The Liberty Boys' Indian decoy, or, The fight on Quaker Hill

The Liberty Boys' Indian decoy, or, The fight on Quaker Hill

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The Liberty Boys' Indian decoy, or, The fight on Quaker Hill
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Issued Wed:ly-'B y S u b s cnplitm $ 2 5 0 per yll4r E ntered a Second Class M aller al the New 'Yoik Pos t OfliC,Febl'IJIJf"'J 4, \901, b y Frank TOWJey. t NEW YORK, A UGUS1' UMM. 5 cents. "The Indian decoy, handed the false map to one of the .British offi.cers. "Now we will capture those Liberty Boys!' exclaimed one the Bob, watching from the hillside, saw it all.


.. .. .. THE LIBERTY .aoys OF '76. c.,' A Week l y Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution,, lasued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second OltUlf Matter at the New York, N. Y., Poat Offloe, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Aot of Congress, in the year 1904, in the office of the Libraria11 of Congress, W1JBhington, D. O., by Frar>k Tomey, 24 Union Sguare, New No. 188. NEW YORK, AUGUST 5, 1904. Price 5 C(tnts R, The Fight on Quaker Hill. By HARBY MOORE CHAPTER I. '.A REDSKIN AND SOME REDCOATS. "Hello, redskin, where did you get that gun?" "Injun had gun long time." "Oh, is that so?" "Ugh." "I guess you stole it from some white man, eh?" "Injun steal. Me good Injun." "Oh, you're a good Indian, eh?" "Ugh." "Well, well. That is somethinf'\ I never expected to see .... a good Indian that was alive. Itow about you, boys?" "It's the same with us." "Yes, yes." "I've heard it said that only dead Indians are good ones." It was mid-afternoon of a day in September, of the year 1777. A party consisting of about a dozen British soldiers stood in the middle of the road leading to the Schuylkill River, a few miles west of Philadelphia, Penn. In front of them stood an Indian-a fine-looking specimen as one would wish to see. In the Indian's hands was a rifle, which was rather unusual for an Indian. Few knew how to handle rifles, the majority used bows and arrows. 'whil-e the redcoats were giving utterance to the exclama the redskin looked at them in sullen defiance. Itwas plain that he would have cheerfully killed a n d the entire party. TM, eader of the party of redcoats was a lieutenant, a young \low with a dissipated look. He now laughed sneer ingly, a\ said: "I am g lad that I h ave at last seen one good Indian that was ali v e." The Indian grunted, and his c o al-black eyes fixed them selves upon the face of the young man in a stare that would 1 have been disconcerting to most men. The lieutenant was young and reckless, however, and he did not pay any attention to the look on the redskin's face and in his eyes. He made up his mind that he would have some sport at the Indian's expense. He put on a judicial expression, and, with a sly wink at his companions, said : "I believe the redskin has stolen the rifle, men. What do think?" I think the same." "And I." "Yes, it isn't his rifle." S u ch were a fe w of the replies. "It m y rifle," said the Indian, with dignity. um." "Me buy "Bah, you can't make us believe that," the lieutenant said sneeringly. "No t a bit of it," from another. "No, no; that story won't do," from another still. "It my rifle, just same," the Indian averred. "No steal um." The lieutenant shook his head. "You can't make us believe it, Indian; and now, the question is, what shall we do with him, boys?" The majority shook their heads to signify that they did n ot know. "Take the rifle away from him," said one. "Yes, we will do that," the lieutenant said. "But we ought to punish him, I think."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DEC O Y Oh, yes; certainly we ought," said another of the sol diers. "Better not hurt Injun," said the redskin in a threatening manner. The redcoats laughed. "What will you do if we hurt you?" the lieutenant asked. "Hunt white men down; shoot um-maybe," was the stolid reply. "He threatens usl" the lieutenant cried, angrily. "Did you hear what he said, boys?" "We did!" "And now I'll tell you what I have made up my mind to do." "What?" "We will, first of all) take the rifle away from him "Yes!" "Then we will take him to the river, to where there is a bluff a dozen or fifteen feet high, and we will make him dive off the bluff again and again till he is about half drowned." "That will be all right," said one of the soldiers. The others nodded. The Indian's face grew dark. He glared at Lieutenant Bond sullenly. "Better not do um," he said. "Bah!" with a sneering laugh. "Boys, take his rifle away from him." The lieutenant drew a pistol as he spoke, and added, in a threatening voice' "If you attempt to resist or to escape, I will put a bullet through you." The Indian looked gloomily at the flpeaker. 