The Liberty Boys at West Point, or, Helping to watch the Redcoats

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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issueil 1Veekly7By SubsCl'iption $2.50 per year. E11le1:ed as Scco11d Class at lite New Yori' Post Office, Februa1y 4, WOl, b y F rank Tousey No. 162. NEW YORK FEBRUARY 5 1904. Piice 5 Cents. Dick sighted the gun, and then held the match to the touch-hole. "Boom!'' went the cannon, and a yardarm was severed by the ball and fell to the deck of the ship with a crash, knockiog down several of the redcoats.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iss u e d Week ly-By S ubsol"lption $2. 5 0 p er y e a r Ente r e d a s Seco n d Olass Matte r at the New Yo1 k N. Y. Post O trlce, F ebruary 4 1901. Entered according to A c t of C o n g ress, i n the ye a r 1904, iii the office of the Librarian of Co n g ress Washington, D 0 ., by Franlo Tous e y 24 Union Square, New York. No. 162. NEW YORK FEBRUARY 5 1904 Price 5 Cents. TheLibertyBoysat WestPoint OR, H elping to Watc h the Re"coats e By BAB.BY lVIOOBE. CHAPTER I. W ATOHING AND FISHING. "Say, Dick!" "Weli, Bob?" "What i s the matter with General Arnold?" "I don t know. I didn't know there was anything the matt e r with him." "I'm s ure there is." "What makes you think so?" "His action s." It was the 15th 0 September, 0 the year 1780 Two hand some y ouths nineteen years 0 age were stand ing on the shore 0 the Hudson river at a point not ar from West Point and were e ngaged in the plea s ing work, or pa st ime, 0 fis hing The two w e r e Dick Slat e r and Bob Estabrook. Di c k and Bob were members 0 a compan y 0 youths who w e re known far and wide a s "The Liberty Boys 0 7 6." Dick was the capt a in of the company, and as the compan y w a s amous for the bravery of its members on the field 0 battle, so was Dick himself famous as a scout and spy. He had done a great deal 0 daring and dangerous wor k or General Washington, and he was always read y t ? do more. A week beiore the day on which we i n trodu c e them to t h e r eade r's notice Dick and his Liberty had been sent up to Wes t Point by General Washington to h e lp A rnold watch th e redcoat s It was feared tha t the British might come up the riv e r with a strong fleet of vessel s at almost any i1me, and it was des i red to have advance information, in case s uch a move was made In order to s ecur e this advance information it was nece s sary to have some good spies and scouts t o do the work, and this was why Dick and his Liberty Boys had been s ent there Dick and Bob were now engaged in watching for the coming of the Briti s h fleet, a n d :fishing at the same time Bob had ju s t taken a good sized fish off his hook whe n he addressed Dick as given at the head 0 this chap t er "How d-0es Arnold act that you should think there is something the matter with him?" asked Dick. "Well he seems to be restless and uneasy." "YOU think SO ?" "Yes." "I haven't noticed it. "I have." "In what way does he a, that makes you t h ink he is un e asy?" "He walks back and forth on the level ground back 0 the fort so muc h with his hands clasped behind hi s back, his head down and his eyes on the ground." "I haven't noticed him, Bob. "Well, I have, and it looks to me a s though he was troubled about some thing." "Perhaps he is afrai d t hat the B ritish may come up the river and capture the ort. "Perhaps so; though I d o n't see that the dan ger of t h a t happe n ing i s imminent enough to make such an o l d war rior as Arno l d look troubled "I wouldn' t think s o


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WES'l.1 POIN'f. At this moment an orderly appeared, and said: "Genernl Arnold wishes to see you at headquarters, Captain Slater." "All righi.. Tell him l will be there right away-ha, I've got a splendid bite." A fish had seized the hook just as Di<.:k was speaki ng, and presently the youth landt:d a beauty, a fish that \reighed at least three pound,;. ''Yau e;an lake him off the hook, Bob," said Dick. "I've got to go.'' "All right, Dick.'' Dick turned and walked up the hill, and was soon at l1ead quarters. Clcneral Arnold gave Dick a plea:;ant greeting, which the youth returned in kind .. au sent for l11e, sir?" he 6aid. "Yes, Dick," wa s !he reply. "I have some work for you to Jo." "I sha ll bP glad to do il, si r.,. Arnold $tepprd to his desk and drew a leLter forth from a pigeonhole "Here is a lettr," he said. ::\or th Cas!le and wa8 thinking d\>(plr. a prisoner be-He was wondering wl1y he hac1 Leen sent with a me sage to Samuel Fosclick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 3. Dick could not lhink who or wha l thi s man was, that he R110uld b e writt e n to by G e n e ral Arnold "We ll I s uppose it's none of my busine ss, the youth t o himself. "Pe rhap s T will learn all iiboi1t it afte r I have delivered the letter." Onward Dick rode. He was not familiar witij. the road and lrnd to stop occasionally at a to a s k the way. At noon he stopped at a farmhou s e and a s k e d if he could get dinner and feed for hi s hors e "Y as, sartinly," replied the farmer, a rough-looking man, who looked to be capable of almo s t any kind of meanness. This did not worry Dick however; he was only going to stay to dinner, and he did not think the man would bother him. The fellow asked were eating dinner. any satisfaction a number question s while they Of course Dick did not give him The man frowned when he found that h e c ould not get any information regarding his guest, and lapsed into s ilenc e This suited the youth better, and s o he did not say anything save to a s k for s uch food a s was beyond his reach on the tabl e They had just fini s hed eating when the door s uddenly opened and five men strode into the room a.nd covered Dick with their pistols. young feller!" s aid the leader CHAPTER II. THE PATRIO T DAUGHTEf! OF A TORY Dick was taken at a disadvantage. He was seated at the table, and befor e they had him covered with the pistols. "What doe s this mean?" he asked h e could ri s e "Et mean s thet ye air our pris'ne r,'' th e r eply. "Why am I your pri soner?" "Becos ye air er rebel, as I hev jest said." "I am not a rebel." The fellow laughed and his comrades e choed the laugh. The farm e r Dick noted seem e d to be well pleased with the way things wer e going. He nodded to the five, and it was evident that he knew them. da sh for th e front door, holding the fellow in s uch a w a y t.hat it would b e impossibl e for l1is c omrades to fir e without wounding the cowboy. "Stop!" c ried the le ader; s t o p e r w e'! I ;;hoot. ye!" But Dick did not stop. H e knew that they wo1lld not fir e s o l o ng a s their com rad e was whe r e he would b e likel y to receive the bull e t. Dick reached the door and leap e d through it. A s h e did s o the men all made a dash tow a rd the door y e lling to him to stop. The fellow Dick had hold of s truggled to fre e hi m s elf, but could not do so. Dick held him in a grip o f iron. Dick ran toward the stable, dragging the man alon g, in s pite of the fellow's effort s to hold back. After them came the other cowboys yelling to to s top. The stable wa s reach e d quickly, and Dick s tepp e d through the doorway, and, s till holding the fellow in front of him as a shield, drew a pistol and leveled it. "Stop!" he cried. "I am a dead shot and I will kill one of you if you come any nearer!" There was s omething convincing in the tone of the youth's voice, and the cowboy s pau sed and stood hesi tating. "Let Bill go!" called out the leader. "I will do nothing of the kind. I am going to keep Bill right here and h e i s going 1.o s ta y wit h m e tint i i I am awa y from this plac e in 3afety; s o g o away and l e t u s alone. If you fool around y ou ma y c ause hi s d eath. and on e or more of y ou will lik e l y g e t hurt also." The cowboys look e d a t one a n other doubtfully It evillent that they h a rlll y kn e w what to Jo. "Go back to the house!" order e d Di ck. I will give you until I c ount five, and if you are not moving b y tha t time I will shoot on e of your number dead B e warned for I mean what I say!" The foUP cowboy s exchanged word s and then turned and mov e d s lowly bac k toward the hou s e which they en t e r e d ju s t a s s oon as they arrived there, disappearing from Dick s view. Then Dick pulled the cowboy across the stall to wher e the horse was and when he had untie d the halter s trap and got the bridle on the animal he led the horse forth s till holcling to the fellow, in spite of his s truggles. Dick made his way to the road, and, pausing lon g enough to take the cowboy' s pistol out of his b elt and throw it away, leaped into th;" saddle "Ye air er rebel," the leader said, "an' I know et." Then he told one of his companion s to take Di c k s wea pons away from hi.m, and bind his arms "Good-by! I'll see you again some time, perhap s said Dick ironic ally; and he dashed down the road at a as gallop, just as the other cowboys came rushing out of the hou se, yelling at the top of their voices. The fellow advanced. and a s he did s o Dick ro se, though to make it easy for him. "Be keerful, young Mlel', warned the leader The cowboy-for such Dick was sure the fellows were-e ame around to wher e Dick stood and started to unbuckle Ule youth' s belt He only started to do so, however, for Dick suddenly s eized him around the waist and made a "Jove, those s coundrel s c am e v e ry n ear capturing thought Dick. "I ill hav e to look out, for there are a lot of such ra s cal s running about thes e times." He rode onward steadily, and arrived at North Cas tl e about three o'clock.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. I He asked a man Samuel Fosdick. if he knew any one by the name of mounted his horse and rode down the hill, following the "Yas, I know 'im," was the reply; "he lives in thet big house up yender," pointing to a large house on a hill a third of a mile away. "Thank you," said Dick, and he rode onward toward the house in question. He rode up in front of the house, dismounted and tied his horse. Then he mounted the steps and knucked on the door. It was opened by a pretty girl of perhaps sixteen years. "Good-afternoon," said Dick. "Good-afternoon, sir," was the reply. "Can you tell me, miss, whether Mr. Fosdick is at home?" The girl bowed. "Yes, sir, he is at home; will you come in?;, "If you please," and Dick entered the house. "Just step into the parlor and take a seat," said the girl; "I will send my father in at once." \ Presently steps sounded, and a man entered the room. He was tall and good looking, but there was something of arrogance in his air, and it did not impress Dick fa vorably. "He may be a good man and all right in every way," thought Dick; "but I don't like any one that acts as though he thought he were better than the common run of people." "You wish to see me?" the man asked, as Dick rose and bowed a greeting. "Yes, sir." "Your name, please?" "I'm Captain Dick Slater, of the patriot army. I am just from West Point, sir." Dick spoke with dignity, for he felt that this was a quality that should not be all on one side. The man and it was evident thaf h e was interested. "Ah, indeed? You are from West Point, then "Yes, sir; I have a letter herr from General Arnold." Dick drew it from his pocket and extended it toward the man. Mr. Fosdick took the letter, and said: "You will excuse me, Captain Slater, while I retire to my library. The letter will doubtless require an answer, so I may as well go there at once." "Certainly," said Dick, and he bowed and sat down, while the host turned and strode from the room. He was gone perhaps ten minutes, and then returned, with the announcement that the letter did not require an answer. "Very well," said Dick; "then. I will be going." "Won't you stay and take supper with us?" Mr. Fosdick asked. "No," said Dick; "I will be going He bade the man good-by and went out of doors and winding road, it twisting in and out among the trees like a huge serpent. .. He had almost readied the bottom of the hill, w hen he found himself suddenly confronted by a slight figure, seemingly that of a i'outh of fifteen or sixteen-though Dick could only guess at this, for the person had his face covered by a cloth mask. All Dick could see of the face were eyes He rei"ned his horse up quickly, with an exclamation of amazement "Hello," he cried; "who are you, and what do you want?" "It does not matter who I am," was the reply, in what was evidently a disguised voice, but Dick believe d he recognized as being that of the girl who had :;idmitted him to the Fosdick home. But why had s he donned boy' s clothing and intercepted him? This was a question which Dick could not answer, but he thought it possible that the matter would be ex plained before the interview ended. "What do you mean?" asked Dick, gently. "I wished to tell you something that will surprise you," was the reply. "I hardly know what the affair means,. and perhaps you will be able to give a better guess than I can." Dick was interested and s aid: "Go on! Tell me whatever it is that you ha-ve to tell at once." .. "I will do so; but first, you brought a letter to my-to Mr. Fosdick from General Arnold, at West Point, did you not?" "Yes." "Well, that is what I cannot understand, sir. I happen to know that my--that Mr. Fosdick is not reall y in sympathy with the people of America, and I cannot un derstand how it happens that a patriot general should be writing him letters." Dick started, and an exclamation escaped hi s lips. "He is deceiving General Arnold!" the youth exclaimed; "and I have no doubt that he is sending all the info rma tion he secures down to General Clinton, at Ne'Y York. !'Do you think General Arnold does not know my--that Mr. Fosdick is not a patriot?" the seeming youth asked. "Of course he doe s not 1-now it, mi ss; I--" The other uttered a cry, and shrank back. "You know me?" was the exclamation. "I suspected that you were the young.lady who admitted me to the house up yonder, at the very first, miss." The other was silent for a few moments, and then said, slowly and earnestly: "You may wonder that I should have stopped you and told you about my father; but the truth is, he is cruel to me, and has never treated me as a father should treat a daughter. I am a patriot, and he knows it, and it makes him harder on me. Of course I would not want any


