The Liberty Boys' long march, or, The move that puzzled the British

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The Liberty Boys' long march, or, The move that puzzled the British
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Moore, Harry
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HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Magazine Containing Stor ies of the American Rev olution Issued Weekly-By Subs cription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matte r at the New York, N. Y., post O tfloe, February 4, 1901. Ente r e d a ccording to -i c t of Congress in the y ear 1902, in the office of the Librafian of Cong1ess, Washington, D 0 ., by Frank Touse11, 24 Union Square, N e w York. 97. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 7, 1902. Price 5 Cents. U D S P I V N ca t r i c e d bo CHAPTER I. A FRJG HTEXBD llEDC OAT. t was the 18th of i.Iay, 1778. S I : h hilad e lphia was in a turmoil. d t "Whe r e are you from that you don't know?" the man a s k e d, looking at the youths in surprise. "Yre are from up country, sir, and have but just got inte> the city." "Ob, that's it." "Yes." "Well, then, I'll tell you what is going on. General ; chief of the Britis h army in America, had sent in his 'William Howe has sent in his resignation as commander o ignation to Eng land and was goin g to s ail for Engin-chief of the British army, and is going to sail for Engica d to defend himself and his actions,, h e ha v ing been land; and his departure is going to be celebrated and sigov arged with negli ge n c e and incompetence. nalized by a grand parade and tournament, which is called Sir H enry Clinton had been appoint e d commander-in the Mischianza." f ef in Howe's plac e, and had arriYed from New York to o General Willi a m How e who had long been commanderin ke charg e of the Britis h army which h a d o c cupied Philav lphia, doing nothing but drink a n d carou se, all the pre-1i d" t in mg wm er. : o The people of Philade lphia l i k1d Sir William Howe, lll > o j owever. He was a fat, good-n ature d man and h a d not j mch of cruelty or ill-nature in h is make-up. Indeed that b as one of the charges again s t him from the h o m e i?:overn-1e ic, ent, that he was too e a s y-goin g and good-natur e d t o be u u su c cessful gen e r a l. On this Ma y m orning of which w e write two you t hs were u f r alking al o n g B1 oad stre et talking and looking about them J f ith interest. "What's goi n g o n, h e re, to-day, Dick?" a s k e d one; t here seems to b e an unusual stir." L n "I'm sure I don't know Bob" was the reply "but I am 1 to find ont before very long." "Indeed?" "Yes." "And this parade and tournament take0; place to-day?" "Yes ; this afternoon." "What will the y do in this tournament?" "Ob, it will be similar to some of the old-time tourn a ments of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; young knigh ts w ill me e t and break lances in friendly combat, and there will be a parade that will be well worth looking "We mu s t see it, e h, Di ck?" "Yes, I think w e will s ta y in th e cit y and take a look in at the tournam ent," was the reply. "Yo u will miss s omething the like of whi c h you w i ll pro b ably n e v e r g e t a chanc e to see a g a i n if you don't s ta y sa id the citizen. "Oh, we will stay," said Bob. "How?" ''Yes indeed," from Dick. "And now, s ir, do you know "I am going to a s k some one." who is to take command of the British army in G e n e ral :i; "The re com e s a common, ordinary-looking fellow nick; Howe s place?" sk him." "I do; Sir Henry Clinton. "All right." "Ah, yes; the commander at New York." When the man was almost up to the youths they paused, "He is not in New York now." and he, seeing the youths wis hed to speak to him, paused also. "I beg your pardon, sir," said the youth who bad been addressed as Dick; "but would you be so kind as to tell us what is occasioning all the excitement in the city to-day?" "He is not?" "No.'1 "Where is he?" "He is here in Philadelphia." "Ah, indeed?"


'TIE 1B1<;"1\T1' BUY ,. Yes; as Sir William Howe steps o u t, Sir Henry Clinton trouble for General \Va hington is not the man to be t steps in. "I see. Thank you sir, for the information which you given us." "You are welcome, my boys." Then the man passed on, and the youths made their wa.v slowly along, conversing in low tones. These two youths were the famous Dick Slater, captain of the company daring youths kno1rn as "The Liberty Boys of '76," and Bob Estabrook, Dick's righthand uian. They were handsome young fellows, seemingly about nine tEen years of age." They had entered Philadelphia without any trouble at all that morning, there not being any sentinels at the of the city, and this circumstance had aroused sur prise in their minds. Now they understood it, they thought; in the excitement o.f the coming gala day, and incident to the change of commander-in-chiefs, no sentinels had been posted. fooled or beate n." rm "That 's true, too Well, we will hope that the chan t 'S: for ou r good rather than the good of the British." Tbe youths had been so absorbed in their con versa JU, 'T that they had not noticed that there was a man follo'I' dose at their heels. m1 't The man in question was a redcoat, for he wore the Ii d liant scarlet uniform, and that he had heard at portion of the conversation was evident, for he now tap Dick on the shoulder and said: ge "I arrest both you young men in the name of the Kil\" The youths whirled and stared at the redcoat in ment. "'V "Well, 'v.ho in the name of the king are you?" as\in Dick, presently n "I am a soldier of the king." 1 ole "Indeed?" "] "Yes; and you two youths are rebels .oo The youths were dressed in rough clothing such as wa& "I b d b t I eg your par on, su, u you are mistaken," sa s worn by farmers' boys of Eastern Pennsylvania in those 0 k tl ic qme y. g days, and they looked like rustic youths at a casual glance. Had any keen-eyed observer taken the trouble to look at them closely, however, he might have been impres s ed with / the idea that the two were not mere farmer boys. "What do you think about this matter, anyway, Dick?" asked Bob, as they walked slowly along "I'm sorry General Ho,Ye is going back to England, Bob." "You a r e ?" "Yes." Why so?" Because he was such a good-natnred, easy-going man." "'He was a bit easy-going, wasn't he?" 'Yes, and t hat was good for us, you see." "I see. You think Clinton will be more aggressi Ye?" "I fear so." "Ile has neveldone much, has he?" <'No, but of comse he has not had the opportunity." "That's right." "And now that he has the opportunity, he may try to do -something, in order to make it appear that he is a great "Yes, yes; entirely n1istaken," said Bob, gravely. "Bah. You can't deceive me. "We have no wish to do so. "You arc trying fo do so." "Oh, no; we are simp y telling the truth." "Bosh! I heard what you 11ere saying as you along." "You heard what we were saying?" remarked Dick. its "I did." :o "Then you know we are not rebels, for we did not tal anything that would indicate that such was the case iO "I say you did." "And I say we did not." The "Liberty Boy" spoke rnlrnly. and positiYeiy, ad looked the redcoat straight in lhe eyes. "You must be crazy if you think we said anything tha would indicate that we are rebels," said Bob "Yes, indeed," from Dick. "He really must be crazy Bob!" 'I think so. Hadn't we better take him in charge, an general, and impress his home government with the fact deli, er him oYer to the proper authorities?" that he should have had the command of the British army "I shouldn't wonder and it were our duty to do so." all the time." ''Well, that might be all the better for us, Dick.'' "How i s that, Bob?" "WelI, unless he r e ally has gre a t abili ty as a gen e r al, if he tries to do anything great, he will only get himself in The redcoat had stood there, :-:tari:ug from one to th vther, with eyes that \ rcrc almost starting from thei sockets H e hardl y knew what to think Either the two youths were the coolest :fellows he had eyer seen, or e lse they were crvzy. 'o he decided, and to tell the truth, a b it


===ii E L BERTI BO ONG MARCH. 1 e e1.... =-=-==-======================================== }rnM, rnr if they re1;111Y wer e c razy h e m ight get himself an( t r o u b l e in i nt e rfer ing with them. 'S; 1 1 1 the matter with you two. fellows, anyway?" rsa to exclaim, presently l01 There's n1Lhi11g tlw matter with us," replied Dick, ly. "The matter is with you. I can see he is crazy, 't you, BulJ ?" this to his comrade, who nodded his ea d, and said : "Yes, i t's plain to see. He ough! 1iot to be let run at ap ge, I'm "That's what I tL:nk, and--" fn"Oh, say, shut up, ycu 1wo !" cried 11." rrr1::it. "I'm [ll re than half inclined to think you are b'.)t i: .,,i 1 '' "What! Do you mean to say that we art! c,az y ex s iimecl Dick, fiercely. "Why, it is you who :- ,.r in thil ndition. Let's take him in custody, Bob, L (. gets M u rde r !" and although they coul d scarcel y cry o u t for l aug hi ng, the youths set o u t in pursuit, yell ing, Stop! Stop!" But the redcoat did not stop. He ran faster than ever, and soon disappeared around a corner. The youths fol lowed to the corner, and turned down. the street in pursuit, but the fugitive was away in the lead, and as they did not fry to gain on him he rnpirlly drew away from them. Presently they stopped running, and a man said to ihem, pointing after the fleeing redcoat : ''What's the matter with that fellow?" "Crazy!" replied Dick, impressively. "Crazy?" "Yes ; mad as a March hare." "Well, I thought as much," with a nod of the head. "He 1Yent past here, yelling 'Help! Murder!' and I said to mylent and hurts some one self, right away, that he must be crazy." "Hands ofl'," cried the redcoat, drawing a pistol. "l'll "Yes; we tried to take him in custody, back yonder a I oot the first man that l ays h ands on me.' wnys, but he broke loose from us and got away."

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOXG "What for?" asked one. "What's the ma tter, anyway?" from another "Are you crazy?" from the third. "No, I'm not crazy." "Then what is the matter with you?" "Why are you running like a crazy man?" "To get away from two crazy men." The three looked at the rnan wonderingly. "To get away from two crazy men?" doubtfully re marked one, with a searching look in his comrade's face. The suspicion 1rns upon him that the fellow re ally was crazy. "Yes." "Where are they?" "Then we can come up the street and meet them fa] face. I'm eager to see just what sort of looking ci they are." "And so am I," from another. "I'm in for doing it," from the third. The redcoat who had had the encounter with the ye did not look very eager, but he acquiesced, and the walked rapidly down the street, till nearly a block i Yance of the two "Liberty Boys," and then, crossing turned back and came up toward the youths, on the of the street. Soon tbey m et Dick and Bob, and came to a stop, ing the way of the youths and forcing them to come stop also. "They_ were chasing me." The youths had been engaged in conversation, an "They were?" not been keeping a very lookout, so had not no "Y:es." the redcoats, particularly until the four came to a sto1 "Then where are they now?" barred their way, and then a glance showed them tha "I have left them far behind, I guess." of the four was the fellow they had had the "Tell us about them." The youths at once jumped to the conclusion that The redcoat told his comrades the story, and they lis-were in for trouble, but they did not let on. They di tened with interest; but not one of the three would belie1e seem to be a bit worried. that the two youths were crazy. ''Hello!': exclaimed Bob, nonchalantly. "Say, : "They were too smart for you, that 's all," said one, heres that crazy fellow again." scornfully. You are right," repli e d Dick, promptly, giving the "That's right," from another. '"fhey fooled you, old <;oat a calmly critica l look. man." The redcoat flushed. and looked angry "Yes; they were no more crazy than I am," from the third. "If I really thought that--" said 1edcoat. "What would you do?" asked one. "I'c.1 go right back, hunt them up, and arrest them." Probably you couldn' t find them now." No; likely not." After some further conversation the four walked away, going toward their quarters. They had gone seYen or eight blocks, when sudden ly an exclamation escaped the lips of the r edcoat Di ck and Bob had had the encounter with. "There they are," he suddenly cried. "Who?" "Where?" "Show them to us." pointing. "See those two young fellows ?" "Yes, yes.,., "Well, those are the two fellows who tried to make out that I was crazy, and then acted like crazy men them selves." other three redcoats were all eagerness at once. one. .. rm not crazy." he cried. The youths both lau ghed in s u c h a manner as to in that they did not believe the statement. "You are not?" remarked Bob. "No." "Then all I have to say is that you act very queerly rnne man." "Oli. come no11," .said another of the redcoats, in he intended to be a severe and impressive tone. "Yo carrying this thing too far." "Carrying what thing too ?" asked Dick. "\"\hy, aLout pretending to think our comrade era \rhy. we can 't help it. H e acted like a crazy ma ire were not o blame for taking him to be one." We ha rn had enough of that kind of tal "ls that so?" coolly. "Yes. Do you know what I think?" "I'm sure that I have no idea what you think." "Well, then, I'll tell you." "Go ahead." "I think you two chaps are rebels." "Oh, you do?"


