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The Liberty Boys' sharpshooters, or, The battle of the kegs
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J ,, A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered a.' Second Class Malter al tke New York Pod Of/ice, Febroary 4, 1 9 0 1, b y Franl: i'o iue y No. 149. NE'V YORK, NOVEMBER 6, 1903. Price 5 Cents. The "Liberty Boys" carried the kegs and placed them in the water. while Dick pushed them away from the fioat with a pike pole. Suddenly one of the kegs struck a rock and exploded. PAGE 2 These Books Tell You) I Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book oonsista of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated covu ()f the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an' can thoroughly understand tbem. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subject.t men tum ed. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ADDRESS J!"ROM THIS OFFICE ON RECElPT OF PRICE, TEN GENTS EACII, OH ANY TlllmE BOOKS FOR CiroNTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N .Y. MESMERISM. llt'o. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Containing the most ap riinved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of GUua1e11 by animal magnetism, or, magneti c h ealing. By Prof. Leo m!uc() Koch, A. C. S., author of "I!o\: t o liypnotize," etc. No. 72. HOW 'l'O DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-f.l. bracing all of the lates t and most deceptive card tricks, with A. lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. llOW TU VU PORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.Containing deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjuror and magicians. Arrnnged for home amusement. Fully illustrateic PALMISTRY. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Containing the most ap-MAGIC. 11.iroved methods of reading the lines on the Land, together with No. 2. 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Illustrated. also rules for punctua.tion and compo1!tion, wit ecimom letters. (Continued on page 3 of cover.} PAGE 3 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolutiono Issued Weekly-By Subscription$2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post ()(flee, February 1901. Entered according to A.ot of'TJongress, in the year 1903, in the ofrice of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 149. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 6, 1903. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters OR, THE BATTLE OF THE KEGS. By H.A.BBY MOORE. CHAPTER I. SELECTED FOR DANGEROUS WORK. On the 11th day of September of the year 1777 the battle of the Brandywine was fought. The patriotic army, under Generals Washington, Greene, Wayne and Sullivan, was defeated and forced to retreat to ward Chester While defeated, however, the patriots were not discour aged. They had killed and wounded as many redcoats as they had lost men, and felt that the victory for the British was n"Ot much to boast of. General Washington, the evening after the battle, called a council of his officers and the situation was discussed earn estly. "How far is it to the city?" asked General Sullivan. "About twenty-five miles," replied General Washington. "'l'hat isn't far; I fear we cannot hold the British back very long." "I'll tell you one thing that would have a good effect in holding the British back,'' said Gener'al Greene. "What is that?" asked the commander-in-chief. "Sharpshooters ." The commander-in-chief look ed at the speaker thought fully. Then he nodded and said : "Yes, if we had some sharpshooters, daring fellows who would not be afraid to venture close enough to the British army to pick off soldiers, it would be a great aid in holding the enemy in check." "There are some good marksmen among the soldiers,'' said Sullivan. He had received news that a patriot force had been sue "Yes, but the trouble is in finding men who are good cessful up in Mohawk Valley, and believed that if General marksmen and who are also young enough and lively Howe and the British army could be kept employed in the enough to get close to the British army and fire deadly vicinity of Philadelphia long enough Burgoyne, who was shots. That is dangerous work, you know." coming down from Canada, would be forced to surrender by J "So it is,'' agreed General Greene; "but I think I know the patriot army operating near Albany. we may find just the men we are looking for." He told his officers this, and they agreed with him. "Where?" asked the commander-in-chief. "The thing to do,'' said General Greene, "is to keep Gen"I'll tell you. You know we have in our army a company eral Howe busy." of youths who are called the Liberty Boys of '76 ?" "Yes; we must delay his advance toward Philadelphia fs General Washington started and his face lighted up. long as possible," said General Wayne. "Yes, indeed; they hav e done sp lendid work for us,'' he "Right," agreed General Washington; "after he reaches said. Philadelphia and gets settled there he may send at l east "Exactly; and 1 have learned that they are not only dash a portion of his army to the aid of Burgoyne; so it will be ing, desperate fighters in a battle, but they are dead shots a good plan for us to keep him from reaching Philadelphia as well." for as long a period as possible." "Indeed?"