The Liberty Boys' daring work, or, Risking life for liberty's cause

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The Liberty Boys' daring work, or, Risking life for liberty's cause
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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THE LIB ERTY A Weekly .Magazine containing Stories of.the American Revolution. 1 .. ued Weekly-By SubscriJliion $2.50 per year Entered as Second Glass Maltt.r at the New Yorlc Post Of!lu, Fcbruar11 4, 190 1 by Frank Tousey No. 36. NEW YORI{, SEPTEMBER 6, 1901. Price 5 Cents. The fire was something terrific, but the "Liberty Boys dashed on regardless of everything save the. cause they were fighting for "On, bo::vs, don't falter!" yelled Dick, waving his sword.


THE 11.t3ERTY BO :OF '76. A Weekl y Magazine Containing Stories of the American Re v olution Issue d Weekly-By Subsoription $2.50 per y ear. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y. Post O(floe, February 4, 1901. Entere d acco,.ding to A.ct of Congress, i n the y ear 190.1, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 36. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 6, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. TWO "LIBERTY BOYS" .A.T HOME. During those two years they had done work. They had made themselves famous by their daring and desperate work on the battlefield. Early summer of the year 1778. Whenever there was any especially daring piece of The patriot army, after the battle of had work to be done, the "Liberty Boys" were always among moved northeastward to the Hudson River, and, crossthose selected to do the work. ing the river, had made jts way to White Plains where it 'rwo of the youths, especially, had made themselves went into camp. General Clinton, the British commander-in-chief, had taken his army to New York City after the battle of Monmouth. The patriot and British armies now occupied the same positions they had occupied in 1776, two years before. At that time General Howe was in command of the British forces, with headquarters at New York, but he had been superseded by General Clinton. While the positions of the army were the same as they had been two years before, the conditions were ex actly reversed. Then, the British bad been the aggressors, and the patriots were on the defensive. Now, the patriot army was on the aggressive and the British were on the defensive. Clinton's main object was to hold New York City. General Washington's object was to wrest the city from the British, if possible. If be could not do this, then be wished to deal them blow of some kind. famous as scouts and spies. The two youths in question were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook. Dick was the captain of the company of "Liberty Boys." So successful had Dick been in his spy work that he had been given the title of "The champion spy of the Revo lution." As soon as he had decided to send a spy to New York City, General Washington sent for Dick. Dick did not delay in presenting himself at ton s headquarters. The commander-in-chief greeted Dick cordially. "Dick," he said, "I have some work for you." "I am glad of that, your excellency," replied the youth, promptly 'l'here was a look on the youth's face which proved that he meant what he said. Washington's iron-like face relaxed into a smile. "I do not doubt that, Dick," he said, "I have ever found you more than willing to do any work which I In order that he might have a reasonabie chance for asked you to do." success in anything he might attempt, it was necessary hat he should know just how the British were situated. It would be a difficult matter to secure such informa ion. The commander-in-chief was silent for a few moments Then be looked at the youth and said: "Dick, I wish to capture the British force under Gen e ral Clinton and recover New York City, if possible." The only way to secure it was by sending spies down "I hope you may succeed, sir," said Dick, earnestly. nto the city. "There is only one way to succeed and that is by General Washington decided to do this. knowing just what I am going to try to do, and the only He knew where to look for a man to do this difficult way to know what to do, is to secure definite information nd dangerous work. In the ranks of the patriot army was a company outbs known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." Not one of the youths was yet twenty years of age These youths had been in service two years. r e garding the number of Briti s h in the city, the characof t e r and location of the defen s e s and everything of that kind; and the only way to do that is by sending a keen and capable spy down into the city. Now you know why I have s ent for you."


2 THE .3EL ..1.'Y BOYS' DARING WORK. Dick's face flushed with pleasure. There was an eager light in his eyes. He was pleased by the implied compliment from the great man. 'rhen, too, there was nothing in the world that he en joyed more than the work of a apy. He delighted in going into the lines of the enemy and working all sorts of schemes to secure information. The great danger which was always attached to such work was but spice to it all. He was young, and he did not take the danger into I The youths ate their dinner, and, mounting their horses, rode away. Crossing the Bronx River, they rode in a westerly direction. It was seven miles from White Plains to Tarrytown, but not quite that far to the homes of Dick and Bob, which were within a quarter of a mile of each other on adjoining farms distant about a mile from Tarrytown. The youths had not been home for ieveral months. As may be supposed, they were eager to get there. They rode at a swift gallop. consideration. As they neared their homes, an eager, expectant look He was utterly fearless. appeared on the youths' faces. Still Dick was cautious. "Think the folks will be glad to see us, Dick?" asked To be reckless and get captured after he had secured Bob, with a grin. valuable information would nullify his work. Therefore, for the good of the cause more than out of consideration for his safety, Dick was always as cautious and careful as circumstances would permit. "You wish me to go down into New York City and spy upon the British?" Dick remarked. "Yes, Dick." "When do you wish me to go?" "At the earliest possible moment." "Very good; I will start to-day." "It will not be safe for you to try to enter the city in the daytime, Dick." "I shall not try to do so, sir; I shall ride over to Tarrytown, spend a few hours at home and will then go on down to the city. I will time my departure at home so that it will be dark before I get to New York City." "That will be a good plan, Dick." Dick remained at headquarters a while longer. When he had received all the instructions General Wash ington thought it necessary to give him, the youth took his departure. He returned to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." "Want to take a little trip, Bob?" asked Dick of a handsome youth of about his own age. The youth was Bob Estabrook. "Where to, Dick?" "Over home to see the folks." Bob Estabrook leaped to his feet in excitement. "Do I want to go, Dick!" he exclaimed. guess I do." "All right; get ready, then." "I'm ready now; when do we start?" "Right away after dinner." "And it's dinner-time now. Good I" "Well, I He knew they would, of course. Dick laughed. "What do you think about it?" was his counter-question. "I guess sister Alice will be glad to see you, Dick I" with another grin. "And I have no doubt sister Edith will be glad to see a fellow about your size, Bob!" with a smile. "I hope so, by Jove!" said l3ob. The youths were in love with each other's sister. The girls--two as pretty, sweet and lovable girls as evef lived, by the way-loved Dick and Bob dearly. 1 When the war ended, if it ever did, the two young couples were to be married. gi As long as the war continued the youths' duty was tc their country, and to the great cause of Liberty. ro They would be soldiers, and fight as long as their arIIll were needed to help strike blows for Liberty. !O The girls, brave as they were sweet, approved of truJ0 view of the case. Hard as it was, they did not complain at having thei)o sweethearts away from them for months at a time. The: !G1ew the youths were doing good work for the cause, am. they would not murmur. :l] As the youths rode up to the fence in front of the hous occupied by Dick's mother and sister-his father ha1 been murdered by Tories two years before--two beauti ful girls rushed out through the open doorway and ra'0 down the path toward the gate. Yi "Dick! Bob I Mamma, it's Dick and Bob! It's Die ll. and Bob!" the girls cried. They were wildly excited; they were wild with delighH If they were delighted, so were the youths. The youths leaped down off their horses. They did not stop to tie the animals. n 1 l


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. 3 I They did not have time for that. I Instead, they rushed through the gate and seized the girls in their arms and hugged and kissed them. ( I "Alice I Edith!" "Dick I Bob I" ii. That was all that was said. There was no need for words. Two women of middle age came hastening out of the house. k They were Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Estabrook. When they reached the scene, the youths released d girls and each seized his mother in his arms and kissed her. "Where did you boys come from?" "Have you been wounded?" "How long are you going to stay?" "Oh, I am so glad you have come!" Such were a few of the exclamations given utterance to. The yonths laughingly told the girls and their mothers give them time. "One question at a time, please I" laughed Bob. Dick told them why he and Bob were there. "I run on my way to New York to do some spy work," e said, "and as I intended to come past home and stop while, I made Bob come along with me." ng "He didn't have much trouble 'making' me come I" Bob. tq "I should guess not I" said Alice Estabrook, with a roguish look at Edith Slater. her. Dick would have to go on to New York at an hour or so of sundown, but Bob could remain later, if he chose. That he would so choose, goes without saying. It was a happy little party that was there in Mrs. Slater's house that afternoon. They did not let the thought that they would be to gether but a few hours interfere with their enjoyment of the present. The time flew all too swiftly, however. Mrs. Slater, assisted by Mrs. Estabrook, got up a splen did supper. To the youths, accustomed as they were to coarse, un palatable army fare, the meal was a treat, indeed. They enjoyed it immensely. Dick remained until it was well along toward sundown, and then he mounted, and, bidding good-by to all, rode away in the direction of New York. He had promised that he would come back past there on his return, and let them know what success he had had down in the city. It was about twenty miles to New York City. It would take Dick two hours and a half to go this dis tance. Of course, he could go the distance in quicker time, but it would not be wise to do so. He would have to be extremely careful in entering the city. An hour and a half from the time he left home, Dick crossed the Harlem River. cru "That's a dig at me," laughed Edith; "well, Alice, I He crossed on a bridge, and he was not much surprised wuld give you a dig in return if I chose, but I will be when, as he rode off the bridge, he heard the sharp chal-hi ood-natured and refrain." lenge: "How could any of us help being good-natured when the "Halt I Who comes there?" e oys have come home to us, safe and sound?" Mrs. Slater 1 emarked. o.e n "We could not help being good-natured under such ircumstances," said Mrs. Estabrook. "I'll run over and tell papa you've come home." us o.a( "I'll go along," said Dick. ti The two started in the direction of Mr. Esta.brook's ralouse, which was less than a quarter of a mile distant, ty" way of the orchard through which a path ran. "Father'll find out we're here some time next week," 11c1 llid Bob, with a grin. "You'd have to set pegs to see lether or not they're moving." g "That's all right, Bob I" replied Dick, laughingly. "You ow all about such things by your own personal experi-tlce." Mrs Slater insisted that all should remain at her house 1.roughout the afternoon, and take an early supper with CHAPTER II. THE REDCOAT AND HI.S FLASK. The voice sounded close in front of Dick. He brought his horse to a stop instantly. He asked himself what he should do. He had half a mind to ride into the timber at the side of the road. Before he could put this into execution, however, the dark forms of two men appeared in the road immediately in front of him. The men were British pickets. They carried muskets, and the muskets were promptly levelled at Dick's head.


