The Liberty Boys' bayonet charge, or, The siege of Yorktown

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A Weekly .Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution I ssued Wcel:ly-By S u bscriptiofU $2 .5 0 p"1' year. E n te r e d a& Seco n d Cla.&s Matter at the New Yor k Post Office, February 4, 1 9 01, b y Frank T ouse;. No. 133. NEW YORK, JULY 17, 1903. Pri c e 5 Cents "We are out of ammunition, your excellency, said Dick. "Then charge on the redoubt," & eral Washington, grimly. "Charge bayonets!" cried Dick. 'The "Liberty Boy' s" dashed forward, with a cheer. ; .. ... ."' ,. ."' \l"-6 ,,.. .. _.f .. \ :, :;. .... .#


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekl y Maga zi ne Containing Stories of the American R.evolution, I ssued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N Y., Post Office February 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1903, in the office of the Libraria n of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Y ork. No. 133. NEW YORK, JULY 17, 1903. P r ice 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE; OR, THE SIEGE OF YORKTOWN. By HARBY MOORE. CHAPTER I. THE MESSENGER FROM THE NORTH. Late in th.e afternoon 0 a beautifol day in the latter part of August of the yeat 1781 a handsome youth, mount ed upon a magnificent coal black horse, rod e into the city of Richmond, in the State of Virginia This young man ga llop ed through the sub urbs, and down along the main street of ti1e city and, pausing, finally, asked of a man who was standing on the pavement, the lo cation of the patriot headquarters. "You mean the qttarters occupied by General Lafay ette?" the citizen asked. "Yes,'' was the reply The man pointed down the stree t "Do you see that large house, yonder, in the next block?" he asked. "I do." "That is the Patriot headquarters." "Thank yon,'' and the young man rode on. A minute later he had dismounted and tied his horse imd them he ran up onto the stoop and sounded the knocker on the front door. The door was opened by a negro as black as coal. "I wish to see General Lafayette," said the young man. "Who i s yd, sa h ?" the servant asked. "My name i s Dick Slater." "Whar is yo' from, sah ?" "The North." The youth entered and took a seat on a cha i r sta n d ing in the hall. The negro made his way back along the hall, to where a stairway led upstairs. He made his way up the stairs and was gone perhaps five minutes; then he returned with the announcement : "De gin'ral will see yo', sah; come along uv me, sah." The young man arose and followed the negro upstairs and to the door of a room overlooking the street. The negro pushed t h e door open and said, "Dick Slatah, sah," an d i;tepped aside, the youth passing into the room The negro pulled the door shut and went back down stairs As the youth entered a young man of seeming l y not much greater age than Dick Slater himself rose and ad vanced quickly, his hand extended. This man was General Lafayette the young Frenchman who assisted the Americans so greatl y in their strugg l e for Liberty. "Captain Dick Slater, I am glad to see you," said Gen era l Lafayette. "Thank you'; the reeling is reciprocated, I assure you," replied Dick Slater, as he grabbed the outstretched hand and s hook it warm l y "I have heard a great deal about you and about your brave 'Liberty Boys,' Cjptain Slater." "And I have heard a great deal about the nob l e-hearted young Frenchman, Lafay ette, who has done so much to help the in their fight for freedom,'' sa id D ick, not to be outdone in politeness "All raght, sah; come in, sah, an' Ah'll go an' gi.n'ra l yo' is hea h, sah." tell de "Ah that which I have done is n ot very much," was the tJ g p ly.


) "' THE LIBERTY BOYS BAYONET CHARGE. ======---=---_ .. -==--=--= -"'The .American people think 'differently, General LaI "Yes, if t h e French fleet reaches here it will be able to .f.uyette." I hold the Britif'h ftect at bay and keep it from assisting Well, I am glad of that, Captain Slater; I am glad to Cornwallis, and the result can hardly be otherwise than have been of assistance to the great cause of lib erty; I hop e that we will win against Cornwallis." to see the same cause triumphant in my own country some 'IIern i s a message that General Wa s hington told me to day." deliver to you, General Lafayett e ." "vYell, if it becomes necessary to fight for lib erty ov e r As h e spoke Dick drew a docum ent from his pocket and there you will have had enough experience on this s id e of handed it to the young Frenchman. the ocean to make you a valuable man for the work, Gen"Excuse me while I read this, Captain Slater." eral Lafayette." "Certainl ;:." "True, true; but how comes it that you are l rnre, Captain opened the letter and read the contents with Slater; what brings you into the South?" great interest "I have news for you, sir. "It is well," he said when he had fini sh ed, "General "Ah, indeed?" Washington inslrncts me to moYe from here to Williams"Yes burg and 1 akc up my position across the neck of the penin"And of what does the news consist?" sula qn \\'hiclt Corn1rall i s ha s established hi s army "I h ave come down here to tell you that Generals Wash-'That i s what I suppose d was in the letter." i.ngton and Rochambea u with the patriot army of the "Yes, but I have only .five thousand troops and half their North, are coming Sout h to co-operate with you." number, at l east, a r e militia, and I fear that I shall be un"Ah! They are going to attempt to capture Coruwal ab l e to keep Cornwallis from coming back off the peninlis?" sula i f he takes it into his h ead to do so." "Jy es." Lafayette l ooked grave "We might be successfu l in th-at," he said slowly; "were it not that the British fleet may appear at any moment and render Cornwa ll is such assistance a s to make it impos sib l e that we should bring about his surrender; at the last moment if we were to outfight him, he could go aboard the British fleet and escape us by water." The Liberty Boy shook his head. "No, he could not do that," he said The general looked surprised. "Why cou l d he not?" he asked. The Liberty Boy smiled. "For the reason that the French fleet would not permit it," he replied. Genera l Lafayette sta r ted and uttered an exclamation. "The French fleet?" he cried. "Yes." "What French fleet?" "That of Count de Grasse, from the West Indies." Genera l Lafayette looked eager and excited. "Do you mean to tell me, Captain Slat er, that Count de Gras se's fleet really is coming into the Chesapeake to help i n bringing about the capture of Cornwallis and his army?" The youth nodded. "Yes, I mean to say that very thing," he said. Lafayette 'ms great l y excited; he was deli ghted as well. "That will be grand!" he cried; "that will b e s uperb! And you say I.hat Washington and Rochamb eau and a large army is coming South to help bring about the capture of Cornwallis?" \ "Yes; they were as far as Philadelphia when I left them, and they are probab l y getting ready to embark on the transports at the head of the Chesapeake by this time." "This is g l o ri ous news cried Lafayette "Yes," agree d D i ck; "it begins to l ook as Corn wallis would be f o rced t o surrender u lfimate.l.ll!l!DI! "Well, you can ca u se him a good deal of trouble and de la y him to such an extent as to give the patriot army of th e North and t.hc French fleet time to get here." "'l'rue; I can do something Then, too, as Cornwallis will have no knowledge of the coming of the patriot army or the Fre n ch fleet, it i s possible that he will pay no attention to me, even after I hav e take n up my position on the neck of the peninsula at William sburg." "That i s possible, even probable." "So I think; he will not consider that he is in any dan ger, for he w i ll think that if worse s hould come to worst: the British fleet could come and take his army away by water." "You are right, General Lafayette; I think you will ex perience no difficulty in holdin g the British from trying I to get off the penmsula." "Well, I shall obey orders at any rate, come what may; I will give ordC'rs that the army get r eady to Richmond early in the morning." Then Lafayette asked Dick many questions. He wa s eager to know just what to expect, and Dick was e nabled 1.b give him the information. "And so you came on ahead, alone?" exc laim e d Lafay ette, presently. "It must h a v e been a lonesome journey." "Oh, I am u sed to traveling long distances alone," said Dick "And your Liberty Boys-where are they?" "They are coming." "With Wa shi ngton?" "No; they are coming on horse back while Washington and the army are coming on transports." h "Ah, yes; I understand. You rode fasti!r than yom Lib erty Boys." "Yes; there 'ms no need that they should injure thei1 hor ses trying to ke e p up with me, and that reminds me o R rse, General Lafayette. He is a thoroughbred, a nb1 imal, and I be very glad if you would send 1


' 'l'HE .... LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHA RGE. 3 .::x:============================== I man to look after him. He need s a rub-down and some General Lafayette and Dick were looking out of the winfeed." i dow of the house in the general had taken up his The general rang a bell and thf, black man soon ap, quarters, and "ere watching the soldiers, who were busily peared. I engaged in cooking their suppers. The hollse the general "There is a horse hitched in front of this house, Eph-; had selected as headquarters was the home of a patriot, who raim," said the gene ral. I made the officer welcome, and a few minutes later the. host "Yes, sah; I seed 'im, sah j came in and announced that s upp e r was ready. "Ye1 y good; send a man to look after the horse. The They went into the dining room and ate supper, and animal has been ridden far and hard; have "him taken to then returned to the sitting room. the stable and rubbed down and fed Tl 1ey took seats and ente red into a discussion regarding "Yes, sah; Ah ll 'te nd to hit, sah." the s i tuation Presently Dick suggested that he be alThen Ephraim went away i.o do the work he was told lowed to make himself u sefu l whil e awaiting the coming of t.o do. his Liberty Boys. After some further conversation Dick said : "\Yell, I must go now and l ook up lodgings for the night." "You will do nothin g of the sort," said General Lafay ette, decid.edly; "there is plenty of room hei-e at headquar te r and you will remain and be my guest." "Yery w e ll, since you wish it, said.. Dick. I do wish it; there is much that I wish to ask you about and w e can talk while at supper a11d afterward. I shall have the members of my staff here after supper and they may wish to hear what you hav e to say." They talked till s upp er was ready and then went to the dining room and ate heartily. Dick, espec ially did full justice to the meal, for h e had been on the roau three or four days and had not hacl Yery much to eat. .After upper the members of the staff, having been notified to ca 11 at h eadquarters, put in an appearance. They were greatly s urpri sed when they were to Dick Slater, and were told that the patriot army of the North, und er Generals W ashington and Rochambeau, was coming South to atte mpt to capture Cornwallis, and that the French fleet was corning from the W est Indies to assist in \ the affair. "That i s splendid news,'' said one, enthusiastically; "we shall certainly s ucc eed in capturing the British on the enins ula. "\Ye may do so if everything works as favorably as we hope may be the case,'' sai d Lafay ette who knew there was no certainty of this. l CHAPTER II. DICK MEETS SOME YOUNG PEOPLE. "\.Yell, h e re we are, Captain Slater." n "Yes, we are occup y in g the vantage ground. If we can old it we w ill 1ie a ll right." o "True. Well, w e will hold it if s u c h a thing is possible." Two days had elapsed. The patriot force und er Lafayette had marched from ichmond and had now just gone into camp at Williamsurg, which place was about eight mile s from Yorktown, here Cornwallis and the Briti s h army was located "I am quite willing that you should do so, if you like," said Lafayette, "but what do you wish to do?" "I would lik e to go on a reconnoitering expedition." "Ah, you \Yish to size up the British and see what they are doing, eh?" "Yes." "I intend out some scouts, Captain Slater, so it will not be necessary for you to do any of the work if you do not wish to." "But I do wish it; I lik e to be at work, General Lafayette." "Very good; you are at liberty to do as you like, Captain Slater. Indeed, I do not feel that I have any authority over you at all. You came to me simply as a messenger and have a perfect right to go and come as you please, to do as you please." "I don't look at it that way,'' s aid Dick. "I am und er the super ior officer, no matter where I may be, and I would not think of doing anything without fir s t asking permis sion. There can be no success in war without discipline." "True enough, but this i s a and exceptional c1se. I sha ll insist that you feel free to do just as you like." "Very well, and thank you,'' sai d Dick. "I shall go at once and Teconnoiter the Briti sh." "Be carefu l Captain Slater." "I sha ll exercise every care. How far is it to York town ?" "I really do not know, but would guess that it is about ten miles." "Then I will ride." "Oh, yes; it would be too far to walk." "If I am nGt back before morning do not be uneasy,'' said Dick; "I may be gone a day or two." "I understand; you rish to make a thorough examina tion of \ the British position before returningJ' "That is it exactly." .. "Very good, I shall look for you only when I see you coming ." "That will be best." Then Dick shook hands with the general, bade him goodby an_ took his departure. He went around to the stable at the rear of the house and, ente ring, bridled and saddled Major with his hands.


' 4 'l'HE UBERTY BOYS' BAYO.r ET CH.A.RGE. Then he led the noble horse out, mounted and rode away toward the east. It was just coming on dark, and although Dick had never been in this part of the country before and did not know the lay of the land, he had no fears that he would be un able to find his way all right. In war times everybody in any given vicinity knows the location of the army if it is within a reasonable distance, and all that would be neces sary was that he should stop at an occasional house a,nd ask his way. There was a sort of road l eading from Williamsburg to Yorktown, and Dick thought that Major might be able to follow the road, even in the dark, and so, as soon as it be came so dark he could not see, he let the horse have his head and pick his own way. The Liberty Boy had done this many a time and nearly always with good re sults. He rode on ward at a fair pace for an hour, and then brought his horse to a stop in front of a house standing a short distance back from the road. There were lights in the house and sound of voices in talk and 'laughter came to Dick's hearing. "Must be some visitors here," thought Dick. "Well, I will stop and make a few inquiries, anyway. I should think that I might learn what I wish to know without arousing the suspicions of the people here." He l eaped down and tied Major to the fence. Then he walked to the house and knocked on the. door. It was opened by a big fat negress, who courtesied and said: "Come raght in, sah; come raght in." Bnt Dick shook his head. "No, I won't come in," he said. "I wish to see the gen tleman of the house a few moments." "Oh, hain't yo' wun ob de young mens whut is goin' to dabce to-naght, sah ?" "So you are going to have a dance here to-night?" re marked Dick. "Yes, sah; an' Ah done t'ought dat yo' wuz wun ob de guests, sah." "No, I am a traveler and wished to ask your master a few questions." "What is it, Dinah?" asked a masculine voice at this moment. "Heah's a young trabbler, sah, whut wants to ax yo' a few questions, sah," replied the negress. "Very well, you may go." The negress courtesied and waddled away along the hall and a gray-haired, goodlooking man appeared before the youth. "You wished to ask me some questions?" the man in quired, eyeing Dick searchingly "Yes, sir; I wished to ask if I am on the right road to Yorktown." "Which way are you going?" "Toward the east." "Then you are on the right road." "How far is it to Yorktown?" One mile and a half." "Thank you, sir." The Liberty Boy bowed and turned away and the man stepped out of doors and, closing the door behind him, said: "One moment, my young friend." Dick paused. "What is it, sir?" he asked. "You have asked me some questions, now permit me to ask you one or two." "I have no objections, sir "Very good; will you answer them?" "That depends." "On what the questions are, eh?" "Yes." "What I wish to ask is this: Are you a patriot?" The Liberty Boy was silent for a few moments. He was thinking swiftly. Somehow he had a that thi man was a patriot; to Dick's way of thinking,. he looked like a patriot. Dick believed that he could, in the major ity of instances, tell whether a man was a tory or a pa triot simply by lo oking at him. He often claimed to hi Liberty Boys that the patriots had a more friendly, benevolent, kindly look than was the case with the tories. He was minded to tell the man the truth, but he felt tha it was nec:P.ssary that he should be cautious, and so he re plied, Yankee fashion, by asking a question: "Why do yon wish to know?" "Well, I'll tell you," was the reply; "I am a patriot, and there i8 something about your appearance that led me to believe you a patriot also, and if such is the case I would be Dleased to know it." 1 "Well, then," said Dick; "I will admit that I am a pa triot." "I was sure of it!" in a pleasant voice; "and now may 11 ask your name?" Again Dick hesitated an instant and then he said: "My name is Dick Slater." "I have heard of you," the man said; "shake hands. am prom1 to know you. My name is Campbell-Willian Campbell." The two shook hands heartily, and then Mr. Campbel said: "You were asking the way and the distance to York town, Mir. Slater; you were going there to spy on the Brit ish ?" "Yes, sir; I wish to reconnoiter the position." "Where did you come from?" "Williamsburg." "On horseback?" "Yes, sir." r ::> "Well, let me make a 8uggestion : Lj)ave your horfl here and go to Yorktown afoot." t "That is a good suggestion, Mr. Campbell, and I sha be glad to act upon it." "Very i;rood." "It will be much safer for me to venture near the Bri.v iah encampment afoot than on horseback." "So I thought."


