The Liberty Boys and 'Light Horse Harry,' or, Chasing the British dragoons

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The Liberty Boys and 'Light Horse Harry,' or, Chasing the British dragoons
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Moore, Harry
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J A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issu e d WeeHy-By Subscription $2.50 p e r E;it e r c d as S econd Glass ]fa,U e r .. at the New York' Post Offc c F e bru ary. 4, 1901, by Frank Tousey. No. 164. NEW .YORK, FEBUUARY 1904. Price 5 Cents. The girl came riding up alongside "Light-horse Harry" and Dick Slater, her eyes shining eagerly "The British dragoons have taken the road through the field!" she said. "You will have to ride fast, if you would head them off."


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Week ly M agazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued We ekly-By Subsrription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Otfloe, Februm-y 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongrnss, in the y ea1 in the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. o., by Frank Tousey, 24 Uniq1i Square, New York. No. 164. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 19, 1904. Price 5 Cen ts. OR, Chasing the British Dragoons. By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. CHASING THE BRITISH DRAGOONS. "Say, Dick!" "What, Bob"??" "There's a party of British dragoons coming down the road!" "How do you know?" "l saw them. I was up in a tree taking a look around and caught sight of them." "How far away are they?" "A bout a mile." "How large a party?" "Oh, forty or fifty, I should say." "Just about half our number." "Yes; let's chase them, old fellow!" "All right; I'm willing." "Good! Tell the boys to get ready." j captain of this company, Dick Slater, and his righthand 1 man and the se'cond in command, Bob Estabrook. Dick and Bob were lifelong friends, and had been' chums and playmates from childhood. Their homes ad joined up in Westchester County, New York. Another thing that made the two such friends was the fact that Bob's sister Alice was Dick's sweetheart, w'hile Dick's sister Edith was Bob's sweetheart. But now to return to our story. Dick Slater turned to where the 1 youths were sitting engaged in conversation and called out: "To horse, boys! A party of British dragoons is coming this way, and we will put it to rout, and then chase the redcoats back to New York!" "That's what we'll do!" cried Mark Morrison. "Yes, yes!" in a chorus of voices. The youths leaped up and quickly bridled and saddled 'their horses-for theirs was a company of cavalry. The instant this had been accomplished the youths led the horses to the road and leaped into the saddles. "I will." "Forw. ard!" cried Dick. It \\'RS a pleasant though somewhat hot afternoon in the Down the road dashed Liberty Boys. month of August of the year 1779. I They held their muskets in readiness for instant use. The place was in the heavy timbers bordering the PasThey might meet the British dragoons at any moment. saic River at a point four or five miles north of the present I The road wound and twisted this way and that, and it site of Newark, in New Jersey. would be possible to get to tvithin a very short distance of A party of one hundred you ng fellows of an average the enemy before being discovered. age of nineteen years was encamped not far from a road "We certainly will meet them soon," said Dick; "be which wound through !he timber like some huge serpent. ready, boys!" These youths were no other than the famous Liberty i The youths nodded to signify that they wovld. Boys of '76, who had done such good work or the great I On they galloped cause of Liberty. I Suddenly they rounded a bend in the road and werE'i The conversation given above had occurred between the face to face with the dragoons ..


2 THE LIBERTY B OYS .AND "LIGHT H O RSE HARRY." But the advantage wns with the Liberty Boys They knmv the redcoats were near at hand and were looking for t'hem, and were ready for war, while the redcoat"' did not suspect the presence of an enemy until they appeared so suddenly, a.nd were not prepared for war. The British were within musket-shot distance, and Dick cried out sharply: "Fire, Liberty Boys!" Up went the muskets. Crash!-roar! The volley rang out loudly, and then on the air rose wild yells, shrieks and groans. At least twenty of the British dragoons had been dropped out of their saddles. The rest of the party whirled their horses and dashed away back down the road. "After them!" cried Dick. The youths obeyed the command and urged their horses forward at a swift pace. The redcoats whirled in their addles and fired shots from their muskets; but Jheir aim was bad, if they aimed at all, and none of the Liberty Boys were killed, and only one or two were wounded, the wounds being slight ones at that. "Chase the scoundrels clear to the river and into it, Dick!" said Bob, eagerly. "vVe will, Bob!" It was an exciting chase, indeed. The Liberty Boys had been in the patriot army three years now, and had taken part in a score of battles, as well as many times that number of skirmishes such as the pres ent one. They were, indeed, ,eteram, although they were only youths as yet. They proceeded to reload their muskets. "We can keep picking them off a few at a time," 5aid Bob, "and in that way we will get all of them in the end." "True, Bob." But foe British dragoom \\ere desperate. They had learned that their pursuers were so expert as to be able to reload their muskets while riding along at a breakneck pace. and they realized that if they were to themselws they must get greater speed out of their horses. With this end in vie1r t'hey threw a1rny their rnuske ls to make the animals' loads lighter. and lhen belabored the poor 11ith whip and spur. urging them lo re newed exertions. "Whai. do you think of that, Dick:'" asked Bob. "They've throll'n their muskets a\ruy!" "It shows they realize that their only chance lies in making their horses ouirnn said Dick. "I guess arc right." "tes; you sec, it lightens the horses' loads a bit and it leaves the riders unincumbered and free to put in all their time and expend all tlwir energies in getting speed out of the horses On dashed pursued ant;! pursuers. ''ThafE so; but I guess \re won't thro\Y our mmkcts The British were out of pistol-shot distance, and the away for the same ch, old man?'' Liberty Boys m.?"re busying themselves reloading their1 "Xo; if we c-nn L catch them without having to do that. muskets as they went along I we will not catch them at all. I wouldn't risk losing our This was a difficult feat, but it was one that the youths muskets had practiced till they were abk to accomplis'h it; there' Still the chase went on. were few cavalrymen who could do such a thing. The redcoats were increasing the distance between them When at last they succeeded in getting their muskets arnl their pursuers slowly hut steadily. reloaded the Liberty BoyB took aim as best they could and '' 'l'ry another Yolley," said, the youths having fired another volley. Eucceedcd in reloading their muskets. 'rhey dropped four or five of the redcoats anu caused The youths obeyed. the rest to give vent to yells of anger. They fired a Yolley. but the dragoons were beyond the They turned in their saddles and fired pistol-shots at danger-line, for the bullets did not carry up. the Liberty Boys, but the bullets did not carry up. the I The )ouths then turne

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND HORSE HARRY." 3 running to the door s and out into and I in open-mouthed amazement. It was not often that they got a chance to witne s any thing of this kind. On dashed pursued and pursuers; mile after mile was traversed. The dragoon s were unable to increase the di s tance be tween themselve s and their pursuers; but they were out of musket-shot di stance, and this was about all they cared for. If they could keep out of range they would be able to reach the fort in safety. On they da s hed, and after them came the Liberty Boys. So eager were the youths that they did not look to the right or to the left but kept their eyes fixed on the dragoons in front. The result was that they did not see some British sol diers who were emerging from the timber, a quarter of a mile to the right-at this point the road ran through a dearing of extent. There were quite a large number of the soldi e rs in question-two companies, at least. Doubtless they had been sent away to make an attack on some small garrison and were on their way back to New York. "There goes a band of rebels chasing some of our sol diers!" cried the c ommander of the party of infantry. "We must hasten after them and try to cut them off and capt ure them. I think we can do it, as it is only two miles to the Hook." .The soldier& hasten e d down the road after the Liberty Boys on the double-quick. 'J'he dragoons had not seen the British infantry, and so k ept right on going at the best s peed of their horses, and were s uc cessfu l in reaching the fort at Paulus Hook in safety. The Liberty Boys, seeing it was useless to go any far ther, stop ped while yet half a mil e away from the fort, and turning their horse heads aside, started back in the direction from which they had just come They had gone but a distance, w'l1en they were met by a boy of perhaps twclYc years of age. Ile had been running at t he top of his speed and was panting at a great rate. "Stop!'' he cried, as :;:oon as he met the Liberty Boys; ''don't go back up the road; there are a lot of redcoats hiding back there, and tl1ey'll. shoot ye down when ye come alongl" CHAPTER II. GOOD WORK. ']\he Liberty Boy s stopped at once. They stared at the boy in surprise. "How many are theire of them, do you think?" "There mm.t he two hundred of 'em, sir." "So many as thatl" "Yes, sir." "That i s rather s trange; we came along the road a few minutes ago and saw nothing of them." "They came out of the timber just after ye went along; they saw ye, but ye didn't see them." "Well, well! How far is it. to where these redcoats are hidden?" "About three-quarters of a mile." "How does it happen that you have come to warn us? You must be a patriot?" "I am." "Where do you live?" "Just this side of where the redcoats are in hiding, sir." "Ah! What is your name?" "Tom Benton, sir." ") "I s uppose your parents sent you to warn us?" "No, sir; they are not at home. Sister Kate told me to come and warn you." "A'h, your sister told you to do this, eh?" "Yes." "Well, she must be a brave and noble-hearted girl." "She's a patriot, sir, like the rest of us." "And I'm glad that such is the case, as it has been the means of saving us from riding into a trap. I am much obliged to you, Tom, and tci your sister as well. 1 we don't s ee her, please tell her that the Liberty Boys appre ciate what she has done for them and will try to even up the score by doing her a favor if the occasion ever arises." "All right, sir; but you are not going to go on up the road, are you?" "No; and it will hardly be safe for us to go back toward the fort at Paulus Hook." "There's another road a mile to the west from here, sir,'' said the boy; "there i s a path through the timber, but the entrance to the path is within a quarter of a mile of our hou se, and the redcoats might see you." "Can they see the point where the path leads ofi from the road from wheire they are in hiding?" "No, the road bends and shuts off their view; but some of them might be scouting around and see you." "We'll have to risk that; lead the way, my boy, and we will make the attempt al escaping in the way you have pointed out." Tom Benton turned and walked back up the road as fast as be could, the Liberty Boys following. When they had gone about half a mile the boy turned aside and led the way into the timber, there being a path\Vay through among the trees. Suddenly all were startled by hearing a scream, unmis takably in the voice of a girl. It came from the direction in which Tom had said his home was. "What's that you say, my boy?" exclaimed Dick; "there arc redcoats in hiding back up the road?" "Yes, sir." Tom halted instantly and turned a pale face toward the Liberty Boys, who had halted also.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." "That's sister's voice!" said Tom, and then he darted away through the timber in the direction from which the scream had sounded. redcoats by surprise to help in bringing about their dis comfiture. He sent the word along tlre line for the Liberty Boys to be ready to make the dash at the signal, a wave of the lrnnd. "Q.uick, boys; dismount and tie your horses!" cried Dick. The youths obeyed promptly. The youths cocked their muskeits and got ready. They thought they scented a fight, and they were always Every eye was on Dick. eager for one. Suddenly he gave the E>ignal. "I guess we are to have a chance to repay the girl for Forward leaped the Liberty Boys. what she did for us," said Bob. Out of the timber across the road they dashe? "I think it likely," agreed Dick. The'Y were almost to the yard-fence before the redcoats Then, t'he youths having finished tying their horses, he caught sight of them. said: Instantly a wild yell went up from the redcoats, and "Follow me, all, and have your weapons ready for into the surprise of the Liberty Boys, every British soldier stant use dropped flat upon the gro und at an order from the They had reloaded their weapons while riding along, officer in command of the force. and were ready for business. Tom Benton seized his sister by the arm and pulled They stoTh through the timber, going rapidly, yet withher away from the vicinity of the British soldiers, for he out much noise. knew bullets would quickly be flying, and did not want They were expert at this kind of work, and it gave them that his sister should nm any risks of being hit. a big advantage over the British whenever there was any The Liberty Boys, although surprised by the action of chance for practicing woodcraft. the redcoats, were not disconcerted greatly, and they They could see nothing of their boy guide. quickly took aim and fired a volley. Tom had run so swiftly that he was out of sight; the Of course, they could not do such execution as would youths felt sure they would have no difficulty in finding have been possible had the redcoats remained standing, the boy's home, however, as t'hey had noted the I but many of the bulle

/ THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." brandishing their muskets; and a s soon as they were I Th e Liberty Boys were busily engaged reloading their within s triking distance the Liberty Boys beg an laying I mu s ket s and pistols, and they had fini s h e d by the time the about them with the butts of their mu s ket s dra goons had dis mounted and ti e d their horses in the edge The redcoat s were s o badly demoraliz e d that the y took of th e timber over acros s the road to their heel s and R e d toward the timb e r a t the rear of Ily thi s tim e the Briti s h infantry had learned what was the house. g oin g on and had come back with the intention of co-This was fifty yards distant, and the Liberty Boys foloperating with the dragoon s and making a capture of the lowe d u s ing their muskets a s effectiv e ly a s pos sible reb e l s They had almo s t reach e d the e dge of th e timb e r whe n Dick could not help noticing how cool and brave the suddenly Tom Benton came runnin g aft e r th e m c r y ing girl, Kate B e nton, was Sh e was s lightly pale, but otherout: wise was calm and s elf-possessed, even though she knew "Some more red c oat s ar e comin g 'rhe r e a r e a lot of that all within the hous e were in great danger 'em on horseback!" She waa a v e ry pretty girl, Di c k thought and ther e Dick and th e other Boys looked down the road were other s of the Liberty Boys who thought the same; in the direction of Paulu s Hook and saw that the boy had especially was this the cas e with Fred Pear s on, a ha:id speken truly. A force of at lE'ast two hundr e d British s ome young Liberty Boy and one of the bravest in the dragoon s was coming. company. He was struck by the beauty of the girl at "There mu s t hav e bee n a lot o f dra goons a t the fort1 on ce, and he made up his mind that he would try to win and they hav e come back to tr,v to c at c h u s !" cried Dick. her if eve r the time came wh e n he would not have to "That's ri g ht agre e d Bob; "but what are we to do?" apply him s elf exclu s ively to the business of fighting redThis was indeed a seriou s problem coats. CHAPTER IIL LIGHT HORSE HARRY APPEARS. The dragoon s paused near whe re they had dismounted and h e ld a c ouncil, after which one of their number ad1 vanced carrying a w hite handkerchief as a :flag of truce. Dick promptly opened the door and stood there aw:aitj ing the man's approach. I 'l'h e dragoon wore the uniform of a captain, and when he paused only a few feet from the door the two saluted "We haven't tim e to get back acros s th e road s aid I e ach oth er. Dick. h "N at do you want?" a s k e d Dick. No; they are too close," with a glance at the r e d c oat s H e was pr e tty sur e he knew but would not let on. coming s o s wiftly. / I hav e bee n s ent, sir," was the reply, "to demand that "Into the hou se, all!" c ri e d Dic k; i t i s o ur onl y : you s urrender." chance. "Oh, that i s what you want us to do, eh?" with a calm -The Liberty Boy s realized that thi s was th e case, and ness that must have surprised the British office r. they hastened to enter the house, Tom and his sister en"Yes." tering with them. Dick shook his head. They fa s tened up the door s a nd took up th e ir s tations "I mus t refus e to surrender," he said. at the windows--a s man y a s c ould clo so. Th e redcoat looked surprised, now, of a certainty. "I'm afraid that w e ar e in a trap. said J!ick. "You r e fu s e to surrender?" he exclaimed,. incredu"lt looks that way," agre e d M a rk M o rri son; "the infanlously. try and dragoons, combin e d a gain s t us, will b e too s trong "Ce rtainly; why not?" for us, without doubt." "It i s s imple enough ; we have two hundred men, and "I don't know about that s aid Bob E s tabrook, who ther e ar e at l e a s t one hundred and fifty foot soldiers also. always looked on the bright s ide of things ; "we are proThat makes a force of three hundred and fifty, while you tected by the walls of the hou se, while the enemy is out cannot have more than one hundred." in the open, whe re we' can shoot them down "That i s jus t t'he number,'' was the cool reply. "True, s aid Dick; "but what if they set the hou s e on ''And we have you cooped up in the hou s e and can fire, a s t'he y were going to do awhile ago?" e ither s t a rve you out or burn you out. Surely you will Bob looked sobe r and shook his head. not force u s to s uch an alternativ e ?" "That would settle the affair, I guess,'' he acknowl"Sure l y you would not set fire to the house?" edged; "we would have to get out and the redcoats would "Why not?" have us at their mercy." "Becau s e that would be barbarous-worthy of redskins, "That i s it exactly, and I have no doubt that is what who could not b e expected to know anything about civil they will do, for we have kill e d and wounded a number of ized warfare." the members of that first party of dragoons, and have i "H you are warned, and still refuse to surrender, then killed and wounded a number of the foot soldiers as well." l you will be to blame and not u s."


