The Liberty Boys' brave rescue, or, In the nick of time

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The Liberty Boys' brave rescue, or, In the nick of time

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The Liberty Boys' brave rescue, or, In the nick of time
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Moore, Harry
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'-'You will not }lang me, after all!" cried Dick, a smile .Liberty Boys to the rescue now_!"


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THE LIBERTY-BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing of the American R.evolution. Issued Weekly-By Sullscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second OlaBB at the New York, N. Y., Post iJ(fice, February 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, vn the year 1901. in the office of tne Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by E-rank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York No. 42. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18, 1901. P rice 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. A CRY FOR HELP. "What was that?" A horseman was riding along the road, a couple of miles from the Schuylkill River in Pennsylvania. The road at this point led through deep timber. It was the month of April, 1778. The Revolutionary War was in full blast. enthusiasm had inspired the older men, and they, too, had fought with more vigor and energy than they otherwise would have done. General Washington, the commander-in-chief of patriot army, valued the services of the company of "Liberty Boys." He knew the value of the youths. Then, too, Dick Slater had made himself of immense value in another way. He had proven himself to be a natural-born spy-nof The British were occupying Philadelphia; the patriot that there was anything of a secret, sneaking character in. army was at Valley Forge. his make-up, but he was one wfio had no fear, and being The horseman in question was a young man of perhaps very shrewd and l)autious, and having the good of the nineteen years of age. cause at heart, he had turned out to be a splendid success He was a handsome, manly looking young fellow as one as a spy. would wish to Eee. Indeed, he had become known as "the champion. spy of He was dressed in a rough suit of homespun, wore a the Revolution." slouch hat, having several holes in it, and a rough pair of And now on this beautiful afternoon on which we instoga shoes, also with holes in them. The horse which the youth bestrode was a magnificent animal, jet black in color, and looking as though he might have some of the blood of the best Arabian stock in his veins. troduce him to the reader's notice, Dick Slater was on his way to Philadelphia to play the spy on the B:.itish, and learn, if possible, something regarding the pla1fs General Howe, the British commander-in-chief. As Dick Slater uttered the exclamation with which we This youth was one who, alth

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. where he had paused that he could not ride into the Dick took all this in as he rode across the clearing, and timber there, so he moved along a little distance. he thought he understood the affair. "Hallo!" the youth exclaimed, in a tone of satisfaction The four men were, no doubt, ruffians, lawless char" Here is a road!" acters who, taking ad vantage of the act that these w.ere Dick guided his horse into the road, which was evidently war times, were committing depredations. not a public one. "The scoundrels!" thought Dick, setting his teeth to" It is a private road, and undoubtedly leads to a house gether in a grim fashion. "I will take a hand in this, back in the timber," the youth thought; "and when I reach and we will see about the matter!" the end of this road I will find the person who uttered that So busy were the four men, threatening the one tied cry for help." to the tree, that they did not discover the approach of Dick uttered this thought aloud, and then he spurred Dick until he was almost upon them, and then it was a 'his horse forward at as rapid a pace as it was safe to go, glad cry from the lips of the woman that apprised them the road winding and turning first one way then another, of the presence of some one. .and keeping the rider on the lookout to keep his head from being knocked against trees or overhanging limbs. Dick listened for a repetitfon of the scream, but it did not come. "The villains, whoever they are, have put a stop to the The f.our men turned quickly, and, with snarls of rage, placed their hands on the butts of their pistols. "Hallo! What is going on here?" cried Dick, paying no attention to this threatening movement. The men glared at the youth for a few mqments m crying out of the woman,'' thought Dick. "Have they silence. murdered her, or simply gagged her?" This was a question which, of course, he could not answer. The youth was eager to find out, however. He urged the horse forward. He did not have very far to go-perhaps a third of a mile from the main road, in a straight line, but the way Dick was forced to go it was more than half a mile. As Dick had expected, the road suddenly entered a .clearing in the timber. 'fhe clearing was partly a natural one, and had partly been made by the hands of man. There were perhaps ten or twelve acres in the little ..clearing. At the farther side stood a two-room log house. As the clearing was oblong in shape, and twice as long as it was wide, and the house was at a point exactly op posite where the road entered, it was not far to the house. Dick galloped across the clearing, his eyes wide open, and eager to see what was going on. Near the west end of the cabin were three or four trees which had been left for shade, doubtless. Under one of these trees-the largest-was a little group of men. Dick counted them and found that there were five.

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. And when he saw the rude manner in which the woman Liv', ef ye don't tell us whur ye hev hid ther gold!" one of and girl had been bound to the trees, the youth's blood the brutes declared, viciously. boiled with anger and he made up his mind that he would "Oh, save him !-save my husband!" moaned the woman, take a hand in this affair, and would free the three and looking appealingly at Dick. give the four ruffians a lesson such as they were undoubt edly needing, and which would not be forgotten by them in many a long day. And Dick had no doubt of his ability to do this. Although he had no weapons showing, be was well armed. Around under the skirts of his coat were two pistols and a long-bladed knife. The girl, too, gazed beseechingly at the youth. Dick's heart bled for the two, and as his gaze wandered back to the faces of the four ruffians, a feeling of fierce anger took possession of the youth. The ruffians laughed boisterously as the woman finished speaking. "Ho, ho, ho! I reckon this hyar youngster won't do The fact that Dick was a youth, and was unarmed-so much toward savin' uv yer husban', ole woman!" sneered they thought-made the four ruffians look upon him with one. "The bes' thing he kin do is ter git up an' git out contempt. uv hyar, fur ef he don't, he's lierble ter git inter er heap They did not think that he could do anything. uv trubble, I'm thinkin' !" Even though he might wish to do so, he would not dare "Ob, you think I had better get out of this, do you?" attempt to fight four men like themselves. asked Dick, in a quiet tone. This was what they thought, but it was because they did 'rhere was a peculiar glint in the youth s eyes, however,. not know who Dick was. which would have warned men of more intelligence that Had they known that he was a veteran of the war, a danger threatened. youth with a reputation as a :fighter second to no man in the entire patriot army, that because of his daring and utter fearlessness he had been called "The Champion Spy of the Revolution," they might have thought differently regarding the youth. They sized him up as a country youth of the neighborThe ruffians never suspected anything of the kind, how ever. "Yas, thet's whut I sed, young feller, an' I meant et> too!" "Oh, you did?" Still the calm, quiet tone and deeper the dangerous glow hood-though they were men who knew a good many in iri the handsome eyes. that part of the country. \ The explosion "'.as near at hand. When one of the ruffians said, in response to Dick's quesDick was holding himself in check by a great effort. tion as to what was going on there, "I don't know ez thet is enny bizness uv your n, sonny!" Dick looked at him in an extremely innocent and guileless manner, and said: "Oh, is that so, mister?" "Yes, thet's so!" "But say, stranger, one can't help feel. ing a bit curious regarding this matter," said Dick. "What does it mean, The ruffian became angry. "Uv course thet is whut I sed, cuss ye!" be cried, in a rage. "An' now I don't want enny more words outer yegit !" and he pointed across the clearing toward the road. Dick paid no attention to the man or his words. Instead, he looked at the man bound to the tree, and said: anyway?" "I suppose you know these men, sir?" "I bev alreddy tole ye et hain't none uv yer bizness !" "Ob, yes," was the reply; "they have lived in this part fiercely. "An' ef ye know when ye're well off, ye'll git of the country for a number of years." erway frum heer ez quick ez ye know bow!" "Yes, you had better go on, young man," said the man wbo was bound to the tree; "they are conscienceless brutes, and if they should fake a notion they would murder you as like] y as not." "What are they doing to you?" the youth asked. "I suppose you don't know any good of them?" The man looked surprised, and gave the youth a sharp. glance. The ruffians were surprised, also, and so amazed were they at the impudence, as they mentally termed it, of the youth, that they stood there, with underjaws dropped, and "They have gotten the idea into their heads that I have stared at him. some money hidden, and they are trying to force me to "I can't say that I know any good of them," the man tell where," was the quiet reply. replied; "in fact, I think I can truthfully say that three "Yes, an' we'll kill ye, Sam Bundy, jes' ez shore ez ye bigger rascals could not be found in all Pennsylvania."


4 THE LlBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. Curses, low but deep, escaped the lips of the four, and they whirled upon the man with snarls of rage. "Oh, ye'll suffer fur thet!" one howled. "Ye'll suffer fur thct !" "And you fellows are going to suffer for this cowardly The men still hesitated, and glanced questioningly at each other. Then the one who seemed to be the leader dropped his hand from the pistol butt. The others, seeing his action, followed suit. work of yours, too!" spoke a calm, even voice, and the four "See here, young feller," the leader of the four said_. whirled back-to find themselves looking down the muz"don't ye know thet ye're takin' yer life in yer han's in zles of two dangerous-looking pistols held in the hands darin' ter set yerself up ag'in' us four fellers(" of the youth whom they had regarded with such scorn. Dick shook his head. "Rather a surprise, isn't it, gentlemen?" asked Dick, in the calmest tone imaginable; and there was a pleasant smile on his face. CHAPTER IL DICK' ROUTS THE RUFFIANS. 'fhat it was a surprise was evident. The ruffians stared in the mouths of the pistols, and as they did so a look of terror came into their eyes. "I am not aware of it," he remarked, calmly. ''Waal, et's er fac'." ''Is that so?" "Yas; I reckon ye don't know who we air, do ye?" "Haven't the least idea." "W aal, we're four uv ther wurst men there air in this part uv ther kentry." "I don't doubt it," promptly. "You look it." Dark frowns came over the faces of the ruffians. They did not fancy being spoken to in this manner. Looks of wonder and admiration appeared on the faces o the three who were boUild to the trees. "How brave he is!" thought the maiden. "And how Then their hands dropped on the butts of their pistols. handsome and noble-looking, but I am afraid they will Dick saw the movement. They shrunk baok. murder him." "Don't you do it!" be cried, sharply and sternly. "Don't As for Dick Slater, he did not seem to have any fear attempt to draw your weapons, or I will shoot you down!" on his score. The ruffians hesitated. The man and the woman and girl watched the thrilling with bated breath. They were as surprised as the ruffians had been. They had not expected that the youth would dare to interfere in their behalf at all; and now, to have him not only interfere, but get the advantage of the four in such a neat manner was something that pleased them greatly. His face was calm and unruffied. His keen eyes watched every move the ruffians made. ''See here, young feller, ye're altogether too sassy!" grow led the leading ruffian. ''Do you think so?" "Y as, an' we don't like et, I kin tell ye." "Oh, you don't?" Dick's lone was cool and tantalizing in the extreme. They feared, however, that in the end the youth would lose his life. "No, we don't; an' ef ye know when ye air well off They did not think he could hope to successfully fight ye11 keep er civil tongue in yer head:. Don't ye see we're four ter one?" four desperadoes such as they knew the four were. But they did not know Dick Slater. It was not the first time that he had encountered ruffians of the same stripe as those now before him. Neither was it the first time that he had been pitted Dick nodded. "Oh, yes, I see that." He spoke in the most .matter-of-fact manner imagin able. against such odds. "Waal, four ter one is too big odds fur ye ter fight He felt confident that he would be able to not only hold ag'inst." bis own, but to defeat the rascals and put them to flight. Dick shoo. k his head, dissentingly. When Dick ordered the four to not attempt to draw "Oh, no," he said, "there are odds of four to one against lheir weapons, they stood and looked at the youth irme, it is true, but I !I.ave my pistols out and have you resollltely. covered, which at least equalizes matters; before you could "Quick, take your hands away from your pistols, or I I get your pistols out, I could shoot two of you down, and I will open fire!" Dick cried, sternly. a'Ssure you that I shall not hesitate to do this if you force


