The Liberty Boys and the gypsies, or, A wonderful surprise

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The Liberty Boys and the gypsies, or, A wonderful surprise
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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,1 1 .. ud Weekly-B y B u lmriplion $2.5 0 p e r geo.r E nt e red a T Second Class Matt e r at the N e w Yor k P ost Office; Feb"14ry 4 1901, by Frcnlc Toll8!/ No. 156. NEW YOR. K, DECEMBER 1903. Price 5 Cents. The Hessians led the mules, on the backs of which the three "Liberty Boys" were tied, and as they came opposite to the gypiAes', were given a. wonderful surprise. Up from among the bushes ro.e a d0&en gypsies.


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THE.LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazin e Conta ining Stories of the American Revolution IBBued Weekly-By Subsoription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O flfoo Ft.bruaru 1901. Entered aocorcUng to Act of Oongress, in the year 1903, in the office of the Mbrarian No. 156. o f 001l{lress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 25, 1903. Price 5 Cen ts HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. forces, combined, had fallen upon the peaceful and beau tiful village of Cherry Valley, and more than fifty men, THE ENGLISHMAN AND THE GYPSY MAIDEN. women and children had been ruthlessly killed. This I dire affair, known as the Massacre of Cherry Valley, had Three men were walking along a road leading westward caused the blood of people everywhere to run cold with in central New York one afternoon in August of the year horror, and Co:ngress had been importuned to send a forc e 1779. of patriot soldiers out into that region to strike the Tories The three were bearded, had long hair and bronzed and Indians a blow. faces; they were dressed roughly, in blue homespun, with It had not been practicable to do this at that time, or, coonskin caps on their heads and carrying long rifles in indeed, till late in the summer of the next year, 1779, their hands. when, in the month of August, a force under General The road wound this way and that through the timber, Sullivan was making its way westward. and it was an impossibility to see ahead wry far. But to return to the three Tories: They rounded a "Say, I sh'd think we'd fin' Johnson's army somewhars bend in the road and snddenfy came upon a. man and a in this part uv t'her country," said one. horse by the roadside. The man was quite well dressed, "I sh'd think so," from another. was about fifty years of age and was good-looking, with "Yas, er mebby ther army uv one or both uv ther Butkeen, gray eyes, and beard worn English fashion. lers," from a third. He was seated on a rock looking at a sheet of paper, and "Yas, er Brant's force uv Injuns." near him the horse was grazing on the grass. "We don' wanter git mixed up with enny Injuns," said "Hello, whut hev we got heer?" said one of the Tories one; "I don't trust 'em no more'n I would er snake. Er in a. low vofce. feller would jest ez like's not wake up some mornin' with "I kain't tell ye," from another. his skulp missin'." "Look like an Englishman," said the third. "Thet's so; I don' wanter jine Brant's Injun force." "Yas, so he does; I wonder whut he's doin' in these "Waal, et won't be necessary, I reckon," from the first parts?" speaker; "-thar air three forces uv white loyalists, an' I "Dunno; let's ax 'im guess we'll run ercrost one uv 'em afore long." I The three the and were close to him At the time of which we write the entire region of cen-1 before he knew. of their commg. He looked up with a tral New York was overrun by Tories and Indians, the start and exclaimed : former in three bands, under Johnson and the Butler ; I "Ah, gentlemen, how are you?" brothers, and ihe latter under Thayendanegea, otherwise "Purty well, thank you; but I am puzzled regarding known as Brant. my whereabouts. I hav e been trying to locate. the spot On the 1 Oth day of November, of the year 1776, these on this map. Can you gentlemen help me out in t h is?" 1


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. '.Phe three had come to a stop in front of the man, and they looked dubiously at the paper which he held up in front of them. On this paper a rude map was drawn He got up, walked to his horse, took the animal by the halter-strap and said to the Tories: "I am ready to go "We don' know much erbout maps an' things," said the leader of the three; "but ef ye'll tell us whur ye wanter go we'll tell ye whether ye air ennywhurs clust ter ther place." "I wish to go to Tioga." "Oh, te-r Tioga, hey?" "Yes; do you know where the place is?" "I reckon I do; '1.'ioga is erbout twenty miles frum beer." "In a westerly direction, I suppose?" "Yas. Jest keep on goin' in ther direskshun ye hev be'n goin' an' ye'll git thar." "I am much obliged for the information." "Ob, ye're welcum; but, stranger, ef et hain't axin' too much, wnll ye tell us whut ye air doin' erway out in this part uv ther country?" "I have no objections to telling you," was the reply. "I ha,e come out here from New York, where I landed from England a month ago, to look for a family who live -C>l did live-at or near Tioga." "Whut is ther name uv ther fambly?" "The man's name is Enoch 3anderson." 'l'he three looked thoughtful, while the man w&.tched them eagerly, and then they shook their heads. "I don't know ennybuddy by thet name," said one. "Nur me," from another. "I've never heerd ther nanrn berfore," the third. The Englishman, for such he was, looked disappointed "I was in hopes that you would say you knew him," he said. They set out, the Englishman walking and leading his horse. The three would have liked to have questioned their companion furthe r regarding the business that had brought him from Engl.and, in the first place, and had then led him deep into the wilderness of central New York, but there was a peculiar air about the man that forbade their taking liberties. So they engaged him in conversation on subjects that were not personal, and the conversation went on pleasantly enough Presently, on rounding a bend in the road, they came upon a young woman seated on a rock by the roadside. As they drew nearer they saw the girl was not more than seventeen or eighteen, and they noted also that, although browned by exposure to sun and wind to almost t;he hue of an Indian, she was very pretty. She was dressed in a peculiar, gypsyish costume, set off her beauty and gave her an attractive appearance, indeed. "Hello, whut hev we beer?" said Jennings, who was the leading spirit of the three Tories. "Looks like er gypsy gal," said Hudson. "Thet's jest whut she is," from Spencer. "A gypsy, eh?" remarked .Ambrose; "yes, so she is. I have not seen a gypsy in There used to be some on the lands of my father in the south of England when I was a boy, and, indeed, for many years after I became owner of the estate, but they disappeared and tha.t was the last time I saw a gypsy,. from that time till this." They were almost to the girl now, and as they ap proached she rose, and, with a little courtesy, said: "No, nver heerd tell uv 'im." "Will h tl h h t e gen emen ave t eir fortunes told?" Then the speaker added: "I don' think I keer ter hev mine told," grinned J cu" Whut mought Y. e t name be, stranger?" nm gs. ''Raval Ambrose.'' "I'd th t k h t' t } t "I ; tl t h t f E 1 d ru er no now w u s gom er 1appen er me, s pose rn seem i'olz ow yo air Jes rum ng an d H d 1 Mi A b ?" I sa1 n son. ye mr er I.ova ist, ster m rose. 1 "Tl t' th t 'th s 1e s er way e is w1 me, rom pencer. "Oh, yes; I am loyal to my king." "I tell things that have happened in tho past as welL as ::'l'het's good; so we.'' what is to happen in the future," said the girl. I am. glad to hear and now, if you men JourneyRoyal .Ambrose had not spoken as yet. He was staring mg to Tioga, I would like to accompany you. at the girl with a peculiar, puzzled look in his eyes. She "Ye're welcum, but ye hev er hoss, while we're erfoot, turned toward him now and said: an' we'll move slower 'n whut ye like, I 'xpeck.'' "How is it with you, sir? Shall I tell your fortune?" 'Slow and sure' is a. good motto; I would rather go The Englishman gave a start as though suddenly slowly and be sure of my way than to go faster and get aroused from sleep and said: lost and lose a lot of time, and be worried besides." "I might have my fortune told, miss. I fear that in "Waal., yer welcum ter come erlong with us:" me you have found one who is skeptical regarding tho Royal Ambrose folded up the paper had been lookpowers of any human to foretell coming events,_ howing at and placed it in his pocket." ever." "If I am to travel in your company it will be more "Oh, very few people believe in this, sir; but I assure satisfactory if I know your names," he said. you that I can convince you that I am oue who can do so." "My name," said the leader, "is Jaok Jennings; this J The Englishman looked at the girl doubtingly. feller is Hugh an' this one Sam Spencer." I. "Do and thi: gold-piece is he said, .draw"Thanks," said Ambrose; "now we know one another." mg a gumea from bis pocket and holdmg it up to view.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSJES. 3 ----------------------.. .. "How I Royal Ambrose l1is say he of your the girl a s ked. w : ould not abandon his que s t. "Yes; that will be as good n way ns any; if you can do "Can you tell me, why I have c nmc to this country?" that, then I shn!J be forred to b e lie\ 'C." he asked. "Let me sec your hand,., s aid th e gypsy maiden The girl looked at the palm attentively, wrinkled her The Englishm : m extended his hand and the girl took for e head in a thoughtful manner and then her hold of it and gazed at the palm long and earnestly. head. "You hHe recently tnken a long trip," the g irl said, "The lines

LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES Royal Ambrose nodded, a thoughtful look on his face. I "Don't ask me, Madge," was the reply. "I do not wis "Yes, it is rather strange,'' he agreed; "I don't underto talk about it." .u stand it. So far as I know, and to the best of my belief, The girl walked over in the direction in which her no one in this part of the country knows me, or that such mother had thrown the gold-piece and began lookingh a person lives and is in America." around. h "Thet makes et mighty queer," said Hudson. "I'll keep the money, mother, if I can find it," she There was a thoughtful look on the Englishman's face; said; "it won't burn my hand." he answered such questions as the three asked, but it was "Let it go, Madge; don't look for it," the woman plain that his thoughts were otherwise employed. "let it go; we don't want any of his gold." The four had scarcely more than disappeared around "I do," with a nod of the head; "I could buy so muchu the bend before a woman of perhaps forty-five years that I would like to have, mother, and his gold is as good:r; stepped out from behind a tree and approached the girl. for that purpose as anybody's." The woman in question was dark and gypsyish-looking, "No, no; his gold is not good; it will. bring 'bad luck; but had evidently been good-looking in her younger days. let it lie where it fell, Madge." r She was dressed in the fantastic fashion common to gypBut the girl kept on looking, and presently gave uttersies, but her costume was made up of good material. ance to a little cry of delight and picked up tbe gold-piece. The girl looked aroun 'd. "Here it is, mother," she sa:ld; "and I think it will { "Ah, it is you, mother?" she said. "Did you hear my bring me, good luck, if anything." conversation with the strange;r?" "No, no, Madge; not good luck, chiid. Throw it away." 1 "Yes, Madge." But the girl had a will of her own, and, shaking her 1 "Did I carry out your instructions rightly?" head and smiling, she said: "Yes. You did well, but your warning did not seem "I am going to keep it, and I am not at all afraid of it to have any effect." There was a troubled look on the bringing me bad luck." woman's face. She placed it in her pocket and went back and sat down on the rock. "No; he did not seem to be much impressed." "And he wished to see me, did he not?" The troubled There was a thoughtful look on her face, and it was look deepened. I evident_ that tl:e events of last hour had made consid"Yes, mother; did I do right in telling him you would J erable llDpress1on on her mmd. not see him?" She looked at her mother, who was leaning against a tree, a far-away look in her eyes. "Yes, Madge; I did not wish to see him." The girl looked at her mother for a few moments in "I have something," she sai_d to herself; d th 'd "mother has been m England, and her life there must s1 ence an en sai I have been an unpleasant one; that is the reason she has "Mother, tell me how it happens that you knew this always refused to see English soldiers. She know s thi s him sitting by the roadside down the stranger, Royal Ambrose, and it must be that he ha s roa aw ago. wronged her in some mann e r, for she hates him else she The woman shook her head. would not have thrown the money away that N.e gave me." "I will tell you sometime, Madge," she said; "but not The girl thought long and hard, but could not figur e now." the matter out. Neither did she think of asking any The girl was shrewd, however, and somewhat inquisiquestions, for s he knew by experience that if her mother tive, and she asked: did not wish to be question e d it was best not to do so. "Mother, were you ever in England?" "I guess I will go back to the camp, Madge," said her The woman nodded. mother, presently; "you had better come before long." "That is a self-evident fact,'' she said; "else I would "Very well; I will wait awhile and see if I can get annot have known this Englishman; but I do not wish to other customer. I would like to tell fortunes all day long talk about the matter, Madge." at a guinea each.'' "Very well; here is the gold-piece he gave-me," and "Queen Elsie," as she was called by h e r gypsy com11he handed the money to the woman. panions, turned and walked away, quickly disappearing in With an exclamation of rage the gypsy woman threw the timber. the gold-piece from her; her face was not good to look I Madge looked after her a iew moments and then murupon, it was so distorted by passion. I mured: "I don't want his gold!" she cried; "it burnt my hand! "Mother has been in England! I wonder if I was born No, no! No gold of his shall ever cross my palm. I hate there?" him! I hate him!" Of course, there was no one there to answer the quesMadge looked at her mother in amazement and then tion, and the girl was silent, gazing at the ground. asked: I The rock on which she was seated was an elongated "Why do you hate him, mother?" one; Madge sat on one end, facing toward the road, and


