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No. 426. NEW YORK. A:UGUS'l1 1, 1906. Price 5 Cents. To the astonishment of the two dragoons, he went at them like a thunderbolt. He was met by the one nearest to him. Their swords clashed in the bright moonlight for one brief moment, and then the dragoon went down. ...


PLUCJ< LUC}< Complete Stories of Adv enture._ lllPtJ Weekl11-B11 S11bscriptw1a' $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second O lass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Pod Office. November 7, 1898. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the 11ear 1906, in the otrice of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. O., bl/ Frank Tousey, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 426. NEW YORK, AUGUST 1,' 1906. PRICE 5 CENTS. PERCY GREVILLE THE SCOUT OF VALLEY FORGE A 8TOBY O F THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION BY GEN'L JAMES A. GORDON. CHAPTER I. WHA T A YOUNG SOLDIEB SAW AT VALLEY FORGE. As long as people 'read just so long will stories of the American Revolution be written. Old families having records of the brave deeds of their ancestors are continually bringing them to light, placing documents in the hands of hil:l torians to place them before the public. Old, musty, documents are hidden away all over the thirteen states com posing the United Colonies during the eventful period of the Revoluti o n. Now and then they are discoverecl. and given to the world, and thus the making of history goes on. The winter of 1777-8 was passed by the patriot army in camp at Valley Forge. It was such a severe one that the story of the sufferings of the patriots in that camp not only makes the saddest page of our glorious history, but chal lenges the admiration of the world for courage and de votion. From that moment the young soldier was a changed man. His faith in the ultimate triumph of the colonies was fully confirmed. He had been doubtful before. Now that he had seen Washington kneeling in the snow when he thought none but God saw him, he no longer doubted. When he returned to his miserable companions, who were trying to keep from freezing by huddling together over a small campfire, he was silent and thoughtful. "I've not been doing my full share in this war," he muttered to himself. "Old Francois taught me the use of arms and said I the best swordsman in America when I was but sixteen. He said my nerves were steel and my eyes an eagle's, and that I was the third charmed life that he had met with in his career, and he had served in France and Austria. There's Captain Wilde. I'll ask him to let me go foraging," and he hastened to meet the captain of his company. "Captain," he said, "we are starving and freezing. Let me have five comrades and I'll have provisions for our company in a few hours." "Where will you get them?" the captain asked. "From the tories. I know every tory family within fifty miles of this camp." Among the brave soldiers in the ranks of those starving, freezing heroes was a youth of ninetee n years, tall, straight and manly in bearing. He had been nearly two years in Gen. Wayne's command, faithfull y performing every duty devolving upon him. "But our foraging parties have been scouring the country every day for many weeks, and there are no provisions to One day he was walking about in the deep snow in the be had." forest, above the spring which supplied the camp with water, when he saw the commander-in-chief standing near a large "But I know of some places they have not visited-rank tree. He recognized the hat and cloak the moment he saw torles, too-who have plenty of provisions. Let me go and them, and stopped, as if fearing to intrude upon the privacy get some for our boys." of the great leader of the American army. "I have no right to send you out unless ordered to do so. But he kept his eyes on the stalwart form of Washington, But if you can bring in any food, you will not be punished and saw him kneel in the snow, under the leafless branches for so doing." of the great tree, and remain several minutes in that de-The young soldier construed that as a permission to go. votional attitude. In ten minutes he and five others slipped out of camp, crossed The sight filled him with awe, and he took off his hat and. the line, ,for guards were not vigilant when the cold was knelt, too, instinctively remaining i n that position until the below zero, and hastened away in the direction of Phlla great Virginian had risen to his feet and walked away, as delphia, which was twenty miles away from the American though he had seen no one else there. camp.


PERCY G REVILLE. They did not carry their muskets, but each man had a "Surrender or die!" cried young Greville, in a tone of pistol in his pocket. As for unif9rms, they had none. voice that to come from one born to command. Weather and hard usage had reduced their clothing to The officers and all the ladies of the family sprang to their rags. Every man of the six had on shoes that took in snow feet. at every step they made. "Surrender to whom!" demanded a British major, drawing "Where is the place?" the old veteran asked of another his sword. as they trudged along through the snow. "To me--a soldier of the Continental army," replied Gre"I know not, comrade," was the reply. "Percy Greville ville. says he will take us to the spot, and I am following him." "You are a traitor to your hissed the officer, mak-Mile after mile was passed and then the sun went down ing toward him to cut him down. in the west, leaving the world about the little party wrapped Crack! in a cold mantle of snow. Greville fired, and the major dropped his sword, clutched But they trudged on and on, and an hour later struck the at his breast, reeled backward a few paces, and sank heavily British guard line. Then one of the old veterans halted, to the floor. The ladies screamed, and one of the daughters of the old and said: "This won't do, comrades. line." I won't go into the enemy s "Why not?" Percy Greville asked. "If we are captured we will be shot as spies." "Not so. We are not in disguise. Our hats would save us. Besides, we care nothing for the risk. We want provisions and can get them." "Are you going to ask Gen. Howe's commissary for them?" "No. I am going to take them from a rich old tory who has been enjoying Gen. Howe's protection. Come on." "I won't cross the line," said the old veteran, shaking his head. "It's too dangerous." ''It is no more dangerous than crossing our line in open daylight was. Every soldier knows that on such a night as this no foe makes a move, so we won't find a sentinel on his post save when it is time for the relief guard to come." Still the old veteran refused to go, as did another of the party. "Who will follow me?" asked the young soldier. "I will go alone it no one will follow." "You won't go alone, comrade!" said one. by you!" "So will I," said another. "And I." "And I." "I will stand "Come on, then," and he turned and led the w a y toward the enemy's line, followed by three of the party. The other two stood where they were gazing after them, fully believing they were going to their death. As he had predicted, the young soldier found it an easy matter to cross the line, and half an hour later the y 1 came to the house of the old tory whom they were in search of. The lights in the windows told that the f amily h a d not y e t retired. In the main sitting-room sat thre e British officers who were visiting the daughters of the ric h old tory. "Ah! We have had our long march through the snow for nothing," s aid one of the old Continentals. tory fell in a swoon by the side of the dead major. "Surrender or die!" called out Percy Grevme: and the other two officers, seeing how easily they could be shot down before they could reach their assailants with their swords, very promptly surrendered. "Throw down your swords!" ordered Greville, and the weapons w ere cast down on the floor. "Take them up, comrade," he said to the old veteran on his left. They were taken up and laid on the chair behind Percy. "You are prisoners of war, gentlemen," said Greville to the two officers, "and will be treated as such. Sit down in that corner over there. Any attempt to escape will be the signal for death. Comrade Hall, guard them. Ladies, sit down and kee p quiet and no harm will come to you. Mr. Bo y le, come with me," and he turned to the old tory. "My God, don't harm my husband!" cried the good wife. "No harm will be done him, madam," said Greville. "We came h ere for provisions. Our soldiers need them. If we are su-pplied we shall leave in a few minutes." "If that is all you want you shall have it," said the tory, drawing a long breath of relief and leading the way out of the room, followed by P ercy Greville and two of his com rades. They r epaired to the storeroom where several bags were filled with hams and securely tied up. Then they were fastened on the backs of five horses, three of them belonging to the British officers. "Now we want two extra horses on which to place the prisoners," said Greville. "They are here and at your service, replied Boyle. "Very w e ll. I'll bring them out while the horses are made ready," and he went into the house, took up the three swords and ordered the prisoners out to the barn. CHAPTER II. THE FlGHT IN THE SNOW. "Not so, comrades. We must take them with us. Their horses much be in the stable Let's see about it. Wait here till I go to the stable." Each prisoner was securely bound to the back of a horse He was gone nearly half an hour. When he returned he and the captors mounted those bearing the bags of hams'. had an armful of holster pistols-six in all. "Mr. Boyle, you must look to the king for compensation "Their horses are there," he said, "and h ere are their for your los s es to-night," said Greville as he was about to pistols. We are pretty well armed now. Just obey orders mount one of the captured s t eeds. "We knew you had plenty and we'll win. We must march right and order those and to spare so we came for it. Tell the ladies 1 am sorry redcoats to surrender. they refuse I will shoot down one we had to intrude in the way we did, but the obstinacy of of them, and that may mduce the others to do as ordered. the major m a de it worse. Good-night. Forward, comrades!" Come on." The seven hors es moved out of the barn yard, leaving the They followed, each with a pistol in his hands. Percy old tory there alone in a rage. Greville knocked on the door.A servant opened it. He The moon shone brightly on the snow. Percy led the way was shoved aside and the four Continentals rushed into the j at a brisk trot. Two of the Continentals led the horses of sitting-room. the prisoners, while two others brought up the rear.


PERCY GREVILLE. 3 He kept to the same route he came, the tracks showing plainly in the snow. In half an hour they crossed the line, a sentinel some distance off calling a halt. As they did not halt, he fired, and the bullet lodged in a big ham in the bag In front of Greville's knee. Percy charged on him and shot him down. "Now forward, comradei;!" he called, and they made a dash through the deep snow. The excitement in the eemy's lines was heard, and they knew that pursuit would follow. "Double-quick, comrades!" They urged their horses forward as fast as the deep snow would permit, and in a little while struck the old Valley Forge road. "They are coming, comrade!" said an old veteran, as the sounds of pursuit was borne to them .on the frosty air. "Yes. You two lead on with the prisoners, and we three will keep the enemy in check," and he hastily transferred his bags of hams to the horse of one of the prisoners. By the time he had made the transfer the pursuers came they having been halted by a sentinel who happened to hear them coming roughshod through the frozen snow. The corporal was so astonished at what he saw and heard that he called his captain. The officer would not believe the story told him, and at once sent them under guard to General Wayne's headquarters. General Wayne was amazed. But for the presence of the two British officers and the dragoon he would Iiot have be lieved the story he heard. "Send Captain Wilde of the 1st Pennsylvania regiment here," he ordered, and an orderly hurried om in quest of the eaptain. He soon appeared. "Captain Wilde," the general asked, "do these men be long to your command?" "Yes, general, and they are all good soldiers, too," was the reply. '"rhey have been inside the enemy's lines to-night, killed a British major, captured a captain, a lieutenant, and one dragoon, ten horses and nearly 1,000 pounds of meat. You are to be wngratulated for having such men in your comin sight. "Ah, there are but five of them-dragoons! We can attend pany. Comrades, I thank you in the name of the army, and I am ,sure the commander-in-chief will do so too as soon as he hears of it. Each of you take a ham to your company quarters. I will see that the quartermaster takes charge of the rest." to them. Here are sabers, comrades. Drop your bags and show them what you can do. We can empty three saddles at one volley if we aim true. Here they come!" The two Continentals knew nothing about handling a sword. They belonged in the infantry, and had carried muskets. This new peril nearly paralyzed them, and they were on the point of fleeing when Percy Greville dashed at the dragoons, shot the foremost out of his saddle, emptied the second one in like manner, and ran a third through the body with the British officer's sword he carried. It was all done in less than forty seconds. The two remaining dragoons stopped, drew their pistols and fired at him at very short range. His horse reared, pawed the air, gave a shrill shriek, and fell dead in the snow, shot through the 1lead. Quick as a flash Greville sprang to his feet and dashed for the horse of one of the fallen dragoons, sprang into the saddle and exclaimed: "Washington! Washington! Down with the king! Charge, comrades!,, and, to the astonishment of the two dragoons, went at them like a thunderbolt. He was met by the. one nearest to him. Their swords clashed in the bright moonlight for one brief moment, and then the dragoon went down with a cloven head. "I surrender!" called out the remaining redcoat, utterly dumfounded at the downfall of his companions. "Throw down your arms!" cried Percy. Down went the saber in the snow. "Throw down your pistols!" They followed the saber. "Bind him, comrades!" ordered Percy, turning very coolly to his two comrades, who really had not raised a weapon in the fight, so quickly had the young patriot done his work. The four men each took up a large ham and went back with Captain Wilde. The captain t:.ild them on the way that the two men who had refused to cross the enemy's line with them had reported to him an hour before that they had gone to Philadelphia. It was long after midnight, but the savory odor of broiling ham soon filled the air, and the i:;tarving soldiers came out of their rude tents to partake of the feast. Of course the two old veterans told the story of Percy Gre'{ille's marvelous feat in killing four dragoons and capturing a fifth. Ere the sv n was well up the next morning the young soldier was a famous man. General Wayne sent out a party of scouts early that morning to see if the enemy had followed the daring young patriot the night before. They found the bodies of the horse anll four dragoons where they had fallen, frozen hard and stiiI. Just as they were coming away they heard the bugle of British horse and made haste to get out of Ute way. The enemy came in sight and gave chase to the scouts. As they were largely outnumbered, the patriots retreated back toward their own lines. The redcoats dared not follow very far for fear of an ambush. But 1.he daring of the raid th'3 night before seemed utterly incredible to them. CHAPTER III. "you ARE THE MAN!,, The prisoner was secured and also four horses. One of the When the commander-in-chief ,heard the story of Percy dragoon horses ran away into the woods. Greville's daring raid the night before, as told him by Mad "Now, take up the provisions again, comrades, and the arms Anthony Wayne, he asked that the young soldier be sent to in the snow there. We must hurry forward." him at once. "Percy Greville, give me your hand," said one of the When Percy entered his presence and saluted, the general old veterans, reaching up to the young patriot. "You're a looked at him in silence for some moments. Their eyes met, hero. 'fhat was the grandest fight I ever saw, and I have and the general said: been in a dozen battles." "I saw you by yourself in the woods above the spring "It is the way to win comrade he replied, shaking the i yesterday morning, did I not?" ' I veteran's hand. "Come, let's move on," and they pushed on "I was there, your excellency,j' he replied. after those who had gone on ahead. They did not succeed in "Yes, we understand each other, comrade," said the com-overtaking them until they reached the American lines. mander-in-chief. "Give me your hand," and he extended his There 1hey found them waiting for the corporal of the guard,, hand toward the young soldier as he spoke.


PERCY GREVILLE. Percy laid his hand in his, and both clasped in silence. "I thank you in the name of the Continental Congress for what you did last night. It not only gave us some food, but electrified the whole army, and must have astounded the enemy. Do you know the country round .about the city?" "Every foot of it, your excellency." "Then you can do the army very great service if you will place your knowledge at the service of Gen. Wayne." '!I shall obey orders even unto death, your excellency." "Gen. Wayne, give Captain Greville a company of scouts and let him choose his men himself. Gen. Wayne himself started at the order. It was a promotion such as had never been seen in that army before. "Your excellency is said Percy, saluting the com mander-in-chief. "I shall try to justify your confidence in me." "I think you have done that already, sir." hand, was wending his way along Walnut street in the di rection of the river. He looked like a common workingman of that period, who seemed to take no notice of the man1 redcoat soldiers whom he met along the street. Just as he reached Seventh street a beautiful young girl came out of a fine residence onthe other side and crossed over in his direction. Two half drunken redcoats came along down Seventh street at the same time. "There's my lassie," said one of them. "She's mine," said the other, and both seized her by the arms and demanded a kiss. "Oh, my God!" she ci;ied. "Please let go of me!" "Hands off, you brutes!" hissed the workingman, spring-ing to her side. "Come with me, lass, an'--" Biff! Whack! General Wayne grasped the young captain's hand, shook it warmly, and led him away and introduced him to his staff. The workingman had put down his pall and given each redcoat a blow from his clenched fists that sent them sprawlthe ing on the ground. "Where did you learn the art of fencing: captain?" dashing general asked him. "From an old Frenchman named Francois." "Where is he now?" "Oh, thank you, sir!" cried the young girl. "It was kind of you. Wlll you please see me over to my aunt's house on Market street?" "I know not, general." "Yes, miss," and he bowed, raised his hat, took up his "When did you see him last.?" pail and started off up Seventh street with her. "Two years ago. He was a fencing master-an old soldier She glanced up at him several times, and at last gasped of France. He said I bore a charmed life, as even he could out: not touch me with his rapier while giving me lessons." "Oh, my God, you are the man!" "You have never been wounded, then?" the general asked. He started, glared at her and asked: "No, general, and I have been where bullets came like "What man? Whom do you mean?" hail." "Don't you know me?" she asked, looking up at him and "You were born lucky. But tell me, what did his -extrembling like an aspen. cell ency mean when he said he and you understood each "Indeed I do not. Even if I did, you have no reason to be other?" I in fear of me, for I would defend you with my life." The young captain remained silent for a minute or two ere "I don't know your name, sir, but there is a price upon he answered the question. Then he said: your head. I know your face, for I can never forget it as "Pardon me, general, but his excellency can answer you." long as I live. I am Dorothy Boyle." Mad Anthony Wayne was both astonishe d and mystified." "Ah! I did not know you. I had no time to admire the "I thought you had never met him before?" he remarked. ladies that .night. I am Captain Greville, of the Continental "I had seen him, but he had never spoken to me till this army, and at your service, Miss Boyle." morning." He remained at Wayne's quarters during the greater part of the day, for the general was trying to raise a company of scouts for him. 'l'he news of his promotion, however, CHAPTER IV. spread throughout the camp. The effect was magical. The men in the ranks saw opened to them a pathway to promo-IN THE HEART OF THE BRITISH CAMP. ti on. The two old veterans who turned back when near the For a few brief moments 'after the recognition, the young enemy's lines bitterly cursed their ill-fortune. Their com-patriot and the daughter of the old tory stood gazing at each rades made them feel very uncomfortable by their comments other in profound silence. Each admired the other, but on their caution and prudence. Dorothy was greatly agitated, as was quite natural under the When Percy returned to his companions they surrounded circumstances. him, took him on their shoulders and bore him through the I She was the first to speak again, saying: camp of the regiment. The three men who went with him "The king's soldiers will kill you if they catch you." were cheered, too, but they sl;look their heads and declared "Yes, that would be in accordance with the rules of war," that he alone deserved al! the credit. he replied. In a few days he had the names of thirty men in the regi"Then you should go away. It is too dangerous. If I ment who volunteered to serve under him as scouts and could recognize you others could." foragers. Gen. Wayne secured horses for them. "Yes, but all the soldiers I met at your house are out of But while that was going on Percy suddenly disappeared the way, and I am sure you would not inform on me." from Valley Forge. Gen. Wayne had sent for him and he "Why should I not? I am loyal to the king, and you rudely could not be found. Then it became known that he had not invaded our home and killed one of our guests." been seen since evening of the previous day. I "You wlll not because you have a woman's heart, which "Then we will have to wait till we hear from him again," would not let you consign a human being to death. As for said the general. my invasion of your home, it was war. I tried not to be At that very same hour, in the city of Philadelphia, in the lrude, and did not harm the major save when he attacked heart of the British army, a man with a dinner pail in bis me. I am the enemy of the king-not yours! Will you


