The Liberty Boys' mistake, or, "What might have been"

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The Liberty Boys' mistake, or, "What might have been"
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No. 20. NEW YORK, MAY 17, 1901. pain and fell to the ground. buil(ling ruS:hed a score of Price 5 Cents.


HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l81ued Weeklv-B11 Sulnorlptw,. ,2.110 per 11eor. B,.tere4 aa S e cond Olaa Matter at the New York( N Y., Pod Otr..,. February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Oonureaa, In the yea r 1901, tn t he offke of tne Librarian of OOtlf/f'eu, WaaMnoton, D. o., b11 ll'rank Tousey, 2 4 Union Squ a re, New York No. 2 0 NEW YORK MAY 17, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A STARTLING DISCOVERY. are we, a nyway, D ic k ? "That question is somewhat of a puzzler, Bob. About the middle of July, General Howe, t):ie British commander-in-chief, had put bis army aboard the British fleet then at anchor in New York Bay, and a little later on the fleet had sailed southward It was Howe s intention to sail up the Delaware River, land his troops near P hiladelphia, and capture the "rebel "Looks to me as if we were next door neighbors to being capital" as it was called. ost." Dick, while playing the spy among the British, bad "Not so bad as that, B o b." "Well, if we are not lost, where are we?" '"'In the State of Delaware, Bob." learned this, and had taken the news to General Washing ton at Morristown. Washi n gton bad the n moved the mai n portion of bis "H'm-yes-I am aware of that fact myself, Dick,'' army southward, and, crossing the Delaware, took up a said Bob, dryly; "Delaware isn t a very big State, but it is posi1ion at Germantown, near Philadelphia. big enough t o get lost in." He had sent D ick and Bob to the south end of New ,, "'l'rue; but we are not lost yet." Jersey to keep watch for the coming of the British fleet, "Speak for yourself, Dick. As for myself, I believe I with instructions to come and inform him of its approach can truthfully say that for once in my life I am really as soon as they sighted it. lost The fleet bad come in sight in Delaware Bay, but for "No one is ever lost who knows north from south an d some inexplicable reason, had suddenly turned about and east from west, Bob." sailed away again, heade d toward the south. "Figu ring that way, I am not yet lost, as I still know Dick and Bob supposed this to be merely a feint, and t h e directions; but I haven t much idea regarding where thought that the fleet would return and sail up the Dela-we are; have you?" "Well, as I figure it, Bob, we are in the northern part of D e l aware, and about halfway between the Delaware River an d Chesapeake Bay." It was a lovely day in the last week of August, 1777. In a little glade in the deep woods of Northern Delaware two youths had come to a stop. ware. It did not return, however, and after watching two days the youths returned to General W asbington with the news. The commander-in chief was puzzled. He could not think queer move on the part of the British fleet signified He believed it to be merely a feint, so he sent Dick and The youths were handsome fellows of about eighteen Bob back with instructions to keep watch five days lon ger. y e a r s of age and were :mounted on a couple of magnificent l o oking horses. This th e y did, but the fleet did not put in an appearance. When they returned to Washington with this informaThese you ths were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, two tion be was still unsatisfied of the most n oted scou ts and spies i n the patr i o t army. He believed the British fleet would yet return, and so They wer e also members of a company of y ou ths known a s the "Liberty Boys of ''(6." D ick Slater bad organize d the company and was i ts cap tain. 'Bob was his n earest a nd deare st boy friend, and often a c c ompanied Dick when he was sent o n a n d spy i ng e x peditions They were on a scouti ng expedition now-. he sent Dick and Bob back once more with instructions fo watch another five days This they did Still no British fleet appeared. When they returned to the c01;nmander-in chief with the information be was greatly puzzle d as were als o the member s of the staff. They talked the matte r over from every point of vi /


2 THE LlB.l!:RTY BOYi:>' :MISTAKE ========--====================== They could not make up their minds with regard to what the British intended to do. "Come on, Dick; let's get where it is shady The youths rode forward an d e n tered the timber. They decided that it was General Howe s intention to "Which way, Dick? Shall we start back now?" asked do one of three things. liob. He had sailed southward to attack Charleston, hatl sailed "Not right away, Bob. Did you notice that wooded northward with the intention of going up the Hudson and ridge ahead of us?" co-operating with Burgoyne, or he would yet return to the Delaware and try to capture Philadelphia. But which of these three things was contemplated? 'fhat was the question. Being in doubt, General Washington decided t o remain where he was for the present. If the Briti s h returned and attempted to move on Phila delphia, he would be at hand ready to meet them If they had gone south to attack Charleston, he could do noth i ng anyway, as Charleston was seven hundted miles distant, and he could not reach there in time, so he might as well remain where he was. H e h ad sent scouts across to the east coast of New Jersey, and also to the mouth of the Hudson, to keep watch for the return of the British fleet, and held himself in readiness to. move immediately his scouts report that the fleet was sailing back toward New York. Dick and Bob had been sent southward to keep watch for the approa c h of the fleet up the Delaware. Ins tead of crossing the Delaware Rive r and going down to the south end of New Jersey, as they had done on the for m er occa s ions, the youths in a eouthwesterly direc tion down into the northern part of Delaware. They took up their position on the west bank of the Dela ware, at a p o int about twelve miles south of Wilmington. At thi s point a hunter-trapper, named Sam Harding, had built a cabin, and as he was a strong patriot, he welcomed Dick and Bob and let them stay at his cabin. Ou this day of whic h we write, 1fr. Harding, having some work on hand that would keep him at home all day, Dick and Bob decided to go on a scouting and hunting expedition; so, leaving Mr. Harding to keep watch for the British :fleet, they had mounted their horses and set out. In case the .fleet showed up l\1r. Harding was to fire a shot to notify them. The y ouths had gone farther than they thought for, when we introduced them to the reader had, as Dick surmised, reached a point about midway between the D e l a ware River and one of the extreme north arms of tke Chesape ake Bay. "Phew I it's hot here, Dick," said Bob, presently; "that sun is almoi;;t enough to melt a fellow." "So it is," admitled Dick; "it is more pleasant in arnol'g the trees wher e the sun cannot strike us." "Yes; what of it?" "Let's go up thei:e and take a look around. be able to get a good view up there.'' "What is there to see, Dick?" We ought to "Oh, I don't know that there is anything in particular. I judge, however, that we shall be able to see the Delaware from there, and we will be enabled to get our bearings and go straight back to Mr. Harding's." "All right, Dick; you're the leader of this expedition." The youths rode onward. The timber was quite heavy with considerable underbrush, and their progress was slow. It took them quite awhile to reach the top of the ridge. But they reached it at last. The trees were so thick here that their view was ob structed and they could not get a good view from the ground. They would have to climb a tree. c They dismounted and tied their horses. 1 Then selecting a tall, straight tree, Dick and Bob pro cee\].ed to climb it. This was not a very diffichlt task for them. They had all their lives lived in a timbered country and were used to climbing. 4 Within an incredibly short space of time they were at the top of the tree. The youths uttered exclamations of pleasure. They were enabled to get a splendid view from where they were. Away in the distance they could see the Delaware River, and it did not take them long to pick out the point where Mr Harding's cabin was located. Then Bob turned his eyes and looked westward towar Chesapeake Bay. As he did so a wondering cry of amazement escaped him. "Look, Dick!" he cried; "see! yonder are a lot of ships!" Die:k turned his head and looked. About five miles to the westward the blue waters of one of the arms of the Chesapeake Bay could be plainly seen. And, as Bob said, the white sails of a number of vessels could be seen. Fifteen or twenty were already in sight, and, one afte another other ships kept coming in sight, while at the


_THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 3 horizon away in the distance could be seen the masts and When they reached the ground Dick turned to his com-top sails of still other ships. panion. A cry of wondering amirzement escaped Dick. "Bob," he said, "I guess I will let you take the news to "Bob!" he exclaimed, in a tense, excited tone, "as sure the commander-in-chief, and I will stay here and keep as you live it is the British fleet!" watch of the enemy." CHAPTER II. THE BRITISH FLEET. "Great guns, Dick, do you really think exclaimed Bob. "I do, Bob; I am sure of it." Bob shook his head. "I can hardly believe Dick," he said. "It must be a fleet of fishing vessels." "No, no, Bob ; fishing vessels would not look as large as .' those vessels do, at such a d istance. They are British warships. It is Admiral Howe's fleet-the same that we saw three weeks ago in Delaware Bay." "All right, if you say so." "You can find your way all right, Bob?" ''By returning to Mr. Harding's cabin and starting from there I can." "All right; let's set out at once, then." The youths mounted their horses. They made their way through the timQer as rapidly as possible. 'l'his was not very rapid, however. They could not go faster than a walk. An hour and a half later, however, they reached Mr. Harding's cabin. When they told him what they had discovered, he was almost asexcited as the youths had been "'Fhet beats anything I ever heerd tell uv !" he ex claimed. "'l'hem redcoats must be ci:azy. Whoever'd a thort uv seein' ther British fleet show up in Ohezzype ake Bay I" "It's a strange piece of business," agreed Di ck; so not more than a dozen miles from one he could have strange in fact tbat I am going to let Bob take the news reached by going .fifty miles up the Delaware from where "But why in the name of common sense did it sail away around a distance of four hundred miles to reach a point the fleet was when we saw it in Delaware Bay?" Dick shook his head. He was puzzled. "I give it up, Bob. That is certainly a mystery." The youths remained in the treetop for perhaps half an hour. They watched the British vessels with eager interest. Gradually more and more of the British ships came into view, until at last the youths had counted up to more than two hundred. The entire fleet was now in sight. There was no longer the shadow of a doubt but that it was the British fleet. 'rhis being settled to a certainty, Dick made up his mind that it was time to act. "Well, let's get down, Bob," he said. "Then what, Dick?" "The news of the appearance of the British fleet must to G e nera' Washington, while I go over and see if I can find out what their action means." "An' I'll go with you, by jucks !" "I wish I could," said Bob; with a regretful air. "How ever, I have other work to do." "So you have, Bob; and the quicker you get started the better : General Washington will want to know the news at the earliest possible moment." "So be will, Dick; I will be off at once. He bade Dick and Mr. Harding good-by, and, mounting his horse, rode away toward the north. Dick and Mr. Harding did not delay long after Mr Harding had gone. They set out, Dick on horseback and :Ur. Harding on foot. As the way would be almost wholly through timber, Dick's horse could go no faster than a walk, and Mr. Harding could easily keep up. be taken to Washington, Bob." After a journey oi about three hours, the two came to a The youths took one more look at the British fleet and stop on a little eminence overlooking Chesapeake Bay. then made their way down out of the tree. The bay was not more than half a mile distant. While climbing down out of the tree Dick bad been The two could see the ships very plainly and could likethinking. wise see what was going on.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. The ships were all at anchor, and many boats could be Mr. Harding, who seemed to know where everything was, seen coming and going between the ships and the shore. gave the horse some feed. The boats coming shoreward were filled with redcoat s This done, Mr. Harding made his way back to the front while those returning wer e empty, save for the men at

