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Moore, Harry
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1 A Weekly J\\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. bl'U Yfdlldy-Bg SubaCr.iption 2.50 per year. Enter ed tJ& Second Cl1J&s Matfer at the l!Jet/1> 'York Poat Office, by Frank T{}'UM!f. :No. tL NW .'YORK, APRIL 5, 1901. Price 5 :::! ga en :::i i.n I ..... 0 '::!J in 00 ...... F (/) !:: ..... 0 ...... O'I 3:! = <:::> ...c rn o;1 :c 5S )> Q) r-.a-00 8 -I i:: J rr1 c::!l 0 c C\j !a ::E ("') ::r .i .... o -;=. down the road," said Dick. pointing; " ac, t'pss te ravine you will find the rebels."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the A merican Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per yea,.. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1 901, Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1901, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 14. NEW YORK, April 5, 1901. Price 5 Cents. rfHE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE OR, FOOLING THE BRITISH. MOORE. CHAPTER I. THE BRITISH GENERALS. It is the last week of May, 1777. within our vCrj a number of times, and ha:; alway,; succeeded in making his escape." "So he has Cornwallis, I would give five hundn:t: pounds to have that young fellow here a prisoner." "It would be worth it, your excellency." Howe was silent for a few moments, but kept walking In a room in the building occupied as tempora r y head backward and forward across the floor. quarters, in the village of New Brunswick, N. J., were the two British generals, Howe and Cornwallis Cornwallis sat at his desk) his elbow on the top. He was cool and calm, but there was a frown upon his face. Howe was pacing the floor like a caged lion. He was plainly greatly excited. "What puzzles me," he said, presently, "is how it was discovered by.i the rebels that that gold was to be bro ught down here ?" "It seems strnnge they should have found it out," agreed Cornwallis. "I can account for it only in one way." "And that?" '"!'here has a spy in New York, and he learne d of "This is a fine state of affairs!" he exclaimed; "when a it. gang of rebel militia, and boys at that, can come right "That is it, you may be sure. AD;d you may be as su r e through the British lines, as it were, and capture twenty that the s py was that youth, Dick Slater, too." thousand pounds in British gold, and the convoy, also! "Quite likely, your excellency." Jove! it is enough to drive one distracted. Cornwallis, that The gold Generals Howe and Cornwallis had reference to gang of young fellows who call themselves the 'Liberty Boys had been sent down from a British vessel in New Yor k of '76' have done us more harm than any regiment Washharbor. ington has-did you know it?" It was intended to be distributed arnorig the Britis h "Yes, your excellency, I am well aware of that fact!" resoldiers at New Brunswick. plied Cornwallis It had been brought down to a point near Perth 1 "They are brave as lions, daring and always doing someby boat, waF to have been brought the rest of the way thing you are not looking for." to New Brunswick by wagon, but Dick Slater and his com"So they are. That captain of theirs, Dick Slater, is a pany of "Liberty Boys" had appeared upon the scene, and host within himself." had C". pturecl th e gold and its convoy, and taken all to th Q "He i s the most slippery fellow I ever heard of!" camp of the patriot army at Middlebrook. "So he is; h0 been rig h t within our lines, and indeed This was on the night before the day on which we i n-


1rHE LIBERTY BOYS: RUSE. troduce the British generals to the attention of ihe 'l'he orderly opened the door, and they stepped out on the reader. stoop. It may be easily understood that the two men were feel"You inform the men of what I have just told you, ing very much out of sorts. rl'he loss of the was considerable. It had just been brought over from Englang on the ship. \. General Cornwallis," said Howe, as the other started to go down the steps. "I will do so,, your excellency ; I will tell them of your offer of five hundred pounds to the men who will capture Of course, there was more on the ship, but wenty Dick Slater; and will inform them of the fact that you are thousand pounds was a good deal of money to lose. And worst of all, from the British standpoint the gold had gone to aid patriots. They would be able to pay their soldiers, buy aJ"lmuni tion, provisions, clothing, etc It was small wonder that Generals Howe and Cornwallis were worried and disgusted. sending a messenger to-day to New York, ordering that I another consignment of gold be sent at once." "Good! I must send an orderly out 9ir some quills. fore writing the order for the gold; my quills are all ba and will not let down the ink." Neither of the generals took notice of a dirty-faced, ragged farmer's boy, with rough shoes on his feet and ap. "Well, it can't be helped now," said Howe, finally; "the old slouch hat on his head standing near by, with hands in gold is gone; we will never see it again and we shall have to go ahead with our campaign." "It will be necessary to have another lot of gold brought pocket and a vacant expression on his face. It would have been well for them had they done so. For the dirty-faced farmer's boy was Dick capdown, your excellency," said Cornwallis; "the men are even tain of the company of "Liberty Boys of '76," and the now on the point of breaking out in open revolt. They will champion patriot spy of the Revolution. not do a thing unless they receive some money." "This is a pretty state of affairs!" fumed General Howe. "They can't well be blamed," said Cornwallis; "they need a little spending money." "I don't see for what purpose," growled Howe. "Oh, to purchase little luxuries with. They must have some tobacco, and a little liquor occasionally, !nd then they CHAPTER II. DICK IN DISGUISE. The boy was indeed Dick Slater, the patriot boy spy. Only the night before, he, with his company of "Liberty have to have some amusement, and they gamble a good bi.t, Boys" had captured the twenty thousand pounds of gold, you know-and they can't gamble without some money." and had also captured a British officer and several common "Well, we will have to send for another consignment of gold, I Ill "Yes, it i s absolutely necessary." "So be it, then. I will send a messenger at once." soldiers. He felt a desire to see how the British would take this blow which had been dealt them so unexpectedly. So he had asked permission from General Washington to "Do so, your excellency, and I will inform the men of go into the British stronghold in disguise, to spy on them, the fact, and it will keep them in good humor until the and see how they took the matter in 'question. gold arrives." He had iixed himself up as a farmer's boy. "Very well, tJornwallis-and, say; tell them that I will Having streaked his face with dirt and pulled his hair five hundred pounds among the men who will capdown over his eyes, he then donned a ragged suit of clothes ture that ybung rebel, Dick Slater, and deliver him into such as the farmer boys of New Jersey wore in those days, my hands!" together with rough shoes and an old slouch hat, and had "Very well; I will inform the men of your offer." "Good! and I hope some of them will win the five hun dred pounds. The slippery young rebel has caused me more trouble than an entire regiment!" "Oh, some of them will make an attempt to earn the money, you may be sure of that, your excellency." The two left the room at the same time and walked to lhe front door, still talking. ridden to within two miles of the British encampment at New Brunswick. Then, having concealed his horse in a thicket, he had walked the rest of the way into the village. He had reached there at about ten o'clock in the morn ing. He had strolled about the streets, with hands in pockets and a vacant look on his dirt-streaked face.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 3 No one had paid much attention to him. value!" thought Dick. "I am very glad indeed that I One or two would-be witty soldiers had joked him a bit. came here this morning!" Dick had replied in a comical drawl, and his replies, Fearing that he might attract attention if he remained while seemingly innocent, were as good as had been sent. too long in front of the headquarters of the British general, He had taken up his position in front of the building in he walked slowly away. I question, and had been standing there for nearly half an He went down the street, not fa.r behind Cornwallis. hour, when the generals came out upon the stoop. The officer stopped occasionally and said something to Dick beard every word that passed between and an officer, and occasionally to a private soldier. Cornwallis. He understood it all, too. He realized the fact that a price of five hundred pounds had been placed on his head by .H-Qwe . And here he was within arm's length of the man who was offering the reward for his capture Dick walked a little faster and drew up close to the great British officer. He was near enough to hear what he said when next he spoke to a man. "Marshall,'' Cornwallis said, "tell the men under you that General Howe is to send for another consignment of The danger Dick was in did not frighten him in the gold to-day, by special messenger.'' least. ---. No feeling of fear for himself took possession of him. Indeed, it was quite the reverse. Dick could hardly keep from laughing aloud. It seemed to him as rather a comical situation. The man saluted and saiu: "Very well, you excellency, they will be pleased to bear it." "I do not .doubt it, Marshall. That was a bad piece of business, letting the rebels get tI10t gold away from us!" "So it was, your excellency. Well, I hope they won't get this consignment!" He wondered what General Howe would say and do; wondered how he would look if he were to suddenly find out that the youth whom he was so desirous of capturing "I guess there is no danger of that!" said Cornwallis, stood within ten feet of him. with a smile. "They will no doubt be satisfied with what "He would be surprised, I judge!" the youth thought. And in this he was no doubt correct. As Cornwallis came down the steps and passed Dick, he glanced into the youth's face. they have already secured and will not risk trying to play the same trick again." "I judge not, your excellency." "We'll see about that!" thought Dick; "I think the 'Liberty Boys' will have something to say about that!" Dick fell back, now. He did not recognize in the dirty face of the supposed farmer's boy, the dreaded young patriot spy, however. Had he done so, it is easy to imagine what a hue He was afraid some one might notice him and suspect cry would have ensued. that he was dogging the footsteps of the British general. Dick would certainly have had a bard time making his escape. Within a circuit of less than one mile were eighteen thousand British soldiers. What chance would one person have had of escaping? Dick, however, did not seem to think of this at all. He did not flinch as Cornwallis looked in his face. One thing, he knew the officer did not have a very good knowledge of his face. He bad learned all be cared to know. "General Howe is going to send a messenger to New York to-day," he thought, "with instructions to send an other consignment of gold at once; so the gold will in all probability be sent to-night. Likely it will be sent by boat to the old house as the other consignment was, and hauled from there to here in a wagon." B11.t Dick could not be sure that this would be the case. General Howe might decide up?n some other plan of procedure. Cornwallis had seen him only once that he knew of, and "I wish I could find out of a certainty how the gold is then only for an instant as it were, and Dick was disguised to be brought," thought Dick. as a woman then. So he of course did not suspect that the farmer's boy was the patriot spy. Cornwallis passed on down the street, and Howe re entered the house Then he wa:s struck by an idea. "The very thing!" he exclaimed to himself "I think it will succeed admirably!" Dick started to walk away, with the intention of leaving th\ village, but\t this instant he was seized by half a dozen "Well, well! here is some information of interest and redcoats and carried, struggliI.lg, into a house near by.