The Liberty Boys' flight; or, A very narrow escape

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The Liberty Boys' flight; or, A very narrow escape
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No. 54. NEW YORI{, JANUARY 10, 1902. Price 5 Cents. the arms tied on at Dick. sword tn hand, but the youth


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7d. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. I Issued Weekly-By Subscriptitm $2.50 per year. as Second Glass Matter at the New York N. Y. Post Office 4, 1901. Entered according t .Let of Oongtcss, in the yea 1902, i n the office of the Librarian tJf Congress, Wa.shington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 54. NEW YORK, 10, 1902. Price 5 Cents. ============================= CHAPTER I. But he was not tci the night exposed to fury of the snowstorm. His horse suddenly uttered a low A BAD NIGHT. whinny, expressive of pleasure. "What is it, old fellow?" the horseman asked. He was this is about the worst night I have seen this familiar enough with the ways of hor ses to understand winter Jove, but that snow i s so thi c k it might be cut that the animal hnd made a discovery of some kind. witf a knife, and it whirls and swirls around a fellow's Of course, the rider got no reply, but he noted that the head so that it i s next to impossible to see where one i s horse had accelerated its pace and was. at a going. I don't like it; and I wish I hadn t started out faster walk. to-night, after all." A hor s eman \vas riding along a road in the eastern part oi the State of P e nn s ylvania. "That means something," the horseman said to self; "I believe that shelter is near at hand." He was right; for a few moments later th e horse turned . It was about nine o'clock at night, in the month of sharp to the right and moved even faster. At the same February, in the year 1778. instant the rider saw a light, which was evidently shining It was a terrible night, too.. A fearful snowstorm was through the window of a house. raging. The wind whistled, causing the snow to whirl and Soon the outlines of the house itself came into vieW) and swirl at such a rate that at times it seemed to the lone right in front, too, for it was impossible to s _ee it till rider as if a white wall stood across the road in front of close at hand on account of the terrible snowfall. him. It was a welcome realization to the lone rider, the fact The horse had great difficulty in making his way along. that he was where he would find shelter from the terrible He sank to his knees at every step, and with head down storm, and he rode right up to the door, and, without disand ears drooped to keep the snow out, he moved onward, slowly and stumblingly. I It was a night when one might well wish to be indoors, before a blazing fire, and, as we have seen, the lo;_e rider wished he wa's not out in the storm. But he could not help himself, now, and he rode onward urging his horse by occasional words of encouragement. Onward the horseman rode, for half an hour, and it is safe to say tbat in that time he did not traverse a dis tance of more than a mile. "Jove I this gets worse, if anything; ins tead of better," murmured the rider; "I wonder how it will turn out? If I don't find shelter somewhere, pretty soon, I fear I shall get lost; and to get lost to-night, and be forced to remain out in this storm, would certainly result in the death of myself and my horse. I must keep my eyes open for some place to stop for the night." To keep one's eyes open on such a night as thi s however, was no easy task, and the rider was forced acknowledge to himself that if he found a place to stop it would be more by aecident than aught else. mounting, knocked lustily. There were steps within, and the next moment a rattling sound proclaimed that the bar was being taken down. Then the door opened and revealed a portly, red-faced man of perhap!! fifty years of age. Just behind him stood a woman, evidently his wife, and a beautiful girl of per haps seventeen years, and a boy of twelve, these being the son and daughter of the two, without a doubt. All stared at the horseman in open-mouthed amazement, as well they might, for the soft snow had clung to the clothing o-f fhe horseman till he looked to be a giant in si.ze, while the horse loomed up to alrp.ost the stature of a small-sized 1 "J ehosaphat! who are you, and what are you doing abroad on a night like this?" cried the man. "Well, I declare to goodness !" gasped the woman. The girl and boy remained silent, but they continued to stare. "How do you do?" greeted the Y.outh. pleasantly. "Would you be so kind as to permit me to remaip here nntil morning? I am a traveler and on my way to Phila-


'rHE L!l3ERTY :aoYS' FLIGH'r. brushed. thE! snow off the stranger's trousers and boots, and freeze to death." which they went into the sitting -room and took a "Oh, yes, you are welcome to stay," was the seat before the great fire-place, in which was a roaring fire, reply; "it will never be said of Martin Slavins that there being almo&t a cord of wood piled up therein. refuied hospitality to any one, in any kind of weather! and The girl and boy were there, and they looked at the I would not refuse shelter to a dog on such a night as this." stranger with interest. They were surprised-as was Mar" No, indeed!" echoed his wife. "You are welcome to tin Slavins, as well-to note that their visitor was a youth stay." of hot more than nineteen years at the outside. "Thank you," was the reply; "and now if you will tell The youth was a well-built, athletic-looking fellow, with me where the stab le is I will }ake the horse there and a handsome, bronzed face, a firm chin, keen, blue-gray look dter him and will then come to the house." eyes, and long, silken hair. He was, indeed, one who would "Ride right around the house and back a dishave attracted attention almost anywhere; certainly he tance of fifty yards," directed the man; "you will find the stable, then, and there is plenty of hay and corn right at hand. I will place a light in the back kitchen window to guide you to the house whe n you have finished, and will be there to open the door." riveted the attention of the little party in Martin Slavins' sitting-room. Mr. Slavins himself was greatly impressed with the youth's appearance, as was also twe e-year-old Tom; as for Lucy-well, she thought to herself that the young "Thank you," said the horseman, and he rode around stranger was fully as good-looking as George '-Saunders. the corner of the house and straight back as he had been And while the three were looking at the young stranger, directed. he was at them. He had already sized the man He soon reached the stable, and, leaping down, opened up, and his wife as well, and decided that they were good, the door and led the horse inside. llonest people, and a glance at the boy sh9wccl he was a It was such a pleasant contrast in the stable from what bright young fellow; the g irl required more extensive study. it was outside that it seemed a delightful change to both She was, the youth dkcided, one of the sweetest, pret the traveler and the horse. tiest girls he had ever seen She had blue eyes and golden "Jove! I could spend the night very comfortable in the hair, and a complex ion that was perfect; her features were haymow, here," remarked the horse's master, and doubtregular, her form perfect. The traveler decided that if all less if the horse could have spoken be would have ex-the girls in Pennsylvania were as sweet and pretty as pressed considerable satisfaction with the sit uation. was this one he would lik e to live in Penns ylvania. The bridle and saddle were quickly removed, and the The bead of the house, after they had become seated and horse was tied by a halter .strap, after which the traveler the guest had had time to become partially warmed, looked placed corn in the trough and hay in the manger, and then at the youth and said, inquiringly: giving the animal a pat on the neck, left the stable, closed "I don't believe I remember what you said your name the door and made his way toward the light which he saw was?" shining through a window, straight ahead. It was very bard work, indeed! getting through the snow, which was three feet deeP" everywhere, and in one place, where it was drifte.d, was five feet if an inch. It was very soft and yielding, too, and the traveler was one great mas's of snow when he the kitchen door and stumbled into the house. The woman of the house was bustling around! and the stranger saw that she was getting something for him to eat. "Take off your overcoat and then I'll brush y..on off with the broom," said the manJ heartily; "then we will go into the sitting-room where there is a roaring fire, and as soon as you are warm Gan come out here and eat and drink something; Martha is getting you up a bite." The overcoat was quickly removed and then the farmer I ''I didn't say," was the quiet reply; "however, I will do so now. My name is Henry Jones." \ "Henry Jones, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Ab, you don't live anywhere around here?" The youth shook his head. "No," he replied; "I live in Philadelphia." "Ah, in Philadelphia, eb ?" "Yes, sir; I have been back in the interior a ways, and am on my way back home." "Well, you picked o; a bad time for the trip." "Yes, that is a fact. I bad no idea we would have such a or I should t have waited a few days." "Well, you are welco!lle to stay here till the roads become passable." \


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. "Thank you, sir." "Can it be that she is a patriot?" he asked himself. "It Henry Jones looked at the girl and thought it would be certainly would seem so." pleasant to remain a few days, and had it not been that Then up spoke Master Tom Slavins. "I wish it was he was who had important business to transact, he the redcoats who were in Valley Forge and the patriot might have wished it would keep on snowing till it was soldiers who were in Philadelphia," he said, with considten feet deep on a level. erable feeling. The boy, Tom, who had taken an instantaneous liking to the strang<>r youth, .h oped he would have to remain two or three days; the girl-but, there, it wouldn't be fair to tell what she was thinking. Just then Mrs. Slavins came to the connecting doorway and called out that the stranger's supper was ready. "Go on in and eat your supper, Mr. Jones," said the farmer; "you will feel better after you have done so. The youth said he thought so himself, and made his "Tom!" exclaimed the boy's mother, "in a tone of sur prise and reproof commingled. "Why, you young rascal, what do you mean!" cried :M:r. Slavins, glaring at the boy, angrily. "Can it be possible that I have a rebel right here in my own family?" "I don't care," said Master Tom, sturdily, "I don't think King George bas any right to send his soldiers over here to fight our people I 'Good for the boy!" exclaimed the young traveler to himself. "There is the true American spirit, for you!" way into the kitchen and seated himself at the table. The youth, who was a close observer, saw tha t Lucy had The woman waited on him and kept telling him to her hand on the back of Tom's chair, and he could tell "eat hearty," which wat something the youth was only by the moYement of the pretty, white .wrist that the girl too willing to do. He was hungry and he ate enough to was patting Tom on the back. sa.tisfy the woman. He bragged on the cooking, too, in a way that quite won Mrs. Slavins' heart. "What a nice young man he is!" she said to herseif when the youth had finished and returned to his place before "She is a patriot, sure enough!" Henry Jones said to himself. This knowledge surprised him. He could not understand why it was that the girl and boy should be patriots, when the fire in the sitting -room. their parents were loyalists. He was to learn how it was The girl went into the kitchen and helped her mother that this was so, later on, however. wash and dry the dishes, and then both came into the "Tom!" cried the boy's father and mother, in unison. sitting-room and took seats by the fire. "Why, what has come over you?" "This is a terrible night for Washington's men in the "I never beard you say anything like thai before!" old cabins up at Valley Forge," remarked Mr. Slavins, added Mr. Slavins. with a shake of the bead. What more might have been said at that time can only "Yes, indeed!" agreed the youth. "If everything I hear be conjectured. Doubtless Tom would h ave re is true, or only one-fourth of it, they must suffer terribly ceived a thrashing and been sent to bed, but an interr upon a night like this." tion came just at this moment and the attention of his "I guess it is all true," said Mrs. Slavins, shaking her parents was attracted elsewhere. head; "and although I do not think they are in the right, There came a loud knock on the door, followed by the in this cruel uprising against the good King George, yet l cannot help feeling sorry for them." "So these J>eople are Tories, then!" said the young stranger to himself; "I am glad to know which way their sympathies extend, and will know how to conduct myselfthough I am very sorry to find that they are loyalists. It would have been so much more pleasant had it turned out that they were patriots." "The king's soldiers are comfortable, at any rate," said the girl, and the youth thought he detected an undercur rent of feeling in the tone in which the words were spoken -a tone o anger against, and contempt for the British. He looked at the girl, closely and search ingly. words: "Open the door! Let me in; I'm nearly frozen!" CHAPTER II. MORE VISITORS. "It's George!" cried Lucy, an eager light leaping into her eyes as she sprang to her feet as if to go to the door. Then she hesitated, gave a quick glance toward the young traveler and blushed in a manner which made her look . more pretty than ever, so H enry Jones thought.


