The Liberty Boys' forced march, or, Caught in a terrible trap

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The Liberty Boys' forced march, or, Caught in a terrible trap
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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Jsstwl WHkly-By Subscription &2.50 per year E'ntered a Seco11d Class Matter at lhe 1Vew York Posf Office, by Pra111c Tousey. No. 15. NEW YORIL APIUJ, 12. 1901. Pric e 5 Cents. D ic k m a rche d i n front, erect, handsome and manly. The British prisoners were a sick-looking lot o f men.


THE LIBERTY-BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subs cription $2.50 p e r year. Entered as S e cond Class Matte r at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 1901. Entered according to A.c t of Congress, in the year 1901, i n the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0 by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. N o 15. NEW YORK, April 12, 1901. Pri ce 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP And What They Caught In It. By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. THE OLD PEDDLER. It was almost sundown. It had been a beautiful day in the month of June. It was the year 1777. And just now he occupied an impregnable position. : Moreover, it was close upon the line of march of the British if they should start on their march across New Jersey, and he would be able to drop in behind them and cut off their communication with New York. This might prove fatal. So GBnerals Howe and Cornwallis had xemained at New The War of the Revolution was just reaching its most Brunswick hesitating. interesting stage. They seemed unable to make up their minds what to do. The British army occupied the village of New Bruns-But to return to the story: wick, in New Jersey. The patriot army occupied the village of Middlebrook. Middlebrook was about ten miles from New Brunswick. The British army numbered eighteen thousand men. On this beautiful evening of which we write, an old hunch-backed peddler was walking slowly down the mai n street o:f New Brunswick. He hobbled along slowly and painfully. The patriot army consisted of but eight thousand. He was seemingly sixty years of age, and while carrying Yet Generals Howe and Cornwallis were hesitating. a great pack on his back bent forward and placed a great They wislied to cross New Jersey, penetrate into Penndeal of weight on the stout stick which he used to walk ylvania and capture Philadelphia, which was called the with "rebel capital." As he was passing along he met a little group of British But they had been taught by bitter experience that it soldiers. :would not do to be rash. They laughing and talking, and were evidentl y well If they laid themselves open in any way, Washington content with their lot. ould take prompt advantage of it. "Hello!" exclaimed one of the soldiers, with a laugh; He had already proven this at Trenton and at Princeton "here's Methuselah come to life again. Isn't be a heauty In truth the British generals were afraid of W fogton. "He looks like you, Carrollton," said another, with a laugh. They realized that he was a great general The redcoats had been drinking some, and this one in A man capable of doing what he had already done with particular bad had just enough so that he was easily ir an inferior force of men was a dangerous opponent under ritated ny circumstances "What! this old duffer look like me?" he cried angrily;


r THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'rRAP. ::================================== "he looks more like a scarecrow than like a human! Get off the walk! Don t you see there are gentleman here?" With the words the redcoat gave the old man a push, which sent him off the walk and into the gutter. But it did not land. Up came the heavy walking-stick as the redcoat struck out. The old man handled the club with amazing dexterity The push had evidently been unexpected, for the old and quickness. man almost fell. The stick struck the redcoat on the wrist, knocking the He caught himself, however, showing he was possessed arm upward: of considerable strength and agility as he did so, and then So strong was the blow that the redcoat was whirled halfhe took a step forward and gave the redcoat a rap alongside way around. the head with the stick, knocking the fellow down. He gave utterance to a cry of pain. "Take that for your insolence cried the old man, in a curious, high-pitched voice; "take that, and may it teach you to be more like a gentleman in your behavior toward the aged!" If ever there was a surprised fellow it was the redcoat who had been knocked down. "Oh, my arm!" he cried; "my wrist is broken!" "And s erv e s you right," said the old man; "it serves you right. You had no bu s iness making sport of an old man in the first place, and if you had got your head broken as well as your wrist, you would get only what you deserve." "Oh, say, that's too rough, old man!" cried one of the The blow which he had received was not such a very redcoats; "}"Ou haven't got any right to pound him with ru hard one. club in that fashion!" But he had not been expecting anything of the kind. It had taken him entirely unawares. Consequently he had gone down before it with a crash. "Give me any of your sauce and I will serve you the same way, young man," said the old man, promptly. It was evident that the old peddl e r s blood was up. He was more angry than surprised, however. "What right had he to pus h me off the walk, I would He was the maddest man in New Brunswick at that moa s k you?" ment, without a doubt. "Well, that was jus t in fun. He didn t hurt you." He leaped to his feet. "Nor did I hurt him v e ry much the fir s t li c k l struck He gave utterance to a cry of rage. him; but he came back at m e and was going to lmock me "I'll make you suffer for that, you old scoundrel!" he cried. He rushed at the old man. Evidently it made no difference to him that the man was old and seemingly infirm. The peddler had struck him and that was enough. qown, and I had to do something to protect myself." "Well, you needn't have broken his wrist." "It isn't broken." The old man spoke quietly. The fellow with the lame wrist was making enough fuss, however. He would have reveng e for the blow. He had no thought that he would be unable to get the Rad it been broken of a certainty he could not have c revenge. He suppoi;ied the blow administered was in the nature of an accidental blow. He would not have believed it possible that the thing could be duplicated. He w a s to learn this however. "Have a care young man!" cried the old man, in his high-pit c h e d voice. But the redcoat would not be warned. made more noise. He threatened that he would murder the peddler. t And he even went so far as to draw a pistol with his left hand e He found this knocked out of his hand very quickly, however. "Don't try anything of. that kind, young man," said thetl old peddler. tl The hlow from the stick was partly on the fellow's wrist He was panting to avenge the blow which he had rethi s time also, and he uttere d another great howl and leape o ceived. "I'll s how you!" he cried hoarsely, and he struck out at the old man He struck fiercely. Had the blow landed it would have stretched the olcl man out on the sidewalk .... and danced wildly about and gave utterance to curses. The fellow who had spoken up in behalf of his comradi now decided that he would take a hand. b<' He leaped forward. llt He struck out at the old man. hi: The old peddler saw him just in the nick of time.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. He stepped aside and brought his stick around with, a swish. Crack! It took the redcoat alongside the jaw. But such had not proved to be the case. The wonder:ful agility of the peddler had kept him out of harm's way, while the quick, vicious strokes with the stick had quickly taken the fight out of his opponents. He gave utterance to a yell, and went down on the sideAt last the redcoats had enough. walk. 'l'hey leaped to their feet, and instead of trying to renew "You've broken my jaw!" he howled. the combat, they limped away-nearly all having received "Hardly--else you would be unable to howl at such blows on arms, legs and body as well as on the head. a rate!" was the reply in the same high-pitched "J ovc exclaimed another of the redcoats; "this is too much! I am not going to stand here and see an old scally wag like this knock the boys around in such a manner Come on, fellows, let's give him a good pounding!" "We're with you, Howard!" cried one, and then the four or five started in to give the old man a thrashing. It was a sight that would have aroused the indignation of any fair-minded person. The idea of four or five young men attacking one old one was prepo.,;terous, even though the old man had a stick. It was the act of cowards. Doubtless i.he young men would not have done as they did had they not been drinking. But they had been drinking, and they started in to give the old man a beating. Then ensued a surprising thing : 'l'he old man seemed to become as lithe and active as a cat. He leaped hl)re and there with great agility. He whirled the stick about his head and thumped the redcoab; over the head with it with astonishing ease and dexterity. Had the soldiers not been so busy trying to dodge the stick, they would have noted the wonderful agility of the old man, and marveled greatly thereat. But they were kept so busy they did not have time to think. One old man had vanquished seven young, strong and lusty soldiers Then the old peddler calmly picked up his pack, which he had dropped at the beginning of the affray, and placing it on his back, he went on up the street, leaning forward and bracing himself on the stout stick which had done snch execution in the combat just ended. As the old man walked along he chuckled to himself. "What a joke!" he murmured; "I wonder what those redcoats would say if they knew it was Dick Slater, the patriot spy, who had thumped them with the stick?" And then he chuckled again. Dick Slater The patriot spy Yes, tl1e old peddler was indeed Dick! Dick was the champion boy spy of the Revolution. No reader of the stories of "The Liberty Boys of '76" need be reintroduced to Dick. They knew him well. But perhaps there may be some new readers. For their benefit we will state that Dick Slater, whose home was near Tarrytown, N. Y., was the captain of a company of youths of about his own age----{)ighteen-these youths being known as "'fhe Liberty Boys of '76." In addition to being captain of the company, Dick had acted often as a spy. Under orders from General W asbington, the commander in-chi ef of the patriot army, be bad already penetrated into the British lines on a number of occasions, and bad gained They leaped hither and thither, in their endeavors to valuable information, information which had enabled the escape the blows rained upon them by the old man. commander-in-chief to checkmate the British on various But they did not succeed. occasions. I They each received blows in turn, and one after another And on this beautiful evening Dick was in the heart of they went down on the sidewalk or in the gutter from the British encampment at New Bnmswick. humps alongside the head. And again he was there under orders from Genenl The old man was certainly expert with the stick. WaRhirnrton. The redcoats would be able to bear witness to this fact. He was there to gain information regarding the con-It was certainly a unique contest. trmplated movements of the British. One would have expected that the old man would have 'l'h e actions--0r want of artion-ot the British, for thP ren very quickly overpowered, and that the redcoats, outpaf't two or three months had puzzled Washington 15reatlv. him so greatly, would speedily get the better of 1 He roiilc1 not understand what it meant. im. 'R11t hf' wished to know