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS.. 1 9 "Our only reason for wishing to leave the city immedi-i servants, and the others concurred in this view o f t h e ma.t ately was so that we might go after Miss Emily, as we had j ter. promised you, Mrs. Ensley,'' said Dick; "and now that she Dick and Bob remained till after dark and t h en bade is here and we do not have to do that, we are in no hurry l :Mrs. Ensley and Emily goodby and took their leave, t h o u g h whatever, but would really prefer to remain and take our' not till the ;voman had insisted that they come and see h e r l eave after nightfall. It will be safer for us." and her new-found daughter often f'Then it is settled! I am so glad that you will stay; and ''We will do so," said Dick; ''if the British r emain in now, if you will excuse us for awhile, we will go upstairs. Philadelphia, which I think they will, I will be coming I wish to see if I can find a gown for Emily that is more here frequently to spy on them, and it will be conve n ient in keeping with her station in life than this rough, homefor me to have some place to come to, if it won't i ncon-spnn one that she has on." venieince you or endanger your safety." The youths bowed, and l\frs. Ensley and Emily left the "I want that you shall come here cvc1ytimc yo u com e parlor and went upstairs. to the city, Mr. Slater; you must make my home yoyr headDick and Bob looked at each other, and Bob said: quarters, I shall feel hurt if you do not." 'Well, what do you think of it, old man?"
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS. 23 lowered and manned, and when this had been done the men on the boats were ordered to keep a sharp lookout for more keg s and to seize them and take them to the shore. Dick and the commander saw what the British were doing and realized that it \Yould be useless to try to carry out the plan, so Dick ordered that the four remaining kegs should not be placed in the water. "We will hold them until after nightfall,'' he said, "and perhap s we may be able to blow up a warship, after all." They went back into the fort and waited to see what the British would do. They could see the boats moving about and knew the redcoats were gathering the kegs and taking them to the shore. "All right; we will still have fo11r on hand that they woh't get hold of/' said Dick. "I hope that we may succeed in blowing at least one of the warships out of water,'' said the commander of the fott. Dick said the same The day passed quietly, the British hot tnaking any further move toward trying to get past the forts. Neither did any land force put in an appeatance. The failure of the lahd force to appear caused the pa triots cohsiderable satisfactioh, as it would give them a chance to send the four remaining kegs of gunpowder down the river, and it might result in the destruction of at lea st one of the vessels. Night came at last, and when it was as dark as it would be Dick and his Liberty Boys went ashore, and, placing the kegs in the water, seht them floating down the river. Then they returned to the fort and all waited eagerly and expectantly, hoping to hear the sound of an explosion. They knew about how long it had taken the other kegs to float down to where the warships were, and so knew about how long to wait on the four that had been sent adrift. The time had just about expired, when thete came the sound of a loud report from uown the stream. Theh sttdde nly u light was observed, and it soon proveJ to be flames, and by their light ii. was seen that a ship had been wrecked by the keg that had exp loded. 