The Liberty Boys' awkward squad, or, Breaking in new recruits

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The Liberty Boys' awkward squad, or, Breaking in new recruits
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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t r 1 No. 1 71. NEW YORK, APRIL 8 1904:. Pric e 5 C!'nts. It was hard work breaking the new recruits in. Dick was patient. however, and was as and gentle with the youths as discipline would permit. The other Liberty Boys enjoyed watching, and they admired Dick more and more.


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l THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By SubsoripUon $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New Y ork, N Y., Poat Offl ce, February {, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, tn the year 190{, in the otrtce o f the Librarian o f Oongress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 2 4 Unlon S q uare, New York. No. 171. NEW YORK, APRIL 8, 190 4 Price f) Cents. OB, Breaking 1n New Recruits. By HARRY MOORE. made a coward of him, so that about all h e was capable CHAPTER I. of doing was making war on the unprotected homes o f t h e patriot settlers in the vicinity of Ric)Jmond. THE .A WKW .ARD SQUAD. He had done a good deal of damage, and Lafayette, while having held Arnold in check to some extent, was "Air ye ther Liberty Boys?" unable to do al much as he would have liked to have "We are." done. "Waal, we wanter jine ye." The Libe1:ty Boys had just arrived-that is to say, they "You do?" had been there only one day, but they had struck a. ma"Yas." rauding party of redcoats a blow and had killed and "All of you boys?" wounded a number and scattered the rest in all direc" Y as, all uv us." tions. This news had spread throughout the neighbor-It was the first week in May of the year 1781. hood, and a number of country youths of the vicinity had The place was a little dealing in the timber in Virbecome imbued with a desire to distinguish themselves, ginia, at a point perhaps six miles from Richmond. and the result was that about a dozen of them had apThe scene was an encampment of about one hundred peared at th,e encampment of the Liberty Boys, and, as youths of an average age of eighteen years, though some has been seen, hail stated that they wished to become were at least twenty-one years old. members of the company. These youths were the famous "Liberty Boys of "76." The leader of the party of country youths had adThe Liberty Boys had operated chiefly in the North dressed Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys, as under the commander-in-chief; but at the time of which given above. we write they had been sent down to Virginia to assist Dick hardly knew what to say about the matter. General Lafayette, who was doing all he could to hold He did not know whether it would pay to take hold Arnold in check. of an awkward squad just at this time or not. Arnold the traitor was in command of the British He was not sure that he would have the time to drill force at Richmond, and 11e was putting in his time, burnthem and teach them what it was necessary that they ing and pillaging the patriot homes of the vicinity. l know before they could be of much benefit to Benedict Arnold had deteriorated greatly since having his company. played the_ traitor to the patriot cause. When a mem-' "What is your name?" asked Dick. ber of the patriot army none were braver than he, none I "Joe Skupp." more a ashing, none more admired for their 8oldierly1 l "Are you sure that y ou wish to join our company and qualities; but now he was different. He was afraid that fight for liberty?" 'he might be captured and hanged as a traitor, and this ."Yas,'' eagerly; "we all do, sir."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' ,\ WKWARD SQUAD. 'I watn you that there is a great deal more work than play about it." all rigl'lt; we hain't cdraid uv 1York." Dick called Bob Estabrook, chum and right hand man, to one side. "What do you think about taking the111 ln, Bob?" he asked. ''I hardly know, Dick "You know best." "It is no easy task to break in new recruits." "I know that." "And I really haven't the time for the work "Yon might do it of evenings, Dick." Yes, 1 could gi Ye them some time." ''They are husky looking young "So they are; if they once lea:med what was expected of them they would be valuable acquisitions, without doubt." 'Well, they may pick it up quicker than you think." "That is true. They look green, hut they may be brighter than they look." "You arc right'.' "I've a good mind to give them a chance." "I believe that I would, if I were you." "I can give them a chance and see bow they take to the work; and if they seem to learn quickly then I will keep on with them." "Yes; and if they are so dumb as to make headway slow and difficult then you can send them back home." "You are right; I will give them a trial." He went back to where the dozen country youths stood, and said: "Did your parents consent tol your coming and join-ing us?" Joe -Skllpp nodded. ,. "Yas," he s aid ; ''they wuz 1yillin' fur us ter do et." "Very well, then; I will give you a chance, and if you take hold and learn quickly then you may become members of the company." '!'he faces of the country youth::; brightened. "Thank ye," said Joe. ((; ''That is all right;' I s ec you have no weapon::;. How are you going to be :. "D'ye think we'll make sojers, Cap'n Slater('' asked Joe. eagerly ancl anxiou ly. "I think you will, Joe," was the tcply. "I will say that you did better than I expected you would do." "I am gladuv the!:." "Yon did finely," said Bob. "Yes, indeed," from Mark Morrison. "I didn' think we wuz doin' very good,'' grinned one of the youths; "ye feller:< done a lot of laffin' at us." "Oh, of course there was plenty for us to laugh at,'' said Bob; "but so would there have been had it been us who were tarting in. You did well." The country youths were well pleased, and declared that they wottlt1 do their best to lParn all that was ncces$ary. so that they might go with the .company and help fight the re

THE LIBERTY AWKWARD SQUAD. 3 a position to go with us," said Dick; "then you may bring your horses." "We'll do et The member;:; of the awkward squad said that they wanted to begin the life of a soldier at once, so they re mained in the encampment instead of going to their homes. They might as well get used to camp life one time as another, they declarc

THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. Joe told his comrades to take aim and fire whenever they got a chance at a redcoat. The youths began doing this, and had fired three or four shots before the troopers decided what to do. The decision reached by the redcoat s was that they should charge and make an attempt to get at close quar ters 'With their enemies, and they came forward with a rush. The country youths could not stand before the red coats, and turned and fled at the top of their speed. They were swifter-footed than the British troopers and gradually drew away. Seeing this, the redcoats fired a volley from their muskets. One of the youths was wounded, but only slightly. It had the effect of making him run faster, that was all. Joe Skupp was a pretty level-headed youth, even though he was green as regarded army affairs; and he led the youths in a half circuit, and took up his position around on the farther side of the clearing in which was the en campment. He was determined to protect the encampment and keep the redcoats from taking the provi si ons and camp utensils if it was possible to do so. The youths crouched behind the troos and waited and watched. Presently they heard the voices of the troopers. A few moments later the redcoats appeared at the opposite side of the clearing. They paused and took a survey of the scene, and advanced. The truth was that they thought they had frightened the rebels away. They had just reached the center of the encampment and were looking around them with interest when Joe gave the sig nal and the dozen youths fired another volley. They dropped two of the redcMts this time, and the rPi::t were RO amazed that they stood and stared for a few moments without i'nakin g a move of any kind. This gave the youths time, and they retreated to the timber anr1 and reloaded their mu s kets. The trooprrs had charged to the edge of the timber, and finding no one there, sto1:tped, and were now discussing the situation. The commander of the party decided that they had better take their wounded comrade-one was wounded and two were dead-and go back to where they had left their horses mount and get away from the yicinity. They were puzzled by the actions of the rebel s, and consequently were very much worried. Had known the number of the enemy they would have known better what to do; but as they could not tell how strong 'the enemy was they decided to take their clrnnces. They lifted their wounded comrade and carried him to wJ)ere the horses had been left. The soldier was able to sit in the i::addle, ii steadied by the hand of a comrade. 'l'he others mounted, niter assisting the wounded man to mount, and they set out in the direction of Rich mond. IL was a victory for the new recruits to the Liberty Boys company, and they were delighted. They made sure that the enemy had gone, and then they went and looked at the two dead troopers. They were somewhat a.we-stricken, not to say horrified, for these were the first men they had ever killed. "W aal, et's war times, boys," said Joe; "an' we air sojers; an' sojers can't ermount ter enny+.hin' ef they don' kill sumbuddy." "Thet's so," said one; "on'y et seems kinder orful, don't et?" "T'as, et does," from another. "Let's bury 'em," said Joe. The others acquiesced in this, for they did not like to see the corpses lying there; so dug a grave and placed the two dead troopers in it and covered them up. This done, the youths felt better. They discussed the affair with a great deal of interest, and, to tell the, they were very proud of their own number to flight. 'l'hey were eager for the Liberty Boys Lo get back. 'l'he yuuths put in an appearance about five o'clock in the afternoon. Joe could hardly wait till the Liberty Boy s had dis mounted before telling of the encounter with the British troopers. Dick was well pleased when h e heard the story, and he did not hesitate to compliment Joe and his comrades. '' 'l ou did $plendidly, he said; "I know now that yon are going to be good soldie rs." "D'ye really think so?" asked Joe, eagerly. "I am sure of it. Didn't the dozen of you put twenty redcoats to flight, after killing two and wounding an other?" "Yas." "Well, that proves it. That is something that could hardly be expected of you. Had a dozen veterami accom plished this they would have been doing well; so it was really a remarkable achievement for you new recruits." This pleased the youths immensely, and they felt very proud indeed. Presently Dick told the youths to get some muskets and get ready to practice. They obeyed, and soon the awkward sq11ad was hard at work. As on the evening before, the new recruitR m.;ide lots of mistakes, some of them very amusing, and the Liberty Boys sat there and watched the work with interest, laugh heartily whenever the youths made an absurd blunder. The members of the awkward squad took it goo

THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. 5 them that they had done exceedingly well they were well pleased. "When d 'y e think we'll be good e nuff s ojer s s o thet w e kin go with ye an he'p ye hunt th e r r e dcoat s an' fight em?" asked Joe. "Day after to-morrow," was the r eply. "You may re main in camp to-morrow and to-morrow e vening I will put you through one more drill. Then you may get your horses and go with us the next time we start out." "Thank ye, Cap'n Slater." "The rest of the boys call me Dick," s aid the handsome young captain of the Liberty Boys; s o you boys may as well do so." "All right; much obliged-Dick." Just as they were fini s hing eating supper that evening the officer of the guard entered the encampment accompanied by a roughly dres s ed s tranger. They approached Dick, and th e offic er s aid : "Here is a man who say s h e i s the bearer of a from General Lafayette, Dick." l e t me have the messag e," s aid the youth. The man took a letter from his poc k e t and handed it to Dick, who tore it open and read the contents, whi c h were as follows: "Captain Slater: Kindly come to m y e ncampm ent at once; I wis h to see you on v e r y imp o rt a n t business. Th e messenger will act as your guide. "Very respectfully, GENERAL LAFAYETTE." u r hav e got to go with thi s man boys," said Di c k ; "Bob, you will have command h e re until I r e turn. "Wher e are you going, old fellow?" a s k e d B o b "To s e e Gener al Lafayette." "Where i s his encampment?" "I don't know; the messeng e r h e r e i s to guide me thither." "How far i s it to the patriot enc ampm ent?" a sked Bob. "About five mile s," replied th e messenger. "We will go at once," said Dick. They set out and were soon making their way through the timber in the direction of Richmond "Has Lafayette advanced close to Richmond?" a sked Dick. "Yes; his army was OI\ly about two miles from the city." They walked along the road at a liv e ly pace, for it was clear night and the y could s e e plainly. Whe n they had gone p e rhaps two miles they heard a voice cry out: "Help! Help!" "Hello! I wonder what the trouble i s ?" cried the guide. "I don't know," was Dick's reply; somebody i s in trouble, however; and it i s no more than right that we sho111d investigate a bit and see what the trol1blr is." "I'm They ha s t e n e d into the timber and ran in the direction from which the c rie s had proceed e d "Wh e re are you? c ri e d Dick "He r e Help! Help!" The two ran onwa rd, and again Dick call e d out: "Wher e ar e y ou? The re was no repl y t hi s time, but th e two s uddenly came upon a log c abin s tanding on th e bank of 2 li t tl e c reek. Perhap s th e p e r son who called for help ha s been taken in ther e," sug g est e d Dick Mayb e so; we will soon know." "Yes s o we will." 'l'h ey advanced to the door and Dick lifted th e latch and pulled the do9r open. There were thre e m e n in th e c a bin a s could b e seen by the light of a candl e whic h s tood o n a tabl e One of th e thre e was a pri s oner, as was e v i d e nt, hi s arm s b e ing bound. Dick and the mess eng e r boy s tepped into the room, and at the s am e instant they dr e w and level e d th e ir pis tols. "What does thi s mean? a s k e d Dick s t e rnl y 'l' h e two men who had th e prison e r s tared at the two in trud e r s in openmouth e d amazem e nt "W-who .. ar e y-you ?" ga s p e d one. "We a r e m e n who will not see a fellowman misused, r e pli e d Dick; "now I want t o kno w why you h a v e made this man a pri s oner "l don t see what right you have t o a s k an y que s tions," was the sullen r e ply. "The right of might ; now answer ." "Well, he i s a man who i s want e d in Ri chmond. "Is that so?" "Ye s." "Why didn't you take him th e re, th e n in s t ead of com ing to thi s old c a bin?" "We were going to do s o right away." "Well you won't do so now, unless you can make out a good c a s e and prove that you have th e ri g ht to do s o." "Oh, won' t we?" "No." There was a peculiar look on th e faces o f th e two men. They did not seem to be alarm e d e v e n th o u g h they were covered by the pistols in the h a nd s of Dic k ana his companion, and Dick wonder e d at it. "Well, we will s e e about' thi s matt e r r e torted the s pokesman of tl1e two. "You ar e right ; w e s hall see abo ut it, r e pli e d Di ck. The n h e addressed the prison e r "Who ar e you s ir ? h e a s k e d ; and why have the y mad e you a pri sone r ?" B e fore th e m a n could r eply-if indeed h e had any in tention of d oing so-Dic k was give n a n unplea s ant s urpri s e Hi s companion the messeng e r s uddenly dropped his pistol and threw his arm s around Dic k pinionin g th e youth's arms to hi s side. Dick was tak e n wholly by s urpri s e


