The Liberty Boys' daring scheme, or, Their plot to capture the king's son

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The Liberty Boys' daring scheme, or, Their plot to capture the king's son
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Moore, Harry
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f w1cd lrcel: l 11-f!11 Su/,.,.,.i 11tio" $2.5 0 p e r y ear. Nut,ml l:iccoml C kl$. J(11Hor al II NUJ Y o r.I: l'nI Of/ice, l 'ebr11nr y 4. 1 901, by Frank' 1'ousey. No. 76. NEW YORK, .JUNE 13, 1902. Pl'ice 5 Cents The "Liberty Boys" were. indeed engaged in a da)."ing .undertaking. So far they had escaped discovery, and one afte.r another they climbed up the rope and through the window.


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American R.evolution. l a a u ed WeekZ11-B11 Su1Jscription $2.50 per 11ear. Entered as Second Olass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post O ffice, February 4 1901. Entered according to Act of Oongress, in the year 1902, in the o"ff'ice of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 76. NEW YORK, JpNE 13, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. THE REDCOATS AND THE MAIDEN. J "Stand aside, you cowards, and let the young lady pass!" "What's that You dare speak to us, soldiers of the king, in such a manner, you young dog?" "Knock his head off "Run him through "Yes, spit him as if he were a frog!" E;:ill him It was a pleasant evening in the latter part of the month of September of the year 1776. It was after nightfall, but was not very dark as the moon was shining and the street lamps were burning-for the scene to which w'e call the xeader's attention took place on one of the streets run ning parallel with Broadway, in the city of New York. Near the corner of a block, stretched across the side walk, were five British soldiers, and they were facing a beautiful girl of perhaps eighteen years, whose way the redcoats barred. A youth had come up behind the girl, and seeing what was going on had addressed the redcoats ag given above, and then the redcoats had replied with threats to knock his head off, run him through, etc The youth was dressed in rough clothing, but his face was handsome, and he did not flinch or seem frightened by the threatening remarks of the redcoats Not so the girl, however; she was evidently afraid they would do the Y?uth injury, for she said: "Oh, kind sir, I thank you, but I :fear you will only get yourself in trouble, without being able to help me, for they outnumber you five to one, and you could not hope to do anything against them Go your way, I beg o:f you, and leave me to my own devices. I do not think these He will have to stay, and settle with us for his insolence." "Yes, yes!" "That's right; he shall not escape us!" "We'll teach him a lesson!" "And one that he won't forget in a hurry!" "Oh, don't you fellows worry," said the youth, calmly and without any show o:f nervousness; "I shall not try to get away. If you :feel like teaching me a lesson, I shall do my best to learn ali that I possibly can-and it may be that I may teach you a thing or two at the same time, so I won t be under obligations to you :for favors." The redcoats laughed loudly at this; it appealed to their sense of humor "Why, the yo1:1ng dog is a humori s t l" cried one. "Yes, a very funny fellow l" "Give him a cap and bells and he would make a splendid clown." "But we'll take some of that out o:f him l'" "Indeed we will!" The youth took hold of the girl's arm and gently pulled her back and placed himself in front of her; as he did so he whispered in her ear : "I shall enter into a combat with them in a few moments, and the instant it begins do you run with all your might and get away The girl heard and understood, but she made up her mind that she would not run away and le'ave the _brave youth alone. She clenched her little hands, set her pearly teeth together and said to herself that she would stay there, and if she could do anything to aid her champion she would do it. She looked around her and her eyes fell upon a heavy cudgel which lay in the street. It looked like a standard, such as are used on large drays, and she made up her mind she would seize that and .try her hand at thumping the redcoats over the head "I'm pretty -these--gentlemen will molest me." strong, if I am only a girl," she thought, "and I believe ,' "Oh, no, we won't molest you!" mockingly. "All we that I could knock a man senseless with that club. I'll ask is a kiss or two apiece from those sweet lips of yours! try it, at any rate, just as sure as my name is Helen Then you may go your way. As for the young scoundrel, Morrison!" however, he may not escape us, :for we are not the kind "Oho, the young knight whispered something in the 1 oi men to allow ourselves to be spoken to in such :fashion ear of the :fair :iaiden !" cried one of the redcoats, jeer-


ingly. "Did he tell her that he would vanquish her "Yes; but for your assurance we should have given you nemies and then claim her as a reward? I suppose that a good thrashing long ere this." was it-ha! ha! ha!" "Then it pays to be insolent, and to be possessed of "Never you mind what I said to the young lady," said assurance, doesn't it?" the youth, quietly "Just you fellows go your way and "Not much to speak of; it has simply delayed your let the young lady alone and all will be will; otherwise-" punishment, that is all." t! "Otherwise-what?" in a sneering voice. "Otherwise there will be trouble." "Trouble for who ?" "Oh, that's it?" '.!' "Yes." f; "Well, you needn't put it off any longer on my account." t "For you!" "No?" t l Again the redcoats laughed loudly. They felt that they "No. If you are determined to give me a thrashing, to ;; were masters of the situation, and were in no hurry to teach me a lesson, and so forth, go right to work and do it. 1 bring about the encounter. They felt like enjoying the Don't keep me in suspense." k situation for a while before ending the affair. "Oh, you would like to have it over with, eh?" "So you think there will be trouble for us, eh?" in a jeering voice. "I do." "Well, say, young fellow, I like your show of confidence, I do, for a fact. But I fear it is entirely unwarranted." "Oh, I don't know about that!" "You don't?" "No." "Why, look here; how many of us are there?" "Five, I believe." "And you are only one." "I am aware of that." "Well, what chance will you stand against the five of us?" "I don't know, I'm sure; that can only_ be decided by actual test." "Yes." r "And for that very reason we shall be in no hurry, } boys?'' "That's right." "No, it is fun to keep the young dog in suspense." "It is great sport a ''Yes, the best we've struck since coming to this beastly" country." h "So you think it fun to keep the 'young dog' in susP pense, do. you, you old hound?" remarked the youth, look-; ing straight at the redcoat who had applied the epithet to3 him. hi "See here," bristled the Briton; "don't you dare calla me a hound! I won't have it!" "You called me a 'young dog.'" "Well, that is different." "Oh, come now, young fellow, yolJ. know better than "Not at all; if I am a 'young dog,' you are an oldo that." hound." ;c "Do I ?" "See here, you want to be careful, young fellow threat.CC ''Yes; you know that one man could not possibly stand eningly. "We intend only to give you a thrashing and] up before five." let you go whining away, but if you get too saucy we mafe "No, I don't know it." change our minds and cut your head off!" "Bah! you are a fool!" "Oh, that would be terrible, wouldn't it? The "Thank you! You are another." tone was mocking, and the redcoats stared at the boldi "'What's that! You dare call me a fool?" young fellow in amazement. They could not understandrl "'You called me one." it; the more they tried to frighten and intimidate him, thttt "'But-that's different." bolder he grew. ;l "'How is it different?" "Why, I'm a-a-soldier of the king, while you are a11--" ''Just as good a man as the soldier of any king who ever lived, or ever will live!" "Well, say, I really do admire your insolence, young fellow!" almost the redcoat. "Do you?" "Say, you're too' saucy altogether!" growled one of thi redcoats. "He needs some of the egotism and insolence taken ouia of him!" "That's right!" "Yes; he is altogether too impudent." "A sound beating will be good for him!" "Well, why don't you go to work and administer t h ha va :le


E T :a ting, then?" the youth asked, tancl. there and talk about it?" calmly. "Why do you "Hurrah! with your help the enemy has been vanquish ed!" the youth cried. "Miss, you are the bravest girl I "Say, comrades, we will have to do it, I guess!" said ever saw!" ne. "Are you ready?" "Ready!" came back in chorus. "Then go for--" He did not complete the command, for the youth took he initiative with such quickness as to astonish the red oats. He suddenly leaped forward and struck the speaker air between the eyes. It was a strong blow and knocked he soldier down, kerthump And then the youth followed his up by attacking the four in a fierce manner. At the same time be called out to the girl, who was standing still, watching the combat: "Run, miss! Get away while I -eep these .scoundrels busy!" "Well, ought I not to do something when the trouble is all of my causing?" the girl exclaimed. "It was on my account that you got into the difficulty, and I made up my mind right from the first that I would stand by you and help you, if I could. I saw the cudgel and I seized it, and laid about me, striking wherever I saw a good chance, and this is the result. Oh, I am so glad that I was able to render you some assistance "Well, I am glad, too, for I fear they would have been too strong for me had I be. en left to fight it out alone. Have a care, there, my redcoat friend! Don't try to draw a weapon It isn't etiquette, and I must set the seal of "Oh, that's your scheme, is it?" growled one of the my disapproval upon any such action!" edcoats, striking out viciously. "Well, we'll soon settle Out shot the youth's fist, crack! it sounded as it struck ou and then we can turn our attention to the girl." the Briton's face and down he went, with a howl of rage The youth's words aroused the girl to adion; but not and pain, and, thump, the pistol which he had partly to the action which he intended. Instead of hastening drawn falling to the sidewalk. away from the spot the maiden leaped out into the street and seized the cudgel she had noticed a .while before. She f as only a girl, true, but she was pretty strong, and her ieart was stout. She suddenly seemed to feel herself ossessed of the strength of a giant, and swinging the udgel around she dealt one of the redcoats a blow alongside the head and knocked him down as if he had been 1it by a cannon-ball, a yell of pain and terror escaping im as he went down. Again the girl swung the stick, and, crack! it fonded at rthe butt of the ear of another of the redcoats and down he went with a howl and a thump. The fellow who had been knocked down by the youth at the first was now crambling to his feet, with his eyes on the youth, and he received a blow ori the top the head which put him own again with neatness and dispatch, and caused him to f ee more stars than he bad ever before witnessed. "Bravo, miss!" cried the youth, who, though amazed by he warrior-like tactics of the girl, was, nevertheless, delighted. "Giv

without doubt they had weapons in their hands and murder can't find u&, even if they do break the door-ah! there in their hearts. CHAPTER II. SOME REDCOATS. "Oh, I know what we will do!" the girl breathed. "Come goes, now!" as a loud crash was This was undoubtedly the case; the redcoats had broke the door down and we:i;e entering the house. The fugitives hastened up the stairs and were two thirds of the way up when a peculiar, whitish light illum ined the hall. Involuntarily they paused and looked bac and at the same instant startled cries came from th Jirection of the -redcoats. In the hail, as we pave said, was a peculiar, dim, whitisl with me !" light, and near the extreme frop.t end of the hall stood 1 Slle led the youth up a narrow alley, which opened at tall, spectral-looking white figure. The light was not stron th e left, and as the redcoats saw the two disappear they enough to make it possible to see just what the white figurE set up a wild yell of rage. clid look like, and this fact caused it to look uncanny tc "We will have to hurry!" the girl breathed. "They will "-.'. be aft e r us in a few moments." "You set the pace and I will keep along with you," the youth replied. the last degree. Any one who believed in ghosts would have had no hesitation in pronouncing this one, and indee almost captain of them all. The youth and maiden stared at the white figure iJ:J The girl ran as fast as she could, till they came to about silence, and then came exclamations from the rear end o1 the middle of the block and then she opened a gate and the hall where the redcoats were standing. entered the rear yard belonging to one of the houses in the row. As the youth followed there came loud, threat ening yells from the redcoats. Evidently they had seen this action on the part of the two. The girl hastened to the back door and after fumbling "Great guns!" "What is it?" "Heavens, fellows, it's a ghost!" "Say, 1 don't like the looks of that thing!" "Who are you? What are you?" around for a few moments the door was opened and she "Begone, base men!" came in a wailing, threatening, said: "Come; follow me!" sepulchral tone. "Beware! Go away!" The interior of the building was dark; not a ray of "Go away?" light was to be seen anywhere, but the two entered un."Yes, yes! Why have you broken .in here in this rude hesitatingly and then the girl pushed the door shut and fashion? Beware, lest you earn my anger! Beware, I her companion heard a peculiar click as if a bolt had autosay!" matically shot into place. "And who are you?" "Where are we?" the youth asked. "In a vacant house." "Ah!" "Yes; but come, the r e dcoats will soon be here and the y may batkr the door down." The girl took the youth by the hand and led him along \vhat was evidently a hallwa y and the maiden seemed to be familiar with the way, for she did not hesitate. When they had taken a dozen steps there came a loud knocking on the back door through which they had just come. "Open the door!" roared a voice. "Open at once or we will break it down!" "I am afraid that is just what they will do!" the girl said. "Well, we must hasten upstairs and then I think we will be able to find a hiding place." "Who am I?" "Yes." "I am the Queen of Egypt! Ha! ha! ha;" and a thrilling, almost blood-curdling laugh went up and echoed and reverberated along the empty hallway. "Bah!" cried the leader of the redcoats. "You are 3 queen of frauds, that's what you are! Come on, fellows i v that girl and scoundrel entered here and we will find themE in spite of all the ghosts and 'Queens of Egypt' that ca!I 0 be scared up!" 1t The speaker started forward, his four comrades follow ing more slowly and evidently reluctantly. They did nol like to risk the unknown dangers that might have to bEh encountered if they went contrary to the orders of thE0 strange figure in white. They moved along, and presently the girl said: "Ah, "Back, I say!" came from the white figure. "If yot here jg the staircase. Now we will soon be where they advance any further I will bring darkness on you and


then strike you to death from above, behind, all around voice. "I warned you not to remain. Now go ; for i you you f" do not your fate will be terrible!" "We had better be careful, Groggin," said one of the "Come on, fellows!" cried one of the men, in a. tremulous men, in a trembling voice; "we don't know what trouble voi ce; "let's get out of this!" and then followed the sound we may get into, if we fool around here." of hurried footsteps. \ "Bah! it is somebody masquerading for the purpose of uHold on, there! Stop!" called out the voice of the scaring us away," the leader cried; "come on! I am not to l e::ider. "Don' t be fools. There is nothing supernatural be so easily disposed of!" ab:iut this Somebody is playing tricks on us, and I, for The five redcoats continued to advance until they were almost below the youth and the maiden, who still re mained on the stairs, watching the strange scene with interest, and then suddenly the peculiar light went out, leaving all in total darkness. Following this th e re was a peculiar, rustling sound and cries of dismay and even fright escaped the lips of the redcoats. "What is that?" "Where has the thing gone?" "It threatened to strike us from above and all around!" half groaned one. "Say, let's get out of here!" A sudden thought came to the youth, and he has tened to put it into effect. The redcoats were in the hallway, right below, and by leaning over the stair rail he was sure he could reach the men's heads. He could try, at any rate, and he leaned as far Ofer the rail as he could, and holding with one hand to keep from falling he reached down with the other and made a grab He got hold of the hat and also the hair of one of the redcoats and gave a fierce pull that brought a terrible howl of commingled pain and terror from the victim. one, am not going to let them be successful and scare us away as if we were a parcel of boys. Come back here, I say, and stand your ground. I am going to :find that young scoundrel and the girl before I leave the house F' "F6olish man!" came in the sepulchral voice. "Be Warned and take your departure while yet you may!" The r e dcoats had paused when first spoken to by their leader, and now they started again, but again he ord e red them to stop. "Come back here!" he commanded. "We are going to look through this house in spite of all the white figures foat can b e scared up! Come on, all of you!'" The men stopped, as could be told by the s.ound, and started back. The y were soon back where they had been and then the entire party started forward once more. 'rhe girl took hold of the youth's hand and pulled, to let him know that she thought they had better be moving, and so the two made their way on the stairs, being careful to step v ery softly so as not to be heard. As they reached the landing above the strange voice was again heard: "Oh !--ow! Help! Murder! Oh, I'm killed! I'm a "!or the last time I warn you bold, bad men to beware!" dead man!" Such were a of the cries and remarks the voice said "Take your depai:ture, if you wish to given utterance o by the fellow, and the rest were some what startled and called out questions. "What's the matter?" "What are you howling about?" "Where are you hurt?" "Oh, shut up!" this from the leader. "Stop your howl ing! There's nothing the matter with you!" save your lives! Do not dare my anger." "Bah! I do not fear you or your threats!" the redcoat leader cried. "Come along, boys ; we'll go upstairs and look through, for I think that is where we will find our game." The youth on the stairs located the last speaker by his voice, and made a grab in his direction, with good success. f He got hold of hat and hair, both, as he had in the case LI. of the other, and a yell went up from the redcoat that was "Come!" whispered the girl, and she led the youth back along the hall until they reached the extreme end. Here they ensconced themselves behind a large, bulky piece of furniture, probably a wardrobe, and waited. "Are we not in rather a dangerous position here?" whis pered the youth. "They will come this way and will be sure to find us." _lusty and heartfelt to say the least. t "Ten thousand furies!" the redcoat roared. "Oh, my head Somebody or something has pulled all my hair e e out by the roots!" "It's that thing-ghost, or whatever it is!" cried one "Let's get out of here we lose our heads!" "No, they won't find us-listen." There was a faint, clicking sound, and theri the girl took the youth's hand and guided it along the wall back of them; it was found that there was an opening a couple of feet in width and perhaps three feet in height immediately behind where the "I told you to go away!" came in the deep, sepulchral two were standing.