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. I s h :he rock extended back toward the timber a distance of that it was hard for the girl to say this. She did not iix or seven feet. seem to like to acknowledge the fact to the handsome er1 Presently a snake crawled up on the end of rock young stranger. 1gThat was toward the timber, and went gliding along toward "Ah, so you are a gypsy?" the young man remarked; he point where the girl was sitting motionless. "and I suppose you tell fortune s and all that?" i e The snake was a copperhead, one of the mos t dangerous "Yes, sir; I will tell yours for nothing, if you wish." nd deadly of serpents, and the girl littl e knew the peril The youth smiled. was in. "It may not be courteous," he said; "but I must say snake advanced till it was wjthin a foot of the girl that I have but little faith in fortunetelling." h d then stopped. It was a large snake of the kind, bei1tg "And s till les s in fortunetellers?" d ore than two feet long and large in proportion. "Oh, I wouldn t say that with s uch a fair member of Suddenly the girl a sigh and made a movement. the profes s ion before me." Then he added: "I think I The instant she did so the copperhead dreW' back to will accompany you to your encampment-but not to be trike thanked, as you suggested. I hav e always had a curiosity In another instant the gypsy maiden would have been to see a real gyp s y camp, and thi s i s an opportunity I l truck by the fangs of the poisonous serpent, but at this cannot afford to neglect." there was the sharp crack of a pistol, and the "Come," said the girl, eagerly. It seemed as though nake's head went flying through the air, while its she was afraid he might change his mind. went writhing and twis ting down the side of the rock to She led the way into the timber the young man keepground, it continued thi s p e rformance. ing beside her With a sharp cry of alarm Madge leaped up and turned "My horse is tied back there," he said; "I s uppo s e no quickly, to see a handsome youth of nineteen years stand-one will steal him ing nearby, a smoking pistol in his hand. Madge paused. r "Why did you shoot at me?" Madge cried. "Perhaps you had better brin g your horse along," she Th 1 k d d d th sa1'd, "1"t won't b e mu c h troubl e ." I e young man oo e surprise an en sm1 mg m 1 "d "Very well, I "on' t be long a pecu iar manner Sfil : T "I did not shoot at you." He ha s tened back and soon return e d l e ading a mag"What did you shoot at, then ?'1 nificent black hor s e with the unmi s takable mark s of the The young stranger strode forward and pointed at the thoroughbred in his clean limbs and gloss y hide writhing body of the serpent, which up to that moment "What a spl e nilid horse!" exclaim e d Madge, and she had escaped the girl's notice. patted the animal on the neck. "That," he said, laconically. "Yes, he is a fine horse," was the reply. "A copperhead!" cried Madge; "oh, horrors!" "What is hi s name?" CHAPTER III. DICK SLATER SAVES 1'IADGE S LIFE. "Yes, a copperhead," said the youth, qui e tly; "and it would have bitten you had I not shot its head off." "Ugh!" with a shudder. "It was just ready to strike when I fired, aJ!d had I not been a dead shot, you would most certainly have been bitten." "You have saved my life, sir; you have saved ine from a most horrible death, and I thank you!" said Madge, earnestly. "I am glad that I was here to save you," said the youth, quietly. "You must come with me, so that my mother and the rest of our people may thank you," said Madge. "Where is your mother and the rest of your people?" "Our camp is about a mile distant." "Major." "Ah, that is a good name." Then s he again patted the horse on the neck, and he whinni e d as though well pleased. They walked onward, and presently the girl sa'id: "I have learn e d the name of your horse before learning your name Will you tell me what it i s ?" "Certainly; m y name is Dick SlaJer The girl had never heard of Dick Slater, s o did not h \ f s ow any s igns o surprise. He was the famous scout, spy and captain of th e Lib erty Boys of '76. He and his company of youths, all his own age, had come to this part of the country with a force of patriot soldiers under the command of General Sullivan. They had b e en sent by General Washington to lay waste the country of the hostile Iroquois Indians and to go as far wes t as Fort Niagara and capture the Tory forces under Johnson and the Butlers. Dick and the Liberty Boys had bee n a s ked for by General Sullivan, for he knew they were valuable allies in warfare such as he was bent on waging. They were skilled in woodcraft, were brave to rashness, and were "Your camp?" an inquiring look. "Yes; I are--gypsies, you know." It was plain 1 desperate fighters-just the kind of men to have in the


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE front ranks, to stay the aJvance of the enemy and give the rest of the patriot soldiers courage Then, too, Dick and two or three of his comrades were expert scouts and spies, and Dick especially had niacle himself famous in thi s respect.. Thus they would be of great value to the expedition, for they could go ahead and keep the general informed thoroughly regarding the e n emy. Dick was now five miles in advance of the army, and was on a scqnting He. was ca.ger to learn and said nothing. His dark, fierce-looking eyes were m Dick, and a frown came over hi s face. us "Who is the whitc-face

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. ere e down the steps leading from the door of the wagonuse to the ground, and after him came Madge and her u m other. ? Queen Elsie had a stick iu her hand, and she struck it h g the steps a nd called to the gypsies to attract their at-B ntion. 'if All came crowding forward, and then the queen told 1 fo em that the young man they saw before them had shot ti e head off of a copperhead snake that was about to bite adge, thus saving her life; and she went on and ordered >llo1 at all should be ready to render the young man any aid L ai at he might require. l "He wishes to ask you questions," she added; t sl and I command that you answer them to the best of our ability. Remember, it is the same as though I my hi Jf were asking." op The gypsies looked at Dick curiously, and said they u ould answer any questions he might wish to ask. CHAPTER IV. A JEALOUS GYPSY YOUTH. tr '.'What I wish to ask," said Dick, "is this: Do any of ou know whether there are any large parties of Tories >k r Indians in this part of the country?" The gypsies all said they knew of no such parties. e "I don't think there are any such parties around here,'' aid one, and the others all coincided with this statement. "Very well" said Dick "I am much obliD"ed to you." l1 0 Then he held out his hand to Queen Elsie, with the words: Dick eyed the young gypsy keenly, and then a look of understanding appeared on his face. "Ah, so that's the trouble, is it?" he said. "What do you mean?" "Why, that you are angry because I entered the camp in company with Madge." "Yes, that is the trouble," with a nod; "Madge is to be my wife, and I don't like strangers to come around and try to get her away from me." "You need not have any fears, so far as I am con cerned; our meeting was wholly accidental, and I am merely traveling through the country. I shall probably never see her again." Rollo eyed Dick searchingly "Is that the truth?" he asked. "It is." Rollo was silent a few moments and then he said: "Where are you going?" "To Tioga." "You are telling the truth?" dubiously. "Of course." "Very well; then we will let you go, but I tell you this, that if you come back to our encampment, on any whatever, it will be a bad thing for you." "What would you do?" asked Dick. "I don't kno\v; but it would be something that you wouldn't like." T'his was said viciously, and a look at the fellow's face was sufficient to prove to Dick that the young gypsy was capable of almost anything. "If you will release me and let me go on my way I will be much obliged," said Dick. Rollo hsitated and then said to the youths who were holding Dick: "I will go now. Goodby." "Let him go.'" "Goodby," was the reply, and s11e shook his hand. They hesitlfted, and one growled out: 0 Then Dick shodk hands with Madge and said goodby. "Whut air we goin' ter git out uv this? I t'hort we wuz 11 This done, he untied his horse, led him to the edge of ter hev all ther munny we foun' on this feller.'' 0 the encampment, and, mounting, rode away. Rollo looked undecided. l ) He was not long in reaching the road, and then he "I think that we had better let him go without taking ,. headed toward the west. his money," he said. I He had not .goni more than half a mile, when suddooly '"I think so, too," said Dick-, quietly; "if you were to ; he was given a surprise. Eight swarthy-faced youths of rob me I )VOuld go straight back to the encampment and about his own age leaped out from among the trees, and tell Queen Elsie, and then it would go ha:rd with you, I while two seized the the others seized Dick judge." rand pulled him out of the saddle. The young rascals looked blank at this. Dick struggled, but unavailingly. Then they let go of him without a. word. f The young rascals were strong and wiry, and he was "That is sensible," said Dick; "I will go on my way powerless in their hands. now." The leader of the band was Rollo, and he said to Dick: He stepped to hl.s horse and climbed into the saddle. "You have just come from the gypsy camp, haven't The two who had been holding to the bridle l'eins let you?" go and stef)ped back. "You know I have," replied Dick, quietly; "you saw Without a word Dick rode away, aua' on looking back 1 me there, even as I saw you." at the first bend in the road he saw the eight youths "You are right," fiercely; "I saw you there. I saw standing in the road talking and gesticulating l you enter the camp in coippany with Madge. Now I want "That young rascal's companions are not satisfied," to know where you found Madge." said Dick to himself. "They helped him, with the e:x:-


THE LIBEHT'l BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 1 pectation of getting something for their pains, but were 1 The others shook their heads. di s arpointed." "Set me free," said Dick. On Dick rode at a gallop. He had lost considerable Rollo uo attention, but looked thoughtful. time and wished to make up for it. ''I knmv what we will do," he said, presently; "take