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. CHAPTER III. DICK AND THE REDCOATS. "you are accused of the heinous crime of being a country lout! Guilty or not guilty?" Crack! Dick's fist shot out. It took the astonished redcoat fairly between the eyes, Dick was taken by surprise and down he went with a crash that shook the house. He had been busy with his thoughts, and had noit been taking notice of his surroundings The half-dozen redcoats had approached, and, seeil:lg the ..,.supposed farmer)s boy, they had made up their minds to have some fun with him. They had been drinking, and were feeling somewhat "I don't 'low nobuddy ter call me er country lout, by gum !." said Dick, in a loud, nasal voice. The redcoats were for the moment paralyzed with ment. They had brought Dick in there to have fun with him. They had started in to have fun, with the re sult that hilarious. bl"nk one of their number lay flat on his back on the floor, 1 -Of course, being taken by surprise, Dick could offer no ing up at the ceiling, and doubtless witnessing the most effectual resistance. brilliant meteoric display that had ever fallen to his lot. Six to one was too great odds. Not a word was said by the fallen man's comrades, until So he had borne into the house, which proved to after he had recovered his wits and scrambled to his feet. be a building occupied by soldiers. They seemed to wish to leave it to him to do the talking. Dick was taken into a large room, which was doubtless Dick supposed the redcoat would be wildly angry and used as a dining room, as there were several long tables in would want to kill him. the room. What was his s urprise to find that he was entirely misThese tables the redcoats shoved over to the sides out of taken in his judgment of the man. the way. The soldier rubbed his forehead where Dic]r's blow had Then they released Dick, leaving him standing in the taken effect. centre of the room. The youth was as yet in doubt regarding the men who had captured him. Did they know he was not what he pretended to be? Dick asked himself this question, and as he looked around at the faces of the redcoats, he decided that they had no suspicion that he was other than what he looked to be. "I think they have brought me in here simply for the purpose of having some fun at my expense," thought Dick, after having taken the swift look at their faces. "They have been drinking," he thought; "and they have made up their minds to ha'.fe some sport with me. Well, that will be all right, providing they do not discover who I am, and also providing they do not delay me too long. I don't wish to be d e tained here a very great length of time." Then he grimaced slight ly and remarked: "The prisoner pleads not guilty to the charge and proves it to the entire satisfaction of the attorney for the prosecu tion! Said attorney therefore renders verdict in favor of defendant, and if any of the rest of you fellows wish to take the matter up, I will say that I cheerfully resign in your favor!" "What's the matter with you, Parker?" cried one of the redcoats, "go in and knock the head off the young lout! You are not going to let him hit you a clip like that and get off scott free, are you ?" "I am, most high and mighty comrade One lick like that is enough for me I would prefer to dally with the hindlegs of the gay and festive mule, rather than take chances on getting another like that. If you care to, you can try your hand with the young man." "That's just what I'll do, by Jove! We brought the Dick glatl.ced toward the doors and saw that some of the young lout in here to have fun with, and we're going to have redcoats were standing in front of each of the doors. it, you may be sure, and--" "Oh, there's no use of looking in the direction of the "Ye jes come out here in the middle uv the room an' door!" laughed one; "you can't get out! Parker, you will call me er lout, ye red-coated, ugly-faced baboon!" cried please proceed with the trial." Dick, keeping up the part of a country youth to perfection; "Very well," replied a not bad-looking young man of "I'll make ye wush't ye bed be'n more civil, I will, b'gosh !" perhaps twenty-five years; "I will question the prisoner." Parker clapped his hands. Then he advanced and faced Dick. "Bravo!" he cried; "how do you like that, Sharker? He "Prisr. :ner at the bar," he said with mock solemnity, puts it right straight at you, eh?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. "I'll break your neck, you insolent young scoundrel!" The heavy ones were in the chest and stomach and were howled man called "I'll teach you to call me calculated to make the recipient feel sick a baboon!" Dick delivered fifteen or twenty blows in rapid suoWith these ords the redcoat rushed toward Dick with cession, and then, putting his strength in one terrible all the ferocity of a tiger. blow, he knocked the redcoat down with a thump that He was in a terrible rage. It was evident that he would hurt the boy badiy, if he could. And the majority of those present thought that he would be able to do so. They did not kn'v, nor did Sharker, that he was at a youth who was a phenomenon in an athletic way, shook the floor. The spectators drew a long breath in unison. It was one great combined sigh from the crowd. They were amazed. More, they were almost paralyzed. They had never before witnessed such a display. That Sharker should be knocked down dazed, almost as well as one who was stronger than the ordinary run of senseless, by this seeming country boy, was almost beyond men. belief. They were soon to find it out, however. As Sharker advanced, and when he had got within reaching distance, he began striking out at Dick with rapidity and force. 1 He was going to knock the country boy senseless as quickly as possible. And he seemed to think it was possible to do it quickly. But here he made a mistake. Dick was not the youth to stand still and allow himself to be hit. He leaped backward, dodged, ducked, evaded the blows of the enraged redcoat, seemingly with scarcely any effort at all, and he parried some of the blows with an ease that was surprising. It was certainly surprising to the spectators Sharker was, as they well knew, the acknowledged "best man" in their regiment, and they had expected to see him knock the boy senseless without any trouble at all. His failure to do so surprised them. But they were destined to be even more surprised. Dick did not intend to content himself with simply avoiding the blows of the other fellow. He did not believe in those one-sided affairs. He waited simply till the redcoat should exhaust him self to such an extent that he would be forced to pause, and then Dick took his turn. He sailed into Sharker at a great rate. He rained the blows upon the fellow with even greater rapidity than Sharker had shown in at him. And the majority of Dick's blows found a landing place oil the face or body of the redcoat. Dick could hit very hard, if he chose. He put force into some of his blows, now; others he made light. But they had seen it with their own eyes. They could not doubt it. The evidence was before them. And now their amazement turned to anger. It was too much, they thought, for one of their number to be treated in such fashion by a country youth. They decided to have revenge. "Let's give the country gawk a lesson!" cried one, who was evidently a crony of Sharker'.s, and he in company with several of the redcoats rushed forward to attack the youth As they did so, Dick saw something which he had not ex:pected to see. The fellow who been called Parker, and whom he had knocked down first, stood near the door leading to the outer air. As the redcoats rushed toward Dick, this man opened the door and gave Dick a signal. It said as plainly as words: "Run for it; my boy!" Dick mentally thanked this frieridly-disposed fellow, but he waited until he had had a chance to knock three or four of the redcoats down, before taking advantage of the op portunity to make his escape. Then he dodged two or three who were making strenuous efforts to knock him down and ran out of the room and into the street. Cries of anger and surprise escaped the redcoats, and they darted after Dick, but they could not catch him. They were not :fleet enough of foot. Dick darted down a side street. There were soldiers to be seen in almost every direction, and one or two yelled at Dick, but he paid no attention to them. To one redcoat who got in the path he called The light blows were in the redcoat's face and were calout: culated to dazzle and confuse him. "Going for a doctor! Don't delay me!"


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. The man hastily got out of the .way, and Dick raced onward. "That was a good thought," said Dick to himself. "I'll try it again if any one tries to stop me." He did not have to run far, however. The redcoats who had started to chase him gave it up very quickly, and, noting this, Dick slowed down to a walk. Dick made quite a circuit. It was twenty miles or more from New Brunswick t New York, and this would give him plenty of opportunit to get around and ahead of the messenger. Dick knew t4_e road to New York. There was only one main road. \ And the messenger would undoubtedly take the mai road. This would not attract so much attention. Dick knew of a place that would answer his purpose ad "I wonder how much time I've lost?" the youth asked mirably. himself. "I hope I haven't lost enough so that I will b e It was in the heart of a deep forest. unable to make a circuit and get to some place on the road A little s tream crossed the road, and leading down to th to New York, where it will be possible for me to capture the st..l'eam the road went thTough a deep cut. messenger General Howe is sending to New York. I want Just before reaching the. stream the bluff at the leftto get hold of that message so that I will know in what hand side disappeared altogether, t'b.e trees coming righ manner the gold is to be sent to New Brunswick. I must up to the road. gQt hold of it!" This would furnish a splendid hiding-place. Dick was soon out of the village. So, Dick rode hard in order to reach this point ahead o He had :i;esumed his countrified air while in the village the messenger. and where he would be seen, but as soon as he was away He finally reached it. from the British encampment he acting and hastened "Well, here I am!" he murmured with a breath of re forward at as rapid a pace as he could go. lief. "I only hope he hasn't beaten me and gotten past!" Half an hour later he was at the thicket where he had Dick dismounted. secreted his horse. He led his horse twenty yards into the timber and tied The animal was still there, and the youth mounted and him to a tree. rode away. "Now, if I can get ahead of that messenger, I shall be all right," Dick murmured. .,., CHAPTER IV. DICK MAKES A CAPTURE. Dick urged his horse forward at a gallop. He was afraid the messenger might have got started while he was in the house with the redcoats. The youth was in deadly earnest. He was determined that he would make a of the messenger, find out in what manner the gold was to be sent, and then take the message and deliver it. This, of course, would be dangerous. But Dick never allowed possible danger to himself to deter him. Then he came back to the road, and going down to the little stream, examined the damp earth at the side. "There has been no horse across here in the past hour," he :murmured; "and if he had reached here it could not have been longer than half an hour ago, I am sure." Events proved that Dick was right. He had been in his position by the roadside, just within the edge of the timber perhaps half an hour when he heard the sound of the hoofbeats of a horse. "He's coming!" the youth murmured. Then he drew a pistol and held it in his right hand. Dick had taken up his position behind a large tree. He peered cautiously around it. It was the messenger, sure enough! At least so Dick judged. There was but one horseman, and he was a redcoat. So undoubtedly he was the messenger. Dick was sure of it, anyway. He got ready to do his work. The youth knew that by surprising the fellow he could Besides, he felt that he would be more than a match avoid the necessity of shooting him. for the one man, and as for the danger in going to New York with the message in the real messenger's place, he had done as dangerous things before. This, of course, Dick wished to accomplish. He did not believe in shedding human blood needlessly. Enough blood was being spilled every day without this.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 7 Dick would much rather take a prisoner than make a The horse of the redcoat was now coming at a walk. The descent through the cut was tolerable steep, apd it was advisable to go slow. The redcoat was whistling a lively air as he came along. He seemed not to suspect danger to himself. It was not to be supposed that there would be enemies r The country between New Brunswick and New York was supposed to be under the control of the British. They had forces at Perth Amboy and Paulus Hook, and it was not to be supposed that any patriot soldiers would Then Dick went back and brought the horse into the timber. "I don't want to attract the attention of any chance passers-by," he thought. "Such passers-by would no doubt be redcoats." 'rhis, of course, would not be pleasing to Dick-to have redcoats put in an appearance before he got through with his prisoner. Dick searched the clothes Of the messenger. He soon found the message. It was addressed to Admiral Howe. Admiral Howe was, as Dick knew, Generai Howe's brother. The admiral had charge of the fleet of warships in New York harbor. venture in here in broad daylight. He was commander of ihe navy, while his brother was But the redcoat who was approaching was to learn that there was at least one "rebel" who was not afraid ti vencommander-in-chief of the land forces. ture in. Dick waited until the horse was almost even with him, and then he leaped out and seizing the hor se's bit, pre sented the pistol at the amazed and almost paralyzed horse man, and demanded his immediate and unconditional s ur render. "Attempt to draw a weapon and you are a dead man!" said Dick, sternly. .. The redcoat looked into the frowning muzzle of the pistol, then into the grim, thre ate ning eyes of the youth, and decided that discretion was the better part of valor. "I surrender!" he said, promptly. Dick had never seen the admiral. He had, in fact, never seen any of the sailors. So he was confident he would not be recognized should he go aboard Admiral Howe's ship. "I will be safe in venturing, I am sure," the youth thought; "this is as it should be." so. Then he ex&mined the message. To his surprise he found that it was not sealed. In his haste General Howe had nof sealed it Dick opened the message and read it. A feel in g of pleasure took possession of him as he did "The gold is to be taken in exactly the same manner as before," h e thought; "good! that simplifies matters, and "Dismount, then!" ordered Dick. The redcoat obeyed. will make our work all the easier, as we will know exactly "Place your hands together behind your back!" was how to go to work." Dick's next command. Th e prisoner glared at Dick as he was reading the mes-The redcoat obeyed again. He realized that h e was in the youth's po>V'er. It would do no good to refuse to obey. Indeed, he felt that it would not be good for him to disobey. There was something about the youth that impressed the British soldier that he was a person who would do what he said he would. The deadly ring to the voice had impressed the worthy subject of King George to a pronounc e d degree. Dick had prepared himself for the present occasion. He had procured a piece of s trap from the saddle. With this he quickly tied the redcoat's wri sts tog et her. Then he led the fellow into the timber a s hort dista nce and tied him to a tree with the hitchings trap from his horse's bridle. sage "You're getting your neck ready to be stretched!" he growle!'L "You 1hink so?" asked Dick with a smile. "I know so. "You mean that you just think you know." "You are thinking of trying to capture that gold, aren't :you?" Dick smiled "Well, yes, I will admit as much," he said, pleasantly; "it will do no Jrnrm to admit it to you, as you will do nothing to in any way interfere with the accomplishing of my plans." "Don't be too sure of it," the redcoat grow led. "I try never to be too sme of anything." "You had better not try to secure that gold!"