'l'HE LIBERT BOYS' LONG MARCH. n fa I do." ng Well, you are mistaken." Y uu are not r ebels?" Oh, no." Who and what are you, then?" 1e Y A couple of country boys who have come into the city to the ness the big doings that are to be gone through with 'Bah!" he You don't believe it?" No." o, b It's the truth." me 'Bosh.I' peculiar glint came into Dick's eyes. ma' 'You mean to say I lie?" he asked. no: 'Well, yes, since you put it that way," was the reply in top insolent tone. iha rack I e r fl'he youth's fist had shot out like a :flash, and had struck redcoat full between the eyes, knocking him down. ai "I don't allow any man to call me a liar," said Dick mly. the way to do it, Dick!" cried Bob, delighted. And if these other fellows try any tricks we'll give them e1dose of the same kind of medicine." ; The other three redcoflts stood there, staring in open outhed w onder. The thing had been done so qukkly as render them incapable of making a movement >r a few d/10ments. In fact, they did not make a move to do anything until fter their comrade had struggled, to his feet, and then as leaped forward to attack Dick, crying, "At the scoun rels, fellows, and pound them b death," they leaped for ard to render him such assistance as was within their wer Then ensued a very lively combat. the blows. The youths were here, there, and everywhere, moving with such rapidity and agility that no hard blows were landed on their persons, while on the other hand they landed quite a number. Crack! Smack Smash The youths' blows could be heard when they lauded, and soon the four redcoats had each been knocked down two or thre e ti mes, and were beginning to be "groggy.'' Then the "Liberty Boys" went at it with a will, and quickly finished the affair up by knocking the four down, one afte r another, and with s uch force that the men lay where they had fallen. They were dazed, knocked out, in fact." Cries of amazement escaped the lips of the spectat ors. "That beats anything I ever saw." "It is won dcrful." "Those i \\'O boys are terrors." "They are, for a fact." "I wonder who they are?" "And what was the trouble, anyway?" A big, broad-shouldered redcoat took it upon himself to make inquiries. "What was the trouble betwee n you two fellows and our comrades?" he asked. The youths shook their heads. "You'll have to ask them," said Dick. "We have n't the lea st idea why they attacked us." "They attacked you, then?" "Yes." "What had you said or done to them?" "Nothing." "N oihin$ ?" "Nothing at all." "That is something I cannot believe." "I don't care whether you believe it or not," sai d Dick. "Oh, you do!J.'t ?" There was a threatening intonation The two "Liberty Boys" were quick and active as cats, to the redcoat's voice. ere good sparrers, and were used to hand-to-band en"I do not." Then Dick turned to his companion. J!ounters, with the odds against them. The result was that "Come on, Bob. Let's be going," he said. were enabled to make the affair much more than in"All right," and they started up the street. teresting for the four redcoats. The big redcoat got in their way, however. A crowd had quickly gathered, made up of citiicns and edcoats, and the spectato rs thought that the soldiers would oon be victors, as they outnumbered the youths two to ne. But to their surprise, it did not turn out that way at 11. True, the redcoats struck out rapidly and fiercely, and ad they been able to land their blows would no doubt soon ave ended the affair in their favor ; but they could not land "Hold on," he cried. "Don't be in such a hurry." "But we have some business to attend to," said Dick. "It can wait. "No it can't." "It will have to wait." "Why so?" "Because I say so." "Oh, that's the eh?" ....


THE LIBERTY BOYS' L.ONG MARCH. "Yes; you are not going away from h ere unti l afte r m y d o w n t o a walk, and after turning several corners Ie comrades have regained their senses I wish to learn from drew breaths of r e lief. T he them what the trouble was about." "You can learn as well without us here as with us." "I know, but I think you should be detained. My opin ion is that you are rebels." "Oh, that is your opinion, is it?" "Yes." "Well, you are mistaken. Step aside and l et us pass "I could not think of doing so." T hen take that. Out shot Dick's fist. Crack! The fist struck the redcoat full between the eyes, and big as he was he went down as if shot "Now, let's get away from here in a hurry, Bob," cried Dick. The youths l e aped forward, and choosing a point where the crowd was thinnest, started to rush t h r ough There were a number of redcoats there, and they at t empted to stop the youths. The result was that a lively combat was q u ickly in prog The "Liberty Boys" realized that if t hey were capt u red now they would be dragged off to headquarters, a nd as Genera l Howe knew D ick well by sight, and had even gone to the length of offering five hundred pounds for his cap ture, it would go ha r d with the youths. Real i zing this, they fqu ght as they had never fought before, and they knocked the re\].coats right and left The fierce manner in which they fought was certainly a surprise to the redcoats, and to the citizens as well, many of whom, getting in the way, were floored for their pains. The youths fought their way through the crowd, and presently were at the outer edge They lost no time, then, in breaking through and get ting away from the vicinity. As soon as they were clear of the crowd, they dashed down the street at the top of their speed. I guess we are safe now, Dick," said Bob. "I guess so, Bob. I hope so, at a n y r ate." "I think we had better get into another pan of the d.10" "That's wl;iat I think ton "Then we'll keep right on walking, and won't sto:p T we haYe placed a mile or more betwee n u s and the of our fight with the r edc o ats." .ga They walked r apidly o nward, and a b lock or two ou ther on they came upon a scene which attr acted their tention, and made thei r blood boil with anger aid n CHAPTER III. THE LIEUTENANT'S SCllEME. d Four men all of whom were ro u gh l y dressed, looking fellows, were attacking one man. I n the the fou r were shor t, heavy clubs, and the scoundrels, ik such they evident l y were-were doing thei r best to bn the one ma n The man being attacke d was a young fellow of pe rha. h twenty three or twenty -four years, and he wore the u111 form of a British lieutenant. He was defending himself ir best he could, and was tryi n g to draw his swor d, but cou not do the ruffians raining b lows upon ht m with SU nipidity that he was forced t o keep ducking and dodgifl and throw in g his u p to ward off the b lows and pi tect his head. It happened that th i s was a narrow, unfrequented cro street, and this accounted for the fact that che four ru :finns lrnd dared attack the you,ng officer in broad dayligb "Look at that, Dick!" cried Bob. "I see it, Bob." "Let's help the young fellow out." 0 "I'm willing. I don't like men who wear that uEiform, a a rule, but I can't stand back and see four ruffians pounl A number of redcoats and not a few citizens followed one man with clubs.''. them, shouting for them to stop. "Nor I. Come along." Of course the "Liberty Boys'' paid no attention to the They rushed forward, shouting to the four to desist, auc commands to stop. as they did so they drew pistols and flourished them. They continued to run at their best speed, and this was so The men gave a startled glance in the youths' directior: much iaster than their pursuers could run that they gradua nd then, one having succeeded in felling the officer w itl[ ally drew away, and were soon out of sight around a corner a blow on the head, they took t o the i r heels and fled at t11l They kept on runn i ng for severa l blocks, and then, as top of. their speed. I ''tions att r acte d cons iderabl e attention, they slowed "ShaU we pursue them, Dick?" ..itt