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 5 h?rm to come to him, as a result of what I have told you; but I felt that it woul{l not be right for me to let your general be deceived longer." when a young m a n of p e rhap s twe nty-one years of age stepped out from behind a tre e and leveled a rifle at him. "You have done right, miss and I assure you that I shall not let your father be harmed, if I can help it. Of course he thinks he is doing right." "Yes; I am sure he thinks so." Dick looked down at the ground and pondered. "I wonder what General Arnold wrote to your father ai:bout ?" he s aid, slowly. "It may _not have been anything important," said the gil'l. "General Arnold and some of hi s soldi e r s spent the night here a few weeks ago. They were e nroute "Stop, or die!" the young f ellow said, sternly. Di c k brought hi s hor s e to a s tandstill, and th e n the young m a n said: "I'll take the letter that girl gave you, if you please!" CHAPTER III. FOILING THE COWBOYS. to West Point, and it became dark just as th e y got here, Dick stared a t the speake r l.n amazement and so they stopped. Father entertained th e m and tre ated "Who are you?" he a s k ed. them nice, and it may be that your general ha s writt e n "None of your bus ines s Just throw that letter down merely a friendly letter, containing no information that here, if you want to save your life!" would be of use to the British at all." Dick eye d the young fellow keenly and searchingly H e "I hope that such is the case," said Dick. "If I could was sure that he under s tood the matter. This young man think that I would feel very well satisfied." was in love with Mis s Fosdfok, and had overhe ard the "I would feel better satisfied myself," said the girl. conversation between the girl and Dick, had s een her give "I thank you for what you have told me, miss; I will the latter the letter, and was d e termin e d to g e t it, s o as to tell General Arnold, and then he will be careful in th e keep it from r e aching the pe rson it was int e nded for future; and if he should write to your father, would not Dick was sizin g the young man up and wondering if put' anything in the Jetter that would be of value to the he would shoot. British, even though your father told them all that the He decided th e question in the affirmative. There was letter contained." a determined almo s t de s perate look on th e young fellow's "You are welcome, Captain Slat er-I h e ard you t e ll and in hi s eyes, and the Lib e rty Boy r e aliz e d that father your name-and now, I am going to a s k tha t you I if he made an attempt to get away without comply ing with do me a favor."\ I the demand mad e he would have to risk a bull e t. "Anything that you ask, mis s," was the prompt reply. Still Dick was determined not to give up the letter. The girl drew a letter from an in side pocket of the coat He had given the girl hi s promise that h e would de-she wore. liver the letter to the per son to whom it was a ddressed, "You brought a l e tter for my fath e r s h e said; "will and he was going to do it, if s uch a thing was you carry one back with you?" In order to gain time and get a c hance to do s omething "I shall be glad to do s o miss. The addres s i s on-it?" to c ounteract the advantage which the youth had over him "Yes." Dick began talking. stepped nearer and hand e d :11C 1etter to Dic k who "Why do you want the l e tter?" be a s k e d took it and looked at the name written there. "That is no busines s of yours," was the s narling reply. "Tom Wentworth," he said slowly. "I know him "I think it is; the letter was entrusted to my care, and "Do you?" The girl's face lighted up. "I am so glad! I do not feel like giving it up to you unless you can prove And will you hand the letter to him?" to me that you have a right to it. "I most certainly will, Mis s Fo s dick "I can do that easily enough." "Oh, thank you !" "Does your father know that yon have a patriot sweet heart?" asked Dick. "How?" "With this I" and he shook the pistol threateningly. Dick shook his head. "Yes," was th e reply. "Tom 's folks live onl y a mile from here. Fath e r was glad when Tom joined th e army, "That is no proof that you hav e a right to the ,letter; for he said he hope d to h e ar of Tom's death on some battlethat is s imply proof that you are trying to use force to field I" and the girl shuddered. secure what does not belong to you." "And I hope that he will live through the war to make "The letter may not belong to me now, but it soon will I you happy, Miss Fosdick." Hand it over!" "Thank you; and now, good-by." I The voice was exceedmgly and there was "Good-by" said Dick a grim look on the face and m the eyes of the young Then the' girl stepped out of the road and quickly disII man. appeared in the timber, and Dick rode onward. Dick realized that he was going to have to give the letHe had gone only about one hundr e d and fifty yards ter up, or take chan ces in retainin g possession of it. Of


6 'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AT WEST POI T. course it would be the latter, and he at once decided to The fo11r men saw him, but before Lhey c ould make a bring the affair to a head. to draw weapons Dick had them cove red. He s uddenly leaped off the hor se, and kept the animal "I'll kill the ffrst man that t'rje s to draw u between himself and t.he young fellow, who, having been he s aid, sternly. taken by surpris e by" the quick move, had not fu'ed. Exclamation s of joy e s caped the lip o of Mrs. The fellow was trying to get a shot at Dick; but the and Emma. Mr. Saunders looked relieved al so. Liberty Boy managed to keep hi s body sheltered pretty The four cowboys stared at Dick in dismay. well, and at the same time he drew a pi s tol. "You here again?" growled the one who had recejved He leveled it under the horse's neck and pulled the a thrashing at the youth's hands two d!!)7s be,fore. trigger. "As you see," was the cool reply. A wild yell of pain went up from the young man's lips, "Well, what do you mean by interfering in what does and he dropped the rifle a s though it had suddenly be-concern you?" come hot. "I am not doing so." Dick's shot had been an effective one, for it had struck "Yes, you are." the young man in the arm, br e aking it just below the elbow. "No; this concerns me. Mr. Saunders is a friend of "You have only yourself blame!" said Dick, then he mine, and I a.m not going to stand here and see you ms leaped into the saddle and rode onward at a gallop, leav-treat him." ing the young fellow sitting on the ground nll'sing his "You had better keep out of the affair!" savagely wounded arm. "I could not think of doing so." "I got out of that all right, after all," thought Dick. "You will wish that you had." "I was afraid I. was in for it, for that young man looked "Oh, I guess not. Just stop talking now, and do bat like a dangerous fellow." I tell you." Dick rode steadily onward, and mile after mile was gone "What do you want us to do?" sullenly. over. "I want you to free the hands of Mr. Saunders, and It was growing dark while he was yet two miles from of Mrs. Saunders and Emma also." the home of the Saunder s and he noted that a storm was The fellow hesitated, but a look into the stern, thrcat brewing. Lighting was fl.ashing in the west, and the deep ening eyes of the Liberty Boy was sufficlE'nt, and he rumble of thunder was heard. as he bad been ordered to do. "I will get to Mr. Saunders' before the storm breaks, I "Now, M1. Smmders," said Dick, "you remove the I think," he s aid to him s elf, and I g uess I might as well clothing of thes e four men and tie their hands, as they hlill stay there all night. "' done with you." When h e r eached the gate leading to the barnlot he "All right, Dick. I will do so." leaped down and ope ned it, and l e d the hori>e through and, He did so, and then turned. and to the stable. H e led ihe horse into the s table, unbridled the Liberty Boy. and unsaddled him, and then made his way to the house. "What next?" he asked. As he came opposite the window he looked in, and saw Dick pointed lo the pail and brush. a sight that filled him with anger. "Give them a good coat of tar," he ordered. Mr. Saunders stood in the middle of the room, stripped A look of pleasure came over the farmer's face, aQd he to the waist, with his hands tied together behind him. took up the brush and gave the cowboys a liberal doe At one side stood Mrs. Saunders, and Emma, her daughter, of tar. theirarms bound also. Standing near Mr. Saunders were "You fellows look fine now," said Dick, sarcasticaUy. !our rough looking men, and on the floor beside them was Their only reply was in the nature of groans. a pail filled with tar, and beside the pail was a bag of "Now the feathers, Mr. Saunders," said Dick. feathers. This brought a protest from the leader of the p rty. Looking closer, Dick saw that two of the men were the "You'll be sorry or this!" he said. fellows he had helped Mr. Saunders thrash a 'couple of "Oh, I don't think sP," said Dick, calmly. ."We are days before. Undoubtedly they had come there to get simply giving you a dose of your own medicine, that i all revenge. and I !iffi sure that we are justified in doing that." And again Dick was on hand to foil the rascals. "That is what I think," said Mr. Saunders. l\Irs. Saunders and Emma were begging the ruffians "Stick a lot of feathers on!" said Dick; "they will be not to put their plans into effect, but they received only pretty looking birds, to be sure." jeers and laughter in reply. The farmer did so, using up all the feathers th t were "I will have 1.o take a hand in this affair," said Dick, in the b:lg, and when he got through the four co laOys to h imse1f; "and I will have to be quick if I keep them were a sight. from giving Mr. Saunders the coat of tar and feathers." Now get out of here," said Dick; "and don't He drew two pistols and made his way to the door. :;ome this way again. "If you do, you will suffe He pulled the latch-string and pushed the door open. treatment than has bee11: accorded you this time."


