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The Liberty Boys' big contract, or, Holding Arnold in check
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. Is.rnd ll'ee!-111By $Z."50 vcr year. f,'11/cml as ,cconrl ('{u,s Jfoiler at the Netu Y ork _l'ost Officr, F cliruary 4, 1001, by Frank 1"""''!1 No. 31. NEW YORI(, AUGUS'f 2. 1901. Price 5 Cents Come on!" cried Dick, in a ringing voice ; .. come on, and we will show Arnold how the I 'Libertv Boys' treat traitors!


THE LmERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution .. Iaaued Weekly-By SubscripUon $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Poat Office, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the year 1901, in the o"{fice of tne Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 31. NEW YORK, AUGUST 2, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. DICK AND THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. It was the first week in February of the year 1781. General Washington, with his army, had his head uarters near New York City. He was keeping a close watch on General Clinton, who ccupied New York City at that time. low of apparently twenty-one or twenty-two years of age. "Dick Slater!" the orderly announced. Then he withdrew. Dick saluted. "You sent for me, your excellency?" he asked. "Yes, Dick," was the reply. Then Washington looked at Dick, earnestly, for a few moments. He motioned toward a stool. "Be seHted, Dick," he said, "I wish to have a talk with It was a. cold, wintry morning. Snow was falling. you." The commander-in-chief sat before a huge :fireplace in is room in the house which he occupied as headquarters. General Washington held a letter in his hand. He had just :finished reading the letter. The commander-in-chief was gazing at the floor as if a deep study. His brow was knitted. Evidently the contents of the letter had worried him. Dick took the seat indicated. Then he looked toward the commander-in-chief, expectantly. Washington was silent for a few moments. Then he turned an earnest gaze on his companion. "Dick," he said, "I have just received bad news.'' "lndeed ?" remarked Dick. "I am sorry." "Yes, Dick, I have received bad news. Arnold is down in Virginia, burning and pillaging right and left." The commander-in-chief lifted his eyes and gazed into "That is bad news, indeed." e roaring :fire in the huge fireplace for a few moments. "Yrs, Dick. Arnold has one thousand men, and thePresently he turned his head and looked out through people are powerless." e window at the driving snow. "I should judge that they would be, your excellency. After gazing out of the window for a few moments, It would take an organized force superior to his to hold ashington again tiirned his attention to the letter, which him in check, for Arnold is a terrible fighter." still held in his hand. "So he is, Dick; so be is. And it is terrible to think of He looked at the Jetter, seemed to re-read a portion of and then folded it up and laid it on the table. Then the commander-in-chief spoke, as if thinking aloud. "It must be done," he said. "Arnold must be held in eek. The burning and pillaging down in Virginia must stopped." General Washington was silent a few moments. Then he rapped on the table. The door opened and an orderly entered. him as a traitor, fighting against the cause which he used to espouse and which he at one time loved, I am sure." 'I'hc commander-in-chief's tone was sad. Dick was silent. He knew that when Benedict Arnold was fighting on the side of liberty, General Washington had loved him as a brother. The youth realized that the heart of the commander-in chief was torn with grief over the downfall of Arnold, "Orderly," the commander-in-chief said, "send Dick whom he had loved so well. ater to me at once." "Yes, your excellency." The orderly saluted and withdrew. He was gone perhaps half an hour. Presently the commander-in-chief spoke again. "Arnold must be held in check, and there is but one way to do it." "And that, your excellency?" remarked Dick, as the Then he returned, accompanied by a handsome young felcommander-in-chief paused.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. "I must send a force down there to him." "Ah!" nick's face lighted up. "I am not afraid that you ever will be, Dick. And now, are you ready to undertake the long trip I have spoken of?" "Quite ready, your excellency. Indeed, I may say that .An eager light came into his eyes. I am eager to undertake it; and I am confident I can.\ He believed that he knew now why General Washington safely speak for each and every one of the 'Liberty Boys.' bad sent for him. It would not matter, however; you have but to and we will obey." -I "I am well aware of that, Dick, but I like to consult the Washington saw the eager look on the youth's face, and smiled. "Yes, I must send a force down there to oppose him," wishes and conveniences of my men whenever and wherever he repeated. possible." ."I should think that would be a good plan, your ex"We shall be glad to go on this expedition, yo:ur excelcellency." lency," said Dick. "We shall be glad for the reason that "It is the only thing to do, Dick; and I have decided it will give us something to do, and, besides, we are always to send Lafayette, with a force of about one thousand men." W asbington paused. He was watching Dick, closely. Dick's face fell. A look of disappointment appeared thereon. happy when we are doing anything that will aid the great cause." "Nobly spoken, Dick. That is kind of sentiment I like to hear expressed." "How soon will you wish us to start, your excellency?" "At once, Dick." "Good!" exclaimed Dick. "That will suit us all the A half-quizzical smile appeared upon his face. "I s hall send Lafayette and his men to the head of the better. We will start this very Washington saw this. Chesapeake Bay, and they will proceed on down to the lower end of the bay. They will go on board ships and will land in Virginia in the vicinity of the James River." "A very good plan, your excellency," said Dick. it "ill reduce the marching to a minimum." W a s bington was silent for a few moments. Then he looked at his youthful companion, and, wi_th a half-smile, said: "I am thinking of sending another force to co-operate with Lafay e tte, Dick," he said. Dick's face brightened. Tpe eager look returned to bis eyes. "Indeed?" he remarked. "Just as soon as you like, Dick. And now for a few instructions : You will go to Virginia, and if you reach there ahead of Lafayette, you will do all you can to hold Arnold in check till Lafayette comes. He will proceed to Richmond, and you must have a man there on the lookout for him." "Very well, your excellency." The youth remained perhaps half an hour longer Washington gave him full instructions. Verbal instr;ictions would be all that would be nece;; s ary. Dick had a wonderful memory. He never needed written instructions. Besides, written instructions are dangerous things to "Yes, Dick. I have in my army, here, a company made have in one's possession. up of young men who are known as 'The Liberty Boys of If it should 80 happen that one was captured, the plans Seventy-six.' Their captain is a young man by the name would become known to the enemy. -0 Dick Slater. I am thinking of sending this company Washington always gave verba,l orders and instructions, down int9 Virginia to co-operate with Lafayette. As this whenever possible. is a company of cavalry, I think it could do good work At the end of half an hour Dick had a full understand.against Arnold, don't you?" "I think so, your excellency. At any rate, I can safely promise you that if you send it down there it will do the very best work of which it is capable." ing of what was expected of him and his "Liberty Boys." He knew just what Washington wished them to do. Then he bade the commander-in-chief good-by, and withdrew. "I am sure of that, Dick. I have the utmost faith Dick hastened back to the quarters occupied by the in Dick Slater and his company of brave 'Liberty Boys.' "Liberty Boys." You have been often tried and never found wanting." "Hello, Dick! What's your hurry? What's in the "Thank you,'' said Dick. "I trust that w1 sh.all never I wind, now?" greeted Bob Estabrook, a bright, handsome be found wanting." I fellow of about Dick's age.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 3 He was Dick's nearest and dearest friend, and knew "Yes, I think we can get ready that soon. But, say, Dic!t so well that he was sure, judging by his friend's looks, that will be a big trip down there, won't it?" that something was on the tapis. "What makes you think there is something in the wind, Bob?" "Your looks." "My looks?" "Yes." "How do I look?" "Happy." "Happy, eh?'' "Yes, and somewhat You look, well-as if you had beard some extremely good news." "I have, Bob." ... "You have?" "Yes." Bob looked interested. "Tell us the news, old man." A number of the "Liberty Boys" crowded forward. "Yes, tell us the news, Dick." "Out with it I" "We want to hear it I" "Tell us quick!" Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to. Dick laughed. "All right, boys," he said. "I'll tell you the news. We are to go on an expedition." "Hurrah!" cried Bob. "Where are we to go, Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. "Down into Virginia, Mark." "What I Away down into Virginia?" "Hurrah for Old Virginia!" cried Bob, the irrepressible. "Why are we to go down there, Dick?" asked Sam Sanderson. "Arnold is down there, burning and pillaging, Sam. We are to go down there for the purpose of putting a stop to this and holding him in check, if possible. "Quite a long ride; but it won't be the first one for us." Dick now gave the order for the "Liberty Boys" to begin making preparations for the journey. They went to work at once. They looked to their weapons, first, then they selected the clothing which they would wear. Having selected it, they donned it. By noon they had everything fixed. They ate a hearty dinner and then, saddling and bridling their horses, mounted and rode away toward the South, through the driving snowstorm. CHAPTER IL IN OLD VIRGINIA. The "Liberty Boys" made their wa'y southward as rapidly as possible. The weather was severe, and the youths suffered con siderable from the cold, but they did not complain. They were used to hardships. However, the farther south they got the milder became the weather. At last they crossed the Potomac and were in Virginia. The weather was now comparatively pleasant. The Blue Ridge Mountains cut off the cold, northwest wind. The sun shone brightly each day. It did not seem like winter. The youths rode steadily southward. They were beaded for Richmond. When they were yet about fifty miles distant from the city they rode into a small village late in the evening. "Hurrah!" cried Bob. if anybody can." "We can hold Arnold in check, As had been their custom, the youths scattered and went "I think so, Bob." "When are we to start, Dick?" asked Mark. "Right away." "Right away?" "Yes-that is, just as soon as we can get ready." "And bow soon will that be?" "Ob, I don't know. We ought to be able to be ready to start soon after dinner, I should think; we haven't very much to do. We won't want to take much with us as we will wish to travel as rapidly as possible. We will live off of the country as we travel through." to the different houses for the purpose of securing food .for themselves and feed for their horses. There was a tavern in the village, but, of course, it could not accommodate one hundred of them. About a dozen went to the tavern, the others dispers ing to private houses. It happened that the majority of the people of this village were patriots, and when they learned that Dick's party was made up of patriot soldiers, they were delighted. They were overjoyed when they learned that Dick and his men had come to that vicinity for the purpose of trying to hold Arnold in check.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT Arnold's depredations in that part of the country had filled them with terror. Meanwhile, Dick was not idle. He sent runners to the different houses where his men They were living in constant fear of an attack from him. had gone for supper, and soon all the "Liberty Boys'' were "I don't see what you can expect to accomplish, young gathered together, ready for work. man," said the tavern-keeper to Dick. "There's only about a hundred of you, while Arnold has a thousand men. You

