The Liberty Boys' triumph, or, Beating the Redcoats at their own game

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The Liberty Boys' triumph, or, Beating the Redcoats at their own game
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Liberty Boys of "76"
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A Weekly 1'\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. 51. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 20, 1901. aR,BEATING THE REDCD.,_ u a desperate duel that now took place between Dick and the redcoat. termined to :win Price 5 Cents.


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HE LmERTY BOYS OF '76 .1 I Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Revo l ution:5 l11ued Wee1'Z11-Bv Subscription $2.50 per vear. Entered as Second O!aas Matter at the New Yor1'1 N. Y., Post Office, February i, 1901. Entered. according to A.ct of Congress, in the year 1901, in the o-rrice of tne Librarian of Congress, WaaMn.gton. n. b11 Frant;, Tousey, 24 Union Square, New Yor1'. No. 51. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 20, 1901. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE BOY SPY. It was the aftern9on of an early spring day in the year 778. A youth of perhaps nineteen years was riding along a oad leading toward Philadelphia. The youth was dressed in citizen's clothes, but there as an air about him which bespoke the soldier, to one ho was a close observer. And he was a soldier. and bravest soldiers of the More, he was famed as a scout and spy. In fact, young as he was, he had done such wondedul ork for the patriot cause, in the way of venturing in the enemy's lines, and playing the part of a spy that he had been given the name of "The Champion Spy of the Revolution." 1 For this youth ridillg along the highway was no other than Dick Slater-scout, spy, soldier and captain of the company of youths known as "The Liberty Boys of '76." .And Dick was bound for Philadelphia for the purpose I of trying to learn the plans of General Howe, the British commander-in-chief. Howe and the British army had occupied Philadelphia 1 all winter, while the patriot army had been encamped at Valley Forge. Why Howe hadnot attacked the patriot army when, in the winter, 'fith half the army ill and unable to fight, he could have wiped it out of existence, was a mystery. General Washington ,had lived in constant expectation 1 of an attMk, and had kept Dick and a young friend of his named Bob Estabrook at work keeping watch upon Phila delphia almost constantly the winter, and now that spring had come, the commander-in-chief was sure that Howe would make an attempt to crush the patriot army. Wishing to have advance knowledge of the attempt, if it was to be made, he had sent Dick upon this expedi tion. Dick had been to Philadelphia so often that he was per fectly familiar with the road. He rode along thinking deeply. He was thinking of his mother and sister-and Bob Estabrook's sister, his sweethearlr-away up in N eyr York State, and wondering when he should see them again. Presently he sighed, and dismissed the matter from bis mind. He realized that it only made him feel worse to think of his loved ones, so he turned his thoughts upon the work in hand. "Surely General Howe wm make an attack on our army at an early day," he thought. "He has been in Phila delphia doing nothing save have a g o od time for months, and he will wish to do somethi n g t o set himself right with King George." Onward the youth rode. He was going at a leisurely gait, for he had olenty of time. He did not wish to reach the city before dark. He would not dare try to enter Philadelphia in the daytime. He would have to run the gauntlet of sentin els galore, and would no doubt be taken before General Howe or some of the other high officers, and put through a rigid cross-examination. Dick was not eager to be put to such an ordeal. He preferred to enter the city by stealth, after night. fall. This was much the easier and simpler way. It was safer, too. Dick now entered the wide stretch of timber which lay to the west of Schuylkill River. E:e let his horse drop into a walk. He had time a-plenty, and to spare. He would, indeed, have to kill time, or he would reach Philadelphia before dark. The road crooked and turned, and wound hither and thither in a very devious way. Suddenly, as Dick rode around a bend in the road he came face to face with four


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. hey raised their muskets instantly, and called out: "Halt! or you are a dead man!" CHAPTER II. THE RECOGNITION. Dick was taken by surprise. Re had not expected to encounter any redcoats on the west side of the river. Hgwever, there the redcoats were, and he would have to make the best of it. "Hello!" he exclaimed. "What does this mean?" A.s he spoke he orought his horse to a stop. "''What does it mean?" "'Yes." "It means that you must give an account of yourself." "Ohl" The redcoats advanced till they were a few feet <>f Dick. "Who are you?" asked the leader of the redcoats. '' Whc am I?" "That is what I asked." "''My name is Martin Wilmot." "Martin Wilmot, eh?" "''Yes." "Where do you live?" "Five miles back in the country .,. "Humph! Where are you going?" "To Philadelphia." "''What for?" "Nor I," from another. 'rhc third said nothing. "You say your father i s a loyalist," said the leader, "but how about yourself?" ''Oh, I'm a loyalist, too." Dick did not hesitate to dodge the truth, when the good of the great cause was at stake. The redcoats were puzzled. ;::: They looked at one another in an undec'ided manner. They were like the man who drew the elephant in the lottery; they had this youth in their power, but they didn't SE know what to do with him. Dick saw their indecision and spoke up: "Please, sirs, will you let me go on my way? My \"I brother is sick, and one of the things that taking me to Philuddphia is to secure the services of a doctor." a "You didn't seem in very great haste," said the leader, t s omewhat ironically; "you were riding in a walk when wet first saw you." "I had been ridin"g at a rapid gait for quite a distance and was letting my horse rest a !>it." I "He doesn't look tired." "He never does, even when ready to drop." B At this instant the clatter of hors es' hoofs was heard, and a moment later another party of four redcoats rode around a bend and came galloping toward the party of. s iive. At the head of this seqond party rode a captain, as Dick t knew by his uniform. l He rode right up alongside the four who had stopped Dick, and reining up his horse, addressed the leader t he four: "''I am going on business; my father sent "What have you here, Liscomb?" "Oh! What is your father-loyalist or rebel?" "I don't really know, Captain," was the reply; "hel "''Oh, he's a loyalist. He's loyal to the king says he lives back in the country, and that his father is a "He is, eh?" loyali s t but, of course, he may be "''Yes." The captain turned his eyes on Dick, and surveyed 1 "You are sure of that?" him in a searching manner. E "''Oh, yes; I've heard him say so many a time." Dick met the redcoat's gaze unflinchlngly; but at the 1 "''You have?" same time he had an uncomfortable feeling, for he be"''Y es, sir." lieved that he had seen thE! captain before. "''Humph!'' The fear was upon him that the captain might have 1 The redcoats looked at one another inquiringly. s e en his face at some time, and might recognize him. They seemed puzzled. f.ear was IJresently realized, for the caIJtain sudThey did not know what action to take regarding Dick. denly slapped his thigh with his hand, and cried out ex"What shall we do with the young fellow?" asked the I ultantly: leader cf the party presently. I "By all that is wonderful, boys, you have made an im-The other three shook their heads. ; portant capture! This yo\lng fellow is Dick Slater, the "I don't know," replied one. notorious rebel s:p:y ("


7 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. CHAPTER III. UP A TREE. But Dick was not yet captured. 1 spread out, so as to prevent his doubling back and gettin, into the road!" c "They are angry on account of letting me slip through their fingers," thought Dick; "well, I will give them a merry chase, before I will let them catch me." Dick rode onward through the timber at as rapid a True, he was outnumbered nine to one, and it would pace as was possible. eem as if he had no chance whatever to escape, but he The youth had been reared in a timbered country, and as a youth who never gave up, and even though the was at home in the woods. hances all seemed against him, he was determined that he He dou9ted the ability of the redcoats to follow faster would not be taken without a struggle. than he could make his way through the timber. When the captain cried out that the redcoats had made The redcoats were wild with rage, however, and were so. important capture, and that the youth was Dick Slater, eager to capture the youth who had slipped through their he attention of the four soldiers was for the moment fingers so neatly in the first instance, that they took desrned toward the officer. perate chances and forceQ. their horses through the timber Their s.ttention was taken off l)ick. It was onlJ'. for a moment, but it was sufficient for ick's purpose. He seized upon the moment as the time to make the ttempt to escape. at a rapid pace. Dick soon realized that the redcoats were actually gain ing on him. "This will never do!" he said to himself. "I must not permit the redcoats to travel faster than myself. They He drove the cruel spurs into the flanks of his horse. would certainly have cause to congratulate themselves if The animal, angered by this treatment, and they s hould succeed in catching me after the start I have snorting with pain, leaped wildly forward. Dick guided the horse right through between two of he redcoats, and as he went through he struck out with ills fists and knocked both men off their horses. Their animals then began leaping and plunging, and amid the confusion Dick rode onward up the road. Dick drew a pair of pistols, and turning in his saddle, first one way, then the other, fired two shots back at the redcoats. He succeeded in bringing one of the men down. This, ol course, a(lded to the confusion, and before the astonished redcoats could get disentangled and straight ened out, Dick had disappeared around the bend in the road. 1 He knewi the redcoats would give chase, however, and not wishing to be forced to ride onward toward the city at a rapid gait, he turned aside and rode into the timber. He bad gone not more than fifty yards when he heard the redcoats come dashing around the bend in the road. There was a straight stretch ahead for a distance of half a mile at least, and the redcoats knew that Dick had not had time to reach the next bend and get out of sight. "He has entered the timber!" Dick heard one of the redcoats cry out. "Right," was the reply; "let's follow him!" "Of course we'll follow him!" cried another angry voice. "We will follow him to the jumping-off place but what we capture the scoundrel. Into the timber, men, and secured." Dick urged his horse onward. Sud.denly he noticed that the animal was limping. ".Tove! is bad," thought Dick; "he must have injured his shoulder when he bumped against the horses of y the redcoats, back yonder. I fear I shall be overtaken, after all." Dick tried to get better speed out of the horse, but the poor brute grew more lame every instant. The pursuing redcoats drew nearer and nearer Dick could hear their voices as they called out to each other. 'l'he youth realized that he would be unable to escape if he stuck to J:tis horse, so he decided to dismount and trust to escaping afoot. He quickly leaped to the ground, and striking the horse a sharp blow on the flank, urged the poor brute onward. The horse went but a few yards and stopped. It was evidently torture to him to use the lame limb. Dick heard the redcoats coming. They were close at hand. It would not do to wait longer. If he were to do so he would surely be captured. Suddenly an idea occurred to the youth. Why not climb a tree? He thought this would be the best and easiest way to. escape from the redcoats. He would try it, anyway.


' 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. No sooner thought of than put into execution. Dick climbed a larg<'. tree, which stood near at hand. He had scarcely more than gotten well up in the tre e before the redcoats put in an appearance They caught sight of the horse. Exclamations of surprise escaped them. "There' s his horse!" "What. does it mean?" "Where is he ?" The redcoats halted beneath the tree in which Dick had taken refuge. They dismounted, and one went and caught the horse and led him back to where his companions were. He quickly noticed that the animal was lame. He could not well help noticing it, seeing that the horse was so lame he could hardly walk. The redcoats understood the matter now. They knew why the youth had abandoned his horse. Crack I went the redcoat's pistol. The bullet did no damage, however, and Dick on his way. The redcoat set up a terrible yelling, and speedil, w J brought his comrades to the spot. When J;hey learned what had occurred, the redcoats werco very angry; and mounting their horses they rode in purhi1 s uit of the fugitive. It was a lively chase. Dick had succeeded in securing one of the best of th redcoats' hor s es,. however, and his pursuers were unabl oll to gain on him. The road which Dick was following bent around to thih e left, gradually, and finally the youth decided that he ha< made almost a complete circuit and was going .in the op posite direction from what he had been going at first. The road was really a large loop, and presently Dick h aial! the satisfaction of hearing the redcoats going along th They thought they were pursuing him, when in reality be was chasing them. The British soldi e rs were s urprised when they discovered that the road made the turn. They increased the speed of their horses. Dick increased the speed of his horse, also, and kept at just about the same distance behind, all the time-just close enough so that he could hear the men's voices. Presently Dick brought his horse to a stop, suddenly. He had come to a clearing. 4t the farther side of the clearing was a good-sized log cabin.