THE LIBERTY BOY8 AT WEST POINT. 1 "How are we to go ? Are you going to leave our hands tied?" 'Certainly." "But. we want our clothes." 'Oh, yes I never thought of that." Then Dick and Mrs. Saunders tied the clothing of the four up in bundles and fastened the bundles to the men's wrists. "Now you get away from here," said Dick ; "and as I told you awhile ago, don't come back." The four muttered something unintelligible and stalked out of the house and away. It was just beginning to rain, un

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. the 'llory might have secured some information of value and carried it to the British general in New York. Then Dic'k told about having turned the tabl e s on the four cowboys, and when the youths heard how the four had been given a coat of tar and feathers they were de-lighted. "Served them right, Dick," said Bob; "jove, I wish I had been there to see that the job was well done." The other youths said the same. General Washington had been up th e river quite a ways for three days past, on a tour of inv e stigation, and he returned that forenoon. Just after dinner hi s orderl y came to the quarter s oc cupieC: by the Liberty Boys, and told Dick that the general wished to see him. He went to headquarters at once, and was given a kindly greeting by the commander-in-chief. "Are you willing to undertake a dangerous expedition, Dick?" the great man a sked. "Yes, sir," was the prompt reply. "Very well; I want you to go down into New York City and make the attempt to learn the plans of the British. They have kept quiet so .long that I am becoming suspicious that it bodes us ill. I wis h to learn if such is really the cas e." "I will go at once your excellency." "Very well; do so, Dick." Tie youth li s t e n e d to the in s truction s which the commander-in-chief had to give, and then left headquarters He went back to the Liberty Boys' quarters and began making preparations to start on the trip to New York City. Bob wanted to go along. "You must not think of going by your s elf, Dick," he said. "Yes, I'm going alone, Bob." "But think, Dick; you may get into serious trouble." "I'll risk it. I will be careful." "How are you going?" "On horseback." "Which side of the river are you going down on?" "This s ide." Dick went ahead and made his arrangements, and then bridled and saddled his horse and rode away from West Point. He was mounted on a splendid coal-black horse, a thor oughbred that he had captured from the British on Long Island two years before. He had rea son to believe that the animal had belonged to General Howe, who was at that time commander-in-chief of the British army in America. Onward rode the Libe:rty Boy. When supper time came he was almost even with the north end of Manhattan Island. He stopped at a farmou s e and asked if he could have s upper and feed for his horse. The a rou,gh looking man, said that he could. Dick alighted, and the man led the hor s e to the l:ltable and fed him. Then, in company with Dick, he went to the house. The woman of the house was not very prepos s essing in appearance, but Dick was used to seeing all kinds of people, and did not mind this. He ate heartily, and then paid for his supper, mounted hi s horse, and rode onward. Scarcely had he taken his departure when the man took down a rifle from over the fireplace and left the house. His wife did not say a word, but it was evident that she knew what her husband thought of doing. The man went through the timber and finally came to the road, which made a long bend after leaving his house. By cutting .through the timber he had been enabled to reach the road before Dick came along. It was now quite dark, but the villain-for such he was-was sure he could drop the hor s eman. The truth was that the fellow was a member of a cowboy band and he was going to do this work alone and secure Dick's horse, and whatever money and valuables the youth po s sessed. Presently the sound of hoofbeats was heard, and the ruffian cocked his rifle "I kinder hate to kill 'im," the villain said to himself; "but et's ther on'y safe way. I'm bound to hev that hos,, an' ther youngster has got some money, I know." Soon the horseman was almost abrea s t of the would-be assassin and the fellow leveled his rifle and took aim His finger pressed the trigger, and just as he did so the horse gave a snort, and leaped forward, and to one sid A rabbit had scurried across the road in front of the horse, frightened him, and thus saving Dick's life for the rifle cracked at thi s instant and the bullet that w ould have undoubtedly ended the youth's life missed him by at least two feet. Dick's first impulse was to stop, leap down and go and make the attempt to get his hands on the would-be assassin and then be decided that it would be as well to go on hi s way. "I escaped, and that is enough," he told himself "I would just lose time, and even if I got hold of him I would not give him the punishment he really deserves." Then he got to wondering who the person could have been. Of a sudden he thought of the man at whose ho-.1s e h e had eaten supper. "It would not surprise me if he were the man w ho did it," the youth said to himself. "He was a villa i nou s looking fellow, and his wife did not look much better than her husband." Meanwhile the would-be assassin, angry and disap pointed, was striding back toward his home. When he reached the house and entered his wife looked at him inquiringly. He shook his head "Missed 'im," he growled.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 9 "What I Ye missed 'im, Jeff Thorp?" in surprise; "an' he not more'n twenty yards away when yer shot at 'im !" "His hoss got skeered at some thin je s t a s I pulled trigger, an jumped an' the r bullet missed ther f e ller er yard; I'll bet." "Waal, thet is too bad, Jeff," said the woman, s haking her head; "I berle eve ye'd hev got er lot uv money ef ye hed brung im down." "So do I, an' ther boss is worth er lot Et was ther best hoss I ever seen in all my life." "Waal, y e los t yer chanst, Jeff." "Yas, but I wa'n't ter blame." The two talked as coolly a s though they w e re honest people, discus s ing di s appointm ent of a and legitimate natur e Ye hed ought e r kno c ked 'im on the t head while he wuz heer J eff, the woman s aid. "I guess yer right ole woman. CHAPTER V. DIC K JOINS THE BRIT!S H ARMY "Yes." "How old are you?" "Nine teen." Humph! You are old enough to ioin the army "Yes, I suppose I am. "Why don' t you do it, then?" "I'd like to ; but father and mother wouldn t want m e to do s o." "Why not? Ar e t hey r e b e l s ? "No; but they are afraid I might get killed." "ij:umphl You might fall in the creek and get drowned ; or the horses might run away and kill you. You are in about a s mu c h dang e r of getting killed on the farm as you would be in-th e army ." "That's so, I guess," s aid Di c k "Of course it is; and I think that a likely young fellow lik e you ought to join the army and help fight for the king." "I'd like to said Dick. He was thinking, while talking, and the idea came to him that it might be a good thing if he w e r e to join the Briti s h army He would thu s have a good chance to learn the intent ions of th e Briti sh. The s oldiers would talk and h e c ould listen and thu s acquir e th e very informa t i o n h e wis h e d to secure. I ll tell you wha t you do," said the r e dcoat; you come An hour and a half lat e r Di c k arriv e d a t a point op-alon g with m e whe n we get across, and I will take you pos it e the c it y o f N e w York. to m y capta in. H e will b e g l ad to enroll y our name T H e kn e w whe r e h r was, havin g been th e r e before. H e 1 know." was within a mil e of Paulu s Hook whe r e th e r e was a I A ll right; I'll d o i t," said Dick. ferry a cross th e H u dson river Th a t 's t h e way t o talk." Dick dis mount e d and ti e d his horse to a tree, u s ing The ferr y m a n approa c h e d now, and Dick paid hi s fare. a rop e a t l e a s t twent y f eet l o n g Thi s would p e rmit the Whe n ihe y reach e d th e s h o r e i.h e r e d c o a t a nd Dick left animal to graze ar ound o n i.he g rass. 1 th e boat a nd mad e th e ir way up into the city. Th e n he mad e hi s way in th e dir e ction of Paulu s Hook. Presen t l y Dick s c ompanion s t oppe d in fr o n t o f a build Dick was dre ssed in ordinary citizen' s clothing, and ing and trie d th e door. It opened to his tou c h and he looked like a farmer boy of th e regi o n l e d the way into th e hous e Di c k following. A walk of twenty-five minutes brou ght him to the A lamp was burnin g in th e h a ll and the s ound of voices ferry. a nd l a u g ht e r came from a room on the left. The boat was ju s t leavin g th e s hore, and Di c k ran Di ck's compa nion ope n e d t h e door o f this room and enswiftly down the bank and l eape d a board t e r cel, Dic k following. "Hello! What's your hurry?" growled a man a g ain s t It r e quir e d cons id e rabl e n erve on Di c k' s part to do this. whom Dick bumped. H e h ad been in N e w York several times b efore during the "I didn't want the boat to leave me," said Di ck. pas t two y e a r s o n s p y in g expeditions a nd his face had "Well, be more car e ful how you jump around I don' t become known to some o f the Briti sh. H e was taking like to be bumped into in such an unceremoniou s fas hion." chances in ventur i n g thu s into th e presence of a number "I am sorry," said Dick. "I did not do it purpo s ely." of Briti s h soldi e rs. "Oh, I know that." Th e r e w e re at l e a s t thirt y s oldi e r s and officers in the Dick noted that the man wore a Briti s h unif o rm There room, and they gave Di c k 's compa nion nods of greeting, was a lantern n ear by on the boat whic h mad e it possible while one a s ked: to see this much. "Who i s th e youngster Fran k ?" "Who are you?" the redqoat a sked, pre s ently. "Oh, a young chap who want s to join the army." "My name is Bob Burton r e pli e d Dick. "Ah, indeed?" "Where do you live?" "Yes; wher e i s the captain?" "About three miles away toward the northwest "He just went upstairs; will be bac k ri ght "What you going to the city for?" "All right; this young fellow i s Bob Burton, c omrades, "I want to see the British army." and he will soon be a comrade." "Oh, that is what you want, is it?" The soldiers nodded toward Dick, and some called him


LO LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. by the name, and said they hoped to become better ac quainted. Dick politely said he hoped so, too. they take a little walk on the street before going to bed, and thc> youth said he would be glad lo do so. "I would like to take a walk along Broadway after He was relieved to think that there was no one present night,'' he said. \ ;ho had ever sec'n him. At any rate, no one had acted ''Come along:" in u manner that would indicate that lhey had any snsThey wenl upon the ;:;[reel, and walkcu down Broadway picions regarding him. to Bowling Green. Then they crosseJ over an," he told himself. on the other side of Broadway. Presently an ottie:cr wearing the uniform of a captain Dick pretended to be delighted and impre ssed by cvcry-