. 1 THE LIBERTY Feelmg that the best way to find out was to send a spy into the encampment of the British, he had called Dick to headquarters that morning and told him to go to New BOYS' TRAP. :: He entered. He was well pleased. He thought that he might succeed in making his scheme Brunswick and find out what the British intended doing, work, if such a thing was possible. The woman closed the door when Dick had entered the Dick had said simply: "Very well, your excellency; I room-which proved to be the kitchen-and he sat down will go and do the best I can," and then he had left headand opened his pack. quarters, and an hour later was on his way to New Bruns wick. At an old, deserted farmhouse three miles from New Brunswick he had donned his disguise of a peddler, and had made up the pack with a few such as servant girls would buy, and had gone into New Brunswick afoot, leaving his horse at the old house. He had walked about for an hour, visiting back doors, and had sold a few trinkets, and now, after his encounter with the redcoats he made his way around to the rear On one of his trips to New York, Dick had bought a lot of trinkets, jewelry and laces, with the idea of making them serve li'im in this very.way. Now he was glad that he had thought of doing this. It would give him an opportunity to listen to at least one conference between Generals Howe and Cornwallis. That is, if he worked it right. Dick sized up the cook carefully. He decided that she was good-natured and good-hearted. If his judgment of her was correct, he would be able of a large house which he knew to be the headquarters of to work his scheme, he was sure. Generals Howe and Cornwallis. He showed the cook the jewelry and laces and other "Now comes the tug of war said Dick to himself, as trinkets. he approached the rear door of the house in question; "I must gain entrance in some way, so as to get a chance to overhear the conversation of Generals Howe and Corn wallis. I know of no way to accomplish it, unless by brib ing a servant. Perhaps I may be able to do that. I'll try it, anyway." Then Dick knocked on the door. CHAPTER II. DICK MAKES FRIENDS WITH THE COOK. Dick had to wait a few minutes. Then the door opened. A buxom woman-evidently the cook-stood there. She looked at Dick with evident disfavor. "Well, what d'ye want?" she asked. He watched the woman closely, and whenever he saw by her looks that she liked a thing, he laid it aside. He soon had quite a little pile of jewelry, trinkets and laces, and feeling that the time was ripe for the execution of his scheme, he decided to put his plari. in operation. Suddenly he gave vent to a little cry of well-simulated pai:q. He clasped his hand to his side. "Ohl" he gasped; "oh-my-h-heart!" Dick's acting was so good that the cook did not sus pect. She proved that Dick's estimate of her had been cor rect. She was "Poor old man!" she exclaimed; "what is it? Can I do anything to help you? I have some camphor here! I--" "It's-my-heart!" gasped Dick; "it-bothers-me often!" The cook ran and brought the camphor bottle, and Dick "I have here some beautiful articles in the way of smelled of the camphor. jewelry and laces, fair lady," said Dick; "I would like to "Are you better?" the woman asked, prese11tly, anxshow them to you, lady; I am sure you would buy when you iously. r-ee how cheap they are." The woman was flattered somewhat by being called a ''fair lady." Then her feminine heart was appealed to by the words "jewelry" and "laces." Dick shook his head. "I-I'm afraid-not," he said; "when I am perfectly quiet it-doesn't-seem to-pain-me so much, but when I-move, it gives me intense pain. I-don't-knowwhat to--do. I can't walk and carry my pack; in fact. I She could not resit:t goods. the temptation to look at the I don't believe I would dare walk at all. I must get i'Ornf'where where I can be perfectly quiet." She invited Dick in. "Goodness!" said the woman ; "this is bad! Ye can't


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. tay here in the kitchen, an' I hate to turn ye out when y_e have been able to go out into the and continue his tre sick." journey. "Isn't there some vacant room up in-the--attic ?" So it wouldn't do for him to carry the pack. aked Dick. He must let the woman carry it, as it was necessary to Ile paused and made a terrible grimace, and groaned in the carrying out of his plans. low, intense fashion. "I would not bother you long," went on Dick; "1---exJect" that-1-shall-be all right by morning. If you can ind a place for me--till-I-get better, I will-give--you his jewelry and lace that you liked," and Dick indicated he pile of jewelry, trinkets and laces. The woman's eyes glistened. It was evident that she would like to have the articles ndicated. "It could do no harm, I'm thinkin'," she said, half to erself. "Of course not, lady!" said Dick, "please let me lie in m attic room till I am better." The 'Yornan hesitated. Doubtle s there were strict orders out against the ad mittance of any one to the house, except on order from feneral Howe. The woman no doubt felt that she was taking some ;:hances. But she decided to risk it. 1 "I'll let ye stay!" she said, presently; "but ye'll have to c as quiet as ye can. This is the headquarters for Generals owe an' Cornwallis, an' if they should hear any noise they would see what caused it, an' I would lose my place in a urry, an' maybe my head as well!" "I'll not have to make any noise when I get where I can e perfectly still," said Dick. "Very 'rcll; con!e with me--or, can ye walk at all?" "I think so, lady." "I'll your pack." "Thank you; but hadn"t you better put your jewelry \nd laces away? Some one might come in and find them." The woman took the articles in question and placed them !n a closet at one side of the room; then she picked up pack and lea the way upstairs, a servant's stairway up from the kitchen. Dick felt almost ashamed of himself to let the woman Dick made considerable fuss over getting up the stairs. He gave utterance to low, intense groans. The woman was evidently afraid he would be heard, for she cautioned him. "Don't make any more fuss than ye can help, poor man!" she said; "somebody might hear ye." Dick did not wish this to happen, of course. So he made but very little noise after that. All he wished to do was' to keep this woman from being suspicious, and there seemed to be no danger that she would suspect him now. So he confined his expressions to sighs and little groans that could not have been heard by any one five feet away. They went on up to the attic Here the woman showed Dick ittto a little room. There was a cot and a couple of chairs in the room. ''Ye can stay here to-night," the woman said; "if ye are well enough, it will be best for ye to leave before day light in the mornin', as then ye wouldn't be noticed." "I think I'll be well enough, lady," said Dick. Then he thanked her for her kindness. mind thankin' me," the woman said; "I could not think of turnin' ye out when ye are sick." "Lots of persons would do so," said Dick. "But I wouldn't. I'll bring ye somethin' to eat after awhile." "Thank you!" said Dick. Then the woman went back downstairs. "Well, this is luck!" thought Dick. "Here I am in the house that is used as headquarwrs for General Rowe and his staff. Jove I hope I shall learn something of value be fore I leave the place!" Dick wondered when the woman would bring him something to eat. If he had thought there would be time, he would have slipped downstairs to see if he could pick up something in the way of news; but she might come up at any moment, and then if she found him gone she would suspect him at arry his pack upstairs. once. "Just to think of me letting a woman carry my pack for No, he must wait until after she had brought up the e. when I am stout and more than able to do it myself!" food, and had gone back downstairs; then he would be safe C' thought. But it was necessary to let the woman carry the pack, in der to carry out the deception which Dick was practicing. If he had been able to carry the pack upstairs, he would in venturing away from the room. An hour passed. Then Dick heard footsteps coming up the attic stairs. To carry out the deception, he lay down on the cot.


6 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. He breathed laboriously. \\hen the worrian entered, she asked if Dick felt better. The old peddler had eaten heartily or a sick man. "The pain and weaknei:;s at my heart does not affect n He answered that he felt about the same-which was appetite at all," said Dick, divining her thoughts; "in fac true. The cook had brought a bit of a candle and some food. "D'ye think ye can eat something?" she asked. "I'll try," said Dick. The woman placed the food on a little table and turned to depart. if anything, I eat more when I am troubled this way." "Oh, that is it?" The woman never seemed to think of doubting Dick word. She was such a good natured, good-hearted woman th Dick felt a little qualm of conscience on account of decei "I'll 'come up ater awhile an' get the dishes," she ing her. said. "Very well, lady," Dick. The woman hesiiated. She seemed to wish to say something. Presently she spoke. "I heard some stories downstairs," she said Dick felt sure the stories referred to him in some way, so he asked: "Stories? What about?" "I hear it told that an old peddler thrashed seven of the king's soldiers on the street this evening!" It was for a good purpose, however, so he felt that it w not wrong. The woman gathered up the dishes, and after expressi1 the hope that Dick would be mu c h better by morning, s withdrew. "Now, I must get ready for a dangerous bit of work thought Dick. It was bis intention to penetrate to the room used I General Howe as a council chamber, if such a thing w possib1e. 1 not, then he was determined to at least get cl "Oh, that's it, eh?" thought Dick. enough so as to be enabled to overhear the conversation .Aloud he said : the general and the members of his staff. "So you heard that, did you?" This would be a difficult and dangerous task. "Yes, an'-are ye the old peddler that thrashed them?" Dick knew this. "Yes, lady," replied Dick, promptly; "one of them He had not been a spy for nearly a year without lear pushed me off the sidewalk, and I gave him a clip along,ing a few things. side the head with my stick. Then all of them attacked But the danger would not deter him in the least. me, and I defended myself. I hated to lift my hand against the soldiers of the king, but I could not permit them to pound me at their pleasure. Self-defense is the :first law of Nature, lady, you lmow. "Yes, an' I don't blame ye for thrashin' them; but," and she looked at Dick curiously; "I wouldn't have thought Dick never let it have the least influence. .A spy was ever in danger. He took his life in his hands whenever he penetrated lines of the enemy. Dick knew this, but gave it no thought. The only thing that bothered him was, would he sec ye could have thrashed seven of them, even with the aid the information he wished to secure? of the stick." H he could do that, he would care nothing for the d "I don't see how I was able to do it, either, lady. I gers he might have to pass through. think that is what caused me to have trouble with my Dick waited half an hour, so as to let things get quie heart; the excitement and exertion was too much for the down ater the bustle of the evening meal. organ, and the strain on it was too severe. I shall have to be very careful for weeks and perhaps months." "That is too bad." Then the woman took her departure, leaving Dick to eat the food which she had brought. It proved to be well-cooked, wholesome food, and there was plenty of it. .As Dick had had nothing to eat since eleven o'clock, he was quite hungry, and he did meal full justice. Dick was just on the point of starting out on his tour investigation, when be heard footsteps on the stairs lead u p to the attic. "Somebody is coming!" thought Dick. A feeling of dismay took possessiqn of him. "I wonder who they can be?" he asked himself; why are they coming up here?" He was soon enlightened. As the footsteps grew louder, the voices of the appro He ate pretty much everything, and when the woman ing persons could be heard. returned for the dishes she a little bit surprised. Dick enahlrf! to nnf!en;tancl what was being said.


