The Liberty Boys in New York, or, Helping to hold the great city

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The Liberty Boys in New York, or, Helping to hold the great city
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Moore, Harry
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H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-B11 Subs c 1iptio1i $2.50 p e r y ear. Ente1ed a s Seco11

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. "And did you see the battle to-day?" "l\1ost of it, sir." "How did you like it?" "I liked it immensely, sir." "You did, eh?" "I know nothing about the matters you ask about, si said Dick quietly. ''Bah!" "You dont believe me?" "I do not. I am confident that you are a rebel and "Yes." spy." "Where were you?" "You arc mistaken." "I was on a hill." "I don't think so. In fact, I believe you have been doi "On a hill, eh?" spy for the rebels before to-day." "Yes; up in a tree." "I assure you that you are mistaken." "Ah, you must have had a good view of the battle." "Oh, of courtie you would say that." "I did." "I say it because it is true." "And iou had the satisfaction of seeing your rebel The genera1 made a gesture which Dick interpreted friends get nicely whipped, didn't you." indicating unbelief, and stepped across and began a w "They are not my friends, sir. I am a loyal king's pered co11Yersalion with the other two offi.cers. man." The youth's hands were bound behind his back, an "Are you, indeed?" soldier had hold of either arm, so there would be no "I am." of his trying to escape. "And you were glad we thrashed t11e rebels?" He could only stand there, wait and trust to his luck "Yes." enable him to get out of the difficnlty in which he The youth said this with apparent frankness, but to placed. himself he said: The "Liberty Boy was impressed with the gravity of "Jove, I hate to say that, e>en to saYc my life. Howsituation. eYer, needs must when Old :N"ick driYes." He "ell knew that spies were given short shrift an The commander-in-chief of the Britf!:;h army eyed the lcng ropr, as a rule. youth searchingly. Still the youth did not despair by any means. Presently a grim smile came over his face. He felt that hiR would help him. The Brit "My boy, do you know what I think?" he asked. would not suspect him so quickly as they would a gro The youth shook his head. man Of course, General Howe had accused the youth "I do not, sir." being a tipy; an cl had declared almost confidently that "I think that you are a youth of wonderful nerve and was one, but at the Rarne time Dirk felt that the general' coolness." nol certain of it. "Why so?" "T r1on't think thty will shoot or hang me right away, "Why?" theJ would likely serve a grown man in like circumstanc "Yes." he said to himself. "Because you stand up here so coolly and calmly, and General Howe was asking his officers what they thou tell such falsehoods in such a glib fashion." regarding the matter. "I am not telling you any falsehoods, sir," was the re-He asked them if they thought the youth really was ply. "rebel" spy. "And every word you have told me is the truth?" They hardly knew what to say "Yes." "It is possible that he is a spy," said one. "If you w "You are not a r ebel?" notice, general, he is a particularly keen, intelligent-appe "No." ing YOlrng man-to my mind just such a young fellow or a spy?" might be expected to undertake such dangerous work.') "No, .sir." "He is a bright young chap, there is no doubt abo "Yon are for the king?" that," from the other. "I am, sir." "You are right. is a bright young fellow," agr A grim smile appeared on the general's face. the general. "Jore, I don't know what to think abo "You would fight for the king, I suppose?" him." "I would." At this moment the orderly stuck his head into the ten "You are willing to do anything and everything possible and announced: for the king?" "Captain Wainwright, sir." "Yes, sir." "Show him in," said the general. "Very good. Then tell me all you know about the rebel The heart of the prisoner sank as he heard these words .. arm:v. Tell me how many men there are on the heights, A couple of days before Dick had been spying on th1 yonder, and all about it." I Bri ti1

r1-1.E LIBlrnTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 3 captain had accused him of being a "rebel," and Dick denied it, and :finally the captain, who was a hot-temfellow, struck Dick. The youth retaliated, and ed the captain down three times, and then made his pe from the encampment. He felt sure the captain d recognize him, m;1d knew this would be bad for him, the officer would have it in for him, and would brand as a spy. However, he could not help it. He would have to make best of the matter, and so he stood there, to all appearces as calm as a May morning. Inwardly, however, he was boiling with excitement, and wishing that he could see a chance to make a dash for rty. Ind Captain Wainwright entered the tent, and passing Dick I the two soldiers without giving them more than a nal glance, faced the general. k "I have come to report that the spies we sent out have rned, sir," he said, after saluting. "Ah, what do they report?" i.That it would be practically impossible to storm the ights, sir." 'They think it could not be done, eh?" "That is what they report, sir." "Well, I think it likely they arc right" e 1 ''Yes, so do I." "Wrll, we whipped them to-day, and I be1ieve that we n easily capture their entire force by simply laying siege their stronghold." 17 That is what I think, sir," said the captain, "and that I be much easier than to storm the position." "Yes, and will result much less disastrously. We will t lose nearly so many men." "You are right. We need lose scarcely any by laying ge." "I think that is what we will do." Then the general pointed toward Dick. Look behind you, captain," he said, "and tell me what u think of the prisoner." The captain turned quickly, and looked squarely in ick's face. I;[is untlerjaw dropped in surprise, and he stared in since for a few moments. Then a smile of delight and triumph came oYer his face. "You wish to know what I think of the prisoner, Gen al Howe?" he asked. "Well, I f an tell you in few words. I think you have aptured a clangerous rebel spy." CHAPTER II. BOB TO THB RESCUE. "Ah, you think so, do you, captain?" exclaimed the gen ral. "I do." This was said in a Yery positiYc tone of voice. "\\'hat makes you think so?" "Past experience with the chap, your excellency." "Pa81 experience with him?" "Yes." "Then you have seen him befor e ?" The captain bowed. "I have," he said. "When?" "The day before yesterday." "Where?" "In our encampment." "He was in the encampment?" "Yes." "How came he there?" "He sneaked in; and pretended that he wished to join the king's army." "What makes you think he did not want to join, in reality?" "His actions. I had a talk with him, and being sus picious of him, I accused him of being a rebel." "Ah!" "He denied it, and was so impudent as to practically tell me that I lied." "Indeed? What did you do?" "I struck him, and--" "Then I knocked him down," said Dick quietly. "Is that true?" asked the general. "It is, your excellency," said the captain, flushing. "He took me unawares, struck me when I was not thinking of such a thing, and--" "You should have been thinking of such a thing," inter rupted Dick. "Did you think I would stand there and let you strike me and not strike back?" "He took me by surprise," went on the captain, glaring at Dick angrily, "and managed to knock me down. Tlien he made a break, and got away before anyone knew what was .going on." "He made his escape, eh?" "Yes; I was confident that he was a spy, and I am more than eve r sure of it now. \Yhen and where was he cap tured?" "Half an hour ago, at the edge of the encampment." "He was spying, you may be sure of that." "'rhat is what I think myself." "You are wrong," said Dick. "I am not a spy." "Yes he is, general," said the captain. "He is a rebel spy, and you will be doing a gTeat thing for the king's cause 'if you hang him up to the limb of a tree." "I think he is a s py, but will wait till to-morrow before deciding what shall be done with him." "I would hang or shoot him first, and then think about the matter afterward," the captain declared viciously. "You feel more bitter toward him on account of your experience with him, captain," said the general. "I suppose that is true. Well, I can wait till to morrow


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. to see him hang; but you had better have a good watch kept -on him, or he will escape before then." "Oh, I think there is no danger of that." Then the commander-in-chief ordered Dick to be impris -0ned. "We'll see to it, your excellency," was the reply. Then they led Dick out .Qf the tent, and away to another tent at the farther side of the encampment. They shoved the youth into the tent, and then sat down in front of the opening "Well, here is a pretty go,'' thought Dick. ."I am a prisoner, tight and fast, .and the chances seem to be good that I will be shot or hanged to-morrow." The "Liberty Boy" did not like the outlook. "I wish I could escape,'' he thought. "I' wonder if there is any chance for me to get away?" He began working at the rope which bound his wristi;;. "If I could get my arms free," he thought, "I might slip out at the rear of the tent and get away, for I am close to the edge of the camp." He worked steadily and energetically at the bonds. "Whoever the fellow was who tied these knots, he did his work well," thought Dick. "I fear I shall not be able to loosen them." He kept at work, however. "if I could use my fingers on the knots, I could soon untie them," he told himself. "But 'I can't touch the lnlots with the ends of my fingers. All I can do is try to stretch the rope by main strength, and that to be a hopeless task." Still he kept at work at the rope. He might in time stretch the rope sufficiently so he could free his hands, he hoped, rather than thought. He could hear the voices of the two guards in front of the tent, and he was glad they were talking, as it would enable him to h.-now when they were about to look into the tent, to see 'if he was still there. Whenever they ceased talking he ceased working at the bonds. At last the guards ceased talking for the night, however, and after looking ill and seeing the youth lying there, silent, and, as they supposed, asleep, they began pacing backward and forward on their beats. 'l'hen Dick resumed his work, and pulled and tugged at the bonds at a great rate He kept at it for several hours, and then he thought he heard a noise at the rear of the tent. He. listened, and was sure he could hear something which sounded like the breathing of a human being. "I wonder who it can be?" the youth asked himself Then the thought came to him that perhaps it a horse. He listened intently, and could not he;:ir the sound such as is usually made by an animal cropping grass, however, and decided that it was not a horse. "It must be a huian being," Dick said to himself, "but who can it be, and what is he doing there?" Pre.:.:ently he heard a lm1, cautim whisper. "Dick," was the word he made out. "It is some one who knows who I am," thought t o youth. "It is a friend." ln 1 "Dick, are you there?" came in the faint whisper. The youth rolled over a couple of times, until his fac was against the back of the tent. "Yes, I am here," he replied, in a cautious whisper. "Thank God!" he heard the other voice whisper vently. Dick thought he recognized the voice, even though \YaS in a whisper, and very faint at that. "Is that you, Bob?" he asked, in a low, intense "Yes, yes. Just wait a moment, and I'll be in thet with y0u." t There was a faint ripping sound, and Dick knew that hi friend cutting a slit in the tent. Bob Estabrook was a member of the company of erty Boys," and was Dick's chum and right-hand man. 0 all the youths, Bob would be the one Dick would most har expected to see under such circumstances. "Are your arms bound?" came in a faint whisper?" "Yes, Bob; feel around and you will find the rope. Ctj it." "I will." Soon D'ick felt the fingers of his comrade, and then, wi a couple of careful slashes of the knife the rope was se ered. The youth was free, in so far as bonds were eoncern9 The thing now, however, was to ga.t: all'ay from the tent an camp in safety. Dick was not at all sure they could do this. Still, B had succeeded in reaching the rear of the tent undiscovere and it did look as if they ought to be able to get away. "Can you crawl along on your hands and knees, Dick? whispered Bob, "or are your arms too numb to use?" "I can crawl, I think, Bob. Go ahead, and I will fo low." "Could you run if it was necessary? Are your le stiff?" "X o, they were not bound, and they are as -good as ev they were." "Good! We may be discovered, in which case we woul have to run for it." "I will be able to give a good account of myself, old el low." _\.ll right; come along-and be very careful." "I will; go ahead." Bob moved cautiously away on his hands and knees, an Dick crawled cautiously through the opening Bob had cu in the side of the tent and followed, also on all fours. The youths moved very carefully. They knew there were two redcoat soldiers on guard jus on the other side of the tent, and they might hear th youths moving away, and give the alarm. It was an exceedingly critical situation. 'rhe youths' nerves were tense. They 'llere on a terrible strain, for they dicl not kno


