The Liberty Boys' good spy work, or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia

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The Liberty Boys' good spy work, or, With the Redcoats in Philadelphia
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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,THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Iuued WeeklJ,1-Bll Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, February 4, 100!. I!Jnterea accordng to Act of Congress, in the 11ear 1901, in the o'(Tice of tne Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. 0., b11 Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 27. NEW YORK, JULY 5, 1901. Price, 5 -Cents. CHAPTER I. AMBUSHED. 'The battle of the Brandywine had been fought. The British had been successful. The patriot army had been defeated. The British had lost as many men as had the patriots, but they had a much larger force, and could afford to lose more men. The victory had been dearly won, however. The patriots had been defeated, and forced to retreat Philadelphia, but they were still full of fight. Tlie patriot army retreated slowly. Behind it, following slowly along, was the British army. The battle of the Brandywine had taught General Howe 1 a lesson. It had taught him to have the utmost respect for the fighting abilities of the patriot soldiers. He had lost a thousand men in that battle. He was not at all eager to begin another. True, he was determined to capture Philadelphia, but he to, if possible, capture the city without having to en gage in another battle. But could he do this? He intended to try to do so. So he followed along behind the retreating patriot army, a:nd watched and waited. It was remarkable that, although they had been defeated, the patriot soldiers were not a whit discouraged. They had lost much of their baggage. Tents, blanketit articles of clothing had been left behind. Hundreds were barefooted. \ Yet they were cheerful, and had the British made an attack, they would have met with such resistal:tce as would have astonished them. But. Howe did not intend to offer battle, if there was the east chance of securing the prize for which he was working Philadelphia-without doing so. At last the armies were at a point about eighteen miles est of Philadelphia. The British army began a march northward, by a little eastward. This direction, if followed a few miles, would bring them to a well-known ford acrrss the River. Washington made up his mind that Howe intended cross ing the river at the ford, and marching down upon Phila-' delphia from the north. He accordingly crossed the Schuylkill, so as to be ready to meet the British, and offer them battle. To General Washington's amazement, however, the British did not cross at the ford. They reached the river at that point, but instead of cross ing, they marched on up, along the west bank of the stream. \Vhat could it mean? Washington asked himself this question, but could not answer it. Neither could General Greene, or any of the other officers offer an explanation. "I admit that I am puzzled," said General Greene. "I cannot think why he would march on up the river, when as we know it is his ambition to capture Philadelphia." "General Howe is always doing something which no one would expect a man in his position to do," said General Washington. "True," agreed Greene; "that four hundred mile sail around and up Chesapeake Bay, for instance, to accomplish what might have been accomplished by a sail of seventy-five miles up the Delaware River." "He is tricky, however," said the commander-in-chief of 1 the patriot army; "we will have to watch him. He may have some ulterior motive in making this movement." Then Washington beckoned to an orderly. "Orderly," he said, "find Dick Slater, the captain of the 'Liberty Boys,' and send him to ine at once." The orderly saluted, andhastened away. A few minutes later a handsome, manly-looking youth of perhapEt eighteen years of age, appeared before General Washington. This youth was Dick Slater, captain of a company known as "Liberty Boys of '76." He was also famous as a spy.


He was the most daring and successful scout and spy in I the patriot army. Consequently he was a great favorite with the comHad there been more than one, there would, he was con fident, have been more than one shot fired. Dick hoped to be able to get across the stream before the mander-in-chief. 1 l urking foe could have time to reload his :inusket. Dick Slater saluted. It took but a few moments to finish crossing, and tben, as "You sent for me, Your Excellency?" he asked. Dick rode up the bank of the river, he caught a glimpse of a "Yes, Dick; I have some work for you." man just within the edge of the timber. "I am ready to.go about the work at once, sir." The fellow was working with all his might to finish load" I knew you would be. What I wish you to do is to ing his rifle before Dick could reach him. cross the river and follow the British .I expected that they He did not succeed, however. would cross the river at the ford, but they did not, and now Dick urged Major forward, and was upon the fellow in a I don't know what to make of their action in continuing on jiffy. up the stream. I am suspicious that there is some ulterior He drew a pistol as he drew near, and coming to a stop, motive concealed in the movement, and I wish you to, if c overed the man with it. possible, find out what it is." Dick saw at once that the man was not a British soldier. "I will do my best to do so, Your Excellency," said Dick, quietly. "Shall I go at once?" "At once, Dick." Dick saluted, and returned to the point where the com pany of "foberty Boys" were stationed. A year before, while on a spying expedition over on Long Island, the British army being stationed there at that time, Dick had captured a splendid horse. Dick had named the horse "Major." 'rhis horse had just been brought into camp that morning by the men whose duty it was to take care of the horses not in use, and Dick sent one of the "Liberty Boys" to get Major for him, while he exchanged his uniform for a rough suit of citizen clothing. It would not do to go on a scouting and spying expedition wearing the continental blue. By the time the youth returned with the horse, Dick was ready. Bob Estabrook, a member of the company and Dick's nearest and dearest friend, wished to accompany Dick, but the youth thought it better that he should go alone. Bob was plainly disappointed,-but he did not insist. He felt that Dick knew best. Dick mounted Major. Then, bidding the youths good-bye, be set out. He rode to the ford, and started to cross. He was about half way across, when there came the sharp crack of a musket, and a bullet whistled past Dick's head. Dick was startled. He bad not been expecting anything of kind He did not turn back, however. Instead, he set his teeth grimly together, ud urged Major forward. Romebow, he believed there was not more than one person He was dressed in a rough, hunter-like costume, and was uncouth in appearance. He was evidently greatly taken aback by Dick's sudaen appearance, though he strove not to show it. "Drop that gun,'' ordered Dick. The fellow hesitated, and looked at Dick, and then around him. "Drop that gun, at once, or die!" again ordered Dick. This time his tone was so stern and grim that the fellow did not dare disobey. He let go of his rifle, and irdropped to the ground with a thud. "What ye comin' at me thet way, fur?" he asked, sutlenly. "Why am I coming at you in this mannei: ?" "Yas." Dick looked the fellow straight in the eyes \ "I'd like to ask you a question," he said grimly; "and when you answer it, then, perhaps, I shall answer yours." The fellow shifted his feet, and looked uneasy. "Whut d'ye wanter ax me?" "What I wish to ask you is this: Why did you shoot at me just now?" The fellow avoided Dick's gaze, shifted uneasily and turned pale. "Answer!" cried Dick, sternly. He gave the pistol a shake, and the man threw up his hands, and cried out: "Don't shoot, mister I Don't shoot!" "Answer, and I will not shoot. Why did you shoot at me?" "I-I-didn't shoot at ye, mister." The :fellow's voice trembled. His teeth were chattering. on the other side of the river. 1 He was plainly terribly :frightened.


LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. "You didn't shoot at me?" "Very well," said Dick; "I shall accept your statement as Dick's tone implied unbelief. being true, and I am going to let you go fre&--this time. I "No-o-o, mister!" advise you, however, to keep away from the British, and "What did you shoot at, then?" have nothing more to do with them. If you are caught aid"I-I---s-shot at a--a s-squirrel." ing them in any way, shape or form, another time, you will Dick laughed aloud. be shot. Do you understand?" This statement was so absurd, on the face gf it, that he "Yas, mister. I'll keep erway frum ther Britishers, an' I could not help it. won't he'p 'em no more!" .But his laughter had a stern, scornful ring to it that was "See to it that you do not. Now pick up your rifle and more terrifying to the man than Dick's stern words had go." been. The fellow picked up his rifle, and with a nod, hastened ''My friend," said Dick, in a particular, quiet, yet stern away through the timber. Evidently he was glad to escape and threatening tone, "you are talking to one who has so easily. hunted since he was big enough to carry a rifle, and who Then Dick rode away in the direction taken by the has killed hundreds, yes thousands of squirrels, and I must British army. tell you that I am well aware of the fact that the man who shoots a squirrel, always shoots upward, into the top of a tree. The bullet you fired, a few minutes ago, whistled past CHAPTER U. my head, when I was out on the middle of the river. So your story of shooting at a squirrel is false on the face of it. A DANGEROUS ERRL""D. You tried to kill me!" The fellow turned paler still It was not difficult for him to overhaul the British. He began to realize, now, that he was in a dangerous posiThe soldiers were for the most part on foot, while he tion. was on horseback. l "D-don't s-shoot me !" he stammered; mean ter kill ye, only make ye go back." 1 "Why did you wish me to go back?" "I-I--didn't Dick did not venture to approach very near, however. He did not wish to risk being captured. He would wait till nightfall, and then when the Brit"W'y, I didn't keer whether er not ye come ercross, er ish went into camp, would try to !!lip into their encamp whether ye didn't, but one uv them sojers whut went erlong ment and learn something that would be of value to Gen erwhile ergo, he sed ter me thet ef I'd stay beer at ther ford, eral Washington. an' shoot enny feller ez tried ter come ercross, he'd giv' me Presently, when Dick came to a hill, he paused, dismount-er gol' sovrun, an' I sed I'd do ed and tied his horse, and then climbed a tree. "Ah. So that was the way of it, eh?" He wished to get a view of the entire force of the "Yas; he giv' me ther sovrun, an' I stayed beer, an' when British. ye kim erlong, I thort I'd skeer ye back; so I ups an' shoots He was enabled to do so. cluss ter ye. I didn't try ter hit ye, I'll sw'ar I didn't. Ef I hed wanted ter, I c'u'd er done et. I kin hit er squirrel at thet di!>tance. I jes' thort I'd skeer ye, and make ye go back; but ye didn't skeer wuth er cent." Dick eyed the fellow closely while he was talking, and made up his mind the man was telling the truth. s 1 "Well, my friend," he said, when the other had finished his explanation, "I will say that I believe you are telling the truth. I must say, however, that I believe you to be a man who sympathizes with the Briti11h; in other words, a Tory." "No, I hain't, mister!-! sw'ar I.hain't !" the fellow cried, hastily. "Are you sure?" Dick eyed the fellow searchingly. "I sw'ar et_, I tell ye I I hain't no Tory." They were marching along up the river. "I wonder where they are going?" thought Dick. "This is a very strange affair. I do not understand it." Then Dick turned his eyes across the river. As he did so a cry of amazement escaped him. "Great Guns!" he "yonder is our army, nearly captured! And the men are moving n?rthward on the double quick! I wonder what that can mean? I thought it was the intention of the commander-in-chief to remain where he was when I left him-at least until the meaning of the mo"l'.ement of the British army was fathomed.'' Dick watched both armies for a few minutes, and then he made up his mind that he understood the meaning of the movement of the patriot army.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. General Washington had decided to march nlong parallel with the British, and be in readiness to offer battle, should tb they attempt to cross the river. Dick was only partially correct. m The :fact of the matter was, that Washington had sud denly bethought himself that at Reading, which was some distance up the river, a lot of supplies :for the use of the patriot army had been collected. He made up his mind that in some way Howe had learned of this, and was on his way there to capture the c provisions and other supplies. The men quickly faced about, and to Dick's great sur prise, started back southward on the double quick. In an instant it fl.ashed upon Dick what this meant. The British were going to try to get back to Norris town, cross the river before the patriots could reach th point, and then march upon Philadelphia with nothing in their way to interfere. He was confident this was Howe's plan. "General Washington must be informed of this move ment of the British immediately!" thought Dick, and he came down out of the treetop in which he had been perched v en course, the commander-in-chief of the continental with a rush. I army could not permit this. Leaping into the saddle, he urged Major toward the r The supplies were too valuable. river. So he had at once. given the order to march northward "I mst cross, and reach and stop our army at the l on the double-quick. earliest possible moment!" murmured Dick. He must reach Reading ahead of the British. The British had had considerable the start, but when Dick saw them, as told above, the redcoats were not more than half a mile farther advanced toward the north than the patriots. But Howe was playing a deeper game than this. It is doubtful if he even knew of the fact that the supplies were at Reading. At any rate, it was not his intention to proceed there for the purpose of securing the provisions, etc. But Washington could not know this. He was soon at the river. He crossed and rode away at a gallop. He soon overtook the patriot army. He hastened at once to General Washington, and told him the news. The commander-in-chief was surprised. He was relieved as well. "I see Howe's plan now," he said to General Greene; "he is going to hasten back to Norristown, cross to this side of the river, and march southward upon Philadelphia." "Then we must hasten back and head him off!" ex-He could only reason from surface indications, and there claimed Sullivan. was absolutely nothing to be gained, so far as he could see, in going northward as t he British were doing. unless they intended to capture the supplies. So he acted just as he would have acted had he known that this was the intention of the British. The commander-in-chief shook his head. "No," said the chief; "we will let him go. Our men are in poor condition, and we could hardly hope to be suc cessful in a fight with them. They would capture Philadelphia sooner or later, and by letting them execute this Dick descended from the tree, his horse, ana move undisturbed, they will likely become careless, and rode onward. will give us a chance at them a little later en. I am so As he rode, he kept thinking of what he had just relieved that they were not going up to Reading to secure seen. our provisions, that I am quite willing to let them execuK He wondered what it really meant, and why the patriot this maneuver undisturbed. Then, when they have moved army was proceeding northward on the double quick. The patriot army marched through Norristown, and on to Pottstown, both these towns being on the east side of the river, and the patriots were now fully abreast the Britsouthward, we will move after them, and keep our eyes open for an opportunity to strike them a severe blow." "I think your plan is a wise one, General Washington,' ; said Greene; "but don't you think it would be a gooO. ish army. iclea for us to face about and start back, as if trying to head Dick thought he had noted a disposition to lag, in the them off?" British ranks for the last half hour or so, and presently "I think so, General Greene. It will make them feel he discovered what this portended. more exultant, and will conduce to making them more Suddenly the British army came to a halt. careless and confident in the future." It was at a point nearly opposite Pottstown. and was "So it will. Will you give the order now, your excelscreened from the observation of the patriot army by lency ?" "At once!" b


