The Liberty Boys' daring stroke, or, With "Light Horse Harry" at Paulus Hook

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 7 soon after the redcoats reached there. "Did I kill him?" he asked. The British soldiers regarded the man curiously. They "How long will it be before this fellow comes to ?" "Hard tellin'; mebby five minutes, mebby fifteen." "Supposing we take him over to your cabin and keep saw a very tall, raw-boned man, with long, hooked nose him there till he comes to?" and eagle eyes, dark hair, long and tangled, and a skin "Ye kin ef ye wants ter." I that looked like tanned leather. He was dressed in the Four of the redcoats lifted the insensible youth and skins of wild animals, cut and fastened together with a bore him to the cabin and into it. They placed h im in string; and on his head was a coonskin cap. Taken all in a bunk at one side, and then bathed his face with cold he was a rather picturesque character. "Who are you?" asked one of the soldiers ":Me?" water. Dick soon came to, and, opening his eyes, looked around him. "Where am I?" he murmured. "And-what's the mat' with my head?" "Oh, I'm Lige Mullen-though folks mostly calls me "You bumped it against a bullet/' was the reply, with 'Long Lige.' 'Long Lige,' eh?" "Yas." "Do you live in that cabin?" _"I don' live nowhars else; but ye hain't answered my L question. Rev I killed ther youngster?" l "No, I don't think he's dead." ''I didn't aim ter kill 'im." "You didn't?" "No; I jcs' aimed crease 'irn, like, so ez ter stop 'im." "Why did you do that?" "W'y ?" "Yes." "So\; ter he'p ye fellers out er bit." "How did you know we were coming?" The hunter grinned. "That's easy cnuff," was the reply; "ef I sees er deer a-runnin' fur life, I knows thet a thar's er painter, cattymount, b'ar er sumthin' arter et, 1. don't I?" c, "Well, yes, I suppose you do." a smile. "Oh, yes, I remember now," said Dick; "I was running, and heard a shot and felt a pain in my head; that's all I remember until the present." "Exactly; well, do you feel strong enough to walk?" "I guess so. But who shot me?" He glanced inquiringly about him as he spoke, and when his eyes fell upon the tall hunter a look of intelligence flashed into them. "You did it!" he exclaimed 'I'he man grinned and bowed awkwardly. "I'm ther vcrry feller whut done et, young feller!" he said. "An' d l do say ct myself, et wuz ez purty er shot ez I ever seed." "You mean to say that you fired with the intention of creasing me?" "Thet's jes' whut I do mean ter say, an' et's ther trooth." "All right; that saves your life." Dick spoke calmly, but the hunter and the redcoats stared at him in amazement. "What _do you mean?" asked one of the soldiers. 1 "Et ,rnz ther same w'en I seeu the youngster a-runnin'. "Just what I say. Had that fellow shot at me with h I knowed he wuz er rebel spy, an' I'm er loyal man. I jes' the intention of killing me, I should have killed him; but up my min' ter stop 'im." "I see; and you shot him." "Y as; th et is, I creased 'im." v. "By 'creasing' I suppose you mean that you fired with the intention of just grazing the top of his head?" be "Thet's et kerzackly." ld "Well, you did it; but I wouldn't believe any living could have fired such a shot intentionally." l" The hunter chuckled "Oh, thar's er heap ye've got ter l'arn yit crbout shootin' an' sich like things," he said; ;s;: mos' all the people u \ this country kin shoot like thet, aim' thet's thcr reason et's so hard fur ye ter git ther JIDetter uv ther Americans." "Perhaps you are right." "Oh, there 11'ain 't no 'p'raps' er bout et. Et's so." as he did not do that, I shall be easier on him than I would otherwise have been." The hunter chuckled as if highly amused. "Ye talk mighty big fur er rebel spy who is er pris'ner in ther han's uv ther British," he said; "I guess ye won't hurt nobuddy enny more." "You will find out before very long, my friend." "I'll resk et." "Of course; you will have to risk it." "Waal, I guess thet I'll be able ter hol' my end up with ye, young feller." "Up with you! We must be getting back," said one of the redcoats, pulling Dick by the arm. Dick rose to a sitting posture and then to his feet. He was somewhat dizzy, but managed to stand up. The


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. -1 redcoats proceeded to tie the youth's wrist:; together be-They knew nothing of my presence here when you folks bind his back, and then they were ready to go. came." "We are much obliged to you for what you did," said one of the men, addressing Long Lige; "but for you be would likely have escaped." ur most certainly should," said Dick; "you could never haYe caught me." "Ye'rc welcome ter whut I done," said Long Lige. "Thank you; we won't forget it," said ihe redcoat. "Nor will I," said Dick, significantly. The tnll bunter laughed. "I guess et won't do ye enny good, er me enny hurt," be said. "Just think that way if it will do you any good, or please you," said Dick; "but I promise you I shall try to pay the debt which I owe you." "Don't worry erbout me, young feller." "Come along," said the redcoat, and they hustled Dick out of the cabin. They made their way across the open space, the hunter standing in the open doorway and watching them out of sight. It was half an hour s walk to the cabin of the Lymans, and when the redcoats got there, bringing their prisoner, their comrades were delighted. "So you got him, did you?" cried the leader of the redcoats, who wore the uniform of a captain. "Yes, we got him." "How did you manage it? I didn t think you would be able to catch him." "We would not have caught him, but a hunter who calls himself 'Long Lige' brought the spy down by creasing him; v nd we were enabled to make him a pri s oner." "You certainly would not have done so otherwise," said 'l'he ca. ptain looked incredulous. "That will do for you Lo say," he said, "but as for us believing it-that is an other matter." "It is the truth I am telling you," insisted Dick; "and you will be these good people an injustice if you lay this up against them. They knew nothing about me, and are innocent of any collusion with me." "I won't s ay that I beli eYe you," said the redcoat, "but as we have no place to keep pri s oners, over at the Hook, we wi11 not bother them just now." Then he turned toward Mr. Lyman and said, threateningly: "You had b ette r be very car e ful in future sir! If yon offer aid to anoth e r rebel it will go bard with you!" "I have no intention of doing anything of the kind," said J\Ir. Lyman. "See to it that you don't render them any assi s tan c e in the future!" Then the officer turned to bis men. "We will retur to the Hook," be said; "we have captured the s py, so bay done well. Take charge of him, a couple of you, and w will be off." Two of the r e dcoats seized hold of Dick, on e by eith el"I arm, and th e y marched away in the direction of the Hook from which place be bad come littl e more than an h o u L d or e They w e r e watched out of sight b y t h e Lymans, an th e n Mr. L y man said: "That i s too bad I was in h o p e that Dick had e s caped." "I hoped s o," said Mrs. Lyman; "and I thought tha he would escape, aft e r he succeed e d in getting away fro h e re." Di c k, quietly. He w o uld have escaped if it hadn't been for Lig e J\Iul "Well, it doesn't matter about that; 'we have you, and lc:n, s aid J e nnie; "the big coward !-to c ooll y s hoot Di e that i s all we car e about. How it was done cuts no figur e uown in that fa shion!" You are our pri s oner, and I think b e for e many hours roll by you will be dancing at the e nd of a rop e with nothing unil e r your fee t but thin air." "Don' t be too sure of that," said Dick, quietly. Dick saw that the Lymans were greatly distressed on account of his capture. Mr. and Mr s Lyman looked wor ried, while there was a look of deep sorrow on the face "Lige i s a s trong king' s man," s aid ::\Ir. Lyman. "Yes; you know he has threatened to s hoot you, becau s e you w e re not a king's man," remarked M:rs. Lyman. "Yes, and he is just mean enough to do it, too, father!' s aid J eI1,I1ie. "You had better be careful and keep a shar lookout for him after this." It did not take the party of redcoats long to rea c h the11 of Jennie. Hook, and their arrival, with Dick in their midst, a prisThe leader of the redcoats now turne d and looked se-oner, was bailed with delight. Collins, the man who hacf verely at the three. "I hardly know what to do with been thrashed by Dick, when the youth was disguised as a you people," he said; "you have lent aid and assistance girl strawberry peddler, was perhaps the best-pleased ma to a rebel spy, and that is a serious offense; but--" in the garrison. It was really due to bim ,that Dick had "You are mistaken, sir," interrupted Dick; "I do not been captured, too, for when he had come to, after Die wish to see harm come to innocent people on my account: had gone, he had declared that no woman living coulf


THE LIBERTY BOY:::l' DAR I NG STROKE. 9 ,r he had received, and that the supDick smiled. "I shall hardly do anything of the kind," pose\ at tE dn in disguise. The others had hooted he said st, but the more they thought about it "Humph! What is your name?" the mor,_ .sj thought that there might be something in it. 'fhey were well aware that not one of them could have done what the supposed girl had done with seeming ease, r.nd when they came to look at the matter with a comm on sense view it did seem unreasonable to think that a girl I could have knocked the bully of the garrison senseless. So a party had been made up, and, under the command of a captain, had hastened away in pursuit of the berry peddler. They had not seen Dick go to the home of the Lymans, but they knew where the house "'as, and thought it likely the supposed girl would be found ,there; so had "George Harris." "How long have you borne that name?" "All my life.1 "All of one minute, I should say." "You would say wrong." "Bah Where do you 1i ve r" "About four miles from here "You were found in a shed at the rear of the house of a family of rebels. What were you doing there?" "I was talking to the people when your men appeared, und f was afraid of them and went in the shed to hide 1 headed in the direction, with the results we have seen. from them." Dick was at once taken b e fore the commander of the "Why should you be afraid of them if you were not a garrison. The officer glared at the youth, :fiercely, evirebel and spy?" dently thinking to intimidate him. In this he did not "Because I have heard a many stories of the succeed, however, as may well be supposed; it took a great cruelty of the soldiers, and I was afraid they might hurt i deal more than looks to intimidate Dick Slater. me." "So, we have you now, you rebel spy!" the officer cried. "So you got in your work first, and almost choked one "l am not a rebel spy," replied Dick, calmly. of the men to death, and garbing yourself in his coat a\ld "Don't dispute my word! You are a rebel spy! I say hat you made a break; and by a ruse succeeded in getting away, temporarily." r Orn.t you are!" Evidently the officer was one who did not brook opposi r tion. "Well, say what you please," said Dick, quietly; "that !I. does not make it true, however." Dick nodded. "Yes) I acknowledge that/' he said; "I did it in self-defense I didn't know what your men might take it into their heads to do." "That is a very good story, young man, but I don't believe a word of it. You are a rebel spy, and you were here in this place disguised as a girl fruit peddler; and now that I have got you I'm going to hold onto you." (l "I don't blame you for holding onto me for a while," said Dick; "but as soon as it shown that I am not a "You don't know it; you simply think that you know it." spy, I hope you will do the right thing and set me free." ''What Do you dare tell me I lie?" roared the officer. "Oh, I don't say you lie. I simply say that you are mistaken." "But I know that I am not!" "What! what! Srhy, you are the sauciest young scoundrel that ever I saw in my life!" "I must insist on telling the truth," said Dick, calmly. 'I can't afford to let you think I am a rebel spy when e am not; for I have no desire to lose my life just yet a 1 vhile." "Oh, I'll do that!" with a sneering "When is shown that you are not a rebel or spy." At this moment an orderly appeared and said: "Collins is here, sir." "Show him in!" ordered the commander. The next moment the fellow whom Dick had given such ''You are a spy, just the same; and you were in this a thrashing appeared. The commander motioned toward encampment an hour ago, disguised as a girl. Deny it Dick. 1eif you dare!" "Take a good look at him, Collins," he said, "and tell s-"Of course I deny it," said Dick; "I was not here me if you think he is the fellow who was here a short time a y OU are mistaken, I assure you." a "I am not mistaken! You were here, and you are a n1PY Of course, you would deny it." d "Certainly; and I do deny it." e k "It will do you no good; might as well tell the arnth and acknowledge that you are a rebel spy." ago, disguised as a girl fruit peddler." Collins stepped forward and peered into Dick s face for at least half a minute, Dick meeting the fellow's gaze unflinchingly. "Well?" said the commander, impatiently. "It's him, all right, sir!" Collins declared. ,,


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. "You are sure of it, eh?" something, and presently she put on "Yes; I w01d be willing to swear to it." to her parents: "I am going over to i "Then you are willing to swear to a lie!" said Dick, "What for?" asked her mother, in st.. promptly. "I want to see Tom." A fierce growl of rage escaped the lips of Collins, and he glared at the youth with the look of a fiend; but, of course, he di d not dare strike or lay hands on him. "I'll see you hung or shot!" he said fiercely. "Want to see Tom?" "Yes. Is there anything so very strange about ihat? "Well, it seems so to me, after--" Mrs. Lyman hesitated, and Jennie looked at her a "I don't think you will, friend Collins," was the quiet said: "After-what?" reply. \ "After you refused to marry him, as you did do, not tw "You'll see!" )Veeks ago!" "That is all, Collins," said the commander; "you may .Jennie smiled, in rather a constrained manner. "So yo go think that on that account it is strange I should go to s Collins saluted and withdrew, fl.ashing a look of maligTom?" "I do." 'rhe youth merely gave the fellow a contemptuous smile, "And so do I, Jennie," said her father; "why do yo nant triumph at Dick as he went. which angered him, but he did not dare say anything more. wish to see him?" a'l'ake the prisoner and confine him in the prison!" orto ask The girl hesitated, and then said: "I wish dered the commander, and the two soldiers who had con-favor of him." ducted Dick into the officer's headquarters led him forth anJ. across the grounds to a small, shanty-like building not far from the bay. They conducted the youth into this building and left him there, going out and fa&tening the door behind them. '"Well," thought Dick, "this is rather hard! Here I am, a prisoner, when I ought to be riding toward West Point I with the information which the commander-in-chief wished me to secure. Well, it can't be helped. I did the best I could-and but for that scoundrelly Tory, Long Lige, I would have escaped easily. I am not such of a hand for bearing ill will toward a person, or nursing a grievance, but I think I shall not rest satisfied until after I have squared my account with that fellow!" "A favor?" in a surprised tone of voice. "Yes." "What favor do you want to ask at his hands?" "I want to ask him to try to rescue Dick Slater!" "Ah!" Both uttered the exclamation in unison, an they looked at the girl curiously. "So that is what you want to do, is it?" asked ha mother. "Yes." "And do you think Tom will be willing to do it?" "If I ask him to." "Yes; but Jennie-is it right to ask him to try rescue Dick Slater? He will have to risk his own life i Dick looked about him as well as he could, for it was doing so, you know." n<\;v growing dusk, and there was no light in the room, and only one small window, which was grated, and asked him self if it was possible for him to escape "I fear not," he thought, with a sigh; "however, I will not despair and will get out of here if such a thing is possible." But would it be possible? I know that." "What will you tell him your reason is for wishing hi1 Lo rescue Dick Slater?" l The girl flushed but replied steadily enouglf "I will tell him that I wish it because Dick Slater is patriot, and one of the most important scouts and spit in the ,Continental army. Tom is a strong patriot, an he will be willing to make the attempt, I am sure." "' "Has he ever met Dick Slater?" tl CHAPTER IV. "I don t know." "If he has, and isaware that the young patriot is harn1 TOM BARNES. some, won't he suspect that you are asking him to do thr because you are--well, interested in him?" Jennie Lyman was silent and preoccupied for half an The girl shook his head. "I hardly think so," she sail1 hour or so after the redcoats departed, taking Dick Slater "rr'om is sensible, and is not jealous or suspicious, and with them as a prisoner. She seemed to be thinking about think he will not put such a construction on my actic


