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THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. S.ur

'rHE LmERTY BOYS OF A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution. Inued Weekl11-B11 Svbacrlptkm f2.tl0 per 11ear. Bntered a& Second Ola&a Matter at.the New York( N. Y., Poet Oflktl, February 4, 1901. Entered aocor1Un11 to Act of Oonureaa, in the 11ear 1901, in the office of tne IAbrarian of Oonureaa, Wa&Mn11ton, D. O., bl/ Frank Touae11, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 18. NEW YORK, MAY 3, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. to do the work of sailors, had set sail and escaped out of the harbor with the warship. CELEBRATING. It was the evening of the 4th day of July, 1777. They had sailed the ship down the coast, and leaving it securely hidden in the little bay, they had secured horses and ridden to Morristown, where they had arrived about It was the anniversary of the Declaration of Independsix o'clock in the evening. ence. Their arrival and the story they had to tell of their wonThe patriot army had moved from Middlebrook, N. J., derful success in capturing the British warship created back to Morristown Heights. great excitement. Washington had given his soldiers permissio:q and they The patriot soldiers were delighted. were celebrating the anniversary of the Declaration of In-The "Liberty Boys" were congratulated on every hand. dependence. They had performed one of the most daring feats on The soldiers were celebrating another event, also. record. In the patriot army was a company of youths known as They bore their honors modestly, however. the "Li?erty Boys of '76." The "Liberty Boys" were not bigoted. These "Liberty Boys" were daring youths. Perhaps the best pleased man of all was General WashThere was nothing too daring for them to attempt. ington. They had been members of the patriot army one year. The commander-in-chief had given his consent for the And in that time they had become famous. "Liberty Boys" to make the attempt to capture the BritThey had performed daring feats without number. ish warship, but, although having great confidence in their They had done more :fighting, more foraging, more sco'\ltabilities, he had had doubts regarding their being able to ing, had captured more prisoners, had in fact done the succeed. British more than any other three or four compan-But the "Liberty Boys" had succeeded. ies of the entire army. They had captured a British man-of-war. They were young and enthusiastic. The vessel was securely hidden in a little bay over on They were brave and daring. the Jersey and might prove of inestimable value to Whatever work they entered upon was put through with the patriot cause later on. an energy that was characteristic of them. The commander-in-chief had complimented Dick Slater> And the "Liberty Boys" had just performed one of the the brave young captain of the "Liberty Boys," in no most daring feats of their career. measured terms. In the bay of New York a fleet of vessels were anchored. "You have done splendidly, Dick," he said, with as near It was Admiral Howe's fleet of British warships. a show of enthusiasm as a man of his iron-like composure The night before, Dick Slater, captain of the "Liberty was capable of showing; "I will admit that I was doubtful Boys of '76," aided by eighteen other members of his comregarding your being successful, but you have pany, had, under the cover of darkness, slipped aboard and now I cannot compliment you too highly." one of these warships. Dick blushed. The crew of this ship had gone over into New York City "Say no more, your excellency," he said; "our thanks on short-leave. are due you for giving us permission to make the attempt. Two men only had remained on board as watchmen. We enjoyed lt greatly, I assure you, and the knowledge that These men were made prisoners by the "Liberty Boys." we succeeded and got safely away with one of the British Then the "Liberty Boys," who had been selected for warships, thus striking a blow for the cause of liberty, is this duty because of the fact that they understood how reward enough far us. We are never so h8'JPY as when we /


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. ========= ---=========================== have been enabled to do something which may prove of benefit to the patriot army and its fight for independence." "Well said, my boy I Nobly spoken I I know your heart is in the right place, and that the members of your 'Lib erty Bo,ys' are like you. I wish I had a few thousand such troops! I would drive the British aboard their ships at "How soon can you be ready to start?" "Within the hour, sir." "It will not be necessary to st\).rt You have just reached here after a long and tiresome ride, and ought to have a few hours' rest/' "I got a few hours' 13leep last night," said Dick; "and the point of the bayonet, and send them sailing back toward feel first rate; since there is no hurry, however, I will wait England faster than they came!" two or three hours and rest a bit before starting." Dick flushed with pleasure. "Do so." He was delighted to know that the commander-in-chief Dick and the general conversed for half an hour longer. thought so highly of himself and his brave "Liberty Boys." The commander-in-chief gave Dick such instructions as "I fe.r you rate us too highly," he said, modestly. he thought necessary. "Not ,at all, my b oy," declared Washington. "What I When the interview was ended, Dick bade General Washhave said is only a statement of the facts. Of course, I ington good-by, saluted, and withdrew. would not speak thus to you, Dick, did I not know that you He returned at once to the quarters occupied by the are a youth of rare good and not at all vain and ''Liberty Boys." self-important. I am well aware that praise will often They greeted him with cheers. work injury to a person at all given to vanity, even though 1'He con\es cried Bob Estabrook, with rather an exthe praise may be deserved, but I am aware that praise air; "see, the conquering hero comes!" bestowed upon a person of good common sense will have a Bob struck an attitude, his arm extended, the index good effect and encourage a person to make still greater finger pointing at Dick. efforts." Dick knew that General Washington was right. He was a youth with a remarkably level head, and a little praise from the great man, while giving Dick pleasure, would not have the least tendency to make him bigoted or self-conceited. The commander-in-chief was silent for some moments. He gazed intently at the floor. Presently he turned and looked at Dick. "The British have evacuated New he said in a semi-musing tone; they have gone over onto Staten Island and encamped within musket-shot distance of Admiral H owe's fleet. Now the question is, what will they do ne xt?" is a hard question to answer, your excellency," 1 said Dick. "Indeed it is, my boy; but I must learn, if possible, what their intentions are." He paused and was silent for a few moments. Then he again looked at Dick, a half smile on his face. "Fellows," he said, "there is the boy who beat the Brit ish every he makes the attempt. Three cheers for Dick Slater, who captured a British warship, stealing it right out from under the owners' noses!" "Hurrah for Dick Slater!" The cheers could have been heard half a mile. There were many other soldiers besides the "Liberty Boys" and they joined in the cheering in a hearty manner. Dick was well known and well liked by all. There was no other one person, aside from the generals, who was so well liked or so popular as was Dick. Bob Estabrook was Dick's closest friend. They had practically grown up t'ogether. Their homes were near Tarrytown, N. Y., and were less than a quarter of a mile distant from each other. The youths each had a sister, Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook, and the youths were in with each other's sister. I This made them even greater friends, cementing the "I guess I will have to call upon you again, Dick," he friendship as. it were. said; "there is only one way to find out what I wish to As we have said, the patriot soldiers were celebrating the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, and the great success achiev'ed by the "Liberty Boys" in capturing the British warship. know/' "And that is--" "By sending you among the British as a spy; Dick." The youth's eyes glowed. They were having as good a time as it was possible for "I am ready to go, your excellency, if it is your wish that I them to hav e with the limited means at their command. f-should do so." Dick did not remain with them long, however.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 3 He had been in the saddle all day and was tired. He soon slipped away, and making his way to the room occupied jointly by himself and Bob, threw himse1f down on a cot intending to take a short rest before starting on his exp. edition. Bob had seen him make the move, however, and followed him. "What's up, old man?" he asked. "Has the commanderin-chief given you some more work to do?" "Yes, Bob." "What is it?" "Spy work, Bob." "Then you are to go among the British again?" "Yes." "Good! I'm going with you, Dick." Bob's tone was eager. Dick pondered a few moments. He had intended going alone. But after all he decided it might prove be a good plan to take Bob along. It was just ten o clock when the youths, mounted on fresh horses, left the encampment and away in the dark ness CHAPTER II. DICK AND BOB AT WORK. Dick and Bob were in no especial hurry, so they rode at a moderate pace. On their former expedition to Staten Island, they had been entertained at the home of a Mr Hardy, a strong patriot. As Mr. Hardy s home was within an hour s walk of the British encampment, it would form a good basis from which to work while spying upon -the British. So Dick intended going there. Bob thought this would be a good plan also. It was about one o'clock when they reached the strip of In case he discovered anything of importance and wished water separating Staten Island from New Jersey. 'to inform General Washington of it at once, he could send 'l'hey rod e into the water and swam their horses across Bob with the message and remain to keep surveillance over to the Staten Island shore. the British. "Oh, I'm going, Dick!" said Bob, determinedly. He did not wait to give Dick a chance to refuse. "All right, Bob," said Dick. "You shall go. I may need you to carry a message to General Washington, as was the case 'the other day." "All right; I am the man for the job, Dick. will we start?" "0 h, in about three hours." "That will be at abc..ut ten o'clock, then." "Yes Bob was greatly pleased. He was a youth of action. He thrived on excitement and danger. How soon They approached the shore cautiously, for they did not know but that there might be redcoats in the vicinity. The British picket lines did not extend that far south, however, and the youths were not challenged. They rode into the timber and made their way in the direction of Mr. Hardy's cabin. The cabin was about six miles distant, and as the youths' progress through the timber was slow, they were more than an hour in reaching the cabin. As they emerged from the timber into the little clearing in the centre of which stood Mr. Hardy's cabin, they saw a sight which excited them and aroused their indignation. The cabin was on :fire. By the light thrown out by the blazing cabin, the youths Dick was a good deal of the same temper!tment, save that saw that a struggle was going on. he was quieter a-id more self-contained. One man seemed to be struggling with five or six men. Bob was inclined to be a little bit t-00 enthusiastic and The man in question had on. citizen's clothes, while the reckless. others had on brilliant scarlet uniforms. Dick was more conservative and cautions. A little to one side, held by three or four other redcoats, Both were as brave as lions. were a woman and a girL They did not know the meaning of the word "fear." The youths understood the situation in an ,instant constituted to go together on expeditions The redcoats, knowing that Mr. Hardy was a patriot, had such as this on which they were about to start. come for the purpose of taking him prisoner. They talked their plans over for a few minutes longer, Doubtless they had set fire to the cabin and had then and then Bob threw himself down to take a little needed d'roused the inmates and informed them of what had been rest, as he also had been in the saddle all day. I done.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. Then when Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and Mabel had rushed out, Mrs. Hardy and Mabel had been seized and held by tb.ree or four of the redcoats, while the others attacked Mr. Hardy. The youths sized up the situation very quickly. There was :iiot to exceed ten of the redcoats. "I think we can frighten them away, Bob," said Dick. "We can try it at any rate, Dick." So we can. We'll charge them, yelling and firing as we go, and I think they will take to their heels and run." "They had better do so!" said Bob, grimly; "if they don't, some of them will carry broken heads back to their camp with them!" "Right, Bob! Are you ready?" "Ready I" "Then-forward!" The youths put spurs to their horses, and rode down upon the British. When they were about halfway to the cabin, they began shouting and yelling at the top of their voices: "Come on, boys shouted Dick. "We've got them now Don't let a villain escape!" Bob shouted words to similar effect, and then as they drew nearer, each fired a pistol shot. The British were taken entirely by surprise. So far as they could judge by the clatter of the horses' feet, there might be a score of horsemen. Then, too, Dick and Bob made as much noise as a dozen ordinary men would be supposed to be capable of making. The result was that the British became badly frightDick and Bob leaped to the ground, and went to their assistance. There was plenty of water. There was a well, full almost to the top, and this made. the chances for extinguishing the flames very good indeed. In fact the fire was not niaking rapid headway. The logs were heavy ones, and it was hard for the flames to get hold. The flames had gradually worked upward and attacked the roof. Dick climbed up on the roof, however, and Bob passed him up water, and the youth presently succeeded in stop ping the fire there. Half an hour's hard work was all that was required. Then the fire-fiend .was conquered. The fire was extinguished; the cabin was saved Then Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and Mabel greeted Dick and Bob, and thanked them for what they had just done. "If you had not come we would have lost our home!" said Mr. Hardy. "Yes, and worse than that, you would have been taken into the British encampment a p:risoner !"said Mrs. Hardy. "Oh, I'm so glad you did come I" said Mabel, with a shudder, as she thought of how herself and mother had been jerked about by the redcoats. "And so are we glad we came!" said Dick; "and we are exceedingly glad that we got here in time to be JJf benefit to you. We feel better, for we owed you considerable for your kindne!\S to us a few days ago." ened. "Oh, that was all right,'' said Mr. Hardy; "you owed us They let go their hold upon the woman and girl, and nothing for that. We were glad to do something to aid the quit struggling with Mr. Hardy. great cause. And we are very, very glad to know that you Then they took to their heels and ran with all their were successful in capturing the British warship!" might. "Those redcoats who were just here told us all about it," Doubtless they thought a regiment was attacking them. said Mrs. Hardy; "and that was why they came here after In order to make sure that the redcoats would be so Sam. They said he had given information and aid to you." thoroughly frightened as to not return, Dick and Bob "Which goes still farther to prove that we were doing chased them clear across the clearing and into the timben. only our duty in helping you just now," said Dick. ''We The redcoats were good sprinters. really brought this trouble upon you." They kept in advance of the horses, and the youths rode "I think they would have come to try to capture any-at a gallop, too. way," said Mr. Hardy; "you know the first time you came When the timber was reached, and the redcoats disaphere, several nights ago, the redcoats were here looking for peared within it, the youths turned and rode back to the me." cabin. "True," admitted Dick. They found Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and Mabel hard at Then Dick told Mr. Hardy what he and Bob had rework, trying to extinguish the flames, and save the hol!se turned to that part of the country for, and asked if they from burning down. might remain at Mr. Hardy's house the rest of that