, 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. "Who are you?" was the stern query. "A friend," replied Dick. "Give the countersign then "I don t know the countersign," replied Dick. He had decided to stand his ground and try to deceive the redcoats in some manner. He might be able to do this. In that ca s e he would be allowed to proceed, unmolested. This would be better than to have to make a break to e s cape, and risk being shot. Dick was pre pared to do this last, however, in case he fail e d of d e ceiving the redcoats. "Who are you, and where do you hail from, that you are try ing to enter the lines, and have not the counter sign?" was the stern query. to get a doctor for my father; but I am sorry to be the means of cau s ing you so much trouble." "Oh, that doesn't matter," was the reply; "one of us might as well be doing that as sitting here doing nothing." "I'll go and get the horse," said the other redcoat. "All right," was the reply from his comrade. "I'll keep my eye on this fellow while you are gone." The picket disappeared. He was gone only a few minutes. Then he returned, leading a horse. He !:laid something to his comrade, in a low tone, and then mounted the horse. "Go ahead,'' he said to Dick; "I will ride behind you." This was a clever plan. It would make it extremely difficult for Dick to try "I am Mart Si:iencer, sir," replied Dick; "and I am any scheme for getting rid of the fellow. on my way to the city to get a doctor for my sick father." Dick did not dare offer objections, of course. "Oh, that's it, eh?" He must pretend to be perfectly satisfied with every The tone of the sentinel was do;ubting. thing that was said and done by the redcoats. "Yes, that is it," replied Dick; "and if you will be so It was the only way to keep them from deciding that kind, I will be pleased to continue on my way. Every he was a patriot and a spy. minute is precious, and may mean the life or death of my father." "Where do you live?" "Up in the neutral lands, sir." "Haven't they any doctors up there?" "Yes." "Wby didn't you get one of them, then?" "We have already had two, sir, but they said they could do nothing for my father, and I am on my way to get the best doctor in the city, in .the hope that he may be able to save my father's life." The pickets seemed to be undecided. They whispered to each other. Finally they came to a decision. "We will let you pass,'' said one; "but one of us will .J.ccompany y ou down to the city and will come back t hi s fa r with you. We would not like to be the means 'Of cau s ing the death of any one by refu s ing to allow a d octor to be sent for, but we have no .assurance that you .are s p e aking the truth. H you are, you will not object t o one of us accompanying you; and if you are not, then we will be doing our duty to the cause of the king." Of course, Dick could not enter objections to this plan. He did not wish to be accompanied, of course, but to 'Object would be to lay himself under suspicion at once. No, he would have to let the redcoat accompany him and t hen manage to get rid of him in some manner. He spoke up promptly: Dick was not alarmed, at all, however. He had been in too many tight places in the two yeare past to be alarmed by anything. He considered that he was in very good shape as yet He was free, and had his weapons. He wondered that the redcoats had not searched him to see if he was armed. Perhaps they had believed his statement. Be that as it may, they had not searched Dick. At the command, Dick started his horse. He rode onward, toward the city. Behind him rode the redcoat. It was about nine miles to the city. It would take an hour and a half to reach there. This would give Dick ample time to think up som plan for working the undoing of the British soldier. So he gave the matter not much thought at presenf He wished to take it coolly and calmly, and do noth ing in a hurry He had always found this the best plan. The redcoat did not seem to care about talking. He maintained silence. So did Dick Presently the redcoat begun to whistle. t He is well satisfied with his work, I judge," the youi thought. Pre8ent1y the redcoat began to sing. He had a very good voice, and he sang some cam "Thnt is satisfactory, of course. All I want is a chance songs, in quite an acceptable manner.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' DARING WORK: 5 "He seems to be happy," thought Dick. "He is coming up alongside me," the youth thought; "I The redcoat sang several songs, and then lapsed into wonder what he is going to do?" silence. The youth was not kept long in doubt. Presently he began again. The man rode up beside Dick. He sang louder than before, and with less rhythm. "Have 'er (hie) drin' 'ith me," be said, with a hicThere was a certain thickness to his voice, too, which cough; "'ave got sum might' good stufl', I tell y'. Haver attracted the youth's attention. drin ." He understood what it meant. "All right,'! -replied Dick, promptly; "I'll drink with "The fellow is drinking!" he said to himself. "Good! you. But take another drink yourself, first." I am glad of that. It will simplify matters greatly." Dick at once dismissed all worry from bis mind. If his guard was getting drunk, there would be no diffi-culty in getting away from him, presently. Had Dick had the ordering of things, he could not have had it fixed more to his liking. "Go ahead and drink yourself into a state of intoxicaThis suggestion met with favor in the redcoat's eyes. "All ri'," be said, in maudlin tones; "all ri'; yer er gen'l'm'n, you are!" The redcoat placed his fl.ask to his mouth and took a good swig. It was not so dark but that Dick could see bis com-tion as soon as you like,'' be thought; "and when you panion fairly well. have done so, I will do my work." The redcoat took the fl.ask away from bis mouth, smackDick got to studying. ed his lips and said: He wondered if he might not be able to turn this cir"Might' good stuff!" cumstance to bis interest. "You had better keep it for yourself," suggested Dick. Presently a thought struck him. "I am not much of a hand for liquor. Keep it, and drink Why not wait till the redcoat was drunk, then make it yourself." him a prisoner and change clothing with him? This did not suit the redcoat at all. Dick believed he would have a better chance to learn He was a1 that stage when he wanted everybody to what he wished to know if he were dressed in a British drink. uniform than if he were dressed in citizen's clothing-as was the case with him. Rad Dick been possessed of a British uniform he would have donned it before starting to New York on this affair; now he had an opportunity to get a uniform, and he thought he would improve the opportunity. He rode onward at a moderate pace. He was in no hurry. He wished to give the redcoat all the opportunity neces-o. sary for getting good and drunk. Dick had a good barometer, in the voice of the redcoat. It was a sure indication of the owner's state. The voice was quite thick now. And the thicker the voice got the more the owner thought it necessary to exercise it. He kept on singing. "Won' do't !" he said, bluntly. "You've gotter drink 'ith me Y' don' think y' are better than me, d' y' "Oh, no, of course not,'' was Dick's ;eply. "'rhen y've gotter drin'-unnerstan' ?" "Certainly, certainly! I'll drink, but I thought that, as you enjoy the liquor more than I do, you might as well hav<.> it.'' "No mat'r; wan' y' t' drin'-y've gotter drin' !" "Oh, all right!" said Dick. "Hand me the fl.ask." The redcoat did so. Dick took the flask. He made a pretence of drinking. It was easy to deceive the fellow. In the darkness, and with his vision somewhat im paired by the fumes of the liquor, he could not see that Preaently the redcoat's singing deteriorated into maudDick did not drink. lin doggerel. "He's getting pretty drunk,'' thought Dick; "he will be in such a state that I will be able to do as I please with him, soon." Dick waited patiently. 0.1 Presently he heard the sound of the redcoat's horse close 1 behind him. Dick, after pretending to drink, handed the fl.ask back. "Thanks,'' he said; "take another drink." "All ri' ; 'll do't, b' Jove The fellow placed the fl.ask to bis lips and drank all the contents. Then he threw the fl.ask awaj. He was drunk, but he knew when the fl.ask was empty.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. Dick now waited for the last drink to help in the work of rendering the redcoat practically helpless. They had Il(}W traversed perhaps half the distance to New York City. Dick decided that the time had come to act. There was no use of fooling away any more time. The redcoat was so drunk he would be unable to offer any resistance to Dick. The youth suddenly caused his horse to move up close al<>ngside that of his companion. Dick reached out and caught the redcoat by the throat. "Whoa!" he said, in a low voice. Both horses came to a stop. Dick quickly leaped to the ground and pulled the redcoat down after him. The :fellow was gasping and gurgling, and doing his best to utter cries. To no avail. Dick's grip was too strong. It effectually silenced the redcoat. Dick realized that the shock would probably sober the man-partially at least-and he decided that it would be best to choke the fellow into insensibility. This would enable him to effect the change of clothing without trouble, and with the minimum of inconveni-enc.e. Dick did not utter a word. CHAPTER III. TR"E TWO JIM SIMPSONS. Dick rode at a swifter pace now. The road was plainly defined and there was no danger of his losing his way. Half an hour later Dick emerged from the old Bowery Lane and rode across the Common-now City Hall Park. At that time the Common was at the extreme north end of the city. Dick rode across and Broadway, and rode on in a southerly direction. At the third street he turned to the left. He went about half way down the block and paused in front of a livery stable. He rode into the stable, and with the remark that he would like to leave the hor$e there a day or two, he left. Dick made his way out upon the street. Knowing that he would be more apt to learn something of interest where redcoats were thick, than where they were n<>t, he made his way back to Broadway. He started slowly down this great thoroughfare. The street was thronged. At least half the people on the street were redcollts. There were so many that Dick felt perfectly safe. He could not have had a better disguise. He walked slowly along, pausing occasionally to listen There was no need of doing so. to the conversation of a group <>f redcoats. He did not care what the redcoat thought. He picked up a number of pointers. Dick took both hands and choked the fellow with such Dick was walking slowly along when suddenly a man effect that he was speedily rendered unconscious. / in the dress of an orderly slapped him on the shoulder. A sort of gasping, gurgling groan told Dick when the "You are wanted, Simpson," the orderly said. work had been accomplished. He did not lose any time. He quickly divested the redcoat of his miiform. Then Dick doffed his own clothing. To don the uniform took but a few minutes. As luck would have it, the uniform :fitted Dick nicely. The redcoat was about of the size and build of the youth. Dick did not bother to dress the insensible man. Dick turned, in surprise. He was about to deny that his name was Simpson. Then a thought struck him. Might not he be able to make use of this man's mistake? Could he not use it to his advantage? Dick wondered who Simpson could be. There was no doubt, however, that he was a redcoat. Dick thought to himself that he must resemble Simpson very much. The weather was warm, and his underclothing would be But did he reseml:1le him sufficient to stand the test of sufficient protection. Dick threw his old clothes down where the fellow would find them, however. Then Dick mounted his horse and rode away in the direction of the city. close observation? Dick feared not. He decided to test the matter at once. The point where he had been accosted was near a lamp post.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. 7 Dick turned his face so that the light shone upon it. "Well, what is it?" asked Dick. "What is wanted?" "You are wanted." Dick was watching the orderly closely. The man was looking him in the face. He had obtained a good view of it. General Howe knew Dick well by General Clinton, however, did not. It would be safe to appear before him. The headquarters were soon reached. Dick found that they were in the same building that had been occupied by General Howe two years before, Yet no expression of surprise crossed the orderly's face. when he was commander-in-chief, with headquarters in Dick was satisfied that he must look enough like "SimpNew York City. son" to pass for a twin brother. Dick was a daring youth. He was always ready to turn everything to his ad vantage. He decided to turn this chance resemblance to his advantage. He made up his mind to impersonate Simpson. Come what might, he w ould do it. He might learn something of great importance. "Who wants me?" he asked. "The commander-in-chief." "General Clinton?" "Of course; who else?" "When does he want me?" "Now." "Now?" "Yes; at once." "Where does he want me?" "At headquarters." "Humph!" said Dick. "Are you going back there now?" Dick had a reason for asking this question. He did not know where General Clinton's headquarters were. If the orderly had an errand elsewhere, Dick would not know what to do. Dick had been in the city two or three times, at that time, doing spy work. The orderly led the way into the building. Dick followed, while seemingly keeping right alongside. They threaded two or three hallways and presently the orderly paused in front of a door. Throwing the door open he announced: "Mr. Simpson, your excellency." Dick stepped through the doorway. The door went shut behind him. Dick gave a quick glance around the room. A man in the uniform of a British general sat at a table at one side. Dick was confident the man was General Clinton He stepped forward and saluted. "You sent for me, General Clinton?" he asked. The commander-in-chief, for he it was, glanced at Dick in an absent-minded fashion, and said: "Yes, Simpson." Then he motioned toward a chair. "Sit down," he ordered. Dick obeyed. He was glad to do so. He would not attract so much attention to himself sitting, as when standing. Trne, he could inquire the way to headquarters, but he' If there were any differences of appearance between feared he might betray himself in some manner before he himself and the real Simpson, they would not be so likely reached General Clinton. to be noticed. The orderly's reply set Dick's mind at rest, however. General Clinton dipp e d a quill in some ink and wrote "Yes, I'm going back there at once," he said. "Will rapidly for a few moments. you come along with me?" Then he folded the pap e r and sealed it. "Yes." The two set out immediately. Dick was careful to let the orderly take the lead. In this way be would not be in danger of betraying his lack of knowledge of the whereabouts of General Clinton's headquarters. Had the commander-in-chief of the British been Gen eral Howe, who had only a short time before resigned and gone back to England, Dick would not have dared ven ture into the British headquarters. "Simpson," he said, "here is a document which I wish you to take aboard the ship, Duke of Marlborough. You know where it lies; you were on board it yesterday." Dick was taken somewhat aback, yet he did not dare show that such was the case. Of course, he had not been on board the sb}.p. He had no idea where it lay. Of course, he did not dare say so, however. To express ignorance of the whereabouts of. the ship would be suicidal.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. It would be the same as saying that he was not "Simpson.' Are there two Jim Simpsons, and do they look son." It was no part of Dick's plan to himself into trouble. Having stumbled upon a stroke of good fortune, he was determined to make the most of it. If he could get out of the room without it being dis covered that he was not Simpson, it would be a good stroke of work, for he would have in his possession a message to the commander of one of the British warships in the harbor. Dick arose and bowed. "Y e.s, your excellency," he said. "Shall I go now ?" "At once; take the document and guii-rd it carefully. It is important." Dick took the paper pocket. and placed it carefully in his "I'll do that, you may be guard it carefully enough!" Aloud he said: "Yes, your excellency." sure," he thought. Then he started toward the door. "I'll He had nearly reached it, when it came open. "Lieutenant Thompson, your excellency," said the voice of the orderly. A rather good-looking young British officer entered the room. He and Dick came almost face to face. Their eyes met for an instant. Dick imagined that the lieutenant gave a slight start. Dick himself felt somewhat puzzled. "I have seen that young fellow's face before," he 1 thought. "Strange that I can't remember where it was." Dick passed through the open doorway and made his way along the hall. The young officer who had been ushered into the room and announced as Lieutenant Thompson strode forward, quickly, and confronted General Clinton. He saluted, quickly. There was an excited look on his face. "Your pardon, General Clinton," he said, "but, if you please, who is the young man who just left here?" The commander-in-chief looked surprised. "That was Private Simpson," he said. "James Simpson?" "Yes. Why do you ask?" "I'll tell you, sir. I have just come from-ah-er from a place over on Broadw ay, and when I left there there was a man there who is the living image of the fellow who just departed, and he called himself 'Jall'.les Simpexactly alike?" General Clinton leaped to his feet in excitement. "What is that you say?" he cried. "Are there two Jim Simpsons, and do they both look exactly alike? Heavens, no Do you really mean what you say, lieutenant, or have you been drinking more than is good for you?" The young lieutenant flushed. "I have not been drinking, your excellency," he said, with dignity. "I was never more in earnest in my life, and I have said what I have in the hope of doing you a kindness; if the man who was just in here claimed to be James Simpson, there are two of them, and look exactly alike." General Clinton saw that the young officer was in earnest. He became excited. "Zounds he cried. "One of those is an im postor; the question i.s, which one? I have just given an important message to the one who just left here, and if it should happen that he is the impostor, and he should escape with the document, it would be bad, very bad; hE must be stopped at once. Quick come with me and lend me your assistance." General Clinton rushed out of the room, closely fol lowed by Lieutenant Thompson. Meanwhile, Dick had made his way along the hallways. In order to reach the street it was necessary to traverse several hallways. At one point Dick made a mistake and turned in the wrong direction. He soon discovered his mistake, however, and, hastening back, made his way in the right direction. He soon reached the entrance. There he met with a surprise. It partook considerably of the nature of a shock, also. Dick came face to face with a young man who looked enough like himself to be a twtn brother. "The real simpson thought Dick. "NOW I'm in for it." "Great guns Who are you?" burst from the redcoat's lips. "It doesn't matter," said Dick, hurriedly, yet in a calm tone; "I am in a great hurry. Will talk with you later." But the suspic ions of the redcoat seemed to be aroused. He placed himself squarely in front of Dick. "There is no need of such great haste," he said; 'this is a very strange affair, and I don't understand why it is that if I have a double in the ranks of the British army