THE LIBER.'rY BOYS' TRAP. Doubtless one of the approaching persons was grumbling, for the voice of the other was heard saying, explainingly: Footsteps were heard crossing the floor. Then the sound of a door opening was heard. "You see, the old peddler was seen to enter the house, "The closet is empty," came in a muffled voice, the man but was not seen to leave it. The cook either can't or won't having his head inside the closet. give any information where the peddler went, and the order vas given to search the house from cellar to attic Dick's heart gave a throb. They were searching for him l CHAPTER III. NEARLY FOUND OUT. He looked around the little room. The cook had left the candle. So he could see very well. He looked to see if there was a possible hiding-place. There seemed to be no place where he could hide. Ile happened to glance upward. The room wtis unfinished. There was no ceiling save the pitched roof. There were cross stringers, however 1 And at one side some boards had been laid over the tringers. This made a platform pe rhaps six feet square. Dick decided to climb up there. t It was his only hope of escaping discovery. It was a slim one, but than none. He seized his pack and tossed it up onto the boards. The sight of it would have betrayed him at once to the pproaching men. ta They were close at hand, now, too. The sound of their footsteps and voices was very loud and etjistinct. If Dick succeeded, he would have to hurry. r He seized the bit of candle, extinguished the light and i aped up on top of the table. Then he quickly pulled himself up and took refuge on the tle platform. rolled over and over till he was back under the eaves 8 d as far away from the edge as he could get. oa He had hardly executed this maneuver when the door ened. "Nobody here," said one of the men. "No; unless he is in that closet, yonder." "I'll look." "All right; let's move on.." Dick's heart leaped. "I'm going to escape detection after all!" he thought. But the next words he heard caused him to change his mind "Maybe he's up on that platform of boards, there!" Dick's heart sank. "I' m bound to be discovered now!" 4e thought. "Bah! no; he's not up there!'! "I'm going to see, anyway," wa:s the reply. Then Dick heard the man climb up on top of the fable. The fellow would have discovered Dick without doubt, but for a lucky accident The table was a small one. The legs were set well in under the top, the latter pro jecting considerably at the sides The man happened to get all his weight on the project ing edge of the table, and the board split off, throwing the fellow to the floor with a crash. "Murder! I'm killed!" howled the fallen man. "Are you hurt, Winston?" asked the other, and Dick could tell from the tone that the fellow was laughing. No doubt the affair seemed funny to him. It is funny to see some one else fall down, but we never s e e anything funny in it when we ourselves fall. It depends on the point of view. The fallen man seemed to understand that his companion was laughing at him, and he resented it. "What's the matter with you?" he growled; "it's funny, isn't it!" "Well, you did look comical taking that tumble, that's a fact," was the reply. "No doubt of it!" drily; "of course, it looked funny to you. Such things always do to the spectators; but I assure you it seems anything but funny to me." The other laughed aloud at this. "I guess you are all right, Winston," he said. "I'll hEip you up." "I can help myself," in a growling tone. Then Dick heard the fellow scramble up. "How about it?" asked the other; "do you still think the old peddler may be up there on that Platform?" Something very like a muttered curse escaped the other redcoat.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. "If he is, he can stay there, for all of me!" he growled. The other fellow laughed. "We will say he isn't there, and let it go at that," he said. "I'm satisfied, if you are. I think I have done my share toward trying to see if he is there." "And my sh are, too. Come on; he's not here." The two left the room, closing the door behind them. Dick drew a breath of relief. "That was a close call," he thought; "I thought sure I would be discovered; and I would have been, too, had the table not collapsed. Dick listened. He could still hear the redcoats talking, and knew that they had not yet gone back downstairs. He decided to wait until they did go back, as they might take a notion to look into this room again. Dick believed in being on the safe s ide. Presently the men started back downstairs. Dick heard their footsteps grow fainter and fainter as they went down, and when he could no longer hear them he climbed back down out from his place of hiding. Dick was in the dark. He had extinguished the candle, and he had no flint and steel to strike another light with. This did not make much difference, however. Dick felt confident he find his way about the house without a light. He would be less liable to be discovered, too, if he went about in the darkness. He would not dare a light after he got downstairs. "I might as well get to work," he thought; and then he left the room and made his way downstairs to the second floor. He had been very careful to take note of the hallway as he came up with the cook a couple of hours before, and now he knew which way to go. He made his way along the hall, feeling his way in the darkness. It was slow work. Dick did not know where the stairway was. He might reach the head of the stairs and fall, if lie was not careful. So he had to go slow. At last he saw a glimmer of llght ahead. A little farther and saw that the light came up from below. Then he realized that he was almost to the stairway. A step or two farther and he reached the head of the sta irs. _, He paused and listened. The sound of voices came up to him. There seemed to be several different voices. "They are holding a council of war, now," thought Dick. The thought excited him. He must get down there and hear what was being said, He may already have missed much that was of importance. 'l'he thought troubled him. He refl ecte d that he was not to blame for not having got there, however. But now that he was within hearing of the voices of Gen eral Howe and the members of his staff Dick became eager. "I must hear a portion of the conversation," he said to himself; "doubtless I shall be enabled to learn a great deal that will be of value to General Washington, even then." Dick did not delay long. He began descending the stairs. He went very slowly. A misstep might cause his presence to he discovered. This would o;f course be ruinous. He would be captured. Then the fact that he was disguised would be discovered The disguise would be removed, and he would be recog nized, for he was well known to many of the British officen and soldiers. It did not take long to reach the foot of the stairs. Dick paused and listened. The sound of the voices was the only sound he heard Dick was afraid he might run across a servant or a sentinel. ei He felt that there was too much at stake to permit of hi being careless. He would have to exercise the utmost care. There was a faint light in the hall. !01 llE It came from the room occupied by the men whose voice Dick heard hi It shone through the crack of the door and over th transom. A hall ran the entire length of the house. Rooms were on both sides of the hall. I !C1 Dick saw there was a room adjoining the room occupie. ll( by the men holding the council of war. If he could effect an entrance into this room he migli T be able to overhear what was said. It was worth trying, anyway. s He passed the door leading into the room occupied by tl


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. British officers, and went on till he came to the next door. This door he tried. To his great satisfaction he found the door was not locked. Dick pushed the door open. The room was dark. This suited him well-with the exception that there was the chance that the room might be occupied. If this should be the case he might be discovered. He would have to take the chances, however. So he entered. He closed the door gently behind him. He made as little noise as possible. This was in accordance with his nature, anyway. He was cautious when caution was necessary. He could be reckless where recklessness was likely to be of value. He tiptoed across the room. He was soon across. He found there was a connecting door. This would make it easier for him to hear the conversa tion going on in the other room. He could place his ear to the keyhole and nicely. He bent over and placed his left ear against the keyhole. CHAPTER IV. DICK HEARS SOMETp:ING OF INTEREST. it best to wait a day or two in perfect readiness before starting. "It won't do to take any chances with that man Wash ington declared one; "he will be on the lookout and ready to take advantage of any weakness. We must be ready to repel the attacks of the rebels promptly and effectually." Some of the others were of the same way of thinking. General Howe himself was one of these. He seemed to entertain the greatest respect for General Washington's ability as a general. "I wonder where Cornwallis is?" thought Dick. "He does not seem to be present at the council." Cornwallis was not far away, as Dick was to discover presently. Presently there came an interruption. Some one canle in. Dick recognized the voice of the newcomer as being that of one of the two men who had been in the garret room looking for the old peddler. He had come to report the result of the search. "We have searched the house from cellar to garret, your excellency," he said; "and have to report that the peddler is not to be found." "That is strange," said General Howe; "I don't see what has become of him. I think he must have left the house, as the cook says, and his departure was not noticed. You may go." The man withdrew. "It is best to be careful," said General Howe, when the man had withdrawn; "the old peddler might have been a spy We never know in what guise those fellows may ap pear. Especially is this ti:ue of that young Dick Slater. I verily believe that sly young rascal has been present at some of our councils. He has become possessed The very first words Dick heard were of immense inof secrets that could only have been secured by so doing, eres(to him. at any rate !" iB They were given utterance to by one of the men in the "He is a wonder, that fellow!" !ouncil, of course, but Dick could not identify the man by is voice. l The words were : e "Then yo11 have decided positively to move on Philadel1hia, General Howe?" bl "I have," was the reply, in the voice of Howe. Dick was familiar with the British general's voice, and cognized it. "When will you make the movement?" asked another ie ice. "I don't know." g Tht>re was considerable discussion after this. Some thought it best to start at once; others thought tl "So he is !" "He is young, but a very successful spy." "He is a regular dare-devil. He is afraid of nothing, and will take any chances, if by so doing. he gets a chance to secure valuable information." Thus spoke the other members of the council. They were all familiar with the stories of the wonder ful exploits of Dick Slater, the patriot boy spy And some of them were personally acquainted with Dick. In his work as ft spy among the British, Dick had been captured twice, and had escaped quickly each time. "T am very glad to know I am held in such esteem gen-


r TH. E LIBERTY tlemen !" thought Dick; I shall try to so conduct my self in uture that I shall continue to be entitled to it!" "Well, I guess it was a false alarm, this time," said General Howe; "the old peddler was an old peddler, after all, I guess--though it was somewhat remarkable that an old and apparently infirm man should thrash seven of the king's soldiers!" "But he had a stout stick, your excellency, and one blow from it was sufficient to place a man hors de combat." "I know that, but one would have thought seven men BOYS' TRAP. CHAPTER V. DISCOVEREL. Some one was in the same room with him This realization came to the youth and gave him a start. The person, whoever it was, bad doubtless been in the room all the time. This gave Dick the idea that the person had been asleep 1 more than a match for one old, decrepit man, e:ven though when he entered. he had two sticks." He might not be awake, even now. "True, your excellency; but probably the old man was, Dick hoped not. though weak in the legs, still very strong in the arms and It would be bad if he should be discovered. able to administer lusty blows. I have known such in-It would precipitate a combat. l: stances." The noise of the combat would attract the attention of "Oh, yes, and I guess it was so in this instance. Well, the 19-en in the adjoining room. to return to the business which brings us together. When They would come in to see what the trouble was, and 5i shall we make our move?" 'l'his started another discussion which lasted perhaps half an hour. They were still of vari

THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. d enter through the doorway by which Dick had en tered. This would give him a few moments in which to hide. But now there was no chance to hide. He was discovered. Dick realized that he was in a tight place. Alr,pady the officers realized that the old peddler was a py in disguise. The next words given utterance to proved this. "A spy!" gasped General Howe. t "A spy!" cried three or four of the others in chorus. '' rt's Dick Slater!" cried Howe; "seize him, men-seize Then he darted tmvard the door. He had closed the as he came in. 'rhis made it necessary to lose a few seconds in order to get the door open. And this gave Cornwallis a second opportunity to strike nt Dick with his sword. He made use of the opportunity. As Dick jerked the (j.oor open, he struck at the youth again. And again Dick escaped the stroke by leaping to one side and slightly backward. This was dangerous, too, as the officers were approaching from the rear. This aroused the men from their lethargy. Dick had to take the chances, however. They leaped forward, intent on seizing Dick. It would have been sure death to have tried to leap But he had recovered from the shock the surprise had through the doorway as he jerked the door open. iven him quicker than the British officers had. So he had to jerk the door open, leap backward and to As the men started to leap forward, Dick turned and one side and trust to luck to get the chance to escape eaped across the room he was in. 1 The light shone in from the room the officers were in. j It revealed to Dick's sight a man sitting on the edge of t bed at one sine of the room. The man General Cornwallis. saw Dick and seemed to understand the situation. 6 J:fo leaped up and seized his sword. "Stop he cried ; "stop or I will run you through But Dick would not be stopped by words. He was determined to escape if possible. Ir He would take desperate chances. t He felt confident that if he was captured he would be put death. He had done so much work against the British that the !eling was high against him. And now he had become possessed of more valuable inthrough the doorway afterward. The redcoat officers coming from the rear were almost upon Dick. They thought they had him sure. They stretched out their bands to seize him But they were just an instant too late. The youth had again leaped forward and escaped their gra sp. The point of Cornwallis' sword had struck the floor and had stuck there the last time he struck at Dick, and he was pulling and tugging in a vain effort to disengage the $WO rd. So he was not in shape to strike another blow at the youth, and Dick succeeded in getting through the doorway. But could he escape? The chances seemed very slim. sbrmation. "After him!" almost shrieked General Howe; ":fifty The .British officers would scarcely be willing to take any pounds to the man who captures him!" '.ances. .. This time, if captured, be would be shot or strung up tbout delay. haAt least this is what Dick thought. It would not do for him to be captured, anyway o instead of stopping when commanded to do so by nwallis, he kept right on going. 'ornwallis was evidently in earnest. e struck at Dick with his sword. mKad the blow taken effect, Dick would have been killed b and there. be hlut the youth was very quick. dodged and made a quick leap to one side. e escaped the stroke by a hair's breadth. CHAPTER VI. ON THE ROOF. Dick knew he had a task ahead of him. But he did not despair. He had been in tight places before. And as a rule he bad managed to get out of them. ., .. He was determined to do so this time, if such ai thing was possible.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. As Dick reached the hallway he turned and ran toward the front door. He thought that he have time to try the front door. If it should prove to be unlocked, he might escape quite easily. But a glance showed him that there was a soldier on guard there. The soldier had heard the disturbance. He could not have helped hearing it. Doubtless he had heard the words shouted by General Howe. Especially the last ones, where the worthy general offered fifty pounds to the man who would capture the fugitive. The soldier doubtless felt that fifty pounds would be very acceptable)o him. So as Dick came toward him, he advanced to meet the youth. "Halt!" he cried, presenting his musket; "halt and surrender !" But Dick was not disposed to submit to capture just yet. "Don't shoot! I surrender!" he cried. The words th0rew the soldier off his guard. They were not going to let Dick get away, if they cc:m help it. When Dick reached the head of the stairs he dart along the hallway. He did not dare stop to look for an avenue of escape her He must go on up to the top floor. He reached the attic stairs and darted up them He was soon in the room he had left an hour or so b fore. When there before Dick had noticed that there was window in a sort of gable. It was his idea now to open the window and get out o the roof. He might then be able to get to the ground in some ma ner. Nothing better offered, anyway, so he decided to at lea get out on the roof if he could. He hastened to the window and tried it. 'l'he window refused to open. Dick heard the footsteps and voices of his pursuers. They were coming as fast as they could. They would be upon him in a few moments. Dick gave another fierce pull at the window and i came open. He supposed the words were given utterance to in good Dick looked out. faith. It looked as if it would be the height of folly for the fugitive not to surrender. But he was quickly undeceived. Dick believed that everything was fair in war. So he could see no wrong in deceiving the sol_ dier by calling out that he surrendered. The instant after he so called out, he made a quicR leap to one side, knocked the musket up, and, seizing it with his left hand, he dealt the soldier a blow alongside the jaw with his fist. The blow was a strong one, and the soldier went down with a crash. He was not expecting such a thing. Before he could regain his feet, Dick had leaped up the stairway. The officers, with the enraged Lord Cornwallis at their head, were out in the hallway, now. They had been just in time to see Dick knock tlie soldier down. "After him shouted Lord Cornwallis; "don't let the desperate ;;coundrel escape After him 1" And after Dick the officers came. "Fire upon him!" yelled General Howe. "Stop him, at whatever cost I Don't let him get away!" A quick survey convinced him that he could maintain position on the roof. There was no time to spare. 'l'he pursuers would be in the room in a few moments. Dick climbed out He was careful, as a fall to the ground would surel have been fatal. He was three full stories up. He was not an instant too soon. Just as he disappeared through the window the foremos of the officers appeared in the room. It was quite dark in the room, but it was possible to s ihe open window. The officer realized the truth instantly. The fugitive had gone out through the window. The leading officer rushed over and stuck his head out. Thump! He got a rap over the head from the butt of one of Dick' pistols that made him see stars. He uttered a howl of pain. "What's the matter, Sanford?" asked one of his com panions. In the darkness they had not seen what had occurred. "Matter I Oh, great Christopher! but that scoundre


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. ========::t::=,:= 31Ec: =============== ============= rapped me over the head with the butt of a pistol! He near ly broke my skull!" Dick was seated astride the gable. He heard what was said. "Keep your head inside!" he called out. "I will put a bullet through the head of the next man who is so foolish H<' to stick it out!" "Did you hear that?" asked the man addressed as Sanford. ''He's a desperate !" said another. Dick's threat was not without effect. No one stuck his head out. Each and every fellow had too great a regard for his bead to take any chances on getting it punctured by a bul let. "You'd better surrender!" called out one. "Do you think so?" asked Dick, in a mocking tone. "Yes, I do!" "Well, I don't!" "You Ld better!" "I don't think so!" "Well, you will be captured very soon, or killed. You :rrllght as well save us all the trouble." He was seated astride the little, peaked gab and back of him was a sloping roof. He was not sure that he could climb up this sloping roof, if he were to try. And he was not sure it would benefit him any were he to

THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. And il:i: as the question Dick would have to answer. He was busy thinking. Dick's brain was active at all times. It was never idle. And in times of danger it was active. if I could only get in there and get a chance at him befor he could get a chance to I would speedily overcom him. Then escape would at least be possible." This thought gave Dick courage. He might be able to accomplish this. He was turning over plans for escaping, and mentally The man might get drowsy; might even go to sleep. weighing them in the balance. Then he could climb back into the attic room and make Presently his attention was attracted to the street forty the fellow prisoner almost before he knew what had hapfeet below. pened. He heard voices down there. Then Dick's attention was attracted to the people down The lights shining out through the windows of the rooms in the street. on the lower floor, made it possible for him to distinguish "I wonder what they can accomplish there?" he asked

THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. for invisible until said marksmen should grow tired and stop shooting of their own accord. The fusillade continued with unabated vigor. The marksmen below were not yet tired of the sport. The outlook was not a pleasant one. It sounded much like the firing in the beginning of a Dick was determined he would not be killed by a chance battle. ohot if he could help it. The roof back of him was sloping. Then he stuck his leg out to the right and to the left as far as he could, and kept them from projecting over the edge of the roof. Thus he afforded the marksmen but little in way of a target. He would have furnished them even less had it been pos sible. The shooting was becoming more frequent, now. The attempt to puncture the body of the "rebel" spy with bullets was becoming a popular sport among the redcoats. They seemed vieing with one another as to which should firethe greater number of shots in a given length of time. The shooting became a fusillade. Occasionally a bullet would strike the wood at the top of the gable astride which Dick sat, and splinters were thrown in the air and crune down in Dick's face. This was far from being pleasant. But the splinters were not so bad as the bullets would have been. So Dick congratulated himself on this, anyway. Spat! Something struck the roof right beside Dick's head. He felt over at about the point where the "spat" sounded from. There was a hole there as large as the end of his finger. "They're wasting a big lot of valuable ammunition!'' thought Dick, grimly. But the r edcoats had plenty of ammunition. The thought that they were wasting it never entered their heads, doubtless. They could not consider it wasted when they were having so much sport It was more fun than hunting foxes in "Old England." "I wish they would quit!" thought Dick. The redcoats had been firing for nearly an hour, now. He could hear the sounds of voices far below him, but did not dare look down. To have looked would have been to seal his death warrant. Bullets were flying upward constantly. Dick grew tired of this presently. He suddenly bethought himself that he had a pair of pistols. Drawing his pistols, he cocked them, and taking advantage of a momentary lull in the firing, he quickly stuck the pistols out, pointed them downward, and pulled the triggers. Crack, crack! went the weapons. Then loud and angry yells crone up from below. "I gue::;s I must have hit some one," thought Dick, grimly; "well, I hate to do it, but they have brought it on Dick understood what had happened. themselves. 'They have been trying their hardest to kill me, One of the bullets had been fired so nearly straight upand it is only right and proper that I should retaliate. One ward, that it had come back down and had struck the roof thing, if I don't kill any of them, I will make them scatter within six inches of Dick's head. and seek shelter. Each and every man will think he may Had it struck Dick it would have killed him as surely receive the next bullet, and all will be afraid to remain out as though it hit him in going upward. Gravity gives a small, heavy object like a bullet great :lorce in coming back to the earth, after becoming spent in the air. This was a danger Dick had not calculated on. But it was none the less real. He was threatened from both below and above. "Well, I can't help it, so all there is for me to do is to make the best of the situation," thought Dick. So he steeled his nerves and lay calmly. It would be only by a mere c hance if a bullet struck him. And he wonld have to take the chances. Crack, crack. crack, crack crack in the open sireet. The fusillade was renewed with even greater vigor, seenilngly. The redcoats were anxious to get revenge, doubtless, for Dick's shots bad both taken effect, seriously wounding two of the marksmen on the ground. Dick proceeded to reload his pistols. He had some1'powder and bullets in a secret pocket, and it did not take him long to reload the weapons. Then he seized upon a favorable opportunity and fired both pistols as he had done before. And agai n loud yells of anger came up to the youth's ears. "I guess I must have hit some one again!" thought Dick.


1 tl..1!.i 1.1Lo r .l lh.J i. i:'.'l' '1'.KA1' ;J-Vell, I'll keep it up, and maybe they will get tired and qu}t." 'l'his was likely to prove to be the case. The redcoats were out in the street and below the youth, thus affording a splendid target for even chance shooting, while Dick was high up and was well sheltered by the edge of the roof. The redcoats kept up a fusillade for a short time after He would keep up a bold front. "I suppose we will have to wait till morning, unless you surre nd e r sooner-and that is what--" "I shall not do!" Dick spoke positively. "You had better "No!" "It will save you lots of discomfort and us lots of Dick had fired; then, when it was about time for him to trouble." fire again, the firing below suddenly ceased. '"l'he is what you are thinking of." Dick thought he understood the situation. "Well, I admit it; but what can you gain by remaining The redcoats, fearing to risk the shots which they exup there all night?" pected to hear fired at any moment, had stopped shooting and retired to a place of safety. "Well, that is all right," thought Dick; "that suits me very well. I am willing to have hostilities cease, even though I could probably do them more harm than they could do me. Even if I were to kill a dozen of them, however, and should then be killed myself, or seriously wounded, it would not be a paying affair for me, so I hope they will stay under cover and not begin again." All was silence for a few minutes. The stillness seemed almost oppressive after such a plentitude of noise. Still, it was a welcome relief to Dick. It relieved the tension on his nerves. "Ilello, up there!" presently came a voice from within the attic room. "Hello, yourself!" replied Dick. "Are you wounded?" "No, I'm not wounded!" the youth replied Dick heard the questioner give utterance to a grunt ex pressive of surprise. "Well, you must bear a charmed life!" the redcoat said. "They did fire a few shots at me, sure enough, didn't they!" s aid Dick, quietly. "A few! They mus t have fired a thousand!" "While I fir e d onl y four and put the m to flight!" "Well, y ou see, you had the advantage of position." "So I did; and that is considerable, I will admit." "You can't escape, though." "You think not?" "I think In fact, I know sot'' "You mean you tliink you know." "No, I know." "Wait and see." Dick's tone was cool and confident. More so than he felt. But he would not let the redcoat know that he had fears regarding the matter. "I don't know; perhaps much." "You know you ca,n gain nothing." "I don t know anything of the kind, and neither do you!" "I do! You will be captured in the morning, sure!" "Perhaps so." "There is no 'perhaps' about it." "Isn't there?" "No!" "Wait and see!" "Well, as I remarked before, I suppose we shall be forced to do so if you persist, as no one with any brains would venture to try to get out there at you in the darkness." "Any one who did try to get out here would lo s e his brains!" said Dick, calmly; "I would put a bullet through his head!" "But what's the use? You ll be captured in the morn ing." "I am not so sure of it." "Then you will be s hot. When it comes daylight, the s harpshooter s of the regiments will pick you off, as they would a squirrel out of a "We ll wait and see!" The redcoat gave utterance to a muttered curse, but said no more. He saw that it would do no good. "He'd like to persuade me to surrender!" thought Dick. "But I'll not surrender, until after all hope of e s caping is gone. This fellow may doze off, some time during the night and give me the chance I am looking for. I'll wait and wafoh." Suddenly the stillness was broken by the sharp, whip like cracks of two or three pistol shots. And thud-thud Dick heard the bullets strike in the roof right beside him. "Great guns!" he thought; "where did those shots come from?"


