The Liberty Boys' oath, or, Settling with the British and Tories

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NEW YORK,_ JANUARY 11, 1901. Price 5 Cents; OR--SETTLfNGWITHTHE BRITI s BY Captain .Prilik said: "This. is. not a woman at all,. but .that _infernal patriot boy spy himself 'Sam Sly.' 8eize him! Don't lei him escape!" And the Dick bl the-_ arm. .enac_ ecl .!>Y. a terrlbltt danger.


'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of t he American Revo lu t ion. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered acco1ding to Act of Congress, in the year 1901, "'in the office of the Lib1arian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank 1 ousey, 24 Union Square, New York, o 2 NEW Y ORK, January 11, 1 901. P rice 5 cents. CHAPTER I. .A. DANGEROUS ASSIGNMEN T. eptember, 1776. he British have just succ eede d in driving the Conti al Army off Long I s land. the battle of Long I s land, which took place August "But supposing the British were to come around and at tack us from the rear, they did Sullivan and Stirling, on Long I s land, what could we do?" "We mu s t not allow this to happen," s aid Washington quietly. "But how will you J.i(!lp it? How will you know whe n they are starting to make a move of that kind?" "I shall have to make use of spies." he outpost s of the Cont i n e ntal A rm y had been attack e d "Ah! I see; but what spy would dare venture acros s t o routed, 11nd had been forced to retire to Brooklyn the British stronghold to obtain information? It wou ld hts b e sure death!" e n knowin g his could not withstand a s iege, "It would be very dangerous, but not necessarily sure ral Washing t on had withdrawn his army from Brookdeath. I have several spies who would go at once, if I gav e eights in a night, from almo s t u nder the very noses them the order. For instance, there is Bird, and then, e British, and had crossed over to N e w York. again, there is Harper; and then I have a boy spy who did d now at this writing, the main army occupi e d wonderful work a couple of w eeks a go, among the Briti s h, Heights, along the Harle m Riv e r, leavin g a de-before the attack was made on Sullivan and Stirling ent consisting of four thousand men down in the city, "I heard about that. What is the boy's name?" r the command of General Putnam. neral Washington sat in his headquarters alone. was thinking deeply. e great man realized that a great responsibility rested his shoulders. "Dick Slater." "Ah, yes; I remember it now. He rescued some of our men who wer e he l d prisoners, did he not?" "Yes; a dozen. Bird and Harper were among t hem. "That wa.s quite a feat for a boy to perform." was commander-in-chief of the Continental armies. "Yes; or a man, either. He succeeded whllre Bird and he made a mistake the consequences would be se-Harper, two of the best spies I have, fai l ed, and were cap tured. So I think he is the perso n for me to send over e error of judgment might mean defeat of the great to spy among the British across the East River." e of Liberty. "Do you think he will be bold enough to venture?" erefore, it was necessary to study the situation keenly e making a step. hile the commander-in chief sat there pondering, one e staff officers entered. ell, your excellency," he said, after greeting his com "what do you think of the situation?" do not like it," was the reply. o you think we can hol d New Yoi:_k ?" "I think so; indeed, I am confident he will be delighted at being selected for the dangerous and important work." "He must be an extraordinary youth, then "He is, I am sure. I think he will make h is mark before this war is ended." The commander-in chief called an orderly. "Orderly," he said, "in my army is a company of youths who call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of '76.' Their comh, no; New York will have to be abandoned, but we mander is a youth named Dick Slater. I wish you to have hold it until forced to withdraw." hen where will we go?" into the country." this young man sent to me here at once." The orderly saluted and withd rew. Half an hour elapsed


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. During that time the commander -in-chief and his staff Tories in full for the murder of my father. And my officers--'-Others having entered the headquarters mean while-discussed the situation pro and con Like the great general that he was, Washington asked the views of his staff officers, listened to what they had to say, and if anything was advanced that he thought good, he made use of it. Then the orderly entered and announced : "Dick Slater, your excellency ." "Show him in," said the commander-in chief. The orderly saluted and withdrew. The next moment a handsome youth of about eighteen years entered the room. erty Boys-the company which I command, your ex lency-have taken an oath to stand by me to the bitter and fight to the death t o aid me in squaring my acco against the British and Tories." "You are a brave and noble youth! Well, I shall use of your services, Master Dick, and I am confiden t you will be better able to do the work I wish done t anyone else whom I could select." "Thank you, sir. What is it that you wish me to d "I wish you to do some more spy work." "I am ready to do it, sir." "Very good; I wish to have information of the inten There was something about the looks of this youth to movements of the British, if such a thing is possible attract attention anywhere. He was well built and athletic looking they decide to try to flank us and reach our rear, I wisl know of the intended movement; in fact, I wish to Then, too, he had a finely shaped head, on a pair of advance information of the intended movements of magnificent shoulders, and the clear, cool eyes indicated British, if. possible. Do you think you can secure the perfect self-control, and his whole appearance showed that formation for me?" he was a youth possessed of a cool courage and splendid judgment. In a word, he had a masterful look, such as is more often seen in a man after many years of experience in fighting life's battles in which he had been victor. "Master Slater," said the commander-in-chief, after The commander-in-chief looked at Dick searching! "I will try, sire, and will do my best." Dick spoke simply, but there was a firm, determined to his voice that impressed the general and the member his staff. "Well, that is all that can be asked-that yon. try greeting the youth, "a couple of weeks ago you went over do your best. You must remember, my boy, that as -0nto Long Island, penetrated into the midst of the British were in the lines of the British, and pretended to wis forces, and after gaining considerable information, you join the king's army, you will be recognized if you are s re s cued some patriot soldiers who had captured and by any of those who saw you before." imprisoned, and escaped to the American lines." I know that, your excellency; but I am willing to g Dick bowed. once and begin my work." He was a modest youth, and felt that there was nothing "Good! You may cross the river to-night, then, to be said. enter upon the difficult and dangerous undertaking." "You did splendidly on that occasion," the commanderThen the commander-in-chief gave Dick the necess in-chief continued; "and it is on that account that I have instructions, after which the youth took his departure, decided to give you the opportunity of going upon another general and members of the staff shaking hands with h undertaking." and wishing him good luck and Godspeed. "You have but to order, and I shall obey," said Dick, "There goes a brave, noble and shrewd youth," said promptly. commander-in-chief, when Dick had gone "I feel t "Spoken like a man and a patriot! Then you are will-he will, if he e s capes death at the hands of the British, b ing to be detailed upon work of a character which leads you inestimable service to the Cause of Liberty in the pres into great danger?" great struggle." "I am not only willing, but glad to be detailed for such "He is a handsome, manly-looking young fellow, work, your excellency. I hate the British and Tories, and tainly," coincided one of the staff officers, and the ot there is no risk I would not take, there is nothing I would nodded ass ent. not dare; if as a result I am of service to the great Cause. "Somehow, I place great confidence in that youth's a I have personal feeling in this matter, your excellency. The ity to secure information, and keep me posted as to the Tories murdered my father, and I have taken an oath to tended movements of the British," the commander-in-c 1 er rest until after I have s e ttled with the British and said.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' d.TH. As for Dick, he left the headquarters feeling highly too eager to be in the army and help fight for liberty to C:lated. get homesick. His heart swelled with pride that the commander-in"Oh, by the way," said Bob, with a sly grin, "here is an chief should select him, in preference to one of the men inclosure that came in my letter. It is addressed to you, spies, to go upon such an important undertaking as that you see. It looks wonderfully like the handwriting of my of securing information of the intentions of the British sister Alice, though, of course, it must be from your sister with regard to the capture of the city of New York and Edith!" of the patriot army. "That's all right!" laughed Dick, as he seized the note "I will do my best," he said to himself. "I have taken eagerly, and gave Bob a cuff alongside the head; "I'll an oath to settle with the British and Tories, and I will do wager a good deal that there was an inclosure for you in everything I can to make their defeat a certainty." my sister Edith's handwriting!" He returned to where his company of LibertY. Boys was Bob chuckled. quartered. ':You're a pretty good guesser!" he said. "What did the commander-in-chief want with you, Dick read the note from Alice Estabrook, his sweetheart. Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, a handsome youth of Dick's It was filled to overflowing with expressions of love, age. and there were, also, congratulations on the wonderful "He wants me to go oYer across the river and spy upon work he had performed as a spy, in penetrating within the the British, Bob." British lines and rescuing some patriot prisoners, the news "Phew! some more spy work, eh?" exclaimed Bob, eagof this exploit having reached the folks at home. erly. Dick's eyes shone with pleasure as he read, and when he "Yes.,, had finished he kissed the note, and placed it carefully in "Say, I wish General Washington would give me some his pocket. f that kind of work to do." "Just what I did with Edith's !"-chuckled Bob, and Dick Bob's eyes shone eagerly. "Perhaps he will do so, Bob." blushed, and then laughed. They talked of the folks at home for a while, and then "If he needs the services of any more spies than he has their conversation turned to the dangerous work which ill you recommend me, Dick?" Dick was to undertake with the coming darkness. "Of course I will, Bob." "Good for you After some further talk, Bob said: "I got a letter from the folks a little while ago, Dick." Dick started, and he looked at Bob eagerly. "l hope they are all well," he said. "Especially Alice, eh?" with a chuckle. Alice was Bob's sister, a:i;id Dick's sweetheart. Dick flushed slightly, and then nodded. "Right," he said, with a smile. "They're all well, Dick, and--" "And my mother and sister !-did they say how they re? I have received but one letter from them since we t home to join the army." "That is just what I was going to tell you. They are ll, also." "I am glad to hear that." "They send their love to us, old fellow!" The youths lived near Tarrytown, where their homes had n since they could remembe1:, and the old homes were y dear to them; but they were not homesick. They were ''.How are you going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. "Aren't you afraid you will be recognized? There are those two captains, Parks and Frink, who will recognize you, and then there are a number of the soldiers who will do so, if they lay eyes on you." "I'll tell you what I think I shall do, Bob," said Dick; "a bold game is more likely to succeed than any other kind, and I believe I will not wait till night to go across the river, but will go across right away." "In broad daylight!" Bob was astounded. "You will be killed, sure, Dick!" he added. "No ; I shall go in disguise." "Oh! What kind of a disguise will you adopt, Dick?" "I haven't decided as yet. I will visit a second-hand store down in the city, and decide on a disguise then." "And you're going right away?" "At once, Bob !" Twenty minutes later Dick left the quarters dressed in his civilian suit, having bade good-by to Bob and the rest of the Liberty Boys, and started down toward the city


4 THE :.LIBER'fY BOYS' OATH. CHAPTER II. THE APPLE WOMAN. "My own mother wouldn't know me," he thought. guess this will do nicely." He asked the price of the dress and bonnet, and the J named a sum twice what the articles were worth. Dick did not demur, however. He paid the sum without a word. It was just the disguise he wished, and he did not like quarreling over the price, when he was getting so thing which might save his life, and make it possible He was a Jew, and alive to the chance to make an honhim to be successful in the undertaking on which he Reaching the business portion of the city, Dick entered a second-hand store. The dealer hastened forward to wait on him. est, or otherwise, dollar. "I'll tell you what I want," said Dick; "I wish a cos-tume that will be a disguise, so that no one who knows me would recognize me." "Ah I see, mine poy. Vell, I haf many kints uv gosabout to start. Leaving the Jew's store, he walked down the stre ways to an apple stand. Here he purchased a basketful of apples. Then he headed for the East River front. dmnes which will suit you, I am sure." He reached the river at the point where Washingt Then he got down several suits of clothes, and a lot of army had come across, on the night it escaped from Br wigs, etc. lyn Heights. Dick feared that the wigs and other articles of disguise Dick looked around for a while, and presently foun would not pass muster in the daytime, and a bright thought boy sitting in a boat fishing. struck him: Why not dress up in women's clothing? Dick asked to be shown a dress that would fit him, and the dealer got two or three down off the shelves. Dick selected one. "May I put it on here?" he asked. '' 0 h, yes, mine poy the Jew assured him, deciding to charge a dollar extra for this. So Dick retired to a little room at the rear of the store, and put the dress on over his clothing. He approached the boy, and engaged him in conyersat "Catching many fish?" he asked. "Not many," was the reply. I?ick pointed to the apples in the basket. "Would ye like to hev a couple uv nice, red apples?" asked, simulating the voice of the typical apple woma "Wouldn't mind if I had a couple uv 'em, aunty,'' the reply. "Well, I am a poor woman, an' I wants to git over the British ter sell my apples, an' if ye will row me acr When he came forth, arrayed in the dress, the dealer I'll g'in ye a couple uv nice ones." held up his hands in amazement and admiration. "Done! Clim' in, aunty," said the boy. Dick entered the boat promptly, and the boy cast 1 "You vos bretty enough vor anyvun to make luf do!" the painter, and taking up the oars, rowed out into he exclaimed. "Der disgwize vos perfect! Only you must haf a hat to go with der dress." nver. "Hain't ye afraid ter go over amongst the Brit' "I prefer a bonnet," said Dick; "then my lack of hair aunty?" the boy asked, looking at Dick curiously. will not be so noticeable." "Here ish a ponnet," the dealer said, and he brought out .an old sunbonnet with a :flourish. Dick put it on. Then he went to the mirror at the end of the room and took a look at himself. He could hardly keep from laughing aloud. "Laws bless ye, no replied Dick; "they won't hu pore, lone woman like me!" "I'd be afraid they'd take the apples an' not pay 'em," the boy said. "I'd slap the face off the man as'd try ter rob me in fashion!" "Good fur you the boy said; "they'd hang ye, tho He looked ludicrous-at least that was the way it seemed ef ye hit one of 'em." to him. "I'm no afeered, rpy boy." Still, he said to himself, with a feeling of satisfaction, They soon reached the Long Island shore, and Dick it would be impossible for anyone to recognize him in this the boat, and gave the boy a couple of the nicest apple kind of a rig. the same time thanking him.