'l'HE BOYS' LONG MARCH. "No, we had the young fellow our attention. j tenant led the way up a flight of stairs, and pausing in e may be badly injured." front 9f a door, again turned to Dick. They returned the pistols to their belts, and hastened to "You will find a key in my right trousers pocket," he e young officer's side. said "Kindly get it, and unlock the door for me. These He was groaning with pain, but was not senseless. The are my rooms." b low from the club had been a glancing one, and had not The youth did as requested, ancl the three entered the one any serious damage. The "Liberty Boys" assisted the injured man to a sits ing posture, and it was not long before he was all right gain, with the exception that his arms were so sore he ould scarcely lift them. room. "Now close and lock the door," said the officer. "I wish you to stay awhile if you will. I have something to say to you." ."Very well," and Dick closed and locked the door. "Now, if you two will be so kind,'' said the lieutenant, id. "I kept throwing up my arms to ward off the blows, "I would be glad if you would remove my coat, roll up nd the result is that I will be unable to use my arms for "It is from blows from the clubs of those scoundrels," he month my shirt-sleeves, and rub some liniment on my arms." "We shall be glad to do anything for you that we can," "You are lucky i.f there are no broken bones," saicl Dick. replica, and he and Bob quickly but gently removed "I don't think that any of the bones are broken." the coat and rolled up the oflicer's sleeves. "You would have had a broken head if you hadn't wardExclamations escaped their lips as their eyes fell upon d off the blows with your arms," said Bob. "You are right. Well, I am mqch obliged to you young ientlemen for frightening the scoundrels away. If you adn't done so they would have pounded me half to death, 'kely." the young man's arms. ".Just look at that," said Bob. "Isn' t that enough to make a fellow want to go out, hunt those scoundrels down, and shoot them full of holes?" "It does, for a fact," agreed Dick. "Perhaps more than half," said Dick. "l\Iy arms do look a bit bad, don't they,'' remarked the "No,1 think not," was the reply. "I fancy I under s tand lieutenant. hy the attack was made, and who instigated it, and if I m right, the intention was to simply lay me up for a week r so." "Ah, that was the scheme, eh?" 11I think so. But if you young men will accompany me my apartme nts I shall be much obliged to you. I am 'I should qay so," from Dick. And such was indeed the case. The lieutenant's \re re covered with bruises, and were black and blue the wrists to the shou lder s arms from The youths were told where they would find liniment, and getting it, they went to work. They rubbed it on the ractically helpless, and if the ruffians were to lay in wait officer's arms and then massaged it in, as gently as was j nd attack me again they would have things all their own possible, for every touch seemed to cause the lieutenant ay." "We shall be glad to accompany you," said Dick. "Thanks. It isn't very I He rose to his feet, and the three alked down the street bgether They kept a sharp lookout, but saw nothing of the n r ruffians. pain. Arter nearly an hour of this 1rnrk the yom,1g man was rnabled to mov e ]ii., "1 i ; .. i \\'I'll. ancl said that he would be able to feed himself, and undress and dress "There is something I will be unable to do, 110'.Yever, that "I guess they mBde up their minds that they had cripI had my heart on doing," he said, with a grimace. lrd you sufficiently to lay you up for a week, and have "What was it?" asked Bob. leared out for good," said Dick. "I was down on the programme to take part in the Mis-"It looks that way. Well, I am satisfied to have it so." chianza, which, as you no doubt 'know, is to be held thi s Presently he made bis way up the steys of a house on a afte rnoon." ood street, the youths accompanying him, and he said to "And what were you to do?" ick: "I was to be one of fourteen knights who are to break 1 "Kindly open the door for me. I can't lift my arms." I lances in honor of fourteen beautifu l maidens. I was one I The youth did as requested, and the three passed 1 of the seven knights of the Blended Rose, and we were rough, into a hall. Dick closed the door, and the lieucompete with seven knights of the Burning nfountain. ''..,-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' L1.. ... ,'"' MARCH. "Ah, I understand. And you cer tainly would not be able to wield a lance with those sore arms of yours." ''No, indeed; and that brings me back to what I told you on the street. I am confident I know who instigated the attack on me, and why it-was done." "Ah, yes. You did say so, I remember.'' "Yes; and I'm going to tell you all about it, too. You going to be chosen. He even went so far as to wageJ; quite a large sum with some of his comrades that he woulru be chosen, but this came to the knowledge of the officerg having the affair in charge, and they gave me the position' in place of Manville. As you may well und. erstand, he wa' wild with rage. He was not only disappointed, as he wish ed to be Miss Garland's knight, but he stood to lose a p;o.odl). have been so kind to me, and have done me such a great sum of gold, besides." favor-or rather a number of favors, that I feel it is only "I understand," said Dick, and Bob nodded. right that I should tell you all." "You may think I am prejudiced again s t :Manville,'1 "We shall be glad to have you do so, sir," said Dick, who went on the lieutenant, "but such is really not the casft bad taken quite a liking to the handsome young officer. and it is my real judgment that be is a scoundrel at hearl, do not think you are under any obligation to do When he found that I was to be the knight in place o : s6." him be was, as I have said, v&y angry, and made "As I said, I shall be glad to tell you an. And I may statement that I should not be Miss Garland's knight. Ht have a selfish reason back of it, too," with a e.mile.. "But, talked rather threateningly, but some of bis friends go, by the way, I have not told you who I am as yet.'' hold of him, and got him to hush. But this attac "True," said Dick. has been made I am rqore than satisfied that he ;mean "My name is Harold Hartwick, and I am a lieutenant in what be said, and that be hired the ruffians to attack m the British army-as you have no doubt guessed by my with the intention of crippling me up to such an exten uniform." that I could not take part in the tournament this after "And my name is Martin, and my companion's noon." name is Joe Benton," said Dick. "And he has succeeded, I fear," said Dick. "You wil "I am .glad to know your names," said the lieutenant, be unable to wield a lance." "and I trust that we will be good friends." "You are right, and that is what is worrying me." "I trust so, Lieutenant Hartwick." "Of course, Manville expected that, if you were unabl "Do you boys liv e here in Philadelphia?" to play you r part, he would be assigned to it." "No; we liv e out in the country three or four miles, but we hav e come to the city to see the ::llfischianza, as you call {t." "So l judged. \Ye ll. rm g lad you did come, for if you had not don e so you would not have been on hand to put those ruffians to flight, and they might have beaten me to death." "U that is his scheme." "Well, he has fixed things so that he is in a fair wa, to rnrreed in his scheme,'' said Bob. '"Yes-unless I ra n manage to get up a counter schem and l.ieat him at hi!O own game." There was a peculiar intonation to the lieut enant's voia as he said this that attracted the attention oi the youth "I judge th at is th e truth," with a smile and he looked at Dick in a peculiar manner, also, whic "Yes. And now to tell you my story. As you know, the aroused that youth's curiosity. British army has been in Philadelphia many months, and "You have some such counter-scheme in mind?" naturally we younger officers have looked around us, and asked selected sweethearts from among the pretty Am e rican girls The officer nodded. of the city." "I have," he replieii "That was only natural," nodded Dick. "Do you mind tellmg what it is?" "You are right. Well myself and another lieutenant "}fo. I shall have to 1:ell you, for you figure in t by the name of Manville have been rivals for the love of a Echeme very largely, Sam." beautiful maiden by the name of Garland-Miss Grace Garland, and she has been selected to be one of the four1 teen maidens in whose honor the knights are to, this afterII noon, break lances. As a matter of course, both Manville and myself were eager to be the knight who was to repre-j! t Miss Garland, and be thought for awhile that he was "I?" in surprise. Bob looked eager and excited, but said nothing. "Yes, you." "\Vhat c ould I do to assist you?" "A good deal, I think.'' "W eli, I shall be gla d to do anything I can o assi


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG MARCH. and defeat such a villiain as I believe Manville is, judg from your description of him." tio "You are, eh?" ris "Even to taking my place and playing the part of a odl ight of the Blended Rose in the Mischianza and tournaent this afternoon?" For a few moments Dick and Bob stared at the lieutenant e, silent amazement. They were so surprised that for once CHAPTER IV. DICK BECOMES .A. KNIGHT. "Will one of you open the door and see who it is and what he wants?" the lieutenant asked. Bob hastened to the door and opened it. "I am an orderly from headquarters," the newcomer ey were unable to find their voices when they wished to explained; "I wish to see Lieutenant Hartwick." e them. "Come right in, orderly,'' called out the lieutenant. The lieutenant sat there, serene and calm, and with a The man entered, and approaching the lieutenant, said: ile of satisfaction and amusement commingled on his "I have been sent here, lieutenant, by the committee in H ce. He seemed to enjoy the amazement of hi s compancharge of the affairs, to ask if you will be ready to take part go ns. "You don t mean to say that you really wish me to take m our place in the Mischianza and play the part of a knight n f the Blended Rose?" presently gasped Dick. l n "That is just What I do mean," was the calm reply. erj "But do you think I could do it?" "I think so. "But I don't know anything about the use of a lance." "Neither do I. It doesn't signify. They are wooden ances, and all that is necessary is to strike the lance of our opponent, when both will be shivered to pieces." I "But the officers in charge of the tournament will see I am not you, and will object to my taking part, rrvill they not?" "No; the knights wear half-masks, and it will be impos hiihle to detect the substitution." in the parade and tournament this The officer gave Dick and Bob a quick, meaning glance, and said: "Why should they think that I might not do so?" "Well, I think it was reported at headquarters that you had been injured, and they feared you might not be able to do your part this afternoon." "Humph. Do you know how the report reached themwho brought it to them?" "No, I do not, really." "Well, it doesn't matter. I know, already."' The lieutenant said this in a low voice, as if talking more to himself than otherwise, and the orderly said: "What is that you say, sir?" "I say for you to return to headquarters, orderly, and tell the gentlemen of the committee that I will take the "Ah, that is the way of it, is it?" part assigned to me in the parade and tournament this "Yes. I believe you will be able to take my place withafternoon." f:"\. out anyone ever knowing the difference, Sam." "Very weli, sir; and I shall tell them you were not seri!-/ "Well, I am willing to make the attempt to please you, ously injured?" lieutenant, and to aid you in spoiling the 11cheme of a -scoundrel. "Thank you. I shall not forget your kindness, my boy." "But how am I to g-ct there without it being discovered that I am not you, lieutenant?" "That is simple enough. You will dress here in my rooms, and don your mask, and tlie horse will be brought to the front door. All you will have to do will be to go down, mount and ride to the place where the tournament is to be held. No one will suspect that you are not me." "And what will you do?" "I am going to don your suit, and Joe and I will walk to the place and be spectators of it all." "Yes." "Very good. I will do so." The orderl y salute d and withdrew, and then the lieu tenant turned bi s face toward the youths, and nodding his head significantly, said: "You see? Manville either carried the news to the committee himself, or bad it done, and bis intention was to be given my place." "It look s as if are right," agreed Dick. "Yes, it's a plain case," said Bob. "So I think Well, we'll fool Lieutenant Manville, in spite of him." When luncheon time came the lieutenant ordered lune} "Very good. I am willing to do what you wish me to for three to be brought up to bis rooms, and this was do-do." and be and his two guests ate heartily, though the .,....


__ 'l'HB UBEHTY BOYS' LONG }LA.ROH. "Ye ======================================================================== had to assist the lieutenant in feeding himself to some ex tent. When the servant had remoYed the dishes and the remnant of the lunch the thr re began making their preparations. Dic k doffed his old clothing, and donned the fine costume that the lieutenant was to have woni. It fitted him to perfection, he and the offieer being just about the s ize and build, and th<'! two uttered ex of pleasure and delight. "Joie, that looks fine," said the lieutenant. "I can see, now, "hat a brave showing I would have made, but for this scheme of my good friend, Manville." Then, assisted l.Jy Dick and Bob, h e donned the suit Dick had taken off, which fitted him very well. "Well, 're're ready, now," he sa id. "All that will be nccessai'y will be for you to don your mask and go down and mount my horse, and ride to the place where the tour-. nament is to be held." "Is the horse down there now?" asked Dick "No, but he will be in half an hour; then we will start.. Or, rather, you will start; Joe and I will follow a little later. l' "Aren' t you afraid you will be seen and recognized, and the committee disco ver the impositiorf that is being prac ticed?" asked Dick. ''No; no one will be looking for a British officer togged out like thiR." "Perhaps not." "Ko; and eYerybody who knows me thinks I will be among the knights on horseback, and even if they were to get a pretty good look at my face, they would s imply think it a chance resemblance." "True, I judge you are right." They talked for half an hour, the lieutenant telling Dick all he could think of that would be likely to be of any use to him in playing his part. He told him the names of the officers of the committee, and described each particularly, and gave the youth the officer's names, so he could call them by their names, if he had to do so. At last the lieutenant said it was time for Dick to be off. "The horse is down there," he said. "Don your mask, and let us see how you look." 'l'he youth obeyed. Bob and the lieutenant looked at him and nodded their heads in' a satisfied way. a. "No one will detect the difference; eh, Joe?" the officer ." "ed, looking at Bob. "I think they will never know that it is not you, ntat tenant," replied Bob. "You are right. The half-mask disguis es L1m perfe?t And as they are not suspecting such a thing as thanan stranger will be there in my place, they will ncn'r kr "Wi "In the diff erence." "Y "I'm glad of that," said Dick. "I shall feel b ette r, n "\VJ that I know that." "L "You need have no fears whatever," said the li1 J tenant. "Be as bold as you like. You will be safe.'' "I will try to act as I think you would act, lieutenan!l'e 'That is right. Wel,l, good-by, and good luck to yolnd ti.a "Good-by, and rest assured thaat I shall do my best fill your position in a way that will not be a discredit Di you." "I am sure you will do that." f. 'rhen Dick left the room, made his way down stairs atre out of doors, and mounting a handsome horse whi c h w il being held by a lackey, he rode 0away. He was an expe O rider, and very graceful in the saddle. an

