The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or, Working on the water

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The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or, Working on the water
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Moore, Harry
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lrooHy-Jiy Subscrip!illn $2.5 0 per. year. E11lcrcd os Scrond C'lass Maller nl l"r .Nru: Yorl : l'u l 01/irr. FrlmmrJt 4 1!101. hJI Fmnl: l 'n'""!f No. 186. NE"' YORI( .JULY 22, 1904:. Price ll Cents. Bob caught the spy by the arm and stuck a pistol against his head. The other Liberty Boys ran into the water, seized the painter and began pulling the boat toward the shore. The British struck out lustily with oars and pistol-butts.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iaaved Weekly-By Subscription ,2.50 per year. Entered as Second C !ass Matter at the New N. Y., P o d Otlft. FdJ1"1J,rv 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 190,, in the o trice of tM UbroriGtt of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Yorll. No. 186. NEW YORK, JULY 22, 1904. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys on the Hudson. I. OR, Working on the Water. By HABBY MOOBE -CHAPTER I AN INSOLENT OFFICER. Helln, Dick, I wonder what is going on now?" I don' t know, Bob." "Looks as though the entire crew and all the soldiers "!ave come ashore from that ship, old fellow." "So it does." "Let's watch them, and see where they go." "All right ; I'm willing." It was evening-just coming night, iufact. \ It was the month of September of the ye, ar 1780. The Revolutionary war had been going on for :four yeare, and at the present time the British army occupied New York City; while the patriot headquarters was at West Point, abOut fifty miles up the Hudson River. On the evening of which we wr. ite two youths twenty years of age stood on the Hudson River wharf, looking at the British warships that dotted the stream, and also the ba.y, lower down. They were no other than Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, --I who were members of a. famous company of yonths of their own age, the company being known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." Dick was the captaitl of the company, and Bob was his right hand man. They were now in New York City on a spying expedition. They were dressed in clothing such as was worn by ordi nary 'citizens, and there was nothing in their appearance to indicate fuat they were soldiers. As we have said, they were o n the wharf, watch ing the warships, when tliey saw a nll100er of boats put off from one of the s hips and head toward the wharf. The boats were loaded down, and as Bob had said, it looked as j though the entire crew and all the soldiers were coming ashore. The boats reached the wharf and the inmates disem barked. After tying the painters, so that the boats not drift away, the sailors and soldiers made their way up the street Dick and Bob, curious to know where the British tars and soldiers were going, followed. The party continued onward till it came to a large, hall like building, and into this building the sailors and soldiers poured. Dick and Bob advanced to the door and looked in. were perhaps forty or fifty girls and young women in the room, which was a very large one, and on a raised platform at the farther end sa.t several musicians, with their instruments beside them. "I know what is up, Dick," said Bob. "I think I do, too." "They're going to have a big dance." "That's about it, old fellow." Already the soldiers and sailors were selecting partners from the girls and young women, and then the music struck up and the dancing began. The door was left open, and others besides Dick and Bob gathered there to watch the scene within. It was amusing to watch the dancing. They were awkward and often got tangled up with the other dancers. This occasioned considerable confusion at times. Dick, Bob a n d the other spectators laughed, for it was


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. really .funny to see the awkward numeuvers made by the There wus no mistaking the firmness of the ghl's voice. sailors. The soldiers were better dancers. Any one could tell that she meant what she said. The "Jove, I wish I was in there," said Bob, with a sigh; "I lieutenant1 however, was obstinate; it angered him to think do like to dance, and that's a fact." that this slip of a girl should foil him. "I wouldn't mind dancing a bit, myself, Bob; but I "If you go home now, you will have to go alone," he don't think I should care to get mixed up with thul'le tars." growled. Bob laughed. "Very well; I will go alone," was the prompt reply, and "One would be likely to get stepped on," he grinned. the girl tm'Iled and started to walk away. This the young Dick and Bob stood there, watching, for a n hour or more, officer would not permit, however, for he leaped forward and then they turned away. and grasped her by the arm. They had gone only a short distance when they came "You mu st not go," he sa id, almost fiercely; "don't be upon a young British officer, a li eute nant, and a girl of sev-foolish. Come and dance with me, just once, and then we enteen years. 'fhe lieutenant v;.as trying persuade the girl will return to your homeY to go into the hall, where the dancing was in progress, but girl's blood was up, now. She had become very she demurred. angry, and made an attempt to jerk loose from the lieuten"I don't want to go in there," the youths heard her say; ant's hold. "I could not think of dancing in s uch a public place." "Let go my she said, in a low, intense voice. Th e lieutenant uttered an impatient exclamation. "I will not do anything of the kind," hissed the lieu" Oh, there is no need of being so particular," growled; tenant; "you are going to enter the hall and da.nce with "come along. We will e njoy ourselves, and it doesn t niatme, that's what you are going to do! Come along." ter if we don't know anybody in there." Dick and Bob had paused near at hand, and had been si-But the girl hung back. lent, but interested spectator s of the They had "No,'' she said; 'r:I am not going.'' hoped that the lieutenant would act the man and escort the "But you must," angrily. girl to her home, but they saw tha:t he was not going to do "Must!" There was surprise and a!iget iii the girl's so; that he was going to be s tubborn and ugly, and they voice. made UP. their minds tha.t they would take a hand in the "Yes Come along, and don't be foolish." Tlie lieil affair tenant took hold of the girl's arm and st arted to pull her They suddenly stepped forward, from where they had in the direction of the dance hall. been standing, in a doorway The girl saw them, and utThis aroused the a.nger of the girl most and tered an exclamatioli. she cried: "Oh, sirs," she said; "will you not make thi&-this-fel"What do you mean, Lie utenant Colson? Let go niy low behave himself?" arm, sir I thought you were a gentleman, or I 'vould "We, certainly will do so, Mi-ss," sa id Dick; then to the not have come out with ybu." r 1 Feutenant he said, sternly: A snar l escape d the lip s of the liei.ttenailt. It was plain go the lady's arm, i.r !" that this shot had told. A snarl of rage escaped the young officer' s lips. He was "I am a gentlema n," h e cried, angrily. hot -heade d and arrogant, and thought that no oiie "Then pro-ve it by escorting me to my home at once.'' interfere with him unless it might be one of his supe rior This, however, the lieutenant did not wish to do. tHe officl:!rs. I had made up his mind that he was going to to get the girl to "Go along a'wa.y from here and toyour own busie nter the dance hall with him, and he said, coaxingly: ness, if you value your skin!" he hissed. "Oh, come along, Bernice; I--" "Oh, we will gd-presently. We are in no hurry, how "Kindly call me Miss Guinell, Lieutenant Colson," said ever, and will see to it that you do not worry this young the girl, coldly. lady. For th last time, l et go of h er arm !" "Oh, very well, Miss Guinell," in a mocking tone; "All right," sniir led the lieutenant ; "I will let go of her "com e along in here and dance with me just once, and I arm, but not becaus e you say for me to do so; I will do i t will then escort you to your home." His id6al was that in order tha.t I may use it in knocking you im if he could get her to enter and dance one !let, she would be pudent loafer!" wilLing to remain longer. With this, the officer let go his hold on the girl's arm But he did not know wilh whom he was ileallng. Berand took a quick step fonYard and s truck a t Dick with all nice Guinell was not one who could be so easily httndled. his might She said that she would not enter the dane!'! hall, and He supposed that he would not any trouble in knock she wa.,; determined that she would not do so. ing the young st rang er down. Was he not a British offi"1 Lo go home," she said, quietly; "kindly escort cer, a lieutenant in tl1e king's army? How could an ordimc thither, Lieutenant Colson." nary t:itizen, and an American one at that, stand up before "After we have had our dance." hini? "No--right now!" Such were the thoughts that were in the young officer 's ; :: I t I .. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 3 milld, and so, when he found his arm brushed aside, and re-I Tl!e bullet went high above his head, and lodged in the ceived a blow :fair between the eyes, knocking him down he 'second s tory of a building not fu away. was 'perhapR as astonished a man as ever lived. "Thank you, }4iss," said Dick; "1 owe you my life, Down he went, with a thud, and he lay there flat on hi! Hkely." back, blinking up at the stars, many of which seemed to J "But for me it would not have been in jeopardy," was have developed a s_udden and peculiar penchant for shootthe quick reply; 'but, come! You must get away from ing this way and that. here. There will be other soldiers here directly, and they "Good for you, Dick I" exclaimed Bob; "maybe the fool will take the side of the lieutenant." will have sense enough to treat lady as she shou ld be "My friend and I will escort you to your home, Miss," treated, in future." said Dick, quietly. "That is, if you wish us to do so.'' "Oh, thank you, sir!" exclaimed the girl; "but I fear "Yes, yes! come at once!" the girl cried. you have gotten yourself into trouble. You had better The lieutenant threw the empty pistol down, with an exhasten away; he is an officer in the king's army, and he will clamation of rage, and drew another. Before he could use do you injury, I am afraid." it, howeVer, Bob Estabrook leaped forward and wrested it "Don't worry about me, Miss," said Dick, quietly; "I am from his hand and threw it out in the street. This done, able to take care of myself, against even an o.fficei' in the he jerked the officer to his feet, and then gave him a: blow king's army." on the jaw, knocking him into the gutter and rendering him The lieutenant was now scrambling to his feet. unconscious. He was so angry that, although he was trying to tell Dick Bob had been angered greatly by the lieutenant's at what he was going to do to h1m,' he could only mumble intempt to kill Dick, and so he had put every ounce of his coherently; his rage almost choked him and prevented the strength into the blaw. words from forming. I'Let us hasten away," said the girl; "peopie are com-By the time he was on his feet, however, he was in better ing !" shape, and he lea ped toward Dick, with a snarl of rage. "I'll kill you, you dog!" he hissed; "I'll have your heart's blood for this!" 'He struck out at the youth rapidly and fiercely, and Dick gave ground a little, till the fierceness of the onslaught wore off; then he took the offensive, and forced the lieu tenant back. Dick dealt the officer several light blows, a nd then caught him full in the chest with a powerful blow, knocking him down again. Indeed, so strong was the blow, that all j:lie breath was knocked out of the lieutenant's c body, and he floundered about, gasping and gurgling and making a super human at. tempt to get his breath. At last he succeeded, and then he suddenly sat up and glared around him. His eyes fell upon Dick. A cry of rage escaped his lips. His hand flew to his belt, and when it came away it clasped the butt of a pistol. He leveJ.led the weapon and fired. Crack I CHAPTER II. ;rndeed, the patter of footsteps could be heard and anumber of persons were coming from the direction of the dance hall. I "Lead the way, Miss, and we will accompany you and see to it that you reach your home said Dick. The girl hastened along the street; so great was her fear that the young men would get into serious trouble, that she almost ran. The youths kept close by her side, and Dick told her not to exert herself. "We are safe from pursuit, Miss," said Dick; "take it easy. There is no, need of tiring yourself out." The girl slackened her pace somewhat, and they moved along thus till she paused in front of a building on one of the cross streets. ''This is my home," she said; "and I wish that you would come in, and permit 1ny father to thank you for what you did for me." "It is I who should thank JOll for saving my life," said Dick; "you owe no thanks." "1 think differently, sir; will you not come in?" 'rhe youths demurred, and it was not worth while; but she insisted, and so they entered the house with her and were conducted to the library, where a man of middle 1 age sat reading. IN THE COI.SON HOME. He was a few feet from Dick, and undoubtedly he would have succeeded in killing, or at least wounding the Liberty Boy, had it not been for Bernice Guin e1l. She saw what was coming, and reached down and struck tlui lieutenant's arm up, just as he pulled the trigger. The act saved Dick's life, perhaps. He rose as they entered and looked first at his daughter--' for he was the girl's father-and then at the two youths. It was evident that he was surprised to see his daughter in the company of a couple of strangers .. "Father, these young gentlemen me a favor, and I asked them to come in, so that you could thank them," the girl said ''1 do not even know 80ur ,nam es," &he added, with a smile; "so you will ha .ve to introduce yourselves."


4 THE. -LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. HUDSON. "My name is Morgan," said Dick "Dick Morgan, &nd m y friend 's name is Bob Bento _n." I am glad to meet you and to. make y our acquaintance," sai d the gentleman heartily, a s h e s hook hand s with t.Q.em; "but where is the lieutenfl -nt?'' "I don't know wher e he is, father; and I can truthfully say that I don't care." "Eh? What i s that? What do you mean?" "I mean that the l i eutenant i s not a gentleman fatll er; h e tried to g e t m e to go to a public dance hall, where s ailor s and soldiers w e re dancing, and when I refus ed, he was going to force me to go." "What i s that you say, Bernice?" in a voice of amaze ment and ang er; "do you mean that Lieutenant Colson was S Q ungentlemanly as to act in that manner?" "Yes; and but for these two gentlemen, who came to my a s sistance, he might have carried out his purpo $e." 11 Jove I wis h I had the s coundrel h e r e l I would cane him within an inch of his life!" Then he shook hand s again warmly with the two y ouths and thank e p the m for what they had done for h is daughter Sh e quickl y d e tailed the story and Mr Gliinell g r e w more and mor e angry a nd e xcit e d . "I'm glad that you knock e d the sc oundr e l e n se less,'l h e told Bob ; "I that t h e lesson h e ha s received will b e o f benefit to him." "The r e i s not much hope that th is will be th e .caie, s aid Dick; "such f e llow s rare ly l earn anything for l b e rea-son that they think the y already know it 1:1ll, and t hat e v e r y thing the y do i s all right." f'I that you ar e right about that.'' Jus t there came a loud rapping on th e :fron t door: Who ca n t:1a t b e ?" l:'xcl-aim.e d Mr. Guin e ll. "Likely it i s the li eutenant," s aid Bob; "it would b e jus t about lik e him to come here." Berni c e turne d pale. "Oh, I hop e that s uch i s not the c a se!" s b e said; "he is no doubt in a d es p e r a t e mood, a nd would not hesitate t.o kill either or both of you young gentl e men." Dick and Bob exchanged covert s miles. "We would hav e something to s ay about that, Miss Guinell," said Dick; "you need not fear for u s if it i s th e lieutenant." "But he might have some other s with him," said Mr. Guinell. "That's so, Dick," said Bob l "Let us go into the parlor and look out of the front window and see," said Bernice. "That is a good suggestion," said Dick. 'They made their way back to the parlor, and looked out of. the window. Sure enough, tliere were five men standing on the front stoop. It was not so dark but what the forms could be seen fairly well, but itwas impossible to distinguish features. 1here could be little doubt regarding the identity of at least one: of the five:; how the lieutenant was there." "What shall we do?'} asked Bernice, i:o a whisper "We will keep : quiet and they will go a,_wa y pre s ently said Mr. Guinell. "I don f believe they will go awa y, said Bob ; how e ver we can wait a while and.see."" You think tliey will keep on kno c king at the door?" a s ked Bernice "Yes and probably they will knock it down if you don t ope n it." "Let the m do that at their peril!" s aid Mr. Guin e ll ; "i.f they should do that, I would be justified in s hootin g the m down. They would be housebreakers, and eve ry man ha s a ri-ght to protect his home, even in such time s as these." "You are right., sir," said Dick ; "and Bob and I will s tand by you. The three .o:f us will b e able to beat the five redcoats, I am sure." Mr. Guinell' looked quickly and s harply at Dick "You are not a loyali st,'' he s aid. "What makes you think that?" s miled Dick. B e cause you called m e n redc oat s." The youth gav e the man a k ee n se archin g look and said: "What are you-loyalist_ or patriot?" The man smil e d in a quizzical manne r, and then said: What els e could a -ID!!:D-be, in New York City at the present tim e than a loya1ist?;' he inquired; "is not the city overrun with the "I understand," s aid Dick; y ou are a pa.triot but are not any one that i s the cas e, s o long as-the Briti s h occupy the city." ... :0 "Perhaps ; I will that this is so..' "You would besafe Ui so,-s o far as my fri.end and I are con cerne d __ -_: -___ "I am sure of that."_ .. -, Rap! Rap! Rap f Th e m e n w e r e kno c kin g ag ain and thi s time loud e r than b e fore. "The chances are that they are here thinking that 'we came h ere-with you Miss Guinell s aid Dick; "so p e r h a p s it would be as well for u s to s lip out the back way. and then you can l e t them ente r and search for u s Wh e n t hey find that w e are not here, they will go a:way." "Oh, but I am a:frajd the lieutenant might hurt father!" said Bernice; "I beg of you not t o go." .. "We would not go, for -the world if you do n(!t wish u s to do so/' s-aid Dick. "I am glad of that: At this moment there came the sound of loud pounding at the door, :followed by the command: "Open the door, in the name of the king!" "They are getting angry and impatient," said Dick. "I hardly know what to do," said Mr. Guinell; "if I don't open the door, they will probably break it down.'" "Bob and I will conceal ourselves somewhere, and you can then go and open the door," said Dick. "Perhaps you