r th 1 h" d "There is a have the door opened for you. I knew no one else would "A secret operung, e gir w ISpere fairly good-sized compartment there and a flight of steps know of the secret spring." which lead to a similar compartment on the ground floor. "Yes, it is I, aunty," the girl replied; then to her I those men crowd us we can go down and slip out." companion she said: "This is Aunt Esther, as we call her. "Why not do so now?"'' "Wait just a few moments and see what happens." The youth said no more. He was somewhat curious, and was willing to remain and await developments, now that he knew they haq a safe retreat right at hand. The redcoats were now almost to the top of the stai?s, judging by the sound of their footsteps. Louder a:nd louder the footsteps and then the men were on the landing. At this instant the hall became faintly illum ined, as the lower !ome had been a few minutes before; and then th e re was a ru s tling sound and the white figme appear e d in th e hall, facing the red c o a t s .who had involun, ta rily paused at the landmg The figure lifted OIJ,e arm and pointed toward the five men. "I told you to go," said the sepulchral voice; "I gave you fair wa. rning and you refused to profit by it. Now your deaths will be on your own heads! 'Your time has come-base men, you must die!" The white figure started quickly forward toward the r e dcoats and a blood-curdling, unearthly shri e k went up from it as it did so. This was too much for the coura g e of the r e d coats. They could not understand how the figure had got up stairs, if it were not a sup e rnatural being, and their got the better of them suddenly, with the result that they whirled and dashed h,eadlong down the stairs, giving utteraBCe t )1lls of terror as they did so. One fell and the other tr ed over him and fell also, and all five landed at the bottom of the stairs in a wildly kicking, squirming mixture. Their arms and legs were all tangled up to gether, but they managed to disentangle them, and, scram bling to their feet, fled along the hall at the top of their speed. When they reached the door they all tried to get out at once and got stuck there for a few moments, but finally got the jam broken and got through al\d out into the yard. The girl and youth had witnessed the hurried flight of the redcoats with pleasure and no little amusement, for the girl knew, and the youth suspected, that the white figure was a friend of theirs. "Oh, aunty, you did that splendidly!" said the girl. "You have frightened them clear away!" "Is that you, Helen?" the white figure asked. "I was sure it was, though, when you entered having to She has lived in this house thirty years. It belongs to my father and as he wishes it taken care of, aunty stays here. It is an old house, full of secret panels and passages, and stairways leading from floor to floor, so it was easy for aunty to play ghost and frighten the redcoats." "Well, it was a very good thing," said the youth; "the redcoats were given a good scare, and I don't think they will venture into the house again." "I hardly think so," the girl agreed ; "aunty, this is a young gentleman who inte rfered to save me from being insulted by those five The woman addressed as "aunty" by the girl had by this time unwrapped a shee t from around her and stood revealed, an intelligent-looking old woman of perhaps sixty years. "By the way," said the girl, with a smile, "it is about time I was knowing to whom I owe lllY rescue from the unpl e asant position in which those hated redcoats had placed me. Please tell me your name." "}ly name?" the youth replied, smiling. "It does not s ignify, but since you wish know it, and as you do not seem to like the red c oat s w ho ar e my deadly e nemies, I will te ll you. My nam e i s Di c k Slater." CH THE "I've heard of you!" the girl are the captain of the company of young me:s. knq3 as 'The Liberty Boys of '76' !" "You are right," the youth replied. "I am so glad that I have met you and made your ac quaintance, :Mr. Slater!" said Helen. "I understand now how it was that the odds of five redcoats against you did :not seem to daunt you." Dick smiled. "I>on't flatter me, Miss He n," he said. "I am not; I mean what I say. But, I think we had better be goi ng, don't you?" "Yes; I must be going, at any rate." "We can go out the front way," said Helen, "and then if the redcoats are watching for us to come forth from the rear doorway they will be disappointed."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. 7 "So they will; that is a good plan." Mr. Slater had not come along and interfered in my ''What shall I do about the rear door, Miss Helen?" the behalf," said Helen. woman asked. "The redcoats smashed it down, you h.11ow." "Did the redcoats go away without offering to attack "I will tell father, aunty, and he will send Willis, the you?" asked Mr. Morrison of Dick, in surprise. butler, to fix it up for to-night." "No; they attempted to give me a thrashing for inter"Very well." Then the three made their way downstairs and to the front door, which the woman opened. Dick and Helen stepped through, bade the woman good-night, and then walked up the street. "Is it far to your home, Miss Helen?" Dick asked. fering,'' said Dick, with a smile. 'Attempted,' you say? I should have thought they would not have had much difficulty in accomplish-. ing it. There were five, you say?" "Yes; but I rather took them by surprise by getting in the first blow, and then your daughter helped me greatly." "Not very; we will soon be there." "How was that?" in surprise. A walk of ten minutes brought them to Helen's home, Dick smiled, while Helen blushed as the youth explained: ad she led the way up onto the stoop and rang the bell. "She seized a stout stick which was lying in the street and The door was opened by a servant and the two entered, laid about her to such effect that we soon had the entire the servant looking surprised when he saw Dick, who was five redcoats lying on the pavement, some seeing stars, the a total stranger, of course. "Who in the world has young missy picked up, I won der?" the man said to himself. As the two passed the man a gentleman came forth from a room at one side, and as soon as he saw Helen he hastened forward. others with very sore heads." Mr. Morrison laughed heartily, and playfully pulled his daughter's hair. "That's just like Helen," he said. "She has always been a believer :ln taking plenty of physical exercise, and is quite strong. I'll warrant that those red coats will carry sore heads for some time to come!" "Ah, you have come at last, Helen!" he exclaimed. "We "I think so, sir," smiled Dick. were beginning to feel uneasy regarding you. What kept "But I am forgetting what a debt of gratitude I owe you, you? .And who is Mr. the gentleman said; "allow me to thank you "This, fafher, is 1\Ir. Diclc Slater, of whom we have most heartily and sincerely. I assure you that in render heard so much recently. He rendered a great favor ing my daughter such a favor you have made me your this evening and I made him come home with me as I friend for life!" wished you to make his acquaintance and thank him for what he did for me. Mr. Slater, my father." Dick grasped the hand which the man extended. "I am glad to know you, sir," he said, courteously. "And I am glad to know you, Dick Slater!" was the hearty reply "I should have been glad to know you under any circumstances, but my daughter says you ren dered her a great service, and that makes me doubly glad to know you. What happened, daughter?" "I will tell you, father. I was stopped on the street by five British soldiers, and they insisted that I should give them some kisses-the insolent puppies!" and the girl made a wry face. A frown came over Mr. Morrison's face. "The scoun drels!" he exclaimed. "The redcoats, Mr. Slater, are arro gant and insulting. They seem to think that they are the salt of the earth and that the American people were created for their especial benefit, to prey upon and rob and insult as they please." "They are bad enough, I h.11ow," said Dick. "Yes; and I don't know what I should have done if "Don't of it,'' said Dick, modestly; "no thank;s are required. I did nothing more than my plain duty." "Not all men would look at it in that light;, and even if they did it would not lessen the debt of gratitude which we owe you, by any means. But tell me the story of the encounter. You put the redcoats to flight, you say?" "Yes, father ; but they came back again with weapons in their hands and we were forced to flee for our lives." "Ah, yes! So I would have supposed would be the case. But how did you manage to escape from them?" Then Helen told about entering the house and the ad ventures while there, and how Esther had played ghost and frightened the redcoats away. 'rhis pleased Mr. Morrison greatly. "Aunt Esther deserves a nice present from you, Helen," be lilaid; "and you must get her something to-morrow." "I will, father." "But the broken door; I will send Willis at once, with instructions to fix the door up as best he can for to-night, and then to-morrow I can have it rehhng." The butler was summoned and sent on his errand, and


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. then Mr. Morrison and Helen conducted Dick into the him, and I heard a number say it was 'Little George," t library. king's son." "I suppose Helen has told you that I am a true patriot," "It must have been him, then," said Dick, his eyes glo remarked Mr. Morrison, "so you need not fear to talk ing with pleasure and eagerness; "and I judge that it freely before me. Indeed, if there is anything I can do more than likely that he bas rooms at the tavern." to help you in any way, you have but to command me." "Thank you; you are very kind," replied Dick. "I am in New York City on very important and particular busi ness." "So I supposed. You have made quite a reputation for yourself by your wonderful spy work, Mr. Slater." "I have simply done the best that I could, Mr. Morrison, and I judge that I owe as much to luck as to good work on my part," was the modest reply. "Not much luck about it, I am thinking. I have heard a great d e al of talk regarding your feats, and the manner of their accomplishment does not s e em to indicate that luck was much of a factor, but rather good work and good judgment." "That is what I think, too, father," said Helen. "There, there I spare me," smiled Dick. "Quite likely, I should say," said Helen. "How large a youth is he, Helen?" her father asked. "Oh, he is quite a good-sized boy, father." "He is about fourteen years old, sir," said Dick. "Ah, yes; but what about him, Mr. Slater? What h he to do with the business which brings you to New York? "A great deal," with a smile. "A great deal ?" "Yes; I might say that he has all to do with it." "Explain." "I will do so; I came to New York for the especial pm pose of spying out the whereabouts in the city of youn George, the son of King George. I am to find out wher he is staying, watch him closely and learn what his pr gramme for each day con s ists of-where he goes, and s forth. In fact, I am to learn as much about him and hi1 "By the way, supper is ready," said Mr. Morri son; "it doings as I possibly can in a r e asonable length of time." has been ready for some time, and we were waiting for Mr. Morri s on and H e l e n w e r e staring at Dic k in won Helen to come. Her coming, with the story you have told, dering amaz e m e n t Presentl y the former said: "But whJ caused me to forg e t. But come to the dining-room at are you to do this ? What doe s it mean? What goou w i once, and after supper you can tell me all about the it do? What does it matter what the king's son does r matter which has brought you to New York, 1Ir. Slater." where he goes? I do not understand." So they went to the dining-room and ate s upper, after "You will ea s ily understand the significance of it al which they again returned to the library, and having when I tell you that there is a great plot on foot-to caP: seated themselves, Mr. Morrison looked expectantly at ture the king's son!" Dick and said: "Now, Mr. Slater, I shall be glad fa;> hear For a few moments Mr. Morrison and Helen were silen 1 all about it, and if there is anything which I or my daughdumb with' amazement. The audacity of the scheme ter, or both of us can do to aid you, it shall be don e." s uch a s to daze them temporarily. "Very well, and thank you," said Dick; "I am in New York on rather an unusual and unique bu s iness." Mr. Morrison and Helen looked eagerly at the youth, but said nothing. "I suppose you two are both aware," said Dick, a fter a pause, "that King George's son is in New York." Both nodded. "Yes, I know it," r e pli e d Mr. on; "he came over with Admiral Howe. "I've seen him!" said Helen. "Indeed!" exclaimed Dick. "When did you see him and where?" "I saw him day before yesterday, and he was on the piazza of Fiaunce's Tavern." "Are you sure it was him ?" Miss Helen. "Yes; at any rate, there was a great crowd looking at "Goodness!" exclaimed Mr. Morrison, :finally; "that i the mos t daring, most audacious scheme that could b( conceived I I must say that you almost took my breatl away when :you said that, Mr. Slater." r1 "Oh, it is a glorious plan!" breathed Helen, her eye: sparkling. "It is splendid, and I hope that you will suov ceed. Oh, I hope you will succeed in capturing the king'i..:r son! It. would be a great stroke, would it not?" n Li "Yes, indeed," said Dick; "if we can capture the king'1 s on and get him out of the city a'nd up into our enru rampment then General Washington will be in a positio1 i.o enq the war. He will be able to say to King George 'You may ransom your son by granting independence ti the American colonies,' and the king will be forced t1 agree."


"It is a daring scheme," 8aid Mr. Morrison; "but it is not impossible of accomplishment." "But it will bs very difficult of accomplishment, I ,. king's son and our future king l And that is General Howe with him!" A British officer, accompanied by a boy of perhaps fourshould think," said Helen. teen years, had just emerged from the front door, and were "Yes, it will be a very difficult thing to do," agreed Dick; now on the piazza. As they paused beside the chair a wild "but we are going to try to accomplish it, just the same.?' yell went up from the crowd, followed by cheers for young "You may count on us to assist you by every means George, the future king. ithin our power, :M:r. Slater," said the host. The ge:geral. who was indeed the commander-in-chief "Yes, indeed!" from Helen, and it w .as evident that she of the British army, and the boy bowed to the right and was in earnest. to the left and then straight ahead, and then the boy was "I am very much obliged," said Dick; "but I do not assisted to a seat in the chair of state. ow that there is anything that you can do-unless, Dick eyed the boy critically and with some degree of 'ndeed, something unexpected should occur." interest. "Not a bad-looking fellow," was Dick's com"Well, you must always bear in mind that our home ment io himself; "but there are thousands of just as s a refuge for you, if you get into danger," said Mr. bright and good-looking iri this I don't see Iorrison; "and, indeed, now that I think of it, why can why we people of America should bow down and worship ou not make our house your home or headquarters while and acknowledge as our master the father of that boy or ngaged in your work in the city?" the boy himself, when his father is dead." "Yes, yes; that is it! You must do it, l'IIr. Slater!" The majority of the people in the crowd seemed wild Helen. "It is not far from here to Fraunce's Tavwith delight and enthusiasm, however. They seemed to rn, and this will be a splendid place for you to stay; and really think that it was a great honor to be even allowed ather and I will be on the lookout to aid you at any time to gaze upon the son of a king. When the cheers were f you should need assistance." given on the first appearance of General Howe and the boy, "You are yery kind," said Dick; "but I have already the people had removed their hats, but Dick had not done ngaged a room at a tavern on Broadway, and so might as .so, and he heard a number of men around him make re ell stay there." marks derogatory to him and denouncing him as a boor "Just as you like," said Mr. Morri son; "but we should e glad to have you with us." "You must promi e to call at least once a day, Mr. later," said Helen; "I shall be so eager to know what rogress you are making." "I will try to drop in once a day," said Dick; and then, fter some further conversation, he bade them good-night nd took his he wished to do some work before oing to his room in the tavern. He made his way down the street in the direction of raunce's Tavern. He knew where the building was lo-and an ignoramus. Evidently the speakers did not ques tion the youth s loyalty, but thought he did not know enough to doff his hat in the presence of the son of the king. Dick heard the remarks, but paid no attention, simply smiling to himself and feeling a shade of pity for the poor fools who could think that just because the boy sit ting there in the chair on the piazza was the son of a man called king, that he could be any better or greater than any other boy equally endowed with brains and moral qualities. ated, and had no trouble in finding it. Suddenly a hush fell upon the assemblage. General When he got there he was surprised to find a great crowd. Howe was about to speak. He stood beside the chair in he street was crowded and jammed with people. It was which sat the king's son, and, raising his hand, addressed asy to see what it was all about. The piazza of the tavern the people in a little speech, which Dick realized was stereoas lighted, and upon it stood a number of British officers. typed, and had been used a number of times qn similar ear the centre of the piazza was a large easy-chair placed n a couple of boxes, which made the chair considerably hlgher than the floor of the piazza. "What is going on here?" Dick asked of a man, beside hom he was standing. "Wait a few moments and you'll see," was the reply. Ah !-look! There he comes, now! See, that is the occasions. He introduced young George, the son of the king, said that the fact that the king had permitted his son to come over to America proved his confidence in the loyalty of the great majority, and also that the king's forces would soon triumph. He got off B: lot of talk about being loyal, for the sake of the boy, and said he hoped that there was no one in the crbwd who cherished rebel senti-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. ments, and that if such was the case he hoped that from this time on he would be a good and loyal subject of the king. "Look at this handsome and noble boy," he said, eloquently; "look at him and think what an honor to be in his presence! .rhy, think of it; he is an embryo king I As the eldest son he will ascend to the throne when his fathef dies. You who have stood here to-night in the presence of this noble youth will have something worth while to tell to your children and your children's children. Ah, it may be a long time before the people of America will have another such opportunity, another such honor thrust upon them!" And in saying this he spoke the truth. General Howe wound up by requesting that all in that vast crowd should doff their hats and give three cheers "For the last time, take your hand off me!" Die was becoming angry. For reply the man made an attempt to knock the youth hat off. Di .ck dodged, however, and the fellow misse The next instant the youth's fist shot out, and, catchin the man underneath the chin, drove him back against th people surrounding him, with such force as to cause a gre trampling about -by a score or more, who were almo upset by the impact. Involuntarily the fellow let go hold on nick and the youth whirled and bounded awa Instantly there 'fas a general melee. Everybody withi reaching distance of Dick was striking at him, but the were so crowded that thei, arms were not free and the could not do much, if any, damage. for their future king, and the suggestion or request was Dick, however, was getting in some very good work; greeted with shouts of approval, and the people hastened struck out fiercely, all around him, and by whirling rapidl to remove their hats. managed to keep everybody from getting hold upon hi Dick looked all around and nowhere could he see a Had he not pursued these tactics he would undoubted} man with his hat on. As for himself, he did not intend to doff his hat and cheer the king's son, and thinking that he might get into trouble if he relllained, he decided to withdraw from the crowd. He started to do so, but was have been seized from behind and held in spite of all could do. There were cries and exclamations of wonder and amaz ment from the crowd, and the British officers on the piaz too late; for a fierce-looking man at his side hissed in -and even the embryo king, who, strange to say, was pos his ear: sessed of human curiosity-uttered exclamations of wo "Take off your hat, you impudent rascal, or I'll knock der and surprise, and looked eagei;ly to see what wa it off!" "That's the talk!" said another who stood near and had going on. Dick was a terror when he made up his mind to be, an heard what the man Sjlid. "Take off your hat or we'll not he was now on his mettle. He was determined not to do o;;_ly knock it off but we'll knock your head off along his hat, and he was equally determined to make his escapi with it!" CHAPTER IV. DICK ENTERS THE TAVERN. So he fought with desperate vim and energy, and as mall of the members of the crowd were non-combatants he di not have to fight every. one with whom he came in cohtac Indeed, the noncombatants, in trying to get back out 1 the way, aided him materially by interfering with th who were trying to get at him to strike him; and the I sult was that Dick finally succeeded in reaching the ed1 of the crowd and breaking through. Just as he did "Don't interfere with me," said Dick; "I am in a some one raised the shout that t .he youth was a rebel, ai hurry. I have to go 11.t once as I have some business to it was taken up by a hundred tongues. I "A rebel! A rebel!" was the cry, and then a numb attend to." "You don't go till you take off your hat and give three cheers fot the king's son!" hissed the man who had first spoken, and he seized Dick by the arm as he spoke. "That's right; don't let him go!" cried th\! second speaker, and others near at hand murmured their ap proval. Of course, the men all spoke low, for they did not wish to disturb General Howe. "Take your hand off me!" said Dick, in a warning tone. "Take your hat off I" was the reply. set out in pursuit Dick. It happened that there was a side street close at han a and Dick struck out down this street at the top of l" speed. After him like a pack of hounds after a fox ca1 c< the pursuers. 'l'hey kept up a terrible yelling, and to think that noise would aid them in catching the fut tive. In this, needless to hli1 say, they were in error; noise aIJ no terrors for Dick Slater. Indeed, the more his ptth as nn