TUE LIBERTY BOYS' CHARGE. 5 I '"Yes; my ho1:se is tied to the fence. Will you have him I "No, no; not a bit of it," was the reply, "and if you do taken to the stable?" I go away we girls shall feel very bad, I assure you." "I will; I will send one of the negro men to take care of "Speak for yourself, Lizzie,'' said a rather cynical-lookyour horse, and now, Mr. Slater, I wish to invite you to ing, but pretty, black-eyed girl. stay here two or three hours and mingle with the young "I am speaking for myself," with a laugh and a bewitch people. We are going to have a dance, and there are some ing glance al Dick; "and I think I am speaking for the rest young folks in the house now and more will be along soon. of you girls at the same time." It will not be a good plan for you to venture Yorktown "I am afraid Mr. :Morton will have to fight some duels early in the evening, anyway." before this night is ended if you keep on talking like that, "'l'rue, sir; I would prefer to wait a couple of hours, at Miss Lizzie," said a handsome young follow by the name least, and will accept your kind invitation. By the way, of Tom Ferrall. however, perhaps it will be a well that no one, save your"I hope not," smiled Dick; "I have no intention of try self, should know who I really am, for there may be some ing to make wall flowers of you young gentlemen, I assure tory young men present at the dance, and it might interyou, and I could not do it even if I would, for you are fere with my plans if they knew I was Dick Slater. They about fine looking a lot of young men as I have ever might send word to the British and make it difficult for been thrown among ." me to do any successful spywork." "Ah, ha; you hear that, Lizzie?" cried Ferrall, swellin g "That is true and well thought of. I will introduce you j out his chest; "Mr. Morton says I a fine-looking felunder a fictitious name-say Henry Morton." low." "That will do nicely," said Dick. "Oh, men are not good judges of manly beauty," laughed "Very well; come on in and I will introduce you to the Lizzie; "I wo, uld not like to let one select a sweetheart for guests already present and then send a man to take care me." of your horse." "No, I see you prefer to do that laughed Fer"'I'hank you, Mr. Campbell roll, and as all set up a lau gh at Lizzie's expense, she They entered the house and went into the big sitting blushed and, taking a step forward slapped Ferrall lightly room, where nearly a dozen young people of both sexes we. re gathered. Mr. Campbell introduced Dick as "Mr. Henry Morton," and then went out to order a colored man to take Dick's horse to the stable As Dick was a handsome, manly-looking youth, he was given a warm welcome by the ,young people, especially so by the girls, for it was only natural they should look upon a handsome young man with favor. The Liberty Boy was soon on friendly social terms with all the young folk s and enjoyed himself very well, indeed, talking and laughing with the boys and girls CHAPTER III. SURPRISING THE REDCOATS. on the check. "Take that for your impudence," she said. "I guess I didn't make you very angry, Lizzie," the young man said; "that is, if the blow you gave me is any indication of the state of your feelings, for it was not hard enough to hurt a flea." Some more young people put in an appearance at this moment ana attention was attracted to them. Lizzie. Campbell introduced Dick to the newcomers and then the conversation went on and the laughter was good to hear. It was a lively, jolly crowd, and Dick was g lad that he had decided to stay awhile; it would be a treat to him after weeks and months of camp life with scarce l y any amusement at all. The young men were pretty sensible fellows, and did not seem to be made angry or jealous because the girls seemed to like the companionship of the young stranger. They liked the youth themselves; there was something so frank and open in his face and.actions that they could not help Among the ybung people was the host's daughter, Lizzie iiking him. He made them feel toward him much the way bampbell, a beautiful, jolly girl of perhaps sixteen years. that a brother feels--or should feel-toward a brother. She seemed to take a liking to Dick and engaged him in And of course the girls liked him. That is to say, with conversation, and was so lively and jolly that Dick was perhaps one exception; this was the black-eyed girl who :rreatly pleased and splendidly entertained had spoken so cynically earlier in the evening in Mr. Campbell had explained to the young people that to Lizzie. She seemed not to like Dick, though it may have : ick was on his way to Yorktown, but that he had decided been assumed, for who can tell by a girl's actions just what o stop awhile on learning that there was to be a dance her thoughts and feelings are? here. Soon more youtig people came in, and within an hour of "You must stay clear through to the finish, :Mi. Morthe time Dick arrived at the Campbell home there were at on," said Lizzie; "it will not be fair to us to leave just least two dozen boys and girls present. 'lien we begin to enjoy your company." Then an old negro entered the room, carrying in his "Oh, you wilIhave enough of my company by the time .. hands an otcl violin, anp he took his place in one corner have been here two or three hours,'' laughed Dick. I and started up a lively air.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. "Take your places for a quadrille,'' called out a young man who had been appointed to act as floor manager for the evening. "Will you favor me?" Dick asked Lizzie Campbell, and she bowed and sai d : "With pleasure, Mr. Morton." Soon two sets were made up, and then the dancing began. Dick was a goo d dancer and so was Lizzie and they. were the most noticed couple on the floor. When the quadrille was ended Dick led Lizzie to a seat and thanked her for the plea s ure the dancing had afforded him. "I enjoyed it fully as much as you did, I am s ure Mr. Morton," was the smiling r e ply The Liberty Boy was on the floor nearly every dance He waltzed and schottisched he danced the polka and the squa r e dances, and had a sp lendid time. One two hours passed and it seemed to him as though he had been there scarcely any time at alL "You have got to day clear through tG the en d 0 the dancing," said Lizzie. "Oh, 1 can't do that ." said Dick ; "I will really have to go before very much longer." We are going to hav e s upper in about an hour; you shall not go until after that, anyway, Mr. Morton." "Well,'as f am a great follow to eat, I s uppose I s hall have to stay and tah supper,'' Dick. "Thank you; I am glad you have promised to stay." "The plea s ure is all mine," said Dick. This speec h pleased the girl, and she flu shed slightly and her eyrs sparkled with pleas ure. Half an hour later the dancing stopped and a couple of l

! 'THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. '3' : e n cou ld be counted to be more than a match, I a hand against them. Their idea was that the very sight of s h ysica lly, for the six redcoats j the British uniforms would give the youths such a scare 1 Then Dick thought of getting one of the young to I that they would not dare so much as open their mouths. him. He had been greatly impressed by Tom Ferroll, Now they saw their mistake, when it was too late. was without doubt a bright young fellow, and Dick The trouble was that they had bad no knowledge of the ad no doubt he was a brave youth as well. It happened fact that among the party was a veteran youthful patriot hat Tom was standing right beside Diok, who turned to soldier. Had they known this they might have been a bit 1im and said in a whisf>er: more careful. ":Are you willing to stand here and see those scoundrels "Drop those pistols!" cried the captain, glaring at Dick at the suppPr that was intended for the young ladies and and Tom :fiercely. on young men?" He imagined that he might even yet frighten them into "I'm not willing,'' was the whispered reply, "but I don't doing what he told them to do. ee how we are to help ourselves." But Dick Slater merely smiled in a scornful manner "It can be helped, if you are willing to assist me, Tom." "You don't suppose that we will obey you, do you?" he "I'm willing, but what can we do?" asked, calmly. "We can make them get out of here." "You had better." "How?" eagerly "Why so?" This with the utmost coolness. Indeed so Dick unbuttoned his coat and, dra,ring two pistols from cool and calm was Dick that all the young people, and :Mr. is belt-Tom staring in amazement the while-he handed and lllrs. Campbell as well, to say nothing of the redcoats, them to the young man. The redcoats had their attention were amazed They had not expected that the young n Mr. Ccnnpbell and on the banquet spread before them stranger would turn out to be a hero, yet he was defying the nd saw nothing of this side-play. six British soldiers and seemingly not a bit frightened by l Then Dick drew the other two pistols from his belt. the odds agaimt himself and friend, Tom Ferrall. Tom, "We will 3tep around to the head of the table and level too, was a surprise io his friends; they hqd not expected he pistols at the redcoats," whispered Dick; "put on a that he would prove to be so brave in time of danger. 1 old front, Tom, and have no fear. Leave everything to "If you don't .put those pistols away myself and comrades e and we will put those fellows to flight They will get "ill be the deuth of you!" the leader of the redcoats de-ut of here quicker than they came in." clared, as fiercely as possible. "All right; Fll do just as you say, and if you say 'shoot' "We are not at all alarmed, are we, Tom?" remarked '11 shoot, you can wager on it!" Dick. "That's the way to talk,'' approvingly; "now come "To tell the truth, I'm not a bit scared," said Tom Fer-' long." roll, coollv; "and to add some more truth to that state The youths had cautiously cocked the pistols, pulling ment, I will say that ten minutes ago I would have thought ack on the triggers as they did so to keep them from mak -that under such circumstances I would be frighten e d half lg the clicking noise, and the next moment they stepped to death." o the head of the table and leveled the weapons, this tak" Which proves that persons are heroes without g place just as the six redcoats took seats at the table. being aware of the fact,'' said Dick. he move was thus not taken note of by the British troop "Fools, not heroes," sneered the captain. owing to the fact that they were busy with their own "So you think we are fools, do you?" asked Dick. l ovements. Then, too, of course, they did not for' one "I am snre of it." npment imagine that any of the youths would dare offer "Well, I think differently. We would be fools if we resist them or object to anything they did. were to stand here and watch you fellows eat the supper The instant they were in position Dick called out in a intended for the young people present-but that we do not [ m, clear voice: intend to do. We intend that the people for whom the "Get up from the table! What do you mean by taking banquet was intended shall eat it, so you fellows get up seats the l adies have a chance at the from the table and take your places over in the corner of pod?" the room, yonder." j The six reacoats turned their heads quickly. T)leir The redcoats hesitated glaring at Dick and Tom the ,pees were pictures of amazement and consternation as while, but they finally decided that the youths meant what %eir owners gazed into the muzzles of the four pistols. they said and that they would shoot, if necessary, and so CHAPTER IV. they got up slowly and reluctantly and walked over to the corner indicated and took up their position there. "Now one of you boys relieve the .gentlemen of their weapons,'' ordered Dick. "We will pull the wolves' teeth and then they will be unable to do damage." Two of the youths stepped forward and unbuckled the 1 T h e affair had come as a surprise to the redcoats. belts from around the redcoats' waists and took them AN ANGRY OFFICER. 'J'hey had not supposed that the youths would dare lift around to where Dick and Tom stood.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. "Now take the pistols out of the belts and place one in '1 deed the girls seemed to forget the fact that the redcoats front of each of the plates on this side of the table," said 1 were in the room, and their silvery laughter rang out and Dick. "Be snre to point the muzzles down the length of was good to hear. the table, so they won't point toward the girls and frighten' The captain and his five troopers glared at the young them people with angry eyes, but the most baleful glances wer11 The youths hastened to obey the order. They began to directed toward Dick, who often met their eyes with a understand what Dick intended to do and were very well glance of Slich cool, calm power as to force the redcoats 1 pleasecl. In the six belts were twelve pistols, and these eyes to drop. were ]Jlaced along on the table, one being in front of each The captain called to Mr. Campbell, who went over to plate on the side the youths were to sit on. where the six stood. TJ1e British soldiers evidently understood what w as in"Are you the owner of this house?" the captaii;t asked. tended, too, for their faces were black with rage, and they "I am,'' was the reply glared at Dick as though it would give them great pleasure "Your name?" I t to murder him. The youth understood this and met their "William Campbell." looks of with the blandest of smiles. Dick Slater "Politics?" was not the youth to be frightened by black looks. "I am a king's man." This was not true, but Mr Camp" "Now, young ladies," said Dick, b2nving in the direction bell thought that a story, under the circumstances, was ex of the girls who were standing at one end of the r,oom cusable. looking frightened, "step this way and be seated at the "Humph!" sneeringly; "you claim to be a loyal king'r,i table. We will now proceed with the banquet which these man and yet stand here and permit some of the redcoated chaps interrupted He motioned toward the soldiers to be treated in this manner?" row of chairs on the side next to where the redcoats stood "I cannot help it, sir. I assure you," was the reply. as ho spoke. Dick saw what was going on, but he did not interfere. He: But the girls held back and looked even more fright-was willing that the British captain should talk to Mr. enee no fears, the gentlemen will not bother us "It will do him no good," Dick said to himself. 1 \Ye ha>e pulled their teeth, so to speak. Come right along "Why can't you help it?" the captain asked; "isn't thil and sit down. You will note that your backs are toward your house?" 1 the gentlemen, while we boys will sit facing them. Well, "YeE, but those young people are my guests and I can you sec the pistols in front of the plates? If the owners not assume to take authority over them and n'1ake thell}' of said pistols attempt to bother us in any way while the obey me." s banquet is in progress we will take up their pistols and "Well, I think you should do so." 1 a them down with their own bullets." "I could do nothing, sir; they would do as they like iJ "Yes, yes! Come along, girls!" cried several of the I spite of me." ir youths, who were now beginning to enjoy the discomfiture "Perhaps so; but tell me, who is the young scoundre of the intruders. who is responsible for this business? That insolent, grin "I'll settle with you, young man!" said the leader of the ning rascal who took the lead in the affair?" party of redcoats. "I shall make it my business to put an "He is a stranger, sir." end to your career." "Ha! Does he not live in these parts?" "You will find it unremunerative business," said Dick, "Not that I know of. He was traveling past and stoppete "and then there is the chance that you yourself may have :md, finding there was to be a dance, he decided to sta;] an end put to your career." "I have no fears on that score," growlinglY,. The girls were evidently pretty thoroughly frightened, but they did as told, and seated themselves at the table. Then the youths themselves at the other side, and facing the girls and the redcoats as well. "Now everybody pitch in,'' sai,d Dick, who had consti tuted himself master of ceremonies. "Don't be at all back ward, but go right ahead just as though those six intrud ers were not present. They dare not attempt to create .a disturbance, for if they should do so they would get the worst of it very speedily." The young folks started in and ate with a relish. They did not talk much at first, the preRence of the redcoats operating to cast a damper over their spirits, but Dick went to work ann he told fnnnv stories anc1 was so jolly that he soon got the majority to laughing and talking; inawhile." "I a very pushing youth indeed. Did he tell yoo his name?" ,, "Yes, it is Henry Morton." "Humph! Do you know where he is going?" "I do not." "Well, one thing is certain, I have a settlement to with Mr. Morton, and I am going to make it just as soae as he gets through there if he has the courage to give re" a chance." '" "What will you do?" su "Challenge him to fight me!" "I doubt his agreeing to do that." ] "So do I," with an ironical smile. "He is very bra1"J when all the advantage is on his side, but I will wagn.1. that if he 111ere only on equal terms with an self, for instance-he would be an arrant coward.'' '1


