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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Jsstted Weekly-By Subscription $2.UO per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the Neto York, N. Y., Post Office, Ji'ebrua1y 4, 1901, Ellterrd accordi11g to Act of in tltc year 1901. in the office of the Libraria11 of Cong1ess, lraslli11gton, D. C., by 1"ra11k 7'ouscy, 24 Union Square, New York. No 10. NEW YORK, MARCH 8, 1901. Price 5 Cents. The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape OR, A NECK=AND=NECK RACE WITH DEATH. tBY HARRY MOOitE. CHAP'l'ER I. "1'IE ..\.:UERICAK FABIUS." It \\"as the first week in January, 1777. General \fasbington and the patriot army occupied an impregnable pos ition on ?.Iorrison Heights, J. In the early morning he had met two thousand British troops which were on their way to reinforce Cornwallis, and a sharp engagement took place. It as short as well as sharp. The Briti s h column was cut in hro. Then the redcoats fled, one portion fleeing on toward The whole country was ringing with i.he praises of the 'l'rcnton, the other retiring in the direction of New Brunsgreat general. Two weeks bcforr, he, 'rith a broken and dispirited army of le0s than three thou and men, had occupied a position wick. It was a quick and decisive victory for the Americans. They had killed t\\"o hundred of the British and had on the west side of the Delaware River, in Pennsylvania, tuken three hundred prisoners. their only safety, seemingly being the wide river which rolled betl1een them anu the British and who occupied Trenton and Burlington, in New Jersey. On Christmas night, however, washington had crossed the Delaware with twenty-four hundred picked had marched nine miles through the snow and sleet, had at'Their own loss was less than one hundred. Then the Americans had entered Princeton, captured the small garrison, took the stores, and then had by rapid marches made their way to 1\lorristown Heights, where they had taken up their present impregnable position. Cornwallis with his army had returned to New Brunstacked the Hessians at rrenton, and had captured the enwick, and, as the roads were now blocked with snow, he dei.ire force of one thousand men. cided to wait till warmer weather Lefore trying to do more. The British had retreated to Princeton, and had been He was considerably discouraged, anyway, and wantccl there joined by Lord Cornwallis, who had been on the point time to recoYcr from the fit of blues into which the bril of starting home to England under the impression that the liant exploits of Washington had thrown him. :war was over. To be thus outwitted and beaten by a man with resources. Cornwallis with eight thousand men had advanced to in no way equal to his was very galling to a man of Corn 'l'renton, and Washington had withdrawn his army of less Wflllis' proud spirit. foan six thousand men ucross the Assunpink River, south of Trenton. Cornwallis had gone to bed that night, saying gleefully to Erskine, bis second in command: "We have run the old fox to earth, and will bag him in the morning." When morning came the "old fox" was not there. Washington had withdrawn his army, march;d around the left flank of the British and moved upon Princeton. Wa shington was given the name of "The American Fabius" by the people, and the name clung to him all th rest of his life. As a result of the success which had greeted his efforts i.he commanuer-in-chief of the Continental Army was in w:ry good spirits indeed. He was greatly encouraged, and was disposed to hold the advantage which he had gaine d by such hard work.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' N ARlWW ESCAPE. He had practically recovered New Jersey 'The British occ11picd New Brunswick, Amboy, Paulus Hook and Hackensack, Lut that was all. They had been practically hurled back upon N cw York city General Washington a:id his staff had been holding a council They had played, .fished, swam, hunted together; had gone to school together; and they had gone to war together, and had been together ever since. More, they were in love with each other's sister, Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook. If I wish to undertake it, Dick?" remarked Bob, with an air of reproach; "you know, old man, that I am always When it was ended, orderly, and told !iim the commander-in-chief called an ready and willing." to bring in a youth named Dick Slater at once, The orderly saluted and withdrew. A few minuks later he returned, and, ushering a hand some youth of about eighteen years of age into the room, announced: "Dick Slater." General Washing ton and the other members oi.. the staff greeted Dick pleasantly. All knew Dick, and knew him well. Dick was the captain of a company of youths of about his own ag0. 'The company called itself "The Liberty Boys of '76." The youths were brave, even to rashness. They were almost invincible in battle. Hence they bad already clone great service to the great cause of liberty. And they were ready and .willing to do more. "Dick," said the commander-in-chief slowly, "two dis-Patches are to be taken-one to Putnam at Philadelphia, the other to Clinton, at Peekskill. Now you can take your choice of the dispatches, and the other one I wish you to choose a bearer for from among your 'Liberty Boys.' Will you do it?" "You have but to state your wishes, your excellency," said Dick, quietly; "l will take the dispatch to Clinton, and there is not a single member of my company who would not offer his if I were to call for a volunteer to take the dispatch." "Very well, then, select one from among them, and when you are ready, come here and I will hand you the dis patches." "Very well, your excellency." Dick saluted and withdrew. "Yes I think you are, Bob. Then you will attemRt this work?" "Of course; what is it?" "The commander-in-chief wishes a dispatch tak1m to General Putnam, at Philadelphia." "Why don't you want to take it, Dick?" he asked; "you are usually eager to go out and do all the hard work of this ki.nd yourself, and the rest of us only get a chance when there is more work than you can attend to alone." "And that's,.. the case this time, Bob." "Urn! I thought so! What are you going to do while I am taking this dispatch to Philadelphia?" "I will be taking one up to Peekskill to Clinton." "Ah! I see!" Bob slowly winked his left eye and looked very wise. "I understand," he went on, drily; "you have chosen the harder job, with your usual generosity-but say, Dick, while you are hugging and kissing Sister Alice for yourself, just ki s s Edith a few times for me, won't you? That's a good fellow,'' and Bob chuckled as he saw Dick flush up. He would rather Dick shou).d see the folks than that he should do so. And Bob was as strongly in love with Edith Slater as Dick was with Alice, too. "l will see the folks if I can do so without losing too much time, Bob," said Dick. "That's right; if you don't stop going, you can stop com ing back, for you won't necessarily have to hurry in re turning." The youths made their arrangements, went out and bridled and saddled their horses, and then went to the head quarters of the commander -in-chief and reported. "Ah! So you are going to carry one of the dispatches, He went at once to the quarters occupied by his comare you, Master Bob?" remarked General Washington puny of "Liberty Boys." "l have work for you, Bob, il' you wish to undertake it," he said to Bob Estabrook, a bright, handsolne young fellow of his own age. Bob and he were close friends. Their homes, near 1'arrytown, N. Y., were within a quarter of a mile of each other. "Yes, your excellency," replied Bob; "I am going to Philadelphia. Dick is going to Peekskill-he has a sweet heart up that way, you know!" Bob could not resist the temptation to joke Dick. He was a peculiarly discerning youth, too, was Bob. He seemed to realize instinctively that the commander in-chief would enjoy knowing of the affair.


.. I THE LIBERTY BOYS' :NARTIOW ESCAPE. 3 He was not wrong. Then the youths placed the dispatches in their pockets,. General Washington turned toward Dick with a pleasand bidding Washington good-by, they saluted and withant smile. drew. There was a twinkle in his usually stern eyes. Ten minutes later, disguised as well-to-do farmers, they "So that is it, Captain Dick?" be remarked; "I did not rode down the slope leading to the road together, and,. know it, but I am glad to hear it. You will please present reaching the road, they parted, one riding toward the the young lady with my especial compliments and regards, south, the other toward the north. and tell her, Dick, that the commander-in-chief 0 the Continental Army congrf].tulates her on having so noble and brave a youth for a lover!" Dick blushed and stammered ou the statement that he would do so. And then he shook his :fist at Bob, wpo was grinning with delight. "Just wait till I get you by yourself, Bob!" he said, with mock :fierceness. The commander-in-chief laughed. His recent victo.ries had, as I said in the beginning, put liim in a good humor, and he enjoyed this with all the relish that one who has had all such things put aside for a long CHAP'l'ER II. A. LITTLE ENCOUNTER, Dick had laid out the course which he purposed travel i:.g in going to Peekskill. He would go nearly due north till he came to the Passaic River. Ile would cross the river at a small town called Pomp ton. time could possible enjoy it. Pompton was on the north side 0 the river, and a little Theh a thought struck Dick. north 0 due west from Hackensack. Jl:e would get even with Bob. It was distant :fifteen miles from Hackensack, so Dick did By telling on him. not think there was any danger 0 encountering British Re did so, the commander-in-chief listening with a soldiers there. broadening smile of enjoyment. "So you are in the same boat with Dick, eh," he re marked, banteringly; "well, it won't hurt either 0 you, and :what I have said to Dick, I say to you." Dobb's Perry was about as much north 0 due east from Pompton as Hackensack was south 0 it. He would go to Pompton, get his dinner, and then ride to Dobb's Ferry, and cross the Hudson, after which he "Thank you!" said Bob; "don't you think Dick will be would keep on in a northern direction, parallel with the fo luck to have me or a brother-in-law?" river until he reached his destination. "Ah! is it your sister he is in love with, Bob?" "Yes, and my sister that he is in love with!" said Dick. "Well, well! Now I understand why it is you two are such close friends!" said the commander-in-chief. Then he brought forth the dispatches, and gave the one for Clinton at Peekskill to Dick, and the one for Putnam at Philadelphia to Bob. "You will needs be careful, Dick," he said; "There are British troops at Hackensack, sp you had better give that point a wide berth. It is to drive the British away from HackenRack that I am sending these orders to Clinton. He will force them to retire, and will then hold the position." "I will be careful, your excellency," said Dick; "I am not going to let the British get hold 0 me, i I can help it." "That is right; and you, Bob, will do well to keep your eyes open, though I don't think you will be likely to en counter any 0 the enemy in that direction." "I shall keep a lookout for th

4 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' NARlWW ESCAPE. peinted a building out to him, ancl vouchsafed the information that it was the only tavern in the place. Dick thanked the boy and rode to the tavern. Dismounting, he called the hostler. "Give my hor::;e good care," he said; "feed and water 11im, and then rub him do\rn. Don't let him drink too much water all at once." "All right, sir," the man responded, and he led the horse nway in the direction of the barn at rear of the tavern. Dick entered the building. "Can you furnish me with a meal?" he asked of the man sat behind the counter, which was at once bar-for wine:) and liquors were sold here. '' [ alway:; hare plenty of food and drink for all good king's men," was 1.hc reply, with a searching glance at the _youth. "Well, that incl udcs me,'' said calmly; "I'm as good a king's man as you will find in a day's search." "I do mean it,'' ;;ai

THE LlREllTY BOYS' X_\RRO\Y ESCAPE. 5 griJy. 'Don't anger me, for I am dangerous when I am angered." Dick wa,, beginning to get angry. He was one "ho could not brook brow-beating, and was not to sulm1ii. i.o it. "l imagine you think yourself a grcal deal more