'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 5 CHAPTER III. SURROUNDED BY. REDCOATS. The three looked at one another in dismay. "What did it mean?" Why did the British come to Mr. Thompson's house?" This was the question the three asked themselves. They could not answer it, of course, but it was soon to be answered for them. Again came a knock, louder than either of the preced ing ones. "Open the door, or we will burst it down!" cried a hoarse, angry voice. "Yer'd better open et, Joe," advised Harding; "they'll smash it ef ye don't." "H d e n t ye better hide?" asked Thompson. "Mebbe they've found out ye cum heer an' air lookin' fur ye." "I don't see how thet c'u' d be," said Harding; "mebbe we hed better hide." "Go up in ther attic," said Thompson; "ye know ther way." "All right." Harding beckoned to Dick and led the way back into the kitchen. A ladder in one corner led up to the attic and the two climbed the ladder quickly and disappeared. As soon as the two had left the main room, Mr. Thomp son opened the front door. Half a dozen redcoats entered the house without cere mony as soon as the door was opened. It was evident from their looks that they had been drinking and were ready for any kind of deviltry. "Olro you decided to open up the door, did you, at last?" cried one of the redcoats. "Well, it's lucky for you that you did." "We'd have kicked the door off its hinges in another minute:'' And then kicked the daylights out of the owner of the door!" cried another of the redcoats. ,.,. "Whut do ye want, gen'lm'n ?" asked Mr. Thompson in as calm a tone as he could command. "What do we want?" "Yaas." "You!" "Me?" "Yes, you." do ye want me?" do we want you?" ... "Yaas." "You know very well why we want you." "Ye air mistaken, I don't." "Yes, you do, you blamed old rebel. You know very well why we want yqn. You are a rebel and a traitor to your king." Thompson started and turned slightly pale. "Who told ye thet ?" he asked. The redcoats all laug)l.ed hoarsely. "It doesn't matter who told us," was the reply. "We found it out, and we are going to take you prisoner and take you to our camp and make you join the army and fight for the king, or we'll have the pleasure of shooting you full of holes for the traitor that you are." A cry of terror escaped Mrs. Thompson who had en tered the room and heard what was said, while Mr. Thomp son turned paler still. "Sumbuddy has been lyin' about me," he said. "No, it is the truth, and you know it." .... I "You are a rebel, and you are our prisoner. Don't offer to resist, or it will be the worse for you." The redcoats advanced toward Mr. Thompson. Evidently it was their intention to make him a prisoner. But there an interruption. As they started to cross the room, with the evident in tention of seizing Mr. Thompson, Dick and Mr. Harding leaped out of the kitchen and attacked the fellows. "Give it to the scoundrels!" cried Dick; "knock them senseless "Go fur 'em, Joe!" cried Harding. And Joe did "go fur 'em." He had for thg moment forgotten that Dick and Mr. Harding were in the house. Now, however, that they had appeared and attacked the redcoats, he remembered it, and he was more than willing to fight for his liberty. True, the redcoats outnumbered himself and friends two to one, but that did not matter. He would do his best to escape capture. The redcoats were taken altogether by surprise. They had not suspected that were others in the house. The result was that they were for the moment thrown into confusion. A surprise is almost always effective. It was so in this instance. Dick and Mr. Harding had come out with a rush, and they had attacked the fellows with such fury as to make their work effective.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' MISTAKE. =========================================================================-=== 'rhey knocked three redcoats down almost before the fel"Let's fire upon them, and then run still farther to om r lows 'realized what was taking place. side," said Dick. And then Mr. Thompson came to their aid, and the The three drew their pistols, and then, at the wordj other redcoats went down in their turn. from Dick, they fired. This gave the three such a decided lldvantage that, A wild yell of pain, anger, and surprise came as an an v notwithstanding the fact that they were outnumbered two swer to the volley., and the three hastened still farther tc to one, they were enabled to keep the upper hand of the one side. c redcoats. This was a wise move, for the redcoats fired ano the1 They kept their eyes wide open, and whenever one of the volley. E They aimed at the spot from whence had come the sbot s i fellows attempted to get up, he was promptly knocked down again. so did no damage. I In this way they managed to. keep the redcoats under control. Had the three remained there, however, they might have been struck by some of the bullets. ( It was a peculiar spectacle to see three getting the better of six, but the surprise and the advantage gained by means of the surprise made this possible for the three. Again and' his two companions :fired, and agaip. they 1 ran quickly still farther to one side. It did not take the redcoats long to get enough. After the leader of the gang had been knocked down .twice, he yelled to his companions: "Let's get out of this place, men!" Then, instead of trying to regain his feet, be rolled over and over toward the doorway, and, reaching i t plunged headfir s t out through it. The others took their cue from their leader and followed The redcoats uttered yells of anger, and fired another vol-. ley in return, doing no damage. They evidently decided that they had enough, howeve r, for the three heard the redcoats moving away. "'l'bey re going!" said Dick; "they have bad enough." "Fur tber present, yaas," said Harding; "they'll come back purty soon, an bring er lot uv ther comrades with 'em." "D'ye think they will?" asked Mr Thoinp o on anxiou s ly. suit. "ram afraid so," repli e d Di c k sob er l y 'I'hey are un., Seeing what redcoats were doing, Dick, with gr,im doubtedly very angry on acc oun t of th e m a nner in which humor, went to work to assist them by the of we handled them, and they will pan t for revenge." the toe of his shoe. "Then whut air we ter do?" a s k e d Mr Thompson, fearMr. Harding and Mr. Thompson followed Dick 's ex-fully. ample also and it did not take long to clear the cabin of the redcoats. "I hardly know, replied Dick. "They 'll' pull ther house down over our beads, er they 'll Dick eemed to know exactly what the redcoats would do burn et ter ther groun' !" as soon as they got straightened up) and, turning to J\frs. "I fear you are right," agreed Dick, soberly. Thompson, he said hurriedly: "I know whut we kin do!" exclaimed Mr. Thomp s on, \ "Clpse and bar the door after us, and go up i nto the suddenly. attic!" "Whut, Joe?" a s ked Harding. Then to Mr. Harding and Mr. Thompson be said: "Come ; fallow me He leaped thro:ugh the open doorway, and the two men followed him. "We kin go ter my ole cabin, back in ther timber-ye know whar et is, Sam." "Y aas, but-they'll burn this hou s e down, Joe." "They 1would do it anyway, Sam," said Dick; "and The door came shut behind them with a slam, showing would capture Mr. Thompson." that Mrs. '!'hompson was doing her part. "Thet's so; I guess et'll be ther bes thing ter do." Dick and his two companions ran swiftly out to one side, away from the house. It was lucky they moved so swiftly, for there capie the sharp, whiplike cracks of pistols. The redcoats had seen the three leave the house and had fired at them. They bad not fired quickly enough, however, and missed the three, who had succeeded in getting out of range. "I think so. 'l'he three ha s t e n e d back to th e house and knocked on the door. "Et's me, Joe, Mary," said Mr. Thompson. The door was opened at once, and the three entered the house. "Git reddy, quick ez ye kin, Mary," said Joe; gotter leeve beer an' go back ter ther ole house. Them


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 7 redcoats '11 be back heer in er jiffy, an ll burn this house to remain here more than a day or so, it did not matter so down!" much. "I'll be reddy in er minnet, Joe." Mrs. 'rhompson gathered up a few wished to take with her. It would be possible to put up with almost anything for things which she such a {lhort length of time. They had been there perhaps half an hour, when sudDick and the two men took such things as they could denly Dick' s quick ear caught a soun,d which caused him carry handily, also, and then they started. to leap to his feet with such suddenness as to give his com-As they wer.e leaving the house they heard the sounds of panions a start. excited voices and hurrying footsteps. With a s ingle bound the youth reached the door. "They're coming said Dick in a low tone; "they must have met some more of their comrades and have returned quickly to seek revenge." The four hastened to the stable, and Dick his horse out. Slamming it shut he seized the bar and placed it across the door. As he did so a wild yell went up from without. It 'as a yell of delight and triumph. lt was given vent to by the redcoats, Dick was sure. '"l'hey have followed us here!" Dick said, in a hard, Then they moved away at a good pace, and just then a t en s e tone; "we are surrounded by redcoats We are -in a wild shout of anger announced the fact that the redcoats trap!" had discovered that their intended victims had flown. The fugitives hastened their footsteps somewhat at this. They feared the redcoats might run out, and s c atter and make search, and thus discover which way the fugitives gone. The four had a good start, however, and they felt con fident that the redcoats could not discover in which direc tion they had gone. It would be only by accident if they should succe-ed in following The four soon the timber. Mr. Thompson was il\ the lead. He was, of course, perfectly familiar with the route to be taken, and he struck into a path, which he followed un erringly, the others following him closely. A walk of twenty minutes brought them out in a little glade, at the farther side of which, faintly distinguishable in the darkness, stood a log cabin. 'rhey made their way across to the cabin, and entered. They hnd brought candles with them, and one wai; lighted as soon as they were in the cabin. The cabin consisted of two large rooms and a loft over head. Dick asked what he was to do with his horse. "Ye'll jes' hev ter tie 'im in ther timber," said Mr. Thompson; "thar' s no stable heer." Dick went outside and led his horse into the edge of the timber and tied him to. a tree. Then he went back and re-entered the cabin. The cabin had very little in the way of furniture. Two or three splitlog bencbes and a rough table was the sum total. However, as the little party did not expect to be forced CHAPTER IV. 'l.'RE BURNING OF THE CABIN. The four looked at one another in dismay. "Let's get back out of range with the door," said Dick; "they migbt fire a volley through it." This suggestion was 3:_cted upon at once. All drew over to one side, and, when out of range of the door, paused and listened. There came a thunderous rapping on the door. "Open in th e name of the king!" cried a hoarse and authoritative voice Dick motioned for his companions to remain silent. Receiving no reply, the redcoat again thumped on the door, and again cried out: "Open, in the name of the king!" Dick decided that as they had been seen before he had shut the door, and the redcoats knew that they were in there, he might as well answer the fellow, so he said: "Who are you, and what do you want?" "Vi'e are soldiers of the king, and we want you!" was the reply; "open the door at once!" a And if we don't choose to do so?" "We ll break it down." "You can't do it." "Why not?" "It's too strong "Bah! we can break the door down; or, if we can't, we can burn the cabin, and roast you like rats in a trap!" "But you wouldn't do that!''-


.r 8 'l'HE LIBER'rY BOYS' MISTAKE. "Wouldn't we ? There was a scornful, threatening ring to the voice, as much as to say : "We'll show you!" "You surely would not," replied Dick; "there is a woman in here." "I hardly know." Again came the sound of the impact of the forms of the redcoats against the door, but as before the door stood firm. "They'll soon fin' they can't do thet," said Mr. Thomp &on. "The more blame upon you, then, if you refuse to open "An' then they'll start ther fire!" said Harding. the door. If you force us to use extreme measures, you "That is what they will do," agreed Dick; "how I wish will be to blame, .not us." there was some other way of getting out of here besides "But why should you interfere with us? Why 110.t let the door." U!' alone?" Just then there came the sound of another assault upon "Why should we interfere with you ?-because you are the door, but, as before, it showed no '>igns of weakening. rebels!" "You don't know that." "We are well enough satisfied of the fact so that we shall have no hesitancy in going to extremes, unless you open the door and surrender, at once!" Dick realized that there was no use of arguing the case with the fellow. The redcoats were determined to capture the inmates of the cabin. Dick looked inquiringly at his companions. "What are we to do?" he asked. The others shook their heads. "I don't feel like surrendering," said Dick. The two men said the same. -"Are you going to open the door and surrender ?" came in an impatient voice from without. "No!" replied firmly. A curse was heard, and then the voice cried : "All right; you'll be sorry for it!" A few moments later there came a heavy thud against the door. Several of the redcoats had rushed forward and thrown themselves against the door. It shook and quivered, but gave no signs of giving way. "They can't break et down thet way," said Mr. Thomp son; "et's too stout fur 'em." "But that won't help us any," said Dick; "as soon as they find that this is the case, they will set fire to the cabin!" "D'ye reely think they'll do thet ?" The redcoats evidently came to the conclusion after this attempt that they could not break the door down, for presently the voice of one of the fellows was heard. "Will you open the door and surrender?" was asked. "No l" replied Dick. "If you don't, we shall set fire to the cabin and burn it down. We give you fair warning!" "Go ahead l We will not open the door Dick felt confident that the redcoats would do as they threatened they would do, but he was determined that he and his companions should not leave the cabin until they were forced to do so. All listened intently. They c"ould hear the sound of footsteps and of murmuring voices. They heard rattling and scraping sounds at the side of lhe cabin, and decided that the re coats were piling brush and sticks against the logs, preparatory to starting the fire. Perhaps twenty minutes passed, and then the voice of the redcoat was again heard. "We have set fire to the cabin!" came the words; "and if you don't come out pretty soon, you will be roasted out!',. The four looked at one another blankly. Of course, they would not of necessity have to remain in. the cabin and be burned to death, but the other alternative was to be made prisoners by the redcoats, and it was not a pleasant alternative by any means. "If only there was another way of leaving the cabin!'" said Dick. "Yes, indeed!" Mrs. Thompson started and gave utterance to a little "But thet would be orful 'Sborely they wouldn't burn cry. us up!" "Well, you see, they know th_at we can open the door and come out at any time we wish ; -so they would feel that if we remained in here and were burned up, it would be our own fault." "I see; waal, whut air we ter do, then ?" '"l'be loose clapboards, Joe!" she exclaimed; "you re member them, don't you? They are right under thet limb. thet comes out frum the big tree. Mebbe we could git out tbet way." Mr. Thompson started. "Thet's right. I bed furgot erbout thet," he sai

