The Liberty Boys' revenge; or, Punishing the Tories

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Moore, Harry
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Weekl!J-B!J Subscription })cr ?tern. Entered as Second -Clan Jfalle r n/. /!Jr .. rCJrk Po s t Office, F ebruary 4, l DOl, by F rrtnk 10usc!J No. 298 YORK, SEP fEl\IBER 14 1906. Price 5 Cents. Dick and_ the Liberty Boys rushed in. A lad was kneeling on the ground tied to a heavy stone, with the rope around his neck. One of the Tories was about to strike him with a thick stick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS oF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolut i on bftwJ Subscriptj,on f2.50 per 1/Mr &t.eruf,.a.s Second CW.Ss Malt'<"" at tlu NtM York. N.Y., P.tJIII' 0 /lce. JiWJrUa'"l! A 1901 J!)nUred. p-Ccoriltnq to Act o f f]bntiri88, in fiea'r tlu o .lftu '!f tlu :lAlworicua of CtJtqJrus, Waslitngtcm. D. C ., b11 Ji'M.n., 'l:'oust11, 24 unum 8qt14re, Nevl No. 298. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 14, 1906. P rice 5 Cents C H APTE R I. TRO U BLES OME NEIGHBORS < W ell, Bob tb.ings look p retty blue T hey do, Di ck." "But I am not losin g heart." N or I Dick." "We've b e en p retty nearl y driv e n out o f Ne w Y or k city." Yes, D ick. Fort Wa to n i s yet ours howeve r Yes, Bob ; but I t h i n k that Gen e r a l Howe will t ry and get that n ext." "Very true." T h e Liberty Boys :he holdi n g on though B o b ." "Ye s and t hey t hink tha t they could not have a better cap tain than Dick Slater. N or a b ette r first li eutenant than Bob E stab rook." I am sati sfied if y ou are Di ck." I am not think in g o f makin g an y c hange at pre s ent, B o b." I p e nd e nce, and to annoy the enemy in e very way pos. s ible. I They had now been i n existe nce abou t four m o nths a nd had alr e a d y done good w ork. Di ck enjoyed t h e confid e n c e of the genera l -inchief an d ha d been emp loyed by him u pon s everal mission s of a d e l i c a t e nature H e a n d Bob and the g reat e r part of t h e Libe rty B o ys, in fact, came from Westche s t e r, an d i n the neighb o rh ood of White Pla ins 'l' he two you t h s w e r e at this time at B ob Es tabrook' s home, a n eat cotta ge, where h e lived w ith p arents and s i s te r A lice, a m o s t char min g gi r l, who, b y the w ay, was Di c k 's s weetheart. Di ck li ved not f a r a way with his mot h er an d sist er E di t h the latt e r bein g the sweeth eart of Bob Es ta brook. The two y outh s wer e the clos e s t o f frie n ds, b e ing like broth e rs in fact. The Lib e rty Boys, one h undr e d in numb er, w ere e n c a m ped i n the woods not f a r from Wh ite Plain s awa iting Di ck's ord e r s "But I say, Dick?" Dick was in frequ ent c o m mun ication with W a s h ingto n "Yes?" a t Fort Lee, and re a d y to act llpon short n o tice i n case "The Tories around our way a r e gettin g ver y trouble' h e wer e need e d some." It was now in the early part of N ovembe r in the year In what way?" 1 7 76, t h e w ea th e r b ei n g s till mi ld a n d t he w inte r ap W ell, in the fir s t pl ace t hey are talki ng v e r y b ig." p ar e ntl y holdin g off for the t i m e Talk i s ch e ap, the y s ay, Bob." As Dick and Bob were sittin g o n the broad piazza en" W e have h a d som e prett y bad li c k s late l y." g a ge d in conv e rsation, a y oung gi rl o p ene d a window n e a r Y e s we've been d r i v en out o f the c ity, and we've them and looked out. los t L

THE LIBEH T Y BOYS H E VENGE. "Yon, of course," and Bob caught the girl and kissed h er bef o r e s h e could esc ape. Wh at's f air for Dick i s jus t a s fair for m e I think, he laugh ed. "Bu t Dic k ha s not kis s ed me." "No, but he kissed my sister, and s o I kissed his." Y ou r e a couple o f humbu gs, laughed both girls, running into the house. About the s e Torie s Bob?" asked Dick. What about them ? H ave yo"Li. heard o f any flagrant a c t of theirs, or are they simp l y boas ting and assumin g airs?" "The r e have been m a n y s mall thefts from patriot s of late, and Nei g hbor Andrews had a hayri c k set on fire; put fortu.n a t e l y it was dis c overed in s e a s on." "Do you think the Torie s did it, Bob?" "We ll some o f the m s aid that it ser v ed the old -rebel jus t r i ght. "You h e ard thi s ?" "Yes I h e ard old Bu rgess and Thomp s on Mill s s a y i t .:,: "They are both rank Torie s "Yes, a nd Mills s aid tha t if other s w er e burned out it i t w ould b e no great los s." "If the Contin e n t al s w ere s ucce s s f ul these m e n would have no t hing t o s a y." "No, but now they ar e growin g b o ld and are r e ady to commi t a n y e x cess." W e mu s t wat c h the m, Bob and a s qui c k a s we detect the m in a n y unlawful act, punish the m." 'Yes, a nd p uni s h the m s ever e ly." At t hat m o m ent a young girl tu r n e d into the dooryar d an d came up th e path. She h a d a littl e sha 'rl th r own over h e r h ead, was breath i n g hard, as t houg h s he ha d bee n r u nni ng, and appeared t o b e great l y agitated. "That's t h e F reem a n gi rl who lives a coupl e of miles tiown t h e Bos to n turnpi ke," s aid Bob "Are you some of the Lib e r ty Boy s ? the g irl a s k ed, a s s h e came forwar d V { e are vVhe r o i s C ap tain Sl a t e r ? I am he." C an you s top s o me b a d m e n from ill-tr e atin g the poor a n d defence l ess? The s e m e n are not redcoat s but they are just as bad." "The Lib erty Boy s not only can puni s h these men, even thou g h they are not s oldi e rs, but the y will "' Wh a t is the trouble, M iss Freeman?" asked Bob. "You know me? Y es, I hav e seen y ou." "You kno w our hou s e i s ?" I d o." L ast n i g h t i t was set o n fir e S ome of the neighbors h e lped u s put it out but it was badly damaged. This mornin g our cow was s tol e n. M y brother saw a man lead in g he r a way, a nd complain e d to Judge Brown." "He is a j u s t jud ge "An d now Will ha s di sap p e ared, a n d I fea r that s o m e thing has h a ppen e d t o him. W hy d o you think so? "Because Thomp son Mill s said that if Will did not say he was mi s t a ken a n d withdr a w the complaint h e w o uld make it all the wor s e for h im." Was your brot he r sure that he s a w the man leading the cow off?" "Yes, h e c oul d n o t be m i sta ken. He him a s plai n as coul d b e." W a s it Thom p son M ill s him s elf ?" "No, it was his son Joe, the one with the club-f oot Will r ecogn i z e d his lim p, an d the n h e s3:\v hi s trac k s be sides. "And now y our broth e r i s gone? asked Dick "Yes, and I am a fraid that they hav e captured him and w ill do somet hin g dr e adful. "The n h e w ould n o t withd r a w t he compl aint? "No. H e coul d n o t It woul d 'be s w e arin g t o a li e." Di d h e say he would not withdra.,w it?" es. And h e would n o t if t hey kill e d h i m." "Co me, Bob," said D i c k getting up. "The r e i s w ork for th e Lib er t y Boy s t o d o and at once. C H A P .r E H II. UGLY STO R IES. Bob Esta brook hurried a r o und to the b a c k of the c ot. tage whe r e t h e stable was s i tu a te d Dick rema i ne d at t h e gat e, a n d said t o t h e girl: "If th ese Tori e s hav e run away \Yith or d e s troy e d a n y of y our property, or hurt y our b r oth e r Miss F reem a n you m a y be s ure that t h e Lib e r ty Boy s will take revenge upo n t hem for it. I k ne w tha t the r e mu s t 1 J c who woul d p uni s h th e m, s ai d the g irl. T h e r e will be i n deed s o do not fear Jus t t h e n Bob ap pear ed. H e rod e o n e h o rse a n d l e d anoth e r. The l ed horse was a ma g nific ent coal-black animal kno w n as Major. H e b elonged to D i ck. As h e s pran g int o the saddle Alice a nd Edith came out Wh ere a re y ou off t o so soon?" a s k e d A lic e "To v i sit the rev e nge of t h e Lib erty Boys upon a pa ck of s c o undr e ls," w as Di ck s answer. "Good-by," said B ob. ":We do not k n o w jus t wh e n w e will r eturn." "Is not that Lucy Free m a n ?" a s k e d A l ice Yes," said t h e g irl. "Won't you come in?


. THE LIBERT Y BO Y S REVENGE. 3 "No, I b e l ieve not. I l eft my mother alone i n our cot tage and I do no t know what dreadful thing tho s e men may do befor-e I return. "If they do they will su:ffer for it, s aid Bob "Go i n and re s t Miss Free man." Bu t i f they should--" "If t hey d o w e w ill p uni sh t hem. If they a n i a t t heir e'li l w ork n o w w e c ou l d not p r event i t Both g irl s ex pr essed t h e g r e a test sym pa t h y for Lucy F r e e man S he at last follow e d the m i n t o th e c ottag e and Di c k a nd Bob rode off. H alf a mile down t h e road t hey me t two m 0 re of the Liberty Boys. 'rhey were Mark Mor r ison and Ben Spurl ock. both coup les pau sed Mark said: "The Tories around here are certainly getting wors e and worse." "They have burned the W idow Freeman's h o u s e a d d e d Be n. The y rode on fa s t e r t han before, and not far from the 'paciouos house of the Tory they m e t two m o re youths, a l s o Liberty Boys They wer e Arthur Mackay and Walter Jennings Wh e r e are you g oin g? they asked "To fin d ou t just h o w mu c h mischi e f Thomp s on Mills old man B u rgess, an d tha t e v il g a n g hav e b e en s ai d Dick. T hey h ave burned d own th e Wid o w Freema n s hou s e, mel t h e poor o ld l ady has h a d a s t roke of paraly s is,'' said Arthur. "They say tha t Thomp son Mill s will re s i s t the serving of S q uir e Brown's war rant, and that he has soldie r s in the h o use now," added Walter. 1Does a nyon e know where W ill i s ?" a s ked Dick. W e ll they say that he was kidnapped and take n to t h e :Ji ills pl&ce. It' s like a fort, you kno w." "We will st orm i t said, D ick "Come boys I w an t y o u all, a n d if the r e were more I w ou l d not "Burned it?" s aid Dick. "Do you m e an s inc e yest e rTh o mpson Mill s was one of the riche s t m en in the day ?" n e i g hb o rhood. "Yes, it was done an hour s ince. It i s pretty well H e Jived i n a large doubl e hou s e situated ami dst spa .. kn own who did it. ciou s g r o unds, and s urround e d b y a high board fence with "Whom do you su spect?" heav:v gates. "Th o mps on Mills, o l d man Burgess, a nd that c rowd of The man t hat he ha d p u t up the fe nce to kee p the Tories." 1 h a th th f r ebel s out, bu t the r e w e r e t 1ose w o sa1 at e e nce Com e Wlth us, s aid DICk. W e a r e gomg to see h i d ma n y a deed w hi c h t h e T o r y would not w ant to hav e 'l'hom p s on Mill s and his c lub-footed s on now. 1 hi s n e i g hbor s see. "OIQ. man Mill s keep s his hou s e li ke a f ort,'' sa i d Mark. B th h d h' b b l t t' d b t h h o e a n IS l')On ore ac repu a 1 on s a n o au Yes added Ben. H e ha s a h1g h f e nee ar ound 1 t 1 t d tl t th ld d th b 1 t f t h h d t )Oas e 1 a ey w ou nve e r e e s ou o e a n no one can ge m. b h d W e'll get in I guess," s aid Bob dryly or 00 H as Will Fre eman appear e d?" asked Dick a s ttiey Burgess and oth e r s who asso c iated with Mill s w e re not rod e on only r ank Tori es, but w e re hard g ra s pin g, and crue l. "No. They w e r e a ll capable of an y crime e ven murder, and I h ea r d o n e of the Tory s n e ak s say that WJll fir e d t h e house him s elf but I don't beli eve it. Dick was d e t e rmin e d that they s hould b e puni s hed e ven "Was t he old lad y i n the h o u s e at the time?" Dick i f they w e r e not dr i ve n away. 1 d They w e r e a ll rich, an d b ad acquired t h eir wealth in no asce "Yes," s a id Mar k "They g o t h e r o u t, but they s ay hon e s t way, it was s aid that t h e shoc k will kill h er." Bein g ri c h t hey thou.g h t t hey could b u y u p judge, jury,. "Mor e work of the s e s coundrel s mutte r e d Bob At the e nd o f anoth e r half mil e the y m e t two mo re Libe r ty Boys, mount ed and c arry in g musk e t s They w e r e S am S a nd e r s on and Har r y Juds on "Well?" a s k e d Dick. and wit n e s ses, and it h a d been a diffic ult ma t te r to c onvict the m o f a n ything of which t he y wer e acc used N o w however they w e r e goi n g t o s u c h l e n g th s t ha t Di c k h a d r e s o lved that a s t o p s hould b e put to their e vil deed s W e have seen a n u mbe r of r e d c oat s They have gon e R eac h ing t h e f e nce p u t aro un d the Mill s p la c e Di ck t o the Mills h o u se." w ent t o t he ga t e a nd foun d i t lo c k e d "Have you seen Will a s ked D ick. H e pounde d on i t wit h h i s swor d hilt, a nd a little wic k e t I "No, but Joe Mill s s ai d that he was goin g to c a tc h 1t 1 was ope n e d f or swear in g ag ain s t him A s our f ace was seen and a surly voice dem anded: Have t h e y fou nd t he cow?" W e ll wh at do you want?" "X 0 nnd S quire Brow n has signed a sea r c h warran t. "We want t o kno w w h a t ha s be e n d one wit h youn g It won t be e asy to get into the T ory's place." Fre eman." "Come, s aid Di c k. "If they have mad e Will Free man "The r e i s no s u c h p e rson h e re. Go about your busia pr i s oner w e will break in, search warrant or no search I ness, you r e b e l and don't anno y h o nest people warrant Thi s i s m y bus ine s s," s a i d D i ck. "Open th e g ate at