'rhe warship had caught on fire and was soon blazing fiercely. The scene was lighted up by the flames, and the other warships could be seen with tolerable distinctness. Boats were seen, and it was 'evident that soldiers and sailors who had been blown into the water were being picked up and taken to the other vessels. The patriots were delighted. "Hurrah! we got one of the warships, anyway!" cried Bob. "Yes, so we did,'' said Dick, ."and I am glad of it." This sentiment was echoed by all. The patriots in Fort Mifflin understood the matter and were delighted. The wrecked warship burned briskly for quite awhile, but at last the fire got down to the water and was extin guished, leaving all in darkness. The night pai;:sed quietly after that. Next morning, howev er, things soon took a ser ious turn, for scouts who had been out watching came to the fort with news of the coming 0 the Bi'itish. A strong land force was on its way to attack Fort Mercer. At the same time the British wni'shlps \\'ere seen moving up the river, and it was ftl1' the purl1bse of ading in cohcert with the lahd forcl:!. Soon the engagen1ent wns dn. The cannon began to speak and the roar was heaitl for miles ardtmd. '!'he concentrated their fl.re dn Fort Miffiin while the land force attacked Fort Merce1'. It did not take the patriots long to see that they \\rould be forced to evacuate, but it wduld not db to make the at tempt until aftel' they had forced the British to pause :Hid l'etfre to test a\vhile. After two hours or hot work the British land force did retire, and the patriots seized upon the opportunity, and, leaving the fort, entered the timber, where they felt that they would be safe. 'rhe British on the warships kept on firing at tile patriots in Fort Mifflin, but their fire was returned so spiritedly that they at last tetitecl down the rivet out 0 range. 'I'he flatboat had been sent actoss to Fort MliffHn before the engagement began, and so now the work of evacuating }l'ort Mifflin was begun. By the time the Btitish learnecl what was taking place the last load of sol. diers was being taken to the mainland, and, although the warnhips hus t1mec1 up the $tream, they did not get in range sdon anough to do any damage with their cannon. They had reduced the two forts, however, ancl were free to go up to the city, and felt satisfied. The patriots were fairly well satisfied also, for they had made as good a fight as was possible under the circum stances, and through the use of the kegs of gunpowder had succeeded in destroying one of the warships. The land force of British now made an attempt to hem the patriot force in and force it to surrender, but they did not succeed The patriots were more at home in the timber than was t1le case with the redcoats, ancl they moved with more rapidity. They were on the wrong side of the river; but thought it possible that they would succeed in getting across to the other sicle in safety sooner or later. When they had s h aken the British off and were at a safe distance from them the patriots took it easier and marched steaclily on ward. When they were a mile or so east of the stream. they turned n11rthward and went in tha.t direction. There was a. ferry across the Delaware at a point three or four miles above Philadelphia, and it was the patriots' purpose to each the vicinity of this ferry, wait till after nightfall and then cross under cover of the darkness. They marched steadily till nearly noon, when they paused and ate what rations they had in their haversacks. PAGE 26 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS. ======================================-==========================================--. This was not mii_ch, but it stayed the pangs of hunger a little. They remained here tiil nightfall and then marched to ward the river. They struck the stream at a point only half a mile from the feTI'y, and were soon there. The ferryman was a man who was on the lookout for a chance to make some money, and he did not ask any questions, but went to work ferry ing the soldiers across. 'l'his was a big task, and it was not :finished until near midnight. The commander of the force gave the ferryman some silver and then gave the order to march. The force set out, with the Liberty Boys in front, as they knew where the main patriot army was encamped, and the soldiers who had been in the fort did not. They reached the encampment a couple of hours before daylight and found the force that had been in Fort Mifflin there ahead of them, as had been expected. 