T!IE LIBERTY BOYS' LO N G MAH.CIT. Y e s I'm h e r e," r ep li e d Dick He h a d paid par ticular t entio n to the sound of the l ieutenant's voice, and he now itat e d it very s u ccessfully It would have taken an ex The othe r knights star ed i n a m azement, and watche d eagerly, they fancied there was going to be trouble. A curse escaped the lips of Manville He glared up rt ear to ihave detected the fact that it was not Lieuinto Dick's eyes, and hissed: nant Hartwick's voice, but an imitation. "If you say I had anything to do with setting the r u f" We heard you had been injured. fians on to attack you, Lieutenant Hartwick, you lie." "Indeed?" "I have not said so, as yet," remarked Dick, coolly. "Yes." "But I really do believe .that you did it, and will accept "Who was your informant?" your remai.;ks for what they are worth, and answer them"Lieutenant Manville told us that he had heard that you thus." re set upon by a party of ruffians, and pounded till you As he finished speaking Dick slapped Lieutenant Man re senpeless-isn't that right, lieutenant?" turning toville's face with the palm of his hand. It was not a baby rd a young officer who stood near, biting his mustache, ark frown on his face. Dick quickly glanced at the fellow, and sized him up. "A scoundrel, if ever there was one," he said to himtap, by any mean s but a re soun ding slap, that caused the recipient's head to whirl half around, and brought tearn to the owner's eyes The smack could have been heard half a block. f. "I have no doubt but that Hartwick's sus picions were The knights stared in open-mouthed amazement, and rect. Manville look s to be capable of doing almost awaited what was io follow with breathleBs interest and ything." eage rness. On being addressed, the young officer looked up at his There were others among the crowd of spectators who stioner, and nodded lined the street who were surprised, as well, and the per'Yes, that's true." sons in question were Lieutenant Hartwick and Bob Esta" And I suppose the ruffians who attempted to do the brook, who had just arrived upon the scene as the blow rk were the ones who informed him," remarked Dick, was delivered. ictly, making tJ1e statement more as if he 1.'llew it to be "Go od heavens,'" gasped Hartwick. "Your friend will le, than as a question. be killed murmur of surprise went up from the lips of the ights, and all turned their eyes first on Dick, in sur"I guess not," replied Bob. "Yes, be will. Manville is a fire-eater-the most dan'se, and then on Manville, as if to see what he would say gerous man inthe army, and he will never until he has do. There was that in their looks and a ctions which had blood in return for that blow d Dick that the in question was considered to l a dangerous man. "Likely he is a fire eater," thought Dick. "I must say looks the part." he lieutenant heard what Dick said, and his race flush 'rhey had no tiqie to say more just then,-as Lieutenant 1\1anville had recovered from the stupor or surprise into which the blow had thrown him, and was raging like a madman "You cowardly he cried. "Get down off that and an angry exclamation escaped his lips. He came hors e and I will cut your miserable heart out. Get down, ckly forward and faced Dick. I say 'What was that you said, Lieutenant Hartwick?" he He drew his sword flourished it, making passes at d, his voice trembling with anger, while hrs eyes fairly an imaginary foe with such dexterity as to show plainly tened with rage. that he was an expert with t he weapon. I' Didn't you hear what I said?'' asked Dick calmly. "What did I tell you?" remarked Lieutenant Hartwick. 'Yes, I heard what you said. And now., do you mean "Your friend will be murdered in cold blood." insinuate that I had anything to do with the ruffians To his surprise his companion did not seem to be alarmeking you?" 0 'Oh, I don't say so, Manville," was the calm r eply. t I must say that your taking it up so quickly makes it t h .. somew at suspicious Oh, it does, ?" showing his teeth like a sna rling do1rYes ed Bob simply smiled, and remarked, quietly. "I don't 1 h ink there is any danger, lieutenant." "Yes there is-and my are so crippled up that I cannot take your friend's place and fight Manville, as I ollght to \ do, seeing that he has gotten himself in trouble on my account."


v TJil_E LIBERTY l30Ys LO:N"G .JIARCif. "Oh, no, he hasn't gotten himself in trouble on your acpered to Dick: "Surely you are not going to :fight I count, lieutenant," replied Bob, who knew l1is comra de 1 Lieutenant Hartwick?" well, and felt sure Dick had deliberately made up his mind "Oh, yes, I am," was the reply. to teach .the villainous schemer a lesson. "I know my friend well, and he did that wholly on his own account." "YOU think SO ?" "Yes." "But I don"t understand it. Why should he wish to pick a fuss with Manville, whom he never saw before?" "He knows what kind of a fellow .Jianville is, and hates all cowards and scoundrels, and I am confident he has ma de up his mind to teach him a le sson." "But he can't do it." "You think not?" "I am sure of it. Why, Manville is a :fire-eater, a sk illed and des perate duellist, and he has never yet met his match in an encounter. He will kill your friend, if he dares offer to meet him But Bob his head and smiled. "He will do nothing of the kind," the youth said, con fidently. "If my friend meets Manville you may make up your mind to one thing, and that is that the scoundrel is going to meet his master at last." The lieutenant stared at Bob in amazement. "But you know his reputation. He will kill you, as s as you cross swords with him. It wil l be almost the sam suicide." "Ye8-on his part." Dick spoke so quietly that the other knight stared open-mouthed amazement He began to think the li tenant-as he supposed Dick to be-was crazy. Aloud Dick said, quietly: "Just lead the way around the rear of the building, Lieutenant Manville, and I follow you. \Ye will then very quickly settle our lit difficulty." "Come along!" in a tone in which there was the ring fierce satisfaction; "just follow me, if you dare, an will fix you so you will have to ha:ve some one take y place in the tournament this afternoon "Indeed!" with a light laugh. "We will see about lieutenant," and Dick leaped to the ground. The knights all did the same, and then someboys fro among the crowd present were hired with a few sih pieces to hold the horses, after which the knights follo Dick and Lieutenant :Manville down the littl e alley, ai "You speak with such confide nce that I am b eginning around into the yard at the rear of the building. to be assailed by a suspicion that you two are not what you A large crowd followed, also, and among them were B seem," he said. "You are not ordinary country youths, and Lieutenant Hartwick. The latter was excited and n afte r all." vous, and it was evident that he thought his substitute "No, we are not," with a cool smile. "And that fire-eat going to his death. ing rival of yours, yonder, is going to meet with the sur"Don' t worry about my friend," said Bob, who eaw prise of his life when my friend faces him, as he will companion was pale and worried "He will take part undoubtedly do." the parade and tournament, just as he :figured on doing." CHAPTER V A VILLAIN FOILED. In response to the :fiery lieutenant's to get down off his horse and haYe his heart cut out, Dick remarked, quietly : "You must have great confidence in him. "I have "Has he eYer fought a duel?" "Several of them." "Ah, indeed? With swords?" "Yes, with swords." "Is he a good hand with the sword?" "I have never seen his equal." "I know, but perhaps be has never been oppo" e d "Since you seem eager to shed blood, lieutenant, I shall good be only too glad to accommodate you. But we will not dare "He has fought some of the best swordsmen in the B\j fight here, will we?" "Not right here on the street," in a Inilder voice, as he again sheathed his sword. "B'ut we can go right around behind this building, here, and have it out in the rear yard. We will not be interfered with, I am confident." 1'he other knights were evidently amazed, and one whis ish army. "Is that t111e, really?" "It is." "Well, I'm glad to hear it. But it seems very e.tran ge me. Who is your friend, anyway?" Bob smiled, and looked mysterious. I 'l


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOXG }!ARCH. 'I don't think I bad better tell," be replied. /'Yo u may trust me implicitly, Joe." he lieutenant's tone was eager. It was evident that r curiosity was greatly excit.ed. ut the youth again shook his head. 'It will be best for me to keep the secret," he said. "l "l hope so." "I am sure of it. Ah, watch, now, they are about ready to begin." Indeed, this was the case. The two opponents were fac ing each other, sword in hand, and were only awaiting the word to begin hostilities. Dick had been lent a sword by a y tell JOU later on, however; or perhaps my friend will young officer in the crowd, and now faced Ma:gville, weapon you when this affair is ov:r." in hand. 0 y this time the combatants-to-be were in the back "Had JOU not better take off the mask?" Dick's second d, surrounded by a great crowd, and it was plain that mquired. "It may interfere with your eyesight in some re "lrould soon be an exciting battle to watch. 'I suppose this affair will be done in regular style?" re rked Dick. manner." Uf eoune Dick did not wish to do this To r emove th e mask would be to disclose the fact that he was not Lieuten'Ob, yes; I have a friend here, who will act as my sec-ant Hartwick, but some stranger masquerading as the Lieu and you have among the knights of the Blendtenant, and it would cause a sensation and spoil everything. ose." So he s imply shook his head, and said: I \rill act fo1; you, Lieutenant Hartwick," said one of I will leave the mask on. There is no necessity for knights, stepping Of course Dick did not removing it." w him, but did not let on, simply remarking: "It rnight get loose and interfere with your eyesight at a Thank you. I shall be glad to have you act for me." criliCal moment," insisted the second I can't help feeling that I ought to be there in But Dick shook his head. r friend's place," whispered the lieutenant. "It doesn't right that he should imperil his life in my cause." 'You tell me Manville is a skilled swordsman as well as experienced and desperate duelist." 'So he is." 'Then you would lose your life if opposed to him." 'Perhaps not. Fortune might favor me." 'Fortune 11sually fayors the more skillful and experi-ed man, and you would undoubtedly fall." .. I h;:n-e no fears of such a happening," he said. "If the lieutenant is ready I am." "The lieutenant is desirous of concealing the pallor of his fac:e from the gaze of the spectators," sneered Man ville "So you think that is my reason for leaving the mask on, do you?" remarked Dick coolly. "Yes." 'Perhaps so. But that would be better than that a man "Well, you are mistaken. I don't see who would pal e uld lose his life for me, in a cause.which is not his own, through fear of a m;m who is such a coward and scoundrel too, while doing me a great favor." as to hire ruffians to set upon an enemy and beat him to 'He will not fall, or lose his life," said Bob, confidently. death, as you did." 'l hope not; but I have fears." "\Yh::ifs that. You dare apply th' e epithets of coward 'Then dismiss them. :My friend is going to teach your my a much-needed lesson." 'I wish I could have as much confidence as you seem to e." 'You would haye if you knew my friend as well as I ow him." "\Yell, it will be a great thing for many of the younger cers of the British army if Manville is taught a severe on. He is an arrogant, overbearing fellow, always pickquarrels and causing trouble, and half the officers are aid to say their souls are their own when they are und where he is." A lesson will do good, and he is in a fair way uet it." and sconndrel to me?" hissed Manville, his sinister face looking like that of a demon as he glared at his opponent. "You heard what I said, did you not?" was the calm reply. "I did, and your life shall pay the forfeit for those words," hissed Manville. "Perhap,_s, perhaps not," was the cool reply. The s upposed lieutenant did not to be at all fright e ned, and this was considered remarkable by the spectators who knew Manville and his reputation as a desperate and dangerous duelist. They had never thought Hartwick a coward, but neither had they given him credit for pos sessing such cool and indomnitable courage in the face oi what seemed like certain death. They could


-THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG MARCH. stand it, but their respect for Hartwick rose several de"Yes, indeed," said Bob, quietly. "But Manville 1 grees. careless. You will see some great work, presently." r "Your friend is certainly acting in a way to reflect credit To the surprise of all the spectators, Diek had ste p ie upon me," whispered Hartwick. "I hope and pray that back, and stood waiting for his opponent to regain he will be able to come through the encounter safely." weapon. "I am confident that he will do so, lieutenant-ah! they "You had better run me through," said l\'1anville, tr are at it. Now watch them. And keep your eye on your substitute, and you will see some of the prettiest sword.Play that ever you saw." Bob ha

'l'HE LIBEHTY BOYS' LONG MARCH. t was that Dick soon had Manville wholly at his "Oh, no," was the reply. "He is worth a dozen dead cy. He could have run the fellow through, and dismen yet." d of him for good and all, and this was plainly appa"So I thought." t to all, but he 1iad no wish to take the fellow's life, merely to give him a severe wound and lesson, and put end to his bullying and killing of brother officers in ls. "It-isnt-your-fault-though," s11id the wound ed man painfully. "That is where you are mistaken," was the quiet reply. "It is through my clemency that you are alive at this mo-Tith this idea in Dick seized upon a favorable op-ment. I c-0uld have run you through in a vital part as well unity, and gave Manville a severe wound in the right as where I did, but my intention was to teach you a lesson, dcr. rather than to kill you; and I hope you will bear this in s the sword entered his body Manville dropped hi8 mind in future, and ;efrai.n from seeking quarrels with I pon and sank to the ground with 'a groan, and a gasping your brother officers." of pain. Your friend is a wonderful }"Olmg man," said Lieunt Hartwick, in an eager, excited whisper to Bob. "l glad he got through that affair safely, and admini!;\tered vcre lesson to Manville." "I don't believe you!" said the wounded man. \\'by, anyone could see that he could have killed you if he had wished to do so," said one of the knights. "Yes, inde ed," said the surgeon ''I saw the whole af' fair, and know that Lieutenant Hartwick could have fi'n. I knew he would do it," said Bob, qu ietly. "That ished you for good and all had he so desired, lieutenant. nd of mine is one of the most wonderful fellows you But don't talk any more." saw, and that is the truth." I can well believe it, now," was the enthus iasti c reply. CHAPTER YI. DICK 'YINS. he fall of Lieutenant l.Ianville was the signal fo r nu u s exclamations of ,fonder and amazement. ie majority of those present were aware of the fact the wounded man had long been a terror to his brothArrangements were made, and the wounded man taken to his quarters, after which the crowd again returned to the street. Dick's fellow knights were anxious to do hi.m honor, anJ e:row