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN NEW YORK. the escape of the prisoner might be discov ered at any ent, when it would be necessary that they should run their lives. 'lowly forward they crept. fa twas slow and hard work, but was not the first work of kind they had ever done, and the youths made as good dway as could have been made by anyone under such fe um.stances. Onward they crept. h t was quite dark, and this was to the advantage of the "Liberty Boys," as it enabled them to get away without g in much danger of being seen. hey would have got clear away, and out of the encamp-nt in safety, doubtless, had not one of the guards taken to his head to make sure the prisoner was in the tent. He entered the tent only a few moments after Dick had it, and spoke to the prisoner, saying: "Where are you?" a Of course there was no reply, for Dick was not there. "Are yon asleep?" Still no reply. :; The guard then began feeling around on the ground with feet. Every moment he expected to touch the body of, but in this he was disappointed. He felt all around, and failed to find the prisoner's body, d at once became alarmed. "Has the fellow escaped?" he asked himself. "Jove, I pe not, for if he has we will catch it." 1 He dropped on his hands and knees, and felt around, and uickly found the slit in the tent. ) "Quick, Sam, the prisoner has escaped he cried. "You don't mean it?" the other gasped. "Yes." And then they both set up a shout, and dashed way, in the direction in which they supposed the prisoner ould have gone. As they went they leveled and fired their muskets, and bullets whistled dangerously near the fugitives-for the ouths were now running at the top of their speed. .{t the sound of the first cry from the sentinel they had eaped to their feet and dashed away. "It's jllst a matter of speed and endurance now, Dick," aid Bob. The yollths realized that there would soon be a hundred edcoats after them, and in this they were right. The yells of the two guards and the firing of the muscfs aroused the encampment, and soon all was confusion. "Who is it?" "What's the matter?" "Are we attacked?" "To arms!" Such were a few of the cries, and then somebody cried out hat the prisoner had escaped. "The rebel spy has got away," was the cry. "After him, Pn Soon a hundred soldiers were dashing through the darkess, and as they went they scattered out, in the hopes of unnin g upon the youth who had gotten away. They did not know it, of course, but they were chasing a couple of youtns who were as fleet-footed as fawns. The two "Liberty Boys" were splendid athletes, and had always taken a great pride in all kinds of athletic sports that were current in those days. Among the sports that were indulged in in those days foot-racing was considered one of the greatest and most im portant, and the youths haQ. always excelled in running. 'fhey were not only very swift runners, but they had trained and practiced it so much that they were able to run for an hour at a stretch, and at practically their best speed This was Romething the British soldiers could not do, it would have been only by the merest accident had they managed to catch the youths. No accident favoring the British occurred, however, and after they had gone quite a distance without hearing any. thing of the escaping prisoner, they gave up the pursuit, and turned back toward the encampment. "It w01yd be an impossibility to catch the fellow, dark as it is," said one. "Y cs, indeed," from another. The two soldiers who had been on guard over the tent in \Vhich Dick had been placed, continued the pursuit longer than any of their comrades, for they realized that the escape of the prisoner would be charged llp against them, as being the result of negligence on their part, but even they gave it up as a hopeless case after awhile, and turned back. CHAPTER III. A CRY FOR HELP. "How did you happen to put in an appearance and rescue me, Bob?" asked Di ck, when they had become as sured of the fact that they were no longer being pursued, and had settled down to a walk. "I followed you, Dick, when you left the Heights, this evening, and saw you captured." "Well, well." "I feared you would be shot or hanged in Jhe morning, and made up my mind to r esciie you to-night." "And did it, too." "Yes; at any rate we are safely away from the British encampment. We will have to look out that we don't ruri upon a small party of redcoats and get captured, however." "True. There is danger of t." They moved along very cautiously, for they did not wish to run into a party of redcoats. They had gone perhaps half the distance to the Heights when suddenly they heard a cry for help. Help! Help!" the voice cried. :rt was a shrill voice, and evidently that of a woman. "Where does it comr from?" asked Bob.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. "It is over to the left somewhere." "And not far away." "You are right." "Let's move in that direction." "Very well." The two moved cautiously in the dir ection from which the cry for help had sounded, and presently Dick uttered an exclamation: "I see a light." "So do I," from Bob. "There must be a house here." "I think so." Again the cry for help rang out, seeming closer at hand than before. "Help! Help!" The voice sounded clear and shrill, and then a moment afterward the same voice cried : "Oh, sirs, please do not kill my husband!" "Redcoats!" said Dick in a low voice. "I think so, Bob." "Threatening to kill the man of the house "Undoubtedly." The youths hastened forward, and were soon at the window. They looked through, and saw a scene which thrilled them with anger. At one side of the room into which they were looking stood a man. His face was toward the youths, and there was a look of fear on his countenance. His back was to the wall. in front of him, and threatening him with drawn swords, were seven redcoats. At one side was a woman, and a girl of perhaps sixteen years. The woman and gi rl seemed terrified. "Let's try the door, Bob," whispered Dick. "Are you going to attack them, Dick?" whispered Bob, in great eagerness. "I don't think we had better attack them, Bob, as they are seven, while we are but two. I have a mind to try a trick on them." Go ahead." The youths moved along till they came to the door. Dick tried the door, and found it unfastened. He pushed it open, ancl looked in. The scene still remained the same as when they had look ed through the window. "You surely have gold and silver concealed in the house, somewhere," said one of the redcoats, as the youths pushed the cloor open. "I don't see why you should think so," said the threatened man. "Because all the people of America have money." "I don't see why you should have that idea." "It is true. They told u s in England, before we left there,' that this is the richest country in the world, and that all the people. have lot s of gold and silver." "You were told what is not true, then." 'Bosh. I don't believe you ( "Y 011 don't?" "No. All Americans ought to be rich, for they don' turn in much to the king, and consequently they are pii ing up the gold andsilver." J '"l'hat story is current in England, I suppose?" "Yes, and we were told that we would soon get rich if came to America." "Get rich robbing the American people, eh?" "\\'ell, if you wish to put it that way. In war times, yo know, soldiers do not have much consideration for t rights of the enemy." "I suppose not." "No, it is get all that is possible out of them, and ki them if they object." "'Yell, I wish to inform you of the fact, sir, that yo arc wholly :md utterly mistaken in your .ideas regarding t .\mcricans all being rich." "I don't believe that I am mistaken." "You don't?" "i\f o. You would say you have no gold or silver, and the the Americans are poor, of course, in order to keep fro having to gire up your gold and si!Yer." "But it is the truth, sir. I have no gold and silver, an the majority of people of America are in the same fix. "]?osh." "We have to send so much to the king, in the way unjust taxe;:;, sir, that it doesn't leave us much. We make hare 1i v ing and that is all." "Ha! unjust taxation, did you say?" "Yes, I did say it, and I'Jl stick to it." "Then you are a traitor to your king, sure enough, an b.r so acknowledging have forfeited your life." Screams escaped the lips of 1.he woman and girl, both o whom expected to see the husband and father cut down once by 1.he cruel swords of the soldiers. "Oh, don't kill my husband, kind sirs." ''Please don't kill my father," pleaded the girl. 'I'he redcoats paid no attention to them. The leader of the party of soldiers shook his sword in th man's face. "You scoundrelly rebel," he hissed, "if you do not tell u where your gold and silYer is concealed we will cut yo clown on your own hearthstone." '11he man turned paler still, but he was brave, and replie firmly: "I have already told you that I have no gold and silver.' "But you lied in your throat when you said it." it is the truth." "Indeed it is, sirs," cried the woman. "We have no gold or silver." "Jove," cried the redcoat leader in a tone of disgust "I believe you rebels hang onto your wealth with a tighte grip than most people would." "But we have none to hold on to, sir," the man insisted. "I cannot and will not believe you." "He has gold, captain," growled one of the soldiers. I "He's just trying to fool us and get us to go away, an


' __.. / THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK 7 e11 he will laugh at us, Let's slice off a'n ear, and then calmly, "all I haYe to say, however, is that he will be ayb_ e he'll make up his mind to tell where his gold is con Rcting very foolishly if he does not quietly leave this house l aled.'' anu get from the vicinity While this talk was in progress Dick and Bob were listen"l'i'hat will happen if I don't choose to do so?" asked g, and trying to decide upon a course of action. the leader The actors in the exciting scene were so interested that "Well, you will all be J;:illed, that is what will happen." ey did not glance in the direction of the youths, so of T?is was spoken in a calm, matter-of-fact manner, and urse did not know anyone was near other than themselves. there was something about the speaker's appearance that Dick and Bob whispered together a few moments, and impressed the redcoat in spite of himself. en drew their pistols. "He's trying to scare you out, captain," said the soldier ITob remained standing near the door, but Dick walked who had spoken before. lmly forward, and pausing within a few feet of the redThe man, woman, and girl of the house were listening to ats, said in a cool, calm voice: the con versa hon eagerly and anxiously. They hoped the "Hello, what's going on here?" redcoats would go away, but feared they would not. An exclamation of delight escaped the lips of the men, The "Liberty Boy" now addressed them. ncl the two women, while the redcoats whirled and glared "Sir," said Dick to the man. "Please conduct your wife t the bold intruder. and daughter from the room. There will probably be "Who are you?" roared the leader of the redcoats.. trouble here in a very short time, and this will be no place The youth looked the speaker straight in the eyes, and for them; bullets will be flying thick and iast, and they are mi.led in a quiet, tantalizing manner. uo respecters of persons." "Oh, you wish to know who I am?" he asked suavely. "Hadn't you better wait till I say you may go?" asked "rrhat is what I asked, and I want an answer, and quick, the leader of the redcoats angrily. oo !" "No, he hadn't better do anything of the kind," said The youth lifted one of his hands and waved the pistol Dick, sternly "Go along, sir, and 1f either of the redn a remonstrating manner. roats attempts to interfere with you, it will be the worse "My dear, dear sir, don't get rash," he said calmly. for them." 'Don't think that you are the master here, for you are not." "Come, wife; come, Annie," said the man, and the three "And why not, pray? We have seven men, while you are left the room. but two." "See here. I think' you are taking too much control "Two is all you see," said Dick significantly here," said the redcoat leader,; "you had better The redcoats craned their necks and tried to look out prove that you have the authority before you begin exerthrough the doorway, into the darkness. cising it so briskly." "Oh, they're there," smiled Dick, "though you can't see "Oh, I have it, you may be sure," said Dick. them. They're there, and will come in here, and kill the "I don't believe it," was the sullen reply, "and for a last one of you fellows if you get too frolicsome." very little I would open up on you and put the matter to "What do you want?" the redcoat asked. the test." "I want you fellows to get out of this house." Of course Dick did not wish this to happen. He and "To-get out-of..:......this house?" Bob would give a good account of themselves, so far as that "Yes, and in a hurry, too." was concerned, but they could not hope to defeat seven Dick and Bob had decided to play what in these days men and he dtd not wish to get into a fight with the sol1rnuld be called a game of "bluff," and it seemed that they diers. might win. "Before starting the trouble," said the "Liberty Boy," The redcoats stared at one another, and it was plain that calmly, "you had better step outside and take a look about they hardly knew what to think. you. I think that will satisfy you of the folly of trying to Then they craned their necks and looked through the resist." the doorway, in a vain effort to see the mythical men who "How many men have you out there?" were supposed to be there. "A dozen. "Oh, you can't see them; but they're there," said Dick; "A dozen, eh?" "and now, are you going to go? Or shall I be forced to "Yes." call my men in and set them upon you?" "Humph!'' "I don't believe there are any men out captain," "You don't believe it?" remarked Dick. saicl one of the redcoats, growlingly. "I certainly do not for one," said the soldi er who had "Oh, you are somewhat in doubt regarding the matter, had so much to say. re you?" remarked Dick. "Neither do I," said the leader. "Yes, I am," doggedly, "and I wouldn't give up, if I "You think the men are not there?" ere you, captain." The youth spoke coolly and calmly, although he realized "The captain can do as he like s about it," said Dick, that there was a good chance that he and Bob would soon


8 THE LIBER'l1Y BOYS IN NEW YORK. be in a life or death fight with neariy four times their number. "That is just what I think," was the reply. "And you absolutely refuse to belie-ve that the dozen men are out there?" "I most assuredly do refuse to believe it. I will not believe it till I have seen them." "Then take a look at us," said a cool voice, and into thi;_ room filed twelve bronzed and handsome youths. CHAPTER IV. DICK .AND BOB CAPTURE SOllfE REDCOATS. The newcomers were members' of Dick Slater's band of "Liberty Boys." Their appearance there at that moment was really more of a surprise to Dick and Bob than it was to the redcoats, for the two youths bad bad no suspicion of their pres ence, and were not looking for them at all. The redcoats, on the other band, while they had professed to think there was no one outside, had not been at all sure of it, and so they were not so surprised as were the two "Liberty Boys." "Well, where in the name of all that is wonderful did you fellows come from?" almost Bob. "Oh, we just dropped in to see you," grinned Mark .Mor rison, who was the leader of this party, and was a great chum of Dick and Bob. "You certainly dropped in at the right time," said Dick. Each and every one of the newcomers held a pistol in each hand, and the red coats, although they bad their swords out, were at a great disadvantage. They stared at the newcomers in open-mouthed wonder. Dick now turned his attention to the redcoats, and ad dressed the leader, saying: "Well, what do you think about it now?'' "I see that they were there, as you stated," was the re ply, "but I gather from your conversation that you your self did not know they were there." "Quite right," smiling blandly. "I was ignorant of their presence, and their coming in at the right moment was as much of a surprise to me as to you, perhaps more so." "They are your me:n, though?" "Yes." "Humph.Well, I guess that myself and comrades might as well be going, then. It really looks as if we have been beaten for this time." The leader made a motion to his men, and they sheathed their swords. Dick waited till they had done this, and then he said, blandly: "You will please not be in any hurry about to go away, my friends." "Why, there is nothing furthe r for us to stay for," leader said. "Oh, yes, there is." "What?" "You will stay because it g i Y e s u s pleasure to have yo do so." The redcoats looked worried. They exchanged glances, and it was pJain that they a not fancy the turn things had taken. "You might as well let us go," grow led the leade "What good will it do to keep us" "It will do a good deal of good." "I don't see how." "It is very simple; we are going to take you prisone Surrender, all!" rrhe redcoats turned pale. "Surrender?" they cried in chorus. "Yes." "Why should we surrender? Why do you wish to take prisoners? Who are you?" The leader asked these que tions in rapid succession. "We are 'The Liberty Boys of '76'." Cries of surprise and consternation escaped the lips the redcoats. They had heard the youths, and felt that they we helpless, for they knew the "Liberty Boys" were brave a fearless. "You say-you are--the--'Liberty Boys' ?i1 gasped t leader. "We are the 'Liberty Boys.' Do you surrender?" "Yes, we surrender," was the reply. "'11hat is sensible," said Dick. "You would be fools try to resist." "You )VOuld simply doom yourselves to certain death doing so," said Bob. "Place your hands behind you, and turn your backs t way," ordered Dick. The redcoats obeyed. "Bob, you and Mark remove the belts of the prisone take out the weapons, and then strap their wrists togeth with the belts," ordered Dick. The youths obeyed, and in ten minutes' time had di armed the redcoat s and bound their wrists with the bel 'l'be redcoats were a disgusted-looking set of men, a they looked down their noses when the man of the hous and his wife ancl daughter re-entered the rodni.. "Are you Dick Slater?" asked the man, Dick. "Yes." "I was sure of it, when I heard you say these young m were 'The Lib erty Boys of '76.' Dick Slater, I am gl to know you." He shook hands with Dick, and then introduced his wi and daughter. "My name is Sam Hargrave," he said, "and this is wife, and this my daughter Annie." Dick greeted the woman and girl pleasantly, nnd th