'l'HE LIBER'rY BOYS' CHALLENGE. and use it as a sort of base from which to operate in their work of spying on the The reply was prompt and hearty. They were more than welcome to do so, Mr. Hardy as sured them. He said that he should be glad to have them remain there as long as they wished, or be there as much as they wished. They were to feel perfectly free to come and go as they saw fit, in fact. This was just what Dick desired, and he thanked the generous-hearted patriot heartily. Then the woman and girl entered the house, while Mr. Hardy went with the youths to secrete the horses. The animals were tied in the midst of a deep thicket, after which the three returned to the house. Mr. Hardy had feared that the redcoats might return, but they had not done so. Doubtless they had had all the fight they thought they could stand for one night. Mr. Hardy decided to remain up the rest of the night, however, and keep watch for the redcoats, and, as they were somewhat sleepy, the lay down to get some sleep be fore morning. While eating breakfast next morning they explained their purpose in coming to the vicinity, and Mr. Hardy said he would do all he could to aid them. This pleased the youths. They knew he might be able to render them valuable as sistance. Indeed, being allowed to make his home their headquarters was a great help to them. After breakfast the three set out. Dick wished to see what the British ;ere doing. They might be making some important move even now. And he would have felt bad had the British succeeded in doing anything of this kind before he got a chance to spy upon them. Mr. Hardy cautioned his wife and daughter. He told them to keep close to the house, and in case any .British showed up to go indoors and bar the door. They promised that they would keep a sharp lookout. "I don't think there is much danger that the :redcoats will return in the daytime," said Dick. "I hardly expect anything of the kind myself," said Mr. Hardy. "It is best to be careful, however." "Yes, indeed agreed Dick. The three walked at a good pace. They kept a sharp lookout. They thought that they might meet some wandering party of redcoats ; Ih case they should do so, they wished to see the redcGats first, so as to be able to avoid them. But fortunately they did not mee. t any redcoats. After an hour's walk, they arrived at the top of a good sized hill. This hill overlooked the place where tht3 British had en camped after leaving New Jersey the last day of June. It was 11.n interesting sight which met their gaze, as they looked down from the hilltop. The distance from where they were, to the ;aters of New York Bay, was perhaps half a mile. Lying between the foot of the hill and the bay was the British encampment. Just off the shore lay the British fleet, numbering more than two hundred vessels

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. The two redcoats came on up the slope, straight toward where the three were concealed amid the bushes. The three began to feel somewhat alarmed. The fear took possession of them that, after all, they were about to be discovered. It looked as if this might prove to be the case. The two soldiers were so preoccupied, however, and were so interested in their conversation, that they did not give much attention to anything else. Closer and closer they came. They were within perhaps four yards of the spot where the concealed, when they suddenly halted. They glanced about them. They then glanced upward. They were almost under a large tree. The hidden three now realized what it was that the two were seeking. A nice, shady spot, where they could throw themselves down and take it easy while they talked. Their next words proved it. "'l'hat' s tte order, I understand, Hampton." "What does it mean?)' The other glanced lazily at his companion. "You are asking me ?" he asked, with an accent on the "me." "Yes." The redcoat gave utterance to a short laugh. "I give it up!" "You don t know, eh?" "I rather think not!" "Can you guess?" A shake of the head. "I wouldn't attempt it, old fellow." "I will admit that it puzzles me, also," said the other. His companion laughed in a r11ther queer manner. "I doubt if Howe himself knows why he is going aboard the ships!" he said. "Or Cornwallis, either?" "Or Cornwallis, either!" The other was silent for a few moments, and Dick looked "Here is a nice place to take a siesta, Murdock,'' said Jit his companions in a meaning manner. one. It was as much as to say, "Well, we seem to be in luck, "It does look cool and inviting, doesn't it!" replied the after all." other. "I guess you are right," said the redcoat, presently. "Tlie "It does, for a fact." generals have been dojpg a lot of fooling around for Then the I two threw themselves down under the tree. months past and have accomplished nothing. They Drawing pipes and tobacco from their pockets, they made us very nearly run our legs off down in New Jersey, filled the pipes, lighted them, and smoked for a few moand now I ll wager something they don t l,lave the least ments in silence. idea what they are having us go aboard the shipil for!" The three patriots hidden not more than a dozen feeli "Maybe they are afraid that young fellow, Dick Slater distant in the bushes, listened eagerly for the conversation and his gang of 'Liberty Boys,' will come along and cap to begin. ture us if we remain on land!" said the other, dryly. They we:re in hopes that they might learn ,something of Bob poked Dick with his thumb. interest. And in this they were not disappointed. The very first words given utterance to by one of the 1edcoats, after they had smoked for a few moments, gave some very interesting information. The words he gave utterance to were: "So we are to go aboard the ships to-morrow, eh, Mur dock?" ,, CHAPTER III. :MAKING A CAPTURE. The other removed the pipestem :from his mouth, blew a ring of sm9ke skyward, watching it lazily through half closed eyes, and : He could not help grinning; in fact, he came very near chuckling aloud. "Judging by what has just happened," was the prompt reply from the redcoat, "we are in more danger of being captured by that fellow and his gang if we go aboard the ships than if we remained ashore!" "Jove! that's so! Say, that was about the boldest, most daring feat ever performed, I should say! Just think of those fellows coming right into the harbor, boarding a warship--0ne of more than two hundred-and making away with it, from right under the noses of the entire British arm and navy!" "It was certainly a daring feat!" "I should say so!" "That fellow, Dick Slater, must be a wonderfully dar ing fellow


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. "Hasn't his record proven it?" "I guess it has." "You know it has Just think of how he and his gang harassed us all last winter and spring I" "I remember; they came very near making us starve to death, through the boys being afraid to go out foraging." "That's a faet. Oh, he's certainly a most fellow! He is one of the best spies in the patriot army, too. They ( say he has been within our ranks a score of times, and was never captured but twice, and then he escaped very quick ly." "I guess that's right. Have you ever seen him to know him?" "No." from the north, and I should think it would be tha proper thing to do to go up the river to Albany to meet him." "I should think so, too." "But there's no telling what they will decide to do; General Howe has his head set on capturing Philadelphia, the rebel capital, and we may go in that direction." "Well, I don't care which way they go, for my part." "It isn't worrying me, either." The two again relapsed into silence and smoked a.way, gazing up at the branches of the tree which furnishing them with protection from the rays of the sun. The two seemed to be thinking and giving themselves up to the full enjoyment of the tobacco. Dick watched them, while a plan was itself in "Neither have I, though a lot of the boys have seen his mind. him." "I'd like to see him!" "So would I." Dick, who was listening to the conversation of the two with interest, made up his mind that the desires of the two fellows should be gratified. He decided that he would let them see him before they left the spot. He would let them talk more, however. He wished to learn all that he could regarding the in tended movements of the British. He made up his mind to capture the two redcoats. Then donning their clothing, he and Bob would venture into the British encampment that night. If possible, he would remain in the camp until next day, and go aboard one of the ships with the soldiers. If he could possibly do so, he would get aboard Admiral Howe's flagship. Generals Howe and Cornwallis would be on board the ship, and there would be conferences between them and the admiral. If he could overhear any of these conferences, he would The two might be in .Possession of more information certainly acquire some valuable information. which would be of interest, and beneficial to General WashPresently the two redcoats began talking of personal ington. The two were silent for a few moments. They smoked industriously. 'l'hey seemed to give themselves up to the enjoyment of the moment. "Be nice if we had nothing to do but lie around like this and smoke and take it easy, eh, Murdock?" presently remarked the fellow addressed as Hampton. "It certainly would, Hampton!" The two then conversed on matters of no particular in terest to the listeners. They kept this up perhaps half an hour. Then they got back to the subject of going aboard the warships. "I wonder where we are to be taken when we have gone aboard?" asked Hampton. "Hard telling," was the reply; "I should judge up the Hudson, however." "What makes you think so?" "Well, it looks to me as though that would be a sensible matters, and Dick took advantage of this to communicate his plans to his companions. They offered no objection to his plan. They had the utmost faith in Dick. They believed that he knew best what to do. They were willing to do whatever he wished them to do, and asked no Dick gave them their ins.tructions. He did not wish that there should be any misunderstand ing. If they succeeded in capturing the two redcoats, they would have to work together like clockwork. The redcoats were well-built powerful-looking fellows. They would undoubtedly make a good fight. By taking them by surprise, however, Dick and his friends would have an advantage. Presently Dick decided to act. He gave his companions the signal. Slowly and carefully they rose to a sitting posture. Then with fofinite care they ro .se to a standing posithing to do. You know, General Burgoyne is coming down tion.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. waited a few moments, and then Dick gave the { : signal. With one accord t4e three leaped through the bushes out into the open space, and bounded toward the two reclining men. In an instant, almost, they were upon the redcoats : The fellows were taken entirely by surprise. They attempted to leap to their feet. But were too late. The three were upon them and bore them back upon the ground. The redcoats struggled fiercely. They gave utterance to oaths and threats. Dick and his companions said nothing. senses n:r this time, and the two were lifted to their feet and forced to walk. The little party made its way slowly through the timber. Mr. Hardy led the way. Dick and Bob followed, each holding to the arm of a prisoner. A five minutes' walk brought them to the cabin. It proved to be an old tambled down affair. It would do for a prison-pen for the two redcoats, however. The had not spoken since having been made prisoners. Now, however, the fellow who had been addressed by They were working hard, however. his companion as Murdock, found his voice. They were determined to come out \ victorious in: the "What do you mean by making us prisoners in this contest. J manner ?" he asked. And they did. I Although the redcoats made a valiant fight and resisted with all t heir might, they were unable to break away and make their escape. Dick succeeded in getting one by the throat, and speed ily choked him into insensibilitj. This left Bob and Mr. Hardy free to take care of the other fellow, and tJ?.ey managed it without pmch trouble. In one minute's time a:fter having attacked the redcoats, Dick and his had the two fello .ws tied up and fast. The redcoats were prisoners. !. "It doesn t matter," replied Dick; "we have our reasons, and that is sufficient." The redcoat looked at Dick sharply. Somehow he seemed imp ressed by Dick s looks and bearing. A thought suddenly struck him. He gave a start. "What is your name?" he asked suddenly. "My name," replied Dick, quietly, "is Dick Slater." "I thought so!" the redcoat eiclaimed. "What made you think so?" asked Dick. "Why, I was sure no one else would dare attempt what "Now, let's take them in here behind the bushes," said you have just accomplished." Dick. "Oh, I don't know about that. There are plenty of This was done. patriots who would have done the same thing and thought Then Dick, 1 parting the bushes, gazed down into the !?f it." British camp eagerly. "I was afraid we might have been seen," he said; "but there seems to be no commotion down in the encampment." "Oh, I hardly think they saw us," said Mr. Hardy. "I don't think so, either, Dick," saicJ....Bob. "It would have been only by accident had they done so." "I don't think they saw us,'' said Dick. "And he added, "what are we going to do with our prisonPrs ?" "I know a good place for them," said Mr. Hardy "Where?" "About a quarter of a mile from here there is a deserted log cabin in the thickest part of the timber, and it will be "Well, it seems to me that it was a rather daring thing to attempt. We were in sight from our encampment, and if you had been seen, a whole regiment might have been up therem a jiffy." "But they didn't see us," said Diak. The three remained at the old cabin all day. They had brought plenty of food with them, and when they got hungry they ate as much as they car e d to and gave some food to the redcoats. When at last' evening came, they took the red coats off the British soldiers and the garments were donned by Dick and Bob. a fine place to keep these fellows in." The two fellows protested, but it did no good. "That will do splendidly," said Dick. "We will take They unde;rstood what this move portended. them there at once." They that Dick and Bob intended entering the The whom Dick had choked had recovered his e:d'eampment.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. "You had better not do it!" said the fellow who had been addressed as Hampton by his companion. "You are going to sure death, if you go into our camp to-night." "Why so?" ,asked Dick, calmly. '.'Certainly, Dick," was the "I'll stay here as long as you want me to." "Very well; I will wish you to stay }lere and guard the prisoners until I return safely from among the British. "Why?" That may be a day or two. Bob, however, will be back some Yes; why?" time to-night, if all goes well; and he will divide the time "It is very simple. You were in our camp the other with you in keeping guard." night, were you not?" "Yes." "And your presence was discovered?" "It was." "And you had to flee for your life." "True. I escaped, however, as you are doubtless aware." "yes; but you can't hope to escape always." "No, I suppose not." "And if you venture into the camp to-night you won' t escape." "Why not escape to-night as, well as any other time?" On account of the fact that our boys are keeping a sharper lookout than they ever have before." "Oh, that s it!" "Yes." "'l'hank you," said Dick. "It is very kind of you to give me this information." "I suppose you don t believe me," the fellow said. "I didn't say so." "But you think so." "Perhaps." "All right You'll find there is no perhaps about it, if you venture down into the camp to-night." "All right, Dick." The youths shook hands with Mr. Hardy and took their departure. "A couple of brave and noble youths," murIJ;!ured Mr. H!irdy, as the youths disappeared in the darkness. "They are going upon an exceedingly dan$erous expedition, but they seem to have no fear. I don't believe they know the meaning of the word." CHAPTER IV. INTO THE ENE:My'S CAMP. Di c k and Bob made their way through the timber. They moved as rapidly as was possible under the circumstances. The night was dark. The timber through which they were going was heavy. There was also considerable underbrush. They had to practically feel their way. So their progress could not be very rapid. But then they had not far to go. They had plenty of time at their command. There was no necessity fox haste. "YOU think SO?" "I do!" They would reach the British camp in plenty of time "Very well, we are going to venture down into your for their plirpose, anyway. camp, just the same I" There was eome danger that they might get lost, how"You'll be captured!" "We'll risk it." "You' ll be shot as spies!" "We'll risk that, too, s aid Dick, calmly. The fellow saw h e c o uld have no effe ct on Dick, and subsided Had he known Dick better, he would have saved hi s breath in the first place, and made no attempt to frighten ever. Dick realized this and was veiy careful. It would not do to get lost. Dick and Bob_ were both used to the timber, however, s o the danger of their getting lost was not so great as it would have been with persons not used to the timber. They went a little bit out of their way, but finally r e ached the top of the hill where they had captured the redthe youths from their purpose of venturing into the Britcoats that morning. ish camp. They saw the campfires blazing on the shore, and could Dick was not the kind of a youth to be frightened by see the British soldiers moving about in the fitful glare words. of light thrown up by the fires. Calling Mr. Hardy outside of the cabin, Dick asked him Farther on, beyond the campfires, could be seen scores if he would remain imd guard the prisoners. of slightly swaying red lights.