THE LlBEHTY BOYS' MISTAKE. air some loose clapboards on ther ruff, jes unner whar She was aided by her husband, and when the two had I thar is er limb ez grows out frum er big tree jes' back uv moved away along the limb, Harding made his way out. ther c11bin, an' we mighf git out thet way." Dick went la s t He found the limb to be a good, large stout one There was no danger that it would break beneath the comb ined weight of the four. "We ll try it, at any rat e," s aid Dlck, promptly. "Lead the way, Mr. Thompson; the fire is in front, and the red coats will be around there watching the door an.d expe cting to see us open it and com e out and surrender. Perhaps :ve may be ab. le to escape after all." The greatest danger was that the fire woul d b l a z e up sufficiently so that the fugitives would be r eveal ed to the 1 I Mr. and Mr s Thomp s on led the way, Dick and Harding following They made their way into the other room, and Mr. Thomp s on, Dick, and Harding climbed a ladder which reached up to the loft, and then assisted Mrs. Thompson to do the same. It was very dark in the loft view of the r e dcoats. The fire was not yet under full headway, however, and they were s till safe; they had not yet been observed The four made their way along the limb till they rea ch e d the main body of the tree. 'rhen one after another they ma d e their way d o wn t o the grou nd. They had to practically fee l their way. Had. there been any of the redcoats around at the rear o f They had fear e d to bring the candle along, for the reason the cabin, they must have discovered the fugitives; b u t n o ne were there. tha t the light might shine out through between the clapboards and betray them to their enemies. They were all around at the front. They had doubtless gone arou n d to the back of the cabi n 1\fr. and JYirs. Thomp s on, of cour se, were perfectly at first, had seen that there was no door or window the re familiar with the arrangement of things the attic, and and feeling s ure the fugitives could not escape i n that dihad no trouble in makin g their way to the corner where r e ction, they did not see the use of keeping watch there. the loose clapboards were ; and all Dick and had to do was to follow. When the four had reached the ground they lost no time in getting away from the vicinity of the cabin. When the corner was reached Mr. Thompson went to They entered the timber and moved sile n tly aw:ay. As they did so they heard the voice of one of the r ed work to remove the loose boards. This was not a difticult tas k, t hough he had to be care coat s calling to them to come out of the cabin and su rful not to make a noise t hat w ould attract the attention of render. the redcoats "The y'll be s'prised when ther cabin burns down with One after another he removed the clapboards, and as he out our havin' come out," said Harding. pulled them loose he pa s sed t h e m back to Harding, who "So they will," agreed Dick. laid them down carefull y Presently the s mell o f s mok e c ame to the noses of the four. "We' ll hav e to hurry and get out of h e re befor e the fire blazes up ver y hi g h or w e' ll be seen!" said Dick. "I think I've got e r big enuff hole s o we kin climb through e t s aid Mr Thomp s on cautiou sly; "shell I try e t ? "Yes, go ah e ad," whis p e r e d Dick Mr. Thompson did so. "They' ll think we're burnt to death," said Thompson Whe n they reached the point where Dick's horse was tied, Dick untie d the animal, and, walking and leading it, followe d hi s c o mpanions. When th e four had gone perhaps a quarter of a mile, they pau sed and held a consultation The qu e stion was what should they do? Where should the v ? "I'll t e ll ye whut let s do, Joe," said Mrs. Thompso n aft e r they had talked some little time. It was a bright, starlit night and the othe could see "Whut, Mary?" asked her husband. the man s body outlin e d ag ain s t the background of sky. "Le's go t e r Sim Martin's Him an' Susan will be gla d The y knew he had s ucceed e d in getting through the hole, ter see u s ann be glad ter hev us stay thair till ther red and out onto the limb of the tree, even before he whispered coats hev gone erway." back: "Thet's er good idee, Mary. Thet's ther ver y place fur "All r ight !" "You go next, 1\Irs. Thomp s on said Dick, and the woman obeyed. u s te r go." "How fur is it?" asked D ick. "Erbout er mile."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. "Oh, that isn't far. I'll go there with you and leave conversation that it was their opinion that the inmates oi my horse, and then I'll go back and keep my eyes on the the cabin had already succumbed to the heat and smoke. e British." Some of the redcoats said that it was too bad that the "Yer'd better stay away frum them, Dick," said Hardpeople should die such a horrible death, while others said ing. "They're bad 'uns, them redcoats air." it served them right. v "I'll look out for them." Dick was glad to know that there were a few human'1 The four moved onward now. men among the redcoats. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson took the lead as they knew the He was still gladder to know that the redcoats were mis-n way, and twenty minutes later they reached the cabin of taken in thinking himself and companions were in Sim Martin. cabin, however. Sim and Mary Martin were friends of Mr. and Mrs. A few lllinutes later the roof of the cabin fell in with l\ 1 Thompson. great crash They were glad to see their friends, but were sorry to That settled it, the redcoats decided. I learn that they were in trouble. "'rher redcoats shurely won't burn down yer house thet's in ther village," said Mrs. Martin; "an' as soon as ther redcoats air gone ye can go back." "I hope et'll be thet way," said Mrs. Thompson. Dick, having tied his horse to a tree, announced tnat he would return and see what the redcoats were doing. Harding offered to accompany him, but Dick said he thought he would be safer alone. 'Knowing that Dick preferred to go alone, Harding did not insist. Dick set out at once and made his way rapidly back toward the cabin from which they had so recently escaped. There was a well-defined path, and Dick had no trouble following it. Above the treetops he could see the reflection thrown up by the burning cabin. "The whole cabin must be afire by this time," thought Dick. "I suppose the redcoats are wondering why we don't open the door and come out." And Dick was rig):it. As he drew near he saw that the entire cabin was a mass of flames. It threw out such light that the surrounding timber was illumined quite a distance in from the edge, and Dick had tel" exercise great caution in approaching to keep from being seen. By keeping behind the trees, Dick reached a point only a few yards distant from the burning cabin. Dick could see the majority of the redcoats. The inmates of the cabin could not be otherwise than dead. The burning cabin wol1ld be their funeral pyre No need of their remaining longer, the redcoats They turned and slowly made way across the open space, going in the direction of the village. Dick remained where he was for several minutes after1 the redcoats had disappeared in the timber at the other side of the open space. Then he left his biding-place and made his way in thEI same direction. As he left the open space and entered the edge of the' timber, Dick was treated to a surprise. Half a dozen men leaped upon him and bore him strugJ gling to the ground. CHAPTER V. A CLEVER ESCAPE. The men were redcoats. Dick realized this instantly. He understood perfectly. The redcoats-or some of them at least-had paused; just within the edge of the timber to watch the cabin awhile longer, and had undoubtedly seen Dick emerge 1 from the imber at the opposite side of the opening and There were about twenty of them, and they were gathered come walking across toward them. in a group perhaps fifteen yards from the cabin. The redcoats did not recognize Dick as being one of the They were where they could see the front door, but it four who had been in the burning cabin. was evident that they bad given up all expectation of see-They had started out with the intention of capturing ing their intenMd victims emerge from the cabin. Dfck could hear the fellows were saying as they talked in rather excited voices, and he gathered from their somebody, however, and they made up their to cap ture Dick. The youth was taken wholly by surprise.


THE LIBERrl'Y BOYS' MISTAKE. Even had he not been he could not have hoped to suc ssfully resist the redcoats. Knowing this he made no resistance, however. His mind was acting with lightning-like rapidity, how er, and even as he lay there held down by the half-dozen He looked the redcoat straight in the eyes, while he simulated a look of stupid amazement. "Who, me?" he half gasped. "Yes, you." "l\Ie a rebel spy 1en, he decided upon a course of action. "Yes." He would pretend that he was a Tory and that he was Dick looked at the fellow a few moments longer ana then ming to the village for the purpose of offering his services suddenly burst out laughing. fight for King George. "Haw, haw, haw!" he roared; "thet's er good joke, thet Luckily for Dick he had left his Continental uniform at is! Me er rebel spy. Me, ther son of Jack Billings, one of e patriot encampment at Germantown and had on an the strongest king's men in this part uv the country, er dinary rough suit of citizen's clothes such as would be rebel spy. I guess not! I hain't no rebel spy, nur no rebel ennything0!" orn by a Jersey country youth. "What ye doin' !"cried Dick; "what'd ye jump on me r. I hain't been do in' anything." The redcoats rose to their feet and jerked Dick to his et also. They led him out into the open space where the reflec. on from the burning cabin made everything as light as ay, and gathered around him. Feeling sure that the youth could not escape, the redats let go of him. They eyed Dick critically. "Who are you, young fellow?" asked one of the redats; "and where were you going?" "I'm Tom Billings," replied Dick; "and I was goin' to e village." ''To what village?" "Elkton." Why were you going there?" "Why was I goin' there?" "Yes." "Why, I heerd that the British army was there, au' I a' goin' there to jine it." "Ah then you are loyal to the king?" "Yes, I'm er loyal man." "You are really a loyal king's man, then?" "Uv course I am." "And you want to join the British army and fight for the king?" 'Of course I do." "All right," said the redcoat; "you shall have your wish. Come along with us.'' "Where ye goin' ?" "Straight to the British encampment." "Air ye fellers British soldiers?" asked Dick. "Yes,'' was the reply; "don't you see our uniforms?" "Yes, I see 'em; but I didn't know them wuz British uniforms." 'l'hen you never saw a British uniform before?" "I never did." lrell, you'll see enough of them from ow on, Within a mile of this spot there are eighteen thousand men wear ing this uniform." Dick looked at the fullow in well-simulated amazement. "Eighteen thousand!" he gasped. "Yes." "My, but thet must be a lot of men! I didn't know there wuz thet many people in ther world." "Well, it is the truth; there are eighteen thousand of Dick meant that he was loyal to his country, but of them." rourse the redcoats thought he meant that he was loyal to King George. Of course this was what Dick intended they should "nk. 1 ''And you want to join the British army and fight for 'Yes, that's what I want ter do." The redco11t who had done most of the talking eyed Dick archingly and s ternly. "Do you !mow,'' he said, slowly and deliberately, "I 10re than half-believe you're a rebel spy." Dick was a good actor. "Great guns! then ye wont need me, will ye?" said Dick. There was such a well-simulated look of dismay on Dick's face that the British soldiers had to laugh. The youth was playing the part of an unsophisticated country youth so perfectly that the redcoats were thoro'Ughly deceived. Their suspicions, if they had had any, were dismissed as being absurd. "Oh, we can use you all right,'' said the redcoat; "we'll take all the recruits we can get; we are likely to become en gaged in battle at almost any time and lose fifty, a hun-