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 9 1 nked him warilJ.lY for coming in at such an opportune e and putting a stop to the doings of the redcoats. "I believe that you saved my husband's life," whispered woman. "I am sure those fiends would have killed him, d I can not thank you enough for what you have done for "That is all right, Mrs. Hargrave," said Dick. "You more than welcome." Then Dick turned to his "Liberty Boys." .1 "We will be going, boys," he said; "there are seven of e redcoats and fourteen of us, so there will be two of to look after each one of the prisoners." Dick and Bob took hold of the arms of the leader of the dcoats, and led the way out of the house, bidding the ee members of the family good-night, and the other uths did the same. They were soon out in the road, and marching toward the eights. They kept a sharp lookout, for they thought it possible at they might run upon another party of British solers, but they were not so unfortunate as to do so, and on arrived at the Heights. They went at once to the house occ;upied by General tnam, who was in command there, that night. They entered the house, leading their prisoners, and und Putnam and'tbree or four more natriot officers there. The officers were surprised, and stared at the "Liberty ys" and their prisoners in amazement. "Hello, Dick," greeted General Putnam. "What have u there?" "Some prisone rs, sir," was the reply. "Ah, ha; where did you get them?" "Half a mile away, sir, in a farmhouse." "In a farmhouse?" "Yes." "What were the y doing?" "Threatening the life of the farmer." "Ha! for what reason?" "They seemed to think he had gold and silver concealed, d were trjing to force him to tell where the money was 'dden." "Oh, that was what they were doing, eh?" eyeing the 'soners stern ly, and with a scornful look in his eyes. "Yes, sir; they seem to be laboring under the impression at all Americans are rich, and have gold and silver in ch plenty as to have to conceal it about their homes." General Putnam laughed rather harshly. "You fellows will have to disn1iss such ideas from your inds, at once," he said. "The people of America have en unable to get money ahead for the reason that they ve to send it all over to King George, to help support in idleness." "We were told in England before we left there, that the ple of America were all rich," said the leader of the coats. "Well. that is a great mistake, as you will soon find. ou need not expect to get immen sely rich by reason of plundering the people of America, for you be sadly disappointed." The redcoat leader made no reply, but he looked as if a bit ashamed of himself. "Tell me all about your capture of these men," said Put nam to Dick. The youth did so, and the grizzled old veteran l aughed when he heard of the bold manner in which Dick and Bob had faced the seven redcoats in the house, and pretended ihat they had a lot of men outdoors. "It was lud.-y for you two youngsters that sGme more of your crowd happened to be on hand," he remarked when Dick had finished. "You are right," smiled Dick. "And Bob and I were more surprised when the boys walked in than the redcoats here were." The general and his fellow officers laughed,' and one re marked: "You are a lucky fellow, Dick." "Well, it's better to be lucky than not, sir," the youth replied. "I should say so." "Take the prisoners away, and put them in the guard house," ordered General Putnam, and the "Liberty Boys" left the room and house with the prisoners. Just as Dick was leaving, however, the general told him to wait, so he did not go with the r est, but remained in the room. "I wish to ask you a few que sti ons, Dick," said General Putnam. "Very well, sir," was the reply. "You were out on a spying expedition., were you not, Dick? "Yes, sir." "Did you learn anything of importance ?t1 "No, sir, nothing of very great importance. I was cap tured, and did not get much chance." "You were captured, you say?" in surprise. "I was." "But how did you escape?" "Bob Estabrook rescued me." "Indeed? Tell me all about it." The youth did so. Exclamations of surprise escaped the lips of the hearers when they heard of the clever manner in which the youths had made their escape, and the lively chase they had led their pursuer s "You were very fortunate in making your escape, Dick," said General Putnam, when he had heard all. "And now, did you hear any talk at all that woi:i:ld give an indication. as to what the Briti sh in.tend doing?" "Yes, I heard a spy who had been sent out by the Brit ish general make his report, and he said that it was his opinion that the Heights could not be successfully storm ed." "Did he make this report in presence?" the general asked, lookin g thoughtful. "Yes." "Then it must be taken cautiously. I would not base


THE LIBEHTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. much reliance in anything that was said openly in your presence." "But I wa1' a prisoneu, General Putnam, and they tlid not expect that I would escape." "I know; but there is always a possibility of such a thing, and it would not be good generalship or good sense to discnss matters of moment before a spy fr6m the other side, even though he were a prisoner." "Well, I tell you just what was said, and how it was, sir, and you can take it for what you think it is worth." "Was anything else said?" ."There was something said about laying siege to the Heights, sir." "Ah! Well, that may have been said for effect, also." "It is possible, sir." 'l'he general turned to his companion officers. "You bavE! heard Dick's statement of what was said by the spy and by General Howe," be said. "Now what do you think about it? Would you place credence in the words of the British general and bis spy, or not?" There was some diversity of opinion among the officers. One or two thought that it was all right, and that the Brit ish general was so sure he would get to see Dick shot or hung on the morrow as to have no hesitation in speaking just what he really thought in his presence; but the rest were doubtful, and, like Putnam, thought it likely that it was a trick, intended to throw the enemy off its guard in case such a thing should happen as that Dick should make his escape. "I think it will be safest and best to not place much faith in what was said by General Howe and his spy," said General Putnam finally. "It will be best to be on our guard against an attack, at any rate," replied one. Then General Putnam again turned to Dick. "Is there anything else that you learned while there, Dick?" be asked. "Nothing else, sir," with a shake of the bead. "Very well. You have done very good work, my boy, in venturing as you did. In future, however, you had better be more careful, and not take such chances. You escaped, this time, but next time you mi;;ht not do so." "I will be as careful, always, as is possible, sir," said Dick. "Yes; for those redcoats will stretch the neck of a patriot spy with as little compunction as if be were a dog." "I think they would probably have made an end of me in the morning," saia Dick with a smile. "Not a bit of doubt regarding it. Well, you may go now if you like. Good-night, my boy." "Good-night, sir, and the rest of you," and then Dick went to the quarters occupied by his "Liberty Boys." OH.APTER V. LIVELY TIMES. Next morning the patriots on the Heights were astir early, and were watching the British closely. \ It was thought more than likely that tp.e redcoats would make an attack.

'fHE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 11 /"Where were you going so fast when we stopped you, just now?" the man asked. "I was going home." "Bosh! Tell the truth, now. You were on your way to he rebel headquarters, weren't you?" "No." "See here, we know better," the man declared. "You are rom Brooklyn Heights, aren't you?" "No." 'fhe youth had made up hi s mind to deny everythi ng, ive the fellows as little information as possible, and watch or a chance to escape. He was confident that h e had fallen into the hands of hree British spies. "You needn't li e to us," the man cried. "We saw you ome across the ri.'er in a boat, and know you came from h e Heights." "If you knew it why did you ask me?" "We wanted to see if you would tell the truth." "I don't tell anything else." "J?ah I'm beginning to think that we have captured he champion liar of America." "Oh, no; you are mistaken." "You were on your way to heaq.quart e rs, young man, and e know it, and what we wish to find out is, what were you oing there for?" "You are entirely mistaken. I wasn't going there." know bett er You were. going there to see General 'ashington, ancl 're want to know what you were going to ay to him when you got there." "I was going to say 'Good-morning.' Again the two shook the youth. "You had bett er tell us what you were going to say to h e commander-in -chief." "I wasn't going to say anything to him. I wasn't going here." The man drew an ugly-looking knife from his belt under is coat. "Do you see this?" h e asked, holding it up. "Yes, I see it." "Well, you can tell us what you were going to say to the rebel commander -inchief, or have this run into your heart! /ow take your choice." 'rl1e youth eyed the man searchin gly. He decided that the fellow was quite capable of putting is threat into execution. Of course, Dick had not been intending to say anything o the commander-in-chief; he had a written message to im from General Putnam, :lnd what was bothering Dick ow was the thought that this written message might fall to the hands of these three British spies. H e made up his mind that he must make his escape, but e hardly knew how he was to accomplish it. He might make fight against them, but they were three to one, and the dds were very much against him. Still, if he could take em by surprise, he felt that he might succeed in getting way. One thing he had taken note of, and that was that the two who held him were not holding him very tight ly. Evidently they thought they had him tight and fast, in the little room, and that there was no danger of his trying to make an escape. "Surely you wouldn't murder me?" asked Dick, pretend ing to be frightened. He as if greatly frightened, and hi s voice trembled, also. Thi s deceived the three men. They thought the youth reall y was frightened, and they exchanged looks of triumph. They thought they would succeed in getting the information they sought out of the youth. "Surely we will kill you if you don't do as we tell you,'' said the man, :fiercely. "Now tell what you were going to say to the commander-in-chief when you got there." "I-I-really wasn't going-to--to say anything to him, sir,' stamrne rcd Dick, trembling. "Please, sir, d-don'tkill-me !" "Then tell what you were going to say to General Wash ington,'' hissed the man. "I-really wasn't going there at all, sir," said Dick. "You may not-believe-me, but it-it is the-the truth." The man took a step nearer, and lifted the knife on high. "You will tell, or die in your tracks,'' he hissed. "If you don't tell you will never leave this room alive." The "Liberty Boy" realized that the matter was becom ing serious If he refused to tell, the probabilities were that the sp ies would kill him. They looked like desperate men, who would not hesitate to take human life. Dick made up hi s mind that he would make one supreme effort to escape. The two who had hold of him were not holdin g him very tightly, and of a sudden he leaped back ward, j e rking loose from their grasp as he did so. The two whirled, with snarls of rage, and leaped to ward Dick, but the youth was ready for them, and met them with two st rong blows, delivered straight from the shoulder, one with the right fis t, the other with the left. Down went the two spies with a, and with a snarl ing roar the man with the knife leaped forward, and made a vicious st roke with the weapon. The youth dodged and the knife did no niore damage than to rip his right sleeve open. Seeing that this was his opportunity, Dick struck out with all hi s might. The fist took effect on the man's jaw, flooring him as if he had been struck by a battering-ram. The other two spies were leaping to their feet, now, and whirling, Dick dealt them each a blow on the jaw, knocking them down a second time. As he turned the man with the knife was scrambling up; he was dizzy and somewhat dazed, however, and before he could get his mind cleared sufficienHy to enable him to .make an attack, the youth dealt him another terrible b1ow, which knocked him down. This time he lay still. He was senseless. The other two were struggling up however, and feeling that it would be best to make a good job of it, Dick waited till the two had reached a standing position, and gave them two more blows, sendi;1g them down agail}.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. They were rendered unconscious this time, and feeling that it would be safe to do so, Dick turned his attentio n t o the door It was locked, but he quickly unlocked it, passed through, closed the door, and hastened toward the front entrance. The proprietor, or bartender, was busy behind the bar, but when he glanced around and saw Dick a cry of amaze ment and consternation escaped his lips. He glanced quickly toward the door, saw it was closed, and that the three men were not in sight, and seizing a quart bottle filled with liquor, he leaped out and confronted Dick. "Back!" h e cried, brandishing the bottle. "Back, or I'll brai n you ,. But Dick was not in a mood to be stopped in this man ner. He felt that he had already earned his freedom, and like a flash he drew a pistol. "Out of my may," he cried, still advancing. "Out of my way, or I'll brai n y ou." "With a snarl of rage the man leaped toward Dick, the bottle held poised in the air, ready to be used as a weapon. Crack! Dick had fired a shot from his pistol, and the bullet broke the bottle into a thousand fragme n ts. As the man was holding the bottle high in the air, and almost above his head, the liquor streamed down upon his head, and getting in his eyes, him to go hopping around, coughing and sneezing, and spluttering at a g r eat rate. "Ow-wow -ugh! Ob, blazes, but-I-I'm s-strangli n !" gasped the fellow, but Dick did not care ii he was; in fact, he was rather glad of it. "Serves the scoundrel right," the youth said to himself, and then he started to pass the fellow, and go on out when three men entered at the front doorway The newcomers stopped stock still and stared in open mouthed amazement at the queer spectacle of the bartender hopping, leaping, anB. sputtering. "What's the matter with Jim?" cried one. "He's having a fit," cried Dick, who feared the new comers might take it into their heads to try to keep him from getting out of the place. "Grab him, you fell ows. I've been trying to hold him, and can't." "Don't b believe h-him, boys," sputtered the bartender. "He's 1-lyin' to you Don't let him get a-away. Grab him. The three men, who had started to grab the bartender, stopped at this, and turned to seize Dick. He Wail running toward the door, however, and only one of the three succeeded in getting between him and the exit. This fel low struck at the youth, but Dick ducked, and the man's fist went over his shoulder. Then out shot Dick's fist, and crac'k it landed fair on the fellow's jaw. It was a strong blow, and down the fellow went wit h a crash He was a big fellow, and when he struck the floor it jarred the bottles behind the bar The other two leaped forward, with cries, and attempted to grab Dick, but he was too quick for them. He was out at the doorway, and away at full in a twinkling. The two followed Dick to the street, and yelle d at hi to stop, but he paid no attention to them other than look back over his sho ul der and laugh at them. "Let him go," said one. "I guess he d on't amount t much, anyway." When they went back into the saloon they foun d the' comrade on his feet, dizzy from the effects of the b low, an wild with rage. "Where is the young scoundrel?" he cried. Did y catch him?" "No, he got away," rep l ied one. "Blast him Never mi n d, though. I'll run across hi one of these days, and then I'll get even with him for dip he gave me." They now turned their attention to the bartende r a when he had washed the liquor off his face, and out o f eyes, and could talk, he explained what it was all about. "Go b a c k in t o the r ea r r oom and see w h at the yo scoundre l has done to the three men," i.he bartende r s a i as he swept the broken glass away from the middle of t room, and the three men haste n ed back to the rear roo and opening the door, l ooked in. There. lay the three men, insensible, and the barten and the other three stared in amazement. "Well," drawled one, "I must say that I think th young fellow is a terror when it comes to fighting." And the others nodded assent. .,. .. ,,,. ., CHAPTER VI. l ... -. -DICK T O THE RESCUE. Dick Slater, having made his escape from the saloon, h tened onward, and was soon at Fraunce's Tavern. He was shown to General Washington's room at once. "I am glad to see you, Dick," he said. "What is t news from across the river?" "Everything was quiet when I left there, your exc lency," the youth replied "Here is a letter from Gene Putnam." He handed the lette r to the commander-in-chief, w look the letter, opened and read it. "Ah, Putnam thinks that I had better come over wi all the force available, and be ready to the Briti if they attempt to storm the Heights," the great man sa aloud, but as if speaking to himself. Then he placed the letter in a drawer of his desk, a turned to Dick. "Putnam says you were a prisoner in the Briti sh encam ment last night, Dick, and that you heard a conversat i between a spy and General Howe." "Yes, sir; that is correct." "Repeat the conversation, D ick." The youth did so. The commander-in-chief listened intently, and with