THE LIBERTY BOY2. OATH. "Thet's all right, aunty," the boy said; "good-by, an' look out that some uv them British officers don't make love to ye." "I'll slap 'em in the mouth, ef they try et!" Dick said, and the boy laughed, and started back toward the New York side. Dick made his way straight to Brooklyn Heights. He felt that a bold course was the only one to pur sue. rrhe British soldiers were attracted by the sight of the ap ple s at once, and crowded around Dick. "How much for the apples, my good woman?" asked a sergeant. Dick named a price, which was the same price that the apple over in New York charged at retail. "Give me a couple; that is cheap enough!" "It's too cheap. How can you afford it, my good wo m an?" from another, who also took a couple of the apples. "I'll tell you, fellow s," said another; "she is looking for a husband and is willing to sell her apples without profit, if she s ucceeds in getting a man." "I wouldn t get one if I got you!" retorted Dick, prompt l y and this answer amused the rest immensely. They laughed at their companion, and guyed him till he was red in the face, and mad enough to fight. Then they uttered exclamations of amazement. "Great guns! What a blow!" "It was like the kick of a mule!" "The woman can hit equal to any man!" "I guess Larkins thinks so!" Larkins was the name of the soldier who had been knocked down. He was, naturally, the most amazed man of all. The thought that, he could be floored by a womanknocked down as he had been-had never entered the fel low's mind He had supposed that, as a mal\> he could slap the face of the supposed woman with perfect safety. He had discovered his mistake, however. The blow which had been dealt him had been a strong one. The fellow had s e en more stars then than he had in a week. He was a brutal fellow, however, and he scrambled to his feet as quickly as he could. He was intent on obtaining revenge. No thought that the person who had struck him was a woman, and that as such she should be safe from attack, came to him. It did not make a particle of difference to this brute in "You think you are smart don't you, you hussy he human form. hi s sed, glaring at Dick. He would strike the woman as quickly as he would a man "Too smart for you!" replied Dick, coolly. "See here, you she-rebel!" the fellow cried, almost beside himself with anger. "I have a good mind to slap your saucy mouth!" -and perhaps more quickly, as he was a coward at heart. True, he had been knocked down by the woman, but he thought this simply an accident, and that the woman could not hit him again. "Try it, if ye dare, ye big, red-coated coward, ye!" cried "Out of my way I" he almost shouted to some of his com-Dick. "Jest try et, an' although I'm but a woman, I'll rades, who got in his way and sought to h o ld him back. g ive ye a thrashing, as sure as me name is Molly Potter!" "Out of my way! That cursed old apple woman struck me, The other soldiers cheered the supposed woman to the and I am going to pay her back for it! Nobody shall strike echo, and gave the fellow the laugh worse than ever. Sam Larkins and get away scot free, even if that somebody He was one of those hot-headed, brutal men who have does wear a petticoat!" i10 regard or respect for women, and with a muttered curse "Shame!" some of the soldiers cried at this, and they h e strode forward, and aimed a slap with the open hand at. hissed Larkins. Dick's cheek. But this only made him more angry, and he hurled two or The youth was on his guard, however. three of his comrades aside, and tried to reach the apple He did not intend to let any British soldier slap his woman. fac e, if he could help it. Dick had sizro the fellow up pretty closely. Quick as a fl.ash, he brushed the fellow's arm aside. The redcoat was one of those cowardly bullies who tyran-The n out shot his own good right arm. Crack! his fist nize over those weaker than themselves, and terrorize those o ok the redcoat fairly between the eyes, and down the of mild temperaments, and the youth made up his mind to ellow went with a crash! teach the fellow a lesson. The s pectators stared at the supposed woman for a few "Don't hold him back!" he cried, in his disguised voice, oments in silent wonder. which was a very good imitation of the voice of a woman;


.) THE BOYS' OATH "don't hold the coward back! Let him come on, an' I'll "How did you do it?" presently one of the redcoat show ye that a woman can thrash him I He is a brute, but asked. is not dangerous I" "With my fist!" replied Dick, promptly; "and I ca1 "Yes, he is dangerous!" said the soldier to Dick, in a low knock out any man as tries ter mistreat me, so everybody tone; "he has no sense, and would handle you roughly if take warnin'. I kin take keer uv meself I" he was let get at you." "I guess you can!" was the admiring rejoinder. "I'm not afraid of him, or of any man!" said Dick, de fiantly. "All I ask is for some one to hold my basket of apples. Then let him come on, a:i;i.d I will show ye all theta woman can whip him I" "That I can; and now, gentlemen, buy my apples. I have to make me living, ye know." The soldiers bought a good many apples, and with hi store somewhat depleted, Dick went his way, crying in his shrill voice : "Apples! Apples! Nice, red apples!" "By jove I believe she can do it!" said one soldier, admiringly. Looking back, Dick saw several of the soldiers assistin "I'll hold your apples; you are liable to drop the basket, the fellow he had knocked down to walk away, he havin anyway," from another, and he took the basket. "Now turn him loose!" said Dick; "let him go, if you don't like him!" The soldiers did not wish to let the fellow go, but he, by a sudden effort, burst away from them, and leaped toward Dick with the ferocity of a maddened tiger. "I'll hit you once, anyway, you she-fiend!" he snarled, and he struck at the youth with all his might. Of course, he never for one moment thought that he would miss the mark he aimed at. recovered consciousness. "I guess that coward has learned a lesson I" though Dick, CHAPTER III. IN DANGER. But he did. Dick had been to Brooklyn Heights before, and knew th He was not dealing with a helpless woman, but with a lay of the land perfectly. strong, athletic, lion-hearted youth. Of course, Dick was handicapped to some extent by the dress-skirts-or would have been had he been forced to move about to any great extent-but this handicap was more apparent than real, and it was counterbalanced by the fact that the assailant thought the youth was a woman, and was careless, thinking he could easily strike a woman down. Just as the blow was almost ready to land, the .. youth made a quick side step, and dodged the merest trifle-just sufficient to allow the man's fist to go over his shoulder. Then, quick as a flash, he struck out, his fist catching the redcoat on the jaw with terrible force, and down the fellow went with a thump And this time he lay still. He knew where the officers' quarters would be, and h made his way in that direction. He stopped crying his apples as he approached the building where the officers were quartered. He wished to slip in on them, if 'possible. By doing so, he might learn something of value. So he kept still, and walked along the hall of the building, opening one door after another softly. Whenever an orderly came along, Dick would cry hi;:; apples, but in a rather subdued tone of voice. He sold several apples to the different orderlies he encountered. They, of course, thought that Dick's reason for being so quiet was his disinclination to make a noise within the He did not move, and it was at once apparent that the sacred precincts set apart for the British officers. fellow had been knocked senseless by the blow. This was what Dick wished them to think. This was such a wonderful feat that all stood and stared He opened the doors leading into several rooms occupied down at the stunned redcoat for a few moments in para-by officers, but did not hear anything that gave him any lyzed silence. information. Then wondering exclamations escaped the lips of all. That a woman could deliver such a blow was almost beyond belief. The soldiers stared at Dick in wonder. He was about to become discouraged. He realized very clearly that he was taking his life in his hands in coming into this place. If it was discovered that he was disguised, that he was not


TIJ:E LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. 7 a woman, the suspicions of the British be aroused at once. rrhen, deprived of his disguisi'llg bonnet, he would be r e cognized sure. He would be made a prisoner. .And to be made a prisoner meant death! The youth was brave, however. He did not falter. .. His step was firm, his air and actions natural Q..nd con-:fi.dent. Some of the orderlies joked Dick, and one chucked him under the "Be careful, my friend!" said Die!, in his shrill voice; "be careful; I hev already thrashed one man for being too sassy, an' I kin serve another the same way, if it becomes necessary "That's all right, aunty!" was the laughing rejoinder; "I will be careful. So you are the woman who knocked Larkins out, are you" "I thrashed a brute; I don't know what his name is." "It was Larkins, and served him right. I'm not that kind of a man, aunty." ".And it's a good thing for both of us ye ain't, young man!" Then Dick made his way along the h!!ll, and opened door after door. There is little doubt that had Dick not been disguised as a woman he would have thrown out in a jiffy. Or, worse yet, he might have been arrested as a spy. His thinking to disguise himself as a woman had been a happy thought. In any other guise he could not have penetrated into the bu i lding which was the headquarters of the British officers t all. The youth could not help congratulating himself on i s foresight. Pre sently Dick opened a door along toward the farther ncl of the hall. .A glance up and down the .hall had assured the youth ha t no orderlies were about just at that moment. So h e took advantage of the opportunity, and ope ned the oor very softly. What he saw enchained his attention at once He stood in the doorway like a statue. He s carcely breathed, so fearful was he that he would isturb the ,proceedings. In the room were four men. T hey were fine-looking men. They had on the uniforms of Bri tish g e n e rals. .A glance only was needed to tell Dick that these were the four generals of the British Amy. "Generals Howe, Clinton, Percy and Cornwallis!" thought Dick. ,. ".And they are conferring together, and outlining their plan of campaign! Oh, if I could but hear their conversa tion in full Dick glanced back into t]+e hall. No one was in sight. He looked back into the room again. The great generals were bending over a table, looki g at a map or chart. It was evidently a chart or i:nap of New York and vicinity. The attentibn of the generals was attracted to the map. They were thinking of nothing else. They were entirely engrossed; they had no thought of other things. Of course, they bad no thought that a patriot spy could penetrate their very presence. They would have laughed at the idea, had anyone ad vanced it. So they pursued their work in happy unconsciousness that danger threatened. Of course, physical danger did not threaten them, but danger that some of their plans might become known to a patriot spy. Dick glanced eagerly about the room .At one side he saw a door. Did it open into a closet, or into another room-which? Dick could not know without investigating. If it was a closet and he could reach it, and take up a position therein, he might secure some important infor mation. The generals, thinking the mselves alone, and perfectl y s afe, would discuss their plans freely. The door in question was at the side of the room to the l ef t from where Dick stood. To reach the door he would have to walk ten or twelve feet, diagonally, acro s s the corner of the room. Could he do it without being observed by the generals? The knew that it was a dangerous undertaking. One or more of the men might look up at any mo-m e nt. In that event he would be discovered, and if discovered trying to slip across the room no excuses would avail him. They would be suspicious, and he would be made a pris-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. Then, when the bonnet was removed, it would be discovered that he was a boy. Then-death by bullet or hanging Dick thought of all these things. But it had no effect on him. He had come into the British stronghold to obtain infor mation that would be of value and benefit to General Washington. He might be able to reach the door after all. He stole forward once more. He reached the door without having been discovered. He seized the knob. Turning it gently, he pulled The door came open. A closet was revealed. Dick stepped through the doorway as quickly as he Such information could not be obtained without danger could, consistent with noiselessness, and pulled the door to the person obtaining it. shut after him. So Dick made up his mind to take the risks, and try to reach the door. With the youth to decide was to act. That was one of Dick's strong points There was no vacillation, no indecision about him. He was quick to decide and prompt to act. Just as the door was closing, one of the generals.looked a round. He gave a start. He imagined he had seen the door moving. Then he rubbed his eyes. "I have been studying the map too dosely," he thought; Such qualities are absolutely essential to the successful "and my eyes jerked and played me false." spy. Thus did Dick have a very narrow escape, of which fa ct Dick gave one more quick glance backward, and up and down the hall. No one was in sight The next instant he left his position in the doorway. He stole forward on tiptoe, heading for the door at the side of the room. He kept his eyes on the men at the table. They were still engrossed in the study of the map. Dick walked on his tiptoes, and made scarcely more noise than a shadow would have made. He felt that his life depended on his carefulness, and he was very careful. Forward he stole He was halfway across the room, when one of the men coughed and turned his head. he was, however, in entire and blissful ignorance. Dick congratulated himself on his success in gaining the shelter of the closet. He could now listen to the conversation of the generals without fear of being discovered. How he hoped they would go over their plans in detail! If they were to do this, and he could get away, and take the information to General Washington, it would be a great thing. The commander-in-chief of the Continental Army could then make his arrangements accordingly, and would be able to checkmate the British at every turn. "Well, what do you think will be our best plan of pro cedure, General Clinton?" asked one of the men, a few moLuckily for Dick, he turned his head in the other direcments after Dick had become ensconsed in his hiding ti on. place. Dick paused and stood like a statue. He felt that the man was almost certain to look around Dick guessed that it was General Howe who had spoken. "Well, I will tell you what I think, general," was the in his direction. reply; "it is my belief that after we have captured the city The youth gathe:i:ed himself together to make a dash and of New York-which will not be difficult, as the rebels will try to escape. He would not be captured if he could help it. evacuate as soon as we start to make an attack-we then pass up the Hudson past the forts with our ships, But the man did not turn his face in Dick's direction and get around to the rear of the r e bels and cut off their reafter all. treat." Instead, he turned back to a survey of the map or chart. "That is my idea exactly," replied a voice, which was It was with difficulty that Dick smothered a sigh of re-that of General Howe, of course. lief. "But how can we accomplish that?" asked another He had expected instant discovery, followed by a flight voice. "Do you think we can capture Fort Washington?" and fight, perhaps, for life. But he had escaped discovery. "I am confident we can," in Howe's voice; "but it will not be necessary, 1 think. We can run up past the fort


