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HE LIBERTY. BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Contai n ing S t o r ies of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered ll8 Second Class Matter cit the Xew Yori; V. L, Post Office, February 1901, E1itered according to Act of Oon1rr'' in the yam 1901. iii the office of the Librariah of Congress, Washington, D. C., uy F'ra ,, Tousey, 24 Union Sqnarc, New York. No. 12. NEW YORK, March 2 2 1 901. Price 5 Cents HE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL OR, Threatened from All By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTE R I. THE BOYS AN D THE DRAGOONS. "We are i n a tigh t p lace, Dick! "Yes, but keep cool B ob." "That's easy to say, but hard to do." "It is necessary, though. If we look the least bit flurried 'rhe two youths i n question wer e dressed l ike ty p ica l farmer boys. Their clothing was patched, heir hats were old slouch affairs, and their shoes were fu ll of holes and badly out of shape. But the faces of the two were bright and handsome. There was no disguising this fact. The truth of the matter was that these two boys wer e r uneasy 1.he suspicions of the redcoats will be aroused, and patriots. hen there is no tel l ing what may happen." "I know it; I'll keep as cool as poss ibie, old man." "Do so!" T"o youths of about eighteen years were walking along road about a mi l e s outh of New Brunswick, in the State f New Jersey. It was the month oC May, in the yc>ar 1777-the time of the great struggle for independence and liberty by the colonists. It was a lovely l\Ia:v da,v. Birds were singing, flowers were blooming, trees were budding. They were members of a company of youths of abou t their own age 1.-nown as "The Liberty Boys o.f '76.n And one of 1.wo-Dick Slater-was captain of the company. The other, Bob Estabrook, was Dick's nearest and dearest boy friend. They had since joining the patriot army done much valuable work for the great cause, and they were bent o n doing more good work now. They were disguised as farmer boys for a purpose That purpose was to enable them to enter the town. of New Brunswick, where fourteen thousand British h a d t he i r Nature was truly smiling. But war, cruel war with its hand of iron was over all and headquarters. the fields were more neglected than they should have been. They wished to learn what the intentions of the Brit i s h The ew Jersey farmers did not have much heart in were. farming. It was not p l easant work to raise crops to feed the Dritish sold i ers with, witho u t pay for the produce. General Washington, through Dick, w h o had gone into the City of New York. right among the B r itis h ha d learn e d that the British contemplated moving across Nrw J e rsey,


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. into Pennsylvania, where they would capture Philadelphia, the "rebel capital," as they called it. General W ashingfon had moved his army down from Morristown Heights, and taken up a position at Middle brook, ten miles from New Brunswick. Close watch had been kept of the Briti;;h. If they started to advance across the 8tatc o:f N e w Jersey it was Washington's purpose to first cut off their comrnuni eations with New York, and then harass them 1mlil their forces should be broken up, when it wonk!. be possible to force them to surrender But for some reason the British delayed starti;1g. General Washington could not understunu the cause of the delay. He wished to learn the cause of it. He thought that possibly General Howe, the commander in-chief o:f the British, might have changed his plans. If so, he wished to know it. The dragoons were advancing at a trot, and as they drf near: Dick and Bob stepped out to one side of the road, 1 if to let them pass. The dragoons did not pass, however. Instead, they stopped, at a command from the captai and that individual looked at the youths sternly and said: l "Who are you two fellows, and where are yon going?" "We are not 'fellows'?" replied Dick boldly. The captain frowned. "You are insolent!" he said; "if you are not fellow what are you?" "We are loyal king's men!" Dick, by a supreme effort of acting, was enabled to ma1 himself appear as though very proud to announce that l was a king's man. Some of the redcoats snickered. "Diel you hear that, captain?" remarked one, with a d smile; "he said 'men.' He wished also, if possible, to learn what the new Then a number laughed hoarsely. 1!1ight be. 1 "Well, I guess we are as good men as you are!" rE If a general has knowledge of the plans of the enemy marked Dick coolly, looking the fellow straight in the eye it becomes an easy matter to checkmate his moves. "Say, he's gamey, anyway!" remarked another, admi Washington knew this, and he was always trying to learn ingly. the intentions of the enemy. To accomplish this he u:ed spies. "Why, you ragged young rascal, if you talk saucily t me I'll get off my horse, and spank you with the si Among the spies whom he had made use of, and who of my saber!" cried the dragoon whom Dick hacl uddresse had done a great deal to aid in encompassing the discom-11 "Try it, and see how you come out!" s aid Dick promp fiture of the British on a number of occasions were Dick ly; "it will be you who will get spanked with your o Slater and Bob Estabrook. saber!" Dick, especially had been very successful as a spy. There were men spies in the continental army, but Dick had gone places, and accomplished things, that the men had been unable to do. So, on this morning of which we write, the commander in-chief the patriot army had sent for Dick. He told 4im what he wished. Dick had told him that he would enter upon the work of trying to learn the plans of the enemy at once. And he had done so. All the dragoons-with the exception of the one, o course-laughed at this, even the captain smiling. The idea of the youth talking so boldly was amusing. The dragoon in question did not laugh. He turned very red in the face, and muttered somethin under his breath. It was probably an oath. "Great Jupiter, captain!" he exclaimed; "if you wi only grant me permission, I will get down off my horse an teach this young sauce-box a lesson he won't forget in Bob had begged so hard to be allowed to accompany Dick hurry!" that the youths had given in and consented. It happened that the captain of the company, althougl Thus, we find them walking along the road. a mile or so very fierce-looking and stern on the surface, was a man wh from New Brunswick. enjoyed sport of any kind, and this little episode certainlJ And at the particular moment when we introduce them to the reader, they were confronted by a clanger of some magnitude. The danger in questi9n consisted of a company of British dragoons, which was advancing down the road toward them, and only a couple of hundred yards distant. promised some sport. "Go ahead, Jackson," he said calmly. "We will watcl you, and see how you Jl!.ake out with the young fellow. Me thinks, judging from the expression of this young man'1 eyes, that you will not have such an easy time administer ing corporal punishment upon the youth as you seem


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. n.k. Take care that h: does not make his words good, 1 "Spanking, you mean!" from still another, with a d :flail you with your own weapon!" The captain winked at the others as he said this. Doubtless he did not expe ct any s uch occurrence. chuckle. The redcoat was becoming almost wild wilh rage. His failures to get hold of Dick, and the laughter of his He wis hed to arouse the dragoon and make him all the comrades combined to render him .very angry. ore eager to get at the youth. He was one of those headstrong, sensitive fellows, who imagine it :fine fun to have sport at other people's expense, If this was his plan it succeeded admirably. With what s ounded like a muttered impre c ation, the man yet get red with anger in an instant if lh e y are forced to furnish even the least little bit of amu s ement for the crowd. He made another fierce lung e in an att empt to get hold "You're in for it, Di ck!'' \rhi s p e red Bob, in e xcit e m e nt. of Dick, but failed as before. aped off hi s horse. ''I see I am, Bob," was the cool, indiffer ent reply in a hisper. "Just wait and see me make the redcoat wish he du't been so funny!" Dick looked up at the captain. "This is to be a fair and s quare affair?" he asked. "How do you mean?" the captain asked; "fair and uare in what way?" "Why, I mean that as soon a s I get him across my k"Uee nd go to spank him with the saber, you will not interfere nd keep me from doing so?" Dick spoke so confidently and innocently that the captain nd the other dragoons roared with laughter. "Did you hear that, Jack son?" the captain inq aired. Jackson's face was almost black with rage. "Yes, I heard it!" he grated "Have at you, you saucy oung hound I You need a lesson in manners very badly, The youth was too nimble on his feet .for hi s bigger and clumsier opponent. "Don't you wish you could get hold of me?" laughed Dick. "I'll get hold of you!" growled the redcoat. "And then-what will you do?" "What will I do?" "Yes." "I'll give you the worst spanking you have had in many a year, that's what I will do!" "Really?" The redcoat's answer was another plunge forward, but Dick was out of the way. "You confounded young jumping-jack!" almost howled the redcoat; "you ar e only making it worse for yourself by doing as you are doing! When I get hold of you I shall lay nd I am going to give it to you!" on a few extta strokes to pay for this!" "Oh, if the lesson proves to be of value, I shall be quite "Oh, that is what you are figuring on doing, is it?" illing to pay you for it," remarked Dick with the utmost asked Dick. oolness, and the dragoons roared again. There was no time for more, however, a.o; the angry ragoon leaped forward and attempted to seize Dick. The youth was watching him, however, and easily evaded im by dodging. "That's all right; dodge if you want to, you young ascal," growled the man; "I'll get you just the same!" "Perhaps so!" was the cool reply. Again the redcoat tried to seize Dick, and again the outh evaded him. "Try again!" the youth remarked", tantalizingly. The redcoat did so. He made a :fierce lunge at the youth, but Dick was out of he way in an instant. The dragoons were laughing heartily. It seemed like great sport to them. "The youngster's all right!" remarked one. "It is just what I am going to do!" "You think you can do what you said you would do, then?" "I kp.ow I can-and I am going to do it, too." "You mean you think you are." "I know I am." Dick laughed. "Well, just to show you how often a man thin.ks be knows a thing when he doesn't know it at all, I am going to let you get hold of me," said Dick, quietly. "Come ahead, and this time I shall i;iot avoid you." The redcoat leaped forward at once, and tried to grasp Dick. The youth kept his word. He did not try to avoid the dragoon. Neither did he let the fellow grasp him. Instead he performed a remarkable feat-a feat thnt "It's a 'Case of 'catching before hanging'," remarked anmade ihe eyes of the redcoats stick out in wondering ,other. l amazement.


4 .THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. He caught the extended arms of the man in a grasp of iron and held the fellow, despite his struggles to free himself. CHAPTER IL DICK'S REMARKABLE FEAT. "He's all right!" said one. "He certainly is!" from another. te ''He is a youth!" from still another. D The redcoat who had gotten himself into the difficul with Dick was furious, however. He snarled like a wild beast. 1 If he could have done so he would have bitten Dick hands to force the youth to let go his hold. But he cou. not do this. "I'll never do what you ask!" he growled. "I'll nevi The man twisted and squirmed, and did his best to get acknowledge a young country clod to be my master in ar loose. He could not do it. Dick waited to give the fellow full opportunity to try, and looked him 'in the eyes and smiled. As the realization came to him that he was powerless in the hands of the beardless youth-the despised country bc:iy, as be supposed Dick to be-the redcoat turned pale. He was mortified to think that 'he should be treated thus by a boy, and before the eyes of his comrades. He woald never hear the last of it. He decided to make one desperate effort, and he did so. He tried bis best to wrench his wrists loose from Dick's grasp. He strained and tugged. All in vain. He could not do it. "What's the matter, Jackson?" asked the captain. "I thought you were going to spank the youth with the flat of your sabre." "It seems that has bitten off more tha he can chew," said a redcoat Bob stood near, watching the scene with interest. way." "So be it," said Dick, qui etly; "since you will not a1 it, I shall under the painful necessity provmg it even more dec1s1vely than I have already done." With the words, Dick gave the redcoat's wrists a 'ITenehing twist. It was a peculiar twist, c.ind the r esult was all that coJl have been wished. With a cry of pain the dragoon fell to his knees, an lhcn rc.lled over on his side on the ground. H he not done so his wrists would havetbeen brolien. It was a strange spectacle, to say the least. The redcoats stared in open-mouthed amazement. 'rhey had not expected to see anything like this. The idea that the youth should prove more than a mate! their comrade had never entered their minds. Dick did not stop with this, however. He had made up his mind to teach the redcoat a lesson. The dragoon had laugh ed and made light of him whe he had spoken of him self and Bob as being "men," an now Dick was determined that he would prove to the fel He knew how strong Dick was, and was not as surprised low, and 1.o his comrades as well, that he was entitled to b as were the redcoats. ralled a man. "Well," said Dick, "are you willing to acknowledge that I am your master?" "No, curse you!" grated the redcoat; "what! I, a man, acknowledge that a brat like you is my master ?-never!" "You bad better do so," said Dick, quietly. "If you will acknowledge it, here before your comrades, and promise to be more careful in future how you address youths whom you happen to meet, I will let 'yo u go, and will forego the pleasure I had promised myself of spanking you with your own sabre. What do you say?" Dick's tone was cool and calm. He spoke as if he felt every confidence in his ability to ilo what he had said h e could do. Murmur s of admiration went up from the dragoons. They could a.'lrnir e cool audacity, even in a youth. Having brought the redcoat to the ground, Dick by : quick, skillful motion and a dexterous twist, turned th1 fellow over, so that he lay on the ground on his stomach Dick had managed to bring the redcoat's arms around til they wi:re at his back. Dick now ran hi s thumb up inside the coat-sleeve on th1 fellow's right arm, and the four fingers of the hanC. up th1 coat-sleeve on the l eft arm, and gripping the stout cloth ir a grip of steel, the youth h eld the arms with his ) .<'fl hand, in spite of all the fellow could do. rhen Dick lif1ed the fellow with a sudden jerk, and bi6 his body across his left knee. Thi s was done s o quickly the redcoat was taken by SUI' prise, and before he could made an effort to kick and squirm down the youth had thrown his right leg over the top oJ