TU.E LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. Mr. Slavins got up and walked toward the door. "That did sound like George's voice," h e said; "I wonder what can bring him over on such a night as this?" The farmer had reached the door by this time, and he quickly unbarred it and pulled it open. What looked like an animated snow man walked into the room. "Good evening, all!" said a pleasant, cheery voice. "I'm glad to see you. Just wait till I go out in the kitchen and &et rid of the snow." "I am glad to know you, Mr. Saunders," replied the other, and there was a sincere ring to the .tone. Then George Saunders shook hands with Mr. and Mrs. Slavins, and with Tom and Lucy, and Henry Jones noticed that the young man held the gi rl 's hand longer than he had that of either of the others. "And I don't blame him!" said Jones to himself. "And now, what br?ught you out in this storm, George?" asked Martin Slavins, when George had seated himself ;' he having taken great care to secure a seat beside Lucy. Mr. Slavins closed the door and hastened into the Hen Jones could hardly keep from smiling. "It kitchen to which place the newcomer had preceded him, would look to a man up a tree as if that is an entirely and a few minutes later he returned, accompanied by sad. newcomer. Relieved of his huge overcoat, and the extra coating of snow, the visitor could be seen to some advantage, and H e nry Jones saw that "George" was a handlOome young fellow of twenty or twenty-one years of age. It did not take the youth long to guess at the relations of the newcomer toward this family; the blushing face of Lucy was better than a signboard. "George" was her lover. "A fine fellow he is, too, if I'm any judge," was the com ment which Henry Jones made to himself; "and a mi ghty lucky fellow, too I wonder if he is a 'rory ?" Theil a thought struck the young stranger. He believed he could where Lucy and Tom had imbibed their patriotic ideas. This young fellow was a patriot, he would have wagered. "George" was walking rapidly acros s the room, with his hands outstretched toward Lucy, an eage r look on his face, when she took quick step back, and, motioning toward where the youth s at, said: "George, let me make you acquainted with Mr. Jones; Mr. Jones, this is Mr. Saunders." Strange as it may seem, the young man 'had not until thi s moment noted the presence of a stranger. Doubtless h e had had only eyes for the beautiful face of Lucy. Now, however, be turned, with a star t, and faced the stranger youth. He started slig tly when he had given a look into the other's face, and a frown came over his own face. Perhaps he did not like to see such a handsome young fel' low there, where he could talk to Lucy Slavins, but if such a thought came to him it was doubtless only for an in stant, for his face quickly cleared and with a smile he stepped forward and gave the other hi s hand. "I am glad to make your acquaintance, Mr. Jones," hn s aid. cordially. unnece ssa ry question," he said to himself. "One can see, with half an eye, what brought George over here." The young fellow flushed, slightly, and said: "We ll, I ll tell you, Mr. Slavins: Grandmother is both ered with rheumatiilm worse than usual, to-night, ar\d she was suffering so that I made up m" mind to come over and get some of those herbs like you gave me once before." Mrs. Slavins leaped to her feet at once. "Oh, yes; I'll go and get them right away, George," she said. "I am sorry for your grantlmother, and you shall have the herbs in a jiffy; j "Oh, don't hurry yourself, Mrs. Slavins," said George, hastily; "grandmother isn't suffering so very-that s er-I don't think she is." Henry Jones laughed to himself. "This is quite an interesting affair," he said to himself ; "it is a r egu lar little drama in real life." If Mr. or Mrs. Slavins notic ed the apparent inconsiste ncy of George's statements, they gave no sign. "Never mind I'll Fet the herbs, anyhow George, and place thetn on the mantel where they will be hand Y s o t hat you ean get them when you do get ready to go;" said Mrs. Slavins, and she bustled off into the kitchen. George was evidently somewhat disconcerted, lllld he cast a suspicious and half-defiant look at Henry Jones, as much as to say, "Well, it isn't any of your business if I did come over here to see Lucy." Henry Jones was looking straight into the fire, however, and there was no trace of a smile on hi s he really was laughing to him self-and George was rea ssu red and again turned his attention to Lucy. Presently Mrs. Slavins came back into the sitting-room. She carried a large bunch of herbs wliich she placed on the mantel, with the remark: "There, George, there are the herbs and I am s ure they will be good for your grandmother; at any rate, I hope no.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGH'l'. 5 They are to be brewed like tea, you know; but your grandwere looks which did not indicate pleasure. Indeed, mother knows how to fix it." George was almost frowning. The face of Henry Jones was "'!'hank you, Mrs. Slavins," said George. "I must be calm; if he was displeased or put out by the coming of going as soon as I get warm." the four redcoats his expression did not show it. Had this taken place one hundred and twenty years A few minutes later Mr. Slavins and the four British later, Henry Jones would have said to himself that George soldie rs re-entered the sitting-room and approached the was making a "bluff" when he said he mu st go home as fire-place. 'l'he leader of the four wore the uniform of a soon as h e got warm; as it was, the thought which came captain; the other three were evidently common soldiers. to him that the young man would be a lon g time get-Mr. Slavins asked the names of the soldiers and introting warm. duced the four to the members of his family and to George The conversation now became general, but it had not Saunders and Henry Jones. gone on long before the participants were interrupted by When Captain Gilbert Sherwood was introduced to Lucy, a loud pounding on the door. and he saw and recognized the wonderful beauty of th\ "Jehosaphat !" exclaimed Mr. Slavins; "there seems to girl, a peculiar light appeared in his eyes. The look which be lots of people abroa d for s u c h a terrible night.'' was in his eyes was one not good tq see, and even thi11 As he spoke he rose and made his way toward the door. country maiden, unversed though she was in the ways of All looked toward the door with an air of interest. Per the world, did not like the look and shrunk back as if haps the most interested one-although you could not have struck by a chilly wind. told it by his expression-was Henry Jones. Who could Captain Sherwood noted this and his teeth came tothe newcomer be? he asked himself. gether and a peculiar gleam came into his eyes, but his Ther e was loud rapping on the door and then a tone and words w.ere soft and pleasant as he acknowledged voice cried out: the introduction. "Open the door! Open, I say, in the name of the king I" Henry J ones was the last person to whom Captain Sher Had any of the rest been watching Henry Jones, they wood was introduced, and as the two clasped hands they might have seen him give a sudden start. None were gazed each other straight in the eyes. A few moments thus, watching him, however, the eyes of all being upon the nnd then Captain Sherwood gave a star1t. He examined door. the youth's features intently, his gaze being searching in "Jove! that fellow is certain ly a redcoat," thought the extreme, but the other bore the scrutiny unflinchingly. H e nry Jone s ; "I wonder if there is more than one." The captain suddenly seemed to realize that he was Mr. Slavins had reached the door by this time and withacting queerly, however, and with a "I'm pleased to know out R topping to a s k ) any questions he took down the bar you, Mr. J ones," he droppe'd the youth's hand and turned and opened the door. Immediately four men st rode into away. There was a puzzled look in his eyes, however, and the room. That they were r edcoats, could be seen at a there was also something peculiar in the look which Henry glance, even though they were covered with snow, for the Jones sent after the captain. military hat, boots end overcoat proclaimed the fact more 'l'he British officer proc'eeded to explain the presence of than words could have done. .. himself and comrades so far from Philadelphia in the this looks more cheerful!" cried the ll:!ader of the midst of such a terrible storm. He said that they had. four. "It' s a horrible nigbt out, friends." come out from Philadelphia on a hunting trip and thai. "So it is; so it agreed Mr. Slavins w .ho had quickly they had left their horses at a farmhouse that morning closed and barred the door. "Come ;nto the kitchen, genand gone into the timber in search of wild turkeys. They tlemen, and take off your overcoats and let me brush the had intended to camp out that night, but the storm had snow off you." come up and fearing that they might be snowed in and The four followed Mr. Slavins into the kitchen and distarve to death, they had set out in search of a place to vested themselves of their hats and overcoats, after which stay until the storm was over. They had found the their host brushed the snow off their boots. Slavins' home erttirely by accident and were only too. glad Those in the sitting-room waited in silence for the ret0 find themselves in such comfortable and pleasant quar-turn of the visitors. ters. Such was the captain's explanation, and as he spoke Tl1ere was a placid look on Mrs. Slavins' face, an eager I o:f the quarters being pleasant, he gave Lucy an expressive look on Tom's, while on the faces of George and Lucy glnnce. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLI GHT. The keen eyes of George noticed the glance and a frown strange youth by the captain and listened, wonderingly, to appeared upon his face. Henry Jones, who saw everything, his questioning." noted this and he said to himself that if George Saunders The British officer had a motive in asking the questions, was not already a patriot the probabilities were that he however. He said no more just at the moment, hut drop soon would be; at any rate he would not have much affec-ped his eyes and seemed to be thinking. tion for or sympathy with the redcoats. The others went ahead and talked of various things and When perhaps half an hour had passed, Henry Jones had finally got around to the subject of the weather when expressed to Mr. Slavins a dE)Sire to go to bed. The farmer they were suddenly startled by the action of Captain Sher lighted a candle and telling the youth to follow him, left wood. the room. "Great Jupiter!" the officer exclaimed, leaping' to his The youth the others good-night and followed Mr. Slavins, who led the way upstairs and along a long hall and into a goodly sized room. \ "I guess you will be comfortable in here," the man "you will find of warm blankets, and I think you will sleep well. Good-night.'' "Good-night, Mr. Slavins," was the reply. As soon as the other had left the room and closed the door, the youth examined the fastenings and made the door as secure as he could. "There is no telling what those redcoats might take it into their heads to do," he said to himself; "I didn't exactly like the way that captain looked at me--and, by the way, there is a fellow who is a scoundrel, or I'm no judge. The way he looked at Lucy Slavins made my blood boil. George Saunders will do well to keep his eyes on Captain Sherwood The youth did not undress, more than to take off his coat; this doite, he threw himself upon the bed, first blowing the candle out, and then drawing the blanket over him he stretched himself out for a good sleep and rest. When Mr. Slavins returned to the sitting-room Captain Sherwood turned to him and said: "What did you say that young fellow's name was?" "Henry Jones." "Ah Henry Jones, eh ?" "Yes." "Who is he? Where is he from?" "He said that he lives in Philadelphia." "Then you don't k;now much about him?" "Nothing at all what he has told me." "Ah, indeed!" I "Yes; I never saw him in my life until this evening. H I e came m upon us about nine o'clock. Like yourselves, he was afraid that he might get lost and starve or freeze t0 death and he asked to be allowed to stay here. over night." "Oh, that is the way of it, eh ?" "Yes The others seemed surprised by the interest taken in the feet, "I have it now! I know where I have seen that young fellow-1 know who he is. I thought I had seen him before and now I know it. It was in Philade!phia seYeral months ago, and although he was partially di s guised at the time, I know him now. He is Dick Slater, the notorious rebel spy!" CHAPTER III. DICK ESCAPES. To say the captain's announcement caused a sensation is stating the matter mildly. All stared at him, open-mouthed, as if they hardly un derstood what he had said. Then exclamations escaped them. "What!" "You don't mean it!" "That young fellow Dick Slater, the rebel spy?" "Surely not Why, he is only a mere youth." The captain nodded his head grimly. "So is Dick Slater only a mere youth," he said; "but he is the most dangerous and daring spy there is in the whole patriot army, just the same. Why, he isn't afraid to venture anywhere." "And you are sure this young man is he?" asked Mr. Slavins "Yes, I am certain that he is." The farmer's red face grew redder. angry. He was evidently "And to think that I have given food and shelter to an enemy of the king!" he said, in a tone of disgust. "It is not pleasant to think of." "I am glad to see that you are loyal to the king, Mr. Slavins," said the captain. "Indeed, I .am loyal, captain Sherwood; and for a very little I would go upstairs and tell that rascally spy to get out of here in a hurry, bad as the night is!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGE:'l'. '2' them 'l'he ca}ve taken Jk his head. to the ground. George w.ill be awaiting him there, anc 'Don t do it-; Mr. Slavins," he said; "I have a better he wi.U go home with George. You understand?'; plan than that. Let him stay; and along toward morning "Yes," whispered Tom, eagerly; his eyes shining. He we will go up and make a prisoner of hitn. Th en when we was delighted to think that he was to be of service to the can get away we will take him to Philadelphia with us and of Liberty even to the extent of assisting a patriot to 'turn him over to General Howe." escape frotn the redcoats. 'rhis struck Mr. Slavins as being a good idea. :a;e said "Very well," said Lucy; "here is his overcoat-take it as much / j to him. Now fSO; hurry-but don't make any noise." "We will let him remain where he is, then," he said; "All right ;"1he boy ttJok the overcoat and stole out of "and it will be something tq be proud of to have it to say the kitcheh by another door, which opened into a hall in that I aided in the capture of the notorious spy, Dick which was the stairway, and making his way up the stairs, Slater." The announcement of Captain Sherwood that tht:! youth was the famous "rebel'1 spy, Dick Slater, h ad, as we have said, created a sensation. It had aroused a differ ent feeling in the breasts of some from t.hat which we have shown was aroused in the breast of Mr. Slavins, howevei'. George Saunders and and Tom Slavins we{e shocke d by the thought that patriot spy, of whdm they had heard so much and whom they had admii'ed becatlse of his bravery and splendid work for the great cause, was in danger. Th e thought which came to them at 011ce was, that they must try to save him. But ho\v were they to do it? George and Lucy seized upon the time when the captain and Mr. Slavins were talk ing the matter of the intended capti1re of the "reb el" spy over, and, talking in whispers, evolved a plan of procedure. This plan was acted upon at once. George rose ahd sai d that he must be going. Mr. and Mrs. Slavins told bin: not to be in a hurry, but Captain looked as if be thought the youn.g man was doing the right thing in going so soon. The three comJ11on soldi ers, not having cautiously, so as not to tnake any ndise, he s tole along the hall, pausihg only when he reached the room in which Dick Slater-fbr we acknowledge that "Henry Jones" was indeed the famous scdut and spy-was lying, on the poirtt of going to sleep. Totn tapped on the door. E:e did hot make much noise, for he did not wish any one in the sitting-room downstairs to hear him. Dick Slater was a youth who usually slept with one eye and both ears open, so to speak. Even had he been sound asleep the slight tapping on the door would have aroused him; but he was not yet asleep and he was on his feet in an instant. He stepped to the door. I "Who is there?" he asked, in a .low voice. Somehow, he suspected that the person was a frien and that there was need of silence and secrecy. I "It's me, Tom Slavins," was the reply j "open the door." Dick hastened to do so. Totn entered the room and then the youth pushed the door shut again. "What do you want, Tom?" Dick asked. "I have come to warn you!" replied the boy, his voice their eyes on Lucy, took no interest in the m atter one way trembling with eagerness and excitemeht. or the other. "To warn me?" George in sisted thJt he mnst go, a s hi s gran dinoth e r's rheumatism was so bad that he must get back with the herbs, and let her be brewing the tea. Then .he took the bunch of herbs off the mantel and went out into the kitchen to put on hi s overcoat. Lucy followed him, as did 'rom, also, he having bMn told to do.. so by his sister. captain had frowned portent ously when he saw Lucy follow George, btit when 'rom went after the girl he seemed to breathe easier. Had he known why Tom went, he would not have felt so good. Lucy was careful to push the connecting door nearly shut, and then she whispered to Tom : "Ypu go upstairs and warn Dick Slater of th!l plot to capture him. 'rell him to open the window at the end of the hall and climb out on the shed roof and slide down Dick was not surprised. He bad suspected that the red coats would be suspicious of hitn, and tp capture him. "Yes, to warn you. Those redcoats downstairs say you are Dick Slater, the patriot spy, and they are going to try to cap ture you along toward morning, when you are sound asleep." "So that is their scheme, is it?" "Yes; and say, are you Dick Slater, sure enough?" The boy's tone was eager. Dick knew he was safe in telling the little fellow the truth, and said: "Yes, I am Dick Slater: but I aon't know how those redcoats discovered my identity.'' "That Captain Sherwood was the fellow who discovered