'Red Rover no can fight so menny," he said. "That is sensible, at any rate." One of the redcoats leaped forward and took the rifle out of the reluctant hand of the redskin. "Now, redskin, march!" said the lieutena nt. "Right about, face, and march to the bank of the river.'' The Indian turned and walked slowly away in the di rection of the Schuylkill. The redcoats followed, pistols in hand, with their eyes on their prisoner, to see that he did not try to make an escape. Soon the river was reached. Where the road struck the stream there was no bank to speak of. There was a ford at this point, and the water was shallow. "Tmn to the right and keep along the shore," ordered the iieutenant. The Indian obeyed. The redcoats followed, still keeping a wary eye on the redskin. The party made its way along a distance of a quarter of a mile, and then the Indian paused. He had come to a spot where the bank was at least fifteen feet above the water. "This will do nicely," said the lieutena n t. -Then his men, at the order, ranged themselves around the Indian in a semicircle. The lieutenant took up his position close to the edge of the bluff He pointed his pistol at the Indian. "Jump!" he ordered. The Indian obeyed. Straight out from the bank he leaped, and down he went. head-first. Splash! He went under, out of sight. Then he came up again, and started to swim out into the river. That he was a splendid swimmer was easy t o see. "Stop!" called out Lieutenant Bond, sharply. "Com f back!" he Indian reluctantly obeyed. It was plain that he would have been glad to have kept on swimming toward the farther shore. "Come out, and back up here," the lieutenant ordered. The Indian did as told. He eyed the lieutenant and his comrades with a look of sm oldering hatred. The look said as piainly as words could have done: "If ever I get the chance I will kill and scalp the last one of you!" But lhe redcoats, holding the redskins in contempt, gave no heed to the look. They did not for a moment think that one Indian could do them any harm. The redcoats laughed. "How do you like it?" one ::;ked. "Like um as good as white man like um when it come him time t' do it," was the stolid reply "Ha, ha, ha!" laughed the redcoat. "Hear that, He is going to make me do the same thing-some time." "Jump!" ordered the lieutenant. The Indian obeyed. He leaped off the bank, and shot downward, head-first, as he had done before. Splash! Under the redskin went, out of sight. When he came up Lieutenant Bond ordered him to come ashore, and he obeyed. It was great sport for the British soldiers. They laughed at the redskin and jeered him. His eyes grew darker still, with anger, and i t s e e m e d at times as though he might leap at his tormentors bareh a nd ed. He was wise, however, and restrained himself. H e of a cunning race, and made up his mind to bide his time He would get a chance at the palefaces some t ime, h e wlll sure, and then-well, he would repay them wit h int erel 'That was a.nuther characteristic of his race. The redcoats neither knew nor suspected what was iss ing in the mincl of their victi:qi, and they con tinul. to laugh at and jeer him; and the lieutenant cont in;d to make him dive off the bank into the river, till t h e p'1' fel low was almost exhausted.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. 3 I At last he dropped on the ground, after having climbed laboriously up the steep bluff. He seemed about half dead from fatigue. "Get up, redskin," ordered the lieutenant. "Get up and take another head off the bank." The Indian shook his head weakly. "Red Rover no do," he said, faintly. "If jump 'gin, no git out. In.jun drown, sure." "Well, what is that to us?" in a heartless tone. "What do we care? One redskin more or less will not make any difference. Get up and make the leap, I tell you." "In.jun no do um." The lieut enant grew red with anger. He shook the pistol fi1::ccely. "You will get up and leap, or I will put a bullet through ..-._ you," he cried. "Take your choice." "Injun no can do um," was the sullen reply. "Injun drown if him jump, so might as well die by bullet." "And that's the way you will die, unless you get up and make the l eap quickly." At this instant there came an interruption. A crashing of underbrush was heard, and then a voice, which called out, loudly: "This way, boys! Here are some redcoats, and we will get them suirounded and kill the entire lot! Quick! Come on, all of you!" CHAPTER II. DICK SLATER APPEARS. The redcoats alarmed instantly. They imagined that a force of rebel s was closing in on them. Of" course, it wa;o; natural that they should think that the force outnumbered their own. They were seized with a sudden panic. "Run, boys," cried the lieutenant, himself setting the example. "Flee for your lives." The men obeyed the command with alacrity. Crack! It was a