 g across. the river on important business, and would l "Yes, sir,'' and then the orderly withdrew. e hated it had he been captured. I Ten minutes passed, and then one of the officers put in esently the redcoats gave up the chase and turned an appearance. k to the east shore of the river. Bob continued on-1 One after another they came, then, until all were there, rd, and not long afterward reached the west shore, and and then General Howe told them the news Hing the boat \lP as far out of the water as he could, tied the painter to a tree, and hastened away in the ection of the patriot encampment. CHAPTER VII. BOB CARRIES THE NEWS. "And now the question is," he said in conclusion, "what is to be done?" The officers of the staff were surprised. "So the British are building a bridge!" "They are coming over, eh?" "Well, let them come!" "That is just the question," said General Gates. "Whether or not we shall let them come." "We can strike them a blow as they are trying to cross," said one, "and make them give up the attempt ." "But would that be wise?" asked General Arnold. He soon reached the encampment, and having passed the "Why would it not be wise?" asked another officer. oo tinel, made his way toward headquarters. "Well, I'll tell you To my way of thinking it will be tl The general was in bed, so the orderly told Bob, but a good move to let the British cross the river." u e youth said he had important information, and the "Why s o?" from General Gates. derly went and awoke General Gates and told him who "Well, it will give us a chance at them-a chance which "shed to see him and what he had said. we cannot hope to get so long as they remain on the other "Show him into my office,'' said General Gates. "I will side of the river." t up right away, and hear what he has to say." "Yes, but it will also give them a chance at us,'' obw Bob was ushered into the general's office, and sat down another fficer. await the coming of the officer. "Bah we have an unassailable position here on the He did not have very long to wait. Heights," said Arnold. Ten minutes had e lap sed when the general entered. "You think we could hold this against the British, "Well, Bob, I'm glad to see you," he said. "What is the then?" asked Gates. ws? Have you learn ed something of interest?" "Yes; more, we can thrash them on level ground," was ''Yes, sir." the confident Teply. 0 "What is it?" Many of the officers shook their heads doubtfully. > "The British are going to come across the river." "I am not so sure about that, General Arnold," said one. "Say you so?" eagerly. "Nor I," from another "Yes, s ir." "Well, I am sure of it," the fighting general, as he was "How do you know this?" called, declared. "Dick and I spied on them, this evening." General Gates was thoughtful. a "Ah, and you heard them say they were coming across ''I think we could hold Bemis Heights," he said. "But e river did you?" I don't know about whipping the. enemy on level ground, "No, sir; we saw them building the bridge." and with the armies on equal terms." "A bridge of boats, I presume?" "The British outnumber us,'' said another, "so it would "You are right, sir." not be on equal terms." "Where is this bridge being thrown across?" "'l'hat is true, too," said Arnold. "But we have the "About two miles up the river from here." best possible position here on the Heights, and we can General Gates got up and paced the floor for a few watch the enemy, and when we see a chance to 'Strike oments in silence. He was looking down, pondering them a blow we can do it, and then if they try to get ntently. back at us we will be able to beat them easily enough." Pre sently he paused and rest'tmed his seat. The other officers were not so sure about it. Some fa"This is a serious matter," he sa id, as though half speakvored letting the British come across the river, but others ng to himself. c:r shall have to call a council and dewere against it. ide upon our course of action." There was quite a long discussion, to which Bob lis-He summoned the orderly. I tened with intere s t. He was of the same mind as was "Call all the other officers of the staff," he ordered. General Arnold. He was a fighter, and wanted that the The orderly bowed. British should be to come across the river, in "Tell them that I wish them to report here at their order that the patriots might have a chance at them. earliest convenience, and that matters of great imporThe discussion lasted two hours, and then it was detance are to be discussed." 'cided to permit the British to come across the river.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. The idea was that so long as the enemy was on the east "Well, I have no wish to trifle with you. But why have side 0 the river, there would be no chance to strike it a you leaped out in this fashion, and forced me to halt?" blow; but i it was on the west side 0 the stream, then "That is easily answered, Dick Slater, and--" by watching closely, opportunities might be found to Bob burst into a roar 0 laughter. strike them severe blows. "Dick Slater, did you say?" he exclaimed. It was believed that Bemis Heights was an unassail"Yes, you are Dick Slater." able position. This would make it a safe thing to per-1 "Oh, no." mit the British to come across the stream and take up its "Yes, you are!" position on the west s ide. l "You are mistaken, I assure you. I am not Dick Sla So it was decided not to do anything to discourage the I ter." British, but fo let them come. "Of comse you would say Ro." "We'll attend to their case after they have got across,'' "Because it is the truth." said General Arnold "Bah! You cannot deceive me. I know you are Dick When this decision had been reached Bob was told that Slater, and we are going to take you to the British en campment and secure the reward that is offered for you." he might return to the east side 0 the stream and tell the "Liberty Boys." "I judge that you may as well come right back over here at once,'' said General Gates. "Let us stay till the enemy has crossed, sir, will you not?" asked Boo. This permission was given. Then Bob took hi s departure, and made his way back to where he had disembarked from the boat. He rowed out into the river, and headed across. He headed pretty well upstream, for the boat that had chased him as he was coming over had forced him to go downstream nearly a mile. It was a pretty hard pull, but Bob was a good oarsman and a strong youth, and was equal to the task. Half an hour later he was rowing up the creek. On arriving at the point where the oth e r boats were, Bob leaped out, and drawing the boat up as well as he could, tied the painter to a tree Then he hastened away in the direction 0 the Folger farmhouse. He had gone perhaps half a mile when he suddenly found himself confronted by four men. They had leaped out from among the trees at the side 0 the road, and had him covered with rifles before he knew he was even so much as in danger. "Hello! Who are you fellows?" exclaimed Bob, seem ingly not in the l e ast frightened. "You'll find out soon enough. Don't try any tricks!" wns the reply from one 0 the four. "Up with your hands!" Bob raised his hands above his head. He had no intention 0 permitting himself to be made Again Bob laugh ed. "You will never secure any reward for taking me to thE British encampment,'' he said. "You think that, do you?" "I know it, for I am not Dick Slater." "We'll risk that part 0 it; and now I am going to ask Will you surrender peaceably, or will you try to sho'1 fight?" "Oh, I shall surrender peaceably. I would be a fool tc s how fight, don't you think?" ''Yes, I think so, to tell the truth, for it could only re snlt in one way." "So I suppose." Then, with a lightning-like motion, Bob leaped ten feei to one side. Crack, crack! went the rifles, but the bullets did not hil Bob, and the next instant he was in among the trees, anl was sae. I At any rate he felt safe. He did not believe the me1 could catch him now Away he darted through the timber. He heard wild yells 0 rage and excitement, and then t crashing 0 underbrush came to his hearing. "They are pursuing me,'' he told himself. "Well, lei them. I'll wager they won't catch me." On Bob dashed, and presently he could not hear an) sounds to indicate he was being pursued. He had sue ceeded iri shaking off his pursuers. Twenty minutes later he was among his comrades at the farmhouse. a prisoner, but thought it was as well to ;pretend that he CHAPTER VIII. had no intention 0 offering resistance. It would throw his enemies off their guard WATCHING THE BRITISH. "Well, now that my hands are up, who and what are you fellows?" asked Bob. "So General Gates is going to let the British cross t "We are men who will not be trifled with,'' was the river, is he, Bob?" stern reply. "Yes." "Indeed?" "Yes." "What' fl his idea or that?" "They talked it over in council, Dick, and it was d


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 15 that if they pennitted the Briti s h to come across liver there would be chances to strike them occasional 'While as it i s now there is no such opportunity." "Well, I think we may be trusted to strike them more occasional blows, Bob." "Yes; but we are not strong enough to do the enemy lUUCh damage." "True." "The idea i s to l et the Briti s h cross the river and then hit them bard when they are not expecti ng it." "That will be all right, if it can be done." "Well, you may trust General Arno ld to find a way to do it, Dick." "That's so. Arnold is w ide awake, and a terrible fellow to fight. "So h e is." It was morning, and the "Liberty B9ys" were eating breakfast. Bob was being qu est ioned r egard in g the result of his trip across the river. He told what the patriot officers had decided to do, as give n above, and presently Dick Slater said : "I have just thought of a good scheme, boys." "What i s it?" "Yes, yes! Tell us!" "We're ready for anything, Dick." "Unfold your scheme, and you will put it through to a successfu l issue." find us ready to "My scheme i s this," said Dick "To remain here till the entire British army is across the river, and then cut the 1 bridg e of boats adrift at this e nd, and then at the other as ;well, and send it drifting down the river." "Yes; they are hard at it. I s uppose that a pretty st rong force got across before daylight." 