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS FLIGHT. ===========================================-1i.stened, wonder--it. He said that he saw you in Philad e lphia several months outlined against the side of the housL ra s George ago, but that he was sure you were Dick Slat!'lr, even though Saund e rs, and he took hold of Dic k s ar111. you were partially disguised at the time, and he did not get a good look at you." "Come," he said, l et's be getting away from here. Those redcoats might suspect something and make a search "I suspected that the worthy captain was suspicious of for us." me," said Dick; "I didn't like the way he looked at me. Well, Tom, I am much obliged to you for warning me; ihough to tell the I don't know what to do. I hate to think of going out into the storm again, and I dislike tc remain and cause trouble here in your home by offering fight. It wouldn't be treating your father and mother right to do that, after their kindb.ess to me." "I must have my hor se," said Dick; "I couldn't think of going away and leavin g him here." "All right; it is as good a way for u s to go as any. We can cut across lot s and reach my home." They made their way to the stable and Dick bridled and saddied his horse and led him forth from the stall. The horse was reluctant to come o d into the snow; evidently "Oh, but I know what you can do," Tom hastened to he would have been satisfied tJ remain wher e he was. say; "Lucy told me to tell you. You are to open the "I know it is rather rough, old fellow," said Dick, "but window at the end of the hall and climb out onto the it can,'t be helped, so come along." shed roof and then slip down to the ground. George "He' ll have just as good quarters over at my place," said Saunders will be there, waiting for you, and you are to George. go with him." ".A.h, that's the program, is it?" ''Yes." Well, that is all right, Tom, and I am much obliged to I you, and to Lucy and George." "Oh, that is all right; we are glad to be of service to you for we are patriots." "Good for you!" said Dick. my overcoat?." "Did you think to bring The two made their way across an open field, and pres' ently reached the edge of the timb e r. There was a rail fenr.e, and George threw down three or four rails so that the horse could step over, then he replaced the rails. "I don't want to leave anything for the guidance of tbe redcoats if they should try to learn which way you went," said George They then made their way through the timber, George in the l ead, Dick following, leadin g the horse. They 'pro"Yes; here it is." ceeded a distance of half a mile, Dick judged, and then Dick took the garment and quickly donned it. Then he they came out in a clearing at the farther side of which left the room, and going to the of the hall, opened the could be f:een a couple of good-sized buildings-evidently window. He pulled his hat down well over his forehead, and then looked out. It was still snowing, but not so hard as when he first qame to the house. Dick turned to Tom, and taking the boy's hand, shook it warmly. a h.ouse and parn. 1"This is my home," said George; "riow we are all right. The r e dcoat s don't s u spect me of being a patriot, and if they should come her e to look for you I will hide you "Good-by, Tom," he said; "I am much obliged to you where they can t find you." and to your sister Lucy-please tell her so, will you not?"Thank you," said Dick; "you are very kind, and rest for your kindness in assisting me to escape from my assured that if the opportunity ever comes for me to do enemies. I shall not forget it, and should the time come to, in a measure, repay you, I will take adthat.I may have an opportunity to cancel my indebtedness, vantage of it." rest assured I shall take advantage of it." "Oh, that is all right; I am glad to do it." "That's all right," said Tom, a pleased note to his They were soop. at the stable and the horse was led voice; "we are as glad to be able to h elp you as you are inside and unbridled and unsaddled, a'fter which he was to have us do it." Then Dick climbed through the window, and letting go of the sill, went scooting downwaid. at a lively rate. It was a splendid coast while it la sted, but it didn't last long. The youth shot over the edge of the roof and alighted in a given feed; then the two left the stable and made their way to the house. "We folks are all patriots," said George, as they walked along; "but we have pretended to be loyal, as the majority of our neighbors are Tories, and we did not wish to get I snowdrift five feet deep. into trouble, ii we could help it. Then, too, we are Of course, he was not injured. A feather bed could not to Philadelphia, and the redcoats are scouring the country have been softer than was the snow. A dnrk figure stood almost constantly, and it would be as much as our lives are I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 9 worth to let them know that we-are patriots. Even as it ''Which won't be for two or days, I should judge," is, they have taken a good deal of our stock, and if they said Gwrge. that we were not loyal they would undoubtedly "I hope you are not a good prophet, George," smiled .!lke all we have and probably burn us out of house and Dick; "for I don't want to h!lve to remain here so long home besides." as that." "Quite likelyyou are right," agreed Dick. "All It was quite late, so all to bed, Dick being iiven is fair in war times, and it is no sin to deceive the the "spare" room. redcoats." "I don't think so." I They were at the house, and while waiting :for some While the family, with Dick occupying the seat of honoJ:, was seated at the breakfast-table, next morning, ten-year old Fred, who had had to wait, came rushing into the one to come and open the door, a:fter having knocked, dining-room in great excitement. George went on: "I hope you won't think that I am cowardly :for the way I have done. I made up my mind that I would stay at home this winter, as the patriots are unable to do anything, now, anyway, and I could do them no good by joining them at Valley Forge; and in the spring I am going to join Washington's army and iight :for the great cause." "Certainly I don't think you are cowardly,': Dick hast ened to assure the young man; "indeed, I think you are very wise in as you have been doing. Keep it up, "The redcoats are comin' !" he cried, breathlessly. "There are four of them, 'l.nd they are almost to the house!'' CHAPTER IV. THE SEARCH. and when spring comes, offer your services to General f\11 leaped to their feet in exciteme nt. Washington. As you say, you could do him or the cause "They are coming in search of you, Dick!" said Georle; no good by joining the army at Valley Forge. There are abut shan't get you. Come with me and I will show quite enough men there, now, suffering for want of food you a secure hiding place where they cannot find you." and clothing." Dick iollowed George and the two made their way upThe door opened at this juncture and the two entered stairs to garret. Here George went to what seemed the h ouse. As soon as they had dive s ted themselves of to be the solid wall at one side and pressed on a certai_? their overcoats they went into the sitting-room and found spot There was a clicking noise and a panel swung in. the :family up. George introduced Dick to the different ward, revealing an openin!fibehind. members of the family, consisting of the young man'R "Get in there, quick!" said George, "and I will close the father and mother, a sister whose name was Mary-a ven panel. They will be unable to find you if they do make pretty girl, by the way, and about sixteen years of ageeearch, and when they have gone I will come up and let a brother, Fred, aged ten, and :M'r. Saunders' mother-the you out." grandmother with the rheumatism, !or whose benent George had braved the' fury of the snowstorm by going over "Yery well, and thank you, George." Dick passed through the opening and had just time to to the Slavins ; to get some h e rbs. glance about him and note that he was in a narrow, passAll greeted Dick pleasantly and s eemed delighted to age-like space, when the panel went shut, and he could make his acquaintance They had heard many stories reH'e nothing more, it being quite dark. He heard George's garding Dick Slater, and had often wished that they might fooMeps as he went back downstairs, and then these died know him, and now their wish was gratified. George explained how it was that Dick had come with him, and Mr. and Mrs. Saunders assured the youth that he was welcome to remain as long as he chose. away, and all was silence. George succeeded in getting back downstairs before the redcoats had been admitted. Indeed they had just knock eel on the front door and he went and opened it. "Thank you," said Dick; "but as I am on my way to He recognized the men at a 9lance They were the four Philadelphia on important business, I must not encroach who had spent the at the home Mr. Slavins. They upon your hospitality a minute longer than is absolutely were covered with snow, as they had been forced to wallow necessary. I will go on my way the instant the roads be-through drifts four and five fep+ eep in coming. They come passable." \ recognized George instantly.


.J 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. ''_ Ah, good morning, Mr .. Sa underci said Captain Sher-"Are you sure?" he asked. wood; "I am glad to meet you again. May we come in?" There was doubt in the tone, and George Saunders flush"Oertainly," .;as the reply; Hcome in." ed, angrily. He was on the point of replying sharply, but The four did so and then their leader lost no time in restrained himself as he remembered that there were four stating their business. of the soldiers, and that fighting was their trade. If they ''Yo].lremember, Mr. Saunders," said the captain, "that ,chose to handle him roughly-to kill him, even-they could there was a young stranger over to Mr. Slavins' last night, do it and no one could prevent them. So he held his anger and that I recognized him as being Dick Slater, the rebel in check and forced himself to quietly: spy?" "Of. course I'm sure. You don't doubt my word, do 1Yes, indeed; I remember," was the reply. ) ou ?n "And you remember that we said we would wait till "Oh, certainly not," the officer said, but he said it in a along toward morning and then go to his room and make tone which contradicted the words. "It is po6sible, howa prisoner of him?" ever, that the rebel may have gottan into your house with"Yes." out your knowledge and be hiding somewhere. You "Well, we waited till about three o'cloek this morning, see that it is so terribly bad ou! that he eould not have and then went to );lis room-only to find him missing; the gone far.'3 bird had flown." \ George -realized that the redcoats were determined to Captain Sherwood was looking straight at George in make a search of the house, but he shook his head and said: rather a searching manner, the young man thought, and "I hardly think such a thing is possible as that he could he had a hard time preserving a look of innocence. He have done so. We bar the door at night, and he could not did fairly well, however, and simulating a look of sur have gotten in.'1 prise, exclaimed: The captain shook his head. "You don't mean to tell me that!" "You don't know Dick Slater," he said; "he can do The captain nodded. anything. If he wished to enter this house he could do it, "Yes, it is the truth. In some way the fellow !earned and I shall not be greatly surprised if we find him here." that we intended to capture him, and took refuge in flight." There was a peculiar tone to the voice which told George rrhe captai'n again fixed George with, his eyes. It really that the officer was still suspicious that he had befriended seemed to the young man that the officer suspected him in some degree of having had something to do with warning the "rebel" spy. t "Perhaps he was afraid to remain in the house with four the "rebel" spy. George felt that Dick was so securely \ hidden that the redcoats could not find him, however, and so he said, with apparent frankness and candor: "You are certainly welcome to search the house. I am of the king's soldiers," suggested George; "and took leave sure that you will not find the frebel' here, as some of us at once, after having been shown to his room." would have discovered his presence ere this had he been The shook his head slowly and doubtfully. in the house." "That is possible, of course," he said; "but it is doubt ful. He is a bold fellov/, that Dick Slater, and unless he suspected that I recognized him he would not be likely to "We will see; come, The four redcoats went out into the kitchen where the family was seated at breakfast. All tlie members of the go out into the storm. He would have remained and hob-family put on as great a look of surprise as they could. nobbed with us and taken his chances. gentlemen wish to search the house, father," "Well7 it is, indeed, too bad that he escaped you," said said George, by way of explanation. George. "They wish to search the house--for what reason?" "So it is; we hate it, I assure you, and in the hope asked Mr. Saunders. "We are loyal king's men, sir," he that he might have gotten over here, and that he had been continued, addressing the captain. "Why should you wish given shelter, we came over to see about it. Have you seen to seareD. the house?" anything of him?" "We are looking for a rebel spy, sir," replied Captain "No," he replied, with an assumption of sincerity, "I Sherwood; "he was at Mr. Slavins', last night, .but slip haven't seen him since he left the room la st night, over at ped away, and we tlwught it possible that he had come M:r. Slavins'." over here and taken refuge in your house." The captain eyed George, searchingly "I don't see how he C011ld have obtained entrance," was


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' FLIGHT. 11 the reply; "we bar the doors at night, and .I don .. t think { "?ertainly ;. that the place of all that he would he could possibly have entered-and even 1f he had we be hkely to h1de. Ill wager a months pay that we find ;hould have discovered his presence th. is morning." him there>' 1 The captain shook his head. George led the way up into the attic. This consisted of "Perhaps not," he said; ''this spy is the notorious Dick one good-sized room which was, s eemingly, perfectly Slater, and he is as cunning as a serpent. He could resquare. As we kmnv, however, there was a narrow pass main in your a wee. k without your knowledge, if he age-like compartment at one side. I set out to do so. If you do not object, we will make a There was an accumulation of rubbish and traps of thorough search for him." The captain said "If you do not object," in a tone which implied taat Mr Saunders would not dare object, and that if he should do so it WOllld be of no avail. Evidently the British officer was somewhat suspicious, and was determined to make a thorough search of the house. Mr. Saunders hastened to assure the eaptain that he had no objections to the search being made. "In fact, I wish it to be made," he declared; "if that rebel spy is here, I wish to know it, and see him captured and dragged off to Philadelphia. I don't want him4 here in my house!" As an actor Mr. Saunder s was quite a success. One would scarcely suspect that he did not mean what he said. "I think and feel just as fafher does, regarding the matter," said George; "if that r e bel spy is here, I want that be shall be found and dragged forth. I will go with you and help look for him." "All right; lead the way!" ordered Captain Sherwood "Where shall we go first?" "H3.e you .... a cellar?" "Yes." "Then to the cellar, first." George led the way down into the cellar. The redcoats searched there with great thorough]\less, peering into every dark corner and leaving only after they had satisfied themselves beyond all doubt that the person for whom they were searching was not hidden in the eellar. "Where next?" asked George. "We will search all the rooms on the ground floor," said the captain, tlien we will go upstairs." -.. This was done; every -room on the ground floor being visited and searched. Of course, the "rebel" spy was not found, and the little party made its way upstairs. They were no more successful here, and a sullen look various kinds, such as 11-s ually find their way to an attic, and the redcoats immediately began prying about and searching for the youth whom they thought must be hid ing there. It did not take them long to finish the searcli, however, and the result was disappointing to them. They had not found Dick Slater. Captain Sherwood stood near the centre of the room and glared about him with a baffi.ed look on his face. "He's no t here, that is evident," he admitted; "he is not in the bouse' for we have searched it high and low. Jove I'm disappointed; I was sure we would find him. I don't see where he could have gone:'' "Well, if Dick Slater is as cunning and resourceful as you say he is, captain, there are plenty of things he could have done and places he could have gone without coming here. Doubtless he is camped out in the woods some where." George said this with apparent frankness, just as if he believed what he said, but Oaptain Sherwood shook his head, doubtingly. "Surely. no person could camp out in the woods in such weather as this," he said; "he would undoubtedly freeze to death." "Perhaps so; well, he. isn't here, at any rate." The captain could not gainsay this. He had searched the house thoroughly and could not deny lhe truth of George's statement. Suddenly his face lighted up, however. "Why didn't I think of it before?" he exclaimed. "Like ly he is in your stable. We went through the stable over at Mr Slavins' before coming here and found it warm and comfortable there: A._man could sleep warm in the midst of the hay and I have no doubt it is the same in your stable." began to show on the face of Captain Sherwood. It was H plain that he had expected to find Dick Slater somewhere George fell in with this at once. e was th h only too glad of an excuse for gettmg the redcoats down m e oma I S dd 1 h f I' ht d out of the attic and out of the house. u en y 1s ace 1g e up. "Is there an attic?" lie asked. "Yes," replied George ; "shall we go up there ? "That is well thought of," be said. "It is possible that he might have taken refuge in the stable I was out and


12. THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. fed the horses, but did not look around any. He might packed that I don't think my horse will have much diffi-have been there, although I saw no signs of any one." said Captain Sherwood; "we will go and take a look through the stable at once." George quickly led the way down the attic stairs and on down to the sitting-room. c ulty in making his way along. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders told Dick he was perfectly wel-' come to remain, but the youth had important business in Philadelphia, and as soon as it was dark he bade good-by to all the members of the Saunders family, and, mounting "I didn'il think you'd find him," remarke-d Mr. Saunhis horse, rode away. ders; "I didn't see how any one could have gotten into the house without our knowledge "We're going to search the stable now, father," said George. ''Captain Sherwood thinks it possible that the rebel may have taken refuge there." "That's. a good idea," agreed Mr. Saunders. "He might have entered the stable, and if he is there I hope you gentlemen will find and capture him." "We will certainly do that," said Captain Sherwood "If he's there we'll find him and will, undoubtedly, capture him." CHAPTER V. THE CAPTAIN PRESSES HIS SUIT. As Dick rode eastward on the road leading towa1d Philad e lphia, an interesting scene was taking place in the big sitting-room of the1 Slavins home. One of the horses had suddenly been taken sick and George led the way out of the house and the five men Mr. and JUrs Slavins and Tom were at the stable ploughed their way through the snow and reached the ing the animal. The three had not much more than left stable when Captain Sherwood gave his three soldiers A thorough search was made, but it was a fruitless one, a meaning look and they got up and l eft the room and the of course, and the disappointed redcoats took their d e -house. 'l'his left Lucy alone with the Britis h officer, and parture and went ploughing back through the snow toward when she noticed the fact 1the girl arose to her feet and' the Slavins' home. started to leave the room, wit}l the remark that she must They had scarcely gotten out of the yard before George go and assist her father and mother hastened up into the attic and let Dick out of his hiding Captain Sherwood leaped to his feet, however, and place. barred the girl's way. "Have they gone?" asked the youth. ''Don't go, Miss Slavins-Lucy," he said, in what he in" Yes," replied George, "they have gone; you are safe ten qed to be a gentle and pleasing voice; "I have somethi ng now." to say to you." / "Thanks to you," remarked Dick, gratefully; "but for Lucy paused because she had to, but she turned pale your k:indnese in secreting me they would have captured and there was a startled look in her eyes. The captain had me." been very attentive to her during the day and she more '' Oh, that is all right; we are only too glad that we were than half-suspected what it was that he wished to say 1 enabled to be of service to you." Dick spent the day at the Saunders home. He was careful to keep within doors as he did not know but that the redcoats might be keeping watch on the houfle. "Really, Captain Sherwood, you must not d etain me," she said; "my parents need my as istance." "Not at all," protested the captain; "my men have gone to the stable and will give your father and mother all the It turned out to be a nice, bright day. The snow was assistance they need. You stay h e re with me; I have soft and melted rapidly and packed down till, by the time something of importance to tell you." evening came, it did not seem to be more than a foot and But Lucy did not wish to stay. The re was something a half deep. about the bold Captain Sherwood which s he did not like; George went over to Mr. Slavins' immediately after there was a look in his dark eyes which frightened her, she supper and was self-sacrificing enough to remain only about knew not why. ( half an hour. Then he came back and brought the news "I-I-really-must go," stammered Lucy. that the red coats were still at the Slavins home. But the captain was determin e d that she should not "Well, as soon as it is dark I will be going," said Dick; llcRve until she had heard what h e hnd to say. He "the snow has melted so much to-day and has become so stepped forward and. taking Lucy by the arm, led her back


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 1 3 to the fire-place and seated her. Seating himself near by, do not love you and cannot be your wife. In fact, I-I-he said: am---" "Miss Slavins-Lucy, no doubt you will be surprised Captain Sherwood leaped to his feet, with a muttered by what I am going to say, but I cannot help it. I have imprecation His face grew dark with rage. you not longer than twenty-four hours, but short "I understand!" he cried, fiercely; "I kno'w what you as has been the time,'in it I have learned to love you-in-would say-that you are engaged to be married to that deed, I may say, that I loved you from the first moment f e llow, Saunders. Am I not right?" I laid eyes upon you, and--" But Lucy was a girl who had some spirit of her own. "Indeed, indeed, you must not talk that way to me, She, too, leaped to her feet and her eyes flashed as she sai d : Captain Sherwood," said Lucy, rising to her feet and mak"I don t know as that is any affair of yours, sir. It is ,I ing a restrajning gesture; "it is not right that you should s ufficient to say that I do not love you and cannot be your 00 SO." "And why not?" exclaimed the captain, passionately. "1 love you and certainly ther e can be no harm in my tell ing you so." "Oh, but there is, sir; you mu stn't talk to me so. It isn't right, because-.-be cause--" A dark look came over Captain Sh _er'wood' s face. A thought struck him. Lucy Slavins was the sweetheart of George Saunders. He was sure of it. The thought made him wild with anger. What I Could it be possible that . he, Captain Sherwood of the king 's army, should be forced to stand aside for a country booby? No, no I It could wife." But Captain Sherwood was one not easily to be ba lked "I will make you love me he cried. "You shall be my wife; I swear it!" "What! Do you threaten me?" exclaimed Lucy, scorn fully. "Do you call that the language of a soldier and brave man?" "Tha-t is neither here nor there. I mean exactly what I say." rrhe captain was very angry, indeed. His eyes fairly flash e d fire. "Do you think that fhe proper way to go about maki n g not be; it should not be. He would win phe beautiful me love you?" asked Lucy "By threatening me, I mean." girl away from her lover or know the rea s on why. AI-What reply the captain would have made can only be though he felt more like cursing aloud than d o ing aught conjectured, for at this instant the girl's parents and else, the captain forc e d himself to look plea s ant and his brother and the three redcoats were heard entering the accents were sweet as honey as he said, in a low, gentle house. voice: "There can be nothing wrong in a man's telling a girl he Joves her, Lucy, and I must tell you that I love you dearly and want you for my wife." Captain Sherwood seized Lucy's hand, and although she tried to free it, he held it tightly and went on in a voice Captain Sherwood and Lucy seated themselves and the captain had just gained sufficient control of his features so that the fact that he was angry and excited could not be told when the party entered the sitting-room. "How is Dobbin, father?" asked Lucy. Dobbin was the name of the horse which they had been full of fire and passion; doctoring. "I am an officer in the Britis h army, and a s s u c h r e j "Jle's better, Lucy." ceive a good salary; furthermore I come of a wealth y "I'm glad of that. I hope he will get well.'' family and I am amply able to support a wif e in the best I "I hope so. We would, miss Dobbin greatly next sum of style. If you will consent to marry me I will guarantee m e r if he were to die." to make you the happiest little woman in the world. Say All sat down in front of the big fire-place, but they ha d that you will be mine I" not much more than done so before Captain Sherwood To do Captain Sherwood justice, he really thought t hat surprised them by saying that he and his c omrades mus t he was in love. The fact that he had been in this same be going. condition a score of times before, did not occur to him. "There is a crust on the top of the snow," he said; "and He was one of those fickle-heart e d fellows who fall in love that will make walking good. We will go to the place wit h every pretty face they see, so that it was no wonder that h e imagined himself to be in love with Lucy Slavins, for never in hi s life had he s een a more beautiful girl. where we left our horses, get the animals and start for Philadelphia. We can reach there before--morning Mr. and Mrs Sl'avins pressed the captain to stay, tell"It iR impossible, Captain Sherwood," said Lucy; "I ing him that he was welcome to remain a s long as he


, H THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. liked, but he said he must be going, and, donning their overcoats, the four bade good-by to all the members of the Slavins family and took their departure. The youth had proven his abilities in the work of spy ing upon the British on many occasions, and when there was a difficult and dangerous bit of work to be done he The three soldiers were very much surprised by the was u sua lly the one chosen to do it. action of their commander, and as soon as they were well He reached the city about three o elock and entered on away from the house one of their number ventured to ask foot, having left his horse tied in the timber near an old the captain what had him to make up his mind cabin which was unoccupied. The animal was t ied in a to leave so suddenly shed-stable, and would not suffer from the cold. The fact was that the three soldiers were cronies of Dick made his way along without hesitation, after hay-/ Captain Sherwood, and there was but little that he would ing successfully slipped past the sentinel at the street keep secret from them This Ming true, he did not hesi where he had entered the city, and it seemed as if he tate to tell them the truth. knew where he was going This was, ii:ijleed, the case; "I've fallen in love 1 with that girl baek there, boys," it was not the first time that winter that the youth had said. "I asked her to be my wife, but she refused-! visited Philadelphia. learned that she is engaged to that country bumpkin, He turned up one street and down another, and after Saunders-and treated me with scorn. I have made up a brisk walk of twenty minutes, entered a yard and mad my mind to have her, however, and since she refused go with :rrre, willingly, I am going to take her by his way around to the rear of a two-story frame hous which stood well back from the street. "Then why are you leaving, cap?" "That is simple enough Before I capture my bird I must have a cage to put her in. I am going to look for a cage." Evidently Captain Sherwood was a villain of deepest dye. VI. DICK AND THE QUAKER. Diek approached the door and rapped upon it in peculiar manner. He waited for a few minutes, and noilo hearing any soun from within, knocked again. Thi s time he did not h Jve to wait. The door opene I almost instantly, thus proving that the person within ha been standing at the door, waiting for the second signal. "Is it indeed thee?" remark e d a sepulchral voice. "Come in, friend Dick. I am right glad to see thee!" The youth obeyed and the door was closed, quickly, an barred. Wait one minute, Dick, and I will strike a light," said Dick Slater rode onward at as fast a gait as it was the Quaker-for such he evidently was. possible for his horse to travel. It did not take the man long to str ik e a light and then This was not very fast, as the going was not the best by the light of the candle, it could b e seen that he was in the world by any means. The snow had crusted suffi-large, broad-shouldered man, with a cleanly shaven face ciently to hold up the weight of a human being, but the firm jaw and keen, gray eyes. hoofs of a horse cut right through, and thi s made it hard "Well, Mr. Heywood, what is the latest news?" aske for the animal to get along. The sharp edges of the crust Dick, when he had become seated. cut the horse's legs till they bled. "Thete is not much news, friend Dick; things are rathe The anima l mad e his way along, however, and showed no quiet in Philadelphia, just at the present time disposition to rebel against being forced to travel und er "BU)t regarding General Howe's plans," Dick snch unfavorable circumstanees eagerly; "have you secured any information in that direc Dick crossed the Schuylkill River and rode onward, tion ?" drawing slowly and steadily nearer and nearer to the city of Philadelphia. He knew that dangers awaited him there, but he did not hesitate. General Washington, the commander-in-chief of the patriot army, wished to obtain in: formation regar-4_ing the intentions of the British, if such a thing was possible, and: Dick was the one who had been selected for the task. "Yea, verily, friend Dick; I have learn ed a few which will, o doubt, be of interest to thee, and to th great and good commander, General Washington. I wil tell thee at once." "Do so, Mr. Heywood," said Dick eagerly. 'l'he man then began talking in low tones, and con tinuea to do so for a quarter of an hour, Dick listenin


.' THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGJiT. 15 intently. That the information was of interest to the Quaker. The youth hated to think that he would be the youth was evidenced by the look upon his face. mean s of getting Mr. Heywood into trouble--for the find The two had just finished talking when there came a loud ing of a '1rebel" spy in the Quaker's house would certainly knock on the door. The Quaker quickly extinguished the get him into tr6uble. He would be and thrown light. into prison, and if he escaped being shot or l;mng he wuld "I wonder who it can be?" remarked Dick, in a cautious be lucky whisper. Dick made up hi s mind that h e must not let thered" Hard telling, friend Dick," was the reply; "possibly coats :find him in the house. But how was he to help it? some of the s pying r edcoats or Tories, of whom there This was, indeed, a bard question, but Dick set his wits are several families in the immediate neighborhood, saw to work. He had been in tight places before and escaped; you enter and have come to investigate." why not again? "'l hope not, for your sake." He heard the sound of a door opening at the rear and "Oh, that does not matter; it is fol' thy safety only then came the murmur of voices. that I have fears." "Mr. Heywood ha s opened the door," tho ught the youth; "What will you do?" '''the redcoats will be looking for me in another moment, "Verily, I know not; I think that I shall just let them and I must be doing somet hing." keep on knocking." Dick hastened out into thed1all, and nl),king his way to There was another loud knock just thep. and a voice the stairs, ascended to the second floor, He went to a called out: window and looked out into the yard at the rear of the "Open the door, in the name of the king!" house. "Redcoats, sure enough," whispered Dick; "perhaps I There were no redcoats in sight. Doubtless all had enhad better slip out the front way while you hold heir tered The youth thought he might s ucce e d in getting attention here at the rear by opening the door as if to see away unperceived. what they want." He lifted the window and s tepped through and out onto "Dollbtless that is aa g friend Di c k, but do not ma can possibly help." an idea as any. Hasten, the s hed roof. There was no snow on the roof, the sun have any more noise than thee ing melted it off during the day. / "Very well; good-by, Mr. "Fare thee well, friend Dick; and don't fqrget what I have told thee. " I ll not forget." Dick had been in the house before and knew the loca tion of the rooms and the hall s He l eft the room, and, e ntering the hall, made hi s way along it till he reached the front of the house. Here there was a door, but Dick thought it only the part of cautio n to make an observation before venturing to open the door. joining the hallway was a window. this window and looked out. In a front room ad Dick made his way This made it possible for Dick to s lide slowly and cau tiously down to the edge of the shed roof. Here he paused, and holdin g hims elf stea dy, peered over and downward. There was no one in sight. The had all en tered the house--that is, all who had been at the rear; t,hose Di c k had seen out in front were doubtless still tliere, and probably some at the t;o sides of the building. _t}n excla mation almost escaped him '." lot of redcoats were in the yard The house was Realizin g that he had no time to s pare, the youth leaped Lo the ground. He mad e scarcely any noise at all when h e st ruck, and with a glance toward the open door, he s trod e swiftly and as silently aa possib le away He expected to hear a command to but was agreeably dis appoi nted. The redcoats must have all had their attention in some other dir ection, for Dick succeeded in getting out of the yard an d clear away without having been seen. s urrounded What s hould h e do? Dick asked himself this que stio n, but found it a very difficult one to answer. It looked as if he could do nothing It seemed as if he were caught like a rat in a trap. Bven while recognizing the that h e was threatened with capture--and cap ture probably meant death-Dick did not think so much of him self as of hi s friend, the "That's what I call luck!" h e said to himself, as he hastened down the alley. And hi s good luck continued with him, for he in getting away and out of the city without having encounterei any of the British. He walked rapidly, for he wished to be well started on way bac k to Valley Forge before daylight. It was only" a little more than a mile to the cabin in the woods (


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. !Where he had left his horse, and it did not take the youth mind and rode onward at as rapid a gait as the condition l o ng t o walk that distance. of the road would permit The cabin was an old one, and was so secluded and so It was broad daylight before lj.e reached the Schuylkill, well concealed in among the trees and underbru s h that and after he had crossed the river he made better headway Dick had fancied that no one knew of it save himself, but He arrived at the Saunders home at half-past eight; and he was to learn that he was mistaken, for as he drew near stopped to get breakfast and feed for his horse. he heard voices coming from within. And just in front of the cabin four horses were tied to trees. "Who can be in there?" the youth asked himseLf. He knew that there were some goodly sized cracks in the wall at the rear, and making his way around there he ap plied his eyes to one of the cracks and looked in. A candle was burning and by its light Dick saw that the occupants of the cabin were Captain Sherwood and his three me'n. He was given a hearty welcome by all the members of the family, and it was plain, from the light which shone in the eyes of pretty Mary, George's sister, that she was very glad, indeed, to see Dick. The who was a close observer, was amused to note that George encouraged Mary to lay siege to their visitor's heart; Dick knew why the young man did so-he was slightly jealous and feari!d the handsome young "Liberty Boy" might try to win "Hello!" exclaimed the youth to himself, "what are Lucy Slavins away from him. Dick was an honest? manly they doing here? I thought they were at Mr. Slavins'." youth, however, and a s he had a sweetheart in far-away Dick was somewhat puzzled by the actions and words of New York, he did not give Mary any the four. They were moving about and were evidently ex-There was not anything of the flirt about him. amining the interior of the cabin. All were in good s pirits, this morning, and laughed and "I think it will do," said Captain Sherwood; "we can talked, merrily as they ate. George was in excellent chink up those cracks, and it will be comfortable in here spirits, and Dick was not at a loss to account for this-he with a good fire going, don't you think?" had learned that Captain Sherwood and his three compan Oh, yes," replied one of the men; "it will be all ions had taken their departure from the Slavins' home. right." "I don't blame him for being glad that the British captain has gone," thought Di "that fellow is a scoundrel "Cetiainly," said another "Good!" exclaimed the captain. "Well, we can come out here when1 it is daylight and fix the cabin up. We may as well go on into the city now and get something to eat if ever there was one." After breakfa s t Dick got ready to start, and having stated that h e would stop a few at the Slavins home to tell them that he was much obliged to them for and snatch a couple of hours' their kindness to him the evening before, George promptly The fcur left the cabin, and Dick saw them mount their said he would go along; and then Mary said she would go, horseii and ride away. too. "I inte nded to go over to-day, anyway," she explained, "to, see Lucy; so we will go now." Dick hastened to say he would be pleased to have them go. "Jove I it's lucky they didn't take a notion to look the stable," he thought; "had they done so they would have found my horse and then I should have been forced to fight the four of them." "I am afraid my reception will be rather cold," he said, Dick soon had his horse out of the stable, and, mounting; rode away He followed the redcoats till the main road "and if you two are along it m..ay make things more pleaswas reached, and then -when the four turned eastward t oward Philadelphia, he head e d toward the west, away from the city As he rode along he thought of what he had heard the say in the old cabin, and he wondered what they intended doing. Why should they wish to fix it up so as to make it comfortable? Dick did not have a very high opinion of Captain Sherwood and his three ant. Mr. and Mrs. Slavins are reaL Tories, you know." .. "Yes, and !hey think we are," said Mary, "but we. ar e n't. We are the strongest kind of patriots, but iL order to protect ourselves from the redcoats who repeate dly foraged in this neighborhood, we have pretended to be loyalists." "All is fair in love or war smiled Dick. "It is no sin comrades, however, and he made up his mind that they to deceive the redcoats ." I were going to .fix the cabin up as a sort of headquarters or "So do I think all i s fair in love or war exclaimed rendezvous where they could come and drink aud gamble Mary, with a shy gYance at Dick. Having so decided, he dismi!:lsed -r1Je matter from l his "Here, her e you must be careful, Dick, my boy!" the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 17 youth exclaimed to himself. "You mustn't give this sweet girl any chance to really and t:J;uly lose her heart." He bade good-by to Mr. and Mrs. Saunders and Master anger and excitement, and he judged from the look on George face that he thought the same. The youth had no time to waste, however, and so he Fred, and then, accompanied by George and Mary, made again thanked Mr. and Mrs. Slavins for their kindness to his way over to the Slavins' home He walked Mary, him the night before, and then bidding them all good-by, and led his horse, while George walked ahead. he mounted his horse ttnd rode away in the direction of I.1ucy and Tom Slavins were undi sguisedly glad to see Valley Forge, which place he reached a little before noon. Dick, but their parents were somewhat cold in their man. He weni at once to the house occupied bJ: General Wash, ner toward the youth. They were loyalists, and thought ingto-n, the commander-in-chief of the Continental army. that any one who fought against King George was com-mitting treason of the worst kind. "I am not a hypocrite, young man," said Mr. Slavins, "and I will say that I wish the British who were here night before last had captured you." "Oh, father!" exclaimed Lucy, reproachfully. CHAPTER VII. "That is all right, Miss Lucy," said Dick; "you need :M:R. SLAVINS HEADED OFF. not mind. I had much rather that your father should speak his mind in that fashion than pretend to be my friend Dick was there nearly an hour and the resuit of his and then take the first opportunity to work me harm I interview with the commander-in chie f was soon made hope that some day he will see that the king has no right upparent. Immediately after dinn er there was a stir in to rule we people of America, and come over to our side the encampment "Never l" cried Mr. Slavin's. "I will never be a rebel!" 'rhe company of "Liberty under Dick Slater, "That is not the proper word for the bravf' men who accompanied by another hundre.d of the regular soldiers are fighting for their liberty," said Dick; "we arc not left the camp about two o'clock and marched eastward. rebels, but are simply men who believe that we have a Where. weTe they going? This was the question which right to govern ourselves, and that a man called king, was asked a hundred times, but no one could answer. Dick who lives on the other sine o the ocean and who ha Slater, who was in command of the force, was the only never seen us and cares nothing for us, has no righi. to p erson who knew the intended des tinati .on of the patriots, rule over us and force us to pay tribute to him." and he kept a close mouth. There would be plenty of "He is a just king, and our rightful ruler ," said Mr. time to tell where they were going when they were farther Slavins. on their way. "H':l is a tyrant and a robber!" cried Lucy, her face The snow had melted considerable that clay and was soft flushed her beautiful eyes shining. (:nd on the surface, but as eveni;ng came on the "Lucy!" exclaimed her mother, horrified. top gradually grew hard, and by dark it was frozen hard "Where do you get your rebel sentiments asked enough to hold up the soldierst This made the walking her father, frowning severely. easier, and Dick did not call a halt for supper till nearly "It doesn't matter where," replied the brave girl; "it ought to be plain to any one who will think a moment that the King of England has no right to rule over us and force us to support him in extravagant style. We are Americans, and have a right to be free and govern ourselves." "Well; I never!" exclaimed her mother. "Lucy, you must be careful how you talk. What if you had said some think like that when Captain Sherwood and his men were nine o'clock. Th e n the men built fires and were soon eating and warming at the same time. Of the entire force at Valley Forge not than two hundred men had sound, whole shoes; the two hundred in question were the "Liberty Boys," who, having done most of their chasing around on horseback, had not worn theil' shoes greatly, and one hundred of the regular soldiers, picked here and there from among the total number of here. soldiers in the encampment And these were the men who "I would like to tell them the truth to their teeth!" 1 were with the "Liberty Boys." said the spirited girl. After a rest of an hour the party broke camp and march -' I Dick was delighted and could not help admiring the girl etl onward down the road. This was kept up till after for her spunk He thought she was very beautiful her I midnight, and then Dick called a halt and they went into


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. oamp. Fii'es were built and guards posted, and then the 'fIt will serve them right; traitors should expect no tired soldiers wrapped themselves in their rugged blankets mercy." and throwing themselves down by the fires, went to slee:te.. 'l'he troubled 4Jok did not leave Mrs. Slavins' face, They were up at daylight and ate the remnant of their however. The wives of some of the patriots of the neigh lunch, after 1 which they again set out down the road and borhood were dear friends of hers. She had known them marched steadilr till nearly noon when they came to the for years. 'rhe thought that these women's husbands home of the Saunders'. In reaching there they had to might be hung and their homes burned, was very distress pass the Slavins' home, and the family was out in the y"ard ing to her. She said no more at the time, however, but and watched them march past, in open-eyed amazement. went into the house:-When lfley saw and recognized Dick, Lucy and Tom Mr. Slavins and his wife had talked in low tones so waved their hands and called out a greeting to him, but and Tom had not heard what was said. In truth, Lheir parents made no demonstration. they were so busy bilking themselves that they had no ears \ "What does it mean Martha?" asked Mr. Slavins, when for anything else. They were wondering what had brought he saw the party stop in front of the Saul).ders home. the party of patriot soldiers to the vicinity, and were di!;!"Do you s uppose they can have gotten an inkling of the the matter earnestly They were greatly excited fact that the British were coming up here to force the and hoped that it meant trouble fo.r the redcoats. rebels of the to swear allegiance to the king's "I suppose they've just stopped for their dinner," said cause?" ::\Irs. Slavins shook her head slowly "I can't say, :Martin," she replied, "but it is possible that that young man, Dick Slater, may have learned that something of the kind 1ras on foot. You know he went to Philadelphia." ( "So he did, so he did!" 'I' here was a frown on Mr. Slavins' face. "Do you suppose, Martha, that he could, by any possibility, have learned where the British got their information a s to who in the neighborhood are rebels?" "It would be impossible to say, Martin. I wish now that you had h;:td nothing to do with the affair. It does seem as if it were not just right to give information ag&inst rcople who have been our neighbors for years.'' "I know it seems hard, l\fartha, but they ought not to have rebelled a gainst opr good King George; this need not cau 1 e any harm to befall them. All they will have to do wiJ be to swea: allegiance to the king and then they will not be harm e d." "But some o f them arc so bitter agai!lst the king and so set in their wa.YR tl1at I fear they will never swear allegiance to the king," said Mrs. Slavins; "and in that case they are liable to come to harm, arS"they not?" "Yes, in that case, they are." "What will the British do to them, Martin?" Martin hesitated. Then he said, "Well, I suppose they will make them prisoners; possibly they may even hang some of the more obstinate ones." "That will be terrible, Martin." 'rhere was a troubled look on Mr. Slavins' face, but he said, as severely as he could: Tom; "and that they will go on as soon as they have had e omething to eat.'' 'l'he boy's tone said that he wished he might be mistaken and that the patriot soldiers might remain in the neighborhood. He had no hopes that they would do so, however, as he think of no reason why they shou14 stay. "You run over there, Tom," said Lucy, eagerly, "and fin0. out all you can. 'l'ell George I want to know all about it. He and Dick Slater are great friends and doubt less he will know what the patriots are here for and what they intend doing." "All right, si I'm off!" cried Tom, only too glad of the chance to go, and he hastened out of the yard and down the road. 'rom was back again inside of half an hour and was brimful information. The patriots had come to stay, he said, at least for a while. A force of redcoats was coming into that neighborhood for the purpos of making the patriot farmers swear allegiance to the king. Dick Slater had learned of this in some and General Washing ton had sent him here with this force to protect the pa' t.riots and teach the redcoats a lesson. Tom and Lucy wer e ii\O eager and over the news that they did not notice how their parents took it. Mr. Slavins turned pale and an exclamation came very near escaping his lips. Mrs. Slavins turrled pale also and looked greatly troubled. "I fear there is going to be bloody work in otlr fair neighborhood soon," she murmured "Oh, this cruel war!" Mr. Slavins went out into the kitchen and beckoned to his wife, who quickly joined him there. "What is it, Martin?" she asked.