6 THE Lil3ERTY BOYS' N ARlWW ESCAPE. "If you will promise to behave yourself I will let you "Have my dinner served immediately, landlord," said down," said Dick, quietly. Dick. "I promise nothing. Let me down, I say, or I'll--" "Yes, sir-certainly, sir; but them fellen out thar"What?" h won t t ey--" "I'll make you suffer when I do get down!" "I will attend to them, sir," was the cool remark. "You wMy friend, you will be in no condition to make any one attend to your p2rt of the business and I will look out for suffer when you get down, unless you give me the promise," mine.'' (.., said Dick, coldly; "for I shall throw you down upon the The landlord hastened out of the room, entering what floor with all my might, and you will be lucky if you are was evidently the kitchen, and as he did so the six redcoats not killed by the shock." Dick would not do this; he had no intention of doing it, but he wished to give the fellow a good fright. rushed into the dining-room. "W"l1ere is he ?-where is the scoundrel who--" They paused with a suddenness that was almost comical, "You must not !-you dare not!" the fellow howled in anu stared at Dick in amazement and fear. sudden fear. "J'lfen, help, here! Rescue me from the bands of this fiend The men rushed forward to attack Dick. He whirled upon "Back he cried. The men did not stop. There was not much time for reflection. The fellows comrades would be upon Dick in a jiffy. Dick did not wish to injure the redcoat seriously by throwing him on the floor. So hr. decided to make use of him as a weapon of defense. Ile hurled the redcoat with all bis might into the of the .five who were rushing to attack him. Dick threw the fellow with all his force. The weapon was an effective one, for the five were knocked down in a heap on the floor, with the fellow who had been used as a projectile on top of them. CHAPTER III. an'< DICK ROUTS SIX REDCOATS. tall The landlord held up his hands in astonishment. ,... Dick had &een them coming, and had drawn both his pistols, and now he sat there, his elbows on the table, the two pistols threatening the redcoats. "Easy, gentlemen !-easy!" he said, calmly and coldly; "i.f you come any farther, or make any attempt to draw weapons, I shall fire, and I warn you that I am a dead shot, and shall shoot to kill! I am a peaceable man, and have tlO desire to take the blood of any of you, but I shall protect myself, you may he sure of that!" 'rhe six men uid seem to be sure of-it. They did not attempt to come any farther. They stared at the determined face of the youth for a few moments in silence, and then turned, and, muttering threateningly, returned to the other room. The landlrird appeared just then with Dick's dinner, and the youth laid the pistols down beside his plate and pro ccrdcd to dispose of the meal as coolly and calmly as 11.e would have done had there b een no redcoats in the other room. The landlord was greatly impressed by Dick's coo bearing. He was very respectful, much to the youth's secre amazeme'nt. The landlord went into the front room, and the redcoat He had never seen anything equal to this in all his exwent up to the bar and called for some liquor. periencc. "They want to get some fictitious courage," though It was the first time he had evel' seen one man floor six Dick; "if they get much of that stuff down them, they ma at a single stroke. "Is dinner ready, landlord?" asked Dick, calmly turning to that worthy. "Yes, sir; yes-it's ready," was the reply. "Very well. : lead the way into the dining-room." The landlord gave a wondering glance, and then led the way into the adjoining room. make me trouble, for when a man gets too much liquor, h has no sense I'll finish my dinner as quickly as possibl and get away before their potations have had to hav much effect." This was only prudent. Six to one is too great odds, and they could easily hav overpowered Dick had they attacked him simultaneously. Dick followed, and was seated at a table, ready for his The trouble had been that when Dick's pistols covere dinner by the time the six redcoats struggled to their feet. them each man feared he would he one of the two wh


THE LIBERTY BOYS' .i: ARROW ESCAPE. would be killed, and none of them had had the courage to make an attack. But i.f they got enough liquor down they would not have sense enough to be afraid. This Dick realized, and he ate rapidly. He soon :finished his meal. He stuck one of the pistols back in his-belt. The other he took in his left hand If they intended attacking him, they would do it then, he was sure. 'l'hey made no attack, however They saw the youth was on his guard, and were afraid to attempt it. The youth's prowess and indomitable nerve had im pressed them fully as muclt as it had the landlord. Hence Dick was allowed to take his departure unThen he rose from the table and strode out of the diningmolested. room and into the front room. 'rhe six were drinking at the bar, and they looked at the youth askance. They made no move toward attacking him, however. The liquor had not had time to work as yet. "What's the bill, landlord?" asked Dick. Dick gave the hostler a small piece of silver, and asked: "Have you a pistol?" "Yes, sir," was the reply. "Will you do me a favor?" The hostler was an honest-looking fellow. The gift of the bit of silver had made him Dick's friend, "Let's see; et m1z er feed fur yerself an' yer hoss both, too. wuzn't et?" he asked. "Yes." The landlord named a sum, and Dick drew some silver and gold from his pocket with his right hand and paid the bill. "Order my horse brought at once," he said. "Yes, sir-certainly, sir." The landlord left the room, and was gone perhaps five minutes. "Yes, sir; if I can, sir." "You can; those five men in there will, I more than half suspect, have you bring their horses around as soon as I have gone, and they will mount and foll9w me. If they do so, will you .fire off your pistol as soon as they have started, so as to let me know of the fact?" "Yes, I'll do that, sir." "Very well," and Dick mounted and rode away. He rode at a gallop for a short distance, and then as soon as he was ont of the town and out of sight from the "While hewas absent Dick walked to the fireplace, and tavern, he slowed Major down to a walk. stood with his back to the flames, his face being toward the Dick listened intently. six redcoats. They glowered at Dick, and he returned the look with sound of a pistol-shot from the direction of the little town. 'l'hey were six to one, but they were afraid to start a fight Those fellows are anxious to get revenge on me, and have one of calm defiance. with the one Perhaps ten minutes had elapsed when there came the "The signal!" exclaimed Dick; "it is just as I expected. followed in the hope that they may be able to overtake me Dick held a pistol in his hand, ready for instant use, and and catch me at a disadvantage. Well, the knowledge of they felt that before they could draw their weapons one their intentions is sufficient to enable me to checkmate would fall to the floor dead or mortally wounded. Each one thought that he might be that one. So all held back. They were unwilling to take ihe risk. Presently the landlord returned. "The boss will be ready in a minuet, sir," he said. "Thank you," said Dick. Dick waited, :md presently the hostler stuck his bead in at the door "Hoss ready, sir," he said "Very well," said Dick. "Good-day, landlord," and with the words, Dick walked quietly to the door, opened it and stepped out of doors Lhrm." Dick rode onward at a gallop for perhaps half a mile. Then he slackened speed He had been thinking about the redcoats who were fol lowing him. The idea of their dogging him in this manner made Dick angry. The more he iho ght of it the angrier he got. "The scoundrels!" he murmured; "why could they not have been satisfied to remain in the town, and let me go my way in peace? Well, they have chosen to follow me for the purpose of trying to shoot me when I am not looking, and they must take the consequences. I am going to bring this He bad kept his eyes on the redcoats as he crossed the affair to a focus, and have it ended very quickly." room. Dick had sized the six redcoats up pretty closely.


s TllE LIRERTY BOYS' NARIWW ESCAPE. llc '1 as sure they \rcre co\rnrcls at heart. utterly "ummspiciou:; or the trick that was about to be playecl Had lhey not been, they 1..-ould most certainly haYe aton them. fot:kcd him in the dining-room. They \Ycre talking in rather a loud key, but they 1rere not True, he had had the advantage of having his pistols out laughing. and leveled, out they were six to one. X o, : hey were arrant co1rnnls. Dick w::is i:;ure o{ it. And he .fell that they would not attack him openly, were they to overtake him on the road. Their intention wa::; to follow him, and try to catch him at & disadvantage. Dick was sure that he could put the entire gang to flight. All that would be necessary would be to take them by rnrprisc. This he could do by hiding in the timber at the side of 1 lw road, and riding out suddenly and confronting them as they came along. Dick decided to do this. E1en if the fellows showed fight he had four pistols, and w:is sure that he would be more than a match for all six of them. He would risk it, anyhow. He did not wish to have them dogging him all the rest of the afternoon. They \\'c1:e too angry over the manner in which they had been hacked do1rn by a beardless boy to laugh much. They were telling, howeYcr, in rather extraYagant language what they would do to Dick when they oYertook him. Dick heard and understood. "The liquor is taking effect," he thought; "perhaps they may not scare, after all, with such a large amount of artificial courage on hand." The youth was ddermined to risk it, howe, e r. He felt that the surprise would more than counteract the strength of the artificial courage the fellows had taken on. He waited till they were within ten yards o.f them. antl lhen he suddenly rode out into the road in front of the redco:1ts. As he came he shouted: "XQw I h;we you, you cowardly scoundrels! You hall not escape me!'' At same time he fired one pis tol, then the other. He did not try to kill either of the .fcll9ws, but one of tile bnlletil struck the fellow who had done of the It would be more satisfactory to settle the affair once talking in the tavern, and he gave a yell o.f pain and fright. and -for all. "I'm killed!" he howled, and, whirling his horse, he fled He looked back. Lack down the road as fast as he could make the poor beast The road he was following was crooked, winding this way and that, through the timber. He could not sec more than a quarter of a mile back in the direction from which he had come. The redcoats were not in sight. Dick left the road and entered the timber at the side. go. The others uttered cries of fright also, ancl followed the example of their illustrious leader. 'Vithin ten seconds of the time Dick had :fired the ::;hots and shouted the words given above, the six redc oats were in full llighl down the road, and within thirty seconds they He paused just within the edge of the timber, and took were entirely out of sight around a bend in the road. up his station just behind a large tree. Dick hacl won a quick and decisive victory. 'fhe British soldiers would not be expecting any such He had put the enemy to flight very quickly. move on Dick's part. Then the comicality of the whole affair struck Dirk. Consequeutly they would not be scrutinizing the timber He lal\ghed a1ond. at the !'ide of the road. "That beats any experience I have had yet!" he nrnr So he would be in ...-ery little clanger of being discovered mured. "\\ell, I don t think they will bother me any until he was pleased to show himself. Dick drew two pistols, and, cocking them, waited pa ti1>ntly for the approach of the redcoats. Presently he heard Yoices. The snow, almost a foot thick, deadened the sound of the horses' hoofs. Dick leaned forward, and peered around the trunk of the tree. more." Then he turne. d his horse's head ancl rode on his way as if nothing had occurred out of the ordinary. CHAPTER IV. AT PEEKSKILJ,. The redcoats were coming. Dick kept on his way, and made very good speed, despit They were seventy-five yards distant, and were evidently the heavy roads.


"'I 'l'IIE LI BElt'l'Y DOYS' x.umow l\fajor 'ms strong m1d 'rell, and kcpl going at good ;:;peed 'nthout any special urging. ::cneral direction was casbrnrd. It as about eighteen miles to the river. Dick "as Lhcre by thrne o'clock. The town untl ferry boat were on the opposilc side. Dic:k was afraid he would haYe a hard time ati.racling the attcniinn of the ferryman. He lle ciclcd lhat the quickest way 'rould be to fire his pistol as n ;:ignal. Thi,lie did. ''l'lten he mlYed hi::; hat. bitting Oil hi" horbe on the shore, he was sure the forryman could St'e him. lt inrncd out that the ferryman both-saw,J)ick and h<'ard l he pisiolhot. Presently Dick S<\W the boat leaving the farther shore. lt a c ross, and hen it touched the shore Dick led Che hor :e onto tlic boat. It wa,: the same man who had ferried Dick and Bob across the river several times when they were carrying dis-. pate he:-: from Washington at Hackensack to Lee at Korth Castle. Uc recognizul Dick. He seemed glad to sec the youth, and asked regarding the situation down in New Jersey. He had not yet heard of the smooth manner in which Washington had outgeneraled Cornwallis, and when Dick told him, he was delighted, for he was a staunch patriot. when they reached the other side, Dick paid ferryman, and, mounting, rode away in the direction of Tarrytown. mother's hou;;c,.she gave vent to a glul cry, and, Cecl Edith, who was as glad to i:;cc Dick as any sister could possibly be to sec a brother. "You ""ml to know where Bob is, ancl "hy he did not cnme "ith me," laughed Dick. "I can see the queslion in your eyes, EJie." "So 1 do, Dick," with a blush; "tell me, please.'' ""en, ii good luck has farnreJ him, Bob is now in Philaclclphi.a." 'Io Philadelphia?" "cs.'' "\\hat is be there, Dick?" ,; Ile went thi;rc to take a dispalch to General Putnam, for the comrnanJer-in-chid." "Then he is well ?-he has not been wounded?" "Bob wounded?" with a little laugh! "not he! And he was well this morning when I parted from him at :Morri,; town Heights.'' "Oh, I am so glad to hear that! Anc1-clid he sentl no we>rd lo me, Dick ?" wl"es, he told me to give you a hug and a lot of kisses for him, Edic-::md here they are!'' 'fhen Dick gaYe EJith a lmg and some kisses, and the girl laughed and blushed. "That was ju;;t like Bob!" he said. "Y cs, quite like him, Edie. Bob is a noble !ellow-just the best fcllo" any lJOy ever had for a friend." It 'rn3 only a little more than halI an hour's ride. Then Dick iold where he was going, and explained that :i\fajor Jiad had a litlle breathing spell while they were he could stay but a very short time. crossiug the riYer, and Dick rode at a good gait leaving Dobb's Ferry. He did not stop at 'l'arrytown, but rode right on lhrough "I will stop longer on my way back," he said; ''but I must hasten on, and deliver the clispalcbes to Clinton at J)eckskill as soon as possible. I will run over and sa.v lhc village. 'How do you do?' to Alice the folks, and then come Fiftee n minutes he arrived at the home of Bob's buck and resume my journey.'' parents, )fr. anc1 Mrs. Estabrook. "I suppose Bob sent some hugs and kisses to Alice, and It was also the home of Dick's sweetheart, beautiiul Alice you have to deli Yer them, Dick?" said Edith, demurely. Estabrook. Dick blushed, and then laughed. One would have thought that Dick would have stopped "Now, Edie," he said, "i you clon't Etop treating me so tlwre. I shall make Bob deliver his own hugs and kisses-the ones He did not, however. for you, I mzan." It was only a few hundred yards farther to the home of "I'm afraid lhat'would suit her all the better, Dick!" his widowed mother, and the youth elt that he owed the said his mother, with a smile first duty to her. "I guess it wouldn't be a severe punifliment," with a He could return later and see his sweetheart. grin; "well, l'Jl run over to :Mr. Estabrook's." When Dick dismounted, tied his horse and entered his "Thc're's a well beaten path through the orchard, Dick,"