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 11 ''I will ee.cape, I am sure.'' he said to himself; "but J will have lo be very careful, 01: I will not be able to geL s afely out of the city. Mr. Fosdick will tell who I am, and an alarm will be :>enl out, and every pos sible effort will be made to capture me." On Dick ran. He glaneed back, ::;aw that he was nearly a block ahead oI his pursuers, and then darted around a corner and bumped into a pedestrian with s uch force that both parties foll backward to the s idewalk CHAPTER VI. RECOGNlZED The person Dick had bumped against and upset was a '.British officer, a lieutenant He was a hot-headed, peppery fellow, and was on his feet as quickly as was the case with Dick, and wanting t.o fight. "Who are you?" he spluttered. "And why did you bump against me in such fashion, you blundering i"diot !" "!diot yourself retorted Dick ; "get out 6f the way "I'll teach you the angry lieutenant roared, and he leaped forward and struck at Dick with all his might. lustily. One of the heartie s t kick s he adminietered happe.r;ied to be upon the person of the colonel, and that officer was very angry, indeed, and returned the kick with in tere s t, besid e s talking to the lieutenant in a manner that was calculated to rnake him f eel an y oth e r way but happJ. "You have kicked a s uperior officer, sir, roated tlw colonel yo11 have kicked a s uperior officer, and I am going to hav e you co1irtmartialed, 1.hat i s what I am going lo do I'll tea c h you sir 'l'he lieutenant e xplained that he did not know that he was kicking any ofiicer, rn u c h less a s up e 1 ior one and apologized so humbly that the colonel r e lented and prom ised not tb have him c ourtmartialetl. '"rhank you, sir," s aid the lieutenant ; "but what is all this trouble about, anyway? Who Was that young fellow that upset me?" "A rebel spy, sir; he was, indeed, no other than the famous Dick Slater, the rebel spy and scout; and the cap tain of the Liberty Boys, as they are called .'' "Jove, I have a crow to pick with that fellow, if I ever get within reaching distance of him,'i frowned the lieu tenant. "He Upset me by running against me, first, aml then knocked me down afterward when I was going to get even with him. I would like to get a chance to square acrcounts with 11im." "Come along with us, then," s aid the colonel; "perhaps we may be able to run the rascal' down and capture him." His pursuers would be on the scene in a very few mo"I ] th k tl h h d ,, a Dick felt that he had no time to waste. t I c on t m iere is muc c ance o omg so, sa1 s. Mr. Fosdick. "He is out of sight now." The thmg to do was to get away from the spol at once,. "m .11 t t 0 11,,, d th. th L.b t B d t d t d 1 v e w1 try, a any ra e. ome on, a an is e i er y oy was e ermme o o. The youth ducked as the redcoat sprang at him, and four set out. down the street, and went in the the man's fist went over Dick's shoulder. Then out shot dnectwn taken by Dick. The.y kept a s harp lookout ahead the Libertv Boy's fist. and to the right and left, but did not again catch sight of Crack! the fugitive. It.struck the lieutenant fair between the eyes, and down They gave it up presently and paused and looked at one he went at full length upon the sidewalk. another in a chagrined and disappointed way. Dick did not lose another instant. "He has escaped," s.aid the colonel. He even now heard the patter-patter of running feet, "Yes, it i s useless to look further for him," said Mr. and knew his pursuers were near at hand. Fosdick. He dashed on up thr. street at the top of his speed The other two concurred in this view of the case. Around the corner came the redcoat who had been "Let us go to headquarters/' s aid the colonel. "We will chasing Dick He stumbled over the lieutenant, who was make our report to General Clinton who will no doubt just starting to scramble to his feet, and fell headlong. send out orders for the soldiers to keep a sharp lookout The next moment Mr. Fosdick and the colonel came for the rebel spy. That will make it a difficult matter for ning around the corner, and they, too, stumbled over the him to escape from the city and we11t down. "So it will,'' agreed Mr. Fosdick. The four were there struggling and kicking and calling These two then made their way toward headquarters, one another harc1 names. while the other two mad e their way toward their quar-It was a great mix-up. ters. The lieutenant was perhaps the maddest of the lot. He When the redcoat got back to hi s quarters and toid hi:; had been upset in the first place, had been knocked down comrades that the young fellow who had bee n th crr Urnt the :fist of the person who had run against him; and I evening, and had pretended to join the Briti s h army. now he hail been shtmbled over and upset by three more was no other than Dick Slater, the famou s patriot spy, nien, and it was enough to make him angry. they were amazed. He strugg l ed to get up, and kicked and struck ouit 1 They uttered exclamatiom of astonishment an

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. Farrell, the soldier who had introduced Dick into the building, was somewhat chagrined. His comrades laughed at him and joked him about his new recruit, all of which he took as good naturedly aS' possible. He knew it would do no get angry; in deed it would have been much worse for him, for his com rades would have laughed at him and made sport of him more than ever. Meanwhile what of Dick? After knocking the lieutenant down he had dashed on down the street at the top of his speed. He wished to get back to the Hudson river side of the city, and so he turned to the right at the first corner he came to, and ran in that direction. Dick soon came to Broadway and slowed down to a walk. He crossed this street and then made his way onward toward the river. He was not long in arriving at the ferry landing. He decided that to act boldly would be his best course, and so he strode on the ferryboat and knocked on the door of the little ferry house one end. The ferryman opened the door and recognized him as being the youth who haci. come across with him a couple of hours before. "Hello! Back again!" he exclaimed. "What do yo want?" "I want you to tl).ke me across the river." "But I thought you were going to stay in New York. I beard you tell that redcoat you were with that you wanted to join the British army." "The deuce! What do you mean?" the ferryman gasped. "What I say!" grimly. "Stop that boat and come back !" yelled one of the redcoats on the shore. "That young scoundrel you htve with you is a rebel spy, and if you don't come back we will have you arrested and hanged as a rebel sympathizer." "Hear that!" gasped the ferryman. "I must go back." "You will do nq,Ehing of the kind," sternly; "if you try to do so I will shoot you dead and run the boat my self. Just take your choice between the evils." "You would not dare shoot." "You will find your mistake if you make it necessary for me to fire," said Dick. "I am a patriot spy, just as they state, and for you to turn back would mean my capture and death; so you can see that I will not hesitate. In a case where it is my death or the other man's, it is the other man who must suffer, be sure of that." "I give up!" the ferryman said. "I will terry you across." "You are sensible." Dick kept a sharp eye on. the man, and held his pistol in : readiness for instant use, however. He was not willing to take any chances. The redcoats on shore, seeing that the ferryboat was not coming back, yelled threats that made the ferryman slliver. -"I'm in trouble," he said. "I have no doubt that I shall be arrested, and shot or hanged." "Not a bit of it!" said Dick. "They won't do anything Dick saw the man was somewhat suspicious, but he to you." kept perfectly cool, and said, quietly: "You think not?" "I have joined the British army." "You have, eh?" "Yes." "Why are you leaving the city so soon, then?" "I am going back home to tell my parents that I have joined the British army," was the reply. "Oh, that's it, eh?" 'Yes ; now take me across, will you?" "Certainly." The ferryman went to work, and a few minutes later the ferryboat moved slowly out from the landing. It had not gone more than one hundred feet before cries of "Stop Stop!" were heard; and a number of f

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 1 3 I him out to the road, mounted and rode away toward the north. He rod e onward for an hour, and then, feeling sure that h e was not in any dang e r of being overtaken by the r e d c oat s even if the y had secured horses after coming acro ss the riv e r, he s topped and went into camp. He rolled up in hi s blanket and was soon sound asleep. How long h e had s lept he did not know, but he was awakened along in the small hours of the morning by hearing voices. He sat up and listened. CHAPTER VII. A DARING CAPTURE. learned from the conversation that the two were soldier s who had been visiting at their homes, and were on their way back to New York. They passed on, and Di c k got up, bridled and saddled his horse, 'mount e d and rode onward toward the north. When daylight came h e s topped at a cabin beside the -road a nd asked if he could have breakfast there, and feed for his horse. He was told that he could, and his horse was led to the stable by an eighteen-year-old youth, while Dick en tered the hou s e and sat down to talk to the man, while the women folks were busy in the kitchen. Dick soon learned that the man was a patriot. He was glad to know this; it made it more pleasant for him, and he could speak more freely. When breakfas.t was over Dick bade the members of the family good-by and mounted his horse and rode on ward. The country was rough and the road crooked, and any thing but good s o it took the Liberty Boy until noon to get to West Point. Everything was quiet there. Dick went to headquarter s and as General Washing ton accompanied by Lafayette and Hamilton, had gone to Hartford to have an interview with Rochambeau, the youth report e d to Arnold. That officer li s t e ned with attention to Dick' s story. "So everything to be quiet in the city, eh, Dick?" he remarked; "well, I am glad that such is the case._ I hope the Briti s h may not make. an attack on West Point during the absence of General Washington." "I gue s s the fort would be ably defended sir," said Dick:, who admired Arnold for his dashing bravery. "Thank you, Dick s""id Arnold; but he seemed sad dened by the compliment, rather than pleased. Then Dick told him about having seen Mr. Fosdick down in the city in company with the British colonel. "That proves that he really is a Tory, General Arnold," said Dick. The officer nodded. "Yes, Dick," he said, with a sigh. "One hardly knows whom to trust these days." Dick did not think much about this a.t the time, but he remembered it afterward. Presently Arnold said : "I'll tell you what I wish you would do, Dick." t"What, sir?" "I wish you would take ten or a dozen of your Liberty Boys and go over across the river and down to North Castle, and capture this Tory, Fosdick, and bring him here a prisoner." "I will do so, sir," said Dick, promptly. "Very well. I will hold him a prisoner here until he sees the error of his ways. I will teach him that it does not pay to deal double with us." Dick left headquarters and went to where the Liberty Boys were stationed. He selected nine of the youths and told them to get ready to go with him. "Where to?" asked Bob Estabrook. "Over across the river." "And then where?" "To North Castle." "What are we going to do there?" "Capture the Tory, Samuel Fosdick." "Good That will be all right." The youths were soon ready, and made their way down to the river and got into a boat and rowed across to the east shore. They landed, tied the boat and made their way to the home of Mr. Saunders. They were given a warm greeting. "Have the cowboys bothered you any since the other night?" asked Dick. "No," said Mr. Saunders. "That seems to have squelched them." "But I tell John to be very careful ahd keep a sharp lookout," said Mrs. Saunders. "They are likely to come back. at any time." "They might do so," said Dick; "still they may be satisfied with what they have received, arid stay away." "I hope so," from Mrs. Saunders. Then Dick asked if Mr. Saunders could lend him some horses. "I have four you can borrow," the patriot said. "I will have to have six more. Where can I get them?" "We have a couple of patriot neighbors," said Mr. Saunders; "I you can get six horses from the two places." The homes of the two patriots were visited at once, and the horses secured. Then the youths mounted and rode away in the dirrec tion of North Castle. They were at the foot of the hill leading 'to the home