6 'l'I-rn LlBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. Re had not been expecting anything like this "That his companion was a traitor and an enemy had never for one moment his mind. Yet that such was the case could not be doubted, now that he had thrown off the mask and come out as an enemy. CHAP'l'ER III. THE TORIES IN RICHMOND. Dick was taken wholly by surprise. Re had not been expecting anything like this. That his companion was a traitor and enemy had never :for one moment entered his mind. Yet that such was the case coukl not be doubted, now that he had thrown off the mask and come out as an enemy. Dick, although surprised, was not disposed to give up without a struggle. He attempted to jerk loose from the pseudo messenger, but found this a difficult task. He might have been able to do so had he been given time, but the two men who had been holding the prisoner leaped forward and aided the fellow who had seized Dick, and the three easily overpcrwered him. 'rhey bound his arms, and then unbound the arms of the supposed prisoner, who was really one of the gang. He turned toward Dick with a grin on his face, and the youth understood the matter at once. This had been a prearranged affair to effect his cap ture. To his chagrin, h e h a d walked right into the trap. But then he could not see thai. he was to be blamed for this. The affair had peen very cleverly managed. There had been nothing in the actions of the supposed messenger to arou s e sus picion. Dick did not a s yet have a full understanding of the matter, of course. He did not know who the four men were or why they had made a prisoner of him. He decided to ask, and at once did so. ,. "So you wish to know who we are and why we have made a prisoner of you, eh?" remarked the pseudo messenger, with a smile. "Yes." "Very well; we are not rebels." "I supposed as much; but neither am I." "What you, then?" he asked. "A patriot." "Ah, a distinction without a difference." "There is a great deal of difference." "I can't see it that way; but no matter, you are 'a pa triot. we will say. We are loyalists, and we have captured you and are going to take you to Richmond and turn you over to General Arn-0ld." "Why are you going to do "For money." Dick looked surprised. "How will you make any money out of it?" The man smiled in a significant manner." "You are Dick Slater, captain of the company of young fello'Ws known as the Liberty Boys, are you not?" "I am not telling anything," said Dick, quietly; "I may, and then, again, I may not be the. pei-son you men tion." "We know that you are, and we know, also, that there is a reward of five hundred pounds on your bead." Dick started. No w h'e understood why he had been made a prisoner. "So that's the reason, is it?" he remarked. "Yes; and it is a good one. Five hundred pounds is a lot of money." "Yes, so it is; but you won't get the money if yori take me to Richmond and turn me over to Arnold." "Why not?" "Because he the authority to pay you the money, and I very much doubt whether he has the amount..'' The four men looked somewhat worried. "Well," said the leader, presently, "we will take yoll to Richmond and turn you over to Arnold, and he will turn you over to Cornwallis or Howe later on and then we will get the money." "Perhaps so; but I doubt it. The best thing you can do is to give up this idea and let me go back to my friends." The men shook their heads. "We won't do that," said the pseudo mes_.5enger; "we know we would get nothing that way, ad by delivering you into the hands of the British we stand a chance to get something, at any rate." While talking Dick was thinking of some plan for effect ing his escape. He was determined i.hat these rascally Tories should not take him to Richmond. They had played a shrewd trick, which had succeeded 80 far, but he made up his mind that he would fool them yet. The cabin was lighted by a single candle which stood on a rough table in the center of the room. \ This was only a short distance from where Dick stood. and suddenly he leaned forward and blew the light oui.. A,t the same instant he leaped backward toward the door, which, as he knew, was open. Exclamations of anger and surprise escaped the lips of the Tories and they grabbed at Dick. His movements had been so quickly executed, however. that the Tories, instead of getting hold of him, got hold of one another, and in another instant they were strug gling fiercely. Each man thought he had hold of the prisoner, and before they could discover their mistake Dick was out of the cabin and running toward the road aR ra-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. 7 pjdly as he dared in the darkness and with his armi:f "True; but I had never seen any of the general's hand-bound. writing, so did not know the difference." rrhe four 'I'ories upset the table in their struggles with i "Well, you fooled the scoundrels, Dick." one another, and then 1::uddenly discovered that they were I "Yes; but I would like to do more than that." fighting each other instead of haYing 110ld of the prisoner, "You would like to capture them, eh?" and desisted and hastened out of the cabin. "Yes." "After him!" cried the pseudo messenger. "He will go straight back to the Liberty Boys' "He can't run fast with his hands bound together behind bis back," from another. '"'rhet's so," from a third. They ran as rapidly as they could, and as they advanced they spread out fan shape, so as to avoid passing the fu gitive. '1'hey reached the road without having seen th3 escaped prisoner, however, and without hesitating a moment they Ret out upon the road. Had Dick been an ordinary youth the Tories would no doubt have overtaken him without a great deal of difficulty; but he was more than an ordinary youth. He was a fast runner, and even with his arms bound he was able to run faster than his pursuers could posibly go. I The result was that the Tories lost ground instead of gaining, and Dick drew away and succeeded in getting back to the Liberty Boys' encampment When he reached there, panting and nearly exhausted, with his arms bound together behind his back, the youths were almost paralyzed with amazement. They leaped up with exclamations and excited ques tionings 'What's the matter?" "Where did you come from?" ''Who tied yout arms?'' I "Why have you been running?" "Where is the messenger?" 8uch were a few of the question:;. "Ui:itie my armt> and then I will tell you all about it," said Dick. Bob Estabrook leaped forward and cut the _ropes that hound Dick's "Now tell us about it," he said; "how came you to be tied up in that fashion?" Dick told them, and when the Liberty Boys learned that the messenger was a t.rickster and a Tory they were very angry. ''I'd like to have my hands on the scoundrel for about five minutes!" said Bob, a grim look on his face. "So would I!" from Ivlark Morrison. ''Say, that was a clever scheme, writing a letter and signing General Lafayette's name to it bringing it here to you, Dick," said Bob. "Yes; it was clever and bold." 'You are right; for it might have been that you were familiar with the general's handwriting, in which case the cheat would have been discovered." "Supposing some of go ouL and make a search for them?" Dick shook his head. "It would do. no good,'' lrn said. "They are too smart to permit themselves to be captured." "Likely you are right." "Send the new recruits out after the Tories," said Sam Sanderson, with a grin. He said it in such a low voice that the youths in question did not hear him. "Well, that might not be as bad an iclea as you think for, Sam," said Dick. He did not put the suggestion into effect, however, as he thought the gang would not be at the hut, and a little later the youths lay down and went to sleep-all save the sentinels The four Tories followed Dick until they arrived in the vicinity of the patriot youths' encampment, and then they paused and held a council. "We have let the rebel escape,'' said the leader; "but there is one thing that we can do." "What is that?" asked one. "We can go to Richmond and tell General Arnold about the Liberty Boys, and he can send a force up here to capture them This seemed to meet with the approval of the others, and one said: "Let's do that; if we

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AWKWARD SQUAD. "Where was thi s ?" "About five miles away, up in the country." "He was a r ebel s oldier, eh?" Ye s." "You killed him ? The Tory nodded "Whose army did h e belong to do you know?" To G e neral L a fayette' s I think Arnold was s ilent a f e w moments, anu then he said: "What is your name?" "Jam es Collins." "You are a loyali st?" "I am." "Why did you don the rebel uniform?" Collins explained that he had done it in order that he might ventur e into the camp of the Liberty Boys, pos ing a s a patriot messenger from General Lafayette. He told how he and hi s thre e c omrade s h a d captured Dick Slater, the captain of the c ompan y of Libert y Boy s and how the youth had e s caped Then he went on to explain that he had come to headquarter s to bring information regarding the r e bel s and that they were ready to guide a party of Britis h s oldier s to the place : where the youths were encamped. "Good!" said G e n e ral Arnold ; "that will b e all right. I will a forc e there t hi s very night." Then he a s k e d h o w far it was to the en c ampment of the Lib erty Boys. "About s ix miles." .Arnold pond e r e d awhile, and then said: ;,I t11ink th at, afte r all I won' t s end the for c e out until the morning. I will ord e r tha t it b e r e ad y t o lea v e h e r e at an e arl y h o ur, s o a s to r e a c h the r e b e l e ncampm ent about da y light and the n an attack c an be m a de." "It may be possible to s urround t he e ncampm ent," s aid Collins. "Tme; I will s end about three hu11dred m e n, and they \vill be able to surround and c apture the entire I feel sure." "I have no doubt r e garding it, sir." "Very good; hold your sel in readiness to accompany the force as guid'e." "I will do so, s ir. The n the Tory took hi s d e p arture He wae joined at the doo r b y th e othe r three Tories, and he told the m what was to b e done. "We will go to the tav ern and s ta y all ni ght," he said; "and will get up early and come here and report for duty." This was acted upon, and they were soon hou s ed in a tavern not :far fi;om headquarters. CHAPTER IV. '.A BR.A.VE GIRL. Be.fore tliey had gone to bed however-they having stopped in the barroom to take a few drinks-one of their number, a man named Ben Stokes, said that he would go home, as his wife was sick. "There ain't no use for me to stay here," he said; "i:;o fur ez thet is concerned, one of us would be ernuff ter guide tber force ter where ther rebels are." "Thet's so; you kin go on home, Ben," said Collins; "there i sn't any use of your s taying So he took another drink, bade his comrades good-by, and took his departure. He lived about four miles from Richmond, 'and as he was a good walker he arrived there at the end of an hour of s wift walking. When he entered the hou s e he found that his wife was worse; s he was quite sick, indeed, and he decided to sit up and watch over her all night. His daughter Annie said that she would sit up with him, to keep him company. "You needn't do that, Annie," he said. "If I need you I will call you." "No; I will sit up, father," the girl s aid. Presently the s ick woman dozed off and the man and the girl began talking in low, cautious tones. They ;talked about the sick woman anxiously for awhile, and then the girl a sked her father wher e he had been. He told her about having captured the captain of the T...:iberty Boys, and how he had escaped, and how, after ward, the y had gone to Richmond and inform e d General Arnold about the Liberty Boys, and how his three com rades were to guide a for c e to the rebel encampment earl y in the morning for the purpo s e of capturing the youth s A s Anni e li s tened to this 1 sbe grew pale, but her father did not notice it. The truth of the matter was that Annie was the sweetheart of Joe Skupp, and she knew that Joe and ele ven more of the patriot y ouths of the had joined the Liberty Boys' company. Consequently, if the Liberty Bo y s were captured her sweetheart would be among them. This wit s what made her grow pale. She realized that if Joe was captured by the British it would be a long time before she would see him again, if she ever did He might be taken sick and die in prison in Hichmond. And then, ii there a fight when the British made the attempt to c a pture the J;ib Frty Boys, Joe might be killed. She knew that the intention was to take the patriot y outh s by s urprise and if t}lis should be done many of them might be killed or wounded. If they only had advance information of the attempt that was to be made to capture the m they could easily get away and foil their enemies. But that was the trouble. They had no knowledge of this Then the girl was struck by an idea. Why might s h e not go and warn the Liberty Boys? True, s h e was the daughter of a Tory, but she had h eard Joe talk s o mu c h that she had become imbued with patrioti c id e a s and sentime nts. She would not hes itate an instant on account of the fact that she was the daughter of a loyalist. The only


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. 9 thing that troubled her was the fact that she could not sleepily, but when he sa.w who it was he became wide awake get away without her father knowing it. It was two mile s instantly. to the patriot encampment, and it would take her at least 'You heer, Annie!" he exclaimed. an hou'r and a half to make the trip there and back, and "Yes, Joe." she could not be away that long without exciting the s u s "Whut d'ye want?" picions of her father. "I some news for the Liberty Bo.ys, Joe; and I While she was wondering what s he could do her father thought that I would tell you, and then you can tell Capturned to her and said: tain Slater." "Ye hed better go to bed, Annie; there hain't no use of "All right ; whut is et?" both of us sittin' up." "The British are going to send a force here to sur round This time the girl consented to do as her father sugyour encampment and take yon prisoners." gest.ed. Not that she wished to go to bed; but it would "How d'ye know this, Annie?" give her the chance that she desired-the chance to s lip She told him. away from the house and carry the information to the "An they are comin' in ther rnornin' ?" Liberty B'Oys. "Yes; they expect to be here by daylight." "Very w&ll, father, s ince you wish it I will go to bed," "I'll go an' wake Dick up an' tell him about et at said; "but if you should need me, be sure to call me." once." "I will, Annie." "And I will go back home, Joe," 'rhen she went to her room and closed the door. "Wait, Annie, an' I'll go with ye." Of course her fal!her thought that she was going to "I'm not afraid, Joe ; I slipped away, ancl father may bed, but ehe merely sat down on the side of I.he bed and discover that I am gone if I stay away too long." waited a few minutes, after which s h e soft ly opened the "It won't take long ter wake Dick an' tell him, Annie." window and climbed out through the opening. "Well, I'll wait, then." She had pinned a small shawl on her head, a nd now she Joe hastened to where Dick lay and awoke him. unhesitatingly hastened away through the timber. "Hello, Joe What is the trouble?" he asked. She knew the way to the Boys' e ncampment Joe told him. ,Toe h<.1d told her where was. "That is important news, Joe," he said; "but how did She made her way along at as rapid a pace as possible, you learn about the matter?" for she was in a hurry. Her :father might call her, and The youtl). explained. would then find that she was gone. "I must see this girl and make 1?-er acquaintance, Joe," She kept onward a little more than half an hour and he said. "I s u spect, from what you have said and the way then came the challenge: you look, that she is rather more to you than just a n ac" Halt Who comes there?" quaintance, eh, old fellow?" "A friend," replied the girl. She had heard that this Joe blushed, as could be seen by the light 0 the camnwas the ihing to say when challenged in war till).eS. fire, and said: "Advance, friend, and give the countersign," was the "I guess ye're right, Dick." command. "She's your sweetheart, then?" The girl advanced, and when she was close to the sen"Yas; we're goin' ter be married when ther war is tinel he noticed that the newcomer was a girl. over." "Hello! Who are you?" he exclaimed, in s urprise. ': :L'm glad to hear it; well, give me an introduction, old "My r.ame is Annie Stokes, and I want to see Joe fellow." Skupp." "Come erlong." "Oh, he is 'one o:f the new recruits," said the sentinel. Dick accompanied Joe to where Annie stood and was "Yes; lie and some more of the boys of this vicinity introduced to the girl. liave just joined the Boys' company." "I am g lad to make your acquaintance," he Raid; "and "I know; they constitute our awkward squad. Well, I thank you for the information which you hare bronght." ass o:c into tlrn encampment, Miss Stokes. The officer o:f "You are welcome, Mr. Slater," was the reply. the guard send Joe Skupp to you." When they had talked a few minutes the girl said she 1 "Thank you." must be going home, and Joe asked if he might accom-The girl entered the and the officer of the pany her. guard came forward and Annie eourteously. "Certainly,'; replied Dick; "we must not let her take "Whom do you wis h to see?" nsked. the long walk through the timber and darkness alone." "Joe Skupp," was the reply. "I came alone, Mr. Slater. I am not afraid." "Very well; I will awake him and senJ him to you at "You are a brave girl; but that is no reason why you once." should be permitted to go home alone. Anyhow, I susHe hastened away and woke Joe, who rose and his pect that Joe really wishes to accompany you," and then way to the girl stood. He was rubbing his Dick smiled, while Joe flushed un, and the i

