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THE. UBE .RTY A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. No. 24. NEW YORK, JUNE 14. 1901. Price 5 Cents. "Here they are, a nice iot of redcoats and Tories, your excellency," said Dick, prisoners. "You have done well, Dick, my boy I" said the Commanderinchief.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A W eekly M agazine Containing Stories of the Am e rican Revolution. 11t11e4 811kmtltColt 2.llO ,.,. B1ttere4 a. Becolld Ola.a Matter at tlle Neta York, N. Y., Poat Otfkfl, FebM.14ry 4, 1901. l11tterd NoOnNitg to ..tot of OMoreu, '" the 11ear 1901, '" tlle otfCcf! of the .Ubratioll of Oongrt1111, W111Mngta1t, D. 0., by F Ilk ToUBefl, 24 UflWll Square, Ne'UI York. No. 24. NEW YORK, JUNE 14, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CH.APTER I. VALLEY FORGE. It was the winter of 1777-1778. General Howe and the British army occupied Philadel phia. General Washington and the patriot army were at White marsh, distant about twelve miles from Philadelphia. This was done .All the way back the British general brooded over the fiasco. He wondered how Washington had known he was to be attacked. The plan had been laid with the utmost secrecy. The council had been held at night, in a private room occupied by one of the staff officers. No person not a member of the staff had been present. The plan had been discussed in low tones. Great caution had been observed. General Howe was, at the particular time of which we write, in a great rage. How, then, had the patriots got wind of the fact that an He was of a volatile, choleric temperament, yet, in the attack was to be made? main, good-natured. He would get angry quickly, and get over it just as quickly. But now be bad something to be angry about. He had just sent his army out to Whitemarsh, with the It was very simple, if Howe bad only known it. Dick Slater, who was the captain of a company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76," and who was, in addi tion, the champion spy of the Revolution, had been in the house where the council was belil. and had been a intention and expectation of taking the patriot army by listener to it. surprise and annihilating it. When his army got there it found Washington's army council, and he had heard all the plans discussed. drawn up in battle array, ready to give the British battle. His ear bad been at the keyhole of the door during the 1_ General Howe, who had accompanied his army, was He had hastened to Washington with the news, and the > angry and disappointed. great general had made preparations to receive the British, He made his army march and counter-march, in an with the result as already told. attempt to take Washington at a disadvantage. By the time Howe and the army reached Philadelphia, He could not succeed. the British general was in a bad state of mind Washington foiled him at every turn. He called his officers together and gave them a raking There was some skirmishing, but Howe did not dare i bring on a battle. i o The patriot army was too well posted for him to take the 1 risk. c Howe remembered how nearly he had come to being routed and utterly defeated by this same army not long :o t before, at Germantown. over the coals. He said that some one had been indiscreet. He declared that some one bad made talk that had been gotten bold of outside, and the word had been carried to the patriots by some one in sympathy with them. 'l'he officers insisted that they, each and every one, bad been very careful, and that they bad said not a word outI The patriot soldiers were ragged and ill-kempt; they side, b _ut Howe refused to believe it. v c were barefooted, and had not enough to eat; but they could and would fight. c i Desperately, t90. : h Howe was aware of this. So he gave ear to the whisperings of prudence, and gave he order to march back to Philadelphia. He gave them all a scolding. "We might have annihilated Washington's army," Howe said : "that would have put an end to the war. Now, it will drag on at least through the winter. One thing is sure, I shall make no further attempt to attack the rebels before next spring."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. This did not seem to be displeasing to the majority of the officers. It was terrible I Think of it! They, like Howe himself, liked ease and comfort; they We, who enjoy so many blessings, who live in comfort, liked wine and they liked to dance and flirt with beautiful have good, warm clothing to wear and plenty of good food women-and all this could they do i.n Philadelphia. to eat, should stop and think occasionally of what those The majority of the residents of the city at this time brave men went through with, of what they suffered and were loyalists. They welcomed the redc9ats with open arms. They treated officers and soldiers royally. Consequently there were as many pleased individuals as there were soldiers, when it was learned that the army was to settle down in Philadelphia for the winter. Out at Whitemarsh things were not so pleasant, however. The patriot soldiers were shoeless and almost naked. It was with difficulty that they could get enough to eat. The soldiers improvised moccasins out of the skins of the beeves, which were killed for food. These were poor, rude makeshifts, but they were better than nothing. endured, in order that we might be enabled to live in peace comfort as we are doing to-day. At last Valley Forge was reached. There was no shelter there for the soldiers. 'fhey would have to build houses. They procured as many axes as possible and went to work. They were, in the main, men who knew how to work. Many of them were expert choppers. They cut down trees, cut them up into logs and went to work building cabins. Cabins went up with incredible rapidity. While the work was going on, however, the soldiers had Even then, not one in ten of the soldiers was enabled to sleep on the frozen ground. to have General Washington's heart bled for his men. He saw how they were suffering, and the sight was tor ture to him. He began looking around for winter quarters. He felt su:re that the winter's campaign was practically ended. He did not believe Howe would make another attempt to attac.k him He thought it best, however, to go into quarters in as strong a position as possible. After looking around for some time, Washington finally decided to march to Valley Forge and go into winter quar ters at that point. It was the strongest position anywhere in the vicinity. He gave the order to break camp and start. The men obeyed. There was. not much work to do in getting ready to march. The a-rmy had very little baggage. About all there was to move was themselves. To move themselves was no light task, however. was snow on the ground. As we have already stated, the majority of the soldiers were barefooted. They marched through the snow to Valley Forge. Their feet were cut, bleeding and frozen. They left bloodstains all along the route. They had to wade across the Schuylkill, through water P old as ice. They persevered. Each brigade was located to '1.tself. 'fhe cabins were uniform in size. They were laid out in regular streets. Each cabin held sixteen men. Bunks for this number were built in each cabin. Each ca bin had a huge :fireplace. In the army was a company of cavalry. This company was made up of youths of between eigh teen and nineteen years of age. These youths built their cabins well up the side of a hill. Back of their cabins they hollowed out a great plac e in the hillside. T)lis was for a stable for their horses. The youths built six cabins. This number would hold the youths nicely. They were a wide-awake, lively set of youths. Hardships such as would have driven many people des perate, and which told heavily on the majority of the stout-hearted men, could not extinguish the lively spirits of the ''Liberty Boys." ':i:'hey suffered quite a good deal, but they made believ e that they did not. "Just wait till we get the cabins finished, and fires started," said Bob Estabrook, a bright, handsome youth and next to Dick Slater, the leading one of the Liberty Boys; "then we will be all right and in a position to bid defiance to Jack Frost and John Bull both!" "You are right, Bob!" said Dick.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 3 "Well, we will soon have the cabins :finished," said Sam Sanderson. ".A couple of days more and we will be snugly quar tered," declared Mark Morrison. The youths looked forward to that time, and lived in anticipation. They would not let themselves think of the present and its sufferings. This is a good way to do, but it takes will power. The youths were young and full of determination, how-The "Liberty Boys" had the jolliest time, perhaps. .As has been stated, the hardships which the patriots had been forced to undergo had :iiot borne down so heavily on the youths as on the older men. .All their hardships were now forgotten, and the youths enjoyed themselves greatly. They told stories, talked, laughed and sang songs. They did not lie down until late, and when they did, they went to sleep very quickly. They-as well as all the patriot soldiers-rested better ever, and whatever they wished to do they were able to do--that night than they rested in many a night. so far as such things as this were concerned. It was an advantage which possessed over the older men. They could realize only the present and its sufferings. The cabins were all built at last, however, and the men took possession. Great quantities of wood had been cut. OH.APTER IL A RICH HAUL. Roaring fires were built. "Here they come, Dick!" This was so like solid comfort, as compared with the ".All right; I'm glad of it. It is cold work, sitting condition in 'which they had been for some time that the here." soldiers felt almost happy. "So it is. Well, we won't have to wait much longer." .All they lacked now was good, wholesome food. .A band of youths sat on horseback, just within the edge This was a scarce article. of the timber which bordered a road leading toward PhilaThe farmers of the surrounding country did not like delphia. to sell their produce to the patriot soldiers. The youths were those widely known as "The Liberty There was a good reason for this. Boys of '76.'' The patriots had nothing with which to pay-that is, They were at a point seven or eight miles southeast from nothing save Continental currency, and it was worth next Valley Forge. to nothing. They were on the main road leading from Paoli to PhilaOne hundred dollars of it was worth only one dollar in delphia. gold. It was early in the morning of a winter's day .And the farmers preferred the one dollar in gold, even There was snow on the ground. then. It was soon made evident who the ''they" were that refer-By driving to Philadelphia with their produce the farmence had been made to. ers could get good prices and get their pay in British gold. Howe and his soldiers were well supplied with money. They were willing to pay good prices for good things to eat, too. Therefore, the farmers much preferred to pass the pa triots by and go on to Philadelphia with their produce. This made it necessar.Y for the soldiers to do something in the way of foraging. There were many Tory farmers in the surrounding country. These were singled out, as much as was possible, and their cattle, hogs, sheep and other food supplies disap peared. Four teams were seen approaching. They were coming from the westward. 'The teams were hitched to farm wagons. That the wagons were well laden was evident. The horses seemed to have about all they could do to pull the wagons along through the snow. On came the teams. Dick Slater, the captain of the company of "Liberty Boys,'' waited till the wagons were even with the youths, and then he gave the signal and the entire party of horse men suddenly appeared. They surrounded the wagons. "Halt I" cried Dick. "Stop I You refuse to obey at The soldiers held a sort of jollification on this, the first your peril I" I night of their occupancy of the cabins. The "Liberty Boys" had leveled their muskets.


4 TH.! LlBEH'rY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. The startled drivers lost no time in obeying. "Do you think that is the way to do?" asked Dick. They were farmers, not fighters. "Wouldn't you do it?". the man asked. Besides, even had they been the best of soldiers, it would "I most certainly would not," replied Dick, promptly have been folly for them to try to fight twenty times their "What, sell food to men who are here for the purpose of own number. "Who are you? Why have you halted us?" Thus spoke up the driver of the leading wagon. His tonE> was faltering, however. It was plain that he was frightened. "Who are we, you ask?" Dick spoke sternly. "Y-yes." "I'll tell who we are : We are men who are fighting for shooting down one's neighbors and friends? I think not!" "It is simply business with us," the man said, sullenly ; "we would as lieve sell to you as t.o them, but your money is no good. They have gold, and 'that is good anywhere." "Don't you wish to be free?" asked Dick. "We're free enough, I think," was the dogged reply. "You think so, do you?" 'rhere was scorn in Dick's tone. "Yes." our liberty against the hired minions of a tyrannical king. "You think we are free enough-and we have been giv. We are men who have fought thus without sufficient food, ing half that we earned to the king! I don't care for such and we have decided that we will not go hungry in the freedom as that!" midst of plenty." J "W-what do you mean?" It was evident that the man guessed what Dick meant. "You know what I mean. What have you in those wagons?" The man paled. He hesitated to answer. "I blow what you have there," said Dick; "you have corn, wheat, meats, potatoes: eggs and produce of all kinds -is it not so?" !J'he man saw it was no use to deny it. He nodded. "Yes," he replied. "And you are on your way to PJ::iladelphia, are you not?" Again the fellow nodded. \ "We are." "To sell your produce to the British, eh?" The man colored somewhat. "Yes," he admitted. Dick eyed him sternly. "I suppose you know that not more than seven or eight miles from here an army is stationed?" he queried. "Yes, I know it." "It is almost an impossibility for the soldiers to get enough to eat to keep them alive-did you know that?" Dick's voice was stern The man fidgeted nervously. "Well, no; I didn't know it wuz so bad as that/' he said. "Well, it is. We try to buy provisions of you farmers, and you tell us you have nothing to sell; ;md then as soon as our backs are turned you load up your wagons with all !rinds of produce and drive away to Philadelphia and sell the stuff to the redcoats." The man was silent. "Opinions differ," the man remarked. There was a tinge of insolence in the fellow's voice. Dick detected it. His eyes flashed. He looked the fellow straight in the eyes, with a look made him quail. "That is as much as to say that you differ in your views from the ones I have given?" said Dick. "Ye8." "Very good,'' in a stern voice; "your opinion sha11 cost you something. I suppose the other men think as you do?" "Perhaps," in a growling voice. "Very well; then it becomes necessaTy for us to treat you as enemies. You may consider yourselves prisoners!" "What is that I Prisoners, you say?" The man was pale now, and his voice trembled. "You heard what I said. You are our prisoners!" The other three who had listened to the conversation, but had said nothing so far, suddenly found their voices. "I am not a king's man, sir!" one cried. "I am a patriot." "And so am I I!' "And I!" "They are as much king's men as I am," the one wh o had done the talking exclaimed, bitterly "They are say ing that to keep you from making them prisoners." "It is not true!" cried one, hastily. "I am and alwa have been a patriot." "So have I!" "And I!" "They are liars!" the fellow spitefully. "Perhaps they have changed their views recently," sai Dick. "It may not be too late for you to do so.4