14: THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WES'r POINT. of Mr. Fosdick when a girl of eighteen years atiddenly appeared befo:re and motioned for them to stop. The girl was Mary Fosdick. ''Stop I" she said. "You must not go up to th!! house, Captain Slater." "Why not, Miss Fosdick?" asked Dick "For tha reason that it will ba as much as the of yourself and comrades will be worth." "How is that?" in surprise. "There is a company of British soldiars there, Captain Slater." "Ha! You say so, Miss Fosdick?" "Yes; they came here with papa this afternoon, when he returned from New York." "Are they troopers P" "Yes, sir." "I wonder why they have come up here P" "I am not sure, Captain Slater. I tried to overhear all that was talked about, buL could not do so. I think, however, that they intend to worry the patriots of lhe vicinity, and to, at the same time, be where they can go across to West Point, if an attack is made on the fort by the British." H waa quite a racr, IJlll tlal'lrnl'' s c ttll:l' put a stop to it. The British l1'0011er" roe.le buck 'tu I he Fo s dick home, diaappointed and disgusted, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. Pushing it up, they stood and listened for a few mopanions set out afoot, with the prisoner in their midst, and mcnts, to see jf the noise had been heard. were soon down at the river. It had not; at any rate, no sound was heard to indicate They got in the boat and rowek him some questions." Dick and Bob-who had come with him-bowed and withdrew. General Arnold went toward the door and fastened it, and then turned toward the prisoner. "You sPnt those fellows to make a prisoner of me, General Arnold?" the 'I'ory said. "I did." the Tory by the throat'. while Bob seized hi.m by the I "Why did you do it?" arms. Of course Mr. Fosdick was .awakened rnstantly,,1 "I'll tell you. Captain Slater told me that he had seen but'. he struggled_ ,to lumself, he could. I you .down _in New York City, and I wished to have an in do 1t, neither could he gne utteiance to a cry. Dicks terv1ew with you and earn what action General Clinton grasp was ioo tight, and the man could not utter so much is going to take in that matter-you know what I have as a gasp. reference to; and so I decided to send Dick Slater over That lie n>cognized Dick was evident, for there was an antl have him bring you here a prisoner, as this would angry glare in his eyes that proved this._ disarm suspicion." Bob quickly bound the man's arms together behind his "Ah, then I am to be permitted to go free?" back, and then Dick dextrously gagged him. "You will be permitted to escape," significantly. This done, they lifted the helpless Tory and carried him "I understand. Well, that is all right, then. But I out of the room, along the hall, and to the window, where was feeling anything but good, I assure you." they poked him out as if he we're a bag of oats or corn, "I don't doubt it. And now, what did you learn down and the three youths outside lifted him to the ground. in the city?" Then Dick and Bob followed, and the five walked away, "General Clinton is going to send a repre$entative up leading the prisoner. here to meet and confer with you relative to--the matter at They paused at the stable long enough to bridle and issue." saddle a horse and lead him out 0 the stable, and then they "Indeed vVho is to come?" placed the prisoner in the saddle, and made their way down "I think the messenger is to be a young officer by the to the foot of the hill, where the rest of the youths were name of Anderson." in waiting. "And do you know when he is to come?" Ten minutes later the entire party was riding away to"Yes, the day after to-morrow." ward the north. 1 Ah, indeed And how will he come?" They had succeeded in doing a most difficult and dar"Up the river on a sloop-of-war." ing thing. They had taken a prisoner and carried him "But he cannot come near West Point. The guns would away from a house in the upper rooms 0 which one hun-be turned on the vessel."

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. paced the floor, his hands clasped tightly behind his back, his eyes on the floor, a frown on his face. It was evident that his thoughts were not pleasant ones. "Shall I, or shall I not?" he asked himself. He paused and looked out of the window and across toward a large house which stood on an eminence on the opposite side of the river. This was the home of a loyalist by the name of Beverly Robinson, whose house had been confiscated, and where Arnold had installed his wife and baby boy, he going over there every evening and returning in the morning. He gazed at the house, shook his head, and resumed the work of pacing the floor. Undoubtedly the struggle was a bitter one, but at last the officer snapped his fingers and muttered something in an angry tone. "I'll do it!" he said, aloud; "yes, I have not been treated right by Congress, and I will revenge myself upon the members." That night Samuel Fosdick, the Tory, succeeded in makin g his escape, and it was never known how he man Hged it. There can be little doubt, however, that General Arnol d could have thrown some light on the subject had he wished to do so. "We will go after him and recapture him," said Dick, 'vhen at General Arnold's quarters next morning, but the officer shook his head. him go," he said. "He is probably out of reach, anyway; and I discovered, on talking to him last night, t hat he has really taken no active part against the pa triots. The officer he was with down in the city when you saw him was an old friend he had known in England." "But he told the officer who I was and did his best to help capture me," said Dick. "That may be; but he is beyond pursuit, so we will let him go." On the 29th General Arnold mounted a horse and set out down the river. He said he would be gone that day, and for the soldiers to keep close watch for the coming of the British. He did not volunteer any information regarding where he was going, and as he was the officer in command no one presumed to ask ar+y questions. He rode southward a distance of fifteen miles, and then paused and tied his horse in the midst of a clump of trees near the bank of the river. Then he took up his position where he could look far down the stream. "I wish the ship would come in sight," he said to him self, after he had been there an hour, watching in vain for the coming of the expected sloop of war-for it may as well be stated that Arnold had made up his mind to turn traitor, and had come down here to meet the messenger from General Clinton. At last he saw a vessel coming up the river. He watched it eagerly, and when it came opposite the point where he stood j;he vessel dropped anchor. Arnold knew it was a British s hip, though no flag was flying, and he doubted not that the messenger John Ander son was on board. All was quiet on the ship during the rest of the noon, and Arnold kept back out of sight and wait.ed as patiently as possible. At last darkness settled over all, and presently the would-be traitor heard the sound of oars. A little later he heard the sound of a boat keel grating on the sandy beach, and he walked out and found himself confronted by a young man who had just come a h ore from the boat. "Who are you, sir?" the young stranger asked. "My name is Gustavus," was the reply; "and "Is John Anderson." "Very good, Mr. Anderson; come with me." The young man turned and spoke to the men in the boat. "Wait liere until I return," lie said. "Very well, sir," was the reply. Then John Anderson turned and followed General Arnold up into the midst of a thick clump of trees, where they took seats on a blanket spread on the ground. The two at once began their negotiations. Arno ld, hav ing made up his mind to become a traitor to his country, agreed to the terms proposed by the represent:J tive of General Clinton. He agreed to take up the mammoth chain that was stretched across the river, and, under pretense o f fixing it, would take out a link and put in a piece of rope in stead, that would break when struck by a ship. In this way the British warships could ascend far enoug h to be in a position to bombard the fort at West Point. They had so much to talk about that daylight ca;ught them with their interview still unfinished and when John Ander .son went down to the boat the men refu sed to row out to the ship, they being afraid they would be seen and fired upon from the batteries at either side of the rive r Here was a pretty kettle of fish I John Anderson-ho was no other man than Major Andre, of course-and General Arnold hardly knew what to do. They finally decided to walk up the river a couple. of miles to the home cif a Tory by the name of Joshua Snnth, and finish their interview. They did this, and after having eaten breakfast, went to an upstairs room and talked of the matter that had brought them together. They decided that they might as well take their time, discuss the matter thoroughly, come to a full understand ing, and then when night should again they could go back down the river, and John Anderson could aboard ithe ship and sail back down to New York ll1 safety. Suddenly, however, they heard the booming of guns. "What does that mean?" exclaimed Arnold.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. The British officer rushed to the window and looked out an d down the river. "The rebels have opened fire on the sloop of war from the works on the other side of the river!" he cried. Arnold joined him at the window and looked out. "The ship is sailing back down the river I" he exclaimed. "Trqe !" was the groaning reply; "and I ain left be. h i nd I What shall I do ?" CHAPTER IX. "THE DIE IS CAST." Dick and Bob bad been down the river a couple of miles watching for the coming of the British ships, when they caught sight of the sloop of war, Vulture, the vessel that bro ught Major Andre up for the interview with General Arnold. They saw the ship to and drop anchor, and were gi:eatly interested. "I wonder why it has come up the river alone, Dick?" said Bob. "That is a question I can't answer, Bob." ''If there were a number of ships, then we could un derstand the matter; but I don't see why one little sloop of war should come up here." or I, Bob." They watched the vessel closely, but saw no boat put off from it, nor was there any stir on the ship itself, so far a s they could make out. As evening drew near they made their way back to West Point, and Dick went to headquarters to report to General Arnold. The officer was not at headquarters. "Ah, he has gone across to the house for the night, I suppose," he said to himself He asked the orderl y if this was the case, and that said no; that Gene ra] Arnold :J:iad not returned as yet from his trip down the river. "',rhat is rather strange," thought Dick. "I am afraid he has been captured." He went back and told the Liberty Boys about the mat t e r "It is more than likely that he is watehing the British ship, Dick," said Mark Morrison. "I don't think there is any danger that he has been captured." Dick was not so sure about this, however. He was uneasy, and so he named five of the Liberty Boys and told them to get ready to go down the river in searc h of Arnold. It did not take the youths long to get ready. they set out and made their way slowly south ward along what was known as the river road. This was the road Genera} Arnold had traveled, as Dif'k knew. It was quite dark, so they did not travel fast. They did not wish to hurry, however. They wanted to go slowly, and keep a close watch !for Arnold, or for some signs of him. They rode three or four hours, and then, feeling sure that they must be in the vicinity of the point where the British sloop of war was lying, they stopped and tied their horses to trees. Then they went down to the point where the battery was located and, passing the sentinel on being challenged entered the work and had an interview with the commander. He said that Arnold had not been at the works that day. He had not known that the commander of West Point had been down that way, until told so by Dick. Like Dick, he was somewhat uneasy. "The general may have been captured by some of the cowboys or skinners who infest the roads in this vicinity," he said. "That is what I am afraid of," said Dick. Then Dick asked the commander of the works what he thought of the matter of the appearance of the British ship. "I don't understand it," he replied. "If it is here in the morning and I can make up my mind that it is within range, then I will try a few s hots at it." "Was that the reason you did not fire at it yesterday afternoon-you thought it was out of range?" "Yes." Dick and the Liberty Boys decided to remain a.t the works the rest of the night. "We will want to be here in the morning said Dick. "We must find Arnold, if possible, and then we would like to try our hands at firing at the British ship. Will you let us have one of the guns to handle as we wish to, sir?" "Certainly, Captain Slater," was the reply. "I know you Liberty Boys are good gunners, and I will be only too glad to let you try your hands.'' "Thank you." The youths felt sure their horses would b e safe, tied in the depths of the timber, so they did not go back to look after the animals, but threw themselves down on blankets spread within the works, and were soon sound asleep. They were up bright and early next morning. They waited until it was light, for they wanted to see if the British 1 arship was still in sight; and when it grew light enough s o they could see, sure enough, there the vessel was. They ate their breakfast and then Jeft the works and went to where they had left their horses. The animals were there, and then the Liberty Boys made a trip to a farmhouse not far distant, and asked if a pa triot officer had been there the day before.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 'l'hey receivrd a reply in the negative and, disappointed 1 "The ship will be out of range before the gun can be and wond e ring, they made their way back to the works. reloaded, I think,'' was the reply. ''Did you h0ar anything of General Arnold?" the 0omThe gunners hastened to reload th0 weapon. aud rh0n mander askl'd. Dick sighted and fired again. lrnt tlw frll s hort. 'l'he ot a thing," 8aid Dick. ship was out of range. "Well, what arr you going to do now? Do you wish "Well, we did them u little damage, anyhow,'' Bob to try yom himcncr of the "Very good; select your gun and go to work." ship, but could not come to any Jeci8ion regarding it. Dick specified the gun that he would like to use, and After they had finished discussing the mattPr Diek l-'aid then the commandt>r ordered it to be loaded. he and his comrades must be going. o.f the gunners hastened t.o load the piece. ''Now try your luck," said the commander, with a smile. "Let us if you can bit the ship." "We will take a trip around in \'icinity :ind tr.r lo get some news of General ArnolJ," he said. They bade the commander good-by uncl took th0ir dc parture. When they reached the spot where the horses had brrn 'left the animals were found there, Rafe an