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. "Ye' re pokin fun at m e Di c k," s aid Joe; "come on, let 's g o." "Ve ry well; good-by, Mr. Sla t e r "Good-by, Miss Annie." Joe and Anni e s et out and Di c k w ent bac k and awoke Bob and told him about th e atte mpt that was to be made on the morr o w to s urround and c aptur e th e m "Well f o r e warn e d is forear med," s aid Bob. "Yes; now th a t w e know what the y intend trying to do, we will b e in a position to s poil th eir plan s ." "You ar e right; when they g e t here they won' t find us, eh?" W ell, they won' t find u s h e re s itting w a iting for tMm to s hoot u s d own, at any rate." They talked the matte r ove r, and it was decided to have the sentin e l s awaken the Liberty Boy s at three o 'clock. Th e n they would break c amp and s lip away, and thus fool th e enemy. Di c k told th e sentin e l s what h e wis h e d th e m to do, and th e y said that th e y would att e nd to the matter or, if others were to tak e th eir place s the y would t e ll them to at t end to it. The n Dick a nd Bob lay down again and went t.o sleep. M e antime Joe Skupp and Anni e Sto kes w e r e making their way through the timber in th e direction of the girl's hom e They did not go very rapidly, for they had a great deal to talk about; but the y arrived at their d e stination at last. Th e n Joe bade the girl goodb y and took hi s departure. She g ot into the house without h e r fath e r knowing any thin g a bout it; and th e n s h e ope n e d the door a littl e \my s and a sked her fath e r how h e r moth e r was. "She seems to be b e tter Anni e was the reply; "go back to b e d child "Very well; but call me if you need me, father "I will The n s h e closed the door. She felt happy ; s he had warn e d the Liberty Boys anc1 Joe. CHAPTER V SURROUNDED "They are not h ere!" "That's right; th e y qave gone away." /j It was morning. The sun was ju s t rising. A force of Briti s h s oldiers s iJod looking blankly at a vacant encampment at a point about six miles north from Rfohmond. It was the force that General Arnold had sent out to surround and capture the Liberty Boys. The British had marched northward until they were close to the point where the Liberty Boys were supposed to be encamped, and then they had advanced slowly and cau tiously, only to find, when at last they reached the pot, that the rebels were not there. They had di s appeared. 'l'hen the above conversation had ensue

THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. 11 "1'hey came up, but the surprise was the other way." "How was that?" 'The rebels snrpri ed the British," and then he ex plained regarding the affair. Well, well! An' eo thet's the way uv et, hey?" "Y cs; the rebels must have got an inkling of the corning of the British and broke camp and got out of the way." "Et looks that way." l don't suppose you went an' told them, ?" suspiciously. "Mr. Stokes got red in the face. "Ye know I didn't," he said. "Oh, well, I didn't you did; I only wondered how they did .find out about the coming oi' the British, that is all." "Et's more n l can ever tell ye." Then the Tory went on his way leaving Mr. Stokes to finish milking the cows. "Any ne'Ws, father?" asked Annie, somewhat anxiously, as her father entered the house; "I saw you talking to Mr. R-0gers." "Yes, Annie. 'l'her British cum up from Richmond this mornin' but ins tead of surprisin' ther rebels, they wuz s'prised themselYes, an erbouLer dozen uv 'c m wuz killed an' wounded.'' ''Were any of the pa-I mean rebels, killed, father?" in rather an anxious voice. o, Annie." : Mr. Stokes did not notice the look of pleasure and relief ibat appeared on his daughter's. face. rrhey talked of the affair until breakfast was ready, the girl bustling around as she talked, and then they sat down ate. Meantime what of the Liberty Boys? They had been aroused at three o'clock by the sentinels; as Dick had ordered, and had broken camp and moved a way, leaving some scouts behind to apprise them of the approach of the Brifoh. The scouts had done their work well and, as we have ;:.een, when the British reached the spot where the youths had been encamped the Boys had managed to slip up to within musket-shot distance and had fired a volley 1rith considerable effect. Then they had retired quickly and noiseles sly, and when the Britis h advanced, firing as they came, the youths were dear out of harm's way. Bob Estabrook wanted to slip back and fire another vol ley, but Dick Slater said no. "They have a force," he remarked; "and it will not be wise to do anything reckless. We will have to be

12 THE LIBERTY BOY S AWKWARD SQUAD. that what h e sa id was the t ru t h, that they would be able to driv e the Briti s h back. Closer and c loser ca m e the British. They had been t aught c aution, and whe n the y were get ting w e ll within mu s k et-s hot di s tance the y took advantage of eve r y tree and c lump of s hrub s and hid b e hind them. They now ope n e d fire. The Lib erty Boys return e d the fir e p romptly :B'or fif teen or tw enty minutes the r e was a lively e xchang e of s hot s Pleas e present my compliment s to Colonel Woods and t e ll him that I cannot for one moment consider the mat ter of surrendering." The s oldier looked surprised and disappointed. "But we have you s urrounded," he s aid "I know that; I permitt e d it in the first place. You may b e s ur e that you c ould not hav e s urrounded u s had w e not been willing to let you do s o." 'l'h e messeng e r looked as though he doubted this, and the n he s aid : Not mu c h dam age was d o n e on e ither s ide. "That may or may not b e the truth; anyway, we hav e The firin g b eca m e less bri s k and t h e n cea sed. you s urrounded, and you cannot e s cape, so the only s e n-The Briti s h h a d discover e d that they wer e not doing s ible thing to do i s to s urrender. an y dam age to s pBak of, and the Lib e rty Boy s were willing "That would be the mos t fooli s h thing we could do, to wait for a b et t e r opportunity to inflict injury. for we are fully capable of holding our own here, and we "I hop e they will c harge on u s," s aid Bob Estabrook. purpose doing so." "They may decid e to do s o," s aid Dick. P e rhap s you may b e able to do so, e o .far a s actual ''If they do w e will thin the m out a bit." lightin g i s c oncerned ; but w e will lay s i e g e and s tarve you "Yes, so w e will." out. You h a v e not r a ti o n s lo s m ;tain you long, nor c an The you th s wat c h e d the e n e m y closely, w o nd e rin g what you get wat e r to drink." it w o uld d o n ext. Di c k s m i l e d Presently t hey saw a soldi e r adrnm: in g b e ar i n g a flag o f truce. "Bah!" e xcl ai 1 he d B o b in disgu s t ; h e r e comes a fel low t o ask u s to surre nd e r." Di c k s mil ed. I jud ge that is the c ase. h e s aid I wonde r wha t k ind of c h a p s h e think s w e are?" W e ll you see they have u s surround e d and a g r e at man y peopl e mi ght think w e w e r e in a whe r e w e would con s id e r surre nd e rin g The y o u g h t t o know that w e w o u ld n o t h a v e p cr miiled ourselves to b e s urrounded unless w e w e r e c onfid ent that w e would b e abl e to tak e care o f ourselves." "True ; but the Briti sh-some of the m at l e a st-think that reb e l s don t know mnc h about warfare you know, and that thr y ar e lik e ly to do foolis h thin gs." The b e ar e r o f the flag of truce wa8 now clos e at hand, amt Dic k s t e pp e d forth and faced th e fellow. "What d o you want?" h e ai;k ed. The B'riti s h isoldier paused and l ooke d at Di c k i nquirin g l y Ar e you th e c ommander of th e rebe l force?" h e a s ked. "No," wa!' the reply. "Then send him out; I wis h t o s e e the c ommander." "The re i s no reb e l force h e r e." Th e red c oat mutte r e d s omethin g, a nd th e n said: "What

THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. 13 "Nor L" I After some further conversation with the messenger the colonel gave the order to the firing. This was done, but as had been the case before, it did not amount to anything. It was a waste of ammunition, for the Liberty Boys were so well protected that they did not sustain any injury to speak of. They returned the fire in a desultory manner. They were careful to wait till they saw some one to aim at, and by so doing they man aged to wound several of the redcoats. Thqs the day wore slowly away. The British made several attempts at doing the Liberty Boys damage during the day, but did not succeed, and when evening came the situation reml!ined unchanged. The Liberty Boy s had food and water enough to last them all day, and so they got along very well; but they would noi. have any for on the morraw, and it would be necessary to make their escape during the night if possible. Dick fell lhal there was danger that the enemy might sl ip up cover of the darkness and make a s udden rush and averwhelm his Liberty Boys, and so he discussed the with Bob and a few more of the youths. It' was decided that the best thing to do was to mount their horses and make a sudden dash through the British line,;, and thfa was decided upon. CHAPTER Vl. BREAKING IN THE NEW RECRUITS. \ Joe Skupp had listened to the conversation, but had not said anything. He waited until the decision had been made, and then he sa id to Dick : "I have er suggestion ter make, Dick." "What is it, Joe?" was the query. ''W'y et's this: 'l'het we take four er five uv ther bosses an' start 'em down ther hill toward ther south; ther red coats will think et is us comin' an' their attention will be drawn in that direction. Then we kin mount an' ride away in the other direction, an' will be more likely ter git erway without being damaged, I think." "J believe you are right, Joe ; that is a good plan, and we will put it in practice." "What will the fellows do whose horses are turned loose; DiCk ?" asked Bob. "They will ride with some of us. We have a number of strong horses that will be able to carry a double load and yet get along at a lively rate of speed." The work of putting Joe's suggestion into effect was begun at once. The horses that were to be turned loose and driven away -six in number-were led to the road, headed toward the south, and at the signal from Dick were driven away, they being given sharp cuts with whips. Away the horses went on a gallop, and the Liberty Boys promptly leaped into the saddle and sat there, awaiting the command from Dick to make a dash in the other direc tion. Yells came from the direction from which the horses had gone, and then shots were fired. It was time for the youths to move. Dick realized this and gave the command: "Forward!" The youths urged their horses forward at a gallop. DO'wn the road they dashed. It was not a moonlight night, but it was clear, the stars shining, and the horses could be trusted to stay in the road. Suddenly there sounded a musket-shot from in front of the Liberty Boys. A sentinel had fired al them. rrhis was the signal for the Liberty Boys to open fire, and they did so, using their pistols. The British were confused by the tactics of the youths, and t11is aided them in getting away without them being damaged materially. Several of the youths were s lightly wounded, but none so seriously as to make them unable to retain their seats on the backs of the horses. 1 They went through the line s of the British like a thun derbolt and were away in a hurry, leaving the enemy puz zled rega rding what had happened, for most 0 the British had followed the riderless horses, thinking the Liberty Boys were on them, escaping. The Liberty Boys continued on a mile or so, and then came to a stop. Dick summoned Joe Skupp \ind asked him if there was a good camping place anywhere near. Joe said there was, and offered to guide the youths to it. "Go ahead," said Dick. Joe rode in front, the others following, and a few niin ntes Jater they came to an open space in the timber, and Dick saw at once that it was a very good place for an en campment. He gave the order for the youths to dismount, and they did so. Then they went into camp, and sentinels were stationed. "Do you think the redcoats will follow us to-night?" asked Mark Morrison. "I don't think SQ," was Dick's reply. He was right in thinking thus. The British did not put in an appearance; in fact, they remained where they were and tried to console themselves for the escape of the rebels by the thought that they would capture them in the morning. They did not get to do this, or attempt it, even, for it became necessary for them to look out for their ..own safety General Lafayette bad been over taward the north and east, and he came along with his army shortly after sunrise, and the Liberty Boys joined his force and all went along together.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. I =======================================================================-=;:::_;:::; The British force discovered that an army was coming, The spectacle was even more comical than had been and hastily broke camp and retreated toward Richmond. the case when Dick was drilling the others, for they knew General Lafayette was simply looking for a good place a little something about it, and the :fi.\7e did not, and to go into camp with his army, however, so did not :folgot tangled up worse than would have been the case had low the British. all been equally ignorant. He did not want lo get too near the city. It was fun for the Liberty Boys, :for a great crowd had A good place was found only a mile from the home quickly gathered_, eager to see 1he sport. of Annie Stokes, and the patriot army went into camp. All kinds of remarks were indulged in. The Liberty Boys decided to remain with the army awhile, The regular soldiers spoke freely, and the criticisms they and this pleased Joe Skupp, for he would be near his made regarding the work of the awkward squad was some sweetheart and rnig11t get a chance lo go and see her once in thing worth listening to. awhile. The youths took it all good-naturedly, however.' They "How do you boys like being soldiers?" asked Dick, were smart enough to know that it would do no good to get when they had got seltlecl down in their new camp. angry. 1I like et fine,'' said J or. Some persons in Dick's place would have been bothered, 'l'he others all s aid the same and conld not have gone ahead with the work of drilling About the middle of the forenoon five country boys put the new recruits; but he was a cool, comm.on-sense youth, in an appearance, and when challenged by OM of the with a philosophical turn of mind, and he did not mind it. sentinels they said they wanted to become members of The chaffing and joking did not bother him. D i ck Slater's company 0 Liberty Boys. He worked with the youths an hour or more, breaking ''Oh, you do, eh?" remarked the sentinel. them in, and then desisted. "Yas," was the reply. "Some uv ther boys from our The new recruits were willing to stop, for it would put neighborhood have alreddy jined, an' we wanter jine, too." a stop to the chaffing, and then, too, they were tired and "All right; you'll find the Lihert'y Boys over there," ready to rest. and the sentinel pointed to the spot where the youths "Well, Dick, you have a task in breaking in those new had taken up their quarters. recruits," said a captain, who had been watching the The five country boys made their way over to the place "Yes," with a smile; "but they will make good soldier,;, indicated, and when they saw Joe Skupp and his eleven and l am willing to work hard in order to make them of companion!', all of whom they knetv, they were delighted, value to the great cause." and grinned all over their faces, so to speak. "That is the way to look at the matter, I suppose; but "Hello, Jar,'' said the one who had acted as spokesman it is hard on you." for the five. "Hello, Tom; what ye doin' here?" "We wanter jine ther Liberty Boys, ther fellers hev, Joe." "Oh, thet's et, hey?" "Yas." ''Well, I guess ye kin do et." same ez ye He turned to Dick with an inquiring look on his face. The Liberty Boy nodded. "I shall be very glad to ha\e you join us," he said, turning to the youth who hacl been addressed as Tom. We mill make you members of 'the awkward sqnacl first. You will have to be drilled some, you know." "Oh, yas, we know thet." "Better get them chilling at once, Dick," said Bob. There was nothing else on the tapis just then, .md Bob was ready to be entertained by the awkward maneuvers of the awkw ard squad. Dick smiled and said that he judged it would be a very good plan to do so. Then he ordered the awkward squad to get ready to practice. They obeyed, and the five new recruits were given mus kets and told to take their places along8ide of their :friends. They did so, and then Dick took the awkward squad in hand and began the work of drilling it. "Oh, not so very. I can stand it." Then Dick told the officer about the new recruits, and how they had already done good work and had been with them only a few days. "They are all right," he said; "and the five that just came in this morning will no doubt turn out to be just as good soldiers as the others." doubt of it. But you going to go ahead and make a martyr of yourself by breaking in all the new re cruits that may come?" "Yes, indeed; I would be glad to help the great cause along in any way, and this one, of drilling an awkward squad, is one of the best ways, I feel sure." "Yes; that is the way to turn out soldiers.') The sport being ended, the regular soldiers strolled back to their respective quarters, leaving the Liberty Boys and the new recruits to themselves. "Whut made ye come beer?" .Toe Skupp asked of the yonth he had called Tom. Fenton was the youth's l ast name. "W'y we boys heerd thet ye hed jined ther Liberty Boys," was the reply; "an' so we tho rt we'd do ther sanle." "Waal, I guess ye done erbout ther right thing, 1'0111." "1 think so, rnyse'." "You think you will like to be a soldier?" asked Dick. "Yas."