TUE LIBEHTY DO'LS' BAYONET CHARGE. 9 "I don't know regarding that, o:f course," said Ur. Camp-I "All right; then I challenge you to mortal combat, Henry bell. "I hope that there will be no bloodshed here in my I Morton! You will either have to meet me or stand branded house, sir." I a coward before all these young people who, as can readily ''Well, those young :fellows, invited guests of yours, do be seen, are at present regarding you in the light of a not seem tO be backward apout the matter. They would hero!" undoubtedly shed our blood i:f we were to make any kind I "Oh!" exclaimed a number of the girls, in horrified :fa threatening move, so I shall not hesitate to shed blood voices; "a duel! That would be too horrible!" n your house if I get a chance to do so." I "Oh, don't fight him, Mr. Morton,'' $aid Lizzie Camp-"They are thoughtless," said Ur. C?mpbell. "I am very bell, beseechingly, "you might be kiUed!" Then she orry tliat this has happened." Of course, he did not blame 1"blushed, as she realized that she had betrayed considerable he you tbs, but he had to let on to the captain that he did I interest in the handsome young stranger. n order to keep up the assumption that he was a loyalist. "That's right, if you love the young cub, persuade him When the young people had finished eating they got up not to meet roe,'' sneered the British captain. "I give you 'rom the table and Dick turned to Mrs Campbell. my word that I shall kill him just so surely as he agrees to "You may order the servants to clear the tables and remeet me!" ove them now, Mrs. Campbell." "Bahl you are a big boaster,'' said Dick, contemptuously. "Wait a moment,' said l\fr. Campbell; and then to the "You could bot kill anyone-save, perhaps, a ten-year-old aptain he added: "Will you sit up to the table and eat boy-in a fair fight, man to man, and I will meet you and ow?" prove that what I have just said is the truth, you coward!" "No," was the haughty reply. "We eat at the first table A growl of anger escaped the lips of the captain and r none his face grew black with rage. "If you were real hungry you would not be so proud," A murmur of admiration went up :from the lips of the id Dick. youths and maidens, though the majority o:f the latter were "You young scoundrel!" the captain hissed. "Just wait evidently very badly :frightened. 11 the table is cleared and removed and I shall have some1ing to say to you!" "Ah, indeed?" coolly; "very well; have the tables cleared, rs. Campbell.'' The lady gave the order and the two negro women, their es rolling wildly with fear, cleared the tables as quickly possible. Then a couple of big negroes carried the tables ack into the kitchen. Then Dick turned to the leader of the little party of ritish troopers. "What did you wish to say to me, captain?" he asked. 1 "First," was the reply, "I wish to say to you, 'Give us ck our weapons.' The youths had each taken a pistol when the tables were ing cleared and they were now holding the weapons :for ey did not know but the redcoats might attack them. Dick shook his head "We could not think of returning your weapons to you," said, calmly. "What's that?" angrily; "you don't mean to say that you tend keeping our weapons?" 1"Yes." "That would be robbery." "Oh, no; we shall keep the weapons :from you as a meas e of self-defense." "Ha! you are afraid to give our weapons back to us!" 'Yes-afraid that we might be forced to kill you as a ult, and that is something which we have no desire to "Bah! You are a coward; that is what ails you!" "Nothing whatever ails me, sir; I am quite well, I thank r u." "You do not intend to let us have our .:eapons, then?" "You have it right, sir." CHAP'rER V. THE CAPTAIN'S DEFEA'r "You insolent hound!" the captain cried, when he was able to speak coherently, his anger having almost choked him. "I will kill you for that as sure as my name is Ga briel 1\fordaunt!" "You should have said, '! I can,' said Dick, smiling "There is no 'ii' about it. I can and will do it." "Bah! you are good only at boasting. But now that I have agreed to meet you, what weapons shall we use and where shall the be held?" "I am willing to leave the choice of weapons to you, as the challenged parJy." "How about pistols?" "They would be satisfactory to me, but where could we fight? We could not see to take aim in the darkness out side and there is not room enough in here to place us far enough apart." "Why not use sabers?" asked Dick. "I see there is one in each of the belts taken from your men, and with sabers as the weapons we could fight here in the room." "Oh, please don't do it!" cried Mrs Campbell, turning pale. "I could not endure it to have blood shed on tht:; floor!" "There will be none shed, Mrs. Campbell," said Dick, quietly. "I will simply prove myself his master by dis arming him, and will not kill, or even wound him." The redcoats glared at the cool youth in amazement and anger.


lC' 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. "For downright impudence and assurance you beat anything I have ever encountered," cried the captain. "You will find that I am the best swordsman you ever encountered," said Dick, calmly. Then he walked over to where the belts hung on the backs of chairs, drew two sa bers, examined them and measured them to see that they were the same length, after which he walked back and pre scntctl one lo the captain, hilt first. 'The sabers all alike," the British captain said '"There "ill be no aclvantage for either, so far as weapons are concerned." "True," said Dick. "Well", step to the middle of the room antl we will get to \\" Ork." / The captain obeyed promptly and Dick took up his po sition, facing the redcoat. I wish it understood before we begin," said Mor daunt, "I am not to be bounCl by any consideration for the wishes of the lady there. I am going to spill blood on the floor, rest assured of that! There are negro women here to scrub it up." "I sec you are bloodthirsty," said Dick. "So I am! Nothing but your heart's blood will satisfy 1ne !" "Then I fear you will have to remain unsatisfied." 'There is no fear of that; I am the best swordsman in the regiment to which I belong." ',\.nd I am the best swordsman that ever set foot on Southern soil." The Liberty Boy spoke so coolly and calmly that the cap tain and his five comrades stared at him in amazement. "\Yell,'' said the officer, presently, "if prizes were to be offered for boasters you would certainly get it." "Oh, no; nothing of the sort. I am not boasting, simply telling the truth. But enough of this. Are you ready?" "I am!" in a fierce voice. "Oh, please do not fight in here!" pleaded Mrs. Campbell. .... "Have no fear, Mrs. Campbell; no blood shall be spilled,'' said Dick. "I have given my word that the affair shall rnd 1Yi th the disarming of the captajn, and I always keep my word." ,, "_\.nd I give you my word that the affair shall end with the death of this insolent young scoundrel, Mrs. Camp bell,'' said the captain. "a111d I always keep my word." "When you are able to do so,'' added Dick, with a smile. "I am able, never you fear!" angrily; "look out for your self, now!" "I am always doing that." F0r answer Captain Mordaunt attacked Dick fiercely :rnd the sabers clashed together with a loud, ringing sound, while the sparks fairly showered off the finely tempered blades. The girls sbnmk back against the wall and watched the affair with starting eyes, while their faces wern as white as marble. They expected nothing else than that the hand some young stranger would soon fall to the floor a corpse, for they, naturally enough, supposed the British soldier would be the superior of the youth in the use of sword. I The young men were not in a much better state of min than were the gi;ls. They, too, feared the youth was goi I to be killed right there before the eyes of all. The Briti sh troopers looked on with nonchal!int ai smiles of confidence on their faces. They knew their ca tain was a good s\\ordsman, and did not have any fea regarding the result of the combat. But they were destined to be surprised The youn stranger quickly proved that he was the master of tl sword. He handled it in a manner which showed that was an expert and the troopers opened. their eyes in amaz ment when they saw their captain's favorite feints foil<) with seeming ease. They did not know what to think. 1 The captain himself was perhaps the most surprist11 person in the room. He was a really good swordsman, mi was, as he had stated, the champion of his regiment, to find his equa l here, in a seeming country youth, w more than he could endure with equanimity. jo "You do know something about sword fighting," 8 said, with a sneer; "but you are far from being my equ I am just permitting you to defend yourself so as to mi\n it all the harder for you when you find yourself unable 1 longer ward off my blows." te "Oh, indeed?" said Dick, with a smile of sarcasm; e would not have believed that you would delay killing : j for even an instant longer than you found to be absolut1 necessary." The officer detected the tone of skepticism in the yout voice and was made exceedingly angry by it. This, in : ilition to the knowledge that the youth was his equa l w the saber, was very disconcerting and was enough to m : him angry. Th "I am playing with you as a cat plays with a mouse,'' 0 1 cried. ite "Indeed? Is it not strange that I cannot see it fd. way? Now, it really seems to me that I am able to proExc myself from you, no matter how hard you may try ton a me through." hou This sarcastic statement increased Captain g anger, and he redoubled his attempts to get at the yo;1rr In vain, he could not do it. The other's saber seeme1 < be in the way, like a wall of steel. Even the youths and maidens who had never before nessed an affair of this kind and had no expert about such things, could see that Dick was a match fo1 t g British officer,.and they were glad. They watched the (1 : with a great deal of interest, now that they knew this. 1 young man had at l east a:n equal chance for his life,. 0'. h 1IZZH were sure, and tlns took away a good deal of the Ole hE At first they had supposed that they would have to bh there and see him practically murdered. ffi' The capfain exerted himself to such an extent as t?h c him greatly, and he was becoming perceptibly weaker a l l ..,.. t an s ower m 11s rnovemen s. ed Dick, on the other hand, was seemingly as strong


TB: E LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARG E. 11 =====================:=========== -------------re sh as ever, and he proved that such was the case very ui c kly. I see you have not shot your bolt, captain,'' he re a rked coolly. "You have done your best, and in so doing ave winded yourself. You are now tired and weak; yon r e at my mercy, did I C'{loose to take your life." This was said in ii calm decided voice without the least g n of braggadocio and the captain realized that the outh's statement was true and turned pale. He was de rmined not to acknowledge it, however, and he cried, as fiantly as possible: "'TiF false! I am n o more tired than you are. And y

1 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. ----.. -=======================::...::= --------it would seem likely that Lafayette is figuring on comi'ng I good, forewarned is forearmed, and I shall endeavor to s th!s way, eh?" to it that ,rou do not get the cl.i.ance to capture me "That would be the inference." i Not wishing to leave abruptly, Dick went back into t They talked a few minutes longer and then the captain 1 : house. He told Mr and Mrs. Campbell that he would g said : as he wished to do some spying on the British yet th "Boys, I don't want that you shall think it was cowardice : night. that caused m to flee ater being disarmed in there a few "I will 1!3ave my horse here, however, Mr. Campbell," minutes ago. I was really afraid, but I did not wish to die added, "and I may be on hand to take breakfast with y until after I have had a chance to settle with the young in the morning scoundrel who defeated me in the duel, and so I decided to "I shall look for you, Mr. Morton." flee and save my life till such time as I could get at the Then he addre s sed all the young folks and told the fellow." goodby. "Yon will probably be gone home before I g "Oh, we know you were not afraid to die, so far as fear back here," he said. was concerned," said one They crowded around him and shook hands with hi "You are right; I am not afraid to die, but I did not and expressed the hope that they would see him again a \\'ish to die and leave that young scoundrel triumphant. I often. have taken a great dislike to him, and if he remains in this Tom Ferroll shook Dick's hand earnestly and sai part of the country, as he hinted he intends doing, then I "Say, if you are going into danger, to try to spy on t will get him, you may be sure British at Yorktown, let me go with you. I would like U "Say, if he is a rebel spy, "'on't he be likely to try to work and I have taken an intense dislike to the British # follow us?" asked one account of the way those fellows acted here to-night "That is possible," said the captain, "though it wouldn't had never given the matter much thought, and really dll be necessary, for he probably knows our army is at Yorknot know whether I was inclined toward the king's cau to1rn." or toward the patriotic cause, but now I know." "Well, even if he doesn't follow us, isrr't it likely that "What made you think I was going to spy on the Bri he 1rill come over to the vicinity of Yorktown on a spying ish at Yorktown?" asked Dick, in a low voicr.. expedition?" "Why, the way you defeated the British captain open "Yes, that is possible." my eyes I know, now, that you must be a soldier, lilu "Then why can we not lie in wait for him along the an officer in the patriot army. And I have figured it Ji road somewhere between here and Yorktown and make a that you are ovei: in this part of the country for the prisoner of him?" of spying on the British." "That is a good suggestion; we can try it, at any rate." Dick smiled. "You are a pretty good reasoner," n Then the captain ordered his men to mount All did so said. "I thank you for offering to assist me, Tom, 111'. and the party of six rode away toward the east. really I pref e r going alone, just at present. I may be al When they had gone about a mile they stopped and disto find some ,1-ork for you later on, but not just now." mounted and, leading their horses in among the trees, tied Then Dick said goodby to all and left the house. : them went out the back way and made his way around the h01 o Then tl:.ey walked back up the road fifty or sixty yards and out to the road. G :md seated themselves on the grass, with the intention of "Now the question is: How far will those troopers ns waiting and watching for the supposed rebel spy. befor e stopping and taking up their positions to wait al:i But the redcoats did not know Dick Slater, or they would watch for me?" tc have known that he wou}d not be so easily fooled. The Liberty boy remembered that Mr. Campbell ril:l \ Yhen the five troopers filed out of the house Dick said, said it was about a mile and three-quarters to Yorkto\l.l l in a low, cautious voice: and he decided that the redcoats would go about half "Go on with the dancing now; I am going out to spy on and wait for him there. s those fellows and see what they say and do." "I'll walk in the road about a half or three-quarters J'n "You will be back again?" asked Lizzie Campbell. mile," he said to himself, "and then I will enter the tie "Oh yes." ber and make a long half-circuit." h i He went out the back way through the kitchen, and then He strode onward at a rapid pace, and as it was a brigs stole around the house and toward the front yard fence. As starlight night, he had no difficulty in keeping in the ri!l J he drew near it he heard the voices of the redcoats, and though it was so dark as to make it impossible to see when he was at the fence he was enabled to see the redcoats than a few yards with any distinctness. fif and their horses. As he walked he got to thinking of the events that:" He could hear and understand all that was said, and taken place back at the Campb e ll home; he got to thinkle when the captain and the troopers mounted and rode away of Tom Ferroll and others of t1ie young folks and of? t Dick laughed in an amused manner. jolly time he had had, and as he was walking at a "So you are going to lie in wait for me somewhere berapid pace he had soon gone nearly a mile. ay, tween here and Yorktown, eh?" he said to himself; "very So immersed in the pleasant thoughts was he thatwa