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. They had no difficulty in finding their way back. They had a beacon light to guide them. (of the village, the body of horsemen came riding forward at a rapid gait. This was the burning house; the redcoats having applied the torch to the first house they had pillaged. They had accomplished this before Dick and his men had made the attack. There was no doubt in Dick's mind but that this force was the same one that had visited the village that evening. Doubtless the redcoats had returned, expecting t<> find the people of the village without protection. The house did not burn to the ground, however. The probabilities were that they supposed Dick and his The residents of the village turned out, en masse, and men had taken their departure. helped put the fire out. If this was the case, they were soon to be undeceived. It wAs a hard fight, but they succeeded, and they had just got the fire extinguished as the youths rode back into the village. The people were delighted. Arnold's marauders had met with a check. It was the first they had received. But, as Dick assured the people of the village, it was not to be the last. "We will put a check on the business, if we do not succeed in stopping it altogether," he said. "I believe you will," the tavern-keeper said, admiringly. "I didn't think, at first, that you would be able to do much, but after this I shall be willing to believe almost anything of you and your men. You are not afraid of anything." "We certainly are not afraid of the redcoats," said Bob. Dick decided to spend the. night in the village. 'l'he people were only too glad to have the youths stay. They feared the redcoats. might return. The redcoats, who had met with death at the hands of Pistols in hand, the youths stood their ground and awaited the approach of the enemy. When the redcoats were close enough so that a pistol shot volley would be effective, Dick gave the order to fire. Crash Roar The sound of the volley awoke the echoes for miles around. It also awoke every person within the limits o:f the village. Yells of pain and anger went up from the redcoats. A number o:f saddles were emptied. "Give them al}other volley!" cried Dick. "Fire!" Crash Roar Again some saddles were emptied. Again shouts were given utterance to. C,onsiderable execution had been done by the "Liberty Boys." The redcoats had not expected to find Dick and his men still there, and they decided that it would be best to not try to accomplish anything more. the "Liberty Boys," were buried by the citizens ef the They accordingly whirled around and rode away into village, and the wounded British were taken into the tavthe darkness at top speed. ern and their wounds were dressed. The people humane. Dick decided that it would be a good idea to keep watch for the redcoats, so he placed sentinels at the edge of the village. It was well that he did so. At about two o'clock in the morning the sentinels raised an alarm. Instantly Dick and his "Liberty Boys" were up and out. They had simply thrown themselves down on blankets, spread on the floors of the different houses, where they were to spend the night, and all they had to do was to leap to their feet and rush out of doors. Dick cautioned his sentinels to keep a sharp lookout, and then the "Liberty Boys" returned to their interrupted slumbers. There was no further disturbance that night. The people were profuse in their thanks to Dick and his comrades next morning. They realized that their property, their houses, and, perhaps, even the lives of many of them had been saved by Dick and his "Liberty Boys." .. But for their presence the redcoats would have plundered the houses and set fire to them. After breakfast the youths mounted their horses and rode away. Weapons in hand, the "Liberty Boys" rushed toward "You had better keep your eyes open," were the last the point from which the alarm had sounded. words .._addressed to Dick by the tavern-keeper, who had It was tolerably dark, but not so dark but th;t it was tnken a great liking to the youth. "You are likely to possible to see a body of horsemen outlined against the run onto a gang of redcoats at any moment. Don't let horizon. them take you by surprise." As Dick and the "Liberty Boys" advanced to the edge "We'll keep a sharp lookout for them," was Dick's reply.


--------- 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. Then they rode away at a gallop. Dick felt that the superiority of his position would about "Well, we've done some good already, Dick," said Bob, even up matters. as they rode along, side by side. Dick drew his sword, waved it in the air, and gave "Yes, Bob, we were the means of saving that village the command: from being burned to the ground." "Charge I" "So we were. I hope we'll run against another gang of As he gave the order he put spurs to his horse and redcoats to-day." dashed down the slope, straight toward Arnold and his men. "You're getting to be bloodthirsty, Bob." The "Liberty Boys" followed their daring young leader. "Not that, Dick. The redcoats have been carrying things As they did so they gave utterance to ringing cheers. here with such a high hand that it makes it a pleasant task This was the kind of work they liked. to put a stop to their work." Nothing pleased them better than to become engaged in At every house they came to Dick paused and made inan encounter, such as this one promised to be. quiries with regard as to whether or not any redcoats had They liked to dash forward at breakneck speed and hurl been seen in the neighborhood recently. They did not ride so very rapidly on this day. They were nearing their journey's end. They would be within a few miles of Richmond by even ing, so they could afford to go slow and keep a lookout for mrirauding parties of Arnold's redcoats. About the middle of the afternoon Dick: and his party were riding along the road leading through the timber. They were going up a rather steep hill. Presently they reached the top. Here a surprise awaited them. As they rode over the crest of the hill they came face to face with about two hundred redcoats. At the head of the column of redcoats rode Arnold, the traitor. CHAPTER III. THE "LIBERTY BOYS" OJ.ASH WITH ARNOLD'S M;EN. The surprise "as mutual. The redcoats had not been expecting that they would meet an enemy. They reined up their horses and came to a stop. They did not know, o:f course, but that there might be a thousand men in Dick's party. 'rhis gave Dick and his men an advantage. They could look down and see just how many redcoats themselves upon a detachment of the enemy. It was thrilling. It caused the blood to leap in their veins. The action of Dick and his "Liberty Boys" was well calculated to bring dismay to the hearts of the redcoats. The movement was so bold that it caused a :feeling of terror to take possession of them. The "Liberty Boys" kept advancing over the crest o:f the hill and the instant they came in sight of the enemy, they uttered cheers and dashed on down the slope at reck less speed. Dick and the extreme head of the column of "Liberty Boys" struck the redcoats with great force. Dick had aimed straight for Arnold. "I will kill the traitor!" he said to himself. While Dick was yet a few yards distant, however, Ar nold's horse became frightened and unmanageable. The animal whirled and dashed back through the ranks of the redcoats and on down the slope. Dick was disappointed. He had to meet Arnold in single combat. Dick was not bloodthirsty, but he would have done his duty. He would have killed the traitor. 'The flight of Arnold, even though unintentional, )lad its effect in aiding in the demoralization of the redcoats. They had no leader, they did not know how many o:f the enemy there were, consequently they had no heart for a fight with the "Liberty Boys." instead of standing their ground and trying to hold their there were. own they turned their horses and dashed away in the wake Dick saw that the redcoats outnumbered his party by of their leader. two to one, at least. This made no however. He decided to attack the redcoats. The positions of the two forces were in favor of Dick and his party. After them came the "Liberty Boys." Cheer after cheer went up from the youths. They urged their horses forward at their best speed. It was an exciting chase. It bade fair to be a long-drawn-out chase, also.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 7 The horses of the redcoats and those of the "Liberty :Boys" seemed to be about evenly matched in speed. It would be a difficult matter for the "Liberty Boys" to overtake the redcoats. Soon all were down the slope, and were racing along over a level country. Two or three of the "Libe'rty Boys" were wounded, but not seriously. Onward rode the "Liberty Boys." A little thing like a volley from pistols would not stop them. Nothing short of a stone wall would have stopped that The redcoats now had an opportunity to size up their rush. pursuers. And it would have had to be a very thick wall at that. Arnold had .finally succeeded in getting his horse under Before the redcoats could draw another pistol and fire control. a second volley, the "Liberty Boys" were within twenty He looked back and saw that there were not nearly so yards of them. many men in the pursuing party as there were in his own patty. Arnold was a fighter. At any rate, he had been a fierce fighter when he was in the patriot army. He had lost a good deal of his dash and daring, however, when be left the patriot army and joined the ranks of the British. He realized that s hould he be captured he would meet with the fate of a traitor. He would be hanged. This knowledge seemed to inspire him with a feeling oi' fear. It had the effect of taking away his efficiency as a fighter. It was for this reason that he had been sent down into Virginia, with a small force of men, to burn and pillage, instead of being given an important oommand. When he saw, however, that his men outnumbered those of the pursuing party, at least two to one, he decided to stop and offer battle. He gave the command and his men st-opped and faced about. If he thought that the pursuing party would stop, he was quickly undeceived. Each and every individual member of the company oi "Liberty Boys" was recklessly brave. They had no desire to stop. A fight with the redcoats was just what they wanted. They were delighted when they saw the redcoats stop and face about. Dick waved his sword in the air. "Forward he cri ed. "Charge the scoundrels First the pistol, then the sword!" 'rhe "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to a ringing cheer and each and every one drew a pistol. They urged their horses forward at increased speed. When they were within seventy-five yards of the enemy the redcoats fired a volley from their dragoon pistols. "Give it to them!" cried Dick. "Fire!" Up came the pistols. Crash l Roar l The youths were close enough for the volley to do considerable damage. A number of the redcoats tumbled off their horses. Then the "Liberty Boys" thrust the pistols back in their belts and drew their swords. The next moment they were upon the redcoats. They struck with the resistless force of an avalanche. The horses of the "Liberty Boys" had been trained for such work as this. They understood what was expected of them. A slight pull on the reins, just as they reached the enemy, caused the horses to rear up on their hind legs. Then the intelligent animals threw themselves against the horses of the redcoats, with terrible force, literally knocking them flat upon the ground. In many instances the riders were pinioned underneath the fallen bodies of the horses. In other instances the riders were hurled many feet and stricken senseless by the fall. Then the "Liberty Boys" went to work. The bright blades of the swords flashed as the youths c:ut and slashed. "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" cried Dick. A wild cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys," and then they repeated Dick's words, in a ringing chorus: "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" At this instant Dick caught sight of Arnold, and made a dash toward him. "Death to traitors!" he cried. Before Dick could reach Arnold, however, two or three of the redcoats got between, and again Dick was foiled in his attempt to engage in combat with the leader of the redcoats. The British dragoons were badly demoralized. It was the first time that they had encountered the "Liberty Boys."


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. Many of them were veterans. "We certainly shall do our best to put a stop to their They had taken part in many a hard-fought battle. high-handed doings," said Dick. They had fought on many a field, in Europe as well as Then he asked the farmer if there was a spade about in America. the place. They had encountered forces made up of brave men, The farmer said there was, and sent his ten-year-old boy men who made fighting a business, and who knew not the to get it. meaning of the word "Fear." Dick sent some of the "Liberty Boys" back to where But in all their experience they had never encountered the encounter with the redcoats had taken place, and in any such dare-devil, reckless fighters as were these "Liberty structed them to bury the dead. Boys." When the "Liberty Boys" returned, they fold Dick that It was a revelation to them. the wounded redcoats were suffering terribly. They would not have believed it possible that such terriDick had expected that the redcoats would return and ble fellows could exist in a country that had had so little look after their wounded, but they lmd not done so, and it advantages in the way of military teachings. The "Liberty Boys," however, had needed nothing of this kind. looked now as if they did not intend to do so. Dick was good-hearted and humane. He told the farmer to hitch a couple of horses to a had needed no instruction. wagon, which stood near, and when this had been done, be They were.natural fighters. sent Bob and some more of the "Liberty Boys" to bring They had studied the matter for themselves, and had the wounded redcoats to the farmhouse. quickly learned all that was necessary. This was done. They had learned that fierceness of attack, coupled with It took two trips with the wagon, as there were fourteen bulldog-like determination, would overcome superiority of the wounded redcoats, and only seven could be brought of force in most instances. It was so in this instance. Superiority of numbers did not seem to help the British in the least. The attack of the "Liberty Boys" was irresistible. In less than one minute's time the redcoats were again in full flight. Dick decided to let them go. at ODO time. It happened that the farmhouse was one of those old fashioned, mansion-like affairs, with three times the num ber of rooms needed. There were numerous rooms that were not in use. A couple of these rooms were utilized, the redcoats being placed in there on blankets spread on the floor. The farmer, as was the case in those days, had a mediSeveral of the "Liberty Boys" had gone down, two or cine-chest which was well filled with medicines, liniments, three having been killed and the others wounded, and Dick salves, etc. did not wish to go on and leave them. Dick, Bob and a number of the "Liberty Boys" had had He and his men dismounted and looked after ilhe woundsufficient experience, so that they were quite skillful in ed "Liberty Boys."