pistol-shot, and one of the redcoats gave utter ance to a howl of pain. He had been hit by the bullet, but the wound was not serious, and he kept on running. Crack! Again there sounded a pistol-shot, and again there was a cry of pain from a redcoat. "After them, boys!" shouted a stentorian voice. "After the scoundrels! Don't let them escape!" The crashing in the underbrush continued unabated, and the redcoats certain that they were being pursued by an overwhelming force of "rebels," ran as they had never run before. They quickly disappeared from the sight of the redskin, who raised himself to a sitting posture and shook a. clenched fist after them. "Red Rover no furgit," he murmured. "Him settle with bad palefaces some time." The next moment a handsome, bronzed youth of per haps nineteen years stood before him. Behind the youth stood a magnificent coal-black horse. The redskin stared at the youth, and then looked beyond him. "Where other palefaces?" he asked. The youth smiled. "There are no others," he replied. The redskin stared in sti ll greater amazement. "No others?" he exclaimed. "I heerd heap noise, like lot uv men." The youth nodded toward his horse. "He made the noise you heard," with a s mile. "I made him prance around in the dry underbrush. It sounded like a lot of men running fast." The Indian's face relaxed into a grim smile. It was evident that the trick the paleface had played on the redcoats was a pleasing one, to his way of thinking. "Ugh; young paleface heap smart!" he said. "Heap brave-ugh." The young man l aughed. "It didn't take much bravery to do what I did. I knew that I could frighten them away without much trouble." "Red Rover much oblige t' young paleface. l\fe um frien', ugh!" "Oh, that's all right. I was crossing at the ford below, and happened to see you dive head-first off the bank. I wondered at it, and when I saw you climb back and re peat the performance I felt that there was something strange about the affair.I came ashore and dismounted; then I made my way up here and took a survey of the situation I saw what was going on, and decided to take a hand in the fun. I did so, as you know." "Red Rover know. Him much 'blige." "You are welcome; but, by the way, where are you from? I didn't know there were any Indians in this part of the "I have been 'way down South, an' now I am gain' back t' my people, many miles t' the west." "In the mountains, eh?" "Ugh!" "Well, I must be going, Red Rover, and I would advise that you get out of this part of the country as quickly as possible, before the redcoats get after you again." A peculiar smile appeared on the Indian's face. He shook his head. "Injun no go-now," he said. The youth looked surprised and interested. "What are you going to do?" he asked. "Goin' to stay here." "What for?" "T' settle with redcoa.ted palefaces." There was something wild and fierce in the Indian'stvoice and air.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. "Ah, so that's what you are thinking of doing, eh?" i'Well, I don't blame you for feeling the way you do about tlie matter, Why were they making you dive into the river, any.way?" "Just because um want t' have fun," in a voice filled :with bitterness and anger. "Now I am goin' t' stay here an' have fun with bad palefaces, ugh!" "l don't blame you wanting to do so, as I said befor; but we had better get away from here. They will be coming back soon, likely, to see what has become of the party of rebels who put them to flight "Come with me," said the Indian. "I show you where Philadelphia before nightfall anyway, so he could afford to stay and converse with his l"edskin friend. He had entered the cabin, and seated himself, and the two were thus able to be comfortable while talking. Suddenly the Indian held up a warning finger. "Sh!" he whispered. "Somebody comin'!" CHAPTER III. A PRISONER. Red Rover goin' t' stay, an' if you want him, you will know "ls there more than one?" whispered Dick. where t' look fur um." The Indian shook his head. He strode away, the young man following, and behind "No, only one," he replied. him came the horse. The steps sounded louder and louder. After a wali. of twenty-five minutes a small log cabin The person, whoever he might be, was now close at was reached. It stood deep in the fore s t, in the midst of band. a thick growth of tre e s and underbru sh. It was invisible Then the door opened, and a shaggy head was protruded at a distance of thirty yards. It was only about a quarter into the cabin. of a mile from the river. The owner of the head was a man of about forty years; The Indian turned to his res cuer and said: he was bearded and uncouth-looking, and had a long rifle "Young paleface tell um name ? Red Rover want t' in his hands. know who um frien' is." Dick glanced from him to the Indian, and realized at once The youth