1,'-;;, t I I I l t THE LIBERTY BOYS REVEXGE. o n c e or w e w ill beat i t down Op e n i n t he name of the l a w." The s url y g u ar dian mutte red s omethi n g, and w a s about to close the wicket w h e n Dick said : "If thi s gate i s not op e n e d a t onc-e \ r e will sure ly for c e i t." Just the n Arthur "Mackay drew Di c k aside, and t h e wicke t was closed >rit h a s n ap. uThe r e is a s ide g ate," s aid th e youth, which i s n ot a s s t r ong a s this o ne, a nd is oft e n kept open. "Ver y good ; w e will go that w ay," said D ick. The n the Liberty Boy s hurried aro u n d to the side gat e spo ken o f b y Arthur. Just a s t hey c am e in sight of it they saw a you n g m a n com e o u t B e f o r e h e could clos e it they da s h e d up t o it : The gate was thrown wide OJ?e n in a mom ent. Dick a nd the L i b erty Boys rus h ed in A l ad was kne eling on the gro un d tie d to a h eavy s tone with the rope a r ound his n ec k O ne of the Tories w a s abou t t o s trike h i m w i t h a t hick s t ick S top t hat, you bull y crie d Di c k s word in hand. The Tory looked defiant, and raised the club. "Dow n with them!" c ri e d Dick. The n h e seized the Tory b y the s houlder, and put the po in t of t h e sword to hi s bre a s t. T he I ibe rt_y Boys wit h l eve l e d piece s cam e clos e bebind. Som e o f the Torie s l o ok e d anxio u s "Sto p!' t h und e r e d D ick, "or I will not answe r for c on sequ e nces. Strik e a n d you are a d ead man ." C HAPTER III. llES O UE D FROli I A TORY BULLY. T h e To r y lowe r e d his s t i ck. H e was a he a vily b uilt, coar s e f e atured, l ow-browed m an a n d s e e me d to be possessed of g r ea t strength. At s i ght of Dick 's det e rmin e d air howe v e r h e p au s e d Among tho s e i n t h e yard w e r e a number of r ed coat s T hese quickly mad e a w a y a t sight of the Lib erty Boys. Di c k cut the r ope around the boy s neck with one blo w o f his swor d "Re l eas e him h e said A couple o f t he L iberty Boys sprang forwa r d t o obe y hi s ord e rs. T h e boy's anus w ere f astened b eh ind him with s tout c g rds. These wer e prompt ly cut a nd t h e l a d was put on his fe et, the e nd of the severed rope bei n g remo v ed from about his n eck. "What wer e y ou g o i n g t o beat this l ad for, Thomp son M ill s? dem anded Di c k. F or s teal in' m y chicke n s, takin' e ggs, an' a lot o' things. He'3 a y oun g t hi ef, the li ttle r ebel." "It i s a l ie cri ed t h e lad. I neve r sto l e anythin g n eithe r fro m him nor a nyon e e l se.' W a i t a mom ent, s aid Di c k Y o u a r e W ill Free m a n a r e you not?" "Yes, an d eve ryon e w iil tell y ou t hat I am n boy. I b elieYe it, \Vill; b u t w a i t a m ome nt." f The n Di ck turned t o t h e 'l'o r y "Su pp o se h e did s teal? Could you not t ak e him b e f ore a mag i st r ate? "'l' o be l e t out wit h a warnin'," s n arled the othe r. N o s i r I'll give hi m m y own w arnin', a n o n e that h e ll b e like l y to r eme mb e r t9o." \ W e r e you not goin g t o beat him becaUioe h e c ompla i n ed a g ain s t your son?" l Y es, he lied about that, too. My son Joe ne ve r had n o t hin t o J.o with the W idow Free man's cow." H e did! s a id Joe. I saw him leadin g h e r off in the ear l y mornin g I sa w hi s t rac ks in the barny ard besid e E A ny on e a round h e r e knows t h e sort of track s h e make s Y our s on h as a c lu b -foot I believe said Dic k. "We ll s uppo s e h e h a s ? Tha t ain't no c rime is it? 'Ca u s e h e's mi sfortunate don t make him a thie f and a li a r doe s it?" N o," s aid Di c k. "There's man y a man with straight legs and w e ll -fo r m e d fe e t what s got bad c hara cters." "Tha t ha s nothing to do with it," sternly. "If you r son 's w e r e found i n the barn yard; that is evidence again s t him. "You can t prove it," sn a rled Mill s "Couldn' t s omeb o d y steal one o' his s hoe s an make the trac ks?" You had no right to beat the boy, Mr. Mill s You an d your s on b oth ha ve b a d r e putation s So ha s y on de r and M ay wood and Bond. I the a c t s charged ag ainst y ou a re p roved, y ou will f ee l the r eve n ge of t he Liberty Boys. "You can' t p ro ve no t hin'! g rowl e d M i)l s "You're a-tres p ass in a n if you don't l e a ve these premises I'll h ave you p e r secute d." Y ou a r e m or e used to per s ecution t h an to pros ec ution, I k n ow," s a i d B ob, "but I did not s u ppo s e you would hr f r ank e nou g h to admit i t Y o u are a c c u sed o f hav in g t he Widow F r ee man 's cow in y our posses s ion said Dick. "I s h a ll s hor t l y present a searc h wan-ant s igned by--" "I h ave n t got nobod y's cow, growlin gly "If you want to look i n m y barn s y ou c an look wit h out no sea r ch war rant." H e ha s p r ob a bl y t a k e n her awa y, s aid Bob. Your s on is the one c omplained of," said Di ck "It i s for him to disprove it, not you." "It' s a pit y if a man 's c h a racter i s to be taken away e ve r y l yi n boy t h a t c omes along snarled Mill s "If the boy i s knowl\ a s a liar your son's cha racte r h a 3 n o t be e n injured. The T o r y s n ar l e d and turned a w ay I \


THE BOYS' HEVENGE. 5 "You and others ill'e s u s pected of many crimes in this n e ighborhood." "I guess I stand as high as anyone." "If they are proved against you y ou will receive the puni s hm ent you deserve." "Don't you go to threatenin' me, young sir, or--" "I do threaten," firmly, "and I will carry out my threats If these charges or a n y ot h e rs are proved you, the Liberty Boys will take a revenge that will deter you from doing an y more mischief in this section." "You can't prove nothin'!" snarled t he Tory "and i1 you don't get out of here--" W e are going, but through n o fea r of you." "No, we don t lik e to be seen in s uch bad comp any," added Bob. "Come, Will," said Dick. "Come boys. There 1s noth ing mor e that we can do h e re now." Then Dick takin g the lad by the arm, left the yard, b y the youths. When they bad gone out the gate closed with a bang and w a s at once double-locked, bolted, and barred. On the way to the Freeman house Dick questioned Will whom he set on Major's back in front of him. The boy said that three or four men had waylaid him in the morning, and had taken him to the Mills house. Here they had threatened to beat him if he did not withdraw his charge against Joe Mills. He bad refused to do so, and they had then thr!)atened to burn his mother's house, carry his sister off, turn his mother out of doors, and kill him if he did not swear that he had lied. "And then?" asked Dick. "Then Thompson Mills had them take me out in a corner of the yard back of the house, and tie me to a big s tone. "With a rope around your neck," added Dick. "Yes, a nd my hand s tied b e hind m e I could not keep m y back straight, for if I did it would have c hoked me." "And then ? "Then they were g oingt o beat me, but you and the Lib erty Boys came in and saved me." "Will you swear to all thi s ?" "Yes." "And that you saw Joe Mills leading off your cow?" "Yes." "You are sure that it was he? "Yes: I saw him limp, and I found his tracks in the yard The r e is not another club-footed man in the neigh borhood." "Very true But did you s ee his face?" "No; but I know his limp and his size, and everything. I cou ld not be mi staken." "I don t think you are, W ill, but I wish yon had see n hi s face." "It w ar; e arly morn ing. and h e had it turned from I coul d s w ear to P l s e." "Was Joe present when they were threatening you?" "Yes, and he did it himself. Did old Burgess threaten you?" Y es, they all did; but Thomp s on Mills did most of it. H e took the lead. ".And t hey 8aid noth ing at the tim e about your ste alin g his chicke ns?" ''No. They wanted me to withdraw the complaint Joe, and threatened me all sorts of things if I did not." \ nd they w er e going to beat you with a club?" Y e s .. "The brute s Everything tells again s t them, but w e m u st have more evid e nce still, before we can con dct th em. T hey w ill all swear again s t you, and yon have no one to cor roborate you." "And I am only a poor boy who has n o fri ends," said Will. CHAPTER IV. WILL JOINS THE LIBERTY BOYS. When Dick and hi s handf_ul of Liberty Boys reached the Freeman house they found it burned to the ground. The barn had gone with it, and all the hay a wagon, sets of harness, and many agricultural tools. The horse had been saved, although at a v e ry g reat ri sk. The fire seemed to have burst out simultaneously in the house and barn, and at four or five places. The Widow Freeman had been gotten out of the house but had s uffer e d a great shock, being seriously ill at the time Sh e was e ven then as Will gazed at the ruins lying at the point of death but no on e had the h eart to tell him the truth. "Did anyone see any s uspicious person near the house or the barn at the time of the fire?" a s ked Dick. One or two s aid that they had seen a strange man near the barn h alf an hour b e fore, but that he had not been acting s u s piciou s ly. K o one see m ed to be able to describe him except that he ta ll and dressed in bla ck. wheth er he w e r e fair or daTk, bearded or s hav e n could not tell. but a ll agreed that he was tall and wor e black. "Hfld your moth er incurred the of Thompson jiilJ8 ?" a s k e d Di c k of the boy "He had a mortga ge on the hou s e, but it had b e en paid a yea r before my father 's death." "Had s h e an y other dealing s with him? "He wanted to buy the place but offered very l ittle, aad s h e r ef used him. He was always angry with her after that. "Why did he want the land?" "I don't know." "But now everyth i ng i s clear?" "Yes." -.!....


\. 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. "Your mother has all the receipts?" "I think so." "How has the man acted?" "Very u gly He was always calling me bard names, and saying that we had cheated him 'There is something under all this," said Dick. "I don't know what I am going to do," said Will. "I cannot afford to build a new house, and the cow is a great loss "Never mind," s aid Dick. "W'v will think of that by and by." Jus t then a neighbor approache d, and Will asked: "Where is my mother? I am afraid this will kill her." "I am afraid it will, my boy," said the other. There was spmet hing in his tone which attracted the boy's attentio n. "Where is she now?" he asked. "I must see her at once "Prepare yourself, my boy," the neighbor said Will turned faint and sick at once. "She is dead! he gasped, and would have fallen had not Di ck caught him. Two of the neighbors led him away, and Dick con tinued his investigations Thompson Mills seemed to have borne a spite against the widow for some time, it was said. Joe Mills had wanted to marry Lucy Freeman, but she bad refused him. This was not on account of his deformity but because of his character and reputation. She had no likin g for the man, but since lier refusal of him both he and his father had spread evil report s of all the family Then, when the Continentals bad met with one reverse after another, the Tory had been still more bitter against them and against all the patriots in the neighborhood. They had lately grown much bolder and had expressed great sat i s faction at the many disasters that had befallen their neighbors. They had lau ghed at the losses of A n:drews and others, and declared that it served them quite right. So open were they in expressing their s ati s factio n that it pretty soon became the genera l belief that the Tories had started the fires them selves, and committe d the thefts from which the others had suffered Bob Estabrook declared boldly that he would yet prove it against some of the Tories, and was not at all sparing in hi s Coundrels who had cause d his mother's death. ')


THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVE NGE. 7 M o u n ted on his h o rse and w e arin g the C ontinental uni for m, h e compa red favorabl y with an y o f his comrade s and they wer e all v e r y proud o f him "As soon a s we ge t our orde r s w e w ill march a g ain s t the enemy," said Dick, "and in t he meantime these Torie s are t o be detec t e d and puni shed CHAPTE R V. THE M A N I N BLACK The day af t e r the funeral of Wi ll :Freeman's mother, Di c k got a messa g e from the g e n eral-in-chi ef. H e was to g o 1;o New York, secure what information he c o uld r eg ardin g the e ne-my's mov ements, and r eport at once. He a c quainted Bob w ith his e r rand, and said: I want that you s hall look after the Libert y Boys whi l e I a m awa y Bob I will do s o Dick." And b e ready to join me at o nce in case I s end for you." I will, Dick. Mountin g up o n Major Di c k rode down to Fort Was h i ngton an d c ommunic ated with Colonel Mag aw, the n in c o mmand The colo n e l m ight h a v e some errand s for h i m to d o a nd therefo re he s topped at the f ort. "I d o n t kn o w as I have a n y especial mission for you, Cap tain Slat er," h e s aid, "but of cour s e I s hall be g lad to r ece ive an y info rmation." Fort Was hin g t o n was the e xtre m e north e rn limit of M a nha t t a n o r New York Isla.nd. It was t h e o nl y point on the island whi c h th e A meri c an s now he ld. Its capt ur e b y t h e Briti s h was the refore g r eatly d e sire d b y Gen e r a l Howe. It was likely tha t some mov em ent to w ar d its s ubjec t ion mi ght b e m ak in g W a s h i n gton w as, of cours e an x iou s to l e arn tkis, an d hence h i s sendin g Di c k to the city. Di c k was a f a m o u s s py, and had v entur e d bold l y i nto t h e e n e m y's lines on man y occa s ions On hi s p re sent visit Di c k was attired lik e a c ountry hoy i n h i s S u n day clo thes, t h e diSgu i s e b eing perfect He w as a mast e r of di sg uise, in f act, and had way s o f alt e r i n g h i mself so that even B o b was s o metime s d eceived. HiS brown hair was c o v e r e d b y a flax en will-", h is c h eeks wer e r e d hi s eye brow s t hi ck a nd bu s h y and h is mou th w hi c h was firm a n d s howed deci s ion. s e e m e d now t o be al ways p opp in g o p e n. H e wore a bro w n, t h reec ornered h at. blue small s and flo w e red w a i s tco a t, a f ullbottomed blu e coat w i t h b utton s and c a n a r y -color ed hose. N o one w o u l d h ave t a k e n him f o r t he trimbuilt Dic k L eaving t h e f ort he proceeded toward the c i ty on t h e wes t s id e of the i s l and. Reaching one o f the outpo s t s he was pro mptl y cha llenge d by t h e s entry on g u a rd. The sold ie r l ooke d a t h i m, l a u g h ed, and the n a sked: "We ll, m y bumpkin w h e r e ar e you g oin g? "Oh, jus t down to t he city Wh a t for m y c oun t r y d a ndy?" Oh, I thought I would, that's all." "Have n t you any business to take y ou there ? "We ll it ain t bu s iness exac tly. You see, J7l.Y cous in Su san Smi t h e r s is l i vin g d own there-" A nd you want t o go s parkin g h e r do y ou?" He, he, h o w di d you know that?" with a sill y laugh "Oh, I g uessed it." "We ll y o u g uessed ri ght, by gum. Have a bite of to bacco ?" "No, I t h a n k you," l a u g hed the s oldier. "Well, I c an pa s s you, I gue s s "That's all right. ,"Yes, you don't look a s if you would give us any trou bl e." "He, h e don't I? Did you g uess that, too?" "Yes, bu t go on, you fool o r I'll exp lode f rom lau g h i n g." "He, he, that's funny too," and Dick went on. "If a ll o f the s entries ar e as poor guessers as this one h e thought, m y ta s k will be an easy one." Goin g a l o n g Di c k s o o n c ame to the river and found a house whe r e boat s w e r e to b e let for pleasur e parties. H e h a d not c ared t o t a ke his hor s e to the c ity, and wishe d t o avoid the l o ng walk if possible H e saw s o m e y oun g pe o p l e out on t h e river in b oats, a nd goin g up t o t h e boa tm an a g rizzl ed olcl sai l o r h e asked: Have y o u a n o ther boa t t o s pa re, captain?" "Oh, you' r e o n e o' t he m too, a r e you?" as k e d t h e o l d man lookin g a t Di ck. He, he, yes, I'm one of them, of c ourse. "We ll you look i t So you want a boat, too do y ou? G oin g to take your sweeth eart out?" "He, h e h o w diu you g 1ess it? You r e a clever fellow aren't you?" "Do you kno w how to h andl e a b oat? You d o n't l ook it." "Oh yes-he, he-I g uess I can row all right." "We ll i f you lose the boat you'll hav e t o pay for it." He, he, t h at's fu nny I!o w c ould I lose a boat? It's bi g e nou g h to see 'most a nywhere, i sn't it? "The re, t ake the boat you fool and don't up set it a nd spo i l y our p r etty c lothes. "Oh, no, I w on't a nd Di c k ente r e d t h e boa t pu s hed o u t and was soon g lidin g down the rive r with the s trong Slat e r c apta i n o f t h e L i b e r t y Boys, an d he did not w a nt c urr e nt. that they s h ou ld. Di c k kn e w the river w ell, and h a d n o troubl e in han -(