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE. :HUDSON. 5 may be able to get them to go about their business,. out having any trouble with them." "Yonder is an a.Icove, curtained off, so that ibs not. like ly tn be noticed," said Bernice; "you can hide there." "Very well." The youths took up their position .inthe alcove, an9. then Mr. Guinell went to the door, and 11:nbqlted and_ "What is gentlemen?" he q:uickly, before they could speak. : The leader of the five was Lieutenant Colson, he stepped quickly forward and said, in a fierce, almost hissing voice: "We want those two cowardly rebels that came here with your daughter!" Mr. Guinell feigned surprise. "What do you mean?" he asked; "what two rebels? No rebels came home with my daughter." "I know better I They came here with her, and I want to see them. They are rebels, and we have come to arrest them!" "They are not here." "I know better; and we are going to find them. Come, men; we will search thjl house!" CHAPTER III. A BOLD SCHEME. The youths obeyed, a;nd th!3n they heard a slight creaking sound. The platform was going back up to its place. "What kind of an arrangement is that, asked Bob, in a whisper. _He was a youth with a well-developed bump of curiosity, and he always wishe(l to know about that came under his observation. "It is a lilt, something on the order of a dumbwaiter," was the reply . "It is just the size and shape of thE! alcove, and is operated by weights. All that is necessary is to touch a spring, and that sets the machinery at work." "Well, well! It is lucky for us or the redcoats that you were able to get us down here out of the way." "True! I hope they will soon go about their business." "How does it happen that there is such an affair as this dumbwaiter in the house?" asked Dick. was done to 2;fford anyone a means of hiding in case it was necessary, was the reply. "The house was built by my father's father, and so he knows all about it." "I see." "Listen!" whispered Bob. The sound of trampling feet was heard over their heads. "They are in the parlor now," said Dick. The trampling of feet was heard for several minutes, \ and then it ceased. "They have left the room," sai d Dick. "Now we can go back up again." "I judge that it will be safe," was the girl's reply, "and then, if they should attempt to injure father, you will be there to protect him." "You are right." The five redcoats pushed their way past Mr. Guinell and Bernice touched the s pring, and a creaking sound was entered the hallway heard. "Bring a light," ordered Lieutenant Colson. 1! 1 t th 1 h' d . A .1ew moments a er e gu w I s pere : "I assure you, s1r, that there lS no one here other than "S h 1 tf . tep onto t e p a orm. myself and daughter," sa1d Mr. Gumell. . "Th t t 1, B 1 ht, The youths did as told, and Bermce followed; then the a remams o seen rmg a Ig . d 1 1 d dil Tb hi to d b t b d Mr G ll platfo\-m began movmg upwar sow y an stea y. ere was not ng o u o ey an so ume k h Presently 1t came to a stop, and they were bac m t e made his way toward the hbrary, where several candles 1 th 1 a cove m e par or. were. burmng. "We' had better stay here," whispered the girl. "They DICk and Bob knew what to do. might come into this room aga 'in before lea:v1ng the house." They felt that If they were found there 1t wo'lld go hard "V 11 M" G nell" ery we ISS m with Mr. his daughter, but they could see no Nearly half an hour passed, and then the sound of way of avOidmg this. steps were heard coming a,long the hall. Suddenly they felt the draperies in front of the alcove At the door of the parlor the sound ceased, and the stir, and then a voice said, in a faint whisper: voice of Lieutenant Colson asked: "Stand perfectly still, and I think we will be able to "Where is Bernice?" make their search for you unavailing." The girl started, and clutched Dick' s arm. It was evi-It was the voice of Bernice, and the youths breathed forth dimt that she was frightened The question might lead to the words "Very well," in unison. trouble for all, or the lieutenant might to know The next moment they felt a peculiar sensation-as where the was, and this would disconcert Mr. Guinell, though they were sinking through the floor. who undoubtedly guessed where she was, but would not disThey quickly realized the truth: They were on a sort of close her whereabouts to the redcoats. big dumbwaiter, and were being lowered into an under"I don't know where Bernice is," replied Mr. GUinell. 1 ground room of some kind. "She may have stepped over to see our next-door neighw The sinking sensation continued till they had gone down bor." perhaps a dozen or fifteen feet, and then it ceased. '"Humph!" in the lieutenant's voice. "Well, you will "Step off the platform," whispered the girl. need to be careful, _Mr. Guinell. From now on you will be


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. watched closely, for you will be suspected of having har bored rebels. Of course, I, being interested in your daugh ter, will do all I can for you, but you will have to he very c areful." "Thank you," said Mr. Guinell. Then the sound of trampling feet was heard again, and presently the opening and closing of the front d 'oor. The redcoats had gone . The next moment Mr. Guinell entered the room, carrying a candle. "Come forth," he said. "The coast is clear." and the Liberty Boys stepped forth from the alcove. "I guessed what had become of you," Mr. Guinell said, smiling. "J was afraid that you might not think of doing what you did, Bernice." "I thought of it right away, father.'' They talked a few minutes, and then Dick and Bob said they must be going. "Why not remain all night?" Mr. Guinell asked "We have a room. at one of the taverns," replied Dick, "and, too, we have some work to do yet to-night." "Am I right in supposing that you two are in the city on a spying expedition?" the man asked. "Yes, sir." "Well, I have this to say, that you are in danger all the time you are here, and that if you should be close pressed, and do not know which way to turn, come here to us. We will secrete you, and help you all we can." "Thank you, Mr. Guinell. We will remember, and F>hould we get in a-tight place we will come here to you." "Do so; you will meet with a warm welcome. "Yes, indeed," from Bernice. "I think we had better go out the back way," said Dick. "It is possible that the redcoats 111ay watch the of the building a while, at least, in that case they us, which would be bad for you." t'Very well. I will conduct you out the rear way." Dick and Bob then bade Bernice good-night, and followed Mr. Guinell, who led the way to the back door This he opened, and after shaking hands with him and hld ding him good-night, the two took their departure. They were soon making their way up the alley, an(). when they came to the street they turned and walked in the direction of the dance hall, where the soldiers and sailo rs were dancing. When they got there they found that a crowd was standing about the doorway, a s had been the case when they were there before. The two youths advanced till they were on the outskirts of the crowd, and paused. "They seem to be having a good time in there," said a man, addressing Dick. "Yes," the youth replied. "It gives them a change from the dull routine of life on shipboard, and makes them less likely to become sulky and mutinous, I judge," the man continued. Likely," agreed Dick. "Is thfs a common thing-the dancing?" "It is of every night occurrence; you see, the crews an d soldiers of the ships take turn about, until the rounds o f an the vessels have been made."' "So that's the way they do, is it?" "Yes; they begin down in the bay, and the crews of the ships come ashore, each night, in rotation, according to their location. The crew from the vessel lying next on the north will come ashore to-morrow night." "That is a very good plan," said Bob. "Oh, yes; it is satisfactory to all, is perfectly j u st and fair." The youths watched the scene within, through the open doorway, for a while longer, and then they turned an d walked slowly away. "Say, Bob, I have a scheme," said Dick, when they were out of earshot of the men gathered around the doorway of the dance hall. "I'm glad of it, if it promises anything in the way of ex citement, Dick." "Well, it promises plenty in the way of excitement." "Let's hear what the scheme is, then, Dick." I "All right. You heard what that man said, back y onder.'' "Yes." "Well, my scheme is to come do.wn here some night, wit h our Liberty Boys, and capture one of the vessels, while the crew is ashore, dancing Bob uttered an exclamation. "Great guns Dick, that is just the thing!" he cried. "You think the plan a good one, then?" "I do, old fellow!" "Good! Then let's go down to the riverside and see if w e can learn anything that will be of to us." The.y walked down to the shore, and stood there on the wharf, gazing out over the water at the ships, which were dimly visible, owing to the lanterns hanging in the rig ging." \ They counted, and found that there were only seven vessels lying north of the one that the sailors and soldiers had come ashore from that evening. "We will come down here in the morning, Bob, and decide upon which vessel to try to capture." "That will be a good plan, Dick; we don't want to try to capture a big warship." "No; we want to capture a schooner, or :t sloop-of-war. "Yes; a vessel that we boys can handle after we have captured it." 1You are right; for I have made up my mind to do some work on the water." "That would be fine, old fellow.'' "If we can capture a sloop-of-war we will be in a posi tion to do some good work; we will guard the Hudson, and drive the British back in case they try to ascend the They discussed the matter quite a while, and then turne d


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 7 and made their way back m the direction of the tav e rn where they were staying. They s oon arrived there, and 'went at once to their room. Here 1lhey discussed their plans a few minutes, and then went to sleep. They were up early next morning, and after breakfast they sallied forth. They went down to the river, and stood o11 the wharf .,.fhey easily identified the ship that the sailors and sol diers had come off of that were in the dance hall the ni ght before, and the n the y car e fully sized up the other vessels that lay higher up th e s tream. There were s even, and the fourth one from the farthest one north was a neat-looking sloop-of-war. "That's the vessel we want, Dick," said Bob. "Yes; and a s it will be four nights s ctew will go ashore, we will have plenty of time to lay our plans and get here with the boy s r e ady to make the capture.'1 "Yes; so we will." CHAPTER IV. AT WORK. On the fourth night from the dne ju s t told about, a party of one hundr e d young men stoo d o n the s hore of the Hud son, on the w e s t side of the stream, near Weehawken. These youth s w ere the Liberty Boys Two boat s la y in the wat e r, a t the youths' feet, and they were getting r e ad y to make the daring attempt to capture the sloop-of-w ar. Dick Slater now gave th e ord e r for some of the youth s to get into the boat s The Lib e rty Boys obeyed and s oon the two boats were load e d down. Eac h h e ld t e n besides two m e n at the oarR, making a dozen in all "You boys s tay here," s aid Di c k "and i we can capture the sloop we will s ail it up h e r e and s e nd the boats a s hore for you. " All ri ght," r e plied one W e will b e her e whe n y o u come." Then the boa t s moved awa y downs tream. The y outh s k ept close to th e wes t s hore, for they did not want to ri s k being di s covered by the Btitish on the three vessels tha t the y had t o pass before coming to the sloop They count e d th e s hips, and w hen they had pa ssed three they headed dia g onally across the stream. As they dr e w n e ar the s loop they r owed c arefull y, and advanced v e ry cautiou s ly. Dick knew there would be sentinel s on the deck of the The youths did so. "Now hold the boat s here, a s nearly as possible, till yon hear me s ignal you from the s loop," he s aid. Then he and Bob silently let them s elves over the side of the boat, one on each side, to keep it from tipping, and out toward the sloop. Both youths were expert swimmers, and could swim bet ter with their clothes on than mos t p e rsons could with notJ1ing to weigh them down. 'l'hey swam nois eless ly, for th e y did not want that their pres e nce .should be discovered by either of the s e ntin e ls on the dec k of the sloop. The y were not long in reaching a point immediat e ly un der the projecting stern of the vessel. H ere they felt around, and suddenly a thrill of rlelight went ove r Di ck. His hand had touch e d a rope that was hanging from the railing of the s loop. "We are all right, Bob," he whispered. "Here i s a rope. I will go up fir s t, and then you come." "All right Dick." The Liberty Boy climbed the rop e hand over hand, and at last was high enough so that he could grasp the rail. He did this and then remained the re s ilent and motion less, trying to get the sentinel located . He heard footsteps ori the deck, and soon he noted the outlines of a human form coming toward him. He did not believe the sentinel could see him, so he remained where h e was. He was right; the sentinel did not see hitn or s uspect that anyone was there, and he turn e d a n d walked back in the direction from which he had ju s t come. Dick seized upon the opportunity, and climbed softly over the rail. He looked doWn, and c ould make out the dark outlines of Bob's form as the youth climbed toward the rail. A minut e l a t e r Bob s tood on the d eck beside Di ck. "Now what, old f e llow?" Bob bre ath ed. The sentin e l wili b e back h ere in a few minutes Bob; w e will leap upo n him a nd mak e a prison e r o f him. I will t ry to get him b y th e throat s o t h at lie will not b e abl e to c r y out and give the ala rm." "All ri gli.t; we b e able to g e t h i m without hi s gettin g a c hance to cry out. "Sh!" cautioned Dick at thi s juncture. "He's coming now. Sur e enou g h the y heard the measured tre ad of the s en tin e l, ahd th e sound grew louder and plainer The n the s e ntinel' s form was seen dimly outlined again s t th e light mad e by the lantern s in the rig g ing, and the youths c rou c h e d low and waited for the m o m ent when th e atta c k The sentinel advanced to within t e n fee t of the youths, and th e n turned and started back. ,essel, and it would not do to venture too near until after This was the moment the Libert y Boys were waiting sentinels b e en taken c ar e of. This work he was for. going to attend to himself, with Bob's help. The y leaped forward with the s peed and silence of Presentiy he gave the signal to stop rm ;ing. ih c rs, and while Bob threw his arms around the redcoat's I