6 THE LIBERrry BOYS AND '' LIG-H'I' HORSE HARRY." "I do not look at the matter in t'hat light." 'We do; then you refuse to surrender?" "Yes." 'Ver y good; you will need to look out for yourselves." "We shall try to do so." The captain turned and strode away, and Dick closed and barred the door. "I guess we are in for it, boys,'' he said, grimly. "Yes; they will set the house on fire, sure," said Bob. 'I'hey watched the messenger and saw him rejoin the dragoons. He talked to them earnestly, and then all looked toward the house. Presently one was seen to leave his comrades and make a wide circuit, so as to approach the house from the end instead of from the side. "He is going to set fire to the house!'' said Dick; "and I don't sec we are going to prevent him from do-ing so." The others said t'he same; there was no window in the end of the house, and they could not see lhe soldi er at all; he could approach in safety, in spite of them. at such speed were they going that they went nearly one hundred yards beyond the redcoats before they could get their horses stopped. By the time they had whirled their horses and had started back, the British dragoons had mounted and were riding up the road as fast as they could make their horses go. There was a hill a quarter of a mile away, and the dragoons stopped when they reached the top of the hill, and, dif'mounting, made ready to offer battle. Light Horse Harry and his men did not follow them, however; they stopped in front of the house to greet the Liberty Boys, w1JO were emerging from the houses as rap idly as possible. The party of British infantry had disappeared. It had seen what was coming and had retreated into the timber. Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison, accompanied by 'l'om Benton, 1 :<111 around to the end of the house and kicked the brush away from ihe building. The brush only was burning; the house had not yet caught fire "There; the house is saved," said Bob. "I'm awfully glad," said Tom; "father and mother would have been mighty sorry if tht>y had come home and found the house burned down." "I should think so," said Mark Morrison. It was galling, but they did not dare open the door and venture out to get a shot at the soldier, for they would themselves be shot down. Meanwhile Dirk Slater and Light Horse Harry were Dick went fo the end of the room and placed his ear to engaged in conversation. They knew each other well, and the wall and li stened intently; had worked together on more i.han one occasion At first he could hear nothing; then presently he heard j 'Where arc :vour horses?" asked Light Horse Harry a crackling noiF:e, as of sticks burning and popping. I Lee. He turned a blank face toward his comrades. "The fellow has started the fire!" he said. "'l'hen we may as well get ready to leave the house in a hurry," said Bob. Dick nodded assent. I Bob nodded toward Tom and Kate Benton. I "Hadn't you better display a flag of truce and ask the British to let the boy and girl leave the house before we make the dash?" he asked. "I was just thinking of doing that, Bob." Dick started toward the door, and at this instant loud yells were heard, followed by the clatter of horses' hoofs and the firing of muskets. "We are saved!" cried Mark Morrison, who was looking out of the window; "it is Light Horse Harry and his men!" "Over in the timber a quarter of a mile or so," was the reply. "How came you to be cooped up in the house?" Dick explained. .. Ah, so t'hat was it, eh?" when Dick had finished. "Yes." "Well, I'm glad that myself and men happened along just when we did." "So am I." rr'hen they turned their attention to the dead and wounded redcoats. Of the former there were thirty-two and of the latter there were twenty-three. The groans of the wounded was something very un pleasant to hear, and Dick sai

'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE ll.ARRY." r; Harry to Dick; "and w11cn you return we will mount and charge those redcoats on the hill." "All right .. said Dick. This appealed to him, and he knew the :-est of lhe youths would be in for it. The Libert-y Boys crossed the i-oad and 0ntcrcd the timber. The.) 'had scarcely more than got of sight in the timber before one of J..iight Horse Harry's men cried out, pointing toward the top of the hill : "They are going to run away! See, they are mounting in hot haste!" Such was indcrd the case, and Light Horse Harry was at a loss to understand \rhat had caused such precipitate action on t1rn part of the dragoons Of a sndden, however, the reasou occurred lo him, and he laughed aloud. "They though! the Liberty Boys 1rerc going to slip around and make an attack on them from one side, ll'hile we made an attack from the front!" he excluimcd. "rrhat Presently the British dragoon turned to the left inlo a road leading in that direction. They did not wish to go any further north than was made necessary by their pursuers Light Horse Harry nnd lus men followed And Dick and his men followed Light Horse Harry. The British e;ontinued a couple of miles in the new direction, anc1 then turned toward the south. It was evident now that their horses were better than those of their pursuers They were gradually widening the space between themselves and the patriots. Dick and Bob had better horses than their comrade had, but it would do no good for them to pull ahead, so they went only so fast as the others could go. They gained some on Light Horse Harry, but it would be a long time before they would catch up. The patriot forces continued to chase the Britisl1 dragoons unti! t'he latter were within half a mile. of Paulus Hook, and then a halt was called. is why they are getting away in such hot haste.'' Light Horse was afraid to venture nearer, for foar his "See them go!" cried a soldier, in a tone of derision. men might be fired upon by the guns within the fort. "Let us go after them!" cried Light Horse Harry; "we Dick and his Liberty Boys quickly came up with Light will chai:;e them as far north as possible, and may be able Horse Harry and his men, now that they bad stopped. to cause them to be captured." : "They have escaped, Captain Slater," said Light Horse TbP men answered with cheers, and leaping into the I Harry. H? Ha.n7 his men dashed away in/ "Yes; their horses were too fast." of the British dragoons. "Yes; the horses are but very little better than ours, but CHAP'l'ER IV. IN CAMP. I they had a good start and more than maintained it." I "So they did. At this moment there came a startling interruption. j 'rhere was the loud "Boom!" of a gun, and a (;aunon ball It went above the heads of the patriots. c311ne whistliug through the air. The Liberty Boys found their horses where they had "Jove, we'll have to get away from here!" cried Bob Estabrook. left them. They untied the animals and led them to the main road; here they mounted and galloped to the Benton home. They ll'ere amazed to fincl that Horse Harry and his men were gone. "Where did they go?'' Dick asked of Tom Benton. "Up t hr road in pursuit of the British dragoons," was the reply. "That's right," from Mark Morrison. "We will go back and sec how affairs are at that farm said Light Horse Harry. "Boom!'' went th er cannon, and a. second missi l e went whistling over their heads. "That is the signal for us to start," said Dick. "So it is," from Light Horse Harry. They rode nortlnrnrd, and although the redcoats fired "That's strange; I thought they were going to wait for us." at them several times with the gun, no damage resulted. They drew long breaths of relief, however, w11en they "Just after you left," the boy explained, "the dragoons were out of range. mounted and rode away, and l1ight Horse Harry and his men went in pursuit." "I feel better," said Sam Sanderson. "Come, t'hen, boys.'' said Dick; ,, ire will follow and see ''Oh, I don't," said Bob Estabrook, with a grin; "I if we can he! p." don't believe those redcoats could have hit .us if they had 'I'hey dashed away up the road and were soon over the tried a week." hill and riding in pursuit of Light Horse Harry's band. "They might have hit us by accident," said Dick. Far in advance of the Liberty Boys the two parties of They rode northward, and presently came to the Benton horse soldiers were riding at the best speed of their horses. home. Light Horse llarry's men were not gaining on the drnHere they dismounted, and Dick and Light Horse goons, so far as could be determined; neither could the I Harry went the house. JJiberty Boys gain on J_,ight Horse Harry's force. I It was just coming dusk.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." I Tom Benton came to the door, and when he saw the could easily thrash the redcoats," said Light Horse Harry, two, he gave utterance to an exclamation of satisfaction. with a smile. "I'm glad to see you again," he said; "did you catch "So we could," agreed Dick. the redcoats?" "Yes, I should think so myself," agreed Mr Benton; "No," replied Dick; "they got safely back to the fort "hungry men could not be expected to be a s strong for at Paulus Hook." :fighting as those who are well fed." "That is too bad!" The two officers thanked Mr. and Mrs. Benton for their "What became of the British infantry?" a s ked Light supper and then went back to the camp. Horse Harry. "Oh, here you are," said B0b, when Dick put in an "They took those of the soldiers who were not badly appearance; "I suppose you have been reveling in lux wounded and went back to the fort as soon as you had urie s while we have been eating pork and Johnny-cake." gone." "We certainly had a good supper, Bob." "How many wounded soldiers have you still?" "I' ll wager that you did." "There are ten." Presently Light Horse Harry came over to where Dick "Well, they will be quite a bother, but so long a s they sat and engaged him in conversation are in your house you will be safe; the redcoats won't "I have been thinking of something, Dick," he said. bother you." "What, sir?" asked Dick. "That's so." "I have been wondering if it would be possible to capLight Harry and Dick talked the matter over ture the fort there on Paulus Hook." and decided to go into camp near the Benton home. "It i s hard to say," said Dick, with a thoughtful air. "Bv remainin g here we will be c'lose to the British at "It would be a great feather in our cap if we could Hook, said Light Horse Harry; "and no do1ibt do it." we will have a good chance to strike the redcoats a blow "So it would." to-morrow." "I wonder how many men they have in the fort?" "True," said Di ck; "I am in favor of going into camp "Hard telling." here." "I wis h I knew; then we would have something tangiThey went brick to the road and gave the order, and the ble to work on." soldiers of both parties made their way into the timber "So 1ve would." back of the stable and woot into camp. "By taking them by surprise we would be able to overWhile thus engaged the farmer and l1is wife came home. come odds of three or four to one." They were amazed to find ten wounded British soldiers "Yes, s o we would." in their house, and to find, also, two or three hundred pa"Especially could we hope to succeed if we had a thortriot soldiers encamped near at hand. ough knowledge of the lay of the land within the fort and When they were told how the Liberty Boys had saved all about the approaches and the best place to try to the house from being burned they felt very toenter." ward the youths, and the farm e r told Dick and Light Dick started and an eager light appeared in his eyes. Horse Harry to help themselves to feed for their horse s "Say, why wouldn't it be a good idea for me to go down therei being corn and oats in a large granary near the there and spy on the British?" he asked. stable. "Do you think you could do any good, Dick?" "I have a great deal more meat than we can use," Mr. "I might be able to do so. If I could get into the fort Benton went on; "and you are welcome to all that you I would be in a position to learn all we wis'h to know.'' need." "Yes, but getting into the fort is the difficulty." "That will be very acceptable," said Light Horse "It would be difficult, true; but I might succeed in Harry. doing so. I am willing to make the attempt." "Yes, indeed," from Dick. Light Horse Harry looked thoughtful and undecided. Mr. Benton had a bin full of cornmeal, al so, and he told "I don't want you to run any grave risks, Dick," he the patriots to help themselves to it. 'fhey did so, and sa id; "I would like to learn those things we have spoken soon they were cooking Johnny-cakes and frying ham and of, but I don't want that you shall take any desperate pork. chances." They had a feast that evening, and that the men en"I won't; I will be careful." joyed it goes without saying "Then you really wish do this?" Tom Benton came out and invited Light Horse Harry "Yes, indeed; I am always ready to do anything I can and Dick to come into the houf'e and take supper with to aid the great cause." the family, and they accepted the invitation. "When will you go, to-night?" They had a meal than they had eaten in a long "No, I will wait till morning." time, and enjoyed it thoroughly. "What! Go in the daytime?" "If we could have such fare as this all the time we "Yes; I think that will be best."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." g Light Horse Harry shook his head. "I don't understand," he said. "I'll explain. I am going to borrow an old horse and that light wagon I saw in the barnyard from M:r. Benton, and load some meat and potatoe s into the wagon and drive down to the fort and s ell the produce to the soldiers." Light Hors e Harry s tarted. "That may be succes sful," he said; "but what if you s hould be recognized?" "I will have to take chanc e s of that; I hardly think there are any in the fort who know me by sight." "You will disgui s e your s elf in s ome manner, will you not?" "I will borrow some old clothe s of Mr. Benton; he is about my size "That will be a good plan." They talked the matter ove r in d e tail, and then, having seen that everything was all right for the night, the senti nels stationed, and everything attende d to, they lay down on their blankets and went to s leep. CHAPTER V. DICK AND ROB AT PAULUS HOOK. They drov e s lowly along and half an hour later they arrived at Paulus Hook-or rather, on the mainland jus t opposite to the Hook The fort was s eparated from the s hore by a creek, across which was an earth levee wide e nough to drive across on. They were challenged by a s entinel before they got to the end of the levee howev e r. They halted, and Dick, in a nasal, twanging voice, ex plained that the y wis hed to cross the lev e e and go up to the fort and sell some meat and potatoes to the soldiers "Oh, that's what you want is it" the s eintinel asked. Yes." The s oldier he s itated. He looked the youths over, sized them up a s bein g boys and harmless, and told them to drive on. They did so. The y drove s lowly acro s s the levee, and at the farther end w e r e by anoth e r sentinel. "Who ar e yon and what do you want" Dick explained stating tha t they w e r e a couple of coun try boys, and that the y had some m eat and potatoes that they wis h e d to s ell to the s oldi e r s in the fort. "All right; driv e on I gu ess the boys will be glad to buy." "I hope so, mister." Dick drove on and was s oon right up close to the fort. The s oldi e r s came over the entre nchments and surWhen Dick had chang e d hi s blu e uniform for a suit 1 round e d the w a gon quickly. of old clothing that had b e en thrown away b y Mr. Benton I Ello; what 'ave you 'ere ?" a s ked one of the soldiers. next m1lrning and donn e d an old s lou c h hat h e looked s o "Sum thin' the t you men ll lik e mi s ter," said Dick. different that Lig'ht Horse Harry nodd e d in approval. Ha! M eat and potatoe s eh?" from another. "I wouldn t have b e li e v e d that dress makes s uch a dif"Yes." ference," he said; I ll d e clar e th a t had I m e t y ou in the 1 road and not be e n looking for you, I would hardly have recognized you." "Then the r e d c oat s who saw m e onl y briefl y yesterday ev e ning, will not b e lik ely to r ecog nize m e in thi s ri g." "I think not." "I am sure t'he y won't ; I s hall fee l pretty s afe." "You will chang e your voice, will you not; you know som e people hav e a b etter memor y for voices than for face s and they might r ecog niz e you b y that." "I know ; I will affect a nasal twang that will fool them." Light Horse Harry looked s ober and thoughtful. I am afraid that you are undertaking a very dangerous thing," he said. But Dick said he did not think so, and that he had no fear s Bob insisted that there shonld be two of the m ancl s o Dick consented to let Bob accompany him. Bob dress e d up in an old suit that had b e en discarclecl, 1 and when he was ready they got into the wagon and drove away "Thisi s the kind of work I like, Dick," said Bob, as they drove down the road. "Well, I don't mind it myself, Bob." "How do you s e ll them?" "Che ap, mi ster; ch e ap Whut'll ye hev-meat er per-tate rs, e r both?" "Some of both, my boy." "All right; h e re ye air, mi ster.'' Dic k s old ihc meat and potato e s quickly and then l ooke d toward the fort with an air of curiosity. "Say I n e v e r wuz in e r fort in my life," h e said; "mo u g ht I got in theer?" "Certainly," s aid one of the s oldiers, good-naturedly. "Come right along with me.'' "All ri ght, mi s t e r. I Then he turne d to hi s c omrad e and said: ''Ye h e er an' hold t'he horse, Bob.'' A ll ri ght, was the r e ply ; "but don' be long." "I won' t ; hnt I g uess e z how I wanter s ee er fort I ma y nev e r f!'i t annth e r c han s t. "\V e l I.