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WES'.r PO!NT. .. 19 n \ ." he s aid to himself; s o l cannot see that there chance for me to draw back. No; I mu t go on 11y I h ave s tarted. There can be no turning back The die i s ca st!" Folding the letter Arno!d placed it in hii; pocket, re marked calml y that a matte r of'. importance called him acro ss the river to We s t Point, but that he would return a s quickly a s possible and m eet the commander-in chief, he ro s e and e xcused himseH a nd left the room, first telling his ordel'ly to see to it thal hi s barge was manned at once, s o that he c ould be row e d the river. CHAPTER X. His wife excu s ed herself an

.20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT They bent to the oars, and rowed downstream" at a good "And so am I," said Arnold. Then a thought struck speed. him, and he signaled to the men in the boat to return., "Five, ten, fifteen miles were gone over, and then, on They turned about and returned, wondering what was. rounding a bend in the stream a sloop of war came in up now. sight. "Perhaps tht; general has finished his business and is It was the Vulture, as Arnold knew at a glance. going, back right away," said the man at the tiller. His heart thrilled with joy. When they came alongside the ship, however, Arnold He was to escape after all. told them to wait, that he was going to write a short letter Tlie man at the tiller looked at Arnold, and said: to the commander-in-chief, and wished them to take it "That's a British vessel, isn't it, General Arnold?" back with them aiid deliver it. "Ye s," was the calm, cold reply. He went to the cabin, was given paper, quill and ink, "And are we to go near it?" in a tone of fear. and sitting down, he wrote a short letter to General Wash" You will put the boat alongside," coolly. ington. "But--" He told the commander-in-chief tha.t Mrs. Arnold was "There are no 'buts' about it. You will do as I say. wholly innocent of any complicity in the unfortunate affair, I have business to transact with the commander of that that she had known nothing about it until he told her that vessel." morning just before fleeing, and implored him to either The man said no more, but it was evident that he and permit her to return to her folks in Philadelphia, or to his comrades did not know what to think. They were come to him ( .A,mold) in New York, as she might elect. pretty thoroughly frightened, too. Having written this letter, he sealed it and took it out Presently they brought the boat to alongside the British to the rail and droped it to the men in the boat. vessel, and when the rope ladder was dropped Arnold went "Deliver that to the commander-in-chief as soon as you aboard. arrive at headquarters, without fail," Arnold said, impress"You may return with the boat, Renfro," said the traii;ely. "It is very important." tor, looking down at the men from the sloop of war's rail; "We will do so, sir," was the reply, and then they rowed "I will not be going back until to-morrow." away up the stream. Without a word the men bent to the oars, and turning The ship got under way at once, als and sailed down the boat's head, rowed back up the river. the Hudson. When they were out of earshot of the men on the deck When it came opposite to the lower end of the city of of the British ship they discussed the strange affair won-New York.the ship dropped anchor, and General Arnold deringly. was sent ashore in a boat. "I don't understand it," said the steersman. "I must A couple of officers'were with him, and they conducted say that if it were anybody else but General Arnold I would him to Fraunce's tavern, which was being used as head.: think he were going over to the British." quarters by General Clinton. "That's what I would think, too," from another; "but Arnold was conducted to the general's private room at surely General Arnold, the 'fighting general,' would not do once, and was introduced to the British commander-inanything of the kind!" chief by one of the officers. "No; I think not. He must have some business with "What is that? You are General Arnold whom Major the commander of the British ship, and they are going to Andre went up the r,iver to meet and confer with?" transact it under a flag of truce." the general. "And wh,.ere, then, is the major?" Meanwhile what of General Arnold? "He has been captured, sir," replied Arnold. The commander of the ship was not pers

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. 21 "Yes; he had a number of documents in my hand-I They landed and hastened up the slope and were seon writing, and so I was forced to flee for my life." within the works. "Too bad I I am sorry for you, General Arnold, ancl The first person they encountered, after passing the sendoubly sorry for Major Andre, who was as fine a young tin.els, was Dick Slater. fellow as ever drew his sword for the king." Dick and the commander-in-chief "I liked his appearance very much," said Arnold. "Is General Arnold in the headquarters building, Cap-"He made a mistake," said General Clinton. "I told tain Slater?" him to be sure and not disguise himself or accept any Dick looked surprised. papeTI? of any kind, for I was afraid he might be captured "He is not here, sir," he replied; "he did not come 01 cr and the papers might fall into the hands of the rebels. this morning." Well, it can't .be helped now. I will enter into negotia"He did not?" in surprise. tions with the commander-in-chief of the rebel army and "No, sir." try to secure the major's release." "Why, he left the house more than an hour ago and or-Arnold shook his head. dered his barge manned, stating that he was coming ov cr "I fear you cannot secure his release," he said; "unless, indeed, you would tell him that will-give me in exchange." General Clinton's lips curled in scorn. ,.;. "I am an offiiter. and a gentleman," he said; "and I would not be guilty of such an act. Major Andre is un fortunate, and his life will no doubt pay the forfeit; but I could not and would not turn you over to certain death to save ,my own agent. You are safe, sir-safe under the protection of the British flag." "Thank you," said Arnold, drawing a long breath of relief. The truth was, that he had been assailed by the fear that the British commander-in-chief might offer to give him up to Washington in exchange for Major Andre, and the thought had worried him greatly. Now, however, he felt better. He realized that he was sale. he was far from feeling happy. He was a traitor, and-he felt like one. here." "He did not come, sir." The commander-in-chief looked puzzled, as did his companions also. "That is strange," he said. "I saw a boat go down the river more than an hour ago, sir," said Dick; "possibly that was General Arnold's barge." "Quite likely; he has gone down the river to inspect the water batteries at the ends of the great chain, likely." General Washington and hisi staff remained at West Point till nearly 'noon, and then went back to the Beverly Robinson house. As they approached the house they were met by Alexander Hamilton, who acted in the capacity of private secre tary to the commander-in-chief. He seemed somewhat agi tated, and said to the general : "I wish to see you in private, your excellency, and at once." The commander-in-chief excused himself to the officers of his staff, and went into the house and to the library with Hamilton. "General Washington," said Hamilton, in a very sober and impressive manner, ''.I fear that I must, in dischargCHAPTER XI. ing my duties as your secretary, give you a great shock." "What is it?" the great man asked. "Tell me quickly." WASHINGTON LEARNS THE TRUTH. "I will do so, sir; I have evevy reason to believe that General Arnold is a traitor!" When General Washington, accompanied by Lafayette NWhat is that? General Arnold a traitor? Impossible, avd Knox, arrived at the Beverly Robinson house that my deai Hamilton! Impossible!" .fuorning he found that all had breakfasted; so the three Hamilton shook his head slowly sat down and ate. "So I would say, were it not that I had been confronted He was tohJ. that General Arnold had been called across with the truth, sir," he said, slowly. to West Point, and, not having learned that Mrs. Arnold "The Then show me the proof and I will be-was in hysterics-the nursemaid having been cautioned by lieve it, and not before!" Arnold to keep the matter quiet, before he left-he sus"Here it is, sir," and the secretary handed the com-pectea nothing, and, accompanied by all the members of bis some papers. suite, save Hamilton, went across the river. General Washington looked at the documents-one of No salute was fired from the guns as they crossed the which was a diagram showing the defenses of West Point river, and this surprised the commander-in-chief and the -all in the well known handwriting of Arnold, and then other officers not a little. I he looked at Hamilton with a face that was pale and "It must be that they have not seen us," said Knox; I set. . "though I don't see how they can have failed to do so." "Where did these papers come from?" lie asl{ed:...