'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. '' Yah, you vill lige dot, you pet me," said Gooken pieler, the Dutch Liberty Boy. "Yis, av yez loike to foight ycz wull loike to be a sol dier,'' sai

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. ( butter, or something of that kind, so that I may pass myRelf off as having come to market?" Dick asked. "Yes, we hev er horse that ye kin ride," replied Mr. Skupp. "That will do nicely," sai d Dick. Mrs. Skupp got the butter ready, and :fifteen minutes later Dick, sitti ng sidewise on the blanket strapped on Dobbin's back rode away in the direction of Richmond. To tell the truth, he made a very good looking girl, of the buxom type. His face was browned, of course, but it was quite a common thing for girls to be as s unburned as their brothers in those days. As a boy at home, when working on the farm, Di c k had often practiced riding sideways, just for the noYelty of the thing, and this stood him in good stead now. Re had no difficulty in staying on the horse 's back. Of course he did not ride fast, for he hail to carry the basketful of butter; and there was no need of riding fast, for he had practically t.he entire afternoon before him, with only a trip of five miles ahead. He met a few people as he rode along, and on<' and all spoke to him plea san tly. and it was plain that not one s uspected that the buxom looking lassie was in truth an exceedingly lively and muscular young man. Dick enjoyed the experience. He was young and full of life, and he liked anything that was out of the ordinary, as was the case now when he was masquerading as a girl. He was not handicapped greatly, either, if he should get into trouble, for in the bosom of his dress nestled two pi s tols. On he rode. At last the city came in s ight, and the youth breathed a sigh of satisfaction. "There is my destination," he sai d to himself; "l am glad that I am getting to the end of my journey, for I am eager to see whether the redcoats will suspect that I am other than what I seem." On he rode. Closer and closer to the suburbs of the city he drew and at last he reached the point where the country road ended and the street of the city began. A sentinel was stationed here, and he hailed Dick and asked him who he was and where he was going. "My name is Sally Slade," was Dick's reply : "an' I am goin' inter ther city ter sell some butter an' buy some thing s at ther stores." "All right; ride on, Sally," said the sentinel. "Thank ye, mister." Then Dick gave the sentinel what he intended to be a bewitching smile and rode on. "I tell you, this girl disguise is a good thing," he said to himself; "I don't believe I am going to have a bit of trouble." He rode up the street and at la st arrived in the heart of the city. He dismounted in front of a grocery store and tied his horse to a hitching-rack. Then 1 he walked into the store, with the basket on hif; arm. One of the clerks came forward to wait on the supposed girl, and Dick handed the youth the basket, .with the state ment that it contained eighteen pounds of "ez .good butter ez ennybuddy need ever wanter taste." The clerk smiled and then weighed the butte r, a:fter which he paid Dick the money due him. "Is thC're Emything you wish to-day?" he asked. Mrs. Skupp had given Dick a list of articles that she wanted and he handed the clerk the list. "All right; I'll put the things up_at once," f\aid thC' yon th; "I s uppose you wish them placed in the basket?'' "Ef ye please, mi ster." It did not take the clerk long to attenil to this work, and then Dick took the on his arm and walked out. He wished to Rpend an hour or two on the stree ts, and by pretending to be doing some shopping at fhe various s tore s this would be an easy matter, h e waR Rurr. He move d slowly, pausing to look in al. Ole s hop windows, aR ll girl might be expected to no, and SO he did not attract much attention. Those who did notice him s upposed that he was what he seemed to br, a s imple country girl. The seeming country girl wa s very wideawake, however; he bad his eyes and ears open, and h e was liste ning to every bit of comer;;at ion that was cnrried on in. his vicinity. He hoped io be able to hear s omething sooner or la/er that would be of benefit to him; something that would help the patriots, through giving them advance know ledge of what the enemy was intending to do. He was sta nding looking into the window of a dry good" store when a girl of about seventeen years of age paused and stood beside him, s he also being inte rested hy the display of goods in the window Here was an opportunity, and Dick decided to im prove it. "Do yer live in ther city?" he asked. "Yes," was the reply, with a quick, comprehensive glance at Dick, whom, of course s he s upposed to bP a girl. "I liv e in ther "Do you?" with a quick smile. "Really, T wonlcl not have known it had you not told me." Here was feminine irony, and Dick laughed to himRel f, but he was playing a part, and he did not for one mo ment lose sight of the fact tl1at he was s upposed to be rr country girl; so he said, as though well pleased by what the other had remarked: "Is thet so, now, really?" "Oh, yes." There was a few moments of silence, and then Dick said: "I s'pose ye see lots uv sojers every day?" "Oh, yes; quite a goon many." "There mus' be lots of 'em in ther city, hain't there?" l


THE LIBERTY BOYS AWKWARD SQUAD. 17 "Yes, indeed." "I wonder how menny ?" "Oh, I should say four thousanQ., "'l'het is er good menny." "Yes." at least." "Hain't ther gin'ral's name Cornwallis?" "No; the general in command here is named Arnold." "Is thet so? I thort I heard somebuddy say thet Cornwallis wuz comin'." "He may be, but he hasn't got here yet." Then with a nod and a smile the gir l turned and walked away. Dick looked into the window a few moments longer, and then walked on down the street. He was feeling pretty well satisfied, for he had secured some information that he considered to be of value He had learned how many soldiers there were in Rich mond, and 11e Jrnd learned, also, that Cornwallis and his army had yet arrived. He was not ready to go, however. He thought it pos sible that he might be able to learn something more that would be of interest to General Lafayette. tween the soldier's eyes, knocking him down, kerthump, on the sidewalk. of amazement and wonder escaped the lips of the other three redcoats. A number of people who were near and w,ho had seen the affair gathered around the little group, and all made remarks, most of which were rather more complimentary to the s uppo sed girl than to the redcoat. "He got he deserved." "Yes, so he did." "The girl is a hard hitter." "Yes; and I am glad she is." "Perhaps the fellow will behave himself in the future." Such were a few of the remarks made by the spectator :;. As for the redcoat who had met with such an ignomin ions disaster, be hardly knew what to think. He lay there blinking up at the sky a few moments, and then rose to a sitting posture and rubbed his face where the .blow had landed. "Doesn't feel very good, ('h ?" from one of the spec tators, in a sarcastic voice. "It is swelling up nicely," from anothrr. The redcoat's face grew red with anger and cliscomfiture. He walked on down the street and presently met four Hr realized that he had been knocked down by a girl, and B1:itisb soldiers, all of "{l:om had been drinking: They were the realization was anything but pleasing. bo1stereus, and were takrng up more of the sidewalk than He scrambled hastily to his feet a11d glared at the grinthey had a right to. They paused in front of Dick, and one leered and said: "Hello, my pretty maiden! Give me a kiss." "Please don't bother me," said Dick, acting as he thought a girl would have acted under similar circumstances; "I -I want ter-ter go on up ther street." "You may do so just as soon as you have given me the kiss." "I haven't enny kisses ter give, Mister; let me pass." "I can't do it; I must have kiss, and if you haven't any t9 give I shall have to take one." He advanced a couple of steps as he spoke, and Dick took a step backward and motioned the redcoat away. "Ye mustn't bother me," he said; "I've got er feller up in ther country, an' he wouldn' like fur me ter kiss enny buddy." "Oh, ho 'J'hat makes it more interesting. I am going to have a kiss, just the same." He took another step forward, his comrades applauding him and urging him. on, but Dick retreated a couple of paces, and said: "Keep erway frum me. I won't let ye kiss me." "How arc you going to help yourself?" with a sneering laugh. "You will have to Jet me kiss you, and you might as well make up your mind to that." "But I won't have ter do ennythin' uv ther kin'. Go 'way an' let me erlone." For answer the redcoat leaped forward to throw his arm around Dick's waist. and attempted ning spectators. "What you laughing at?" he grawled. "I guess they are laughing at you, Harley," said onr of his comrades; even if they had lav.ghed. 'l'he spectacle of their companion going down under a blow from the fist of a girl was too much for their risibles. "Well, they had better stop it!" in a growling voice. "I don't see how you are going to make them stop it!" from one of his companions. "Why not go ahead now and grt the kiss?" asked an other. "He had better not try it," said Dick ; "I'll knock 'im down erg'in ef he does." "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed one of the three soldiers; "how do you like that, Harley?" "I'd rather slap the hussy's face than to kiss her," growled Harley; "and I've a good mind to it, too." "Ye hedn't better try it," retorted Dick. This made the fe llo w very angry, ancl hr took a quick step forward and struck at the youth with the tlat of his' hand. His intention was to slap the supposed girl's face; but Dick dodged back, and the soldier hand struck the bonnet, knocking it off the youth's head. The spectators saw instantly that the bonnet had hidden the short hair of a rather good looking young man, and ex clamations of surprise went up. The redcoats stared in open-mouthed amazement, also, and then the fellow who had caused all the trouble out: Then he was given a surprise. "It's a man, fellows! It's a rebel spy, I'll wager a Out shot Dick's fist, and it landed fair and square be-hundred pounds!"


18 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. CHAPTER VIII. .A C LEVER RU S E It was an unfortunate affair Dick realized that he was in a bad pre dicament. Here he wa s in the heart of the city, surrounded by a <:rowd, and the fa c t that h e was a spy-or at least that h e wa s sailing unde r fal s e c ol o r s-was known. What should he do? lfhere was no time for delib e ration 'lrttlst-be done quickly. He dropped his basket. Whatever he did lnstantly he decid e d to make an attempt to escape. As the fir s t mov e h e struc k out straight from the s houl der, and his fis t struck the r e do cat who had cle nounc e q him fair between the e yes knocking him down. Di c k whirled and ran in t h e oppo site direction. His quick e y e s had note d that the c rowd in that dire c tion thinner than at the other point, and by striking out lustily he manage d to force his way through. and w ent running up the stre et at the top of hi s s peed. Tiie crowd raced after 11\m, t elling him to s top ; but of c ourse h e did not do so. The s p e cta c l e o f a suppo s ed girl rnnning along purs u e d by a crowd of citize n s and s old iers w as s u c h an unusual one that it c ould not but attract atte ntion and the c r owd grew in s iz e quite rapidly Dick was a fast runne r how eve r a nd would have di stanced his purs u e r s h a d h e no t sudde nl y found himself confronted b y a t l e a s t a scor e o f Britis h soldi e r s, Fho spread out m what the y wanted X e v e r mind, r eplie d the l ea d e r o f t h e searching party ; "we know what we want." "You are robbers!" the servant g a s p ed. 'I' h c rE>clc oat pointed to hi.s uniform. "See that?'' he r e m a rked ; w e are s oldi e rs, and we have rea s on to believ e that" a rebel s py i s in the hou se; s o we are searching for him. "There. i sn't any spy in here, sir." "He may b e h e re and you not know it." "I don't think that possible." We do; we were chasing a s:py and h e leaiJcd down in I your areaway and entered the basement. We have search e d the basement rooms thoroughl y and fail e d to find him: f'O he mus t have come up here." "Who these men, Jennings ?" called a s weet voi ce from the head of the stairs, and the red c oat s looked up to see a beautiful girl of perhaps seventeen or e ightee n years standing there. "They are soldiers, Miss Alice, and they say they are looking for a rebel spy who got in the basement." "A reb e l spy !" "He has gon e thro ugh the doorway c ried on e o f the Tedcoafa> "We follow.'' "Yes Mis s Alice He got into the b a sement, but they failed to find him there, and they think he may have come the 1 up, here ancl hidden l1imself.'' He climbed over t h e railing and l ea p e d down into


