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Liberty Boys of "76"
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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. No. NEW YORK, MAY 10, 1901. Price 5 Cents. you enter, .sirs ? the beautiful maiden asked. My father will be pleased to extend hospitality to all persons wearing the uniforms of patriot soldiers J


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. 1 .. ued Weekltf-Bll St1bacrlptwn $2 .110 per 11e11r. Entered aa Second OlaaB Matter at the New York, N. Y., Peet 01"'- Februa..,, i, 1901, lilatered accortUng to A.ct of Oortg reBB, in the 11ear 1901, in the e(fwe of tlwl Ulwarlelt of 00rtt1r ... WuMrtgtert, D. O., Fra n1' Toua61/, 24 UW11> Sg:vare, New Yer&. No. 19. NEW YORK, MAY 10, 19.01. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. PUZZLED. "What does if mean, Dick?" "I don't know, Bob." It was the 1st day oi August, 1777. It was an excess!vely hot day. The sun beat down with appalling force. The two youths of perhaps eighteen years oi age stood upon a promontory on the south end oi New Jersey, at a point where they could look out over Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Off shore, perhaps three miles distant, was a fleet oi vessels. The vessels were warships, and were the ships constituting the British fleet under Admiral Howe. The patriot army now occupied a position near Phila delphia. Washington had learned that the British fleet had sailed southwardly from New York with the purpose of reaching Philadelphia by water. He had at once broke camp at Morristown, N. J., where he had his army quartered, and moved southward. It was his purpose to meet the British, and keep them from entering Philadelphia from the south, ii possible. Having taken up his position near Philadelphia, the commander-in-chief had sent for Dick Slater and Bob Esta brook, two youths who had done good work during the past year as spies and scouts, and he had sent them southward, to the southermost extremity oi New Jersey, with instruc tions to keep a sharp lookout for the British fleet, and to hasten back with the news, as soon as the fleet had entered the mouth oi the Delaware River. Dick and Bob liked such work as this. They members oi a company oi youths known as "The Liberty Boys .oi '76"-:-indeed Dick had organized the company, and was its captain. They loved to fight. There was plenty oi danger connected with those tions. And this made the work attractive to their minds. They were not reckless and foolhardy, by any but they were strong patriots, and were happy when dealing the strongest blows at the British, so welcomed every op, portunity to do so. They were aware oi the fact that when playing the parts of successful spies and scouts, they were dealing strcrng blows at the British, and this was the reason they were glad to do that kind oi work. They had been here two days. They had kept a sharp lookout for the British fleet. They feared it might get past them in the night time, but it bad not done so, as was proved on this morning,. when the ships appeared in sight. The youths bad watched the approaching fleet with eager eyes. That it would sail up the Delaware Bay and River they had bad no doubt. They understood that this was what it bad come tber& to do. But, suddenly, when almost directly opposite the point where the youths stood, the entire fleet bad come to a stop. Presently the vessels began wearing around, and, to the great surprise oi Dick and Bob, the fleet turned and headed out to sea again. It was beaded in a southerly direction. The youths watched the fleet as it slowly drew away in wondering amazement. It was then that Bob had asked the question with which we opened this story : "What does it mean, Dick?" And Dick replied: "I don't know, Bob." The action oi the British fleet was certainly puzzling. Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook were two as bright youths as could have been found in a year's search, but they could not figure out to their satisfaction what the action oi the The excitement of battle was very pleasing to them, and fleet meant. just suited their energetic, enthusiastic temperaments; but Dick's first idea seemed to both to be the more feasible of t'hey also liked the work of spies and scouts. any either had advanced.


This was that the British had decided to delay entering breeze blew upon them, the youths felt very comfortable the Delaware River until after nightfall. indeed. He reasoned that they had thought that perhaps WashHaving nothing to do, save to lie there and look out over ington might have suspected that they had sailed for Philathe blue waters of the bay and talk, the youths' thoughts delphia, and that he might have sent scouts to keep watch naturally turned to their homes and folks, and-to their for the fleet's approach. In that case they might, by sailing back out to sea as if sailing away, deceive the scouts and make them think the idea of sailing up the river to Philadelphia had been aban doned. sweethearts. Dick and Bob lived within a quarter of a mile of each other on farms, near Tarrytown, N. Y. They had grown up together. They had gone to school together, had hunted, fished, and swam together. "If that is their scheme we will fool them a bit, Bob," said Dick. "That's right, Dick." To crown all, and more closely cement them in the bonds of friendship, Dick and Bob had fallen in love with each "We won't go away just yet." "No; we will stay here till we know what they are up to." "It will be impossible, unless it should cloud up to-night, for them to get past without us seeipg them, for it will be moonlight all night, and we will be enabled to see almost as well as though it was daytime." other's sister. Two sweeter girls than Edith Slater and Alice Esta brook it would have been hard to find. They were past sixteen, and were the most beautiful girls in the neighborhood in which they lived. And on this afternoon the youths talked of their sweet hearts and wondered what the girls were doing. It would be safe to say that the girls were thinking and "Right, old man; and it doesn't look now as though talking of Dick and Bob at the same time, for they did this there was much danger of it clouding up." "No; it is clear and beautiful." "I am confident that is the scheme they are going to try to work, Dick," said Bob, after a few minutes of watch ing the British fleet. "I rather think so, Bob." "Well, we will know by morning." "Yes; if they are doing this for effect they will come back and sail up the river to-night." "And if they do m' u see them." Yes; we will take urns at sleeping and watching. One of us will be on watch every hour of the night." every day. Sometimes the yu11ths were engaged in such exciting and dangerous work that their sweethearts were driven from their thoughts, but it was not thus with the girls. It did the youths good to have an occasional talk about their sweethearts, and they enjoyed this afternoqn's siesta and talk heartily. The afternoon passed away with quickness, and it was nearing evening before they knew it. The youths had kept a sharp lookout seaward, but had seen nothing of the British fleet since it had disappeared from sight at midday. The youths kept their eyes on the British fleet. Dick climbed to the topmost boughs of the tree to take It gradually faded away, the ships which were in the one good look before the sun -should set, but even from the lead disappearing behind the far horizon one after another. treetop he could see nothing of the British fleet. It was slow work, however. The ships had to go partially against the wind, and their speed was not great. It was past noon before the last one disappeared from the view of the youths. "I suppose they'll lie to after getting out a bit farther," said Bob; "and beat about, backward and forward, till nightfall." "Likely, Bob." The youths ate their noonday lunch, and then threw themselves down in the shade of a tree, which stood alone almost at the very top of the promontory. Lying in the shade of this tree, and where the cool sea 1 He looked in every direction earnestly and carefully, but not a sail was in sight. He came down and so reported to Bob. "They have gone farther out to sea than I thought the would," he said. "So they have," agreed Bob; "I would not have though they would go so far, if they intended coming back and re entering the Delaware River to-night." "Nor I. I don't understand it." "Perhaps the wind was so unfavorable as to practicall force them to go farther out than they wished." "That might be Jmt I hardly think so." The youths were somewhat puzzled.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. 3 They dismissed the subject from their minds, however, and proceeded to eat their supper. They had procured the food at a farmhouse a half-mile distant, paying for it liberally. "Say, Dick/' said Bob, as they were eating away heart ily, for they were healthy, and their appetites were splen did; "I believe the people where we got this grub are Tories." "I think so myself, Bob." "And I believe that man who was there yesterday even ing when we got the grub was suspicious of us." "You think he suspected that we were patriots?" "Yes." "I halfway thought so myself. He asked a good many questions, didn't he I" "Yes; he was too inquisitive altogether to suit me!" "There seems to be a good many Tories down in thii> part of the country." "You are right; we ran across a number as we were coming here." "So we did. Well, just so those folks don't refuse to sell us grub, Dick, they can be suspicious and inhos pitable as they like otherwise." "That's the way I feel about it, Bob." But had the youths known what was brewing, they would have felt differently. The suspicions of the Tories in question were to bear fruit and cause the youths trouble. Dick and Bob :finished their supper, put the remnants of the food away, as it would be all they would have fur breakfast, and threw themselves down once more at the foot of the tref>. 'l'hey remajned quietly there for nearly an hour, anil then, just as the sun was sinking to rest, they made their way down to the beach, and, undressing went into the wate1 !or a bath and a swim. The youths enjoyed this hugely. night, when he would awaken Bob, who would watch till daylight. This plan was :followed out. Bob lay down on his army blanket at the :foot of the tree and was soon sound asleep, while Dick sat with his back against the tree and kept his eyes fixed on the broad expanse of water lying spread out at his feet. Dick watched till midnight. The fleet of British warships had not put in an appear ance. Dick awakened Bob, and, after exchanging a few words, he lay down, while Bob his station with his back to the tree, to keep watch for the warships. One hour, two hours passed. Then from out of the darkness caused by the shadows cast by some large bowlders a short distance from the tree appeared :four skulking figures. The :figures were those of four men, and the fellows stole cautiously toward the spot where the youths were sta tioned. Evidently serious danger threatened the brave youths. CHAPTER II. OVER THE PRECIPICE. Dick, of course, was sound asleep. Bob sat on the opposite side of the tree, his face toward the south, his eyes looking out over the water of the bay. So he could not see the approaching skulkers. The only chance would be that he might hear them. But they were careful to make no noise. They were very light on their feet. They were as skillful as the redmen of the forest. Why were they slipping up on the youths in thii manThey were both expert swimmers, and they 8Wam about ner? fearlessly. Who were they? They remained in the water half an hour, and then as it began to grow dark they went ashore, donned their clothes and made their way back up to the top of the promontory. As the sun had disappeared from sight, the moon, full, round, and bright, had risen in the east, and the youths were confident the British fleet could not get past them and enter the mouth of the Delaware River without their seeing it. They thought it best for one to watch at a time, however, and it was decided that Dick should keep wafrh till midThis remained to be seen. That their intentions were not of the best was evident. They wonld not have exercised such care in approaching, otherwise. Forward they stole. Presently they were within a few feet of the youths. They paused. They seemed to be taking a survey of the situation. They whispered together for a few moments. Then two stole forward and took up their station nearthe tree.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. Two remained where they were. One of the men gave a signal, and all four leaped foc:ward. Two leaped upon Dick. 'l'he other two leaped upon Bob. Of course, Dick, being asleep, was very much surprised by such a rude awakening. Bob was scarcely less surprised. They did not give up; by any means, however. They were not the kind of youths to yield without a struggle, no matter how great the odds against them So they struggled fiercely. They fought with all their might. Had they not been taken at such a disadvantage, it was speedily demonstrated that they would have been able to defeat the object of the men who had attacked them. Dick made almost superhuman efforts to break loose from the two who had hold of him He succeeded in getting to his feet. Encouraged by this Dick struggled still more fiercely. He made desperate and determined efforts to wrench himself free from the grasp of the fellows. In his efforts at wrenching himself free, he had jerked the fellows over toward the edge of the promontory. The promontory overhung the waters of the bay. The water was right below, but distant more than a hundred feet. I" he cried, in heart-broken tones; "oh, he has gone to his death!" and with superhuman strength he threw the two men from him as if they had been babies, and rushed to the brink of the precipice. Throwing himself down upon his stomach, he stuck his head over the edge and looked down. "Dick I oh, Dick I" he called. 'rhere was no reply. "He is dead!" cried Bob, his voice trembling with an guish; "oh, Dick i s dead! What will his mother-what will Alice do when they hear this!" Bob, in his anguish and sorrow, had forgotten all about the men with whom he had been struggling. Rough hands suddenly seized him. To make sure of being able to h a ndle him, all four of the men had seized the youth. Bob, thus rudely brought back to a realization of the state of affairs, tried to offer resistance. He could do but little, however. The odds of four against one made it impossible for him to do much. He was practically helpless in their hands. Then, too, the thought of the terrible fate which had overtaken Dick, took most of the vim and energy out of Bob. He did not seem to have much strength It did not take the four men long to overpower the The two men with whom Dick was struggling gave utyouth. terance of cries of fear as they felt themselves jerked "Waal, we've got one of em, anyway," said one of the toward the brink of the precipice. men in a surly tone. They feared they might be pulled over "Yaas, an' we won' t need to bother 'bout t'other," said A fall to the water far below would without doubt be the another. death of them. "That's right," grow:led one of the remaining two. "He Of course, Dick would have gone, too; but that would came mighty near pullin' Lige an' me over the bluff." not make it any the better for them. "He did, fur a fac'," said the other, who was undoubtedSo, as they uttered the cries of fright, they let go of ly Lige. "He'll never do anything like that ag'in, though." Dick. "You cowardly scoundrels!" cried Bob, hotly; "you have The result was terrible for the youth. c aused the death of the best fellow who ever lived, and as He was just in the act of giving another terrible wrench s ure as I live and succeed in escaping from you, I shall call to free himself, and as they let go at the same instant, he each and every one of you to a strict account for what went backward toward the brink like a flash. y ou have done!" He saw his danger, and attempted to save himself. "Sho ye don't say," said one of the men in a sneering He was too late. tone. He partially paused on the very edge of the precipice, whirled around, tried to keep his balance, but could not, -and the next instant he disappeared over the edge of the precipice! Bob was struggling fiercely, and was very busy indeed, but saw Dick as the youth went over, and a great cry of :fright and horror went up from him "But ye won't escape," said another. "An' as fur as ther other fellow is concerned," said an other of the four, "his tumblin' over ther cliff inter ther bay hez saved us ther trouble of hangin' him." Bob's heart sank. He realized that he had fallen into bad hands. After talking together, at one side, away from Bob-