THB LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 19 "I wish to tell you that I am going away for a few hours, Martha." He spoke low so that Lucy and Tom could not hear him. "Going away?" "Yes." "Where to, Mar.tin ?" I "I must go and meet the British soldiers and warn them that a rebel force is here waiting for them. It would be terrible if they were to walk right into a trap." "I couldn't think of doing so," was the reply. "Why not?" "It's against orders." "Whose orders?" "Dick Slater's." Martin Slavins groaned, inwardly. He feared that he was going to be unable to warn the British of their danger. He pleaded with Bob Estabrook to let him pass, but to no avail. "There are going' to be terrible goings on here soon, "I'm not going to let you go, so you needn't waste any anyhow, Martin," said the woman, soberly; "I wish you more breath," said Bob, decidedly. "Even if I were to do hadn't had anything to do with this affair." so you could not go far. We have scouts out all "I wish so, myself now, Martha; but it is too for down the road and you would be halted before you had regrets. I am into it and the least I can do now is to go gone a quarter of a mile. Some of the boys are pretty and warn the' king's soldiers of the danger which threatens quick on trigger, and you might get shot." them." "But why not Iet me go on?" protested Martin Slavins. Martin Slavins left the house and yard and made his "Surely there can be no harm in letting me go to my way across a field and entered some timber. He wondered if he ha1d been seen by any of the "rebels." He hoped not and made his way onward through the timber at as rapid a pace as possible. He made a wide circuit, intending to go clear around,the home of Mr. Saunders where the patriot soldiers were and the road a half a mile to the eastward. He had almost made the circuit and was within a hun derd yards of the road when he suddenly found himself confronted by one of the hated "rebels." The patriot had ri en up right in Mr. Slavins' path and now held him covered by a musket which was level ed c ull at the man's head. home." "Perhaps there might not be any harm in it," was the quiet reply; "that is not for me to say, however. We have orders to permit no one to pass us for we are looking for the rcckoats every minute and we cannot afford to take any chances on letting some one get through and carry the new::; to the enemy that we are here, waiting for them. I suppose that isn't what you wish to get tfuough for?" Bob gave the Tory a sharp, searching look as he said this, and in spite of himself 1\'Ir. Slavins could not help :flushing up. He looked guilty and keen-eyed Bob saw it. "Aha! that is what you were up to!" the youth exclaim ed, with an air of conviction. "I'm glad I headed you off." "Halt, there! Who are you?" cried the "Liberty Boy"-''I-I assure you you are mistaken, young man," the for it was one of the youths. "Stand where you are and Tory stammered. But Bob was not to be deceived. give an aceount of yourself!" CHAP'l'ER VIII. "Actions and looks speak louder than words, Mr. Man," he 8aid; "come with me." "Where to ?" The man looked frightened as he asked the question. "You'll :find out quickly enough. Right about, face; forward, march !" THE REDCOATS APPEAR. There was nothing for it but to obey, and Martin Slavins, looking crestfallen and frightened, turned and The Tory stood still, an angry, baffled look on his face. marched back through the_ timber in the direction of the "What do you mean?" he asked. "You have no right home of Mr. Saunders. to stop me." "Oh, yes, I have," replied .,Bob Estabrook, for this was the name of the youth; "I have the rignt of might, you see. Who are you and where were you going?" Martin Slavins They soon reached there and Bob sent word in to Dick that he had a prisoner for him. Dick .was in the house, eating his but came out at once. "Ah! it is you, is it, Mr. Slav ins?" he remarked, nml "I live a mile down the road," he said, presently; "I i.hen without waitingfor a reply he turned to Bob, was 'lm on my way home; kindly let me pass." to know !.hat Dicl' knew the man.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. "Where did you find him, Bob?" asked Dick. "About half a mile away, down the road." ''To arms!" cried Dick. Then he asked: "How far 0:1way are the British?" "Humph! Which way was he going?" "About two miles," was the reply. "Toward the east." "Good exclaimed Dick. "We will hasten forward Dick .frowned and gazed stern l y at JI.Iartin Slavins. three-quarters of a mile and conceal ourselves in the Then 'he dropped his eyes and seemed to 'ponder for a few edge of the timber and be ready to give the redcoats a warm moments. Next he glanced around him. On every side reception." were "Liberty Boys" and patriot soldie rs. "Bob," h e said, "you may return to your station." As Bob turned away, Dick beckoned to Mr. Slavins. "Come with n :e," be said; "I wish to have a fe'v words with you." Dick led the way to one .side out of hearing of the patriot soidiers and then eyeing his companion, sternly, he said: "Mr. Slavins, 1 know all. I know that you furnished the British with the names of all your neighbors who are patriots; I know, too, that you were on ytlur way, just now, to warn the approaching party of redcoats that we are here A moment he gave the order for his force to move forward upon the double-quick. The men obeyed promptly and hastened down the road. George Saunders was with them, he having asked Dick to be allowed to go with them. "I can shoot as good as any of you," he had said, "and would like a chance to plug a few redcoats." Tlll'ee-quarters of a mile from Mr. Saunders' home they fotmd a splendid place for an ambush. Concealing themselves among the bushes growing just_ within the edge of the timber bordering the road they waiting for them. By right, I should hold you a prisoner, awaited the approach of the enemy. but in consideration of the fact that it so happens that no Five, ten, fifteen minutes passed. Then the redcoats damage has been clone, and for the sake of your family, two came into view around a bend in the road, a third of a mile of the melnbers of which are ardent I will, if you distant. Onward they came. They were riding straight will give me your word of honor that you will never again lend aid or assistance to the British in any way, shape or manner, permit you to return to your home. Will you do it?" Martin Slavins was pretty badly frightened. :He was in such a frame of mind that it did not take him long to decide. "I promise," he said. "Let me go home and if the war lasts ten years longer I will never give the British aid or information of any kind. I have had one lesson and that is enough." "Very well," said Dick; "you may go." "Thank you," Mr. Slavins, and he lost time in starting for his home. To the Saunders family, who had witnessed the scene with wonder, Dick gave such explanation as he saw fit, being careful not to tell the real truth of. the matter, for into a death-trap, yet were entirely unsuspicious of the fact. T.hey were to have a terrible awakening. 1 Closer and closer they came. Dick judged that there \Vere about two hundred of the redcoats and all were mount ed. He waited till about forty of the redcoats bad passed and then suddenly gave the order: 'l.;iberty Boys,' fire!" A hundred musket muzzles belched forth flame and smoke. A thunderous report rang out. CHAPTER IX. DICK RESCUES BOB. he knew that if the Saunders family should learn that their The volley did deadly execution. Full two-score of the neighbor had furnished information to the British it would redcoats went down. Many horses were killed and woundcause bad blood between them; and Dick had such a lik ing for and interest in George Saunders and Lucy Slavins that be would not willingly say or do anything to cause them trouble. 'rhe members of Dick's force bad just finished their dinn er when one of the scouts who had been sent forward to keep watch for the of the British, came rushing in with the that' the redcoats were coming. ed, also, and men and animals were mixed in almost in extricab le confusion. I But this was not by any means to end the affair. Indeed, it was but the beginning-the prelude, as it were. Again Dick's voice rang out: "Regular fire!" The hundred veterans who had accompanied the "Libertv Boys" fired at Dick's commap.d. Their volley did


FLIGHT. THE LI13ERTY BOYS' 21 as much damage as that of the youths had done. Nearly a and, of course, the members of the Whig families were score of horses and riders went down. The redcoats were wild with terror. They bad been taken entirely by surprise and they scarcely realized what it was that had struck them. It seemed to be raining leaden delighted. 'l'he Tories were not pleased; however, and they looked glum, indeed. They did not like to hear of the terrible thrashing which the British had received at the hands of Dick Slater and bullets from the roadside. It was a terrible scene. Those his of "Liberty Boys" and patriot soldiers. of the redcoats who had not been hit by the bullets rod e Lucy and Tom Slavins were delighted, and they did wildly hither and thither, seemingly not knowing what to do. Their commander, however, was a brave man. Draw ing his sword he waved it in the air and cried out: ''Follow men! Charge the scoundrels!" He started to ride toward the timber at the Eide of the not make any bone5 about saying so. Their parents tried to make keep quiet, but could not do it. Lucy, when she \earned that George Saunders had fought with the ''Liberty Boys," could not contain herself, and leaped into the arms of. her lover and kissed him right before everybody. road, and some of his men started to follow, but at this "Oh, George, I am so glad you helped whip those red-' instant Dick again gave the order to fire. coats!" she cried. "I am going to give you another kiss!" The "Liberty Boys" had drawn their pistols, and, at the And she did. command, they poured in a volley upon the approaching redcoats. 'fhe patriot soldiers, especially the "Liberty Boys," cheered the beautiful girl to the echo, and cried out that she This was too much. Those who were not shot down was the best kind of girl-that she was true blue. This whirled horses and dashed wildiy away down the pleased Lucy, and she said that if she were a man she road. This was the signal for a general flight, and all who would be in the ranks, fighting for liberfy. CN;ld do so raced down the road like mad. The soldiers Some of the Tory neighbors who were present were asof Dick's force fired a couple of volleys from their pistols, tonished and horrified, and stared at one another in which had considerable effe\)t in accelerating the speed of mnazement. They could not understand it. Had Martin the fleeing redcoats. Dick and his comrades were delighted. They had gained .1 great victory. They had killed and wo_:mded at least Slavins turned "rebel," they asked themselves Presently Dick looked about him, in search of Bob, but could see his friend and comrade nowhere. He asked some fifty of the enemy and not one of their number had been of the "Liberty Boys" if they knew where Bob 'vas, but Indeed, the had not fired a shot. they said they did not. Dick sti,ll had guards and scouts Dick immediately gave orders that the wounded horses shonlcl be shot and the uninjured ones caught, which was quickly done. 'l'hen the wounded redcoats were looked after It was found that there were about twenty of them, thirty of the fifty who had gone down being dead. The dead would have to be buried and the wounded would have to be taken care of, so Dick sent to the homes of Mr. Saunders and Mr. Slavins for wagons and spades When these came a lot of the "Liberlv Bovs" were put to ":ork digging graves As soon as this work was finished the dead redcoats were buried. and then the woll)lned men ' were placed in the wagons, on straw placed in the bottom ont, extending down the road a distance of two miles, and the youth decided that Bob must be on duty down the line. 1 Cautioning the soldiers to be ready for action at a plO ment's notice, Dick started in search of Bob. wished to have a conference with the youth, who was the second in command. Dick passqd scout after scout, hO\rrver, without finding Bob. He looked everywhere, anrl at last reached the ex treme end of the line and still had not found his comrade. He did not know what to think. W.hat ha become of I Bob? Had he been killed? Had h been captured by the redcoats? and were taken to the two farmhouses, ten to each, where Dick was worried. He loved Bob as a brother. 'rhey they were given the best possible attention. had been chums all their lives; they had lived neighbors, a large crowd of the neighbors present when and had hunted, fished and swam together, had gone to the wounded redcoats were brought to the houses, the rnaschool together. He must find what bad become of Bob, jority of said neighbors being patriots. and if he had been captured, must rescue him. 'l'be news of the encounter and the great victory of the I He could hardly wait till evening to start on the quest. patriots had quickly traveled through the neighborhood, He was confident that in some manner Bob had fallen


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGH'r. into the hands of the British, and he was determined to go and see if he could his friend, just as soon as night came. Dick thought it possible the redcoat s might at tempt to make another attack that af ternoon, but they diil not. Evidently the terrible lesson they had received would last tl1em more than an hour or so. As he drew near the church he was glad to see that the main force of the redcoats was encamped on the opposite r:;ide of the road, in the edge of the timber. They had c:anwed. in order to be sheltered from the wind which was blowing quite strong from the north. 'rhe day had been quite warm for the time of year, and practically all the snow had been melted, leaving the As soon as it was dark Dick set out. He reached the ground black and bare. This was in Dick 's favor as it extreme end of the line of scouts and had a conversatio n made the night darker than it would have been had the with the youth there, who was Mark Morrison, one in snow been on the ground. whom Dick had great confidence. Mark had done some Dick stole close up to the rear of the church. There advance scouting that afternoon, and h e told Dick that was a door near the corner, being there for convenience he thought the redcoats were encamped about a mile and in getting wood into the building. At this door stood a a half in front, at a stone church and schoolhouse com redcoat. It happ e ned that hi s back was toward Dick and Lined. the youth took advantage o:f the opportunity thus present ed. "They were there an ho11r before SUI). down Dick," said He stole quickly forward and when wit}1in reach of the Mark in conclusion ''for I climbed a tree on a hill down redcoat, dealt him a blow with. the butf of a pistol. The ' yonCler a ways and saw them." sentinel sa nk to the ground, unconscious. "All right, Mark, l'm glad you did so, as now I shall "So much for ,that," said Dick to himself; "now to know where to look for the enemy." see if the door is locked." "Jove! I hope you ll find Bob and be able to rescue Dick tried the door and to his joy found that it was him, Dick." not locked or barred. He pushed the door slowly and "I hope so, too." gently open and looked into the room. It was pretty well "Don't you think it would have been a good idea, Dick, filled with redcoats, the majority of whom were stretched to have taken your force and gone and made an attack?" out on the seats and on the floor, sou.nd asleep. A roaring "I hardly think so, Mark. It would hav:e been imposfire was burning in the huge fire-place and in a semi-circle sible to take them by surprise, and the result would have in front of this, with their feet to the fire, lay a number, been that, while we should, no doubt, have been able to kill a good many of therri, they would have done the same \. for us, and I don't want to sacrifice any mor e lives than is absolutely necessary." 't "Of course not; but I don't see how you are going to rescue Bob, alone and unaided." "I don't exactly see how it is to be done, myself, Mark, but I'm going to make the trial." "Well, good-by and good luck to you." The two shook hand s and Dick made his way up the road at a rapid walk. When he reached th e top of the hill Mark had mentioned he stopped and looked ahead. Far in the distance he saw the glimmer of camp-fires. "Mark was right," Dick murmured; "there is the en campment, sure enough Good I am glad it is not far away." I The youth strode onward, down the road. He knew exactly where the old stone church and schoolhouse stood. He had passed it a number of times when going to and from Philadelphia. He remembered that heavy timb; among them several officers. Feeling sure that all the redcoats were asleep, Dick stepped into the room. As he did so his eyes upon a prisoner sitting in the opposite corner Dick's heart gave a great throb of delight. The prison e r was Bob Bob was wideawake a!ld he saw and recognized Dick. There was no light in the building save that made by the fire, but this was sufficient. Dick lost no time, but stole softly across the room. He even stepped over one or two sleeping redcoats, but so light were his footfalls that they were almost inaudible, even to who might be listening for them. The sleepers would not have heard them had they been much louder. Dick re ache d Bob's side and quickly cut his bonds. Then the twc s tole s oftly back toward the door. Dick's eyes were attracted by a stack of muskets. He eyed the w.::apons, longingly. Such weapons were sadly needed and he thought what a stroke it would be if they cnuld take the muskets away with them. He decided to grew right up to the back of the building, and, making make the attempt. He communicated his intentions to a wide detour, he approached it from that direction. Bob, in a cautiou s whisper, and then when the latter had