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' NARRO\V ESCAPE. said his mother; "we run back and forth so often that we have got a good path." Dick bowed, und the ofllce r broke the s eal on the papers and opened them. "I'm glad of that, mother." Ile read rapidly, and when he had finished, h e said: Did: made his way over to Estabrook's house, and "Good I am to move upon Hackensack at the earliest was greeted cordially by Alice's parents, while Alice-well, possible moment, and attack the Briti s h at that point. You she was just the happiest girl in the State of New York. have just come up through that region, my boy; how is It had been several weeks since she had seen Dick, and everything down there? And how about getting across the she had heard from him only once uuring that time. Dick explained why Bob had not come with him, and while his parents said they would have been glad to see him, yei at the same time they said they were happy in the that he was well, and: doing his duty as a soldier. Dick explained that he was the bearer of dispatches to Clinton at Peekskill, and that he could remain but a short time, and Alice's parents presently withdrew and left Dick and Alice alone together. river?" "l did not come anywhere near Hackensack," rcpliad Dick. "I went north from Morri s town lleights to Pomp ton, and eas t from there to Dobb s F e rry. As for ('rossing the river, I think you can cross at Dobb's Ferry. The ferry man there is a staunch patriot." "Very well; I think I shall go down to Dobb's Feny on this side o.l' the river, and then cross at that point." ''Ilow soon will you move, sir?" asked Dick. "Within tw" hours, I think. I wish to reach HackenThe two young lovers sat side by side and sack and attack early in the morning, if possible.'' of things that interested them, which would not interest "Very well; in going you will pass my home, which is you, dear reader, so I will not disclose their conversation. near Tarr) town, and if you have no objections I will, as 'rhe time passed very rapidly, and Dick had been there soon as I have eaten something and my horse has rested and more than half an hour, when he suddenly bethought himbeen fed, go on ahead, and join the troops when you come sE.lf that he must go. along." Ile gave Alice a final hug ai;id kiss, and then after prom"Very well, my boy, you have my permission." ising to stop longer on the return trip, he went and bade Then Dick withdrew, after thanking the officer, and he ::\Ir. and Urs. Estabrook good-by, and took his departure, went to where he could get something to eat. Alice accompanying him to Dick's mother's house. Re knew his horse had been well taken care of, and when Then, after a few words, Dick bade them ail good-by, he himsel.f had eaten he felt very well satisfied. and, mounting, rode away toward the north. "I will wait a few minutes and then take the back At the turn in the road, he heU turned in his saddle, track,'' he said to himself, and be spent the time in telling looked back, waved his hand, receiving waves in return. the soiuiers the story of the wonderful doings of WashingThen Dick rode onward at a good gait. ton down at 'l'renton. His general course was north, but he would have to go a The men were delighted to hear of the wonderful work of mi.le or a mile and a half to the west before reaching the patriot soldiers, and they were glad to know that they Peekskill. were to move on Hackensack. T.hey wis hed to be doing "I ought to make it by dark,'' thought DI ck; "I guess I something, too. can. I'll try, at any rate." 'rhen Dick got Major, mounted and rode away into the It was about fourteen miles from Dick's home to Peeksdarkness. kill, and he made the trip in a little more than two hours. "I'll have two or three hours at home, anyway," he He got there at a quarter to six o'clock. thought. He gave bis horse into the charge of an orderly at Gen-And the thought pleased him very much, for he knew erul Clinton's headquarters, and then was shown into the Alice would be at his mother's house. presence of the officer. She had told Dick she would be there when he told her he The officer greeted Dick pleasantly. would be back as soon as he could get back. It was the first time he had ever seen the youth. Dick was not to exceed three-quarters of an hou:r in Likewise it was the first time Dick had ever seen him. "I am the bearer of dispatches from the commander-in chief, sir," said Dick, and he drew the documents from his pncket :md handed them to the officer. "Ah! Excuse me, while I read them, my boy." reaching his mother's house. It was not yet late. The folks were looking for him, and would not have gone to bed, even had it been late. There was a light in the house.


TIIE I.JBER'l'Y BOYS' NAimow ESCAPE. 11 "They're waiting for me," thought Dick; "how I wish could stay longer than a few hours!" Dick would have enjoyed spen,ding a week at home. nut he would not have done so had he been given permission to do so. Ile kne' that his services were needed in the patriot .army, and he would not stay here and enjoy himself when he could be doing good work for the cause of liberty. Dick rode around to the stable at the rear of the house and led Major into a stall, as there was no need of letting the noble animal stand out in the cold. Then Dick hastened to the house. He did not pause to knock. He would annoi;mce himself by appearing in person. He pushed the door open and entered the house quickly. 'rhe sight which met Dick's eyes was a startling one. CHAPTER V. "ym;, DICK SLATER IS IIERE !" After Dick had disappeared from sight that afternoon when he had ridden away from his mother's house, Mrs. Slater and Edi:th, and Alice E s tabrook had gone back into the house, and had sat down to talk of the brave and hand some youth m1d praise him. Alice condolecl with Edith because of Bob's not coming with Dick. "WclJ, maybe Bob will come next time," said Edith. "It's father and mother, I guess," she said. "Likdy you are right," replied Mrs. Slater, went to the door and opened it. It was noL Alice's parents. lnstcad, three men stood there. and she :Mrs. Sluter gave utterance to a little cry of fright, and would have closed the door, but one of the men pushed her back and stepped across the threshold. 'rhe other two followed, and all three were in the house. They closed the door and placed their backs against it. "What-docs this mean, l\lr. Bilkins ?" asked Mrs. Slater, in a faltering voice. She recognized the men. They were neighbors, and lived within a mile of her house. They were rank Tories, however. They were loyal to King George. They were cowardly,'though, and instead of joini.o.IJ' tLe British army and fighting like brave and honei:;: .uen, they remained at home and made rnr on the fami lies of their patriot neighbors. Six months before a gang of Tories had rodr, up in front of this rnme house. They had picked a quarrel with Mr. Dick's father, and had shot him down in cold blood. The leader of the gang, Hank Scroggs_. had paid ihe penaHy of this act on the spot, for Dick had Ehct him down with his father's rifle, but the others had escaped. These three men who stood in the ':house now had been members of that gang on that day. They had ihreatened that they would have Dick's life "Maybe so: I hope so," said Alice; "but if only one can come, l would mtber it should be Dick. Isn't that selfishfor the shooting of Hank Scroggs, but although they had attempted to get hold of him on one or two occasions, they neEs wilh a little laugh. Urs. Sider smiled. She hacl been young once, and understood hovr Alice felt. had failed. Mrs. Slater was avare of this, and her mother's intuition told her that that was what these men were here for -:,n this "It's jm:t the oppo s ite 'lfith me," said Edith; "I would night. rather Bob had come !-and Dick is my brother, too, the '''l'hey have heard that Dick was here to-day," she !lame as Bob i s yours." "To sati:;fy bolh of you girls, both boys would have to come," saitl :Mrs. Slater. "l guei:;s you are right," smiled Alice. They talked lill supper time, and then Alice went over home 11nd aie supper, after which she came back over to :Mrs. Slater's. 'They talked till hal.f-pa t nine o'clock, and at just about that hour there came a knock on the door. The three were somewhat startled at first. Then a th.ought struck Alice. thought, "and they think that perhaps be is here The reply of Joe Bilkins to her question of "What does this mean?" proved she was right, for the man said, gruffiy: "Whar's thet boy UT your'n ?" :Mrs. Slater looked surprised, making a very good attempt at acting. "Do you mean Dick?" she asked. "Ye know I mean Dick," was the reply; "whar is he?" The men looked around the room as the question was asked.


12 They seemed to think the object of their query \\a::i in odtarc<.1 at the youth a s if paralyzed. "did you sec him?" "Ro, but I know he wuz hcer, jes' the same." "Well, what if he was?" flashed Alice Estabrook, who knew the three men, and hated them heartily. "That do<.'sn't prorc that he is here now. I only wish he were here!" drawing herself up, and her beautiful eyes flashing :;;corn iully; 'you would not talk so boldly if he were!" "Indeed they wouldn't!" said Edith, with spirit. "IIush, children,'' said l\'Irs Slater, who feared the girls would anger the men and make them more liable to do s0me chmage. Joe Bilkins aml his two companions frowned and looked angry. "That ialk is matlc jes' ter try tcr throw us oft the scent." said Bilkins; "Dick is heer, an' we want 'i m !" The ruffians had all three advanced half way across the 'l'his was for only a few moments. They recovered the use of lhci1: faculties made a movement as one man to draw their pistols. But Dick was watching them. He saw the moYemcnt. And he bcut the fellows at their own game. Before they had half drawn their pistols in their ncrvon and clumsy fashion, he had his pistols out and Jia1 covered the three. "Hands up, or you are dcaJ men!" he cried in his clea ringing voice. The men did not hesitate. They knew Dick was a soldier. They were aware that he had been in the patriot arn six months, and had been engaged in a number of battles. They knew also that he had gained a great reputation f room as Joe was talking, and they now stood within five feet of the woman and girls and glared at them threaten-bravery and daring both as a soldier and as a spy amo the British. ingly. 'fheir backs were toward the door, of course, a1lc1 they could not see the door, which came open at the instant Bil-Hence they reasoned that he would not hesitate to sho And at such close range he could not mi, s the ma kins was speaking, and Dick Slater stepped acros:; the aimed at. to sec the spectacle of the three ruflians confro11ting his loved ones. He heard and understood what Bilkins said, too, anJ his eyes flashed and his face took on a stern expression as he cried out in a ringing voice: "Yes, Dick Slater is here, Joe Bilkins And now, what are you going to do about it?" CHAPTER VI. DICK DECK. A little cry of half joy, half fright, escaped the girls' lip$. They were glad to see Dick appear at this opportune The three were very solicitous regard ing the weilarc their precious bodies. So they elevated their hands at once. Bilkins diJ even more. His craven heart was torn with fear. His knees were almost !mocking together so was fright. His teeth were almo t chattering. He gazed inlo the cold, stern eyes of Dick as if cinated. "Please cl-don t s-shoot, D-Dick !" he whined; w-won't h-lmrt y-yc cf y-}'C won't s-shoot." A smile of scorn appeared on Dick's face. "Yon cowardly cur!" the youth said, scathingly; course you won't hmt me! I am not at all afraid of y doing so, so long as my face is in your direction. my back was turned, and you could mu!'ter up courag rnomenl, and yet they were somewhat afraid, too, for the get close en0ugh, you might strike me in the back