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD'. 11), I "Ob, that is it? Well, let the gentlemen look wherever A s h e tumed away fro m t h e door h e found himself fac e they wish to. Help them all you can, If there to !ac e with a ver y b eautiful young lady, and he recognized is a rebel s py in our house we want that he shall be found her as being the one he had talked to on the street a short and taken away. time before. She r e cognized him als o a s being the sup-.. yes : Miss Alic e ; I will do as you say." posed girl who had asked her s ome question s and an cx'l'hen the girl turned and walked away, and the soldiers c lamation e s caped her lips. proceeded to look all around the rooms on the ground 'You are not a girl; but a man. I : B.oor. The servant assisted them materially, for he knew "You are right, mis s," said Dick; "and I am being pur-just the places to look, if, as the redcoats insisted, there s u ed. May I a s k you if you will c onceal me s omew her c was a man hidden in the house. and thus save me from being.captured?" if/! No signs of the spy were found on the ground floor, how"Are you a patriot?" the girl asked, quickly and e11-1wy. ever, and the redcoat s looked disappointed. Dick leaped to the conclusion at once that the "He must ha\-e gone upstairs," said one. was a patriot, and he asked her if such were not the case. ''Likely enough,'' from anoth e r. "Yes," wa s the repl y ; "and if you are a patri_ot s p y Well, Jennings, s aid the l e ad e r I hate to discom-I \\'ill s ave you .from capturr i f i t i s possibl e to do s o rnode you, but I reall y think that Wlil mus t go upstairs "Thank you; I a m a patriot rop y." and finish the work of s earching for the s p y He i s c er"What i s your nam e? tainly in the house s omewhere "Dick Slater. don't believe he i s ; but of course you will look for "I have heard of you. You are the commander of a him if you wish to do so." c ompan y of y oung m e n k uown as the Liberty Boys o_:f .7'6,. We are going to do s o ; we will be thorough while we are yon not?" are at it.'! The servant led the wuy upstaire and the y oung lady app e ared ag ain and said: "You wis h t o s ear c h th e roon11:; on t hi s floor, gentlemen?" Ye s, miss," wa s the reply ; and the attic room s if he i s not found on thi s floor We c onfiden t that he is i n the house." Search the house from ba s em ent to garret, sir; you are welcome to do s o ; if. the spy i s here I hope you will find him." So the redc oat s s earched all the room s on that :floor, a fter which they went up into the attic and searched there. It was all to no avail. The spy was not to be found. 1 The redcoats were puzzled. The y had been confident that he was in the house; yet h e was not to be found, and the only thing td do was to r etire a s gracefully a s pos s ible. They w ent down to the s econd floor, apologized to the girl for both ering h e r and then made their way down Rtairs, and were let out at the front door by Jennings, the A s J ennings turned after clo sing the door and fa stening i t he found himself face to face with Miss Crowley, the y oung lady having com e down s tairs. Both smiled and Mis s Alice said: "You played the part of a servant quite a s well a s you did that of a young ghl from the cotmtry Captain Slater." "Thank you for the compliment Miss Crowley," said Dick, for he it was. On pa s sing through the doorway into the basement Dick h a d gone along the hallway and up the staits leading to the first floor. The door at the top of the stairs was unfas tened and he had no trouble in bpening it and passing through jnto the hall beyond. He knew M won.Id be pursued, how ever, and so he fastened the door "Yes." "My na1t1e i F Alier rrowley; m y are out .for a drive and I am h e r e all alon e the othe r s er v ants, two in number havin g thi 8 aft e l'noon out : A thought strnc k Di ck. Why might h e nql i mper sonatt'.J a s ervant and thus deceive t he r e d c oats s houl d they enter and s ear c h for h im. He suggested to th e g irl and she fell in with the idea at once. "Our man, Jennings, i s about y our s ize," s he s aid, "and some of his ar e in that closet yonder; put one 6n. I think y ou will find a wig or two also, and one of those will serv e to disgui s e you." "Very well, and thank you." Dick w ent to the rlo set and found the coat and wig and at this mom ent voi ces and foot s tep s were heard down in th e ba s ement. The red c oat s are already s earching for me said Dick. "Yes; you wi\J hav e to hurry. Go into any room on thi;: :floor and don t h e coat and wig. I will g o upstairs. Remember your name i s Jennings." "Twill r e m e mb e r with a smile; "how can I eve r thank you f o r \\hat you a r e doin g for m e Orowley ?" "No tha nk s are ne c essary." Dick enter e d th e library and quickh doff e d thP dresF. H e had s impl y r e mov e d hi s c oat when h e .donn e d the dre ss at the home of the Skupp s, s o now whe n he donned the s ervant' s coat he was full y dres s ed save for a hat, and in playing thP part o f a s ervant of the household he would nbt need a h at. H e put the wig on however and it changed. I the looks of hi s fac e suffic ientl y s o that any one who hac1 see n hif' face whe n th e h onne t 1rn< kno c ked off his h e ad o n the street would h a v e been unabl e to see any likeness be twPen t11e two H e hid t h e dress in a cloF

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. As we have see n, he was not recognized, even though l of the grocery store; but he feared that the animal wa s one of the s ix who had sea rched the house was the fellow I being watched by the Britis h, who would capture any ewe who had star ted all the trouble by trying to kiss him when who came to get the hor se; so he gave up the idea and de he was dres sed as a girl. cided that h e would have to go back to Mr. Skupp's and Now that the redcoats were gone and Dick was safe report that the animal was lost. 1.he girl drew a breath of relief. "I will pay him for the horse," thought Dick. "I am gLJd that they have gone away Mr. Slater," The driver gave Dick s ome s idelong glances, but did not slie said; ''and I am glad that you were s uccessful in say anything. He was well-trained, and realized the fact fooling them." that he had a companion on the se_'.1t was no affair of his. He "So am I, Miss .Crowley; but I am not yet out of the was there to drive and not to be curious. woodfu. It i s going to be a very difficult matter for me They rolled along the street and at last arrived at the to get out of the city in safety." edge of the city. 1 ,h91i8should think so; I suppose you will wait till night The sentinels stationed there did not-11'1lt the carriage. to make the attempt?" They khew whose it was, and permitted the driver to pa s "Yes; I will have to do so, for they will be on their right along. guard, and a clm;e wat c h will be kept for me." They little suspected that the rebel spy they had only "H will be dangerous even then, will it not?" a short time before received orders to be on the lookout for "Yes." "'l'hen l have a ph1n. When father and mother come bac1f from their ride I will say that I wish to take a drive also, and you cau go along. The s oldier s know our car riage / and will noL think of such a thing as challenging us." "Thank you; tlrn will be kind of you The girl's parents returned a few minutes later and when they end' red the house and saw another J ennings they looked surprised "Why, \rho is this, Alice?" exclaimed the girl's father. 'l'he girl haste ned to exp lain, and when" they had heard all the two gave Dick a warm greeting. "We are patriots," sai d Mr. Crowley; ''though, as you may w ell und erstand, we do not s ay much about it while the r edcoats are occupying the city I s uppo se not," with a s mile. "No; Arnold would loot our house if he suspected that we were patriots." '"rrue and he might throw you into prison.': "Yes; he is worse than any Briti sh officer. The fact that he was a traitor to the patriot cause seems to make him eager to do all the damage to patriot s that he pos sibly can." "He feels the disgrace, and trie s to get rid of the feel ing by acting cruelly to patriots." "I judge that is it." 'rhen Alice told her parents her plan for enabling Dick to .make hi s escape from the c ity. was seate d b esi de the driver of the carriage, with his arms folded, looking as careless and uncon cerne d as could b<>, though he was on the anxious seat to som e extent until after the sentinles had been left behind. He felt that he wa s safe now, however and when they had gone half a mile further he called down to Mi ss Crow ley and s aid lhat he would not bother her any further, bul wou.ld get dawn and walk. "No; I will take you to your de sti nation," was the reply; "I shall enjoy the ride." So the carriage did not s top until the home of the Skupps was reached, and here Dick jumped down and thanked Miss Crowley for bringing him safely away from Rich mond. "You are more than welcome, Mr. Slater,'' the girl said. "I am anly glad that I was in a position to do something to the great cause. If I ev/r get a chance to do more I shall gladly do it." Then s he shook hantl s with Dick, and he thanked her, again for her kindnes s to him, and the next moment the carriage was rolling; back in the direction of the city. CHAPTER IX. HUNTING REDCOATS "That i s a good plan," Mr. Crowley sa id. "I think it Naturally the Skupps were surprised to see Dick come will succeed." back in a carriage. "I am s ure that it will, father," sa id Alice. It happened that Joe was there, and he made inquiries Then she hasten ed upstairs to get for her ride, regarding the meaning o.f it all. while Mr. Crowley sen t word to the coachman to bring the "Did ther British fin' out ye wuz er spy?" he asked in carriage back to the front of the house. conclusion. This was done, and when the girl came down dressed for "Yes," replied Dick; "and then he told the story of his the ride she went out and entered the ca rriage, while 1 adventures in the city. Dick took his place beside the cl river. "I am sorry that I lost your hor se,'' he said in conclusion; Dick had thought of tryi ng to get the horse he lrncl" "but I will pay you for him, Mr. Skupp." ric1den to the city, and \vhich he had left hitched in front I "Ye'll do uv ther kind, Dick," was the reply;


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUA.u. 21 "ole Dobbin wuzn't worth much, anyhow, an' I don' want enny munny fur 'im." Dick insisted, but it did no good. The man was firm. He would not accept anything :for the los s of the horse. "I lost the basket, its contents and your dress, Mrs. Skupp," he said; "I want pay you for them." But &he would not listen to this. Dick talked a few minutes longer and then said that he must be getting back to the patriot e ncampment. "I'll go with ye," said Joe. They set out, and a few minutes l ater arrived at the encampment. Dick went to the tent occupied by General Lafayette. "You w e re not away long, Dick," said the general. "No, sir; I learned about all that it was pos sib le to learn, and so came back as soon as I could." 'You bring some information, then, Dick?" "Yes, sir." "Did _you learn lhc number of soldier s there are m Richmond? "Yes; there are aboul four thousand." "ls General Cornwallis lhere ?" "No, sir." ''Is he expected soon?" Dic k s hook hi s head. I 'I was unable to learn whether or not they were expect-ing him soon, sir; buL he certain ly is expected there." General Lafayette hardly knew what to do. He had only thre e thousand men, and a, great many of these were mifitia. If he were to attack Richmond h e could hardly hope to be s u ccess ful. Still, he thought that it would be best to hold a council and get the views of the officers of hi s staff, and he told his orderly to s u mmon the officers. The orderly did so, and when they appeared Lafayette laid the matter before them. They listened to his statement, and then a discussion ensued. Should they attack Ri c hmond That was the question, and it was discussed earnestly. It was decided, finally, that it would be unwise to make the attack. "We are not strong e nough to make a success of it," said Lafayette; "and a failure will be a bad thing for u s." "Yes; it would be worse for us than for the British," said one of the officers. "I judge that the best we can do for the present," said Lafayette, "is to go ahead and keep watch of Arnold anc1 spoil his plans when ever possible." "Yes," said another of the officers; "if we can hold him in clieck we will be doing something." Presently the council broke up and the officers dispersed 1o the different parts of the encampment, where their com panies or forces were quartered. It was supper time, and the Liberty Boys were cooking their suppers when Dick got to where they were stationed. Joe Skupp had the youths the story of Dick's trip to and adventures in Richmond; but the Liberty Boys were eager to hear the details They que st ioned their commander eagerly. "I'm hungry, boys; wait till after supper and I'll tell you the story," he said. This was satisfactory, and after supper hacl been' eaten Dick told the story in detail. The Liberty Boys listened with interest. They thought that Dick had been very fortunate in mak-ing the acquaintance of Alice Crowley. "Say, she must be a fine girl," said George Fenne1;. "So she is," from Dick.. l Then he told the youths what the general had decid ed upon. The Lib erty Boy E were sorry that the attack was not to be made on Richmond. 'l'hey were always. cager to fight, and preferred to do so, even though they were s ure that they could not win in the cni!. "Oh, we will have somet hing to do," said Dick. "Anwld will keep on burning and pillaging patriot homes, and we will keep watching for the maraudin g bands, and will strike them a blow at every opportunity." "Thal will be beUer than lo sim ply sit here in ca mp and do nothing," said Bob Estabrook. There was nothing to do that night, so they la y down and go1. ii good night's s l eep. Next morn i 11g after they had Lreakfasled Dick told the youth s lo gel ready for a trip. "The redcoats have been doing considerable \rnrk fo the south ward from Richmond," he said; ''and it is m y in tention that wc shall ride around 1.he city and try to get a chance at one or more of the marauding bands." 'J'his suited the Liberty Boy s ''That is the very thing I would have s ugge stcu, Dick," sai d Bob. "Yuh, I haf peen t'inkin' abouid dot und dot is so," said Carl Gookenspieler. "Yis yer. have, Oi. am nol t'inkin'," sa id P atsy Brannigan, in surpreme scorn; "yez niver t'ought av such a t'ing, an' it's mesilf would wager innythin' thot thot is dhe thruth, begorra." "Vat do you know a bouid vat I haf peen t'inkin', Bah;y Prannigan ?" said Carl; "you vos know noddings abouid dot." "Oh, g'wan wid yez, Cookyspiller; talkin' an' go to getthin' ridcly to go on dhe thrip, or its yersilf wull ghet lift, I dunno." "I vill pe tetty ven der rest vos peen retty." Dick told the members of ti.ti a.wkward squa d to get ready also. "You may go with us," he said; "you have your hor ses here and know how to ride and shoot, and that is the main thing." "Thank ye, Dick," said Joe Skupp, eagerly. The new r ecruits were delighted 'I'hey hastened to bridle and saddle their horses, and when