'rHE LIHERTY BOYS' TRAP. And then in a fl.ash he realized where they came from, and he realized that he was exposed to a terrible danger Some of the redcoats had climbed to the attic room of the house on the opposite side of the street and were firing across at him CHAPTER VIII. STILL IN DANGER. Dick could see the :fl.ashes as the pistols were fired. This had enabled him to locate the marksmen. Of course, it was so dark the redcoats could not see him, but they knew where he was, and would very likely succeed in hitting him before very long. Dick feared they might, at any rate. What should he do? What could he do ? Dick asked himself these questions His tone was cool and calm. The British soldier within the room noted this fact. In spite of himself a feeling of admiration for the "rebel" outside rose in his breast. "That is certainly the bravest man I ever saw!" he thought Again the pistol shots rang out from across the street. And again Dick heard the thud-thud of the bullets as they struck near by. "That settles it!" thought Dick, as he felt one of the bullets cut through his coat sleeve; "I must get away from here." When Dick decided to do a he never delayed about trying to do it. He knew it would be useless to try to climb the sloping roof with his shoes OIL So he quietly pulled them off and threw them into the street. Then he did likewise with his stockings. He was now barefooted. As a barefooted boy he had done considerable climbing But there seemed no answer to them. about on the roofs of his father's house, and on the roof It seemed as though he would have to remain and take of the stable, and he felt that he might be able to reach the his chances. point where the roof came to a point. Crack, crack, crack, crack, crack! He was ready, now. Again the shots out. And he did not delay. And again the bullets spatted about, striking in the roof He could see the peak of the roof where it was outlined near Dick. against the sky. "They will be sure to hit me before much longer!" Cautiously he worked his way up, until he was standing thoug!1t Dick; "I must get away from here in some manwith his feet on the top of the gable. ner.'' He turned and looked up the sloping roof behind him. It was about twelve feet to the top of the roof where the peak was. Could he reach the top? Dick asked himself. And if be succeeded in dofog so, what good would it do? Perhaps be might be able to get down on the other side, he thought. One thing wa11 sure, he must do something. And at once. Otherwise he would be killed or wounded. This, of cour e, Dick did not wish to have occur. He felt that he would much rather fall and kill himself while trying to escape than to sit and be shot. "You had better surrender!" called the voice of the man within the attic room. "Never!" cried Dick. "I will stay here and die, but I won't surrender!" "You're a fool!" came back from the redcoat. "Thank you!" said Dick. His hands were resting on the sloping roof, and his face was toward the roof. At this instant came the crack, crack of the pistols, as the marksmen across the way fired another volley. The bullets spatted here and there on the roof, some of them coming dangerously near to Dick. "Now is my time!" thought Dick, "before they have time to reload and fire again." He glanced up toward the peak of the roof It seemed a long ways off. But no matter. He would reach it or die trying! He gathered himself together and steeled his nerves for the task. He knew he was taking desperate chances. If he should slip and fall he would go to the street forty feet below. The fall would be fatal. He could not hope to fall such a distance anci live. But he would not fall.


Ill' s THE LIBERTY BOYS' 'l'RAP. Dick was determined to succeed in the attempt. Suddenly he leaped forward and upward. He ran up the sloping roof as fast as he could go. He was almost to the top, when his foot slipped. He started to fall. Instinctively he threw up his hands. He grasped the peak of the roof. He held on with all his strength. He thought for a few moments that he would be unable to save himself from falling and rolling down the roof and off and down to the street. There was more than a chance that he might go over arn down to his death. But no matter. He would risk it. I was a necessary risk. "Nothing risked, nothing gained." And. Dick knew he would not win his freedom and es cape without taking desperate risks. &> he took careful aim, and letting go his hold of th peak, went sliding down the sloping roof. He would not have thought that he would gain such mo But he managed to hold on. memtum in ,sliding such a short distance. And then, slowly and by degrees he pulled himself up, The thought fl.ashed through his mind that he would b until he was lying across the peak of the roof And just then the marksmen on the opposite side of the street fired another volley. Again Dick escaped injury. He felt that he was very lucky. But would he continue to be lucky? He hoped so. Dick looked down the sloping roof on the opposite side :from where he had been At a point opposite where the gable was in which he had sat for so long was another gable. "I must not r emain up here on top of the peak/' tho u ght Dick; "I will be shuck by a bullet sooner or later, s u re I wonder if I can get down to that gable?" He felt that it was absolutely necessary that he should do B O. For aught he knew to the contrary, his body might be outlined against the horizon plainly enough so that the marksmen on the opposite side of the street might be able to make it out even dark as it was, and in that case they would be able to take aim, with result that he would be snre to be hit by a bullet. Dick was ready to take the risk of getting down to the gable. He must do it. unable to stop himself. He thought that he would go over the edge of the roo and to the ground and his death. But he made a desperate effort and ca ught his fe against the top of the little window gable. As luck would have it, his feet caught just right. His descent was stayed, was almost stopped. Not quite, however. His feet slipped off the top of the gable and wen t o over. He came on down, and, alighting astride the top of t gab le, he man aged to stop aJJ.d hold himself from going over. It was a narrow escape, however But a miss is as good as a mile. He had accomplished the feat and he was satisfied He waited a few moments to recover his nerve. The experience which he had just gone through was we calculated to shake the nerve of an iron man. And Dick's nerves, while as strong as the nerves of human being could possibly be, were scarcely iron-like. Presently Dick recovered his accustomed calmness a was ready for further adventures. He bent over and looked down. It was a case of do or die. There was a window in the gable, as was the case .on t He felt that it would be wise to get down as quickly as opposite side. possible if he was to get down at all. Dick reached over and pushed against the window. He pulled himself up and to get his body over The window was on hinges, like a door, ana it gave onto the other side of the roof. swung inward. Then, still holding to the peak, he let himself down till Dick's heart gave a throb of delight. he extended at full length, his feet being then perhaps six "I think I can get into that room!" he thought or seven feet from the gable. He felt sure the window was in an attic room like t It was Dick's intention to slide down to the gable. one he had escaped from. He hoped to catch against it with his feet and stop him-If he could get in there he might be able to surprise t self in tiine so that he would not go on over the edge and redcoat, who would not be looking for him from that sid down to the ground. and make the fellow a prisoner!