.. PERCY GREVILLE. 5 permit me to see you to your destination, now that you know who I am?" "Yes-and-I-I-won't inform on you." "I did not need that assurance, Miss Boyle. I had it already in your face and eyes." "I am grateful to you for the service you rendered me a few minutes ago. Some of the king' s soldiers are very rude." "Yes. They seem to think that this country is theirs to do with a.S they please. They will find out some day that they cannot." "Why, you don't believe the r e bels can whip the king's troops, do you?" and her big brown eyes opened wide as she asked tlie question. "I am as confident of our success as I am that I live," he replied. "We have whipped them already in several battles. we' are of the same race, and I am sure we are not less brave than they are." "But you are in the wrong, and that makes a difference,., she replied, in her honest loyalty to the king. "We think we are right and that the kingsmen are wrong. It is a difference of opinion, you s ee. We believe that the people ought to own their country Instead of paying tribute to a king 3,000 miles away. Let the people of England have him it they wish. We don t :want him. "Thank you, friends," said the young patriot. "I could have thrashed them myself, though." "They were five to one, and we couldn't stand that, triend," and one of the workmen grasped his hand and shook it warmly. "They are a lot of cowards, if they do wear the king's uniform." "Yes, so they are," assented another, shaking a hammer at the retreating redcoats. "The dragoons are coming!" cried a voice, and a detachment of mounted soldiers were seen coming down the street at. a double-quick pace. The workingmen ran across the street and disappeared in the building on which they were working, leaving the young patriot standing there in front of th. e house Dorothy Boyle had entered. The door of the residence suddenly opened and the old tory's daughter called to him: "Come inside, quick, before they see you!" He looked up at her, shook his head and said: "I could not think of bringing trouble upon the family." "Ther-e will be trouble if you stay out there. Come in, you goos e!" He laughed, ran up the steps and entered the house. She closed the door behind him and locked it. Said he: "Isn't that treason?" she asked. "Perhaps it is under the kingly rule. tyrant and his people slaves." "If they call for me you must let me go out to them, as King George is a I cannot let your aunt suffer on my account-a perfect "I have never felt that I was a slave," she replied. "You would never feel it unless you rubbed against your chains, and--" "Oh, I fear those two soldiers and some of their friends are following us," the young girl exclaimed, looking back at a party of redcoats running in their direction. "What will you do?" "I will protect. you to your destination if--" "Oh, I am right at the door of my aunt' s house. Please come in and wait till they go away." "That would only make trouble for your r e lative. Let me shake hands with you, and then you must go in and be out of harm' s way." She mechanically extended her little brown hand to him. He clasped it in his strong l).and and said: "I shall hope to have the pleasure of s eeing you Now run The half drunken soldiers w e re now almost upon him. She ran up the steps and entered the house just as five r e d coated soldiers surrounded him. "What's the matter now?" he asked of a brawny corporal. "You struck a king's soldi er!" "Yes, and the king' s soldier insulted a king's maid Didn't I do right in striking him?" His coolness rattled the corporal. "He's a rebel!" cried one of the two whom hE! had knocked down. "Arrest him and--" "I am no rebel," he replied, very coolly "I've knocked you down once. Call me a rebel again and down you go!" "You are a rebel!" Whack! The redcoat measured his length on the ground. The others then attacked him and in rapid succession were knocked down by his :fists A party of workingmen rushed out from a building on the other side of the street, some with hammers and others with hatchets in their hands, and began to belabor the redcoats, thinking they had attacked a fellow craftsman. stranger to her." "My niece tells me you rescued her from two drunken soldiers, sir," remarked an elderly lady, coming forward to meet him. You are welcome to any protection we can give you. My husband is well acquainted with Gen. Howe, and he caI) go with you before him, if necessary, .and--" "A thousand thanks for your kindness madam," said he, interrupting her, "but I hope it may not be necessary." "They are going by, aunt," said Dorothy, looking through the blinds. "Oh, I'm so glad!" "Come into the dining-room and have something tO eat before you go, sir," said the aunt. "Yes, come and Dorothy caught hold of his arm and guided him into the dining-room. "You are both kind-very kind," he said. "I'll not reflise your hospitality," and he sat down to the table and proceeded to partake of some cold meat set before him. He had been at the table but five minutes when they were all startled by loud knocking on the front door and a hoarse voice calling: "Open in the king's name! "They have come for you," Dorothy said. "You must es cape by the garden gate--<:ome, quick!" "They would charge you with aiding me to escape," he said. "I cannot permit that. Just let me go out to them.'' They may kill you! "No danger at all," and he turned, bowed low to the two ladies, and then went to the front door, opened it wide, saying as he did so: In the king's name! CHAPTER V. AN OFFICER OF DRAGOONS The redcoats, led by a young lieutenant, entered the house with very little ceremony The redcoats, not having any arms with them," took their heels. to l "Where is the man who struck the king's soldiers?'' the young officer "He was seen to enter this house."


6 PERCY GREVILLE. "I am the man, sir," Percy replied. "You are my then. "Of course. They were drunk and had laid hands on a loyal young lady out on the street. I knocked tbem down. 1 would do so again." "And who are you?" "I am a young man who lives on what he earns." "A workman, eh?" "Yes." "Are you a kingsman?" Ere h e could r e ply Dorothy Boyle came forward and said: "Let me explain, please. I am the young lady whom he protected from the drunken soldiers. I asked him to see me safe to this hous e-my aunt's. My father is Mr. Boyle, a kingsman and friend of General Howe." "Ah! Major Hawk was killed in your father's house last week, was he not?" the lieutenant asked her. "Yes, sir. He fell within a few feet of where I stood. It was simply awful: He was a brave soldier." "Do you know whether this man is a kingsman?" "She knows nothing about me, sir, said Greville, quickly. "I only know that he like a courteous gentleman," Dorothy replied. "And very much like a rebel, too, I fear." "Do you mean to say that a kingsman should have refused to go to her assistance when she called for help?" Greville demanded. "Do you. presume to argue with me sir?" "Yes. We are both supposed to be reasoning human beings." "You are insolent." "You wouldn' t talk that way with that coat off. You pre sume on my respect for your coat. I respect that much more than I do you. "Take him away, men. He is an insolent rebel." Two dragoos had followed the young officer into the house. One of them laid a hand on Greville's arm and said: "Come along, sir." He turned, bow e d to the two l a dies, and then stalked out of the house and down the steps to the street. There were three other dragoons out there on their horses, each held a horse for the dismounted ones. The young lieutenant came down the steps with an angry glare in his ey e s and said: "Take that for your insolence!" striking him a violent blow with the flat side of his sword. hi$ feet. He quickly possessed himself of the weapon of the last dragoon who went down and exclaimed: "Now I have you, traitor'" Crack! Crack! Two more bullets whizzed by his head, but Greville did not seem to mind them. He crossed swords with the lieu tenant, disarmed him by a dexterous twist and sent his weapon flying overhead. "I am sparing your life because you are not worthy the death of a soldier," and he caught his nose between his fingers and gave it a twist that brought the blood and a howl of pain and rage. Just at that moment the three mounted dragoons charged in a body to either run him down or cut him on the head. Greville was like a mass of steel springs. He tripped the young officer, causing him to fall under their horses, and then deftly ran one of them through the body. "The man is a devil! cried out one of the other two, and both put spurs to their horses and fled, leaving four of .their number behind. All this took place in far less time than has been taken to describe it. The workmen ran out to look on, and all the families in the houses in that block crowded to the doors and windows and gazed in horror at what was going on be fore their eyes The maddened young offioer of dragoons rose to his feet the third time, seized a saber and charged furiously upon the young hero. The third time was he disarmed, and then Greville seized him by the collar of his coat, whirled around, gave him a half dozen vigorous kicks under the coat tails, hurled him to the ground, and then sprang upon his horse and dashed off up the street, turning the third corner and disappearing from CHAPTER VI. THE PURSUIT. On finding himself the center of a gaping crowd of men, women and children, on whose faces he saw lurking smiles, the young officer of dragoons took up two pistols from the ground, where they had fallen during the melee, and looked into their barrels. They were un10aded and he threw them from him in disgust. Taking up a saber, he held the point against his breast with the hilt toward the ground and fell upon it. "Take that for yours!" replied Greville, promptly knocking him down by a blow between the eyes and seizing his sword. "1'reason!" cried the dragoons, in a breath, and, the two who were on foot charged with drawn sabers. the Hello! He is trying to kill himself!" cried a man in the the crowd which had gone closer to him after the fighting ceased. Quick as a flash he ran one through and disarmed other, sending his saber flying cl ear over the heads of three mounted dragoons into the middle of the street. The young officer sprang to his feet, and, finding his sword in the hand of his assailant, darted to his horse to secure one of his holster pistols Greville rushed at him, knocked him down again and seized the pistols himself. Crack! Crack! Crack! Each of the three mounted dragoons fired at him. His hat flew from his h e ad, a bullet knocking it off. He fired at one and he fell from his horse. The on foot who had been disarmed ran out into the middle of the street and secured his saber. Almost at the same instant one of the riderless steeds rushed up to him and he vaulted into the saddle In the meantime the young officer of dragoons had regained The sword-point struck an obstruction inside his pocket. The blade bent and he fell on his side against the body of one of the dead dragoons. He sprang up and seized the sword again. A stalwart workman ran to him, snatched it from his hand and said: "It is treason to the king, sir, to slay one of his soldiers!'' I am no longer of any service to the king, was the de sparing rep!y. "I am ruined and must die! I ve be e n disgraced before all the world!" "But that is not the sort of death for a brave man to die, sir. Wait for the next battle and die at the hands of the king's enemies. Ah, here comes your comrades! Why not run down the traitor and kill him?" A squadron of dragoons came down the street on a brisk run, the captain at their head.


PERCY GREVILLE. '1 "What's the matter, lieutenant?" the captain asked, reining up alongside the young officer. "I am ruined, captain. One traitor whipped six of us and got away. I am no longer worthy to wear this uniform," and he frantically tore off his coat, threw his hat on the ground and swore he would kill himself. The captain ordered a file of soldiers to take charge of him, and then inquired which way the stranger had gone. He was soon told by some tories in the crowd, and set off at a brisk trot in pursuit. He soon found the lieutenant's horse standing in the street in front of a little tavern. With a dozen dragoons he dismounted, entered the tavern and arrested every man found in there. "Where is the landlord?" he called out. "Here, sir!" responded a stout, jolly-faced old man, well known in that part of the city as a stanch loyalist. "Where is the man who rode upon that horRe hitched to your post out eiere?" the captain demanded. 'Pon my soul, I don't know, sir," the landlord replied. "He may have come in and gone out without any one noticing him. Do any of you know anything about him?" and the landlord looked around at his trembling customers as he asked the question. They made no answer, and the captain said: "If you do not speak I'll soon find a way to make you do so. Who saw the man dismount from that horse?" "I did, captain," said an old man who had been sitting near the door drinking a mug of ale when arrested. "He was a very young man, looked like a workman and was bareheaded. I saw him go up the street on foot. He didn't come in here at all." to her side, and scaled the fence in the rear of the little shop. A few minutes later he was out on the other street, walking leisurely along in the direction of the home of John Boyle, the richest kingsman in the city. He was trudging along through the snow when he heard a coming behind him. He glanced back and saw a girl, mounted on a coal-black steed, coming at a rapid pace. Where he was then, on the outskirts of the city, the houses were scattered, a;nd he thought she was some farmer's daughter returning to her lfome. She dashed up alongside of him, and he glanced up at her. Their eyes met and he recognized her at once. She was Dorothy Boyle. And she knew him, notwithstanding the strange hat he wore wen down over his forehead. "Ah! It is you! she exclaimed, reining up her spirited steed. "The whole British army is looking for you, sir." He smiled, raised his hat, and said: "They do me too much honor, Miss Boyle. I hope I have not brought any trouble on your respected aunt." "Really I don't know. She is terribly frightened, thinking you are the Evil One himself." He laughed again, and she continued: '"That young lieutenant whom you treated so uncivilly tried to kill_ himself after you left him, saying he was i;lisgraced, ruined and unworthy to wear the king's uniform. He threw away his coat and acted so very strange his captain had to order some of his soldiers to take him to headquarters." When she finished he looked up and remarked: "It must be owing to the fact that you were a witness of his defeat." "I saw his hat lying on the ground where the lieutenant stood, sir," remarked one of the dragoons to the captain. "Why, I nevermet him before to-day." "So did r, sir," put in another. ( "What of that? I never saw your face plainly before to-day "I believe I did, too," the captain said, and then he hurried either. Yet I fought better because I knew you were looking out of the little tavern and led the way up the street search-at us." ing the houses as he went and halting every one he met and She blushed crimson and looked confused. Her horse inquiring for the bareheaded workman. turned suddenly around and pointed his ears toward the No one had seen him. city. She looked that way, too, and saw a squadron of British "This town is full of traitors!" he hissed, and remounted his horse. Then giving the order to trot, he dashed away to headquarters to report what had happened in the heart of the city. In the meantime where was the young patriot soldier who had thus taught the proud Britons a humiliattng lesson? He dismounted in front of the old tory tavern, hitched his horse to the hitching post, and walked off up the street. After going half a block he turned and entered a small shop kept by a woman. He knew her to be a stanch patriot whose husband and two sons were with Washington at Valley Forge. She looked hard at him for a few moments and then asked: "What's the matter, Percy?" "I want a hat. I am (pursued," he replied. "Come this way," she said, leading the way int'J a room in the rear of the little shop where she reached up against the wall and took from a wooden peg a weather-stained old hat such as were worn by the common people in those days. She handed it to him with the query: "Are they well?" "Yes, they were yesterday when I saw them," he r&plied, fitting the hat well down over his head. "Go out the back way, then climb that fence and go out into the next street by way of" the old stable. There's nobody thflre now." He took her hand, pressed it, raised it to his lips, le.t it fall dragoons coming at full speed not more than three hundred yards away. "Oh, they are coming after you!" she cried. "They wm kill you! You can't fight so many! Take my horse and flee for your life!" and she leaped to the ground in the deep snow as she spoke. "I could not think of leaving you here in the snow," he replied, shaking his head. "Oh, it is but a half mile to my home. Mount-ride for your life! Selim is the fastest horse in the world and can save you!" "I will see you safely to your home first," he returned, leaping into the saddle. "Give me your hand, please," and he extended his right hand to her. She looked up as if surprised and laid her hand in his. "Now spring up, please!" She did so, and he raised her up to a seat in front of him, clasped her round the waist with his left arm and urged the black steed forward. The splendid animal sprang forward like a whirlwind, and the dragoons rushed after him like a red wave of destruction. CHAPTER VII. THE OLD TORY'S DAUGHTER. As the splendid steed dashed forward through the deep snow that covered the ground, Percy Greville said t o t he young lady:


8 PERCY GREVILLE. "This is the finest horse I ever bestrode." "No, for the king's soldiers never insulted me till to" Yes, and he alone can save you from certain death," she day." replied. "But you may never see him again." "A horse is nothing to a human life. You will bring him to me some day if you can. I am not afraid to trust you. There are visitors at your home again. There are two horses at the gate." "Yes; just drop me there and fly for your life!" He dashed up to the gate, let her drop to the ground and then leaped down, removed the side saddle, and appropriated one of the others with holster and pistols. "Oh, they will catch you!" cried Dorothy, as she saw the dragoons scarcelY one hundred yards away. "I fear them not," he replied, vaulting into the saddle and speeding away, just as her. mother and two sisters appeared on the piazza of the house, called out by the roar of the on coming dragoons. Dorothy ran to the house, and the squadron of British horses went past in desperate pursuit of the patriot on the black steed. "Oh, my child!" cried Mrs. Boyle, as Dorothy ran up the steps of the piazza, "what does it mean? What has hap-pened? Who is it on Selim?" "He is the rebel who killed Major Hawk the other night. The king's troops are trying to catch him. He took my horse from me, 'but says he'll bring him back some day." Oh, the horrid man! What a narrow escape you have had! He might have killed you or carried you away with him!" "He doesn't seem to be a cruel or mean man, mother. He protected me from two drunken soldiers down in the city," and then she went in, and before a glowing fire she told them all she had seen while down at the home of her aunt, ending with: "Oh, he is the bravest and most gallant man who ever drew a sword, rebel though he is!" "They will catch and hang him as a spy and traitor to the king," said her sister Eleanor. "No horse in the world can catch Selim," she replied. "But the sentinels on the line will shoot him down. Ah! Captain Mendith and Lieutenant Ardsley have joined in the chase!" The two officers who were visiting at the house mounted their horses and dashed away in the wake of the dragoons. The lieutenant had to use the lady's saddle which the young patriot had left behind in the snow. In a minute or two later they were all out of sight of the house. Mrs. Boyle was very angry over the loss of Selim, one of the finest arabian horses ever brought to .America. She did not believe that they would ever see him again. Oh, I am sure he will return him, mother," Dorothy said. "Well, you have more faith in the rebels than anyone else has," said Elea.nor, who was engaged to Major Hawk when he was killed. "I have faith in the man, not the rebel," replied Dorothy. "I am loyal to the king." "But he is a rebel." "Yes. Those two soldiers who insulted me on the street belonged to the king's army, too." "They were drunk." "Yes, of course, and the rebel was sober. There are good and bad men in both armies." "Well, you didn't talk that way before to-day," retorted her sister. Mr. John Boyle came home, having heard of his daughter's trouble while in a bank on Third street. He had come by his sister's home, in front of whose house the fight had taken place, and there heard the story of what had occurred. Dorothy soon told him the rest. He is a spy in the king's camp!" he said. Yes, of course," assented Dorothy, "and if they catch him they will hang him. "Why did you not cause his arrest when you found out who he was?" he asked "What! Betray the man .wb,o had just saved me from two drunken brutes! I am not' an ingrate, father!" "You did right, Dorothy," said Mary, her second s\ster, who had a good deal of romance in her makeup. "Well, he has robbed you of Selim," he retorted. "He promised to return him." "Bah! catch one of those half-starved traitors returning anything of value!" and the old tory turned away to give vent to his indignation over the loss of the fine .Arabian. It was quite late in the evening when Captain Mendith returned and stopped at the Boyle residence. "Did you catch him?" was the greeting the old tory gave him ere he reached the top step on the piazza. "No, he got away. He ran over the sentinel, shot him down and made his escape." "But why didn't the sentinel shoot him?" He shot at him, took a deliberate aim but missed. The fellow seemed to bear a charmed life. Miss Dorothy has lost her Arabian." 1 "Yes, 'so she has, but she is foolish enough to believe that he will return him as he promised." The captain laughed and said: "I am sorry she has to pay so dear for a lesson on the perfidy of man. By this time he had entered the house, and Dorothy overheard his remark. I. "Well, if I lose the horse I shall give the king's troops the credit of it," she replied. He seemed astonished at the remark and asked: "In what way are they responsible?" She told him of the attack the two drunken soldiers made on her and of the rescue, adding: "Had they not insulted me I should not have met him. As it was, he endangered his own life to protect me-the daughter of an enemy. If he does 'not return my horse as he promised, I s'!lall never again have faith in the honor of a man." CH.APTER VIII. THE SECRET--REMEMBER CHADWICK. The young patriot, on leaving Dorothy Boyle at the gate of her home, dashed away on the black steed with a half hundred dragoons at his heels. He made straight for the lines, trusting to luck to escape the sentinels on the lines. On, on he sped through the snow, nearing the line at every leap of the splendid charger. Two miles away he came in sight of the line, with a single sentinel on the post in front of him. The redcoat was half frozen, for it was a very cold day. He saw the black horse coming and the dragoons in full chase behind him. "Halt, halt!" he cried, bringing his musket to bear on him.


PERCY GREVILLE. 9 Percy Greville drew a pistol from 'the holster, laid fiat on Percy Greville was dumfou.nded at what the general told the black stee d s neck and rode straight at the sentinel. him, and for several minutes he did not utter a word. He Bang! wondered if John Boyle regarded him in the light of an exe-The sentinel fired and the bullet grazed his shoulder and cutioner of vengeance. The idea was repugnant to him. flew h a rmlessly on into space. G e n e ral, he asked, "do you think Boyle's family are Crack! aw a re of this secret? The pjstol smoke blackened the s entinel's face and the I cannot believe that he would dare tell them about it," bullet gave him a mortal wound. was the reply The next moment the young patriot was beyond the line, Does he know he is condemned to death by the Committee and now it was simply a question of speed the rest of the of Safety?" way. "Yes. A demand was first made on him by a secret agent The dragoons rode hard, but the distance between tJ:lem sent to him. He betrayed that agent and he was hanged as wid e ned every moment. At last, after following him som e a spy." five or six miles they gave it up and returned within their Ah! He was Chadwick?" line and doubled the guards all along the front. "Yes." The young patriot then pushed on till he reached the Amer"He deserves to die the death of a dog! lean picket line, where he was halted by some of his own "Yes. He betrayed the Sons of Liberty,' the Continental company, Captain Wilde being in command at the time. Congress and the brave Chadwick. But we will get him sotne "Hello!" cried the sentinel. "Is it you, Percy?" I day and then justice .will be done "Yes, comrade." I After telllng him so much, Greville wondered why the "Where did you pick up that horsP-? He is the finest I general did not tell him all and name the first crime of the ever saw. 11 old tory. But as he did not do so, the young captain re" I borrowed him. frained from asking h .im about it. "Borrowed? Oh and the 'sentinel laughed. command will be ready for you in another day," the "Yes, from a friend-from a lady, and I a m going to re-. g e n e r a l remarked, apparently changing the subject, "and 1 turn him to her." 11 think you have picked out the best men in the entire army. "If you do General Wayne should order you to be shot." Grevill e said r othing. He was in a strange mood, which Percy laughed and rode on to where Captain Wilde had his 1 fact did not escape the general. quarters. The captain and all his men asked many questions ,. Suddenly he asked: about Selim, all saying they had never befor e se e n a "What servi c e will be required of m e general when I splendid animal. He told them a l a dy had l o aned him the I take command of them?" horse, and that he would return him. "None, save that which an honorabl e soldi e r wou ld gl a d l y "Keep him and give h e r a vou c h e r for him," s uggested the .render his country," was the reply. captain. I "Tha t is "No. I promised to return him to her, and I'll keep my That night he spent with his comrades of Captain Wilde s word with her or die trying," and he rode on to G e n Wayn e' s company, and the n ext day he was given his command A command, where he dismounted and sought the famous genyoung s oldier named Bates was made lieutenant. era!, whom he found in consultation with Gen. Knox. He spent four days in drilling and g etting with "Ah, said Mad Antl10ny, I did not expect you so soon, the quality of his men, and then said to Lieutenant Bates: captain! and he excused himself to Knox and led Greville I am going into the city to-night, and early in the morn aside some little distance, saying: Ing I may come across the line with a company of dragoons "Speak low, please. Did you see him? at my heels Have our men down at Crosby's spring, in the "I did, general." ravine below to give me assistance if I should need it." "What did he say?" "I'll be there, replied the lieutenant, as the daring young "He said he would try to do as you wish." captain mounted the black horse and rode away. "Ah! That is all I want. I thank you from the bottom It was a bitterly cold day and the half-clad and half-of my heart for what you have done, Captain Greville. starved patriots had all they could do to keep from freezing "I felt honored by your confidence general," a nd then he to death in the cold blasts that swept through the camp told him all that had happened to him in the city Even the sentinels muf!'.led up and took no notice o! the "I know John Boyle well," the general said. He is one man on the black horse who rode across the line in the open of the rankest tories the city and nothing on earth could daylight. induce him to waver in his allegiance to the king. He has committed a crime against the Continental Congress for which he will suffer an ignominious death if he ever falls into our CHAPTER IX. hands. I "Indeed! I never heard of that before." "It is known to but few of the general officers and the Committee of Public Safety " I am sorry to hear of it. It is a terrible thing to hang over one. "Yes, but he is a traitor t_ o his country in more ways than one." "Does he know of this?" "Yes. If you ever meet him face to face again say to him: 'Remember Chadwi c k,' and he will tremble like a leaf. That Major Hawk, whom you slew in his house, was equally guilty with him, and that is the secret of your promotion from the ranks." THE RET U R N OF SELIM. None of the old tory's family were up when Toby, the faithful negro servant who had charge of the horses, ran into the house and stopping befor e one of the bedroom doors, knocked and called out: "Miss Dottie-Miss Dottie! Selim is done come back!" Oh, Toby are you sure?" came from within in a girlish voice. "Yes 'm. I'se done seed 'im. I'se gwlne back ter feed 'im," and he ran out again. It did not take Dorothy Boyle more than ten minutes to dress and hurry out to the barn.


10 PERCY G REVILLE. Sure enough, there was the beautiful black horse in his stall. "Ride to Gen. Howe's headquarters," he said to Toby, give him this note. Go as fast as you can and don't stop for "Oh, Selim!" she exclaimed, darting into the stall and anybody," and he gave the negro the note. throwing her arms round his neck. "I knew he would bring Toby put it In one of his pockets and sprang upon the you back! And you saved him, too, didn't you?" and she back of the black Arabian. In another moment he was going patted his neck as she spoke. like the wind, and the old tory returned to the house. Her hand touched something in his mane. She looked there Dorothy read and re-read the note she had found concealed and found a bit of folded white paper tied to the mane. in Selim's mane. When she heard her sister Mary's footstep Quick as a flash she took possession of it and ran back to in the corridor, she again hastily concealed It in her bosom. the house and locked herself in her room There she un folded the bit of paper and saw there was writing on it. Darting to the window to better see the writing, she held it out before her, and read: "Is it true that Selim has come home, D6ttie?" Mary asked, as she entered the room. "Yes, Toby found him in his stall this morning. I knew he would come back." "How could you know? You don't know anything about "Captain Greville's compliments to Miss Dorothy Boyle, that man." and hereby returns her horse, with a thousand thanks for the "Well, it seems to me that I knew more about him than loan of him. He owes his life to the speed of the horse, any of you did," she replied. "I believed him and you did which ls equaled only by the goodness, amiability and beauty not." of his mistress. "Of course I didn't." I "You judged him by the standard of the king's soldiers." As she read the lines her face became suffused with blushes, "Do you mean to say that the rebels are more hoiiorable and her eyes sparkled with a happy light. She pressed the than--" bit of paper to her lips and "' "Well, I didn't say that. Selim has come back. Had a "Oh, I'm so glad! I'm so glad! I knew they couldn't catch king's officer taken him I would never have seen him again." Selim! He says he saved his life!" and she danced round "Dottie, you talk just !Ike a rebel!" exclaimed Mary. the room like one too happy to keep still. "Why, didn't you hear Captain Mendith say the same thing! She heard her father's footsteps in the corridor, and, thrust-He said that were we a rebel family and a king's officer had Ing the note into the bosom of her dress, she ran out to meet I taken Selim, just as Captain Greville took him, we'd never him, crying out: get him again! I'm sure you heard him-,and Selim is here." "Oh, father, Selim is In the stable! Toby found him In his That was a crusher for Mary. She was in love with Cap-stall!" taln Mendith, of the dragoons, and had heard him tell Dorothy "Yes, r heard him calling you. I'm going out to see about why he thought she would never see her favorite horse ft. I'll wager the villain has ta.ken another horse in the again. \ place of him." "Well, I don't understand it," she replied. "I don't know whether he did or not. A king's soldier "I do, though. He kept his word with me and returned the would have done so, I'm sure, and why should not he? War horse. I'd never doubt the word of a brave man." ls war!" After breakfast she was going to go out to the stable, when The old tory made no reply to her, but went out to the she saw Toby running toward the house through the snow, stable to see for himself. There was the black horse and so as if very much excited. were all the others. No one had been molested so far as he He dashed Into the house and called out: could see. "Well, the villain did bring him back as he promised," he said to himself, "though nothing in the world could have made me believe he would. I suppose he is one of those who keep a promise made to a girl when they forget their alleg iance to the king," and he came out of the stable and looked about in the snow for the tracks of the man who had brought the horse home. "Marse John-Marse John! He's done got Selim ergin!" "Eh? What?" cried the old tory, who was filling his pipe for a smoke. "Dat ar rebel sojer done stop mean' take de boss away wid 'im, an' he done gib me dis fo' ter gib yer," and be gave his master a piece of paper. Dorothy snatched the paper and read It for him, as be did not have his glasses on: The tracks were plainly visible in the snow all the way "Captain Greville's compliments to Mr. John Boyle, and down to the gate, and then pointed in the direction of the begs to thank him for notifying Gen. Howe of the presence of city. He called out to the man: "Here, Toby, put the saddle on Selim, quick, and get ready to ride over to headquarters at o'nce!" "Yes, sah responded the negro, quickly saddling Selim. The master went into the house for a few minutes. When he came out again he held a bit of folded white paper in his hand. 'the notorious rebel spy in the, city.' He sends the servant back and wlll deliver the note In person to the general, after which he will do himself the honor of reminding Mr John Boyle that the friends of Chadwick have not forgotten him." At the mention of "Chadwick" the old tory started as if stung, and seemed on the point of fainting. But by a fierce effort at self-control he exclaimed:


PERCY GREVILLE. 11 "The villain! He has got the horse again!" The captain saluted and retired, the stableman 1oing with "What horse-Selim? How did he get Selim?'; and Dorothy him. He was glad to be sent out to the Boyle mansion, as turned to Toby for an explanation. he was quite in love with Mary, the tory's second daughter. "I sent Toby on him with a note to Gen Howe," said her As he sprang into the saddle, he asked the messenger: father. "Where did you meet the villain, Toby?" "What time was the horse left there, my man?" Ober by de Quaker meetin' house sah. He done p'inted Nobody knows, sir. Toby found him in his stall er pistil at m e an' say he gwine ter shoot me ef I didn't morning before sunrise." stop whar I was. I jes' stopped right dar, an' he med me git "Miss Dorothy was glad to see him, I suppose?" down an' gib im de note. He did writ er note hisSelf, an' "She was ind e ed, si r." tole me ter run home aii' gib it ter you. They had to pass through a piece of woods that cut off all "Father, did you send Toby to Gen. Howe with a note tellview of the houses scattere d in the outskirts of the city. ing him that Captain Greville was within his lines?" Dorothy When they reached it the messenger suddenly drew a pistol, asked the o1d tory. held it in range of the c a ptain s breast and said: "Yes, I did, as was my duty to do." "And after he had returned Selim to your stable?" "Yes; he ls a rebel against the king, "Well, I-I-am ashamed of my father!" and she turned and left the room, leaving the o1d tory white with rage. CHAPTER :X. "I am the man you are in search of, captain! Hold up your hands!" "Eh!" gasped Mendith. "I am Percy Greville, of the Continental army. No! You are a d e ad man if you move I h a ve no wish to kill you. Dismount on this side of your horse-that's it. Now take off your belt and sword and hang them over the pummel of my saddle. There! Now go back about five paces and stand there." The Briton obeyed every order in silen ce. H e was a prudent FACE TO FACE WITH GENERAL HOWE. as well as a brave man, who saw that resistance meant in stant death to him. General Howe, commander of the British army in Phila-Greville at once posse s sed hims elf of the officer's holster delphia was about to sit down to breakfast with his staff pistols, after which he said to him: wli e n one of his aides handed a note to him, saying: You may go back and present my compliments to Gen. A messenger from Mr. John. Boyle delivered this a few Howe, and tell him I hope to have the pleasure of meeting moments ago." him again soon I am going on to Mr. Boyle's place. If The general opened the note and read it. Instantly his you follow me I.shall end your career for-you, though I am face betrayed the greatest interest. "Send the messenger here," he said, and the aide hastened to obey. He returned a few moments later, accompanied by a man dressed like a stableman and redolent with stable odor!l. The g eneral look e d hard at the man and asked: "Did you come from Mr. Boyle?" "Yes, general." "His daughter's black horse has been returned?" Yes, general. I rode him here to bring that note." "Who brought the horse back?" "We don't know, sir. We saw a man's traeks in the snow, and they pointed this way. My master says the man wh9 took him in the on e who brought him back." Turning to the chief of staff, the g e neral said : "Double the guard round the city and search for that reb e l s py till he found. Tell Captain Mendfrh to come here. disposed to spare you for a c erta in young l a dy s sake. Which way are you going now? "I shall return to my command and pursue you," was the prompt reply. "Good! Good! C a ptain, do me the honor of meeting me on the road to Valley Forge with fifty dragoons. I pledge you my word as a s oldier I won't have one man above that number. Will you do it?" "My company number s eighty men replied Mendith. "I have as many, too. When will you meet me?" "Within an hour or two. "Good! You're the best soldier I've met in that uniform. You may make any explanations you please of this meeting. I shall make none at all, ' and with that he was about to dash away when the Briton said: "Hold! I must make one now." "Well?" "If I fail to meet you, please attribute my failure to the The staff officer retire d and a f e w minutes later Captain fact that I have be e n disgraced and relieved of my command, Mendith of the dragoons, came in. a result quite likely to follow the loss of my sword "C apta in said the general to the gallant young oftlcer, "Ah, I see! H e re take It b a ck. I prefer slaying you in "you are well acquaint e d with the locality about the Boyle battle to degrading you among your comrades. premises. That black horse was found in the stable there "Please accept my thanks, sir, said the Briton as he took this morning. Tracks In the snow indicate the presence of the sword. the spy in our camp this morning. Go with this man and "With pleasure, c'.\aptain," and the next moment the black see how far you can follow the trail in the snow." steed was dashing away toward the B oyle mansion at the top