7 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. 5 In front of the cabin were the redcoats, and they were talking to a man-evidently the owner of the cabin. Dick leaped to the ground, and leading his horse back a ways, tied him to a tree. Then the youth advanced to the edge of the clearing, and oncealing himself behind a tree, watched the scene before him. The redcoats were talking excitedly and pointing toward ,he other side of the clearing from where Dick was. Dick knew they were asking the man if he had seen any ne pass, going in the direction indicated by the redcoats. Dick could see the settler shaking his head, and knew he was saying that he had seen no one pass. This did not seem to satisfy the redcoats. They continued to talk in an excited manner, and pres entry they dismounted; and while one held the horses and another covered the man with a pistol, the remaining red coats entered the cabin. "What's the trouble, I wonder?" thought Dick. "I have it They think the man is trying to shield me and that I have hidden in the house. They are going to search for me." Suddenly screams were heard. '.l'hey were in the tones of a woman, or a girl, or both, and the next instant the redcoats came out of the cabin, dragging a woman and a girl after them. Dick saw the settler start to turn as if to go to the rescue of the two, but the redcoat with the pistol evidently said something threatening, for the man remained where he was. blood boiled. The redcoats, angered at not :finding the youth for whom they were seeking, thought that they could force the woman or girl to reveal his whereabouts. Dick could hea: the angry tones of the redcoats' voices, but could not distinguish the words spoken. Dick judged that the woman and girl were the man's of the house, and then one of the men took off his belt, and, holding to one end of it, struck the settler a stron5 blow acrOSR the back. He kept this up, striking one blow after another, and Dick could stand the sight no longer. The woman and girl had kept on begging the redcoats not to flog the husband and father, but the fiends paid no attention to the pleading of the two, and Dick decided to take a hand. He felt that it was no more than right that he should do so, as it was really on his account that the people were in trouble. There were six of the redcoats, three of the original nine being missing. Dick judged that he had wounded or killed one, and that the others were with the wounded man. He believed he could put the six to flight. He would try, at any rate. He hastily mounted his horse, and then drawing two pistols, rode across the clearing at a gallop. The redcoats heard the hoofbeats, and turned to see who was coming. As they turned, Dick cried out: "Get, you scoundrels, or y9u are dead men! Run for your lives!" The redcoats, taken by surprise, turned and fled at the top of their speed. Crack! Crack! I CHAPTER V. NOT YET OUT OF THE WOODS. Dick had fired. He did not try to kill either of the fleeing men. He had a decided aversion to shooting men in the back. wife and daughter; and in this he was right. One of the bullets must have struck a redcoat, how-He was also right in supposing that the redcoats were ever, for one of the fugitives gave utterance to a terrible trying to frighten the two into telling the whereabouts of the youth whom they were seeking. Of course, the wo;nan and girl had not seen Dick, and could not reveal his whereabouts; and their denials that they knew only m:ade the redcoats the more angry. "I'll tell you what let's do," said one of the men, pres ently, "let's tie the man up and give him a good thrashing. :I think it won't take long to get the truth out of him or out of one of these stubborn hussies!" The other redcoats hailed the suggestion with delight, yell, and ran faster than ever. The redcoats disappeared within the edge of the tim ber, and Dick leaped to the ground, after bringing his horse to a stop, and cut the bonds binding the man to the tree. "Whq are you?" the man asked "I am the person who got you into trouble; so I thought it my duty to get you out," said Dick, with a smile. "I am the person they were hunting." "Waal, et looked jes' now ez ef you wuz a-huntin' uv and the settler was bound to a tree which stood in front them!" he remarked.


, 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. "Yes, but they are liable to come back at any moment, md turn the tables on me. I must 'be going." But Dick shook his head. "The best I can do is to remain and take supper witb "Come into the cabin," invited the settler; "rogether you," he said; "then I will have to travel onward." we kin lick 'em. They kinder took me by s'prise a.fore, er "Them redcoats said ez how ye wuz er patriot spy," th1 they wouldn't hev got ther best uv me so easy." man said; "is thet so ?" The woman and the girl added their entreaties to those Dick smiled. of the man, and Dick decided to stop at the cabin, and "And if I am?" he queried. in case the redcoats returned help the settler in beating "Then ye've got er good frien' m Martin Murray the enemy off. w'ich is me. I'm er patriot through an' through." He tied his horse to the tree, and did the same with the other horses. Then he accompanied the settler and his wife and daughter into the cabin. There were peep-holes through which they could look from every side of the cabin, and they kept a sharp look out for the redcoats. Presently they saw their enemies, "I am glad to hear that,'"said Dick; "and such bein ihe case, I don't mind acknowledging that I am a patrio spy." "An' yer name?" "Dick Slater." The man started. "Ye don't mean et!" he cried. "Air ye ther youn feller what hez made himself so famous all along uv hi The redcoats were approaching the cabin, but very playin' ther spy on ther British?" slowly and cautiously. Dick smiled. When they were within a hundred feet of the cabin, "I have done considerable work in that line," Dick called out: plied modestly. "Halt Stop where you are, unless you wish to have your carcasses punctured by bullets!" The redcoats came to a stop very promptly.' Then one displayed a white handkerchief, as a flag of truce. Well, what do you want?" called out Dick. "We want our horses," was the reply; "if you will let us take them, we will agree to go away and not molest you any further." "Waal, I'm glad ter know ye; I am so! git up ther very bes' supper thet ye kin fur this hee young man." "I'll do thet, Martin," was the reply. She began work at once, and did get up a good suppe sure enough. Dick enjoyed the meal immensely, and the fact tha pretty Mabel Mur:ray sat opposite him, and saw that h got plenty to eat did not lessen the enjoyment in th 'You may have all the horses save one," replied Dick; least. "you were the cause of my horse being lamed, and I am After supper, Dick bade the three good-by, and mount going to have one of yours in exchange. Leave the one I rod e here, and take the others. Mind, if you try to take that horse, I will shoot some of you down! I shall have my eyes on you." "Oh, we won't try any tricks. We'll leave the horse." "See that you do." The redcoats quickly secured their horses, and mount ing rode away, seemingly glad to get away so easily. "Do you suppose they have gone for good?" asked the girl, in an anxious voice. "I think so," replied Dick; "I believe that they have had enough of it, for the present, at least. They may lie in wait for me, but I don't think they will return and bother you folks." "You will have to be careful," the iPrl said. "Ye hed better stay over night with us," invited the man. "We'll be glad ter hev ye," said the woman. ing his horse rode away. 1 The settler had told Dick that it was only about quarter of a mile to the main road leading to Philadelphia and the youth had no fear but what he could find the wa; The only fear he had was that the redcoats would Ii i!'l wait for him, somewhere along the road. This was a risk he was forced to take, however. Dick held the reins in his left hand, and a pistol in hi right. He was determined that, if the redcoats attacked him he would get in at least one shot on them. Onward he rode. He was not long in reaching the main road. He had not been attacked, and as he rode into the m road he drew a breath of relief. "I guess I am safe," he thought. "The redcoats wen on to Philadelphia after all." But he was mistaken.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. I At this instant there was a rush p_ark forms loomed up close at hand. 1 "Sun-ender!" cried a fierce voice. oner!" of feet, and several He was telling the crowd that a rebel spy was doubtless in the city, and advising them to be on the lookout for "You are our prishim. CHAPTER VI. HELPING HUNT FOR HIMSELF. Dick's answer was in actions, not in words. He dug his spurs into the flanks of the horse, causing the animal to leap forward with a snort of pain and rage. At the same instant the youth fired the pistol. \Vhm he told the name of the spy, and the people heard him say that the rebel in question was no other than Dick Slater, there was considerable excitement mani fested. All seemed to have heard of the boy spy. Wondering exclamations were uttered. The belief seemed to be general that Dick was the ci.ty. "Let's divide up into small parties and make sear c h for him!" cried one man. "That's a good idea!" from another. The idea seemed to meet with general favor. The crowd broke up, and dividing into small parties of The bullet from the pistol wounded one of the men, five or six moved away in various directions. the horse knocked another down and scattered the rest, Again had Dick's prompt action frustrated the designs f the redcoats. and before they could get straightened up, the youth was riding up the road like the wind. The redcoats mounted their horses as quickly as possi. ble, and gave purs?it, but Dick had such a good start that they could not catch him. Dick continued onward till he was within half a mile or Philadelphia, and then he turned aside into the timber, and tied his horse. He walked the rest of the way, and by cutting across ots managed to evade the sentinels and enter the city unDick found himself a member of one of these parties. He went along, managed to keep in the rear. He did not take a prominent part He was willing that some of the rest should do this. He thought that it was quite a good joke, his being a member of a searching party, and helping hunt himself. He would have to be careful and not assist in finding himself. By keeping well at the rear of the searching party, Dick did not think he was in much danger of discovery. There was another fellow who did not seem desirous of challenged. Dick had been in the city a number of times, and knew taking a prominent part, and he and Dick kept by side: just where to go. He realized that the redcoats with whom he had had his encounter would soon be in the city with the news that a patriot spy was headed in that direction, and fear ing that he nlight be seen and recognized, he d e cided to change his costume. They got to talking, and Dick, finding his companion was communicative and evidently wholly unsuspicious, plied him with cautious and shrewdly worded questions which were calculated to draw forth information regard ing the British and their plans. He went to a costumer's where he had had dealings The redcoat gave Dick some information, but not a fore, and hired a British uniform. great deal-which was owing to the fact that he did not He doffed his old suit, and d9nning the uniform went know a great deal. out upon the street. Had he known very much Dick would have become posHe felt safer now. sessed of all the information he wished for. He knew that the r'edcoats .would be looking for him For an hour at least the party wended its way through among those dressed in citizen's clothes, and the British the streets of Philadelphia. uniform would, he was confident, throw them off the The main streets and the side streets alike were searchtrack. ed, but no trace was secured of the rebel spy. Presently he came to a crowd which was being haranPresently the party met one of the other parties,' and gued by a man standing on an inverted barrel. 1 the two came to a stop for the purpose of comparing notes. Dick recognized the man's voice. Dick noticed, with a slight feeling of dismay, that one / The fellow was the captain who had been with the gang of the members of the other party was the captain who that Dick had had his trouble with that afternoon. had recognized him on the road that afternoon.