THE LlB.ERTY BOYS' NARROW nm; that's all! No, I'm not afraid of your hurting menot the least bit Dick's voice \ras Yery stern. And from what they 0 him they were sure he \rould do ati he mid. Dick wailed a Iew mo men ls for the fellows to lrnYc fonc: to "hat he hacl 8 Dick held pointed at their heads were cocked, and they were afraid he might accidentally pull the triggers. They would be struck by the bullets, and might be killed or seriously wounded. And like all such worthless scnmps, placed a higher valuation on their liYcs than mot brnve men do. "Yes, you will go," said Dick, cold and calm ly, "but you will wait till I tell you to go! I haYe a few words to say to you fellows and I want you to listen closely and give heed to the word s Do you understand?" and cold tone: "Yon may go now." The men availt'd themselves of the opportunity at once. IL was comie:Dl lo the manner in Y>hich they hmricd to the door, opened il and hastened out into the night. Dick did uot ile, however. The -;tern look di

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NARROW ESCAPE. Dick made himself known, and was greeted pleas mtly by I Dick overtook the rear end of the column while it was Clinton. still half a mile from Dobb's Ferry. "I will remain here a little longer, sir," Dick said; "and As h e was in no hurry, he slowed down, and followed then I will follow, and will overtake you by the time you along behind the men. reach Dobb's Ferrry." "VerJ well, Dick," and the officer rode on. "It will take them nearly two hours to march to Dobb's lj'erry,'' said Dick, when he had re-entered the house; "I ride it in three-quarters of an hour, so I can stay yet another hour with you." Ther e was no need of forcing Major to ride at the side of the road the rest of the way. Fifteen minutes later they were at the ferry. One boat-load was already on its way aeross. It was a big job getting the patriot soldiers across the river. This pleased Mrs. Slater and the girls. There was but the one ferry-boat, and it took a number of The hour passed only too quickly, and then Dick rose to trips. go. his arms, and gave her a hug and a kiss. "Good-by, sweetheart,'' he said. "Good-by, Dick," with a blush, and then the tears came Ile kissed his mother and sister, and then took Alice in tedious march toward Hackensack. The dislance to that point was in the neighborhood of All were ncross at last, however, and then began the nine miles. io the beautiful eyes; "oh, be very, very carefol, Dick!" It would take the soldiers about four hours io march she murmured, "and don't get killed. Just think of how the distance. your mother and sister, and-and-of how I would feel, This would bring them to Hackensack early in the Dick! It would kill us, if-if you were to be killed! Do morning. lie careful, won't you, Dick?" And this was what was desired by Clinton, the American "Of cour s e I will be careful, Alice, dear!" the youth recommander. plied. "No one with a sweetheart like you could ever be The march was a tedious and tiresome one, but the men reckless of his life, Alice. He would wish to live for her did not complain. ;ake. I will be as careful as it is possible for me to be, you They bad been cooped up at Peekskill, and had had no m a y be sure of that." opporttmiLy to fight the redcoats, and now that there was "Ancl tell Bob to be careful, Dick,'' said Edith, pleada prospect of an engagement they were eager to reach their ingly; "he is so impulsive that he is liable to rush headlong destination. into danger at almost any time. rell him I said for him At last, shortly after daybreak, Hacken s ack was reached to be careful, won't you please, Dick?" "Of course I will, little sister. I'll look after Bob. He tack without delay, and they re s ponded enthusiastically. is as brave as a lion, and always ready to fight to the last General Clinton ordered. his m e n 'to advance to the atThe word was to advance with as little noise as possible dikh, but he is remarkably cool-headed, just the same, and so as to take the enemy by surprise, if possible, and this wa not at all likely to lose his head and be simply :r:eckless. done. Bob is all right, Edith!" And they succeeded in surprising the British, after "I can add nothing to what the girls have said, Dick, fashion. my son," said Mrs. Slater; "l can only ask, with them, that you and Bob be as careful as you possibly can be, for it They encountered pickets and drove them into the Britis would kill Lo los e you." camp at the bayon e t point, and this caused an alarm to "We will both be careful," reiterated Dick, and then he sounded, but the redcoats had no time to get in shape to r gave them another kiss around, and with a "good-by/' he sist, and the result was that they were routed, and retreate in confusion toward Paulus Hook. lmrricd Ol1t of the house, got Major, and, mounting, rode away down the road in the direction taken by the patriot The patriot soldiers pursued the redcoats quite a di troop s tance, and then returned to Hackensack highly elated ov DiGk rode at a gallop. their victory. 'rhe night was clear, and he could see the road quite i Dick had b e en in the front ranks, and had done much I plainly. urge the patriot soldiers to heroic efforts, and Gene Then, too, Major had had a good rest, and was ready to Clinton complimented him after the affair was oTer go as fast as his young master wis hed to travel. acc ount of his bravery.


THE LJBER'rY BOYS' NARROW ESCAPE. CHA.P'rER VII. BACK AGAIN. The officer wrote a message, which he sealed and delivered into Dick's hands. "Take that to the commander-in-chief," he said. "H; will wish to know of our success at the earliest possible moment." "So he will," agreed Dick. He placed the letter in his pocket, mounted Major, and rqde away. "I won't reiurn by the way of Pompton," Dick thought; "it would be considerably out o-f my way. BY: cutting straight across the country, the distance to Morristown Heights will be only about twenty miles." Dick did not think he would be in any danger from redcoats, either. There were no British troops nearer than Newark, and he would not go closer than eight miles of that point. Dick was right. He did not encounter any redcoats, and reached Morris town Heights at about one o'clock. He reporled to the commander-in-chief at once, and delivered ihe ditipatch. General Washington read the communication, and then turned smilingly to Dick. "WeU, Clinton says they succeeded admirably, Dick, and that he put the mcmy to rout without any trouble, and now occupies Hackensack." "Y cs, sir," replied Dick. "You were in the engagement, of course?" and the commander-in-chief looked inquiringly at Dick. General Washington called out, "Come in," the door opened and Bob entered. "Ah, here he is now!" said the commander-in-chief in a tone of satisfaction. :'We were just saying it was about time for you to be getting back," he explained. "I have but just arrived," said Bob; "and here is a letter from General Putnam." Bob drew a folded paper pocket and handed it to the commander-in-chief, and Washington took it, opened and read it, and nodded his head approvingly. "Very well; very good!" he said, more as though talking to himself. Then he turned to the youths. "I thank you both, and heartily, for the prom!lt and efficient manner in which you have performed the iasks assigned to you," he said; "at present there is nothing further for you to do." 'rhen with your permission we will go to our quarters," said Dick. "Certainly, you aie free to go," said the commander-in chief, and the youths saluted and withdrew from the 10cm and the house. They made their way to the building that had been confiscated to the use of the "Liberty Boys," and found the youths taking it easy. "Back again, eh?" exclaimed Mark :Morrison. "Yes, bllck again," smiled Dick. "Say, Bob, you went to Philadelphia, didn't you?" asked Sam Sundcrlcmd. Bob noddecl. "Y cs," he replied. "And in going there did you go through Trenton ?" "Yes, I went through Trenton; why?" "Say, did you see that pretty girl that waved at Dick "Yes, your excellency," the youth replied, quietly. "That that day-you remember, when we were leaving Trenton, is to say, I, in common with the other soldiers of the patriot after we had captured the Hessians; what was her name?army, tried to be in the engagement, but the trouble was oh, :Marsha u That was it! Did you see her?" we couldn't get the redcoats to stand long enough to bring Bob shook his head, while the other youths laughed at about a real engagement." "They persisted in keeping continually on the move, eh?" with a smile. "Y cs, your excellency." The victory of Clinton's troops seemed to please the and he was in a rare good humor. 1 I should thi.J.1k it was time your friend Bob was return ing from Philuuelphia, wouldn't you think so?" he asked, after a brief silence. "I should think so, your excellency; bad but a very little farther to go than myself." 1 At this instant there came a knock on the door, and when Sam. "Say, Sam has fallen in love with the girl sure enough, hasn't he?" said one. "I should say so!" from "It's a very severe case," from still another. A number of the youths had something to say, but Sam took it good-naturedly. He seemed disappointed when Bob shook his head, and said he had not seen the young lady, however. "That's too bad!" he saicl; "I was in hopes you had :ieen her, and talked with her." "You are not jealous, Sam," said Mark Morrison.


J6 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' NARIW"' :CSC'APE. 'Of courBc nol," wm; the calm reply; "I know .that after seriug me she would uot care for any of you fcll01rs." Tl1c calm manner in which this statement was made was i::ullicient to set the youths to laughing. They were a jolly lot of young fellows. 'rhey enjoyed .fun as well as any set of. youngsters could. But when it came to real business, they could be as sober and deadly in earnest as any of the men in the patriot army. His wariness far excelled that shown by the gentleman in q'.lestion. In addition to his wariness, Washington was remarkable for his courage. Where 'rould you .find more striking examples of auda cious courage than those shown in the attack upon the capture of 'l'rcnton and Princeton? There are no recorded avents to equal those two feats. Bob called Dick to one side. The British were beglnning to see that they were going to "\Yell, you Faw the folks?" he asked, an eager look on his have a big contract on their hands in subduing the people face. o:' America. "Yes," replied Dick, and then he went ahead and told Howe and Cornwallis realized it now, if tlrny had not Bob all about it, ancl ga'e him the message Edith had sent done so before. him-the Yerbal one, wherein she was solicitous for Bob to be careful, and take no unnecessary risks. Then Dick slipped a letter into Bob's band. Edith had given him the letter just as he was leaving the house. Bob's eyes lighted up, and he seized the letter and went .QYer and sat down where he would not be disturbed. 'rhe youths dicl not jolly Bob, for they knew the letter '\ras from Dick's sister. They knew it would take another and possible more, to .finish the contest, and they decided to defer opera tions till warmer weather. The roads were blockaded with snow, and it would be im possible to moYe large bodies of troops without entailing great suffering upon the men, and probably considerable loss of life So the only sensible thing to do was to wait till milder weather should come. The larger portion of the British was quartered at ew They talked on other subjects, and Bob was left to the Brunswick, but there were some at Amboy, some at Paulus perusal of his Jore-letter undisturbed. Hook, and a few in New York City. A few days later the patriot troops captured Elizabeth and the British IYit hc1rc1v from X ewark. Of course it would take a great deal of food for such a large number of men, and the foraging parties made life a This left them in possession of but three points in New burden to the farmers of New Jersey--especially those liYJ ersey-X cw Brmmrick, Amboy and Paulus Hook. ln three week;' time W nshington had rallied an almost entirely di8integratcc1 army, fought two successful battles, ,.c:apfured two thousand prisoners, recovered the State of New Jersey, and restored the confidence of the people in the ability of the patriots to win their liberty and inde pendence. More, he had made the British generals afraid of him. A man who could do what he had done with such slender iesource was to be feared. What could he not do if he got an army of goodly proing within a radius of ten miles of the points named. 'rhese people-or such of them as were patriots, at least -sent messengers to Washington on several occasions, ask ing if he could not put a stop to the robbing ancl pillaging by the redcoats, for they did not hesitate to take anything and everything of value that they could lay their hands on. Clothing, jewelry and money were unsafe where they were The commander-in-chief of the patriot army condoled with them, and said he sympathized with them-which he did-buL that he >yas sorry to say that he did not see how: he could. help them. J P0rtions gathered together? "If I should send enough of my troops over there to be Eminent n1ilitary critics in Europe were amazed. of..benefit to you, and sufficient to check the pillaging of the 'rhey took into consideration the force at Washington's British, they.would have to something to eat also, and command, and compared it with the achievements with the they would not le?-ve you much more than the redcoats will force in question. leave you." I Frederick the Great, of Prussia, said that the achieve"At least they would not steal our clothing, jewelry and rnents 0 \\'ashiilgton and his little band of halfclothed money," said the messenger. men during the three weeks succeeding ChristJUas, 1776, "N 0 they would not do that," was the reply. "Well, I were the most brilliant of any recorded on the pages of will think the matter over." military history. Washington was called the "American Fabius." Several messengers came, and the patriot soldiers knew. of it, and talked of the matter among themseh-e