1'Yes, that was their game, I suppose; you see, they did not know we knew of their move, and their idea was to get a strong enough force across the river in the night, to hold our men in check if they attempted to make an attack to-day. "I judge you are right "Yes; I they would be surprised if they knew tlie patriots are glad to have them come over the river "It would surprise them a bit, I'll wager The youths watched for awhile, and then, seeing no signs of any Briti s h near at hand, they moved slowly and can tiously up the river. They made their way along until they were within half a mile of the bridge, and h ere they caught sight of some redcoats, who were only a short distance away The Brit ish soldiers were not a bit suspicious that they were under s urveillance, however, seemingly, for they talked and laughed and paid no attention to their surro undings. It was a portion of the main army, and as there were hundreds of soldiers near at hand, there did not seem to be any reason why the redcoats should be on their guard. "They are waiting for their turn to cross the bridge," said Dick. "Yes, that i s it, Dick." The youths took up pos itions where they would be com fortable and watched the varying scenes with inte rest. The stream of soldiers crossing the bridg e was continu ous and unbroken, save where, at intervals, were horses dragging cannon along, and wagons loaded with provi s ions and ammunition. Thi s idea met with the approva l of all. Many were the exclamations of delight and given utterance to. "What will be the end of this affair, Di ck?" asked Bob, approval with a tho u ghtfu l 0air "That's just the thing!" declared Bob. "If we can do that it will make it an impossibility for the red coats to get back across the river even if they w i shed to do so. "But won't there b e a force l eft on guard at this end of th e bridge, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "I don't know," was the r eply "But we can easily fin(;f out, a;nd when we do we will know what to do. If it is not too strong a force, we will easily put it to flight, or capture it." "So we will," agreed Mark. Half an hour l ate r Dick and Bob l eft the encampment, and made t h eir way toward the river. They moved slowly and carefully when they drew near the stream, for they did not wish their pre sence to be dis covered. They finally reached the bank of the river, without hav ing encountered any British soldiers, and then they looked up the stream. They saw what they had expected to see: the British were crossing the bridge of boats in a continuous string "There they go, s ur e enoug h Bob," said Dick. "Indeed, I don't know, Bob "Will the British thrash Uiil and drive us away, and thus triumph h ere in the north, or will we get the better of them and force them to surrender?" "That is more than I can say, Bob When noon came the two drew forth the packages of food that had been given them at the Folger farmhouse, an d which they had carried in a leather bag hanging at thei r sides, and ate their dinner. This done, a drink out of the river fixed them up in very good shape. "I feel better," said Bob \ "I think I do, too, Bob," with a smi le. They return e d to the work of watching the British, and were thus engaged when they heard the sound of footsteps, a nd looked around, to see half a dozen rough-looking men right close up to them. \ The "Liberty Boys" were sitting down, and thinking it best not to bring about an encounter, i f it could be avoided by coolness, they sat sti ll, and looked up at the new comers with a capital assumption of indifference; the ex pres s ion on their faces was jn st as if they knew the new-


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. comers must be friends, and this was the idea Dick wished to convey. It would throw them off their guard. "Howdy," said Dick, yawning. "Howdy, yerselves," was the reply, from a big, darkfaced fellow who seemed to be the leader. "Nice day," said Bob, calmly. "Y as, purty nice." The six came to a halt near the youths, and eyed them curiously. The "Liberty Boys" did .not say anything more, but gazed up the river listlessly, just as if there had been no one other than themselves near. "Who air ye two fellers?" asked the leader of the half dozen. "Friends, I guess," replied Dick, carelessly. "Frien's uv our'n, ye mean?" "Yes." "How d'ye know thet!" "We don't know it." "Whut makes ye think et?" \ Dick waved his hand lazily toward the British army "We are both too near the army, yonder, to be anything else but friends, don't you "I dunno 'bout thet. Air ye fellers loyal king's men?" "Of course we are," was the prompt reply. "And so are you fellows, aren't you?" "Y as, we air; but--" "But, what?" "How do we know ye fellers air loyal king's men?" "The same way that we know you are." "I know, but--" "There are no 'but s about it. We are loyal king's men, and so are you; so sit down ,here ando take it easy." "Of course, Dick and Bob did not have their uniform11 on; thE:y never wore these when on scouting or spying expeditions, as the instant they were seen it would be known they were "rebels." But by wearing common cit izen's clothes they could, as in the present instance, pretend to be Tories, and in this manner get out of a good many scrapes The six rough-looking men were not yet satisfied, how ever, and they remained standing, while the leader said : "How air we ter know ye hain't rebel spies, an' heer fur ther purpuss uv seein' whut ther British army is doin'?" "Why, haven't I told you that such is not the case?" cried Dick, with well-simulated anger. "Yas, but-uv course ye'd tell us thet." "Of course I would-because it is true How did I know you were loyal king's men? Because you are here near the British army, of course That is the way you may know that we are loyal king's men, as well." The man shook his head slowly, a dubious look on his face. "I kain't see et thet way," he said. "I don' think thet proves et ertall." "You do not?" in wall-simwJated surpriee "No." "Well, you must be a bit dumb-if you will excuse m telling you so," said Dick, calmly. The fellow's face :flushed somewhat. "I don' know's I'm enny more dumb'n some other peop I've seen in my tirrie," he said. "I think thet et is more' proberble thet ye two fellers air not loyal king's men e tall, an' thet ye air spies ." "What foolishness!" said Dick. "There is no sense talking like that." "Oh, ye think thet way erbout et, do ye?" There w anger, and a threat in the fellow's tones. "Yes, we are loyal king's men, so sit down here and ta it easy, and let's have a friendly talk." Just then the youths saw one of the six men step fo ward and whisper in the ear of the leader. They suspected that this meant trouble, and instantl they made ready to meet it. They saw a look of delight appear on the face of th leader. There was triumph in the look he bent on the youth and he said: "I've jeR' foun' out sumthin' erbout ye two fellers." "Have you?" asked Dick, with apparent carelessness. "Yas "What have you found out?" "I've foun' out who ye air!" Still the faces of the two did not betray that they too any particular interest in what was going on. "Who are we, since you know so much?" asked Die quietly. "Yer Dick Slater, an' ther other feller is wun uv y 'Liberty Boys'-thet's who ye air!" The youths had been prepared to hear this, and did n show any signs of surprise or fear. Instead, they laugh aloud. "What foolishness!" cried Dick. CHAPTER IX. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" .A.T WORK. "Oh, ye think et's foolishness, d'ye ?" the dark-fac Tory cried. "Of course it is." "The worst kind of foolishness," declared Bob. "Thet'll do ter tell," said the man, "but ye kain't ma me berleeve et." "No, don' ye berleeve 'em, Jim," said the one who h whispered in the dark-faced man's ear. "They air Di Slater an' wun uv his 'Liberty Boys,' I know, 'cause I s 'em, airly this mornin', up ter Folger's house." The youths realized now that it would not do to try make the Tories believe them to be loyalists, and so only thing l eft for them to do was to make a fight-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 17 they had no intention of letting these fellows capture them. The "Liberty Boys" understood each other so well that it was only necessary for them to exchange glances in order to know what to do. They glanced at each other now, and it was a signal that the time for action had arrived. Instantly they leaped to their feet and dodged behind trees, drawing pistols as they did so. At the first move the Tories hastily drew pistols, but the "Liberty Boys" were behind the trees before the fellows could fire upon them. Seeing ,this, they hastily l eaped behind trees, in their urn, for they realized that if these youths really were 'Liberty Boys" they were not to be fooled with. Dick and Bob seized upon the moment when the six were etting behind trees to change their location, and they ere behind couple of trees twenty feet from where they nd been by the time the Tories were through executing heir maneuver. The Tories peered around the sides of the trees, their yes fixed upon the tw'O trees they had seen the youths dis ppear behind in the first place, and it was evident that hey were surprised by not seeing any signs of the youths here. Dick had picked up a stone the size of his fist, in mak g the change from one tree to the other, and he now rew the stone a considerable distance over to one side; e Tories all turned their eyes in the direction where e stone struck, it making quite a loud noise, and the iberty Boys" took advantage of the opportunity and ipped away, managing to get clear around in the rear the six king's men. The Tories were still gawking in the direction from hich had come the noise when the stone struck in the and little did they suspect that right back of them, Itch with two pistols cocked and leveled, stood the youths r whom they were looking. It was an interesting tableau-or it would have been in resting to see had there been anyone there to see it. This d not happen to be the case, however, so it may be said to ve been a tableau wasted. Seeing the Tories had no thought that the enemy was hind them, and consequently would not be likely to k in that direction soon, Dick coughed, to attract their en ti on. He was successful. k The six whirled quickly, as one man. The sight which met their gaze was so utterly unex allicted and startling that they dropped their pistols and c red in open-mouthed amazement. There was fear writ on their faces, as well. Indeed, they seemed to be tern rarily paralyzed, for they stood motionless, and stared t Dick realized intuitively .that he and Bob were masters h the situation, and so he decided to end the affair once 'o d for all. Suddenly he stamped on the ground, and cried out, fiercely: "Go! Away with you, or you are dead men! Quick! Away with you!" This broke the spell. Realizing that they were not to be shot down in cold blood, the six men recovered the use of their faculties, and lost no time in obeying Dick's order. They whirled and dashed away at the top of their speed, and without stopping to pick up their pistols. Doubtless they would have been afraid to pick the weapons up, even had they thought of doing so. rrhe Tories ran in the direction of the British force, and Dick turned to Bob, and said: "We had better be getting away from here, Bob." 'l'he youth nodded. "I guess you are right,'' he agreed. "They will be back here with a gang of redcoats in a few minutes." "So they will; and we must be somewhere else ." "You're right; but let's take the pistols." "Yes, we'll do tbat." They gathered up the six pistols, and then hastened away, through the timber. They went away around, and took up their position on the top of a hill, half a mile away from the river. By climbing into the top of a tree they were enabled to get a good view of the British. Bob chuckled in an amused manner occasionally, and :finally Dick said : "What is so funny, Bob?" "I can't help thinking how comical those Tories looked, Dick, when they turned and saw us standing behind them, pistols in hand,'' said Bob, and he chuckled again. Dick smiled "They did look astonished, didn't they?" he said "Astonished is no name for it. They were absolutely paralyzed with amazement and terror "It was enough to startle and amaze them, Bob; they were taken wholly by surprise." "Yes; they thought we were in one place, and then to find us standing right behind them, with leveled pistols in our hands was too much for them." And then Bob chuckled again. The youths watched the British till nearly supper time, and by that time the greater portion of the army had crossed the river. "I'm hungry," said Bob, "and we ate all our grub at noon. What are we going to do?" "I'll tell you what we'll do, Bob." "What?" "We'll go back to Mir. Folger's and have some sup per." "That suits me." "Then we will all come back hei;e, and you and I will go forward and inve s tigate, andllllif all isin shape.for our 1vork we will go at it." "Good enough; come on."