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. 5 whose hands had been bound together behind his backthe men again approached the youth, and two of them tak ing hold of his arms, he was led away. Bob wondered if he would be taken to the farmhouse where they had secured their food. He hoped so; for there was a woman there. She was not a woman of the most prepossessing appear ance in the world, but she was a woman, and Bob did not believe she would let these men hang or shoot him. But the men did not take him to the farmhouse. Instead they made their way to where there was some pretty heavy timber. They penetrated the timber a di s tance of perhaps half a mile. They had followed a footpath, and at the end of the path came to a log house in the centre of a little glade. The men entered the cabin without ceremony. Doubtless it was the home of one or more of them. Bob was seated rather roughly on a split-log stool. One of the men lighted a candle and stuck it into the neck of a wooden candlestick. Bob eyed the fellows critically Bob set his teeth grimly. He made up his mind to escape from the hands of these men if such a thing was possible. He must do it I "Oh, you do?" "Yaas, I do." "Well, what am !?" "Yer er rebel spy "How do you know?" "Oh, we guessed it, didn't we, fellers?" The others nodded "You guessed it, eh?" "Oh, we more'n guessed it," with a short laugh. "We wuz reezon'bly shore of et, wuzn't we, fellers?" A.gain the others nodded. "What made you so sure of it?" "Yer ax.shuns." "I don't see how our actions made you think we were 'rebel' spies. What did we do to make you suspicious?" "Waal, in the furst place, ther two uv ye cum down here; total strangers to us people who live aroun' here." "Well, that's no crime, is it?" The man ignored the question. "Then arter ye got here ye took up yer persishun over on ther bluff, an' ye didn't even tell ennybody yer names nur why ye wuz here nur ennything erbout yerselves." "Well, what of that? We had a right to do that way if we chose, did we not?" "Waal, yaas, I guess ye hed er right ter do that way; but et looked mighty suspishus, an' we hed er right ter He looked at the four men. make up our min's thet ye wuz rebel spies." "Well," he said, addressing the one who seemed to be "Well, I guess you did have a right to think so if you the leader of the gang; "now that you have me here, what chose," admitted Bob; "but your thinking so doesn't make are you going to do with me?" "Waal," was the cool reply, "we hevn't jest made up our minds about thet yit." "Oh, you haven't?" "No." "Well, who and what are you fellows? Why have you made me a prisoner?" The men laughed Oh, you wanter know thet, do ye?" "Naturally, I have a little curiosity on the subject." Bob's heart was aching, and he could not keep his mind off the terrible fate which had overtaken his beloved friend Dick, but he forced himself to talk calmly with these brutes who had been the cause of his comrade's death "Et don t matter so much who and what we air," said the fellow who had done most of the talking; "et's who and what ye air what counts." "Oh! Well, who and what am I?" "I don't know who ye air--" "I supposed not," remarked Bob. "--but I know what ye air it so." "Mebbe not, but we'll jes' keep on er thinkin' so, ennyway." "You'll stick to your view, then, right or wrong, eh?" "Yaas, an' we'll act on 'em, too." "That means--" "Thet yer'll proberbly be shot er hung fer ther rebel spy thet ye air, afore ther sun comes up in ther mornin' I" This was said in a savage tone; and as Bob looked at the lowering countenances of the four men, he realized that lie was in dangerous hands. The men were Tories of the very worst stripe, and would hesitate at nothing. CHAPTER III. DICK'S FIGHT FOR LIFE. And now, what of Dick? Was he really dead P


ti THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. Bob and the four men believed Dick was I The shrubbery was very thick and was twisted and dead. matted together in such a manner as to make it very When Dick felt himself going over the precipice, he strong and capable of sustaining considerable weight. made a desperate effort to catch hold the edge of the Dick's body had fallen directly into this shrubbery and rock and. keep from falling to the waters of the bay one had lain there during the time the youth was unconscious hundred feet below. as snugly and safely almost as a baby in a cradle. He failed to catch hold of the edge of the rock. It was wonderful. Instead, his head hit the rock such a hard blow that Dick The youth's escape from a horrible death seemed almost was rendered unconscious. miraculous. How long he remained in this condition, Dick did not Dick looked up. know. He was sure he could see the top of the precipice. At :first he scarcely knew anything. It could not be more than twenty feet above him, and His head was very sore and felt as if it was as big as a he did not think it was that :far. bushel b asket. But even though it was no farther than this, how was For a few moments he was puzzled. he to reach the top of the cliff? He could not think where he was or what had happened. Then suddenly it all came back to him. He remembered what had taken place. He and Bob had been stationed on the bluff keeping watch for the return of the British fleet. He had bee-n asleep while Bob had been taking his turn at watching. They had been attacked by four men. There had been a fierce struggle. He had managed to break loose from the two who had seized him, but in doing so he had lost his balance and fell over the precipice. He remembered it all very distinctly now. Then the thought struck him : Where was he? He was aware that the waters of the bay came right up to the foot of the cliff, immediately beneath the spot where he had fallen over the precipice. Why, then, had he not fallen into the water? Dick stirred and began feeling about him. Dick did not see how he was to accomplish it without aid. But from whom was he to receive aid? He thought of Bob, but he remembered the four men who had attacked them and realized that Bob could not possibly have resisted them successfully. Undoubtedly he had been made a prisoner. As no sounds came from the top of the cliff, Dick felt sure that the men had made a prisoner of Bob and taken him away. There was no doubt in Dick's mind that all :five believed him to be dead. Dick feared t?at the bushes would give way sooner or later. In order to take the strain off the bushes as much as possible, Dick began to edge in closer to the face of the cliff. Of course, the :farther out he was, the greater would be the strain on the bushes. As soon as he began to move his body, the bushes began It was so dark where he was that he could see nothing swaying up and down in an alarming manner. distinctly. Some of the bushes snapped and cracked as if about to Turning his head, however, he was enabled to see stretchgive way. ing away from him the blue waters of Delaware Bay. Dick's heart came up in his throat. The water was seemingly a great distance below him, Was he to go to his death in the waters of the bay after and, while it was dark where Dick was, the moon shining all? upon the water made it plain to be seen. He feared that such might prove to be the case. Dick's sense of touch told him enough, however. Slowly and carefully, inch by inch, Dick worked his He made the discovery that he was lying in the midst way in toward the face of the cliff. of a mass of shrubbery. Even though he had exercised the utmost care, the bushes By reaching out at :full length with his right arm, his cracked and swayed alarmingly. hand came in contact with what seemed to be a rough and serrated stone wall. There were clefts and :fissures in this wall, and from one of these clefts the bushes or shrubbery had grown out. This diminished to some extent, however, as he drew nearer to the face of the cliff, and finally when be was right against it, they did not crack or sway scarcely at all. "That makes me feel better," thought Dick; "I guess


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. 7 these bushes will hold me up now for e.n indefinite length along the top of the ground and seemingly to the edge of of time." the cliff. His position was not the easiest or most pleasant in the world, however. He was now situated on the main stems of the bushes, close to the roots, and this made his position uncomfortable. It was safer, however, and Dick was willing to put up with the inconvenience of it for the sake of the greater security and safety. Having overcome, temporarily at least, the danger of falling, Dick's thoughts turned in another direction. He thought of his mother and of his sweetheart, sweet Alice Estabrook. He thought of those two whom he loved so dearly, and he shuddered when he thought of how near he had come ,to losing his life. "It would have almost killed them," he thought. "Ah I must not, I will not go down to death in the waters of the bay With the thoughts of his mother and sweetheart came new str.ength and determination to the youth He must escape the death which threatened ; he would esrape it. But bow was he to do it?" He was confident that if he escaped, he would have to do it unaided. He knew now that the vines not only reached to the edge of the cliff, but over the edg and down the side. That they reached down many feet, he was certain, for he had not the least douut that the vines he now had hold of were the lower hanging ends of the vines he had seen growing up on top of the cliff. If this was true, and he was confident it was, these vines would certainly be capable of holding his weight without being torn loose from their roots. But could he climb the vines? Dick felt confident that he could. At any rate he would try. He knew that if he escaped it would have to be by his own unaided efforts. This being the case there was no need of delay. He might as well begin work at once. With Dick, to think was to act. Retaining his hold on the vines, Dick slowly and care fully pulled himself up first to a sitting posture, and then to his knees. Then, exercising the greatest care possible, he pulled himself on up until he was standing erect. His hands were grasping the vines above his head, while his feet rested upon the frail stems of the bushes below. Sudd e nly Dick gave a start. If his situation was precarious now-and it was-what In moving his right hand around, it came in contact would it be when he pulled himself up and began trying to with some vines climb the vines, his body supported entirely by his hands, The vines were thick and heavy and were clinging close his fee t having nothing upon which to rest? to the face of the cliff. This was a question which to Dick, but he did Dick c a ught hold of the vines and pulled. The vines gave slightly, but resisted his efforts to a remarkable degree. Then Dick gra s p e d the vines with both hands Again he pulled at them. As before they gave way only a very little. Dick pulled until he actually lifted almost his entire weight, and still the vines held firmly. A thrill went over the brave youth. He believed the means of escape lay before him. His idea was to climb the vines and thus reach the top of the cliff. He was confident the vines reached that far. Only the day before he had noticed that a short dis tance from the tree under which he had at the time been sitting, a heavy growth of vines grew out of the ground on top of the cliff. He had taken notice of the fact, also1 that the vines r?-not take time to try to answer it. He knew it would be a difficult task to climb to the top of the cliff; but no matter. He had performed many difficult :feats in his time, and he would not hesitate at this one, now that his life was at stake. Dick drew one good, long breath. He filled his lungs with the pure night air. Then he began his perilous task. Slowly and cautiously he pulled his body upward. His feet left their resting place on the bushes. The youth hung suspended by his hands alone. He did not remain stationary, however He kept pulling his body up a little at a time, reaching up a little farther with first the right and then the left hand. It was slow work, and hard work, too. But Dick was confident he would succeed in reaching