TIIE LLBERTY BOYS AND ''LIGHT HORSE HARRY." 'rhey c limbed over the embankment and were within "Wait a moment and I will speak to the commander of the fort. the fort and see what he says.'' The two youths ll"crc good actor, and they played their The colonel hastened to do so, and the commander of parts to perfection. They sta red about ihcm with the air I thr forl promptly: of yout'hs who lwu ne\'cr l.iefore anything of the kind, "We'll arrest them and make an investigation." and they inquired freely, managing to ask such ques'i'hen the two officers ha::;tcneu out, .and the commander tions as would elicit information. and also throwing said to some soldiers standing near: in some thnl aided in giving them the appearance of being "Arrrst those two youth" and bring them here." the green country youtps they professed to be. The soldiers started at once. The soldier and he laughingly answered Dick and Bob had noticcJ that something was going their questions, g ivin g them mu c h info11nation regarding on; they wer e wide awake. had see n the colonel talking the fort, its stron g and weak points. the number of men with the oldiers, and had "et:n him go back fo the comin the fort, and everything. mander's rrheu, wlw11 the two officers emerged. Dick and Bob wer e delighted, and it was an easy matter and the commander said something to eoldier s, who for them to s how enthusiasm and interest. toward the youths, Die : aucl Dob knew that they While they were thus engaged a boat was pulling across wcrr and \\ere to be se ized and made prisoners. from New York. In it were three men, two of whom 'l'hrY lrnrl been working arounrl toward the side of the were common soldiers the other being a British colonel. fort, ll'horc the.' had left the '.hors e and wagon, and Dick and Bob did not know the boat was coming, and no\v Dick gave Bob a signa l and they rnddenly darted likely would have thought nothing about it had they away. ran up the embankment and down on the farther known. side. When the boat reached the Hook the officer stepped "Stop! Stop!" yelled the i:;oldiers; but of course thl3 ashore and entePed the fort. youths did not pa_v any attention. They 1rerc intent on He went to the yuarters occupied by the commander of getting away. the fort and held a conversation with him. They had learned all that. it was nece ssa ry to know and When they had finished their talk this officer came out l wished to get away. of headquarters, and as he did so he came face to face with 1 'rhey ran to the wagon and leaped in. the soldier who was conducting Dick and Bob about the I A sco re or more of soldiers appeared on the top of the fort. embankment at this moment, all yelling to the youths to The colonel stopped and looked at the two youths stop. keenl) and searchingly as they passed. Dick and Bob paid no mor e attention than would ha1 c Then be glanced around him and beckoned Lo some been ihe case had they not heard. soldiers who wer e standing near. Di ck se ized the lines and an old whip that lay in the "Do you know who those two young fellows are?" he bottom of the ll"agon, and yelling to the horse to ''Ger asked, in a low, cautious voice. up!" gave him a cut with the whip ".:\. couple of country boys," was the reply. The st art.led and surprist>d, leopccl forward "Country boys, eh?" suddenly that Bob was thrown clown in tl1e wagon-bed, "Y cs. They brought some meat and potatoes and sold and Di c k would hn1e been served the same wav but for to the soldiers." the fact that he had hold of the lines. "What are they doing in here?" "They wanted to see iJJside a real fort." "Stop, or we will fire!" roared a s tentorian-voiced sol dier. "Oh, tlrnt is it, eh?" On dashed the horse. The wagon was a light one, and "Yes; they had 11eYcr seen anything of the kind, and the animal pulled it along at a lively rate. were naturally eager to do so." The did not fire bui insteacl yelled to the senti"Hm," said the colonel; "you may be right, and they nel to stop the fugitives. may be all right, but somehow I am suspicious thilt they He leaped on t in the middle of the levee and brandished are not what they are pretending to be." his aims and yelled so fiercely that the horse was fright"You don't?" in s urprise. cncd. The animal did not stop, howeyer, but swerved to "No." one s ide and ran down the side of the levee, upsetting the "Who and what do you think they are, then?" wagon and throwing Dick and Bob head ovrr he els into "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if they were re-bel spies!" the creek. \ "What!" I The water was not deep, but the youths were submerged "Yes. There is an air about them quite different-so: when they fell, and when they struggled to their fee-t they it seems to me-from what would be worn by a couple of I were soaking wet greem. country boys." j They were a bedraggled-looking couple; but so far as "What shall we do about it?" that was concerned, Dick figured that it would help di"-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." 11 "I rather think they are spies," said the colonel. guise them in case the colonel thought that he kne\v them The horse did not drag the wagon far after it upset. Something about the harness broke and the animal went leaving the wagon behind. "I. am of the same opinion," from the commander ; "and I think that I will make them prisoners and send th e m over to New York in your boat." The frightened horse reached the mainland and dashed away up the road, soon disappearing from view in the timber. Dick and Bob would have tried to reach the mainland, but the score or more of soldiers appeared on the levee at a point within twenty feet of the two and leveled their muskets, while one cried, s ternly: "Surrender, or we will fire! Come right up here where we are, if you want to live!" CHAPTER VI. PRISONERS "Very good; I will take them to headquarters and Gen-eral Clinton can pas s judgment on them Dick and Bob did not like this idea at all. They felt that the y were in cons iderable danger. General Clinton was a man whom it would be difficult to deceive He had seen Dick two or three times, and would in all probability recognize him. The Liberty Boys felt that they mu s t not permit themselves to be taken across to New York and to British headquarters if they could po s sibly help it. 'fhere was the rub, however. They did not see how they were to help it. It was useless for them to try to get away now. They were sunounded and could not hope to make their escape. So when the soldiers proceeded to bind their arms, on being ordered to do s o by the commander of the fort, Dick The youths saw there was no use of trying to escape, and Bob made no resistance and s o they walked out of the water and climbed up to the They held their arm s in such a position, howerver, as top of the levee. to mak e it impo s sibl e for the r e dcoat s to bind wrists Although they had been through enough in the last very tightly. few minutes to "rattle" almost anyone yet they were cool "I'll s end a couple of my men, alon g with you, if you and clear-headed, and were ready to play their parts to I wish, colonel," said the cqmmander. the end. "No, thero are two soldiers in th e boat, and that will be "Say, mister, what does this heer mean, ennyhow?" sufficient. The prisoner s won't be able to e s cap e." asked Dick, the water dripping from hair and clothes. 1 The commandant s aid that the office r and two s oldiers '"l'het's what I'd like tei know, too," from Bob. certainly ought to be sufficient to handle two youths with "Come on back into the fort and it will be explained hands tied to g ether behind them; and then he ordered to you," s aid one of the soldiers. that the prisoners be conducted to the boat. They conducted the youths back into the fort, where This was done, and then the colonel entered the boat, they were met by the two officers, who looked the two over bade the other officer goodby, and the oarsman pulled and then laughed in spite of their eivident desire to look slowly away towara the New York s ide of the river. sober and severe. Dick and Bob looked at each other ruefully, but said "Aren' t they a pretty looking pair, Colonel Hampton?" nothing. s aid the commander of the fort. It would do no good to talk, and they might say some" I s hould say they are!" was the reply. thing that would accentuate the belief already existing got their faces straightened, and then the com-in the minds of the redcoats to the effect that the two mander s aid, sternly: were patriot spies. "Who are you two young fellows?" Presently the colonel spoke. "We live up in ther country," replied Dick. "Well I guess you two young fellows have got your"They didn't act like common country youths," said selves into deep trouble," he said. Colonel Hampton; "they acted more like young fellows "We seem ter be in trubble," agreed Dick; "but tbeer who have had some military training." hain't no reason why we should be, mister, fur we hain't "Yf!re mistook, mister said Dick; "we air country no rebel spies, ez ye seem to think." boys, an' hain't had no milingtery ti:ainin'." "For your own good, I hope that you are not." The commander looked at them sternly: "Well, we hain't." "I believe that you are rebel spies!" he said. "If you "That remains to be seen." were not, why did you run away just now? You actions "I hope the man where ye air takin' us'll see et mighty are suspicious." I quick an' _,lat us go." The youths shook fueir heads energetically and busied I "I don't know whether he will see you right away or themselves with wringing the water out of their clothes. j not. I will have to take you to jail and keep you there "Ye're mistook, mister," said Dick; "we hain't no I till he is ready to see you." spies t 'l'he youths were glad to hear this.


'l'HE LIBER'rY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." I They had feared they would be taken direct to headAll the patriots in the old sugar house had heard of quarters, and that General Clinton would recognize Dick. Dick Slater, and they were glad to know him, but sorry Now, however, if they were to be taken to jail and held to make his acquaintance under such circumstances. there they would have time to attempt to escape. J "Oh, well, perhaps we may be able to escape," said Dick. When the east shore of the Hudson was reached, the The men shook their heads. two Liberty Boys were taken ashore and conducted to the "We have been here two months," said one; "and we old sugar house, w:kich was used as a jail at that time by have not seen any chance to make our escape." the British. "That may be true, and still there might come a chance The youths were conducted into the sugar house and, this very day." after they had been searched and it was foubd that they "Well, that is so, too, I guess." had no weapons-they had thought it advisable not to "I wish that it would turn out that way," from another. wear any that day-their arms were freed and they were "Come, Dick; let's make a tour of investigation," said left there with about a dozen other patriot prisoners. Bob. "Maybe we can find a weak spot somewhere." ThP heavy door was closed and fastened, and then Dick "If you do you will do more than we fellows have been and Bob looked at each other and shook their heads. able to do," said one. "We are having a bad streak of luck, Dick," said Bob.Dick and Bob started on a tour of investigation. "Yes, so we am; but we may come out all right in the 'rhey found that the sugar house was well built. It end." was so strong at the sides and ends that it would be imH 1rnppeued that Dick and Bob did not know any of pos sible to break out, and th e doors-one at the front and the other pri s oners, nor did any of the prisoners know one at the rear-were strongly-barred on the outside. The them. one window was in the front, and two sentinels, muskets "Who are you two fellows, anyway?" asked one of the in hands, were always on guard there. nwn. looking at the youths with interest. "We toltl you so," said one of the men, when the youths The youths did not know but there might be a British had fini s hed making the round of the building. spy among the dozen, pretending to be a prisoner, in order "I knew it would be," from another; "you see, there is to hear what the men said, so they deciued to keep their no possible chance or us to escape." identities a secret. "We are not through yet," said Dick; "now Bob, let's "We live up in the country a ways," said Dick; "we examine the floor." came to the fort over at Paulus Hook this morning with '"rhat's so; I never thought of the floor," said one. a load of meat and potatoes, which we. sold to the sol"N eifher did I," from another. diers." A couple of the prisoners were stationed near the win" they made prisoners of you?" I dow watching the guards, and whenever one of these ap, "Yes; they said they bPlieved we we:ne rebel spies, and j proached the window to look in, they gave the warning, made prisoners of us." and Dick and Bob ceased making their examinations of "How did you get wet? Did you jump out of the boat the floor, and pretended to be earnestly engaged in conver-as you were being brought over?" sation with the rest. Then, as soon as the guard turned "No." Then Dick explained how they had got so wet. away, they went to work again. "Well, you two fellows were pretty bold, anyway, to try They made a careful examination of the floor, but could to escape under such unfavorable circumstances," said not find any weak spot in it; it would be impossible to one of the soldiers. break through the floor, unless they had tools to do the 'l'he others all said the same. work with. "If the horse hadn't got frightened and run off the They shook their heads when they had finished. levee we might have escaped," said Bob. "No chance of getting through there, eh?" remarked "That's so; still you might have got shot to death." one of the other prisoners. "Yes, that's so, too." "None at all," replied Dick. The youths soon got acquainted with the other prison"That is too bad; I guess you will have to make up ers, and when they had been there an hour or two had your minds to stay till you are let out, the same as we become assured of the fact that there was no redcoat were forced to do." among them. "We haven't given up yet," said Dick, quietly. ;Having become satisfied regarding this, Dick and Bob "You haven't?" in surprise; "why, where is there any told the others who they were. other ground that hasn't been gone over?" They told their fellow-prisoners not to mention their I Dick pointed upward. names when any of the British were around, however, for I "There," he said. Dick, especially, had done the work of a spy so much that The man uttered an exclamation. the British would have been delighted to know that they I "The roof!" he cried. had him in their clutches. There was, indeed, a reward "Exactly; the roof looks to be rather weak, compared of five hundred pounds offered for Dick's capture. to the strength of the building."