18 THE LIBER':rY BOYS AT SARATOGA. They descended and hastened away through the timber. Hal an hour later they were at the Folger farmhouse, where they were given a warm welcome by all. The youths were eager to know what the two had learn ed, and they told what they had seen. And when the "Liberty Boys" learned that all were to go back, after supper, they were delighted. They did not like inaction, and to be forced to remain a whole day in one place was very trying to them. When supper had been prepared and eaten, preparations were begun for the work which was before them. The youths looked carefully to their weapons, and saw that the muskets and pistols were properly primed and the flints in place. Then, as soon as it was growing dark, they bade the Folgers good-by, and marched away up the road. They kept to the road three-quarters of a mile, and then turned aside and entered the timber. They moved onward, half a mile, and then Dick a halt. "You boys remain here aw bile," he said. "Bob and I will go forward on a reconnoitering expedition, and as soon as we have gotten the lay of the land we will re turn." Then he and Bob set out, and moved slowly and cau tiously forward. They soon reached the river, and found all clear at the point where they were. Here Dick paused, and told Bob to return and tell the "Liberty Boys" to come along. Bob hastened back, and twenty minutes later the entire party was at the river. "Now, I think it will be safe for us to make our way was built across the river. Here youths were confide they would find some redcoats. The British would be certain to leave at least a sm party on this side, to see to it that none of the "rebel should cut the bridge loose from the bank, and send affair out into the middle of the stream. And the youths were right. As they drew near th saw a camp-fire This pleased them; it would enable them to get clo and size up the party of redcoats. Closer and closer the two "Liberty Boys" drew to th spot where the camp-fire blazed, and they presently pa us and, sheltered behind trees, gazed upon the force of Britis sold iers. It did not take long to decide how many there were 1 the enemy. Twenty was all that could be counted, an there might be one or two down at the end of the Dick sent Bob back, with in structions to tell the boys Iii advance slow ly and cautiously, and surround the party 1 the camp-fire. 1r Bob stole away, and twenty minutes later the "Liberl Boys'?' had urrounded the British. They closed in gradually, and when they encounter10 the they seized him and made him a prisoner. :E made an outcry, but it did not-matter, as the main force rJ "Liberty Boys" rushed forward immediately afterwaP-a and called upon the redcoat s to surrender. oi CHAPTER X. up the river,'' said Dick. "Bob and I will go ahead, a SETTING THE BRIDGE ADRIFT. couple of hundred yards, and keep that distance in' front, bl and if we signal you, you boys are to stop. You underThe British soldiers saw they were outnumbered f

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA 19 en they were within one hundred yards of the west ore Dick called a halt. ''We had best not venture too near the shore," he said e redcoats have informed their comrades of what has en place, no doubt, and there is likely to be a force waiting our appearance, ready to give us a welcoming voley." "Don't you think it likely they will even come out upon e bridge in search of us?" asked Bob. ''Well, it is possible, 13ob." "In that case it would be we fellows who would have to un." "True, unless--" "Unless what?" "Unless we make it impossible to chase us." t "How can we do that?" "By taking np one of the layers of planks, and cut"ng the ropes which bind the boats together." ".Ah, I understand. You mean for us to cut the ridge." "Yes." "Say, that's the thing we intended to do, r Dick, sb let's o it now." )'' I \ "'rhat is what I intend to have done, Bob. We'll cut the ridge here, as near the west shore as possible, and in that r ay we will deprive the British of the majority of their oats." That's the scheme, Dick!" "We had better get to work, boys, for the redcoats may me at any moment." "That'_s so," said Bob. At this moment an uproar was heard on the shore. "They're coming now!" cried Bob. I guess you're right, Bob. Well, work as fa st as posle, boys. Jerk the boards up, and throw them in the Eo\;er, and as soon as that has been done, cut the ropes and r sconnect the boats." youths went to work with a will, and quickly had 1e boards all up and thrown into the river. The red ats were by this time coming onto the bridge from the i st shore, one hundred yards distant. "Cut the ropes, quick!" cried Dick. Th e youths obeyed. II "Now come!" Dick cried. "We must get :far enough away c as to be out of musket-shot distance when they reach breach." he youths darted away, back toward the east shore. s they ran away from the point where they had dis nected the bridge, the loose ends had widened, through be h floating downstream, until no man could have leaped oss. And the distance was widening all the time. 'We will be safe from pursuit," thought Dick. "And if can get out of musket-shot distance, we will be all ht." hey succeeded, for they were three hundred feet dis:e t when the redcoats came to the end of the section of bridge that remained on their side of the stream. When they discovered that the bridge was severed, and that they cou ld not go any farther, the redcoats fired a volley into the darkness in the direction in which the ":rebels" were supposed to be, but they did no dam age. Indeed, the bullets were not fired in the direction of the "Li berty Boys" at all, as the British soldiers did not take into consideration the fact that the end of the bridge was swinging downstream. A peal of mocking laughter came to their ears whe n the reverberations of the report of the volley had died away, and this made the redcoats very angry. "The bla sted rebels!" cried one. "They have escaped u s!" "Yes, and have cut the bridge!" "Worse than that-they have made prisoners of our comrade s who were l eft on the other s ide." "This is the work of those 'Liberty Boys'!" Such w ere the exc lamations, but the redcoats could do nothing, so they made their way back to the s hore. Their lead e r went to headquarters to report the affair to Ge_neral "Burgoyne. He was admitted to the general's presence, and when he had told his story t he officer was angry and amazed. "This beats anything I have h eard of in many a day!" he said. "'l'hose scoundre lly 'Liberty Boys,' as you call them, are the most daring fellows I have known of since coming to America." "So they are, sir." ".And you think there can be no doubt that they have captured the party of men we l eft on the east s hore of the river?" "There ca n be no doubt regarding the matter, sir." "Too bad! Too bad!" "So it is, si r!" "And the rascals have cut the bridge, you say?" "Yes, sir." "Which makes it impossible for me to send a force over to rescu e our brave men." The genera l spoke as though talking to himself, and then, after a few moments' thought, he said : "How near this shore was the bridge cut?" "Within one hundred yards of it, sir." "The daring rascals! They are a bold lot, aren't they?" "They certainly are." "Well, I know of nothing that we c an do at present. You may go." The soldier sa luted and withdrew Meanwhile the "Liberty Boys" were busy. They made made their way back to the east shore, and then lost no time in cutting the bridge loose at that end. This set the main portion of the bridge free, and it went floatin g down the stream "By morning it will be halfway to New York," said Dick. "Yes; it won't be of any further use to Burgoyne, at any rate." "You are right about that, Bob."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARAT 'OGA. "What are we going to do now, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "We are going to get back over to the patriot encamp ment, Mark," was the reply. "Ah, then our work on this side of the river is en ded?" "Yes, for the present, at least-perhaps for good and all." "That's likely. The redcoats are on the west s ide of the river, and have no way of getting back to this side." "I think the affair will be settled before very long, now that the two armies are confronting each other," said Dick. "I hope it be settled, and in our favor," said Bob. "We'll do our best to have it settled in that way, Bob," said Dick. The youths soon set out in the direction of the Folger home. Their prisoners, to the number of twenty, were in the midst of the "Liberty Boys," and it was something of a triumphal march that the youths were indulging in. An hour later they arrived at the Folger home, and found the folks still up. When Mr. and Mrs. and Bessi e Folger saw the "Liberty Boys," with the prisoners in thei r midst, they were delighted. They had feared that the youths might find a strong force at the bridge, and get the worst of the en counter, but this was now proved to have been a groundless fear. Joe Hunter called his sweetheart into the house, and explained that they were going back to the west side of the nver. "There i s going to be some fighting between the British patriot armies, and I will be so busy I may not get to come b ack for quite awhile, Bessie," he said. "Well, I am sorry for that, Joe," was the reply, as she twined her arms around Joe 's neck. "You'll be very, very careful, won't you, Joe?" she asked anxiously. "Oh, yes, 1'11 be careful, Bessie, if not for my own sake, for yours." "I am so glad! And you'll come back here to see me, just as soon as you can, won't you!" "I certainly will, Bessie!" and then Joe gave her a hug and some kisses, and went back out to where the "Liberty Boys" were. Dick was waiting for Joe to come out, and as soon as he was there the youth gave the command to march. Good-bys were said, and then the youths and their pris oners marched away, quickly disappearing in the darkness When they had gone a quarter of a mile, Dick said to Bob: "I am going to place the command of the 'Liberty Boys' in your hands for a little while, Bob." "What are you going to do, Dick?" "I'm going to the old mill, to say good-by to Harmod, and explain what has become of u s ." "Oh, and shall we go straight on to where the boats are, Dick?" "Yes; get the boats into the water, and begin getting across the river. I will be with you before it is for the last lot to go across "All right, Dick So Dick turned aside and plunged into the timber, whi l e the "Liberty Boys" marched onward Half an hour later Dick arrived at the old mill, and found Harmod awake. 1 The old hermit greeted Dick pleasantly, for he liked thE "Liberty Boy" immensely. The youth explained all about what had happened, an<) Harmod was glad to know that things had gone so we41 with the "Liberty Boys." Fifteen minutes later Dick shook hands with the olc man, and bade him good-by. Then he took his departu1ln after promising to come and see Harmod if at any futur time he should be in the vicinity vl Three-quarters of a,n hour later Dick was at the River, and was in plenty of time to cross with the last lo of "Liberty Boys It was not yet midnight when the youths, with prisoners, marc hed into the patriot encampment on Berni Heights, and _they were giv!)n a warm welcome by such o the soldiers as were not asleep. lo CHAPTER XI. it1 THE BRITISH M:AKE A MOVE. )0. itH The morning of September 19 was clear and beautift "" The British army occupied a pos ition a mile north l B Freeman's Farm, and perhaps two miles and a half nor" of the patriot encampment on Bemis Heights This had been the positions occupied by the two arm1"S for five days, the Briti s h having come across the river ille the 13th. The British had been studying the situation and maki"R plans, while the patriots had been waiting and s On this morning General Gates had sent or Slater. "I 1 "I wish you to take some of your 'Liberty Boys,' 'So said, "and go and keep a close watch on the Bri An Somehow, I believe that they will make some kind move soon. They have remained quietly in camp 'Re there, about as long as they will be willing to rema 'Th am thinking." 'Ye ''Very well, sir; I will attend to the matter,'' said Then he saluted and withdrew Returning to the quarters occupied by the "Li Boys," he told Bob Estabrook, Mark Morrison, and Sanderson to come with him. "Where are we going?" asked Bob. "To keep wati::h on the British." "Well, that suits me." "And me."