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. the party of Liberty Boys rode away the awkward squad went with them. A s they rode a way they were followed by the cheers of scores of the regular soldiers. The. regular soldiers liked the Liberty Boys on account of tJie dashing style of the youths when on the battlefield. The Liberty Boys were brave to recklessness, and their ex ample was worth a great deal in a battle. Bravery inspires bravery and the other soldiers ahvays fought better when the Liberty Boys were in the battle. The youths waved their hats when they arrived at a bend in the road, and rode around the bend and disappeared fl'brrli the view of the soldiers in the encampment. In reaching their intended de s tination the Liberty Boys would have to make a half circuit and travel a distance of perhap s fifteen miles, and s o they rode at a lively pace, for Dick wa s eager to get on the ground ahead of any of the marauding bands if possible. They rode southward two miles and then turned toward the rest and rode in that direction about three miles. rhen they again turned toward the south and continued in this direction until they had gone about seven miles. The. next turn was toward the east., and they rode about t hree miles and came to a halt. ''How far arc we from Richmond, Dick?" asked Bob .. About five Bob." "I wonder if thi s is the main road that leads southward from Richmond to Petersburg?" "I cannot sa.y, Bob; likely it is, however." The youths remained where they were until noon, and not a sign of redcoats did they see. "We will eat dinner," said Dick; "and then we will divide our force and begin scouring the country round about us. Perhaps we may run across one or two of the foraging bands." "That is a good scheme," said Bob Estabrook. Whe'n they had eaten dinner the party was divided, and Bob was placed in command of one, while Dick had charge of the other. Dick kept the awkwartl squad with his party, as he to have personal supervision over them in their first engagement with the enemy. "Where shall we meet after we have finished the work for the afternoon ?" asked Bob, as they were preparing to start. "Right here,., replied Dick. "I have made up my mind that we will go into camp here to-night, and will put in the day in this part of the country to-morrow.'.' "All right; we will c01.fle back here. About what time R hall we aim to get here?" "Ob, about six o'dock." Very well." -Then Bob and his part of the force roc'le away, and l':hortly afterward Dick and his f9rce followed. At a cross road one mile to the southwatd one party turned toward the wed and the other toward the east. The two forces rode hither and thither all afternoon, but failed to run across a band of redcoats. When the two forces !!rrived at the appointed vou s that evening they were a tired and somewhat dis gusted looking lot of youths. "Say, this has been a day of disappointment, Dick,'' said Bob, with a discontented scowl on his usually smiling face. "Oh, well, perhaps we may have better luck next time. Bob," was Dick's reply. "I ho pe so." "I am sure that such will be the case. The redcoati:: did not happen to come in this direction to-day, which accounts for our lack of success in finding them; and it makes it all the more Jikrly thnt they will come this way to-morrow." "That's so. "I hope we will get a chance at some redcoats to-mor row," said Sam Sanderson. "Und I vos peen hoping dot, mine s elluf," s aid Carl Gookenspieler "Yis, an' it' s yersilf wull hm loike dhe Ould Nick wur aftber yez, we should be aftber matin' up wid inny av dhe ridcoats," said Patsy Brannigan. "I viii nod do dot," said Carl; "I haf me nefer run vrom der retgoads, und I don'd vos peen goin' to ran vrom dem." "Say to it thot yez are not afther doin' it." "I v111 loog ouid vor mineselluf, Batsy Prannigan; und id vill pe ein goot t'ing if you vos loog ouid vor your selluf. You vill. run shoost so quickness as vat I vill, und dot is der trut'.'' "Ob, you w ill both run if you get half a chance," said Bob Estabrook; "shut up, or I'll give you both a thrashing." The other Liberty Boys laughed and Patsy and Carl stopped qttarreling and contented themselves with glaring at each other. The truth of the matter was that they were tb. e best friends in the world, and although they quarreled frequently, they seldom or never came to blows. And if one got into trouble the other could be depended upon to back him up and lay down his life in his defense. if necessary. Dick selected an open space in the edge of the timber near the road as a camping place, and the youths settled down to take things easy. They brought out the cold bread and meat that was to constitute their supper, and proceeded to eat the frugal repast. They were strong, healthy and hearty, however, and they ate the food with a relish, and seasoned it with lively talk and hearty laughter. They were a jolly lot of youths, and the me111bcr:> of the awkward squad enjoyed listening to their comrades. and congratulated themselves again and again ou having been permitted to become members of the company. Patsy and Carl got to quarreling again, and in his


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. a n ger at something that Patsy said to him Carl choked on a piece of meat, and would no doubt have strangled to death had not Patsy laid the Duteh youth across his lap and pounded him on the back and shoulders with such good will that the piece of meat was loosened sufficiently o that Carl got it down by hard work. Then, his friend being out of danger, Patsy rolled the fat Dutch youth off on to the ground, with the rema k: :'Dhere 1 Choke agh'in, wull yez Shure an' it served ye roight fur such a glutton, Oi dunno!" Carl rolled over and rose to a sitting posture. His eyes were still bulging out to an abnormal extent, but presently he got back to his normal condition, and then he said: "Py shimminetty, I vos almosht shoked to deat', und dot is so." I ''Yez would be dead this minnet, but for dhe heroic tratement thot Oi administered to yez," said Patsy; "it's mesilf has saved yer Joife, but Oi don't ixpect to receive inny ihanks from yez." "I vos peen much obligated to you, Batsy," said the Dutch youth, earnestly. "Thot's all roight; yez don't owe me inny thanks. Av ye wur to die, Cooh.J7spiller, dhere wouldn't be inny wan to have fun wid, an' so yez see it wur silfishness on me own parrut thot caused me to sav:e your loife." At this instant George .Fenner leaped up and pointed up the road. "A runaway!" he cried; "look! It is a carriage and there is no one save a woman in it! She will be killed if the horses are not stopped.'' The youths looked up the road-it was not yet darkand saw a team of horses coming down the road on the run. They were attached to a carriage, and the driver had evidently been thrown from his_seat, for there was no one in the carriage save the one woman; the lines were drag ging underneath the feet of the frightened horsef "I'll save her I" cried George Fenner, leaping up and dashing down toward the road; "I'll stop the team or die trying!" CHAPTER X. GEORGE FENNER'S BRAVE DEED. The other Liberty Boys leaped to their feet and ran in the same direction; they were determined to aid George, if they could get there in time. He had got the start of them, and the runaway team was so close at hand that it would be opposite the en campment in a few moments. George, fast runner though he was, was only just in time to makE! a flying leap and catch hold of the lines near the bit iri the mouth of the near horse. So fast were the horses running and so strong were they that the brave Liberty Boy was jerked off his feet and through the air as though s hot from a catapult. He was dragged at least twenty feet before hi s feet touched the ground again, and when he did touch the ground he rose with a springing motion and leaped astride the horse It was an agile feat, and the Liberty Boys gave utterance to 'Wild cheers a s they witnes sed it. "Wonderful!" "Did you ever see the like of that?" .'..That beats anything I ever saw." "Yes, yes!" Hi : Such were a few of the exclamations the youths utterance to, they had given. the cheers. They did not reach the road until after the caniage had passed, of course, but they ran down the road in_ p ur suit of it as rapidly a s possibl(l for they wished to be on hand to render George assistance as soon as he gQt the horses partially under control. Dick had recognized the inmate of the carriage a t the first glance. She was Alice Crowley, the girl who had saved him Jrom capture the afternoon before in her home in Richmond, and who had given him a carriage ride out of the city and to the Skupp home. Doubtless she had been out riding this afternoon and the horses had scall!d at something, driver had fallen or been thrown off his seat, and then, the animals becoming more and more frightened, had run away. "But George will stop the team and the girl," said Dick to himself. The brave Liberty Boy was hard at work pulling on the lines, and he gradually forced the horses to slow up_ At last he succeeded in getting them to stop. He looked back and smiled reassuringly at the girl. "You are absolutely safe now," he said; "have no fears." "Oh, I am so glad!" half gasped the girl. "I thought that I would surely lose my life. You are a brave, brave young man, and I thank you for saving my life!'' "You are more than welcome, miss." Then, as the Liberty Boys came running up and sefaed hold of the horses' bits, George leaped to the ground lind advanced to the side of the carriage. Dick Slater was already there, and to George's surprise, was standing beside the carriage shaking hands with the young lady. "George," said Dick, "this is Miss Crowley, of whom you heard me speak yesterday evening in camp-the young lady who saved me from being captured in Richmond, as you will remember." "Oh, yes!" said George, eagerly. His eyes were fixed on the girl's face in admiration, and to himself he was saying that she was the most beautiful young lady he had ever seen. "Miss Crowley, this is Mr. George Fenner," went on Dick; "when I tell you that he is as generous and noble-


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. hearted as he i s brave, you will understand that there is nothing further that need be said." "I am very very glad to be able to give you my hand, Mr. Fenner," said the girl, earnestly; "you--" "Oh, what a lucky fellow you are, George!" exclaimed the irrepressible Bob, who, seeing a chance to say some thing bright, could not resist it; "but you deserve it, old fellow." Mis s Crowley blu s hed like a peony and G e orge flu s hed and the n the y laughed, which r e li e ved the m of any fe eling of embarras s ment they would otherwise have felt. "You have misinterpreted my meaning s ir said Alice, s li'ilking her finger at Bob in a moc k-thr ea t e ning manner. "I merely meant that I was glad to hav e the opportunity of shaking Mr. Fenner's hand." ''You see Bob, my l uck was not v e ry la sting," said Georg e s milingly. "Pe rmit m e to ag ain th a nk you for s aving my life s aid Ali ce, who was eage r to get the conv e r s ation turned into other channe l s irt .is I wh o s hould thank you, Mis s Crowley s aid ga llantly, and with a look that caus ed the girl' s eyes to droop; I s hall always l ook upon thi s affair a s t he mos t fortunat e one in my life Saving y our life i s s omething to remember alway s with plea s ure How did the runaway happen, Miss Crowley?" asked Dick. "A dog ran out and frighten e d the horses at a house a mile back up the road," was 0the "The horses swerved a s ide and the left front wheel ran over the end of a log, which cau s ed an upheaval of the front end of the carriage, throwing the driv e r headfir s t out into the road, and there is no telling what might have happened had not Mr. Fenner stopped them, as he so bravely did." "I wonder if the driver was killed or badly injured?" remarked Dick. "I don't know, Mr. Slater. I was s o badl y fri ghte n e d that I did not think t o look ba ck." "Yonder he comes now!" s aid M a rk Morri s on at this "He is limping, but i s e vid e ntly not mu c h in jured." "Oh, I am so glad of that, s aid Ali ce H e i s a faithful servant and I would di s like to see. him d e ad or s everely hurt." The driv e r was s oon on the spot and wlie n h e l e a rned that his young mi s tress was uninjured and that no dam age had been done to the hor s es, t o the mselves or the carriag e he was delighted. "I tried to keep my s eat, Miss Alice," h e said; "but I couldn t do it. It brok e m y h eart, a lmost to the 11ors e s running away without ariy o n e on the driv er's seat. I thought tha t you would sur e l y be killed." "You were not to bla:me,'' the gir 1 ha s t e n e d to assure him ; "I am very glad that you were not hurt." Then the driver got up on the s eat and took hold of the lines, ready to drive back toward the city as soon as bis young mistre s s was ready She turned to George and said: "I hope to see you at my home in Richmond some day, a nd s oon, Mr. Fenn e r so that my parent s may have the opportunity of thanking you for what ypu have done for me to-day." "I s hall be glad to come, Miss Cro w l ey," was the reply in su c h an eager tone that the Liberty Boys s miled and th e young lad y blu s hed ; "I will come,. eve n if I have to run the gauntl e t of the Britis h s entinel s." "Don't ris k your life," she add e d rather s eriou s ly "Com e if y ou can do s o with safety "He will be there Mi s s Crowley," s aid Bob with a smile. "Yes, I will be the re sooner or later Mis s Crowley," said Geor ge, and there was a deep meaning in the tones of hi s voice. That Miss Crowl e y und e r s tood thi s was evident, for s h e blu s hed s lightl y, and then, to hide h e r confu s ion s aid to the driver: "You ma y turn the hors e s around ; w e will r eturn to the city." The driv e r obe yed, and then at a s ignal from the y oung woman, h e brought the horses to a s top. "I forgot to a s k what has brought you away down here,' s aid the g irl, addressing Dick. "We have bee n hunting r e d c oat s," was the repl y And you have found none?" "Not to-day." "You are going to continue t o-morrow?" "Yes." "Well, I hope you will hav e b etter su c cess." "So do I." A few more words, and then the young lady gave the order to drive on, and the driver obeyed. A1ice bowed and smiled at the Liberty Boys, and they with one accord doffed their hat.s, waved their hands and s aid good-by in unison. Then they made their way back to the encampment th e y ouths chaffing George Fenner as they went. H e took it all good-naturedly and laughed as much as a n y o f the m and had repartee ready in most instance s You are a lucky fellow, George," s aid Dick, when the .' w e r e back in the encampment; "I think you have won the rc garc1s of Miss Crowley, and if you care her-as it Reems cle a r that you do-it is my honest belief that yon can win h e r. You have my be s t wis hes for your succe ss, and m y c ongratulation s in case you do succeed." "And mine!" "It's the same h e r e!" "Yes, ye s !" "You are all right, Georg e !" "You can win and you des erv e to win Such were a. few of the exclamations from the youths. They liked George, and were glad that' he was in a fair way to be very happy. 1 1 "Thank you boys,'' s aid George, earnestly; "I know


THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. 25 that you mean it, and that I have your good will and best wishes, and I don't mind telling you that I have taken a fancy to Miss Crowley, and that I am going to win her if I can." "That's the way to talk," said Bob Estabrook. "Suc cess to you, old fellow." 'fhe others all echoed the remark. CHAPTER XL THE BRITISH EVACUATE RICHMOND. The next day the Liberty Boy s put in the day looking or parties of redcoats, and they were successful, in that they encountered two parties and put both to flight, after killing and wounding several. The members of the awkward squad acquitted themselves splendidly. They fought like veterans, and when it was over Dick complimented them. "You boys did all right," said Dick. "So they did," agreed Bob Estabrook. "I'm glad ye air satersfied with the way we done, Dick," Joe Skupp. "I am more than satisfied. I am well pleased, Joe. You boys are all right." The new recruits were delighted, and each and every one made up his mind that he would do even better next time. "Are you going to stay down here another day, Dick?" asked Bob. "All right." They waited and watched. They saw the redcoats coming along at a good steady pace, and to their amazement it did not prove to be a party, but an army. What they had ::;upposed was a small party sent out to search for them was simply the advanc.;e guard of the British army that had been in The youths were mazed. They could not think what it meant. "It must be Arnold's entire army, Dick!'' said looking wonderingly at his comrade. "So it is, Bob, I am confident." "But what does it mean? Do they think it will take mount; instead, vantage of position, you know." he told them io lead the horses back into the timber a "Yes, and that amounts to a good deal." couple of hundred yards, and this was done. "So it does." Then he and Bob returned to the vicinity of the en-Next morning Dick and Bob went about a mile in the campment and took up their position where they could direction of Richmond, for they expected to see some parties see the army as it passed. of redcoats coming from that direction before the day The advance gua'rd appeared soon and passed slowly, was very far advanced. and behind it came the army proper. They took up their position on top a hill. From The youths waited patiently until the rear of the long there they could see a mile, the road being straight that column was in sight, half a mile away, and then they made distance. 0heir way back to where the rest of the Liberty Boys were They were there an hour or more, and then Bob sud waiting.