THE LIBERTY B'OYS' DARING SCHEME. 11 suers yelled the better he liked it, for' he knew they were wasting a lot of wind that would come in handy later on in the race, but which would then be found missing. Onward dashed the brave "Liberty Boys," and after "I hope they will catch him said General Howe; "he is in all probability a very dangerous character." "Doubtless he will be caught and brought back," sai one of the officers. "I don't think he will be able to escape." him came the pursuers. The majority of these were civilians; Dick had not seen many redcoats among the "We will wait a while and see," said the British commander-in-chief. spectators in front of Fraunce's Tavern. Doubtless they had seen the play enacted so often that it had become dis-So they waited patiently for a period of perhaps fifteen tasteful to them. Indeed, to tell the truth, even among or twenty minutes and then the portion of the crowd Britisl+ soldiers the only kings they cared much about or that had gone in pursuit of Dick came straggling back, had respect for were the four which g o to the making up with the report that they had lost track of the fugitive, that of every well-regulated pack of pla ying cards; so they could not be expected to take much interest in the son of he had made good his esca11e. This was a disappointment to General Howe and the a king. other officers, but it could not be helped, and they made the best of it. On account of the fact that the majority of Dick's -pmsuers were civilians there w a s no firing, as there would un doubtedly have been had ther e been many soldiers. So Dick was not in much danger; all he had to guard against was being overtaken and captured at close range. This the youth did not intend to let happen, and he did not. He was a fast runner and easily left his pursuers behind, and after five minutes of fast work he found him self out of sight of his pursuers. He cut through to General Howe now called upon the people to doff their hats to the king's son and give him three cheer s and this was done. The members of the crowd gazed about them e agerly, in search of another who might have the temerity io keep his hat on, but could see no such individual. Dick had strolled back down Broadway and had reached the outskirts of the crowd, and was a specta tor of the He was not really in the crowd, this time, but just outside it, and his not doffing his hat or cheering Broadway and strolled along, cool, calm and collected, and did not attract attention. no one to have looked at him would have supposed that he had just been running for his life from a mob of furiou s royalty worshippers. A few minutes later General Howe and the king's son, with the other officers, went back into the tavern and the crowd dispersed. Back at the Tavern there was considerable excitement. This was what Dick was waiting for, and as soon as the The cry of "rebel" had aroused the British officers, and street was clear he made his way across it, walked' they were desirous of finding out whether or not the fugi-to Fraunce's Tavern, and, turning aside, he made his tive really was a "rebel." General Howe called a number way along the side of thebuilding. of the members of the crowd up to the piazza, and quesHe made attempts to look through the windows, but they tioned them and soon learned all that there was to be learned, which was not much. It was to the effect that a young-looki11g man in the outskirts of the crowd had refused to doff his hat in the presence and in honor of the were frosted, and he could not do so with success, and h e kep' t on till he was at the rear. Here he found a cellarway, down the steps of which he went, and tried the door. It was locked, but the youth lurched against it with all son of the king, and that he had struck several men who his strength and it came open. On examination Dick found had made remarks expressing their disapproval of his that it had been held by one bolt and the socket into whi c h actions. The men were careful to say that the su s pected the bolt fitted had b e en torn loose from the door-jam "rebel" had taken the initiative in the affair, which, of "So far so good," thought Dick; "I-Would like to locate was not true, as Dick had not struck any one the rooms occupied by the king's son, and then when we until after he had been seized. come for the purpose of making a prisoner of him and Some of the men, by straining their imaginations a carrying him away we will know exactly where to go." little, stated that they had heard the "rebel" give utterThe youth made his way slowly and carefully across the ance to threatening remarks, such as that he would kill cellar. He soon found the steps leading to the first floor, the king's son if he got a chance; and with utterances such and made his way up these. He tried the door at the as "Death to the king!" and so forth, and this aroused the top and found it was not fastened. He pushed it open anger of the British officers not a little. an inch or two and looked through. He was looking into


THE LIBERTY BOY:::;' DARING SCHEME. the kitchen and as luck would have it there was no one in have learned the location of the. rooms occupied by the the room. Icing's son. I think that it will be as well to retire, now, Dick did not hesitate; he pushed the door open and and make my way back to the tavern where I have en steppec1 into the room. Closing the door he stole on tiptoe gaged lodgings." across the kitchen. There was a candle burning at qne At' this instant Dick felt himself seized from behind side of the room and he could see where he was going. in a grasp that was like steel. He soon reached the door at the farther side and opened it softly. The hall lay in front of him. nick stepped o'ut into the hall, which extended clear to the front door. At the farther end was a wide staircase leading to the second floor, but as there were lights at that end of the ball, and people going and coming most all the it would be the height of folly to attempt to get upstairs by the main stairway. CHAPTER V. LIVELY 'l'IMES. The person who had seized Dick made no outcry. He Then Dick thought of the serva:i;ts' stairway. "There was evidently very strong, and fancied he could easily overmust be one at the rear," he said to himself; "the servants come the intruder without assistance. Dick guessed this would not use the main staircase. I'll look and will find a was the case, and was very thankful for it. stairway somewhere here in the back hall, I am sure." The "Liberty Boy" did not by any means despair. He 'I'here was no light in the back hall, and as the candles felt that be was in a dangerous situation, but be had been in the :Front end were not strong, where Dick was standing in many had managed to get out agam, and he be was so dark that he was in no danger of being seen by lieved he might be able to do so again. people who were ascending and descending the main stair"So, I've got you, haven't I?" hissed the man in Di:_k's case. ear, in a tone of fierce deli.ght and triumph. He made his way back toward the rear end of the hall, yes!" replied Dick, in a gasping voice; and s imu-and at the right-hand side he found a small door, which lating pain he added: "Oh, you are hurting me! Please, opened upon a narrow stairwar leading upward. "'I'he servant$' stairway," thought Dick; "now I will be able to get upstairs without danger of being detected." please do not squeeze ri:te so tight!" The tone of simulated pain and terror deceived the man, and with a chuckle he loosened his grasp considerable. He listened a few moments to make sure that no one "Ah, ha! hurt you, do I?" be said. "Well, I don't doubt was about to descend, and, bearing he made his way slowly u:p the stairs. he reached the uppe1 hall he found it quite dark at the rear end, where he was, and not so very brightly lighted at the front. Knowing of nothing better to do, Dick stood still and watched and listened. He thought it possible that he might be se fortunate as to see the king's son go to his rOOIIli. "I rather think they are on this floor," thought Dick; "and more than likely they are at the front. I would al most be willing to wager that such is the case." Presently a party' came up the stairs and Dick saw that it was General Howe, young George, the king's son, and a couple of the British officers. Bringing up the rear was 1 a man who was evidently the boy's valet. The boy entered a room near the front end of the hall I and was bade good-night by General Howe and the two officers, who then went back downstairs, the valet entering the room after the boy and closing the doo'l'. "Good!" said Dick to himself; "I have done well, for I it. When I get my grip on a man it is all up with bjm,. He might as well give up and be done with it!" "Yes, yes! I should say so!" half groaned Dick. I "Looser--don't crush my ribs or break my arms!" The man loosened his grasp still more, and this was I what the youth was wanting. He took of the J opportunity, and by suddenly exerting bis own wonderful strength he freed himself from the man's grasp. To whirl and seize the fellow was the work of but an instant, and 1 Dick was careful to secure his favorite grip-a firm holtl l on the man's throat. This was the most deadly hold im< aginable, for the youth was very strong in the fingers, could quickly choke a man into insensibility, and at the'.' same time the victim could not utter a sound. This la!t 1 feature was of the utmost importance, now, for Dick was r in the building, within hearing distance of two-score men 1 who were his deadly enemies. If his a:atagonist could give the alarm, Dick would quickly be surrounded and ieized; 1 but he could not give the alarm, hard as he tried. 'Too late he realized that be had been cleverly duped, alld


THE LIBERTI BOYS' DARING SCHEME. 13 the knowledge made him almost frantic with rage. He by an enemy; at any rate he began kicking and struggling, struggled and kicked, in the attempt to free his throat, and :md succeeded in throwing the limp form of the man off, at the same time to make a noise that would be heard by and leaped to his feet and drew his sword just as the some of the British officers and bring them to his aid. other three officers came up. Doubtless, in his excitement, Of course, the man made some noise, but not enough to he would have run the almost insensible man through, but attract attention. unless some one should happen to come out in the hall. This, of course, was likely to happen, and indeed did happen. one of the brother officers seized his arm. "Hold!" he said; "don't do that! There was another man, and I think he is the enemy. I believe this fellow is _.\. British officer emerged from a room nearly opposite one of the servants." that in which the king's son had gone, and the shuffling "There was another, I know," the officer agre ed. "Of of the choking man's feet attracted his attention. He course; what was I thinking of? The other fellow is the stopped and peered in the direction of the youth and his enemy. Come, and we will run him to earth!" antagonist. As may be supposed, Dick was making good use of the "What is going on back there?" he called out, presently. respite thus secured. The instant he threw the limp form "What. is the trouble?" of his antagonist from him he whirled and 'ran down the Of course, Dick made !10 answer, and. his opponent could stairs as rapidly as he dared. He would have had plenty not. The silence did not suit the officer, and he came of time to get away in so far as hindrance from the four walking down the hall. officers above was concerned, but he ran plump into the "Ans\ver me, somebody!" he called out. "What is going arms of a man as he reached the lower hall. on here?" "Hell'o Who are you?" the man cried, and grappled Two or three officers came up the stairs just then and with him. eard what the officer said, and one of them called out: Dick made no reply, but struck the fellow once, twice, 'What's the trouble, Sheldon?" full in the face, causing him to stagger back and give ut-"I don't know," was the "there's some kind of terance to a yell of pain and anger. Following up his adcombat going on back here, but I can't get an answer o my Hi, there! What's the trouble, I say?" The officer was now within ten feet of Dick and the vaptage, Dick measured the distance and sent in a blow which <;>aught the man on the point of the jaw and floored r him as if he had bee n struck by a pile-driver. an, and could see them struggling, even though the light This took some time, however, and by the time Dick vas very dim. In truth, however, there was now not had reached the door leading into the ltjtchen he heard the uch in the way of a struggle going on, for Dick had suesound of footsteps on the servants' stairs. The officers eeded in taking all the fight out of his antagonist. The were coming! ellow was now almost limp from suffocation, the grip Dick passed quickly from the hall into the kitchen, a.nd n his throat making it impossible for him to get a bit hastening across he opened the door and ran down the steps f air, and he had ceased trying to harm Dick and was leading into the crllar. As he did so he heard the trampling ulling feebly at the youth's wrists in an unavailing of feet above his head and excited voices. ifort to loosen the terrible grip. "The place will be worse than a hornet's nest in a minDick realized that it would not do for him to remain ute," thought Dick; "I am not getting away a moment instant longer. The officer was almost upon him, and e three who had come up the stairs were hastening own the hall; in a few moments he would be set upon d either captured or killed, and he 1 must get away. ealizing this the youth suddenly hurled his victim from and straight toward the officer. There was a collision, d down went the officer with a thump, with the almost mp form of Dick's late antagonist on top of him. "Help! Murder!" yelled the startled officer. "What is 1.oo soon." He crossed the cellar, opened the door, and passing through the opening pulled the door shut. Then he ha.s tened up the steps, but paused to look about him to see if the coast was clear. He could see no one in the vicinity, and so emerged from the cellarway and made his way hack to the alley at the rear of the building. He ran down the alley to the next street, walked back up the street a.nd then walked is? Is a king's officer to be killed right in the British around till he was in front of the tavern., but across the adquarters? Take him off!" street. Doubtless the officer thought he had been h.'llocked down There seemed to be considerable excitement in the


