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The Liberty Boys' big risk, or, Ready to take chances
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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THE LIBERTY ,.. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Retilution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered us Second Class Matte r at the Nw York Po.jt Office, February 4, 1901, by, Frank Tousey I No. 100. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 28, 1902. Pr:ice 5 Cents. It was a big risk, but the Liberty Boys were used to takfng chances, ,and one after another taey leaped from the roof of the burning building to the roof of the building across the way.\.


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ThB1. .L.a..&d LIBERTY BOYS OF A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the evolution. l1sued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, Fwrua:rJ 4, 1901. Entered acc01aing to Act of Congress, in the year 1902, in...the office uf tne Librarian of Congress, Washington, D. G., by Frank Tousey, 24 Ufllion Squi!re, New York. No. JOO. NE'i\7 YORK, NOVEMBER 28, 1902. i:;. "P nee 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. TRAPPED. Just before lamp-lighting time one beautiful evening in the third week in September of th ).'.'ar 1776 a conntry youth was slowly down Broadway ru the great city of New York. This youth was perhaps eighteen years old, and was rough)y dressed, after the fashion of farmers' boys of. that eriod. A keen observer, however, to have looked under the irim of the old slouch hat into the keen eyes that twinkled here, and upon the firm, ha,ndson'le face would have been .mpres'sed with the ct that this youth was something more \han a mere _gettmg --. And he would have been ,-,0...,c, -" 1outh was no bther than the famous scout, spy, and captain of "The Lib rty Boys of '76," Dick Slater. At this time the patriot army occupied Harlem Heights, aviPg evacuated the city a short time before, and the Brit ish army hacl come over from Brooklyn Heights and taken po!".Eession of the vacated city. General Washington had sent Dick down into the city on a spyiug expedition, and the youth was now waiting to be accosted by a friend of the great cause of Liberty, who lived in the city, and who was supposed to have knowledge of the 1ntentions of the British. Suddenly a man passed Dick, walking quite rapidly, and as he passed he uttered the words : "Liberty or death." Without a word Dick quickened his pace and followed the man. The words, "Liberty or death," was a signal that had been agreed upon by the commander-in-chief and the pa triot cilizen in question; and the way the citizen knew Dick was a messenger from General Washington was by a bit of blue ribbon which he wore in a button-hole. The never looked behind him, but continued onward at a good pace. He kept on down Broadway a couple of blocks, and then turned aside into a cross street. Here it was not so crowded, and Dick was soon alongside the man. "You are from the Heights?" the man asked. "I am," replied Dick. "Good." He said no more, and neither dill Dick. He looked his companion over carefully, howevc n d saw a man of per haps .forty -five years, well-dressed nd fairly good-looking. In the encompassing dusk, how(;ver, it was hard to see the man's face with any distil1ctness. They turricd a nuIJ1Q of corners and wound around among the crooked streets, and it almost seemed to Dick, who was a very observant youth, as if the man was trying to confuse him, and make it impossible for him to remember the route they had come. "I don't see why he should wish to do that, though," the youth said to himself, "unless, indeed, he thinks it pos sible I may not be a patriot, and am an enemy, trying to find out where he lives." The youth was not inclined to find fault with the patriot for being careful. "In these troublous times it is quite necessary to be care ful,'! he said to himself. Presently the man turned up an alley after travers-ing half its length, paused, and opened a gate which lEl.d into the back yard of a tall building. ,,.._,,. I; He passed through the gateway; Dick followed, and then,. closing the gate, the man led the way to the back door, and producing a key, unlocked and opened the door. "Come," he said, and he entered the house. The youth followed, and the man closed and locked the door. They were in complete darkness, but the man took hold of Dick's arm and guided him along the hallway. Presently the man stopped, and threw open a door. It opened into a library, and on the table in the center of the room were a couple of lighted candles. "Enter," said Dick's companion. 'J'he youth obeyed, and then the man followed, closing the door behind him. He motioned tpward the table, beside which were half a dozen chairs. "' "Be he invited. The youth took a seat, and removing his hat, looked around him with one sweeping, comprehensive glanc after which he turned his eyes on the face of his host. The man had seated himself on the opposite side of the table, and had removed his hat. Now that Dick was enabled to get rood look at the


man, he was not very favorably impressed. There was somet'bing about the man's looks that he did not like. To the-"Liberty Boy's" notion the patriot had a sinister look in general. "He may be all right, ho thought the youth. -gav. the signal, and he must be Gerald Carlton, the patriot General Washington." 1 The made up his mind that he would be very careful, "I am not to give information, if I can help it," he told himself. "I have come here to secure in formation." "Well," said the man, after a few moments of hesitation, "it seems like the commander-in-chief has chosen rather a young chap for a 1'Yes, but youth is no crime, sir," was the calm reply. The man frowned slightly. "Oh, of course not, but I wouidlrave thought that the commander-in-chief have selected an older person. He certainly has plenty of men in his army." "Oh, yes; he has plenty of men. But what information have you for me, sir? The fact that the commander-in chief has sent me should be proof that he considers me trustworthy." The man hesitated, and Dick, who was watching the fel low closely, more than half believed he was trying to play a part. "I don't likn to impart important information to a mere boy, as it were,' L e said, finally. "But if you can make me satisfied that it ;s all right and safe, I will do so, of course." b 'ri -.. "I sh:!ll plPa do my best to satisfy you, Sir, if b.,.... .... <'011;,irl t nt "' ary." be "I do. :F'irst, tne.a, what is your name?" "Dick Slater." The man startLJ, and looked at the youth with interest. "So you are Dick Slater, the noted scout and spy?" he remarked slowly. "I am Dick Slater, certainly." "Well, well. I am glad to hear it." The man seemed to be sincere, but there was a peculiar intonation to his voice which Dick noticed, and could not undertitand. "Now will you kindly tell me the news, sir?" said Dick. "Certainly," was the prompt reply. "I shall be pleased to do so. The very latest news, Dick Slater, is that-you are a prisoner." As he spoke the last four words there was a clieking c:__6un0., and the "Liberty .Boy" suddenly felt himself seized seemingly by several pair of strong hands. Aud such was indeed the case, but the hands were made of steel, and had shot from the back and sides of the large arm chair in which the youth was sitting. There were three pair of the hands, and they held the youth firmly, in spite of his struggles. The chair was a trap, and the ruichanism was set in motion by moving a small lever which was under the top of tht where the man sat. "There is no use of struggling, my dear Mr. Slater, the man, with a smile of sardonic triumph. "You c not free yourself in a year." "What does this mean?" asked Dick, his eyes fl.ashin "It means that you are a prisoner, my brave yo friend. I should think you could see that much." "But why am I a prisoner? Why have you done t What does it mean?" "What does it mean?" The man spoke deliberately, smiled coldly. "Yes." "Why, it means that you have been trapped." "Trapped?" "''{el"." "'rhen you are not a patriot?" The man shook his head. "Oh, no; I am far from being a patriot." "You are a Tory, perhaps?" "I am." "How did you know what to say to me on the stre asked Dick. This was indeed a mystery to him. If man was a Tory how had he known the words to be spo and how had he known who tc;> speak them to? The man laughed. "You would like to kno u .... H J '.!?O'lpose ?" he remar ---o ---,;''-_._oys and dev1 "'-" in a tantaliz1"11i5 "Yes." "Well, I am sorry to say that I cannot gratify curiosity." "You .mean that you will not, of course." "Yes, if you like it in that way." "Very well. Of course I cannot make you tell." "I rather think not. You see, that is a secret, an would not give it away for anything." The truth was a British spy had penetrated into the patriot camp, had succeeded in learning the signal-words "What are you going to do with me?" asked Dick. The man did not reply at once. He calmly drew a c from his pocket, took out a cigar, lighted it, and then ga at Dick through the smokeclouds of his own creating "You ask what I am going to do with you?'" he remar ed, after a little. "Yes." Again the man was silent for a few moments, and he said: "I believe there is a reward offered for you, -is not?" "I'm sure I do not know,'' was the reply. "Well, I am certain there is. I believe that Ge Hmw offered the munificent sum of five hun pounds for your capture." n "Well, if i.hat is the case, I junge that you are p sure of being made five hundred pounds richer at an date," said Dick calmly. ''I am not so sure of that," the man replied.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. 3 The youth said nothing, but looked an inquiry, and the .an went on: 1"I may not deliver you up to General Howe." A \"No?" remarked Dick. He could not think what the fan meant. "No. I think that I know something that will beat that hollow." "Indeed?" I suppose you have no desire to die?" =1"You are right about that." "So I supposed; few persons wish to give up their hold n life." "That is so." The man was silent for a few moments, and then said: "This war bas practically but just begtin, my boy." "It would seem so." h "It is so. I am sure of it. And in war times there are 0/eat opportunities for shrewd men to grow rich, Dick "I suppose that is true, too-especially if the shrewd men re un s crupulous and do not care what means they make se of in -accumulating their wealth." "That is it, exactly Well, my boy, you see before you ie leader of a number of men who have banded together r the purpose of getting rich during the continuance of s war." t d "Indeed?" Dick eyed the man with interest. Re was be Jinning to know what sort of a fellow this Tory was. "Yee. I have a band of men, and we are going to get a1cb. The members of this band are all brave and dangerffhs men, men who will fight to the death, if need be, and as have seen some of your work, and have beard a great more about you, I have made up my mind to make you p offer." c 1 The "Liberty Boy" started. He believed he understood n /hat the man meant now. '"You have decided to make me an offer?" he :sked. "Yes." s l "W. hat kind of an offer?" "An offer to join my band." 1 "An offer to join your band?" 1 "Yes; 'I have ten men; I want just one more. Then there will be a dozen of us, and you are just the kind of a man I need, I make this offer: that if you will join my band you shall be received as one of us at once, and will share equally with each of the ten men. What do you say?" The man was eyeing eagerly now. It was plain that he was anxious to have the youth join his band. He was to be disappointed, however, for Dick shook his head, and said, in a most decided voice : "I decline your offer." "You do?" in surprise, not unmixed with disappoint-ent. "I do!" "But think, Dick Slater, what it means to refuse. If you do not join us I shall hand you over to General Howe, and that means that you will be shot or hanged "I can't help it,'' was the firm reply. "l woul_d rather die than become a member of a band of cowardly robbers." CHAPTER IL A FRIEND. An exclamation of anger escaped the lips of the man. "You are a fool,'' he said sneeringly. "No, I am simply an honest man." "It's the same thing." "I don't think so." "You do not?" "No; to my way of thinking the truth of the matter is just the opposite of that.. I think a :tnan is a fool who is not honest." "Bah! You're a regular Sundayschool boy!" "I believe in doing right toward my fellowmen, and I think that a thief is a most contemptible piece of humanity "Then you won't join us?" "No. "Think well, young man!" "It requires no thought_.a.t all ir." ---''Your decision is final?" "Absolutely." 1--(' "Very well, then; good-night." With the words the man pulled another under the top of the table, and the chair on which Dick was sitting began sinking slowly through the floor The part of the floor on which the chair sat was a platform about three feet square. As this platform and the chair disappeared from a trapdoer, which hinged in place, came up and closed the bole, so that all looked natural and as it should. The "Liberty Boy,'' helpless so far as being able to move or use his hand s could yet use his eyes, and he saw all. "Thj.s is ahead of anything I have ever seen, so far," he thought. "I wonder where it will end?" As the trapdoor closed the place where Dick was was. left in darkness. And then the chair came to a stop sud denly, but without a very great jar, as it had moved slowly. "Now, I wonder what kind of a place I am in?" the youth asked himself. He judged that he must be in the cellar. And then the thought came to him: why had he been lowered into the cellar, fastened in the chair? What did the man intend doing? I "He said he was going to hand me over to General Howe,'' the youth soliloquized, "and I su:gpose that is what he will do. He probal:rly intends leaving "me here till the c redcoats come and get rpe."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. Just then the trapdoor was opened, and the face of the British this time," the youth thought. "Well, it can't man appeared. helped. P e rhap s I may be enabled to make my escape fro He looked down upon Dick with a :fiendish grin on his their hands." face. He was sit ting the re, thinking, when of a sudden he fa "Well, how do you like it down there?" he asked malicied he heard a peculiar, scraping sound. ciously. He listened intently. "I can't say that I like it very well," was the calm reply. "I wond er \\hat that can have been?" he asked himse ''I suppose not." rhen the thought struck him that it might have be "What are you going to do with me?" rats gnawing at a board, or something. "Leave you there till I can send word to General Howe "I guess that's what it is-rats," he decided. that I captured the great rebel spy, Dick Slater." The n a cry of amazement escaped his lips. "So that is what you are going to do?" Good reason, too, that he should be amazed, for a secti "Yes. Have you any objections to offer?" of the wall of the cellar swung open, almost opposite whe "It would do no good if I had, I judge." he sat, revealing a beautiful girl of perhaps seventeen yea "Ha, ha, ha! You are right about that." who, standing in the opening, and in the light made by "So I tmpposed." can dle sitting on a table a little ways back of her, p "Yes; but now I am going to give you one more chance. sented a beautiful sight. Will you join my band?" To Di c k 's eager and astonished gaze she looked like "No! I have already told you that several times, and I angel, indeed. am not one who changes his mind so quickly." "Sh!" said the girl in a low voice. "Make no noi "Very well. I am not so very particular. I will make a You might be heard." good bit out of handing you over to General Howe, so I "Who are you?" asked Dick, cautiously. am very well satisfied." "I am your friend." "I will settle with you one of these days, my friend," "I am gla d to know that; I certainly need a friend j said Dick, grimly. "I owe you something, and I make it :i about now." rule to pay my debt s." "You do, indeed." "Oh, that is all right, Mr. Slater," with a mocking The girl was advancing as she said this, and the ne J'_augh. "You are quite welcome to pay me off if you get the s h e got, the more Dick was impressed with the beauty chance." sweetness of the girl. "You '1re I will do it, too." "Do you know how to free me from this terrible c "If you get tl'le l aughing again. miss?' asked Dick. "Ju>; t the ch,ance sooner than you think." "I don't know, of a certainty, sir But I think tha / "Bosh! shall hand you over to the redcoats, and they can find out how it is operated." will put an end to you very quickly. They make short work "I hope you may be able to do so." of rebel spies." The girl began trying to find the lever, or whatevet t "They have tried to make s hort work of me once or might be that controlled the action of the steel arms, J'twice, already, and have failed. They may do so again." she was Uiilsuccessful; and presen tly she hastened thro "I don't think there is any danger." the opening into the other cellar, and brought the canaI Then the man slammed the trapdoor shut, l eaving Dick Then she began making a very careful examination. in darkness. "Can't you find it?" asked Dick pre sen tly The youth had improved the opportunity to look about ''No, sir; it seems to be so securely hidden as to defy him, and bad seen that he was in a.cellar of goodly dimenefforts." \ sions. It was perhaps fifty feet wide, and one hundred "Jove, that is IJad. Can it be that I am to be so long. making my escape, only to be foiled, after all?" 'I'here were a couple of windows at the rear, but there "I will find it sooner or later," sa id the girl determi were strong bars across them; so that, had Dick been free, ly. he would have had hard work getting out. "Yes if you are given time enough," said Dick. As it was he was of course a helpless prisoner, the steel man is likely to be back here before very long." 1 arms of the chair holding him tightly. "Where did he go?" "I wish I could find the leYer or whatever it is that oper"To inform the British that he had a prisoner fort ates the mechanism of this chair," thought Dick. "I see." He moved hi s hands as much as he could, but th a t was The girl orked rapidly and 9ager ly. She pushed L not a great deal, and he felt all around, but could find nothdifferent parts of the chair; then she pulled at them. ing that seemed to be what he was looking for. At any pressed against almost every square inch of surface, 01 rate, he was to touch anything that had any effect on hope of fu1ding a button that would operate the mech a the mechanism -0f the chair. and moye the steel arms, but to no avail. "I guess that I am doomed to fal into the hands of the "I guess I'm doomed to stay here till th e owner