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. body, pmwning his arms, Dick seized the fellow by the throat, compressing it to such an extent as to make it impossible for him to cry out. The sentinel attempted to str u ggle, but could notdo anything; he also tried to cry out, .but a gasping gurgle that could not have been hearCl a dozen feet was all that res ulted The two youths quickly bound the sentinel and gagged him, and then they made their \Vay to the other end of the sloop. They expected to find another sentinel there, but were agreeably disappointed. The one had been doing the work lrione. This made things easier for the Liberty Boys, and they went to the rail, and Dick gave utterance to a cautious whistle-the signal agreed upon. Soon the two boats were lying alongside the sloop, and Dick lowered a rope-ladder that was fastened to the rail. The Liberty Boys then climbed aboard. When the youths were all on board and the boats had been tied so that they would not drift away they went to the cabin, and entered. They found only three soldiers there, and these were quickly made prisoners, and confine d in one of the state rooms, where their yells would be smothered in case gave vent to any. This done, the youths went out on deck again, and pro ceeded to get the sloop tinder way. There were a dozen at least among the youths who knew how to handle a vessel almost as well as an old sailor, and they told Dick that they were ready for work whenever he said the word. "The first thing to do is to get those lanterns down," said Dick. '"rhe men on the other ships will see you if you go to spreading the s ails with the lanterns where they are." "Won't they suspect that 11omething is wrong when they see the lanterns being taken down?" asked Bob. "I dori't think so; still, if they should do so, they will not be able to get over here to investigate before we will be moving away. "True. Well, come along, three of you boys, and we will take those lanterns down." Bob and three of the youths climbed into the rigging and brought the lanterns down and extinguished the lights. Scarcely had they done so when there came a hail from one of the other vessels. It lay only a little more than a quarter of a mile distant, and the v;oice could be heard plainly. "Hello, why did you take the lanterns down?" was the query. Dick was ready-witted, and he at once shouted back: "We did it for a joke; we want to see if the men will be fooled and not know where to .look for us when they come back." "Oh, that's boy's play; light the lantern s again." "All right, if you say so; but I shouldn't think you would object to a little practical joke like that." "There is no sense in playing any such joke." Dick had given the youths orders to get to work, the instant the lanterns were extinguished, and they were al ready.-in the rigging; setting the sails. One of the youths, the best seaman of had taken his piace at the wheel. The wind was just right for the youths' purposes. It was from the south, and this would give them a chance to sai l the sloop up the stream. Before the youths had succee ded in getting the sails set, however, fuere came the sound of oars, and a voice called out: "The sloop ahoy!" "Ahoy!" called back Dick "Why have you not relighted the lanterns, as you were ordered to do ? "They were almost empty, sir," replied Dick, "and they are being refilled with oil." "Bosh! I think you are trying to evade obeying orders," and I am going to come aboard and see about this matter!" "Very well, sir; you will find that you are mistaken," re plied Dick. Then he turned to the half-dozen Liberty Boys who near at hand, and said: "Be ready to seize that fellow when he comes on board. We will make a prisoner of him and carry him away-and any more of them that may come aboard." "So we will." "Throw us a ladaer," called out the voice. It sounded from the other side of the sloop tbe one on which the youths had come aboard. This was well, for had the redcoats discovered the presence of the two boats, their suspicions would have been aroused at once, and they would not have ventured to come on board. Dick found a rope laddei, which was fastened to the rail, and he tossed the loose end down. "There you are," he ca.J.led out. "All right; I'm coming on board, and I want that you f'hall have some of those lantern s lighted by the time my head shows above the rail. If suc h is not the case then it will go hard with you!" Of course, the youths did not light any of the lantern s; they were going to make a prisoner of the officer, and of any more of the redcoats that might climb up before the sloop got under way. They listened intently, and heard the redco .at toiling up the ladder muttering angrily as he came. Presently his head appearea above the rail; the youths could just discern it in the darkness . "No light on deck, eh?" the officer snarled. "Well, you will be sorry for this! You will wish that you had not disobeyed orders before I get through with you!" He clambered clumsily over the rail, and scarcely had his feet touched the deck before he was seized by the Lib erty Boys. He kicked and struggled, and dia his utmost to get free, but could not; neither could he cry out, for Dick had seized


THE LIBEHTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 9 him by the throat, and thus effectually smothered all his cries in his throat. They quickly bound the officer and gagged him, and then Dick called down to the redcoats in the boat : "Come up here, one oi you." "All right," was the reply. Then they heard another redcoat climbing the ladder. The youths got ready to treat hi.n:i the same way they had treated the officer. CHAPTER V. ON THE HUDSON. The man's head appeared above tlie rail, pres.ently, and the youths got to receive him. .. . He clambered over the rail, and was seized and bound and gagged in a jiffy. "I wonder how many more there are down there?" said Dick, in a whisper. "I don't know," replied Bob. "I might as well call them up, one after the other," he sa. id. ''At least until the boys have the sails all spread, and then we will get away from here as rapidly aspossible." "That will be a good plan," Bob. Dick leaned over the rail and called down to the redcoats: ".Another one of you come up here." "Aye, aye, .sir!" was the reply: They heard a man climbing the ladd er immediately afterward.:: "Get ready to receive him," whispered Dick. 'I( oli; we'll receive him in good was Bob's reply. The man was soon clambering over the rail and the youths seized and bound and gagged him They did so without his making an outcry for Dick had got him by the throat. Just as they finishea this, one of the boys who had been up in the rigging setting sail, came to Dick with the in formation that all was ready. "Very well; we will get away from here in a burry, then the youth said. . He at once gave orde:rs for the anchor to be raised, and the youths got it up quickly a s possible. The redcoats down the boat, of whom there were three, knew that something was going on out of the way, and they called up and asked what it was. Of course, they redeived no answer. As soon as the youths had got the anchor up, the Liberty Boy at.the wheel went to work, and soon had the vessel headed up the stream. The wind was astern, and so the sloop made good head way. The men in the boat tliat had been alongside the sloop set up a yell that was heard aboard the other warships that were near at hand, and soon there was considerable excite ment. The soldiers on the warships knew that something out of the-way was happening, and it clid not take them long to learn that tbe sloop had been captured and was being sailed away-the red-coats in the boat having carried this news to them. Then the excitement grew deeper, and attempts were made to locate the sloop This was difficult, however, for the night was dark, and there were no lights on her deck. The guns began to boom from the decks of the war ships, and the solid shot spattered in the water, at random, though several came near the sloop. The Liberty Boys were jubilant. They were getting safely away with the sloop-of-war: It did not matter that there was danger that they might be sent to the bottom by a shot from one of the warships; they were happy anyhow, because of the success that had attended their efforts so far. I On up the Hudson the sloop sailed. The excitement over the affair had extended down the river and out into the bay, to all the warships there, and even in city the people were racing about, asking ques tions. Many thought fhe city was being attacked by the patriots, or by a fleet frop1 the ocean-it having been stated a num ber of times that the French fleet was coming to aid the patriots Finally the news got around that a party of patriots had captured a sloop-of-war and was making away with it, and tlus occasioned no end of talk. I "It is just such an exploit as one 1\'0uld look for from that company <1f young fellows known as The Liberty Boys," said one man. "That's so," from another, "and it would not smprise me if it turned out that they are the ones who did the work." "I hardly think they will be able' to get clear away "I don't know about that; it i s dark and the y will have a good chance to escape up the river "You are right; and the wind is right for them." "So it is; the only chance the British have is in hitting the sloop with a rand-om cannon ball and sinking it.'' "That would be only an accident and one that would not happen once a hundred years "True.'' Several of the smaller war vessels weighed anchor, set sails, and started up tl!e Hudson in pursuit of the sloop-of \l ar. The commanders thought it possible that they might out sail the sloop and recapture it. They kept ring shots from the bowchasers, but very few of the balls came anywhere near the fugitive vessel. The Liberty Boys never thought of the danger from these shots They were too busy thinking of the success that had attended their efforts at capturing the sloop.


10 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. When the little vessel came opposite Weehawken it hove General Washington gave the youths a pleasant greeting. to, and the boats were sent ashore. "I am indeed glad to see you, my boys," he said. Then The other Liberty Boys were Roan aboard, and then the he shook nands with them most heartily. sloop sailed on t1p the stream. "Now, tell me," he said, "what vessel is that out there The British warships that wrre in pursuit had gaitwd in the river, apd how happens it that you came ashore from conHiderable, and the booming of the cannon sotmded loud it?" indeed Dick hastened to tell the the story It was so dark, however; that the danger from the cnnof the capture of the British sloop-of-war, and the great non balls was slight. man was delighted. He had been away when Dick asked It transpired that the sloop was a fast sailer. permission to go down and make the attempt to capture the--It gradually drew away from the warships. vessel, and General Greene had given the youths the permis'I'he sound of the guns grew le s and less loud, and the sian, and had then forgotten to tell General Washington youihs knew they were leaving the enemy astern. when he came back to headquarters. "We are all right/' cried B'ob, jubilantly. "We have "And that is a British sloop-of -war! the general excaptured the sloop and got safely away with it, Dick." claimed. "Well, I am delighted, boys! You have done "Ro it would seem, Bob." an exceedingly clever and daring thing in capturing the "Ob, there is no doubt about it." vesseL" "We mustn't crow too loudly before we areout o the "'l'hauk you, sir,'' said Dick. "And now that we have the timber." sloop, we are going to ask you to let us have command of "Oh, we are out of the timber now. it for awhile. We wish to do some work on the waier." "I don't know about that." "You have my permission, Dick. Indeed, it would not The occasional splash of a cannon ball was heard for a be right to withhold it." while after that, and then was not heard any more. 'rhe "'l,hank you. We will keep a sharp watch over the lower noise made by the guns sounded RO far away and indistin ct E:udsol), and if the British try to .:!omc up this way we will compared to what had been the case that the youths mnde hold them in check till you can get ready to receive them." up their minds they were out ofrange. "Be careful, my boy, and don't let them get the vessel It was forhmate for the Liberty Boys that the youth at away from you." the wheel was one who worked on a schooner that plied "We will see to it that they do not do so, sir." between Albany and New York, and who was, as a conse"You may take your prisoners over to i:he fort, and turn quence, perfectly familiar with every crook and turn of the them over to the officer in charge there, Dick.'' river. He guided the sloop by keeping watch of the tops "Very well, sir." of the hills and palisades, and he to keep the General Greene came in at this juncture, and he cong raiu-vessel in the middle of the stream, dark though it was. lated the youths heartily on their s uccess in capturing the The fact that this youth was so familiar with the st ream vessel. I made Dick decide to continue on up the river to West Point. "I gave them permission to try while you were away, your He wished to report to General Washington. excellency," he said. "I did not think they could sue -They sailed up the stream ti.ll they came opposite the cecd, but they seem 'to have done so." fort at West Point, and then they brought the s loop up in "Yes, there is the proof of it out there in the river.'' the wind, dropped the anch01, and furled the sails. "I am glad that you did succeed, Dick/' said Genera l "We will remain here till morning, and then will go Greene. "'We may find considerable use for the sloop." ashore and make our report to the commander-in c)lief,'' "Yes, I think it may be made of great use and value to said Dick. us," said General Washington. T his was satisfactory. They talked quite a and then Dick and Bob took The youths were well pleased, anyway, and. felt that they their departure. would come in for praise from General Washington. They went back down to the river, got into the boat Certainly they were ent itl ed to think that they would be nnd rowed back to the sloop. praised. rrhey boarded it, and then Dick called the youths up and When morning came the youths ate breakfast on board told them that they were to remain on board the vessel. the sloop, for they found plenty of provisions. "We are going to work on the water instead of on shore, After breakfast Dick and Bob got in a boat and went for a while," he said. ashore "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "That suits me. It will br: a They landed on the east shore and made their wa. y to change." the home of Beverly Robinson, at whose house the patriot "So it will," agreed Dick. commander-in-chief had his headquarters. It was evident that the youths were delighted The youths were soon in the house, and a little later To be on the Hudson, sailing up and down the beau-were shown into the commander-in-chief's private room, tifu l stream, on the sloop that they had captured, would whoich overlooked the Hudson. be the greatest sport in the world for the Liberty Boys.


THE LIB1!JRTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. There would be danger in the work they were going to do, but that did not matter. The Liberty Boys thrived and grew fat on dangers that would have appalled the ordinary run of men. When Dick had explained everything to the youths, he said: "Now get ready to fire a !:!alute, boys. We are going to do honor to the commander-in-chief and at the same time dedicate the vessel to the patriot cause." This suited the boys, and they got to work. There were 1ive cannon on board-two on either side and one-at the stem. The youths manned these guns, and then, at the word from Dick fired them off as a salute. Then the Liberty Boys waved t}leir hats and gave three cheers, after w h{ch they began setting the sails. At the same time Dick s ent the redcoat prisoners ashore in one of the uoats, and the youths who liad attended to thi s got back just as the sloop was ready to sail. A few minute s later the vessel s wung around and moved slowly and gracefully down the stream. Generals Washiilgton and Greene were watching from the window, and the former said, with a sntile: "Those Liberty Boys are a brave and dashing lot, General Greene." "Iwleed they are, sir," was the reply. "They have done a great deal of good work for the pahiot cause, and they will do a great deal more before the war enci'3, I a111 sure." "Yes, so am I." OHAPTEH Vl. A WARNING. The sloop went sailing down the Hudson, with the Liberty Boys on board. They were in high spirits. They talked and laughed, and were jolly indeed. "Reload the guns, boys," ordered Dick. They proceeded to do so, at once. Then Dick detailed certain of the youths to handle the cannon. Some were better gunners than others-! and he detailed these to handle the pieces. Some of the youths were better sailors than the others, and these he detailed to the work of handling the sails. There were three youths who were familiar with every crook and turn of the Hudson from Albany to New York, and these Dick named as helmsmen. The only work they would have to do, unless in a combat, would be to handle the wheel. The other youths, who were not good gunners or sailors, were told to hold themselves in readiness, always, to fight at the signal, and to lend a hand at anything else that_ came u p. On down the stream the vessel sailed. At each bend in the river, the youths looked ahead eag .. erly. They did not know but they might see one or moM warships coming up the stream, and it would be to turn about and retreat It was a beautiful day. 'l'he youths felt that they could easily defeat two ordi nary warships, so great was their elation over the way affairs were going. They were c autious, however, and did not :for one moment relax their vigilance. '!'hey kept a sharp lookout down the stream. On they sailed Around bend after bend they went. 'rhe scenery was grand, and the youths s aw and appreciated it, even though they were s oldiers and had their thoughts on fighting battle s with the British. At last they rounded a bend and saw a stretch of nearly three mile s ahead of tl{em. Away down toward the end of this s traight s tretch of water were two s hip s That the y were war:;hips was evident, as there were no other vestlels that would be there. "Hello, what shall we do now, Dick?" a s ked Bob. Dick did not answer right away. He gazed at the ships, and looked thoughtful. "I guess that we had better turn around and head back up the river," he said, presently. Then he gave the order. 'rhe vessel was soon headed about, and was making its way slowly back in the direction from which it had come. As it was now going against the wind, it was necessary to tack. It was as necessary for the British ships to tack, howevP.r, so there was no advantage for the latter in this state of affairs. 'l'he Liberty Boys were not long in learning that the Brit ish ships were a bit :faster than the sloop, and that there was danger tbat they might be overtaken, if the race was to 1 continue for a considerable length of time. "Oh, well, they can't catch us," said Bob. "We will get back past West Point before they can draw near us, and the soldiers will give it to the redcoats :from the cannon in the fort." "I think you are right, Bob." It seemed likely that Bob's idea was the correct one. The British warships gained, but it was only slowly, and the youths were confident that they could easily get back to West Point before1 the enemy could get near them. "They may get close enough to send a few cannon balls our way," said Dick, "but we will have to risk that." "Oh, we won't mind a little thing like that," grinned Bob. It was evident that none of the youths were greatly diEt mayed by the prospect. The race went on for an hour at least, and by that time the British ships had gained a mile. Another hour, and