'l'HE LIBERrry BOYS'' DARING srrROKE. 11 in coming to him. He will simply be glad that I brought ''Why are you here so late, Jennie-anything wrong at him the information regarding Dick Slater's capture." !tome?" the young man, who was indeed Tom Barnes, "Perhaps so," said Mrs. Lyman, doubtfully. "I am sure of it," said Jennie; "and even if it were otherwise, I believe he would do his best to rescue Dick, anyway." "I don't know but yon are right; Tom is a nople-hearted boy, if ever there was one." asked. "No, nothing wrong at home, Tom-that is to say, there is nothing wrong with any of our folks." "What is the matter, then, Jennie? I know something is wrong." "Have you ever heard of Dick Slater, Tom?" asked i1 ''He is that," said Mr. Lyman; "and I think yon would .Tennie. have done mighty well to have accepted him, Jennie. He ''Oh, yes; he's the captain of a company of young felwould have made you a good husband." low who call themselves 'The Liberty Boys of '76,' isn't "I know that, father," said the girl, "but-I don't love he?" him, and I don't think it would be right to marry a man when you don't love him." "'l'hat would have come soon. You would have soon U learned to care for him." The girl shook her head. "I am afraid not," she said. "Are you not afraid to go over to Tom's home alone, Jennie?" asked her mother. "It is almost dark now." ll "Oh, no; I'm not afraid. It is only two miles, and I can walk it in thirty-five minutes." "But it is a lonesome way through the timber in the darkness." ''Yes." "Well, what about him, Jennie?" i H c is a prisoner in the hands of the redcoats, Tom "A prisoner in the hands of the redcoats?" / "Yes." "Where? Which redcoats?" "Those over at the Hook." "Is lhat so?" "Yes." "How did. it happen .?" "I'lL tell you, Tom: He came to our house two days ago "I'll get over there before it is so very dark, and Tom and said 11e had .come down from West Point to spy on will be with me when I come back." the garrison at the Hook. He stayed at our house, and "I hope so; but I'm not sure of it," said Mrs. Lyman. Jo-day, disguised in one of mother's dresses, he succeeded "I am sure of it. Well, good-by, and don't worry abouL in getting within the works of the British, on pretence that !I.el me. I'll be back in less than two hours, and Tom will be he was a fruit peddler. He had some strawberries, and with me." sold them to the soldiers; but he was suspected, and some "You had better let father go with you, Jennie/' of them came to our house soon after he returned from the "No, mother; there is no need of it, and you would be Hook and surrounded the house. But Dick managed to afraid here all alone. I'll be all right; don't worry about get away from them and ran away through the timber. He t me." would have escaped easily enough had it not been for Long i Then she took her departure, and set out along a windLige, who dropped him senseless with a rifle bullet, which l ing path which led through the timber. She was a strong, just creased him, and the redcoats captured him." healthy and active girl, and walked rapidly. She was "Long Lige is a strong Tory," said Tom; "and Dick i familiar with the path, so did not have to lose any time Slater, he is a prisoner at the Hook, now, you say?" ooking for the right way to go. The result was, that "Yes." _gJjlfter about thirty-five minutes of rapid walking she came put in a field of about twenty acres. Near the centre of piJ:he field was a good-sized log house and some outbuildings. aDj "I hope that Tom is at home!" thought Jennie, as she walked toward the house. In reaching the house it was "And what do you want of me, Jennie?" "I want you to try to rescue him, Tom." The young man waa silent for a few moments, and then he said: "It will be a dangerous thing to ao, Jennie.": "I know it, Tom; but I know, too, that you are brave, necessary for her to pass near the stable; and as s:1:ie and I believe that if anybo'dy can rescue him, you can." near it a yolmg man, just visible in the faint light o. n!he newly risen moon, stepped out and came face to face her. "What! You, Jennie?" the young man exclaimed, and sai iere was a joyous to his voice. nd "Yes, it is I, Tom," was. tlie reply. ctia, "Thank you, Jennie, for your good opinion of me." There was strong feeling in the young man's tone. "I know you are brave, Tom,'' the girl went on, "and if you can rescue Dick Slater, you will be doing a great thing for the cause of Liberty, I know; for Dick had secured some valuable information which, if he could have


12 LIBERTY BOY::!' DAlUXG 8TROKE. taken it to the commander-in-chief, would have been used time before refused an offer of marriage from the young to good advantage.'" man. Tom was a sensible young fellow, though, and he Again Tom was silent for a few moments, and then he ditl not get angry at Jennie on this account. He thought said: "This young man, Dick Slater-is he-is he-just as much of her as ever, and it may be that he still handsome, Jennie?" cherished hopes that she might yet agree to become Mrs. There was a tremor in the young man's voice. It was Barnes. evident that he suspected that Jennie had a personal inThey were about three-quarters of an hour in reaching terest in the affair of the patriot spy's rescue. the Lyman home, and Tom was given a hearty welcome by "Yes, he's handsom _e, Tom-but," in an impulsive voice, l\Ir. and Mrs. Lyman, both of whom like

'rHB LIBERT cabin would not have noticed it in passing along on thfl top of the river bank. Nor was it easy to be seen from .the river, as there were small trees and shrubs growing in front of and all around it. Reaching this cabin Tom knocked on the door. "Come in called out a voice, and Tom pu,;hed the door open and entered. "How air ye, Tom?" the occupant of the cabin, a grizzled l old :fisherman, called out. "Pretty well; hmv are you, Joe?" replied the youth, as he extended his hand, the other taking it and shaking it heartily. jl "Oh, so-so, my boy; jes' so-so. Thar hain't much doin' & in ther :fishin' line nowadays." "I should think it would be good pay, J oe," the youth declared; "won't the redcoats buy your :fish?" "Oh, yes; they buys 'em-but ther trubble is ter ketch ther :fish." "Oh, that's it?" "Yas." "Won't the fish bite?" "Not like they uster." "Why is that?" "Thar's too menny boats an' ships a-skootin' aroun' e t hrough ther water, my boy, thet's w'at's ther trubble." "Oh, that's it; there are too many redcoats in these II \rnt ers, eh?" h "'las," with a grin; "ther fish is afeerd uv 'em." Then. the old fisherman looked at Tom curiously. "W'at e cloin.' away up beer at this time uv ther night, Tom?" he t t ;;ked. The youth smiled "Perhaps I want to go fishingwith ou," he replied. "Waal, ye kin do thet ef ye wanter," was. the reply; "but kinder think thet thru. is somethin' else in ther win', er e wouldn't be heer at this time uv ther night." Tom laughed. "You are right about that, Joe. I am :ere on more serious business than fishing." "I tho rt so. W'at is ther bizness ?" aig h "I'll tell you: The British down on the Hook have a trucktriot a prisoner, and I am going to try to rescue him." The old man nodded. "I knowed somethin' wuz up," he war clared. "But who is ther patriot?" e wa "Have you ever heard of Dick Slater, Joe?" "Hev I? W aal, I ruther guess I hev I've seen 'im, too e 'im ercross ther river onct. He's ther feller they 'Ther Champeen Spy uv ther Revolution.' do\\i "You are right; well, I'm glad you know him. I've F tha!ver met him, but I've heard a great deal about him, and froli i;; band of 'Liberty Boys' as they are called." oi U "Yas; they're er brave lot u'v young fellers." "I guess there isn't any doubt about that." "An' Dick is er pris'ner, ye say, down at ther Hook?" "Yes." "When wuz he captoored ?" "To-day." "Tcr-day, eh?" "Yes." "How did et happen?" Tom told him the story of Dick's capture, as it had been told to him by Jennie while they were walking from his home to hers. "So thet wuz ther way uv et, eh?" as Tom finished. "Yes." "Thet wuz er mean trick uv Long Lige's," with a gnmt of disapproval. "So it was. The redcoats would not have captured Dick had it not been for Long Lige." "An' ye air goin' ter try ter risgy Dick Slater?" "Yes." The old man shook his head, slowly and dubiously. "Et'll be er hard thing ter do," he said. 'romnodded. "I don't doubt that; but he must be if such a thing is possible." "Yer right; he is too vallerable ter ther great cause uv Liberty fur ter be left ter be shot er hung by ther red coats." ''Just so ; and I want you to help me rescue him, J oc." "I"m reddy ter do w'atever I kin," was the prompt reply. "Well, I think you can do a good deal to help meJ "W'at kin. I do?" "Well, in the first place, you can furnish a boat, can't you?" "Yas." "Well, that will be a big help." "Ye air goin 'ter try ter git ter ther Hook ther water side, eh?" ''Yes; I think that safest and best." "I dunno but yer right." "You have done a good deal of fishing down around the Hook, haven't you, Joe?" "Yes, quite er good deal." "Then you are familiar with the lay of the land--0r water, rather, and will know just which way to go." "Yas, I kin put ye right up ag'inst ther Hook at enny p'int you wants." "That is good; that will help me a great deal." "I've be'n down aroun' thar er good deal lately," went on JO<', "an' I know jes whar ther prizzen is located. Et hez


14 THE LIBER'fY BOY:S' DAR 1' Ll-8'1'..l:WK -Oe'n used mos'ly fur ter keep soldiers in w'at went over ter redcoat was far enough away so as to make it safe to do ther city an' come back drunk." "I know; it has been used as a guard house." "Y as; I've heerd ther fellers in thar a-singin' an' yellin' 1like all git out." "Good You can put me ashore right near this guard house, then, and that will make the matter much easier and simpler than it would otherwise have been." "W'en d'ye wanter start?" "How long does it take to row down there?" "Oh, not long; ten or :fifteen minnets, I guess." Tom tried the guard house door. It was locked. Of cour this was to be expected; still Tom had hoped that it mig be possible that the door had left unlocked. Wh should he do now? Tom pondered the situation. Undoubtedly the sentin had the key of the guard house, he thought; then the o thing to do was to secure the key. But how was he to it? This was new business to Tom. For Dick Slater problem would have presented no great difficulties. Tom it. presented a number. He was a brave and d "Well, we won't start till after midnight." termined youth, however, and was determined that "I shouldn't think et would be a good idee ter git thar would rescue Dick Slater if such a thing possible. too airly." decided to attack the sentinel, and nerved himself for ti "No; we want to wait till all are asleep save the senordeal. He realized that it was a very dangerous thing tinels; then they are all we will have to look out do,_ for one cry from the sentinel would i;irouse the en "Thet's right." garrison and bring the soldiers of the king buzzing aro 'fhe two remained in the cabin and talked till it was past his ears. He must not give the man a chance ,to cry 0 But how was be to help himself? He decided that midnight, and then they went out and got into a boat, and bef:t way would be to knock him senseless, which feat the old :fisherman took the oars and rowed slowly and silentfelt that he might be able to accomplish. Drawing ly away, down the river. There was a moon, but it was quite cloudy, so the moon did not give much light; and even so large an object as a boat could not be seen more than a few yards There was not much danger that they would be discovered, so long as they re!Ilained in the boat; it was after he had gone ashore that Tom would have to look out. He was prepared to do this, however, and as soon as they were able to locate the of the guard house, J oc pulled cautiously ashore and stopped. only when the boat's nose ran up on the sand. pistol out of his belt, Tom took hold of the barrel, a gripping it firmly, waited for his intended victim to ret The butt of the pistol was almost wholly iron, and a b on the head with it would, the youth was sure, knoc man senseless. Presently he heard the footsteps of the sentinel. Lou and louder they sounded, as the redcoat came closer closer, and crouching against the side of the guard h Tom waited. At last the sentinel's form could be i:: dimly outlined against the background of the sky. He within ten feet of the guard house and then he paused Tom did not at once go ashore, but both sat perfectly turned. As he started to walk away Tom walked forw still and listened for several minutes. They could hear the quickly a;ud silently, on his til_ltoes, and he tramp-tramp of the sentinel's feet as he marched slowly quickly within reach of his intended victim. It was backward and forward on his beat, and then, seizing the business for Tom, but he did not hesitate. Setting hist time when the sentinel was farthest away, Torn quickly but he drew back and then struck the sentinel on the cautiously and silently made his way to the shore. with terrible force. Ilere, crouching on the sand, he waited till the sentinel The man dropped in his tracks, and did not so muc had approached and g?ne away again, and then he crept utter a groan. Tom was astonished by his success, townrd the guard house, the outlines of which could be seen he had feared that the fellow would cry out, but he di a short distance away. He reached this and made his way lose a moment congratulating himself on his good cautiously around to the front where the door was. He tune. He was there for business, and he quickly dro heard the sentinel corning, but feeling sure that the shadow on his knees beside the still form and began feelin of: the building would make it impossible for the redcoat to sec him, he held his ground and did not move. The sentinel approached almost to the door and then turned and started back. Torn had feared that he would the man's pockets. Soon his fingers came in contact a large, iron key, and drawing this forth the youth and stepped quickly to the guard house door. He ins the key in the lock and tried it. It turned, there be discovered, after all, and a long breath of relief escaped click, and he knew that the door was unlocked. him as the sentinel started away again. As soon as the "Good!" thought the youth; "I have had splendid