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. t 1 I haven't heard of it before; just wait a moment, I wish to have a little talk with you." But Dick did not wish to wait. "Out of my way!" he said, sternly. "I have important business to attend to and have no time to lose." He advanced as he spoke. The real "Simpson" stood his g:r:ound, however. "I will not get out of the way," he said, firmly; "I am going to find out what this means." He had secured a hold on his opponent that enabled him to execute the movement. When General Clinton and Lieutenant Thompson were within a few feet of Dick, he suddenly hurled the real Simpson toward the two. "Seize him he cried. "Seize the impostor l I am the real Simpson, and he is a fraud! I'll get help!" Then Dick darted down the steps and started up the street. "Some other time," said Dick. "Out of the way!" He heard excited cries, and glanced back over his Dick's tone was threatening. shoulder. "Who are you?" asked the redcoat. General Clinton was standing at the entrance, gesticu-"That is my affair;" grimly. "For the last time, out lating and crying out excitedly. of the way!" The real Simpson laughed, sarcastically. "I take my orders from only my superiors m rank," he said. "When you have answered a few of my ques tions, I will get out of the way, but not before." I "You won't?" "No." "I think you will." As Dick spoke, he leaped iorward and seized his double. At the same instant there came the sound of hurrying footsteps. A number of British were coming, running at their best speed. "After him!" Dick heard the general say. "Capture that fellow, if possible! Twenty pounds to the man who first lays hands on him!" "This is going to be a lively chase," thought Dick; "those redcoats will do their best to earn that money." ,It was a fairly dark night, but there were street lamps, and this made it difficult for Dick to get out of sight of his pursuers. When Dick rushed forth from General Cl:inton's headGeneral Clinton and Lieutenant Thompson appeared quarters he had turned to the left and was r.iow running upon the scene. southward toward the battery. They took in the situation at a glance. They saw the two "Simpsons" struggling there at the entrance. "Seize him Seize them roared General Clinton. "Don't let them get away!" CHAPTER IV. ON BOARD THE BRITISH WARSHIP. He ran onward as rapidly as was possible. Judging by the sound, quite a crowd was giving chase. Dick had great confidence in himself, however. He believed that he would be able to escape. Suddenly he caught his toe against a projecting stone at a street crossing and fell headlong. He leaped to his feet instantly, but found that he had wrenched his right leg. He could still run, but not so swiftly. The injured limb gave him considerable pain. The brave youth gritted his teeth and ran onward, Dick realized that if he remained a few moments however. longer he would be captured. He was as determined to escape as ever. Of course, both himself and the fellow he looked like His speed was diminished to such an extent that his would be made prisoners, but an investigation would be pursuers easily kept pace with him. made, and it would undoubtedly be discovered which w .as Indeed, by the time he had gone a couple of blocks, tr e genuine "Simpson," and which the impostor. Dick knew that this would fatal. He was determined that he would not be captured. He had an important message in his possession. He intended to keep it, if such a thing was possible. As General Clinton and Lieutenant Thompson rushed s toward the two who were struggling there in the entrance, Dick decided what to do. Dick saw that his pursuers were gaining on him. "I don't like that very well," thought Dick. "I mustn't let those fellows overhaul me." He continued running as rapidly as possible. After him came the pursuing redcoats. They drew nearer and nearer. Dick limped considerably. He could not help it, gritty as he was. ', 'f


, 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. He had wrenched his leg pretty severely when he fell. He began to realize that if he depended on fleetness of foot to enable him to escape, he would be captured. He gritted his teeth and kept on, however. Presently he emerged from the street and found himself in a park. Dick recognized the place. It was Bowling Green Park. Knowing of nothing else better that he could do, Dick raced on across the park. Behind him, and now quite close, came the pursuing i:edcoats. Dick was soon across the little park. He ran out upon a wharf .. Dick was desperate. He had made up his mind that rather than submit to capture, he would leap into the water and take his chances in getting away by swimming. At the point where he reached the edge of the wharf, a boat lay. There were half a dozen men in the boat. Four of the men sat at the oars, one sat in the bow holding a lantern and one sat at the stern. Dick saw this by the light of the lantern. The boat was in the act of moving away from the wharf. Acting upon the impulse of the moment, Dick leaped down into the boat and seated himself beside the man at the stern. "Hello I Who are you?" the man exclaimed. "Pull, men I Quick I" cried Dick. "There is a gang after me and I want to get away from them. It will be my treat if you get me away from them." "Who are they?" was the question asked by the man who sat beside Dick. "Oh, it's a gang of my comrades." "Your comrades, eh?" "Yes." "Why they chasing you?" "Oh, I got into a racket with one of them." "You did, eh?" "Yes ; but pull, men, quick I They'll be here in a moment." The men hesitated, then he pushed against the wharf and sent the boat out into the water. At the same instant, Dick's pursuers reached the edge of the wharf. "Stop!" roared one. "Stop that boat instantly. We want that fellow sitting beside you." "Oh, you do?" growled Dick's seatmate. "Yes." "Then ye'd better come and git him." "Stop the boat, I say "Yes, stop it I" "It won't be good for you if yo:u don't." "Back water!" Such were a few of the commands given utterance to by the members of the party that had chased Dick. Dick awaited the words and actions of the men in the boat with some anxiety. He feared they would stop the boat and put him back on the wharf. But the men had no intention of doing so. "Back water, nothing I" Dick's seatmate growled. "You fellers ain't our bosses; we'll back water when we gits ready, and not before." Dick drew a breath of relief. He was safe, temporarily, at least. The men kept on rowing. The boat forged through the water rapidly. The men on the wharf danced wildly about and yelled angrily. "Let's get a boat and give chase I" one cried. "Yes, yes, let's do!" from another. "Let 'em I" growled the man beside Dick. "They can't catch us." Dick was glad to hear the man this. "Where is this boat headed for?" he asked. "Out ter our ship." "Oh, you're British sailors, then?" "Yas." "Can't you make a circuit and put me ashore up the river a ways?" "No; our time of leave is up. ther ship." "Oh, that's it ?" "Y rui." "Then bow will I get ashore?" We've got ter go aboard ":Mebby we kin git permission ter bring ye back." "Oh, that would be all right." It took only a few minutes to row out to the ship. The boat was made fast alongside and the sailors made their way up the ladder to the ship's deck. Dick followed, and, climbing the rope ladder, was soon on the deck of the ship: An officer came forward. "Well, you're back," he said. Then his eyes fell upon Dick. "Who is this?" he asked. "It's er young feller what got inter our boat back at the wharf, sir," the British tar explained. "There was


e ill at as er mob arter him an' we, seein' ez how he were a British soldier, brung him away." "Oh, that's it?" "Yas; an' if you please, sir, kin we take ther young feller back ter ther shore?" The officer hesitated. Before he came to a decision, the sound of oars was heard. Then a grating sound as of a boat rubbing against the side of a ship. "Ahoy, the ship!" cried a voice. The officer stepped to the rail. "Ahoy, the boat!" he cried. "Who are you, and what do you want?" "We wish to come aboard." "Who are you?" ''British soldiers." "Why do you wish to come aboard?11 "Hasn't one of your boats just returned to the ship?" was the counter-question. "Yes; what of it?" "Didn't your sailors bring a young man aboard the ship with them?" "Yes; what of it?" "A good deal; we want him." "You do?" "Yes." "What has he done?" 'Tisn't so much what he has done as what he is." "Oh, that's it?" "Yes." "Well, what is the young man?" "He is a rebel." "A rebel ?" "Yes, and a spy." "A rebel and a spy, eh?" "Yes." "Can you substantiate your words?" "I think so." "But the young man in question wears a British uni form." "That may be; he may have stolen it somewhere." British officer turned and looked at Dick, search ingly. The youth met the man's gaze unflinchingly. As may be supposed, Dick had listened to the con versation with interest. He realized that he was in a tight place. He knew that he was in great danger. No one would have known this by looking at his face, however. It was calm and serene. "You have heard what that man said?" asked the officer, somewhat sternly. Dick nodded. "Yes, I heard," he replied. "He says you are a rebel and a spy." "And I say he is a liar I" "You deny it, then?" "I do." "Humph! What would be bis reason for falsely ac-cusing you?" "I could not say." The officer eyed Dick for a few 1110I11ents in silence. Dick bore the scrutiny well. "Well," came up froni below, "are you going to let us ha\'e that rebel or not(" 'rhe tone was impatient. The officer hesitated. "Where do you come from?" he asked. "Straight from the headquarters of General Clinton, the commander-in-chief of the British army." The officer suddenly made up his mind. "You are accused of being a rebel and a spy," he said to Dick. "Whether or not you are one, I do not know; but I feel that I should not be doing right in refusing to let those men take you." Dick had expected this. He h&d a plan of action outlined in his mind. "Before delivering me up to them, had you not better have some of them come aboard, sir?" asked Dick. His tone was respectful. "Why should I do that?" "To see whether or not they really are British soldiers. They may be rebels themselves." Dick was so cool and calm and so gentlemanly that the British officer was impressed in his favor. "I judge that would only be fair," he said. Then he stepped to the rail. "I am going to let you have t! young man;'' he called out; "but you will have to come aboard ana get him yourselves." "All right; that is satisfactory," came the reply. "We'll come aboard at once." Dick realized the time had come for action. If he was to escape being made a prisoner he would have to do something at once. He was a youth prompt to decide and prompt to act. He did not hesitate an instant.


,TZ B I Dvl He ran across the deck of the ship to the opposite from that on which was the boat containing his enemies, and leaped headlong over the rail. CHAPTER V. OVERBOARD! Dick shot downward toward the water. Splash! He struck the water and went i.nder. Just as he did so he heard a noise above his head. He looked up and saw the British officer leaning over the rail. "Stop!" the officer cried. "Don't attempt to go away with that boat. If you do you are a dead man!" He drew a pistol as he spoke and levelled it at Dick. Dick's answer was to dip the oars into the water and give a strong pull. The youth was wonderfully strong in the arms, and an expert with ihe oars. The boat fairly leaped forward. Crack! The officer had :fired. Dick was a youth who always kept his eyes open. Dick's sudden movement had disconcerted the officer; There was little that escaped his observation at any however. time. It had taken him somewhat by surprise, and he had He had taken note of the fact that there was a small fired quickly, without taking aim. rowboat a.t the stern of the ship when the boat he had The result was that he missed Dick. come aboard in was approaching the vessel. The bullet whistled past Dick's head and buried itself Dick had made up his :mind to utilize this boat, if in the bottom of the boat. possible. With an oath the officer hurled the pistol down at Dick. He swam toward the stern. The pistol came almost a s close as the bullet had done. He was a splendid swimmer. The officer had damaged himself more than he had The fact that be had his clothes on did not bother him. Dick, however, for he had lost a good weapon. He was such a good swimmer that he could have kept himself afloat fOr hours, even though thus handicapped. But he had no wish to try to swim ashore It would have been too hard a task,' and then the boat would probably have overtaken him. If he could reach the boat and get a fair start, he believed he could get away from his enemies easily. It was dark enough so he could not be seen at a greater di s tance than three or four yards. When Dick c ame to the surface he beard the sound of footsteps on the deck and of excited voices. He s wam alon g a s rapidly a s possible. He made scarcel y any noise at all. It took him but a ver y few moments to reach the stern of the ship. The boa t was ther e A lant ern hanging at the stern of the warship threw Before he could draw another pistol, Dick had got outside the range of light thrown down by the lantern, and had disappeared in the darkness. "Stop!" the officer roared again, but he might as well have saved his breath. Dick had no intention of stopping. He rowed onward as rapidly as possible. He realized that be would soon be pursu ed. He wished to get a s good a start as possible. He heard the sound of e x cited voices 011 the deck of the ship and around at the side. "They'll be aft e r m e n o w h e thought. "Ah, there they come now A boat shot through the circl e of light thrown down by the lantern a t th e stern of the s hip. The boat was c omin g in Dick' s direction. Dick turne d hi s boat' s h e ad s lightly, somewhat and down suffic ient light so that Dick could see what he was rowed in a directio n diagonally awa y from the one be doing. bad been going. H e climbed into the boat as quickly as possible. He kept turning the head of the boat more and A glance showed him that the oars were in the bottom of the boat. Dick seized the oars and placed them in the rowlocks Then he stepped to the bow of the boat and cut the painter. Seating himself? he seized the oars. and presently was heading in toward the shore He could see the lights of the city, and pulled toward them. He paused a couple of times and listened. The first time he could hear voices and the sound of 'oars in the rowlocks, but the next time he heard nothing


"I guess I've given them the slip," Dick thought. This gave Dick a feeling of satisfaction. He had had some exciting adventures and had been in considerable danger, but he felt safe now. He rode onward as rapidly as possible. He shaped his course by a couple of lights on the shore. Nearer and nearer they drew. .A few minutes later Dick reached the shore. There was no wharf at this point. Here and there were posts driven into the sandy beach, however, and Dick pulled the boat up on the sand and tied the painter to one of the posts, He looked down at himself somewhat ruefully, by the light of a street lamp standing a short distance away. He was soaking wet. "My splendid uniform is ruined!" he murmured, with a little laugh. "Well, I guess I haven't anything to com plain of. 1 have done first-rate. I have secured a valuable document, and have escaped from the redcoats. No, I I haven't anything to complain of." so I'll make the best of it and will go ahead, the same as I originally intended to do." Dick made his way up from the beach. He was soon threading the streets. Suddenly, on turning a corner, he came face to face with four redcoats who had been drinking more than was good for them. They noticed that Dick's clothes were soaking wet "Hello, comrade!" cried one. "Been bathing with your uniform on, hey? Well, you'll catch it!" "You'll find that to be a pretty expensive bathing suit!" from another. "That needn't bother you fellows any," replied Dick, quietly. "You won't have to pay the bill." "He's saucy, isn't he!" cried one. "Too much so, altogether!" growled another. "Let's take him down a peg or two!" "I'm for doing it!" The four were just drunk enough to be quarrels()me. It did not matter to them that Dick wore a Britis il Dick reached hi hand into the pockei where he had uniform. placed the valuable paper. .A startled cry escaped him. "Great guns!" he exclaimed, "the paper is gone. I have lost it I" Then Dick felt in his other pockets. He thought it possible he might have made a mistake in the pocket, after all. But he had not. The paper which General Clinton had given him was gone. But how had it gone, and when and where? Dick asked himself these questions. He could not answer them, however. .All he knew was that the paper had disappeared. They were in a mood to quarrel with any one. They would have quarreled with their best friend Dick was in no mood to be trifled with. He hated the redcoats on general principles. Then, a lot of them had just caused him considerable trouble. When he saw that the four were bent on attacking him, he did not seem to be at all disconcerted. He simply gave them warning. "You will do well to attend to your own business and let me alone!" he said, quietly, but sternly. "If you attack me, some of you fellows will get hurt!" This only angered the redcoats the more, and m ade them more determined He thought it possible that the paper had come out "Go for him, fellows!" cried one. "Knock him down! of his pocket when he leaped overboard from the warship. Give him a good thrashing for his insolence." In that case the paper was gone forever. The four rushed to the attack. Dick did not think it possible that he would ever again They were drunk enough so that they did not have fnll see the paper, anyway. control of themselves; Dick was sober. He was badly disappointed. Then, too, Dick was one of the best all-around athl etes He had expected to be able to take the document to of that time. General Washington, and that it would prove to contain valuable information. Now he would have to content himself with finding out all he could in other ways. Dick did not lose much time mourning over the loss of the paper. That was not his way. "Well, it's gone," he murmured; "it can't be helped, Everything considered, the combat was now star t ed was not so unequal as it seemed. In an instant the fight was under way. .Almost as quickly as one could count, two of the redcoat s went down. Dick had dealt two blows, and both had landed. Biff Crack Down went the other two