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. tavern; officers could be seen hurrying through the hall, for the reason that he thought it possible it might be us and loud voices could be heard in discussion. Quite a when the attempt was made to capture the king's son. crowd had gathered in the street in front of the tavern, Dick put in half an hour or more looking around, a l and was watching and listening eagerly. then took his departure. He fancied that he had attract "What is the trouble?" Dick asked of a man beside the attention of a couple of men who had paused fi whom he was standing. yards distant and had stood there for several minutes. ur don't know for sure," was the reply; ''.but I heard some of the people around say that there was a robber in the tavern, and that he almost killed two of the serv ants." "Indeed? He must be a fellow." "I should say so; he certainly has plenty of J!erve to enable him to enter British headquarters in that fashion "Possibly he thought he would make a good haul, as the British officers are likely to have plenty of gold." "I have an idea you are right" "They say he was as strong as Samson," volunteered man ; "he choked one of the servants almost to death and then threw him against one of the officers with such force as to knock him down." "I don't want to get into any more trouble to -ni if I can help it," the youth said to himself; "I have b very fortunate, but my luck might take a turn." He walked away, but had gone but a short dista when he saw the two nien start in a direction that wo enable them to head him off "Now, I don't like the looks of that," the youth thoug "it looks as if they intended to stop me." Dick walked steadily on;ard, however, and seemin paid no attention to the two men. That is to say, he not turn his head but he kept 11is eyes on the fello just the same, and soon made up his mind that they w going to accost him. It was not very light, of course ; street lamps being few and far between, but he co make out the figures of the fellows, and as they drew n "Well, well!" said Dick; "he must be a daring rascal." they were more plainly visible. "Daring is no name for it!" Had Dick continued to walk at the pace be was go Dick was glad to learn that it was thought that the the two would have approached him from one side person who had entered the tavern was a robber; had it partially from the rear, and not wishing this to 1 1appen been suspected that the person was a spy, then it would if they should attack him he would be taken aT; .a dE have caused the British to be on their gua1d irr--th !future, vantage, he slackened his speed and walked but thinking it was a robber they would not be to "I 't t t f t 'th th "th. can ge ou o an encoun er, Wl em w1 bother their minds much about it, as they would not ,, th th th ht nd I d not c runnmg away, e you oug ; a as o think the fellow would dare venture back a second time to do that I will time myself so as to let them co e Presently things quieted down in the tavern, and the word went around through the crowd that the "robber" had made his escape, and then the crowd dispersed. Dick made his way westward, down to the river. It was in his mind to try. to come down the river in boat, when the attempt should be made to capture the king's son He believed it would be easier to get away in a boat than by horseback, as the horses would have to be left north of the Common, and it would be a long way to have to take the boy after getting out of the tavern, if they should be so fortunate as to succeed in doing this. The more Dick thought of the affai r the more he was impressed with the fact that it was indeed a most am bitious and daring scheme Still, it was not impossible of accomplishment, and he was not thinking of giving up the idea of making the attempt. No; the more difficult ahead, instead of behind me." I It happened this way, and when the two were in fr of Dick they stopped and, turning, faced him. "Couldn't ye giv' er pore feller er shillin' ?" whi one, the smaller one of the pair. "We hain't bad nothin' ter eat fur more'n er day," s the other; "kain't Je make et two shillin's ?" Dick had been sizing the fellows up and now he thou he knew what they were-toughs and desperadoes, hung around the sailor's dramshops of the river fr and made a precarious livelihood by robbing drun sailors and any other people who might fall in theiT w They had seen Dick down on the river front, saw he alone, and had evidently made up their minds to try rob him. The youth' was on his guard at once and kept a w the task the greater the intere st he took in it always. eye on the fellows. "I have no shillings to give you," Almost due west of the tavern, at the river's side, was a said "Why don't you go to work?" boathouse, and Dick took particular notice of the building, whined the small one. "\\e kain't git e


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. work ter do. 1;re ve tried an' tried, an' nobuddy'll giv' us yourselves," said Dick, calmly; "I am sorry to put you to ennythin' ter do." so much trouble, but--" '"fhet's er fack," from the big fellow; "whui: b'twixt He got no further. The two bad stood still, staring dodgin' ther blamed redcoats an' tryin' ter git work whut in open-mouthed amazement and terror into the muzzles ain't tcr be got, we hev er mighty hard time uv et. I'm of the pistols, dazed, temporarily; but now they suddenly nearly starved, an' e ye hev er heart in yer buzzom, recovered the of their faculties and limbs, and with mister, ye'll sartinly giv' us ther matter uv two shillin's." wild yells of terror they and darted away at the "I have no money to spare," said Dick. top of their speed. Never did two rascals run faster, "D'ye reely mean et?" whined the little fellow, but with after looking after the two for a few moments, the youth an intonation of anger and disappointment in his voice gave utterance to a low laugh of amusement, and return" Say, ye kain't mean et!" from the big one. "Ye couldn't ing th. pistols to his belt went on his way. be so heartless." "Oh, go along; you are a couple of frauds!" said Dick. "Get, now, for I'm in a hurry and you are blocking my path." CHAPTER VI. "Whut's thet? Ye dar' ter call us frauds?" almost how led the big man, in an afi.gry voice. DICK HAS TROUBLE WITH THE LANDLORD. "I can hardly believe my ears!" squealed the small fel-low, dancing about in his anger and excitement. He made his way to and Broadway, till he came to Dick, who had sized the fellows up carefully, and did the tavern where be engaged lodgings for the night. not believe they were very dangerous, could not help smilDick had ridden down into the city, from the American ing; the affair had more of the aspect of a farce than encampment.. up on Ha,rlem Heights, and his horse was in anything else, and it was plain that the two men were more the stable back of the tavern. vagabonds than desperadoes. Still they thought they Dick bad expected that he would be in the city two might intimidate the one youth by bluster, and they strode or thre e days, but he bad be e n s o fortunat e that he bad forward, making threatening motions with their fists. "Hand over yer munny !" growled the big man. "We rtxed ye, perli.te-like, fur er couple uv shillin's, an' ez ye not on'y didn't see fitter giv' 'em ter us, but had ter add ter et by callin' uv us frauds, now we air goin' ter git even with ye by makin' ye ban' over all yer munny. l e arn e d as much in the one eve ning as he had expected to l e arn, and h e had made up hi s mind to leav e the city and return to the patriot encampment at once. If they were to capture the king's son the quicker the attempt was made the better, a s he might take the first ship back t o England, and the chance to capture him would be lost. D'ye heer ?" Dick went around the corner of the tavern and made "Yes, yes Han' 'et over F' the little chap cried; "an' his way back to the stable. The hostler was sitting on a be in er hurry erbout et, too!" stool, half asleep, in the entry, when Dick appeared, and "Oh, you want all my money, eh?" I with a peculiar intonation to bis voice. remarked Dick, when the youth ordered him to get bis horse ready and It meant somebring him around to the P.oor the hostler said be would but the fellows did not know it. "Yes; an' we're goin' ter hev et, too in a fierce voice. "Han' et over an' be quick, er we will shed blood!" "So you want my money?" slowly and as if not sure that he had heard aright. "Yes, yes! Han' et over an' don' fool erbout et!" "All right,'' said Dick, making as if to reach to his pockets, but in reality taking hold of the butts of his do so, and went to work to bridle and saddle the animal, while rne!k went back to the front of the tavern and entered. "I guess I will not stop over night with you, after all, sir,'' be said to the landlord. "Why not?" gruffiy. "For the reason that I have changed my mind," re plied Dick, somewhat shortly, for he did not fancy the pistols; "here it is!" man's tone. As be said "Here it is,'' he drew his pistols quick as "Humph! kinder notionate, ain't you?" a fl.ash and covered the two with the weapons. "Well, if I am it is my own business, sir,'' retorted Dick. "As my hands are otherwise employed I shall have to "I have ordered th 1 e hostler to bring my horse around to ask you gentlemen iii::> take my money out of my the door, and, now, if you pl@ase, let me know whether the


LIBERTY BOYS' DAR ..:um I paid you for the room is sufficient to cover the cost of the feed for the horse." "The rent for the room is rent for the room," was the gruff reply; "you owe me two shillings for horse feed." "Yes." "Well, I'm not going to use the room so you are four shillings ahead. I think it no more than right that you should let that pay for the horse feed. You will be two "But I am not going to use the room, so let that go on shillings ahead, even then." the feed for the horse." "No such thing. As I have told you, you can use the "Can't do it. You must pay me for the feed." room if you like. The 1.iorse feed must be paid for." "But I tell you I am not going to use the room, so the truth of the matter was that Dick did not that money is, by right, mine; and you should be willing have any money to throw away. He did not feel that he to let it apply on the feed." was called upon to pay the man any more, and had made "You can use the room if you like. If you don't choose up his mind not to do so. He felt that by refusing to 1 to do so it is your own fault." do so he would get himself into difficulty, but he did not H Oh, that's the way you figure it, is it?" remarked Dick. care for that. Money was hard to get, and he was used "Yes; two shillings for horse feed, please." to difficulties. "Do you know what I think of you?" asked Dick, calmly. "I will pay you no more money," said Dick, "No, can't say that I do," was the reply. "by rights, you ought to refund two shillings of my "Well, then, I'll tell you: I think you are a robber!" money "What's that!" The landlord glared at Dick in angry "What's that? Bosh! That money belongs to me, and am,azement; it seemed as if he could hardly bring himself l want the two shillings extra, and I want it at once! to believe the evidence of his own hearing. "You don't Do you hear?" mean that you dare to say that I am a robber?" be added, "Oh, yes, I bear." fierce rage in his tone. "Well, are you going to band the money over?" \ I "Yes, that is just what I mean to say; and it is the "I told you that I would do nothing of the kind." truth, too!" Dick was angry, and it was plain to be seen A hoarse growl of rage escaped the landlord's lips. He that he did not care what the landlord thought about the came out :from behind his bar, rolling up his sleeves as he matter. There were three or four men seated at tables in did so. the room, for it was a combined office and barroom, and 1 they stared at Dick in amazement and wonder. The landlord was a big man, and evidently muscular; but he was fat, a:qd it was plain that he would not be equal to any long-sustained strain on his physical being. His wind would not hold out. But to his mind the idea of a young fellow like Dick talking saucy to him was ridiculous; so ridiculous, in fact, that he delayed smashing the youth, as he otherwise would have tried to do off-hand. Now, he placed his arms akimbo and said: "Young felU low, on account of your youth and ignorance I will be easy on you. If you will hand over the two shillings with out more words I will let you off." "Thank you!" said Dick, ironically. The landlord hardly knew bow to take this. He waited, however, glaring meanwhile at the youth, an expectant look on his face. "Well, are you going to pay me?" he finally asked. Dick shook his head. "You are not?" there was threat in the man's tones. "I have already paid you." "You haven't." "Didn't I give you four shillings for the room?" "I'll have the money or the worth of it out of your hide!" h e hissed. "Let me give you a piece of advice," said Dick. "What is it?" "Go back behind your bar and stay there." "What for?" "So as to be safe." "To be safe?" "Yes." "From what?" "From me." Dick spoke so quietly and confidently that the landlord stared for a few momQnts in wonder. Then he burst out laughing. "You are quite a joker," he said; "did you hear that, boys?" to the men sitting at the tables. "Wasn't that a good joke? Ha! ha! ha!" "Yes, yes! A good joke l Ha! ha! ha from the men, and they, too, laughed loudly. "You will find that it is no joke i:f you attempt to lay your hands on me," said Dick, calmly. The landlord stared. "'Then you really meant what you said?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. 1 "Of course I meant it." "Humph!" Still the landlord stared. He looked Dick over, from p to toe, and then shook his head. 'You must be a fool!" he said. "Thank you." "Oh, you're welcome. But I repeat, you must be a fool you wouldn't talk saucy to me, who can eat you up one bite!" Dick smiled. "I think you will find me the biggest and toughest bite u ever took," he said. Bah I guess you are considerable of a blow." "No." "You are not?" "No." "Then you are, as I said a while ago, a fool." '"I will prove to you that I am neither a blow nor fool, if you attempt to put your hands on me." "That's what you said a while ago." "_.\nd I meant it." "Why, boy, you would be as helpless as a cat in the outb of a bulldog, if I took hold of you!" "Try it and see." "Then you positively refuse to pay the two shillings?" "Positively." "Think well before deciding finally, my boy." "I have given the matter all necessary thought." "Would you be willing to be knocked down and kicked 1t of here for two shillings?" "No." "Then you had better hand the money over." "No." "Well, then, that is just what is going to happen to you; are going to be knocked down and kicked out of here !" "Just a moment," as the oth_er made a motion as if to ance. 'Well?" 'Are you going to do this all alone?" 'Do you think I will need help?" with a sarcastic grin. 'I do." 'Well, I won't." ,_ 'But you will find you are mistaken, and what I wish to w now is whether or not these men here will come to r assistance when they see you getting worst of it?" he landlord laughed aloud. You needn't be he said; "I give yo_ u my word t none of them will interfere. They are patrons, that 11, and would not feel called upo:r;i to take up my quarrel. But the talk is silly. rrhere will be no occasion for any one to think of aiding me." "That is what you think." "It is what I know." "You are mistaken." "Mistaken, am I?" with a sarcastic grin. "Yes; you just think you know." "Oh, that's it, eh?" "Yes." "Well, you'll find that I knew; all right, my boy." "And you'll find that you only thought you knew." "Bah! there is no use fooling away any more time talking." "You are right; if you are going to do anything, go ahead and do it. I am waiting to be knocked down and then kicked out of doors." "All right; you won't have to ;wait any longer. Fm going to do that very thing right now !" The landlord rushed forward and when he was within striking distance, struck with all his might, straight at Dick' s face. Needless to say his fist did not land. Dick ducked just sufficient 1o let the huge fist pass over his shoulder; at the same time he struck the landlord a terrible blow in the stomach, throwing his own body for ward and putting all his weight behind the blow. The result of the blow was all that Dick could possibly have des ired. Down went the landlord with a thump and concussion that jarred the entire building, a grunt of pain escaping him at the same time. He rolled and kicked around on the floor and spluttered and gasped at a great rate, while the men at the tables stared in open-mouthed amazement, and then gave utterance to exclamations of amazement and wonder. 11 ,,_' "That heats anything!" "Who would have thought it possible?" "The young fellow told the truth!" "So he did." "I don't understand it." "Neither do I." "It is simple enough, gentlemen," said Dick, quietly; "he is as fat as a hog and all I bad to do was punch him in the stomach; that took all the wind out of him and rendered him hors de combat for a while." "But he is twice as large as you are!" "And that is just what ails him. That is the trouble. The race is not always to the swift; neither ii! the battle always to the larger and stronger party." "I guess you are right." "Of course I am. Why, I could thrash two or three


r'. 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' J I such fellows as this at the same time and not try very "How dicl I do it?" I \ ll I II bard, either." "It's a lie!" the landlord cried, suddenly :finding his voice; "it was all an accident, your striking me! You can't do it again-no, not in a hundred years!" Dick laughed. '.'Why, landlord, I can do it again in less than half a minute, if you will get up and giv e me the opportunity. It is no trouble at all to knock such fellows as you around." "A boaster! that's what you are!" spluttered the land' lord; "and I will prove it by getting up and knocking the head clear off your shoulders!" "Yes." "What?" "Why, knock me clown in the way you did?" "Why, that was easy," said Dick, quietly. "Easy?" "Yes; no trouble at all." "I can't understand it." '!Why not?" "Why not?" "Yes." "For the reason that I am a man, and a good, big < "Ob, don't do that, please!" in a mocking tone. "Don't too, while you are only a young fellow-not much m be so severe with me, ; please don't!" Three or four of the spectators snickered, and the land-, lord heard them and was made terribly angry. He scrambled to his feet and glared at Dick. "I'm going to settle with you now!" he said "I'm goi?g to smash you, as I would a fly!" "That will be terrible!" murmured Dick, but be did not look as if he were very badly frightened, as indeed he wasn't. "I'll show you how terrible it will be!" bowled the landlord, and again he rushed at Dick. CHAPTER VII. than half my size." "Your size is a detriment to you, landlord." "A to me?" "Yes; you are not nearly so good a man as you wo be if you were not so fat." "Well, that may be, but I never had my size w against me before." "No?" "No ; and I've acted as my own bouncer for years." "Indeed!" "Yes; and in that time I have thrown hundreds of u out of here." "Is that so ? "It is." "Well, I think I can explain that." "How?" "The majority of the men whom you haYe thrown of here were under the influence of drink, either wholly This time Dick did not duck or do_dge. He stood lus partly, and that rendered them practically l).elpless; is t INTO AND OUT OF .A J,OT OF TROUBLE ground, and just b efore the landlord was ready to strike, not the case?" The landlord nodded. "You are right," he admitt It was not a very hard blow as Dick designed it simply "but I never realized before what a detriment drink is t leaped forward and dealt him a blow between the eyes. for the. purpose of stopping the man's rush, and in this he was successful. The landlord came to a stop and even stagge red backward a bit, and a howl of pain and rage his lips. This was what Dick had expected would happen, and he acted atonce. He measured the di st ance and struck the landlord a terrible right ov, er the heart. Down went the man, with a thump that shook the building, and he writhed and twisted and then rolled and kicked at a terrible rate. He kept this up for nearly half a minute, and then finally grew still, so far as kicking was concerned, but continued to gro1m and moan. Finally he rose to a sitting po hue and looked up at Dick in a wondering manner. "Say how did you do it?" he asked. man when it comes to a test of strength. The men I h thrown out of here were always absolutely helpless w I got hold of them." "The drink was as much of a detriment to them as y fat is to you," with a smile. "That's right; but, say, could you do this over agai1 knock me down and pretty near kill me, I mean, as ; have just done?" l "Oh, yes," replied Dick, briskly; "just get up an. will show you." l But the landlord shook his head_and made a grimace( "You must excuse me," he said; "I will take your 'II for it. f