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. "Why not?" "Because it will be guarded by a regiment." "Oh, it will ?" "Yes." Dick smiled. He seemed to suddenly grasp the meaning of Dick's ac-tions. "You won't dare he gasped. "Dare what?" asked Dick. ''.You won't dare go on in my place and deliver that mes"It doesn't say anything'about a regiment in this message!" .. sage," he said; "it says simply that an escort of half a "Why not?" smiling ly. dozen bP sent under charge of an officer." "I know, but I heard General Howe tell one of our "Why not?" "Yes." ':aptain s to have a regiment ready to go to the point where "Why, for the reason that you will be taking your life in the gol

THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 9 Then he took his departure, but returned in a few leading his own horse. He tied the horse to a tree. Then he took his departure. A few minutes later, mounted on the redcoat's horse and with his pocket, Dick rode up the road in direction of New York. CHAPTER V. .A BOLD SCHEME. Dick was bound on a dangerous errand. He was well aware of this fact. But ke did not falter. He had been within the British lines on many occasions and had escaped. He felt that he would be able to do so now. There were chances in his favor, this time, that had not been in his favor on former occasions. He was going among members of the ships' companies, and none of men, be was sure, had ever seen him. They might, for all he knew, never even have heard of im. Dick urged the horse forward at a gallop. "I will have to hurry," he thought; "I must deliver this message and then get back to Middlebrook in time to get my company of 'Liberty Boys' and get to the old house near Perth Amboy, by the time the box gets there with the gold." Dick was eager to make this capture of the second lot of gold. Dick made way to a place where boats were kept for hire. He dismounted, tied his horse, and made his way down to the shore. He accosted the owner of the boats. "You have boats for hire?" he asked "Yes, sir," was the reply. "What do you charge per hour?" The man named the price. "I wish a boat for an hour or so," said Dick. "All right; here air some good 'uns," the man said. Dick looked at the boats. He was a good judge of such things ;He had lived on the banks of the Hudson, practically epeaking, all his life. He knew a boat when he saw one. "I'll take this one," he said, indicating his choice. "All right; I'll bring the oars." The boatman brought out the oars and placed them in the rowboat. Dick paid him in advance for the use of the boat for one hour. "If I keep it longer, I will pay you when I come back,'' he said "All right, sir," the said. He was so obsequious in his demeanor that Dick sized him up as being a royalist. The sight of a British uniform seemed to make him very obsequious indeed. Dick looked down the bay .to where the British fleet lay at anchor. "Can you tell me, sir, which is Admiral Howe's flag ship?" asked Dick. The first lot, which had been captured the night before, "I cun, sir," was the reply; "thet's it, yonder," and he consisted of twenty thousand pounds of English gold nd pointed to one of the ships. t d th d t 11 t ld b bl b f 11 "Thank you i" said Dick. no es, an e secon ms a men wou pro a y e u y as much. "Yer welcome!" The money would be of great benefit to the patriots. Dick got into the boat, took the oars and rowed away. They had been needing money, and badly, for some time. He was an expert at rowing, and made the boat skim Dick had washed his face in the little stream before leavalong at a lively rate. ing the place where he had captured the redcoat, and now "Thet chap is ther best ban' with ther oars thet I've seen he looked spick and span in his brilliant uniform. among ihcr redcoats yit !" the old boatman, as he He felt that, unless he unfortunately ran across some watched Dick row away from the shore. one who knew him, he would be able to pass muster as a Dick headed straight for the ship that had been pointed British soldier without trouble. out as being the flagship of Admiral Howe. Dick rode rapidly. The ship was a mile or a mile and a half away, but the An hour and a half later he was at Paulus Hook, which row to it was merely sport for Dick. was just across the river from the city of New York. He liked rowing. It was what is now Jer$ey City. So he was almost sorry when he reache(). the ship.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. As he drew alongside the ship, he was hailed by a man At a desk 'at one side of this room sat a portly man. on deck. His round, good-natured-looking face. resembled that of The man was evidently a sentinel. General Howe to such an extent that Dick knew instantly "Ahoy, the boat!" he challenged. that this was Admiral Howe, the general's brother. "Hello!" called back Dick. The man who had conducted Dick into the room anDick had stopped rowing, and the boat now rested nounced: "A messenger from General Howe, your ex-quietly beside the great vessel. .Who are you, and what do you want?" "I am a messenger from General Howe at New Bruns wick," replied Dick, promptly; "I have a message for Ad miral Howe. Is this his flagship?" "Aye, aye!" came the reply. "Wait a moment." Then the man dis,ppeared from Dick's view. A number of men in naval uniforms now came to the rail and looked down at Dick with interest. cellency," and saluting, withdrew. 1 "You bring a message from iny brother?" the admiral asked. i "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick. Then he produced it and handed it to the admiral. "Be seated," said the admiral, as he took the message. Dick sat down. The admiral opened the message It did not seem to surprise him that the message was not "Those fellows seem to have an easy time of it," tliought sealed. Dick; "I think if I was to fight. for King George I should Dic't: imagined the murmured somethi ng about prefer to be on board ship." Soon afterward the man who had challenged Dick re appeared. "You are to come aboard," he said. "Row around to the stern." "All right." Dick towed around to the stern. The man lower e d a rope ladder. Dick tied the painter to the ladder. '!.'hen he climbed up the ladder. A few moments lat e r he was on the deck of the ship. Diok knew he was taking great risks in boldly coming aboard a British warship in this manner. I But it did not :fuatter It was worth while taking risks if by so doing he could be able to aid the Carni e of Liberty. Ther 2 was no appearance of fear or hesita:ncy in Dick's bearing, however. I He was calm and confident. He seemed perfectly cool and unconcerned. "Come with me," said the man. He led the way across the deck, Dick They walked into the cabin. "Wait here," said the man. Dick sat down on the cushioned seat whicl:t ran around the side of the room. The man passed through a doorway and into another room. He was gone only a few moments. Then he returned ''Come," he said. "carelessness" under his breath, but was not sure. The admiral read the message; and as he did so, his florid face grew redder still. H e grew excited His hands shook. "Why, this is amazing-infamous!" he exclaimed, leaping to his feet and walking backward and forward across the floor. "The idea of the r e bels daring to capture the gold:! They are regular dare-devils Dick was amused. He did not dare show it, however. He was laughing inwardly, but no trace of mirth was a llow ed to show on his face. It would not have been safe. The admiral was very excited and angry. He paced ba c kward and forward acro s s the floor, uttering exclamations and anathemas on the "rebels" at a great rate. Presently he paused, however. Then he s at down. He stared at the floor moodily for a few moments Then he took up the message from his brother and read it again. "That was bad-bad!" he murmured. "That gold will do the rebels a great deal of good. the of war, and I think they were pretty short of the s inews.' It wiU help them immensely." "You are right, admiral," thought Dick, with a feeling of satisfaction; "and if you will send this second install ment of gold, as your brother requests, I think we will be ,.-0. Dick rose and followed the man, and they entered the able to capture it, and will thus have some more of the adjoining room.. 'sinews' of war to our credit!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE: 11 r The admiral was silent for a ew moments; then he 'patriot.' I have just fallen into their way of speaking, I "He wants me to send another lot 0 gold at once. I wonder if it will be safe to do so? What if the rebels should guess." "Humph!" The admiral looked down at the floor and seemed to be get wind 0 the fact that we were sending more gold down pondering. there? They might capture it, as they did the first lot." "I wonder if he is suspicious of me?" thought Dick. Dick knew the admiral was really talking to himself, so made no remark He was smart enough to not speak until spoken to. Presently the admiral looked at Dick and said: The idea gave him some uneasiness. "Why has he asked me so much regarding 1!,ick Slater?" he asked himself. Then the thought that what General Howe had written "What do you think about it? Do you think there will regarding him was sufficient to arouse interest came to Dick, be danger in ,sending another installment of gold down to and he felt better. New Brunswick?" Dick shook his head. "I 4,.on't think so, yonr excellency," he replied. "I do all I can to encourage him to send the gold!" thought Dick. "You think it will be safe?" "Yes, your excellency." ''May there not be danger that the rebels will learn of the fact that gold is to be sent, and try to capture it, as they did the first lot?" "I don't see how they could possibly learn of it, your excellency. The only chance would be that they might guess it, but I don't think there is any danger of that." "You think not, eh?" The admiral looked af Dick keenly. He seemed struck with the youth's appearance. He looked at the youth reflectively and asked: "Have you seen the young man named here-let me see, what is the name?" looking at the letter; "ah, Slater, Dick Slater, captain of a company of you'ng men as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' Have you ever seen "I guess he isn't suspicious," he thought. Dick hoped not. It would be awkward indeed to be detained on board the ship. If the admiral became suspicious enough to cause Dick to be detained and would send the gold, Dick would be greatly disappointed, for he had set his heart on ca. pturing that second installmen.t of gold. But the admiral was not suspicious. He was simply pondering the subject of sending the gold down to New Brunswick. He knew it was necessary that the gold should go, as the men wanted some money, but he was afraid the "rebels" might capture it. ,,, "I guess I'll send it and take the chances," he murmured, presently, and then Dick knew what he had :Pe.&1} pondering. At this insfant there came the sound of trampling feet on deck, and then in the adjoining room. Then the door opened, and the man who had con ducted Dick into the room appeared. Behind him came a man dressed in the rough clothing 0 "Once, your excellen c y," replied Dick, calmly, and a farmer, and at a glance Dick recognized him, and his ing the look of the admiral unflinchingly. eart went down into his shoes. "I've seen him a great deal many more time s than just The fellow was the messenger whom he had captured, once," thought Dick; "but I didn t tell him a falsehood." and whom he had left bound hand and foot in the timber "H'm! What sort of a fellow is he, anyway? He must be a wonder "Oh, he doesn't look as though he would set the world by the ears," replied Dick, his modesty being i:i evidence; "still, if half of what has said regarding him is true, he has done a few things for the patriot cause." "I should say so! This last feat of his of capturing the gold was doing a great deal for the patriot cause!" Then the admiral looked at Dick keenly. "You say 'patriot cause,'" he remarked; "why 'patriot' instead 0 'rebel?' "Oh, I don't know, your excellency," said Dick; "down New Brunswick way, where I have been, every one says and gagged, but little more than two hours ago! "What means this intrusion?" cried the admiral, angrily. "I beg your pardon, your excellency," said the escaped prisoner; "but the importance 0 the matter must be our excuse fol' intruding 'l'hat young scoundrel there is Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" CHAPTER VT. DICK'S IDENTITY IS DISCOVHRED. '.Admiral Howe leaped to his feet. He turned red, then pale.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. He glared at Dick with eyes which almost started from their sockets. "Dick Slater!" he gasped; "impossible!" Dick was taken wholly by surprise. "Poor fellow!" he said; "too bad! too bad! and a right nice-looking fellow, too!" Ancl then he looked at the admiral and tapped his fore head significantly. He had been expecting nothing like this. "You are shrewd, Dick Slater!" cried redcoat, "and 'l'he thought that the redcoat might and follow as brave as a lion, but you can't make your plan work! I him to New York had not occurred to him. Yet here the fellow was. And the c!hances were that he was in serious trouble. Dick-realized this. Yet his face gave no sign The youth had wonderful control-of his expression. am not crazy, by any means!" Then he turned to the admiral and went on: "I am the man whom your brother, General Howe, started from .r ew Brunswick with the message which this young fellow brought your excellency; but this fellow way laid me in the woods about halfway between New Bruns-It stood him in good stead many times to preserve a calm wick and New Y or.k, and, after making a prisoner of me, and unruffied exterior. changed clothing with me, took the message, and leaving me bound and gagged in the timber, he came on here, and I suppose has delivered the message His scheme, no doubt, He thought that even now, desperate as seemed the situa-was to have you send the gold, and then he was going to It had diverted suspicion on many occasions. tion, it might do so. hasten back to the patriot army, get his men, and capture When the admiral cried, "Impossible!" Dick nodded and this installment of gold! Oh, he is a bold and shrewd said: one!" 