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. 13 rgot for the time l)eing where he .was, and that he was ely to run into ambush. Onward he walked, and he was still thinking of the ung folks back at the Campbell home, when he was rtled by hearing the sound of rushing feet and seeing eral dark forms coming swiftly toward him This brought him back fo a realization of it all in a y. e had run right into the ambush! He had no time to draw a weapon; the redcoats were on him before he could ):lave done so. 'l'here was only one thing to do, and that was to fight as t he could, with nature's weapons This he set out to do, and the way he knocked the red ts right and left and ti.own W:lf a caution. ''We've got you!" cried Captain 1\Iordaunt, in a fierce ce. 'Not yet,'' replied Dick, dealing the speaker a blow fair ween the eyes and causing him to measure his length on ground and be an unwilling witness of a greater dis y of comets and shooting stars than he had ever before a CHAPTER VII. TOM TO THE RESCUE. 0 ix against one is great odds, however. here is little doubt but what Dick, with all his skill wonderful strength and fighting abilities, would have captured had he been left entirely to his own efforts ee himself. a ut this was not to be. here was a sudden interruption. dark figure came bounding upon D of: the scene with the ;o for them, Mr. Morton! I'll help you and we can r sh them!" a 1e reinforcement consisted of just one person, but that ced the odds against Dick fifty per cent and made it ible for him to put up a winning battle. 0 11 right, I'll go for the fellows, and you do the same," ed Dick, "and we will show them how young Amer s can fight we will!" tiile fight was fierce now, for a few minutes. But Dick his comrade were so quick and dealt out such hard i s that they soon had the six redcoats knocked down. 0 Dick said: m ome along with me; there is no need of staying here fighting these fellows They are virtually thrashed a good look at his friend's face, but he was sure he had recognized the voice as belonging to Tom. "Yes, it is I, Mr. l\Iorton "How in the world did you happen to be on hand at such an opportune moment, Tom?" "Well, I'll tell you," was the reply; I was afraid you would get into trouble, and so I followed you .I wanted to be on hand in case you did get into trouble. I hope you are not angry, Mr Morton?" "Angry? Oh, no; had you not come along just when you did I guess that it would have been all up with me. They were six to my one, and would have succeeded in making a prisoner of me, I judge "Well, I'm glad that I was of some use." Dick made up his mind to tell Torn who he really was. He had taken a great likin g to the youth and would have staked his life that Tom was honest and true, and now that the youth had rendered him such aid Dick felt it was only right that he should make his own identity known So he told Tom who he really was and the youth was greatly surprised "Great guns! And so yon are Dick Slater, the great patriot spy, are you?" he exclaimed "Yes, Tom." "Well, I am not so very much surprised after a ll .Mr. Slater," Tom said. "I made up my mind when I saw you defeat the British captain that you were no common man; I decided that you were a soldier and my idea was that you were an officer in the patriot army, and I was right." "Yes, so you were. Well, I am much obliged to you for helping me out of the difficulty into which I walked so blindly." "You are more than welcome, Mr. Slater; I am real'ly indebted to you for giving me a chance to render assist ance to one whom I have heard a great deal about and have always admired." "Call me Dick,'' said the Lib erty Boy. "All right; I shall deem it an honor to be allowed to do so/' After some further conversation Dick told Tom he might acco pany him. "W c will go on in the direction of the British encampment at Yorktown," he said, "but we will have to be very careful, for those redcoats evidently suspect that I am a patriot spy, and they will doubtless hasten to Yorktown and warn the sentinels to be vigilant and keep an unusually sharp lookout." "No doubt they will do so." "Well, we will do some reconnoitering, anyway." "Then you are going to let me go with you, Dick?" eagerly. "Yes, you have earned the privilege." "Thank you e two darted in among the trees at the roadside and "None are due me; you are welcome, and have as I just e their way along a distance of a quarter of a mile, at said, earned the right to go along." and then they stopped. Tl;ey set out, and as Tom was familiar with the country ay, it's you, isn't it, Tom Ferrall?" asked Di. ck. in this vicinity he was enabled to make himself of consid-at was so dark he had been unable to get anything like' erab le use to Dick.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. He acted as guide, and after half an hour of walking I young folks were getting ready to go home when I left ti through the timber he brought Di ck out at a point within follow you." a quarter of a mile of tbe edge of the British encampment "Good! I'm glad to hear that." "There is Yorktown,'' he said. "Good; we will reconnoiter a hit. I judge that we will have to be careful, for it seems to me there are an unusual number of soldiers stirring for as late an hour as it now is." "That's the way it seems to me." It was now nearly midnight, yet a good l y number of British soldiers could be seen moving about in the faint light thrown out by the campfires. The two stood there watching for several minutes and then Dick said : "Let's move up a bit closer." "All right," was the reply. They did so, going very slowly and cautiously. They realized that they were taking chances in doing this, but they were eager to get close enough to see what was going on. It did not take them long to see that the British were placing out an extra row of sentine ls, making two line s in stead of one. "They do not intend to give me a chance to get within the lines," whispered Dick. "I guess you are right," was the reply. "Well, I didn't expect to do so, anyway, so they need not have gone to the trouble they have." "What are you going to do now?" asked Tom. "I am going to reconnoiter and get familiar with the approaches to the British outposts and r edoubts." They moved along, going in a half-circle, until they had gone half way around the British encampment, and then, having seen all there was to be seen without entering the line s-which it would be impossibl e to do-Dick told Tom that they would go. "'rhat will be all I shall try to do to-night," he said "And shall we return to lVJr. Campbell's now?" "Yes." "There is nobody there but Mr. Campbell's own folks "That i s all right; the captain will get the weapons be longing to himself and five comrades and come awa: again." "You think he will not do any damage, Dick?" "I hardly think he will do anything, Tom. You se( Mr. Campbell c laimed to be a king's man, and I told th British officer that I was wholly to blame for what ha been done, and I don't think he will lay it up against 111 Camp bell." The sound 0 the hoofbeats was close at hand now an lhe yo11ths stepped in among thc t frees at tlie roadside. Hali a minute l ate r a party of at least a dozen horseme; rode past at a ga llop. When they'{ h ad passed Dick and Tom stepped out in the road anc walk ed in the same direction. 'l'hey walked rapidly, as they wished to get to Mr. Cami bell's and see what took place there. When two hundred yards from the house they left t road and made a circuit out through the timber and caif1 up to the ho.use from the rear. 1 1 They heard the sound of voices around at the front 1 1 the house and, moving up close to the corner, they listene They the voices as belonging to Mr. ca4 bell and the British officer. l 'l'he captain was talking somewhat threateningly to patriot farmer. l "You claim to be a loyal king's man," said the captai>E "very good. You will do well to be careful in future. you harbor any more rebel spies, as was the case to-nig) e then it will go hard with you.' 10 "I did not know h e was a rebel spy, sir," replied ].n Campbell. "V cry well, I will let it go this tim'e, but you will h well to be carefu l from now on." They set cut and walked at a good pac e. Feeling sure "I s hall be ca r eful." 11 that they would be safe in doing so the youths kept in the "See that you are.'' U road. 'l'hey were confident that the party of six B tish After a little more talk the captain and his men moun dragoons were back in Yorktown, so they would not need their horses and took their departure. to fear them. As soon as they were gone Dick and Tom walked When they were yet-half a mile away from the Campbell the house and confronted Mr. Campbell, who was f home the two heard the sound of hoofbeats behind them. standing in the doorway looking in the direction taken They paused and listened. the redcoats. "Who do you suppose it is?" a s ked Tom. "Goodness! you gave me a start!" exclaimed Mr. Cat "It is Captain Mordaunt and ::t party of troopers," said bell. "I thought some more redcoats were here.'' 1 2 Dick; "they are bound for Mr. Campbell's to get their "No, we are more inclined to the wearing of blue coal weapons." Dick, with a sm ile. I "Ah!" "Did you hear the British officer talking to me?" "The officer has brought an extra number 0 men along Campbell asked. I i in the expectation that the young men will still be there. "Yes.'' rs I fear there may be trouble if the young folks are still "He threatened me." ie there, Tom." "So we noticed. Well be careful, and keep up a Dick's voic e was sober. claim that you are a king's maip.; you are so near to Y1ld "But they are not, Dick," said Tom, eagerly; "Mr. town here that it will be necessary for you to do sf D C'nmphell suggested that the dance break up, and the order to be safe.'' h pi


THE LIBEH'J'Y BOYS B:i YOXET ClL\RGE. 15 "True." "It is no sin to deceive the enemy." 'So l think, and if I can deceive them I will do so." "That is right Well, I will get my horse now, Mr. Campbell, and go back to Williamsburg." you are going back there?" "Yes; Tom and I have been reconnoitering the British works at Yorktown and, having accomplished all that I can do for to-night, I will return." "You really are a patriot spy, then, Mr. Morton?" Dick understood ihat Mr. Campbell did not know that 'l'om knew who he was, and that he had said .that for Tom's b enefit, so he said : "I have told Tom who I am, :M.r. Campbell. He knows all, so there is no need of being careful what you say before him "Ah, I am glad of that. 'l'hen perhaps you will not obect to my telling my wife and daughter who you are?" "Uertainly not, sir." Then :Mr. Campbell called Mrs. Campbell and Lizzie 1 ownstairs-they had not yet gone to bed-and told them vho Dick was, and they shook hands with the youth and old him they were delighted to make the acquainianee of uch a noted patriot. ilir. Campbell and his wife and daughter were surprised 1. hen they learned that Lafayette and his army had ad anced from Richmond to Williamsburg, but they were elighted as well, for they did not fancy being so close to he British army, and hoped that the redcoats would soon e forced to surrender After some further conversation Dick bade l'llrs Camp ell and Lizzie goodby, Tom doing the same, and then in ompany with J\lr. Campbell they went back to the stable nd Dick's horse was bridled ancl saddled and led out. ll Tom had already told Dick that his home was only a ort distance from that of l\fr. Campbell, and that he ould say good by here, so Dick shook hands with the t\vo nd, mounting, rode away in the direction of Williams urg. CHAPTER VIII. A CHASE. getting in there. Then he explainc