[ THE LIBERTY r="Jove, it won't do to let him see me!" the youth th?ught; "he might not recognize me in this British uniform, but then again he might." Dick kept 'Well back and managed to keep his face pretty well in the shadow. To do this he had to keep behind his comrades. It happened that the fellow behind whom Dick stood, stooped suddenly to tie his shoe, and the captain got a good look at the youth's face. "Great Scott, men! Here is Dick Slater!" he cried. CHAPTER VIL A LIVELY CHASE. All were amazed. Perhaps not one, with the exception of the ca,Ptain, knew who he meant. They peered about them, expecting to see the patriot spy, not thinking he was among them. The captain himself, though he had managed to cry out, was for the moment so paralyzed with amazement that he could not move. Dick took advantage of the opportunity for action, and acted. The captain had 'been his Jonah ; and he made up his mind to get a little satisfaction out of him, at any rate. Dick leaped forward. Out shot his fist. It landed fair between the captain's eyes. It was a terrible blow. Dick had put all his strength into the effort. The officer was knocked down as if he had been struck by a battering-ram. He struck the sidewalk with a thud, and lay still. He was unconscious. Then Dick dealt the two nearest redcoats blows, and leaped away and ran up the street with all his might. The redcoats ffddenly aroused themselves from the stupor of amazement, and rushed after the fugitive. They set up a terrible yelling-. Stop the spy "Stop the rebel!" "Stop him somebody!" But the few people Dick encountered before reaching a cross street were ordinary citizens, and they gave him a clear path and made no effort to stop him. BOYS' TRIUMPH. Dick reached the cross street and turning dashed d own it. After Dick came the redcoats. They were not yell1ng now. They had learned that yelling did no good. They were buckling down to their work and were hold ing their own with Dick, though they could not gain. At the next corner Dick turned to the left-and found himself face to face with a party of at least a dozen red coats. Dick was a wonderfully quick-witted youth. It was this faculty which made it possible for him t o get out of tight places with such apparent ease at times. It stood him in good stead now. Dick did not falter or hesitate, but rushea right in among the redcoats. Although surprisqd by Dick's action, no one laid hands on the youth. He had on a British uniform, and they thought he was one of them. Dick had :figured on this, and now h e cried out: "Block the way so my pursuers can t g e t past, fellows I knocked my captain down, back yonder, and they a re after me." Then Dick rushed onward, t h e r e d c oats opening up t o let him through. Then they closed up again, instantly, and got: read y t obstruct the passage of the youth s purs uers. Dick had reckoned shrewdly that they would be willin to aid a comrade in trouble, and it turned out that he was right. When Dick's pursuers reached the spot where the part of redcoat!' stood, they found their passage barred. Those who were befriending Dick got i n the way o f the others and managea to bring the"D to a stop. This angered Dick's pursuers and some hot words were exchanged They came very near getting into a fight, but one o the redcoats who had been in pursuit of Dick managed t make the others understand that the fugitive was a rebel spy in disguise, and then the was resumed, all e n tering it. The redcoats who had been fooled_ by Dick were ver angry, and were anxious to get hold of the youth. They would have handled him roughly, no doubt. But there did not seem to be much chance of at on e laying hands on the daring spy. Dick had made good use of the t i .me gained by beguilin the redcoats into assisting him by detaining his pursuers.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. 9 He bad got a lead of two blocks, and was out of sight of his pursuers. The street was not very well lighted, anyway, and it would have been impossible to see any one at a distance of more than half a block. What if he were to be taken out to sea. That would be terrible. Dick's work lay in Philadelphia. If he were to be carried away and be unable to do the work which General Washington had sent him to PhilaDick kept on running and presently found that he was delphia to do, it might be disastrous, for General Washalmost at the wharf. ington was, as Dick knew, depenPing upon him to bring There were coal yards and lumber piles on every hand, ii;iformation regarding the intentions of the British. and it would be a difficult matter indeed for the redcoats If General Howe contemplated making an attack upon to keep on Dick's track here. The youth ran along between a long row of lumber piles -0n either side, and presently came out upon the wharf. As he did so four roughly dressed men rushed forward .and seized Dick. CHAPTER VIII. KIDNAPPED. The youth was taken by surprise. He struggled :fiercely, however. He was determined that he would not allow himself to \ the patriots at Valley Forge and Dick was carried out to sea and could not warn the commander-in-chief, the result might be disastrous to the patriot cause Dick made up his mind that he must escape. But how was he to do it? He tried to move the window He could not do it. The window was immovable, being fastened in place by screws. It consisted of about a single pane of glass, and it was so small that even had Dick broken it out he could not have crawled through the opening. Then Dick tried the door and found it fastened. Being thus balked, Dick sat down, determined to take be made a prisoner if he could prevent it. thi ngs as easy Its possible. The men were lusty fellows, however, and had sue. Again the thought came to him: Why had he been

10 THE LiBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPII. you mean. But I am no sailor; I would be of no use to you 0 h, yes ; ye kin l' arn, ye know." "But I prote s t. I don't wis h to go on a cruise." "P'raps ye don't. Thet don't make no diff'rence, howsumever." Dick was silent a few moments Then he a s ked : "Where is this vess el bound for?" "Africky," was the reply. "Africa Dick uttered the exclamation in a horrified tone of voice. The man grinned in a :fie ndi s h manner. "Yes, Africky; whut is thar erbout thet ter make ye yawp out in that fashion?" "But, man, I tell you I must not; I cannot make th trip to Africa !" 0 h, yes, ye kin," with a grin ; "ye'll stay right on th heer ship an' make ther trip ter Africky, my boy!" But Dick did not intend to do anything of the kind. He was determined to make his escape from the ve sse While talking to the man Dick had acted in such manner as to make the fellow think him timid and frigh en ed. Dick had done this to throw the man off his guard. Having failed to get the man to set him ashore, Di was determined to make a break for liberty. The sailor was a stalwart, heavy-built, strong-looking fe low, but Dick thought that by taking him by surprise, b would be able to upset him a;i.d escape from the forecast Dick wished to m a ke his escape as quickly as possib Every minute that he delayed would take farth "A great deal," replied Di ck; "I must not' go to Africa!" a way from Philadelphia. Fearing that the sailor might leave the forecastle, Die "W'y not? Et's closter ter England than Ameriky is." decided to act. "I know that; but I don' t want to be close to England. I'm an American." The sailor looked surprised. The sailor still held the pistol in his hand, but h11 let the muzzle drop and the weapon was pointing at t floor. Suddenly Dick leaped forward. l'hen an incredulous look appeared on his face. He hook his head. The man attempted to raise the pistol and :fire, but dJ "Thet story won' t do, young feller," he said; "look at not have time. yer uniform." Dick's :fist shot out. Dick r e alized that appearances were again s t him He was w e aring a British uniform, and the man was not to be blamed for b e lieving him to be a redcoat. It struck the man fairly between the eyes Down went the fellow with a crash. Dick leaped over the fallen man, and sprang up tl ''Would you have taken me prisoner and brought me s t e ps leading from the forecastle to the deck. aboard the s hip if you had been sure that I was an Ameri-Just as Dick reached the deck he heard come up : can?" asked Dick. an angry roar: The sailor he s itated. "Stop the t young scoundrel! Shoot him! Kill hi1 "Yes," he s aid, presently, "we would have hauled ye Don't let 'im git erway!" erboard, jes' the r same; though I will acknowlerdge thet Dick saw a number of dark forms come rushing ( we hev er pars hality ter redcoats w'en we air pressin men wards him. inter service." "I beg of you to let me go, sir," said Dick; "I am not 'Only an Am e rican but I am a spy in the service of the of the patriot army. I was in Phila delphia securing information, and if I do not return to General Washington with the information it may be dis a s trou s for the patriot cause. Set me ashore, you desire the success of the patriots." The man hesitated. CHAPTER IX. DICK ESCAPES FUOM THE VESSEL. Dick realized that he was in great danger. He saw the flash of weapons. "I would t hink uv et ef I wuz shore ye wuz whut ye He. did not he s itate an instant. say ye air," he said, s lowly and hesitatin gly; "but I ruther He dashed acro s s the deck of the ship and leaped o think ye air lyin' t e r ine ter git put ashore, an' I guess the rail. I shall hev ter keep ye." As he did so several pistol shots rang out.


]. As luck would have it, none of the bullets struck Dick. cided to enter the first clothing store he came to and purDownward he shot. Splash! He went into the water head first, and disappeared beneath the surface. Dick was an expert swimmer. He could swim almost as well under the water as on top of it. Fearing that the men on the ship would fire upon him again if he came up near the vessel, Dick struck out and swam qpite a distance underneath the water. While he was under the water Dick heard faint noises hich sounded like the muffied report of pistol", and he did not doubt that the men on the ship were firing into the water and darkness at random. When Dick came up, he was quite a ways from the vessel, and feeling that he had nothing more to fear from that direction, he turned his attention toward getting ashore. Dick wished to land on the west shore, and heading in that direction he swam lustily. His clothing, being soaked with water, seemed to weigh a ton, but Dick was strong, and soon succeeded in reaching the shore. <:hase a suit of citizen's clothing. Presently he came to a clothing store. He entered. A man came forward to wait upon him. Dick told the merchant that he wished to purchase a suit of citizen's clothing, as he had fallen in the water and gotten his uniform wet, and the man hastened to shbw him the clothing. When he had spread out three or four suits for Dick's inspection, the storekeeper excused himself, and going to where a clerk was at work said in a low, cautious tone: I "Go out and find some British soldiers and bring them here, Harvey; be as quick as you can, for I believe this young fellow that I am showingthe clothing to is the rebel spy they have been making such a fuss about to night." The clerk nodded, and with a quick glance in Dick's direction, hastened out of the stOre. Of course Dick had not heard what the storekeeper said to the clerk, but he was a shrewd youth, and he suspected that something was in the wind. "I believe that suspects me," he thought; "in that. case, he has probably sent the clerk out with instructions '.'Well, I'm good and wet," murmured Dick; "but what to bring some British soldiers here. If so, they will be matters it? What is a ducking compared with bei':1g here soon, and I must get through and get away quickly." taken to the coast of Africa? I have escaped, and that is Dick selected a suit which was about what he wanted, the main thing." land doffing his wet uniform, he donned the suit. Dick doffed his clothing, and wringing the water out of his garments donned them again. "There, that feels better," he murmured. "Now, for Philadelphia." Dick struck out, heading notj;hward up the river. He wondered how far he was from the city. There was a good breeze blowing from tlie north, and he judged tllat the ship had sailed two or three miles down the river before he had succeeded in escaping. The cold water and wet clothing had chilled Dick considerably, but by walking briskly he soon got his blood \ to circulating rapidly, and a warm glow went over him. Dick walked rapidly onward, and at the end of an hour reached the southern suburbs of Philadelphia. He struck into one of the streets, and walked briskly onward. As he walked along Dick pondered the situation. He decided that he must get rid of the British uni form. The redcoats and Tories would be on the lookout for him in this disguise, and he must discard it. Dick had some British gold in his pocket, and he de-He had, just finished, when into the store rushed half a dozen redcoats, with the clerk bringing up the rear. "Here is your man!" cried the storekeeper, in a triumphant voice, and he caught Dick by the arm. CHAPTER X. RECOGNIZED A SECOND TIME. But Dick was not to be taken so easily. While selecting and donning the suit of clothes, he had been using his eyes. He had taken note of the "fact that there was a back door near at hand. It might be locked, true, but he saw that the key was in the door. He had already decided that he would make his escape by way of this door, and when the redcoats entered the front door, he acted instantly. He dealt the over-zealous storekeeper a blow on the jaw.