. THE LIBERTY BOYSJ rrRAP. Then he thought it possible that he might make his .escape I Dick decided to try it, anyway. CHAPTER IX. A DESPERATE STUUGGLE. Dick acted at once. He pushed the window open. He was very careful to make no noise. He knew that much-his very life, doubtless, depended on the success of the attempt which he was about to make. Therefore he was very careful. At last the window was back as far as it would go. Now came a difficult task at any time, and under any circumstances. But under the present circumstances, where absolute silence was a requisite, it was doubly difficult. We refer to the task of getting over and in through the It did not take him long to find the door It was, as he had expected to find it, closed. He hoped it was not locked. If it was locked, and the key was on the other side, or gone entirely, he be in a fix. He carefully tried the door. To his joy he found it unlocked. "Good !" he thought; "now I will see what I can do!" He pulled the door open half an inch. The smell of tobacco smoke came to his nostrils. "He is taking a smoke and enjoying himself," tho11ght Dick. He peeped through the t;rack. The other attic room was lighted by a candle. Seated over at the opposite side of the room from wbe1e Dick stood was the redcoat. He had bis back toward Dick. He was smoking and taking things easy: He doubtless thought that by the time the marksmen got through shooting across at the roof of the house, there would be but very little left of the rebel spy. He would have been surprised had he known tb11t the window "rebel" spy was within ten feet of him at that very mt But after what he had already gone through on this ment night, Dick did not falter. Doubtless he would have dropped his pipe. Re work at once. Dick slowly and carefully pulled the door open. He took his time. He hoped the door would not creak on its hinges. He could hear the crack, crack, crack! of the weapons of He was afraid it might. the marksmen on the other side of the street, and felt sure Doubtless it was not used much, and such doors are the attention of the man in the attic room would be kept to to creak on being opened. the other side. This was favorable to Dick. The noise of the fi_rearms, too, would serve to cover any little noise )le might make in getting into the attic room. Dick got as good a grasp of the edges of the little gable as he could, and then, slowly and carefully let his body down over until his feet were in a position to be poked through the window. Then he stuck them through and managed to gradually follow them with his body. He came very near losing his hold with his bands once, but hung on, and presently succeeded in getting his body entirely through the window. He was in the attic room! It was dark in there. But Dick knew it adjoined the one the redcoat guard wns in. There must be a connecting door, hethought. He stole cnrefuUv across the floor. feeling his way. He struck the other w::ill presently. His fears were realized. Just as he had got the door open far enough to permit the passage of his body it creaked. The redcoat took the pipe out of bis mouth and looked back over his shoulder. When his eyes fell on Dick, the pipe did drop to the flo01, sure enough: A cry of surprise escaped him. He started to leap to bis feet. But Dick was too quick for him. He leaped forward with the leap of a panther. He seized the startled redcoat by the throat. Then a terrible struggle began. The redcoat was a large and powerful man. But Dick was strong, too. Still, it is doubtlul whether he could have held his own with this stalwart. fellow, had he not had the advantage of taking him by surprise and at somewhat of a disad vantage. This equalized matters somewhat.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP Still, it was very soon evident that it was going to be a terrible struggle. But Dick was made supernaturally strong by desperation. He was fighting for life and liberty. Therefore he fought more :furiously than a man might be expected to fight who had no such incentive to do his best. Around and about they moved. Each was doing his best. But Dick had secured a grip on the redcoat's throat, and he held on with all the tenacity of a bulldog. He knew that if he could compress the fellow's windpipe for the space of a minute and a half the rnan would have to succumb. So he made all his efforts in this direction. The big fellow did his best to get hold of Dick's throat. But Dick would not allow this. He pressed h is chin down on his chest so tightly the fel low could not get his hand underneath the chin. Then the redcoat tried to throw Dick to the floor. But here, too, he met with but poor success. Dick was a natural athlete. But Dick was taking no chances He held on and gripped the throat with the same tre rriendous grip. Then the fellow tried to sa.y something. Of course he could not. He looked at Dick, and there was a frightened, beseech ing look in his eyes. The look said as plainly as words, "Don't choke me t death! Spare my life!" Dick so interpreted the look. He was naturally a good-hearted youth. He had no hatred for the British soldiers. They were simply doing what they thought was right the same as he was doing in fighting for liberty. He felt so sorry for the fellow. The redcoat could not get his breath, but he could hea and understand. "I am not going to kill you,'' said Dick, quietly; "I an going to merely choke you till you are insensible, and the make my escape, that is all. You need have no fears. I an not bloodthirsty; I have no desire to take your life." Dick was sure he saw a grateful look in the man's It was comforting to him, no doubt, to hear Dick :iu He ;;eemed to possess the catlike faculty of always 'lightthis. ing on his feet. It was a difficult matter t9 get him off his feet. The big fellow made three or four desperate efforts to get Dick down, and then his strength began failing him, as he felt his breath leaving him. He was now forced to take the defensive. He would have to get Dick's hands loose from his throat. If he did not do this he would soon be forced to succumb. He realized this, and, seizing Dick's wrists, tried to tear the youth's hands loose. It added' considerable to his peace of mind. Still, as he began to feel that he must get his breath o die, he began to struggle fiercely. Perhaps the fear assailed him that Dick would not kee his word. At any rate he struggled and fought with desperat energy. But to no avail. Dick had a grip on the fellow's throat which could no He only made it worse for himself, for Dick squeezed the be shaken. tighter, and held on with a determination that was a revelaAnd the more the redcoat struggled, the worse it made i tion to the redcoat. He realized that he was dealing with one who was a dangerous opponent for any man. They still moved here and there about the room. It was a terrible struggle. Dick said nothing. The redcoat could say nothing. So the combat was waged in absolute deadly silence. The redcoat was now red in the face. Almost as red as his coat. He was gasping for breath. And he could not get it. He began to stagger. He was rapidly growing weak. for him. He was now getting weaker very rapidly. He could not possibly last many seconds longer. He seemed to realize it. He turned his eyes to Dick appealingly. Then with a gasp he relapsed into unconsciousness. Dick waited a few moments until sure the fellow wa insensible, and then he lf't go his grasp. The redcoat sank to the floor, Dick supporting him, lim and apparently lifeless. Dick had triumphed in the struggle. Now to escape Cmlld he do it? Dick asked himself this question.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. There was only one way to answer it-by making the attempt. He decided to do this at once. Delay would be dangerous. Some of this man s comrades might come up into the attic at any moment. Dick decided what to do on the instant. He would change clothing with the insensible man. Clad in the brilliant uniform of a British soldier, he would be much safer in making his way downstairs and of the house than if he were dressed in his present cos tume of the old peddler. The man was larger than he. But what matter? In the night time, and amid the excitement attendant upon the discovery of the spy, and the attempt to capture or kill him, the fit of clothes would not be noticed. So Dick hastened to remove the redcoat's outer clothing. Then he did the same with his own. Then he donned the British uniform. His old peddler disguise was much too large for him, as he had been padded and "made-up" to quite a considerable extent. So he slipped the clothing on the insensible redcoat. It went on without much trouble. ":Now to escape!" thought Dick. He fancied this would be a difficult undertaking. The inmates of the building were no doubt all up and stirring. And they would be very wide awake. Still, dressed up in the uniform of a British soldier, Dick hoped to be able to run the gauntlet successfully. He could at least try. He knew the insensible soldier would soon revive So to guard against trouble from _him before he could get out of the h_ouse Dick bound and gagged the redcoat. "Now he will be unable to let any one know what has happei;ied," thought Dick. Then he left the attic room and stole down the stairs The downstairs hallway was crowded. Could Dick get down the stairs and through that crowd of his deadly enemies and escape from the house in safety? The task seemed like an impossible one. But Dick was determined to accomplish it. He gritted his teeth and walked boldly down the stairs. CHAPTER X. RUNNING THE GAUNTLET. The redcoats in the hallway below looked up at Dick. His heart was in his mouth. What if some of those who were looking up at him knew him? He would be made a prisoner the moment he reached the foot of the stairs. Dick preserved a calm countenance, however. "Hello!" exclaimed one; "where have you been?" "Up in the attic," replied Dick, coolly. "Up in the attic?" "Yes." "What have you been doing up there?" "What have I been doing up there?" "Yes." "Why, what should I be doing, but looking for the rebel spy, to be sure?" "But the rest of us had orders to stay down from upstairs. Only the guard was to be up there." "Well, I had instructions to go up." Dick was perfectly cool an d collected. He had continued descending the stairs as he talked. He reached the bottom of the stairs and made his waYi through the crowd. "Hold on!" cried the one who had spoken. Dick paused. leading to the second story e felt that he would have to be very careful. He knew that now he was coming to the point where he It would not do to betray too great haste to get out of the would be in great danger. house. But he did not hesitate. It would doubtless make the redcoats suspect him. He went boldly ahead. "Well?" was relieved to find that there was nobody on the Dick's tone was cool, though slightly impatient. second floor. "Did you see anything of the spy up there?" When he reached the hallway and walked along it to the The tone of the redcoat was eager. head of the stairs he saw that there were enough on the Dick realized that he, at least, did not SlJ.Spect that the ground floor to make up for the lack of redcoats on the I youth was other what he seemed to be, i. e., one of second floor. them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. :.. "How could I see anything of him?" he asked; "he's up on the roof -"That's a fact, then, sure enough?" "01 course it is!" "Jove! he must be riddled by bullets by this time, then!" "I shouldn t wonder." "I'd hate to be in his place for a minute!" "So would I!" Then Dick walked onward. It was slow work, however. He was about to speak and reveal his identity, when sudden thought came to him. Might it not be better to not disclose his identity, in cas r::he failed to recognize him ? She might turn against him, now that she knew he was "rebel" spy. Ile decided to not say anything. '11hat is, nothing that would serve to reveal his identity He thought it better thus. The woman turned and looked at him as he entered. "What d'ye want?" she asked. The hallway was crowded. "Nothing," replied Dick; "I want to get out of doors Others of the redcoats asked him questions, and this that is all, and the hallway is so crowded that I decided t cai:tsed him to stop occasionally, as it would not have done come out this way." to go rushing onward. And unseemingly haste on his part would make them suspicious at once. Dick worked his way along, however, and presently came to the end of the hall. There were doors at each side. He turned to one of the soldiers. "Do you know which door bpens into the kitchen?" he asked. I'hc kitchen?" 'J'hc redcoat seemed surprised. Dick nodded. Yes, the kitchen," he replied. "Arc you so hup.gry as all that?" The redcoat laughed as he asked the question. "l'm not hungry; but my comrade who is on watch up in the attic wished that I would come down and get him a lunch now, as it might be impossible to get one later on." "Oh, I see; well, that's the kitcheI\ door," and the red coat pointed to the door on the left. Dick turned the knob. He opened the door and passed through into the room beyond. He drew a breath of relief as he did so. He had been on a strain while out in the hallway among the score or more redcoats, as may well be imagined. It hacl been a severe ordeal. But he had come through it with flying colors. As he entered the kitchen he looked around. 'l'here was but one person in the room. The -person in question was the cook-the woman who had befriended Dick in the first place, and who by letting The woman looked at Dick searchingly "Who are you?" she asked "Me?" Dick kept walking slowly across the room. Yes, you. Who are ye, I say?" "I don't see what difference it makes to you who I am,' said Dick; "but I will say that I am Harold Mortimer, o the king's army, at your service." Dick, of course, spoke in a different tone of voice fron what he had used in speaking to the cook when he was play ing the part of the old peddler. But the woman had sharper eyes and wits tha Dick had supposed her to be possessed of. A gleam of recognition came into her eyes. "I know ye!" she suddenly exclaimed; "ye air thet spy dressed up in soldier's clothes!" Dick was taken somewhat aback. He was afraid this might lead to serious complications. If the woman took the notion to raise an ala.rm, he might be captured, even yet. He was eager to escape. He could nfford to take no chances. He would let nothing stand in his way. He would fir s t try pacific measures with the if those failed he would try force. He held up his forefinger in a warning manner. "Hist!" he said, in a low tone; "be careful! Don't talk s,o loud!" "And why not?" "Why? Some of those fellows out in the hall will heal' you "I want 'em to hear me! I'm going to--" She started toward the doorway throuii:h whigh Dick haa him go upstairs into the attic had unwittingly caused all just come. the trouble. "W:iit !" cr i rd D11'lc "wHit T wish to speak to vou Dick was 'rrlnd to see her there alone. 'l'he woman stoppe d


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. "Well, say it quick!" she "Don't arouse them in there," said Dick, indicating the door leading to the hall. "And why should I not?" "Because it is nothing to you whether I am captured or llOt." "It isn't?" "No ; and I'll make it worth your while if you'll remain silent and not warn those fellows out there that I am about to escape them." "Worth my while?" "Yes." "In what way?" Dick reached in his pocket and drew forth several gold pieces. "I will make you a present of those," he said, "if you will remain quiet and not raise an alarm." The woman shook her head. "You won't do it?" "No, I don't money. Ye deceived me. Ye came here pretending to be a peddler. Ye pretended to get sud denly sick, and persuaded me to let ye remain here over night. I let ye stay, an' what do ye turn out to be but a spy! No, ye deceived me, an' now I am going to tell the soldiers who an' what ye air!" Dick saw the woman was in earnest. She would certainly give the alarm unless prevented. .And Dick would not lift a hand to prevent her. "It is war times, lady," said Dick; "otherwise I should never have deceived you. I am sorry to have done so, but all is fair in war." With these words Dick made a leap for the outer door. He jerked the door open and leaped out into the back yard. CHAPTER XI. DICK'S ESCAPE. But Dick was determined to escape, anyway. The redcoats did not seem to understand the woman's meaning. They stood motionless arid dumb. They stared at her in open-mouthed amazement. They did not know what to think. The man who was hastening through their ranks was a British soldier without a doubt. Did he not have on a British uniform? The woman kept crying out that Dick was the "rebel spy," and calling on the redcoats to not let him escape, however, and they :finally came. to the conclusion that there might be something in what the woman was saying. Having so several made the attempt to stop Dick. He had been making good use of the time, however. He was almost through the crowd of redcoats. And when they attempted to seize him, he stmck out from the shoulder in rapid succession, and knocked three or four of the redcoats down. Shouts and yells went up from the others who saw the affair, and curses went up from those who had been knocked down. It was lively around there for a few moments. And Dick made the most of bis opportunity. He got through the crowd and started to run with all his might. Then some of the redcoats happened to think that they He felt that he was taking big chances, but it was the had pistols. only thing to do. "Halt!" cried one of the soldiers; "halt! or you are a He did not dare remain in the kitchen a moment longer. The woman was plainly determined to tell the redcoats in the ball that the spy was in the kitchen. So Dick had to leap out and take his chances of leaping into the arms of British He found a plenty of them there. He rushed right toward the crowd. "Let me through!" he cried; "I am going on an im Jortant errand for General Howe!" The soldiers parted and let him pass. He was perhaps two-thirds of the way through, when the ook appeared at the kitchen door and cried out as loudly s she could: "That is the rebel spy! Don't let him escape!" dead man!" But Dick did not halt. He was so near to making his escape that he would not have stopped if a regiment had stood there ready to fire upon him. So h e right on going. Had it not been for the fact that a large bonfire was burning out in the yard, this making considerable light, Dick would have had nothing to fear, but now the redcoats would be able to take aim. Dick knew this, but never thought of such a thing as halting. Nothing short of a wound so serious as to make him unable to proceed would stop him.