16 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' BA YO NET CHARGE. I will take all possible precaution s to prevent my get ting into trouble General Lafayette. You see, in work of this kind one person is better able to work s uccessfully than three or four, for one i s not so likely to be discovered as more would be." "That is true; but if you s hould be di scovered> and cap hued that would end the affair and make it uns uccessful, where if you had comrades, they might go ahead and make a s u ccess, after all." "True, but I sha ll not permit myself to be captured." "I hope not. If you should happ e n to be so unfortu nate be s ure to destroy the l etter to Count de Grasse which I am going to give you. Do not, under any circumstances, permii it to fall into the hands of the Briti sh." ''l will see to it that the redcoat s do not get hold of the letter, sir." After some further conversation General Lafayett e went to his room to write the letter and Dick went out to bridle and saddle nfajor and get ready for the trip. He was thinking and laying his plans while getting ready, and by the time he had tied his horse in front of the headquarters building and entered to get the letter to Count de Orasse he had decided on his course of action. He made up his mind that he would go to the home of l\ir. Campbell and leave Major there; then he would see about the boat the first thing, after which he would begin the work of reconnoitering the enemy's works at York town and making a diagram of them. He was given the letter by Lafayette and then they shook hands and Dick went out, mounted his horse and rode away. The Liberty Boy had gone about three-quarters of a mile, 1rhen, on rounding a bend in the road-which wound this way and that through the timber-he saw a man lead a horse out into the road a quarter of a mile ahead of him and mount and ride away in the same direction Dick was gomg. 'I'he horseman turned his head and glanced back, and for the first time, evidently, he saw Dick. Then he urged his horse forward at a gallop. The Liberty Boy became suspicious at once. He did not like the fellow's actions. "I would be willing to wager a bit that that fellow is a Briti s h spy," he told himself. "Likely he has been spying on the patriot army and is starting back to Yorktown to take the news to General Cornwalli s ." Dick urged Major into a gallop, and when the horseman looked again and saw that Dick was coming after him at a swift pace he urged his horse to greater speed. Thi s was almost equivalent to acknowledging that he was a spy, ancl Dick at once made up his mind to overhaul the fellow and interview him, at least, and perhaps arrest him and take him back to Williamsburg. So he urged Major to a faster gait and the man look ing back and noting this began u s ing the spurs on his horse and whipping him with the end of the bridle rein s Dick spoke to Major and the intelligent animal leaped forward at a terrific pace; the magnificent black was a very speedy animal and he began the distam between the two very rapidly. p The fugitive-for such he evidently was-now la h his horse in an e ndeavor to make the animal show spE equal to that ridden by the pursuer, but to no avail. Thf were no horse s in the British army of the South that anything lik e the equal of Dick' s hor se Closer and closer to the fugitive drew Dick and, prese1 ly, he was within fifty yards of him. A minute passed a h e was within thirty yards of the fugitive. "Hold on!" called out Dick. "Stop What is yo hurry? I The fugitive paid no attention to Dick. He kept going as fast as he could make his horse travel. e "Stop, I tell you!" again called Dick. "What are y running away for?" l The man looked around, a wild, hunted look on his faf and called out: "I can't hold my hors e He is running away with m] The Liberty Boy knew this was false. H e had seen i a man using his whip and spur and knew the fellow w1 doing l1is best to get a"'ay. 16 "That is a lie, and I know it!" cried "You 10 trying to get a w ay from me; why, I don't know. Stop Ii explain \Vhat you n1ean/' r But the fellow would not do it. }[e, kept on using spt and the end of the bridle reins, and hi s horse was eviden= doing its best. It was no match for Dick' s magnificent thoroughb? Major, however, and the Lib erty Boy gained steadily the fugitive. Di Soon Dick was within fifteen yards of the man; ti; ]j ten, and he again called out to the fugitive. "You might as well stop," he said; "don't you see J:E can't get away? Do you want me to shoot your horse?',)t The fellow look e d around, the wild, hunted look on t face, but made no reply. He kept on urg ing his horse f ward evid ent l y hoping against hope that he might yet 10 able to make his escape ; Closer and closer Di ck drew to the fugitive and he \d soon almost up with him. Major's nose was at the of.iv hor se's flanks. I "Are you going to stop?" cried Dick. :rm The fellow made no reply. ;to Neither did h e make any move to indicate that he I" any intention of stopp ing. Soon Dick was almost alongside the fellow, who,oic thou g h roughly dressed, rode like a Briti s h trooper, I 'I though t agE "Stop!" --cried Dick authoritatively. "You cannot cc: away, so why continue the flight?" icl The fellow looked around, a wild glare in hi s eyes, ritl then acting on the im pu lse, sce)Tlingly, he drew a pi") and at the Liberty Boy just as Dick struck his I "' the muzzl e of th e pistol being within a foot of Dick's The youth reeled and almost fell from the saddle, T with a wild yell of triumph the supposed British s l


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. 1 7 rned his horse and, dashing into the timber, q uickly dis ppeared from view. "I know what it. is now,'' he said. "I had an adventure back up the road. I overtook a man whom I suspect was a British spy, and when I rode up alongside him and called J h e a CHAPTER IX. DIOK AND TOl\l. upon him to stop he drew a pistol and fired point blank in my face. The bullet did not hit me, as I struck his hand aside, but I got a. lot of smoke in my eyes and, I judge from what you tell me, on my face as well." "Yes, indeed; you look spotted-half white and half black, in fact. Come in and look at yourself in a mirror." The bullet from the pistol dicl not hit Dick. Mrs. Campbell came to the door at this moment and It was the smoke from the po,rder which, belching right gave utterance to an exclamation of amazement when she to his face and eyes, had caused him to reel. saw Dick's face. But the fugitive did not know this. Doubtless he thought "What in the world-who is-" she exclaimed e had either killed or severely wounded his pursuer. "It is Captain Dick Slater, mother," exp lained Lizzie. Ifwas also evident that he was to take any "He wa;; fired at by a British spy and the muzzle of the h ances, for he bad not stopped to make sure of the result pisto was so close to his face that he got all covered with a f the shot, but had taken advantage of the opportunity the smoke. Goodness! wasn't it a narrow escape !" nd had dashed into the timber and away. "Yes indeed!" from Mrs. Campbell. "I would never l It wa lucky for him that he did so, for !iad he rehave kno\rn you, Captain Slater, but now that I do know ained Dick 1rould undoubtellly have captured him. The who you are l am very glad to see you," and she extended outh got the smoke out of his eyes in a few moments and her hand. hen, having brought Major to a stop in the meantime, he The Libert.)' Bo.)' shook hands with her and then with oked unde cidedly in the direction taken b.)' the fugitive. Lizzie, who now extended her hand, with the remark: "Shall I follow him or not?" he asked himself. Ile hard"You shan't slight me, Captain Slater." knew what to do. He felt that he owed the fellow some"I have no wish to do so, I assure you," was the gallant hing and he would have liked to have paid the debt, but reply, and the n he added: "Where is Mr. Campbell?" e doubted his ability to overtake the man in the timber. "I think he is out at the stab le," Mrs Campbell said. "On the open road Major is more than a match for his "Yery well, I will lead my horse around there. I wish orse," Dick told himself, "but among the trees and underto leave the animal here awhile anyway, and I think :Jfr. rush Major i s no better than any other animal. I guess Campbell will not object." may as well let the fellow go." "Certainly not, Captain Slater." Having so decided Dick rode on ard, and three-quarters Then Dick bowed and went back to where Major stood, f an hour later he arrived at the f'ampbell home. He untied him and led him around to the stable. ept a sharp lookout as he approached the house, for he Mr Campbell came out of the stab l e just as Dick came eared some redcoats might be about, and even if he were up and he started back at sight of the youth and gave ut ot to get mixed up in an encounteir with them hr nr'.1ld terance to a startl ed exclamation. ot want them to think Mr. Campbell was friendly to pa"Who are you," he cried, "and what do you want here?" j iots. He did not wish to get the patriot farmer into "Don't be alarmed at my smoke-begrimed face," nir. rouble. Campbell," said Dick, laughing ; "don't you know me?" There seemed to be no redcoats in the vicinity, however "Your voice sounds familiar, but I don't believe that I nd rode up and, dismounting, tied his horse and can name you, sir," eyeing Dick searchingly. dvanced to the door and knocked. "My name is Slater-Dick Slater." Lizzie Campbell appeared and she starec1 at Dick in an "Great guns! it is Dick Slater, sure enough!" the man azed manner, not seeming to recognize him, which fact exclaimed; "bnt I did not recognize your voice at :first, stonished the youth not a littl e and if you know how your face look s you will understand "Good morning, sir,'' said the girl, "what do you wish?" that I could not tell who you are by looking at you." "Don't you know me, Miss Campbell?" asked Dick, in a "I don't !mow how my face looks," with a smi le; "I can oice of surprise. only guess at it; but I should judge from what your wife The girl started and looked at the youth searchingly, an 'I and daughter said and from your own remarks and actions ager light in her eyes. that I must look anything but pretty." "I believe I know your voice,'' she exclaimed. "You are "Well," with an answering smile, "that is about the ick Slater, I am sure, but what in the world is the matter truth of it; but how in the world did it happen? Or ith your face? Are you disgnised?" are you using this decoration as a disguise?" "My face?" remarked Dick; "what ails it?" "Your daughter asked that question also," said Dick; "That is for you to tell me. It is all streaked and spot"no, I received the decoration in question in a manne.r ened with black!" 1 tircly unexpected." And then he quickly explained as he Then Dick it all and a hearty laugh escaped had explained to Lizzie Campbell. 1is lipt:. 1 "\Yell, that was what I would call a nnrrow rscape, Cap-


18 THE LIBER'l'Y .BOYS' B_\.YONET CIURGE. fain Slater!" Mr. Campbel\ exclaimed when he had heard all. "Yes, it was rather a narrow escape. but a miss is as good as a mile. I was almost blinded by the smoke from the pi sto l, however, and that gave the scoundre l who fir ed the s hot time to make hi s escape H e must have been a desperate man." "No doubt of that, most of these spies are,'' with a smi l e "They are always ready to take desperntc chances in order to escape." "We ll you ought to know something about it, for I have heard you spoken of as being 'The Champion Spy of the Revolu tion.'" The Liberty Boy lau ghed. "Don't talk that way, Mr. Campbell," he said; "or you will make me blush, and that wouldn't go well w1Th the smoke on my face." The farmer lau g hed. "The truth shou ld make no one blu sh," he said, and then he added : "I am glad to see you back again." "Which brings me back to the business that brought me here, s ir. First, I wish to ask if I may leave my horse here for awhile-perhaps two days, perhap s three or four, or even a week." "You may leave him h ere as l ong as you like-a month, if you wish." "Thank you; I will exp lain why I al'n here while un bridling and unsadd ling my horse." Mr. Campbell indicated the stall Major was to occupy and Di ck l e d the horse into the stall and began unbridling and unsaddling him. Whil e thus engaged he told 1\Ir. Campbell why he was there. "Well, you have plenty of work on your hand s,'' the man said. "Yes," agreed Dick, "and now where will I be able to find a good boat?" Mr Campbell thought a few moments and then said: "I'll tell you : Tom Ferroll has a splend id boat. It is light and easi l y handled and is perfectly safe in any kind of water or weather. I would not be afraid to cross the J.ay in it. "Good! 'Tom is a stron g patriot and is very friendly toward me, so I think I can get him to let me have the use of his boat "Yes, and h e will want to go with you and help you, Captain Slat e r. He is full of vim and energy, that boy is, and would lik e to fight the British. He would make a good soldi e r. "Yes, h e is all right; I saw enough of him last night to enabl e m e to know that he is brave and to be trusted." "He is, that.'' Dick had finished now and, patting Major on the neck, he said: "'Whatever you do, Mr. Campbell, don't let any redcoats steal my horse h ere. I would not take anything for him." "I'll take the best possible care of him, Mr. S l ater ''Aml now, if you will be so kind, I would like to got the house and wash the powder off my face." "Corne along, you are more than welcome; you will r main to dinner with us, too, won't you?" "\Yell, I'll tell you, Mr. Campbell, if you are willing I shall be pleased to stay here at your house while r am in this part of the count ry-make it a sort of h ea dquarters, asj it were." "I s hall be proud to have you do so, Captain Slater." "Thank you." They went to the house and Dick washed hi s face, af which he spent a few minutes in conversation with the members of ihe fami ly. "Now I think I will go and see "r'om Ferroll," said Dick. "Which direction sha ll I go to reach his home?" ''I'll go with you and sho w you the way, Mr. S.later," sai d Lizzie. "Very 'rcll, and thank you, Miss Lizzie," said Dick. "You be back to take dinner with us, will you not?" asked 11Ir. Campbell. "I don't know, 1\lr. Campbe ll ; I won't say for certain "Well, come if yon can." ".And you had better come right back, Lizzie, so as t help me:" said her mother. "Very well, mother." Dick and the gir l set out and walked through the timbe r going in the direction of t he York river. "This is a near cut," said Lizzie; "it is not much over a quarter of a mile to 1\Ir. Ferroll's this way, but by the road it is three-quarers of a mile." It was a walk of but a few minutes, and they arrived at the Ferroll home. Tofu happened to be out in the back yard and saw them coming. He recognized Dick and came hastening forward. He doffed his hat to Lizzie and said, "How do you do, Lizzie?" And then he seized Dick's hand and shook it h eart ily. "Say, I'm awfu ll y g lad to see you, Dick!" he exclaimed. ''I you are back here for the purpose of doing some kind of dangerous and desperate work and that you intend to get me to help you." "IY ell, that i s pretty nearly the fact, Tom," with a smile. "Good I'm g lad of that!" "I'll tell what I am going to do," and then Dick went ahead and exp l ained in detail, though as briefly as possi ble. "1\fr. Campbe ll told me that you have a good boat, 'I'om,'' he said in conclusiou, "and so I have come over here to get the use of your boat, and, indeed, to get you to help me in t hi s work." "I sijall be onl y too glad to help you, Dick,'' said Tom; "and I have just the boat for you It is light and sea worthy." "Well, I guess I had better run back home,'' said Lizzie. "Will you be there for dinner, Mr. Slater?" t "No, he will take dinner here with me, Li. zzie,'' said Tom; in fact, you will stay here with me all the time, Dick, sa v e when we are out engaged in the work." There was a disappointed look on Lizzi e's face and Die