THE LlBEHTY noys GOOD SPY WORK. 5 This was indeed pleasing to the proud-spirited Cornr patriot army quickly paused, and then the men wallis. -faced. He sat on his horse with as much dignity and grace as n, at the order, they started again, and marched back could King George, whom he loved so well. he course which they had just traveled. His heart swelled with pride. e y did not move at double-quick, however. He realized that in Philadelphia he and his brother offi-leral Washington had made up his mind to let the cers would be able to s pend a seasvn of enjoyment. h get across the river and put their plan in operation. Certainly the Tories would do their best to make things ten they were yet half a mile away from Norristown, pleasant for the redcoats. ntire British army had crossed, and was marching They imagined that it was only a question of time when ard, with banners flying and dr'ums beating. the British would triumph, and the American people would ve thought he had outwitted and outgeneralled hi.s have to submit again to the yoke of a tyrant. was, as a consequence, in high spirits. laughed and joked with the members of his staff, )Oasted of how he had outwitted that "old fox of a : ington." 'hiladelphia is ours!" he exclaimed, grandiloquently; rebel capitol is ours, and we will speedily bring the ; to terms!" others agreed with him, a11 in duty bound. te majority were of the same opinion, however, so they ot have to play the hypocrite in coinciding in the of their commander-in-chief. e patriot army kept after the British for two days, hen went into camp at a point about ten miles north ermantown. e British went into camp at Germantown, which was t six miles out from Philadelphia. the same day Cornwallis, with the other portion of the l sh army, marched into with g, drums beating and his men dressed out in their test uniforms. e was accorded a royal welcome. '3 patriot citizens of Philadelphia had hastily packed ii left the city as soon as the news of the defeat of .t1fltriots at Brandywine reached them. e result was that the Tories were in almost comcontrol when the British entered the city. few patriots who had been very careful and had acted 1 to make people think they were neutral had remained. hey felt that they were taking chances, but they were i ng to risk it, in order to escape the inconveniences and mforts of and exile. ;hey knew they would have to -be very circumspect in behavior, however. e Tories, as a matter of course, were delighted. ey welcomed Cornwallis joyously. ey cheered the British soldiers to the echo. e redcoats received an ovation all along the line. So they welcomed this opportunity tci toady to the redcoats. / There was no difficulty in finding quarters for the soldiers. The city was full of untenanted "houses-the houses left vacant by the patriots who had fled, and the redcoats took possession of these. They could not have had things nicer. They certainlj appreciated it. They had been on board .Admiral Howe's warships for weeks, and then after landing, had been marching for several more weeks. They had become very tired of all this. Camp life was anything but pleasant. To be quartered in comfortable houses was indeed a luxury. / The redcoats hoped that they would remain in Philadel phia a long time. Their hopes were to be realized. The majority of them were destined to remain in Phil adelphia several months-but of that, anon. General Howe came into the city that same evening. He remained over night with General Cornwallis, and next day both officers took a look over Philadelphia and then discussed the situation thoroughly. General Howe was quite as well plea sed as General Cornwallis had been. He was very well satisfied. Indeed, he was happy. He had defeated Washington at the Brandywine and had captured Philadelphia. Why should he not be, happy? But General Washington did not intend to let the British rest easy, if he could help it. He was determined to strike them a severe blow just when they were feeling the most secure. To that end, he must learn how the British troops at Germantown were stationed.


r 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. This would be absolutely necessary, if he were to suehe was going upon an errand which might easily end in ceed. his death. To this end, tbe commander-in-chief sent for Dick Slater. When he wished to learn anything regarding the British, he always sent for Dick. 'fhe youth was always so successful that General Wash ington felt safe in sending him on the most difficult errands. Dick was only too eager to go. General W ashingtoJl gave him full instructions regarding what he wished to learn. Dick was to enter the "British lines, if possible to do so. He was to observe carefully the location of all the various troops. He was to learn all he could, and then he was to return. Dick felt ijiat he would succeed. He had so before, why not ag.ain? Dick felt that he had never gone on a more important expedition than this one on which he was getting ready to sta!t, and he made up his :inind to exercise all the care possible. He must enter the British lines. He must do so without his identity being suspected. To this end he would have to be well disguised. Rut i;uch was the case. CHAPTER III. DISCOVERED. Dick walked briskly onward. As he had figured on doing, he reached the vicinity of Germantown by seven o'clock. Be paused and waited until it became dark. Then he set out again and by exercising great caution, managed to slip past the pickets and get into town. O.f course, as he came from the north, he entered the town at the north side--0r rather at the north end, the town consisting of one street a mile in length. There was quite a hill at this point. Dick reached the top of the hill and started south down the street. He went but a short distance before stopping. At the left hand side of the road, well back in the mid s t of extensive grounds, was a large house. Light streamed from all the windows. 'l'he sound of music came from the house. On two or three occasions Dick had rigged himself up as "I wonder what is going on there?" thought Dick. a farmer's boy, and he had found this to be the most efHe decided to find out. fective disguise he had ever made use of. He had plenty of time. He uecided to make use of this disguise again. In work such as he was engaged upon, he coula n o t He went to a farmhouse nea:rby and procured an old afford to pass anything by. cast off suit of clothes. Returning to the encampment, he doffed his uniform and donned the rough suit of clothes. It was best to investigate everything that came up. He had always found this to be the case. It had paid him well to do so on more than one occasion. Arrayed in the old suit with heavy cowhide shoes and an He had secured valuable information where he had in old slouch hat, Dick looked the typical farmer boy of that r e ality expected nothing. region to the life. At about three o'clock that afternoon he set out afoot. He was headed southward. In that direction, twelve miles distant, Jay the British encampment. Dick could easily walk three miles an hour, and this would take him to the British encampment by o'clock in the evening. Dick climbed over the fence and made his way to the house. He approached cautiously. He feared there might be dogs about. 'l'o have a barking cur come rushing out at him, would be unpleasant. If there were any dogs about the place, Dick succeeded in evading them, however, for none put in a.n appearance. As he walked along the road, whistling a lively air, one would have thought be had not a care in the world. l 1 No one would have suspected that this seeming country was the noted 'PY fa the patriot Mmy md that Dick reached the house. He took up a position at a window and looked in. It was a gay and lively scene upon which his eyes rested The room into which he looked was a large one.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. 7 In the room were many gentlemen and ladies. There were a few gentlemen in citizens' clothes, but the majority wore the uniforms of British officers. The ladies were finely dressed and many of them were beautiful. "Ah I I think I understand,'' thought Dick. "This is tbe home of some Tory-evidently a rich one-and he is giving a reception in honor of the British." Among the officers, Dick saw Generals Howe and Corn These two gentlemen seemed to be enjoying themselves very much. In fact, this was the case with all the officers. He remembered that he was disguised as a farmer's boy. This being the case, it would be necessary for him to act as a farmer's boy would probably act under the same circumstances. A farmer's boy would certainly be frightened. So Dick pretended to be terribly frightened. He raised his hands above his bead, and his legs shook so violently as to make the onlooker think their owner was aLou t to fall to the ground. '' D-d-don't ye shoot, mister!" said Dick in a trem bling voice. "I-I-h-hain't be'n d-doin' nothin', mister!" "You haven't been doing anything, eh?" _The ladies, too, seemed very well pleased. 'N-no, mister." The bright, brilliant uniforms, tM gold braid and "Weren't you looking through that window just now?" epaulettes seemed to catch their fancy. "Y-yes, mister; but there wuzn't enny harm in that, wuz As Dick looked upon this, a feeling of bitterness came there?" over him. "Well, I don't know about that. Why were you looking Here were the British officers at a grand reception, I enin there?" joying themselves hugely while the patriot officers and sol"I wanted to see what they wuz doin', mister." diers were forced to sit and lie about camp fires out in the open air exposed to all kinds of weather. They were poorly clothed, hundreds of the soldiers being barefoot and half the time they did not have enough to eat. Dick did not like Tories anyway. He thought a great deal less of them than be did of the British, and the sight upon which he was gazing did not lessen his dislike for Tories. "I hope the day will come when such men as the owner of this house will have occasion to repent in sackcloth and aches having aided and abetted the British in this man ner," thought Dick. He watched the scene for perhaps ten minutes. Then he turned away from the window. As be did so,-a stern voice greeted his hearing. "Halt I Hands up!" Not ten feet distant stood a British soldier. He was plainly visible in the light which streamed out through the window. The redcoat held a musket in his bands. It was leveled full at Dick's head. Dick was astonished and somewhat startled. But he was not dismayed. He had been in too many dangerous situations to quail before the muzzle of a musket. "Oh, you did?" "Yes, mister." "Who a:i:e you?" the British soldier asked abruptly. "I'm Sam Billings." "Sam Billings, eh?'' "Yeil, mister." "Where do you live?" "Out in ther "What are you doing in town at this time of night?" "I came arter some medicine," ,, "Oh, somebody sick, eh?" "Yes, mister; my brother is sick." "Well, he's liable to die if you fool around here half thElr night peeking in windows. You don't seem to take his1 sickness much to heart." "Well, he ain't so very sick." Dick bad now become somewhat fearful. As he looked at the redcoat, he became convinced that he had seen the fellow before. In that case, the fellow had probably seen him. This being true, the redcoat might recognize him at any moment. 'rhen there would be trouble. Dick was careful to keep his back toward the light. Also he kept his head dropped forward, so that his hat In such instances as this, Dick's mind always acted very brim would shade his face as much as possible. swiftly. He made up his mind that he must get a.way from there In an instant, almost, bis mind grasped the full situa-as quick as possible. tion, and he decided upon his course of procedure. To this end, he said:


... 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. "I guess I had better be goin', mister; my brother might be gettin' worse." the redcoat remarked, drily; "you thought of that rather suddenly, didn't you?" Dick was sure he detected an undertone of suspicion in the fellow's remark. He began to feel somewhat alarmed "Well, ye made me think of it, mister;" he said; "an' now that I have thought of et, I guess I hed better be goin'." "Wait a minute," said the redcoat, "don' t be in a hurry." "I hain't been, mister." "I'm aware of that," w.ith a dry chuckle; "but as you have delayed this long, you might as well delay a little longer. I think I shall have to take a good look at your face before I let you go." This was what Dick had feared. "Whet do ye want t,er look at my face for?" he .asked innocently. "Oh, I want to see if I know you." So he decided to obey the order of the soldier. He pushed his hat back, and turned so that the lighia1 shone upon his face. The soldier looked at Dick for eeveral minutes. At :first there was eo sign of recognition on his face. ti Presently a puzzled, perplexed look appeared in his11 eyes. b He took a step nearer, and looked at Dick's face very closely and searchingly. Dick set his teeth hard. He felt that he was about to be recognized. 1 And he was preparing for the struggle which would come immediately afterward. The redcoat knitted his brows. "I've seen you before, somewhere!" he declared, positively. "I don't think ye hev, mister," said J?ick. "Yes, I have!" "Ye mebby hev seen somebuddy whut looked like me." "No, sir; I have seen you!-but where, that's the "Ye don't know me, mister; I never saw you before, an' question?" ye couldn't hev ever seen me afore." "Well, I'm going to satisfy myself on that point, anyway. You might be a rebel spy in disguise.'r "Oh, but I hain't, mister." "Maybe not; we'll make sure, however. Push your hat back and turn around so the light will shine on your face." Dick asked hi_mself what he should do. "Ye shorely mus' be mistook, mister." "No, I am not!" Dick said no more. He felt that itwould do no good. Then, too, the fellow might remember his voice. He simply stood there, firm and silent, and waited. He stood the scrutiny unflinchingly .___ There was nothing in his outward appearance to iil"diIf he refused to do so, the redcoat would, of course, cate that he was on terrible nervous strain. at once stamp him as a spy. He would then have to fight for his freedom. There would be a disturbance. The house was full of British officers, while all around, at no great distance were hundreds of redcoats. He would have difficulty in escaping. But such was the case. He wished the redcoat would get through looking at him. "It'll all come back to him in a flash, presently," thought the youth; "and then the trouble will begin." This proved to be the case. Worse than that, it would put the British guard. on theiT Suddenly Dick, who was watching the fellow as closely as the fellow was watching him, saw the light of recognition They would know a spy was in their midst. fl.ash into the soldier's eyes. They would be on the lookout, and it would be an exAn exclamation escaped the redcoat. tremely difficult matter for him to secure any information. "I have it I" he cried, his voice ringing out triumphantly; On the other hand, if he allowed the fellow to -see his "I know .who you are now! You are Dick Slater, the rebel face, Dick feared he would be recognized. spy!" Then there would be trouble just the same. On the whole, however, there was a chance that the red coat would not recognize him. So Dick thought it worth while to take advantage of the chance. If he refused, he was sure to get into trouble; if he

THE LIBER'rY BOS' GOOD SPY WORK. L He could not avoid trouble. If he escaped capture, he would have to act promptly effectively. Dick did so. As the redcoat uttered the words, "You are Dick Slater, the rebel spy," Dick caught hold o:f the musket with his slift hand, and with his right dealt the redcoat a terrible blow full on the jaw. A cry of pain escaped the :fellow. He went down like a log. Dick whirled around on his heel, at the same time bringDick felt about quick and carefully. He found a couple of bolt.a. He shot them into place. None too soon, however. He heard steps of someone coming down the cellarway. Then he heard some one lift the latch. Whoever it was, tried the door. Of course, it refused to open. "He didn't come down this way," said a voice; "the cellar door is bolted on the inside." Dick smiled as he listened. ing the musket around in a wide sweep. "I am glad that you have come to that decision!" he e Then he let go of the weapon, and it went :fl.yin,.g away thought. "It will make it easier for me to follow out my into the darkness. There was a thud, and a wild cry of pain. The musket had struck some one who had undoubtedly 'been hastening to the spot. Dick heard the redcoats go back up the steps. The outside cellar door went down with a slam. "Well, there's one astonished redcoat, anyway!" thought wonder what sort of a place I have got into, anyway?" Dick, grimly. He decided to find out. "I am safe for the present," thought Dick; "now L Dick lost no time in getting away from there. He hastened around the corner o:f the house. He found himself at the rear. He stumbled against something. He discovered that it was an outside cellarway. A thought struck Dick. Might he not get into the house by way o:f the cellar? He w.ould try. I He lifted one of the slanting doors, and made his way d.owu the steps, letting the door down over him as he went. He found the latch of the door which opened into the cellar. \ He lifted the latch and pushed against the door. It opened! "Good!" thought Dick; "I was afraid it would be bolted!" He passed through into the cellar. It was so dark in there that he could not see his hand before his face. This did not matter, however. He could feel his way about. Just as he passed through the doorway, he heard the oound of footsteps outside. He could hear excited voices also. "The fellow I knocked down has given the" alarm!" thought Dick. He began feeling his way cautiously along. ,. He had to go slow. He did not know what he might run into. He searched around for several minutes, and made his way here and there, and finally he found the steps which led to the ground floor of the mansion. He made his way carefully up the steps. He tried the door at the top. It opened to his touch. He was careful to open it only a few inches. He looked through the opening. He was looking into the kitchen. Re had hoped to find the room unoccupied. But he was disappointed. There was a woman in the room. Evidently she was the cook. Dick hoped that she might leave the room presently, on an errand of some kind. Then he would slip out, and try to make his. way upstairs. For he had thought of a plan which he thought would prove to be a good one. He knew that he was in a large house. It was at east two and a half stories high. Dick thought that he would be able to get a bird's eye Then Dick bethought himself that the redcoats might view of the entire encampment of the British from the investigate the cellarway. attic of the building. He quickly closed the door. And he had made up his mind to slip upstairs. As he did so, he heard one of the cell11r doors come He would go up into the attic, remain all night, and Jpen. then on the morrow he could take observations, and make


6 ce Sl lL er w tr ff e, Sl P a f c. 0 r ( 10 'THE LIBERTY BO'S' GOOD SPY WORK. plans of the positions of the various divisions of the British army. DicK pulled the door almost shut. He left only a very small crack, through which he could keep watch. He waited at least half an hour. 'l1hen his patience was rewarded. The cook left the kitchen in response to a call from another room. This was Dick's opportunity. He embraced it. In a case of this kind, decisive and prompt action was absolutely necessary. It would not do to hesitate. The spy who would hesitate to act would be a failure. And Dick was far from being a failure. He opened the door quickly and noiselessly. He stepped out into the kitchen, clpsing the cellar door behind him as he did so. Dick was sure that there would be a back stairway leading from the kitchen to the upstairs rooms. And he was right. He saw the door,..leading to the stairway at a glance. He hastened across the kit.chen. He went on tiptoe, so as to make no noise. In crossing the room, he passed a table on which were dozens of fine cakes and pies. Dick understood what this meant. There was to be a grand banquet held that evening. These fine cakes and pies, and other good things were intended for tickling the palates of the British officers. Dick was hungry. He had had no supper. He made up his mind that he might as well have some of the good things as to let the redcoats have them all. So he grabbed up three pies and a cake. On the table was a small pail filled with water. Dick seized this, also. He was thirsty even now. He would be parched with thirst before morning, if he did not get some water to drink. So he was glad of a chance to secure some. Holding onto the cake and pies, and to the pail of water, Dick hastened on across the room. Reaching the door, he opened it. A glance up the stairway showed him that the coast was clear. He passed through the doorway, and closed the door. Then he began a cautious ascent of the stairs. He made his way slowly up, and when he reached floor above, he found himself in a hallway. r ) 'l'he hallway extended toward the front of the but Dick had no desire to go in that direction. He was afraid he might encounter some one who woulf} give the alarm, and then his plan would be spoiled. He decided to make his way to the attic without delay. > The continuation of the stairway, leading to the secorn. floor, or attic, was close at hand, and Dick had no diffi culty in finding it, as the hallway was lighted by candle< placed at intervals of a few feet. Dick opened the door, and passing through, closed it and made his way up this stairway. It was dark here, and Dick had to feel his way. When he reached the top of the stairs, he placed his cake! pies and pail of water on the floor, and went back down the stairs. He cautiously opened the door and looked out. There _was no one in the hallway. Dick stepped into the hall, and quickly appropriating a couple of candles, he hastened back. He just did get through the doQrway and get it closed iri time. A couple of British officers entered the hallway at the farther end, just as Dick pulled the door shut. !I. Had he been five seconds later, he would have been seen. As it was, he escaped detection. tJ He made his way up to the top of the stairs, and began) making an t As he had suspected, this was the main attic, and c ontained the servants' rooms. It would not do for him to try to remain here. He would discovered, sure. Dick felt confident there was a second attic, however, and he began looking for the stairs leading to it. He found the stairs presently. They consisted of a narrow flight of steps, running up at a very steep angle. This did not matter to Dick. He could climb them. It diJ not take him long to carry his cake, pies and pail of water up the stairs, and when he had done this, he 1 closed the door and bolted it. "There! I feel better!" he thought, with a sigh of relief. "I don't think they will discover my presence ups here, and I can take it easy until morning." Dick had extinguished one candle, and by the light of tl the other he proceeded to eat his supper. d "This is somewhat richer food than I have been ac-


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. -,.... to," the youth thought, with a smile; "but I uess I can stand it for this once." He enjoy e d the pie and cake immensely. There was plenty of water to last him till next day, and e felt that he was very nicely situated. He almost laughed aloud as he thought oi the surprise !lf the cook when she found on e of her cakes and three of pies missing. fi "She will wonder where they have gone!" he thought; I don t think she will .find out in a hurry!" Dick spent the night in perfect security. He was wide awake when morning came. The sun came up bright and clear. There was a window in the room in which Dick had e}pent the night. From it he could see the town and the country for miles round. There was another attic room. In it were three windows, and he was enabled to see in gihe other directions. He had pap e r, quill and ink, and he spent half the day taking observations and drawing up plans of the location bf the various divisions of the British army. When Dick had at last completed this work, he heaved In order to get out of doors, Dick would have to go through the kitchen. It would be difficult to accomplish this without being seen by the cook. Dick opened the door at the foot of the stairs an inch or two and looked out. It was as he had feared. The cook was in the kitchen. Dick's idea was to cross the kitchen to the door opening upon the stairs leading down into the cellar, and go down into the cellar and out the way he had come in. But it would be impossible to do this as long as the cook was in the room. He would have to wait. This he did. He had to wait at least an hour. At the end of tha.t time the cook having fini s hed her w o rk, extinguished the light and left the kitchen. Dick waited only a few minutes longer. Then he stepped out into the kitchen. He made his way across the room, opened the door lead ing to the cellar stairs, and made his way down into the cellar. It was very dark, but Dick did not have much difficulty in sigh of satisfaction. r e aching the door leading to the outside cellarway. There," he murmured; "I think that with the aid of R e aching the door he unbolted it. his General Washington will be able to make an attack He opened the door, passed through and made his way ri. t he British with great advantage. Now, the next thing u p the steps. o do_ is to get back to him with it." This was the thing, sure enough How was he to accomplish it? Clearly he would have to wait till after nightfall to ake the attempt. He would not dare risk it in the daytime. The afternoon moved away slowly. It is always the case when one is waiting. Dick did not suffer from hunger or thirst, however. He had som e of the pie and cake left and also some of Evening came at last. Dick thought it best not to fry to escape from the house .\lt to o early an hour, howeve: so he waited till about nine He lifted one of the outside cellar doora. He lifted it cautiously. He thought it probable that there were sentinels about. His experience of the night before had taught him this. It was almost as dark outdoors as it had been in the cellar. H e could not have seen a sentinel at a distance of three yards. Dick stepped up out of the cellarway and was lowering t he door whe n it s lipped out of his grasp and went down with a crash. "Jovel that'll bring somebody here in a jiffy thought Dick. "I must get awa y from here in a hurry." At this instant the sound of hurrying footsteps came to Dick's ears I 1 'rhen he decided to make the attempt. He unbolted the attic door and made liis way down the to the floor below. Seeing no one in the hallway he crossed it, and opening he door opening onto the stairs, he made his way slowly down. Now would come the tug of war CHAPTER V. TH"FJ BA .rTLE -OF GE R M ANTOWN. Dick did not delay an instant. He leap e d away and ran at his best speed.