-THE LI.BERTY BOY::l' TRAP. Dick was listening, however, and when he heard a voice cry out, "Fire!" he threw himself forward on his face. At the same instant the crack of the pistols was heard. The bullets flew past Dick, going above him. He leaped to his feet, then. Again he leaped into a run, and fairly :flew. He wished to get out of the range of the light thrown by the bonfire before the redcoats could fire again. He succeeded. But when he heard the voice of the redcoat cry, "Fire!" he threw himself down, as he had done before. He did not wish to take chances on being hit by a chance bullet. As soon as the volley had been he leaped to his feet again and sped onward. He wished to get as good a start as he could before the British soldiers started in chase of him. This was what they shoula have done at once, instead of trying to shoot him. They seemed to realize their mistake, however, and a glance back over his shoulder showed Dick that they were starting in pursuit. "I'll give them a big run, now, though!" thought Dick. "They'll not catch me." Dick felt reasonably secure. He was well in the lead, and was as switt a runner as could be found anywhere. He felt himself competent to more than hold his own. So he felt first rate as he ran onward. He headed toward the country. He wished to get out of the village as quickly as possible. He would not be safe so long as he was within the British lines. There was a great hue and cry behind him from the pur13uing redcoats. But the sound of the voices gradually became fainter. Dick was sure then that he was leaving his pursuers gradually behind. This made him feel very well indeed. At last he was out of the village. He struck into a country road. He ran along it as swiftly as he could. .. He was somewhat winded, on account of his exertions, but managed to keep on going at a good pace. He knew that if he was tired, his pursuers would also be tired. Dick soon got his bearings. Being well acquainted with the country, this was not difficult. He struck across a field. 'l'his would make it a "short cut" to where he had le his horse. The horse was concealed in the woods, two miles fro New Brunswick. It did not take Dick long to reach the spot. He soon found his horse there, safe and sound. "Thank goodness he is still here!" thought Dick. He quickly mounted. Then he rode away. He headed as straight for Middlebrook as he could go. The distance was only about eight miles. An hour and a half later he rode into the encampme of the patriot army. He west at once to headquarters. He wished to report to the commander-in-chief as quickl as possible. Washington greeted Dick pleasantly, not to say eagerl He felt sure that Dick had learned something of impo tunce. And so he had. The commander-in-chief told Dick to go ahead and te what he had learned, and Dick did so. The commander-in-chief walked the :floor while Die was talking. There was an eager, interested look on his face and in hi eyes. "So they are going to move on Philadelphia on Mo day, are they?" he remarked. "Yes, sir; that was what they decided to de>." General Washington looked at Dick. "What do you think, Dick?" he remarked, slowly; "no that they know a spy was present and overheard their con versation-:-do you think they will adhere to their plan? D you think they will start, as they had decided to do?" Dick pondered for a few moments. Then he looked up. "I think they will, your excellency," he said. "You think so?" "Yes, sir; I am confident they will adhere to their plans as outlined-but they may attempt some kind of a trick t throw you off your guard." The commander-in-chief looked thoughtful. "You think they will try to execute some sort of a man euver calculated to make us think they have given up th idea of moving on Philadeiphia, and then when they hav gotten us off our guard, make the start, just as they ha figured on doing?" Dick nodded. "That is what I believe they will do."


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. 25 General Washington looked at Dick for a few moments I in silence and then said : "I doubt not that you are right. But what could they "How many men do you think you will require?" Dick studied a few moments. Then he said: "I should judge that five hundred men would be suffi Dick was silent for a few moments, and then he replied: cient." "The most likely thing, to my way of thinking, is that "You think that number will be sufficient, do you?';., hey will make a pretense of giving up the plan." "Yes, your excellency; you see, we shall take the British W nodded. entirely by surprise, and that will count for as much as "That is reasonable," he said. though we bad double the number of men, and the enemy "They will probably make a feint of returning to New knew of our presence and was ready for us." ork," went on Dick. "They may even send a part of a "True; well, when do you think of going to the point in. egiment out, as if it was starting back." question and taking up your position? In other words, "That i"s a likely supposition,'' agreed the commanderwhen will you set your trap?" n-chief. "I should think that Sunday night would be the proper Then a sudden thought struck Dick. time, your excellency." His eyes shone eagerly. "You do not think they will make the feint of a return He looked at the commamler-in-chief in such an eager to New York before Monday, then?" anner as to attract the attention of the great man. "No, your excellency; I think they will wait till the day "Well Dick;, he said quietly "what is it?" "I have an idea, your excellency." "I am glad to bear that. What is your idea?" decided upon for moving on Philadelphia, and then, in stead of starting in that direction, they will start three or four companies toward New York, hoping to throw you off. "It is this, to take a sufficient number of men-say five your guard, through attracting your attention in that dir six hundred-and go and bide in the woods, close b: the ad along which the decoy troops would travel in starting ward New York. Then when they pass by, we could close behind them and attack them from the sides, and force em to surrender very quickly." W asbington looked interested. "That would be a neat trap, sure enough!" he said. "So it would, your excellency; and I think that if we ould set it, we should catch a nice lot of redcoats." The commander-in-chief nodded "I rather think so myself," he acknowledged, and then looked at Dick. "I suppose you would like to have charge of this affair?" remarked. Dick's face flushed with pleasure, caused by the thought being given such an important assignment as the com-and of the body of soldiers which would have to be sent. His eyes shone with pleasure and eagerness "I confess that I should be delighted to be given charge the affair !" he said. "Then it shall be so!" said the commander-in-chief; "it s your idea that the ruse would be tried by the British, t I think it will be tried, and, in it is, you be a bled to entrap a goodly number of the British; and if should not be tried, no particular harm will be done." "True, your excellency." General Washington was silent for a few moments, and n he asked: rection; then, this done, they will make the move toward Philadelphia." The commander-in-chief said he thought as Dick did. So it was decided that on Sunday evening Dick should take the five men-bis company of "Liberty Boys" and four other companies-and go and take up his position as be had decided upon. "And I hope you will succeed in making a good catch in your trap, Dick, my boy!" said the commander-in-chief, when they had finished their conversation. ."I hope so, your exrellency !" said Dick. Then be saluted and withdrew. CHAPTER XII. I SETTING THE TRAP. Dick went to his quarters and lay down. He was soon asleep, and rested well till morning. Next morning he told the "Liberty Boys" what it bad been decided to do. They were eager and excited i The affair promised something in the way of lively 1 work. And that was what they wished. They could endure anything better than idleness.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. They wished to be up and doing. They were on the road that the British would traverse Then they asked Dick for the story of his adventures at going to New York. New Brunswick. Dick gave them a brief history of the affair, dwelling as lightly as possible on the dangers through which he had passed. The youths read between the lines, however. They realized that Dick had undergone one of the most The road was bordered on both sides by heavy timber. This afford the finest kind of a Dick s men. Dick selected a place, and they went into camp for t night. It was Dick's idea to be up bright and early next mo exciting, thrilling and dangerous experiences of hi.s career ing and get his men in position by daylight. since becoming a spy. They uttered exclamations of amazement when he told of how he had been made a target of while sitting astride I the liitle window gable on top of the used as headquarters by the British generals. This plan was carried out to the letter. Guards were out, of course, during the night, and t men were aroused two hours before sun up. They had brought lunch with them, and, after eati the work was begun. Dick stationed the men on both .sides of the road, a extending alon.g for a Gl.istance of more than a quarter o "\,Yell, you see, it was dark and they could not see me," mile. They could not understand how he had escaped. explained Dick; "and the result was that the chance shoot-His plan was to let the British get pretty well along, a ing did not have much chance of doing execution." i.hen close up on them from both sides, and to cut The youths could not get done talking about Dick's adfarther advance, as well as all chance for retreat. venture, seemingly, however. It was the principal topic of conversation in the company during the day. And the news spread throughout the encampment News does s pread in an army encampment with wonderful rapidity All knew and liked Dick. Of course, he had no idea how soon the British wo make the move, but he hoped they would make it early. There is nothing more trying than having to wait und such circumstances The men, of course, were eager to fight. They would much rather fight than sit Hi.ere in the woo with nothing to do. So scores of the members of other companies came over But they would have to wait until the British came alo to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys" that day, whether they wished to do so or not. and congratulated Dick on his wonderful escape. In fact, there was no absolute certainty that the Briti Dick thanked them for their kind words, but was very would come at all. modest when talking of his adventure. Dick thought they would, however. Sunday afternoon Dick selected the four comp1>...,ies He would have been willing to wager that they would which he desired to take in addition to his own company of so. "Liberty Boys,'' and as soon as it had become dark, they mounted their horses and rode away. There was no real need that they should go so ear ly in the evening, but Dick 'thought it best to go, and take plenty of time in selecting their position. He did not want that there should be any failure of his scheme. He wished to set a trap that would prove to be perfect working in every way. And by having plenty of time in which to do the work, he would be better able to make sure of this. The sun came up, and things took on a .cheerfu l asp It gave promise of being a beautiful day. The spirits of the men rose. They waited as patiently as was possible. It was tiresome work, however. One hour, two hours passed. And no signs of the British. I Another hour passed. And still the British did not come in sight. The patriot soldiers did not lose heart, however. They were one and all confident that the British wo When time -presses, and one is in a hurry, there is likeli-put in an appearance sooner or later. hood that mistakes lllflY be made. Nor was their confidence misplaced. Th e five companies of patriot soldiers rode eastward a distance of ten miles. Then they rode southward nearly two miles. Half an hour later, when the sun was three and a h hour s high, Dick, who was up in a tree looking the rection of New Brunswick, came down in a hurry.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. "'They are coming!" he cried; "get ready, boys! We will soon have plenty of work to do!" The men have shouted had they dared. The news was most welcome to them. The word was passed up and down the lines on both sides of the road. 1'he men gripped their muskets tightly. They mea:o.t to make up for what they considered lost time. ''Surrender Throw down your arms at once Surrender, or die! You are in a trap and cannot escape!" But the British were not disposed to surrender. They were taken by surprise, true. But they would fight just the The commanding officer cried out for them to stand i.hcir ground and fight to the death. The men were willing to fight. Seeing that there would be a combat, Dick gave the They had, as they would have expressed it, been cooped Crder to fire. up in camp for several months. Crash, roar! They were longing for action. 1'he muskets rang out and made almost a deafening The "Liberty Boys" had done more and had got out and noise. had some lively experiences, but the most of the patriot i;oldiers had been in camp, doing nothing much save to kill time. And now they welcomed the opportunity which was presenting itself to get into action. Presently the British soldiers came in sight. They had drums beating and banners flying. The fact of the matter \".as that the beating of the drums would have been sufficient to arouse suspicion that the Many of the British fell, either dead or wounded. Then they fired in return. They could not see the patriots. Dick had instructed his men to keep behind the trees. But they :fired, anyway. It was a battle at close range. It waged furiously for awhile. The British fought bravel:y. They were at a terrible disadvantage, inasmuch as they Briiish had some ulterior motive in so doing, but flnuhtwere out in the open road, while Dick's men were shelter e d less the British thought they were fooling the American by the timber. ::;couts whom they felt sure were watching them, and would make them think a general move back to New York was to be made by the entire British army. And here again is where they missed it. Dick had forseen what they would do, as we have seen. So there was not much danger that they would have fooled any one, anyway. Dick had given careful instructions, long before the British appeared in sight, so there was no need of doing this 110W. He knew the men would do their duty. There would be no trouble on that score. The trouble would be to keep them from doing more than their duty. i On came the British. They were unsuspicious. They had no idea that they were running into a trap. They thought they were fooling the "rebels" nicely. And they were in a fair way to be'fooled themselves. At last they came along the road at the point where ick and his men were stationed. Dick was fair-minded. He could not bring himself to fire upon the redcoats ithout first giving them warning. When they were well within the trap he suddenly sprang t, and, waving his sword, cried: But they did some execution, nevertheless. Several of the patriot soldiers were killed and a number wounded. I But much greater execution was done by the paLriot soldiers. Nearly a hundred of the British were down, dead or wounded. Then Dick gave the order to charge. But just as his men burst out of the timber with wild yells of enthusiasm, the British commander waved a white handkerchief and Ehouted that he would sunender. That brought the skirmish to a close. The British soldiers were made prisoners. Their wrists were fastened together with the redcoats' own canteen "What are you going to do with us?" asked the captain of the British troops. "Take you to Middlebrook, and turn you over to Gen eral Washington," replied Dick. The British captain looked puzzled. "How did you know we were coming this way, in time to get here and ambush us?" be asked. "We didn't know it,". replied Dick. "Yon did not?" "No." "Then how happened it that you were here?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRAP. "W.ell, you see, we surmised you would make some such Then a patriot soldier mounted behind each of ti move." wounded soldiers, and all was ready for the start. "You surmised it?" Dick gave the order and the start was made. "Yes." He and Bob rode in front. "How came you to think we would do anything of this As they rode along they kept a sharp lookout. kind?" They did not ln1ow but that the sound of the firing h "Well, you see, we knew that it was intended to move on been heard by the British in the main encampment at Ne Philaclclphia to-day, and we were aware of the fact that Brunswick. your commander -inchief knew that we knew this; so we If it had been heard, the British would come to invest figured it that you would try to make us think the idea of gate, and in that case it was possible that the patriot so advancing toward Philadelphia had been given up, and diers would have to fight to retain possession of the pri that the army would return to New York instead." oners, and get to Middlebrook with them in safety "Ah! and you came here and lay in wait f_?r us on the So Dick and Bob kept their eyes wide open. strength of that supposition!" They had set a trap and. made a good catch with it, a "We did. We set the trap for you, and you obligingly now that they had their game, they wished to keep it. walked into it." Dick knew that General Washington would be delight The officer grimaced. with the success of the affair. "We certainly did," he admitted; "well, it can't be helped now." "No, it can't be helped now," said Dick; "y;ou're in the trap and get out of it." "And might as well make the best of it," said Bob, who stood near. "True," the officer said; "we can't help the matter any b y complaining, so the best plan is, as you say, to the best of it." The capture of four hundred British was a matter considerable moment. It would be a great blow to Generals Howe and Cor wallis. They would be very angry when they learned what ha taken place. General Howe especially would be wild with rage. Under ordinary circumstances he was of a phlegmat' temperament. fl'h e c1fficer's tone was sad. And when he did become excited, he was very excite It was plain that he was deeply chagrined. indeed. He saw now that his men had been equal in number to And the loss of five hundred of his soldiers would ce those under Dick. tainly be sufficient to excite him. It was galling to think that he had been forced to sur No more of the British were sighted, however. r ender to a force not superior to his own in point of numThe sound of the fighting in the engagement between t bers. redcoats and patriots may have been heard at the Britis But it could not be helped now. encampment, and reinforcements may have been sent, b He realized this very plainly. if such was the case they did not reach the scene of actio I Dick now gave orders that all the dead should be buried. in time to get sight of Dic,k's party. He sent one of the men to a farmhouse, a quarter of a The horses being doubly laden could not travel ver mile distant, and had him borrow a spade. lfast. When the soldier returned with the spade, the men took They went at a fair gait, however, and an hour later th turn about and an excavation was made large enough to party reached Middlebrook. They dismounted and marche hold all the bodies of the dead soldiers. with their prisoners to the guardhouse. When the bodies bad been placed therein and covered over. preparations were at once begun for the return to Mirldlebrook. 'The prisoners were conducted to the point where the patriotR' horses had been left. Dick knew the horses would be equal to the task of carrying double. On0 after another the prisoners were lifted to places on th e backR of the horses. Dick marched in front, erect, handsome, manly. Tl British prisoners were a sick-looking lqt. Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" and the four oth companies which had assisted them in making the captu of the British, were the heroes of the hour. They were the recipients of congratulations galore. Their praises were pn every lip. General Washington was delighted. He sent word for Dick to come to headquarters.