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. the top of the cliff-that is, providing the vines held and did not tear loose and let him fall into the abyss. The vines were stretched until they were taut almost as fiddle-strings. They seemed to be remarkably firm. But Dick feared that they :i;rllght become frayed over the sharp rocky edge of the cliff. In this case they might break and send min down to his It was enough to cause cold chills to traverse Dick's spinal column, however. He began to fear that he would not succeed in reaching f the top of the cliff after all. He kept up his courage, however, and kept at work. Slowly but surely he made his way upward. He was now within perhaps five feet of the top of the cliff. death. His hands were closer than this. He exercised great care, and pulled himself up with as Suddenly the vines began cracking again louder than little jerking motion as possible, as an up and down move-ever. ment of the vines on the edge of the rocks would have a Dick paused instantly. tendency to saw the vines in two. He feared that this time sure they would give way and Careful though he was, Dick could not keep from causlet him drop into the depths below. ing a slight up and down movement of the vines as his When he ceased pulling himself up, the vines ceased weight was transferred from :first one hand to the other, cracking so alarmingly. and vice versa. Slowly and steadily Dick made his way upward. He made as good progress as could have been expected. He was perhaps two-thirds of the distance to the top of the cliff-two-thirds of the distance from where he had started, of course-when he was given a terrible start. Suddenly the vines began cracking I They kept at it to a certain degree, however. It was sufficiently so that Dick began to give up hope. He could feel the vines giving. To his mind it was only a question of a few minutes before the vines would give way even if he made no effort to climb on up. If he went ahead trying to pull his body up it might be "They are going to give way!" exclaimed Dick halfa question of only a few moments. aloud. "I fear I shall lose my life after all I" The brave youth went ahead, however. CHAPTER IV. SAVED. Dick's heart almost stopped beating. It seemed to be up in his throat choking him. He stopped trying to pull himself up, and hung there motionless. To his great satisfaction the vines stopped cracking. This encouraged the youth. He to think that he might possibly succeed in reaching the top of the cliff after all. He would have to be very careful; however. He would have to pull himself up by inches. This would be harder on him, on account of the fact that it would take more time, and would cause him much more fatigue, but it was the only safe course. Again Dick went to work. Slowly and carefully he pulled himself up. The vines cracked some, but not so much as they had be fore. He set his teeth and worked slowly and carefully, yet perseveringly and persistently. Whether or not Dick would have succeeded in reaching the top of the cliff unaided will always remain an unan swered question. For he was not left to do it unaided. He was destined to receive help from an unexpected quar ter. Dick's head was within four feet of the top of the cliff, and suddenly he heard footsteps. The footsteps were not heavy, but he heard them distinct ly. "Who is there?" called Dick. "Thank Heaven!" exclaimed a voice which Dick was sure he recognized. "Whar air ye?" "I am here," replied Dick; "just over.. the edge of the cliff. Can you help me? If you can, please do so quickly, for I am hanging to some vines and they are liable to give way at any moment and let me go to my death I" An exclamation escaped the lips of the newcomer: "I kin help ye an' I will I" came in a determined voice. "Thank Heaven!" thought Dick. "I may escape yet I" A few moments later Dick saw a human form outlined against the sky background above him. The fopm was, as Dick had expected, that of a woman.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. He could see the woman s face with tolerable distinct ness," and would easily have recognized her had he not already recognized her by her voice. What if she should prove unequal to the task of lifting lum up onto the top of the cliff 1 What if she should lose her balance and both should go She was the woJIUJ.n from whom they had obtained their plunging headlong to their death in the waters of the bay provisions during the time they had been encamped on top one hundred feet below I of the promontory. Dick thought of these things and then he thought of his The woman stood at the very edge of the precipice. Be careful!" cautioned Dick. You might fall over." There hain't no danger," she replied; "I hev walked erlong the edge of this cliff hundreds of times, an I'm not a bit afeered of falling over." mother and his sweetheart Alice. Then in a firm, even tone of voice, he said: "N'ow Dick had expected that the woman would tug and pull and gradually draw him up to the edge of the cliff, when "But how can you help me?" asked Dick. You are a he would be enabled to climb on over witp. her assistance. woman and--" Stou t ez any man! Jes let me git hol of yer wrists, an I'll pull ye right up from thar." 'Can you do it?" asked Dick, somewhat dubiously. The woman laughed. "Never fear but what I kin," she said. "Ye don t weigh more'n er hundred an' fifty pounds, an' I kin lift thet much, I know." the woman was speaking she was reaching down ward, and as she :finished speaking she grasped Dick by the wrists. The youth still retained his hold on the vines "I am afraid you might become overbalanced," he said. "You had better let me work my way on upward slowly, while you lift jus t enough to take off strain sufficient to keep the vines from parting." _,,. "Thar hain t no need of thet," the woman assured Dick. "I kin lift ye easy enuff, an' I'm not a bit afeerd of gittin' overbalanced and fallin'." Somehow Dick had faith in the woman's ability to do as she said she could do. When he was at the farmhouse he had noticed that the woman was large, bony and strong-looking. He believed that she would be able to lift him. "Ve ry well, I will ri s k it," he said. "Are you ready?" "Yaas, I'm ready," was the reply Very good; I will loosen m y hold on the vin e s gradu ally. When I have entirely loosened my hold, I will let you know, and then you can lift me up.'' "All right, young man, ye needn't be afeerd but what I kin hol' ye, an' lift ye up, too Dick loosened hi.s grasp gradually. At last his grasp was entirely loosened and he hung there in the grasp of the woman. Dick felt peculiarly helpless. His safety depended not upon himself this time, but upon another person, and that person a woman. He was treated to a surprise, however. The instant he said, "Now!" the woman suddenly exerted all her strength, and, lifting Dick with as much ease as though he was a bag of bran, deposited him on the top of the promontory, much after the fashion of a :fisherman landing a four-pound member of the :finny tribe. Dick leaped to his feet quickly. He gave utterance to an exclamation of delight. He seized the woman's hand and pressed it warmly. "You have saved my life, lady!" he exclaimed. "How can I ever repay you for what you have done for me?" "I've hed my pay already," the woman said. It was plain .from her tone that she was pleased by Dick's action. "I don't understand. What do you mean by saying you have already been paid?" "Whut do I mean?" "Yes; in what way have you been paid?" "I have saved my husband from bein' er murderer!" The woman spoke in low, sad, but intense tones. "Ah breathed Dick. "I understand. Your husband was one of the four who attacked my friend and myself." "Yaas; he wuz one UV 'em. tried to keep him frum doin' et, but couldn't. I kep' thinkin' an' thinkin' arter they hed left the house, an' :finerally I c'u'dn't stan' et enny longer, an' so I kim up here ter see whut they wuz goin' ter do with yer. I didn't see nobuddy aroun' an' I thort I wuz too late. I wuz erbout to start to go back when I heard ye call. Thet's all. Yer know ther rest." "You have saved my life, lady, and I shall never forget it," said Dick, earnestly. "If the time ever comes whtm I c an do something to repay you, rest assured that I will do ft." "Thar is only one thing I would ask uv ye, young man, an' thet is, thet ef ever et happens thet ye kin keep my husband frum bein' killed, ye'll do et. I know he hain't ther best man in ther world, but he's my husband, an' ther