12 THE LIBERTY BOY S GOOD SPY WOHK He ran in a direction diagonally away from that from which came the sound of approaching footsteps. Suddenly Dick collided with something. The something was a man. Undoubtedly he was a British sentinel. Dick collided with the fellow with such force as to hurl him to the ground. The redcoat gave utterance to a cry of mingled pain and amazement. Doubtless he wondered what had struck him. Dick was brought almost to a standstill. Naturally he was jarred considerably by the impact. He gathered himself together again instantly, however, and bounded onward through the darknese. "Halt! Hold on! Who goes there? What struck m e anyway? Where are you? What are you? Who are you?" Dick heard the redcoat give utterance to these dis jointed questions, but he did not stop to answer. Bang! The redcoat had fir e d into the darkness. When be reached the foot of the bill be slackened h! pace to a moderate walk. He felt safe now. There was no need of hurrying. Dick knew that be bad a long walk ahead of him an thought it best not to over-exert himself. Dick walked steadily onward for more than four hour s 1t was half past two o'clock in the morning when h reached the patriot encampment. He went at once to his quarters and lying down wa soon asleep. He was up early next morning, and after breakfa s t h went to headquarters and r e port e d to t he commander-in chief. When General Washington saw the plan which Di c k ha< drawn, showing the positions of the v arious divi si on s of t h British army he was delighted. "You hav e done s pl e ndidly, Dick h e sa i d ; "with t h a id o f th is, l s hall be able to arra nge m y pl a n s as well a s i I had been on the ground and seen the location of th Of course the fellow fired at random and the bullet came British army myself." nowhere near Dick. "I think you will find the plan corre ct in every re s pect It would have been a great accid ent, indeed had the your excellency," said Dick bullet hit the ileeing youth. "I am sure of that, my boy; so s ure of it, in fact, that a m g o i n g t o use it as a ba s is for arranging my plans fo Dick knew that be must be almo s t to the fence Fearing that be might run int o it and hurt himself, b e slowed down to a walk. He extended his arms in front of him. Presently his han:ds came in contact with the fenc e making an attack upon the British." And General Washington did so. He called a council of war. He sho wed the plan of the British encampment to th m e mbers of his staff. He leaped over the fence and made his way down the road. The pl a ns for attacking the British were arranged ii detail. He walked rapidly but very cautiously so as to make littl e or no noise. It was decided to make the attack e arly in the morn iil[ of t h e 4th day of October. The shot fired by the sentinel had caused cons i d e rabl e ex citement. On t he evening of October 3d the p atriot a rm y brok1 c amp. Dick heard exci te d voices in severa l di r ect i o n s It had been decid e d to attack the Briti::,h at four He d i d n ot know but h e m ight n m upon some red coat fere n t points at o n e and the sam e t i m e a t a ny moment. He did not, however. Luck was with him The n, too, h e was goi n g away fro m th e British encamp ment. when night came on, i t p roved to be ver y dark. / The road was quite rou g h and t hi s m a d e i t ha r d worY marching. It was an e s pecially difficult m atter to get the can noll along. The house which Dick had been i n, a nd which he later Natura ll y b u t slow progrees was made. on learned was the hom e o f a Tor y name d Chew, was at It too k the arm y all night long to march the twelvi the extreme nort h end of Ger ma n t o w n and the Britis h miles, and to make matters worse, along toward mornin encampment did not extend an y fa r t h e r n orth tha n this a thick fog eet in. consequently Dick was outside t he Briti s h l ines as soon as he started down the road. Di r k Wfll' no t r h a ll e nged. As the patriot army near e d German tow n it diTided u into four divisions. The divisions parted company.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. One went to the right hand and two to the left. They were to move in a semi-circle and attack the ish from the sides. The largest division of the four, commanded by Wash-As a :result of this, a division of the patriot army under General Stephen encountered another division of the pa triot army under General Wayne and mistaking it for a party of British, attacked it fiercely. ington himself, kept straight onward up the road. Wayne's men being attacked from both front and rear, It reached and ascended the hill on the top of which tried to extricate themselves, and in doing so, came upon was Judge Chew1s house. the left flank of Sullivan's division. Near the fop of the hill the British pickets were enThis caused great confusion. countered. Suddenly the men were seized with a panic. They fled and gave the alarm. They began to retreat. Soon the alarm became general. The loud roar of cannon was heard. Drums were heard beating, and soon the crash and rattle of musketry awoke the echoeil. The battle was on. The British were taken entirely by surprise. They had not been expecting an attack. Being aroused out of their slumber in this manner, the redcoats were confused and disconcerted In the fog it was impossible to see what was going on. This made it still more disconcerting to the British. The British soldiers in the vicinity of Judge Chew's house rushed to it and entered. The house was a large one and easily accommodated four or five hundred men. As it was a stone house and very solidly built, it would be an almost impregnable fortress. This move of the British was detected by the patriots. An attack was made upon the house. The B ritish fired through the windows, however, and shot down a number of patriot soldiers. The cannon were brought up and brought to boor upon the house. 'rhe intention was to batter down the walls. Shot after shot was fired and a number of the British soldiers were killed, but it was found that it was going to be a very difficult matter to batter the building to pieces. Meanwhile the battle was raging :fiercely at other points. D ick and hi s compan y of "Liberty Boys" were in the thick of the fight. They did splendid work. They fought with the vigor and enthusiasm of youth and the coolness of veterans. In truth, all the patriot soldiers fought splendidly, and but for an unfortunate accident history would have un doubtedly recorded a victory for the patriot army, instead of a defeat. As we have said, a fog overhung all and made it im possible to see anything distinctly, even at a short distance. The retreat soon became general. The men soo got over their panic and the retreat was conducted in good order; the battle was ended and while the patriots had not been what might be termed defeated, yet they haq failed to defeat the British. The patriot army retreated to Whitemarsh, which was 1 six miles from Germantown. Here they went into camp. The soldiers were not disheartened, for they had come within ap. ace of routing General Howe's army. They were disappointed, of course, by their failure, but it could not be helped, and they made the best of the situation Washington had made his attempt and failed and now he established his army at Whitemarsh and waited for the British to do something. The army was in bad shape. Hundreds of the soldiers were almost naked. Hundreds had no shoes. Comparatively few had blankets and the nights were now growing cold enough so that there was much suffering. It was a:ia extremely difficult matter to get enough to eat. The reason for this was obvious. The farmers for miles around Philadelphia took all their produce to Philadelphia and s old it to the British. The redcoats had gold with whicli to pay for the produce, while the patriots had nothing better than con tinental currency which was almost worthless. Of course this forced the patriot soldiers to resort to foraging. They had to have something to eat. Of course, as far as they knew they confined their for aging tactics to the Tdry farmers of the neighborhood. Still it was a hard matter to get enough to eat. There was hardly sufficient food in the surrounding country to feed an army. General Washington hardly Imew what to do. Then, too he had to be on his guard against an attack by th Bdfoh.


14 1'HE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. As the days wore on and Howe made no attack, how ever, he became more and more ill at ease. Why was Howe waiting? Washington suspected that Howe and Cornwallis were laying some deep plot for his undoing. Not wishing to be taken by surprise and consequently at a disadvantage, the commander-in-chief sent for Dick Slater. "Dick," he said, "I am puzzled at the inaction of the "Well, I'm here," he thought. learn the plans of the British." "Now to see if I can CHAPTER VI. SPYING IN PHILADELPHIA. British. I don't know what it means, but I wish to know, Everywhere were British soldiers. and I am going to ask you to go into Philadelphia and The streets were thronged with them. try to find out. Are you willing to attempt it?" The redcoats were a joll1 lot. "I am, your excellency," was the prompt reply. "I am To judge by their actions, they were certainly having a not only willing,' but glad to do so. I will go to Philagood time. delphia at once and find out what the intentions of the They marched up and down the streets talking, laughBritish are, jf such a thing is possible." "Good, Dick I I knew you would be willing to do this. I have never yet found you wanting." "You have but to command, your excellency, and I will obey." General Washington gave Dick a few further instruc tions, and then Dick left headquarters. He returned to his own quarters and began making preparations for his trip to Philadelphia. He doffed his continental uniform and donned the suit of clothes such as is worn by farmer boys. "Where are you going, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook. "To Philadelphia, Bob." "To Philadelphia!" "Yes." into the lion's den, eh?" "Yes, into the British lion's den, Bob." "You are going on a spying e x pedition?" ing and singing. They were evidently having plenty to eat and also plenty t o drink. They occupied comfortable quarters. There was no reason why they should not be happy. Dick could not help drawing a comparison between these well-fed, well-dressed redcoats and his half-naked, half starved comrades up at Whitemarsh, who instead of occupy ing comfortable beds in houses at night, had to lie on the cold ground. A feeling of bitterness took possession of Dick's heart. He wished that it might be possible for the patriot army to attack the British and drive them out of their com fortable quarters in Philadelphia, but he realized that it could not be done. It was while this mood that a redcoat bumped against him with such force as to almost knock him off the side walk. "Yes, Bob." The redcoat was a member of a group of five who were "Say, Dick, let me go along with you," cried Bob, coming along the street in the opposite direction from e agerly. that of which Dick was going. "I'd like to have you go along, old man, were it not for That the redcoat had bumped against Dick purposely was the fact that I think I can do better alone." evident, for he and his comrades set up a roar of laughter "All right, Dick, just as you say. Be careful, though, when they saw how nearly Dick had come to going off and don't get into any trouble." "I'll try and not get into trouble, Bob." When Dick had finished making the change of clothing he went out, saddled and bridled a horse and mounting, rode away. It was now about half past four in the afternoon. It was twelve miles to Philadelphia. Dick rode at a moderate pace and reached the city just as into the gutter. Had the redcoat only known it, he had chosen a bad s ubject with which to have sport. The time, too, was inappropriate. Dick had just been drawing comparisons between the redcoats and bis comrades, and his heart was filled with bitterness and anger. Therefore the action of the r%coat was like putting the the sun was setting. torch to a powder magazine. He rode to a livery stable, left the horse there and "You cowardly redcoated scoundrel!" cried Dick in a 1 rnlked down the street tense, fierce "Take that I"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. "That!" was a blow straight from the shoulder. The redcoat did take that, or more correctly speaking, perhaps, he received it. He received it squarely between the eyes. He went down as if he had been struck by a cannon ball. Dick was very angry and had struck with all his might. Cries of amazement and anger escaped the fellow's com rades. "Go for him, fellows I" cried one. "Let's kill the country bumpkin!" "We'll pound him to death I" cried another. Then they attacked Dick fiercely. Of course the four thought they would have no diffi culty in disposing of the one and that one ostensibly a gawky country youth. But they were to be speedily undeceived. Dick's blood was up. He felt as if he, single-handed and alone, could whip a dozen redcoats. He met the fellows more than half way. He dealt out blows with the speed of lightning fl.ashes. Almost before they knew what had happened, Dick had knocked the four redcoats down. They scrambled to their feet and rushed to the attack again. They were wild with rage. They gave utterance to curses and threats. The fellow who had been knocked down first, was the maddest one of the lot. The combat would seem to be unequal, but it was not so unequal as it seemed. The redcoats were blind with rage. Dick was as cool as a cake of ice. He did not show a trace of excitement. He had full command of all his faculties. The result was that he soon succeeded in knocking down the redcoats once more. He had them piled across each other. Of course the combat attracted the attention of passersby. Soon a large crowd collected. They would have to give this youth a thrashing now or else be disgraced forever in the eyes of their comrades. They could not hold up their heads. afterwards They leaped to their feet. Again they rushed to the attack. They were determined to beat the audacious youth down by sheer force of numbers. Had Dick been an ordinary youth they would no doubt have succeeded. But he was not an ordinary youth. He was a natural ath1ete. He was alive, supple, active as a cat and quick as a flash of lightning. In addition he was phenomenally strong, could deliver a blow stronger than most men were capable of delivering, and was moreover somewhat versed in the art of selfdefense. He was here, there and everywhere. The redcoats found it practically impossible to strike Dick a blow that would do any damage. He dodged, ducked, parried and evaded by leaping here and there, and the best that they could do was to strike a few glancing blows. Dick, on the contrary, had no difficulty in landing upon his opponents, and he soon bad them piled up upon the sidewalk. A portion of the crowd now applauded Dick. Even some of the redcoats did so. They could not help it. Such magnificent work by one person against five de manded applause. "It beats anything I ever saw," said one ma:a in citi zen s clothes. "It is wonderful," said another. "Indeed it is." "I would not have believed such a thing possible, had I not seen it with my own eyes." "Nor I." The redcoats struggled to their feet once more. They were considerably slower about this, however, than they had been before. Th! crowd was largely made up of redcoats, but to their Dick's blows and the jar of contact with the pavement credit be it said, none of them attempted to take a hand had dazed them somewhat. against Dick. Doubtless they thought that if five of their comrades could not prove themselves a for one country youth, they deserved to be soundly thrash1:d. The redcoats were not ready to give it up. In fact, they were now thoroughly aroused. They were now madder than ever, however. More, they were desperate. They realized that they were no match f<>r the supposed country youth. They decided to resort to the use of weapons. As soon as they were on their feet, each drew a pU!tol.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. "Kill the country lont f" cried one hoarsely. I His stand was approved by all with the exception, of ave "Shoot him full of boles!" cried another. course, of the five angry redcoats. ton "We'll teach him to strike soldiers and gentlemen!" They were not pleased by his interference. growled a third. "What right have you to interfere, Shipley?" growled "Pretty soldiers and gentlemen you are!" cried Dick, one of the redcoats. in a clear, ringing voice. His tone was full of scorn and defiance. Dick realized that he was in great danger. The redcoats. were desperate. "What right? The right of duty. I owe it to the British army and to myself as a member of said army to prevent you, who are also members of the army, from doing something which would bring disgrace upon British solThey were wild with rage, on account of the manner in diers as a class." which they had been handled by the youth, and would not "Bahl you talk like a preacher, Shipley!" hesitate to shoot, he was sure. "No; I am talking common sense. I am willing to leave But Dick did not flinch. it to the crowd if this is not so." 'e "Get out of the way there, you people who do not want tG get bullets not intended for you!" cried one of the red coats. "We're going to fire now." Instahtly there was a great 5cramble among the spec tators. "Of course it is!" This went up in a cry from a score of throats. "Put up your pistols!" cried others. "Yes, yes! Don't make fools of yourselves!" from still others. The five angry redcoats saw that the sentiment of the crowd was unanimously against them. >e Those who were behind Dick got out of the way with all possible speed. Meantime Dick's mind was working with lightning-like rapidity. l They felt that it would be unwise for them to press the matter further. What should he do? So they reluctantly returned their pistols to their belts. He did not intend to stand there and allow himself to be "All right, lieutenant," said one; "l guess it will have shot down, but what was the best" action to take to to be as you say. I think it is a shame, however, that after prevent it? He had just decided to leap to one side into the midst of the crowd in order to avoid the bullets from the redcoats' pistols, when up to a level the pistols came. Instantly Dick crouched to make the leap. But he did not make it. There came an interruption. A British soldier wearing the uniform of a lieutenant leaped forward with drawn sword and placed himself squarely in front of Dick. "Cowards he cried. "What do you mean? You must be mad If you five men wearing the uniform of British soldiers, should so far forget yourself, should prove yourbeing pounded up as we have been, we are not allowed to even up matters with that young scoundrel." Dick gently pushed the lieutenant to one side, and taking a step forward, confronted the speaker. "You will do well, sir, to be careful," said Dick, in a quiet, yet somewhat threatening tone. "You fellows be gan this affair, and I have simply defended myself, which is something that is every man's right and privilege to do. I give you fair warning not to apply an epithet to me The redcoats made no reply in words. They gave vent to low, angry inarticulate mutteriugs. Had they desired, they would have leaped upon the bold selves to be cowards, should disgrace the uniforms which youth. you wear and the army to which you belong, by shooting down this unarmed youth, I for one should ever after be But they did not dare. They had tried this to their full and complete satisashamed to acknowledge myself a member of an army havfaction. ing iri. its ranks even five such poltroons You shall not At this a startling thing happened. disgrace yourselves, your uniforms and the British army A British soldier who stood at the edge of the circle sur-in such fashion, if I can help it. If you kill this youth, rounding Dick and his opponents, and who had been watch you will have to kill me first!" ing Dick closely and listening to his voice, leaped forward Instantly a great cry of approval went up from the and jerked the youth's hat off his head. crowd. "Just as I thought!" he cried, eagerly and excitedly. rhe spectators cheered the lieutenant wildly. "This young fellow is Dick Slater, the rebel boy spy! I 0 ll d l