THE LIBERTY PERIL. 5 e redcoat's legs, binding them there, and making it im-the fellow's lips, and he made a frantic and desperate effort ossible for their owner to get loose. to free himself. 1 There the redcoat was, held half-doubled across Dick's "Did you take note of that, gentlemen?" asked Dick; "he nee. howled louder that time, and you will hear even a greater I 'rhe redcoats on the horses were almost stupefied with yell out of him this time. Listen." nazement at the wonderful sight. The redcoats stared at Dick in 6pen-mouthed amaze'rhey saw that their comrade was entirely at the mercy ment. the youth. The coolness and audacity of the youth almost paralyzed t They wondered if the boy would dare do what he had w reatened to do. They were soon to find out. Having gotten his opponent in a position where he was aintirely helpless and at his mercy, Dick reached over and irew the fellow's sabre out of its scabbard. d ''By Jove, he's going to do it!" gasped one of the aragoons. And Dick meant business. Taking the sabre by the hilt, he raised it aloft. He looked up at the shining blade. "T..iet's see," he said, coolly, "I must not make a mistake nd strike him with the edge of the weapon, as I have no dE!5ire to cut the fellow in two." A hoarse bellow of rage came up from the redcoat. "Let-me-up!" he cried, hoarsely. "Presently," replied Dick, calmly. "Thrre is no hurry." Down came the sabre-swish j The side struck the redcoat, and that it hurt him was evidenced by the bowl to which he gave utterance. Swish! Again the sabre came down with a crack, and again a howl went up from the redcoat. "I'll-have-your-life-for-this Such were the words that the man gave utterance to. But Dick did not seem at all alarmed. Up went the sabre again. A moment it rested in the air. Then, swish! down it came agai11. Crack I it struck the redcoat, and again a howl of pain escaped him. "You note that he yelled louder that time, gentlemen?" asked Dick, with a grave air. Y 0U see, the more often a person is struck on tha same portion of the bod,Y, the greater becomes the pain. It is a peculiar fact, but a fact, never theless, and I will prove it to you. Just listen to him this ti we." Up went the sabre again. them. Then, too, the manner in which he had handled Jacks on was sufficient cause for wonde,rment. Jackson was a man, and one of the strongest and most athletic in the company. He was something of a bully, too, and had terrorized the others to a greater or lesser extent. For this reason he was not given much sympathy in bis present trouble. In truth, the majority 0 the men were glad to see him humbled. They felt that the le s son would do him good. He had been needing the lesson for a long time, but none of his comrades had felt like taking it upon themselves to try to give it to him. They were more than willing he should receive the lesson at the hands of a stranger, howev e r. They felt that the lesson would be more valuable on t1C count of the fact that it had been administered by a boy. 'rhis would completely cru sh the would-be bully, and put a stop to future attempts in that line So now not a hand was raised to prevcn 1 Dick from doing as he wished with the fellow. Up into the air rose the sabre. Down it came with the same familinl' s-.ri:>h; and crack! it struck the redcoat. And again a terrible howl went up from the fellow. "Hrllr?" rt-marked Dick, coolly; "that was louder still, was it not?" 'I'he captain nodded. "I think it was," he replied, quietly. Bob, who had stood near taking in everything, was al most tickled to death. He was grinning all over his face. He had never seen anything which pleased him quite to such an extent as this affair. "I guess they won't fool with Dick again," he said fo himself. "Great Guns, but he is a terror when he gets A moment it hung suspended, then down it came with started!" a swish. The redcoat bent over Dick's knee evidently would have Crack! it took the dragoon, and a fearful howl escaped acknowledged the truth of this.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. Dick lifted the sabre into the air again, but held it there, fore freeing yeu, friend Jackson, I wish to give you a pie suspended, while he looked up at the captain and asked: of advice. Are you listening?" "ls there a mantel or clock shelf in your mess-room?" 'Yes, why?" the captain asked. "That's all right, then; he will have some place lo eat off of," said Dick, and then, swish !-whack! went the sabre and another terrible howl was extracted from the red coat. The redcoats laughed at Dick's remark. 'l'hey could not help it. Before lifting the sabre for another stroke Dick paused, and asked: "Are you willing to acknowledge that I am a man, aml your master? Ii so, I will let you go with the punishment already administered; if not, then I shall be compelled to proceed, for I am determined to persuade you to that way of thinking, if it takes all day." "Go on!'' fiercely. "Very well. 'l'he advice is this: That you make 1 further attempt to injure me. If you do, I promi e that you will wish you had not. I harn been easy you--" a terrible groan from the redcoat and a srni from the fellow's ''I have been easy you," continued Dick, "ancl I do not wish to be harder c you, bnt if you attack me, I shall protect myself. ye threatened to spunk me with your sabre; 1 tmned the tabl11 on you, and spanked you with the sabre; now ii you attac nw, I shall protect my;;ell', and I Rhall oppose you in kin' no matter how you come at meo take warning, and l< the matter drop." A grunt was the only response, and then Dick with dexterous movement, replaced the sabre in the scabbard. "No W was the fierce reply; "I won't acknowledge any'rhen he placed the man on his feet, and stepped bad_ thing of the kind, and as soon as I am free I shall kill you, and folding his arms, watched the fellow closely. "Look out for him, .Dick!" whispered Bob; "he's go you cursed young scoundrel I'll--" r Swish !-whack !-howl! Dick bad up with the sabre and whacked the redcoat, cutting short his tirade. a wicked look in his eyes." Dick had noted this fact. He nodded his head, but made no reply. "He is very stubborn," said Dick, calmly, "and stubborn'rhe t'yes of all were upon the man .Jackson. ness is a very unlovely trait of character. I shall have to No doubt thr dragoons were expecting some kind of a1 try to take some of that out of him." attempt on the part of their comrade to square accounb Then he raised the sabre aloft, poised it for an instant, with the youth who had handled him so severely. and brought it down with a louder whack than any that They were not disappointed. had gone pefore, and the yell that escaped the lips of the .Tackson i:;tood for a few moments looking confused ani redcoat was certainly louder and more heartrending than dazed, and then as his eyes fell upon Dick, a hoarse cry o: any of the others he had given utterance to. rage escaped him. "Help!" he howled, twisting his neck and looking at his Quick as a flash he drew his and leaped comrades beseechingly; "take the young fiend off before Dick. he kills me!" There was the look of a demon in his eyes. "You brought it on yourself, Jackson," replied the Thnl he mrant to kill Dick no one who saw him for captain, calmly; "and besides, you can put a stop to it at moment doubted. any' time by simply acknowledging what is obviously the truth-that the young man is not only a man, but your master as well." "That is sensible," said Dick, approvingly; "he. need not be punished any more, if he does not choose to be. All he will have to do will be to acknowledge the truth, and all men ought to be willing to do that, when it is presented to their notice." "All right!" cried the man; "I'll acknowledge it. I'd acknowledge anything to get out of this predicament, but CHAPrIER III "TRICKY" JASrER. But he stopped as suddenly as he had leaped forward. Dick bad stood with arms folded. But his right hand rested on the butt of one of his (in a low tone) when I do get out--" "What will happen?" asked Dick. As the redcoat drew his sabre and leaped forward, Dick "Well, you will see!" savagely. drew the pistol ns quickly as a flash and extended it straight "I don't doubt that at all," said Dick, calmly; "but be in front of him.


rrHE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. p 'l'he muzzle of the pistol stared the drngoon in the face. himself open to being looked upon as a coward by his "Back!" cried Dick, in a tone of deadly determination; companions. if you come a step nearer I will shoot you dead!" He was not really a coward. 1 That was all Dick said, but all who heard him were imSo he would undoubtedly have tried to push the affair ressed with the belief that he meant exactly what he lo a conclusion, and would have got badly hur.t. aid, and would do as he said. He would not give in loo readily now, however 1 They felt that if Jackson took a step more forward he Even that would giYe his comrades a chance to talk. be shot down in his tracks. So he hesitated. And Jackson himself seemed to appreciate this fact. "But see what be has done, captain," he said; "I He had had sufficient experience with Dick to know that much--" 1 lie youth was not to be trifled with. "You are to blame, Jackson,'' calmly and coldly; "you A murmur of amazement, not unmixed with admiration, brought it upon yourself. The boy did only as was right rent up from the dragoons. and proper." For the present they did not wonder how it was that a "I don't see it that way!" mumbled the dragoon. ountry boy should have a pistol, and be so dexterous in "Well, I do, and so do all the rest of the men, eh felThey only thought of the act and the act, and they could not help admiring the wonderful courage, skill and >rit of the youth. The captain of the dragoons now thought it time to in-He saw tha t some one would very likely get hurt soon if he did not interfere. He felt confident that the some one would be Jackson, 'but this did not influence him. lows?" "That's right!" "Of course!" "Yes, you are to blame, Jackson." "And you ought to take your medicine without making any fuss about it." Such were the cries of the redcoats. "Don't put a stop to it on my account, captain," said Dick, calmly and coldly; "I am quite willing it should go on. If the gentleman thinks he hasn't had enough, I shall take pleasure in giving him still more." He would have interfered juRt as quickly had he thought it would be the boy who would be hurt. He thought the entire affair had gone far enough. Dick had furnished himself and the men with an enjoyable entertainment, and he felt friendly disposed to ward him on that account. '"I'hat will do, Jackson," he said, in a somewhat stern 1oice; "put up your sabre. What do you mean, anyhow? That is no way to do!" Jackson frowned and hesitated. He was very angry. He was aching to get even with Dick for the manner in which the youth had handled him. At the same time he realized that as the matter now btood, the chances for his getting even were very slim. He realized that the chances were good that, if he at tempted to push matters, he would be killed or badly wounded. And deep down in his heart he was glad of the captain's interference. It gave him a chance to get out of a bad hole in a gracefnl manner. If the captain had not interfered he could not haYe retreated from the position he had taken without laying "I'm not doing it on your account, my boy," was tho captain's reply; "I believe, from what I have seen, that you are amply able to take care of yourself; b;it there is no need of Jackson carrying the affair to extremes. It has gone far enough already." "That is for you to say," was Dick's calm reply. "Put up your sabre, Jackson!" ordered the captain. He was commanding now. Jackson reali;iecl this. He would not have c"j.ared disobey, even had 4e desired to do so. And he was quite willing to obey. He pretended not to be, however. He made a great show of reluctance. He hesitated, muttered and then slowly and with ap parent reluctance he returned the sabre to its scabbard. Instantly Dick returned the pistol to his belt. "Mount!" ordered the captain. Jackson obeyed. Then the captain looked at Dick and Bob searchingly. "Where are you two chaps going?" he asked. "To New Brunswick," replied Dick. "To New Brunswick, eh?" "Y f'S, sir."