Down the man went, as ii struck with a sledge-hammer. his talking by threatening to turn his establishment upDick had put considerable force into the He owed the merchant something for his trickery, and p'aid the debt in this manner. Then Dick bounded to the back door. It was locked, as he had suspected, but it took him only an instant to turn the key, and then a jerk, and the door was open. A yell of rage went up from the redcoa ts when they saw Dick's action. They quickly drew their pistols. As Dick leaped out through the open doorway the sol-diers fired. Crash! 'l'he noise made by the discharge of a dozen pistols within the store W!lS something terrific. When the smoke cleared away the redcoats could see nothing of the fugitive They rushed forward eagerly. They hoped to find the body of the spy lying in the backyard. They were disappointed. The spy was not there. With shouts of rage and disappo i n t ment t he redcoats leaped through the doorway, and set out in pursuit of the fugitive. They felt sure that he must be wounded. In that case they would soon overtake him. They ran onward several blocks, but did not succeed in catching sight of the fugitive. At last they gave it up, and made their way back to the st91e. 'rhe clerk had just succeeded in bringing the store keeper to. The latter, when he learned that t he spy had escaped was wild with rage. He raved and almost to re his hair. "Aqd he s ucceeded in getting off with one of the best suits of clothes in the house!" he c ried in a mournful tone. Then a thought struck him, and he told the sol diers they ought to pay him for the clothing. They laughed at him. "Oh, We couldn't think of s u ch a thing!" they side down. Finally the redcoats took their departure, and when they had gone the storekeeper looked at his clerk and said: ':Harvey, I'm a fool!" The two were standing near the back of the store, and as the man said this a voice answered promptly: "You are right; you are the bigge s t kind of a fool!" The man and his clerk looked around, with exclama tions of see their l at e customer standing before them. "You here!" exclaimed the storekeeper. "Great guns!" from the clerk. "Yes, I am here," repli e d Dick coolly. "You see, I hadn't paid you for this suit, and as I am an honest man I could not go away without doing so." Both men stared. The cool youth was a surprise and puzzle to them. "Were you not hit by some of the bullets fired at you?" asked the clerk. Dick shook his head. "Not one of the bullets touched me," he replied. "But where did you go? How did y ou escape b eing seen by the soldiers?" "That was easy enough. 1:'he instant I l eaped through the doorway, I turned aside and entered your wood-house and closed the door. When the redcoats came rushing out ti they thought, of course, that I had taken flight, and they ran several blocks, trying to get sight of me." d "And you were in the wood-house all the time?" "Yes." "Weren't you afraid they would look there for you?' "Oh, no; they thought I was half a mile away, and st ill running, so there was no reason why they should look intll the wood-house." s The man and his clerk u ttered exclamati ons of admira tion. They could not help it. This cool youth was a revelation to th em. re Dick eyed the two searchingly. "I suppose there is no danger-that you will try to brin the redcoats in upon me again?" he queried. th Both shook their heads. said. "You need have no fear on that score," said the storethi This made the storekeeper more angu than ever. keeper; "I am done. The Briti sh soldiers will to d01.11 He called' the soldiers names, and said that hencetheir own work, hereafter They can count upon no furthe1 forth the British might look out for themselves, and capassistance from me." ture their spies unaided by him. "That is se:p.sible,'' said Dick ; "well, how much do I The redcoats laughed at him, and finally put a stop to owe you for this suit?" b.a1


The man named a price, and Dick took the gold out of bhe pocket of the uniform and paid the score. Then at his request 'the uniform was wrapped up and with it under his arm Dick walked out of the store. As he stepped out upon the sidewalk he came face to face with the captain who had recognized him in the first place, that day, and who had caused him all the trouble which he had undergone. The captain gave utterance to a wild yell, and seized Dick. CHAPTER XI. SURPRISED IN HIS ROOM. "I have you now!" he cried. But he was mistaken. Dick was wide awake and ready for anything. Although taken l>y surprise he was not disconcerted. I Out shot his fist. Crack! The fist st ; uck the British officer fair between the eyes. It was a terrific stroke. With a cry of pain the captain fell to tlie sidewalk. Of course, the encounter and the captain's yell had at tracted attention and people were running toward the s pot. Even tile storekeeper and his clerk came running to the door oi the store. They more than half expected to see the strange you th mixed u.p in another difficulty. Their expectations were realized. They reached the door just in time to see Dick leap over 1 the body of the British captain and dart away down the and dealt him a severe blow before he could get straight ened up, with the result that the fellow went into the gutter on his head and shoulders. Dick's farther advance in this direction was barred, however, by a squad of redcoats. Behind him, too, a crowd was gathering and it looked as if he was in for it. He was between two fires. Dick was not one who gave up easily, however. After knocking the redcoat with the pistol into the gut ter, Dick turned and faced in the other direction. The captain was just struggling to his feet. He was roaring out curses and threats, and trying to draw a pistol. Dick leaped forward and knocked the officer down again. Then he bounded toward the door opening into the store where he had bought his suit. The storekeeper and clerk were standing in the doorway. "Back!" cried Dick, threateningly. "Back, or it will be the worse for you I" The two had seen enough of Dick to know that he meant what he said. The speed with which they leaped back out of the way would have been ludicrous to see under ordinary circum s tances. Dick leaped through the doorway and then slammed the door shut and bolted it. "Don't you dare open that door!" he called out, sternly; and then he raced through the store and to the back door, wh_ich he succeeded in opening just as the front door was burst in with a crash. Dick gave utterance to a ,rell of defiance, and leaped o t into the back yard. He darted across the yard, leaped the fence and ran down the alley. street. He knew it would not do to try to hide near the store, A redcoat got in Dick's 'fay, and, with drawn pistol, orthis time. dered the youth to halt. He must depend upon his fleetness of foot to get him I Dick's answer was to dash the bundle of clothing-the redcoat uniform-1into the man's face. The fellow fired the pistol, but the bundle, striking him : in the face at the same instant, disconcerted him so that the bullet did not com anywhere near Dick. out of the difficulty in which he had become involved. Dick had not gone far before he realized that a crowd was in chase This did not worry him greatly. He had been chased so often that .he had used In fact, it went nearly straight upward and just missed to it the head of 8: curious citizen who was peering out of an Still he knew that there was considerable dang er. 1 upstairs window. He might be headed off and surrounded The man got his head back out of sight in a hurry. Or he might slip and sprain an ankle. Dick followed up his advantage. There were plenty of things that could happen to cause fhe man who had been struck in the face by the bundle him to be captured. had staggered backward and Dick leaped quickly forward He realized this and was careful.


As luck would have it, the redcoats had not thought to The footsteps approached, closer and closer, and then try to head him off, for there were none of the enemy in s uddenly the door of Dick s room opened and three British sight when he reached the cross street. eoldiers entered. Dick turned and darted down the street. At the next street he turned again, and as it was a quiet street, with only an occasional light, he felt that he would be able to make good headway. CHAPTER XII. And he did make good headway. He ran five or six blocks, without meeting a .single QUICK WORK person. He paused and listened. Dick was taken by surprise. He could hear no sounds of pursuit. He mentall y chided himself for not having lock e d and "Well, I guess that I am in luck this time," thought bolted the door. Dick; "I have thrown them entirely off the track." Had he done so he would have bee n spared this visi t He went on up the street. from the redcoats. He proceeded at a leism:ely pace. There was no longer need of haste. He was thinking. He wondered what it would be best for him to do. He decided to go t'o a tavern, secure a room, and then lay out a plan of procedure. He realized that he had a hard task ahead of him. His presence in the city was known. Ev;erybody would be on the lookout for him. This \'liOUld make it dangerous and difficult for him to do much in the way of spy work. He was det e rmin e d to sta y until he h a d l e arned something of moment, however. He had never lailed in such work before and he was n

' said the leader, in a threatening voice; "we are not here to be trifled with!" "Neither am I!" retorted Dick, seemingly not a whit abashed by the words the redcoat. The three hardly knew what 'to think of this. They stared at the cool youth in a wondering and some what puzzled manner. "See here; you are insolent!" cried the leader. "Oh, no; I don't aim to be. You must remember, how ever, that I am in my own room, attending to my own busi ness, while you three are intruders, who have no right in here, whatever." "We may not have the right, but we have the might!" Then the three chuckled. They thought this was funny. Dick's teeth ca'.me together firmly, and a dangerou s glint He wished to take the redcoats at a disadvantag1 1 possible. He was watching them closely and waiting or the portunity which he was sure would come. e.t He decided that it was now time to act. He suddenly leaped forward and dealt the spokesma the party a blow which felled him as if he had been stn by a cannon-ball. Out shot the youth's fists, first his right then his left, Crack Spat Down went the other two redcoats. Then Dick picked the three up, after another, a threw them out into the hall. He closed the door, quickly, and locked and bolted it, Then he went across to the window. He raised the window and looked out. appeared in his eyes. He could see the ground, which was not more than si "I am not so sure of that as you seem to be," be reteen feet distant. marked, quietly. Just then there came a crash against the door. This was another surprise for the intruders. They looked at one another in amazement. "Why, what chance would you stand against three of us?" the leader asked. "It is impossible to say matter is put to a test," replied Dick. "But what do you want here, anyway? Please state your business and then withdraw, as I wish to go to bed." "We can state our business, quick enough. We have come here for you!" "What do you want with me?" "We wish to take you to headquarters." "To what headquarters?" "To the of the British commander-in-chie f, of course." "Ob, that is what you want?" "Yes." "Why do you wish to take me there?" "For the that we b e lieve you are the rebel spy, Dick Slater, who, it is known, is in the city!" Dick shook his h ead. "You are making a mistake," he averred. "You would say so, of course!" in a sneering tone. "It is the truth. I am not the person you have mentioned." "You will have to prove that to the commander-in-chief." "You are determined to take mej;o headquarters, then?" "We are." Dick had no intention of permitting himself to be dragged off to British headquarters. He had been talking to gain time. Angry voices, indulging in language more forcible tlu elegant, could be heard in the hall. The redcoats had regained their feet and senses, aw were trying to break the door down. The way the door quivered and shook it looked as if tb angry redcoats might succeed at any moment. Dick felt that he had no time to spare. He climbed carefully through the window then lo> ered himself by his hands till he was extended &t fu length down the side of the house. f At this instant he heard a loud crash in the room he ha, just vacated. The redcoats had burst the door open. Dick let go his hold and dropped. CHAPTER XIII. DICK FINDS A FRIEND. Dick was jarred somewhat by the fall, but was : injured. He did not lose his footing, and with a quick glance at the window, darted away. Three faces appeared at the window at this instant. They were the faces of the three disgusted and an redcoats. The latter caught sight of Dick, and a wild yell rage went up. They drew their pistols and fired, but they mighi


try si THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' TRIUMPH. il have fired up into the air, for they did not stop to ce aim, and their bullets came nowhere near Dick. st:He hastened onward, however, for he felt confident that be redcoats would make the attempt to follow him. In this he was right. Indeed, so eager were the redcoats to capture the youth Plat they took the chances of leaping out of the window. Neither of the three were injured by the fall, and they astened away in of the fugitive. Dick heard them coming. I He understood what they had done. "Well, well I They are more determined than I 'e said to himself. "I don't think they can catch me, how aver. .They haven't had as much practice in this sort of work as I have had," and the youth laughed in an amused manner. Dick raced onward. After him came the redcoats. Dick had a good start. He gradually increased his speed. Seeing a party of redcoats ahead of him, Dick turned down a side street. He continued on in this direction till he came to a lumber yard. He knew by this that he was close to the wharf along the River frontage. He and listened. To hl.s sur prise he heard hurrying footsteps. 'l:he ':redcoats were still on his trail. He was conduCted along a narrow alley between great piles of lumber. They made a number of turns, Dick's companion seem ing never at a loss to know which way to go, and presently he stopped and said : f "We will have to climb aways. The ends of boards will serve as steps and you will have no difficulty in climbing up if you exercise care." Dick's companion cli bed up and then the youth followed. He mounted a distance of :fifteen at least. "Now you will have to crawl aways," said the stranger; "follow me and have no fear. You may rest assured the redcoats will not be le t(\ :find you." Dick felt sure tht] not \ "Go ahead,11, s i tly; "I will follow." He had ma 'de p .niind to see the adventure through ,., r to the :finis He had The judged,, cur'losity who his strange friend 'was. fWled along a distance of thirty feet, Dick He fe t 4bove his head and found that there was a cov ering o l lumber there. "N cfw have to climb down again," said Dick' A guide. f, They climbed ftown a distance of a dozen feet or so, made their way along another narrow alley, then climbed up again and crawled a short distance on hands and0knees. "N.ow you can stand erect if you like," said Dick's Dick had thought that he had shaken his pursuers off, guide; "there's no danger of bumping your head." but he had evidently been mistaken. Dick rose to bis feet. They were coming and were not far off, either. "Now, wait just a moment," said the stranger; "stand "Oh, well, I ought to be able to dodge them here in this where you are." lumbe r yard," he thought. There was the noise of flint stri g steel, and then a Then he darted forward and ran along between two great tiny blaze was seen. piles of lumber. At this little blaze Dick's companion lighted a candle, When Dick was about half way down this avenue he after which he extinguished the blaze itself by blowing was startled by feeling a hand on his arm and then a -Voice said: "This way; come with me!" I Dick paused and stood, hesitating. t: "Who are you?" he r "A friend." "How am I to know that?" si "Easy enough. You are being chased by redcoats, are )U not?" tl "I am; and they--" it out. By the light of the candle Dick was enabled to get a very good look at his surroundings : He saw that he was in a room perhaps twelve feet square. It was a strange room. On every side was lumber-nothing but lumber, and over the top was lumber. .... -.;\ In fact, this strange room a square space in the midst of the great pile of Dick saw that this was the regruar habitation of some "Well, I am an enemy to all redcoats, so must be your one, for there were two or t a rough iend. Come, if you wish to escape your enemies." table, and in one corner were bl ets. Yielding to a s udden impulse, Dick followed the stranger. It was undoubtedly the home of his companion.