1.'HE LIBERTY BOYS' NARROW ES.C.iPE. 17 The fact \rn that the majority of the troops were not at nll eager to go on any such task as the one in question. lt \roald not be pleasant to chase small bodies of red tnats through the snow. It was more pleasant where they were. There was one company which diJ not look at the matter iE this light, however. This was the company called "The Liberty Boys of '76." rrhey were youths of an average age of eighteen years, "Dick,_ T have ]mown you six months During thst time I have asked a of favors at your hands, and you liave granted them freely, even gladly; so now I thinl:: I m safe in telling you that your request will be granted. I am sure it will be nothing unreasonable." "I trust you will not so consider it, sir," said Dick. "What is it that you wish, Dick?" "This, your excellency: We have understood that t!lere have been a number of messengers here from over in the and they longed for action. They did not like being cooped up day after day Yicinity of where the British forces are quartered, com and plaining of the robbing and pillaging by the soldiers, and week after week. They l o nged to get out and stir around. asking thai. you send some troops over to put. a si;op to it. Kow, what I wish to ask is that you let me take my company One eYcning after a messenger had been there pouring of 'Liberty Boys' and go over there and do what we can to his tale of woe into Washington's car, Dick turned to the put a stop to this work. Will you grant me the favor?" youths in his company, and said: ''Boys, let's go over New Brunswick way, and see if we urn put a stop to the foraging of the redcoats. What do you ''I say yes!" cried Bob, promptly. The commander-in-chief hesitated. He looked at the floor for a few moments, as if in deep study. Presently he looked up, and looked at Dick. "Dick," he said, "I am going to grant you the favor He \\'aS always eager for anything which promised ex-you ask, but I am going to ask one of you in return." citcmcnt. .Any change would be a welcome one, he figured, for there was certainly a dearth of excitement where they were. CHAPTER VIII. 0.I<'F ON A DANGEROUS l\[ISSION. The other "Liberty Boys" all said the same. "All right, then,'' said Dick; "if you are all in favor of the plan, 1 will go and broach the subject to the comman der-in-chief and ask permission to go over there.'' "Go ahead," said Bob; "and hurry about it. I want to gct away from here as soon as possible, and get to where we um do something." "Yes, go on/' urged :Mark Morrison. So Dick left the building, and made his way to the headqnarters of the commander-in-chief. "Very well; what is it, your excellency?" "It is this, Dick: That you promise to exercise great care, and keep out of the hands of the British. You must that you uill be a mere handful of youths, as against an entire army of trained and grizzled veterans. You must not allow yourselves to be surrounded, cut off and captured "We will try and not let that happen," smiled Dick. "I give you my promise that we will exercise every possible precaution to keep out of the clutches of the British. My plan will be to lie in wait for small parties, and attack them, and capture such as we can, and thus discourage them and keep them from robbing and pillaging with such a free hand." "I hope you may succeed in checking them to some ex tent, Dick. I have no doubt you will be able to do so; but be careful, my boy, be very careful!" "We will exercise all possible care, sir." "I have your promise for that, Dick, and I know you will He secured admittance without trouble, as he was well do what you promise to do. When will you start?" known to the orderly. The commander-in-chief greeted Dick pleasantly. '' \Yh:1t can I do for you, Dick?" he asked. "I have come to ask a favor, your excellency,'' said Dick. "To n k a favor, eh, Dick?" with a smile. "Yes, sir." General Washington was silent for a few moments, and then he looked up with a smile and said: In the morning, I think-or, perhaps it would be better to wait till near no,on, so as to get to our destination in the evening." "Doubtless that would be best." After some further conversation Dick saluted and his departure. When lie returned to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys" his face was beaming.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' NARROW ESCAPE. "It is all right, I know!" cried Bob at once; "you can tell that by the look 0 Dick s ace." "You arc right," said Dick; "the commander-in-chic said we could go, i we would promise to be very careul, and n ot allow ourselves to be captured by the redcoats." "Good!" was the cry; "we won' t let them capture us, you may be sure-not i we can help ourselves The youths were in high spirits. They were happy in the thought that they were going to the most dare-devil follows in the world, and are afraid of nothing. A neek-and-neck race with d eath is jus t the kind of a race they like-and if they have half a show, they'll come out winners, too. "I don't think they ll have half a show, though," from still another. It may be seen from this that the soldiers in general were 01' the opinion that the "Liberty Boys" would either be captured or killed by the British. go out and do something-or at least try to do something. The youths had no such thoughts, however. "When will we start, Dick?" asked Sam Sunderland. 'fhey were full of life and activity. '"l'o-morrow forenoon. It is about twenty miles to New The of danger to themselves was the least disBrunswick, and by starting at about ten o'clock we will get turbing of any thoughts that came to them. there in the evening, and will be les s liable to be seen by prowling bands of redcoats. "It is they who ought not to let us see them, Dick," sai d Bob. "I haven't had a chance to fight or so long that I feel as if I could whip a whole regiment of redcoats all by myself." "You just feel that way," laughed Mark Morrison. "Well, isn'f that what I said?" "Yes." The youths talked and laughed, and chaffed each other > and had a jolly time that evening. They felt happy. On the morrow they would get away from this life of in activity. was a pleasing thought for all 0 them. Perhaps the thought that gave them the most concnn was that they'\vould not encounter a band of foraging r ed coats as quickly as they would wish. The second most disturbing thought was 0 where they were to get their dinner. They rode onward at a good gait, laughing and talking, and enjoying the sense 0 freedom which came to all of them as soon as they had left the Heights behind. It was quite cold, but the youths did not mind that. Their blood circulated rapidly. They were warm enough. At noon they stopped at a house in the timber. They had come about eight miles. The house was a large, double-log cabin, and a thick column of smoke rolling up out of the big chimney, which When morning came the youths began making preparawas at one end, and built up on the outside 0 the logs. tions or their trip. Back 0 the cabin was a clearing of about ten acres. They oiled and cleaned their muskets and pistols, and It was evident the owner of the cabin would be in a then placed fresh charges in the weapons. position to give them feed for the horses and food for "We don't want any flashes in the pans when we go to themselves, prnviding, of course, there had been no oragshooting," said Sam Sunderland. ing parties of British around to see him. "Not a bit 0 it!" from Mark Morrison. At ten o'clock they were ready for the start. They mounted their horses, waved their hands to their ellow i::oldiers, and rode away. were cheered by those left behind, although the majority considered the plan of the youths a very foolish one. "They'll be risking death or capture every hour they are 'fhere was no ence in front 0 the cabin, and the youths rode right up to the door. Dick leaped to the ground and knocked on the door. Steps were heard approaching, and then the door was opened a little ways, and the face of a man was seen. It was a thin, shrewd-looking ace, the face 0 a typical Jersey farmer. He looked at the youths for a ew moments, and opened in the vicinity of New Brunswick, where there are seven or the door widt>, and stood in the doorway. eight thousand of the British," said one. "Howdy, gents," he said; "I thort et furst ez how ye wuz "Yes, they'll be kept racing around all the time to keep the redcoats come back ter kerry off ther cabin, scein' es from being killed by the redcoats," from another. how they b d took mos' ever'thin' else; but I see now ye "That's right," from still another; "it'll be one conbain't redcoats tinuous neck-and-neck race with death." "No, we are not redcoats," said Dick. "Have they been "But what do those 'Liberty Boys' care for that?" rebothering you?" marked "That is just-what they like. They are "Hev they? Las' night, young feller, they come heer an'


TIIE .U1.U took ever'rhin' ihar wuz thet could be ct, wore, sold er I ""\\rell, l gue s I ki.n accommyclate ye. Hop down. Ye'll traded off ter other redcoat::.. Thar wazn't ennythin' lel'' hev ter feed yer horses on ther groun'." but ther cabin, an' ez I wuz sayin', I thort et furst they hed is all right; they are used to that," replied Dick. come back ter git thet." The man stepped into the cabin, and spoke a few 1rhere was a comical grin on the man's :face, and the I youths could not keep from smiling. "Can you not :furnish us with something to eat, ancl feed for the horses?" asked Dick; "we will pay you for it." "Stranger, I hain't got enuff fur myself ter eet," was the reply; ''so I kain't accommydate ye, I'm sorry ter say." The youhts were disappointed. They were hungry. They looked at each other in blank dismay. to some one, and then he reappearecl and led the way around to the rear o:f the cabin. "Ye kin tie yer horses ter ther trees, an' then we'll bring corn an' fodder fur 'em," he said. The youths tied the horses, and then they brought :feed :for them. "Now, come on," said the man, and led the way toward the house. It was all the youths could do to get in the hou!le. "What will we d0, Dick?" asked Bob; "it begins to look It was a large double cabin, however, and they were as if we might starve to death before we get back to Morrisenabled to make it by cro\\;ding. town Heights, doesn't it?" "It does look a little bit that way," with a smile. The woman of the house was already at work cooking, and she kept steadily at it for an hour, the youths taking "Thar's a ole Tory lives erbout ha':f a mile up ther road tnrns at eating in squads of eight or ten, as that rns as in thct clireckshun," said the man; "I don' think the redmany as could get around the table. coats hev bothered him yet, so et's posserble ye kin git what When all had eaten, Dick asked the man how much the ye want i.har." bill was, and the price named was a very reasonable 'lum. "Thank you," said Dick. "We will go there and give The youths paid it without a word, and then went out, him a trial, anyway." and, untying their horses, mounted and rode away 'Tith a "All right; good luck to ye!" and the man shut the cheerful "good-by" to the old Tory: door. "He was careful not to say anything about the war, did Dick remounted, and the youths rode on down the road. you notice, Dick?" laughed Bob Estabrook, as they rode They soon reached the house, and rode up in front of it onward. und stopped. "Yes, I no!iccd it, Bob. He knew we were patriots, and Dick lcapecl down and knocked on the door. did not wish to get into an argument.'J A crusty-looking man opened the door and glared at "He was afraid that we would refuse to pay him for our :Oick, and then at the youths. dinners and the feed :for the horses, and raid him besides, "\'\'hat cl'ye wunt ?" he growled. ""\\'e would like to get food for ourselves and feed for our horses," replied Dick; "we are willing to pay !or both." The man looked suspicious. He eyed Dick searchingly. "Air ycr right sure ye'll pay iur the stuff e I let ye hev what ye want?" he asked. "Quite rnre, sir. We will pay in advance if you wish." "An' thrn take ther money away frum me afterwards?" Dick smiled. "No; we won't take the money away from you after wnrds, I promise you that," he said, quietly, and with dignity. "We are not red-coated robbers, sir. We are will-if we founcl out that he was a Tory." "That's right; he did not know we already knew it." In the timber where the roads had not been much trav eled the snow was unbroken, and the going was hard. The progress of the "Liberty Boys?' was as a consequence slow. 'l'hey pressed onward at a steady walk, howeTer, and elt sure of being able to reach the vicinity of the scenes of the clcpredations by the redcoats by nightfall. They kept on going; they passed a number of houses where the surroundings looked as if there had been raiding parties there. There was a look of desolation about such a place that ing to pay for what we get." was unmistakable. Dick thought the man flinched, and looked slightly dis-It was in January, and the days were not very long. conccrtccl al his mention of "red-coated robbers." It was sundown almost before the youths knew it, and The man hcsilated. they began fo look around for a place to get supper and He looked at the youths, pondered a few moments, and ford for the horses. then said: It grew dark almost before they were aware that it was


time for it, and they began to feel afraid thal they were not going to finkets. they would soon get the better of us. It is impossible to Several of the redcoats fell. have wnr 1rithout bloodshed." The rest broke and ran for their lives. "Thct's so," sai the man; "waal, I'll be glad when et The "Liberty Boys" were upon among them in an inis over with.'' stant, seemingly. however. "Are you a patriot?" asked Dick.