12 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. dred, or maybe even a thousand men, and we will need others to take their places." "Oh, thet's it?" "Yes." "An' you'll take me?" They had no fear that he would attempt to escape. This was exactly the state of mind that Dick had bet working to get them into. It would give him a good opportunity to try to escape Dick knew that the strip oi timber through which tru "We will." were to go was about a quarter of a mile wide. "An' make er soldier out uv me?" He must make the attempt to escape before this distalll "Well, as to that I cannot say," with a. smile; "we'll was traversed. come as near making a soldier out of you as possible." If he waited till they were out of the timber, his chano The redcoat little thought that he was at that very mofor escape would not be nearly so good. 1 ment talking to one of the best and ablest soldiers in the Dick kept on talking as they walked along and asked patriot army. Dick smiled to himself when he saw the redcoats smile. He knew what the redcoat was thinking-that it would be impossible to make a good soldier out of such raw material. He was satisfied to have them think thus, however. In order to be able to effect his escape he would have to throw them entirely off their guard, and the greener he made them think he was, the more they would be thrown many simple questions as he could think of in order keep the suspicions of the redcoats allayed. At the same time slowly and cautiously he worked h way from the midst of the redcoats to near the edge of tl party. In the darkness, and while turning this way and th to avoid trees, it was easy to do this without attracting a tention. Presently Dick occupied a position at the extreme ed1 off their guard. of the crowd, and while one of the redcoats w Then by watching his opportunity he believed he would be able to escape. When the redcoats said that they would make as good a soldier as possible out 'oi him, Dick simulated a lo9k of busily engaged in answering a question which Dick h1 asked, the youth leaped to one side and darted away throuJ ihe timber and darkness. The redcoats heard Dick's footsteps, but even then pleasure. not suspect what had happened. "I'm glad of that," he said; "an' will I hev one uv them purty uniforms, too ?" "Yes, you'll have a uniform, too, my boy. They're gor"What wa!l ?" one. "It sounded like some one running," said another. "Likely it was some rebel who took to the timber wh1 geous, aren't they ?" he learned that we were coming ashore from the ships "I-guess so," said Dick, hesitatingly. "They're purty, suggested a third. ennyhow." The redcoats laughed, and then the who had done most of the talking said: "Come, fellows, let's be going." The redcoats gave one more look at the burning cabin, and then, with Dick in their midst, entered the timber and made their way toward Elkton. Dick had talked and acted so innocently and unsophisti"Halt!" cried the redcoat who had all along acted leader. "Halt, or we will fire!" He did not suspect even yet that the person to whom addressed the command was the supposed country youi Dick, of course, did not halt. He kept right on running. The redcoats in obeyance to a command from cally that the redcoats' suspicions bad been wholly releader drew their pistols and fired into the darkness, 4 moved. their shots did no damage. They believed that Dick was really what he represented The redcoats did not expect to hit the fugitive, howew himself to be. and as soon as they had fired, they stuck their They thought he was the son of a rank Tory and back in their belts and moved forward once more. 1 he was eager to join the British army and get to wear a red "Well, Billings, do you think you will like the crack uniform. firearms and the smell of burning powder,?"asked one Believin_g thus, they paid no particular attention to the redcoats. j Dick, and made no pretense of trying to guard him. I There was no reply. He walked along in the midst of the crowd and was as Of course there would be no reply as Dick was by t free as any of thPm. time quite a distance away.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MIS'l'AKE. 13 The redcoats did not know thi:s, however, and were sur when "Billings" did not reply. Even yet they did not suspect. He realized that this would be dangerous, but he did not let it deter him. He wished to learn all he could regarding the intended ''Hey, Billings!" the redcoat called out; "didn't you movements of the British army. ear what I said?" r Still no reply. "Where are you? What is the matter wi h you? Why on't you answer ?" 1 The redcoat fired out those questions one after another shots from a gun. 1 Still there was no answer. A sudden suspicion entered the fellow's mind. "By Jove!" he suddenly exclaimed; "I'll wager a hun ed pounds that fellows was a rebel after all, and that e has been fooling us. He made us think he was a Tory n order that he might get a chance to escape. He suc eeded admirably, for it was his footsteps we heard awhile go." i All realized the fact, now that the supposed Billings was The thought that the youth had fled was sufficient evi dence against him. They had no doubt but what he was a rebel. The realization that the youth had fooled them SQ easily and completely, made them very angry. Their discomfiture was great. They threatened what they would do should they suc-ceed in getting hold of him again. But would they get hold of him .again? Not if Dick could heJp it. Meanwhile, what of Dick? He had hastened on through the timber and soon reached the open country at a point perhaps a quarter of a mile from the village. Dick felt very well satisfied. The thought of how easily he had deceived the redcoats 'and escaped from them after having been wholly within !their power, was a pleasing one. He iaughed aloud as he thought of how disconcerted the redcoats would be when they discovered the manner in which they had been tricked. He hastened onward, and a few minutes later reached the village. By listening to the talk of the redcoats he might be able to gain some valuable information. 'rhe soldiers were drinking and would naturally be talkative. Having made up his mind, Dick did not delay. He pulled his hat down so as to shade his face and entered the barroom. Dick was pleased to note that his entrance did not at tract much attention. Besides the redcoats a number of men of the village were present; also were three or four youths of about Dick's age. Dick managed to take his place among them and listened with eager interest to all the talk indulged in by the red coats. Of course there was considerable talk that did not amount to anything, but occasionally some one of the fellows would let slip a remark regarding the intended movements of the British army, and Dick was careful to make / a mental note of all such remarks. Of course he felt confident that it was General Howe's intention to move uppn and try to capture Philadelphia, but there were several routes he could take, and it would facilitate General Washington's work greatly to know in advance which route the British were going to traverse. As the fumes of the liquor the redcoats were imbibing mounted to their brain, they became more and n:ore hilarious. One big fellow especially got to feeling so good that he had to indulge ih horse play. He thumped, and shoved his comrades around, and presently began using the same tactics with the or dinary citizens of Elkton, who were in there playing the part of spectators. He upset one man on the floor, and, tripping a youth and giving liim a shove, sent him sprawling across the prostrate form of the man. This suddenly struck the redcoat as being a particularly pleasing diversion, and he started in to pile all the men and youths in a heap upon the floor. He paused in front of the main tavern of the village. Some of the men and youths took the matter as a joke The front room of the tavern was a barroom and loungand laughed good-naturedly, but several were pretty badly ing place. He glanced through the window and saw that there were quite a number of redcoats in the barroom. Dick made up his mind to enter. frightened. They didn't know but the redcoat might take a notion to shoot them or bayonet th.em. The fellow'R comrades were greatly amused.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' .MISTAKE. They laughed heartily and applauded their comrade. Perhaps the most surprised man of all was the fello Their applause, of course, served to egg the redcoat on. who had been handled so unceremoniously by Dick. It was extremely gratifying to him to know that he was He wriggled down off the top of the pile of men and ho having lots of sport, and contributing to the enjoyment of and struggled to his feet. his comrades at the same time. As his glance fell upon Dick, an exclamation of an The redcoat was very successful, and he met with no escaped him. opposition until lie came to Dick. Then a look of wonder appeared upo his face. Then as he sought to seize Dick and throw him onto the He stared at Dick in open-mouthed amazement. pile of squirming men and boys, he received an unexpected He looked at his companions, at the pile of men and ho sethack. glanced down at himself, and then again at Dick. He had supposed, of course, that it would be with Dick "Surely it can't be possible!" he exclaimed, seeming as it had been with the others, that all he would have to do more to himself than otherwise. "No such country clo would be to seize him and give him a toss, but Dick was hopper as that could have handled me in such a manner. not disposed to submit to this. "But he did do that very thing, Chester," said one Dick felt that the fellow ought not to be allowed to have the redcoats. it all his own way, and he made up his mind to turn the tables on the fellow if he possibly could. Owing to the fact that the redcoat was not anticipating "Not by himself." "Yes, by ). The redcoat :flushed and an angry light appeared in opposition, this made the matter one of no great difficulty. eyes. Especially was this the case with Dick, for he was a prenomenally strong and athletic young man. As th.e redcoat sought to seize Dick, the youth evaded "It was an accident!" he declared. "He couldn't do again in a thousand years." -"I don't know about that, Chester. He did it that ti his grasp, and, seizing the redcoat just right at the same with remarkable ease." time bending his body so as to utilize it in lifting, he raised There was an undertone of satisfaction in the redcoa the astonished soldier off the floor, and, giving him a dexvoice; the fact was that he had at one time had troub terous whirl, deposited the fellow on top of the pile of men with Chester, and in the encounter which followed had g and youths with a thump. the worst of it, hence his pleasure at seeing his old-tin CHAPTER VI. DICK SURPRISES THE REDCOATS. The redcoats stared in open-moul!hed amazement. 'rhe y did not know what to think. enemy receive a setback. Doubtless "Chester" understood this, and it did n add t9 his equanimity. His face flushed with anger. Dick had caused him to appear ridiculous in the eyes his comrades; he would have revenge He strode toward the youth. After throwing the redcoat on top of the pile of men a boys, the youth had stepped back and stood leaning againS It was one of the most wonderful exI?-ibitions that they the wall. had erer seen. He stood in a careless attitude, his arms folded, his ha Th e redcoat who bad been handled in such an unce:estill pulled over his eyes; dressed in the rough sut monious fashion was a large fellow, being exceedingly well built and strong looking. He was in truth the bully of his regiment. of clothes, he looked the awkward country youth to th life. i'i'lien the r e dcoat advanced toward him, however, ht Thfl'e was not a man in the regiment who had ever been straightened up, and, extending one arm, motioned th# able to stand before him. fellow back. Yet here was a country youth who had handled their "Stop!" he cried. "I was not bothering you awhile comrade almost as i'f he was a l;>aby. when you attacked me and got the worst of it. You we True, their comrade was half-drunk and had been taken to blame for what happened and should take your medici Ly surprise, but even so they would not have believed that unmurmuringly." even under those circumstances the youth could handle I "Oh, you can't expect me to do that," the redcoat crie

THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' MISTAKE. "'1g to do it, too I l am going to prove to the entire satis-It was certainly wonderful. ction of my friends here that what took place a few And the young stranger was certainly a wonderful you th. ago was an accident." \Vho could he be? H you 'll take my advice," said Dick, in a quiet but firm What s01t of a fellow was he, anyway ? e of voice, "you will let the matter rest. You ll be aorry Were there many like him in this part of the country? you do not." they asked themselves. The redcoat laughed in a sneering manner. Presently the redcoat who had met with such rough "Thank you," he said, sarcastically; "the best thing usage at Dick' s hands stirred and rose slowly to a sitting out your advice is that it is free. I'll just show you poi:!ture. d my friends here how easily I can handle you." He scratched hi:; bead and looked about him in a puzzled He leaped forward as he ceased speaking and attempted manner. seize Dick. The youth was on bis guard, however. He was not taken unawares. As the redcoat leaped forward Dick leaped to one side. The redcoat failed to get hold of his intended victim. Diqk had sized the redcoat up carefully. Re saw that the man was large, strong, and athleticking. He realized that if the redcoat succeeded in getting a ood hold upon him he would prove to be a very dange:(Qus ponent. It was e vident that he did not understand matter,s. A few moments he sat there and then he slowly and laboriously rose to his feet. He swayed slightly and seemed somewhat dizzy. This was not to be wondered at. The jar he had had was a very severe one. It was a wonder tha t he was able to stand up at all. The fact that he was able to do so spok'e eloquentl y of bis toughness. Presently he seemed to come to a realization of where he was. His eyes fell on Dick and he gave a start. So Dick made up his mind not to let the fellow get hold him. 1 t s eemed a s if everything came baclr to him in an inHe made up his mind also to lose no time in dealing with stant. By being very quick he would have an advantage over lle 3 ve utterance to a hoarse roar of anger. He rushed at Dick with all the ferocity of a madd e ned larger and clumsier opponent. t' 1ger. So, darting under the man's arm, Dick slipped arcund h a h' k fl. h The jar of the fall had sobered him, and this made him m 1m qmc as a as 0 t h th d t b th ll 'th h' 1 ft h d d all the more fierce and dangerous. a c mg e re coa y e co ar w1 is e an an owing his right arm around the man's waist, _Dick again fted the fellow into the air, using bis hip as a fulcrum, d threw him to the :B.oor with a crash. The men and boys had had time to regain their feet, so e redcoat had noth i ng soft to alight upon thi s time. The result was that he was jarred terribly. For the time being he was stunned. He lay there fiat on his back staring up 'at the ceiling a dazed manner. Evidently his wits were so scatt e red by the fall that for e time being he did not know what had happened. Again exclamations of amazement and wond e r escaped e redcoats. They did not know what to think of the affair. Like the fall e n r e d c oat they had thought the first perrmance of the youth an accident. Dick saw that thE!re was warm work ahead. He was far from being frightened, however. He had great confidence in himself and believed that he would be able to hold his own against the infatuated red coat. Without a doubt he was the only one in the room who did think so. The red c oat s comrades believed that now that he was thoroughly arou sed theiawould make short work of the s uppo s ed country boy. But they were destined to be surprised once more. Youth though he w11s, it is doubtful if there could have been found anywhere a man or youth better versed in the use of nature's weapons than was Dick. H e was phenomenally strong, was as active as a cat and was a na t ural athlete. But now he had done the same thing a second time. In addition he was utterly fearless, as cool as ice, and And that, too, when their comrade w:as on his guard and these qualities all taken together, made him a dangerous ly alive to what he might expect. opponent for an y man.