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. nobuddy else in ther world thet I keer fur er thet keers fur me." There was a sad cadence to the woman s tone that touched Dick's heart. "That would be very little to do in return for what you have done for me, lady," said Dick, promptly. "And rest assured that if I have the opportunity to do you this favor, I certainly shall do it." "Oh, thank ye, thank ye!" Dick's thoughts now tiirned to Bob. 'rhat his friend had been captured he waa certain. One of his captors-the leader, in facir-was the hus band of this woman. Dick knew this, and wondered if the woman would be willing to aid him by-giving information as to the where abouts of the four. "I'll find out," he said to himself. Then aloud he asked : "I fear my friend has been captured by your husband and his three companions. Do you have any idea where they can be found-or would you tell me if you did know?" "Yes, I would tell ye," was the prompt reply. "I don't know fur sartin whur they kin be found, but I hev a good idee whar they air." .... "Then tell me quickly, please. They might do my friend an injury. And, if possible, I wish to rescue him before they do do something of that kind." "I kain't tell ye very well whar ther place is, but I kin show ye." "That will do nicely; is it far?" "Not very fur. Et won't take long to walk et." "Come then; let us be going." Dick and the woman set out. Entering a path they made their way along it for quite a distance. Presently they paused at the edge of a glade. In the centre of this open space was a log cabiii. A faint light streamed out through the open doorway. "One uv ther men who wuz with my husband lives in thet cabin," the woman said; "an' I think ye' ll fin' all four uv 'em in thar." "Good!" exclaimed Dick; "and if they are there my friend is there. I thank you ever so much for having guided me hither." "Ye air welcome," the woman said. "I don't see, though, whut good it is goin' to do ye; ye air only one, an' whut kin ye do ag'inst four?" "That remains to be seen, lady," was the quiet reply. "I shall, of course, use strategy, if possible, in trying to rescue my friend; but if worst comes to the worst, and it becomes necessary to do so, I will fight all four of them." "Ye wouldn't dare do et; ye would surely be killed!" "I will risk it, lady." After a :further conversation the woman said ijiat she must be going. "My husband must not know thet I saved yer life an' showed ye the way beer," she said. "So I will go home. Be keerful not ter git hurt; but ef ye do git inter er fight, an' kin do so, pleeze spare ther life uv my husband." "I will do so, lady." The woman then bade him good-by and Jook her departure. "Now," said Dick to himself, "I will see. if those men are in the cabin and if they have Bob there a prisoner." Dick walked around, keeping in the edge of the timber "Do you know why your husband and the other men atuntil opposite the end of the cabin, and then he stole fortacked us?" asked Dick as they walked along. ward across the open "Yaas," was the reply. "Why, then, did they do it?" "They thort ye two wuz rebel spies.'' "Thought we were 'rebel' spies?" "Yaas." "Then your husband and those men are Tories?" "Y aas, they're T9ries. Thar air lots uv Tories 'roun' beer." \ "What made them think we were 'rebel' spies?" "They judged ye wuz by the way ye acted." "Oh, that was it." The woman took the lead as she knew the way, while Dick did not. After a brisk walk -0f perhaps twenty minutes they reached the timber. Reaching the end of the cabin he paused. The cabin was made of rough logs. The cracks between the logs were "chinked" with mud. 'l'he mud, on drJ!ng, had shriink, and in many places had become loose. felt around, and, getting hold of a loose piece of the "chinking," carefully removed it. This left. a space an inch and a half wide by a foot in length, through which he could look and get a good view of the cabin. Dick applied his eyes to the opening. The woman had been right. The four men were in. the cabin. Bob was there also. And he was a prisoner.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS TRAPPED. L His hands were tied together behind his back, and he erty-and no doubt he had thought of trying tb do so-h was seated on a split-log bench. His back was toward Dick, and the four men were standing facing the youth and likewise facing Dick. As Dick heard what was being said, he realized that he had not arrived any too soon. "Ye air er rebel spy, young feller," Dick heard one of the men say; "ye air er traitor ter yer king, an' desarve death; so we hev decided ter take ye out an' string ye up!" CHAPTER V. RESCUED. was forced to give up the idea, for the two men kept tigh hold upon his arms. Seizing the loose end of the rope as it came down, th man who had thrown it over the limb, placed the noos around neck and adjusted it carefully. Meanwhile Dick had not been inactive. As the men with their prisoner were making thei; way across to where the tree stood, Dick hastened back t the edge of the timber, keeping the cabin between himselj and the Tories. Once within the protection of the timber, Dick made hi way around in a half-circle, and paused just within th edge of the timber, and only a few yards distant from th Tories and their prisoner. Dick's blood boiled with anger as he saw the fellows ad There was no doubt at all but what the man was in justing the noose around Bob's neck. deadly earnest. His tone prov,ed that. But Bob never flinched. He looked the man straight in the f*e. "I am not a traitor!" Bob said; "for I acknowledge no king. I am a patriot, true; I am one who believes that the people of America should be free; and they will be free, I nm confident. Of course you can hang me, and I cannot help myself, but you will be committing murder for very "The scoundrels!" he exclaimed to himself; "they thin they are going to hang Bob; but they are not, not if I can help it. I will defeat their plans and save Bob's life, or will die with him!" And Dick meant it. He had already made his plans. He had up his mind to play a trick upon the that he and Bob had on former occasions played upon th British with success. little profit to yourselves or anybody else!" He drew his pistols, and, cocking them, held them ready I "Glorious old Bob!" thought Dick. "They can't frighten in his hands. him." "Bring him along, fellers. We'll string him up, an' thar will be one rebel spy less, anyway." A couple of the men seized Bob, and, lifting him to his feet, started to drag him out of the !!abin. "Hold on!" cried Bob, in a voice of mingled anger and dignity. "You need not jerk me around soaroughly; I'll walk quietly along with you if you will give me e. chance." The men ceased handling him so roughly then, and hold ing to Bob's arms allowed him to walk quietly along. He waited until the men had adjusted the noose roun Bob's neck and taken hold of the end of the rope. Dick was a good judge of nature. He knew that when the men had begun pulling on th rope, when the last supreme moment was near at hand their nerves would be on a greater strain, and it would b easier to startle them than at any other time. So he waited until the men began to pull, and then sud denly he gave vent to as loud and as startling a yell as it was possible for him to utter. Leaving the cabin, the four men with Bob in their midst "Come on, boys, we've got them now!" he cried. mad,e their way across the open space to a point where a the scoundrels I Shoot them down!" large oak tree stood alone perhaps twenty feet from the Crack, crack timber proper. Dick fired one pistol, then the other. They paused beneath the outspreading branches of this H;e did not fire to kill, but he did try to hit the fellows. tree. One of the men had brought a rope from the cabin. In one end of this rope he rigged a running noose. This noose he threw over a large limb which grew out from the main body of the tree at a distance of perhaps twelve feet from the ground. If Bob had thought of trying to make a break for libThey had shown themselves to be merciless scoundrels, and he felt that they deserved death. Following the shots came two blood-curdling yells from-: two of the Tories. Dick's shots had taken effect. "Oh, I'm killed I" howled one. "I'm a dead man!" from another.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. The exceedingly lively manner in which they fled from the spot disproved their statements, however. No dead men, or even mortally wounded ones could have run like they were running. Come on, boys again cried Dick, as he. leaped for ward; "we've got the scoundrels now! Come ahead!" All four had let go of the rope the instant Dick had ut tered the yell, and as soon as the pistol-spots were :fired all four took to their heels like the arrant cowards they because of the fact that Dick had succeeded in rescuing his friend. Sqe had heard the pistol-shots and was anxious regarding her husband. Dick reaSsured her and told her that he did not think her husband had been injured. Fearing that her husband and his companions might appear, the woman did not talk to Dick and Bob verv long. were. She bade them good-by and made her way in the direcDick believed he had given them such a scare that they tion of her home, while Dick and Bob made their way back would not soon stop running. toward their lookout station on the promontory overlookThis suited him perfectly. ing Delaware Bay. All he cared for was to effect Bob's release. The youths breathed a sigh of relief when they reached He made no attempt to accelerate the speed of the four their quarters. Tories by frightening them still further. "Well, here we are again, Dick," said Bob, in a lively Instead he stopped, and, taking the noose from around tone. Bob's neck, cut the rope binding his arms. "Dick! Is it you?" cried Bob. His tone fairly thrilled Dick with delight. "Yes, it is me, old man!" "Great guns, but I am glad, Dick. "I thought you were dead. I never expected to see you alive again after you took that tumble over the cliff." "But I am all right, Bob; alive and well, as you see." "How did you escape?" he asked, eagerly. "I'll tf'Jl you some other time, Bob. Just now, I think we had better be getting away from here. Those ticoun drels might come back." "I don't think there's much danger, Dick," with a chuckle; "you gave them such a scare that I don't think they will venture back in a hurry." No one to have heard him would have thought that he had just had a narrow escape from being hanged. But that was Bob up and down. Personal danger to himself never had much effect on Bob, even at the time, and after the danger was over and he was safe again, Bob usually dismissed the matter with out more ado. "Yes, we're here again, Bob, safe and sound. I sup pose there is no danger of those fellows attacking us again." "I hardly think so, Dick. Perhaps we both had better stay awake and keep a lookout for the fellows, however It will not be long till daylight, anyway." "True, Bob. But what about Admiral Howe's fleet? Do you suppose it has slipped past while we have been hav"Perhaps not. But we will get away from here, anyway, ing our little trouble?" and not take any chances." "I hardl:ithj.nk so, Dick. How long has it been since "All right, Dick; I don't fancy this place myself any we were attacked by those men, do you think?" too well," with a shrug of the shoulders, and a suggestive glance up at the limb over which the rope had been thrown: The youths at once set out. "Come, then." They entered the path which they had traversed in reach ing the cabin, and made their way along at a rapid pace. They kept a sharp lookout, for they thought it possible that they might encounter the four Tories. They saw nothing of the Tories! however, and soon reached the edge of the timber. Just as they were about to step out into the open, they tound themselves confronted by a woman. It was the woman who had saved Dick's life. She greeted the youths pleasantly, and seemed delighted "I don't know, Bob. I was unconscious part of the time, and could not even give a guess." "Unconscious?" "Yes ; after I went over the cliff, you know. So you can give a better guess as to the length of time that has elapsed than I can." "Well, I should say it has been not to exceed an hour and a half, and as no ships were in sight at that time, I do not think they could have gotten past and out of sight up the river in such a short space of time." "I hardly think so, Bob. But it is strange that the fleet did not return, don't you think?". "I do think so, Dick. I don't understand it at an." "Well, we will keep close watch till morning, and if


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. they try to sail up the Delaware we will see them and will carry the news to General Washington post haste." "By the wey, Dick," said Bob; "how in the world did you escape death when you went over the precipice? I snw you go over and made up my mind that I would never see you again." "I hardly know how I escaped myself, Bob," replied Dick; and then he went ahead and told Bob the whole story. Bob uttered exclamations of wonderment. When Dick had finished the story of his miraculous es cape, Bob made his way to the brink of the precipice and leoked down. The strange move by the British might portend some stroke of importance, and General Washington, than whom no shrewder man lived, might be able to figure out what it meant. So the youths decided to start at once for the head quarters of the patriot army. It was a long and hard day's ride, as the youths knew from experience, so after having made up their minds, they lost no time in making the start. The youths rode steadily, and had covered about half the distance by noon. Tliey were beginning to feel the need of food and had decided to stop at the fu'St house they came to and get "Great guns, Dick I What a wonderful escape you did something to eat as well as feed for their horses. have I Your body wouldn't be caught and held up by that Suddenly, after having emerged from a strip of timber little patch of bushes again, once in a hundred times!" bordering a small stream, they found themselves opposite "l guess you're right, old man. Take care that you a gateway opening into grounds.!'urrounded by a high stone don't tumble over!" wall. In the centre of the grounds, which were several Bob drew back frcm the brink of the precipice, aud the acres in extent, was a good-sized mansion. Just within the two sat down under the tree. gateway stood a beautiful maiden of apparently about They talked on various subjects, but kept a sharp look: eighteen years of age. out both for the British fleet and for the four Tories. The youths rode up to the gateway and Dick leaped to the They thought it possible that the fellows might attack 1 ground. them again. Doffing his hat, he bowed gracefully and politely, and, The Tories did not put in an appearance, however, nor addressing the young lady, said: did the British fleet come within the range of their vision. "We are very hungry, miss; do you suppose we could get The youths thought that perhaps they might sight the food at the house yonder?" British warships when daylight came. But when the sun came up no British ships were in sight. The youths were surprised. They were puzzled as They could not undei'Stand it. What had become oi the nritish fleet? The youths asked themselves this question, but could not answer it. They were sure the fleet would appear some time during the day, however, and they waited and watched all day ong. The fleet did not appear. They kept watch all night, taking turns as they had "I am sure that you can," a smile. "Will you enter, young sirs?" the beautiful maiden asked. "My fa ther will be pleased to extend hospitality to any persona wearing the uniforms of patriot soldiers." CHAPTER VI. TRAP.PED. "Indeed we will, and thank you," replied Dick, prompt ly.

THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. The servant bowed, and, taking the halter strapi out of the youths' hands, led the horses away. The girl ran up the piazza steps lightly and the youths :followed her. Opening the door she led the way into the house. They found themselves in a large, roomy hall. The girl opened a door at the left-hand side, and said: "Enter and take seats. I will send my father down immediately." The youths bowed and entered the room, while the girl ran lightly upstairs. The youths found themselves in a handsomely-furnished room. It was evidently the library, as the walls were lined with books. The youths sat down and looked about them with interest. "This is all right, eh, Dick?" smiled Bob. "It looks so, Bob." "I guess we will be able to get something to eat here." "I think so." Perhaps ten minutes passed. Then steps were heard in the hall. Next moment a man of about forty-five years of age en tered the room. He was a handsome man, with an aristocratic bearing. He advanced and bowed in an extremely graceful man ner. daughter informed me that a couple of young gen tlemen were here and that they craved my hospitality," the man said, pleasantly. "lam pleased to meet you; and will say that no one ever seeks hospitality at the hands of Dudley Radcliffe in vain." The youths rose and bowed in return. "Thank you, sir," said Dick. "We have ridden far, and are indeed, as we told your daughter, tired and hungry, and we shall be greatly pleased to accept of your hospitality. "My name is David Mutin, Mr. Radcliffe, and my companion here is Samuel Somers." "I am pleased to know you, young gentlemen." Dick was an extremely cautious youth. He never liked to take unnecessary chances, or run un necessary risks. He had no we.y of knowing whether or not Mr. Rad cliffe wM a patriot. For aught the youth knew to the contrary, the man might be a Tory. In that case it would be better that he should not know the identity of his visitors, And for that reason Dick had given fictitious names fo himself and Bob. He thought it possible if the man was a-Tory he migh have heard of Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, and, know ing them to be patriot spies, might try to detain them o even to effect their capture, whereas, if he thought the1 merely a r.ouple of ordinary patriot soldiers, he might no attempt to interfere with them in any way. Mr. Radcliffe took a seat and engaged t he youths i. conversation. He proved himself to be a clever talker and a good eIJ tertainer. He talked of other things than the war. By so doing he kept the youths in ignorance regardin1 whether or not he was o. patriot. Had he talked on the subject of the war, the youth would doubtless have been enabled to give a shrewd gueE as to which side had' his sympathies. But, whether intentionally or not, the man avoided th subject, and they were left in the dark. Perhaps half an hour passed. Then the beautiful girl who had conducted them to th mansion entered the room. "Dinner is ready, papa," she said. "Very well, dear," said Mr. Radcliffe, rising. "Elsi1 this young gentleman is Mr. David Martin, and this one : Mr. Samuel Somers. Gentlemen, my daughter, Elsie." The youths had risen at the same time as Mr. Rad<:}iffi and they bowed gracefully. The beautiful maiden bowed in acknowledgment of tt introduction, and smiled in a bewitching manner. "I am pleased to make the acquaintance of Mr. Marti and Mr. Somers," she said, in a sweet voice. "To say that we are pleased to make the acquaintance t Miss Radcliffe is altogether too mild a statement to COVE the real facts in the case," said Dick, in such an earner and expressive manner as to cause the girl to blush sligh' ly and look somewhat confused. "Come," said Mr. Radcliffe; "dinner is getting cold." He led the way from the room, the others followin1 Dick having given his arm to Elsie, and Bob bringing 1J the rear. They were soon in the dining room and seated at tt table. The food was well-cooked and plentiful, and the youtl enjoyed the meal immensely. The youths decided that Mr. Radcliffe must be a wi ower, as there was no woman present, and Elsie played t part of hostess. As the meal was nearing an end, Dick caught Eh