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA "I'd rather be doing that than sitting here doing nothg." Such were the remarks 0 the three "Come along, then," said Dick. "We have no time to The youths made their way out of the encampment and alfway down the side of the Heights. S e lecting a point from which they could have a good and nint errupted view 0 the country toward the north, they limbed our good-sized trees and turned their eyes in the irection in which the enemy would naturally be looked The youths were in the tree-tops three or our hours, d saw nothing suspicious in that time "Say, Dick, I'tn getting tired 0 this," called out Bob, ho was in a tree only fifteen yards or such matte r from e one Dick was in. "Never mind; stick to it, Bob,'' was the reply. "Ob, I'm going to do that; but it's tiresome work, jus t e same." "So it is." "Oh, you get tired too easily, Bob," orrison, who was next beyond Bob. calletl out'Mark PP l;i[( "Go along. You get tired easi ly, yourself,'' said Bob. "That may be. I didn't say anything about myself." "No; you'd rather talk about somebody else," said Bob, 'th a chuckle. "0 course I would; I think a fellow i s foolish to talk out himself. There are always enough people to do that, thout him assisting in the work." "Say, Mark, you're a philosopher, aren't you?" exclaimBob. "Jave, I didn't know you had it in you." "Oh, I don't claim to be a philosopher, Bob." f!J!; "You 're one without knowing it." n 'Shut up, yon fellows, and look yonder, in the timber," l e d out Sam Sanderson. 'Where, Sam?" asked <::. 'Right stra ight to the north; see the flashes of scarlet steel among the trees?" D here was silence while the four strained their eyes. 'I see it!" exclaimed Dick. 'So do I!" from Bob. nd I! added Mark. 0 What do you think about it, Dick?" asked Sam. p Redcoats!" was the reply. That's what I thought." es, and the flashing we see is from the glint of the on the bayonet s." Jove, you're ri ght, Dick, I am sure!" cried Bob I think so, Bob. But we'll wait and make sure 0 what oing on before reporting it." es; that will be best. It will be a long time before the oats get close enough to make an attack, even if that hat they in tend trying to do." es." e youths watched closely and eager l y An hour passed, and by that time they were sure 0 their ground. There was now no longer any doubt regarding the mat ter. The British were advancing through the timber! And they could have on l y one object in view: The at tacking of the patriot army "I guess I had better go and make a report,'' said Dick. "I think so, Dick," from Bob. "You boys stay here and keep your eyes on the enemy." "We will." Dick descended, and ha ste ned back up to the encampment. He encountere d General Arnold as }\e entered. "Yo u have been keeping watch, Dick?" the officer asked. "Yes, General Arnold "Discover anything?" "Yes; the British are a dvancing." "What! "' "The British are coming, s ir." "ls that the truth, really, Dick?" "Yes, sir "You saw them?" "I did." I I "Jove, that is good news! cried Arnold. "How far away are they?1 "Oh, perhaps three-quarteri;; of a mile." "They a r e advancing slowly of course:' "Yes. 'l'hey are steal in g through the timber, and it loolcs as though they intend turning our left flank and coming aro u nd toward our rear I ''Undoubtedly that is their intentio11. Well, come along to General Gates, and tell him the news. I will go with you, for I wish to ask permission to take a force and go down and engage the enemy." The two hastened to General Gates' headquarters, and were soon. in the commander's private room. "Ah, Dick. Have you news for me?" the general asked. "I have, sir. The British are advancing." "Ha!" "Yes, sir." "Tell me all, my boy, at once The "Liberty Boy" did so, and the genera l li ste ned with an eager look on his face Then he called his orderly and told him to s ummon the members of the staff. "Tell them to hasten, as it is of the utmost importance," he said. General Arnold asked permission to take a force and go down and meet the enemy, but General Gates would not list en to it for a moment. "I will do no hing until after we have held a council ef war,'' he said gruffiy, "so you may as well make up your mind to that, and wait patiently." There was not the best of feeling existing between Gen erals Gtttes and Arnold, and the younger man bit his lips


THE LIBERTY BOYS A T SARATOGA. I to keep back the angry words that were struggling for ut-J the Heights, and the "Liberty Boys were there, eager an terance. alert. He knew it would do no good to quarrel with his superior The four youths at once took their places with the com officer, and so he waited, as he had been advised to do-pany of "Liberty Boys," and Dick, of course, took his pla though it cannot be said that he waited patiently. at their head. The officers of the staff were soon on hand, and then the Then General Arnold waved his sword and cried: matter was laid before them. "Forward, march! On, men, and let us teach those ra .. The affair was discussed earnestly Some were for remaining right where they were, and not advancing to meet the enemy but to wait until they were attacked, but Arnold was eager to go down and en gage the British, and he was supported by some of the officers in the view of the matter that he look-which was that if they met the enemy more than halfway, it would prove to t.hem that the patriots were not afraid, and woulr1 have the effect of taking some of the moral courage out of them. So, after a rather heated argument, Gates gave Arnold permission to take Morgan's riflemen and Dearborn's in fantry and go down to meet the advancing British. This was what General Arnold wanted, and he got out of headquarters and away as quickly a s possible. He was afraid Gates might change his mind at the last cally redcoats a lesson they will not forget in a hurry!" Then the men marched forward, out of the encampment and down the hillside. CHAPTER XII. 0 THE FIRS'l' BATTLE QF FREEMAN'S FARM. Arnold's force met the British under Burgoyne at man's Farm, and at once the fighting began. 0 The battle was soon raging. I The patriots fought with vigor and determination, a-r/1 were forcing Burgoyne's force back when Fraser, more British''.'soldiers, came to his commander's assis l moment, and countermand the order ance. Dick hastened out of headquarters in company with Even then the patriots continued to hold their own, an" o l Arnold. the roar of the musketry was almost continuous. He had asked permission that he and hi s "Liberty Boys" But still more reinforcements were coming to the a 1 should accompany Arnold and was eag e r to let the youths of the British j know that there was work ahead i The German commander of the Hessians was coming 1 the river road, and would be upon the scene soon He rushed to theu quarters and told the boys to get I A ld 1 d t f tt b t th f d l h "J rno ia no orgo en a ou is orce an 1e un ready, and then ran down to where the youths were m the d D" k d "d e ic -up an sa1 : tree-tops, and told the three to come down. 1 -+h "W d t fi ht th B r 11,, h 11 d t Hasten back to the Heights, Dick, and tell Generere gomg own g e n is 1. e ca e up 0 Gates to send me two thousand more men With that nwc'A them, and they almost fell out of the trees, so hastily did b I th 1 tl B t h dl ,, Di< er can ras l 1e n is soun y they make the descent. "V 11 I'll t ,, "d D" k rd The "Liberty Boys" were all alike in one very important respect. They each and one would much rather fight than eat, even when hungry. So the statement that they were to go and fight the British was sufficient to cause the three to risk breaking their necks in getting quicldy down out of the trees. As they hastened back up the hillside the three ex plained to Dick that the enemy was still approaching, and that it was pursuing the same general direction that it had been pursuing from the first. "And a force is coming up the river road, too, Dick," said Bob. "They just came in sight a few minutes ago." "Well, maybe we can strike the British and have the engagement over with before that portion of the British army can reach the scene," said Dick. "Perhaps so, Dick; and if we don't succeed in doing that we will whip the entire force." "That's right!" said Sam Sanderson, who was almost as excitable and eager as was Bob. They found the patriot force that was to accompany General Arnold almost ready when they got to the top of ery we su. go a once, sa1 ic He told Bob to take command of the "Liberty Boyillg and then he hastened away. I'h He was not long in getting to the Heights. d t He went at once to headquarters. [t '"Well, Dick, how are things going?" General Glflec asked. fr "We are holding the enemy in check, sir," said "and General Arnold has sent me for reinforcements. says that if he had two thousand more men he could th the British sound ly." "What nonsense!" said Gates, frowning. "He coul nothing of the kind. I am sorry that I l et him go d hii there in the first place, and I shall not permit any "ns1 of my brave men to go to be slaughtered." The "Liberty Boy" was astonished, and disappointe "Then you refuse to let the reinforcements go, sir. asked "I do. Arnold rushed hot-headedly into the affair; let him get out of it as best he can." 0-f course, Dick cou ld say or do nothing, and bowing rne saluting, he took his departure. in


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 23 He was eager to be with his "I.Jiberty Boys." He was not l ong i n gett ing back to the scene of the bate. He e ncountered Arnold, and told him what General ate s h a d said ".And h e refused to send the reinforcements?" cried nold in a tone of mingled anger and amazement Yes, sir .An exclamation of anger escaped Arnold's lips. Tha t beats anything I ever heard of," he sa id. "There re e l e v e n thousand men up on the Heights, doing noth g and i f two or three thousand of them were down here e could defeat the British. It is the strangest thing I e r h eard of-his refusing to let the reinforcementi:: ''It i s bad, sir." Yes, but we' ll thrash the redcoats, anyway, unal3sisted, i ck. Come on; we will show Gates that we can do the ork without help from him!" T hen he dashed straight toward the British at a gallop, a v in g h i s sword and crying, "At them, my brave boys! n t h e representatives of a tyrant king!" 1 8 Di ck hastened to where the "Liberty e, and o k command. "Ar e the reinforcements coming, Dick?" asked Bob. No, B ob." a "Wh y n ot?" "General Gates refused to l et them come." ''Why did he do that?" ''I don't know L Jove, that's bad!" "Yes, but Arnold says we'll whip the redcoats anyway, e thout assistance; so let's go for them, redhot." u "All right; I'm in for doing it, and so will the boys be." ick ordered the youths to follow him, and dashed for rd, waving his sword and yelling, "Down with the king! I Y ng l ive l iberty!" he "Liberty Boys" followed him with ringing cheers, their example was followed by others. t was a desperate battle, but the patriots were detered to win. The "Liberty Boys" were in the thick of fray a l ways, and they fought like llcmons, forcing the Di tish back again and again t i s probable that the patriots would have got the bet!lr of the battle had no reinforcements come to the aid of British; but Riedesel, with his force, finally appeared [d he scene, and attacked the patriots' right flank. do his, of course, was likely to turn the tide of battle m n st the patriots, but it was now nearly dark, and the iots fought furiously, and the Briti s h could not drive ed back. r o.g was a terrible scene, i ndeed. h e c r ashing of the musketry, the yells, groans, and e k s was sufficient to make up a bedlam that was fearful t e n to, and the sol diers on the Heights listened with mess, and wished that they were down there, taking a in t he affa i r It was not their fault that they were not there. They would have been glad to have been there. The battle raged till darkness settle d over all, and made it impossible. to see to shoot at each other, and then the patriots retired to the Heights, taking their wounded w ith them. The British went into camp on the Freeman Far m, where the battle had taken place. General Burgoyne called hi s staff officers together, im mediately after s upp er, and they held a council. He and hi s officers tried to reason themselves into the b e lief that they had won a victory, because they remained on the battle-field, but it is a matter of history that dark ness stopped the battle, and that about an equal number of men were killed and wounded on both sides, the British lo sing as many as the patriots lost. It would be hard to reckon this a victory for the B ri tish, then. Burgoyne was not feeling in the best of humor. He did not look like a man who b a d won a victory. There was a frown on his face, and he could not but ac knowledge that his plan of attacking the patriots had been spoiled utterly by the attack that had been made by the patriots. They had not waited to be attacked, but had come down to meet him, and had made the attack. "That fellow, Arnold, is a great fighter," he said, with a shake of the head "Yes; if the rebels had a few more s uch generals as he we would have a hard time thrashing them," said another officer. "Yes, and if they had a few regiments made up of such fighters as are those young chaps they cal! 