1 6 THE LIBERTY B OYS' MISTAKE. He was a youth who used his brains in affairs of this body, and it began to look as if he was going to have hard kind. work to get it back again. If he had b e en e ngaged in a combat with a youth like Cries and exclamations of wonder went up from the red himself, and of his own size and weight, he would have ..:oat' s comrades. stood up and met him squarely, without giving an inch; but this redcoat was a full grown man, muscular and :strong and heavy. It would not do to make a firm stand against him, right at first. Dick realized this, a nd he made use of his feet. He leaped here and there. He evaded the redcoat b y ducking and by darting under the fellow's arms. He was here, the r e and everywhere, and was livelier, far, than the farfamed Dutchman's flea. The redcoat struck at the youth swiftly and fiercely. He was v e ry angry, and was b ent on annihilating the youth in short order. But out of fifty blows delivered, h e did not land a s ingle one in such a manner as to do any damage. ''Wonderful "Whoever saw the likes of that?" "It beats anything I ever saw "Jove Chester looks sick, doesn't he?" "'l'hat blow was enough to make anybod y si ck." "It certainly was." "I wouldn t let that fellow hit me like that for a thou sand pounds.'1 If looks and action s went for anything, the redcoat cer tainly was sick He groaned in a terrible m a nn e r He rolled from side to side, ga s p e d, snorted, and finally caught his breath with such e ffol't and suddenness that he was jerked to a sitting postur e He sat there rocking backward and forward his hands on his stomach, and presently h e stopp e d groaning long e nough to ask for some liquor. He struck Dick a number of times on the arm a nd On e of th e fellow s c omrades to o k him s om e liquo r which shoulders, but the blows w e r e glancing ones and did no he drank at a g u lp. damage. Dick s theor y in an affair of kind w a s to fir s t ex lmust his adv e rsary in order t hat s aid adver sary might not A little later he said that h e felt better, but he was so weak that he had to be helped to his feet. That he f elt s ick was evjd e n t for he was as pale as a >vin; then, having done this to g o in in hi s turn an d win. gho s t. And this he did. He said that he was too sick to return to camp that night, He led the redcoat s uch a m e rry dance, and c a u s ed him s o a couple of his comrades helped him upstairs to one o f to expend so much strength and energy strikin g the air, that the fellow was presently almost exhausted Then Dick took his turn. The youth had no liking for an y thing of thi s kind. H e did not take pleasure in pounding any one. But when, as in thi s c a se, the affair was for c ed upon lum, he did not hesitate or hold back, but handl e d his opponent about as roughly as he could. He kn e w the only \ra y he could put an end t o this affair would be by giving th e r e dcoat a t e rribl e thra:>h i n g He set to work to do this. H e b e gan raining the blows upon the redcoat. He struck the fell o w in the face, throat, chest, on the j a w and finally wound up by giving the redcoat a terrible blow at the pit of the stomach 1 h e bedroom s and he la y down. Just as they wer e l e aving the barroom to go up s tairs, the front door open e d, and a s core of redcoats entered. A t a glance Di c k recognized them. They constituted th e part that had captur e d him an hour b e fore, and from which h e had e scap e d in s uch a clever mapner. CHAPTER VII. .A. NARROW ESCAPE. Di c k k n e w that he was in dangerous quarters. This blow was almost equal to the kick of a mule H e was s ure the redcoats would recognize him. It doubled the redcoat up like a jack knife. They did not notice it at once. Down he went with a crash They were thirsty. H e writhed, kick ed, and twisted abou t on the floor, a n d They had no eyes for a n ything save t h e bar. groaned in a dismal manner. They hastened to li n e up in fro n t o f the bar and call for The terrible stroke had knocked all the b r eath out of his drinks.


Dick deemed this his opportunity. He moved quietly toward the door. THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 'l'hey had no doubt felt greatly chagrined over letting him escape from them in the first place. But he did not reach it. X ow, that they had another chance to capture him, they One of the redcoats while waiting for the liquor to be would certainly make the most of it. served glanced around. He saw Dick and recognized him. With a bound he was at the door with his back against it. He had been much nearer the door than Dick, and al though the youth made a leap for the door at the same time, the redcoat easily got there ahead of hi "Aha I you here?" the redcoat cried. "We have you now!" The fellow's companion now looked around, and as their -Dick realized this. He was as determined to escape as they were to capture hirn, however, and he exerted himself to the utmost. He was quickl)r at the top of the stairs. A hallway extended back toward the rear of the build ing. I Dick made his way along this hallway as rapidly as pos sible. The hallway was dark. Dick had to practically feel his way. eyes fell upon Dick, they uttered exclamations of aston-As a result his progress was rather slow. ishrncnt. He heard the feet of the redcoats on the stairs. But Dick did not intend to let them capture him. "I must get in somewhere out of this hallway," thought He had escaped from them once that night and he would Dick. "It would be just like those fellows to fire a volley do so again. as soon as they reach the head of the stairs." Whirling, he bounded across the room toward the door In feeling along the wall Diclf's hand presently,came in leading into a back hallway. contact with a doorknob. Reaching the door Di c k jerked it open and bounded Turning the knob he pushed against the door. through. The door opened. As he did so the sharp crack of a pistol was heard. "Any port in a storm" is an old sailor's saying. Dick felt a quick, burning sensation at the top of his Dick went on that theory now. head. It was any haven in a case of this h.'ind. His hat flew off his head. He could not do any better. ']_'hat was a close call,'' thought Dick. He leaped through the opening and closed the door beAnd indeed it had been. hind him, and shoved the bolt into its socket. The bullet had grazed the top of Dicks head, cutting Then Dick looked about him. 'nto the scalp slightly, and carrying the youth's hat away. A candle was burning in the room so he could see his Dick did not know where the hallway led to. surroundings. It might lead him into a cul de sac from which he could He was in an ordinary tavern bedroom. ot escape quickly, and the result would be tliat he would At one side was a bed. )e either captured or shot. Lying on the bed was a man. The chances were that he would be killed by bullets from The man was a British soldier. he redcoats' pistols, asthe hallway extended straight back, At a glance Dick recognized him. rnd the fellows could fire through the open doorway after It was the fellow with whom Dick had had his en-1im. l:ounter down in the barroom. At the left was a stairway leading upstairs. Dick decided to risk this. By going up the stairs he would be outof range temorarily at least. Dick bounded up the stairs three steps at a time. As he did so the sound of rushing feet camr 'lp from the arroom. The redcoats were coming in pursuit. Dick knew they would make strenuous efforts to capture un. 'l'be redeont opmed his and stared at Dick in blank amazement. "Who are you. and what do ?OU want?" he asked weakly. Then he 1mddenly recognized Dick. "I know now," he said. "You are the young scoun drel who hit me that lick in the stomach. What are you doing here? Not satisfied with half-killing me, have you come here to finish the job?" "No," saiil. Dick: "I not come with the intention of bothering you at .n 11: I have other business to atte n d