THB LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 15so far." Then he opened the door and stood for a mo ment trying to pierce the thick darkness with his gaze. "Are you here, Dick Slater?" he asked, in a shrill whisper, "Yes, yes!" came back the reply, in an eager whisper. "I'm right over here. This way Tom made his way slowly and carefully in the direction from which the sound of the voice had come, and present ly he felt some o'ne who was lying on a cot or bunk built against the wall. "Is this you, Dick?" Tom asked. "Yes; but who are you?" "No one you know; but a friend, nevertheless. I have tir come to free you." un "Good Have you a knife?" OU tl t "Yes." "Then cut the rope binding my arms." Tom drew a knife from fiis belt and feeling about till h he located the l'ope in question, he cut it, being careful an not to cut the prisoner's wrists. ur "Thank goodness, I am free from my bonds, at any blo rate!" said Dick Slater in a whisper. "But now the next ck thing is to get away from here." "Yes; and if you are ready we had better be getting ind away, too!" whispered Tom. "The alarm may be given a at any moment." nou "Where is the sentinel wlio was on guard over the prison?" e a "He's lying out there on the ground. I thumped him on the head with the butt of my pistol." e "Good then let's get out of here. How are we to get s n away?" s te "I have a friend and a boat out here; if we can get l h nto the boat before the alarm is sounded, I think we can et safely away." "Very well; you lead the way and I will follow." Tom obeyed, and they were soon out of the building and tealing toward the boat. They had almost reached it hen on the air rose a wild yell, followed by the report The fact that the prisoner was making his escape had, some manner, been discovered. "!Iere's the boat; into it, quick!" exclaimed Tom. Dick obeyed, and scrambled into the boat, Tom followg, and giving the boat a shove as he did so. The old i' d 1 sherman bent to the oars and the boat moved away just as 1 e dark forms of a hundred redcoats were seen running pward the spot. OHAP'l'ER VI. PURSUED "Pull, Joe; pull with all your might exclaimed Tom. The old :fisherman made no reply, but he worked with all his energy and drew rapidly away from the Hook. Crash! Roar! The redcoats had :fired a volley, but while the bullets whistled past, and one or two struck the boat, neither of the inmates was hit and the boat continued to make rapid progress through the water. "Have they any boats?" asked Tom "Oh, yas, they hev three er four," replied Joe; "they'll he us mighty quick." 'I'hat he spoke truly was soon proven, for the sound of oars splashing was heard, and the shouts of the soldiers. "They're coming now!" said Tom. "I guess you are right,'' agreed Dick. "Do you think you can keep them from with us, Joe?" Tom asked. "I dunno; but I think I kin." catching up "Let me at the oars; I am strong and an expert rower,'' said Dick. "No; I kin row ez fast ez ye kin, I think," replied the old :fisherman, "an' we'd lose time changin'. We on'y hev er mile ter go, an' I kin row thet fur without gittin' much tired The old man kept at it with great vigor and energy. He was strong, even though a man sixty years old, at least. His life had made him healthy and strong, and being con stantly at work he was tough and quite equal to the task of rowing a mile at top speed 'l'he redcoats were coming rapidly, however, and although it could not be possible that they could see the fugitives yet they kept on their track and were even drawing nearer and nearer. It did not take long to row tb.e mile, and soon the boatls prow strucl).: the shore at a point right below where the fisherman's cabin stood. "Jump out, quick!" the man said. "We hain't got much time ter spare." The three ashore, and the old man tied the painter to a stake driv'-11 in the ground, after which he led the way up the bank. "We'll take refuge in the timber," said Tom, as they reached the door of the cabin; "we won't go away, though, until after the redcoats have come and gone, for if they should try to harm you, Joe, we would want to help you out."


TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. "Oh, they won't bother me," the man said, confident1y; more moderate tone; "you rescued the prisoner, and he i "don' ye boys be afeerd uv thet." here somewhere. We are going to find him, rest assure "Well, we'll wait, anyway," said ,.Dick. "Then he and of that!" Tom bounded up the bank and stationed themselves behind "E! ye fin' enny rebel heer ye kin hang me on ther spot trees, while Joe entered his cabin, and, closing the door, Joe, promptly. "I dunno nothin" erbout w'at ye ai threw himself down in his bunk and lay still. talkin' erbout." 'I'll jes' purten' thet I'm ersleep w'en they come," he The reckoats at once began searching the cabin. It di to himself; "an' I don' think they'll suspishun ennynot' take long, for there were only two roolJ'.lS, both smal thing." and it was soon seen that there was no one hidden anywher It was not long before he heard footsteps, and then about. there was a knock on his door. The old fisherman made "W'at'd I tell ye?" remarked Joe. "Ye ai1; on the no reply. He would wait and make them think he had 1nong tack, altogether. Ther prisoner hain't ennywhai been asleep. Then ii' they accused him of having aided in aroun' heer. He's gone in some other direckshun, an' whil the escape of the prisoner he could deny it, and they could ye wuz a-rowin' up heer on er wil' goose chase he w not prove to the contrary. gittin' erway in some other direckshun." There was a short silence, and then there came another "I don't believe it!" the redcoat leader cried. "I a h.'Tiock on the door. Still Joe remained silent. Again there confident that you rescued that prisoner----or, at least, th was a knock and a loud, angry voice called out: "Open you helped to do it, and as he isn't in the cabin he mu the door, you lazy fishermonger Open up, I tell you!" haYe taken to the timber." Joe thought it about titne to answer, so called out, in a tone of simulated drowsiness: "Well Who s thar ?" "You know well enough who is here, you scoundrel!" was the reply. "Open this door before we break it down!" The old :fisherman got up out of the bunk and went and opened the door, whereat four or .five redcoats rushed into the room. "Where is he?" cried one. "Where is he? It won't do "Ye air wrong,'> said Joe; "I don' know nothin' erbo ther feller ye air talkin' erbout. In fack, I didn't kno ye hed er rebel pris'ner." "Out of doors in a hurry, boys, and beat the timber every direction!" ordered the leader. "We may be able c atch the fellow even yet." The men hastened out and made their way up the e him any good to try to get away We'll shoot him dead bankment. Of course, Dick and Tom heard them comin and immediately drew back into the timber. As the re before we'll let him escape!" "W'at in the worl' air ye talkin' erbout ?" asked Joe, I who blinked as the light of the lantern which one of the l'edcoats carried was fl.ashed in his face. coats advanced the youths retreated, and as both were go woodsmen and understood this sort of work much bett than the redcoats did, they had no difficulty in keeping o "You know what we arc talking about! Where is the of the way of their enemies, and at last, when the Briti prisoner?" "W'at pris'ner?" soldiers gave up the search and went back to the cabin the river bank, the youths followed closely. Indeed, t redcoats would have been amazed had they known how ne "The rebel spy." "W'at rebel spy?" at hand were the youths they were looking .for. "You know very well. The rebel spy you just rescued 'i'he redcoats went back to the cabin and the officer, wh from off the Hook, where we had him in the guard house." he learned that they had seen nothing of the escaped priso Old Joe simulated sleepy surprise very well indeed. "Ytl er, was angry and disappointed. mus be crazy!" he said, shaking his head. "I don know "All right," he said, turning and shaking his finger me; w'at ye air talkin' erbout." acingly at the old :fisherman; "all right. You have do "You lie, you fisherman dog!" roared the leader of the your work well, and the rebel has made his escape, b redcoats. "You have just got back from the Hook, and you want to look out! We shall keep our eyes on you, a1 you know it!" sooner or later we shall catch you in something that "I dunno ennythin' uv ther kin'," was the reply; "an' I'll be enough to cause us to shoot or hang you!" tell ye thet I don't like ter be tol' thet I'm er liar w'en I "I dunno w'at ye air talkin' e1,bout," said Joe, cal hain't. I hain't be'n outer this heer cabin sence eight J'clock, so how could I hev be'n down ter ther Hook?" "'rhat's all right; you know, well enough, and I wa: you that it will go hard with you if you are again caug. "That story won't do, Joe," the leader said, but in a in rendering aid to rebels!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' D_UUXG STROKE. 17 "Ye talk ez ef ye hed alreddy caught me doin' somethin' v thet kin' "And so we have. You assisted the rebel spy to escape[ know it!" "Ye air mistook, altogether, sir," said Joe. "I hain t be'n outer this cabin sence eight o clock." "Bosh! Remember what I have told you and beware!" Then the officer told his men to come along, and led he way out of the cabin and down to the boat, into which hey got, and the men rowed away down the river. r As soon as the redcoats were gone, Dick and Tom re ntered the cabin. "Well, did they try to hurt you, Joe ?" skcd Tom. "No," was the r e ply; "they threaten e d me er littl e bit, ut they didn't try ter do me enny hurt." "Did they accuse you of having something to do in the escue ?" asked Dick. CHAPTER VII. DICK SETTLES WITH LONG LIGE. Although taken by surprise, the youths fought desperate ly. They were determined that they would not be taken pri s oners if they could help it. They fought as only m e n c:an fight when they are fighting for life and liberty. To their surpri s e they found that they were holding th eir own-and more. Th eir assailants numbered four, but eYen though two to one the redcoats could not overcome the youth s Dick Slat e r was the equal of two or thre e ordin ar y men in a combat of this kind, and he fought more d espe rately than he might have done had it not been t hat th e rem e mbrance of the prison he had just escaped from was s o strongly upon him. He did not want to be tak e n back th e re so soon. Tom, too, made a wonderful fight, and "Yas; they said I done et, but they couldn't prove et; presently both youths succeeded in freeing themselv e:i and they didn't darst do ennything ter me." l e ap e d away. The redcoats sprang after them and began y e lling at the top of their voices, for their comrades to come to their as "Don' say er word erbout et," said the fisherman. "I si"'tance. "This way, boys!" the y cried. "Here they are!" uz glad uv ther chance ter he'p ye." il "Well,) am much obliged to you for what you did for e," said Dick, earnestly. After some further conversation the two youths "'hook nds with Joe, and, bidding him good-by, took their de-rture. It was a walk of about three-quarters of an hour g the home of the Lymans, and when the two reach e d the i d ge of the clearing they saw that something was going olll at the house. There was a light in the front room and te hat looked like a group of men were standing in front u the door. rn "Hello going on there?" exclaimed Tom, as the o o pau, ed and looked in astonishment. il:h "I think I know what the trouble is," said Dick; "a 1e arching party has come here to look for me. I was here is afternoon, you know, and they think that I may have bc1me back." o ".Tove! I guess you have hit the truth of the matter." "I am sure I have." !le "What shall we do?" "Stay away till the redcoats have gone b "Maybe they may take it into their heads to do Mr. w "In that case we will take a hand; I don't think, though, t they will do anything of that kind." ml he two were standing there, looking toward the house) wa 1 conversing in half-whispers, when suddenly there was ug of feet and they felt themselv e s seize d by many Then they called to Dick and Tom to stop under penalty o f being ired upon if they refused to obey the command. Of course, the youths did not stop, and their pursuers did fire at them; "but it would have been the rankest accident had they succeeded in hitting the fugitiv es. In this sort of work-running through the timber, the two 're r e more than a match for the redcoats. They were to it, while their pursuer s w e re not, and could g et along faster. They speedily distanced their pursuer s and finally s ucceeded in throwing them off the track altogether. Th e n the y made a half cir c uit and approached the Lyman h o m e from the r e ar. Pausing at the stable they took an o b:>cnatio n. Th e y could not s e e any of the enemy anywhere about, but were suspicious that there might be some at the edge of the clearing, watching, so they did not venhue to approach the house. They waited patiently and scarcely more than five min utes natl elapsed before they saw a group of redcoats ap proaching the cabin. The members of the group were talk in g excitedly and angrily, and it was evident that they thought the fugitives had taken refuge in the Lyman house. This was the case, and the redcoats knocked loudly on the front door, and when Mr. Lyman opened it the British soldiers entered without ceremony. "Those two scoundrelly rebels are in here, and we are going to find them!" the l e ad e r said. "'!'here are no rebels here," declared Mr. Lyman. "I tolcl


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. you so a while ago and you wouldn't believe me; but it turned out to be the truth, and it will be the same this time." "I don't believe it!" The redcoats searched the house thoroughly, but, of course, found no sign of the youths, and had to give it up, though with an ill grace. "They are around here somewhere," the leader declared. "I don't know whether to or not." h "You had better. If you stay here you may get trouble with those redcoats who are watching the house. "Oh, I hardly think so." rV "Well, I would rather that you should go home no1 Tom, for I should hate it very much if you should g u into trouble. I shall feel much better if I know you ha' 1( "They would be very foolish to come here," said M:r. gone home." 0 Lyman. "But when will I see Mr. Lyman's folks?" ri "You can come back some time to-morrow, and by th "Nevertheless I am confident they will come here, and I am going to leave some of my men on watch to capture time the redcoats will be gone." them when they put in an appearance." "All right; I guess that will be the best thing for r "Very well; you can do so if you like, though it will avaii you nothing, I am confident." The redcoats withdrew, and the leader stationed seve:q or eight men in the vicinity of the house, after which he withdrew with the rest of the party. to do." "Undoubtedly; and then you can stay and talk to Je ea nie as long as you like, old man." .I "];i ttle good that would do me,'' said Tom; and thE was a bitterness in the tone that was noticed by Dick.ill Of course, Dick and Tom saw what was going on, and "Hello!" he said. "What's the matter? I was S] I were too shrewd to venture to the house. They knew it that you and Jennie were sweethearts, Tom." 11 would be as much as their lives were worth. Finally Dick said: "I'll tell you what I think I had better do, Tom. I think I had better sneak my horse out of the stable and take my departure. I have important information which should be taken to the commander-in-chief at the earliest possible moment, and I will leave you to tell Mr. Lyman's folks how thankful I am to them for what t?ey have done for me." "Very well," said Tom; "I will attend to the matter for you, if you think it best for you to go away at once." "Well, I do think it best to do so; so I will get my horse and be off." Dick succeeded in getting his horse out of the stable without being detected in the act by the redcoats. They had their eyes on the house, which made it possible for him to do much as he pleasea at the stable without being noticed. When he had saddled his horse and was ready to go, he shook Tom's hand and thanked him for what he had done. "You risked your life to save mine, Tom," he said, earnestly, "and I shall not forget it. If ever the time comes that I can do you a favor, you may rest assured I will do it!" "Oh, that's all right," repli.ed Tom; "I did what I did to please Jennie. She came over to our house and got me to promise to try to rescue you." "Well, I'm glad she did, Tom; and you must express to her my especial thanks, and tell her that I am very, very grateful to her; will you do this?'' Of course I will, Dick." "You are going straight home now, aren't you, Tom?" ": "No." "You are not?" "No ; we would be, if I had my way about it, but)1 Jennie won't have it that way." lS There was a sad cadence to the youth's voice ti R touched Dick and aroused his sympathy. "What is trouble?" he asked. "Surely she likes you. I don't 1how she could help it." te "Oh, she likes me very well," was the reply, "but 1" well enough to be my sweetheart." d "How do you know, Tom? Perhaps you are mistake:" "No mistake about it. I asked her, a couple of we" ago, and she said th&,t she didn't care enough for me t!" I to marry me." "Well, I wouldn't take 'no' for an an3wer, Tom," s" :Pick, shaking the youth's hand. "Stick to her. D<" J: give up. She'll change her mind one of these "I'm afraid not, Dick. Somehow I think that-t she--she likes-you!" "Me!" Dick was greatly surprised. "Yes." "What makes you think that?" "0 '0 ''): "Because she was so eager to have me try to rei,\\ you. She seemed wild to have me do it." Dick was silent for a few moments, and then he si "I hope you are wrong, Tom. I hope so for her and yours-for it would be bad for her to like me. m see, I have a sweetheart, Tom, and--" N 0 "Have you, truly?" exclaimed Tom. There was W light in his tones. "I have, old man; and, you see, it would be bad