'l'he Liberty Boys went to their quarters and threw them selves down and slept till daylight. Then they got up and ate breakfast and talked of their adventures in the forts. They were particulariy well pleased on account of having been successful in destroying the British warship with the keg of gunpowder. They gave Dick all the credit for this. "That was a splendid idea, Dick,'' said Bob. "How did you come to think of it, anyway?" "I don't know, Bob; I was trying to think of something to do that would worry the redcoats on the warships and the idea came to me, that is all." "Well, I'm glad it did," from Sam Sanderson. "So am I,'' from Mark Morrison. "Yes, by destroying the warship I think we came out even with the redcoats, at least,'' said Dan Morton. All agreed that it had been a splendid idea, and it gave them a great deal of satisfaction to think that they had succeeded in destroying one of the warships. "It was impossible for us to keeip the British from cap turing the forts, though," said one. "Oh, we knew that from the first,'' said Dick; "but we wanted to make the British all the trouble possible." "Well we did make them some trouble." General Washington sent word for Dick to come to head quarters and the youth went at once. The commander-in-chief had heard about the blowing up of the warship with the keg of gunpowder and wished to congratulate Dick for his share in the affair. Dick was modest and disclaimed the credit, but the commander-in chief knew that but for Dick the plan would not have been thought of, and gave him full credit for it. "And now that the British warships can come up to Philadelphia, I think it likely that the British may attempt some move of importance," he said. "I shall depend on you, Dick, to keep me posted regarding what is going on in the city." "I shall be glad to undertake the work, your excellency," said Dick. "I was sure that would be the case." "Of course I cannot guarantee that I shaJl be able to be successful, sir,'' the youth said; "but I will do my best to f learn the plans of the British, and if I do learn anything will bring you the news at once." CHAPTER XIII. DAN MAKES .A. GOOD IMPRESSION. When Dick went back to the quarters occupied by the Liberty Boys he told them what the commander-in-chief wanted him to do, and he made Dan Morton happy by tell ing him that he should go to Philadelphia in company with Dick. "That will give you a chance to get acquainted with Emily Ensley, Dan," said Bob. "You want to fiA""yourself up and look your best." "I am going to do that," was the reply. Dick did not think it policy to try to enter the city in the daytime. He feared there might be some redcoats who would recognize him. "We will wait till evening to start," he said, "and we will slip in." He and Dan started soon after supper that evening and were within a mile of the city when darkness came. This was just as they wished it. They had had daylight in which to come most of the way, and now they would have the darkness to veil their movements while entering the city. "I suppose they will have sentinels out, Dick?" remarked Dan, as they were nearing the city. "Quite likely." "Then we will have to be careful." "Yes; we will have to get the sentinels located and then slip past them." This was put into practice Dick was an expert at such work, and they did not have much difficulty in getting past the sentinels unseen and unchallenged. Then they wall PAGE 27 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS Dick and his comrade turned down this street, and when they reached the next corner they turned to the left and were soon at the steps leading to the door of Mrs. Ensley's h .ouse. A light was shining from the window of the parlor, and Dick knew the inmates of the house were still up. They walked up the steps and Dick knocked on t h e door. It was opened by a negro servant. "Tell your mistress that Dick Slater is here,'' the youth said "Come in, sahs," was the reply, as he held the door open. "Ah recommcmbers you de time you wuz heah be foah, sah." The two entered and took seats in the hall, while the servant went to tell his mistress of their presence. Soon there was ihe rustle of a dress, and Mrs. Ensley came down the stairs and approached with beaming face and outstretched hand "Oh, l\Ir. Slater!" she exclaimed; "I am so glad to see you, and your friend, also,'' and she turned toward Dan, after shaking hands with Dick. "Oh, it isn't l\fr. Estabrook,'' she said, in a slight l y dis appointed voice. "No, he couldn't come this time,'' said Dick; ''but this i s another dear friend of mine, and I am sure you will like him. His name is Daniel :Morton; Dan, Mrs Ensley." Dan made his best bmY, and as he was a handsome fellow, Mrs. Ensley was very farnrably impressed with his ap pearance. "I am glad to know you, Mrs. Ensley,'' he said, pleas antly. "Dick has told me the story of how your daughter was returned to you, and naturally it aroused my interest I saw your daughter once when she was at her old home away down in the backwoods." "Thank goodness, you will never see her there again the woman declared. Then she invited the two into the par l or, and they went. When they had seated themselves she rang a bell ana the servant appeared. "Pl ease tell your young mistress that Captain Dick Slater and a comrade are here,'' the woman ordered, and the