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. "Ob, you don't mean to say that you have enough alsensible when he continues a contest in which he knows ready?" exclaimed Dick, in simulated surprise. he has no chance; he is a fool." ")fore lhan enough." "But really we haven't begun to enjoy ourselves yet. Get up and .I will show you a few more tricks that I know "That's the way I look at it; and as you have proven yourself too much for me in a contest, I shall not continue it; no, :iot if all the idiots in N;"ew York were to he-haw at will interest you and arouse your admiration-for I can me." see you are a man who admires good and artistic work." This was a hard hit at the men who had laughed at him, The landlord shook his head. "I have enjoyed myself but none of them seemed inclined to resent being called all I care to, thank you," he said; "I have no desire to idiots. !ta,-e you show me any more tricks unless you try the "You say you ordered your horse to be bridled and tricks on some of those fellows, yonder, who were snickering saddled?" the landlord asked. a minute ago," with a nod toward bis patrons at the table. "Yes; and to be brought to the dqor-ah, I gue s that ''Oh, there is no reason why I should do anything of is the hostler now," as the door opened. kind, in their cases," said Dick; "they have not insisted But it wasn't the hostler. Instead of one man, five en that I owe them anything, or threatened to knock my head tered. At a glance Dick recognized them Their blackofl', or anything of that h.ind." ened eyes and bunged-up faies gave him sufficient clew to '''l'rue; well, then, you may call this thing ended." i.heir identity: They were the five. redcoats who had stop"Ended ?" ped Helen Morrison on the street and with whom he .and "Y cs; I'm going to get up, now, but I don't want you the girl had had the _,encounter, and from whom they had to hit me." been forced to flee. "Oh, all right; but I won't promise not to hit you again." The redcoats were all more or less und'er the influence "You won't?" of liquor. They staggered as they walked across the floor, ""No; if you say anything more about my having to pay .md one who seemed to be the drunkest one of the lot called you the two shillings, I shall certainly give you another out, eagerly: "Hurry, lan'lor'n give 's sumthin' t' drink. clip that will put you down on the floor again." \V've jus' s-seen a-a-gghosh, an' we wan'-wan' t' 'Oh, then it is all right; I won't say anything more d-drown th' mem'ry uv it. Giv' us sumthin" t' drink-about the two shillings." quick!" "You won't?" _; Then one of the four, who was not. quite so drunk, hap" No.'' pened to notice Dick and be gave a start and looked at "You will let the money I paid for the room go in payhim more searchingly. A look of delight came into his ment o.f the feed for the horse?" eyes. "Yes." "Here he is, boys!" he cried. "Here's the fellow that ''Oh, very well; then I shall not bother you. You may knocked us around, dow,n on the street an hour or so ago, get up without fear of my striking you again." and then got _us into .that trouble in the house. Let's settle ''All right; I'm glad to bear you say that, for I wouldn't with him! Let's kill the sco;ii.ndrel !" lmYe you strike me again like you did the last time for a "Yes, yes! Go for him!" cried another, and they began hundred pounds, to say nothing of two beastly shillings." fingering their weapons. "Yery good; I am glad to see that you 4ave become Dick did not intend to stand still and permit the redreasonable!' coats to shoot him down. They were so befuddled with The landlord grinned a sickly grin as he struggled to liquor that they could not work quickly, and he had time his feet. enough to do his work. "Who wouldn't become reasonable," he asked, "when he He leaped forward, struck out first with right, then with s met by such penruasion as you ha>e given me?" the left hand, and down went two. Crack! crack! and Dick smiled and several of the men at the tables laughdown went two more. They could no. t dodge or move d aloud. The landlord turned an angry face toward them. uickly, and hence could not avoid the blows. "You can laugh all you like," he said; "but I am not a There remained but one man, and he was the one who ool. I know when I have enuogh, and I am not ashamed was most thoroughly intoxicated. He to draw a o acknowledge it, either." pistol, but before he could cock the weapon Dick was "That is sensible," said Dick. "A man isn't brave or upon him, had seized hold of him. With only a partial


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. exertion of his wonderful strength Dick hurled the redThe other three redcoats fired quickly, they having their coat aside and the fellow struck the floor and rolled over pistols in their hands; indeed, they fired too quickly, fot and over across it, the pistol falling from his hand. the bullet$, while they came somewhere in the youth'. Then Dick leaped to and through the door. He had vicinity, did not hit him. hoped that the hostler wowd be there with the horse, but This was his opportunity, and Dick made use of it was disappointed, for there was no sign of horse or man. Dick ran around the corner of the tavern and back to the s table. He entered and found the hostler just adjusting the saddle. "Great guns, 1nan what made you so slow about bridling and saddling my horse?" cried Dick. "Hurry! I am a terrible hurry to get away from here." He leaped into the saddle and urged his horse forwar but at that instant the hostler in front of th animal and seized hold of the bridle. "Ye don' git erway so easy, cuss ye!" the hostler cri "Yer ther furst man thet e".er knocked Bully Conn do.w an' I'm goin' ter git even with ye fur et !'l "Out of the way!" cried Dick. "Out of the way or tak "Ef ye want et done quicker nor whut I've done et, go the consequences!" erhead an' do et yerself !" growled the hostler. But the hostler was an obstinate fellow and he paid n "All right; I'll do it. Stand aside." Dick gave the attention to the youth's words. He hung to the bridl hostler a. shove, which sent him staggering back, and rein and managed to hold the horse back so that he coul brought forth an angry exclamation from him. not make any forward progress. This would not do "Fur tuppence I'd smash ye fur thet !" he cried. "Oh, shut up!" cried Dick, whos e blood was up, and he went to work to fasten the saddle on. "Whut's thet Ye tell me, Bully Conn, ter shut up? the redcoats would be upon him in a few moments, an Dick leaned forward and dealt the hostler a blow on th top of the head with the butt of one of the pistols. The fellow uttered a gurgling cry and let go of th Say, I've e'l' good min' ter smash ye fur y e r imperdence !" bridle rein and sank to the ground, where he lay sti Dick paid no attention to the fellow, and went on with evidently unconscious. A touch of the heels and a co his work. He knew the redcoats would be out of the mand in a sharp voice, and the horse leaped forward. H tavern in a very few moments, looking for him, and he bounded over the prostrate form of the insensible hostle wished to get away without being forced to have another a nd knocked down one of the redcoats who made encounter with them. t e mpt to grasp the reins. "Did ye heer whut I sed ?" cried "Bully Conn." "I sed The other four uttered yells of anger and excitement, an that I have er good min' ter smash ye!" leaped forward to attempt to stop Dick's flight, but th "Oh, shut up or I'll smash you!" retorted Dick, as he were too late. They could not do it and the horse we finished the work and started to lead the horse out of the thundering out onto the street and up it at a gallop. stable. Dick had gone only a short distance, however, before With a snarl of rage the hostler leaped toward Dick and saw that he was coming face to face with a party of Briti s truck at him. Dick threw up his arm and warded the dragoons. The redcoats back at the tavern saw the dr blow off, and then out shot his fist, and "Bully" goons, and realizing that they still had a chance to get ev right in the throat, floored the worthy. Then Dick led the with the youth who had cau sed tliem so much trouble, th horse out of the stall and the animal managed to step on called out eagerly: the hostler, causing him to yell with pain. "That fellow is a rebel! Stop him! Don't let him When Dick reached the door of the stable it was to past you!" see the five redcoats just coming around the corner of the Dick realized that it would not do to try to get pa tavern. He realized that now he would be in danger, for the dragoons, and so be lost no time in doing the o the fellows would be ilOmewhat sobered by their experience thing that was left for him to do. He stopped, whirled in the tavern, and would be ready to shoot. horse and galloped back in the opposite direction. Realizing that it would be necessary for him to do course, the five redcoats did their best to stop the you something, and do it qcickly, Dick out through the but their pistols were empty and they could not fire up doorwa.y, and, drawing his pistols, fired two shots at his him, so they were powerless; and all they could do w enemies. Botlj bullets seemed to have taken effect for two to yell for the dragoons to catch the fugitive, that he w of the redcoats uttered C'l'ies of pain and one of them dropa "rebel." ped to the ground, crying out: "Oh, my leg!" The dragoons had not been expecting anything of t


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. 21 nd, so were taken by surprise by the appearance of the gitive, and by the time they could get it thro_ugh their ads what it was that was desired of them, the youth had t a very good start of them. They set out in pursuit, wcvcr, and galloped down the street as fast as they uld make their horses go, yelling to Dick to stop and rrender Of course, Dick did not do anything of the kind. That s the thing farthest from his thoughts; instead of opping he urged his horse onward at renewed speed. At the :first cross street he turned down it and rode to re next street running in the opposite direction; turning he rode northward, and when the redcoats got to e street they suddenly awoke to the realization of the fact at the fugitive, if he were indeed a "rebel," had been smart for them in that he was' now headed toward the brth, in which direction lay the patriot encampment, and ey were behind him instead of between him and his stination. They put spurs to their horses, however, and gave irited chase. They would overhaul the fugitive, if such thing was possible. But they soon found that it was t possible; the fugitive's horse was too swift for them. They continued the chase till the streets of the city re left behind, and until the Common had been crossed, d then, feeling that they could not overtake the supsed "rebel," they baok. As soop. as he learned that the dragoons had given up pursuit Dick allowed his horse to drop into an ordin gallop and rode onward at a moderate gait. An hour er be was in the patriot encampment on Harlem Heights. CHAPTER VIII. TH:E ATTEMPT TO CAPTURE THE KING'S SON. ick did not bqther to make his report that night, as the l had gone to bed, a.Jld it would not e been worth while getting him up. Immediately after ) k:fast next morning, however, Dick went to head rters. eneral Washington greeted him pleasantly. When did you get back from New York?" he asked. Last night, your excellency." "You had good success, then?" The commander-inchief looked pleased and interested. "I did, your excellency." "Then you learned where the king's son was "Yes, indeed; I saw him, sir." "YOU did?" "Yes, sir." "How large a boy is be?" "Well, about an average size for hi s age, which is fourteen, as you know." "Yes. Where was he when yon saw him?''. "Out on the piazza of Fraunce's Tavern." "Ah, so that is where he is quartered?" "Yes, sir; that is Briti s h headquarters." "I suspected it would be. How came the boy to be out on the piazza, and how did you know it was the ki:ag's son?" "Gene::-al Howe came out with him, sir, and introduced him as the king's son-there was a big crowd around. I judge that this is done every night." "Ah, yes; trying to make the king popular by making a show of the son," said General Washington. "I guess that is the idea." "Now the question is, do you think it possiblfi to enter the British headquarters, secure the boy and carry him away, Dick?" 'l'he commander-in-chief looked searchingly and some what anxiously at Dick, who was silent for a few mo ments, thinking. Then 1:e said: "It is hard to say, your excellency. Of course, it will be a di!ficult and dangerous )lndertaking, but it is not an impossibility. The only way to answer that question is I by making the attempt." The commander-in-chief nodded his head in assent. "Yes," he said, "it is a daring scheme, a very daring scheme, and it is impossible to even make a "guess as to whether or not it will be a success." "That is what I think, sir." There were a few moments of silence and then General Washington said: "I suppose you do not know in what part of the tavern the king's has rooms?" "Yes, I learned that." "You did?" in surprise. "Yes, sir." "How did you manage it?" "I eutered the tavern by way of the cellar, made my way You wel'e not gone long." upstairs and was there when the boy went to his rooms, No, sir; I was more fortunate than I expected to be, and saw where he went." so got back much sooner than I had anticipated." '"]hat was a daring feat, Dick."


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHE11E. The youth laughed and with pleasure at the Dick selected the seven whom he wished to have al praise implied in the great man's tone. "There was no and the others made the best of it, though they were other way to learp., sir," the'youth said; "and knowing jt appointed at being left out. Still, they did not sa would be a big aid when we should make the attempt to word, did not express dissatisfaction. Dick had a ri secure the boy, I decided to find out where his rooms to select whom he chose. located, if possible." "It was a great feat, and the knowledge will be of in estimable value to you, too, as you have said." "Yes; we will know just where to look for the boy." The youths put in the day preparations. T went down t'o the river and got a couple of boats ready the trip down to the city. The oars were wrapped blankets, to muffle them and make it possible to "So you will. Well, you are willing to make the attempt through the water without making any noise to speak to capture him, Dick?" ancl such other things as were calculated to add to "Yes, sir; not only willing, but eager." success of the expedition were done. The commander-in-chief smiled. "I had an idea. that Soon_ ater dark the eight youths took places was the answer you would make," he said. the boats, four being in each boat, and with the word "Who wouldn't be eager to make the attempt to do such a thing, sir ?" he asked. "I suppose that there is not a man in my army that would not be glad to be a member of a party making the attempt," agreed the great man; "but I shall place the matter wholly in your bands, Dick. I feel that if any one can succeed, you can. Take as many men as you wish, and do the work in your own way." "Thank you, your I shall make every effort to make a success of this affair." "I am sure that you will do your best, my boy, and that is all that can be asked of you." The two talked for half an hour or more, and Dick told the plans which he had formed. The commander-in-chief approved of the idea of going cfown in boats, and said he thought it was the best thing to do. "And you will make the attempt to capture the king's son to-night?" he asked. "Yes, your excellency,' to-night." Presently Dick bade the commander-in-chief good morning, saluted and withdrew, and hastening back to the quarters occupied by the "Libert1' Boys," told them of the attempt that was to be made to capture the king's son. "Say, I'm going to be one of the part;: that goes down there to-night, Dick!" said Bob Estabrook. "So am I!" from Sam Sanderson. "And I!" from :M:ark :Morrison. "You can count me in!" said Tom Harris. All the "Liberty Boys" wanted to be members of the encouragement from their comrades who were down to them off, ringing in their ears, they started. They rowed out well into the river, and then mo :slowly and cautiously down the stream. They_ had ple of time, ahd there was no hurry, for they would not make an attempt to enter the tavern where the ki son was staying until well along toward midnight, things did not quiet down around British headquarters half-past ten to eleven o'clock. There was no danger that the youths might run against a British warship, and there was need that t should go slow and be careful. It was on this account they had started so early, it being now only about o'clock. This would give them two hours and a hal make the trip down the river if they wished so much ti But it did not take them half that long. They ihe trip in a little more than an hour, and were so tun.ate as to avoid British ships. Dick, who was in leading boat, kept on till they came to the boathouse wb he had noticed the night before. He steered his boat till it was right beneath the rear window of the boatho 'rhen he took up a rope, with a sharp-pointed hook on end; this hook he tossed up and after two or three b.'j he managed to make it catch in the window-sill. n pulled down with all his strength until sure the hook taken firm hold, and then he began the rope, over hand, sailor fashion. He was soon at the window le which quite wide, and soon succeeded in raising window and climbing through into the boathouse. Now Dick was silent, listening. He wished to find party, but this, of course, could not be; so Dick told them whether or not the attention of any one in the vicini that he would select seven of them to go along. "Eight 0 the boathouse had been attracted. In such a dange llS will be enough," he said. "If we succeed it will not be through force but on aGcount of cunning and stealth, and eight will be plenty." undertaking as this, too much care could not be taken; The "Liberty Boys" were indeed engaged in a da undertaking. So far they had escaped discovery, an