) 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. ___ dling the boat, which he quickly sent ahead of all the oth"Yes," laughed the man in black, and then turning suders. denly he faced Dick and asked: "I am afraid that if the old fellow knew who was in his "See here, you booby, what are you following us boat he would not have been so free with it," was for?" thought. j "He, he, for the very reason that you keep in front of He kept on down the broad river, pulling a strong, me," said Dick. "If I went ahead you'd be following me steady stroke, and aided by the current, which he seemed -he, he." to know just where to find. I Dick Slater never allowed himself to be taken by surReaching a point opposite Paulus Hook, now Jersey 1 prise City, he tied up his boat at a little wharf, and then went "Then go ahead of us, or take the other side, you fool. ashore. I won't have ypu following us." He attracted very little attention as he walked down "He, he, I beg your pa1don; I did not know you owned Broadway, there being many dressed as gaily as he was. the thoroughfares. Perchance you own the houses, too? One or two sober citizens in somber black or modest Might I be permitted to enter a public house to slake my gray turned to look at him and smile as he passed, but on the whole very few noticed him. He was nearing Trinity c hurch when a man came stump ing out of a tavern just a little way down a side street, and came out upon Broadw .ay just ahead of him. The man had a club-foot, and walked with a peculiar gait. Dick recognized it and the man at once. "What is Joe Mills doing in the city?" was his instant thoug ht. The man might furnish information as well as anyone else Dick determined to follow him, therefore. There was little chance of the Tory's recognizing him 1n that disguise. I thirst?" "Come on, Melton," said Joe Mills. "That fool does not know enough to trouble us." "Keep your distance then fellow," said the man in black, "and don't tread on our heels." "He, he, it's safer to follow than to be followed in some cases," s aid D ick, with a silly laugh. Keep your wisdom t o yourself idiot!" enar led the m an in black, as he went on. "Just the same, I shall follow him," 'Was Dick's thongh J CHAPTER VI. PLOTS .AND PLOTTERS. A little ways farther on Joe Mills stepped in front of a man approaching him, and said : Dick watched Joe Mills and the inan in black, and saw Hello, Melton, what are you doing in the city?" them enter a groggery farther down. Keeping out of the way of those inquisitive Liberty B th lf J 1 h d th Then he went mto an alle y a nd made a rap1d change oys, e same as yourse oe, aug e e man. h' Dick now noticed that he was dressed all in black. m Is appearance. "H th 't fi d t yth' th eddl 1 He took from h1s pocket a pa1r of black hose without li 1 > feet, and With s trap s on the bottom and qmckl:v drew a, ey won n ou an mg e m ers. I crrow ncr y o o them up to hi s knee s Still, you are not keeping in their way, are you, Joe?" Then he took off his blue coat turned it in ide out and J l bl kl h ann tIe man m ac aug ed. at the same ti1ne loosened two button s a t hj s knees and "I'd like to burn down all their hovels!" stormed the Tory. "Come and have a mug of old ale, Joe. It will warm your insides, and make you good-natured," s aid the man in black. The two turned and walked down Broadway continuing the ir conversation. Did you go into the garde n when you fired the barn : Melton?" asked Mill s "Yes." "Did you see any place that might look like it?" "No, and don't you s uppose it has been dug up?" "They don't know anything about it." "But now that the place is in ruins, don't you think it would be safe to dig." "It might be. I'd like to get ahead of the old man. He's been scheming for it a long time." up hi s s malls which were dop.ble. 'I'hen, buttoning up hi s coat, whi c h was now a dark brown, and s tuffin g hi s flaxen wig inside he looked en tirely different from th e s ill y youth of a f e w mome nts be fore In thi s guise h e could now enter and pass unrecognize d by the two Tories. He did so pretty soon, a nd saw the men sit ti ng in a c or n e r bu s y over their pots of ale Jn a few moments they looked over at him but, seeing nothing in hi s appearanc e to excite s u spicion, continued their talk. "! am sure it's there," s aid Mills. "Could you buy the lot c heap?" Maybe so, but what' s the use?" Then you c ould dig without being disturbed." J\Iill' s laughed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. 9 "It would be only a waste of money. I can dig anyhow "Yes, and so can the old man." "Well, let him, if I find the thing first." "And I might dig myself." "Aren't you and me friends ?" "Yes, but I'm looking o_ut for myself, too." Dick wondered what they were talking about, but could not listen too closely. The men might notice it, and become suspicious. All this talk of digging and buying meant nothing. Pretty soon, however, Melton threw some light on the su bject. "Young Freeman don't know anything about it, and if you bought the land h e would be glad. to sell. Then you could dig and find the treasure." It was all clear now. Dick had heard many stories of treasure buried in the neighborhood. None had eve r been found. The land had simp ly been improved by the digging. Some such story must attach to the Freeman place, and Thompson Mills had heard it. It was this that had made the old Tory so anxious to get possession of the place Dick put little credence in the story. "They have nothing but a corner of the island." "Fort Washington will be ours next. "General Howe will be too strong for the rebels." "You see, they will attack on every side at once." The conversation was most confused, but Dick learned a little something from it. There was an attack to be made upon Fort Washington at some time, no doubt When it was to be made, however, Dick could not now leaJn. Other officer s carne in, and the place became very noisy. At la s t it becam e impossible to catch even scr aps of the talk. Then Dick went out. He h ad learned something, even if it were not very much. Then he had learned the plot of the Tories, and that was s omething, too. It was now well on in the afternoon, and before long it would be dark Dick determined to wait till the next day before re t urning home. Looking around for a quiet tavern where he cou ld spend the ni ght, l}e entered a place on a side street near Bowling Green, and asked for a single room and his supper. The landlord was an obsequious fellow, and showed him th. more attention than he thought the occasion warrant IS I J I eCL. He had heard many similar ones, which had amounted to nothing in the end. At the sa me time there might be some trnth in one. By the laws of treasure trove, the man finding the stuff "Yes, sir our rooms are neat, clean, and low-priced, c ould have it. just such as a gentleman of your quality could desire," he He determined to ask Will about it. _. The boy may have heard the story himself. "Well, maybe that might be a good plan," said Mills, "but I don't want to give the young rebel anything." "The man's greed will stand in his way," thoug h t Dick. "Isn't it better to give a little for a hundred times as much? You'll get back more than you put out." "Yes; but I'd like to cheat the rebel out of everything." "That's a pleasant sort of neighbor to have," was Dick's thought. Then the men arose and went out, giving him merely a passing glance. "There's no need of following them," thought Dick. "Th f re is little more to learn on this subject." In a few minutes three or four noisy redcoats came into the place. They had already been drinking and were very talka tive. They sat at a round table and began to talk with out noticing the quiet stranger in the corner. \ They all talked at one'&, but Dick caught a few (IXpressions whic h enlightened him in a measure. The redcoats, all of them officers, were very jubilant over the American reverses. said. He exerted himself so much in Di ck's behalf that the youth became s uspiciou s "The fellow has some scheme on hand, or he would not be so polite," was his thought. He determined, therefore, to be on his guard. During the evening, when Dick was in the reading room, the landlord entered. He was very garrulous, offered Dick a glass of wine, a sked him if he would not smoke a pipe, and trie d to make himself most agreeable. "I neither smoke nor drink," said Dick, "and I am very contfortable." At last Dick went to hi s room, taking a couple of can dles When he shut the door he found that the lock was defective. There was no way of fastening the windows, either. One of them looked right out upon a low shed "I don't like this fellow," Dick thought. "He talked too much, and was too agreeable to a stranger. There was design in all this." He thought of thieves, but as his appearance was not that of a person of wealth, and he carried no baggage, he did not see why they sho uld consider him worth while


10 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. His s u s picion s had b e en arou s ed, ho w ever, and he m eant i He st epp e d into an a r c h e d doorway where the s hadow to t ak e every pre cautio n was deep. H e ex tingui s hed the light s and l ay down without r e A wat c hma n c ame along s win g in g h is l an t ern, and mov ing his clothes s houtin g in a monot o nou s v oice: He was a light sle eper at a ll times, and would be espe"Twelve o 'c lock and all s w e ll! cially so now. rrhen he passed on down the stree t, an d in a few mo-lt was a l o n g about midnig h t whe n h e hea r d low voices m e nts Dick heard him repeat his cal l. out s ide He mi ght n o t m eet anoth e r w a tchm a n but i t was a s "He mu s t b e s ound asl ee p by this time." w e ll to b e c autiou s Yes, but if be had drunk t he wine h e w ould have been There wer e footpads a 11d g angs to be a-voic1ed a s sounde r .' w e ll as wat c hm e n True, b u t w e sh o u ld have no trouble." Lea v ing hi s s h elte r, Di c k hurrie d o n to,ra r d t h e r iver "He'll ma k e a fin e soldier h e h as jus t the bearing." N o doubt his boat was where he had left it, a n d i f so h e "Yes and t h e k in g needs mor e me n t o punis h the r eb -could tak e it ba ck. e ls." Di c k rea l ized now w h y t h e l a ndl o rd w a s s o c ordi a l. He was to have been made drunk a n d caj o l ed in t o en li s ting Now he was to be kidnapped ) and forced in t o the arm y He arose and walk e d s oftiy to the window. He thou ght there mi ght be s om e one outsi d e There was not. Come," s aid the land l ord, out s ide You have t h e ropes and the drug "Ye s The n Dick s tepped out upon a s hed whi c h h e saw under the window CHAPTER VII. A NIGHT O F ADVENTJJRES. As the l an dlord and hi s accomplice e n te r ed the room Di c k d r o p p e d to the g round below. H e f ound himself in a little p aved cou r t dar k a n d SI l e n t T h ere mu st b e a way out, o f course. The;re w e r e n o li ghts in t h e hou se, e ither above or be low, an d the sky was dark a n d th re atenin g H e t r ied one doo r afte r anoth e r, a n d found them all lock ed The n a s h is eyes became mor e accu s t o m e d t o the dark ness, he dis tin g uish e d a n a rro w a ll ey or passage l e adin g out of t h e c ourt to the stree t no doubt H e q ui ck l y e n t e r e d it, and in a few moment s c am et out i nto the s il ent a n d deserte d street. H e w a lk e d to the Bowlin g Green and l o o ke d a round The r e was no one in s i g ht, not even a w a tchm a n The t ave rn s a:Q.d place s of call w e r e d ark and s i l ent, p e opl e w e r e fas t a s leep in their b e ds, and eve r y thin g was s ti ll. "It w ill be a s bad to be found prowlin g &bout the street s at the dead of ni ght a s t o b e impr esse d thou ght Dick As h e m a d e his way care full y towa rd th e riv e r the r e f o re, h e k ept hi s eyes and e ar s ope n H e kept in the sha dows, h e avoi d e d making a noi se, and h e l i s t e n e d f o r any sovnd no m atte r h o w slig ht. \fte r a whil e l1e a g leam a nd h e ard a footfa ll As h e walk e d on he heard foot ste ps b ehind h im. Wit hout turning h e k ept on a t the same for e as LeThe foot s t e p s s ound e d n e ar e r and \re re those of bro per s on s as h e knew They wer e footp a d s, n o doub t, an d consiJer c d him an easy prey A s h e kept o n h e n ot i ced that onl y o n e pe rson was fol l owing He had passed a li t tle alley o n hi s way No doubt the oth e r man had ente r e d this, and was h u r r y in g aro und to ge t in front of him Nearin g a n ot h e r c rossin g, h e turne d a si de, and took the middl e of the st r eet A s he r e a c h e d the a ll ey a m a n s uddenl y spr a n g o ut. A t the s am e tim e t he man b e hind hurried for w ard If Dic k had r e main e d upon t h e w alk t h e me n w oul d ha-ve surprised him As i t w as, they h a d b e en outwitt ed. H e re, come bac k g rowl e d on e of t h e men "\\ e want to k n o w your bus iness at t h is time o f ni g h t "It i s m o re honest than y o u r o wn," was the rep l y "Sto p W e a r e the wa t c h "Without l anterns h orns, or pi k es," laughed D i ck, as h e hurrie d on. The m e n kn e w that t h e y w ere d e tected. A t t h e sam e tim e they thought they mi g h t still accom p lish their o bject 'rhe r e was no on e s tirring and bef o r e the s tran ge r c o u l d c all f o r h e lp they would have r o bb e d him The y wer e no more, in fa ct, than ju st a c oupl e o f t hi e ves. A s Di ck c am e i n s i ght of the rive r they-s ud den l y spra n g toward him. H e turne d in a n insta nt. S p at! Spat! His fis t s fle w out l eft and r ig h t. In an in stant both men fe ll w ith a thud. Di c k Slater c ould d e liver perfect trip -hammer blows whe n h e l i k e d .. H e had no c ompunction in s t r ikin g clown men of the I s t amp o f th ese two