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 23 through the doorway Dick handed the one youths had succeeded in getting away, but it was a very at a time, out to him. There were about twenty of the I narrow escape. weapons. There were several other stacks in the room, Onward they dashed, up the road. but they we're at a distance from th door and the youth 'l'be redcoats mounted as quickly as possible and gave did not dare try to secure them. Stepping thro .'gh the doorway hepulled the door gently to. The redcoat Dick had knocked senseless still lay where he had fallm, but he was beginning to stir, so the youths bound and t' agged him. "You stay here, Bob," said Dick, "and I will go and get a couple of hol'ses; I know where they are and feel confident that I can secure a couple of them." pursuit, but were unable to gain on the fugitives and soon gave it up and returned to their encampment. Dick and Bob, as soon as they learned that they were no longer pursued, slowed their horses down to an ordin. ry gallop. Half a mile farther. on they were challenged. chal-. anger was Mark Monison, and when he found that Dick had succeeded in rescuing Bob, his delight knew no bonds. "Hul'rahf'l he oried. I'Dick, it takas you to do things!" "All right, Dick," said l3ob; '1be careful, however. After a few Ijlora woi!ds of conversation, the youths Don't let the redcoats capture now, after having made their way onward, and tw!)nty minutes later reach rescued me." ed the Saunders home. I "I'll try not to 'l Some of the "Liberty Boys11 were still awake and the Dick entered the timber just behind them, and I!laking cheer which they gave to when they saw Bob a circuit he crossed the road a couple of hundred yards to back again, safe and sound, in company with Dick, roused the eastward of the church and made his way to where ali the ot4el's. They crowded about the two youths, eager the redcoats' horses were. to hear the story of what had happened to Bob. When '!'here was a sentinel on guard over the horses, of course, they learned 4ow Dickhad rescued Bob ap.d how the but Dick managed to steal up close to him without being two had secured two of the redcoats' horMs and twenty discovered and struck pim over the head with the butt of of their muskets, they wild with delight and gave a pistol. 'l'he redcoat dropped in his tracks, knocked three chaer13 for Slater. senseless by the terrible blow. This Clone, they agaiP. rolled themselves 1lP in their 'So far, so good," thought Dick; "now to secure a blankets, beside t}l{l fires, and went to sleep. couple of the horses." This did not take him long. He picked out two, and after saddling and bridling them, led them away through the timber. He t made the circuit as and five minutes reached the spot where Bob was awaiting him. The youths now went to work and tied the muskets to the horns of the saddles. They had .just finished this George S:umCler who was still up, made Dick and Boo come into the house. 1 / 'fWe have a spare room," he said, ''and you may as well occupy it as not." The two accepted the invitation with thanks and were soon in bed and asleep. It to them as if had scarcely more than touched the bed before they were aroused by a rapping work when they were startled by lond yells from the redon their door coats' encampment across the road. Dick kliew what it meant. The sentinel whom he had knocked senseless had regained COl).SCiousnes s and given th: alarm. "We must take refuge in flight, Bob!" Dick. "Our only chance is in making a bold da s h for liberty." "Away we' go, old man!" cried Bob. I They leaped upon the hor:;es at a s ingle bound, and with the arms tied on the saddles, Dic k and Bob dashed I down the road A redcoat darted at D ick, s word in hand, hut the youth stopped hirir with a pi st ol ball. "Wake up, Dick, Bob!" cried the voice of Sam son, one of the "Liberty BoysY "Mark Morrison has just come in with the report that the redcoats are coming to attack us !" CHAP'l1ER X. 'HE DISAPPEARANCE OF LUCY. The redcoat encampment was now in an uproar A Dick and Bob were out of bed in a jiffy. nnmber of the British soldiers dasheo f o rward and fired "We'll be out in just a minute, Sam," called out Dick a volley. None of ilhe bullet s took effc(!t however; the "Tell the boys to get ready."


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. The youths dressed as quickly as possible and a few minutes later were out of doors. Dick asked Mark for the particulars and was speedily placed in possession of them. According to Mark's state ment the redcoats were only about a mile away and were approaching as rapidly as they could and yet not make much noise. Jt was evident that they were counting on taking the patriots by surprise. them, the redcQat s charged toward the rail fence, but were met with two withering volleys in quick succession and recoiled. They could not face such a hail of bullets. The officers kept on trying to keep their men from taking to flight, and succeeded better than might have been expected "They have fired off all their weapons!" shouted the commander of the force. "Charge before they have Dick led his force down the road a distance of perhaps time to reload!" two hundred 'yards, and the men took up a position behind This was good advice, and the redcoats obeyed ima rail fence which extended alongside the road and just mediately there would have been a terrible hand-to-hand within the edge of the timber. encounter there by th1 rail fence. The men d id not obey Dick gave such instructions .as he thought neqessary and promptly, however, but were so demoralized i t took them then all awaited the coming of the enemy. They did not have long to wait. Soon the hoofbeats of the redcoats' horses ,was heard. Loude,r and louder the sound grew. Soon redcoats would be in sight. Although it had seemed to Dick and Bob as if they bad not s lept five minutes, yet they bad slept more than that many hours, and now the first faint light of the coming day could be seen in the east. It was light enough so that a large body like the party several minutes to get straightened out, and by that time the patriots had succeeded in reloading muskets Then, when the British rode forward, they we: ::-.-:.:' 1 two volleys, which, fired right into their faces at:: d"_',i:;r.ce of only ten feet, were something terrible, and next instant the entire force1was dashing away, down tl::: road in great di s order. It was a case of every fellow for him self, and Old Nick take the hindmost. Again Dick's little army bad triumphed. The redcoats of redcoats could be seen at a distance of fifty yards, and were completely routed, and at least thirty of their numpresently the enemy came in sight. Closer and closer the redcoats came. They were pro ceeding cautiously and it was evidently their intention to move slowly until challenged by the "rebel" sentinel, and then make a sudden dtsh and ride right into the camp and cvt the patriot soldiers down. I such was their expectation they were destined to be ba?Jy disappointed, and suddenly they were startled by heating a clear, ringing voice cry -out: "' 'Liberty Boys' fire!" Crash! Roar The youths had obeyed the command, and poured a withering volley into the 1:anks of the red-\ coats. It came as a surprise, and a terrible one to the British. They had come ''' i th the intention of surprising the patriots and had had the tables turned on them. It was not yet enough so that the youths could take good aim, so the volley did not do as much execution as it might otherwise have done. A dozen horses and their riders went down, however, and the scene immediately became a bedlam. The redcoats yelled and cursed, and their officers tried to keep them from becoming In the midst of this came a second volley, and again a number of saddles were emptied and severa l horses went down. Maddened b_v the which been accorded )" ber lay on the ground, dead or wounded. Pearing that the enemy might return, Dick ordered the men to load their muskets and pistols as quickly as pos sible, which they did; but the redcoats did not come back. They had plenty for that time. When convinced that the trouble was over for the t.ime being, Dick ordered that the wounded redcoats should be taken to the farmhouse and made as comfortable as pos This was done, and then the wounded horses were shot and put out of their misery and the uninjured ones were caught and taken and placed in Mr. Sa11nflers' stable It was now coming daylight, and Dick did not think the redcoats would again attempt to make an attack, but he would not take anything for granted, and threw out a strong -"'scouting force in the the enemy had gone. While they were at breakfast, Dick and Bob having been invited to eat at the table in the Saunders bouse, the youths received word that the British bad taken their departure and were riding toward the east. \ I "They are going back to Philadelphia to report their failure to accomplish their purpose here," said Dick, con fidently. The others were of a like opinion, and when the soldiers outside were informed of the fact that the e nemy had \


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 25 given up and was going back, they gave utterance to c heer after cheer. "We licked 'em I" cried Sam Sanderson "Hurrah! We licked 'em, and we can do it again if they will only give us the chance!" "That we can I" was the cr] from the rest of th

T1IE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGit'r. and the parents of Lucy sank. They began to fear that they would never see her again. They could not even give a guess regarding what had happened to her, and this made the affair all the biore trying. Had they had a clue they wotild not J have felt quite so bad, for they would have had something to thitlk about and work upon. And now, with the privilege of the writer, we will see what had become of Lucy. As her mother had said, at late bedtime ihe night I "And in that case we will be clear out of their reach, I you know." "Yes, So we will. Aren't you tired, cap? Let me have the girl a while." "All right." Then a stop was made and the girl was transferred from the arms of the man called "cap" to those of another of the kidnappers. If will be as well to llcknowledge now; that the men whlj had abducted Lucy Slavins Were Captain Sherwood and his three crtmy co:tnrades. The captllin had not, by before she had taken her candle and started to go to her any means, accepted his refusal at the girl's hands as bedroom. She occupied a room upstairs and well back final, and he had made up his mind to liave her by foul along the hall towar!'l the rear of the house. She reachineans, since fair ones had fail!:id. ed her door, opened it and stepped into the room, to find Lucy was cotlscious, now, Capt!tin Sherwood having herself seized by strong hands. The candle was blown opetied the blanket fh such a way as to let in fresh air, out before she had a chance to see who her assailatits were, but she did not let on that such was the case, but lay silent . and then a blanket was thrown over her head, and alas if still unconscious. She had long s ince who though she cried out her voicE! was so muffied that she her captors were, by their voices, and her heart was bitter was not heard. agaittst thl' sco undrelly captain !or what he had done. Her captors then carried her to the window at the end 'q wonder if he thirtks this will make tne {ove him?" of the hall and lifted her through out onto the t11ought Lucy. "I wonder what hi:! th'ihks of Ameri can shed roof. There were four n1e1i, atld the gitl ivas no girls, anyway? He t1:mst have it opinion of them." a babe in their hlitids. They had no difficult y I On, ori redcbats. tt:H:Ik at m gettmg Lucy down to the ground, there being a ladd e r Lucy, and the gu'l took a 1nahc1ous delight tn worrying leaning against the roof at tlie lower edge, and thetl the them by pretending to be unconscious. They talkt1d of the four carried the girl to where foui' horses were liitched J a matter and Lucy could tell by his toMs that the captain hundred yards up the road. was frightened for fear she was or at least might One of the three untied a horse, lE!aped irito thl=! !3addl!:!, and the other three men lifted the girl ttp to hiin. Lucy tvas now unconscious, the enveloping folds of the heavy blanket having almost suffocated her. never regain The redcoats rod e as rapidly as th<:l)t cotild, and at last reached the old cabin in the woods about a mile and a half f1om where, as the reader will re The other three men then untied their horses,<:ld, member, Di c k had overheard the four talking on the and the four rode away, up the road towart1 the \Ves t. night he had left his horse tie d in the old stab le. 'l'hey went only hal a mile in direction and then "Thank goodness, we have got here at last!'' exclaimed turned south aild went iri this direction a Then they Captain Sherwood, as he leaped to the ground. "Jerry, turned east and rode i:h this directioh a of three you take the girl and carry her into the house. Tom, you miles. Here they made another turn to th lE!t, and a and Sam, put the horses i:r:t the stable. I'll open the door ride of a mile brought them to main road; leading and let you in thtl house, Jerry."' I to Philadelphia. The captain passed ) erry, in whose arms the fello The four had not indulged in much conversation up to called had just placed Lucy, and made his way this time, speaking only at rare intervals, and then in to the door of the cabin, which he opened. Jerry was brief monosyllables; but now one of the men drew a. breath close behind, and entered and deposited the supposed un of relief and said: conscious girl on a sort of rude cot at one side of the room. "I guess we are safe now, cap." "Now build up the fire, Jerry ordered the captain, "Yes! I think so," was the reply. "I haven't worried as he closed the door. "I will see whether or not the much about 1 being pursued, for I doubt if .girl is alive." they will discover that the girl is missing before mornCaptain Sherwood turned and started toward the cot, ing." ,but Lucy quick!y rose to a sitting posture, and, throwing