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. n ve seen him before and know him well. Seize him I Dick wished it were darker still. on't let him get away I" CHAPTER VIL DICK l!'INDS FRIENDS. Dick was taken by surprise. He realized that he was in great danger. In the crowd surrounding him were at lea s t a hundred dcoats. He could not fight them all. His only hope of safety lay in getting away from there fore they co?ld lay hands on him. If the action and words of the redcoat had been a sur rise to Dick, it had also been a surprise to the crowd. All stared at Dick in open mouthed amazement. They seemed dazed and for the time being, in c apable of ction. Not so Dick. He acted instantly. Whirling, he darted into the crowd. crowd behind Dick had become considerably thinned ut when the five redcoats drew their pistols, and Dick ad not much difficul ty in making his way through it. As soon as Dick leaped away, however, the redcoats sud denly became aroused to the realities of the si tuation. They had all heard of Dick Slater. 'l'he darker it was, the b ette r it would be for fom. "Stop him I Stop him !" cri e d the redcoats. "He is a rebel spy! Don t l e t him get away!" A couple of redcoat s c oming up t h e s treet tried to stop Dick. They speedily regretted doing so. Crack I Crack With two well-directed blows D i ck knocked the fellows down. Then he darted down a side street. Dick was a fast runner. He drew away from his pursuers quite rapidly. Reaching the next street, Dick turned up it. This was more of a residence street. There was not much stir anywhere. Dick ran onward and attracted little, if any, attention. He had nothing to fear save from his pursuers, and they w e re rapidly being distanced. Suddenly as Dick approached a cross street, some one c ame boull'ling out and almost collid e d with him. The some one was, as Dick saw at a glance, a boy of about his own age. "I thought I'd h e ad you off!" the boy exclaimed. "l was in the crowd around yonder and saw and heard every thing. I am a patriot and live just up the street here. Come with me and we will hide you till the redcoats get .,_ t hrough looking for you." It was so dark Dick could not see the expression on the y outh's face, but the tone was sincere and he decided to They knew that he was the most noted spy in the trust him. patriot army. They were aware that General Howe had oft'ered a re ward for the youth's capture. If they could capture him it would be a big feather in their caps and money in their pockets. I So they started iii pursuit. They raced after Dick like a pack of hounds after a fox. 'Phey yelled for him to stop and threatened to shoot him if he did not. But Dick did not stop. He felt that he might as well be shot as captured. If captured he would probably be shot anyway. Or worse yet, he might even be hung. So the redcoats were merely wasting their breath in calling to him to stop. Dick ran onward as fast as he could go. Behind him came the redcoats. It was now almost dark. "Thank you," said Dick; "lead the way and I will follow." The youth ran diagonally across the street. Dick kept close behind him. They could hear the s houts of their pursuers but could n o t see them. They kept on up the street a distance of perhaps three hundred yards. Di r k 's g uid e pau sed in front of a house which stood well back from the street. It stood among some trees and was just visible, that was all. "This is where I live," said the boy. "Come on." He opened a gate a nd p,assed through. Dick followed Then the boy cloi!ed the g at e and led the way to the house. Reaching the house, he knocked on the door. "Come in cried.a voice.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. The youth opened the door and entered. "Come in," he invited, and Dick did so. The boy closed the door and barred it. 'l'hen the three sat down in front of the fire and talk for same time. Knowing he could place perfect confidence in them, Do Then he turned to a woman who had been sitting in a told Mrs. Dilworth and Tom what his errand was in comi rockingchair in front of the fireplace, but who had risen as to the city. they entered, and said: Mrs. Dilworth was greatly interested. "Mother, this is Dick Slater, a patriot soldier and spy. "I believe we are in a position to render you some 2 The redcoats are after him, and I told him we would hide sistance, Dick," she said. o him." "How is that?" asked Dick eagerly. n "You are right, my son," said the woman. "I'll tell you. Our next door neighbor, living on tlf Then she advanced and shook hands with Dick. corner, is a strong patriot but the British adjutant-genen!!I "I am glad to know you, Dick," she said. "You do not is quartered in their house. I know that Gene!als Ho\\ and Cornwallis and the other staff officers often come theY seem like a stranger, however. We have heard of you and your doings through my husband who is with General and hold council of war in the adjutant-general's roo Washington's army. He has told us a great many stories regarding you and your adventures, when he was home for a few days a couple of months ago." "What is your husband's name?" asked Dick. "I may know him." "Dilworth; Tom Dilworth." ''Ah exclaimed Dick; "I know him well. There is not a man in the patriot army whose friendship I value more highly than that of Tom Dilworth." "Hurrah!" exclaimed the boy in a cautious undertone. ''So you know my father?" "Yes, indeed," replied Dick. ''How close were the redcoat::;?" asked Mrs. Dilworth. Mrs. Gordon-that iii the patriot's name-was over this aJ ternoon and she told me the adjutant-general had give1 her orders to have all the members of her family in be; early. She said that was the way he always did whei there was a council of war to be held. Now, if you coull be where you could overhear what was said, you could doubt acquire some valuable information." "I am sure of it!" exclaimed Dick. "Could you noo arrange it for me, Mrs. Dilworth? I would give a great deal to overhear the conversation of the Brl.tish officers." "P-erhaps I may be able to arrange it," said Mrs. worth. "I shall be only too glad to try." "I shall be very grateful to you if you will do so." Mrs. Dilworth rose and put on her bonnet. "Do you think they saw you enter here?" .. I will run over and see Mary. It will take me only a "I hardly think so, mother," said the youth. "They few minutes." we!e not very close. We couldn't see them, and I don't think they could see us." She took her departure at once. She was gone perhaps ten minutes. "I am glad of that," said Mrs. Dilworth. "I don't When she there was a pleased look on her want to get the attention of the redcoats turned toward us face. if we can help it." "But in case they should come, mother, where can hide Dick?" "You were successful!" exclaimed Dick, joyously. "Yes," replied Mrs. Dilworth; "Mary was perfectly willing to let you enter the horn>e for the purpose of spying "In the secret room upstairs, Tom." on the British officers, even though she knew she was en "That'e so, mother, I had forgot about that. Let the dangering the safety of herself and family by so. redcoats come on if they want to. We can hide you where She is a brave and noble woman." they couldn't find you in a week, Dick." "Indeed she must be,'' said Dick, earnestly. "One thing "Thank you, Tom; I'm glad to hear that,'' said Dick. is certain, I shall be very careful not to do anything that They listened intently for sounds of the redcoats. will lead to my detection and her exposure. I would not They listened for perhaps a quarter of an hour but have trouble come to her or any of the members of her heard nothing indicate the approach of the enemy. family as a result of this for anything in the world." "I guess they didn't see us come in here," said Tom, at "I doubt if she would have agreed to let you eni:er the last. "! think you may consider yourself absolutely safe house, had I not told her who you were. She has heard a now, Dick." great deal about you and is willing to trust you, when she "l think so myself,'' replied Dick. "I think that, thanks would not have been willing to trust a person of whom t.o yo11, I am safe, Tom." she had never heard."