19 PERCY GREVILLE. ot his speed. The British officer sprang upon his horse and dashed off the opposite direction. John Boyle was out at the barn talking to Toby about put-with you. I don't believe she ts really a tory at heart. She is a woman, though, and God bless her!" They made tlle best speed possible through the woods, and ting new locks on the .stable door, when the darky exclaimed: half an hour later merged into the road that led to "Fore. de Lawd, massa, dar he am er comin' wid Selim!" Forge. He knew just where he was, and in a little while was The old tory wheeled around and faced Percy Greville as with his men. he dashed up to the stable and sprang to the ground. He "We are an nearly frozen, captain," said Lieut. Bates. turned ashen-hued and trembled from head to feet. "Of course. Let every man take five minutes violent exer"Good-morning, sir," said Percy. cise to warm up on. The dragoons will be here in a short "Good-morning," he stammered. while. I challenged Captain Men di th to meet me man to "You were very prompt to send word to Gen. Howe of my man, and he said he would. That's me, men! Unlimber presence in his lines. Fate is against you. Your time has yourselves! Shake the chill out of you! Just think of it! not come yet, but it w91 come." We'll meet the dragoons face to face in a fair fight. Why, I Dorothy Boyle saw Selim and came running to the stable, stood face to face with Gen Howe this morning and talked knowing her father was there. with him. He knows by thiS time that I was from Valley "Captain-Captain Greville!" she cried, as she ran up to him. "Don't harm my father!" He took off his hat and bowed low to her, saying: "You saved my life the other day. I spare him for your sake. I had to use your beautiful horse to save myself again this morning, and I return him again with thanks for--" "No-no! You are i n the lines of the Ring's army now. Your life is in peril. You spared my father's life. I give you Selim. Take him. He is yours. Father, tell him Lo Forge, and the whole British army is mad about it." The patriots laughed. Ah! They are coming! I hear their bugle! Mount, nien, and follow me! Who has my saber?" "Here it is, captain," called out Sergeant Cobb, running forward and handing to him his sword and belt. "Thank you sergeant. Men, When we nip those dragoons to-day I am going to see that we all get new uniforms. Forward!" The scouts followed him out of the woods and entered the "Yes, take him, said the old man, whose knees were actu-main road which was on the edge of an open fieJd. The fence ally shaking under him. had long been used for fuel by both armies. take him." "Here they come! Keep where you are, men. I'll see fr "Thanks, a thousand times. Pardon my haste. I am pur-they are Mendith's men! and placing a white handkerchief sued and must l'eave," and again bowing low to Dorothy, he sprang into the saddle and dashed away toward the lines of the army. CHAPTER XI. THE DUEL IN THE SNOW, As soon as he was out of sight of the Boyle mansion, Percy Greville turned into the woods on the right of the road. on the point of his sword he galloped forward to meet the redcoats The officer at the head of the enemy halted on him, and waited for him to come up. They recognized each other at the same moment. "You have come according to promise, captain," said the young patriot officer. Yes and in the name of the king I demand your surrender! replied Mendith "I c a m e to inquire whether your entire command is with you? Greville asked. "If you have but fifty men with you I shall order. thirty of mine to stand back and let us meet "It won't do to run into the guard agai n as I did the othe r man for man day," he said to himself. "One could do that onc e too often. I'll go over Ball's creek cross in the woods beyond. I I I have eighty men. can creep up on the sentinel there and make way with him, "So have I. We'll meet in t!;tis field on the left," and he as the wind makes such a noise among the trees he can't hear wheeled, rode back to his men and said to them: me in the snow." He knew where the line was, and lost no time in conc e aling Selim in the b ushes not far from it. Then he !crept forward to one of the posts where a sentinel stood behind a huge tree to shelter himself from the biting blasts. To get "Men we are going to fight till we conquer. He w:iio retreats must have my command branded as a coward. Do you agree?" Y e s, yes! came from every patriot. He led them out into the field and just a moment later the up to and settle him with a knife-thrust was the work of but Britis h bugl e r sounded the charge. a few minutes, after which he returned to his horse and passed throu_gh; keeping well in the dense woods. The dragoons came on like a red avalanche. The patriots spurred forward to meet them. "Now, for brave boys," he said, as he sprang into the The shock of the conison unhorsed nearly a score on each saddle "Captain Mendlth must not look for me in vain. side. The clash of sabers and hoarse shouts of men in deadly Selim, my boy, she has given you to me. Henceforth we combat filled the air. Soon the white snow became crimsoned are u:i live together. Be true to' me, and I'll share my rations I in many places. Here and there single combats took place.


PERCY GREVILLE. A huge Scot on a powerful gray was creating havoc among "and a great for we have proved to our people as the patriots. well as to the enemy that we can whip the king's troops Percy Greville dashed at him and called out: man for man. Secure the arms, horses and anything you can "Down with the king!" find of use, and bring the wounded along. The cold will "Doon wi traitors!" yelled the Scot, turning fiercely on keep the dead till we can bury them." him. Half an hour later the scouts started for Valley Forge, the Their sabers met and sparks fiew from them. black horse of Percy Greville in the van. "There!" cried Greville. "Down goes the king!" and his sword went through the brave Scot, who fell from his horse with the cry of" Long live the king!" "Mendith! Mendith!" called Greville, trying to get at the captain of the dragoons. "Here I am!" "Here's at you, traitor!" yelled Captain Mendith, spurring forward and crossing swords with him. Sw1sh! Clash! CHAPTER XII. FEBCY GREVILLE A FRISONEB. The scouts reached the _patriot line just as the sun was sinking behind the snow-capped hills west of the camp. They were halted, and the officer of the guard came forward. Clang! He knew them and saw the wounded ones. "Ah!" ejaculated the Briton, as his sword went fiylng "Hello! Had a fight?" he exclaimed, looking up at the through the air, disarmed by a dexterous twist. "Take that!" young captain of the band. and he drew a pistol from his holster and aimed at Grevllle's "Yes, with Mendith's dragoons." brel\st. How did it end?" A patriot scout knocked it up with his saber, and the next "They fied and left us their dead and wounded," and then instant the Briton's horse sprang away, taking him out of they passed on. reach of Percy Greville, who was fiercely attacked by two That night the story was told at every campfire in Valley stalwart dragoons. Forge, that eighty patriot scouts had met an equal number Quick as a fiash Greville disarmed one and cut down the of England's crack soldiers in an open field and defeated other. them. It electrified the whole patriot army. As soon as Percy "Down with the king!" he yelled. "Come on, Mendith! Greville had reported to Gen Wayne that officer hastened to You are a coward if you avoid me!" "I fear no man, still less a traitor!" cried Mendith, charging at him, having procured another sword. Washington's headquarters to tell him about it. While he was doing so other officers came in with marvelous stories told by the scouts-things that Greville's modesty "We'll see! Take care of yourself!" and again their would not permit him to tell-of their youpg leader's daring swords clashed. and prowess. The commander-in-chief went with Wayne to "Ah! Sorry to spoil your beauty so!" exclaimed Greville, see the wounded and see that they were made comfortable. as he laid open the Briton's cheek with the point of his sword. Wayne led the way to the tent of the young soldier. Percy Just as he was going to give him another cut a rush of was astonished at seeing the commander-in-chief there. dragoons separated them. A few moments later the British "Captain Greville," said his excellency, "I have come to bugler sounded a retreat, and the redcoats wheeled and thank you in the name of the Continental army for your vicdashed away from the field at the top of their speed. tory to-day," and he extended his hand to Percy as he spoke. The patriots made the welkin ring with their shouts, and Percy took it in both of his and shook it warmly. dashed away in hot pursuit, but after a mile or so had been "It has electrified our people the commander-in-chief passed they were called back by Percy and Lieut. Bates. added, "and is worth a thousand men to our cause. Gen. "Come back to the field and look after the wounded," Percy Wayne tells me you saw and talked with the British genordered, and they rode back in the highest spirits. eral." "Men, I am proud of you!" Percy called out to them. "I "Yes, sir. I talked some ten minutes or so with him." never made a mistake in a single man when I picked you "It was a great risk out. Henceforth we are not only comrades but brothets." "Yes, so it was, but the audacity made it safe. I took him The brave fellows cheered him They had not only fought a note from Mr. John Boyle which told him that Percy well themselves, but had seen him cut down dragoons right Greville the rebel spy, was in the city," and then he related and left, as well as disarm their leader. the stoty of his interception of the note and the final deOn returning to the battlefield they found twenty-seven livery of it. dead and twenty-two wounded dragoons. Probably a score of we>unded escaped on their horses. Both generals laughed heartily over the story, and then warned him against going into the city again. Of his own losses were seventeen dead and twenty-six "They will set watchers for you after this," said Mad wounded. Anthony, "and we cannot afford to lose yc;m. Prudence i1 "Comrades, it was a desperate fight," he said to .the scouts, the word. Run no unnecessary risks."


PERCY GREVILLE. The two generals left him, and In another hour the entire 1 dragoons to pieces yesterday. If you wish to see them ride camp had heard that the commander-in-chief had invited the over there. They would be very glad to see you." young captain at his quarters. But Percy Greville rolled "We will attend to you first and your men afterward," and himself up. in his blanket and laid down to sleep and dream. the officer ordered his command to move back inside their The next morning he awoke to find himself famous. Every line at once. man in camp was not only willing but was eager to do l;lim Percy was guarded by ten men, and mounted on a horse honor. Gen. Wayne sent for him and asked: of slow speed, and as they rode along the highway he made "Will you take charge of a burial party and go out there to remarks that angered the young officer in command of his see that our dead are decently buried?" escort. "Yes, general. The enemy, being much nearer to the place "That dragoon is the only good swordsman in your army," than we are, may be there in force." be said. "Why, it was like cutting hay when we met Men" Take as many men as you want," said the general. dith's men yesterday." "I want only my own men besides those who do the dig"We have some very good swordsmen, though," remarked ging." the young officer. Half an hour later he rode out of camp at the head of the "Yes, more hangmen than soldiers; the king's army is now party. A brisk trot of two hours brought them to the field the refuge of the scum of England." where the saber duel had taken place. Every dead body was The young officer was furious and half drew his sword from frozen solid. its scabbard. While they were digging the frozen earth Percy told Lieut. "If you dared you would run me through with_ your sword, Bates to keep a sharp lookout, and rode off in the direction although I am a prison-er. How British honor and chivalry of the British lines. have deteriorated!" When about two miles from the enemy's line, he caught Just then they reached the lines and were received by the sight of a single dragoon on' his horse in the main road a few officers of the guard. In a few minutes they hurried on hundred yards in his front. The dragoon instantly dashed toward the city. forward to engage him in a hand-to-hand fight. When they reached the Boyle place the captain halted and "The fellow isn't afraid," Percy thought, drawing his saber sent word to the family that Percy Greville was a prisoner, and rushing forward to meet him. Both horses were thrown and that the black horse would be left there if they wished back on their haunches by the shock of the collision. But to have him. they regained their feet and then: the sabers clashed. John Boyle had gone to his business. But the ladies of "Death to traitors!" cried the redcoat, who proved to be a the family sprang up and ran out to the gate, Dorothy among I good swordsman. "Down with the king!" cried Percy, crowding him by his rapid, lightning-like passes. them. "Oh, I'm so glad you have caught him at last!" cried Mrs. Boyle. "I hope you will hang him!" To his the Briton parried every thrust or "Yes, hang him!" put in Eleanor, the eldest daughter. cut, and so he became all the more eager to conquer him. "I hope you won't let him get away,'' said Mary. Suddenly the Briton retreated. Percy crowd ed him so vigor"How did you catch him?" Dorothy asked. "Did .it take ously he had all he could do to save himself from being cut all your men to capture him, captain?" and she looked up down. at the officer of the dragoons as she asked the question. Just as Percy made a desperate effort the road swarmed Ere he could answer Percy said: with dragoons. "Yes, Miss Dorothy; it took his entire command to do lt; Percy cut down two, and was then dragged from his horse and I was all alone, too. I really feel honored. I hope you and held by a dozen men. It was all done so quickly he may have your horse returned, and that You will pardon me seemed quite dazed by it. for taking him." "I am your prisoner,'' he said, V!Jry quietly, on finding "Take the horse to the stable," said the captain to the himself held firmly. man who was leading him. "Yes, I believe you are," replied a sergeant of dragoons.. Selim was led to the stable and given in charge of Toby, "You are a traitor, too!" who was overjoyed at seeing the beautiful Arabian steed "Am I? Glad you told me. I would never have known again. it!" The dragoons then pushed on with their prisoner, and the And the sarcasm of the remark caus e d them to laugh. ladies returned to the house to rejoice over his capture-all An officer of dragoons spurred forward and said: but Dorothy. "So we have the spy at last! "A spy! We are two miles or more outside your lines,'' and he boldly faced the officer. "Where are your men?" .the officer asked, ignoring the reply of the prisoner. "They are engaged in burying your dead. We cut Mendith's CHAPTER XIII. "you ARE TO HANG AT SUNRISE." Gen. Howe was at his headquarters when the news came to him that Percy Greville, th' e daring young patriot, had been captured.


PERCY GREVILLE. 15 "Bring him before me as soon as he arrives," he ordered. "I want to see that fellow and make his acquaintance." An. hour later the prisoner was brought before him. The "Try it and see," replied one of the guard. "Maybe I will. Keep your bayonets sharp." An hour later the door of the rpom was opened 'fly the entire staff in brilliant uniforms had assembled to see him. officer of the guard, and John Boyle, the old tory, entered. He was not bound, but had a guard whose numbers told how They glared at each other in profound silence for a minute highly prized he was by the redcoats. "What is your name and rank?" Gen. Howe asked him. "My name is Percy Greville, and I have the honor of holding a captain's commission in the Continental army." "You consider it an honor to be a traitor to your king, do you?" "Yes, sir. England cut off the head of Charles the First. or so and then Greville asked: "Well, to what am I indebted for the honor of this visit?" \ "To the fortune of war," was the reply. "You are to die at sunrise, and I have come to see if I coil.Id not save you." "If you could I would not permit it," was the reply of the prisoner. "Don't be a fool, young man. I don't want to save you We would like very much to serve George the Third the same because I have any love for you or your cause. We are both way." "Treason!" exclaimed a dozen voices in the room. under sentence of death, and I wished to see if an exchange c ould be made that would save both of us." "Bah! You are all a lot of parrots!" the prisoner ex"I c ertainly do not understand you, Mr. Boyle." claimed. "If the English people should get as mad with "I will explain I see you are in possession of a secret of George as they did with Charley they'd cut off his head in mine. I am cond emne d by the leaders of your rebel governa flash." "Silence! exclaimed the general in a very angry tone. "I am your prisoner, general." "You are not a prisoner of war. You are a spy." "Do you hold that once a spy always a spy?" the prisoner asked. ment, as you no doubt know. You are condemned-or you will be to-night by a courtmartial of the king's officers. Your execution is more certain than mine, yet I know it is not impossible that I may some day fall into the hands of your peopl e Now, if your friends will recall the order for my execution I will see that you receive the same treatment It is for me to ask you questions and you to answer from the king's officers. Do you understand me?" them." "Yes, I think I do," Percy replied, "except on the point ot "Pardon me. I forgot where I was. Fair play ls a thing my own execution. Am I condemned ln advan. ce of the courtunknown in the king's army." "you had better answer questions without comment, you traitor. How many men are at Valley Forge?" martial?" "All spies are condemned by the rules of war." "Yes, but I was not captured as a spy. I was two miles "I understand there are about thirty thousand; but I fear beyond your lines when taken." that Captain Mendith, of your army, claims to have met over "Well, what witnesses have you? You were alone, I befifty thousand of them yesterday." lieve. Some of the officers smiled, but the g eneral was in a rage. "You will be hanged as a spy at sunrise to-morrow, so you had better not load your soul down with falsehoods. 'rhe crime of treason should be enough." "My soul is in no wise troubled, general. You are f .ar more afraid to slay me than I am to die." "So you think I am afraid to hang you, do you?" "Yes." "Yes, so I was. I suppose it is useless to trust 'anything to British honor in either officers or privates." "Yes, utterly useless They want to execute you and mean to do it, after condemning you as a spy by courtmartial.,. "And you blame your countrymen for throwing off their allegiance to such a king?" "Bah! Our people would do the same thing under sim1lar c ircumstanc es." "Why?"' "You don't believe that!" "Because a truly brave man with the oldtime sense cf "Yes, I do." honor among soldiers would not talk to a prisoner as you "Well, I thank God I am not of that type of man. John talk to me." Boyle, you are a traitor to your country. Could my death The general turned very red in the face, and turning to hi.;; ihrow you into the power of your indignant countryman I chief of staff, said: would gladly to that end." "See that he is well guarded, and summon a courtmartie.l "You refuse my offer, then?" at once to sit at eight o'clock this evening. Take the prisoner "Yes-yes a thousand times!" away." "You had better think over it. I will return in an hour He was taken away by the guard and locked in a room in and get your answer." a house which was guarded by a score of redcoats. There "You have it now, sir. 'there is no need of your returning were two windows on one side of the room. But in the yard here." below were four soldiers on guard. Leaning out of the win"Reflection may cause you to change your decision," re-dow, he asked the guards: marked the old tory, as he passed out of the room. "Do you think you could catch me on your bayonets were "A man utterly without honor," muttered Greville to him1 to jump?" self, as the door closed behind the visitor. He went to the