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 9 They ate heartily, for they were hungry. "They have surrounded the place, Dick!" one cried. They were young, strong and healthy, and were natur"They don't intend that we shall get away." ally possessed of good appetites. "That is all right," said Dick, quietly. "We don't want Then, too, the work they had done in putting the red-to get away. This is a good, strong buiiding, and I think coats to rout had added to their hunger. "Do you think the redcoats will return and attack us to-night, Dick?" asked Bo.b, when supper was over. "Hard telling, Bob." "I rather think they will do so." ''Well, we will go on the theory that they are liable to do so, and will put out sentinels." "That is a good idea, Dick; we don't want to be taken by surprise." "No, indeed." There was plenty of room in the farmhouse for all of the "Liberty Boys." As soon as it grew dark, Dick stationed the sentinels. He instructed them to keep close watch. "The redcoats may return and attack us," he said; "i so, we wish to know it before they have time to accomplish anything." we can fight them off." '"We can try, anyway,'' said one of the sentinels. "Come inside, boys," said Dick. All entered the house. Dick closed the door and locked and bolted it. Then he led the way upstairs to where most of the "Liberty Boys" were. The upstairs consisted, in the main, of bedrooms. There was a wide hall running the length of the building, with rooms on both sides. The "Liberty Boys" had taken possession of these rooms. In each room was a window. The "Liberty Boys" had raised the windows and were peering out in an effort to get sight of the redcoats. Dick went from room to room, giving the youths in structions "We will fight to the death, if need be, boys!" he said. "They won't be able to surprise you, Dick," one ?f the "W-e will not surrender, no matter how greatly we may sentinels said. "We will see them, if they put in an ap-be outnumbered." pearance. '' This was the s_entiment the boys liked to hear expressed. Dick felt safe on this score. The word "surrender" was not in their vocabulary. The "Liberty Boys" dispersed to their rooms at about Watching out of the windows, the "Liberty Boys" presnine o'clock, and soon all were asleep. They slept soundly until about one o'clock, when they were awakened by a sound of firearm& being discharged. Dick was upon his feet in an instant. "The redcoats are at hand!" he exclaimed. CHAPTER IV. A CHECK TO ARNOLD. Dick hastened to arouse all the "Liberty Boys." The majority of them had ?een awakened by the firing, however, so it was not much of a task. Dick hastened to the front door and opened it. One of the sentinels was there. "They're corning, Dick!" he exclaimed. "There seems to be a big gang of them, too." ently dark forms moving here and there. These were the redcoats, they were confident. Some of the "Liberty Boys" were just on the point of firing at the dark figures when there came a thunderous rapping upon the front door. The hallway extended from the front to the rear. At each end of the hallway was a window. The window at the front end of the hallway was right over the front door. Dick made his way to this window. He carefully raised the window. He leaned out and looked down. Almost below Dick stood a man. "What is wanted?" Dick asked. It was quite dark, but Dick could see that the man turned hls head and looked upward. "Who are you?" the man asked, in return. "My name is Slater, Dick Slater, at your service." "Humph! Are you the commander of the rebel force "Do you think there are more of them than were in inside this house?" the party we had our fight with yesterday?" "I am the commander of the patriot force in here. "Yes, Dick; I should judge that there are at least twice And, now, who are you?" as many." "I represent Benedict Arnold, commander of the British At this instant the other sentinels came running up. force."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. "Oh, you do?" "I do." "You are representing a traitor and a sneak, my friend." "That is as may be. I did not come here to discuss that." "Oh, you didn't?" "No." "Why did you come here, "To demand the surrender of yourself and men." "Oh, tha.t is what you came for?" Dick's tone was sarcastic. "That is what I came for." Dick laughed, ironically. "Then you may as well go back at once." "You refuse to surrender?" "I do." Dick's tone was quiet, but determined. The redcoat wils evidently disappointed. "You'll be sorry he declared. "I don't think so." "You had better reconsider the matter." "I have nothing to reconsider." Dick's tone was sufficient to convince the redcoat that he meant every word he uttered. "Do you know what will happen if you try to resist?" "Can't say that I do. What will ?" "You will all be killed." "You'll have to get at us first." "Oh, we'll get at you, all right!" the fellow declared. "How?" "We'll break the doors down, smash in the windows and get in that way." "But won't we be doing something during that time?" ''What will you be doing?" "Shooting you down!" "Oh, but there's too many of us; you can't do much, that way." "How many are there of you?" "Four hundred." "You may think so." "I know so." "You just think you know. You ll :find your mistake when you make the attempt." "You will see. "So will you see. You will fu:td it to be about the big gest task you ever undertook." "Then you absolutely refuse to surrender?" "I absolutely refuse. You may return to your commander and so inform him." The man turned and walked away. Hehad gone but a few steps whe n he paused. ''Have you thought," he c all e d out 'of the fa c t that i f we should fail to effect an entranc e we can burn t h e horn::C' down?" "You would not do that," said Dick. "Why not?" "For the bes t reason in the world." "Tell me the reason." "I shall be only too glad to do so. There are within this house at th:is moment, fourteen of your comrades who were wounded in the engagement yesterday. If you were to set fire to the house you would consign them to the most horrible death imaginable, and I do not think that, cruel-hearted as you have proved yourselves to be, you would do that." "Are you telling the truth(" the fell o w a s k ed. "I am telling you the truth, and nothing but the trut h. So I don't think you will set the house on :fire to-night." 'The fellow turned and walked away. "There will be lively work here in a few minutes, Dick," said Bob, who had approached while Dick was talking. I You re right, Bob. If that fellow told the trut h, there are four hundred of the r e d c oats, and that number ought to be able to make it lively enough for us." "That's right." Dick made the rounds of the rooms and told the "Liberty Boys" what he had learned. "That isn't many." He gave them instructions with regard to how to conDick spoke in the most cool and unconcerned manner duct the clefense. imaginable. "You think not?" "That is what I think." "Well, you will :find it will be too many for you and your gang of rebels. You h ad better make up your minds to surrender." "Never!" replied Dick. "We would die before we would surrender. If you want us, you will have to come and take us." "Very well. We can and will do it." As there was but one window in each room, not more than two could fire through the window, handily. Dick told them to station tWo at each window to do the shooting, while the others kept back from the windows and reloaded the pistols as fast as they were emptied. In th:is way a constant :fire could be kept up. When Dick had made the rounds and given his instruc tions, he returned to the window at the front. All waited patiently for the attack. Their patience was not tried very severely.


) THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 11 They did not have long to wait. Suddenly there was a rush of dark forms. They darted into view from the outer darkness, and came rushing straight toward the house. They came from all sides at once. The dark forms were those of the redcoats. They were advancing to the attack. The "Liberty Boys" could not see the redcoats very plainly, but it was plain enough for their purpose. They were skilled at shooting in the darkness. Crack crack crack I crack crack I Crash Roar The fight was on. The "Liberty Boys" fired 1:apidly. A number of the "Liberty Boys" were wounded, but fortunately none were killed. That ended it. The redcoats made no further attack that night. When morning came they were nowhere to be seen. They had given up and gone away. They had taken their wounded with them, but the dead redcoats still lay where they had fallen. The "Liberty Boys" made a large excavation and placed the dead of the redcoats in it and covered them up. "Say, Dick, we seem to be holding Arnold in check, all right," said Bob, drily. "We seem to be doing a bit more than holding him in check, Bob," was Dick's reply. "If we keep on the way There were two at every window, who had nothing else we have been doing we will soon have his force severely to do but fire, and they kept it up constantly. crippled." As fast as they fired the pistols the "Liberty Boys" passed the m back to be reloaded by their comrades. The redcoats fired up at the windows, as they advanced, but their bullets did little execution. The shots from the "Liberty Boy..s'" pistols, however, did considerable execution. Many of the redcoats went down. They had not looked for such strong resistance. Many of the redcoats fled back into the encompassing darkness. The fire from within the house was too severe. Some of the redcoats kept on and reached the house. Even then they were not safe, however. The "Liberty Boys" leaned out of the windows and fired straight down at their enemies. Many of the .redcoats were killed. Many were severely wounded. The fire was so galling that they were unable to remain. They broke and fled back into the darkness, followed by a rain of bullets. Dick was well pleased. His "Liberty Boys" had succeeded in repulsing a force at least three times greater than their own. Dick was encouraged, also. He believed they would be enabled to hold the redcoats at bay. It was half an hour b e fore the redcoats could get up sufficient courage to make another attack. They made a fierce and determined attack this time, "That's right; we have done well, so far." And indeed they had. CHAPTER V. DICK DECIDES TO VISIT RICHl\fOND. "What are you going o do next, Dick?" asked Bob, when all had eaten breakfast; "I'll tell you, Bob, I've about made up my mind to make this farmhouse our headquarters for the present." "Ah! Will Mr. Saunders let you do it?" Saunders was the name of the farmer. "Yes; I spoke to him about it this morning." "And he said we could stay here?" "Yes; he is not only willing, but glad to have us stay." "Why so?" "Why, you see, Arnold has been burning and pillaging e verywhere around this vicinity, and Mr. Saunders has b e en living in constant fear of a visit from the redcoats." "I see. He thinks that if we are here we will be a protection to him and his" property, eh?" "Yes." "Well, I guess he is right about that. We demonstrated that, last night." "So we did." The "Liberty Boys" were well pleased when they were told that Dick intended to make this farmhouse his headbut were no more successful than they had been the first quarters. time. As soon as they could get their horses bridled and saddled They were repulsed and driven back, with considerable the "Liberty Boys" mounted and away. loss. They scoured the country around in search of