10 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' CHALLENGE. These were by lanterns hanging at the bows_ and sterns of the warships in New York Bay. The youths remained at the top of the hill but a few moments. Then they left their position and made their way slowly down the hillside. They were eager to get down into the camp and see if they could learn anything of importance. Presently their wish was gratified. The sentinels got through talking and moved away, one going to the right, the other to the left. Probably they feared the officer of the guard might apSoon they reached the mouth of the ravine which ex-pear iind find them talking instead of attending to their tended almost down to the British encampment. They enterJd the mouth of the ravine and moved slowly and carefully downward. As they neared the lpwer end of the ravine, they became duties. "Now we will be all right," whispered Dick; "we will slip through while they are away, with their backs toward us." even mo' re cautious. The youths waited only a few moments. It was possible that there would be sentinels stationed Then they Tose to their feet. there. They stole silently foTWard. The youths did Dot wish to be discovered. When they reached the entrance of the ravine, they As they drew"nearer they heard the sound of voices. paused and looked to see where the sentinels were. "Sentinels!" whispered Bob. The two were twenty yards away, to the right and to the "Yes,'' whispered Dick; "we shall have to be very careleft, and were walking slowly away. ful." Their backs were toward the youths They approached nearer the point from which came the "They won't see us," whispeTed Dick; "come on!" sound of the voices. The two stole foTWard. They moved very slowly. '!'hey moved quickly but silently. They exercised the utmost care. They went on their ti,p-toes, and half-walked, half-ran. As they neared the end of the ravine, forms of two When tfiey had traversed half the distance between the sentinels were distinguishable, being outlined against the mouth of the ravine the encampment, they slowed faint light background made by the campfires. down and walked at a moderate pace. When within perhaps fifteen yards of the sentinels; the They did not think the sentinels would notice them no\\ ; youths paused. ur if i:l\ey did, they would think nothing of' it, simply thinkThe sentinels were directly in their path. ing the tw::> belonged there. It would be impossible to get past them without : being Neither did they wish to attract undue attention by entering the Britis h encampment hurriedly. The youths realized this, and were puzzled to know This would be, almost sure to arouse suspicion. what to do. What ever they did now, must be done in a moderate, Then a thought struck Dick. The sentinels probably had beats leading away from the mouth of the ravine to the right and to the left. They had doubtless come together there, and after talk ing awhile would move away on their beats again. In that case all the youths would have to do would be to wait. calm and sedate manner. They would have to act, as nearly as they could, exactly as the British soldiers were acting. The soldiers were engaged in various pastimes. ._. Many were seated about the campfires, while many : more were walking slowly here and pausing to look oti a game of cards, or to listen to some story being spUU: by:-So they decided to do this. one of their comrades. They sat down and took it as easy as possible. Some were singing-rollicking war songs. The conversation of the redcoat sentinels was regarding Here and there a redcoat was dancing a jig, to the matters that did not interest Dick and Bpb. music of a french-harp, or perhap s to the whistling of a So they learned nothing of value by listening. comrade, The youths wished that the two w0uld get through talk-It was rather a lively and inspiriting ing and go away on their beats, however. But the patriot youths did not enjoy it. They were anxious to to work. They v/ere thinking ot other things.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 11 They had come here on business of importance, and could not take time to think of anything else. They moved here and after entering the encamp ment, and wherever they came upon a group of the redcoats they paused and listened to the conversation. If the conversation was of a nature that did not prove the intended movements of the British, it would be neces sary for him to be on board this ship. And Dick was determined to learn something definite before returning to Morristown to report to the commander in-chief. He knew how eagerly Washington desired definite in-of interest, they moved onward at once. formation, how important it was that he should have it, They did not go near the point where the soldiers were and he was dete,rmined to secure it if such a thing was pos singing or dancing jigs. They were seeking for information. The youths played their parts to perfection. sible. He knew that the fact that the British army had gone ab-Oard the warship would be a surprise to General WashThere was nothing in their actions to arouse the least ington. suspicion. More, the move would be a very puzzling one. Their coats and headgear were exactly like those worn The knowledge that they had gone aboard the ship would by the British soldiers, so there was no reason why their not be of much use to him; he must know why they had identity should be suspected. done so. In an army of eighteen thousand men, any one man could not be expected to be personally acquainted with more than a few, the s e few being members of his own com pany and regiment. At nightfall, however'; when in camp, the soldiers moved here and there throughout the encampment at their pleas ure. It gave them something to do and furnished them amuse ment and helped pa s s the time away: This made it easy for Dick and Bob. They could walk everywhere and attract no especial at tention. So Dick had already made his plans. He would send Bob back to join Mr. Hardy. Then he would go ab-Oard the warship and spy upon Generals Howe and Cornwallis. This would be very dangerous work. Once on board the warship his position would be one of great danger. It would be a yery difficult matter to avoid having his identity discovered. The discovery would .be fatal. It would be the same as a death warrant. Dick realized this, but it had no effect upon him. They pick e d up s e v e ral items of information. To succ e ed as a spy, one must not think of risks or Pre s ently they came to a group, the members of which danger to himself. were discussing the very subject which the youths wished to hear dismissed. The subject in question was that of the British army g-0ing aboard the warships. The s oldier s s e e med to b e a s puzzled regarding the mean of this muvement as had been Murdock and Hampton, the .two prisoner s the youths had made that morning. _Qne thing Dick heard them say pleased him greatly. ,.,,The statement was to tlie effect that their company was of those chosen to go aboard Admiral Howe's flag ship. l Dick made up his mind that he would go with this company. He was confident that Generals Howe and Cornwallis and the members of their staff would go aboard this ship ,'ls. they would have to confer with Admiral Howe fre quently. To secure information, it was necessary to penetrate to the quarters occupied by the highest officers. This, of' course, could not be otherwise than exceedingly dangerous. But, as we have said, Dick gave this matter no thought. The youths put in a. couple of hours walking here and there, listening to the conversation of first one and then another of the gropps of British soldiers. Then Dick Bob worked their way out of the en campment. They succeeded in getting back into the mouth of the ravine without being seen by the sentinels. They moved slowly up the ravine and had gone perhaps twenty yards when they were treated to a sudden and startling surprise / They felt tnemselves seized by strong hanas, and be fore they could do anything to it, they were thrown Therefore if he was to learn anything of value regarding fo the ground with considerable force.


12 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. "It's our turn, my bold rebel youths I" hissed a voice in Dick's ear. "We've got you dead to rights, this time I" ; CHAPTER V. A BATTLE ROYAL. Dick understood the affair instantly. The persons who had seized himself and Bob were Mur dock and Hampton, the men whom they had left prisoners in the old cabin. In some manner they had escaped. Just how they' had accompiished it, Dick could not guess. And there_ was no time for conjecture. He had else to do. If he and Bob escaped capture, they would have to do some lively :fighting. They haq been taken lit a disadvantage. Moreover/the two redcoats were both strong and power ful fellows. Then, too, they were no doubt eager to get even with Dick and Bob for having made them }>risoners. "We mustn't let them capture us, Bob/' said Dick. "Give it to them!" "That's what I'm doing, Dick!" panted Bob. Then a terrible struggle ensued there in that dark and lonely de.file. The result was that the order of things became revers 'I'he redcoats, from being on the offensive, had to ch their tactics and take the defensive Dick and Bob were now.. the aggressors. They worked. fiercely and energetically. They were determined to recapture the -two redcoats possible. And they would no doubt have done so had they be let alone. But this was not to be. There came an interruption. The thing that Dick feared might happen, did happe The two sentinels meeting at the ends of bea where they came together at the mouth of the ra".ine, he the sounds of the conflict. "Hello! I wonder what's going on in there!" cried o "I don't know," replied the other. "We had better s though; it's a struggle of some kind." Dick and Bob heard the sentineFs words. So did the two redcoats. They understood that help was at hahd, and they h9p that they might yet succeed in making prisoners of t youths. "This way, soldiers of the king!" cried one in a lou voice. quickly, and help capture a couple of reb spies!" Sounds of excited exclamations were heard. Then came hurrying footsteps. Dick and Bob realized that they were in great dange It was a battle royal. now. Not another word was spoken. While they might and undoubtedly would have tri They saved their breath for the work in which they were umphed over the two redcoats and recaptured them, the engaged. could not hope to be successful against four of them. The redcoats worked fiercely energetically. They would have to give up the idea 6 f th They were determined to make the youths prisoners. two redcoats. The youths were as determined that they should not do The y would have to turn their entire attention to th so. matter of maki'ng their escape. :Dick and Bob fought fully as fie_rcelY: and determinedly They would have to act quickly. as did the redcoats. The sentinels would be upon the scene in a few moments It was the activity, suppleness, strength and endurance The youths realized that they would have to break loos of youth against the matured strength of manhood. from the two redcoats and make escape before th In a b r ief e ncoun te r w h e re st r e n gt h was the main requisentinels reached them. site the r e d c o a t s m i ght have triumphed. If they delayed too long they would be to escap Thi s was not a c ontest of that at all. They w e r e un a ble t o overpower the youths quickly. So the instant h e heard the sound of hurrying footsteps, The longer t h e strugg l e lasted t h e poorer grew their j Dick cried out: of over c o mi n g the y ouths at all. l B reak loose, B ob! Bre ak loose a nd run with all your The y w e r e rapidl y becomi n g wind e d while Dick and might!" Bob seemed as fresh a s eve'r. 1 "All r ight, Di c k !" catne i n g rim tones from Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 13 "No, you den't I" cried one of the redcoats. "We'll hold you till our friendsget here I You can't get away I" But the redcoat was wrong. The youths were desperate. They quickly proved that they could get away. They proved it-by doing it. Thud, thud Thud, thud I Dick and Bob struck the two redcoats :fierce blows with their :fists. They followed this up with sudden, :fierce wrenches of their bodies. The blows from the fists pained and disconcerted the Their shots came nearer the mark. 'l'he youths heard the bullets whistle. I "That was pretty close I" said Bob. "But missed us; so thei.closeness of it doesn't make any difference." "True. Well, I hope we will be able to get clear away before they can :fire upon us again. They might hit us next time." The youths ran onward up the ravine as swiftly as they could go. They knew by the SO'Ulld of the voices of the redcoats that the fellows were coming in pursuit. The youths felt confident, however, that their pursuers redcoats and caused them to loosen their holds upon the were no match for them in speed. youths. They were sure they could run away from the redcoats. The result was that; when the youths gave the strong And they were determined to do it in the shortest pos-wrenches they succeeded in breaking loose from their op-sible space of time. ponents. To that end they exerted theJUselves .and ,put on an extra They were only just in time. burst of speed. The sentinels were almost upon them:. Dick and Bob leaped away and ran up the ravine as fast as they could. Cries and curses went up frOJ!l the two redcoats. They were very angry, and greatly disappointed on account of their failure to hold the the sentinels could reach them. "Stop cried one, in a loud, :fierce voice. "Halt I or we will fire I" But Dick and Bob had no intention of halting. They had been fired upon too often to be stopped by such a threat.' "Fire, and be hange d to you I" said .Bob in a grim under tone. "You couldn't hit the side o{ a barn at ten paces, anyway, in broad daylight!" "But accidents sometimes happen, you know, Bob," said Dick. "True; and it certainly would be an accident if they hit us." Crack, crack I 'rhe redcoats had drawn their pistols and fired. The sounds of the shots was the only intimation the youths had of the fact, however. They did not hear any sound of the bullets. They drew away from their pursuers: They knew this because of the 'fact that the sound of the redcoats' voices grew fainter and fainter. Presently the youths reached the upper end of the ravine. They did not pause Mre. They kept on,' and a few moments later were at the top of the hill. They looked back down the ravine, but could neither hear nor see the redcoats who had been pursuing them. "I guess we have distanced them, Bob," said Dick. "Yes; but, great guns, Dick, look down in the encamp ment yonder Looks like a hornet's nest after a boy has stuck a stick in it, don't it!" "The shots aroused them, Bob." "That's right; I guess they think the entire patriot army is coming down upon them." "'l'he shooting has aroused them, at any rate." "Do you suppose they will follow us up here?)' "I don't know, Bob; there's one thing that I do know,. though." "What is that?" "That, for fear those four redcoats do follow us, it is important that we hasten to the old cabin where we left the "The sentinels w41 fire their muskets next," said Dick,.two prisoners. It may be that they made a prisoner of Mr. "perhaps they may do better-or worse, rather, so far as Hardy, and in that cas e we must reach there ahead of them we are concerned." "I hope not, Dick. I guess there isn't much danger." The youths ran onward up the ravine. Crack, crack I The sentinels had fired a couple of musket shots. and release him." "That's so, Dick; but, do you know, I don't believe they made a prisoner of him." "What makes you think so, Bop?" "Why if they had made a.. prisoner of him, I think they