====================-19 Jennie to take a notion to me. I don't think she has _, "I am going to be a good deal more than saucy, Long one so, however, and I am sure that if you will keep at Lige." n ;e .0 er she will sooner or later capitulate. Don't give up, 'om; keep after her. Be brave." "I will, Dick; now that I know you don't want her, and on't try to get her. I shall go in and win her if I can." "Do so. I think you will succeed. You certainly have y best wishes for your success. By the way, it might ot be a bad idea for you to let drop the statement that I told you I had a sweetheart, Tom, the next time you are ith Jennie-you understand?,, th "Yes; and I'll do it, Dick. Thanks for the hint." "That's all right; good-by, old man!" "Whut d'ye mean?" "Let me see," said Dick, in a reflective tone, "I believe that you are the fellow who caused me to captured by the redcoats yesterday by shooting me when they were chasing me Is that right?" "Thet's right, young feller I creased ye, an' ef I do say et myself, et wuz er mighty shot!" "Yes; but it was an accidental shot." "A axident, ye say?" "Yes; you couldn't do it again in a hundred years." "Ye think not?" 'Il1 "Good-by; and success to you, Dick." "I am sure of it." The two shook hands, anlt then Dick moved away, "Waal, thet shows thet ye don' know me, young feller. J e eading his horse after him, while Tom started toward I'm er dead shot, I am, and .I kin do thet trick two times is home. ;h It was Dick's intention to walk and lead his horse ill he reached the highway, and he had gone perhaps half s mile when he found himself suddenly confronted by man who barred his way, with the exclamation: "Hol' n, my young friend! Don' be in sech er hurry !" 'rhe light from the moon did not penetrate through the )Ut h d ohage of the trees very well, and it was ar to see ust. what sort of looking fellow the man was, but Dick t ad a remarkable memory for and he was sure .s e recognized the man's voice. 't "So it is you, Long Lige, is it?" he exclaimed, and was a note of satisfaction in his voice. it "Yes, et's me, Long Lige," was the reply; "an' now, 'd like ter know whar ye air goin' so fast?" lkeJJ "I haven't been going very fast we "No; but ye soon would hev be'n e to\ "You are right about that. "But now ye won't go nowhars s "I won't?" Do "N ,, J: 0. da c-t "Why not?" 'Cause I won't let ye." "Oh, you won't let me, eh?" "Thet's whut I said." "Oh, it is?" Dick spoke ironically. "Yas, et is!" res"Well, now, Pl'.rmit me to tell you something, Mr. Long ge. It is this : That you can't keep me from going ie 8 ere I like!" outer three." "Bah you are a big braggart "Whut's thet !" almost howled the astonished hunter. "Ye dar' ter call me names ? "I'm going to do more than call you names; I'm going to give you a goqd thrashing!" "Whut's thet ?-ye goin' tcr giv' me er thrashing? Wy', sonny, ye couldn't lick me with a axe!" "I can do it with my bare hands, and I'm going to prove it to you!" "Oh, ye air?" "Yes; you gave me a sore head yesterday, and now I'm going to g _ive you one to even up the score." "I'd like ter see ye do et "All right; you shall be accommodated. Are you ready?" "Am I reddy? Waal, I jes' guess ez how't I am reddy! Sail in, young feller, w'enever ye git reddy, an' I'll give ye er good lickin' an' then take ye an' turn ye over ter the British at ther Hook "I don't think you will do anything of the kind. Now, look out for yourself I'm coming for you!" "Come erhead !" Dick obeyed. He had made up his mind to get even \vith the hunter for having caused his capture by the redcoats the evening before, and he thought that to give the fellow a thrashing would be about the best way of doing it. So he leaped forward and attacked Long Lige. Evidently the hunter thought he would have an easy time handling Dick, but he soon found that he had mister 'Whut's thet !" in a surprised voice. "I kain't keep ye calculated. The youth would not permit the fellow to e. \m goin' whar ye like?" get hold of him and began pummeling him in fine style. !'No." The man had no idea of :fisticuff fighting whatever, and was Waal, say, young feller, ye air kinder sassy, hain't ye?" he was dealt blow after blow by Dick, who was expert at bad


'0 THE LIBER'l'i BOYS' DARING STROKE. this kind of work. Long Lige quickly became angry, and people of the house to be pleasant and agreeable. Th giving utterance to threats and oaths, tried to close with did not ask the youth any questions outright, but it w, his opponent. This, of course, Dick would not permit, and plain that they were curious regarding him. he kept on thumping the fellow until he saw a good chance, not make up his mind, from their com ersation, wheth and then he delivered a blow that knocked Long Lige down. they were \rhigs or Tories, and so was Yery cautious The hunter lay where he had fallen for a few moments. his talk. It would not do to give any information t His head had struck against a tree, and he was somepeople in sympathy with the king. what dazed. There is little doubt but that he saw 1 a The man of the house tried to draw Dick out, two o'. number of stars that he had never before known were in three times, but failed; and finally desisted, much to th 1 the sky youth's satisfaction. When the meal was ended Diciu "Get up," said Dick, coolly; "get up and I will knock offered to pay for it and for the feed for his horse, bi:" you down again!" Long Lige heard the words and understood them, in a hazy way; and presently he struggled to his feet. Hardly had he got straightened up before Dick dealt him a severe blow, and down he droppa_d, like a log. He was tough, however, and was not yet insensible. "How do you like it as far as you have gone?" asked Dick, calmly. "Cuss ye l I'll hev yer life fur thus!" the fallen man growled. "Ye'll hev ter look out. I'm goin' ter kill ye!" "I am not at all alarmed, Lige," was the cool reply. "And if you know when you are well off you will not make any attempts against my life, for I might take it into my head to return the compliment; in which event it would be all up with you!" Long Lige replied with a growl, and then after a few moments he scrambled slowly to his feet He attempted to draw a knife which was in his belt, but did not have time. Dick leaped forward and dealt him a terrible blow, which dropped him as if he had been sho t, and this time he was insensible. "There; I guess I am about even with you!" murmured Dick as he gazed down at the insensible man. "I hope it will teach you a lesson-though I doubt it very much; for such brutes learn but slowly. Well. we'll' move on ward now." Dick started onward, leading his horse, and ten min utes later emerged from the timber into a road which led toward the north "Now I will move more lively," the youth said to him self, and he leaped into the saddle He urged the horse l.nto a gallop and rode onward at this pace for an hour. He rode steadily until an hour after sunrise, and then stopped at a house and asked if he could have breakfast and feed for the horse. The man of the house said that he might, so Dick leaped down. A boy took the horse to fhe stable, while Dick entered the house in company with the man. Dick enjoyed a very good breakfast, and found the ,. the man refused to accept payment. "I hope that I am not so inhospitable," he said; "nt f )'OU are welcome Dick thanked the man and was just thinking of goiJJ out and starting on bis journey when the man gave a sU11e den start and looked through the window with an eag1 D 10 expression on his face. "I hope you are a loyal king's man," he said, turni1'.h to Dick and eyeing him searchingly; "if you are not Ltl may go hard with you, for there is a party of Brit1 soldiers at the gate!" >rs .. Dick looked through the window and saw that the n'l spoke truly There was a party of soldiers to the nur ber of twenty, at least, out in front, starting to enter the yard. and they were jt ".J. T CHAPTER VIII. DICK ENCOUNTERS SOME REDCOATS. Dick hardly knew what to say or do. He had no I sire to meet the redcoats, and was afraid that if he w. as to do so he might get into trouble; while to try to avStoi meeting them would arouse suspicion and make trouble' absolute certainty. eye "I'm a loyal king's man," said Dick; "but I am afl he they might not believe it, and in that case they wodo. J try to detain me Now, it hap pens that I am bound Wh the river a ways, on an important matter, and it wcHen not do for me to be delayed; so I think it will be ,Hen for me to go at once Kindly refrain from speakin? ... es. me and I will go out and get my horse and go qui..:\.nd away, while you are entertaining them." I an 'rhe man hesitated and looked at Dick as if he would ,Taki the truth or falsity of his statement in his eyes, Yes.' Dick bore the scrutiny unflinchingly. Then, as a glHum showed that the redcoats were half way to the hons go.'! [ ha\


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 21 toward the rear door of the I "Ehr You have no document?" "No." "Dont tell them about me," he said; and then before "But you just said you were the bearer of a meo.sage e man could make up his mind what to do the youth to General Clinton." ad passed out of the house. Dick was the man would tell the redcoats about im, and he hastened to the stable; and, entering, bridled ) is horse-the saddle had not been removed-and led him "And so I am." "Thell where is the document?" "I have just told you that I have none." "'l'hen what do you mean by saying you are the bearer -cut. He knew it would not do to lose any time, so he of a message, when you have none?" aped into the saddle and rode toward the road. In "I hale a message to deliver to Gen(\ral Clinton, just, aching it he had to pass the house, and just as he was as I said, but I have no document on my person. The la!'sing it the redcoats came pouring out, like bees out l a hive. "Hold on, there! Hold on, I say!" cried the leader of n e redcoats. l message is an oral one." "Oh!" "You see, this is a dangerous region for British mes sengers to be traveling through, and it was thought best Dick was tempted to make a dash for it, but on second not to risk carrying any documents on me, so I have an ought decided it would not be wise to do so. }fo be-oral message, and, of course, I cannot show you that." i lieved he could deceive the redcoats and thus get away "No, I suppose not." thout having to run the gantlet of a shower of bullets. It was evident that the officer was puzzled, and hardly "What do you wish, sir?" he asked, reining up his ti !mew what aCtion to fake under the circumstances. Dick rse. "I wa:rit to have a little talk with you." ill "Very well; but hurry, as I have no time to lose." Ul "Oh, you haven't, eh?" J' "l\o, sir." Dick spoke boldly and firmly .. "Perhaps you may be forced to spare considerable e." his was said in a significant and somewhat threateng tone. "I think hot, sir. And i you delay me I shall report e matter to General Clinton." ''Oho! Who are you that talks so boldly?" I am a British soldier like yourself, and am now act10 l wf as a messenger, and am on my way from New York av Stony Point." ble 'Indeed?" The officer seemed somewhat taken aback. eyed the youth somewhat dubiously. It was evident af t he was puzzled; that he did not know what to say do. Finally he said: WO d What is your name ?" in Henry Morrow." w be Henry Morrow, eh?" y kin es. And you are from New York, you say?" qu i I am. uld T aking a message to General Clinton ?" Yes." yes, a gl umph! go." lOUS Let me see the document and I will let have n-0 document." felt sure that he was suspeoted of being a patriot spy, but he had talked so boldly, and claimed, with such con fidence, that he was a messenger to that the the officer was afraid to make a prisoner of him for fear he might be what he' represented himself to be, in which case the q,fficer would come in for a severe repri' mand from the commander-in-chief of the British army. Dick understood the situation, and decided to take the bull by the horns, so to speak. "Well, I must be going," he said, coolly; "I have lost too much time already. Good-day, sir!" He started to ride away, but the officer told him to stop. 'Wait a bit," he said; "don't be in such a hurry." "But I am in a hurry," said Dick; "l was instructed to get to General Clinton as quickly as possible, and I don't think that he will be pleased when he learns how one of his own officers delayed me." "That is all right," was the reply; "I am sorry if I am causing delay where I should not, but at the same time you will understand that there is a possiliility that you are not what you claim to be. You may be a spy, f0r all I know." "Oh, yes; perhaps I am George Washington !" said Dick, ironically. "No, I kno.w you are not Washington," replied the officer, taking Dick's remark seriously; "you are not old enough to be him; but it js possible that you are a rebel spy, and I must be satisfied that you are not one before I can let you go. I shall search you, and if I