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 9 "We will go now." "Whut erbout the hoss?" asked one. "It is a fine animal," the youth said; "but we would not re take it to camp. Queen Elsie and Madge would ow we had done something to the horse's owner ancl ould give us fits." "Shall we tie ther hoss ter er tree?" u "No; let him run loose, and then if he should wander ver toward our camp we will not be suspected." t "Thet's so." Then they walked away in the direction of their eno ampment. CHAPTER V. DICK IN THE ENEMY'S CAMP. Dick Slatm was indeed in a dangerous situation. He was bound and gagged and concealed in a hollow ree deep in the timber, where it was not likel y that any ody would pas s by. He could not free himself and he could not even cry out or help. All he could do was to lie there, silent and practically motionless It was inde e d a terrible sit uation. If help did not come he would starve to death. Slowly the minute s passed. Each one seemed like an hour to Dick. He was far from feeling comfortable, for the s trap had been drawn so tight it cut into the wrists. Presently M.ajor came and stuck his nose in through the opening in the side of the hollow tree and whinnied. Of course, Dick was unable to say anything, and this seemed to puzzle the animal, for he waited a few mo ments, then whinnied again and moved away a short dis tance. hour, two hours passed, and it was now nearing even mg. Suddenly Dick heard the sound of footsteps, and then a voice exclaimed : He rolled over and managed to get oJt through the opening with his feet. This attractecl the attention of the strangers at once and one called out: .. Hello, what have we here?" There was the sound of footsteps, and then several hnncls seized Dick and drew him out through the open ing. He looked at his rescuers curiously. One glance was rnfficient to tell him what they were. They were dressed in the scarlet uniform of the Briti s h soldier and s uch thev 11cre, without a doubt. There were four of the redcoats, and they stared at Dick with wondering looks. "Who are you?" asked one, who seemed to be the lead i ng spirit among them. Dick did not think he would be known by name in this far western part of the country, but at the same time he rlccided that it would b e as well to exercise caution so he did not give his own name, but when the gag was removed said his name was Luke Larkins "Luke Larkins, eh?" "Yes." "Who tied you np in this fashion?" "Some robbers." "What is that? Rubbers you say?" "Yes." "What did they rob you of?" "My money." "How many of them were there?" "Eight." "What sort of fellows-in appearance, I mean?" Dick did not wish to set the redcoats on the right track, for if they should go to the gypsy encampment they might learn that he had given them a false name, as he had tolcl the gypsies his name was Dick Slater. So now he simply stated that the robbers were rough-looking, roughly dressed men .. I wonder why t'hey didn't take your horse?" Dick sh()ok hi s head and said he did not know. Then he said: "Hello, here's a horse!" "Will you kindly free me of these bond s?" "Yes, and hr-idled and. saddled," from another speaker. One of the Tedcoats cut the handkerchiefs binding his "And loose," from a third. ankles, and then two of them assisted the youth to rise "That i s s trang e," from a fourth speaker; "I .wonder to his feet : but they did not free his arms. :vhere th e owner of the h\)rse i s?" "Now free my anus, please," sai d Dick. "'l'hat is the question." The leader of the party s hook his head. "Let's look around; the horse may have thrown him, "We cannot do that," he said. and in thf).t case we may .nd him lying dead or uncon"Why not?" asked Dick. scious somewhere around." "Because, in my opinion, you are a suspicious charac"Say, that's a fine animal!" in the voice of the fust ter." speaker. I "A suspicious character! In what way?" "So it is; but look around for the owner." "Well it is possible that you may be a rebel scout and Dick heard the strangers moving about, and, although spy." he could not cry out, he felt confident that he could atDick shook his head and looked surprised simulating it tract their attention. very successfully.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. "I am not a rebel at all," he said; "much less a rebel The Liberty Boy knew it would be useless to remtl-'h spy." strate, so said no more. d "You are loyal to the king?" "y IS." "Take the prisoner out and have him kept unde r gua r constantly," the officer ord e red. on The four obeyed, and a few minutes later Df!e was sitting near the cente r of the encampment, while r around him were redcoats and Hessians-the force beit8t made up about half and half redcoats and Hessians. '' T "Well, it won't hurt you to be taken to my commanding officer at our encampment. If he is willing to let you go, then it will be nll right; but I am not willing to take the responsibility upon myself." That i s too bad," said Dick; "I am sorry, for I have already been d e layed by the robbers, and now this will throw me back still more." There were a number of campfires, and thei soldil were busy cooking their suppers The smell of the coffee and bacon made Dick va "Where are you bound for?" hungry, and he was glad when one of the soldiers brougl "'l'ioga." him some food on a tin plate. "Well, it is only a mile to our encampment, and it is While he wa s eating his ankles were strapped togethe in the direction you wish to go; so it will not be out of his arms having been freed, so that he could feed himsel your way. 1 my commanding officer wishes to let you go When he had eaten all he wished, Dick felt strong an it will be all right." ready to make a desperate attempt to escape, if the oppoT Dick saw it would do no good to remonstrate, so said tunity presented itself. It no more. The leader told two of the men to take hold of The redcoat who had brought him his supper no t: arms and lead him along, and they did so, the strapped hi s arms together behind his back and freed M1c third one leading the horse. legs. T They moved s lowly, for the redcoats did not seem to Dick managed this time to hold his wrists in such be 'ery familiar with lhe way, and it was nearly half an manner that they were not tightly bound; he even bt hour before they arrived at the British encampment. lieved that by dint of hard labor he might be able to g(t Dick was taken to the tent occupied by the command his wrists free. o n ing officer, a colonel, at once "If I can do that I may be able to escape to-night," h 'rhe officer eyed Dick searchingly, and then looked at told himself. ta "Y the four redcoats who 'had brought him in an inqumng Then he began taking observations. manner. I He sized up the number of men in the British "Who have you there?" he asked. carefully. "He says his name is Luke Larkins, sir," said the leader "There.must be a thousand,'' he told himself; "I wise1 of the party. I knew where they are going and what they are "And why have you brought him here a prisoner?" thi part of the country." "I thought you would wish us to do so, sir; we got hold He knew it would be u seless to ask questions, however11 of him in a pe-culiar manner/' oo did not do so. "How is that? Explain." He listened to all the talk indulged in by the soldiers' The 1edcoat did f\O, the officer listening with interest. around him, however, and he picked up some information.< Then he asked Dick a number of questions regarding in this manner. Doubtless the soldiers thought it the affair. be impossible for the prisoner to escape, and they were The youth answered readily enough, and told tlrn same careless enough to talk about their intended mo:i.:ements; story he had told in t'he first place. in this manner Dick learned that the force was headed1 When ho had finished asking Dick questions the officer for Tioga. '\ms silent ai1d thoughtful for quito awhile He was glad to learn this, for it had been his idea that 'rhen he looked at Dick and said: the British were hea..ded eastward, in which event "I think I Rhall have to hold you prisoner a day or so, scouts would learn of the presence of the patriot army in young man." the vicinity. Dick _was di sap pointed. He had hoped that he would "If they march westward in the morning," thought be set free and permitted to go his own way. Dick, "it give us a chance to overtake and s urround { "I assure you, i:;ir," h o said, "that I am not a rebel and capture them." spy. If you kee p me here you will be doing me a great The thing for him to do was to make hi s escape injustice, for I have an appoinbnent to meet some men If he could do that and could get back to liis army in. at Tioga n.t a certain time, and I wis h to be there." safety all would be well. The officer s hook his head. He wished that the homs would roll away faster; it "I am sorry,'' h e said; "but I must do my duty as an would not do to try to leave the encampment until aftcr officer in the.> king's army You may be a rebel spy, and I midnight, for the soldiers would not all be asleep before nrnst hold you prisoner till I know that such is or is not that time. the' case." Slowly the hours rolled away.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES 11 rem h e sol d i e r s rolled themselves in their blankets and j It was a difficult ta s k to do without being seen, but down and went to s l eep. Dick was give n a blanket-. Dick finally s ucceed e d in getting Major bridled and sad rnther, one was s pread n e ar him-and he lay down dled and out into the road, beside whic h the encampment n it, and pretended to go to sleep. had been mad e e was neve r more wide awake, however. It was a dark night, and Dick had thus been enabled to i.le resently he began working at the s trap that bound hi s escape being seen; but he felt that it "lrould be impossible bei sts. for him to g e t pas t the sentinel s without being discov ms 'The first thing to do is to get that off," he told hime red. Jdi After som e d e lib e r a ti o n h e decid e d t o mount and dash v e n g t h CHAPTER V I. away at th e top of Major 's spee d, rather than to try to s n e ak through t h e line of sentinel s "The boldest c ours e iti the one mos t lik e ly to succeed I feel sure," he told himself. Tust as h e was on the point of mounting, Di c k heard THE ESCAPE wild yell s from the guard who had been stationed to prea vent bi s escape. po There were two soldier s on guard over Dick. They had jus t di s cover e d that the pri s oner had dis ap-It was evide!It that the y thought guarding the pri s oner peared no unneces s ary thing to do, however, for they did not pa y "They will b e aft e r me in a jiffy!" thou ght Dick. Then h ch attention to him. he leaped into the s addle and urged Major away at a gal1 TlJe youth lay thern s o qui e t and still t hat the two lop. h ought him sound a s leep. H e headed e a stwa rd alon g the road, and as it was dark bl{ It happened that th e two soldiers who were doing I enough s o that he could not see the road, Dick let the gf[ty between the hour s of twelve and two wer e cromes. horse have the rein 0 iore, they w ere follow loser s in the gambling foa.t was He glanced back and could see the redcoats springing 1 most alway s going on among th e soldier s ; and now they up, aroused b y the yell s of the two guard s The light iade u s e of the two hour s in talking of their losses and from th e campfire s mRde thi s possible, though the fires ;ying to devi s e some way of getting their money back were low. c ain He had just turned his head again when he heard a Their attention was centered upon the subject of their j yell from in front. l f nversation, and thi s gave Dick a good opportunity to "A s entinel!" thought Dick. i ork unobserved. He knew the yell was a command for him to stop, but He pulled and tugg ed, a n d at last succe e ded in getting he did not do so. He would much rather take chances on .is hands free. getting past without getting a bullet in his body !J The guards had obs erv e d nothing of what was going on. He even urged Major to a faster gait hey w ere thinking talking about gaming, and had To t e ll the truth, Dick w a s mu c h more f e arful that o thought s for an y thmg else. Major would be hit than that he him s elf would. The As soon as his hands were free, Dick began figming on hor s e was a much larger targ e t. ipping away Again came the yell, and quickly following it was the Seizing upon a moment when the two were very earn repqrt of a musket. 1 1 stly engaged in conv e r s ation their backs being toward Crack! im, Dick ro s e s oftly and s tole away The bullet did not come anywh e r e n e ar Di c k ; at least The two did not lrnar him-did not s u s pect that the h e did not hear it. r1s oner was escapmg. On h e dash e d, and was soon pa st th e s entinel, who I Dick was s oon outside the range of the light from the yelled again as the horse and rider da s h e d past i ampfire. Th e y ells of the s oldi e rs in the e ncampment c ould be H e was forced to move s lowly and c autiou s ly, however, heard now, and the sentinel, feeling sure that the horse or he would soon come to where othe r sentinels were man was the youth who had been a prisoner, drew a pi s tol uarding the e ncampm e nt. and fired another shot aft e r the fugitiv e The Liberty Boy had no intention of l eaving the bullet went wid e also and Dick was out of danger, sh encampment without taking hi s hors e along, however for before the s e ntinel could draw his other pi s tol the e would not desert Major under any circumstances. youth was out of rang e Major had more than once saved Dick' s life through "There ," breathed Di c k; "I am s afely away and I'll howing the enemy a clean pair of heels, and the youth wager that the y will n e ver catch m e oul d not think of goi ng away wit h out taki n g his horse He was right about this A number of troopers mountHe had been carefu l to note what disposition had bee n I ed their horses and gave chase, but they lost gro u nd a ll ad e of Major, and k new where to go to find the anima l the time, instead of gaining it, and a s soon as they bec am e


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. convinced of this fact they gave up the pursuit and re-! to the encampment of the British, and how he had ml 'I turned to the encampment. : aged to make his escape. The colonel wat up, and he inquired eagerly whether! "Well, well! You had adventures enough for o 1 they had succeeded in catching the fugitive. He was night, s'ure enough!" said Bob. na greatly disappointed when told that all the troopers were "Yes; I had as many as I cared to have loi back, and that they had failed. After breakfast Dick went to the tent occupied la! Then be ordered the two soldiers who bad been on General Sullivan The general had just finished he guard when the prisoner escaped to be brought before breakfast and gave Dick a pleasant greeting. 1ee him. "What is the news?" he asked. They were soon standing before him, and be put a lot "There is a British force in the vicinity, sir," was t(a: f h reply. o searc mg questions to them. They made such answers as they could think of the "Indeed? How large a force, Dick?" spur of the moment, and became sadly tangled, one flatly "About one thousand men, s ir." contradicting the other in several particulars "Ha, that is quite a large force. Whe

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 13 m The Britfsh were gone. I "I hope not," said Bob; "l wish that we might get a "All right; we'll follow them," said Dick. chance to strike them before they get there." r They went back to where they had left their horses "If we can't, we can't," said Dick; "perhaps W will get d were soon mounted and riding westward. They rode a good chance at them after they get there." owly, however, for they did not know but they might Suddenly there came the sharp crack of a musket and d appen upon the rear guard of the redcoats at any mo-Dick's bat was knocked off. l ent, after having passed the spot where the British had "Great guns!" gasped Bob. s en encamped. "Redcoats!" from Mark .An hour later they paused on the top of a hill and "Behind trees-quick!" from Dick. t azed ahead down into the valley. In an instant the three were behind trees, and none "Yonder they are!" suddenly exclaimed Bob, pointing too soon, for the:re came the sharp crack of another musf CH.APTER VII. PURSUING THE REDCOATS. Bob had spoken the truth. Down in the valley a mile distant, was the Briti s h force. ket and a bullet came within six inches of Bob's head. "Say, I don't like this," said Bob. "Neither do I," from Mark. "Watch closely," said Dick; "perhaps we may get a c hance to return the compliment." They watched and waited a minute, at least, withou t ::;eeing any signs of the enemy, and then Bob dropp e d npon his hands and knees and began crawling off to th e right. "Where are you going?" asked Dick. OU lt was marching westward at a good pace. "I'm going to try to get around to where I can get m:y eyes on the rascals," was the reply. The youth watched the enemy for a few minutes, and hen Dick said: "Mark, get on your horse and hasten back and tell n eneral Sullivan that we se: m th e enemy." "All right, Dick." n "Tell him where we saw it, as nearly a s you can." "That is a good plan; I'll go around toward the l eft while, Mark, you remain here. We ought to be able to g r sight of them, I should think." Dick dropped upon his hands and knees and began moY ing away toward the left. "I will." He worked his way around till he was sure he w a n "Then come back and rejoin us." where he could catch sight of the men who had shot at '.r "All right." them, if the fellows were still there. Mark leaped into the saddle and rod e back in the direcTaking up his position behind a tre e he peered in the tion from which they bad just come. direction where he thought the enemy would be. a He was soon out of sight, and Dic k and Bob kept on Suddenly there was the sharp crack of a pi s tol shot watching the British. I and a bullet whistled past Dick's head The two remained there an hour at least. He whirled quickly and caught sight of a British sol The British had Jong since gone out of the sight of the dier, who had fired at him from behind a tree quit e a two youths. ways to the left. Then Dick and Bob mounted their horses and rode Dick had his pistol in his hand, and he threw up his onward. hand and fired a snap shot. j They rode at a moderate pace, and it was nearly two Dick was expert at this sort of work, and his bullet hours later that they caught s ight of the eneniy again. struck the redcoat in the arm, causing him to drop his When they had done so they again pau sed and repistol, as though it bad suddenly become hot, while a mained in the spot for more than an hour. wild yell went up from his lips. Mark Tejoined them at the end of the hour, and was Then the redcoat, his arm dangling helplessl07 at hi s given a pleasant greeting. side, dashed away through the timber. "You saw General Sullivan?" asked Dick. At this rn.oment there came the sharp crack of a pistol "Yes." away over toward the right, there was another yell, "And told him that we had sighted the enemy?" but this time from someone that was invisible to Dick. "Yes, and where we had seen them." "I guess Bob has winged one of the rascals," thoug h t "\ did he say ?J' Dick. "Well, I am glad of it." "He asked me ho w fa.r it :was fm171 where our army was The next moment he saw Bob running through th,, at that time. I told him, and he shook bis head and timber as though in pursuit of someone. said he feared we could not overtake the redcoats to-day." "Hold on, Bob," Dick called out; "let them go.'1 "I think he is right about that," said Dick; "they are Bob heard Dick and paused, but it was with evident marching rapidly, and it is my belief that they will reach l reluctance, and he gazed longingly in the direction taken Tioga before we can catch them." by the fleeing redcoat. -


14 THE LIBER'fY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. Then he came and joined Dick. "I hit him in t'he shoulder, I think," he said; "where did you hit the fellow you shot at?" "In the arm." "Ah!" "I made him drop his pistol; come along and I will get it." Dick led the way to where the redcoat had s tood when he was hit, and there on the ground lay a pistol. Dick picked the weapon up and stuck it in his belt, with the remark that to the victors belonged the spoils. Then he and Bob retul'ned to where they had left Mark. "Did you kill either of the redcoats?" the latter asked, eagerly. "No," said Dick; "but we wounded both of them." "What are we to do now?" asked Bob. / "We will have to keep on following the enemy, but will also have to exercise more care," said Dick. ''The two redcoats were scouts, don't you think?" asked Mark. that would avail nothing. Instead of doing that, yo may keep watch of the enemy and keep me informed I'(; garding its movements. it "Very well, sir." "I will give you that work to do, and I know it will b well done." n< "Thank you; I will attend lo it to the best of my abil ity." After some further conversation Dick saluted and re turned to where the Liberty Boys were quartered. "Are we to make an attack to-night?" asked Bobi eagerly. Dick shook his head. "I think not," he said. "Why not?" in a disappointed voice. b1 "We1l, I told him that. the redcoat s occupy a very strong position, and he does not want to run the risk of losingn< a large number of men, I suppose." tr "But we have more than twice as many men as they have." "Yes, without doubt." "I know that." t l "Do you suppose the rtidcoats know that an army is "Well, we cou ld thrash them out of their boots." P after them?" "Perhaps we could and perhaps we couldn't. "I begin to fear that they do," said Dick. must remember, Bob, that position counts for a great "The fact that they are marching so swiftly would deal." c seem to indicate that. they know it," said Bob. "Yes, we have proven that i.nany a time," Sam t The youths continued to follow the British during the 1 Sarnierson." t entire day, and several times Mark went back and reported I "Yes" said Mark Morrison "we have thrashed forces t to General Sullivan. two and three times as large as ours many a time, just 'rhe British force reached Tioga about five o'clock, but because we had a strong position." l