'rHE LIBER'rY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 5 "l won't do it! I am a king's man, and I don't care who ows it!" "So much the worse for you, then!" said Dick, sternly. Then he turned to the other three. "Why were you taking your produce to to Jl it to the British, if you are patriots?" he asked of one. They got there, finally, however. Their arrival created considerable excitement. The soldiers were delighted. They cheered for the "Liberty Boys." The wagons were quickly emptied. The youths were generous in the distribution of the pro"We are hard up," was the reply; "we need money, and visions ne redcoats pay good prices for produce." "I see; well, I am sorry, but this time I think we shall e to take possession of your stuff. There are undreds of half-starved patriots up here in the ent, and you should be patriotic enough to let this food o to them." "We can't afford to do so, young sir." "You will have to do so!" "Good!" cried the Tory farmer. "Now you fellows see ow much good it did you to lie and pretend that you were atriots. You are to be robbed the same as I am." "We are robbing no one," said Dick, quietly; "these are ar times, and we have to do the best we can. We cannot ght unless we have something to eat." They did not keep the lion's share for themselves. They apportioned the stuff out so that all shared about equally. Of course, the officers came in for a handsome share. When the wagons had been emptied, the owners were allowed to drive away. This was done by order of General Washington. "We do not wish to acquire any prisoners if_ we can help it," he said; "at least not till spring. We have too many mouths to fill already." 'rhe four farmers were only too glad to get away. They had expected that they would be held prisoners and to be allowed to tie was a welcome surprise. 'l'hey had expected that their horses and wagons would "Keither can we live if we get nothing for our produce," be kept also. aid the Tory farmer. The horses would have to have feed, however, and Wash" Oh, yes, you can. You don't have to have gold. You ington thought it best not to increase the number of horses an live on the produce of your farms." already in the army's possession. Then Dick gave an order to the "Liberty Boys." The soldiers came nearer feasting that day than for They opened up so that the wagons could move forward. many a day. "Drive on," ordered Dick; "go straight ahead till you rme to the first crossroad, then turn to your left." The Tory looked sullen, but he did not dare disobey icl<'s order. 1 He started the horses and drove up the road, the other ree doing likewise. The "J,iberty Boys" kept right alongside the wagons. 1 When the crossroad was reached the Tory turned the ft, as he had been ordered to do. f He cast a longing glance on up the road in the direction If Philadelphia. Doubtless he was saying hard things regarding the 1 Liberty Boys." I Saying them to himself, of course. He did not say anything aloud. 1 The "Liberty Boys" were very well satisfied with their l:lorning's work. There was a lot of provisions in the four wagons. They had no scruples about taking the provisions. They were confident the four men were Tories. Three of four had claimed to be patriots, but the ouths did not believe they were. I It was a two-hours' journey to Valley Forge. That evening Dick was unusually silent. The other "Liberty Boys" were talking, laughing and s inging, but Dick had very little to say. Bob noticed this, after a while. "What's the matter, Dick?" he asked. "Why are you so quiet?" "Oh, I was thinking, Bob," was the reply. "You mustn't do too much thinking, old man," laughed Bob; "it isn't good for a person who isn't used to it, you know." Dick smiled. "I'll be careful and try and not overdo the thing, Bob." "What are you thinking about, anyway, Dick?" queried Bob. "I will wager it is something of importance." "I have thought of a scheme, Bob." "I knew it But what kind of a scheme is it, old man?" "I am not ready to say as yet, Bob." "Oh!" "l haven't it worked out .in my mind yet." "I see. You'll tell me what it is when the time comes, then?" "Oh, yes." "Good! See that you do."


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. "I'll tell you, Bob. I will want your help." "I'm mighty glad to hear it." Dick was indeed pondering to some purpose. He bad been struck by an idea. A big one, too. The scheme which he had in mind would have to be careDick, in his role of spy, had penetrated within tbh lines of the British on many occasions. He had been captured two or three times. General Howe, a number of the British officers, anr c;ome of the ordinary soldiers knew Dick by sight. r Therefore, to enter Philadelphia in daylight would b fully thought out, and the execution would also have to be dangerous. perfect. He might be recognized. Dick was not sure the scheme which he had in mind would be practicable. He believed it might be, however. He would talk the matter over with General Washington. If the commander-in-chief approTed of the plan, Dick would go ahead with it. If not, he would abandon it. Dick hoped General Washington would favor it. Dick went to bed early and lay awake for some time, pondering. CHAPTER III. Dick reached Germantown at six o'clock. He stopped at a tavern and got supper for himself an 'feed for his horse. Then he remounted and rode onward. It was now dark. Dick felt safe in entering Philadelphia. It was half-past seven when he got there. He rode at once to a livery stable and left his horse. Then he made his way down the street. II The streets were crowded. They were thronged with people, both soldiers and cif zens. The soldiers were for the most part having a good timE The majority of them were drinking more than was go01 for them. They swaggered as they walked. AN ENCOUNTER. They took up most of the sidewalks, and the citizen who happened to get in the way had to take to the gutte Next morning Dick had a conversation with General It happened that Dick got in the way of a squad of th Washington. redcoats. Evidently the result of the conference was satisfactory, He had turned halfway around to look at something tha for when Dick came out of the house occupied by the comhad attracted his attention, and while he was looking bac mander-in-chief as headquarters, his face wore a pleased the redcoats in question came along. look. They saw their opportunity .. He hastened back to the cabin in which he and Bob had their quarters. He called Bob, Sam Sanderson and Mark Morrison to one side and had a long tl!lk with them. Immediately after dinner Dick mounted his horse and rode away. He rode eastward and crossed the Schuylkill at Norris town. Then he headed in a southeasterly direction down the river in the direction of Germantown. Dick rode at a leisurely gait. He was in no particular hurry. He was bound for Philadelphia, but for obvious reasons he did not care about getting there before nightfall. He would have to run the gantlet of the eyes of too many redcoats. That is, if he were to enter in the daytime he would. By entering at night he would avoid this. Here was a citizen standing right in their way. It was too good a chance to be lost One of the redcoats made a gesture to attract the atten tion of his comrades, and then bumped against Dick wit all bis force. Dick was not expecting anything of this kind. He was utterly unprepared for it. Had he been braced he might have withstood the shoe But he was not braced. The result was that he was hurled off the sidewalk. He went into the gutter. He did not fall, but he came very near it. His hat flew off. He had hard work getting straightened up. The redcoats shrieked with laughter. They roared. They ha !-haed at a great rate. It was great fun for them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 7 The one who had bumped against Dick was, of course, he best pleased one of the lot. This was natural. He thought he had done something smart. Several of his comrades patted him on the back and ried "Good boy!" But, had the redcoat known it, he had made a mistake. He had picked upon the wrong person. True, he had succeeded in shoving Dick off the sidewalk, nto the gutter. But he would not have suceeeded had he not taken the outh unawares. Dick was angry. He did not like redcoats, anyway. To be shoved off the walk into the gutter in this fashion ras sufficient to make him angry. "Knock the fellow down!" "Go for him, fellows!" "Give it to him!" Such were a few of the cries given utterance to. Then the redcoats leaped forward. They attacked Dick in a body. Of course, they expected to beat him down by superior force. The thought that the youth could stand before them doubtless never entered their heads. Such an idea would have been considered absurd. But they were soon to learn that this young fellow who confronted them was no ordinary individual. Had he been, they would have easily overcome him. As it was, they found they had encountered a tartar. In a contest of this kind Dick was at his best. But it was not so well calculated to do so as was the The reason was, because he was so quick and active. 11.ughter of the redcoats after the thing had been done. He was a veritable human will-o'-the-wisp. They so evidently thought they were smart, were so Wherever the redcoats thought to find Dick there was vi.dently confident of their superiority that the youth's where he was not. ilood boiled. He evaded the redcoats with wonderful ease. He leaped back onto the sidewalk. He did not take time to get his hat. That could be attended to later on. He had other business to attend to now. "You cowardly, sneaking scoundrel!" cried Dick, his roice ringing out loud and clear. "You think you are mart, no doubt, but I will prove to you that you are not o smart as you think you are. Take that!" "That" was a blow straight from the shoulder. Dick's fist caught the redcoat fair between the eyes. The blow was a strong one. The redcoat must nave thought so. He went down as if he had been struck by a piledriver. His head went down, his heels flew up. He struck the sidewalk with a crash. Then Dick whirled on the fellows who had just been aughing so loudly. He faced them with :flashing eyes. "Now, you laughing hyenas, if there are any more of you vho wish some of the same kind of medicine, you can have t !" the youth said. There was such a fierce expression on Dick's face and in ris eyes that the redcoats shrank back. Only for a moment, however. They were four or five to one. Were they to be awed by that one? Certainly not! At least, they so decided. Simultaneously a growl of rage escaped the redcoats. He ducked, dodged, evaded, leaped backward and to one side, and then the other, with s ch wonaerful quickness that the redcoats could not land on him to do any harm. And all the time Dick was striking out strongly, fiercely. Not all of his blows took effect. But many of t hem did. And whenever Dick landed a blow, the recipient knew it. Dick knocked the redcoats down, one after another. They got up as quickly as they could and came back for more. They were game enough. But they were, even collectively, no match for Dick. The fact of the matter was that Dick, by skillful work, managed to make the redcoats get in each other's way. They were thus hindered by their own number. Of course, a gr. eat crowd collE)cted. This is always the case in affairs of this kind, It was just as true in those days as it is in these. Human natnre was the same then that it is now. Human nature has always been the same; it will always remain the same Manners and customs vary in different countries of the world and among different peoples, but the people are prac tically the same. They have the same hopes, fears, wishes and desires. In fact, human nature is the same the world over, and was the same in the year 1 that it is in the year 1901. Therefore it was not strange that the combat should attract a crowd.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. The crowd was made up of soldiers and civilians. It was about evenly divided in this respect. Of course, the soldiers-or the majority of them, at any rate-were in sympathy with their comrades. A few, however, fair-minded fellows, sympathized with Dick, owing to the fact that he was only one against half a dozen. They could not help admiring him for the manner in which he was more than holding his own against the red coats. Sympathy among the civilians was in the main with Dick. This was owing to the fact that Dick was one against several, and also because of the fact that the soldiers had made themselves somewhat disliked on account of the high handed manner in which they had been conducting themselves on the street. There were many encouraging remarks made for Dick. "Go for them, young fellow!" "Give it to them!" "Knock them down!" "They need a lesson I" "That's right!" "Well, he's giving them one!" "So he is !" "I hope he will give them a good beating!" There was no doubt regarding this. They had done their best. They had tried coming to close quarters with their live opponent. li But they could not do this. ;}J They had tried to surround him and approach him froi>< three or four directions at once. They had failed in this, also. Still they fought on, hoping might presently be able to get would put the youth down. B against hope that thi>i in a blow or two thP Should they succeed in doing this they would speedil conquer him. :Il They would all leap upon him then and pummel him ti they were satisfied. tl In their present state of mind they would, no doubt, ha'f\' injured Dick. But the youth's blood was up. c He did not intend to let them get this advantage. He realized that it would indeed go hard with him : the redcoats should succeed in getting him at a vantagid. Tllerefore he was determined that they should not sul1 ceed in doing so. The redcoats grew weaker and more disheartened. It was plain to the spectators that they were about Some of the redcoats in the crowd took exceptions to to give up in despair. some of the remarks made by the citizens, and for a while Doubtless they would have done so within a few m1 it looked as if there would be a general free fight. ments, ancl Dick would have been at liberty to go on bl The interest in the combat between Dick and the red-way unmolested, but a sudden diversion came. coats was so great, however, that the redcoats and the A redcoat, who had just appeared and who had worke citizens in question did not come to blows. his way through the crowd to a point where he could s They decided that it was more pleasant to watch the Dick, gave utterance to an exclamation of wonder a:nl combat. amazement. l The five or six redcoats who were engaged in the en"Great guns, fellows That is Dick Slater, the rel:x counter with Dick were beginning to present a sorry plight. spy!" They were badly bunged up. Several had blackened eyes; the faces of two or three were covered with blood, Dick having dealt them blows on the nose. As they went down, once, twice and even thrice, the com'.age of the fellows began to ooze out. They began to think this young fellow was the Old Nick himself. The courage of the redcoats diminished rapidly. It was not to be wondered at that this should be the case. They had each been hit a number of fimes, and had been knocked down several times in turn, and yet they had not been able to deal the youth a damaging blow. 'rhey had tried hard enough. CHAPTER IV. AN OLD A CQUAINTANCE. To say that this announcement created a sensation putting it Inildly. There was not a redcoat within the hearing of the so dier's voice who had not heard of Dick Slater. Many of the civilians had heard of Dick. The redcoats knew that General Howe would give hJ eyes, rlmost, to have Dick Slater a prisoner in his powei