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. they were close enough so that they could try what virtue there was in their cannon. The balls began to fly right away, andsome of them came pretty close to the little vessel. The Liberty Boys did not seem to mind it, however. They laughed and joked just the same as though nothing of the kind was taking place. Dick looked at the two warships with a keen and calculat iNg gaze. "I believe the gun will carry the distance," he said. "Get ready and open on the enemy, boys." 'fhe youths manned the stern gun, and soon were firing it as rapidly as was possible. They fired shot after shot, and finally one cut through the rigging of one of the w1,1rships, bringing down a piece of a spar and entangling the sails to such an extent as to make the ship's progress much slo\ver. This enraged the redcoats, evidently, for they fired more frequently than ever; but although the cannon balls struck near the sloop times, not one hit the vessel. The Liberty Boys, however, were better gunners thim their enemies, for they managed to put a cannon ball into the rigging of the other warship, crippling its sails to such an extent as to cause it to slacken speed materially. Indeed, so much were the two vessels crippled, in so far as speed was concerned, that they gave up the chase, and came to a stop. The Liberty Boys noted this, and brought the sloop up in the wind soon afterward. They were just out -of range of the enemies; guns, and weTe willing to rerp.ain there and see what the British would do. This was a simple and easy matter, and it soon became monotonous. The Liberty Boys liked action. "I almost wish we hadn't crippled their sails," said Bob. ''Then they 'Would have kept on following us. That was a gr:at deal more fun than this." 1You are never satisfied, Bob," said Dick. "Well, I .hate this quiet life, old man. I want action, excitement. I want to be up and doing." "Well, what is the matter with our running back do:wn the river a little way, and opening fire on the warships?" "That will suit me!" cried Bob. The other boys were in for this, the same as Bob was, and so th'e sloop was turned and once more started down the stream. Doubtless the British were amazed by the spectacle of the little heading down toward them so bravely. 'l'hey would not have been so surprised, however, had they known that the patriots on board the little vessel were the Liberty Boys, of whom they had heard many wonderful stories. Presently the British gunners opened fire, and the Liberty Boys brought the sloop about and returned the fire. It was rather comical, to say the least, to see the little sloop lying there, battling with the two .large warships. The Liberty Boys could :tlre only one shot to four or five by the British, but the youths made the one shot count for as much as the number of the enemy. They succeeded in cutting two spars, near their tops, and in putting several holes in the sails. 1 On the part, qf the youths, they sustained no injury whatever. Sevral cannon balls struck close to the sloop, but did not hit it. At last, disgusted, probably, by their inability to damage their saucy little antagonist, the British warships moved away downstream. Bob Estabrook shouted aloud in delight. "Hurrah!" he yelled. "We have whipped two of the big gest of the British warships! Hurrah! I tell you we are the boys that can do the work, and we can do as good work on the water as on the land." "So we can," said Ma;k Morrison. The Liberty Boys lost no time in .following. They wished to see where the warships were going. Then, too, they thought that they might get a few more shots at them; The British ships disappeared around a bend, and the Liberty Boys kept right on; they did not think of such a -thing as that the British would bring their vessels to a stop and wait for the sloop to put in an appearance. On the sloop sailed, and when it was within a quarter of a mile of the bend the youths suddenly caught sight of a girl standing on a large rock on the west shore, waving a handkerchief frantically. "See the girl yond er, Dick," exclaimed l3ob. "I wonder what she wants?" "I don't know; but it seems to me tliat she want11 11s to stop." "I guess that you are right." Dick watched the girl a few moments longer, and then gave the order for the sloop to be brought to. This was done, and by the time -the vessel came t'o a stop, the girl was seen coming out toward the sloop, in a boat. Closer and closer she came, and when shf got near enqugh so that her face could be seen, the youths noted that she was very pretty. She handled the oars like one used to it from childhood, and when she was within a few yards or the sloop's side, she ceased rowing, and glanced up at tlie eager faces along tile sloop's rail. "Don't sail around the bend," .she called out. "The Brit ish warships are lying in wait for you there, and will sink your vessel, if you do!" CHAPTER VII. ONE AGAINST FOUR "Ha, so that is what the British were wanting to do, eh?" exclaimed Dick. Then he added:


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE 13 "Will you come aboard, miss?" "It isn't worth while, sir. I live right over yonder, half a mile from the river, so may as well go back;" "We owe you thanks for what you have done for us, miss," said Dick. "Not at all. I am a patriot, and am glad that I was able to give you some information that was ef benefit to you." "Do you mind telling us your nante? We wish to know who our benefactress is." "My name is Daisy Dunwald." "Jove, isn't she pretty, though!" said George Harper to Bob Estabrook. "Pretty as a picture, George," was. the reply. "You had l-etter go in and win her." "I won't have any chance. I doubt if I ever see her \ again." "Oh, you may." Of course, the two spoke so low that the girl could not hear them "Well, l\iiss Dunwald, you have the thank s of the Lib erty Boys for what you hav e do11e, and I hope that we may be able to repay you in some way, some day/' It will be all right if you do not do so." Then she waved her hand a,I:J.d rowed back towarU, the shore. "Well, what shall we do, Dick?" asked Bob. "I judge that we had better tuni around and beat back up the river a ways, Bob." "Perhaps so; the redcoats might take a sudden notion to come around and see what' we are doing "That's so." Dick-gave the order, and the sloop was soon beating back up the river, against tlje wind. When it had gone half a mil e, Dick ordered that it be bJ._ oughi: to a stop, andjhis was dQne. "We will stay here and wait till the British make some kind of a move," said Dick. "Say, let me go ashore and to the top of the headland, yonder, and keep watch on the British," said George Har per, addressing Dick. Bob Estabrook s nickered, and the other youths looked at him wonderingly and questioningly, with the exception of George, who gave him a gen'tly reproving look. "What are you laughing at, Bob?" asked Sam Sanderson. "Say, George, I can't keep it," grinned Bob; then to the youths he added: ".He said that the girl that was here in the boat was as pretty as a picture and-well, I guess now you know why 1te wants to go ashore and take the positio n of lookout." "Yes, but he is more likely, to look out for the girl than for the redcoats," Sam Sanderson; "so I think that some one else had better go." "Two of you go, then," said Dick; "you go along with George, Sam." "All "Say, don't try to cut George out," grinned Bob; ."that wouldn't be fair." "No danger of that,'' from Sam; "I have a girl of my own at home." "That makes George feel better, I'll wager," said Bob. The two got into one of the boats and rowed to the sh01:e, at the point nearest to the headland. Here they disem barked and after tying the painter, they climbed the steep bluff, and at last stood on the headland. Sure enough, there were the two British warships. They were just below the headland, and it was evident that had the sloop sailed around into sight, it would have been sunk, for at such short range the British gunners would have been able to hit the mark. "The girl saved us the loss of the sloop, Sam," said George. "I guess you are right," was the reply. "No doubt of it; and now, what shall we do-simply sit here and walch the warships till they make some kind of a move. ?" "I guess that is aJl we are expected to do. But, George, if you like, you may go over to the girl's home and make her acquaintance. I can watch the ships as well alone as with you here." "All right, Sam," said George, his face lighting up; u i am much obliged." That's all right; you would do as much for me." "Indeed J George took his departure, at once. He headed straight toward the house, which he could see from the top of the headland. As he drew near the house, however, he began to ask him s elf what excuse he would give for coming there. "l will have to give some excuse," he told himself; "I can't bell the girl right out that I have come simply for the purpose of making her acquaintance." He was still puzzling over this problem, and was worrying congiderable, when the matter was settled for him. He suddenly heard screams, coming from the direction of the house. "H-ello, I wonder what the trouble is?" he asked him self. Then he broke into a run. . He dashed straight toward the house. He felt that it was providential, almost, that he had come to this place just at thi.s time. "It would seem almost as though it was intended that I should be here to protect the girl," he told himself. He dashed onward, and was soon in the yard. He saw what had caused the scream he had heard. In the yard in front of the house were a man, a woman and a girl-Daisy DunwaJd, the girl who had warned the Liberty Boys that the ":arships were just around the head land. There were also four redcoats, and the latter had pistols out and leveled at the farmer, who was Daisy's father, so George judged. Instantly George drew a pair of pistols. As he came in sight Daisy gave utterance t<> an exclar-


14 THE LIBER'rY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. mation-of mingled delight and fear, t110 youth thought. It was probable that she hoped the newcomer might help them, yet feared that he could not do so, there being four against hirn. But George Harper, like i.he majority of the Liberty Boys, was an extraordinary youth when it came to :fighting. Odds had no terrors for him. 'l'he instant Daisy uttered the exclamation lhc rcucoat s realized that some one was coming, and they whirled to fncc the newcomer. Seeing that there was only oneJ and that one a youth, the red coats looked relieved. 'Ello, who har you?" cried one, evidently the l eader. "A man," was calm reply. "What are you doing here?" .Mr. Dunwald and his wife, and Daisy stared at tho youth with looks of commingled admiration and fear. Il was evident that they admired bi s bravery in facing the four re clcoats, but feared he would be killed. George, however, was not afraid. Indeed, if the truth had been kno\\'n, he was glad to be there, pitted against four men. It would give him a to show the girl that he was brave, and this, he felt, would al'ouse her admiration, and latPr on she might learn to love him. The redcoats were evidently surprised to hear tho youth talk so boldly and fearlessly, for they looked surprised, and the leader said : 1Hi don't lmow has it is hany of your business what we bar doing 'ere." "That may be true; still, having heard the lady scream, anti having hastenr.d to the spot, I think I have a right to know what is going on." "Bah! You 'ave no right to ask any questions at all, sonny; you 'ad better nm along hi you don't want to get into trouble." "'I'he y were threatening to shoot father 1 he did not te1l them where he had money hidden,'' said Daisy; "that was when I screamed." I have no money hidden," said Mr. Dunwald. "We know better," said the leader of the redcoats; "you 'ave money 'idden aroun;t 'ere somewhere, and we want you to tell us where. 1> "It is an impossibility," Mr. Dunwald said; "I have no money." "We don't believe you," the redcoat said; "and we will hattend to your case soon; but :first we will settle with this saucy young gamecock," glaring :fiercely at George. Then to the youth he went on: "Put the pistols away and then make tracks, young fellow. Hif you don't, we will put some bullets throi(lgh you!" GeoTge shook his hea.d. "I couldn't think of it," he said, calmly. "But you must think of it. You har not wanted 'ere." "Not by you, perhaps. The others don't object to my presence, I judge." "Perhaps you had better go," said Daisy; the accents of fear showing in her voice. But George shoo k his head. "The girl is lelliug yon what is for your how:ll good," saiJ the rr.dcoat; "we don't want to 'urt you, but hif you hinsi s t on staying 'ere and hinterfering, we will ' to 'urt you." "I am not going," was George's reply, a Hi give you fair waroing," said the redcoat; "Hi am going to count to ten, and hi you 'ave not started away by that time, we will shoot you down." 'rhcrc was a in his voice that showe d he meant he said, but Ocotge did not intend to go; he would stay anrl fight the four of them. He had taken a great liking to Dai:oy, and wru; more thun willing to hazartl his life in her protectio11. You needn t mind counting," he said ; ''l am not going." uHi'll give you your chance," was the reply. Then he began counting, slowly and distinctly. George stood his g round "Go, quick!" breathed Daisy. 1'Yes, you had betLer go,.l' advised Mr. Dunwald; "you cannot :fight the four o them, and so can do me no good. Go, and thus save your own life." But George shbok his head decidedly, and kept his eyes on the redcoats. Slowly the leader c:ounted. 11Eight--nine--ten !;' He paused, gave George a grim look, and then said to his comrades : "Fire, men !" They did so, !Jut even as they pulled tlie triggers, George made a quick leap to one side, and the bullets whistled harmlessly past him. Then, crack, crack, his own weapons rang out, and two of the redcoats fell, one dead, the other seriously wounded. Dropping the empty pistols, George jerked two more out. of his belt and :fired two more shots, dropping one of the redcoats dead, and sending the other one away at the top of his speed, slightly wounded. George had beaten four redcoats, single-handed and alone. CHAPTER VIII. CJEORGE :M:AKING HEADWAY. It was indeed an amazing performance. Mr. and Mrs. Dunwald and Daisy stared at the youth in open-mouthed amazement: They could hardly believe the evidence of their eyes. How could one young fellow like George defeat four full grown men, soldiers, and British soldiers at that, men who had doubtless served in the army for years and perhaps in half ll. dozen different countries? Yet he had done so.


'l'HE LIBEHTY BOYS ON 'l'HE HUDSON. 15 He had n ot only defeated them; he had killed two and wounded the other two, one quite seriously, to judge by ihe groans he was giving utterance to The womru: and girl were horrifi e d by the scene. It was the first time they had encount e r e d anylhing of the kind. The war had been going on more than fom years, but in all that time no scenes of blood s hed had been enacted in that quiet vicini{y. Now, however, death e1alked right at their very door. ''This i s-oh, so--terrible!" murmured Mrs. Dunwald. "Yes, indeed-it-is!" from Daisy. ''But the y brought it on thelill!elves," said Mr. Dun wald; "they fired at the young man fir st." "Yes," said George ; "I simply protected mys elf." ''And us at the same time," said Dai s y ; "oh, we are not blaming you, s ir We are only too glad that it has turned out as it has W e would rathe r see a. tlozen redcoat s lying dead than one patriot." George had doffed his uniform before coming ashme, and now had on an ordinary suit of citizen's clothing. Had he had his uniform on, the redcoats would not ha .ve par leyed with him, as they had don e "Thm1k you,'_' said bowing una smiling; "but how do you know I am a pabiot, Mi s ?" The girl pointed to the three redcoats lying on the gr01md, with a slight shudder, an.d said: "You would not have shot them down, otherwise, I am sure;" and then she added: "And I saw you on board the sloop, when I was out there, a while ago." George flushed and a thrill of delight went over l1im. She had noticed him She remembered his face, and he had been only one of a hundred youths that she had seen at tl1e same time! The thought pleased the youth immensely. It 1:,1'3Ve him the idea that she might learn to care for him. "Did you?" he said, his voice trembling slightly; "I wouldn't have thought that you could have remerqbered my face, when you saw so many." It was the girl's turn to blush slightly, now, and she did so, looking slightly disconcerted at the same time. "What are you going to do with-them, father?" she asked, pointing toward the three forms lying on the ground. It was evident that she did this more to hide her discomfiture than for any other reason. "We may as well c:;trry the WOlmded man into the house," said Mr. Dunwald; "the other two we will bury later on." "Yes, bring the w9und.ed man in,n said Mrs. Dunwald. who was a tender-hea -rted woman; "we will dress his wound and make rum as comfortable as possible." Mr. Dunwald and George carried the wounded man into the house, and the woman and the girl dressed the wound. The man was seriously, but not fatally wounded, and when they had finished, he felt better. Then the man and George went out and dug a grave and buried the two dead men in it. "Do you think that man who escaped will be back here with some more men, io finish up the work tl1ey were en gaged upon?" asked Mr. Dunwald. "I don't know," replied George; "it is possible, though, they would doubtless not bother you. Likely they would care only to get their hands on me "You are a of the party of patriots who are on the sloop, as my daughter said?" the man asked "Yes," was the reply. Then George told how they had captured the sloop of-war from the British. "That was a daring feat," said Mr Dunwald. "Indeed it was," acknowledged George; "and that -is jus t what may be expected of Dick Slater e very time He de lightll in doing such things." "I have hearu a great deal about Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys." They had just fini s hed covering the form s over when the-y saw a dozen redcoats emerge from the timber, about one hundred yards distant, and come running toward them "There come some redcoats now!" C..\:claimed Mr. Duri wald; "you had better flee for your life." George realized that he could not hope to contend against a dozen men, and so he turned and ran with all his might. 'rhe redcoats yelled to him to stop, but of course he did not do so. He ran toward the timber at the farther side of the open i.JJg in which stood the house, and he reached it. b e fore the British could get within shooting distance. The redcoats paid no attention to Mr. Dunwald; the fact was that the slightly wounded redcoaL was among them, and he was eager to catch the youth who had killed two of his comrades, seriously wounded another and given him a slight wolmd. Seeing that they were in a fair way to lose Lheir intended victim, they fired a volley at him, but the distan c e was too great and the bullets did not carry up. George did not go straight ahead when he entered the timber. He was determined not to the vicinity of the home of the girl he fancied; he feared the 1edcoats might be angry because of his escape and try to g e t even by doi:ng all the damage possible to Mr. Dunwald. So he turned to the left and made his way in a semi circle, till he was on the opposite side of the clearing from the one at which he had entered the timber. Here he paused, took up his position behind a tre e and waited and watched for the return of the redcoats. He did not have long to wait The redcoats soon appeared at the edge of the clear ing, and approached the house. Mr. Dunwald was standing on the porch. The redcoats were soon standing before him. "Well," said the leader of the party, a frown on his face; "there have been pretty goings on here, haven't there?" "I am not to blame for anything that has occurred," was the reply. "Oh, of C?urse not.!" sneeringly.