PERCY GREVILLE. window again and looked down at the four sentinels in the little yard below. The sun went down and the courtmartial sat. The prisoner "They know nothing of the usages of warfare," remarked another. "They know enough to beat us in this game, though," said was not even brought before it. John Boyle accompanied Gen. How e very bitterly. "I'd give 10,000 pounds to be able the officer who came to inform him of its decision. to hang that fellow in the morning without endangering "You are to b e h a nged at sunrise to-morrow," said the Col. Grantham's life," and turning to his chief of staff, he officer. gave the order for the suspension of the sentence of death "I am not afraid to die," was the quiet reply. "Do you still reject my proposition? Boyle asked. "Of course." imposed upon Percy Greville. The officer at once communicated with those in charge of the prisoner and ordered that he be kept well guarded. "Very well, and he went out with the officer. Two hours later Gen. Howe was told that Gen. Percy Greville was at the window of his prison room, Wayne, of gazing at the increasing light in the east the next morning the rebel army, qad sent a man with a flag of truce to de-after his capture, when an oftlcer entered and said: liver a letter to him. The general asked for the letter. It "Follow me. was given him. It read: "To Gen. Howe, "Commanding the Briti s h Army in Philadelphia: Our scouts bring me intellig e nce of the capture, by your forces, of Captain Percy Greville two miles outside your lines. From 'other source s I learn that you purpose treating him as a spy ins t ead of a prisoner of war. I have now in my hands Col. Gr antham and Major Barbour, of your army, both of whom shall rec e ive the same treatment meted out to Captain Greville. "I have the honor to be, etc., ANTHONY WAYNE." "Gen'! Comd'g 3d Div. Continental Army." I When the British general had finished reading the he said: "Send the bear e r of this to me, and a few minutes later a young patr iot soldi e r wa s u shere d int o his pre sence. "Go back to Gen. Wayn e and tell him he has been misinformed-that we hold Captain Grevill e as a prisoner of war." The young soldier saluted, and was conducted out of the room iby the guard. A few minutes later he was on the "!ay to the lines again. CHAPTER XIV. A MARVELOUS ESCAPE He did so, passing out into the corridor between two guards standing by the door. Out on the street he was surrounded by a squad of dragoons and escorted to the prison where quite a number of other patriot prisoners were confined There the door was opened and the officer said to him: "Go in." He went in and was met by the patriots, who crowded about him and showered questions upon him. He gave his name, rank and circumstances of his capture adding: They condemned me to be hanged as a spy this morn ing, and I thought I was going to the place of execution when I was brought here. They must have changed their minds about it." "I hardly think they dared carry out the sentence," a prisoner remarked. "That is my opinion, too, Percy replied, "though they have said nothing to me about it. "Of course not. They preferred to have you suffer the su s pense." I didn t suffer much r "Well, you must be quite different from most men, then." "I don t know. I am not afraid of death A week passed and Percy Grevill e had heard nothiifg more the courtmartial. A captain of dragoons, a boyish looking young officer, was admitted who asked for Captain Greville. Percy came forward and said: "That is my name, s1r." "You are to go with me at once. Are you ready?" "I am," and he put on his hat and followed him out, the guard saluting the officer as they passed him. Out on the street they walked two and turned to Gen Howe was the maddest man in America after the the left, halting where two horses were hitched. One of the mess e nger from Mad Anthon y had taken his departure. H e showed the letter to his g e n e rals, and they all agreed that Col. Grantham was a man of too much influence in England to be sacrificed : This should have come from that f e llow Washington ," said one of the gen e rals. "But I know tha t f e llow Wayne well enough not to t rifle with him He d string up Gr antha m ns quick as lightning if h e heard that we had done so wlth this fellow. Zounds! but they must prize him v e ry highly. .A colonel and major as hostages for a captain! horses was Black Selim, on whose back he had been cap tured. The young officer mounted Selim and motioned to Percy to take the other. Percy sprang into the saddle, and the officer said: "Keep by my side now, and started off at a brisk trot, going straight in the direction of the Boyle mansion. When halfway there the officer said coming to a halt: We will exchange horses here Without a word Pei;cy dismounted and exchanged his horse for the black one.


PERCY GREVILLE. "I want your word of honor as a soldier that you will not "Our lines!" try to escape from me," the young oftlcer then Said to him. She laul;hed and said: "Whither are you taking me?" "Across the lines of our army on a secret mission. will in no wise be compromised." "I meant British lines. Send some one to see me once in You a while, and I'll send messages to you. Promise me you won't enter the city again as long as the British army is "On that condition I give it." t "Very well. Come on, and they rode on past the Boyle place and soon came to the line. The young officer gave the password and they rode on. When about two miles beyond the line the young oftlcer said: "This is as far as I am going'. You are to return to your friends and resume your command" if you wish, tor you are free!" Percy was astonished. "To whom am I indebted for my freedom?" he asked. "To Dorothy Boyle. She is to became my wife on conaithere." "I promise." "I am satisfied. I'll go back now." He seized her hands, pressed it to his lips and then the7 parted, going in opposite directions. CHAPTER XV. AT VALLEY FORGE AGAIN. tions now with." When Percy reached the American lines he was halted by "What! J Does she give her hand to you in exchange for a soldier who knew him well. my freedom? "Yes." "Hello, captain!" the sentinel cried "Come in. I know you haven t the word. How did you get away from 'em?" "I won't accept it! I'll return to the prison. She does Gave them the slip replied Percy, dashing forward at a not love you else she would marry you without condition. brisk pace. By the God above us, you must fight me before you can have her! I love her. and--" "Oh, Percy!" cried a girlish voice, as the young officer tore a wig from his head. "Didn't you know me? "Dorothy! Dorothy! cried Percy spurring his horse to her side and clasping her hand in his. What have you He soon reached General Wayne's quarters and found that famous officer there. "Ah! Glad to see you, captain," said Wayne. "You made quite a visit this time " Yes, general. They had me locked up and under sentence of de a th. I would have come back sooner but they would done? They will hang you for this!" not let me," and he told the story of his capture and rescue, Oh, you won't let them hang me! and she laughed a a story that filled the brave gener a l with astonishment. merry, happy laugh. "You said you loved me, you know." "It seems like a dream to me the general said. "To "And I do, with all my soul. I have loved you since the think that a d a ughter of John Boyle had turned patriot! It day I met you in the street when those red-coated ruffians really seems incredible!" insulted you. But how have you accomplished this escape?" "But it is true, and she is both brave and true. She doesn't "It was easy enough. A young fool of a captain let me seem to know what fear is." wheedle the password out of !him. He had left an extra "How are my boys who were hurt, general?" Percy asked. uniform at our house to be mended and--" "Two of them died. The others are mending fast. They And you played a trick on him; I see-I see. God bless will soon be in the saddle again. Have you any news for you! You are a patriot at heart now, ain't you?" headquarters?" "You have made a rebel out of me, and--" "I don't think I have." "I am going to make you my wife, too May I?" "Well you had better see your command at once. Don't "Yes if you want me to remain a rebel, and he pressed let any one know of her connection with your escape, as her hand to his Ups. "But I haven't told you aUyet. When the news may go back to British headquarters I heard they were going to hang you as a spy I forged a letter He hurried away to his own quarters, giving his men a from Gen Wayne, threatening to hang Col. Grantham and very great surprise. Major Barbour if you were hanged, and took it to Gen. Every one of them who was present shook hands with Howe him. "Good heavens, Dorothy! What a brave girl you are!" "They had me boys," he said, "but couldn't keep me," "I couldn't be a c oward and yet love a man like you! and he told them how they had captured him Percy, I would die for you! The next morning it was known that he had escaped, and "You must live for me, darling, and I will live for you. hundreds of old veterans came to see him. They regarded . Now what shall we do? Where can you go? There is no him as the best swordsman in the army, and were deeply place for you at Valley Forge \ "Oh, I'll go home and wait till Washington leaves Valley Forge in the spring. I am not suspected by any one and will be sate. But you must not come into our lines arain!" interested in him. Several days passed, and a great thaw came. and frozen ground gave way to slush and mud. became almost impassable for man or beast. The SnOl't The roads


18 PERCY GREVILLE. Yet the scouts kept up a close watch on the enemy to keep Back and forth-round -and round they went. Their blades him from sending any foraging parties. met nearly every second. One evening Running Rob, Gen. Wayne's favorite scout, "Ah!" came to him and said in a low tone of voice: Percy's blade pierced his shoulder and he fell from his "She sent you this, sir," and placed a bit of :'olded in horse. his hand. The dragoons gave ".'.'.ay and fled, leaving the long wagon "Do you come from the city?" Percy asked. "Yes. She told me to tell you she was well and waiting." "Is all?" "Yes; she said you would understand." "Ah! So I do. You understand, too, do you not?" "Yes, I think I do." "Well,, let me see you before you go over there again." train b!lhlnd, a prize to the prowess of the patriots. The pursuitJ was short. The wagons were a rich prize which could not be neglected. Captain Mendlth was a prisoner and badly wounded. "Sorry you are hurt, captain," said Percy. "I'll see you have all the comfort it is in my power to give," and he ordered a wagon to be made comftlrtable for him. "Yes, U I can." "Captain, there's an old man in one of the wagons who "Well, if you have to go in a hurry, tell her I love her as keeps groaning and saying he is lost," said one of the soldier;:;, my soul and think of her day and night. Ah! It is a lock coming up to Percy at that moment. of her hair!" and he pressed the tress to his lips as Running Rob turned away to leave him with his treasure. The thaw continued until all the snow was gone, and the forest began to show of returning spring. The halfstarved patriots at Valley Forge rejoiced, for they would move away from the scene of such terrible suffering. "Let me see him," and Percy spurred his horse forward to where the man was. "Ah! Mr. Boyle, as I live!" he exclaimed. One day Captain Greville received orders to protect a CHAPTER XVI. foraging party which was to go out on. the Norristown road, and he was prompt to obey. THE OLD TORY'S PROMif!E. On the second day out a patriot farmer brought news of n. large wagon train on its way to the British lines, guarded by The moment the old tory saw Captain Percy Greville, he dragoons. turned ashen-hued in the face, fell on his knees and cried "I will attend to that," said Percy, and with {he farmer as out: guide, he rode till late in the night to get ahead of the You can save me! My life is in your hands, sir!" enemy. Pj:lrcy leaned over toward him and half whispered: But another farmer told him he had at least counted one "Get up and keep your mouth shut._ Probably no one else hundred and fifty dragoons in the party. "A Captain Mendith has command of them!" the farmer said. "He ha. s a great scar on the left cheek." "Ah! That's my mark. I put it there," said Percy. "You must have cut it deep," returned the farmer, "for it's an ugly scar." "Yes; I am glad to meet him again." "Why, he has two men to your one!" the farmer exclaimed. here knows you! " Oh, but you'll save me? gasped the terror-stricken tory, to his feet and clutching his arm with both hands. "Nobody here wants to kill you. Keep quie!. Come this way," and he Ied him aside from the others and asked: "What under heaven tempted you to come outside the lines?" "I own a large farm above here, and I cam. e out to show "That makes no difference to me. We have met them be-them what to take away." fore," and he hurried his men forward up the road and "For fear we would get it all, eh?" Percy .remarked. placed them in ambush. "Yes. I knew your people would get It. I thought the Just about daylight the. dragoons came along the road, escort strong enough to make it safe." little dreaming of danger. At a signal one-half of them went clown under a volley f ,rom the rifles of the scouts. Then a volley from seventy pistols addM to the confusion. "Charge! Down with the king!" yelled Percy, and the scouts dashed out of the woods a,nd began laying about them like demons. Mendlth knew his voice and called out to him: "Here, traitor, cross swords with me agaiIJ,!" "Yes! Have at you now!" and again it was a deadly duel between them, while nearly 150 men fought all round them. Swish! Clash! Clang! "Well, you see it was not?" "Yes. You will let me go? "Why should I? You sought my death, you know." "I tried to arrange it so as to save both of us." "Yes, after I was caught. But you tried to have me caught as a spy." "Only to get you where I could bargain with you to save both of us." "I can't believe that," said Percy, shaking his head. "You are the most unrelenting kingsman in America. You would not raise a finger to save the life of a patriot unless your own safety was involved in it. I will let you escape only on one condition."


PERCY GREVILLE. 11 "What is that?" he asked. "Yes, general. I can't help thinking I could handle an "That you give me your daughter Dorothy's hand in mar-army of ten thousand men." riage." "Eh? world. What?" he gasped, the most surprised man in the "My daughter marry a rebel!" "Yes; why not, pray?" "Ah! You nave the enthusiasm of youth," said Mad Anthony, smiling. "You are a fighter. But let me tell you tlat fighting is not the best requisite of a good general. If you had ten thousand men to-day you would rorce Howe to The old fellow nearly choked and seemed on the point of fight in the hope of destroying 6r capturing his camp. Thougoing into convulsions. Percy looked at him and smiled. sands would be slain in tryin gto do what ;mig'ht be done "You have me in your power, sir," the old fellow finally by strategy, which means generalship. Do you understand said. "I might promise you and she may not consent." me?" "Give n;e your written consent based on her own consent and I'll be satisfied," Percy replied. "I'll do that," and Percy soon had it written for him to sign. "Have you got her in your power in any way?" the old fellow asked. "Yes, general, and see the force of your words, too.'' "Well, don't forget that the enemy can better a:t'l'.ord to lose one thousand men in battle than we can, even though we win the field. Always try to save the lives of your men." Percy was about to reply when a sta:t'I'. officer came up and handed the general a note. He glanced over it and then "Yes-to be frank with you. But it is one to her liking; hurried away. she loves me and has agreed to be my wife. We are both The staff officer went with him, and Percy was left stand-very much in love with each other. But for that fact I would ing there alone. have you strung up to that limb up there. As it is, I don't "There must be something of importance going on," he said care to ha:ve it known my wife's father was hanged." to himself. "But r can't ask any questions. I'll go back and The old man's astonishment was a picture to look at as stay with Bates and the boys." betrayed in his face. He signed the paper, however. He returned to his quarters and talked with all the old "Now if you try to break y0ur promise, or in any way veterans who came about him. interfere, I shall see that you are hanged. Do you under-The second and third day passed, and then Gen. Wayne told stand that?" "Yes." "Wen, you can escape from your guard to-night. Bl!t don't talk. Keep your mouth shut. If it becomes known who )rou are I won't let you go." The old man was placed in one of the wagons and the whole train moved on, encamping that night but ten miles from the British lines. About midnight the dragoons attacked the camp. Great confusion naturally followed, but after some hard fighting and a bit of strategy on the part of the young patriot, the enemy was beaten o:t'I'.. him to take his command and go round by Germantown arid watch the enemy between there and the Delaware river. He was off within an hour after he received the order. CHAPTER XVII. JOHN BOYLE'S TREACHERY. A little while before reaching Germantown, one of the scouts met and halted a negro man in the road. The man The camp was immediately broken up, and the i.arch made said he was looking for Captain Grevllle. for Valley Forge. It was too near the enemy's lines to be "What do you want to see him for?" the scout asked. safe. At sunrise one of the scouts came to Percy and said: "Captain, that old tory got away last night during the attack by the dragoons." "We were lucky not to lose the whole train," Percy replied, and the scout thought. so, too. They pushed on and reached Valley Forge by noon, causing great rejoicing over the supplies that had been brought in. "I'se done bin sent fo' ter tell 'Im sump'n, sah," the darky replied. "Who sent you?" "My young missus, sah." "Well, come on and I'll take you to the captain," and the scout led the way back till he met the captain. "Captain, here's a man who says--" "Why, hello, Toby!" the young captain exclaimed on seeing The patriots were half starved, afl.d Percy Greville had the negro "What are you doing out here?" brought them a feast. No wonder they called him a hero I "I'se lookin' fo' you, sah!" and cheered him 'as he rode by. "Ah! Something has happened then. Come this way," Gen. Wayne shook hands with him and said: j and he leaped from his horse and went into the woods a "You have again put new courage into the hearts of our I short distance from the road. The darky and horse both people, captain. I shall look for your speedy promotion after followed hi .m. The black horse seemed to know Toby, for this." "Ah, general, if I had a regiment instead of a company I could do more for the cause," Percy replied. "Do you think you could handle a regiment?" he laid his head against him. "What is it, Toby?" Percy asked, as soon as he was out of hearing by the others. "Oh, massa is done gone an' locked Miss DotUe up, sah,