. J.'t The first two who had been downed now struggled to their feet. The blows and the jar of the fall had sobered them. They wildly angry. They came up, cursing like pirates. They were threatening what they would do. That they would do their worst there was no doubt. Dick was not alarmed, however. He met them half way. It took more than the two blows to down the fellows, however. He was forced to strike several blows. He downed the two, however. By this time the other two had struggled to their feet. They, too, were sobered by the shock of the blow and jar of the fall. Dick was not very well acquainted with this portion of the city. He had not gone far before he awoke to the realization of the fact that he was lost. He paused and looked about him. Neither the street nor the buildings looked familiar. It would do no good to stand still, however. Realizing this, Dick started on. He made his way along, turning up one street and down another at random, for perhaps fifteen minute.\!. Then he paused and looked around him again. "Things look somewhat familiar around here,'' he thought. "I believe I've been here before." Again he looked around him. Suddenly the streets seemed to whirl around like some big wheel, and what had seemed south to him a moment Like their comrades they were more angry and de-before, now seemed to be north. termined than before. Instantly Dick knew where he was. Dick managed to knock both of them down. "Yonder is General Clinton's headquarters," he said The other two were now on their feet. ro himself. "I can find the place where I stumbled and They were as angry as ever, but slightly groggy. fell, in a few minutes now." They attacked Dick again, but he had little difficulty in Dick struck out down the street. disposing of them. "That's the place, yonder," thought Dick, a few min-utes later. "I was just about at the centre of that cross Two well-directed blows were all that was necessary. street when I fell." 'l'hey went down with a crash. This time they lay still. They had been knocked senseless. The other two scrambled to their feet, but seeing the fate which had befallen their comrade, they turned and made off up the street. "Go it, you cowards!" murmured Dick. Then he walked coolly and unconcernedly away. Dick did not feel very comfortable. His wet clothing stuck tight to him. He was glad that it was night-time, as he attracted but little attention. Dick had walked quite a ways when suddenly an exclamation escaped him. "Jove!" he said, "why didn't I think of it sooner? 'rhe chances are that I lost that paper at the place where I stumbled and fell when the redcoats were chasing me." Dick decided to go and look for the lost paper." He scarcely expected to find it. Even if he had dropped it there it was likely that some one had picked it up ere this. Still it would do no harm to look. Dick reached the street and started across it. As he did so, a man started to cross from the opposite side. The man suddenly uttered an exclamation. He paused, and stooping down, picked something out of the gutter. There was a street lamp at the corner, and by its light Dick saw what it was that the man had picked up. He recognized it at a glance. It was the lost paper! CHAPTER VI. THE LOST P .A.PER CAUSES TROUBLE. Dick stepped forward and confronted the man. "I beg your pardon, sir," he said, "but that paper is mine." The man, who was a large, rough-looking fellow, with the appearance of a tough, leered. He tucked the paper into an inside pocket. Dick walked as rapidly as be could. "Wot pap per?" he asked. His leg still pained him and made it impossible for him \ "The one you just picked up and which you put in tc get along as rapidly as he otherwise could have done. your pocket just now." 5


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. 15 "I never picked up no papper." Such bare-faced lying was new to Dick. "Oh yer say yer did, hey?" the feilow growled. "Yer still stick ter yer story, do yer ?" "But I saw you pick it up I" he said. "I certainly do; that paper is mine, and I want it." He forced himself to speak calmly. The man grinned in an aggravating fashion. "Ye mus' be mistook, young feller." "Yer'll hev ter excuse me, young feller, but I don't Dick frowned. berleeve I kin swaller thet story uv yourn; ye can't make "No, I am not mistaken," he said. "I saw you pick me berleeve thet yer'd drop er papper an' know et an' up a paper and put it in your pocket." go on without stoppin' ter pick et up." "No, ye didn't see nothin' uv ther kin',_ young feller; "Under certain circumstances a man might do such a but jes' supposin' ye hed seen me do thet, wot bizness thing," said Dick. would et be uv yourn ?" "Such talk as that wearies me," said Dick; "you picked up a paper and put it in your pocket just now. That paper belongs to me, and I want it I" The man leered. "Oh, ye do?" he asked. "Yes, I do." "By wot rights d'ye lay claim tex ther papper, young feller?" "The right of ownership." .. "Ther right uv ownership, hey?" I "Yes; the paper belongs to me." "Et does, hey ?" "I can't un'erstan' wot ther sarkumstances c u'd be." "Well, suppose a man was being chased by a gang of fellows; he wouldn't be likely to stop, would he?" "Humph! an' wuz ye chased?" "I was." "An' ye claim ye dropped this papper ?" "I do; I did drop it." "An' it's yourn ?" "It is; give it to me, please." The man laughed "I c'u'dn't think uv doin' thet," he said. "But it's my paper." The fellow laughed again. "Yes." "No, et's mine," he said. "I've got persession uv et, "How d'ye make thet out? Et wuz layin' heer in ther yer know." gutter." "Where I dropped it." "Oh, ye dropped e t theer, did ye?" "Yes." "Humph! On purpuss, I s 'pose ?" "No, not on purpose." "By accident, hey?" "Yes, by accident." "Humph! When did ye drop et?" "An hour ago." "A hour ergo?" "Yes." "Thet's funny." "What is funny?" "W'y, thet ye sh'd hev dropped thet paper in ther gutter a hour ergo, an' then left et lay theer a ht>ur afore comin' back ter git et. W'y didn't ye pick et up ter onct ?" "There was a. good reason why I did not do so." "Theer mus' hev be'n, you feller; an' I guess thet ther bes' reezon is thet ye didn't drop no papper." "But I say I did!" Dick was becoming angry now. He realized that he had a tough customer to deal with. He saw that he was going to have hard work getting the paper away from the fellow. Dick saw that the man had no intention of giving him the paper; he realiz e d tha t if he got it he would have to take it by force. This might prove to be a difficult task The man was a big fellow and evidently strong. Then, too, Dick had a lame leg This would handicap him considerably in an encounter. Dick was determined to have the paper, however. It was an important document. He must get possession of it. "Will you give the paper up?" asked Dick, sternly. "Not by er jugful!" was the prompt reply. "Ye bet I won' t give ther papper up." "You had better." The man snorted in a cont e mptuous manner. "Bah! young feller, ye needn t try ter skeer me. don't skeer, I don't-no, not worth er cent!" I "I have no wish to scare you," replied Dick, quietly, "but I am going to have that paper, even if I have to take it away from you by force!" The man laughed in a loud voice now. This seemed to amuse him immen sely. "Say, thet's ther bes' joke yit !" he gurgled. "Thel' idee uv er leetle whipper-snapper like ye er talkin' uv


16 TRE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. takin' ennythin' erway frum Hank Muggins by force I Thet's er good joke, by jucks, e:f et hain't I" Then the man roared. Dick looked around him. Re feared the loud laughter of the man would attract some one to the spot. This he did not want. Any newcomers might be friends o:f the man. Dick preferred to have jt out with the fellow alone. Suddenly the fellow stopped laughing. "Wot is this papper, ennyhow?" he asked. "It is a document of value to me," said Dick; "it is worth nothing to you." The fellow leered. "Oh, I dunno erbout thet," he said; "ef et's valerable ter you, et is probberly worth sumthin' ter me." "No, it is worthless to you." The man looked at Dick, shrewdly. "Jedging by yer uniform," he said, "ye must be er British sojer." Dick nodded. ''Yes, I am a British soldier." The man nodded. "I think I unnerstan'," he said; "this papper is prob berly er important dockyment which ye wuz takin' some whur an' l>hich ye lost. W aal, I foun' et an' I'm ergoin' ter hev sumthin' out uv et." "How are you going to manage it?" asked Dick. "I'm ergo in' ter take this papper ter Gineral Clinton; I ruther think he'll pay me sumthin' fur bringin' et ter 'im." "0 h, you clo ?" "Yas." Out shot his right arm. The youth's fist caught the man fair between the eyes. Crack! It was a terrible blow. Dick had struck with all his force. He realized that the man was a tough customer. It would take a hard blow to hurt him. He was not expecting such sudden action on Dick's part. He was taken by surprise. Not being braced to withstand the shock, he went down. KerLhump! He struck the hard street with considerable force. A less tough individual would have been knocked sense-less. Not so Hank Muggins. He was jarred considerably, but was not even dazed. He started to rise, almost as soon as he had struck. Dick forward and threw himself upon the man, however, and forced him back. "Not so fast the youth cried. "You shall not get up till after you have given up that paper!" Dick made the attempt to get the fellow by the throat. 'l'his was the youth's favorite hold. If he could get a throat hold he usually ended a struggle very quickly, and always in his own favor. But Hank Muggins managed to keep Dick from sec uring the hold. Perhaps he had had the hold tried on him at some prior time. He acted as if he knew the danger of allowing it to be secured. He began struggling :fiercely. He was very strong. Dick saw that the man meant what he said. He seized Dick in a bear-like hug and tried to turn Had Dick had some money he would have tried to bribe the youth. the fellow to let him have the paper, but he had no money. Had be been able to turn Dick over and get on top, There was only one way for him to get possession of he would no doubt have been able to overcome the youth. the document. That was by taking it by force. Dick realized that this would be a difficult task. Dick was too well versed in the wrestler's art to allow this, however. He l