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. would have br9 ught him with them. They woUld not' have bad indeed; besides I do not believe iri save in left him behind, would they?" battle ahd on other occasions when it cannot possibly be "They might have done so, intending to return and get avoided." him later on. You see, they knew we were down in the British encampment, passing ourselves off as redcoats. By hastening back to the encampment, they might reach there in time to expose us and accomplish our capture. Then, of course, could return at their leisure and get Mr. Hardy." "That' s right; I hadn t thought of that." "Come; then. Let's hurry." Away we go, Dick!" The struck out and made their way as rapidly as possible in the direction of the old cabin in the woods. It did not take them more than five minutes to reach the cabin. Tht:J door was open. It was as dark inside the cabin as it was out of doors. They could just 8ee that the door was open, and that was .all. They leaped through the \,loorway into the cabin. Dick was leading the way out of the cabin as he was talking. I The noise made by the approaching redcoats could be plainly heard now. They were close at hand. "We'll step aside int? the timber a little ways," said Dick, "and see what h ave to say when they find we have beaten them." The three stepped aside a distance of ten yards, .and sta tioned themselves behind some trees, and the ,ap proach of the redcoats. They had not long to wait. The soon reached the cabin. 1rhe three could not see them, but plainly. .. could hear the The redcoats were puffing and blowing at a great rate They were evidently almost exhausted. Wait h e re a moment, fellows!' ? Dick heard a voice Mr. Hardy, are you here?"called Dick. hi h h d b that f M d k I l w c e Fecogmze as emg o ur oc say; There was no reply m words; but a stifled groan came to d .f th till th ,, go m an see i e pnsoner is s ere. !,heir hearing. I I< "He is here, and a prisoner!" exclaimed !\;lick; and he leaped across the room in the direction from which the sound had come. He stooped over ahd felt about on the floor. His hands came in coptact with a human form. A quick examination, by means of feeling about with his hands, revealed to Dick the fact that Mr. Hardy was bound hand and foot and gagged. \ I s he t here, asked Bob. "Yes; I've found him. You listen for the redcoats while I free him." \ "Go in and 'feel:' if he is still there, you mean, Mur dock," said the voice of "It is so dark a fellov could slice it with a knife." Almost immediately afterward an exclamation cam from the interior of the cabin. I "He's gone!" came in Murdock's voice. "Those curse! young rebels beat us here after all, and .set hhn free!" "I thought you would find it that way, Murdock," sai1 Hampton. "Those two are a couple of the liveliest young sters I everhad anything to do with. Jove !my jaw feel like it was broken where one of them hit me during t i mix-up down in the "All right; and if the redcoats put in an appearance, I will shoot hole s into one or two of them." "I judge that I shall carry a black eye for a few days, D ick quickly drew a knife. said Murdock in a lugubrious tone of voice. "I'd like H e had to w ork c ar e fll y in the darkness to keep from get a crack at the one that hit me, to g e t e ven." cutting Mr. H a rdy wit h the knife but soon succeeded in "I'd like to get two cracks at the one who hit me ; cutt ing the bond s and r e moving the gag. grumbled Hampton; "but I gues s there s no chance of d 1 Ah! i t feels good to be free. once more!" said Mr. ing it to-Ilight. T hey' v e escaped us time sure." Hardy. "I am glad you got here so soon "Yes, they've got away into the timber agreed Mu "I believe I hear the redcoats coming, Dick!' ; said Bob. dock; "and it w oul d b e lik e huntin g for a nee dle i n a in a low tone. stack to try to find the m : They might be within thi "We must be getting out of here in a hurry then," said feet of us and yet b e perfe c t ly safe from di scov er y. Dick. "There are only four of them, still, I not think I ;edcoat s t a ted the e x act truth without' knowing it. it will be wise to stay here and fight them. Qne or more 1 D:lck, Bob, and Mr. Hardy were not more than thi of u s might be killed or badly wounded and that wo;uld be feet distance at that moment.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 15 The redcoats talked for a few moments longer, and then took their departure. They talked as i f they intended returning to the British encampmen t at once, and Dick and his companions saw no reason for doubting that they really intended doing so. It would be utter folly for the redcoats to try to find the hree patri ot s in the darkness. And the redcoats, not being fools, would not attempt t. Soon the redcoats were out of hearing. Then t_!i.e three emerged from their 1:iding-place, and aused in front of the cabin. "The escape of those two redcoats and their return to the encampment has upset my calculations," said Dick. "They will tell about our having been in the encampment and the soldiers wilLbe excited and aroused; it will be imossible for me to follow out my original plan of remaining among tbe British and aboard one of the warships o-morrow. My identity would surely be discovered. I hall have to try and think up some other plan, for I have ade up m y mind to go on board Admiral Howe's flagship. If I can t do it one way, I will another I" There was grim determination in Dick's tone, proving that he meant every word he uttered. CHAPTER VI. DI C K INTERFERES IN BEHALF OF SOME SAILORS. Dick was in a quanaary. He did J:\Ot know what to do. It ,looked as though he was going be balked in his purpose of going aboard the warship in spite of himself. But he had not given up hope. His quick mind was working rapidly. He was struck with an idea. He knew considerable regarding the tastes and habits of sailors. He was aware that the sailors from the warships made a practice of going over to New York City every night and remaining until late, drinking and carousing. :Jf.e made up his mind to go over to New York qity. He would visit the haunts patronized by the sailors By so doing, he might manage in some way, through their aid to get aboard Admiral Howe's flagship. Of course, it was impossible to formulate any definite plan. This was not neeessary, however. He could form his plan after reaching New York. "How far is it from here to the nearest point where I can sec1:re a boat, Mr. Hardy?.'' asked Dick. "About a mile, Dick," was the reply. "Good!'; the youth exclaimed. "Let us hasten there at once." "Wha t a re you going to do with a boat, Dick?" asked Bob. "Going to ride in it, Bob." "Where to?" "Over to the city." "Over to the city?" "Yes." "What are you going to do over there?" ,.. "What I do over there will be governed by circumstances. I think that I may stand a chance of getting aboard Ad miral Howe' s flagship by going over to the city and ming ling with tbe sailors." "Am I to go along, Dick?" "No, Bob." "Why not?" "I thiilk it will be better for you not to go. "I don't see why." "Well, it' s this way, Bob: If I do manage to get aboard Admiral Howe's :flagship, I will be in great of being detected and captured. If you were along, you would be captured also. You ; by remaining behind, would t.b.en be enabled to return to Morristown with the information we have already secured." "I guess you're right, Dick. But, great guns I whatever you do, don't let those redcoats nab you." "I won't let them nab me if I can help it, you may be sure of that, Bob." The three now set out through the timber and darkness. Mr. Hardy went in advance. He knew the way, while did not. A walk of fifteen or twenty minutes brought them to the strip of water separating Staten Island and New Jersey. The boat was found where Mr. Hardy had left it. Dick gave Bob his final instructions "Yo1' remain at Mr. Hardy's two days, Bob," be said. "And if I have not returned bythat time you must go back to Morristown and place the commander-in-chief in possess ion of all the information that has been secured." ..


16 THE LIBERTY B "All right, Dick," replied Bob; "but I want you to be The scene which met his gaze was about what he ha back! I don t want to have to return to Morristown by expected to see. myself." room was well filled. "I'll be back with you, Bob, if such a thing is possible." "Well, be careful, old man!" "I will, Bob." Then Dick shook hands with Bob and Mr. Hardy and climbed iuto the boat. He seated himself and unshipped the oars. Mr. Hardy pushed the boat off. Dick placed the oars in the rowlocks and began rowing silently away. There were :British soldiers in all the brilliancy of thei scarlet uniforms; others still had on niforms of the Brit ish navy; still others had on the garb of ordinary sailor before the mast; and in addition to all the others were som dressed in ordinary citizen's clothes. Notwithstanding the diversity of their dress, all we eng&ged in the same pursuit-drinking. Some were half, some two-thirds, and others wholl drunk, while a few-a very few-were seemingly qui "Good-by!" he called out. sober. "Good-by, and good luck to you!" cried Bob and Mr. These latter, Dick shrewdly guessed, were shore shar Hardy. who made a business of frequenting the dramshops patro It was about twelve miles from Dick's starting point to ized by the sailors, and robbing them after they beca the city. drunk. It would take him from an hour and a half to an hour and three-quarters to row there. He made regular, steady strokes with the oar, and forced the boat through the water at a good rate of speed. He was soon in New York Bay proper. He could see the lanterns hanging at the bows sterns of the warships, and this enabled him to keep clear of the vessels. Away beyond he saw the lights of New York City. They were very faint. They consisted of perhaps half a dozen whale-oil lamps placed here and there about Bowling Green. These, of course, did not make a great illumination, but it was sufficient to mark the spot, and sufficed as a guide for Dick. The youth kept well away from the warships. He kept as much space between them and himself as he could without going too much out of his way He did not wish to attract the attention of a watchman, and cause an alarm to be raised. At last Dick reached New York Leaping ashore at one of the wharfs he made the boat fast and then made his way across Bowling Green. 1 Dick knew that the sailors frequented the saloons and drinking houses near the water front The sailoTs did not believe in getting any further away from the water than was necessary. Dick paused in front of the first saloon he came to. Dick would have preferred not to attract attention. It would have suited him to stand quietly si listening to the conversation of the sailors, and in this m ner find one or more who belonged on board Admir Howe s flagship. But he found that this would not do. It would atfract too much attention to him. If he was to remain in the place unmolested, he wo have to do as the others were doing. It would not do to stand around. He had not much more than got inside before he by one of the British soldiers. Dick still wore the British uniform, and this no do attracted the fellow's attention. "Hello, ol' fel' I" the redcoat said in a thick tone; "co up n have a drink with me. Lesh be soshable an' fren'l Dick was afraid that the redcoat might take offense he refused, so he stepped up to the bar. "All right, comrade," he said; "I'll drink with The redcoat ordered drinks for two, and the barkee quickly placed two glasses and a bottle before them. The redcoat managed to pour the liquor into the glaa Then he lifted his glass, Dick doing likewise. "Heresh luck t' King George an th' Britchshish arm 'Merica!" said the British soldier in a maudlin tone. "I never drink liquor of any kind," thought Dick himself; "but if I did, I would not drink it to such a t as that!" "I dislike entering such a place," the youth thought; He did not wish to raise a disturbance, however; so, m "but it is necessary if I am to accomplish anything, so as he felt like toss in g the liquor in the redcoat's face, here goes!" Dick pushed the door open and entered. telling him w hat h e thought of King G e orge and all representatives in America, Dick restrained himself.