7t 16 THE LI.BEHT'l BOYS' LONG MARCH. Two by two the knights rode out, and dashed at each caped b eing unseated. As it was he reeled, and rega -0ther like mad, and again and again the wooden lances his seat only with difficulty. were shivered to bits against the wooden shields. The So now Dick went forth to the combat, determine game was that whichever side broke the most lances fc:ir strike his opponent's shield full in the center, if posi thefr opponents, or unhorsed the most men, would be deand to hold the lance so strongly and so steady as to dared winner, and up to the time when Dick was to horse his opponent, if such a thing was possible. go forth and do mimic battle, the number of broken lances Soon the opponents were in position, and at the was exactly even on both sides, and no one had been unof the bugle-note, which was the signal for them ti horsed. to work, they urged their horses forward on the gall As Dick and his opponent were the last two knights who Dick h e ld his lance under his arm, and was grasp' would do battle their encounter looked for ,/ith great 1rith a grip of iron. His eyes were on the shield o'. interest. It was hoped that it would d e cide the contest, c oming knight, and he was ready to put his plan int -0ne way or the other, as a tie would be undesirable. e;ution. The knights of the Blended Rose had great faith that the Thousands watched the scene in breathless exciteme Among those who were greatly interested \\' ere the supposed Lieutenant Hartwic k would be victorious. HiB Li eutenant Hartwick and Bob Estabrook. triumph over Lieutenant Manville in the duel with swords had c au s ed him to rise greatly in their e s timation, and they felt that this was his day to triumph. A s may be supposed, the lieutenant hop e d his subst 1rould win. "If your friend should win ir will make a great da, "Now, \Tin from yonder knight a s you won from :Man-m e h e s aid 11ith a smile. "I shall h e nceforth be the ville, lieutenant," s aid one of the knights. ""\Ye must def eat the knights of the Burning }\fountain, and our hopes a f the army." are in you." "Well," said Bob, "this is a new busine s s for him I am confident he will give a good account of hint "J'll do the bes t I can," was the quiet reply. I H e is a splendid horseman, and that will be a help in. "Good. That's the way to talk, and we are s ure that y our affair." best will be more t han good enough to carry off the victory for our side. "I am not s o sure about that," was the mode .st reply. "But I will win if I can." "So it will, and he knows as much of the use of the l as his opponent knows, for none of us have practiced ] the weapon. We decided that it would be fair for all i did not practice, but wen{ into the affair green as tel Now, of course Dick had never had an)' experi e n c e in this use of the lance." kind of fighting. It was entirely new to him. But he was that would be fair for all." such an expert rider, and had been in battles on horse"Yes. Ah, now they are going for each other .1 v l back so often that he believed he would feel quite at home. your eyes on them!" j I Of course the lance would have to be handled differently Straight. toward each other the horses ridden b) from the way a sword was handled, but the youth had read knights went, and just before coming together, .a great deal, and had read many s torie s of tournaments bes werved to the left. tween knights in the olden times, and, moreover, he had This enabled the to bring their lances been u sing his eyes while the tournament was in progress, and they did so promptly. J, and had taken particular note of the movements of the Dick haa a sure and quick eye, and he succeeded in 1J combatants that had preceded him. He had taken note of ing the point of his lance squarely in the center o the work that had proved disastrous, and of that which opponent's shield. More, he was holding lanceii had been successful, and he believed he understood what a grip of steel, and when the shock came the lana should be done and what not. One of the knights of the not give back or glance off; it held firm, and the resui Blended Rose had come within an ace of unseating his that the knight of the Burning Mountain was hurleEtJ opponent, and Dick had seen what sort of a blow from the of his saddle and to the ground with a thud. lance had brought this about. The point of the lance had He bad been unhorsed in the most skillful mannem struck the other knight's shield right in the center, and ir a great cheer went up from the thousands of spect: ewas only because the knight of the Blended Rose had not the majority of whom were impartial, and did no\vE his lance steady enough that the other fellow had esJ which side won.


THE LIBERTY LONG MARCH. 'rhe soldiers who were adherents of the knights of the "Oh, you are prejudiced, and would not be willing Burning Mountain looked down their noses, however; they admit the truth, of cour se," with a grin. "My sweethea were sadly disappointed, for they had hoped to win the i s sister of my friend, yonder." tournament. On the other hand, the knight s of th e Blended Rose and heir adherents were delighted, and yened and cheer ed like mad. "J o,e, but that friend of yours has done great work to ay," exclaimed Lieutenant Hartwick. "He has made me be most famous officer in the British army." "It has been great sport for him," said Bob. 'He de ights all kinds of contests." "Well, he is a wonder, and I am his friend for life. Y<;m ee, Joe, I really love the young lady .Miss Garland, and hink, placed him out of the race for the young lady's iand; and his winning the tournam ent for the knights of he Blended Rose will make me stand high in the regards "Ah, is that so?" with an air of interest. "Yes." "\\'eil, all I lia1e to sa.1 is, that if she is as sweet an : ,e,rntiful as he is brn1e, she a ll that you say.'' "\rell, is, and more so." \.; ,.:f)on as Dick could bring his horse to a stop, afte unhorsing his opponent, he l eaped to the ground and ra to 1rhere the kuight of the Burning Mountain lay, an tho6e 1Yho had already gat hered around the falle rnan, if he. 1ras hurt. "2\ o, l think not, r e plied one of the opposing knights injured I am sure.'' "l am glad of that. I should be very sorry if he wer badly hurt." f the maiden, I am sure, as girls like athletic and brave "Oh, well, it 11oulr1 not be anything to your discredit. H nd skilful men, and this will place me at the top in her took his and if the fortunes of war were against stimation." him, he himself 1rnul

;,r == 3 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG MARCH. Of course it was expected that he 1rnuld point her out-it rns imperative, in fact, that be should do so, but how was e to do it when he did not know which one was her? The brave "Liberty Boy" was in a quandary. UHAPTER Yll. THE LlEUTEKAXT IS GRATE:l<'UL But help was at hand. 1 Then,, lance in hand, he rode forward. He rode up 1 and whirling his horse, rode down along the of pretty maidens. He passed clear along, and seemed to, looking carefully in their faces, and when he reached \ end of the row, he brought his horse to a stop, whirled, a rode bnck till he ca;ne in front of the third maiden in t row. Here he paused, and lifting his hat, bowed low ( ward the girl. Then he returned the hat to his head, m pointed his lance straight at the blushing maiden. "Here i s the lady of my choice," he cried in a clea ringing YOice. "It is my desire tlrnt she b e my queen, a rny partner at the ball to-night." Lieutenant Hartwick was a bright fellow, and the Then loud cheers went up, and calls for the young m. had come to him of the quandary his substitute to remove his mask were made, but he s hook his head. would be in, and he said to Bob: .. .:\ o, 1 will 11ot rcmoYc my mask," he called out. '' s a ":f OYC, he must p0int out Miss Garland, or there will. b efore leaving my rooms, that I would keep the mask be a sensation, and it will probably be discovered that he Gntil the tournament was ended and I had returned to 1 is some one e lse, and not the person he is supposed to be. quarters. This in order that I may not be accused of Ya Will you slip over and tell him which one of the young ity. So, with your kind permission, I will now return ladi es is Miss Garland?" "Yes; which is the one?" '"l'he third one from this end of the row." ''All right. I'll give him the information." my rooms, and to-night you will see me at the ball." There were more cheers, and then Dick again bo"lled the maiden, and said: "Farewell, my queen-until to-night." "Farewell, Sir Knight, and-my king," replied t before the crowd around him had dispersed, as he would not 1 maiden her voice t:remblinO' and then Diel rode away f 0' \. Bob hastened forward, for he wished to reach Dick's side attract so much attention. lowed by the cheers of thousands. He was soon close beside Dick, and in a low yoice, and speaking almost in Dick's ear, said: "Miss Garland is the third one from this end of the :row." "Herc, who are you, and what are you doing in here?" cried one of the knights, seizing Bob by the and giving him a jerk "I-I-jes' wanted ter see whut wuz goin' on, mister," stammered Bob, as if greatly frightened. "Don' hurt me, 'i'i1ister." "Well, get away from here, then, you country booby!" "All right. I'll git enrny frum heer," and Bob has tened back to where the was standing. "Did you get to tell him?" asked the lieutenant, anx iously. "Yes." "I was afraid you had been seized before you had a chance to s peak to your friend." "No, I told him, and he will point out Miss Garland.'' "Good.'' Having received the information he was desirous of re' l ewing, Dick felt immensely relieved, and proceeded to ., 1 his horse. "Now, let u1:1 hurry back to my room s," said Lieutena Hartwick. He and Bob set out, and reached the lieutenant's qu ters soon after Dick got there. ":Mr. Martin, I am your friend for life!" cried the lie tenant, seizing Dick's hand and shaking it energetically t he could, his sore arms making it painful for him to anything of the kind. "I thank you, earnestly and sf cerely, for \Yhc1t you have .this day done for me." "That is ail right," smiled DiC'k. "Don't mention it. i; 2. have enjoyed myself hugely,'' h aw ell, you have performed some wonderful feats, I mi ,, say." 0 h nothing so Yery wonderful, I judge." "Yes, yrs 'J.'he defeat of Manville was a wonderful ff> for he is a fine swordsman, and was feared by more tfV< half the officer s in the army." 8 "I guess they won t fear him after to-dar.'' 1 "X I think not. This will take a lot of t he conceit aI ] bravado out of him." y< e "Yes; and his sword arm will never be what it was befc 'c he received t.he wound I ga\e him. His arm will botJi