hesitated a moment and then said: that the latter knew the newcomer. "My name i s Dick Slater." "How?" he said. "Come in, Luke." The Indian nodded. The man looked surprised, and gave the speaker a more "lnjun remember," he s aid. Then he gave the youth searching look." a shrewd look, and added: "W'y, et's Red Rover!" he exclaimed. "Dick Slater a soldier-mebby?" "Ugh. Where Luke been?" The youth nodded. "Ever'whar, Eed Rover; but whar ye be'n sence _I seen "Yes," he acknowledged. ye las'?" "Um b'long t' soldiers that wear blue coats, ugh?" "'Way South." "Yes." "Humph! An' who's yer f:den'?" "Heap good; Red Rover help bluecoated soldiers every "Um Dick Slater." time. Red Rover hate redcoated soldiers The man held out a hand to Dick-he had entered the "You certainly have no cause for liking them." Dick Slater was at that time quite famous a s a scout and spy. He was also famous as being the captain of a company of young fellows of about his own age, the company being known as The Liberty Boys of '76. The Liberty Boys had taken part in a number of battles, and had done good work. They were young and impetuous, and did not know the meaning of the word fear. This made them desperate and daring fighters on the battlefield, and their determination to keep on fighting to the very last had more than once tumed the tide of battle in favor of the patriots. Consequently the Liberty Boys were high in the esteem of General Washington and the leading patriot officers. He was now on his way to Philadelp11ia to spy on the British. He remained there, talking to the Indian an hour or more. He was in no hurry, as he did not wish to reach cabin-and the youth took it. "My name's Luke Sheddin," he said. He then exp lained that he was a hunter and trapper, and that his stamping ground, as he expressed it, was in the mountains to the west, in the Indian country, where Red Rover's people lived. "Thet's whar we got ter knowin' each other," he said. Dick did not exactly fancy the man's looks; -but judged that he was not so bad as he looked. An hour later the Liberty Boy bade the two good-by and took his departure. "Goin' ter stop heer ez ye go back?" asked Sheddin, as Dick was riding away. "I don't know; perhaps so." Dick soon reached the road and then urged his horse into u gallop. Jle rode onward steadily an hour, and then was within two miles of Philadelphia. He dismounted and led his horse deep into the timber, and tied him to a tree.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. 'rhen he sat down 'lt the foot of another tree and composed himself to await the coming of darkness before ven turing to approach the Quaker City. He had been up nearly all the preceding night, and was sleepy, and before he realized that b.e was in danger of going to sleep, he was uncon scious of his surro undings. Suddenly he awoke with a start. He felt bands upon his arms, and realized that he was in danger He looked around, and founq himself surrounded by a dozen redcoats. C-_ie of these had his arm in a sling, and Dick at once guessed that this was the force that had been having sport with the Indian, Red Rover. He did not believe that the redcoats guessed that he was the person who had frightened them away, however, and so he decided to put on a bold front and try to get them to let him alone. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Wl1y have you seized me?" "You are our prisoner," said the leader a lieutenant. It was indeed Lieutenant Bond. "Your prisoner?" "Yes ." "Why a prisoner?" "Because you are a rebel spy!" "I am not." "Of course you would say that." "Because it is true." "Bah! Please explain why you were sitting here asleep." "I was resting, after a long ride." "'That will do to tell, but my opinion is that you wer e waiting for night to come, to shield your movements, and that you intended to slip into the city on a spying expedition." "I had no suc h intention." Dick saw it would be useless to argue with the lieuten ant. "I can wait," he said, with well-assumed satisfa.ction. "As soon as your commander-in-chief has seen .. me and talked to me he will set me free." "Perhaps so." This was said in a tone of voice that implied doubt. Then Dick was placed on the back of his horse, and the party set out in the direction of Philadelphia. It did not take them long to arrive at their destination. Dick's horse was taken to a stable at the rear of the build ing occupied by the commander-in -chi ef of the British army, and then Dick was conducted into the building. The lieutenant and one of bis comrades escorted Dick to the private room of General Howe, and entered, with their prisoner. General Howe was short, fat, red-faced, and good-natured, though he could get angry on occasion. He turned his head and eyed the newcomers with inter est, and at the same time inquiringly. "Hello, whom