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 9 They knew that General Howe laid the failure of many f his best-laid plans at Dick's door. But no matter. Dick was quite ready to take advantage of the circumThe youth had, through spying inside the British lines, stance. iscovercd the intentions of the British, and by carrying In his experience as a spy he had learned to do this he information to General Washington, had made it without stopping to ponder the whys and wherefores. osEible for the patriots to checkmate the moves of the Safety first, the other things afterward. ritish. The redcoats in the crowd knew, also, that Howe had il'ered a reward of five hundred pounds for the capture of ick Slater. This was a good deal of money. It was sufficient incentive to make them work hard to \nake the capture. Of course, they would have tried to capture the youth, nyhow, but the money consideration would make them ork harder than they otherwise might. The instant he heard the words uttered by the redcoat, ick knew he was in great danger. He was surrounded by a great crowd. This crowd was made up to a considerable extent of red It would seem as if it would be impossible for him to 1 scape. But Dick was not the youth to despair. He would at least make the attempt to escape. But how was he to do it?" If he got away it would have to be by quick work. 1 Dick was one who was quick to see, quick to decide, uick to act. He flashed a look all around him. On three sides were the crowd. 1 The spectators were packed so tightly it would be im D ossible to get through with anything like celerity or I uickness. I> The fourth side was the wall of a residence building. The building, as was the case in many cities in those aaya, came right flush out to the sidewalk, the same as usiness buildings do nowadays. 1 The flashing glance which Dick cast in that direction was sufficient for him to see something which surprised im. This was Dick's motto. The flashing glance of Dick's, the opening of the door, the appearance of the face, the beckoning hand, ail took place in an instant, of course, and immediately after the startling announcement made by the redcoat, to the effect that the youth was Dick Slater, the "rebel" spy. There were a few persons between Dick and the doorway. Perhaps there were half a dozen. Three or .four of them were redcoats. This did not matter to Dick. He acted so quickly as to take all by surprise. Right on the heels of the redcoat's statement, seemingly, Dick leaped forward toward the doorway. He knocked down two of the redcoats. He hurled the other two aside, as they tried to stop him. He reached the door at a bound. The face of the girl had disappeared. Dick was glad of this. He did not wish anyope to get into trouble on his ac count. He wished the redcoats to think he had entered the house \ entirely of his own accord. This would absolve the inmates from blame. It would keep them from being interfered with in any way, or mistreated Dick was at the door so quickly that it is doubtful if a person in that whole crowd took note of the fact that the door was slightly open already. Dick pushed the door open. He leaped through the doorway. A sudden realization of what was taking place came to the redcoats. They realized that the youth was in a fair way to escape This must not be allowed. They must prevent it. j It filled him with joy, too. They gave utterance to cries of anger, and leaped for'l'he front door of the house had opened slightly-per-ward jtaps six inches or so. They tried to grasp Dick Dick saw a face there-the face of a girl, he was sure. They were not quick enough. ol He also saw a beckoning hand. The youth was to and through the doorway before they It said, as plainly as words could have done, "Come I" could catch hold of him. Dick had a friend in Philadelphia I The instant he was across the threshold Dick b.ii .More, and better still, he had a friend close at hand. e It was utterly and entirely unexpected. the door shut. He shot a couple of bolts, making the door fast.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. : It was light enough so that he could see to do this. They had then tried to burst it down by throwing the f Dick turned, to see a beautiful maiden of perhaps seven-selves against it. teen y e ars standing before him, holding a lighted candle. A cry of amazement escaped Dick's lips. "Mildred he cried. "Miss Marshall, is it ind eed you?" Dick; but come. We have no time to talk. Come; I will show you a place to hide." The girl turned and walked rapidly along the hallway. In vain. The door was too strong. It-resisted all their efforts. Then they began pounding on the door, making tli heard by Dick and the maiden. "Do you think the door will hol&?" asked the girl, wii Dick followed like one in a dream. an anxious, backward look. He was so amazed that he was almost dazed. "I think so, Mildred," replied Dick; "it will hold ] The beautiful girl who was leading the way along the while, anyway." hall, and who had made it possible for him to escape the "It need not hold so very long. Five minutes will l redcoats, just now, was an old friend. Nearly a yeaT before Dick had met her. It was at Trenton. It was just a few days before the battle of Trenton. Dick had been sent into Trenton by General Washing ton, to spy on the British and Hessians. Dick had gone into Trenton. He had been so fortlJPate as to render girl, Mildred Mars hall, a favor. He had found some Hessian officers accosting the girl on the street and asking that they be given a kiss. Dick had knocked two or three of the fellows down, and they had fled, after which he hafi escorted the maiden to her home. After the battle of Trenton, Dick had left there with the patriot army. He had not been in Trenton since. He had had no expectation of ever again seeing beautiful Mildred Marshall. He had thougbt of her many times during the months that had passed. Not that he had fall e n in love with the maiden, for he had a sweetheart back at home, in New York, but for the rea s on that whenever he thought of the battle of Trenton he could not h e lp thinking of the girl whose acquaintance he had made in su c h a peculiar manner. Dick w ond e red 'what Mildred was doing in He did not give t h e matter much thought, however. There weTe other things to think about. He was in da11.ger. He would have hard work escaping from the redcoats. He must think of that. Already, and before the two had halfway traversed the length of the hall, there came a thunderous rapping on the front door. 'fhe redcoats had tried to open the door, undoubtedly, and had found it bolted sufficient for our purpose." "It will resist their efforts to break it down that lon g am confident." "I hope so." Dick hoped so, too. The girl led the way along the hall to the extreme ent Then she opened a door at the right-hand side and p ass e through the doorway, Dick follomng. They were in what looked to be the kitchen. The girl led the way across the room. She opened a door at the farther side. It opened upon a flight of stairs which led downwar into the cellar. She made her way unhesitatingly down the stairs. Dick closed the door and followed. As they reached the bottom of the stairs they heard loud crash. "They have broken the door down!" half whispert Mildred, turning pale. I We will have to hurry I" "Where are we going?" asked Dick, as the girl hasten across the cellar. "You will see-listen I Hear the trampling ? redcoats are in the house!" The girl was evidently badly frightehe ,d. Dick looked all around the cellar. He could see no place that offered much in the way a place to hide. He thought that perhaps there might be. some m e ans exit, however. I If he could get out he would risk getting away. The trampling of feet could be heard now, plainer th ever. The sound of excited voices could be heard also. "Listen; hear them talking I" the girl whispered. "T will be down here in a few moments!" They were now almost to thj;l end of the cellar The girl paused in front of what seemed to smooth, solid wall.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY She began feeling of the wall with eager, trembling fingers. Dick watched her with wondering eyes. What could the girl be trying to do? Was she so frightened that she did not know what she was about? Dick could not believe this. The girl was pale, and she was undoubtedly frightened, but she seemed to have all her wits about her. -"Goodness will I never find it?" the girl murmured, her voice trembling. "Find what?" asked Dick. Dick had been looking toward the cellarway, but now he turned to see what caused the peculiar clicking noise. He almost uttered an exclamation of amazement. The seeming s9lid wall of stone was not stone at all. It was wood, and had been artistically painted so that it looked like stone. There was a secret door, and Mildred had, after search ing for a few moments, found the spring and opened the door. The swift glance which Dick gave revealed this, and the further fact that there was the space of perhaps two feet between the seeming wall and the real wall. "I'll show you in a minute-wait-ah! the cellar door"Quic]c; follow me!" the girl whispered, as she leaped they have opened it! They are coming down into the through the opening. cellar!" Such indeed seemed to be the case. Dick heard the cellar door open. He felt sure that he would be captured, after all. He glanced around. There seemed to be no possible chance of escaping from the cellar. He was disappointed. His hopes had risen high when he had succeeded in getDick obeyed instantly. He leaped through the opening. Click! The do9r went shut, the girl having pushed it to the instant Dick was througli. Dick glanced about him with i:g.terest. He saw that they were in a narrow, hall-like compart ment. It was about two feet wide and reached clear across the ting away from the redcoats when hemmed in, out on cellar. the street. The compartment, room or whatever it might be termed, Now to be practically cornered and helpless made him was used as a sort of storeroom, evidently. feel very bad indeed. There were all sorts of odds and ends in there. Footsteps were heard on the cellar stairs. It had been used as a hiding place, also, doubtless on Luckily the cellarway was closed in and the door at the many occasions. bottom had been closed by Dick, after they came through, Dick drew a breath of relief as he looked around at the so the light of the candle could not be seen. girl. Down the cellar stairs came the redcoats. Dick could tell this by the sound of the footsteps. In a few more moments the redcoats would open the door. Then he and the girl would be discovered. What should he do ? Dick asked himself this question. But there seemed to be no answer to it. He could see no possible chance of escape. CHAPTER V. "You have saved me from capture, Mildred!" he whis pered. "You are a brave and noble girl." The maiden blushed, and looked at Dick, shyly. "I am only paying my debts," she whispered; "do you remember Trenton?" "Indeed I do," whispered Dick. "I have thought of Trenton-and of a certain maiden there, many times dur ing the past year, and have wondered if I should ever see her again. I little thought that I should meet her under such peculiar circumstances." No more was said at that time. The sound of footsteps and voices were heard in the cellar, and it was thought dangerous to even risk whis pering. A SAFE HIDING PLACE. Dick bent over, however, and, placing his mouth close to the girl's ear, whispered: Just at the moment when Dick felt sure the hand of the "I think you had better _blow out the light. There might foremost redcoat must be on the knob of the cellar door, he he a crack in the wall, and in that case the fellows might heard a sharp click. discover our presence here."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. The girl nodded. Then she blew out the light. They were now in complete darkness. They stood perfectly still and listened. They could hear the redcoats talking. The conversation between the soldiers could be heard as plainly as if the speakers were beside them. The redcoats were di scus sing the escape of Dick. "It beats anything I eve r heard of said one. "I don't see the fellow can have gone." "Nor I," replied "we know he came into the house, and the folks upstairs say he did not go through and out at the back door, they are confident." "They said they didn't see him, Morgan; not that they did not think he went through and out." "Yes, I believe that is what they did say." "Well," said another, "it is plain he isn't down here." 1 So it is. Let s go back up." "Yes, and out the back way. It might be that the people of the house are patriots, and told us they didn't see the spy go through and out at the back door lg_ order to delay us and keep us looking around in here till the young rascal gets clear away." "There may be something in that. Come on!" There was the sound of footsteps, and then the trampling of feet was beard on the stairs. "Thank goodness!" breathed Mildred. "You feel better, now?" asked Dick. "Much bette-r. I was afraid they might di scover our hiding place "I was a little bit afraid they might, myself," admitted Dick. "We had better wait a while before leaving here, had we not?" "I think it would be wise." "'l'hey might take a notion to investigate some more before leaving the house." "So they might; but tell me, Mildred, how comes it you are here in Philadelphia?" "I am here on a visit, Dick." !'Ab, on a visit?" "Yes ; to my uncle." "I see; and this is the home of your uncle?" "Yes." "Yes, I was surrounded by redcoats. I doubt if I cou l have escaped." "I am glad I was at hand t o r e nder you assi s tan c e Dick "And so am I. i owe you my life, I have not the leas1 doubt." "'rhen we are more nearly even than we were. ThiiJ what I owed you." "I did not do much, Mildred." "You saved me from insult by those Hessians, tba time." "Any one would have done the and accounted it privilege, Mildred." "But you risked your life as a result. You fought duel with one of the Hessians." "And that was a pleasure also, Mildred. of a chance to teach the fellow a lesson." I was gla "I see you are bound you will not\have any credit fo whaL you did." "Well, I shall consider that I am in your debt, Mildred. "I shall not so consider it." "Very well; we will say we are even, then, Mildred." The two waited perhaps fifteen minutes. Then, hearing no sounds to indicate the presence of red coats in the house, they left their hiding place. "Had you not b e tter remain down here till I go up an see if they have gone?" whispered Mildred. "No; I will go ri ght along with yoll.," replied Die "I am sure they have gone." "But they might have left one of their number behin to keep w a tch." "Well, I will wait at th e top of th e stairs till you and see if the coast is clear." They made their way up the stair s and Dick paused a the top while Mildred opened the door cautiously, an after looking out passed through the doorway, closin th e door behind h e r. A few moments later Mildr e d returned. "It is all right now," she said; "the redcoats have gon e." Good! I m glad of that." Then Dick and the girl entered the kitchen. Mildred led the way across the room, out into the ha and along it to a doorway which opened into the parlor. The lights were lighted in this room, but the curtain "Well, it was fortunate for me that you happened to be were closely drawn, making it impossible for any one ou visiting in Philadelphia, and fortunate that your uncle side to see in. happened to live at thie particular place." There were thrQe people in the room when Dick an "It would have fared badly with you, would it not? Mildred entered. You were in close quartel'8 out there." Two of them were a man and woman of middle age.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY 13 The other was a bright, alert-looking youth of about Dick's age. The man and woman were Mr. and Mrs. James MarRhall; the youth was their son, Harry. Mildred introduced Dick to her "We are glad to make the acquaintance of Dick Slater, the famous spy, and captain of the 'Liberty boys,'" said Mr. Marshall, shaking Dick's hand heartily. "Indeed, yes," said his wife, also shaking hands with Dick. "Mildred has told us how you so nobly and bravely interferred when some Hessian officers were annoying her in Trenton, last winter. We are glad to know you.?' "You are right we are," said Harry, seizing Dick's hand and shaking it energetically. "I have long wished to make your acquaintance, Dick. Jove! I'm glad cousin Mildred discovered that you were outside, there, a while ago, and succeeded in getting you away from those redcoats-and I guess you're glad, too, eh, Mildred?" with a laugh and a _sly wink. It was plain that Harry was a jolly youth. Mildred blushed. She was brave, though. "Say you are willing, mother dear," he said, pleadingly; "you know how I have longed for a chance to strike a few blows for liberty. Now that the chance has come, let me take advantage of it." A struggle was evidently going on in the mother's heart. She was struggling between her love for her son and the desire to let him go out and fight for freedom. "I will just say, Harry," said Dick, "that you will find the life of a patriot soldier anything but an easy or pleas ant life. You will have to endure hardships, cold, ex posure, will be exposed to dangers of all kinds. You will rlo well to think of those things before joining us, Harry." "Oh, I don't expect to find it all smooth and pleasant, Dick. I am quite willing to take things as they come. I can stand the hardships as well as any one, I am sure." Then he turned fo his mother and looked at her plead ingly. You' ll let me go, won't you, mother?" he asked. The struggle was still going on in the mother's heart Presently she made a decision, however. She drew he_ r son to her and kissed him. "Yes, Harry, you may go,'' she said, in a low, faint "Of course I'm glad," she said. "It would be strange if voice; "you may go." I were not. I owed Dick-Mr. Slater a debt, and I was Her voice faltered at the last and the tears came into glad 0 the chance to pay it." her eyes. "She owed me nothing," smiled Dick. "It was a pleas ure to be the means of rendering her a service, and I owed her a debt instead of her owing me one." Harry laughed. "And now you're doubly in her debt, eh, Dick?" he said. "That is the way I look at it, certainly." "Good Then, on the strength of that, I am going to ask a favor, Dick." "It is granted before you ask it." Harry laughed. There was an eager light in his eyes, however. "The favor l would ask is this: That you let me join "There! don't cry, mother dear," said Harry, kissing her; "thank you for giving your permission for me to go. Just think how proud you will be when I return to you, wearing the uniform of a captain, colonel or something of that kind." Dick could not help smiling. "The patriot soldiers are not very well equipped with uniforms, Ilarry,'' he said. "It is hard work to get cloth ing of any kind." "1 don't care," the youth replied; "I would rather wear rags and be in the patriot ranks than to have the your company of 'Liberty Boys!'" uniform and the highest official rank in the British army." Dick looked at the youth's parents. "That is the way to talk," said Dick. "That is the kind "I should be glad to have you, provided your parents are o.f spirit I like to see shown." wming," he said. I "Oh, they are willing!" cried Harry. "Aren't you?" Mr. Marshall looked at his wife. There was a pleased look on the face of Mr. Marshall. It was evident that he was a true patriot, and that he delighted to hear such sentiments from the lips 0 "It is as your mother says, Harry,'' he said. willing, I am willing ; otherwise not." "If she is hiR son. A troubled look was on Mrs. Marshall's face. She looked at the bright, eager face of her son anxiously,, lovingly. The mother, too, looked at the youth with an expression of pride in her eyes. "Oh, cousin Harry will make a splendid soldier, I am sure!" said Mildred, enthusiastically. Harry went to his mother and threw his arm around her "Thanks, cousin mine," said Harry, bowing low; "but don't talk in that strain _too much or you will make me