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE to; just keep quiet and say nothing, and you will be all right." Just then hurr:ying footsteps were heard in the hall with out. "I thought ai; much. Well, I'm going to jump out, bu shall not break my neck if I can help it." The redcoats were making lots of noise at the door. Dick feared that they might the door down at a The redcoat thought he understood matters. moment. "Ah!" he breathed, with a sigh of satisfaction. ''My So he lost no time in putting his into operatio comrades are after you for the way you me. Good!" He stuck first one leg through the window, then t Then lifting up his voice he cried out in as loud a tone as other. he could command: "Here he is, boys! He is in this room!" Dick whirled upon the redcoat threateningly. "Keep still!" he said in a low, :fierce tone .. "Dont utter another word if you do, I'll give you another poke in the stomach with my .fist1" "Ugh!" groaned the redcoat, placing his hand on his 8iomach and making a wry face. The very thought of receiving another blow in the stomach made him sick. "I won't open my mouth again," he said. "See that you don't He had just reached a sitting posture on the wind ledge, wMn there was a terrible crash at the door. Dick kne what had happened. The redcoats had broken the door down. A cry of pleasure escaped the redcoat lying on the be "They'll get you now he exclaimed, addressing Di e But Dick did not intend to have it so. Quick as a flash he slid out of the window, whirling ov as he did so, and grasping the ledge with his hands. As he went down he caught sight of the redcoats pou ing into the room. They had seen him and were bounding across the roo Dick knew that he had not an instant to spare. That the redcoats in the hall had heard He dropped on down until his body hung extended at f words was evident, however, for they were talking excitedly, length, his hands grasping the window-ledge. and presently there came a thumping on the door. the fellow's Dick knew that they would soon gain access to the room. The single bolt would not be strong enough to. keep them from breaking the door open. He would have to escape from this room. He glanced about him. 'rhere was a window in the room. Dick hastened to it. Dick raised the lower sash, and, sticking his head through the opening, looked out. It was quite dark outside, and he could see nothing with any distinctness. Only an instant did he hang there, however. It not do to let the redcoats get hold of his wrist Should they succeed in doing this, they would have hi aL their mercy. They would be able to pull him back into the room i spite of himself. Realizing this, Dick waited but an instant after reachi this position, and then, letting go his hold on the ledge, dropped like a shot. In doing this he was taking chances. He did not know what he might be falling into or upo Luck was with him, however. It would not do to remain in the room, however. He struck the ground, alighting squarely upon his fee He would have to get out, even though he did have to and was not injured beyond being jarred by the impact. take chances in doing so. There was only one way to get out. That was to jump out. Dick decided to do this. He propped the sash up with a stick. The redcoat was watching Dick. He understood what Dick's intentions were. He even succeeded in his balance. Knowing that the redcoats would likely :fire a voile down, Dick hastened to get away from the spot. He ran toward the rear of the tavern. He had not gone ten paces before he heard the crac crack of pistols. As he had anticipated, the redcoats were :firing down o u "You'll break your neck if you jump out there," the of the open window. redcoat said. "Don't let it worry you," said Dick dryly. "Oh, it ain't worrying me any," was the reply. "I spoke inadvertently. It will give me great pleasure if you do jump out and break your neck." "That is rather a vicious crowd," thought Dick. "The would as lieve kill a fellow as not." Dick was well satisfied, however. He did not care how much powder they wasted. He decided to not linger long in the vicinity.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 1 9 He knew that the redcoats would hasten back downstairs d come out of doors to search for him. Having no desire to be found by them, Dick moved away om the tavern. He walked rapidly up the street and did not pause until reached the edge of the village. Here he came to a he mused; "what shall I do next?" He studied the matter over. He hardly knew what to do. He certainly would not dare return to the tavern. It would be as much as his life was worth to do so .._ The redcoats were very much wrought up now, and would ke great pleasure in shooting him if they were to lay es on him. At last Dick came to a decision. "I guess I will return to. the cabin and stay over night th my friends," he said to himself. "I don't suppose I uld learn-anything more of value to-night, anyway." Dick set out for the cabin at once, and half an hour er reached ther e ___ Dick thought it possible that Bob might reach the village at any time. In order to keep a lookout for him, they moved on around to the northern edge of the village. Here they took up their position and waited. Bob would come from the north and they would be able to head him off. That is providing he got there before dark. Dick and Mr. Harding had been at their post for more than an hour. The sun had set, and it was rapidly growing dark. They had about given up hope of seeing Bob, when the trampling of horses' feet came to their hearing. "Sumbuddy comin'," said in a low tone. "Yes_," said Dick; "it can t be Bob, because there is more than one." "Thar must be a dozen of 'em, to judge by ther rioise." A sudden thought came to Dick. "Maybe some of the boys are coming with Bob," he said. Fearing that they might be mistaken and that it might be a band of Tories, coming to join the British army, the two stepped behind trees. But it turned out as Dick had thought it might. The horsemen were Bob and eight or ten of the "Liberty CHAPTER VIII. Boys." Dick and Mr. Harding intercepted them before they "LIBERTY BOYS',, MISTAKE. could ride out into the open : Bob and bis companions were delighted when they saw Dick and Harding put in the next day keeping watch Dick. the r e dcoats. Bob had feared that his friend might have gotten into y remaining in the timber they were wholly safe from serious trouble while trying to spy on the British, and to covery, and could watch the British at their pleasure. 11 day long the work of landing the British troops went see him now safe and sound was quite a relief. "You took the news to General Washington, Bob?" re marked Dick, after an exchange of t was no small task to transfer eighteen thousand men "Yes, Dick." m the ships to the shore in small boats. "What did he say? Was he surprised?" he task was completed by evening, however. "Well, I should say he was. He was almost paralyzed ick did not think the British would start on their marcb with amazement. I could hardly make believe it at ard Philadelphia before morning, however. first." hey would remain where they w e re ove r night and "I don t doubt it. The action of the British in coming rch by daylight away around and up Chesapeake Bay is certainly 'i'emarkarding thought the same. able not to say unacco mtable." 'he two now left their post down near the s hore of "General Washington thought so. He said G e neral Chesapeake and move d up closer to the village of ElkHowe must be crazy." "Well, it does certainly look that way. It was an act quads of Briti s h soldiers had been going and coming s u c h as one would hardly expect from a sane man." veen the British encampment and Elkton all day long. hey were a thirsty set of men, and by evening they had ctically exhausted the supply of liquor with which the age had been furnished "That's right." "Wliat did the commander-in-chief decide to do?" "He decided to advance southward ;o as to meet the Brit' ish."


20 I/ THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. "Wha,t point does he intend to head for, do you know?" "I think he decided to march south to-Wilmington "That will be a good place to take up a position. The British will fiave to pass through Wilmington or near it in order to reach Philadelphia." "So they will." Soihe of the companies had already reached the village. IL w o uld not do for the "Liberty Boys" to remain wber they'were. rrhey bad seen .11lJ they wished to see, however, and wer ready to retire. Turning their horses they rode slowly away towiu;d th "Did the commander-in-chief send any special orders north. for me, Bob?" There was no need of haste. "Yes; he said for us to keep as close to the British as The bulk of the Bptish army was made up of infantry possible and keep watch of them." and could proceed but slowly marching on foot. "That is what I thought he would want us to do, Bob." It would be easy to keep ahead of them. "And he said for us to keep him posted regarding the The "Liberty Boys" rode northward perhaps a mile movements of the British by sending messengers to him and then stopped. each day. That's the reason I brought some of the boys They remained here until the head of the British col along." was within a quart e r of a mile of them, and then the "That was a good idea, Bop Well, we will obey orders mounted and rode on northward another mile. and keep a close watch on the British." They kept up these tactics all day long, pausing at abou Dick felt sure that the British would not move before noontime at a farmhouse to get something to eat. morning. A littl e whil e before d!!rk, the British army came to Believing thus, he felt that it would be safe for him s elf halt. and companions to go to Sim Martin's cabin and spend the night He sent Harding into the village to purchase some provisions, Harding was gone perhaps half an hour, th e n he r e turned with a sa<:k thrown over his shoulder. In the sack were enough provisions to furnish foo d for a dozen hungry men for two days at least. The little party at once set -out fo, r Sim )\fartin's cabin. The sack of provisions had tlifcnefn a cross the back of one of the horses, thus Mr. Harding of the necessity of carrying it. The cabin was reached in dtre time. The "Liberty Boys" were made hear t ily welcome. Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Thompson went to work and pre pared a good supper. It had been decided to camp for the night. The "Liberty Boys" went into camp, also. Their camp was about half a mile from that of th enemy. An hour or so after dark Dick and Bob left camp an made their way toward the British encampment. rrhey were soon in the vicinity of the redcoats' camp. They reconnoitred sufficiently to satisfy themselves tha the Briti s h r e maining there all night, and the the y outh s return e d to their own camp. The "Liberty Boys" were up bright and early nex morning. After having eaten the remnants of a lundh. vthich the had secured at a farmhouse the evening before, the were ready for the day's work. The tac t ics of the day before this da All were hungry, and they did full justice to the meal. and whe n e v e ning c a m e it found the British perhaps fiv Dick, Bob, and their companions r e mained there all miles from Elkton. night, but were up very early next morning It w a s indeed slow work marchin g through the timber. They had eaten breakfast and' were ready to take their departure before sunrise. When they were ready they bade their friends good -by, and, mounting their horses, the "Liberty Boys" rode away. They rode until they came to the edge of the timber, which b ordered Elkton on the north. It was daylight now. At this rate it would take the British army three wee to march to Philadelphia. When they reached mo:i;e open country, however, the would be able to travel faster. On the next morning Dick a messenger wit a lett e r to General Washington. In the letter Dick explained the movements of the .enem in detail. Early as it was thi British were in motion. On receipt of the letter the _woul Company-after company, and regiment after regiment understand the situation perfectly. were advancing acros!l the open. The "Liberty Boys" kept this up three days


, 1 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 21 The British army had traversed a distance of about welve miles. 'rhat evening the "Liberty Boys" had eaten supper at he home of a man whom they sized up as being a Tory. He had seemed unwilling to let them have food, but hen they had insisted and had said that they would pay ell for it, he finally consented to let his wife prepare .a eal for the youths. He had asked a number of questions regarding the busiess of the youths in that part of the country, but Dick, f course, had not given him any satisfaction. He was baffled in this respect, but when the youths came I o -pay for the :food which they had eaten, the man evened p matters by charging three times what the food was orth. They had suspected that the man was a Tory, but dis missed all thoughts of him from their mind after the conversation Dick and Bob had had regarding him; and that was where they made their mistake. They should have kept him in mind. CHAPTER IX. A TORY'S WORK. When the party of "Liberty Boys" rode away from the cabin of the man whom they had sus pected of being a Tory, he looked after them until they had disappeared from "Say, Dick, that fellow was a regular robber," said view. ob, after they had mounted and were riding away. Then he turned to his wife, who seemed to be a quiet, "So he was, Bob; he certainly charged more than the patient sort of a woman. ood was worth." "Molly," he said, "I'll bet a coonskin them fellers air "I say he did. Three times as much. I believe rebels!" e is a ,:ank Tory, Dick." "I rather think so myself. I believe that he suspected hat we were patriots and charged us accordingly. Then, oo, he was altogether too inquisitive to suit me." "He did ask a good many questions, didn't he?" "D'ye think so, Sam?" the woman asked. "Y aas, I do An' d'ye know, I b'leeve they air spies "Spies!" "Yaas Ye know ther British army is comin' north frum Elkton, don't ye?" "He certainly did! "Yes, thet's whut we h eerd, Sam." It was now nearly sundown. "W aal, I'll bet ennythin' thet them 'thar fellers air rebel The British army would soon go into camp for the night, spies an' thet they air keepin' watch uv ther British army, d the "Liberty Boys" began thinking of doing the same. and sendin' messerges ter Washington right erlong !" Suddenly they e merged from the timber out upon an "Mebbe ye air right, Sam.". pen tract of country of considerable extent, and right in "I'm shore I am. Didn't ye notuss thet they didn't ont of and not half a mile distant was a pretty wanter answer enny questions I axed 'em?" ttle village. "Yes, I noticed th et they wuz purty clos_t-mouthed, "J;:[ello !" exclaimed Bob; "here will be a nice place to Sam." the night. I didn't know there was a village in this "Dv course they wuz-an' thet wuz ther reezon uv et, art of the c9untry, did you, Dick?" too They air rebel spies, an' they didn't wanter let on "No; its prese .nce here is s?mewhat of a surprise to me." ter me, further reezon thet they wuz afeerd I mought be er .The youthsrode forward, and were soon in the village. 'rory." It was a small place, but there was a tavern, and the land"I 'spect ye're right, Sam; but whut ye goin' ter do rd said he would try and find room for them. er bout et?" The youths' horses were taken in charge by the hostler, ho had some trouble in making room for them in the able, as it was not a large one .. He finally managed it, however. "Whut am I goin' ter do?" "Yes." "Waal, I'll tell ye whut I'm ergoin ter do: I'm ergoin' ter faller them fellers an' see whar they stop, an' then I'm The youths entered the tavern and sat down to rest and ergoin' ter go south till I fin' ther British army, an' then lk for an hour or so before going to bed. They were promising themselves a good night's rest in al beds, but they were destined to be disappointed. They had forgotten the. Tory, at whose cabin they had ten s upper. I'm ergoin' ter tell 'em whut I know, an' they'll come up an' capter ther rebels!" The woman was silent for a few Ij'loments, and then !ihe said: "Mebbe they ain't rebels, Sam:"