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." 13 "But how will you get up to the roof? It is twelve feet to the rafters where they reach the top of the wall." Dick smiled. "If the rest did not trouble me any more than that we' would be all right,''. he said "Well, I don't see how you can do it; _we have no ladder, not evein a board." "We don't need any." "How will you get up there, then?" "That is easy; I will stand a good, stout man up against the wall and climb up onto his shoulders. I will be able to reach the rafters from that position, and can pull my self up. As the roof i s made 0 clapboards, I feel confident that I can find a place where 1 can remove some of the boards and climb out." The patriot prisoners became excited at once. "That is a good plan," said one; "1 almost believe that we shall be able to make our escape." "I hope that we may," said another. CHAPTER VIL IN THE OLD SUGAR HOUSEi' "To 'eadquarters," was the reply. "O'h, that's where we are going, is it?" "Yes." Diel< and Bou did not like this at all. Dick feared that he would be recognized, for he knew that Gooeral Clinton had seen him two or three times. Still, he might not do so, as Dick did not look much like himself in the old suit of ragged, ill-fitting clothing and the old slouch hat. The probabilities \Vere that the hat would be when he was taken into the presooce of the British gen eral, however. It was not a very long walk to British headquarters. There was no delay when Chey got there; they w e re conducted right into the buildin_g and to ihc private room 0 General Clinton. When the two prisoners were standing in front of him, the genera l looked at them keenly and somewl:ai. cu riously. "Take off their hats," ordered the general. 1'he soldiers did so. T hen the British officer look ed at the two searchingly. There was no light of recognition in his eyes when he was looking at Bob, but when he turned his gaze on Dick he gave a start and uttered an exclamation. "Ha!'' be cried; "whom have we here?" The prisoners discussed the matter of making an atOf cour se, Dick did not answer. He did not intend tempt a.t escaping. rend e ring the Briti s h officer any assistance if 1rn could Those who had been in the old sugar house so long were pos s ibly kcrp from doing so. eager and excited. ,. I h u r e scrn YOU brfore, young man," the general said, They wanted to make their escape. and 1.iwugliUully; "now the question is, Where They looked to Dick and Bob to make this possible. ha vc 1 .\llll r'' They werei very hopeful, now that ihey knew who the Still Did: 1ras silt nL two youths were. They felt that if anybody could find a The general gazed aL Dick for almost a minute and then way to escape, the two "in question could. said: "We will see what can be done to -night," said Dick. "\Vhat is yonr name?" ."Yes; if we don't get out of this place to-night it will "Abe Barker," replied Dick, in a drawling, nasal tone be strange." said Bob. of voice "I hope that we may succeed in doing so," said one of The officer shook his head. the prisoners. "I don't believe that is your name," he said. Al noon food was brought for the prisoners, and they "Yes et is." ate as heartily as was possible under the circumstances, The general told one 0 the British soldiers to brush the food being anything but good or palatable. the prisoner's hair back from his forehead. It was a long day, so Dick and Bob thought. It seemed 'rhis was clone, and the n General Clinton gave a look as though night would never come. at Dick and uttered an exc lamation of satisfaction. It did come at la st, however, but even then they felt "I thought so," he said; "J know you now. You are that it would not be advisable to try to get out of the Dic k S l::itcr, the rebel spy!" prison until away in the middle of the night. .. Ye air s::iid Dick. "We will wait till midnight," said Dick; "and then we But the general s hook hi s head. will see .what we can clo." "No. I am not mi s taken," he said; "I know you, Dick Shortly after supper that evening the door opened and Shter, anJ 1 must say that I am exceeding l y glad to ::i:'e some British sold i ers entered. von." They bound Dick's and Bob's wrists together behind DiC"k saw there was no use trying to deceive the offic er, their backs and conducted the youths out of the building, and he said, in his own natural voice: closing and barring the door behind them. I "I can't say that I am glad to see you, sir, under the Then they l ed the two up the street. I pre sent circumstances." "Where you taking us?" asked Dick. "I not," with a smile.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." He looked thoughtfully at the youths for a few mo ments, and then to Dick he said: There was n look of satisfaction on thp general's fac e, and he looked at the offic ers and said : "Who is your companion?" "Gentlemen, you are aware that w e hav e a coupl e of Dick wa s quick-witted, and an idea struck him. H e felt pris oners in the old sugar house-two young fellow s who that he might s e cure Bob's rel e a s e b y pretending that the I w e r e capture d ov e r at t h e fort "on Paulus Hook this morn-youth was a simple country fellow; s o h e said: ing."_ "He is a country boy who lives a few miles ov e r in N e w Jersey. It w as his hors e and wagon and his produce that we sold to the s oldi e rs ov e r in the fort on Paulus Hook. He had nothing to do with m y coming to the fort, and I hope you will let him g o free. The gen e r a l s hook hi s head. "He has been caught in bad company," h e said; "I fear that I s hall be force d to doubt your story." "It i s true, n e v ertheless; h e is in no way t o blame, and, s o far as I know, i s a loyal 's man." "Thet's right, I am," said Bob, who knew what Di c k was trying to do; "the t i s ter say," he wenl on "dad i s e r loyal king's man, an' I s'po se I will b e wh e n I git ter b e er man." But Gen eral Clinton was not to be deceived "You may b e telling the truth, and you may not be Tbe officer s nodde d a ss ent. "I jn t had the two b efore m e, the gen e ral went on. "Indeed?" r emarked

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGIIT HORSE HARRY." 15 Then the talk turne d to the matter of making their esca pe. Do you two fellow s s till feel that it i s possible for u s io make our escape ? a s ked one "Yoo," said Dick ; "\; e ar e g oin g to iry t o g et away, an y way." "Good! I hope that w e will s ucc e ed." "So do I. 'l' h c y l a y down and pret ende d to g o to s leep at about the hour the pri s oner s u s ually lay down but, as ma y well be s uppo s ed, not on e clo sed his eyes in s l eep. 'rhey w e re too e ager and e xcited to sleep. It was p as t midnight when at la s t Di c k sat up and s aid, in a c autiou s voice: "The tim e has come, men W e will begin work." from making a noi s e that might b e h e ard by the sentine ls. He was not more than t e n m inutes in getting the next board off, however and h e p assed it down to Bob rrhe op e nin g DOW a foot wide and two long. H y turnin g s id eways Di c k s ucceed e d in pulJin g him se lf up throu g h the ope nin g H was a tight squeeze, how e ver and h e mad e up hi s mind that it w o uld b e best to pull off one m o r e cla pb o ard. He w ent to w o rk and a s h e was now above th e board and could p ull upw a rd h e had no troubl o in gettin g it loo s e This mad e the ope nin g wid e e nou gh, and Dic k l e t himself down through it and hand e d the clapboard t o Bob "How i s e v e r ything Dick ? a s k e d Bob ; "ha v e y ou g ot t h e ope ning big e nou g h ?" Yes, Bob," was the r e pl y ; "the r e i s an op e ning two f e et long and a foot a9d a half wide ; that ou ght t o be s uf ficient for our purpose." CHAPTER VIII. Y es; that i s large e nough." Wait till I size up the s ituation," said Di c k ; then THE E SCAP E w e will see about getting out of lie r e He a g ain c limb e d up through the opening and li s tened The patriot pri s on e r s ro s e c autiou s ly to their feet inte ntly. He could h e ar th e murmur o'f v o ices away It was dark in the s u gar house. The y w e re not alI around tow a rd th e fr ont o:f the builclin g l o w e d t o h a v e a light at ni ght, and s o far a s that was con-! ''The sentine l s arc havin g a friendly chat," h e told him c ern e d th.ey did not want on e particularl y at any tim e ; self; "we ll, that i s a ll t h e b ette r for our purpose. When and o n thi s night the y would hav e be e n handi c app e d they ar e talking th e ir mind s a r e on th eir conv e r s ation and g reatly by a light. they won' t be s o lik e l y to h ear u s A s it was, they could work without dang e r o f b e ing Seen I It was so dark that th e r e was but littl e danger of the m by a sen'tinel in ca s e he look e d throug h the window. being seen A s entinel would hav e to b e wit hin two yard s They kn e w the looks of the inside of the building s o II of a p e r s on to s e e and it w as Dick s inte ntion that w ell t h a t they had no need o f a light, an yway. non e of the patriot s s hould g e t tpat close t o a sentinel, i f Among i.'he prisoner s was a large man by the nam e of s uch a thing could be avoided .Tac k Hanford. Dic k s poke to him in a c autiou s voice and He climbed back down through the opening and l e t to ld him t o take up his pos ition a g ain s t the wall himself down, dropping li g htly to th e floor The man did s o and the n Di c k, a ssis t e d by Bob, "How i s everything, old man?" a s ked Bob. c limbed to Hanford' s s hould e rs "Everything i s all ri g ht, Bob The onl y thin g t'hat i s H e re'llched up and f e lt around till he got hold of a worrying m e now is, How ar e w e t o get to the g round c ouple of rafter s ; th e n he pulled him s elf up and, getting a from the roof without alarming the sentine l s and bring hold on the top of the s ill that ran along underneath the ing them upon us W e c ould drop with p e r fec t s afety, I ends of the rafter s held on with one hand and f elt of feel sure s o f a r a s dang e r of being injure d b y the drop i s the clapboards above hi s h e ad with the other. con c ern e d ; but w e would almo s t cer t ainl y m a k e noi s e He work e d his way s lowl y along, tryin g mery clapboard e nough s o that the s entin e l s would hear us." a s h e w ent, and finall y a thrill went through him H e "I'll t ell y ou w'hnt l et's do, Di c k," said B o b had found a board that was not v e ry tightly fastened "Go ah e ad." I beli eve I can g e t tha t one loose,'' thought Dick: "and "Let's t ear up half a doze n coats, ti e th e s tripes to-if s o I will not h a v e a gr e at d eal of troubl e in loos ening g ether and thus impro v ise a rop e d own whic h e can t h e rest.'1 slide and rea c h the g round without makin g a n y nois e.'' He worked at th e board and at lns t s ucceeded in grtting "That i s a s pl e ndid id ea, Bob said Dic k "Off with it loos e your coat s, half a doze n o f y ou." H e c all e d to Bob c a u t iou s ly and passed the board down The coat s w e r e q ui c kl y doffed a nd th e ir own ers tor e t o him. t'he m up into i:trips, b e in g c ar e ful t o not mak e the s trips There was an openin g a c oupl e of feet long and s ix s o slight a s to c ani:e th e m to break whe n a man' s w e i g hl i n che-g wide, w her e the board had been and Di c k went to cnm e on them. work to enlarge this ope nin g I' Wh e n the coatR h n d been torn up in t o s trip R th e enils The work was not s o v e ry difficnlt, now that he had got of the s trips werr tie d to g ether and a rud e 1op e was th11s a stnrt. hu t h e had to work s lowly and carefully to keep improviFecl.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY.". It was about fifteen feet long, which was sufficient The patriots fairly held their breath. length for the purpose it was to serve, Dick was sure. They did not wish to be discovered now They were in He took one end of the rope in his hand and climbed New York among the Briti s h ) and they did not as yet up on Jack Hanford's shoulders, with Bob's help, and know how they were to get across the river. They hoped then pulled himself up through the opening. to be able to find a boat, but were sure that they could do He tied the end of the rope to a rafter and then pulled 80, and if their escape was discovered the alarm was the rope up through the opening and dropped it down on raised, they would not have any time or chance to look the outside of the building. for a boat, but would hav e to bend all their energies to Then he stuck his head down through the opening and ward the work of making their escape. called down cautiously: The sentinel did not suspect that the prisoners had "Ready! Come ahead as fast as you can without makescape d and were standing within ten feet of him; in ing any noise." blissful ignorance of this fact he paced s lowly along. Soon one of the men was up beside Dick, who was out It was 'his duty to walk entire ly around the s ugar hou se on the roof, holding himself there by grasping the s id e of once every hour, and that was what h e was doing now. the opening. He passed onward, and turned the corner, his footsteps "Now take hold of the rope and let yourself down, dying gradually away, and when they were no longer audihand over hand, slowly and carefully," whispered Dick. bl e Dick whispered to the men to come with him. "All right," was the whispered reply. Tim man's voice He led the way, and they were soon moving s lowly and trembled, but it was not from fear. He was eager and cautiously down toward the river. excited ove r the prospect of making his escape from the When they reached the edge of the stream they began prison-pen, that was all. searching for a boat. Slowly he disappeared down the rope. He was out of They moved along the s hor e s lowly, and at last had Dick's sight by the time he was six feet away and the Libthe good fortune to find a boat. erty Boy knew there was not much danger of the man Just as they did so they h eard yell s coming from the being seen. All that was necessary was that caution direction of the s ugar house. should be observed to prevent any noise from being made. "Our escape ha s been discovered!" exclaimed Dick; By the time the first man had reached the ground an"into the boat, all of you, as quickly as possible!" other was beside Dick at the opening, and the youth inThe 1Joat was shoved into the water, and then the men structed him the same as he had the first one. climbed in and seated themselves in the best positions One after another the patriots climbed up and out possible. The boat was rather sma ll to hold so many, but through the opening, and then made their way down the by exercising care it would be possible to get across the rope. river in safety. Bob was the last one, and as there was no one to stand The only difficulty was that they would not be able to against the wall and make a ladder for him to climb up go very fast. If the British had boats near at hand and on, Dick pulled the rope up from the outside and dropped came in pursuit, then i t would be a difficult matter to it down on the inside. Bob then climbed the rope and escape. was soon through the opening. There could be little doubt that the British had boats Then the rope was pulled up and dropped down on the handy, and so Dick told the two men who were rowing to outside of the building once more and Dick told Bob to go put their best efforts into t.he work. down. The men did so, and the boat mov ed through the water The youth obeyed at once and made his way down the as rapidly as could be expected under the circ um stances rope. -' Soon lights were seen along the s hore; the redcoats had He gave a jerk on the rope when he had reached the lantern s ground, and then Dick made his way down. 'l'hen a few minute s later, the patriots saw by the lanAt this moment footsteps were heard approaching. tern lights some British soldi ers getting into two boats,, It was no doubt a sentinel who was which wer e pushed off by other soldi ers on the shore. "Line up against the wall of the building and stand A man sat in the bow of each of the boats holding a perfectly still," whispered Dick. lantern, and Dick s aid he was glad of this. The men obeyed. Their good sense told them that this "They are doing just what I would have asked them to was the best thing they could do. Had they tried to get do," he said; "we can know where they are by the lights, away they would unavoidably have made sufficient noise and they can't know where we am at all." so that the sentinel would have 'heard them. Evidently the British expected that the fugitives would Closer and closer sounded the footsteps. go as straight across the s tream as was possible, for they The patriots :flattened themselves again st the side of headed stra i ght across; Dick, however, instructed the oarsthe building and stood as silent as death. men to head the boat up the stream and across toward the Closer and closer still, and the sentinel was even with farther shore. In this manner the British were thrown them, and only three or four yards away. off 'the track.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." 17 The patriot s reached the shore presently and disembarked. "Thank goodness, we have escaped!" said one of them "Yes, so we have," said Dick. "Only to be captured again!" said a stern voice from among the trees near at hand. "Surrender, rebels, or die!" CHAPTER IX. A DARING PLAN. ment was about. It happ e ned that they were at the very spot where the patriots land ed, and had heard what was said by them. 'l'he leader had then remarked that they had escaped, only to be captured again, and had ordered them to surrender or die. Then the fugitives had leaped into the water, and this action had taken the British by s urprise. They had thought of firing, but realized that it would be a waste of ammunition, because of the fact that they could not see to take aim, and s o they refrained from doing so. "Let us divide into two parties and part of the force go up stream and part down stream," the leader cried. "All right," replied one, and then this was done. They moved slowly and li ste ned intently. Now and That the patriots were sta rtled may well be understood. then they thought they heard s pla s hing s ounds out in the Just at t'he moment when they were congratulating stream, and they were sure the sou nds must be made 1 by themselves on having escaped they were and the fugitives. ordered to surrender or die "They will have to try to land presently," said one. They were without arms of any kind all their weapons "Yes, and then we will capture them," from ap.otheir. having been removed hen they were taken prisoners. But they were dealing with men who were keen and It was impossible to s how fight, with any hope of sueshrewd; moreover, the patriots were working fo escape, cesR, if there was mnch of a party of the enemy, and the and they were men who valued freedom and liberty more chances were that there were at I-east as many redcoats as than they valued life. there were patriots. One after another they managed to reach the shore; it What, then, should they do? was so dark the redcoats could not see them, and all that Each and every patriot asked himself this question, and was necessary was for them to be careful not to make any each and every one knew it would b e impossible for them n01se. to re-enter the boat and get away; they would be riddled They were men who did not need any instructions, once with bullets before they could accomplish this. they were on the land,' and they made their way into the 'rhere was only one thing, indeed, that they could do, timber and away in the direction of the point where they and that was to l eap into thei water and make the attempt had been informed they would find the Lib e rty Boys and to escape by swimming up o]: down the stream and making Light Horse Harry and his m e n encamped. u landing where there were no enemies. Dick and Bob kept close togeth er, as was their wont, Ail this pas sed through their minds in an instant, as it and t'hey landed at the same time and place. were, and when Dick suflde nly cried, "Into the water, 'They heard some of the redcoats moving along a short all!" they knew what h e meant and threw themselves distanc e away, and lay still right at the edge of the wateT backward into the waters of the Hudson River. till the British soldiers had gone on. Splash, spla sh, splash, splas h! Then they crept up to the timber and in among the So nearly did the patriots come to all a.t the trees and, rising to their feet, hasteined away in the di same moment that not to exceed four splashes were heard. rection of the point where the patriot encampment lay. Dick and Bob were perfectly at home in the water, even They w'ere not much at fault in their reckoning, and though weighted down with their clothing. They were half an hour later they arrived at the encampment. splendid swimmers and all the patriots in the party were They were challenged, of course, but as soon as they good swimmers. told who they were they were permitted to pass on into By a common impulse, seemingly, the patriots struck the camp. out up the st ream. They reasoned that the British would It was now about three o'clock in the morning, and the be more likely to take it for granted that the fugitives youths were careful not to awaken anyone. They waited would go the way it would be easiest for them to go, which till the other escaped patriots put in an appearance, and would be down stream with the outgoing tide. then all changed their clothing and lay down and went They were careful to not make any more noise than to sleep. they could help. It did not seem to be any time a t all before they were T he redcoat who had challenged them was the leader awake again; yet several hours had elapsed; it was broad of a party of about a dozen Roldiers, who had seen the landaylight terns being carried by the Briti s h on the other side of the The camp was astir, and many of the soldiers were get stream when the boats were being looked for to be used ting ready to cook their breakfasts. It was not until Dick in the chase after the escaping patriots, and had come and Bob and their companions rose a sitting posture down to the shore to learn, if possible, what the excite-that the Liberty Boys and the other soldiers gave them