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. conceited-in which event Dick would refuse to have any thing to do with me." Dick smiled. "I guess there isn't much danger of that," he said. "I think not," said his mother. Dick well pleased to have Harry join his company. The youth was bright, energetic and full of vim. He would undoubtedly be a good fighter. Then, too, he would be of u s e to Dick here in Philadelphia, and at once. Harry's home was here. He was undoubtedly well acquainted with the city. He would know a great deal regarding the location of the British that would be of value. He' could help Dick wonderfully. "That's so; perhaps they won't come down." The youths became silent. They listened intently. They heard the sound of footsteps upstairs. The y heard the sound of voices. Then presently all was silence. "They have probably gone upstairs to look for you," whispered Harry. "Likely," the youth replied. They waited perhaps half an hour. Then they heard footsteps and voices once more. "They have come back downstairs," whispered Harry. "Yes, I think they will go now," replied Dick. But he was mistaken. They heard the door opening upon the cellar stairway Dick congratulated himseli on his good luck in getting open. acquainted with this family of patriots. "Jove, they're coming down here, after all!" whispered It was something to know wliere he could find friends Harry, in a tone of alarm. in the enemy's camp, as it were. "Well, they didn't find us before, so I don't think they Dick now entered into conversation with his new-found will do so this time," said Dick, calmly; "blow the light friends. They were talking, when suddenly there came a loud knocking at the front door. All leaped to their feet. They looked at each other, inquiringly. out." Harry did so. The redcoats were soon down in the cellar. The youths could hear everything that was said. The redcoats were talking of Dick, and the remarkable "Who can it be?" asked Mr. Marshall. manner in which he had escaped. "Some of the redcoats, doubtless," replied Dick; "they They searphed the cellar thoroughly, but did not seem have probably returned to make another search of your to suspect the existence of a secret compartment. house!" At last they gave it up and went back upstairs. CHAPTER VI. THE NEW RECRUIT. "I guess that will put an end to the searching business," said Harry. "I think so," agreed Dick. The youths waited perhaps half an hour. Then they went upstairs. \ "Well, they didn't find you, after all," smiled Mr. "Then you must return to the hiding Mildred, in a frightened voice. place!" said Marshall, as the youths entered the parlor. "Yes, go at once!" said I\Ir. Marshall. "I'll go with you," said Harry He led the way out of the room, Dick following. He took a lighted candle along. He and Dick were soon down in the cellar. Harry had no difficulty in finding the secret spring, and opening the secret door he passed through the opening. Dick followed, and then Harry closed the door. "No," replied Dick; "that secret room is a pretty handy thing." "The redcoats searched high and low," smiled Mildred. "From attic to cellar, eh, Mildred?" laughed Harry. "Yes." After a little further conversation Dick said he must be going. "You are not going to leave the city to-night?" asked Mr. Marshall. "If I hear them coming down the cellar stairs I'll "No," replied Dick; "I have some work to do first." b1ow the out," the youth said. "Can I help you?" asked Harry, eagerly. "I hardly think they'll come down here this time, Harry. "I think you can," said Dick. "If you know the city They were down here when they were here before, you thoroughly you can be of assistance to me." know." "Well, I certainly know Philadelphia like a book, Dick."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY, "And do you know the location of the various depart ments of the British-such 8:8 the headquarters of General Howe, the quartermaster's headquarters, and all that?" "I do." "Very well, then; you can be of considerable benefit to Come; and we will be going." "How long do you expect to be in the city, Dick?" asked Mr. Marshall. "I hardly know; it depends on circumstances. Two or three days, perhaps." As they stepped down off the fence into the alley they heard the sound of rushing foot.steps. Then several dark forms loomed up cl.Qse at hand. "Look out!" cried Dick, in a low, intense tone of voice; "we are attacked, Harry I" The next instant the youths were engaged in a hand-to-. hand combat. It was so dark they could not tell what sort of looking .fellows the men were who had attacked them. They shrewdly guessed the fellows were redcoats, how"Then I am going to ask you to make our house your ever. home while here." Dick shook his head. "I fear I might get into trouble," he saia. "The house will be watched, doubtless, and I would be seen coming and going, and that would be bad for you." "I hardly think so; I made the redcoats believe that we had nothing to do with your entering this house. They do not know that I am a patriot." The youths fought fiercely. Dick was a host within himself in this kind of an encounter. It was Harry's first experience. He was a brave youth, however. Moreover, he was an athletic, strong youth, a.nd was & fighter. He considered himself a soldier now. He made up his mind to conduct himself as bec&me a "And we can slip in and out the back way,'' said Harry. Dick hesitated. soldier. He looked at Mrs. Marshall. "I shall be pleased to have you accept my husband's invitation," she said. "Very well, then, I will accept your invitation, with thanks," said Dick. Good '' cried Harry. "Just see how delighted Mildred is." The beautiful gir]. blushed. "Stop teasing, Harry," she said. Harry laughed. "Come, Dick," he said; "the redcoats have been hunting you, now let's go out and hunt them." "Very well;" and then bidding the three good night, the two youths left the room. They made their. way to the back door, and Harry unlocked and opened it. He looked out. It was quite dark out. All was still. "I guess the coast is clear," he JVhispered. Then he stepped out of doors. Dick followed. Harry pulled the door shut, and, locking it, placed the key in his pocket. He led the way across the back yard. They were soon at the fence. Beyond the fence was aJi alley. The youths climbed the fence. He would show Dick that he was one who could be depPnded on to hold his own, at least. The youths were outnumbered more than two to one. As nea.rly as Dick could make out there were five or six of their assailants. But outnumbered though they were, Dick and Harry held their own admirably. One thing, their assailants made no attempt to use weapons. This showed that it was their wish to capture the youths. It probably saved the youths' lives. Had their assailants used weapons, they would hav succeeded in overcoming the youths without doubt. As it was, they found they had taken a big contract. Dick knocked two or three of the fellows down. Harry, too, did well. He succeeded in knocking two of the fellows down. Then one seized him in such a manner that the youth was helpless, and the next thing he knew he was on back on the ground, with his assailant on top of 1im. Harry uttered an exclamation. He did not cry out to Dick for help. But Dick understood what t}J.e exclamation meant. He redoubled his own exertions. He kno cked the fellows down, .one after another, an then leaped forward. He seized the fellow who had downed Harry and jerke' him off the youth. "Come," he cried, ''let's get away from here!" -I