I I lS THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. I "It is the truth; your men came here and s:tarted the trouble. I had nothing to do with it." "Who was that young scoundrel who was here?'.,.: "I don't know.' } "You lie, you rebel dog!}' Mr. Dunwald's face flushed, but he answered calmly : "You are mistaken; I do not know who he was: :He is a stranger. I never saw him till the moment he appeared here, when you and your three comrades were threatening me." 'l'he leader of the. pa.rty was the man who. had been wounded by George. "But you certainly know who he is; you must have found out since." "No; we have been too busy to talk, since you ran away." "I would give a pretty penny to know who. he is," red coat said, in a fierce voice. ''I have a score to settle with him.'' "Well, you cannot learn who he is from me, for I do not know his name.'' The redcoat had to be satisfied with this, though it was plain that he did not wholly credit the farmer's statement. Then he asked about the wounded man. "He is in the house," was the reply; "we have dressed his wound and he is resting as comfortable 3.!! might be expected." "Is he mortally wounded?" "I think not, if he i s taken good care of. n "Will you see that this is done, if w e do not bother you in any way?" 1 "We would not neglect any one who might be in the condition that he is in." "Very well; we will not molest you in any way. I will go in and take a look at him.'' The redcoat entered, accompanied by Mr Dunwald His comrade was conscious, but very weak. He recognized his comrade, and s miled a faint welcome. "How are you, old fellow?" the redcoat asked. "All right I guess," came back faintly. "Good! .Just keep up your courage, and keep your grip on life, and when you are well, we will hunt the fellow down that s hot you and put an end to him." 'rhc other smiled faintly, and nodded a ssent. Then the soldier went back out of do. ors, and Mr. Dun wald accompanied him conversed a few minutes and then the red c oats took their leave George, who was watching them closely, followed at a safe distance. He was pretty sure that they had come off one of the British war shi ps, but wis hed to be certain of it. He saw the redcoats reach the shore and enter a boat; then they rowed off to one of the British war s hips and boarded it. "I thought so," the youth to l d himself. He watched half an hour or sci, and then, seeing nothing to indicate that more redcoats were coming ashore, he made his way back to Dunwald home. He was given a warm welcome there, for they had not known what had becoJW of him. He explained that he had followed the r e dcoats when they went away, and that they had boarded one the warship s "Then it is not likely that they will come back," said Mr. Dunwald . ('1 hardly think they wi1l do so," said George. Re remain e d there an hour, talking to the members of the family, but looking at only one of them, and then be bade them good-by and took his departure. He had gone only a few yards, when Daisy came out of the house and caught up with him. "I wanted to tell you how much I thank you for what you did in father's b e half," s h e said, giving him a smile that made his heart leap with joy. "I want you to know that I appreciate it-that we all do." "That is all right, Miss Dunwald," said George. "It me niore pleasure to be able to render your father a service than it is possible for you to understand." He gave her a look, as he sai d this, that must have enlightened her somewhat, for she blushed like a peony and quickly turned her face away. At the edge of the clearing he again bade George goodby, alter inviting him to come ag!cin, or as often as he could. She gave him her hand, and the youth was thrilled .. tnrough and through by the touch. Acting upon impulse, he suddenly kiss ed the girl's hand. "Good-by;" he exclaimed. "I'll be back-be sure of that!" Then ?-e entered the timber and strode away in the direc tion of the headland on which he had left Sam Sanilerson. He had not gone more than a quarter of a mile when sud denly he felt himself seized from behind and thrown to the ground. CHAPTER IX. BEN BURGESS . George had been taken wholly by surprise. He was not expecting anything of the kind, s o had not been on the lookout. He was not the youth to permit himself to be overpow ered without a s truggle, however ; and he at once grappled with his assailant and began a struggle. He twisted and squirmed till he bad got face to face with his opponent, and then b e felt that he had a rhancc. He was all the more confident that he would be able to at least bold his own when he got a look at his assailant, for he saw that he had to contend with a youth of about his own age. "What's the matter with you?" he asked. Who are you, I and why have you attacked me?" "Ye'll find out/' was the snarling reply "Well, that's what I want to do." I I I


, THF. LIBEHTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 17 ''Give up!" grated the youth. "Oh, no! I am not that kind. I yo:n get the better of me you will have to fight for it." "All right; I'll do thet." Then the struggle went on. The youth, who was undoubtedly a :f'armer boy of the region, was strong, but he was not a match for George Harper, who had had a lot of experience as a soldier and fighter. He soon got his opponent turned onto his back, and then, seated astride the youth, George grasped him by the throat and held his fist menacingly under his nose. "Now tell me why you attacked me," he Said sternly. "Blamed ef I will!" "Tell me!" "I won't.'' "If you don't you will be sorry." "Whut'll ye do?" "I'll smash that nose of J.OUrs all over your face!" There was no mistaking the fact that George meant every word he said. The youth seemed to realize this .fact. HP hesitated, gulped a bit, and then mumbled out: ''I seen ye-kiss-Daisy Dunwald 's hand." George started, and a look of under standi ng appeared in his eyes, while a half-smile appeared on hiR face. "Oh, ho, that's the trouble, el1 ?" he exclaimed. "Y-yas." "What business was it of yom;s if I kissed the girl?'' "She's-waal-my gal." "Oh, she is, eh ?" "Yas." "Does she know it?" Tne sarcasm of this .remark was lost on youth. He answered it in accordance with the literal meaning of the words. "Uv course she knows it," he said. George's lip curled in scorn. He could not bP.lieve thAt a bright beautiful girl lik e Daisy Dunwald could possibly care for a lout like this one. "You are a fool, or else you ihi:nk I am one," he said, scornfully. "I kn6w, if you don't, that Daisy Dunwald could not care anything for suc h a specimen of a fellow A'> you." "Whut's that!" snar led the youth "Blast ye, I'llI'll--" He made a attempt to upset his conquerer and get free, but was unsuceessfu 1. "You can't do it;somight as well not try," said George. "I'll:-settle-with ye-some day!" panted the youtll. "Now, see here," said the Liberty Boy. "Let's talk sensibly about this matter. I think that you are making a fool of yomself in attacking me as you have done." "I don't think so." "I do; you have no right to jump onto me simply be cause I kissed Daisy Dunwald's hand. It is not any busi ness of yours, unless she has promised to be your wife, and I guess s he hasn't done that." . but. she would ef ye'd stay envay frUlll heer.'' "I don't thi:p.k so; you. ani deluding yourself. She does not care for you. But if she d!d, I would not interfere with you, or make an on you. That would be foolish, and I would be doing something that i bad no business to do. The girl has a right to decide, and I insist that you let it be way. Let's call this affair ended, and an even thing, if you like, and then we wiil leave the matter to Daisy. If she likes you and prefers you I will not say a wot-d, but if she likes and prefers me, you are not to say or do any thing.'' The youth squirmed, and did not answer at once. It was evident that he realized that he would not stand very much of a chance in fair competition with the handsome :youth-for George was good-looking. "I-I-don't-I hain'tergoin' ter make no with nobuddy," the youth finally mumbled. "Oh, all right; have it that way, if you like, but I warn you that i you try to harm me in any way in the future I will handle you in a way that you won't like.'' "Ye kain't skeer me," said the youth, aan' ye got ther advantage uv me, er ye wouldil' hev beat me this time.'' "Bosh!" said George. ''You had all the advantage, for you jumped on my back when I wasn't looking, and when J wasn't expecting anything of the kind. And I got the better of you even then; next time I will be on the lookout, and I pity you, that's aU!" The youth grunted out something unintelligible, and then George said : "What is your name?" "Ben Burgess." "All right, Ben Burgess; if you are harboring malice, and think of renewing thi. s a.:ffa, ir at another time, you hnd bet ter learn a few prayers." "Don' ye worry erbout me," was the growling reply. "I'm not, but you haa better worry about yourself. I'm going to let you go now, and if you know when you are well off, you will behave yourself." "I'll look arter my own bizness "All right." Then George leaped to his feet and Ben Burgess scram bled awkwardly to his, and stood there, glaring angrily nnd threateningly at the Liberty Boy. yer name?" he asked. "Ye know mine, an' et's no more'n fair thet I sh'd know your'n.'' "My name is George Harper.'' "All right; I'll see ye ergin I expeck." "Possibly." "Ye'd better stay erway frum these parts.'' "Thank you. I go and come as I please.'' "Waal, thet may work all right mos' uv ther time, but I don' think et'll be healthy fur ye ter fool aroun' beer very much.'' "It will be as healthy for me as for you; possibly more so.'' 'l'hen Ben Burgess hunefl and st rode away.


. 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. George watched him out of s1ght, for he did not trust the vouth at all. ulie would just as lief turn aronnd a 'nd slip up behind me and lay me out with a clnb as not," the Librrty Boy told himself. Ben went in the direction of the Dunwald home, however, and George guessed that he was going to have an interview with Dai sy. uwell, let him," he said to himself. "She could never care for such an ugly specimen of a fellow as Ben Burgess. I have nothing to fear from him, I am sme." Then he turned and strode onward in the direction of the top of the headland. He was soon there. Sam Sanderson was on guard. He had been keeping a close watch on the British ships. uwhtltwas the trouble clown yonder, George?" he asked. "I saw a redcoat go aboard one of the ships, and pretty soon he went back, accompanied by about a dozen comrades. Then, half an hour ago or such matter, they went back to the ship. I heard pistol-shots, too, over toward the house. Did you get into any trouble?" "Yes, a little; but the other fellows had the most trou ble." Then he told the story of the encounter with the four red coats, and how he had killed two, seriously wounded anthen they descended to the shore, climbed into the boat, ancl rowed out to the sloop. They clambered on board, and were met by Dick Slater, who looked at them inquiringly. uwell?" he asked. "The warships have sailed on down the river," said Sam. "And how's Daisy, George?" grinned Bob Estabrook, who was a great tease. "She's all replied George, good-naturedly. "You saw her, then?" "Oh, yes." Then Dick, who had been doing some thinking, turned to the Liberty Boys, and said: "Get to work, boys; we will sail down the river as far as we dare." The youths were glad to hear this order. They wanted to go where there would be a chance for excitement. The sails were soon set, aml u fe1r minutes later the sloop was heading down the ri' cr. The British warships were nol in sight, of course, and the sloop had five miles of clear water ahead of her. CHAPTER X. "A SPY.'' I other, and given the remaining one a slight wound, putting usay, Dick, I have a.scheme." him to flight. uLet's hear it, Bob." uwell, you did make things lively for them, didn't you?'' "All right; it is this: That we sail back up fo West exclaimed Sam, admiringly. Point and about half our number go ashore, mount horiles "Yes, but it was necessary that I should do so; if I hadn't and' come down the river to about even with this point. downed them quickly they would have ended my days, Then when the British warships bar om way on the water without a doubt." we will be in a position to go on down the stream, if we "I guess you are right." like, on horseback, and thus we will have no trouble in 'rhey talked for half an hour ot such matter, and then keeping track of the doings of the enemy." George exclaimed: "That's a good s ug gestion, Bob." "The ships are getting under way!" "I think so myself." Sam looRed, and then nodded assent. "Yes, there is no doubt about it." "You are right," he said. "And now, the question is, It was evening, and the sloop had sailed up the river, and 1 which way are they going to go?" was lying to near the Dunwald home. "Downstream, likely." Dick and Bob had been standing on the deck, talking. "Yes, but they might go the other way." and Bob had suddenly spoken as above, and then had en "Well, if they do, tiiey will have to tack, and it will take sued the conversation. them some time tb beat around the headland. We will have "Are you going to go at once, Dick? asked Bob. plenty of time in which to get down to the loop and warn "Yes. We might as well get under way at once. The Dick." / wind is against us, and it will take several hours to make "They watched the warships eagerly. the trip." Soon the two vessels headed downstream, and moved A few minutes later the sloop was moving slowly up the away, at first slowly, and then, as they got out to where the Hudson. wind got a chance at the sails, faster. They arrived at West Point about ten o'clock, and "They are going downstream, Sam." anchor. They would not do anything till mqrning. "Yes, I wonder how far they are going?" When morning came fifty of the youths went ashore, anrl "Hard telling; perhaps to New ,York city." bridled and saddled their horses. They remained on the headland and watched the snipe. The! they set out down the river. It was possible to see down the stream five miles, and the Dick instructed them to go to the Dnnwald home and go youths waited till the warships had sailed out or sight; into camp. I j J, I I


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 19 "That will be a good place for you to have your head he said. "Then you will be in a position to move up or down the shore, as circumstances may direcL'' "You will be down there on the s loop s oon?" asked Mark Morrison, who was to command the fifty who were on horseback. "Yes, the wind is and we wlll be there oefore you get there." '-"All right." Half an hour later the s loop was under way. It sailea' down the Hudson, and at la s t dropped anchor behind the headland, near the Dun wa.ld borne. Pick awl Bob clecidetl to go ashore and climb to tne<-top of lhe headland, t0 see ii any warships were in s ight, and George Harper asketl. permission to accompany tliem ashore. "You don't want 1to go up to lhe top of the headland, Lhough, do you, George?" grinned Bob. "No; I would rather go over to a cer tain farmhouse not so very far away, Bob." "That's what I thought." "Don't stay over there more than an hour George," said Dick. ;'Oh, don't be hard on him) Dick," said Bob. "I,et him stay longer if he wants to. The boys will be there this noon, and he might as well be with them as with us on the sloop." "That's so; say, George, l will get one of the boys to change places you, if you wish." "A.ll right, Dick/' eagerly. "I wish you would do so." "I will." Then they parted, Dick and J3ob to go up to the top df the headland, while George went to the Dunwald home to see Daisy. happened to be out in the yiud, and greeted him cordially ais the s loop back again?" s he a s ked, w1th interest. "Yes, M:iss Daisy." Then George asked how the wounded redcoat was getting along. "He is getting along very well," was the reply. "He will get well, so father says." They talked a while longer,and then George said: "Do you know a young fellow by the name of Ben Bur gess?" Daisy blushed, and looked somewhat disconcerted. Then she laughed and said : "Yes, I know him well. I believe that you made his acquaintance yesterday?" George laughed. "Yes, we got pretty well acquainted yesterday. Did he come here after that?" "Yes; he came here and talked a good deal, ana threat ened what he would do to you. You will do well to look out for him, Mr. Harper "Call me George, will you not?" eagerly. "If you will call me Daisy, with