'l'HE LIBEH.'l'Y BOYS' OATH. with our ships and fire on them, while we attack them from both front and rear." "Yes; that will be a. good plan, an ported. "Can't be found?" General Howe's voice was a roar. "N-n-n-no, your excellency; and what is more, no one can be found who saw her leave the building!" "Then she must be in the building yet. By heavens! but this looks suspicious I Make a thorough search for her at once, and don't stop until you have found her. We want no strange characters roaming through this building at will!" "Very well, your excellency; we will find her, if we have to search every room and closet in the building!" Dick had listened to all this with a feeling of consterna tion. His sudden and mysterious disappearance had been noted, and search was even now being made for him The search would be prosecuted till the object of the search was found. Then-what? CHAPTER IV. RECOGNIZED BY A.c"'f OLD ENEMY. Dick realized very forcibly the unwelcome fact that he At this instant an orderly entered the room-at least was in a tight place. ick judged it was an orderly. He said something in a low tone, and General Howe's oice was distinguished as he said angrily: "An apple woman, you say? And she was in the hall a w minutes ago, and is not now? Where can she be ?-and hat do you mean by allowing such a person to enter?" A dozen orderlies were searching for him. They would keep the search up till they were ful. There was no doubt regarding this. successHow Dick wished that the generals would room for a few minutes! vacate the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. He would quickly improve his opportunity to try to make his escape. The generals gave no signs of any intention of leaving the room, however. They would stay and await the report of the order lies. "I guess I am in for it this time!" thought Dick. He would have liked to do something, to make an at tempt to escape, but he realized that to do so would only result in instant disaster. There were four men in the room, and they would be able to overpower him, and prevent his escaping. So he did the best thing he could do-he remained where he was, and awaited developments. This was a nerve-trying ordeal. Then a gasping cry amazement and consternation escaped the generals and the orderlies. They had expected to see the closet empty. And now to see the very object of their search standing there before their eyes !-it was almost paralyzing. "The apple woman!" cried the orderly, recoiling. "Zounds!" from General Howe. The others all uttered exclamations as soon as they could collect their wits sufficiently to grasp the situation. "Woman, what are you doing here?" almost shouted General Howe, growing very red in the face. And now, in the hour of his trial, Dick stood the test admirably. His quick mind had formulated a plan of action even as he heard the steps of the orderly approaching the door. As the door came open and the eyes of those within the Dick had nerves of steel, however, and was able to en dure it. room fell upon him, Dick simulated great fear, and trem Presently footsteps were heard in the hall, and then the bled as if with the palsy. door opened and several persons entered. And now, in answer to General Howe, he said, in a "Have you found her?" asked General Howe, in iuitable shrill, quavering voice: accents. "No, your excellency." "Have you searched thoroughly?" "Yes, your excellency; we have searched high and low." "In all the rooms?" "Yes, your excellency-in all the rooms excepting this one." "Well, the woman has not been here; but it is strange what has become of her "So it is!" in the voice of one of the generals. "Shall we look in the closet yonder, your excellency?" asked an' orderly. Dick's heart came up into his mouth. The ordeal was at hand. He felt that he was on the verge of discovery. What would be the result? What could he possibly say to account for his presence in the closet ? ''Absurd! she could not be in there!" came in General Howe's voice; "she could not have entered this room with out our knowing it; however, finish your work. Look in the closet." "Very well, your excellency." Footsteps were heard approaching. The orderly was coming to open the door. Dick summoned up all his will power. "Please, sir, has he g-gone ?" The general and the others present gazed at the supposed woman in amazement. "Has who gone?" asked the general. "What do you mean, woman?" "T-the m-man who t-tried t-to k-kiss me!" Dick had serious doubts whether or not this ruse would be successful, but he had no other that he could attempt, and he hope'd that it might succeed. "Who tried to kiss you?" "I-I d-don't h."Ilow, sir; it was a man who looked 1-like one of them men," and Dick pointed at one of the order lies. The fellow flushed up, and stammered out: "It wasn't me, your excellency! I never tried to kiss her!" Had the situation not been so grave, Dick would have been forced to laugh, the poor fellow looked so confused and frightened. The situation was too serious, however, and he had no trouble in keeping his face straight. Then General Howe's practical. mind recurred to the subject of Dick's presence in i.he closet without their knowl edge. "How had the apple woman got there?" he asked himHe steeled his nerves for the ordeal which was now so self, and he straightway asked Dick this question, accom-close at hand. panying the question with a glare, in which was considerThe next instant the door was jerked open. able suspicion.