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 16 o They stole forward a s noiselessly as so many Indians. "It is true, nevertheless. You have made a mistake, Nearer and nearer to the encampment they drew, and and I ask that you let us go." t last were halfway np the slope. The Hessian shook his head. "We had better stop here..'' said Dick, cautiously. "I gannod do it," he said. They paused and took a s careful an observation of the Then he ordered that the prisoners' hands be bound ncampment as was possible. ': togethe r behind t'h eir backs. il This was done. "Now bring dem he ordered. Dick and the two youths did not intend to be taken to CHAPTER VIII. the British eneampment if they could help it, however, p and so they held back and refused to walk along in comA WONDERFUL SURPRISE. pany with their captors This ange red the Hes!>ians, and they jabbered to one Dick feared that the British might be intending to another in German at a great rate. reak camp and move on as soo,i1 as it grew dark. "You might as well come along," said the leader; "y.ou I{e was sure they knew that a strong patriot force was vill haf to come." Qar at hand, and it was his idea that the redcoats might "We will do nothing oZ the kind," sa id Dick; "we are ry to slip away aud escape. not rebels and are no t going to be taken to your encampThere was no sign to indicate that the British had any ment." uch idea in their heads, ho\\eyer. The encampment had "You must go; ve vill"take you if we haf to carry you." the appearan ce oi at ally rate the usual "That is what you will have to do if you take us," de' preparatfons had been made that were made for an allterrnined ly. 1 'night stay. Again the Hessians tried to get the three youths t.o Still, it would not do to take it for granted that tbe walk along, bnt failed, and the leader s aid something in enemy would remain there all night, and so Dick and his I German. two comrades withdrew to a point far enough away so I 'l1he Hessian soldiers then divided into groups of that they would be safe from discovery, and Dick said three each, 111td these groups each seized hold of a Liberty lthat each would take a turn at watching the encarnpment. j Boy. They lif ted the youths and carried them along, but "You watch first, Mark,n he said; "and Bob and I will' Dick managed to kiek loose from the fellow who had him lie down and get some sleep. Wake mo in about three by tho heels, and this caused delay and further exashours." perated the Hessians. The youths took turns watching the night, They dropped the three youths in the road and again but the redcoats did not break camp. They were there talked rnpidly and excitedly in the morning. Presently the leader said something, and three of the Leaving Bob and Mark on guard, Dick made his way soldiers hastened away up the road. back to the patriot encampment at Tioga and reported to fl1hey were gone perhaps thirty minutes, and then re, Gttneral Snllivan. turned leading three scrawnylookin g mules. "So they are still there, Dick?" the general remarked. Dick and iiis two comrades looked at one another "Good Go back and keep watch, and the moment you lug11briou sly. sea they are getting ready to move come and let me They understood what t'his meant. They wore to be know." placed on the mules and then they would have to go, "l will do so, sir." whether they wished to do so or not. Dick thought it would be well to have more lllen with "Ha, so got dem, ch?" the l eader r e marked, as the him, so he took a couple of the youths back with him. three arrived on t'he scene with the mules. They had gone only about three-quarters of a mile when One of the three replied in German, and then the leac1<'.lf they were suddenly set upon by eight or ten Hessian sol gave an order in that language, and the Liberty Boys diers, who leaped out and seized the three before they had ,yere taken, one after anotl;ler, and placed on the backs of time to defend thcrnselvs. the ml1les. 'ro in s nre the pri s oners remaining on the "What does this mean?" asked Dick, simulating sur-barks of the mules their feet w e re tied down by ropes runprise that they should have been set upon in this fashion. ning underneath the stomachs of the animals "It means dot you are our bris'ners," was the reply of <'There, now I t'ink you vill go/' said the leader, in a the one who sCmed to be the leader. voice of satisfaction. "Why have you made us prisoners?" "I guess that we will have to do so," agreed Dick. "Because I t'ink you are rebels." The Hessians then started up the road, leading the ani"Yon are mistaken." I mals, and prescmtly came to a lo g house standing beside The Hessian shook his h ead. the road. It was here that the soldiers had proQlued the "I gannod know dot," he said. mules.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. Two men stood in front 0 the cabin, and Dick recog-erecl from the above conversation: Fifteen y e ar s nized one as being Royal Ambrose, an Englishman, whom Gerald Martin son, an Englishman had man ged to gut h e had met on the road one day a week before. He had his brother Henry s ent to prison c onvi c t e d of a for ger t a lked with the Engli s hman awhile, and had learned that that G e rald himself had c ommi t t ed. Th e s h a m e of tl8 1 he w a s bound or 'Tioga. As Dick had to stay back and affair had brok e n H enry s h e art a nd h e was t a k e n sicko ih1 travel no aster than the army he was with the English pri s on, and died within s i x month s 0 t h e time of his iii man had come on and had reached Tioga ah e ad 0 him. carceration. H e bad a son three ye ar s o ld but hi s w i o "I wonder why he is here?" Dick ask e d him s elf. was dead. Thi s s on, whose n a m e was Geor ge, was the heiil:: The other man was evidently the owner of the cabin, to the Martin s on est a te--whi c h h a d d e ccnded to and it was also evident that he did not e xpect to see hi s b e cause h e was the e ld e r brother-and if h e w e r e g otle'. mules again, or there was a black look on his face, and out 0 the way G e rald woyild com e i nto p o ssess i o n of tl\n when the Hessians had got past and w e re not looking property. H e pa id Enoch S a nd e r son a large s um to kidn back he shook bis fist at them. nap Georg e and c arry him away to Ame rica. This wa "Goodby to my mules he s aid to his companion. done and the n G e r a ld too k possession. H e r e main e d ilh "You think you will never get the m back?" the Eng-possession of the estate fifteen years and t h e n was como li s hman asked p e lled to tak e to hi s bed afflicte d wit h a d isease that mu s r < "l am sure that I shall never see them again." take him off within a ver y f e w month s H e b e c a m e peui 1 "That will be too bad." t e nt, c onfessed all to Roya l Ambrose., who was a dea "Yes but it can t b e helped." friend of H enry Martin s on whil e h e was a live, a nd ao "It won't matter so much, though, if you decide to -reGer a ld' s earn est s olicit a tion Royal A mbrose h a d ag r ee( turn to England with me, to come to Am e ri c a to look f or Enoch Sand e rson a nd t h 1 The other looked sober and thoughtful. boy, Georg e Martin s on. A s w e h ave seen A m brose Jia1 "I don t think that I will return with y ou, though, come to America and had foun d Enoch Sand e r son, onl J Royal," he said. to learn tha.t the boy G e orge, t h e h e i r t o t h e Martinsot "Why not?" e s tate, was dead. The onl y thin g for Amb rose t o d o w::11 "I have already told you; because I have learned to to return to Eng land a nd t e ll G e rald Marti ns on the new like this country. I am really an American at h e art, and but he was s o weary because o f the lon g trip from N e do not like to think of having to bow the knee to any man 1 York City on horseback tha t h e bad decid e d t o r e main a l and call him king." Enoch Sanderson 's hom e a few days a nd r est up. S a nd e r "Oh, you will soon forget your foolish id e a s r e garding son expre ssed himself in s u c h s trong t e rm s a s b e in g sOrrJ independence and all that, Enoch. Make up your mind to that he had don e wha t be had that Ambrose c ould not fee return with me. I really dread to go ba c k alone and t e ll Y e ry hard toward him, and they w ere on a miabl e t erms at Gerald Martin s on that his nephew i s dead." the time when we i ntroduc e the m to t h e read er's notic e "It will be a great s hock to him, no doubt, now that he They then discu s sed the affair of the three pri s oners i has become penit ent and wishes to make amends for robthe Hessian s' hand s bing bis brother and sending bis brother's son to Am e rica "I thought that I recogniz e d one of the y oun g men o to get him out of the way." the mules," Ambrose s aid; "if he i s the y ou t h I t hin k h "I am sorry that George died," said Ambro s e ; "I was is, I met him a few days ago on the road wliil e I w a s com the best friend his father ever bad, and I came to America ing and talked with him quit e awhile. hoping I would be able to take Henry's son back and in"Indeed?" stall him master 0 the Martinson estate." "Yes; it must b e that h e i s a rebel, else the Hessian Enoch Sanderson-such was his name-shook bis head. would not have taken him pri s on e r "It was not to be, I suppose he said; "I am sorry "Likely he i s a patriot," was the reply; "possibly h that I ever any band in injuring Henry M a rtin s on, may be a spy actin g for the c ommand e r of the patrio but at the tim e I a.greed to do G e rald Mart i n s on' s evil arm y that arri ved a t Tio ga yest e rda y eve ning." work I was not overscrupulou s and I was v e ry short of "That i s mor e than likely." funds. The sum offered me by Gerald was s o far in e x "I think s o." cess of any sum I had ever dreamed of poss essing that I "I wis h the Hessi a n s had not captur e d the three y oun was easily persuaded to do bi s work, and I did it." H e f e llows, even though they may b e reb e l s pies," s aid San was silent a few moments, and then went on: d e r s on; "if they had not done s o I would s till hav e m "I don't think I would lik e to return to England and mules." m e et Gerald. The meeting would not be a pleasant one Meanwhile the Hes s ian s w ere trudging along, leadin for either of us, I am sure th e mule s and presently they came in sight o f what w a "Probably not; perhap s it is as w e ll that you should not e v idently a gyp sies camp. The re w e r e a scor e of tent s return." three or four covered wagons and on e wag on tha t wa "I feel sure of this." boarded up till it looked like a small hous e on wheels. A few words will explain what the reader bas not gathDick had not seen the camp when he went to Tioga


'THE LlBEHTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. o hours before, so the gypsies must have arrived only ately and gone into camp. "That must be the band that is ruled over by Queen lsie and Gypsy thought Dick ; "l wonder why hey have come so far at this time?" He wondered if it would do any good for him to call o the gypsies to help himself and comrades regain their iberty. He feared that it would not, for he did not think he gypjes would likely be very good fighters. Still he made up his mind to give the plan a trial, if ny of the gypsies were within call as they passed the ncampment. The Hessians led t'he mules, on the backs of which the ree Liberty Boys were tied, and as they came opposite the gypsies' camp were given a wonderful surprise. Up 1 om among the bushes rose a dozen gypsies with muskets .veled. "Surrender or die!" cried Gypsy Madge, in a shrill oice. CHAPTER IX. RESCUED. It was indeed a wonderful surprise The Hessians ha d not been expecting anything of the 'nd and were almo s t paralyzed. They came to a sudden stop and stared in open-mouthed azement, not unmixed with terror. The gypsies were indeed enough to inspire terror in e hearts of their enemies. They were wild and fierce-oking, and there could be little doubt but that they uld fire without hesitation. Gypsy Madge, dark but beautiful, standing before the tonished Hessians, did not detract from the dangerous k of the situation. Her presence rather heightened e effect and made the scene more impressive. "Great guns, Dick, but isn't she a beauty, though!" ? d Tom Waldron, who was one of the two youths with ck. He was staring at Madge with a look of the most e ense admiration in his eyes. t "Yes, she is very pTetty, indeed," said Dick in Teply; nd she is going to rescue us." resently the leader of the Hessians found his voice d he said, with an attempt at boldness: "You vill nod dare fire upon soldiers of der king. Put -wn der musgets." "You will see w he th er we will dare fire or not, if you n't throw down your muskets and surrender," cried dge. "Quick! I shall not ask you to do this again." > The Hessians looked at one another uneasily and then their leader inquiringly. It was evident that they did ; t wish to take the chances of refusing to surrender. "Drop der musgets, men," ordered the leader. hey obeyed the command with alacrity. Down dropped the muskets with a clatter that scared the mules and caused them to crouch and lay back their ears. "You are sensible," said Gypsy Madge, nodding her head approvingly; "now unbuckle your belts and drop them to the ground." The Hessians groaned aloud, but obeyed. Then Madge said something to some of. the gypsies near her, and three laid down their muskets and hastened to the heads of the mules and took hold of the bridle reins. "Now you soldiers may go," said Madge; "but, be,ware! Don't think to come back here and get revenge on us, foi if you make the attempt it will go b'ard with you!'t The leader of the Hessians made no reply, but he said something to his men in the German language and all s et out up the road. "Free the young men," ordered Madge, and several of the gypsies hastened forward and cut the bonds binding their arms, as well as the Topes that were tied to their feet. As soon as they were thus. freed the youths leaped to the ground and hastened to where Madge stood. "I thank you, Miss Madge," said Dick; "you have done us a very great kindnese, indeed. You have saved us from being held prisoners, and possibly from being shot or banged as spies. 't "I am glad that I have been able to d(\ you a. favor, Mr. Slater," said the girl, earnestly; "I have not forgotten that yo1;1 saved me from a horrible death when you shot t'hc head off the copperhead snake that was about to bite me." "Well, we are even now, but will say no more about that; let me make you acquainted with my comrades, here.n Then Dick presented Tom Waldron and Will Merton, both of whom were already greatly impressed by the be\uty of the gypsy maiden. They shook bands with her and were thrilled by her touch. ThMi the girl pointed to the mules and said: re those yours?" replied Dick; "they belong to a farmer back down th road a ways. 'The Hessians went there und got the animals for us to ride." "I will have some of the men take the mul e e back i<> their owner." She gave the order, and three of the gy]J sies walked away, leading the animals. At this moment Queen Elsie approached, s he having come forth frol!l the wagon-house. She gave Dick a hearty greeting, and then asked if he thought they would be in any danger as a result of what Madge and the gypsy men had done. "I fear that such may be the case if you remain here," said Dick; "there is a large force of British and Hessian soldiers not more than a mile from here, and as sbon as those who just.left here get to their encampment they will