have you there?" he asked, looking at the lieutenant "A prisoner, your excellency," was the reply. "So I see; but who antl what is he?" "That is for you to learn, sir; we suspected that he was a rebel spy, and so captured him ancl have brought him to you." 1 "Humph!" General Howe turned and gave Dick a searching look. "What is yom name?" he asked. "Dan Morton." "Where do you live?" "About twenty from here, sir." "In which direction?" "Northwest." ''Why are you down in this part of the country?" "I was coming to the city, sir." "We sha ll see; boys, bind his arms." "What for?" Dick saw that it would be useless to resi st; they outnum"I wanted to see an army." bered him a dozen to one. "Ah, you have never seen one?" They bound his arms and then took his weapons away "No, sir." from him. The general eyed the youth searchingly. They were smprised when they found four pistols in his "You are a hardy, healthy-looking young fellow," he belt. said "How would you like to join the army?" ."You go pretty well armed, young fellow," said the lieu-"I don't know; my parents might not like it." tenant. "You would join if your parents were willing, then?" "Yes; there are times when one should have weapons, "Yes, sir. you know. I was afraid that I might meet some rebels, "I am glad to hear that; I will send a messenger to your and wanted to be in a position to protect myself." home to-morrow, and ask that they permit you to join my The redcoats laughed ironically. army." "You are pretty smart," the lieutenant said. "But you This would be bad for Dick. If they held him a prisoner can't fool us." till the messenger came back it ould be known that he "I am not trying to fool you." had not told the truth, and this would stamp him as being "That remains to be seen. We are going to take you into a spy. the city and turn you over to the commander-in-chief. If However, the messenger was not to be sent he chooses to believe your story, well and good. We will not I Just then footsteps were heard, and the door opened and have anything to say." the orderly announced Henry Smart.


6 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. The instant Dick heard the name he felt that it was nl I up with him,. for he knew Henry Smart well, and Smart knew him. The man in que s tion \\"US the champion British spy-as Dick was known a:; The Champion Patriot Spy. Henry Smart entered, ancl the instant his eyes fell upon Dick he gave a stari, and exclaimed: "Dick Slater, the rebel spy, by all that i wonderful''' CHAPTER TV. RED ROVRR MAKE::-! .i DfSCOVBRY. ,.... said the lieutenant. "He is the most famous of all the rebel spies. He Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty Boys." "I have a number of ce-lls that will hold him or any man." was the reply. "All right." The jailor took charge of the pri s oner, and the lieuten ant went to his quarters. The jailor took Dick to a cell, and placed him in it; theu nn assistant unbound the youth's hand "Good-night," said the j ai1or. "Good-night,'' replied Dick. 'I'hen the jajlor and his assistant took their departure, locking the cell:door 1Jehinc1 them. There was a candle in the cell, s o Dick was not. in darkGeneral Howe and Lientenant B o nd s larecl in amazeness. ment. He was now free to reflect on his sihrnt.ion They looked firs t at Henry Smart anll th<:n at Dick. He could not but confess that it wa anythirg bnt a "What is that you say, Smart?" the Bri lish commanderpleasing one. in-chief said. "Do you really mean that this young man is He was a prisoner, without, seemingly, any chance lo free the famous spy, Dick himself. rlfj "Indeed I do, s ir." More, he was a known spy, and the penalty, always, for "You know him, then?' a spy, is death. "Very w e ll, indeed." Unless he escaped, he would assurec1.Iy be put to death. "You are !>Ure there can be no mistake?" Next day Dick was taken before the British commander" I am certain of it; Dick Slater and I ha ve met before; in-chief's staff and given a trial. indeed once upon a time we were engaged in a cont.est for It w as proven that he was a patriot spy, and General the mastery, anrl it was ndt decided which was the better Howe sentenced him to death by shooting. man. The contest was interrupted." The youth was to be put to death next evening at six The British general looked at Dick with interest. I o'clock. He haJ heard a great deal about tJ1e famous rebel spy As they were taking Dick back to the jail, he was seen -indeed he had offered a reward for him-but this was the and recognized by an Indian who, in company with a rough.first time he had Been him facp to face. looking hunter, was walking along the strret. "So you are Dick Slater! he exclaimed The Indian was Red Rover. Dick bowed and smiled. The instant his eyes fell upon Dick, he gave a start and 'I suppose there is no use denying it," he said, quietly; caugM his companion by the aJ'rn. ":\1r. Smart, here knows me, and that makes it folly for "Look!" he exclaimed in a low, intense; "there me to deny my identity." Dick Slater, an' um prisoner!" "You are right." '"l'het's so, Red Rover, by thunder!" Then the general turned to Lieut.en.ant Bond, and went "W11ite boy in heap trubble, mebby?" on. "I guess yer right; ye see, he's er patriot spy, an' thcr "Lieutenant, you did a better thing than you knew when you captured this young man." "So it seems,," was the reply. Then the comman

THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. "That so," he said; "that be hard t' do; but it all "We can do." "Yas, I guess thet's so. Le's see whar they take Dick Slater, an' then they'll know whar ter look for 'im." They made their way slowly along, keeping wa.tch of the party with Dick in its midst, and presently saw it disappear within the walls of the jail. "So thet's ther place, is ct?" the hunter remarked; "thet'sther jait." "Ugh," gnmted the Indian. "Now we mus' fin' out if white boy t' be killecl soon." "Thet's so; wal, we kin easy fin' thet out." "You do talkin'," said the Indian. "Redcoats think funny if Injun ax um." "All right." Presently SheJc1in askecl a man who the young fellow was that had been taken to jail. "That was Dick Slater, the famous rebel spy," iwas the reply. "Oh, is thet so?" in a sume

TREl LIBERTY BOYS INDIAN DECOY. I d o n't think so, sir; we w ill b e as car e ful a s is possible under the c i rcumstances." "You cannot be very c ar efu l whe n y ou fig ure on enterin g the c i ty and trying to get a prison e r out of the jail. You will be i n the midst o,f_ the B ritis h army s urrounded by thou s a n d s of ;British soldiers." "True, b u t we will be as carefu l as possible. And if w e ca n't rescu e D ick, we can at l eas t gi v e him the comfort of our comp ani onship The g reat ma n s h o o k his h ead "He would want tha t at a ll," h e said ; "I fancy I kno w Dick very well, and I am s u re that i t would suit him better t o die alone than to know that a number of you boy s w er e in the h ands of the enemy." "Well, we will not let them get h old of us, if we can h e l p it, b u t we m u st t r y to rescu e Di ck, sir." And I am w illing that you s h all do so, but be very care ful, m y boy." "Very well sir T hen t h e comman d er -in-chief talk e d the over w ith Ba.h, ar.d gave him s o me instru c tion s which were likely to be of ben efit to him. When he had finished he tol d Bob that he might go T he youth saluted and w i thdrew When he got back to the Liberty Boys qu arters h e found the you ths were ready to g o at an y moment. "We willl set out at once," said Bob; a n d w e 'Will hide in t h e timber two o r three mileti this si d e of Phila delphia, and w ill wait till night, at which time we will s l i p into the c ity. H alf a n hour later they set out, havi n g e a t e n an e arly din n er, and the hunter and the India n w ent with them. They made their way along at a. moderate pa ce, and about four o'clock they arrived at the h ome o f M r. Sl ad e the patriot sett le

THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. 9 They pushed the door open and looked j Bob the last to leave, for he was familia r with the The ja.ilor and one of his assistants were there. way, more tha.n was the case with Dick. The two were seated with their backs to the door. I As he disappeared through the window, the redcoats apThey were smoking and talking .in low toneg, taking j peared in the hall. things easy, as is the case wit?h officials in odd hours. / They were coming along on the run, anr might, they The instant he' reached the ground, Bob pulled the ladwere quickly overpowered and tied and gagged. der way and then the Liberty Boys scattered. They had not made any outcry that could ha\ e been "Every fellow for himself,'' called out Dick; "whateve r heard outside. you do, don't let the redcoats capture you!" Hanging over the jailor's desk was a huge bunch of keys. Bob seized it, and sai d "Two of you boys stay here and watch men; Sam, come with me." Sam Sanderson accompan ied Bob, the other two r emain ing to watch the prisoners. Bob tried cell after cell, but found them occupied by persons he had never seen before. Sam carried a can

THE LIBERTY BOYS' INDIAN DECOY. I If anyone had a mishap it was certain to be the goodnatured Dutch youth. "Who is id, vat has got hold uf me?" he exclaimed. "It is your comrades, Dick and Bob," was the reply; "now run as fast as you can, and don't waste your breath a sking questions." "All righdJ' Crack, crack! Two musket-shots "rang out. A couple of s entin e ls had tried random shots a t the :fugitives. The bullets did not come near the three; at any rate they

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