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. named one of them to go on board the sloop in George's place. "Be ready to go back with Bob and 1," he said. "All right," was the reply. Then Dick went to the hou s e and greeted Daisy, and made the acquaintance of her father and mother 1 He was mor e than please-d with Daisy on close ;cquaint ance. He found her to be a bright, beautiful girl, and one that apy young man might be proud to call sweetheart. "Geor ge is t o be congratulated ii he has won her re gards," s aid Di c k to himself. Later on he told George that he was to remain at fhe encampm e nt, ana the youth was delighted "Thank you, Dick/' he said. "I am glad that you have done this for me." "I should think you would be," with a smile. "Jove, George, if I didn't have a sweetheart of my own down in Westchester County I would go in and try to cut you out with Dai s y She is one of the sweetest and brightest girls J have ever seen." "That's what she is, Dick; and I'm' mighty glad you have a s weetheart, for she was talking nice about you a while ago." "Well, I m glad tliat slie thinks well of me, anyway, and I congratulate you, George, and wish you success in win. ning her ,. \ "I have a rival, Dick," said George, a smile. "Hithatso? Whoishe?" Then George told about Ben Burgess, and Dick and Bob -whet had ju s t come up-laughed heartily. "I gue s s you have nothing to fear from him," said Dick. "I gue s s not Daisy hates him." and they were screened from the observation of the redcoat s on the warship by the trees, undergrowth, and rocks. They watched the ship ten or fifteen minutes and every thing seemed to be quiet on board "I wonder why the ship is there?" said Bob. "Perhaps the British think th e y may be able to entice us into an engagement and that they will get to sink us," said Dick. "Possibly. Well, they will find that they are mistaken in thinking thus.'' "So they wilL" The youths were still engaged in watching the s hip when suddenly George Harper plu c ked Dick by th e sleeve. "Look yonder!" he said in an excited whisper Dick looked in the direction indi c ated, and saw a youn g fellow perhaps tw. enty years of ag e s tanding down on the sandy shore, about fifty feet di s tant. When they first saw him he was s impl y s tanding there looking toward the warship but now he drew a handker chief from his pocket and waved it. The youths looked quickly toward the ship, and_ sa.w some one wave a handkerchief in return. ".A spy!" exclaimed Bob, in an excited whisper CHAPTER XI. ENCOUNTER. "You are right," agreed DicK:. "Who do you suppo s e the fellow i s ?" a s ked Georg.e . "I haven't any idea," irom Dick. "Do you know him?'' "Yes.'' "Who is he?" "He mu s t be about such as Joe Scroggs, Dick," grinned Bob. "Ben Burgess Joe Scroggs was a rough boy of the neighborhood in "Oh the youth who 1"s your r1" val for the hand of which Dick lived, and he was in love with Dick's sweet' Daisy?" heart, .Alice Estabrook, but of course he never received any encouragement, for .Alice detested him. "The same." "I guess he is just about such another, Bob." "Look yonder!" whispered Bob, pointing toward the They conversed for a while, and then went fo the enship. campment. The youths did so. Dick had sent a couple of youths to the top of the headA boat was putting off from the warship. land to keep watch down the river, and one arrived at tne "They are coming to hold an interview with the spy," camp and said that there was a warship about two nilles said Dick. down the river, and that it had dropped anchor. "So they are," agreed Bob. This gave Dick an idea. "But we must interfere and put a stop to the affair." He did not wish to risk venturing down closer with ube "Yes, we must capture the spy.'r sloop, so he decided to go down along the shore. ".And let's do it before the redcoats reach the shore.'' He named half a dozen of the youths, and they bridled "I'm afraid we can't get there J.n time; it is too steep and saddled their horses, and the party set out. to get down here, and we will have to go along the shore They rode about two miles, and then dismounted and qUite a distance before we can get down." tied their horses in the timber, a hundred yards from the "Well, let's get there as quickly as possible." road. They hastened away, being careful not to make any Tliis done, they made their way toward the river. noise, and when they came to a place where they could get They were soon s tanding on the shore, on top of a bluff, down the bluff they did so.


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSO -. 21 Then they hastened along the shore, keeping in among the trees and underbrush. They were still fifty yards distant when a boat a small sail from the warship reached the shore. By hurrying, however, the Liberty Boys were lo get to the scene before the redcoats could make a landin g, and they did not hesitate an instant, but goL to work .at once. Bob caught the spy by the arm and st uck a pistol against hi s head. The other Liberty Boys ran into the water, seized the painter, and began pulling the boat toward the shore. The British s truck out lustily with oars and pistol-butts. The youths protected themselves as well as posaible, and soon had the boat ct'rawn up on the s and The redcoat s now opened fire on Lhe Liberty Boys, but they were so excited and angry by the turn affairs had taken that they did not take aim, and so no partiC'J?.lar damage was done. One of the youths was wounded. 'l'here were four of the redcoats, but they no-match for the half dozen J,iberty Boys, wl1o leaped into the boat and overpowered the Briti s h quickly. By this time there were the .-s ign s of exdtement to be observed on board the warship. The soldiers and s ailors had seen that something out of the ordinary was going on, and a .couple of boats were dropped into the water quickly ; :,?_ nd were as quickly filled with sailors and soldiers. Then the boats were rowed swiftly toward the shore. The Liberty Boys saw what was taking place, however, and had no int ent ion of perni.i-ttip.g thetnselY :es t o be caught. Bob had bound the hands of Ben Burgess: by the :time the other youths had done the same with the redcoats, and now all hastened away, with the five prisone113 in their midst. The red coats' tried to hold back, for they knew their comrades were coming, but the youths jerked them along without ceremony. The party reached the top of the bluff by the time the two boats reached the shore, and then it was not such hard work to get the prisoners along. The horses were reached, in due time, and then the pris oners were placed in the saddles; the youths mounted behind, and then set out up the road at a gallop. They had gone about a quarter of a mile when they heard yells behind them. They looked back and saw a score of redcoats in the road, waving their arms wildly. "Oh, yell, you redcoated rascals!" cried Bob; "you -can't catch us now. "No, we are safe for the present," said Dick; "a large force may come ashore from a warship and come on up and attack us, however." "I don't th ink they will do so. On the youths dashed. -. -... They so_ on were out of s ight of the redcoats, an d half an hour l ater arrived at the encampment. The Liberty. Boys were s urpri sed when tl;teir comrades appeared, bringing the prisoners with them. 'J_'hey asked eager questions. The youths answe1:ed the question s promptly, and then Dick named five youths who were to take the prisoners to West When B en Burgess found that he was to be held a pris oneJ:and -be taken to West Point, h e turned pale and began to plead. ''Don' send me up theer," h e said; "I hain t done noth in'." "But we saw you," said Dick; ''you waved a handker chief at the redcoats on the warship, they waved one at you ill_ response, and then came ashore in the boat. You were going to give them some i_nformation, and that i s what con a "Whut'lLthey do with me?'' "Hang you, likely," said Bob Estabrook, cheerfully it is not certain that they will hang him, Bob," said J?en $_purlock, who oft;en capped for Bob; "they may de6ide to shoot him instead. it i s s o much trouble to hang one." Bob, gravely. "Tha'i will be better for you, Ben: Burgess." "I don' see et tl!et way," he grumbled; "et'll be death eether way;\von' et?"likely it will." Ben di"d not have anything more to say. He grew-very p3:le, and it was evident that he was doing con siderabl!dhinking. The party of Liberty Boys set out, with the prisoners rid_ing extrahorses, and soon disappeared around a bend in the road. Not long after they had gone one of the two youiihs who were on the top of the headland, as lookout, came to the en campment and told Dick that several boatloads of redcoats had been landed from the warship. "That means that they are coming up this way to try to find and attack us," said Dick; "well, well, -we will try to make it lively for them. Bob, go aboard the sloop and bring all the boys ashore, save four, who will remain on board to take care of the vessel." "All right, Dick; that means that we are go-ing to show fight, eh ?" "Yes; I don't think there will be many more redcoats than we haye men, and._we will be able to hold our own against them; and possibly we may do even better .. "Probably so, Dick." "Bob hastened to go aboard the sloop. Half an hour later he was back, and forty-four Liberty Boys were with him, This made nearly a hundred of the youths, and they set out down the road to meet the British. When they came to a place where the road crossed a so r t


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. of hill Di ck decid e d to s top and wait the coming of the en emy. "This w ill be as good a pl ace f or a fight a s any w e could :find," he said You a r e rig h t D ick, ag reed Bob So they scatter e d out ea ch youth taking up hi s po s ition b e hind a tree, a nd the n the y waited pati e ntly for the com ing o f the re d c oau. They did not have tl1eir p a tience tried v ery se v e rely. The r e d coats soon pu t in an ap pe aranc e 'rhe r e wer e about a .hundre d of them, and they wer e com in g alo n g a t a moderat e pac e They di d not s u spect t h a t t hey were in dan g er, judging b y their actions. T hey were m a r ching along, talking aioud, and even l a u g hi ng. All t his was pu t a s top to s uddenly, howe ver The Lib erty Boys :fire d a v olley, and dropped a dozen or m o r e of the enemy. Shouts a n d groans w ent u p from t h e redcoats, and they fir e d a Y olley i n r eturn; Jt was fir e d a t r a nd om, of c ourse, and s o did not do mu c h d amage. Then, Lo the s urprise o f t he L ibe r ty Boys, the redcoat s cam e c h a r gi n g toward t h em, ye lling lik e demons. This was something unu s ual for r e dcoats, and the Liberty Boys ha rdl y k n e w what to think. 'l' h e y saw a tall man in the l ea d bra ndi s h i n g a sword and y elling to his men to come o n a nd r ea lized that this man 'Was responsible for the actio ns of t h e men. "Give it to the m with the pi s tol s," c ried 'rhe y outh s obeyed, and two volleys were :fired in rapid succession. Thi s had the effect of cau s ing the enemy to pause, and falt e r. "Now a coupl e of 1nore volleys with the pistols!" cried Dick The youth s obeyed, and :fire d two volleys in rapid suc c e s s ion. "Hurrah!" c ri e d Bob Estabrook. "After them, boys!" 'rbe youth s char g ed down afte r the fleeing redcoats, and cha sed quit e a ways Then they returned to the place where the eng agement bad taken place, and took a survey of the scene The y counted the redcoats dead and wounded, and found that there were thirty of them. Of thes e eighteen were dead, and twelve 'Were wounded. While they were engaged in looking over the :field, a red coat put in an appearance, bearing a flag of truce. Dick w ent to meet him. "My commander sent me to ask if you would permit us to come and carry away our wounded and bury the' dead," h e s aid. "Certainly," said Dick; "it will save us a lot of trouble." Then the redcoat went back to report, and Dick and the Liberty Boys withdrew. A number of the youths had re ceived wounds, but fortunately none oi them were serious. The redcoats came and buried their dead and carried the wounded away with them. Dick and Bob followed t hem, and kept watch till they sruw the m go aboard the warship ; then the youths returned to where the Liberty Boys were waiting their coming. "I guess we may a s well go back to the encampment," saiQ. Dick; "there is nothing more for us to do here So they set out, and s oon a t their jles tination. The youth s who had come as hore from the sloop went back and Dick and Bob went with them. The t'Wo youths who w e re on top of the headland as lookout s came to the s loop, and r eporte d that tl;le warsh i p had rai s ed anchor and was sa iling down the river, and so Dick gav e the order to get the s loop under way This was done and they s ailed around the h e adl and and came in sight of the en e my. "Le t 's try a f e w shots at her, Dick," s a i d Bob. All right. 'irh e gunner s manned the gun, after the s loop h a d swung: around, with the stern tow ard the e nem y and s everal s hots were :fired, two of whi c h did some dam age, o ne cutting off the top of a s mall spar and one cut ting a grea t hole through the mainsail. The Briti s h wa rs hip r e turned the fire, but non e of the s hots came anywhere.near the s loop. When the wars hip was out of rang e the Liberty Boys set s ail once mor e and head e d n9r t hward tow ard West Point. CHAPTER XII. RUNNING THE GAUNTLET. When the sloop arrived at West Point Dic:k went ashore and to headquarters, to report to General Washington. The general rec e ived him cordially. He heard the youth 's report, and then complimented him on the work he had done. "I am glad that you hav e come just at this time," he said; I have some work that I wi h you might be able to do." .. "I shall be glad to do anything you wi s h done, your excellency; that is, if it is anything that I can do." The commander-in-chief was silent for a few moments, a thoughHullook on his face. Then he s aid, s lowly: "The work which I wish you to do is s omething extremel y difficult and dangerous, Dick. Indeed I don t know whether it is possible to do it at all. I will tell you what it is, and then you can see what you think about it." "Very well, sir "As you may have heard, Dick, I am looking for the ar rival of a French fleet, which i s expected to co-operate with us, and help defeat the Briti s h in America. It is abouf time for the fleet to be in the vicinity of New York, and what I was thinking of having you do, was to sail down the Hudson, out inrough the bay and Narrows, into the