'The Liberty Boys of '7G,' we would have hard work doing anything with them," said an officer. "That's true, too,'' was the reply. "They are terrors in a fight, aren't they!" "Yes; they seem to be very fortunate. A few of them went down this afternoon, but it was very few-not to ex ceed half a dozen, I am s ure "You are right. It was not more than that." "It proves what we have so often noticed to be the case, the bolder and more reckless soldiers there are on the bat tlefield, the less lik ely_ they are to be killed or wounded." "That does seem to be the case,'' with a nod of assent. "I have noticed it many times Then the officers turned to the discussion of the ques tion as to what should be done on the next day. Of course, they thought that they would renew the bat tle in the morning, and their idea was to lay plans for the engagement. While they were discussing the matter, the orderly came to the tent, and told Qeneral Burgoyne that a messeng& wished to see him. "Where is h e from?" asked the general. "He says he is from down the river,'' was the rep ly. Burgoyne hesitated, and. then said: --


24 TUE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. "Send him in." A few moments l ater a man entered, and saluted the general and the officers of the staff "You are a messenger, you say, my man?" asked Bur goyne. "Yes, sir." ... "From whom are you a messenger?" "From General Clinton.'' This announcement caused considerable excitement Exclamations escaped the lips of the ofticers, and they stared at the messenger eagerly. "What message do you bring?" asked General Bur goyne. The man drew a goosequillJ.rom his pocket, and handed it to the general. "There is the message," he said. The general took the quill, cut it open, and on the in side found a message written on tissue paper, the same having been rolled up tightly and placed in the quill. The rumpled sheet was spread out and carefully smooth ed, and then the message was read. "It is from General Clinton, sure enoughF1 said Bur goyne, "and he says that he is making arrangements to send an expedition up the river, to come to our relief!" "That is good news!" "Yes, yes!" "That is the best of news." "Will not this knowledge that has just come to us alter our plans, General Burgoyne?" asked one of the officers. The general nodded. "Yes,'' he said. "Instead of making an a tack on the enemy in the morning, and continuing fhe battle, we will draw back, and wait. It will be our game from now on to kill time and wait for the arrival of the expedition that is to be sent to our aid by General Clinton." "That will be the best plan," agreed one of the officers. "Yes,'' said Burgoyne. "I wish I had known of this before we came over to the west side of the river." "True, general. We could have remained quietly in camp, over on the east side, and would have been in no danger of being subjected to an attack; but here it will be different." "Yes; we are likely to be attacked at any time." "True; still, as we outnumber the rebels, I don't think they will be eager to make an attack, and if we hold off they will in all probability do the same." "Quite likely I certainly hope so." The officers then discussed the matter for an hour or more, and made their plans. It was decided to play a waiting game, and give General Clinton's relief expedition time to reach them. CHAPTER XIII. A WAITING GAME. "They didn't thrask us, anyway, Dick." "No; we gave them as good as they It was the morning after the battle of Freeman's Far The patriot army was at breakfast. The "Liberty Boys" were eating and talking of t battle at the same time. "What do you think, Dick-will the British make other attempt at attacking us to-day?" asked Mark M nson. "Hard telling, Mark, but I rather think they will. "Let them,'' cried Bob Estabrook. "Just let the We'll be able to hold our own, and maybe more." "Yes, even down on the level ground, on even term sa id Dick. "And as for them storming the Heights-th is out of the question. They could not hope to do it s cessfully "I s hould say not,'' from Sam Sanderson. "But, say, fellows," said Bob Estabrook, "what do think of General Gates not sending the reinforceme when Arnold sent Dick up after them?" "I think it was shabby treatment." "So do I." "I think that Arnold told the truth when he said tia with two thousand more men he cou ld have crushed t British center and beaten them, completely "I think so; we held our own even as it was, oo they outnumbered us, too." i "So they did. They must have had a third more mn than we did." "There is no doubt regarding that." "I tell you, General Arnold was mad!" said Dick, "lfE I don't blame him for being so. But we'll have toi careful how we talk, boys. General Gates is a man f'] would make things unpleasant for us if he knew we wd criticising him and his actions." "That's true, too; but it is hard to hold in when onli boiling over with a desire to speak,'' said Bob. S J "It's always hard for you to hold in, Bob," wit]n w "Bosh! You're as much of a talker as I am, Dick. 'h Dick Slater laughed good -n aturedly. "That's all right," he said, and then he added: "I'll wager that General Gates and Arnold have sre w:um words this morning." "I'll wager the same way,'' said Bob. "And so will I,'' from Mark Morrison. fen "It won't do Arnold any good to quarrel with Ge/Jo Gates, though," said Sam Sanderson. Oh "You are right about that," agreed Dick. "But it o be some satisfaction to him to say what he thinks." The prognostications of the "Liberty Boys" were re ct. General Gates and Arnold were at that very mo r having a word-sparring match in the commander's r. Arnold had gone there immediately after finishinj a breakfast. l He went right at the business at hand, and bluntly, why the general had refused to send the rei men ts.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 25 'Because I did not choose to do so," was the reply, with assumption 0 dignity. ''That is a very poor reason for one general to give other or refusing to send reinforcements at a critical oment, and when said reinforcements would have en-led me to turn the tables on the enemy and defeat them mpletely." "You could not have done this,'' said Gates. ''I say I could have done it!" said Arnold, hotly; "and I uld have done it, too, if you had sent me two thousand "You just think so, General Arnold," was the deliberate ly. "You over-rate your powers, which is a very com n error 0 youth and inexperience." Arnold glared at Gates as i he would like to wither him th a look, but Gates was the commander of the army, and ew his power. He was master, and was the kind of man make use 0 his power. He would not have cared greatly had Arnold struck him1 hated the young, daring officer, and would have been d of' a chance to arrest him, and have him court-mared later on. ut Arnold, while hot-blooded and impulsive, had a d deal 0 cool common sense as well, and he was not g to place himself at the other's mercy by striking 'So you think that I am young and inexperienced, and not know what I am talking about when I say I could e beaten the British, eh?" he asked, in a tone 0 re > ssed anger. t I think that you are unduly enthusiastic, Gene:r:al 4.r-" IV Well, I can only say that such an accusation could not justice be brought against you, General Gates," was sarcastic reply. spite 0 his efforts to prevent it, General Gates' face red. ,... .. he words 0 Arnold contained so much 0 truth that could not but hurt. eneral Gates was not famous for his enthu s iasm when s e was a battle in progress. deed, some 0 the historians state that he was a man reme sedentary habits at such times. ence the thrust from Arnold went home. o you mean to insult me?" s:\>uttered the general. h, no,'' was the calm reply. "0 course, i you wish t construe my words, I cannot help it; out I had no intention, and cannot be blamed or your construction e y speech." ell, you had better be careful how you address me, .o ral Arnold. Do not forget that I am your superior s am not likely to forget it, sir,'' was the cutting reply. make me remember it frequently-as yesterday aon, or instance, when I sent or the reinforcements ou refused to send them." did the right thing in refusing, sir,'' growled Gates. "You doubtless think so; of course, I would not say that you do not think so, for-you are ;my commanding officer. I beg leave to differ with you, however, sir. Had you sent the reinforcement s we should easily have crushed the Brit ish center an'd beaten the enemy at every point "Bah! I do not believe it.'' "Very well; but I am confident that I am right, and that you committed an error when you withheld the troops when I sent for them." "See here l General .Arnold,'' spluttered Gates, his face red with anger; "by what right do you criticise me, your superior officer? If you are not careful you will overstep your rights, and get yourself into trouble." Arnold stood and looked steadily into the eyes 0 the other or nearly half a minute. "General Gates,'' he said, "it is hard, very hard, or me to remain here and be under such a commander as you have proved yourself to be.'' Gates was rendered furious by the calmly insulting voice and words 0 the other, and he roared: "Well, you don't need to stay, sir! You may go, just as s oon as you like. I don t need you.'' "You mean that you don't want me,'' said Arnold, suavely. "I think you do need me, so far as that is con cerned." "Bah! You are too greatly impressed with a sense 0 your importance, General Arnold,'' said General Gates, "and I will prove that I do not need you by letting you go at once, if you wish." "Very well," hot)y. "Give me a pass, and I will return to West Point and leave you to win this battle with Gen eral Burgoyne by yourself and in your own way." "All right, s ir; you shall have the pass," and Gates sat down and wrote it immediately, and handed it to Arnold, who took it, pocketed it, and without a word turned and strode from the tent. Arnold at once told the other officers 0 what had occurred, and that he was going to return to Washington's headquarters at once, but they persuaded him to not be in a hurry. They told him that he ought not to do this thing. He had been sent up there by General Washington to aid in bringing about the defeat and capture 0 Bur goyne's army, and it was his duty to remain, even though it was hard to do so. At last, w:hen they told him that it was his duty, he said he would remain, and he went to his quarters, feeling un certain regarding his status. He did not know whether he was entitled to assume command under the circum stan;es, even though there was a battle at hand; he had a pass in his pocket, and he was not sure but that the accept ance of the pass was equivalent to resigning the right to command. Still, he decided to remain and await the trend 0 affairs and act as circumstances should direct. "It had been supposed that the British would make an other attack, on this morning, but the scouts sent out re ported that all was quiet in the British encampment.