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. They wished to strike the British a blow, and they lost no time in leading the horses close to the road-as close as was possible, and at the same time avoid discovery. Then they waited until the of the column was even with them The time had come to act. 'l'hey moved forward, leading the horses, and at a sig nal from Dick they leveled their muskets and took aim. Suddenly Dick gave utterance to a shrill whistle. ,,11Pis was the signal to fire, and the youths obeyed Bang Bang The British soldiers were within range, and a number went down dead and wounded. The ranks of the redcoats were thrown into confusion. ,. The British had not been expecting an attack. Before they could regain their presenr;e of mind the Boys had mounted and were riding away up the road at a gallop. As they went they gave utterance to cheers, winding up with their battle cry of: "Long live liberty! Down with the king!'' 'rhe British were so enraged that they a volley, but of course they did no damage; the youths were out of range. The British hardly knew what to think about this affair. When they saw that the enemy consisted of about one hundred soldiers on horseback, however, many of them at once leaped to the conclusion that the party consisted of the Liberty Boys. The news of the attack traveled along the column of soldiers wit.h the speed of the wind, and s<5on reached the ears of General Arnold. He knew at once that it was th e Liberty Boys who had made the attack, and he ordered a force of troopers to turn back and go in pursuit of the youths This was done, but the troopers might a s well have saved themselve s the trouble. They could not catch up with the Liberty Boys. Presently they gave up the pursuit and turned back. Dick was watching, and as soon as he saw that the British had ceased pursuing he gave the command to halt. The I.Jiberty Boys did o. "I have made up my mind that we will follow the British and see where they go, "I he said; "incidentally we may strike them an occasional blow as 'we go along, also." ''That's the way to talk, Dick," said Bob, approvingly. The Liberty Boys turned their horses' heads toward the south and rode slowly after the British army. The British were on their guard now, and it was an impossibility for the Liberty Boys to slip up and fire a volley and get away ,, ithout a return; so they stayed back and took it easy. "We will sec .where they go, at any rate," said Dick: "even though we don't get a chance to do them any more damage.'' Meanwhile Mark Morrison rode northward at a gallop. He entered the city of Richmond, but did not there He continued onward and an hour later rode into the patriot encampment. He went at once to the tent occupied by General Lafay ette, and was admitted. "What is it, Mark?" the general asked, when he bad greeted his visitor. "The British have evacuated Richmond, sir," said Mark. "Is that r;o ?" in a voice of excitement; "when did they do this?" "This morning." "And where have they gone?" "They are marching southward, sir; Dick says he thinks they are headed for Petersburg." "Ha! For Petersburg, eh?" "Yes; it is Dick's idea that they are to join Cornwallis' army there." Lafayette looked thoughtful. "I should not be surprised if this were the case," he said. "Well, we will at once break camp and march down .and take possession of Richmond." He sent his orderly to give the officers instructiqps and then made some more inquiries of Mark. When the youth tole} him that the Liberty Boys wer<' following the British army l.Jafayette looked sober. "I'm afraid the boys will get into trouble," he said. "They are so fearless daring." "I don't think there is much danger, sir. Dick Slater is toJ smart to permit himself to be outgeneraled." ''True; Dick is a shrewd :youth." An hour later the patriot army was marching toward Richmond, and two hours 1 ater still it entered the cit.v and took possession in the name of liberty and the Conti nental congress. CHAPTER XII. "There is one thing that must be done at once, however," we.nt on Dick, "and that is that General Lafayette must be informed of this move of the British. Then he can 1 ; BACK IN RICHMOND. march down and take possession of Richmond." "That'M so," agreed Bob. "Mark, you will go at once and carr y the news to General J,afayette," said Dick, addressing Mark Morrison. "All right, Dick," was the reply. Then, ,rithout more words, the youth rode away toward the north "You were right regarding the destination of the Brit ish, Dick." "Yes; they have taken up their quarters in burg." "And do you think that Cornwallis is to join them there?"


'l'HJ LlBER'l'Y BOl'.8. AWKWARD SQUAD. 27 "I think so; though it is impossible to say just when he will put in an appearance." "I suppose we will stay in the vicinity until Cornwallis does come?" "Yes; and then I will send word to General Lafayette." "Whai. will we do while waiting?" 'Keep watch for foraging of redcoats." "There is something else that we m.ight do, Dick ''What?" "Keep gathering up n e w recruits." "Yes; we might do thai., Bob." "And if we have a battle with the Brii.ish we will need every man w e can get hold of." "That is true." It was afternoon of the day on which the British evacu ated Richmond. They had taken up their position in Petersburg, and the Liberty Boys had paused a mile from the town and gone into temporary camp. Dick and Bob had gone ahead and were on a knoll half a mile from the town. The two youths, having seen all that was poss ible for them to see, now made their way bac k to the Liberty Boys' encampment. It was decided to try to get a lot of new recruits while remaining in the vicinity to watch the redcoats, and so a dozen parties of four each left the encampment and went away in as many different direction s When they returned a couple of hours later they had twenty yo"\lths, who announced their desire to become patriot soldiers Dick told them that he would be glad to have them join hi s c ompany of Liberty Boys but that tht:y would Jiave to b e drilled before they could tak e part in any en gagements. They said that they wanted to ]earn to be s oldier s and Dick s aid that he would teach them Next morning be began the work and the Libe rty Boys watched th e maneuvers of the awkward s quad with inte rest nnd no s mall degree of amusement. The blunder g made by the n e w Tecruit.s wne many ancl varied ancl the spectators had pl e nty of opportunit y to laugh. Dick had sent a couple of youths to keep wat c h of the BTitish in Petersburg, and about the middle of the after noon one of these scouts came to the encampment and told Dick that a large army had entered Petersburg fr o m the 8outh. "It is Cornwallis' army," said Dick. "I -mus t send word to General Lafayette." HE: looked around him in search of some one to s end as messenger, and his eyes fell upon George Fenner There was such an eager look on the youth' s face that Dick rould not help smiling. "Yes," he said; "I will seJ]1d you, George-and you need not hurry back. I think ybu might as well spend a few hours in the city and rest up a bit." "Thank you, Dick," said G e orge, grat e fully. "I will start at once." He bridled and s addled his horse, and mounted and rode away at a gallop. Two hour s later he was in Richmond. He w ent at once to patriot headquarters. G eneral Lafayette gave him a c ordial greeting and then asked what news he brought. "Captain Dick Slater s ent m e Lo i nform you of i h e faci that G e neral Cornwalli s army ha s arriv e d a t Petersb1urg sir, was the reply. ,.p 1T "So he has a rrived at last has he?" "Yes, sir." "Very good; I am gladto know this When you go back tell Dick that I s aid for him to keep close watch on the British, and if the y mak e a move a s though to ad v ance to Richmond send m e word promptly." "Very well, sir General Lafayett e ask e d a number of que s tion s and then George s aluted and withdrew. ., He made his way to th e home of Ali c e Crowle y and :when be got there h e was giv en a. welcome that hit? feel happy indeed. Alice s ent a servan t to inform her par ents of the pres en c e of the young man who had saved h e r lif e b y s toppin g the runaway horse s and t h e two soon put in an app e aran ce. 'fhey greeted the young mau very cordiall y a nd tha nked him earne s tly for what h e had done for their daught e r. He told them that no thanks were nece s sary, a nd that he had done only hi s dut y and that. any one else would have done the same thing, The girl's parent s insi s ted lioweve r that they wer e und e r g reat obli g ation s t o him, and they tre ated him very c ordially, for they r e aliz e d tha t he was a brave, noble-hearted youth. 'l'hey lef t the parlor pre s e ntly and Alic e and George had the room to them selves 'l'hat they w ere w e ll pl e ased to h a r e it so was amply proven by the happy look on t h eir count e n a nces. The time Aew, a nd when s upp e r was 1 mnounced they were surpri sed, for they had not s upposed i t was a n y wher e near so late. George was for taking his lea v e but Alic e wou l d not hear to this ; nor would her parents who entered the parlor to lead the .way to the dining-room. George was a common-s e n s e y outh and he accepted the invitation to dine, and to s a y that h e e njoyed the m e al i s s tating the c ase altogether too mildl y He was the hap pie s t youth in Virginia He remained a t lea s t two h ours af t e r s upper was over a nd then took his leav e reluctantl y H e was in love with Alice, and sh e was in lov e with him He did not know whe n he would ge t to see h e r aga i n, s o h e told her of hi s love and asked her to b e hi s wife. It was rather sudden as Alice said ; but she was a s e nsible girl, and told him that she loved him and would becom e his wife as soon as he \Vas mustered of the army.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' AWKWARD SQUAD. This was sufficient, and George left the Crowley home as though treading on air. He mounted his horse, which he had had taken care of at a livery stable, and rode out of the city and away to ward the south at a lively pace. 'l'wo hours later he was in the Liberty Boys' encamp ment, and he reported to Dick, who was still up. He told Dick what the general had said al3out keeping watch of the redcoats and reporting to him, and Dick said ht:. would attend to the matter. ext day Joe Skupp asked permission of Dick to go on.: foraging expedition. He wanted to take the awk ward squad. 1 We hain't much on ther fight, Dick; but we kin forage fur grub ez good ez enny uv ye." "All right," said Dick; "go along; but be careful. Don't let the redcoats get you." "We'll look out fur ther redcoats, Dick." The youths set out. There were forty of them, and they took their muskets along, so as to be in a position offer fight if they should encounter any British sol diers They found the home of a Tory and helped themselves to a lot of provisions, after which they started to go back to the Liberty Boys' encampment They had gone only half a mile when they suddenly came face to face with a force of British soldiers about equal in size to their own force. 'l'he youths darted in among the trees at the roadside, and the British soldiers did the same. Then both parties opened fire at practically the same time, and they kept it up for quite awhile. The Liberty Boys' awkward squad did good 'rork. They were better at this style of warfare than was the case with the redcoats, and they were better marksmen, so the result was that they did more damage, wounding a num ber of the British soldiers and killing one. Suddenly about fifty of the Liberty Boys came running down the road. The encounter had taken place at a point less than a mile from the Liberty Boys' encampment, and they had heard the firing and had guessed that the members were greatly outnumbered, and turned and fled at the top of their speed The Liberty Boys and the members of the awRward Rquad pmsued the redcoats a short distance, and then gave up the chase and went back to the scene of the encounter. Dick, who was one of those who had come to the as sistance of the new recruits, complimented the youths on their good work. "You held your own, and that was doing well," he f-1flicl. "I guess we done a leetle bit more than l1eld our said Joe Skupp; "we killed one uv 'em, an' they didn't kill enny uv us." so; you did get thr bPSt of it, sure enough." Then they buried the dead redcoats, after which they made their way back to the Liberty Boys' 'l'he provisions secured by the members of the awkward squad were sufficient to furnish food for all of the Liberty Boys for several meals, and were very acceptable. The Liberty Boys remained in camp near Petersburg until the British army moved northward toward Richmond, and then they retreated to the city and informed General Lafayette that the redcoats were coming to attack Rich mond. A council was held, and it was decided that it would be foolish to try to make a stand. To evacuate and retreat1 toward the north was the only thing to do. So the order was given to break camp and get ready to maFch, and the soldier s obeyed the order. Before leaving the city George Fenner went and called on his sweetheart and spent two or three hours in her company. She was sorry to hear that the British were coming, both because she did not like for them to be in the city, and because it forced her lover to leave the vi cinity. She was brave, however, and put on as bold a: front as posRible and sent George away in good spirits Our story 1s practically ended. Cornwallis' army came to Richmond and gave chase to Lafayette's army, and this was kept up until the patriots had crossed the Rapidan river, when the British gave up and turned back. Of course numerous skirmishes were inevitable in such circumstances, and the Liberty Boys were always mixed up in the fights; and the awkward squad usually did som good fighting also, with the result that it was looked up011 as a very valuable addition to the Liberty Boys' company When the war ended George Fenner hastened back tc Richmond and was married to sweet Alice Crowley; and Joe Skupp, not to be outdone, was married to Annie Stokes. Lafayette, while he did not do a great deal of fighting during this campaign, managed to keep Cornwalfo: and his army busy quite awhile, and this was important, as it made it impossible for the British to turn their in some other direction. And as has been shown, the Liberty Boys and their Awkward Squad did their share of the work. THE END. 'I'he next number (172) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "'I'HE UBER'J'Y BOYS' FIERCE FINISH; or, HOLDING OUT TO THE END," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekl are always in print. :i r you cannot obtain them :from an newsdealer, send the price :'1. money or postage stamps b mail to FRANK TOUSE-: PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO SQUARE, NEW YORK, ana you will receive the copi you order by return mail.