tell ibeir story and a strong force will come with the in tention of punishing you people." "What nrc ire to do?" asked Queen Elsie, anxiously. ''I will tell you what to do. Break camp at once and go back and get on the other side of Tioga. There is a patriot. army there and the British and Hessians will not be able to get at you." nnless the young man is willing to become a gyps must not pay court to you." There was a thoughtful look on the girl's face, w. 1rns followed by a ::iober, almost sad look. "I don't think you need worry, mother," she said, ly; "the young man would not care to many a gypsy would he?" "That is what we will do," the queen .declared, and then "He might do a great deal worse," was the reply; she gave the command to break camp. fact, you She broke off suddenly and was si The gypsies had gathered up the muskets and belts of a few moments, and the!! went on: weapons the Hessia11s had dropped, and these were placed "Rollo loves you and wishes to marry you, Madge.' in the wagons. Then they hastily broke camp, for they "And I hate him!" almost passionately; "I will n were afraiq a force of redcoats or Hessians might consent to become his wife-never!'' put in an appcarnce before they could get away. ''If you married him you would be sure of having a This did not happen, however; they broke camp and band who would remain a gypsy, Madge." moved away an d succeeded in getting back to Tioga and "I don't want to be a gypsy!" the girl, quickly past that place without having seen any of the Hessians. passionately; "I hate the life, and-yes-I hate the They stoped a quarter of a mile beyond the patriot ple!" encampment and again went into camp. Queen Elsie looked at t'he girl for a few moment When all was done and the gypsies had settled down to silence. "Blood will tell,'' she said, as though speal take their ease, as was their custom when in camp, Queen to herself. Then she went on : Elsie said to Madge: "Why, you are a gypsy yourself; what do you mea "Your desire to follow the handsome young stranger saying ym.1 hate the people?" who saved your life might have got us into serious trou"Mother, I may be a gypsy," said the girl, earne 1 ble." "but I don't feel like one. Sometimes I almost think "So it might, mother," was the reply; "but it gave me there cannot be. gypsy blood in my veins, for, as I a chance to do something for him in return for what he awhile ago, I almost hate the looks of the mean, swar did for me, and I am more than satisfied. I am very glad, faced men." indeed, that we did come." "Yet they are not all bad men, by any means, l\1ad "Well, I am not sorry, now that it has turned out all "I know that, mother; still, they do not seem to m right." be my kind of people." The gypsy queen looked at her daughter for awhile in"Get that idea out of head, Madge. We are tently and searchingly, and then said: s ies, and gypsies we must remain to th0 encl. Don't "Madge, I fear you have lost your heart to this handany different notions into your head. I shall be wil some young stranger." .for the young man to court you, providing he will a The girl shook her head, while a peculiar light appeared to become a gypsy, if you are married, but not otherwi in her eyes. "Perhaps he will neYer care to try to c3e me ao "I was beginning to think that such was the case <111y-mother." self, mother, until--" She paused and the queen said: There was a sad tone to her voice and a wistful loo "Until-when?" herface and in her eyes. The old woman felt sorr "Why, until I saw that handsome, blue-eyed young her daughter, but said nothing. man that was with him; the one he called Tom." The girl said no more, for she wished to think, an Queen Elsie nodded. went and entered the wagon-house and gave herself u: "So you have fallen in love with him, have y'ou? Well, thoughts of the handsome Liberty Boy, Tom Waldroi he certainly is handsome, and I am sure that he has taken The gypsies, now that they had a patriot army bet'\1 a fancy to you, Madge." them and the British and Hes ians, breathed easier. 'I "Do you think so?" a light in her eyes. had been very much frightened. "I do, but I want one thing distinctly understood, I Fighting was not in their line, but they had got Madge, and that is that no young man must be permitted better of the ten Hessians, and the majority were p1 to pay suit to youynless he announces his willingness to of their achievement. become a member of our band in case he marries you." The only ones who were not proud of it were Il The girl blushed. and his comrades, who had captured Dick and left hi: "Why, mother, I haven't thought anything about getprisoner in t11e hollow tree. ting married," she said. They 1iad been surprised to see him alive, and 'V{ "Perhaps not; but you will be thinking about it before lrnve been glad had he been left a prisoner in the long, and when that time comes you must remember that, of the Hessians.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 19 CHAPTER X. W .A.TCRING THE BRITISH. Dick a nd his two comrades who had been rescued from h a nds of the Hessians 'by. the gypsies did not return T ioga in company with the gypsies. Instead they set t in t he direction taken by the Hessians. They reasoned that the He ssia n s would want to get back t h eir encampment as quickly as possible, so were not ch afraid of overtaking them. N o r did they; they did not see the liessians at all. T he three youths reac'hed the point where Bob and rk were stationed watching the British, and Bob ted to know what had delayed them. 'We have been looking for you a long time," he said 'We had enough to delay u s," s aid Dick. The n he told ut being captured by t'he Hes s ians. 'And the gypsies rescued you!" excl aimed Mark. 'Yes, it was du e to Gypsy :Uadge. One of the gypsies e into their encampment with the news that some sians had captured three young men, one of whom the youth who had visited their camp two or three s before, and Madge t'h en ordered the men to get their skets and be ready to give the Hessian s a surprise and ue the prisoners. They c'.id so, and we were set free 'Well, you were lucq to get out of it so easily." 'Yes s o we were." he youths kept close watch of the British, and noted t _no move was being made to break camp and maTch y. It looks a s though they were going to stay there and r battle, s aid Di ck. P&haps fhey expect to receive reinforcements," said I That i s poss ible, of course." Well, we are going to receive reinfoicements, too," Mark. So we are," from Dick. ick finally parted from his companions and made biij around to the farther s ide of the point wh e re the y was encamped. He wished to see if there was a er appro ach from that side in case it was decided by eral Sulli"rnn to make an attack. e found that the s lope was not quite so steep on that Tioga after encountering them on the road twenty miles east of Tioga. They had joined the British force and had been out on a expedition and were returning. They had caught sight of Dick, and, thinh .. ing they might be doing something that would bring them into favdr with the commander of the Briti sh force, they de cided to capture the s py, for s uch they believed Dick to be. They slipped up to within about ten yards of Dick, and then, leveling their rifles, stoo d there a few monients wait ing for the youth to turn around. As did not do this, J e1inings called out: "Yer our pris'nei, young feller!" Dick whirled around quickly, and when he saw the three standing there with leveled rifles in their hands, he felt that he as in great danger of being captured "Hello, who are you?" he asked. They were far en o ugh :iway from the encampment so that voices would not be heard, unles s raised above the ordinary conversati onal tone. "We air friends ter ther king," said Jennings; "an' we berlong 'IVith ther army up thar on ther hill. Jest raise yer han's, young feller." "What for?" "Ye know, we air goin' ter take ye inter ther camp e r pris ner." "You will be wasting your time if you do that," sai d Dick. "I was passing along here and happened to see that there was an e ncampment on the hill; I stopped to look at it and you came up and leveled your rifles at me. You may as well let me go on my way. The three s hook thei l" heads and Jennings said: "We've be'n watchin' ye fur quite er spell, an' I guess ye air er rebel spy." '\You are mistaken." "We don' think so; jest raise yer ban's." Dick saw they were not to be fooled. "If I get away I will have to fight to do it," he told himself. He decided that he would make his escape if possible "I must not permit these Tory rascals to take me pris oner," he said to him self; "I must escape, even though I hav e to take some c hance s in trying to do so." In order to throw the Tories off their guard, however, and make them think he was going to su rrend e r he raised his hands above his head. "Thet's senserble," said Jennings. t would be easier io make the attack from here than Then h e and hi s two comrades started towa rd t he youth. the other side," he told himself. As they drew nearer they low e red their rifles, for they e took up his position behind a tree and watched the did not think of s uch a thing as that the young stranger mpment closely. He located the points where it would attempt to get away, now that they had him in ld be easiest to if an attack was made. such close quarters. ile be was standing there looking at the encamp-But they did not know Dick Slater. t three rough-looking men were crawling toward him He was not the youth to permit himself to be captu r e d behind. by three men when there was a possible chance of escap-ey were the three Tories, Jennings, Huds on and i ing. cer, whom Royal Ambrose had come as far as l The instant the rifles were lowered from the m en' s


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. shoulders Dick acted. He leaped forward and dealt the men blows in rapid succession, dropping them to the ground. The rifles were discharged, the Tories involuntarily pulling the triggers as they fell, and the noise of the re ports sounded as loud to Dick as a volley from the muskets of a regiment. "Jove, the redcoats will be swarming this way like bees in a few moments!" he told himself, and then he darted uway at the top of his speed. The Tories were already scrambling to their feet, and they yelled to him to stop; but of course he paid no attention to them. He felt that he would be successful in getting away, now that he had got clear from the scouts. The three gave chase, but they were not so fleet-footed as was Dick, and he quickly drew away from them. At last they lost sight of the fugitive and stopped and looked at one another in disgust. "W aal, he's got erway," from Jennings. "Yas he wuz too smart fur us," said Hudson. "Blazes, but kain't he run!" from Spencer. They turned and made their way back toward the Brit ish encampment, and presently met a number of redcoats, who asked what the trouble was. "Who did the firing? And .who was that you were chasing?" asked one. "Et wuz er rebel spy,'r said Jennings. "How do you know?" The Tory explained that they had seen the person in questie>n watching the camp from behind a tree. "He sartinly mus' hev be'n er spy," Jennings said in conclusion. The redcoats nodded their heads. "Undoubtedly you are right." the leader said; "and I am sorry that you did not capture him." "So are we,' and the speaker felt of a lump on the side of his face, whe re Dick's fist had landed. The other two Tories nodded assent to this statement, and felt o:f the spots where Dick's fist had dealt them blows. "He must be a pretty dangerous man to have succeeded in getting away from you three men," said one of the red coats. "You are right," agreed Jennings, "and he is on'y er young feller at thet.n "Is that so?" "Yas; I don' think he is more'n eighteen er nineteen yeers old." "Well, he can hit hard, as I suppose )IOU three could testify." "Ye bet we kin testedy ter thet," from Hudsen. "An'. we'll hit ther youngster hard, ef ever we git ther chance!" from Jennings. Then they made their way back to the oocampment. Meanwhile Dick had circled around and was hastening back to where he had left his comrades. "What was that shooting about?" asked Bob, when Dick put in an appearance. Dick explained. "I told the boys you had got into trouble," said Bob; "I knew you were mixed up in the affair, son;ie way." "It wasn't with my consent, though," with a smile; "I would have avoided it, ii possible, which is, I think, more than you .could say, had it been you, for we all know that you are never so happy as when mixed up in a melee of some kind." "That's the truth," said Mark Morrison. Bob grinned. "Well, I guess you are not :far wrong," he said; "I only wish I had with you, to help you upset the three Tories." "I made a very good job o:f it, without any help at all," liaid Dick. "Those Tories will carry the marks from my fist for several days." "And serve them right," from Bob. Then Dick told the youths to keep close watch on the encampment, and to send one o:f their number to Tioga if they saw any indications that the redcoats were t break camp, alter which he again parted from them an made his way back toward Tioga. As he drew near the home of Enoch Sanderson, Roya Ambrose came out and joined him. "Good morning," the Englishman said. "Good morning, sir," replied