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG more or less, ancl he can never again pose as a master matter You owe us nothing We have enjoyed ourselves l ihe sword greatly to-day, and we will call it even." I am glad to hear it." "Tell me who and what you really are," pleaded the 'Ile deserved what he got," said Bob. lieutenant. ''I am greatly interested, and, too, I am your: 'I think so," said Dick. ''l did not like his looks from friend for life. I give you my word of honor that what mo:nent I laid eyes on him, and was rather glad when you tell me shall be held imiolate Even if you were to ame about that we clashed together tell me you were two of the rankest rebels in the country, it 'He intended to kill you, thinking you were me, and would be all right, and I would risk my life to protect n take your place in the parade and tournament," sa1cl you, and keep you from being discovered by the British li eutenant. Yes, l 'saw through it all," said Dick. "And I was e than willing to accommodate him, as I haYe no use men who will try to put another out of the way by hirYou may trust me fully." ''Why not tell him, old man?" asked Bob, with a grin. "It would do no good, Bob," was the reply. "Yes it would; it will do me a great deal of good to know ruflians to beat him to death, as he did in your case." to whom it is that I owe so much," said the lieutenant. Well, bis plans all turned out for his own discern-''And it can not by any possibility do any harm. I g uar e," s&icl Hartwick, with an air of satisfaction. 'Inan tee that. 1 you were two rebel generals, I would fight to d of getting me out of the way, and having a clear the cleaih to protect you, or do anything to assist you in for the winning of Miss Garland, he has himself been making your escape, if you were in danger from the Briten out of the way, l eaving the field c l ear for me." ish." rves him right," said Bob. ''I believe you have become imbued with the belief that can never thank you suffic i ently, Mr. Martin," said we are 'rebels,' as you call them," sa id Dick, smiling. lieutenant. "You have not only made me almost sure urning the young lady, but you have given me a won-u1 reputation among my comrades, and I will be the I of the army." is all right," smiled Dick. "You are welcome to hat I did, for I got more than enough sport and pleasut of it all to pay me for the trouble I und e rwent." ut you ri sked your life," protested the lieutcna11t. hat is something that occurs so frequently as to make The young officer nodded "You are right," he acknowledged. "I am confident that you are rebels." \ "He's a pretty good guesser, eh, old man?" laughed Bob, addressing Dick. The yout h nodded and smiled. "Yes, you are a pretty good guesser, lieu tenant," he sa id. ''But I'll wager you can't guess who we are,'' grinned Bob. The lieutenant started, and looked first at Bob and then onsider it unworthy of being considered," 1:imiled Dick. at Dick in a most manner. He had long since he li eutenant looked at the youths wonderingly and made up his mind that the two were no ordinary youths. The feats performed by the handsome youth who had im hardly know what to think of you two fellows," he personated him in the parade and tournament had proved presently. "One thing I do know, however, and that this most conclusi\ 'e ly. He wondered who the ko could be, iringly. at you arc not the simple country youths you professed and of a sudden a startling thought came to him. Could it be possible that the youths were two of the fa e "Liberty Boys" smiled. mous "Liberty Boys,'' whose deeds during the past winter N'ell, it doesn't matter who and what we are," said and spring had made th em the most-talked-of of any mem bers of the patriot army? Could it be possible that one of ut I am greatly interested," the lieutenant insisted. the two might be the famous scout and spy, Dick Slater? ould like to h.Jlow who the persons really are that I "Say," he said eag rly, "I'll wager a month's pay that so much to. You will go away, and the chances are yon two young fellO\r:.: arc members of the famous company I may never see you again. I will remember you as of 'Liberty ,\.m I and Joe Benton, but I am confident those are "Yes, you right." said Dick. our names, and I am equally confident you are not "And can it be possible that you are the famous scout cr's boy

THE .uIBERTY BOl'S' LOXG :JIARCH. 3 =============================================..:.=--=:==::__::_:=======================:::::! I "Well, at any rate, my name is Dick Slater," he anin Philadelphia where my sweetheart is, and that is"" swered. "Good. I'm glad to know .you, Dick Slater. And your l friend, here. Who is he?" "I am Bob Estabrook," said Bob. "You may lrnYe heard of me, though I haven't played quite so many smooth tricks wish to do." "Yes, that will be quite pleasant." "It will, indeed." "And you say the British army is to be withdrawn I Philad elphia, lieutenant?" asked Dick. on the enemy as Dick has." "Yes ; so I heard from reliable sources this morni "Oh, yes, I've heard of you," said the lieutenant, "and "Good. General Washington must know of this a I am more than delighted to make the acquaintance of two earliest possible moment-that is, if you do not obje. such famous men." r my using the information you have given me, lieutern "Well, we are glad to know that there are at least a few said Dick. real men among the British," said Dick. "It does us good to meet a man like you, lieutenant." "I hare no objections, whatever." "All right. Then I shall lea Ye the city just as soon "Hush, or you will make me min," said the young officer, is dark, and will carry the news to the patriot commar blushing. in-chief." "I guess there is no danger of that." The lieutenant now entered into eager aml enthusiastic conversation with the youths. He seemed to be greatly "Very well. You must stay and take supper with ( ''\Ye shall be glad to do that." "I wish you could attend the ball to-night" plea sed on account of their having confidence enough in "That would be an impossibility," said Dick, even 1 him to tell who they were, and in return he told them that did not hare anything of importance to do, and it is a he had more than half made up his mind that if :Jiiss Garbusiness before pleasure with us." land would accept him he would leare the British army, "That is right, too." join the patriot army, fight for till the war I At this instant the trampling of many feet was hea ended, and then settle down and remam .rn Amenca perthe ball, and there came a loud knock on the door. manently. "I like this country immen sely," he said in conclusion, "and I have often been bothered with doubts regarding the justness of King George's position in trying to make the people of America pay tribute to him, and help support him in idleness and luxury." "You tbe making of a good freeman in you," said Dick, "and I hope you will obey the impulse that has come CHAPTER VIII. Ltickily the lieutenant and Dick bad been putting in to you, and do what you say you have th011ght of doing." time they were engaged in conversation in changing "I am going to ask Miss Garland to be my wife this very clothes, and when the knock came on the door Dick evening," said the lieutenant, "and if her reply is favorclothed in his own rough suit, while the lieutenant ha able, then I shall desert from the British army and join sumed his uniform. the patriot army." "What do you think?" asked Dick in a whisper. "O "Won't that be a very dangerous thing to do?" asked Bob and 1 to be seen?" Bob. "I think it will not be advisable," was the reply. I "No, I don't think so." "YOU do.n't ?" "No. You see, I have heard that General Clinton is going to withdraw the British army from Philadelphia right away, and I will pretend that I am not feeling well enough to accompany the army, and will remain behind. Then all I will have to do will be to not rejoin the British army." "That will be a safe way of dong it," said Dick. r ," and a pleasant way. I will simply remain here I an idea the callers are my comrades, the knights o Blended Rose, and they have come to talk the matter o victory over with me, and congratulate me." "Is there another room in which we can conceal selves till your friends go?" "Yes; go in that room, yonder," pointing. "Xo one enter there, and you will be safe." The youths .did as told, mt>ving very quietly, and as as they had diflo1ppeared, the lieutenant went and op the door


1 e ha d surmi s ed, it was his comr ades and they had 1 boy is a t supp e r J u st ste p into m y office, and I w ill gv tal k of their victory over the knights of the Burnand bridle and saddle your horses my s elf .; un ta in and congratulate the lieutenant on his good T h e you ths st e pped into the offic e and took seats, and tire man c losed the d oor, and wen t back to do the work-at were six of them, and they starte d in to shake the l eas t so the youths s upposed nfs hand Qt he winced and t o ld them to be c are-n h e told th e m about h aving been set upon a n d struck a rms by club s i n t h e ha n ds of ruffians, and showed his arm s which were black and blu e youn g officers uttered excl a mations of amazement, ked how i n th e w o rld be had managed to handle his in the d u e l w it h :Jianville, a n d t h e lance in th e ment id i t o n my n e rv e,'' was the reply. I was c onfid e nt a nviJle had hired the ruffians to attack me, with the f havin g me b e aten s o bad l y that r would be unable e p art in th e tournament, and I was det e rmined to him, a n d s poil his p lans, i f I died of pai n while it." avo You are all right, Hartwick!" cri e d one of the admirin g l y other s s aid t h e same, and m a n y were the e xclarna of amazeme n t that they gave utterance to a s th e y at th e li e u te n ant' s arms ing th e m s o s everely i n the due l and tournament has them mu c h more stiff and sor e tha n they already He was gon e so l o ng, however, t hat t hey began to be sne-p1c10us .Wha t makes hi m s o long?" asked B ob. "1 d on't k now, Bob." ''I c o uld have bridled and saddle d a dozen horses i n t h e ti me he has b een gon e S o could I. Lefs s t e p o ut a n d inquir e into the matter." "All right/' They and tri e d t h e door, only to find it faste n ed! They w ere prisone r s in the office. For some reason the stablema n ha d faste n e d t h e door m akin g them prison e r s and t h ere coul d be o nl y on e solu tion of the affa i r. H e s usp ecte d the m of b e ing patr i o ts. \Yhat i n b l a zes does it mea n, Dick? "It means trouble for us, I guess, Bob." "I j ud ge you are right about that." "yes, there is no a o ubt r e gar di n g i t 'What s h a ll we do?" "Bre a k out." "But I fear that i s easie r s ai d than done This door i s the li e u tenant sai d "and I d o n t know wh et h er or strong one." ill be able to d ance at the ball; but I will try to ''So it is. And the r e is n o windo w young men r e m ain e d pe r ha p s a n an d the n eir d e par ture. oon a s t hey wer e gone D i ck and Bob came forth hei r pla c e o f c on cealme nt. you h ear me braggin g of m y ach ievem e nts?" asked utenant, w i t h a s mil e s, but that was a ll right," r e p lied Dick. "You have that w ay, to carry the decep ti on out, ancl. I am g l ad ti are e n ablPd t o make use of the things I did, and e b e n efit from them." n s upp e r time came the l ieutenant had the m e al in hi s room, a nd t h e t hree p arto o k of the food with The two "Libe r ty B oys" re m ained till dark and d e t h e lieu te n a n t good-bye and took their d e parture wen t to the livery sta ble where they had left their tha t m orning, a nd a s ke d that the animal s be broug'ht y w e ll I'll atte nd t o it," s aid the ma n "My sta b l e "No, and-hear th e tram p li n g of fee t out ther e D ick?" "Yes "The st ablema n has gone and bro u ght in som e r edco ats, I'll wager. "Likely en o u gh." "Grea t gun s If we had o nl y f o u nd out we wer e prisoners soon er w e might have brok en out and got away be fore they got here." "Yes, but n o w it i s too la t e." "Yes, it's too l ate. But what is to be done?" Jus t th e n they h eard a fumbling at the doo r a n d whis p e r e d t o Bob : "We mu s t keep t hem ou t "Ho w'll we d o it?" Dic k glanced aro und. The r e was a stout p iece of an old wagon-ton gue stan d i ng i n one c orn e r He seiz e d it, and plac e d i t agai n s t the door as a brace. As the door ope n ed inward t his woul d 'Preve n t tho s e on the o utsid e fro m pus h ing the door o p e n. ,.,.