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING signal from Dick they, one after another, climbed up found it fastened. This be had expected, and calling Bob e rope and through the window. to his aid they placed their shoulders against the door and Would they succeed in capturing the king's son? This pushed with all their strength. For a few moments the as the question which was constantly in the minds of door resisted the strain and then suddenly something gave e youths, and th<:\re was no way of answering it satisway with a crash that sounded abnormally loud in the stillnctorily save by making the attempt. ness, and the door opened so suddenly as to cause the The last youth to leave each of the boats brought the youths to topple forward upon the kitchen floor. ainter up with him and these were made fast so as to The youths silent for as much as five minutes, liseep the boats from drifting away. This done, the "Libtening intently. They feared the noise made by the bursty Boys" settled themselves down to wait. It would be i hour or more before they would wish to make the start n the daring exp,edition, and they were glad that they had uch a pleasant and comparatively safe place to stay. The time passed slowly, but at last Dick said they would tart. "It is past eleven," he said, "and I think that by ing open of the door might have aroused some one. No noise was heard, however, and they finally decided that the noise had not been heard. Dick, who had been there before and knew the way, took the lead and the others followed close upon his heels. rt was quite dark in the h.itchen, but Dick knew where the he time we get to the tavern things will be quieted down door leading into the hall was locat ed, and easily found or the night." it. He passed through, into the hall, and found that it Then he led the way to the :front of the boathouse, and was dimly illumined by a candle burning at the farther asily opened the door, it not being locked. The fact was end. This aided them in seeing to make their way, and hat the boathouse was not in use and so there being nothUiey were soon climbing the narrow stairs leading to the g in it that any one would care to steal, it was not deemd necessary to keep it locked. The youths emerged into the ope?air, and closing the oor behind them followed Dick up the street. It was a loudy night, and this was good for the "Liberty Boys." here were street lamps, of course, but they ..gave but "ttle light on any and on this night, when there as a sort of fog in the air they gave less than usual. his made it possible for the youths to keep from being een by the few' people who were out, as the footsteps f pedestrians could be heard be:fore the owners of the feet second floor. They were soon in the upper hall and found it faintly illumined also. Dick hardly knew whether to take this as a good sign or not. He did not see why the candles should be left burning; however, he did not stop to study over the matter long. It would do no good. The thing, now, was to make the attempt to secure the king's son, and get him out of the tavern and away. Dick led the way along the hall and the youths paused in front of the door of the room occupied by the boy. Dick tried the door and found that it was not locked or bolted. ame in sight, and this gave Dick and his comrades time lie pushed the door open and entered the room, the otlier conceal themselves till the person was past and gone. It was only a few blocks to the British beadquartters, and e youths were not long in reaching the building. They pproached :from the rear. Dick was eager to find out hether or not the cellar door had been made secure; he 1d broken the door open the night before, and hoped iat the damage had not been discovered. "Liberty Boys" following. It was dark in the room, but just as they were about to begin the search the bea occupied by the king's son, a door which connected with another room opened a man, holau;_g a candle in his hand, appeared on the threshold. He caught sight of the party of youths, and instantly gave utterance to a wild yell of terror. "Help! Murder! Robbers! Rebels I" be fairly The slanting door was lifted and the youths went down shrieked. 1e cellarway steps. Dick tried the door and found, to is great joy, that it was not fastened. "They did not think to look at the door," he said to imself; "they must have thought that I entered in some ther direction. Well, i,t is good for our purpose; and now at we have succeeded in getting into the cellar I think at we shafl be ab.le to get into the building proper." Dick led the way across the cellar and up the stairs to P door opening into the kitchen. He tried the door and CHAPTER IX. A NARROW ESCAPE. "What's the matter, Augustus? What's the matter?" called out a boyish voice from the adjoining room.


, 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHE111E. =============================================:=============================================t Dick and his companions had been taken wholly by have not an instant to spare! They will be in here in surprise. They were not looking for any such occurrence, jiffy I" and the man's appearance was so sudden, and he had given Indeed there was reason for thinking thus. A era utterance to the cries so promptly that they did not have had been heard, which marked the breaking down of t l time to even make an attempt to stop him. They heard the door leading from the hall into the first room of the king' words from the other room, too, and realized that it was son's suite, and the door leading into the room the the voice of the king's son. They were almost within were in would go next, and soon, at that. arm's length of the boy, and now it seemed as if their The "Liberty Boys" were accustomed to obeying orde well-laid plans must fail. The entire house would be without question, and they went through that window, o alarmed, and in a minute or so the halls would be thronged after another, with great speed and promptitude. The with British officers What should theY. do? was a veranda outside and they leaped onto that. This was the que s tion which the youths asked themihe edge of the veranda to the ground was only abo selves, but Dick decided it for all of them. He leaped twelve feet, and the youths did not hesitate, but leap forward and strlWk the valet-for such the man was-a down without ceremony, The majority were on the groun severe blow, him down. To bound on into the by the time Dick came through the window, and at th adjoining room took but an inst ant, and there Dick saw instant the sound of the door crashing in was heard. Die the king's son sitting up in bed, a look of surprise and had not escaped from the rOOfU an instant too soon. terror on his face. Just as he reached the edge of the veranda and leape "Who are you?" he cried. Dick leaped forward and was about to seize the boy when he was arrested by a cry from Bob. "The halls are full of redcoat s Dick!" was what Boo said. "What shall we do?" two or three of the British officers appeared at the ope window and they at once set up a yelling, which was ca culated to arouse all the sleepers within half a doze blocks. The youths bounded away up the street at the top Dick leaped back into the room and looked out. He their speed. They had not gone far before men can saw that Bob had spoken the truth. He closed the door and bolted it. "We must escape by a front window," he said. "Come!" They re-entered the room where the king's son was and Bob nodded toward him. "Shall we try to take him with us?" h e asked. A t this instant there came a loud pounding on the door and a voice called out: "Open! Open instantly or we will break the door down !'' swarming forth from Fraunce's Tavern and set out i pursuit. These men were British officers, and they h not stopped to don their uniforms; scarcely one of the had paused longer than to don his trousers and seize h sword and pistols; then they had run out upon the stree ana were just in time to see the party of youths disappea ing up tti.e street. Onward dashed Dick and his comrades, and sudde they found themselves confronted by a party of redcoat who had undoubtedly been aroused by the yelling, and h "Don't wait! Break it down instantly!" another voice rushed out into the street just in time to head the fu cried. "The king's son is in and those rebels may tives off. kill him! Break the door down I" The "Liberty Boys" were not daunted, however. Th Dick recognized the voice as that of General Howe, and turned down a side street and ran a block or two in t knowing that there would be no time to bind the arms of direction. 'l'hen they turned up another street, follow the king's son and gag him, he decided to abandon the it to about the middle of the block and darted into ti attempt and make their escape, if such a thig was possible. mouth of an alley. The redcoats were after them, "This way!" he called to the youths, and led the way Dick hoped to throw them off the track by this manreuv into another room, which was evidently the front room of The ruse was not successful, however, for the redco the suite. It faced on the street, Dick was sure, and slam turned up the alley. Dick was suddenly thrilled with ming the door behind the "Liberty Boys," when all had feeling of pleasure, for he recognized one of the hou entered he bolted it and then hastened to the window. He the rear yard of which r eached to the alley, as being quickly raised it and saw that his surmise had been corhome of Mr Morriso n The youth knew that if he c o rect. The main street lay below and in front of them. enter the house u nsee n by the pu r suing. redcoats, hi "Quick! Through with you, boys!" said D ick. "We and comrades would be safe.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING SCHEME. He made up his mind to make the attempt, an cauThump thump thump "Open the door! Open the usly told his companions to enter the yard. The "Libdoor!" Boys" did so, and advanced to the back door. Here ey paused and Dick luiockecl as loudly as he thought it fe to do. Silence, as before. "Open the door or we will break it down! Open, I say !" The girl and the youths remained quiet. lluch to the surprise of the youths, and greatly to their Thump! thump! thump! Rat-tat-tat! "Open the door! and relief, the door was opened almost immediately. Open it, or down it goes!" o is there?" came in a low, cautious voice. 'l'he girl whispered to Dick to follow her, and he in "It is I-Dick Slater!" the youth replied. turn told the youths to follow him, and all stole away along Instantly the door swung wide open and the youths the hall. ed through the opening and into the house. Then the or went shut and a bolt clicked into place. ".Are you pursued?" the voice--which Dick recognized belonging to Helen-asked. "Yes, Miss Helen." "Were the redcoat s upon your heels?" "They were coming down the alley when you opened e door." "I fehr they will break the door down, presently, unless it is opened to them," said Helen; "and if you will follow me upstairs I will show you a secure hiding place and then I will go back and open the door and pretend that I have just been aroused out of my "That is a good plan, I think," said Dick. The girl led: the way upstairs and along the hall, to the farther end, and then she pressed on a certain panel "Do you think they could have seen Y?u enter?" and it and three others slid back, revealing an opening. "I hardly think so." There was a candle burning in this hall, which made it "Let us wait here, then, and listen so as to learn possible to see fairly well. ether or not they saw you." ';Very well; but how came you to be up "Step through the opening," said the girl; "there is at this time plenty of room in the apartment for all of you. When night, Miss Helen?" "I was reading till late and had not yet gone to bed I have gotten rid of the redcoats I will come and let you out." I heard loud yelling in the direction of Fraunce's "Very well," said Dick, and then all passed through I thought of you at once and wondered if you the opening and the panel slid shut with a click. re making an attempt to capture the king's son." Then the patter, patter of the girl's slippered feet sound 'That is what we were doing,'' said Dick; "but we ed, as she made her way down the stairs and along the d. The alarm was given and we were forced to :flee." lower hall. oo bad; well, I thought that if you had made 1 the Helen Morrison was a brave girl, and she did not hesi-empt and had met with failure and were pursued, that She made her wa. y to the door and opened it at once, u might come here; and so I came downstairs and took as she feared the redcoats would break it down. my position in the lower hall. I alternated between "Who are you and what do you want?" she asked, in firm e front and back doors, listening, and when you knocked tones. happened that I was just coming to this I has"Ah, young lady, I beg your pardon for disturbing you," ed to open the door-ah, listen!" in a thrilling whisper. said the leader of the redcoats, in a tone that was half Footsteps could be heard out in the yard, and a few re peciful, half mocking; "but we were chasing a party ments later there came a knock on the door. of rebels and we fancied they took refuge in this house." Of course, the girl nor any of the "Liberty Boys" made Helen shook her head. "You are mistaken," she said. response. "They did not enter here, then?" After a few moments bad elapsed there came another "They did not." ock and a louder and more imperative one. Still the girl and the youths maintained silence. came the knock, and then followed, in a hoarse ce: "Open the door 1 Open in the name of the king!" his did not have any effect, either. The hearers haped to be persons who did not have any respect for the g or acknowledge that he had any authority. "You are sure?" The redcoat was evidently somewhat mspicious. "Do you think I would tell what is not true?" The girl threw her head back and gazed scornfully and unflinchingly into the eyes of the man. "Oh, I would not say that, of course." "You might as well say it' as insinuate it/'


, .; 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS' DARING "Well, my dear young lady, you know these are war times, and people seem to hold the truth in slight esteem in such times. If you have no objections we would like to search the house." "Ob, I have no objections whatever; you are at liberty to search the house--though I suppose it would make no difference if I did have objections; you would search the house just the same." "You are right about that, young lady." Then the man order e d ten of his men to remain at the door and stand guard so as to prevent the escape of the fugitives if they tried to get out; with the rest he began searching every room. He borrowed the candle of the girl and so was enabled to see. They searched every room on the ground floor, and went down into the cellar and looked there. Not finding any signs of the fugitives they then went upstairs and looked in all the rooms on the second floor H'ere theY, were met by Mr. Morrisop., who had been awakened at last by the trampling of feet, and had dressed and come forth from his room. When told what the men were looking for he laughed in scorn. "You might look a hundred years and you would not find anybody here save myself and daughter a:d the serv ants," he said. "You are losing valuable time and giving the fugitives time to make good their escape.'' "That may be," said the redcoat leader, "but," doggedly, "now that we' re in here we will finish the job and look thoroughly." "Yes, let them look thoroughly, father," said Helen; "then they will know that we have not harbored the rebels. If they did not look everywhere they would go away ing that perhaps the rebels were here and we don't want them to think that when ft is not true." "You are right, Helen; well, go ahead, gentlemen. Look everywhere ; You are at liberty to do so." The redcoats continued their work and looked in all the rooms on that floor and then made thei way into the attic :Morrison had a reputation which he wishe maintain, as being a loyal kings man. It was of to him as it protected his house from being plundere the redcoats. "I see we. made a mistake in thinking the rebels in here," was the reply. "Well, I am sorry to have tro you." "Don't speak of it, sir." "In these times we cannot take anything for gra you know." "True; quite true." "Well, good-:night, sir, and young lady." "Good-night," replied Mr. Morrison, while Helen m bowed. The n the redcoats trooped downstairs and out pf d Mr. Morrison following and closing and locking door. As soon as her father bad gone downstairs Helen tened to open the sliding panel. "Come forth," she pered, and the yauths obeyed. "Father doesn't know you are here, and I want to prise him," Helen said to Dick. As soon as he had closed and locked the back doon Morrison came back upstairs; and when he saw y standing there in the hall he started and an exclam escaped him: Goodness it is Mr. Slater and some of his men! cried "Well, well! and I did not have the least idea you were here! It's a good joke on me and on the redc loo! Ha! ha! ha!" CHAPTER X. BACK TO THE PATRIOT ENC.il1PMENT. Dick shook hands with :Mr. Morrison, and then and looked thoroughly, but, of course, to no avail. The fu-duced his companions, all of whom the gentleman gitives were nowhere to be found. cordially. "'Well, you didn't find them?" said Mr. Morrison, when "And you knew they were here all the time, H the redcoats came back down out of the attic. he exclaimed, giving her hair a pull. "Aren't you as "No; we will have to ach.""llowledge that we were at fault .to fool your father in that fashion?" in thinking they entered this hose." "I thought it as well to keep you in ignorance till "You are right; we have no intention of or desire to the redcoats had gone, father; then you could be pe harbor rebels, sir." "I am glad to know that." "We would rather band a rebel over to you, any time, than harbor one and keep him bid from you." frank and honest in your statements that the 'rebels not here." "That's so; that was a good idea." "Yes, indeed," from Dick.


ut how happens it that you are here being looked looking around they saw a party of redcoats coming as y the redcoats?" Mr. :Morrison asked. "Did you fast as they could run. the attempt to capture the king's son and fail?" "We'll have to run for it, boys!" said Dick, and the es, sir; we made the attempt, and, I am sorry to say, youths set out at the top of their speed. a failure of it." After them came the redcoats, yelling at the top of oo bad! Too bad!" their voices, and this attracted the attention of still others. es; we were in hopes that we would succeed." "The entire British force will be after us directly!" t would have been a great stroke had you done so." said Dick. "We will have to get into our boats in a Ye8, it would have given the commander-in-chief a hurry and get away from here or it will be all up with us." ng lever to use against the king." o it would. But will you stay over night with us, The youths were good runners, and held their own, and indeed gained a little. Presentl y the boathouse was dis cerned, through the darkness and fog, and the youths headX o, indeed." ed straight for it. They reach ed it, and, opening the door, You are not going to make another effort to capture entered. king a son?" er No; that would be folly, I fear." As they did so a volley rang out and the bullets fairly hailed around the door, spatting against the wood in a most spiteful manner. Luckily, although two of the boys Undoubtedly; they will guard him closely from now were hit, neither was severely wounded, and all ran across I judge so." the room, and one after another crawled through the Yes, if they suspect that you were trying to capture window and slid down the rope into the boats. .1 ust as lle}l, they cannot help suspecting it." Dick, who was last, went through the window the door of the boathouse was burst open and the redcoats came s Then it is all up; your scheme to capture the king's rushing in. will never succeed." Dick slid down the rope, ci1t it with one stroke from his I think you are right; well, it can't be helped." kni!e and then the youths rowed away as rapidly as possible. u :Yo." The redcoats r:ushed to the window and fired out and t ick and his comrades remained at Mr. Morrison's 14ouse downward, in the hope that they might inflict some dam our and then bade the gentleman and his beautiful age, but they were 1].nsuccessful. The bullets went wild. ,, ghter good-by, and took their departure. The "Liberty Boys" put all their strength into the t Which way, Dick?" asked Bob as they headed down tbe effort and rowed as swiftly as they could, and soon they To the boathouse, Bob." We go back up to the encampment; then?" Yes, and a\ once. There is no use of fooling away more time down here." I suppose not." No; our plan to capture the king's son has failed and quicker we get out of the city the better it will be us, for they will be on the lookout for us." You are right; we are not out of the woods yet, I am n ing." e We are not, for a fact; we may run onto a party of oats at any moment." he youths made a half circuit in to avoid passing Fraunce's Tavern, as they realized there would tir and confusion there and likely plenty of redcoats ive the alarm if the "Liberty Boys" should be seen. hey were not successful in escaping notice, even as it They were suddenly startled by hearing yells, and were well out in the river. "I think we are safe, now,'' said Dick. "But we bad a close call of it," from Bop Estabrook. "Yes, indeed." "It's too bad that we made a failure of our scheme to capture the king's son,'1 said another of the youths. "Yes; but it couldn't be helped," .said Dick; "we did our best." "So we did." "Say_ fellows, isn't that girl, Miss Morrison, a b>auty, though!" remarked George Hardy. There was a chorus of laughter at this from the rest. "See where George's thoughts are!" said Bob Estabrook. "He must be hard bit." "I am; I ack.rrowledge it," was the prompt reply. "Who wouldn't Isn't she the prettiest and sweetest girl you \ aw?" "Pretty enm : b," said Bob, carelessly; "but she's not the styJe of a beauty that I like."