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND ".LIGH'l' HORSE HARRY." attention, and then practically all in the e n campment came crowding around to h ear the new s Light Horse Harry cam e pushing throug h the crowd, and he shook hands with Di c k and Bob, and a s k e d them where they had found the othe r m e n, and who they were. Dick explained and all li s t e n e d to the s tory h e had to ten with the clo s e s t attention and the greates t intmes t. "We knew something had happe n e d to you," said Light Horse Harry; "for the horse y ou had dri ve n away in the morning came trotting home about the middl e o f th e fore noon. The wagon and a portion of the harn<'S$ wa5 mi ss ing, and w e kne w y ou had m e t wit'h bad lu c k o f s ome kind, though we could not think wha t it could b e.'' "I suppo se the most that we had had a runaway," said Di c k "Yes, but when the hours roll e d a w a y antay h e r e and iake command o f the entire forc e sourn and mine both. "Ve ry g ood; if you it. "l l will b e bes t l judge; the r e arc not like ly to be any r e d c oat s b etween here and headqua rt e r s, and I will b e s afe e n o u g h in g oin g a lon e 'l' h e n they w ent out t o wh e r e t h e soldi ers w e r e and Light Horse H arry g ot r ea d y and r o d e a w ay t o ward the north. Ile arriY e d al lhe patriot e ncampme n t about the middle 0 the afte rnoon, and w ent straight to h eadquarters to see the commande r-inc hief CHAPTER X. PERr'ECTI.\' U THE PLAN. Gen e r a l Wa shing ton

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND ''LIGHT HORSE HARRY." ]!) "Very well; you be ready to act as guide. Dick, tell turned to the left and rode at the best speed of their your men to get ready, and I will do the same with mine." horses. "All right." They were still half a mile away from the point where 'rhere was a bridling and saddling of horses in hot the lane through the fields and timber joined tho main haste, and then the Liberty Boys and Light Horse Harry's road, however, when the British rode out into sig ht. men mounted and rode away. Light Horse Harry took "There they are!" cried Bob Estabrook. the boy up in front of him and the little chap told them "After them!" cried Light Horse Harry. which way to go. 'rhe patriots urged their horses to their best s peed. They \\ere not more than three -qu arters of an hour in Theo British saw the patriots and put spurs to their reaching the boy's home. The Britis h had not been there horses. as yet, and the boy'ii father, who had been watching the Tt was e vident that the chase would be a long and exJhitish from the top of a lrcc said they were about a mile citing one. away toward the north. On rode the redcoats, and alter them went the ]Jatriots. Light Horse Harry had lowered the boy Lo the ground, It becam e evident that the patriots' horses were some and now he said: ll'hat better than those of t'hc British, for the. former "Forward, all! 'vVe must catch up with the 1 .British and gained on the latter somewhat put them to flight." It was Blowly, however, and it was evident that it 'l'he party of patriots galloped northward. would be a very difficult matter to gain the half mile When they came to the house where they expected to that lay between find the enemy, the British were gone. The.y had taken "Keep at work, men," cried Light Horse Harry; "get everything of value that they could lay their han

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HOHSE HARRY." The soldiers drew pi s tols and fired a volley from them. I Dick and his comrndes rode back to the encampment, Two or three more dragoon s were dropped out of their and it was now nearly noon saudles. After dinner Dick and Light Hors e Harry got together Just the n the British reached a point where there was again and began talking' of their plans for making an open ground, and the dragoon s scattered and rode to the attack on the fort at Paulus Hook. right and to the left. They discussed the matter from every standpoint, and The p a triot s s cattered al so, and rode after the dragoons, decided upon their plans. firing at the m from their pi s tols, and occasionally they succe e ded in dropping one. The Briti s h fir e d in r e ply a s b est the y could, but the bull e t s w e r e fir e d at random, and s o did not inflict much damage, sev eral of the patrioti; b eing wounded, but only s li g htly. It was not far to th e for t on Paulus Hook, and the pa triot s s topp e d when the y g ot clo s e enough so that fhey would b e in danger from the guns there The Britis h within the fort did fir e two or thre e shots, bu t not muc h damage was don e. On e 1 horse was crippl e d b y a ca nnon ball and the rider was thrown and s h a k e n up but th e r e 1re r e othe r hor s e s no t far awa y and h e mana ge d to catc h on e and mount and r o d e a lon g wit h his c omrades, who had turned back. The patrio t s paused at a farmhou s e n ear by and called the m a n out o f door s "You will find s om e wound e d s oldier s up the road a way s," baid Light Hors e Harry; "hitch up to a wagon and come a lon g with u s W e will put the wounded men in the wagon, and the n you will haul them to the fort on Paulus Hook." The man nodd e d aud w ent to the s tabl e and ha "rnessed up a team whic h h e hitc hed to the wagon. He placed a lot of stra w in the wag onb e d and then drove up the road. Five wound e d dragoon s wer e found and were lifted into the wagon by th e p a triot s oldiers "Now driv e to Paulus Hook with these wounded sol diers," said Light Hors e Hany. "Very well, sir," and the man drove away Then the patriots rode back toward their encampment. It was quite a ride, and it took the m a good deal longer to reach it than they had been in coming, for they rode more s lowly. 'I'hey al Jive d at the encampment presently, however, and after re sting a while, Dick took a party of Liberty Boy s and went to the home of the maiden who had told the m about thei redcoat s taking a short cut through the fields The girl's name was Helen Bolton, and she was a triot maiden. Her mother wa s a widow, and while the British dragoons had taken s ome of the things that took their eye, in the way of knicknacks about the house, t hey had not done much damage The home s of two patriot neighbors had been rifloo complete ly howev e r ; and at one of the two the redcoats had even gathered some brus h with which to start a fire, it beiiQg-.tli. 1eir intention to burn the house down. The com ing of the Liberty Boys and Light Horse Harry' s m e n had frightened them away, however. 'fhey cam e to the decision that they would mak e the attack on the fort that ni ght. "We will go down there and be r e ady to make a da s h across the l e v ee and up to and into the for t a s s oon after midnight a s po s sible s aid f..Jight Horse Harry. "That will b e the best plan a g r ee d Di c k. The Liberty Boy s and th e m e n in Li g h t Horse Harry's c ompan y wer e eager for th e attempt t o b 0 m a d e. 'I'he Liberty Boy s, espe c ially, c ould hardly wait for the time to com e for the m to start. Ni ght came at l as t, how e v e r and all the n e c ess ary preparatio n s wer e mad e About ten o'clo c k the c ombin e d forces set out. They made their w a y down to the vi cinity of the fort. It was a dark night; jus t t h e kind of a night for the work in hand. A s low and cautious advance w a s n o w m a de, and then the party c ame to a s top ahout tw o hundre d ya rd s from the end of the levee which l e d the c reek cutting off the neck o f land known a s the Hook. 'l'h e y kne w there was a sentine l ::itation e d at the end of the lev ee and in order to k e ep him from rai sing an alarm it would b e ne cess ary to capture him. Dick volunte e red to do this H e f elt tha t he would be abl e to do the work alone but Bob want e d to g o a lon g and so he gave him permission to do so. "Come along, then, Bob," he said; "we will hav e lo be very careful, or the sentinel will give utterance to an outcry and arou s e thei fort. "You can count on me, Dick. I'll do my part, all right. They started and made their w a y c arefull y toward the end of the levee. They moved as cautiou s ly a s possible, and no red Indian of the forest could have made l ess n o ise tha n the y made. Closer and closer to the point the y w e r e h eading for they drew, and at last they paused and look e d and listened intently. They could not see anyone, but they heard the measured footsteps of the sentinel as he back and forth on his beat. Every time he reached the end farthest away from wh e re the two were they slipped forward a yard or two, and thus g radually got clo s e enough s o that it would be po s sible to leap upon the sentinel almost at a s ingle bound. "The next time he comes to this end of the beat we will make the attack," whi s pered Dick; "wait till he has turned to start away and then leap upon his back." "All right," said Bob, in a cautious whisper.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." 21 Pre;;entl.y the sentinel reached the end of his beat, and I gathered up a lot of muskets and secured quite a lot of turned to start back. ammunition also. Silently the two Liberty Boys rose to their feet; then The patriots got away before the redcoats could get they leaped upon the sentinel. straightened ont and in shape to do anything, and has tened across the levee and away in the direction of the en campment. CHAPTER XI They paused only long enough to bind the anns of the pri s oners and gag them, and then the'.}' hastened onward. THE ATTACK ON THE FORT. An hour later they were back at the encampment. They found that they had secured twenty-two prisoners, and that they had carried away forty muskets and five They could just see the faint outlines of the sentinel, hundred rounds of ammunition. This last was something and it was as much by good. luck as anything else that that they were sadly in need of, and it came in very handy. Dick succeeded in getting the fellow by the throat. All hands felt very much elated over the achievement. Bob got him by the arms, and the two men were able to It had been accomplished without any losi:; of life on the handle the soldier without giving him a chance to make side of the patriots. an outcry, though hei struggled fiercely to get free and did Several were wounded, but the wounds were s light ones, his best lo cry out. such as the hardy veterans thought nothing of at all. Dick compressed the sentinel' s windpipe, and the fellow They talked of the affair and congratulated one another could only gurgle a little, the noise of which could not on their success. have been heard more than a dozen feet or so. "What i s to be done with the prisoneirs?" asked Dick Being unable to get hi s breath, the sentinel was soon next morning, after all hands had breakfasted. e hoked into insensibility and as soon as this had been I "I think they s hould be taken to the main encampment accomplished Dick and Bob carried him back to whe re over at White Plains," said Light Horse Harry. the re st were and tied him hand and foot ancl gagged him. "I juclge that would be the best," agreed Dick. "Now, then, we have a clear road ahead of us to "Will you take them there, Dick?" the further end of the levee," said Light Horse Harry, "I can do so if yon wish me to." cautiously ; "let u s advance s lowl y and cautiously, and I "Very well, you attend to that, then." when we get to the end of the levee we will make lhe dash t Dick sel ected nineteen of the Libeirty Boys, and they into the fort." saddled their own horses and enough more to accommo-This wotd was sent around and then the party addale twenty-two prisoners. vanced. This done, the prisoners w e'l'e placed in the sad dles, the Slowly and cautiously it moved fqrward. The levee was Liberty Boys mounted and the party set out. reached and the patriots moYed s lowly across it. j They crossed 1.he Hudson at Dobbs' Ferry and then rotle Dick knew there was a senti nel at the farther end of onward toward White Plains. the levee, but they expected to ru s h right over him, and They arrived there about four o'clock in the afteo:noon, even if he succeeded in giving the alarm, they \1ould be and having placed the prisoners in the charge of the offiinto the fort before the British were awake, almost. cer in command at the main patriot encampment, and They made very fair progress, and presentl y were alleaving the Liberty Boys there, Dick rode to headquarters most at the end of the levee Dick told Light Horse to report to General Washington. Harry that tlte time had come to make the dash, anrl the Dick was quite a favorite with the commnll l 1er-in-chief, wo1"d was sent along the line and through the party in and he gave the youth a warm greeting. whispers. "I am glad to see you, Dick," he said; "you have news Then suddenly Dick gave the signal to advance; it was for me?" a low but shrill whistle, and the instant they heard it the "Yes, your excellency; we made the attack on the fort soldiers dashed forward. at Paulus Hook last night and succeeded in killing and They ran at the top of their s peed and were upon the wounding a number and in capturing twenty-two prison sentinel in a jiffy. He fired his musket quickly and at ers and bringing them away with us." random, and gave utterance to a yell, and then was upset "'I'hat is indeed good news. Where are t.he pris01;i.ers?" and run over by the flying patriots. "Myself and nineteen comrades brought them over here Of course the yell and the report of thei musket awoke this afternoon." the soldiers in the fort, and they leaped up quickly, but "Ah, they are over at the main camp?" before they could grab their muskets the patriots were "Yes, your excellency." ove'I: the entrenchments and inside the fort. "That is good.'' The patriots fired a volley from their muskets and two 1 "We secured, also, in addition to the prisoners, a n 'i1'i'l" more from pistols, and then they seized some of the red-I ber of muskets and about five hundred rounds of al:nmun:1= coats and dragged them out of the fort and away; they tion."