1== This was a case where silence was the best policy. As soon as they made a positive move toward robbing the So Dick touched to his lips in a pretense of drinking, sailors, he would interfere. and then as the other threw his head back and swallowed It might be the chance that he was looking for. his liquor, Dick, with a dexterous flirt of the glass, threw the liquor on the floor. His action was unnoticed. The redcoat who had insisted on treating was well satisfied and insisted on shaking hands with Dick, and assuring him of his undying friendship. Dick submitted to this with as good a grace as possible, and then got away from the fellow and made his way over to a table in one corner of the room. Four sailors were seated about thi'll table. They were about two-thirds drunk. They were talking loudly. Dick listened to their conversation with interest. He hoped to hear them mention the name of the vessel aboard which they belonged. His wishes in this respect were grati:fj.ed. The sailors presently mentioned the name of the vessel from which they had come. Dick's heart leaped for joy. The name mentioned was that of the flagship of Admiral Howe. Dick made up his mind that he would not lose sight of these four sailors. He might be able through th:eir assistance to get aboard the ship. He did not know how it was to be accomplished. If the sailors were not too drunk to be appreciative, it would enable him to make friends with them. Ordinarily, there is no class of men who appreeiate a favor shown them or a kindness done them, or who are more grateful for such, than are sailors. Dick was aware of this. So he was willing to render the sailors such aid and as sistance as was in his power, and risk their being grateful. He watched the would-be thieves closely. 'He was confident that they would not long delay making the attempt to possess themselves of such money as the sailors possessed. Nor was he mistaken. Suddenly ;-he saw one of the would.:be thieves insert his hand in the .pocket of one of the sailors. This was Dick's cue to act. Leaping forward, he seized .the fellow by the coat' collar and gave him a strong jerk. The would-be thief, in order to save himself, seized the back of the chair in which the sailor was seated. This did not save him, however. Dick had put forth all his strength. Down came the would-be thief, flat upon his back on the floor. He held on to the chair, however, with the result that he pulled it and its occupant over on top of himself. The three, thief, sailor, and chair, came down with a He would have to pursue such a course as circumstances terrible crash. made necessary. For the present he would have to lie low and keep watch on the four sailors. Something might turn up that would aid him in his undertaking. He would simply hold himself in readiness to take ad vantage of any opportunity which might present itself. The sailors kept on drinking, and, as a natural result, grew more and more intoxicated. They were soon far enough gone in this respect as to attract the attention of two or three of the shore sharks al ready mentioned-the scQundrels who made their living by stealing from the sailors. Those fellows d tew near the table and became very friendly with the drunken sailors. Dick was watching the fello,s. He understood their purpose. He made up his mind to checkmate the scoundrels. Instantly all was confusion. "We'll fix you for that!" cried one of the comrades of the would-be thief, and three of the fellows leaped forward to attack Dick. 1 CHAPTER VII. ON BOARD THE WARSHIP. The scoundrels meant business. Dick realized this. It did not daunt him, however. He meant business himself. He was ready for them. And was willing to meet them at least half way. Doubtless the three fellows thought they would have M trouble in disposing of one.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. They were so confident of this that they were careless. They did not think it necessary to be on their guard. The result was that they were treated to a surprise. Out shot Dick's right arm, then his left. His fists took two of the fellows fairly between the eyes. They were knocked down as effedively as though they had been struck with sledge-hammers. They struck the floor with a crash. Then, crack! Dick's fist took the fellow under the chin. One did succeed in drawing a knife, and would have stabbed the redcoat had not Dick seen his action and pre vented it. 1 Dick wrist just in time and gave it a terrible twisting wrench, almost breaking it. The fellow gave utterance to a cry of pain and dropped the knife. Then with a blow straight from the shoulder Dick fell the rascal to the floor. Becoming engaged in a scrimmage quickly sobered th The scoundrel was lifted off his feet, and went down sailors. with terrible force. He alighted fairly on of one of his comrades who had just started to try to regain his feet. This eased the third man's fall, but it was hard on his comm de. The fellow was :flattened out, and the breath was totally This made it possible for them to fight effectively. Dick and his frienc!s were outnumbered to the extent o one man, but this odds was not sufficient to have any effec upon the result of the encounter. The truth was that Dick himself equal to at leas three of their opponents, and the result of the combat di and almost permanently knocked out of himt not remain long in doubt. There were two or three more of the fellows in the room, The gang of would-be were soon thorough! and giving utterance to cries of anger, they rushed at Dick. whipped, and suddenly they quit fighting and darted ou By this time the soldiers with whom Dick had pretended of doors. to take a drink came to an understanding of the situation. The four sailors and the half-drunk redcoat were de "Harold Mort'mer t' th' rescue!" exclaimed the halflighted. drunken redcoat. "Young fellerzh fr'en' 'v mine, an' I'll protect'm with m' life, thash whash I'll do!" Then the redcoat came to Dick's assistance. One would not have thought that a drunken man would have been able to render much aid in a case of this kind But this proved to be an exception. The sight of the combat and the thought that he was going to take a hand in it seemed to sober the redcoat up wonderfully. The result was that he knocked two of the fellows down They were greatly elated over their victory. They shook bands with one another and with Dick an congratulated one another on their success in putting th fellows to flight. They called for liquor and proceeded to celebrate. Even if Dick had not wished to do so he could not hav helped being chummy with the sailors and redcoats. The sailors had not been so drunk but what they kne the youth had interfered in their beaalf and saved the from being robbed. Dick could get a chance at them. The result was that they would hear to nothing els At almost the same instant, however, Dick floored the than that Dick should remain there and celebrate wit other one. 'Rih for King George and the king's soldiers!" the redcoat cried, enthusiastically; "they're the boys who can do the business all ri' And now ensued a general mix-up. The sailor who had been pulled over onto the floor, and Lhe fellow who had pulled him over, were engaged in a fierce fight, and now the other three sailors took a hand in the affair. It was Dick and his redcoat friend and the four sailors against seven rascally thieves. The latter fought fiercely. They were desperadoes at heart. They tried to draw and use weapons. them. This suited Dick exactly. It was just what he desired. Of course he did not wish to, nor did he intend to dri any liquor, but he was confident that it would not be di ii.cult to make pretense of drinking get rid of t liquor by throwing it on the floor. The drunker they got the better it would be for his pla And a plan was gradually taking shape in his mind. It was already partially mapped out. He had made up his mind to stay with the sailors un they should start to to their vessel. Then he would accompany them. If possible he would go aboard the ship with them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 19 And lie thought it would be possible to do so. In fact he was determined to accomplish it. But they fooled him again. 'rhey were more at home in boats and about the water On the morrow Generals Howe and would go tban they were on shore. board Admiral Howe's :flagship. Dick stood ready to render assistance should any be In order to secure definite information regarding the needed, but it was not. uture movements of the British it would be absolutely ecessary to go aboard the ship. No better opportunity could possibly present itself than he present. Dick felt sure of this. Therefore he was determined to embrace the opportunity. He would make the most of it. Consequently he was glad of the fact that it was so easy o remain in the company of the sailors. During the next hour the four sailors and the redcoat sposed of a great quantity of liquor. Dick pretended to drink as much as any of them. But he did not drink any. Their minds were on other things and they had no eyes !or anything save their wine glasses. So it was an easy matter for Dick to pour his share of liquor on the floor. At last the sailors were ready to go. 'l'he sailors got into the boat unaided and without much difilcully. Then Dick got in after them. He did it in the most matter of fact manner imaginable; 'l'he sailors offered no objections. In fact they seemed to think it was the proper thing to do. They looked upon Dick as a comrade and seemed glad Lo have him wilh them. 'l'o Lheir drink-dulled minds there was no reason why he should not accompany them. They would have been disappointed bad he not entered tbe boat. They looked upon him as a hale fellow well met and wished to keep him with them Dick cast off the pa inter and pushed the boat away 'from lhe pier. Three of the sailors took the oars while the fourth seated They were about as drunk as it was possible for even a l1imsel at the slern and took the steering oar. ailor to get. 'l'be three began rowing. Dick's redcoat friend was almost as drunk as it was posTheir strokes were unsteady and none too strong, but ;ible for him to get. lhe boal moved through the water at a fair rate of speed. He protested in maudlin tones when Dick started to Dick wondered if tqe sailors would be able to find their leave in company with the sailors, but gave in gracefully i;bip. when :Dick told him that he positively had to go. 'l'hey had found their way to the boat, true, but could "Allri' ol' fel'," he said; "if y' haf t' go, y' haf t'. Lhey find the ship amid the deep darkness. G'-by !" This was a question. So Dick got out of the saloon in company with the The only way he could get an answer to it_ was by waitsailors. One thing bothered the youth. He was afraid the sailors would not know the way back to their boat. But he need not have feared. ing. Tbe matter would soon be decided. Dick hoped 1.he sailors would have no trouble in finding the ship. He did not know its location. Drunk as they were-and they were so drunk that they So he could render them no assistance in the matter. could hardly stand up-the matter of finding their boat But again Dick's fears were unfounded. seemed to present no difficulties to them. I The sailors seemed to know by instinct which way to They made their way across Bowling Green. go. They traveled farther than was necessary, of course, us After fifteen minutes of rowing, the boat was brought to they zigzagged here and there and were forced to tark a standstill under the stern of a large vessel. frequently, but finally they reached the 'pier. Dick was reassured. A flickering whale oil lamp on a lamp post a short disHe had no doubt. that this was Admiral Howe's flagship. tance away showed a boat lying at the foot of the pier. The watchman at the stern of the warship had not hailed Dick did not think it possible that these drunken sailors ihe occupants of the boat. could get into the boat without falling into the water. Doubtless he knew who they were.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. He simply leaned over the rail for a moment, glanced He had been thinking while coming to the ship, -and haC. down, said, "They're back at last, and drunker than lords," thought out a course of procedure. and then turned and walked away. Dick was not afraid of awakening any of the sailoL Dick had feared the watchman would notice him and in the forecastle. 1 beeome suspicious, but the fellow did not seem to pay any attention to him. "Now, if I can only get aboard and inip the forecastle in company with these sailors!" thought Dick, "I will be all right." A rope ladder hung down from the ship. Dick made the painter fast to this ladder, tying it up short so that the boat's head would remain right at the ladder. Then he climbed boldly up and over the ship's rail. The sailors followed one at a time and scrambled over the rail. Much to Dick's satisfaction, the watchman was half way up the deck of the ship on his beat. When the four sailors were all on deck, they made their way toward the bow of the vessel, 'where the forecastle was situated. Dick accompanied them. He simulated drunkenness, and with very good success. Drunk as they were, the sailors noticed Dick's change of demeanor. "Ye're (hie) b'ginnin' t' get drunk, too, (hie) are ye, shipmate?" remarked one. Sailors are proverbially sound sleepers. So he made his way here and there in the most uncoif cerned and matter of fact manner. He was hunting for an empty bunk, and he soon su ceeded in finding one. He climbed into the bunk, and, stretching himself ou went to sleep. This was one peculiarity of Dick's. He was matter of fact in most things His nerves never gave him any trouble. He never could see any use of worrying. He had set out with the intention of getting aboar Admiral Howe's :flagship. He had succeeded. This knowledge gave him great satisfaction. Therefore, as there was nothing more that he could d that night, he, like the .sensible youth that he was, decide to take some needed So, as we have said, he lay down and was soon It seemed to Dick as if he had been asleep but a fe minutes when he was awakened by feeling himself roughl shaken He opened his eyes and looked up to see the faces of hal The others seemed to think it was a good joke and a dozen British tars. pounded Dick lovingly on the shoulder and in the back. There was, he imagined, a look of surprise and wonder "We're all (hie) drunk t'gether," said another; "an' we ment on their rugged, but on the whole, good-natured coun won' go home till mornin; The watchman saw and heard thein, but paid no atten tion other than to chuckle to himself. "That's a happy crowd," he murmured; "but oh, what heads they'll have to-morrow!" Doubtless the watchman had been there himself on more than one occasion, and knew all about it. Finally Dick and the four sailors reached the fore castle. By some miracle the four sailors got down the forecastle companionway without falling down. Dick kept dose by them and accompanied them into the "forecastle. tenances. "Well, mate," said one of the. sailors; "it looks to me e if ye've got inter the wrong pew_!" CHAPTER VIII. DIOK ACQUIRES SOME INFORMATION. '. Dick was quick witted. He had expected to wake up in some such situation a this when be went to sleep. He had calculated on it, and bad made up his mind r The four sailors lost no time in tumbling into their garding the course which he would pursue. bunks. It all came back to him in an instant. A smoky lamp rested in a bracket at the farther end of the forecastle. Dick was left to his own devices, but he was well satis fied to have it so. He looked up into the faces of the tars, blankly, an 'pretended to be amazed and pzzled. For a few moments he gazed at the faces of the sailo r then he raised up on his elbow and looked a"ll around.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 21 here am I, anyway?" he asked in a wondering tone waving his hand toward s ome neighboring bunks from ick's acting was good. t deceived the sailors, at any rate. Don' t you know?" asked one o:f them. No. Where am I?" 'You are on board one of hls majesty's warships." On board a warship!" ick put all the surprise in his tone that he could. which came the s ound of loud snoring, "were ashore last night having a time. They got full as geese-just listen to them snore-and it would be just like them to bring you aboard when they come. After you had h e' ped 'em lick them thieves an' then you had all got drunk together, they'd love you like a brother and wouldn't think of leaving you b e hind. As I was s ayin', it would b,e just like them to tote you off to the ship with them." Yes." I guess that mu s t be it," said Dick. ''I believe that if But-I don t understand it. How came I here?" I saw the faces of the four sailors I was with last night, I That is for you to say. That is what we want to would know them again. I'll take a look at these fel)W." lows here and see if they are the ones." 'And it's what I'd like to know." H e rose to his feet and stepped across to the opposite 'It's funny if you don't know. You're one of the bunk. g's soldiers, ain t you?" l yes." you belong in the British army over on Staten I nd, don' t you?" Yes." l1 Then what are you doing here ? pick looked puzzled. )r at any rate it was a clever imitation. 'Tm sure I don't-hold on!" Dick exclaimed. "Great ?tt I believe I do remember!" ick paused again and was silent for a few moments. hen he arose to a sitting posture, and swung his legs the edge of the bunk. Ile sr.ratched his head and looked at the floor in a per ;x.ed manner. I have it now," he said;' "I was over to New York 1 y la s t night having a little time While I was in a Of cour s e he kn e w the fellows were the s ame, buti t was neces s ary to keep on acting in order to deceive the oth e r s He looked at the face of t he sailor lying in the bunk He gazed a few moments an d then uttered a n e x c l a m a tion. "It's one of them, sure enough!" he cried. "I'd know him a nywhere." "I thought you d find it that way," sa1d one .of the s ail o r s "They couldn t think of l e aving you behind af te r w h a t you had done s o t hey brought you aboard with th em." "And h ave got me into a nice little scrape!" said Dick, lu g ubriou s ly. "Why so?" "Why ?" Yes, why?" "It's v e ry simpl e It i s past roll call time, and as I did not show up in c a mp, I have no doubt bee n brand e d a d e -pon some rascal s tried to rob some sailors. The sailors serter." re pretty drunk and I rem e mber now that I interfered "Oh, th a t)s it." pre were six or seve n of the thieves and we had a lively "Yes. And if I retu T n now, I will prob a bl y be shot." there for a few minutes the sailors-there were four Of course, h a d Dic k reall y b e en a Bri tis h s oldi e r and them-and another soldier joining in and helping me. ha d h e a bsented himself l o nger tha n h e h a d b e en given (gave the rascals a good thrashing and they took to their leav e t o remain away, h e would had h e back that l ls. 'rhen the s ailor s insi s ted that we celebrate the viemorning, h ave been repri ma nd ed, bu t h e 'would have bee n rf, which we did. I gue s s we all got about as full as the in no d a nger of b eing s h ot r allows and the only wa y I can account for my being The you t h did n o t b e lieve that those r o u gh sailor s would te is that the y mu s t h ave brought me with them when t y came off to the ship. I seem to remember leaving the oon with them and that' s about the last I do remem. If I remember aright I believe they said they be ged on board Admiral Howe s -flagship. Is this that lsel ?" 'Right, my hearty!" was the reply. "And I guess you re got it about right. Tom Dick ; Bob and Bill, here," \ know t h e differ e nce, however a nd as it suite d h i s purpose to r emain on board th e s hi p a nd h e b a d to invent s ome ex cuse for doing so, h e thoug h t t h a t thi s on e 0 being ac counted a d e sert e r was a s good a n e x c use a s b e could find And s o it proved The sail o r s did n ot t h e diff e rence. They tho ught that what Dick s aid was true. Sailor s a r e as a gen e r a l thing g o o d-hearted men.