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 5 ine to it. If you value your lives you will not attempt to show :fight, but will do just as I tell you." Dick's quick mind went to work on the problem at once. "Ah, I have it!" he exclaimed to himself, presently. The four stared at the youth in amazement. "I think I know what their game will be-in fact, I am They could hardly believe it possible that the youth was sure that I know Very well, I shall be ready for them, in earnest. There was a grim look on the youth's face, however, and a peculiar glitter in his eye which the ruffians did not like. A feeling that the young man meant what he said began to grow upon them. They looked at each other in an undecided manner. and if they suffer as a result, they will have only them selves to blame for it." Then he addressed the ruffians aloud : "You heard what I said a few moments ago, and now, are you going to go peaceably, or shall I be forced to kill two or three of you?" Dick made up his mind to terminate the affair at once. "Oh, I reckon we will go, all right enough," growled He knew that the situation of the three prisoners, bound the spokesman of the four; "we hain't blamed fools ter as they were with rough ropes, must be very uncomfortable wanter git shot ter death by er youngster like you." He wished to free th em at the earliest possible moment. Dick watched the four closely 'for a few moments, and then said: "I have no more time to waste; I am going to order you fellows to leave this place, and if you do not do so, it will be the worse for you. I do not wish to kill you, but if you force me to, I shall have no hesitancy in doing EO; I am going to give you until I count twenty to get started away from here, and if at the end of that time you ha .ve made no movement toward going, then I shall shoot hvo of you dead in your tracks and go for the other two in a manner that will make them think an earthquake is doing business in this vicinity." "Very good; I am going to begin counting now, and I wish to give you fair warning that if you try any tricks you will get the worst of it. You ought to be thankful that I let you go, after what you have done here You ought, by rights, to be strung up to limbs and be left to dance on nothing." "Mebby ye think so, but we don't." "Oh, I suppose not. It is hardly to be expected that you would look at the matter in that light. You are prejudiced in your own favor." "W aal, we hain't ergo in' ter try no tricks, so ye needn't git thet inter yer noggin' "See that you do not." Then Dick began counting. The youth's tone was calm, his air quiet, but somehow the men felt that he meant just what he said, and that be would be as good as his word. The ruffians turned and started to walk away. T&.. four ruffians hated to be beaten thus by one per'I'hey took only three or four steps and fhen suddenly son, and that person a youth not yet out of his teens. jerked their pistols out of their belts and whirled around, They saw no way of getting out of having to obey the eager to shed the blood of the youth who had got the bet ter of them in such a signal manner youth's command. They were eager to turn the tables on the youth, how-Dick was not taken unawares. ever. This was the very trick which he had made up his They fairly trembled with rage at being held under mind they would try to play, and he was ready for them. control thus by a beardless youth. Quick as a flash he :fired two shots. A sudden thought came to the fellows almost simultaneTwo of the ruffians dropped their pistols and gave utously, however. terance to wild howls of pain and rage. They looked at each other, meaningly. One was hard hit, the bullet having struck him in the There was a peculiar expression in their eyes. chest, and he fell to the ground. 'Ihis was not lost upon Dick. 'rhe other was not seriously wounded, but slight as the A shrewder, keener-witted youth never drew the breath wound was it took all the :fight out of him, and, with a of life. yell of fear, he leaped around the corner of the cabin al}d He saw the exchange of looks and realized that the disappeared in the timber. ruffians had some sort of a trick in mind. l\Ieanwhile, Dick had not been idle. "They think to catch me napping," he said to himself, He knew that the other two ruffians would :fire on him, "but if they do, they will have to prove themselves to be and quick as a flash he threw himself off his horse on the a great deal smarter than I think they are; I wonder now opposite side from that on which were his enemies. what trick they will try to play?" As he did so, the ruffians :fired.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. The bullets cut the air in the spot where Dick's body had just been, but, of course, did no harm. Quick as a fl.ash Dick was around the house, and he leaped toward the ruffians, with the ferocity of a tiger. The fellows were making frantic efforts to draw their other pistols. They felt that it would be to try to prevent the wonderful youth from doing as he wished. "Now, you fellows lie there till I tell you to get up!" Dick ordered. Then he drew his knife, and, stepping to the tree, cut the ropes binding the man; to do the same w lth the woman They were practically off guard and were easy marks and the girl took but a few moments, and then the youth for one as expert with his fists as was Dick. Dick's fists shot out, first the right and then the left. Crack! Smack! The fists struck the marks for which they were aimedthe ruffians' jaws. walked back to where the ruffians lay. "Get up he commanded. He emphasized his commands with a cotlple of vigorous kicks, and the ruffians lost no time in scrambling to their feet. Down the fellows went at full length upon the ground. 'fhey glared at Dick with eyes of hate, but it did not 'fhe spectators, the three bound to the were de-bother him in the least. lighted. "Good for you, young man the man cried. "Keep your advantage now, don't let the scoundrels get up." "No; they will kill you if you do the woman cried. ''Glorious!" cried the girl. "Oh, I wouldn't care if you had killed the scoundrels." "Never fear, sir," said Dick; "I can handle the ruffians." "l believe you can," was the admiring reply. Dick quickly proved that this was so. When the ruffians attempted to scramble to their feet, he promptly knocked them down again. They tried this several times, with the same result each time, and realizing that they had met their master, the ruffians desisted from their attempts and lay there, glaring up at the youth, with looks of rage and disgust on their ugly faces. "Come, come, gentlemen," said Dick, briskly, "get up "Oh, glare all you want to, you black-muzzled scoun drels!" he laughed. "You ought, however, to be thank ing your lucky stars that you are not in the condition of your partner, there!" and Dick indicated the wounded man, who lay, groaning, where he had fallen. Then Dick turned to the man wh.ose rescue he had ef fected. "What shall we do with these scoundrels, Mr. Bundy?" he asked. He had learned the man's name through hearing the ruffians speak it. The man knitted his brows and gazed at the two ruffians and their wounded comrades, in a reflective manner. "Well, 1 hardly know," he said, "but I am inclined to think they have been punished sufficiently, so if you have no objections I would be for letting them go." and let me knock you down again." "It is nothing to me," said Dick; "I am quite willing "We hain't ergoin' ter do nothin' uv ther kind," was to leave it entirely to you; I have enjoyed myself hugely, the sulky reply from one; "we know when we've got erand have no complaint whatever to make." nufi, we hain't no hogs, no way ye kin fi.x et." "You are a brave and noble youth!" the man exclaim"Oh, pshaw!" said Dick. "You haven't had half ed, in earnest tones. enough yet." "Indeed you are!" the woman declared. "Waal, now, we hev, yer bet." "You don't want any more, then?" "No, siree, not any." "Oh, all right; just as you say. I am a very accommodat ing young man, however, and will keep this thing up longer, if you like." "I tell ye, we don't want enny more." "Oh, all right." Each of the ruffians still had a loaded pistol in his belt. Dick stepped forward and possessed himself of the pis"Yes, yes!" the girl cried, in eager tones, and she gave Dick a look frotn her beautiful eyes which made his heart beat faster in spite of him. The look thrilled him, through and through. The ruffians glared from one to another of the speakers in an angry anc1 sullen manner. It was plain that they did not appreciate what was being said to Dick. The blushed to his ears. He was as modest as he was brave, and open praise altols, the ruffians making no effort to prevent him from ways embarrassed him. doing so. "Oh, I guess you value my services too high," he re'fhey -were beaten, and there was no fight left in them. marked.


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 7 "Not at all,'' the man declared; "you have accomplished clone for us. I really believe you have saved my life, and what seemed to be the impossible." also thP lives of my wife and daughter." "But what these men?" asked Dick, anxious to change the subject. "We will let them go free." "Make them promise that they will never bother us again, Sam," suggested thp woman. "'rhat would do no good, mother," said the girl; "they would :not keep their promise." "I think Lucy is right," Mr. Bundy said; "they would not keep their promise, so it would be a waste of to make them give it. It would be useless, anyway, for I shall be on my guard hereafter and the scoundrels will not be able to take me unawares again." "Certainly such fellows as these would think nothing of breaking a promise," agreed Dick; "so you might as well let them go with the warning that if they ever set foot in this clearing again you will shoot them without mercy." '"rhat's just what I will do!" declared Mr. Bundy. "And,'' shaking his finger at the ruffians in a threatening manner, "you will do well to remember that, too, you black-muzzled scoundrels!" "Don't thank me," said Dick; "I wai,;; only too glad to be of service to you, I assure you, y OU are more than welcome for all I have done." "I am sure of that; but by what name may we know you?" "My name is Dick Slater." The man started. "What! Not Dick Slater, the patriot soldier and spy, of whom so much has been said!" hf) exclaimed. CHAPTER lII. SOME REDCQ4'l'S ARRIVE. At this instant a startled cry escaped the lips of the girl. "Look yonder!" she cried, pointing. All looked in the direction ipdic!lted, and saw a party of five British soldiers riding across the clearing toward the The ruffians groidcd something under their breath, but house. made no reply that was intelligible. "Don't mention my name!" said Dick, in a low, cau-'' Oh, say, kain't ye do sumthin' fur me?" groaned the tious tone of voice. "If they were to discover who I am wounded man, at this juncture. it would mean my death or capture," "How do you feel, Jack?" asked one of his comrades, "I understand," was the man's cautious reply; "we will bending over him. not mention your name." "Oh, I'm done fur, I reckon; I'm purty hard hit." "I am Tom Rockett, a neighbor's hoy-you under" Oh, I reckon ye'll come out all right, old man," the stand?" other replied. "Do ye think ye can walk ter ther cabin?" "Yes, yes!" "I dunno; I'm moughty weak." The soldiers were near at hand now, and it would be un" Waal, s'posin' ye try; Jim an' me'll walk alongside uv safe to say more. ye an' he'p ye all we kin. We kin moughty near kerry "Hello, what has been going on here?" asked the leader yer weight, an' all ye"ll hev to do'll be ter work yer legs." of the redcoats, in an imperious, arrogant tone of voice. ''.All right, I'll try et." He wore the uniform of a captain. two men assisted their wounded comrade, and with He was a dark-faced, wicked-looking fellow, and Dick, many groans and a few muttered curses, he maIJ.aged to who was an excellent judge, set him down as a scoundrel of get to his feet. the worst kind. "Now see ef ye kin walk, with me"n Jim a-he'pin' ye," the one who had done most of the talking said. The fellow obeyed, and managed to move along at a fair paee, everything considered; of course, his comrades almost carried him along, and, as the f ellow had said, about all that the >1ounded man had to do was to work "Unless I am mistaken, Mr. Bundy and his wife and daughter have got out of the fire only to fl.op into the frying-pan,'' the youth thought; and, thinking thus, he edged around so as to be where he could have a good chance to get in some lively work, if it became necessary. Dick, dressed in the suit of a country youth, did not look his legs. dangerous, and the redcoats did not pay much attention .. Dick and his three companions watched the three till to him. they were out of sight in the timber, and then the man The youth was glad of one thing: He had reloaded his turned to the youth and said: pistols while talking with Mr. Bundy and his wife and "Allow me to thank you, young man, for what you have daughter, and now he had his two pistols and the two he