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. 5 lair is pleased to liberate me," said the youth in a disapnot distinguish what was said. There was a murmuring ted voice. sound, and that was all. 1 I hope not, sir," said the girl. "I'll keep on trying, at We will sec what was being done and said on the other A ,I! rate, and perhaps I may find what I am looking for side o.f the wall. The man who had captured Dick had done as he had B u t Dick was afraid she would not. threatened; he had gone to British headquarters, had begin to think the mechanism is operated from the rreported tl 1 at he had captured the great rebel spy, Dick )m above," he said; "and in that case of course you will Slater. He had claimed the reward, and General Howe } 'tl n othing about the chair itself that will enable you to had told him that he would send a party of soldiers to get :;!e me." the prisoner; and if he turned out to bet.he real Dick Slater You are right," replied the girl, "but I hope that there the reward would be paid. way of you from steel arms." In company with half a dozen redcoats the man returned I hope you will find somethmg that w1ll make them to the house had entered and led the way down into the ,ove, but I fear you Will not." cellar, where' he expected to find the rebel spy, a the two heard a door open and shut. The prisoner in the chair came from the front of the house, and was followed When he saw the chair empty a cry of anger and dismaJ by the trampling of feet above the heads of the escaped his lips. rto. "Gone!" he cried hollowly. "Gone! But how? I can V"The redcoats are coming," said Dick in a low, excited not understand it! I would have wagered my life that he 'ice. "You cannot free me, miss. You had better go could not escape." r11ay and leave me at once, or you will get yourself into The redcoats stared first at the chair and then at their "I will not desert you until forced to do so," the girl said 1e11vely. "Perhaps I may yet find the secret lever or what arPr it is that controls the mechanism. I'll keep on try and she felt eagerly and swiftly around again. uddenly a door was heard open, and a streak of light down into the cellar, over at the farther side, revealing ght of steps. r 'The noted rebel spy, Dick Slater, is a prisoner down in by cellar, gentlemen," said a Yoice which Dick recognized Is being that of the man who had tricked and captured him. 1Follow me, and you will quickly have him in your hands." "Go!" whispered Dick in the girl's ear. "Go at once, nd save yourself." J CHAPTER III. A DISAPPOINTED MAN. At this instant there was a gasping, smothered cry of dslight from l:he girl"s lips, a clicking sound, and the sreel arms which had held Dick a prisoner for so long shot back. The girl had found the secret spring that controlled them, and the youth was free. "Quick! follow me!" the girl whispered, and she darted through the opening, into the adjoining cellar, followed by Dick. But had it been closed in time to prevent the redcoats from discovering the manner in which Dick had escaped? This was a question which the two were eager to have answered, and they placed their ears against the wall and ldened intently. They could bear the voices of the redcoats, but could guide "He is gone, you say?" asked one. "Yes, gone!" ;Despair was in the man's tone. "Where was he? Down her.e in the cellar?" "Yes, in that chair "In the chair?" "Y cs." "Was he tied?" "Better than that." "What do you mean?" I "Sit down in the chair, and I will show you The redcoat did so. Then the man touched the secret spring, and the stee1 arms shot out and grasped the redcoat, holding him tight und fast, and causing him to utter an exclamation of amazement, and almost terror. "Great Guns! what is this?" he cried, struggling to fre 1 himself, but failing. ;,That is just the manner in which I had the rebel spy when I left the house to go to your headquarters half ar hour ago." "Then how did he manage to escape?" "That is a mystery;'' "Perhaps he the epring that operates the mecban: ism, and freed himr clf." "Impossible." "Why so?" "The spring cannot be reached by one sitting in th\ chair." "Is that so?" f "It is. Ile has been set free by some one; he could no have escaped unaided." 1'< Well, free me; I don't like the feel of these iron claws.,. The man touched the spring, and the arms shot back OU'< of sight within the frame of the chair.


6 THE LIBERTY BOY.S' BIG RISK. The redcoats examined the chair with considerable curi osity. "That rather beats anything I have ever run across," said one. "You are right,'? from another. "It is a pretty good trick." "But it ailed to hold thevictim this time," said an other. "It was not the fault of the chair, though," its owner said. "Some one freed the prisoner, else he would be here yet." "I wonder where they have gone?" remarked one, looking around him searchingly. We will search the cellar," said the man. "It is barely possible that they are concealed so mew here." A thorough search was made, but of course, without re sult. I The prisoner had from the cellar as well as from the chair. The man who had brought the redcoats to the spot, and who had confidently counted on pocketing five hundred pounds oi British money, was greatly disappointed, and vented it in oaths, not loud, but deep. "That is just my luck," he growled. "I should have tied scoundrel's arms, an!l ta.)rnn him to your headquarters myself. Then I would have been sure of it." "Yes, that have been the best thing to do," agreed leader of redcoats. f As there was nothing further to detain them in the cel 'lar, the party back up to the first floor, and after_ the redcoats had kell a few drinks of wine, tendered by the ht..n, fhey ,1, their departure, feeling in better spirits they otherwise would have felt. f l Scarcely had the redcoats taken their departure before man put in an appearance, coming from the rear of the house. "Well, chief, what's the matter?" asked one of the new :omers. "You look blue." "I feel blue," was the growling repiy. 1 "What has happened?" The man 1;dd his companions-who were the members of e"he band he had mentioned to Dick-and they gave utter to exclamations of astonishment and sympathy when he had finished his story. n "You say you had Dick Slater, the rebel spy, a prisoner, ind he escaped?" h "He slipped through your fingers?" "That too bad." .oi "It was rather hard on you to almost have your n(n five hundred pounds of good British money, and then to get it." ht Such were a fe.J of the remarks made by the men. "You are r;gnt," said the man wh9--had been addressed t ) as chief. "I thought I had the money, but I was IIti taken." "But how did the fellow manage to escape?" asked one "He must have had help," said another. "So he must," replied the chief. "But who help( him?" The men shook their heads. This was a question fr' could not answer. "I don't like the affair, at all," the chieJ went on. free the spy, the person, whoever it was, must have ente1; our cellar, and that is something I thought an impossibili Now, if the person has entered once he can enter again, al may have entered before, and who knows but what soine o : has been spying on us." c The men looked at one another with a disturbed look their faces. "Well, this fellow, Dick Slater, knows abou t our band said one, presently, "so we will do well to hunt new qufl ters, don't you think?" : "We will at least hunt out new quarters,. to retire to 1 case he does try to bother us here,'' replied the chief. "::M may not do so." "What makes you think that?" 1 "He has work to do for the commander-in-chief of I rebel army, and will in all likelihood not have time bother with us. At least, that is what I_ think." "Perhaps so. I hope so," said The leader of the gang rose and went to a closet at in side of the room, and brought forth bottles and glasses "We will have some consolation for the loss of the v able prisoner," the man said, and soon they were drink } copious draughts of the wine They were soon feeling much better, and presently be talking and laughing at a great rate. Suddenly there came a loud rapping at the outer d and the men stopped laughing and talking and Iooke one another in rather a frightened manner. "Who can it be?" asked one. "I don't know," from another. "Can it be that our plans arc known, and that we are i1 be seized and made prisoners?" asked one. "I don't think so," said the leader. "We haven't d anything yet, and there is nothing that they could a us for." "That's so," from another. "I'll go and see who it is,'' said the chief, and he and left the room. Advancing to the front door, he called out: "Who is there?" "Open the door," was the reply, in an imperious voice. The man hesitated, and then, mustering up courage locked and opened the doot. Half a dozen redcoats stood on the stoop. "Is your name Gerald Carlton?" asked the leadei:_of prty. A relieved kok appeared on the chief's face.


THE -LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. o," he replied. "You h:::ve made a mistake. Gerald n does net live here.'' e does not?" No.'' Do you know where he does live?" Yes; he lives next dqor," makip.g a gesture to indicate ch side the house in question was on. "Ah, that's it, eh? 1\1uch .obliged. Sorry we disturbed "That' s atl right." The soldiers went down the steps, walked to the adjoinhouse, ascended to the stoop, and rang the bell, while man in the other house returned to the room where his mpanions were awaiting him, a smile of satisfaction on face. "What is it, chief?" asked one. "The redcoats are after, Gerald Carlto!i, the rebel next oor," was the reply. CHAPTER IV. IN HIDING. el: .As soon as it was found that they could not understand hnt was being said bx the redcoats and their leader, on if,i '" at was evidently a kitchen, they made their way along. a ,;111. About midway of the hall, the girl paused, and open1'P,g a door, motioned for Dick to enter the room. fire did so, and she followed, and placed the candle on a B fule near the center of the room. The youth saw he was in a library. "Be seated," invited the girl, and Dick took a seat. "Will you not please tell me your name, miss?" Dick ked. "I wish to know to whom I am indebted for saving e from the redcoats, who would undoubtedly have shot or anged me." 1 / "My name is Minnie Carlton, Mr. Slater," was the reply. "Minnie Carlton?" exclaimed Dick. "Yes." "I came to New York to see a man named G erald Carl ton. Is he-can he be--" "He is my father, Mr. Slater." "Well, well. I am indeed glad to hear that! But how did you learn my name?" "I overheard part of your conversatio n with Henry Lewis, and heard you tell him your name." "How came you to open the secret door in the wall, Miss Minnie?" "I was in our cellar, Mr. Slater, and as I discovered the secret door months ago, and have often entered the other cellar, 1 decided to do so again. I started to open it-in deed, got i.t open a little ways, and hearing you and Henr: Lewis talking, I listened, and, as I have said, heard biJi call you Dick Slater. Knowing you to be a patriot, I mad up my mind to save you, and put in an appearance as soo. as Lewis went away." "Henry Lewis is the name of the man who made a pri& oner of me" ? "Yes." "Well, I consider that I owe you my life, Miss Minnie/ said Dick, earnestly. "I thank you earnestly and sincere ly, and you may rest assured that if ever I get the chanc{; r shall try to pay you back for what you have done for me .. "You owe me nothing, sir; a patriot girl, an knowing you were a patriot, I felt that it was my duty t save you, if possible to do so." "I thank you just the same; and now, miss, your Wthe -is he at home?" "He is; I will send him here at once." Thank you." The youth had not long to wait; the girl hastened fron the room, and it seemed as if she had scarcely had time t more than get across the hall before the door again opened and into the room stepped a tall, handsome man of middi age. The "Liberty Boy" rose and looked inquiringly at th newcomer. "Mr. Carlton?" he asked. "At your service, sir. And you are Dick Slater?" "Yes, sir." "I am pleased to know my boy I" and with words, the man grasped the youth' hand and shook heartily. "And I am than glad to kno v you, sn:," Did "I suppose yo..ur daughter has told you of the fact th was imposed upon by your scoundrelly neighbor door?" "No, she told me nothing, save that Dick Slater was i the library. You say you were imposed upon by-:rny nex door neighbo;r, Henry Lewis?" "Yes." "In w-hat way?" "He met me up on Broadway, spoke the signal words and I followed him to his home." '1 Indeed? How in the world did he know the sign:: words, and who to speak them to?" "That is more than I san say, sir. :Mr. Carlton knitted his brows, and there was a fro'1,. on his face. "I don't fancy this at all," he said presently: "Thel is. !lO knowing how much the fellow may know. There L more than a probability that he knows I am a patriot, ant. if that is so, he may try to hand me over to the British. I\ like to get me out of the way, I know, for he has be,1 trying to pay court to my daughter, and tha fact that :.'r will have nothing to do with him has him." .:..t, "Ah! If that is the case you will need to be on th! alert," said Dick. \