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 21 "Yes; after rescuing us from the hands of the Hes-\ "I wish to see your queen," he said to one of the men. sians they were afraid remain there, and I .advised that I "D'ye wanter hev yer fortune told?" was the query. they move down past T10ga and get the patnot army beI "Yes, of course." tween themselves and danger." "Go ter ther waggin, yender." "That was a wise move, no doubt." Royal Ambrose went to the wagon and ascended the "Yes; a party of redcoats came down this way to at steps and knocked on the door. tack the gypsies and punish them, but found them miss"Who is it?" he heard, in a feminine voice. ing." "A stranger who wishes his fortune told." Royal Ambrmie nodded. "Enter," was the terse reply. "I saw the party," he said. The man opened the door a.nd entered, closing it behind He accompanied Dick as far as Tioga, and then made him. bis way onward toward the gypsies' camp, while Dick Then he turned and faced the gypsy queen who wa:< went to make his report to General Sullivan. seated facing him in a chair stanaing against a partition CHAPTER XI. MADGE FINDS A FATHER. that divided the wagon-house into two compartments. For an instant the man and the woman gazed at each other, and then Ambrose almost gasped: "Eloise!" "So it is you, is it, Royal Ambrose?" the gypsy queen said, in a cold, hard voice; "had I known it was, you who knocked I would have refused you admittance, but it is Roval Ambrose, the Englishman, had made up his mind too late now. to in tlie vicinity for awhile. "Yes, I am here, and I am as g lad that I have met you H e wished to see a battle, and the fact that the British as you can possibly be sorry that I have done so." and the patriot armies were so near together made it seem "State your business, Royal Ambrose, and then begone; likel y that there would be a battle before long. you will remember, if you take the trouble to think, that Then, too, he was haunted by the face of gypsy I have no reason to feel friendly toward you. You, the girl, Madge, who had told his fortune a couple of. days son of a wealthy Englishman, thought it great sport to before. He had known someone that the face remmded toy with the heart of a gypsy maiden who was a member him of, and that morning, afte r the gypsies had passed, I of a band of gypsies on your father's estate; you taught the thought of whom it was that the girl reminded him me to love you, and then laughed at me and went and had come to him s uddenly with almost the force of a married a woman in your own circle I have not forgotblow. ten if you have, and you turned my love to hate-and I The girl's face brought to him the remembrance of his hate you yet!" wife, who had been dead ten years. "But that is folly, Eloise; I was scarce ly more than a He wished to see the girl aga in and talk to her. He boy at that time, and did not understand that I was inscarcely knew why he wished to do this He not fl.icting sorrow upon you; I have oceans of money, Eloise, explain it to himself; he felt that way about it, and had and if money' will help you to forget and to think yielded to the inclination. bet--" Then, too, he was curious regarding the queen of the The woman made a gesture of anger and disgust. gypsies, who, so the girl had told him, would not see any"I don't want your money," she said; "you gave Madge one who was a native of England. a gold-piece the other day for telling your fortune, and "Why can she have an antipathy to English people, I when she gave it to me I threw it away. It seemed to be onder?" he asked himself. burning my band." And then he wondered that she should hate English "You are foolish, Eloise, but--" en to such an extent as to make her unwilling to see "Don't call me Eloise; my name is now Elsie." one. "Very well, Elsie. And now, answer a question: Who "It must be that she was a gypsy in England many is this girl Madge?" ears ago," he said to himself; "and probably some unThe woman laughed harshly. leasant episode in her life there has turned her against "She is my daughter," she replied. glish people and makes her unwilling to see or talk to Royal Ambrose looked searchingly at the woman. "Eloi-I mean Elsie, you threatened to be revenged He was determined to see her, if possible, however. His upon me when I had the interview with you after I was osity bad been aroused, and he was eager to learn the married; do you remember it?" ret of the gypsy queen's actions. Again the woman laughed harshly. It did not take him long to reach the gypsy encamp"Oh, yes, I remember it," she said; "I have never for ent, and when he entered it the dark-faced, swarthy, gotten it." n and women looked at him curiously. I The Englishman nodded.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. "And, Elsie, do you know, I 'have become possessed of drowned in a river, but that you had, since seeing me, be a suspicion that you did have revenge," he said, looking come suspicious that I might be that daughter, and that at her searchingly and eagerly. Queen Elsi.e-she doesn't seem like a mother to me, and The gypsy woman gave him a sharp glance never ha s-had kidnapped me and brought me to Amer" What do you mean?" she asked. ica." He did not reply at once, but looked at .the woman in a I "Yes, J. did hope that such a thing might be true, but penetrating manner. she declarnd it was not." "Elsie," he said, slowly and impressively, "who is this "What made you think of such a thing?" eagerly. girl Madge? Sl1e is not your daughter, J. am sure, for "'J'he fact that you make me think of my wife when she has a :fair skin, although browned by exposure to the ever I look at you." sun. I have thought that--" The girl's eyes shone. He paused, and the woman looked at him, smiled coldly "Do I make you think of your wife? and said: "Yes, indeed!" "You have thought-what?" Madge was silent a moment s, and then said, slowly: "That-it-might be-possible that-my daughter ''Perhaps I am your daughtE:r, after all, sir!" Frances-was not-drowned in the river-after-all." Royal Ambrose looked thoughtfully at the girl. He spoke hesitatingly, brokenly, and kept his eyes fas"Don't you believe that Queen Elsie is your mother?" tened on the woman's ace in an inquiring, almost implO'r-he asked ing look. Madge shook her head. "Oh, you have suspected that your daughter Frances "No, I do not," she replied; "she has never seemed to was not drowned, Royal?" me like what I ham imagined a mother should seem. I There was a sneering intonation to the woman's voice. don't believe I am a gypsy, for the life is distasteful to "Yes, and-since I-have seen this-girl l\Iadg-I me, and only to-day I was telling her that I do not like have become possessed-of the idea-that perhaps-she the swarthy-faced, evil-looking men and women." might it "'.as you secured revenge "What did she say to that?" on me--by krdnappmg-my little daughter Frances, and "She said-let me see, what did she say? A'h, I re-that-she was not drowned in the river, after all!" member now. She said somethinO' that would crive color .The gyp y at him with a sneering and I to the suspicion that I am not a ;ypsy." 0 t trmmphant express10n m her eyes and on her face. ""'l t 't th t h 'd?" "Y t k 'f th h t ed n rn \\as i a s e ca1 ou are mis a 1 e suspicwn as en er your "When I told her that I did not like the men and mmd that Madge imght be your daughter, Royal Amf b d h 1 k d t i b ,, h d h d ht ,, women o our an s e oo e a me queerly and said : rose, s e sa1 ; s e is my aug er. 'Blood will tell.' ,, t He looked at the speaker searchingly, but she met his gaze unflinchingly, and with a sigh he said: "Ha, did she say that?" excitedly. "Yes." 11> "It was a wild hope, perhaps; l suppose that I am fool ish to have entertained it for a moment." "Then I feel su re that you are not her daughter, Madge, fr "Yes, indeed; very foolish. And now, Royal Ambrose, if you please, go. I do not care to have any further con Yersation with you, nor do I wish to ever lay eyes on you and if that is true, then I would be willing to wager any i s thing that you are my child! Oh if only there was some way that we could make sure regarding this matter!" again. Go!" "I wish there was a way!" a sad, wistful look on her wJ face "Very well; I will go," and, turning, he opened the Royal Ambros e thought a few moments, and then sud r door, passed through the doorway, closing the door after denl.} an exclamation escaped his lips. him, and, descending the steps, walked through the encampment and into the timber at the farther side. "I know!" he cried, exc itedly; "six nionths before my Re had gone perhaps one hundred yards when he heard little daughter was supposed to have been lost she felL and light footsteps behind him, and, turning, he saw the girl ut a gash in the side of her face, just below the right eai 1u, Madge. It left a scar half an inch long. and it would undoubted] stay always. Let me see if you have such a mark." Cl') His face lighted up and he looked at the girl eagerly. "Ah, Madge, I am glad to see you," he said. "I have!" Madge exclaimed; "I have seen it in the look Madge had an eager, excited look on her face also, and in&-glass many times. See, here it is!'' ont said : She turned the side of her face toward him and a glan was sufficient. "You have just been to see my mother?" "Yes," was the reply "You are my daughter Frances!" he cried, and, seizi "] "I was in the other room when you were talking to her in his arms, he kissed her tenderly. her," the girl went on; "I heard you..say you lost a daugh-11 "Father!" breathed the girl; "you arc my father, and ter ago in England; that you thought she was am not a gypsy. Oh, I am so glad!"


'11HE LIBEHTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 23 OIL\.P'rER XII. I songbird that has ben captured aud placed rn a cage. I would sicken and die." QUEEN ELSlE IS ANGRY. "'l'hen what is to be done? Surety you do not wish 'No, you are not a gypsy,'' s<1id Hoyal Ambrose; "you to back to your gypsy life?" e daughter, and without doubt you were kidnapped 'l'he girl shook her head. DJ this gypsy queen, who did it to be revenged on me." "No, 1 don't irant to live the life oi' a gypsy any "I feel that you aro right about thiE>," said the g irl ; "I longer," he !'Jlid; "neither do I want to go to England." am sure that Queen Elsie is not my mother." "Then what can we do?" "I know it, and I am absolutely confident that you are The girl was silent for a few moments, and there was a my daughter. Como, Jet u;: get away from here at once. thoughtful look in her eyes. Presently she said, slowly : Queen Elsie may try to preYent you from leaving, if she "Why can you not stay in America ?" knows of it." Royal Ambrose started. The girl seE:med eager to go at first, and then another "I might be willing to remain in America," he said; thought evideptly struck her, for s he hesitated and stood 'but not in thio part of the coimtry. l think that I could looking at Hoyal Arnbroc:e in a somewhat dubiou8 manget along in New York City, but llp in thee wilds, never!'' ner. Madge looked at her father eagerly. She had learned 'What is the" he askei!-, his face falling; "don't tliat the Liberty Boys came from near New York, and .ou \\'ant to leave your gypsy companions, after all?" the thought c1m1e to her that if she were to live there she "Yes, I wish to leave them," said the girl, hesitatingly; would have a better chance to see Tom Waldron and win 'but-will you want me to go back to England with you?" his love than if she ''ere to remain here in central New "Yes, Frances." York. She knew that the Liberty Boys were only here The girl lookod sober and thoughtful. She thought of for a short time, and that they would soon be gone, but if 'om Waldron, the handsome Liberty Boy, and t'he knowlshe was to make her home near where Tom's home was she dge came to her that she did not wish to go to England. would be sure of seeing him when the war ended. "l prefer to remain in America, sir-father," she said. "Will you take me to New York, father?" she asked .. Bnt, I'rances, think how nice it will be to go back to eagerly; '1 if you will do so I will be glad. I would be ngland, to beautiful England, where I have an immense willing to go there, but not to England." state, for I am ve.ry wealt'hy, and Jive there among "Yes, I will take you to New York, Frances; I will pur calthy, titled ancl cultured people. Think how--" 1 chase a home there, install you in it, with servants in "I don't care anything about wealth and titles, father/' plenty, and then I will go to England, attend to some nterrn t)tod the girl; "and the people of America are culnecessary business, dispose of some of my property and ired enough to suit me." return to New York, where we will live in happiness to'I'he Englishman shook his head and looked sad. gether." '''I'hc re ult of t'he training you have had," he said, in "Very well; that will please me, father." ournful accents; "but, really, Frnnces, you cannot re"Come, let us go to the village. I you have no 1se 1.o return with me. "'hy, I am your father, and that wish to go to the encampment?" the place for you." "No; 1 don't want to see the gypsies agqin." The girl shook her head. "N 01. even Queen Elsie?" "I would never be wiUing to stay there," she said; "so "No; she has never taught me to love her; it will not hat would be the u s e for me to go?" giYe mo any heart pains to lcnve her." Yon don't know whether you would be willing lo stay ''Then come with me." r not, u.ntil after you have been there and seen what the r.l'hey were not' long in reachin g the village, and Royal nntry is like," he snid. .\mbrose went to a house where he had spent one night, "Yes [ do,'' decidedly. and asked if he could secure accommodations for himself "l think that is just a girlish notion. Englund is a and daughter. uch more beautifol country than this." It was an estimable patriot family, and when they hod "I don't see how that can be possil>Ie, father; it is heard the Engli8hman's story they gave the girl a henrty ery beautiful here." welcome. "But it i wild and untamed. There, all is under the \ s soon as ho had got Madge--or Frances, as we will ntrol of man, and rivilization is at its highest Riage." call her now-installed in the hou c, he told her to make "I like it as it is here." herself comfortable, while he went to atfond to some busiRoyul Ambrose shook his head. ncss. 'l'hen he made his way to the home of Enoch San-"l understand," he s aid, sad ly; "you hare liYed here derson and told him about finding Frances. arly all your life and have learned to like it. Rut I am ''I came to America to look for a boy, the son of a re you would soon learn to like it much better in Eng-friend,'' ho said; "the boy is dead, but I have found my d." I daughter, whom I have mourned as dead for many years. "I am sure that I "'oulcl not father; I would be like the 1 Is it not rather strange, when ou come to think of it?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Yes, so it is," was the reply. "I am glad, Mr. Am-I "All right," he said, "ef she kin be got I guess thet brose. When will you return to England?" Rollo will git 'er." "I don't know when. I shall take my daughter to New "True," agreed Queen Elsie. York soon and will purchase a home for her; then I will Rollo soon appeared, and was told that Madge had gone. go to England, make my report to Gerald Martison, sell away in company with an Englishman who claimed to be 1 some of my property in and near London, after which I her father. w:ill return and settle down to spend mr days in New "I want you to go and steal her away and bring her York." back to the encampment to-night," said the woman; Sanderson looked s urprised. "then we will get away as quickly as possible '." "Why not take your daughter back with you?" he asked. "All right; I'll do et," was the reply; "I'll bring her "She doesn't want to go." back." "What is that? She doesn't want to go?" "See to it that you do." "No." Then he asked how it had happened that the girl had "'l'hat is queer; I would have thought that she would gone away, and who the man was that claimed to be her have been wild to go." father and all about it. "That is what I would have thought; but such is not Queen Elsie told him as much as she thought it neces the case. She says she likes America and wishes to stay sary, and then he wen away from the encampment, and here." was soon at the village. He slouched around, keeping pretty quiet, but asking "But she can have no remembrance of England, so how such questions as enabled him to find out what be wishe can she how whether she will like it?'t to know, which was, what house the girl was in and wha "She s ays she knows t'hat she likes America and is dewould be the best and easiest way of entering it and steal termined to stay here." 1 ing her away. I don't 1.""Uow that that is to be wondered at, Royal "It will be a hard J'ob" he said to himself "but I'! b d she has lived in America since she can remem er, an is get her away from there or know the reason why." an American at heart." "True." '' l know how that is myself; I have lived h ere ti11 I ha,,c lost all desire to ever see England again." He slouched out of the village and back to the oocam ment and was s ummoned by Queen Elsie. "You have been to the village?" she asked. "Yes." They talked an hour or more, and then Royal Ambrose 11'cnt back to Tioga. "Do you think you ca.n get Madge and bring her back? "I think so." Frances was feeling very much at home in the house of the patriot family, and was in high spirits when her father got there. She gave him a warm welcome and kissed him. .Ambrose was feeling happy, also; he had found his daughter, and had reason to feel happy. Mad,ge-,to give her her gypsy name-was missed from the encampment when dinnertime came, and Queen Elsie, suspecting that Royal Ambrose had something to do with the girl's disappearance, sent a number of the men to look for her. of these went to t'he village and soon learned that the girl was there quartered in one of the houses, and that she was with a man who claimed to be her father. 1 He hastened back to the encampment with the news, and when Queen Elsie heard it she was wildwith rage. "He has' made up his mind that she is his daughter and lias persuaded her to leave me," the woman exclaimed; "but we must get her back, do you hear? She must not be permitted to remain with him. She has been a gypsy all her life, nearly, and a gypsy she must remain." The man s'hook his head and looked doubtful. "I don't see how we kin git her erway frum thar," he said. "We must do it," determinedly. Then she added: "Send Rollo h ere. JP mn nodded. "You will hav e to have help, won't you?" "Yes; I'll get some of the boys to help me." 1 1 Then he went out 'and talked to five or six of the youn gypsies who had been with him when they attacked an lli captured Dick and left him in the old hollow tree. < The youths said they would help him, and so he f that all 'he had to do was to wait till night came; then would be abl e to bring Madge back in triumph. "She thinks she has got away from me," he told self; "but I'll show her that she hasn't." CHAPTER XIII. THE BRITISH FLEE. The strange story of the finding pf his daughter in person of the gypsy maiden by the Englishman, Ro Ambrose, soo n became known throughout the village the patriot encampment as well. The soldiers were talk'ing about it that evening, w Dick Slater and Tom Waldron entered 'the encampm They had left their three comrades on guard near British encampment and had come to report to Ge Sullival'l. When Dick and Tom heard the news they were surprised. Dick was delighted, for he reasoned that it was a s