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPJ:'ED. 16 looking at him once or twice, in what he considered a peeuliar manner. He almost fancied there was a pitying look in the beautiful eye_ s of the girl. "What could it mean?" he asked himself. He decided that it did n?t mean anything-that he must have been mistaken. So he dismissed the matter from his mind. But he was destined to learn that it did mean something. A few minutes later he felt a peculiar drowsy sensation stealing over him. He began to feel very sleepy. He wondered what could be the cause of this. He looked at Bob, and to his surprise, saw that his comrade looked as if he was half-asleep. Dick could not think what was the matter. The drowsy feeling grew in strength an intensity. Dick tried to shake it off, but could not. Again he looked at Bob, and saw that his friend's head was nodding. Suddenly a thought came t

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. "Yes, sir," replied one of the men. "Very good. Now sit down and have some dinner." The men obeyed. "They had not recovered consciousness before you left?" Mr. Radcliffe asked. "No," was the reply. "Did you tie their hands?" "No; we didn't think it necessary. They couldn t get "What caused it, Dick?" "We were drugged." "Drugged?'; "Yes." "By Mr Radcliffe? "Well, in accordance with his orders. One of the servants no doubt put the drug in the food." "Then Mr. Radcliffe must be-" out of there." "A Tory, Bob." "I guess you're right about that. Well, this has been a "I see; and he must be on e of the big wigs among the good day's work." Tories, too, if I am any judge.'' "I should say so, sir." "He undoubtedly must be, Bob But what puzzles me is, "Yes; the capture of those two rebel spies will prove why he sh?uld wish to make us prisoners. I should not of more value to our cause than the capture of a whole regihave thought he would care about being bothered with a ment of common soldiers." The four men and Mr. Radcliffe kept up the conversa tion while the men were eating their dinner, and, leaving them thus, we will return to Dick and Bob / CHAPTER VII. DICK AND BOB SURPRISED Dick and Bob did not long remain unconscious Fifteen minutes from the time that they had been left on the floor of the cellar, they began to stir. couple of ordinary patriot soldiers." "1faybe he knows who we really are, Dick." "Maybe so, Bob. Come to think of it, I imagine there was a peculiar look on his face when I gave him those fictitious names." "! thought I noticed something of the kind too. I be lieve that he knew who we were all the time; i n fact, it would not surprise me to learn that they had advance in formation regarding our coming, and that the girl was stationed at the gate for the especial purpose of leading us into this trap." "It looks as if you were right, Bob; still, I hate to think that such a swee t and beautiful girl would render assistanee in such an affair." A few minutes later they opened their eyes. "She's sweet enough and pretty enough, Dick; but you Then they sat up and looked at each other in an inquirknow an old saying, 'Like father, like son,' and ing manner : doubtless it will apply to a daughter as well as to a son. There was still a half-dazed look on their faces. Her father being a Tory, naturally she would be a Tory, Then they looked around the room. too." At one side, close under the floor, was a small window heavily barred. It admitted sufficient light so t?at they could see their sv.rroundings with tolerable distinctness. Bob was the first to speak. "What does it Dick?" he asked "Where are we, anyway?" "Judging by what happened, you must be right, Bob. Still I don't believe that if the girl had any idea that harm was to come to us, she would aid or abet her fa ther in the affair.'' "Well, she has already done the work, Dick, and the re sult is that we have been neatly trapped." "We are trapped, Bob; there is no doubt about that, but "!don't know where we are, Bob," replied Dick; "but I perhaps we may succeed in escaping from the trap." know what has happened, don't you?" "Maybe so; but it looks like a pretty stout one; I am "I hardly know," was the hesitating reply. "Let's see; afraid we will have hard work escaping from it." iye were eating dinner, were we not?" "Let's take a look about the room, anyway, Bob, and "Yes; with Mr. Radcliffe and his beautiful daughter." see what chance there is for getting out of here." "I remember ; and I remember that all of a sudden I The youths rose to tbeir feet. became very drowsy." "It was the same with me, Bob "Was it?" "Yes." They were s lightly dizzy but otherwise felt as well as ever. "I wonder what kind of a drug that was that they used on us, Dick?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. "I don't know. It was powerful, but not lasting in As soon as the door opened they saw it would be useless effect. It surely has not been long since we became unto attempt to do anything, for not one man but four ap-onscious." peared. "I don't think it has been very long." The youths made their way here and there about the room. They examined it carefully, paying strict attention to "-he windows and to the door. One carried a tray on which was some food, another car ried a couple of candles, while the other two each held a pistol in their hand. The youths looked at the four with interest. They did not remember ever having seen them before. "We are in the cellar, Bob," said Dick. Dick was determined to secure some information if pos-"Yes," grimly; "and I judge from the looks of things sible. "What does this mean?" he asked; "why have we been "It does look that way, Those bars in the window seem made prisoners in this fashion?" hat we will stay here awhile." o have been put there to stay, and the door is as solid as a ock." "Right; this room seems well-suited for use as a jail." Having satisfied themselves that there was no possible hance of escaping from the room, the youths decided to ke matters as easy as possible They sat down at one side of the room and leaned their cks against the wall. "What I hate worse than anything else about this, Bob, that we will be delayed in getting to General w ashington "th the news of the movement of the British fleet," said ick. "You'll have to ask somebody else," said one of the fel lows with a grin; "I can't tell you." "You rilean you won't tell me." The fellow grinned again. "Maybe that is it," he said. But Dick persisted. "How long do you suppose we will be kept here?" he asked. "I can't say." Dick saw there was no use trying to get satisfaction out of those fellows. I "That's right," agreed Bob. "That is the bad feature As an afterthought he told the men as they were starting away to tell Mr. Radcliffe he wished to see him. out the affair." Neither youth thought of the danger which threatened "I'll tell him," was the reply; "but I can't say whether he will come and see_you or not." ,, em should they be held prisoners, and eventually be The men took their departure, locking the door behind rned over to General Howe. They would no doubt be shot l them. hung, but they gave this matter no thought. This was characteristic of them, however. "Do you think he will come, Dick?" asked Bob, when All that worried them was the thought that they might the men had gone. t be able to carry to General Washington their report arding the strange action of the British fleet. 1 They sat there and talked and slowly the afternoon re away. "I don't know, Bob; I hope he will, though; I would like to ask him a few questions." "Well, we'll have to wait and see, anyhow, so we might as well put in our time eating. I'm somewhat hungry The youths kept hoping that some one would come down anyway; how about you ?J' see how they were getting along. n that case they intended to feign unconsciousness and UP'Oil the person whoever he might be and overpower But no one put in an appearance until late in the "'ven-1 g. "I can eat some, I guess, Bob." The youths were about to begin eating when a thought struck Bob, and he looked at Dick quickly. "Say, do you suppose this food is drugged, Dick?" he asked, half-fearfully. "Oh, I hardly think so; it would not benefit them any Such a long time had elapsed that the youths knew it to drug u s again; we're already ppsoners, you know." 1uld be useless to pretend to be unconscious. They rose to their feet, however, when they heard foot ps approaching. They made up their minds that if they got half a chance, 1y would overpower their visitor and escape from the ice. I "That's s o Bob's tone was slightly dubious, however, and he minced at the food and tested it by tasting of it carefully before eating of it in a manner that caused Dick to smile. He had no fears that the food was drugged, and ate heartily.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS 'l'RAPPED. "E!!-t all you can, Bob," he advised ; "we may get a chance to escape to-night, and in that case we will have need of all the strength that :food can supply." Bob did not eat as much as Dick, but managed to make a very good meal of it. "I have come to set you free, was the prompt but lo'if spoken reply. "To set us free?" Yes." "But I thought you were one of the main ones responsibl The youths finished their supper Radcliffe to put in an appearance. and waited :for Mr. for our being here," said Dick, half-questioningly. They waited in vain. Mr. Radcljffe did not visit them. The girl blushed and looked confused. "So I was," she admitted; "but I-didn't know-whoi was-that is, I--" the girl broke down in evident coz The youths were somewhat dis a ppoin te d, but were not fusion. surprised. If they understood what the girl really meant, they ga1 They sat and talked for several hours. no sign. They di s cussed their situation from every standpoint. The truth of the matter was, that Mr. Radcliffe, who W The men who had brought the food left a candle. quite wealthy and influen t ial, was to King Georg At last the candle burned out, and the youths were left and was looked upon as a leader of the Tory element 1 in darkness. that portion of New: Jersey. He had done considerable They talked awhile longer, and then becoming sleepy, aid the king's cause, and had been instrumental in causi.J they threw themselves down upon the hard floor, and, in a great many men to join the British ai;my. spite of the fact that their situation was anything but He was personally acquainted with General Howe, hi comiortable, they managed to get to sleep. ing visited him at New Brunswick and New York on s How long they had been asleep they could not tell, but eral occasion s In this way he had come to know all aba it must have been several hours later when they were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, the patriot boy spies. awakened by the rattling of the key in the lock on the door. He knew that General Howe had offered a reward for t The youths were / on the alert instantly. youth, and realizing that the general would be great They sat up and listened eagerly. pleased to learn that the boy spies had been captured, Who could be coming to see them at this time of night, had, when the opportunity came his way, made upl and why was he coming? mind to capture the youths. He usually had several l)I They heard the key turn and then the door opened slowly. out OD spying expeditions, and in some manner some They knew the door was open because of the :fact that a these men learned that Dick and Bob had been sent dowr J streak of light entered the room and grew gradually wide]) the south coast o:f New Jersey on a spying expedition. and wider. had been out on a scouting expedition that forenoon, 1 The youths watched eagerly to see who it was that was at about ten o'clock he caught sight of Dick and ] about to enter. They were to be treate d to a surprise. Suddenly the person stepped through the doorway and stood within the room. The person was Elsie Radcliffe, the beautiful Tory CHAPTER VITI. THE BEAUTIFUL TORYS BRAVE .A.CT. An exclamation o:f amazement escaped both youths. "Miss Radcliffe!" they cried in unison. The girl held up her hand warningly. "Sh she said; "don't speak so loudly; we may be heard." \ Turning, she pushed the door to. "Why have you come here, Miss Radcliffe?" asked Dick. corning toward him on horseback. Suspecting who tl were, he returned and rode rapidly back to Mr. Radcill and told Mr. Radcliffe what he had seen, and as they la that the road the youths were traveling would lead t1i past the house, they laid their plans to capture the boye Elsie had been taken into their confidence, and J agreed to help them. Her part of the work was to be in the line o:f decoy w< She was to stand at the gateway and get the youtlu enter by telling them that her father would be glad to tend hospitality to them. As the reader knows, she did part well. But when she had seen what bright, hands fellows the "rebel" spies were she had taken a likini them and to Dick especially, and had deeply regretted part she had played in the affair. Dick had not misinterpreted the look which he had 1 i in the girl's eyes after he had been drugged at the diE table. Elsie had indeed looked at him pityingly and