THE LIBERT Y B O Y S T RA P 29 I=======================================================--he youth reported to the comma n der-in-chief at once But there was n o t much danger that he would not get h e great man took Dick's hand and shook it heartily credlt for everything he did from General Washington. W ell, my boy," he said; "you have done splendidly. were very successful in setting your trap, and you e a big catch indeed. I cannot tell you how well pleased I am glad we were successful, your excellency ; and I am d that you are pleased." D ick felt very happy. l e w!ls always glad when he had succeeded in doing iething which earned the approval of the commander ;hief of the Continental Army The commander-in chief was a man who kept track of the work done by the men associated with him from the highest generals on his staff to the soldiers in the ranks. He knew what they did, knew what credit they were titled to and gave them the credit that was their due. And of all the men under General Washington, aside from the generals on his staff, there was not one whose ser vices he valued higher than those of Dick Slater, the boy spy Dick was destu;.ed to do more work in the future which r o Dick's mind, General Washington was the greatest would still further endear him to the heart of the com-n that ever lived manderin-chief of the Continental Army r here are many who think as Dick did, even to this day. I could hot well help being pleased, Dick," said General shington with a smile; "the capture of half a r egiment the British is no small matter. It will do much toward wing the British that we are on our guard, and that they THE END. The next number (16) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS PUZZLED; OR, .not easily deceive us or pull the wool over ou r eyes. C hen General Washington asked bick for the details 'fHE TORIES' CLEVER SCHEME," by Harry Moore. the affair. )ick gav e the story of the captu r e of the British in as a mann e r as possible, and General Washington was nes sed with the modesty of the youth. S PECIAL NOTICE: All back n umbers of this weekly )ick did not wish to claim any of the credit at all. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any Chat was characteristic of the brave youth. news dealers, send the price in money or postage stamp s by Ie was willing to do the work, and never worried the mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION ;t with regard to whether he would get the credit for it SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies rrot. you order by return mail. Samp1e Copies "HAPPY DA VS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Awa.y Valuable Premiums. Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free Addr ess FRANK Publi s her 24 Union Squa re, New York.


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HQW TO BECOME AN ACT9R.-Containing comress, an u irec ions or ca ng o rn a popu ar plete _mstruct10ns. how to up for various characters on the No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide t stage_. with. the duties of the Stage. Mllllager, Prompter, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and eti Scemc Artist and P10perty Man. By a promment St!lg_e Manager. to be observed with many curious and interesting things no No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Contammg the lat erally known est jokes, anecdotes and funny. stories .of this world-re?owned and No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction ever popular Ger1!18:n comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad. givi colored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-ontaining full instructions for constructing a window garden either in town or country, 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.-lt contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de l!Cription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructi ons for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A. M M. D. Containing over fifty il lustrations. No. 64 HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con taining full directions for making electrical machines, indu c tion coils, dynamos, and many novel toys .to he worked by electricity. B y 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. Tbe secret given away. Every boy reading book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in i t. No. 20. HOW 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 m oney than any book published. No 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagate ll e, 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 b a ge, Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, A uction Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards. N o 66. HOW TO D O P UZZLES.-Containing over three hun dred interesting _puzzle_s and conundrums with key to same A c o mplete book. Fully illustrated. B y A Anderson ETIQUETTE. No 13 HOW TO D O IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It is a great life 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 etiquette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods o f appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church and in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. -:-Containing the most popular selections in use, comprising Dutch di alect, French di al ect, Y a nkee and Irish dialect pieces, together with m a ny standard readi ng s. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o brightest and most valtiable little books ever given to the Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both 'ma female. The secret is simple, and aJmost costless. Read thi and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrat containing full for the management and training canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, e No. 39. HOW '1'0 RAISE DOGS, POULTRY. PIGEONS RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and Also how to cure skins Copiously illustrated. By J Harri Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mo and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND PETS.-Givin plete information as to the manner and method of raising, ke taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; also givin instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful a structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry ; als periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas bal This book cannot be equaJed No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbo making all kinds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences, etc. No 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'l'ES DIST TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Givin official distances on all the railroads of tbe United State Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, fares in tbe principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., m it one of the most complete and hancly books published. No. 38 HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A derful book, containing useful and practical information i treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general plaints. No. 55 HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS. taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arra of stamps and coins Handsome l y illustrated. No. 58 HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King B the world-known detective. In which he lays down some val and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adven and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Co ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to wor also bow to make Photographic Mag i c Lantern Slides and Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By C.aptain W. D Abney. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILIT CADET.-Containing full exp lanations how to gain admitt course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy s know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, a of "How to Become a NavaJ Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complet structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis 1 Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descri of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Beco West Point Military Cadet." PRIC E 10 C ENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FR.ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


r..ERE'S ANOTHER Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. A Weekly Magazine Stories of the American .. By HARRY MOORE. DON'T FAIL TO READ IT These stories based on a.ctua.l facts a.nd give a. fa.ithfu account of the exciting adventures of a. brave ba.nd of America, youths who were a.lwa.ys ready a.nd willing to imperil their live for the of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence Every number will consist _of large pages of reading ma.tter 1 bound in a. beautiful colored 1 The Liberty Boys. of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. Settling With the British an 1 Toriei>. 3 I'he Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helpin:; General Wash ington. 4 'fhe Liberty Boys on Hand; or. Always in the Right Place. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British anc Torits. 9 The Liherty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Th selves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Nee Race With Death. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afra rl of the King's 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. Minions. 12 'I'l!e Liberty !lo.YS' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 6 The LibP.rty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch a"Jd Hang Us if 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave., You can." 14 I'h-:l Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Foiling the British. 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand; or, '.fhe Champion Spies of 15 The Lilierty Boys' Trap; or, What They Caught in It. the Revolution. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Schem For sa1e by all newsdealers, or 8ent 1>ostpaid on 1eceipt of price, 5 per copy, b y PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New Yor IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtaip.ed from this office direct. Cut out a,nd in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by tum mail. .POS'rAGE S'l'AMPS TAn:EN 'l'HE AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Pnblisher, 24: Union Square, York. .......................... 1901. DEAR Sm-En?losecl fincl ..... cents for which sen cl me: .... copie s of WORK AND WIX, Nos ............................. PLUCK AXD LlJCK ............................. SECRET SERVICE .............. .............. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ... -................ '' Ten-Cent Hand Books, os. . . . . . ...... Name ......................... Street and Ko ................. To1rn .......... State ...............


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