ser vant bowed and withdrew. A few minutes later there was a rustle of a dress, and Emily Ensley, looking more beautifu l than ever, entered the room Dan a lmost gasped, be was so overcome by the beauty of the girl, and his heart almost failed him. He said to himself that he could not hope to wi_ n the maiden "I'll try, though," he said to himself, determinedly; "I'U mak e a determined effort, for--I love her!" Emily advanced and shook hands with Dick and gave him a pleasant greeting; and then she acknowledged the introdu ction which he gave her to Dan. The gi rl gave the youth her hand with rather a diffident, ba ckwar d air and th. ere was a s light flush on her face and h er voice trembled the l east bit when she spoke, for-her woman's intuition told her that this was the young man who had declared that he would win her, if he had to de sert in order to stay near her and put his plan into effect. "So his name is Dan Morton?" the girl said to herself. "Well, he is handsome, very handsome, and I-I-almost believe-that I-that I-love him now!" Dan cou ld not keep his eyes off Emily, and there was the light of a great love g l owing in them. Mrs. Ensley, who was a very observant woman, noticed this right away, and she was worried a bit regardin& it. She knew nothing re garding the youth, and was not at all sure she was pleased to have such a state of affairs exist "He may and he may not be a desirable young man,'' s he told herself; "and I don't want t hat he s hall have a c han ce to make love to Emily, unless I become c onvinced that he is all that a youn g man sho uld b e She decided to speak to Dick regarding the matter, for she had every confidence in that you t h and would believe whatever he to ld her. Dick soon rose to go, with the exp l anatio n that he wished to reconnoiter and see if there was anything to be learned "You will make my home your h ea dquarters while in the city, l\fr Slater; don't forgert that," said Mrs. Ensley. "I shall do so, Mrs. Ensley; it makes it very pleasant and convenient for us to do this, I assure you. I will leave Mr. l\Iorton here this eveni n g, as I prefer to go alone." "V eiy well; we will take care of him while you are gone.'' Mrs. Ens ley accompanied Dick to t h e door and asked him about Dan. She told Dick that she knew the youth was in love with Emily, and asked him what he thought about the matter and what kind of a you n g man Dan was. "A finer fellow does not live1, Mrs. Ensley,'' said Dick earnestly; "he is brave, honest, honora ble and true-hearted, and in my opinion it would be an honor to any girl to be loved by him." The woman was impressed. She had faith in Dick, and fel t that he would not praise anyone unless the praise were deserved. "But how happens it that he is in love with my daugh ter?" Mrs. Ensley asked; "he must hav e seen her before to night?" "You are right; he sa id so awhile ago in there, don't you remember?" "Oh, yes; so he did. The n he must have fallen in love with her on that occasion?" "He did." Then Dick told how Dan had been with the g irl and how h e had sai d he was going to win her love, if he bad to desert in order to do it. Mrs. Ensley listened with interest. Sh e understood the matter now and knew that Dick favored the match, and had brought the young man along on purpose to give him an opportunity to press his s uit. She asked him if this were not the case, and he ack nowl eaged that it was. "I. think your daughter likes him, Mrs. Ensley," he said, "and as you are bound to lose her som e time, why not give my comrade a chance?" Tlhe woman was sil ent and thoughtful for a few moments, and Dick went on : PAGE 28 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS. "You are here in Philadelphia among the Tories and redcoats, and the chances are that unless you let my comrade have a chance to win the love of your daughter you will be forced to see some young Tory stepping in and doing this. I give you my word of honor that you will never find a finer young fellow than Dan Morton. I would be proud to have him for a brother-in-law, if my sister were not already engaged to Bob Estabrook who was here with me before." ''Well," said the woman, with a sigh; "I guess you are right, Mr. Slater, and as I would rather have someone rec ommended by you court my daughter than to wait and not know who may take a notion to do so, I shall interpose no obstacle in the young man's way. He shall be welcome to remain beneath my roof and win the love of my daughter, if he can do so." "Thank you, Mrs. Ensley; I that i:p_ the light of the granting of a favor to myself, and I feel sure that I can give you every assurance that you will never regret your decision." "I hope that I never