THE LIBBH.'1' BOYS 'l'RAPPED. rowfully, and when the youths had been carried down stairs into the cellar, much after the fashion of bags of potatoes, she made up her mind that she would free the youths and risk her father's displeasure. The knowledge of this as given above was gained by the youths as a result of the conversation which they had with stairs, and then, as soon as those men have descended and started to. cross the cellar, w:e will try to slip upstairs. Their backs will be toward us, and they may not see us." 'l'hey succeeded in getting under the stairway just as the door leading down into the cellar opened. 'l'hen came the sound of trampling feet on the stairway Elsie there in the room in the corner of the cellar. above the heads of Dick, Bob, and Elsie. "I fear you are risking a good deal for us, Miss RadThe girl was trembling violently, and Dick, who' had cliffe," said Dick. "Your father will be very angry should taken hold of her hand to lead her across the cellar in the he learn that you set us free." darkness, pressed the hand reassuringly. "I will risk it," the girl said with a smile. "I could The men were talking about the "rebel" spies, and Dick never again rest easy if I allowed you to remain prisoners learned from their conversation that they were coming to here after the part I took in causing you to be brought take himself and Bob away to some place that was conhere." sidered more suitable as a prison .. "That is all right," said Dick. "You have more than The men were soon at the bot om of the stairs and evened the matter up by coming here to set us free; we making their way slowly across the cellar toward the room owe you more than we will ever be able to repay." in the corner. "No, no; if you will consider that I have evened up the One of the men carried a candle, which did not, of course, account, I shall be more than satisfied." give a great deal of light, and as the candle was held in "Well, you have more than done that." front of him the space behind them was quite dark. The girl's face brightened at this, and then suddenly it Dick nudged Bob, who understood, and stole out from became clouded. his hiding-place and around and up the stairs, Dick and She looked at Dick earnestly, and, he thought, beseechElsie following closely. ingly. They made no more noise so many ghosts, and they "What is it, Miss Radcliffe?" asked Dick, who saw there. succeeded in reaching the top of the stairs by the time the was something on her mind. men reached the door of the room in which Dick and Bob "My father-if I could only hope that no trouble would had been confined. come to him as a result of my setting you free, I should be Bob and Elsie passed through the doorway in safety, but perfectly happy." Dick, unfortunately, stumbled and made noise sufficient to "You may rest easy on that score," Dick assured her; attract the attention of th!! men, who uttered exclamations "I promise you that for your sake no harm shall come to and came running back toward the stairway. your father as a result of your action in freeing us." "Oh, thank you!" the girl said, earnestly. "And now, we had better be going." "We are ready and glad to go," replied Dick. At this instant the sound of voices and trampling foot steps was heard. "Goodness!" the girl exclaimed. "It is papa and some of the men. I fear you will not succeed in making your after all." But Dick was determined to escape. CHAPTER IX. THE ESCAPE. Dick leaped through the doorway and closed the door. They were in the kitchen as they could see by the light "Yes, we will!" he declared, in a low, determined tone. of a candle on a table at one side of the room. "Come out of here quickly!" Dick's quick eye caught sight of a bolt on the door, and He led the. way out of the room into the eellar proper, Bob and Elsie following. Then he locked the door and tossed the key into the rorner. he pushed it across and into its socket quickly. "There I don't think they will get out of the cellar right away," he said, grimly. Then he turned to Elsie and whispered. Taking the candle out of Elsie's hand, he extinguished "Leave us instantly and hasten to your room before some it. I one sees you with us. I don't want you to get into any "Come!" he said in a low tone "we will get under the trouble on our account. Good-by!" I I


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. "Good-by I" whispered the girl; and then, pointing to a door at the opposite side of the room, she went on: nized as being that of Mr. Radcliffe. "Don't let them es cape! Shoot them dead, if necessary!" l'hen the man addressed the youths directly. "Hold!" he cried. Don t try to escape! You are dead men if you make the attempt!" But the youths were not to be stopped so easily. "That door opens out into the back yard. The stable is straight ahead as you go out, and perhaps you may be able to get your horses and make your escape. Two or three men sleep at the barn, however, and you will have to be careful not to awaken them." Having made such headway, they would now escape or "Thank you for die in the attempt. "Yes, yes, we will!" whispered Dick. the information and for your kindness. may some time meet again. Good-by!" I hope that we They uttered not a word in reply to Mr. Radcliffe's "I hope so!" whispered the girl, her voice trembling. "Good-by I" The girl opened the door and through into the hall, while Dick and Bob crossed the room and unlocked and opened the door leading to the yard. They passed through the doorway and closed the door behind them. It was moonlight and they eould see the stable plainly. The youths hastened toward it. challenge, but leaped into their saddles at a bound. "Away, Bob, and stop for nothing I" said Dick, grimly. Then they put spurs to their horses and dashed forward like twin thunderbolts. "Stop!" shrieked Mr. Radcliffe; "stop, or we will fire I" But the youths did not stop. Instead they played a trick on the 'l'ories. They saw the men draw their pistols, and, as they leveled them, the youths turned their horses aside from a straight course, and rode full tilt straight toward the little party of They reache d the door, and, opening it, entered the 'l'ories. stable. The men uttered cries of terror and scattered. The door of the stable was toward the moon, and the interior of the stable was lighted sufficiently so the youths could see with reasonable distinctness. They saw and recognized their horses. The animals happened to be in stalls near the door. The saddles and bridles were hanging up on pegs fastened to the wall at points opposite the stalls occupied by the horses. They ran in as many different directions as there were Tories, and did not take time to fire their pistols. They evidently believed the boys would ride them down, and none of them wished to be knocked down and run over. It was a clever ruse, and perhaps saved the youths' lives, for had the men fired, they could hardly have helped hitting Dick or Bob, or both. The youths swept past the frightened Tories and around The youths s eize d the saddles and bridles and put them the house and away toward the gate which opened upon the on the horses. public highway. Dick remembered what the girl had said about there be-The Tories came running around the and fired ing men in the stable, and he and Bob made as little noise several pistol shots at the youths when they were halfway as possible. to the road '.l'hey could not help making a little noise, however, and .. they were leading the horses out of the stable they were startled by hearing a cry of : "Stop, thieves! Stop, or we will shoot you full of holes!" The command had the opposite effect from what was intended. The youths did not stop. Instead they hastened their movements. They hurriedly led their horses out and were about to mount, when they found themselves confronted by a new danger. The outside cellar door suddenly :flew open, and four or Ave men came rushing up of the cellar. They saw Dick and Bob instantly. "There they are!" cried a voice wlriflh the youths recogNeither of the youths were hit, but the horse Dick was riding was struck by one of the bullets. The bullet hit the animal in the leg and crippled it so badly that Dick saw it would be useless to try to ride it. "Wait a moment, Bob!" he cried; and leaping to the ground, he ran after his companion. The Tories saw what had happened and uttered crie s of joy. Bob brought his horse to a stop a s qu i ckl y as po s sible, and a s soon as Dick caught up with Bob be leap e d up be hind him. "It will be hard on the horse to have to carry double, Bob, but it is the best we can do," said Dick. "Away we go!" Bob put spurs to the horse, and the animal galloped away as swiftly as it eould with its double burden.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. 21 "To horse I" the youths heard Mr. Radclifie cry. "We [been enabled to keep track of their pursuers, and they knew wm pursue and catch them, men. They cannot escape us I when the men stopped and turned back. The horse has a double burden, and will give out before "Now we'll do a little pursuing on our own hook, Bob," they have gone five miles I" said Dick. "We ll follow them back to the road and see "I guess he's right about that, Bob," said Dick, grimly. what tney decide to do." "I judge so, Dick." The youths put this plan into operation. "There is no use of our trying to escape them by running They turned around and followed the Tories back toward away from them." the road. "What are we to do, then?" "We will have to fry strategy." "Strategy ?" "Yes." They were now on the public highway, and the horse being fresh was making very good speed. In front of them, half a mile distant, was a strip of timber. "When we reach that timber, Bob, we will turn aside and hide from the 'l'ories," said Dick. This was rather a bold thing to do, but its very bold ness made it safe. The Tories would not think of such a thing as that the youths would dare act in such a fashion. This made the action perfectly safe. Dick was aware of this, so had no hesitation in keeping within hearing dlstance of the Tories. When the Tories reached the road, Dick and Bob were not fifty yards distant. They came to a stop and listened. As it was night time, and very still, the youths could "That's a good scheme," said Bob. hear the voices of the Tories very distinctly, and could un When they were about halfway to the timber, they looked derstand nearly everything that was said. back and saw a number of horsemen coming after them. "They are coming at a lively rate," said Dick; "but we will reach the timber ahead o:f them." This proved to be the case. When they reached the timber the Tories were still nearly a quarter of a mile behind them, but coming rapidly. As soon as they were hidden from the sight o:f the Tories, amid the deep shadows cast by the trees, the youths dismounted. They entered the timber at the side o:f the road, leading the ho-rse behind them. They made their way along as rapidly as p<>Ssible. By the time the Tories reached the edge of the timber, he youths had penetrated into its depths a distance of per aps two hundred yards. "They have taken to the woods," Dick heard a voice say. 'And the question is, on which side did they go." "We'll divide up and part go on one side and part on the ther," said another voice. The youths hastened onward. It would not do to let the Tories catch them now. They kept onward, making as good speed as possible. They believed that they were making as good speed as heir pursuers would make. And such was the case. "It's no use trying to hunt further for them in the tim ber," they heard a voice say; "as well lgok for a needle in a haymow." "That's right," said another voice which the youths recognized as being Mr. Radcliffe's; "but I hate to give it up and let those young rascals escape after all. I hoped to be able, later on, to turn them over to General Howe. I know be would have been delighted." "No doubt of it," murmured Bob, ironically. "Well, what I would like to know," said another voice, "is, how did they get out of that room in the cellar?" "That is a mystery," was the reply. "Are you sure you locked the door when you came back upstairs, after having taken their supper down to them?" "Yes, I know I did." "Then, I don't see how they got out." "Nor I." "And I hope you never will know," murmured Dick. "So do I," replied Bob. "Say, Dick, Miss Elsie was all right after all, wasn't she?" "Yes, Bob; she was partially instrumental in getting us into that trap, but she was wholly instrumental in getting us out; so she more than evened up the matter." "So she did." The youths listened to the men talk and finally had the The Tories themselves came to this conclusion, after ten satisfaction o:f hearing them riding away. r fifteen minutes' work searching in the darkness, and The youths at once made their way back to the road. hey gave up the chase. The Tories were distinctly visible and were riding slowly The youths, by pausing and listening :frequently, had back toward Mr. Radclifl'e's house.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS 'rRAPPED. The youths, being in the deep shadows cast by the trees, could not be seen. "Well, what are we going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. "We have about thirty miles to go, and only one horse." "I'll tell you what I have made up my mind to do, Bob." "What?" "There's an old saying, Bob, that the place to look for a thing is where you lost it." "That's certainly common sense, Dick." "You're right." It would be an accident if they saw him. Dick left the edge of the timber and ran across the o: space at the top of his speed. He reached the high stone fence at the rear of the b6: without having been discovered. He was sure of this. Had he been seen, an outcry would have been raised. And nothing of the kind had taken plaee. 1 He paused for a few moments to get his breath and list He heard no soun

THE LIBEH'l'Y BOYS TRAPPED. 23 He was somewhat vain. He wished to capture Dick unaided and then get all the He neither saw nor heard anything to the pres;nce of any one in the barn, however, and entering one of the stalls he untied one of the halter straps. credit of having made the capture. He turned to lead the horse out of the barn when he was treated to a startling surprise. A heavy weight suddenly struck him in the with considerable force, and Dick was borne to the floor. "l have you now, you cursed rebel!" cried a triumphant voice. "You won't get away this time I" Dick understood the situation perfectly. One of the Tories had been in the entrance of the barn and had leaped over the manger onto Dick's back. Dick had been taken by 1mrprise, but was not disposed o give up by any means. The impact of the Tory's form coming unexpectedly had reed Dick to the :fioor1 but the Tory was not b,eavy enough r powerful enough to keep Dick there. The youth had his wits about him. n He was determined not to be captured. Suddenly exerting all his strength, he rose to his feet, he Tory-still clinging to him. t Luckily the horse was a gentle one, and stood still. Had he been fractious and become frightened, he might wi iave trampled Dick the Tory and injured them eriously. As it was, they were left to fight it out between them e. itlves. And fight Dick did. r He fought :fiercely. His liberty, perhaps his life, was at $ke. He handled the Tory in a manner that must have been a l! urprise to him. Dick managed to shake the Tory off, and then they .:.'zed each other. b. A fierce struggle was inaugurated. Dick attempted to grasp the TQry by the throat, but the fellow seemed to divine Dick's purpose and prevented its arcomplishment. Dick wondered why the fellow didn't call out to his .But he had taken a bigger contract than he realized. was no common youth. He was stronger than most men, and was a natural ath lete as well. Few men could stand before him in a hand-to-hand struggle. The Tory was a strong fellow, but was somewhat clumsy. The way Dick handlea him was a surprise to the fel low. Dick slammed the Tory against the partition w&ll be tween the stalls, bumped him against the manger, and finally threw him to the floor with such force as to almost knock the breath out of the fellow's body Dick now succeeded in getting his deadly throat hold. The Tory, however, realizing that he had caught a Tar tar, managed to give vent to a yell for help before Dick could shut off his wind. Dick compressed the Tory's windpipe so tightly that it would be impossible for the fellow to utter another cry, but Dick feared the one_ P.