'l, l' Dick now gave this companion a little of his attention. quarters, and was glad to know he would not have to take THE 'LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. To his surprise he found that strange friend was a risks in that way again. youth of about his own age. He felt perfectly safe in this snug retreat. "Be seated," invited the youth. Like Tom, he did not believe any one could find them Dick took a seat on one of the stools. out, even if they knew they were somewhere within the "Well, well!" he remarked; "this is a cozy nest." great pile of lumber and were to search for them. The other smiled and looked pleased. Dick and Tom had a long. conversation, and the "I like it," he said; "and if you like it you shall remain learned much that would be of benefit to him in his work !tere as long as you wish." But how do you know that I am a desirable person to have in here?" asked Dick. The other smiled. Oh, I know who you are---0r, at least, I think I do." Dick looked surprised. "Who am I?" "You are Dick Slater, the patriot spy-are you not?" Dick looked searchingly at the youth for a few moments. "And if I were, would it be safe to acknowledge the fact to you?" The youth nodded in a decided manner. "It certainly would," he said; ''I am a patriot-a patriot to the core-and that is the reason you find me occupying t.hese quarters." "Well, well I" exclaimed pick. "I'm glad to know that you are a patriot. Yes, I am Dick Slater, as you have surmised." "Good I was sure of it. I heard that you were in the city, and when I saw you enter the lumber yard a few minutes ago, and knew you were being pursued, I jumped at once to the conclusion that you were Dick Slater. Shake hands; I am proud to know you." Dick shook with the youth, and then asked: "Who are you?" "My name is Tom Fttrley, and I am aii orphan; when the British took possession of the city I took up my quarters here and have lived here ever since." of trying to secure information. Indeed, he was surprised to learn, when they had talked for an hour or more, and he thought he had learned all there was to know, that his new-found friend was choreboy at the headquarters of General Howe, the British commander-in-chief. This was news, indeed, and it opened up a world of possibilities for Dick. "Great guns I why didn't you tell me this sooner, Tom?" he asked. "Now I shall be able to make plans which will enable me to get right into the home of the enemy's head man, and learn just what I kish to know!" CHAJ?TER XIV. DIOK'S DARING SPY WORK. Dick slept well that night, or the rest of the night, rather, for it was nearly midnight when he and Tom lay down. Next morning he had another talk with Tom, and made arrangements for a scheme which he had concocted to be put through. To this end he in the retreat all day, and did not venture out at all. When Tom came to the retreat in the evening he told Dick that he had made arrangements so that the plan could be put through to a succesaful issue, he was sure. The plan was a very simple one. "Well, Tom, I am as glad to know you as you are to know me," said Di b k, heartily; "it does me good to know that I have even one frie]ld in Phlladelphia." Dick was to go and take Tom's place during the even "Well, in me you certainly have a friend; and if there ing. i s anything I can do for you, you may be sure I will do it." Tom was usually kept at the British headquarters till "Thank you. I don't know that there is anything in ten o'clock, and Dick would go back after they had eaten particular that you can do, Tom, other than to grant supper, and work in Tom's place. permission to make your home my home while I am here. Tom had explained to the housekeeper that another That will be a big .favor." boy would come, and the woman eaid it would be all "It is one I shall be glad to grant. You are more than right. welcome to stay here as long as you like." Of course, she supposed the "other boy" would be some This was very satisfactory to Dick. boy friend who lived in Philadelphia. He had had one experience of trying to get sleeping Had she known that the boy in question would be tlie


f 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. mos t noted patriot spy in the patriot army she would ha v e obj ected to having him take place, for sh e was a l oyalist. Tom had already pos ted Dick on what he would have to do, so he had no misgivings on that score All that Tom had to do was to run errands for the ho usekeeper, and these errhnds were in the main to the grocery stores and meat markets of the Bidding Tom good-by, Dick took hi s dep a rture It was dark, and Dick made his way along the street without much fear of being seen and recognized His idea was that the British would think he had be come frightened by his experiences the night before and h ad l eft the city. In that case they would not be on the lookout for him and he would not be in much danger of discovery H e rea c hed the headquarters building in safety, and rep orted for duty to the housekeeper. T he woman m e rely glanced at Dick, and then told him to go to the gro c ery store and get some grocerie s S he handed him a list of the a rticles r e quired, and but he made up his mind to be close at hand, j ust th same. He was a youth of experi e nce, and knew that the com mander-in-chief and his officers would discuss their plam during the progress of the banquet The wines which they would imbibe would loosen the ir tongue s and they would talk fully and freely. If he could find some vantage point from which h e could hear what was said by the officers Dick was sure would learn a gi:eat deal that would be of interest and value to General Washington Dick occupied himself during his leisure moments in reconnoitering the dining room. Di c k soon dec ided that there was only one point from which it would be possible for him to hear everything that was said, and yet remain in concealment. 'rhis was a clos e t at the farther side of the dining room. It w ould b e dan g erous for him to conceal himself in the clos et, a s he would be liable to be discovered at any time But Dick was determined to risk it. H e mi ght remain in Philadelphia a month and no t have Dick hurried away to do the errand. He was back in a few minut es, and the woma n nodded an ot her s u c h opportunity of securing information regard-approvingly. ing the plans and intentions of the British Dick fqund out from the housekeeper the time when the officers w ould take their places at the table and wai t ing till it lacked only about fifteen minutes of this time, Di c k seized upon a favorable opportunity when the dining room was empty, and slipping into the room entered the closet. "That' s right," she s a id ; "don' t be all night about a little thing like that. You are perter than Tom." Di

LIDEIZI I LOIS lldON!lli. One of the officers whose face was visible was General Dick realizing that he was m a very dangerous position, Howe. acted at once. Dick had come in contact with the commander-inI He thought that by taking the officers by surprise he chief of the British army several times, and knew him I might succeed in escaping from the room, and once out of well. the room he believed he would have no difficulty in get At first the officers talked moderately on ordinary topting safely out of the house. ics; after the wine began to fl.ow the conversation became Dick made a sudden dash, as if to go around the end livelier and voices louder. of the table. The conversation turned upon military matters, and The office rs near that end of the table leaped to their this was pleasing to Dick. ieet, however, and barred Dick's way. The plans of the British mire discussed freely and un-And now Dick played a trick upon the officers which reservedly. General Howe had undoubtedly given this banquet for f the purpose of getting his staff officer1> all together, and finding out their views regarding what was best to be done. may be believed, Dick listened to the conversation caused them to open their eyes iri amazement. Dick was a wonderful athlete. His training in this line stood him in gpod stead now. Swerving to the left, Dick suddenly leaped into the air. T9 the amazement of the spectators, the youth cleared with interest. the dinner table with the greatest of ease, and alighting He congratulated himself on his good fortune in getting on the other side, made a dash for the d9or. the chance to be present and hear the plans discussed. The door was closed. So interested was he that he forgot that he was in a 'Phis would make it necessary for the youth to stop for dangerous position. an instant, at least. He was suddenly made to realize this fact, however. The officers recovered from their amazement at Dick's The officers disposed of so much wine that the BU{>ply wonderful feat, just as he reached the door. had run short, and General Howe ordered one of the They leaped forward, in an attempt to seize the youth. waiters to bring a fresh supply. Dick grasped the knob, and turning it gave a jerk. "Yes, your excellency," said the waiter addre'ssed, and The door came o pen and Dick leaped through and ran Dick, who was looking through the keyhole, saw the man along the hall. turn and come toward the closet. A sudden chill went over Dick. The officers came rushing out in pursuit. The housekeeper saw Dick coming with the officers He remi:mbered now that he had noticed a lot of wine lifter him, and screamed. bottles on a shelf above his head as he entered the closet. She wondered what Dick had done. This was undoubtedly a reserve stock which had been Of course she had no suspicion that he was the noted brought up from the cellar and placed in the closet so as patriot spy, Dick Slater. / to have it handy. Dick entered the kitchen, bounded across it, opened the "Great guns!" thought Dick; "he is going to 9pen the cloor, and leaping out into the night, ran with all his closet door, and I will be discovered!" might. The next instant the waiter opened the door, and as his After him rushed the officers. eyes fell upon Dick he leaped backward with a cry of minThey were just exhilarated sufficiently by the wine they gled amazement and fright. The waiter's cry attracted the attention of all the officers, and as their eyes fell upon Dick they gave utterance to cries of anger amazement,_ and leaped to their feet. "A spy!" bellowed Howe, his red face growing redder still. CHAPTER XV. DICK'S DARING ESCAPE. AU this had taken place in an instant of time, al most. had imbibed to make them ambitious. They wished to capture the daring_ youth who had played the spy with such success. If they could capture him, it would be a big triumph. Somehow they seemed to understand that the youth was Dick Slater. To Dick's surprise, he found that the officers were pretty good runners. Two or three of thell).. were more 'than good runners. They were excellent runners. They were holding their own with Dick. Then, too, the yells to which all were giving utterance