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. 19 'l'his pleased Dick. Then they saw several dark forms approach the front He was not at all vain, but it gave him a feeling of of the house. nest pleasure to know that he was held in such esteem. "There they come,'' whispered Toro, eagerly. "I don't think your friend will regret what she is going ''I think so, Tom," whispered Dickfo reply. said Dick, earnestly. "She certainly shall not if I The youths said no more. help it." They watched, however, with all their eyes. "She said for you to come over and hide near the 'The youths could jU&t make out the forms of the a.puse," said Mrs. Dilworth. "You are to remain bidden ntil after the British officers have entered the house. Then ter a few more minutes have elapsed, you will give three ght raps on the door, three times in succession. She will dmit you at once and conduct you to a point whence it ill be possible to overhear what is said by the British "Thank you, Mrs. Dilworth," said Dick. "You have Jeen very kind to me, and if I succeed in securing any in ormation of value to-night, I will owe it to you." "Don't speak of it," said Mrs. Dilworth. "I have one only my duty, and if you succeed in securing val-able information, I shall be very, very happy." "I guess I bad better go now," said Dick. "I want to be n hand when those British officers begin holding their ouncil of war." proaching persons, and they counted six in all. The six newcomers halted at the front door and knocked. Presently the youths heard the door open. Then they saw the six men disappear, one by one, through the doorway. I Then they heard the door close. "Good!" whispered Tom. "They're in there, Dick. I only hope you'll secure a lot of valuable information." "I hope so, too, Tom." Dick waited about five minutes, and then he said: "I guess I'll go in now, Tom. You had better run back home. I'll come straight over there as soon as I get through here." "All right, Dick." Torn made his way back in the direction of his mother's house, while Dick made his way to the front door of the "I judge you bad better go," said Mrs. Dilworth. "Toro, Gordon house. ou go with Dick and show him the way." "All right, mother "You will come back here, will you not, Dick?" a?ked Irs. Dilworth. "Yes, I will stop and let you lmow success I have ad. If I secure any important information, however, I will remain only a few minutes. If r don't secure any in l formation of value, then I may remain with you several days-provided you are willing that I should do so. I He gave three light raps on the door, and repeated this twice more at short intervals. The door opened almost It swung inward noiselessly. All was dark "Step softly," whispered a voice in Dick's ear. "Upon your life, don't make any noise." Dick stepped through the doorway and into the house, his feet making no more noise than those of a cat. shall not return to the patriot army until after I have se-As soon as he was inside, the door was closed again as cured information of value." silently as it had been opened. "We shall be glad to have you remain with us as long "You had better remove your shoes and carry them in as you care to do so," said Mrs. Dilworth, heartily. your band," whispered the voice in Dick's ear. "Thank you!" Dick knew this was good advice. Then Dick and Tom left the house. He quickly removed his shoes, and taking them in his Toro led the way, and they were soon in the yard of the hand, whispered that he was ready. next door neighbor. Dick knew that his companion was a woman. They took up a position near the corner of the house. Of course she could be no other than Mrs. Gordon. "I'll stay till you go in the house, Dick," whispered She took Dick by the arm. Tom. He was immensely interested. He was patriot to the core. He was delighted to think that he was doing something to aid the cause of liberty. "All right, Tom," whispered Dick. The youths waited perhaps half an hour. "Come," she whispered; "I dare not have a light, so will have to lead you. We will move slowly so as to make no noise." The two made their way slowly along until they came to a stairway. Then they made their way up the stairway to the next floor.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. They were in a hallway now, and they made their way "By the way, General Howe," said one of the men int along it slowly and carefully. room, "have you decided, as yet, when this attack will The farther they went the more cautious they became. made?" The woman whispered that they were nearing the room It was coming at last. oceupied by the British soldiers. Now Dick would learn when this attack was to be ma< "The room adjoining the one they are in is empty," she He listened eagerly, intently. said. "I am going to conduct you into it. There is a connecting doorway, but it is locked. You can listen at the keyhole and hear everything that is said in the next room." -"Thank you," whispered Dick; "that will do nicely." Presently the woman conducted Dick through a doorway and into a room on the lefthand side of the hall. "This is the room," whispered the woman. "You will be able to overhear everything that. is said. Be very careful and don't let them discover your presence here." "I will be eareful," whispered Dick. The woman glided out of the room and noiselessly closed the door. Dick was in utter darkness, save for one point at the opposite side of the room, where a faint streak of light was 'risible. This light, Dick doubted not, came through the keyhole in the door. t Bending down, Dick placed his shoes on the floor. He exercised great care in doing so. The least noise now would be fatal. Dick stole softly across the room Reaching the door, he knelt down and looked through the keyhole. Three of tae men in the room were within Dick's range of visio:a. One of the three was General Howe; the other two Dick ma not know. Dick looked but a moment, and then taking his eye away from the keyhole, placed his ear there. In this case, heatjng was better than seeing. Dick listened to what was being said in tlie next room and it did not take him long to discover that in getting to 1py upon the British officers on this night, he had met with a ltroke of rare good fortune. The British were planning t.o make 11:n attack upon the patriot army. Dick heard them talk their plans over in detail. CHAPTER VIII. DICK GAINS SOME V.ALU.ABLE INFOR:M.ATlON. "Well, I'll tell you," came to Dick's ears in Generi Howe's voice; "I bad intended putting off the matter ti the first of next week, but now I shall not do so. We wi make the attack to-morrow night." "To-morrow night!" thought Dick. "Ah! it is lucky came to Philadelphia when I did." It was evident that the other officers were surprise< also. "'l'o-morrow night!" they exclaimed in chorus. "Yes, to-morrow night." "Why so soon?" asked one. "I'll tell you why: Because Dick Slater, the boy spy, ii in the city!" exclaimed one; "that's true. You did receiv1 a report to that effect, just before we started to come here didn t you ?" "I did, and for that reason I am going to have no delaJ in putting our plans into execution If we were to wail till the first of next week, the chances are that that rebel would learn of our plans and carry the news to Gen eral Washington. By going to-morrow night, ;re will steal a march on him. While he is here in Philadelphia trying to secure information of our intended movements, we will march to Whitemarsh and take the rebels entirely by sur prise." Dick could not help smiling in a grim fashion. "Will you, General Howe?" he thought. "Well, we'l see about that. You will not surprise the :rebels' if I can help it, and I rather think I can." The other officers seemed to think this plan of General Rowe's a good one. ."That will be a good joke on Washington's bold young There was one however, which be had not beard spy, won't it," said one. mentioned. "It will go a good way toward spoiling the reputation It was the date on which the attack was to be made. This, of course, was the most important thing of all. He listened closely feeling confident that he would soon hear this mentioned. which he has made for being a successful spy," said another. "So it will," remarked a third. "It will take him do1\n several pegs."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' UOOD SPY f t r "So I think," said General Howe m a tone o sa isfaction. "And I admit that it will give me great pleas ure to do this, as he has caused me a great deal of trouble during the past year." "And I hope I shall live to cause you a great deal more trouble during the coming year," thought Dick. Dick did not care to listen to their conversation longer. He had heard all that was necessary for him to hear. He had secured valuable information, and now the im-portant thing was to get to General Washington with this information. Dick guessed that General Howe and the members of his staff would remain there and talk for some time yet. His friends realized that this was important, so they did not insist on remaining over night. They were aware that the work of a spy was done largely at night. Mrs. Dilworth gave Dick a message to take to her hus band, and then Diel? bade Tom and the noble-hearted wom-' an good-bye, and took his departure. He made his way down the street at a good pace. He kept his eyes wide open. He knew it was just at the time of night when the streets were thronged with the redcoats. He knew them well enough to know that they would not think of going to bed before midnight. Taking this for granted, he made up his mind to le ave So he would be in considerable danger while in the at once. confines of the city. He was in a hurry to get started back to Whitemarsh with Dick was careful, however, to keep off High street. the valuable information which he had secured. This was the main street, and the one most frequented Of course he had plenty of time, providing he was not by the redooats. delayed in any way. He did not wish to take any chances. He might have trouble in getting out of the city. Leaving his position, Dick stole softly across the :floor. Securing his shoes, Dick cautiously opened the door and stepped out into the hall. He made his way slowiy and softly along the hall Reaching the head of the stairs, Dick made his way carefully down to the lower :floor. He made his way to the door, unbolted and opemd it, and stepped out of doors. He did not stop to put on his shoes, but leaped over the fence into the adjoining yard, and made his way to the house of Mrs. Dilworth. He knocked on the door. It was opened immediately. T11e eager face of Tom was seen. "So ifs you, is it, Dick!" he exclaimed, excitedly; "come in Dick obeyed, ancT he proceeded to put on his shoes, while telling Mrs. Dilworth and Tom of the complete success which he had liad. When they learned that Dick had secured valuable in formation, they were delighted. They felt that they had had a hand in the aff&ir, and this gave them great pleasure. Dick told them that he owed his success to them, and thanked them heartily. Then he got up, and told them that he must be going. "I must take the news to General Washington at the oorliest possible moment," he said The majority of the drinking houses were on this street, and the redcoats frequented those places quite a good deal. Dtck presently re.ached the livery stable where he had left his horse. Paying his score, he mounted, and rode out of the stable, and away. Dick thought he noticed some men who were standing at the entrance look at each other rather significantly as he rode out of the stable, but he did not give it much thought He remembered having seen them in the stable when he left his horse in there, and his idea was that they had noticed that he 1vas wearing a different hat from the one he had worn. Dick had borrowed an old hat from Tom Dilworth, as he had lost his, as the reader will remember. Three men on horseback were coming up the street after him. Dick oould catch only an occasional glimpse of them, iJS they passed through a strip of light thrown out by a street lamp, but he was sure that in the three he recog nized the men who had been sta?ding at the entrance to the stable when he left therQ. "I wonder why they are following me?" he asked himsellf. Of course, he co'nld not answer the question satisfactorily. He thought it possible, however, that they were following him with the intention of trying to rob him. "All right," he thought; "let them try it! They will have a hard time of it. I :11css I will see if I can't nm


:.2 'lHE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. away from them. That will be better than trying to fight He must think up some trick that would give promise of them." foiling the plans of Dick urged his horse to a gallop. This would undoubtedly be a difficult matter. He had now reached the outskirts o f the city But Dick was a youth who n e ver despaired, no matter .As it was a dark night, be felt confident that he would how difficult a thing might seem. be able to get away from his pursuers in the darkness. He looked back, and when the horsemen again ap peared in the light, thrown out by a street lamp, Dick saw that they had urged their horses to a gallop, also. "They seem determined to keep close to me," thought Dick; "well, they will have to ride fast if they catch up with me!" Dick urged his horse to a swift gallop. He was in a hurry to get to General Washington with the news of the intended attack by the British, anyway, and this but made still another incentive to rapid traveling on his part. Dick presently made an unpleasant discovery. The pursuing horsemen were overhauling him He could hear the hoof beats quite plainly. He urged his horse to its best speed, once more Then he returned to the study of the problem which con fronted him. There was only one thing to do, so far a s Dick could see. That was to stop quickly, l e ad the hor s e out to one side of the road and wait, in the hope that his pursuer s would pass by without discovering him. It might succeed. Dick decided to try it, at any rate. He quickly slowed his horse down to a walk. Then he leaped to the ground He led the horse out to one side of the road. Then he brought the animal to a stop beside the fence. Then holding to the bridle rein Dick patted bis hor s e "They must have good horses!" he thought; "they have on the neck drawn up on me very rapidly." Dick urged his horse to a run. He was determined to make it as difficult a matter as possible for his pursuers to overtake him. Dick feared the horse would neigh, or mak e some noise that would betray their presence to the pursuing horsemen. 'rhe hoofbeats of the horses sounded close at hand now : He kept his horse at his best speed for a few minutes, and then slackened up a bit, and listened again. He could hear the rapid beats of the hoFses, and this time they sounded closer than before. "They're etill gaining!" Dick thought; "jove I fear they will overhaul me in spite of all I can do I" Dick made up his mind fo make his purs11ers work hard, however. He urged hi11 horse to renewed exertions. Tlle animal responded, and increased its speed to a con siderable degree. Dick began to have ho}Jes that if his horse could keep this up he would be able to keep his pursuers from catching up with him, after all. He rode onward at this speed for several minut es, and then slackened speed again, to listen to the hoof beats of the horses ridden by his pursuers. He could hear the hoof beats very plainly. More plainly than before, he was sure. "I guess I will have to give up the idea of keeping them from catching up with me," thought Dick; "there is only one way that I can hope to accomplish it, and that is by the exercise of strategy. I will either have to escape from them by the aid of hickery, or I will have to fight them." Dick began studying the situation. They sounded very loud, indeed to Dick. There was one thing in the youth's .favor. That was the darkness. He was not afraid of the horsemen seeing him. Closer and closer came the hoof beats. The hor ses w e re now clos e at hand Dick tightened his grasp on the bridle rein, and patted the neck of his horse. Now the h o rsemen were even with Dick ; now they wer e pa s t him. The youth thought he was going to be successful in fooling his pursuers. But it was not to be so. Suddenly Di c k s horse gave utterance to a shill neigh. Dick heard excl a mations escape the lips of the horsemen. The sound of hoof beats suddenly ceased. "They h ave stopped!" thought Dick; "I will either have t o fight, or leave my hor se, and flee a c ross the field on f o ot." Dick knew it w ould be useless to try to escape on horseback He had triE'._d this, and had failed. His horsEl was not speedy enough Dick could hear and under s tand what was being said by the men who had b e en purs uing him