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. As Dick leaped to his feet he heard the excited voices The girl waved her hand at Dick, and her voice C8Jl, e of the Tories, and realized that his enemies were close at down to him in a fauit "good-by I" hand. Dick waved his hand and called out "good-by!" in It would be impossible for him to lead the horse out of cautious tone. the stable and mount it. He would not have time. Dick gave a quick glance at the doorway. It was an unusually high one. He did not speak loud enough for the Tories to hear him, and he figured if they saw him wave his hand, they would think he was waving it in defiance at them A few moments later he was out on the highway, and he He decided that it was high enough to permit of the urged his horse to its beat speed. acti?n which he contemplated taking. Having so decided, he acted instantly. With a bound he was at the side of the horse. Another bound and he was into the saddle. Looking back he saw tut the Tories had mounted horses and were starting in pursuit. "All right, my fine fellows," he murmured; "if I am not mistaken, this is a good horse, and as Bob is well-mounted He seized the bridle-reins, and, bending forward on also, we will give you a merry race." the neck of the horse, plunged his spurs into the animal's :flanks. horse ga\Ce vent to a snort of pain and terror and leaped forward. It leaped toward the doorway. It dashed through the opening like a hurricane. The Tories had just reached the stable and were starling to enter the doorway as the. horse came out. A couple of them were knocked down; while the others scattered, giving vent to cries of terror. Then, as they saw Dick upon the back of a horse, the cries of terror became cries of rage. "It is one of those rebel sptes l" cried one. "Shoot the scoundrel!" cried another. They drew their pistols and fired, but the horse had been making good headway and had carried Dick quite a distance, and as the Tories had fired qui c kly, the shots naturally went wild. Dick was not hit. And fortunately the horse, too, escaped injury. Dick had feared more for the horse than for himself Had the animal been crippled as the other one had been Dick would have found it a hard matter to escape He quickly passed the house, and, as he did so, he hap pened to glance over his shoulder The Tories were soon out in the road and came afte r Dick at the top of their horses speed. They did not gain any, however. Bob was in the saddle ready, and he urged his horse to a gallop, and then to a run as Dick reached him. "Well, you succeeded in getting the horse, old man," re marked Bob, as they raced along side by side. "Yes, Bob, as you see. It was a close shave, though. I was attacked by a fellow in the stable and we had quite a tussle. The otherTories came very near coming in on me / and capturing me before I could get the better of him and I get away." "I heard some plS ol shots, Dick. I was scared, I tell you. I feared they might have succeeded in shooting you down." "I was riding away, Bob, at the time, and their shots were fired hastily and went wild." The timber was only a narrow strip, and the youths were s oon through it. They w e r e glad of it, as out in the open they could see where they were going. In the timber i t had been so dark they had been forced t o let, their horses pick their own way. When they were perhaps a quarter of a mile from the timber, they saw their pursuers emerge into the open It was now a race in earnest. Th e Tories kept after the youths determinedly. One of the upstairs front windows was opoa, and lean-It w a s evident that they were bound to catch the youths ing through the window, her beautiful face bathed in the if possible. mellow light of the moon, and seemingly en.chanced in But the yon.ths were just as determined that they ld beauty the:reby, was Elsie Radcliffe. not be caught.


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. 25 The youths were well mounted. "Yes, your excellency." Bob's horse was a good one, had splendid speed and bot" Ah I" exclaimed the commander-in-chief. "When did l tom, and Dick soon became satisfied that he had secured you sight it, and where?" ne of the best of the Tories' horses. "Three days ago, your excellency, and in Delaware Bay." The youths were pleased to note, after a time, that they What?" were slowly but surely drawing away from their pursuers. General Washington almost thundered this out, and "I guess we'll get g,way all right, Dick," said Bob, after whirled upon Dick almost :fiercely. a backward glance. "Do you mean to say that you sighted the fleet in Dela"Barring accidents, we will do so, I think, Bob." The Tories showed commendable perseverance. They stuck to their work with bulldog-like tenacity. They kept up the chase for more than an hour. At the end of that time they were nearly a mile behind, and making up their minds evidently that they could never overtake the youths, they gave up the chase, and, turning their horses' heads in the other direction, started back toward the home of Mr. Radcliffe. w a re Bay three days ago, and yet have only now reached me with the report!" said the commander-in-chief sternly. Dick met the gaze of General Washington unfiinchingly. There was a half-smile lurking in the depths of the youth s frank eyes. He knew that General Washington thought that for once he, Dick, had failed to do his whole duty. "Yes, your excellency," said Dick, quietly, "'I do mean to say that we sighted the British fleet three days ago and The youths looking back from top of the hill saw the have only reported it to you thi s morning; but there is a action of the Tories. good reason for the delay." "They've given it up as a bad job, Dick!" cried Bob, in The stern look in a measure departed from Washington's glee; "they're going back." r face "So they are, Bob. We can take it easy now, and travel He suddenly remembered that Dick bad been often tried a.t a more moderate gait." and had never yet been found wanting. "Yes, there's no need of hurrying now." The youths rode steadily onward at a fair rate of speed, d reached the patriot headquarters, not far from Phila delphia, at about eight o'clock. CHAPTER X. THE YOUTHS REPORT. "Ahl" he exclaimed. "State the reason for the delay, Dick." The reason is this, your excellency: We sighted the :fleet in D e laware three days ago. We supposed, of course, that it would sail up the Delaware River toward Philadelphia, and we were thinking of mounting our horse s and riding pm1t haste to you with the news, but we were deterred by the fact that the fleet suddenly turned a r o und a nd headed ba c k ou t into the ocean." ".Ah!" excla imed General Washington. The other office rs utter e d e x clamations al so. The you t hs ate their breakfast hurriedly. "Go on!" said the commander-in-chief; "you say the Then Dick went at once to General Washington's headfleet headed out to sea again. Which way did it go?" quarters. In addition to the commander-in-chief, General Greene and several other members of the staff were present. All greeted Dick warmly. "Well, Dick," said General Washington, with more eagerness than he usually displayed; "what have you dis covered ? Did you sight the British :fleet?" "Toward the south, your excellency." "Toward the south?" "Yes, sir ; and as far as we could see it, it was headed in that direction." "But it cam e ba c k again," s aid General Washington-;aB if stating something which he knew must be true. Dick shook his head.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. "No, your excellency," be said; "we remained on the lookout day and night until yesterday morning, and the fleet did not again put in an appearance. We decided that "What is that, your excellency?" asked General Greene. "An attack on Charleston." General Greene and the other members of the staff ut-we bad better come here and report to you. We started, tered exclamations. but were delayed through being made prisoners by some had not thought of that!" the former said. Tories where we stopped to get dinner, we only suc ceeded in getting here this morning." "You have done well," said the commander-in-chief. Then the great man dropped his eyes and gazed at the floor for more than a minure. He was evidently pondering deeply. The others said the same. "I cannot bring myself to believe that the fleet has really sailed away for good," said the commander-in-chief. "You think it will return?" asked General Greene. "I do." The matter was discussed at some length, and all finally Presently be rose to his feet and walked back and forth acquiesced in the commander-in-chief's views. across the room. Presently he paused in front of General Greene. "General," he said, "what does it mean?" General Greene shook his head and looked puzzled. "I cannot say, your excellency," he replied ; "I coniess I am puzzled." They believed the British fleet would again appear in Delaware Bay and sail up the river and disembark the British troops in the vicinity of Philadelphia. At last General Washington turned to Dick. "Dick," he said, "I guess I shall have to ask you to i5 turn to your lookout point on the south shore of New J .. r. "And I," said the commander-in-chief. "Usually," he sey and keep a lookout for the British fleet. Will you go, went on, "the acti-0n of an army or of a fleet will give a cue or shall I send some one else ? You must be very tired." to the intentions of the commander of such army or fleet, "Oh, not so very, your excellency. A couple of hours bUtTn this ca.Se I must admit that I am all at sea. General rest will fix me up all right, and I shall be glad to retun Howe's intention in sailing southward from New York to the lookout post." wastO sail up the Delaware and attack Philadelphia. "Very well; do so, then. And remember, as soon as you His fleet has appeared in Delaware Bay, but instead of ad-become convinced that the fleet is going to sail up the Dela vancing on up the Delaware, it has turned around and ware, hasten here to inform me of the fact." sailed out to sea going toward the south. Now, what can "Very well, your excellency." such action mean?" As an afterthought General Washington told Dick that, All were as puzzled as was the commander-in-chief. in case the fleet did not put in an appearance within five .,rhey could not think what the action of the fleet meant. days,. he should return and report the fact. The matter was discussed from every standpoint. Dick said he would do so, and saluting, he withdrew. General Washington was suspicious. When Dick returned to tne quarters occupied by the He was rather of the opinion that the action of the fleet company of "Liberty Boys," Bob asked him what the com-was a feint. mander-in-chief thought of the situation. He believed tllt the fleet would yet return and sail up "He believes the British fleet will return and sail up the Delaware. ihe Delaware, Bob,'' was the reply; "and he wishes us to The other members of the staff were inclined to think return and keep watch for it.',... likewise. "There is only one other thing," said General Washing ton, "that they would be likely to do, but they would be "He does?" "Yes." "All right," said Bob; "I'd rather do that than be squat so much less likely to do it than to try to capture Philating here doing nothing. When will we start?" delphia, that I can hardly bring myself to think lhat they have it in mind." "In an hour or so; after we have resred a bit." "I'm not very tired."