1'HB LIBERTY BOYS IX KEW YORK. 13 r of interest, and when Dick had finished the great man as silent for two or three minutes. He was pondering eeply, and Dick stood there patiently awaiting the gen ars pleasure. rres ently General Washington looked up and said to ick "Go back to the Heights and tell General Putnam that I aid I would be over there at the earliest possible moment, ith all the force available, so as to be ready to give the ritish a warm reception in case they attempt to storm the eights." The youth bowed. "Very well, sir," he said. "ls there anything else you ieh me to say to the general?" "No, that is all; you may go." The youth saluted and withdrew. He left the house and hastened away in the direction of he river. He went a different way from the one he had used in oming, so he did not wish to be seen by the British spies, nd get into trouble with them again. Still, he did not uch fear meeting them, for he reasoned that they would ie afraid they might be captured if they remained in the ity. He did not have any adventure during the return trip, nd half an hour later was back in the patriot encampment n the Heights. He went at once to General Putnam, and told him what he commander-in -chief had said. "'Good!" said Putnam. ''When he gets here with the est of the army we will be strong enough to beat the Brit ;h off without much trouble, if they attempt to storm our osition." careful. lt was broad daylight now, and he was likely to be seen by some of the redcoats at any moment. He was skilled in the art of stealing through the timber and underbrush, however-was almost as skillful as the red Indian of the forest, in .fact-and he felt sure that he would be able to detect the presence of an enemy as quickly as the enemy would detect his presence There was. some timber between the Heights and the British encampment, but it was scrubby, and not very heavy; the underbrush was quite thick, however, and this made it easy for Dick to steal along in comparative safety He kept a sharp lookout, however, and occasionally paused and listened intently for a few minutes. He had keen hearing, and was sure that if there were any redcoats near h e would hear them He made his way along till presently he came in sight of the home of Mr. Hargrave. He paused and looked in that direction carefully. He was wondering whether or not he had better venture to the house. While he stood 'looking he saw a gir l emerge from the door at the rear of the house and go to a well which was nearby. She drew a pail of water, and was on the point of start ing back to the house when a British soldier darted out from behind the house and faced the girl. The "Liberty Boy" stood perfectly still and watched the scene with eager eyes. He saw the girl drop the pail and start backward, and the next instant the redcoat leaped forward and attempted to catch the girl in his arms, while a scream escaped her lips, and she dodged past the fellow and ran toward the house. "!"think so, sir," said Dick. The redcoat was too swift for her, however, and overtook "I'll tell you what you may do, Dick, if you like," said and grasped the girl before she could.get into the house. he general. "I will depute you a spy, with the privilege "Now I will have a dozen kisses from those pretty lips of f coming and going as you please, and if you can find out yours, my pretty maiden!" he cried exultingl y nything regarding the intentions of the British I shall be But he was destined to be disappointed. rry glad." Dick Slater had leaped forward the instant the gir l gave "All right, sir; I will do what I can." utterance to the scream, and he ran with the speed of the The "Liberty Boy" saluted and took his departure. wind, and was upon the scene by the time the redco at seized He was greatly pleased by the privilege that had been the gir l and gave utterance to the words quoted. ccordcd him by the general. He liked nothing better than "You will do nothing of the kind!" cried Dick, and he he work of spying on the enemy seized the redcoat by the collar and jerked him away. He hastened to the "Liberty Boys" headquarters, and As he felt the grip on bis collar and heard the youth"s old Bob that he was going out on a scouting and spying exYoice, the redcoat let go his hold on the girl, and whirled on dition. Dick. "Well, be careful, Dick," Bob cautioned "Don't let the edcoats gobble you up like they did last night." "I'll try and p_ot do so, Bob." Then Dick hastened away. He lt!ft the Heights, going down the opposite side from the one on which the British encampment lay, and then tole around and started in the direction of the enemy's amp. The youth was well aware that he would need to be very "I'll show you how to interf e re where you are not con cerned," the soldier hissed, and he grappled with Dick. Perhaps he thought that as the youth was a young fellow \ he would have no trouble in getting the better oi him, but if so he was speedily undeceived, for Dick was too s trong and athletic for his opponent. Realizing this, the fellow attempted to draw a knife-indeea, he did draw a knife, and attempted to use it against the "Liberty Boy."


14 THE LIBER'rY BOYS IN NEW YORK. Seeing that it was likely to be for life or death, Dick sud denly exerted his strength and threw the redcoat. In some manner the soldier's hand, in which was the l-nife, was twisted around till it was behind him, and he feil on the point of the knife, and the .weapon penetrated into his body the foll length of the blade. A gasping groan escaped his lips. "Ah-h-h-h-h!,; he gasped; "I am-a-dead-man!" Then, with a few convulsive struggles; he died. The girl had paused at the doorstep, and had remained a silent and frightened spectator of the encounter, and now she gave utterance to a little cry of terror, and gasped: "Oh, Mr. Slater, is-is-he-is he dead?" "Yes, Miss Annie," the youth replied, doffing his hat and bowing. "I did not intend to kill him, but he fell upon the point of his knife and was accidentally killed." Isn't it-isn't it-terrible." The beautiful girl was plainly greatly agitated. War was new to her, and she had never before looked upon such a scene as this. It was the :first time she had ever seen a man die a violent death, and it seemed a terrible thing. "Yes, indeed, it is terrible, Miss Annie," replied Dick, soberly. "We were not to blame, however; the man should not have offered you insult." "True; but, Dick-Mr. Slater, will not you get yourself into serious trouble on account of this?)' and she glanced around her with a frightened look in her eyes. "Supposing some of this man's friends were near and had seen this? Your life would pay the' forfeit." "I think he was alone, Miss Annie." "You do?" "Yes; otherwise his comrades would have been upon the cene before this." "Perhaps so, but-I am-am sorely afraid." "You need not be. I think there i s no danger of anything bad coming from this." "But what-what will you-do with-with this?" and she indicated the still form of the dead soldier. "I will carry it away, out of your sight, Miss Annie." "Can you-can you carry-it?" ''Oh, yes; I am strong." "If you can't, I-I will-help you." The girl tried to appear brave, but it was evident that it would have .required more courage than she was possessed of to enable her to lay a hand on the dead man's form. "I will attend to the corpse, Miss Annie. You go and get a spa de, and bring it to me. I will be yonder in the edge of the timber," and he pointed. "Very well," and the girl hastened to a wooashed which stood not far away, and entered. The youth stooped, and taking hold of the dead man's form, lifted it, and moved quickly away When the girl emerged from the woodshed Dick was almost to the edge of the timber. Annie followed at a pace, and when she entered the timber she found Dick waiting for her. The body was not in sight. Dick had placed it around on the farther s of a clump of bushes. "Where is-it?" the girl asked, in a low voice. "Beyond the bushes there, Annie." The youth took the spade from the outstretch hands, and continued : "You return to the house, Annie. I will join you pr ently." "Very well," and she turned and walked to the hou and entered. As soon as the girl was gone Dick walked around to t farther side of the clump of bushes and proceeded to ta the uniform off the dead man's form. "He won't need it any more," said the youth to himsel: "and perhaps I can use it to good advantage." He soon had the uniform removed, and then he dug grave and interred the dead man. Covering the form ove' Dick took up the clothing and walked to the house. He placed the spade in the woodshed, and then enterq the house. The girl started when she saw the uniform. "Is that-his--" she stammered, and Dick said : "Yes, it is his uniform, Miss Annie; but he won't need any more, and so I took it. I think I can make good m of it." "You are not-going t-to-put it on?" she stammered. "Yes, indeed. Why not?" "Why, it seems such-such a-terrible thing-to do." "Ob, no, that is nothing, I assure you, Miss Annie. am going to use it as a disguise while spying on the Britisl and it does n-0t pay to be squeamish It will be a big be]. to me, and I am glad to have the uniform." "I s uppose you would look at such things in a diffeJ' cnt light from the way it appears to me." "Yes; but where are your Annie?" Father went over to New York early this morning, an mother is at the home of a neighbor. I look for her horn at any moment." "I will go upstairs, Miss Annie, and change my clothin for this uniform, if you have no objections." "Of course I have none. I will keep watch, to see no more redcoats get here without being seen." "Thanks The youth went upstairs, and quickly doffed his own sui1 and donned the redcoat uniform. Then he hung his suit up in a closet and came down stairs. Mrs. H argrave came hom e just as he came down, all! greeted him pleasantly, and then thanked him heartil, when she was told of the work he had done in protectin: Annie "I am very, very much obliged to you, Mr. Slater," woman said earnestly. "You are more than welcome, Mrs. Hargraves," saJ Dick. "I was glad to be able to render your daughter I consider it my duty to do things of that ]ri whenever the opportunity comes to me." He remained there for half an hour, and then, caution'


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 15 the two to keep a sharp lookout for redcoats, and get in the ouse and close the doors if any came along, he took his eparture, going in the direction of the British encamp ent. "I don't know that I shall be able to learn anything or ery great importance," thought Dick. "But with this uniorm on l shall be able to get closer to the British "1thout eing in danger of being captured." He mt>ved slowly along, and of a sudden he came upon party of four redcoats sitting around a flat--topped stump, laying cards. CHAPTER VII. ANOTHER CAPTURE. "Hello, comrade,'' cried one; "been on a scouting exedition, have you," "Yes," replied Dick, quick to accept the suggestion. "Found out anything?" ";fo, nothing of importance." "\\'ell, there is nothing to do to-day, so join us in a game (\f cards." "You say there is nothing to do?" remarked Dick. The redcoats lookea at him in some surprise. "Yes; don't you know?" one remarked. "No; I left the encampment before daylight, and don't what was upon. I thought we were going to attack the rebels to-day." The redcoats shook their beads. "K oihing of the sort," said one. "Xo?" "Why are we not?" "Why, the rebels are too strongly intrenched on the Heights, my mll.n.;' "They have a very strong position, true, but we have the stronger force." "I know, but we would lose lots of good men if we were to try to storm the position." ''I suppose so." "Yes; there's no doubt regarding it, and I think General Howe is wise in not attempting it." "What is he going to do then?" "He is going to besiege the Heights." "So that is what he is going to do, eh?" "Yes." The "Libert:v had his eyes open, and be thought he detected one of the four redcoats eyeing him searchingly. "I wonder what it means?" the youth asked him s elf. He was soon to learn. Presently the redcoat spoke up, alld asked: "\\ho are you?" "Me?" remarked Dick, as if surprised by the question. "Yes." "I am George Davis." "George Davis, "Yes." "Well, how happens it, George Davis, that you are wearing Tom Fenton's uniform?" The youth simulated surprise. "I am not," he said. "Yes you are." "But I beg to say that you are wrong, sir." "I know I am not. Two of the buttons on your coat, if you will notice, are different from the rest. I remember seeing Tom sew them on." Dick saw that he was getting in a dangerous place. If re.dcoats became suspicious they would attack him, and four to one was big odds. "I tell you that you are mistaken," said Dick: "This is my uniform." "Comrades," said the redcoat, "that is Tom Fenton's uniform, and I suggest that we make this fellow explain how he came to be wearing it. The youth gave a look around him, and the redcoats noted this and leaped to their feet and drew their swords. "Stand where you are," cried the one who had done most of the talking. "Don't be in a hurry to go." "I don't see what is the matter with you fellows," said Dick. "What do you mean, anyway?" "I'll tell you what I think," the redcoat said. "I think you are a rebel spy, and that in all probability you have murdered Tom and taken his uniform. I don't believe you are a British soldier at all." Instantly Dick whirled and darted away. The redcoats leaped forwa]\d and struck at him with their swords, but he was out of their reach. Then they drew their pistols and fired at the fugitive. One of the bullets went through the sleeve of Dick's coat, but did not inflict a wound. "After him, boys," Dick heard one of the redcoats cry. "We must capture him." "We'll eee about that," thought Dick. "If you capture me you will be better men than I think you are." The youth had great confidence in his abilities as a runner. He did not believe there was a redcoat in the British army that could catch him in an onen field. and in the tim,. her and underbrush he had a decided advantage. The four redcoats gave chase energetically, however, yelling for Dick to stop; but of course he paid no attention. The youth ran in the direction of Brooklyn Heights, of course, and this made his pursuers sure that they were right .in thinking him a "rebel." "I told you/' panted the one who had accused Dick. "You see, he is headed straight for the rebel encampment on the Heights." "Yes, you are right," from another. "He's a rebel, all right," said a third ; "and he s a run ner, too." "Yes, I don't believe we can catch him," said the fourth. "We'll keep up the chase, anyway," said the first; "may-1 be some of our men will turn up and head him off for us."