8 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. "" had taken from the two men, safely in his belt, but back Dick was angry, but he felt that the time had not yet under the skirts elf_ his coat where they could not be seen. come for him to put in. As the captain of the redcoats asked the question, the "When I do say something, though, I'll talk straight :five having reined up their horses, his eyes fell upon the face from the shoulder," he said to him s elf, grimly. of the girl and he gave a start. "Well, I don't suppose they were the bravest m e n in the Dick, who was watching the man closely, saw a light world," said Mr. Bundy, in response to the redcoat's recome into the fellow's eyes which he did not like. mark. "Aha!" the captain cried, without waiting for an an swer to his question, "a rose amid the thorns, eh ?-an angel in this wilderness Phew but isn't she a sweet little darling, though!" Dick's blood boiled, but he restrained himself and re sisted the inclination to put a bullet through the redcoat. "I should say not. By the way, what is your name?" "Bundy, sir, Samuel Bundy." "Ah, yes; glad to know you, l\Ir. Bundy. Is mag ni:fice:!ft young creature, yonder, your daughter?" Mr. Bundy's eyes flashed slightly, while his wife' s face paled, and an angry flush appeared on the girl's c oun"I think that will come soon enough, anyway," he tenance. thought. The tone in which the captain spoke and the bold manMr. Bundy was far from being a fool.0 He sized the captain up in just about the same fashion that Dick had done. He flushed with anger when the man spoke of his daughter in such a bold, insolent way, but" he forced himself to speak in a calm and re s pectful manner, as there were :five of the redcoats, and he felt that he was helpless and entirely within their power, and realized tbat it would be best nut to anger them if he could avoid it. "We've been having a little trouble with a gang of ruffians," l\Ir. Bundy said. "Trouble with a gang of ruffians, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Where are the ruffians now? I s this one of them?" indicating Dick. "That's all right, I ll try to pay you off for that," ner in which he gazed at the girl, were offensive in the extreme. Dick felt like putting a bullet through the redcoat. "The scoundr el!" he thought. ''I have a sweetheart and a sister of m y own, and I will not stand idly here and see him offer ins ult to that beautiful girl." "Yes, she is my daughter." "Um! yes. What is her name?" a Lucy." "It ought to b e Queenie. Jove! she i s certainly a queen among maidens. She is the sweetest dewdrop I have s een since I set foot in this beastly country, and a s f"ha :ve bee n d e prived of all s uch luxuries for a long time, I am going to have a kiss. Lucy, come here!" The girl turne d crim s on and then pale, and look e d im ploringly at her father, and the n, qui c k as a fla s h, at Di ck. thought Dick, grimly; "you may think you're smart, and ('You will p indon me," s aid l\Ir. Bundy, in an apolog e tic that because you are a captain in the Britis h army you tone of voice, "but really you must not talk like that. )ly are a great personage, but you are sadly mistak en." daughter i s a lady, and you have no right to ask su c h a "No, he's a fri e nd," Mr. Bundy replied; "he is a neighthing of her." bar s boy." "Oh, that's it?" "Yes, sir." "But about tho s e ruffians you speak of, did you have a :fight with them? We heard shot s-indeed, that is what "Bah! I don' t a s k it; I command it! Come her e !" The captain r,ipoke as he would ha, e spoken to a dog, and made an imp e riou s gestur e with hi s hand. Dick's blood was now at boiling heat. It had been only by the hardest kind of work that he guided us hither-and I see blood the re on the ground." had kept quiet, so far, and now he thought it time for him "Yes, there was an exchange of shots, and we succeeded to take a hand. in wounding one of the fellows." The look the beautiful girl had given him had gone "TheI'" they ran, eh?" "Yes, sir." "Humph! They must have been awful cowards to ru. n sti:aight to his heart. "The beast shall not pollute her pure lips, if I can help it," he said to himself; "I'll keep him from putting his frG'll one man." purpose through to a successful issue, or die trying! Her "But the boy here helped me." father, too, is ready to :fight to the death to save his "Bah! I don't suppose he did much; those fellows must daughter from insult, and I think we can make things very. have been terrible cowards." lively for these gay redcoats."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 9 So now when the redcoat captain spoke to the in a l cried. "I am not in the of letting any on.e call me ton e of command, such as he would use to a dog, Dick could I sn c h name s and I am not gomg to make a begmnmg now." stand it no longer; and leaping forward, confronted the ''You can't very well help yourself," said Dick, quietly fellow. / I have the advantage, and I intend to keep it. I have "You cowardly scoundr el!" the youth criecl. "The bes t you cover ed, and if you or any of your men try to draw a thing you can do is to get away from here, and as quickly weapon, I shall shoot, and shoot to kill!" as possible, too A little cry of fea r esc aped Mr s Bundy, while Lucy cla s ped her hands and grew as pale as death. "He be kill e d she thought. The face of the redcoat captain grew dark with anger. Involuntarily he dropped his hand on the hilt of his sword. <)uick as a fl.ash Dick dr e w hi s pi s tols and leveled them. "Don't attempt to clraw your saber!" he cried, in a ring"You said that before. "And I meant it, too. Don t you forget that!" The redcoat was in a quandary. He hated to give up, beaten by a youth not yet out of his teens, yet there was something about the young fellow that warned him that he was more dangerous than the ma jority of men. The redcoat captain felt sure that death lurked in those 'Ye apons held with such a steady hand. He hardly knew what to do, and was puzzling his brain ing Yoice. "If you do, I will put a bullet through you!" to conjure up some scheme for getting the better of the The cap1tain, like all bullies and would-be mashers, was a cow ard at heart. b old youth. H e took his hancl awa y from the sworcl hilt in a hurry. He glared at Dick with the ferocity of a tiger. If looks would kill, Dick would have fallen dead. Dick met the redcoat s gaze unflincingly, however "If either of your men attempt to draw a weapon, I will fire ins tantly," s aid Dick, "and I give you my word that I am a dead shot and that I s hall shoot to kill." The captain forced a laugh. "Ha, ha, ha! Why you're a r e gular gam ecock, aren't you?" he cried, sneeringly. "Well, now, I'm not much of a hand at blowing my own horn," said Dick, quietly, "but I will say this, that I usually manage to keep my end up in almost any kind of company, and unless you give up your idea of offering in sult to that young lady, I shall give you one of the big "I'll have his life!" the captain said to himself. "I s hall never rest satisfied until I have settled the young hound for good and all!" The captain was eager to do this as quickly as possible, too. Suddenly a thought struck him. A plan came into his mind, which he thought might be successful. He decided to put the plan into operation at on.ce. "Well, as you seem to holcl the winning hand at pres e nt, I suppose I will have to give up and acknowledge myself beaten," the redcoat said, with an attempt to ap pear frank and honest; "when I come to think about it, I didn't want to kiss the girl, anyway. Good-by; we'll see you again some fime, maybe." Then the captain lifted his hat, made a sweeping bow, gest kind of fights." and, with a mocking smile on his lips, turned his horse "What is it to you?" growled. the captain. "Or is s he and galloped away in the direction from which he had your sweetheart ?" he added. c ome, his men following closely. Dick shook his head. Dick suspected a trick. "No, she's not my sweetheart," he replied. He had sized the captain up pretty closely, and did not "Then why trouble yourself about the matter?" Lelieve he was the kind of man who would give up so "I'll tell you why;" and the youth's voice gre w stern, e asily. and a peculiar glint appeared in his eyes. "I have a "Quick, get into the house!" cried Dick, addressing the si s ter up in New York State, a girl about the age of this woman and her daughter. "Unless I miss my guess, tho s e one, and as I would not wish any young fellow to stand redcoats will be back here in a few moments, hen: u mis idly by and see her ins ulted by a cowardly scoundrel like chief." yourself, so will I not stand here and see you insult her." "Do you think so?" Mr. Bundy asked. This was bold talk, certainly. "I am sure of it; I had them at such a disadvantage Darker grew the face of the captain. when they were here that the y did not dare try to do anyA hoarse growl of rage escaped him. thing, and were forced to '\vithdraw; they will come rush" You young dog I I'll have your life for that!" he ing back here with their weapons all out and ready for


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. business, and the chances are that they will give us the biggest kind of a fight." "Five to two is pretty big odds," the man said, "but we'll give them a good fight, for all that. Come, let's all go into the house." "You folks go in," said Dick; "I must remain out here and look after my horse. I can't afford to lose him, red coats or no redcoats. Get inside as quick as you can and lock the doors." "But you!" cried Lucy, in trembling tones. "They will kill you!" "They'll have to catch me, first," smiled Dick; "and I don't believe they can do that." The redcoats had now almost crossed the clearing. He did not believe the redcoats could catch him. He was mounted on a splendid horse, and he doubted if the redcoats' animals w e re the equal of the one he be strode. Onward Dick rode. After him, still yelling, came the redcoats. "Oh, you fellows are making altogether too much noise!" the youth murmured. Dick, of course, picked out the most open portioll of the iimber, as that made it easier .for him to ride at a lively pace, and presently he struck into what seemed to be a sort of trail through the timber Dick followed this unhesitatingly. He did not h."llow exactly what had made the trail, or A moment later they disappeared within the timber at where it would lead io, but thought he might as well folthe farther side. low it up and risk running into new danger. "They'll be back in a moment!" cried Dick. "Into the Suddenly the youth rode out into a clearing of perhouse, all; hurry haps ten or :fifteen acres in extent. :Mr. and Mrs. Bundy and Lucy hastened into the house At one side was a log house. and closed the door, Lucy managing to enter last and give There were some men standing in front of the house, Dick an expressive look from her beautiful eyes. and at a glance Dick recognized them. At this instant there came ihe thunder of hoofbeats. "It is those ruffians who were back at M:r. Bundy 's!" he "I thought so," murmured Dick; "they're coming, sure said to himself. "Jove! I am getting into more danger enough." At that instant the five redcoais dashed out of the tim ber and into the clearing at full speed. Dick ran to where his horse was standing, and with a single bound leaped into the saddle. As he di.d so a wild yell went up from the redcoats. "That's all right, yell, you scoundrels!" murmured Dick. "You can't frighten me with yells, however; it will take more than that." Putting spurs to his horse, Dick dashed into the timber, which at this point was open enough so that it was possible to ride through it at good speed. After him came the redcoats, still yelling. CHAPTER IV. DISCOURAGING THE REDCOATS. It was evident that the redcoats had made up their minds to capture or kill Dick, before trying to bother the settler and his family. The captain was so angry at the youth for the manner in which he had forced them to do as he commanded, that he was hungering for a chance to get even. 'l'his did not worry Dick much. than ever." Dick had no desire to get very close to the ruffians, and he swerved aside and rode at right angles toward the end of the clearing. The ruffians set up a wild yell, and a couple of them ran into the cabin and came forth with rifles in their hands. "They have recognized me," the youth thought; "and now they are going to try some rifle practice on me!" This was not very pleasant. Dick was well aware that such fellows were usually ex pert shots with the rifle. "They may not be able to hit a moving target,' how ever," he thought, hopefully. The youth urged his horse forward even more rapidly. The ruffians leveled their rifles, and Dick bent forward upon the neck of the horse so as to make it difficult for the scoundrels to get a good aim. Crack! One of the ruffians had fired. The bullet sung past, a foot above Dick's head. Crack! This shot was a better one. The bullet cut through the youth's coat, grazing the shoulder A yell of rage and disappointment went up from the men who had fired the shots.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE llESCUE. 11 They had hoped to drop the youth off the back of the horse "On, old fellow murmured Dick, patting the neck of the horse. "We will escape them yet." Dick reached the timber at the end of the clearing and "Thahks I can't say I'tn sorry you have dohe so, for five againSt ohe is pretty heavy odds.)' "So it is; but fi'Ve against twt> is not so great, and then we have advantage of being fortified, while they will be in an open field> Which ought to about equalize rode into it. matters." It was not so open as what he had been riding through "So it ought; but where is your horse pl! for the past f P,W minutes, but he was able to make very "Out there in the timber; I tied him in a clump of fair headway. One thing it enabled him to do and that was to get out of sight of his pursuers. 'l'his might make it possible for him to play some kind of a trick on the redcoats, he thought. "They think I will keep right on going straight ahead," said Dick to him self; now, I think I shall have to fool them a bit in that respect." He began bearing to the right. He did not turn squarely to the right, but kept bearing away in that direction sufficiently so that he was going in a semi-circle. "Now, if they keep straight on, I shall be all right," the youth thought. He kept circling till he was going back in the direction of Mr Bundy's cabin. Dick was a splendid woodsman He had lived all his life in the timber, and seemed to know which way to go by instinct. He kept on going, and half an hour later reached the clearing in which stood the cabin of Mr. Bundy. The youth did not enter the clearing on horseback. Instead, he dismounted, and leading his horse into a dump of bushes, tied him to a tree. "I don't think the scoundrels will find him here," the youth thought; "and now to go to the cabin and rein force Mr. Bundy. The redcoats, as soon as they learn that they have lost me, will return here, I am confident. Well, think we will be able to whip them, even though they are :five to two." The youth left the timber and hastened across the clearing to where the cabin stood. The inmates had seen him coming, for the door opened when he was within a few yards of the house and the smiling face of Mr. Bundy was seen. And back of him were his wife and daughter. "Hello, you have gotten away from the redcoats l" the man greeted. "Yes," replied Dick; "I managed to give them the slip, snd thinking that they wou1d likely return and try to worry you, 1 made up my mind to come back an d help you teach them a lesson." bushes.'' "Aren't you afraid the redcoats will find him P" "I hardly think they will "How far did they chase you?" "Do you know where those ruffians have been staying?" "Yes; in a cabin about a mile from here." "Just so; well, the redcoats chased me to that clearing "Did you see anything of the fellows who were here?" "Yes, and they saw me, too/' "Ah! Did they fire upon you?" "Yes, two of them did so---with rifles "I suspected as much; we heard the shots." "But we thought they were fired by the redcoats, father," said Lucy "That's so; so we did." "Did either of the bullets hit you?" asked the girl, anxiously. "No," replied Dick; "one just grazed the skin, but did no damage "They would have been delighted had they brought you down," said Mr. Bundy. "No doubt of it," the youth replied. There was a short silence, and then Mr. Bundy asked: "How soon do you think will the redcoats reach here?" "I don't know; it depends on how far they go before they discover that I doubled on them and taken the back track." "They may not discover that for some time; they know nothing of woodcraft, you know." "But very little, I judge-hist! I believe they are coming now!" All listened eagerly. Sure enough, the sound of the hoofbeats of horses was heard. "It is them, sure e1;10ugh I" said Mr. Bundy. "They have entered the clearing 1 ''So they have," from Dick; "and now do not hesitate to talk straight to them, Mr Bundy. We can whip them, I am confident, and we will do best if we put on a bold front." "I judge you a r e right; wel1, I wili talk straight to them."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. The trampling of horses' feet sounded closer and closer. The riders of the horses were close at hand. A few moments later the horsemen rode around in front of the cabin. Dick and Mr. Bundy, peering out through cracks, saw them. There were five in the party, and only a glance was need ed to show that they were the redcoats. 'rbe captain leaped to the ground, ana approaching the door of the cabin, knocked. Mr. Bundy made no reply to the knock. The thought struck him that if he remained silent the I man might be deceived into thinking that no one was at home. Again the captain rapped. Still Mr. Bundy maintained silence. The captain became angry. The captain made a gesture, and his men did not stoop to get hold of the log. "Who are 'we?'" he asked. "That does not matter," was the prompt reply; "you will :find that I am not the only man in here, and if you per sist in your course, you will get yourselves into trouble, I assure you." There was a brief silence. Doubtless the captain was turning the matter over in his mind. "Bah!" he exclaimed, presently. "I don't believe there is another man in there save yourself." "As I have already told you, you will :find your mistake unless you go on away about your business." "I have no business; ha, ha, ha!" 'It would be well for you if you did have." "Bah! you can't expect to frighten me, my good friend!" "You needn't pretend you are not in there," he cried, "I am not trying to frighten; I am simply trying to warn "for I know you are. You might as well answer me, first you and save the lives of your men." as last." "If you kill one of my men it will be the worst thing Still he received no reply, and turning to his men, he you ever did in your life; for I give you my word that cried: if you do, I shall knock this cabin to pieces but what I get "Dismount; take up that log, yonder, and come here at you, and I will hang you to one of these trees out here!" and burst the door down I" Mr. Bundy realized that this would not do at all. He must not permit this to be done. "Hold on!" he cried. "Don't you dare try to do that, you scoundrels! If you do, it won't be good for you!" "Oho! so you're in there, after all, are you!" cried the captain, sneeringly and triumphantly. "I thought I would rouse you up!" "Yes, I'm in here, and I am armed, too! And if you attempt to break the door down I shall open :fire on you "And I give you my word that as sure as you have your men lift that log, we will open :fire; th e blood of your men will be on your own head." An impatient exclamation escaped the lips of the red coat, and lie cried out: "Bring that log and burst this door down! If that fool fires upon you, we will slice off his ears, cut off his fingers an inch at a time, and then hang him The redcoats stooped to lift the log. They took hold of it, and had lifted it a couple of feet "Bah! What can you do?" from the when the sharp crack! crack I of two pistol I "I can kill some of you!" shots was heard. "I doubt it; but even if you succeed in doing so we Two of the redcoats gave utterance to cries of pain, would kill you in return, and then where would you be?" and letting go their hold of the log staggered back and "I don't think you can kill me; I am here, where you almost fell. cannot get me." "Oh, we'll get at you! We will break the door down, and if you fire upon us it will be the worse for you and yours!" There was a :fierce intonation to the captain's voice, and Mrs. Bundy and Lucy shuddered. The men had dismounted by this time, and they walked to where a log lay, and were about to lift it when Mr. The log dropped to the ground, the two unwound e d red coats looking toward the house in a frightened manner. A curse escaped the lips of the captain. "Are you badly hurt, boys?" he asked. "If you are, I pity the men who shot you, that's all! We'll have them c,ut of there, if we have to roast them out!" "I'm pretty hard hit, cap!" replied one. "I am, too," from the other. Bundy said: "I warned you," said Mr. Bundy; "you have only your" If your men stoop to lift that log, we will open fire selves to blame for this. You had better mount and go upon them I" I on your way, for if you remain here and try any more /