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPED. 27 '."Neither am I; but there is no particular hurry about By riding rather hard the party reached its destination ting started. We can get to our destination by nightjust before dark. 1, anyway." "Yes; so we can." "Say, Dick," said Sam Sunderland, a bright young Dick had gone out of his way to avoid passing the home of Mr. Radcliffe He told Bob that he wished to stop there as he went Liberty Boys" of about Dick's age, "why not let some of back. he rest of us fellows go along with you? We would like This was the b ette r plan, as had they stopped as they 10 get out for a little trip of that kind." !.lick hesitated. Then a thought struck him. went, and succeed e d in capturing some Tories, they would have been bothered with the fellows for several days. The first thing the youths did was to look out over the By taking a dozen or so of the youths along, he might be bay and ocean to see if the British fleet was anywhere in ble to get even with the Tories who bad given bimse!f and sight. ob so much trouble. True, he remembered what he owed to Elsie Radcliffe, nd had no desire or intention of trying to capture her fa r, or indeed of making any particular trouble; but he 1 ld like to capture a few of the other Tories. 1 J, number of the "Liberty Boys" said they would like to They could see nothing of it. "Somehow, I don't believe it will come back," said Bob. "What makes you thii;ik so, old man?" asked Dick. "I don't know; it just seems that way to me." "It is the same with me," said Dick ; "I do not expect to again sight the British fleet from here, though, like you, J, and Dick said he would ask permission to take tberri Bob, I can' t explain why I feel that way." ong. The youths remained there five days and the British fleet .He returned to headquarters and asked General Washnot having shown up, they mounted their horses and started ,zt.on if he might be allowed to take a dozen or so of the to return to the patriot "Liberty Boys" along with him, and when he had ex-They started in the morning, and reached the home of Jained his reason for wishing to do so, the commander-inMr. Radcliffe about noon hief gave ready consent. Dick was at the head of the little company, and he led When Dick returned to the "Liberty Boys" with the in the way through the gateway and up to the house. ormation that the commander-in-chief had consented to ow some of the youths to accompany Dick, they were detbeir way to the barn. Eight of the youths surrounded the house, while six made ighted. Three men were captured in the barn, and four m0-re in The youths all wished to be members of Dick's party, the house, but Mr. Radcliffe was nowhere to be found. but as this was hardly practicable, Dick, not wishing to Dick was glad of this, as was Bob also, though, as Dick 1how any particular partiality, made up his mind to deassured Elsie, he would not have taken her father prisoner, cide the matter by lot. 1 He put numbers in his hat, and the youths took turns in anyway. irawing numbers. The ones drawing the numbers from The girl was glad to see the youths, and especially Dick, ne to twelve we!e the ones who were to go. This was satand she did not seem to be sorry that some of the Tories had siactory to all, and done away with all chance of ill feelbeen captured. ing. "I get tired of having them hangmg around here," she Of course, Bob, it was understood, was to go, so he did told Dick; "and I wish that papa would take warning by not draw a number, and when it bad been determined who the lucky twelve were, the others congratulated them heartily. I An hour later the party of fourteen rode out of the en ,(lampment. this and not have them come here any more." Then she hastened away to see about having dinner cooked for Dick and his companions. "Dinner will be ready in three-quarters of an hour," she told Dick when she returned; "and. she added, color-


THE LIBERTY BOYS TRAPPE D ing slightly, "I promise you that nothing which you eat Huds o n River, as he thought it possible that the Br. to-day shall be drugged!" fleet might be on its way back to New York, with the Dick smiled, and then said earnestly: iention of proceeding up the Hudson to Albany to "You are a brave and noble-hearted girl, Miss Elsie!" operate with Burgoyne, who was coming down from The dinner was plentiful and wholesome, and the youths north over land. felt much better after they had partaken of the food. He also still entertained the thought that it was possi When they were ready to start, Dick shook hands with that the British fleet had gone south for the purpose of Elsie and thanked her earnestly for what she had done for tacking Charleston. himself and Bob, and then as they rode away, the youths, But for once in his life General Washington was wro at Dick's suggestion, gave three cheers for the' beautiful in all his surmises girl When next the British fleet put in an appea r ance it The "Libe r ty B oys" arrived safely at the patriot en -at neither of those places, but at a point where no one wo campment that eveni n g with their Tory prisoners. ever have expected to see it appear. Their arrival, bringi n g p r isoners, created considerab l e interest among the other soldiers, hut Dick hastened at once to headquarters to make his report. When General Washington was informed by Dick that the British fleet had not agai n put in an appearance, he hardly knew what to think? The members of his staff were as much at sea as was t he commander-in-chief. They c o u l d n ot think what ha d come of the British fleet. Gen era l Washington was still not satisfied. THE END. The next number (20) of "The Liberty Boys o f 7 will contain "THE LIBER T Y B O Y S MISTA KE; 'WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN,'" by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this wee are always in print. If you cannot obtain them fro m He believed that the British fleet would yet show up i n newsdealers, send the price i n money or postage stamps the Delaware River, and he sent Di c k a n d Bob back with mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI instructio;ns to watch five days longer SQUARE, NEW Y OR K, and you will receive the He also sent scouts to keep watc h at the mouth of t h e you orde r by return ma il. Samp1e / Copies Son.1; :F-ree I "HAPPY DAYS.'' The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. -It is Handsomely Dlustrated It has Good Stories of Every Xind. It Gives Awa.y Valuable Premlmm It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columm Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 24 UNION SQ'UABE JIEw YOBJ


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HO'V TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BO.AT.-Fully illustrate d Every boy s hould know how to row and sail a boat. Full instruct ion s are giv e n in this little book, together with in structions on swimming and ridinlb_ companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RiuE, A.ND DRIVE A HORSE.'.A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the be s t horse s for the road; also valuable recipes for di s eases peculiar to the horse No. 48. HOW TO B UILD AND SAIL OANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. ll,il!y illustrated. By C Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULU l\I .AND DREAM BOOK. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ; the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of cards. A <:omplete book. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREA:t.iS.-Evet"ybody dreams, from the li t tle child to the aged man and woman. This little book gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky and unluc ky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum;" the book of fate. :No. 2 8 HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing w hat his future life will bring forth, whether or misery, wealt h or po v e r t y You can t e ll by a glanc e at this httle book: Buy on e and b e convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell the fortune of yo u r friends. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE "HA.ND.Containing rule s for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the hand, or the secre t of palmistry. Also the secret df telling future events b y aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in1 tltruction 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 Ii ttle book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blowsJ and differ ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy shoula obtam one of lthe se use ful and inst ru c tive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A .full instructions for all kinds of g ymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A. handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instruction in archery. Describe d with twenty-one practical iilustrations, giving the best vositions i n fencing. A complet e book. No. 61. HOW TO BECOME A BOWLER.-A complete manual of Containing full instructions for playing all the stand ard American and German games; together with rules and llf!ltems of 11porting in use by the principal bowling clubs lo the United States. By Bartholomew Batterson. TRICKS WITH CARDS. No. 51. HOW '.rO DO TRICKS WITH explanations of the general principles of sleight-of-band applicable to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring '!eight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of pecially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With illustra tions. 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 FOR'.fY TRICKS WITH CARDS. deceptive Card Tri<'k s as p erformed by leading conjurers and magicians. Arranged for home amus em ent. Full. v il111strated MAGIC. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRIOKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction of all the leading card tricks of the di!-Y, also most popular magical as performed b1 our leadmg mag1c1ans; every boy should obtam a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. 22. HO)V TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight expla111ed h1s former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Elxplaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A .MA.GICI.AN.-Containing the grandest assortment of .magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards, incantations,._ftc. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing' and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Anderst>n. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showins many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJURER.-Containins tricks with Dominoes, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracinr thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78 HOW TO DO THE' BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete des cription 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 bo1 should know how inventions originated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics, magnetism, optic., pneumatics, mechanics, etc., etc. The most instructive book pub lished. No. 56. HOW TO BElCOl.\IE AN ENGINEElR.-Containing full instructions bow to proceed in order to become a locomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomotive ; together with a full description of everything an engineer should know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zitherh.Aeolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical instruments; toget er with a brief 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 Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIO LANTERN.-OOntaininc a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting lides. Handsomely illustrated, by John Allen. No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IElCHANIOAL TRIDKS.-Cont11inin1 complete instructions for performing over lxty Mechanical Tricks. By A .Andel'l!on. Fully illustrated. LETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITEl 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 younr: and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Givinr; complete instructions for writing letters toladies on all llubjects ; also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE Ll!Tl'TERS TO GENTLEMEN. Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and any body you wish to write to. Every young man and every young 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 ard composition; together with specim1>n l etters


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HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing complete instructions bow to make up for various characters on the ltae; with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, 8cenlc Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. N!>. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the latllt 10kes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ft'n popular comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome I01ored cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing tall instructions for constructing a window garden either in town et eonntry, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful fbwers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pubrr.bed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books Gil eooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats .. game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pasb'y, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular mob. No. 87. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for nerybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you bow to lllSb almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments lracketa, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de ICl'fption of the wo..:.derful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; loaether with full instructions for making Toys, Batteries, ate.. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty illbltratlone. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Coiifalofng full directions for making electrical machines, induction eai1lr. dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. 8' B. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. 'No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a IUse collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, lapther with illustrations. By A. Anderson. No: Sl. HQW T9 .BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing teen 11lustratlons, g1vmg the different positions requisite to be a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems the popular !lutbors of prose and poetry, arranged in the 1 simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. ,HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conductin bates, outlmes for debates, questions for discussion and the sources for procuring information on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of flirtation fully expll!ined by this little book. Besides the various metho ha_ndkercb1ef,_ fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it tams a _full hat of tne language and sentiment of flowers, wbi m.terestmg to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be b without one. No. 4. H.OW .TO DANCE is the title of a new and h)lnd .book Just issued )>Y Frank Tousey. It contains full ins bona m the art of dancmg, etiquette in the ball-room and at par how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular sq dances. No. HOW TQ LOVI)J.-A C!Jmplete guide to I courtship and g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiqu to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not erally known. No. H. TO full Instruction In art of dressmg and appearmg well at home and abroad giving selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and: most valuable little books ever given to the w Everybody wishes to know bow to become beautiful both male female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. 'Read thiP and be convinced bow to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No._ 1 HOW. TO BIRDS.-Handsomely Illustrated contammg full mstruct1ons for the management and training of canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot, No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely I trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including b on bow to Clltch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bi Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrin Keene. No. 50. HOW. TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS. valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing moun and preserving-_birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving plet!l as to the m_anner a11:d method of raising, keep tammg, breedmg, and managmg all kmds of pets ; also giving instructions for making cages, etc. Fully. explained by twenty-ei illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind published. 4 MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also ENTERTAINMENT. periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Ro. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry book cannot be equaled. llamedy. The secret given away. Every boy reading No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete band-book tbta book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multimaking all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. tbdea every night with bis wonderful imitations), can master the No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTAN at, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDlll.-Givlng pieatest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. official distances on all the railroads of the United States No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A .Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, ...,. 'faluable little book just published. A complete compendium fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., ma al pmes, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable it one of the most complete and handy books published f'orparlor or drll : Ing-room entertainment. It contains more for the No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A w money than any book published. derful book, containing useful and practical information In No. 85. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to ev lool, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general llackgammon croquet, dominoes, etc. plaints. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS. the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrang 8IJd witty sayings. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and bandy little No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Bra book, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Cribthe world-known In which be lays down some valu!l liege, Oasino, FortyFive, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventu :&llction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. and experiences of well-known detectives. Ne>. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun-No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Cont 6'e

HERE'S Splendid ANOTHER NEW ON Staries af the Revalutian. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7' A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolutio By HARRY MOORE. FAIL TO READ IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithf account of the adventures of a brave band of youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their liv fpr the sake of helping along the gallant cause of lndependen4 Every number will of 32 large pages of reading matt bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liber_ty Boys of '76 ; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. S ettling W ,ith the, British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Tl selves. to The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-, 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping G e n eral Wash-Race With Death. ington. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 'l'b.e Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or. Always in the Right Place. K 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Bran-, 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid o f the mg s Minions. 14 Th-:i L iberty Boys' Ruse; or, Foiling the British. l 1 5 'l' h e Lilierty Boys' Tra{l ; or, What They Caught in It 6 The Li1JP.rty Bo:vs Defiance; or, "Catc h a n d Hang U s if Hi The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Sc You can." 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a Br 7 The Liberty Boy s in D emand; or, 1.'he Champion Spies of M an-of-War. thf' R evolution. 1 8 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoat! 8 The L i b erty Boys H ard Fight; or, B eset b y British and J 9 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 'foriE: s 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "Wbat Might Have B For sale by all newsdealers. or postpaid on recei1>t of 1wice, 5 cents per copy, b !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 -Union Square, New Y IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS : of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. vut .mt 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 turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'AUEN 'l'HE AS ll10NEY. : . . . . . . . ................................ FRAK:!:\: TO USEY, Publi s h e r 2 4 U nion Squ a re, 1 N e11 Y o rk ................. 1901 DEAR Srn-Enclosed find .... cents for whi c h please send me: .... cop ies o f WORK AND YVIX. Nos ....................................... -........ PLUCK AND LlTCK ..................... ........................... ... SECRET SERVICR ................................................ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. No s .... : .. : -............................. T e n-C ent Hand Book s N os. . . . . . . .... Name ........................... Street ani1 No ..... ............ Town .......... State .......


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