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. tr One thing: The man was not accustomed to violent A look of savage joy appeared on his :face; .vork, and he could not stand so much of it as could "Joe! Bill!" he cried. "Quick, help me! Knock Dick. this young cuss silly!" Try as he would, however, Dick could not get the man Dick had thought that he heard footsteps, but had JL1Jl into such a position as would permit him to get his hand been sure. into the fellow's pocket. I Now, however, he knew that some one was close at band It was all the youth could do to hold the man down with and that the newcomers were Muggins' friends. both hands. Dick turned his head to see how close the :fellows weft. Dick hardly knew how the affair would end. As he did so, crack! something struck him alongside He kept steadily at the work of tiring M.r. Muggins, the head. however. If he could exhaust the man's strength sufficiently he might be able to get the paper away from him. Hank Muggins was very angry. He struggled and kicked, fiercely, and attempted to strike. At the same time he kept up a constant flow of threats and curses. He told Dick what he would do with h' the chance. Some of his threats were bloodcurdling. But they did not worry Dick. He merely laughed at Muggins. if he got "You had better save your breath," he ad vised; "you will need it all before you get through this business." A hoarse growl was the man's only reply. Doubtless he appreciated the value of Dick's advice, however. At any rate, he did not curse and threaten as much as he had been doing. He did not stop altogether, but reduced it to a mini mum, as it. were. "That is better/' said :pick, drily. "I would rather have you make a stronger defense than to be forced to listen to your oaths." Jl.Iuggins growled again. He was very angry. He realized that in this youth he had met his match. The knowledge was anything but pleasing. He began to fear that the youth would be able to take the paper away from him, after all. Doubtless Dick would have been able to do so, but for an interruption. 'rwo men came shambling down the street. They were rather tough-looking customers-something after the fashion of Mr. Muggins, in fact. They saw Dick and Muggins struggling on the ground. As the two :fellows drew near, : l\fuggins caught sight of them. Evidently he recognized them. The blow was a severe one. It knocked Dick off Mr. Muggins and stretched him senseless in the street. CHAPTER VII. DICK RECOVERS THE PAPER AND SETTLES THE SCORE.. When Dick regained consciousness he opened his eym and looked around him. He was lying where he had fallen-in the middle of the street The worthy Muggins and his two comrades, "Joe" ao.i "Bill," had disappeared. They had, as a matter of fact, searched the pockets the youth and had taken everything of value that the) found. This, fortunately, was not much. Having done this they had fled. They supposed Dick was a British soldier, and feared that some of his comrades might come along and wreak vengeance on them Muggins kept the paper He did not say anything to his comrades about the paper If there was anything to be made, he wished to mah it all himself. Dick put his hand to his head. It :felt as large as two ordinary heads. The scoundrel who went by the name of Bill had struck Dick with the big end of a heavy club-like cane. Dick's head and the side of his face were swollen.. Dick rose to his :feet. Ile was dizzy and at :first had hard work standing up.. Gradu:;illy his head got steadier, however. He began to :feel more like himself. "Jove thought Dick, "I've had considerable good Jaelt to-night, but have had more bad luck than usually falls to my lot. A crippled leg and a sore head is a little mon> than I've been used to.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. Dick was a philosophical youth, however. He knew that there was no use of worrying. less than half the number of ships in the French fleet, the matter had a serious look. He was sorry to have lost the valuabJe paper, but griev-It would seem as if it would be an easy thing for the French :fleet to sail into the harbor and either sink or ing over it would not the paper back. Dick decided that he could do nothing more that night. capture the British ships. He made up his mind io go to a quiet tavern, hire a room and go to bed. He did so. He was up bright and early next morning. The side of Dick's face was black and blue, but the swelling had gone down considerable. Then, acting in conjunction with the patriot army under General Washington, it would be an easy matter to take New York away from the British. Such was the gist of the conversation of the excited redcoats. Dick took it all in. This was information, indeed. It was welcome news. "General Washington must know of this at once," thought Di ck ; "I will wait till dark and will then strike Dick's uniform had dried during the night, but hac! out for White Plains." His jaw was so sore that he could hardly chew, but he managed to eat a fairly good breakfast. Then he went out upon the street. shrunk considerable and was rather a tight fit. Dick was afraid he would attract too much attention The legs of the pants were too short, as were alSo the to himself if he started while it was yet light. sleeves of the coat. It was now almost sundown, so he would not have to This made Dick look rather comical and attracted conwait very long. siderable attention to him. Some of the redcoats chaffed Dick. Dick did not like it very well, but be did not wish to get into trouble, so he laughed it off. He circulated around pretty freely. He kept a wary eye out, however. Dick made his way to a tavern, and, entering the diningroom, ate supper. By the time he was through it was dark. The front room of the tavern was a barroom. As he emerged from the dining-room into the barroom, his eyes fell upon three men standing at the bar. He was afraid that some one who knew of the "Simpson" They were rough-looking 9haracters and in one of them, episode of the day before might see him and recognize him :he largest of the trio, Dick recognized his opponent of as being one of the "Simpsons:" the night before, Mr. Hank Muggins. There was not a great deal of danger of this, however. One whole side of his face was black and blue. The other two were, Dick doubted not, the "Joe" and "Bill" who had come to the assistance of Muggins. One of the fellows carried a heavy bludgeon-like cane. This changed his looks sufficiently so that it would have been difficult for any one to have identified him as being This fellow, Dick confident, was the one who hau dealt him the blow that had knocked him senseless. one of the "Simpsons." Dick picked up numerous items of news. The biggest item of news came to Dick along toward evening. He was walking along the street when be came upon "And that's the very stick he did it with, I'll warrant," thought Dick. / Dick was not, as a rule, vicious or vindictive. He was not one who was never satisfied unless he had revenge. a group of redcoats. They were' talking excitedly. Dick listened to their conversation eagerly. He learned that a fleet of eighteen warships day appeared off Sandy Hook. Somehow, however, the sight of the trio angered him. In the first place, he had wanted the paper which Mug gins had caused him to lose, through refusing to give it bad that up, and in the second place; he had a very sore head, where the bludgeon had struck him. It was a French fleet, so the redcoats said. The French alliance was then in force, and there was no doubt that the French fleet was there for the purpose of rendering aid to the Americans. As the British fleet in New York Harbor consisted of Dick made up his mind to get partially even, at least. He wondered if Muggins still had the paper in his pocket. If so, and Dick could secure it, it would be a victory over the scoundrel and would be a satisfaction to the youth. Dick decided to find out.


The three were drinking, and did not notice the youth as he approached. He made a motion as if to come out from behind the bar. The first intimation either of them had that an enemy Dick paid no attention to him. was at hand was when Dick dexterously jerked the stick Reaching the door he opened it and leaped out upon out of "Bill's" hand. the street. "Heer! wot duz tbet meen ?" the fellow cried, setting his glass down, with a crash, and whirling around so as to face Dick. "You gave me a thump with this stick last night," said the youth, grimly; "now I'm going to give you a dose of the same medicine." Crack! Thump Dick hit the fellow a strong blow alongside the head, Dick did not think the inmates of the barroom give chase to him. The three men who had been knocked dow_n were nothing to them. True, the three would, no doubt, have given chase had they been in a condition to qo so, but they were not. By the time they would regain consciousness Dick could be clear away. and knocked him down He made his way as rapidly as possible in the direction The stricken man set up a great howl and rolled and of the livery stable where he had le:ft his horse. kicked at a terrible rate. Crack! Thump! Down went "Joe." He, too, set up a terrible howl. "Now for you, you big scoundrel!" cried Dick. Crack Th'ump Down went Mr. Muggins, with a crash that almost shook the building. No sooner had the last-named of the trio struck the floor, than Dick was upon him. Dick plunged his hand into the :fellow's inside pocket. There was a paper in the pocket. Dick's fingers closed upon it. Dick drew the paper forth. It was the document which had been given to Dick by General Clinton, and which he had lost when fleeing from the pursuing redcoats the night before. "Good!" thought Dick, "l have the paper again, and I have evened up my score with those scoundrels, too. Now to get away from here." There were perhaps a dozen men in the barroom. They were seated at small tables scattered about. Dick had laid the three fellows out so quickly that the inmates of the barroom had not baa time to interfere He paid the score, mounted his horse and rode away. He rode northward to the Common; crossed it and struck up the Old Bowery Lane. He continued on till he was in the vieinity of the Harlem River. Dick was careful now. He knew he was in danger of being challenged at any moment. He rode slowly. To the youth's surprise, however, and much to his satisfaction he reached the bridge and crossed it without having been challenged. He had got past the pickets in some manner. As soon as he was across the river, Dick urged his horse forward at a gallop. He was in a hurry to get back to the patriot encampment at White Plains. The distance was about eighteen miles. Dick thought he could cover it in two hours and a half. He did so, easily. It happened that the commander-in-chief had not yet gone to bed. Dick went to headquarters, to make his report, at once. He felt that General Washington ought to know about even had they the inclination. the arrival of the French fleet at the earliest possible mo-All they could do was to utter long-drawn-out ment. "Ah-h-h-h-hs I" and stare in open-mouthed amazement. The barkeier' was rendered almost speechless by the action of the youth. He stood as one paralyzed. When Dick suddenly bolted for the door, however, the barkeeper suddenly awoke to what was going on. "Hold on, there!" he cried. "What do you mean, any way?" The commander-in-chief greeted Dick pleasantly. There was an e ager light in his eyes. "Well, Dick, back again?" he remarked. "And what is the news?" "There is a French fleet lying off Sandy Hook, your !" said Dick. General Washington started. His face lighted up.


"Say you so, Dick, my boy?" he exclaimed. "Did you see the :fleet yourself?" Dick shook his head. "No, I did not see it, but I heard the British soldiers in, New York talking about it. As I was dressed in a British uniform, and they thought me one of themselves, tliere is no reason to suppose that they were trying to fool me. I heard a number talking of it." "It must be true, then. What else did you learn, Dick? Did you find out how many men General Clinton has in New York?" uyes; at least, I think so." Then Dick told him what he had heard. "Rather than let it fall into the hands of the British, destroy it," he said. "I will do so, sir." General Washington gave Dick full instructions regarding the work which he wished him to do, and when he had ended, the youth took his departure. He made his way to where the "Liberty Boys" were stationed. He had not had time to talk to the boys much, as yet, since his return from New York. Bob began plying him with questions, at once. He wished to know regarding all the adventures through which Dick had passed. Mter he had placed the commander-in-chief m posDick told the story, in his quiet, modest way, but the : I session of all the information which he had by youths could read between the lines, and they knew that g listening to the talk of the redcoats, Dick drew the paper their captain had been in considerable danger. from his pocket--the paper that had been given him by "I'm going back to New York to-night, boys," Dick General Clinton, and which had caused him so much said, presently. trouble, and which he had lost and regained. "Back to New York D "Here is a document which was given me to take "And to-night?" alioard one of the British ships in the harbor, your ex"Great guns! What for?" eellency," said Dick; and then he told the commander-in"You'll be shot or hung!" e&ief the history of the paper, in brief language. "Let. me go along, Dick!" this from Bob. General Washington took the paper, and, opening it, The youths were surprised that Dick should return mid it from beginning to ending. again so soon. "This is of considerable importance," he said; "you They feared he would get into trouble, too. did well to secure this paper and bring it to me, Dick." They did not say much, however. "I am glad of that, sir," was the youth's quiet reply. 'fhey realized that it was a great honor for Dick to be chosen for the important work of taking the message to the commander of the French fleet. They were proud of their captain. CHAPTER VIII. "Well, Dick'll deliver the message, if anybody can do it!" declared Mark Morrison, and the others acquiesced BACK TO NEW YORK. in this view of the case. The day soon passed. Next morning, the commander-in-chief sent for Dick. Dick made such preparations for his journey as he "I wish to send you back to New York," he said. "Are thought necessary. you ready to make the trip?" When evening came he was ready to start. "I am," was Dick's decided reply. Bob had insisted on accompanying him, but Dick had "I wish you to do even more," continued General Wash-Leen forced to refuse his friend the privilege. ington. "I wish you to go aboard one of the vessels of "I think I had better go alone, Bob," he said; "I would the French :fleet and take a message to the commander of like to have you along, but fear it might not be best." the deet." So he mounted his horse and rode away. Dick's eyes sparkled. Dick had been over the road so recently that he had "I will do it, if possible, sir," he said. "Good I I suppose you will wait till nightfall to enter the city?" "Yes, your excellency; it will be safest." The commander-in-chief gave Dick a folded paper, which lie told the youth to guard carefully. no trouble in finding his way. Two hours and a half from the time he left White Plains, Dick was riding across the bridge over the Harlem River. Dick knew it would be a difficult matter to get past the pickets.


He had been unable to do so the other time he entered the city. ,,,, He continued on down toward Bow ling Green. When be reached there he crossed the little park and He w11s confident it would be useless to slip past the made bis way to the water front. pickets. He wished to .find some kind 0 a boat-one that would He decided upon a bold stroke. He made up his mind that he would urge bis horse forward at full speed and get past the pickets in this way. It was a daring and dangerous plan, but this did not matter. Dick was used to daring work. All the "Liberty Boys" were, in fact. They never hesitated an instant in risking their lives !or Liberty's cause. As he rode off the bridge, Dick urged bis horse into a gallop. Then he urged it into a run. He was on the watch for an interruption. He expected to hear a challenge or the sharp crack of muskets at any moment. He was not disappointed. Suddenly a sharp voice cried : be seaworthy enough so that he could venture out through the Narrows, and to Sandy Hook. He thought that he might find such a boat. There were many fishing smacks along the river front, especially on the East River side. Dick bore around in this direction. Presently be came to a place where a sloop lay. There was a lantern hanging at the bow 0 the sloop, and a man was pacing the deck. Dick paused and looked at the man. He hesitated a few moments, and then leaped lightly a board the sloop. The man looked at Dick as be approached. "Waal," said, "what do ye want?" "I'd like to talk with you." Go ahead." Dick looked at the man, searchingly. "Halt! Who comes there?" Somehow he was tavorably impressed with the man's 'l'hen almost immediately aterward there came the appearance. sharp reports of musket shots. Bullets whistled past Dick's bead. One struck bis hat and almost knocked it off bis head. Dick did not stop, however. Instead, be leaned forward upon the neck of bis horse and urged the animal onward. Crack! crack! crack! More bullets flew past Dick. These were the last, however. Dick was out 0 range before more shots could be fired. "All right; I'd like to ask you a question." "Ax et." "It is rather a leading question. You might resent jt as being none 0 my business." "Oh, go ahead; ef I don't wanter answer et, I won't." "All right. What I wish to ask you is this: What are you, patriot or Tory ?" The old fisherman-for such he evidently was-gave Dick a shrewd, somewhat quizzical look. "D'ye think I'd compromise myself by answering thet "That was close work!" the youth said to bimsel. question, an' ye a-wearin' uv a British uniform?" he asked. "Some 0 those bullets came unpleasantly near. However, Dick started. a miss is as good as a mile." An eager look appeared in his eyes. Dick slackened the speed of his horse down to an The old fisherman bad unintentionally the same as ordinary gallop. told Dick that he was a patriot. An hour and a quarter later he rode out upon the l be would "compromise" himsel by answering the Common, at the north side 0 the city of New York. question to one whom he supposed to be a redcoat, he must Dick rode across the Common and down Broadway a be a patriot. block or two. Then he turned down a side street. He paused at the same livery stable be bad left the horse in when he was there before, and leaving the animal, made his way on down the street. Dick was determined to go out and board the French vessel'tbis very night, if possible. He made his way down the street. He was on Broa.dway. "Good!" said Dick; "you have already answered my question. You are a patriot." 'l'he old man stared up at Dick for a ew momentf: in siience. There was a startled look on his face. Presently this disappeared and a dogged look took its place. "Waal, an' e I am, what air ye gain' do about et?" he growled.