THE LIBERTY. BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 23 ocean, where, if you should find the fleet there, you could Such were a few of the exclamations. see the admiral and bring me some valuable information." "Then you are willing to make the attempt to run past The commander-in-chief pauRed and looked at Dick the British warships and get out into the ocean?" asked searchingly and inquiringly. Dick. "What do you think of it?" he asked, after a few mo"Yes, yes." ments of "is it at all feasible, or will H be too "We will enjoy it." risky to attempt?" Dick had been sure of this, anyway, but he was glad to Dick was thinking deeply. He was only a young ielhear the youths say that they were {vming to undertake the low, tn1e, but he had a man' s head on hi s shoulders, and his affair. judgment was alway s good. "When are we going to s tar t ? ' a shd Bob. He was turning the matter o ver and ove r in his mind and "Right away after supp e r s aid Dick. "That will enable giving it. consideration from every standpoint u s to hav e light a s far down a s t h e h ome of the Dunwalcls; "I belie ve it can be done sir," he said, presently; "that and a ft e r that w e will have i.he d ark, and s o will be en-is to say, I am sure that it is possible to accomplish it." abl e d to get pas t the Briti s h war ships-if we have good "I am glad to hear you say that, and now are you willin luck.' to attempt the feat?" Thi s met with the approval of th e youth s, and after they "I am had e at e n s upper they began getting ready for th e trip down Dick s pok e pos itively. th e river "And your Liberty B._oys-will they be willing to take The s loop was gott e n under way, and th e n sailea down the risk? th e l"trc am, moving along at a mode ral c pac e the wind being "Oh, yes; I can answer for them, sir. They will be glad fair to attempt the feat, dangerous though it may be. They Dick had s ized the matter up abont right; it came dark will go anywhere and dare anything that I a s k them to." just about the time they came to the headland, n ear which "Very well; then you may make the attempt." lay the Dunwald home Here the Rloop was brought to, and They talked awhile longer, the commander-in-chief givDick and Bob went ashore. ing Dick in s tructions, and then the youth got ready to take 'l'hey made tbeir way to the Liberty Boys encampment, his departure. and Dick told the youths what he and those aboard the "You think that you wm make the attempt to-night, sloop were going to try to do. then?" asked the general. "You stay here and keep a sharp lookout for thO> red"Yes, if the wind is right, and I think it will be.'' coats," he said. "We may g e t back in safety in a day or Then General Washington bade the Liberty Boy goodtwo; but if we should not, why r e turn to West Point and by, and wished him s ucce ss, after which Dick took his destay there till you do learn what has become of us." parture. "All right," said Mark Morrison, who was to remain in He hastened to go b a ck on board the sloop. command of the force of Liberty Boys. r When he got there he found the boys seated in the cabin, Then Dick and Bob said good-by and went hack on talking, laughing, and joking with one another. 'hat was board the sloop. one nice thing about the Liberty Boys; they got along toDick gave the order, and the sloop was gotten under way. gether in the best manner imaginable. There was no quarThe three youths wlio were to have the wheel were at relling, and no jealousies. They were pleasant and jolly their post, and they were confident that they could guide the all the time. sloop down past the British warships, dark though it was. "Hello, Dick; what is the news?" asked Bob. The sloop rounded the headland, and then sailed straight "I have some news," replied Dick; "and from your standdown the stream. point it would be called good news." The youth at the wheel knew his business and was en"Is that so? Why would it be called good news from my abled to guide the vessel aright without much trouble. standpoint, more than from yours or the others?" On the sloop sailed, and it was not until it was well "Because it is something that means danger for all of down toward the city that the lights of a British warship us." "Let us hear what it is, then.'t "All right." The n Dick told them wha.t the commanderin-chief wished them to do. The Liberty Boys were delighted. ("hat is just the thing!" ((Say, that will he all right." (('l'hat will be something to do, boys!" ((Say, that will be something to talk about, if we succeed in doing it." were seen. "Now we will have to look out," s aid Dick. "So we will," agreed Bob. Then JJick went to the youth at the wheel and told him to be very careful. "Give the warship as wide a berth as possible," he said. "All right, Dick," was the reply. "I will run over close to the west shore, for the water is deep, and there is no danger of getting aground." They passed the warship without being discovered.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON .THE HUDSON. It was quite dark, and the pali s ade s and bluff s made dark backgrounds against which it was impossible to see a dark body like that of the s loop. In this mann e r the littl e vessel passed the war s hip s one after another, and at las t was down oppos ite the city. Here was where the mos t danger for the youths at the wheel were not familiar with the bay, and would hav e to run somewhat at random The youth s w e r e c onfident, however, that they could make their way througli the bay and out tfuough t}1e N ar rows in safety, providing they did not arou s e the men on the British warships and have to run the gauntlet of can non balls. The youths at the wheel guided the s loop s kilfully, and managed to g e t out into the bay, and well down toward the Narrows b e fore they were discovered. Then they had to run s o clos e to a warship that they were s een, and th e alarm was given. The British gunn e rs went to work and s hot after shot was fired. Some of the c annon ball s came perilously near the sloop, but fortunately the y did not strike it. The boys at the whe el guided the s loop, by watching the dark shores on either side, and g ot s afely through the Narrows. As soon as they had accomplished this they breathed freely. They felt jubilant, for they had done a most remarkable thing. They kept on till the sloop was well out in tlie ocean, and then the work of killing time and watching for some signs of the expected French fleet was begun. "Why so?" "Because the redcoats will be on the lookout for us, don't you think?" "Yes, likely they will The sloop beat along the coas t all that night, going first one way and then the other, and when morning came the Liberty Boys again scarmed the horizon for sails. None were in sight. "I don't believe the French flee t i s coming," said Bob. "I think it will be here s ooner or lat er," said Di. ck. "Well, it looks as though it i s going to be later, instead of sooner." Dick laughed. "Be patient, Bob, he s aid. "We will see the French fleet before long, I am sure-perhaps before night." He was right. About four o'clock in the afternoon the lookout up in the bow called down: "I see sails-several of them!" CHAPTER XIII. THE FATE OF THE SLOOP. The Liberty Boys were greatly excited at once. "It must be the French fleet!" cried Bob. Quite likely!" from Dick Then he climbed aloft ana took a look. Several sail s were visible in the di s tance and while they watched others kept appearing, until the yollth counted twenty-seven. "Yes, it i s the French fleet," s aid Dick at las t. "Well I am glad of it." The sloop sailed first one way and then another, all night long Then he des cended to the deck, and there they waited When morning came the youths scanned the horizon for till the fleet was near enough s o that the flagship could be a sight of sails, but not one was visible. made out; then Dick ordered that the sloop be headed for The French fleet had not yet arrived. the flagship. "What are we going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. This was done, and an hour later tlie sloop was hauled' "We are going to s tay out here and wait and watch for to not far from tne vessel in question the coming of the fleet Bob." A quarter boat was lowered and Dick and s everal of the "That is what I supposed you would do." y outh s got into it, and rowed to the flag ship The youths sailed up and down the coas t all day long When they were along s id e the vessel a rope-ladder was and when night came they had not sighted any s ails. lower e d and Dick climbed up to the deck. "Say, Dick," said Bob, while they were eating s upper, The s ailors did not under s tana Dick when he spoke to "suppose a bad storm should blow up? What would bethem for they were Frenchmen. come of us?" "That's something I hadn't taken into consideration "Oh, I guess we could ride it out, old fellow; the sloor thou ght Dick. is a strong seaworthy vessel." He knew the:y would understand a name, however, and so "Yes, it seems to be." he spoke the name of the French admiral Count d'Estaing, They talked a while longer, and then the matter of getand the s ailors at once bowed, and one motioned for Dick ting back past the warships and up the Hudson river came to follow him. up. The youth did so, and was soon in the cabin. "How are we ever going to manage that, Dick?" Bob A little while later he was ushered into the admiral's preswanted to know. ence, and was greatly pleased to find liim s elf greeted in "Well, we will have to manage it the same as we did in English. coming out." "My name is Dick Slater, sir," said Dick, "and I am a "But it will be much more difficult, Dick." mess enger from General Wash ington." '-'


THE. LlBEHr:I:Y BOYS ON 'l'HE HUDSON. 25 "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Slater," was and when night came they decided to make an attempt to the reply, "and what news do you bring me from your re-enter the bay andslip past the British warships. commander-in-chief?" It was going to be a dark night, but clear, and it would "I have a letter here, sir." be possible to see the dark hills and bluffs on either side, Dick drew a letter from his pocket and handed it to the which would make it possible to steer the sloop along in count. safety. 'l'he latter opened lett!Jr and read the contents eagerly The wind was from the ocean, and so it would be as good and interestedly. a time as they would have, in all likelihood. When he had finished, he looked down at the floor and Soon a fter dark the sloop was headed in toward the N arsemed to be pondering. rows. Presently he looked up. As they neared this natural gateway to the bay, they be" General Washington wishes us to co-operate with his came eager and somewhat excited. army," the count said. "But I am afraid tliat our heaviest They realized that they were going to undertake a very vessels will not go over the sandbar which stretches across difficult and dangerous undertaking. your outer harbor, in which event we will be unable to do True, they had c:ome out in safety, but then the redcoats as your c?mmander-in-chief wishes." were unsuspicious tha.t such an attempt was to be made; "When will you test the matter?" asked Dick. now they would be on the lookout, they knew the sloop "It may as well be done at once." was outside the harbor and readily guessed that it would "Yes, and then I will be a"le to carey back the news to sooner or later be trying to get back past them. General Washington." The Liberty Boys did not hesitate, however. "So you will." :were to the harbor_ and get past Two of the biggest warshfps were sent to test the matter Bnhsh warsh1ps, however, 1f such a thmg were posof the depth of the water, and they worked for severa l Slble. hours, in an attempt to find a place where the sandbar Closer and closer they came to the Narrows. could be crossed, but without avail. The water was too At last they passed the entrance and were in :the harbor. shallow everywhere. Now the real danger began. Count d'Estaing was greatly disappointed . The youth at the wheel held the sloop well over toward "Without my heaviest warships it be folly to enthe Staten Island shore, and every eye on the vessel was at ter the harbor and attempt to cope with the British fleet," work scanning the surroundings for the lights of the war he said; "and so, although I dislike to do so, I judge that ships, or for the dark hulls of the vessels-it being shrew dly I must send word to your commander -in-chief that I cansuspected that the British might not put out the lights, in not co-operate with him." the expectation of ll}aking it next to impossible for the sloop to get past them without being discovered. "He 'Will be greatly disappointed," said Dick. l.f I The youths had remarkably keen eyes, and they managed '"And so am I greatly disappointed, Mr. Slater; to make out the hulls of the warships in time to pass the could have entered the harbor with all my ships, then I word to the boy at the wheel, who altered the sloop's course would have been glad to offer batHe to the British; as it each time and gave the warships as wide berth as possible. I shall have to stay away and avoid an less, indeed, the British could be ind uced to come out into The sloop had passed four of the vessels before its presthe open water and give me battle." ence in the harbo; was discovered, and then there was a sudden transformation. Dick shook his head. "I don't think there is much hope of their doing that," he said. "I am sure they would not do it; so the only thing I can do is to go back to the West Indies." "Then I may as well go back to General Washington and tell him the news," said Dick. On the vessel in the harbor lights flashed up. Kettles filled with pitch and tied in the rigging were set on fire, and they flamed up throwing out considerable light over the waters. The Liberty Boys stared in amazement. "Great guns," gasped Bob; "we are in for it now!" "I guess you are right, old man," agreed Dick. "Yes; I will write him a letter." "They will sink us, sure as anything!" "Thank you; that will be best." "I fear so." Count d'Estaing wrote a letter and sealed it and gave it '.rhen Dick told the youths to be ready to take to the wa-to Dick, who placed it in his pocket. ter at any moment. Then he bade the Count good-by and returned to the "We are all good swimmers," he said; "and I think that sloop. if the redcoats do sink the sloop we will be able to get A little later the French fleet sailed away, but the sloop safely to the shore." remained where it was, for the youths would not dare to The youths said they thought so. enter the harbor in the daytime. "And when you the shore make straight for the They sailed back and forth during the rest of the day, near the Dunwa.ld home," Dick instructed


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. them. "If the sloop goes down and we have to take lo the water, it will be a game of every fellow look out for himself, but I want that we shall aU get together again within a .few days time." "Oh, we will get to the shore safely, Dick," said Bolt. Then Dick instructed the youth at the wheel to hold the sloop on her course, no matter what happened, and if the redcoats crippled the vessel to run her as close to the west shore of the Hudson as possible. The youth said he would do so. Then the British gunners on all :the warships opened :fire at the sloop, and the cannon balls began spatting around the brave little vessel. "Say, it seems tp be raining cannon balls!" said Bob Es tabrook, with a grin. Nothing could ruffie hi serenity. He was in his element when danger threatened the most. Soon a cannon ba,ll cut the top off the mast and down the piece came, dragging ropes and sails with it. This crippled the speed of the little vessel to such an ex tent that only slow progress could be made. "I guess that settles it," said Dick sadly; "we will never get back to West Point with the sloop." "No, we will have to take to the water, sooner or later, said Bob. This proved to be the case. Presently a cannon ball struck the sloop .right at the water line, and the water poured in through the hol11, and the hold began filling. The sloop soon began to s ettle into the water, and this had the effect of still further retarding the vessel's progress. A little later th e sloop refused to move forward, and began to settle slowly but surely into the water. "She's going down!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, w e may as well take to the water," said Dick. 'l"'he youths did so, and a s they were seen leaping over board shout s cif triumph went up from the throats oi the redcoats on the war s hips. The British gunner s kept on firing, but aimed at the youths s \vimming toward the wes t shore of the Hudson. Of c our se, it would have been only by .accident that they hit a y o uth, but the y kept up the firing in the hope that a random s hot might do th e work. Some of the cannon ball s did come pretty near hitting some of them One struck within ten feet of Ben Spur lock, and s pla s hed wat e r all over his head. "That was a pretty clos e call," said the youth to him self. Dick and Bob remained close together, and as they hap pened to b e in a streak of light made by a burning pitch kettle, swam rapidly to a point wh e re they would be s hield ed by the darkness. When they reached the dark s pot, they on swim ruing, even though the cour s e led toward the city. They made up their DJindl:l that they would be about as safe in making a landin g ther e as in trying to reach the west shore of the Hudson, so they swam steadily toward the lower end of Manl1attan I s land. On they swam, making very fair progress when it _was taken into cons id e ration that they were weighted down with their clothing, and aL last they were within a few rods nf the shore They saw that th e lowe r end of the island, from Bowling Green to the edge of the water, was thronged with people who had been attracted there by the exciting scene out in the bay, and so the youths &wam on up the East River, till they reached a point where no one seemed to be. Here they made a landing, but they had not gone far before they were startled by hearing yells close at hand. "Here are some _of the rebels!" cried a voice; "they have just crawled out of the water. After them 1 Capture them! They must not be permitted to get away!" The youths glanced back, and1 outlined against the lights made by the illumination in the harbor, they saw half a dozen redcoat s coming after them on the run. "Away with you, Bob!" cried Dick. They struck out, and ran at the. top of their speed. CHAPTER XIV. BACK AT HEADQUARTERS. They ran swiftly in spite of the fact that their cloth ing was wet and much heavier than ordinarily the case. They were splendid runners, and under ordinary cir cumstances would ha .ve had no trouble in getting away from their pursuer s ; but now they were very tired-were almost exhaust ed, in fact-as a result of their long and hard s wim, and they could not run as fast as they could. have done, but for this. And, too, they could not hold out to run long. 'Thi s was the worst feature, for they soon wer e forced to s lacken their speea, with the result that the redcoats began gaining on them. "I am afrajd they will g e t u s Dick," panted Bob. "I'm nfra i d so, Bob "We will keep on running till the very last, though." "Yes; we won't give up till w e have to." Th e y turned o n e c orner afte r another, and presently Dick utte red an exclam a tion. "What is it, old fellow?" from Bob "There i s the Guinell home, Bob!" Bob gave utterance to an e xclamation in turn. "You are right, Dick! Maybe they will let us in, a;nd hide us." "Let's try it at any rate The house in question was only a few door s from the cor ner, and the pursuing redcoats had not yet come in sight. The Liberty Boys leaped up i.he s tep s and pounded on the door in an imp e rative mann er. There were quick footsteps within, and then the rattle of a bolt as it was withdrawn; then the door opened. The youths leaped through the doorway, and pushed the door shut, and bolted it. I I


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. 27 'l'heu they saw that they were standing in the presence of Bernice Guinell. A candle was burning in a holder on a stand near at hand thus making it possible to see dis tinctly. 1'Thanks, Miss Guinell," said Dick; "you have done us a great favor by letting us in here so promptly. You have undoubtedly saved us from capture." "I am glad of it, and you do not owe me any thanks; I am only repaying you for what you did for me, not long ago." "But that was a pleasure to us," said Bob. "Well, this is a pleasure to me." At this moment there came a knock on the door. "The redcoats!" whispered Dick; "I hope they did not see u s enter here." "I don't think they did," said Bon; "they are just trying a few houses at random, I think." "Go into the parlor," whispered Bernice; "and I will join you there as soon as I get father here to open the door." "Very well." The youths entered the parlor, and stood there till the girl came ii:J. and joined them. They heard a man's voice call out, "Who is there?" and knew it belonged to Mr. Guinell. "Come over here to the alcove," whispered Bernice; "and then, if the redcoats should ente-r and search for you, we can go down into the secret room, as we did the other time." "Very well," replied Dick. They were soon in and then they heard the door open, and there was considerable talk betwoon the men at the door and Mr. Guinell. '.Dhe men went a'Way, however, and did nat enter the house. It was as Bob had said; they did not see the youths enter, and were making inquiries a.t a number of houses. When they had gone, Bernice and the youths came forth, and Mr. Guinell greeted them cordially. "So you 'Were on board the sloop that was sunk, eh ?" he remarked, when he had heard their s tory. "Yes," replied Dick. Their host insisted that they should remain over night, and they decided to do so, for they were very tired, and this would give their clothing time to dry. They remained all night, and all next day, for it would not have done for them to try to get away in the daytime. When night came, however, they bade good-by to Mr. Guinell and Bernice and took their departure. They left the city, and walked northward. They stopped at a farmhouse near the Harlem River and hired a couple of horses, jlnd after this they made good l1eadway. They reached the patriot headquarters, and waited till morning, when they went to General Washington and Dick gave him the letter from Count d'Estaing. The in-chief read the l etter, and it was plain that he was greatly disappointed. "I feared that the big warships could not cross the sand ba.r," he said; "well, that plan will to be abandoned." ( Then he turned to the youths and asked to hear the stor y of their adventures. Dick told the story, briefly and clearly, and modestly withal. "So your sloop was sunk in New York harbor?" ex claimed the commmander-in-chief. "Well, well! That is too bad .. Then he askoo if any of the Liberty Boys had been killed. "None were killed by the shots of the Briti sh," was the reply; "but some of them may have been dro wned. I am going down to where the other Liberty Boys are encampe d, at once, and find out. I told them to come up there if they got away safely. I hope to find them all there." After some further conversation Dick and Bob took their departure, and they at once crossed the river to West Point. Here they bridled and sad dled their own horses, which had been there several weeks, and mounting, rode down the west shore of the Hudson. They rode at a s wift pace, and arrived at the encampment near the Dunwald home about ten o'clock. To the great joy of both Dick and Bob they found all th'e J!be:rty Boys there. Not one of the youth had lost his life. "But we had begun to think that you and Bob had gone under," said Sam Sanderson. Tnen the youths to1d how they had landed in New York City, and had been chased, and had taken refuge in the home of the Guinells, where they had remained all night and all day. "This is what made us late in getting here," said Dick. But now all was well. All the Liberty were there, sale and sound, and there was indeed cause that they should congratulate the m selves on their good fortune. Dick went to the Dunwald home and was cordially re ceived by Mr. and Mrs. Dunwald and Daisy. "I am sorry you lost you:r sloop," said the girl. "So am. I," smiled Dick; "but it did good service, while we had it." While was talking a Liberty Boy put in an appear ance and told him that a British warship had cast ancl10r just below the headland, and that a force was coming a s hore. "How strong a force ?'1 asked Dick. "More than two hundred had landed when I came away ; and they were still at work." "Jove, that will be too strong a force for us. We had better break camp and retire toward the north." He bade _the girl and her parents good-by and ha.