.Hi THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. They leaped away up the alley. Around the corner, in swift pursuit, came the redcoats. The men with whom they had been having their combat "Do you think they will fire, Dick?" gasped Harry. leaped to their feet and gave chase. "As likely a s not, was the reply. The youths were fleet of foot, however. "Stop l" cam e the cry once more. "Stop, or we will They did not have much fear that the redcoats-if such fire l" the fellows were-would be able to overtake them. But the youths paid no attention to the command. Reaching the street, the youths turned to the left and Onward they sped. ran with all their They were determined to escape or die trying. Their pursuers emerged upon the street soon afterward. Crash I roar I They began yelling to attract the attention of people Qn The pursuing redcoats had fired a volley. the street. The bullets whistled all around the youths. "Stop them, somebody!" they cried. "Stop those two A cry escaped Harry. fellows I They are rebels and spies I Stop them I" "Are you hurt?" asked Dick, in an anxious tone. But the youths were not to be stopped so easily. "Something hit my arm," replied Harry; "it felt hot I" They raced onward like deer. "It was a bullet. Can you use your arm?" They drew away from their pursuers. "Yes." Just as they were coming to the next street, however, "Then it is a mere flesh wound. It isn't dangerous." a party of redcoats came around the corner. "I'm glad to know that." The newcomers heard the shouts of the youths' pur-It was Harry's first experience in being under fire. suers. He was doing first rate, Dick thought. They saw the youths running. He was sure that Harry was going to be a brave soldier. They understood the situation instantly: He would be a -valuable addition to the ranks of the "We will have to cut across the street and try to get "Liberty Boys." past them, Harry," said Dick, and he leaped forward in They raced onward. the direction indicated. 'fhey turned down the first street they came to. The advancing redcoats saw the move. It happened to be a street leading toward the wharfs They gave utterance to shouts and started to head the nlong the River. fugitives off. The youths were desperate now, They were determined that they would not allow themselves to be captured. They ran faster than ever. They saw it was going to be a very close thing if they escaped. 'fhey were not at all sure they could do so. They sped onward at their best speed, however. The redcoats did not have so far to run as the youths. Neither were they so fleet of foot. The youths managed to reach the corner a few feet ahead of the redcoats. Several of the redcoats made attempts to grasp th e youths. The youths dodged, however, and evaded the grasp of their enemies. This angered the redcoats. They began shouting to the youths to stop. "Stop! Stop, or we will fire!" was the cry. But Dick and Harry did not stop. They did not slacken their speed in the least. They darted around the corner and flew up the street. \ 'fhere were lumber yards, coal yards, etc.; along the river front, and the youths felt sure that if they could reach these they would be able to dodge their pursuers. They ran as swiftly as they had been running all the time. Both youths had splendid staying qualities. They were better equipped in this respect than were their pursuers. The redcoats were not used to sprinting. They were becoming very tired. They kept up the chase, but they were falling more and more behind. Presently the youths reached a coal yard. They raced through it and came out on the wharf almost before they knew it. A vessel lay alongside the wharf. Lanterns hanging from yardarms made things visible on the wharf. As the youths came in sight, half a dozen men rushed down the gangplank They seized Dick and Harry. The youths were taken wholly by. surprise. They had not been expecting anything of this kind.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. Before they knew it, almost, they were lifted bodily and rne up the gangway and aboard the vessel. CHAPTER VII. ":rmE I" The youths kicked and struggled. It was no use. They could not free themselves. The men had seized them so quickly and unexpectedly "I guess not." Dick was on lhe point of making an attempt to free him s elf whe n a sailor app e ared at the doorway and said: "The cap'n says bring the pris ners up to the cabin." Dick decided to wait a while. They were to be taken before the captain. This was what he wished. So there was no need of making a disturbance. He would wait and see what the captain had to say regarding the affair. They were soon in the main cabin. The man before whom they were brought was evidently a Briton hat the youths were taken at a disadvantage. He wore the uniform of a British officer in the navy. Scarcely had the youths been borne aboard the ship He eyed Dick and Harry searchingl_Ybefore there was the sound of rattling chains. The youths returned his look unflinchingly. Then the youths felt the vessel moving. "A couple of young fellows," the man murmured, as if They had not time to see anything, however, as they speaking to himself. were carried down the companionway. They were in the forecastle in a few moments. Here the men placed the youths on their feet. They still retained hold of Dick and Harry, however. "What does this mean?" asked Dick, sternly. "Why ave you seized us in this manner?" "Oh, thet's all right, my hearty!" was the reply. The men, as Dick could see, there being a lantern in the orecastle, were sailors. They wore the suits of British tars. "Why are we here?" asked Dick. He was a youth who was never daunted. He spoke boldly; and there was a peculiar tone of com-mand in his voice that appeared to surprise the officer. He looked at Dick keenly. "Why are you her e ?" he repeated. "Yes; by what right did your men seize u s and bring us aboard this vessel?" The officer made a gesture. "My dear friend, do not get excited," he said, calmly; "No, it. isn't all right, not by any means I" said Dick. "these are war times, you know, and one does not have 'You have no right to seize us in this manner." "Et wuz my orders, me boy." "Orders?" "Yes." "Orders from whom?" "From the cap'n." "The captain of this vessel?" "Yes." "Why should the captain wish you to make prisoners f us?" The sailor who had done the talking shook his head. "I dunno." "He doesn't know us," said Dick. "No, I s'pose not." "He could not have known we were coming." "I dunno 'bout thet." "How came you to rush out upon us so quickly?" "We wuz ordered to do et." "Let go of us I" ordered Dick. "We ca:g.'t do thet, me hearty." "Let go, or it will be the worse for you I" to give reasons for actions in war times." Of course we cannot force you to give your reasons for this outrage,'' said Dick; "but we would like to know the reason,s, anyway." "Well, I will tell you, then. We are short-handed, and, needing a couple of more men to help with the work, have secured you two young men." "Oh, that is it, eh?" "It is." Dick realized that he and Harry were in for it. He bad heard of instances where Americans had been seized, taken aboard British vessels and pressed into service. And this was to be the fate of himself and companion. "This is a British vessel?" he asked. The captain nodded. "It is,'' he replied. "But I didn't know there were any British vessels at Philadelphia. I thought--" "You thought that they could not get past the forts?" with a smile. Dick nodded.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. "That is what I thought," he "Well, you were mistaken. We got past the forts and came up to Philadelphia, and now we expect to get past them, and go down the river and out to sea." "Perhaps not." "Uv course you can't. You will do well not to try enn thing. You'll git into trouble worse'n enny you wuz eve in, ef you do." "I don't see how you managed it," said Dick. "Perhaps so." The captain smiled. "I know et." "We are_too smart for the rebels, that is all," he said. "Let it go," said Dick; "what are you going to d Dick did not like the bigoted air with which the man with us ?" made this statement. "Oh, we are goin' to turn you loose now." "You undoubtedly think you are smart," thought Dick; "but, if I can help it, you shall not get past the forts to-night!" Aloud he said: "We will be of no use. to you." "Why not?" the officer queried. "We are not sailors." "Oh, that is it?" "Turn us loose?" "Yes; you can't do no damage now." "Oh, of course not." Dick said this, but he was at the same instant tryin to think of some damage that he could do. He had made up his mind that the ship should not ge past the forts and out to sea, if he could help it. The vessel was, as nearly as he could make out, "Yes. We know nothing about the work of a sailor." ordinary schooner. The officer smiled. It was a vessel such as was at that time called a "sloop "You are not too old to learn," he said, significantly. "Then we are to be kept aboard this vessel?" asked Diek. The officer nodded. "You are." A peculiar, grim look appeared on Dick's face. "You had better reconsider the matter," he said, quietly. The officer shook his head. "I couldn't think of doing so,'' he said. "You will be sorry for it if you don't I" There was a threatening tone to Dick's voice. The officer frowned. "You are intolent!" he said. "I will listen to no more from you. Take them away I" This last command was to the sailors who had eecorted the youths into the cabin. "Remember what I have said I" said Dick, as tliey were leaving the cabin. The officer made no reply. "You two fellows will find yourselves in trouble when we git out to sea," said one of the sailors, when they were out on the deck q;f the vessel. "You think so?" asked Dick. "I know et." "Why will we find ourselves in trouble?" "Be cau s e you talked sassy to the old man." of-war." The men who had conducted the youths to the cabi now left them to themselves. "What do you think of this, anyway, Dick?" ask Harry. "I think we are in a pretty bad predicament, Harry. "That is the way it looks to me." "If we do not succeed in getting away before the ves gets out of the Delaware River we will be in for a voya in spite of ourselves." "Yes, but how are we to escape?" "That is the question." "It is a question that cannot be answered, Dick; a least, that is the way it looks to me." "I don't know, Harry. One thing is sure, I am no going to take a trip out to sea OR this vessel, if I can hel it." "But I fear we can't help it." "We must help it I I have work to do in Philadelphia and I am not going to myself tp be carried awa from there." "But what can you do to prevent it?" "I don' t know-yet. I must think of something." "I wish you could," said Harry, earnestly. "Jove! won' the folks be fright e ned when we fail to return to the house. "You mean the "We must not fail, though, Harry." "Yes." "I wish that we might not have to fail." "That is all right," said Dick; "but you will find that At this instant Dick took note of the :fact that all t I told the truth when I told him he would be sorry for it" lights on the vessel had been extinguished. if he kept us aboard this ship." It was very dark. "You can't do nuthin'." He understood what was now to be done.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' lJV tJBLE VICTORY. 19 The vessel was going to run past the forts in the darkness. Once it was past it would be safe. Dick thought this would be very dangerous. He did not see how it would be possible to get past in such complete darkness. thought there would be great danger of run ning aground or into something and wrecking the vessel. Still, a skillful pilot might be able to take the vessel through in safety. Dick led the way down the steps leading to the forecastle. At the foot of the stairs was a landing. A door opened into the forecastle. Another door opened upon a flight of steps which led ii.own into the hold. Dick opened this door. He passed through the opening. Harry followed. Dick closed the door and then led the way down the Dick wondered if there was anything he could do to steps. prevent the vessel from getting past the forts. He set np some hard thinking. The sailors moved about the deck and spoke in low tones. They paid no attention to Dick and Harry. The youths seemed free to do as they pleased. lt was very dark. They had to feel their way. They were soon at the bottom of the steps, however. "\VLat ar wou going to do, Dick?" asked Harry. "You will soon see, Hai:cy,'' was the reply. Dick reached in his pocket and drew forth a flint, steel Of course, it was considered that they were powerless and tinder-box. to do anything or to escape. Opening the box he drew forth some tinder. It was winter, and the water was icy cold. Then he began striking the flint and steel together. It would be as much as one's life was worth to leap 'l'he sparks were plainly visible in the darkness of the overboarn. hold. One would be seized with cramps before the shore could "What are you going to do?" asked Harry, in an awed be reached. The sailors knew this. They knew that the youths knew it, also, and thought there was no danger that they would attempt it. Dick, however, was ready to take any chances rather than allow himself to be carried out to sea. He did not wish to leave the vessel, however, tintil he had done something to strike the British a blow. voice. "I am going to set this vessel on :fire I" was the calm reply. "What!" Harry could hardly believe his ears. "That is what I am going to do, Harry." Dick's voice was cool and calm. "But--great guns, Dick, you'll cause our death I We He wished to prevent the vessel from getting past the will lose our lives, sure I" orts, if such a thing was possible. "Not absolutely sure, Harry. We may be able to get But how was he to do it? ashore." Dick thought fast and hard. At last a thought came to him. It was a desperate scheme that flashe