22 THE' LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. They felt sorry for Dick. Their sympathies went out to him. "What will you do?" asked one. Dick shook his head slowly and looked puzzled. "I hardly know," he replied. "I guess I shall have to lie low for awhile, and then become a deserter in fact. I am afraid, though, that they will capture me, no matter where I go. Jove I don't kriow what to do "I'll tell you what to do," said one of old tars. "You do what I tell you to uo a .nd you will be all right." "Let's hear what you have to said Dick. He was well pleased. He wished to remain on the ship, and to remain in the forecastle, his presence unsuspected by any of officers of the ship or of the British army after the redcoats had come on board. If he watched his corners, he felt sure of being able to acquire valuable information. And now he felt confident the sailor was goi-ilg to sug gest the very thing that he wished to do. It so proved. "This is wh ,at I have to suggest," the old sailor said, earnestly; "you stay right here in the forecastle of this ship. We'll bring you your grub and you can keep out of sight. They'd never think of looking here for you." '"That's a good idea," said Dick; "and I shall adopt it if you fellows are willing. I thank you very much for sug gestinq it." "Don't say a word," the old tar replied. "You got your self inter trouble by he'ping some of our boys -''hen they wuz, in trouble, an' we stan's by them as stan's by us; don't we:r-mates ?" "We do!" was the reply in a rousing chorus. This suited Dick exactly. Things could not possibly have been more to his liking. He was soon on the best of terms with the sailors Dick suggested that. soine of the officers might co1ille down in the forecastle and that it would be a wise precaution for him to doff the soldier's uniform and put on a sailor's suit. The sailors thought this was a good idea. They all had extra suits, ,and one who was about Dick's size and build furnished Dick with ,the clothin_,g'. Dick changed the clothing, andi rolling the soldier's uni form up, stuck it under the bunk. Then he felt safer and more at ease. When the four sailors with whom Dickhad come on board the ship awoke, they corroborated everything Dick had said. They had not doubted hiln before: -but now they kI positively he had told the truth. The sitilors, true to their promise, brought Dick s food. ., e He ate it and felt He felt well in both mind and body. -J;Ie had good reason to con'gratulate himself. In getting aboard the warship and managing to sec1 such a secure position as he now occupied was somethinf whic.h he might well h proud. A little later on, the trampling of many feet was he1 I on deck. "The soldiers are coming aboard," one of the sa said to him. Dick had already guessed that this was what it was. "Jove! I'll have to lie low and keep close now," he s1 "That's right," \'(RS the reply. "Well, you dodt need' show your head above deck if you don't want to." L "There is one thing, though," said Dick; "it may l that none of the members of my regiment have come abo this ship. And if that is the case none of the soldiers wm recognize me if saw me, and having this sailor's s on would make me still safer. They would think me < of the sailors." I "That's so." "I'll take a peep after awhile and see," said Dick. A few minutes later he slipped up the companionway a looked all around. The sailors, of course, thought he was looking to see any 0: the members of his regiment were on This, however, was not Dick:s purpose. He wished to see if Generals Howe and Cornwallis come a board. As Dick looked, his heart leaped with delight. Halfway down the deck stood three men. The three men were Admiral :ff.owe and Generals Ho: and Om:nwallis. They were talking earnestly and pointing here a there. "I am all right!" thought Dick. "It will be queer il do. not acquire some valuable information while I ami this ship. I Dick remained in the companionway only a few minut Then, fearing that he might attract attention, he we back down into the forecastle. c Dick put in the day doing nothing in particular. Indeed. there was nothing he do. He would not dare venture on deck in the daytime.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 23 would have to wait until after nightfall to get in his ''Good!" exclaimed Dick to himself after listening a few moments; "Admiral and Generals Howe and Cornwas a long day to Dick. wallis and their staff are in there and they are holding a was used to action. council of war! Now, if I am not disturbed and forced be inactive, to sit still and do nothing, was the hard-to give up my position here, I shall certainly be successful ork in the world for Dick. contented himself as best he could, however. th the coming of night he would get to work. noon and in the evening the sailors brought Dick food rink. were doing their part as they had agreed. night came 011: Dick's spirits rose. f-e time was coming when he could get to work. nd he was never so happy as when at work. in learning the plans of the British." CHA:J?TER IX. DICK LEARNS THE PLANS OF THE BRITISH. "Well, now that you have got your men aboa;rd my war-ick waa eager to b e out and doing, but did not wish tO ships, what do you think of doing?" Dick heard one of the all by undue haste. he forced himself to remain quietly in the forecastle l it was as dark as it would be that night. hen when he thought the proper time had come, he said ie sailors: l am going up on deck and get a little fresh air. I 1 been cooped up here all day and feel the need of air ; exercise." sailors thought that this was all right, so had noth o say against it. ck left the forecastle and stole on deck. e made his way softly across the deck. e soon reached the door opening into the cabin. '.e listened at the door for a few moments. sound came to his ears. (e took hold of the knob on the door and turned it. \hen he pushed against the door. \he door yielded and the youth pushed it slowly open. lhe room was lighted by a whale oil lamp, and looking I in, Dick saw that the room was not occupied. rood!" he thought. "I'm glad of that!" 1 hen be stepped quickly into the room and closed the men say. '1.'he speaker, as Dick knew, was Admiral Howe. He was addressing his brother, General Howe. "Well, I hardly know," was the reply in General Howe's voice. "I'll tell you what I b"een thinking ef doing, however." "Well, what?" "This: You know we tried to get across New Jersey and move on Philadelphia, but were kept from doing so by Washington's "Yes, I know that." "Well, I have been thinking of going to Philadelphia by water." Dick heard exclamations escape several of the men. "Oh, that is your idea, is it?" came in the admiral's voice. "You mean to go down the coast and up the Dela ware Bay and River, do you?" "Yes." "But I understand there ai:e a couple of forts just this side of Philadelphia guar"ding the approach by way of the river." So there are." "Well, what about it; we couldn't get past without sufhere was a window in each side of the ca pin, but the fering considerable loss, could we?" were drawn down, so it would be impossible for the "No; but we wouldn't need to pass the forts in the bhmen to see Dick through the windows, while walking kward and forward on their beats. "Ah, I understand! Your plan is to stop somewhere ?ick walked softly across the room to where there was opening into another room. tick bent over and placed his ear to the keyhole. s he had hoped would be the case, he heard voices. 1e listened eagerly. his great satisfaction he found that 'he could under )d every word that was spoken. below the forts, land your army, and march to Philadelphia." "Just so. Don't you think it feasible?" "It looks feasible to me. What do you say, General Cornwallis?" "I think it practicable," was the reply. Then ensued quite a good deal of talk among the officers.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. They discussed the matter pro and con for half an hour General Washington and make him think that we do or so. Luckily Dick was not disturbed. He kept his position at the door and heard everything that was said. Dick realized that he was very fortunate. He had already gained much valuable information, and if allowed to remain where he was until the council of war was ended, he would gain still more. know what we want to do ourselves." "That isn't a bad. idea," said General Cornwallis. "It seems 'to be a very good one," said Admiral Ho "I think so,'' said General Howe, complacently. another thlng I will do : When we are rea0dy to set or Philadelphia, after having made all maneuve and succeeded in getting General Washington thoroug puzzled, I will write a letter to General Burgoyne, stati that our destination is Boston, and will contrive to have At last, to his satisfaction, the British officers came to letter fall into Washington's hands. Unless I am grea a decision. mistaken, we will succeed in fooling the commanderIt was decided that the fleet should proceed to Philachief of the rebel army nicely." delphia-or as near there as it could go-when the troops would land and march to Philadelphia and the "rebel" capital, as the British officers called it. It was decided, however, not to set sail at once. "We must completely fool Washington," said General Howe. "We must not let him suspect our intentions. We must throw him oil the track altogether." "You might have done so," thought Dick, "had I been here to hear all this, but I don't think you will f him-now." Dick had heard everything of importance that b said during the council of war, and now, the conversa changing to matters of no particular interest to him, decided to vacate his post. "How are you going to do it?" asked his brother, the He had heard all that it was necessary to hear, anyw admiral. "Washington is an exceedingly shrewd roan, and he had secured information which would be of inestima it will be a difficult matter to deceive him. So far, he has value to General w ashington. always seemed to know exactly what you were going to do." "That was because he sent spies who spied upon us and succeeded in securing information regarding our intended movements. That young rebel spy, Dick Slater, has been It was of the utmost importance that he should succ in reaching the commander-in-chief with this informati It would be a terrible mishap if he should be discove and captured. He knew he was in danger of discovery. within our lines and even in my headquarters many times, and he has, I do not doubt, been a listener at our councils His post was one 0 great danger, as some one of war on more than one occasion. I would give five hun-enter the cabin from the deck. dred pounds for his capture!" And then, too, the council of war w:as likely to break "Well, this is one of the councils 0 war which there is at any moment. no danger of his being a listener to," said Admiral Howe, Then some of the officers would be almost certain with a laugh Dick laughed also to himself. He wondered what they would say and do were they to come i1:1to the room he was in. If he waited too long he might be discovered. So Dick acted at once. become suddenly cognizant of the fact that Dick Slater, the He stole softly across the room to the door at which hated "rebel" spy, was at that very instant within ten feet had entered. / of them and listening to every word that was uttered. As his hand touched the doorknob he heard a stir in A few more words were exchanged between the officers, room occupied by the British officers. and then Admiral Howe said: The council of war was breaking up "Let us heat your plan for deceiving General WashingDick heard the sound of footsteps. ton; we will then give you our opinion as to whether or They were approaching the door which he had just lef not it will accomplish the purpose intended." Dick realized that he must hasten. "My plan is this,'' said General Howe. "It is to sail here In another instant the door might open and he might and there with the fleet in an erratic fashion. We will go discovered. up the Hudson a ways and then come back and go up the Sound; then we will put out to sea and then return and do He pulled the door open. He feared the watchman might be near at hanl, but the same things over again. In this manner we will puzzle fears proved to be groundless.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 25 he watchman was some distance away, and going in a ction so that his back was toward Dick. he youth heard the doorknob of the other door rattle. e realized that he had not an instant to lose. e leaped through the doorway and pulled the door t behind him. door in time to a sight 1o1!f5ick? he youth askec}, this question. e ad the officer caught sight of Dick, he would no doubt e raised an outcry. s there was no outcry, the youth deeided that he had ped detection. "Jove! what if he.should see my fingers!" thought Dick; lt "I had bette r stop and keep them perfectly still, for if I move them they are much more likely to attract his at, tention. Well, one thing, if he sees them and goes to in vestigate, I will let go my hold and drop into the water. I can swim ashore easily-though it would be much more pleasant to row ashore in a boat Dick stopped and hung suspended, his hands remaining perfectly qui(:t. Closer and oloser came the footsteps of the watchman. Dick was on the alert. The least hint from the fellow that he had seen the youth s hands would cause Dick to let go his hold and shoot downward to the water many feet below ,. e made his way rapidly, yet silentiy across the deck. Dick's hands were near one of the uprights which supdecided not to return to the forecastle. ported the rail, however, and were thus partially e had already accomplished all he had hoped to acfrom view. plish when he had come on board. here was no reason why he should remain longer. n fact there was every reason why he should not remain. e was in danger every instant of time that he remained board the ship herefore, it would be the wise thing to do to get off the at the earliest possible moment. e made his way along the deck, going toward the stern. e moved very softly. t happened that the watchmen were at about the middle he ship, and, as !t was a dark night, they could not see k. At any rate the watchman did not see Dick's hands. He approached to within five or six feet, as near as the youth could judge, of where Dick hung suspended, and then, turning, started to go in the opposite direction. Dick drew a breath of relief "Jove! I'm glad of that!" he said lo himself; "I was not very eager for another swim in the bay!" Feeling safe, now, Dick resumed progress, and was soon at the stern. He was delighted to find the rope ladder there, just as ii had been the night before. In another instant he was on the ladder and descending here was a lantern hanging at the stern, but it did not rapidly. much light. he illumination did not make things distinguishable a distance of more than ten or fifteen feet. ausing just outside the portion of the deck made light he lantern, Dick quietly and carefully climbed over the of the ship. en he was over, he let himself down till he hung sused by his hands, which grasped the edge of the deck. I don't think they will be able to see my hands," Dick ght; "I will work my way around to the stern. I think kely that I will find aladder there, and a boat; if so, I be all right." ick w?rked his way along. was slow work-and hard work, too. e had to hold up the entire weight of his body with his rs. He felt sure he would find a boat below, and he did. He judged that it was the same boat he and his four sailor friends had used in coming off to the s hip the nig:1L before. In this surmise, doubtless he was right. The boat was the same size and style of the one .1i c y had come aboard in, at any rate It did not matter, though. It was a boat, Rnd that was all Dick for. He quickly untied the painter. Then seated himself and seized the oars. Dick's movements had been shielded by darkness, so there was but little danger that he had been seen. There was a lantern hanging at the stern, as we have said, but the flaring, thick bottom prevented the light from e stuck to it, however, and worked his way along, and being reflected downward, and it was as dark below the almost reached the stern, when he heard the slow, lantern as it would have been had there been no lantern sured pace of the approaching watchman. there at all.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. What light the lantern did throw out was sideways to the l'ight and left. So Dick felt quite secure as he rowed slowly and silently away from the stern of the warship. He was confident that he would succeed in escaping with out any trouble now. Dick rowed away, going in the direction of the shore at the northern end of Staten Island. The British army was no longer there, and he could land there impunity. "I left Mr. H'.ardy's boat over at the pier at New York last night, and I don't suppose I will ever see it again; but I will leave this for Mr. Hardy in place of. his. : This is just as good a boat." So mused Dick, as he rowed along. He had no trouble in avoiding the warships. < The lanterns. marked the location of the ships. The distance to the shore of Staten Island was not great, but Dick took his time and rowed slowly. He was in no particular hurry, and be did not wish to risk coming in collision with some other boat in the darkness on account of exercising undue haste. OHAPT:IDR X. I "THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. Dick was confident inmates of the boat that had run into his boat were redcoats. So he did not wish to get sight him. He feared they might have a lantern. He at op.ce struck out and swam rapidly away from the spot. He was not at all alarmed for his safety. He felt confident that he would have no trouble in swim-ming to the shore. If. he got away from the vicinity before the redcoat caught sight of him, in case they di,d have a lantern, he would be safe. If the redcoats had a lantern it had gone OUit. At any rnte they not show one. Dick heard the .rn talking excitedly. No doubt they thought they had caused the some one. death of It was better to go slow, keep a sharp ear out for the "Albright," thought Dick; "you may think you caused somebody to drown. It will make it easy for me sound of oars, and be safe. At last he was out from among the warships. Then he headed away for the Staten Island shore and rowed more rapidly. It was not likely he would encounter any boats after getting away from the vicinity of the warships. -So Dick thought; but he soon found out his mistake. Suddenly he heard the swift strokes of oars. The sound came from his left. Dick knew from the sound that the approaching boat was close at hand. He threw all his force and weight onto his oars, and tried to force hi.s boat forward quickly enough to escape being run into. He wa!l too late, however. Even as he did so the prow of the oncoming boat struck the boat Dick was in fair in the side. The other boat was undoubtedly a large 01;1e, and manned by several oarsmen, for the side of Dick's boat ,was crushed in with as much ease as though it was an eggshell. As he felt the jar of the impact, Dick threw himself out of the boat. to get away He swam rapidly. He had a good idea as to the direction which he shoul go. He kept on swimming, and, sooner than he expected, he reached the shore. He drew a breath of relief as his feet touched bottom. He waded ashore. He did not pause an instant. He walked rapidly forward. He was soon on the spot where the British army had been encamped. He knew this by the ,i:nany heaps of ashes, and the sticks sticking up out of the ground-forked sticks which had been utilized in holding kettles suspended over the fires "I wonder if I will find Bob and Mr. Hardy up at the top of the hill?" Dick asked hin!self. "I rather think I shall find them there." Dick hastened his footsteps. He knew his way well. He had been on this ground on two or three former ocIn this way he avoided the danger of being struck by the casions. prow of the other boat. That he knew his way well was soon proven, for he found "HeHo what have we struck?" cried a voice; "back his way to the -mouth of the ravine leading up toward the wRter, all!" top of the hill, with unerring! precision.