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POIN:T. "From Colonel Jameson, sir; here is the letter he sent I "Go to Mrs. Arnold," hr said, "and tell he1 that though with them. He has captured a British spy, one John An-1 nly duty required that. no means :-;bould be negle

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WES'r POINrr. 23 W}1en he ha'd attended to this work he seni for Dick from shore i ill we are opposite the point where we wish to Slater. land." "I have some work for you, my boy," he Bai,l, when Dirk put in an appearance. CHAPTEL{ XII. DICK ANLl BOB IX YOP.K. "What is the work, :0ir asked Die:k. Ith; this: Arnolible ehancc or <:aprnring him and bringing him away from the e:ity." Dick's eyes brightened. "1 shall be only loo glad lo make the attempt to do thi work, sir," he said. 'o I thought: when will you start, my boy?" Hight away, sir." ''How will you go?" By boat, 1 believe." i l ; and then we can era w l in toward the sharp slow l y and br very careful. In that way we ought to be able to make a landing in safety." ''We will try it, at any rate." Bob began making preparations now, and it was plait) that he was delighted. 'Say, let me go, too, Dick," said Mark Morrison. ''llnc1 you vos petter led me go, Tick," said Carl Gook e11spieler, the Dutch Liberty Boy. "Oh, phwat's dhe matter wid yez, Cookyspiller?" said Patsy Brannigan in impreme scorn. "Shure an' dhe only l"ing yez conlcl do would be to load down dhe boat. Yez 11rrnld be no good fur innythin' else, begorra." ''I rnuld be shoost mueh good a.s vat you vould be, Rn.>y Prannigan." '' :Y ei.ther of you would help us," said Bob; "so shut up You are not going along." "Shure an' thot setthles it, Cookyspiller," sai d Patsy; "yez are not goin', d'ye moind thot ?" Dick and Bob were ready before supper time, and when they had eaten they bade their comrades good-by and 'Yent down to the river and got in the boat and pushed off. Bob took the oars, while Dick s!t in th(> stern and guided the boat. "That will be the safest and best, likely." "I t,hink so... It was not yet dark, -so they were in no hurry. They 'J'h ] h' .r D' k f rlh verl:v Robinson house. It was not yet dark, .so they were. m no hurry. They 'What arc you aoina do Dick?'' asked Bob who saw

24 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS AT WES'J.' POINT. Closer and closer to the shore drew the boat. At la s t Bob ceas ed rowing and b a cked water gently. The n of a s udd e n the boat 's prow s truck the s andy shore. 'fhe b o at had b e en moving s o s lowly that the jar was scarc e l y folt, howe v e r, and the youth s sat perfectly s till and lis t ened intently for at l e ast two' minutes. Not a Round did th<;y hear save a dis tant rumbl e a s of vehi c les on a hard s treet. "I g uess we have not been heard," whispered Dick; "let's g e t out." "All right," whi s pered Bob, and the n he shipped the c1ars, b e ing car e ful not to let them rattle or knock again s t the siclrs o f the boat. This done, he got up and carefully stepp e d a s hore, and Dick followed. They pnlled the. boat up out of the wat e r and felt around till they fo11nd the corner pos t of an old, unused wharf, and to thi s thry t.ied the painter. "Now come along, Bob," whi s pered Dick; "but as you value y our liberty don't make any noise!" "I'll be c are ful, old man." They moved up the bank, and were soon at the top of it. Here they pau s ed and wait e d and li s tened They knew there mu s t b e s entinels along the river front. Sure enough, they heard the measured tread of a sentine l almo s t immediately. "Lie down and keep perfectly qui et!" whispered Dick. '\;"He will pas s near u s." f' They lay down and remained qui e t and the s entinel walked pa s t within three yard s of t hem without s o muc h 11s su spec ting that any one was ther e When the s entinel had pa ssed and was twenty away the youths rose and stole across the fellow's beat and made th eir way into and up a street leading toward Broadway. It was not far to Broadway, and they were soon on thi s s treet. It was now half-past ten, but the street was thronged. Citi zens and s oldiers, men and women, youths and maid e ns were promenading the street, a nd Dick and Bob took th eir place a nd moved along, wat c hing and listening. They wiR h e d to l e arn where Arnold had taken up quari cr s if and to thi s e nd they pau s ed when e v e r they camr upon a group of men talking, and li s tened to their cnnvr.rsation. The Lib e r t y Boys found that the main matter under tliRcussion, in mos t instances, was the trea s on of Gen e ral Arn o ld and th e capture of Major Andre. Of course great s orrow was expres s ed that the plot had failed and that Andre had been captured. The majority of the c itizen s in New York at that time were Tories, and those who were not were not saying anything, so there wrre no arguments. All were of the same opinion. Dick and Bob listened to these conversations with in terest. Thry l e arned some things about the plot that they had not suspected, and their hearts burned with anger against the traitor Arnold. -"He ought to be hung, Dick!" whispered Bob, as they walk e d on, after listening to the conv e r s ation of a group of Tories and redcoats. "So h e ought, Bob; but I can hardly r e concile mys elf to the thought that Arnold ha s proved to b e a traitor He was s uch a brave and da s hing s oldi e r that it i s difficult to think of him other than true-h earte d and patriotic." "Yes, it i s hard torealize it, Di c k ; but w e know it to be a fa c t that he i s a traitor, and I for one would like to see him hanged." "I would lik e to know that h e was hung, but would not like to see it done:" They ceas ed talking now and paused to li s ten to the versation of another group. It was merely a repetition of what they had already heard The people all s eemed to think alike "What do you think they will do with Major Andre?" asked one of the members of the group. "I think h e will b e hanged," s aid another "Do you really?" "Yes." our people hanged Nathan Hale, a rebel s py, right in this city, as you all remember, and now that t11e reb e l s have got hold of Andre they will serve him the same way." "Jove, that will be bad! Andre is a fine fellow!" "So was Nathan Hale, but our peopl e hanged him. "Humph I Are you a rebel?" "No; but I am an honest man and I hope a just one. What I have just said i s the truth, and I a m not ashamed of it. Nathan Hale was a fine young man." Dick and Bob felt like patting this speaker on the back and telling him that he was all right. He was an honest and just man, even though he was a Tory. "Well," said another of the group, "I hope that And1'e will suc ceed in making hi s escape." "So do I s aid the man who had spoken s o boldly. "I hop e that he will escape the death that is threatening him, but I am afraid he will not." Suddenly one of the members of the group turned quickly He was a British s oldier, and as his face wa:> turned toward Dick the youth recognized him. He was. no other than Frank" Farrell the redcoat with whom Dick had taken the walk th e la s t time he was down in the city, when he had been seen and recognized by Mr. Fosdick. The redcoat recognized Dick at the same instant and gave utterance to an exclamation. "Dick Slater!" he cried. CHAPTER XIII. THE YOUTHS MEET ARNOLD. Few redcoats had not at that period heard of Dick Slater. He had been in the patriot army more than four ye,,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. and dur ing that time he had done a wonderful amount It was Benedict Arnold, the traitor of scouting and spying, and had indeed made himself so "There he is, Dick!" whispered Bob, his voice trembling. famouse that he had been given the title of "The Cham"Yes, Bob." pion Spy of the Revolution "He is going to his quarters, old man." A price had been placed on his head three years before "I judge so." by General Howe, when he was commander-in-chief of the "We must follow." British army in America, and it was still standing. "Yes." Ther e fore when the British soldier uttered the name "'l'his gives us the chance we were looking for." "Dick Slater," the attention of the other redcoats and "So it does." Torie s was attracted The traitor and his escort had now got half way up the They whirled and glared at Dick and Bob eagerly, ex-block, and Dick and Bob left the doorway and walked citedly. slowly along, keeping about the same distance behind Dick and Bob had been taken by surprise, for they them. were not expecting to encounter any one who knew either The youths followed until they saw the traitor and his o f them ; but they were not the youths to let their surprise escort enter a house well up toward the Common-now kee p t hem from acting promptly. c alled City Hall park. The y gave a quick glance around them They advanced and took a good look at the house, and The y were near a cross street-it was Wall Street, in at those all around it, so that they would have no difficulty fact and quick as a flash they darted away and bounded in finding it again,, and then they walked slowly away. dow n t h is street When they had gone a block they paused in a dark door" A f ter them!" roared the redcoat who had recognized way and began di s cussing the situation. Di c k ; they are rebel spys After them, I say!" They wondered if it would be possible for them to capInstantly the group div:ided up into its individual parts ture the traitor and carry him away. If they could do t>.nd d o w n th e street the members dashed in hot pursuit. this it would be a great achievement. The trouble was D ick and Bob were splendid runners and so were enabled that they did not see how they were to accomplish it. to gradually leave their pursuers behind, They did not wish to do anything that night, and so The s treets were so narrow and crooked that they had they inade their way to a small inn on a side street and a good chance to twist and turn, and even double on their 1 entered and asked if they could secure a room for t4e pursuers, if they liked, and presently they had succeeded night. iJ?. throwing the redcoats and Tories entirely off the track. They were told that they could, and a littlie later they Having done this the youths made their way back yp were in bed and asleep. Broadway and resumed the w9rk of listening to the con-They were up early next morning, and when they had versation of variou s groups. Now, however, Dick was careeaten breakfast they went out upon the street ful to .,keep his hat pulled well down over his eyes, so as By keeping their hats well pulled down ?Ver their faces to avoid being recognized in case he should be seen by any the youths thought that they would be able to avoid being one else who knew him. recognized. Of course there was not much danger that The news that a couple of rebel spies were in the city Bob would be recognized, but with Dick it was different. had spread rapidly, and the youths found that this was There were quite a number of British officers and soldiers occupying the attention of the citizens and soldiers to in New York who knew him by sight. almost as great an extent as was the Arnold-Andre affair. They picked up quite a good deal of information during Dick and Bob became fearful that they would be recog-the day and evening. nized a second time, and so decided that the best thing They learned that it was not the purpose of the British they, do would be to get off Broadway and keep out to go up the river and make an attack on West Point. of s ight. This had been contemplated, but the capture of Andre They left Broadway and made their way down in the had caused tl;te plan to be abandoned, as it was known that direction of British headquarters, which was at Fraunce's the patriots would be on their guard. tavern itt the junction of Pearl and Broad streets. The main idea of the British commander-in-chief just They took up their station on the opposite side of the at this time seemed to be the saving of Andre from the street in a dark doorway and watched headquarters. death that was threatening him. They hardly hoped to be able to learn anything of value This was a problem that seemed impossible of solution. b y doing this; but it was about the best they could do unAbout nine o'clock that evening Dick and Bob were der the circumstances. moving along Broadway, and suddenly Dick felt some one's Presently they were given cause to be glad they had hand fall heavily upon his shoulder. come to this place. He whirled, and found himself face to :face with BeneThe door of the tavern opened, and a man, accompanied diet Arnold, the traitor. The latter had his hat pulled by half a dozen British soldiers, came forth. I well down over his face, but both Dick and Bob recognized The youths recognized the man him instantly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT "Step into this doorway here, boys," said Arnold. "I/ told .you as an excuse, but simply to answer the wish to speak to you." quest10n which Dick asked." The Liberty Boys were so amazed that they accompanied into the doorway, where the shadows were thick e nough to veil them from the gaze of passersby, without a word. "I have been looking for you, Dick," said Arnold. "You have?" said Dick. Bob did not speak. "Yes; I wished to hav. e a talk with you. I heard that you were in the city last night, and I made up my mind that you would remain a day or two. Now, I am not going to ask you boys to be charitable, and not judge me too harshly. I have made my bed, and am willing to lie on it; but I wish to ask a few questions, and if you will an8wer them I will be much obliged." "Go ahead," said Dick, coldly. Now that be was stand ing by the traitor's side he realized the enormity of the man's crime, and a feeling of repulsion came over him. "First," said Arnold, "I wish to ask how my wife is getting along." "She was feeling pretty well when we left there," was the reply. "I am glad to hear that; and now, Dick do you know whether she intends joining me here in New York?" "Yes; I heard General Washington say that your wife was to be sent here." A sigh of relief escaped the lips of Arnold. "Yon have lifted a great load from my heart," he said. "I wrote to General Washington to let her come here or go to Philadelphia, but I did not know which she would do." Arnold asked Dick a number of questions, and as none of them had any political significance Dick did not hesi tate to answer: When Arnold had :finished asking questions Dick said: "Pe1h.aps I ought not to ask you, General Arri.old, but I would like to know very much why you-well, why you--" "Out with it, Dick," said Arnold, in a rather bitter tone of voice; "don't be backward. You wish to know why I turned traitor." "Yes," said Dick. "That is what I would like to know. I can hardly understand the matter." Arnold was silent a few moments, and then. said, slowly and sadly: "There have been so many things which have contributed to bringin g about my action, Dick, that it would be diffi cult to answer your question s pecifically I will only say that if any one thing contributed more than another to the unfortunate affair, it was the action which Congress has always taken toward me. It has never treated me right Dick." "That is no excuse or your turning traitor and try ing to ruin the cause for which we have all been laboring so hard and so long!" exclaimed Bob. "True, Bob; you're right," said Arnold "I have not They talked awhile longer, and then Dick said: "How about it, General Arnold? Are you going to give the alarm and have us captured?" "No, Dick; so far as I am concerned, you boys are free to leave the city. All that I ask is that in years to come, when you hear people speaking scathingly of the traitor, Arnold, you will occasionally tell these people that you do not believe that Arnold was all bad." "Oh, we d