'11HE LIBER11Y BO'tt:l' BIG RISK. _"So I think. But go on with your story. What did :e do, when you entered his house with him?" "He made a prisoner of me." "Made a prisoner of you!" "Yes," and then Dick told the whole story, being inter upted occasionally by exclamations from hi s auditor. ; "The infamous scoundrel," l\Ir. Carlton excla imed, whe n >ick had finished. "So he is the chief of a band that has gotten together for the purpose of robbing and pil rging during the continuance of the war, is he? well, that 3 just about what I should expect from him." "Well, thanks to your daughter he failed in hi s plan to and me over to the British,'' said Dick. "So he did; Minnie is a brave girl." "So she is, sir; brave and noble-hearted." "fiSe discovered the secret way of the cellar of he neighboring house months ago, but I never supposed it rould be of any particular use." "Well, the knowledge was of great benefit to me, sir." "Yes, indeed; and now to business. You came here from lie commander-in-chief?" ''Straight as I could come, sir." "Good I have secured some information which may of value to him I have written it down on paper, and ou may take it to him." The patriot handed Dick a letter, which the youth placed his pocket. I suppose you will try to return to Harlem Heights at nee, my boy?" the man asked. as as pve:.;ible." "Good! 'fh>-cutjcker the commander-in-chief has the in the letter you ve, the better it fbe,J:-an\ sure." ; "Very good. I will start at once." > rAt this moment there came a ring at the doorbell. "I wonder who that cav be?" exclaimed Mr. Carlton. sJ'he next moment Minnie entered, an excited look on her ace. "There is a party of redcoats at the door, father!" she 1rclaimed. "A party of redcoats?" "Yes; I was watching out of the front window, and saw iem go to the house next door. They had a talk with some b e there, and then came here." wonder what they want here?" Mr. Carlton exclaim-l 1, an anxious look on his face. "I fear they have come to make a prisoner of you, fath '/' said the girl. "It is more than likely," said Dick. "Jove, what shall I do?" "Why can we not all three slip out by the rear entrance, 1,p. get away?" said Dick. that is guarded also," said Mr. Carlton. Then what shall we do?" "I'll tell you what we can do,'' said Minnie. "What?" askea her father. "I will send our servant girl to the door, and tell her t say lo the redcoats that there is no one at home." "But they will enter and search for me, likely, Minnie/' said her father. "Let them. They won t find us." "They can hardly iail to

LlB.1H'l'Y BOYS' BIG RISK. J"t!rew louder and plainer. The redcoats had come back fownstairs. .. impossible for his comrades to hear him, and his struggle were ineffective. : l ) ":N" ow, \Ve must be ready to close this door in a hurry," The "Liberty Boy" was too strong for him, and had n difficulty in holding him. ''aid Minnie. "I think they will come down in thecellar, xt." \ "Quite likely," agreed Dick. The candle was dropped at the beginning of the struggl but it did not go out, and Minnie leaped forward an caught it up; so they were not left in darkness. This proved to be correct. The trampling of feet was J (ard in the kitchen, and then the cellar-door was heard ) come open. Presently the man's struggles grew fainter; he was bein smothered. ; "'l'hey are coming," whispered Minnie. "Step back into The youth turned his face toward Mr. Carlton. cellar and I will close this door." "Go and listen, and see if the redcoats have left t y11.i:r. Carlton and Dick obeyed, and the girl closed the other cellar," he said in a cautious voice. making the wall look as if smooth and solid. Mr. Carlton obeyed. di They could hear the redcoats moving around in the adPresently Lewis ceased struggling altogether, and Die lning cellar, but could not distinguish what was being felt confident he had lapsed into unconsciousness. id. At this instant they heard footsteps above their head's v 1 "I wish they would hurry and go back upstairs," the girl and a voice called out: hispered nervously. "Lewis miglit take it into his head to "Lewis, where are you? What's the matter? Why don 'f>me down in his cellar for something, and would discover you come ahead with that wine?" l, e." A little gasp of terror escaped the lips of Minnie. Sh As she finished speaking they heard footsteps approachthought they were to be discovered after all. g the door leading to the cellar they were in, and then "Have they gone?" Dick asked of Mr .. Carlton. St ick blew the light out, leaving them in darkness. The man nodded his bead in assent. l As he did so the cellar-door opened, and a streak of light "Then open the door, Miss Minnie, and we will get bac1 10ne down the steps, and a human voice called out, speakinto the other cellar," said Dick in a cautious undertone j g to someone on the same floor, evidently: he spoke he took the candle out of the girl's hand, "l'll be back in a few moments, with some fresh bottles of on the floor beside the of Lewi ) :me." Mmme hastened to open the swmgmg section, and th ot i "We will be disce>v'ered whispered Illinnie, in a tremthree passed through the opening, and swung the sectio] \ ing voice. gently shut, just as the man was starting to come down int< the cellar. I > CHAPTER V. LEWIS IS SURPRISED. "Come," whispered Dick, and he pulled his two compan pns gently across the floor, until they were underneat4 the teps. Here it would be impossible for the newcomer to see em until after be had descended into the cellar, and halfirned. 1 / The <\Liberty Boy" quickly doffed hi s coat, and holding r in readiness, waited for the coming of Lewis, for he was ure he had recognized the voice as belonging to the man ho had trapped him earlier in the evening. "I wou]d like to get even with him," thought Dick. 'And I think that here is my chance." The newcomer took his time in coming down the s teps. vidently he was in nu hurry. At last he stepped on to the floor of the cellar, however, and then, with a tiger-like spring, Dick was upon him. The youth threw the coat over the man's head, and did it so quickly that the fellow did not get so much as a glimpse of his assailant. Lewis struggled, and tried to cry out, but the enfolding oat smothered his cries to such an extent as to make it -./ Of course the three were w darkness;. 4ot being abl' to see, they were forced to depend on their '1'"mg. .... They stood still and listened. They could hear nothing, and so made their way towa1 the stairs leading up into the kitchen. Reaching the stairs, they made their way up, entered tn kitchen, and there paused and listened again. All was quiet, and feeling sure that the redcoats ha gone, they ventured out into the hall, and made their wa. back to the library. Here Minnie left the two men, and went in search of th s ervant girl. Minnie returned to the library in a few minutes, with tt information that the redcoats had gone. "And I will go in a few minutes," said Dick. "I'll long enough for the coast to become clear." Meantime quite fJ. surprised lot of men were in the ac joining house. rrhe man who had come down into the cellar just a Dick, Ur. Carlton, and Minnie were leaving it discovere the unconscious form of his leade;, Lewis, the instant reached the foot of the stairs, and a cry of amazement ro) consternation escaped his lips. ;It "Good heavens Is he dead?" he exclaimed, and lea pi.; forward he knelt beside the man's foqn, and jl.aced h\ hnnd over the heart.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. At first he could not distinguish any movement, but p.res he noted a faint beating, and an exclamation of relief his lips : "Thank heaven, he is not dead!" Then he leaped up, ran to the top of the steps, and &:lalled to his comrades. They came in a hurry, for they knew from the tone of .heir comrade's voice that something unusual had occurred. e "Bring some ater," he called, as they appeared in the "There's something the matter with the chief." One brought some water, and soon all were in the cellar. The y chafed the unconscious man s wrists and bathed is temples with cold water, and presently Lewis recovered 'his senses He did not seem to know where he'was at first, and stared ''it the faces of his companions in amazement. "Where am I?" he asked. "What is the matter?" "Yon are in the cellar was the reply "Don't you ':emember? You went down into the cellar to get some 'more wine What in the name of all that is wonderful hap eiened to you, anyway?" '' Lewis rose to a sitting posture, a look of understanding m his face "I remember now," he said "I came down into the cel, and just as I got here someone threw a blanket or a coat rrr something of that kind over my head, and in spite of a ll J could do he h eld me, and smothered me till I became mconscio u s." [l( "Great Guns !" "You don't say so, chief!" 3 ; "Someone ?" ?, "Who n ira ve been?" l 1 -Ana "" re is he now?" The men looked around them wonderingly and suspi .A ously, but now here could they see any_ sign of anyone. w Lewis rose to his feet. He was a bit unsteady, but said .I .,.e would be all right shortly. "Search the cellar thoroughly, men," he said. "Maybe fll.G d h d h h he scoun rel w o seize me is ere somew ere. f 1 The men did as told, but of course found no '(C Lewis was disappointed. "I would give something to lav hands on the fellow who llayed me that trick," he growled. e "Well, as he isn't in the cellar he must be somewhere in '11he house, don't you think?" remarked one. "He could i ;ot have got out of the cellar in any other way, could he?" m, "No; and if we hurry we may able to nab him yet," f'.ried Lewis eagerly. "Come, everybody They hastened back upstairs, but although they searched r 11ll the rooms on every floor, they did not find anyone. They returned to the library, and talked the matter over d They could not think who it was that had handled their tn g ef so roughly. a"' <"How did he get in the house?" asked one di_d he go so quickly and silently?" from "\v hat r'' a s kt "That is the question," replied one. And it was a question which they could not answer. I was one, too, that troubled them not a little. They did nc1 like to think that some person unknown could enter anc leave the building at will. Finally they stopped talking of that, and turned the0 atte ntion to something else. A "I wonder if the redcoats captured Carlton and to him to prison?" remarked one "Quite likely," said another. "I believe I ll find out," said Lewis. "I hqpe that i s the case, for then I shall be enabled to push my suit wit th e girl. But for the old man, who always stood betwe me and the girl, I think I should have been able to mah good impression on her." The leader of the band rose as he spoke "Wait here for me, men," he said. "l won't be go1 long." He left the room and the house, and was gone perha} ten minutes. 'rhen he returned, looking angry and di gusted. "What's the :iatter ?" was asked, for the men saw the leader was not pleased "Matier enough," was the growling reply. "Carlton iss home, big as life, and more impudent than ever." "You don't say !1 "How does that happen?" "And the redcoats didn't take him I" .. "Why didn't they?" "I don't know," replied Lewis, in a disgusted voi "He thanked me for sending the redcoats over there, at said that he w a s glad, as it gave him the prove that he was a loyal king's man, as he had done t o d complete satisfaction of the Brifish soldiers." "Well, that beats me," said one, "for we all know h a rebel." "Yes, but he fooled the British soldiers in some way.' "I don't see how he did it." "Nor I. But he is a smooth-tongued fellow, and p the wool over their eyes. He told me, further, that didn't want me to come to his house any more-that he no use for me." "He is plain s poken, isn't he?" "Ye8." "And I suppose you will obey him?" "Oh, yes," with a sarcastic intonation. "I'll obey order. I won't go when he is at home, but one of these e venings I will call when he is out, and when he comes his pretty daughter will be missing." "Ha, you mean to kiunap her?" "Yes." "Well, we will be ready to give you ah the assis needed when the time comes, chief." "Good!" After some further talk the chief of the ban d said t had forgot-ten all abou t the wine, and th at if one or


he men would accompany him to the cellar, they would get so that you may be enabled to send me messages as often .oome more wine. is necessary "I don't care about going down there alone, again," he "I will do so." laid, frankly. "My late assailant might be there, and next "Very good; there is no need of .your returning to-nigh ime he might do more than smother me a bit." Dick; but to-morrow night will do, and then you ca 1 Three of the men went with the leader, and they found stay as long as is necessary or advisable." sign of anyone in the cellar. "I will do as you say, your excellency." Loading themselves down with bottles of wine, they made "Very well. Come to me for final instructions to-mor neir way back upstairs, and to the library, where they row evening before taking your departure." ; the bottles on the table. "I will do so." 7 "You didn't see anything of your assailant, Lewis?" Then Dick saluted, bade the commander-in-chief good ; ked one. night, and went to the quarters occupied by the "Liber nothing at all," was the reply. "I guess he is Boys." with what he has already done, and it is well for Next morning he was up bright and early. r that such is the case." It was the 19th day of September. Three days before, on the 16th, the1lattle of Harlerr Heights had been fought, ant-the British had been repulse l Q with considerable loss of life. CHAPTER VI. In that battle the "Liberty Boys" had fought bravely, a was already told in a former "Liberty Boys" story. The youths were always eager to fight, and when the:y ) BOB nowxs .\. SE:N'TINEL. saw Dick among them that morning, they asked him many eager questions. i1: Dick Sl a ter did not wait long b e fore taking hi s departure They knew he had been to New York on a spying expedi r om the home of Mr. Carlton. tion the night before, and they wanted to know what was eager to be away, and so, bidding Mr. Carlton chances there were that there would be another battle. rd Minnie good-by, he slipped out by the rear entrance, The youth could not tell them, and they were disap tid stole away. t d poin e ': He made his way to a livery-stable where he had left a "Oh, I wish the redcoats would come up and have an f '1rse on coming to the city, and when the horse had been other try at us, here!" said Bob Estabrook, one of and saddled he paid his score, mounted and rode chums. "I didn't begin to euough :fighting the other n l Re rode slowly and carelessly along .till he was of the "N' l:, Mil} of us," said Mark ,,,0 'son. f fY, and across the comm?n, and passmg the s entine l 'I do:u' t think they will attack us aga '1 while w e r"' heJ, :me clever work, urged his hor s e forward at a gallop. on the Heights said Dick. J 1 An hour and a half later he was in the patriot encamp"You don't?" remarked Bob, in a dis appointed :ent on Harlem Heights. "No." He went _at to the headquarters occupied by the "Why?" "Because they tried it once, and found they could not "Have you learned anything of importance, Dick?" askmake any headway. They won't care to make another atthe great man, after he had greeted the youth. tempt. At lea s t that is my idea of it." : "I saw Mr. Carlton, the patriot, your excellency,'' re"Jove, that is b ad. I was in hopes you had learned down 'ied Dick, "and he gave me this letter to give to you. He in the city that the British were coming to make another "d it cont a ins some important information." attack on us." The youth extended the letter as h e spoke, and General "No, nothing of the kind." shington took it, opened it, and read the contents. a .And we shall just have to sit here and do nothing.?'' is imsomething to do, Bob." j rtant information." What, Dick?" brightening up. "I am glad of that, sir." "Why, I am going back down to the city to-night, and I The gr e at man was silent for a few minutes, and then you may go with me!' 1 l id: "Good! That will beat sittiBg here." "It will be n e cessar y for me to keep myself informed re"I shall take and Sam along, also, as I will wish : !l rding the movements of th e Briti s h, and to that end I to send messages back up here to the 1 ink I shall send you back to New York." Mark Morrison and Sam Sanderson were delighted whe'l, "Very well, sir." they heard Dick say this, but the rest of the youths did nc11 "You had better tak e two or three comrades with you, look so happy.