I "She is very beautiful," said Dick; "and she is as brave the side;. boJt which was lying at The and good as she is beautiful. I.f I were you, George, I was not s en till the moment of collision, and then would go in and win her, if I could." "I'm going to!" Wfl.S the decided reply. "I'm going to visit New York City to-morrow, redcoats 'Or no red coats." was immecl.ia; great excitement. The boat was t with redcoats, of course, and they had been watching r listening :for t te youths, but the rnufiled oars had f them, first they knew of the presence of the "WeJ.l, if the redcoats get after you you can make that an boats was when the bow ofone struck against their excuse :for going said Bob. boat. They had intended to fire upon the "rebels" "That's a good idea," said George; "but I'll find an excuse for going there, don't you fear!" "Trust George for that!" laughed Bob. instant put in an appearance, and had their p in thei1 but the impact caused their boat to roll made them lose their balance, and by the i.ime they '"Sh!" cautioned Dick. "I think I hear oars!" straightened up and ready to do some work the "Lil All listened intently and they plainly heard the sound Boys" were rowing away. of oars. "We are pursued!" said Dick. "It would seem so," agreed Bob. Dick and three of the other youths who were not J ing, fired at the redcoats and one or two of the bullets some damage, and then came a shower of bullets from "Well, we will have to row our hardest!" said Dick. redcoats. Their bullets did little damage, however, a "Bend to it, boys!" course, the firing was entirelj. by guess and the yot The youth s worked with all their might, but no matter were enabled to continue their trip toward the shore. how hard they rowed the sound of the oars could still The British gave chase as soon as they could I be heard behind them slraightened tip and their boat headed around, but "They're gaining on us!" said Dick, after a while. "Liberty Boys" had already secured such a lead that "Do you think so?" from Bob. easily reached the shore before their enemies could o "Yes, I can hear the sound of the oars much plainer take them. than I could a while ago. Indeed, the redcoats did not venture very close to The youths kept on, however, but after a while Dick said: shore; they did not dare. They realized that the fugi "We will have to try to dodge them, fellows. They will had them, and went back down the river an catch us if we row straight ahead." "What shall we do?" asked Bob. ported that the "rebels" bad succeeded in reachin patriot encampment. "Turn and head across the river." This information caused General Howe to rage ar The you ths did so and kept on till they were almost like a hear with a sore head. "It is a shame! It i to the west shore; then they turned the bows of the boats famous!" he cried. "To think that those rebels sh up stream and continued in that direction. Dick listened have the impudence to try to capture the king's son! intently and presently said: how I wish I could have got hold of the scoundrels "I we have fooled them. I don't hear the sound would have put an end to their careers as sure as of oars now." name is Howe!" "I think we have thrown them off the track," said All the officers who were present nodded fheir hea Bob; "they could see us, and our oars, being mufiled, made approval of this statement. '"rhey deserve death a no noise and it was easy to slip out from in front of.them." end of a stout rope!" said one. "We will have to be careful when we go to cross the river to reach camp, though," said Sam Sanderson. "Yes," agreed Dick; "we might run right into them." The youths rowed 111teadily and when they were opposite Harlem Heights they turned the bows of the boats ancl headed straight across the river. 'l'hey rowed slowly, now, and literally felt their way as they feared they might run into the British boat or boats at any moment. Their fears were well founded, for when they were about halfway across the bow of one of the boats struck against "Indeed they do l" from another, and again all n assent. "It was the most audacious scheme that one coul agine !" said General Howe. "And I think I know w was that engineered the affair, too!" "Who, your excellency?" asked one. "Dick Slater, the captain of that band of young ]mown as the 'Liberty Boys.' The officers nodded. "It looks like a specimen of his handiwork," said


THE LIBERTY BOYS' DA-RIKG SCHEME. There is no doubt of it, not the least," said General "Because I made the acquaintance of Helen Morrison!" we; "and if ever I get a chance at that fellow, mark "Listen to that!" said Bob. "I more than half believe words, I will put an end to his career! Why, he is he will go down to New York to-morrow, as he said he re dangerous to the king's cause than an entire regit of rebels There is no doubt regarding the truth of that state t," nodded an old officer. 'Do you know," said another, "I believe, now, that the on who entered the tavern the other night, and whom thought was simply a robber, was this Dick Slater, on ying expedition?" neral Howe slapped his thigh a_nd nodded his head. ou are right, for a thousand pounds!" he said. "It was k Slater I" here was some more rather excited and then eral Howe said: "Well, the attempt to capture the g's son failed, and I will see to it that no second at t will come anywhere near succeeding. I shall have ard kept over the boy the whole time." his met with the approval of all. eanwhile the "Liberty Boys" had reached the patriot ampment in safety. The firing out on the river had ctcd the attention of the sentinels, and they had called officer of the guard, who in turn had aroused the p. When it was learned what the trouble was the rty Boys" having reached the encampment, there considerable excitement. Leaving the others to tell -.tory o_f their adventures to the officers and soldiers were crowded ar ound, Dick made his way to head-ers, to report to the commander-in-chief. neral Washington was up and dressed. He had bee' n scd and had heard the firing, and an orderly had ght the news to him that it was the party of "Liberty getting back from their trip down into the city. orderly had told him that the youths had not brought one with them, and so he was prepared for the report h Dick made of their failure. He listened to the 's story with interest and then said: "Well, you did best, Dick, and I have not a word to say. It was a dangerous thing to attempt, anyway; and I am only ad that succeeded in making your escape." some further conversation Dick withdrew and to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys." He hem what the commander-in-chief had said, and the voted General Washington a trump. guess I'm the only one who doesn't feel as if our e was a failure," said George Hardy. d why don't you feel as if it was a total failure?" Sam Sanderson. would." "You watch me and you'll see that you have hit the nail on the head," said George, calmly. And sure enough, about five o'clock the next afternoon he set out. He went on foot, as he said he ditln't want to get to the city until after dark, anyway, and then he could dodge redcoats better if on foot than if on horseback. George did not get back till nearly nightfall of the next day, and his face was all smiles. He looked happy, as in deed he was. He told the "Liberty Boys" that he had gone down into the city, ha d pretended that he was chased by the redcoats, had made his way to the back door of the Morrison house, and that Helen had let him in and had believed 1 his story about the He stayed till morning, and then went out on the streets on some pre tended business, but got back in time for dinner. Then he had taken his depatture at five o'clock. "I am well acquainted with Helen now, though, fellows," .. he said; "and she invited me to call whenever I was in the city-and I'm going to be there pretty often, I tell you!" "Oh, you conscienceless rascal!" Bob, with mock severity "To deceive that girl by a story and get into ihe house under false pretences!" "All's fair in love or war," grinned George. We may as well add that the daring "Liberty Boy" visited at the Morrison home frequently, in spite of the redcoats, and that at the end of the war he and Helen were married. Thus ends the story of "The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme"-the scheme to -capture the king's son. It failed, but it was not through any fault of the "Liberty Boys." .,_ .IJ' THE END. The next number (77) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BOLD MOVE; OR, INTO THE ENEMY'S COUNTRY,'.' by Harry Moore. ,{;,-. ..- ; \ SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you ca.nnot 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 copies 1 you Grder by return mail.