1rHE LIBER'l1Y ;BOYS AT WEST POINT. 27 With Andre in the hands of the patriots, the fate of the two patriot spies, if caught, would be certain. Noth ing onld please General Clinton more than to get his hands on the famous Di ck Slater right at this time. He wou! know that General Washington would almost be .villina to exchange Andre for Dick. l this fla1:1hc

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WEST POINT. "Well, that makes you safe. We are patriots, and we were greeted by General Clinton and his staff, and by want to borrow a couple of horses to ride to West Point Arnold. j on." The meeting between husband and wife was affecting to "You can have them; but how will I get them back?" say the least, and the sympathy of all for the woman was "We will send them back in a day or two." profound. "Very well; who are you?" A little later Mrs. Arnold went to the apartments that Dick told him. had been given Arnold, he riding with her in the carriage, "I've heard of you, Captain Slater. You are welcome and when this was finished Dick and the Liberty Bo: to the horses. You might take them whether I consent given quarters in a large house near by. or not; so I may as well lend them to you and risk the They went over, on invitation, and spent an hour in the luck of getting them back." company of General Clinton and his staff. The British The man went out to the stable with the youths and officers were greatly interested in the handsome, bronzed helped bridle and saddle the horses. American youths. They had fought against the Liberty When this was done the youths mounted and rode Boys on more than one battlefield, and they glad of away. this opportunity to see the young. fellows at close range, They reached the Beverly Robinson house just as the and when they were not so savage looking as in the heat sun was coming up, and, leaving the horses at the stable, of battle. they went to the house and Dick asked if General Wash"You boys don't look dangerous," said one of the Britington was up. ish officers, with a smile. "Yes," was the reply. "He is at breakfast." The Liberty Boys laughed, and said that they were not The o:rderly then went and told General Washington so very dangerous. that Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were there, and the "We simply fight the best we know bow for the great commander-in-chief at once ordered that plates be laid cause we love so well-the cause of liberty," said Dick. for them. T his was done, and they were told to come in I "We do our duty as best we can." and take breakfast "No one can find any fault with you for doing that," They were pleasantly by the officers, and then I was the reply. the commander-in-chief asked Dick what he had to reWhen the youths went back to their quarters they talked port. the affair over, and said that the Briti s h officers were not such bad fellows after all." Dick told him all, and when he told him about having seen Arnold, a11 listened with interest. "He was a brave man and a das hing officer, but he ha s gone wrong," said General Was hington; "and now, if we can possibly do so, we must get hold of him and hang him." After breakfast General Washington called Dick to one side and asked him if he wished to have charge of th e party that was to e s cort Mrs. Arnold down to New York City. "I sh\).11 be pleased to do so, sir," was the reply. "Very well; and the escort may as well be made up of your Liberty Boys." "Will yoY. send an orderly across the river to tell ten of the Liberty Boys to come over here, sir?" "I will, Dick." "Thank you." Dick and Bob went upstairs and slept two hours. Then they were awakened and went downstairs to find the party ready to start. There was a carriage for Mrs. Arnold, and a driver, and "It's only when they are on the battlefield, actually engaged in fighting, that they are bad," s aid Dick; "and that is the way they look at us." Next the Liberty Boys returned to West Point and reported to Washington that they had escorted Mrs. Arnold s afely to her husband, and that they had been treated splen didly by the British while in the city under the of the flag of truce. Major Andre was executed as a spy October 2, 1780. THE END. The next number (163) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' TERRII}LE TUSSLE; or, FIGHTING TO A FINISH, by Harry Moore. the twelve Liberty Boys were on horseback. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly They set out at once, and the officers and soldiers waved 1 t If t bt th f th h dk hi f M A Id 1 h are a ways m prm you canno o am em rom any e1r an ere e s to rs. rno as ong as s e was m sight, to show their good will toward her. newsdealer send the price in money or postage stamps by The party made its way steadily along, and late that I mail to FRANK TOU.SEY, PUBLISHER, 24 evening they reached New York City. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copjes They went at once to British headquarters, where they you order by return mail.


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; THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the A.1nerican Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. faithful account of the exciting adventures of a. brave ba.nd of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the ga.lla.n t ca use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pa,ges of "'reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. LA TEST ISSUES: 112 5 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put."; or The Escape at Horseneck. 86 The Liberty Boys' _Indian Friend o r The R e d skin who Fought for l 26 'l'he L\berty Boys Bugle Call ; or, The Plot to Poison \Vashington. Inde pendence. 127 'l'he Libe r.ty Boys and "Queen Esther"; or, The Wyoming Valley 8 7 The Liberty Boys "Going it niind": or. Taking Big Chances. . . 88 The L iberty Boys' Black Band: or, Bumping the British Hard. 128 f,he Libe1 Boys Ho1se 01.' On the Hig. h of Santee S\9 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Hurry Call ; or, A Wild Dash to Save a 129 Boys and Aarou Burr' or, Batthng for lnde pend 90 Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The Beautiful M aid of the 1 3 0 'l'he L.iberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox"; or, H elping ]\fountain. 131 ?;he Liberty Boys and Ethan A}.len,: or, Old and Young Vet:,erans .. 91 The J,!berty Boys' Brave Stand: or, Set Back but l'iot D efeated. 132 Ihe L i b erty Buys and the I"mg s Spy; or, Diamond cut Dia9 2 'l'h e Liberty Boys "Treed": or, Warm \York in the Tall Timber. mond. 03 'l' h e L i b erty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 94 'l' h e J,iberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Benning-134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the l'riso n ton. Ships. 95 The Liberty Boys in l'iew J ersey ; or, Boxing t h e Ears of the Brit 135 The L i berty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the King' s ish Lion. Statue !)6 The Libertv Boys' Daring: or. !\ot Afraid of Anything. 136 'l'he Liberty Boys and l'iathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, 'l'he Moye that J!uzzled the 137 The Liberty Boys' "Minute Men"; or, The Battl e of the Cow British. Pens. 08 'l'h e Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Time s on Harle m Heights. 138 The Liberty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled Hi 99 The Liberty Boys in New York; or, H elping to Hold the Gre11t 139 The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek ; or, Routing the R e dcoats 1 City. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 100 'l'he Liberty Boys' Big Risk; o r R eady to 'l'ake Chances. 141 The Liberty Boys in Richmond; or, F ighting 'l'raitor Ar no1d. 101 The Liberty Boys' D!ag -Net; h auling the R e dcoats In. 142 'l' h e Liberty Boys and the T errible Tory or Beating a Bad 102 ;1;he Boys', 'I\ l 'ast for the British. Mau. 103 Ihe L1beity Boys Lucky Blunder or, Ihe .l\1ist11k e that H elpe d 1 43 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight or Winning with the Enemv's 'Tll e m "r .. 104 ;\he L iberty Boys,' or, S1>ringing a Big Surprise. 144 The Boys in Georgia: or, Live ly Times Down South 105 Ihe L1.berty Boys '?.r : the Enemy. 145 'l' h e Liberty Boys' Greatest Triumph: or, The March to Victory 106 '\he Li.b e 1 .ty Boys Hit,. o r tbE! Redcoats 146 The Liberty B oys and the Quaker Spy: o r. Two of a Kind. 107 'Ihe Boys 'I\ lid IIlshman or, A Lively Lad from 147 'l'he Liberty Boys in Florida: or, Prevost' s Anny. Dnblrn. ,. J Wh t Tb W L 148 The Liberty Boys' Last Chance: or, i\ Liberty .Boys lD Quakertown ; o r Makmg 'l'bmgs Lively m 114 'l'he Liberty Boys Missing; o r Lost in the Swamps. l h1la d elphia. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How The y Won It. 156 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise. 116 'l' b e Liberty Boys Deceived; or, Tric ked bu t Not Beaten. 1 5 7 'l'he Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery: or, "Liberty or D eat. h 117 The Li.b e r t y Boys and the Dwarf: o r A Dangerous Enemy. 15 8 The Liberty Boys Against the R e d D emons; or, Fighting the !ndian 118 'l'be Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; o r 'l'he Deadly Twe lv e. R a id e r s 119 'l'he Liberty Boys' L eague; or, The Country Boys Who H elpe d 159 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or, The Bomba rdme11t of Monmouth. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, H o w t h e Redcoats were 16 0 'l'h e Liberty Boys and L afayet;te ; or; H elping the Young French Gen Fooled. era.I. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot in the Enemy's Country. 161 The Liberty Boys' Gri t : or, The Bravest oft.he Brave. 122 The Liberty Boys in the Saddle ; or, Lively Work for Liberty's 16 2 '!'he Liberty Boys a,t \\"est Point; or, fll)lping to Watch t h e Redcoats. Cauise l.2 3 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza: or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 124 The Libe rty Boys at S aratoga: or. The Surrende r of Burgoyne. F o r Sale by All News dealers, or will be Sent t o A n y Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents pe r Copy, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union New Yorl. 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