'rHE LIBERTY BOYS LONG M:A.KCH. i-J============-======== ==================== ========;::::::==:=========:::::===========================I The you ths w or ked rap idl y and soon bad the brace :fixed "A lot of good." so it could not be shaken loose, and then they felt better. "You wil l have to come out sooner or l ater, and "We can't get out," whispered Dick, "but neither can might as well come out at once." they get in. "We'll wait awhile, at any rate." Just then some one pushed against the door, and on :find"'rhe longer you wait, and the more trouble you c a iug it would not open the person gave utterance to an ex-the worse it will l)e for you." -clama tion of amazement, followed by a curse of rage "The blamed rebels have fastened the door shut," the youths heard the voice of the stableman say. "'rhey have fastened the door?" in anoth e r voice. "yes." "Then we will have to burst the door down." "We can't do that." This was said in a low voice, and ,was not intend e d for the youths' ears, but the:y heard it. "Why can't we?" "Because the door is too stout." "Then we must try to get them to open the door." "You can try it, but I don't think you'll succeed." "You don't?" "No." "Who are you, anyway?" "We are soldiers of the king." "What do you want with us?" "We want to make prisoners of you "Why?". "Because you are rebels." "You are mis taken." "You say we arc?" "Yes." "You deny being rebels?" "We do." "Who and what are you, then?" "We 'are country boys." "Indeed?" There was a sneer in the man's tones. "Why not?" "Yes." 1 Because, I don't think they are the kind of fellows whn I will do to but it won't do to believe".' will do anything to help an enemy get at them." I It is the truth JUSt the same, and the bes t th "Well, we will try, and see what we can uo ., can do is to go away and let us go our way in peace." I 'l'hen the youths heard a loud Oice call out: "We couldn't think of doing that. When we go Hello, you two in there." 1 "Hello, yourself," replied Dick. ""'Open the door." HWbat for?" "What for?" "Yes from here you will ac(!ompany us." "I have my doubts regarding that. "Bah! You cannot escape us." "Neither can you get at us." "Sooner or later we will do so." "That remains be seen." Why, your horses are ready for you." Oh, are they?" There was sarcasm in Dick's tones. "Yes." There was no reply, and the youths could hear mur4?f voices The redcoats and the stableman. wen ing the situation over. ''Glad to hear it. Just tie them and go off about your husiness. We are not quite ready to start yet." "You can't fool those fellows," the youths heard the stableman say. "They're too smart to be taken in." "They werent so smart but that you were enabled to fool them." The youths proceeded to do the same. "It looks as if we are in for it, Dick," said Bob r'Yes, so it does." "Is there no chance for escape?" "It doesn't look like ll The youths looked around them, at the four wall s u: "But that was differ ent. They were not looking for any little office. J. :tr ick to be played upon them then." There was no window. The only way of leaving fa "Open the door and come out," again called the loud voice. "We are friends." "You rnight as well save your breath," replied Dick. "'You can't deceive us." "Come out, you fools." "We'd be fools if we did." "What good will it do you to stay in there?" seemed to be by way of the door, and this, of course out of the question What should they do? What could they do? It seemed as if they could do nothing at all. In looking around, Bob happened to look up at th\ ing, and a low exclamation of excit ement escaped h.J "What is it, Bob?'' asked Dick in a whisper. t e


THE LIB t:H.TY BOYS' LONG :JIARCH. 23 uth poin ted up at the ceiling made of loose board s laid across the s l eepers," he "If we can get up to them I believe it will be matter to push the boards a s ide, and get up int o .And if we can do that I beli ev e we can make our ar e right," agreed Dic k. "And the re i s a des k an stand on uth proceed e d to g e t up on the desk, and h e round eas il y r e a ch the b o ards o f which the cei ling rised. ted one o r t w o o f the board s and found they were CHAPTER IX. THE ESCAPE The yout hs did n ot like go away an d i.heir hor ses. E ven i f they escaped from the stable they wo11td stil] be unabl e to mor e than get o u t of t he ci t y Yet it w as u ecessary that they should return to F or ge a s qu ickly as possible, in (Jl cler to car ry the j n :forma tlon to Gene ra l W ashing t on of the fact that the British were g o i n g to crncuate Philadelp11ia ed. dd d hi h d h So Hwy decided to dimb Jown the lac1Jer, and make tht ked down at B o b and no e s e a a:; muc a s ,, a t t empt Lo get Lhcir oui of the stalile ;re c a n g e t out this way. It was not Lhlrk, but was da r k enoug!rto :favor them e c a u tio u s ly push e d t he board s t o o n e si de, a n d to som e extent, a11cl lrnle t hen movem ents, and they s111.:made an opening larg e enough for the pa ssage o f ceede d in getting c101rn lo the groundn oor witlwut being: ody. discov ered en a Y oice c am e from t h e outside : o u fellows goin g to o p e n the d oor and surrender?" The n they mad e a n investigation, and learned 1ha-t .there w e r e e i ght r e dcoa ts and the sta L1"'1rnrn up at the end. ues ti o n asked of the s t able. e ar e no t rep li e d B o b fro m po sition nea r "We i r ill r isk it," whis p ered Dick. "We wj]] brid l e an

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG l\f.AROH. ca m e the whip-like crack of several pistol-shots, and two or the last moment, just when they thought they were t hree bullets whistled past the daring youths. all danger. "That was pretty close," said Bob. Halt! Who comes there?" was the challenge. "Ye s but a miss i s as good as a mile Bob." -"So it is." The redcoats rushed out of the stable, yell i n g like wild "Friends," replied Dick: "AdYarice, friends, and give the countersign." The youths rode forward, and when they were 1mm and they fired some more shots, bu t the fugi t ives were up to the sentinel they saw he had his musket leveled. now ou t o. range. m oon was just coming up, and made everything To sa y that the redcoats were angry a n d tliogu:>'t ed i s statlight: fog t h e matter mildly. "Stop!" the sentinel cried threateningly. "Don' They raved, and some of th e m s w o r e l i k e troope r s-the a ny farther until you have given the countersign." t.wo who had been knocked down and run ore r lJy the hor ses The youths brought their h orses to a standsti 'being foremost in this work. Dick l e aped to th e ground, and advanced toward t ''How in the world did t h e s coundr e ll y r e b e l s escape tinel. horn the office?" asked the lead e r of th e p a rty. "I have a not e here for you," he said. "It is "It i s haxd to say," replied the stable man, scratching his commander-in-chief." Ji.ead. ".A note for me?" in surprise. There must door." '"N o there i s n t, and I can t think how they got out. Hold 1 m I'll wager I have it. Just wait h e re a fe w moment s." The stableman bastenad back to the ladder which led to "Yes." "What is it about?" "I don't know." "You will have to read it yourself," said Bob. lie h ay-loft, and a s cendin g this, he made hi s way to the Dick had drawn a folded piece of paper from his ,point that would be the ceiling of the office. 1 a nd he extended it toward the senfinel. A s he had suspected he found the boards p ushe d a s id e Th ldi 1 d b" k t t h f th e so er owere is mus e o reac or e sod a hole large enough for the passage o f a human body. d "th th 1 f th D. k hi a n w1 e eap o a pan er ic was upon "That's the way they got out," he mutte r ed. "I don't .see w h y I didn't think of it s ooner. I might have known .Jer, and the re s ult was that the sentinel was knocke tl:iey would' be able to get out this way." Ue was not badl y hurt, however, and started to sc He let himself down through th e hole onto the top of the his feet. But Dick drew a pis tol caught hold of t desk, leaped to the floor, and took the b r ace fro m again s t z le of the weap o n and struck the r e dcoat over th the door. Then he opened the door, and ste pp e d out. The "Liberty B oy" struck out straight from the The sentinel s ank to the ground sen s ele ss, and .., Ah, you found how they got out of the office? e x on his horse, Di c k said: c la imed the leader of the redcoats. "-Ye & Th.ey climbed throu g h th e hole the re in the ceiling. The y some board s to one side, a s you will see." 'The r e d c oats looked and saw the stableman had spoken truly. Well, they were too smart for u s," he said, in a tone

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG 2a occupied by the commander-in-chief, and knocked on r. me in," called out a voice which Dick recognized as that of General Washington himself. youth opened the door and entered. Then he closed r, and stepped from the hall into the room occupied commander-in-chief, the door being open. it's you, is it, Dick?" the great man exclaimed. "I d to see you. What is the news?" have great news for you, sir. The British are going cuate Philacelphia." e great man uttered an exclamation. that indeed true, Dick?" he asked. is, sir." "If you wish, sir, I will return to Philadelphia in the morning and keep a close watch on the enemy. And then, as soon as the army begins to move, I will come and iell you." "That will b a good plan, Dick. Do this." "Yery well, your excellency I will away the first thing in the morning." The youth bade the comma nder-in-chief good-night; and! v;nnt to and to bed. After breakfad next he mounted his horse m r0de away t01rarc1 the east. He rod e at a m9derate pace, and arrived in Phila&>lr phia about noon. Ile l:ad no difficult y in entering the city, and took up w do you know?" his quarters at a tavern near the rooms occupied by bu was told so by a British lieutenant. I had done a redcoat friend Lieutenant Hartwick. favor for him, and he was kind enough to do one for The youth knew that if he could meet his friend on t}ile. return." street there would be no trouble about keeping informed nd do you think he was telling you the truth?" on what the British intended doing. am sure of it, sir." As luck would have it, he met the lieutenant that at makes you sure the British are going to evacuate ing, and was greeted joyously. delphia, Dick?" "Come to my rooms with me," the young officer said, e fact that General Howe has resigned the comeagerly. I want to have a good, long talk with you." of the British army, and--" s he resigned, Dick?" eagerly. s, and sails to-night for England." ell, we!1 : And who takes his place?" eral Clinton.'1 So Dick \1ent with him, and was soon ensconced in tlK I ffi h I o cer s easy c au. "How did you get along at the ball, last night?" askei Dick. "Splendidly, Dick," was the reply, "and, old fellow, upposed that such would be the case. He was the asked Miss Garland the momentous question, and she said yes." he in Philadelphia?" IS, SU. commander-in-chief was silent a few moments, L'tly pondering. "Good! I congratulate you,'' mid Dick, and he shooh: the young officer's hand. They talked for au hour, and the lieutenant gave Dick all the information he could regarding the intended ments of the British. "There no doubt at all about our leaving Philadei indined ty think that your informant told you phia.'' mid the lieutenant. "But it is going to take some truth, Dick, when he mid P h iladelphia is to be tim e to get things i n readiness." I "I should judge so," said _Dick. "Yes. I understand that the commander-in-chief har

T .HE LIBb :.TY BOYS' LOXG ?!IA tCH. when you learn what has been definitely decided upon let .)llc know." "I will do !)O." Soon afterward Dick bade his friend good-night, and \ 1 nl to the tav'rn and to hi;; room. The "Liberty Boy" remained in the city three days, and it the end of that time the lieutenant informed him that it had been definitely decided to send the Tories by trans I"Hts to New York, while the army would march across .Jersey "B'ut how are you going to manage it, lieutenant? will you manage to be l eft behind?" "I am going to be sick, Dick and unable to tra He 'rinked as he said this, and Dick nodded unde ingly. "That's how you will do it, eh?" "Yes; I am going to be taken ill to-morrow." That evening Dick rode out of the city ancl away direction of Valley Forge. On arriving there he went at once to headquarters 'But we won't get started for two or three weeks yet," he "I have news for you, General Washington," he ad