. 'l1HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING S'I'ROKE. do not find anything to indicate that you have told a two or three were holding their own, and they with se1 falsehood you will be allowed to go on your way." ing difficulty. "Oh, but see here; I haven't any time to lose in !oolish -"I guess I am safe enough," the youth said to hims ness l'' protested DicK. "I must be going, and at with a feeling of satisfaction "They can't catch me.: "Not until after you have been reached; Tom, look Then as he turned his head and looked ahead a through pockets," addressing a soldier. of dismay escaped him. He had just rounded a bt Dick realized that it would not do to let himself be in the road and in front of him, coming to meet him, 1 searched. In one of his pockets was a letter from his another party of redcoats!" .sweetheart, Alice Estabrook, and it was addressed to "Dick Slater." 'rhis would be sure to result in his arrest, for the redcoats had all heard of Dick Slater and of "The Liberty. Boys of '76," and they would jump at the chance to make a prisoner of him. There was a reward of five hundred pounds offe_red for his capture, and there was little doubt that the soldiers would be glad of a CHAPTER IX. TO: H HAS HOPES. chance to get the prize-money. Dick was a resourceful youth, however, and he m' All this flashed through Dick's mind while the soldier up his mind to\. try to fool the redcoats. "There 1 was taking three steps toward him, and he made up his only about a dozen of them," he thought, "and ii, mind in an instant. He must get away from there, come what would. He might be able to escape; and, anyway, it would be much better to die trying to escape than to allow himself to be captured without a struggle, when he would be sure to be shot or hung afterward. Having decided, Dick was prompt to act The red coats, confident in their nu:m)Jers, did not seem to think there was any danger that the youth would attempt flight, and had not surrounded him. Perhaps the majority believed that he was a British messenger, as he said; at any rate, there was no one in his way and the first lhing the redcoats knew fhe young stranger was dashing away at the best speed of his horse. Straight toward the yard fence went Dick, and his horse leaped it without any trouble, and the next instant can't fool them, I'll fight them!" The redcoats saw Dick coming toward them as fas); his horse could run, and they halted and drew pi .l As soon he was near enough so that he c9uld n ( himself understood, Dick called out: 1 "The rebels are after me! Let me pass Be r1\i1 to hold them at bay! I am a messenger to Clinton !"A 'rhis the redcoats, and they opened up r let Dick pass through, and turned their attention to1h the bend, around which, just at this moment, other party of redcoats. d The instant the second party of redcoats caught ie[ of the red coats of the first, they realized that thefl been tricked, and a wild yell of anger and disgust wer)IJ from them. They whirled in their saddles and fitlP was dashing up the road. volley after the fugitive, but without effect, seeing ..P It had been done so quickly that the officer and his men they whirled their horses and set out in pursuit. had been taken wholly by surprise, and could only stare Their horses were no swifter than those ridden b( o stupidly; now, however, they woke up and the officer yelled members of the other party, however, and they coul( ei for them to mount and follow the fugitive gain on the fugitive; in fact, he kept drawing away Ja1 "We must catch and search him!" he cried. "I believe them and increasing the distance between. '.eE he is a rebel spy!" Dick was watching affairs closely, and felt ver.)lit The men ran out of the yard and quickly mounted and satisfied. "Now, if I don't meet any more parties ock started in pursuit of Dick. They yelled for him to coats I shall be all right," he said to himself. !er st.op, but of course he didn't do it. He had secured a It proved to be as he thought. He gradually h. good start, and did not believe the redcoats could catch s.way from his pursuers, and finally was out onk him. sight entirely. He did not meet any more parfuii "I have a good horse," he thought, "and I don't think they have any that can overtake him." He kept watch over his shoulder, and was pleased to see that his pursuers were not gaining. Indeed, the ma jority were losing ground and were falling back; only redcoats, so was not bothered in this respect, and i'hei he was not bothered in any way any more that day. pursuing redcoats gave up the pursuit, presently, ru8hi saw when looking back from the top of a big hil At so there was nothing further to fear from them. 1g: ob


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 23 .ck reached West Point in safety, about three o'clock matter of the capture of the garri son on the Hook much the afternoon, and as soon as he had greeted his more simple than it would other ,wis e have been." iberty Boys," went to headquarters and was ushered "I am glad if you are satisfied," replied Dick; then he o the presence of General WasJ:ngton, the commandersaluted and withdrew. chief of the Continental army. As soon as Dick was gone Gen e ral Washington called he great man greeted Dick pleasantly, and asked him his orderly and told him to tell Major Henry Lee to reat he had learned down at Paulus Hook. Dick told him port to headquarters. briefly and clearly as possible, and after a few minutes silence, during which time the commander-in-chief imed to be pondering deeply, he looked up and said: ''You say there are five hundred men in the garrison the Hook?" 'Yea, your excellency." \.gain there was a silence of a minute, and then the n inmander-in-chief asked: "What do you think about it, k? Is it possible to !mrprise the garrison and capture 1 ick studied a few moments, and then replied : "I The orderly saluted and withdrew, and fifteen minutes later returned and announced, "Major Lee." "Ah, Major, I am glad to see you," the commander-in chief said, shaking the hand of the young office r, who flushed with pleasure. Major Lee was a young man of perhaps twenty-four year s and was handsome and manly looking. He was a brave man, and a good soldier. When the major had seated himself h e looked inquir ingly at the commander-in-chief, who was seated at his table, looking thoughtfully at the drawing which Dick had made of the fort on Paulus Hook. "Major," said the general, presently, "I have sent for s t uld say so, y our excellency." On what do you base your belief in the possibility of you to talk of that matter of which you spoke to me a ago-the affair of trying to capture the British lh an attempt being successful?" garri s on on Paulus Hook." r Well, for one thing, the carelessness of the garrison." Major Lee's face lighted up on the instant. "Yes?" f .Ah!" he remarked, inquiringly and ehgerly. They are so close to New York that they do not seem "You are aware, Major, that I sent Dick Slater down ) think there is any danger at all of their being at-, to d o some spy work at the Hook," went on the com. d ed, and they keep only one sentinel out. This sentinel mander-in-chief; "well, he has T e turned and brings a good d easily be overcome, and the garrison surprised. report. He was within the works of the British, and, dis s least, that is the way it seems to me." guised as a girl fruit peddler, was enabled to see every That agrees with the views of Major Lee," said Washthing and learn the number of men there, and, in fact, 3 on, as if half to himself; "he thinks it is possible all that it was necessary that we should know. H e was 'r aplure the garrison on Paulus Hoo\ and wants to just here, and I had him make a drawing of the fort. e the attempt." think it could be successfully done, sir." r ou were within the works, you say?" es, your e:xcellency." an you draw a plan of the works?" es, sir." it down at the table there and do so." Here it is;" and he handed the drawing to the Major, who took it and looked at it with interest. "That is all right," said the Major, as he hand e d the drawing back, "I think that there will be little diffiqulty in surprising and capturing the garrison." 'rhc commander-in-cbief nodded. "I am inclined to think it can be successfully accomplished," he said; "and o 'ck took the seat as directed, and while the com-so I have made up my mind to let you make the attempt." der-in-chief walked the floor, his hands behind his "Thank you, thank you, your excellency!" It was evi his eyes on the floor, the youth made a good pend ent that the young officer was delighted. 'nk drawing of the fort on Paulus Hook. When he i1fhere, your excellency, I think that is cqrrect in every ll," he said. seated himself and took a look at the drawn! At last he nodded his head as if satisfied, and then, "How many men will you wish to take you, Major?" "I hardly kno J I do not think we will need as many men as there ar in the garrison, for we will take them by surprise, and they will not be able to make much of a fight." g at Dick, said: "You may go now, my boy. I am "That is the way I look at it. I should judge that three obliged for what you have done. It will make the hundred men will be plenty."


.. 24 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' DARIXG STROKE. "I think so, your excellency." "Very well; let it be understood that you are to take that number of men. i And now, when do you wish to make the attempt?" away-which will be soon after daylight, no doub.t, as ihere would be no reason for them to stay, then." Tom made his way back and took up his position behind the stable, where he could see what was going' on. "The sooner tiie better, sir." "I judge so. Well, you have my permission ahead with 1'he matter at your own pleasure." He remained there a couple of hours, and then, becoming to go weary, and the redcoats showing no signs of trying to bother the Lymans, he entered the stable and climbed "Thank you; and I suppose I may select my men?" "Yes; take whom you please." "Very well; then among those whom I shall select will .be Dick Slater and his company of 'Liberty Boys.' up into the haymow. Here he took up a position near the front wall where he could peep through between the logs, and lay there and took it easy. He had not in tended to go to sleep, but his easy position had considerThe commander-in-chief nodded in approval. "That able effect, and before he realized that he was even sleepy is a good idea," he said; "they are as brave as lions and he dropped asleep and slept soundly till morning. are shrewd and careful a:lso; and then, Dick knows the When he awoke he peered out through the crack and ground thoroughly, and it would be almost necessary for was relieved when he found that he could see nothing you to take him, at any rate." of any of the redcoats. "Jove! .I hope they have gone!'" ''So I think; and I might as wellfake his men, for, as he murmured. you say, they have no superiors in any respect, and not Just then he saw Mr. Lyman emerge from the house many equals." "You are right; well, go ahead in your own way, only come and report to me before you start on the expedition." "I will do so, excellency." Then Major Lee sa luted and withdrew. He began work at once, for he was eager to get to work on the task of capturing the British garrison on Paulus anu come toward the stable, and he hastened to rliml1 down out of the haymow. He met the man at the stable door and surprised him. ''Hello, Tom! You here?" exclaimed Mr. Lyman. "Yes," with a smile, "I'm here." .l\f r Lyman glanced around questioningly. "Where is Dick Slater?" he asked. "Didn't you succeed in rescuHook, and when it was known what he intended doing ing him, after all?" there were twice as many men who wanted to go with him :t.3 he wished to take. He made his selections, and when Dick Slater and the "Liberty Boys" were picked out, they were delighted. ''That is the kind of work I like!" declared Bob Esta brook, who was a lively youth and always ready for anything that might come along. The others all said th' e same, and they began making preparations for the affair at once. Major Lee hastened the work, and it was decided to start that night. This 11as done, and about ten o'clock the party of three bun"Yes, we rescued him." "Who do you mean by 'we' ?" "I got the old fisherman, Joe Hobbs, to help me, and we rescued Dick." "Where is he now ? "He wep.t away." "Went away?" "Ye::;; we came here, after we got a way from tho:> British, but found some redcoats on guard over your house; so, knowing we could not see you folks before to day, Dick told me to give you his regards and thanks for drccl rode away, toward the south. what you have done for him, and he mounted his horse and started back to West Point. He said he had some Tom Barnes, after he parted from Dick that night near important information which should be taken to General the Lyman home, walked toward his own home .and really intended t? go there; but before he had gone far ho paused and stood, hesitating. "No, I won't go home," he murmured, finally; 'there is no telling what those scoundrelly redcoats might take i t into their heads to do, and I will stay here and keep watch of them; and if they try any funny tricks I will pitch in and do them all The barm I can. Then I'll be here to see Jennie and the rest of the iolks, and give them Dick's message as soon as the have gone Washington at the earliest possible moment. "I know; well, I'm glad that you succeeded in rescuing him, and that he got away from here in safety." "Have the redcoats gone?" asked Tom. "Yes, they went an hour ago." "Jove! I was asleep in the haymow. If they had taken it into their heads to search up there they would have captured me, sure." "They would, for a fact. They didn't seem to think tbat it was necessary to look anywhere but in the house."


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 25 ''I wonder if they'll come back?" 'I hardly think so. 'l'hey talked as if they thought t no use to watch around here." "You don't suppose they left some one to watch the ouse, do you?" 'I hardly think so." "Then I guess I will go to the house and see Jennie nd her mother." "Do so, Tom. Breakfast is almost ready, and they ill lay a plate for you "That will suit me, first rate, for I am hungry as a ear." 'l'hen Tom made his way to the house and entered Ie took Mrs. Lyman and Jennie by surprise, and they rreeted hirr: pleasantly, and Jennie asked eagerly whether l' not he had succeeded in rescuing Dick Slater from he hands of the British. Tom told her that he had one so, and related the story of the night's adventures. Jennie and. her mother were d e lighted, but expressed orrow at' not having got to see Dick again before he went way. Jennie, especially, seemed somewhat cast down, and sappointed, obs erving which, Tom's heart sank. He hought of t _he fact that Dick had a sweetheart, however, nd felt b e tter. He decided to do as Dick had told him o do, and with an attempt at acting, that it is doubtful hether or not it deceived the observers, he said: membered that she had some business to attend to ont of doors, and left Tom and Jennie together. "So Dick Slater has a sweetheart, has he ?" remarked Jennie, seemingly more to herself than to Tom, but he took upon himself to reply. 'Yes, Jennie," he said; "and I wish I had a sweetheart He took a step toward the girl as he spoke, and she eyed him searchingly for a few moments and seemed to be hesitating; then she suddenly surprised the young man by leaping into his arms. "You shall have a sweetheart, Tom she cried. "You know, I told you a couple of weeks ago that I didn't love you, and I don t think I do; but I believe that I can soon learn to love a fellow who is brave enough to go right into the British encampment and rescue a prisoner right out from under their very noses!" "Oh, Jennie-sweetheart!'' exclaimed Tom, in an ec tasy of d e light, and he gave the girl a hug and a ki s s t.hat made her flush up like a peony "Who said you could do that, lifr Impudence?" she asked, in mock anger; and jerking away from him she gave him a playful cuff on the ear. Tom only laughed, however; he was happy, and wouldn't have felt it if he had been hit with a club. Just then Mr. and 1\1rs. Lyman ent e red, and when the woma_:n. saw the radiantly happy face of the young "I am awfully glad I was successful in rescuing Dick man, a pleased look. came into her eyes "I believe it is later, on acc ount of his sweetheart. Just think how she going to be all right between them, after all," she said ould have suffered if Dick had--" "What are you talldng ennie, with flushed face. ick Slater's sweetheart?" about, Tom Barnes?" asked "What do you know about to herself; "well, I'm glad of it, for Tom i s ;i fine young fellow." They sat up to the table and ate br e akfast, and Tom told the details of his adventures of the night before while "Oh, nothing; only what he told me," Tom innocently rescuing Dick Slater. He made light of his own doings, eplied like the brave and modest fellow he was, and this made Jennie think all the more of him In truth, she began "And what did he tell you?" Jennie spoke imperiously to think, now, that Tom was the handsomest and bravest 'Why, nothing; only that he was thankful to me-and fellow she had ever seen. "I believe I can learn to--to you, too, Jennie, and to all of you-for rescuing him, love him after a while," she thought. he knew it would have Id.lied his sweetheart if he had lt was hard work for Tom to make up his mind to en shot or hung by the redcoats." There was silence for a few moments, during which ime Jennie studied Tom's face closely, and then she id: "Did Dick Slater tell you that, Tom?" "Why, yes," replied Tom, as if surprised that the girl ould doubt it. "Did he say who his sweetheart was?" v "N-no, he didn't say who she was; but he said that she ves over across the river in New York." Mrs. Lyman, with very good judgment, suddenly rego home, and he remained and talked to Jennie as long as he could, then finally took his departure most reluc tantly. "What made Tom look so happy this morning, Jennie ?" asked l\Irs. Lyman, with a sly glance at her daughter. "I don t know, mother," with a blu sh; "did he look more happy than usual?" "I should say so! Why, he looked like he was per fectly happy "Maybe he was, mother," was Jennie's demure reply.