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. They did not run across any of the redcoats before noon, so they rode back to the farmhouse for dinner. After dinner they mounted and started out again. They rode hither and thither till about the middle of the afternoon. Then, as they emerged from a strip of timber through which they had been riding, they suddenly came upon nearly a hundred horses, which were tied to the fence by the roadside. "Great guns! we've struck something now, Dick!" exclaimed Bob. "These are redcoats' horses, sure!" declared Mark Morrison. "But where are the redcoats?" asked Bob. Dick bad been looking all around. "I see them!" he exclaimed "Where are they?" cried Bob. Dick pointed toward a house standing more than a quar ter of a mile distant, over in a field. Redcoats were seen coming out of the house, like bees out of a hive. "They have s een us!" e xclaim e d Bob. "So they have," agr e ed Dick. "Forward!" He led the way across the field. He went on the run. The "Liberty Boys" followed. The redcoats came running toward the "Liberty Boys," from the direction of the house. Dick saw what the redcoats were trying to do. They wished to reach the stone wall first, and shelter themselves behind it. He thought they might be able to succeed, as they had not so far to run as had the "Liberty Boys." "Thai's all right," thought Dick, "let them take refuge behind the wall, if they want to; we will get them out !" He ran as rapidly as he could, and his men kept up as well as they were able. Only a few of them were as fast runners as was Dick, however. "The redcoats are there," he said. "You're right," said Mark Morrison. "I see some of Bob, Mark and a few others kept close behind Dick but them." "So do I." "And I!" "They're up to their old tricks!" "Yes, they're robbing and plundering that house I" Such were a few of the exclamations from the "Liberty Boys." "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. "We will go after them, Bob." "Good!" "The fir s t thing we will do will be to dismount and tie our horses." Then Dick gave the ord e r, calling out loud enough so that all could hear him. The "Liberty Boys" leaped to the ground instantly. They led their ho'rses to the and tied them. The fence was made of rails. 1'he rails were heavy, so that it was safe to tie to them. On the opposite side of the road was another fence. It was not made of rails. It was made of stone. It was about five feet high. About halfway between the road and the houee over in the field was another stone fence. the others 'Yere strung out. The redcoats succeeded in reaching the stone fence first. A number leaped up on top of the fence and lifted their muskets to take aim. Dick paused, as did Bob, Mark and those nearest, and they drew their pistols and fired before the redcoats could fire. Two of the redcoats dropped off the fence to the gro1md The aim of the oth e rs was disturbed s o that, although they fired, the bullets went wild. "Come on!" cried Dick, in a ringing voice. "Come on, and we will tea c h Arnold how the Liberty Boys' treat traitors I" The youths had paused to :fire their pi s tols, and now they rushed forward again at full s peed. Th!) entire force of "Libe rty Boys" had caught up with Dick, now, and all rushed forward together. Soon the "Liberty Boys" were on one side of the f e nce, while the redcoats were on the other. It became a battle at close quarters to see which force should retain possession of the fence It was a fierce fight. The redcoats were veterans. Up to the present time they had :flattered themselves that "Follow me, 'Liberty Boys!' cried Dick. "Forward!" they would be a match for any force the Americans could He ran across the road and leaped over the stone fence. send against them, even though the force might outnumber The "Liberty Boys" followed. them two to one. As they did so quite a commotion was noticed in the But this encounter with the "Liberty Boys" was destined vicinity of the house. to soon disabuse them of this idea.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. lJ The redcoats had never encountered such fighters as these youths proved themselves to be. After a :few minutes o:f fierce fighting, the "Liberty Boys" leaped up on top o:f the .stone wall. With pistol in one hand and sword in the other, the youths fired down upon the redcoats and cut and slashed / with such terri ble energy as to strike terror to their opof getting about the country, quickly and easily, and that it would make it more difficult for them to do their work of pillaging and plundering. It was a rule with Dick to do all he could to injure his e nemie s and make it hard for them to carry out their plans. It wa s not becau s e he was cruel-hearted or vindictive, but because it was in strict accordance with the idea of war. ponents. Di c k decided to remain in the vicinity until evening. The redcoat! could not stand it. He thought it possible that the redcoats might return and They broke and fled at the top of their speed. try to complete th eir work of pillaging and plundering the After 9 them rushed the "Liberty Boys." house. 'fhe redcoats ran straight toward the house. The farmer was delighted when Dick told him that he Doubtless the British thought of taking refuge in the would remain. house, but, if so, they gave up the idea. They were so closely pressed by their pursuQ;rs that they did not pause. So they kept right on running. Dick and the "Liberty Boys" pursued the fleeing red coats some little distance beyond the house. Then they discontinued the pursuit and returned to the He thanked the youth, with great energy. "'fhar' s no tellin' what them fellers might do if they / sh uld come back and find me helpless/' he said. "They would undoubtedly take everything that suited their fancy, and then burn the house down,'' said Bob. "Thet's jest about what they'd do,'' the farmer said. The horses were led through the field and tied near the house. house. 1 'fhe redcoats had not succeded in getting away with any p_lunder, owing to the :fact that the "Liberty Boys" had put in an appearance before they had had time to do so. The farmer realized that the youths had saved the property, and he was profuse in his. thanks. When Dick told the farmer that he had killed several of the redcoats and asked him i{ he would bury them, the farmer said he would. "I wish as how ye hed kill e d all uv 'em," he said. "Them fellers hev been hevin' things alf their own way aroun' heer fur quite a spell." "W e ll, I don t think they ll have their own way while we are around," said Dick, qui e tly "At any rate, they won' t hav e it all their own way." ( "I s h uld say not, j e dging b y what I h e v jes t seen," the ; farmer s a i d drily. Two of the Lib erty Boys" had been killed. Fiv e w e r e w ounded, but, fortunately, not seriou s ly Dick and bi s c omrades attende d t o the bury ing of the two "Liberty Bo ys,' but l eft t h e buri a l of the dead redcoats e ntirely to the -farmer. The youths returned to the road and took charge of th e horses. They took pos session of the redcoats' horses as well as "To the victors belong the spoils" is the rule of war ost universally observed Dic k was well aware of the fact that to deprive the redcoats of their horses was to deprive them of the means The youths spent the rest of the afternoon there. The redcoats did not again put in an appearance. The trouncing they had received had evidently taught them a lesson. Dick and the "Liberty Boys" remained there for supper. The farmer had put his negro servants to WQ_rk and they had gotten up a big supper. The youths enjoyed it immensely. Wh e n they had eaten, the y mounted, bade the farmer good-by, and rode away. Each youth led an extra horse. These animals might come in bandy, Dick knew. 'l'hey re a ched the farmhou s e where they bad established t h eir h ea dquarter s jus t a s darkne s s was descending over all The far m er h a d plent y o f s table room, so the horses wer e s o o n placed in a s afe pl ace. Wh e n t he you t h s ha d ente r e d t h e house, Dick call e d Bob to one e ide. "I am going away to-night, Bob,'' Dick said, "and I shall leave you in command." Bob was surprised. "Go in g away?" h e e xclaimed. "Yes." "Where are you going?" "'ro Richmond." "To Richmond?" "Yes." "What for?"


14 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. "I wish to learn whether or not Lafayette has reached Virginh.'' "Oh, I see! He was to come down the Chesapeake Bay in ships, wasn't he?" "Yes." "And was he to come to Richmond?" '' Y cs; General Washington told me to send some one to Richmond to be on the lookout for Lafayette, but I think I had better go myself." "Let me go, old man." Dick shook his head. "No, I will go." "You are needed in command of the boys, Dick, while "You can command the 'Liberty Boys' just as well I can do it, Bob." The youth shook his head. "I don't think so." "I know it." Dick talked wiU1 Bob a while longer. Then he went and told the youths that he was going to Richmond, and that Bob would be their commander while he was away. Then he went out, bridled and saddled his horse, mount ed, and rode away. He had inquired the way to Richmond, and had no fear that be would lm1e his way CHAPTER VI. LIVELY TIMES. It was about ten miles to Richmond. Dick rode at a fairly good pace. An hour and a half from the time he left the farmhouse he was riding into the outskirts of the city. Dick had never been in Richmond before. It was strange to him. He scarcely knew in which direction to go. It did not matter, particularly, however. He would leave his horse at the :first livery stable he came to. Then he would walk about the streets. If Lafayette and his men had arrived, Dick would soon learn the fact. He did not look around. He thought it was as well to not show curiosity. He kept his face turned toward the front and rode quietly onward. Closer and closer came the sound of the hoofbeats. Dick listened closely. He decided that ther\) were four or five of the horses. Soon the horses were close up behind him. "Out of the way cried an imperious voice. "Get out of the way, you fool, or we will run over you I" Dick started. "' He believed he recognized the voice. "That is Arnold, the traitor I I will wager that I am right!" be said to himself. "Out of the way, I tell you!" again cried the imperious voice. "It is he I It is Arnold, sure enough!" thought Dick. Then be tu'rned his horse out to the side and let the horsemen--0f whom there were four-ride past. As the men passed, Dick drew his horse in behind them. The youth made up his mind to follow the horsemen and see where they went. He followed them down into the main part of the city. Pre&ently the four drew rein in front of a tavern. They leaped down. A hostler came running out and took the horses aroun behind the building. Arnold and his three companions entered the tavern. Dick had drawn rein a hundred yards distant up the street. He waited till the four men bad entered the building Then he rode OB down, and paused in front of the tavern. He glanced up at the front of the building. By the light of a street lamp, which st(lod in front, he read the name of the tavern on a board nailed above the door. It was "The King's Arms." "That is a Tory tavern sure," thought Dick. "Well, I think I shall have to patronize it, much as I am opposed to fostering the king's cause in any way." t Diek leaped to the ground. He waited till the hostler came, and then he turned bis horse over to the fellow. Dick then entered the tavern, boldly. Dick wore a suit of citizen's clothing. He wore a slouch hat which he pulled down over his face He did not think there was much danger that Arnolc Dick was riding quietly down a street, in the residence would recognize him. Jistrict, when he heard the clatter of horses' hoofs behind As Dick entered the barroom of the tavern he gave him. quick glance around the room.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CO'NTRACT. 15 Arnold and his three companions were standing at the bar. They had just ordered some wine. As they were drinking it Dick walked across the floor and took a seat at the farther side of the room. When Arnold and his companions )lad finished drinking, I they lc>ft the barroom. They passed through a doorway, within a few feet of 1 where Dick sat. Dick listened, intently. He heard the sound of their footsteps quite plainly. He knew from the sound that the men were going upstairs Dick wa.s eager io follow. He thought that by playing the spy he might be able to learn something of value. Dick wondered if he dared try to follow them. He decided to try to make the attempt, at any rate. He made up his mind that the boldest plan was the best one. Rising, he walked quickly through the doorway. He acted just as if he had a right to do so. Dick more than half expected to be called back, but no one spoke to him. I He found himself in a wide hallway. A flight of stairs led upward. He would have to look out for himself. The men were four to his one. As Arnold gave the command, the man who had opened the door leaped forward and seized Dick. Diek made a backward leap, but was too 1ate. The youth struck the redcoat a blow on the jaw. The fellow released his hold and sank to the floor. Before Dick could leap away, Arnold and his two companions were upon t he youth. They seized hold of him. Then a furious struggle began. The odds were against Dick. But it was not the first time he had encountered such odds. He had no thought of giving up. In such contests as this Dfok was equal to two or three ordinary men. He fought desperately. He struck out straight from the shoulder. He landed some telling blows. The redcoats were unaccustomed to hand-to-hand strug gles such as this. They did not know how to make the most of their numerical superiority. They got in each other's way. They struck each other in their attempts to strike Dick,, Dick made his way up these stairs, promptly and un.:'. on more than one occasion. e hesitatingly. But Dick usually hit what he aimed at. At the top of the stairs was another hallway. It led back toward the rear of the building. Dick walked slowly back along the hallway. He paused and listened at every door he came to. He did not hear voices in any of the rooms until he e reached the one farthest back, on the left-hand side. e When he paused at this door he heard voices. He was sure that Arnold and the three meR were in I ,he room. d 1 Dick bent over, with the intention of looking through he keyhole. As .he did so the door suddenly opened. One of the men had opened the door, with the inten on of leaving the room. He was taken by surprise. So was Dick. The redcoats uttered cries of amazement. e "A spy cried Arnold. "Seize him ld Dick was "vexed. He had expected to overhear a conversation between e men. Now that idea would have to be given up. The result was that he presently beat the two redcoats:. to the floor, in almost a senseless condition. Arnold then ceased attacking Dick. He leaped bac}r into the room and closed the door and bolted it. Dick knew that the men would remain unconscious but a few moments. They would soon be up again, ready to renew the conflict He must get away before this happened. He made his way along the hall as rapidly as possible When he reached the head of the stairs he met the tavern.keeper and two or three other men. "What's the trouble?" asked the tavern-keeper. "What was making all that noise?" "One of-the men who came in here with Arnold a little while ago had a fit," replied Dick, calmly. "He's all right now." "Oh, that was it, eh?" There was relief in the landlord's tone. Dick walked coolly on down the stairs. The tavern-keeper and the other men turned around a nd followed Dick.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. As Dick entered the barroom half a British I With a quick movement he drew one of his pistols, soldiers entered the front door. I brought it to a level and fired. As ihe eyes of the leading redcoat fell upon Dick the j He fired at the redcoat who held the pi s tol. fellow gave utterance to an exclamation. "Dick Slater, the rebel spy!" he cried. Dick's move was so quickly executed that the redcoat did not have time to even pull the trigger. Dick was amazed. The bullet from Dick's pistol struck the redcoat in the He did noi remember having ever seen the redcoat before. right shoulder. That the redcoat had seen him before, however, was The shock caused him to drop his pistol. evident. He could not have recognized Dick otherwise. Herc was a pretty kettle of fish. Dick hardly knew what to do. There were at least a dozen men in the barroom, and no doubt all were Tories or Tory sympathizers. The landlord and the men with hi,m were behind Dick, while in front of him were the half dozen redcoats. Dick was practically surrounded. How was he to escape? He was in a tight place; of this there was no doubt. But Dick was far frCim thinking of giving up. He would not allow himself to be captured, if he could help it. The redcoat who had called Dick by name drew a pistol He gave utterance to a wild cry of pain. "I'm killed! Oh, I'm a d e ad man!" h e cried. cursed rebel has done for me! Kill him, boys!" But Dick did not wait to be killed. He acted instantly. He leaped forward. As he did so he reversed the pistol in his hand. In 11;n instant he was among the redcoats. "The He dealt fierce blows with.. the h e a v y butt of the pistol. It was an effective weapon. Every time the butt of the pistol struck a redcoat's head the redcoat went down. Dick scattered the fellows, quickly. He soon had a way cleared. None too soon, however. ;. The tavern-keeper and the other men who were in the and leveled it at Dick's head. barroom had leaped forward in pursuit of Dick and were "Surrender, you rebel spy!" he cried. "Up with your almost upon him. hands!" The men who were in the barroom leaped to their feet. They gave utterance to cries of surprise and consternation. "Dick Slater !" "The rebel spy!" '"Shoot him l'' "'Kill him!" "'Don't let him get away!" .Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to. Dick stood perfectly still. He did not :flinch before the leveled pistol of the redcoat .Dick's body was motionless, but his mind was very active. He was trying to think of some way to escape. He realized that if he escaped he would have to do so 1JUickly. The landlord and the men who had followed him down-As Dick leaped toward the door, they grabbed at him. They barely missed getting hold of him. Had they done so, Dick would have been helpless. They would have outnumbered him so greatly that he could not have hpped to get free. But they did not get hold of him, and he reached the door. Jerking it open, he leaped through the doorway. He darted down the stTeet, but instead of continuing straight onward 'he leaped around the corner of the taver;:f and made his way back to the stable at the rear. J "I will take my horse, if you please," he said to hostler. '.'I have decided to not remain in the city to night, after all." The hostler led Dick's horse out, after bridling and sad dling him. Dick mounted and rode calmly out of the yard and away, -stairs were already almost at his back. np the street. The men who were in b:nroom were ready to leap upon him. There was no time to lose. He must act quickly. Dick had practiced handling his pistols until he waR "'i' ery expert. CHAPTER VII. ARNOLD HEARS PLEASING NEWS. Dick had no intention of leaving Richmond. He had told the hostler he was going to leave, simply as 'ln excuse so that he could get his horse.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 17 Dick did not intend to go away until he had learned Dick made it a point to listen to as much of the talk of whether or not General Lafayette and his men had arrived. the people as possible. That was what he had come to Richmond for. He thought that it was possible he might overhear someHe rode down the street until he came to another tavern. Lhing regarding Lafayette. He drew rein in front of the tavern and leaped to the But in this he was disappointed. gro und. A hostler came out and led the horse away. Dick entered the tavern. He engaged a room for the night. Then he went out upon the street. A thought struck him, however, and he re-entered the tavern. He approached the man behind the bar. "What is the news in Richmond?" he asked. "There's nothing new that I know of," was the reply. "What'll ye have to drink?" "N Qthing," replied Dick. He waited until the had served two. or three customers, and then said: "I heard that General Lafayette, with quite an army of patriot soldiers, had reached Richmond. Do you kno"\f whether or not it is true?" The barkeeper looked at Dick rather searchingly. He walked up and down the street for an hour or more, but not a word did he hear regarding Lafayette and his men. Dick was somewhat disappointed. He had hoped to find that Lafayette was in Richmond. Dick and his "Liberty Boys" had succeeded in holding Arnold in check since they had reached the vicinity of Richmond, but it would undoubtedly be a big contract for them to do so very long, unaided. Dick hardly knew what to do. Should he return to where he had left the "Liberty Boys," or should he remain in Richmond? j Lafayette might reach Richmond that night or the next" day. It was Dick's desire to see Lafayette ls soon as he ar rived. So the youth decided to remain in Richmond that night and next day. "Let's see, Lafayette's that frog-eating Frenchman, ain't "Bob and the 'Liberty Boys' will get along all right he?" without me," he thought. "Yes, I will remain." "I don't know about the frog-eating part of it," replied Dick made his way back to the tavern. Dick; "he's a Frenchman, however." "An' he's over here :fightin' with the rebels, eh?" Dick saw that the barkeeper was in sympathy with the British. Entering, he got the key to his room and went upstairs. As he went through the barroom a man, who was sitting at one of the smj!.ll tables, gave a start. When Dick had disappeared this man rose and walked "Yes, he's :fighting with the rebels, and I heard that he over to the bar. was now in Richmond." Dick had heard nothing of the kind, of course. He was simply trying to find out whether or not La fayette had reached the city. "Well, that's the first I've heard of it," the barkeeper declared. "What would he be comin' down here for?" "To hold Arnold in check." "Ob, that's it?" "Yes; at least, so I have been informed." "Humph! I guess he'll have a pretty big job on his hands when he tackles Arnold. That feller's a fighter." "So he is," agreed Dick. Realizing that he could 'learn nothing here, Dick left the tavern. He walked slowly up the street. There were many people on the streets. I Occasionally two or three British soldiers were to be seen. "Did you see that fellow who went through her e just now?" he asked the barkeeper. "Yes, I saw him," was the reply "Do you know who he is?" "No ; an' I don't care." "You don't?" "No." "You would if you knew who he was." "Think so?" "I know so." "You do, eh?" "Yes." The barkeeper looked interested. "Who in blazes is the fellow?" he asked. "Who is he?" "Yes." "He is some one you have heard of." "He io. ?"