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND 'LIGHT HORSE HARRY." "That was good, also." I Then the other youths began to arrive, and before an"Yes, sir.'' I other half hour had passed all were on hand Then Dick told the story of the attack on the fort at Then Dick and Bob bade their folks goodby and all Paulus Hook in detail. I mounted and rode away. The commander-in-chief listened with interest, and "Are we going by way of Dobbs' Ferry, Dick?" asked when Dick was through he said that the attack had been Bob. well conceived and well executed. "Yes, I think it will be best to go that way, Bob." After some further conversation Dick bade General So they headed toward Dobbs' Ferry. Washington goodby and went back to the main encampThey reached the river at last, and had to wait for the t ferrvboat to come across. men k ?" k d B b When it did come, they led their horses aboard and "What are you gomg to do now, Die as e o t k "I guess we may well start on our trip to the when they reached the shore they led the horses off the I were a en across. place where we left Light Horse Harry and his m01D, and boat, settled with thei boatman, and mounting,. rode our comrades, Bob." away. "All right; say, let's go by way of our homes and stop They had quite a long ride ahead of them, and it was and take supper with the folks, old so dark they could: hardly see the road. "All right; that is just what I was gomg to suggest my-Their horses could see, however, and easily kept in lhc self, Bob." roa 'd. The youths soon ready, and, mounting their horses, On the youths rode, and at last they arrived at the point rode away in the direction of Tarrytown, their homes bewhere they had left White Horse Harry and the Liberty ing near that place. Boys, only to find them missing-all. save twenty-two o.f The company of Li.bert:r Boys had been made up near the Liberty Boys, who owned the twenty-two horses that Tarrytown from among Dick Slate1"s neighbor boys, and the youths had taken with them, and on which the pris all the youths were figuring on eating supper with their oners had ridden. folks at their own homes. From these youths Dick learned that the rest of the It was about six miles from White Plains to where Dick force had gone away just before sundown in chase of a a.nd Bob lived. Their homes were within a quarter of a party of dragoons, and had not yet returned. mile of each other, and all the nineteen youths lived withI "Which way did they go?" asked Dick. a radius of a mile and a half of where Dick and Bob I "Toward the north." h ved. "It is strano-e that we did not meet them." The youths were just about an hour in rcadling the j "I rlon't they had plenty of time to go quite a Slater and Estabrook homes, and here they split up and j 1ray:; north and then turn to the right or to the left." scattered, the nineteen youths promising to be back withYes; likely they got out of our way before we came in two hours' time. along." Dick and Bob were given a rec eption at their Knowing of nothing else to do, Dick gave the order for homes. Dick's mother was a widO\r, and he had a s i5tcr, lhc youths to unbridle and unsaddle their horses and go Edith. She was Bob Esta brook's sweethO',ut; awl Bou'::; into camp. ::;ister, Alice, was Dick's sweetheart. This they rnd, and it was an hour or more before the When the members of the two familjes learned that the other Liberty Boys and Light Horse Harry and his men youths were to be there ouly a couple oI hours, it was de-got back to the encampment. <;ided to have supper together at lhc Eslabrook home. "So you are back, eh?" Light Horse Harry, This would be better than to be separaled. when he saw Dick and the other youths. So the women folks bustled around in the kitchen and "Yes; we have been back an hour or more." got a splendid supper, while Dick, Bob and Mr. Estabrook "You got the prisoners to the main encampment with-sat in the sitting-room and talked. out losing any of them?" When supper was ready all sa.t up to the table and ate "Yes." and talked and laughed and enjoyed themselves hugely. ''You saw the commander-in-chief?" At last the meal was ended, and then, leaving the dishes "Yes, I went and reported to him." standing, all went into the sitting-room and talked awhile. "What did be say?" Then Dick and Alice and Bob and Edith went out of "He was well pleased, and said that we had done splendoors and walked slowly about the yard talking to each didly." other about-well, about things that interested them, but "I was sure be would be pleased." wich 1t is unnecessary to. speak of here. Then Dick asked Light Horse Harry where be and the -The time passed all too swiftly for the young folks, and soldiers had been. jt for Dick and Bob to begin to think of going "We chased a party of dragoons about ten miles," was al.most before they knew it. the reply.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY. 23 "Did y ou do them any damage?" "Yes w e killed a number and wounded a dozen at lea st." than would have be e n the c ase had they b ee n Britis h sol1 1 i r rs. "You sent for u s a R k e d one-. "That i s g ood." Y c s I fe e l v e ry w e ll a ti s fied "Yes Long dtree l ; I hav e work for b oth o f you. .. What i s the work sir?' from Sharp. I should judge that you would feel that way l want that y ou go over across the ri \ e r and look fnr that party o f r e bel s that made !h e attac k o n !he f o rt C HAPTEH XII. 11\ l'r on the Hoo k l as t night.'' The bow e d and Longstreet : Ve ry well sir; l am ready 1 0 start at o nce. 'And s o am I," from Sharp. THE BRITL S H urn WORKED UP. "Then a way with you, and do1i'l ('Ollle back t ill you hav e di sco\er e d wh e r e those reb e l s haYe t'h eir headquar A s m ay w e ll b e suppose d the daring fe at of attacking t e r s the Britis h i:rarri s on and capturing s ome of the soldi e r s '' V e rv well. sir" in unis on v ._, "' afte r killing and w ounding others b y the patriot force, rrhe n the two salute d and t o ok their d e p arture oc c a s ioned great excite m ent and indignation among the "Those frllow R will find ont wha t ] 1 rnn1 t o know if Britis'h, both in the fort and ove r in the city o f N e w York. a n y m e n ca n.'" G e n e ral Clinton remarked whe n they had The esca p e o f Dic k Slate r a nd his comrade and all the g on e oth e r patriot pris on ers from out the old sugar house had "Yes, the r e ply : "they are g ood m e n in their line made Gen eral Clinton very angry, and when the news o f work." of the attack on the fort was carrie d to him he became took place about noon of the a ft e r the fori. v ery angry a nd excite d was attacke d H e l ea p e' and foun d Ucn crnl have b een three hundred of lhe rebel s Clinton the r e "'Oh, I s uppo se t h e r e mu s t hav e b ee n more than just the Liberty Bo ys ... 'Well, what s u c cess?" he a s ked. "Good s uc cess,'' was the reply. The commanclrr-in-c hi e f p ace d the floor awhil e longer and then s aid : "The n .you l earne d wher e t h e r e bel s hav e their h e all q uarters ?" "We did." ''General corn walli s om ething mus t b e done. "l think s o myseilf '' "Good; how far i s it from the fort ovei on Paulus 'Have y ou anything to s u ggest?' Hook?" "Only about two miles." "That isn't very far." "No, s a rn that 111 my opinion it would be a good plan to send a <:ouple of our must expert s couts and spie s over acros s the rive r and hav e t hem hunt out the hiding-plac e of the r e b e l s." "No; the wor s t part of the trip i s getting across the river.'' You think the y have a hiding -plac e ove r there?'' "So it i s; w e ll it ll'on t b e nece ssary. to take many men "Yes, an ;en campment or r ende zvou s of some kind, from h e r e from which pla ce the y s lip ou t and do their work "1 s hou l d judge not; there are about three hundred of '' l will act upon your sugge8tion at Orderly! I the r e b e l s and the forc e over at the Hook ought to be able 'l'hc orderly quickl y appeare d. to handle them. "rrell Sharp and Longstree t t o c om e to headquarters at "Yes, but I will i::end over one hundred men." once,'' h e ordere d "You will want u s to go along and act aR guides?" The orderly bowed and withdre\\' "Yes." Half an hour l a t e r two m e n dresse d in c itizen's clothing. 'Very w ell; h o w so on will y ou send the men?" entered. ''Hight away l want that the rebel s shall be 'l'hey w ere two of the bes t scouts and spies in the Brit-blow a s s oon a s possible." ish army. They were Tories who had joined the Britis h "Very g ood; w e will b e in readine s s t n i army and they knew the country all around New York, the m whi c h made them much more valuable scouts and s p ies ; 'l'he were ready within the hour and w ent


2l THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." across the river on a ferryboat, the two scouts accompany"I wish to ask you a few questions," was the reply; "and ing them to act as guides. I want that you shall answer them promptly and truth-They went to the fort on Paulus Hook and reported to fully." the commander, and he ordered three hundred of his -"I will do so, sir." diers to gei ready to go and make an attack on the rebels. "Very well; there was a rebel force encamped not far This made a force of four hundred, which, it was thought, from your house this afternoon, but it is not there now. would be sufficient to capture the rebel force or scatter it Where did it go?" to the four winds. Mr. Benton shook his head. lt \nlS decided, after some consideration, that it would "I don't know, sir," he said. be a good plan to wait till after midnight, as then they "You are sure?" in a stern voice; "you are not lying to would be more likely to be enabled to make a success of me?" their plan. "No, inded, sir. I did not know they had gone until So they waited till after midnight and then set out. you told me just now. They were there when I went to '!'hey arrived in the vicinity of the camp three-quarters bed." of an hour later, and the two scouts stole forwird to re"You are a rebel, and I think you are trying to deceive connoiter. me!" sternly. They were treated to a surprise, indeed. "I assure you that such is not the case, sir." No rebels were to be seen. They had disappeared. "Very well, then; go back and go to bed." 'l' he scouts rub bed their eyes and looked again, by the "Thank you." light of the moon, which was now up a little ways, enMr. Benton closed the door and barred it and went abling tl{em to see very well. back to bed, and the commander of the British force, after They could not understand it; they had judged from some discussion with two or three of the under officers, the look of things that afternoon that the camp was a more decided to go into camp on the site of the late patriot or less permanent one, but now the enemy was encampment. They were greatly disappointeg, for they had hoped When this had been done and the sentinels had been that the rebels would be found there. posted, he called the two scouts to him and told them to They m .ade a tour of the vicinity and looked for the go and make a thorough search and try to find out where patriot force, but could not find any traces of it. the patriots had gone. 'l'hey went back and reported the affair to the cornThe scouts set out at once and began making a thorough mande r of the British force. search for the patriots. "What! they are gone, you say?" the commander cried. They had been at this about half an hour when they "Yes." heard the sound of firing jn the direction of the fort at "\Yhere have ihey gone?" "That is more than we can say, sir." in-Paulus Hook. "What can that mean?" remarked one, as they stood listening. "Well, that is too bad. That is a disappointment, deed." "I don't know," replied the other; "unless it should "So it is." prove to be that while e have been looking ior the rebels "'They may be near at hand," said the officer; "did you up here they have slipped around and made another attack look around for them?" on the fort at the Hook." they are not anywhere around in the vicinity." "Jove, I half believe that is what they have done!" "Well, that makes our plans a complete failure." "Let us hasten back to camp and inform the commander "There is a house right close to where the encampment of our suspicions." said one of the scouts; "I think the people who "All right." li'e there are rebels, and it is possible that they know They :made their way back to the camp and found that where the party of rebels has gone.'' the soldiers were up and getting ready to march. The "We will soon find out," grimly; "lead the way to the sound of the firing had been heard .by the sentinels, and house." they had aroused the camp. The scouts went in the lead and soon the British had As soon as the soldiers were ready to march they set out, aurrounded the house. and three-quarters of an hour later were at the fort. The officer then advanced and knocked on the door. There they met with a surprise that was not plea.sing. Of course, the folks were in bed and asleep, and the They found eight or ten dead soldiers, several wounded officer had to knock again. ones, and all the cannon that had been in the fort had :;,H ro -Presently footsteps were heard, and then the door was been thrown into the river-t'his they learned from a and. Mr. Benton appeared. wounded soldier who was able to talk. dWJ:int 1s wanted?" he asked. He was somewhat The rest of the garrison, so the soldier said, had been ''If' alarmed. for there was light enough so that he could see carried away prisoners there was a large force of British soldiers. "And this was done by those very rebels that we went