3u THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. 11 .-============-==-,...., "Why, I jest walked right in here, sir," replied Dick, It was evident that he was puzzled. with great apparent candor and frankness. Dick was a handsome, round-faced youth, and looked The general looked skeptical. like a very good-looking woman, but the British officer was "You don't mean to say that you walked right into this suspicious. He could not understand how the woman got room, and entered that closet without any e:frort at con-into the closet without the knowledge of himself and com-cealment ?" he asked. "Yes, sir; that is what I did do, sir." "Why did we not see or hear you, then?" ''I cannot say, sir; unless it was because you wuz so took up with lookin' at thet thing on the table thet ye didn't hev eyes nor ears for anythin' else." General Howe looked at the supposed woman in incredul-ity. "I don't see how that could be possible," he said. Then a sudden suspicion took possession of him. "Take off your bonnet he ordered. Dick realized that he was now in great danger of dis covery. He made up his mind to keep from taking off the bon net as long as possible. "Why should a poor woman like meself take off me bonnit ?" he asked. "I want to be goin', if ye will see to it, sir, as how that man don't try to kiss me again." "Take off your bonnet!" repeated General Howe. "Won't ye buy some of me apples, an' let me go, sir?'' Dick asked in a tone of such as he thought would be used by a woman in his situation. "Off with that bonnet, I say." panions. Dick :fidgeted uneasily. He wished to be getting out of there. The atmosphere was too warm and oppressive for him. "Can I go now, sir?" he asked. "Not yet," was the reply; "I am not satisfied." Then he looked at Dick shrewdly, and asked: "How long have you been in the closet?" "Only a little while, sir." "Humph! Did you hear what we were talking about?" Dick shook his head. "No, sir ; I wuz too scart to listen." Dick's air and tone were simple, but still the British general was not satisfied. He was naturally of a suspicious nature. "I don't know what to think about this," he remarked, reflectively. "Please let me go, sir," said Dick; "I am a poor, lone woman, a.nd have my living to make. Let me go and sell my apples to your soldiers." "Why didn't you stay out of doors among the soldiers?" "I thought, sir, as how mebby the officers would pay me more than what the soldiers would for me apples." The command was roared this time. "There is candor for you!" remarked General Clinton, "Oh, all right, sir, if ye insist/' said Dick, and he rewith a smile. moved the bonnet. "Yes, indeed!" from General Howe, with an answering Those in the room looked at Dick with interest. They noted with surprise that he had short hair, which was out close to the head when the boys received -tneir uni forms. To General Howe this looked suspicious. He gazed at Dick keenly. "You haven't very long hair for a woman," he re narked. Dick hardly knew how to take this. He could not tell whether the general was suspicious or ot. He was afraid that he was, however, and he hastened to o what he could to disarm suspicion. smile. Just then a captain entered the room. Dick saw, with dismay, that it was Captain Frink, an officer who had seen him when he was within the British lines a couple of weeks before. At that time Dick had pretended that he wished to join the British Army and help fight for the king. He had actually had the nerve to remain in the British camp a day and a night. He had had an encounter with this Captain Frink, before joining the British Army, and had shot the worthy captain in the cheek. The captain was a very vain man, and the bullet had left "I had a bad fever, sir, some time ago," he explained; an ugly mark on his face. and me hair all came out. It hasn't had time to grow Consequently he would bear Dick no good will. ng agajn." "Oh, that is it." The general's tone betokened that he was in doubt. Dick felt that if the captain recognized him, it would be all up with him. He kept his head turned away as much as possible.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. ] When Captain Frink's eyes fell on Dick he gave a start. He paused and looked at the disguised spy searchingly. There was a puzzled look on his face. CHAPTER V. WONDERFUL DARING. He owed the captain one for happening in and exposing him. Quick as the lightning's flash, he dealt the captain a terrible blow on the jaw. The captain gave utterance to a cry of pain and amaze ment. Then he dropped to the floor, as limp as a piece of cloth. Then, following up his advantage, for the spectators were speechless and paralyzed by the temerity of the apple woman, Dick leaped forward toward the orderlies. He struck out with both fists. He would have liked to have shocked the general '\ .,e Dick hoped he would be able to get out of the buildin without encountering any orderlies or soldiers. Once outside, and perhaps he might escape. Dick had not traversed more than half the length o the hall before General Howe and Captain Frink were ou of the room and into the hall. "Halt roared the stentorian voice of the gen e ral "halt! or, by heavens, I'll fire!" But Dick was in no mood for halting. He was determined to escape and carry the importan news of which he had become possessed to Washington, i. such a thing were possible. So the youth paid no attention to the order to halt. He kept right on going. And he increased his speed, if anything. Crack! Dick heard the whir of a bullet. It whizzed past his ear, not missing the head an inch. Crack! Another shot This time Dick felt a peculiar burning sensation in his Thud Thud the blows sounded as they took effect on right side. The bullet had hit him the jaws of the orderlies, and down went the men to the floor with still heavier thuds. General Howe was the first one of the four generals to grasp the situation and attempt to do anything. He leaped to his feet, drew his sword, and sprang toward the youth. "Halt!" he cried, authoritatively; "surrender or die!" For answer Dick threw the basket, which was still half filled with apples, at the general. The basket struck General Howe in the face. The apples poured out onto the floor. In some manner the handle of the basket went over the general's head. Before he could disengage himself, Dick had leaped through the open doorway. The youth ran down the hall as fast as he could go. From the room which he had just left came cries of rage and execration. The British general was very angry. The idea of him, a British general, being treated in such fashion! It was shocking So he considered it. And the blow of the basket in his face had shocked him considerably, without a doubt. But little did Dick care. The youth wondered if he was badly hurt. After the momentary burning sensation he felt no inconvenience at all. "Perhaps I am not injured," he thought. "The bullet merely grazed the skin, likely." Crack! The general and the worthy captain were determined to kill the fleeing youth if they could, evidently. The third bullet missed Dick, as the first had done; but it found lbdgment in a human form. A soldier had just turned the corner of the hall, and the bullet struck him in the shoulder. He gave utterance to a cry o.f pain, and staggering backwards fell to the floor. Dick felt sorry for the poor fellow. But he could not help the occurrence of the accident. He leaped over the man's form, and darted the corner of the hall, where it turned, just as there came another shot. The bullet whistled past his head. "Close shaves, all of them!" he thought; "well, ju s t so they miss, is all I care for." The youth ra.n along the hall very rapidly, but not rapidly as he could have run had he not been hamper e d by the skirts.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. 13 But ========================================::::===============================-= -?he dress had served its and was now only an It opened. impediment. "Thank goodness for that," he thought, as he leaped He had no time to stop and get rid of the handicap, through into the basement; "I was afraid the door would however. He must keep on running. The youth reached the outer door just as the general and the captain made the turn in the hall. Each of the officers had fired two shots, and both were an r;ry and disappointed not having brought down their an. being possessed of but two weapons, they could 'uly pursue the daring fugitive, and yell for him to stop. But if bullets had failed to stop Dick, it was not likely hat yells, threats and commands wou. ld have any effect. Nor did they. Dick paid no attention to the shouts from the rear. He was bent on escaping to the outer air. Ile felt certain, however, that his situation would heme, if anything, more desperate. As soon as he emerged from the building, he would be the midst of hundreds of British soldiers. To fight them would, of course, be an impossibility. To attempt it would be absurd. But the youth was not disposed to despair. His brain was working quite as actively as were his feet. Dick remembered that there was a half-basement to the "lding. He had noticed that underneath the stoop were steps ding down to the basement. e believed that the best thing he could do would be to er the basement, and try to get out and away through rear window. s he leaped out upon the front stoop, he gave a quick verywhere were soldiers. t would be impossible to make his way through that at crowd and escape. is exit from the building attracted the attention of the be locked." As he disappeared through the doorway, the general ancl captain appeared on the stoop above. "Where is he? Where did he go?" both cried, excitedly. "Where did who go, general?" asked a sergeant, who stood near. "Sam Sly, the patriot boy spy!" cried Captain Frink. "He came out of this building just now!" "We saw a woman come out, but no-" "That was him !-that was Sam Sly!" cried the cap tain, almost dancing up and down in his excitement; "he is dressed in women's clothing. Which way did he go?" Exclamations of astonishment escaped the soldiers who were near enough to hear what was said. "The apple woman a spy!" "That beats the world!" "The boldest thing I ever heard of!" "She-he went down into the basement, general!" cried the sergeant. "Come; we will quickly capture her-him!" The sergeant leaped down the steps, followed by the general and captain and a dozen soldiers. He seized the door-knob, turned it, and pushed. The door refused to open. She-he has barred the door, general!" he exclaimed. "Get a battering ram of some kind and break the door down!" the general ordered. The sergeant hastened to do as he was ordered. But it took time to find something that would do for a battering ram, and meantime Dick was not idle. His first act, on leaping through the doorway, was to close the door and bar it. He had not looked to see what sort of a place he was in. His first thought was to keep the soldiers out. When he turned around, he stood face to face with a British soldier. he spectacle of a woman coming flying out of the enThe soldier was evidently astonished at seeing a woman ce to the building at such speed, and then down the p steps four at a time, was enough to attract their tion. hey stared in open-mouthed astonishment. ick paid no attention to them. reaching the ground, he turned short to the right, and d down the basement steps. seized the door-knob and gave it a twist. en he pushed against the door. down in the basement. The fact of the matter was that there was liquor in the basement, and the soldier had been surreptitiously filling a flask when Dick's sudden appearance startled him, and interrupted him in his praiseworthy work. "Who are you, and what does this mean?" he stammered, looking at the youth inquiringly. "It means trouble for you!" said Dick, fiercely, for he was desperate.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. Then he seized the astonished and frightened soldier by the throat. There was a brief struggle. 'l'he soldier, of course, offered all the resistance he could. Then, too, he was taken by surprise, and Dick had secured his deadly throat hold. Few persons were stronger in the :fingers than the boy spy. He had a grip of iron. In this instance he wasted no time. He hastened to a window and looked out. ;::::::::i rf He saw scores of British soldiers, but their attentio seemed attracted toward the other basement. They seemed not to think that the fugitive might able to get through into the basement. Doubtless they did not know that the two were co nected in any way. Dick selected a _window as far away as possible fro where the soldiers were gathered, looking toward the bas ment. The window was in the end, while the soldiers were 'llt t He was in a great hurry. side. If he escaped, he would have to work rapidly. Dick found an old box, which he placed underneath t He put all his strength into the clasp of the :fingers. window. The result was that the soldier sank to the floor unMounting to the top of the box, he tried the window. conscious very quickly. It was hinged at the top, and swung upward and inwar Dick listened a moment. Dick quickly opened it, and fastened it up by means of He heard the sounds of excited talking and hurrying feet string which was fastened to it. outside the door. He stuck his head cautiously out, and looked about hin "If I had time, I would like to exchange cl.othing with There were no soldiers near. this fellow," thought Dick; "but I haven't the time. I Doubtless the excitement had attracted them to the sid must escape from this place at once, or it is all up with of the building. me!" He looked about him. There were several windows at the sides of the basement, and about even with his head, but when Dick went to them, and looked out, he saw scores of British soldiers just outside. "There is no such thing as getting out there in safety," he murmured. Then he hastened to the farther end of the basement. His attention was attracted to some boards, which. l9oked as if they hid an exit from the basement. Dick was desperate. Like the drowning man, he clutched at a straw. Might not escape lie beyond the boards? He would see 'l'he youth did not hesitate. He knew that it would be a matter of but a few minut before the soldiers would be in the basement. If he remained he would be quickly captured Knowing this, he acted promptly. He climbed through the window. Leaping to his feet, he looked around. He saw no one He walked quickly to the corner of the house-an o frame building. He peered around the corner. Not more than twenty yards distant were sco-res of so diers. They were not looking in his direction, however. At this instant Dick heard a yell of surprise and rage. Seizing hold of one of the boards, each of which was a "They have broken into the basement and discover foot wide, at least, Dick, exerting all his wonderful strength, that I am not there!" he thought. "I must make a bre tore the board loose. .for liberty!" An exclamation escaped him. He glanced about him with critical eyes. Another basement lay beyond. The earthworks, at the nearest point to the youth, we "It is the basement of the building adjoining the one at least sixty yards distant. in which the officers have their headquarters," the youth thought. "It may not be watched, and that case I may be able to escape from it." He crawled through the opening he had made. Uc found himself in just such a basement as the one he had left. He would have to run that distance across an open spa If seen-and it was almost an absolute certainty that would be-he would be fired upon. It was a great risk. But he must take it, or submit to capture at once. Dick did not intend to tamely submit to capture.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' O.A.rH. 15 so:=:=-er making such a brave attempt at escape, he was ut t -==:-corng o give up now. ,, gathering all his strength together for the ordeal, he w..tddenly darted out from behind the house, and ran with 11 his might toward the earthworks. He had gone about ten steps when he was seen by some f the soldiers. "There he goes!" they cried, and then: Crack crack crack crack crack went the firearms, nd Dick heard the whiz of bullets on every side! CHAPTER VI. THE ESCAPE. The youth did not stop, however. Instead he simply gritted his teeth, and ran the fasterthat was possible. Crack! crack! crack! crack crack! went the weapons of e soldiers. The bullets flew thick about the daring youth. It seemed as if a special Providence watched over the y spy. Although several of the bullets went through his cloth and one or two grazed his skin, he was not wounded. Dick reached the earthworks. e leaped up on top of the earth-wall with a bound. hen he leaped down upon the other side, just as another ey was fired. gain the bullets whistled all around him; but none ck him. alf way down the slope several horses were standing. hey were tied to trees. ridles and saddles were on them. hey had either been recently ridden into the camp, or had been placed there for the use of s 'ome of the iers in leaving. erhaps they were for the use of messengers who rode ward and forward from General Howe, at Brooklyn crhts, to Admiral Howe, his brother, who was on board agship, in Yorl,r Bay, off the southwest shore of Long d. did not matter to Dick w1iy the horses were there, how-ey were there, and that was all be car".!d for. raced down the slope at breakneck speed. knew that be would have no time to spare. The soldiers would be after him. The bullets would soon be whizzing about his head again. He was as determined to escape as ever. Indeed, the prospects were better than they had been a few minutes before. If he could reach the horses, mount one and get away before he was killed or seriously wounded by a British bullet, he would give the king's minions a merry chase of it. If they caught him, they would have to work to do it. Dick raced down the slope, straight toward the horses. They lifted their heads and snorted with fright as he approached. But the youth was used to horses. He spoke a few reassuring words to the animals as he neared them. Selecting one which, to his experienced eyes, looked cap able of showing good speed and endurance, Dick made straight for it. He seized the halter-strap, and began untying it. His nervous haste made this more difficult than it would have been under ordinary circum!tances. He soon succeeded in untying the strap, however, and as he leaped into the saddle, the soldiers, who had reached the top of the earthworks, fired a volley. Dick heard the bullets whistle, but his good fortune was still with him, and he was not hit. The horse was, however. It gave vent to a snort of surprise and anger, and leaped away down the slope. Dick seized the reins, and turning his face toward the soldiers on the Heights, he waved his hand and gave vent to a triumphant yell. "Catch me, if you can!" he cried. The soldiers fired another volley. Then, seeing that it had done no harm, they came run ning down the slope, to where the horses were tied. As many men as there were horses mounted, and came racing down the slope in pursuit of the flying fugitive. Dick had a good start, however. Moreover, he had a good horse. The youth was confident that he had the best horse of the lot. He remembered, however, that the horse had been hit by a bullet, and it might be that, if the wound was at all severe, the horse would become weak from loss of blood, and the soldiers would be enabled to overtake him. J So he took particular note of the gait of his horse.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. He eould not see but what the animal was running as [ had been on for a few minutes, that it was going strongly as could be expected. a difficult matter to catch the fugitive. After a few minutes he decided that the wound had been They kept up the chase, however. a mere scratch, and that it would not hurt the horse at Perhap s the y thought that the youth s horse might all. lame, or give out, in which event they would soon have Then he looked back to see where his pursuers were. I They were about a quarter of a mile behind, and coming I a s fast as they could make their horses travel. They were kicking the poor animals in the sides and be rid e r in their power. Onward raced pursued and pursuers. Dick gradually drew away from the soldiers Their horses became tired :first, and then began to lag. The soldiers beat and kicked the poor brutes, but co "That's all right; kick and pound all the wind out of not urge them to fresh exertions. laboring them with the end of the reins Dick's horse, on the other hand, was comparatively fre your horses!" said Dick, grimly; "that will be all the bet-ter for me The boy was a good horseman, and knew how to get the speed out of his mount, and at the same time not needlessly e x haust the animal. I He urged the horse onward, gently. "If I can hold my own, and keep this distance ahead of those fellows for the first three or four miles," he thought, "I will be able to ,escape, as their horses will be played out by that time, while mine will still be comparatively fresh." Dick soon reached the Jamaica road, and striking into it, rode toward the interior of Long Island as fast as the horse could go. "I am going directly away from the patriot army," he thought; "but I have no choice. The first thing to do is to g e t away from those fellows back there; then I can begin :figuring on how to get bl!-ck to general Washington with the i nformation which I have gained." The youth kept looking back, and soon decided that he was holding his own in the race. If anything, he was slowly but surely pulling away from his pursuers. This was quite satisfactory. Dick began to feel good. He even enjoyed the wild ride which he was indulging in. Then, too, the thought that he had ventured into the lion's den, had bearded the tiger in his lair, and had es-Here and there, along the road, Dick met an occasio farmer, and no doubt the sight of a woman-apparently riding a horse at breakneck speed, and, moreover, ridi man-fashion, surprised the staid farmers not a little. Others, still, at work in the fields, paused in their w to stare at the youth in open-mouthed amazement. The country was for the most part level, but there w occasional hills and clumps of timber. Dick began to figure on giving his pursuers the slip. He made up his mind to do so, if possible. He decided to wait till he reached another hill. Th he would, as soon as he was down on the farther side the hill, turn to the left, make a circuit, and head back ward Brooklyn Heights-taking care to give them a wi berth, however. Presently he saw a hill ahead of him. When he reached the top, Dick paused and looked ba He gave a start. Then he shaded his eyes and looked again. "They have stopped!" he exclaimed; "they have giv up the chase! Good I But I'll make sure of it." The youth waved his hand in the air and then urged horse down the side of the hill. He went but a short distance Stopping, he leaped to the ground. Patting the tired animal on the neck, the youth spoke kindly word, and then walked back up almost to the brow the hill. caped, was exhilarating, to say the least. Just before reaching the top he dropped upon his han Dick was a youth who liked adventure. and knees, and crawled the rest of the way, Indian fashio Action, the livelier the better, was what he enjoyed. When he reached the brow of the hill, he stretched hi And he had plenty of it within the past hour s elf out at full length and looked back to see what t or so. s oldiers were doing. He was still having it. They were still sitting on their horses, and were dou Onward galloped the horse, and behind Dick came the less talking the matter over British soldiers. Presently, as Dick watched, the little body of horsem It must have become apparent to the pursuers, after the began moving