8 'fHE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. "What do you expect to do there?" "We were thinking of joining the British aTmy, sir." "Ah!" The captain look ed at the youths with interest. ''How old are you?" he asked, presently. "Eighteen." "Both the same age, eh?" "Y cs, sir." young to go in the army." "Well, we'll be older in time,'' with a smile; "nntil then we should like tCl' join the army and fight as be:;t we ('!!n." "Very well said, my boy; very well said indect:." The captain was silent for a few moments, dul'ing which time he was looking clown at the ground. Then he looki::d up and surveyed the youths once more. "My compariy i.; shy a rc,r men," he said, slowly; "and I think I can use you." Their he drew a note-book from his Taking out a small bit of crayon, he wrote a few word3 on a page o.f the book. 'fearing the leaf out, he handed it to Dick. "No, I suppose not. Ha, ha, ha!" "Well, let's be going, Bob," said Dick. "Straight into New Brunswick, Dick?" Bob stopped laughing, and looked sober. "Straight into New Brunswick, "Right into the lion's den!" "Yes-right into the lion's mouth!" "Say, we'll get all chewed up, don't you "Perhaps; perhaps not." "We've got to take our chances, eh?" "Yes." "All right; I can stand it if you can. One thing, i ought to give us a chance to have a real lively time." "There is no doubt regarding that, Bob," with a smile Then the two set out up the road. They reached New Brunswick after a walk of half a1 hour. They entered the town, and were challenged at the of the village by a sentry. They told him they were new recruits for Captain Sey mour's comrany of dragoons, and asked to be directc to the quarters occupied by the company. "When you get to New Brunswick," he s aid "ask for "Going to join us, eh?" sentinel asked eyei ng th the quarter:; occupied by Captain Seymom' 2 company of youths with interest. dragoons. '\\'hen you have found the quarters, ask for Jasper. Give this to Jasper. He will take care of you till we get back. Then I will see that you are fitted out with uniform s and a horse apiece." "Thank you, Captain Seymour,'' said Dick. "That's all right; I think _you will make first-rate sol diers. I shall give you the opportunity, anyway." Then he cried, Forward!' and the dra goons rode away at a gallop Dick and Bob looked after the redcoals, :mu then looked at each other "Say, this rather beats anything I've seen lately, Dick," grinned Bob. '':My, but didn't you baste that redcoat "YeR." "Hum! If you know when yo-q're well off, you'll sta out." "Why so?" Dick wished to pump the fellow a bit. "Why so?" "Yes." "'\\'ell, it's simple enough. If you join the army you wil uot dare say your soul is your o" n. You will have to do a your s up e!'ior officers say, will have to be a mere machin a fighting machine, which may at any moment be put out o tl1c affair forever by a bullet of a rebel. Better stay out.' The youths look ed at the redcoat with interest. though!" He was a handsome young fellow of not more tha "I had to do it, Bob." twenty-three or twenty-four years. ''Of course you did; or he would have done the same He was a bright fellow, undoubtedly, and a good thing to you. Oh, it was great! I never expected to sec hearted one, else he would not hav e advised them to sta such a spectacle." out. "Neither did they, I guess, Bob," with a nod in the direc"Don't you like it?" asked Bob. tion of the redcoats. "I?" "You are Tight; it was a surprise to all of them-and to the fellow Jackson, most of all. Ha, ha, ha!" And Bob laughed heartily. Dick could not help smiling. "Mr. Jackson could see nothing to laugh at m that lffair, Bob," he said, gravely. ..... "Yes." 'The soldier shrugged his s houlders. "Well, I'd rather be at home with my parents and sweet heart!" with a wistful smile. "You are a good ways away from them, that's a fact," <;aid Dick.


I THE LL''BRTY BOYS' PERIL. : "Yes; well, I will tell you where to go to find the quar rs occupied by Captain Seymour's company, if you wish e to. I'd advise you to thlnk again before going there, ough." "I guess we'll risk it," said Dick. "Very well; but I think you'll regret it." 'l'hen the good-hearted redcoat directed the youths how b go to reach the place they were headed for. They thanked him, and with a 'good-by," went OIL I "Say, that's a pretty decent sort of fellow, Dick," said ob, as they walked 011. "Yes; there are Jots of such fellows in the British ranks, ob. Not all of them are cruel, bloodthirsty fellows." "No; I suppose not." Presently they reached the house occupied by the com any of dragoons. They asked for Jasper, and were directed to him by the mn who opened the door. Dick gave Jasper the note which Captain Seymour had Jasper read it. and then told the youths to follow him. He led the way upstairs to the third story. They made their way along a long hall, and at the ex treme end of the hall Jasper opened the door of a room. ''This room is.vacant. You may occupy it." "Thank you," said Dick, and he entered the room, fol owed by Bob. Jasper lingered, and followed them into the room. He made a pretense of dusting, and arranging various f rtieles, but Dick, who was watching the fellow without eeming to do so, was convinced that Jasper was st udying !1em. "He's a deep one," the youth thought; "he i s as sharp as tack. We shall have to look out for him." "So you are going to join the British army, eh?" remarked Jasper, presently. "Yes," replied Dick, briefly. "Where are you from?" "From out in the country a ways." "Hum! Sons of Tories, I suppose?" "Yes." Dick was bound to be as non-committal as possible. I "You wish to fight for the king, do you?" "Certainly," said Dick; "all loyal people ought to wish o fight for him, don't you think?" "Of course I think so; but then, you see, I'm an English man." "Well, we are descended from Englishmen," said Dick. "True." Then Jasper got ready to go. "You are free to go where you like in the house," he said; "of course you won't W

10 THE LIBERTY "How are you, Dick? Glad to see you!" Dick was taken aback. He felt for onc e in his life he had been caught in a trap from which there was no e s cap e A quick glance around showed him the folly of trying to escape. There were nearly a hundred men in the room, and the ;::f PERIL. and if I do say it, who perhaps should not, I think that ti British army will b e the gainer by having us join it." LI 'rhe r e d c oats, eve n including Captain Parks s tared : the youth in ope n-mouth e d amazement. His remarknbl c coolness was a s ource of wonderment i them. They could noL und e r s tand it. eyes of the majority were upon him. Dick 's words and mann e r would seem to indicate t.hat ]1 He realized that they understood the situation and knew r e ally inte nd e d joining t h e British army in good failh who he was. He felt that this had been planned. He wondered how it was discovered that he was Dick S l ater, boy spy. Then the thought :llashed into his mind: Could it b e possibl e ? th e y a s ked th e mselves The majority of those present had heard of Dick Slate1 t.he patriot boy spy. They were aware that he had done more to aid in thu defeat of the British forces, through obtaining Jasper! and taking it to General Washington, than a whole reg Without a doubt Jasper had seen him some time when ment could have done he was among the British, and had recognized him. He had told Captain Seymour, and he had entered into the affair with zest, without a doubt He had come up to their room and conducted them down to the dining-room personally, on purpose so as to be sure nothing would go wrong with the little drama And here they were, almost a hundred of them, watching the two youths, and enjoying their discomfiture. All this went though Dick's mind like a flash. Bob had never seen Captain Parks, so was in. blissful ignorance of the fact that they had been found out. He did not realize that a thrilling drama in real life was being played right before his eyes. He sat there, calm and unconc e rned, though he did look a bit surprised when Captain Parks stuck out liis hand and offered to shake hapds with his companion. Dick made up his mind to fool the redcoat;; a bit. They were all primed to have a lot of fun at his ex-pense They understood that he was intensely patriotic. Could it be possible thl;tt he was sin cere, and that he an his companion intended to join the British army, and fig)il a gainst the patfiots? They could hardly believe it. Yet the youth's manner and words would seem to indi cate this It was plain to be seen that even Captain Parks wa puzzled. He looked at Dick searchingly. "You don t really mean that you would jo_in the Britisl army, Dick?" he asked. Dick was a remarkably shrewd youth. He was al o a r e markably bold one, when it was neceE sary so to be. He saw a chance--a faint one, true, but a chance, neve1 theless-to get out of the hole into which he and Bob ha fallen, by pursuing the bold course he had taken so fai They expected, of course, that he would show excitement, and he made up bis mind to make it win, if possible. "Of course I mean it," he said, looking the captain ful and might even try to escape, when they could make a in the eyes; "you don't suppose I would venture in her prisoner of him, and laugh at him more than ever. So Dick, in pursuance of his resoh-e, accepted the cap in broad da y light, as we have done, unless I did mean ii tain's hand and shook it heartily. do you? Why, r knew there would be some one here wh "How are you, Captain Parks?" he remarked, quietly and calmly. "I'm glad to see you This is my friend: Bob Estabrook." would recognize me." Bob began to have an inkling of the truth no>v. He realized that Dick had been recogniz ed, and that the ; "Glad to make the acquaintance of yonr friend," said the wne in a tight place captain, offering Bob his hand, and deciding, upon the But, lik e Dick he was a brave youth, and he did not le impulse of the moment, to let the play go on for a while. on that he was alarmed. "Is he as noted as yourself, Dick?" He took pattern after hi s friend and was as cool, in ap "Well, he has not done quite so much in a certain line as p e arance as any one could b e I have been credited with doing," was Dick's cool and calm Captain Scyrnom sat down beside Captain Parks no" reply; "but he is not behind me in ability by any means, and entered into th e converRation.


-THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 11 "Did you really intenJ to join the British army, in good ith ?" he asked. "Why, of course!" replied Dick. It was evident that the redcoats were puzzled. The majority were disappointed, too. They had confidently expected to have some sport, and re they had been cheated out of it. '!'hey felt hurt. Captains Parks and Seymour were puzzled. This was plain to be seen. They were at a loss to know what to do. They asked Dick and Bob a great nHmy questions as the eal progressed, hoping, no doubt, that the youths would tray themselves in some way. The youths were very careful, however, and stuck so outly to their declarations that they wished to join the ritish army that the two men were completely baffled. When the meal ended the two captains withdrew to one rner of the room and held a conversation in low tones. Dick and Bob sa" that they were watched, and that it ould do no good to attempt to try to make their escape. So they stood quietly at one side of the room and aited. Finally Captain Parks approached the youths "You may be sincere in what you saJ, Slater," he nd you may have intended to join the British army in od faith ; but we do not feel like taking chances on it. ou have been altogetlier too active against us-have done too much damage. You have been a veritable thorn in e flesh, ancl Captain Seymour and I have decided that e least we can do is to hold you prisoners until we can nd word to General Howe and hear from him in regard to They did not let on that they noticed his behavior, however. And doubtless this disappointed him worse than i they had shown the anger which they felt toward him. When their arms had been bound in a secure manner they were led off by four redcoats, Jasper leading the way, and presently they came to a dark, gloomy-looking build ing. "This is the prison," vouchsafed Jasper; "pleasant place--very !" He intended to be sarcastic and humorous, but youths did not even smile. In fact, they paid no attention to him or his words. the'" They had made up their minds to ignore Jasper, and they made a very good success 0 it. They were taken into the building, conducted up a flight of stairs, along a hallway, and ushered into a cell. It was a small room, dark, gloomy, unpleasant in appearance. There was scarcely any furniture, a stool, a small table, a couple 0 cots being the sum total. -. ''There!" said Jasper; "I guess you will be comfortable here for a month or two." / "Oh, no doubt 0 it," said Dick. along somehow." "That is the way to do-make Jasper, with a chuckle. "We'U try and worry the best 0 it," said "That is the way we always do," was the quiet reply. Then Jasper and the four soldiers withdrew, and the door was shut with a clang, and locked upon the outside. The youths sat down upon the cots and looked at each other for a few moments without speaking. "Well," said Dick, presently, "it looks .as though we e matter. I know that he offered a reward of a hundred were in for it, Bob." unds or your capture, and I think it best .to see what Bob nodded. says about you before giving you a chance as king's ldiers." "Very well," said Dick; "I guess you could not well do herwise." "You are right; we could not." Then Captain Seymour called Jasper mething in the fellow's ear. and whispered He nodded and smiled, and bastooed out 0 the room. He returned a few minutes later, bringing some stout rds. "Tie their hands together behind their backs!" ordered ptain Seymour, and Jasper proceeded to do so. The :fellow smiled in the youth's faces in a triumphant rmner as he did this, and felt as though they would ke to haYe gi\cn him a good kicking. "It looks so, old man," he replied; "so that captain knew you, did he?" "Yes; I have met him several times." "How long do yc,u think we will have to stay in here, Dick?" "Well, ; t is hard saying; a week or so, perhaps; but fhen we will probably only get into worse trouble." "You think so?' ; "Yes; then we will doubtless be taken to New York, io whrre General Howe is. He offered a reward :for my c:iptlue, so you may know that he wanted me pretty badly." "Yes, I know that" The youths were silent for a few minutes, each bcin{! bn. with his thoughts, and then Bob looked up. "Can we not escape, Dick?" he asked.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. "Hard telling, Bob. We will certainly escape, if such a thing is possible, though." "Good That's the way to talk, Dick We muf;lt esc ape." A mocking laugh came from the other side o:f the door. 'rhe youths looked at each other The same thought was in the mind o:f each. It was Jasper. "I am getting the knots loosened, Bob,'' he said. "Good replied Bob; "1 don't seem to be able to mine started to loosening at all." Dick worked with renewed vigor. At last he succeeded. 'rhe knots came unfastened, :mder the manipulati of his :fingers, and his arms were free. This had been a remarkable feat, as he could only rea He had remained behind at the door, and had been listhe knots with the tip-ends of his :fingers. tening to their conversation. CHAPTER V. A SHARP TRICK. "You infamous scoundrel cried Dick; "if ever I get l he chance I shall make it my especial business to settle with you for all this!" Another mocking laugh was the reply. Then they heard footsteps receding along the hall. "He is gone now, Dick," said Bob. "Yes; but be beard what we said." "So he Jid." "And knows we were not sincere in wishing to join the British army." "Yes, he knows that now." "There will be no use :for us to try to fool Captain Parks and the rest. They will know we are not sincere, and would laugh at us." "Right, Dick; we will have to escape." "We must escape, Bob." "But that is going to be a difficult thing to accomplish, old' man." "Yes; but we will have to accomplish it in some way." It looked dark for the youths, however. They were in a stout room in a strong building, and their hands were tied together behind their backs. Perseverance will accomplish wonders, however. It took him only a few moments to free Bob's arms. l Then they stretched arms out and drew a lo breat.b o:f relief "I feel better," said Bob. "And I, Bob." "Our hands are free, but our bodies are not." "No, that is yet to be accomplished." "And it is going to be the.most difficult tast." "Yes, far more difficult "Have you any plan?" Dick was silent a few moments, and then said: "I'll tell you, Bob. I have no plan in detail. What have thought of, however, is this: That when the m comes to bring us our suppers, as some one will do, we mi be able to overpower him, make him a prisoner here our places, and then escape. What do you think?" "It is worth trying, anyway, Dick." "So I think. Well, we will hide these ropes so th1 won't be seen when the fellow comes." "But he will see that our hands are free, Dick." "We must not let him see that such is the case, Bob. '1 must be sitting on our cots, with our hands behind 01 backs, see?" "I see." "And then we must seize our opportunity and leap up1 him and make him a prisoner." "I understand; that's a good plan, and ought to su ceed." How, then, were they to escape ? They would have to give the matter thought. "Yes, in so far as making a prisoner of the man is co ccrned. Two o:f us ought to be more than a match for hi1 It was obvious, however, that the first thing to do was to especially when we take him by surprise. The real di! get their hands free. So they went to work to try to acccomplish this. Jasper had done his work well. culties will come after that." "When we are trying to get out, eh?" ''Yes." Doubtless it was noj; the first time he had done something "Well, anything will be better than sitting quietly he r of the kind and submitting to our fate." b The youths were persevering, however, and worked away l ikc beavers. .\t last an exclamation of satisfaction escaped Dick. "So it will, Bob." "We won't tamely submit to anything." "Not a bit of it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. The youths talked quite a good deal, but the afternoon I their hands behind them, and thought, of course, that they wore away very s lowly or all that. were bound. It seemed as though it would never pass. As evening drew on, the youths became slightly uneasy. They feared the man might come to their cell with their ood before it was dark outside. They did not wish him to do this. They \ranted that it should be dark before he came, so hat they could make him a prisoner, and then make an immediate attempt at escaping. H he should come while it was yet light they would not dare try to escape from the building, and it would be dangerom; to delay, as the jailer would come to sec what was keeping the man who had brought the food But their fears proved groundless. It grew dark out of doors before the man came. This suited the two brave "Liberty Boys" exactly. It .would .::nable them to make a bold bid for their iberty. When at last they heard the footi:;teps of the man com ng along the hall they were ready to receive the fellow 'fhey sat down upon the cots and put their hands behind hem. There was a small table at the opposite side of the room rom the one on which were the The youthi;: fip:ured that the man would enter the room, step across to where the table was and place the food on he table. In doing this hi. back would be partia1ly toward them. Then would be their opportunity. They would leap upon him at that moment. They felt sure they could make him a prisoner without much trouble. Their only fear 1rati that he might cry out and bring others to his assistance. To prevent this it was decided that Dick should grasp the man by the throat with both hands and choke him so There was no need for caution, he thought; the pris oners could not harm him. He walked acrosd to where the table stood, at the farther of the room. His back was partially toward the prisoners. He did not have his eyes on them at all. Fatal error! Just as he placed the tray on the table he felt his throat gripped in fingers of steel. At the same instant his wrists were grasped l:;y strong hands. He realized it all when it was too late. He had been neatly fooled by the prisoners Ile tried to cry out. r. He could not. I The steel-like fingers encompassing hie throat made it impossible for him to do so. He struggled, mid tried to wrench his wrists free from the grasp holding them. He could not do this, either. He was powerless in the hands 0 the two strong youths. Presently his knees gave way beneath him, and he sank to the floor unconscious. DiC'k at once removed the pressure throat. He had oo desire to kill him from the mans They l iiled the fellow and laid him on one of the cots. Then they tied his hands together behind his back. Next fhey gagged him. They did not wish that he should cry out, should be re gain consciousness soon. "Now to see if we can get out of this place!" murmured Dick. "I hope we may be able to do so," said Bob. "Come!" said Dick. hard that he would be unable to cry out, while Bob was to They were so eager to escape that they did not stop to seize the fellow's wrists and hold him until he was choked eat the food which had been brought. into submission. The plan seemed to promise well. And they were the bo)'S to make it work out, too. The footstep ceased' when they reached the door 0 the oom the youth were in. The sound of a attling in the lock was heard. 'fhe youths sat there on thP cots silent and motionless, mt with e1'ery nerve and musC'k and drawn. They we1e rrncly for tlw work before them. 'I'llC' cloC1r RW1mg slowly inll'arcl, and a mnn appeared. ffe looked ancl saw the youths silting on !he 1rilh Time was too precious. The jailer woulchvonder what was keeping the man who had brought the food, and would come to see about it. Dick led the way out of the room into the hall. They looked down the hall. There was no one in sight. Dick closed the door and locked it. Then he placed the key in bis pocket. "Corne on, Bob," he Dick led the way nlong the hall. Bob kept close behind him.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. '11hey soon reached the end of the hall. A stairway led downwara. They knew it woulu b e dangerous to Yentue down. They must do it, however. If they were to escape they n1ust take chances. They stole down the stairs. They were halfway down when they saw a door open and a man stepped into the square hall room at the foot of the stairs. It was the jailer. The youth s stopped ins tantly. They crouched down by the stair railing; endeavoring to screen themselves b e hind it. floor, took hold of one leg, and after a few jerks manage i.o wrench the leg loose J Then he attacked the iron bars. He directed his attention lo the one which had givJ slightly under the pressure of his hands. By using the table leg as a l e v e r to pry with, Dic k wt enabled to bend the iron bar quite con s iderable without' great deal of trouble While they were working away, Bob having come to h: as s istance, the pris oner ope n e d hi s e yes. He saw what the were doing, and it all cam back to him like a .flas h. He began struggling with his bond s but could do noU Had the jailer looked up he could not have helped seemg. ing them. The youths had tied his hands very securely. But he c1id not look. "It's pretty nearly large enough s pace for the 1Jas sao Some one s poke to him from within the room be had jus t of our bodie s Bob," said Di ck; "give it anoth e r wr e nch. come out of, and he turned back to answer. Jus t then footsteps were heard coming along the hd The youths seized the opportunity, and ran iigbtly and way. Dick leaped lightly to the door and clos ed it. swiftly back up the stairs to the landing above They paused here and looked at each other. "It is going to be impossible to get out in that direction, Bob," whispered Dick. "It looks that way, Dick." 'l'he youths hardly knew what to do. There were no windows along the hallway. They studied the situation for a few moments 'l'hen Dick whispered to Bob: "Follow me!" Then he locked it 'l'hen he came back, and he and Bob began working wit all their might. There came the sound of some one trying to open tl 1 door. Then a voice was heard. "Hi, there, August!" it said. Of course August did not reply, being gagged. It was easy to see that he would like to have been able ( They made their way back along the hall to the cell reply, however. which they had just left. The look in his eyes fold that. They en ler ed. The man whom they had lef! there had not yet regained consciousness Dick went to the window and opened it. There were iron bars up outside. The youth took hold of the rods, one after another, and fcs ted their s trength. He found one that he could spring somewhat with his hands The bars were about eight inches apart; if they could bend one to one side a few inches, they could crawl throui;n. !f they could get through between the bars th e y woul r 1 risk the drop to the ground. 'l'rue, it would be quite a drop but they were not afrai

THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 15 heard his footsteps as he hurried away down the length hall. "Ile has gone for another key to open the door," said Dirk; ''we nrnsL gcL ou L of herf' before he gets back." "I lwlieve Wl' ean get through there now, Dick," s;aid 3ob, eagerly. "Think so ?" "Yes; let me iry iL" "All right; go a hrall, and if you can get through, I can. body is not larger than yomR." "No, I guess not." Bob climbed up, and, poking his feet tlHough the open ng, he began working his way through. It was a tight squeeze with his body, but he managed to et through. At this instant the footsteps of the jailer coming back vere hearJ outside, and Dick said : "The jailer is coming back! Drop, and I will follow." "All right; here goes!" 'I'hen Bob let go his hold, he \ 1aving let himsel.f down as far as he could go and hang by is hands, and he disappear2d from sight. Dick leaped up, and stuck his feet out through the open nu at the he heard the rattle of the key in the 0 ock of the door. He forced himself through the opening very quickly, and oust as be was letting himself down on the outside of the rindow, the door of the room opened, and three men leaped nto the room They saw Dick, and a cry of rage escaped them. They leaped forward, and tried to seize Dick's wrists. He was too quick for them, however. He let go his hold of the iron bars and dropped. Cries of disappointment and anger escaped the three en. Dick had not even glanced down to see where he would alight. Ile felt confident that the shock would not seriously innre him. Had there been much danger in dropping Bob woul d rnve warned him. He struck the ground and fell, but was up again in a ash "Come on !" said Bob, in a low, excited voice. Crack! A bullet came whistling down from above. Tt just missed Dick. One of the men had :fired down from the w{ndow. "A c lose shave !" murmured Dick. And he and Bob bounded away. Crack! The man had fired again. The bullet flew \ride of the mark, i1owever. "'I'hey would just as soon kill us as not, l guess," n,ur rnured Bob. "It looks that way," agreed Dick. The youths now felt that they were in a tight place. They were within the British lines. They were escaping prisoners. 'rheir escape would become known far a.nd wide \dthin a very few minutes. Every redcoat in the British army would be on the lo ok-out for them The youths ran with all their might. They headed northward Dick's idea in doing this was that the redcoats would think that they would naturally try to go in the direction 0f the patriot army at Middlebrook. Had it not been dark, and quile dark at that, the youths would have captured very quickly. As it WEis, by running through the side streets, and back alleys, they were enabled to avoid being seen by the red coats. They kept running, and as they heard the sounds of the redcoats hurrying here and there, and calling to one an other, the youths felt that their chances for escaping were indeed slim. 'I'hey \rould not give up without a struggle, however, and they down to the work with great energy Suddenly, as they leaped out -0f a dark alley to cross a street but little better lighted, they ran upon a little squa d of the redeoats. There were perhaps a dozen of the fellows. The youths did not stop, or try to turn aside and dodge the redcoats. Instead, they increased their pace, if possible, and went right through the crowd. They scattered the redcoats in every direction, and upset three or four of them. The redcoats uttered cries and curses "Sh oot them!" howled o ne; "don't let them escape!" He was one of the fellows who had been knocked down, a n d was very angry Dick a:rid Bob heard his words. 'I'hey knew that the redcoats would fire a volley after them. In the darkness the fellows could not see to take ai m however. If they shot straight, it wou l d be altogethe r a n ncci.lcnt.