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 'rhe man frowned. "Why do you wish to see him?" "I know they air!" he declared, almost savagely. "I want ter tell hi{Cl somethin' that will please him. The woman made no reply, and the man at once set know whar thar's er dozen rebel spies." out through the timber, following the course taken by the You do?" party of "Liberty Boys." "Et's gittin' late," the Tory muttered; "an' et wouldn't j s'prise me ef them fellers stopped all night at ther village." He reached the edge of the timber just as the youths were dismounting in front of the tavern in the village, and an exclamation of satisfaction escaped him. "Yaas." ''Are you sure?" "Yaas, I'm sure uv et." The sentinel was interested. If the Tory was right this was an important matter. He felt that it was a matter that' should be investigated "l thort so!" he muttered; "they're goin' ter stay all at any rate. night at ther tavern. Good! I'll know wbar ter look fur He called the officer of the guard and told him what th 'em w'en I wants ter fin' 'em I" The man watched until he saw that the horses had been taken to the stable. "Thet settles it," he muttered. "Now, I know they in tend ter stay all night." Having satisfied himself on this point, the Tory turned and ma .de his way back through the timber. It did not take him long to reach his cabin. "They stopped .at ther tavern in ther village, :Molly," he said to his wife; "I was sure they would." "Whut ye goin' ter do now, Sam?" the woman asked. "I'm goin' ter ther British camp as fast as I kin travel." Tory had said. The officer of the guard told the man to follow him, an he led the way into the heart of the British camp. He came to a stop in front of a large tent. He spoke a few words to an orderly in a low tone, an the orderly entered the tent. A few moments later the orderly appeared at the en trance to the tent, and beckoned to the officer of the guar and to the Tory. two entered the tent and stood before General Howe and Cornwallis. The officer of the guard began to explain why he ha "'An' then whut ye goin' r ter do?" brought the man there, but General Howe him t "''I'm goin' ter tell ther British about them rebels, an silence. then I'll guide er party ter where ther rebels are." After a few more words the Tory struck out. "'l'{lll us your story, my man l" he said in an authorita tone, addressing the Tory. He went in a southerly direction. The Tory was somewhat awed by being in presence o He was confident that he would soon reach the British such great men, but he went ahead and succeeded in tellin encampment. the story in such a manner as to make himself understood In this he was right. A growing look of excitement appeared on GenerJI. He had gone scarcely more than half a mile when he was Howe s face as he listened, and when the man had :finished challenged. the general turned to his companion. "Halt! who comes there?" "Er friend," replied the Tory. A friend, eh?" "Yaas." "Well, advance, friend, and give the countersign." The Tory advanced slowly. It was evident that he was somewhat frightened. Doubtless he feared he might be shot before he had time to explain who he was and what his business was The redcoat thought from the man's voice that he was some countryman who desired to join the army, so allowed him to advance. When the Tory had reached the sentinel, the latter asked him who he was and what he wanted. "I'm er loyal king';; man," the Tory replied; "an' I wants ter see General Howe." "General Cornwallis," he said in an exciteQ. tone, '1 l will 1rnger a hundred pounds that the leader of that gane of rebels is no other than Dick Slater, the ra cally youn.e spy who has given us much trouble." "I should not be surprised to learn that this is thE case, your excellency," said General "I am sure of i t That gang must be captured, Genera Cornwallis! I would give five hundred pounds for thE capture of Dick Slater alone!" "It is undeniable that he has caused us lots of trouble.' "Indeed he has, but if we can be successful in captur ing him to-night, I will see to it that he does not cause uj any more trouble for awhile." "Well, I do not see why he should not be captured." "Nor I. And say, General Cornwallis, the more I t of this. the more I realize what a lucky thing it was th ..


rl'HE LIBERTY BOYS' MlSTAKE. man came to us with this information. It certainly "Ob, that was it?" be a good thing for us if it proves to be correct, and '' Y aas. I knowed by ther actions thet they wuz up ter s gang turns out to be Dick Slater and some of his 'Libdeviltry, an et didn't take me long ter make up my mind Boys.' th et they wuz rebels, an thet they hed been spyin' on your 'So it will. Well, somehow I have a feeling that this army." n's information is reliable." "How many are there of them?" 'Ye may be sure et is," said the Tory. "When yer dy ter send ther soldiers, I'll go erlong an show 'em r way ter whar ther rebels air." 'Very well, sir, your kindness is appreciated, I assure said General Howe. hen, turning to the orderly who stood at the entrance, said: 'Go out and tell the first captain you see to report to here in the tent." he orderly saluted and with.drew. few minutes later he returned with an offic er wearing ptain s uniform. he captain saluted his superiors, and General Howe briskly: Captain Miller, this man here says he knows where e are a dozen rebel spies. I wish you to take as many as you think necessary and go at once and the re of those rebels. This man will guide you to them." Very well, your excellency I will do so," said the cap and, saluting, he withdrew from the tent. Go with him," ordered General Howe, addressing the "Guide him to where the rebels are, and when he captured them return here, and I will give you a lib reward." hank_ye, sir," said the Tory, and, bowing a wkwardly, astened out of the tent. Thar s ten uv em." "Well, it won't be much trouble for us to capture ten." E t hedn t orter be." .A few minutes later they reached the edge of the open, and saw the little village lying in front of them. It was not yet dark. 'l'he sun had just set, however, and twilight was just set ting in. The soldiers paused jus t within the edge of the timber, and the Tory pointed toward the village. "Do ye s e e thet biggest building yender ?" he asked. I see it,'' replied Captain Miller. "Wa a l, thet's ther tavern; an' thein rebels air in thar." "Good enough!" exclaimed the captain. "If we hurry, we can e asily capture those fellows and get back to camp before dark. Forward, men, on the double quick. We will surround the tavern, and it will be impossible for them to escape us l" I CHAPTER X. 'HE FIOH' r AT THE TAVERN. 'l' h e "Liber t y Boys" sat in the big fron t room of the ptain Miller had already selected fifty of his men, tavern, and talked for nearly an hour. as soon as the Tory had joined him, he said: ead the way; we will follow." e Tory struck out at a rapid walk, headin g in a erly direction. e captain kept b y the Tory s side, his men following behind. ow far is it t o where the rebels are?" a ked the capot very fur; only a little over er mi_le, I should say." h, that isn t far." Twilight was now coming on. ::)udde nl y Di c k rose and walked toward the door. "I'll take a walk out to the stable, boys,'' he. s aid, "and !

THE LIBEHTY BOYS' MISTAKE. Then from around the corner of the building rushed a crack, crack of firearms was heard from nearly eve l:iL;Ore of redcoats Dick 'i; mind acted with the quickness of a fl.ash of light ning. He understood the situation instantly. 'l'he fallen man was a Tory, and had guided a band of redcoats to the place. As the red e oats appeared in sight, Dick s1'ammed the door shut and barr e d it. There is a band of redcoats out there, fellows," said Dick. "I fear we are in a trap." "It looks that way," agreed Bob; "what shall we do?" "Well," said Dick, grimly; "wen make figlit of it. \Ye won' t surrender till we have to." "You're right; we won't, old man." The landlord of the tavern entered the room at this moment. Dick turne d to him. "Landlord," he said, "there i s a b and of redcoats out s id e and they have come here with the inte ntion of cap furing us. I don't know which way your s ympathi e s lie, but if you will keep all the downstairs O:oors barred, I will, whe n this thing is over, pay you well fo1: an y damage which may be done." Surely you're not going to show fig h t, th e landlord s aid, in surprise. "There must be fift y of the redc oats out the re." ''We certainly will show fight, landlord; we have fought ag a in s t as odds as that before to-da y Will you keep t!1e doors baITed ?" "As long as I can, sir." "Good!" Then Dick turned to his companions. room upstairs. Answering reports came from outside the building. The redcoats did not intend to let their intended victi do all the firing. This firing was kept up for perhaps ten minutes. Then it ceased. 'rhe redcoats kept out of sight, so there was nothing f the "Liberty Boys" to shoot at. The redcoats now turned their attention to trying to into the tavern. They pounded on the doors and did their best to br them down. 'l'he doors were strong, however, and withstood the o slaught successfully. At last the redcoats turned their attention to the wi ilows. l'hey clubbed their muskets and assault e d the windo fiercely. The windows were not as strong as the doors. The result was that they soon gave way. 'rhe redcoats gave vent to shouts of triumph. Then, one after another, they climbed through the w dows. They soon found the stairway leading upstairs a 'ith fierce shouts they rushed up the stairs. Dick had heard the crashing of the windows, and, r izing that the redcoats would soon be inside the buildi he called the "Liberty Boys" out of the rooms and led way to the head of the stairs. When the redcoats came rushing up the stairs the erty Boys" were ready to receive them. 'rhc youths fir e d two volleys from their pistols, and t "Come on, boys," he said; "let's go upstairs; we will clubbing their mu s kets, s howered fie rce blows upon be able to get a better chance at the redcoats from there heads of their enemies than from down here." The "Liberty Boys" had already seized their muskets, and they follow e d Dick out of the room and up s tairs. As the stairway was narrow, only two or three of r e dcoats could come up abreast. This placed them at a great disadvantage, and mad A s they did so, a thunderous rap was heard on the front possible for the "Liberty Boys" to hold their enemie door. check. The redcoats w e r e poundin g on the door with the butt s Shouts and curse s e s cap e d the lips of the redcoats. of their musket s They had not looked for such a reception. They w e r e s o o n up s tair s and Dick gav e his companions Confident in ihe strength of numbers, they had sup instructions. t hat all they would have to do would be t o appear be The re were a number of rooms and the youth s divid e d 1 h e "rebels" when the latter would surrender witho up, e ach going into a different room. Dick had instructed his comrade s to keep watch out of the windows, and whe never they s u c c e eded in sig h ting a r cdro at to fire at him 'l'he youths obeyed ord e r s to th e lett e r, a nd soon the word. They had not exp e cted them to sh o w any resistance a But the "rebels" had s h own and alr eady or thre e of the redeoats had been kilJ e d a nd several been wounded.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 25 The redcoats' eyes were now opened. They realized that they had a hard task before them. They soon saw that they could not: get up the stairs. To persevere and keep on trying to do so, could only ult in all of them getting broken heads. heir commander gave the word and they ceased trying ascend the stairs. hey retreated and withdrew into the large front room ere they held a council of war: hey also took account of the damages which had been icted by the "rebels," and the result of this was any g but soothing to their feelings. hree of their number had been killed outright, four five more had been seriously wounded, while a numof them were possessors of broken heads which they received while trying to mount the stairs. o do hi.m justice, Captain Miller was a brave and deter ed officer. he havoc which had been WTought by the "Liberty s" only made the captain more determi:aed to effect r capture. e had made th.e mistake of underestimating the youths. e had thought that all he would have to do would be to ound the tavern and accept the surrender of the els." t they had refused to surrender. ley had shown fight. eir resistance so far had been very effeetive. it the captain, although he had suffered a setback, w_as confident that he would succeed in capturing the ls." ile the redcoats were holding their council, Dick and mpanions were not idle. soon as the redcoats gave up trying to come up the Dick led the way back along the hall. the farther end of the hall Dick opened a door into which none of the youths .. had as yet been in. he entered the room, Dick uttered an exclamation of "Is there an outside cellar?" "Yes." "Good l How do you get down i,nto the cellar?" The landlord took! hold of a ring in the floor and pulled up a large trapdoor, disclosing a series of steps leading down into the cellar. "Thank you," said Dick. Then drawing a couple of gold pieces from his pocket he handed them to the landlord. "That is to pay you for the damages that have been inflicted," he said. "Thank you," said the landlord. "The redcoats did most of the da:inage, but I don't suppose I shall get any thing from them." "I doubt it very much," replied Dick. Then Dick led the way down the steps into the cellar, the other "Liberty Boys" following. "Close the dour," called up Dick, and the landlord did so. Dick led the way to the door leading to the outside ceDar uray. The dopr was bolted, and, slipping the bolts, Dick opened the door. A series of stone steps led upward. Above the youths' heads were two slanting trapdoors, which opened upward and outward. Dick well knew that all thE: redcoats were not within the building He was confident that a portion of the B"ritish force waa outside keeping watch to prevent the escape of any of the "rebels" in case they should succeed in getting out of the tavern. But he was determined to make a dash for liberty, any-way. Dick would have liked to remain in the cellar long for all to reload their weapons, but he did not dare do this. The redcoats might discover that their ip.tended victims had escaped from upstairs, and at any moment come down nother st-airway, boys," he said. "It probably leads into the cellar to look for them. into the kitchen. We'H slip down it while the redDick realized that the quicker they got out of the cellar, are pow-wowing in the front room." k led the way, and all went down the stairs. opened the door at the bottom of the stairway. e had expected, it opened into the kitchen. landlord was there, looking very much frightened. ndlord," said Dick, 'is there a cellar under this s," was the reply. the better it would be for them. He decided to make a dash for liberty at once. He told his companions to get ready. He i nstructed them to make a dash foi: the barn as as they were out of tbe cellar. Dick and Bob led the way up the steps, and Dick placed his hands against one door, while Bob placed his hands against the other.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. Dick saw that his comrades were ready, and then, in a low, inten s e tone, he said: "Xow !" As he s poke he and Bob pushed the doors upward. Retaining their hold on the doors, the two youths leaped up out of the cellarway and held the doors open until their comrades had leaped out. Then Dick and Bob let the doors drop and raced after their comrades, who were running toward the stable as fast as they rould go. So quickly had this been done, and so unexpected was the move, that the youths were halfway to the stable be for e the redcoats, who had been left outside to watch, awoke to a of what was taking place. rrhen they uttered loud yells and opened fire on the youths. They fired so quickly, however, that their shots were in the main wild. A couple of the "Liberty Boys" were slightly wounded, bu t not sufficiently to cause them inconvenience. They raced onward with undiminished speed. The redcoats fired another volley jus t a s t h e y ou t h s reached the door of the stable, but as in the former case, no As they did so the redcoats fired a volley. One or two of the horses were struck, but luckily n hard enough to ren der th e m incapable of carrying a ride and the youths put spur;0 to the animals and dashed awa At the s ame instant the redcoats who had been in t tavern came running out, and, seeing the youths ri away, they uttered loud yells of rage. 'They, too, fired a volley, but they were so far away t bullets did no damage. The "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to shouts of defianc and were soon out of range. CHAPTER XI. AND SPYING. "Well, fellows, that was a narrow escape!" The "Liberty Boys" had ridden clear across the op country, a =l{stance of five miles, and had encamped ju within the edge the timber. They had tied their horses to trees, h_ad particular damage was done. unbridled the;n and were now seated beneath the trees The next instant the youths darted t hrough the doorway their army blankets. into the stable. It was now dark, but not so dark but what they cou To their d e light they found their hor ses wer e bridled see one another. and Mddl ed. It was Dick who had s poken. The hostler, fortunately for Dick and hi s comr a des, was a bright fellow. "It certainly was a narrow e s cap e Dick!" agreed B "It's a wonder some of us were not killed!" said S He had s ized up the situation as soon a s the r e dcoat s apSunderland. peared on the scene. He realized that the redcoat s were there for the purpose of capturing the ten youth s and, b e ing a strong patriot, ?e had made up his mind to do all in his power to aid the youths. "We w e re very lucky," agreed Dick. "I'll wager we couldn't go through with that experie again, and all escape alive," said Mark Morrison. "Right, Mark," said Dick. "Well, I'm sorry the Br ish discovered that they were watched. It will make o The thought struck him that they might wis h t o leave work much more difficult from now on. We will have in a hurry, and he had bridled and saddled the horses. be on the watch all the time to keep from being capture He was in the stable as Dick and his comrades entered. "The hosses are all ready for ye!" he said, eagerly; "they' re ontied, an' all ye hev ter do is lead 'em ou t.'' "Thank you!" said Dick, and he tossed the noble fellow a gold-piece. Of cour se, it would be dangerous work leading the horses out of the stable, as they would be subjected to the fire of the redcoats, but the youths did not hesitate. If they were to escape, they would have to have their horses. So they led the animals out as quickly as possible, and leaped into the saddles. So we will." "Another thing," went on Dick; "if the British not discovered that we were watching them, we might h been able to give General Washington such informati relative to their m-0vements as would have enabled him catch them at a disadvantage, and strike them Ii. dea blow Now, it will be an. impossibility for the comman in-chief to take them unawares, as they know they are ing watched and their movements are being reported, they will be on their guard." "True," agreed Bob; "and it is the fault of that fel at whose house we ate supper. Re undoubtedly