'rHE I.IBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. 19 ticed it, an_d the thought came to him that if he were "On which side of the encampment is this hill?" o stay at the Campbell home while in this part of the "It is on the east side." untr y Lizzie might get to liking him, and as he already "Ah, between Yorktown and the river?" ad a sweetheart up in New York State, he did not wish "Yes; in fact, the hill is in reality a bluff, fronting on bring about this state of affairs; so he quickly decided the river." stay at the :Ferro ll home with Tom and avoid the .chance "Good! That is just as it should be. We can watch the f such a thing happening encampment and keep a watch out over the bay at the ''I think that, as Tom is to l?e my comrade and assistant same time for the coming of the French fleet." in this work, it will be best that I stay here at his home," "Yes-if we venture up on top of the hill." Dick said. "I did speak to Mr. Campbell about staying "You think there will be difficulty in doing this?" there, but we are nearer the rive1 here and it will be more "Well, don't you think the British are likely to keep eonvenient for me to stay here, and then it will be better watch of the hill, for fear spies will take up their position for you folks, Lizzie, for if the British should learn that I there?" was there they would make it very disagreeable for you "It is possible, but even so we must manage to occupy all." the top of that hill,' by hook or by crook." "We would be willing to risk that, Mr. Slater, but of "We ll, yot t may count on my doing all I can to help you course if it will be better and more conveni!)nt for you to do it, Dick." stay here I hav e nothing to say, nor will father or mother. "I know that. Well, what do you say to going down You must come over and take dinner with us once in there at once?" awhile, though." "I will do that, with thanks, Mis s Lizzie." "Won t you go in and see the folks, Lizzie?" asked Tom. "No, Torn; I just came along to show Mr. Slater the way and will go right back home." Then she said goodby to tj:ie youths and hastene d away. "Come down to the river with me and I will show you the boat," said Tom; "but wait," he added; "come in the hou se and make the acquaintance of father and mother first." They went to the house and Dick was introduced to Mr. and :Mrs. Ferroll, who g reeted him heartily, for their son had told Lhem some wonderful stories regarding the Lib erty Boy, and how he had turned the tables on the British troopers at the Campbell home the night before After a few minutes of conversation Dick and Tom l eft the house and made their way down to the river, which was distant only about two hundred yards "Th e r e's my boat, Di ck," said Tom, indicating a nice, well-built bout which rested in the water in a little cove formed by a bend in the shore line. "It's a beauty," said Dick, who was a good judge of boats CHAPTER X. THE FRENCH FLEET APPEARS. Having inspected the boat the two youths sat down on the grass and entere d into conversation. "I wish to ask you a few questions, Tom," said Dick. "Go ahead," was the reply. "All right. I s there, anywhere near Yorktown, a hill, from the top of which it would be possible to get a good view of the British encampment, fortifications, redoubts and all that?" "Yes, there is a hill, the top of which is not more than half a mile from the British encampment." "I'm willing." "Shall we walk or go by boat?" "I think it will be safer to walk, don't "Have we Limber all the way?" "Yes. "Then it will be better and safe r to walk. If we were to go in the boat and the British had sentine l s stationed near the hill, or on it, they would see us." "So !.hey would." The two a t once set out. They mnde their vrny along the shore of the York River. Of they did not follow all the bends of the shora line, but their eneral course was parallel with that of the st r eam. "Ilow far is it to the hill, Tom?" asked Di ck "About a mile and a half. "That isn't much of a walk." "No, \Ve can do it eas il y in half an hour." Twenty minutes later they came to the foot of the hill. "Now we must be careful," said Dick. "Yes, there may be British JOldiers on g uard at the top of the hill." "You are right. They moved slowly and surely upward. They were perhaps fifteen minutes in reaching the top of the hill, but they felt that it was necessary to exercise every caution When at last they were on the top of the hill they looked all around, for they could not make up their mind.s that there were no British senti nel s about They spent fifteen minutes in investigating and then came to the conclusion that there were no redcoats in the vicinity "I think it rather strange," said Dick. "Yes, it would seem rather careleRs of the British," agreed Tom. "Well, it i s very sa ti sfact ory to us." "So it is."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. The hill was covered with a good growth of timber and 1 getting the meal when they arrived, so they ate while Dick picked upon a large tree and climbed it. everything 'ms warm. He left Tom down below to keep watch for the coming After snpper Dick spent half an hour smooth ing up an4 of an enemy. fixing the diagram of the British encampment, and then The Liberty Boy climbed well up into the top of the he told Tom that he would go over to Mr Campbell's, get tree. his horse and ride to Williamsburg and deliver the diagram' He was pleased when he reached the limb he had been into General Lafayette's hands aiming for, as from there he was enabled to get a splendid "You will come back, though, won't you?" asked Tom. view of the British encampment. "Yes, I'll he back by half-past ten or eleven o'clock, and "Jove, this is all right,'' he told himself. "I shall be we will then have nothing to do but watch for the coming able to make a good drawing of the British fortifications, of the French fleet." redoubts and everything." So Dick made his way over to the Campbell home They He spent a quarter of an hour looking keenly and were glad to see him, and asked eagerly if he had had any searchingly at the British encampment, taking in' every lu ck as yet in the work that had brought him to the rething in detail. Then he drew a quill, a small wooden g1on. 1 bottle filled with ink and a piece of parchment from his "Yes, indeed," he replied; "I have made a diagtam of pocket and began drawing a diagram of the British en-the British encampment, fortifications, redoubts and all, campment. It was difficult to do good work under such and when the patriot army gets here and gets ready to lay circumstauces, but he worked s lowl y carefully and got siege to Yorktown they will know just what to do and how everything right. to approach the enemy's works He remained up there two hours and then descended. "What asked Tom. "Splendid," said Dick. "I have made a complete dia gram of the British encampment, showing the fortifica tions, redoubts and everything. It i s roughly done lint I will work it over and make it s'.moothe r and neater to night, when I won't have to work under such difficulties "What are you going to do now?" "I wish we had brought a bit of something to eat with us, Tom; I would like to stav here all the afternoon and '\ keep watch for the coming of the French fleet "You didn't see anything of the fleet, then?" "No; I looked out over the bay frequently, but no fleet has come in sight as yet "Oh, well, it won't take us long to walk home, rlick. Let's go home and get our dinner and then come back." "All right, but after this we will bring lunch with us every morning and stay here all clay." "Yes, we can do that." They at once set out, and ha l f an hour later were at Tom's home Dinner had been waiting nearly an hour and was cold, but the two hungry youths did not mind that. They ate heartily. Soon after having finished their dinner they set out and returned to the top of the hill. They spent the afternoon there, keeping watch out over the bay and in keeping watch for the British, as there was dan ger ihat some of the redcoats might come at any mo ment. No redcoats put in an appearance, however, and so the youths were not disturbed. Neither did the French fleet put in an appearance. They remained on the hill till darkness had set in and then they returned to Tom's home. He had told his mother that it would be late when they returned and s he had waited ti ll late to beg i n s upper. She had just finished "That is good," said Mr. Campbell. Mrs. Campbell and Lizzie said the same and compli mented Dick on his success. After a quarter of an hour spent in pleasant conversa tion Dick went out to the stable, bridled and sadd led his horse and mounted and rode away in the direction of Will iamsburg Three-quarters of an hour later he arrived at the patriot encampment. He went at once to headquarters and was admitted to General Lafayette's private room. "Well," what luck, Dick?" asked the general, eagerly. "Has the I 1'rench fleet showed up yet?" "Not yet, General Lafayette; I have succeeded, however, in getting a good look at the British encampment, and have made a diagram of the fortifications, redoubts and everything. Hne it is," and he placed it on the table in front of the generai. General Lafayette opened the parchment out and exam ined the drawing eagerly and intently. "This is well done, Dick," he said. "And. you may rely upon it as being correct in every particular,'' said Dick. "I drew that while seated on a limb of a huge iree fifty feet above the ground and on the top of a hill. I had a splendid view of the British en campment and fortifications." "'l'his will be great value, Dick; I am very, very glad you were enabled to make the diagram." "So am I, and now I will return to my station and keep np the lookout for the French fleet." "Do so, Dick, and as soon as it appears in sight board the flagship and deliver the l etter to Count de Grasse "I will do so, sir." Then Dick took his departure and an hour later was back at the Campbell home, where he left Major in the stable, and then went on over to the Ferrell home. It was half-pa st ten when he got there, and they went to hed at once, as the youths wished to get up early in the


.THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYO.c ET CHARGE orning. They were up bright and early, and after breakt they out for the hill. They took food along so at they would not have to return till evening. The French fleet did not put in an appearance that day, or the next; but the youths knew it would come sooner or later, and so they kept up On one or two occasions they were forced to leave the hill for an hour or two owing to the coming of some British soldiers, but the redcoats did not discover that patriot spies were there, and so the youths were safe in returning as soon as their enemies had taken their departure. At last t_he 31st of August arrived, and with it came the Jong looked-for French fleet. The youths caught sight of the sails far out across the waters of the bay, and as soon as they were convinced that ther e was no mistake they hastened back to the Ferrall home and, getting in Tom's boat, they rowed down the York Hiver and out upon the bay The ships themselves were now visible and the youths headed toward the flagship. They reached it at last and were permitted to come l aboard Dick asked to see Count de Grasse. The officers and sailors who were on the deck could not understand Eng lish but the}' understood the name of their commander, and the youths were shown to the French admiral's cabin. The admiral spoke English, and so they had no difficulty in making themselves understood. Dick handed the count the letter from General Lafayette, and as soon as the icrench commander had read the letter he shook hands with Dick and told the youth that he was glad to know him. "General Lafayette speaks highly of you in this letter," he explained. "I fear the general rather overestimates my abilities and value," said Dick, modestly "I judge not, Captain Slater," said the count. Then he excused himself, saying he wished to consult with his officers regarding the information contained in Lafayette's Jetter Half an hour later he returned and told Di ck that it had been decided to send three thousand troops ashore to rein force Lafayette and make it possible for him to keep Corn wallis from breaking through and escaping from his pres ent position, which was in reality in the nature of a trap, once the entire patriot army was on hand and ready to be siege the place. "Very well, it will be a simple matter to do this, sir," said Dick; "you can sail up the York River, which for twenty-fiv e miles up is in reality an arm of the bay and is quite wide and deep. Williamsburg, the point where fayette's army is encamped, is only about ten miles up thf stream." "And that is Yorktown, where the British are encamped, that we are almost opposite now, Captain Slater?" three thousand troops that I intend landing sail up the river at once." The order was given and Dick and Tom \Vere set aboard the ship that happened to be nearest, and with the youths to point out tht course to be taken the three ships sailed away up the river. When the vesse l s came opposite the point where the patriot army was encamped they lay to and the troops were set ashore. Dick and Tom accompanied them and the for mer acted as guide when the march to Williamsburg began. An hour later the French troops reached the main en campment and were given a hearty welcome by Lafayette. 'rhe young French general was glad to receive the rein forcements, for he had been afraid that Cornwallis might take th alarm and break through his lines and escape. While Lafayette had only about five thousand men part of whom were militia this would have been easy of accom plishment, bnt now, with three thousand French veterans to aid him, Lafayette believed he would be able to check mate any such move .by Cornwallis. It was only natural, therefore, that he should give his countrymen a warm welcome. "I think w;i have Cornwallis in a trap now," he told the officers. CHAPTER XI. THE BATTLE ON TIIE BAY. On the 5th of September Dick Slater and Tom Ferroll were again on board the flagship of the French fleet. Dick had been sent by General Lafayette with a message to Count de Grasse, and as Dick had to use Tom's boat, that youth accompanied him. While they were in the cabin waiting for the count to read the letter a messenger e:otered He was an office11 from a small ship of the fleet that was used for scouting work. This ship had been out near the entrance to the Chesapeake and had put about and returned to w here the ( fleet was station e d, the lookout having discovered a fleet approaching from the northward along the coast. "It is the British fleet from New York without a doubt," snid the count, and he at once gave the order for the fleet to weigh anchor and sail for the mouth of the bay. Dick and Tom were greatly interested and not a little excited. "I have been in many battles on shore," said Dick, "but never in a sea engagement, and I would be delighted to be in one." "So would I," said Tom; "let's stay on board the ship, Dick!" "I will ask the count to let us remain." The Libe rty Boy did so and was given permission This pleased the youths greatly and they went out on deck and watched the scene with interest. "Yes, sir ." The sa ilor s on the various ships of the fleet were hard at "Very good; I will order that the shins containing the work getting up the anchors and as soon as this had been


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BA YO NET CHARGE. -==========================--=----.:::.:..-::=---=.--... done the sails wer e set and the vessels headed away toward the entrance to the bay. When they arrived there the ships of the British fleet were plainly visible and preparations were at once begun for a battle. t The Count de Grasse arranged)1is ships in a manner that 1 would permit of good work and enable them to maneuver freely and this having been attended to the gunners got ready for work. It was all new and interesting to Dick as wen as to Tom, and they watched everything that was done with great in t e rest. On came the British fleet. It wall evident that there was to be a battle. The Briti s h lost no time, but as soon as they were within range they opened fire. The French gunners replied promptly, and in a few min utes the battle \Vas going on at a lively rate. The boom-boom of the cannon was heard on every hand, and every time a cannon was fired on board the ship on whi c h Di ck and Tom were they could feel the vessel shake and quiver. It was intensely exciting and interesting and neither youth thought of b e ing afraid. Dick, of course, was a vet eran and would not have been n ervo u s under any circum stances, but it was Tom's first exper ience of the roar of battle. For two hour s the battle raged and then the British fleet withdrew. Three of ihe British ships had been severely injured, while none of the French ships had been damaged much. About three hundred men had been killed on the French ships. The British lost about four hundred. "Good! good!" cried Tom when the British were seen to be retiring ; "we have whipped them! We have whipped them!" "It looks that way," Di ck. And such was in reality the case. The Briti sh had got the worst of it. Admiral Graves, who was in command of the British fleet did not feel like giving up, however, and so he re mained in the vicinity four days maneuvering, in an at tempt to get an advantageous position and make an attack that would enable him to put the French to flight. He failed however, and at the end of the fourth day he gave the order to depart and the fleet sailed away toward the north. It returned to New York, it may as well be said h ere, and the report was made to General Clinton that the French fleet was altogether too strong to be driven out of the bay. Of course, Dick and Tom had been forced to remain with the French fleet, for it would have been ooo hard work for them to row clear back across the pay in the little boat.' Then, too, to tell the truth, they had no desire to get back to the mainland. The y wanted to see the affair between the British and French fleets through to the finish, and wC're glad of the opportunity to do so. When it was certain that the Briti sh had gone Count de Grasse ordered that his flagship and two more of the ship should return to a point opposite Yorktown. He wishe to be where h e could communicate with General Lafayette, !!O that he would know when Generals Washington and Rochambeau and the patriot army arrived from the North. When the point where tley wished to go was reached the s hips an c hored, and then the count wrote a letter to General Lafayette and gave it to Dick. "Go ashore at once, Captain Slater," he said, "and de liver the letter to General Lafayette." "Very well, sir." Then Dick and Tom got into their boat, it was lowered to the water and they away up the York River, the vessels being anchored just off the entrance to the mouth of the When they came to Tom's home they went ashore and, fastening the boat, hastened to the house They found Mr. and Mrs. Ferroll in an exceedingly wor ried state of mind. Mr s Ferroll seized Tom in her arms and hugged and kissed him. "Where in the world have you been so long?" asked Mr. Ferroll; "surely you have not been on the French ship all this time?" "Yes," replied Dick; "we went with the French fleet to the entrance to the bay and were in a the British and French fleets." "Oh, Tom; you might have been killed," cried his mother, a tremor in her voice and tears in her eyes. "Oh, I wanSI;:'t in much danger, mother was the reply. "No, there were only twenty men killed on the ship we were on," said Dick. "Goodness! to think that you were on a ship that twenty people met death on!" cried Mrs. Ferroll; "you were in great danger, I s hould say!" "But we did not think about it at all," smiled Dick. "We were too greatly interested in seeing what was going on. It was all new to me, too, as well as to Tom, for it was my first experience on board a ship in a battle at sea." "Oh, you boys don't know when you are in danger," said Mr. Ferroll, smiling. "Well, I want to tell you, sir, that in Tom, there, you have a son that you may be proud of," said Dick. "He is a soldier if ever there was one. He had never before heard the roar of cannon or witnessed a battle of any kind and he was not. at all frightened but was as cool and calm as I myself was." "Oh, come, now, don't go to talking that way, Dick," smiled Tom; "you will have me getting the big head here right away "I guess there is no danger of that." Dick remained there till supper time, and then, afte r hFing eaten, he went over to the Campbell home Tom accompanied him. They were given a hearty welcome and had to explain what had kept them away so long. Dick remained there an hour and th e n mounted Major and rode away in the direction of Williamsburg.