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." 25 I up into the country to try to kill or capture!" exclaimed I At the farther end another sentinel had been stationed, the commander, bitterly. "They certainly turned the but he heard the yells to which the first one gave uttertables on us completely." ance and took the alarm and fled into the fort. I "But we must get even with them," said another officer; I He did not get there much ahead of the Liberty Boys "we must not let them have the better of us in this fashand Light Horse Harry and his men, however; and there ion." was an exchange of shots, the majority being fired by the "You are right." patriots, however, as there were only about sixty men in the fort. CHAPTER XIII. Eight or ten of these were killed and six or eight were THE SECOND ATTACK. wounded. 'l'he rest, forty-two in number; were ta ken The Liberty Boys and Light Horse Harry and hi s men prisoners. had indeed turned the tables on the British. "'"Let's throw the cannon into the river," sugge5ted Bob, About halfway between the fort on Paulu s Hook and and the others were right in for it. the place where the patriots had been encamped a patriot "Yes, yes!" was the cry; "let's do that." by the name of Hilton lived. He had a couplB of dogs, "We will have to hurry, then," s aid Dic k; ''for the Britand away along in the night he was awakened by the barkish will send some soldiers across from the city and make ing o.f them. an attack on if we linger here long." He got up and slipped out of the house and made the This was good advice, and the patriots followed it. di scove ry that a strong force of soldi ers was passing his They lost no time, but went to work with a ill and threw house. By listening to the talk of the men as they the guns into the river, after which they ha stene d away, marched along, he was enabled to learn that an attack taking the prisoners with them. was to be made on the rebel for(\e encamped near the BenWhen the point where the horses had been left was ton home. reached the prisoners were placed on the backs of forty-As he was a patriot, Mr. Hilton at once decided two of the strongest horses, whose owners then mounted that he would warn the patriots and enable them to make hehind. The other patriots mounted, also, and then the their escape from the threatened danger. party rode away. He hastened away, and was soon a.head of the British. It went back the same road it had come, and, feeling He reached the patriot encampment while yet the Brit-that it would not do to return to the .r_>}ace where they hacl ish force was half a mile away, and he explained the sitI been ensamped before, it was decided_ to into uation to the sentinel, who aroused the camp at once. 1 near the home of B;elen Bolton, the gnl who had given There was a saddling of horses in hot haste, and then information regarding w1:ich way the force of Britthe patriots mounted and rode away, up the road. Dick 1 ish dragoons had gone.' as told m a former chapter. and Light Horse Harry were riding together at the head There was heavy timber all around, and the patnots of the force, and Dick said: 'entered the timber at a point back of the widow Bolton 's "This force must have come from the fort at Paulus house, and went into camp. Hook, don t you think?" Next morning Light Horse Harry said he would take an "Quite likely, Dick," was the reply. equal number of his men and conduct the pri s oners to the "Then what is to hinder us from going there and main encampment at White Plains. ing the work we begun last night?" "Do you wish to go?" asked Dick; "because, if you Light Horse Harry uttered an exclamation. do not, I can go." "There is nothing to hinder,'' he said; "it is just the "Yes, I wish to see the commander-in-chief,'' was the thing to do." reply. "That is what I think." "Very well, then." They sent the word around among the men, who were So Lig'ht Horse Harry and forty-two of hi s men rode delighted. away, taking the prisoners with them It was just the thing they would prefer to do. They arrived at White Plains about two o'clock, and as The horses were urged into a gallop, and the party rode soon as he had turned the prison ers over into the charge of northward till it came to a crossroad; then it turned to-the commander at the main encampment, Light Horse ward the west and went in this direction a mile, after Harry rode to headquarters to report to the which it turned s outh toward Paulus Hook. in-chief. A ride of three-quarters of an hour and they were at He was given a cordial gTeeting by General Washington, their destination. for he was a favorite with the commander-in-chief. They dismounted and tied t1heir horses. Them they stole forward till they were to the end of the levee, and just as the sentine l discovered them, they made a dash forward, upsetting the sentinel, and running across the levee with all their might. "How have you been getting along with your work over 'J in New Jersey?" asked the general. "Fine, sir," was the reply; "we made attack I t on the fort at Paulus Hook la st night, and :finisl1e up the work we had already


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." "Indeed? What did you do?" dragoons till they arc glad to go over to New York unJ "We captured forty-two prisoners; J have brought them stay there and stop robbing and pillaging the homes of with me." the patriots." "Ah, indeed? That is good." "I'm glad of that." "Yes, and we threw the cannon into the Hudson Rivar." "So am I." from Bob. "That was well done, indeed The other soldiers who were within hearing distance Tl1en Light Horse Harry told the story in detail of said the same. It was plain that they enjoyed the work how all this had been accomplished they had been doing. Tl1e general listened with interest, and when he had Dick and Light Horse Harry began talking of their heard all, complimented the young patriot officer on the plans at once. They wished to decide what it would be good "ork he and his men and Dick Slater and his men best for them to do. had done They came to the conclusion, finally, that it would be 'You have made it extremely lively for the British drabest to simply let themselves br gove rned by circumgoons over in New Jersey," he said. stances. "Wehave done the best we could,'' was the modest "We might divide up into three parties of one hundrc

THE liIDERTY BOYS AND "LIGH'r HORSE HAURY." 27 "Halt!" cried Dick, and then, as the youths obeyed, he went on: "Back, quickly! The enemy is too strong for us!" CHAPTER XIV. MORE GOOD WORK. 'rhe youths put spurs to their horses and rode away, back up the road They did not go far, for they knew the infantry could not pursue them, and they did not think that the dragoon s wonld dare do so. They paused a quarter of a away and looked at the enemy. lt was evident that th e British did not know just what i.o do. They were holding a council, and there was much "I wish Light Horse Harry and his men would put in an appearance right now," said Bob; "we would charge the redcoats and scatter them like chaff.' "I wish so, too, Bob," agreed Dick. "There they come now!" cried Mark Morrison, pointing up the road. "Now, you stay here," said Light Horse Harry; "Dick and I are going to reconnoit er and see if we can learn where the British are." The two then took their d eparture. They entered the timber afoot and made their way to ward the east. Fifteen minutes later they were at the other road, and here they looked all around. Not seeing anything of the e nemy, they moved toward the north, keeping a sharp lookout ahead. On roundiug a bend in the road half a mile di st ant they caught :;ight of the British infantry. It was half a mile away, marching northward. While the two werE watching, however, the Briti s h came to a stop and turned asid e and entered the timber. Dick and Light Horse Harry were interested, of course, and they mored in that direction at a rapid walk. "Looks as though they are going to go into c amp, Dick," sai d Lighi Horse Harry. "Yes, and I hope that such is the <;ase." They were not long in arriving near the point where the redcoats had entered the timber, and i;ure enough. the British bad gone into camp. "W c will play a little trick on them," sai d Light Horse Harry: Snrc enough, a party of horsemen w11s coming around the bend a quarter of a.mile distant. "So we will," agreed Dick; "at least, we will try." A glance only was needed to tell the Liberty Boys that They hastened away. the newcomers were Light Horse Harry and his men They headed diagonally through the timber, and 1rer0 The I ... iberty Boys set up a yell. not mor e than an hour in arriving at the point where "Come on!" cried Bob, excitedly; "co me on, and we they had left theu comrades. will charge the redcoats yonder and make them geit out 1 When they told the men what they had seen all were deof t hi s in a hurry!" hghted. Light Horse Harry and his men responded with cheers "Let us go and attack them at once," said Bob Estaand urged their horses forward at the top of their speed. brook, eagerly. They were soon alongside the Liberty Boys, and then The other s all sa id the same. the combined forces das hed.onward toward the enemy. "That i s just what we are going to do," said Dick; "get 'l'he British seemed at a los s to know what to do. ready, everybody." For a few moment s they stood irresolute, and then the Light Horse Harry told his men to get ready, also. infantry scattered and entered the timber at both sides of The s oldiers tied their horses to trees a couple of hun-the road, while the dragoon s whirled th eir horses and dred yards from the road and then the party set out. dashed down the road. They made their way diagonally through the timber, 'The Liberty Boys and Light Horse Harry and hi s men and at last arrived in the vicinity of the British encamp dashed onward, firing at the infantry as they rode past ment. where the soldier s had taken refuge. The British had sentinels out, but the majority were 'l'he British had good horses, however, and it was ims tationed along the road to the north and to the south, as possible for the patriots to gain on them. it was expected that the patriot s would come along the The Liberty Boy s a nd Light Horse Harry and his men road. '!'here were a couple of sentinels in the woods to chased the dragoon s to within a quarter of a mile of the the west of the encampment, but they were not paying fort on Paulus H ook, and then paused and turned back. much attention to their surroundings. Like the rest, they They rode back, bnt did not return by way of the same supposed that the enemy, if it came at all, would come road they had traveled 1iu comi ng. They feared they along the road. might be ambushed by the British infantry. poser and closer crept the Liberty Boys and Light They turned to the left at a crossroad and went a mile Horse Harry's men. .., r .. in that direction, and then again turned toward the north. They were within twenty yards of the sentinel be When the y were about even .with the point where they saw them, and then they made a dash forward and ,, I had seen the British infantry, they paused and disupon him before he could fire. mounted He gave utterance to a single wild cry of alarm, and


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND "LIGHT HORSE HARRY." this was sufficient to cause the Briti sh soldiers to leap up !their encampment would be seen from the road, and they and seize their muskets, but before they could fire the pafelt safe triots gave them a withering volley, which dropped at I Next day they divided up into three parties, as had Jeast seventy-five, dead and wounded. been the case the day before. Then they drew their pistols, and, taking refuge behind They put in the day, and while they saw a couple of trees, fired two more volleys. forces and gave chase to theni, they did not get close The British fired volleys from their muskets and pistols, enough to do any damage. but they fired at random and did not do any damage to The British were now beginning to be greatly worked speak of. Besides, the patriots were sheltered behind up. trees, and could not have been damaged much even had General Clinton, over at 'headquarters in the city, fumed the redc;oats taken aim. and threatened, and at last, in desperation, ordered that a It was evident that the British were almost demoralized regiment be sent over to hunt the rebels down and drive and, seeing this, Light Horse Harry gave the command them out the country, .or kill them. to fire a couple of more pistol volleys The was ferried over the nver and then it This was done and then came the order to charoc the started miand. 0 redcoats. Dick and Light Horse Harry held a council a.nd talked the matter over. This was the order that the patriots had been wanting to hear. They decided that they had done so well and had lost so few of their men that it would be a good plan to go They dashed forward, uttering shouts and yells that back across the river for awhile. had the effect of adding to the demoralization of the redt So thev mounted their horses and rode away toward the coa s. th nor Thev broke and fled at the top of their speed. Aft th t th t t d th d d Thev arrived at Dobbs Ferry safely and crossed on the er em wen e pa no s, an ey succee e m If b t knocking a number down with the butts of their muskets. erTr)1 oa t. l d d t d Wl .t Pl 1 h .. rnn iey ro e onwar owar u e am s w.i1c The Bntish scattered, however, and it was useless to I 1 th 1 d b th 'dl f th ft f 11 p ace ey reac 1e y e m1c1 e o e a ernoon. 0 OW them after that, so the ord e r was given for the I n k d L. ht H H t t I d t t / ic an ig orse arry wen o 1ea quar ers opatriots to cease pursmt, and they did so, makmg their tl t t ge 1er o repor way bark to the scene of the late engagement. Dead and dying soldiers were lying all around, and the I General W ashmgton gave a. cordial greetmg, and patriots felt sorry for the wounded and would have liked asked them how they were gettmg along. to have ministered to them, but they did not dare do so, "We did very well, your excellency," said Ligl1t Horse Ior fear the British would return and fire upon them. "but the enemy got too strong for u s and we de.. The redcoats will soon be back and will look after cided to come back over here for awhile." their dead and wounded" Bob "we don't need to Them. he explained the matter, and General Washington said they had done right. worry." Dick and Light Horse Harry knew that this was the case, and so gave the order for the patriots to keep right on going. "We will go back to where we left our horses," said Dick. A number of the patriots had been wounded, but none so seriou s !) as to make it impossible for them to walk, so the entire party made its way along, and three-quarters of an hour later was at its destination. All felt that they had done some good work. But they were not satisfied to quit for the day. They wished to keep on as long as they could see anything. They did so, too. "You have done a. lot of good work over there," he said; "and I am rather glad that you have come back, for there is some work to be done on this &ide of the river." "You may count upon us to do it, sir," said Light Horse Harry. "Yes, indeed!" from Dick. THE END. The next number (165) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS IN CAMP; OR, WORKING FOR WASHINGTON," by Harry Moore. When it was getting along toward evening they went back to the point where they had made their encampment I and found the other party of patriots there. I SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly This party had had a running fight with a party of are always in print. If you cannot obtain them :from any British dragoons, so taken all in all, the combined forces newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by hhd done a good day's work. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION .\11 was quiet that evening and night. -They were deep SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies enough in the tim1!er so that there was no danger that you order by return mail.