THE LIBERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. 21 aight to the British encampment and told them of our ng in this part of the country." 'No doubt: Bob; but we made a mistake in stopping re in the first place." 'True, Dick; but it was an excu s able mistake; we had have something to eat, and had to stop somewhere." 'Granted, Bob; but you remember we were suspicious Jhe fellow after we left his hou se, and talked of the nner in which he had acted. Where we made the bigA few minutes later a wild yell of rage and surprise came lo the youth s ears. They h-new then that the redcoats had reached their late encampment and found it vacated. "Oh, yell, you scoundreb P' murmured Bob; "that's all the good it' ll do you!" The youths ha s t e ned forward at increased speed now. Dick feared the redcoats might pursue them. Should they do so, and come in the right direction, they t mistake was in not keeping watch of him for awhile. might overtake the youths, as it was a difficult matter g et en we would have o seen him when he started for the ting the horses through the timber. tish camp, and could have made a prisoner of him." 'Yes, that's true, too." 'I'm very sorry this has happened," went on Dick; "for I said a while ago, had we been able to keep our presence front of the British a secret, we might have made it sible for the commander-in-chief to catch the redcoats a trap, and give them a thorough beating. 'rhere is no The redcoats naturally judged that their intended vic tims had gone in a northerly direction. So they followed. They moved as rapidly as they could, and although they did not know it, they drew nearer and nearer to the fugi_.:. tives. The youths were listening intently for sounds of pur, however, of thinking and talking of 'What might have suit, and they presently heard the redcoats. n.'" be youths talked for awhile longer, and then, putting guards, Dick and the others lay down and were soon p. t was the first time they had put out guards, but from on they would have to do so regularly. he British might try to capture them any night. 'hey were up bright and early next morning. hey kept watch on the Briti s h army that day, as they done before. ut they had to be more careful. 'hey had to keep at a greater distance. y climbing to the tops of tall trees, they were enabled eep watch of the redcoats and note their progress. his they did for three days, and then on the next night met with another adventure. 'he British had evidently been doing a little in the way pying and scouting themselves, and they located youths, where they had gone into camp. party consisting of about a hundred men made its northward and tried to slip up onto the youths while slept. I i he were too vigilant, however, and they dis red the approach of the British while yet they were a d red yards away. "'l'hey are after us!" said Dick, in a low, cautious tone. "Yes, and they ll catch us, too, if we don t lookout!" said Bob. The youths hardly knew what course to pursue. They could not show Dick had sent two more of the youths to Genel"al Wash ington -wit h message s and there were only eight of the "Liberty Boys" left. Dic k kn e w th e r e would not be less than fifty of tb red coat s and it would be folly for eight to try to fight so many. They would have to use strategy and stealth. Presently they came to sort of ravine. It was narrow-not more than twenty yards in width. It was perhaps twe nty feet deep. It extended to the right and to the left. "Come!" said Dick; "we will follow this ravine, and per haps we may be able to get away from the redcoats. We can ride the horses, and go at a very fair pace." "That's a good idea!" said Bob. The other youths thought likewise, and all mounted their horses. Then Dick took the lead, and they rode up the ravine. The horses were urged to a trot) and this promised to make it possible for the y"ouths to escape from their purstead of firing upon the redcoats and announcing to suers. the fact that their approach had been discovered, the After they had gone perhaps half a mile Dick called a inels quietly awoke the sleepers, and the little party halt, and they listened intently. kly and silently slipped away from the spot. They could hear no sound to indicate the presence of the he youths walked and led their horses and made but redcoats anywhere in the vicinity. little noii::e. "I guess we have escaped from them!" said Dick.


28 THE LI2ERTY BOYS' MISTAKE. "I hope so," said Bob. The other youths all said the same. They now rode up ou t of the ravine They stuck their muskets around the trees and fired the "Liberty Boys," but they fired in such haste that the and moved away bullets went wild. in a northerly dirertion. They proceeded ahout a mile, and then stoppe_9.. They decided to remain here the rest of the.night. They did ,;o. Next morning Dick despatched another youth to Genel'al \ V ashington. All day 10ng the youths kept watch of the British, watch ing them from the treetops, and th'en when the British drew near they would retreat to a safe distance. "Well, I wonder if the redcoats will try to capture us to night?" remarked Bob, when they had gone into camp that evening. "I hardly think so," replied Dick. "They had such poor luck last night that I think it will discourage th0m." As Dick finished, Bob uttered an_ exclamation: Again the youths gave utterance to loud cheers and cam onward faster than ever if anything. The redcoats became seized with a sort of panic. Two or three broke and ran. Dick felt that now was their opportunity. "Fire!" he cried. "Give it to the scoundrels!" The youths raised their muskets and fired. A bullet struck one 0 the fleeing redcoats, and he ga utterance to a blood-eurdling howl. This, followed by another ringing cheer from the "Li .. erty Boys" finished the work already begun, and all t redcoats took to their heels. It was rather a ludicrous sight to see twenty men fl.eein from seven youths, but the determined manner in whic the youths had charged, and the cheers to which they h "Great guns, fellows!" he cried; "yonder come the redgiven utterance, had proven too much for the redcoat coats now." The youths leaped to their feet and looked in the direc tion indicated by Bob. They sa\\ a band of redc0ats approaching through the timber. "Pell ," said Dick in a low tone, "I'm tired of being chased by redcoats; there's only about twenty o! them; let's show fight." Tl irouths were all in for this. 'rl>ere were only seven of tbeJ1?. against three times their number of redcoats, but they bad encountered g_eater odds than this on many occasions and came out with flying nerves. The "Liberty Boys" chased the redcoats a short distanc and then, after firing two more volleys after them fro their pistols, they paused and made their way back to the camp. After indulging in a hearty "laugh over the manner which they had frightened the redcoats, the youths mov their camp half a mile farther to the northward. All next day Dick and his companions kept watch of t British army and kept retreating before it, and wh they saw it go into camp that evening at Kennett Squa a small village six miles from Brandywine Creek, th (:()lors. felt that their work as spies and scouts was or the ti They seized their muskets and got ready to give the redbeing ended. coats a warm greeting. Just before the redcoats came within range of the muskets, one of the horses gave utterance to & shrill neigh. 'fhe redcoats stopped instantly. They looked in the direction from which the sound had come. Without a doubt they realized the fact that enemies J nrked behind the clump of bushes. They scattered instantly and took up positions behind the trees. "Let's charge, fellows, and give it to them at close .. rnnge !" Dick cried. He leaped forth from behind the bushes and ran toward the point whQre the redcoats had been seen. The other youths followed, giving vent to ringing cheers u:-hey did so. This move evidently took the redcoats by surprise. The patriot army was just across Brandywine Creek, a only about six miles distant, and, feeling certain that battle was sure to take place between the .two armies, t youths decided to rejoin their army at once. They wished to be on hand when the battle begun. THE END. Read "THE LIBERTY BOYS' FINE WORK; OR, DOI THINGS UP BROWN," which will be the next number (21) "The Liberty Boys of "76." S:PECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of th1, w.., ... always in print. If you cannot obtain them fron. G newsdealers, send the price in money or postage stamp:; mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI SQUARE, NEW YORK and you will receive the co you order by return mail.


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,. HERE1S ANOTHER NEW ONE Starie s the Revalutian. THE ERTY OF '16 -,, .. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revolutior HARRY MOORE. TO READ IT These stories based on a.ctu a.l facts and give a. fa.ithft1 account ,of the exciting adventures of a. brave band of America: yo.pths 'who were always ready and willing to imperil their live for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independenc Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading ma.tteJ bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 9 The Libert"y Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within T he! 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling Wit4 the British and selves. Torie:>. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Esuape; or, A Neck-and-Nefj 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, H:lping deneral Wa h -cRact1 With Death. ingtoJl. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 'The L iberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Side s 4 The L iberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the R ight 5 Th L.h B N N Af .d f h K' 13 The L iberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors t h e Brave. e 1 erty oys erve; or, ot ra1 o t e i n g s, M inions. 14 Th"l Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Foili n g the British 15 The Lil.Je rty Boys' Trap; o r What T hey Caugh t in It. 6 T h e Li1.Jl'lrty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us i f 1 6 The Liberty Boys P u z zled; o r T h e Tories' Clever S c h e m You clin." 7 The Liberty Boys i n Demand; or, The Champion Spies o f the Revolution. 17 The Liberty Boys' G reat Stroke; o r Captu r ing a Briti M


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