f 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. CHAPTER X. A DARING STROKE. "Well, so far as I am concerned, I shall be glad to have you with us," said Dick. "Then it is settled!" cried Tom, with delight. After a while Dick bade the Lymans and Tom good-by, and took his departure, Tom promising to join them, The party of patriot soldiers under Major Lee rode where they were in camp, soon after nightfall. He wished southward rapidly and steadily, and stopping only an lo be with Jennie as long as possible, 0 course. hour in the morning to eat their scanty lunch and let Dick put in the rest of the afternoon scouting in the their horses graze and rest, reached the vicinity o1 '?aulus vicinity o the Hook, and everything seemed quiet there, Hook about noon. Acting on Dick's suggestion, they "I don't think they have the least suspicion that they left the main road and entered the timber, where they are in danger' of being attacked," he said to himself; "that went into camp to await the coming of night. 1 Dick took leave of the party, and made his way to the home of the Lymans, which was scarcely more .than a mile distant. He was greeted pleasantly by Mr. and Mrs. Lyman, but he fancied that Jennie was rather cool. He could not understand it at first, but presently Tom Barnes put in an appearance, and when Dick saw how ple asantly Jennie greeted him, and how happy Tom look ed, he thought he understood the matter. Jennie put herself out to be pleasant to Tom, and paid scarcely any attention to Dick at all, the youth was sure he un derstood i.he matter, and he was glad "Tom will make her a good husband," Dick thought; "and she will soon learn to love him if she doesn't already." Dick explained his presence there and when the others learned that an al.tempt was to be made to capture the garrison on the Hook, they were well pleased. "Oh, I you will succeed!" cried :Mrs. Lyman. "And so do l," said her husband. Tom and Jennie both expressed themselves to the same effect. 'I hope we will succeed," aid Dick; "and I rather think that we will." "Say, Dick, let me be in the party," said Tom. Dick looked at Jennie to see what she thought about the matter, and saw that the idea startled her a bit He was glad of this, as to his mind it was proof that she lik ed Tom. "You might get ki ll ed, Tom!" she said. "You are not a soldier, and I don't think you are called upon to go ancl risk your life, do you, Mr. Slater?" \Vh en Dick was there before she had called him Dick." "No, he isn t called upon to go into the affair, at all, Miss J ennie," replied Dick; "he has done enough in haYing rescued me from the British, and there is no necessity of his risking his life in an affair of this kind.'' ''I know, but I want to go with you," said Tom; "I should enjoy it Yery much." will make it easier for us to surprise them." About six o clock that evening he saw a foraging party leave the Hook ancl ride away; ancl this gave him an idea. If the party cou ld be captured, and there was no reason why this -coi1lcl not be done, then it would be possible to play a trick on the redcoats. "We could don the uniforms of the British and take the lead, when we make the attack on the Hook," thought Dick; "the sentinels would think' we were the members of the foraging party, 'and .we could get into the works without firing a gun!" It was n. scheme well worth trying, and Dick hastened to the encampment, and, securing permission from Major Lee, took his "Liberty Boys" and set out on the track of the foraging party of redcoats. The youths rode rapid ly, and, by inquiring at two or three places, succeeded in following lhcir intended prey. Two hours later they came up with the redcoats, who had stopped at the home of a patriot, and were helping i.o such articles of adornment and others things a;; their fancy dictated. There were only about twenty men in the party, and when they found themselves sur roundecl by five times their number they wisely decided' to surrender. They 'ilere crestfallen, however, for they had not ex perted anything of the kind; and had had no suspicion" that there were any patriot soldiers in that part of the country. Dick did not lose any time, but proceeded hind the arms of the prisoners, after which they were l assistecl to mount their horses and the entire party set out on its return to the patriot encampment. !5 When they reached there, and Major Lee saw that Dick and his "Liberty Boys" had been successful, he was de lighted. "This is all right," he said; "now we can don the uni-n .-e forms of the red c oats and their comrades at the Hook will think it is them \ho are coming, and this will enable I us to !:!et within the works without diffic ulty." .\. u ., "Yes, it will make it easy for us,'I agreed Dick.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 27 The redcoats, who heard what was said, groaned. It was "You are right, Major," Dick replied; "it was a daring evident that they did not fancy the way things bad gone. and a successiul one, too." Major Lee waited till ten o'clock, and then twenty of It had been a daring stroke, indeed. "Lighthorse his men garbed themselves in the uniforms of the twenty Harry"-as he was sometimes called-was wounded by a captured redcoats, and the entire force-with the excepbullet from a redcoat's musket, but Dick caught hold of tion of half a dozen who were left to guard the prisonershim and kept him from falling from his horse. set out for the lfook. Tom Barnes had joined the party "Are you severely wounded?" asked Dick anxiously. and rode beside Dick. "No, I think not, Dick," was the reply; "it shocked When they reached the hill, from the summit of which me at the instant, but I don t think it is ve;ry serious." they could look dow. n upon the Hook, the men dressed Ail.other volley came from the redcoats, but did no as redcoats took the lead and rode boldly down toward further damage, and a few moments later the two were the drawbridge. The rest of the force stopped and waited, over the brow of the hill and out of danger. ready to dash forward the instant the bridge was down. The sentinels, as it had been figured they would do, thought the party approaching was their own comrades, and lowered the drawbridge; nor did they learn their The entire party made its way back to the encampment, and Dick hastened to examine 1\Iajor Lee's wound. It was painful, but was not serious, and Dick dressed it skillfully. mistake until the newcomers had ridden across the bridge Tb.en an account was taken of the prisoners who had and leaped down and seized them and made prisoners of been captured. It was found that 159 redcoats had been them. brought safely away, and this made 179 in the possession Then Major Lee, Dick Slater and the entire force galloped down the slope, and, dismounting, rushed across the drawbridge and on into the works. They clambered oYer the intrenchments, and were upon the surprised redcoats almost before they realized that they were in danger. They tried to offer battle, but only a few succeeded in getting hold of their muskets and :firing before the)'. were overpowered. But some of the co?ler-headed ones rushed to where the cannon were and fired some shots, which were speedily answered from the New York side, and from ships near at hand in the bay and river. "\Ye will have to hasten our work or we will be in of the patriots, counting the hrcnty that had already been secured. This_ Wll.S very good, indeed, and the affair could w ell be a success. "Do you think the redcoats will try to follow us, Dick?" asked Major Lee. a1 aon't know, Major," was the reply; "but I think ii would l!e a good idea to start on the return to the highlands at as early' a moment as possible." "I think so, too, and will give the order to get ready for the journey." He did so, and the men began making their preparations to start. At Dick's suggestion the men under the Major started first, ivith the prisoners, while Dick and his "Lib-crty Boys" remained behind to cover th e retreat. trouble!" said Major Lee to Dick, and they encouraged The redcoats did follow, sure enough, and were taken their men to work rapidly. The men did so, and kep1 by surprise .by Dick and his youths, 'rho opened fire upon ihr main body of the redcoats so busy that they could them and sent them skurrying back to get under cover. not do much in the way of firing. A number of prisoners This pleased the youths mightily, and they gave ut-had been taken, when it was discovered that a number of tcrnnce to their battle cry of, "Down "ith the king! Long lmats, filled with soldiers from the ships, were at band; live Liberty!" Then they gave utterance to cheers and and then Major Lee gave the order to retreat. cries of defiance. The men obeyed promptly, and retreated in good order, The redcoats were angry, and began moving forward, taking the prisoners with them; and the Major and Dick taking advantage of the protection afforded by the trees, were the last to leave the British works. They brought up and the "Liberty Boys" were forced to fall back gradu the rear, and were the last to mount their horses and ally. As this was what they wished to do, anyway, how ride away. By this time the redcoats were wide awake, cYer, it did not matter. and were hastening after t?e daring patriots with the inShots were exchanged for two hours, during which iention of trying to get even with them. time the "Liberty Boys" had fallen back about a mile, Lee and Dick leaped into their saddles and galand then the came to a stop. They had doubtless loped after their men. "That was a daring stroke, Dick!" made up their :rpinds that it would be useless to try to 'he 1\Iajor sa18. overcome the pil'triots and rescue their comrades. I


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. Tom Barnes had remained with the youths, as he was made their way northward as rapidly as they could, and cnthutiiastic, and enjoyed the skirmishing; but now he

THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 29 You can depend on them to do the work when the time "He asked me a few questions, Bob, and then praised comes." us fellows till I blushed down into my boots." ''I judge you are right about that." "Say you so, old man? That good! I tell y ou, he After some further conversation the Major took his knows what's what, the commander-in-chief does! He ,leave, and when he was gone the commander-in-chief sent has had his eye on me for a long time, m1d I think he for Dick, who lost no time in reporting at headquarters. intends soon to make a general of me!" "Well, Dick, I'm glad to see you," the great man said, The others laughed. They und e r s tood good-natured shaking the youth s hand "Major Lee has just been Bob. He was always making jokes of this kind here, and he told me the story of the affair in detail. I "He did brag us up in fine shape, fellows," said Dick. wish to thank you for the work which was done by you H e in s i1>t e d that a good share of the credit for the sue-ancl your brave 'Liberty Boys.' "Oh, that is all right, your excellency," said Dick, flushing with pleasure; "we did only our duty." "\Yell, it is a credit to a soldier to do his whole duty, my boy; and I must say that I think the success of the expedition was due in a large measure to the work of of the expedition down at the Hook was due us." "And as I said a while ago, he knows what s what!" said Bob. "It was a daring stroke, and we were right in it with all our might and main. I tell you, when it comes to that kind of work we are the boys for it!" Well, the commander-in-chief has a good opinion of us, said Dick, "and that is somethingto be yourself and your boys. The Major intimated as much, J ancl I think so myself." "The :i\.lajoris too modest, your excellency. The credit is due him." "Well, he thought a part of it was due you, and I think the same; so thank you, as I did him, for the good work which you did." Dick remained fifteen or twenty minutes, talking with the commander-in-chief, and he was enabled to furnish a.few details that had been missed by the Major, so that General Washington had a perfect understanding of the entire affair when Dick finally went back to his quarters. "\\hat dicl the commander-in-chief want, Dick?" asked Bob Estal.Jrook, \Yhe n Dick !!gain put in an appearance proud of." THE END. The next number (63) "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "Tl?:E LIBERTY BOYS' LIVELY TIMES; or, HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE," by Harry Moore. SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weeklv arE! always in print If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the you order by return m ail. Samp1e Copies Se:n."t :FWree "HAPPY DA VS." The Largest and Bes t Weekly Story Paper Published. I t contains 16 Large Pages. It is Handsomely Illustrated. It has Good Stories of Every Kind. It Gives Away Valuable Premiums. It Answers all sorts of Questions in its Correspondence Columns. Send us your and Address for a .Sample Copy Free ,, Addr ess FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s her, 24 Unifm Squa re, New York .. )