shall, and I believe that I shall not clo so, Mr. Slater." Then Dick took his departure and Mrs. Ensley went back into the parlor and engaged Dan in conversation. She watched him closely and studied him, and at hist came to the conclusion that Dick was right in his estimate of the youth, "I believe he is all that Mr. Slater claims .Qim to be," she told herself. "Well, I am glad of it, for I feeL sure that Emily is very favorably impressed with him." Dan shrewdly suspected that Mrs. Ensley had followed Dick out to make inquiries regarding him, and he did his best to make a favorable impression on the mother of the girl he loved. He believed that he had succeeded, too, and was glad of it, He talked to Emily quite a good deal, and when doing so he c011ld hardly keep his voice from trembling. Anyone much less keen-eyed and observing than a mothei would have known that he was in love with Emily. Dick was gone about two hours and found the three in the parlor when he returned He told them that he had reconnoitered quite a good deal, but had not been able to learn anything of interest. It did not take him lopg to see that Dan was getting along all right with both Emily and he1 mother. He was very glad of this "I guess Dan will come out all right," thought Dick. They talked awhile, and presently Dick said: "I fear we are keeping you up. You must not let us inconvenience you." Mrs. Ensley said that they rarely retired at an early hour. "We remain up and read or talk," she said; "so it is not inconveniencing us in the least to stay up in this manner." Dick said that he and Dan might as well retire, as they would want to get up early, and a servant was summonea and showed them to their room When they were alone Dick asked Dan how he was mak ing it with his love aff'air. "All right, I think, Dick," was the reply. "I am not egotistical at all, but I believe the girL likes me, and her mother seems to have a good opinion of me." "I told her you were all right, Dan," said Dick; "and then he told his comrade about the conversation he had had with Mrs. Ensley. "I guess that all you have to do is to keep up your cour age and go in and win, Dan," he said. "I hope you are right, Dick," was the reply. CHAPTER XIV. DONALD DUNTON .AG.A.IN. Dick and Dan remained in Philadelphia four days. They spent most of the days in the house in the company of Mrs. Ensley and Emily and at night Dick usually went out alone to spy on the British. Dan insisted on going once, to disarm any suspicions Mrs Ensley might have to the effect that all he was there for was to court her daugh ter, and Dick let him go along on this occasion. Dan made good progress in his love affair. B!mily, it was easy to see, was learning to love him, and Dick was well pleased. Mrs. Ensley was not displeased, for she was study ing Dan closely all the time, and she had come to the con clusion that Dick's estimate of his comrade was correct and that he was as fine a young fellow as could be found. At the end of the four days Dick said they must return to the patriot encampment and make a report. "I haven't learned a great deal of interest and value," he said; Hbut the commander-in-chief will be wanting to hear from me, so we will go at once "You will be back again, however, will you not?" Mrs. Ensley asked. "Yes," replied Dick, and with a swift glance at Emily he nodded: "Dan and I will come again." Dan a grateful look at Dick, and Mrs. Ensley and Dick who were watching Emily out of the corner of their eyes saw a pleased look comeover her face. ''That settles it; she is in love with Dan," said Dick to himself. "Well, I'm glad of it." "Emily loves him!" was the mother's thought. ''Well, I am not sorry, for I am convinced that he is a fine, noble hearted young fellow." The two waited till nightfall and then bade Mrs. Ensley and Emily goodby and took their departure They were successful in getting out of the city without clashing with the British sentinels and :finally reached the patriot encampment. They went to the Liberty Boys' quarters and lay down and slept till morning, for there was nothing of sufficient importance to report to make it worth while bothering the commander-in-chief at night. PAGE 29 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS. 27 After breakfast next morning Dick made his way to the tent occupied by General Washington and was given a warm greeting. "Come outside, where it will be cooler," the commander inchief said. They went ont and sat on campstools under a tree, where it was shady. Dick made his report, which was to the effect that the British showed no signs of malcing any move of impor tance. "They have settled down as though to remain all. win ter," he said. "They have taken up their quarters in various buildings in the city aud have made themselves at home. 