, 20 THE LIBER'rl. JJV r DOUBLE VICTORY. Dick looked around him with keen, searching gaze. He saw a pile of oakum. It was near by. Diek lifted the tinder and tossed it on the pile of oakum. The oakum caught on fire immediately. It blazed up. The hold was lighted up so that it was possible to see all around. The sailors went rushing forward to aid in trying to extinguish the flames. The captain and the other officers came rushing out of the cabin. Rapid orders. were given. The sailors tried to obey the orders, but it was soon seen that it would be useless to try to extinguish the fire. It had gained too great headway. "Help me, Harry," said Dick. Soon the flames came up the companionway to such an He began searching around. extent as to light up the entire deck. He found pieces of old sails, some empty boxes, and Then the captain to think that they were in other things which would burn. double danger. These he brought and piled on the fire. They were in danger of being drowned, and if they es-Harry helped in the work. caped that they were in danger of being captured by the They kept this up till they were confident there would patriot garrison in the forts. be no doubt that the fire would keep on burning, and extend The vessel was now almost down to where the forts were. till it took in the entire hold. Doubtless the patriots had already sighted the burning Then Dick led the way back up the steps and through vessel. the doorway, Harry keeping close at his heels. Dick closed the door carefully. He did not wish the fire to be discovered until it had got such a start that it would be impossible to extinguish it. If he could succeed in being the means of the ship being destroyed, he would be fairly well satisfied. Of course, he hoped that Harry and himself should be suecessfol in escaping with their lives. The youths went out on the deck of the vessel. They took up their position by the rail. They waited patiently. Perhaps half an hour elapsed. "We must be getting down close to the forts," whispered Dick. "I should judge 'so," replied Harry. "I wish the fire would hurry and get in its work, Harry. I wanted that it should break out before we reach ed the forts." At this instant a commotion was heard forward, toward the forecastle. Fire!" was the cry which then went up. Then the bright glare of the fire was seen shining up out of the companionway of the forecastle. Good exclaimed Dick, in a low tone. "Now we will see whether or not this vessel gets past the forts and out to sea I" This was soon made a certaiii.ty. The boom of a cannon was heard. "There goes the alarm-gun," said the captain to his first officer; "we must escape from the vessel at once!" "Yes, if we wish to avoid being captured." "We must avoid it. We must not allow ourselves to be captured I" Then the captain gave the order: "All hands to lower the boats I" The sailors stopped trying to extinguish the fire. They rushed to lower the boats. This suited them better than fighting the fire. The boats were quickly dropped into the water. Then all hands began dropping into the boats. Dick and Harry moved forward. It seemed as if they had been forgotten in the excite ment of the occasion. This suited them exactly. They did not think, however, that the officers and sailors would object to their entering the boats. Dick, who was keeping his eyes open, saw that the vessel was now almost even with the forts. He saw that the patriots from the forts were entering boats. He knew what that. meant. They were coming out to intercept the boats from the burning vessel. Dick hoped they would succeed. CHAPTER VIII. He entered one of the boats. "HURRAH FOR DICK SLATER.,,, Harry followed. All was excitement and confusion on the vessel in an There was considerable excitement shown by officers instant. and men.


TUE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 21 They realized that they were in danger of being capt ured by the hated "rebels." It was bad enough to lose the ship. It would be a great deal worse if they should be capture d. As soon as all were in the boats, the order was given to p1].ll away from the doomed vessel. This was done. The boats were headed down the river. "Pull!" yelled the capta in. "Pull, men! Don't let those catch us!" The men pulled with all their might. As they were going with the current, the boats made good headway. It would only re sult in the death of the majority of them. The captain reluctantly gave the order for the sailors to stop rowing. "Now row toward the fort o rdered the officer in com mand of the boats from t he forts. The captain of the burning vessel gave the order, and the sailors again bent to their oars. All the boats now headed across the river toward Fort }I.illlin. Not a word was spoken by any one. The sho r e was soon reached. 'l'he boats made a landing. As the officers and sailo rs from the ill-fated ship stepped ashore, they were made prisoners. The boats from the forts were making good headway, The men were about to make prisoners of Dick and also, however. Harry when one of the patriot officers happened to apThey were headed diagonally across the river and down proach. stream. The abandoned vesse l was now a mass of flames. It threw up a glare which lighted the country mile around. for a 'l'hc river was revealed to view for a mile up and down. The c& t>tain and officers kept urging the sa ilor s to E'Xert themselves to the utmo st. 'l'he sailors obeyed. They rowed as hard as they could. The patriots had got started first, however. They had seemingly sized up the situation, and had fore seen that the boats from the burning vessel would be headed down the stream. So they had headed diagonally downward and across, from the start, and were now far enough down so that it became almost a certainty that they would be enabled to head the other boats off. When the captain and his officer s became aware of the fact that the chances were that they would be captured, they gave vent to exclamations of rage and disappointment. They kept urging the sailors to "Row!" however. 'l'hey would not give up until they were forced to do so. Closer and closer drew the boats from the forts. / They approached from both sides and were hemming the hip's boats in. At last they were close at hand. "Stop !" cried a commanding voice from one of the lead g boats; "stop rowing at once or we will open fire!" The. men in the boats from the forts-or those who were ot rowing, at least-were armed with muskets, and these ere leveled. The British officers and men saw it would do no good try to offer resistance. It was Major Thay er who was in command of Fort The major had met Dick on two or three occasions in the past, and the instant his eyes fell on lhe youth he rE>cognized him. "Dick Slater!" he exclaimed, in amazement. "Why, what in the name of all that is wonderful were y ou doing aboard that British vessel?" The British captain happened to be near. He starte d and looked at Dick in surprise. He had doubtless heard of Dick, and the fact that the youth was Dick Slater was no doubt a surprise to him. "l\fy friend, here, and myself were captured and taken aboard the vessel by force," explained Dick. "Oh, that was it! Well, it was lucky for you that the vessel caught on fire, then. You would have 6een carried out to sea, otherwise." "Yes, you are right about that." "He set the ship on fire!" cried Harry, who saw Dick was not going to tell this, and who wished his companion to have all the credit that was his due. "What is that! You don't mean to say that you set the vessel on fire, Dick!" exclaimed Major Thayer, in wondering amazement. "Yes," smiled Dick. "I knew it was the only way to keep from being carried out to sea; and then, I owed tfe captain of the vessel a little debt which I thought I could best pay by spoiling his plans.". Dick looked at the captain and smiled as he said this. The man was almost black in the face so great was hiJ rage and mortification. "I don't believe it!" he cried. "You would not have