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WORK AND WIN. The A.I.I. 'I'Hli: Best 'V\Teekly Published. N"O"M:Sli:RS A.RE A.I.WA. YS IN J?RIN'I'. READ ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. 112 113 45 Fred Fearnot In the Clouds; or, Evelyn's Narrow Escape. 114 46 Fred Fearnot at 1ale Again; or, 'l'eaching the College Boys New 115 '!'ricks. 116 LA'l'EST 47 Fred Fearnot's MPttle; or, Hot Work Against Enemies. 117 48 l'red in Wall Street ; or, Making and Losing a Million. 49 l'red l 'earnots Desperate !tide; or, A Dash to Save lllvelyn. 118 ;-.o l 'red Fearnot's Great ; or, How Terry l'roved His Courage. 1.19 51 Fred Fearnot s lletrayal ; or, The lllean Work or a False l!'riend. 120 52 F1ed liearuot in the Klondike; or. Working the "Dark Horse" Claim. 53 Fred Fearnot' s Skate ior Life; or, Winning the "lee l'lyers'" Pen 121 ant. 122 114 Fred Rival ; or, Betrayed by a Female Enemy. 123 :15 Fred l!'earnot's De(lance; or, His Great l'lght at D edham Lake. 12 1 56 l 'red l'earnot's Big Contract: or, a County 1.25 57 Fred Fearriots Daring Deed; or, Saving ferry from the Lynchers. 126 58 Fre d Fearnot's lteveuge; or, Defeating a Congressman. 127 fi9 Fred 11'earnot's 'l'rnp; Ot', Catching the 'l'rain Robbers. 128 60 Fred Fearnot at Harvard; or, Winning the Games for Yale. 123 61 l'red l'earnot's Huse; or, Turning 'l'rarup to Save a l?ortune. 130 62 l!'red Feamot in Manila; or, Plotting to Catch Aguinaldo. 131 63 Fearnot and Oom Paul ; or, llattling for the Boers. 64 Fred Fearnot in Johannesburg; or, The Terrible Ride to Kimberley. 132 65 Fred l 'earnot In Knfiirland; or, Hunting for the Lost Diamond. 133 66 Fred Fearnot's Lariat; or, How H e Caught His Man. 134 67 Fred Fearnot' s Wild West Show: or, 'l'he lllggest '1.'hlng on Earth. 135 68 l 're d Fearnot's Great 'l'our; or, Managing an Opera Queen. lilG 69 Fred Feamocs Min&trels; or, 'l'euys Great Hit as an End Man. 137 70 1''red Fearnot and the Duke; or, HaWing a l!'ortune Hunter. 71 Fred Fearuol's Day; or. The Great Heunlon at Avon. 72 Fred Fearnot in the South; or, Out with Old Bill Bland. 73 Fred Ft:aruot's Museum; or, Hacking Knowledge with Fun. 1.38 139 140 Fred Fenrnot's Round Up; or, A Lively 'l.'lme on the Ranche. Fred Fearnot and the Giant; or, A Hot 'l'ime in Cheyenne. Fred l"carnot's Cool Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the Boys. Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. !!'red Fearnot In a Fix; or, The Blackmailer's Game. Fred Fearnot as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time in th:i Wild West. Fred Fearnot and His Mascot; or, Evelyn's Fearless Ride. Fred Fearnot' s Strong Arm; or, The Bad Man of Arizona. Fred l!'earnot as a '"l'enderfoot ;" or, Having Fun with the Cow boys. Fred Fearnot Captured ; or, In the Hands of Hls Enemies. Frei l l"earnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer' s Trap to Ruin Hlm. Fred Fearnot's Great Feat ; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. !"red Fcarnot's Iron Will; or, Standing Up for the Right. Fred Jl'earnot Cornered ; or, Evelyn and the Widow. l!'red Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, Ten Days in an Insane Asylum. Fred Fearnot' s Honor; or, Backing Up His Word. Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedham's Caae. Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazen. Fred Fearnot's Secret Society; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; or, The Trouble on the Lake Front. Fred Fearnot's Challenge ; or, Klng of the Diamond Field. Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work That Won. Fred Fearnot In Atlanta; or, The Black !<'lend of Darktown. Fred Fearnot's Open Hand ; or, How He Helped a Frlend. Fred Fearnot In Debate; or, The Warmest Member of the House. Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "Moneyle!I Fred Fearnot at Princeton ; or, The Ilatttle of the Champions. Fred Fearnot's Circus; or, High Old Time at New Era. Fred Fearnot's C'amp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the Adlron dacks. 74 Fred Fearnot' s Athletic School; or, l\laking Brain and Brawn. 75 Fred Fearnot or, '!.'he Disappearance of Terry Olcott. 76 Fearnot nnd the Governor; or, Working Hard to Save a f,lfe. 77 l'red Fearnot's J\llstake: or, Up Against His Match. 141 Fred Fearnot and His Gulde; or, The Mystery of the Mountain. 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair; or,1. The Battle of the Fakirs. 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner ; or, \,;aptured at Avon. 78 Fre d Fearnot in Texas; or, 'l'errys J\lan from Abilene. 79 Fred as a Sherill': or, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. 80 Fre d Fearnot Batli e d ; or, Outwitted by a Woman. 81 Fred Fea1nots Wit, and How It Save d Ills Lire. 82 Fred Fearnot's Great Prize; or. Worlcing Hard to Win. 83 Fred l 'earnot at Bay ; or, His Great Fight for Life. 84 Fred I"earnots Disguise; or, a Strnnge Clew. 85 Fred Fearnot's J\loose Hunt: or, Adventures In the l\Iaine Woods. 86 l!'rPd Fearuot's Oratory; or, Fun at the Girls' HiRh School. 87 Fred Fearnot's Big Heart; or. Giving the Poor a \,;hance 88 Fred f'earnot Accused; or, Tricked by a Villain. 89 l>'red l'enrnot's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. 90 Fred Fearnot'fi Deadly Peril; or. Bis Narrow Escape from Ruin. 91 Fred Fearnots Wild flide; or, Saving Dick Duncan's Life. 1\2 Fred Fenrnot's Long C'hase; or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. 93 Fred Lust Shot. and H o w It Save d a Life. 94 Fred I 'earnot's Common Sense; or, The Best Way Out of Trouble. 95 Fred Fearnot's Great !'Ind; or, Saving Terry Olcott's Fortune. 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sultan: or, Adventure s on the Island of Sulu. 97 Fred Fesrnot's Silvery 'l.'ongue: or, 'Inning an Angry Mob. f\8 Fred Fenrnot's Strntegy: or, Outwitting a Tooublesome Couple. 99 Fred Fearnot"s Little Joke; or. Worrying Dii'k and Terry. 100 Fred Fearnot"s l\Jus c lP; or, Holding His Own .Against Odds. 101 Fred Fearnot on Har.a; or, Showing llp at t'ie Right Time. 102 Fred Fearnot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and l<:velyn ; or, The Infatuated Rival. 104 Fred FP>trnot's 'ager: or, Downing a Brutal Sport. l 05 Fred Fen rnot at St. Si rnons : or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island. 106 Fred Fearnot Deceive d ; or, After tbe Wrong, Man. 107 Fred Feunot's Charity: or, '.reaching Others a Lesson. 108 Fred as ""J'he Judge;" or, Heading oil' the Lynchers. 109 Fred FP1trnot and the Clown; or. Saving the Old Man's Place. 110 Free l "Parnot's Work; or, Up Ai:ainst a Crnnk. 111 Fred Fearnot's Break; or, What Happened to Jones. 144 Fred Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme. 145 Fred Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 146 Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. 147 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Sta1 Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon 149 150 151 152 shiners. l!'red Fearnot and the Kidnappers ; or, Trailing a Stolen Child. Fred Fearnot's Qulck Work; or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. Fred Fearnot at Silver Gulch ; or, Defying a Ring. Fred Fearnot on the Border ; or, Punishing the Mexican Hor1e Stealers. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life ; or, Running the Gauntlet. 154' Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. 155 Fred Fearnot's Rescue; or, The Mexican Pocahontas. 156 Fred Fearnot and the "White Caps"; or, A Queer Turning of the Tables. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fnn with the "Spirits." 158 Fred Fearnotand the "Mean Man"; or, The Worst He Ever Struck. 159 Fred l<'earnot's Gratitude: or, Backinlo( Up a Plucky Boy. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined; or. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithfu account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of Ameri al youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their Ii for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independe E Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matte1 bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boys of '76; or, Fighting for Freedom. 2 The Liberty Boys' Oath ; or, Settling With the British and Tories. 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, Helping General Washington. 4 The Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always In the Right Place. 5 The Liberty Boys' Nerve; or, Not Afraid of the King's Minions. 6 The Liberty Boys' Defiance; or, "Catch and Hang Us If You Can." 7 The Liberty Boys in Demand ; or, The Champion Spies of the Revolution. 9 The Liberty Boys' Hard Fight; or, Beset by British and Tories. 9 The Liberty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within Themselves. 10 The Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape; or, A Neck-and-Neck Race With Death. 11 The Liberty Boys' Pluck ; or, Undaunted by Odds. 12 The Liberty Boys' Peril ; or, Threatened from all 13 The Liberty Boys' Luck; or, Fortune Favors the Brave. 14 The Liberty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the British. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They .Caught In It. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The Tories' Scheme. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, CaP.turlng a British Man-of War. 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge ; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' ]j'lne Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay ; or, The Closest Call of All. 23 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm fof the Iledcoats. 21 The I.lberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoat& and Tories. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the Redcoats a Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In Philadelphia. 28 Tile Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy wine. 29 The LlhPrty Boys' Wild Ride; or, A Dash to Save a Fort. 31) The Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 31 The Liberty Boys' Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold In Chee 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Reven1 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was an Enemy. R4 The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender ; or, The Ruse That 35 The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the Bell." 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Libert: Cause. 37 The. Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. 3il The I.iberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 3!l The Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything In Slgl 4') The Liberty Boys' Flush Times ; or, Reve!!ng In British Gold. 41 The Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 42 T!Je Llbl'rty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 143 '.!'be Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Bnslness by Wholesale. 11 The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories 45 The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slat 4r. The Lll>erty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 17 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What 'Fhey Set Out to l 48 The Liberty Boys' S etback; or, Defeated, Hut Not Disgraced. 40 The Lihl'rty Boys In Toryvllle; or, Dick Slater's Fearful RI 50 The Liberty Boys Aro11sed; or, Striking Strong Blows for Liber l:l '!'h e Liberty Iloys' Triumph ; or, Beating the Redcoats at Tb Own 52 The Liberty Bo.vs scare: or, A Miss os Good as a Mlle. 5 3 'l'h e Liberty Boys' :banger; or, Foes on All Sides. 54 'l'he Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. 56 The Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How to Fight. 57 The Liberty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 58 The Liberty Boys' Deaperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" Stony Point. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They DPalt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 61 The Liberty Boys' Sealed Orcers; or, Going it Blind. 6 2 The Liberty Boys' Daring Stroke; or, With "Light Horse Harry" Paulns Hook. 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The Liberty Boys' daring stroke, or, With "Light Horse Harry" at Paulus Hook

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The Liberty Boys' daring stroke, or, With "Light Horse Harry" at Paulus Hook
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rrHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Enteicd a.s Second 01ass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post OfTice, Februa111 4, 1901. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1902, in the otrice of the Librarian No. 62. of Congress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. CHAPTER I. NEW YORK, MARCH 7, 1902. Price 5 Cents. "Oh, they are fine berries, sir. Just let me cross over and I'll show ye." THE STR.A. W.BERRY GIRL. "All right; I'll let the bridge down." He s uited the action to the word, and as soon as the "Berries! Berries! Do you want to buy some strawdrawbridge had been dropped into place the girl crossed berries?" to the Hook, and, taking the coveT off her basket, showed the soldier that she had some nice strawberries inde ed. lt was a beautiful August afternoon; the place was in "There; didn t I tell ye they were nice, ripe b e rries?" the vicinity of the fort on what was known as "The she asked, triumphantly. "How many d'ye want?" ook." This was Paulus Hook, and was just across the iver from the city of New York, where now stands Jersey City-for it was the year 1779, and there was no city n the New Jersey side of the river as there is now. I "What are they worth?" "Two shillings a quart, sir." "All right; I'll take a quart." rrhe berries were in quart baskets, and the girl handed the soldier one, and received her two shillings in s ilver. The "Hook" proper was a long, low neck of land-or ore prop e rly speaking, sand-which reached well out 'nto the Hudson. B e twe e n this neck of land and the ainland ran a small creek, which virtually cut the strip ff, making it more of an island than isthmus, and the ritish had deepened the channel of this creek until it ould have been impossible for an enemy to get acro s s "Thank ye, sir," s he s aid, courtesying; "and n o\1 may I go on over ther e and s e ll the rest of my berrie s ?" yes; go ahead!" was the carel ess reply. The boys'll be glad of a chance to get some nice berries." "Oh, thank ye, sir." Again the girl courtesied, and then she hasten e d fornless they were prepared to swim for it. Near the centre warc1, clambering ove r the two entrenchments and soon f the shore end of the "Hook" was a drawbridge, which she was within the fort itself. as kept up, save when somebody wished to cross the The soldi e rs, of whom there w e re seemingl y fou r or five hundred, were scattered about, smoking, talkin g anu The person crying, "Strawberries! Strawberries.!" playing cards. They were taking things very e asy, in-as a girl seemingly about eighteen years of age, and she tood on the mainland at a point opposite where the rawbridge was located. 'rhe girl was roughly clad, hav1 ng on coarse, homespun cotton dress and rough, heavy hoes, while an old bonnet was on her head. A British soldier over on the strip came strolling up and deed, but the appearance of the girl attracted th e ir attention in an instant. "Hello!" "Jove a girl "Who is she ? "Whe re did she come from?" Such were a few of the exclamations, and on e man, oments and then a s ked: "Have you strawberries in an officer, st e pped forward and asked, somewhat ste rnly: he basket, my girl?" "How did you get in here, girl?" tanding near the drawbridge, eyed the for a few "Didn't you hear me calling out that very thing?" "The soldier at the bridge let me come, sir," was the as the retort. "Are ye deaf? I've been callin' out that prompt reply. have strawberries till I'm hoarse. D'ye want to buy "He dic1, eh?" ny?" "Can't say until after I see the berries," was the reply; 'they may be knotty or half green and unfit to eat." "Yes, sir." "Why did he do that?" "I asked him to. Ye see, I have some nice strawb e rries


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. to sell, and he said he thought the men would be glad he shook it in her face. "And as for the other men he : to buy them." they won't interfere," he added; "or, if they do, it won' "Ah! strawberries, eh? Let me have a look at them." be good for them." The girl took off the cover of the basket and rev ealed "Oh, I understand,'' said the girl, calmly; "you ar ihe ripe, luscious-looking fruit. cue of those, what is it they call them? Ah, yes, bullies "Ha! those look all right!" the officer cried. "How You are one of those fellows who commit all kinds o much a quart?" mean things and no one dares interfere for fear of get "Two shillings, sir." ting a beating. Is that it?" "And cheap enough. I would take two or three quarts, "See here, girl, don't get too saucy!" threatened the but that wouldn't be fair to the rest of the boys, so I bully; "I won't stand it, even from a girl." will take only one. Here is the money;" and he took "Oh, I suppose you feel that it would be safe for you out a quart-basket and gave the girl a couple of shillings. Lo attack a girl!" the strawberry peddler said, in scorn "Thank ye, sir,'' said the girl. By this time a crowd of soldiers was around the girl, and every man was clamoring for some of the berries. The girl had no difficulty "in selling all her stock, and re ceived the money for all excepting one basket, wbich a burly, mean-looking fellow had secured, but for which he had made no offer of payment. acccnis. "You are brave, I must say!" "Pay her for the berries, Collins," said one soldier, handsome fellow of perhaps twenty-four years. "You mind your own business, Haroldson!" was th snarling reply. "It is none of your affairs I pa for them or n:ot; and if you stick your nose in here yo will get it pulled!" The girl looked at him and said: "You haven't paid The young man addressed as Haroldson flushed angrily me for your berries, sir." and was on the point of making a sharp reply when th The soldier pretended to get angry. "I did pay you!" girl interpos12d. he said, in a snarling voice; and with a defiant and "Thank ye for your kind words; sir,'' sl1e said; "but threatening look at his comrades. It was plain that he don't want to get any one in trouble on my account. Don' thought some of them might interfere and try to make say anything more. I'll attend to the matter mysel bim pay the and will settle it to my own satisfaction unaided." The "You are mistaken, sir," the girl said, firmly; "you she turned and faced the bully. "Pay me for thos -Oid not pay me." berries!" she said, in a stern voice. Indeed, so stern an "What's that!" the fellow cried. "Do you mean to threatening did her voice sound that the soldiers stare say I lie?" and he glared at the girl in a way that he at her in surprise supposed would terrify her. Collins, the bully, was surprised, and he stared at t The look did not have that effect, however; at any rate, girl for a .few moments in open-mouthed amazemeni if the girl was frightened she did not show it. Then he said: "What is that you say? Pay for th "I don't mean to say that you lie,'' she said, quietly, berrie s ?" "but I do say that you haven't paid me; and if you are "Yes; pay me!'' not going to do so, please give me my berries and I will "l did pay you." sell them to some other gentleman." "Give you back the berries? I guess not!" with a sneering laugh. "No, sirree these are my berries, and I hardly think you will get to sell them over again." "You did not. You just admitted as much to tb other gentleman, and I want my money-or the berries. "Well, you'll get neither!" with a leer. "And I'll sa that I think the boys are fools to throw away money fQ "They are not your berries until after you have paid thing s that they can have without pay!" -for them." "But I tell you I have paid for them!" The girl looked at the other soldiers in an appealing "Oh, you do, do you?" "Yes." "But they could not have them without pay." )l manner. "I appeal to you, gentlemen," she said; "he aoh, yes, they could," with a laugh; "look at me. has not paid me, and I trust that you wo,,'t stand by and lrnve the berries, and, as you say, I have not paid fc' o see a poor giri robbed." them." In "What's that you say ?-robbed!" almost shouted the "But you will." "But I won't!" '" soldier. "Look here, girl, it's lucky for you that you .a re a girl, or you would feel the weight of my fist!" and "Then you will never have the pleasure of eating tr