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS I:N" NEW YORK. Onward Dick ran, and after him came the redcoats. "IVell, I'm glad of it, as it has enabled us to capture fo Dick saw that he could easily outrun them, and presently of the enemy." slackened his speed. The prisoners were conducted up the ascent, and into t "I'd like to toll them close up to the Heights, and have encampment on the Heights. some of our boys get in behind them and capture them," They were silent and sullen, and it was evident that the thought Dick. were not feeling very good-tempered. He did not suppose he would have any such good luck The advent 0 the party of "Liberty Boys" with fou as that, but made up his mind to toll the redcoats as close redcoat soldiers prisoners in their midst created c9nsider to the Heights as possible_, anyway, and trust to luck for the able excitement, and the patriot soldiers asked many ques rest. tions of the boys as they walked toward the building used a The redcoats soon noticed that the fugitive was not headquarters. going so fast, and they were deceived by it. As they approached the building General Putnam cam "He's giving out," cried one. forth, and he stared at the youths and thei,] prisoners i "Yes; maybe we can catch him, after all." surprise. "We'll make a strong attempt, anyway." He did not recognize Dick in the British uniform till h "I believe we can overtake him now." was close up, and then the general uttered an exclamatio They increased their s peed, somewhat, and began to draw "Hello, Dick, is it you?" he cried. "I didn't know yo up on the fugitive a little. in your borrowed finery. What have you been up to?" The "Liberty Boy" permitted this, and could not help "We have captured four redcoats, general," said Die smiling when he thought of how easily he could have run "What shall we do with them?" away and left the pursuers. "Take them to the guard-house, and put them in there t "I'll warrant they think they are going to overtake and keep company wtfh the seven you captured last night." capture me offhand," he said to himself. Dick turned to his comrades. Onward Dick ran, and after him came the redcoats. "You take the prisoners to the guard-house, boys," h At la st he was almost to the foot of the ascent leading said. "I have something to say to the general." up to the Heights, and the redcoats were not more than "All right, Dick," said Bob, and the youths moved awa] thirty yards behind him. I with the prisoners in their midst. The youth glanced back, and as he did so he saw a party "What did you learn while away, Dick-anything?' of his aLiberty Boys" dart out from behind a clump of askecl the general. bushes and leap upon the r e dcoat s "I know only what those four fellows told me," sai There was a lively little combat there for a few moments, Dick, motioning toward the di sappe aring prison ers. but the youths were too many for the redcoats, and the "Ah, and what did they say?" latter were quickly overpowered and made prisoners. "They said that General Howe does not intend "Well, what do you think about it now?" asked Dick, as an attack." he looked smilingly in the face of the redcoat who had "They said that?" charged him with being a rebel. "Yes." "I think just what I did from the first: You are a scoun"What is he going to do, then?" drelly rebel," was the bitter reply. "They said he was going to lay siege to the Heights, an "Easy, easy, my redcoat friend," said Dick. "Just be-force you to surre nder." cause I am a patriot is no reason I am a scoundrel. You "Ah, that's the scheme, is it?" shouldn't use such harsh terms in speaking of even an "According to the statement of the red coats yonder." enemy." "Do you think they knew what they were talking about "Bah!" Dick?" "Well,' you trapped the redcoats nicely, Dick," said Bob "I think so, sir." Estabrook, with a grin. He was the leader of the party of "And you are sure they 'llere not talking to "Liberty Boys." you?" "Yes. How did you boys happen to be on hand at just "I am. They said that before they suspected me of bein the right time, Bob?" other than a British soldier like themselves." "We saw you having a footrace with the redcoats, Dick, "I see. Well, I will tell the commander -in-chi ef when and had an idea you would lead the redcoats as close up here he gets here, and see what he--ah, there he is now." as pos:;ible, and so we hastened down and stationed ourGeneral Washington had indeed arrived on the Heights, selves behind the bushes, to be in readiness to leap upon the and was approaching the spot where Dick and the general pursuing party if it got this far." stood "But how did you know it was me? I have on a British He greeted the two pleasantly, and asked if there was any uniform.'' news. "Oh, we'd know you if we saw you running, anywhere, "Dick, here, has been out on a scouting and spying exDick." pe

THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 17 to the statements of the British soldiers no attempt will made to storm our position." 'Ah, indeed? Then what is General Howe' s plan, I nder ?" "To lay siege to the H eig hts, and starve us into surren i ng." The commander-in-chief nodded his head. "I suspected that would be the course of the British," he id. "I hardly expected that Howe would attack us when had such a strong position." "I wish h e would do so," said Putnam. "We would ke it a dear piece of business for hini." "Yes, and I think he is smart enough to understand t," said General Washington. "What shall we do, general?" asked Putnam. "We will keep quiet to-day, and see what the enemy s, General Putnam," was the reply. "It may be that the ormation we have is not to be relied on, and so we will ait and see what develops." Dick, having performed his work and done his duty, went the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Boys," and they anted to know all about his adventures of the morning. "How came you to be dressed in a British uniform and ning from the four redcoats?" asked Bob. "I'll tell you the whole story," said Dick,; and he did so, e boys listening with eager interest. "Say, Dick," said Dave Dunton, a bright, handsome ung fellow, and a prime favorite among the boys "is that rl Annie Hargrave pretty?" "Pretty, Dave?" remarked Dick. "Why, she ls one of e most beautiful girls I have ever seen "That's right," coincitled Bob: ":mil if T wasn't already love with a certain nice girl I'd try to get this Miss nie for a sweetheart "That's just what I am thinking of," said Dave gravely. I have no sweetheart, and I think I'll go to this girl's me and see if I can persuade her to be my sweetheart. l soldiers must have sweethearts, you know." The youths laughed and joked Dave, for they supposed he s merely talking to hear himself, but half an hour lat er had disappeared, and no one knew what had be.come of m .. "I"ll wager he has gone down to the Hargrave home to e a look at Miss Annie," said Bob Estabrook. "He's st that kind of a chap, and if he takes a notion to the rl she will have hard work getting rid of him." \ CHAPTER VIII. WONDERFUL WORK. All day the patriot force on Brooklyn Heights held itself readiness for action, and kept watch of the British, The British did not seem to be stirring much, and it was plain that no attempt was to be made to storm the Heights during that day The patriot generals held a council along toward evening. They wished to decide what should be done. After quite a lengthy discussion it was decided to re main on the Heights, and see what the would do. A double line of sentinels were placed out that night, an d a careful lookout was kept, but the British did not make an attack. When morning came, however, and a look could be se cured, it was seen that there was a stir in the enemy's camp. ""\Vliat are they going to do, I wonder?" asked General Putnam, as he and General Washington stood gazing down upon the British "I hope they are going to storm the Heights, but I fea r they are not," was the reply. "Well, we >vill soon know." The patriots watched the British closely, and it did not take long to discern what was going on. "They are forming in a semi-circle the Heights," snid General Putnam. "Yes," replied General Washington, "and that means that we must get ,away from here as quickly as possible, for if they should get in behind us with their warships, on East River, there would be no escape for us." "You are right,'' agreed Putnam. "What are you going to do?" "I'll t e ll you. I am going to send out trusty messengers, and gather all the boats possible, and have them assemble at the ferry after dark to-night, and then we will cross over to New York." "That is a good plan," said Putnam. This was done. A number of messengers were selected, Dick and Bob being among them, and they crossed over to Kew York and began the work of collecting the boats. They seized upon every sloop, yacht, fishing-smack, scow, and rowboat that could be found, and by evening had a large number in re adi ness. In Glover's Essex regiment were a lot of fishermen from and Gloucester. They were experts with oar or every one of them, and these were sent over in small and placed in charge of the boats, with instruc to bring the vessels over to the Brooklyn ferry as soon as it was dark enough to veil their movements. General Washington had kept an anxious eye out south ward, down the East River, for he feared that at any mo ment the warships of the British might appear in sight, coming to cut off their retreat to New York. But the sun went down, and still no British wssels were in sight. "I begin to think we shall succeed in making our escape, after all, general," he sRid to Putnam, and that grizzled >eteran nodded his head and said he thought so. soon as it was dark the patriot soldiers began l eaving the Heights and marching down to the ferry. Some of the boats were on hand, and these were quickly filled with sol diers. and moved away across the river, while other boats came np to the wharf to take the places left vacant. o I I


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS L NEW YORK. The work was v.ery skillfully conducted, and silently as No talk was indulged in-at least none above a whisper -and no noise of any kind was made. The rowlocks had heen greased, the oars were muffied. A fleet of phantom vessels manned by phantom sailors could scarcely have made less noise, and as the work pro gressed, and there came no alarm from the British, the spirits of General Washington rose. The great man was here, there, and everywhere, superin tending the work, and giving whispered commands, and his great genius was apparent in it all. All night long the work went on/ and when the soldiers had been taken safely across, the cannon, extra arms of all kinds, ammunition, tools, and horses, and all the provisions as well, were taken over, and when the sun rose nothing at all was left in the works on Brooklyn Heights. And the British had not suspected what was going on. This wonderful undertaking had been put through to a successful conclusion right under their very noses, and they had not suspected that anything unusual was in progress. When the British had breakfa!lted, and gotten their eyes open, after their sound slumber of the night, they made ready to move closer to the Heights, so as to make their ranks compact, and prevent any of the "rebels" from slipping through at night. Orders had been sent by General Howe to his brother, Commodore Howe, to bring up a num ber of warships, and come in between the Heights and New York, and thus cut off the retreat of the "rebels." 'rhere was something in the appearance of things on the top of Brooklyn Heights that did not look just right, how ever, and General Howe'sent scouts out, to see what could be discovered. An hour later one of the scouts came rushing to the British commander-in-chief, and gasped out: "The rebels are not there, your excellency." General Howe stared at the man as if he thought him crazy. "What is that you. say?" he gasped. "I say the rebels are not on the Heights, sir." "Not on the Heights?" The general's usually ruddy face paled, but he still looked at the man as if doubting his word. "That is the truth, your excellency," said the scout. "I was up to the works, and there is not a soul there." "Impossi ble !" gasped the officer. "It is the truth, sir, impossible though it may seem." Another scout came up at this moment, and substantiated his comrade's statement. Wild with rage, and scarcely knowing what to think, Gen eral Howe gav.e the order for his force to advance on the Heights, and they hastened to obey the order. Twenty minutes later the entire British force was in the works on the Heights, staring about them w .ith wondering eyes. 'rhere was nothing left but the bare works; the patriots in getting away had overlooked nothing, and bad mad clean sweep. "Well, this beats anything I ever heard of," gasped G eral Howe, as he gazed about him. "What do you thi ii, genilemen ?" turning to his officers, who were stand' near. "Well, the rebels have performed a feat that I would h deemed an impossibility," replied one. "You are right," from another. "It certainly is most wonderful thing that has ever come under my servation." "How did they manage to get away?" asked Howe. "They must have got a lot of boats together and g across in them," replied one. "But how did they manage to do that without making noise that would be beard by my sentinels?" The officers shook their heads. "You will have to ask the rebels themselves that qu tion," replied one. "It is too much for me." Meanwhile, among the patriots, over in New York, thE was great rejoicing. The soldiers were delighted, and the officers congra lated one another on the success of the affair. "I imagine there will be surprise on the part of the B ish when they find us gone," said General Putnam. "And anger as well," from another officer. "They will feel greatly chagrined, without doubt," s the commander-in-chief, with a smile. ell, now that have abandoned Brooklyn Heights, there is no longer a need of leaving General Prescott and his force in their posed position on Governors Island, so I slmll send boats bring them away at once." This was done, and before noon Prescott's force was the city. Of course Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" were lighted by the success of the retreat from the HeigH Next to a bat tle with the redcoats they could enjoy playi such a fine trick on the enemy "I wonder if we can hold the city now that we are her remarked Bob. "That is the question," replied Dick. "Well, we help to hold it, at any rate So we will." "I was sorry we had to leave Brooklyn Heights, thoug said Dave Dunton, soberly. "Why so?" asked Bob. "Because it makes it next to impossible for me to get see my sweetheart, Annie." The "Liberty Boys" stared at the speaker, and then B exclaimed: "Dave, you rascal, did you go to the Hargrave home y1 terday, when you were away from the Heights for nem three hours?" "I did," with a grin. "bid you see Annie Hargrave?" asked Dick. (<'I did, Dick," was the calm reply. "Well, what do you think of her?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN KEW YORK. 19 ''I think she is the prettiest, sweetest girl that ever I have ; 'Say, Dick, I"m going with you. It'll b e a splendid n, Dick." chance for me to go and see Annie Hargrave." There was no mistaking the youth's earnestness, and Bob "Well, you may go, if you wish, Dave," said Dick. "1 apped him on the back and said: sympathize with you, and am willing to help you all I "You're hard hit, my boy! You're hard hit!" can." 'You are right, Bob; I acknowledge the fact," was the "l\Iuch obliged, Dick," in a grateful voice. "Say, let me go with you, Dick," said Bob. "And what about the girl?" asked Dick. "Dia she seem I think I had better not take anyone else with me, o take a to you?" Bob," with a shake of the head. "I wouldn't let Dave go "I don't know, but I hope so. Now, however, we are so if it wasn't for his having a sweetheart over there." ar a way from her home that I fear I shall not be able to "J oYe, I wis h I had a sweetheart over there, then," said ake much progre13s, as I can't get to her home." Bob. "'Oh, well, you can hunt her up when the war is over, and "You sec, Dave and I will separate as soon as we get new your acquaintanceship," said Bob. across the riv e r. He will go to the Hargrave home, while "Oh, blazes! s he'd forget there ever was such a fellow as I will make for the Heights." ave Dunton in that time," said the youth gloomily. "I know. Ir e ll, you want to be careful, both of you," "Oh, well, you will be able to go over and see her, Dave," said Bob. aid Bob, patting him on the back. "I'll go with you if "Oh, we' ll be careful, you may be of that." on're afraid to go alone, old man." "You had l et half a dozen of us go over and stay "Oh, I'm not afraid, and I'll go if I have to fight my in a boa t down by the ferry, Dick," said Bob; "then if you ay through th e British army to get there." get into trouble, and want to get away in a hurry, you will "That settles it," sa id Bob, gravely. "He is head over be able to do so." ars in loYc with the girl, I know, for that's just the way I After some thought Dick told Bob that this was not a bad eel about my s w eet h eart." idea That evening Di c k received a summons to appear before "You may do that if you like," he said; and Bob and five eneral. Was hington at Fraunc e's Tav e rn, corner of Pearl of the youths got ready to accompany Dick and Dave. nd Broad streets, which was used as headquarters by the T e n iTiinute. later they made their way along the fficers. and soon reached the river front. He went at once. rrhey found a boat, and getting in, pushed off. "Dick," the great man said. "I have some work for you." The were expert oarsmen, and rowed swiftly, but "I am glad of it, sir." silently across the riv er "I knew you would be," with a smile "You and your It was dark that they did not much fea:r being discov'Liberly Boys' are always ready and eager for work." ered, and ten minutes later they reach e d the Long Island "What is it you wish me to do, sir?" shore, and Dick and Dave got out. "I wish you to do some more spy-work, Di ck." "We"ll wait right here for you;" whispered Bob. "Very good, sir." "All right." "It will be a dangerous undertaking, Di c k, but I want "ffow long do you think you'll be gone?" that yo11 shall gross the East River and try to find out what "I don't know, Bob." the Britis h intend doing." "Well, we) ll stay right h ere till you do come." "I'll do the bes t I can, your excellency." "Good. Do so." "I am sure of that. You see; Dick, we ha1e dqne well "We will, but I don't know whethe r w e can make that escaping from the Britis h whe n they might have hemmed kind of a promise to Dave or not, for when a fellow is us in over on the Heights, and I do not w ish to let them get with his s 're etheart he keeps no account of the flight of ven with us by playing some trick in r eturn If they are time.n oing to try to do anything, I wish to know what it is, in "Oh, I "on 't stay a great while, Bob," replied Dave. dvance, and then we will be enabled to foil their plans." "If I can l earn what they intend doing, I will do so, ir. "Very good. You may go now. Do what you please, and work in your own way. All I care for is that you secu r e the nformation." "Very good, sir," and then, saluting, Dick took his dearture. "When he returned to the quarters occupied by the erty Boys," and told that he was going 01er onto the Lon g Island side of the river on a spying expeditio:, Da1e Dunton leaped up, eagerly, and cried: CHAPTER IX. DISCOVERED. The two youths moved away, and parted after they had gone perhaps fifty yards, Dave turning to the right, and Dick going straight ahead. Dick made his way slowly and cautiously up the slope leading to Brooklyn Heights.