THE LIBERTY BOYS1 REVENGE. 11 They f e ll heavily, and did not move for two or three minute!'. Dick's blows had been terrible ones, and well deliv ered. L eaving the m where they had fallen, knowing that he had n ot killed them, Dick hurried on. And then, o f u eudden, around the C?rner of Cortlandt Laut:, came the watch. There were three or four of the m, and they ca rried pikes, horns and lanterns. Dick almost ran into them, they came aro und the turn ing so s uddenly. Where ar. e you going at this tim e of night, neighbor and what is you r haste?" asked one. He held up his lantern, and took a look at D ick's face a s he asked t he question '"Truly, I go f ast because I have been purs ued by two footpads, whom I have just knocked down." "Say you so?" "If you will conti nue on to the next turning you will lind t hem just recovering from the blo\rs I gave them likely." ''That was a orthy d eed, but what is your own business abro ad at this late hour?" The watchm e n su rrounded Dick and he knew that only by a clever trick could he escape them. I am going across the river on an errand of import ance My boat lie s at the wharf hard by If yon would lik e to see my pass--" "'Yes, it will be necessar y at s uch unsettled times." Dick thrust his hand into his pocket and took out a folded paper. It was blank but, as it was folded, looked most im portant. He h :mded it to one of the watch. The fellow took it, while the oth e r s held up their IanTheir lanterns had been but they had followed the sound of his footsteps. Besides, he had spoken of a boat, and now they could make it out. They were armed with long, heavy pistols, and these they speedily drew. The stranger was a bad chara cter, no doubt, and they could be pardoned firing upon him. Crack! Crack! One bullet struck one of Dick's oar s and another plowed a hol e in the side of the boat. "Good -ni ght, gentlemen," laughed Dick, rowing away. CHAPTER VIII. LOOKING FOR THE EVILDOERS Dick went flying over the wat er at good speed, and no more shots reached him Two o r three wer e sent after him but they all f e ll s h o r t He \Tas a good oarsman, and knew the river as well by night a s by day Two or three men came hurrying out of houses b y the river as the s hot s rang out, but n o one pursued him. The watch fired their pistols, but 'after that did not They would hav e a wonderful story to tell of how they had shot a ri ver pirate, and how his boat had been carried out to sea. Having no booty to show and the fa ct of the tid e run nin g in an opposite direction did not disturb them in the least Dick continued on hi s way, helped by the stron g tide and by daybreak he had reached the boat-house. Drawing the boat up on the sand and tying it, he went away without takin g the trouble to arouse the old boat man, now fast asleep in his cottage. tern s The boat lent to the country boy h ad been returned, Then all of a s udden Dick tripped up the heel s of tw0 and that was sufficient. of them, and bro u ght their head s t bget h e r with r a most Exercising caution as he went on, h e managed t o s lip r esounding c ra ck. through the lines without arousing the sentries, and then The n a s they all rolled ove r in the du s t he took to hi s hurried on. own he els, a n d das hed down the wharf. Rea c hin g the tavern where he had l eft Major, he h ad a H e found his boat where he had left it, sprang in, cast nap of an hour got his breakfa st, and then set off to re off the warp caught up the oars, and pushed out into the port to the general-in-chief. e tream. Ha v in g told what little he h ad l earned, he asked: Th e tid e was setting stron g up the riv er, and h e made "Have you a n y furth e r instructions, your excell eD-good h eadway cy?" "Well, after all, it has been a day o f adventures," he The general pond e red for a moment. said, as he rowed away. "No, I hav e n o t Di ck," he sa id. "Hold yourself in His adventu res were not yet over however. r eadiness. however to execute any o rder s I may have for The watchme n were on their feet and giv ing chase in a you." few moments "I \rill y9ur excellency," and then Dick salu ted and As D ick shot out upon the river they cam e hurryin g r etired. down the wharf. j He reached th e camp of the Liber ty Boys during the As th e tide caught him and sent hi s boat sk immin g u pa fterno o n, and at o nc e s ought Bob. strea m they reached the edge of the wharf. J H e related his adventure s briefly, and then asked:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' HETENGE. How have the Tories been behaving themselves during m y a bsen ce, Bob?" Very badly, Dick. Two barns and a hayrick, all be longing to patriot families, were burned last night." Say you so?" '"Ye s and a boy of twelve was caught bJ' Tories and flogg ed. He was one of Andrews' boys." "Did h e recognize any of his tormentors?" On e was Sol Mills, Joe's younger brother. 'At all events, Joe him s elf was nqt the r e, s o h e c an n o t be accused of it. Very true. "Is it known who set the bai ns and ric k o n fire?" but the Torie s s a y that i t se rved the rebels r ight. "The re was no Tory property destroyed?" No." 1 "Has there be e n :since the8e outrag e;; b egan?" No, not once." And none of the patrio ts hav e s aid tha t it s erved the others right?" "No; they have all expressed the deepest thy. "And have g iven aid also, have the) not?" Yes, in eve ry case." sym pa1 "Has Thomp s on Mills ever given either sympathy or aid to any of his unfortunate neighbors?" "No, not a s ingle time." "Have any of the other Torie s done so?" "Th ey ha ve n't," sai d Bob "and in every case they hav e laughed at the tmfortunates, and said that it served them right." 'This man in black set fire to the Freeman barn," said Dick, "and I think I will prove in time that Thompson )lills ha s ins tigated e v e ry one of these crime s if he ha s 1 1 0t taken part in them." "If it i s proved, Dick, what will we do with him?" "Punis h him in a way that will teach him and others lik e him that s u c h 11c t s ar e not to J be tolerated for a mo m ent. "The n you think tha t th e Tor:ie s hav e clene these things, Dick?" I have not the s light es t doubt of it, Bob." "Bnt we've got to catch them in the act." W e will do it. 'T'he y ha>e g rown b o ld and think that 1 1 0 one dares punish them." "The y will think diff e r ent whe n the y :fe el th e Liberty ] )oys' revenge "Very true, and they are bound to feel it shortly." Dic k then sent for Will Freeman, and asked: "HaYe you e Y e r heard o f a tre a sure b e in g burie d s omewher e in your garden?" Y e but I nev e r beli e ved tMm." "Have you e ver dug for it?" -"No. "Has anyone else?" "Not as far as I know." ''Did your mother believe tbese stories?" "No." "Nor your father?" "No." "Thompson Mills does." "Why do you think s o ? "That i s why he wanted to get bold of t he property." "He has money e nough w ithout g oin g digg ing for burie d treasure." "The more s ome men hav e t h e m o r e t hey want.'' Ver y true." Did y ou e v e r hear ho w t hi s sto r y o f buried treasure or iginated?" I never did." 'The n y ou don't know if i t i s 0<1ptain 1\:icld's o r whm e it i s ? No and I n en r b elie v e d that there was any." "The r e might b e, Will A shr e d m a n l ike Tho m p son }fill s would not be mi s l e d by a mere :;t o ry.'' "He i s v e ry ignorant Dick. I know, but s luewd. He ha s some to t hi s tre a sure, or he would n e v e r make s u c h t o ge t hol d o f the property." "Perhaps not.'' "We must try and learn what his clew "And then?" Look for the treasure." Do you think it i s r eally there?" "It may be. .Joe Mills and the man in bla ck a r e g oing to dig on their own aeeount." "They are?" "Yes, but at random. I think the old man ha<> som e id e a where he ought to look to find it." And Joe not thi;: knowledge?" No." "We ll, a s for me 1 don't b e lieve it, anu ihe o nly treasure in our plac e i s wh a t w e c an ge t o n t of it b y bard work." "Suc h is pretty apt to be the c ase Will and yet I am in dine d t o b e li e ve in this particular '\\-ell, J that ma y b e r ig ht bntI doubt it.., Bu t if I find tha t t h e r e i>' i r c a m e in Y om ,garden. a m I a t lib erty to dig for it?' "Yes.'' "If I find it what s hall J do with it?" "lt will b e yonr s t o l 1 o as you like with. "Yes but what would you like m e to do with it?" "l: T s e it to th e c ause of liberty.'' I will do so, after your ister i s provided for." The matt er was the n di s missed for the time. Wh e n it g rew dark Dic k sent for Bob and said: I want the Liberty Boys to patrol the neighborhood in s m a ll partie s You and Mark and Ben, Sam, Arthur, a nd Walt e r and Carl, Patsy and Nel s had b etter t a ke parties of s ix or eight. I will take a party m;yself."


THE :LIBERTY BOYS' H.EVENGE. 13 "The idea is a good one." .. I will make out a territory fo1: each party, and we will leave one to gnard the <;:amp." You want that we s hall keep a watch on the Tories?" Ye s and if :you see anyone firing it barn cr bouse or rick s hoot." And in case 'Arrest him. pcd of an yone found suspiciously?" These evil deeds have got to be stopC H APTE R IX. C AUGHT IN THE A CT. :-)ho r t l y a fte r bedtim e that night Di c k, with a small p ar ty o f Lib erty Bo ys, set out to look for the malefactors 1 r h o had be e n t e rrorizing the neighborhood. H e took Will Fre eman, Phil Waters, Harry Judson, Dav e Dunham Tom Hunte r, and Ben Brand all of them r e liable youth s They did not take the ir hor s e s a s the y were not going a n y great distance. Then., too, the horses might excite suspicion. This was just what they wished to avoid. The y were all armed with pi s tols, and carried plenty o:f ammunition. lf .. they caught anyone r e d-handed they would not hesi tate to shoot. Incendiarism was a crime at all times, but just now it amounted to an act of war. Dick resolved to punish it accordingly, therefore. In the territory covered by Dick were many patriot families of moderate means. H was such who had suffered most from the acts of the Tori es, Dick had noticed. of them had been threatened, that he knew. H e therefore had no definite information to work upon. "We will watch Thatcher's place first," said Dick. "He has two sons in the patriot army," said Will. 'Yes, and there are only the old folks and a dimghter at hom e." Th e 'l'hatc h e r house was on a by-road, the barn being vln:'-er to t h e road than the hou se on account o f c hanges lll :a me." "l'm obliged to you, boys," said the old m an. "I've been afraid of s omethin g like this." "Have you h e en t hreatened, Mr. Thatc her? ask e d Dick. "No, not directly but m e n have hinted that I had b e tter look out how I talked."


14 THE LiiBER'rY B O YS RimYENGE "About what ?" "We came upon a party of 'Uo.ries robbing h eJt-roosts," 'Ph e war. he s aid "We fir e d and Dan Maywood got a sh0t in the "Who t old y m 1 to loa'k out ?" l eg l'ories. "You re c o g n i zed him ?" "Do you know any o f them?" "Y,es. His fri e nd s c arried him aw' ay We di d no t want "Some I do. and s om I don 't; Mills an d his son told m e him s o l o n g a s we had caught him in th e act I ought to be c areful. "No, and you c an a complaint against him in the D i d the y threaten ?" m o rn i n g ." No, bu t the y said some fo1ks didn't like the way I H e may n o t r e main talk ed, an,d mig h t r e s en t it. "If h e goes away so mu c h t h e b ette r The s ection will "By s e ttin g fir e t o yom: b & rn? Dicl!i. b e well rid of s u c h a man "They did not s a y how. They were very vague '"alte r J e nn i ngs an d h i s p ar ty had c aptur e d a man o f 'But you s till talked M y ou felt, I s uppos e ? evil r eputa tion and a ':Cory, who h a d b e en detected tryin g "Yes; I am not to be muz z led I have lJlY convictions, to s t e al a cow from a poor widow whose m ain s upport i t and I s hall be true to them. was "That i s right. Well I don't think you will b e t rouS h e was a p atrio t and h e r hu sba n d h a d be'en kill e d at bl e d again soon." t h e battle o f L o ng I s land I hope not." Th e r e w ere three in t h e p a r ty, but o nl y one had b een "If a n ybody makes hints t o you again ju s t l e t m e c ap tu r ed. kn ow." "I' k n o w t h e othe r s said W alte r "They ar e S i u wn "I will, Di ck. C an I do anyt hing for you or the Gilfeather a n d David R ankin W e a ll s a w the m and c a n boys?" s w e a r to the m." "No, tha nk you. W e are out on patrol, and may b o T a k e this f e llo w to jai l and e nte r complain ts u g ain s t n eed e d elsewhe re. the oth e r s b ef or e J udge Brown. T h ese s coundrel s a r e be -The old man thank e d t hem a g ain, and then they went gin nin g t o f e e l t h e L i b e r ty Boy s' reven ge." awa y The oth e r parties h a d sim pl y fri ghte ned a w a y seve r a l Visi ti n g t h e n ext house in their di stric t, the occupa n t s u s picious lookin g pe r s o ns, b u t h a d n o t fire d upon or cap : a n o l d l ady, told them that some s uspicious cha r acte r s h.(re d a n y o f the evildo erS. had heen a round durl .ng the even1" ng, but that the dogs W e have d o n e good w ork to-ni ght, Di c k s aid, "an( L h a d f ri g h te n e d th em a way. t h e r e w i ll be less tro ubl e tha n f o rmerl y." Ho11 man v wer e t h e re, Mr s Mattiso n ?" asked Dick W e h H en't c augh t the rin g lea d e r s yet, though said I saw two. I w ent to the door when the dogs bark e d h Bob an d saw two men hurryin g away f r o m the hen ouse. -"Well, w e must 'i\9t r elax our v i gi l a nce These p e srs "Keep t h e dog s o u t They a r e the b est o f wat chme n will b e cautiou s now, bu t w e mu s t maintain a r ; a t c h If YOU k now how t o use one, gt a pi s tol and shoot at ev e ry up o n them, e ven if nothin g is hea r d of them for a su;picious per son von s e e lurkin g about. They won' t come .1 week." the second time." The n ext mornin g c ompl a ints w e re made against sev e ral The youths went away and heard no mor e rep@rts of of th e Tories a nd the man that had bee n s teali n g the ex cesses being c o mmitted in their territory cow was promptly sent to j ail for six month s as he was Ea rl y in the morning Di c k found Bob, hav i ng sent s impl y an acce s sor y Will and the rest ba c k to camp. The Tories wer e less lou d spoken for a dav or so. Well Bob?" he a s ked .1 "We s urpri sed a party s ettin g fi-re t o Mord a u nt's hou s e Th ey saw that the Lib e rty Boys w e re in earnest a nd h h l d evid e ntl y f e ared a s till wors e puni s hm e n t and o p e ned fire on them. I hit Bond in t e s o u er. The gaJig carried him away ; b u t I r ecognized h im. Di c k took pain s to hav e it known that anyo n e caught committing d epre dation would b e fir e d upon, no mat te r H o w many were the re?" "Three or four I am not sure of the rest b u t I saw who they wer e an d tha t incendiarie s would b e ha n g e d if Bond I am s ure of him. He ll have a s o r e shou lde r for c apt ur ed. the next month or so." The l e ader s had not been cau ght, as Bob intimateu, bu t "Did you fir e o n an y oth e rs? f o r a d ay or two the r e w ere n o r e ports of thefts or fires but one part y beard u s comin g and ran. We could o r of threats again s t "rebel s." h e a r the m goin g a t full s peed." .J o e Mill s cam e ba c k from th e c it y and be g an to t alk a s CHAP TER X. CONCERNING THE B URIE D T R EA S U R E. When th e o ther par t ies c ame in M a rk Morrison t h e fir s t to r e port b o a stin g ly a s ever. Mark Morrison was in a p ublic pla c e whe n Joe was talk ing, and s aid: I g uess y o u h a v e n t h ea r d the n e ws, Mills." "What d o you mea n b y that?" g rowlingly. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE 15 Wh y how a lot o your gang have disappeared, with complaints hanging over them." Wills glared at Mark, who continued: "A lot o your tried your barn-burning, cows tealing tactics the other night, and some o them got shot. Others are keeping away to avoid being sent to jail." "I haven't got anything to do with it/' with a snarl. "No, and it's a good thing or you that you had not. You won't say it served them right, I suppose." "I dunno what you're talking about." All I can say is that you had better curb your evil tongue," added Mark, "and not put yourself under sus picion." Mills went away growliNg, but he took Mark's advice, nevertheless He did not say an insulting word about the patriots or the next 1week The Liberty Boys patroled the neighborhood as before, but or two or three nights nothing suspicious was to be seen. They kept up their vi gilance, however, being deter min e d to put a stop to the persecutions o the Tories. Three or our days later Dick took Major and rode as far as the Harlem river, and then made his way to the city in search o information. H e learned much o g reat imporfunce, and was on hi s way bac k whe n he saw Joe :Mills entering a on the King s Bridge road. The complaint a g ain s t Mills or s tealin g the widow Free m a n 's cow had not been withdrawn but the fellow h ad given bail, and the cas e had b een postponed. Seein g the two m e n togethe r Dick, who was in 'dis g ui se, s uspected that they had s omething to talk about whi c h h e would be g l a d to know. L e a v in g Major i n the care o a hos tl e r Di c k hurried to the tap r o o m o the tav e rn. H e was c e r ta in to find the two Tori e s there. H e pa used a t the door a nd li s t e ned The m e n were within. "I s tolt! the pap e r rom the o ld man' s secretary," :Mills was\s a y ing. "Can you make anything out o it?" "Yes; all I want. It i sn't Captain Kidd's money at ali." "Isn't it?" "No, it's money that was hid rom the Injuns and the Bri ti s h, and buri e d in what' s now Freeman's garden There was somethin g in the story, after all I s the plac e marked out?" "Yes You g o north rom the road a hundred feet, and th en-but it's all down on the paper." "You've got it?" "Yes." "Let me see it'." "You'll stea1 it!" "H'm! you've got no call to say that you cow-s teal er!" "As mu 9 h a s you have, barn-burner!" "Who stole it from the old man? Second thief's the best owner,' I guess "Well, that's all right," growled Mills. "I'll show it to yon." Dick drew as near as he dared. Melton read the paper giving the location of the treasure. Dick had tablets and pencil with him. His memory was good, but he resolved not to trust to it entirely on this occasion. He listened attentively, and took down everything of importance. "That's all right," said Mills. "I'll divide with you if y ou'll help me get the stuff." "When will we g o?" "Soon as we can." "We'd better go at night?" "0 course Any other time wouldn't be safe." Then the men were silent or a time. "Hear anything in the city?" asked Mills. "Yes." "Is Howe going to do anything?" "Yes ." "I hop e he'll drive the rebels out. Those Liberty Boys have be e n making trouble "How s o?" "\Vhy the y' re actually going to law and spoilin the fun we' v e b ee n havin' up t here." M e lton lau g hed. "That cow c ase ha s been put off, I hear?" Yes, g rowlin gly. "Wha t about the cas e o the old m an?" "Ife s been keepin g quiet but he's workin g ju s t the same We' ll get the best of the rebels yet W e ll we'll g o and get this stuff pretty q uick b e fore he g ets at it." V e r y g o od. To-morrow do?" "Yes. Come to the back gat e a nd whistl e." "I'll do i t." Dick now left the tavern. H e h a d h e ard all that he wanted to know. He mad e his way to the g eneral-in-chief s headquar te rs at once a nd reported. What lle had learned concern e d a pl;J)jected assault upon Fort Washington by several parties. Was hin g ton was g lad to get the news Kno wing th e e n e m y's plan s he could make pr e para tion s accordingly. Di c k received certain instructions and then returned to c amp. "We are likel y to have fighting soon, Bob," he said to hi s first lieutenant. "That i s good news," excitedly. "Yes, Fort Was hington is to be attacked."