W ILD WEST WEEKLY A magazine Containing Stotties, Sketehes, e te., of Westettn ltif e .AN" C>l:.a:I:l SOC>'UT. 32 PAGES. PB.ICE 5 CENTS. 39 PAGE S. EACH NUMBER IN A HANDSOME COLORED COVER. r All o f these exciting s tories are founded on facts. Young Wild Wes t is a hero with whom the a c quaint e d His darin g deed s and thrilling adventures have never been surpa s sed. They form the bas e mos t da s h i n g storie s e v e r pu bfahed. :fi Read the following numbers of this most interesting magazine and be convinced: ., i LATEST ISSUES: 51! Young Wild West .After the Claim-Jumpers; or. T a m i n g a T o ugp 23 Young Wild W est' s Va cation; or. A Lively 'ime at Roaring Town. 1 Ranch. 54 Young WU Ridge. 57 Young Wild West' s Running Fight: o r. Trapping the H e d s and 28 Young Wild West Trapped; or, 'b e Net That Would Not Bllld Renegades Him. 58 Young Wlld West al:!ll His Dead Sh o t Band ; o r the Smuggl e r's 29 Young Wild West' s Election; or, A Mayor at Twenty. of tbe Canadian Border. ,./ 30 Young Wild West and the Cattle Thieves; or, Breaking Up a '"Bad 59 Young Wild West' s Blind Ride; or, The Trove OC'l,the Gang." Yellowstone. 1 31 Young Wild West' s Mascot; or, The Dog That Wanted a Master. GO toung Wild W est and the Vigilantes ; o r out a l'fard 32 Young Wild West's Challenge; or, A Combination Hard to Beat. Crowd. ;r:,, 33 Young Wild West and the Ranc h Queen : or, Roun ding Up the Cat-Gl Young Wild West on a Cr i mson Trail ; or. Arletta Amonk\tbe tie Ropers. Apach e s \/ ? 3 4 Young Wild West' s Pony Express: or, Getting the Mail Through 112 Young Wild W e s t and "Gilt Edg e Gil"; or, Touching on Time. Sharpers. 3 5 Young Wild West on the Big Divi de; or, The Raid of the Rene63 Young Wild West's R eckless Rid ers; or, Afte r the Tra1n Wtec'kgades. ers. 36 Young Wild West's Miiiion in Gold ; or, The Boss Boy Of Boulder. M Young Wlld We s t a t Ken o Gui e b ; or, The Game That Was Never 37 Young Wild West Running the Gantlet: or, The PawnM Chief s Played. Last Shot. 38 Young Wild West and tM cowboys; or. A Hot Tllile on tbe 65 Young Wild West and the Man fro m tbe East; or, Th e Lucli: that Prairie. Found the Lo a t Lod e 3 9 Young Wila West's Rough Riders: or, T h e Rbee Bud of the 66 Young Wiid West in the Grand Canyon ; or, A Finish Fight Wltll Rockies. Outlaws. 40 Young Wild West's Dash for Life; or, A Ri d e that Sa'Ved a 67 Young Wlld West and the Wyoming Wolves ; or, Arietta' s Won 'l'own derful Nerve 41 Young Wlld W est' s Big Pan Out; or, The Battle for a Sliver Mine. 68 Younf Wild West's Dange rous Deal : or, l'be Plot to Flood a Silver 42 Young Wild West and tbe Charmed Arrow; or, The White Lily of M ne. the Kiowas. 69 Young Wild West and tbe Purple Plumes; or, Cheyenne Charlie's '13 Young Wild West's Great Round Up ; or, Co rrallng the Ranch Close Call. Raiders. 70 Young Wll d West at Coyote Camp"'; or, Spoiling a Lynel,ilng Bee. H Young Wild West' s Rifle Rangers: or, Trailing a Bandit King. 71 Young Wild West the Lasso King: or, The Crooked Gang o l 4 5 Young Wild West and the Russian Duke; or, A r.ivel)i Time on ''.Straight"' Ranc h. Mountain antl Plain. 72 Young Wild West s Game of Chanc e : or, Saved by Arletta. 4 6 Young Wild West on the Rio Grande; or, Tr11fjping the Mexican 73 Young Wild West and "Cayuse Kitty"; or, Th e Queeta of the Broncho Coiners. Busters. 4o Young Wild West and Sitting Bull ; or, Saving a Troop of Ca y all"y 74 Young Wild West.'e S t e a dy llalldi_!) r, Th e Sho t 'rha t Made a Million 4 8 Young Wild West and tile .rexa.s TraiJ-ers ; or, Roping Ill the Hbn1e 7 5 Young Wild West and The Piute .ninceBS; o r Th e 'l'tail th'

Flli\:NK 'RMl)E WEEKLY MAGAZINE. Containing Stories of AdYentures on Land, Sea, and in the Air. :B"Y"" ''N"C>N'" .A.1'1.t:E.'' EA.CB NUMBEB IN A HANDSOMELY ILLUMINATED COVEB. A 32PAGE BOOK FOR FIVE CENTS. All our readers know Frank Rea de, Jr., the greatest i n ventor of the age, and his two fun-loving chum s Barney and Pomp. The stories published in this magazi n e contain a true account of the wonderful and exciting adventures of the famous inventor, with his marvellous flying machines, electrical overland e n g ines, and his extra ordinary submarine boats. Each number is a rare treat. Tell your newsdealer to get you a copy. + LATES T ISSUES. 146 To the Elnd of the Earth; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Great Mid Air 19 Six Weeks In the Clouds; or, Frank Reaoe, Jr.'s Air-S h ip t h e 47 'I'hFl!Mgh1 t 1 1 1 d. F k R d J v age Under the Sea "Thunderbolt." e ss ng s an or, ran ea e r. s oy 20 Around the World Under Water; or, The Wonderful Cruise of al 48 Frank Reade, Jr., In Central India; or, the Search for the r,ost Submarine Boat. Savants. 21 The Mystic Brand; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Over l and Stage. 49 Fran k Reade, Jr. Fighting the Terror of the Coast. 22 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; or, Around the Globe in 50 100 Miles Below the Surface of the Sea; or, 'l'he Marvelous Trip 'l.'hlrty Days. of Frank Reade, J r. 23 The Sunken Pirate; or, Frank Reade, Jr., In Search of a Treasure 51 Abandoned In Alaska; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Thrilling Search for at the Bottom of the Sea. a Lost Gold Claim. 24 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Magnetic Gun Carriage; or, Working for the 52 Frank Reade, Jr.'s 'l.'wenty-Flve Thousand Mile Trip in the Air. U. S. Mall. 53 U.pder the Yellow Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Cave 25 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift of Pearls. 2 6 Sea Engine. or Hunting for a 54 From the Nile to the Niger; or, Frank Reade, Jr. Lost in the Soudan Diamond Mine. 55 The Electric Island ; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Greatest 27 The Black Range; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Among the Cowboys with Wonder on Earth. His Electric Caravan. 56 The Underground Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.' s $ubterranean Cruise. 28 Over the Andes with Frank Reade, Jr., In His New A1r-Sh1p; or, 57 From Tropic to Tropic; or, !<'rank Read e Jr.'s Tour With His Wlld Adventures In ?eru. Bicycle Car. 29 Jthe a Submarme Mountain.; or, Lost at the 5!l Lost In a Comet's ?-'ail:_ or, Frank Reade. Jr."s Strange Adven 30 Adrift In Africa; or, Frank Reade, Jr., Among the Jvory Hunters ture With His A1r-sh1p; with His New Electric Wagon. 59 Under Four or, l rank R e ade, Jr. s Submarme Chase of 31 Frank Reade, Jr.' s Search for a Lost Man In His Latest Air ,.0 Th aM"Seta D 1 evil.M" 1 F k R d J D t S h f Wonder. e ys er ous rage; or, ran e a e, r. s eser earc or 3l! Frank Reade. Jr.'s Search for the Sea Serpent; or, Six Thousand 61 L alt Sdecr9 e 0 t CDlty. F k R d J M t W d f 1 Mid Miles Under the Sea. at u e egrees; or, ran ea e, r s os on er u 33 Frank Reade Jr.'s Prairie Whiriwiud; or, The Mystery of the Air Flight. Hidden Canyon. 62 Lost In the Great Undertow; or, Frank R e ade, Jr. s Submarme 34 Around the Horizon for 'l.'en 'l'housand "!>Jiles or Frank Reade, Cruise In the Gulf Stream. Jr.' s Most Wonderful '! rip. 63 Across Australia with Frank R e ade, Jr.; or, In His New Electric 35 Lost In the Atlantic Valley; or, l 'rank R eade, Jr., and his Won-Car. C t F k der, the "Dart." 64 Over Two ontmen s; or, ran Reade Jr.' s Long Distanc e 36 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Desert Explorer; or, The Underground City Flight. of the Sahara. 65 Under the Equator; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Greatest Submarine Voyage 37 Lost 1 n the Mount11;!ns of. the Moon ; or, l<'rank Read e Jr.'s Great 66 Astray in the Selvas; or The Wild Experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., in Trip with the Scud South America. 38 Under the Amazon for a Thousaed Miles. 67 In the Wild Man's Land; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Heart o! 39 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Clipper of the Prairie; or, Fighting the Apa r h e s Australia. In the Southwest. 68 From Coast to Coast; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Trip Across Africa. 40 The Chase of a Comet; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Aerial Trip with ; 69 Beyond the Gold Coast; or, Frank Read e Jr.'s Overland Trip. the "Flash.'' 70 Across the Earth; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Latest 'l'rip With His New Air 41 Across the Frozen Sea; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric Snow CutShip. ter. 71 Six Weeks Buried in a Deep Sea Cav e ; or, Frank Reade, J r s Great.Sub 42 Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric Buckbo a rd ; or, 'l.'hrilllng Adventures in marine Search. North Australia. 72 Across the Desert of Fire; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'e Marvelous Trip in a 43 Around the Arctic Circle: or, !!'rank Reade Jr.'s t'amous Flight Strange Country. With His Air Ship. 73 The Transient Lake; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Adventures in a Mysteriou.a 44 Frank Reade Jr.' s Search for the Silver Whale ; or, Under the Country. Ocean In the Electric "Dolphin." H The Galleon's Gold; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s D ee p Sea Search. 45 Frank Reade. Jr., and His Electric Car; or, Outwitting a Desperate 7 5 The Lost Caravan; or, Frank Reade, Jr. on the Staked Plaine. Gang. '76 Adrift in Aeia With Frank Reade, Jr. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FBANX TOUSEY Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and canno t procure them from newsde a lers, t h ey can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price o f the books you w ant and we will sel!l.d them to you by return mail. P OS'J'AGE STA M P S TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY ....... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Iork. ................. 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: : .. copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos .............................................................. 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THE LIBERTY OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the A1nerican Revolution. \ By HARRY MOORE. I These stories based on actual facts and give a, faithful account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of American youths who were always ready a,nd willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a, beautiful colored cover. L ATEST ISSUES : 132 The Liberty Boys and the Kings Spy; or, Diamond Cut Dia!l3 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. I mood. f14 '!'he Liberty Boys' Best Blows or Beating the British at Benning-133 The L_iberty Boys Bayone t Cb.arge; or, rhe Siege of Yorktown. ton. 134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones ; or, The Martyrs of the Prison !'!5 The Liberty Boys in New Jersey ; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brit-135 Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the King' s !sh IAon Statue. \JG The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. Afraid of Anything. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, The Move that Puzzled the 136 The Liberty Boys and Nathan. Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. British 137 The Liberty Boys' "Minute Men" ; or, The Battle of the Cow DR The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. Pens. IHI The J,!be rty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the Grellt 138 The Liberty Boys and the Traitor; o r How They H a ndled Him. City. 139 '.rhe Liberty Boys at-Yellow Creek; or, Routing the Redcoats. 100 The r,tberty Boys' Big Risk ; or, Ready to Take Chances. HO The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwai!is. 101 The Liberty Boys' Drag-Net; or, hauling the Redcoats Jn. l 41 The Liberty Boys in Richmond; or, Fighting Traitor Arnol d 102 '!'he L i berty Boys' Ligh t ning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. 142 The Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory; o r Beating a Bad 103 '!'be Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder; or, The Mistake that Helped Man. T h e m 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight; or, Wim,ing with the Enemy's 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick: or, Springing a Big Surprise. Weapons. 105 The Liberty Boys' C unning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 144 The Liberty Boys in Georgia; or, Lively Times Down South. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest .rriumph; or, The March to Victory. 107 T h e L i b e rty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Livel y Lad from 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy; or, Two of a Kind. Dublin. 147 The Liberty Boys in or, Fighting Prevost' s Army. 108 The Lib e r t y Boys Sur prise; or, No t Just What They Were Loo k -118 The Liberty B.oys Last Chance; or, Making the Best of It. ing For. 141'1 The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters; or, '!'be Battle of the Kegs. 109 The Uberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find mo The Liberty Boys on Guard; or, Watching the Enem y. 110 '!'he Liberty Boys in Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 1;;1 The Liberty Boys' Strange Gulde; or, the Mysterious Maiden. 111 The Liberty Boye' Jubilee; or, A Great Dar. tor the Great Cause 152 The Liberty Boys in the Mountains; or, Among Rough People. 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which "ay Shall We Turn?" l ;;3 The Liberty Boys' Retreat; or, in the Shades of Death. 113 T h e L iberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Ettdurlng Terribl e Ha1 d -lfi4 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; or, A New Kind of Battle. ships. 155 The Liberty Boys in Quakertown; or, Making Things L ively In 114 The Liberty Boy s Missing; or, Lo11t In the Swamps.' Philadelphia. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And H