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WOR.K AND WIN. The A:t.X. 'I'B:E READ Best -VV-e(3kly N't1Ml3E:EtS ABE ALWAYS ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM Published. IN P:EtINT. ALL. LAT.EST ISSUES: 223 Fred Fearnot and the "Greaser" ; or, The Fight to Death with 173 Fred Fearnot' Silent Bunt or, Catching the "Green Goods" 224 Lariats. Fred Fearnot in Mexico ; or, Fighting the Revolutlonlsts. Men. 225 Fred Fearnot"s Daring Bluff; or, The Nerve that Saved His Life. 174 Fred Fearnote Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Era. 226 Fred Fearnot and the Grave Digger; or, 'be Mystery of a Ceme 175 Fred Fearnot and l 'be Doctor ; or, 'l'be Indian lliedicine Fakir. tery. 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, saving a Glrl Horse Thief. 177 Fred J<'earnot" s Wonderful l'eat; or, The Taming of Black Beauty. 227 Fred Fearnot' s Wall Street Deal; or, Between the Bulls and the 178 Fred Fearnot's Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. Bears. 179 Fred h'earnot's Jubilee or New Era' s Greatest Day. 228 Fred Fearnot and "Mr. Jones" ; or, The Insurance Man in 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson; or, "Who Runs Thls Town?" Trouble. 181 Fred Fearnot and the Rioters; or, Backing Up the Sherill'. 229 Fred Fearnots Big Gift; or, A We e k at Old Avon. 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Chase for a Stolen 230 Fred Fearnot and the "Witch" ; or, Exposing an Old Fraud. Diamond. 2 3 1 Fred Fearnot" s Birthday: or, A Sig Time at New Era. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek; or, The Masked Fiends of the 232 Fred Fearnot and the Sioux Chief; or, Searching for a Lost Girl. 184 Fre d Fearnot and the Vigilantes or Up Against the Wrong 233 Fre d Fearnot's Mortal Ene my ; or, The Man on the Blac k Horse. Man. 234 Fred Fearnot at Canyon Castle; or, Entertaining His li'l'iends. 185 Fred Fearnot in New Mexico; or, Saved by Terry Olcott. 235 Fred Fearnot and the Commanc be; or, Teaching a R edskin a 186 Fl'ed Fearnot in Arkansas; or, The Queerest of All Adventures. Lesson. 187 Fred Jt'eaqwt In Montana; or, The Dispute at Ro c ky Hlll. 236 Fred Fearnot Suspected; or, Trailed by a Treasury Sleuth. 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor ; or, The Tl'ouble at Snapping 237 Fred Fearnot and the Promoter ; or, Breaking Up a Big Sche me. Shoals. 238 Fred Fearnot and "Old Grizzly"; or, The !llan Who Didn't Know. 239 Fred Fearuot's Rough Riders: or, Driving Out the Squatters. 189 Fred Fearnot's Big Bunt; or, Camping on the Columbia River. 240 Fred Fearnot and the Black Fiend; or, Putting Down u Riot. 190 Fred Fearnot' s Hard Experience; or, Roughing it at Red Gulch. 241 Fl'ed Fearnot in Tennessee; or, The D emon of the Mountains. l!ll Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry Olcott Lost the !\Ioney. 242 Fred Fearnot and the "Terror'; or, Calling Down a Bad Man. 192 Fred Fearnot in the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by Bandits. 243 Fred Fearnot in West Virginia: or, Helping the Revenue Agents. 103 Fred Fearnot's Terrible Rlsk; or, Terry Olcott"s Reckless Ven244 Fred Fearnot and Bis Athletes: or, A Great Charity T our. ture. 245 Fred rrearnot' s Strange Adventure; or, The Queer Old Man of the 194 Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved His Life. Mountain. 195 Fred Fearnot and the Professor ; or, The .Man Who Knew it All. 246 Fred Fearnot and the League ; or, Up Against a Bad Lot. 196 Fred Fearnot' s Big Scoop; or, Resting a Thousand Rivals. 247 Fred Fearnol"s Wonderful Race; or, B eating a Horse on Foot. 1 97 Freq Fearnot and the Raiders; or. Fighting for His Belt. 248 Fred Fearnol and the Wrestler; or, 'browing a Great Champi on. 19S Fred Fearnot's Great Risk; or, One Chance in a Thousand. et 0 199 Fred Fearnot as. a Sleuth: or, Running Down a Slick Villain. 249 Fred Fearnot and tbc BankrQpt; or. Ferr ut a Fraud. 200 Fred Fearnot's New Deal : o r Working fo r a Banker. 250 Fred Fearpot as a Redskin; or, Trailing a Caprnred Girl. 20l Fred Fearnot in Dakota or, 'l'be Little Combination Ranch. 251 Fred Fearuot and the "Greenhorn; or, Foole d for Once in H is Llfe. 202 Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents; or, Terry Olcott's Cool 252 Fred Fearnot and the Bloodhounds; or, Tracke d by lllista"0 Nerve. 253 Fred Fearnot"s Boy Scouts: or, Hot Times in the Ro<'kies. 203 Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman of the 254 Fred Fearnot and the Waif of Wall Street; or, A Smart Plains. Broker. 204 Fred Fearnot's Training School: or, How to Make a Living. 255 Fred Fearnot' s Buffalo Hunt; or, 'he Gamest Boy i n the W r t 205 Fred Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who was 256 Fred Fearnot and the Mill Boy; or, A Desperate Dash for f.if'. Short. 2i\7 l<'red Fearnot"s Gleat 'l.'rotting l\Iatc h : or, Beating the R e i ord. 206 Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper; or, Searching for a Lost 258 Fred Fearnot and the Hidden Marksman; or, The l\Iyslery o: Cavern. Thunder Mountain. 207 Fred Fearnot in Colorado; or, Running a Shee p Ranch. 259 l<'red Fearnot's Boy Champion; or, Fighting for His Rights. 208 Fred Fearnot at the Ball; or, The Girl in the Green Mask. 260 Fred Fearnot and the llioney King; or, A Big Deal in '1.", 1 :, 209 Fre d Fearnot and the Duellist; or, The Man Who Wanted to Street. Fight. 261 Fred Fearnot's Gold Hunt; or, The Boy Trappers of Goose L:: 210 Fred Fearnot on the Stump; or, Baeking an Old Veteran. 262 Fred Fearnot and the Ranch Boy; or, Live ly Times with tL! 211 Fred Fearnot"s New Trouble; or, Up Against a Monopoly. Broncho Busters. 212 Fred Fearnot as Marshal; or, Commanding the Peace. 263 Fred Fearnot after the Sharpers; or, Exposing a Dcspera:e 213 Fred Fearnot and "Wally"; or, The Good Natured Bully of Game. Badger. 21)4 Fred Fearnot and the Firebugs: or, Saving a City. 214 Fred Fearnot and the Miners ; or, The Trouble At Coppertown. 265 Fred Fearnot In the Lumber Camps ; or, Hustling In the Back 215 Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" : or, ; ore Ways Than One. woods. 216 Fred Fearnot and the Hindoo; or, The Wonderful Juggler at 266 Fred Fearnot Coppertown. 267 Fred Fearnot 217 Fred Fearnot Snow Bound: or, Fun with Pericles Smith. West. 218 l<'red Fearnot's Great Fire Fight: or, R escuing a Prairie S c hool. 268 Fred Fearnot and the Orphan; or, The Luck of a Pluc ky Boy. at Forty !llile Creek; or, Knocking About in the and the Boy Speculator; or, l!'rom a Dollar to a 219 Fred Fearnot In New Orleans: or, Up Against the Mafia l\Iillion. 220 Fred Fearnot and the Haunted House; or, Unraveling a Great 269 Fred Fearnot"s Canoe Club : or, A Trlp on the Mississippi. Mystery. 270 Fred Fearnot. an_ d the Boy: or, Bound to Make Money. 221 Fred Fearnot on the Mississippi ; or, The Blackleg's Murderous Plot. 222 Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battle for Life In the Dark. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any_ Address on Receipt of Price 5 Cents per Copy, by !'BA.BK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS .,f our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers they can be obtained from this office direct. 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; -----THE STAGE I No. 31. HOW 'l'O HEUOME A SPEAKER.-Containing futll'> THE BOYS OF NEW YOH.K END MEN'S JOKE teen illustrations, giving the positions req?ii:iite to become o "' a good speaker, reader and elocubomst. Also contammg gems from a great variety of. the Jokes used the I all the popular authors of Prose and poetry, arranged in the l.amous men. No amateur mmstrels is complete without simple and concise manner possible this. woi:de;ful ht!le book. No 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting o .. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.bates, outlines for drbates, questions for discussion, and the blfllf a vaned a s sortl!'1ent of stump Negro, Dutch sources for procuring information on the questions given. and Irish. Also end men's Jokes. Just the tbmg for home amuse .and amateur shows. o. 45 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Somethin1; new and very instructive. Every boy shourn obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or can\zing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON"S JOKES.-This is one of the most original joke l'Ver published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It contains a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of rerrence J\foldoon, the great wit, humorist and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should :obtain a copy immediately. 'o. '79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete instruction how to make up for various characters on the tage; together :with the duties of the Stage. Manager, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man. By a promment Stage Manager. No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the latut jokeR, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.--Containing instmctions for constructi n g a window garden either in town or country, and th e most approved methods for raising b eautiful flowers at home. The most complete liook of the kind ever pub!11bed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books :m cooking 'Ver published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game and oysters; also p i es, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand co lle ctio n of r ecipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A. de1criptfon of the wonderful uses of electri city and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con raining full directions fo r making electrical machines, .induction <'oils, dy namos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Full y illustrated. No. 67 HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing elec t rical tricks, tocether with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of inst uctions, by a practical professor (delighting mul ti tudes every nigh1 with his wonderful imitations), can maste r the rt, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the t'reatest book ev brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worl d Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male aml female The secret i s simple, and almost costless Read this and be convin ced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7 HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustra.ted a n E containing fu ll instructions for the management and training of t h f canary, mo<'kingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A NK: RABBITS.-A u seful and instructive book. Handsomely Blue. trated. Bv Ira Drofraw. No. 40. "HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including h i n tf on bow to catch moles, weasels, otte r rats, squirrels and birdi:. Also. how to cure skins. Copiously illustrate d. By J. HarringtoJt Kee ne. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A vahr abl e book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, moantlnt and prese rving birds, animals and in sects. No 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving co m plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepin_, taming, b r eeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving ful' instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twent:r eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind eve r publishe\}. MISCF'LLANEOUS. No. 8 HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also el? periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistr y, ant directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas This book cannot be equal ed No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook making all kinds of C'andy, i ce cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. No. rn. FRANK TOTTSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTA NOJi TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving official distances on all the railroads of the United States Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, h*-cb fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc. ma.klnt WOE derful book, containing u seful and practical information In tb1<: treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to family Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-00111 taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arran1ln5 of stamps and coi ns. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bradl.Y, the world-known d e tective. In which he lays down some valuabl< au

THE LIBERTY BOYS Of '76. A. Weekly Magazine conta inin g Stories of t he America n Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctua.l fa.cts a.nd give a. faithful accoun t of the exciting adventures of a. ba.nd of American youths who were a.lwa.ys rea.dy a.nd willing to imperil their lives for the of helping a.long the ga.lla.nt ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 la.rge pa.ges of reading ma.tter bound in a. beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 112 5 'l.'he Liberty Boys and "Old Put."; or Tbe Escape at Horseneck. 86 '.l.'be Liberty Boys' Indian Friend or The Redskin who Fought !or 126 The Boys Bugle Call ; or, The Plot to Poison Washington. Independence 127 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther"; or, The Wyoming Valley 87 The Liberty Boy's "Golng it Bllnd"; or. 'l'aking Big Chances. Mas.sacre 88 The J iberty Boys' Black Band or Bumping the British Hard. 128 The Li.berty Boys Ho1se Guaid. oi, On the Hig:h Hills of Santee. 89 The f,ib erty 'noys' "Hurry Call"'; or, A Wild Dash to Save a 129 'l'he Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr; or, Battling for Independ-Friend. ence: 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel or The Beautiful Maid of the 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" ; or, Helping Marlon. Mountain. 131 The Liberty Boys and Ethan Allen; or, Old and Young Veterans. f 91 The f,!berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. 132 The Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia-!: 92 'l'be Liberty Boys "Treed'. ; or, Warm Work In the Tall Timber. mond. ()3 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Cbaige; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Benning 134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the l'rison ton. Ships. 95 The Liberty Boys in New Jersey ; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit-135 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the King's !sh Lion. Statue. ()6 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. rlin. 147 'l'he L!bei:ty Boys. m Florida; Prevost' s Army. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise or Not Just What They Were Look 148 The L1be1 ty Boys. Last Chance. or, Making the Best of It. Ing P'ur. 1'.!!l 1;be Boys Sharpsho?ters; or, Battle. of the Kegs. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure or A Lucky Find. loO Ihe Liberty Boys on Guard, or, Watchmg the Enemy. 110 The Liberty Boys in Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 131 The Liberty Boys Strange Gnide; or, the Mysterious :Uaiden. 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee: or, A Great Day for the Great Cause 122 The Libei:tl: Boys. in the :r..rou?tains; or. Among Rough People. 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall we Turn?" The Boys Retreat, of _Death. 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge or Enduring Terrible Hard1:?'.! The Liberty Boys !!-nd the Fire Fiend, or, A New of. Battie. ships. l<>a 'J'be Liberty Boys m Quakertown ; or, Making Tbmgs Lively in 114 The Liberty Boys Missing: or, Lost in the Swamps. Philadelphia. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Won It. H\6 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Surprise. 116 The Libe1ty Boys Deceived; or, Tricked but Not Beaten. 15 7 The Liberty Boys' Flying Artillery: or, "Liberty or Death." 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 15 8 The Liberty Boys ,/\gainst the Red Demons; or, Fighting the Indian 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; ot', The Deadly Twelve. Raiders. 119 The Liberty Boys League; or, The Country Boys Who Helpe d. 15 9 Th e Liberty Boys' Gunners; or, The Bombardment of Monmouth. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the Redcoats 16 0 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young French Gen Fool e d era!. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot in the Enemy's Country. 16 I The Libert. y Boys' Grit; or, The Bravest of the Brave. 122 Tbe Liberty Boys in the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's 16 2 The Liberty Boys at West Point: or, Helping to \\'atch t h e Redcoats. Cause. 16 3 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle; or, J!'ighting to a Finish. 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll !rom the Tories. 16 4 The Liberty Boys and "Light Horse H arry;" or, Chasing the British 124 'l'be Liberty Boys at Saratoga: or. The Surrender of Burgoyne. Dragoons. 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