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 13 tricks, you will get some more bullets, and we shall shoot "I think so," replied Dick; "but I will go out and re-lo kill, next time!" connoitre, and make sure of it." "All right, we'll go now!" the captain said, in a fierce Dick opened the door and stepped out; and as he did voice, hoarse with passion. "But we will come. back again, so there came the sharp, whip like crack of a pistol, and and when we do-look out! We will square our aca bullet buried itself in the door beside the youth's head 1 count with you!" "You will find me ready for you," was the undaunted reply. "If you know when you are well off, you will stay away from here "Bah! You are wasting your breath in talking thus to me, a captain in the British army. I'll be_ back here and I'll bring enough men so that you will see the folly CHAPTER V. : DICK RECONNOITRES. of offering resistance." He leaped back into the house and c losed the door. Then the captain and the two unwounded men assisted Mrs. Bundy and Lucy had both given utterance to the two wounded redcoats to mount, after which they, screams as the sound of the pistol shot came to their hear-too, mounted and all rode slowly away. When they had disappeared from the sight of those within the cabin, Mr., Bundy turned toward Dick and said: "What do you think about it? Will they come back again? Will he keep his word?" Dick shook his head in a dubious way. "I could not say, for sure," he replied; "but I'm afraid he will do so." "I am sure he meant it, Samuel," said Mrs. Bundy, tremblingly. ing. ''.Are you hurt?". cried Lucy. "No," replied Dick; "the bullet did not hit me." "Those scoundr e ls are in hiding in the edge of the timber!" said Mr. Bundy. "At least one of them is there," agreed Dick. "You think that only one remained behind?" "That is what I think-one of those who was not wounded." "While the others have gone on, eh?" "I think so, father," from Lucy. "What d o you think we had better Bundy. "Yes, that is what I think, and I am going to make that do?" ask e d Mr. fellow wis h he had gone, before he is an hour older." "Is there any place you can go ?" the youth asked. There was a grim, determined look on the youth's face. "What are you going to do?" asked Luc y "I hav_e a brother living about five miles from here," There was an anxious look in her pretty eyes and on her said Mrs. Bund y ; "we might go there for a while." face. "You had better do so," agreed Dick; "the scoundrel of "I am going to interview ltim at close range," the youth a captain will return here, I am sure, and finding you replied, quietly. gone and not knowing where to look for you, he may drop "But he will shoot you dead befo!e you can get close the matter." to him!" "Do you think he will damage things, here?" asked Mr. "So he will!" coin c id e d Mrs. Bundy. Bundy. "I wouldn t try anything so dangerou s Dick," said "I hav e no doubt but that he will burn the hou s e down, Mr. Bundy. sir ." "There won't be much danger attached to the feat," "Then we must take everything of value that we can said Dick. carry, and not leave any more h e re for him to destroy than we can help." "You will have plenty of time," said Dick; "the captain will have to return to Philadelphia for reinforcements, and to get the wounded men where they may be taken care of, and he won't be back before to-morrow morning, I am confident "In that case we will be able to get 'most everything out and away before he gets here." "Do you think they have really gone?" asked Lucy. "You think not?" "I am sure of it; you see, he is a Briti s h s oldier." "Yes, but--" "While I am an American, and one who has lived all his life ill; the timber. I am as good at woodcraft, Mr. Bundy, almost, as an Indian. I can eas ily slip up on him, and he will not know I am anywhere near until I rise up and confront him; and when I do that I shall be ready for him, you may be sure, and will have the advantage all on my side."