THE LIBERTY BOYS. PERIL. Crack! rrhe bullets whistled past the fugitives. v One cut through Dick's coat-sleeve, barely breaking the skin. "Another close call !" he murmured; "well, if they don't come any closer, I shall be well satisfied." "Are you hit, old man?" asked Bob, anxiously. "A mere scratch on the arm, Bob." Soon they were at the next street. They turndd down it. They had gone not more thsibly can be," ordered Dick, "and tell just as little. ru forced another ear-splitting shriek from the animal, and you can. Do you understand?" then they ran on across the yard as fast as possible. "Yes, massa Shuah, massa !" The redcoats had arrived at the back yard "fence now. 'I'he darky was so frightened that Dick felt sure he wouli 'rhey were greatly excited. liait some little time before venturing near the front dom "Come, Bob!" he said; and they darted out into th1 They were talking and call ing out to one another. Evidently they thought they had run the fugitives to :vurd. earth. Dick and Bob leaped over a divisi011 fence into another yard. They ran across this yard, and leaped still another fence. "Say, this is a chase and a half. Dick," said Bob. "You are right, old man; and iL isn't ended yet." "No, I guess i L isn't." The two ran across the back yard, leaped over :fence nnd ran clown the alley.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. The attention of the majority of the redcoats in the im mediate neighborhood had been attracted to the street where they had been seen to enter the house. When they reached the next street, they paused and looked up and down the street before starting to cross it. They were learning wisdom. They had found that it did not pay to be in too big a !hurry, at times, at least. They saw some men down the street a ways, but decided to risk crossing. They leaped forward and ran across as fast as they ould. One of the men in question happened to look around just n time to see i.he two youths crossing the street. He could not see plainly, but he jumped to the conclusion t once that they were the fugitives, and he uttered a hout and came racing up the street. 'The others followed him. "'l'hiit is bad!" said Dick; "we will have to run our 1cst once more." They did so. "What are you going to do, then?" "I'm goi'ng to go on to New York." "Go on to New York exclaimed Bob. CHAPTER VII. THE YOGTHS FIND FRIENDS. "Yes," replied Dick. His air and tone were cool. "We will jump from the frying-pan into the firefeh?" said Bob, in a somewhat sober tone. "Perhaps so, Bob." "What do you expect to learn in New York, Dick?" "I can't say. We may learn much, we may learn little. One thing is sure, I am not going back to the commander in-chief empty-banded." Dick was determined. He had been sent into the British lines many times us 11 <'py, and never yet had he returned without having gaine(l information which was of great benefit to General Wash-The redcoats reached the alley and came running up it in.gton and the great cause. the youths. "That's right, Dick," agreed Bob; "we don't want to go The youths were beginning to be on their mettle now, ba0k without having gained some information that will be owever. They were determined that they would escape So they put on an extra burst of speed. They ran as they had not run before. They left the redcoats behind quite rapidly. 'Thev realized something which gave them a thrill of leasure. They were drawing near the outskirts of the town. If they could get tlie line of the British they felt rnt they would be able to escape. This they succeeded in doing. They reached the limits of the town and got out into the ountry. The redcoats had been left quite a ways behind. Outs id e of the town, where there were no lights shining rom the houses, it was quite dark, and the youths felt that ey could easily evade their pursuers. 'rhey entered a field and ran across it. r When they came to another road on the other side of 1 e field, they could hear nothing of their pursuers. "I guess we are all right now, Dick," said Bob, in a toJle relief. "I think so, Bob." "Which way, Diok ?-back to Middlebrook?" e "Without having learned anything regarding the inten om; of the British, Bob? I guess not!" of value." You have the idea, old man. It would not do to go back. "I haven't any wish to do so, Dick; only I was surprised when you :;aid we would go to New York." "I understand, Bob. Vi' eH, let's be moving." Thel started up the road. "Are we going to walk to New York, Dick?" asked Bob; presently. "I don't know; I hope not." "How will we help ourselves?" "I intend trying to hire horses at the first farm-house we come to." "That's a good scheme, Dick." The two walked onward. Half a mile farther on they came to a house. A faint streak of light could be seen shining through a crack in the door. "I guess they are up yet," said Dick; "we'll soon see." The youths \1: alked boldly up to the front door. Dick knocked. There was no reply at first. Dick knocked again. I<'ooto

.18 THrn LIBERTY BOY8' PERIL. The voice was that of a woman. The voice \\as shaky and trembling. The owner was frightened. .. \"es, ).[y husband is in the ranks of p2t-Dio army." The woman poinlecl to stools, ancl ihe youths sat dow:n "We are a couple of boys, madam," repliccl Dick; "we "Your husband is in the army?" remarked Dick; "wha wish to ask a few question:;, that all. W: mean you no io his name? Perhaps we know him, as we are patrio harm." 'J'he yo uths heard the sound of low voices within. T hen there was a fumbling noise as the bar was liftec: dow n soldiers." "His name is McGrew, sir-Jack McGrew Dick aml Bob ::;larted, and looked at each other. They knew .Tack McGrew very well the d oor opened. "You k11011 him!" cried the woman, eagerly; "I c:in st -r. it in vour faces!" A woman stood there looKing at the youths in a frightJ ened !Danner The youths nodded. see her face quiie distinctly. "Yes, indeed; we know him, Mrs. 1\fcGrew. She held a candle in, lier hand, aml the youths could band is a good man and a brave soldier." Your lm, "Ah, yes; he i::i a good man, indeed he isl and 'il'e have S h e was perhaps forty }t her '"as a beautiful girl of perhaps seventeen years She was evidently the daugh r of the woman. A boy of perhaps eight yea;s stood beside her. He seeme

THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 19 ny, a good-natured grin on his face. "l haven't done half "You are welcome to the use of the hors.:s !" :;atd o much as has Dick, but I'm his right-hand man, as a McGrew. "Indeed, we shall feel proud to know we h::; \'C ile, and I think I am entitled to some consideration." been able to do something to aid those who are working .for "Bob has done a great deal more than you would Ihink, the benefit of the great cause." hear him tell it," said Dick, earnestly. "The two are all we need; and we will come baek The woman and her daughter shook hands with B0b, and way, and return them." en the boy, Master Jack, Jr., came up and shook 1rnnds ith the youths. Mrs. lllcGrew, if you could give us a bite to eat," id Dick, "\re would be all righl. W c have liad no supper, nd have had quite a trying and cxritillg time of it .for an our or so past, and are tired and hungry." "Indeed you shall harn something to eat!" exclaimed ie woman, and she and her daughter-Lizzie, the girl's ame was-went to work getting supper at once. Dick protested that they did not want a regular sup er, simply a lii. tle cold food, as bread and meat, but )[rs. lcGrew would not listen to this. "You are hungry, and must have something to c;1t,'' Rhe id, and knowing that the youths were hungry, she hasned matters as much as sbe could. Supper was ready anu on the table in an incredibly s110rt ace o.f time. "Now sit up and eat,'' said Mrs. McGrew. The youths did so, and made such a hearty meal that e woman was delighted. "There! That is the best meal I have eaten the ,t time I was home to visit my mother and sister,'' said ick. "It is tlie rnme with me," said Bob. "I am glad you liked it," said Mrs. McGrew, and then l c asked Dick and Bob regarding their parents. When Dick told her of how his father had been mm-"It would be all right, even if you failed to return them,'' said the patriotic woman. "\Ve will go l4.nc1 get the horses ready,'' said Dick. Then he and Bob leH the and went to the stable. They went into the stable, and although it was quite dark they managed to find bridles and saddles. _\.s they WPre :familiar with handling such things, ihey had no particular trouble in the bridles and dles on the horses. I Of course they had to select the two horses by guess, but as they did not expect to have lo race for their lives, they were not particular as to whether tliey got the two best horses or not. When they had .finished bridling and saddling the horses they startc-d to lead them out oi the stable, but as Dick reached the door he heard a faint "Hist and a dark form appeared before him. "It i> I, Lizzie!" said a voice in almost a whisper. ""'hat is it, Lizzie?" Dick, in a cautious tone. "I lrnve come to warn you not to come to the house," the girl replied. '"l'here are a dozen British soldiers there, and they are looking for you boys." "Is that so?" murmured Dick; "t.hank you for warning us, Lizzie. You arc a bra\-e and noblo giTL" "I slipped out at the hack door and came straight here to warn you. You had better slip away at once, while they are in the house." red, nearly a year before, by Tories, tears came to the d "Incked we shall do nothing of the kind, Lizzie!" dco woman's eyes. clared Dick. "What! s lip awav. and leave you and _your Th at was terrible, Dick!" she said, sympathetically. ,, yes, indeed," said Dick; "it was very, very hard on mother to be browbeaten by those redcoated scoundre ls? iother." No, we will remain right here, and wait until they harl' "I know it was, Dick. Ilow I wish I was a neighbor of mr mother, so I could go in and comfort her!" The youths remained there nearly an hour lon ger, and n Dick a ked :Mrs. 1fcGrew if there were any horses on place. "Yes; there are four in the stable," was the reply; "they doing !lV one any good, and if you need horses you are l corne to take two-or all four of them, if you wish." gone before we go." "They may come ancl search the stable," suggested Liz zie. "We will leacl our horses out and over into the edge <; f the timbel' yonder, where we will tie them, and then we will wait and sec what the redcoats do." The youthR clicl thi$, Lizzie Flaying with them. "I won't return to the house until after they have gone." 'We arc on our way to New York," Dick explainPc1. she said; "thry have not seen me. and-anrl I don't want is a good ways to walk. and if we may be allowed to J.thcm to sec me, tlwy finch insolent fellows." e the use of two of the horses, it will be a very great i "Stay right with Lizzie," said Dick. "It is bct or indeed." trr that you shonld rlo so, and I am sure your mother would


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. I :nther you would not re--enter the house while the British "No, but the shortest way to New York, for us, is are there." longest way around, and we are going a roundabout w So the three remained where they were, and after the Bob." lapse of perhaps ten minutes they heard a stir at the house. Then the voices of the redcoats were heard. Then their footsteps. "They are going to the stable to look for you there,'' said Lizzie, in a whisper. "So they are," replied Dick. "But for you ; Lizzie, they 1rould have found us, too." The redcoats went to the stable, and looked all around it. It was evidently a searching party from New Brunswick. Doubtle<:ts parties had gone out in every direction in search of the escaped prisoners. "I'd like to give the scom1c1rels a few shots," said Bob. "It wouldn't do, though, Bob," said Dick; "we don't want to do anything to get Mrs. McGrew into trouble." "That's so; we don't 1rant the redcoats to know that she has own us kindness, or they wonld mistreat her." "Ah! You think it isn't safe to go direct?" "I know it isn't, Bob. It hasn't been so very long sine was there, and the ferryman would recognize me. We have to go farther up the river before "How far up the river do you think of going?" "I don't know exactly, Bob. I think it will be a go plan for m; to go to Hackensack first. Our forces are no! ing that position, you know." "That's right." "They muy know of a place where we can cross t river." "True." "I rather think ive can get across somewhere in t neighborhood 0f Fort Lee." "That would bring us over on the north end of Mi hattan Island." "That's it exactly." "Yes; and then we would ride down into the city fr1 The redcoats look ed in the stable and all around it, the north.'' bnt did not come out toward the timber. Doubtle&s ihey appreciated the fact that ii the fugitives "I see." l "It wil I not be so dangerous getting into the city frt had come this way, and had taken refuge in the timber, they that direction." c0uld nof find them. "I judge not." e "No; they won't be looking for any one to come do Presently the redcoats gave up the search at the stable and returned to the house. They were there only a short time, and then they took their departure. As soon as they were gone, Dick, Bob and Lizzie to the house. "I am so glad Lizzie was enabled to get out of the house in time to go and warn you!" said Mrs. McGrew. "So are we,:' smiled Dick. Then, after a little further conversation, the youths mounted the horses, bade good-by to Mrs. McGrew, Liz zie and Jack, Jr., and rode away toward New York. CHAPTER VIII. JACKSON AGAIN. It was now about ten o'clock. "How far is it to New York, Dick?" asked Bob, when thry were out in the road and headed northward. "About twenty miles, Bob." "'vYe'll get there in the middle of the night, then." "No." "No? Why not? It won't take us more than three .hours to go hi-enty miles." from the north." ) "We can get into the city by morning, even by go1 around, can't we?" "0 h, yes." The youths rode onward steadily It was two o'clock in the morning when they reacl :S:ackensack. ) They were challenged, and told the sentinel who ti 0 were. 'rhey asked him about getting across the Hudson Ri1 and he tolor. There was no sound from within. Dick knocked again "Who's thar ?" came in gruff tones. ke Th Rt


THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 21 'A couple of persons who wish to be ferried across the or two, and arranged to give a certain signal, when the man iver." would come ove r with the ferry-boat and take them back "Can't ye wait till mornin' ?" "No," replied Dick; "we wish to go across at once. It is mportant." ':Who air ye?" "We are the right sort, Mr. Hampton," replied Dick. "Humph! What sort is thet ?" "Well, we don't wear red coat s ." "Good enu:ff I Jes' wait er minnet There was no mistaking the hearty earnestness of the The man was a patriot, heart and soul. across the river. Then the youth s bad e him good-by, and, mounting, rode away. "We'll get into the city shortly before daylight," said Dick; "and that is what we wished to do." "Yes," said Bob. They rode southward at a gallop, and an hour and a half later they were ent e ring the city They rode to a livery stable that Dick knew of, and left their horses. "We may wish to leave them here for two or three days," A minute later the door opened and a man appeared, said Dick; "take good care of them." lding a candle in his hand. He looked at the youths searchingly, and a good natured ile appeared on his face, as he said: "I know ye, Dick Slater! I've J,ieen ye afore!" and he uck out his huge hand for Dick to shake. The youth grasped the hand and shook it warmly. "Certainly," was the reply. Then Dick and Bob made their way to a hotel and had breakfast at six o'clock. "What next, Dick?" asked Bob, ater breakfast. "I'll tell you, Bob," was the reply; "we won' t dT walk about the streets 0 New York in broad daylight, as we are; "This is my friend, Bob Estabrook, Mr. Hampton," he we would be recognized by some of the redcoats, sure id. "Then what are we to do, Dick?" "I've heerd uv Bob, too," the man said, shaking hands "We will go to a costumer's who ha s a shop not far from ith Bob. "So ye wants ter git ercross ther river, do ye?" here, and will get some costumes and make-ups that will c added,, looking at the youths curiously. disguise us completely, Bob." "Yes, as quickly as possible," repli e d Dick. "We want get down the city before daylight, i possible. "Say, that's a good scheme." \ The two let the hotel and made their way to the cos"Oh, I see; yer on one uv yer spyin' experdishuns." turner's. As Dick knew the man was loyal and true, he did not Dick told him what he wanted-a cos tume for himself ny this. and one for his companion, said costumes to be effective as Mr. Hampton came out of the cabin, and, closing the disguises in daylight. or, led the way down to the river bank. "I can fit you out, my young friend," the costumer said. The youths followed, leading their horses, as it was too oping to ride down. In a little cove was a "Go ahead!" said Dick. Then the man took him into a back room. He brought forth two costumes which would be just the "Bring yer bosses right on," said the man; "this hyar thing, he was sure. at'll hold ha' er dozzen bosses up all right, an' hez done The youths donned the costumes. menny a time." The youths obeyed. Then the costumer, who was something 0 an artist in make-up work, painted and penciled and powdered the A few moments later the moved slowly out into youths until, when the y looked in the glass, they did not e river. Mr. Hampton was too busy to talk, and no more was id until the other shore was reached. Then the youths led the horses ashore. Dick offered to pay the man, but he refused to take pay. "Thet's all right," he said; "I'd be er purty feller tcr ke pay frum yer boys, wouldn't I?" 'T'he youths thanked him, and then Dick told the man at he expected to be coming back that way within a day see any resemblance to their former selves. Their own mothers would not have known them. "What do you think?" asked the costumer, triumph antly. "That is fine!" said Dick. "It is all right!" declared Bob. "I don't know whether this fellow is Bob Esterbrook or not." Dick laughed. "It is the srimc with me," he said.


22 THE LIBERTY .BOYS' PERIL. They deposited the Yalue of the costumes with the man and then took their departure. They felt safe as they stepped out upon the street. They were sure that no one could possibly recognize them. It gave them a peculiar feeling of security. 'They could go where they pleased and feel that they 1rcre not attracting attention. This was just what they wished, too. They did not want to attract any attention. They preferred to not be noticed at all. They wished to do the noticing themselves. They wished to mingle with the British soldiers, if possi ble, and listen to their talk. They intended going to General Ho1rcs headquarters and hanging around there, in the hope of fincliiig out something of interest and vahte. Disguised as they were, the,;c thingti were possible. "Ha you are insolent Jackson cried. on, and quick, too, if you know what is good for you!" Several of the fellow's comrades were drunk, they encouraged Jackson, and urged him on. Dick and Bob stood perfectly still. They were not the youths to move on at any one's ord "Why should we move on?" asked Dick, quietly. "Because I say so!" gruffly and dogmatically. His comrades applauded. "Because you say so, eh?" "Yes." '' \Yho arc you ? Do you own the street?" .An exclamation of anger Cticapcd J acbon. "It cloesnt matter who I am!'' he cricu; uercd you to rnoYe on, and thal is enough!" "Oh, no: that is not enough. l'ou arc mistaken, sir!'' ''Tell him who you arc, old fellow,., said one of Otherwise they would ha 1 c been of accome:omrades. plishment. ""\.11 right, I will do so, then. You wished to know w They mllkecl f:'lO\rly down the street, talking on indiffer-I am. I 1rill tell you. l am Reginald Jackson, of cni topics. British army, and CYcry one will tell you that I am a tla They had their eyes open, however. Whenever they came upon a group of redcoats they 1roulc1 stop and listen to what was being said. In this way they picked up considerable information. This manner of procedure got them into a difficulty presently, however. gerous man l "Jackson, eh?" remarked Dick, calmly; "let's see, tr name is familiar. You are a member of a company '. dragoons, are you not?" Jackson sbrted, and looked at Dick searchingly. "I am," he replied, shortly; "what of it?" 'l'hey had paused near where a group of redcoats stood "Ah, I thought so!" said Dick, coolly; "you are talking, and presently one, who seemed to be about half fellow who was spanked with the flat side of your ol drunk, in a bad temper, looked around and glared at sabre by a boy yesterday morning down near New Bru the youths in an angry manner. wick!" 3 "Well, what are you tanding there for?" he growled. Jackson's under jaw dropped. li. "Why don't you move on?" His eyes seemed about to pop out of their sockets Dick and Bob exchanged glances. His comrades stared first at him and then at Dick,; The man was J the fellow Dick spanked with the open-mouthed amazement. 11: sabre, on the road south of :New Brunswick, the day be"What is that?" almost shrieked Jackson, finding fV fore. voice finally. "It's a lie! I'll break every bone in yak Doubtless, feeling the disgrace which had come upon lying carcass I" )i him, through letting himself be handled in such a manner And he leaped forward, the look of a :fiend in his by a boy, he had gotteri leave of absence, and had come to shot eyes. lt New York to have a spree. "Do you hear?" he repeated, as neither of the youths aMwered at once. "Not being deaf," replied Dick, quietly, "we could not nrry well help hearing." This was just what the fellow was looking for-a chance for a fight. Re could give this saucy stranger a good thrashing, and thus retrieve himself to a certain extent, ancl it would rc ]iPYC his surcharged feelings quite considerably. CHAPTEH TX. 'h A LIVELY SCRIMMAGE. .n Litlle .Tacks011 thought that he hacl again C'n countcip: his opponent of the clay before, when he had been spa nlh i I with his own sabre. 11('


. THE ht.BERTY BOYS' PERIL. 23 ad he suspected this he would not have attacked Dick. He was gasping for breath, and sputtering at a great He had had a sufficiency of the youth the day before. rate. ut he had gotten leave of absence, and had come to 'l'he blow had been a severe one, his own momentum havw York for the especial purpose of wiping out the meming contributed lo make it so fully as mucl as Dick's of that happening. strength of arm. One way oi wiping it out was to get drunk and forget it. He had started to do this. He had not yet got that far along, however. His memory was still working. 'rhe other way of wiping out the memory would be to e some one--any one-a terrible thrashing. This would furnish balm for his wounded feelings. d here was the very opportunity he sought. e did not stop to ask himself how Dick knew be had n spanked. he fact that he did know was sufficient. ou may be sure he had told none of his present boon 'l'he breath had been knocked and jarred out of the fellow. "What's the matter with him?" asked Bob, with an in nocent countenance. "He look s sick Dick smilC'd, but made a gesture for Bob lo remain silent Jackson gasped and spluttered for a few moments, 'and then suddenly caught his breath. Then he 8lowly and laborionsly scrambled to his feet. He seemed somewhat weak, however, and held his hands on his stomach. One of his companions drew a flas k from his pocket and panion s of the affair, and when Dick spoke of it they. handed it to J ac;kson, who seized it eage rly. He placed the flask to his lip s and took a long pull at it. opened their eyes in amazement. ackson thought, of course, that he would have an easy e with this insolent stranger. j e was a good man physically, and had long been a sort bully of the company of which he was a member. is reign was ended now, however. he spanking at the hands of the boy whom, he knew was Dick Slater, the patriot spy, had thrown him so down in the estimation of his comrades that they would p their :fingers in his face if he tried to lord it over Th e n he handed it back, with a murmured "Thank you." The fiery liquor seemed to p11t new Jii'e into Jackson. He turned toward Dick, a fierce look in his eyes. "Now I'll fix you!" he hissed. "Perhaps so," replied Dick, quietly. The youth not seem grea tly alarmed. "There is no 'perhaps' about it!" hoarsely. "Perhaps not." Dick was as cool and calm as before. "Go in and do the whelp up, Jackson!" urged the fellow ut Dick Slater was the first person who had been able who had given him the liquor. handle him, and he was not afraid of finding another next day who could handle him. o he leap ed forward, feeling confident that in this nger he would find an easy victim. "That's just what I am going to do." Then Jackson advanced again. This time he was more careful. He had come to the conclusion that it would not do to hen he got within striking distance, he struck out at be rash. k's face with all his might. He felt hi s way forward, so to speak, and when he ick ducked his head just sufficiently to allow the fist to thought he was within striking distance, he struck 1 out, ver his shoulder. straight for Dick's face. t the same instant his right arm shot out. he :fist caught Jackson in the stomach. e was coming toward Dick with considerable speed and he impact was, therefore, quite severe, and the red was doubled up like a jack-knife, and sat down upon sidewalk with a thud and a grunt. n exclamation of amazement went up from Jackson's panions. his came to them, as to ,T ackson, as a surprise. arkRon Bat where he had fallen. The blow was parried with the utmost ease. Dick was right at home in this sort of work. His right arm shot out again. Crack! the :fist took Jackson on the jaw, and down he went again, at full length, this time. A cry of anger and amazement went up from Jackson's comrades at this. They did not like to sec their friend knocked down in this fashion by a stranger-and one who did not wear a red coat, at that. "That was a cowardly blow!" said one, in an angry tone.


1 24 THE LIBERTY BOY;:;, CERIL. "Is that so?" asked Dick. i'Yes." "Why wus it cowardly?" "Because you didn"t wait for him to get ready." This was so absurd that Dick could not help laughing. "ls is customary when two persons are engaged in a fisticuffs encounter, for one to wait ti11 the other is good and ready? he a ked. which ne had been thrown by Dick 's severe blow on t1b jaw: e He scrambled to his feet. With a roar like that of a wild beast, he again rush upon Dick. ( He tried the plan of striking out swiftly and fiercel I the other fellow had done with Bob. But he was no more successful than Bob's opponent ha "Well," was the grumbling reply, "it wasn't the fair been. thing, don't you know." "You're a liar, don't you know, if you say that!" said Bob. He gave out even quicker. Then Dick dealt him a tremendous blow that floored hi in splendid style. That worthy was aching to get into the affair, anyway, The comrades of the two, seeing that they were getti anrl the talk of this fellow would, he thought, afford him the worst of it, now decided to interfere. the oppo.rtunitY: "What's that!" the fellow cried, wild with rage; "do you dare to say I am a liar?" .Jfore, they made up their minds to give the two yout a good thrashing, even if they did have to attack them i a body. ;'Of course I do--and you are, too!" said Bob, promptly. Had they not been drinking they might not have a "By Jove! but this is more than I will stand from :my tempted. a thing that was so unfair; but they had bee one, don't you know!" the redcoat cried, and then he rushed at Bob. He began striking out wildly with both fists, and as rapidly as he could. J ndeed, so rapidly did he strike thilt for a few moments Bob had all he could do to protect himself. Ue was forced to give ground, and waB even driven off drinking, and they did not top to argue with themselves. They rushed upon Dick and Bob. There were about seven of the fellows. One would have expected that they would speed ily co quer the two who were opposed to them. But the spectators who had drawn near to watch t combat were now treated to a unique spectacle-that of hvi the sidewa lk into the street. young fellows proving themselves more than a match f By this time the redcoat's strength was somewhat spent, more than three times their own number. however. He was red-faced and panting. Still he kept on trying to strike, but his blows would not have hurt an infant. 1'hen Bob took his inning. He opened up on the redcoat with a shower of Ilob could have delivered one blow that would have knockeu the fellow down, but he wished to pay him back in bis own coin. So he sent in a shower of blows. For Dick and Bob did so prove themselves. They were young and agile. They could get around with wonderful speed, and coul and did evade the blows which were aimed at them withot any very great difficulty. The crowd, which was made up in the main of citizen cheered th(; two to the echo. There was something distasteful to their minds in seei o many attack two, and their sympathies were tl They were medium light blowR, hard enough to hurt, but two. not hard enough to kri.ock the fellow off his feet. The youths fought now with an energy that would not A few moments Bob kept this up, and then he sent in a denied. hard one, squarely between the eyes, and down the redcoat went, with a thump. 'rhe_v did not fancy being set upon by so many, eithe and they made up their minds to discourage the fello "Get up!" cried Bob, whose blood was up;" get up and I nll they could. will knock you down again!" To tell the truth, Bob really enjoyed it. The fellow was too dazed to obey at once, however. He had not had a chance to exercise himself in th The rain of blows and the heavy one at the last, together fashion for some time, and he improved the opportunit 1vith the thump when he struck the ground, had scattered The redcoats were knocked down by Dick an,cl Bob as fa his witR to the four winds. as they could get up. By this time .Jarbon had rerovcred from the daze into 'I'he youths received occasional blows, of course, b