22 THE LIBERTY. .BOt sl-'' DOUBLE VICTORY. dared do such a thing. You would have feared you would lose your life by doing so." Maj or Thayer laughed. "You do not know Dick Slater, if you think that would have deterred him," he said. "I told you y.ou would be sorry for it if you kept me on board the vessel against my will," said Dick to the captain. "And you really and truly set the vessel on fire?" "Really and truly." "How did you manage to do it?" "My companion, here, and I went down into the bold and kindled the fire." "Ah I" The British officer glared at Dick as if be woUld have been glad of a chance to murder him. No deubt he felt angry enough to do this. He was helpless, however, and all he could do was to glare at Dick in a fierce manner. When the word went around that Dick had set the yessel on fire, a cheer went up for him. He was known by reputatioJ! to all the patriot soldiers: "Hurrah for Dick Slater! Hip I hip I hurrah!" they roared. CHAPTER IX. \ "Oh, I was glad to do that," said Dick. "It always gives me great pleasure to be the means of disconcerting the British and causing them to be captured." "And it will give me great pleasure to do you the little favor of sending you safely back to the city, Dick." Ten minutes later Dick and Harry entered a boat and started back up the river. The British vessel had burned down to the water's edge, and the :fire had been extinguished, so their movements could not be seen. There were a couple of men in the boat to do the rowing. All Dick and Harry had to do was to sit there and take it easy. This they did. It was slow work rowing back up against the current, but the outskirts of the city were reached presently. The men kept on rowing, and made their way well up before heading in toward the shore. They landed at a point where there were no lights. The youths stepped ashore, bade the two patriots goodLy, and stole away. They made their way up from the wharf and were pres ently headed down a wide, long street. "Do you know where we are, Harry?" asked Dick. "Yes, Dick," was the reply; "I have been here before." far are we from the British quartermaster's quar ters?" "Oh, a mile and a half I should say." DIOK .A.OTS A PA.RT. "That isn't far." "Not so very far." The patriots were delighted with the way things had "We can walk it in half an hour." turned out. A British war-sloop had been destroyed. Her officers and crew had been captured. It was something to be pleased with. The British, of course, were not so well pleased. But this was not to be expected. The prisoners were taken into the fort and confined in a strong room. Then Dick had a talk with Major Thayer. He told the major it was important that he get back to Philadelphia at once. The major promptly volunteered to have Dick and Harry taken back to the city in a boat. This was what Dick wished. He thanked the major heartily. "No thanks are necessary, Dick," the major declared; "just see what we succeeded in doing to-night, all be cause of your bravery and daring. There is nothing we should not be willing to do in return." "Yes, easily." The two kept on at a rapid walk. They met a few people. Not a great many, however. It was getting late. The majority of the citizens had gone to bed. The youths were rather glad than otherwise, as they did not care about meeting many people. 'rhey certainly had no desire to meet redcoats. Half an hour later the two reached a building which Harry said was occupied by the quartermaster. It was a large, rambling structure. The youths walked around to the front of the building. There was a gate and a courtway leading into a aqua re court. The farmers could drive in here and unload their pro duce, then turn around and drive out again. "Wagons come here at all times of the day and night," Harry explained.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 23 "I understand," said Dick; "many of them come from a distance, and this place is kept open all the time so that they can enter whenever they get here." "Sam Harris, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Well, what do you want?" "Yes, that is it." "Why, I'll tell ye," said Dick; "ye see, my father, he Dick wished to make a close investigation of the place. told me ter come beer an' ax ye whut ye paid fur meat, _He had a reason for doing so. In company with Harry he stood on the opposite side of the street and looked at the building closely. This was not satisfactory, however. an' corn, an' pertaters, an' ever'thing like thet." The man looked at Dick a few moments, and then said: "Your father is a farmer?" "Yes, sir." He wished to examine the interior of the court and "And he has produce to sell?" building at close range. "Yes, sir; ef he kin get er good priee fur et." But how was he to accomplish this? "Well, I'll tell you what you do, Sam," the man said; He was puzzled to know. "you tell your father to bring on his produce and we will He decided, at last, that the boldest plan would be the guarantee to buy it and pay him twice as much as the best one. rebels will pay, and we'll pay in gold-do you understand? He would walk boldly into the courtyard and pretend We don't ask any one to take worthless paper." that he wished fo make some inquiries regarding the prices "An' ye'll reely pay in gold?" of produce. "We really will." There was danger in pursuing such a course. Dick hesitated. But that would not deter him. "Air ye shore ye hev got ther gold ter pay with?" he He would take the chances. asked, in a doubting tone. If he were to put into execution the plan which he had The man laughed. formed, he must learn regarding the quarter-He was evidently a good-natured fellow. master's way of doing business. He seemed to enjoy Dick's unbelief. Dick turned to his companion. Another man might have become angry, but he took it 'IYou stay here, Harry," he said; "I am going over good-humoredly. there and inside the place." He beckoned to Dick. "Jove you are liable to get into trouble, Dick." "Oh, there is some danger, of course. I shall be careful, however." "Better let me go with you, Dick." "No, I can do better alone, I think. You stay her I will be back before long, safe and sound." Then Dick walked across the street and boldly entered the courtway. Dick was dressed in an exceedingly rough manne:i:. His clothing was that of an ordinary farmer's boy. A poor farmer at that. The youth's clothing was ragged. He did not look like a soldier-at any rate, not in so far as his dress was concerned. Dick thought he would be safe in entering the place. As he entered the courtway a door at the left-hand side opened. The door opened into the quartermaster's office. A man appeared in the open doorway. "Well, who are you?" the man asked. "Me?" said Dick, in a simple manner. "Yes, you." "I'm Sam Harris." "Come in here,'' he said. "Whut fur?" asked Dick, pretending to hang back, and be reluctant. "I wish to show you something." "Whut?" "Come in and see." Dick still pretended to hesitate. He did not wish the man to know that the thing of all things that he desired was to enter the room. "Come in,'' the man insisted; "nothing will hurt you." "Air ye shore ?" The man laughed. "Quite sure." Dick pretended to overcome his reluctance now. He stepped forward and followed the man into the office. He paused and stood looking about the room with an air of assumed suspicion, when he was inside. 'l'he man closed the door and walked across to the other side of the room. There was a sort of combined desk and counter there. The man stepped around behind this counter. "You seemed to doubt my having sufficient gold to pay for your produce when you bring it," he said; "so I thought


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. I would show you that your fears are groundless. See here I" The man drew out a drawer. "Take a look in there,'' the man invited. Dick stepped forward. The drawer was filled almost to the brim with gold I Dick made a great show of surprise. His under jaw dropped. He stared, openmouthed. The man seemed to enjoy the youth's amazement. He smiled. "Well, what do you think now?" he asked. "Do you think we will be able to pay your father for his produce?" "I-I t-think s-so !" stammered Dick, in well-simulated a westricken tones. The man laughed aloud. "You may be sure of it,'' he said; "tell your father to bring along his produce. We will well for it, and pay in gold." ; "All right; I'll tell 'im.,, Then Dick hesitated. He looked all around the room. The man noticed Dick's action. "What is it?" he asked. Dick looked at the drawer filled with gold, and then all around the room again before replying. Then he said; "Ye hain't beer all by yerself, air ye?" The man nodded. "Yes, all alone," he replied. Dick shook his head. He put on a serious look. "I sh'd think ye'd be afeerd ye'd be robbed," 'he said. The man smiled. "Oh, there's no danger. There are others in the build ing, but they are asleep. I could bring them to my assist ance in case I needed help, however." Dick nodded. "Thet's better," he said. "Et would be bad ef ye wuz ter be robbed." "You think there wouldn't be any g?ld for your father in case that should happen, eh?" Dick grinned. "Thet's right." The man lattghed as he pushed the drawer shut. "There would be no danger of that," he said; "there is plmty more gold where this came from, and if it was to be stolen we would have more to take its place." "I'm glad to hear that," said Dick. The man smiled. He came out from behind the counter. He walked to the door and opened it. Dick took this as a hint that he might go. So he moved toward the door. "I'm much obliged ter ye fur showin' me ther gold he said; "I never seed so much gold in all my life. I didn t think theer wuz so mutch in ther whole worl' I" The man laughed. "You will find plenty here, when your father brings the produce," be said; "good-night." "Good-night,'' said Dick. Then he passed out through the doorway. The door closed behind him. Dick walked quickly out through the entrance to the courtway. He hastened across the street. He found Harry standing where he had left him a few minutes before. "Well, you got back safe and sound," said Harry, with a sigh of relief. "Yes,'' replied Dick. "Well, Harry, lead the way to your home. I guess I have done enough for to-night." ".All right,'' was the prompt reply; "I'm ready to quit for to-night, if you are. I must say that I have no fault to find with my first night s work as a soldier, in so far 88 excitement is concerned I" "There was a little bit of excitement mixed up with our experience on that vessel, Harry," said Dick, coollj. ".A little bit I Well, I should say so I" The youths walked rapidly away. Half an hour later they were in the vicinity of Harry's home. They approached from the rear. approached carefully. They thought it probable that there would be one or more of the redcoats on watch. So they stole down the alley as noiselessly as two Indians. If there were redcoats on watch, the youths were too smart for them, for they were not accosted. They reached the back door of Harry's home, and the youth unlocked the door with the key, which he had brought away with him when they left the house. When they were inside the house Harry drew a breath of relief. "Well, I guess we are safe for to-night," he said. The rest of the folks were up still. They were in the parlor. They listened to Harry's story of his and Dick's adventures with great and eager interest.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. 25 Mildred's eyes sparkled as she heard how Dick had set the vessel on fire. All congratulated the youths on their good fortune in causing the destruction of the vessel and the capture of the British, and on their own good luck in escaping. They complimented Dick on his bravery in setting the ves8el on .fire, but he modestly disclaimed the credit for having done anything wonderful. "Hany is entitled to as much credit," he said; "he was in for it the same as I was." Harry blushed, and looked pleased. "But you thought of it, Dick," he said; "I should never have thought of such a thing." The five talked for a while longer, and then separated for the night. Harry took Dick to his room and the youths were soon in bed and asleep. They were up bright and early next morning. After breakfast, Dick and Harry went back upstaii-s, and Dick wrote a long letter. When be had finished it, he folded it and addressed it to Bob Estabrook. Then he turned to Harry. "Harry," he said, "I suppose you can ride a horse?" "Yes, indeed!" was the reply. "Very good; do you think you can find your way to alley Forge?" Harry's eyes sparkled. "That is where the patriot army is encamped," he said. Yes, 1 can find my way there." "Good Do you think you can do so in the nighttime?" "I am sure that I can." "Good, again! Well, I w;ish you to leavfil the city to'ght and ride to Valley Forge." "I'll do it." It was evident that Harry, was eager to undertake the sk. "I wish you to take this letter. When you get there, 1 sh you to go to the quarters occupied by the 'Liberty ys' ai;id ask for Bob Estabrook. When you have found you will give him the letter." 'I shall be glad to do this, Dick." 'I thought you would be." 'And when I have done that-what, Dick?" 'You are to remain under orders from Bob. Whatever tells you to do, you -..vill do; do you understand?" 'I do. And is there to be no message to General "Oh!" There was a disappointed tone to Harry's voice. It was evident that he had wished to be the bearer of a message to General Washington. "You will accompany Bob, when he goes to report to the commander-in-chief, Harry," said Dick. The youth's face brightened. "Good he exclaimed. "I am eager to see General Washington." The youths kept close within doors that day. After supper, however, and as soon as it was dark, they left the house and made their way in the direction of the livery stable where Dick liad left his horse. Dick paid the livery stable man for keeping the horse, and then Harry mounted and rode away, after receiving a few final instructions from Dick. Then Dick made his way back to Harry's home. His work was done for the present. All he could do was to await the action of Bob and the "Liberty Boys." As he could not do anything on the streets, Dick decided that it would be only policy to stay within doors. CHAPTER X. rHE DOUBLE VICTORY. That night, and all next day Dick remained within doors. He did not leave the house until after dark. Then he slipped out the back way and made his way out toward the northern outskirts of the city. When near the edge of the city he took up his _position where he could see every vehicle that came along the street. He settled himself down for a long wait. One, two, three hours passed. Dick waited patiently. It was perhaps half an hour later when the youth's quick ears detected the rumble of wheels. "They are coming!" thought Dick. Presently he could hear the rumble of the wheels quite plainly. Then he saw something looming up in the darkness. He could just make out the outlines, but was sure it was a team and wagon. He walked out into the middle of the street. shington, Dick?" He waited till the horses were close to him, then he Bob will report to the commander-in-chief as soon uttered a peculiar whistle. e has read the letter, Harry." The whistle was answered immediately.


26 THE LIBER'fY BOYS' DOUBLE VICTORY. "It is them, sure enough!" thought Dick. "Good I" The next instant the team was brought to a stop. Dick strode to the wagon and climbed up. "Is it you, Martin?" he asked .. "Yes, Dick," was the low reply from the man on the seat in front. "Good I-and the boys?" "They're in the wagon here." The man stepped back into the office. "Now, fellows., be sure and do your work well I" Dick, in a low, cautious tone. "As soon as he gets up on the side of the wagon, seize him "All right, Dick," came back the reply, in a cautious tone. The man reappeared from the office, now. He had a lantern in his hand. "Good, again. Hello, Bob I" He approached the wagon. "Hello, Dick!" came back from underneath a tarpaulin He climbed up onto the step at the side of the wagonwhich was so arranged that it covered entire wagon-box. box. "Are you all there?" asked Dick. "Allhere, Dick." "Eight of you?" "Eight of us!" "And the rest of the company-are they waiting outside the city limits for us?" "Yes ; I fixed everything just as you told me to in the letter, Dick." "Good!" Then Dick seated himself beside the driver. "Drive on," he said. The man obeyed. Twenty minutes later the wagon approached the building occupied by the quartermaster of the British army. Dick told the driver to drive right in through the courtway. The man obeyed. The courtway was lighted by a couple of lanterns, hanging at each side of the entrance. ''Remember, you are to pose as my father," whispered Dick to the driver. The man, who was a gray-bearded, grizzly-haired old follow, nodded. "I understand," he said. The next instant he brought the team to a standstill Dick lifted the tarpaulin. As he did so the man leaned forward to look at th e produce which he supposed to be there. He found his throat seized by strong hands. Almost before he realized that anything was wrong he had been jerked over the edge of the box, and down into it. The youths had done their work well. The captured man managed to give utterance to one smothered cry, but it was not loud, and Dick did not think any one could have heard it. "Tie his arms, quick!" said Dick. "And gag him! Then come into the office." 'fhe youths in the wagon-box obeyed Dick's instructions to the letter. They had brought ropes along for this purpose. 'l'hey soon had the man bound hand and foot, and gagged. Theu they leaped out of the wagon and hastened into the office, whither Dick had already gone. The drawer which contained the gold was locked, but Dick ran out and felt in the prisoner's pocket and found the key. He hastened back and unlocked the drawer. The youths removed the drawer entire. It was filled with gold, just as it had been on the night in front of the door leading to the quartermaster's office. Dick had seen it. The man in the office had heard the rumble of the The youths carried the drawer out, and placed it in the wheels, doubtless. wagon. At any rate, he now opened the door and stepped out. ..Just as they were leaving the office they heard the It was the same man Dick had seen two nights before ... sounds of a commotion overhead. "How air ye!" called out Dick. "Well, heer we air, with "The redcoats are coming!" said Dick. "We must get thet load uv produce, mister." "Ah, yes; I remember you," said the man, with a smile. "And that is your father, eh? What have you in the way of produce?" "A leetle uv everythin', mister; jes' git up on the side uv ther waggin an' see fur yerself." "Wait till I get a lantern." away in a hurry now!" The driver had turned the team around while the youths were in the office, so as soon as they had placed the drawe r in the wagon and leaped in after it, it was not necessary to lose any more time. "Hurry!" said Dick to the driver. "Get out of here as quickly as possible!"


, TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' D OUBLE VICTORY. 27 -'!' he driver' started the horses and drove out through the All the wounded ones were placed in the wagon and courtway. then the entire party hastened onward, the prisoners bein g As they left the court, several men came running out urrounded by the "Liberty Boys." t hrough the open doorway of the office. They made their way onward all night, and when .morn They gave utterance to wild cries as they saw the wagon ing came Dick saw that he had captured a lot of disappearing. redcoats and Tories. They seemed to understand the situation in an instant. "This is what I should call a double victory, Dick," said "Drive as rapidly as possible," ordered Dick; "those Bob; "we have captured the British gold, and the British f ellows will get horses and give chase." and Tory guards of the gold as well." This proved to be the case. "True, Bob," agreed Dick; "well, I am glad we sucSoon the galloping of horses could be heard. ceeded. The gold will come in han dy." "Ready with your muskets, boys!" said Dick. "We ust discourage them and drive them back, if possible!" The horsemen were soon close at hand. As soon as they could be seen, Dick cried out to them o halt or they would be fired upon The horsemen did not obey the command, however. They kept on coming. Dick gave the order to fire. The "Jiiberty Boys" did so. This did not have the effect of stopping the pursuit, ither. The redcoats kept on coming. They returned the fire. The "Liberty Boys" fired two more v o lleys from their stols, but they could not stop their pursuers "If we can keep them off till we get outside the city mits we will be all right," sai

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Camp. 126 The Bradys and tbe Banker; or, The lllystery of a Treasure Vault For Sale by All Ne\vsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa,re, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out allf.'.. in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by re turn mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS 'l'Al{EN 'J:HE AS 1\10.:-.IEY FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .................... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ..................... LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 PLUCK AND LUCK SECRET SERVICE TEN CENT HAND BOOKS Name ........................... Street an<1 No ................. Town ......... S tate ...


STAGE I :\o. 31. llO\\' '1'0 I-mCO;\ll;; A fourTHE ,. tNn illustrntions, giving the different positions requisite to become Xo. 41. TIIE BOYS OF XJ<;W lOHh. J'.:\Jl. c-rn=--S JQl\.E 1 a good speaker, reade1 and elocutionist. Also containing gems from BOOK.-Containing a of. J?kes u eel the all the popular '.luthors of prose. and poetry, arranged in the most most famous nwn. :\o am,1teu1 els ts complete without simple and comse manner possible. this wonder!ul }1ttle !1?ok., Xo. 49. IIO\\' TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting ile-Xo .. lllE J:IO) 01< XE\\ l:Ohl\. SH ;\II' bates, outlines for debates. <1uestions for discussion. and the best Contammg a n1ried of stump :\e1no. sources for procuring information on the questions given. and Irish. Also end nwn s Jokes. Just the t h111g for home amuse-ment and amateur 'ho11s. SOCIETY. Xo. 4:J. TIIE BOYH YOUK HOW TO FIIRT-The arts and wile of flirtation are ;\XD HOOK.-Homet l1111r: new 11!1!1 nr.v .111sttmt.i\'e E"en 1 fuill' lll this little book the vllrions methods of hoy.s!10uld olJTaiu rhis l!ook. ns 11 inal ams a. u mt o ie nnguage an< srn 11nen o owers, w 1 l k. ob. "'k 11.'1 1 ct" t' b .1 1 f1 '11 of ,1.t "'JlIP achic-e. rnlrs anrl etiquette S"e!11C' ;\rt 1st a Ht'.ig.e .lana,,e ro he ohsC'ned. with roam rnrious and interesting things not ge n80. G{ S \\ JLLIAC\fS ontnmmg the lat-erallr known. est jokes, and funny. _t Ius and \0 17. now TO DUESS.-C'ontaiuing full instruction in the ever populat romedian. :-lixt.i-foni s .handsome nrt of dl'Pssing and 11ppearing well llt home and abroad. giving the colored coer ('ontammi: 11 half-tone phoro of the autho1. seleNions of colors matPri111. and how to hav<' tlwm made up. HOUSEKEEPING. Xo. lG. ITO\Y TO KTmP :\ \Yl ).'DOW full instruC'rions for ('le('( ro magnPtism : together with full inst ru<'lious for mnking Toys. Battel'ies. etc. By George Tl'ehel. A. )J. D. CP worked by eleC'tridty. By R. A. H. Bennett. Fully illustrntNL Xo. Hi'. IIO\Y TO DO ELECTRICAL THTCKS.-Containing a large colle<'t ion of inst rud ile 11nd high I.' amusing elcctdl'al t1ic-ks. together with illustmtious. By A. And1'1-son. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. Hon TO BECO?.rn A \'E:\THILOQrIST. By Ifarry Kennedy. 'l'he se<'ret given aw11,v. intelligent boy reading this book of instru<'tions. hy 11 prnl'lir11J professor (delighting multitudes ev11ry night with his wonderful imit11tions). "an nrnster the art, and ereate amount of fun for himself and friends. 1t is the greatest book !'\'er pnhlished. and there's millions (of fun l in it. No. 20. l!OW TO ENTEHTAIN AN gn.;;-;rxG I'AH'l'Y.-A YPry rnluahle little hook just pnblislwd. A lomp lete l'Om[>Pndiurn of gnmes. sports. cnl diversions. comic rt'C'itntious, etc., snitahlt' for parlor or drawing-room entert11inment. It tontains more for the money than an.1 hook pnhlislwd. :'\o. a:J. IIOW TO PLAY G.nrES.-A complete and useful little hook. coniaining the rules ;lnd regullltions of billi11rds, bagatelle, backgmnmon. troquPt dominoes. et('. No. :rn. HOW TO SOL\-E COXl'XDHl';\IS.-Containing all the lf'acling <'Onnnrlrums of the day, 11musi11g riddles, turious ratches and "itty Xo .. i'.?. HOW TO PLAY CAHDS.-A l'Omplete and haud1 little book. giving the rule" and full directions for plaving guchre' Crib bage, C11sino. I'ort.1-fhe. Bonnee. P edro 8aniho, ))raw 'l'oker. uction l'it"11. All l'ours and many other popular game,, of tards. Xo. GG. Ho" TO IlO Pl'ZZLInsie.t and most appro1Nl m<'t !1ocls f appearing to good adrnntage at halls, the the11tre, C'hurc-h nd in the drnwing-1oom. DECLAMATION. No. 27. TIO\\' TO HF.CITF. AXD HOOK OF Containing the most popular in 11sP. ('Omprising Iluih Fre1wh clialert. Ynnkel! and Iri!ping, taming. hrePntyC'ight ilh1Rtratious, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCE'LLANEOUS. Xo. 8. now TO BECOC-m A RClE:\'l'H;T.-A useful and in str11. IIOW TO COLLECT S'l'Ai\IPS AND COINS.-Con taining \'al1rnble informal ion regardinJ?; lhe collecting and arranging of Htamps 11ml eoins. Handsomely illustrated. No. i>S. IIO\Y TO BE A DETECTlVE.-By Old King Br11dy, the world-known detective. In whieh he lays down some v11lunhle and sensib l e rules for bPginn ers, and also relates some adventures and eXJ)<'riem<>s of wellknown dete('tives. No. ()0. IIO\V TO BECO)fE A PfTOTOGRAPHER.-Containing usdul information l'egarding the Camera and how to work it; also how to make Photographir 1\Iagic Lantern Rlides and othe r Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W No. H2. now TO BECO:\m A WEST POIKT ;\IJJ,JT.\l:Y CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admit t n1we. l'Our e of Study. Flxami1111.tions. Duties, St11ff of OffiC'ers. Post Gu11rd, Police Hegulations. Fire Department, and all a bo.1 ,110111<1 know to be a Cndet. CornpilPd 1111d written by Lu Senarens. author of "'How to Be .. ome a ;\am! Cadet." No. ti.1. HOW 'l'O BECOCIJE .\ XAVAL CADET.-CornplPrr in strnctions of how to g-ain nclmission to the Annapolis Naval AC'ademy. Also eont11ining the C'ourse of instruction. desci-iption of grounds and buildings, historial sketch, and ever.\thin g a hoy shoulcl know to beC'ome an offic-er in the United States Navy. Com Jli]Pd and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Become a WC'st Point :\Iilitary Cadet." PR.ICE 10 Address FRANK CEN'J'8 EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CEN'I'8. TOUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


. HERE'S ANOTHER NEW ONE f Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stori es of th e American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. FAIL TO READ DON'T IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a fai thfu account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Americai youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live: for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matte1 bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys.of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 2 The ,Li?erty Boys' Oath; or. Settling With the British and The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 'lorie:;. 13 The Liberty Boys Luck; or, Fortun e Favors the BraTe. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Wash-, 14 The Liberty Boys' R use; or, Fooling the British. ington. I 15 The Liberty B oys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 4 The Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 16 The J .. iberty Boys Puzzled; or, 'i'he Tories' Clever Schem 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a Minions. Man-of-War. 6 The Libllrty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Haug Us if You can. I jg The Liberty Boys Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 7 The Libeity Boy:; in Demand; or, The Champion Spies of J J9 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. the Revolution. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, ""'hat Might Have Been 8 The L iberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or. Doing Things Up Brow Torie:s. 122 The Liberty Boys at B::iy;. or, The Closest of All. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them1 23 The Liberty Boys on Thell' Mettle; or, Makmg It War selves. for the Redcoats. :LO The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or. A Neck-and-Nec k 24 The Liberty Boys Double Victory; or, Downing the Re Race 'i.Yith Death. coats and Tories. For sal e hy all o r postpaid on r e <'<'l]) t o f 5 per copy, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square. New YorJ IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send it to us with thP price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. .POS'l'AGE lS'l A l U P S 'l'Al\.E.N 'I'll SAM E AS .ll10NEY. i ..................... ........ ......... ......................... ............................ .. I ........................ 1901 FRANK TOUSEY, Publis her, 24 Union Square, Ne11 York. DEA!l Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: .... copies oE 'IORK AKD WIX Nos ............................. PT,lT'K AXD LrOK ........ ................... -.. SEOHET SF.RYTCE ............ ............ .. .. THE LIBERTY BOYR OF '76 .................... .... Ten-Cent Hand Boo kB. Nos ...... ..................... Name Street nnd No ....... .............. .......................... '... Town State .......................


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