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. "That will be all right, if you can accomplish the feat ti'hey gave utterance to yells of fear, and, whirling, ran successfully, Dick; but how about getting out of the house? for their live s '!'h e re is only one door, and it is commanded by the They were three to one, true, but this fact did not seem .redcoat." to impress them as being of much importance "But there's a window in the rear." They recognized Dick as being the youth who had Ah, yes, so there is; I had forgotten that handled them so roughly before, and having had a taste "I shall climb out through the window, enter the timof his quality, they had no desire for a s econd dose. her and then make a half circuit and approach the fellow Dick made up his mind to give the fellows a good scare from the side. He won't be looking for me, and I shall while he was at it. be able to take him by surprise." He gave chase, and yelled at them to stop or he would "I hope so, I am sute." fire. "You mu s t be v e ry careful," said Lucy. This only had the effect of making them run faster. "Oh, yes, I will be careful; I'm not going to give that They did not wish to be forced td face the terrible youth redcoat a chance to put a bullet through me if I can again. help it." Crack! Crack! Dic k moved across to the window. The window was hinged at one side and opened inward. Dick opened it. Dick quickly climbed through the window. Then with a wave to the inmates 0 the cabin, he dis appeared. Dick had fir e d two shots. Wild yells went up from two of the ruffians. rrhe bullets had taken effect. Not setiQUsly, howevet. Dick had no d e sire to take the lives of the scoundrels, and had not tried to kill or even seriously wound them. That they were not seriously wounded was proven by the fact that they still kept on running-faster, if possible, "I don't think there s much danger of that)" said Mr. than before the shots had been fired. "Oh, I hope he will not get killed," breathed Lucy. J3undy. This was what Dick desired. "If one-half of what we have heard regarding Dick He wished to frighten them so that they would not risk Slater is true, he is an exceedingly shrewd youth and capventuring near the home of Mr. Bundy again. able oi taking care of himself under almost any and circumstances." So he kept after the three ruffians, and every few moments gave utterance to a yell which was calculated to The house stood but a s hort distanc e from the edge make the cowards, for such the y were, run faster than ever. of the timber, and it took the youth but a few seconds Presently he pau s ed, however, and stood still, watching to reach cover the fellows run. He had gone only a few steps after reaching the edge "Great guns what runners they are!" he murmured, .of the timber when he suddenly stopped and gave utwith a laugh. "If they were to run against trees they terance to a muttered exclamation. would split ihem wide open." "Great guns there come those Tory ruffians again; I The three fleeing ruffians disapp e ared very quickly, and guess they think that I'm out of the way and that they Dick turned on his heel and made his way back in the will be able to catch Mr. Bundy alone and at a disad vantage. Well, we'll see about that; I'll give them a scare that'll be apt to do them for a while." As Dick spoke, he drew a couple of pistols. direction from which he had come. He did not go clear back to the cabin, however. When within perhaps a hundred yards of it he veered off to the right, and moved through the timber in that He was concealed behind a tree and waited till the direction. ruffians were within fifty feet of him. Then he suddenly leaped out from behind a tree, gave utterance to a yell and charged the fellows. He moved in a wide and after half an hour of cautiou s work was nearly opposite the cabin and on the opposite side of the clearing. So sudden and unexpected was Dick's appearance, so "Now, if the redcoat didn't take fright when he heard blood-curdling the yell to which he gave utterance, so danme yelling and shooting at the Tories he will be somewhere gerous-looking the pistols which the yputh brandished in in this vicinity," thought Dick; "I shall have to exercise the air, that the ruffians were seized with a feeling of great caution, as I do not \vish to be caught at a disadterror. vantage."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 15 Dick became very cautious. He moved forward very slowly. He brought all his woodcraft into play. This was cons iderable, for Dick was almost the equal of an Indian brave in this kind of work. Dick, with a smile; "it's my guess that both horse and r-ider are so badly frightened that they won't care to ven ture back here very soon." Horse and rider were soon out of sight and Dick made his way quickly back to the cabin. Dick kept a sharp lookout, as may be supposed. The inmates saw him coming and opened the door while Presently he caught sight of what he was looking for. I he was yet fifty feet away. One of the redcoats had remained behind to keep watch "What was all that shooting and yelling?" asked 1\Ir. of the cabin, as Dick had suspected. Bundy, stepping out of doors. "Surely you (j.idn't do all It was not the captain, but one of the men. of it?" He was seated on his horse and was gazing toward the "Pretty near all of it," smiled Dick. .And then he told cabin, which he could probably see from his elevat'ed posi-how he had encountered the three Tory ruffians and put tion. them to flight and later on the redcoat. He gave frequent glances all around him and it was evident to Dick s mind that the fellow was nervous. "He h e ar s the shooting and yelling and doesn't know The three-for Mrs. Bundy and Lucy had now emel'.ged from the cabin-uttered exclamations of amazement. "You don't mean to say those ruffian were what to think of it," thought Dick; "I do not think it back!" cried Mr Bundy. coming would take much to put him to flight." Dick, securely hidden behind a tree, pondered the situa tion. "Which would be the better plan," he asked himself; "to try to capture the redcoat or to fight him away?" Of course, Dick could have shot the redcoat dead, but he did not wish to do that. Even though it was war time and he would really have been justified in doing so, he could not bring himself to do it. To his mind it savored too much of assassination. Dick made up his mind, presently, to frighten the red-. coat away. Having so decided, Dick got ready to act. He drew his pistols and cocked them. Then he snddenly leaped out from behind a tree, not twenty feet from the startled redcoat, and leveling the pistols, cried out: "Surrender, or you are a dead man!" It is doubtful whether the redcoat would have dared try to escape, but it was not left for him to decide. Dick's sudden appearance frightened the horse, which was a mettlesome animal, and, with a snort oi fear, it whirled and darted away at full speed. "Yes, that is just what they were doing." "But you stopped them?" Dick laughed aloud as he thought of the reckless manner in which the frightened ruffians had fled through the timber. "Yes, I stopped them and then started them again-on the back track; I don t believe I ever saw a worse scared set of fellows in all my life." "Do you think they'll come back again?" Dick shook his head. "No, I don't think they will," he replied. "I hope not," said Mrs. Bundy. "So do I," said Lucy. "Ugh! the ugly brutes!" "I am pretty sure that they were so badly frightened that they won't venture near here again soon." "And what about the redcoat?" asked Mr. Bundy. "I suppose there was one over there, as you thought there would be?" "Yes, there was one there," said Dick; "but I don't think there is any dang!lr of him coming back, either." And then he told how he had frightened the redcoat. "And now," said Dick, "what are you folks going to do?" The sudden action of the beast came very near unseat"If you would be so kind as to stay here with my wife ing the redcoat, but by grasping the horse's mane he and daughter till I come back, I will go over to the home managed to remain on the animal's back. Dick was determined to make a good job of it, and he gave utterance to two or three wild yells which were well calculated to aid in accelerating the animal's flight. of my brother-in-law and get a couple of horses to use in transporting our possessions from here to his home," tiaid Mr. Bundy; "it is asking a good deal, I know, but it will be a great kindness, as I am afraid to leave them Then crack crack pistols. Dick fired two shots from bis alone; and if we all go, some of those scoundrels are likely to come and take everything, or destroy the house "There's nothing like making a good job of it," thought and all that is in it."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. "I ahall be pleased to remain here, Mr. Bundy," said Dick; "go along, and I will stay till you get back." "Thank you and then, after a few words with his wife, Mr. Bundy took his departure. It was the voice of the captain, with whose plans Dick had interfered back at the cabin of Mr. Bundy. Strong hands seized the bridle reins, and Dick was threatened on all sides by weapons held in the hands of It was almost dark when he got back; his brother-in-law men who would not, he was sure, hesitate to use them at was with him, and they brought two horses. the command from their leader. It did not take long to load all the portable possessi?ns And that the leader would give the command without Qf Mr. Bundy onto the horses, and then, after they had scruple, in case Dick tried to escape, the youth .was sure. thanked Dick for what he had done for them, the party It was useless to try to offer resistance; Dick realized set out for the home of the brother-in-law, while Dick, this. mounting his horse, rode away in the opposite direction. He decided to make the best of the situation. CHAPTER VI. CAPTURED. "What does this mean, gentlemen?" he asked, in the most calm, unconcerned tone imaginable. "'iYhy have you lain in wait and leaped out upon me in this fashion?" "You know well enough, you young scoundrel!" cried the man who had spoken bef?re. Dick recognized the voice the instant the man spoke, for he had a splendid ear for voices, but he wouldn't acDick rode along at a moderate pace, as the road was 1.."Tiowledge it, of course. crooked, and it was so dark he could not see very well. "You are mistaken, sir,'' h e said, quietly; "I don't "Well, this has been quite a lively afternoon!" he know what you mean, and I know not why you should lie thought. "I am gled I happened along just when I did, in wait in this fashion and leap out upon me." .... for if those ruffians had not been interfered with, there is no telling what they might have done." Then, too, Dick did not care if he was late in reaching Philadelphia; he would not have wished to enter the city in the daytime, anyway, as he would have been stopped and might even have been held as a spy, while at night, and in the darkness he would, he was sure, be able to slip "Well, you soon will know in a ferocious tone. "Take him off his horse, men, and bind his arms. Don't attempt resistance, if you value your life "Oh, I have too much sense to try to offer resistance when I am outnumbered, twenty to one,'' replied Dick. As he spoke he leaped to the ground, not waiting to be pulled off his horse. through and get into the city without being seen. "Jove! I'm in for it!" thought Dick, as the men were Dick soon reached the main road, and turning to the busy binding his arms. "They will probably take me to left, pursued hi.s way in that direction. Philadelphia, and as there are some there who know me as It was only about a mile to the Schuylkill River, and Dick Slater, the patriot spy, I shall probably be shot or Dick soon reached the stream. hung, unless I am fortunate enough to escape, which isn't 'l'here was no bridge across the river at this point, and likely." it was necessary to ford the stream. The redcoats, for such the men were, quickly tied Dick's Dick had been across the river at this point before, nrms together behind his back. however, and knew just how deep the water was. He rode into the water, unhesitatingly, and was soon nearing the other side. The moon was just rising in the east, but was not up high enough to give much light. The youth reached the farther side and rode up out of the water. As he did so he was treated to a startling surprise. Out from among the shadows of the timber leaped at least a score of dark forms Diclt and horse were surrounded in a jiffy. "Aha! we have you now, you young scoundrel!" cried a triumphant voice. "Now put the young scoundrel back on his horse or dered the captain. ThiE was done. "Now bring the horses was the next order. All the men save the captain himself hastened away, disappearing in the timber at the side of the road. The captain, pistol in hand, stood guard over Dick, and the instant the men had disappeared he asked: "Do you know what I am going to do with you, you young ?" "I haven't the least idea-you old scoundrel!" Dick's prompt and saucy reply angered the redcoat ter-' ribly.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 1'7 A curse escaped his lips. might take it into my head to pull this trigger, and then "Oh, you think you are smart, don't you?" he growled; where would you be?" "but I'll show you! I'll take that out of you, and before "Assuming that there is no chance for me to escape the morning, too!" death by hanging, which you say you have decided upon "Oh, is that so?" for me, a death by bullet would be preferable, don't you "Yes, that is so And now I am going to tell you what think? So I wouldn't care much if you did pull the trigI am going to do with you." "Don't do it if it will make you feel bad," said Dick, in a matter-of-fact tone of voice. "I am going to have you taken back to the cabin of that man in the woods where I first met you, you young scoun drel, and I am going to call those people out of the house, and force them to witness a hanging! You know whose hanging it is going to be?" There was a fierceness in the man's voice that was enough to make a person's blood run cold, but Dick was as perturbable as ever, as he replied promptly: "Mine, I suppose?" "Yes, yours.I I am going to hang you before the eyes of that pretty girl, who, to judge by the way she looked at you, must be in love with you!" Dick shook his head. "Oh, you are wrong there, I assure you," he said; "the girl is not in love with me, at all; why, I had never met her before, and in fact had not known, fifteen minutes before you put in an appearance, that there was such a person in the world." The captain gave a grunt of unbelief. "That will do for you to tell; but I am not fool enough to believe it!" he exclaimed. "It is the truth, just the same." "How came you there, then?" Dick related the story, of how he came to be at the home of the Bundys when the redcoats put in an appearance there. The captain listened, and then grunted again, evidently wishing Dick to understand that he did not believe thi: truth of the story "You tell that very well," he said; "but I don't believe it. Anyway, you interfered and wounded a couple of my men, and I am going to settle the affair with you, and put you out of the way, for I have made up my mind to have that girl for my own!" ger." Dick said this, bu.t he did not mean it. He was a youth who believed that while there is life, there is hope. He thought it quite possible that he might escape, if the captain delayed putting him to death till the Bundy cabin was reached. At any rate, it was his rule to put death as far in the fu-ture as possible, even though it should be but an hour or so. Much might happen in an hour. "You are right," agreed the redcoat; "I shall not shoot you. I have a better revenge in view. I will wait, and hang you in the presence of that little beauty oi. the woods!" The men returned, leading their horses, at this moment, and at the word from their commander, they mounted. The captain mounted his horse, and led the way, the sol diers closing a.round the youth, and making it impossible for him to make a dash for liberty-which he was not like ly to do, anyway, as his hands were bound, and he would have been knocked against a tree and killed, doubtless. The party crossed the river, and made its \Yay along the road. When the road leading to the cabin in the clearing was reached, the redcoats turned into it. They rode slower now, and only two abreast, but there was no chance for Dick to get away, even had he been free in so far as his hands were concerned, for there were red coats in front of him, redcoats behind him, and one at his side, this latter having hold of the bridle rein of Dick's horse. The moon was high enough so that it gave good light, now, and as the party rode out into the clearing, it would have been plainly visible to anyone in the vicinity. "Surround the cabin!" ordered the captain; "I will keep guard over the prisoner." The soldiers rode forward, and surrou:de d the cabin. Dick was laughing in his sleeve. He knew the cabin was empty, and wondered what the redcoats would say when they discovered the fact. "You scoundrel I" "'rhe captain will be wild with rage," he thought; and That was all Dick said, but he said it in such a tone that this thought was sufficient to cause a sober look to appear it was more than if he had uttered a sentence filled with on the youth's face. vituperative epithets There was good reason for this : "Be careful!" grated the redcoat, threateningly; "T "When he finds that his intended victims have escaped I


THE LIBJ1JRTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. him, he will be exceedingly angry," said Dick to himself; Not the least sound came from within, and the captain 'and the re s ult will be that he will undoubtedly wreak rebecame angry. venge cm me." 'rhis was far from being a pleasant prospect. "Curse them!" he growled; "I'll make them wish they hadn t kept us waiting, when I get my hands on them!" "I am afraid I am in for it,'' Dick went on; "but I must "I don t believe there is anybody in there,'' said the solnot give up I will try to do something to ward off the fate dier. which seems to be close at hand." "Oh, yes there is," was the impatient reply of the officer; Dick bad been quietly pulling at the rope which bound "but I suppose we shall be forced to break the door open." his wri s ts all the time they had been riding along, and had Then h e gave the command for more of the men to diseucceetle d in loos ening it slightly; not enough, however, to mount, after which he instructed them to take the log, make it possible for him to get his hands loose. which still lay where it had fallen when the other soldiers Still, impelled thereto by the instinct of self-preservation, had attempted to use it, and break the door down. Dick work e d at the rope. Half a dozen of the redcoats seized the log, and advancThe captain now ordered one of the men to dismount and in g quick l>', s tru c k the d o or a t e rrifi c blow. knack on the door of the cabin. '_;,_'::c> L1-o o q uaked a n d but b elL1. "I am going to keep my word," he said to Dick ; "I said ''Try it a gain;" cried the captain; "we 'll g e t it the next I would hang you in the presence of the girl, and I am gotime." ing to do it!" "Indeed !" remarked Dick; "I would be willing to wager something that you will do nothing of the kind." "Bah! bravado, mere bravado!" But they didn 't; it stood the next blow almost as well as it had first. Agairt .the men advanced with the log, and struck the door a strong blow. "Do you think so?" There was a cracking sound this tim e and a cry of tri'I'he man had approached the door by thi" time, and the umph escaped the captain. captain, watching the man eagerly, made :no reply. The soldier knocked at the door. Then he waited a few moments. There came no sound from the cabin, of course, as Mr. Bundy and his wife and daughter were at the home of their brother-in-law by this time. "Xnock again," ordered the captain. The man obeyed. He knocked loudly. "There, I guess they'll hear that!" he muttered. But 'there was no response from within. "It will go down next time," he declared; "hurry, and give it another blow." The man obeyed. Forward they came, on the trot. Crash! The end of the log came in contact with the door once more. The door gave way, and went down with a crash. "Look out! he will fire on you!" cried the captain. The alacrity with which the redcoats dropped the log and leaped aside would have been amu s ing under oth e r circumThe captain gave utterance to a muttered curse under his stances. Dick could hardly keep from laughin g s eriou s a s was his He hastened to the man's side. "Have you heard no sound from within?" the captain asked. "None at all, cap'n !" was the reply; "kind of looks as though there wasn't anybody in there." "Oh, yes there is; they are playing possum, that is all. They have heard you, but think to fool us by keeping quiet. I'll rouse them." The captain drew a pistol, and pounded on the door with the butt. This made a great noise. "Hello Hello.!" he cried; "wake up Wake up and open the door!" He waited a few moments, listening intently own situation. Knowing, as he did, that the cabin was e mpty, the action of the men seemed doubly ludicrous. There came no shots from within the cabin, of course, and presently the redcoats became brave. "I don't there is anybody in there, cap 'n," said one of the men. The captain was beginning to suspect something of the kind, himself. "Look and see," he ordered. Three or four of the men entered the cabin. "There isn't a soul in there, cap n !" was the report they brought. "What! say you so?" howled the officer.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 19 He was terribly di s appointed. He turned to Dick, angrily. "Where are they?" he asked, peremptorily. "How should I know?" the youth replied. "You do know!" Dick shook his head. "I assure yo. u that I do not," he replied. "Bah I know better You know where those people have he would not show these men that he was afraid his time had come. "I will die bravely," the youth thought; "but how I wish I might have died on the field of battle instead of in this miserable fashion !" 1.1he captain now advanced and faced Dick. t