= "We'll just have to sit here and suck our thumbs, I sup--for me to go home, that no boy like me could have busin ose, Dick?" said one, a sour look on his face. of importance, and he wouldn't listen to reason at alJ." "I guess that is about it, Dave," smiled Dick. "What did you do?" The day passed quietlo'. There was no signs of the Brit"I argued with him for quite a while, and knowing ish to be seen anywhere, and the soldiers lolled lazily was having no effect, I was quietly getting a pistol out, a. 1 1round, taking things easy. when I bad succeeded, and had got hold of the barrel o As soon as it was dark, however, the four "Liberty Boys" the weapon, I suddenly cracked the redcoat over the he:; ; vho were to go to New York mounted thefr horses and set with the butt of the pistol." f.L 'ut. "That was rather a risky bit of business, Bob," sat They did not take their muskets, but each youth had four Dick. istols and a knife in his belt. "Did you drop him?" asked Mark. t t fi ht d "I rather guess did," with a grin "He went do"\11 They did not wish or expect to ge m o a g own m he city, but would be ready for it if they were forced to like a stone." Uo so. "And were there no people close around who tried to ca ; They rode at a gallop, and an hour and a half later were ture you?" Dick. t [ lose to the common. "Oh, yes. 'l'here were a lot of people close at hand, 1: k They paused then, and Dick advised that they enter the I dashed down the street at full speed, and they didn't haS time to try to head me off." .l! faty separately. ''w ht tt t l attenti'on 1f we were to "Do you think you were followed, Bob?" inquired e m1g a rac unwe come glancing up and the street. go in together," he said. "I don't think so." "That's so," agreed Bob. "But where will we get together "Well, we had better get away from here at once, anywa lga in ?" and not take any more chances than we have to. Come, "in front of Trinity church." know where there is a livery stable not far away." "That's a good place, Dick. We all know where that is." 'l'he youth rode away, followed by his three comrad1d "On second thought, I think we had better meet on the and soon they reached a livery stable on a side street. r treet back of Trinity," said Dick. "We might attract atThey dismounted and turned their horses over to id ntion if we were to come together on Broadway, on horsestable boy. u ack." "We may leave the horses here several days," said Dii:i. "All right. We will meet on the street back of the "I.f you like we will pay for a day in advance, and urch, then." us will come each succeeding day and pay you." This been decid:::J, the youths separated, and rode "Very well," said the stableman, and then Dick paid 1 lowly away, toward a different street. the keep of the horses for a day in advance. f Ha an our laier Dick, Mark, and Sam had met ou 'rhen they took their departure, and made their wayt;'h urch str et, but Bob had not yet put in an appearonto Broadway. pu ;,nee. -:-They had not gone far before they met two redcoats {;: "I wonder what is keeping him?" remarked Dick, m an ing a third whose bead was bandaged. Behind the ly voice. "Hard telling," replied Mark. "He'll be along in a few moments, doubtless," said Sam. As be spoke Bob came riding around the corner, and was oon beside them. "What made you so long getting here, Bob?" asked Dick. "I ran across a stubborn sentinel, Dick." "Ah, that was it?" "Yes. He didn't want to let me pass." "No?" "No; he said boys ought to be at home and in bed at this 1me of the night, instead of riding around, but I differed ith him, of course." "What did you do?" "I told him I was coming intb the city on business of portance, and that he must not stop me." E. "Then he let you pass, eh?" E!'No." "He didn't?" "Not a bit of it. He was stubborn, I tell you. He said I were perhaps a dozen more redcoats, following along. :re 'l'he four "Liberty Boys" were looking at sometbl.e ] across the street, and did not see the redcoats till the lB wi l were almost upon them, and then they stepped aside, 13vje "That's the fellow I cracked over the head with the n of my pistol," Bob whispered to Dick, and as he did man with the bandaged head happened to catch sight fit youth's face. "There's the young scoundrel who bit me over the be t l with the pistol-butt!" the redcoat cried, eagerly and ple J gril y. "Seize him, fellows. Don't let him get away, w th ever you do." U 1 The redcoats leaped forward, intent on seizing Bob, a ti the next moment a lively combat was in progress. rhe} CHAPTER VII. '!'HE "LIBERTY BO'YS' BIG RISK. ,S OIJ rsuei the The "Liberty Boys" were outnumbered more than l'0 st to one, but that made no difference. They never sto;e at io think of a little thing like that. clo


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l.... were carrying buckets filled with water, while others vere handing furniture out through open windows. : "It looks as if the house is doomed," said Dick soberly. ". "And if so, what will become of us?" asked Mark. "We will be doomed, also, unless we can get down from top of the building." "Perhaps we may be able to get down through the house 0the way we came up," suggested Bob. "We would be sure to be captured if we could do so," said lVick. "Perhaps not. Perhaps we may be to get out the (fear way and escape." "Escape is cut off that way also. The alley is filled with ,;edcoats." r "Then what are we to do?" ( They made their way back to the scuttle-hole, only to \nd a thick volume of smoke coming up through it. 11 "A fellow would speedily be overcome by the smoke if he 1were to go down through there now," said Dick. i The others nodded assent. "What are we to do, then?" asked Bob. ii. Dick walked to the righthand side of the roof, and looked rl ,Jown. It was-thirty feet at least to the roof of the adjoin building, and of course such a jump would likely resrut r'n death or severe injuries; and even after reaching the I oof they would be in almost as bad a fix as ever. e it. He walked across to the lefthand side of the roof of the c}Ouse they were on. It was the same on this side, being i,bout thirty feet down to the adjoining roof. Then Dick walked to the edge of the roof at the rear, and )oked the .alley at the building on the opposite side. This buildi!lf quite tall, and the roof was not more ban ten feet 1 the one they were on. It was perhaps __ a er d h ld b 1 feet aist .:n ever, an to reac it it wou e necesi.u-==--< cdry to leap across th0 alley. It would be a big risk, bnt one will risk a great deal i! is any chance to save one's life. would 1e better than remaining where they were, and bemg burn ,rl to death. After Dick had measured the distance with his eyes he .uned to his comrades. D. ,, "What do you think about it, boys?" he asked, "are you ,,ood for a jump across the chasm?" "I am," said Bob. "And I,'' from Mark. "I'd rather risk it than to remain here," said Sam. "It's a big risk," said Dick, "but we are used to taking IJb.ances." t "Yes, indeed," said Bob. "I'm ready to attempt it ,rhenever you say so, Dick." "Well, I guess isn't any use of waiting, boys. We tfght as well make the attempt, and have done with it. "ll go first." :,i' All right, Dick." ',,-It was a big risk, but the "Liberty Boys" were used to .aking chances, a!cl one after another they leaped from the roof of the burning building to the roof of the build across the alley. Sam Sanderson was the last to make the leap, and' staggered when be alighted, and would have fallen bs' ward to the ground had the others not seized him, a drawn him safely away from the edge of the roof. But they were safe across the alley. They were safe. the roof of a building that probably would not burn do': but the next thing to do was to get to the ground and mi their escape from the vicinity. ,' There was a scuttle in the roof, but when they tried open it they found it was fastened. They pulled and tugged with all their might, but co' not budge the scuttle cover, and finally were forced give up the attempt to open it. 1 .. Then Dick made a tour of investigation, and discove1 a wooden water-spout at one corner, which reached to d J groun ,,.,. J1 He tested the water-pipe, and found that it was q1 strong. I "I believe jt will hold the weight of one of us," he s., "Are you boys willing to make the attempt to slide d it to the ground?" "Ye8,'' said Bob. "We've got to get away from fD somehow, and that seei;ns to be the only way of doing "Well, I'll go first and see bow it works," said Dick. v He let himself cautiously over the edge of the rl seized hold of the water-spout, and began making his ,11 slowly and carefully down. 1h He was watched eagerly by his comrades, and when r saw him reach the ground in safety a sigh of relief satisfaction escaped the lips of each. "You next, Mark," said Bob. Jl Mark Morrison let himself over the edge, graspe;.'h water-spout, and slid down, slowly and carefully. reached _the bottom in safety, and then Sam Sanderso e 0 lowed. As soon as he bad r.eacbed the ground Bob followed. ( moved as slowly and carefully as the others bad done, b\c J may be that their weight had gradually pulled the fass ings loose, and when Bob was within ten feet of the gro the fastenings gave way altogether and down came W!e spout and Bob in a pile. a Dick managed to break Bob's fall somewhat, ancl f youth was merely shaken up a bit, while Sam got a t$e on the bead from a section of the spout. No one was seriously hurt, however, and they were W more on solid ground. W "Now let's be getting away from here before wear -; covered, boys," said Dick. a es As they started to go away a score of redcoats ing aro_und the corner of the adjoining building, and ed straight toward the youths. "Surrender!" cried the leader be "Surrender, you rel w gf


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. ) I They secured two rooms, and went to them, and Dick who was something of an expert at such work, dressed and bandaged Bob's wound. I G CHAPTER VIII. MINNIE'S DISAPPEARANCE. It was not severe, but would be the better for having at tention. ut the four brave "Liberty Boys" had encountered and from other perils that night, and they were dcter '\led not to surrender without a struggle. Then they talked their plans over. "I will go out and take a run around, boys," said Dick, finally. "You stay here. I won't be gone long." f 1hey whirled and dashed across the street. The three said all right, and Dick took his departure. He made his way to Broadway, and down the street. After having spent half an hour on this street, withou i1Stop !" again roared the redcoat leader. "Stop or die!" ''he youths only ran the faster. \'hey separated, however, for they anticipated a volley, l felt that they would be less likely to be hit by the bul of their enemies if separated than if in a bunch. nd in this they were correct. The redcoats did fire, but vy waited too long, and the youths were quite a distance having learned anything of importance, he made his way to the home of Gerald Carlton, the patriot. There was a light in the hall, and Dick ran up the steps and knocked. Presently the do_ or was opened by the servant girl. y, and the bullets failed to do much damage. "Is your master, Mr. Carlton, in?" the youth asked. "Yes, sir," was the reply. "Who shall I say wishes t uob was hit by a bullet, but it was only a flesh wound, a.slight one at that, so it did not cause him to stop. see him?" 'he sting of the wound angered the "Liberty Boy," how1., and whipping out a pistol, he pointed the muzzle back 1 bis shoulder and fired. The youth gave a quick glance around, and seeip.g no om near, said in a low voice:: "Tell him Dick Slater wishes to see him." loud yell of pain and rage combined went up from one "Step inside," said the servant, and the youth did so.