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 27 "Aha! so you have consciousness, eh ?" ex-1 sword I will spit him as I would a frog!" he said, boast imed Captain Sherwood, a look of relief appearing on fnlly. "I would ask no better sport than to be pitted ; face. against a dozen or two of country bumpkins s uch a,s fie." "As you see, sir," replied I,ucy, with cold dignity; "and "lf yoit were a s good a fighter as you are boaster you w, if you will be so h.ind; I would like for you to tell would indeed be dangerous," was the girl's reply, cutl what you mean by making a prisoner of me._al).d carrytingly given. g me away from my home in this fashion?" The officer was not ai; all disconcerted. "That is simple enough, and easily answered," he re ed; "I have done it because I love you." A ..... scornful smile appeared on Lucy's face. "You have a peculiar way of showing your love, I must '{ she sai'd. "You must not be hard on me, Lucy," said the cap m; "you refused me and as I was determined that I 1uld make you my wife, how else could I act? I think is very conclusive-'proof that I love you when I that I have to secure you." "Don't call me Lucy," said the girl, her eyes flashing; ou have no right to do so. And you have made a great The captain flushed . It was evident that he did not relish such talk from one whom he fancied he loved. "It is a good thing you are a woman," he growled; "no man would dare talk thus to me!" "Oh, dear me, is that so?" said Lucy, mockingly. The two soldiers entered at this moment and the captclin turned away without an s wering Lucy. He called the two aside and held a whispered conversation with them, and they nodded and went out. Ca;ptain Sherwoofl barred the door and then asked r,uc y if she wished tQ.. get some s leep. She replied that she did, and the officer opened a door at the end of the room, revealing another room, s maller in size. "You will find a comfortable bunk in there," he said; stake in bringing me here, for I shall neve r consent to "there are plenty of warm blankets, and 'if you need more, you-never!" A cunning smile appeared on the face of the captain. let me know.'" He handed the gi:r:l a candl e which she took, and, with:"That is all right;'' he said; 11we will fix that. If you out a word, entered the room and closed the door. ll marry me ;villingly, well and good; it will be the "You'll have hard work taming her, cap," said Jerry, st thing you can do, and will simplify matters; but if when the captain came and sat down beside him at the fire. u won' t do that why then you wm have to marry me l8ther you wish to or not, for I have a comrade who is regularly ordained minister, and he can perform the remony-t1ncl will do it if I tell him to, whether you willing or not!" :lJucy turned pale. "You---'scoundrel\!" she cried. "You would not dare!" "I dare anything. I have made up my mind to have u for my wife, and I am going to do so and nothing n prevent me." "Don't be too sure," warned the girl; 11 one thing is \ rtain, I would rather die than be made your wife and en, George will find and rescue :me-I know "Bah P' sneered Sherwo.od. "George will never know wt has become -of you. We did our work well, and ur friends will not have the idea where to look r you. Don't buoy y,ourself up with any such hopes, r you will be disappointed." "I don't believe it," was the brave reply; "George will td and rescue me and punish you a s you deserve to Be .nished for such dastardly work." Captain Sherwood laughed scornfully. "I judge you are right, Jerry," replied the captain, a dark frown on his face; "I will tame bet, though, or know the reason why. There was a look in the British officer's eyes which showed that he meant what he said. It was a look which proved him to be a man capable of anything CHAPTER XII. THE RESCUE. As we have seen, the J_.ucy Slavins tad caused general consternation and alarm among her rela tives and friends. Search had been made for her, but till noon of the day following disappearance no signs of the missing girl haa been found. / Lucy's parents were almost distracted and so was George Saunders. His face was and drawn and he looked like a man forty years old. Dick felt very sorry for the young man. He realized that the blow was indeed a ::If that lover of yours ever comes within reach of my severe one.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. "I wish I could say or do something to comfort him," Slavins was impressed with the idea that the secret of i.hought Dick; and then like a flash an idea came to him. Lucy's disappearance had been solved, for she said that He remembered how Captain Sherwood had looked at Lucy had told her that the captain had made love to her, Lucy the night of the storm, when he and his three men and asked her to be his wife, and that he had threatened had stopped at Mr. Slavins', and he remembered, also, she had told him that she could not marry hi..J.:R. the conversation which he had heard between the captain Mr. Slavins was not so sure. He could hardly bring and his men in the old cabin in the close to Philahimself to believe that a soldier of the king could do delphia. Might it not be possible that the British officer such a thing. had carried Lucy away? Dick thought such a thing not "But if it turns out that he has," he said, in a cold, only possible, but probable, and calling George Saunders hard voice, "if your suspicion proves to be correct, and aside he told the you;tg man his suspicions. Captain Sherwood has stolen my daughter and carried George became greatly excHed at once. her off, then I shall no longer be an adherent of the king. "That is it!" he cried "You have hit upon the truth, l shall not feel that I am called upon to .be loyal to a Dick, I'll wager; for Lucy told me that Captain Sherwood sovereign wlto has in employ such scoundrels! From made love to her and asked her to be his wife, and that that time on I shall be a patriot!" when she told him it was impossible, lfe threatened her. "Good for you!" exclaimed Dick, approvingly. "Stick Why didn't I think of it myself? The spoundrel! Oh, to that and I think that before this time to-morrow the just let me get my hands on him!" George was terribly in earnest, and it was plain to be seen that there would be trouble when he and the gallant captain met. Then a gloomy look settled over his face as he said : t "But where will we look for Lucy, Dick? Where do you suppose he has taken her?" "To the old cabin, of course," was the reply; "I will wager 'that we find her there." "Of course," agreed George; "my head is all muddled, Dick, and I can't think clearly. But let's be going! I shall be wild till I see Lucy again and learn that she is safe!" great cause of Liberty will have one more adherent." The eleven youths mounted their horses and rode away at a gallop, by the cheers of all, for the news of where they were going and why, had traveled from mouth to mouth, and there was great excitement ,I At the Saunders home George joined the youths and then the party of twelve dashed down the road like a cyclone. They rode like the wind for three hours then Dick gave the word for them to slacken speed. They obeyed, a few rods farther on the youth turned aside and led the way into the timber. It was quickly seen that he was following what had once been a. road, but which "Very well; we will start at once, George," said Dick, was now hard1y recognizable as such, it l:leing almost who understood and appreciated the young man's feelings choked up ;vith underbrush. in the matter. "I' will take a dozen of my 'Liberty Boys' The members of the party rode along in single file, and and we will ride at the best speed at which our horses presently came out in a little clearing. At the farther can travel. We should be able to reach the cabin by three side of the clearing was an old cabin, and just as the o'clock, or half-past at the outside." youths appeared a man stepped out of the doorway and "So we should. Get your men, Dick, and I will join pulled the door shut behind him. The man was Captain yo over at our house. I have a three-year-old over there Shenvood, and Dick and George recognized him on the that can outrun any horse in this part of the country, and instant. I'll give him something to do to-day." The officer heard tHe sound! of the horses' hoofs, and "All right, George.'" looked up. A curse escaped his lips and he attempted to The young man hastened away in the direction of his flee. He was too late, however; George would not have home, and Dick picked out ten of the "Liberty Boys" and it. He was not willing to let the,fellow escape. Spurring told them to get ready to accompany him. Eleven o.f the his horse forward he cried out: horses that had been captured from the redcoats were hastily bridled and saddle(\, and when Mr. and Mrs. Slavins asked Dick if he had a clew, he told them that he thought he had. They asked him to tell them what the clew was and he told them what he suspected. Mrs. "Villain! what have you done with Lucy?" Sherwood, seeing that he would be unable to escape, drew his pistol and tried to shoot George, but the young man was too quick for him. George had drawn his pistol s he rode fomard, and up( went his hand, quick as a


THE LIBERTY BOYS' FLIGHT. 29 fi11sh, as he saw the other was about to fire. Two shots Jerry and now, at George's request, four of them car sounded almost together, but the bullet from the young rie d the man into the house and him on patriot's pistol st ruck the r e dcoat in the chest and ruined lhe cot. They did all they could for him, but the ex-his aim, his bullet going wild. perienced eyes of the "Liberty Boys" told them that it Sherwood sank to the ground with a groan. was useless. Captain Sherwood himself lfnew it. "Curse you, you've killed me!" he hissed, vicious even though mortally wounded. "It's no u se," he said, feebly; "I have received my death-wound." Then he turned his eyes upon Lucy I "And served you only right, you cowardly scoundrel!" "Can you-forgive--me?" he said, gaspingly. "I know cried George, who was very angry and as yet uncertain that I-did wrong; and I-am sorry. I hope you-won't regarding the fate of his loved one. "Where is Lucy?" think-too hard of me, for-I-loved you!" He leaped to the ground as he spoke and started toward 'l 'hese were the la s t words ever spoken by Captain Sherthe door of thC)cabin, which opened suddenly, showing a wood. As he finished speaking, he gave a shudder and redcoat, who raised his hands and cried: was dead. "I surrender. Don't shoot!" 'rhe scene affected Lucy greatly and laying her head "Where is Lucy?" cried George, threateningly, coveron George's shou ld er, she wept. ing the fellow with his other pistol. "Where is that poor "Why, Lucy, what is the matter?" asked George. girl whom you stole away from her home la st night? Answer!" The look on the young man's face was so menacing, so terrible, indeed, that the redcoat hastened to reply: "She's in here, safe and he cried; "don't shoot!" George caught hold of the redcoat, and, jerking him out of the doorway, hurled him into the arms of the "Liberty Boys," who had dismounted and dashed into the cabin. "Lucy !" he cried. "Lucy, where are you?" Instantly there .was a joyous cry and Lucy-who had l:teard the firing, and not knowing what was going on, had kept back in the cabin out of the way-leaped forward and was clasped in her lover's arms. "Oh! George!" she murmured, kissing him again and again, and then permitting him to give them all back again. "I knew you would come. I told Captain Sherwood you would rescue me, and make him pay a heavy penalty for what he had done!" "He has done so, Lucy; he is outside dying." "Did you shoot him, George?" "Yes, Lucy; we both fired at almost the same instant, "Nothing, George," was the reply; "only-l'm so sorry may have parents who will grieve for him." "He ought to hav e thought of that and been a b ette r man," said George, philosophically. Dick realizeu that it was dangerous to remain where they were for any l ength of time They were within. a mile and a half of and a band of redcoats might come down upon them at any moment. He ques tioned Jerry. "1'here were two more of you," he s;:tid; "where are they now?" "In Philad e lphia," replied Jerry. "Will they be back soon?" "Yes; they'll be back thi s evening." "Good! Then I shall leave you here, Jerry, and when your comrades come they will release you and the three of you can look after the dead body of your. captain." Jerry nodded and drew a breath of relief. It was evi dent that he was glad to know that he was not to be taken along with Dick 's party. The horse s belonging to Jerry and Captain Sherwood were found in the stable and the captain's horse was taken for Lucy's use. but I him by the fraction _of a second, and his shot did not damage me in the least." Ten minutes later the entire party was riding away on "Oh, I am so glad that you escaped .-but I'm sorry the road leading westward from Philadelphia. They rode steadily onward for three hours, .at the end you gave him his death-wound, George Bring him into cabin and place him on the cot; perhaps we may be able to do something to ease his pain." That was the woman of it. A few moments before the of which time they arrived at home. The scene which ensued when Lucy arrived in safety was an exciting one, for the "Liberty Boys" and soldiers girl was filled with anger and hatred toward the British in general cheered loudly. officer, but now all the bitterness had gone out and she The meeting between mother and daughter was vliry was ready to be a ministering angel. 1'he "Liberty had

30 THE LIBERT Y BOY S F LI G HT Mr. Slavins gave his daughter a kiss and then strode and Saunders families and. rode away in the direction of up to Dick. Valley Forge. "'l'hen it is true that Lucy was kidnapped by that When Dick made his report to General Washington, Sherwood?" he asked. he was praised for hi good work, and felt that he was amply repaid, as praise was something never idly bestowed by the commander-in-chief. "Yes, it is true," replied Dick. An excl amation of anger eseaped Mr. Slavins. "That settles it, then!" he cried. "! am no longer a. king's man, but from this day forth will be a patriot to the core!" Then liftin.g his voice he cried: "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!" All present had heard how Mr. Slavins hacl said that he would renounce allegiance to the king and become a pa triot if it turned out that the redcoats had kidnapped his A few days later Sam Sanderson, who had made a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Saunders-of course, Mary hild nothing to do with his going there !-returned with 1 he report that the British had come and taken their 1\'ounded soldiers away from the homes of Mr. Saunders und :Mr. Slavins, and that all was quiet in the neighbor hood. We may as well state here that George Saunders and d:mghter,.and when they he31rd him cr3: out, "Down with ihc king! Long live L i berty 1" a cheer went up from all. Lucy Slavins were married at the close of the war, and "Hurrah for Mr. Slavins 1" yelled Sam Sanderson. that Dick Slater was present at the ceremony, the most "rr'hree cheers for the patriot, boys!" The cheers were given with a will, and then everybody present insisted on shaking bands with Mr. Next morning Dick asked Mr. Slavins j1ow he !elt .. "Are you orry that you have become a patriot?" he in quired "Sorry? No was the emphatic reply. "I am glad. I am only sorry that I did not become a patri o t The work of the "Liberty Boys" 'in this vicinity was oYer. rl'hey had spoiled the plans of the redcoats and Dick did not think they would try to bother the patriots of that vicinity soon again. Feeling sure of this, Dick and his men bade good-by to all the members of the Slavins l!onored guest of the occasion. THE END. The next number (55) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will cohtain ''THE LIBERTY BOYS' STRATEGY; OR, OUTGENERALING THE ENEMY." by Harry Moore SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of tllis weekly ure always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. Sam pie Copies Se:n."t :F-ree!! I "HAPPY DAYS." The Largest and Best W eeklt Story Paper Published. !t contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N e w York


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