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. "He is trying to double on us, like a fox!" the youth beard one say. "He expected that we would go without :finding out the trick he has played," from another. CHAPTER IX. DICK'S NEAT TRICK. "You will get my horse; but you won't get me!" said Dick climbed over the fence and walked down alongside Dick to himself, grimly. it. Then, as he heard the men riding toward him, he let go bis hold on the rein, placed bis bands on the top of the fence, leaped over and ran away across the field. Dick heard the men calling on him to surrender, but as be was not there to do so, as the redcoats-as Dick sus pected them to be--would soon learn. A few moments later he heard wild yells of rage. "They have discovered that I have given them the slip," thought Dick, grimly. He soon came to the horses. 'l'he men had thrown the bridle reins over posts. Dick's horse had remained where the youth had left him standing. He was tired, and then he had company. Dick quickly lifted the bridle reins of his pursuers' horses from over the posts, and then, holding to the reins, he quickly mounted his horse and rode away, up the road in the direction he had been going, leading the thllee horses. He could still hear the men talking in excited tones. The youth felt safe now. But he was sorry to lose his horse. It would not be pleasant to have "I guess they wonder why they can't f}.nd me!" thought Dick, with a quiet laugh. "It will be a wild crowd to walk ten miles they find I have escaped and taken their horses I" through the night. Suddenly the of three pistol shots was heard. The men bad fired at random into the darkness. This gave Dick an idea. He did not like the thought of losing his horse. Neither did he like the prospect of the long walk. The thought came to him that perhaps he might play a trick on the men and regain his horse. As be heard the sound of the pistol shots, he gave ut terance to a loud cry of well simulated pain. He was very particular to make the cry loud enough to be heard by the men. That they did hear it, was speedily proven. Cries of joy well.t up from them. "We've got him!" One of the bullets hit him "That was his death cry!" Such were the exclamations given utterance to by the men. He accomplished his purpose. He had made the fellows think they bad killed or fatally wounded him. He heard them scramble over the fence and come running toward him. He did not wait to reach hini.. He hastened away from the spot. He made a short circuit, and reached the fence at a point not far from where he had left his horee. He could hear the voices of the men. They were searching for Dick over in the field. And again Dick laughed softly. He had gone perhaps a third of a mile when he sud denly heard wild yells of rage from behind him. "They've found out that they have been tricked at last!" thought Dick. "Well, I bad better move a bit faster. They could overtake me at this rate, and that would he very bad for me!" Dick at once urged his horse to a gallop. It was somewhat hard to go at this gait, and lead the horses, but he managed it. After he got the other horses to moving steadily, he had no 0.ifficulty. Dick heard the yells of the men for several minutes, but the sound grew fainter and fainter. He knew that he was safe, in so far as danger from those fellows was concerned. "That little trick worked to perfection," thought Dick; "I am glad now, that those men did follow me. It has enabled me to secure three good horses for the use of the patriot soldie:ns." Dick arived at the patriot encampment at Whitemarsh at about one o'clock. As soon as he had taken care of his horses, he went to the quarters occupied by the commander-in-chief. He the orderly ii General W as.hington had re tired. The orderly said he would see. Dick knew the commander-in-chief was in the habit of remaining up till the small h_ours, planning and writing, and he thought it possible he was up yet, on this night. In that case, he would report to him at once.


'fHE J.JIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. The orderly returned in a few moments, and said that When his comrades found him there next morning, they the commander-in-chief was just preparing to lie down, greeted him joyously. but would see Diel). ''When did you get back, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook The youth entered the tent. eagerly. General Washington greeted Dick cordially. "Well, Dick," he said, "what news? I am sure you have secured information of importance, or you wonld not have come here to report at this time of the night-or morning, rather." "You are right, your excellency," said Dick; "I have .ecured some very valuable information, indeed." "Good! Let me hear it, my boy I" "One o'clock this morning, Bob." "At one o'clock I" "Yes." "Were you in Philadelphia, Dick?" "I was, Bob." "Right in the lion's den, eh?" "Yes." "Did you find out anything of importance, Dick?" "Very well, your excellency: The British are to attack asked Sam Sunderland. JOU in force on to-morrow night!" There was almost an excited look in the usually calm, cool eyes of the great man. "Ah!" he breathed; "so they are to attack us in force t?-morrow night, are they?" "Yes, your excellency." \ "Yes, Sam. That's the reason I came back so soon.'' "Good for you, Dick!" cried Bob; "I hope that we are to have a fight with the British I" "And so do I!" "And I." "It's the same with me!" "And with me!" "Tell me all about it, Dick." Dick proceeded to do so. The "Liberty Boys" were never so happy as when in When he had finished, the commander-in-chief reached action. out and grasped Dick's hand. He shook it warmly. "Dick," he said, earnest!, "you have done splendidfyl Your good spy work in Philadelphia has without doubt saved the patriot army from being badly defeated. Had the British succeeded in taking us by surprise, as they expected to do, we could not have stood against them at all. Now we shall, thanks to the information you have brought, be enabled to meet them on something like equal terms." Dick :flushed with pleasure. "I have done the best that I could, your excellency," he said; "I am glad that I have been able to do something that They would ratoor fight than eat when they were hungry. The British could testify to this fact. "I rather think we shall have a fight with the British, Bob," said Dick, quietly. night to attack us.'' "What!" "Say you so, Dick?" "Hurrah!" cried Bob. boots!" "They are coming in force to"We'll whl.l' them out of their "We will, that declared Mark Morrison. "I think, myself, that we will be able to our own j will be of benefit to you and to the cause we all love so with them," said Dick. "Yes, now that we know they are well." coming," said Sam "It will be of great benefit, Dick. In fact, you have practically saved the patriot army from defeat and almost I rum. Dick remained a few minutes longer. General Washington asked him a number of q:uestions. Dick answered them promptly. "You may go now," remarked Washington presently. Then Dick bade the good night, sa luted and withdrew. He went straight to the quarters occupied by the "Lib-Sunderland. "I suppose they intended to take us by surprise, did _they, Dick?" asked Joe Walton. "Yes, such were their intentions, Joe." "How did you find out that they intended to attack us, Dick?" asked another of the youths. "I overheard them laying their plans." "Say, Dick, you're a great one!" cried Bob, enthusias tically. "The British will have hard work catching us napping, while you're around." Dick laughed. erty Boys." "Oh, any of you boys could do as well as I," he said 1 He wrapped himself up in his army blanket and was quietly. IOOD asleep "Not a bit of it!" declared Mark Morrison.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. "We could never be as successful as you have been, Dick," said another. None of the "Liberty Boys" were jealous of Dick. On the contrary, they were proud of him. Dick was so kind to them, was so noble hearted and generous, that they could not help loving him. He was captain of the company of "Liberty Boys," and as commander, had never bad a harsh word for any of them. He controlled them by kindness, not by exercising the This knowledge gave them great pleasure. "The redcoats will be badly fooled," they said to each other. "We'll make them wish they had stayed in Phila delphia!" The "Liberty Boys" wer_e perhaps more greatly pleased by the outlook than were any of the other soldiers. They, too, told each other what they would do to the' British. It-was really amusing to hear them talk. One who did not know them or what they were capable authority given him by superior rank. or doing would have thought their talk was bravado; but, That this was a good way to control the youths was extravagant as some of their statements sounded, there is evidenced whenever they became engaged in a battle. little doubt that they would make them good if they g0t the Dick had but to command and his command would be opportunity. obeyed. By evening, the work of posting the troops was com-He had but to lead and they would follow, even into the pleted. jaws of death. Generals Washington and Greene made the rounds and Bob now asked Dick for the story of his adventures in inspected the army just before nightfall. Philadelphia. They were well pleased. Dick told them the story briefly. "l think we shall be able to repulse the British, General He took but very little credit to himself. Greene," said the commander-in-chief in a tone of satisHe said that it was mainly due to luck that he had been faction. successful in learning the plans of the British. "I think so, your excellency," replied Greene. ''To tell 'rhe youths would not have it that way, however. the truth, I doubt very much whether General Hawe will They said that anyone else would not have been so attack when he sees we are ready for him. He a;; verf lucky, and that the credit, therefore, was due to him. Soon after breakfast, General Washington began issuing orders. It was soon known throughout the camp that the British were to attack them during the coming night. The patriot soldiers welcomed the news. They were ready and willing to fight. Anything was better than sitting around doing nothing. All day long the work of getting the troops into position went on. The commander-in-chief selected his ground carefully. He arranged his troops with exceeding care. His army would be outnumbered three to two, at least. He would have to equalize this by placing his men in superior positions. There was no one better capable of doing this than General Washington. His judgment of position was infallible. The soldiers were in good spirit. The probability of gettmg into action and gettiDg a chance to strike the British a severe blow was pleasing to them. They knew that the British expected to surprise them. They knew also that the British would be the ones to be surprised. cautious, you know." "I am aware of that, General Greene, 'and it wo ild not surprise me if you were right. Well, in case it tu ns out that way, it will simply be another proof that the way t. avoid trouble is to be prepared for it." "True, your excellency." Night came on. Double the usual number of pickets were put ou Hour after hour passed. The British did not put in an appearance. The patriot soldiers wrapped themselves in their b'iankets and went to sleep. Their slumber was not sound. They would awaken at the least sound. The night passed awa:y, and still the British di