'IHB LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 26 great good fortune for the girl, but Tom looked glum. Dick noticed this, and asked: "What's the matter, Tom?" "Matter enough, Dick. I have fallen in love with that I and now her father will take her back to England 'th him and I will never see her again." Dick looked at his comrade searchingly. "Have you really fallen in love With her?" he asked. "Yes, and I have been happy in thinking that I would able to win her, but now that s he has turned out to the daughter of a rich Englishman, it is different; and I have just said, he will no doubt take her England ht away and I will never see her again." "I'll tell you what to do," said Dick; "see her at once, her you love her and get her to promise to marry "I might do that, Dick, but I'm afraid it won't do much ood. Even if she were to promise to marry me her father ould make her break her promise, once he got her back England." Dick looked thoughtful. "Perhaps you are right," he said; "well, it will do no arm to do as I have suggested. The girl has lived a ild, free life, and doubtless has a will of her own, and it ay be that her father would not be able to get her to reak her promise." Tom looked thoughtful, and then his face brightened a it. "Perhaps you are right, Dick," he said; "I will hope so, t least and will see her this evening and get her prom if possible. Of course, it is possible that she does not re_ for me at all." "You can easily settle that point Wait till I have ade my report to General Sullivan and I wil1 go with on." "All right." Dick went to the house occupied by General Sullivan d told him that the British were still on the hill, and 1 t they seemed to have no intention of moving at prest l General Sullivan looked thoughtfully at and then id: I "It would see m that they are waiting for reinforce ents. It is my belief that they are expecting to be joined y other forces-possibly by Tories and Indians.' "Don't you think it would be a good plan to attack em before they are reinforced, sir?" asked Dick. "I would do so if they were not occupying such a strong sition. They could give us a very hard fight and could use great havoc in our ranks. This I wish to avoid, if ssible." They talked awhile longer, and then Dick took his de arture. He went back to where the Liberty Boys were en mped and told Tom he was ready to go and 11 on the ex-gypsy maiden. Of course, Tom was eager to go, and they went to the house where Royal Ambrose and his daughter had secured quarters. The girl was glad to see the youths. Especially was she glad to see Tom, but, girl:like, she concealed this fact quite successfully, and pretended to be more pleased to see Dick than to see his companion. Dick congratulated her on her good fortune in finding a father, and a wealthy one at that, and asked her if she were going to accompany him to England right away. "I am not going to England at all," was the reply. Tom Waldron started and face lighted up, while he came very near giving utterance to an exclamation of joy. Frances was watching Tom, and when she saw the look that came over his face she was delighted, though she was careful not to let the fact show on her face. "He loves me!" she told herself; "oh, I am so glad!" Dick, in order to help his comrade out and secure for him information that he was undoubtedly eager to secure, asked: "Why are you not going to England?" "Because I like America," was the reply. "Ah, so that is the reason, is it?" "Yes; I have lived here ever since I can remember, and I don't want to go to a country and start all over again.'' "I don't blame you," said Dick; "I am glad that you are going to s tay in America; but I would not have thought that your :lather would have been willing to set tle here." "He wanted me to go to England, but when he saw that I did not wish to do so, he said that we would live ill New York.'' "Ah, you are going to live there, then?" "Yes; father said he could not liv e away out here in this wild country, but that h1:1 could be ver y well satisfied in New York City; and that suits me very well." Dick knew that this would suit Tom, for that youth s parents lived only about ten miles from the city, and he would be able to go and see the girl after the war was over apd he was back at his home. "I guess it will work out all right," Dick thought; then he said he had some work to do, and excused himself and left, Tom He .was determined to find out how he was regard ed by the ex-gypsy maiden, if such a thing was possible. He took up the conversation as soon as Dick was gone I and was s oon conversing pleasantly and animatedly. He was a good talker and the girl liked to hear him talk, so they enjoyed t'hemselves very much At last Tom got his courage worked up to the sticking point, and told Frances that he loved her and asked her to marry him. She made him happy by saying that she loved him in return and would marry him, and he went back to the Liberty Boys quarters the happiest youth in New York State. He told Dick that it was all right; that he had asked Frances to marry him and that she had consented, the marriage to take place as soon as the war was ended.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'rHE GYPSIES. "I congratulate you, Tom," said Dick; "I think you I "We wish to be sure that we areon their track," said have won a good girl, and that she will make you happy." General Sullivan. "I am sure of it, Dick." The youths made their way and half an hour The other youths all congratulated Tom, for they knew later caught sight of the British. The redcoats had just of his love for the ex-gypsy maiden. broken camp and were resuming the march. It was now dark, and Dick and Tom took their departThe youths hastened back to the patriot encampment 111e. They made their way back to the vicinity of the "We are on their track," Dick reported to the general, Hritish encampment, and found their three comrades on and he told where the-l'edcoats had been seen guard The patriot army broke camp at once, then, and re" Everything is quiet," Bob reported; "the British are urned the march. there, and I don't think they have any intention of A stern chase is always a long chase, it is said, and it moving." proved to be the case this time. Three days passed, and I "General Sullivan is sure they are waiting for reinstill the patriot soldiers had been unable to catch up with forcements, Bob," said Dick. the enemy. "I think it likely." "We will catch them sooner or later," said General Sul" Well, 80 are we, and there is a chance that ours may Ii van, confidently, anc1 General Clinton coincided in this get here first; in that case we will make an attack on the r iew of the matter. redcoats." "Yes, we sho uld be able to catch them," he said; ''and "I wish our other orce would hurry up," said Bob; when we do, we will hav them at our mercy, for we out ''I'd like to make an attack on the British; I guess they number them five to one." think we are afraid of them, and I would like to prove to "Yes, they would soon haYe to surrender,,, General Sulthem that we are not." livanagreed. "We will get the chance, I think." "They understand that," said Dick; "that is the reason "I hope so. they ltave been marching so swiftly "About midnight the youths discovered that the Brit-Then the general told Dick to go on ahead and keep a ish were stirring. They were evidently getting ready to sharp watch on the enemy break camp and march away "We are getting into a part of the country that ha& "You boys watch them," sa id Dick; "I'll hasten to been infested by Tories and Indians, under Johnson, the Tioga and carry the news to General Sullivan." I Butlers and Brant, the Indian chief," he said; "and the He hurried away, and half an hour later was in the pa-British are likely to be reinforced at almost any time. If 1 triot encampment. that should occur we would have a hard fight on our a He found it in a state of confusion and excitement The other force, under General Clinton, had just arrived. General Sullivan was up and was talking to General Clinton when Dick put in an appearance. "The British are breaking camp and gotting ready to sir!" said Dick, after saluting. "Say you so?" cried General Sullivan; "then we must break camp also and ge t after them. We must not let them get away from us, now that our own reinforcements have arrived." He at once gave the necessary orders, and soon the sol diers were busily engaged in getting ready to march. An hour later the combined forces marched away, and three-quarters of an hour afterward were in the vicinity of the hill that had been occupied by the British. Bob Estabrook and his three companions stated that the British had been gone an hour, at leaet. "Then we must get after them!" said General Sullivan. The army marched away in the direction in whiaji Bob sai d the enemy had gone, and the march was kept up till morning, but the redcoats had not been overtaken. At daylight the army came to a stop and cooked and ate breakfast. The soldiers were very tired, and it was decided to rest an hour. Dick and Bob were ent ahead to see if they could see the enemy. hands, no doubt.,, n Dick saluted and withdre\v, and a few minutes later he and Bob hastened on ahead to keep a sharp lookout, 1 1 he had been told to do by General Sullivan. t An hour later they came in sight of the enemy. The British had come to a stop, and when the two p triot Bpies got close enough to sec what was going on th made a discovery. E:undreds of Tories and Indians were there with t British and Hesi::ian soldiers The enemy had been reinforced. CHAPTER XIV. THE DEFEAT o : p THE BRITISH. O i 'I h er Ol "Just look at the Tories and Indians, Dick!" erE "There are a lot of them, Bob." in. "I should say so." Pi "Yes, we have lost our opportunity of capturing entire British force; we did not catch up with it enough." "That's so; well, th<::re will be a fight, anyway, and hi eomething,.,_.'_ ____________ __,_ _..


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. 27 "Trne; I would rather fight than to have to keep hing the way we have been doing." "So would I. Well, shall we go back and tell General Uivan the news?" "Yes; but first we must size up the enemy and find out, proximately at least, how strong it is." They stole forward, but used extreme care in doing so, r they realized that there was danger of being discovby the Indians. Finally after a long spell of hard work in wonning m selve s along, they got close enough so that they could np the enemy. They already knew how many British and Hessians there were, and all that was necessary was for them to timate the number of Tories and Indians. 'rhis was rather a difficult matter, but they finally s uc eeded in accomplishing it to their satisfaction. They watched the enemy closely, and after awhile de ided that the British and their allies were making prepa tions to show fight. The point where the enemy was encamped was not far rom the village of Newtown, and it was a very good place or a battle. When they had finished their work Dick and Bob stole way, exercising great care in doing so, for they were well ware that there was danger that the keen-eyed redskins night sec them. T hey were successful in escaping observation, however, nd when ilwy were at a safe distance they hastened their ootsteps. Half an hour later they were with the patTiot rmy and had told Generals Sullivan and Clinton the ews. "So the British have been reinforced by the Tories and ndians, e'h?" remarked Sullivan; "and they are goJng to how fight? Very well, we will give thei;n all the fight ng they want." 'rhere were about fifteen hundred 'l'ories and Indians, ick and Bob and even with this number to cinforcc them the British and Hessians were outnumered more than two to one, so the patriots felt that they 1ould be able to triumph over the enemy. It would not do to go at the affair rashly, however; it ould be necessary to exercise caution, and Genera.I Sul ivan ordered that a skiTmish line be thrown out as they dvanc ed, so as to make it impossible for the British to ake him hy surprise. The enemy !had chosen its position and was sticking here, however, and when the patriot army got close nough to observe anythiug it was seen that breastworks ere beihg thrown up and preparations for defense were eing made. t PrPparations were made to attack the enemy, and when 11 was ready the attack was made. It was quite a fierce battle, but the one thousand Britsh, with their Tory and Indian allies, were not a match or their patriot foe. \ They were soon forced to beat a retreat, having lost a large number, while the patriot loss was light, compara tively spea king. The Tories and Indians were scattered to the four winds, and the latter did not go back to the British army at all. The Tories headed westward toward their head quarters at Fort Niagara. The British retreated toward the north and managed to keep out of the way, though Sullirnn c ha sed them quite awhile. 'I guess wc have done as well as cou ld be expected," General Sullivan sai d to his brother general that cYcning when they had gone into camp. "We haw thrashed the redcoats, Tories and Indians and sent them flying." 'I'hey talked of the victory awhile and then General Clinton asked: / "What are we going to do next, General Sullivan?" "I shall follow orders, General Clinton, and they arc to the effect that we do the Indians as much as possible. We are to destroy their crops, burn their vil lages and make them wish they had remained neutral and I kept out of the affair altogether." ''That will serve them right." This was done. For more i han a week the patriot arm:r moved hii.her and thither, burning Indian villages, s troying crops and causing the redskins all the trouble possible. Everywhere the army went it left a scene of

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GYPSIES. "Yes." I Dick then went to Queen Elsie and told her that he "I will spook to father about it; I am sure he will want 1 and his comrades had come there to settle with Rollo and to accompany you." seven other youths, and that it would go 'hard with any of Mr. Ambrose in presently and was introduced to the men if they attempted to interfere. Tom. He had not made the youth's acquaintance before The queen of the gypsies saw it would be useless to try the army went away, and naturally he was rather eager to to resist, and so she gave the order that the men remain see what sort of young fellow his daught& had taken a quiet and make no hostile demonstration. liking to. Dick had a good memory for faces, and he had no difHe talked very pleasantly to Tom, and when he learned ficulty in picking out Rollo and the young gypsies who that the army was to march back toward New York at an had been with him the time they captured him and left early date, h e said at once that he and Frances would go him in -the hollow tree. As soon as this had been done along. Hollo and his comrades were given sound thrashings with Mr. Ambrose left the two young folk together presently, big, tough switches, and they howled like they were being and they talked long and earnestly on topics dear to the killed. Indeed the pain must have been considerable, hearts of young people under such circumstances. Their for the youths who wielded the switches laid them on conversation would not interest the reader, so we will lustily. simply say that Tom returned to the encampment looking When this had been done he told the queen that it would happy. be well for her to break camp and get away from that "So she is still here, Tom?" remarked Dick, smilingly. part of the country, and the advice was taken, for the "Yes," was the reply; "but they are going to accomyouths had not reached their own encampment before the pany us when we start back." gypsies were on the move. "Why haven't they gone sooner?" W.aldron told Frances about the affair nex "They were afraid to do so on account of the gypsies." day she was delighted. "How is that?" "I'm g lad that you did give Rollo a thrashing," s "The gypsies tried to kidnap Frances with the evident 1 said; "I hate him: and he b.oth:red me so much with his intention of carrying her back to their camp and taking unwelcome attenh.ons. it gives me pleasure to know h e r away," said Tom, and then he explained the affair. he got a whippmg .. "Well, it would have been dangerous for them to start 'Iwo days later the patriot army :riarched away towar back without an escort," said Dick; "Queen Elsie would I and Mr. Ambrose and his daughter accompa like to get the girl back, and I would not put it past the I med it. gypsies to IIJ.urder Mr. Ambrose if they got the chance." The patriot army did not go clear to New City "Some ?J those swarthy-faced rascals are capable of but Tom and accompamed th murder, I am sure," said Mark Monison. two to the city as an escort, 1eturnmg to the army as soo "Yes, indeed," from Dick. as they saw Mr. Ambrose and Frances safe ly quarlere E They talked awhile longer and then Dick's face lighted there. A up, and he said: Mr. Ambrose bought a fine residence in New York, in F stalled Frances therein, and then went back to Englan F and transacted his business, after which he came back t America and settled down to stay during the rest of hi i life. "I have an idea, boys. You remember, I told you that when we were coming to this vicinity I was captured by a gypsy youth named Rollo and by him and his companions, s ix or seven in number, and placed, bound hand and foot, in an old holloW' tree and left there to starve?" "Yes, we remember it," said Mark Morrison. "Well, I haven't got even with the young rascals for that, and I would like to settle the score, so what do you say to going to the gypsy camp and attending to the mat ter?" "Just the thing!" cried Bob; "what shall we do with them, give them a good thrashing?" "Yes-with good, big s'."itches." "Hurrah! That is just the thing to do," from Bob; When the war ended Tom Waldron and Frances Am brose were married, and they were very happy. Thus ends the story of "The Liberty Boys and th Gypsies." THE END. The next number (157) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLYING A 'rILLERY; OR, LIBERTY OR DEATH!" by Moore. I "let's go at once!" SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this week u h .c The youths set out. All went, for they were eager to always in print. If you cannot obtain them from a see the affair, even though all could not take a hand iP it. newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps The gypsy encampment was soon reached and the Lib-I mail to FRANK 'l'OUSEY, PUBLISHER. 24 UNIO erty Boys sunounded it to keep the youths they were SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copi after from making their escape. I you order by return mail e