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SECRET OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. ICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKLY LATEST ISSUES: 131 The Bradys wlth a Clrcus; or, On the Road wlth the Wild Beast '1,amers. md in the Rlve1; or, 'l'he Bradys and the Brooklyn Bridge l 32 The Bradys In Wyoming; or, 'l'racklng the Mountain Men. llystery 133 The Bradys at Coney Island ; or, Trapping the Sea-sldeCrooks. 0 Bradys and the Mlsslng Box; or, Running Down the Itnilroad l!l4 The Bradys and the Road Agents; or, The Great Deadwood Case. 'hleves. 135 The Bradys and the Bank Clerk or, Tracing a Lost Money Queen of Chinatown: or, The Bradys Among the "Hop'' Flenas. Package. Bradys and the Girl Smuggler; or, Working for the Custom 136 The Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. House. 137 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Opium e Bradys and the Runaway Boys; or, Shadowing the Circus Fiends. Sharps. of the Old 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in the te Bradys and the Ghosts; or, Solving the Mystery Blue Ridge Mountains. Church Yard. 139 The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John e Bradys and the Brokers: or, A Desperate Game In Wall Street. Street Mystery. e Bradys' Fight to a Finish ; or, Winning a Desperate Case. 140 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, 'I'he Mystery of the 1e Bradys' Race for Life; or, Rounding Up a .rough Trio. Midnight Train. 1e Bradys' Last Chance; or, The Case in the Dark. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work In the Shop-1e Bradys on the Road ; or, The Strange Case of a Drnml'.\ler. i>lng District, e Girl In Black; or, The Bradys Trapping a Confidence Queen. 142 The Bradys and the Broker; or. The Plot to Steal a Fortune. e Bradys In Mulberry Bend; or, 'he Boy Slaves of "Little Italy." 143 'l'he Bradys as Reporters; or, Working. for a Newspaper., e Bradys' Battle for Life; or, The Keen Detectives' Greatest 144 The Bradys and the Lost Ranche; or, The Strange Case In Texas. Peri!. 145 The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train Robbery. e Bradys and the l\lad Doctor; or, The Haunted Mil! in the 146 The Bradys and Bunco Bill; or, The Cleverest Crook in New Marsh. York. e Bradys on the Rail ; or, A Mystery of the Lightning Express. 147 'he Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the e Bradys and the Spy; or, Working Against the Police Depart-Customs Inspectors. ment. l 48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stolen e Bradys' Deep Deal; or, Hand-In-Giove with Crime. Million. he Bradys in a Snare; or, The Worst case of Ali. 119 The Bradys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men." he Bradys Beyond Their Depth; or, 'l'he Great Swamp Mystery. 150 'l'he Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after Dark. he Bradys' Hopeless Case; or, Against Plain Evidence. UH The Bradys In Five Points; or, The Skeleton in the Cellar. he Bradys at the Helm; or, the Mystery of the River Steamer. 152 Fan '.N>y, the Opium Queen; or, The Bradys and the Chinese 'he Bradys in Washington; or, Working for the President. Smugglers. he Bradys Duped; or, The Cunning Work of Clever Crooks. U\3 The Brndys' Boy Pupil; or, Sifting Strange Evidence. 'he Bradys In Maine; or, Solving .the Great Camp Mystery. 154 'l'he Bradys in the Jaws (/f Death; or, Trapping the Wire Tap-be Bradys on the Great Lakes; or, '!'racking the Canada Gang. pers. he Bradys in l\lontana ;. or, The Great Copper Mine Case. 1G5 The Bradys and the Typewriter: or, The Office Boy's Secret. he Bradys Hemmed In: or, 'l'heir Case in Arizona. 156 The Bradys and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountain be Brnd:vs at Sea: or, A Hot Chase Over the Ocean. Thieves. he Girl from London; 01, 'l'he Bradys After a Confidence Queen. 157 The Bradys and the Drug Slaves.; or, The Yellow Demons or he Among the Chinamen; or, 'l'be Yellow the Chinatown. Oprnm Joints. HiS The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen; or, Running Down the he nradys and the Pretty Shop Girl; or, The Grand Street "Reds." l\lystery. J 5!l The Bradys and the Hotel Crooks ; or, The Mystery of Room 44. he nrada"s and the Gypsies; or. Chasing the Child Stealers. IGO The Bi:adys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work in the I1arand the Wrong Man; or, The Story of a Strange 161 and the House of )fystery; or, A Dark Night' s The Rradys I!C'trayed; or, In the Hands of a Traitor. Work. be P.radys and 'l'heir Doubles; or, A Strange '!'angle of Crime. llJ2 The Bradys' Winning Game; or, Playing Against the Gamblers. be Bradys in the Everglades; or, The Strnnge Case of a Summer 1 G3 'be Bradys and the Mail Thieves; or, 'l'be Man in the Bag: Tourist. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found in the he Bradys Defied; or, The Hardest Gang in New York. River. be Bradys In High or, 'l'he Great Society Mystery. 165 The Bradys after the Grafters; or, The Mystery in the Cab. be Bradys Among Thieves; or, Hot Work in the Bowery. 166 'l'be Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case in be Rradys and the Sharpers; or, In Darkest New York. Missouri. be Bradys and the Bandits; or, Hunting for a Lost Boy. 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown; or, The Mysterious Case in SoTbe Bradys in Central Park; or. The Mystery of the Mall. clety. 'rhe Bradys on their Muscle; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. l 68 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned The Bradys' Opium Joint Case; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooks. Envelope. 'be Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding Up the East-Side Crooks. l(l() The Bradys and Blonde Bill; or, The Diamond Thieves of Malden he Bradys Under Fire: or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. Lane. The Bradys at the Beach: or, The l\lystery of the Bath House. l 71) The Bradys and the Opium Ring; or, The C lew in Chinatown. The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among the 171 The Bradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the LightCowboys. Harness Gang. The Bradys and the Missing Girl: or, A Clew Found In the Dark. 172 The Bradys and the Black Doctor; or, The Secret of the Old The Bradys and the Banker: or, 'l'be Mystery of a Treasure Vault. Vault. The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat; or, Tracing up a Theatrical l 73 The Rraclys and the Girl In Grey; or, The Queen of the Crooke. Case. 174 The Bradys and the Juagler; or, Out with a Variety Show. The Bradys and Rad lllan Smith; or, The Gang of Black Bar. 175 Tho Bradys and the Moonshiners: or. Away Down in Tennessee. The Bradys and the Veiled Girl; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. 176 'L'he Bradys in Badtown: or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. The Bradys and the Deadsbot Gang; or, Lively Work on the 1 7; The Bradys in the Klondike; or, Ferretting out the Gold Thieves. Frontier. 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked work in the Slums. ior sale by all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, by ANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. 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WORK AND WI The B est "W"eekly Published. THE READ PRINT. N'O':MEERS ARE AI:. WAYS IN ONE AND YOU WILL READ THEM ALL. LA'.l'EST ISSUES: 63 Fred Fearnot and Oom Paul; or, Battling for the Boers. 64 Fred Fearnot in Johannesburg; or, The Terrible Ride to Kimberley. 65 Fred l<'earnot in Kaflir-laud; or, Hunting for the Lost Diamond. 66 Fred Lariat; or, How He Caught His Man. 67 Fred Fearnot's Wild West Show: or, The Biggest '.l.'hlng on Earth. 68 Freil Fearnot's Great 'l'our; or, Managing an Opera Queen. 69 Fred li'earnot's l\Iinstrels; or, 'l'erry's Great Hie as an End Man. 70 IJ'red li'earnot and the Duke; or, Hallling a l<'ortune Hunter. 71 Fred Fearnot's Day; or. 'rhe Great Reunion at Avon. 72 irred l <'earnot in the South; or, Out with Old Bill Bland. 73 Fred l\luseum; or, Backing Knowle dge with Fun. 74 li'red Fearnots Athletic School; 01-, !\laking l.lrain and Brawn. 75 Fred Fearnotdllystified; or, The Disappearance of Terry Olcott. 76 l i're d Fearnot and the Governor; or, Working Hard to Save a J,lfe. 77 !J'reC! i\ilstake; or, Up Against His Matc h. 78 Fred Fearnot in Texas; o r 'l'erry's l\lan from Abilene. 79 Fred Feurnot as a SheritI: or, Breaking up a Desperate Gang. 80 Fred li'earnot Baflied; or, Outwitted by a woman. 81 Fred FParnot"s Wit. and How It Saved His Life. 82 Fred Fearnot"s Great Prize: or. Working Hard to Win. 83 Fred Fearnot at Bay: or, His Great l"ight for Life. 84 Fred l'earnot" s Disguise; or, a Strange Clew. 85 Fred Fearnot's l\Ioose Hunt: or, Adventures in the l\laine Woods. 86 FrPd Fearnots or, 1 1'11n at the Girls' Hi_l>h School. 87 Fred Fearnot"s Big Heart; or. Giving the Poor a chance. 88 Fred Fearnot Accused; or, '.!.'ricked by a Villain. 89 Fred F'earnot's Pluck; or, Winning Against Odds. 90 Fred Fearnot's Deadly Peril; o r His Narrow Escape from Ruin. 91 Fred Fearnot's Wild Ride; or, Saving Dick Duncan's Life. 92 Fred Fearnots Long Chase; or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. 93 Fred Fearnot's Last Shot. and How It Saved a Life. 94 Fred l <'earnot's Common Sense ; or, The Best Way Out of Trouble. 95 Fred Fearnot's Great Find; or, Saving 'l'erry Olcott's Fortune. 96 Fred Fearnot and the Sultan: o r, Adventures on the Island of Sulu. 97 Fred Fearnot's Silvery Tongue; or, Winning an Angry Mob. OS Fred Fenrnot's Strategy; or, Outwitting a Troublesome Couple. 99 Fred Fearnot's f,lttle Joke; or. Worrying Dick and 'l'erry. 100 Fred Fearnot's Muscle; or, Holding His Own Against Odds. 101 Fred Fearnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at the Right Time. 102 1''red Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. 103 Fred Fearnot and ITivelyn ; or, 'l'he Infatuated Rival. 104 Fred Fearnot's "'ager; or, Downing a Brutal Sport. 105 Fred Fearnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island. 106 l!'re<'I Fearnot Deceived; or, After the Wrong Man. 107 Fred Fearnot's Charity: or. .reaching Others a Lesson. 108 Fred Fcarnot as "The Judge;" or, Heading off the Lynchers. 109 Fred Ii'Parnot and the Clown; or, Saving the Old Man's Place. 110 Fearoot's I-'ine Work; or, Up Against a Crank. 111 Fred Fearnot's Rad Break; or, What Happened to Jones. 112 Fred Fearnot' s Round Up; or, A Lively '.l.'ime on the Ranche. 113 Fred Fearnot aod the Giant; or, A Hot Time in Cheyenne. 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 HO 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 lil5 156 157 158 Fred Fearnot's Secret Society ; or, The Knights of the Bl'sh Fred l!'earnot and the Gambler; or, The Trouble on th zir Front. o. Fred Fearnot's Challenge ; or, King of the Diamond Fle b Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Bard Work That W ail Fred Fearnot in Atlanta; or, The Black Fiend of Darkto et Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or, How He Helped a !friend. Fred Fearnot ln Debate; or, The Warmest Member of the Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, Hls Defence of the "Mo in Man." o. Fred Fearnot at Princeton; or, The Batttle of the Champ! Fred Fearnot's Circus; or, High Old Time at New Era. Fred Fearnot's <;amp Bunt; or, The White Deer of the 11< dacks. o Fred Fearnot and His Guide ; or, The Mystery of the Mo Fred Fearnot's County Fair; or;. The Battle of the irakirs. 0 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, captured at Avon. Fred Fearnot and the Senator ; or, Breaking up a Scheme. re Fred Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Noblem Fred Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days ln Wall Stre Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, '.rhe Fellow Who Wouldn' Whipped. Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the shiners. Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, Tralllng a Stolen e Fred Fearnot's Quick Wo.rk; or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pa Fred Fearnot at Silver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. Fred Fearnot on the Border; or, Punishing the Mexican Stealers. Fred Fearnot's Charmed Life; or, Running the Gauntlet. Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. Fred l!'earnot's Rescue; or, The MPxican Pocahontas. s !!'red Fearnot and the "White Caps" ; or, A Queer '.l.'urnl the '!'ables. y Fred Fearnot and the Medium ; or, Having Fun wlt e "Spirits." Fred Fearnot and the "Mean Man" ; or, The Worst He 1 Struck. 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Backlnll: Up a Plucky Boy. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined; or, The Judges Mistake. 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Opera; or, The I<'un that ( Raise P t Funds. 162 Fred Fearn-at and the Anarchists; or, The Burning of th r 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour: or, Going It Alone. 'c 164 Fred Fearnot's "New Wild West" ; or, Astonishing the Old 165 Fred Fearnot Jn Russia ; or, Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fearnot In Turkey ; or, Defying the Sultan. 167 Fred Fearnot in Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danub 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal ]\'a.lace at B 169 Fred Fearnot In Ireland; or, Watched bv the Coustabqla.r E 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound ; or, l:!hadowed by Seo t Yard. 114 Fred Ji'cnrnot's Coo l Nerve; or, Giving It Straight to the Boys. 115 Fred Fearnot's Way; or, Doing Up a Sharper. 116 Fred Fearnot in a Fix; or, The Blackmailer's Game. 171 117 Fred Fearnot as a "Broncho Buster;" or, A Great Time In the 172 Wlld West. Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, The Champion of the School h Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies ; or, The Mystery of a S, Child. I '173 Fred Fearnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green G Men. 118 Fred Fearnot and His Mascot ; or. Evelyn's Fearless Ride. 119 Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm; or, The Bad l\Ian of Arizona. 120 Fred Fearnot as a "Tenderfoot;" or, Having Fun with the boys. 121 FrPd Fearnot Captured; or, In the Hands of Hls Enemies. Cow -174 Fred Fearnot"s Big Day; or, Harvard and Yale at New Ere 175 Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Medicine F 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a Girl Horse Thief. 177 l<'red Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; orbThe Tanling of Black 178 !!'red Fearnot's Great Struggle; or. owning a Senator. 122 Fre11 Fearnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. 123 Fred Fearnot'R Great Feat; or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. 12 1 Fred Fcarnot's Iron Will ; or, Standing Up for the Right. 125 Fred .Fearnot Cornered : or, Evelyn and the Widow. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, Ten Days in an Insane Asylum. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing Up Hls Yl"ord. 128 Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedham' s Case. 12!) Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazers. I 7 9 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. Y 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson; or, "Who Runs 'fhis Town1" g 181 Fred Fearnot and the Rioters; or, Backing up the Sheriff. 18 2 Fred Fearnot a.nd the Stage Rob her; or, His Chase for a Stolen mond. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent p ostpaid o n receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, b1 F R ANK T OU S E Y Publisher, 24 Union Squa r e N e w Y o IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by tum mail. POSTAGE S'l.'AMPS TAKEN '1.'HE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. .......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ..... cents for which please send me: copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................. 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THE STAGE. 41 THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE K.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUl\IP SPEAKER. aining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseNo. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing four teen illu strations, giving the different positions requisite to' a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems from all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the most simple and concise manner possible. No. 49. HOW TO DEBA'rE.-Giving rules foi: conducting de bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the best sources for procuring information on the questions given. and amateu1 shows SOCIETY. o. 1 No. 3 TO arts. and wiles ?f flirtation h Id btain this book as it contains full instructions for orfull y exp!!\ med by this httle book .. Besides the var1.ous !Ileth_ods of an amateur troupe. ha.ndkerchief fan, glove, parasol, wmdow. and bat fhrtat1on, coi;i-0 MULDOON'S JOKES.-This is one of the most original a .full hst of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 1s b k. bt h d and t is brimful of wit and humor It to everybody, both old and young You cannot be happy oo s ever pu 1s e., 1 without one. ams a large collection of _songs, conundr'!ms, .etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and handsome; ence Muldoon, the great humorist and pra.ct1c!ll Joker of little book just issued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc Ever,Y boy .who can enJOY a good substantial Joke should tions in the art of dancing etiquette in the ballroom and at parties. w a copy immediately b dr d f JI d. 't f 11 ff JI I o .. 79. HQW TO BECOME AN ACT9R.-Containing comess, an u 1rec 10ns or ca mg o m a popu ar square wstruct1ons. bow to ml!ke up for vanous characters on the No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to Jove, t.i togi:ther with the duties of the Stage. Manager, Prompter, courtship and marriage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquett$ 11c Artist and Property Man. By a promment St!lg.e Manager. to be observed with many curious and interesting things not gen o. 80. GUS WILLlAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Contammg the laterall k n okes, anecdotes and funny. stories .of this world-re?owned and N%. TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction in tbs popular Gerl'.la. comedian. Sixty-four pages handsome art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving th& red cover contammg a half-tone photo of the author. selections of colors, material, and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of tb11 brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boolo and be convinced how to become beautiful. 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HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHIN.GS.-Con ing full directions for making electrical machines, induction dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity. R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. o. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a 1e collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, rther with illustrations. By A. Anderaon. ENTERTAINMENT. fo. 9. HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOQUIST. By Harry anedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading 1 book of instructions, by a practical professor (delighting multi-les every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the atest book ever published, and there's millions (of fun) in it. o. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PAR'l'Y.-A valuable little book _just. A games, sports, card d1vers1ons, comic rec1tat10ns, etc., smtable parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the ney than any book published. 35. HOW TO P,LAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little t containing the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle i;-ammon, croquet, dominoes, etc HOW TO SOLVE all "3:d1ng c01;mndrums of the day, amusmg riddles, curious catches I w1 tty saymgs. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little giving the rule s and full directions for playing Euchre Crib Casino, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw 'Poker tion Pitch, All, Fours and many other popular games of cards'. o. 66. HOW 'IO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three bun interesting _puzzles and conundrums with key to same A book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. 13. TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It reat hfe secret, and one that every young man desires to know out. There's happiness in it. 33. HOW TO BERA VE.-Containing the rules and eti e of good society and the easiest and most approved methods tppearing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church I in the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. fo. 2?' .. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. Jonta1nmg the !IlOSt popular selections in use, comprising Dutch French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces, together n many standard readings. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. IIOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated ant" containing full instructions for the management and training of .. canary, mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet, parrot r "; No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POUL'rRY. rrGE" RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Han or trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40 HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPKl 1du< ; hinti on how to catch moles, w e asels, otter, rats, li<1 ir and birds Also how to cure skins Copiously illustrated. J. Harringtor. Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND valu able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountit1t and preserving birds, animals and insects. No, ()4. 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TUE llBEBTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolutio By HARRY MOORE. These stories based on actual. account of the exciting adventures of facts and give band of a fa.ithf youths imperil their liv1 for a, brave who were always ready and willing to the sake of helping a.long the gallant cause Every bound number will consist of 32 large pages of Independenc of reading matte in a, beautiful colored cover. 1 The Liberty Boy s of '76: or Figbtin" for f!reedom 3!! The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. 2 'I'he Liberty Boys' Oath: or, Settling \Vitb the Btitisb and Tories. :m Tbe fdt>erty Boys' Great Haul; or, 'l'akiog Everything lo Si1 3 The Liberty Boys' Good Wotk; or, Helpmg General Washington. 4'l 1.'be L!wrty Boys Times; or, Reveling in British Gold '"be Liberty Boys on Hand; or, Always in the Wi;bt !'lace. 4 I The Liberty Boys lo a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. tie Liberty Boys Nerve; or, Not Afraid of tile King' s Minions. 4:! The Lib<'rty Hoys Brave Rescue; or, Io the Nick of Time. > o Ut>erty Boys' Defiance: or, "Catch and Hang Us it You Cao." 4" 'l'be Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wbolesa 1 l'he .Jberty :Boys in D emand; or, The Champion Spie s of the 11 The Libert.v Boys' !\et: or, Catching the Hedcoats and Tori Revolution. 4;, The Liberty Roys Worried: or, The Disappearance of Dick SI 8 'rhe Lit .:ty Boys' Hard Fight; or, :Bes e t by British and Tories. 4r. The Lit>erty HoyR' Iron Uri[l: or, the R!'dcoats. 9 The Uoerty Boys to the Rescue; or, A Host Within 'bemselves. 17 'l'he T.ibc1ty Ro.vs' or. Doing What They Set Out to J 10 The Liberty :Boys' Narrow Escape; OL', A Neck -and-Nec k Race 48 The Boys' Scthack: or, Hut Disgraced. With Death. 19 Til e Liherty in Toryvllle : o r. Di c k Slater's Fearful R 11 'l'he Pluck; or, Undn11nted by Odds. 1 5 0 The Liberty Boys Aroused: or, 8triklng Strong Blows for Libe l:l The Liberty Boys' Peril; or, Threatened rro m all Sides. Cl 'l'he Llbertv Ho\'s' Triumph; OL', Beating the f{edcoats at Tl 13 The Liberty Boys' r.uck; or, l ?ortnne l'avo1s lhe Brnve. Own n ,ime. 14 The L!berty Boys' Ruse; or, Fooling the Bl'itish. :i'.! The Liberty Ro.vs 8care: or, A Miss as Good as tr The Liberty Boys' '!'rap, and What They Caught ;n It. The Liberty Boys' Danger; or, l?oes on All Sld!'s. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, 'l'he Tories' C leve1 ... h eme. :i-! 'l'he Liberty Hoy s 'light: or, A V ery Narrow Est'npe. 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Captnring a British 1an-of 'l'b e Liberty Boys' Strategy: or, Out-Generaling the F.nemy War. The Libel'ty Boys' War m \York ; or, Showing the R edcoats H 18 The Liberty Roys' Challenge; or. Patriots vs. H e dcoats. to Fight. 1H The Liberty :Boys '!'rapped; or, The Bcanti JJI 'l'm:v. .-,, The J.ih e rty Bovs' "Push" : or. Round to Get There. 20 'rhe Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What P bt Have Ren." .-, ,, Tbe Lib erty Boys' Desperate Charge ; or, Witil Anthol 21 The Liberty Boys' JJ'lne Work; or, Dr" ;; Thi n 'R U p Brown. at Stony Point. 22 Tile Liberty Boys at Bay: or, 'rhe ('loP.St c,.1 A II :;n The Llb!'rty Jusl i ce .\nd !Tow They Dealt It ..,,ut. '.!3 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making Warm tur tile n o ThP Liberty Boys Jlombarded: or, A V ery Warm Time. R edcoats. H l '!' h e LJ!Jerty Roys S ealed Orders: or, Going it n!inrty Roys' Lively Times; or, H e re. Thrre at J 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick; or, Teaching the R edrryats 8 Hl Til e Uberty l:.!oys' ''Lone Hand": or, l'lghtlng .\gainst Gr 1.'hlng or Two. Odds. 27 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Work; or, With the Redcoats In \l."i The Roys' or, The Ido l of he Compa11 L Philadelphia. 66 The Liberty Roys Wrath: or, C>ing for th,, nedcoats 2R The Liberty Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy 67 The Liberty Battle for Life : or. 'l'bt' Hardest Strnggle wine. All. 29 The I.thl'rty Roys' Wild Ride: or. A Dash tc. Save a Fort. The 1 ,1berty F:oys Lost: or. 1'be Trap 'l'ilat Did Not Work. 31) '!'he Liberty Boys In a Fix; or. 'rhreuteoed by Reds and Whites 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; o r, 'l'he Youth \\' ho 'Queered" Everyth\ 31 The Liberty Boys Big Contract; or, Holding Arnold lo Check 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Bait. Ing the British. 32 The Liberty Roys Shadowed; o r Afte r Dick Slater for Revenge 71 '!'he Libe rty Boys Lured; or. The Snare the Enemy Set. I :l'.l The Liberty Roys Duped: or. The Friend Who Was an F.nemy i 2 The J,iberty Boys 'Ransom: or. In the Rands of the Torr Outlaws. :l4 The -r.lberty Roys t<'ake Surrender: or, The Huse 'l'hut Succee ded 7 3 Th!' l.ibert. y Jloys as Sleuth-Hounds: or. Trailing Benedict Arnold. 3:1 The Liberty Roys' Signal: or. "At the Clang of the Hell. 711 Tlte Lib erty Boys' "Swoop'': or. ScatterinK the Redcoats Like Chaff. 3G The T,iberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Llberty'J 7 5 The t,iherty Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work in Oi


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