"This," said Dick: "I am going to make you an offer." "We'll be off in er jiffy, an' ef et's posserble ter do et, I' "An offer?" take ye through ther N arrers." "Yes." "What ter do ?" "I wish to hire your boat and you to sail it." "Ye wants ter hire my boat?" "Yes." "Whar do ye wanter go?" "To Sandy Hook." "Ter Sandy Hook?" "Yes." "What do ye wanter go out thar fur?" Dick looked around him to see that no one was within hearing distance. ... _.;... Then lowering hi!> voice he said : "I'll tell you what I want to go out there for. I wish to board one of the ships of the French fleet lying off Sandy Hook." The old man looked at Dick in a searching manner. "I likes ther looks uv yer face, young feller," he said, pleasantly; "et looks good an' honest. But hev yer furgot thet ye air wearin' er British uniform?" Dick shook his head. "No, I haven't forgotten it," he replied. ye'd better remember et afore ye decide to go a board one uv them French ships; et'l l be apt ter predjudooce 'em erg'inst ye; ther French don't like ther iBritish, ye know." "I know that and I'm glad of it. 'rhis uniform is all right, I am merely wearing it as a disguise; it will be all right. Now, what will you charge to take me out to Sandy Hook?" The old fisherman hesitated. "I don't beleeve I kin do et ertall," he said, presently. "All right," said Dick. "And supposing we are stoppe by one of the British sloops of war, can't you deceive the into thinking you are going out on a fishing trip?" "I kin try, but ez fur makin' 'em beleeve et, tbet' anuther matter." "You think you can't do it, then?" "I'm erfraid I kain't." I l "Well, go ahead and do the best you can," said Dick n "If you get through, well and good; if you don't, it can' he helped." ] "All right, we'll try et." The old fisherman went to the door of the little 1 ( and yelled out: "Wake up, Sam! Roll up, tumble up an' hurry up er bout et; we've got some work ter do." A few moments later an awkward-appearing, ganglin boy, of about sixteen years, emerged from the cabin He was rubbing his eyes as if not yet thoroughly awake. The old fisherman gave him some order, in a sharp tone a however, and the youth leaped to obey them. The sloop was cast loose from its moorings and was f j pushed away from the wharf. A few minutes later it was headed down the bay, with. its bow pointing toward the Narrows. The old fisherman took the tiller while the boy attended to the Rails. "Ye hed better go inter ther cabin/' said the old man to Dil'!k; "we'll stan' er better chance uv foolin' the r e British ef thar's nobuddy on deck but me an' ther boy." t Dick recognized the reasonableness of this. "All right," he said. Then he made his way to the cabin and entered it. The fishing smack made its way steadily onward. "Why, not?" It did not move swiftly, as the night was dark and it "Because ther hev three er four sloops uv war was necesf'ary to proceed with caution. out at ther Narrers an' I don't think we kin git past 'em." The light had been extinguished in the lantern and th "Well, if you can't, it won't be your fault; what will deck of the sloop was in darkness. you charge me to try?" It would be impossible to slip past the British sloops e "I run ther risk uv losin' my boat an' mebby my life," of war if a light was showing. he said, "but I'm willin' ter take sum risk ter aid ther cause; an' fur five pounds in gold I'll make ther attempt ter take ye out ter Sandy Hook." "Done!" cried Dick. "I'll pay you the money in advance, so that if anything should happen to me or that we should be parted suddenly you will have your money." Dick drew some gold pieces from his pocket, and, counting out .five, handed them to the fisherman. "Thanks," said the old man, as he pocketed the gold. For perhaps an hour the sloop moved steadily onwar d without encountering any obstacle. t Then a light suddenly appeared close at hand. It was on the deck of one of the British sloops of war. The dark outlines of the vessel could be seen only few yards distant. Then a sharp voice cried out: "Ahoy, the sloop I Luff, and lie to, you lubber, or we'l blow you out of water!"


'] THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. 2 3 n CHAPTER IX. l': RUNNING THE GANTLET. "We're in for it now!" thought Dick. But the old :fisherman was made of stern material. He did not luff, or lie to, at the command of the man ,,n the British vessel. He held steadily to course. "Lie to, I tell you I" roared the voice. "Lie to!" n But the :fishing smack still held its course. Crash Boom I The men on the British vessel had fired a shot. p Dick opened the door of the cabin and looked out. He could see nothing, save a couple of moving lights giack in the direction from which the boat was moving. They were lanterns on the deck of the British sloop of e. var. e, Crash Boom I Dick saw the flash from the deck of the British sloop as )f war. th A solid shot whistled over the deck of the :fishing sloop. It would have sunk the little vessel had it struck fairly. ed But it missed. The old sailor stood at the wheel, without :fl.inching. Evidently he was determined to get away from the an edcoat vessel and out through the Narrows, if possible. er Dick left the cabin and walked to where the old man tood at the wheel. "Do you think we'll make it?" he asked. "I dunno," was the reply; "we'll keep on tryin', any iow." it The shots which had been fired aroused those board he other British sloops of war lying in that vicinity. the Lights could be seen in various directions. Here and there the sound of excited voices could be 1eard. "I'm glad ther cusses air shoWin' lights," the old sailor ar!marked, grimly; "et shows me whar they air an' makes t easier fur me to keep trum runnin' inter then;i." The little sloop dashed onward. Its course was altered occasionally so as to keep as far ar. way as possible from the British vessels. a At last all the lights had been passed and the old isherman breathed a sigh of relief. e'll "l guess we're all right now," he said; "I don't think r har air enny more British sloops atween us an' ther icean." "Good!" said Dick. "I'm glad of that." The men on the British sloops o.f war kept on firing shots from their small cannon, but as they could see nothing, and were firing at random, there was not much danger that tbey would hit the :fishing smack. It would be a rank accident if they should do so. None of the shots took effect, though some came quite near. Onward sailed the sloop. "' : I There was nut a pilot in New York who knew the wate:rs of the upper and lower bay better than the old :fisherman knew them. He sailed the sloop through the Narrows and on out toward Sandy Hook. An hour after leaving the Narrows were seen ahead "Them lights air on board ther French ships," said the old fisherman ; "ye'll be thar purty soon." He headed the sloop toward what seemed to be the nearest and brightest lights. Twenty minutes later he skillfully brought the sloop to right alongside a large vessel. "Al:10y, the ship I" called out the old sailor. A stir was heard on the deck. 'l'he old sailor's voice had evidently been heard. 'rhree men suddenly appeared at the rail. One held a lantern. He held it in such a way that the rays were thrown downward. The sloop was revealed to view. A man with a lantern called out something. He spoke in French, however, and Dick did not 'under stand what he said. "Jove! I don't understand that language," said Dick. "What shall we do?" "He asked who we are and what we want," said the old fisherman. Dick was surprised. "Do you understand French?" he asked. "Y as ; I'm er Canadian." "Good I that is lucky. I will make you my interpreter. Tell that fellow up there that I am a special messenger from General Washington, the comm,ander-in-chief of the patriot army, and I am the bearer of a message from him to the commander of the French fleet." "All right, I'll do et." Thj! old fisherman talked to the man with the lantern for a few minutes. Then he turned to Dick. "He sez ther commander of ther French fleet is on board this ship, an' fur ye ter cum aboard ter onct."


2-t THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. "All right, I'll do so; tell them to lower the ladder." They returnedto the sloop and it headed around an The old fisherman addressed a few words to the man at started back toward the Narrows. the rail of the :B'rench ship and a few moments later a rope "Is there no other way of getting back to the city sav ladder was lowered. through the Narrows?" asked Dick. "You will wait here till I return?" asked Dick. "None, without we wanter go cl'ar aroun' ther eas "Yas," the old sailor replied. end uv Long Islan'," was the reply. Seizing hold of the ladder, Dick began climbing it. This, of course, would take too much time. Re was soon on the deck of the French ship. So the boat was kept headed in the direction of th n. Dick happened to think that he could not talk to the Narrows. French commander. "I don' think we will hev "Can the boy manage the sloop?" he called down to through," the old fisherman said; "I kin perten' thet thi the old fisherman. is er fishin' smack whut wuz delayed, an' is jes' gittin "I guess so," was the reply. back ter Noo York." "You come aboard, then," the youth said; "I'll need "True," said Dick. "Well, I hope we will get throug you to interpret for me." in s afety." nd And they. did. "All right." Then the old fisherman climbed aboard. The British sloops of war were still showing lights, and Dick and the old fisherman were at once conducted to this made it possible for the sloop to avoid them. od lhe cabin. They were told to take seats. They did so. The little vessel finally reached its anchorage at East River wharf. Bidding the old :fisherman good-by and thanking Perhaps fifteen minutes passed. for the good work which he had done, Dick w.ent ashore. o Then the door opened and a man entered the cabin from an inner room. 'l'he newcomer was a very good-looking man, and there was about him that peculiar air of one accustomed to command. He said something in French. The old fisherman answered, and then told Dick what the man said. He also told Dick who the man was. He was Count Estaing. He was a very pleasant man, and although Dick could not talk directly to him, he took a liking to the French commander. It was now about midnight. 'l'he streets were not thronged, but there were still good many people on them. Especially this the case with Broadway. Of course, the of those on the streets redcoats. Dick intended to make the trip back to the pa.trio army that night. He had plenty of time, however, so he was not in an hurry. He thought that he might learn something of inter est, so b.e paused occasionally and listened to the Re tbe document which General Washington versation of first one and then another group of red coats. had given him to deliver, and the count excused himself and withdrew. Dick was glad that he did this. .. "He hez a interpreter uv his own," the fisherman exHe learned of an expedition which some British soldier plained; "an' he hez gone ter hev 'im reed ther pappers were going to make next day. fur 'im." Gene!al Washington had an outpost about three mil The count was gone perhaps half an hour. When he returned he brought a document with him. He gave this to Dick. Through the old fisherman as interpreter he told Dick that the paper was a message to General Washington in reply to the one the youth had brought. south from the main encampment at White Plains. This outpost consisted of about one hundred men. In some way the redcoats had learned of this. They were now figuring on going up and trying t capture this outpost. They were going to take a couple of field pieces wit Dick placrd the message in his pocket, and, after the them and go in sufficient force to enable them to ca interchange of a few more words, he and the old fisherman ture the outpost quickly. took their leave By so doing, they could accomplish their purpose an h


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. 25 det away before reinforcements could c9me from White 'lains. e It was a very good plan, and would, no doubt, have roven successful had not Dick learned that it was to te made. He listened to all the details. When he had learned all that was necessary, he moved en. Dick made his way up Broadway and down the side a.'treet to the livery stable where he had left his horse. s The doors of the livery stable were closed. n' Dick pounded upon them, however, and presently roused the stable boy. "That is good You are back so soon I feared you might have failed." "No, your excellency, I succeeded, and I have here a message from the French commander, Count Estaing." As he spoke, he drew the document from his pocket and handed it to the commander-in-chief. General Washington took the paper, and, unsealing it, read it from beginning to ending. That General Washington was pleased by the contents of the paper was evident. The expression on his face proved !his "Good!" he exclaimed, "this is eminently and entirely satisfactory. I believe we will be able to retake New He told the stable boy to bridle and saddle his horse York and capture the Briti sh warships now lying in bring it out at once. The boy did so. d Dick paid for the keep of the horse, and, mounting, ode away. e He rode steadily northward for an hour and a quarter. Realizing that he was now the vicinity of a place vhere the British pickets were stationed, Dick slowed his .iorse down to a walk and proceeded cautiously. He had managed to slip through once before and he .bought it possible he might do so again. He did succeed in doing so. Probably the pickets were asleep. Dick reached the patriot encampment at about four New York Harbor." "I hope so, sir," said Dick. "Unless something comes up that cannot now be fore seen, we shall certainly be enabled to do so, Dick. Count Estaing says that he will be ready to co-operate with me al any time." The commander-in-chief was silent for a few moments Then he looked at Dick and asked: "Do you think you could repeat your feat of last night?" "You mean the trip to New York and going on board the French ship?" "Yes." Dick nodded. >'clock. "I think I can do so, sir. I shall be not only willing, t Feeling the need of a little rest, Dick made his way but glad to make the attempt, at any rate." o the quarters oc. cupied by the "Liberty Boys," and :hrowing himself down upon a cot was soon asleep. He slept a couple of hours. Then he arose and ate his breakfast with the resf of _:he youths. They asked him many questions regarding his adven mres of the night before. "Very good," said the commander-in-chief. "Come here this afternoon at four o'clock and I will give you a message to be taken to Count Estaing." "I will be here, sir; and now I have some further in formation for you, and a favor to ask at your hands." "What it, Dick?" Dick told him of the attempt that was to be made to Dick answered as many as he could while eating, but as capture the outpost. oon as the meal was ended he told the boys he must go md report to General Washington. Leaving the quarters, he hastened to General Washing"Tlilis is interesting and important information, indeed, Dick!" the commander-in-chief exclaimed. "We must put a stop to the scheme of the redcoats." on's headquarters. "So we must, your excellency; and the favor which I The commander-in-chief had just finished eating breakwould ask is that you let myself and 'Liberty Boys' take the matter in hand." c As soon as he learned that Dick had arrived, he gave "I shall be only too glad to do so, Dick," said the >rders for the youth to be admitted. commander-in-chief, promptly. "''I think I had b etter He greeted Dick eagerly. send reinforcements to the garrison, however, in addi"Did you succeed in getting aboard the French wartion to the 'Liberty Boys,' as the redcoats will, no doubt, ;hip?" he asked. come in force." "Yes, your excellency," replied Dick, .'I succeeded." "Oh, yes, send as many men as you like, your excellency.