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. They were not stirring, or making any move ioward They could not understand it. getting ready to advance upon the patriot stronghold. Arnold was restless, and cbuld scarcely contain himself. This seemed to be a rather strange state of affairs, the He fretted and fumed when among his friends. patriot officers thought. He declared that Gates ought to make an attack on the They talked the matter over, and discussed it from British. many standpoints. "I wouldn't l et them stay there so quietly, and so much At la st they ga".e it up, however; they could not figure at their ease, if I was commander here," he said. "I out the meaning of the action, or want of action, rather, would make things so liv e ly for them that they would not of the British. have time to do anything save protect themselves." It looked as though the redcoats had come to the deThe officers knew that Arnold was speaking only the cision that they had had all they wanted of fighting the truth. day before. Many of them would have been glad to have been sent The day passed, and the British had not made any move against the British. Anything would have been preferable toward attempting to storm the patriot works. to sitting quietly on the Heights and waiting for-they "They must be up to some kind of a trick, however,'' said knew not what. one of the officers. "Their inaction means something ." Of course, the British were simply waiting for the arOthers of the officers thought the same rival of the expedition which General Clinton was expected Next day the British were as listless and quiet as they to send up the river to their relief. had been the day before. They were killing time. They did not seem to have any intention of renewing the They were well pleased to be let alone. conflict. 1 That was what they wanted, and had they known about The patriots could not understand it. it they would have been very glad to know that General They were suspicious, however; they believed that tbe Arnold was under a cloud, and scarce ly to be considered enemy was busily engaged in laying plans, and that it as having a command. They had great respect for the would act presently. ":fighting general,'' as they called him. So a close watch was kept upon the British. But things were coming to a head in the British encamp 'A score of scouts were constantly out, watching the ment. British from all sides at once, and noting everything that Their provisions were giving out, and they had no means was done in the camp 1 of getting more. Patriot scouts stole through the timber like ghosts, so Of course, they managed to secure. a little in the way () stealthy were their movements. They were equa l to the provisions, by sending out occasional foraging parties, bu red Indians in skil l at this sort of work. this was only a drop in the bucket. Many men were stationed in treetops, on the hillside, It takes a gr-at deal of food to feed an army of sol and they were enabled to keep a sharp lookout. diers, and the British would soon be suffering the pangs o The second day passed as the first had, with no signs hunger. of activity in the British encampment. General Burgoyne watched toward the south, day b The next day went in the same way. day, but no ships appeared in sight, and at last he decid The British seemed to have lost all interest in the that the expected expedition was not going to get there affair; all they seemed to care to do was to sit around in time to keep him from being forced to make some decM the camp, and smoke and play cards. move. And thus day after day passed. The British still reHe called his officers to.gether, and a council of war W 1 mained quiet, and made no move. held. The patriots could not understand it. He l aid the situation before them, and the matter CHAPTER XIV. THE SURRENDER OF BURGOYNE. Two weeks passed, and things remained in much the same shape as they were the day after the battle of Freeman's Farm. The British had made no move toward making another attack. They had remained quietly in camp. The patriots were puzzled. discussed thoroughly and from every point of view. At last it was decided to make an attack. The time for the attack was the next morning, which would be 7th of October. The plans were carefully matured, and it was deci that this should be a final desperate effort to defeat "rebels." The word was sent around to all the soldiers to be r for warm work on the following morning. General Burgoyne and some of his best officers, fifteen hundred picked men, made an early start, w morning cam-e, and they advanced with the intention trying to turn the patriot left flank. Their plan was discovered, however, and the pat t: 0


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA. 27 met them, and engaged them in a hot fight. Morgan's Burgoyne called a council of war that evening, and the riflemen, with three thousand New York militia, and also affair was talked over at length. the "Liberty Boys,'' were the members of the force that It was plain hat they were in a desperate st rait. met the regiment and a half of picked British soldiers, and There seemed to be only one thing to do, and that was the enemy was quickly hurled backward, and forced to to abandon the cannon and baggage and push northward retreat, in almost a demoralized condition through the timber in the night and cross the river oppoArnold had remained behind, watching the affair from site Fort Edward At this point the river was fordable, the Heights, and now he saw that there was a chance to and it seemed to be the only chance that remained to the strike the British center a strong blow, leaping upon British. If it failed they would certainly have to sur a horse which had been brought by his orderly, he dashed render very soon down the hillside at a gallop, and headed for the scene of While they were yet deliberating, and laying out their action. plans, a messenger was shown into the tent, and he reGeneral Gates told one of his under officers to stop ported that the patriots were guarding the fords to the Arnold, as he was likely to do something rash, but Arnold northward, and that strong forces had been stationed bewas too quickly away, and the officer could not head him tween Fort Edward and Fort George. off. The British officers looked at one another in dismay. When Arnold appeared among his old soldiers they gave "It looks as though we are doomed," said one. utterance to the wildest cheers, and followed him with re"You are right. There does not seem to be much hope sistless force, driving the British before them. for us," said another. General Fraser, one of the ablest of the British officers, "We are surrounded,'' said General Burgoyne. was killed by one of Morgan's riflemen, and this added to "Yes, we will have to make such a stana as is possible, the demoralization. right where we are," said General Ackerly. Arnold and his men next attacked the Canadian auxiliNext morning the patriots opened fire with cannon, and aries, and put them to rout, and they threw themselves the sharpshooters kept busily at work also. upon Breymann's force. This was kept up for six days, and then, seeing that Breymann was killed, and his force was scattered and there was no possible chance for his army to escape, Genfled. eral Burgoyne sent a flag of truce to Genera l Gates, asking Just as Arnold was waving his sword and calling upon on what terms a surrender would be accepted. his men to follow him, for another dash at the enemy, a I This was on the 14th of October, just a week after the wounded German took deliberate aim, and fired at the second battle of Freeman's Farm. officer. The bullet killed the house and went through General Gates sent Dick Slater out to talk to the bearer Arnold's leg, breaking it just above the knee. of the flag of truce. One of the patriot soldiers was going to bayonet the "Tell him that I demand an unconditional surrender,'' German soldier, but Arnold cried out, "For God's sake, said Gates don't hurt him; he's a fine fellow!" Dick told the messenger, who went back to the British This saved the soldier's life, though there were many of camp and told Burgoyne what the patriot commander had the patriots who would have killed him without compuncsaid tion, for they did not look upon him as being a fine fellow, "We will not surrender unconditionally,'' declared Bureveo though Arnold seemed to think that such was the goyne, angrily. "Go back and tell him so." case. Arnold was such a brave man himself that he did This was the beginning of the discussion as to terms of not blame the man for shooting him. surrender, and it was kept up three days. It was now almost dark, and the fall of Arnold, who was At the end of that time an agreement was reached. It the real commander on that day, and the rout of the Britwas one more favorable to Burgoyne than it should have ish army, brought the battle to an end. been, perhaps, and this was caused by the fact that Gates The patriot victory was complete. had learned that a force of three thousand British was comBurgoyne had been utterly defeated and beaten on every ing up the Hudson, and had already captured a couple of side. forts down the stream. Of co-Luse, it was absurd to think There was only one thing for him to do now. That was that such a small force could have done anything serious, to retreat as rapidly as possible with his crippled army. but Gates was a very careful man when danger of any sort Next day the retreat began, and the British retired to threatened, and so he made easy terms for Burgoyne. Saratoga. They would have liked to have crossed the It was agreed that the British soldiers might march out river, but the bridge of boats was gone; and besides, there of their camp with the honors of war, and after piling their were many patriot soldiers on the east shore of the river weapons on the ground, were to be permitted to march now. across the country to Boston and embark on shipboard for Lincoln had come down from the north with a strong England, it being understood, of course, that they were not force, and hundreds, even thousands of patriots had flocked to take part in the war again during its continuance. The to the spot from beyond the New England line. British officers were to be permitted to retain their small


28 THE LI13ERTY BOYS AT SARATOGA I a rms, and no one s luggag e was to b e s ear c h e d or mo-' tion Arnold 's nam e ; but said that he (Gates) had done so l ested. A n other peculiar feature of the affair was that the and so, and had ul timate l y brought about the surrender of surr ender was to be designated a "conv e ntion the British. T his was General Burg o y n e s s u gges tion, and was The people knew, howev e r and Arnold received and a greed to, and the s urrender ha s always been r e ferr e d to by has always received-the credit that was due; the only English historians as the "Convention of S a r a toga." pity is that he h a d not r e m a ined s tan c h and true to the Jus t afte r the agreement had b e en s igned, a Tory spy end of the war. He was a brave man and a gallant officer, m anaged to evade the patriot guards and ente r the British but he spoiled all at last, by turning traitor. He was not e n campme n t. He brought the n e w s t o Bur g o y n e that a without some e x cu s e for feeling hard toward Congress, Bri t i s h force was advancing up the Huds on He did not true, but that does not excuse him for plotting to betray know how st r ong a force it was howe ve r his countrymen into the hands of their aic h enemy. The Bri t i s h officers at o nce held a council to reconsider The "Liberty Boys" d i d not remain l ong at Sa r atoga the surrende r If a British force was clos e a t hand, they after the surrender of Burgoyne, but went away, to seek might yet escape w ithout surrenderin g for new fields whe reon they might make themselves fa T he disc u ssion was long and heated Some favored re mous pudi at i ng the agreement, other s were in favor of abiding Four years later Dick Slat e r and Bob E s tabrook were b y it, h o ldi ng that they were in honor bound to do so. iu that vicinity once more. They attended a wedding a t Whil e t hey were in the height of the di s cussion a cannon the Folger farmhouse-the wedding of Joe Hunter and b a ll came down through the top of their t e nt, bounded Be s sie Folger And at the wedding, one of the honored over t h e t ab l e around whi c h the y sat, and went on out guests, was Harmod, the old hermit. thro u g h t h e s ide of the tent. It i s said that h i s was taken a s a gentl e hint that it was not saf e to delay too l ong 1in s ending the a g reem ent back t o t h e patri ot s and it was quickly desp a t c h e d b y a mes -senger THE END. The next number (125) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND OLD PUT"; OR, THE ESCAPE AT HORSENECK," by Harry Gene r a l B urgoyne said that he did not think the y were Moore bound b y the agreement, until after it h a d been d e livered into the hand s of the patriot s but that it was hi s id e a that the B ri tis h force coming up the Hudson-if a n y s u c h w e re com i ng -woul d be inadequate to the work of freeing them fr o m t h eir per il and that it was a s well to surre nder at once a n d h ave done with it. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of t his weekl y are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a n y newsdea l er, s e nd the price in money o r postage sta mp s b y m ai l t o FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER 24 UNION O n t h e 17th day of Octob e r the Briti s h march e d out of SQUA R E, NEW Y OR K, a n d you w ill receiv e the copies their e n campment, laid down their arm s and mar c h e d you ord e r by return m a il. away to the river, whe re the y crossed, and then heading ea stwa rd marched toward Bos ton. Thus ended the great affair at Saratoga. G e neral Bur g o y ne an d several of his staff officer s went to Albany with "HAPPY DAYS." 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The Battle of the 1raklrs. 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner ; or, 1.:apturecl at Avon. 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme. 145 Fred Fearnot and the Baron ; 'Jr, Calling Down a Nobleman. H6 Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, rea Days In Wall Street. 147 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moonshiners. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, rrailing a Stolen Child. 150 Fred Fearnot's Quick Work; or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. 151 Fred Fearnot at Sliver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. 185 186 187 188 189 190 l!ll 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border; or, Punishing the Mexican Bor1e Stealer&. 204 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life; or, Running the Gauntlet. 205 154 Fred Fearnot Lost ; or, Missing for Thirty Days. 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or, The Mexican Pocahontas. 206 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps" ; or, A Queer Turning of Fred Fearnot in New Mexico ; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. Fred Fearnot in Arkansas ; o r, The Que e r est of All Adventures. Fred Fearnot in Montana; or, 'h e Dispute at Rocky Hill. Fred Fearnot and the Mayor ; or, The Trouble at Snapping Shoals. Fred Fearnot' s Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia River. Fred Fearnot' s Hard Experience; or, Roughing it at Red Guieb. Fred Fearnot Strande d ; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the Money. Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by Bandits. Fred Fearnot' s Terrible Risk; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless Venture. Fred Fearnot's Last Card ; or, The Game that Saved His Life. Fred Fearuot and the Professor; or, The Man Who Knew it All. Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop; or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting for His Belt. Fred Fearnot's Great Risk ; or, One Chance in a Thousand. Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth ; or, Running Down a Sllck Villain. Fred Fearnot's New Deal; or, Working for a Banker. Fred Fearnot in Dakota; or, The I ,ittie Combination Ranch. Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents ; or, Terry Olcott's Cool Nerve. Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman or the Plains. Fred Fearnot's Training School; or, How to Make a Living. Fred Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who was Short. Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper ; or, Searching tor a Lost Cavern. the Tables. 2 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fun with the 0 7 Fred Fearnot In Colorado: or, Running a Sheep Ranch. 1 "Spirits." 208 Fred Fearnot at the Ball ; or, The Girl In the Green Mask. 158 Fred Fearnot and the "Mean Man" ; or, The Worst He Ever 209 Fred F earnot and the Duellist; or, The Man Who Wanted to Struck. Fight. 159 F d F t' G tit d Ba klnl? u Pl k 13 y 210 Fred Fearnot on the Stump; or, Backing an Old Veteran. re earno s ra u e; or, c F. JP a uc Y 0 211 Fred Fearnot' s New Trouble, or, Up Against a Monopoly. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined; or The Judges Mistake. 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; or, The Fun that Raised the 212 Fred Fearnot as Marshal; or, Commanding the Peace. Funds. 213 Fred Fearnot and "Wally"; or, The Good Natured Bully ot 162 Fred Fearnot and the Anarchists; or, The Burning of the Red 214 Badger. Flag. Fred Fearnot and the Miners ; or, The Trouble At Coppertown. 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour; or, Going it Alone. 215 Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, : ore Ways Than One. 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West" ; or, Astonishing the Old East 216 Fred Fearno't and the Hlndoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at 165 Fred Fearnot In Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. Coppertown. 166 Fred Fearnot in Turkey; or, Defying the Sultan. 217 Fred Fearnot Snow Bound; or, Fun with Pericles Smith 167 Fred Fearnot in Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danube. 218 Fred Fearnot' s Great Fire Fight; or, Rescuing a Prairie School. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 219 Fred Fearnot in New Orleans; or, Up Against the Mafia. 169 Fred Fearnot in Ireland; or, Watched by the Constabulary. 220 Fred Fearnot and the Haunted House; or, Unraveling a Great 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound; or, Shadowed by Scotland Mystery. 171 Justice; or, The Champion of the School Marm. 221 Fri1orearnot on the Mississippi; or, The Blackleg's Murderous 172 Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies; or, The Mystery of a Stolen 222 Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battie for Life in the Dark. Child. 223 Fred Fearnot and the "Greaser" ; or, The Fight to Death with 173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" Lariats. Men. 224 Fred Fearnot In Mexico; or, Fighting the Revolutionists. 174 Fred Fearnots Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 225 Fred Fearnot's Daring Bluff; or, The Nerve that Saved His Life. 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor"; or, The Indian Medicine Fakir. 226 Fred Fearnot and the Grave Digger; or, The Mystery of a Ceme176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. tery. 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of Black Beauty. 227 Fred Fearnot's Wall Street Deal; or, Between the .Bulls and the 178 Fred Fearnot's Great Struggle ; or, Downing a Senator. Bears. 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 228 Fred Fearnot and "Mr. Jones" ; or, The Insurance Man In 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson ; or, "Who Runs This Town?" Trouble. ] 81 Fred Fearnot and the Rioters; or, Backing Up the Sheriff. 229 Fred Fearnot's Big Gift; or, A Week at Old Avon 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Chase for a Stolen 230 Fred Fearnot and the "Witch" ; or, Exposing an Old Fraud. Diamond. 231 Fred Fearnot' s Birthday; or, A Big Time Jlt New Era. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek ; or, The Masked Fiends of the 232 Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chief ; or, 8'\arching for a Lost Mines. Girl. For Sa.le by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by l'BAJIK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS I MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . . 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ISSUED WEEKLY LATEST ISSUES: 139 The Bradys In the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street Mystery. 140 The Bradys and the Rall Road Thieves ; or, The Mystery of the Midnight Train. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work In the Shop-u!ng District. 142 The Bradys and the Broker ; oi:,_ The Plot to Steal a Fortune. 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, working for a Newspaper. 144 The Bradys and the Lost Ranche ; or, The Strange Case In Texas. 145 The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train Robbery. 146 The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Cleverest Crook in New York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Customs Inspectors. 348 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stolen Million. 149 The Bradys at Cripple Creek ; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men." 150 The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after Dark. 151 '.l.'he Bradys In Five Points; or, rhe Skeleton in the Cellar. 152 Jj'an 'l'oy, the Opium Queen; or, The Bradys and the Chinese Smugglers. 153 The Bradys' Boy Pupil ; or, Sifting Strange Flvldence. 154 The Bradys In the Jaws of Death; or, Trapping the Wire Tap pers. 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker ; or, Hustling for Millions In the Hub. 184 The Bradys on Bl!zzard Island; or, Tracking the Go ld Thieves of Cape Nome. 185 The Bradys In the Black Hl!ls ; or, Their Case in North Dakota. 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case In the Gold Mines. 187 The Bradys and the ",Rube"; or, Tracking the Confidence Men. 188 The Bradys as Firemen ; or, Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 189 The Bradys In the Oil Country ; or, The Mystery of the Giant Gusher. 190 The Bradys and the Blind Beggar; or, The Worst Crook of All. 191 The nradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs of Chicago. 192 The Bradys and the Se .ven Skulls; or, The Clew That Was Found In the Barn. 193 The Bradys in Mexico ; or, The Search for the Aztec Treasure Honse. 194 The Bradys at Black Run; or, Tralllng the Coiners ot Candle Creek. 195 The Bradys Among the Bulls and Bears; or, Working the Wires In Wall Street. 196 The Bradys and the King; or, Working tor the Bank of England. 197 '.l.'he Bradys and the Duke's Diamonds; or, The Mystery of the Yacht. lf\8 The Bradys and the Bed Rock Mystery; or, Working in the Black 155 The Bradys 156 The Bradys Thieves. and the Typewriter; or, The Office Boy's Secret, and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountain 199 Hills. The Bradys and the Card Crooks; or, Working on an Ocean Llnet1. The Bradys and ''John Smith"; or, The Man Without a Nadie. The Bradys and the Manhunters; or, Down In the Dismal Swamp. The Bradys and the High Rock Mystery ; or, The Secret of the 157 The Bradys and Chinatown. the Drug Slaves ; Ok, The Yellow Demons of 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen ; or, Running Down the "Reds." 159 The Bradys and the Hotel Crooks ; or, The Mystery of Room 44. 160 The Bradys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work in the Har-bor. 161 The Bradys and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark Nights Work. 162 The Bradys' Winning Game; or, Playing Against the Gamblers. 163 The Bradys and the Mail Thieves ; or, The Man In the Bag. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen; or, The Clew Found in the River. 165 The Bradys after the Grafters ; or, The Mystery in the Cab. 166 The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang ; or, tne Great Case in Missouri. i67 The Bradys and Miss Brown ; or, The Mysterious Ca2e In So ciety 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned Envelope. 169 The Bradys and Blonde Bill; or, The Diamond Thieves of Malaen 200 201 202 Seven Steps. 203 The Bradys at the Block House ; or, Rustling the Rustlers on the Frontier. 204 The Bradys In Baxter Street ; or, The House Without a Door. 205 The Bradys Midnight Call; or, The Mystery of Harlem Heights. 206 The Bradys Behind the Bars; or, Working on Blackwells Island. 