'rhe fellow had talked so fast it was impossible to in"Quite so, your excellency! This man," and Dick pointed at the fellow whom he had left a prisoner in the terrupt him, so Dick made no such attempt, but sat there, woods two hours before, and looked him unflinchingly in with a quiet smile on his face, although he realized that the the eyes, "is ,either drunk or crazy !" story would be likely to arouse the suspicion in the mind of the admiral that he perhaps was, after all, Dick Slater, the Dick's coolness and audacity were almost too much for patriot spy. The fellow gasped. him. He would not have believed that any one in the situa tion Dick was in could be so cool and calm. And Dick's appearance went far to make the admiral think the man was wrong. No one, the admiral reasoned, could show s uch coolness and indifference if he were really in the situation which the accuser said No, there must be some mistake. The admiral said so. "You may think you are right," he said; "but it cannot be that you are. Dick Slater, the rebel spy, would not be I such a fool as to venture aboard a British ship and into the pre sence of the admiral of the fleet in this manner!" "You don't know Dick Slater, your excellency!" cried the redcoat, finding his voice at last; "be will do or dare anything. He bas been within the Briti s h lines dozens of times, and right in the presence of Generals Howe and Cornwallis, and bas succeeded in securing information and making his escape. He seems to take a delight in seeing how daring he can be. This fellow is Dick Slater, and Dick shook his head, when the fellow had finished, as much as to say, "Poor fellow, he's crazy!" But the admiral was becoming s omewhat imbued with the belief that there might be something in the story after all He turned and looked at Dick searchingly He seemed to be sizing the youth up very carefu lly. Dick met his gaze unflinchingly. Having started upon this course, he would play it through to the extreme finish. All wait e d for him to speak. He was silent for some moments and then he said: "I am beginning to believe that you are Dick Slater, young man!" Dick smiled. "You are mistaken," be said, calmly. "You think so?" "I know it, your excellency; this man is crazy!" "I am not crazy; he is a reb e l trick ter !" the man cried. The adrnfral was undoubtedly almo st convineed. He looked at Dick again. you will do well to not let him escape you!" "Ah, how I wish some one who really knows Dick Slater Dick s hook hi.s head and looked at the redcoat in a pity-was here!" he exclaimed; "then it would be possible to de-in gly-patronizing manner. between you!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 13 this instant footsteps were heard in the outer room, l a moment later a captain in the British army appeared. lt sight of him Dick's heart sank. Had Admiral Howe been "up" in Twentieth Century s lang, he might have replied that Dick had been trying to "do" him, but h e wasn t so versed, and he said: Ie knew the newcomer. H e cam e in here pre tending to be a messenger from my. man was Captain Parks an enemy of his, and one brother at N e w Brunswick. He had a letter from my ) knew him well by sight. brother, but it seems that he took it from this man here, who was the r e al messenger, and whom this young man captur e d and chang e d clothe s with," and the admiral )ick knew the game was up now. t would be usele s s to try to play it farther. had made a brave stand, but luck was against him. point e d to the fellow whom Dick had on the road Park's eyes rested on Dick the first one, as he b etween New Brunswick and New York. ered the cabin. "That' s jus t like him," s aid Captain Parks. "He will [e paused and gave a start. do and dare anything, in order to get to s trik e a blow at the expression of blank surprise crossed his fa ce. British." 'Dick Slater, by all that is wonderful!" he exclaimed. "We ll, it rathe r b eats me!" said the admiral; "I did i told you so!" cri e d the man who had b e en trying to not b e li eve mor e than half the storie s I have heard regardvince the admiral that the youth was Dick Slater. ing this young man, but I shall be inclined to believe, now, rhe admiral opene!d his eyes in wonder. that one-half of it has not yet been told!" turned and looked at Dick much after fashion of 11 "And I think you will be right about it, too, admiral," b looking at some rare and wonderful ammal. said C aptain Parks "Did you know that your brother has audacity the cool e ffrontery di s played b y Dick in offe r e d five hundred pound s reward for the capture of this r ng on board the s hip in the and the young man?" j sho\\rn by him when charged with bemg the patriot "No, I was not aware of it." spy were amazing to the admiral. "It is a fact jus t the s:ime; so you can judge from that [e could riot und e r s tand how it could be pos sible that l whethe r or not your brother considers the young man r one could retain his composure and self-possession dangerous." [er such circumstances. l Can it be possible!" exclaimed the admiral. [e almost gasped the words out. l r What are you up to now, s_ later?" tain Parks. Oh, nothing much, captam," replied Dick, coolly : Dick was s e emingly paying no attention to bis surroundF but in reality he was sizing up the chances for makin g \ escape by means of a s udden dash. f e decided that it would be impossible to escape, howrr, as there were a dozen men in the outer cabin, and no the deck was covered with more men. 'I guess I'm in for it," thought Dick; "well, it can't be ped." phe youth was terribly disappointed. r,e bad hoped to have his scheme go through without and to captme the second installment of gold. ut now this would have to be given up. e would be made a prisoner, and would be unable to get news of the sending of the gold to the patriot army in e. he admiral looked from Dick to Captain Parks. 'Then this really is the youth known as. Dick Slater, rebel spy?" he asked. "So I can. Well, then I am five hundred pounds richer, am I not?" with a smile. "That will be a joke, won't it! Imagine my brother's fac e when I pre s ent my bill for the five hundred pound s-ha, ha, ha!" and the admiral lay back in his chair and laughed heartily . He was feeling happy anyway. Here he had in his power the greatest spy of the patriot army! There was no doub't regarding that. Dick was in the cabin and on board a ship, and on that ship were several hundred s trong m e n, each and every one ready to do the bidding of their command e r. All the admiral had to do was to give the order, and Dick would be a prisoner in a twinlding. So the admiral believed. \ And so believing, he was in no hurry to give the urder. He was like the cat with the mouse. He would play with his helpless victim awhile b e fore making him a prisoner. Captain Parks and the other men present laughed also. They were in duty bound to do so. It would never do to let the admiral make a joke, and He and no other, admiral," was the captain's hat has he been trying to do here?" reply. then not laugh at it. ' I This would cause them to be disliked by the admiral.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' HUSE. So they ha, ha, ha-ed as heartily as the admiral himself had done. "It will be a great joke on your brother, admiral!" said Parks. "So it will-ha, ha, ha!" and the admiral laughed til the tears rolled down his cheeks. "There is one thing, however," the admiral continued; "the Crown may refuse to allow me to receive the reward, on the score that as it was offered by one brother a:g.d earned by another, it was a pre-arranged affair, for the purpose of making money-ha, ha, ha!" and the admiral laughed some more. Captain Parks laughed also, and said that was another good joke. "Make this young man a prisoner, Jackson!" he said, motioning toward Dick. "Yes, your excellency!" the man replied. He entered the cabin, and, approaching Dick, said: "Will you go with me quietly, young fellow? Or shall I be forced to use force?" "I will go quietly," replied Dick. Then he rose and walked out of the cabin with the man who had hold of his arm. "Hold tight, Jackson," advised Parks; "he is the mos alippery young chap you ever had anything to do with.'' 1 "He won't get away from me," said Jackson. Dick smi l ed to himself and thought of how easily he could have made his escape had Jackson been all that stood While they w11re talking and laughing, Dick was thinkbetween him and liberty. When they reached the deck Dick looked swiftly around mg. "How I should like to make my escape!" he him. Mei were on every hand. "Wouldn't it be a joke on the admiral!" They seemed to know what was going on, too, ana were watching the youth closely. He could see no possible chance for escaping, however. The only way out of the cabin was by way 0 the door, He looked all around the cabin carefully. "It would be folly to try to make my escape at this time," thought Dick; "I will have to submit for the presand it was occupied by several men. Then, Captain Parks and the original messenger were ent and depend on making my escape later on." Fifteen minutes later he was a prisoner in a dark room between him and the door. No, it seemed folly to think of trying to make a break for liberty. "It would result in failure," thought Dick; "and I would get some hard thumps in the bargain. No, I had better submit gracefully to the inevitable." "It won't do, Slater," smiled Captain Parks, who was watching D ick closely; "you can't escape. You might as well make up your mind to that, first as last!" away down in the hold of the ship CHAPTER VII. DICK A PRISONER. Dick was left alone with his reflections. It was dark as twilight. The captain knew him better than any one e lse present knew him. There was only one place where the light could come He was well aware that Dick hita more than once made into the room, and that was through a porthole high up his escape from places where escape seemed impossible. He was well aware that for daring the youth had no equal. If there was the least hope of being able tcf make his escape, Dick would make the attempt, the captain knew. Therefore he had kept his eyes on the youth, and saw I what the others had not seen-that Dick was looking about, and calculating the chances for making hi escape Dick smiled. "I guess you are right, captain," he said, quietly; "well, it can't be helped."I "Of course he can't escape said the admiral. Then he called one of his ?fficers whom he saw standing jnl'!t through the doorway in the other room. at one side. Dick's hands were manacled. Otherwise he was unhampered. The youth was far from being in however. a despairing mood, -There was one thing that made him feel in very good spirits. The manacles which were on his wrists were somewhat large, and he could free himself in a few moments by slip. ping hancls out. He felt that he might be enabled to make his escape through this happy accident. As soon as night should come he would make the attempt to escape.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 15 It would not do to attempt it until then. of Dick regarding General Washington and the patriot Doubtless he would be visited a number of times during army. the afternoon. So it would not be advisable to make any attempt until in the evening. Dick's eyes were on the porthole. His efforts were clumsy, and Dick smiled inwardly. The youth made use of his opportunity, and while p_;-e tending to drop some information unwittingly, he managed to convey to the mind of the admiral exaggerated ideas reWas it large enough to permit the passage of his body, garding the strength of the patriot army. he wondered. It was a case of diamond cut diamond, and Dick's He could not determine this without trying, and he de-rn.ond was the brighter, keener, sharper. cidecl to wait. He fooled the admiral completely, yet with such con-He would have to be patient. sumate cunning that the admiral went back up to his Dick thought of how his plans had been nipped in the cHbin thinking he had wormed some informabud. tion out of the youth. "It is too bad!" he thought. "How I should have en"Well, he's welcome to all he got out of me!" thought joyed capturing the second installment of gold l It would Dick, as the admiral took his departure. have been a great help to the patriot cause-and how deSo both Dick and the admiral were well satisfied with the lighted General \Vashington would have been, to be sure!" result of the interview. Then a thought came to Dick: Might he not be able to make a success of his scheme even yet? Would not Admiral Howe the gold ? Dick believed that he would. And now that he had succeeded in making a prisoner of Dick, he would not be afraid that the "rebels" would get wind of the fact that the gold was to be sent and try to capture it. Therefore there would be no precautions taken. And without a doubt the gold rould be sent as the qther had-down to the old house near Perth Amboy by boat, and be taken from there to New Brunswick by wagon. Dick got to figuring in his mind. One thing that pleased Dick greatly was the fact that the admiral had openly stated that he was going to send the gold, as his brother had requested. In fact, the admiral had told Dick this in a spirit of triumph in order to make the youth feel bad. It had had quite the opposite effect. Dick was to learn this, of a certainty. He had supposed that lhe admiral would send the gold, but to know it was to be absolutely sure of it. Another thing; Dick had learned, by ingenious ques tioning, that the gold was to be sent away by boat, and would be sent away at nine o'clock that night. The knowledge gave Dick great pleasure. The boat would not reach the old house near Perth Amboy before half-past eleven, and Dick was sure that, if If the gold was sent by boat, and the boat was to leave after nightfall, he believed he might, if he escaped early ti the evening, be able to reach Middlebrook, where the he could escape from his prison early in the evening, he patriot army was, get his company of "Liberty Boys" and could, by riding hard, reach :Middlebrook, get his comget back to the old house in time to capture the gold. pany of "Liberty Boys" and get to the old house in time It would be worth trying, anyway. Dick was not so cast down as would well have been ex pected from one in his situation. The hope of escape and of turning the tables on the enemy was quite sufficient to keep up his spirits. He was a youth who was not given to repining, anyway. matter what the situation, he always made the most of it. Repining and feeling blue would not help him. So Dick always managed to keep his spirits up. Admiral Howe came down and had a talk with him about ihe middle of the afternoon. J The admiral thought that he might worm somefacts ont to capture the gold. Ah, if he could only do this! It would be a great triumph over the British admiral. And Dick was determined to score the triumph. He would do so, if suclf a thing was possible. And he thought it was. He would not believe otherwise until after he had tried and failed, anyway. He did not. intend that he should fail. He had always been successfu l. He was determined that this should not be a failure. He took matters as easy as possible until supper time. When his supper was brought down to him, he ate it. .