._______ watched closely, and then an exclamation of satis ... :::::;dion escaped him. "They are going in the other directron," he said; "good! they have given up the chase, and I am free to go where I like." Dick lay there, and watched the horsemen grow smaller and smaller, until at last they reached the summit of a hill, a mile or more away, and disappeared from sight. And still he kept his place He feared treachery. Dick thought that it might be a trick to throw him off his guard. They might intend to retire beyond the brow of the hill a short distance, and then renew the pursuit. He remained in his recumbent position for early half an hour, and then he got up and returned to where his horse was grazing at the side of the road. "I guess they have given it up, after all," the youth de cided. "Well, I am glad of it! And now, to get rid of this woman toggery." Dick quickly divested himself of the dress, and as soon as he was rid of the female apparel he felt one hup.dred per Dick bowed, and said: "Good morning, miss. Would there be any chance to get my dinner here?" Dick could not tip his hat, for the good reason that he had none on. He had starte d out with a bonnet, it will .be remembered, and had lost that, so he was bare-head.ed. "Oh, yes, sir," the girl replied, smiling sweetly; "we shall be glad to serve you with dinner, sir." Dick saw her look at his bare head, and he hastened to say that the wind had blown his hat away. Then he leaped down, led his tired horse around to the barnyard placed him in the stable, fed him, and re turned to the house. CHAPTER VIL A. BONE OF CONTENTION. Dinner was ready when Dick returned to the house. cent. better. Holborn, was away. "I am myself once more!" the youth murmured, in a This suited Dick very well, as he had no desire to see He learned, then, that the man of the house, a Mr. tone of satisfaction. "I feel as if I could whip the entire a man. British Army!" The chances were that the people of this household were Dick rolled the dress up in a bundle and tossed it among in sympathy with the king. ome weeds at the side of the road. "Now to get back to the commander-in-chief with the nformation I have gained!" Dick murmured. Dick mounted the horse and rode away down the road. -He rode slowly, as there was no need of haste. His mind was on the problem of how to get back to the atriot army on Harlem Heights. He must get back as quickly as possible, as the British er e to move on New York within two days. "One thing is ce;rtain," the youth said to himself; "I all hav e to wait till dark to go back. If I were to try go back now I would be captured sure. I must find a fe hiding place, and lie low till after nightfall." The youth rode onward a couple of miles at a slow gait, d presently came to a farmhouse. "I believe I will stop here, and see if they will let me y till he thought; "I am getting hungry, any y, and must have something to eat." ick rode up in front of the house, there being no ce in front, out "Hello l" in a loud voice. pretty, buxom girl of about seventeen or eighteen rs came to the door Most of the Long Island families were. Dick found the members of the family very pleasant peo ple. There were the mother and three daughters, the eldest, Jessie, being the on!) who had talked to Dick. She was about eighteen years old; the other two were about fourteen and ten years, respectively. It did not take the youth long to learn which way their sympathies leaned. They were strong loyalists. They questioned Dick, and he told them he was a king's man. He felt that it was not wrong to tell a story under such circumstances. It was necessary that he remain somewhere under cover during the rest of the day; he had made up his mind to remain here, and if they knew he was a patriot, or "rebel," as they termed the patriots, they would refuse to give him shelter. Dick told them that he was a scout, looking about, get ting the lay of the land, etc. j and also getting recruits for the British Army from among the loyalists of the


8 THE I LIBERT-'-bOYS' OA'l'll. This established him firmly in their esteem. said, and Dick was shown upstairs to the "spare room/ Anyone who was loyal to the king, and especially anyone told to make himself at home. Dick thanked her, and said that he would do so. who was helping the cause of King George, was welcome to their house. The youth lay down upon the bed, and although he had Dick found them very good company, and Jessie, es-no thought that he really was sleepy, he had not lain there pecially, seemed to find Dick good company. ten minutes before he dropped off into a sound slumHe was one whom most girls would fancy. And it was evident that Jessie had taken a liking to the young stranger. Dick was no flirt, by any means. His was an inte1'.sely serious nature. Yet at the same time it was not possible that he could dislike being made the object of admiration by the pretty girl. So they talked and laughed, and got along splendidly. When Dick broached the subject about staying there the rest of the day, the mother and daughter urged him to do so. ber. The youth was right in his thought that Mr. I!olborn was suspicious of him. When his wife came back downstairs, the man of the house said: "Molly, I don't believe that young fellow is what he pretends to be The woman looked surprised. "You don't?" she exclaimed. "No." "What makes you think it, Gus?" "I don't know ; something seems to tell me he is a wolf 'l'hey woulG. be pleased to have him, they said. Dick gave as an excuse for staying that he 'had already in sheep's clothing. I don't believe he is a king's man at all." ridden a whole night and half a day with scarcely any rest at all, and his horse was almost tired out. "I do, papa,'' said Jessie; "he said he was." The looks of the horse proved this, as a natural result of "Oh, of course, you would believe anything any handthe severe race which he had been forced to run, in carry-some young man would tell you!" said Jessie's father, ing Dick away from the British soldiers. whereat the girl blushed and looked somewhat disconcerted. Dick and Jessie got along swimmingly. "Don't be hard on Jessie_, G," said the woman; ''I They had a melodeon in the best room, and Jessie played think like she does, that the youth is honest, and a king's and sang, and then Dick sang, after which both sang toman." gether, "God Save the King," and a number of other fa"He's awfully nice," said Bessie, aged ten. miliar songs of the day. "I'm like pa," said Susan, the fourteen-year-old; "l Both had good voices, and made good music, and the believe he is a rebel, pretending to be a loyal king's other members of the family enjoyed the impromptu con"I wouldn't be as suspicious as you are for anything, Gus!" said Mrs. Holborn. "I am sure the young man is just what he says he is. His face is honest, if I ever cert immensely. "If they knew I was a patriot spy, they would treat me saw a face that was." differently," thought Dick, smiling in his sleeve. "Well, all is fair in war." "But these are war times, wife, and people do tricky About the middle of the afternoon Mr. Holborn came things in time of war, and think nothing o f it." home "Yes; but what would there be to gain by coming to He was introduced to Dick, who had given his name as our house and claiming to be a king's man when he wasn't?" Reibert Saunders "Nothing, so far as I can see; but you can't tell anyMr. Holborn regarded Dick with some degree of susthing about it." picion, the youth thought. "Of course not; so let's not think unjustly of the young "He is not so gullible as his wife and daughters," thought man. It will be better to wait till we have something Dick; "I shall have to be careful." against him The man asked too many questions to suit the youth, and Mr. Holborn had nothing more to say at that time, but to get out of having to be catechised, Dick pleaded sleepiis was plain that he was as suspicious ef Dick as ever. ness, and asked if he might lie down and snatch a few So was Susan; but Mrs. Holborn, Jessie and Bessie were hours' sleep. firm in their belief that Dick was what he claimed to be"Of course he might,'' the good woman of the house a loyal king's man.


But THE LIBERTY BOYS OA'rH. 19 And all oblivious of the fact that he wai; a bon e of constairs is Sam Sly, a rebel spy," explained Mr. Holborn, and tention in this little household, Dick slumbered on. Jessie's pretty eyes e x pressed their owner s amazement. It was about six o'clock when Mr. Holborn entered the G oodness! Do you really think so, captain?" she asked. hou se, coming from the barn, where he had been to feed 1'I do, Miss Jessie; judging from your father's descripthe stock, and announced to his wife that a company of tion of him he is the rebel spy in question. Britis h soldiers were coming down the road from the west. "I guess it is Captain Frink and his company,'' the man sa i d in conclusion. And such proved to be the fact. Captain Frink was, it may as well be stated, a frequent call e r at the Holborn home. "And he is such a pleasant, handsome young man!" The captain s face flushed with jealou sy. He did not like to hear the girl say anyone else but him s elf was handsome. "Oh, he's a smooth young rascal!" the captain growled; "it will be a good thing for the British cause when he is He was smitten with the pretty face of Jessie, the buxom captured and shot. He is the most fearless, daring spy e ld e st daughter. I am glad to see you, captain," s aid Mr. llolborn bowing ''Ah! Fm plea s ed to hear you s ay so, Mr. Holborn,'' s aid i he captain "Is it anything s pecial?" Yes, indeed! There is at this moment a young man in my house whom I suspect of being a patriot, though he p re t e nds to be a loyal king's man." C aptain Frink gave a quick start. A young man, you say?" he asked. Yes." D e scribe his appearance." :Jir. Holborn did so, as nearly as he could. FTink's eyes shone with delight. in the rebel army." "He doesn't look dangerous, ii said Jessie. "Come with me, captain," said Mr. Ilolborn; "I will lead y ou to the room where the youth is sleeping." One of the soldiers spoke to the captain at this mo ment. "Yonder comes another company, captain,'' he said; "and," he added, in a low tone, "I believe it is Captain Parks' company." The m e n in Frink's company well knew the captain's penchant for falling in love with pretty girls, and they knew also, that Captain Parks was in love with Jessie Hol born, and that there was bad blood between the two cap tain s a s a consequence of their rivalry for the smiles I t is that young patriot s py, Sam Sly; I t he exclaimed. am sure of of the maiden. Of course, the men sympathized with their captain, and The n he told Mr. Holborn the story of the youth's daring it was the same way with the men of Parks' company, and 'ea t in venturing into the headquarters of the British there had been a number of encounters between the different e n e rals that morning, and making his escape. The Tory farmer became greatly excited. 'It is the same youDg man, I am sure!" he cried. members of the companies. A muttered curse escaped the lips of Captain Frink. "Why did he have to show up here at this particular "And you say he is in the house now?" a s ked the captime?" he a.uttered, pettishly. "Well, I got here first, and I am going to stay, and he has g.ot to move on! There is "Yes; he is upstairs as1eep." not room here for both of us; and then, too, the honor of Good! Then we will soon have the young rascal in our capturing the spy, Sam Sly, shall be mine!" "Good for you, captain the soldier said; "we'll stand Will you go up and take a look at him now, captain?" back of you." "Yes; at once--but where is Miss Jessie; I will first Mr. Holborn looked somewhat disconcerted, while Jessie's 'e e t her, with your permission," and then the gallant cappretty face took on a frightened look. in. took Jessie's hand and kis s ed it, causing the young lady Never before had both her suitor s appeared at the farmblush with pleasure. hou s e at the same time. The fact was that Miss Jes sie was s omething of a co-Consequently she had been enabled to enjoy the society et te. of both officers, and the coquettish instinct which she pos" we will go and take a look at the young man,'' sessed had led her to keep this up. id the captain. Now, however, her course in this matter bade fair to C aptain Frink says he thinks the young man asleep upbear bitter fruit. I