'rhey are living on the fat of the land, taking thing s easy and enjoying themselves." General Washington thought that Dick's idea, that the Briti s h had sett led down to remain all winter in the city, was not far from the correct one, and said so. "Our position here is not a satisfactory one," he said; "and I think that I shall move my army to Whitemarsh, where we will have such a strong position that the British could not do anything if they were to try. I wilL call a council and see what the members of my staff have to say regarding the matter." Just as he fini s hed speaking there came the sharp report of a rifle, and the commander -inchief's hat was knocked from his head by a bullet! Some hidden enemy had made an attempt to assassinate the patriot general! Dick leaped up with an exclamation of alarm and anger and looked all around. General Washington picked up his hat and replaced it on his head, remarking, calmly : "That was a dose call, Captain Slater." Dick's keen eyes detected a ring of smoke curling up ward from the top of a large tree over beyond the edge of the encampment, and he hounded in that direction, crying out as he did so : "The scoundrel is in that tree, yonder! Surround it and don't let him get away!" The news that someone had attempted to assassinate the commander-in-chief flew through the camp like wildfire, and soon all was excitement. Soldiers leaped np and seized their muskets and ran hither and thither. A number who were near the headquarters tent when the shot was fired and heard and saw him running toward the tree in question, followed. When Dick was still thirty yards from the tree a man dropped out of it to the ground and ran away with all his might. After him dashed Dick. The Liberty Boy's blood was up. "I will catch you, you cowardly scoundr el!" he said to himself; "you cannot, you sha ll not escape!" After the fugitive went Dick, and after him came the soldiers, eager to render the youth assistance. The fugitive was a good runner, but he was not as speedy as Dick, and the Liberty Boy gradually drew up with him. Closer and closer Dick drew to the fugitive, and when he 'ms within tep yards of the man he made a discovery. "It was Donald Dunton!" This was the thought that flashed through Dick's mind. And he was right. The would-be assassin was no other than Dunton, who had stated that he was going to kill the commander-in chief 0 the patriot army and thus bring the war to an end. He had attempted to rhake his threat good. "But you will never have the chance to make another attempt," said Dick to himself, grimly; "I am going to capture you and take you back to the encampment an,2 you will be s hot or hanged." Re quickly closed the gap between himself and the fugi tive, and when he was close enough he l eaped forward and grasped the man by the coat collar. "Stop!" he cried. "You can't get away, Donald Dun ton. Stop and surrender!" "Never!" the fellow cried, and he at once entered into a strugg le with the youth. Doubtless he fancied he would be able to easily over power the youth, but he quickly found his mistake. Dick was more than a match for Dunton, and even had it been otherwise the soldiers were 1101\ close at hand, and a few moments later they arrived on the scene and seized Dun ton. He was now helpless, and, realizing the uselessness 0 making further resistance, he ceased struggling "That is sensible," said Dick; "now come right along with us, Donald Dunton.'' They conducted him back to the encampment and found it all excitement. 'rhe soldiers were moving about and talking excitedly, while the officers were gathered around the commander -in-chi ef, inquiring if he were injured and as.king to hear the story of the affair. When Dunton was taken before General Was hington, the great man eyed him sternly. "What hav e you to say for yourself, my man?" he asked. "Nothing-save thet I am sorry I missed ye," was the sullen reply. "Oh, you are sorry you missed me, eh?" The commander-in-chief's voice hardened and there was a threat ening look in his eyes. "Yas." "Why did you try to assassinate me?" "I thonght thet by doin' so I might bring ther war ter nn end." The commander-in-chief started. "Oh, you are the man who sent me the warning!" he exclaimed; "it was you who asked me to resign as commauderin-chief of the patriot army, under pain of death if I refused to do so." "I'm ther man." This was said with rather an air of pride, if not bravado. The commander-in-chief looked keenly and searchingly PAGE 30 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SHARPSHOOTERS. at the prisoner for a feiw moments. Then he said, slowly