. 20 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN NEW YORK. He knew that he ''as taking his lie in his hands in ven turing up the hill, but he was daring, and had made up his mind to learn something regarding the plans of the British if such a thing was possible. Dick had donned the suit of scarlet before starting out, and in this resp ect he was well equipped. In the darkness it would be a difficult matter for any redcoat to discover that he was not a comrade. Getting into the encampment was the difficulty, however. There were sentinels, and it would be a hard matter to get past them. The youth was an expert at this kind of work, however, and thought he would be able to succeed. He crept cautiously up the side of the slope, and presently was close to the top. Here he paused a:nd listened. Soon he heard the tread of the sentinel. Closer and closer the footsteps sounded, and tlten the youth saw the form of the sentinel outlined against the horizon. Dick waited till the sentinel had passed on, and then stole forward, and leaping over the embankment, was within the works. Of course, having but recently been in the works, when the patriot army was there; Dick knew the ground thor oughly. This was of great assistance to him, and he, moved about in quite a confident manner. He moved here and there, among the soldiers, and acted so cool, selfpossessed, and so entirely at home that he at tracted no attention. Wherever there was a group of soldiers tal!dng, Dick paused and listened, hoping to hear something that would give him a knowledge of the intended movements of the British He heard some things that were of interest, and learned that it had not yet been decided what should be done; from some of the talk indulged in, however, Dick decided that the matter of crossing the river and capturing New York city was being considered. "That is wl)at General Washington thinks they are likely to do, I am confident," thought Dick. He made his way gradually in the direction of the build ing that had been used as headquarters by the patriot officers, as he felt confident it would be used by the British officers as well. The "Liberty Boy" had been in this building many times, and knew the interior arrangements perfectly. If he could get into the house he would be able to make his way about without trouble. There was a rear door, and toward this Dick made way. When he reached the door he found it fastened. Then he trieq a window, and succeeded in raising it. He stood still, and listened for almost a minute. He could hear no sound .to indicate the presence of any one within the room that he was about to enter. Of a sudden, however, he heard footsteps near at ha and realized that some one was coming. He quickly stepped through the opening, and pushed window down. E The youth 1.-new just where he was, and although it J dark within the room, he had no difficulty in moving acr the floor, t, so as to gua against his getting out of the encampment, and then ma a thorough search for him." "Yes, your excellency. It shall be done." "And when you have found him him here." "Yes, your "Hasten." "Yes, your excellency." The man hastened away at once.


THE LL ... RTY BOYS I:N" NEW YvRK. 21 s for Dick, he realized that he must get away from in a hurry. I must try to get through the lines before the sentinels stationed," he thought. "If I don't it will be difficult me to get out, and when they go to making thorough 8 ch the chances are that they will soon discover .that I not what I seem." he "Liberty Boy" got out of the house the same way he got in, and was soo stealing along in the shadowsof e small buildings. Presently there were no more buildings to cast shadows, then Dick sauntered out, and mingled with the soldiers. He could see that on every hand was excitement. oldiers were 'hurrying hither and thither, and there a babel of tongues. ''What's the trouble?" asked Dick, addressing a quiet king soldier. 1Rebel spy in camp," was the reply. "You don't say." ol"'fe:;;." "How do they know this?" 1 A Tory was down at the river, and saw a boat come over m New York. There were four in the boat, but two tout and came in this direction a ways, when one turned "de, and went off toward the south; the other came aight up the slope toward our encampment. He says is sure the fellow entered the q_amp, and that he is a rebel y." "Surely he wouldn't do that. He would be seen, and uld be seized at once.'1 "No." "No?" "No; you see, he has a British uniform on, and would t be noticed.''" "Ah, I see." A sudden thought seemed to strike the redcoat, and he rned and gazed keenly at Dick. "You seem to be rather inquisitive," he said. "Oh, I just wished to know what is going op." "You ought to have known without having to answer me, r it has been current news in the camp for fifteen es." "I have been out on a little scouting expedition, and have st got in." "Oh, that's it?" The youth thought he detected suspicion and unbelief in e man's voice. "That's it," he replied, quietly, and turned to walk away, y to find himself seized by the shoulder. "Hold on, my friend, don't be in such a hurry," the sol er said grimly. "You asked me a number of questions, w let me ask you a few." "llhy, I have no objections," said Dick, quietly. 110h, you haven't?" "Of not." "Yer y well. What company do you belong to?" "Company I, Of the Twelfth regiment." "Humph. what is your captain's name?" \ "E;Iiox." "You lie," cried the redcoat. "There is no such captain in our army, and the captain of the company you menti o n is named Morgan." Crack! The "Liberty Boy" had jerked loose from the other's grasp and dealt him a blow fair between the eyes, knocking him down. A wild yell went up from the man's lips, however, a n d this attracted attention instantly. The fallen man was not rendered senseless by the blow, and he instantly cried out : "The spy The spy Dick knew it would not do to stay and try to deceive the redcoats into believing he was a British soldier. The fact that he had struck the redcoat would be sufficient to prove that he was not a redcoat. So he leaped a, way with the speed off startled deer. This action on his part attracted attention directly to him, of course, and cries went up on every hand. "The spy!" "Stop him!" "Seize him!" "Don't let him get away!" Soldiers ran to in tercept him; others leaped forward and tried to seize him Things certainly looked bad for the brave "Liberty Boy." He did not pause or falter, however. He knew it was do or die. If he was captured his life would undoubtedly pay the forfeit. The youth knocked down three or four soldiers wllo had attempted to seize him, and then found half a dozen more confronting him. He leaped right at them, and in an another instant was engaged in a furious hand-to-hand encounter with them. The redcoats had never been so roughly in all their lives as this youth handled them. He moved about so swiftly, leaping here and there, and ducking and dodging, that they could not seize hold of him, and he struck out straight and sure, and had the six of them piled upon the ground. Then Dick bounded onward, just as a fresh lot of red coats were on the point of leaping upon him. As for that, the entire encampment was gathering at this spot, and if the youth did not get away quickly he would not get away at all. The redcoats were afraid to fire at the youth for fear of hitting some of their own men, and on this account Dick was reasonably safe so far as that was concerneO. He bounded away, and reaching the earthwork s leaped oYe r. He was now where it would be safe to fire upon him, and as he _leaped over the earthworks a score of muskets cracked, and th e bullets whistled over the youth's head.


'. Tr D,... "j 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NLYORK. "That was a close call," thought Dick, and he bound ed down the slope at the top of his speed. Dick, Miss Annie. How is it? Is Dave jealous, and you afraid to address me by my given name?" "No; that isn't it at all." Soon the top of the earthworks was thick with redcoats, and they fired a volley down the slope in the direction taken by the fugitive. The youth, anticipating some such move on their part, had taken refuge behind a large tree, and the bullets rat tled all around him. "'Of course not," laughed Dave. "Why should I be j ous of you, Dick? Why, Annie, he has a sweetheart u a Westchester county, and if he was to make love to anot girl, there would be trouble, and no mistake." Dick laughed, and then turned to Mr. and Mrs. grave, and engaged them in conversation. "They would have downed me but for the tree," he said to himself. "Well, I must get away from here now, and in a hurry at that." "Dave says you went on a spying expedition to the campment of the British, Mr. Slater," said Mr. Hargr Then he bounded onward down the slope, and he heard the crackling of underbrush behind him, which proved that he was being pursued. "Well, if they don't bring me down with an accidental :shot, I will be able to escape," the "Liberty Boy" said to himself. "Did you have good success?" "Only fair success, sir. My presence was discovered, I was forced to flee for my life." "Ah And were you pursued?" "Yes, a ways, at least." "Is there any that they will be able to track Onward he dashed. here, Dick?" asked Dave. I Presently he re bed the foot of the slope, and struck "I h al 1 k B t t'll 't 1 t b 11 f l 1 1 ar y tun so. u s i i m1g l e we or u t 1e eve country. Th h h d d th d' t' th H rr go pretty soon. It would be bad for the folks here, if en e ea e in e irec ion oi. e ar0rave i.armt b f d th 1 ,, were o e oun in eir 10me. house, and ran faster than ever. Presently he paused and listened. "That's so. I think we had better go." It was plain that Dave did not wish to run the risk He coum hear no sound of pursuit. getting sweetheart into danger. "I guess they've given it up as a bad job," he told himSo two bade the folks good-by, and took their dep self. "Well, I'll go on to Mr. Hanrrave's, and see if Dave is ready to go back to New York." ure. CHAPTER X. ANOTHER CAPTURE. The "Liberty Boy" hastened onward, and tweifty min utes later arrived at the farmhouse. l'vlr. Hargrave admitted Dick, and greeted him warmly. "I am very, very gla,d to see you," he said. "Your com rade, Dave Dunton, said he thought it possible you might come here, ancl I'm glad you have done so." "Thank you," said Dick. "I am glad to see you again, and how are you, ::\Irs. Hargrave?" as the lady shook hands wifh him. "I am well, l'lfr. Slater," was the reply. "But I am liv ing in constant fear these days, for one hardly knows what to expect of the redcoats." paused at the edge of the timb e r, a few yards tant from the house, at Dave's suggestion. "Let's wait here awhile, Dick," he said; "rnme of redcoats might come, and then we will be on hand to-t protect--" "Miss Annie," finished Dick, nudging his compan miRchievously. "Well, yes, if you will have it that way, Dick. You k how that is yourself. Just imagine this was the home Alice Estabrook, your sweetheart, and that she was in th in place Annie, wouldn't you want to stay awhile, be ready to protect her?" "I most c;rtainly would, Dave," was the earnest re "I was just joking, Dave, and we will stay here as long you wish." "Thank you, old man." "No thanks are necessary, my boy." The two haJ been there not more than ten minutes bef they heard footsteps and the crackling of underbrush, a party of about half a dozen men pas s ed within ten ya of them, and went on to the house. "True," agreed Dick. "Still, I hardly think they will do you serious injury." 'rhen he shook hands with Annie, who blushed, for she "There they arc, sure enough," whispered Dave, his v was a bright girl, and well knew that Dick knew why Dave quivering with excite;ment. was coming there. Still she was very happy, for she had "You are right, Dave. It is perhaps a good thing t learned to love Dave, who was a handsome, manly youth. we rem:iined." "How are you and my comrade getting along, Miss An"Yes, i;i.deed." nie ?" Dick asked mischievously. "W r will wait and see whether or not they act mea "Oh, first Tate, I guess, Mr. Slater," was the reply, with I s aid Dick. i'If they do not, perhaps it will be a s well for another blush. to not interfere with them, but if they go to threatening 'Mr. Slater,' eh?" la u g lied Dick. "You used to call me folks yond e r, we will give the scoundrels a good thrashiD