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.A.. _CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l'.E. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. 253 The Waifs of New York. By N. S. Woods (The Young American 13 Young Davy Crockett; or, The Hero of &liver Gulch. By An Actor). LATEST ISSUES: Old Scout. 254 Jack Wright and His Dandy of the Deep; or, Driven Atloat In the 14 Jack W1ight and His Magnetic Motor; or, The Golden City of Sea of Fire. By "Noname." the Sierl'as. By "Noname." 255 In the Sea of Ice; or, The Perils of a Iloy Whaler. By Berton 5 Little Mac, The Boy Engineer; or, Bonnd To Do His Best. BY. 256 Bertrew. Jas. C. Merritt. Mad Anthony Wayne, the Hero of Stony Point. By Gen'!. Jas. 16 The Boy Money King: or, Working in Wall Street. A Story A. Gordon. of a Smart New York Boy By H. K Shackleford. 257 The Arkansas Scout ; or, Fighting the Redskins. By An Old 17 "I." A Story of Strange Adventure. By Richard R MontScout. 18 The Boy Inventor, and His Under-Water Ironclad: 258 Jaf:e of the Plains; or, Wild Adventures Among or, The '.l.'reasure of the Sandy Sea. Hy "Noname. r9 Th M T Th Sh d f s I 19, 8erald O'Grady's Grit; or, The Branded Irish Lad. By Allyn en; or, e a ows o a ocia ..Club. By Jno. R. Draper. 260 Dan Driver, the Boy Engineer of the Mountain Express; or, 20 Through Thick and Thin; or, Our Boys Abroad. By Howard Aus-Railroading on the Denver and Rio Grande. tin 261 Silver Sam of Santa Fe ; or, The Lions' Trealmre Cave. By An 121 The Demon of the Deep ; or, Above and Beneath the Sea. By Old Scout. 122 Deers; or, Fighting the Bandits ot 262 Jack Wright and His Electric Torpedo Ram; or, The SunkeR the Black Hills. By "Noname." .; City of the Atlantic. By "Noname." .23 At 12 o'clock; or, 'l'he Mystery of the Lighthouse. A Story of the 263 The Rival Schools; or, Fighting for the Championship. By Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. Allyn Draper. 24 The Rival Boat Clubs; or, The Boss School at Beechwood. By 264 Jack Reef, the Boy Captain; or, Adventures on the Ocean. By Allyn Draper. Capt. Thos. H Wilson. 25 The Haunted House on the Hudson; or, the Smugglers of the 265 A Boy In Wail Street; or, Dick Hatch, the Young Broker. By Sound. By Jas. c. Merritt. H. K. Shackleford. :26 Jack Wright and Hie Prairie Engine, or Among the Bushmen of 266 Jack Wright and his Iron-Clad Air Motor; or, Searchlog tor a Australia. By "Noname." Lost Explorer. By "Noname. A Million at 20; or, Fighting His W11y in Wall Street. By H. K. 267 The Rival Base Ball Clubs; 01, The Champions of Columbia Shackleford. Academy. By Allyn Draper. 28 Hook and Ladder No. 2 By Ex-Fire Chief Warde n. 268 The Boy Cattle King; or, Frank ForCbam's Wild Weet Ranch. On Deck; or, 'rhe Boy Pilot of L a ke Erle. By Allyn Draper. By an Old Scout. 00 J..oromotlve Fred; or, Life on the Railroad. By Jas. C. Merritt. 269 Wide Awake Will, The Plucky Boy Fireman of No. 3; or, Fight 11 Jack Wright and His Fllectrlc Air Schooner; or, The Mystery of a Ing the Fla.mes for Fame and Fortune. By ex-Fire Chief War-Magic llline. By "Noname." den. 12 or, l?nm a Bootblack to a Merchant. By How270 Jack Wright and His Electric Tricycle; or, Fighting the Stran-l3 Custer's J,ast Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn. By glers of the Crimson De1rert By "Noname." ,. An Old Scout. 271 The Orphans of New York. A Pathetic Story of a Great City. ::-l4 The Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jas. A By N. S. Wood (the Young American Actor). r GoJ:A;vn. 272 Sitting Bull's Last Shot; or, The Vengeance of an Indian Police l35 or, "'he Prince of Engineers. By Jae. c. Merritt. man. By Pawnee Bill. Al!long the Fire-Worshippers; or, Two New York Boys in Mexico. 273 The Haunted House on the Harlem; or, The Mystery ef a Miss, By Howard Austin. ing Man. By Howard Austin. il'J7 Jack Tlright and his Electric Sea Motor; or, The Search for a 274 Jack Wright and His Ocean Plunger; or, The Ha1poon Hunters !Ii Drifting Wreck. By "Noname." of the Arctic. By "Noname. .38 Twent;i: Years on an Island; or, The Story o0f a Castaway. By 27 5 Claim 33; or, The Boys ot the Mountain. By Jas. C. Merritt. Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 27 6 The Road to Rnin; or, The Snares and Temptations of New York. By ,-39 Colorado Carl ; or, The King of the Saddle. By An Old Scout. Jno. B. Dowd. Hook and Ladder Jack, the Daring Young Firem11n. By Ex-Fire 27 7 A Spy at 16; or, Fighting for Washington and Liberty. By Gen'! Js.s. Chief Warden. A. Gordon. Ice-Bound; or, Among the Floes. By Berton Bertrew. 27 8 Jack Wright's Flying Torpedo; or, The Black Demons of Dismal 2 Jack Wright and His Ocean Sleuth-Hound; o:r, Tracking an Un-Swamp. By "'Noname." der-Water Treasure. 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ISSUES: 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. 175 The Bradys and the Moonshiners; or1 Away Down ln Tennessee. 176 The Bradys ln Badtown; or, The Flgot for a Gold Mine. 177 The Bradys In the Klondike; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work in the Slums. 179 The Bradys and the "Highbinders"'; or, The Hot Case in China-town. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of the Fortune-Teller. 1'81 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs In 'Frisco. 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Millions In the Hub. 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island ; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves of Cape Nome. 185 The Bradys In the Black Hills; or, Their Case In North Dakota. 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case in the Gold Mines. 187 The Bradys and the "Rube" ; or, Tracking the Confidence Men. 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For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 217 The Bradys and Gim Lee; or, Working a Clew In Chinatown. 218 The Bradys and the "Yegg" Men ; or, Seeking a Clew on th! 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THE STAGE. o. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE !!OOK .-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the llo.t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without :Iris wonderful little book. No .. 4?. THE J?OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Conta1:img a vaned asso,rtn;ient of .;tump speeches, N egro Dutch Irish. A l so E'I!d mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse nent and a mateur sh o ws. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW. YORK MINSTREL GUIDE 'lND J-OKhl Bf:?OK.-Something new and very instructive Every 1oy should obtain this book, as it contains foll instructions for or{Blllzing an amaren r minstrel troupe No. 65. M is one of. the most original ,oke 1?r country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful owers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub be d. To. 30. HOW TO C00K.-One of the most instructive books illl cooking ever published. It contains recip es for cooking meats h, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cak e s and all kinds of 1try, end a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular ks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contain!! information fo1 nrybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to a ke almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds ELECTRICAL :No 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de Jerlptlon of the wonderful uses of elec'.-:-icity and electro magnetism; with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, l t c. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty ilCJ11trations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE EI.ECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con, 1ming full directions for making electrical machines, induction I r,ils, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity jy R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. N o. 61. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the A1nerican R evolution. 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 always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading ma.tter t bound in a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 1115 The Liberty Boys And How They Won It. _,. Tlrn J.lbeity Boys' Daring Scheme: or Their Plot to Captur e the 116 'l'he Liberty Boys Deceived: or, 'ricked but 1\ot Beate,n. King's Son. 117 ;1:h e Llbei:ty Boys. aud th,e D'".aif.: ,0,1-. A l!:uemy 71 The Liberty Boys' B ol d l\love: or. Into the Enemy's Country. 118 f,he Llber.ty !we!ve. 7<; 'J'hc Liberty Boys' Beacon Light. or, The Signal on the l\lountarn. 119 f h e Llbe1ty HoJS Le!'gue. Ihe CounJl,ly l:!OlS \\ho Helped 7n The Llherty Boys' Honor: or. T h e l'romlse That was K e pt. 120 Liberty Boys !\eatest Iric k ; or, How the Ite dcoats \\ete 80 The Liberty Boys "Ten Strike" ; 01-. Bowling the British Over. l oo l ed" The J lb erty Boys' Gratitude. and H o w t h e y Sho w e d I t. f h e Llbe1ty Boys or, Afoot In the s Coun t 1 y .. 8!! Ttie Llbrty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Hard Man to 12Boys rn the Saddl e ; or, Lively \ \ ork for Liberty s 83 Hoys' Dead Line: or, "Cross it I f Y o u Dare!" 1?3 ; 1:he L!berty Boys' Bonanza: or, :011 from t h e Tories. 84 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooe d or Troubl e at Every Turn. l H lbe Libe1ty Hoys at Saratoga; or, Ihe Surrender of Burgoyut>. 8'5 ThP Liberty Boys' I,eap for Life' : o;, The Light that L e d The m ; 1;he .l'loys :ind "Old_ or '.1'he Escape at Horsen,eck .. BG The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend or The R edskin who Fought for lhe L1.be1ty Hoys Bugle Lall, or, 'Ille.Plot to Polson ".ash tngton. Independence. 12 The L1ber.ty Hoys and "Queen ; 01', The \Yyomrng Si The Liberty Boys "Going It Rlind": 01". Taking Big Chances. Massac1e. SS The L iberty Boys' Blac k Band: or, Bumping the British Hard. 128 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard: or, On the High Hills of Santee. St The Llherty Boys' "Hurry Call ; or, A \Ylid Dash to Save a 129 The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr; or, .13attilng fcfr IndependF1iend ence. 90 T h e Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of the 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" : o r. H elping liarlon. Mountain. 131 The Liberty Boys and Ethan Allen: or. Old and Young Veteran en The L!berty Boys' Rrave Stand: or, Set Back but Xot Defeated. 132 The Liberty Buys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia-92 'l'be Liberty Boys Treed": o r W a1m Work In the Tall Timber. mond. 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Bacldng the British Down. 133 The Liberty Boys Bayonet Charge; or, The Siege of Yorkto w n !l4 The Liberty Boys' B est Blows; o r Beating the B1itish at Benning -134 'l'he Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the Prison ton. Ships. fl5 The Liberty noys In Kew J ersey : o r Boxing the Ears of. the Brit135 'he Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the King's lsh Lion. Statue. ilG The Liberty Boys' Daring: 01'. :\ot Afraid of Anything. rn6 The Liberty Boys and Kathan Hale; or, 'l'he Brave Patriot Spy. 9i The Liberty Doys Long March: ot, The Mov e t hat l'uzzle d the 137 The Liberty Boys' Men"; or, The Battl e of the Cow British. Pens. UR The Liberty Roys Bold Front: ot, Hot Times on Harl e m H eights. 138 The Liberty Boys and t h e Traitor; or, How The y Handled Him. \HJ The Liberty Iloys in Xew York; or, Helping to Lloi d the G re11.t 13!) 'l' b e Liberty Boys at Y ellow C reek: o r Routing the Redcoats. City. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or. Chasing Cornwallis. l.0 0 'l'be LibNty Boys' Big Hisk: or. Ready to 'l'ake Chances. 141 The Liberty Boys in Ri chmond : or, Fighting Traitor Ar nold 101 The Libe rty Boys lJrag-1\et: or. Lauling the l{edcoats I n. 142 The Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory; or, Beating a Bad 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning \York: or, Too Fast for the British. Man. 103 The Liberty l:!oys Lucky Blunder: 0 1 ', 'l'bc Mistake that Helped 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight: or, Winning with. t h e Enemys 'l'bem. Weapons. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick: or. Springing a Big Surprise. 144 'l'he Liberty BoJs in Georgia: or. Lively Times Down S o uth. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwittin g t h e Enemy. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest Triumph: or. T h e ;\larch to Victory. 106 'l'he Libe rty Boys' "Hig Uit': or. Knoc king the ReMoats Out. 146 '1.'he Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy: or. Two of a Kind. 107 The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively Lad from 147 'l'he Liberty Boys in Florida: or. lo'ighting T'revost's Army. Dublin. 148 The Liberty Roys Last C'hance : o r. ;\faking the B est of It. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise: or, Not Just What They Were Look1 i 9 The Liberty Boys' S harpshooters: or. The Battle of t h e Kegs. ing 1'\ir. 15 0 The Liberty Boys on Guard: or, \\' atch ing the En e m). 109 'he Liberty Boys' Treasure: or. A Lucky Find. 151 The Liberty Boys Strange Guide; or. 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