and deliberately, yet with considerable stern ess: ''I think you are a dangerous man. You must die! But because you were fair enough to send me a warning before making the attempt to assassinate me, I shall not order you to be hanged; instead, you shall die by the bullet. Oap-1 tain Slater, take him away and eocecute him at once." Dick bowed and let the way from the spot, a number of soldiers following leading the prisoner. They went into the timber a distance of about one hun dred yards and tied Dunton to a tree. Then Dick se lected ten soldiers and ordered that the bullets be drawn out of five of the muskrts belonging to the men selected This was done and then the weapons were taken aside and mixed up so that it was impossible to know which held bullets and which did not. This done, the ten soldiers took the weapons, stationed themselves at a point ten paces distant from the doomed man, and leveled the mus kets and awaited the command to fire. It was not long in coming, for Dick did not believe in torturing the doomed man. He simply waited long enough to ask him if there was any word he wished to leave for anyone, and Dunton said there was not. Then Dick asked him if he wanted time to pray, and he said he didn't know how. "Et hez gotter come, I guess," he said; "so go erhead. Don' keep me waitin'." Dick took the doomed man at his word and gave the command to fire. The volley rang out and Dunton was hit by three bullets and was killed instantly. They buried him and then went back to the encamp ment. Dick went to headquarters and made his report. "It is well," said General Washington; "the fellow was just simple enough to keep on trying, and he might have succeeded in killing me." "True," said Dick. A council was held and it was decided to move the army to Whitemarsh, so the army broke camp and marched away. Dick and Dan Morton remained behind, however, for they intended to return to Philadelphia and keep watch on the British. They remained at the point where the patriots had been encamped till evening, and then set out for the city. They arrived there soon after dark, and as on the for mer occasion, managed to slip past the sentinels without "I don't know, Dan; perhaps only one or two days, per haps a week." "Well, say, old fellow, I'm going to ask Emily to be my wife before we leave, be it one day or a dozen!" "I would if I were you, Dan." "What do you think of my chances, old man?" "I think they are good, Dan; I feel sure that you will win." "I hope so; jove, I would be the most miserable fellow in the world if she was to tell me 'no.' I would get killed in the first battle we got into." "I don't think you will need to do anything like that, my boy." They remained in Philadelphia more than li, week, and during all this time they were busy, Dick trying to secure information regarding the intentions of the British, Dan making love to Emily. Dick told Dan a day ahead of the time, when he had decided to leave the city, and the youth asked Emily that evening to marry him. To his unbounded delight she said she would, and when he asked Mrs. Ensley to give her con sent she did so, thus making his cup of happiness full to overflowing. He was the happiest fellow in Philadelphia, and he thanked Dick again and again for what he had done to aid him in his lovemaking. "But for you I shou ld never have won her, I am sure, Dick,'' he said; "for I would not have had the opportunity." "Well, you are more than welcome to what I have done, Dan,'' said Dick. "I congratulate you and wish you all possible happiness." Emily never knew how the man died that she had looked upon as her father for so many years. Dick and Dan went back to the patriot encampment at Whitemarsh, and soon afterward the battle of Germantown was fought. THE END. The next number (150) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS ON GUARD; OR, WATCHING THE ENEMY," by Harry Moore. being discovered. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly They went straight to the home of Mrs. Ensley and were are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any given a warm welcome. Emily blushed like a peony when she saw Dan, and that newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by youth was almost wild with delight. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION "How long do you think we will be in the city this time, Dick?" he asked that night, after they had gone to SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies their room. you order by return mail. PAGE 31 SECRET SERVICE OLP AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. PBICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. 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