1 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. On reaching the encampment he went at once to head-he had received the information from a relative who lived uarters and delivered the letter to General Lafayette. in Williamsburg, and who knew that all was true, as C ount de Grasse had written a full and detailed account stated. of the battle with the British fleet and its defeat, and -,h e n General Lafayette had read the letter he was greatly ple ased, and sent word for his staff officers to come to head quarters at once When he arrived he told them the good news and they were greatly pleased. The ne"'s soon traveled throughout the camp and there was general rejoicing. D ick was besieged by the soldiers for news of the battle, it having been learned that he was on one of the ships during the battle, a .nd he told the story of the encounter over and over again T hen, at last, to escape further work in that line, he went t o his quarters and went to bed. On the 7th of September the patriot force under La fayette moved farther down the peninsula to a point where i t was only a little more than five miles wide and took up its position there. ''I have fully as many men as Cornwallis has,'' he said, "and I believe I can keep him back if he tries to break t hrough and escape CHAPTER XII. DIUK HE.A.RS SOMETHING OF INTEREST. Just one week later, on the 14th of September, General \ Vashington arrived on the scene and took command of the army. On the 18th the patriotic foices began arriving. They came in detachments, and by the 26th the entire patriot army, 16,000 strong, was concentrated at this spot, and Cornwallis' escape was made practically i mpos sible. Indeed, Cornwallis did not learn of the coming of the patriot army until the 26th, when a tory spy reached his camp with the news. He cou l d hardly credit the man's statement that Gen eral Washington and a large patriot army had arrived on the scene. "You must be mistaken," he said. It was decided to send some of the best British spies and verify the story's statement before accepting it as fact, and this was done Late that night the spies returned with the information that the tory had told the truth, and only the truth. "The rebels are there, nearly twenty thousand strong," one of the spies said, "and Washington is there, and Rochambeau. It looks like we are doomed." "Is it possible that there is no escape for us?" excl aimed Cornwallis, his face pale, for now he began to realize the predicament he was in. He was already thinking of what a fall his pride would have if he was forced to surrender bis army. "That would be terrible!" he thought. I must devise some way of escape." But, think as hard as he migh,t and take all the counsel possible from his staff officers no way of escape could be figured out. It would be impossible to cross the peninsula to the south shore and get across the James River for they had no boats and the river was from two to three miles wide. It was equally impracticable to get across the York R iver for the same reason and then, too, the French fleet was o n hand to frustrate any such attempt, even had there been boats to be had. Clearly the only possible way to escape woul d be by breaking through the patriot lines and escaping toward the west, but how this to be accomplished? Cornwallis had less than eight thousand men while the imtriot army num bered sixteen thousand or more. After giving the matter serious and prolonged thought Cornwallis decided that there was just one chance, and only one: 'I'hat was that he might fortify his position and hold it till the British fleet should return Irom New York, strengthened sufficiently to enable it to drive the French fleet back up the bay. In case this could be done, then the Briti s h army could go on board the British ships and thus make its esca1Je-and that was the only possible chance for it to do so. It was a slim one, even Cornwallis had to acknow l edge, but it was better than no chance at all, and he was deter mined to make the most of it. "I assure you that I am not mistaken," was the reply. To this end the work of strengthening the fortificat i ons I have it from a responsible source that General Washand redoubts was begun and was kept up steadily. If the ington arrived in the patriot encampment some time ago, patriot army advanced and made an attack it would fin d and that now there is a rebel army consisting of at least that it had a hard task ahead of it, so Cornwallis to l d hi m sixteen thousand men stretched across fhe peninsula, cutself. ting off your escape Of course Washington, Rochambeau and Lafayette k new "If this be true, then indeed are we in desperate straits!" what was going on in the enemy's camp. They had spies said Cornwallis at work all the time and among them was Dick Slat e r He at called a council of war and told his officers News had been brought in right away to the that the the news. The tory spy was still in the room and he was British were strengthening their works, and were no dou bt questioned c losely. getting in shape to stand a siege. His story cou l d not be shaken in the least. He said that "Well, we will begin clo.sing in on them at once,' sai d


24 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. I General Washington, .and the order was given for tlrn pa triot army to advance at once. This was done, and when the army arrived within a mile of Yorktown it came to a stop and went into camp. From here on in the advance would have to be. slow. The diagram which Dick had made of the British en campment aud fortifications, and which was in the hands of Washington and his staff, was of great benefit to them, and it made it possible for an advance to be made. in safety to a point much closer than would have been possible other wise. The siege of Yorktown was now on and it proceeded but surely and steadily. Washington and his staff officers were confident that they would ultimately reduce the British works and cap hue the army, and they were willing to take their time ajld proceed slowly and with caution. 0 course, with the force at their command the patriots could have carried the British works by storm at almost any time, hut it would have entai l ed the loss of thousands of li and it was the plan of the patriot officers to insure as little bloodshed as possible. All precautions were taken to prevent the escape of Carnl\rnlli8 and his army. He was in a trap, and it was not intended that he should he permitted to escape As stated, Dick Slater had been sent ahead by Washing ton with a letter to General Lafayette and Dick's company of Liberty Boys had been left behind tl come at their leisure. They had arrived among the first of the patriot sold ier s aud had been delighted to he with Dick once more. They were now looking forward to '!fhe battle which would take place when the final attack on Yorktown should be made. Day by day the patriot army drew closer and closer around Yorktown, encompassiJig the British and making their capture but a question of time. On the 7tli of September the first parallel was opened, and this proYed to Cormrallis that, unless he could manage to escape, his army was doomed, either to destruction 01' to be captured Fearing that Cornwallis might attempt something des perate, General Washington kept a corps of scouts and spies busy day and night. He wished to know every move that was macle by the British. Of course, Dick Slater was one of the spies, and he did the most dangerous work of any. He was the one who ventured closest to tho British encampment, and he it was who brought all',ay the most valuab l e and reliable news On the night of the 9th Dick was close up to the fortifi cations of the British, doing his best to secure some infor mation that would be of value. It was a very dark night. It was impo ssib l e for one to his hand before his face. There was no moon and the stars \\'ere obscured by thick clouds. Tl1e Liberty Boy was around on the side next to the York River, and he was ensconced behind a huge tree within twenty feet of the river bank. The campfire>) oE the British lighted np the encampment faintly and made it possible for Dick to see the soldiers moving about. Dick was in reality within the Briti s h lines, he having managed to s lip past the sentinels; it was so dark it was impossible for them to see him, and he was so expert in moving along without making any noise that they had not heard him. The light from the nearest campfire reached almost to where Dick was con1ealed. Presently Dick saw two nien approaching the spot where he was concealed. The men were walking slowly and were engaged in con versation. As they drew nearer Dick was enabled to note that they were officers. They approached to within ten feet of the youth's hid ing place and paused. "What do you think of the plan of the general?" asked one of the two. "I hardly know,'' was the reply; "it may prove to be s uc cessful." "I hardly think so; still, as we are certain to be forced to surre nder if we remain here I am in for trying anything." "If we had vessels enough to embark the whole aqny in and all leave at the same time we would be all right." The Liberty Boy became greatly interested now and listened intently. What was this plan they had reference to? H e suspected what it was "True,'' replied the other officer; "but we haven't the vessels; indeed, with the three little vessels at our com mand I fear we shall be unable to make a success." "I fear you are right, but I wish to-night had been set tled upon for the attempt. It i s so dark the rebels could not have gotten an inkling of what we were doing." "True. Well, let us hope that it will be as dark to -mor row night. "Tomorrow night!" Dick said to himself; "so they are going to make an attempt to escape on three small vessel s on to morrow night! This is news worth while securing "Do you think we can succeed in carrying all the men across the river in a night, even if we are not interfered with by the rebels?" asked _one of the two, after a brief period of silence. "I think so; of course it will be a big job, though." "Yes, the river is wide and the round trip will consume C;Onsiderabl e time." "So it will, and we will have to be on the lookout for the French vessels, too, you know, and that will make it necessary for us to go s low. "True. Well, General Cornwa lli s says h e believes it to be our on l y hope." "That i s my belief also "And mine "Yes, the rebels have us surrounded." "And they have an overwhelming force." "So they have. When it comes to the finish we will be overpowered easily."


THE LIBEHTY BOYS' BA YO KET CHARGE. "Y cs, so I hope it will not come to the finish and. that we may s ucceed in making our escape on to-morrow night." g "I hope so." s 'l'hen the two took their departure, walking back into n the heart of the encampment. t "I am much obliged, gentlemen,'' said Dick to himself, as he watched them walk away; "you have furnished me with D some exceedingly interesting and valuable information." CHAPTER XIII. PLANNING TO SPOIL CORNWALLIS' SCHEME. Tlten a terrible struggle .began. The sent in e l to be confident that he could over come the "rebel" spy Indeetl, so confident \l'aS he that he did not call out and give i.he alarm at all. IT ad he done so other men wonld have come to hi s as sistance a11d Dick would no doubt have been overcome and As it \\'as, he had a chance to make his escape, and he was the youth to make the most of the opportunity. So long as the com bat was man against man, Dick had no fears. He had never yet met the redcoat who was his master in a hnnd-to-liand battle. He did not believe he would find his master in this senti nel. Dick made no haste to get away from his position. He soon discovered that the fellow was very strong, He had secured some ve.ry valuable information and Evidently the sentine l had confidence in his wish ed to cany it to Geeral Washington, of course, but strength and believed there was no danger that the spy he did not \rish to run the risk of being captured, so was \\'Ould be his equal in this respect. determined to exercise great care and take no chances And that was where he. made a mistake. He waited perhaps fifteen minutes and then began the The Liberty Boy was an exceeding ly strong youth. work of getting back through the British lines. In addition he bad a grip of steel. In doing this he would have to pass several sentinels. If he could succeel1 in getting the sen inel by the throat This did not daunt him, how ever it would all be ovm'. He had done this successfully in coming and felt confiDick went to work to secure such a hold. dent that he could do the same in returning. The sentine l had dropped hiR musket when he seized The darkness, of course, made this possible. Dick and now ihc two stood there, swaying and straining The darkness, too, made it more dangerous in one reevery nerve. spect: He was likely to run upon a sentine l without know-It must havr been a great surprise to the British soldier ing it, if the sentinel was standing still to find his op1:ionent was fully as strong as himself. The only way to avoid doing this was by moving very The only seemed to make him the more deslowly an(l cautiously. ter. mined to triumph alone and unaided, for he did not call He would have to feel his way, so to speak. out to his comrades. 'l'he Liberty Boy was an expert at this sort of work. This \\'as very satisfactory to Dick. He was perfectly at home in the timber; was almost as It gave him all the chance in the wbrld, and he was deexpert as the red men of the forest. termined to improve it. He moved slowly and cautiously along. He worked away on the defensive until he was sure he Foot by foot, yard by yard, he made his way along, and could succeed, and then he suddenly let go of the sentinel's every few moments he paused and li stened intently. right arm \Yith his left hand and seized the fellow by thll Several times he heard the sound of footsteps and the throat. crackling of twigs under the feet of sentinels, and by standA gasping cry escaped the lips of the sent inel as he felt ing perfectly still until the British soldiers passed he was the steel-like fingers closing on his throat. safe from discovery He realized now, for the first time, that he was in da1}1:0nward he moved slowly and carefully. ger, and at the last moment he had tried to call out to his He was almost through the British lines and had begun comrades to congratulate himself on his success, when of a sudden The call died away on his lips in a gasp, however, and he ran plump against some one.. Dick did not believe it had been loud enough to be heata The Liberty Boy realized that it must be a British sentib any of the srntinels in the vicinity. nel. He did not feel like remaining where he was any longer It could be nobody else. than could be helped, howe, er, and so he squeezed the The fellow had been standing perfectly motionless, and throat of the reel coat with all hiR might, determined to ren so had not made. any noise sufficient to apprise Dick of his der him unconsc.:ious as quickly aR possible. / presence. He was not long in accomplishing his purpose. An exclamation escaped the lips of the sentinel, and he Presently the man's form became limp and hung a dead grappledDick. weight in Dick's hands. "I've got you, you blasted spy!" he cried, triumphantly. Then Dick knew the fellow was insensible and, easing "Perhaps you have and perhaps you haven't," said Dick. the form to the ground he stole away through in a calm voice. timber in the direction of the patriot encampme nt.