I 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 25 y were not such hard ones as they themselves were deal out. 'Give it to 'em, Dick I" cried Bob. rack Whack Tnua 'Knock 'em senseless, old man I" iff Bang Whack ob was in his element. Dick said nothing, but he worked his arms to the best ssible advantage. t seemed as i redcoats were rolling on the ground. 1stantly. hey resembled nothing so much .as tenpins being bowled he crowd cheered Dick and Bob on, and when it be. e evident that the two were getting the better of the .nbat, they shouted with delight. Of course, there were some among the spectators who re the red coats of the British soldier, and they did not Their sympathies, 0 course, were with their comrades. 'till even they could not but look upon their comrades "Yes, and to spare." "I guess thtiy ll think twice before they tackle us again." "I don't think they will bother us any more, Bob." And in this Dick was doubtless right. The crowd cheered the youtfis, and told them they were wonders, but the youths took the honors modestly, and dicl not remain long: "Come, Bob," said Dick, "we will go on down the street, and see wh!lt we can see." They walked on. CHAPTER X. 'l'HREATENED J<'UOM: ALL SIDES. Dick knew where General Howe's headquarters were. He led the way in that direction. They were soon there. As they drew near their was attracted to a cavalcade 0 brilliantly-un.'.ormed soldiers which stood in For two reasons : For o many 0 them attacking two, in front 0 the building. first place; and or getting the worst of the encounter "I believe that is Generals Howe's and body the second place. crhe combat was drawing near the end now, however. rhe redcoats had been knocked down and thumped h such terrible effect by the two wonderful youths that y were almost exhausted. 1rhey were a badly bunged-up looking lot. Jeveral of them had bloody noses. rhe eyes of other ones were swollen almost shut. ntheir cheeks were puffed up till they looked as i they I been stung by a thousand bees. \ltogether they were indeed a sorry-looking lot. n nPick and Bob, through the wonderful agility in leaping 1 dodging about, had escaped with so little damage as to tscarcely worth mentioning. e Ul of a sudden the beaten redcoats turned and fled from spot as i the Old Nick were after them. I ackson was the first one to start, too. Ie headed the procession. Ie had gotten his friends into the trouble; he thought right he should get them out-by leading the way 11 the race for safety. l1t1 fhey were followed by the jeers 0 the crowd. that was lively while it lasted, Dick!" said Bob, ha grin. bi, So it was," coincided Dick. We gave them enough 0 it, though." guard, Bob," said Dick, in a low tone; "i so, they are starting or a trip, and the trip will be to New Brunswick, I am sure." "I have no doubt but that you are right, Dick," said Bob. "Lefs stop here and watch them." 1'.I'he youths stood there, watching the gayly caparisoned horsemen. Dozens 0 people were standing about also, so the youth did not attract any especial attention "Fine-looking lot 0 fellows, eh ?" remarked an old man who stood near. "Yes, indeed," replied Dick. Then, thinking he might s ecure some information, he asked : "What's going on? Who are they? Where are they going?'' "Oh, nothing in particular going on. Those are Generals Howe's and Cornwallis' body guard, that's all, and they are getting ready to start on a trip 0 some kind." "Ah! that's it, is it? J wonder where they are going?!' "Oh, I guess they are going down to New Brunswick. The main army is down there, you know." "Yes, I know." "I think they are going to begin an active campaign against the rebels under Washington." "Likely that is it." "Yes, when they return to New York thev will h


26 '11HE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 'r ashing ton a prisoner, I expect, and his army will be cap1 tureLl or scattered to the four winds." "Likely enough," said Dick, but he thought quite the reverse. 'fwo of the horses had as yet no riders. Those two were to be ridden by the great generals, the youths decided. And it proved to be the case. ''There he comes," said Bob. l'n1 glad he was at home," said Dick. "Otherwise 1 rnighl have hfld to wait a lung while before being able get across the river." "Back ag'in so soon ez all this i''' remarked the man, the boat touched the shore. "Yes," replied Dick; "we wore ::io fortunate as to secu the information we wished, and arc in a hurry to gel ba Presently Generals Howe and Cornwallis emerged from to tho commander-in-chief with it." the building, and were assisted to mount the horses by '' Thet's ther way ter do bizness," said Hampton, n orderlies. miringly. Then the cavalcade rode away. Then the youths led their onto the boat and t "Come, Bob," said Dick, c'let's follow them and see man pushl'd off and started back. where they go. "All right," and the two followed along after the body As he did so three redcoats mounted on honies rode do to the shore, and called to him to take them across. of horsemen "Ther boat won't hold so many," he called back, wit! As they expected, the cavalcade rode to the ferry which wink at the youths : "I'll come right back un' git ye." plied between New York and Paulus Hook. "It'll hold all of us," was the reply, in an angry t They onto the ferry-boat, and it was soon moving from one of the redcoats; "come back and take us on." across the river. But Hampton did not stop. "That settles it, Bob," said Dick; "they are bound for "I couldn't kerry so many ter on ct," he replied; New Bn.nswick." come right back ez soon as I git acrost. "I think you are right, Dick." "That means that they are going to begin the movement toward Philadelphia at once, Bob." "Yes, I think so, old man." "And we must get back to Middlebrook at the earliest possible moment with this information "I think that would be the proper thing to do, Dick. c+eneral Washington should know of this." 'I'he youthE hastened back to the costumer's. "I guess ye don't want no redcoats er-comin' acrost thcr same time with ye, do ye?" he remarked, with a gri "No, we would :prefer that they wait till after we h gotten across," replied Dick. The redcoats shouted and yelled in a threatening m net, but the ferryman refused to return. "They kin wa,it," he said. When they reached the opposite side of the river, youths went ashore, and, after offering to pay the m They doffed the costumeE, donned their own clothes, and having their offer refused, they thanked him, moun paid the costumer, and hastened out. their horses and rode away. They made their way to the livery stable where they "Are you going to return by the way of .\!rs. McGre had left their ordered that they should be bridled house, Dick?" asked Bob. and saddled at once, then they paid for their horses' keep, and, mounting, rode away. They headed toward the north. "Yes, we had better do so, I guess, Bob. We will there a little while after dark, a.nd can have supper th after which we can ride on to Middlebrook." "We wonld nd dare risk crossing the river at the Paulus "'I'hat suits me all right, Dick. Mrs. "JicOrcw is a g Hook ferry," said Dick; "we will have to go back the way cook." we came." "So she is, Bob ; and she will give us the best she An hour and a half of lively riding brought them to the bank of the river ::it the point where they had disembarked from Hampton's boat the night before. Dick fi roil his pistol. Thrn after an interval of a few seconds, he fired another shot. 'rhis was tho signal that had been agreed upon. A fEw minutes later the boat '"as seen putting out from li o osite shore in the house." "She wi11 that, Dick." The youths stopped at a farm-house at midday and dinner. They remained long enough for their horses to cat rest, and then they mounted and rode forward They kept their open. They were now in a part of the country where might run onto a band of redcoats at any moment.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS' PE.RIL. 2: The sun sank lower and lower. At last it went down behind the western horizon. "How much farther is it, do you think, to .l\Irs. Mc rew's, Dick?" asked Bob. ''Ah! I have you now', you cursed rebel spies!" he cried. But h e had made a mistake. Quick as a flash Dick leaped forward. He seized the officer's wrist with his left hand and tore "I don't think it can be more than four or five miles, the sword from his grasp with his right. b." Then he lturled the redcoat to the floor with such forcr Thell we will get there soon after ark." "Yes." It gre1r clLJRk quirkly, and then the ( wilight deepened to night. 'l'he youths knew where they were, however. 'fhey felt that they would be cnitblecl to find their way. They were right in this, for an hour later they reached to almost. break some of his bones. At this instant Lizzie stepped quickly to Dick's side. "You are threatened from all sides!" the girl Raid in a whisper. "U0me with me, and I will show you a hiding place." The officer leaped to his feet at this instant. Crack l 1e home of Mrs. : McGrew. Dick's fist, took the fellow on the jaw and he went dow1': "Let's go straight to the stable and put the horses away dazed. cl feed them, Bob," said Dick. "All right." 'l'hey did this, and then returning to the house, Dick 1oekeu upon the door. "Who is there?" called out a voice which they recognized J that of :;\frs. McGrew. "Quick!" cried Lizzie; "you are in great peril The house is surrounded by the British!" "Show them into the secret room, Lizzie!" said Mrs. McGrew in a low voice. "Yes, mother." Lizzie led the way out. o:f the room and into the a9.-"The two young men who were here last night-Dick joining room. aler and Rob ERi a brook," replird Dick. The youths followed willingly enough. 1 hrrc wrre hmried footsteps, and a fumbling athe door. Then the door was opened and .l\Irn. McGrew stood there, ;dle in hand. "So yon arc bark!'' she exclaimed; "and so soon? We l not cxprct to see you back this quick." (Well, we got through with our work in New York lcker than we cxpecicd," said Dick; "and here we are." (And we're right glad to see said the good woman, 1rtily. indeed!" i:;aid Lizzie. rhen tlw bcautifu l girl blushed and look ed confused 'We arc glacl to hear you talk like that!" said Dick, a smile. j 'We are, for a fa..,t !" declared Bob. youths entered the house and sat down. \frs. McGrew asked them if they had had their supper. informed that they had not, she set to work, with :zie to help her, to get the youths' suppers. rhe youths were very hungry, and when the meal had It would not do (o let themselves be captured by the British now. 'l'hey must gel lo General Washington with the informa-tion that Generals Howe and C'omwallis had come to New Brunswick aml joined the main army. The girl had said she would conduct them to a hiding place. Her mother had menlioned a secret room. The youths soon learned what this meant. The room in which they found themselves was smaller than the one they had just l eft. It was as wide, but shorter The reason i t was shorter was soon made manifest. The girl walked quickly to one corner of the room, toe:. hold of a large wooden peg, which was ostensibly to hang things on, and pulled. To the surprise o:f Dick and Bob, a section of the \Tall swung inward. A space about four feet wide and the width of the room n prepared and was placed on the table, they sat down waR revealed to their view. I l ate heartily. "Quick! Go in there!" whispered Lizzie. "The redjhe:v had just fi.nie.hed eating and risen from the table coats will not find you in there." m the door opPned and a British officer strode into the "This is all right!" whispered Bob. m. tit sight of Dfrk and Bob he drew his sword with an ex"Yes, indeed!'' said Dick. Then they stepped through into the little secret room anu the Rection of the wa 11 was cloRcd by Lizzle.