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. His appetite was so good that the man who had brought him the food seemed surprised. He seemed hardly to know what to think about it. He spoke of it to Dick, and the youth smiled. "The appetites of prisoners are as a rule not good, then?" he asked. "Not as a rule." "Well, I'm an exception to the rule." "You seem to be, that's a fact Dick smiled. "Well, I'm young and healthy," he said; "and I must eat." The man went away when Dick had finished, looking as though somewhat impressed with the coolness and self possession of the prisoner. Dick waited impatiently for the sun to go down. As soon as it become twilight, he would go to work. I He did not wish to spoil his chances by beginning work too ea,rly. A last the sun went down. neath the point where the porthole was cut out in the side of the vessel. Dick then climbed ltP on top of the table and examined the porthole. He believed it would permit the passage of his body. This decided, the next thing to do was to see if he could manage to execute the maneuver. He went to w \ ork. The porthole was still at a considerable height above thetl table. It was, in fact, at about the height of Dick's shoul ders. He stuck his head out and took a survey of the sur roundings. There were a number of ships close by, and on their decks were men who might see him if he attempted to escape before it became fully dark. He 4ecided that it would b e 1 ""r to wait awhile longer. After it had become entirely dark, he would slip through the porthole and drop into the water and swim to the Dick could not see the sun, but he knew when it sank to shore. rest. He could tell by the shadow which settled over the skyor such portion of the sky as he could see from the port hole. Then he began work. The first thing he did was to slip the manacles off his wrists. This was not a difficult task But it took some little time. Dick had to work the manacles off gradually. Ten minutes of work relieved him of the troublesome irons, however. I Now to get out of the prison! This, Dick knew, was going to be the most difficult part of the affair. The porthole might prove to be too small to permit the passage of his body. In that case he would be unable to escape. But if the porthole would permit of the passage of his body, he might make his escape, though even then there would be great danger, as there were men on watch on the deck above, and he could hardly hope to escape without be-ing seen. He would try, however. Dick laid the manacles doirn, and then began his prepa rations for leaving the place. There was a small table in the room. He dragged this table over and placed it directly be-Of course this would be dangerous. But Dick did not stop to count the danger. He would make the attempt to escape, no matter if he had to run the gauntlet of firing from a hundred muskets. It seemed to grow dark very slowly. Dick was impatient to be away. He wanted to make sure of getting to Middlebrook in time and capturing the second lot of gold. What a triumph it would be if he could escape and suc ceed in doing this Dick enjoyed it in prospect. He could see the anger and consternation, as well as dis comfiture on the florid face of Admiral Howe. He could in his mind's eye see General Howe pacing his quarters like a caged lion. No harder blow could be struck the British, just at this time, than the capture of the gold. It would discourage the British troops at New Bruns wick, and make them unruly and unwilling to try to make headway against Washington's army. They wanted at least a portion of their pay, and would do nothing until they got it. Gradually it grew darker outside. Twilight was being followed by the thick darkness of night. "It will soon be dark enough for me to begin work," thought Dick. He waited a few minutes longer.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 17 Then he got ready to begin the attempt at escape. He managed to release himself, however, each time, and "Every minute is precious!" he thought. "A delay of gradually worked his body through. five minutes here might mean the loss of the chance to His shoulders stuck. capture the gold. I will hurry!" The youth worked away desperately to free them and He climbed ':P on top of the table and stuck his he1j.d force them on through. out through the porthole. It was hard to accomplish anything. "Yes, the gold is to be sent down by boat at nine o'clock, For awhile he thought he would be unable to get loose and I'm to go with it,'' said a voice, Dick. at alL He gave a start and looked upward. He could not see any one, but realized that there must be a couple of men at the rail of the ship, directly above where he was. "Jove! I wish they would go away!" he thought; "I : don't wish to take chances on trying to get out of here He feared he would have to hang there perhaps for hours until some one came and pulled him back into the place from which he was t ying tci escape. This would have been terrible. Dick felt that the discomfiture would all be on his side, then. while they are there. If they failed to see me, they would Admiral Howe would be the one who would feel happy. certainl y hear the splash as I struck the water." The thought that his purpose might be frustrated, that The voices remained audible to Dick for a few minutes, he might be unable to escape and capture the gold, filled and then he heard them beco:rne fainter, and he heard also Dick with a feeling akin to desperation the sound of receding footsteps. '' It should not be ( ''.I guess they are gone and the coast is clear!" thought Dick; "now to escape I" CHAPTER VIII. DICK ESCAPES. Dick begun work at once. He had given the matter considerable thought. \ He knew t)lat he would have to go through +,he porthole feet first. All around the porthole on the outside was nothing but the smooth side of the ship. There was absolutely nothing to take hold of with the hands. If be was to climb through headfirst, he would be forced to fall in an awkward manner and might hurt himself. But by working his way out feet first, he could work his body entirely through the porthole, and then hold to the edge and let himself down at arm's length. Then he could drop feet first into the water. The distance would not be so great by doing way. And he would be much less liable to hurt himself. He proceeded to do this. It was hard work working his body through the porthole. The hole was but little larger than Dick's body. The fit was so tight indeed that he almost got wedged on two or three occasions. He would escape would get through the porthole, or know the reailon why! He worked desperately. For a time even his most desperate e fforts seemed to be of no use. He rested a few minutes and tried it again "I'm afraid beautiful uniform will b e ruined!" thought Dick; and he could not help srniling that such a thought should occur to him at such a moment. "If I had removed the coat, I would now be all right," he thought. "But I did not remove it, and now I shall have to get through with it or not at all." He kept at work. He must get through-he would get through I He kept twisting and working. At last! He had moved his body slightly. He felt that his shoulders would go through after al1. The thought gave him renewed strength. He worked eagerly, almost fiercely. He had already lost many precious minutes. He would lose no more than was absolutely.., unavoidablt>. Presently he felt that his shoulders w e re almost thxough. He gave one powerful, twisting wrench . His shoulderd went through the opening Dick would have fallen downward to the water of thQ bay, had he not caught the wood at the side of the hole. He caught hold just in time.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 1 Then he hung there, feet downward., for a few moments. Dick looked down. He could not see the He knP'.'< about how far it was to the water, however "It can't be more than fifteen feet," he thought. This distance ought not to injure him He had often dropped farther than that and alighted on solid ground without sustaining injury; certainly he cou l d do so and alight in water Dick was not afraid of being hurt 1Y the drop. What he was afraid of was that the sentinel on the deck might hear him when he struck the water, and suspect that the prisoner was escaping. He would then, of course, look to see whether or not the pris"'Ser was safe, and discover of a certainty that he had escaped. Dick was afraid 'that, in case they did discover this, they might decide to send the gold in some way, by some other route, being afraid he might reach the patriot army and try to capture the gold. {,Oh, it was nothing more than a fish leaping out of the l water and falling back again, I should say." "Perhaps that was what it was." "Yes, without doubt. Go to your station." "Good!" thought Dick; "so they thought it was the splash of a fish! Well, they'd be surprised if they knew j what kind of a fish it was!" Then Dick struck out, through the water. He had a long swim ahead of him. It was more than a mile to the point where he had rented the boat. As that was where he had left his horse, he intended going straight there. If hls horse was still there, as he hoped it was, he would not have to lose much He had to be careful, however. Several of the ships of the admiral's fleet lay between him and the shore at the point he was aiming for. He would have to pass these ships. He might be discovered in doing so. He would have to swim very quietly and carefully, to Or they might decide to not send the gold at all-on this avoid making noise enough to attract attention. night. This the youth did. This would be a great disappointment to him. All these things flashed through Dick's mind in an instant, as it were. He was a skillful swimmer. He could force his way through the water rapidly and yet make but very little splashing sound. Then he let go. Downward he shot. It was dark e:iwugh so that be could not see the hulls of ., 'the great ships until he was almost against them. An instant later he struck the water. Then he would swim around the ship and continue on his There was a splash. way. At last, to his relief, he found that he had got past all the ships. Under the waiter Dick went, going down at least ten But not as big a splash as Dick had feared there might be. He would have a clear field, and be in no danger of disfeet. covery from the sentinels on the ships' decks. This did not worry him, however. He wondered if his horse would be where he left it. He was a fine swimmer and diver. "Surely it will be," he thought; "the ferryman will take He was almost as much at home in the water as a duck. care of it. He will hold the horse as security for the boat He had no fears of drowning He made a few strong strokes, and was at the surface again in a jiffy He shook the water out of his ears and listened. There came the sound of voices from the deck of the ship. "What was it?" he heard one voice say. "I don't know," was the reply. "You say you heard a splash?" "Yes." "A loud one?" "Well, no; not very." which he let me have." This thought made Dick feel better. He was sure his horse would be there in readiness for him. Of course he would have to pay for the boat. It had been hoisted' onto the deck of the ship, when Dick made prisoner, and the redcoats would n.o doubt keep it. The clothing which Dick wore became thoroughly soaked with the water as soon as he struck the water, of course, and this made it weigh down upon the gallant young swimmer.