!O THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. The girl, scenting the coming storm in the air, discreetly withdrew into the house. Presently Captain Parks and his company of soldiers A dangerous light appeared in the eyes of Captain Parks "Are you Miss Jessie s guardian or keeper?" he asked c oldly. drew up in front of the farmhouse. 1 "No; but you shall not talk to her until after I hav Captain Parks leaped to the ground and shook hands h a d a talk with her!" with Mr. Holborn. Then he turned and faced Captain Frink. "So this is the way you search for rebel spies, is it, Captain Frink?" he remarked, sarcastically. "This is the way I search for them, Captain Parks," was the angry reply; "and it is the way I find them, too. The spy, Sam Sly, is in the hou s e h e re, and I demand that you return at once to headquarter s To myself shall be long the honor of having effected his capture." Captain Parks laughed cont e mptuou s ly. "You 'demand?' n he remarked, sarcastically. "Yes." "Well, that is all the good it will do you. I think you are simply trying to bluff me into leaving you a clear field with Miss Jessie, and I refuse! I have as much right here lli yourself, and I purpose staying." "I got here first." "And I last. He who laughs last laughs best, you and I think that he who comes last will fare best, also. I am determined to put the matter to the test, anyway, and I shall stay until told that my company is not desired." "Common sense and common courtesy ought to dictate that you withdraw." "I am sorry to say that I don't agree with you, my dear captain." Captain Frink was very angry. At the same time, he knew that Captain Parks was a dangerous man, and he hesitated to provoke a quarrel. His men were there looking on, however, and it would not do to allow him s elf to be backed down by his hated rival, so he said, fiercely: "I tell you, you will have to withdraw! I was here first, and I am going to stay! Sam Sly, the rebel spy, must be my prisoner!" "Oh, you can have him," said the captain, carelessly; "it is Miss Jessie I am after; and while you capturing i.he spy, I will go in and have a little talk with Jessie." Frink's face grew black with rage. "You'll do nothing of the kind!" he snarled. "I won't?" Captain Parks was as serene as a May morning. "You will not "And why not?" "Because I say you shaU not!" "Oh, I shall not, eh?" Captain Parks' tone was cold and hard. "You shall not I was here first, and I have first righ to talk to her l" "But, my dear captain, you came here to capture the spy_ Sam Sly, you remember, and you have no time to spare t attend to love making! Business first, you know is the rule of the soldier." "No matter; I will have the first talk with Miss Jessie. You will have to move on!" "My dear captain, I will move on when I get r eady!" was the cool rejoinder; "and I hope you will pardon me when I say that no one-horse snide of .a captain, like your self, will make me move on, or keep me from talking with Miss Jessie at any time I please." "Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Please do not quarr el!" cried Mr. Holborn. But the two captains paid no attention to him. They were angry, and were bound to come together in an encounter sooner or later, anyway, and the present time was as good a one a s an y The soldiers of the two companie s l ooke d on with calm fac es. They seemed ready to enjoy the spectacl e of an e n c ount e r between their respective commanders. "What is that?" cried Captain Frink, in a rage; "do you dare to apply an epithet to me? By heavens! I will not brook such insolence I challenge you to--" "There goes that spy!" cried the 'l'ory farmer at this juncture. "He will escape! Quick! if you wish to c apture him!" He pointed to the stable, from the doorway Dick Slater was at that instant leading his horse! CHAPTER VIII. A BOLD DASH. Dick had slept soundly for several hours. of which He was suddenly awakened by the sound of loud voices. It was warm weather, of course, and the window of thtl room was open.


ut THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. 21 The sound of voices came from outside the house. Dick entered the stable from the rear. Dick leaped up, and went to the window. He climbed through an opening. He looked down into the yard, and beheld a sight that "If I could get the horse out through that openi_?g, I uld have been sufficient to give a person with weak nerves would be all right," he thought. errible shock. But he could not do this. Two companies of British soldiers were down there. He would be forced to lead the horse out through the They were the companies of the captains Frink and door which was in front, on the side next the house. rks. Then he led the horse to the he two captains were, as the reader knows, quarreling. ick realized this instantly. 'They are both in love with pretty Jessie Holborn !" he ught; "and I should judge that there is going to be uble. Well, it is lucky for me, for otherwise they would e captured me!" ick must escape from the house immediately. ut how was he to do it? he room he was in was a sort of L-room, and at the osite side was another window. ick hastened across to the window. e found it closed, but it yielded to a push, and came up y. t was about fourteen feet from the window ledge to the nd. This was a pretty fair leap, but Dick did not tate an instant. e clambered through the window, seated himself on the and then leaped to the ground. e was given severe jolt, but was not injured. Now to get to the stable and get my horse out,'' thought Dick looked out. The two captains were still engaged m the war of words. The attention of all seemed c entered on the two. Dick thought that he might succeed in getting out and away unobserved. He must try, anyway. He stepped softly out through the doorway and pulled the horse along by the bit. He got out without being seen, but just as he was in the act of mounting, Mr. Holborn happened to look that way. "He saw Dick, and, as we have seen, gave the alarm "Now for it!" thought Dick. He leaped into the saddle, and with a wave of the hand and a yell of defiance, he urged th e horse into a gallop. Back of the stable, and stretching away for half a mile, was a meadow. It was not separated from the barnyard by a fence. Dick headed the horse across this meadow and away from "Once on his back, and headed away, and I can bid the redcoats. nee to the redcoats. Their horses have come a long It was his only course. nee, and are tired, while mine is fresh." He could not hope to pass the redcoats and reach the ick stole away from the house, keeping it between himroad: and the soldiers, ere was not much danger of anyone from within the e seeing him, as their attention would naturally be at ed to the two men who were engaged in the controversy. He would be riddled with bullets before he could pass the s oldiers. As it was he had a close call. The soldiers fired a volley, and a bullet cut through bis ck ran swiftly, and when he was a quarter of a mile hair, grazing his scalp. the house, he began to describe a semicircle, so as to The next instant he had placed the stable between himoach the stable from the rear. self and the redcoats, and for the time being was safe. would thus have the stable between himself and the I He knew he would be pursued, however, and he urged his rs, the same as he had had the house between himself faithful horse to its best speed. hem. "You are fresh, old fellow, ancl can show those scoundrels e youth succeeded in doing as he had figur e d on do-a clean pail' of heels!" said Dick. reached the stable without having been seen. is doubtful if he would have been seen had he walked from the house to the stable, so interested were the rs in the controversy between the two captains. y had no eyes for anything else. By mutual consent, the two captains, Frink and Pa. rks, postponed their quarrel. They leaped into their saddles. "Fire on the scoundrel!" cried Frink; "fire I say!" It was then that the volley was :fired, one of the bullets of which cut through Dick's hair.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. "After him!" cried Parks; "we must not let the spy tled down over all, he was a mile ahead of the redcoats escape this time." least. The redcoats were determined to catch and capture Dick, The youth felt secure now. if such a thing were possible. "All I will have to do will be to keep right 011 goin! Therefore they lashed their tired horses to their best the direction in which I am now headed, and soone1 speed. later I will come out in the vicinity of Brooklyn Rei The animals responded nobly. Of course, I will have to be careful not to be picked u They did their best, but they were already tired, while any of the British outposts." Dick's horse was fresh, and the fugitive pulled steadily Dick leaned forward and patted the neck of the h away from them in spite of all they could do. He had taken a great liking to the magnificent char In desperation, the redcoats fired another volley. Twice in one day the animal had saved him from It was from pistols, however, and most of the shots fell ture by the British short. And capture would have meant death. What did not fall short went wild. So the horse had twice saved him from death in It wotild have been by the merest accident had the day. youth been hit. It was not strange that an affection for the noble b Dick reached the farther side of the meadow presently, should spring up in Dick's breast. and was forced to come to a stop long enough to throw two "How I wish I could keep him!" the youth murmure or three rails to the ground. "There is no doubt but that in a great deal of m y Then he forced his horse to leap over, after which he work I will need a good horse, and that this is a good on sprang into the saddle and was away again. have ample evidence to-day." Hewas in the road once more, and he felt comparatively Dick did not know it, but the horse he bestrode, safe. J which had served him so well, was the special propert "They can t catch me," he thought. General Howe. The animal was a :tine one, with Ara One thing that would make his escape the more certain blood in his veins, and was a valuable animal indeed. and easy was the fact that it would soon be dark. Dick rode onward through the night. Once darkness had settled over all, he could laugh at He let the horse pick his own way, as the animal c the attempts of the redcoats to catch him. see better than he could. Dick was not very familiar with the lay of tne land on So long as they kept going in a westerly direction, Long Island. were all right, Dick knew, and must sooner or 1 He knew the general direction he should go, however, and come out somewhere near Brooklyn Heights. he was headed in that direction now. The youth rode onward for three or four hours. The redcoats kept up the chase with desperate energy. He followed the main road, and at last he came in s They had gained some on him when he stopped to tear of the lights in the British headquarters on the Height down the fence. Guided by these lights, Dick having found that they This had given them hope that they might overtake the no longer encompassed by a fence, made a detour, boy spy. went around the Heights. The hope must have soon begun to die out, however as Dick began drawing away from them. He was soon as far ahead as he had been prior to losing the considerable lead at the fence. He was very careful to move slowly, and even the was challenged once. He made no answer, and hastened to ride away from vicinity, and at last he reached the East River at a p His horse was going as strong as ever, while the horses nearl y half a mile above the point wher e the regular f of the redcoats were beginning to falter. was. "I am all right!" the youth said to himself; "that is, providing I don't encounter a force of British unex pectedly." The youth drew away from his pursuers quite rapidly. Soon they were half a mile behind. He kept on increasing his lead, and whe n darkness set"Now, then," murmured Dick, looking longingl y ac toward the li ghts on the New York side; "how am I to across there wit h my horse?" He sat and s tudied for some time, but could think o sc:heme. "I wish the ferry was running he thought.


IBERTY BOYS' OATH. J-========================================= ut it was not running, and the problem of how to get oss the river was a difficult one to solve. t the point where Dick sat on the horse there was a light, the reflection from the lights on the Heights. ddenly he heard a voice say: "There is someone on a se Maybe it is the spy! Forward, men!" hen came the patter of running feet. 'uddenly a desperate resolve took possession of Dick. e was determined not to submit to capture now, after ing risked his life a dozen times during the day. etter death trying to escape than capture and then an minious death, he reasoned. I'll do it!" he murmured, setting his teeth; "I'll try nd whether I succeed or not, I'll cheat the redcoats heir expected prey!" hen Dick patted his horse affectionately on the neck, urged him down the embankment and into the water. e bold and desperate youth was going to try to swim orse across the East River! OH.APTER IX. .A REMA.BK.ABLE SWIMMING FEAT. Again the redcoats fired a volley, but the horse was swim ming strongly, and had got well out in the stream, and the bullets went wide. Dick felt that he was safe, so far as the British were concerned. The last volley had demonstrated that fact. So he now turned his whole attention to the work before him-that of getting safely across the river. He patted the horse on the neck, and spoke encourag ingly to him. The noble animal, his head held high in the air, re sponded with a whinny. It was as much as to say: "I'll do my best to get across I the river." The horse was a splendid swimmer. But Dick speedily realized that it was going to be a hard task for the animal to swim a mile and carry him on its back. rrhe youth was himself a good swimmer. He made up his mind to not ma:Ke the horse to all the work. He would do his share. Dropping the bridle-reins over the pommel of the saddle, Dick quietly and quickly slipped out of the saddle and into the water As the horse moved onward, Dick reached out and caught the point where Dick entered the East River it wao liuld of the animal's tail. a mile wide. The horse whinnied again, as if to inform its young youth did know whether he would reach the master that it understood and appreciated his efforts to make its work easier. knew horses were fairly good swimmers. "All right, old fellow," said Dick; "go ahead, and take it he had_ never heard of a horse swimming a mile. easy. We'll get across all right, and get even with the e was a chance that the animal he bestrode could British and Tories!" cross, however. Onward they moved. Dick took the chance. Dick was swimming, and was scarcely any drag on the redcoats saw what the youth had done, and set up horse at all. as soon as they reached the river bank, they fired the other shore, anyway. He knew the animal would have all he could do to reach When they were about half way across, Dick noticed s whizzed all around the youth. that the horse was moving slower. e was not hit, although several bullets came very The noble brute was beginning to get tired. cky star was still in the ascendant. Dick spoke to the animal d been fired upon at least a hundred times that "Keep on, old fellow," he said, just as though the horse one ball only had touched him, and that merely c ould understand him; "you're all right." is side, causing a burning sensation, but inflicting The horse whinnied in reply. There is no doubt at all that the animal was encouraged oble horse had bee n wounded in the flank very by the youth's words. however, and not e nough to hurt him. Of course it could not understand what Dick said, but it