THE LIBERTY BOY::;' .BIG RISK. Dick was silent a few moments, and then he said: ; "Have you accused him of it?" I went to him at once, and told him I suspectea i L "What did he say and do?" 1 f. "He in my face, and told me I was wrong m suspectmg him." 11 "Of course he would say that." "Of course." < Again Dick was silent for a few moments, and then he said:: ll "Mr. Carlton, do you know how to open the movable section in the wall in the cellar?" if 'rhe man started. : "Yes, Dick," he replied. n "Good! Then before very long we will whether or not your daughter is in Lewis' house.'" p "You mean to enter his house and make a search?" I ] "Yes." [ : "But he has ten men in tqere with him, and it would be DSuicidal to ventu!e." :Minnie, and he has been trying to pay his audresses t but Mr. Carlton would not have it, and now he think fellow, Lewis, has kidnapped Minnie." "And you want that we shall go and enter the drel's house and make him give the girl up, Dick?' : Bob. "Yes; at least, we will enter his house and sear from cellar to garret, and if the girl is there, we will ,. her." "Good We are with you in that, eh, fellows ?" The others nodded assent. "You lead the way, Dick, and we will back ydhe J up," said Mark Morrison, decidedly. fe' "All right; come along, boys," said Dick. "I k.f way to enter Lewis' house without his knowledge, n will be able to find Minnie. Carlton, if she is in ther w confident." y, 1 Tqe four youths left the tavern, and made theirob the Carlton home. a.s The servant girl admitted them, and they went e to the library. an i': "I have three comrades not far from here, at a tavern, U\fr. Carlton. I will go and get them, and with you there Mr. Carlton greeted them joyously. "Now we will soon know >yhether or not mv J.o hif be five of us. I think we will be equal to the task of J thrashing the scoundrels if they should discover our presdaughter is in the house of that scoundrel, Henry f hnce and try to kill us." he said. "Are you ready, Mr. Slater?" al "We are raady, sir/' was the reply. vo "Good. That will be all right, Dick," cried Mr. Carlton .'h "Then come." sagerly. "I would like to put a bullet through that scounT k' dl th 1 d th ly ] 1 L d 'f t b ttl I .11 d 't t ,, a mg up a can e, e man e e way oul t hre ew1s, an i we mee in a e array w1 o 1 oo. l'b 1 tl 1 11 d. t th k't h H h"e r "I ill db d W 'th tl i rary,aong 1e m ,an mo e ic en ere"" w go an comra es, sir. a1 ere qme Y d 1 d' t th 11 t d d tofj our trick 1.." c e oor ea mg o e ce ar-s an passe "H t steps, the youths keepmg close at his heels. /...,up "v:' u_..,u 1 H 'h h d h t db kt He walked straight to the point where the swirll ho 1 i er y e_. e ouse, an as ene ac o f h 11 1 d d 1 h' h. t t tion o t e stone wa was ocate an p acmg is t avern. a certain lace ushed. { The three youths saw that Dick was somewhat excited, p P nd questioned him eagerly. The section swung slowly outward, revealing an.o "What's up, Dick?" ing three feet wide and four feet high. ; "Have you learned something of importance?" Dick's three comrades, to whom this was sometb Y and unexpected, looked at another wonderin!!he e "What is it, anyway?" u J "I have some work for you, boys," said Dick. "This beats anything I have seen lately," whispei "Good." to Mark Morrison. l "We are glad to hear it." The other nodded assent. 1 h "What is the work?" The five passed through the opening, f "You remember I told you about Gerald Carlton, the and his pretty daughter Minnie?" asked Dick. "Yes, yes." "Well, I have just been to Ur. Carlton's home, and he ?ens me that his daughter has disappt:uied most mysterious-v.'' w "You don't tell us.'' "That is bad.'' e "What does he think has become o{ her?" "He thinks she has been kidnapped." it uKidnapped !" in chorus. l> "Yes.; there's a fellow living next door-I told you about 'm, the fellow wh

-==-J.'HE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. t others followed at his heels, and then all paused and "That is what we will do, sir," said Dick. "And now rrk d follow me. We will begin the search for your daughter a souud was to be heard. The "Liberty Boy" felt sure that the girl would be found: 'was silence: in a room upstairs, and he at once led the way up to the 1u stay here while I go and reconnoiter,'' whispered second floor. "I think it advisable we know where the enemy They at once began looking into the rooms on this floor bar oned before we begin our search for the girl." and at last they came to a door that was locked. 1 others nodded assent, and handing the cand'le to Dick rapped lightly on the door, and then listened at ick stole out into the hall, and made his way along it the keyhole. selessly as a shadow. "Who is there?" he heard in a low, tremulous voice c was soon at the door of the library, and he heard. "Your father, Miss Minnie," replied Dick, with his lips heyrmur of voices, and saw a faint streak of light at the keyhole, "and Slater and some more .friends." felflg out underneath the door. "Thank God!" he heard the girl exclaim in a low but f.placcd his ear to the keyhole and listened. eager voice. "Then I be saved." d uld distinguish words now. "How are we to get the. door open?" whispered Mr. Carl -w s delight Lewis and his m en were talking of the ton. a.lg of all things that Dick would have wished to "There is only one way, I think," replied Dick. o b '!cussed, viz., the girl, Minnie Carlton. "And that?" l th la f l C li tt b dl t "ls" to burst it open." a.sppose e o oo, ar on, is pre y a y cu up es disappearance of the girl, eh, Lewis?;' was the first "But will not that be heard by the villains downstairs?" anlick heard said. "I fear so. But it can't be helped." came the reply in Lewis' voice "He looked all "Well, go ahead and bu rst the door, :Mr. Slater. What loBup, and"-with a scornful laugh-" he looked at ever you think best to do, that we will do." if he would like to murder me; but that was all it "We will in all probability have to fight the scoundrels," aled to. He could not prove tl; I had anything to whispered Dick, "but it will be their fault, not ours, and 0 1 the disappearance of the girl, and did not dare to their blood will be on their own heads." eh. b -mg." .u 1 "And if it comes to a fight, boys," said Dick, ".shoot t Y s right. He is helpless, and his daughte-r is here kill. There is no use of having any halfway business wit 1e sound of his voice, too. Ha, ha, ha!" imch villains. They are better out of the world than in it toe\.. a, ha! That's a good J. oke on the old rascal!" said I "All right, Dick." up and then all laughed in chorus. T h "l am confident that if we don't voice, how-os!l.nds of the "Liberty Boy" clenched, and a grim us," said Dick. Then he added: : 1 ; h ttled on his face. -"Place your shoulders against the door, boys, and when I cowardly scoundrel," he said to hiTYlself, "you de-/ ....,.. give the word push with all your might." ,an o mercy, and if it comes to a fight between you and The youths did as directed. 1 1\-ty, to-night, we will show you no mercy. Such Then Dick gave the word, and they surged against th \ scoundrels are better out of the world than door with all their force. rrl e The door was not a very strong one, and it gave way, wltf 'IV does the girl take her imprisonment, cap'?,; asked a crash which all were sure could not well help being hearc ien the laughter had subsided. by the men downstairs. doesn't take it very calmly," was the reply, in J\Ir. Carlton, eager and excited, leaped into the room an( r : yoice. "She is a regular little tigress." clasped his daughter to his breast, but Dick and his thre I guessyou will be able to tame her, eh, chief?" comrades listened intently. h ink so. I am going to try starving her, and see how They heard the sound of trampling feet below stairs lds out under such treatment." heard a door open, and then the trampling sounded louder you villain," said Dick to himself. The men were coming to see what had caused the nois aited to hear no more. He had learned that the they had heard. s in the house, and he felt sure they would be able They would be upstairs in a few moments. her by searching. "We will have to fight them, boys," said Dick. "Into th t urned and stole away, along the hall. When he room, quick. And make every shot count, for we have r the kitchen he told his comrades what he bad disdesperate gang to contend with." Carlton was greatly excited and agitated. darling daughter is in this house!" he murmured. we will rescue her, or we will wipe the band of rels out of exisrence." The youths entered the room, and Dick told the girl t take up her position in the farther corner of the room. T:t girl obeyed, and Dick turned a table down on its side, am placed it in front of her, so that the top would serve as sort of shield against the bullets.


r18 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' BIG RISK. ;. ======================================;:=================================:;! By the time he had done this the footsteps of the ap proaching men were heard in the upstairs hall. Dick drew his pistols and cocked them, and noted that beach of his four companions held two pistols, ready cocked. "Good!" he nodded. "When I give the word give it to them And then draw the1other two pistols, and fire a L ond s The four nodded understandingly. The enemy was almost at the doo-r by this time, and not wishing to kill anybody without first giving them a chance, Dick called out in a clear, ringing voice: "Halt! If you show yourselves in front of the door, we will fire upon you-and I give you fair warning that we will shoot to kill CHAPTER IX. .A. DEADLY ENCOUNTER. There was no mistaking the that Dick meant what 1he said. His tone indicated as much, and the advancing <'11party of men came to a halt on the instant, as if one man. ttl "Who are you?" came i n Lewis' voice. (':J "You know who I am, well enough, you villain," the vouth replied. "I have heard your voice, but I am not sure that I know <}vho you are "1. you forgotten the young man you entrapped in ,;11 T ,_ __ .,;.n arm.chair last night?" ,/ 0 ._,, trtC \t \I'> )ht@{ later,"' Lewis cried ''Sla, ,.i,_ !s Dick $later." "Good. 11 am glad of it. We will capture you this time, r. and win the reward." '_ "You will do nothing of the kind, and I warn you not bo attempt it." e "Bah!". "If you and come in sight we will open fire .:ipon you, and as there are five of us, and all are dead shots, )ou will simply be committing suicide. Be warned." u. "Bosh. I don't believe there are five of you, and even if there are we have eleven, and will be able to overcome .01you." "You will find out your mistake, when you make the, but it will be too late to do you any good then." "Bah! One rush, and you will be in our power." 1 "Be warned," said Dick. "If you attempt to enter this [h:foom your blood will be upon your own heads, for we shall ( ;hoot to kill. 11 The reply was a sudden rush of footsteps. The next in stant the party of men appeared in sight, an-ct true to their l:word the five fired two volleys. 1;1 Crash-roar! Crash-roar I The Tolleys_ wese fired coolly and calmly, and were deadly effect. __,/ Nine of the men went down, dead or badly wound the remaining two turned and fled for their lives "They will bring a crowd of redcoats here," ex Mr. Carlton "Let us get away as q11ickly as po0 "Very well," said Dick. "Corne, Miss Minnie,", girl. "I guess the fight is oer." The girl stepped out from behind the barric21r went with her father out of the room, while Dick three comrades followed, after taking a look at tl and wounded men. Lewis was dead, a bullet having struck him fair ; the eyes, and five more of the men were dead. Tb foree were wounded, and the "Liberty Boys" decia_ o two of them would die. One had a wo1md that k necessarily fatal. "I gave your leader fair warning," Dick said e ) man, who was able to understand. would havi this is his fault, not ours.'; ; "I guess you are right about that," the man replilt a scowl. "But it doesn't make me think any rnor fell OWS." S "No, I suppose not. Still, you cannot justly bl for you." "Perhaps not," with a groan, "but if I knew wl l of you it was that gave me this bullet-wound I w\ to get even with him, some time." "You would do better to be thanking your lw r that you are alive," said Dick. "You ought to ts man who shot you, insteau of to harbor malice aga 1 for you are much better off than your comrades h "Well, there may be something in that." 1 Then Dick and his three comrades followed Mi" and Minnie out of the room and alo:p.g the hall stairs they went, along that hall, and into the kit { just as they entered the kitchen, they heard voice 4 front stoop, and the door opened, and a party came filing into the house. )J ii ."We were just in time," said Dick. "Nnw,' downstairs and across into the cellar under yo house, Mr. Carlton." They hastened down into the cellar, and the secti pushed back into its place. "Now, I think we had better stay here for a whil Dick, "until we are enabled to find out whether the redcoats know who did the work upstairs in house." "That wounded man will tell them," said Bob. "He may, and again he may not," said Dick. I will.go back and spy on them, and find out about it. "All right," said Bob. "But you want to be cai "I will." The "Liberty Boy" knew the manner of opening ti tion, and opening it, passed through into the celh pushed.the section shut again. He stole up the steps and into the kitchen. At th he paused and listened. Upstairs he could hear the rnur of voices, and he stole along the hall and up the


head of the stairs he paused, and made an observa1 redcoats were discussing the matter vigorous ere. The man who had been only wounded was tell redcoats about the combat, and he said that the \d been killed by rebels, led by the famous Dick u. ph01xcited ihe redcoats, and they were eager to begin e1e the youth in question. iflpiay earn the five hundred pounds reward that has ts ered ior his capture," said one. he iC are three more young fellows with him," the hey! man went on, "and I think they are members of known as 'The Liberty Boys of '76.'" o:f,011, capture all four of them," cried a redcoat. md with the four was a rebel who lives next door to r the wounded man went on. "His name is Ger'(!, atton, and if you don't find the five of them in this ob will likely find them in the house adjoining." a.sll search this house, and if we don't :find them here, he search the other house," a redcoat declared. anwhat about these dead and wounded men, lieuten one of the redcoats. of you stay here and dress the wounds of "the three e d men, as best you can, while the rest of us go in that crowd this fellow tells about," was the reply. "'.m' are coming right along, to search the house, so I hd-i\iad better be getting away from thought ly. e and stole back down the stairs, and then way to the kitchen, and back down into the ere he made his wa'f into the adjoining cellar, llttl ed the party. Su hat did you learn?" from Mr. Carlton. i.--now who killed the men," replied Dick. "The art;man told them." pi:tid he mention my name?" anxiously. Then they will search my house, likely." 1.;J announced their intention of doing so, in case ailed to find us in the other house." until matters got more quiet, and for her to remain an tell all who came that they had gone to the country. The girl said she would do so, and then Minnie hastilyj gathe:ced some clothing, while Mr. Carlton secured his valu able papers, etc., and then in company with the "Liberty; Boys" they stole out by the rear entrance and away up the alley to the next street. Here they bade the "Liberty Boys" good-by, after thank ing them for rescuing Minnie from Lewis' power, and took their departure, going in the direction of the home of Mr Carlton's brother. The 'Liberty Boys" set out for the tavern, and reached there "\'' ithout further adventure, though they paused sev eral times to listen to the talk on the street, the news having g one out that a men had been killed in a fight with rebels in a house in the lower part of the city. There was great excitement, and soon the youths heard names mentioned on all side s by redcoats and Tories. "Dick Slater and his 'Liberty Boys' in the city, and en gaged in killing loyal king's men," they heard one man s hout. "It is outrageous. We should hunt the scoundrels down and shoot them as if they were dogs!" "Phew!" whistled Bob. "That fellow is fierce, isn't he?" "Yes; and you may be sure he run the first one or all, if he should suddenly run up against the 'Liberty Boy.'" "If it wasn't so dangerous I'd like to give him a scare," giinned Bob. "It won't do to take any risks, Bob," said Dick. "We will have to be on our guard, as it is." "That's so." There was a note of voice, howe v er. It was plain that he would have given a g%>d have been able to give the fellow a frigM. L When they entered the tavern they found several men, evidently Tories, drinking and discussing the affair in loud, angry voices. "It is the most daring piece of business tpat ever I heard of!" declared one. "Yes, but Dick Slater and those 'Liberty Boys' are just the kind of follows to do such things," remarked another. "Yes, that's true, too." en :Minnie and I had better get away from here, One of the men happened to notice Dick and his com-th" k ?" you m rades, and when they. had gone on through the combined s, for awhile, at least. Is there any place you can go office and bar-room, and had disappeared, he spoke to the week or so ?" rest, and said : s. I have a brother living in another part of the city. "Say, did you see the four fellows who went through here go there." a minute ago?" en you had better do so." "I noticed 'em," replied one. e will go right up an!l instruct the servant girl to "What clo you think about them?" l callers that we have gone to the country," said Mr. "I didn't think anything about 'em. But what do you n; "JJ.nd then we will take our departure before the mean ?)' ts come." "Did you notice that they were young fellows?" at will be best." "Yes, I noticed that." 'T y hastened upstairs, and Mr. Carlton told the servant "Say," lowering his voice, "do you suppose they are the rat he and Minnie were going away for a week or so, 'Liberty Boys' who killed those men?"