THE LIBER'rY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 27 "Now I shall soon know whether or not Bob and Mr. not want to miss Mr. Hardy, in case had started back Hardy are up there waiting for me," thought Dick. before they reached the cabin. He hastened his footsteps still more. They covered the distance easily in an hour, and did not He hurried onward up the ravine and was soon at the meet Mr. Hardy. 1end of it. The reason was very simple. A minutes longer and he was at the top of the hill. He had not yet left home. "It that you, Dick?" called a voice in a subdued, yet eager tone. "Yes, it is me, Bob," replied Dick. He hastened forward and a moment later was shaking hands with Bob in a hearty manner. "Mr. Hardy isn't here, eh, Bob?" said Dick, interroga tively. "No, he went home to get some food for us. I expect we will meet him as we go." "All right; come on, Bob, let's be moving. I am through He was almost ready to start, however, but decided to postpone his trip indefinitely when the youths put in an appearance. Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and Mabel were very glad to see the youths. Especially was this the case as regarded Dick, for they lmew that he had been engaged in a most dangerous and hazardous undertaking. They were eager to hear the story of his adventures, and he told it as briefly as was possible. "And now," he said when he had finished, "Bob and I must start at once for Morristown. I am anxious to place "And were you successful, Dick? Did you get aboard General Washington in possession of the information which work here for the present." the warship?" "Yes, Bob; and I succeeded in securing some very valu able information. It will please the commander-in-chief I have secured." .They went at once to where their horses were and saddled and bridled them. wonderfully, I know." d h Mr. Hardy bad taken care of the horses an ad given The vouths set out in the direction of Mr: Hardy's cabin h 1 f f d d .t em p enty o ee an water. t once. Bob was eager to hear the sto-;_.y of Dick's adventures. He was likewise eager to know what the was rhat Dick had secured. Dick told Bob the story of his adventures, and told what it was he had discovered. Bob was delighted. "Great guns! but you are a great one, Dick!" he ex: laimed, enthusiastically; "what is it you can't do!" b Dick laughed. f r "Oh, what I did was not so very difficult," he said, l eiuietly; "you could have done the same things just M well." "I doubt it, old man; I'm not cool-headed enough. I rattled right at the moment and spoil all." "Oh, I don't know, Bob; to my mind there are few more Returning _to the house, the youths bade Mr. and Mrs. Hardy and good-by, and m,,ounting their horses, rode away into the darkness. It was now just about midnight. 'rhe youths could take their time and reach their destination easily by sunrise. And this was the way it turned out. They reached :Morristown just as the sun was rising. They were greeted enthusiastically by their comrades, the 'Liberty Boys of '76." Dick knew that the commander-in-chief would not rise till about eight o'clock, so they remained in their quarter$ until breakfast was ready and ate their breakfast before reporting at heaqquarters. Dick waited until sure that the commander-in-chief would be through with his breakfast, and then he made his level-headed fellows than you." way to headquarters. The youths walked onward as rapidly as they could i.n The commander-in-chief greeted warmly. ehe darkness and timber. Several of the members of General Washington's staff They 1vent .in as direct a course as possible, as they did were present


28 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' CHALLENGE. They all knew Dick well and shook hands with him. I "Now, Dick, my boy, let's hear what you have to say,.'' said General Washington; "I can tell by your looks that you have secured important information." "You are right, your excellency," replied Dick. And then he went ahead and told the commander-in chief what he had learned. General Washington and the members of his staff were delighted. "You have done splendidly, Dick!" the commander-inexclaimed. "So they are going to fool me by sailing here and there up and down the river, into the Sound, and As he would have a much shorter to traverse, he could wait several days after the fleet had sailed and still reach before the British could possibly get there. As soon as Dick had secured the commander-in-chief's permission to put his plan into execution, he bade General Washington good-by, saluted, and withdrew. He hastened back to the quarters occupied by the "Lib erty Boys." When he told them what he was going to do, they were delighted. All made ready for the journey in his haste. out to sea, and back again, are they? Well, thanks to you, An hour later the entire company of "Liberty Boys" they will fool no one save themselves. The information rode out Of the encampment and away toward the east. which you have secured will make it possible for us to They arrived in the vicinity by noon. checkmate the Britii;h." .After 1Dick had given them all the information which he possessed, he S'aluted and withdrew. They took up a position on an elevation nearly opposite New York. They remained there all the rest of that day, that night He remained quietly in camp all that day and going to and the next day. bed early in the evening he slept soundly all night. During the two days they '!atched the maneuvers of th1 He had been pondering a project the day before, and fleet, and managed to show themselves without seemin; after breakfast he went to headquarters and had an to do so intentionally. terview with the cornman der-in-chief. At about ten o'elock the next day, the youths saw severa Dick knew that the British fleet would remain in New boatloads of British soldiers coming across the river fro York Bay and vicinity several days making the maneuvers New York City. as planned by General Howe. The British fleet was out of sight, having sailed ou 'rhe British would wish to be seen by patriots, scouts through the narrows. and spies, and Dick's idea was that it would be a good plan to let the British know they were being watched. He asked General Washington's permission for himself "What does it mean, Dick?" asked Bob. "Why do yol suppose are those redcoats coming across the river?" "I'll tell you what I thi, Bob. It is my belief tha and his company of "Liberty Boys" to go over close to New they saw us up here, interpreted it as being a challenge, an York Bay and remain there a day or two, ostensibly to ar. e coming over to offer us battle." watch the maneuvering of the ships. Their real purpose "Great guns! I believe you're right, Dick!" would be to let the British know that their actions were "I'm sure I am, Bob. And when they have landed, I a being taken note of. going to make a certainty of it by sending one of the boy General Washington thought this would be a good plan, down with a challenge for them to come out into the ope and readily gave his permission. and fight." He saw no objections to all the "Liberty Boys" going "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "That's the way to talk! W along, as it would give 'them something to do and they were haven't had a skirmish for so long that we are all gettillj not needed. in camp. and a fight will liven us up and make us feel lil General Washington would not move southward with the new men." p atriot army until he was sure the British fleet haa really The other youths all said the same. set sail for Philadelphia They were all eager for a fight. [