207 The Bradys and the Brewer's Bonds; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 208 The Bradys on the Bowery ; or, The Search for a Missing Girl. 209 The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious Case. The Bradys and the Gold Fakirs; or, Working for the Mint. 211 The Bradys at Bonanza Bay; or, Working on a Mlll!on Dollar Clew. 212 and the Black Riders; or, The Mysterious Murder at 213 The Bradys and Senator Slam; o r Working With Washington Crooks. Lane. a70 The Bradys and t71 The Bradys on Harness Gang. 214 The Bradys and the Man from Nowhere; or, Their Very Hardest Case. the Opium Ring; or, The Clew In Chinatown. 215 the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Light-The Bradys and "No. 99" ; or, The Search tor a Mad Million aire. 172 The Bradys and the Black Doctor; or, The Secret of the Old Vault. 73 The Rradys and the Girl In Grey ; or, The Queen of the Crooks. !174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. !l75 The Bradys and the Moonshiners; or, Away Down in Tennessee. !l76 The Bradys In Badtown; or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. 177 The Bradys in the Klondike; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. !li8 The Bradys on the East Side; or1 Crooked Work in the Slums. !l79 The Bradys and the "Hlghblndets' ; or, 1'he Hot Case in Chinatown. !180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring ; or, The Strange Case of the Fortune-Teller. !J.81 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs in 'Frisco. 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READE ., Containing Storios or Advonturos on nand, Soa and in tho Ak. ,.i .. :e-Y-''N"<>N Number Handsomely 1n a Illuminated Cover All our readers know Frank Reade, Jr., the g r eatest inventor of the age, and his two fun-loving chums, Barney and Pomp. The stories published in this magazine contain a true account of the wond e rful and exciting adventures of the famous inventor, with his marvellous flying machines, electrical overland engines, and his extra ordinary submarine boats. Each number is a rare treat. Tell your newsdealer to get you a copy 1 Frank Reade, Jr's White Cruiser of the Clouds; or, The Search for the Dog-Faced Men 2 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Boat, the "Explorer" ; or, To the North Pole Under the I ce 8 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Van; or, Hunting.Wild Animals in the Jungles of India. 4 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe ; or, The Search for the Valley of Diamonds. 5 Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent"; or, The Search for Sunken Gold. 6 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Terror, the "Thunderer"; or, The Search for the Tartar's Captive. 7 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air Wonder, the "Kite" ; or, A Six Weeks' Flight Over lthe Andes. 8 Frank Reade, Jr.' s De e p Sea Diver, the "Tortoise" ; or, The Search for a Sunken Island. 9 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Invention, the "Warrior"; or, F ighting Apaches In Arizona. 10 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Air Boat ; or, Hunting Wild Beasts for a Circus. 11 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Torpedo Boat; or, At War With the Brazilian Rebels. 12 Fighting the Slave Hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., In Central Afric a 18 From Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful Trip of Frank Reade, Jr., with His Latest Air Ship. 14 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes; or, A J ourney Through Africa by Water. 15 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Turret; or, Lost In the Land of Fire. 16 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the C louds; o r ChaseO.' Around the World in the Sky. 17 In the Whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.' s Strange Adventures In a Submarine Boat. 18 Chase d Across the Sahara; or, Frank Jiteade, Jr. After a Bedouin's Captive. 19 Six Weeks In the Cl ouds; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air-Ship the "Thund erbolt.'' 20 Around the World Under Water; or, The Wonderful Cruise of a Submarine Boat. 21 The Mystic Brand; or, Frank R e ade, Jr., and His Overland Stage. 22 Frank Reade, Jr.' s E lectric Air Racer; or, Around the Glo b e in Thirty Days. 23 The Sunken Pirate; or, Frank Reade, Jr., In Search of a Treasure at the Bottom of the Sea. 24 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Magnetic Gun Carriage; or, Working for the U.S. Mail. 25 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift In the Frozen Sky. 26 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Sea Engine; or, Hunting for a Sunken Diamond Mine. 27 The Black Range; or, Frank Reade, J r., Among the Cowboy s with His Electric Caravan. 28 Over the Ande s with Frank Reade, Jr., in His New Air-Ship; or, Wild Adventures In Peru. For Sale by All Newsdeal e rs, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FBA:NX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers they can be obtained from this oftice direct. Cut out and fill in the f ollowing Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by r&turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 1.'AKJiJN THE SAME AS MONEY . . . ......................................................................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ....................... 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .......................................................... '' '' WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ........................................................... .FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ..................................... ........... PLUCK AND LUCK Nos .. ...................................................... SECRET SERVICE Nos ............................................................. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .... .............................................. Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ....................................................... Name .......................... Street and No .................. Town .......... State ......... ..


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By -HARRY MOORE. These stories based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. fa.i thful account of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of American youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound tn a. colored cover. LA TEST ISSUES: 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or In the Nick of Time. 43 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 41 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Torle1. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Dlse.11pearance of Dick Slater. 411 The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip ; or, Squeezrng the Redcoats. 47 '.l'he Liberty -Boys' Success; or, Doing What .rhey Set Out to Do. 48 The Liberty Boys' Setback; or. D efeated, But Not Disgraced. 49 .rh e Liberty Boys In roryvllle; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused. ; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert,.. '.l'he Liberty Boys' Triumph ; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Own Gllme. 52 The r,lberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. 53 The Liberty Boys' Danger ; or, Foes on All Sides. r.4 The Liberty Hoys' Flight: or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Llbertv Boys Strategy: or, Out-Generallng the Enemy. 5G The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; .or, Showing the R e d coats How to 1''1ght. 5 7 '.r h e Liberty Boys' "Push" ; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 61 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going It Blind. G2 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke: or, With '"Light-Horse Harry" at Paulus H oo k 63 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Livel y Times; or, Here, There apd Everywhere. 64 The Liberty Boys "Lon e Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Great 8-l The Liberty Boys H oo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. 81; The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led T h em. 8fl The Llllerty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought for Independence. 8 7 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind" : or, Taking Big Chan ces. 88 The J,iberty Boys' Band: or, Bumping the British Hard. st1 The Uberty Roys' "Hurry Call"; or. A Wild Dash to Save a Friend. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of the Mountain. 'll Thl' L!berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed" ; or, War m Work In the '.l'all '!'Imber 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Be.eking the British Down. 94 'rhe Liberty B0ys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Bennington. 95 The Liberty Boys In New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the British Lion. 96 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. Not Afraid of .Anything. 97 The Liberty Boys Long March ; or, 'l'he Move that Puzzled the British. 91l The Liberty Boys Bo ld Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. 99 The Liberty Boys In New York: or, Helping to Hold the Great City. 100 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready tu Take Chances. 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, Hauling the Redcoats In. 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too B' tor the British. 103 '.r h e Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, The Mistake that Helped Them. Odds. The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Jdol of the Company. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick: or, Springing a Big Surprise. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath; or, Going tor the Redcoats Roughshod 105 '.l'he Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struggle of 106 The Liberty Boys' Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Ont. All. 107 The Liberty Boys "Wild Jrlshman ; or, A Lively Lad from 68 The Liberty Bors' Lost; or, The '.l'rnp That Did Not Work. Dublin. 69 '.l'h e Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look7 O The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. Ing Fur. 71 'l'he Liberty Boys Lured; or, 'l'he Snare the Enemy Set. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outlaws. 110 The Liberty Boys in Trouble: or, A Bad Run of Luck. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, 'l'ralllng Benedict Ar-111 '.l'he Liberty Boys Jubilee: or, A Great Day for the Gren.t Cause. nold. 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered ; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoo p"; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; 01-, Enduring Terrible BardChaff. ships. 'if. 'J'he Liberty Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work In Old Virginie.. 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or. Lost in the Swamps. 76 'l'he Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, 'l'helr Plot to. Capture the 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Won It. King's Son. 116 The Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Tricked but Not Beaten. 77 The' Liberty Boys' Bold 111ove; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 11 7 The Libert. y Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 7'1 The Liberty Roys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on t h e Mountain. 118 '.l'he Liberty Boys Dead-shots: or, The Deadly Twelve. 70 'l'he I,lberty Bovs' Honor; or, The Promise 'l'he.t Was Kept. 11 9 The Liberty Boys' League; or, Tue Country Bo)'s who Helped. 80 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike" ; or, Bowllng the British Over. 12 O The Liberty Boys' Neatest '.l'rick; or, How the Redcoats were Fooled 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed 1 t. 12 1 The Liberty Boy.a Stranded; or, Afoot in the Enemy's Country. 8!! The Liberty 1.loys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 12 2 The b i berl y Boys in the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Cause. Handle. 12 3 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or raking Toll from the Tories. 83 ThP. 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