20 THE .LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. to keep from being choked, was forced to rise up onto his tiptoes. Then the captain told the men to stop pulling, and hold steady, just as they were. "Now, then," said the captain, in a :fi.ei;ce, threatening tone of voice, "I am going to give you one last chance. Once more I ask you to tell me where those people have gone. If you will do so, I will spare your life, and perhaps "I suppose you like gold, captain?" he asked abruptly. The captain stared and looked surprised. yes, I like gold," he replied; "why? What of it?" "I suppose you are aware," went on Dick, "that there is a reward of five hundred pounds offered for the capture of a patriot spy named Dick Slater?" Again the captain stared and looked at searchingly. "The patriot spy named Dick Slater?" he repeated. allow you to go free, but if you still persist in your refusal, "Yes; sometimes known as Champion Spy of the then I shall give the order for my men to pull you up, and Revolution!' there will be no countermanding of the order, I assure 'The captain nodded. you!" Dick realized that the captain meant every word he ut tered. "He will hang me, sure!" the youth thought, and then, as he had no desire to die, but wished very much to live, Dick began trying to devise some scheme whereby his death could be postponed to some time in the future. He was determined that he would not tell where Mr. Bundy and his wife and daughter had gone, but a sudden "Yes, I know there is a reward of five hundred pounds offered for the capture of that fellow," he said. "And I suppose you would like to secure that reward?" Again the captain looked searchingly at Dick. "I most certainly would like to do so!" he declared; "who would not?" "I can make it possible for you to secure the reward!" Dick spoke earnestly and impressively. The captain started, and an eager looK appeared in his thought struck the youth, and he thought that he saw a eyes. way to keep the redcoats from hanging him. There was a standing reward for Dick. The reward had been offered by General Howe, the Brit ish commander-in-chief, and the sum offered for Dick's cap ture was five hundred pounds. This was a lot of money, and Dick felt pretty confident that if the redcoats knew who he was, they would not be the men to kill the golden goose. It was a chance, anyway, and the youth made up his mind to try it. True, he might not escape death, as he would likely be hung, anyway, but that unpleasant event would be pushed back a few days and he might get a chance to escape in the meantime. So Dick looked at th'e redcoat captain and said : "You can?" There was an inflection denoting doubt. "I can," replied Dick. Still the captain looked doubtful. "I don't believe you," he declared; "this is just a trick to keep me from hanging you, but it won't work !" "It is to keep you from hanging me, true," Dick ac knowledged, "but there is no trick about it." "And you can put it in my way to secure this reward?" "I can." "To secure the reward, I would have to capture this Dick Slater?" Dick nol'lded He could hardly keep from smiling. "Yes, you will have to deliver Dick Slater, a prisoner, "The information which you ask me to give, I cannot into the hands of General Howe, in order to secure the re give, for the reason that I do not know where those people ward,'' he acknowledged. have gone, but there is one piece of information which I "And you think I can do this?" can give _you which you will be glad to receive, I am con"I haven't the least doubt regarding the matter." fl.dent." ".And you can give me information which will assure The captain had frowned when Dick :first began to speak, this?" but a look of interest and curiosity appeared as he heard what further the youth had to say. "So you have some information which. you think I shall be glad to receive, eh?" he remarked. "That is what I said, and it is the truth, too." "Very well, let me hear what it is; then I can decide for myself." Dick was silent for a moment. I "I can." "Then you must know where Dick Slater is?" Again Dick nodded. "I do," he said, quietly. An exclamation escaped the lips of the captain. Exclamations came from the lips of the men, also. That Dick had excited great interest in the minds of the redcoats was evident.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 21 Five pounds was a great deal of money. It would buy lots of luxuries, and the redcoats liked such things. "You know where Dick is?" the captain cried. "I do." "What I" The exclamation came from the captain and his men simultaneously, and as they spoke, they looked around, !IS though expecting to find themselves attadrnn. "You say Dick Slater is here?" the captain cried; "where Dick's tone was decided, and his hearers were of the opinis he?" ion that he meant what he said, and knew what he was talk-ing about. "Is he far from here?" the captain queried. Dick shook his head. "Not very far." "But can we effect his capture?" The captain's tone was anxious. "I am confident that you will experience no difficulty in that part of it." "You think not?" "Here!" Dick nodded his head to indicate himself as he spoke. "What!" the captain almost yelled, "you don't mean to say that--that--" Dick nodded his head. "Yes," he said calmly; "I do mean to say that very thing. I am Dick Slater!" The captain and his men stared at the youth for a few moments in silence. Then the captain shook his head. "I am positive of it." The captain pondered a "You can't make me believe any such fairy story as few moments, t'hen he looked that!" he declared; "you are no more Dick Slater than I at Dick. "I'll tell you what I will do, young fellow," he said, slowly and deliberately; "if you will tell me where I can find this Dick Slater, and it turns out that we are enabled to capture him, I will spare your life." "All right," replied Dick; "I accept your propositlon." "Good! You are sensible, and fortunate, too, for but for this, I should have hanged you, sure "Perhaps I am not so fortunate as you think." The captain looked puzzled. "I don't know what you mean," he said. "You will presently." "Ve ry well; but where shall we go to find this Dick Slater?" "Don't go anywhere." "Eh?" The captain was surprised. Exclamations of surprise escaped the men, also. "What do you mean?" the captain asked. "Why do you say for us not to go anywhere?" "Because I mean it. You can stay right here, and make a priso:er of Dick Slater." "Ah he is coming here, then?" Dick shook his head. "No, he is not coming here," Dick replied. An exclamation of vexation esca_ped the captain's lips, "What do you mean, anyway?" he asked, testily; "if Dick Slater is not coming here, and we are not to go away from here in search of him, how will we capture him?" Dick laughed aloud. am!" Dick was surprised. He was taken somewhat aback, too. He had not imagined for a moment that the redcoat cap tain would doubt his statement. "You don't believe me?" he asked, in an amazed tom: of voice. "I do not! I am convinced that this is only a shrewd scheme on your part to e s cape being hung; but it won't work You can't fool me, smart as you no doubt think you are, and I shall hang you just the same! Up with him, boys!" The men began pulling on the rope. CHAPTER VIII. IN THE NICK OF TIME. I ,,.;..i :r. I y' l : ( Bob Estabrook was one of "The Liberty Boys of '76." He was Dick Slater's nearest and dearest boy chum. Their parents had owned adjoining farms in Westchester County, New York, for many years. The youths had practically grown up together. They had hunted, fished, swam, worked and played to gether, and when Dick had told Bob of his intention of joining the patriot army, Bob had immediately declared that he also would join. Then the thought had struck Dick that it would be a "It is very simple," he said; "Dick Slater is already good plan to organize a company of youths of about his here I" and Bob's ages, and this was done.


22 THE LIBBRTY BOYS' BHA YE HESCUE. The company was organized, and as we stated in the be-Bob leaned forward and peered across toward the oppo ginning, the youths were known as "The Liberty Boys of site shore. fl '76." 'rhe "Liberty Boys" had done splendid work during the time they had been members of the patriot army and during the past winter; although there had been but little fighting to do, they had made themselves extremely useful by "\'rhat is it?" asked Mark Morrison in a cautious voice. "There is somebody over on the side of the river, .M:ark; look, and see if you can t see them." Mark peered across to the opposite shore. "You are right, Bob!" he exclaimed eagerly. "Thete is foraging and securing provisions for the half-starved sola band of horsemen over there; see, they are riding illto the diers of Valley Forge. river now." It was an extremely hard matter for the "Liberty Boys" "You are right, Mark, and I believe they are redcoats, to remain in camp and keep quiet. too." Scarcely a day passed but that they did not go on a forag"I shouldn't wonder; what shall we do-wait here and ing expedition. They had left Valley Forge where the patriot army was still encamped, at the same time that Dick had left. They had gone in a different direction, however, and they i'od& along, keeping a sharp lookout for something in which to take a hand. Their search for dventure was not very successful, how -ever, and they rode throughout the afternoon without having found any redcoats or secured anything in the way of _provisions. give them a volley as soon as they near the shore?" "No, I'll tell you what we'll do, Mark; we'll conceal our selves at the sides of the road, among the trees, and size them up as they come along; they might be ftlends, you know, and we want to make sure before attacking them; the "Liberty Boys" qn.ickly silently rode into the edge of the timber which bordered the road on both sides. Here they would be folly concealed from the sight of anyone riding along the road. The party of redcoats-which, as the reader has already suspected, was the party which had made Dick a prison er-They had gradually made a half-circuit, and at about was soon across the river, and as it moved past the spot rundown they were within a few miles of the Schuylkill where the "Liberty Boys" were hiding, the youths made a River, though at a point several miles below the ford. Mark Morrison. discovery which filled them with surprise and dismay. "Let's go 11p to the ford and cross the river," suggested They heard and recognized Dick's voice, he being engaged in conversation with the redcoat captain. "All right," agreed Bob, promptly; "I must say that I .am not inclined to return to camp empty-handed." Their brave young commander was in the hattds of the enemy! "Nor I. I'm in for staying out all night, if necessary." Bob hardly knew what to ao. "And I, too; well, we'll cross the river and try our luck on the other side." The "Liberty Boys" were all in favor of this. He felt like giving the command for the "Liberty Boys" to surround the redcoats and rescue Dick, but he restrained himself. They were disappointed and disgusted at their lack of He was afraid that the redcoats might shoot Dick, rather success in finding any redcoats, and were not willing to than allow him to be rescued. return to Valley Forge till after they had something to show for their work. No, he must think of some other plan. One thing puzzled Bob : They rode up the river in the direction of the ford. Why were the redcoats going away from Philadelphia inThey did not go fast, as they were in no particular hurry, stead of toward that place? and it came dark before they were within a mile of the road leading to the ford. Presently they reached the main road, and turning into it, rode toward the ford. They rode onward until they reached the rtver, but just before they emerged from the timber which bordered the stream, Bob, who was in the lead, reined up his horse, and in a low, cautious tone commanded the others to do the Same. They obeyed. This question was a poser. Bob could not answer it satisfactorily. He would have supposed that the redcoats would make for Philadelphia as soon as they ha'd captured the youth. It did not matter what their reasons were for going away from Philadelphia instead of t0-ward the city, however. The fact remained that their action favored Bob and the "Liberty Boys." "They were going in the direction of' -Valley Forge," thought Bob; "and that is all right; we will follow the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 23 and they may stop somewhere and go into camp, which will .give us a chance to rescue Dick without placing his life in jeopardy." Bob waited till the redcoats were at a safe di stance, and then he communicated his plans to his comrades. The youths thought Bob's plan a good one. clearing where they could view what was going on ov<;ir at the cabin. One of the redcoats rapped on the door of the cabin. "They are trying to aro use the inmates of the cabin," said Bob. "I have an idea that I understand the matter: The man who lives in the cabin is probably a Tory and they They rode out from among the trees and followed the wish to leave Dick in his hands while they go on expediparty of redcoats. tion of some kind." They were very cautious, for they did not wish the redcoats to know that they were being followed. "I judge you are right," agreed Mark Morrison. The next action of the redcoats caused the youths to When, a mile farther on, the redcoats turned aside into change their minds regarding this, however. the timber, Bob and his comrades were considerably surA half dozen of the redcoats took up a heavy log and prised. moving forward, struck the door of the cabin a heavy blow They made up their minds, however, that the redcoats with the impromptu battering ram. were going to go into camp for the night, and were seeking "Say, that doesn't look as though the inmates of the a good camping ground. cabin were friends of the redcoats, Bob !" exclaimed Mark. The youths hoped that this was the case. "You are right, Mark. I don't understand this affair It would give them the chance they were looking for, and at all." i:hey would be able to rescue their commander. The moon had now risen high enough so that it gave considerable light, but the road they were following was so crooked that they were enabled to keep within a hundred yards of the party of redcoats without being in any danger "That's a stout door, Bob." "Yes, but it won't stand many such jolts as that." "No, it will soon go down." It turned out as Mark predicted. The door soon gave way and went down with a crash. of being seen. "Now watch closely," said Bob. "We must not allow Presently Bob, who was in advance, reined up his horse, those redcoats to murder or maltreat the inmates of that the other youths doing likewise. cabin." They had reached the edge of the clearing. "You're right, Bob; it may be a good thing that we :fol-The redcoats were already at the opposite side of the lowed the scoundrels to this place."' clearing and had come to a stop in front of the log cabin. "Well, well!" exclaimed Bob in a cautious undertone, "this is quite a surprise; this is the first I knew that there was a clearing and a house here." "It is a new thing to me, too," said Mark Morrison. "I wonder why the redcoats have come here." "That is a puzzle," was the reply. "Well, we'll watch them and find out' for ourselves," said Bob. "You are right," agreed Mark; "but say, won't it be a good idea for us to dismount and tie our horses back in the timber a ways?" "Yes, I think that will be a good plan, Mark; without a doubt, this is the only road leading out of the clearing and the redcoats will have to come this way when they start to leave; then we will be in a position to stop them as we can feap out and grasp the bridle-reins and force their horses to stop." Bob gave the order and the "Liberty Boys" dismounted. Then they led their horses back into the timber a ways and tied them. 'This done .. they made their way back to the edge of the The youths waited and watched a :few moments and came to the conclusion there was no one in the cabin after all. When some of the redcoats bad entered the cabin, and came back out again, the youths were sure that they were right. The cabin was empty. The moon gave so much light now that the youths could see with almost as much distinctness as though it were day time, and they had no difficulty in making out the form of Dick. They saw the redcoats gather around their comrade, and Bob became uneasy. "I'm afraid they mean him harm," he said, and we must get close enough so as to be able to interfere in case they do try to injure him." "I think we had better do so," agreed Mark. Bob then gave orders for about half the party to remain where they were, while the other half-about fifty in allwere to slip around and get close to where the redcoats were. This maneuver was executed, and the youths got near enough so that they could hear the conversation going on between the redcoat captain and Dick.