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. "Yes; his name is well known throughout the country. He has made his name famous during the past five years." "Famous?" "Yes." "In what way?" "As a spy." "As a spy?" The barkeeper was surprised. "Yes, as a spy" "A British spy, I suppose?" "No." "No?" "Not a bit of it. He i;8 a rebel spy I" "A spy, eh?" The barkeeper stared in amazement. "Yes, a rebel spy. He is the king spy of em all, too!" "So you have intimated. What s the fellow s name ?" "Dick Slater I" "What!" The barkeeper almost shouted the word. ''But he got away from them, after all?" "Yes." "I don t see how he did it. The re were four of them, you say?" "Yes." "How did he manag e to g et away from them, then?" "By fighting." "He is a fighter, then?" "He is that. He's a terrible fighter." "You don t mean to say he was too much for four of them?" "I do. He knocked three of them senseless, and Arnold only escaped the same fate by getting back into the room and closing the door." "Great guns! He must be a fighter." "He is. He proved it again, down in the barroom. Six British soldiers came in jus t as he entered the barroom from upstairs, where he had been engaged in the fight with Arnold and his men, and the s e soldiers tried to stop him. One of them recognized him as Dick Slater, and, "You don't mean it P' he :finally gasped. "Surely that covering him with a pistol, ordered him to surrender." young fellow cannot be Dick Slater, the famous rebel spy!" "And he refused to do so?" asked the barkeeper, who "He just is. You know he has been called the 'boy spy.'". had listened with great interest. "That's so; I remember, now. But how did you know "I should say he did refuse to do so. He drew a pistol who he is?" so quick you could hardly see how he did it, and shot "I saw him once before to-night, over in the 'King's the soldier down before he could pull the trigger. .Arms.' "But how did you know who he was?" "Then he leaped forward and knocked the other soldiers right and left with the butt of t.b.e pistol and got away. Oh, "There was a British soldier there who had known the he's a terror I" young fellow in years past." "Oh, that is how you knew him?" "Yes." 'l!ht:: barkeeper was silent for a few momen ts. He seemed to be thinking. "Say," he said, presently, "Arnold has his headquarters here in Richmond, hasn't he?" "Yes." "Do you know where he stays?" "I do." "Where?" "At the King' s Arms." "Do you suppos!il he is there now?" "I shouldn't wonder; he was, an hour ago." "He was?" "Yes. And what do you think: This rebel spy, Dick Slater, was caught trying to spy on Arnold." "He was?" "Yes; he was caught listening at the keyhole of the door opening into a room in which were Arnold and three of his officers." "He must be." ,'l'he barkeeper was silent a few moments, and then he fooked up. "Say," he said, "I gue s s Arnold would be glad to lay hands on the fell?W, wouldn't he ?" "I judge that he would." "Well, what s to hinder him?" "I don't know." "Well, I don't see that there is anything to hinder him. That y oun g fell e r has e ngaged a room for the night. He has gone to his room, so there is no doubt that he is going to stay. Why can't we communicate with Arnold and eapture the spy?" "I see no reason why we can t do so." "There isn t any reason. It will be easy enough." The other shook his head. "I don't know about it being so easy," he said, somewhat doubtfully; "it is possible, however." "Oh, there won't be any trouble about it." The other was not so sure about it, but he was willing to enter into the affair.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 19 He was a strong Tory, and, of cpurse, would be glad to I if I can capture Dick Slater I will be able to give the aid in the capture of such a famous person as Dick. 'Liberty Boys,' as they are called, a good trouncing." He agreed to go to the King's Arms tavern and see "I'm glad I was able to you this information," the Arnold and tell him of Dick's presence in the city and of man said. his whereabouts. "And so am I," said Arnold. I really succeed in He left the tavern and made his way to the King's Arms. capturing Dick Slater, you shall be rewarded." He sent word up to Arnold's room that he wished an interview. Arnold sent back word, asking what the man's business was. The fellow sent back word to Arnold that it referred to Dick Slater, the rebel spy. This must have aroused Arnold's interest, for he sent word for Lhe man to come up to his room. The man went upstairs to Arnold's room at once. Arnold greeted him, eagerly. "Well," he remarked, you wished to see me?" "Yes." "You said you had something to tell me regarding Dick Slater, the rebel spy?" "I have." "What is it?" ./ "I wished to tell you that he is still in Richmond." "Ah! How do you know that?" "I have just seen him." "You have just seen him ? Arnold's tone was eager. "Yes." "Where?" "At the 'Southern Star' tavern, up the street a ways." "You saw hi m there?" "Yes." "And only a short time ago?" "Not ten minutes since." Arnold's face lighted up. CHAPTER VIII. .A. NARROW ESCAP_E. Dick did not know that he had been recognized when he entered the tavern. He went up to the room, feeling perfectly safe. He did not apprehend danger from any source. He locked the door and went to bed. He thought he might as well get a good night's rest as not. He was soon asleep. How long he slept he did not, of course, know. It may have been, and doubtless was, two or three hours. Then he suddenly awoke. What had awakened him? Dick asked himself this question. He was sure something had done so. He felt confident that he would not have awakened without cause. He listened, intently. Dick had keen hearing. The youth was confident he heard the sound of whisper ing. He thought that he heard the sound of shu.ffiing feet, also. The sounds seemed to come from the hall outside the "Good!'' he exclaimed. "Then I shall be able to capdoor. -ture him-that is, if he has put up there for the night." He looked at the man, inquiringly. "That is just what he has done," the man said. "He Dick's suspicions were aroused. What could it mean? Who could be out there? hired a room for the night, and went to his room as if to Somehow Dick suspected that it meant danger for him. go to bed." He was impressed with the idea that the people in the "That is good news!" Arnold said. "I shall have him hall were not friends of his. a prisoner in my hands before morning, and he will be a most important prisoner, too, I assure yim !" "I know," the man said; "he is a famous spy and scout." "Ye8, and a daring and dangerous fighter, also. He is the captain of a company of young fellows like himself; they are regular dare-devils, but they fight much more They were more likely to be enemies. Dick got softly out of bed. He quickly donned his clothing. Then he stole across to the door. It was dark, of course, and he bad to feel his way. When he reached the door he bent over and applied his ., fiercely when he is in command than at any otlier time. ear to the keyhole. They are out in the country, not far from Richmond, and He listened, intently.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. He tried his best to understand some of the whispered Such a drop as that ought not to hurt him. conversation. He would cheerfully take the risk, anyway. He could not understand enough to enabl e him to know At this instant Dick heard the door come open in the I what was in the wind, but he was confident that he heard room h e bad jus t left. D his own name mentioned. If he was right in this, and he was sure he was, it of itself was sufficient to cause him alann. Dick did not wait an instant longer. Releasing his hold on the window-sill he dropped. He did not drop far. H r It proved that some one had recognized him when he His feet could not have been more than five feet from d entered the tavern. the ground, when he hung extended, a.D.d he struck the v His presence there was known. ground seemingly almost upon the same instant that he In that case, the men outside were, undoubtedly, British let go his hold. T or Tories, or possibly both. Probably they were some of Arnold's men. They could have but one mission there. That was to capture him. Dick felt that Arnold would be glad to capture him. The encounter in the King's Arms tavern, when Dick flad been caught spying, had, no doubt, angered Arnold greatly. Dick felt that he was in considerable danger. He was determined not to allow himself to be captured, liowever. It would be impossible for him to escape by way of the door, but there WltS a window in the room. He might escape through it. Dick made his way across the room to the window. He tried the window. It was not fastened. It went up easily. -. Dick fastened it so that it would not fall down. He heard a noise at the door. The persons in the hall were trying to get the door open. Dick realized that he did not hav e much time to spare. He lean e d through the open window and looked downward He could not see the ground it was so dark. Dick that he was looking down upon the alley way leading from the street to the stable. At this instant he h e ard something strike the floor on the other side of the room. As he struck, he heard the sound of excited voices in ) the room which he had just vacated. "They have discovered that I have escaped them," the 8 youth thought. "I must get my horse and get away quickly." Dick made his way back in the direction of the stabie. He reached the door and knocked upon it. I He had to knock again before he could arouse any one. t 'fhen the door opened. A drowsy-looking hostler stood there. a He was faintly revealed in the light thrown out by c sputtering candle, which burned in the room back of him. II W Ot lS Wanted?" the fell OW asked, Sleepily r Dick brushed past the fellow and entered the little office-like room, where the hostler slept. Dick closed the door. He drew a gold piece from his pocket. He held it up before the astonished eyes of the hostler.:> "Do you see that?" the youth asked. 11 Yes, I see et." "Do you want it?" The fellow was awake now. His eyes s parkled, greedily. "Ye bet I do!" There was no mi s taking his earnestness. "Very well ; ge t my hor s e bridl e d and s addled as quickly a s possible, and y ou shall have the money." The fellow nodd ed. .., "All right; I'll h e v yer hoss r e dd y fur ye in mighty quicki "The door key," thought Dick; "the y h a v e pushed it lime ,' he said. out. Perhaps they have a duplicate. In that case they And, s ay, hostler!" will have the door open in a few moments. I mu s t get ou't ''What i s it?" of here." "If a n y b ody comes and kno c k s on the door h e re an Dick did not hesitate longer. a s k s if y ou h ave seen an y bod y tell no. Do yo He climbed through the open window. Holding to the window-sill with his hand, he hJwered himself until he hung extended at full length. Dick felt confident that his feet were not more than five or six feet from the ground. understand?" "Yes, I unnerstan'," with a grin. "I'll tell 'em." "All right." The hostler hastened back into the stable to saddle an bridle Dick's horse.