'Yaas, I'm a patritf,'' 1ras the reply; thcl':; the rC re faer 'Libberty Boys,' hey? I'm glad ter see ye!" way back ter caiii'p rejoicin'." ;, Yes, we are the 'Liberty Boys,' went on Dick; "and "How about supper for myself and men to-night? Could we have come down here for purpose of trying to put you furnish it?" a stop to so much robbing and pillaging by the British "Uv course; though et'll take quite a while ter cook svldiers." cm1ff fur so menny." "I see; waal, yc'll hev a job on yer han's, fur there',; a "We are in no hurry, and can take turns at eating, in lot uv tlH'r redcoats. I shouldn't think yer leetle band s<)_uards of ten or a dozen." would be able tcr do much." "All right; come ter ther house, all uv ye. Et'll pack. "\Ve will have to )Je careful, and swoop down upon small th er shanty purty foll, but I guess ct'll hold ye all." parties as we have done here to-night; but to do that sue"I guess so! we all crowded into a house up the road at ccssfully, we will have to have a safe haven of Tefugc to redinner time. There will be no need of all entering at once, treat to. It won't be long, you know, before they will be 110wever; that fire makes it comfortable out of doors, aml lmnting us." we need only enter ten or a dozen at a time, as the food is "Thct's so, an' I kuow the very place fur ye to go!" ready." "You do?" exclaimed Dick, eagerly. "All right; suit yourself erbout thet. Come on up te1 .. "Yaas, efll be er afc place, I'm sure, and et'll give ye ther house, en11yhow, an' sech uv ye ez wants ter, kin room tcr store er hundred-yaas two hundred pris'ners ef come in." ye should be lucky enuff ter captcr thet menny." Then Dick went and explained rnaUcrs to the members oi "How far is the place from here?" "Less'n er mile." his company. They were well pleased by the news that they could close as that?" get supper here; also by the news that there was a good "Yaas, et's on my land. It's rr mile closer to ther Brit-place close by, where they conlcl have their headquarter:>. ish at New Brunswick, though." "That doesn't matter, if it is a good hiding-place." and not be in much danger of being discovered by the British, either.


Some of the youths brought more brush and threw on about to start to the stable to get t e corn the sound of the burning pile of dead limbs, and it blazed up afresh. horses' hoofs was heard. Dick, Bob, Mark and half a dozen of the youths entered There were spots on the road where the snow bad been the cabin in company with 1Ir. Mayhew, and the rest re: blown off, leaving the frozen ground bare, and the ringing maineJ outside. of the shod hoofs of the horses on the hard ground could Dick had instruQted them to keep a sharp lookout, as a be plainly heard. band of redcoats might slip up on them. "It must be another band of redcoats!" said Dick. Mr. Mayhew's family consisted of fol!lr-himself, wife "Back, boys! Let's get 'away from the house and we will and two daughters, very pretty girls of about fifteen and be able to take them by surprise!" \ seventeen years. The youths moved back until they were outside the range The girls had been with fear when the "Liberty of the light thrown out by the pile of burning brush, and Boys" first appeared upon the scene, "a. few minutes before, here they awaited the approach of the body of horsemen. but b'ow they had dried their tears; but their eyes were Presently they rode into the light thrown out by the pile red. of burning brush, and it was seen that they were British This could not hide the fact that they were sweet, pretty dragoons girls, however, and Dick noticed that the girls eyed him "Ready!" said Dick in a low tone; "wait till they get and his friends with considerable interest. There was considerable of admiration in their looks, too, for they knew what the youths had just done, and they knew the youths must be brave, dashing fellows to attack closer, and at the word from me, fi:re." At this instant the commander of the dragoons cried out for them to halt. "We had better be careful, men," Dick heard him say; the British so boldly, and put them to flight. "we don't ln1ow what that pile of burning brush means. Ma3hew explained the situation to his wife, and she It may conceal a trap of some kind. Wait here until we we11t to work to cook for the hungry youths. have investigated." The girls assisted her, and this made the work lighter, "We're not going to catch 'em napping, all," said arnl hastened it forward more rapidly than if one person Bob in a low tone harl had to do it all. "No; we'll have to fire at them where they are," replied Dick went to where the wounded redcoats lay on the Dick. floor, and examined their wounds. Then in a loud voice he cried : Neither of the three was badly injured. "Fire, men, and then cha:cge them!" They would require no particular care. The next instant crash! went the muskets, and th<'ll A little time, and quiet was all they would need, and Na"Charge!" rang out Dick's loud, ringing voice, and ture would do the rest. youths charged forward with a rush. While thus engaged, Mr. Mayhew told his wife and A wHd, cheering shout went up from the "Liberty Boys." daughters that the youths were the "Liberty Boys of '76," and this increased the girls' interest in and admiration of the youths to a marked degree. They had heard of the "Liberty Boys," and were familiar with many tales o.f their wonderful doings. "\Zhen the fir s t installment of supper was ready, Dick and his eight or ten companions sat down to the table and ate a hearty meal. 'fhen the women folks went ahead with the cooking, and when the second installment was ready, ten more of the youths came in and ate. This was repeated until all had eaten, and then they "'ere ready to make the start for the hiding-place Mr. May hew had spoken of. First, however, they would have to get the feed for horses, as it would save them the trouble of returning for it if they took it along with them now, but just as they were CHAPTER X. ROUTING THE DRAGOONS. This was too much for the nerves of the redcoats. Several of their men had been wounded by bullets from the muskets. They were taken almost wholly by surprise They were not expecting an attack. Here they were within three or four miles of British lwadquarters, and the last thing they would have looked for was to be attacked. They did not know, of course, how many there were in


THE LTBER'I'Y BOYS' NARROW ESCAPE. 23 the party that had fired upon them, so were afraid to stand turning to the leit, he led the way behind a thick and large their ground. There might be an entire regiment there, in which case their little party of dragoons would be annihilated. Consequently 'as the commander heard Dick's order to charge, he gave the order to retreat, and the dragoons whirled their horses and galloped away back up the road in the direction from which they had come. The youths fired a volley from their pistols after the fleeing redcoats, and probably the only thing accomplished was to still further accelerate the flight of the dragoons. "Oh, well," said Dick, as they came to a stop in front of clump of bushes and paused in front of the cutrance to what was evidently a large cave "Et's er cave," the man said; "et's big an' dry, an' ye'll fin' et comf't'ble, er I'm no .jedge. .All ye will need '11 be plenty uv brush, so's ter keep eT good fire goin'. Thet'll furnish light an' heat er plenty." "It's just the thing," said Dick. "So it is," agreed Bob. "It will make a fine place for us to stay, anu is close enough to New Brunswick so that we can worry the foraging parties in good shape." "So it is," said Mark Morrison. the house, "if we can frighten them to death, it will do as "Two er three uv ye come with me, an' help git some well as to shoot or bayonet them to death. The main idea brush an' limbs," said Mi. l\Iayhew, "an' then I'll go in an' i s to get rid of them in some way." start er fire. Ye'll be able ter see whar ye air goin' then, "That's right," said Bob, with a laugh; "well, I'll wager these fellows won't stop short of New Brunswick." "And when they get there they will say they were atan' will 1.Jlow whar ye air et." Several of the youths went with the man, and they soon returned, carrying big loads of brueh and dead limbs tacked and surrounded by an entire regiment," said Mark off trees Morrison, "and that they only escaped by cutting their way Mr. Mayhew knew the way into the cave, the youths through." "Oh, yes," replied Dick; "it will be an easy matter for "That is just about what they will tell," agreed Sam following, and a few minutes later the entire company of Sunderland. "Liberty Boys," with their six prisoners, were in the cave, The youths now proceeded to reload their muskets and gathered around a nice big fire. pistols, and then they went ahead with their preparations for going to their biding-place. Mr. Mayhew had some coarse cloth bags, in which corn "This will be jolly," said Bob, enthubiastically. will beat being in a house." "It couldn't be better," said Dick. "This I was placed, and these were loaded onto some of the horses. Then, taking three horses, Dick, Bob and four more of The half-dozen uninjured prisoners were placed on as the "Liberty Boys" went back to the house with Ur. May many horses also, and then, telling Mr. Mayhew that they hew, and the three wounded redcoats were brought out and would return with him and bring away the wounded prisplaced on the backs of the horses. oners after they had got settled in their quarters, set They were not so badly wounded as to make this enout. danger their lives. Mr. Mayhew led the way, and it took about half an hour Dick would not have moved them had this been the case: to go the distance of a mile. "D'ye think ye kin find yer way back to ther cave withThe reason of this was because their way led through out me go in' along?" Mr. Mayhew asked almost impenetrable thickets and thick timber. At last they came out in a little circular basin, right on the bank of the Raritan River. The basin was not more than one hundred yards in diam eter, and was surrounded by a ridge of ground fifty or sixty feet in height. On cop of the ridge grew heavy timber and thick under brush, the same as elsewhere. "Tic yer husses," said Mr. Mayhew; "then foller me, a.n' I will show ye whar ye will be safe, an' ez comf't'ble ez cnn ythin'." The youths did so. us to do so." Then they bade Mr. and Mrs. Mayhew and the two girls good-night, and made their way back toward the cave. Their progress through the timber with the three wounded prisoners was, of course, slow, as they had to be very careful, but they arrived at their destination finUll.1' and got the wounded men off the horses and into the cam. The youths decided that they had done enough for one night, and made up their minds to remain where they were and take it easy until the next day. "To-morrow," said Dick, "we will put in the day getting our bearings, and learning the different ways of getting to Then the man led the way to where the circling end3 of and from tills cave the ridge came almost together, at the river bank, and "That's a good scheme," said Bob.


, -'-24 THE LTBTm'I'Y ROYS' N_\.RIWW ESC..iPE. 'l'his they did. ''I think we will find some redcoats here," said Dick. They .;prcaor o.f the cave ''Let u::; ride slowly, and ::;lip up as rlosc as possible." and slept like tops till morning. They put in the day reconnoitering. They located as many farm-houses as possible that would be likely to be the objects of robbery and pillage at the iians. Ile could only stand there and silently watch the thiering scoundrels carry his property out of the house and pile it up, ready lo be taken away when they F>hould get ready to go. "The scoundrels!'' grated Dick under his breath. Then he turn.eel and looked at his brarc "Liberty Boys." "All ready!" he said in a low voice. This was repealed back by one after another of the youths. They'knew the order to charge would be gi,cn in another moment. And it was. A moment later Dick cried in a loud, ringing voice: "Charge the robbers! Charge, and fire as you adrnnce !'' And the "Liberty Boys" obeyed. They urged their horses forward at a gallop. At the same time they ga>e vent to a ringing cheer. ;1f!ainst them. In the clear llight air it seemed as if coming from the With 'the coming of darkness, ho11cver, the youths left throats of a thousand. the cave, and, mounting, rode away. Dick left four of the youths in the cave to guard the }Jrisoners They did not know in which direction to go to run across a party of foragers, so had to go at random, aud trust to Jnck. 'rhey maintained absolute silence so far as talking was .f""f"mccrned. 'l'he only noise made was by the hoofs of the horses. ''they passed one house and everything was quiet. "There were no British foragers there. 'They rode onward, however. They were confident they would encounter a foraging of redcoats sooner or later. They were right. 'As they neared a point where they knew a house sto od, ihe,y saw .tbe glare, such as would be made by a pile of burn in,g brush. Then the muskets were discharged with a terrible, crash ing roar that awoke the night echoes for miles around. Shrieks, groans, curses, and yells o.f fright went up from the terrified redcoats. CHAPTER XI. WORitYING '.l.'HE REDCOATS. The redpoats were taken wholly by surprise 'rhey were not expecting an attack. The broke and fled in disorder. Some of them managed to reach their horses, mount and ride away. The majority, however, made no attempt to mount, but flew into the timber.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' KARRO\\' ESC.\.PE. 2S Not all got away. When sure thai they had gone far enough, and that there The youths rode down and captured .;;even or eight. would be no danger of encountering any of the British. In addition there weTe several wounded men on the Dick b1:ought his men to a stop, bade the others good-by,, ground. and turned back. But none had been killed. 'l'he ''Liberty were fortunate on this night, too. The youths :3ccurcd their prisoners, took charge of the They succeeded in running across three small parties of hoTSe. s that had been abandoned, and, mounting theiT prisforagers anu they put them to rout and captured ten r prisoncrs on some of the animals, were ready to take their de-oners and about twenty horses. Parture. O h n t e next night they were almost as successful, and 'l'he man of the thanked the youths for their timely when they got back to the cave, they found the youths there interference, aml Dick told him he was entirely welcome. "That is what we aTe down here or," he said; "to put a stop to this robbing and pillaging by the British, and we are who had taken tho prisoners to :Morristown Heights. They had brought a message from the oommander-in1 chief, and this was handed to Dick. i going to do it, i..f such a thing is possibJe." 'rt was a letter complimenting them on the good work when they were out in the road, Dick detailed a of they were doing, at the same ti1nc cautioning him to be ihe youths to take the prisoners and captured horses back very careful. fo the The praise made Dick feel good, ancl he would be careful, "\'\ e will go on and see if we can run across another gang of foragers," he said. back." and constantly on his guard, anyway. It was his nature to, "Remain at the ca1e till we get be careful. But, like Washington himself, when it was necessary ta to do this work said "All right," be bold and audacious, he could be as bold and audacious as and rode away on the back track, and Dick and his folany one could possibly be. The you+.hs detailed A couple of hours later they came upon a second gang of lowers rode away in the opposite direction. On the nc;xt evening, when Mr Uayhew came with his first of provisions, his face was grave: redcoats, and attacked and TOutcd them, capturing five of. lbe fellows a11d several horses He called Dick aside. They kept on and hunted around till midnight, but did "Ye'll hev ter be mighty keerful, Dick," he said; "thar 11ot encounter any more bands of foragers, and then t11ey hez be'n two gangs uv redcoats at my place ter-day. They Teturned to the cave. "We have done a very good night's work, I think," said Dick. The otheTS agreed with him in this. The next night they repeated the success of the night wuzn't foragin' but wuz lookin' fur you an' yorn: band uv 'Liberty Boys.' They axed all kinds uv questions, an' a'most threatened ter string me up ef I didn't tell whar ye wuz." "I thought they would begin to get waked up pretty tidore, and crnne home with a dozen prisoners a numsoon," mid Dick, quietly. ber of captured horses. "Oh, they WU% mad, I tell ye! Et will go hard with ye,. ''On to-morrow night," said Dick, "1 shall send twenty cf them fellers happen ter .run onto ye." of you boys to Heights with the prisoners and "I think we shall be safe. here," said Dick, "so long .. as captured horses. :We are getting crowded in here, and then we stay in duTing the daytime, and confine our operations they eat t.oo much to the On the next evening, after it had grown dark, arrange ments were made fo1 the twenty youths to journey to Morristown Heights with the prisoners and the captured h orses. \'Vhen they were ready they set out Dick and the otheTS accompanied them two or three miles on their way as a bodyguard. It would have been very disconcerting to have had the prisoners rescued by the British, and Dick was one of those cautious fellows who look out for possible con ti ngencies. "Waal, ye see, they know ye mus' hev er hidin' place somewhar aroun' heer, an' they'll send out scouts, an! they may stumble outer yer hidin' place. Then ye would be iu u. heap uv danger." "Yes, but I don't believe they will be able to find us. "J'ifebby not; but ye hed better keep yer eyes open." "We shall do that, of course." 'l'hat night they went out and met with their usual success, meeting and defeating two forag ing bands of r ed coats. They captured six prisoners and a dozen horses