20 PERCY GREVILLE. an' is er l!l'Wine to put her on er ship an' sen' her ober ole "Yes, sir," was the reply. Englan', sah, an' she done tole me to come an' tole you, "Come in; I'll see if we can find room for you," and he sah." led the way into another room beyond, the one in which the "Did she tell you to come and tell me "Yes, sah, she did." "Very well. I'll see her to-night. Are there any soldiers at the house?" "No, sah, but dey is gwine ter sen' her erway ter-morrow." "We'll see about that. You had better stay with us till we go there. How did you get through the lines?" two British officers were seated. "Take a seat and I'll see my about it." and then he turned and left the room. Just five minutes later he and the two officers burst into the room, pistols in hand, and called out: "Surrender!" He sprang up as if astonished and said: "Yes, of course. You have the advantage of me." "I jes' slipped froo, sah. Dere ain't many guards ober on "Hold up your hands!" ordered one of the officers. dis side, sah." He held both hands above his l).ead, while the other officer "So I thought. I think we can go through to-night with. searched him for weapons, disarming him. out any trouble." He was in a blaze of wrath. "Who are you?" demanded the taller of the two Britons. "My name is Allen, and. I--" "The old scoundrel has gone back on his promise to me," "Your name ii;; Percy Greville!" exclaimed Boyle, eagerly. he muttered. "He is going to send her to England to keep "You are the rebel spy! I know you well!" her .out of my way, and if he succeeds in getting her there "Have you betrayed me, Mr. Boyle?" Percy asked, as if I'll never see he'r again. I'll take her away to-night and give quite alarmed .him a lesson in the way of keeping promises." There was a dangerous gleam about Percy Greville's eyes . at that moment that would have puzzled some to understand. I told them who you were, if thj!.t's what you mean!" "And after what I did for you only last week?" "You did nothing for me. I made my escape during the But he said nothing to any one of. his plans, and rode on at attack made by the king's troops. .the head of his men like the dauntless soldier he was. I "Have you forgotten the promise you made me?" When night came on he encamped in a dense wood where "No, I have forgotten nothing. A promise made under the fires could not be seen but a short distance. Soon after such circumstances is never binding. All that a man hath they were settled he picked ten men and told them he w anted will he give for his life. I gave you a promise-that's all." them to go with him inside the enemy 's line. "You did not intend to keep it when you made it?" I No. "No-under cover of darkness and to return before da.y"Do you remember I said to you that I would see you light. I don't think we will be In any more danger than we hanged If you broke your promise to me?" "As spies?" one asked. are now, but you can decline to go if you wish to do so." "Oh, yes, I remember it. I expect, though, to see you "We'll go," replied every man of the ten. hanged in my stead." They rode to a point about a half mile from the line and "When I was to be hanged as a spy you came to me and then left one in charge of their horses, going forward on citiered to save me if I would save you." foot. When they came in sight of the s entlnel one of the "Yes, but you would not agree to it." party. crept forward in the dark an_ d knifed him, thus reI wouldn't agree to it even now," and he blew a moving him from the post. shrill whistle. That done, they pushed across and hurried forward in the The next moment a haff dozen armed patriots dashed into direction of the Boyle residence some four miles away. Percy the room. knew every road and path in that section and had no trouble "Surrender! he cried, "or die where you stand!" in reaching the place just as the family were about to retire "We surrender!" exclaimed the officers, but the old tory for the night, with two British officers as guests staggered back against the wall as if stunned. "Now, b9YS," he said to h1s comrades, "I am. going in there "Bind that old villain there! If you let him escape I'll and let them capture me to see what they will do with me. have every man of you shot! and Percy Greville's voice I'll pretend to be alone. But when I give the 11ignal all of rang out ip fierce earnestness. you come in and give them a surprise." They bound the old tory hard and fast. He did not utter He went up to the door and knocked. A servant came and a word. o pened it. Just as they were him out Mrs. Boyle burst into the "Tell Mr. a man wishes to see him at the door a few moments," he f!aid to the servant. Boyle came to the door and gr.ufl'.ly asked: "Well, what is it, my man?" "I wish quarters for the night, sir-." Boyle started. He recognized the voice of the daring young patriot. "Are you alone?" he asked. room, crying out: "You shall not take him away!" ,and she fiew at the patriot who held him by the Jtrm, and buried her hands in his hair. \ "Take her away!" She was taken away by two others. "Where is Miss Dorothy?" Percy aske d. She would not answer.


PERCY GREVILLE. "Men, break open the doors to every room in the house!" Two men went upstairs to obey his order when Eleanor and Mary appeared, white and trembling. He then led off and the others followed. Tbe faithful Toby was just behind her horse ready to aid in any way necessary. Two hours later they had crossed the line without their "I'll unlock the doors,'' said Eleanor, producing some presence having been discovered by the enemy. keys. "Oh, I am so glad!" Dorothy exclaimed in her joy, when "You are the jailer, I suppose," he remarked. she found herself in the camp of the scouts. The door of the front room upstairs was opened, and "I am going to send you to the house of a friend who wlll Dorothy ran out, crying: give you shelter till I can join he said to her when "What's the matter? Has he come? Percy! Percy!" and they reached the campfire. she ran downstairs and threw herself Into Percy Greville's "When will you join me?" arms. CHAPTER XVIII. 0APTUBE AND DEATH OF JORN BOYLE. Percy caught Dorothy in his arms and pressed her to his heart. She did not know her father was a prisoner. She had hoped only that Percy would come and take her away ere she eould be sent on board the ship that was to convey .her to Eng---"Before the sun goes down again. Fear not, dear. Tbe sergeant and ten men will be your escort. Are you ready to go, s ergeant?" "Yes, captain," the sergeant replied. "Well, you know where to go," and he turned and precsed I Dorothy's hand to his Ups, saying: "Good-night, dear." Good-night," she said, and they moved away in the dark dess of the night. "Now, men, we must move from here ai daylight," said the young captain. "Get ail the sleep you can," and he rolled himself in his blanket and laid down to sleep. land. His brave fellows followed his example, and slept till the "Oh, I knew you would come," she cried, as soon as she guards called them up at daylight. They mo. unted and dashed could speak. away, going ten miles ere the sun peeped above the horizon "Did you send for him?" the mother asked. in the east. Halting at a large spring, they built :fires and "No, I came for her," Percy replied, before Dorothy could prepared breakfast. say anything. "Just run up and get such things as you need, While his men were preparing breakfast, Percy mounted ,. my dear, and we'll go." Selim and rode away from the little camp. Two miles down "Oh, God! Are you going to take her from us! moaned the r?ad he stopped and dismounted in front of a little log Mrs. Boyle. hut which had once been used as a schoolhouse. "You were going to send her to England, 3,000 miles away. One of his scouts was on guard at the door, who saluted I am going to take her to Valley Forge, but twenty miles. him as he went in. Don t worry You ll see her again when Washington takes There were two other scouts inside and-John Boyle. the city. "What are you going to do with me, captain? the old tocy Eleanor and Mary ran upstairs to prevent Dorothy from asked. getting her things. Percy sent a soldier to bring them back. "I am going to see that you are dead and burled before I He then ordered Toby to fiaddle a horse for his young misleave you again," was the reply. tress. "You-won't--do-that!" When ready to leave Dorothy bade good-by to her mother "But I will. You locked Dorothy in her room and were going to send her away to England and that, too, in the and sisters. "Oh, you ungrateful c hild! cried her mother. "You shall face of your written consent to my union with her." never more be a daughter of mine! "Nor sister of mine! cried Eleanor "No. r sister of mine! hissed Mary. Shelll be my bride to-morrow," said Percy, "You will spare me for her sake?" "Never. I am going to be merciful in one way, though. You ca n have your choice of dying by your own hand or being "See here! shot by the guards here Her father has given his consent in writing to our marriage; "Oh, God! and he seemed on the point of collapsing. yet in the face of that he was going to send her to England. "Mercy! Me'rcy!" and he fell on his knees. She is the only one of you who has any honor "No mercy John Boyle. The committe e of safety have They were terrified by his fierce earnestnel;!s and said no decreed your death. I spared you once and then you sought more. Dorothy turned away and went out with him, he my life the next time we met. Your fate will be reported to taking her bundle of c lothes for her. The two British officers the committee of safety, but remain a secret to the rest of were taken along, Boyle having gone out before. the world for the sake of Dorothy. These guards will let "Oh, Percy, if we can' t get through the line it will be our the secret die with them. Before yonder sun goes down to-ruin," she said, as he lifted her up into the saddle. day Dorothy will be my wife. She shall never know your "Yes, dear, so we must do our best. My men are just fato." over the line waiting for us." "You-would not murder your wife's father?"


PERCY GREVILLE. "No. When she becomes my wife she wm have no father. hear me make my report to him and certify to the correctness ls not murder, but simply an execution. I was weak of it. After that it is to forever remain a secret, for I am enough to let you go once. Now I shall do my duty to JilY going to marry his youngest daughter." country. Will you destroy yourself, or shall I order my When they reached the farmhouse where Dorothy and old comrades to do it for you?", "What shall I klll myself with?" "A knife." "Give me a pistol." Percy smiled and said: Toby had been sent to wait for him, she came running out to meet him, crying out: "Oh, I was so afraid something would happen. to keep you from coming He sprang from his horse and caught her in his arms, say"You still think me a fool, I see. There-take that and ing: make an end of a life forfeited to your country," and the "Naught but death could have kept me from you, dear." young patriot tossed a knife on the floor at the feet of the tory. He had been unbound by one of the guards. Stooping quickly, he picked up the knife, tried the edge with a finger, and glanced furtively at the yo .ung patriot some six feet away. Percy drew his sword. No sooner was it out of its scabbard than the desperate tory sprang at him, knife upraised, hissing fiercely: "You shall die with me!" Percy sprang back and received him on the point ot his "Have you any news? she asked. "Yes. We are to be married at once." "Why, where is the minister?" "Mrs. Compton's brother is a minister." She was the farmer's wife and her brother was then in the house. "Oh, I didn't know that!" "Well, come back into the house and we'll have the knot tfed hard and fast. dome in, comrades, and stand up with us. She is to be a soldier's bride He led her l'>ack into the house, followed by the three scouts sword. It ran clear through the traitor's body, and with a who had come with him. shriek John Boyle sank, down to the floor at the feet of the A few minutes later the entire household assembled in the man whom he had go greatly wronged. CHAPTER XIX. UNITED AT LAST. main room of the old farmhouse to witness the marriage of the young patriot officer to the daughter of the old tory. The knot was soon tied, and then Percy said: "Now we must mount and hasten to Valley Forge. It is very important that we reach there as soon as possible." The bride hastily took leave of the kind family who had given her shelter for the day, and then ran out to the gate where the horses were waiting. As the old tory sank down on the floor of the old log schoolShe was lifted into the saddle, and a few moments later house, Percy Greville said to him: the little party were dashing along the road in the direction "I did not wish to be your executioner, but fate impelled of the spot where the scouts were encamped. me to do it. I have tried to avoid it. You seemed t6 be urged .As soon as the camp was reached Percy said to Lieutenant on by implacable fate, too. I have no regret. You have Bates: been the most treacherous of all our foes." "I have deserv ed it," moaned the dying man. "Of course you did. Your fate shall remain a mystery." "You must tell my wife that certah1 property is--" "Hurry back to Valley Forge as soon as you can. I think the army will move in a day or two." Ten minutes later the whole company was on the way back to Vall e y Forge. It was night when they reached there, and "I'll tell her nothing!" Percy and his bride rode on to Gen. Wayne's headquarters, Boyle rose to his knee and tried to speak again, but he accompanied by the three scouts who had been with him at sank down again, gave a gasp and was dead. the old log schoolhouse. "That ls the end," said the young patriot. "We must now "Gen. Wayne, said Percy, as they dismounted, ls my bury him." wife. I have married the girl I spoke to you about." Two hours later the four were again in the saddle going "Ah! Glad to see you, Mrs. Greville," said the general, in the direction of a farmhouse to which Dorothy Boyle had uncovering and making a profound bow, which Dorothy rebeen sent. turned. "It is a brave man indeed who will marry in times "Comrades," s;id Percy, "I shall tell you the secret of that like these." man's death, and I want you to pledge me your honor, as "It was my only chance, general," said Percy. "Her father soldiers to keep it locked in your bosoms as long as you live. was going to send her to England, so I had to be prompt. wm you promise me that?" "Ah, yes. I congratulate you, my dear captain. You may "Yes captain," the three replied. find quarters for Mrs. Greville over at Mr Doran's house. "Very well," and then he told them just what Gen. Wayne He has a spare room since Major Morrow left yesterday. I'll had told him about the old tory's treachery to the cause of send my orderly and find out for the colonies. "I want you to i:o with me to the i:eneral and Half an hour later Dorothy was installed in the farmhouse


PERCY GREVILLE. 13 of Thomas Doran who lived in the heart of the camp, and I "Comrades, he has made me a colonel for wh:at you did Percy was back again with the general, telling him the story a few mfoutes ago. I thank you from the bottom of my of the death of John Boyle. heart. I selected every man of you because I knew you "Ah! He is dead at last! were brave men. Here comes the dragoons. Let's show 'em "Yes, and by my hand, but my wife does not and must not what we can do. Charge!" know it. You understand why." The brave fellows charged with a yell anc! met Mendith's "Yes, of course. I'll arrange to have it kept a profound dragoons halfway. It was a tremendous shock, and many a secret. The committee of safety must know all the particu-brave fellow went down to rise no more. The redcoats re-lars, though, and pr-0ofs of his death." ceived reinforcements, and the scouts were on the point of "I'll bring you the three witnesseg of the affair." being pushed back, when Mad Anthony Wayne himself dashed "That will do. Now have your command ready to move into the fray with some of his men. at sunrise. We have news that Howe is on the eve of evacn-It was a grand fight for a few minutes, and then the redating Philadelphia, and we want to be right on his heels coats fell back under the protection of their own batteries. when he' starts. "Ah, captain," cried "Wayne to Greville, "I wish you had "Running Rob brought in the news to-day," added the a thousand men!" general. "I'll go and give your report of the Boyle matter "So do I. His excellency has just called me colonel and to the commander-in-chief, and will see you in the morning promised the men if they can be had." "Ah! I am glad of that. I congratulate you," and he before you leave." Percy then returned to the Doran farm and remained with extended his hand to Percy as he spoke. Dorothy. He arranged with the farmer to keep her there The battle lasted all day, and when night came the Con-until he could secure a home for her elsewhere. tlnentals slept on the fl.eld, ready to renew it the next day. The next day he was off by sunrise with his scouts, and But the enemy slipped away in the night and pushed on to ere the day ended the news was confirmed that the enemy Perth Amboy, where they met the British fleet and took ship was preparing to leave the city and go to York. He pushed on and had several skirmishes with the rear .. guard until the Delaware river separated them. for New York. Seeing the enemy had escaped him, Washington sent tor Captain Greville and said: Then Washington and the entire patriot army pushed on ... It you had one thousand mounted .men the enemy could in hot pursuit. Percy Greville hung on the British flanks not have gotten away from us. You must go to Philadelphia like a leech, capturing redcoats every day whom he sent to Gen. Wayne o be questioned. At last the enemy made a stand at Monmouth, and a fierce battle took place between the two armies. By some un-accountable mishap part of the line gave way and retreated, throwing the whole patriot army into confusion. Part of and raise as many men as you can. Choose your captains from among your scouts and hurry up with the regiment. I will send you your commission in a few days." Percy saluted and retired. In half an hour he was in the saddle again and on the way back to Philadelphia. the regiment which gave way fled in a panic, pursued by Two days later he reached the city and sent a half dozen the exultant enemy. The commander-in-chief dashed up to of his men to Valley Forge to bring Dorothy to him. the spot in time to see Percy Greville lead his scouts in a She reached him that night, flew to his arms and said: charge against the pursuers, scattering them and "Oh, my beloved! The king's cause is undone forever!" "I hope so, my dear," and then he told her of his terrific fight with the dragoons, and his promotion on the battle charmed was the commander-in-chief with the splendid field. charge, he could not resist the temptation to dash forward 11abering scores of them, turning the tide of battle and enabling the Continentals to reform and renew the fight. S0 and give his hand to the young captain, saying: "You will yet be a general," she exclaimed, her eyes aflame with love and admiration. "But I can never be more proud of ydu than now. Have you heard anything of father or "Well done, Col. Greville! I am sorry your regiment is not here with you." "Thanks, your excellency. If I had 1,000 men like these mother since the king's troops left the city?" "No, but I am sure he would not have remained here after the British army left." I'd go through that army out there like a cannonball." "I believe you, sir. We'll see if we can find the men for you," and the general dashed away to rally the Continentals in another part of the field, leaving the scouts to hold the part they had gained. "No, I can't think he would. He always seemed to have a great fear of falling into the hands of Washington." "Do you know the committee of safety has passed the sentence of death on him?" "No; what for?" CHAPTER XX. A CHANGE IN AFFAIBS. As the commander-in-chief rode away the scouts him, and Percy sung out to them: "I could never find out, but it was for something he did during the first year of the war. For your sake I let him cheered I get away from me once, and he afterward betrayed me to the enemy. l hope he may never fall into our hands again."