ick sat down to take it easy while waiting. resently Dick heard the sound of footsteps. I thought so," he said to himself. "They' re coming." Dick stepped out of the office into the barn proper. He to the hostler, in a calitious tone. The hostler haste{ied to where Dick stood. 'Somebody is coming," Dick whispered. "You go in throw them off the track. When they a s k if you e seen any one, tell them, no." ''All right. I'll tell 'em." The hostler went into the ljttle room and closed the r behind him. ick stepped to the door so that he might hear what said. e heard a knock on the outer door. 'Who's tbar ?'; called out the hostler. 'It doern't matter who we are; we want to know if you e seen any one anywhere around the stable within the It few minutes?" 'No, I hain't seen anybody," was the reply. 'He must have gone out on the street," Dick heard a ce say. "He is not here, anyway, that is certain." I guess you're right," said another voice. hen the sound of footsteps came to Dick's ears. Good!" thought Dick. "I guess I will make my es' after all." l1e door opened and the hostler stepped back into the le proper. I sent 'em away," he said. I know you did," replied Dick. I m much obliged. get my horse ready as quickly as you can." he hostler hastened away. few minutes later he returned, leading Dick s horse. Here's your hor se," he said. "He's all ready fur ye." !"said Dick. "Here's your money." e handed the hostler a gold piece. he fellow thanked Dick, profusely That' s all right; you've earned it. Now do on e more g for me." Whut do ye want me ter do?" I am going to mount the horse in here. When I give word, you slide the door open, quickly. Some of tho s e ws may be on the watch, outside, and I 'want to get l y in a hurry." o ye think any uv them air out there?" and see ye, they'll know I lied to them a little while ergo, an' I ll ketch et." "Tell them that I slipped in and got my horse my s elf," suggested Dick. "They cannot prove that this i s not true." "Thet's so; I kin tell 'em that!' There was relief in the fellow's tone. Dick mounted his horse. Seating himself "firmly in the saddle, he said, in a fow, cautious tone: "Open the door." The hostler slid the door open at the word. Dick urged his horse forward. He rode out of the stable and down. the driveway toward the street. He was soon out upon the street. Just as he was congratulating himself that he had escaped without being seen, Dick heard a loud voice cry: "There he is! There's the rebel spy, Dick Slater! Afte r him, boys! Give it to him! Don't let him escape! Shoot him full of holes!" Dick realized that some of Arnold's men had remained at the front of the keeping watch for him. Dick put spurs to his horse. In an instant he was going down the street at a full gallop. Crack crack crack crack crack Crash Roar J)ick s enemies had fired upon him. The bullets whistled all around Dick. One cut through his coat-sleeve, slightly wounding hil arm. A little wound like this did not matter to Dick, howeve r He urged his hors e forward at a run. Crack crack crack crack crack The redcoats had fired another volley As before, it did no particular damage. A bullet struck the hor se, inflicting a slight flesh wound, and causing the animal to da s h forward at a stin swifter gait, but none of th e bull e t s s truck Dick. Dick kept on until h e was out s ide the city limits. Then he brought his hor s e to a standstill. "What s hall I do?" h e a ske

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. So he urged his horse forward once more and rode on ward, out into the country. CHAPTER IX. A.. BIG CONTRA.CT. It was evening at the farmhou s e when the above c versation took place between Dick and Bob. They had just returned from a day's campaign. They had had their supper and were standing out in 1 yard. Suddenly Bob started and uttered an exclamation: "Look yonder, Dick!" He pointed up the road as he spoke. "Well, Dick, we have a big contract on our hands in Dick looked in the direction indicated. holding Arnold in check." He saw a large force of redcoats advancing down "That's right, Bob. We have done pretty well so far, road. though, I think." The redcoats were all mounted. "So we have. We have held Arnold in check fully as It was not a hundred or two, this time, but seven well as could be expected, when you take into consideration eight hundred, at least. the fact that he has a thousand men to our less than one "It is Arnold and his entire force I" exclaimed B hundred. We have caused him a lot of trouble, and have put a stop to a good deal of pillaging and burning.'.' "True, Bob; and if we can only hold him in check till Lafayette gets here everything will be all right." "Well, we will keep on doing our best." Four days had elapsed since Dick's visit to Richmond. During those four dayS'the "Liberty Boys" had not been 1dle. On the contrary, they had been very busy. They had scoured the country for miles around They had searched here, there and everywhere for Arnold's marauding band of redcoats. They had encountered several of these bands. In each instance a fight had result ed. WheneTer the "Liberty Boys" encountered a force of redcoats there was always sure to be a fight. The only thing that would have prev.ented it would have been immediate flight on the part of the British. As the British parties, as a rule, outnumbered the "Lib erty Boys," however, they usually stood their grotmd and offered battle. The result, so far, had been the defeat of the British in each and every encounter. The r e dcoats were beginning to be quite work e d up. 'rhey had been handl e d s o roughly that they were very angry. They were wild for an opportunity to get eve:a with the "Liberty Boys." Arnold was, perhaps, the maddest man of all. Up to the time of the advent of the "Liberty Boys" upon the scene, he had been having everything his own way Since their arrival in the vicinity of Richmond, howeve r, things had changed. The "Liberty Boys" had put quite a check upon his operations. "He is coming to attack us." "I guess you're right, Bob. Arnold has probably gr tired of having his small parties chased about and thras with such regularity, and has decided to come against in force." This was undoubtedly the case. The affair looked serious. The "Liberty Boys" had succes sfully defended th selves against nearly four hundred, on one occasion, s having taken up their headquarters in the farmhouse; could they do so against double that number c It was doubtful, to say the least. Dick was determined to make the attempt, however. The old farmhouse was a very strong and solid buil It was well calculated to serve the purpose of a fort. Then, too, the "Liberty Boys" had plenty of arms ammunition. 'rhey had captured at least a hundred muskets from c oats whom they had killed or wounded. These would come into good play in defending t selves again s t the redcoats. Dick did not delay an instant. He gave rapid orders. 'rhe 'Liberty Boys" retreated into the house and caded the doors. They got the muskets out and placed the ammun in easy reach. There was one thing that Dick was glad o'f. 'l'hat was the fact that there was a number of wou rP.dcoats in the house. 'rllis would prevent Arnold from applying the t to 1.he btlilding. as hi s a c ts h a d recently proved him t Arnold would not set fire to the. house when it would sign some of his own men to a horrible death.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 23 This would reduce the affair to a straight out assault When the redcoats had completely surrounded the house, m the enemy, and a regular defense from Dick and the they dismounted. iberty Boys." "They may get the better of us, eventually,'' said Bob, imly, "but they will have a time doing it. There will a lot of dead redcoats before it comes to pass." Men were detailed to lead the horses away and tie them to a fence. Dick, who was watching the redcoats closely, had recog nized Arnold. "That's right," agreed Mark Morrison. "With seven He saw the traitor and two or three of his men standing eight hundred men they ought to be able to force their a little apart from the others engaged in earnest con-ay into the house, sooner or later." "Yes, but we will cause them to lose a lot of men while ing it.." There was no doubt regarding this. The "Liberty Boys" were desperate :fighters. Another thing: They were all experts with all kinds of ear ms. They were deadshots with muskets, and were deadly in eir execution with pistols at short range. They were always cool and calm in the midst of the most rce :fighting. They were always careful to take good aim. They never :fired wildly or at random. Each and every one of the "Liberty Boys" was like the ined telegrapher, who, sitting in a room, surrounded by score of clicking instruments, is yet able to concentrate mind upon one instrument to the exclusion of all the t, easily reading what is transmitted. Each "Liberty Boy," when engaged in a battle, had ined himself so that he could pick out an enemy, contrate his attention upon the one man; to the exclusion the hundreds of others all around him, take deadly and send the bullet straight to the mark. lt was this faculty that made the "Liberty Boys" such gerous opponents. y the time Dick had got his men stationed in the differ rooms upstairs, everything in readiness to repel the ck which he expected would soon be made, the redts had advanced to within a short distance of the housey t is to say, within a comparatively short distance. hey were still out of gunshot 'range. he redcoats'spread out and surrounded the house. n doing so they were careful to keep out of range. he experience of the past few days had taught them wisdom of doi_ng this. hey had become imbued -with a feeling of respect for prowess of the "Liberty Boys." ick wondered if the redcoats would attack while yet as light. e hoped that they would. e feared, however, that they would wait till after dark. versation. They were undoubtedly going over the situation and discussing whether it would be better to make an immediate attack or wait until after nightfall. Dick hoped the impetuous favor of the former plan. Arnold did not so Arnold would decide in The tru'th was, he was n.ot nearly so impetuous as be had been in the old days when :fighting for the glorious cause of Liberty. He had lost his courage with his loss of honor. He was now a traitor a .nd felt like one. Dick soon discovered that it had been decided to await the coming of darkness before beginning the attack. Dick was troubled. His face was so her. He called Bob to one side. "I want to have a little talk with you, Bob," he said. Bob saw that Dick was worried. "What is it, Dick?" he asked. "I'll tell you, Bob. There are at least eight hundred men out there; don't you think?" Bob nodded. "At least that many, Dick." "While we are a little less than one hundred." "There are ninety-three of us, Dick." "Ninety-three against eight hundred I That is a bit too great odds for even the "Liberty Boys" to hope to contend against successfully, Bob, don't you think?" Bob looked thoughtful. "The odds is great against us, Dick," he said, "but we are strongly fortified." "True, Bob; but do you think our being fortified will even up matters?" Bob pondered. "Well, I don't know," he remarked, somewhat doubtfully. "What do you think about it?" "I am afraid the odds against us are too great, Bob." Dick's tone was sober and thoughtful, though decided. "You are?" Bob's face fell as he asked the question. "Yes ; of course, we will be able to make a strong re-