The others started, and gave utterance to exclamations of amazement. "Surely not," cried one. "It might be," from another. "It isn't an impossibility." They asked the landlord about the four, and he could only tell them that the youths had entered his tavern earlter in the evening and engaged rooms. "Of course they might be the 'Liberty Boys'," he said, "but I don't believe they are." "Let's go up and have a talk with them1 anyway," said one. "I'm willing," from another. "And so am I," from a third. All signified their willingness, and they rose to go up stairs, and then they hesitated and looked at one another dubiously. "If it should happen that they are the 'Liberty Boys,' what could we do?" asked one. "They are desperate men, and would make short work of us." "We will have a talk with them," said another, "and if we should make up minds that they are the 'Liberty Boys,' we will go to the British and report, and have them send some. soldiers to capture them." "That is a good ptan," said another "Come along, men." And they went trooping upstairs. CHAPTER X. ..:hair "LIBERTY BUYS' ;i ESCAPE. j,1ck l'. v Th;J;u't-J)ic.kSa the trampling of feet, and knew some: body was coming. "What's up now?" asked Bob, he and Dick occupying one room, :Mark and Sam the other. "I know, Bob." "Hear the trampling( "Yes." J "Sounds like a crowd coming." c, "So it does." "What can they want?" Dick was listening intently, and thinking at the same [ 1 "I have an idea it is the gang we saw in the bar-room, &ob," he said. "And do you suppose they have made up their minds that e are 'Liberty Boys'?" "I don't know. We'll have to wait and see what they ant. Be ready to fight if necessary." "I will," and Bob's eyes flashed. Nearer and nearer sounded the footsteps, and presently ih.e noise ceased when the owners of the feet seemed to be ight in front of the door of the room. Then there came a rap on the door. --"What's wanted?" called out Dick. "We wish to ask you a few questions," was the rn "Go ahead. But please make it asfew as possibl want to go to sleep." f There was the faint murmur of whispering at tM men were discussing the coolness of the youth. r "All right. We want to know who you four "Why do you wish to know?" ( "We have about made up our minds that you a 'Liberty Boys' who killed the men and caused all the 1 ment on the streets." "Oh, you have?" "Yes." The two youths looked at each other in some cl They feared that they were in for trouble. "Well, you are entirely mistaken," said Dick. "You say we are?" "Yes; we are not the persons you speak of." "You are not?" "No." "Then who are you?" "We a're country boys." "Indeed?" "Yes; we live up in Westchester county." This part of it was true; their homes were in W estc county. "Why are you in the city?" "Our folks sent us on business." "Indeed." "Yes." There was some more whispering among the men o and Dick and Bob looked at each other dubiously. "I'm inclined to think they won't believe us, Bob," pered Dick. "It seems more than likely." "In that case, what will we do?" "Well, if they try to capture us we will show fig "But if they simply keep watch over our rooms, an for redcoats to come and make prisoners of us?" "Well, in that case, I think it will be a good pl: us to try to our escape before the redcoats get "I guess yo1\ are right." "Hello, in there," called a voice at this juncture "Well?" "Open your door." "What for?" "We want to talk to you." "You are tl!-lking to us now." "I know; but we want to have a good, face-to-face "You mean that you want us to open the door a the entire crowd of you jump on us, anc make us pri don't you?" asked Dick scornfully "Oh, no; I don't mean that." "Well, 'Ile are satisfied as it is. Go ahead wit talk." "See here; don't you know you are acting in a m calculated to make us very suspicious?"


: we simply wish to p;otect ourselves. We are not the you seem to think we are, but we might not be able you of the fact, and then we would get ourJ trouble by letting you have a chance at us." had better open the door and let us have a talk l I must think we are fools," cried Dick. we think you are the famous 'Liberty Boys'." a are mistaken." 't believe it." ight; you don't need to do so, if you don't want we don't any of us believe anything else but that e very four who killed the men in the house down er part of the city." believe that, do you?" then, what are you going to do about it?" are we going to do?" 1 soon find out." pose we will." there is no mistake about that." there was quite a trampling of feet, as if the men c 'ng their leave. routbs listened intently, and they were confident ile the majority of the l'arty had gone back to the i; there were two or possibly more, who had re behind, to keep watch and give the alarm if the tried to escape. u 1, what's to be done, Dick?" asked Bob. must get away from here." u think they will send for some redcoats for the of having us taken prisoners ?" l, I'm ready for anything, Dime" d Come here, and be ready to back me up." ma<;le his way to the door, and unfastening it pulled the door open quickly. men stood in the hall, evidently on guard over the but before they could open their mouths to give the the youths had them covered with pistols, and Dick a fierce, threatening voice : )'OU give the alarm you die." the two did not wish to die, for they did not any move toward giving the alarm, but stood mute otionless, and stared into the mouths of the pistols look of terror on their faces. his moment the door of the room occupied by Mark am opened, and the youths stepped forth. st in time, boys," said Dick in a cautious voice. "Tie ms of these two fellows, and gag them." k and Sam hastened to obey, and two minutes later o men were bound band and foot and gagged. youths then thrust the two into one of the rooms, ole downstairs. Knowing it would be useless to try to get out through the bar-room, they turned and made their way back to the rear of building. The ball ran right straight back to the rear, and the door at the end was unfastened, so all the youths bad to do was to open the door and walk out. This they lost no time in doing, and then they made their way around to the front of the building, and glanced in through the window. The men were drinking and talking excitedly, and seem ed to be in good spirits. "They think they have us bottled up in the roonis up stairs," said Dick, with a smile "They will meet with a surprise when they g@ up ijiere with tbe redcoats to capture us," grinned Bob. "So they will. Well, we had better be getting away fro here, I think." 'rhey turned and walked away, and half an hour late they were installed in a tavern quite a distance from the on they had left. Feeling safe, they fastened the doors of their rooms, undressed, and went to bed and to sleep. v Meantime quite a lively scene was being enacted at the other tavern_ The Tories had sent word to headquarters that they had the four "Liberty Boys" under surveillance, and a party, of soldiers had at once been sent for the purpose of arrest ing the youths. When they arrived at the tavern, they were greeted joy ously and boisterously by the men in the bar-room, who assured the red.coats that they would soon have the famous "Liberty Boys" in their power. "They are right upstairs, here," said of the men. "Come along, and we will show you the are in." Upstairs the entire party trooped, and a ge.y te!l.c.he.d the second floor, cries of surprise and con'-1.L 0n escaped the lips of the guides. "The guards are gone "Where are Bill and Jim?" "What has happened?" "What does it mean?" Then the leader of the party explained to the leader of the redcoats that two men had been left on guard in the hall, to give the alarm if the four "Liberty Boys" tried to escape. 'rhe redcoat nodded. "I understand," he said. "Your friends have probably come to grief." As he spoke he stepped forward and tried the door oij the room that had been occupied by Dick and Bob. 1 The door opened, and he stepped across the thre.shold, and glanc<:'d around. "There are your friends," he said grimly, pointing to where the two, bound and gagged, lay on the floor. "It has turned out about as I expected it would." Cries of surprise and anger escaped the lips of the mer who bad expected to be instrumental in causing the capture j of the "Liberty Boys," and they hastened to free their' I