'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG :l\IARCH. =========------;,--------------===--::::::: ore hundreds who had been in exile while the upon the left flank of the main force of the British. Here ere in control of Philadelphia, returned to the they went into camp, on a hill-side, where it would be m which they had been banished f9r so long. possible for the British to see them, and a couple of tents while both the British and patriot armies were were pitched, and a good-sized fire built Everything had at their best speed. The British army numbered the appearance of a bona fide encampment, and the "Lib thousand men, and was stretched out for many erty Boys" lay down just as if they intended sleeping there there being twelve miles of wagons in which the till morning. provision s and ammunition we_re being conveyed. This move of the "Liberty Boys" was intended to puzzle al Washington's army was not encumbered with the British. Of course they could see the campfire, the wagons and teams, however, as it depended more tents, and eve n the boys themselves, and naturally they "sting on forage secured along the route. This wond e red wh y the party bad come to that spot and gone them to travel fa ster than the Britis h went, and into camp. Washington felt c o nfident that they woufd be enThe fact of the matter was that G e neral Wa s hington in head the British off and engag e them in battl e betended the movement of the "Liberty Boys" a s a ruse H e en e my could shak e the du s t of New J e rtiey h ighwished to get the attention of the British attracted to the their feet. youths, and then it was hi s intention to mak e an attack a matter of history that this was On under cover of the darkness. "the twenty-eighth of June, a battle was fought at He did, indeed, attempt to make an attack a t t he :farther uth. It was a desperate battle, the tide being first side of the Britis h encampment, but the enemy bad out a ort the patriots and later against the British. double line of sentinels, and the alarm was given so prompt,. as a terribly hot day, the thermometer standing at ly that the British were enabled to rally at the thre atenei '-six d e grees in the shade, ancl many deaths occurred point in such numbers that the patriot commander-in-chief > I mnstroke. saw at once that there would be nothing to be gai:ned by a battl e c ontinue d until darkness set in, when of goin g ahead with the attack. it bad to be stopped. So he gave the order for his men to fall back to their his battle the "Liberty Boys" were very much in encampment, and they <;lid so at once. 'This attempt had ace. w e r e here, there, and everywhere, and they failed, but the commander-in-chief had another plan which 1 bravely, eve n des perately. Indeed, so prominent bad he intended put't:ing into effect. d een on t h e field o f battle that General Washington As the fir s t m o v e in this pian he sent a me s senger t o D ic k I 1r Dick s o on afte r the b a ttle had ceased, and comSlater. When t h i s mes senger bad delivered his messag e to lte d him a n d hi s "Libe rty Boys" on t h eir good work. Di c k and ha d taken his d e partu re, Di c k tol{l the "Li b erty iave some w o r k w hi c h I wi s h you to do, Dick," the Boys" w hat they were to do. mder-inchie:f sa id. "The commande ri nc hi e f i s g oin g t o s end a p ortion o f hall be g l ad t o d o anything whi c h you wisl:l d one, our a r my o n a long mar c h around the Britis h forces," t h >xcell e ncy said Di ck. youih exp lained. "it i s his in tention to head t h e B riti;;h n the command e r-in-ch i ef bad quit e a lon g t a lk w ith off and engage them i n battle ear l y i n the mor ning. He At its close, t he youth assured the c ommand er-inI wis hes us io go wit h this party, and a s it w i ll b e a l ong at he would do his bes t to carry out h is wis hes, and marc h we w ill Etart at once. success oi h i s pl a n, and then the you t h w ent b ack "But won t the B r i tis h see u s g o a nd sus pect what we e hi s "Liberty Boys" were stationed. a r e up to ? as k e d Bob. T upp er was o v e r Dick and the "Liberty Boys" filed I "No," r e pli e d D ick "We will leave the t e n ts, and the the main encampment o:f the patriot army, and fire burning, and will slip away." I zd by a circuitous route till they were around "Ah, yes, that will be a .clever ruse," said Bob


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LONG MARCH. It did not take the youths long to get ready. They with"You hear, gentlemen?" he said. "The enemy h from the encampment silently and carefully, and were refuge on the heights of Middletown. Would it not GOOn ready for the start. to attempt to pttack them there?" The "Liberty Boys" felt sure the ruse would deceive the The other. officers said that they thought it w o "British and set out on their long march with light hearts. "In my opinion it would be the height of folly, The youths marched steadily till nearly daylight, and General Lafayette. the n they paused, ate a frugal breakfast, and then waited impa tiently for the coming of daylight. "It is too bad," said General Washington. to strike the British another blow, but now I shall The youths supposed, of course, that the portion of the give up all thought of doing so." J}ittriot army that was to get in ahead of the British and .attad;: them was near at hand, and in thus thinking they w 2 r e right. W hen daylight came the patriot force in question was $00U located, but the British-where were they? I t did' no.t take long to discover that if the patriots could play trieks and make long marches the redcoats coula do likewise; for the British army had marched steadily during the 1'i.a1f of the night, and had got past the point where When Dick an d the "Liberty Boys learned that ther atfompt was to be made to attack the British the greatly disappointed. They were never satisfied unl were fighting. 1 ''Well, we gave them the worst of it at Monmo u t way," said Bob. "Yes," replied Dick. "We lost only three hund sixty-two men, while the British must have lost, in and wounded, a thousand or more." the "Liberty Boys" and the other patriot solafers were, ''Yes, and they sneaked away m the night t o and had thus escaped the trap which had been set for ,, I haYinO" to have another fight with us, said Bob. it hem. ., ; I prove: that they were whipped." To say that the patriots were disappointed is stating the matte:r; very mildly. They were angry and disgustea at havmg been beaten at their own game. In most British histories the spoken of as a drawn battle, but one can scarcely account of the battle and look upon it as havi I The "Liberty Boys" ruse had gone for naught. Their Jnng march bad availed them nothing. drawn. Had the shoe been on the other foot, the 1 There was only one thing to do, and that was to wait for \rould undoubtedly have claimed the victory. the &ther portion of the patriot army t6 come up, and The erncuation of Philadelphia by the British, f s this was done. so soon by the practical defeat of their army by the General Washington was greatly disappointed. He had had a good effect on the American people. to strike the enemy a severy blow. There had been a great deal of complaint against He called his officers together for the purpose of holding ington's tactics, but now that the tide had turned a council of war. He sent for Dick Slater, and when the patriot army seemed in a fair way to carry everythiE 1oath appeared the commander-in-chief itsked: fore it, the people ceased grumbling and began to :f Do you know where the British force is now, Dick?" instead. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "While waiting for your por-It began to dawn upon the people that General WE ltion o.f the army to get here I went on a scouting expediton was really a great general and knew what he was tioo and had no difficulty in locating the British army." -"Where is it, Dick?" '"On the heights of Middletown." "Ahl So that is where they have gone, is it?" '"It is It having been decided by General Washington officers that it would be useless to try to attack the I the question cnme up as to what should be done. Aft l siderable di,;;cussion it was decided to march straigh I I Hudson, and soon the army was on its way thither. I The patriot army reached the Hudson in g


THE LIBERTY BOYS. LOKG MARCH "'111111 29 ssed it, and marched to White Plains, where it took up "I am i::o glad, Harold, dear," the beautiful quarters. girl, and throwing her arms around his neck she gave him Ieanwhile, the British army had reached New York a kiss. -"And so am I glad, little sweetheart," said the young be two armies now occupied practically the same posiman, folding her to his breast. s they had occupied in 1776, two years prior to the pres"Look, Harold, look!" suddenly exclaimed the girl, time The similarity extended only to the positions of pointing up the street army, however; in other respects a great difference exHarold looked and saw the patriot force that had been d. sent to take of Philadelphia. n 1776 the British army had been on the offensive, the They watched the blue-coated soldiers march up the iot army on the defen sive General Howe had marchstreet, with interest and pleasure, but there were hundreds against General Washington and a battle had been of Tories who were not so well pleased. ght on Chattertol! I-Iill, at White Plain s N""ow, howHarold Hartwick did join the patriot army later on, and r, things were different, for the patriot army was OU the i fought bravely in a number of battles. When the war ,nsi ve, while the British army was on the defen sive. ended he wore a lieutenant's uniform, but this time it was ill General Clinton expected to do was to hold New blue. His sweetheart had waited patiently for him, and rk city, and he was not sure that he could do this. :l:eneral Washington, for hi s part, hoped to be able to ture New York. If he could do this it would be a great 1rhen he went to her and told h e r that he was ready they w ent straight to a preacher and were married. .;)frs. Hartwick never knew that it was not her husban d to the British and would, in fact, practically end the d \ who had fought the duel with Li eu tenant Manville an } He did, indeed, attempt to capture New York, later taken part in the knights' tournament, but her husband f but failed, and then an enferprise was got under way knew it and alwavs in his heart was a feeling of dee p the British a blow at Newport in Rhod e Island. gratitude toward Dick Slater, the brave "Liberty Boy" who this has already been told about in anothei: one of Boys" stories, no particular mention of the need be made here. * Os be had told Dick Slater he would do, pretended to get sick the day before the British evacuated Philadelphia. I r. sent word to General Clinton he was too sick to aith the army, and so when the army marched away he I f ilet behind. !fore the British rear-guard was out of the city the was at the home of his sweetheart, Miss Garland, they watched the redcoats march away. as the last of the British soldiers disappeared from sight, Jenant Hartwick turned to the girl and said: have severed my connections with the British army _ftPOd and all, and henceforth and forever I shall be an had taken his place and performed s uch prodigies of valor in his name. THE E:N"D. The next number ( 98) of "The Liberty Boys of '76 ,rill rnntain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' BOLD FRONT; OR, HOT TDIES OX HARLE:U HEIGHTS,'' by Harry :Jioore. / SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION :hfican citizen. I burned my uniform before coming SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies sweetheart, and if ever again I don a uniform it will r. i Continental blue." you order by return mail.


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THE .LIBERTY BOYS OF A. Weekly Magazine containing Storie s of the A mer ican Revoluti By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and a faithf11 account of the exciting adventures of a brave band ol A1 ricai youths who were always ready and willing to imperil thei for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independenc Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matte bound in a beautiful colored cover. I 15 The Liberty 1 6 The Liberty 17 The Liberty Wat'. LATEST ISSUES: Boys' Trap, and What They Caught i n It. Boys Puzzled ; or, The Tories' C lever Scheme. Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-of 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge ; or, Patriots vs. Redcoats. 19 The Liberty Boys Trapped; or, The Beautiful 'l'ory. 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Ot. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 61 '!.'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. J 62 The Liberty Boys Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse at Paulus Hook. 63 64 'l'lie Liberty Boys Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everyw 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, Fighting Against G Oilds. 65 The Liberty Boys'; or, The Ido l of the Company. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Goin?; for the Redcoats Roughs! G7 'l'be Liberty. Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest Struggl< 20 '!.'he Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "What Might Have Been." 21 The Liberty Boys' l<'ine Work; pr, Doing Things Up Brown. 2 2 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Cail of Ail. 2 3 The Liberty Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm for Redcoats. t h e All. 68 '!.'he Liberty Boys' Lost: or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everytl 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting; the British. 24 The Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing thQ Redcoats and To!ies. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected ; or, Taken for British Spies. 26 The Liberty Boys' Clever Trick ; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 71 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 72 The Liberty Boys Ransom ; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outl: 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict Thing or Two. 27 The Liberty Boys' Phll11delphia. 28 The Liberty Boys' Good Spy Werk; or, With the Redcoats in 74 nold. The Liberty Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scattering the Redcoats Chall'. Battle Cry ; or, With Washington at the Brandy 7 5 The Liberty Boys' "Hot 'l'lme"; or, Lively Work in Old Virg wine. 29 The Llllnty 31) The Liberty 31 The Liberty 32 The Litierty 33 The Liberty 34 '!'be Liberty 37> 1'he Liberty 31i The Liberty B w d R'd S F 176 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture oys 11 1 e; or, A Dash to ave a ort. King' s Son. Boys, in. a Fix; or, Threatened. by Reds an!) Whites 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. Boys Big or, Hol_dmg Arnold 1n Check. 7::l The L iberty Roys Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Moun Boys or, After Di c k Slater for Revenge. 70 The I.lherty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise That Was Kept. Boys. D;uped, The _Friend Who Wl!s an Enemy. 80 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike" ; o r Bowling the British Over. Boys, Fake or, The Ruse That S'/,cceeded 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. Boys Signal, or, At the Clang of the Bell. 8::! Th Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant or A Hard llia1 Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty's Handle. 37 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and How They Won It. The Liberty Boys' Plot; or, The P lan That Won. 3!1 The Liberty Boys' Great Haul ; or, Taking Everything in Sight 4') The Liberty Boys' Flusli Times; or, Reveling in British Gold. 41 '!.'he Liberty Boys In a Snare: or, Almost Trapped. 42 The Libnty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 41 The Lit>erty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. 45 The Liberty Boys Worried: or, The of Dick Slater 4r, The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or. Squeezing the Redcoats. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What 'rhey Set Out to Do. 48 T'1e Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated. But Kot Disgraced. 49 The Liherty Boys in roryville; or. Dick Slater's lfearful Risk. 50 Tt.e Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert.r. til Tbe L iberty Boys' Triumph ; or, Beating tlie Re


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