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE HUDSON. halt. They were on the top ()a ridge and on the side the keep a watch on tlie British warships and tn send word if redcoats would come from the slope was pretty steep. one or more vessels should come farther north than the "We will wait here and give the British a. bit of a surheadland near the Dunwald home. prise," said Dick. This plea sed the youths. They were right in f6r it. They got ready to receive the redcoa-tS. ' . . .1 . ... They s tationed them selves in s uch a manner a s would make it practically impossible for the Briti s h to d() them injury, and they wa,ited. Presently the redcoats were seen c oming. rr'heir red coats made them cons picuou s and e asy to see. On they came, and it was not until the y were halfway up the slope that they knew they w e re in d a n ger; the n the "Ve ry well, sir," said Dick. went back and told the youth s what the commander-. -in-chief had s aid, and they were vecy well pleased; George Harper, needless to say, was delighted. He would get to be near his s weetheart once more. The Liberty Boys went back d()wn there and went into c amp They remained there two weeks and kept close watch over th e Hud son. Once or twice warships a s cended the river till they were above the headland and Dick sent W()rd to the comma nd e r-in-chi e f each time. Thi s enabl e d t he g e neral l;iberty Boys fired a voll e y and dropp e d a nnmber of the to g e t thing s in readiness :for a battle at the :fort in case the enemy. Briti s h came up and made an attack; but they did Mt do This enraged the redcoats, and the y c harged wjldly up the so, and all was w e ll 'slope. '. Later on the Libert y Boys w ent over on the Connecticut They knew they outnumbered the Libery Boys s o s t rong ly that it would be impossible for them to out a,nd s o they charged determinedly. The youth s did. not inte nd to tcy to hold their ground, however; they Wis hed to do all the damage they could and then gef So they fired two pi s tol-volleys in quick succession and then retreated. on Lo_ ng I s land Sound, to protect some of the town s ther e s o th e s tory o:f "The Liberty Boys on the Huds on" i s practically end ed. : .At the clos e o:f the war George Harper and Daisy Dun wald w e r e married B e n Burgess was not hanged or s hot a s a spy, but was s et free lat e r on, owing to the fact that he was young and was Those who w e re on :foot w ent fir s t and ran w ith alllheir not a s oldier. might, and tho s e who had r e mained b e hind t o fir e a He was glad to and became a b etter youth than he couple more volleys after which they mounted t heir horse s had been. H e n e v e r bother e d Dai s y a fter that. and rode away at a gallop . B e rnice Gui n e ll made the a c quaintance o:f a Liberty Boy The redcoats had not succeed e d in inflicting an y damage by the n a m e o f Fre d Forrest before the war was ended, and, whatever upon the youths having :fallen in love with each other they were married This enrag e d th em, a s a matt e r o f c our se, and they were more determined than e v e r to cat c h up w ith the r e b e l s and punish them :for their t e m e rity. This was not e a s y to do, howe v er; in the first p lace, the Liberty Boys w e r e younger, livelier a nd mor e abl e to march than were their olde r e n e mie s,. and too, they' knew the ground thoroughly, while the redcoat s not. This made it a comparativel y eas y matter :for the youths to keep out of the way of their enemy. They continued the retreat, and at last the redcoat s gave it up and turned back. They were disappointed, but had to make the best of the matter. The I.1iberty Boys went on up to West Point, :for they did not know but General Washington might want them :for something or other. Dick went ()Ver and had an interview with the comman der-in-chief, who told the youth to go down the river and at th e close of the .war. Lieu tenant Cols on was kill e d in a battle a :few months after his encounter with Dick Slater in New York City. THE END. The next number (187) of "The Liberty Boys o:f '76" will contain "THE -LIBERTY BOYS AT GERMAN TOWN ; ()r, GOOD WORK IN A GOOD CAUSE," by Harrry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers o:f -this weekly are always in print. I:f you cannot obtain them :frolJ!l any newsdealer, 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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Man Without a Name. 201 The Bradys and the Manhunters; or, Down In the Dismal Swamp. 202 The Bradys and the High Rock Mystery ; or, The Secret of the Seven Steps. 203 The Bradys at the Block Bouse; or, Rustling the Rustlers on the li'rontier. 204 The Bradys In Baxter Street; or, The House Without a Door. 205 The Bradys Midnight Call ; or, The Mystery of Harlem Heights. 206 The Bradys Behind the Bars; or, Working on Blackwells Island. 207 The Bradys and the Brewer's Bonds; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 208 The Bradys on the Bowery ; or, The Search for a Missing Girl. 209 The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious Case. 210 The Bradys and the Gold Fakirs; or, Working for the Mint. 211 The Bradys at Bonanza Bay; or, Working oo a Million Dollar Clew. 212 The Bradys and the Black Riders ; or, The Mysterious Murder at Wildtown. 213 The Bradys and Senator Slam; or, Working With WashinKton Crooks. 214 The Bradys and the Man from Nowhere; or, Their Very Hardest 243 The Bradys at Hill ; or, 'l'he Mystery of the Man from Montana. 244 The Bradys ant. Pilgrim Pete; or, The Tough Sports of Terror 245 The Bradys and the Black Eagle Express or 'l'he Fate of the Frisco Flyer. ' 246 The Bradys and Hi-Lo-Jak; or, Dark Deeds In Chinatown. 247 The Bradys and the Texas Raqgers: or, Rounding up the Green Goods li'aklrs. 248 The Bradys and "Simple Sue"; or, The Keno Queen of Sawdust City. 249 The Bradys and the Wall Street Wizard; or, the Cash That Did Not Come. 250 The Bradys and Cigarette Charlie ; or, the Smoothest Crook In the World. 251 The Bradys at Bandit Gulch; or, From Wall Street to the Far 'West. 252 The Bradys In the Foot-Hills; or, The Blue Band of Hard Luck Gulch. 253 The Bradys and Brady the Banker; or, The Secret of the Old Santa Fe Trail. 254 The Bradys' 9raveyard Clue; or, Dealings With Doctor Death. 2a5 The Bradys and "Lonely Luke"; or, The Hard Gang of Bard scrabble. Case. 215 The Bradys and ''No. 99" ; or, The Search aire. for a Mad MillionThe Bradys and Tombstone Tom; or, A Hurry Cali from Arizona. ., The Bradys' Backwoods Trail ; or, Landing the Log Rollers Gang. 216 The Bradys at Baffin's Bay ; or, The Trail Which Led to the Arc-tic. 217 The Bradys and Gim Lee; or, Working a Clew In Chinatown. 218 Thlio:J:adys and the "Yegg" Men ; or, Seeking a Clew on the 219 The Bradys and the Blind Banker; or, Ferretting Out the Wall Street Thieves. 220 The Bradys and the Black Cat; or, Working Among the Card Crooks of Chicago. 221 The Bradys and the Texas Oil King; or, Seeking a Clew In the Southwest. 222 The Bradys and the Night Hawk; or, New York at Midnight. 223 The Bradys in the Bad Lands ; or, Hot work In Soutll Dakota. 224 The Bradys at Breakneck Hall ; or, The Mysterious House on the Harlem. 225 The Bradys and the 'Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work In Horners ville. 226 The Bradys and the Three Sheriffs; or, Doing Turn In Ten nessee. 227 The. 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Mystery. 238 The l3radys and the Wire Gang; or, The Great Race-'l'rack Swindle. 239 The Bradys Among the Mermons; or, Secret Work In Salt Lake City. 240 The and "Fancy Frank" ; or, The Velvet Gang of Flood Bar. 241 The BPadys at Battle Cliff; or, Chased Up the GrandCanyon. 242 The Bradys and "Mustang Mike ; or, The Man With the Branded Hand. 258 The Bradys and "Joe Jinger"; or, The Clew In the Convict Camp. 259 The Bradys ll't Madman's Roost; or, A Clew from the Golden Gate. 260 Tl!e Bradys and the Border Band; or, Six Weeks Work Along the Line. 261 The Bradys In Sample City; or, The Gang of the Silver Seven 262 The Brady11' Mott Street Mystery ; or, The Case of Mrs. Chlni Chow. 263 The Bradys' Black Butte Raid; or, Trailing the Idaho "Terror." 264 The Bradys and Jockey Joe; or, Crooked Work at the Racetrack. 265 The Bradys at Kicking Horse canyon; or, Working for the Can-adian Paclfte. 266 The Bradys and "Black Jack" ; or, Trackmg the Negro Crooks. 267 The Bradys' Wild West Clew; or, Knocking About Nevada. 268 The Dash to Deadwood; or, A Mystery of the Black Hills. 269 The Bradys and "Humpy Hank" ; or, The Silv e r Gang of Shasta. 270 The Bradys and Dr. Dockery ; or, 'l.'he Secret Band o f Seven 271 The Brady& Western Raid; or, 'l'ralling A "Bad" Man to Texas. 272 at Fort Yuma; or, .The Mix -up with the "King of 273 The Bradya and the Bond King; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 274 The Brady& and Fakir Fred; or, The Mystery ol: the County 275 The Bradya' California Cali; or, Hot Work In Hangtown. 276 The Bradya' Million Dollar Camp ; or, Rough Times In Rattle snake Canyon. 277 The Uradys and the Black Hounds ; or, The Mystery of the Midas Mine. 278 The Bradys Up Bad River; o!', After the Worst Man of All. 279 The Bradys and "Uncle Hiram"; or, Hot Work with a Hayseed Crook. 280 The Bradys and Kid King; or, Tracking the Arizona Terror. 281 The Bradys' Chicago Clew ; or, Exposing the Board of Trade Crooks. 282 The Bradys and Silver King; or, After the Man of Mystery. 283 The Bradys' Hard Struggle ; or, The Search fol' the Missing l!'II!g

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LATEST ISSIJES: 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-ships. 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or, Lost In the Swamps. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Won It. 116 The Liberty Boys D ece iv ed; or, 'l'rlcked but Not Beaten. 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, 'l'he Deadly 'l'wel-:e. 119 The Liberty Boys' League ; or, 'l'he Country Boys Who Helped. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest .rrlck ; or, How the Redcoats were Fooled. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot In the Enemy's Country. 122 Tile Liberty Boys In the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Cause. 123 The Liberty Boy.a' Bonanza ; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 124 The Liberty Bo)'ll at or, The Surrender of Burgoyne. 12 5 'l'he Liberty Boys and "Old Put."; or The Escape at Horseneck. 126 The Liberty Boys Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Poison Washington. 127 The Liberty Boys and "Queen Esther"; or, The Wyoming Valley Massacre. 128 The Liberty Boys' Horse Guard; or, On the High Hills of Santee. 129 The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr; or, Battling for Independ ence. 130 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" ; or, Helping Marlon. 131 The Liberty Boys and Ethan Allen; or, Old and Young Veterans. 132 The Liberty Boys and the King' s Spy ; or, Diamond Cut Dia-mond. 133 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge ; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 134 The Liberty Boys and Paul Jones; or, The Martyrs of the Prison Ships. 1.35 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green ; or, Smashing the King's Statue. 136 The Liberty Boys anP, Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy. 137 The Liberty Boys' Minute Men"; or, The Battle of the Cow Pens. 138 Tile Liberty Boys and the Traitor; or, How They Handled Him. 139 The Liberty Boys at Yellow Creek; or, R outing the Redcoats. 140 The Liberty Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. 141 The Liberty Boys In Ri chmond; or, I<'lghtlng Traitor Arnold. 142 The Liberty Boys and the Terrible Tory; or, Beating a Bad Man. 143 The Liberty Boys' Sword-Fight ; or, Winning with the Enemy's Weapons. 144 The Liberty Boys In Georgia; or, Lively Times Down South. 145 The Liberty Boys' Greatest Triumph; or, The March to VIctory. 146 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy : or, Two of a Kind. 147 The Liberty Boys in Florida; or, Prevost's Army. 148 The Liberty Boys' Last Chance; or, Making the Best of It. 149 The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters ; or, The Battle of the Kegs. 1fi0 The Liberty Boys OQ Guard: or, Watching the Enemy. 1;';1 The Liberty Boys' Strange Guide; or, the Mysterious Malden. 152 The Liberty Boys In the Mountains ; or, Among Rough People. 1.53 'he Liberty B oys' R etteat; or, In the Shades of Death. 154 The Liberty Boys and the Fire Fiend; o r, A New Kind of Battle. 155 The Liberty Boys In Quakertown ; or, Making Things L vely in Philadelphia. J 5 6 1'he Liberty Boys and the Gypsies; or, A Wonderful Sur,prlse. 157 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Artillery; or "Liberty or Death." 158 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons ; or, Fighting the In dian Raiders. 159 The Liberty Boys' Gunners ; or, The Bombardment of Monmouth. 160 'he Liberty Boys and Lafayette; or, Helping the Young French General. 161 The Liberty Boys' Grit; or, The Bravest of the Brave. 162 The Liberty Boys at West Point; or, Helping to Watch the Red coats. 163 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. 164 The Liberty Boys and "Light Horse Harry" ; or, Chasing the British Dragoons. '. 165 The Liberty Boys in Camp; or, Working Washington. 166 The Liberty Boys and Mute Mart; or, The Deaf and Dumb Spy. 167 The Liberty Boys at Trenton ; or, The Greatest Christmas ev.., Known. 168 The Liberty Boys and General Gates; or, The Disaster at .cam d e n 169 The Liberty Boys at Brandywine ; or, Fighting Fiercely tor Free dom. 170 The Liberty Boys' Hot CaOVlaign; or, The Warmest Work on Record. 171 The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or, Breaking in New R e cruits. 172 The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish; or, Holding Out to the End. 173 The Liberty Boys at Forty Fort; or, The Battle of Pocono Mountain. 174 The Liberty Boys as Swamp Rats; or, Keeping the Redcoats Worried. 175 Tile I"lberty Boys' Death March ; or, The Girl of the R egiment. 176 The Liberty Boys' Only Surrender, And Why It was Done. 177 The Liberty Boys and Flora M cDonald; or, After the H essians. 178 The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps; or, Fighting for the Starry Flag. 179 The Liberty Boys and the Gun Maker ; or, The Battle of Stony Point. 180 The Liberty Boys as Night Owls; or, Great Work after Dark. 181 The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Raiders. 18 2 The Liberty Boys' Masked Battery; or, The Burning of Kingston. 18 3 The Liberty Boys and Major Andre; or, Trapping the British Mes 18 4 The Liberty Boys in Distric t 96; or Surrounded by Redcoats. 18 5 The Liberty Boys and the Sentinel; or, The Capture of Fort Washing ton. 18 6 T)l.e Liberty Boy s on the Hudson; or, Working OJ! the Water, For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per C o py, by PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yoril 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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