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. sistance. We may be able to fight the redcoats off for hours, "As it is our only hope, Bob," he said, presently, "I a. but sooner or later they will succeed in effecting an engoing to give my consent to let you make the attempt." 11 trance into the building, and then it will all soon be over." 'True, Dick. We would not be able to hold our own in a hand-to-hand encounter." "No; they outnumber us too greatly." The youths were silent for a few moments. Both seemed to be pondering the situation. Presently Bob spoke: "What is to be done, Dick?" Dick gave a little start. "That is the question, Bob. I was just trying to figure out what is best for us to do." "We won't surrender, Dick." Dick shook his head. "No, we won't surrender, Bob." "I would rather die fighting!" "So would I, Bob; and so, I am confident, would all the "Good for you, Dick!" cried Bob, delighted. r You must wait until after nightfall, though, Bob." b "All right; just as you say. I am ready and willing go out and ride right througll that gang of redcoats now, though, if you should think it advisable to try it." "No, it is better to wait till after dark. Then you call} mount your horse and make a sudden dash for it. Y OUt will take the redcoats by surprise and may succeed in1 getting through." "All right; I'll wait till after dark." Dick and Bob talked for quite a while longer, Dick giv ing his comrade full instructions. 'fhen they waited, patiently, for the coming of darkness. Ai> soon as it was dark enough so that his action would be unseen by the redcoats, Bob left the house and stole out to the stable. boys." He bridled and saddled his horse and led him out of "I think so, Dick. Still we don't want to give up our doors. lives if we can help it." He led the animal slowly and carefully to the house. "No, Bob; but how arc we going to help it?" "I don't know, Dick. That is the question." Dick was silent a few moments, and then he said: "There is one chance for us." Bob's face brightened. "There is a chance for us, Dick!" he exclaimed. "Just one." "Tell me what it is, old man." "It is this: If Lafayette and his men have reached Richmond, if we can get word to him and he can get here with his men in time, we will be saved." Bob gave a start and uttered an exclamation of delight. "Say, Dick, that is a lucky thought. Lafayette ought to be in Richmond by this time, sure, for he has had plenty of time to get there." 'So he ha::;, .Bob, but the trouble will be to get word to him." "I'll take it, Dick." Bob was eager. "But look, Bob, we are surrounded by the redcoats." "I don't care, I'll get through them." This would have sounded like braggadocio from many persons. Not so from Bob, however. He was a youth knew not the meaning of the word "fear," and if anybody could get through line of red coats, he would be the person. Dick was silent for a few moments. He was ihinking deeply. Dick had emerged from the house, and he shook hand with Bob. "Good-by, old man," he said; "I hope you will succ in getting through safely." "Oh, I think I'll make it all right, Dick," replied Bo "You know the redcoats tore down the fences as t came, and I have a clear way to the road. By making' / dash for it, I think I will get through all right." "I hope so, Bob. Good-by, old fellow." "Good-by, Dick. If I should happen to fail and ge tumbled off my horse, out there in the darkness, and y should succeed in escaping, tell Edith that I did my duty and that I died thinking of her." "l will do so, Bob." The voices of both youths trembled, slightly. Bob was going on a desperate undertaking. Both realized this very forcibly. They might never see each other again. Bob did not wait longer. The redcoats were liable to begin the attack upon t. house at any moment. Time was precrous. He plunged the spurs into the horse's flanks, and t animal dashed away at full speed. Dick listened eagerly, yet anxiously. The clatter 0 the horse's hoofs sounded like thund to his trained hearing. The redcoats could not help hearing the sound. But would they understand its meaning?


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 25 ck was afraid they would. ddenly the crash of :firearms was heard. rack crack crack crack crack e redcoats had fired a volley. 'ck's heart thumped violently. seemed to almost rise up into his throat. could still hear the sound of the clattering hoofbeats. e hoTSe had not been hit. t what about Bob? s he still on the horse's back? CHAPTER X. BOB FINDS LAFAYETTE.

26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. "Yes, it is I, General Lafayette." "What is the matter? What has happened? You look excited." "I hope we'll be in time," said Bob, as they dashed 11} t "I hope so," said General Lafayette. Meantime, a terrible fight was going on at the farm' "The 'Liberty Boys' are in great danger, G e n e ral La-house. fayette, and I have come to you for aid." The redcoats made several desperate attempts to break General Lafayette looked excited. into the house, but the "Liberty Boys" poured such a "What is that? Tell me all about it!" he exclaimed. galling fire into their ranks that they were forced to retire Bob did so in as few words as possible. General Lafayette listened, eagerly, and when Bob had finished he leaped to his feet. "We will go to the aid of the 'Liberty Boys' at once I" he cried. "It is ten miles out to the farmhouse, you say?" "Yes." "Then we will have to have horses." "So you wm, H agreed Bob. "It would take three hours to march out there, and that would probably be too late to do any good." "So it would. Well, come along with me. I will have my men scour the city for horses. We will be away within half an hour." General Lafayette and Bob hastened downstairs a:nd each time. The redcoats now paused to rest a while. Their exertions had almost exhausted them. Dick hoped that they had given up the idea of trying to effect an entrance into the building altogether. He hardly believed it possible, however. 'The redcoats outnumbered Dick and his "Liberty Boys" so greatly that they would be loth to give it up. The redcoats had not given up. They were simply resting. Fifteen minutes later they renewed the attack. A large number of them rearbed the building and kept their places beside it, with grim determination. They fired upward toward the windows from which th<1: of doors. "Liberty Boys" were firing, while some of their number The general made his way to where the soldiers were did their best to batter down the door. standing, and ordered them to break ranks and hastetl The "Liberty Boys" fired down upon the redcoats so away in search of horses. rapidly that they could not stand it, however, and pres-He told them to return to this point as soon as they ently they broke and fled. r secured horses. Th t. d h fift t b f J g ey wa1 e per aps een mmu es e ore "-'-4 Two or three of the men he sent to the quarters chosen another assault. by other portions of his force, and soon all his men were scurrying hither and thither looking for horses. Not more than half an hour bad elapsed when four or five hundred of the patriots bad returned to the spot in dicated by General Lafayette. Each of1"these men bad secured a horse somewhere and somehow. In the majority of instances they had simply entered stables and taken the horses. "Do you think this force will be large enough to cope with the redcoats?" asked General Lafayette of Bob. "I think so," replied Bob. "Then we won't wait for the rest of the men to secure horses. We will go at once with this force. If we were to wait until all had secured horses we might reach the farm house too late. 'l'his one was fully .as vicious as the other had been, and although the "Liberty Boys" repulsed the redcoats again, Dick felt that they could not hope to do so many more times. "If General Lafayette and his men would only come," thought Dick. The yonth did not know it, of course, but Bob and General Lafayette and men were at that very moment riding swiftly toward the farmhouse. The "Liberty Boys" repulsed the redcoats two more times, but the next time the redcoats succeeded in break ing the door down. Dick heard the crash. He knew what had happened. He realized that in a few moments the redcoats would 1 General Lafayette left one of the men behind to tell be pouring into the house in great numbers. the patriot soldiers to return to their quarters, when they He called the "Liberty Boys" out into the hall. should appear after he was gone, and then be rode away From the landing place at the top of the stairs a go1d at the head of the five hundred soldiers. view of the doorway could be had. Bob rode beside General Lafayette. The shattered door lay in splinters upon the floor.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG CONTRACT. 27 The redcoats were already swarming in through the They greeted each other joyously. orway. Then General Lafayette appeared and shook hands with The "'Liberty Boys" fired volley after volley down upon Dick. "You got here just in time, General Lafayette. A few As fast as they emptied their weapons, those who were minutes longer and it would all have been over. The red front passed the empty weapons to those behind them coats were in the house, and would have been too much and were given loaded weapons in return. for us in a hand-to-hand combat." There were too many of the redcoats, however. "I am glad I did get here in time, Dick. Bob tells me Although many of them were -shot down, there were that you have been doing well since coming to this part others to take their places, and the hallway downstairs of the country, and that you have been. giving Arnold a filled up and the redcoats gradually worked their way uplot of trouble." stairs. "Yes, we have succeeded in holding him in check, fairly It. would soon be a hand-to-hand combat. well. He had his entire force here to-night, however, and Such a combat could have only one ending. would have been too much for us." Although the "Liberty Boys" could and would fight des-The coming of Lafayette had put a stop to the work perately, they would sooner or later have to succumb to of the redcoats very quickly. su.Perior force. Not knowing how many there were in the attacking "Ah I if General Lafayette and his men were only here," p:!rty, the redcoats had fled. thought Dick. "How I would like to turn the tables on Their rout was complete. the redcoats I" At this instant a ringing cheer was heard outside. Then there came the rattle of musketry. Then there was more cheering and wild yells. '. Then another volley. Never in his life had Dick heard sweeter music. "We are saved I" he cried. "General Lafayette and his Arnold had received a severe check. THE END. The next number (32) of "The Liberty Boys of '76'1 men are here I They will cut these scoundrelly redcoats will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS SHADOWED; OR, to pieces I Go for them, boys!" AFTER DICK SLAT 'ER FOR REVENGE," by Harry The "Liberty Boys" rushed forward and down the stairMoore. way to attack the redcoats, who were coming up the stairs. ( 'rhe redcoats who were within the house had heard the firing and the cheering, however. They had also heard what Dick said, and they took the alarm. They turned and fled at the top of their speed. They showed more eagerness to get out of the house than they had shown to get in. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any 'l'hey almost fought with each other to get to the doornewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by ay. At last all had got out of the house i:ind the "Liberty mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION .cloys" followed. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive 'the copies Almost the first person Dick ran against, when he emerged from the house, was Bob. you order by return mail.