I -24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. Th'ey were on the point of rushing out and attacking the "Liberty Boys" aside and bounding away with the speed the redcoats several times, but Bob kept waiting in hopes of a deer, disappeared in the timber. thait they would be able to catch the redcoats napping, and "Quick! Out me loose!" cried Dick. have them helpless before they could draw their weapons. Bob leaped forward and cut Dick's bonds. '\ He waited even after the redcoats had the rope around "Jove! I'm glad we were able to rescue you, Dick," Bob Dick's neck, thinking that a favorable opportunity would cried. "I believe the scoundrels would have hanged you!" come, when the attention of all might be directed in some "They certainly would have done so, Bob; you came to other direction for a moment, but no such opportunity did my aid just in the nick of time! But now I'm off; I must come, and presently he was forced to give the order to atcapture that fellow; he is a captain and of more importance tack by the actions of the redcoats, who had begun pulling than all the rest put together; tell the boys to stay her,e till on the rope around Dick's neck, at an order from the capwe come back and then follow me." ta in. 'fhen B,ob had given the order, in a low, eager voice, and the youths leaped out of the timber and advanced toward the redcoats at the top of their speed. Dick saw and recognized his brave "Liberty Boys" on the instant. His heart leaped with delight. "All right, Dick." Without words, Dick leaped away and dis appeared in the edge of the timber at the point where the captain had en tered it. Bob remained behind long enough to tell the youths to bind the prisoners' arms and remain where they were till he and Dick returned and then he leaped away and followed "You will not hang me, after all!" cried Dick, a smile Dick. of triumph on his face; "here are my brave 'Liberty Boys' to the rescue, now!" ,," .. CHAPTER IX. A CHASE AND A STRUGGLE. The redcoat captain ran with all his might. He was determiIJ.ed to make his escape if such a thing was possible. "I ought to be able to do it, all right," he thought; "in these thick woods and in the darkness, it ought to be possi ble for me to get away in safety." But the captain was dealing with no common youths. Dick and Bob were wonderfully fast runners. Their wind was perfect, too, and they could run for "Surrender!" cried Bob in a loud, commanding voice; hourll, if necessary, while with the redcoat it was different. "you are outnumbered :five to one and it will be useless for He was not used to such strenuous physical exertion. you to try to escape. "Surrender!" The result was that he was soon puffing at a great rate. The redcoats had started to, but when they saw how "Jove! I wouldn't have believed that it was such hard many of the newcomers there were, they seemed to realize work to run as all this," he muttered; "if they should folthat they stood but little chance of escaping and came to a low me and could keep on my track, I fear they would over stop. take me; perhaps I had better try to :find some place where At this instant the "Liberty Boys" who had been left at I can hide." the other side of the clearing, emerged from the timber The captain kept a lookout as he went along, in the hope and came running toward the redcoats, brandishing their that he would :find some place of concealment. weapons in the air. This settled it. The redcoats realized that they were in a trap from which there was. no escape. Thev were outnumbered at least five to one and to at-.. tempt to escape would be to lose their lives. But in this he was disappointed. "It may be that they did not follow me at all," he thought presently; "in that case, there is no need of my running myself to death; I'll stop and listen a moment." The captain did so At first he heard nothing. "We surrender," they cried; "don't shoot." He was just a.bout to congratulate himself when a sound 'fhe "Liberty Boys" closed in upon the redcoats and came to his ears which caused him to give a start and utter called upon them to throw down their arms. a low exclamation. 'l'he redcoats obeyed-with one exception. That exception was the captain. Watching his opportunity he suddenly hurled a couple of "There is someone in pursuit of me, after all,"1 he muttered; "possibly there are half a dozen of them; at any rate, it will be folly for me to stop and try to show fight; ..


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 25 I must keep on running and escape in that way if such a thing is possible." The captain resumed his flight. When he was within twenty feet of the redcoat Dick called out: "You might as well stop, my dear captain; I am right at He lumbered onward the timber and underyour heels and you cannot possibly get away." brush at his best speed. The redcoat looked back over his shoulder, saw that Dick He was a novice at this kind of work and realized it. was close upon him, and noting, also, that there was only "Jove! I make more noise than a team of horses," he the one, he stopped suddenly and whirling bounded toward muttered; "those fellows will be able to keep track of me the youth with the ferocity of a tiger. without much trouble, I am afraid." Dick could have shot the captain dead, but as the man The redcoat was right about this. made no attempt to draw a weapon, the youth could not Dick had very keen hearing. bring himself to fire. He heard the crashing sounds made by the fugitive in Waiting till the redcoat was within six feet of him, Dick plunging through the underbrush and was enabled to keep dropped his pistol and closed with the man. track of him in this way. An exclamation of satisfaction escaped the lips of the Occasionally Dick gave utterance to a peculiar, quavering redcoat as he felt Dick within his grasp. whistle. "Aha I I have you now, you young scoundrel!" the capThis was a signal to Bob and a guide, so that he would cried in :fiendish delight; "I'll kill you as sure as I am know which way to come. Onward plunged the redcoat. After him came Dick, and behind Dick Bob. It was a peculiar chase. ( It was rather an exciting one, too, but Dick had very little doubt regarding the ultimate outcome of the chase. He was confident that he would oyertake and capture the fugitive. a living man I'll choke the life out of you." "Brag is a good dog, but holdfast is better," retorted Dick; "perh,aps it will be as well to wait till this affair is over before crowing too loudly." "Bah I can handle you and not half try." "Perhaps so, but I doubt it," was Dick's quiet reply. Then ensued a terrible struggle. The captain, as Dick soon learned, was no mean antag-He was determined to do so. onist. Dick had taken a cordial dislike to the captain and would He was strong and being a comparatively young man, much rather that all the other redcoats should escape than was quick and active as well. that this man should do so. But if Dick was surprised, so was the captain. "I'll catch him!" the youth murmured grimly! "I must When he succeeded in getting Dick in his grasp, he and will catch him; he shall not escape me!" thought he had the game in his own hands, but he quickly The crashing sound grew louder and plainer. "I'm overhauling him rapidly," thought Dick; "I will be up with him before many more minutes." discovered his mistake. To his amazement he di scovered that Dick was fully as strong as himself and he discovered further that th youth He increased his speed, anxious to terminate the affair as was as active and supple as a tiger and well versed in the speedily as wrestler's art. Louder and louder grew the crashing sounds. The captain knew something about wrestling himself, The timber was more open here, and presently Dick and for a time, the struggle between the two was a very caught sight of the fugitive. pretty contest, and seemingly a very equal one. "Ah! I have you now, my fine fellow!" murmured Dick, The exertion from running through the timber had tired and he leaped forward at increased speed. the captain more than it had Dick, however, and the strain By the time another hundred yards had been traversed, which he was now undergoing told on him quickly. Dick was within fifty feet of the fleeing redcoat. Dick was not long in securing the hold which he wished As a matter of preoaution, Dick drew a pistol and held to get, and suddenly the redcoat's heels flew up in the air; it in readiness for instant use. He did not know but that the fugitive might turn upon him at any moment. The man might be desperate enough to show fight, after all. Closer and closer Dick drew to the fugitive. over went the redcoat and down upon his back with a thud, Dick falling upon him with such force as to almost knock the breath out of the man's body. At this moment, Bob, panting and almost breathless, ar rived upon the scene. "I have him tight and fast, Bob," said Dick, quietly;


.. 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. "I'll .turn him over on his face and hold him while you bind hi s arms." "All right, Dick." "I knew they would!" "So did I." "I knew there was no use for the redcoat to try to get In one minute's time the redcoat wa; bound and helpaway!" less. "That's right; he could11't possibly get away from Dick and Bob!" Such were a few of the exclamations from the "Liberty Boys." CHAPTER X The redcoats looked glum. The y were evidently disappointed, and had been hoping .A. BIT OF SPY WORK. that their captain would succeed in escaping As soon as the captain had taken his pl';ice among his "So you thought you would escape, did you?" remarked comrades, Dick called Bob to one side. Di ck, rising and looking down upon his prisoner A curse was the only reply. "Oh, no doubt you feel disappointed," the youth said, quietly. 'l'hen he took hold of the captain and lifted. "Get up," hf.! commanded. The redcoat hesitated. At first he seemed on the point of rebelling and refusing to get up, but presently he thought better of it. He struggled to his feet "I want you and the boys to take the prisoners and re-turn to Valley Forge," said Dick. "All right; but what are you going to do?" asked Bob. "I shall go on my way to Philadelphia "Wliy, haven t you bee n there yet?" asked Bob in surprise. "No." "Then where have you been all this time?" Then Dick told Bob what had delayed him. "So that is it?" Bob remarked when Dick had finished. Then Dick took hold of one of his arms, Bob the other, "Yes, that is it; and I must go on to Philadelphia and and they marched the prisoner back through the timber in do the work I set out to do." the direction of the clearing "All right; we'll take the prisoners to Valley Forge." They walked along in silence for a few minutes, and then the redcoat addressed Dick. "Are you really Dick Slater?" he asked. "I am really Dick Slater," the youth replied, with a "Be careful, and don't let them escape, Bob." "We won't let them escape, Dick." The youths returned to where the rest were, and Dick gave the order to place the prisoners on the backs of their smile; "you wouldn't believe me when I told you so, back in horses. the clearing awhile ago." This was done, and then the entire party moved across "No; more fool I!" was the bitter reply; "had I done so, and gotten away from the place with you a prisoner, I would be all right now, instead of a prisoner." "You are wrong," said Bob. "You could not have gotten away." the clearing. At the farther side it stopped, and the "Liberty Boys secured their horses and mounted. Then the "Liberty Boys" and their prisoners moved for ward, along the winding road. "Why not?" When the main road was reached, Dick bad e his com For the reason that the 'Liberty Boys' would not have rades goodby, and turned toward the Schuylkill River, let you do so; we followed your party from the river, and while the others turned in the direction of Valley Forge. to the clearing, and were there all the time." "Well, well This has been rather a lively evening The captain gave utterance to a grunt of disgust. thought Dick as he rode onward; "I should have been in The three walked steadily onward, and fifteen Philadelphia long ago, but I do not begrudge the delay, the later they arrived at the cabin. way it has turned out. I was of benefit to :M:r. Bundy and The "Liberty Boys" were waiting patiently for them, his wife and daughter, and we have succeeded in capturing The prisoners, with their hands securely bound, were a score of redcoats. Oh, I guess the delay won't do a s much s e ated on the ground, and the youths had formed a circle harm it has done good around them, making any attempt at escape impossible. Dick rode steadily onward. The youths set up a shout as the three appeared. He was soon at the river, and crossed without meeting "They i : aught him!" with any adventure.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BHAVE RESCUE. Then he kept his horse at a steady gallop, and two hours later he entered Philadelphia, having managecl to "Why, about jerking me around." The redcoat laughed boisterously. 27 enter the city without being interfered with in any way. "Ho, ho, ho!" he roared; "say, that is a good joke! Dick had been here before, and he ldt his horse at a Don t you think so, fellows?" this to his comrades, of livery stable, and then made his way to a tavern and secured whom there were three. a room for the night. The three said they thought it an extremely good joke. As it was late, he went to bed at once. The redcoat then gave Dick another jerk, harder than He was up bright and early next morning, and was out before. on the streets as soon as he had :finished his breakfast, doing Dick maintained his air of calmness. his best to pick up information which might be of benefit "If you do that again you will wish that you hadn't!" to General Washington, the commander-in-chief of the pa-he remarlted in the most master-of-fact tone imaginable. triot army. Again the redcoat roared, and his comrades joined in the He spent i:he entire day at this work, and although he merriment. was looked at rather sharply by some of the redcoats with 'rhern the fellow gave Dick another jerk. whom he conversed, Dick felt sure he had not created any 'rhis was the signal for Dick to act. suspicion in the minds of the fellows with regard to who Ile saw that he could not get away without a row, and he he was. decided to have it over with as quickly as possible. He was out immediately a..Eter supper, too, and pursued He instantly squirmed out of the grasp of the redcoat, his investigations energetically. and shoved him backward with such force that the fellow It was not long before he got into trouble, however. reeled and went off the sidewalk into the gutter. Dick had approached a little group of redcoats, the This made him wild with rage. members of which were engaged in conversation, and after listening a few moments, he ventured to address a question to one of the men lt so happened that the redcoat had been drinking, and he resented being addressed by a stranger. "You young scoundrel t" he cried;" do you dare lift your hand to me !--to one of the king's soldiers? I'll kill you for that!" Dick had leaped backward and away from the three red coats, as he thought it possible they might attack him; but "See here," he growled; "what do you mean by addressthey made no move toward doing so, and all he had to do ing a gentleman to whom you have not been properly in-was to keep his eye on: the one man. troduced? You are insolent, young fellow, did you know As the redcoat in question uttered his threat, he leaped that?" onto the sidewalk and sprang at Dick with the ferocity "Why, no, I didn't know it," Dick hastened to say; "I of a tiger. beg your pardon, and I assure you that I had no intention He began striking out fiercely and rapidly. of being impertinent." He was soon treated to a surprise, however. "That won't do!" the redcoat growled, "you were insoHe found that it was an extremely difficult matter to lent, and you have got to answer for it!" land a blow on the youth, who leaped here and there, It was e>ident that the fellow was bent on picking a quardodged, ducked, parried and evaded the blows with seeming rel with Dick. ease. The youth realized this, and having no wish to become Curses, not loud but deep, escaped the lips of the red. embroiled in a difficulty with the redcoat, he started to walk coat, and he redoubled his exertions. away. The only effect this had was to make him tired just so The redcoat was not willing to have it so, however, and much quicker; he was no more successful than before in he seized Dick by the coat collar. landing blows on the nimble youth. "Just hold on!" the fellow cried; "don't be in a hurry. Presently the fellow became so tired and winded that You wished to talk to me when I had no desire to have you he had to pause to catch his breath; his arms, too, seemed do so, and now I am going to talk to you, whether you like to weigh a ton each, and he let them drop to his side. it or not !" The redcoat gave Dick a jerk as he spoke. Dick did not like this very well, and he said, calmly : "Hadn't you better be a bit careful, sir?" "Careful ?-what about?" Fatal mistake This was just what Dick had been waiting for, and out shot the youth's right first with the force of a pile-driver. The fist, as hard, seemingly, as iron, caught the red coat fair between the