1 6 THE L IBER,TY B O YS REV ENGE. "Th a t is ser ious I tru s t that Magaw will be able t.o he st r uck in the pick again, driving it as d eep hold out against the Briti sh." "Yes, f o r i t is a n important position." "That is why Howe wants it. "Well the Liberty Boys will do their bes t to def e a t him Bob Ve ry t ru e agre e d Bob. as he co:uld. W hat are you going to rai s e?" a s ked Mark. "A chest of gold," s aid Will. "Do you reall y mea n -it?" "Well, we hope to "Is t h ere one the r e ? "So we have heard Leav i n g Bob, Di c k found Will F r e ema n in hi!> tent a n d c all e d him aside "There are l ot s of such s t ories that don't amount t o "I h ave news, Will." anything s aid Mar k. "Of wha t s ort, Dick?" "We ll if I d id not think there was somet hi ng i n thi s "I ha v e l e arned the l ocati o n o f the h 'eas ure m your one I would not both er," said D ick gard en "No, you ar e not one to be fool e d w ith cock a n d-bull "In what m anner?" s to ries Di ck the n t'ol d how 11e had d iscov er e d the s ecret. T hen, whi l e Will u s ed the pick, Di c k told Mark what W e ll you s aid that old man Mills mu s t have some h e had learned abou t the b u ried treasure. cl e w," he said "That sounds more r e a s onable than a Captain Kidd Yes." s tor y," sai d Ma r k. D o you bel ieve it is of any u se, D ick?" a s k e d Ye s the o l d D utch settlers often buried their mone y v V i l l. when they feared a r ai d of the Indians o r B ritish," said W e c an at all even ts, test it, my lad." Will T rue Let me look at the copy you made Quite a good d e al o f earth h a ving be e n loose n ed by Dick showe d it to him. thi s tim e the y outh s now got to work digging with the "Let us go to the old place and loc ate it by t his," he spades. said Mark was sent to s t a nd g uard outside to ke e p off those "Ver y g ood." w h o might b e drawn t hi ther by curio sity The n they set off for the ruins, Will mor e excit ed than The g ard e n wa s in s i ght from the road the house a nd h e w o uld e ver have acknow l edged he coul d be over the barn bein g n o w out of the way. m a t ter of th e buried treasure Some of the n e i g hbor s in th e rear, seeing the you th s a t work, might c o m e to a s k qu e stions C H APTE R X I. WHAT THEY FOUND I N THE GARDEN. I O n t h e way to the o l d hous e Dic k s topped a nd got a p i c kax, a c ouple of s pades, a sack and some rope. He m e t Mark a n d a coupl e of oth e r s and to o k t hem with him. "They'll be good picke t s i f we don't wan t the m t o help u s," s aid D ick. "Very t r ue," s ai d Will Mark and the others ha d no i d ea w h y they were want .ed. T hey were accustomed to obeying Dic k wit h o u t q u es tio n however : Whe n they re a che d t h e o l d plac e t hey s tudied t he di1 rectio n s Dick h ad. B y following these they at la s t f o und the m s el yes in a comer of the garden near an old apple tree. "We never planted v ery much here s aid Will "as .th e r e was too mu c h s hade." Measuri n g off a certain distance Di c k s aid : "Try the pic k h e re, boys. Dic k wan t ed to keep the matter q u iet for vari ous r eas o ns Above a ll he did n ot w i sh it to reach the ea r s of Joe M ill s Two or t h ree curi o us per s o n s d i d come aroun d a n d questioned M a rk. "Making a garde n ?" t hey asked "Yes," w a s the answe r. "Ain t it rather l ate?" "Not f o r the c rop we e xpe c t t o r a ise. "Wha t y ou g oin g to r a i se?" S omething to ma k e m o n ey." "Waal IS a s good a s anythi ng. t ha t. "Ver y w e ll. You try "Rye i s better'n wheat that s il e said anothe r T hen began a discussion a s to the valu e of d i ffer e n t crops, i n which Mark took no part. H e was amu sed by the tal k, b u t sai d n ot h i ng. At l a s t, t h eir curio s it:Y be i n g satisfi e d the i n 1uisit i ve n e ighbor s w ent away. Dick a nd th e rest w e re s till haTd at w ork. "Are you goi n g to t urn f arm er, Di ck ?" ask e d M ark The y h a d their c oat s off and were ver y bu sy. "Well, we expect to get money out o f thi s gro und," H a vin g clear e d quite a larg e space, Dic k now took s aid Dick, with a laug h the pick a g ain and drove it into the g r o und. The n h e struck the pick into the ground It struc k som e th ing h a rd a nd made hi s hand s tin" T his earth has not been di s turbed in years," he said gle.


4__.. .,, THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. 17 "That' s either a sto ne or our box," he cried. He loosened more earth and then took a spade. Throwmg out seve ral spadefu l s of earth, h e suddenly exclaimed: "'Jtbere is s omething here!" "What is it?" they all cried. Then Dick and Will began to dig. In a few moments the corne r of an iron box was dis closed. H ere she is!" c ried Will. turf upon it to give it the look of not h a ving b e en dis turbed. The chest" was dragged to the cart, lifted in and covered with sacks Then Will got some potatoes and other things from f ri e ndly neighbors and drove the camp. .As there were a good many of the Liberty Boys, and they had to be fed, it was no unusual sight to see wagons out to the camp, and s o no one wondered at seeing Will now. "So it is," echoed Harry. There was a good-natured Irish lad named Patsy Bran Then Dick put in his pi c k and got the blade under a nigan, who was the cook, and when Will drove up he corner of the box. asked : Putting his weight upon it, he raised it slightly. "Phwat have yez dhere, me bhy?" "Clear it away, boys," he said. "Potatoes," said Will. "Jump in and lift out a sack Th ey all took spa des and removed the earth from the of them." top of the chest. Patsy jumped into the cart, and, as luck would have it, It was two feet long and a foot wide. seized the box first. "It isn't very big," said Dick, "but it may be heavy "Tear ages, phwat have yez dhere?" he gasped, for all that." breathing har d "Shure an' dhim pitaties are as heavy "How are we going to ge t it up? asked Harry. "The as lead." hole is three feet deep." "Rut as good as gold!" laughed Will. ; Get the rope, Harry, and when Will and I lift you and Ben pass it under." Dick and Will took their picks and raised one e nd of the ches t. 1 Then Harry and Ben got the rope under the end. "Now get it farther under," said Dick. "Lift hearty, Will." Three of them now lifted the chest while Harry s lipped the rope under. It was now at the middle of the chest. "Make a good knot," said Dick, "and then we'll all take hold." This was done, and the four youths laid hold of the rope and hauled. It was a s tout, new rope, and although it stretched, di d not break. With all four hauling upon "it the box was bound to come out if the rope did not break. There was enough of it, and Dick told Will to double it around the chest This was done. The n they all laid hold upon it once more. In a short time the box was drawn out of the hole upon the ground It was as deep as it was long, and was quite a heavy affa ir "We ought to get it away before we open it," said Dick, "for we will attract too much attention." "I can get a horse and cart," said Will. "Do so," said Dick, "and we will drag it to the road." When Will had gone for t he horse and cart the others filled the hole, throwing in loose stones to take the place of the box. The n they pounded the earth down hard and then put CHAPTER x 'u. COUNTING THE TREASURE. Patsy Brannigan wiped his r eek in g forehead and said "Shure an' dhat's a box, Will, me bhy. Dhere do be no pitaties in dhat." "No, there are not. Take the potatoes out first." Patsy threw a sack of potatoes on his shoulder and walk ed off with it. When he came ba ck for another he had a fat German youth with him. This was Carl Gookenspieler, one of the Liberty Boys, and the source of a good deal of fun for all the rest. "Take dhe little box up to Dick's tint, Cookyspiller," said Patsy, drawing out a sack of potatoes. "All righd; dot was nodings; dot was on'y de shmall pox." "Only G.he shmallpox, is it? Yez'll not be gittin' dhe sh mallpox here, me bhy, an' givin' it to dhe rist av u s." "I didn't sayed der shmallpox; I sayed der shmall pox." "Shure, an' Oi don't see dhe difference." "Dot was no diseases been, Batsy; dot was der liddle pox alretty." "Oh, Oi see; it's dhe shmall box, yer mean?" laughed the jolly Irishman. "Ya, dot was what I said." "W eil, take it out." Pats y stood with the sack on his back watching Carl. He did not wish to miss any of the fun. Will turned around on the wagon seat, but said noth ing. Carl caught hold of one of the handles of the box an d pulled


i I I. I 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS R E V E N GE. H e thought from the size of the box that he was going t o hav e an eas y job o f it. He did not, for he could not budge the thing. What you dooded, put some nails mit it?" he ask ed. "No, it i sn't nailed," said Will. The t a nkard s wer e o f Dutc h mak e a n d the coins wer e nearly all Spanish. At the time that the vessels must have bee n brou ght over from Holland, Spanish gold was :ip. u s e n e arly all over Europe. There were a few French gold pieces an d some Eng lish, but the greater part was Spanish. Then Carl tugged again, but could not move the box "A good deal of Spanish gold found its w a y into Holland "Was dot s om e during Spain's occupancy of the Netherlands," said Dick a What you was got in dot?" he asked. s htones or what it was?" "Yis Oi think it i s," roared Patsy. "Thry it agin, "and hence these coins now among these Dutch ute n sils." Cookyspiller, me bhy C arl tri e d it, whil e the s weat poured off hi s face. H e w e i g h e d two hundred pounds, but h e could budge the box. The s pace s b e twe e n the vessels were filled w i th t h e c oin s and there w a s als o a thic k bed of the m at tbe not bottom I

THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. 19 -======================================= CHAPTER XIII. They tumbled out a lot of them and then struck earth TWO DISAPPOINTED TORIES. again. Patsy got up in the apple tree, Will and Mark got be-"It digs harder now," grunted Melton. hind it, and Dick crouched ih the long grass and "Yes, I guess we're getting down to it. weeds hard by. It was more diffcult digging now, the earth having been It was quite late when they heard footsteps approachundisturbed for generations. ing and saw the gleam of a couple of lanterns. They sweated and puffed and grunted, and at last the In a few moments Joe Mills and Melton stood under man in black growled: the old tree. "I'd like to have the old Dutchman here who planted "I located the spot this afternoon, when nobody was it so deep I'd give--" around," said Mills. ""' t that moment Patsy leaned over so far to see what He did not know that Dick had been watching him all was going on that he fell out of the tree. the time. He landed right astride Melton's shoulders and knocked "That's better than having to find it in the dark," him flat. said Melton. "Oh, glory, Oi' m kilt entoirely!" he roared. "Yes, that's what I thought. I reckoned that right Will and Mark behind the tree let out peals of laughter under tl1is old apple tree was the spot." at this unexpected occurrence. avery good; let's get to work." Joe Mills jumped out of the hole in a fright, kicked They had brought a couple of s pades with them, and over the lantern and fled in terror. no11 setting the lanterns down, they got to we.rk. Then Dick came hurrying up seized the other and They took off their coats and threw them on the ground, 1 said : and then each took a spade and began to dig. "Quick, bo:ys, secure this fellow. By his own confession The lanterns were placed near the tree and threw a he is guilty of setting fire to the barn." deep shadow upon Will and Mark. Mark and Will came out from behind the tree and seized "You ought to know this place," said Melton. "You Melton. must have passed it when you took away the cow." Patsy got on his feet in a moment and said: "I was about as near as when you set fire to the "Shure an' it wor looky dhat Oi fell on dhis felly barn." j inshted av crackin' me hid on dhe corner av dhe iron "Nobody can prove that," said Melton digging. chist yez tuck out yistidday "And they can't find the cow. She's dead and eaten "What do you want of me?" growled Melton, as Mark lon g before now." a:g.d Will held him fast. "They must have planted thing s here," grunted Melton. "To punish you for burning the Widow Freeman's "It digs easy barn." "Well, I am not complaining about that. I never did "You can't prove that I did it." like hard work." "You told Joe Mills so just a few minute$ ago." "No, you are not used to it, but you can drive a hard "That is nothing. You can't use a man's confession bargain." against him without corroborative evidence." "No harder than you, you scheming money-lender." "You are a suspicious character, and was seen hanging "You're glad to borrow it, you spendrift." about the place just before the fire. You will have to go "But n ot to pay your high rate of interest, you graspwith us." ing wretch." "An' dhin dhey'll put yez to breakin' shtones," said "Oomplimints floy ph Win gintle folks meet," thought Patsy, "which is harder worruk dhan diggin' for tings Patsy up in the tree. dhat yez can't foind." "It is no higher than the law allows," growled "Have you removed the chest?" growled Melton. ton. "We have," was Dick's reply. Then the y continued to dig, and for some minutes said "You had no right to it." nothing. "We had the right of the first finders." They threw the earth out rapidly, and pretty soon Joe's "You did not. We knew it was there. You did spade s truck somethi ng not." "I've got it!" he cried. "You only thought so. It might have been a hoax, or "Are you sure?" the chest might hav e been taken out a lnmdred years ago, "Yes." and you would haye known n ot h i ng about it. Besides, it He put in his spade again, whil e Melton brought one was on Will's property." of the lant e rns "Be that as it may, I had nothing to do with the barnTh en Mills brought out oa large stone, and Melton anburning, and you c ann ot hold me for it." other. "We are of a different opinion sai d Dick. "Bring him "Ma y be it's below the s tone said Joe along. boys.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. Dick went ahead with the lantern to show the way, and Will and Mark followed, the prisoner between them All of a sudden Melton raised his foot, kicked the lantern out of Dick's hand, and extinguished it. Then he wrenched his arms loose from the grasp of the Liberty Boys, and made a sudden dash. As soon as he recovered from his surprise Dick drew a pistol and fired in the direction of the retreating foot steps. The n the lantern s w e r e r e li g hted, but the man could not be found. "He will escape u s a s he is use d to the place, said Will. "He has been here man y t imes, no doubt." "Shure an' it' s no u s e c r o yin' o ver shpilled milk," said Patsy. "Dhe man is gon' an' we are will r i d av him, dhe robber." "Yes, there need be no t ears shed over his absen c e said Dick. "He has had a warning, and it i s not likely that he will return." a good riddance to him, dhe thafe," said Pats y heartily. The youths now left the old gard e n, and returned to Colonel Lanlbert Cadwalader, with ei gh t hun d 1ed P e nn sylvanians, was posted in the out e r lines, abou t two and a half miles south of the fort. This side was menaced by Lord P e rcy vith a fo rce double Cadwalader' s The Liberty Boys were station e d on C o c k H ill a p re cipitous eminence north of the f o r t and be t wee:q. it and Spyt den Duivel Creek. Near them was Colonel R a wlin gs of Maryland, w ith a strong body of troops man y of the m rifl e m en C olonel Ba xter was po ste d to the e a s t of the fort o n rough ; woody hei ghts bordering the Harlem rive r. The en e m y had thrown up r e doubt s on hig h g r oun9, o u the oppo s ite s ide and Baxter had been sen t to wat ch them. Dick had a three-gun b atte ry on C o c k H ill; and mean t to make it a s e ffective as he could. The hill commanded passes alon g whi c h t h e e nemy might move, and was therefore a moot importan t tion. That it s hould ha ve been entrus t e d t o h im was t h e strongest evidence of the c onfiden c e wit h whi c h h e was r c camp. garded by the general-in-chief. The next day they went to the place again, filled up the "Shure, an' it's a foin e view w e do hav e from h e r e,' hole and took away the spades. said Patsy, standing ne_11 one of the g un s Joe }fills not seen in the. and his "Yah, dot was a bully one, I bet me," said C arl ''but father kept himself secluded, gomg out but little, and we was not came here to looak at der sce n e rie s i s bavipg nothing to say to anyone, not even his own cronies. ; is?" 0 "He is growing cautiou s," said Dick. "He has been warned like the rest, and f e ars the revenge of the Liberty Boys.'' "Yes, and it will fall on him unl e s s he men().s his ways," said Bob. "He is quiet now, but he needs watching just the same." The Liberty Boys continued their nightly patrol without discovering any more outrages and then one day Dick suddenly had orders from the general to take the youtl1s go to the defence of Fort Was hington CHAPTER XIV. "Shure, an' it was not, an dhat' s phwat Oi w or thi nkin' av Cookyspiller." "What you was t'oug h t a bouid "Dhat before long dh e s lnnoke av dh e ill1 e r '"iII shut it out intoir e ly." "Dot was not s o wor s er a s dot you was got shu t o u i d youts elluf mit one off dose c annon-balls, a i n t it?" Shure an' dhe c ann o n-ball is not m a d e dhat w i l l m e out, me bhy." Vor why is dot?" 'Heco s pll\Vin Oi see i t comin Oi'll rin so d h a t it THE FALL OF FORT lon' t C 0111C widi n t in m o j )ps av m e Earl y i n the morning o f th e l ot h of ( olorw l You don t could nm ;;:o f a s t ligoe a g annonball. llaga. w began his pr e par a ti o n s f rH' the expect e d attat:k o n "Shure, a n _Yf'Z nirc r n w nm R nn yho w an so ycz c an't t e ll. Fort Was hington. On th e day b e fpr e Gen e r a ] H o w e had sen t in a n e n e r a l H o w e h a d pla n n e d four sim ul tan eou s atta ck s for him to s urrend e r. m the fort_ It wa s acc ompani e d with a th r e a t to resort to One waR t o b e m ad e o n t h e n orth by Kn yphause n a nd his if not complied with. H ian s in two c olumm. :Magaw had intimat e d a doub t tha t no,rr \\'Ollld execute The i'CCOncl W fl8 to b e mad e b y two battalions o f l ight his threat. ; nfa ntnand two battalion

'l'HE LlBEH'l'Y BOYS' J;tEVENGE. 21 The fourth attack was to be on the south by Lord Percy, with a combined force of English and troops Di ck, on his last visit to the city, had fortunately got t e n hold of these plans, and had communicated them to the general-in-chic }lagaw's preparationti had been maJe acco rdingly, and he was ready to me e t the e nemy upon all s id es. about noon the s ound of heavy cannonading, echoing among the hills, together with the sharp rattle of mus ketry, announced that the battle had begun. Dick Slater, with his Liberty Boy s on Cock Hill, was one of the first to be attac ked. Colon e l Rald, l ea ding one of Knyphausen's colum ns, attempted to assail the hill. Dick set his batte ry to work, and the Hessian s were obliged to retreat. Rahl Yery quickly found him self entangled in a woody defile which was not only difficult to penetrate, but where he was exposed to the fire of both the Liberty Boys and Hawling's riflemen. Meanwhile the fight was going on at all point s and was sharply contested by every division of the Continen tals. Mathew had made good his landing, but was severely handled by Baxter, who was killed in the very act of en cour aging his men. 'l'he troops retreated while Mathew pushed on to cut of! Oa dwalader, who ha.d given battle to Lord Percy until informed of Sterling's approach. Sterling made a landing, and Oadwalader, beset on hl o s ides, was obliged to retreat to the fort, which be did marking his track by numbers of slain Hessians. Di c k and the Liberty Boys continu e d to hold Knyp hanse n at b ay, pouring in volleys from muskets and pis tols, and discharging the guns a s rapidly as they could be loaded and firea. _.\ t last their ammunition wa s exhaus ted, and the bat tery was useless. The guns of the Liberty Boys, from being discharged so often, b ecame fouled and were of no u se. Then Colone l Rabl, with the right divi,iop of the H es s ians, forced hi!' way dire c tly up the north side of the hill. Dick 01dercd the guns s piked, and retreated. Pown the hill they went in good or d er; firing a Yolley \Yith their pi s tols as they de sce nd ed. Th<.>y made good their c;:cape, althongh the H them for some distance. Fort \Vashington had fall e n, and the Americans wer e at la s t driven from the island. \Tashington, at Fort Lee hau the l Jatt le, and waF greatly aff ected. It :;eemed to m e an ihc loss of Fort L ee next, and the oecupation of the J erseys by tbe victorious Britis h. nirk Slater did not }(l!'e heart, but 8aid to Boh, as they rodP away : It was a bad defeat, Bob, but the war is not over yei, by any means." "Yes, they say that it's the darkest hour before the dawn, Dick." 'Very true, and there are brighter times coming." Dick 's ho p eful spirit had a good influence on the re t, and gave them great encouragement. Beaten but not discouraged, the Liberty Boy s made their way back to camp to await orders CHAPTER XV. :MO RE TROUBLE FROM THE TORih'S. When the news of the fall of F qrt Washington reached Westche ster, Thompson Mills and the other Torie s w ere very jubilant. Dick met the old Tory on the street, and he said w]th a snarl: "Ha. so you got li c ked, did you? Served you right. You'll get licked again and agai n till y ou won't ha'le a leg to stand on." "Being defeated in one fight does not mean b eing ex tinguished," was Dic k's reply. "We'll keep on lickin you then till you are," the Tory. 'Oh, 'we' will 'do it, eh? I don't think you had anything to do with it. I didn't hea r of you or any of you r gang being in the fight." The old man snarled at this retort. 'You Torie s don't fight; you burn barns anu steal and beat boys. Pretty sort of fighting that, isn't it ?'l "Don't you talk to me like that," s napp ed old Mills, turning "Oh, don't like it? That shows that :ou are ashamed of you rself. There's some hope, then." ''I can't fight. I'm an old man," 'Said Mills. "You're not too old to do any me an act that y o u think of. You're not too old to u;;e a c lub on a boy and bmn barn s." "You neve r caught me burnin' a barn yet." "Xo, but when I do you will cat c h it. You are none too p-ood ro do it, let me teJl y ou that." "Hain't you go t no respect for an old man?" w hined the Tory, taking a different tone '' K o, not when you do not deserve it. You are not an olll man. You are simply whining. I have heard your t.a lk before, and you will ha1e to stop it or go out o f the neil!h borhood." Dick would not haYe spoken thu s seYercly if he bad not known that 'homp son :!II i lls was a scoundre l and capabl e of any evil deed He had some respect for the ene my who went into battle, taking bis life in his hands fo r the sake of his con, but JJOne for a hypocrite like the Tory.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. "As long as you rmpain he r e h e concl u ded, "you will. There were several f o o tprints in the s of t earth around have to behave your se lf. The instant that you cease to do t he tre e. SO,, o u t you g o." Man y of them w e r e confuse d of course. "You c a n't drive me ou t snee r e d l'Ylills Among t h em, however, w a s w hich could o n ly ha v e "We will see firmly "i wiU not w aste wo11ds with b e e n ma de by a m a n wi t h a cl u b-foot. :you Mill s Y ou have had your warning. S ee tha t you. There was onl y one s uch person in the whole neighbor-listen t o it. hood. Whe n Dick r e ached the c a mp Bo b E sta bro o k s a i d to h im: "These Tori e s are b eg innin g to s ho11 t heir des pi c abl e spirit again T hey n ee d ano ther lesson "They will 1get i t if they r eturn to their former prac :tices," was Dic k s reply Joe Mill s i s around aga in and u p to his ol d tric k s," thought Dick The n h e ex ami ne d t he ha t care fully, inside and out TI H T e inls a dark sta in on the fron t of the brim. Lo o kin g at it ca r ef ull y, Dic k s aw that it was a thumb print. T h e d ark stain h a d b ee n caus ed by blood whi c h had drir< l. 'l'hl' own e r of the hat h a d had blood on hi s fing e r s "Wa i t a w h i l e Patsy," sa id D ick. "\\'e Huls t not act when h e had taken it off. rashly. Talk i s ch e ap, and hur ts n o o ne, but as soon as Av yez w ill only say d he word, Dick,'' s ai d Patsy. Oi ll go an' wallop ive r y lasht wan Oi se e just to ta c h e d him to be dacint." ;these Tori es show thei r hands ag ain a t any of thei r old H e ma y have cut hi s thumb or may ha>e b ee n dress h .1 ing a 1\'ound, and got blood on hi s hand. tric k s, w e'll take a r eve n ge that t ey ITi renH.>Il1JC'r as T h e r e w e r e no ot her marks b y wh ic h the own e r m igh t : l ong a s they live." "Yis, an' Oi'll b e g la d t ) b e wan to give i t lo dh im, be traced ioo." ''l will k e ep this," Dic k t h ou g h t Man y a s maller The next da y as Dick, BoL, a n d o n e or two more of t h e cl u e than this ha s led to the dete c tion of crimin a l s _youths were riding alo n g the country r o ad they came H e roll e d the hat up and stu c k it in s id e his c oat. tipott a b o y o f twe l v e tie d t o a tree c ryin g bitterly. Wh a t ha ve you got t he re, Dick?" as k e d Bob /''What i s the mattei, m y boy?" a s k e d Dick. Some bod y s h at. I w a n t to find the o w n e r H e h a d a "Take m e d own, si r ; I can' t stand i t any longer." hand in this affair. The b o y was tied sO that his to es s c arcel y reac h e d the l T he boy was sen t h ome, and t he n D ic k and the rest gro und, his arms being stretcl1e d to their utmost. r oue on. Dic k qui c kly cut the boy's bonds, and Will Freeman Pretty soon they met old Burgess the T ory, and hi s s upported h im. s on Bill the latte r a clum s y halfgrown lout, wh o w a s "Who did thi s?" asked Dic k t h e ringlead e r of a lot of bo ys of his own c las s. S o m e men. T hey all ,had o n mask s, but they s aid I ;Burge ss glare d and looked bla c k at D ick, but wen t o n was a y oung r ebe l a n d they would kill m e if I didn't sa y without a word. < God save the king' for them." "An d you did not?" "No, a n d I would mit." "How l o n g a g o was thls?"' "Just n o w I g u ess they must h avt! heard you coming, for the y ra n aw a y all of a sudden. "So, s o they a r e a t their o ld tric ks, are t he y?" sai d Bob, furi ou s ly "Hanging a few o f the rasca l s would be a les son to the r est, s aid Mark. Dick said n othi n g. H e was thinking how to prevent a r e p etitio n o f s u c h act s as this. It was o f no u se g ue ssi n g at the perpetrato rs. The y mus t be c au g h t in the act a n d puni sh ed to the f u ll est ex t e nt. h e s aw s omething o n t h e ground n o t far di s tant. It w a s a r ound f elt hat, such as w e r e worn by the far m e r s of the neighborho od As h e s t oop ed t o pi ck u p the h a t h e s aw som ething e l se. B i ll mad e s o me s li ghtin g r e m ark a s he passed wh e n Mar k re a ched o u t with his hand, gave the fe llow a thump, a n d r o lle d him over in the dirt. Bill got u p a n d bega n to howl, but Burgess went on, and after awhi l e, seeing that no one gav e him a n y sympathy, Bill wen t o n also. Later the youths came to a ramshackle hou s e by the s id e of the r oad, \rh e r e an ill-favored y oung m a n sat on a b e n c h whittl i n g a s tick He had o n e o f his t h umbs tied up with a bi g of r ag and a t on c e D ick came to a c o n clusio n. T he young man was k n own to be a Tory of the rankest and mos t o u tspoke n class. Dic k r ode u p to him dismount e d, t o ok the hat from his coat. and p u t i t on the f e llow's head It fitte d p e rfectly "That i s y o u r hat, sai d Dic k 1 u ss, I lost it this m ornin; the wind blo w e d it off w he n I was a driv in' the cows t e r p aster. Whe re'd y ou find it?" "1 foun d i t und e r a tre e wh ere you a n d some other


THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. 23 bullies had been tormenting a poor chi ld. Now we are going to give you a taste of the same sort of medicine. C H APTER XVI. GlnNG LIKE FOH LIKE. The young fellow turned p a le, s prang to his feet, and tried toJun into the house. Dick tripped him up, and the rag flew off of his in j ured thumb. It was covered with fre s h blood Take care of this lout," said Dick. Mark and another youth quickly seized him. Then Dick picked up hi s hat. "Do you see this mark?" he ask ed. "Put hi s thumb on the brim, Will." Will t ook the fellow's hand, and made a thumb print on the hat with it. The two marks were identical. "This hat is yours," s aid Di c k. "You cut your thumb :I'hen you forgot the blood on it, and took off you r hat. You left it on the ground where you and the other bull ies suddenly ran away." I didn't h av e no thin' to do with it; I was on'y there," said the fellow. He saw that the evi denc e was all aga inst him, and was trying to crawl out of it. "You are just as bad as the rest then, for you should hare stopped it. Did you save that rope, Bob?" "Yes." "Bring it here "Don't han g me; I'll tell yer a ll about it!" whined th e convicted bully "Tie him up against the house just as he helped to tic that poor boy," said Dick. There was a projecting beam about eight feet from th e ground. The r ope was thrown over this, and then the bully was tied up by his arms, with his toes just touching the ground Fellows li ke you have to be treated like this to make you understand," said Dick. 'rhe fe llow howl ed and begged to be let clown. "I don't believe in torture," said Dirk, "but a dose of the same medicine you give others will cure you." "Kindness or a moral lecture w o ul d be wasted on suc h fellows," said Will What t hey want is a good whipping," saicl 1\far k -:\Ior ri son "Now." said Dick, "you can han g there till you know how it feel>', ancl I d on't think you will want to trv it on anvone else." won't kill him saicl Bob, "bnt it will tea c h him a lesson You can't reach "!:-'.1llies like that except through their phys i cal senses At this moment two or three men came running up attracted by the fellow's howls. They were all Tories, and of the same stamp as the b ull y himself. One of them was his father, in fact. Did you do this?" the man demanded of Dick. "Yes, I gave him what he gave a boy of tw elve just now. Ask him how he likes it. "What business have you got to take the law into your hands?" growled the man. "The right that every honest man has to punish a bully. If I see you beating your wife I will beat you If you are caught tormenting a child, I will punish you, and. s o would any right-feeling man. It is no t only his righ t to do so, but it is his duty." "You r ebe ls have got altogether too much ter say e rbout> what's right an'--" "Shet up, dad, and cut me down!" howled the ly The T ories went to his assistance, and took him down He had not suffered one-tenth as much as the boy had,. but it had been a wholesome lesson to him "Now, see here, said Dick. "You men don't fight,. but you destroy property, stea l, and persecute the weak. After this, one of you is caug):lt doing an evil deed he will be punished in tbe same way that your son was." The Tory g l a red, but s aid nothing. "We know a good many of you," continued Dick. ".Are not you the man I shot in the sho ulder the other day a t --" "I hain't got no time to ta lk to no r ebels," snarled the man, as he went into the hou se ".And you were at Thatcher' s the other night," said Will to another. "That's where you got that bullet in the leg. Makes you limp, don't it?" "Dunno what yer er-torkin' erbout," growled the man y hurrying away. Then Dick and his little par ty r ode off. "That's the way to fix 'em," said Bob. "Serve "em just the same as they serv e others, and they'll very quick l y stop it." "That is what I in tend to do, B.ob'," was Dick's reply, ''and I wan t that you all shall do the same.'' T hese s t ay-at-home, stabin-th e-dark fighters have got !o be tau7ht a severe 8aid Bob, "and I will do it e yery time I catch them at these tricks." \s thr:v rocle on the youths pretty soon h eard the sound 0f lnud lnnQ"htrr ahrad of them. rode q11ickly fonrard. a nd as they rounded a bend in the roacl SOli" a number of men s urrounding a mere youth, whom they were tormenting in some mann er or an other As they came np they saw that tile men were sousing


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. 'their victim in a horse-trough, and every time he came up sputte ring and gasping, they would laugh boister ously. So intent were they upon their cruel sport that they did not observe the patriot youths until they were upon them. Dick sprang from his horse, quickly followed by the rest. Then the men were seized. I know you fellows," said Dick. "You are Tories, every o ne of you.'? The men tried to escape, but Dick gave a shrill whis tle. In a few moments B en, Sam, Arthur, and two others came dashing up. "What is it, Dick?" asked Ben. "Do you know this boy?" "Yes, he is Dan Walling. His father is in the patriot army." "'rhese bullies 'rere abusing him. We are giving the Tories like for like these dayc.n "What were they doing?" "The horse-trougla. is not big enough for all of them. Take them to the river." There was a small stream not far distant, as Dick knew. Thither the Tories were taken, despite their cries and struggles. "Throw them in, clothes and all!" cried Dick. 'The order wa.s quickly obeyed. Into the cold stream went the Tories, without further rparley. There was no ceremony used, either, men being simply thrown in. "I can't swim!" yelled one as he came up. uThen walk," laughed Ben Spurlock, who was a jolly fell<;>w. "It is not deep." The Tories had no desire to swim in cold water with their clothes on. They quickly made their way to shore, therefore. As fast as one came out h e was seized and thrown in ag ain. "What is sauce for the goose i s sauce for the gander," laughed Ben. The men now tried to evade the Liberty Boys. Then Dick threatened to s hoot if they did not come out at a certain point. After that they obey ed, and were thrown in half a dozen times apiece. Then, chilled to the bone, b1ue with the cold, and shiv ering in their soggy garments, Dick allowed them to come out. "There!" he said. "It was not so funny, after all, was it? Now go home and b ehave yourselveR. They say like cures like, so yeu ought to be well c ured." Then he left the shivering Tories to get home the best way they could, and rode off with hi s party CHAPTER XVII. PUNISHING THE TORIES. The practice of giving like for like to the Tories was not one that they at all relished. They saw that the Liberty Boys were determined, and they took the les&on to heart. Warnings would have no effect unless followed up, and Dick's warnings had' been followed up. A bully does not like to be bullied, and when these fel lows received the same treatment that they gave to others, it had a most salutary effect. They realized that they would be serv ed just as they served others, and if it did not stop them it at least made them cautious. "That's the kind of revenge to take upon them," said Bob. "Give them jus t what they give others, and they will understand that we are in earnest." "I think that the most of them do understand it," re plied Dick, dryly. "Then if you catch one of the Tpries burning another man's barn--" "I will burn his," in a tone that left no room fo1: doubt. "Well, it's drastic treatment, but I'll stand l>Y you in it, and so will every one of the Liberty Boys." "It is the only treatment that will bring these sneaks and cowards to their senses," firmly. "I believe you." "They sneer and they jibe, but they won't fight. They go ten to one, and abuse weak, defenceless people; they steal and they burn barns under cover of the night; the y go masked, and they run when they are caught. You've got to use extreme measures with them." "I never said I would not," laughed Bob. "I always go in for extremes, while you generally have to hold m e back." Dick was obliged to smile, for he well knew Bob's fiery, impetuous nature. "I won't hold you back now, Bob," he said. "We have starten in punishing the Tories, and we must keep it up till they have their lesson thoroughly well learn e d." There was not one of the youths who did not agree with him. That night the neighborhood was patroled as before by the Liberty Boys. There might be some who had not yet learned the les son, and Dick was determined that they all should do so. Taking Bob, Mark, Will, Ben, Harry, Phil, and half a dozen more of the youths, Dick set out after dark to scour the neighborhood. Another party of twenty, with strict orders to visit re prisals upon all, in the act of persecuting


-..THE LlBERrr y BOYS' REVENGE. 2 5 p a triot n e i g hb ors, set ou t i n a n e ntir ely o pposite d i rec1 T he h u rniugt hrow n o n the g round, but it tion blaze d f unousl y, .md hghted up t h e group o f Liberty Di ck p r o cee d e d quie t ly and on f oot, e v ery one o f his party b eing t h o r oug hly armed and o n the f or t he "You kno \ r me Bnf'k Benso n," said Di ck, an d you I or i ee. know that I a l ways ket>p m y word They d i d n o t go in a bod y, but w ent in tw o s a n d threes, The m a n S<1id no thi n g. a n d fa r e nou g h apar t so that the word could b e q uick l y "Yon kno w that I h a v e :-;aid that w e w ill trea t )'(J U p asse d a lon g the lin e fellows t h e sam e as we c aught you t reatin g others, don't T hey ke p t in the s h a d ows, and ma d e a s little noise as y ou?" pos si ble, not eve n indul g in g i n c on versation. "What are you going to do? asked the man in sud den They had be e n out for some t i m e when Di c k, who alarm '''a s in t h e lead with Will s udd en l y stopp e d "You will s e e Y o u arc the ringle a der i n this affair, Then h e i mitated the sou n d of a cricket. and w e will d e al with yon fir s t Fetc h th em a long:, It was take n u p by Bop, an d then b y !lark and B e n boys." in turn. The wh o le party was p r eseJJt, a n d t hey C(llickly hu rri e d Dick touched Will on the arm, and t hen d r o pped t o t he the three m e n down the l an e g round. Will obeyed in an in stant, and crept along the fence afte 1 Dick 'l'h e re w ere men approa c hing t a l k in g i n v e r y low tonee. Dick had heard them, a n d suspected the m o f having evi l inten tions T h e r e was a l a n e not far from where Dick had sto p pe d h o use it be l o n ge d to was o n a c rossr o ad, the barn bei n g bac k o f it. "The r e's no on e up sai d o n e of the men. "No, t hey a in t kee ping as goo d a wat c h a s they thought t hey was go in g t o ''That's w h e r e Murra y li ves, ain't it?" ; "Yes, and h e's a rank r e bel. W e ll we'll b u r n him out and get even on t h e Lib e r ty Boys. They ai n't quite as smart as t hey t h ey are Y ou ve got everything ha ndy, B e n son?" "Sh I tho u ght I heard s omethin g." "No, B e n son, it's onl y a cri cket. "Shut up ca llin g my name, Jim W o olst on n "You shut u p call ing m in e Dick knew bot h t h e s e men They wer e well-to -do T ori es, and b e l o n ged to t he s ame cla ss as Thomps o n M ills. There was a n ot h e r m:m in the p art:v, bnt he h a d not said ver:y m n ch. The me n turne d into the lane, and w en t on rapid ))". \ \Vhe n they rea c h e d the rear of t h e ba111 t h e:v ripp e d off three o r four board s an d prodnc e d ma tc heF a n d a lot o f i nfiammn ble stuff. This t h e y li ght e d and Dick and W ill. n ot te n frrt away, saw their mos t D i c k suddenly w h ist l ed and spra n g n p I n an in stant dark f o rm;:: sprang t1p rn;cl f o rward. T he w e re seizrd h d or e thry w e r r tHI'are thnt a nyo n e was ab o ut. D ic k knew wher e B e nson lived, and h e le d t h e way t here at a rapid pace Reaching the pl ace he led t h e wa y to the barn. "Now, then, y ou w ere goi n g t o burn Mr: Murray's b a rn. H e is a staunch patrio t a n d a g ood man, whil e you a r e a s neak and a coward and you a l s o bear a bad reputa tio n. "You rebels will cat c h it for t his," g rowl e d Tory Ben son. "Neve r mi n d that. H ere we are Now set fire to y ou:r own barn "I won't!" s a v a gely. "Then we w ill d o it for you. Get y our matche s r eaoy, boys." Y ou will r u i n me!" t h e Tory wh in ed. "All my. fine horses are in t h e r e I wouldn't tak e t wen ty p o u nd s ap i ece for my cows, a n d they are t he re, too. I s h a ll be mined "Did you think a b out 1 > I n r ra y? He has no valuable cows and ho r ses, but h e w o uld t h e l o s s much m ore y ou would. Set it on fire boy s !" T h e y ouths sprang to obey the o rder T hey to ok out the hors es and cows and g o t torche s really i o ap p ly t h e m at the w ord. T ( w n B e nson 's \ r ife, hr;uing: th r c onfu s ion c a me out t o see w ha t i t meant. '\Yha i are yon g o i n g to do?'' s h e a s l ; ed anx io u sly o f Di ck. "Srrl'c a s nea k t h e he sene an honed man burn hi s barn to the grou n d "We r e :yo u g o in g t o clo t hat, Bu c kin g ham? t he wom a n a s ked. M urray i;; a r e l;f>l ;mel nn;;rht t o be bmne d out," rep l i e d Ben;;;o n ".\nd y o u a rc a <:011an 1 C n pt;1in Slat er, you a r e r ight, bu t I h eg that yo11 \Yill no t caJTy out y our threat. T he barn ; m d <'YPrythin g i.n i t b e l ong to m e :My h u sb and does not o wn a worth i n that, or the house, eith-er. "Stop 3flio Dick jail 'V e wil l take t his f e llo w to


/ -. THE LIBEl\T .BOYS' HEVENGE. "" CHAPTER XVIII. OLD lVIILLS GETS HIS DESERTS. The Tory's wife spoke the truth, as she quickly proveu ''by sh owing her deeds. bick would not take revenge upon her, an d the torche o were extinguished and. the animals taken back into the barn. The three men 11ere tal not tn l>r eangh.t dning them yourself. the first blow. "Now it's your turn, Mills," said Dick to the vindictive Tory. "I am an old man, and it will kill me," whined the v illain. "You are an old liar, and have a good constitution," said Bob. Tie up," s a i d Dick. The Tory be gge d and whined, ed. and then he threatenHe was tied up to a post and stripped clear to the waist Then the men he had hired to waylay Will Freeman and the other youth were made to give him a sound beating. "I would not touch you on any account," said Dick "nor ask any dec ent boy to do so." The men had no scruples of that sort. They laid on the la s hes with a will. Mills howled and yelled and threatened, but all to no pu rpos e The Liberty Boy s kept them at the work till they were tired. "If you don't look out rll--" "You won't dare touch me," answ e red the boy. -are afraid of the Liberty Boys." "That's enQugh," said Dick at length. "I think he "You 1 knows how it feels." I Then Dick and .the Boys rode away.