25 'l'HE r.rmmTY BOYS' NA.RH.OW ESCAPE. \\'"hen the youths got back on the following night they prise; "and the boys down at headquarters have been saybrought a second message from the commander-in-chief. ing all along that there was a regiment of the fellows, at It complimented Dick and his "Liberty Boys," but cauleast! Ancl they're all young fellows, too-ah!" as a sudtioned the youth den thought strucli: him; "I'll wager this is the gang of "You have been there so long," the letter ran, "and have patriot youths who call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of clone so much damage to the British foraging parties that '76.' I know it is, and that accounts for the daring work they will be trying to effect your capture. I would suggest they have been doing. Jove! what a catch they will be, if tbat you return to Morristown Heights very soon, for you we can capture them-and there is no reason why we can will be risl!:i_ng death every hour of every day that you renot, now that we know where their hiding-place is." main." With this reflection the scout slipped back out of the "Doubtless he is right," thought Dick.: "in fact, I know cave, and hastened away through the timber, but keeping he is, for Mayhew tells me there are roving bands of redalong the river coats prowling about in the vicinity every day now. Well, He arrived at the British headquarters an hour and a doubtless we arc risking death in remaining here longer, half later, and late as it was, he reported to the officer i u but I am determined to stay a few clays and strike a few charge, who happened to be Co1mt Donop. more blows at the redcoats, even though we are forced to When Donop learned the hiding-place of the band of nm a neck-and-neck race with death in order to make our patriots that had been doing so much damage had been -dis escape." Dick talked the matter over with the other boys, however, and they all said the same-that tl:l:ey would like to stay a few days longer and strike a few more blows before return ing to Morristown Heights. It was monotonous there, and they were enjoying them selves here. The danger but added spice to the whole affair. Dick did not know it, of course, but at the very time he and the "Liberty Boys" were talking the matter over, the shrewd, gleaming eyes of a scout from the British army at New Brunswick were upon them. He had been out searching for the hiding-place of the covered he was well pleased. "Gooc1 he exclaimed; "we will surround the young scoundrels and capture them in the morning." "Your pardon, sir,'but don't yon think it would be a good plan to go and capture them to-night?" The commander shook his 11ead. "There are only a hundred, you say ? Well, there is no necessity for our troubling ourselves to find our way there through the darkness. They will be there all day to-morrow:, 'llld we will have plenty of time to surround them, and when they sec the force which has been sent against them, they will surrender at once. At night they might try to re sist, and we would have to kill a number of them before band of patriots who had been doing so much damage to they would surrender." the British during the past two weeks. He had lost his way, and was wandering through the timber, when he struck the Raritan Uiver, and then, knowOf course the scout had to acquiesce in this, but his ow_ n private opinion was that it would have been better to go and caphue the youths while they slept. Time would determine which was the better mode of ing that the Britisli army lay somewhere down the river, he followed the stream until suddenly he came upon the little, procedure. circular basin. As may bg_ supposed, the announcement that the hiding The presence of so many horses in the little basin was ffi t f" th l d t f 'tl t place of the patriot band that had been doing so much su 1cien or e s uew w1 s o ie scou H I l h d tu bl d th I d 1 f th damage was discovered created great excitement among the e mew 1e a s m e upon e n mg-pace o e t t b d British soldiers nex-t morning. pa no an Here were their horses_; then they were not far off. They were eager to be away to capture the "rebels." A brief search was all that was needed to enable him to An entire regiment, i:livided up into the ten companies find the entrance to the cave. He was a bold fellow. He did not hesitate, but entered the cave with the f:'tealthy tread of the panther. He saw the youths seated on blankets spread on the floor, so as to move with more freedom and greater rapidity, was detailed for the task, and they set out at an early hour. The plan was to surround the cave where the patriots were ill hiding, and approach it from all directions at once and he counted them. This plan would, they were sure, result in the easy cap "Only a hundred of them!" he said to himself in surture of the "rebel" band. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' NARROW ESCAPE. 27 But would it? This remained to be seen. CIIAPTER XII A NARROW ESCAPE. mistreated by the British. They will suspect that you warned us, and they may arrest you as a patriot sym pa thizcr." "Oh, don't be afraid for me, Dick!" the girl cried; "I will hide so that they can't find me, and will then go back home again after the British soldiers have gone away." "Are you sure you canJ1ide so they won't find you, Liz zie?" "Oh, yes; I'm sure 0 it." "I wonder why Ur. Mayhew hao 't come back with his "Very well, then; we will go and try to make our essecond load 0 provisions?" remarked Dick Slater next cape. Good-by, Lizzie, and God bless you! You are a morning, after the farmer had been there with one load 0 brave and noble girl!" food, and gone home again to get the other. They all hastened out 0 the cave and the youths bridled "I couldn't say, Dick," replied Bob Estabrook; "he is and saddled their horses in quick time. usually back much sooner than this." This done, they mounted, and, waving their hands to the "So he is; I don't understand it." brave girl, they rode away through the timber. "Probably he had to do some work 0 some kind before They went in the direction 0 the girl's home. coming b{lck," suggested Morrison. This was the nearest route to the highway, and the youths "Perhaps so, knew they could not escape without encountering some of The youtbs had eaten all the food that had been brought the redcoats, anyway, and they thought they might as well at the first load, and presently, becoming somewhat im patient, Dick arose and started toward the entrance 0 the cave. At this instant a young and beautiful girl appeared at the entrance. She ran toward Dick with a little cry, hal 0 joy, half 0 fear. "Lizzie, you here!" exclaimed Dick; "what is the mat ter, and where is your father?" The girl was Lizzie Mayhew, the daughter of the "Oh, Dick!" she cried, stopping in front 0 the youth, and panting from her exertions, "the British soldiers are all around you! They have discovered where you are, and they are coming to capture you "What! Are you sure?" asked Dick, in some excitement. The other youths came hurrying to the spot, to hear what the girl had to say. "Yes, yes I am sure, Dick There are a lot 0 them at our house now, and I heard them tell that they had discovered your hiding-place, and that they were sur rounding you with a thousand men, and that you could not possibly escape. I slipped out 0 the house the back way, and ran all the way here to warn you." "You noble girl!" said Dick; "but or you we should surely have been hemmed and captured; but now we will meet those stationed at M:r. l\layhew's house as any. Just as they reached the edge 0 the timber at the rear 0 Mr. Mayhew's the British were starting to advance inlo the timber. Dick did not hesitate. Forward!" he shouted rn his clear, ringing voice; "charge the scoundrels, and fire as you advance Then he led the charge, his sword in one hand," a pistol in the other. The youths came with a rush, and then crash went the muskets, a number 0 the redcoats falling from their saddles. The next moment the two bodies 0 horsemen came to gether with a crash. The "Liberty Boys" had the better 0 it, however, or they had taken the redcoats by surprise, and a]piost before the redcoats knew what had happened, the youths had broken through and were riding up the road as fast as their horses could be forced to go. At the same instant two more bodies of British troopers dashed out of the timber at the right and let, and started in pursuit 0 the "Liberty Boys." The body through which the youths had just forced their way got straightened out presently and joined in the chase. give them something to do before surrendering. It may And then began a race that was as excitingas any ever be by a rather narrow margin, but we will escape them yet." run by any rival parties 0 men. "Oh, I hope so!" the girl cried. In so far as the "Liberty Boys" were concerned, it was "But what will you do, Lizzie?" asked Dick, solicitously; a "neck-and-neck race with death," for they were being "We cannot, will not o away and leave you behind to be chased by at least five times their own number, and if they


., 28 THE LlBBlfi'Y ROYS' N ATIIWW ESCAPE. were overtakc:n they 1rould most assureuly be either killed or captured: lt would iu all probability oe the former, for they were _youths who were more for fighting than for surrendering, nnJ doubtless a majority of them would have fought to the tleath. lt was hard to tell at first which had the better horses, the distance bebYccn lhe two parties remained about the .s1mc, but when about a mile had been traversed the horses of the "Liberty Boys" began to draw slowly but surely mray from those of their pursuers. The reason .for this "as obvious. The "Liberty Boys'" horses hacl had an all-night rest, while the horses of the British had already. been ridden quite a distance through Then, reluctantly no doubl, lhcy gaYc up the punmit. Realizing that thc_y stood no chance of catching the ''Liberty Boys.'' they stopped and turned back. Dick at once ga,c the orJcr to slow up. "There is no need of ninning our horses to death no'1," he saiu; "they have given up the chase." The youths at once brought their horses down to a walk, to gi,e them a chance to re t up and get their breath, and they improYcd the opportunity by congratulating each other on their escape f m death or capture. "It was a close call, Dick," said Sam Sunderland. "If it hadn't been for the girl we ,\ould haYe been captured, sure." "What are you going to do now, Dick?" asked Bob. tlw snow, and they wci:e not so fresh and strong "I guess we had better return to )Iorri town Heights, "We'll get