, 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. I simply ask that myself and 'Liberty Boys' have a hand in the matter." Half an hour later they were at the outpost. Dick had a talk with the officer in charge. "Very well, Dick; it shall be as you wish. I will send He saw that all necessary arrangement had been ma three hundred men to the outpost to reinforce those who and felt that the patriots would be able to give the r ar!J there, and I give you permission to take your 'Liberty Boys' and engage in the affair in any man:r;ier which you think best." coats an unpleasant surprise. Dick gave the order, and his "Liberty Boys"m their way to a clump of timber perhaps a hundred yards "Very well, and thank you, sir; we will do the best one side of the outpost. we can to make the redcoats' scheme a failure." "l am sure of that, Dick." Dick took his departure from headquarters and made his way back to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." When he told the youths what was on the tapis, they became greatly excited. This promised to be work exactly to their liking. CHAPTER X. DA.RING WORK. Bob Estabrook was greatly excited. "Hurrah!" he cried. "This is going to be something to do, sure enough! I'm glad something has come up. I'm tired of sitting around here, waiting for the redcoats to do something." The others were all of the same mind. Preparations were at once begun for the work. The youths decided to ride their horses. This was in accordance with a plan which Dick had formed. He wished to bring the "Liberty Boys" in as an extra force. His plan was to let the British attack the outpost and engage it in battle. He would remain in the background with his "Liberty Here they secreted themselves. "We will have to be on the watch and hold ourselves readiness for prompt action," said Dick, "for we don know at what moment the redcoats may put in an a pearance." "That's right, Dick," agreed Bob, "but I'll tell yo what I'll do: I'll climb one of these trees, and then will be able to see the redcoats long before they get here. '"l'hat's a good idea, Bob; go ahead." Bob and two or three more "Liberty Boys" climbe clear into the top of one of the largest trees and foun that they had a splendid view from there. Perhaps an hour passed. Th:en down from the treetop came the words: "They're coming !'1 "We see them!" "How far away are they?" asked Dick. "About two miles." "All right; keep your eyes on them. I'll go over to th .outpost and put them on their guard." "All right; we'll keep our eyes on them." Dick hastened over to the outpost .. "They're coming!" he said to the officer in comman "Are they?" excitedly. "How far are they away?" "Nearly two miles." "Ah 'l'hat will give me plenty of time to get every thing in readiness to receive them." "Yes." Dick and the officer superintended this work, the yout Boys." Then at the proper time he would have the "Liberty giving a number of valuable suggestions. When this was :finished Dick returned to where Boys" charge the redcoats. This would, be was sure, turn the tide of battle in favor of the patriots. General Washington had given orders that three hun dred men be sent to the outpost to reinforce it, and the soldiers started at once. They left an hour ahead of the "Liberty Boys." "Liberty Boys" were. Bob and his comrades in the treefop kept Dick po regarding the progress made by the British. Dick asked how many redcoats he thought there we "Jove l there looks as if there might be a thousand o them, Dick," was the reply. "There is seven or eigh As they had to walk, however, they would not reach hundred, at least calculation." the outpost much ahead of the youths. Dick looked sober. When they were ready, the "Liberty Boys" mounted "That is a force of nearly two to one against us," their horses and rode away. thought. ''It will be a pretty hard fight."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING WORK. 27 ================================================================-; a He went over to the outpost and told the officer in mand how many there were o:f the redcoats. "This is going to be a pretty serious affair, a:fter all," f said. "I wish we had more men." "It is now too late to get them," said Dick. "Well, I link we will be enough for them. You give it to them, i:lt and heavy, and then we will come down upon them lld make them think a large reinforcing force is at hand. F think that will prove to be more than they can stand." "I hope so." 01 The two talked for several minutes and decided upon 1eir course of action. 'Then Dick returned to the point where his "Liberty oys" were stationed. c Bob and the other youths in the treetop kept Dick posted cgarding the progress being made by the redcoats. As the redcoats drew nearer, the interest and excitetent among the "Liberty Boys" increased. When the redcoats were hal:f a mile distant, Bob and is comrades came down out of the trees. The youths mounted their horses. They wished to be in readtness to make the dash when te time should come. .. hi Of course, the British fo{ce advancet'slowly. It was half an hour before the redcoats were within :tacking distance. They planted their field pieces in the middle of the road. d As soon as tbey had gotten the field pieces in position, .e redcoats opened fire. The battle was on. The redcoats kept firing and advancing. The patriots returned the fire. Doubtless the redcoats were surprised by the recepti uven them. 'l'hey had supposed that there were not more than one biJIDdred men in the outpost. The fire with which they were greeted proved to them They knew that when they appeared on the scene there would be lively times. The redcoats would think they were struck by a cyclone. So the patriots fought fiercely and waited for the appearance of the "Liberty Boys." The redcoats advanced slowly. They came closer and closer. Dick was watching them closely. He "\\ aited till he was confident the redcoats were getting ready to charge. He did not wish to let them do this. Dick was determined that he and his "Liberty Boys" would do the charging He gave the command :for all to be ready The youths gathered up the bridle reins with their le:ft hands and drew their sabers with their right hands. They sat erect and rigid, awaiting the order to charge. The order :was not long delayed. Dick kept his eyes on the redcoats, and seizing upon the moment when the enemy was getting ready to charge, gave the command. "Forward, 'Liberty Boys!' Charge the scoundrels I" Instantly the "Liberty Boys" were in motion. Forward dashed the hundred horsemen. The hoo:fs o:f the animals sounded like distant thunder as they pounded the hard ground. As the youths dashed out of the timber they a wild yell. 'l'he redcoats were taken by surprise. set up The charge which they were on the point of making was postponed indefinitely. They turned their attention to the newcomers They opened fire on the youths. 'The fire was something terrific, but the "Liberty Boys" dashed on regardless of everything save the cause they were fighting for. "On, boys, don't falter!" yelled Dick, waving his sword. A number of the "Liberty Boys" went down, either dead or wounded, but the rest did not falter. Wat there were two or three tinies that many men. They dashed :forward in the most reckless manner imThey would still outnumber the patriots so greatly, how-aginable. re'er, that they imagined they would an easy time de ,ating their enemies. 0. hi So they went ahead with the attack. llfl" 'fhe battle raged fiercely. The patriots made a. strong defense. As they drew near the redcoats the "Liberty Boys" gave utterance to their battle cry: "Down with the king! Long live Liberty I" The next instant they were in among the redcoats. Then the bright blades of the sabers flashed in the he They knew there was a surprise in store for the redsunlight. :>ats. The youths were expert with the saber. They were well aware of the fighting abilities of the They knew how to use the weapon. 'beri Bo s." They were terrors at close quarters.


28 THE LIBER,'.l'Y BOYS' DARING WORK. It did not take them long to create consternation in He reached New York and succeeded in finding th the ranks of the enemy. old fisherman who had taken him aboard the French shi Soon there was no semblance of order in the arrangethe other time. ment of t.he British force. They succeeded in running the gantlet again, and Die The British soldiers became demoralized. Confusion reigned supreme. delivered the message and brought away one. Dick succeeded in getting safely back to the patrio The "Liberty Boys" made the most of the situation. encampment at White Plains and delivered the messag They cut the redcoats down, mercilessly. to the commander-in-chief the following morning. It was war, and no time to show mercy. Washington was well pleased. The idea of war is to injure the enemy as much as "Now I think we will soon have possession of Ne possible, to kill as many of the opposing men as possible, York,'' he said. "Count Estaing is going to bring bi and this was what the "Liberty Boys" were doing. vessels into New York Harbor, force the British ships t They cheered as they fought. surrender, or sink them; and then assist me to compe During the time the youths were at this, the patriot the surrender of the land forces in New York City." soldiers refrained from firing, as they would have done "I hope everything will work around all right, you as much damage to the "Liberty Boys" as to the redcoats. excellency," said Dick, heartily. It is said that the Turkish troops go into battle singing. But it did not. This, of course, is rather trying to the nerves of the A strange obstacle presented itself when the plan w soldiers of the opposing army. tried. The cheering of the "Liberty Boys" had much the same The obstacle was the bar extending across from Lon effect on the nerves of the redcoats. Island to the New .T ersey coast. It unnerved them. This bar made it impossible for some of the larges The result was that they presently became completely ships of the French fleet to enter the harbor. demoralized, and fled for their lives. They left their field pieces, and more than a hundred dead and wounded men behind them. The patriots had lost about twenty. The soldiers in the outpost all declared that it was he dining work of the "Libe_rty Boys'' which had won the day. 'I'hiti was usually the way. The "Liberty Boys" never hesitated to risk their lives for Liberty's cause. When they returned to the main encampment at White After careful investigation by the best pilots, it wa decided that it would be unsafe for these ships to ven ture upon the bar even at high tide. The result was that the plan for the recapture of Ne York had to be abandoned. General. Washington was deeply disappointed. If the French ships could have entered the harbor, th ) rest would have been easy. The British ships would have been captured or sunk: and "New York would have been recaptured. It was not to be, however, and the iron-hearted Wash Plains, and General Washington heard the story of the ington accepted the matter philosophically, and bega battle, he complimented Dick b.ighly. studying up some other plan for striking the enemy "You and your 'Liberty Boys' have done splendidly," severe blow. he said; "l am proud of you." "We have tried to do our duty, sir," replied Dick, quifltly. 'l'hen the commander-in-chief told Dick to be sure and be rearly to take the message to Count Estaing, commander of the French fleet. "I will come for the message at four o'clock, your excellency," said Dick. "Very well." Dick was on hand at the appointed time. He took the message and placed it in his pocket. THE END. The next number (37) of "The Liberty Boys. of '76 will contain the story, "THE LIBERTY BOYS' PRIZE AND HOW THEY WON IT." SPECIAL NOTICE : All back numbers of this weekl)l are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from an newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps b,1. mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO Af!cr an early supper Dick mounted his horse and set SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copif out. you order by return mail.