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 23 he redcoats were now at the front of the house, and one 1 'Thafs so; that is a good her father said. "Come knocked on the door. along.'' resently it was opened by Mr. Hargrave, who asked "No; you stay here; we can get along, father," sai d t was wanted. \.nnie. We have come to see if there is a rebel here, sir,'' said The woman and girl left the house, and walked toward leader of tbe party. the timber, but had gone only a little ways .when they 'rhere is no rebel here," Mr. Hargrave said. heard a familiar voice say cautiously: Of course you would say so," in a sneering voice. "Sh! don't be frightened, Mrs. Hargrave and Annie; it I say so because it is so." is Dave ;md L" a Then you will have no objection to our searching the "Mr. Slater!" exclaimed the woman. se, I suppose." "And Dave!" exclaimed the girl, and then she blushed7 Certainly not." but Lhe darkness concealed this from the eyes of the others ;Very well; we will do so, then. Come along, boys." "We heard the redcoats coming, and remained so as to be r. Hargrave stepped aside, and the redcoats filed into on hand to protect you in case you needed protection," exhouse. plained Dick. ''\Yhy should you get the idea that there was a rebel "Oh, I am so glad!" Mrs Hargrave murmured. I i e ?" )fr. Hargrave asked. "\Yhere are the redcoats now?" :r 'Because there was a rebel spy in our encampment an "They are down in the cellar." r ago and 11,1:! made his escape. The last that was seen or "Searching for me?" rd of him he was headed this way, and we thought he "No, getting drunk on hard cider." ght have taken refuge in your house "So that is what they are doing?" remarked Dick. "And 'No ; we ha 1e seen no one this evening." why did you leave the house?" "We will search the house and see for ourselves neverthe"W c were afraid they might act mean when they became intoxicated, and so we came out, and were going to hide in 'Very welt I will go with you." ihc edge of the timber till the redcoats were gone." 1 r. Rargrave took up a candle, and went on: "I see." 'Where wiH you look first?" "What shall we do, Dick?" "On this floor." "I hardly know, Dave; perhaps it will be as well to let All the rooms on the ground floor were searched, and the fellows go away if they go quietly." n three of the redcoats took a candle and went to the eel "Bui. they won't be likely to do that if they becom1 whilE! the other three, led by Mr. Hargrave, went updrunk." irs. search was made both ill the cellar and in the oms on the second floor, but of course no sign of the rson the redcoats were looking for was found. The redcoats in the cellar made a discovery, however, and e that filled them with delight. They found a barrel of rd cider, and lost no time in sampling it. As soon as 1.he three came down from upstairs they were lled to by those in the cellar, and hastened down, equally ger to do some sampling. Mr. Hargrave remained in the sitting-room, where his ife and daughter were. There was a troubled look on his face. "They will get drunk on the hard cider," he told his fe and daughter. "And I am afraid that when in that ndition they will be capable of almost any meanness." "Perhaps they will drink themselves into a helpless ate," said his wife, hopefully. "Perhaps so. I hope so, but I am afraid they will not. think you and Annie had better go upstairs, if they me up out of the cellar and ask where you are I will say ou have gone to bed." "I think the best thing for us to do will be to go out of oors, and hide nearby, till the redcoats are gone, father," id Annie. "We will be safer, then, than if we remain the house." \ are likely to be mean, that's a fact. Well, we will remain, and if they do get mean we will go for them and make them wish they had gone away and attended to i.heir business." "So we will.'' The woman and girl remained with Dick and Dave, and while Dick conversed with Mrs. Hargrave, Dave and Annie had considerable to say to each other-and they said it in such faint whispers that even Dicj>: and Annie s mother could not hear what was said. I: was necessary. that talk should be pitched in a very cautious key, on account of the proximity of the redcoats, of co11rse. Had the moon suddenly shone forth from behind the clouds and flooded the scene with light, it would have been slightly disconcerting to Dave and Annie, for the youth's ?rm was around the girl's waist. Young lovers may safely be cnunted upon to take prompt advantage of every possible opportunity for such performance .s. Presently DiCk made 4is way to the door, and looked in. 1\fr. Hargrave wus sitting down, taking things as easy as possible, though the sound of loud talk, mingled with which was much boisterous laughter was anything but reassuring. "Those redcoats are getting worked up to a pitch that will make them capable of almost anything,'' thought Dick.


24 'l'HB I1IBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. Being confident that the n;ien in the cellar would not come upstairs right away, Dick entered the room, and ex plained matters to Mr. Hargrave, who was glad to know that Dick and Dave were on hand. "I hope that I shall have no trouble with them," he said. "But i:f I do I shall not worry, as we three sober men ought to be able to get the better o:f them, drunk as they are." Shuffling :footsteps w.ere heard on the stairs at this mo ment, and Dick glided out o:f the room. / The redcoats had all the hard cider they could drink, and came np into the sitting-room, talking and lau:gliing bois terously. "Where's the women :folks?" asked the leader o:f the party, swaying unsteadily. "They have gone upstairs," was the command. "But they have gone to bed, sir," the man protested. "No matter; had no business to go to bed so early. Tell 'em to come down." "Really, sir, I must object to doing so," Mr. Hargrave said. "Then we'll make 'em come down ourselves. Come onl boys," and seizing a candle, the :fellow led the way, the other five :following, and they staggered upstairs. O:f course, they :found nobody, and presently they were heard coming down. They were talking loudly, and threats were intermingled with the talk. Knowing that the redcoats would be angry when they came down, Mr. Hargrave bad summoned Dick and Dave, and the three stood near the door leading into the room :from the hall in which was the stairway. Each man held a pistol in his band, but held it by the muzzle, instead o:f by the butt. The intention was to rap the redcoats over the head, one after the as they came through the door way. Presently the leader came staggering through the doorway. "Where 's the scoundrel that lied to us?" he cried. "Where's the-" He got no :further, :for Dick rapped him over the head with the butt of his pistol, and dropped him senseless to the :floor. The redcoats were strung out sufficiently so as to make it easv :for the three to work the scheme, and it was no trouble at all to down the drunken soldiers as they came staggering through the doorway. The result was that in a very :few minutes the redcoats were prisoners, their hands being tied together behind their backs. Water was thrown in the :faces o:f the redcoats, and they soon recovered their senses Their rough experience had sobered them somewhat, and they stared at the two youths in "You are the spies we were in search of," cried the leader, angrily. "I'll wager a month's pay that that is the case." "And what i:f we are?" asked Dick suavely. "What are you going to do about it?" "Nothing, I guess," was the reply. "You have us f And now, what are you .going to do with us?" "We are going to take you across the river." "To New York?" "Yes." "You had better let us go." "Oh, no." "You will never get us there." "Why not?" "Some o:f our comrades will rescue us, and capture y "We are not afraid. We will gag you so you can't out, and will have very little trouble in getting you over the city." The youths gagged the redcoats, and then b(dding g by to Mrs. Hargrave and Annie, and accompanied by Hargrave, set out :for the river with their prisoners T soon locat e d the boat in which were Bob and his comra and putting the prisoners in the boat, got in, bade good to Mr. Hargrave, and were soon moving across the riv CHAPTER XL IN THE ENEl\IY'S CA:\IP. .I Next morning Dick went to headquarters,. to report General W asbington. "Well, what did you learn, Dick?" the great man ask after he had greeted Dick. "I learned that there is a plan on :foot :for capturng i\" York, your excellency," said Dick. "I suspected as much, my boy; tell me all you kn about it." The youth did so, the general listening with inrere; "Well," he said, when Dick had :finished, "we will j have to keep our eyes open and watch the redcoats li hawks. We must be ready to checkmate any move they m attempt to make." "True, sir; do you think they can take the city?" "I rather :fear so, Dick." "You will hold it as long as possible, however?" "That depends, Dick. It may turn out to be more a visable to simply evacuate the city, and let them take p session unopposed. They have a much stronger :force th ours, and have besides, the assistance o:f the :fleet, which c ascend the rivers on both sides o:f 'tl.S, and bombard us \ we try to stay." "Well, I hope you will hold it, sir." The great genera l smiled. "You a11d your 'Libert y Boys' are always eager :for fight, Dick," he said. "I am glad 0 it, but it is som time<; better policy not to fight, but to wait :for a mo farnrable opportunity." "True, sir," said Dick. "By the way, I was informed while breakasting t you brought some prisoners over last night. I


'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS TI NEW YORK. 25 he youth bowed. Ies your excellency. We captured six redcoats, who b o thering a patriot family, and brought them over." Good Every British soldier we capture makes the y's force just that much weaker, and the more we get he redcoats the better." he two talked awhile longer, and Dick was on the point taking his departure, v,hen of a sudden an exclamation ped the lips of General Washington. What is it, sir?" asked Dick. he great man struck himself on the head with his ched hand, as if thoroughly vexed I have just thought of something, Dick," he said. "1 e committed a grave error, have done something which y result disastrous! y, indeed." 'What is it, sir?" 'This, Dick. When we evacuated the works on Brooklyn ights I forgot to remove some papers from the desk the room I used for my private office!" "You left some papers there?" l'Yes, Dick, and important papers, at that." 'That is too bad. "Indeed it is. If they have falle n into the hands of the tish it will be bad, for they were papers of great im tance." Genera l Washington leaped to his feet and paced r. 'Is there any possibility that the British may no\ find p_apers ?" Dick asked "Yes, there is a possibility, but scarcely a probability it, Dick. I fear they have found the papers, or will do Oh, why did I forget them? What shall I do? What ll I do?" The "Liberty Boy" had never before seen the great man agitated "The papers must be of great value, indeed," he thought ove, I wish I could get them for him." Then he started, and an eager light came into his eyes. hy could he not at least try to secure the valuitble pa s? He ha-d ventured into the British encampment bee, why not do it again? He waited a few moments, and then addressed the genal. 1'ould be an utter impossibility, but I am willing to make the attempt, if you say for me to dU so." : "I would not like to say for you to do. so, Dick, fdr it would be such a daring thing to do, and so dangerous that I would not like to expose you to the danger of being cap hued." "You need not hesitate on my account, your excel lency," said Dick, quietly. "I shall be glad to make the at t e mpt to secure the papers, and will do so if you wish. It may be that I shall fail, but I will succeed, if possible." "I know that, Dick; but you must take into considera tion the terrible danger. First you must penetrate into the British encampment; then you would have to enter the house used as headquarters. Even then your work would be only begun, for the most difficult thing of all would be to enter the room and see if the papers were to be found, for there woul d almost surely be one or more officers in the room nearly all the time "True, sir; but I will make the attempt gladly, and if I should succeed, it will be well; if I fail it cannot be help ed." General' Washington took a step for"ard, and seizing Dick's hand, pressed it warmly "Dick," he said, "if you can by any stroke of .good wor k and good fortune combined secure those papers, you will be doing not only me, but the patriot cause the grea test service imaginable. I shall let you make the attempt, my boy, but would not do so, were it not that the papers a re of such great importance. I oniy hope and pray that you may succeed, and that you may not lose your life in making the attempt!" "Then it is settled, sir? I am to make the attempt to se cure the papers?" asked DJck eagerly. "Yes, my boy." "Thank you, sir, for letting me do so. I shall be de lighted to try to secure the papers, and will do so if such a thing is possible." "I am sure of that, Dick." "And now, tell me where you left the papers, your ex cellency. "They were left in a small drawer at the right-hand side of the old walnut desk that I used-you saw it, did you not?" "Yes, sir." "I have thought of something, your excellency," he said. "Good; then you know right where to lpok for the pa What, Dick?" without pausing in the rapid pacing pcrs." 1ckward and forward across the room. "Yes, sir, and if the redcoats haven't already found "Why not let me make the attempt to secure the pathem, I b e lieve I shall be able to secure them." s ?" "Well, be very careful, Dick; don't risk your life too General Washington paused suddenly, and whirling, recklessly, as I would rather lose the papers, important ed the youth. He stared at Dick for a few moments though they are, than to have you lose your life edly, and then said: "I'll be careful, sir." "Do you think there is the least chance for you to do such "I suppose you will wait till night before making the hing, Dick?" he asked. attempt, Dick?" The youth hesitated. "Yes; it would not be possible to enter the British lines "Well, I can hardly say as regards that, sir," he replied; I in the daytime." here may be a chance that I could do it, and perhaps it After some further talk, Dick saluted and withdrew.