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 19 It was quite different from swimming without clothing At he decided that he would go to the right and risk on. it. But Dick was strong, and he persevered. This he did, and ater a walk 0 five minutes, he came to He could no_t let such a little thing as fatigue stand in the house 0 the man who kept the boats for rent. Iris way. It was not for him to become weary. Or, becoming weary, it was his place to pay no attention to the fact. He must keep right on, just the same This Dick did. He became ve,ry tired, but he gritted his teeth. Any one to have seen him swimming, with regular, powerful strokes woulcl have thought him fresh and un-wearied. But they would have ,ibeen mistaken. .1. evertheless the youth swam with undiminished speed What he lacked in strength he made up in will pbwer. He simply would not allow hi s brain i.o realize 'that he was tired, and forced his arms and legs to continue their work. It was triumph of mind over matter. Onward he swam. He begun to wonder i he was going in right direc tion. It would be easy to go wrong in the darkness. There was no great flare 0 gas and electric lights m Dick knocked on the door. ( There was a ew minutes of waiting and then the door opened. The old boatman stood there, holding a bit 0 tallow candle. "Who air ye?" he asked, "and whut d 'ye want?" "I'm the man who rented a boat 0 you to-day," r e plied Dick. "I have come back, and wish to pay you for the boat, and get my horse." The boatman looked at Dick's dripping clothing. "W'y, yer all wet!" he exclaimed. "Yes replied Dick; "a schooner or something ran int-0 me, out in the bay a ways, and stove in the side 0 your boat I had to swim ashore." "Oh, tbet's it, hey?" "Y cs, and now i you will put a price on your boat, I will pay it, take my horse and be on my way back to rejoin the army." "The old boatman named a sum which seemed reasonable to Dick, and he paid it, and then asked where his horse was. "I'll git the boss for ye, sir," the old man said, and he Jed the way to an old stable which stood a ways from the house, and brought out the horse. New York then, as there is now, to guide him. "I fed 'im an' took good keer uv 'im, sir," the old man He thought that he saw faint lights in the direction which he imagined the city must lie, but he could not be "Thi:nkyou !" said Dick, and then he bridled and sadsure 0 it. "Well, just so I don't miss my way completely, anc1 land on Staten Island or get out into the ocean!" thought Dick. c1led the horse as quickly as possible, and mounting, bade the old boatman good night and rode away in the direc tion 0 Middlebrook and the patriot army. "Now to get back and get my company of 'Liberty Boys' Then he began to wonder how much farther it was to the go to the old house on the shore near Perth Amboy shore. and capture the gold!" thought Dick, as he put spurs to It seemed to him as if he had gone almost far enough. A. mile is a long distance to swim, however, under any circumstances, and it certainly seems longer when the swimmer is hampered with clothing. "I'll get to shore pretty soon, though, I think," said Dick to himself, and he kept at work. It was more than a quarter of an hour later that he reached the shore, however, and then ound that he was quite a little out 0 the way. the horse. CHAPTER IX, DICK'S QUICK TRIP. Dick judged that it mu s t b e about hal-past eight He had missed the point where the :man kept the boat s o'clock. for rent quite a bit. The di s tance from Paulus H ook to Middlebrook was at He was puzzled slightly to. know which way to go to lea s t twent y -fiv e miles reach the place. He would have to ride to Middlebrook g e t his "Liberty .. (


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. Boys" and ride to the old house near Perth Amboy, a dis tance of sixteen miles from Middlebrok, and do all this in three and a half hours. Could he do it? Dick hardly knew. Re could try, however. It would be hard on his horse, but he thought thatitthe impo rtance of the matter required the sacrifice of the horse, if this was necessary. So he put spurs to the animal, and rode at a swift gallop. Mile after mile. was gone over. The horse soon proved itself to be possessed of uncommon staying powers for a brute that did not look like a superior animal. This was pleasing to Dick. It gave him hope that he might succeed in his under taking after all. He figured that he was going at the rate of twel'ci miles an hour. This, if maintain ed, would enable him to reach Middlebrook in a littl e more than two hours time. This would leave him an hour and a half to get "Liberty Boys" and reach the old house near Perth Amboy. That would b e suffici ent he thought. Onward he rode. Mile after mile passed s'viftly. Each mile brought him nearer to hi s destination, and with each mile that was left behind Dick's spirits rose. ,,, "I will reach there in time!" he thought; "ah! how I hope we shall Qe able to capture this second ins all;ment of gold! It will be a big blow to the British, and a big help to the patriots." On, on, galloped the horse. Diek had traveled the road so frequently that he knew it well. There was no danger of his losing his way anc1 losing time. He knew the shortest and most direct route, and was going that way. He kept a sharp lookout, however. He was traversing a section of country infested by the British. He might run upon a prowling band of foragers at any moment. So it stood him in harid to be careful. To have been captur e d now, after making such a grand Had he met any of the redcoats Dick would have made a desperate effort to escape, before he would have submitted to capture. But luckily he did not encounter any of the redcoats. If any were in the vicinity he missed them. Dick was, of course, very glad of this. It suited him exactly. At last he reached Middlebrook. I His horse was panting, and reeking with perspiration. Dick leaped off, patted the horse on the neck, and say ing, "Good horse!" called to a man who did odd jobs of work for the "Liberty Boys," and gave the horse into his charge. "Rub him down and take good care of him, Johnson," said Dick; "he has carried me twenty-five miles in two hours!" "All right, sir," was the reply, and Johnson led the panting horse away. Dick hastened into the quarters occupied by his company of "Liberty Boys." They were all there, and some of them had lain down for the night; but the majority were still sitting up, telling stories and having a jolly time. I When they saw Dick, exclamations escaped them. They were surprised to see him. And they knew from his excited look that something important was on the tapis. "IYhat i s it, Dick?" asked Bob E s tabrook, his dearest boy fri e nd. "What's up, now?" "Tell us, quick!" from Sam Sunderland. "I hope ther e is work for us!" said Mark Morrison. "There is work, and lively work, boys!" cried Dick. "What kind of work, Dick?" from Bob. "You remember what we did last night?" "Captured the gold the British were sending down to New Brunswick-yes!" "Well, we have a chance to duplicate that feat! They are sending down another installment to-night, and if you boys can get ready quickly e nough, we will go over and capture the gold!" The boys leaped to their feet in a hurry. They uttered exclamations of astonishment delight. "We'll be ready in less than no time at all, Dick!" said Bob. "Yes, yes!" from the others in chorus. "All right; hurry, then, and I will run over to heade fl'ort to escape and turn the tables on the British by capquarters and speak to the commander-in-chief and get his turing the golcl which they were to send to New Brunspermission to go and make the attempt to capture the wick, would have been terrible. gold."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 21 "All right! we'll be ready by the time you get back." "And hurry back, Dick!" I wi 11 be back in a few minutes." Dick left the quarters. He hurried over to Washington's headquarters. To the orderly he said; "Has the commander -inchief retired?" "No, sir; he is still up," was the reply. "Good Tell him Dick Slater wishes to see him a few _nutes on important business." "Very well," said the orderly; "step inside." Dick entered, and a few moments later the orderly re turned with the information that the commander-in -chief would see him at Dick was ushered into the room occupied by General J Washington, and the great man greeted Dick pleasantly. "So you have got back?" he remarked; "well, did you "It's all right, boys!" cried Dick; "we' re to go,. and do the best we can. Mount!" The youths mounted quickly. Then Dick and Bob took the lead, and the company rode away into the darkness. They headed for Perth Amboy. They were well acquainted with the road, so could rid e rapidly. They had raced and chased around in this part of the country so much during the past few months that they were well versed in the lay of the land. By the nearest route it was about sixteen miles to Perth Amboy. They would have ib ride swiftly to reach there in an hour and a half. That the gold would reach the old house by midnight, Dick was sure. There would be little or no delay in transferring it into the wagon and starting to New Brunswick with it, con Yes, indeed, your excellency sequently they would have to be at the old house a, little And then Dick told the commander-in-chief very briefly learn aught of interest?" where he had been and what he had discovered. "Well, well exclaimed Washington; "so they are going to send another installment of gold to-night, are they? And you wish to go and try to capture it?" Dick nodded. "Yes, your excellency." The great man seemed well pleased. "Very well; you shall do so he said ; "take your' Lib erty Boys' and go and capture the gold, "if you can. It before midnight. They rode rapidly. The horses were kept at a gallop. This was absolutely necessary. And even then it lacked only a few minutes of being midnight when they reached the old house where the gold was to be delivered from the boat. The youths did as they had done on the night before. They dismounted a couple of hundred yards from the house and walked to it. will be very acceptable if we can secure it." "Thank you, sir!" said Dick, earnestly; "I 1think A feeling of disappointment took possession of them as we they neared the building. can secure it. We will try hard, at any rate." "I know that, Dick." Dick did not remain long. "If we are to reach the old house near Perth Amboy in time, we shall have to hasten," he said; "so I hJd better be going." "Yes, go along, my boy; and success to you and your brave 'Liberty Boys!' '1 All was quiet around the house. There were no signs of the redcoats. The wagon and team were not in sight. In fact the house seemed deserted. The youths hastened forward and tried the door of the house. It opened readily. They entered. "Thank you!" The house was vacant. Then Dick saluted and withdrew. There was nobody there. Then he hastened back to the quarters occupied by the "What does it mean, Dick?" asked Bob. "Liberty Boys." "I don't know what it means, Bob. It means one of He found the entire company ont in front of the quarthree things, but I don't know which ." ters, each holding his horse, ready to mount the instant the "What are the three things?" order was given. Bob was holding two horses-one for himself and for Dick. "First; Either they changed their plans, and sent the one I gold by some other route--" "Yes?"