26 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BAYONET CHARGE. He was soon through the B!itish lines. Then he walked rapidly, and a few minutes later he was standing in front of the tent occupied by General Wash ington. The orderly stood there and Dick asked if the command er-in-chief was in. "He i s," was the reply "I wish to see him, then, at once; I have important in formation for him," said Dick. "I will see if he will r eceive you," and the orderly turned to enter the tent. "Is that you, Dick?" called out General Washington's voice from within the tent. "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick. "Bring him right in, orderly," ordered Washington. "Come on in, invited the orderly, and he held the tent-:fiap back while Dick entered. The commander -inchief sat at a sma ll portable desk, on which 1was a candle, and he as lookin g at some docu ments, but turned and faced Dick as the youth e ntered. "Ah, Dick, glad to see you," he said; "be seated," and he noild ed toward a camp !;tool. The Lib ei'ty Boy sat down. "I b elieve you told the orderh that you had important information for me, Dick? "Yes, your excellency; Lhave jus t come from within the British lines." "While -there I overheard a conversation between two British officers." "You are a wonderful youth, Di c k! But 1''lrnt did the offife1-s hi!ve to say?" There was subdued eagerness in the great man's tones. "They were talking about a plan which Cornwallis has conceived to enable his army to make its escape, s ir." "Ha! say you so, Di ck? IIas the Britisb commander indeed a plan? vVhat can it be?" "I will tell you, sir: According to the words of the offi there is a plan on foot for the e.ntire British army to slip away to-monownight on board three vesseis whi c h the Briti sh hav e in s ome way got the use of." "So that is the scheme, is it?" 'Yes, sir." f'W ell, \vell It i s indeed a daring and desperate one, for oubtless the vessels are s mall ones, and it would take the y the whol e night to get away." ''Undoubtedly, sir." "Well, we must checkmate that move," said the com mander-in-chief, grimly; "I cannot permit Cornwallis to escape me now." "It would be bad, indeed." fortunately we have the mean s to enable us to checkmate the moYe in question; all that will be necessary will be to get word to the French :fleet and have some of the war s hip s stand in close to the shore and thus' they will be in a position to intercept the vessels that come for the pm-pose of taking the British army off." "True, sir." "I s uppose there is no danger that the attempt may be !Tlade to-night, Dick?" "I think not, sir; and then Dick detailed the conversa tion he had overheard and the.commander-in-chief nodded when Dick had finished and said: "No, there i s no danger, I am sure, but to make sure of it you had better return and keep a close watch on the en emy It is possible that the fact that one of the sentinels was c hok e d into in sensib ility by some one may arouse the s u spicions of the Briti sh officern and make them think their plans may have been discoYered, in whi c h event they might try to take time by the foreloGk and escape to night. "I will go 'at once, sir, and if I see anything suspicious going on in the I will return with the infor mation at once "Very good, Dick." Then Di ck saluted and withdrew and made his way bacl._ toward the British encampment. He did not try to get thro\1gh the lines this time, as he knew it would be extremely dangerous to do so, for the sent inel had s urely been found before this, and doubtless a sharp lookout would be kept during the rest of the night, which would make it almo s t an impossibility to penetrate to the point he had reached before. It was not necessary that he should r e -enter the British lines, how e ver. He was there only for the purpose of de any move that might be made by the army, tending to a general attempt at escaping, and such a movement could be d etected from a point outside the British lines. So Dick took up hi s position and settled down to take it easy and watch the e nemy: This he k ept up till perhaps one o'clock in the morning, and then, feeling sure that no such attempt as was to be made the following night would be made on this night, he went back to camp and, routing out Bob Estabrook and sending him to keep watch till morning, he lay down and went to sleep. WhE>n Bob Estabrook appeared in camp next morning he r eporte d that everything had been quiet in the British e ncampment during the night. After breakfast Dick went to General Washington's tent and reported that the British had made no move toward trying to mak e their escape during the night. "They will make the attempt to-night, then," said Wa s hington. "Well, I shall send word to Count de Grasse and he will have half a dozen ships of war lying just off the shore here opposite the British encampment, and when the veesels put in an appearance-the three that are to be used by the British-they will be captured." Dick was selected to carry the message to the French flag ship, and he went aboard about the middle of the fore noon and handed the letter to Count de Grasse. 'l'he count read the letter and then wrote one in reply and gave it to Dick, who at once got in the boat and rowed back to the patriot encampment. He delivereil the letter to General Washington, who read a nodded his head.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BJ\YONET CHARGJ!]. "Good,'' he murmured; "the count says he will attend to Dick Slater and his Liberty Beys were in the front ranks, the matter and that the three vessels will be captured." and they did splendid work, for they were dead shots ana "That will certainly put an end to any further attempts seldom fired a volley without bringing down a number of at e()cape on the part of the British, don't you think, your the enemy excellency?'' remarked Dick. Gen:erals Washington and Lafayette were close at hanl, "I a:r;n quite sure that it will, Dick." 1 mounted on their horses, and were superintending the work The officers of the commander-in-chief's staff were called of the forces with as much coolness as though there were together and told what had been done and what was to be no bullets whistling about in their vicinity. done, and they expressed extreme gratification at the out-The volleys of the Liberty Boys did the most damage to look. the defenders of the redoubt, and Wa s hington noted this "'l'he capture of the vessels to-night will prove to Cornfact and encournged Dick to keep his boys at work. wallis that his situation is hopeless," saj.d General Rocham-The youth did so, but at last there came a period when beau. the youths did not fire for nearly a minute. The others said the same. "What is the matter, Captain Slater?" asked the comCHAPTEH XIV. I THE END OF THE SIEGE. That night the three vesse l s were captured by the French warships, and when Cornwdlis learned of it he was in de spair. He called his officers tot:ether and a council was held. "We have just one chance left ," said the British general; "one chance, and one I must admit that I con sider it to be only a slim one." "What is it?" asked one of the officers. "It is that we may be able to hold out till Graves returns from New York with a strong enough fleet to drive the French fleet away; this done we could embark on the war ships and make our escape." "But that is indeed a slim chance,'' said another. "Yes, so it is," the general agreed, "but it is all that re mains to us. But how do you suppose the rebels learned that we were going to try to escape on board the vessels to-night?" "That is hard to say," replied one "It is a mystery,'' declared Cornwallis. "Perhaps the capture of the vessels was due to a luckyfor the rebels-accident,'' said another. "That is possible." The capture of the three vessels cau sed General Wash ington and the members of his staff great satisfaction. It put to an end a ll danger that the British might succeed in escaping Their capitulation could now be only a matter of time. On the 11th of October the second parallel was opened and the British began to look forward tu a desperate and final engagement. There were still the outer and inner redoubts to be taken before the patriots could fall upon the Btitish, however, and this was to be the next thing attempted. On the 14th it was decided to storm the outer redoubt, and arrangements were made to do so. The patriot forces were placed in the proper pos and then the engagement began-. mander-in-chief. "We are out of ammunition, your excellency," said Dick. "Then charge on the redoubt,'' said Genera l Washington, grimly. "Charge bayonets!" cried Dick. The Liberty BoyR dashed forward with a cheer. It was a charge, indeed. The Liberty Boys were absolutely fearless, and as they rushed upon the defenders of the redoubt they gave utterance to cheer after cheer. 1 "Down with ihe king! Long live libe : Hy!" was the cry, and the fierceness oE the bayonet charge was such that the Liberty Boys das hed over and info the redoubt were among the redcoat s almost in a twinkling, bayoneting them to death. A goodly force of the regular soldiers fo!lowed the Lib erty Boys, and when the British defenders of the redoubt saw the reinforcem e nts coming over the works they turned and fled at the top of their speed. 'rhe redoubt had been captured almost in a twinkling. There was still another redoubt near at hand and Dick sent one of the Liberty Boys to Genmal Washington to ask permission to charge it. "Tell Captain Slater that he has my permission to do rn," said General Washington, "but I would not order him to do it, for it will be a desperate affair, I am afraid." The Liberty Boy s hastened back to Dick with the in formation, and the next minute the youths were cliarging toward the other redoubt, cheering like mad. After them came a large force of regular soldiers, old veterans who were determined that a party of youths should not outdo them, and they uttered wild yells as they went, also It was ioo for the British, and after discharging one wild volley they deserted the redoubt and retreated pell mcll to the main works. One minute later the American flag flo11ted from the second redoubt, and only the main works of the British re mained to be stormed. Generals Washington, Rochambeau and Lafayette were delighted. They believed that the end was not far off. "Cornwallis will be forced to surrender within a very w .days,'' said Washington. The others said the same.


'l'HE LIBEhTY DGYQ' B.\. YO NET I "-' CHARGE. --_ -::-::.-::.-_-_-_-_-_-::._-::_:::=:_-_--_ -_-_=-=--==--=--===========-=-=-=-===::.==--===== --::.::::-_:..::-.:::.._.:_ for Cornwallis, he and the members of his staff were The members of the two staffs met and the two comI 8t that moment holding a council o.f war. manders held a long .conversation, at the end of which The capture 0 the bro redoubts fille us off, an

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Stieet case. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found in the River. 208 The Bradys on the Bowery; or, The Search for a Missin g Girl. 165 The Bradys after t h e Grafters; or, The Mystery In the Cab. 209 The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious Case. l66 T h e Bradys and t h e Cros sR oads Gang; or, me Grea t Case In 210 'l'he Bradys and the Gold Fakirs: or, Working for the Mint. Missouri. 211 Bradys at Bonanza Bay; or, Working on a Million Dollar 1 6 7 and Miss Brown; o r The Mysterious Case i.n So 212 and the Black Riders; or, 'J'he Mysterious Murder a t 10,8 T h e Bradys and the Factor y Gi rl; or, The Secret of the Poisoned 213 Wildtown. 169 and Blonde Bill; or, T h e Diamond Thieves of Maiden 214 and Senator Slam; or, Working With Wllshington Lane. and the Man from Nowhere; or, Their Very Hardes t 170 T h e Bradys and the Opium Ring; or, The Clew In Chinatown 215 The l:lradys and "No. 99"; or, The Searc h for a Mad Mlll!on-1 71 The Bradys on t h e G rand Circuit; or, Tracking the Light aire. Harness Gang. of the Ol d 216 The Bradys at Baffin's Bay; or, The Trail Which Led to the Arc1 7 2 The Bradys and t h e Black Doctor; or, The Secret tic. 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Fortune-Teller. 223 The Bradys in the Bad Lands; or,Hot work in South Dakota. 1 81 T h e Bradys and "Silent Sam"; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb 224 The Bradys at Breakneck Hall; or, The Mysterious House on the. Gang. / Harlem. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs In 225 The Bradys and the Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work In Horners-'Frisco. ville. 183 The Bradys and t h e Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Millions in 226 The Bradys and the Three Sheriffs; or, Doing a Turn in T en-the Ilub. nessee. 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island; or, Tracklni,; tne Gold Thieves of 227 The Bradys and the Opium Smugglers; or, A Hot Trail on t h e Cape Nome. l'ac lfic Coast. 185 T h e Bradys in t h e Black Hi!ls; or, Their Case in North Dakota. 228 The Bradys' Boomerang; or, Shaking Up the Wall Street Wire 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case in the Gold 'J'appers. Mi n es. 229 The Bradys Among the Rockies; or, Working Away Out West. 187 The Bradys and the .. 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THE STAGE. No. 41. TEE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE i!lOOK.-Cantaining a great variety of the latest jokes used by the !DOtlt famous end men. No amateur mi nstrels is compl'ete without wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW STUMP S:PEAKER a varied assortment of stump speech.;s, Negro Dutch 1tnd Irish. Alsc end men's jokes. Just the tliing for home' amuse nent and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BDYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKlll Boy should obtam this book, as 1t contams full instructions for or IJ&nizing an amateur min&,trel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It a large collection pf songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., o f Terrence Muldoon the great wit, humori st, and practical joker of \lhe day Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should :g,btain a copy immediately. No. 79. H<;JW TO BECillIE A.N A.CTQR.-Containing cominstructions how to make np for Yaribus characters on the IJtage.; with the duties of the Stage. 1\Ianager, Prompter, Artist and Property M'an. By a prominent Stage Manager. No. SO. GUS WILLIAl\IS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat :11t jokes, anecd'otes and funny of this and sources for procuring information on the questions given SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation lilOC fully explained by this little book. Besides the various method5 ef, ha.r.dkerchief,_ fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it ro!Ir tams a full hst of the language and sentim6ilt of flowers which n c in .teres ting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot Le without one. No. 4. H.OW .TO DANCE is the title of a new and handJ!Oi!lC little book Just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full i'nstra(f.'o tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partl@C how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular squ -:; dances. No. HOW 'J.1.0 MA.KE LOVE.-A complete guide to io't'QcourtEh1p and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not sur f:ralty known. No. 1 T. J!:OW TO full instruction In tlb'.; art of dressmg anu appearmg well at home and abroad, giving tl.\:(: seleotions of colo5!, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of tllY:: brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worli!l Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both mal& am(i female. secret is simple, and almost costless Read th!'!!l and be conv:nced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustratell alll: containing full instructions for the management and trnining of tfu: canary, mocki ngbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS ANIQ' RABBITS.-A u sefu l and instructive book Handsome! Hil!C trated. By Ira D rQ'0'V. No. 40. HOW Tv MAKE AND SET !TRA.PS.-Including on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, 1rats, squirrels and birdG Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtoc> Ke ene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS A.ND A.NIMA.LS. .0 valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mount! -and preserving birds, animals and ins ects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANA.GE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and methoa of raising, keepint: taming, breed ing, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fut instructions for making cages, etc. Fully expla'ined by < illustrations, making it the most complete book of the @1'@f published. MI SC ELLAN EOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A. SCIENTIST.-A structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemi11try; also e n periipents in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemist:ry and r ect ions for making fireworks, colored fires an d gas Th'lr book cannot be equaled. No. 14 HOW TO l\IAKE CA.NDY.-A. complete hand-'boo t making all kinds of candy, ice-cr eam, syrups, etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'l'ES DIS'l'A 0 TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving tll

THE LIBERTY BO.JS OF '76. _A_ Weekly Magazine oont a inin g Storie s of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual facts and give a. faithful account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of American youths who were a.lways ready _and willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 57 'I'he Liberty Boys' .;Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" at Stony Point. 59 'l'he Liberty Bo:vs' Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 61 'l'he I,iberty Boys' Sea1ed Orders; or, Going It Blind. 62 'l'he Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Harry" at l'aulus Hook. 63 The Vberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywhere. 64 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand"; or, Fighting Against Great 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, 'I'he Idol of the Company. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the H e dcoats Roughshod. 67 The Liberty lloys' Battle fer Life; or, 'I'he Hardest Struggle of All. 68 'l'he 1,1berty Bors' Lost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work .. 69 'l'he Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or. Youth "."ho "Queered" Everythmg. 70 The Liberty Beys' Decoy; or, Ba1tml{ t .he Br1t, 1sh. 71 The f,lberty Boys Lured ; or, 'l'he Snare the Enemy Set. 72 The f ,iberty Boys' Ransom; or. In the Hands of the Tory 0.utlaws. 73 'l'he Liberty Boys af! Sleuth-Hounds; or, 'l.'raillng Benedict Arnold. i4 'I'he J,iberty Boys !Swoop" ; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like Chaff. 7fo The Llbertv Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Lively Work In Old Virginia. 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, 'I'helr Plot to. Capture the King's Son. 77 The Liberty llovs' Bold J.iove: or, Into the Enemy's Country. The Liberty Hoys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal o n the Mountain. 7!\ The Llhertv Bovs' Honor; or, The Promise .That Was Kept. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"' : or. Bowling the British Over. }\l The Liberty Boys' Gratitude. and How they Showed It. R::! The Liberty I.Joys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to Handle. 83 ThP. Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross it if You Dare!" 8-1 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooe d ; or, Trouble at Every 'I'urn. 8:1 The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or. The Light that Led The m. 8r. 'l'be Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, 'l'be Redskin who 'ought for Independ<>nre. 8 7 'l'he Libertv Hoys "Going It Rlind" : or. Taking Big Chances. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band: or, Bumping the British Hard. The Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call"; or, A Wild Dash to Save a 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful l\Iaid of the Mountain.