1'11" was attracting attention, which was anything but pleasing to Dick. Soldiers came running from all directions. Suadenly Dick found his way barred by a party of hali a dozen redcoats. There was no time, 1md, indeed, no chance to evade the enemy. It was go through with a rush, or submit to capture: Dick decided to go through. He increased his speed, a.nd struck the center of the party of soldiers with all the force and precision of a cen ter rush in a football game of to-day. Dick's head struck one of the redcoats in the stomach, doubling the up like a jack-knife. This man went down, and carried another with him. Dick struck out blindly with both :fists, and as Juck "What happened? How did they discover who you were?" Dick told Tom the story in as few words as possible. "Jove!" said T,om, when Dick had finished "I won't dare go back to work at British headquarters after this,,will!?'' "Hardly! You would be charged with aiding and abet ting me, and the probabilities are that you would be shot. I am sorry it happened so, Tom, but I couldn't help it." "Oh, tb at is all right; I can find work somewhere else. I am willing to lose my place, if by so doing I can aid the cause of liberty." l ,te "Good for you, Tom! But I am afraid it will be dan d gerous for you to even remain in Philadelphia after this." "Do you think so?" "Yes; they will blame you for to-night's work almost would have it, succeeded in landing on the faces of two as much as they do me, and will be on the lookout for more of the enemy. The two were sent staggering, but did uot fall. Dick's purpose had been accomplished, however. He had broken through the ranks of the redcoats. Before the two or three who had escaped damage could lay hold of him, Dick was again speeding down the street. He ran at his best speed. The officers, reinforced now by the common soldiers, kept up the pursuit. Dick saw he was in for a hard race. His pursuers were wild to capture him. He had caused them so much trouble that they would do t l'/"'i r utmost to capture him. ""' He did not believe they 'could succeed, howev:er. you." Tom looked sober. "I guess you right," he said presently. "I know I am, Tom; and what will you do?" Tom shook his head. "That is more than I know," he replied, in a somewhat doleful voice. "I'll tell you what to do," said Dick, after a moment's thought; "come with me, and join my company of 'Lib erty Boys!' Tom's face brightened. He held out his hand to Dick. "Say, I'll do it!" he exclaimed. "There is nothing here in Philadelphia to hold me, and I believe I shall like to He telt that he was more than a match for his pursuers. enter the army and fight for liberty." He ran onward at the top of his speed. "Good!" exclaimed Dick, in a tone of satisfaction. "I He headed toward the river front. am sure you will like it, Tom. And if you go with me, I A few minutes later he reached the lumber yard. shall not feel as if I had caused you to lose your chance He darted in between the great piles of lumber. When he reached the point where the little alley led into the heart of the great lumber pile, Dick turned aside and entered. He knew the route well, now, and had no difficulty in reaching the peculiar room in which his friend Tom had taken up his abode. Tom was awake, and welcomed Dick. to make a living." f "Listen!" exclaimed Tom, at this moment. He spoke in a low, cautious tone, of course. Both listened intently. They heard voices, and the sound of footsteps. "Somebody is coming!" whispered Tom. "The redcoats have discovered the seeret passage leading to this place!" "You are right!" whispered{. "I guess it is all up "How did you make out?" he asked eagerly, as sooh as with us!" Dick appeared. Dick placed his finger to his lips. "Sh!" he cautioned. "I am followed." Tom looked surprjsed. "You are followed?" he remarked in a low voice. "Yes; by redcoats." CHAPTER XVI. THE FLIGHT OF DICK AND TOM. "Perhaps not," said Tom, in a low tone. As he spoke he blew out the light.


Then he said, in a whisper: "Come with me!" Dick followed Tom to the farther side of the room. He heard his companion fumbling around, and then heard a sliding noise. "I have slipped a board back, and there is room to crawl through," explained Tom. "Follow me." "All right; go ahead, Tom." Dick heard the sound of voices and footsteps coming closer and closer. He realized that it was necessary that he should lose np time in getting out of the retreat. ..Tom had succeeded in getting out, and now Dick hast ened to follow suit. Dick glanced around him. He could not see much, but realized that they were on the top of the gigantic lumber pile. Tom. slipped the board back into place and then as quickly and quietly as possible piled a number of boards on top of it. "There, he breathed, "I think the redcoats will have a hard time getting up through." Then he took Dick by the arm and led the way across the top of the lumber piles. Presently they to the end of it. "We will have to get down here," said Tom; "it will be rather a difficult feat, but I think we can accomplish it. It is twenty feet to the ground and all we have in the way of steps is the projecting ends of boards which are longer than their fellows." "All right;_you go ahead, Tom, _I'll follow." "Very well; be careful and don't fall, Dick." "I'll be careful." Of course, the youths spoke in whispers. For all they knew, there might be reqcoats right below them. Tom went :first. He climbed down slowiy and carefully. Dick followed closely .. Tom reached the ground in safety. He had just done so and stepped to one side, when Dick lost his fpoting and fell. Luckily he fell only six or seven feet, so was not injured. "Hurt you, Dick?" asked Tom, in a low but solicitous voice. "Not a bit, Tom," was the reply. As he spoke Dick leaped to his feet. They were evidently redcoats and had as evidently heard the noise made when Dick fell. There was only one thing to do. That was to get away from there with all possible speed. The youths darted away. They ran with all their might, keeping within the dark shadows cast by the great piles of lumber as much as was possible. The redcoats heard the youths' footsteps, however, and possibly they may have even caught sight of the youths. At any rate, the redcoats set out in pursuit of the youths. They gave utterance to wild yells Doubtless the yells were intended to apprise tl\eir com-rades of the fact that they had sighted the game. "Are you a pretty good runner, Tom ?" asked Dick. "Pretty fair." "Well, if you can keep up with me I think we will be all right. I have yet to :find the :first redcoat who can beat me running." "You go ahead, Dick, and set the pace." "No, you go ahead at your best speed, Tom, and I'll keep right along with you." "Very well." The youths sped onward. Tom soon proved that he was more than a fair runner; he was a :fine runner He gave Dick about all he wanted to do. Tl;te youth said to himself that he could not have gone much faster if he had wanted to. This suited him exactly He did not believe it possible that the redcoats could catch them. Onward the youths ran. After them came the redcoats. It was a lively chase. It was the :first one of the kind th a t Tom had ever en gaged in. He was cool, however. Whenever Dick spoke to him h e answer e d promptly, and did not seem to be greatly flustered. Dick noticed this. He thou ght it good proof that hi s young friend was brave. "He will make a worthy addition to the ranks of the 'Liberty Boys,' was Dick's thought. New recruits joined the ranks of the pursuers every few minutes, but although it increased the odds against the At the same instant the dark forms of several men were youths, in case they were overtaken, it did not increase the seen coming forth from the dark avenue leading through I chances of their being overtaken. 1h1> lumber yard. There came to be such a crowd, in fact, that the men


22 LIBERTY BOYS got in one another's way, and thus their speed was re tarded. This, of course, to the advantage of the fugitives, and they drew farther and farther away from their pursuers. \ Presently they reached the outskirts of the city and Dick and Tom bade Mrs. Murray and Mabel good-by, and, accompanied by Mr. Murray, went to the stable to get the horse. "Seems ter me that two fellers is mos too heavy fur one hoss," said Mr. Murray; "an' I kin he'p ye out, fur I foun er hoss in ther timber ter-day. He is er leetle bit were soon making their way along a country road. lame in ther shoulder but ye kin git 'im erlong all right, Dick took the lead, now, and as they could hear no I think sounds to indicate that they were being pursued, they "Lame in the shoulder, you say?" exclaim e d Dick. slackened their speed to a walk. ; 'The n it is my horse, I'll wager!" Half a mile from the edge of the city Dick led the way Then he told of how his horse had gone lame in the into the timber. shoulder, the afternoon before, when the redcoats were "I left a horse in here yesterday evening Dick ex-chase, a nd how he had abandoned the animal. plained; "I don't know whether I will find him here or Sure enough, it was Dick's horse, and Dick thanked Mr. not, but will look, anyway." He soon reached the spot where he had left his horse, and found the animal there The horse was glad to see his human friends, and neigh ed to let them know that this was the case. Murray for returning the animal to bim. Then Dick and Tom shook hands with the man, bade him good-by, and, mounting, rode away They had gone not more than a mile whe n they heard the sound of hoofbeats behind them "He must be nearly starved," said Dick; "you see, I ex"We are pursued I" exclaimed Dick. "The redcoat s pected to eome back sooner." are after us I" He untied the horse and led him back to the road. "Get into the Tom," said Dick, "and then I'll get up behind you. He'll carry both of us, and w e will only have to go three or four miles before finding a place :where we can get feed and water for the horse." Tom mounted, and Dick climbed up behind him. Tlien they rode onward at a brisk gait. The horse was a large, strong one, and see med to un'

THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. 23 When they were fifty yards from the road they paused. and Tom succeeded in getting a round the end of the line "I think this is far enough," said Dick. The two stood still and listened. The sound of the hoofbeats came closer and clos er. Dick judged there was a party of ten or a dozen redcoats. When the party came opposi.te where Dick and Tom were concealed the hoofbeats suddenly ceased. "What does that mean?" whispered Tom. "Surely they .-Cannot know that we are here." "I don t think so, Tom. Hold my horse while I go and investigate." Dick made his W!lY quickly but silentl y tow a rd the s pot where the horseman had come to a stop. As he drew near he could hear the sounds of v o i ces. He kept on till he reached the extreme edge of the tim ber where it bordered the road. Here he took up a position behind a l a rge tree and listened It was a party of redcoats, sure enough. Dick quickly learned this. The redcoats were holdin g a c ouncil, trying to decide whether to go on or turn back. A few seemed to think they stood a chan c e of catching the fugitives by continuing on, but the majority thought; differently. After considerable discussion it was decided to turn back. The decision gave Dick considerable satisfaction. That was what he wished the redcoats to do. The redcoats were on the point of turning and starting on the back track when a shrill neigh broke the night s stillness. The neigh came from back in the timber. without being d e tected, and pre s ently reached the road. Mountin g they rode onward toward the w e st. They did not dare go faster than a w alk, for f ear the redcoats would h e ar the s ound of the hoofbeat s and be apprised of what was going on. Dick did not much fear purs uit, howe ver, and in this h e was right. The red c o ats put in fifteen or twenty minutes searching in the timb e r, and not finding the fugitives, they gave it up and mad e their way back to the road. Mounting, they rode away on the back track. Dick and Tom rode onward and reached Valley Forge. It was about four o'clock when they reached the patriot encampment, and they were soon in the "Liberty Boys quarters. Throwing them selves down upon a blanket in one cor ner, the weary youths were asleep in an instant. They were up as early as any of the youths and Dick introduced Tom as a new recruit. The "Liberty Boys" gave Tom a cordial greeting and quickly made him feel at home. While eating breakfast, Dick told his adventures, and as soon as the meal was ended he hastened to headquarters to make his report to the commander-in-chief. General Washington greeted Dick pleasantly, even eagerly. "I am indeed glad to see you, Dick," he said. "What success did you have?" "Very good success, your excellency; I think that I learned all that was necessary I played spy at a banquet given by General Howe to the officers of his staff la s t "Great guns! fuat is bad," thought Dick; "that was one night, and heard them discuss their plans. of our horses, and the .redcoats will suspect that we are in hiding Dick's pllOphecy proved correct. As the sound of the neigh heard, exclamations of amazement escaped the lips of the redcoats. "What was that?" "I'll wager our quarry 1s hidden in the timber near here." "You are right; and we' ll rout the scoundrels out." "Tie your horses and come alon g eve rybody!" Dick hasten e d back to where he had left Tom and the "Good!" exclaim e d General Was hington. "And wha t did you learn?" Dick told General Washington in as f e w words as pos sible, just what he had learned. The commander-in-chief rubbed his hands with sati s faction. "The information which you bring i s indeed im p o r t a nt, Dick," said the commander-in-chief, whe n th e you t h h a d finished; "now that I know General How e does not i ntend making an attack, I shall know just what to do. It w i ll horses. leave me free to push my plan s for r e cruiting the arm y an d "We must get away from here, and in a hurry, too, teaching the men thus recruited something of milita r y Tom," he said. "Come!" 1actics and the art of war." He took his hor s e's bridle rein and led the way. After some further conversation Dick rose to depart, He moved westward in a direction parallel with the road. but before doing so he asked to be permitted to take his The redcoats were making their way into the timber "Liberty Boys" and go out and make an attempt to get ll and spreading out, fan-shape, as they advanced; but Dick chance at some of the small band s of redcoat s which had