26 THE LIBER'rY BOYS IN NEW YORK. He returned to the quarters occupied by the "Liberty Their very boldness of demeanor was their best Boys,'' aml told them what he intended trying to do. guard. Other men whom they pa sed glanced at the t They were eager and excited, and many shook their heads but there was nothing in the actions of the two to ex dubiously. suspicion that they were not British soldiers, and so no "It will be as much as your life is worth to aftempt such ticular attention was paid to them. a dangerous thing, Dick." Of course they were careful not to get close to any of "You will be captured, sure!" camp-fires, as Dick feared that his face might be re "AnL1 capture means death!" nized. "You are foolish to take such a risk, Dick!" They worked their way toward the building occupied Such were a few of the remarks indulged in by the "Libthe officers as headquarters, and preRcntly were enabled erty Boys." slip in behind the building. They did not think they But Dick simply smiled. b een seen, but stood beside the house and waited and "I have been in the British lines before, boys," he said, tened for several minutes before making any further mo "and am here, alive and well." Hearing nothing to arouse their fears, they got to wo "True; but you came near getting nabbed the last time," They tried the door, and found it fastened. Then D said Mark Morrison. tried the window, and to bis surprise, and delight as w "But they didn't get me, and a miss is as good as a mile." found it unfastened. "Next time you may not be so fortunate." He pushed the window up, ancl held it while Bob clim "Well, I am going to make the attempt, at any rate, and softly through, into the room. I hae considerable hope of being able to secure the paThen Dick followed, and the window was lowered, slo pers." and cautiously, for it would not have done to mak "Say, Dick, you must not go alone," said Bob. "I am noise. going to go with you." When the window had been lowered the two dar 1 "But I, fear two would be more likely to be discovered "Liberty Boys" stood perfectly still, and listened for m than one, Bob." than a minute. "I don't think so. I have a British uniform, and dressed They were on the point of starting ahead, with a vie11 up as.redcoats the two of us will not be noticed any more making their way to the room occupied by the officers, wl quickly than would be the case with one." 1 they heard footsteps in the hall. "Perhaps not." Some one was coming! "Then L'm to go!" cried Bob, eagerly. The two stood still, and waited, however, for they 1 "Yes," s aid Dick, after a few moments of thought. "You sure the person would enter the kitchen, which was ac go." the hall from the room they were in. "And you will want that some more of us shall go alQng, It turned out as they expected; the person did enter and in the boat, like we did night, won't you, kitcheu. Dick?" asked Mark Morrison. They listened intently, ancl were able to determine "Yes, Mark." the sound of the footsteps that the person had gone c1 "All right." into the cellar. The clay passed away in due time, and then Dick and "For wine for the officers, likely," whispered Bob. Bob arrayed themselves in the British uniforms, and ac"I have an idea that you are right, Bob," replied D" companied by four more "Liberty Boys," '\Vent do,vn to the and a thol1aht struck him. East River, got in a boat, and rowed across, iaking a land-He had brought along some sleeping powders, and if ing a quarter of a mile below the ferryboat wharf. any means these powders could be gotten into the wine Dick and Bob got out, bade their comrades good-by in officers were to drink, then the task of entering the r cautious whispers, ancl then moved away through the darkwhrre they were would be simplified. ness. "Corne, Bob," whispered Dick. The two stole up the slope leading to the Heights, and They moved across the room, opened the door lead movecl as silently as two shadows. into the hall, crossed the hall, and entered the kitchen. They were experts at this kind of business, and were soon The door leading lo the cellar was open, and a f close up to the earthworks. light came streaming up from below. Here they paused, to await the approach of the sen, The youths took up their position at a point where t tinel. would be behind the man's back as he came up out of Soon they heard his footsteps, and saw his body outcellar; this would enable them to take him by surprise, lined against the sky. they would have no difficulty in making a prisoner of h They waited till the sentinel had passed, iand then they if such a course was decided to be necessary. stole fonrnrcl, reached the earthworks, stepped over, and Presently they the footsteps of the man. He walked calmly and quietly forward, acting as if they were approaching the steps leading up into the kitchen, and perfectly at home. light grew brighter and brighter as he came closer.


TRB LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. 27 en the youths heard the man's steps on the stairs, and "Yes; all we will haYe to do now is to make a prisoner c hi head came in view. of the servant, and tie and gag him. Then, when the drugthey crouched low, and waited, ready to pounce upon ged wine gets in its work, we will have a good chance to fellow when he should be in the kitchen. secure the papers if they have not already been taken." ut suddenly they exchanged glances. The man was "True." ng to himself, but speaking aloud, as is the fashion Perhaps ten minutes elapsed, and then the serrnnt resome men. turned. There was a broad grin on his face. I hate that fat old scoundrel Howe!" the fellow said. "They're pourin' the wine down at a great rate," he said, i e treats me like I was a dog, and I don't like it. I'd "and I think they'll begin to feel kind of sick at their l to do something to get even with him, that's what I stomachs pretty soon." Id. I'd do it, too, if I had a chance." "How many are there of them?" asked Dick. 0 \\ould you, really and truly?" asked Dick, and he and "Three." stepped forward and confronted the man, who start"General Howe is one of them?" ) ack, and came within an ace of dropping the bottles of "Yes. 'l'hey've just found some papers that were left by he was carrying. the rebels, an' they are in high spirits." Yes, I would," the man said, doggedly; "and now, what The youths looked at each other quickly. This was good 'OU goin' to do about it? I s'pose you'll g-0 an' tell him news and bad both. It 'was. good news to learn that the t I have said?" papers had only just been found, and it was bad news to said Di ck. "We don't like General Howe, either, learn that they had been found at all. E} we will help you get even with him, and will be get"Have they read the papers yet?" said Dick. "eyen with him ourselves at the same time." ")Tot yet," he replied. "General Howe was too eager to \All right. How are we goin' to do it?" sample the wine, and he stuck the papers ill the inside t That wine is for him?" asked Dick. pocket of his coat. He said they would finish the 'Yine and Yes, for him an' the other officers that are in there." then examine the papers. I guess they'll wait awhile longer Very well. I have here some powders that will make a than that, eh?" sick at his stomach, but will not injure him perma"l think so," said Dick, significantly, and with a sly tly. Let put the in the wine; it will make I at Bob. l officers sick, and they will never know what caused I The three stepped to the open door of the kitchen, and fr sickness, while we will be revenged on them. What do listened. 'l'hey could hear the sound of the voices of the t say?" officers, who were talking and laughing. 'All right; rm agreeable," said the servant. Soon the tones of the voices became less loud and boisCHAPTER XII. DICK AND BOB SECDRE THE PAPERS. J'bis was good fortune, indeed. he youths could not have asked for anything more to ir liking than this. f course the servant thought they were British sol rs, the same as himself, or he would not have agreed the plan suggested. tle clid not suspect that the two were "rebel" spies, and 1t they had a purpose in being there. e quickly extracted the corks from the necks of the -, and Dick put two powders in each of the bottles. This e, the corks were put back, and Dick said: go ahend and let them drink all they want to. It 1 make them good and sick, and that is what we want." It will be some satisfaction to see them sick," said the vant, and then he left the kitchen, and went to the room ere the officers were. 'Say, what a great stroke of luck that was, Dick!" said b, rubbing his hands in delight. 'You are right, Bob; we were very fortunate." terous, however, and presently were not heard at all, and Dick and Bob knew that the time had come for them to act. They exchanged glances, and then of a sudden Dick seized the servant by the throat with a grip of iron. The fellow was "taken wholly by surprise, and this, with the squeezing from Dick's ironlike fingers, almost caused the fellow's eyes to pop out. He struggled, but of course it availed hi.m nothing, for Bob seized him by the arm .s, pulled them together behind the man's back, and bound the wrists. "I do not intend to harm you, my friend," said Dick to the helpless man. "You have served us too good a turn to permit of our doing you a serious injury. All we wish to do is to assure your silence for half an hour or so, and then you will be freed, in all likelihood." The man understood, Dick knew, and a relieved look ap peared in his eyes, but when he felt himself strangling he struggled fiercely. It was no use, however. The man was forced to succumb, and soon lapsed into unconsciousness. Then the "Liberty Boys" bound the fellow's legs, and gagged him, after which they made their way to the room occupied by the British officers, and opening the door, looked in. A glance was all that was needed to tell them all.


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN NEW YORK. The British officers had succumbed to the drugged wine, and the "Liberty Boys" entered the room, and secured the important papers. 'rhanks to the information which the servant bad given them, they knew right where to look for them, and Dick secured the papenl from the pocket of General Howe, who lay stretched out on the floor. Scarcely had the youth secured the papersand placed them in his own pocket before they heard the front door open. Some one was coming. They could tell by the trampling sound that there were several of the newcomers, and stopping only long enough to blow out the candles, the youths slipped out of the room, and tiptoed along the ball to the rear of the building. They made their way out of the house in the man ner that they had entered, and just as they passed through the window they heard loud cries of amazement and consternation, wich came from the room where the insensible officers lay. "We will have to get out of this in a hurry, Bob," said Dick. The men who bad the building were three ill numb er, and were Briti sh officers. When they found General Howe' room in darkness they were surprised, and called the general's name, but of course received no reply. One of their number happened to have and steel, and soon a li ght. When they saw three officers I in an unconscious condition their amazement was unbollnded, anu their anger flamed up. "This is the work of rebels!" cried one of the officers. "Sound the alarm at once." Tw o of the officers rushed out and gave the alarm, and soon tlie camp was in a turmoil of excitement. Som e thought that General Howe bad been killed by rebels, right in his own room, and none of them had a very clear idea of just what it was that had happened, but they did undergtand that it was thought the rebels were in the camp, 'lnd a search was at once instituted, in the hope that the guilty parties might be found. It w11s lik e a hornet's nest after a boy has poked it with a stick, anr1 Dick and Bob were in a measure protected by the turmoil and excitement, for the soldiers were running wildly in all, and no one was capable of sizing up those whom he encountered. The result was that the youths managed to reach a point close to the earthworks without having been suspected, and then, seizing upon a favorable opportunity, they leaped over the works and made a dash down the slope. A sentinel saw them, and fired his musket, but the bullet went Seeing that he had not done the fugitives any damage, he set up a yell. "The rebels! The rebels!" This attracted attention, of course, and the soldiers came rushing to the ropot, but by the time they got there Dick and Bob had disappeared from sight. The sentinel pointed in the direction the fugitives had gone, however, and redcoats rushed wildly down the slope in pursuit. To no avail. The "Liberty Boys" had got a good st and being very swift of foot, reached the boat, entered and were well out in the river before the leading coats reached the stream. "Well, that was a lively laughed Bob. "Yes, and the best part of it is that we succeeded in undertaking, and were not injured in any way," s Dick. I "You secured the papers, then?" asked Mark "Yes I have them here in my pocket, Mark." "That's good. General Washington will be deligh \l"On't he?" "I think he w1 1, Mark." And he was. When Dick appeared before him, half hour later, and held out the papers, a look of joy o spre ad the great man's face. "And so you succeeded!" he exclaimed. "Dick, you a wonderful young man. You have rendered a great vice to me, and to the great cause of Liberty, and in name of the people of America, I thank you." "You are welcome, sir, and Bob Estabrook is as mi entitled to thanks as am I, sir He was with me." '/Well, give Bob my compliments, and say that he is eluded in the thanks which I extended to you." "He will be pleased, sir." The. commander-in-chief took the papers and them, and examined them closely. m "Yes, they are all here, and are practically intact," y said. "Again I thank you and your brave comrade, Diel "You are more than welcome, I assure you, your exc1 lency." Then Dick told the story of the securing of the pape 2 and the general was delighted when he learned that t British officers had not seen the contents of the papers. He thanked the youth again and again for his wonden work, and when Dick went to his quarters and told B what1the great man bad said, the youth was delighted, a grinned in a satisfied way. As is recorded in history, the British captured N York on the 15th day of September, it being impossible hold the city, but the "Liberty Boys" had done their shq toward helping hold it while they had remained there. THE END. 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THE LIBERTY '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the .American Revoluti01 By HARRY MOORE. These stories ba.sed on a.ctual facts a.nd give a, fa.ithfi a.ccount of the exciting a.dventures of a band of America youths who were a.lways ready and willing to imperil their liv for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca. use of In depend enc Every number will consist of 32 large pages of rea.ding ma.tte bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice, And How The y D ealt It Out. 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 15 The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught In It. 61 'l'he Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going it Blind. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, The 'i'ories' Clever S cheme. 62 'I'h e Liberty Boys Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Ho1se Ha 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British Man-ot-at Paulus H oolc. ,. War. Jl3 '!'he Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Hete, '!' here and Everywt 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. R e d coats. 64 '1.' h e Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand" ; or, Against G 19 The Liberty Boys '!'rapped; or, The Beautiful Tory. "" TbeOid,d1.bse. rty 20 Th Lib B 'Ii k h M h H B vv Boys' Masco t ; or, The ldol o f the Company. 1 e erty oys ,,. sta e; or, at lg t ave een. 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrat h or, Goin.," for the R e dcoats Rough!' 21 The Liberty Boys' l!'ine Work; or, D oing Things Up Brown. 1 22 The Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Call of All. 67 The Lib erty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hatdest Struggl 23 Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm tor the 6 8 Boys' Lost: or, The 'l'rap That Did Not, Work. 24 The r.tberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and 69 The Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or, The Youth "Vho "Q11Lm erty Boys' Wiid or, A Dash to Save a Fort. King's Son. 30 '!'he Liberty Boys. In a Fix; or, Threatened. by Reds and Whites. 77 '!'h e Liberty lloys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Cou ntry. 31 The Liberty Boys Big Contract; or, Holdrng Arnold In Check. '.!'be Liberty Roys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Moun 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, After Dick Slater for Revenge. 7!) The Liberty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise '!'hat Was Kept. 33 The Liberty Boys. o:: The Who an Enemy. so 'J.'he Liberty Boys' T e n Strike"; or, Bowling the British Over. 34 The Liberty Bors, B_mre n, ? er, or, The Ruse !'hat S'i,cceeded 8 1 r11e Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. 35 'l'he Liberty Boys Signal or, At the Clang of t h e Bell. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant or A Hard Mai 3G The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' Handle. 37 3R :m 4') 41 42 43 11 45 4r. 47 48 49 50 :;1 CllllB t R H c II" A Wild D h t s The Liberty Boys' Net; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. eF ri'en'd. Y oys urry a ; or, as 0 a i !hhe e L1,t1blleerrttyy Boys Worried; or, The Disappearance of Dick Slater 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid 0 L Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the H e dcoats Mountain. TThl1ee Lf,llbbeerrttyy Roys' Success; or, Doing What Thel Set Out to Do. 'll L!berty Bov. s Brave Stand: or, Set Back but Not Defeat Boys' Setback; or, Defeate d. But ot Disgraced. The Liberty Boys in Toryville; or, Di c k Slater's !?earful Risk. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed" ; or, Warm Work In the Tall Tlmb The Liberty B oys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Liberti. 03 The L iberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. The J,lberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Reticoats at Their 94 The Liberty Boys' Best Blows; or, Beating the British at Bem Own Game. ton. 52 The Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle !15 The Liberty Roys In New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the 1 53 The Liberty Boys' Dan"er; or, Foe s on All Sides. l s b Lion. 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