THE LIBERTY BOYS' CHALLENGE. 29 Dick had paper, ink, and a quill with him, and he wrote A number of the British had been killed, and a greater a short letter challenging the British to come out in the number had been wounded. open and fight. Three of the "Liberty Boys" had fallen, and ten of them This letter he gave to Sam Sunderland, and sent him had been wounded; several of these quite seriously, but with it under a flag of truce, and told him to deliver it to not necessarily fatally. the commander of the British force. Sam departed at onee. They saw him reach the British in safety. He remained there for perhaps five minutes. Then they saw him coming back. He was back among them within a few minutes. It took him but a moment to report. The J?ritish had accepted the challenge to come out into the open and fight. The result was a fierce hand-to-hand encounter between the patriots and redcoats. Both parties reached the open at the same time. It was patriots vs. redcoats, and t _hey rushed at one an other as if they would sweep their opponent off the earth. They were about equal in numbers. Selecting a pleasant spot, a grave was dug, and the three "Liberty Boys" who had fallen in the fight were laid to rest. Then after the wounds of the others had been attended t.o, Dick sent a messenger down to the British telling them that they might return and bury their dead and take the wounded away. "I guess they wish they hadn't accepted our challenge now, Dick," said Bob. "I judge you are right, Bob," was the sober reply. "Well, I'm sorry for the poor fellows who met their death to-day. It is a bad business, but in time of war bloodshed is a necessity." "True, Dick; and the redcoats are to blame, or rather their king is to blame. We certainly are not; :we are fight-Three volleys were fired from each side, one from muskets ing, practically, in self-defence, are fighting for liberty, and and the: other from pistols. I do not think we should feel badly about these things at Then the two parties came together with a crash. As we have said, it became a hand-to-hand encounter. The "Liberty Boys" were in their element. They fought with such energy, dash and impetuosity that there was no stan.ding before them. The redeoats did the best they could. They fought with valor. It was no use, however. They were no matches for the brave "Liberty Boys," and they were forced to give ground before the fierce onslaught of the patriot 80ldiers. They kept fighting and retreating for awhile, and then finally became demoralized. They turned and fled. The flight became a rout. all." "You are right, Bob; but to see bright, manly-looking fellows go down to death in this manner makes one's heart ache just the same." The "Liberty Boys" remained in the vicinity until as sured of the fact that the British fleet had really set sail for Philadelphia, and then they hastened back to Morristown to take the news to General Washington. The commander-in-chief of the Continental army at once began making preparations to checkmate this last. move of the British. THE END. The next number (19) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED; OR, THE BEAUTIFUL TORY," by Harry Moore. They threw away their muskets in order to be enabled SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly to run faster. are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any The "Liberty Boys" stopped pursuing them in obedience newsdealers, send the price in money or postage stamps by to an order from Dick, when they began throwing away mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION their muskets. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies The redcoats retreated to the boats, where they stopped. you order by return mail.


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These Books Tell You Everything!' A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Eac h book consists of sixty-four pages prin ted on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. Most of lhe books are also profuse ly illustrate d and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that any child can thoroughly understand the m. Look ov e r the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjects mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE Jf'OR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS THIS OFFIOE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO H UN'l' A ."D .l!'lSH.-The most complete hunting and fishing guid e ever published. It contajns full in structions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, tog ether with d escriptions of gam e and fish. No. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full in structio n s are giv e n in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. No. -17. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE, AND DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best hors e s for the road ; also valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. -18. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for cons tructing canoes and t he most popular manner of sailing them. Frlly illustrated. By C. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON' S ORACULU M AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny: alst> the true mean ing o f almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A complet e book. No. 23. HO\V 'l' O EXPLAIN DREAAIS.-Everybody dreams, from the little child to the age d man and wo man. '.rbis little book give s the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unlucky days, and "Napole on' s Oraculum;" the book of fate. No. 28. HOW TO TELL FOB.TUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what bis future life will bring forth, w hether happi_nes.s or misery w ealth or poverty. You can tell by a gl ance at this httle liook. 'Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell t he fortune of vour friends. No. 76. HO\V TO TELL FOHTUNES BY THE RAND.Containing rules for telling fortune s by the aid of the lines of the band, or the s ecret of palmistry Also the secret df telling future e v ents b v aid of mol e s, marks s cars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC No. 6. HOW TO BECO:\IE AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in1 lstru c tion for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this little hook. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the differ ent ositions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtam one of these us e ful and instructive books as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMN.AST.-Containing .full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embrac ing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and u seful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the also in archery. Described with twe nty-one practical 1Jlustrat1ons, g1vmg the best positions in A complet e bo o k. No. 61. HOW TO B.l!"JCOME A :JJOWLER.-A complete manual of bowling. Containing full instructions for playing all the stand ard Aruerica:i and German games; together with rules and systems of sporting in use by the _principal bowling clubs in the United States. By Bartholomew Batterson. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW .ro DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing explanations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards. and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of specially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With 1llustrationL No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustr..-The great book of magic and tric ks, containing full instruction of all the leading card of the day, also _the most popular magical illusions as performe d by our l eadmg magicians ; every boy should obtain a copy of this book as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. 'l'O DO S-!DCOND SIGHT.-Beller's second sight explamed by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. ExpJainrng how th e secret dialogues were carried on betw e en the mag1<.:1an and the. boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals 'l'he onl y authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A .MAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed be fo re the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations, ere. No. 68. HOW TO DO TJ:tICKS.-Containi ng ove r one hundred highly amusmgand mstruct1ve tricks with c h e m ic a i s By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No .. 70. HOW MAGIC full d1rect10ns for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderst>n. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7 .5. TO _BECOME A CONJURER.-Containing tricks with Dommoes, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thirty-six illustrati ons. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO '.rHE BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every boy should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electi'icity, hydraulics, magnetism, optics pneumatics, etc., etc. The most instructive book pub'. lished. No. HOW TO AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstruct10ns how to proceed m order to bec ome a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive; together with a full description of everything an engineer should kn..Jw. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Yiolin, Zither, Aeolian Ha,""l, Xylo phone and other musi cal instruments; together with a Lrief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal MarinPs. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LAN'.rERN.-Containins: a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention-. Also full directions for its use and for painting slid.ii. Handsome ly illustrated, b_y John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL 'l.'RICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11'. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-'-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them; also giving specimen letters for both young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE J,ETTERS.-A wonderful littlt book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart. your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every younc lady in the land should have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation al.'d composition; together with specimen letters.


T H E STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-COntaining a great variety of the latestjokes used by the m ost famous end m e n No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER. Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuse No. 31. IIOW 'l.'O BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen illustrations, giving the diliereBt positions requisite to be c ome a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all tile popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most simple and con c is e manne r possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting de bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the best sources for procuring information on the questions given. ment and amateur shows. SpCI ETY No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE N 3 HOW OF I Th d f fi'rt t' r AND JOKE BOOK.-Something new and very instruc tive. Every I o. T L. RT.-e arts. an WI es ? 1 a ion a boy should obtain this book as it contains full instructions for orfully by this httle book. Beside s the vari.ous !lleth.ods o ganizing an amateur troupe. ha.ndker ch1ef,_ fan, glove pa1asol, wmdow. and hat flirtation, No 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original tams a .full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 1s joke books ever p u blished, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happy eontains a large collection of .songs, jo!res, .etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsom e Terrence Muldoon, the great humorist and Joker of littlebook just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc the Ever,l' boy .who can enJOY a good substaptial Joke should tions in the art of dancing etiquette in the ballroom and at parties obtain a copy immediately. b d d f JI d' 't f 11 ff II I No .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACT9R.-Containing comress, an u irec 10ns or ca mg o m a popu ar square plete _mstructions. bow to ma}rn up for various chara?ters on the No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOv .lli.-A c ompl ete guide to Jove, stage with the duties of the Stage_ Manager, .Prompter, courtship and marriage giving s e nsible advi c e rules and etiquette Scenic Artist and Property By a promment Manager. to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not genN!l. 80. GUS WILLIAMS the lat-erally known. est Jokes, anecdotes and funny. stories .of this and No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in the ever popular Gerl!la.n comed1a.n. Sixty-four pages handsome art of, dressing and appeal'ing well at home and abroad, giving the colored cover contammg It half-tone photo of the author. select10ns of colors, material, and bow to have the m made up. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing 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 publ ished. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books 011. cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, fish, game and oysters; also )lies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grll.lld collection of recipes by one of our most popular ccoks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow 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 ELEOTRICITY.-A description of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; .together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc.. By George Trebel, A. M., M D Containing over fifty illustrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con tainiug full directions for making electrical machines, induction co ils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by ele ctricity. By R A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and l!.ighly amusing electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A V,ENTRILOQUIST. By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multitudes 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 pubJished, and there's millions (of fun) in it. 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 money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet, dominoes, etc. No 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. HOW TO PLAY and bandy little book, g1vmg the rules and full directions for p laymg Euchre Cribhage,_ Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poker, Auct10n Pitch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hundred interesting puzzles and conundrums with key to same A complete book Full y illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know bow t,o become beautiful, both male and female. The secret is s i mple, and almost costless. Read this booll: and be convinced bow to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary, mo c kingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS AND RABBITS.-A useful and instruc tive book. Handsomely illus-trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on bow to catc h moles w e asels, otter, rats, squirrels and birde. Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valu able book, instructions in collecting, preparing, mounting and preservmg birds, animals and insects No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty eight illustrations, making it the most compl e te book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8 HOW TO BECOl\IE .A SCIENTIST.-A useful and in struc tive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ex periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, ch emistry, and directions for making fireworks, colored fires and gas balloons. This book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete handbook for making all ki a ds of candy, ice cream, syrups, essences etc. etc. No. 19. FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STA'l'ES DISTANCE TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving the official distanc es on all the railroads of the United States and Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, back fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc. etc., making it one of the most complete and bancly books published. No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR-A won derful book, ci'.>ntaining useful and practical information in the treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to every family. Abounding in useful anil effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLEC'l. STAMPS AND COINS.-Con taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bra-d y the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuable and sensible rules for beginners, and also r elates some adventures and experien ce s of well-known detectiv e s. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Contain ing useful information r egarding the Camera and bow to work it; also bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides aad other Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W. ETIQUETTE. Abney. No. 13. T O DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY is a great hfe secret, and one that every young man desires to know CADET.-Containing full explanations bow to gain admittance, all about. There's happiness in it. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Post No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and eti-Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy should qnette of good society and the easiest and most approved methods know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, author of appearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre church of "How to Become a Naval Cadet. and in the drawing-room. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NA VAL CADET.-Complete in-structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval DECLAMATION. Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, description No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK O F RECITATIONS. of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a boy -:-Containing the !Dost popular selections in use, comprising Dutch should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Com dialect, French dialect, Yrmkee and Irish d i a lect pieces together piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a with many standar d readings. West Point Military Cadet. PRIC E 10 C ENTS EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, York.


HERE'S ANOTHER NEW ONE! Splendid Staries cf the Revalutian. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. DON'T FAIL TO READ IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liherty Boys of 76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Libert y Boy s Oath; or. S ettling With the Britis h and Torie:>. 9 The Liber t y Boys to the Rescu.e ; or, A Host Within Themselves. 3 The Liberty Bo y s Good Work; or, Helping G e n eral Washington. :10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With D eath. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides_ 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's, 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Foiling the British. Minions. 1 5 The Liberty Boys' Trap; or, What They Caught in It 6 The LibP.rty Boys' D e fiance ; or, "Catc h and Hang Us if 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. You can." 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing q, British 7 The Liberty in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of Man-of-War. the Revolution. 1 8 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 8 The Liberty Boys Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. Fol sale b y all newsdealers. or 8ent postpaid on receipt of pl"ice, 5 cents per copy, by !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS i : of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out aad fill 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 teturn mail. l'OS'I'AGE S'l'AMPS TAU.EN 'J'BE SAME AS lUONEY. ,1 FRA -'K TO USEY, Publi s h e r, 24 Union Square Nen Y o rk. .......................... 1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find .... c e nt s for which plea s e send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. PLUCK AND LUCK ............................. SECRET SERVICE ....................... : ... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 76, Nos .......... ..... ............ .... ........ T e n-C e nt Hand Books, Nos ....................................... ..... .. ...... Name ........................... Street and No ........ .' ........ Town ....... State ......


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