"' CONTAINS ALL OF STORIES. EVEU.Y STORY COMPLE'l'E. 32 PAGES. BEA.UTIFULL Y COLORED COVERS. :PRICE 5 CENTS. LATES'.L' ISSUES. 53 The Hed (;aps ; or, 'l'he ['ire Boys of lJoylston, 90 100 by Bx Fire Chief Warden 101 5 1 A Scout at 16; or, A Boy's Wild Life on the l'rot :ier, 102 by an Old Scout 55 Ollie, the Office Hoy ; or, 'l'he Struggles of a Poor Waif, 103 by Allyn Draper 104 5G On Board the School-Ship St. Mary's; or, 'l'he l'lucky J<'1;:;ht of a Boy Orphan. by Car,. -_;_-;10s. U. Wilson 105 57 Fighting With Washington; or, The Boy l{eg1meut of the Hcvolutlon, by General Jas. A. Gordon 106 58 Dashing Dick, the Young Cadet; or, l "our :tears at West 107 Pomt, by Howard Austin 50 Stanley' s Roy Magician; or, Lost in Africa, by Jas. C. Merritt 60 'l'he iloy Mail Carrier; or, Uovemment Service in i\linflesota, l08 by an Old Scout 61 Hoddy, the Call Boy; or, Born t-; l:Se au Actor, by Uus Williams 6:! A l<'irnman at Sixteen ; or, Through Flame and Smoke, 109 110 111 by Bx !'ire Chief Warden 63 Lost at the South Pole; or, The Kingdom of Ice, 112 by Capt. '.l'hos. II. Wilson 64 A Poor Irish Boy; or, Fighting H's Own Way, 113 liy Corporal :\lol'gan Rattler 114 6:; Monte Cristo, Jr. ; 01-, 'l'he Diamonds oe the Bo1gias, 115 by Howard Austin 66 Robinson Crusoe, Jr., by Jas. C Merritt 67 Jack Jordan of New York; or, A Ne1vy Youni: American, by Howard Austin 68 The Bioclc Honse Boys; or, The Yonng Pioneers of the Great 116 117 118 110 by an Old Scout 6\J From Isootblack to Broker; 01, The Luck of a Wail Street 120 Joe Jeckel, The Prince of Firemen, by Ex Fire Chief Warden 'l'he Uoy Hailroad Klug; or, Fighting for a Fortune, by J as. C. Merritt Frozen In ; or, An American Iloys Luck, by Howard Austin 'l'oney; the Doy Clown; or, Across the Contineut With a Cil'cus, !Jy Berton Bertrew His First Drink; or, Wrecked by \\'ine, by Jno. B. 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II. w ii son Mustang Matt, The Prince of Cowboys. by an Old Scout 'l'h e Wild Bnll of Kerry; or, A Battie for Life, by Ailyn Drnpei:Tbe Scarlet Shroud; or, The Fate of the l'lve, by lloward Austin Brake and 'l'firottle; or, A Boy .. s Ln('k. by Jas. C. Merritt Two Old Coins; or, Found in the Elephant ('ave. lloy, by a Retired Rroker 70 Eighteen Diamond Eyes; or, 'l'he Nine-Headed Idol of Ceylon, by Be1ton Bertrew by Richard H. Montgomery 121 The Roy Courier of Siberia: or, The League of the Hussian 71 Phil, the Boy Fireman; or, 'l'hrough !<'lames to Victory, 122 by Jo:x l 'ire Chief Warden 123 72 The Boy Silver King; or, The Mystery ot Two Lives, by Allyn Draper 124 73 The Floating School ; or, Dr. Birchams Bad Boys' Academy, by Howard Austin 125 74 Fran!> Fair in Congress: or, A Bov Among Out Lawmakers. by Ual Standish 126 73 Dunning & Co., the Roy Brokers, by a Hetired Rroker 76 The Rocket; or, Adventures In the Air, by Allyn Drnpe1 1 2 7 77 The First Glass; or, The Woes of Wine, by Juo. B. Dowd 78 "-ill, the Whaler. by Capt. 'l'hos. ll. Wilson 79 The Demon of the DeRert, by J as. C. Merritt 80 Captain Lucifer; or, The Secret of the Slave Ship, 130 by Howard Austin 81 Nat o' the Night, by Berton Bertrew 131 'l'lle Search for the Sunken Ship, by Capt. Thos. fl. Wilson 83 Dick Duncan; or, The Bllght of the Bon I, by Joo. B. Dowd J 32 Daring Dan. the Pride of the Pedee, by General Jas. A. Gordon 133 8;J The Iron S11irit; or, The Mysteries of the l'iains, by an Old Scout 134 86 Rolly Rock; or. Chasing the ;\lountaln Bandits. by Jas. C. Merritt 135 87 Years in the Grassy Sea, by Capt. 'l'hos. fl. Wilson 88 '!'he )Iysterlous Cave, by Ailyn Draper 136 89 'l'he or, The Mysterious Riders of the Revolution, by .Uerton Bertrew 137 Prison Mines. by Allan Amold The Secret of l'age 09 : or, An Old Book Cover, by Allyn Draper Hesoiute No. 10; or, 'l'he Boy l 'ire Company of Fulton, by Ex Fire Chief "arden The Boy Scouts of the Susquehanna: or, The Young lleroes of the Wyoming Valley, by an Old Scout The Boy Banker; or, U'rom a Cent to a Ilion, by H. K Shackleford Shore Line Sam, the Young Southern Bngineer; or, ltailroading in War Times. by Jas. C. Merritt On the Brink: or, 'l'he Perils of Social Drinking. by Jno. B. Dowd The 13th of October, 1863, by Allyn Draper 'l'hrough an Unknown Land; or, The Boy Canoeist of Quanza, by Allan Arnold The Blue Door. 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SECRET SERVICE OLD AND YOUNG l{ING BltA.DY, DETEC'l'lVES. PRICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY 1 The Black lland: or, 'l'he Two King Bradys Against a Hard Gang. 58 Working for the Treasury ; or, The Bradys and the Bank Burglars. An Interesting Detective 8tory. 1'he Dradys' }j'atal Clew; or, A Desperate Game tor Gold. 2 Told by the 'l'icker; or, 1'he Two King Bradys on a Wall Street 60 Shadowing the 8harpe1s; or, The l:!radys' $10,000. Deal. Case. 61 'l'he Bradys and the l 'irebug ; or, l 'ound in the l'lame s. 3 'l'h" Bradys After a Million; or. Their ChMe to Save an Heiress. 6:.l 'l'he Bradys in Texas; or, The Great Hanch l\Irslery. 4 The Bradys' Great l:llulf; or, A l:lun c o Garn., that }j'ailed to Work. 63 The Bradys on the Ocean; or, The Mystery of Stateroom No. 7. 5 In and Out; or, The Two King Bradys on a Lively Chase. 64 The Brudys and the Office Boy ; or, Working Up 'l Business Casa. 6 'l'he Bradys' Hard J!'ight: or, After the Pullman Car Crooks. 65 'l'he Bradys ln the Backwoods; or, The .Mystery of the Hunters' 7 Case Number Ten; or, The Bradys and the Private Asylum Fraud. Camp. 8 The Silent Search; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 66 Ching F'oo, the Yellow Dwarf; or, 'l'he Bradys and the 0plum 9 The lllaniac Doctor, or, Old and Young King Brady In Peril. Smokers. 10 lield at llay ; or, The Bradys on a BaUling Case. 67 The Bradys' Still Hunt; or, '.!'he Case that was Won by Waiting. ll Miss Mystery, the Gil'l from Chicago; or, Old and Young King 68 Caught by the Camera; or, The Bradys and the Glr. from Maine. l:rrady on a Dark Trail. 69 'l'he Bradys in Kentucky; or, '.!'racking ll. :Mountain Gang. 12 The Bradys' Deep Game; or, Chasing the Society Crooks. 70 The Marked Bank Note; or, '.l'he Bradys Below the D ead Line. 13 liop Lee, the Chine s e ::ilave Dealer; or, Old and Young King Brady 71 The Bradys on Deck; or, 'l'he :Mystery or the Private \achL and the Upium 'lends. 72 '.l'he llradys in a Trap; or, Worklng Against a llard Gar.g. 14 'l'be Bradys m the Dai k; or, 'l'he Ilardest Case of All. 73 Over the Line; or, 'l'he Bradys' Chase 'l'hrough Canada. 15 The Queen of Diamonds; or, 'l'he 'l'wo King Bradys Treasure Case. 74 The Bradys in Society; or, The Case of l\Ir. Barlow. 16 'l'he Bradys on Top; or, The Great ltiver Mystery. 75 'l'he Bradys ln the Slums; or, '!'rapping the Crooks of the "Red 17 'l'he l\lissrng l!:ngineer; or, Old and Young King Brudy and the J,ight Dislrlct." f,Ightnini; Bxpress. 76 Found in the River; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Bridge 18 '.l'he Bradys' l'igbt For a Life; or, A Mystery Hard to Solve. Mystery. HI The Bradys' Best Case; or, Tracking the River l'irates. 77 "'be Bradys and the Missing Box; or, Running Down the ltailroad 20 The Foot in the or, Old and Young King Brady and the 'l'hieves. Mystery of the Owl Train. 178 'l'he Queen ot Chinatown; or, The Bradys Among the "Hop" Flencls. 21 The Bradys' Ilard Luck; or, Working Against Odds. 79 The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Working !or the Custom 22 'l'he Bradys Baflled; 01, In Search of the Green Goods Men. House. :!a The Opium King; 01;, 'l'he Bradys' Great Chinatown Case. 80 The Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing the Circus 24 The Bradys in \\'all or, A Plot to Steal a Million. Sharps. 25 The Girl 1''rom Boston; or, Old and Young King Brady on a Peculiar 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the :Mystery of the Old 2 ,, Case. Church Yard. The Bradys and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods 82 The Bradys and the Brokers; or, A Desperate Game in Wall Street. Case. 83 The Bradys' Fight to a Finish ; or, Winning a Desperate Case. Zig Zag the Clown; or, The Bradys' Great Circus 'l'rail. 84 The Bradys' Race for Life; or, Rounding Up a Tough Trio. '.l'he Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard 85 '.l'he Bradys' Last Chance; or, The Case In the Dark. ; 0u After the liidnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. 86 The Bradys on the Road; or, The Strange Case of a Drummer. o Old and Young King Bra; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. 8!! The Bradys ln Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy." ""' Found in the 1.lay; or, 'Ihe l:!radys on a Great Murder Mystery. 89 B d B tl f Llf Th K D t ti G t t 33 The Uradys in Chicago; or, ::iolving the Mystery of the Lake !front. The ra ys at e or e; or, e een e ec ves rea es 34 The BradJ.'s' Great Mltake; or, Shadowing the Wrong l\Ian. Peril. d D t Th H t d 11\l i th 3G The Bradys and the Mail !llysterh; or, Working for the Government. 90 The Bradys and the .Ma oc or; or, e aun e n e 3u h B d D S Marsh. u 1' e ra ys own outh; or, T e Ureat Plantation Mystery. 91 The Bradys on the Rail or, A Mystery of the Lightning Express. 37 The Hou>*' in the ::iwamp; or, '.l'he Bradys' Keenest Work. 38 'l'he Knock-out-Drops

These Books T ell You Everything! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Eftch book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. Most of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simp_),e manner tha,t any chiltJ can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROi\1 TllIS OFinCE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FlVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS 'AKEN THE SAi\IE AS ,MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUN'!' AND l!'ISH.-The most complete hunting and lishing guide ever published. 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TRICKS WIT H CARDS. No. 51. HOW '1'0 DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand 1 applicable to card of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of specmlly prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. 'Witll illustra tilXIS. No. 72. HOW DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embraciug all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il luetrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITil CARDS.ContniniD\; deceptive Card Trkks as leading conjurers &lld magicrnna. Arrange d for home amuseme& i Fully illustrated. M AGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRIUK:::>.-'l'he great book of magic and card tricks, containing fuJ.l instruction of all the leading card tricks of the day, also _the most popular magical as perfoimed by our leadrng magicians ; every boy should obtam a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 22 HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-He!Jer's second explained b.)'. bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on. the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW 'l'O BECOME A .l\IAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of .magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CIIEi\:IICAL '.rlUCKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusingand iuslructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated No. 6!). HOW TO DO SLEIGH'!' 01!' HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Abo contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW M4KE MAGIC full direct10ns for makrng Magic '.I'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. l!'ully illustrated. 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