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ISSUED WEEKLY LAT.EST ISSUES: 17 The Missing Engineer; or, Old and Young King Brady and the Lightning Express. 18 The Bradys' Fight 1<'01 a Life ; or, A Mystery Hard to Solve. 19 The Bradys' Best Case; or, Tracking the River Pirates. 20 'l.'be Foot in the Frog; or, Old and Young King Brady and the Mystery of the Owl Train. 21 The Bradys' Hard Luck; or, Working Against Odds. 22 'be Bradys Batlled ; or, In Search of the Green Goods Men. 23 'l.'be Opium King; or 'l.'he Bradys' Great Chinatown Case. 24 'l.'b e Bradys In Wall Street' or, A Pl"t to Steal a Million. 25 The Girl 1''rom Boston ; or, Old and Young King Brady on a Peculiar Case. 26 and the Shoplifters; or, Hard Work on a Dry Goods 27 Z i g Zag the Clown ; or, The Bradys' Great Circus Trilli. 28 The Bradys Out West; or, Winning a Hard Case. 29 After the Kidnappers; or, The Bradys on a False Clue. 30 Old and Young King Bradys' Battle ; or, Bound to Win Their Cllt!e. 31 The Bradys' Hace Trac k Job; or, Crooked Work Among Jockeys. 32 Found In the Bay; or, The Bradys on a Great Murder Mystery. 33 The Bradys In Chicago ; or, Solving the Mystery of the Lake }j'ront. 34 The Brad7s' Great Mistake ; or, Shadowing the Wrong Man. 35 The Bra.dys and the Mail Mystery; or, Working for the Government. 36 'l'he Bradys Down South; or, The Great Plantation Mystery. 37 The House In the Swamp; or, The Bradys' Keenest Work. 88 'l.'be Knoc;k-out-Drops Gang; or, 'l.'he Bradys' Risky Venture. 89 The Bradys' Close Shave; or, Into the Jaws ot Death. 40 The Bradys' Star Case; or, Working for Love and Glory. 41 The Braays ln 'Frisco ; or, A 'l.'hree Thousand Mile Hunt. 42 The Bradys and the Express Thieves; or, Tracing the Package Marked "Paid." 43 The Bradys' Hot Chase; or, After the Horse Stealers. 44 The Bradys' Great Wager ; or, The Queen of Little Monte Carlo. 45 The Bradys' Double Net ; or. Catching the Keenest ot Criminals. 46 The Man in the Steel Mask; or, The Bradys' Work for a Great l:t.,ortune 47 '.rhe Bradys and the Blaci. Trunk; or, Working a Silent Clew. 48 Going U Blind ; or, 'l'he Bradys' Good Luck. 49 The Bradys Working up Quee1 Evidence. 50 Against Big Odds ; or, .Lhe lltadys Great Stroke. 51 The Bradys and the Forger; or, Tracing the N. G. Check. 52 The Bradys' '.!.'rump Card; or Wlnnlng a Case by Bluff. 53 The Bradys and the Grave Robbers; or, Tracking the Cemetery Owls. 54 The Bradys and the Mlaslng Boy; or, The Mystery of School No. 6. 55 The Bradys Behind the Scenes ; or, The Great Theatrical Case. 56 'l'he Bradys ana the Opium Dens; or, Trapping the Crooks of Chinatown. 57 The Bradys Down Eut; or, The Mystery of a Country Town. 58 Working for the Treasury; or1 '.L'he Bradys and the Bank Burglars. li9 The Bradys' Fatal Clew ; or, a Desperate Game for Gold. 60 Shadowing the Sharpers ; or, The Bradys' $10.000 Dea.I. 61 The Bradys and the F'lrebug; or, Found In the Flames. 62 The Bradys In Texas; or, The Great Ranch Mlstery. 63 'be Bra.dys on the Ocean. ; or, The Mystery o Stateroom No. 7. 64 The Bradys and the Office Boy; or, Working Up a Business CB.fie. 65 rhe Bradys l'1 the Backwoods; or, The Mystery ot the Bunters' Camp. 66 Ching Foo, the Yellow Dwarf; or, The Bradys and too Opium Smokers. 67 The Bradys' Still Hunt; or, '.l.'he Case that was Won by Waiting. 68 Caught by the Camera; or, The Bradys and the Girl frQm Maine. 69 The Bradys In Kentucky; or, Tracking .i Mountain Gang. 70 'l.'he Marked Bank Note; or, The Bradys Below the Dead Line. 71 The Bradys on Deck; or, The Mystery ot the Private 'lacbt. 72 The Bradys In a Trap; or, Working Against a Hard Gang. 73 Over the Line; or, The Bradys' Chase Through Cana.da74 The Bradys In Society; or, Tbe Case of Mr. Barlow. 75 The Bradys lo the .Slums ; or, Trapplng the Crooks of the "Red Light District." 76 Found .In the River; or, The Bradys and the Brooklyn Bridge Mystery. 77 and the Missing Box; or, Running Down tbe Railroad 78 The Queen of Chinatown; or, Tho Bradys Among the "Hop" Flen<'la 79 The Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Working for the Cu1tom House. 80 The Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing the Circus Sharps. 81 The Bradys and the Ghosts ; or, Solving the Mystery of the Old Churob Yard. 82 The Bradys and the Brokers; or, A Desperate Game In Wall Street. 83 The Bradys' Fight to a Finish ; or, Winning a Desperate Case. 84 The Bradys' Race for Llfe; or, Rounding Up a Tough Trio. 85 The Bradys' Last Chance; or, The Case In the Dark. 86 'be Bradys on the Road; or Xbe Strange Case ot a Drummer. 87 The Girl In Black; or, The Bradys Trapping a Confidence Queen. 88 The Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, The Boy Slaves of "Little Italy." 89 The Bradys' Battle for Life: or, The Keen Detectives' Greatest Peril. 90 The Bradys and the Mad Doctor; or, The Haunted Mlll In the Marsh. 91 The Bradys on the Rall; or, A Mystery ot the Lightning Express. 92 The Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart-ment. 93 The Bradys' Deep Deal; or, Hand-In-Glove with Crime. 94 The Bradys In a Snare; or, The Worst Case ot All. 95 The Bradys Beyond Their Depth; or, The Great Swamp Mystery. 96 The Bradys' Hopeless Case ; or, Agalnat Plain Evidence. 97 The Bradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. 98 The Bradys In Washington; or, Workinr for the President. 99 The Brady!! Du{Jlld; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. 100 The Bradys In Maine; or, Solving the Great Camp Mystery. 101 The Brady& en tbe Great Lakes; or, Tracking the Canada Gang. 102 The Bradys Pn Montana; or, The Great Copper Mine Case. 103 The Bradys Hemmed In ; or, '.l'heir Case In Arizona. J04 The Brady at Sea; or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. 105 The Girl from London; or, The Bradys After a Confidence Queen_ 106 The Among the Chinamen ; or, The Yellow Fiends of the Opium Joints. 107 The Tirarlys and the Pretty Shop Girl ; or, The Grand Street Mystery. JI)'\ The Bradl,s and the Gypsies; or, Chasing the Child Stealers. 109 and the Wrong Man ; or, The Story of a Strange 110 The Eradys Eetrayed ; or, l the Hands of a Traitor. 111 The Bradys and 'l'heir Doubles; or, A Strange Tangle of Crime. 112 In the Everglades; or, The Strange Case of a Summer 113 The Bradys Defied; or, The Hardest Gang In New York. 114 The Bradys ln High Life; or, 'l.'he Great Society Mystery. 115 The Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot "W'"ork in the Bowery. 116 The Bradys and the Sharpers; or In Darkest New York. 11 7 The Bradys and the Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy. 118 The Bradys in Central Park; or, The Mystery of the Mall. 119 The Bradys on their Mnscle; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gans. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint; or, Exposing the Chinese Crook& 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy ; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. 122 The Bradys Under Fire; or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. 123 The Bradys at the Beach; or, The Mystery of the Bath House. 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the Cowboys. 125 The Bradys and the Missing Girl; or, A Clew Found In the Dark. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 12 7 The Bradys and the Acrooot; or, Tr&eing up a Theatrical case. 12 8 The Bradys and Bad Man Smith; or The of Black Bar. 129 The BradB and the Veiled Girl; or, Pipi!)g the Tombs Mystmy. 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or,, Lively Work on the Frontier. 131 The Bradys with a CircUD; or, On roe Road with the Wllii Be8ll!l TllllWrL 132 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. 133 The Bradys at Coney_ Island; or, Trapping the Sea-side Crook.a. 13 4 The Bradye 11.nd the Road Agents; or The Greo.t Deadwood Caae. 13 5 The Bradys IUld the Bank Clerk; or t.-.. Tracing a Loet Money Package. 13 6 The Bradys on the RruJe Track: or. .tleating the Shaq>ers. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, o cent.s per oop;r, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, S4 Union Square, Bew Yorke 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 fl.ll in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you bf" return mail. POSTAGE S'l'AMPS TAKEN TH.E SAME AS MONEY . . . . . . . . ............................ I FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ......................... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed :find., ... cents for which please send me: -... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. 0 -.1 PLUCK AND LUCK ............................. . . . . . . . ...... SECRET SERVICE ............................. . . . . . . . ..... 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These Books Tell Yon Everything.! A COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Each book consist. of sirty-four pages, printed on good paper, In clear 'type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover. llllo1t of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that an:r ehild can thoroughly understand them. Look over the list u classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjecta mentioned. THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SENT BY MAIL TO ANY ADDRESS l'ROM THIS OFFICE ON REOEIPT OF PRICE, TEN OENTS EACH, OR ANY THREE BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FIVE tlENTS. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THJil SAME AS )IONE Y. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N. Y. SPORTING. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete lllunting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in 11tructions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, together with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND BUILD A BOAT.-li'ully Illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. Full instructions are given in this little book, together with in11tructions on swimming and riding, 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 icliseases peculiar to the horse No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL OANOES.-A handy book for boys, containing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner of 1ailing them. Fully illuatrated. By O. Stansfield Hicks. FORTUNE TELLING. No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUM AND DREAM BOOK.Containing the great oracle of human destiny; also the true mean ing of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremoniea, and curious games of cards. A complete book. No. 23. HOW 'l'O EXPLAIN DREAMS.-Everybody dreams, mm the little child tq .the aged roan and woman. This little book lives the explana.tiol,l 1j9, all kinds of dream81 together with luck;r 11.11d unlucky days, Oraculum, the book of fate. 7 No. 28. HOW 'l:!,J,: InL FORTUNES.-Everyone is desirous of knowing what his tut re U e will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, wealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little !look. Buy one and Tell your own fortune. Tell Ule fortune of N9. 76. HOW,,(.l'() J'l:EJ.}'.'...FORTUNES BY THI!l HAND. '1ontainine rul1111 fol" f.9rtunes by the aid of the lines of the hand, or the Also the secret of telling future Hents by aid of mo1es, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. .i ') T No: 6. HOW 1t.Q. 1 AN ATHLE'l'E.-Giving full in l'ILETIC. lltruction for o turll! bells, Indian clubs, P8:rallel bars, llorizontal bars d

., THE STAGE. 5o.. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE lllOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the famoua end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book THE OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.s..t&1!11ng a vaned of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch UMf Irish. Also end mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse--t and am,teur shows. No. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE AND J'OKE new a!ld very .instructive Every .., 1hould obtain this book, as 1t contams full mstructions for or an amateur minstrel troupe. No.. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original ,.._boob ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It eoataln1 a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums etc. of T.nen<1' Muldoon, the great wit1 humorist, and practicai of tlie 11&7. Eve1:1 boy who can enJOY a good substantial joke should IMa1D a eopy immediately. Ntt. 19. HOW TO BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com ,r.te lmtructions how to make up for various characters on the lltap; torether with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompter lfesDfc Artist and Property Man. By a J>rominent Stage Manager'. No. SC>. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the lat llt joke., anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and IWJ' popular Uerman comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome --.ct eover containing a half-tone photo of the author. ._ HOUSEKEEPING. llfo. 16. HOW TO KEEP A .WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing faDi haatruction for constructing a window garden either in town Le CIOUlltry, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful at home. The most complete book of the kind ever publ!io.. 30_ HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books C!OOtinl ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, Alb. same and oystel'll ; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of 1Utr7, and a srand collection of recipes by one of bur most popular ..t1. ,Ko_ 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for boy1, girls, men and women ; it will teach you how to 911i:e almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, "-Dts. cement.I, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birda. ELECTRICAL. 1'e.. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A demfl,dton of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism ; tirptlaer with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, lk.. By George Trebel, A. M., M. D. Containing over fifty il lmtntions. Re>. 6'.. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Con full directions for making electrical machines, induction .a.; dynamo1, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. 9' R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. We. t.7. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a lup eollection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, llllltber with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. 1lo. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST.-By Harry The 1eeret given away. Every intelligent boy reading tlfa book of instructions, by a practical professor l delighting multi ..,_ every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the .n. and ereate any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the ..-tut book ever published and there's millions (of fun) in it. Ne>. :W. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A 91117 valuable little book just published. A complete compendium, 11POrts, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable kparlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains morl! for the than any book published. l\To. M-HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little tllek. C10Dtaining the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, liMtpmmon croquet. dominoes, etc. HQ. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches mlf witty nyings. NG. G2. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little ..... hing the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib...... Juino Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Ametlou Pitch, All Fours, and other popular games of <".ards. Xo. tl6. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contaming over three hun6-1 l11teresting _puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A f prose and poetry, arranged in the moo l simple and concise manner possible. No 49. _HOW TO DEBA'.rE.-;-Giving rules for conducting bates, outlines for. qu.esbons for discussion, and the bN sources for procurmg mformation on the questions given. \ SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and wiles of floirtation llfC fully by this little book. Besides the various methods ha. r.dkerch1ef,_ fan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it co n a .full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which L to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be hap111i without one. No. 4. HpW .'I'O DANCE is the title of a new and handsol!ll little book Just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instl"\!<' tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partill[. how to dress, and full directions for calling off in all popular sqUM' dances. No. HOW T(_} LOVJ!l.-A C!>mplcte guide to lo\l'I' .:''lurtsh1p and g1vmg sensible advice rules and to be obsen-ed, with many curious and interesting things not filJ[ erally known. No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction In art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving selections of co.lore, material, and how to have them made up 18. HOW TO BEC9ME BEAUTIFUL.-One of brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the woll'Il(I Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male Gil!( female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No .. 'l'. HOW. TO K"!!JEP BIRDS.-Handsomely lllustrated llllil\. contammg full mstructions for the management and training of canary, mockingbird, bobolink blackbird,_J>aroq11et.i.,.parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY rIGEONS RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely Hl!IJS trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and blritl Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrln1t.1 Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS. -1.'! valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountlll[o and preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Givlng co11t plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keepln:i taming, breeding, and managing all kinds Qf also giving ful l instru,ctions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eigh t illustrations, making it the most comi;ilete book" of the ki!ld evt1r published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTlST.-A useful and 111. structive book, giving a complete treati8e on chemistry; al10 el! periments in acoustics mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and rections for making fireworks, colored fires, anil gall balloons. book cannot be equaled. L No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book fit,1 making all kinds of candy, ice-creal!lt_ ,yrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK 'l'OUSEY'S UNLTEP STATES DISTAN!I[: TABLES, POCKET COMP ANION 4l'ffi GOIDE.-Givinr t!i'c official distances on aU the railroads of the United States M l Canada. Also table of distances by wafer to foreign ports, fares in the principal cities, reports of the etc., etc., maklEI( it one of the most complete and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A derful book, containing useful and practical Information In tllr treatment of ordinary diseases and ailment!! common to evtltf, family. Abounding in useful and effective rj!cipes for general ccw. plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-0 taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arranif!ij' of stamps and.icoins. Handsomely illustrated. No. 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King the world-known detective. In which he lays down some and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some advenmliQl and experiences of well-known detecti:ves. No 60 HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-ConWJrr Ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to worl: ll(l f also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and th,'(. Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. n. W7 Abney No 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILIT.AID) 1 CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittt.x11tl(',t, coarse of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Oflicel'll, Fm Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written b y Lu Senarens, of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." No, 63 HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete lr. structions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis N&'\!'al Academy. Also containing th'e cours e of instruction, descriptMl@ of grounds and buildings, histori c al sketch and everything a should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. piled and written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Becoms [ < West Point Military Cadet." PRICE 10 CENTS Address FRJ\NK TOUSEY, EACa OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. Publisber. 24 Union Squareo New York-


r HERE'S NOTHER NEW ONE Splendid Staries af the Revalutian. THE hlBEBTY BOYS OF A Weekly M agazine containing Stories of the American. Rev oluti 6 n By HARRY MOORE. FAIL TO READ DON'T IT These stories are based on actual facts and give a fai thf11 account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of America: youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independenc Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matte1 bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys oE '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or. Settling With the British and Torie s 3 The Liberty Boys Gooa Work; or, Helping General Wash ington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' .Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The LibP.rty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang ., if. You can." 7 The Liberty Boyl:! in Demand; or, The Champion Spi-es of the Revolution. 8 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tori1.:s. 9 The Libe;rty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them selves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Libertv Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a B ritish Man-of-War. 18 .The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brow 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The C losest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Wai for the Redcoats. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victor:ir; or, Downing the Re coats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spiel 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy W ork; or, With tne Redcm in Philadelphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With W ashington at I Brandyw ine 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 30 The Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds a Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold Check. 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater I Vengeance. 33 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, Tlie Friend Who Was Enemy. -34 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse. That S ceed ed. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bel 36 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life 1 Liberty's Cause. For sal e b y all n e w s dealers, or 8ent postpaid on receipt of i>rice, 5 cents per copy, b y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, :New Yorl IF YOU WANT ANY BAOK / o our Libraries and cannot p r ocu r e t h e m from newsdealers, they can be from thi s direct. Cut out a i n the following Order Blank and sen d it t o us with the price o f t h e books yo u want and w e will send them t o you turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAJ{EN 'J'HE SAME AS MONEY. I ... ..... .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ... F R ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U R i on S q u are, New York. .... ............... ..... 1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............ ........... ...... PLUCK AND LUCK ..... .... ... .. .. .. .. .. ...... .. SEGRET SERVICE .................. .... ..... . . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .. . ..... ........ Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos. . . . . . . . ... ............... Na m e .... ...... : ......... Street and No ............... Town ........ S tate ... .,.


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