28 'l'HE l;IBERTY BOYS' PERIL. It was dark in the little compartment, but the youths

THE LIBERTY BOYS' PERIL. 29_ "Say, we wer e in considerable peril back there a while evening," he said; "and that but for the secret room you Dick," said Bob, breaking the silence. would have been captured by the redcoats." I "Yes, Bob; we were threatened from all sides, but "That is the truth of the ma.tter, Mr. McGrew,'' said ianks to the secret room, we escaped from the redcoats." Dick; ''we were in great peril-were threatened from all "Yes; if it hadn't been for that we would sides, but the secret room affprded us shelter, and we es-1ve been captured, sure!" caped the redcoats as slick as you please, thanks to your It was only about six miles to Middlebrook, where the wife and daughter. We owe them a big debt of gratitude, 1triot army was stationed, and the youths rode it easily sure!" t an hour. "You don't owe them anything!" said McGrew, heart-As soon as they had put their horses away, they went ily; "they weie only too glad to be of service to you." the house occupied by General Washington as his head-1 iarters, and reported. He was well pleased with the report. "I know that, sir; but it doesn't lessen the favor any." "Not a bit of it," declared Bo_b. Next day General Washington began getting ready to "So Generals Howe and Cornwallis have come down to checkmate any move which the British might attempt to ew Brunswick, have they?" he remarked, meditatively; make. well, that means that they are going to try to move across tew Jersey and attack Philadelphia !-at least that is 1le shmificance I should attach to their action. I will ,, tll a council of war at once." Then, complimenting Dick ancl Bob cm their good work, Armed with the information which Dick and Bob had given him, he felt that he would be able to do it. THE END. The next number (13) of "The I1iberty boys of '76" will thanking them, hedismissed them. t "Now, let's hunt Jack McGrew up, contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' LUCK; OR, FOR and give him the TUNE FAVORS THE BRA VE," by Harry l\i(oore. tier, Bob," said Dick. "All right, Dick." t i The youths did this, and when they found Mr McGrew i!ld handt>d him the. letter from his wife, he was as de as he was surprised. 0 He read the letter eagerly, anc1 then shook hands with e boys, and congratulated them. "My wife tells me you had a close call at our house this d SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies Sen't :FWree "HAPPY DAY&" The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Publishedo contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. 1 Answers all sorts of Questi9ns in its Correspondence Columns, Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 'Union Square, New Yorke


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Every boy can strong and healthy by following the instructions contained this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defen s e made easy. 1ntaining over thirty illu strat ion s o f gu a r ds, blows and t h e differ t positions of a good box e r. Eve ry boy should o b t a m one of useful and in structive b o oks a s it w ill teac h you how to box thout an instructor. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYll:INAST .-Containing full 1tructions for all kind s o f gymnasti c spo rts a nd ath leti c e x e r c ises. t:::zibracing thirtyfive illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruc tion for icing and the use of t he broadswt '-rd; a l s o instruc tion in archery. scribed with twe nty-one practic a". illustrations giving the best l fSitions in fencing. A c omple t e book. Nb. 61. HOW TO BECOME A BOWLER.-A complete manual Containing full instructions for playing all the stand } American and G erman games; togethe r wi t h rules and systems sporting in use by the. principal bowling clubs in the United ates. By Bartholomew Batterson. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS WI'rH CARDS.-Containing ,Janations of th e g e n eral principle s of sleightof-hand applicable card tricks; of card tric k s wi t h ordinary cards, and not r equiring ight-of-hand; of tricks in vo lving sl e i ght-of-hand, or t h e use of !cially prepared cards. Professor Haffner. With illustra ns. '/fo. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH all of the lrrtes t and most deceptive card tric ks, with ii' trations. P v A. Anderson. No. 77. HO ro DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. ntaining deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers :I magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO great book of magic and card tricks, contammg full instruction of all the leading card tricks of the day, also the most p opular magical illusions as performed by our leading magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how t he 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 se c ond sight. No. 43. liOW 'l'O BECOME A .MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of .magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL 'l'RICKS.-Containing over one hundre(\ highly amusing" and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and bes t tricks used by magicians. Also contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW 'l'O MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making l\Iagic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderson. E'ully illustrated No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. .No. 7.5. HO'Y TO :8ECOME A CONJURER.-Containing tricks with Dommoes, Dice Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirt y-six illustrati ons. B,v A Anderson No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BJ,ACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of l\1agic and Sleight of Hand togeth e r many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECO:\lE AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know how inv entions ori ginated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electricity hydraulics, magnetism, optics pneumatics, mechanics, etc., etc. The most instructive book pub: Jished. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGI:NEER.-Oontaining full instructions how to proceed in ord e r to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, Aeolian Harp, Xylo ph o ne and other musical ins truments; together with a brief de s cription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profuse ly illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald. for twenty y ears band mast e r of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern. together with its history and invention. Also full direction s for i t s use and for painting slides. Handsomel:v illu strated, by John All e n. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRIOKS.-Containing compl e te instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters. and when to use them; also giving specimen letters for both young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruC'tion. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart. your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body y ou wish to write to Every young man and every young lady in the land should have this hook. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation aPd composition; together with spPrime1' letters.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YbRK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the most famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Containing a v a ried assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Alsv end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseNo. 31. HOW 'l'O BECOl\IE A SPEAKER.-Containing fo teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to beco a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fr all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mo simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving rules for conducting q bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the be! sources for procuring information on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. SOCIETY No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINS'l.'REL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK-Something new and very instructive. Every I No. 3. TO arts. and wiles ?f flirtation boy should obtain this book as it contains full instructions for orfully by this httle book. Besides the van.ous !lleth.ods ganizin an amateur minst{el troupe. ha_ndkerch1ef,_ fan, glove, parasol, wmdow. and bat flirtation, c No. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original a _full hst of the language and sentunent of flowers, which k b k e. p bl' bed and it is brimful of wit and humor. It m_terestmg to everybody, both old and young You cannot be hap JO e oo s e' 1 u is without one. contams a large collection of .songs, _etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handso Terrence Muldoon, the great humonst and p1a,ct1c!1l Joker of little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instr the 9ay. Every boy _who can enJOY a good substantial Joke should tions in the art of dancing etiquette in the ballroom and at parti obtam a copy 1mmed1ately. h t d d f JI d' 't f 11 ff II I No. 79. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing comress, an u irec ions or ca mg o Ill a popu ar squ plete _instructions. how to up for various chara:ters. on the No. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to Io stage_, togi:ther with the_ duties of the Stage_ i\Ianagei, Piompter, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etique Scemc Artist .and Prope1ty Man. By a proi;!lment St!1g.e Manager. to be ob erved with many curious and interesting things not g N?. 80. GUS WILLIAiUS' JOK!JJ BOOI'!-.-Contammg the laterally knsown. est Jokes, anecdotes and funny_ stories .of this world-re?owned and No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in t i ever popular Gerl!la.n comedian. Sixty-four pages, handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving t colored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of t brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the wor Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male a female. The secret is s imple, and almost costless. Read this bo I and be convinced how to become beautiful. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or countiy, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books on cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular cooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cem e nts, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses of electricity and e l ectro magnetism ; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64. HOW TO l\IAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, induction c oils, dynamos and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any arount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. now TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book publish ed. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. :i:iow TO Dl> IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-lt 1s a great hfe secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and eti quette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church and in the drawing-room BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsopiely illustrated a containing full instructions for the management and training of t 1 canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroqtiet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely ill I trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. ,IQ. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hi I on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bir Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harring 1 Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A va able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mounti and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54 HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepi taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving f instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twen i eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the ki i ever published MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOl\IE A SCIENTIST.-A useful and r structive book, giving a comp lete treatise on chemistry; also G periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, directions for making fireworks, co lored fires and gas balloo1 This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A comp lete making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. etc. 1 No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'l.'ES DISTAN : TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving official distances on all the railroads of the United States Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, h fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., mak 1 it one of the most complete and hanc:Jy books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A w r derful book, containing useful and practical information in treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ev ; family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general co plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-C taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrang' of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bra ; the world-known detective. In which he la ys down some valua and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventu and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Cont e ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work u also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and ot Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De 1 Abney. ; No. 62. HOW TO BECOl\IE A WEST POINT 1 CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittam course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, P : Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy know to be a Cadet. CompilPd and written by Lu Senarens, aut a of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NA VAL CADET.-Complete structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Na DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descript 1 No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sket<'h. nn

;:============-=--::---: =--THE STAGE. o. 41. TUL BOYS OF 'EW YURK E. 'D .\H;. 'S JOKE OK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used hy the st famous end men. 'o amateur miustrels is crnupil'te without wonrlerful lit tit> l>ook. o .. e. 'l'lrn HOYH Ul' 'EW YORK STIDIP ::il'fJ.\rJ;}R.taininj!' a \0aried of stump spee<'lws, "egro, Dutch I Irish. !'IHI meu's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse t and amaHur o. 45. Tlllme ored cover containing a half-tone photo of the amhor. HOUSEKEEPING. o. 16. HOW TO KE1'JI' A WINDOW I instructions for constructing a window g111rln either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful wers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub bed. 'o. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, game, and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of stry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular ks. 'o. 37. HOW TO KEJEP HOUSEJ.-lt contains information for rybody, boys, gil'ls, men and women; it-will tead1 you how to ke almost anything around the house, such parlor ornaments, ckets; cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for "atching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 16. HOW TO A::-<' workt>I by electricity. R. A. R. H"llllPtL illnstrarHI 'o. 67. HO\Y TO DO ELECTHICAL THWKS.-Containing a ge collectio11 of instrndiw and highl.v amnsing elt>ctrical ether with illustration,. By .\ .\n1lerson --.------.,,._ -31. HOW 'l'O BECU:\IE .). tu;. leen illu tratiol!s. giving the diff rcut positious to hero a good speaker, r'""ler au.I elo<'ntionist. Also tontaining gems fra_ll the popular a uthois of 111ose and voe try, arranged in 1 he a:". sm1plc and possihle. No. 4!l. HOW 1'0 DEBATE.f:iY1ng rnles for condue1u1r hates, outlmes for debateR, questions for discussion, and be source: for proruring information on the questions given SOCIETY. No. 3. rIOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation trt Pxplained by this little book. Besides the various metbode c har.dkerchirf. fan. glove, parasol, window a1Hl hat flirtation, it ror. tains a f1ill Ji. t of tbe language and sentimcn1 of tlowers, which I intercstin'g to everybody, both old and young .. Yon l"anuot be har..-; without one. 'o. 4. IIOW 'l'O DAXCE is the title ot a new and bandsom littie book just isRued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruotions in the nrt of dancing, etiquette -in the hall-room and at partl ho\1 to ilnd full directions for calling off in :ill popular squr o. :-,. IIO\Y TO LOnrofraw. No. 10. IIOW 'l'O :\IAKE AND SE'l' 'l'H.APS. -Including hlno on bow to rRtd1 moles, otter. squirrl'ls and birda Also how to cure skins. Copionsly illustrated. By J. H11rringtoJ KcP-ne. No. 50. HOW TO S'lTFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-.i valuable bo{lk, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountinf and preserving birrls, animals and insects. No. G4. HOW 'l'O KEJBP AND :\IANAGE PETS.-Giving' eoa plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keP-pint taming, breeding, and managing all kinds o.f pets: dving fu' instr1wtions for making rages, etc. Fnlly explained h.v t \\"qnnlnt hoy reading No. H. HOW TO :\IAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book to, is book of instructious, a prneti<'al professor ( cleli;;bting multi making all kinds nf 1andy, il"e-cream. syruvs. Pssen<'es. el<'., etc. Jes every night with wonderful imitations>. can master the No. J!l.--r'I:,\:\K TOUSEY'S U. TI'ED H1'A'l'Ei" DTS'l'ANOJ.I t. and create any amount of fnn for hims1>lf and friPnds. It is the TABLES. POCKET COMPANION A.ND <1l'ITHl}.--rnving th atest hook fiPr p11hlishcd. nn-E\'l!JNlNG PARTY.-A Canada. Also table of distances b) wate1 to for<>ign ports. hue.I> r.r valuahlp littlP book just published. .\ <'Otnpletr compendium fares in the principal cities, reports of the C't>n"1s, etr., etc., makit .:.1mes, ,porh. rnrd divl'rsinns. <'Ollli<' 1-. titat ions. t>t<' .. '-uitahlr it one of th<> complete and handy books vublislwd parlor or dtawinitroom ,ntertainment. lt contains more for the 38. IIO"\Y TO BFXJO:'IIEl YOUR I>OCTOR.-A w<; ne.1 than any book p111ilished. derful book. containing useful and pra<'til"al information in L o. 35. CIO\Y TO PLAY llA:\H;S.-.A complt>te and useful little treatment of ordinary dis!'ases and ailments common to ever; ok, containing the rules and ri>gulations of billiards, hagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general eo1 <'kgammon. croq1wt. etc. plaints 'o. 36. HO\Y TO 80LYE all Xo. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.--Oo. e leading of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangln. d witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. 52. HOW 1'0 PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little Xo. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King B r ad! ok, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre". Cribthe world-known detective. In which he lays down some ge, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho. Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates adventn n ction Pitch, All .Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun-No. 60. HOW TO BECO:\fE A PHO'l'OORAPIIER.-Contah; interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A ing useful information regarding th<> Camera and bow to work It lete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. also how lo make Photographic i\Iagic Lantern Sli des ar:d othl! ETIQUETTE. :- a Naval Cadet." No. G3. HOW TO A NAVAL CADET.-ConplPte Ill structions of how to gain admission to tht> Annapolis '.'l ave. Academy. containin.!! the course of instruction. descr1p tk" of grounds nnd hnildings. historical sketch. and everything a should know to he<'ome an officer in the United States Navy. Vi> piled and writtC'n hy r,u Senarens, a uthor of "How to \YPst Point Military Carlet." PRICE 10 F R ANl{ CENTS TOP8EY. EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Publisher, 2 4 Union Square. New York


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