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. been committing depredations within a few miles of Valley Forge. These parties of redcoats had, within the past week or so, succeeded in cutting off and routing two or three small foraging parties of patriot soldiers. "I would like to beat them at their own game," said Dick; "and if I can get a fair chance, I believe we can do it." Instantly Tom saw a transformation scene which he never forgot. The Boys" suddenly stopped laughing and joking. A stern look came over their faces. As Dick drew his sword, the youths drew their pistols. "Forward!" shouted Dick, waving his swor d in the air. Charge the scoundrels "I believe so, too, Dick; and you have my permission A wild cheer went up from the "Liberty Boys," &L<:: to go ahead with the work. All I "'ask is that you will be putting spurs to their horses they rode forward with th careful and not take too great chances." resistless fury of an avalanche. "I will b e careful, your excellency ; Then Dick saluted and with drew He hasten ed back to the "Liberty Boys' quarters. When he 't old the youths what he was going to do, they were delighted. They were eager to be away at once. As Dick was just as eager as any of them, he told them to get ready. They hastened to do so. An hour later they rod e out of the encampm e nt, going in an easterly direction. Tom Farley was with them, and he was not a little excited. He was going upori his first campaign. g thers, however, were all veterans, and they did not seem to be the least bit excited. They laughed and joked and sang snatches of songs. Indeed, to Tom's way of thinking they acted more like a gang of youths going on a lark than soldiers going in search of an enemy for the purpose of engaging said enemy in a battle to the death. CHAPTER XVIII. THE DUEL. There were about seventy-five of the redcoats. There were nearly a hundred of the "Liberty Boys." The captain of the band of redcoats saw that his men were outnumbered, but did not deem the odds sufficiently against him to warrant his men in fleeing. He decided to give battle, and waving his sword above his head and yelling to his men to follow he urged his horse forward at a gallop. The shock when the two forces came together was t er rific. Crack! Crack! Crack! Crack! wen the pistols. Yells and groans went up from the combatants. The '"Liberty Boys" were too strong for the redcoats, and hurled them back. The redcoats stood their ground as b est they could for a Tom had often heard of "The Liberty Boys of '76 few moments, and then findin g that they were getting He had heard wonderful stories regarding their the worst of it, they turned and fled, followed by many of their desperate daring in battle, and he wondered if it the "Liberty Boys." could be true that these laughing, joking, jolly youths could be the :fighters it was claimed they were. Tom was soon to learn that the truth ha. d not half been told He was soon to learn that those who are joll y and liv e ly, and seemingly careless under ordinary circumstances, are the most dangerous when it comes to real trouble. The youths were riding along through the timber, a couple of hours later, and were still laughing and joking and having a good time. The road crooked and turned, and suddenly on making one of these turns, the "Liberty Boys" came in sight of a band of redcoats which was about a quarter of a mile distant, and coming toward them. When the two parties first came together Dick and redcoat captain met and engaged each other in combat : It was a desperate duel that now took place betwe en \ Dick and the redcoat. Both were determined to win. They were armed with sabers, so there was no advantage in weapons. It was a fair fight True, the redcoats had fled and half a dozen of the "Lib erty Boys" who had remained behind could have inter fered and would have had a perfect right to do so, but they knew Dick would not approve of their doing so, so they sat quietly in their saddles and watched the combat. They had every faith in the ability of Dick to win.


THE LIBERTY BOYS" TRIUMPH. 25 They could not conceive of him losing the fight. It was soon made evident, however, that in. the British captain Dick had found a foeman worthy of his best ef forts. The redcoat was an expert SW'ordsman. Dick was, also, and this made it a duel well worth see ing. Clash! Clash! 'rhe sabres described intricate movements in the air with lightning-like quickness. was impossible for the eye to follow their movements. Clash! Clash: Clash! Hotter grew the combat. It seemed to be about an even thing between the two. that you have granted me this great favor, I am embold ened to ask another of you." ":Ask it." "It is that you will withdraw your men, whom I see coming yonder, so that my men may return and take care .of our dead and wounded "Your request is granted," said Dick promptly. The '1Liberty Boys" soon reached the spot, and as soon as they had taken up the two or three youths who had wounded they rode on down the road in accordance with Dick's orders. Then Dick and the British captain saluted each other, and turning their horses rode in opposite directions. The British officer soon came in sight of his men, and Try as they would, neither seemed to be able to damsignaled for them to return. age other. Both were perfect in defensive work, and neither seem-ed to have any advantage over the other in offensive work. Clash! Clash! Clash! The two were very well matched. I For three or four minutes the combat went on. Each kept maneuvering and pulling his horse this way and that, in an attempt to get his opponent at a disad v antage, and presently" Dick succeedet\ Suddenly he got the chance he had been looking for, and with a quick powerful blow knocked t he redco'at's saber out of his hand. By all the rules of war, Dick had a perfect right to take the redcoat's life, but he had no idea of doing such a thing. The British captain was too brave a man, and had put up too gallant a fight to permit of his being put to death in such a manner. They rode back, and when they reached him he ex-plained the situation. They then rode back to where the engagement had taken place. After giving burial to their dead comrades, they mount-ed the wounded on their horses and rode slowly away in the direction of Philadelphia. They had had all the fight they wanted for one day. They had been beaten at their own game. CHAPTER XIX. l., 1 A FIERCE CHARGE. Dick and the "Liberty Boys" rode back up the road a mile, and stopped in front of a farmhouse. They had been very fortunate in the Elngagement with 'rhere was a look {>f disappointment, but not of fear, on the redcoats 1.he Briti s h captain's face a he looked at Dick and said: Not one of the "Liberty Boys" had been killed, 8.nd "You hav e won. My life is at your mercy." One o f t h e Liberty Boy s" had leaped to the gound and pic ked up t he captain s saber. .rt e hand e d it t o Dick, who in turn extended it toward \ the captain "There is your saber, sir : Take it," he s aid. The British officer looked surprised. Then he shook his head. "No," he said. "You defeated me fairl y ; my life is yours, and I have nothing to say." "Take your saber," said Dick; "take it and go. You are a brave man, and shall have your liberty." The captain's face lighted up. "Thank you," he said, accepting the saber. "And now only three seriously wounded. Several more had been slightly wounded, but this with the "Liberty Boys" did not count It took a pretty serious wound before one of those brave youths would give up and drop out of the ranks. Dick leaped off his horse, and going to the farmhouse, knocked on the door. It was opened by a woman. Dick explained the situation, and asked the woman if he might leave the wounded men in her house. She said that they might. Her husband was away, but the woman said that sh e thought he would be willing for the wounded men to be left there.