PERCY GREVILLE. A day or two after his return to the city an officer came to "You have been promoted for bravery on the battlefield. Colonel Greville and said: All brave men have influence. On my knees I beg my father's "The family of John Boyle, the old tory, whom we are to life at your hands." hang if captured, is claiming protection on the ground that "You should go to the committee of safety, and I do not you are married to one of his daughters. Is it true'!" even know the name of one of them. Gen. Washington is ''Yes, it is true. It is also true that the mother and daughthe one to see. He knows who they are. Come, let me assist ters disowned her for marrying me you to a seat," and he took her hand, pulled her to her feet "Ah! They have no right to make any claims on that and led her to a chair. score, then?" "None whatever, for I presume she has been disinherited. Just tell them to get a written statement from me to substantiate their claim for protetion, and I'll soon ftnd out whether or not my wife has any interest in the property." The officer went away and the next' day Mrs Boyle came to his headquarters and asked for him Eleanor was with her. He stared at her, showing no signs of recognition. ''Where is Dorothy?" she asked. "Why do you ask, madam? You have disowned her. I wa.s angry then. I repented it an hour later. A mother's love dies only with life itself. "That's whitt I always But I did not think you had any of the qualities of a loving mother." "Is she married to you? the mother asked. "Yes, we were married the next day after she was d is owned by you and her two sisters." "Where is she?" CHAPTER XXL THE MOTHER AND SISTERS-THE SPY. On leaving the headquarters of Col. Grevllle, Mrs. Boyle and her daughters proceeded to the little tavern where Dorothy was living. Dorothy was astonished at seeing her mother and sister, and gave them a loving welcome greatly to their delight.. "I thought you would scold me, Dottie," said Eleanor. "Oh, I am too happy to scold any one she replied. "I can afford to forgive everybody. My husband loves me, is a brave man and will yet be a great general. Just think! Gen. Washington up to him on the battlefield, shook hands with him, and called him 'Col. Greville,' and he is not yet "She is at the old City Tavern, where we are now living." of age! He is now recruiting a regiment of one thousand "Can I see her there?" "Yes, If she will let you. Where is Mr. Boyle?" She started, turned pale and asked: "Do you not know? You took him away that night and we have neverrseen him since. Do you know where he is?" "I saw him the next day under a strong guard, and have not seen him since "Is he in this city?" "I don't believe he is." "Where are the prisoners kept?" "Since the retreat of the enemy I don't know where they are kept. They are changed from place to place as the situations change." men "Yes, we have heard all that, my child," sa! d her mother. "I am glad you are happy, as you are the only one of the family that is. Do you know what has become of your father?" "Didn't he go away with the king' s troops?" Dorothy asked, in no little surprise. "We have never seen him since the night you went away from us." "Neither have 1. When Percy comes in I'll ask him about it. But he has been so busy since that night I don't believe he knows wher. e he is. You know how badly father treated him, betraying him to-" Eleanor Boyle had been watching ever since she came into "Please don't remind us of that," said her mother, inhis presence, but had not uttered a word She stepped for-terruptlng her. "We have enough "to bear without that. Tf *ard, and laying a hand on his arm, said: you cannot persuade your husband to protect our property "You killed before my eyes the man I loved, and since that we will all be reduced to .beggary-yourself included-for hour I have long ed for death. Can you look me in the face they are to deprive us of everything we have in the and say my father has ncit been hanged by your people?" world." "Yes,. I can. I can pledge you the honor of a soldier that "Well, I'll ask them not to do that. I know that General he has not been hanged-as yet." Wayne thinks a great deal of him, though he is not here "As yet! They will hang him, though!" now . He will be here soon. I am anxious for you to see Percy shrugged his shoulders. him. She dropped on her knees and clasped her hands above her "We have seen hiJl!.," said her mother. head, saying: "Have you?" "Gladly would I give my life for him You can save him! "Yes, and he was not kind to us." For the sake of your love for Dottie save her father." "You have never been kind to him, mother." "I can do nothing. I am the youngest officer in the army, "No. Loyal people and rebels are never kind to each a,Jld my promotion is so recent I have had no time to even other." make acquaintances among the officers." Dorothy smiled and said:


PERCY G REVILLE. 25 I "Let me advise you never to use the word rebel in his "No; you can't see him without a note from Dorothy. Now unless you want to give offense. Did you ask prowill you answer me one question?" fpctlon of him? "Yes, if I can." "No; we merely asked whe re you were, and whether he tmew where your father was. " Are you and Mary crazy?" I don't think we are." Percy came home and found them there, and the end of "Well, go home and think over it. Maybe you will think te matter was a promise of protection on the mother selling you are then." to Dorothy one-fourth interest in the estate for one pound in She went away and then her mother called on Dorothy, had none to gold which Percy paid her. who refused to give her any information. She I They went away and did not visit Dorothy again for two give, but she let her think otherwise weeks. A few days later a British spy was caught in the city. He Dorothy thought it strange and went out to see them. proved to be the lover of Mary Boyle who had made hi s She found her mother and both sisters a:t home. But they escape from the Continentals a few weeks before, and had gave her a very cold reception. her. Mary would not speak to come into the American lines to see her and spy out the re sources of the patriots. "What's the matter, mother?" she asked . I thought tha past was forgiven and here I find every one of you treating me like an outcast." Mary came to him in a panic, and Percy laughed: "I am not laughing at your misery, Mary, but only at the contrast between two sisters. When I was captured by the "Eleanor :and Mary say you have been the cause of all king's troope Dorothy dressed up as a British officer, got the their misery," said h e r mother. password, entered the prison and led me out in broad day"Why, I have been the cause of their having this roof over light. She had grit and cunning. Why don't you show 70urtheir heads!" she exclaimed. self worthy to be the sweetheart of a soldier?" "Dottie isn' t afraid of anything. "Percy slew Eleanor's lover anq captured Mary's, and both say they can never forgive you." W'ell, I heard her scream at sight of a mouse the other "Eleanor' s lover tried to kill }>ercy and was himsell slain. day. I am not going to try to save a British spy. You mu s t She thinks Percy should have let the major kin him, I supreply on yourself. She went away and Percy heard nothing more from her. pose. Mary' s lover and father had him a prisoner in this 'I'h a t evening a courtmartial condemned the spy to be hanged house and had pledged themselves to his death. I never at sunrise the day following heard of two more ungrateful hussies in my life. Are your During the night a minister in his robes called at the prison to see him, and was with him an hour. When he came "No, my child." out he bowed gravely to the guards and passed on. feelings that way toward me, mother?" "But your manner toward me has changed in two weeks. The next morning, when the officer to whom was assigned the duty of seeing the spy properly executed entered the "It is you who have changed, her mother answered very prison room for the spy, he was astonished to find another What is the cause of it?" coldly. "Well, I didn't know that. I came to bring you news of father; I'll wait till all of you a little changing before I tell you about it, anq she turned and left the house. "Dottie-Dottie!" cried her mother, running out after her. "Come back! Where is your father? Eleanor! Mary! Dottie! But Dottie never once turned her head. She went out to the gate where the soldier who }lad acted as her escort or orderly for her assisted her into the saddle, and she rode away. person there. "Who are you?" he asked. "I am Mary Boyle was the reply CH.APTER XXII. .SENT THROUGH THE LINES. The esllape of the British spy caused no little excitement in Two hours later one of the servants came with a note from the Continental army. her mother. She sent it back unopened Col. Greville and his wife were about to sit down to breakShe was mad-outraged-and felt strongly the ingratitude fast in their little tavern room when a messenger from Gen of her two sisters. She knew they had caused all the trouble, Arnold, who commanded in the city, was announced. He and was resolved to disown them herself in the future. was admitted and said : The next day Eleanor c a me to see her. Dorothy flatly re"Gen Arnold wishes to see you at headquarters at once, fused to see her, and she went to Percy's quarters, where he sir." was busy enrolling volunteers for his regiment. "Tell him I shall report forthwith," was the reply. She told him what Dorothy had said about having news He kis sed Dorothy and immediately set out to go to headof her father, and asked : quarters. "Where is he? Can I see him?" On the way he met a brother officer, who said:


26 PERCY GREVILLE. "That spy escaped last night and left a young woman in his going. They saw that he treated her with great respect, place." though, and wondered why she was with them. "What?" he gasped. The officer repeated the news, and Percy asked: They crossed the river near Trenton and encamped for the night, Mary stopping in a farmhouse close by. "Who is she?" "I did not hear her name. c.-ourse." The next morning, when he went to the house for her, he She is his sweetheart, of found she was gone. "What will be done with her?" "I don't know. I hear the general is very angry." He hastened on and found the impetuous Arnold in a furious rage. He saluted him and said: "You sent for me, general?" "Yes. Are you a son-in-law of John Boyle?" She had slipped out of the house, saddled her horse and gone away. "Well, that saves me a good deal of bother," Percy said to himself, when he found she had really gone. "She was sus picious, no doubt, and thought it best to make her while she could. I am glad she is gone." He remained there all that day securing provender for his men and horses, after which he moved in the direction of "I am, and my wife is as stanch a patriot as any that Ilordentown and spent another day near the river there. live.,, During the night a scout came in .and said he had seen "Has she a sister named Mary?" "Yes, general. "Well, she visited that spy in his prison last night in the garb of a minister. He went out in that garb and she is there now-your sister-in-law." "They are lovers, general, and the news does not surprise me in the least. My wife entered the same prison in the uniform of a British officer and brought me out in full day-' light. Loyalty to love is always stronger than loyalty to kings." quite a large body of British dragoons on the main road some miles east of whe re he then was. "Which way were they going?" Percy asked. "Toward Trenton," he replied. "It is probable they are looking for us. I hope they may find us," and he sent out his scouts in every direction to prevent a surprise. A little after midnight he sent his wagons with an immense amount of forage across the river with. four companies as guard, and then pushed eastward to strike the old Trenton and Brunswick road, believing the dragoons Arnold turned and gave him a searching glance, after which would go along that highway on their return to New York'. p.e asked: He stopped at daylight and waited to hear from his scouts: Blood is Just three hours after sunrise he heard a bugle to the south of him. ... Are you sure your wife did not aid her sister? thicker than water, they say." "I am sure she did not, general, for the reason that her "Ah, there they are! They are coming this way, boys, mother and sisters, have never torgiven her for marrying and we'll have a chance to cross swotds with them. Follow me." me, comrades!" and he dashed off in the direction of Tren"Well, I shall send this girl beyond our lines at once. You ton. had better see to that yourself. Tell her I'll hang her if she Half an hour later they saw the dragoons half a mile away here while I am in command." from the crest of a hill. The red coats at once prepared to Percy bowed, saluted and left the presence of the general. charge. He immediately went to the prison to see Mary. Percy turned to his men and sung cut: She looked up defiantly at him as he enteted and asked: "There they are, men! We have whipped them bf)fore and "Have they sent you to hang me?" can do it again! Let every man make. sure of a redcoat with "No. I am to take you away from here and send you to his pistol before we cross swords with them! New York. You are to be hanged only when sou rettTtn." "They always charge with the saber and use their pistols She sprang to her feet and seemed like one who had just afte rwards. Keep cool and do your best, and we'll scatter received a reprieve from death. "Are you telling me the truth?" she asif:ed. "Yes. You are to go with me at once." "I am glad. To whom am I indebted for so much kind ness?" them to the winds. Charge!" He dashed forward and the entire command followed him. The redcoats came on at full speed to meet them halfway. Percy's old company of scouts was the fi.rst to meet them. They emptied a score of saddles with their pistols, very much "To the officers of the Continental army who, you will please to the astonishment of the enemy, and then drew their sabers. notice, are quite different from those of the king's." She was silent for a while and then remarked: "I shall return only with the king's army." That volley gave the patriots an immense advantage in breaking the shock of the charge, as it placed about a score of riderless horses directly in front of the enemy. "That would be safest," he replied. It was that shock that Percy mvst. dreaded, for he knew Later in the day he placed her upon a good horse and rode what an immense force lay concealed in the impetus of a out of the city at the head of his command with her. disciplined body of horsemen. The soldiers did not know who she was or where she was "Steady, patriots!" cried Percy. "Down with the king!"


PERCY GREVILLE. 17 1Down with rebels!" cried the redcoats, and the din of battle filled the air. CHAPTER XXIU. THE TWO DUELS. Percy knew that at least half his men had never been in a battle before, hence he felt uneasy. Dashing up to the captain of a company in the rear, which did not have a chance at the enemy, he sung out: "Strike' their left out there, captain-quick! Give 'em bullets first and then the saber!" "Charge!" yelled the captain, who was a brave fellow, and the men obeyed like old veterans. He went with him and was horrified at seeing Mary Boyle lying across the body of the young British officer with he fought after slaying Mendith. "This is awful!" he said, as he leaned over and looked at the face of the unfortunate girl. "I never saw her during the fight. She must have come here after the battle was over. Does any one here recognize this dead officer?" Quite a number of officers and men looked at the aead Briton, and at last one, a lieutenant, said: "lie is the spy, the one she aided to escape the other night, sir." A surgeon came up and examined the girl a few minutes. "She is not dead, colonel," he said. "I think she has merely The patriots gave them a shower of bullets and another fainted," score of saddles was emptied. The redcoats were thrown bacJt "God grant it is true!" exclah:lled Percy, impu1sively, "She on the defensive in a moment. is the sister of my wife, but loyal to the kiug." Percy hurled another company on the right, sending bullets Half an hour later she was conveyed to the house of a in advance of them. patriot farmer near by, and by the aid of restoratives was The dragoons then began to use their pistols, too, and saddles on both sides were emptied, and bloody work followed quick and fierce. brought back to consciousness. As soon as she came to she began to wring her hands and bewail the death of her lover. Turning to Percy, she cried "Ah, Mendith!" exclaimed Percy, on seeing the officer in out: command of the enemy was the same one with whom he had "You slew Eleanor's lover before her eyes! You carried once before fought a pitched battle. "Defend yourself! Down my father off and we have not seen him since! You have. with the king!" and he spurred his black steed toward the slain him I loved! Draw your sword and run it through mY British offi,cer. to finish your work of death!" Mendith was a brave man and met him halfway )Vith the cry of: "Down with rebels!" "Down with thE\ king!" responded Percy, and the next instant their sabers clashed. Scores of men on both sides watched the fight, as if willing to let the two leaders decide the issue. Percy's sword passed through the body of the brave Briton, "Mary! Mary! This is war!" exclaimed Percy. "He attacked me and I defended myself. My heart bleeds for you. I would rather have died than have this happen." She was inconsolable and soon became unconscious again. Percy paid the patriot farmer a sum in gold to keep her in his family till she was well and strong again, or as long as she remained, after which he mounted Selim and rode away at the head of his men. who threw up his arms and fell from his horse. The news of his victory filled the hearts of the patriots with "Here, you traitor!" called out another British officer, spur-joy. The Continentals cheered his name when they heard ring his horse full at Percy. "Come to your death!" it. Wayne sent him scurrying here and there, keeping him Percy dashed at him and another duel to the death enso busy he did not see his wife again in mo!lths. sued. The summer passed and winter came with its ice and snow, The Briton, however, was no match for Percy Greville. forcing a suspension of hostilities for a time. In the early He fell as Menditll fell, and a little later the dragoons spring carnage began again, and Percy Greville was in themselves gave way, Then followed a running fight for the field day and night. miles, in which quite a number of dragoons were captured. Percy pursued them about ten miles and then called off his men, fearing to go any farther in that direction. They gathered about him and cheered him to the skies. They had whipped the dragoons in a fair fight in an open field and felt proud of the fact. They rode back to the scene of the first attack, gathering arms and horses as they went. On the field they found upwards of three score of the enemy, dead and wounded. As he was engaged in ascertaining his own loss i. the fight an 6fficer came running up to Percy and said: "We hav:e found Miss Boyle among the dead, colonel!" "What!" he exclaimed, turning pale at the very. thought of such a castastrophe. "Where is she?" "Come and see!" CHAPTER XXIV. CONCLUSION. Percy Greville was sent down into Virginia with his regi ment, where he met the enemy in some pretty hot engage ments. In one of them he came near capturing a British general. He secured his baggage and letters, some of which were of great importance. He sent them to the commander-in-chief. One day he met a party of officers at the headquarters of Gen. Wayne; one was a Col. Miller, to whom he was introduced. "Colonel," said Miller, "I believe we are brothers-ln-law." "Ah! I didn't know that!" said Percy. "Yes; I married Eleanor Boyle a month ago."


28 PERCY GREVILLE. "Good heavens!" gasped Percy. in the hearts of men and women than the most famous kings Miller laughed and said: and queens. "She is'the worst rebel in the country, I believe." The next day Percy took leave of the three sisters and Percy whistled and asked: pushed northward. He never saw his wife again until a year "But what does she think of me?". had passed. But a great event had occurred on the plains "She is proud of you. I am surprised your wife has not of Saratoga, where the British army had laid down their written you about it." arms before the brave Continentals. Percy Greville and his "I have not heard from her in two months. Have been in men were honorably mentioned in the reports of the battles the saddle nearly all the time." "She was present when we were married and was looking well." Percy was the most surprised man in the ariny. that preceded the surrender. The battlefield was then tdnsferred to Virginia again, and once more Col. Greville marched his brave veterans through Philadelphia on his way South. He found himself the father A month later Percy was ordered north, and his regiment of a bouncing boy, whom he named George Washington passed through Philadelphia. He found that Dorothy had Greville. Eleanor was also a mother, and Mary was with gone pack to her mother's to live. them in the old home, all united and patriotic to the It was a joyful meeting. core. Eleanor came forward with outstretched hand and smiles The war waged in the South was a bloody one. Gates was of welcome. He caught her in his arms and kissed her, sayoverwhelmed by Cornwallis at Camden, and Green had fo ing: conduct a wonderful retreat to save his army from"I heard you had turned rebel, and could cry out 'Down tion. The British commander pushed on after him through with the king!' louder than I could." North Carolina and fought the undecisive battle of Guilford "She can indeed," exclaimed Dorothy, "and I have heard Court House, after which he entered Virginia. her do it." Washington formed a junction with the French forces and "The king's name is doomed in America Have you heard brought him to bay at Yorktown, where Greville's scouts did from Mary?" "No, not a word since she left the city a year ago." hard work for weeks, till the host finally surrendered, ending the war and securing the independence of America for. "Well, my_ regiment will pass along the same road where ever. t left her, and I'll stop and inquire for her." "We will go with you," said Dorothy, "Eleanor and I. We have good horses and know the way back home." The news of the s .urrender of Cornwallis created such joy among the patriots that some actually died from it. The old patriot who rang the Liberty Bell on the Fourth of July, "I shall be glad to have you go," and the next day the two 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was adopted by sisters rode away with him at the head of his regiment. the Continental Congress, died of joy. That night the regiment encamped on the Borden farm. Percy returned home, and was given the commission of a Percy hurried on to the house with the two ladies. The brigadier-general. His wife and all her people were proud family were about to sit down to supper. They looked through of him and his fame. the window and saw Mary assisting the farmer's wife, looking well and happy. But the widow of John Boyle began to make inquiries as to her husband's fate. Gen. Wayne told her he had died, and Knocking at the door, the old farmer himself opened it. was buried somewhere in the forests below Valley Forge. H e -I Both Dorothy and Eleanor darted past him and ran into the assured her he had not been hanged, as she feared he had. dining-room, crying out: "Mary! Sister!" and in another moment they had her clasped in their arms. Mary seemed to be equally glad to see them, introducing them to Mrs. Borden as her mother. "What! Mother, did you say?" cried "Yes, mother of my husband!" replied Mary. "I've been married to He ry Borden months now. He is captai. n But she never knew how he died. Percy Greville afterward became a senator of the United States, lived to the age of sixty years, and died honored by all the nation. THE END. Read "BULLS AND BEARS; OR, A BRIGHT BOY'S FIGHT WITH THE BROKERS OF WALL STREET," by in Gen. Putnam's command." H. K. Sha ckleford, which will be the next number (427) of "Percy! Percy!" cried Dorothy, running back to "Pluck and Luck." her husband. "Mary is a rebel, too!" and the happiest meet ing ever known by the three sisters followed. Henry Borden came hoine to recover from a wound a few weeks after Mary was left at his father's house, and she helped to nurse him. back to life and health. They were both young and romantic, so they fell in love with each other and married. In all ages of the world Cupid has proven himself stronger SPECIAL NOTICE: Ml back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealei, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


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HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; ano, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every yOUDI lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen lette::s.