THE LIBERTY BOYS' is without doubt true that it knew what its young master a few minutes before starting for headquarters, seve: meant. It knew he meant to encourage it. eight miles up on Harlem Heights. '!'he youth's tone told it that. "We have earne:'l a few minutes' rest, old fellow," .Animals know more than a great many people give them Dick, and the horse, if it could have talked, would p credit for knowing. The domestic animals are very intelligent, and the horse is, perhaps, the most intelligent of all animals .And this puticular horse was more intelligent than the bly have acquiesced in this view of the case. Dick sat there and rested for perhaps ten minutes. Then he got up, mounted his horse, and rode away to the headquarters. majority of horses. The horse seemed almost as fresh as ever, and was w Dick noticed that the animal swam stronger after he had to go at a good speed. spoken. Manhattan Island was not one great city then, like So every little while he spoke encouragingly to the horse, now. and it kept up its steady progress toward the other side. They were two-thirds of the way across, presentiy. A few minutes more, and they were three-fourths of the Only the lower point of the island was occupied b city. The upper half of the island was made up of co way across. homesteads and the mansions or granges of the we Nearer and nearer they drew to the New York shore. people. Not more than two hundred yards remained when the .As Dick was riding along one of the lanes, he was horse began to falter and struggle. lenged. The long swim had almost exhausted him. "Halt! Who comes there{" cried a voice, which s " courage, old fellow," cried Dick, cheerily; "it familiar to Dick. is only a little ways farther. Keep it up yet a little while!" Dick was surprised. The horse whinnied, but in a rather weak manner. He had not expected to be challenged. It was plain that the poor brute was almost exhausted. He considered that he was among friends, however, Dick's heart sank as he thought that perhaps, after all, came to a stop promptly. the horse might not be able to swim to the shore. The youth was not &fraid for himself. He was confident that he could swim the rest of the "Who comes there?" The question was repeated in a louder tone. "A friend Dick replied. distance. ".Advance, friendi and let us see what you look But he could not beu the thought of losing the noble came the command, and Dick rode slowly forward. animal that had served him so well. He had gone but a short distance when he sud The youth left his position at the rear, and swam to the found himself surrounded by a dozen or more youths, horse's head. muskets, as he could see in the faint light of the He took hold of the animal's mane, and patted him on which was now up. the neck. "Why, it's Bob!" exclaimed Dick; "I thought I r "Good boy !-brave boy!" he said; "you'll make it, all nized your voice, old man I" right!" Keep it up, old fellow! Don't give up!" "Dick!" cried Bob Estabrooli:; "great guns, old The horse was almost exhausted, and swam in a jerky, and it is you, back again, alive and well? We hardl; struggling fashion that was painful to witness. pected to ever see you again." Dick kept on encouraging the animal with kind words, The youths surrounding Dick were members of his and by patting it on the neck, and at last they reached company of Liberty Boys. the shore. The horse drew an almost human-like sigh of relief as it felt its feet touch bottom. It gave vent to a low whinny of delight. "We're all right, now, old fellow!" cri e d Dick, joyfully; ''we are s&fe, and have fooled the redcoats nicely!" Dick led the horse up out of the water. Roth were very tired, and the youth decided to rest They greeted their young captain with delight. "Where did you get the horse?" asked Bob, ea gerly;' he is a fine one, isn't he?" "He is, for a fact, Bob," said Dick; "he has saved m more than once to-day." "Phew! Tell us about it, Dick." "I will; but first, tell me what you boys are doing h "We are on picket duty."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. 'Oh!" exploits or pleased with the information. He congra.tula.ted At our own request," grinned Bob. "We got tired of the youth again and again on bis wonderful work .. ng in camp, and asked to be allowed to come down here "You are too bold, however, my boy," he said, seriously; do picket duty." "you cannot hope to always escape scot free, as you have I see." done to-day. Another time you may be killed or captured. I suppose they thought it would give us practice." I shall have to caution you to be more careful, and not Likely," and then Dick told the youths the story of take such great risks." adventures during the day. "I didn't think I was taking such great risks, sir," said hey uttered exclamations galore. Say, you've had a lively time of it, haven't you?" exmed Bob, when Dick had finished. Lively is no name for it!" Say, I wish 1 had been with you!" Maybe the general will let you go with me the next I go on an expedition of that kind." I hope he will; ask him, won't you, Dick?" Yes ; I'll ask him." Dick, simply; "I wished to gain some information that would be of value to you and of aid to the Cause of Free dom, that is all." "You did nobly; but I cannot afford to lose you, Dick. You are too valuable a man, and you must bear this in mind." "I'll try to, sir; but I'm afraid that in my eagerness to get the information I shall forget all about it." A smile wrinkled the corners of the commander-in-chief's mouth. Good for you!" "Youth is life," he said, as if to himself; "well, take as ick now bade the boys good-night, and rode on. good care of yourself as you can, my boy." e was anxious to reach headquarters before the com"I shall always do that, sir. I am not going to let a der-in-chief went to bed, if he could. Briton or Tory get the better of me if I can help it!" e knew the general stayed up late; sometimes till after "I am sure of that," with a smile; "well, the information ight. which you have brought is of great value, and although we he thought that he would be able to get there in time cannot hold New York, we will see to it that General ake his report that night, without having to di turb Howe's army does not get around to our rear, as he is figurommander-in-chief after he had retired. ing on doing. I will keep my eye on Throgg's Neck." alf an hour later he arrived at the teadquarters. turned his horse over to an orderly, and inquired if ommander-in-cbief was still up. was informed that the general had not yet retired. how me to him at once," said Dick; "I have important for him." k was conducted straight to the commander-in-chief's nee. k was well known aroond headquarters. CHAPTER X. .A. BRIEF VISIT WITH LOVED ONES. Dick left the headquarters of the commander-in-chief feeling well satisfied. ey knew he was a trusted and successful spy. He had performed the work set him to do in a creditable erefore there was no delay in reaching the presence manner e commander-in-chief. general was delighted to see Dick. general, Washington. shook the youth by the band, and inquired with some Therefore there was good reason for his feeling satisfied He had earned and received the praise of the great of eagerness if he had been able to learn anything of with himself and all the world. t. Dick was not so very sleepy, but not knowing but he modestly said that he bad, and then he went ahead might be called upon to go upon another dangerous errand iefly and tersely told the general the story of the at any moment, he decided to lie down and get some rest, if dventures, and imparted to him the information of not sleep. my's intentions, which he bad gained at such a risk. He went to his quarters and, lying down, was soon asleep. as hard to say whether the commander-in-chief was Next day General Washington made arrangements to noved with wonder and admiration of the youth's 1 make the British as much trouble as possible when they


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. should move upon New York, which it was expected they would do on the 15th, as this was what Dick had heard them say they would do. The commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, after due deliberation, decided where the British would, in his estimation, make the landing, and he stationed a couple of brigades of soldiers near the place. Dick asked that his company of Liberty Boys be sta tioned there, and his request was acceded to. General Washington was willing to do anything he could to accommodate the boy spy, whom he was beginning to think a great deal of. And, more, he was beginning to depend on the youth to furnish him with advance information of the movements of the British. The youth's record, so far, had been better than that of any other spy in the patriot army. Sure enough, the British moved on New York, as they had said they would do in Dick's hearing at the British headquarters two days before. Whether or not the British generals thought Dick had not able to return to the patriot army will never be known. It may be that they knew they could capture the city easily, anyway, even though the patriot army had advance information regarding their intentions. Anyway, they moved on New York as had been decided. Ships from Admiral Howe's fleet ascended the Hudson RiYe r as far as Bloomingdale-about opposite what is now Central Park-and up the East River as far as Blackwell's Island, and these ships opened fire on the northern part of Manhattan Island, while the troops embarked from Brook lyn in boats, and headed across toward Kipp's Bay-what is now the foot of East Thirty-fourth street. The two brigades of patriot soldiers were stationed near where the British evidently intended landing. In the front ranks was Dick's company of "Liberty Boys." They were eager for the battle to begin. The battle in which they had been engaged a couple of weeks before-the battle of Long Island-had whetted the appetites of the Liberty Boys for more. They were eager for the fray. At last the British troops were across. They began landing the troops. The patriot soldiers were some distance away, up the slope. They waited for the British to advance. The British were in no hurry. Then they advanced in a body. "Wait till they are within fifty yards of us," inst the commander in charge; "and then fire when the word." The patriot soldiers waited. In the brigade were a lot of new recruits, men wh never been in battle. As the great body of British advanced, with bugles ing and drums beating, these raw recruits became f ened. The men trembled like leaves. It was their first experience, and they were, perhap cusable. Certainly, the British looked dangerous. The new recruits becanie more and more frightened When the British were within one hundred yards, eral companies turned and :aed. They had been seized with sudden panic. The majority of soldiers feel thus when entering first battle. The same soldiers who are frightened so badly they run, if they the chance, may later on make the br of brave sold iers. The sight of the fleeing soldian1 was bad for the of the men. It set them a bad example. But for the prompt action of Dick Slater and his pany of "Liberty Boys," it is likely that the entire for patriot soldiers would have taken fright and fled. At the supreme moment Dick leaped to his feet, cried: "Follow me, Liberty Boys! Charge the cowardly coats Forward and fire as you run With a ringing cheer, the "Liberty Boys" followed t intrepid leaders-for Bob was beside Dick-and rushed down the slope toward the oncoming British a hurricane. They fired as they ran, and uttered cheer after cheei-. Their action stayed the panic-nipped it in the bud it were-and the entire division of patriot soldiers sud ly lost all sense of fear, and charged down the slope a the "Liberty Boys," cheering at a great rate. The British did not know what to make of this. They paused and wavered. It was evident that the action of the 11atriot soldiers, ing so unexpectedly, had confused them. They did not know what to think or do. Was the entire patriot army coming to attack them? Either this, or those coming toward them were insane


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH 2'1' he British could hardly credit the thought that the en patriot division had, to a man, gone crazy. hen there must be some ulterior motive in making this d en fierce charge. his thought and the uncertainty of it all disconcerted British to an extent that they d id not think to the fire of the approaching human hurricane. efore they could gather their scattered wits, the hurriwas upon them. t is often the case that boldness will win. this case, it looked like foolhardiness. ust the same, it won. t any rate, the British were given more rough treatment shorter length of time than it had been their bad for to receive at any prior time during the war he patriots, headed by the cheering "Liberty Boys," ed themselves upon and then into the British lines with orce of a cyclone. an instant, seemingly, the patriots and British were d up in what looked to be an inextricable mass. ut the advantage was with the patriots-temporarily, ast. ey shot and bayoneted the redcoats with a fierce enthat would not be denied, and caused a panic to seize the British. ey, in their turn, turned and fled. d after them, for a hundred yards or so, went the ots. The redcoats panted for an opportunity to get revenge. Having gathered themselves together, and got straight ened out, they again began to advance "We will have to look out for them this time," said! DiCk; "they are mad now. "You may be sure they are," agreed Bob. The British advanced rapidly, and when they were near enough, the patriot soldiers greeted them with a volley, which had the effect of checking their advance somewhat. The British were now "mad," sure enough, -and they began firing on the patriot soldiers. The fire became rapid on both sides, and for half an hour the redcoats we;e held in check. Then they again advanced, and the patriots were forced to fall back, as it would be madness to try to stand their ground in the face of such overwhelming numbers. The patriots were falling back gradually, and the engage ment continued for several miles The purpose of the patriots in holding the British forces back was to give General Putnam's army, consisting of four thousand men, time to escape from the city proper, up along the Bloomingdale road, and to the patriot army's stronghold on Harlem Heights. Dick, Bob and their brave "Liberty Boys" got a sufficiency of :fighting during this moving fight. Several of the "Liberty Boys" were killed, but the rest had the satisfaction of knowing that for each one five times as many redcoats had bitten the dust. ien it dawned upon the patriots that they were chasing The moving fight was kept up until the bluffs along what ce five times as large as their own. is was a dangerous thing to do. the British were to suddenly regain their nerve, and on them, the patriots would be slaughtered like sheep. Dick, who was in the extreme front rank, suddenly 1rns called Harlem Creek-a small stream emptying into the Harlem river-were reached. This division of the patriot army had retreated along the line of what was called the Post road, while Putnam's d, and waved his followers back. division was coming up the Bloomingdale road. top!" he said; "we are now the victors, but if we When they reached the top of the bluffs, the officer in them further they are liable to turn on us, and serve command looked eagerly to see if he could discern Putnam's rse than we have served them. Back, everybody, to division coming. rmer position!" "I see them!" he exclaimed, eagerly "If we can hold e soldiers obeyed the youth's command, and quickly these heights half an hour, Putnam's division will be here, a retreat, taking up their position where they had a.lid we will have done all that could be expected of us. efore. British had been given a severe setback. Do you think we can hold it ihat long? this last to Dick, who stood near. rnndred or more of their men had been killed. "Of course we can said "we 'Liberty Boys' will y were wild with rage. stick here till Putnam's division reaches us, or die I took late, they realized that they had been fooled. an oath, when my father was murdered by a Tory, that I y had been made the victims of a lot of daring youths, would settle with the British and Tories in full before the ad imbued the other soldiers with the same daring war was ended, and my 'Liberty Boys' took an oath to stand temporarily. by me, and if you say stick here, we will stick, and it will