. 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. "Or, secondly: They have not yet arrived here-" It extended northward from the River. "Yes?" There was heavy timber to the left, along the river, all Or, thirdly: They have been here and have gone!" the way from Perth Amboy to New Brunswick. "And in that case?" It was quite dark in the timber, and they had to slow "They are on their way to New Brunswick by the near-down. I est route." It was lucky for them that they did so. "And in that case why could we not catch them?"' "We can at least try, Bob." "Then you think--" "That they have been here and gone ?-yes." "And you think we can overhaul them?" Had they not, they would have run onto the British who were taking the gold to New Brunswick before the open country beyond the timber was reached. 1 As it was, j11st as they emerged from the timber, truJ saw their intended prey in the road ahead of them. "If they haven't secured too big a start. It is ten miles "There they are!" said Dick, in low, intenae voice; "forto New Brunswick, and they cannot go fast with a heavy ward all!" wagon." "Then you are inclined to think we have a chance?" Yes, if we hurry." Then Dick gave the order: "Back to where we left our horses, boys! Double-quick!" .J The youths broke into a run. It was a race to see who could get back to where they had left the horses first. It took but a few minutes to reach the horses and mount and then Dick gave the order: "Forward He and Bob were in front. They rode at a gallop, and behind them came the other "Liberty Boys." The youths were eager to overtake the redcoats who were CHAPTER X. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" CAPTURE 1 'HE GOT.U. The youths obeyed the order instantly. Tliey rode forward at a gallop. The British heard the sound made by the hoofs of th horses ridden by the "Liberty Boys." Doubtless they had not thought .of such a thing as that they were in danger. So the fact that they were pursued came as a shock to them. taking the gold to New Brunswick. They lashed the horses attached to the wagon into a It would be a big triumph if they could do so, and capgallop. ture the gold anil the redcoats with it. They were heavy farm horses, however, and could not Dick knew the shortest and best road to New Bruns-go very fast. wick. The British who were escorting the gold-about a doze Being the shortest and best road, it was the one most in number-fell behind the wagon, and evidently intended likely to be chosen by the redcoats. trying to fight their pursuers off. Dick led the way at a gallop. They could not hope to succeed, however, against seven He was eager to sight the wagon and its convoy. 1 or eight times their number. If the British had not secured much of a start, they Soon the "Liberty Boys" were close up to the redcoats might sight them at almost any moment. "Halt!" cried Dick, in a loud, clear ringing voice; The moon was now shining, and it would be possible to see the wagon and soldiers a distance of a quarter of a mile. So they kept their eyes turned ahead. They were eager to catch a sight of their wished-for prey. Onward they gall9p .ed. At least three miles had been traversed. And still they had seen nothing of the British. They entered a strip of timber. It was perhaps half a mile wide. fll!ll({ftr;, "halt and surrender!" The answer came promptly. It wasn't the announcement of the surrender of the red coats, either. ( They did not intend to surrender until they were forced to do so. Instead of ,halting and announcing that they surren dered, they kept on going, and Dick and his companion heard the command: "Fire!" 1


,-..--------------THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE 23 The next instant there came the crash of a dozen pisprisoner on board Admiral Howe's ship at this very moI tol shots. ment Dick felt one bullet cut through his clothing and graze the skin. Another of the boys was slightly wounded. "Fire cried Dick. "You are mistaken," said Dick, quietly; "I was there, but am not there now." "You don't mean to say you escaped!" The man fairly gasped the words. He did not wish to lose any of his "Liberty Boys," and "That is what I mean," replied Dick, quietly, and then only way to bring the redcoats to terms would be to he to Sam Sunderland and said: use severe measures. "Sam, get up in the seat here and drive, will you? We must be getting back toward Middlebrook. The sound of Crash-roar I The muskets were discharged, and a mingling chorus this firing must have been heard at New Brunswick, and of yells, curses and cries of pain went up from the Britsome of the British will be coming out this way soon." ish. "All right, Dick!" I Half the members of the little party went down to the round, off their horses, either killed or wounded. Sam leaped up into the seat and took hold of the lines. He turned the team around, with some difficulty, as the "Surrender!" cried Dick, in a stern voice; "surrender, road was not very wide, and then headed in the other di_ I or die!" rection .The British decided to surrender There was a cross -ro ad half a mile back. The commander of the little party called out that they The cross-road ran north and south. surrendered. It was Dick's idea to follow this road in a northernly di" Good!" cried Dick, as he gallQpe.d forward, followed by rection for a couple of miles, as that would lead them pracis "Liberty Boys." "That is the wise thing to do!" tically away from the direction of the British encampment The wagon had been brought to a stop. at New Brunswick. Then they could turn westward, and The driver knew it was useless to think of trying to go toward Middlebrook. scape from the horsemen with the clumsy wagon and the big farm horses. The "Liberty Boys" fell in behind the wagon, and the start was made. The weapons of the redcoats were taken from them. "It'll be strange if we don't have a brush with some redThen they were made prisoners. coats before reaching Middlebrook," said Bob, as he rode Their hands were tied together behind their backs, and along beside Dick. their feet bound closely, so they could not walk, and then So it will, Bob," acquiesced Dick. they were bundled into the wagon. "They will certainly send out a few parties to see what Dick first looked and saw that the gold was there the firing was about, don t you think?" It was in a large iron-bound chest, undoc the seat oc I think so. cu.pied by the driver. "Well, we'll give 'em a warm reception, if any of them As the redcoats were being loaded into the wagon, the get within musket-shot distance of us!" commander of the redcoats bemoaned their fate. "How did you know the gold was to be sent?" he asked, when he saw Dick had looked in the chest. I "That's right, Bob!" The "Liberty Boys" made as time as they could. Of course, they had to gauge their speed by the speed at "I was present on board Admiral Hlwe's ship, and heard which the team could pull the wagon. him say the gold was to be sent," replied Dick, quietly. The wagon was the main thing, and must not be left be"Y ou were present!" hind. "Yes." "Impossible!" Dick shook his head. "Oh, no; not impossible," he replied, quietly. "I was there." "Who are you?" "I am Dick Slater, at your service." .... "What! Dick Slater? Impossible! Dick Slater is a They were soon at the cross-road, and turning, they made their way northward. They went in this direction perhaps two miles. Then they turned to the westward. That was the direction to go to reach Middlebrook. They made as rapid progress as possible. They still had about ten miles to go. They kept a sharp lookout toward the rear I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. They expected to be futlowed by the redcoats. In this they were right. It was every fellow for himself. Dick did not let his "Liberty Boys" follow the fleeingThey bad gone perhaps two miles farther when they S"aw redcoats far. the outlines of horsemen some distance in the rear. He did not think it good policy. "They are after us!" cried Bob. What he wished, more than all else, was to get safely "Yes, they are coming," said Dick. "We must give them to Middlebrook with the gold and the prisoners they had' a warm reception." The youths got ready to do this. It proved to be a company of British dragoons. They were equal in number to the "Liberty Boys." But they had sabres i;nstead or muskets, and would have to come to close quarters if they did much damage. Of course, they had pistols, but they are short distance weapons, also. The fight soon begun, however. The dragoons came up close enough to fire a volley from their pistols. The volley did no particular damage. already secured If they were to lose time chasing this company of dra goons, they might find themselves in trouble before ing their destination. Dick was a cau tious as well as a brave youth. So he orderecl the youths to return to where the wagon had Leen left. The journey was resumed at once. As good luck would have it, they did not see any mor redcoats. They reached Middlebrook in safety. It was about four o'clock when they got there, so they Two or three of the "Liberty Boys" were wounded, but did not report to the commander-in-chief until after breaknone of the wounds were serious. fast. 'l'hen Dick gave the order to fire. When Dick called on General Washington at bis head-Crash-roar I quarters and told him that they had been successful a When the muskets spoke, there was some result aphad captured the gold and some more prisoners, the great parent. The sounds of cries, groans, and curses came to the ears of the "Liberty Boys." "That was a good volley cried Dick; "forward and fire with the pistols!" man was delighted. He complimented Dick highly. He praised all the "Liberty Boys." "You have done a wonderful thing, Dick!" he said. "What you have done will be of inestimable value to the The youths charged down toward the demoralized redpatriot cause. I don't see how I can ever thank you coats. They waited till they were close upon the dragoons. Then Dick gave the order to fire. A volley rang out. enough!" "'I'he knowledge that we have done something that will benefit the great Cause is all that we wish," said Dick) modestly. "We are happy to have been able to do this." This threw the redcoats into still greater confusion. Then the commander-in-chief went with Dick and took They attempted to return the fire, but as only a portion a look at the gold. of their number fired, and they were in a more or less demoralized condition, the volley did but very little damage. Dick followed the advantage which they had gained. He ordered the "Liberty Boys" to fire1 another volley. They did so. This threw the redcoats into even worse confusion. "There is fully as much as there was in the first lot," he said, a pleased look on his face. "I judge that there is about the same amount, your excellency," said Dick. "Yes; there must be twenty thousand pounds-that makes forty thousand you have captured!" "Now, charge bayonets!" he cried. "I wish we could capture forty thousand .more!" smiled The "Liberty Boys" gave vent to cheers, and charged Dick. down upon the redcoats. They charged with such resistless energy and fury that the redcoats were terribly frightened. They did not try to stand their ground, so to speak. They broke and fled. It becnme a complete rout. "They'll send a regiment along with the next install ment of gold!" laughed Bob Estabrook, ancl Washington r.odded. "Yes; they will certainly take warning from this ex perience," he said. "I should have thought they would sr.nd more than a dozen men with this second installment."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 25 '"But they didn't, luckily for us," said Dick. The news of the capture of the second installment of >ritish gold by the "Liberty Boys" was soon all over the The "Liberty Boys" were nothing if not daring. They were as brave as lions, but not foolhardy. In battle, they fought with reckless bravery, but there amp, and the boys were praised and complimented on was alwayd cool judgment back of work. very side, for the men.were not jealous of the "Liberty They did not go ahead blindly. oys." If there was anything to be gllined by stubborn fighting, In truth, the men thought the world and all of the they would stand and fight to the last ditch, but if there ouths, and regarded them as the best and bravest soldiers was nothing particular to be gained, they did not stand and n the patriot army. fight just for the mere sake of fighting to the finish. "You'll have to look out, now, though," one man said, n speaking to Dick and Bob; "your company will be uarked by the British, and they will do their best to cap ure you. You had better be careful how you venture away rom the encampment to any distance." "Oh, we're not afraid of the redcoats!" smiled Dick 1 ''Not a bit of it!" laughed Bob. "Of course, I kn'Y you well enough to know you afraid," the man said; "but you will have to be careful; 1he redcoats will be on the lookout for J:OU and may set They were working for the good of the Cause, and if they could do more for the Cause by retiring, so as to have a chance to fight to better advantage later on, they always retired. So there was nothing of the foolhardy spirit in this action of theirs in ridin$ toward New Brunswick. Dick had a scheme in his mind. He thought that by means of a ruse he might succeed in making a capture of some of the British. He reasoned that there would be bands of redcoats out aps for you."

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. "Now, then, for the ruse which we will play on the redeoats, if they give us the chance!" said Dick. Dick knew the value of however. He could practice patience when it was necessary to do The majority of the members of the company secreted so. the horses at a distance from the spot and went part way up Of course, he hoped would not have to wait so long for their game, but thought it even possible that they the bluff. They hid themselves behind the rocks, bowlders, and might not run across any redcoats at all. trees. Ten of them remained down at the foot of the bluffs with Dick. Dick now went to work. He produced from the saddle-bags on his saddle an old suit of clothes such as is worn by country boys. He quickly doffed his clothing and donned the suit of rough clothes. Then he made his face dirty and rumpled up his hair. Then he donned an old slouch hat. Thus attired, he looked the Jersey farmer boy of that period of life. Next Dick removed the saddle from the horse, and taking it up the bluff a ways, hid it behind a rock. Then he came back down and mounted his horse. on, boys," he said. The ten mounted their horses and followed Dick back to the gate opening out into the main road. When they were out on the road, Dick turned to his com panions. "Now, boys;" he said; "I guess you know what you are to do?" "Yes," repl1ed Bob; "we are to ride here and there in this vicinity and wait till we see a band of r dcoats. Then we are to attract their attention by making pretended efforts to escape, after which we will ride back here as rap idly as possible and rejoin our comrades at the bluff. Then you appear and lead the British to our hiding-place-or tell This was not likely to happen, however. There were scouting and foraging bands of redcoat over-running the country almost constantly Dick kept a sharp lookout up and down the road. __.. He had been in his hiding-place perhaps an hour, whe he thought he saw horsemen coming from the direction i which the ten ''Liberty Boys" hadjgl'lne. "I believe it is the boys coming back," thought Dick. He quickly climbed a tree. He could see plainly now. More than half a mile away a little band of horseme were coming as fast as they could make their horses go. "That is the boys!" murmured Dick; "and-yes! yon der comes a company of redcoats in pursuit But they ar infantry." This was a surprise to Dick. Usually the scouting parties and foraging parties wer mounted. But these redcoats were afoot. "So much the better," Dick thought; "it will give th boys plenty of time to get away from them and back t where the rest of the boys are hidden. And it will make i easier for me to reach the gate at the same time the red coats do." The youths reached the gate, and, passing through, close the gate again and went on down the winding road the timber. "So far, so good!" thought Dick; "I believe my ruse wil them where we went, and we are to pepper 'em good when work nicely." they show up!" Dick waited until the redcoats were within a quarter o "That is the scheme," said Dick; "well, away with you, a mile of the gate, and then he mounted his horse. and I will hang around here and be ready to do my part He rode out of the timber and into the road. when the time comes." The youths rode away. 'rhen he rode slowly along the road and managed t reach the gateway at the same time that the redcoat Dick rode up the road in the direction, but did reached it. not go far. It was a company, with a captain in command. He stopped at a point a quarter of a mile from the Dick was glad to see that the captain was a stranger t gate, and leading his horse in among the trees at the side him. of the road, tied him. As "Dick rode up, the officer addressed him eagerly. Then Dick waited as patiently as he coutd. "Did you see some rebels on horseback going along th He made himself ready for a long siege. road as you came along?" he asked. It might be scueral hours before the youths would en"Was they rebels?" asked Dick, with a stolia face. counter any of the Brit-ish. "Yes, yes! Did you see them?"