THE LIBERTY 'BOYS' REVENGE. 21" A shrewd-looking :foreigner came :forward. men decamped in haste, not daring to remain with Thompson !fills after what had happened. "Do you buy laces?" asked t he pretended middle-aged ; They left him tied up just as he was, and made all haste person I to le:rve the neigh bOT hood. Y e sh, e ef dey a re goot. V e don't seel any sheep His younger son found him some time after and released laces." him. \Yould you buy some l i k e this?" and Dick put a small He threatened to take ven gea nc e in many ways upon the piece of about a yard on the counter Liberty Boys, but did nothing. The man opened his eyes in. The men -who had toadied to him heard of the story The laee was really very .fine Ml.d old, and of the best of his punishment texture. After that they had neither fear nor respect left :for Being buried so long had nut seemed to injure the him. They jeered at him, they laughed at him openly, and two or three w-ent so far 1M; to strike him in a pulolic place. fabric "Vhere yau get >d1s?" he asked. "It has been in the family a great many years." Ha, I should shuy so. D0t lilil>ee is a hundret year He closed up his h:ouse, and went away, n eve r returning to the neighborhood. 1 "Yes, it must be." Later the place was sold and cut up into smaHer "Ish dis aJl you got?" lots. 'No, fhave more. It is .not all so fin e as this." The Tory did not realiz e much :from the sale, however Then Dick displayed :more of the 1aee. as his agent swindled him and decamped with the "Real Spanish?" asked the dealer. "Ve do not buy de money 'The revenge of the Liberty Boys had fallen upon hhn, and it was a warning to others With many in jail, others in hidin g, and many still sma rting under the just punishment they had received ,. the Torie s gave the place no trouble after old Mills had gone. "We liave kept our word," said Dick "and if any of these scoundre l s doubts that we will continue to keep it, let him try it if he thinks Dick had already given the general-in-chief the money found in the buried chest, and he now determined to g o -:heep lace n or de imimti011s "Yes, it is real Spani:sh. It was in an old Dutch family : for geii.le'rations." "How moche you want?" "What wm you g ive ?" "Ah, I dot sh:eel, I buysh. Vat you want?" "A hundred pounds for the lot." "Ah, ym.1 tink I am reesh mans? De lace is not worth s o moche." "There are yards of i.t. Some of it is not cut. grand ladies will buy it." "Vhy you shell?" asked the deal er, suspiciously. "Ah, there is no one in the fami l y to wear old The laces ,. to New York, disi?ose of tP.e l ace, and learn what he could of the movements of the enemy. and th-e w:ar makes us do many things." He acco:ndingly set out one morning ear ly, reached city without detection, and at once began to look for a dealer in laces and to pick up valuable information. CHAPTER XIX. LEAVING WESTCHESTER. Dick was in the disguise of a respectable, middle-aged man of moderate means There was nothing very striking in his appearance, and as he walked along the street he attracted ver.._y little at tention. "You want de monish?" "Yes, but I want a fair amount for the goods." "I gifes you twenty poundsh." Dick began to r o ll up the lace. "Vell, I gifes you ten poundsh for dis pie ce. I not wants de oders. I could not shell it." "No, I want to sell it all." "I gifes you forty, but I robsh myself." Dick knew that the -price he had named was muc h 1mder the actua.l value of the lace, b11t h e was satisfied to take it. "No, I can11ot sell it for that. You cAn r ra lize much 'Enterin g a shop wh ere they s old silks, l aces, and such rnme than that, I know." finery, he to see th e proprieto r. "It iflh very hold."


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REVENGE. "So much the better." "And it ees dirty." "Only discolored." "And it ees torn." "No, it is in fine condition, but if you do not want it In the neighborhood of the British headquarters he saw that there was .a great deal of bustle, and suspected that important matters were being discu ssed. At }'raunce's 'l'avcrn h e enco untered a great many British officers, and heard one, pretty well in his cups, say to another: [ gifes you fifty." "Well, me boy, the next move that Sir William makes "No. not a penny less than a. hundred. It is worth five. will be against Fort Lee, and then om.' Mr. Washington Think of the grand ladies, the countesses, and duchesses will be ousted, and I know it's going to happen pretty who would give you your own price.'' soon.'' "Ah, you shall shell to dem yourshelf eef you are so "You seem to be in Sir William's confidence, Sir Rod-she rtain of eet." erick." ''No, I do not meet them. but you are in the busi"I am, me boy, and what I tell you--" ness His companions quickly hushed off the garrulous knight, "Ah, but de war makesh de peoplesh poor; dey not and Dick shortly left the tavern. want laces. I gifes you eighty poundsh, and dat ees my He left the city the next morning, passed the lines lash.t figure." I "No, I want a hundred. \rith some difficulty having to bribe two or three sent rie8 and then he hi s way with all ha ste back to the "Shplit de deef'rensh and shay ninety. As I am an honcamp. est man I makesh myself poor to gife you dat," bargained He gave the money he had obtained for t11e laces to the fellow. Lucy, who wished to give it to the general, but h e pre-"No ; I said a hundred pounds, and I won't take less I vailed upon her to keep it for her own use know the value of these things. I would not sell at all, Washington was speedily informed of what he had o nl y there is no one to wear the lace, and I had rather learned, and it was not long afterward that it proved to be dispose of it." "r gifes you ninety now and de resht to-morrow. I hafe correct. Fort Lee was abandon'ed, and the army went into the not so moche moni sh as a hundert poundsh in mine shop Jerseys, where Di ck and the Liberty Boys joined the now." general-in-chief to_ward the end of the month. "Well, I'll'come to-morrow if I do not find a dealer who Stirring times wer e coming for the Liberty Boys, bnt will give me the price.'' t l1ey were eager for them, and anxious to do more service The dealer !mew that he was paying less than a quar-fo r their country. ter of what he cou ld sell the lace for, even at a very low Xeither Dick nor Bob nor any of them regarded the price "You take ninety-fife?" "No. a hundred," and Dick began to pack the lace up again "Ah, it ish robbery, but I hatesh to shee dot lace go war as over yet, notwithstanding their reverses. All were anxious to be doin g somet hing. and had the brightest hopes for the future. THE END. to rnansh vat don't abbreciate it, and I hafe some Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT DUNDERBURG; pities. Let me gife you a case of wine to make de deef-OR. THE FALL OF THE HIGHLAND FORTS," which rensh." "No; I want the money.'' At last the man counted out the price in gold, silve r and copper managing to give a florin or so less than the will be the next number (299) of "The Liberty Boys of '76." full amount. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back nu_mbers of this weekly Dick said nothing, however, but put the coin in a stout are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from teather wallet and left the shop. newsdealer, send the !price in money or postage stamps by He took care to see that he was not followed, and went mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION to a tavern whose respe ctability was unquestioned. and SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you fill receive the copie9 h ired a room for th e night. you order by return mail.


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Arietta as a Spy. 168 Young Wild West losing a Million; or, How Arietta Helped Him Out. 169 Young Wild West and the Railroad Robbers; or, Livel y Work In Utah. 170 Young Wild West Corraling the Cow-Punchers; or, Arietta's Swim for Life. 171 West "Facing the Music"; or, The Mistake the Lynch172 Young .Wild West and "Montana Mose" ; or, Arietta's Messenger of Death. 173 Young Wlid West at Grizzly Gulch; or, The Shot that Saved the Camp. 174 Young Wild West on the Warpath; or, Arietta Among the Ara 175 Young Wild West and "Nebraska Nick'' ; or, The Cattle Thieves o! the P latte. 17() louug Wild \\"est aud the Magic Mine; or, How Arietta Solved &. Mystery. 177 Young Wild West as a Cavalry Scout; or, Saving the Settlers. 178 Young Wild West Beating tl.le Bandits; or, Arietta's Rest Shot. 179 Young Wild West and crazy Hawk": or, The Redskius' Last Raid. 180 Young \Yild West Chasing the Cowboys; or, Arietta the Lariat Queen. 181 Young 'ild West and the TreacberouR Trapper; ot, Lost in the Great North Woods. 182 Young Wild west's Dash to Deadwood; or, Arietta and tne KidnapP,ets. 183 Young \\tid West's Silver Scoop; or, Cleaning Up a Huudred Thousand. 184 Young Wild West and the Oregon Outlaws; or, Arietta as a "Judge. 18a Young Wild West and 'Me:.:lcan Matt"; or, Routing rhe Rawhide Rangers. 186 Young Wild West and the Comanche Queen; or, Arietta as an Archer. 187 Young Wild West and the "Gold Ring"; or, The Flaslly U'lve or Four l 'lush. 188 Young Wild West's Double Rescue; or, Arietta's Race With Death. 189 Young Wild West and the Rangers; or, Crooked Work on the Rio Grande. 190 Young Wild West's Bmnding Bee; or, Arietta and the Cow Punchers. 191 Young Wild West and His Partner's Pile, and How Arietta Saved It. 193 Young Wild west's Bowie, How It Saved His Partners. 194 Young Wild West in the Haunted Hllls; or, Arietta and the Azttc Arrow. 19a Young Wild West's Cowboy Dance; or, Arletta's Annoying Ad mirer. 196 Young Wild West's Doubl e Shot; or, Cheyenne Charlie's r .tre Line. 197 Young Wild West at Gold Gorge; or, Arletta and the Drop or Death. 198 Young Wild West and the Gulf Gang; o r Arletta's Three Shots. 199 Young Wild West's Treasure .rrove; or, The Wonderful Luck of the Girls. 200 Young Wild West's Leap in the Dark; or, Arietta and the Und e r ground Stream. 201 Young Wild West and the .Silver Queen; or, The Fate o(theMysticTen. 202 Young Wild West Strikmg it .Rich: or. 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These Everything! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You Eadl book consists of sixty-foul" pages, pt>inted on good papel", in cleat> type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustmted cove/fc iilto.t of t!Je books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple mannel." that anJf \llmild. can thot>oughly undecstand them Look ovel" the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL .. BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRES& J'ROM THIS OFFICE 0!-1 RECE1PT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVID POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEYi Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y. MESMERISM. N?72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE,__:Containing the most apbt>acmg all of the latest and most decep tive card tricks, with !A< !Jroved methods of mesmerism ; also how to cure all kinds of lu.strations. By A. 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HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN.-Containing the No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.The most complete assortment of magical illusions ever placed before llhe lilunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full inpublic. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. !Nructions about gllns, bunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishin(, No. 68. HOW TO DO. CHEMICAL 'l'RICKS.--Containing over with descriptions of game and fish. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with c!Jemicals.. lW. 26 HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully By A. And e rson. Hand.somely illustrated. Illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and a boat. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over ll'ull instructions are given in this little book, together with inof the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contai n < etructions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. mg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE ::AND DRIVE A HORSE.. No .. 70. HOW rc> MAGIC fuB a complete treatise on the horse. Desr.ribing the most usef ul horses directiOns for makmg Mag1c Toys and devices 'of many kinds By business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. tm.aeeses pecaliar to the horse. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing 48. HOW '1.' 0 BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy many curious tric ks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A,, for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes And.erson. Fully illustrated cand the most popular manner of them Fully illustrated. .N o 7_5. HO\Y TO A CONJUROR.-Containin{ )By 0. Stansfield Hicks. tr1 c ks w1th Dommos, D1ce, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. thirty-six illustrations. By A Anderson. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 78. TO DO THE _BLACK ART.-C()ntaining a com No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.plete descr1pt10n of the mystenes of Magic and Sleight of Hand ontaining the great oracle of human destiny ; also the true meantogether with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, Illustrated. curious games of cards. A complete book MECHANICA N(). 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, L. l!r()m the little child to the aged man and woman. This little l:!_qgk N(). 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.Every boy the explanation to all kinds of dream s, together with lucky how o_riginated. This book explains them tjnd unlucky Jays, apd "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. all, 1n electriCity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of pneumatics, mechamcs, etc. The most instructive book published !l:n()wing what his futme life will bring forth, whether happiness or HOW TO AN ENGINEER-Containing fu l! l!llisery, wealth or poverty. 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HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full inNo. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC atruction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention hrizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides Handsomel y !lealthy containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can illustrated. By John Allen. !become strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containint 111m this little book. complete instructibns for performing over sixty Mechanical Trickfl No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. By A Anderson Fully illustrated. over thirty illustrations of guards, blows; and the dilf e r-LETTER ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of .. {these tfseful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com :i!fithout an instructor. plete little book, containing full directions for writing l ove-letters, No 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing rull and when to use them, givip.g specimen letters for young and old !ll!1atrvction s for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTJDRS TO t'l.lmbt.lcing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; bancty and useful book. also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 34. HOW .ro FENCE.-Containing full Instruction for No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.f<&ncing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects" !Described with twenty-one practical illuiitrations giving the also giving sample letters for instruction. tlli8itions in fencing. A complete book. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'ITERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to you11 sweetheart, your father, e TRICKS WITH CARDS. mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any, No. 51. HOW TO DO TRIC'KS WITH CARDS.-Containing body you wish to write to. Every young man and every youn& of the general prjnciples () sleight-of-hand applicable lady in the land s'hould have this book. tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.--Con sEe!ght-of-hand; .of tricks involving sleight-of -hand, or the use of j taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject' Plall;y Jilrepar!!d cards. By Professor Haffner. Illustrated, also rules for uunctuation and composition, with specimen JetterL


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