.. two comrades, who as soon as they could regain the use of their voices, told how it had happened. The hearers were an angry and disgusted. lot, but they could do nothing, except to give utterance to exclamations of rage and disappointment The birds had fl.own, the in tended victims had made their escape. "I tell you, if you want to hold the 'Liberty Boys,' you must do more than station a couple of men on guard," said the redcoat leader. "I have seen quite a good deal of the work of those fellows, and I must say that they are far from being ordinary men. They are hard to do anything with." The entire party made its way back down to the bar room, where liquid refreshments were indulged in, and soon all began to recover their spirits, under the potent spell of the liquid spirits. Presently the redcoats took their departure, and mak ing thei_r way back to headquarters, reported that the ".Lib erty Boys" had made their escape before they arrived upon the scene. CHAPTER XL THE BRITISH SHIPS PASS TIIE FORT. Dick Slater and his three comrades remained in New York city two weeks, and every day or two one of their number made his way to Harlem Heights and told the commnnder-i'" how tlrings were going in the city. It was C.iflk 1 to learn anything of what was going on at Britiah headqu "rs, but the youths managed to keep fairly well ..... -;L. One "\\nen they had been there two weeks, Dick r left tnti ) s at the tavern, and telling them to stay in till he came 11ack, made his way to the home of Gerald Carlton. "Th1.:y ma: I-ave returJ].ed to their home by this time," thought. "!'ll go and see, anyway." He renched the house, ran up the steps and rang the bell, and when the girl came to the door he asked if Mr. Carlton and had returned to their home. "Yes," replied the girl, who recognized Dick. "They are at home, Ur. Slater. Come in. He entered and was shown to the library, where he was joined a few minutes later by Ur. Carlton and Minnie, who greeted him with great cordiality "You are back home, I see," said Dick. "Yes, Mr. Slater; everything seemed to be quiet, so we ventured back." "You have not been molested again?" "No; I suppose the redcoats have something of more im portance to attend to." "Likely." "I am very glad you have come, Dick," said iifr. Carlton, after the greetings were over. ur have some important in ormation for you." "Indeed?" "Yes." "I am glad to hear that." "It is information which should be conveyed to mander-in-chief at the earliest possible moment.' "It shall be carried to him this very night, sir.' "Good! I have learned, Dick, that the British templating a rno"\le that they think will result in the of the patriot army." "Ah! What is the move?" "They are going to send warships up the Hud Forts Washington and Lee, and then they are goi up East River with other vessels and land a larq which is intended to cut off the retreat of the army." "That is a clever scheme," said Dick. "Yes, and with Washington cut off from his base plies in Connecticut, he would soon have to surren "So he would, but thanks to our having advance edge of the intentions of the British, I think the co er-in-chief will be able to checkmate the enemy." "I think so, Dick. You will take the information t at once?" "Yes, indeed. Do you know when this attempt i made?" "Yes; some of the warships are to make the atte get past Forts Washington and Lee to-night." "Ah! Then I had better go at once, and get th mation to the commander in-chief at the earliest p moment." "I think it will be best to do so. The youth did not wait longer, but bade the patri his daughter good-by, and took his departure. "We must get up to Harlem Heights as quickly sible," he told his comrades, as soon as he had reac tavern; and then he told them what was in the wi "Will we all go, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes; I don't think we will have to spend i.ime here in the city, and might as well get out one another. I may have to return, but I don't believe be necessary for the rest of you to do so." The youths lost no time, but paid their score at th{ and took their departure. 'rhey went to the livery stable where they had ler horses, and paying the score, mounted and rode awa) 'They were soon out of the city, having dodged t h tinels in the darkness, and riding northward at a I They rode hard and fast, and an hour and a q later they were in the patriot encampment on E Heights. Dick went at once to headquarters. "Ah, is it you, Dick?" General Washington excl1 "I am glad to see you," and he shook the youth's heartily. "I have important information you, your excel!, said Dick. And then he told what he had learned intentions of the British.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. 23 nmander-in-chief listened eagerly. 1ey are going to try that plan, are they, Dick?" I General Washington, when the youth had fin-me British warships are t try to get past our 'flq ght, you say?" ,f,n. Carlton said, sir." [ ood. Word must be sent to the forts at once. ke the message, Dick?" ri our excellency." -tgood. Go at once to Fort Washington, and tell lancler there what you have told me, and tell him sharp lookout on the river." well, tiir." cross the river to Fort Lee, and tell the comere the same things." do so, sir." ick saluted and withdrew. necl to Fort Washington, and told General Morwas in command at thai point, what General n had said. 1 So they are going to try to run past the forts with hips, are they?" the general exclaimed s their intention, sir," replied Dick. we will get ready to give them a few shots," was remark. "They may get past, but we will make e as warm as possible." ick left Fort Washington, and hastening down r, got in a boat and rowed across to Fort Lee. d General Greene what was in the wind, and what under-in-chief had said, and the general remark e bad been expecting some such move on the part ritish for some time 1e commander-in-chief we will keep a sharp look he said, "and if we see any war s hips sneaking er we will open on them." ell, sir." ick. got in the boat and recrossed the river. tened back to headquarters on Harlem Heights rted to General Washington, who nodd e d his head val. ar the British will be able to g e t pa s t the forts, if ke the attempt," he said, "but we can do them con damage while they are about it." g clone his work, Dick went to the quarters occu the "Liberty Boys,'' and went to befl. was no alarm that night, after all. ome reason the British did not try to get past the day, however, they made the attempt in broad day t ten o'clock two frigates wer e seen coming up the d it was evident that they were going to try to get as excitement within the two forts, and also within iot encampment on the Heights. General Washington took command at Fort Washington, and all were eager to see whether or not it would be possible to stop the British frigates, and force them to turn back. As soon as the ships were within range the batteries in the forts opened fire, and cannon-balls zipped aU around the vessels. The guns from the ships replied, and soon a brisk can nonading was in progress. Probabiy there were no more interested spectators of the affair than the "Liberty Boys,'' who, perched on the high e s t point on the H e ights, watched the scene in e x citement, and with great interest. "Jove, I wish we could be in this,'' said Bob, with a sigh. "It isn't our kind of fighting," said Mark Morrison. "No; we don't handle cannon." "I hope our follows blow the British ships out of water." "So do I," agreed Dick. "But I fear they will be unable to do so." Boom, boom boom The cannonading was becoming brisk, and occasionally a shot came flying over the heads of the youths. "Bah, if I couldn't beat such shooting as that I would let someone else have charge of the gun," said Bob scorn fully. "To think of a gunner aiming at the fort, and then shooting clear over the Heights." The other youths laughed at Bob. "I am glad they are not any better gunners than that," said Dick, with a smile. "Oh, so am I," replied Bob. "but I always hate to see poor work, I don't care who is doing it." As a matter of fact, the American the forts were not doing much better. The majority ;;} their shots went wide of the mark. The frigates were bit otly a: iew times, ancl then they were not hit where it did much dam age, and it soon became evident that unless the patriots did better work the enemy would succeed in getting past. When General Washington saw it was more than likely that the frigates would succeed in running past, be sent word to the commanders of some small American vessels lying above the forts to fly, but they did not get started quickly enough, and the frigates got past the fortt3, and suc ceeded in capturing the vessels in question. The commander-in-chief at once called a council of war. At this council it was decided that there was little doubt that the British would soon make the attempt to pass up the East River and land a force which would try to get in behind them, and cut off the retreat of the patriot'!. "I do not wish to retreat until it is absolutely necessary, however,'' said the commander-in-chief, "and so I think I will send a spy down into the city to find out just when the attempt is to be made." The other officers approved of this course, and Dick Slater was sent for. General Washington told him what it was that he wished done, and Dick said he would be glad fo atteni to the work.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. "I think it will be an easy matter to learn what you wish to know, sir," he said "I will go straight to M r. Carlton, and likely he will be able to give me the informa-. tion at once. "Quite likely. You will go to night, Dick?" "Immediately after nightfall, your excellency "Good!" The "Liberty Boy" made his way down to the city that night, evading the sentinel with his accustomed skill, and went at once to the home of Gerald Carlton. He was received cordially by both Mr. Carlton and his beautiful daughter, and when the youth made known his errand the patriot nodded his head and said "I can give you the information you seek, Dick. The British are going to start up the Eas1'.Rver on the twelfth "Ah, on the twelfth, eh?" "Yes." "And do you know where they intend making a land i ng?" "Yes. On a peninsula in the sound about nine miles up; the peninsula is known by the name of Throgg's Neck." "I know the place. At high tide it is an island, there being a narrow strip of marsh that overflows when the t ide is in. "I have never been there myself." "I have, and I think General Washington will be able to hold the British back from landing on the mainland for as long a time as he likes "That will be good." "Yes, for it. will give him all the time he will need for getting the patriot army back into the interior, out of dan ger of in." '"l' 1 .:ue 1 After some further conversation, Dick thanked Mr. Carl ton for the information, bade him and his daughter good by, and took his departure "N0w to get back to the Heights wifh the information," said Dick to himself. CHAPTER XII. "THBY HAVE OUTWITTED us." He was soon mounted and, getting past the sentinel un seen, rode northward at a goodly pace. When he reached the patriot encampment on the Heights he went to headquarters, and found General Wash ington up and in consultation with Generals Greene, Put nam, and others. "Ah, you are back already, Dick?" the commander-in chief exclaimed when he saw D ick. "Then you must have l earned something of impo r tance "Yes, you r excellency, I have learne d when the British a r e going to make the attempt to get in behi n d you." "And when is the time they have set f o r the affai r Di ck?" "The move is to be made on the twelfth." "Tl1e twelfth, eh?" "Yes, "And where are the B r itish figuring on maki ing ?" ''Ai Throgg's N eek." "Ah, I know where that is.'' "And so do I," said General Greene. "I thi be able to easily hold them in check there, and pre from reaching the mainland until we are willing should do so. "I think so. Well, having advance knowledge tentions makes us safe. We will be able to get aw< ty "And where are we to go, general?" asked "Have you decided upon that as yet?" "I have been doing a good deal of thinking for s1 past," was the reply, "and I have decided to retire Plains." "To White Plains, eh?" "Yes "Let me see; that is about eightee::i miles d i "Yes." "And there are places there where we will b attacked?" "Yes. There are plenty of hills there. And I will he perfectly safe And if pushed we can retire still farther back," other officer. "Yes. There is a strong position that we co to only a few miles from there, at North Castle." General Washington asked Dick a few more q and then told him he might go to his quarters. The youth saluted and withdrew, and as soon peared among his "Liberty Boys," he was assailed titude of questions. He motioned for the youths to be quiet, and t them in a few words just what he had learned. "So there is a chance that we will have an eng with the British at Throgg's N eek, eh?" exclaime "Yes, if we are among those sent there to op enemy," replied Dick. "Well, you must see to it that we are among t there, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, yes," was the cry. "We don t want to ma to White Plains, and leave the rest to fight it the redcoats. Ask General Washington to let us b those sent to Throgg's Neck, Dick." "All right. I will, boys," said Dick. And he kept his word. On the morning of the Twelfth, when the men ing selected to send on the work of holding the B 1 check, Dick went to the genera l and asked that the'' Boys" be sent along with the rest. "All right, Dick," said the commander-in-chief. shall go."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RlSK. th hastened back and reported his success, and gave vent to a cheer of delight. t we'll make the British wish they had not tried k" ," said one, and the others nodded assent. 1 1,e force was ready, and it marched away toward here the British were expected to try to land. ce took up its position on the mainland, just marsh from Throgg's N eek, and there waited. oon several British vessels were seen coming up ire River, and they knew the enemy was at hand. 1g riot soldiers kept back out of sight, however, as d the redcoats to effect a landing on Throgg's hour later the ships had stopped near the penin were discharging the force of redcoats. iots kept down out of sight till this had been ac and the ships had sailed back down the river, hen the British got to start across the e mainland, they were surprised to find them nted by an army. sed in consternation. rs conferred with one another. y knew what to do. something they had not been looking for. uld do? attempted to get across to the mainland they posed to the fire of hundreds and hundreds of our intentions, apd there is little doubt that Washington will withdraw his army at once, and we would not be able to hem it in en Harlem Heights." "True; I judge that you are right." The British officers were gloomy, and had not much to say during the rest ?f the day. Amoug the patriots on the mainland, however, all was joy and hilarity. They felt that they held the whiphand of the British, and were delighted. They laughed, talked, and sang. Indeed, so loudly did they sing that they were heard by the redcoats over on the peninsula, and this caused the British to wax wroth. "The impudent rebels," growled more than one red coat. But that was all the good their growling did them. They could not help themselves, and had to listen to the singing of the enemy. "We'll make them sing out of the other side of their mouths, when we get over there," growled more than one. But getting over there-that was the difficulty. The "Liberty Boys" were the leaders in the singing and yelling. They felt that it would make the redcoats angry, and worry them, and this was just what they wanted. "We'll have them wanting to swim over here at high tide to get at us, pretty soon," grinned Bob, "and then we will be able to shoot them as if they were muskrats." a dilemma, indeed de an advance, but were and retired to the peninsula. But the redcoats knew better than to try to swim over; met with a or, indeed, to try to get across the marsh in daylight. e officers held a council. not know what to do. pposed that their intended movement would be a o the patriots, and that they would be enabled to ding without trouble, but now realized their manner the "rebels" had become cognizant ot ed move, and had been ready with a checkmate. 1 1 Howe was greatly disappointed. e have had spies down in the city who have found tentions," he said. '11 wager that I can name one of the spies," said fficer. They adhered to their resolution to wait till nightfall, even though the singing and taunting n e ,....,..ou ,,.1 rendered them well-nigh crazy with rage. 1k of 1 :it; "Just wait t-ill night," was what all tolu tnerr 0 I d h h d d -eas1er,-1t 1ey gr1tte t eir teet an wa1te AJ" And when night came they made an attempt to reach i:'ne mainland. Just as they were starting they met with a surprise, however. Suddenly, all along the shore, bonfires burst into blaze, and the mainland for a mile up and down was illumined almost as light as if by the noonday sun. The redcoats were plainly revealed, almost halfway across the marsh, and the patriot soldiers at opened fire, such deadly effect that the British were forced to retreat Slater!" back to the peninsula. 1 Howe nodded. "The scoundrelly rebels were too smart for us, that b e no doubt you are right," he agreed. time," said General Howe. He was disgusted and disap_-ch talk did no good. The "rebels" were there. pointed, but he could not help admiring the shrewdness of to be done? the enemy. as the important question. "That bonfire business is a great scheme," said another decided to wait till nightfall, and then make an officer. to reach the mainland. "Yes; it makes it as dangerous for us to try to reach the however, that even if we do succeed in reaching shore at night as in the daytime." land, it will avail us nothing," sa,id. General Howe. The bonfires had been the suggestion of Dick Slater. so, your excellency?" asked an officer. He had been present at a council held by the officers, in it is plain enough. The rebels have knowledge of, the evening, and when he heard them talking as if they


----=-.. !6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' B l G H 18K. feared the British would be enabled to get ashore under cover of the darkness he suggested that wood be collected and bo:afires be built as soon as it grew dark. The suggestion had been hailed with delight. It was just the thing, General Greene had said, and the soldiers were at once set to gathering wood The mainland was covered with a scrubby growth of timber, plenty of dead limbs were to be found, and large quantities were collected and placed in piles all along the shore. When night came, and it was too dark to see more than a short distance, the piles of wood were set on fire, and the blazing fires were the result. After the voU0ys had been fired, and the redcoats had retreated to the pi.,ninsula, the patriot soldiers set ,p.p a wild yell of triumph, timd this made the redcoats angry. All they could do was grit their teeth and growl angrily, however. They knew that for this night, at least, their purpose of reaching the mainland was defeated. Again the officers held a council of war, but when they broke up they had not come to any decision regarding their plam; of procedure. They made no further attempt to reach the mainland that night, but decided to wait till morning, and see if something would turn up to give them an afvantage. Nothing did, however, and they were forced to remain on the peninsula all next day, without making any attempt to get to the shore. "We'll wait," said General Howe. "I think they'll run out of :firewood, pretty soon, and then we will be enabled to get to th"' in the darkness thought it likely that the dry wood : ri:ue \ fore long, and then, not having any wood After darkness would reign, when it would be 11 for lO get to the mainland .ntl that night .fires blazed on the shore, however, and so no attempt was made to get across the marsh. 'l'he redcoats remained quietly on the peninsula all next day, and the next night the fires blazed as briskly as eve r "They must have more wood than we thought," said General Howe, in disgust. "Yes, they must work all day long gathering the wood," said another o fficer. And this was indeed the cas e Wood was getting scarcer and scarcer, but there were hundreds of men ready and willing to work, and it was no great task to gather wood enough for use in bonfires each night. The fourth, fifth, and sixth days were busy ones, how ever, for the wood had to be dragged or carried two to three miles. But the men never faltered, They would rather be doing this than doing nothing. On the sixth night, however, a messenger reached the patriot force. The messenger was from General Washington, and he brought word that the patriot main army had reached White Plains i-.. 0::iety, and fo r the force to come at o nce. 'rhi s was good news, i ndeed, and leaving burning merrily, the patriots marched q uietl y a the interior, while the redcoats on the penins in ignorance of the fact that the enemy had fl.ow they could reach the mainland if they were t attempt. "Won't they be surprised when they wake morning and find us gone?" said Bob Estabroo "They will, indeed," agreed Dick Slater. "I'd like to see them, and hear what they saYi "So would I,'' from Mark :Morrison. "I'll wager that they will indulge in a. few he swear-words," said Sam Sanderson. "So they will," grinned Bob Estabropk. Next morning, when it was light enough so sec, the British looked across to the mainland for but they looked in vain. The enemy was not to be seen. "Where are the rebels?" asked one officer. "That is just wliat I was wondering,'' sa Howe. "Everything is very quiet over there." "Looks as if there was no one there at all; another. "Do you suppose the enemy has slipped aw; General Howe. "Looks that way," was the reply. Perhaps they are trying to play a trick on us ed a suspicious officer. "They are tricky rascal be trying to entice us into a trap." "That is not an impossibility," agreed Gen "It is not even on improbability," said anotl deed, I am inclined to think that is what they to do." "We will soon find out," said the general a scout to make investigations He sent fol' or;e of his most trustworthy scout and told him what was required of him. "Find out if the enemy has gone, or in hidin ing to lead us into a trap," the general directed "Very well, sir," was the reply. "Do this as quickly as possible." "I will, sir." And then the scout stole away on his errand. He was gone an hour, for he lost lots of time in ing very slowly and cautiously, as he did not kn might run upon some of the enemy at any m the end of that time, however, he returned, looki excited. 1 "Well?" exclaimed General Howe "They are not there, your excellency," the sco "They have gone away then?" eagerly "Yes, sir. They have gone, bag and baggag I "I suspected it,'' the general cried. "The 1 us here till the main army succeeded in maki t treat, and then have withdrawn and made They have outwitted us-beaten us!"