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. 27 "Yes, I saw them rebels!" Suddenly a shrill whistle sounded. "You did?" It was given utterance to by Dick, who was now only "Yes." about seventy-five yards behind the redcoats. ''Where were they? Did you meet them as you came As the whistle sounded, up from behind rocks and bowlong ?" ders, and out from behind trees, appeared the entire com No," replied Dick, stolidly; "I didn't meet 'em, but I pany of "J.-iberty Boys" as if by magic. \ 'em. Say, have ye seen ennything uv two red cows? In the hands of every "Liberty Boy" was a mu8ket. ur'n hev strayed away." And the musket was in each and every in s tance leveled 'o; no! we haven't seen any cows. We're looking for full at the redcoats. gger If you saw the men on horseback and did To say the latter were astonished is putting it mildly. t meet them, where did they go?" "I kin tell ye, all right," said Dick, stolidly. 'Then do so, and hurry about it! They will escape!" ''I don't think they will escape," quietly; "they think I ey hev fooled ye. They hev hid frum ye." "Ah! So they've hid from us, have they? Tell us where ey are, my fine young fellow, and we shall be very much iged to you." ,fr don't know whether you will or not!" thought Dick. Then aloud he said : 1 "All right; I'll tell ye." "Do so, then! Hurry!" "All right; d'ye see thet gate?" Dick indicated the gate. The captain nodded, an eager light appearing in his es. They were amazed. For the moment their faculties were as though paralyzed. They could not move or speak Dick seized the opportunity. "Surrender!" he cried, in a loud, ringing voice; "surrender, and save unnecessary bloodshed!" This aroused the redcoats. The captain was plucky. He was not disposed to s urrender without trying to strike a blow. "Surrender ?-never!" he cried. Then to his men he cried : "Stand your ground, men, and fight to the death!" The men uttered a cheer. They were brave, if they were redcoats. Dick was sorry to hear the captain give the order. "Yes, yes!" He knew it would cause bloodshed, and he would much "All right, Go through that gate and down the road," rather have avoided this. id Dick, pointing; "just across the ravine you will find e rebels. "Thank you!" said the captain. Then he turned to his men. "We will follow the scoundrels and capture them!" he ried; "forward, march The gate was opened, and the redcoats passed through. They hastened forward, following the winding road. "You are going right into the trap," thought Dick; '"the se will prove successful." Dick waited until they had got well in advan<:<> and then e followed. He wished tobe as close as possible when the encounter ook place. The British made their way along the road, until they But this was war time. There is no mercy in war. It is cruel. It was kill or be killed. And Dick was determined that it should be the redcoats who should be thus treated. He saw the redcoats were getting ready to fire. The "Liberty Boys" must get in the first blow. So he gave a shrill whistle. Thi s had been agreed upon as to be the signal to fire. The "Liberty Boys" were all ready to fire. Their muskets were leveled. All they had to do was to press the triggers. As the so11nd of the whistle came to their ears, they pulled the trigger. ame to the hollow. A thunderous report rent the atmosphere. Then they crossed it. The volley did great execution. They looked up at the bluffs expectantly. Fifteen or twenty of the redcoats went down, killed or 'rhey thought sure they would see the fugitives somewounded . vhere near. But the others uttered a defiant shout and fired in return Xor we1'e they mistaken. Two or three of the "Liberty Boys" were wounded.


', ll8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RUSE. "Surrender!" cried Dick, in his clear, ringing voice; When the youth returned, a large, shallow excavation "surrend e r and save further slaughter!" was made, and the dead soldiers were buried therein. "Forward, men!" cried the British captain; "forward! There were a numb er of wounded redcoats, and Dick At the r e b e l s Show them how British soldiers Cfill went to the farmhouse and made arrangements with the fight!" The men sta rted toward the bluffs at a dog-trot "Give them a pi s tol volley!" cried Dick. "Fire!" Crash! 'l'he noise made by the pi s tols was deafening A number of the redcoats went down. But the others kept on going forward. man to take care of the wounded men. The n they were taken to the house and left The n the march was taken up fQr Middlebrook. When the "Liberty Boys" arrived ther e with their pris oners, they were greeted with cheers by their comrades. 'l'be "Liberty Boys" had been much more successful than any of their comrades bad expected that they would be. They were brave. They would not have been surprised had the "Libert' "Give them a volley from your pistols!" cried the BritBoys" been captured, but h e r e they were back, safe an ish captain. "Fire!" The soldiers obeyed. This volley did not do much damage. The r eas on was that the "Liberty Boys" dodged back sound, and with seventy prisoners Di c k went to headquart e rs to report to General Wash ington The general was glad to see him. behind the tree s and bowlders and were thus sheltered "So you are back again, are you?" he remarked with "Surrender!" again cried Dick. "You are hopelessl y smile . (utnumbered and there is no use of rushing to your death! Surrender, captain, and save the lives of your men!" This time the captain took Dick's advice. He realized that he was getting his men slaughtered And uselessly. Moreover, he realized that they could do the enemy no veat amount of damage The "Liberty Boys" were too well sheltered So he decided to mak e the bes t of a bad situation. "Halt!" he cried to hi s men. The men obeyed. They were soldiers, and well-trained ones. No matter what the order, they would obey it. Dick saw that the British were going to So he did not give his rnen the order to fire another volley. "We surrender!" cried the British captain. "Yes, your excell ency," replied Dick. "And I hear you returned the r everse of empty-hap.ded.' "We brought back seventy prisoners, your excellenc Dick spoke quietly and modestly. "Indeed! That was quite a haul!" "Yes, your Then General Washington asked for the details of th capture. Dick gave them. "That was well d"one," said the commander-in-chief when Dick h ad finished; "that was a clever ruse, indeed!' "It fooled them, at any rate," said Dick. "And I am g l ad you made the capture, Dick. It wil teach the Briti sh that we are wide awake and ready fo them at any and all time s .'' "So_ it will, your excellency." "That is sensible!" cried Dick. "'l'hrow down yor.r General Greene came in just at this moment, and th commander-in-chief told him what Dick had done. urms !" The redcoats threw down their arms He congratulated Dick heartily. "You did splendidly!" he said; "ah, General Washin "Now retire five paces!" ordered The reilcoats obeyed ton, if every company in your army was a company o "Advance and secure the arms, 'Liberty Boys cried 'Liberty Boys' we would s p eedi l y force redcoats to r Dick. turn to England def eated!" The "Liberty Boys" came down from their position and secured the arms. Then the youths brought their horses. They utilized their halter-strap s to bind the wrists of the prisoners Dick sent one of tbe youths to a house which was about half a mile away, to get a spade "You are ri ght, General Greene," sai d the commander. in chief, heartily : Dick blu shed like a girl. "I am afraid you rate us a littl e bit too highly," he sai deprecatingly. ''Not a bit"of it-not a bit of it," said th;commande in chief heartily.


THE LIBERTY BOYS RUSE. 'No, indeed!" from General Greene. fter some further conversation, Dick excused himself d withdrew. "He is a fine young fellow," said General Greene, when ck had gone. Oh, y ou boys w an t to g ive me too mu c h credit/' he said. But t h e o t h e r s d emurred. W e would n ever have amo u nte d to m u c h as a .. :irnp any, but for you, Di ck decl ared 8arn l::lunder land. a r e 'One of the fine s t y ouths I ever knew!" said G e n e ral the h eal). and b r ains o f t h e e n tire c r owd." d Dick deserved all the praise he received from the o great generals Dick returned to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty ys." His eyes were glowing. The sincere praise from the lips of the great men had eased him. He knew it was not empty lips ervice. Neither Washington nor Greene were the men to bestow aise where it was unde s erved. "What did the commander-in-chief say, Dick?" ask e d b Estabrook as Dick put in an appeara:ce. Dick smiled. e said that we have done a good tihing, Bob," was the "et reply. Oh, no s aid D ick. H e was mod est. He did no t lik e to h ea r himself praise d t o o highly H e p referre d t hat the oth er youths tak e a s ha re of t he prais e But they wer e n b t so very fa r w rong. Dick Sl ater was a r e m a rk a bl e you t h And he w a s modestly o b li v iou s t o i.his He had d o n e mor e p erha ps, than any othe r o n e p e r sonwith the exce p t i on, o f course, of the commande r-inc hief and som e o f the m o r e imp ortan t officers-fo r the c ause of Libert y And h e was d estine d to d o m u c h more for t h e gl o rious Cause b efo r e t h e War o f the Revol ution cam e to an e nd. He was destine d to do w ond erful w o r k for the C ause of Liberty. He felt that h e would b e a t a ll t imes r ea d y and willing "!knew he would say that!" said Bob; ".I knew he would na y glad to ris k h is li fe i f b y so d o in g h e could r ende r a id tickled!" in the fight for Inde p ende nce. "He could not well help being pleased," said Mark MorAnd the o t h e r Lib erty Boys," influe nce d by hi s ei:on. "That's right," said Sam Sunderland. The boys were well plea s ed to know they had earned the eem and praise of G e neral Washington. Each and every one of the "Liberty Boys" were con ced that the commander-in-chief of the Contin ental y was the greatest man who ever liv ed-and the re are any bright people who hold the same views to this day. "Say, that was quite an exploit, when y ou come to think out it!" said Bob "We captured a goodl y number of e redcoats." "It was a cle v e r ruse Dick played on them," s aid Sam r,ndf!rland. The others all said the same. Some of the soldiers from the other regiments came in, ow, and a s ked the youths for the s tory of the captur e Dick told it. He mode s tly di s claimed the credit for the affair but the ampl e w o u l d b e r eady to d o t h eir s h are a l s o Thus was D ick a g r ea t power t or good rrhe brave youth was s o o n to e n te r u pon o n e o f the mos t thrillin g expe r ie nces of hi s life, the s t o r y of whi c h will b e told in the n ext numb e r of "The Lib erty B r--s of '76." '?HE END. The next num b e r (1 5 ) o f T he L i b er t y Boys of 76" will cont ain '"rHE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP A ND WHA T THEY CAUGHT I N I'l'," b y H arry Moor e SPECIA L NOTICE: All back numbe r s of t h is weekl y ys wouldn't let him off ilO easily. are always i n print. If you ca nnot o btai n the m from a ny "It was all Dick' s doings!" said Mark Morrison. "But n e w s d ea l e rs, sen d the price in money or pos tage stam p s b y 1 r his planning, and the ruse which he worked on them ; I m a il to FRAN K TOUSEY, P UBLISHER 24 UNIO'N e should have failed to make the capture." SQU ARE, NEW YORK, and you w ill receive the c o l\ ies The others all said the same. you or d e r by r eturn m a il. .


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