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. 3 I erries !" The girl spoke calmly and quietly, but dehave to be with him all the time, and he is a bad mr.n. idedly. The other soldiers stood around, silent, but to have to be around when he i s at outs with you. lt will stening and watching with interest. They began to be best for you to go, now, before he gets up." I "nk the country girl was about" as queer a girl as they But the girl shook her head. "No, I won't go ,ad ever seen, and as courageous a one. I get good and ready!" she said, determinedly. "I:f yen Collins laughed scornfully. "I'll never have the pleasmen won't take this coward in hand and teach him a fre of eating the berries, you say?" he remarked. "vVell, l esson, I will do it myself. I will stay right here; and e 'll show you that you are mistaken;" and he started to ii he attacks me again I will give him such a thrashing nke a berry out, with the evident intention o:f eating it. as he never had in all his life, and I guess that after u He did not succeed, however, for the girl took a couple he has been thrashed by a girl he won't have the courage \f steps forward, and, striking the bottom of the basket to stand up before you men any more." vith her hand, sent the contents flying in every direction. majority went straight up, of course, and they came iowering down upon the head of the bully Like hailstones t a red hue 1. A curse escaped the lips of the bully. "You she-fiend!" "e cried. "You petticoated termagant, I'll give you a nste of my fist for that, even though you are a woman F' Ymd the coward struck out at the girl's face. d A cry of disapproval and anger went up from the other "I know, but you can't do anything with him, miss,'" proteE>ted Haroldson; "it was a chance blow you strnck him. He wasn't expecting anything of the kind and was, not prepared for it. He \ ill hurt you, sure, if you stay here." "I'll risk it-and it was no chance blow, either. My father always told me to take care of myself, and I think I can do it without any help, either." An exclamation of impatience escaped the lips o:f the ldiers, but their fears for the safety of the girl were good-hearted redcoat, and he glanced around and saw oundless, for, toltheir surprise, she threw her head to e side, out of the way of Collins' fist, which went over r shoulder, and then, spat her fist struck the cowardly e ldicr full between the eyes, knocking him down as if haJ been s truck with a sledge-hammer. J It was a wonder.ful blow-would have been for a man, re en, and the spectators were for a moment dumb with azement. Then their admiration and delight were ithf.ven vent to in exclamations mt "Great Guns!" th1 "What a blow!" "And from a girl, too!" I "It was beautiful!'' \"It was just what he deserved!" th "But how did she do it?" es. Collins had been temporarily dazed by the blow, and the s4ock of the fall, and lay on the ground blinking up at f e sky after the fashion of an owl in the light, but he ukl soon be up again, and the soldier who had remon atccl with him before stepped to the girl's side. "Yon had better go, miss> he said; "he'll be on his t again in a moment and he will be crazy. There is e telling what he may do." f "How many men are there of you here?" asked the girl mly. "Oh, there's five hundred of us, I guess." "Well, then, I think that ought to be a sufficient num g tlr to keep him from harming me." "I know, miss; but he's our comrade, you know. We Collins just clambering to his feet. He again to the girl: "Run!" he said, in a low tone. "Run, and I will keep him back, even if I have to fight a duel with him afterward for interfering with him." B.ut the girl made no move toward leaving. "Thank you," she said, "but I'll stay and attend to him myself Just stand aside so I can see him." 'fhe soldier reluctantly obeyed, and then Collins caught sight of the girl who had disgraced him before his com rades. A snarl of terrible rage escaped him. "Ah, there you are, you hussy!" he cried. "Now I &hall just about kill you, girl though you are! No one, man or woman, shall strike Ezra Collins and not be made pay for it!" 'l'htm he rushed toward the girl, much after the fashion of a mad bull dashing at a red flag. CHAPTER II. WHO TIIE STR.I. \'BERRY GIRL WAS. A murmur of disapproval and anger went up from the soldiers, and several made a move as if to interfere; but they were not quick enough-an it was just as well. It was quickly shown that the wonderful girl was amply able to take care of herself. Collins, although on his feet and advancing, eager to:


, 4 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. get rennge for the blow which he had received, was still look after your comrade; he is insensible and needs at somewhat dazed and could not see as well as he ordinarily i.ention." could, and almost before he realized that he was within reach of the girl he received one blow, then another, and "Oh, he will come around all right. He's tough." Then the girl took het departure. "Did you sell all down he went, kerthump your berries?" asked the sentinel at the drawbridge, A long-drawn-out breath escaped the lips of the spec' he lowered it for her to cross over. tators, a:r. d then exclamations of surprise and pleasure "Yes, sir," was the reply, "I sold them all." eEcapecl them. "They were fine berries. I enjoyed them very much "Wonderful!" Don't forget us when you have some more to sell." "I won't for12:et, sir." "By Jove! I believe the girl is too much for Collins!" u "She is a terror, isn't she?" "Indeed she is "Serves him right!" I! 1ras evident that the sympathies of the soldiers were with the girl, though they could not think how it was that a girl could do what not one of them had ever been able to do; viz. get the better of Collins in a personal en"The berries were sweet, but I don't believe they were as sweet as you are," the soldier said. "Oh, you are trying to flatter said the girl. "No, I'm IJGt; I mean it," the soldier declared; "but I can't say positively without testing the matter; let me hi.'ve a kiss and then I'll know." The girl laughed. "Oh, I couldn't think of it," she counter. "I'm not giving away anything, and I'm selling Collins himself was perhaps the most surprised man of all; indeed, he was so dazed he seemed scarcely to realize what had taken place Presently he struggled to his feet, however, and made a move to again attack the girl, muttering angrily as he did so. It was all the good it did him. He was given another dose like the two he had just received. The girl had dealt him one blow, which stopped him, and then as he stood there, his head thrown back, out shot the girl's right fist. It caught Collins on the jaw and down he dropped lil\e a log. This ended it. He was unconscious, and the soldiers stared from him to the girl in open-mouthed amazement. They could not understand how it was possible that a girl could strike such terrible blows. "She is a regular Amazon!" was the thought that went through their minds. trawberries, not kisses." "I'm afraid you are cruel as well as swee f." "Oh, no, I'm not cruel." "I think you are. Su?h a handsome girl shouldn't be so stingy with her kisses." "Oh, I won't be stingy when the right man comes along." "That's it, eh?" Yes ; do you blame me ?" "Ko, I don't blame you. But say, take a good look at me. Pehaps I may be the right man, after all." "No, youire not," the girl laughingly rcplieu. "What's the matter with me. Ain t i good-lo.1ki enough?" "Well, as to that, you are not bad-looking." "Then what's the matter with me?" "Your clothes don't suit me." "My clothes don't suit you?" '11he redcoat was en But they were glad she had given their comrade a dently surprised. thrashing. He certainly deserved it, and they hoped that it would have a good effect and that henceforth he would be a more pleasant companion. Certainly he could not hope to put on any airs and try to pose as a bully after having been thrashed so handsomely by a girl. The soldiers hastened to compliment the girl on her success. She took their compliments coolly and seemed to think she had not done anything especially noteworthy. "I can take care of myself," she said quietly; "father always told me to do so, and I have." ... "'l'here is no doubt regarding your ability to do so," said one of the men. "Well, whenever you have some berries to sell, come and see us We will be glad to buy." "That's what I said; your clothes don't suit me." "Whafs the matter with them?" "They're the wrong color." "Ila!" exclaimed the redcoat. "The wrong color, eh?1 "Yes ; I don't like red." l "You dont, eh?" "X o." "What color do you like?" "Blue." "So thafs it, eh? You're a rebel!" 11 "No, I'm not a rebel," the girl replied; "but I am a American, and I think our people should be free. I ar only a girl, so I hope you won't be angry at my talkin3: "I shall do so, sir," was the reply; "but you had better so plainly."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DAIUNG STROKE. 5 "Not I!" the redcoat, who happened to be a goodhearcl o.f The girl must be a regular Amazon. Jove! natu!:ed fellow, replied. "I admire you all the more but I'm glad she thrashed Collins! Knocked senseless for your grit and honesty in saying just what you feel." by a girl! Ha, ha, ha! Oh, but this is rich; it's the "'l'hank said the girl; "I thought you were that Liest joke I ever heard!" kind o.f a man." Meantime the girl had walked swiftly onward, and was "But say, if I let you go you ought to give me at just disappearing over the brow of a hill two hundred least one kiss," the soldier protested. yards distant. She walked straight onward, looking neither "l couldn't think of it; if I were to giYc you one you'd to the right nor to the left, ancl after ten minutes of this want a dozen." she entered some scrubby timber which was growing there "You seem to know something about such matters," in the lowlands. said the rcdcoa t. "If I were a betting man I would wager She made her way through the timber a distance of a that the 'right man' has already come along. Am I not quarter of a mile or so and then came to a place where, right?" in an opening in the timber, stood a log cabin. "Oh, I'm not going to tell you!" the girl replied; and Seated on a bench in front of the cabin were a man then with a coquettish smile she tripped across the bridge. and a woman, while standing in the open doorway was a "Jove! that girl's all right!" muttered the redcoat, girl of about eighteen years of age. The man and woman looking after her admiringly. looked like ordinary settlers of those times, but the woman Just then another one of the soldiers came strolling was quite good-looking; while the girl, who was evidently up and he told the sentinel about the encounter between their daughter, was really beautiful. As their eyes fell tbe girl and Collins, the bully. upon the approaching girl with a basket on her arm they Tl)c sentinel was almost paralyzed with amazement. gave utterance to exclamations of pleasure. '.'You don't mean to tell me," he gasped, "that that girl l really and truly thrashed Collins!" "Yes, I do mean to tell you that very thing; she knock ed him down three times and the third time he was in ensible. Why, he hadn't come to yet when I left." t "U reat guns the redcoat gasped. "And I teased that girl to let me kiss her. Jove! what if I tried to make her let me kiss her after she refused!" "There he comes now!" exclaimed thevoman. "I knew he'd get back safe!" declared the man. "Oh, Dick-Mr. Slater!" exclaimed the girl, leaping forward and seizing the newcomer by the hand. "I-I mean wc--are so glad to see you safely back again!" 1 Arc you, indeed?" laughed Dick Slater_,_ for it was indeed the great scout and spy. "Well, I am glad to get back safely." t "Well, I guess you'd got laid out!" laughed the other. "Did you get within the intrenchments at the Hook?" 'l "'l'hat's right; I'm glad, now, that I'm good-natured asked the man. and man enough not to want to be rude to a girl or woman." "Yes, Mr. Lyman," replied Dick; "this disguise of "Y cs, it was one case where it certainly paid to be a mine deceived them finely, and I had no trouble in penehue man, old fellow," the other agreed. trating clear into the works of the enemy." l "You're right. And she knocked Collins senseless? 'onclerful I would not have believed it possible." either would I if I had not seen it myself." "Well, Collins needed the lesson." "Yes, all the boys were glad to see him get it." "I don't doubt it. He won't put on so many airs from ow on, will he?" "I rather think not." "Good!" the man exclaimed. "I am glad of that!" "And did you learn what you wished to, Mr. Slater?" P.sked Jennie Lyman eagerly. "Yes, :Miss Jennie; I found out how many men they have in the garrison, and got a good look at the in trenchments; and, in fact, learned all I wished to learn." "I am glad of that!" said Mrs. Lyman. "I feel good 0ver it on account of the fact that I aided in the work by "Ile won't be able to browbeat and bully the boys as loaning you the dress to wear." ie has been doing." "That was very kind of you, Mrs. Lyman," said Dick; "No; if he tries that they'll threaten to send for that "and it made my scheme possible of accomplishment, when and that will squelch him." 1 "I should say so." 1\ Then the soldier went back inside the intrenchrnents, \lfaving the sentinel to ponder over what he had been told. "lrcll, well," he murmured, "that beats anything I ever otherwise it would not have been." Dick Slater now entered the cabin and went into a room and divested himself of dress and donned his own suit of clothes. He was on the point of emerging from the room when he heard the sound of strange voices


...... .-., 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING STROKE. outside, and paused to listen. He heard a loud, angry Lhen closed the door with his left hand while gripping voice say: "We are going to search the house, sir; and if with his right. a spy is found in there it will go hard with you! We The youth scarcely dared hope that he could succeed have every reason to believe that a rebel spy, disguised in doing much, for he supposed the other redcoats would aR a woman, is in there. 'Such a person was at the Hook also open the door and look into the shed, but be went less than an hour ago, and we think he is here!" ahead and speedily choked the redcoat into "Jove! it seems as if I am in for it!" thought Dick. "I 'rhen he quickly removed the insensible man's coat, doffea wish I knew how many there are out there It might be his own and donned the garment. To exchange hats re that I could fight my way through and make my escape; quired only a moment, and then tossing the soldier into but if there is a strong force I would not wish to try it." the corner, Dick opened the outside door of the shed ;md The next moment the tramp of many feet was heard quickly emerged; and in a excited tone cried : "Run within the cabin-in the big, front room. around to the front of the house, boys He is trying to escape! Hurry, or he will get away!" CHAPTER III. DICK A. PRISONER. Dick saw that he 'was in great danger, and looked around for some means of escape or for a place to hide. At :first he thought that he was cornered, that he would be caught like a rat in a trap, but suddenly be ga-ve a start. There was a door which opened, as he found on trying it, into a shed the back of the main cabin. He passed through into the shed, and, closing the door behind him, peei:ed out through a crack. He saw half a dozen soldiers standing; at the rear of the house, musket in hand, ready to shoot any one who should venture forth. The ruse was successful, for the redcoats supposed the newcomer was one of their own men, and did not doubt his statement at all. They broke and ran around the house with all possible speed, and Dick ran toward the timber, about thirty yards distant. He had almost reached it when the redcoats came running back around the house, yelling wildly. They saw the fugitive ,and, raising their muskets, fired. They fired in such a hurry, however, that their bullets went wide of the mark, and Dick succeeded in getting into the timb

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