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. 'l'he alarm was sounded at once. The patriot soldiers leaped to their feet, weapons in hand, and drew themselves up in line of battle. G:f!APTER X. THE BRITISH MAROH UP THE HILL-THEN MARCH DOWN. "'l'he British are !" Such was the that went through the patriot army. They had come at last. Now would come the tug-of-war. As far as General W ashlngton was / concerned, he felt well satistled. He preferred to fight in the daytime. It was much easier to direct the movements of the army in daylight than when a night attack was being made. But if General Washington was satisfied, General Howe was not. He had expected tQ take the patriots by surprise. And now, to :ind them drawn up in line of battle was aJ?.ything but pleasing. As soon as th& British saw their approaeh was known in advance they to a halt. Generals Howe and Cornwallis wished to confer before doing anything further. "What does this mean, General Cornwallis?" asked Howe, his face red and excited-loqking. "The rebels must have had advance knowledge of the fact that ttiey were to be attacked!" "It would seem so, your excellency," admitted Corn wallis, a disappointed, moody look on his face. "I don't understand it!" "No more do I, your excellency." The British genera1s were puzzled and disappointed. They had counted confidently on the "rebels." Had they succeeded in doing so they would have been able to put them to rout. They would have practically annihilated the patriot army. But they had not succeeded in taking the p!rtriots by sur prise. In some manner the "rebels" had learned that they were to be attacked. How had they learned it? 'l1his was the question which the British generals asked themselves and each other. But they could not answer the question. "What shall we ?" asked Howe. "Shall we attack them, anyway?" "Just as your excellency says." "What do you think? Do you think we could deir at them?" "I think so, your excellency but-" ..., "It would be a difficult matter, eh?" "Undoubtedly. They are drawn up ready for battle, and, if you will notice, they have a very strong position." "I have taken note of -that fact, General Cornwallis." The British generals were on the top of a hill perhaps a mile from the patriot army. By the aid of General Howe's field glass they were en abled to get a good general view of the position occupied by the patriot troops. What to do they did not know. They hated the thought of having to return to Phila.: delphia without having struck a blow at the hated "rebels." They had marched twelve long, weary miles; now to have to turn around and march back again without having accomplished anything would be galling in the extreme. They did not wish to do this if they could help it. General Howe raised the glass to his eyes and took a long look. Then he turned again to Cornwallis : "What do you suggest, General Cornwallis?" he asked. The other was silent for a few moments. Then he said: "I'll tell you what we might do : We might throw forward a few skirmishing parties, just to see what the rebels will do." This suggestion struck Howe i:s being a goed one. "Very well thought of," he said; "we will do that. Give the order at_ once." Cornwallis called a couple of aids and gave them some orders, after whic):i. they rode away. A short time afterward three or our skirmishing parties moved forward toward the position occupied by the patriot forces. Washington and his officers were keeping close watch of the British. They saw the skirmishing parties moving forward. General Washington understood the matter as thoroughly as if he had heard the conversation between Howe and Cornwallis. Summoning some of his aids, he gave them orders, and they departed at once, going in different directions. The patriot soldiers understood affairs.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. They were glad to see the skirmishing paYties apThe redcoats had not expected any such action on the proaching. part of the "rebels." If they could not engage in a real battle, it would at They stood their ground, however. least afford them some pleasure to engage in skirmishes They fired a volley when the patriots had covered perhaps with the enemy. half the distance. The British advanced closer and closer. Colonel Butler gave utterance to a cry of pain and fell As they drew nearer they became cautious and advanced to the ground. more slowly. Dick paused instantly. Several parties of the patriot soldiers advanced to meet the approaching parties of British. Soon the rattle of musketry was heard. The skirmishing parties were exchanging shots. This was kept up for perhaps half an hour. A few on each side were killed and wounded. He dropped on one knee beside the wounded man. "Are you badly hurt, colonel?" he asked solicitously. "Pretty bad; I am afraid, Dick, but don't mind me. You take eommand and go right on. I'll be all right." Dick leaped to his feet. He waved his sword and rushed onward. The company of "Liberty Boys" was included in one of "Follow me, my brave boys!" he cried. "Charge the the skirmishing parties. reucoats Charge bayonets!" The party they were in was at the extreme right wing. Exchanging shots with the British did not fully satisfy the youths. They could not inflict damage enough on the British. Finally Dick went to the commander of the skirmishing party, Colonel Butler by name, and asked permission to charge the skirmishing party of British. Colonel Butler hesitated at first, but finally said: "I will take the whole force and charge them. As your company of 'Liberty Boys' is in front, we will both lead the party." Dick was delighted. He thanked Colonel Butler earnestly. The "Liberty Boys" and their comrades gave vent to wild cheers. They rushed forward after their young leader witli renewed vigor. They would follow Dick anywhere. Seeing that the patriots were not to be stopped, the ted-coats prepared to receive them. A few moments later the patriots and redcoats came fogether with a crash. There were wild shouts and curses. The British tried to stand their ground but could not do it. The, patriots came with sueh force as to hurl the redcoats Then he returned and took his place at the head of his back in spite of themselves. company. Colonel Butler gave some orders and then came and took his place beside Dick. He waited a few minutes for bis men to get ready. Then be raised bis sword in the air and gave the order to charge. The men responded instantly. They rushed forward like a human cyclone. They gave utterance to wild shouts. In front ran Colonel Butler and Dick. Behind them came the company of "Liberty Boys" and the other members of the skirmishing party. Evidently the party of British did not know what to think of this. For a few minutes a lively combat raged. Dick was here, there and everywhere. He seemed to be invulnerable, invincible. The "Liberty Boys" kept close to their yo'ung leader and fought with great energy and fierceness. The British soon became demoralized. The attack was too tierce. They had not expected to be 1!barged, in the first place, and they had not expected to be attacked with such fury even when they did see that they were to be charged. They fought as long as they could. Then they suddenly gave way, turned and started back toward the main fori;:e at their best s-peed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' GOOD SPY WORK. Dick and his party chased the fleeing redcoats a short "I guess you are right in your views, your excellency," distan c e and then paused. saia General Greene. 'l'hen they gave vent to a wild chc<' r and returned to The soldiers were disappointed, however. where the encounter had taken place. They had hoped that the re would be. a general engageThey secured their dead and w1nmded and made their ment. way back to the main force of the patriots. Those who had been members of the skirmiehing parties This affair cast a damper on the British. The other skirmishing parties withdrew. Evidently they feared they would be charged also. Generals Washington and Greene were well pleased. "I rather think that will teach the British to be more careful, General Greene," said Washington, with a quiet smile. "I think so, your excellency," agreed Greene. And it so proved. were fairly well satisfied, however. They had been in action, and the members of the party that had charged the British had had some lively fighting. General Washington complimented Dick on the success ful manner in which he and his men had routed the skir mishing party, but the youth modestly disclaimed credit. "Colonel Butler is entitled to more credit than I," he said; "he was in command, you knqw." "Yes, but he was wounded and forced to fall out. You Generals How e and Cornwallis were disconcerted by the were the actual commander during the engagement." manner in which the skirmishing party had been handled. General Washington always insisted on giving credit "I think we had better give lip the idea of making an atwhere credit was due. tack, General Cornwallis," said Howe. "What do you think?" This was one reason why he was so well liked by both officers and soldiers. "It fo t 11 ,, th 1 And he gave Dick credit for the result of the affair just is r you o say, your exce ency, was e rep y. ''l have no doubt that we would be able to defeat them, ended. But for Dick's good spy work in Philadelphia the but the victory would be dearly won." British might have surprised the patriots, and then the "I judge that you are right; and I do not think it would affair would have had an entirely different much less favorable to the Americans. be wise to engage them in battle. Washington's army will ending--one become disintegrated before the winter end, anyway, and -=' all we will have to do will be to return to Philadelphia and THE END. take it easy till next spring. The war will be a; thing of the past by that time, and there is no need of causing the shedding of any more blood." "I think you are right in your views, your excellency. I do not see how the rebel army can possibly live through the winter as an army. It will have to break up and dissolve, to keep the men from freezing and starving to dea'l:h." _That is the way I look at it." So the British did not make another attack. The next number (28) of "Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BATTLE ORY; OR, WITH WASHINGTON AT THE BRANDYWINE," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any "Perhaps it is as well," said General Washington; newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by "neither side could have accomplished much, and a great The army faced about and back in the direc tion of Philadelphia. many men would have lost their lives. On the whole, I am mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION glad Howe decided to return to Philadelphia without ofSQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the eopies fcring battle." you order by return mail.


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U 4 The Bradys in High Lite; or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. he Bradys Behind the Scenes; or, Tbe Great Theatrical Case. 115 The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot Work in the Bowery. 'he aud the Opium Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks of 116 The Bradrs &nd t.he Sharpers; or In Darkest New York. Chinatown. 11 7 The Bradys and t.he Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy The Bradys Down East; or, The Mystery of a Country Town. 118 The Bradys in Central Park; or, The Mystery of the Mail. Working for the Treasury; or1 The Bradys and the Bank Burglars. 119 The Braclys on their Mnscle; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. The Bradys' Fatal_ Clew: or, A Desperate Game for Gold. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooka. Shadowing the Sharpers; or, The Bradys' $10,000 Deal. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding Up tl)e EaetSlde Crooks. The Bradys and the ))'lrebug; or, Found In the Flames. 122 The Bradys Under Fire ; or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws: The Bradys In Texas ; or, The Great Ranch Mlstery. 123 The Bradys at the 'Bea<:h : or, The Mystery of the Bath House. 'he Bradys on the Ocean; or, The Mystery o Stateroom No. 7. 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gord Mine; or, Hot Work Among the Tha Brndys and the Office Boy; or, Working Up a Business Case. Cowboys. rhe In the Backwoods; or, The Mystery of the Hunters' 125 Tbe Bradys and the Missing Olrl : or, A Clew FoWld tu the Dark 126 The Bradys and the Banker; er, The :Mystery of a Treasure Vault the Yellow Dwarf; or, The Bradys and the Opium 12 7 The and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing np a Theatrioal Case 1 2 8 The Bradys and Bad Man Smith; or. The of Black Bar. Tbe Bradys' Still Hunt; or, 'l'he Case that was Won by Waiting. Cangbt by the Camera: or, The Bradys and the Girl from Maine. .For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by llK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, ll'ew Yorll:. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUJIBERS ur Libr&.ries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and fill he following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want ancf we will send them to you by remail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN .'.rHE SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . . . . ... ANK 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 SECRElI' SERVICE . . .............................. I. "TE:rj CENT HAND BOOKS ........ : ....... ..... ..... : ............... ........................ Street and No ................. 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HERE'S Splendid ANOTHER NEW ONE Staries the af \ THE LIBERTY 0 '76 A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the A tufkrican By HARRY MOORE. DON'T, FAIL TO REA Revo ntio IT These stories based on actual facts and give a faithf account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of AmericCJ youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their liv1 for the sake of helping a.long the gallant cau s e of Independen< Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading mattE bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. H The Libertv Boys or .l<'ooling the British. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. S ettling Wit h the British and Torie,;. 3 The Liberty Boys Good Work; or. Helping General Wash15 The Liberty Bo ,;' 'rap, and \\"hat Ca,;ght in It 16 The Liberty Boy:> or. The Tories' Clevcr SrhP 17 The Liberty Bo: G reat S troke: or Capturing a Brit ington. Mdn-of-War. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or. Always in the Right Place. i 8 The LibPrty B o Challenge: u: : P'ltriots >s. 5 The Libcrry Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's 19 The Li\Jerty ( 1..1pp e d : or. The ll>:rntiiul Tory. Minions The Liberty Bo. .\listakP: or. "What Have Be 6 The LibPrty Boys Defiance; or, "Catc h and Hang Us if 21 The Liberty Po' Fine Work. or. Doing Things C'p tsr You can." 22 The Liberty B, at B:1y: or. ThP Closest Cnll of AIL 7 The Liberty Boyl:I in D emand; or. The Champion Sp'.!! o i 2 3 The Liberty Bl 011 .Their or. :\laking I t \\" 1 the Revolution. for the R 'lt( l,:;, 8 The LiberLy Boys Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and 2-! The Liberty l'rnl; or, Downing tht ToriE!s. and Tc _o>s. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Resc u1::; or. A Hos t Within Them25 The Liberty Boys Suspected: or. raken fo r Bri tish S p i selves. 26 The Liberty Bo.1s C l eYe r Trick: o Teachi n g the R!.' 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A N eck-and-Nerk a Thing or Two. Race With D eath. 27 The Liberty B oy< Goo l Spy Wor!. u ,-:th 11 Liberty Boys Pluck: or, Undaunte d by Odds. in Philac l elphia i2 'l.'h e Liberty Boys' Perii; or. Threate n e d from All Sides. 2 8 The Liberty Boys' Batt!!:' Cry; or. \\"ith \ \ 'ashingron a t 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or. Fortune F avors the Brave. B :andywinP salt> hy' all newsclealPrs or !'ent llost11aid 011 FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, rt><-ipt of' 5 ctmti-; )>er 11, IF YOU WANT ANY of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can e o b lamed from this o!Jice d irect. Cut out nnd in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the prire of the booh i you want and we will send them to}'' 1 b y turn mail. l'OS'l'AGE ,S'l'Al.UPS 'l'AUEN 'l'HE _\S lUONEY. -..... -... --. .. ---. -. --.. --. -. -.. -. .. --. ---. --. --. -... FRANK '110.V EY, Publls her, 2 Union Sriuarc, X01r Y o rk. .. --.. --.... -... -. -. 190 l DE..ilt fhHl .. __ .cent;:: for 1rhich plrasesend mr : .... copies of \\ORK '\IX. -........ ..... ... --. .... -. PIJFC'K AXD LFOK .. ...... _. ..... __ ___ _. _. SECRET SERYICE .. __ .. .......... "THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. .. __ .. .. -. -. ... -. -.. Ten-Cent Rand Book s Nos .......................................... Name ................................................................. Street and .... ...-.-.-.-..-.-.-_-__-_.-.-.-.-::::::::::: : i:: : _::.: State ..... -. -


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