18 'IHE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' OATH. give us just that much more opportunity to settle with the Dick Slater, Bob Estabrook and the "Liberty Boy British." fought bravely, and had attracted the attention of "Well, I say 'stick.' We must hold the British back till Washington, who was an eye witness of the battle. Putnam's division gets here." He afterward complimented Dick and the comp The order was made general, and the patriot soldiers "Liberty Boys" publicly, which made the youths fe paused and stood their ground. The skirmish was lively from this time on, as the patriot troops loaded and fired as rapidly as they could. It W!ijl hot work. Men fell on both sides, but they fought on. "Stand firm, and keep fighting!" cried the commanding afficer, during each lull, and the men did so. proud. As one said, when they were talking the matte that evening in their quarters: believe we could whip the entire British Army, no other reason than the purpose General The British kept their place in front of the H PutnllJll's division came closer and closer, and at last it but made no move toward attacking; and joined the division fighting s o bravely there on the bluffs. with absolute inactivity on both sides. Then the retreat was begun once more. With the addition of Putnam's troops, it became comparatively easy to hold the British back. The British followed till they came within a quarter of The soldiers began to grow restless. They longed for something to break the monqton They would rather fight than lie idle. Especially was this the case when they were so far a mile of Harlem Heights, then realizing that they could from the city, and did not dare to go down into it. not hope to storm the patriot army's works, they fell back. "Phew! that was warm work!" said Bob Estabrook, when the "Liberty Boys" had got to their quarters, after reaching the Heights. "It was pretty lively, sure enough!" agreed Dick. "Some of our brave boys fell, though, Bob," he added, a sad look on his handsome face. Dick and Bob were very restless, and when the wee passed, and the British showed no signs of getting re attack, Dick went to General Washington and asked couple of days' leave of absence for Bob and hirnsel "We wish to go to our homes near Tarrytown, and a couple of days with our folks,'' he explained, an commander-in-chief gladly granted the youths leave "Yes; but we must expect that, Dick. through the war and escape with our lives. bound to be killed." We can't all go sence. Some of us are Dick had his splendid charger that he had captured the British, and Bob secured a horse from one of the t "True; but it is sad to think that we will never see ers, a!ld they rode away, and headed fpr home, as the brave fellows alive again, or hear them laugh and as boys could be. talk." It was about seventeen miles to the homes of the "So it is, Dick." but they made the P.istance in about two hours. All the members of company were sad, but with the They had good horses, and believed in getting the s coming of another day and another battle, their sorrow out of them. would be laid aside, as there would be no time to think of The homes of the two boys were only about a qu such things. of a mile apart, and each went to his own home. On the next day, the sixteenth, the British attacked the They were anxious to see their own home folks, and patriot army, and tried to carry the Heights by assault. attend to their love making_:for the youths were in They had reckoned without their host, however. They found that it was another case of Bunker Hill. only this time the patriots had plenty of ammunition. The British were repulsed, and lost about three hundred men. The American loss was seventy. The British presently withdrew, feeling, evidently, that they could not carry the Heights by storm, and the attack was over. with each other's sister-later on, with a clear consci Mrs. Slater clasped her boy to her heart and wept h tears. Her husband had been murdered, shot down in fro her house before her eyes, by Tories, and when Dick g one away to join the army it had torn her heartstr for she feared he might be killed in battle, and this w leave her and Edith to fight life's battles alone. "My darling boy!" she murmured.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' OATH. 29 "My beloved mother!" the youth breathed, tenderly, and kissed her again and again. "Aren't you going to kiss me, ?" asked Edith, uting. "I am not afraid, Alice; I have not even been wounded as yet." "That may be; but y ou are liable to be wounded or killed at any time. Oh, I shall b e glad when the war is "Oh, I will do so, if you wish," laughed Dick; "you o ver!" ow ver y well, however, that Bob will attend to that, as "It will never end until af te r the British have been on as he has said 'how d'ye do?' to the folks, and can get whipped, and agree to let the Ame r i can people have their er here!" liberty!" declared Dick. I've a good mind to slap your ears, Dick!" said Edith, ushing "I guess you want to save all your kisses for ice! "Ob, no, Edie, dear; I give Alice a different brand of s, y ou know! It' s sweeter, and has more flavor to it!" Edith gav f the youth a little slap at this, and then he ve her a brotherly hug and kiss. "That'll get you into practice for Bob!" he grinned "Yes; and you for Alice!" t was hard for Dick to get ahead of his sister. i c k and Bob managed to stay a couple of hours with ir own home folks, talking of their adventures since ering the patriot army, and then they each went over to home of the other, meeting on the way. 'Hello, Dick; where are you going?" asked Bob, with "nk and a grin. O b, up the road a ways," with an answering smile; ere are you bound for?" Oh, d own the road a ways.'.' he two passed on, but Bob turned when he was twenty s away, and called out: You'll find her under the old apple-tree, old man." ick did not ask who ''her" was. He knew. s Bob had said, sweet, pretty Alice Estabrook was d on the rustic under the old apple tree where "Well, I hope that will be soon, Di ck!" "So do I, Alice Presently they went to the house, and Dick was greeted pleasantly by Alice's parents, Mr. Estabrook, th9ugh loyal to the king, giving Dick a hearty greeting. Mrs. Es tabrook was a patriot, which was how Bob came to be in the patriot army, he thinking as bis mother did. Alice, of course, thought as Dick did Dick and Bob enjoyed the two days they spent at home immensely; and when they started on the return to the army on Harlem Heights they felt that they could fight a ll the better for having been enabled to spend even so short a period of time with their loved ones. There were stirring times ahead for the "Liberty Boys!" THE END. The next number (3) of "The Libert y Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD WORK; OR, HELPING GENERAL WASHINGTON," by Harry and Dick had passed many a happy hour, and when a p peared she leaped into his outstretched arms with a Moore. qua v e ring cry of delight. h, Dick, I'm s o glad to see you again, alive and well I" xclaimed. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly nd I am glad to see you again, alive and well, and ng just as beautiful and sweet as ever!" murmured and then he pressed the sweet girl to his heart and her again and again. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any en they sat down on the rustic seat, and talked for an the time s e eming scarcely longer than a few minnewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by h, Dick, we have heard all about your wonderful ex while acting as spy among the British said Alice; I am afraid you will g e t killed, Dick I wish you n't take such risks mail to J!'RA.NK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQU-ARE, NEW YORK, and you will rec you order by return mail.


CONTAINS ALL SORTS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLETE, 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CEN:fS. LATEST ISSUES. 91 The Red House; or, The Mystery of Dead Man's Bluff, 1 44 Across the Continent In the Air, by Allyn DraJ:!er 92 The Discarded Son; or. The Curse of Diink. {!:1.e 45 The Wolf Hunters of Minnesota, by Jas C. Merritt 93 General Crook's Boy Scout; or Beyond the Sierra Madres 46 Larry Lee, the Young Lighthouse Keel>er, by an oid S oy Capt. Ihos. H. Wilson 94 The Bullet Charmer. A Story o the American Revolution 47 The White or, 'l'he Slaves of Siberia, by Howard Austin by Berton Be 48 Hi adllght Tom, the Boy Engineer, by J as. C. Merritt 95 On a Floating Wreck; or, Drifting Around the World, 49 The White Boy Chief; or, The Terror of the North Platte, by Capt. Tbos. H. WI by an Ofd Scout 96 The .l<'rench Wolves, by Allyn Dr 50 The Phantom Fireman ; or, The Mystery of Mark Howla.nd s 97 A Despe1ate Game ; or, The Mystery of Dion Travers' Life, Life, by Ex Fire Chief TI'arden by Howard Au 51 The Magic Mountain. A Story of Exciting Adventure, 98 The Young King; or, Dick Dunn In Search of His Brother by Howard Austin by Jas. c.'Me 52 The Lost Treasure Ship; or, In Search of a l\flllion in Gold, 99 Joe Jeckel. The Prince of Firemen, by Ex Fire Chief Wa by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson 100 'l'he Boy Railroad King; or, Fighting for a Fortune, 53 The Red Caps; or, 'l'he Fire Boys of Boylston, by Jas. C. Me by Ex Fire Chief Warden 101 Frozen In; or, An American Boy's Luck, by Howard Au 54 A Scout at 16; or, A Boy's Wild Life on the irrontier, 102 Toney, the Boy Clown ; or, Across t h e Continent With a by an Old Scout Circus. by Berton Ber 55 Ollle, the Office Boy; or, The Struggles of a Poor Waif, 103 His First Drink; or, Wrecked by Wine, by Jno. B. by Allyn Draper 104 The Little C'aptain; or, The Island of Gold 56 On Board the School-Ship St. Mary's; or, 'l'he Plucky l?ight by Capt. Thos. H. WI of a Boy Orphan, by Capt. '!'hos. H. Wilson 105 The Merman of Killarney; or, The Outlaw of the Lake, 57 Fighting With Washington; or, The Boy Regiment of the 106 In the rce. A Story of the Arctic b by Allydd DAr Revolution, bv General Jas. A. Gordon Y Howar u 58 Dashing Dick, the Young Cadet; or, Years at West 1 0 7 Arnold's Shadow; or, The Traitor's emesls, 59 sd{gl:i1s Roy Magician; or, Lost In Africa, \Yy 108 'l'he Broken Pledge; or, Downward, b';esf:;.1 Jas. A. Go 60 The B oy Mail Carrier; or, Government Service In Scout 109 Old Disaster; or, The Perils of the Pioneers, R 6 R d B h B 110 The Haunted Mansion. A Tale of Mystery, by Allyn Dr 1 o dy, the Call Boy; or, orn e an Actor, by Gus Williams 111 No. 6; or, 'I'he Young Firemen of Carbondale, 62 A Fireman at Sixteen ; or, Through l'lame and Smoke, bv, Ex Fire Chief Wa by Ex Fire Chief Warden 112 D t d Th fill Ad t 63 I,ost at the South Pole: or, The Kingdom of Ice, eser e ; or, r ng ven nres in the Frozen North, by Capt. 'l'hos. H. Wilson 113 A Glass of Wine; or, Ruined by a Social Club. 64 A Poor Irish Boy; or, Fighting H's Own Way, 114 Th Tb D H If JI by Corporal Morgan Rattler e ree oors; or, a a !illlon In Gold by Jas. c. Me 65 Monte Cristo, Jr.; or, The Diamonds of the Borgias, 115 The Deep Sea Treasure; or, Adventures Afloat and Ashore, b d A ti by Capt. Thos. H. \fl Y ciowar us n 11!\tstang llfatt, The Prince of Cowboys, by an Old S 66 Robinson Crusoe, Jr., by Jas. C. Merritt .''1e WJ>ld Bull of Kerry; or, A Battle for Ufe, by Allyn Dr 67 Jack Jordan of New York; or, A Nervy Young American, Hs The Scarlet Shroud; or, The Fate of the l 'ive, by Howard Au by Howard Austin 119 Brake and Throttle; or, A Boy J<;nglneer's Lnck. 68 The Block House Boys; or, The Young Pioneers of the Great by Jas. c. Mei Lakes, by an Old Scout 120 Two Old Coins: or, I<'ound In the Elephant Cave. 69 From Bootblack to Broker; or, The Luck of a Wall Street by Rlrhard R. Montgo Boy, by a Retired Broker 121 The Boy Courier of Siberia; or, The League of the Rus 70 Eighteen Diamond Eyes; or, The Nine-Headed Idol of Cey-Prison Mines. by Allan Ar Ion, by Berton Bertrew 122 The S'ecret of Page 99 ; ort.. An Old Book Cover, by Allyn Dr 71 Phil, the Boy Fireman ; or, Through Flames to Victory, 123 Resolute No. 10; or, The i:soy Fire Company of Fulton, b'l Ex Fire Chief Warden by Ex Fire Chief "ar 72 The Boy Sliver King; or, The Mystery o Two Lives, 124 The Boy Scouts cf the Susquehanna; or. The Young Heroes by Allyn Draper of the Wyoming Valley, by an Old s 73 The Floating School; or, Dr. Blrcham's Bad Boys' Academy, 125 Tbe Boy Banker; or, From a Cent to a :Million, by Howard Austin by H. K. Shackle 74 Frank Fair In Congress; or, A Bov Among Our Lawmakers, 126 Shore Line Sam, the Young Southern Engineer; or, Rallby Hal Standish roadlng In War Times, by Jas. C. Me 75 Dunning & Co., the Boy Brokers, by a Retired Broker 127 On the Brink : or. The Perils of Social Dl'lnklng, by Jno. B. D 76 The Rocket ; or, Adventure s ln the Air, by Allyn Draper 128 The 13th of October, 1863, by Allyn Dr 77 The First Glass; or, The Woes of Wine, by Jno. n. 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