28 THE LIB.B;R'l'Y BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. Smaek! "That's right; there are not many who could whip four The fellow was knocked backward, clear off the sidewalk, men, as he has done!" a n d was deposited upon his back in the gutter. Such were a few of the remarks, but Dick paid no attenThe shock of the blow, and the jar of the fall dazed the tion to the speakers redcoat, and he lay still and blinked up at the sky, as Instead he moved away from the spot. though he was witnessing a display of stars and meteors"Let me pass, please," he said, when the crowd got in his which was perhaps the case. road, and they let him go through. Dick wished to get away from the spot as quickly as possible; and he made up his mind to get out of the city, too. I The fellow's comrades stared in dismay for a few mo ments, and then they rushed at Dick, eager to avenge the downfall of thei:i; friend. He had secured which he thought would of Doubtless they thought that their numbers would enable value to General Washington, and decided to get back to them to do as they pleased with the youth, but they soon Valley Forge with it as quickly as possible. learned their mistake. As soon as he was clear of the crowd, he made his way Dick met the three more than half way, and for a few to the livery stable where he had left the horse. moments there was the liveliest kind of a scrimmage; then down the redcoats went, one after another, knocked away. down by vigorous blows from Dick's fists. The first redcoat-the one who had picked the quarrel then rode onward at a gallop. with Dick-was now on his feet, and he rushed at the youth He paid his score, mounted his horse, and rode out and He succeeded in getting out of the city in safety, and with a snarl of rage. "I have done very well, this time," the youth mused; "I have secured some information that ought to be known to Dick stopped him with a terrific blow in the chest, just the commander-in-chief, and will take it to him; then if he over the heart, and then gave him another, this time on wishes me to return to Philadelphia, I will do so." the point of the jaw, and down the redcoat went a second time. Dick had no adventures on the road to Valley Forge, and He was knocked senseless this time, and when the other arrived there safely at about two o'clock in the morning. three scrambled to their feet and returned to the attack, He made his way to the cabin where he had his quarters, Dick was ready for them. So wildly and fiercely did they rush to the attack, so rap idly did they strike out, that Dick was forced to take a few blows, though he managed it in such a way that they were glancing, and did no particular damage. Then, when the three had tired themselves out, Dick went and throwing himself down in his bunk, was soon asleep. He slept soundly till morning, and then got up and ate a hearty breakfast. The other "Liberty Boys" were glad to see Dick back again, and asked him for the story of his adventures in Philadelphia. in, and the way he punished them was a caution. He told the story as he ate, and when he had finished he He knocked them all about, and ended by sending in made his way to headquarters, and was ushered into the Oree terrific blows which landed the three on their backs of the commander-in-chief. m the gutier, in a dazed and senseless condition. General Washington greeted Dick cordially, for he liked A crowd had collected by this time, and many were the the youth. exclamations and remarks indulged in. "Diel you ever see the like?" "Don't it beat all!" "What's the trouble?" "Who are you, young fellow, anyway?" "You're a wonder, whoever you are I" "So you are back from Philadelphia, eh, Dick?" he re marked; "well, what news?" Dick immediately told the commander-in-chief what he bad learned, and the great man listened attentively. "You have done well, Dick, my boy," he said when Dick had finished ; "the information which you bring will be


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BRA VE RESCUE. 29 of great value to me, as by its aid I shall be enabled to make or an equal number of patriot soldiers who were held prisa good guess as to the intentions of the British." oners by the British "I am glad if the information is of a nature that will Dick visited i.he Dundys several times while the patriot make it of value to you," said Dick quietly. army remained at Valley Forge, and was a most welcome "Oh, there is no doubt regarding that, Dick; and now as may well be supposed I must congratulate you further on the capture of the THE END. twenty redcoats. That was a neat affair, as it turned outi.hough as I understand it, things looked rather dark or The next number ( 43) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG DAY; OR, DO" Yes," replied Dick; "my 'Liberty Boys' put in an ap-ING BUSINESS BY THE WHOLESALE," by Harry pearance just in the nick of time, as it were. I really beMoore. you for a while?" lieve that redcoat captain intended to hang me "I have no doubt whatever regarding the matter Well, the shoe is on the other foot, now. We could hang him if we desired, but I think that I shall exchange him instead." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly "Yes, that will be more satisfactory, I judge," agreed are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any Dick. uewsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by "It will be more satisfactory to the captain, without mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION doubt," smiled the commander in-chief. SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies Later on the captain and his twenty men were exchanged you orde r by return mai l. ==========================-===-===========.:========================= Samp1e Copies Se:n.1; F"'ree "HAPPY DA VS." The Largest and Best Weekly Story Paper Published. It contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers a,11 sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Column& .Send us your Name and Address for a Sample Copy Free .Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Square, New York.


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Ten Days in Wall Street. 77 Fred Fearnot's Mistake: or, Up A!l'alnst His Match. 147 Fred Fear11ot's Littl e Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay 78 Fred Fearnot in Texas: or, 'l'erry s Man from Abilene. \Vbipped 79 Freel Fearnot as a Sherif!': or, (Breaking up a Desperate Gan g 14 8 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Tl'n Da:rs with the Moonshiners. 80 Fred Fearnot Baffied; or, Outwitted by a Woman. 149 Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, '!'railing a Stolen Child. SJ Fred l"earnot's Wit. and How It Saved His Life. 150 Fred Fearnot's Q ick Work; or, 'l'ne Hold Up at Eagle Pass. @2 Fred Fearnot's Great Prize: or. Working llard to Win. 151 Frerl Fearnot at Silver Guieb; or, Defying a Ring. 83 Fred at Bay; o r His Great Fight for Life. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border: or, Punishing the Mexican Horse Stealers. For sale b y all newsdealers, or 8ent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents p e r copy, b y PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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THE STAGE. o. 41. THEJ BOYS OF NEW YOHK EXD MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the mo. t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. ,'o. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKEJR. Containing a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch anrl Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseXo. 31. now TO A :SPEAKE;R.-Containing iuu"' teen illustrations, giving the different posi t ions requisite to a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. .Also containing gems frOM all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the mM" simple an(! concise mann<'r possible. No. 49. IIO\Y TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting l bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the sources for procuring information on the questions given. anrl amateur shows. SOCIETY. o. 45.,THEl BQYS OF :t:. l\IULDOQN S is one the most interesting to everybody both old and young. You cannot be hap-py JOk!' ever pubhshe<;}, and it 1s bru;nful of wit humor. t without one. wutams a large collect10n of .songs. connndi .etc., of No. 4. JJ01'" TO DA::\'CE is the title of a new and hanrlsom Terr<'n,e tbe great humorist and pra_ctic'.11 Joker of little book just issnerl h.v Frank It C'ontains full instruf' thr Eve9 boy .who can enJOY a good substanllal Joke should tions in the art of dancing, etiquPtte in the ballroom and at partiett, obram a copy 1mmedrntely. how to dress and full directions for callin" off in all popular squ&l'll o. 79. IIOW TO AN ACT9R.-Contammg comdauC'es. "' plttl' instructions. how to ma_ke up for OD No. 5. now TO :\l.\.KE LO,"E.-A C'Omplete guidP. to lovo.. Gtage: together with the dut. 1 es of the i:ltage. l\fanaMer. Prompter, C'ourlship and marria"e giYing sensible advice rules and etiquett(; Artist and Man. a progiment St'.lg.e to be observed curious and lntere;ting thin"S not ge1" 0 80. GL'S WILLIAMS' the lat-erally kr{o,Yn. "' iokes, anecdRESS.-Containing full instruction in thto en r popular GerI?a.n comedian. Sixty-four art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad. giving tb.: cover contammg a half-tone phoco of the author. selections of colors material. and how to havP thPm made up. HOUSEKEEPING. 'o. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDE:\'.-Containing ull instructions for constructing a win.low garrlen either in town o r Ountrv, aud the most approyecl methods for raising beautiful flo"ers at home. The most COl)lplete book of the kind ever pub lished. o. RO. HOW TO COOK.-One of thP most instrurtive books o n f ooking ever published. lt reciprs for cooking mrats, l'bh, game and oysters; also piPs, almost anything around the house. suC'h as pmlor ornaments, t>rackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime catching birds. ELECTRICAL. 0<'. 46. HOW TO AXD "SE ELECTRICITY.-A de scription of the wonderful uses o[ el<'C'tri<'ity and electro magnetism; to;:ulwr with full instructions for making Electri<' To.1s, Batteries, etc. By George 'l'rebel, A. M., D. Containing over fifty il l us rations o. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRH'AL J\IACHL\'ER.-Containing full directions foi making ele!'triC'al marhines, inrlnction oil.. dynamos. nnd many noYel toys 1o be worked by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illnstratNl. o G7. IIOW TO DO ELECTRIC.\.f, TRICKS.-Containing a nr!'.,. C'ollection o[ instrnctile and highl.1 amusing electrical tricks, :og entnr6CI and experiences of well-known detecth e". No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER-Contain ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work it; also bow to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and otbe Trnnsparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W abuey. Ko. r.2. now TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittance course of Sturly, I}xaminations, Duties, Staff of Offi<'ers, Po1t Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy shonlt'! know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, authot of "How to RP

THE llBEBTY BOYS OF '76 A Week ly M agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on actual facts a.nd give a, faithful account of the exciting adventures of a, brave band of American youths who were-always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a. beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, ""'ighting for Freedom. 24 The Liberty Boys .Double Victory ; or, Downing the Red-2 The Liberty Boys' Oath; or, Settling With the British and coats and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, 'faken for British Spies. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General wash26 The Lib!lrty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or Two. ington. 4 'fh Lib t B H d Al i th R ht Pl 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With tne Redc oats e er y oys on an or, ways n e 1g ace in Philadelphia. r 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; r, Not .Afraid of the King's 128 The Lib erty Boys' Battle Cry; 01, With Washington at th e Minions. Brandywine. 6 The LibP.rty Boys' Defiance; o r "Catch and Hallg .Us if 29 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. You can." 30 T h e Liberty B oys in a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 7 T h e Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champio n Spies of the Revolutio n 3 1 T h e Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Check. 8 The Liberty Boys Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and 3 2 The Liberty B oys Shadowed; or, After Dick S l ater foi Tories. I Revenge. 9 The Liberty B oys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Them r T h e -Liberty Boys .Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an selves. Enemy. :tO The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; o r A Neck-and-Neck 34 T h e Liberty B oys' Fake Surrender; or, T h e Ruse That Sue Race With Death. ceed ed. 11 Liherty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; o r "At. t h e Clang of the Bell.' 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened from All Sides. 36 The Liberty B o ys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life fo1 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. Liberty's Cause. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 38 The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan that Won. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever SchemP.. 39 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything ir 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Sight. Man-of-War. 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling in Britisl 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. Gold. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 41 'l'he Liberty Boys in a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 2(} The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "Wbat Might Have Been." 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time 21 The Liberty Boys'. Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for the Redcoats. For sal e b y all newsdealers. o r 8en t postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by PBANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS o f our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this direct. Cut out and fll in t h e following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them t o y o u by r t turn mail. .POS'l'AGE STAMPS 'l'AUE.N l'H E AS l\10NEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Uni o n S quare, New York ..................... ... 1901. DEAR Sm-Enclosed find . c ents for which pleas e send me: .... copies of WORIC AND WIN, Nos .... .... ............ .............. ........ .. ...... .... .. PLUCK AND LUCK ..................... .... ........ ....... ... .. ... .. SECRET SERVICE ................................................... ........ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ... '. ...... .................... .. .... . Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .................. : . . . . . . . ...... Name .......... .... : ......... Street and No ................ Town .......... State ................


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