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Dowd 88 The Mysterious Cave, by Allyn Draper 13ll Jack Wright and His Deep .,;ea Monltor; or, Searching for 89 The Fly by-Nights; or, The Mysterious Riders of the Revoa Ton of Gold by "Noname .. Jutlon, by Berton Bertrew 140 The Richest Boy In the World; or, The Wonderful Adnn-90 The Golden Idol, by Howard Austin turcs of a Young American, by Allya Draper 91 The Red Houae; or, The Mystery oC Dead Man's Blulr, 141 The flaunted Lake. A Strange Story, by Allyn Draper by .Jas. C. Merritt 142 Jn the Frozen North; or, Ten Years In the Ice, by Howard Austin 92 The Discarded Son; or. The Curse of Drlnk.i. by .Jno B. Dowd 143 Around the World on a Bicycle. A Story of Adventures In 93 General Crook's Boy Scout; or, Heyond the .,;lerra Madres, Many Lantls. by Jas. C. Merritt by an Old Scout 144 Young Captain Rock; or, The First o! the White Boys, 94 The Bullet Charmer. A Story of the American Revolution, by Allyn Draper by Berton Bertrew 14:; A Sheet of Rlottlsg Paper ; or, The Adventures of a Young 95 On a Floating Wreck: or, Drifting Around the World, Inventor, by Richard R. Montgom e 17 by Capt. Thos. H Wilson 1 16 ThP. Diamond Island ; or, Astray In a Balloon, by Allan Arnol d 9 e French Wolves, by Allyn Draper H7 In tho Saddle from New York to San Francisco, by Allyn Drape r 97 A Deeperate Game ; or, The Mystery of Dion 'l'ravers' Life, HS The Haunted Mill on the Marsh, by Howard Austi n by Howard Austin 149 The Young Crusitder. A True Temperance Story, by Joo. B. Dowd 98 The Young King ; or, Dick Dunn In Search of His Brother, 150 The !!land of Fire: or, The Fate ot a Missing Ship, by Jas. C. Merritt by Allan Arnol d 99 Joe Jeckel, The Prince of Firemen, by Ex Fire Chief Warden t 51 The Wltoh Hunter's Ward; or, The Hun Led Orphans of ilalem, 100 The Boy Railroad King ; or, Fighting for a l?ortune, by Richard R. Montgomery by Jae. C. Merritt 152 The Castaway's Kingdom; or, A Yankee S1>ilor Boy's Pluck. 101 Frozen In ; or, An American Boy's Luck, by Howard Auatln by Capt. Thoe. rr_ Wi1-102 Toney, the Boy Clown: or, Across the Continent With a 153 byAllynDraper Circus, by Berton Bertrew 15 4 The Drunkard's w arni!!g; or, The Fruits o! the Wine Cui>, 108 Hie First Drink ; or, Wre<'ked by Wine, by Joo. B. Dowd by Jno. B.'Dow 104 The Little Captain ; or, The Island of Gold, 155 The Black DITer ; or, Dick Sherman In the Gulf, by Capt. 'l'hos. H. Wilson by Allan 105 The Merman of Klllarney: or, The Outlaw of the Lake, 156 The Haunted Belfry; or, The Mystery of the Old Church by Allyn D.raper Tower, by Howard Austin 106 In the Ice. A Story of the Arctic Ref.Ions, by Howard Austin 157 The House with Three Windows, by Richard R Montgomel]' 107 Arnold's Shadow; or, The .rraltor's Nemesis, 158 Three Old Men of the Sea; or, The Boys of Grey by General Jas. A. Gordon Rock Beach, b'{ Cap't Tbos. H. Willl-0:1 108 The Broken Pledge; or, Downward, Step by Step, 159 3,000 Years Old ; or, The Lost Gold Mine o the Hatchepee by .Joo. B. Dowd Hills, by Allyn DrapeT 109 Old Disaster; or, The Perils ot the Pioneers, by an Old Scout 160 Lost In the Ice, by Howard Austin 110 The Haunted Mansion. A Tale or Mystery, by Allyn Draper 161 The Yellow Diamond; or, Groping Jn the Dark, 111 No. 6; or, 'l'he Young Firemen of Carbondale, hy Jas. C. iUerritt bv Ex !"Ire Chief Warden 162 The Land of Gold; or, Yankee Jack's Adventures In 112 Deserted; or, Thrilling Adventures In the Frozen North. Australia, by Richard R. Montgomery by Howard Austin 163 On the Plains with Butfalo Bill; or, Two Years in r,trn Wild 113 A Glass of Wine; or, Ruined by a Social Club, by Joo. B. Dowd West, by An Old Scout 114 The Three Doors: or, Half It Million In Gold. by Jas. C. Merritt 16 4 The Cavern of Fire.; or, The Thrilling Adventures of Profesor 115 The Deep Sea Treasure; or, Adventures Afloat and Ashore, Hardcastle and Jack Merton, by Allyn llr:iper by Capt. Thos. H. Wilson 1165 Water-Logged; or, Lost in the Sea of Grass, by Capt. '!'hos H. Wilsoa 116 M11stang Matt, The Prince of Cowboys. by an Old Scout 166 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, E-xpll>ring Central Asia in 117 The Wild Bull of Kerry: or, A Battle for Life, by Allyn Draper His Magnetic "Hurricane," by For sale by all newsdealers. or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per oopy, by PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and ftJI in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want l\nd we will send them to you hT ntturn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN 'J'BE SAME AS MONEY. . . . . . .. ...... .. 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( 'These Books Tell You A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, Illustrated cover l\<{ost of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an7 child can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list S'i classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjectl mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE CENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKENf.'HE SAME AS M:ONE Y. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union. Square, N. y SPORTING. 1 No. 2L HOW TO HUNT AND l!'ISH.-The most complete hunting ana fishing guide ever published. It contains full in tructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together wit!} descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HDW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BO.A.T.-Fully lllustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with intructions on swimming and ridini, companion sports to boating. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE, AND DRIVE A HORSE. A complete treatise on the horse. Describing the most useful horses for business, the best horses for the road ; also valuable recipes for di11eases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW 'l'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A bandy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of sailing them. Fdly illustrated. By C Stansfield Hick&. MAGIC. No. ? HOW '],'q DO TRICK8.:--The great book. of magic and card tricks, contammg full mstruct10n of all the leadmg card tricks of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed by our leading magicians ; every boy should obtai'n a copy of this book, as it will both amuse and instruct. No: 22. TO DO S-!lJCOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explamed by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage ; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A .M.A.GICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of .magical illusiens ever placed before the public. Also tricks witb. cards, incantations, etc. No. 68. HOW TO DO OHEl\UC.A.L TRICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusingand instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF H.A.ND.-Contalning over FORiUNE TELLING. fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containNo. 1. NAPOLEON'S OR.A.CUL UM AND DREAM the se cret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. Containing the great oracle of human destiny ;alst> the true mean. No 70 HOW M.A,KE MAGIC full ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, directions for makmg Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. B7 and games of cards. A complete book. A. Anderstm. Fully illustrated. HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAllS.-l!lverybody dreams, No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showing from the little child to the aged man and woman. This li.ttle book many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, together with lucky Anderson Fully illustrated. and unlucky days, and "Napoleon's Oraculum;'' the book of fate. _No. 7!5. TO _BECOME A CONJURER.-Containing No. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of tr1.cks Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing knowing what his future life will bring forth; whether happiness or thirty-six illust1at10ns. A. Anderson. misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little No. 78. ?qW TO DO IHE .BL.A.CK a com book. Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune. Tell plete of the mysteries of and Sleight of Hand, the fortune of your friends. together many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. No. 76. HOW .ro TELL FORTUNES BY THE 'HAND.Illustrated. Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the hand or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret df telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. MECHANICAL. Anderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in, 8truction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle containing over sixty illustrations. Every boy can become strong and healthy by following the instructions contained in this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made Containing over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and 011Ier ent vositions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtam one of !these useful and instructive books, as it will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMN.A.ST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Embracing thirty-five illustrations. By Professor W. Macdonald. A handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containinlj full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also mstruction in archery. Described with twl!nty-one practical illustrations, giving the best positions in fencing. A complete book. No. 61. HOW TO BECOME A BOWLER.-.A. complete manual of bowling. Containing full instructions for playing all the standard American and German games; together with rules and systems of sporting in use by the _principal bowling clubs in the United fty Bartholomew Batt1t_rson. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR.-Every boy how o_ri_ginated. TJ:iis book exvlains them all, g1vmg examples m electr1c1ty, hydraulics, magnetism, optice, pneumatics, mechanics, etc., etc. The most instructive book pub lished. No. 56. HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a locomotive en gineer; also direetions for building a model locomotive; together with a.full description of everything an engineer sJ:ipuld know. No. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Full directions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, .A.eolian Harp, Xylo phone and other musical inst:ruments; together with a brief de scription of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC L.A.NTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated, by John Allen No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containing complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. I.ETTER WRITING. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them; also giTing specimen letters for both young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES.-Giving TRICKS WITH ,.ARDS. complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects; v. also letters of introduction, notes and requests. No. 31. HOW '. DO TRICKS WITH C.A.RDS.-Containing No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.-explanations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; to card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring also giving sample letters for instruction. 1sleight-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or. the. use of No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little 111pecially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With illustrabook, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, tions. mother, sister, brothet1 employer; and, in fact, everybody and anyNo. 72. HOW .ro DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embody you wish to write to. Every young man and every youuc bracing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il-lady in the land should have this book. lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-ConNo. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; Containin!f deceptive Card Tricks as i>erformed by leading conjurers also rules for punctuation ar>d composition; together with specimen !Uld magicians. Arranged for home amusement. Fully illustrated l Ptters. (Continued on I' :tp-e 3 of cover.)


THE STAGE, No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the llM?"t famous men. No amateur minstrels is complete without tllis wonderful httle book. No .. 4?. THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Contammg a varied assortment of speeches Negro Dutcl:i and Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing home' amusement and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND new a!ld very instructive. Every boJ should obtam this book, as it contams full instructions for or pnizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original Joke 1!<><>ks ever publishe?, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It eonta1ns_a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit1 humorist, and practical' of Ille day. Ever;yboy who can enJOY a good substantial joke should tain a copy immediately. No. 79. H<;>W TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing complete Instructions how to make up for various characters on the with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter, 8cen1c Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. N!J. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lattat Jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ner popular German comedian. Sixty-four pages ; handsome eolored cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. H9W TO KEEP A, WIND.OW GARDEN.-Contalning full Instructions for constructmg a wmdow garden either in town er country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful lowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub lllhed. No. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books a cookmg ever published. It. contains recipes for cooking meats, lllt, game, and oysters ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular eoob. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for nerybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments bncketa, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catcbini birds.' ELECTRICAL. No. 46. BOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de la'iption of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; r.pther with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lillltrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELEOTRIOAL MACHINES.-Confa!ning full directions for electrical machines, induction eoilll, dynamos. and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. 87 R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Contalnlng a larp coIJection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, qpther with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTRTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry IE:eanedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading tllis book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi tadea every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the ut. and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the createet book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A ftl':J valuable little book just published. A complete compendium ol games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable far parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than any book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little flook, containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, llacltgammon; croquet. dominoes, etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all tfle leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches ad witty sayings. No. ri2. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little took, giving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib leae, Casino, Forhr-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, .I.action Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun ched Interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully Illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTl!J.-lt a.. a great life 11ecret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette ol good society and the easiest and most approved methods of ap Dl&ring to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and la the drawing-room. No: 31. HQW T9 BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fc teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to becc a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems f ap the popular of prose and poetry, arranged in the m simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. TO DEBA'l'E.-Giving rules for conducting bates, outlines for. qu_estions for discussion, and the be sources for procurmg mformat10n on the questions given. SOCIETY. No. 3. TO arts and wiles of flirtation are fully by this httle book. Besides the various methods af ha Ldkerch1ef,, fan, glove, para.sol, window and bat flirtation, it con a .flill hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 11 to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be hawJ without one. No. 4. H9W .TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome .book JUSt issued !>Y Tousey. It contains full instruo t1ons m the art of dancmg, etiquette in the ball-room and at partlu, how to dr!'ss, and full directions for calling oft' in all popular square dances. No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to loTe, courtEhip and ma:riage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquetao to be observed, with many curious and interesting things not ces erally known. No. 17. TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in U:t art of dressmg and appearing well at home and abroad giving illr selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the worl. Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this and onvinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated u" containing full instructions for the management and training of t&i canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot1_etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEO.NS ANi& RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely llhut trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hint< on how to CAtch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and blrdtl.. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By .J. HarrincQQ Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountlq and animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as. to the manner and method of raising, keepinf; taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind ever published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and &. ( structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also es periments in acoustics, mechanicti, mathematics, chemistry, and di rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. nll book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book feo making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES D'lSTANO TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Givlng tlls official distances on all the railroads of the United States w.41 Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, hull fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc.l etc., makl.q it one of the most complete and handy books publishea No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A WOll derful book. containing useful and practical information In tH treatment of ordinary diseases and ailments common to evtrf family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general C09' plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.--Ooll taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrantlll{' of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brab, the world-known detective. 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