26 THE LIBER'l' Y BOYS' TRIUMPH. The "Liberty Boys" at once conducted their wounded comrades into the house, and saw them comfortabl y situ ated, and then they took their departure. Dick was eager to strike another blow at the redcoats that day if possible. They rode back down the road in t h e dir ect ion from which they had just come. They rode six or ei ght miles, and onc e from the top of a high hill they caught sight of the party of redcoats with whom they had their encounter. Dick had no intention of attacking thi s party, however. 1 Had the Liberty :Boys" gone two hundred yards farther befor e the red c oat bands put in an appeara.iice they would hav e been in a trap. In the two parties of redcoats there w e r e at l e a s t three hundred men. Seeing that they outnumbered Dick's party, the red c oats ru s h e d forward to the attack. Dick and t he Liberty Boys" retreated to the top of the hill on one side of the valley, and took up their posi tion among some trees which grew there. The redcoats, confident that their superiority of for& The "Li.berty Boys" had already thrashed them once, would give them an easy victory, charged up the hill with and he did not think it would be fair or right to attack out hesitation. the redcoats a second time. Dick was in search of another party, and if he could :find it, then there would be a battle. They rode hither and thither, and about one o'clock they came upon another party of redcoats They w e re soon to learn their mistake, however. Dick waited till the enemy was within fifty yards, and then h e gave the order for the youths to take aim. The youths obeyed. Onward c ame the red c oat s The latter were engaged in helping themselves to everyThey were within one hundred feet now, and Dick gave thing in the way of provisions that they could find about the comm"a.!}d: a farmhouse which stood just at the edge of the prairie. Dick gave the word, and the "Liberty Boys" rode for"Fire!" Crash! Roar! ward at. a gallop, giving vent to wild cheers as they did so. The volley rang out, and was followed by a cheer from This was a small party of redcoats, and seeing that they the "Liberty Boys." would not have time to reach their horses, the British Considerable damag e was done, Dick kn ew, for the soldiers took to their heels and ran toward the timber wit h British faltered, paused and stood seemingly irresolute. all their might. And now again it was evidenced that Dick possessed all "Liberty Boys" fired a couple of v olleys, but th e t h e qualities which go to make up the successful general. redcoai!S were at such a distance that no one w a s kill e d He saw his chance, and decided to take it. though doubtless a few of them were wounded. He believed that a s udden, fierce charge would suffice As the youths had had no dinner, they d e cid e d to s top to put the redcoats to flight. here and get something to eat. The farmer, grateful to the "Liberty Boys" for driving the redcoats away, was only too glad to give them all the food they could eat. H e dec ided to put the matter to the test at any rate. Drawing hi s sword, Dick waved it in the air, and cried out in a loud, commanding voice? "Charge, Liberty Boys! Forward itnd show them how The youths remained there a couple of hour s but th e .Americans can fight!" frightened redcoats did not return The "Liberty Boys" leaped to their feet, and gave utterDick confiscated their hor::;es, twelve m numb e r and a n c e to their battle-cry: then the "Liberty Boys" rode onward. Dick hoped to find at least one more band of 'r e d c o ats before nightfall. He was not disappointed. He not only found one band of redcoats, but two. Perhaps it might be more prop e r to say that the two bands of redcoats found the "''Liberty Boys." The youths had ridden down into a little valle y and were at the center when a band of redcoats appeared on "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" Then the y da s hed down the hillside strai ght to ward the redcoats. OH.APTER XX. THE "LIBERTY BOYS' TRIUMPH. top of the hill at the farthest side of the valley. .Although the redcoats outnumb e r e d the "Liberty Boys" At the same time, another party rode into view from the to one the fact that the latter had the advantage of right-hand side. position, over c ame this odds.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS TRIUMPH. 27 Then, too, what the "Liberty Boys" lacked in numbers had l eft the three seriously wounded "Liberty Boys," before they made up in :fierceness and desperation. They fought like demons. The redcoats had never seen anything like it. They tried to stand their ground, but could not. The result was that after a ver y few moments of :fighting the red.coats broke and fled. The ";Liberty Boys" pursued them down the hill, and halt way across the little valley,. Then Dick called a halt. Perhaps Dick had never beard the saying, "Build a bridge of gold for a flying enemy," but .be had a thorough understanding of the idea expressed by this saying. He had known of instances where one party had purl sued another too closely and too long, and said party had turned in desperation and given the erstwhile pursuing party a sound thrashing. He felt that it might be so in their case if they pushed the redcoats too closely. The enemy was certainly strong enough to defeat Dick's party if it should take a notion to do so. Dick understood that he had caught the redcoats at just proper moment and bad managed to rout them by causing a panic among them. The "Liberty Boys" hastened. back up to the top of the hill where they had left their horses. Not wishing to leave the spot at once, for fear the red.coats would think they were running away, Dick and his comrades remained where they were for nearly an hour. At the end of that time, having seen nothing further of the redcoats, Dick ordered the "Liberty Boys" to mount their horses. They did so, and the party rode back down the in the direction from which they had come. had not been willing to venture on in the direction they had been going for fear they might run into an ambush. l He figured that they had done enough for one day, anyhow. They had put three parties of redcoats to rout-had beaten them at their own game, and all the "Liberty Boys" were happy. This statement needs no qualification, for even the wounded "Liperty Boys" were happy. They were wounded, true; and some of them were suffer ing considerable pain, but were not their enemies worse wounded and &u:ffering greater pain than they? The youths answered this question with a decided "yes," and so were happy. Dick had hoped to be able to reach the house where they night, but the darkness came on while yet they were six or eigh t miles distant from the house. Dick decided to go into camp. Picking out a nice place near a stream of water, Dick ordered a halt. The "Liberty Boys" dismounted, tethered their horses and built camp-fi res. They had some cold meat and bread in their saddle-bags, and after eating supper and spending an hour talking and telling stories, they rolled themselves in their blanket s and went to sleep-with the exception of six sentinels, who bad been stationed in a circle around the camp to prevent a surprise. Dick lay down with the rest, but for some rea s on be could not sleep. He dozed two or three times, but each time be aroused with a start. He kept this up until nearly midnight, and then :finding he could not sleep be arose and walked away from the encampment. Bob was on guard at the point where Dick left the camp, and the youth paused and exchanged a few words with Bob. "I don't know what's the matter with me, old man," be said; "I've been trying to get to sleep, but could n3t succeed. I giiess I'll take a walk up the road a ways; perhaps I'll be sleepy when I get back." Dick walked slowly up the road. It was a gr.adual slope upward till the top of a hill was reached a g.uarter of a mile distant. When Dick reached the top of the bill he paused and stood foi:. some time looking ahead into the darkness Suddenly be thought he heard footsteps, and acting on the impulse of the moment he glided in behind bushes growing beside the road and stood there, waiting and listening. He was riot mistaken. He had beard footsteps. A dark form appeared close at band. It came from the direction of the camp of the "Liberty Boys." "Jove can it be a spy?" thought Dick. He decided that it must be that the man was a spy. Were there redcoats in the vicinity? the youth wond errd. He made up his mind to satisfy himself on both sco ,";.t When the man had passed, Dick stepped out bei11 d him and followed. :ije moved with all the stealthiness of an Indian on th11 trail of a foe.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS TRIUMPH. Dick was an e x p e r t a t s uch w ork as this. It gave him a great advantage over th e Briti s h s pies, a s he could go place s w ithout detection w h e n a r e d c oat would have betrayed his pre sence at once by some noi se. Onward down the hill move d the man, a nd behind him was Dick. The pur s uit led the y outh a d ist ance o f n ea rl y a mile. Th e n the man whom h e was followin g t urn ed a si d e and entered the t imber. He went but a s hort di s tanc e befor e coming upon a camp fo an in the A sentinel challenged tha man DiGk had been trailing, and he said something and was allowed to pass on. Dick paused and watched and li stene\'l. He saw the man rouse up some of the s leeping men. By the faint light of the camp -fires, n q w almost out, Dick saw that the men were redcoats. Dick could hear the spy' s voice as he talked rapidl y to the other m e n "He is telling them he has discovered our encampment, thought Dick. When the s p y had ceased talking, the work of arousing the camp was begun. Dick knew what this meant. t o take the redcoats by surprise whe n t hey put in an ap pearance The y ou t h s ha s tened back up t h e road a nd s ucceed e d i n rea c hing the vicinity of their late camp before the r ed c oats got there. They concealed themselves near at hand, and mu sket i n h a nd, awai ted the coming of the en emy. P e rhaps ten minutes elapsed. ;. < Then suddenly the redcoats came ru s h i n g out fro m a mong the t rees at the oppo s ite side of the little opening. The light was not very good, and the r e d c o ats had no t discovered tha t t heir intended victims had dis appeared. When they r e ached the heart of the clearing and di s covered that their intended victims had fl.own, the redr coats paused suddenly and gave excla mat i o n s of anger and disappointment. At thi s in s tant Dick gave the order to fire. Crash! Roar! The sound made by the hundred musket shots was al-most deafening. The volley created havoc in the ranks of the redcoats. Quite a number of their men fell dead and wounded. Yells, groans and curses went up from the redcoats. They were taken wholly by surprise, :l.nd for a few mo, The redcoats were going to make an attack On the ments stood there as if dazed. ..! "Liberty Boys." Turning, he stole silently away. He moved cautiously till he reached th e road and then he leaped forward and ran with all his might. lle ran every step of the way back to the Libert y Boys'" I encampment. "What s the matter, Dick?" asked Bob, in surprise. "Danger for us, Bob! There is a large force of red coats over on the other side of the hill, and they are coming to attack us I" "You. don't mean it, Dick?" "Yes, I do. I have just come from there, and they are g e tting ready to come over here." Dick and Bob hastened to the encampment, and pro c eeded to arou s e the sleeping youths. When the "Libe rty Boys" learned that a large party of redcoats were coming to attack them they were surprised but not alarmed. They quickly rolled up their blankets, and as soon a s all were ready, thej left the spot. The y l e d their hor ses a quarter of a mile down the road, and tied them. "Now, then, we will go back," said Dick. "By hiding near the spot where we were just camped we may be able Di c k seized upon the moment for a grand stroke. Charge bayonets!" he cried. "Kill the scoundrels! Let's not leave a single one of them alive!" The "Liberty Boys" rushed out from among the trees, and charged upon the redcoats with fixed bayonets. "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" they cried. This was too much for the redcoat s Their nerves had already re c eived a terrible shock. Giving utterance to wild yell s of fear the redcoats t urned and fled as if the Old Nick was after them It w as a g r e at triumph for the "Liberty Boys." They h ad beaten the redco a t s a t their own game. THE END. The next number (52) of "The Lib e r ty Boys of '76" will contain '"l'HE LIBERTY BOYS SCARE; OR, A MISS AS GOOD AS A MILE," b y H arry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, .send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQ:t.TARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail.


THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS m' NEW YOltK END 'MEN'S JOKE SOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the roost famous end men. :r-io amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. No. 4:.!. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.'.::ontnining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch ud Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for borne amuse u'nt and amateur shows. o. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREf, GUIDE 'D JOKEJ BOOK.-Something new and very instruetive. Every J should obtain this book, as it contains full instructions for or :rnizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. 65. IIIULDOO. JOKES.-This Is one of the most original oke hooks ever published, and it is brimful of wit ant! humor. It a large collection of songs, jokes, etc., of errenee :'\luldoon, the great wit, humorist and practic!ll joker of day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial JOke should n a copv 70. I-iOW TO BJiJCO'.\IE AN ACTOR.-Containing co m structions how to make up for various characters on the a i.: the r with the dutiE-s of the Stage :.\fannger, Prompter, nic. 1 nnd Propertv Man. By a prominent Stage Manager. 'o. O. 'lLLIAi\lS' JOKl!J BOOK.-Containing the Jat-1 jokes anec and funny of this world-r1nowned and popular Ge comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome red cover contmn ng a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. t\o. lG. HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing 1ull instrnctions for eonstructing a winrlow gnr1len eit1'er in town r comtry, ru1d the most approved methods for raising heautifnl 3ower at home. The most complete book of the kind ever publshed. 3(). HOW TO COOK.-One of the most insfructive books 'n co:-ik ug ever p11blishe1l. It contn\ns fot C'ooking meats, lsh, gar;e and oysters ; also pies, puddings, <'akes nnd all kinrls of ;>astry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most populai: ooks. No. 37. HOW TO KEEP TIOl'SE.-It contains information for verybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will tca<'h you how to :.nakc almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, irac.rc a, cements, Aeo;ian harps, imd bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. .'o. 4G. HOW TO :11..\KE AND USE ELECTRrnrrY.--A 0ok of "nstrurtions, by a practical professor (delighting multi t.d vrry right with his wonderful imitations), cnn master the nt anti creae any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the Jrentest book !'Yer publiheqol treatise on chemistry; al. o c perimrnts in aC'ousti

A. Weekly Maga zine containine Stories of the American Revolutio I By HARRY MOORE. siories are based on actual facts and give a faith 1 account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of America youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their uvj for the of helping along the gallant ca.use of In_depe J}.denc Every number will consist of 3 2 large pages of rea.d1ug-./ bound in a beautiful colored cover. r 1 The Lberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 127 The L.iberty Good Spy Work; or, Wit!) the Redcoats 2 The L ib e r ty Boys' Oath ; or, Settling With t h e B n t 1 sh and l'h1 l ade lp h1a. T>r i es 28 The Liberty Boys' Battl e C ry; or, With Washington at 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, H e lping GenC'ra l WashBrandywine )'.lgton. 20 The Liberty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 4 Thi Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Right Place 30 '.rhe Liberty Boys in a Fix; or, Threate ned by Reds and Whi 5 Tl:e Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of th e King's i\linion s. 31 '.rhe Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold in Che 6 TJe Liberty Boys' D e fiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us if You 32 The Liberty Boys Shadowed ; 01", After Dic k Slater for Reven Can." 7 \'he Liberty Boys in Demand; or, The Champipn Spies of the R evo lution. 8 The Liberty Bo ys' Hard Fight; or, B eset by British and Tories. 9 The .Liberty Boys to the R escue; or, A Host Within The1mselv es 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; Ol', A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck; or, Undaunted by Odds 12 T he Liberty Boys' Peril ; or, Threa t e n ed from All Sid es 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the B1,ave 14 The Liberiy Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling th e British. 15 The Liberty Boys' _T.cap, and What They Caught iil):t. B oys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Clever Seh eme 17 Boys' Great Stro ke; or, Capturing a British Man-of-War. 18 The Libe r ty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs Re coats, rn The Liberty Boys Tl'apped ; or, The Beautiful T'or The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an 34 'l'he Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That ceeded. 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal ; or, "At the C lang of the Bell 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work: or, Risking Life for Libert Cause. 3i The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won I t 38 The Lib erty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won 30 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul ; o r '.raking Everything in Sil 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Til1le8; Ol', Reveling in B 1 itish Go j 41 The Liberty Boys in a Snare: 01 Almost Trapped. __J 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue: or, In the Nick of Time. 4 3 1.rh e Liherty Boy s Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholes l 44 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the H e dcoats and Tori1 4;\ The Liberty Boys Worrie d ; or, The Disappearance of D Slater. _,, 20 The Liberty Boys' Mi stake; or, What i\li g h t .Ha e Been.'' l H The Libe 1 ty Boy :;' Iron Grip; or, Squeez i ng the Redcoats. 21 The Liberty Boys' Fine Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 2 .. The L1'berty Boys at. Ba.v 01 The Closest Call of All. 47 The Liberty Boys Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to 48 The Liberty Boys' Setback; 01", Defeated, But Not Disg1ace 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, l\Iaking I t Warm for the R e d coa t s 49 The Liberty in Toryville; or, Dick S later's Fearful R j 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory ; or, Downing the 5 0 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Strikin,1 Strong Blows for I! and Tories. erty. j 25 The Liberty Boys Suspec ted; 01, 'l'aken for Britis h Spies. 51 The Liberty Boys' Triumph; or eating the Redcoats at Th 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever 'l.'l'ick; or, T eac hing the R e dcoats a Own Game. 'l.'hing or Two. 52 The Liberty Boys' S care; or, A l\Iiss as \iood as a Mile. For sale b y all newsdealers, or 8e n t postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy b J PBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squai;e, IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and canno t procu r e t h em from n ew s dealers, t h ey can b e ob tained fro m t h is office d i rect. Cut out and; I n the foll owing O r de r Bl a n k and send i t to us with t h e price o f the books yo u wan t a nd we will se nd t h e m t o y ou by t urn mail. POSTAGE S'J.'AMPS TAiiE N 'J'HE SAME A S MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ...................... 1 90 1 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find .... cen ts for which please send me: ... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............... ................................ PLUCK AND LUCK ................................................ SECRET SERVICE ..... ............... ......................... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ....................................... Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos. . . . . ........ . Nam e. . ....... .. Street and No ............... Town ......... 8 tate ... ... >,


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