. r .:i. Tl-IE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. 27 CHAPTER XIII. TIIE VISIT HOME. very much disappoint-s, at to decide what k with the information that its quarters on the hills near on the patriot army, if it was d ed, the British set out, and march took up their position not far from nemy was encamped. to be in no hurry to make an attack, they did not like the task, for the a st r ong position. 0 'ky ter arriving at White Plains Dick Slater ii a k got leave of absence, and went to their st f lk ir o s e. v c miles to where they lived, their homes and the houses less than a quarter of a il (lid not take them very long to get there. f the matter was that the youths were eager e c t hearts, Alice Estabrook, Bob's sister, being did not seem so long a time to them, and then they rose to return to the house. They bad taken only a few steps, when suddenly a half dozen rough-looking youths appeared, and facing the couple, ordered them to halt Dick Slater recognized the leader of the gang at once. His name was Joe Scroggs, and he was an old time eneiny of Dick Indeed, be had tried to go with Alice Estabrook, many times, and bad always been rebuffed .. Dick and Joe bad been schoolmates, and on one occasion Dick bad given Joe a most unmerciful thrashing. This had rankled in the youth's mind ever since, and be bad sworn that he would get even with his conqueror if it took him a lifetime to do it. It happened that he had been in the timber near the Slater home when Dick and Bob reached there that morn ing, and he hastened away, and gathered little band of cronies, five in number, around him. All of the five cronies were youths who disliked Dick. Indeed, nearly every one of them bad been given a thrash ing by the brave youth, and they were almost as eager as Joe himself to get a chance at Dick. To this end they hung around, and had finally come upon Dick and Alice in the timber, as told. Alice was alarmed, and turned pale. "Ob, Di!')k, I fear they mean you harm,'' she whispered. "Have no fear, Alice," be replied in a low voice. "I can thrash the whole gang if necessary "Oh, ye kin, kin ye?" said Joe, sneeringly and angrily, be

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BIG RISK. "Oh, et won't do ye no good ter holler," growled Joe Scroggll. "We've got yer feller beer, erlone, an' we're goin' ter hammer 'im till ye won't know who be is by lookin' at 'im !" ".That remains to be seen," replied Dick, and they were at it hot and heavy. Now, six to one is big odds, but Dick Slater was a won derful youth. He was lithe as a panther, and as quick in bis movements as one. He was, moreover, an expert with bis fists, and knew how to strike a blow that would render an opponent unconscious. He now went in to make every blow tell, and whenever he got a good lick at one of bis opponents the fellow was sure to go down, and hard, too., He managed to knock two of the ruffians down, and was then forced backward by the other four. The odds was too heavy for even the brave "Liberty Boy," but help suddenly came from an unexpected source. Alice in looking around,, wildly, in search of help, noticed a goodlysized stick lying near, and leaping forward, she seized it, and running to where the youths were engaged in fighting, she struck Joe Scroggs on the side of his head and knocked him down. "That's the way to do it, Alice," cried Dick, in delight. i}o them .. We can thrash the wh?le ,t:rfi the club m the hands of the excited girl described g in the air, and crack! it caught another of pg r youths on the jaw, flooring him like a flash. the same instant Dick knocked another one down, and ett""-remaining youth took to his heels and fled like the cow-ard. At d noment Bob Estabrook came dashing out ff!J1DD 0 ou trees, crying, "What is it? What's the e rouble ?11'.' A little ways behind him was Edith Slater, and she was wildly excited, and panting, for the two had run at the top of their speed more than a quarter of a mile. By this time the young ruffians had struggled to their feet, and without a word, but both acting on the impulse of the moment, Dick and Bob leaped forward and began kick ing the youths lustily. The "Liberty Boys" wore stout shoes, and the kicks were good, hard ones, and at every kick a yell went up from the lips of the recipient. It was soon over, however. The youths who were being kicked did not tarry any longer than they were forced to } rdrnt raced away from the vicinity of the flying feet of their and his friend as rapidly as possible. Each of the young ruffiabs received a couple of parting kicks, however, and Joe Scroggs was the recipient of three; and as Bob said, he deserved all he got, and more. "How did it all come about?" asked Bob, when the young here in time, Dick, and then we would have ho.w to fight." "I didn't need your assistance, Bob, as it said Dick, smiling. ".Alice, there, grabbed u struck Joe and another of the gang alongside t the stick, and knocked them fiat as pancakes grand. Alice you are a regular little soldier." "Oh, she can :fight, if she wants to," grinned used to pull my hair, when we were little. Dick, if ever she gets her mad up, and gets int She'll make you yell, or I miss my guess." "Oh, you big storyteller, you," said Alice, brother. "You don't believe that, do you, D "No; and if I did, I'd be willing to risk it. me up so splendidly just now that I would be you pull my hair if you wished to do so. I ow "I won't pull your hair, Dick," with a smile. story-telling brother of mine had better look o pull out some of his wool." "Edith won't let you," grinned Bob. "She bald-headed people, and if you go to yanking you will have to look out for your own, eh, Edl "Yes, indeed," with a smile. The happy young couples retuined to their spent the rest of the day in or near the houses It was a happy time for all, and the two fa gether at the Estabrook home and had a big di Jollity reigned supreme, and Bob, as usual, of the gathering. Ile could say more funny minute than most people could have thought o When evening came the "Liberty Boys" bad ::ill, kissed their sweethearts, and promising to while the patriot army was at White Plains if could do so, took their departure. As was told in a former "Liberty Boys" r .. tor clid make an attack on the patriot force at Wh' the 28th of October, but they lost 229 nien, triots lost only 140, -and this discouraged Gen such an extent that he did not attack again, bi tirement of the patriot army to North Castle. nable point, he turned back and returned to, River. THE END. The next number (101) of "The Liberty : will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DRAC HAULING THE REDCOATS IN," by Hai SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers oJ are always in print. If you cannot obtain fo, newsde:.i.ler, send the price in money or posta1 "The scoundrels jumped out in front of us, and ordered ruffians had disappeared. us to stop, Bob," said Dick. "That was all there was mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, to it." SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will recei "Th<.>_. that the pau. --;oil Bob "I wish I had got you order by return mail. J.S i" and for the


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THE LlBEHTY BOYS OF '76 W eeldy Magazine c ontaining Stories o f t h e Ame r ican Revolutiol By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual facts and give a faithf1 account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of America youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their. livE for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independenc Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matte: bound in a beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: n9 The Liberty Boys' Justice. And How They Dealt It Out. 60 Tbe Liberty Boys Bomb .arded; or, A Very Warm Time. lo The Liberty Boys' Trap, and What They Caught in It. 61 'l'he Liberty Boys' 8'!aled Orders; or, Going it Blind. 16 The Liberty Boys Puzzled; or, 'l'he Tories' Clever Scheme. G2 The Liberty Boys Daring Stroke; or, With "Light-Horse Har 17 The Liberty Boys' Great Stroke; or, Capturing a British l\lan-ot-at Paulus Hool<. War. 63 The Liberty B oys' Lively Times; or, Here, There and Everywlr 18 The Liberty Boys' Challenge; or, Patriots vs. H edcoats. 1H 'l'b e Liberty Boys' "Lone Hand"; or, Fighting Against Gr 19 'l'he Liberty Boys '!'rapped; or, The Beautiful 'l'ory_ Odds. 20 The Liberty Boys' Mistake; or, "Wbat Might Have Been 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. 21 'l'he Liberty Boys' l;'lne Work; or, Doing Things Up Brown. 66 The Libe rty Boys' Wrath; or, Going for the R edcoats Ronghsb 22 'l'he Liberty Boys at Bay; or, The Closest Cail of AIL G7 The Lib erty lloys' Battle fo.r Life; or, The Hardest Struggle 23 Boys on Their Mettle; or, Making It Warm tor the 610 Boys' Lost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work. 24 Tbe Liberty Boys' Double Victory; or, Downing the Redcoats and 69 'l'be Liberty Boys' "Jonah"; or. The YO'Uth Who "Queered" Everythj Tories. 7 0 The Liberty Boys' D ecoy; or, Baiting t h e British. 25 The Liberty Boys Suspected; or, Taken for British Spies. 71 'l' he Liberty Boys Lured; o r, The Snare the Enemy S e t 26 'l'be Liberty Boys' Clever Ti;lck; or, Teaching the Redcoats a 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom: or, In the Hands of the Tory Ontla 27 Good Spy Werk; or, With the Redcoats In 73 Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; o r '!'railing Benedict Pbliadelpbia. 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop" ; or, Scat-tering the Redcoats 28 Tbe Boys' Battle Cry; or, With Washington at the Brandy-75 Boys' "Hot Time" ; or, Lively Work in Old Virgl 29 Th wI eh. t B Wild Rid A D h t S F t 176 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme; or, Thei r Plot to Capture e JI er y oys e; or, as o ave a or King's Son ?O '!'he Liberty Boys, in a Fix; or, Threatened_ by Reds and Whites. 77 1'he Liberty lloys' Bold i\Iove; or, Into tbe Enemy's Country. 31 The L!berty Boys Big Contract; or, Hol_dmg Arnold in Check 7q 1'hc Liberty P.oys' Beacon Light: o r The Signal on the Mount! 32 Tbe Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, Arter Dick Slate r tor Revenge. 7!) The Llherty Honor; or, '.l'he Promise That Was Kept. 33 The Liberty Boys. D)Jped ; or, The _Friend Who an Enemy. SO 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"; or, Bowling the British Over. 114 The Liberty Boys, 1' ake or, The Ruse I bat 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and How they Showed It. l 3;; The L!berty Boys Signal or, At the of the Bell. 8 2 The Liherty Iloys and the Georgia Giant or A Hard Man 3G Tbe Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Rlskmg Life for Ltberty' a Handle. 8:l ThP. Liberty Boys' Dead Line: or, "Cross -it If You Dare!" 37 The Liberty Boys; Prize, and How They Won It. 8 4 The Lib erty Boys "Hoo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at Every 'l'urn. The Liberty Boys Plot; or, The Plan Won. 8;) 'l'he Liberty Roys' Leap for Life; or, 'l'he Light that Led Them. 3!1 The Liberty Boys' Great Haut; or, Tatoni, E".erythlng In Sight sr. The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or The Redskin who Fought 4'l ;rhe Liberty Boys' Flush Times: or, Revel mg m British Gold. Independence Jibe Liberty Boys, In a Snare: Almost Tra!?_Pe d. 8 7 '!'he Liberty Boys "Going It Blind": or, Taking Big Chan ce s. 4 'I he L!ier Boys, Brave Re.scue or, In the Nick of r im e. 88 'l'he L iberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. 1 4 '!'be L1be!f' Boys Rig Day, or, Doing Bnslness by "bolesale. Sll The Liherty Boys' "Hurry Cail". or A Wild Dash to Sav 1 he-Lt y Boys' Net; or, Catchinl? _the R edcoats and Tories. Friend l'i The L! rty Boys Worried :_ or, The of Dick Slater !lO The r ibertv Boys' Guardian Angel or The Beautiful Maid of r. The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip: or. Squeezing the Redroats. 47 The Liberty Boys' Success; or. Doin g What They Set Out to Do. 48 'fl1e Liberty Boys' Setback: or, Defeated. But Not Jllsgraced. The Iloys ,Br_ave .. or, Set Back but Def_eated 40 Tbe Liherty Boys In 'l'oryviile: o r Di c k Slat s Risk. -The Boys, or, Warm Work !n. the I all Timber 50 The Liberty Boys Arouse d : or, Striking Strong .rows for Ube rt;J' 03 ;t:he L_1bei:ty Boys, Daie, or, i;iacklng the British ut The Llberry Boys' Triumph: or, B eating the !Cedcoats at Their 94 [he L1herty Boys Best Blows, or, Beating the British at Bennll Own G a me. 52 The Liberty Roys' Scare: or. A Miss as l)ood as a Mile. !l5 The Libe1:ty Boys In New Jersey; or, Boxmg tbe Ears of tbe B 53 ']_'he Liberty Boys' Danger or Foes on Ail Sides. !sh Lion. 54 The Liberty Hoys' Fliirht:' or,' A Very Narrow Escape. il6 The LibP.rty Boys' Daring: or. Not Afraid of Anything. 55 The Llbertv Boys' Strategv: or, Out- 'Mad Anthony" City. at Stony Point. re of tbe Azte, 100 The Boys' Big Risk ; or, Ready to Take Chances. 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