THE STAGE. !lf9L41 THl!J B OYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOA.--COntaining a great variety of the latest jokes used by the moat famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without thia wonderful little book. l(o. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKEROontalnlng a varied assortment of spee c h e s Negro Dutc h and Irish Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home' amuseaent and amateur shows. No. 45 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND JOKfil BOOK.-Something new and v e ry instructive. Every obtain this as it contains full instructions for or p iuzmg an amateur minstrel troupe No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the mo11t original ;Joke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It eontains a large collection of songs, jok e s, conundrums, e tc., of T errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should 9b tain a copy imm ediate ly. No. 79 HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comlete instructions how to make up for various charac t e rs on the .. ge; together with the duties of the Stage .Manage r, Prompte r '5cenic Artist_and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No_ 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat t jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and tye r popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome eelor ed cover containing a half-tone photo of the author HOUSEKEE P ING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing fall instructions for constructing a window garden either in town c ountry, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub ed. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books n cooking ever published It contains r e cip e s for cooking meats sh, game, and oysters ; also pi e s, puddings, cakes and all kinds of stry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular oks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for ver.ybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to ake almost anything around the hou se suc h as parlor ornaments rack ets, cements, Ae olian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. ROW T O MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de cription of the wonderful use s of e le ctricity and electro magnetism; ogether with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, tc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il-ustrations. ., No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con ining fnll Jirections for making ele ctrical machines, induction oils, dynamos. and many nov e l toys to be worked by electricity. y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illu strate d. No. 67. HOW 'l'O DO ELElCTRIOAL TRICKS.-Containing a arge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrica l tricks, ogeth e r with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 31. HOW T O BECOME A SPEAKElR.-Containing foata teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to b ec ome a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from. a.II the popular ?-uthors of prose and poetry, arranged i n the moat simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-Giving rules for c o n d u ctin g de bates, outlin e s for d e bates, qu estions for discussion, and the bed sources for procuring information on the questions &iven SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-' .rhe arts and wiles of flirt ation are fully explained by this little book. Besides the various methods of bar.dker c hi e f fan glove, paras ol, window and hat flirtation, it con tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which i a in.teresting to e\'erybody, both old and young. You cannot be h appy without one. No. 4. HOW 'l' O DANCE is the title of a new and h andsom e little book just issued by It contain full instruc tions in the art of danc ing etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to dr!'ss, and full directions for calling off i n all lJopular square danc es. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A c omplete guide t o lov e courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquette t o be observed, with many curious and inter esting things no t g e n erally known. No. li. f!:OW .ro DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the art of dressmg and appearing well at home and abro ad giving t he selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW 'l'O BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o f brightest and most valuable little books ever given t o the world. Eve rybody wishes to know how to b e come beautiful, b oth male ancl female. '.rhe secret is simple, and almost costless. R ead t h i s book and be convinced how to become beautifpl. BIRDS AND ANIMALS No. 7. HOW ro KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrate d ancl containing full instructions for the management and trainin g of the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot1_etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Han dso m e l y illustrate d By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Includ i n g h inta on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bi rds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND AN'IMAL S .-A'. valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, m ountins and pre serving birds, animals and ins e cts. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giv ing com plete inf-0rmation as to the manner and method of raising, k ee pi ng, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giv in g full instruc tions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book o f the k ind evu published. MISCELLANEOUS. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST ,_.K u seful !ind IU structive book, giving a compl ete treatise on chemistry; als o e:r periments in acousti c s, me c hani c s, mathematics, chemistry, a n d di ENTERTAINMENT. re c tions for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas ba ll oons. This N o. 9 HOW TO BECOME A \\ENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equal e d. e1'nedy. The secr e t given away. Every inte lligent boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete h and-b ook for hit. book of instructions, by a prac tical professor (deligbting multimaldng.all kinds of candl, etc. udes every night with his wond erful imitations), can master the No. 84. HOW '.rO BllJCOME A1-... AUTt:tOR.-Containing full rt, and create any amount of fun for hims e lf and fri e nds. It is the information regarding choi c e of subjects, the use of words and the reatest book !'Ver publi s h e d. and there' s millions (of fun) in it. manner of preparing and submitting manuscript. Also containing No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A v a luable informati o n a s to the neatne s s, legibility and general com aluable little book just published. A c omplete compendium po_sitioil of manuscript, essential to a successful author. By Prince pmes, sports, card diversions comic recitations, etc. suitable -Hiland. fQrpa r lor or drawing room entertainment. It contains more-for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR._.A won y than an:v book publish e d. derful book, containing useful and practical information in the o 85. HOW TO PLAY GAM:ElS.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common t o every containing the rule s and ri:!gulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes fo r g ene ral comgammqn, croqu e t domino e s, e tc. plaints. o. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND <::JOINS.-Conleading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regardiqg the collecting and arranging w itty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsome ly illustrated. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, r:iving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known detective In which he lays down some valuabl e C asino, Forty-Five, Rounce, P edro Sanc ho, Draw Poke r, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some a d ventures on Pitch, All Fours, and many othe r popular gam e s of cards. and experiences of well known detectives. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hunNo. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Conta i ni ntc resting puzzles and conundrums. wi t h key to same. A ing useful information regarding the Camera and how t o w ork it; plete book. Fully illustrated. By A. And e rson also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othe r ETIQUETTE. 13 H O W TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It reat life secre t, and on e that every young man desires to know u t. The re's happine ss in it. 33. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beauti ful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 225 The Liberty Boys at Hackensack; or, Beating Back the British. 2:!6 The Liberty Boys' Keg of Gold ; or, Captain Kidd' s Legacy. :.i:n The Liberty Boys at Bordentown ; or, Guarding the Stores. 2 2 8 The Liberty Boys' Best Act ; or, The Capture of Carllsle. 2:.!9 The Liberty Boys on the Delaware ; or, Doing Daring Deeds. 2ao The Liberty Boys' Long Race; or, Beatln the Redcoats Out. 231 The Liberty Boys Deceived ; or, Dick Slater s Double. 232 The Liberty Boys' Boy Allies ; or, Young, But Dangerous. 233 The Liberty Boys Bitter Cup ; or, Beaten Back at Brandywine. 234 The Liberty Boys' Alliance ; or, The Reds Who Helped. 235 The Liberty Boys on the War-Path; or, After the Enemy. 236 The Liberty Boys Afte; Cornwallls; or, Worrying the Earl. 237 The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell ; or, How They Saved It. 238 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah; or, A Wondertul Woman' Warning. 239 The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy ; or, Franklln' s Tory Son. 240 The Liberty Boys and the "Midget" ; or, Good Goods In a Small Package. 241 The Liberty Boys st Frankfort ; or, Routing the "Queen' s Ranger" 242 The Lll)erty Boys and General Lacey ; or, Cornered at the "Crooked Blllet." 243 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete; or, Frightening the British With Fire. 244 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy Time; or, Darkest Betore Dawn. 245 The Liberty Boys on the Neuse River ; or, Campaigning In North Carollna. 246 The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With a Traitor. 247 The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Whirlwind Work. 248 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun In Everything. 249 The Liberty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who Helped. 250 The Liberty Boys "Stumped" ; or, The Biggest Puzzle or All. 251 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay; or, Dlt!lcult and Dangerous Work. .252 The Liberty Boys' Own Mark ; or, Trouble for the Tories. 253 The Liberty Boys at Newport ; or, The Rhode Island Campaign. 254 The Liberty Boys and "Bl1tck Joe" ; or, The Negro Who Helped. 255 The Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After the Marauders. 256 The Liberty Boys and the "Shlrtmen" ; or, Helping the Virginia Riflemen 257 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson; or, The Elizabeth River Cam-paign. 258 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betts ; or, Trying to Down Tryon. 259 The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to Beat Bur 260 Boys and the "Little Rebels" ; or, The Boys Who Bothered the British. 261 The Libert)' Boys at New London; or, The Fort Griswold Mu sacre. 262 The Liberty Boys and Thomas Jetterson; or, How They Saved the Governor. 263 The Liberty Boys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 264 The Liberty Boys at the State Line ; or, Desperate Dotngs on the Dan River. 265 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Trip; or, On Time In Spite or Every thing. 266 The Liberty Boys Setback ; or, Beset by Redcoats, Redskins, and Tories. 267 The Liberty Boys and the Swede ; or, The Scandinavian Recruit. 268 The Liberty Boys "Best Licks"; or, Working Hard to Win. 269 The Liberty Boys at Rocky Mount ; or, Helping General Sumter. 270 The Liberty Boys and the Regulators; or, Running the Royall1tr to Cover. -271 The Liberty Boys arter Fenton ; or, The Tory Desperado. 272 The Liberty Boys and Captain Falls; or, The Battle ot Ram sour' s Ml11s. 273 The Liberty Boys at Brier Creek ; or, Chasing the Enemy. 274 The Liberty Boys and the Mysterious Frenchman; or, The Secret Messenger of King Louis. 275 The Liberty Boys after the "Pine Robbers" ; or, The Monmouth County Marauders. 276 The Liberty Boys and General Pickens; or, Chastising the Chero kees. 277 The Liberty Boys at Blackstoc k & ; or, The Battle ot Tyger River. 278 The Liberty Boys and the "Busy Bees"; or, Lively Work all Round. 279 The Liberty Boys and Emlly Gelger ; or, After the Tory Scouts. 280 The Liberty Boys' 200-Mlle Retreat ; or, Chased from Catawba to Virginia. 281 The Liberty Boys' Secret Orders ; or, The Treason ot Lee. 282 The Liberty Boys and the Hidden ..Avenger ; or, The Masked Mic. ot Kipp's Bay. 283 The Liberty Boys at Spring Hill ; or, Atter Cluny the Traitor. 284 The Liberty Boys and Rebecca Mottes; or, Fighting With Fire Arrows. 285 The Liberty Boys' Gallant Charge; or1 The Bayonet Fight at Old Tappan. 286 The Liberty Boys' Daring Raid; or, Hot Times at Verplanck' Point. 287 The Liberty Boys and Simon Kenton ; or, Fighting the British on the Ohio. 288 The Liberty Boys Beaten. ; or, Fighting at "Cock Hill" Fort. 280 The Liberty Boys and Major Kelly; or, The Brave Bridge-Cutter. 290 The Liberty Boys' Deadshot Band; or, General Wayne and the Mutineers. 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c .A. c C ONTAINS ALL S ORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLETE 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CENTS. LATEST ISSUES: 389 '.l.'he Haunted Light-House; or, The Black Band of the Coast. 353 Jack Izzard, the' Yankee Middy. A Story of the War With Tri-By Howard Austin. Poll: By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 390 The Boss Boy Bootblack of New York; or, Climbing the Ladder of" Fortune. By N. S. Wood (The Young American Actor). 354 The Senator's Boy; or, The Early Struggles of a Great States391 The Silver Tiger; or, The Adventures of a Young American in man. By H. K Shackleford. India. By Allan Arnold. 355 Kit Carson on a Mysterious Trail; or, Branded a Renegade. By 392 General Sherman's Boy Spy; or, The March to the Sea. By Gen'!. An Old Scout. Jas. A Gordon. 356 The Lively Eight Social Club; or, From Cider to Ru!ll. A True 393 Sam Strap, The Young Engineer; or, The Pluck!J:s t Boy on the Temperance Story. By Jno. B. Dowd. .Road. By Jas. c. 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Shackleford. 400 A New York Working Boy; or, A Fight for a Fortune. By How363 of Fate. A Story of Rus401 or, A Boy's Search for His Sister. By H. K. 364 Shamus O 'Brien; or, The Boid Boy of Gllngall. By Allyn Draper. Shackleford. 365 The Skeleton Scout; or, The Dread Rider of the Plains. By An 402 Little Paul Jones; or, The Scourge of the British Coast. JI r Old Scout. Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 366 "Merry Matt"; or, The Will-o'-tbe-Wisp of Wine. A True Tern403 Mazeppa No. 2 the Boy Fire Company of Carlton; or, Plu perance Story. By H K. Shackleford. Work on Ladder and Line. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. 367 The Boy With the Steel Mask; or, A Face That Was Never Seen. 404 The Blue Mask or, Fighting Against the Czar. By Allan Arno By Allah A rnold. 405 Dick, the Apprentice Boy ; or, Bound to be an Engineer \A. 68 C h Y t E I th R d Story of Railroad Life.) By Jas. C. Merritt. 3 !ear-the-Track Tom; or, T e ounges ng neer on e oa 406 Kit Carson, Jr., In the Wild Southwest; or, The Search r .. r a By Jas. C. Merritt. Lost Claim. By An Old Scout. 369 Gallant Jack Barry, The Young Father of the American Navy. 407 The Rivals of Round Top Academy; or, Missing from School. By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. By Allyn Draper. 370 Laughing Luke, '.1.'he Yankee Spy of the Revolution. By Gen'! Jas. 408 Jack Mason's Million; or, A Boy Broker' s Luck in Wall Street. 871 to Governor; or, Luck of a Waif. By H.K. or, rThedT)reaBsureRlohf thde ,Vvl;110. Shackleford. (A tory of A ven ures n a range ,an y <: ar t.. out372 Davy Crockett, Jr. ; or, "Be Sure You're Right, Then Go Ahead." 410 Rangers; or, General Washington's Boy Guan (A. By An Old Scout. Story of tpe American Revolution.) By Gen'I. James A. Gor373 The Young Dlamand Hunters; or, Two Runaway Boys in Treasure don. Land. A Sto.l'y of the South African Mines. By Allan Arnold. 411 "Old Put" ; or, The Fire Boys of Brandon. By Ex-Fire Chief War374 The Phantom Brig: or, The Chase ot the Flying Clipper. By den. Capt. Tbos. H Wilson. 412 Dead Game; or, Davy Crockett's Double. By An Old Scout. 375 Special Bob; or, '.rhe Pride of the Road. By Jas. C. Merritt. 413 Barnum' s Young Sandow; or, The Strongest Boy in the Wt' Jd. 376 Three Chums; or, The Bosses of the School. By Allyn Draper. By Berton Bertrew. 377 The Drummer Boy's Secret; or, Oath-Bound on the Battlefield. 414 Halsey & Co. ; or, The Young Bankers and Speculators. By H J>.. By Gen'I. Jas. A Gordon. Shackleford. 378 Jack Bradford; or, 'l'he Struggles of a Working Boy. By Howard 41ti Alow and Aloft; or, The Dashing Boy Harpooner. By Capt. Austin. Thos. H. Wilson. 379 The Unknown Renegade ; or, The Three Great Scouts. By An 416 The Meteor Express; or, The Perilous Run of a Boy Engineer. By Old Scout. Jas. C. Merritt. 380 80 Degrees North; or, Two Years On The Arctic Circle. By Ber-417 Buttons; or, Climbing to the Top. (A Story of a Bootblack ton Bertrew: Luck and Pluck.) By Allyn Draper. 381 Running Rob; or, Mad Anthony's Rollicking Scout. A '.rale or 418 The Jron Grays; or, The Boy Riders of the Rapidan. By Gen'! The American Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. Jas. A. Gordon. 382 Down tile Shaft; or, The Hidden Fortune of a Boy Miner. By U 9 Mone y and Mystery; or, Hal Hallerton's Tips in Wall Street. By H.K. Howard Austin. Shackleford. 383 The Boy Telegraph Inspectors; or, Across the Continent on a 420 The Boy Sultan; or, Searching for a Lost Diamond Mine. By Allan. Hand Car. By Jas. C. Merritt. Arnold. 384 Nazoma; 01-, Lost Among the Hetld-Hunters. By Richard R, 4 21 Edgewood No. 2; or, The Only Boy in the Fire Company. By Ex-FireMontgomery. Chief Warden. 422 Loston a Raft; or, Driven from Sea to Sea. By Captain Thos. H. Wilson. 385 From Newsboy to President; or, Fighting for Fame and Fortune. ( 23 rrue as Steel; or, Ben the Boy _lj;ngineer. {v, J"s. c. Merritt. 386 /a:r;fa. Boy; or, Ten Years on an Unlucky Ship. 4 24 Boy; or, 'V orking hie Way in the orld. _Hy How .. rd By Capt. Thos. H. Wilson. 4 2 5 Pawnee Bill in Oklahoma; or, Fighting with the White Chief. By An 387 Gold Gulch ; or, Pandy Eilis's Last Trail. By An Old Scout. Old Scout. 388 Dick Darlton, the Poor-House Boy; or, The Struggles of a Friend426 Percy Greville, the Scout of Valley Forge. By Gen'! Jas. A. Gor-less Waif. By H . K. Shackleford. don. (A Story of the A.merican Revolution.) For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, in m oney o r p ostage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office 'direct. 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